10 months ago​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelsea

first_img​Cagliari midfielder Barella reluctant to join Chelseaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are struggling to convince Nicolo Barella to join the club.According to the Evening Standard, the player is the one the Blues want to replace Cesc Fabregas.The Spaniard is set for a switch to Monaco this month.But the 21-year-old Barella is in fine form with Cagliari and he is worried that he would not get the necessary game time at Stamford Bridge.He has started 18 Serie A games in central midfield this season.A possible move for Barella would cost Chelsea roughly £45 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signing

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: Paqueta a huge signingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has included Lucas Paqueta in his squad for their Coppa Italia tie with Sampdoria.The former Flamengo attacker is now in line to make his debut today.“He’s smart, wide away, a player with very clear characteristics,” said Gattuso. “He seems more European than Brazilian, as he combines quality with physical strength, sprays passes around and always wants the ball. “We’ve made a huge signing.” last_img read more

Photos: Nike Releases Custom Free Trainer Sneakers For 3 Premier Hoops Programs

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)As they did for several college football programs in the summer, Nike is releasing custom Free Trainer 5.0’s for Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky just in time for basketball season. The shoes are being released Friday, and you can see more information on each pair on the official Nike page. Below are a handful of photos of the new kicks, all of which are very sharp. Nike has new trainers ready for college basketball season: https://t.co/Tg1eNYLg9g pic.twitter.com/wE6eeSlWRE— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) October 26, 2015Nike releases UNC, Duke and Kentucky team sneakers for the start of the season … pic.twitter.com/5upfqrchs6— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 27, 2015last_img read more

Womens Sports Foundation Celebrates Top Female Athletes

first_imgThe Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — celebrated the biggest night in female sports at its 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.WSF Founder Billie Jean King and WSF President Angela Hucles were among the high-profile attendees who honored the top nominees; representing 18 sports and six different countries including Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Kelly Clark (Snowboarding), Anna Fenninger (Alpine Skiing), Maya Moore (Basketball), Inbee Park (Golf), Maggie Steffens (water polo), Lauren Chamberlain (Softball), and Talita Antunes and Larissa França (Beach Volleyball). Notable athletes in attendance included Tamika Catchings (Basketball), Meryl Davis (Ice Dancing), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey), Julie Foudy (Soccer), Jessica Mendoza (Softball) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track and Field).The Women’s Sports Foundation’s coveted 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award was presented to Serena Williams (Tennis) in the individual category; Carli Lloyd (Soccer) in team category. The award is bestowed upon athletes who have distinguished themselves in their sports field through their supreme athletic performances over the past year.Eleven-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Track & Field, Cross-Country Skiing) was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. McFadden has defied obstacles since she was a young girl to become one of the most dominant athletes in Paralympic Track & Field and Cross-Country Skiing, while also advocating for equal access for students with disabilities. Tatyana and her mother helped pass Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act (2005) that mandates that schools provide competitive opportunities for students with disabilities in interscholastic athletic programs.The Billie Jean King Contribution Award, an honor that recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of women’s sports, was awarded to Dr. Don Sabo, Ph.D. a Professor of Health Policy at D’Youville College. Dr. Sabo’s pioneering research is a catalyst for the advancement of girls and women in sports and uncovers the lifelong benefits of participation on their health and well-being.“Forty-one years ago we founded an organization to recognize the accomplishments of the world’s greatest women athletes just like we are doing here at tonight’s Salute,” said WSF Founder Billie Jean King. “We have seen great momentum and breakthroughs this past year for female athletes, coaches and commentators and we came together tonight to celebrate those moments, and to commemorate the impact the Foundation has on women and girls each and every day.”Julie Foudy and Jessica Mendoza opened the fundraising gala, beginning with a celebratory toast to Jessica’s historic achievement of becoming the first female in-game analyst for an MLB game on ESPN in August. The evening then proceeded with the traditional Grand March of Athletes where all 75 athletes in attendance were honored for their contributions to their sports.Angela Hucles, WSF President, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, took the stage in her first Salute as President to discuss the ongoing initiatives that WSF has focused on in the past year, specifically showcasing the Sports 4 Life program. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs. By making sports more accessible, Sports 4 Life gives young females the chance to learn the foundational benefits of sports, such as leadership, confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance. This year, WSF awarded $110,000 in funding to 22 grantees to serve more than 6,800 middle and high school girls across the nation. All of the money raised in the room this evening will go towards 2016 grants, which is now accepting applications for the coming year.“The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by giving girls access to sports. With support from the community, who is on the ground activating, to the corporations who support our mission by making it financially realizable, we are able to collaborate, educate and advocate for more opportunities and exposure for girls’ and women’s sports,” shared Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the WSF. “We are privileged to host the Annual Salute so we can gain new ambassadors and spread awareness about our mission to ensure all girls have the chance to play.”The 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports was co-presented by espnW, FOX Sports, Gatorade and NBC Sports Group.last_img read more

The waiting game Santana continues to hit while awaiting callup

The Cleveland Indians have had a rough start to the 2010 season with a 10-14 record, and many fans are ready to see if some of the top prospects from the Class AAA Columbus Clippers can make a difference.The player that many are eager to see in an Indians uniform is Columbus Clippers catcher Carlos Santana.In 2008, Santana was acquired along with pitcher Jon Meloan in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake.Santana, a switch-hitter, has proven to be valuable on offense and defense for the Clippers, and is considered the top prospect in the Indians’ organization.Offensively, Santana has started off the 2010 season with a .324 batting average, five home runs, and 22 RBIs.“I think he has a really great bat,” Clippers infielder Brian Bixler said. “He’s a great player. He has a plan when he’s at the plate and you can see that.”Santana leads the team in walks, home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage, and was the International League Player of the Week in his first week with the Clippers.“Right now, I’m happy to be thought of as a top prospect,” Santana said. “I’m continuing to put in the hard work especially on the defensive end.”Last year, Santana played for the Class AA Akron Aeros, for which he hit .290 with 23 home runs and 97 RBIs.Santana was named the MVP of the Eastern League in 2009, becoming only the third Aero to earn the award along with Jordan Brown and Victor Martinez.This was his second-straight league MVP award as he earned MVP of the California League in 2008.While he spent the final six weeks of the 2008 season with the Class A Kinston Indians in the Carolina League, he finished second in the California League with a .323 batting average. He also had 96 RBIs, 69 walks and a .431 on-base percentage.The Indians hope that Santana can step in and produce as they try to replace departed catchers Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach.Martinez was traded last July for pitching prospects Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price. Martinez, who played for the Indians for eight seasons, consistently hit for power and a strong batting average.Shoppach was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the 2009 season for pitchers Saul Rivera and Mitch Talbot. Shoppach showed some promise for the Indians, batting .261 with 21 home runs in 2008.The Indians have featured two catchers this season, Lou Marson and Mike Redmond.Marson has received the majority of the playing time and has a .224 batting average, with no home runs or RBIs in 16 games played.Redmond has a .233 batting average with two RBIs and no home runs in nine games.While Santana has only played catcher for three years, he has proven to have the talent and arm strength to contribute from the position. He previously had played third base and outfield.“It’s a great feeling as a pitcher to have somebody back there with a really good arm, and knowing that you have somebody behind the plate that will give you a good chance of throwing a runner out if you make a bad pitch,” Clippers relief pitcher Jess Todd said.In spring training with the Indians, Santana batted .250 in eight games, but was sent to the Clippers for the start of the season to improve his defense.“I think I’m having a good season,” Santana said. “I’m just working with the pitchers and trying to improve at game-calling. After playing with the Indians in spring training, I feel comfortable with their pitchers. I know what kind of arms they have and some of their pitches so I would be comfortable with them.”There has been no word of a possible call-up to the Indians at this point in the season, even given the struggles of Marson and Redmond. For now, Clippers fans have an opportunity to watch one of baseball’s top prospects in a minor league uniform.“He’s here until further notice,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. read more

New Chief Magistrate and Criminal Justice Adviser for the TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hilary Ryan, new chief magistrate for TCI, new criminal advisor for TCI, Tanya Lobban-Jackson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI. August 25, 2016 –  The Turks and Caicos Justice system, this month, gets two new defenders; a criminal justice adviser and a chief magistrate.Directly we get Tanya Lobban-Jackson, originally of Jamaica but moving here from the Cayman Islands, where she was senior Crown Counsel, as the new magistrate.  Lobban-Jackson was sworn in last Thursday.Hilary Ryan is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s newly appointed Criminal Justice Adviser to the Caribbean Overseas Territories. Ms Ryan, who will be based in Miami, will have a particular focus on child safe-guarding, serious crime and money laundering, and the criminal justice system.Giving insight into a meeting held just a couple of days ago, His Excellency Peter Beckingham, the Governor said:  “I hope that Ms Ryan’s new role will encourage all the parts of TCI involved in criminal justice to look to the UK for advice and possibly financial assistance. We had very positive discussions with the Chief Justice, Police Commissioner, Acting DPP, Prison Superintendent as well as with the Chief Magistrate and Court Administrator about their work, and identified a number of areas where more support may be possible from the UK. Ms Ryan also highlighted the value in other jurisdictions of a Criminal Justice Board of senior practitioners, which could be a helpful mechanism as well in Turks and Caicos.” – HE Peter Beckingham.Ms. Ryan also has great experience, said the Governor, in working with the US DOJ or Department of Justice.last_img read more

Did Blender Blur AdEdit Line

first_imgSince its inception in 1999, Blender magazine has tried to distinguish itself as an alternative to the Rolling Stone establishment of rock journalism.Now it appears to be following Rolling Stone in blurring the advertising-editorial line.In its January-February issue, Blender published the “2008 Rock & Roll User’s Guide,” a 16-page new music preview sponsored by Sync, Microsoft’s in-car voice-activated technology. In it, a small logo that reads “Presented by Sync/Powered by Microsoft” appears on five of the section’s 10 editorial pages, with the other six pages devoted to Sync-related ads. Four of those logos ask readers to log onto fordvehicles.com/sync for free MP3 downloads. “I would say that this is a clear violation of our guidelines,” American Society of Magazine Editors executive director Marlene Kahan told FOLIO: on Monday. According to the American Society of Magazine Editors, “sponsorship language (ie, “sponsored by,” “presented by,” etc.) should not appear in connection with regularly occurring editorial features” unless the editorial content “is labeled ‘Advertisement’ or ‘Promotion’ in a type size as prominent as the magazine’s normal body type.” [SEE: ASME Guidelines.]A spokesperson for Blender said the section was purely editorial and that the preview was written prior to selling the sponsorship. A spokesperson for the Alpha Media Group, the owner of Blender and Maxim, declined to comment on the details of the sponsorship, and said that the company is commited to adhering to the guidelines set forth by ASME.The Blender feature comes on the heels of a class action lawsuit filed by 185 indie rock bands in December against Rolling Stone over a sponsored nine-page pull-out spread that the bands said used their names without permission.Five of those bands represented in the class action suit appear in the Blender preview. Representatives for My Morning Jacket, one of the bands appearing in both, declined to comment.The Rolling Stone suit followed a separate lawsuit filed by attorney generals in eight states against R.J. Reynolds—the section’s sponsor—claiming the company illegally used cartoons in an advertorial to sell cigarettes. Rolling Stone said the cartoons were part of its editorial treatment—and not R.J. Reynolds’ idea.RELATED DISCUSSION: Does Anyone Care About ASME Guidelines?last_img read more

Worlds largest solar plant unveiled by Adani Group in Tamil Nadu

first_imgThe world’s largest solar power plant was commissioned by Adani Group on Wednesday. Located in Tamil Nadu, it would produce 648 MW of electricity.Adani Green Energy said that the plant was built in a span of eight months at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district. According to a report in Mint, the solar power plant is connected to a 400 kilovolt substation of Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation and is valued at Rs 4,550 crore.The 8,500 workforce built the plant using equipment and machinery from across the world. They installed an average capacity of 11 MW a day.Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Conglomerate, told the publication that the plant restores India’s aim of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world.The solar power plant project is reportedly in line with the Tamil Nadu government’s solar energy policy to generate 3,000 MW.What does the solar plant comprise of?The plant comprises 380,000 foundations, 2,500,000 solar modules and 27,000 metric tonnes of structure. It also includes 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometre of cables, the Hindu reported. In addition, by connecting to the Kamuthi 400 KV substation, the solar plant becomes the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location.last_img read more

Yahlive the Abu Dhabibased satellite joint ventu

first_imgYahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between SES and UAE satellite operator Yahsat, is the most popular satellite broadcast provider for Farsi-speaking viewers across the Middle East and south-west Asia, according to a report by Ipsos Connect.According to the research, Yahlive’s market share amongst Farsi speakers increased from 20% in 2014 to 34% last year. Among satellite users, Yahlive’s market share increased from 27% to 49% over the same period.The report found that Farsi-speaking DTH viewer numbers in Tajikistan exceeded two million in 2015, while viewer numbers of exclusive Farsi-based terrestrial networks in Afghanistan and the UAE reached 8.94 million. Combined, the total number of viewers of Farsi content over DTH Terrestrial Networks grew by approximately 50% between 2014 and 2015 from north of 26 million to 39 million.The research also found that Farsi-speaking DTH veiwers across the region grew by 75% from 16 million in 2014 tio 28 million in 2015.“Yahlive enjoys an impressive retention rate of 88% across Farsi-speaking communities who are found in multiple markets including Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, and the UAE. The show of loyalty for Yahlive programming is the highest in the industry, and this remarkable performance is directly linked to our efforts to deliver premium content that people want to watch time and again. The reliability of our broadcast also works in our favour with respect to winning followers as does our customer focus,” said Ammar Baranbo, chief operating officer of Yahlive.“For a community limited by the relatively small number of terrestrial Farsi language channels, satellite broadcasters pick up much of the responsibility for providing truly differentiated and compelling viewing content, and this is an area in which Yahlive has proven to be especially effective and highly successful.”last_img read more

Click on image to enlarge I wouldnt want to b

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) I wouldn’t want to be short any of the precious metals at this point in history as we wait for the Fed and JPMorgan et al to make their next move. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the high ticks in platinum and palladium all came at the same moment as gold and silver’s high.  This was obviously price management across the board in all precious metals…and only the willfully blind would think otherwise. The dollar index closed on Thursday at 82.78…and spent all of Friday chopping broadly lower…and the index closed on Friday afternoon at 82.47…down 31 basis points from Thursday. The dollar index low came about 10:50 a.m. in New York, just minutes before the high ticks in all four precious metals.  The big axe fell at 11:30 a.m…and was not related to anything that the currencies were doing at the time. Not surprisingly, the silver shares got hit pretty hard as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 4.54%. The gold stocks opened in the black, but got sold into the red immediately…and were down about a half percent right up until the 11:30 a.m. New York price execution in all four precious metals.  The low tick for the gold stocks came right at 12:15 p.m. EDT of course…and then they traded sideways for the remainder of the trading session. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the long-term Silver 7 chart to give the you bigger long-term picture. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011.  Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide. The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.” Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information. The status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. The gold price rallied a bit during the early going in Far East trading, but got sold down starting around 9:30 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From that high tick of the day, around $1,487 spot, it got sold down a bit over twenty-five bucks, hitting its London low early in the morning BST. Then starting around 11:00 a.m. BST, gold began to rally once more…and that rally gathered a bit more steam once New York began to trade.  But just minutes before the London close [11:00 a.m. in New York] a not-for-profit high frequency trader appeared…and by 12:15 p.m. EDT had gold down to its low tick of the day, which was $1,447.30 spot.  The New York high was $1,484.10 spot. The gold price rallied back in fits and starts from there…closing the Friday trading day at $1,462.90 spot…down $5.30 from Thursday’s close.  Gross volume was a grotesque 265,000 contracts, mostly of the HFT variety. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the not-for-profit seller’s action close up and personal.  The NY spot gold chart looks similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s your “cute quota” for today… I’ve got the usual number of stories for you today…and quite a few of them are gold/silver related…and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to run through them all. Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time. When something holds good for two thousand years, I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory. – Bernard M. Baruch Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is a piece that I first heard live when Gary Brooker et al played it with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back in 1992 when I was on the board of directors.  After Whiter Shade of Pale and Conquistador…this is their most popular composition.  This performance was with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledrborg Castle in Denmark in August of 2006. I note that Geoff Whitehorn is still playing lead guitar…Mark Brzezicki is still playing the drums…and Gary has still got the pipes.  This version, in my opinion, is the best I’ve heard.  The recording is stunning…and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is a J.S. Bach chestnut that I never tire of listening to.  It’s the Concerto in D minor for two violins, strings and continuo, BWV 1043.  The link to the first and second movements are here…and the third movement, here. Doing the honours is the St. Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Lyubov Stekolshchikova and Elina Drukh. The tempo is a touch faster than I’m used to. Well, JPMorgan et al are still at it…not only from a price perspective, but also the shares.  As I commented in Thursday’s column…why the big rise in share prices on zero price movement in either gold or silver on Wednesday?  Well, it’s a good bet that ‘da boyz’ were buying so they could sell them into the next rally…and that came on Thursday…and then they sold the rest on Friday.  John Embry has always been of the opinion that the shares as well as the metal prices themselves, were managed…and their price action over the last three days certainly reeks of that. I’d dearly love to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but in the face of unprecedented world-wide demand in the physical precious metal itself, I’m sure that they are having their issues at the moment.  There’s no doubt in my mind that they were caught totally flat-footed by the world’s reaction to their little ‘Comex Caper’…and are back at the drawing board figuring out how to extricate themselves from this self-inflicted wound without exacerbating the situation.  And as I and others have already stated, this bifurcated market cannot last for too long, as the current over-the-top physical demand will have the bullion banks for lunch at some point.  The only thing that will kill this retail demand stone cold dead is a sudden [on a weekend, perhaps] upward revaluation in price that puts gold out of reach of all but the richest.  That goes for silver as well…and silver will become the new gold for the masses. A price high enough to accomplish that will undoubtedly turn a lot of precious metal buyers into precious metal sellers virtually overnight. The only other option is ‘death by a thousand cuts’…where precious metal prices are allowed to rise ‘normally’…whatever that means these days…and the buying frenzy on Planet Earth will begin anew.  If you read some of the above-posted stories out of India, that psychology is already starting to take hold since the bottom was put in on Tuesday morning last week in early Hong Kong trading. But one thing is for sure…the status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. Before heading out the door, Nick Laird must know that I’m a creature of habit with my Saturday column, because his “Total PMs Pool” chart…updated with Friday’s data…was in my in-box before I even thought about it. Here it is posted below…and as you can see, the U.S. dollar ‘value’ has done a face plant, but the total ounces under management has barely moved. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 562 gold and 2 lonely silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.  JPMorgan Chase was the big short/issuer with 558 contracts…and one of their partners in crime in the precious metal price management scheme, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, was the long/stopper of 555 of those contracts.  This should just about wrap up deliveries for April in both metals.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The inventories of GLD took another hit yesterday.  This time an authorized participant withdrew 232,107 troy ounces and, for the second day in a row an authorized participant added silver to SLV…820,985 troy ounces to be exact. I’m starting to wonder about these never-ending withdrawals from GLD…as it’s my opinion that we’re long past the investors dumping-their-holdings story…and I’m looking around for another explanation. The short interest report for the first half of April for both GLD and SLV was posted on the shortsqueeze.com Internet site either late Thursday night or last night.  It showed that, during the period mentioned, the short interest in SLV blew out by 27.11 percent…and GLD by an eye-watering 48.47 percent.  I was quite taken aback at first glance, but with sober second thought it occurred to me that if I was ‘da boyz’…both SLV and GLD would be one of the vehicles that I would use to make obscene profits and acquire more metal at bargain-basement prices. I’m prepared to bet serious coin that these obscene short positions have already been closed out…and that fact will be reflected in the next short interest report coming up in about two weeks time. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List updated his about.ag/SLV/ website on Thursday with the in/out activity of SLV as of the close of trading on Wednesday.  This is what he had to say…”Analysis of the 24 April 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  No bars were added or removed. 269 bars had accounting changes (e.g. from 0.9990 fine to 0.9999 fine). All bars with changes were in Brinks London, which is likely currently being audited. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 483.4 oz.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes and, for the third day in a row…zero silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 208,500 ounces of gold eagles…36,000 ounces of one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 3,232,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 312,978 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 790,669 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Thursday, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 153,748 troy ounces…and shipped a smallish 1,300 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. I was happy to see that everything appeared to be back to normal with this week’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Whether the data from last week’s COT Report was reported in error or tampered with, is still not known, but the result was that the data in yesterday’s report has partially masked what happened in the prior week’s report. But, having said that, this latest report is still pretty impressive…and is still one for the record books in many categories. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a very chunky 26.7 million ounces…and now stands at 85.8 million ounces…not a record low…but pretty close. The Big 4 [JPM, Scotiabank, HSBC USA….plus one other short holder of no consequence] were short 193.1 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders were short an additional 50.9 million ounces of silver.  As far as concentration goes, the ‘Big 4’ are short 36.0% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis…a big drop from two weeks ago.  The ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 9.3 percentage points of the Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. Ted Butler is busy with his son’s wedding, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yesterday, so I’m not sure where JPMorgan’s short position stands at the moment. There are 37 short-side traders in the Commercial category of the COT Report in silver…and 4 of them are short 36 percent of the entire Comex futures market in that metal. I’d guess that JPMorgan holds at least half of that amount on its own. The other stand-out features in the silver COT Report was the fact that the net long position in the Non-Commercial category has shrunk down to 15,000 contracts…and the net long position of the small traders in the Nonreportable category has virtually disappeared…and currently stands at 2,163 contracts!  I don’t remember ever seeing a number that low and, if the truth be known, I never thought it possible. In gold, the Commercial net short position imploded by 3.75 million troy ounces…and now sits at 10.44 million ounces.  The Big 4 are short 8.63 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.94 million ounces.  These are monstrous changes…and I’m guessing that one would have to go back at least five years to see a number this low. On a ‘net’ basis [once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out] the Big 4 are short 24.7 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 14.2 percentage points of the Comex futures market. In the Non-Commercial category, the net long position declined to just over 104,000 contracts.  Their net long position…10.4 million ounces…is exactly equal to the Commercial net short position of 10.4 million ounces…and that’s because the Nonreportable position [the small traders] is a vanishingly small 133 contracts…basically zero!  Unheard of! I’m sure that there was a lot more going on ‘under the hood’ in both metals…and I look forward to reading what silver analyst Ted Butler has to say about it in his weekend commentary…when he can find the time to write it, that is.  In case you’re interested, the link to yesterday’s legacy COT Report is here…and the Disaggregated COT Report is here. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days to Cover Short Positions” chart updated with yesterday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement In silver, the only real difference between it and gold was the fact that the London low came about 12:30 p.m. BST…thirty minutes after the noon London silver fix.  The New York high in silver was also minutes before the London close…and the high-frequency trader delivered the coup de grâce at 11:30 a.m. EDT. From that point, the silver chart looks pretty much the same as the gold chart, with the New York low [$23.57 spot] coming at 12:15 p.m. EDT right on the button. The Far East high tick was around $24.85 spot…and intraday move of almost $1.30. Silver closed at $24.04 spot…down 36 cents from Thursday.  Volume, net of the May delivery month roll-overs, was a hair under 17,000 contracts…mostly vapour and fumes.last_img read more

10 TSAApproved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier

first_img Register Now » Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Travel 94shares Have a question about what you can bring with you on the plane this holiday season? @AskTSA has some suggestions. Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue This year, AAA is predicting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent  — in the form of 1.6 million people — increase from last year.The holiday travel season is particularly stressful gauntlet that the majority of us have to run every November and December, but there are tools to help simplify things — like the Transportation Security Administration’s @AskTSA Twitter account, which offers travel tips to make going through security as painless as possible.For a quick-hit of 10 holiday-related items TSA says you can and cannot bring with you on your travels, read on.Related: Why the TSA — Yes, the One at the Airport — Is Actually Amazing at Instagram1. Don’t bring wrapped presents.@VeevsVT Wrapped gifts are allowed but not encouraged, as they may need to be unwrapped if further inspection is required.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 5, 20172. You can, in fact, bring a turkey. We’re glad you asked! Turkeys are allowed through the security checkpoint.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20173. Pies are also good to go. Thanks for checking. Pies are allowed through the security checkpoint. Enjoy!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20174. Strollers are allowed through, just be sure to plan ahead.A stroller is allowed through the security checkpoint. Pls collapse the item and send it into the X-ray for screening. If the item doesn’t fit inside the tunnel, a physical inspection from our officers will be necessary.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20175. In case you’re planning to dress in a Turkey or Santa Claus costume.  Costumes are allowed in carry-on bags. Have a great day!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 2017Related: Here Are Some of the Weirdest Things Confiscated at the Airport6. If you’re bringing leftovers back, just make sure they are frozen solid. Good question! Freezer packs, used to keep food cold, must be completely frozen solid when presented for screening.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20177. If you want to commemorate the occasion with help from a selfie stick. Thanks for reaching out! A selfie stick is good to go in carry-on bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20178. In case your pet is a member of your family.Thanks for reaching out, Carrie! Small pets are allowed through the security checkpoint, although we advise checking with your airline for their policy. Pls read for more information on traveling w/ pets: https://t.co/QJAD57ubtt— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20179. If you want to take a minute away from family togetherness with some video games.Thanks for asking, Taylor. Yes, game consoles are allowed in carry-on bags. Please place this item in a separate bin for X-ray screening. Safe travels!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 201710. Lobster stuffing, anyone? TSA says okay.Live lobsters are allowed through security and must be in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. Our officers will visually inspect it at the checkpoint; it should not go through the X-ray machine. Pls contact your airline regarding their policy.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 2017Related video: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Ep. 9: Simplifying Your Daily Routinecenter_img Nina Zipkin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 10 TSA-Approved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier Entrepreneur Staff November 21, 2017 3 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

Rising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain

first_imgRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:26 pmJune 24, 2019 Enterprise software is witnessing huge demand from across a spectrum of applications like enterprise content management (ECM), IT service management (ISM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and business intelligence. Adoption of these Enterprise software increases efficiency and accelerates the overall productivity of an organization; thus, witnessing driving adoption of Enterprise software. The ERP enterprise software segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% during forecast period 2019-2025 driven by retail segment in particular. The marketing and CRM segment of the enterprise software market is witnessing high demand and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.21%. Small organizations are largely integrating cloud-based technology into their businesses to lower upfront costs and access business-critical applications conveniently.  Companies are widely adopting cloud-based enterprise software to scale up the businesses with minimum CAPEX investment. By 2019, approximately 75-80% of enterprises will deploy at least one enterprise computing application on the cloud. IT spending on enterprise software was increased at a rate of 9% during 2017-18, where most of these spending were specific to cloud-based enterprise technology.According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 30.2 billion small and medium sized businesses in the country, many of whom use enterprise software to reduce costs and complexity involved in internal technological systems. In 2019, the U.S. holds more than 60% of global cloud spending.  The large presence of hyper scale data centers in the U.S. is the key factor to hold dominant market share for cloud-based technology. This leads to rising demand for cloud-based enterprise software in the U.S. and hence, the region contributes nearly 25% market share in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the EconomistTo access / purchase the full report browse the link belowThe enterprise software market is poised to grow at a rapid pace owing to wide range of applications in supply chain and maintaining customer relationship. The global supply chain management market grew by 13.9% in 2017 and reached $12.2 Billion. Organizations are adopting cloud-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions to enable new digitally-based business models to optimize their supply chain, reduce operation cost and increase profitability at rapid pace. Cloud-based SCM applications are designed to flex and scale according to the needs of globally distributed supplier networks, thus enabling organizations to be more responsive to market demands. The growth in these supply chain management Enterprise Software is driving the total Enterprise Software Market is forecast to reach $545m by 2025 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.15% during the forecast period 2019-2025.Enterprise Software Market Growth Drivers:Rise in the need for good customer experience: Enterprise software helps in easing the customer relationship management processes, which enhances the customer experience and increases customer retention rate. According to the annual report by Facebook Inc., monthly active users (MAUs) of Facebook were 2.32 billion in December 31, 2018, an increase of 9% year-over-year and also the company recorded 37% increase in revenue during 2017-2018 showcasing the prolific rise in social media websites.  The rise in digitization and emergence of social media marketing platforms have increased the need for enterprise software in recording and managing huge amounts of customer data for businesses. Moreover, for businesses, enterprise software eases the creation of personalized marketing content for customers.Emergence of E-Commerce across Sectors: E-commerce websites minimize the lead time, and establish direct business relationship with end customers across various sectors. According to the report published by Walmart, the Flipkart group is showing a significant growth, with its growth merchandise value increasing by 12 times from 2014 to 2018, reaching $7.5 Billion. Organizations require customized enterprise software to manage and analyze customer data, which further widens the scope for opportunities in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Get a quote of Enterprise Software Market Report from one of our sales representativesR&D Investment and Initiative, Funding:In 2018, Cohesity, a hyperconverged secondary storage company, announced that it had raised $250m in an oversubscribed Series D funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund with strong participation from strategic investors like Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, along with Sequoia Capital and others. This investment is anticipated to increase the enterprise software development activities towards achieving increased operational efficiency and cost reduction, which in turn will drive revenue growth for end users. Additionally, there has been a significant growth in R&D investments into enterprise software in the European region. For instance, in 2018, Dassault Systèmes SE recorded a total expenditure of $337.72m into R&D, which corresponds to 24.6% of their software revenue. This is anticipated to continue in the future, increasing the likeliness of development of effective enterprise software products which can store, analyze, and visualize large amount of data faster and more securely.The Major Players in this Market Include:The major players in this market are SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Infor Inc., Kronos Incorporated and IBM Corporation. These companies have been continuously focusing on R&D for enterprise software, both towards addressing security concerns and integration of cloud services for quick processing and analysis of data.In 2018, IBM Corporation partnered with Salesforce in order to integrate their artificial intelligence (AI) platform and deliver an enhanced customer service experience. Salesforce’s in-house AI platform called Einstein and IBM’s cognitive computing technology platform Watson will collaborate to deliver AI-driven recommendations for future actions by companies.Marketing Technology News: WebEngage Partners with Kenscio’s Email Management Solution crmEnterprise Content managementEnterprise softwareERPIT service managementMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video PlatformNext ArticleHow to Increase Your Productivity with Proper Time Management?last_img read more

Exercise could reduce risk of falling for older adults with AD

first_img Source:http://www.healthinaging.org/blog/exercise-may-lessen-risk-of-falling-for-older-adults-who-have-alzheimers-disease-and-mental-health-challenges/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 29 2018Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disease that causes changes that kill brain cells. AD is a type of dementia, which causes memory loss and problems with thinking and making decisions. People with AD and other forms of dementia have difficulties performing the daily activities others might consider routine.Dementia takes a toll on those who live with it–and it also places a burden on caregivers. Along with problems connected to memory, language, and decision-making, dementia can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, changes in mood, increased irritability, and changes in personality and behavior. People who have AD/dementia also have twice the risk for falls compared to people without dementia. About 60 percent of older adults with dementia fall each year.Related StoriesRegular physical activity can be effective in reducing pain from arthritisResearchers identify molecular pathway underpinning exercise and improved motor learningExtremely strenuous exercise can overload the heart without increasing cardiac riskResearchers suggest that having neuropsychiatric symptoms might predict whether an older person with AD/dementia is more likely to have a fall. We also know that exercise can reduce the number of falls in older adults with dementia. However, we don’t know very much about how neuropsychiatric symptoms may increase the risk of falls, and we know even less about how exercise may reduce the risk of falls for people with dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms. A research team decided to explore whether exercise could reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling people with AD who also had neuropsychiatric symptoms.To learn more, the researchers reviewed a study that investigated the effects of an exercise program for older adults with AD (the FINALEX trial). The study included a range of people living with different stages of AD/dementia and with neuropsychiatric symptoms. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.The original FINALEX study examined and compared older adults who had home- or group-based exercise training with people who didn’t exercise but who received regular care. The researchers learned that the people who exercised had a lower risk for falls than those who didn’t exercise. There was also a higher risk for falls among those who had lower scores on psychological tests and who didn’t exercise.This study revealed that people with AD/dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety have a higher risk for falls. Exercise can reduce the risk of falling for older adults with these symptoms. Further studies are needed to confirm these results.last_img read more

Most gay fathers and their kids face stigma despite legal and social

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 15 2019A study published in the February 2019 “Pediatrics” journal suggests the majority of gay fathers and their children continue to experience stigma with potentially harmful physical and psychological effects, despite legal, media and social advances. Study participants specifically cited structural stigma, such as state laws and beliefs of religious communities, as affecting their experiences in multiple social contexts.The study’s researchers, including Sean Hurley, an associate professor in the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services, analyzed anonymous, online survey responses from 732 gay fathers of 1,316 children, from 47 states. Among the questions asked of participants was whether the fathers and/or their children had been “made to feel uncomfortable, excluded, shamed, hurt, or unwelcome” in various social contexts. Almost two-thirds of fathers responding (63.5 percent) reported they had experienced stigma over the past year based on being a gay father.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenMost stigma occurred in religious environments (reported by 34.8 percent of fathers), while about one-quarter of respondents reported experiencing stigma in the past year from family members, neighbors, gay friends and/or service providers such as waiters and salespeople. Nearly 19 percent of fathers reported that their children had avoided activities with friends for fear of encountering stigma.”The results of the study are important because they highlight that while much progress has been made in terms of the experiences of gay men parenting, we find that they and their children are still experiencing potentially harmful stigma in a variety of social contexts,” says Hurley, who served as the study’s methodologist.For these families, the presence of laws and policies supportive of LGBT populations in states where they live reduced the experience of stigma. Prior research has shown that the amount of community support provided to members of sexual minorities is related to the well-being of lesbian and gay adolescents, adults, and children with lesbian or gay parents, and impacts rates of suicidality and psychiatric disorders.This study’s authors encouraged pediatricians caring for children and their gay fathers to have discussions with these families about potentially stigmatizing experiences to help them learn strategies to counteract their harmful effects. Researchers agree that pediatricians, as leaders in their communities, also have an opportunity to help oppose discrimination in religious and other community institutions. Source:https://www.uvm.edu/last_img read more

GPs must be betterequipped to tackle chronic opioid use

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 13 2019GPs must be better-equipped to support patients to manage the psychological challenge of reducing their opioid use – according to new research from the University of East Anglia.The recommendation is part of a toolkit being launched today to help GPs reduce the amount of opioids they prescribe.The toolkit outlines seven areas of best practice to tackle chronic opioid use – based on international research evidence, the experiences of health organizations and individual practitioners.It comes after figures for England and Wales revealed an increase in opioid prescriptions of more than 60 per cent over the last decade – from 14 million in 2008 to 23 million last year.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsLead researcher Dr Debi Bhattacharya, from UEA’s School of Pharmacy, said: “Opioids, like morphine, tramadol and fentanyl, can be effective for the short-term management of severe pain. However, they are highly addictive which makes stopping difficult yet long-term use can impair quality of life and overuse can be deadly.””GPs and other health professionals need to urgently, proactively work with patients prescribed long-term opioids for non-cancer pain to gradually reduce or ‘taper’ their doses.”But if GPs are expected to initiate discussions about tapering or stopping opioids, they must be equipped with training to manage the psychological challenges experienced by patients when trying to reduce their opioid use.””Without this training, prescribers are reticent to open ‘a can of worms’ that they know they don’t have the skills to manage.””For opioid tapering interventions to be effective, GPs need training in giving their patients the skills to manage any withdrawal effects.”Dr Bhattacharya said: “There needs to be a clear expectation that opioid de-prescribing is the responsibility of the prescriber.”Incentives may help GPs and other health professionals to prioritize reducing the amount of opioids being prescribed to patients, particularly among those who have been taking them long-term.”Prescribers need to better understand the consequences of excess opioid use, and they need better guidelines about how to gradually reduce or ‘taper’ doses.” Source:http://www.uea.ac.uk/last_img read more

Profits doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show

© 2018 AFP Explore further Luxury carmakers will show off their wares at the Geneva Motor Show – but healthy profits cannot fully ease concerns over the future as the trend to electric and self-driving cars accelerates This year’s Geneva Motor Show comes at a curious time for an auto world enjoying record profits yet also gripped by doubt midway through the grand transition from diesel to electric and self-driving vehicles. 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. Citation: Profits, doubts in equal measure at Geneva Motor Show (2018, March 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-profits-equal-geneva-motor.html “Geneva really ought to have been a lovely salon,” says, with heavy irony, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research of a Europe’s first major car show of the year running from March 8 to 18.”The luxury car makers continue to present their new models and worldwide sales set new records in 2017. “But behind the glamour and the finery are plenty of worry wrinkles.”Number one overriding concern is the increasing slide in diesel sales, a blow for European constructors who had essentially sought to bet the house on diesel as they strove for years to cut CO2 emissions with the support of public authorities.The emissions cheating scandal, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, has heaped discredit on a technology criticised for belching out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates.Major cities including Paris have announced their intention to ban diesel progressively while a top German court last month opened the way to banning older diesel cars from the streets on air quality grounds.Diesel’s fall from grace has pushed constructors to turn their attention to production of more-in-demand models running either on petrol, dubbed “dinosaur juice”, or else make the jump to electric or at least hybrid.Are future friends electric?The top global constructors have earmarked investments worth tens of billions of euros (dollars) over the past few years to accelerate their push to electric. Yet the commercial upshot of the strategy remains unclear.This year’s Show, the 88th edition, will see the unveiling of several new electric models and concepts at Tuesday and Wednesday’s media days, before opening its doors to the general public on Thursday.Among new potential star turns are Jaguar’s first all-electric model as it shows off the production version of its I-Pace, as well as Hyundai’s Kona, advertised as the world#s first fully electric subcompact SUV.Constructors also have to contend with the fact that where fuel engines are concerned, their greater emissions of CO2 will render a tough challenge compliance with future European norms.They will have to cut CO2 emissions to an average 95 grams per kilometre across the board by 2021 from 130 grams in 2015, or else face swingeing fines. Auto makers are bound to continue investing, furthermore, to ensure improved performance of their combustion engines as these still make up the bulk of sales. And yet they will prove progressively less of an earner as volumes inexorably fall off.Traditional constructors also have a wary eye on sector newcomers, led by those in the electric vanguard such as Tesla, as well as giants from the high-tech such as Apple or Google and would-be Chinese rivals all seeking their slice of a “smart car” cake.The future belongs to those whose vehicles enjoy ever more autonomy through increasing recourse to artificial intelligence and telecommunications.Such qualities are not the preserve of the traditional automobile constructor.Square the circleThe last few weeks have seen a slew of carmakers post record profits—but the question is the degree to which that will act as a springboard to paying for the switch to a new auto-tech world.Eric Kirstetter of the Roland Berger consultancy told AFP that, currently, some constructors are doing “very well,” yet their “future is very complicated”.They must “reduce costs in such as way as to make savings allowing them to achieve their R&D plans,” said Kirstetter, adding this will involve surmounting “a problem of squaring the financial circle.”That, he says, is “an equation extremely difficult to resolve in order to make the necessary investments to develop new generations of vehicles while continuing to invest massively in improving the combustion engine” in the shorter term.The task may be more readily surmountable for pioneers in the development of alternatives to diesel, including the Renault-Nissan alliance, with both leaders in the move towards electrification, while Toyota has the early jump on the hybrid market.However the future of a metamorphosing industry ultimately pans out, the 700,000 Salon visitors expected to descend on Geneva’s Palexpo in the coming days will be able to cast their eyes over some 900 vehicles.Monday will see the car of the year unveiled from seven finalists for the accolade.The contenders are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW series 5, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and Volvo XC40. 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When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago

first_imgJust the beginning”This first flight is not a conclusion,” Turcat told the hundreds of journalists after that first flight. “It is the beginning of our work.”It would take another seven years and 5,500 hours of test flying before Concorde was authorised to enter into commercial service in 1976 with flights operated by Air France and British Airways. And in the end commercial passenger services only lasted 27 years. The gas-guzzling “great white bird” was retired on both sides of the Channel in 2003, brought down by its high costs and a dwindling market, with a 2000 crash outside Paris—in which 113 people were killed—heralding its final demise. When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated first ever flight of the Concorde. French pilot Andre Turcat, who was at the controls for the first test flight of the Concorde, pictured here a few months later in June 1969, in the cockpit of the supersonic jet The supersonic jet the Concorde pictured in the sky above Toulouse in France during its inaugural test flight on March 2, 1969 Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco The roar of the four powerful engines and the silhouette of the aircraft, like a bird of prey in the sky, halted traffic on a nearby highway as people across the region stopped to watch, an AFP report said. Sweating in the cockpitInside the cockpit it was tense. Three of the four air-conditioning systems had broken and the temperature rose quickly. “Under our helmets, we were soon sweating profusely,” Turcat recalled in his book “Concorde” (1977).When the wheels hit the tarmac for the landing, thick smoke rose from the tyres and a security parachute opened at the rear to brake the 112-tonne machine.The crowds along the runway broke into applause. The flight had lasted 27 minutes.The British test flight came weeks later, on April 9, with Brian Trubshaw taking off aboard the 002 prototype built in Britain.On October 1 Turcat would also take the jet through the sound barrier for the first time. Journalists had been alerted two days earlier that the test flight was imminent; the world had been waiting since the futuristic aircraft, with its pointed nose and triangular wings, was publicly presented in December 1967.Here is an account, drawn from AFP reports, of the momentous day in aviation history when the supersonic turbojet first took to the skies 50 years ago.’She flies!’Several hundred journalists and spectators were crowded near the runway of the airport at Toulouse, where prototype 001 of the Franco-British aircraft was constructed.With French test pilot Andre Turcat at the controls and the event aired live on television, the sleek white plane started off down the runway just after 3:30 pm.She picked up speed, eased off the runway and then powered into the sky, straight as an arrow.”She flies! Concorde flies at last!” exclaimed BBC commentator Raymond Baxter. AFP sent out a flash alert: “Concorde has taken off.”Concord or Concorde?It was a source of pride on both sides of the Channel: Britain and France had joined forces in 1962 to build an airliner capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. © 2019 AFP In fact Concorde’s maximum velocity was more than twice the speed of sound.The coalition of two governments and two aircraft makers—British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and Sud-Aviation, a precursor to Airbus—had encountered a series of hurdles and differences.Even the aircraft’s name, which means “agreement” in both languages, was a sticking point: English-style “Concord” or “Concorde” in French?Britain’s technology minister Tony Benn settled the dispute in 1967, keeping the “e” for “excellence”, “England”, “Europe” and “Entente cordiale”, as he said.Proving the plane can flyFor Concorde’s maiden flight, Turcat manoeuvred just a simple loop above the Garonne river at reduced speed and with the plane’s landing gear out.The aim was not to break speed records but rather to “show the plane can fly” and “return to the ground”, he would later explain. Explore further Citation: When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-concorde-sky-years.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Concorde, pictured here in 1971, had a number of distinctive visual features, including its triangular-shaped wings Pilot Andre Turcat pictured in France in 1969 at the controls of the Concorde, which he flew for its first test flight on March 2 that same yearlast_img read more

Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto

first_imgBayer just completed its $63-billion (55-billion-euro) merger with Monsanto earlier this year, but could face an onslaught of lawsuits over the pesticide Roundup The second cancer victim in a year to win a surprise victory against US pesticide maker Monsanto raises the prospect of a flood of similar lawsuits, potentially leaving the firm’s new German owner Bayer with a major case of buyer’s remorse. Roundup has been Monsanto’s signature product and it developed genetically-modified versions of oybean, corn, cotton and other crops engineered to be tolerant of the pesticide Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto Explore further Campaigners also abhor Monsanto’s production of glyphosate-based Roundup, which some scientists have linked to cancer although other studies dispute this. Hoping to ditch Monsanto’s reputation, Bayer has said it plans to drop the name from its products.Hello, lawsuits?Bayer’s share price plunged Wednesday by more than 13 percent, after a jury in California federal court found Roundup was a “substantial factor” in amateur gardener Edwin Hardeman’s cancer.Investors were spooked even though the court has not established whether Bayer and Monsanto were liable for the disease.The ruling followed an August state court trial in which jurors awarded school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson $289 million in damages over his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.That figure was later reduced to $78.5 million, and Bayer plans to appeal the case.The firm stands by its position that “regulatory authorities around the world consider glyphosate-based herbicides as safe when used as directed”.But that may not be enough to reassure shareholders.”If you are expecting stock markets as a whole to do better then you don’t want to be stuck with the one company that is facing huge legal claims,” IG analyst Chris Beauchamp pointed out.High priceIn an industry preparing for a global population surge, Bayer had been keen to secure Monsanto’s market-leading line in GM crop seeds designed to resist strong pesticides like Roundup.It was also lured by Monsanto’s data analytics business Climate Corp, believing farmers will in future rely on digital monitoring of their crops.But the takeover comes at a high cost.Beyond the eye-watering price tag, Bayer had to give up much of its seeds and agrichemical business to satisfy competition concerns.Those divestitures have gone to Bayer’s homegrown rival BASF.Following the California court verdicts, Bayer may now have to set aside huge sums to settle future Roundup claims.Analyst Michael Leacock of MainFirst bank assessed that “the total cost, in our view, could easily reach $10 billion” if Bayer were to settle with a still larger number of plaintiffs. Citation: Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto (2019, March 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bayer-monsanto.html From the toxic legacy of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller to fears about its use of genetically modified seeds, here’s what you need to know about the $63-billion (55.5-billion-euro) merger between Bayer and Monsanto.HeroinFounded in Germany in 1863, Bayer is still best known for making aspirin. But more infamously, it briefly sold heroin in the early 20th century, which it marketed as a cough cure and morphine substitute.During World War II, Bayer was part of a consortium called IG Farben that made the Zyklon B pesticide used in Adolf Hitler’s gas chambers.Through a series of acquisitions over the years, Bayer has grown into a drugs and chemicals behemoth and now employs some 100,000 people worldwide.Much of its success in recent years was built on blockbuster drugs like Eylea—used to treat damage to the retina—or prostate cancer treatment Xofigo.Agent OrangeMonsanto was established in St. Louis, Missouri in 1901, setting out to make saccharine. By the 1940s, it was producing farm-oriented chemicals, including herbicide 2,4-D which, combined with another chemical was used to make the notorious Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange.In 1976, the company launched probably its best-known product, the weed killer Roundup.In the 1980s, its scientists were the first to genetically modify a plant cell. Monsanto then started buying other seed companies and began field trials of GM seeds.It eventually developed soybean, corn, cotton and other crops engineered to be tolerant of Roundup.Company bosses say that alongside applying big data to farmer’s interventions on their crops, such resistant plant and pesticide combos will contribute to fatter harvests—needed to feed a world population expected to hit 10 billion by 2050.Goodbye ‘Monsatan’Dubbed “Monsatan” and “Mutanto” by critics, the US firm has for decades been in the crosshairs of environmentalists, especially in Europe, who believe that GM food could be unsafe to eat. © 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.last_img read more

Germanys Bosch powers up hydrogen cells for cars

first_imgHydrogen fuel stations are still are rare sight across Germany Stuttgart-based Bosch and Powercell Sweden AB—formerly a subsidiary of carmaker Volvo—aim to bring the fuel cells to market “in 2022 at the latest”.Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles could prove winners compared with their battery-driven cousins for some applications.They offer a longer range and can be refuelled about as quickly as a petrol- or diesel-powered vehicle.At the same time, hydrogen cars boast some of the advantages of battery-electric, including powerful acceleration, silent operation and no emissions at the point of use except water vapour.But a number of technological hurdles remain to be cleared before mass deployment.Large amounts of electricity are required to produce hydrogen, and there is a very limited network of fuelling stations.Just sixty refuelling points are available across Germany.Bosch did not reveal the financial terms of its deal with Powercell Sweden, but the two firms will work together to develop the so-called “stack”—components at the heart of the cell where the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen takes place to produce electricity.The group last year decided not to compete with existing Asian industry leaders in producing electric batteries for cars, seeing the rivals’ technological advantage as too great to catch up.By doing so, it turned away from supplying German carmakers like mammoth Volkswagen as they gear up to offer dozens of electric vehicles over the coming decade.Manufacturers have taken the plunge on electric power faced with looming tougher emissions rules in the European Union, loaded with hefty financial penalties if they are breached.European carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets “can only be reached by electrifying more and more of the powertrain. The fuel cell can play a decisive role here,” Bosch said.At first, “the best opportunities for broad adoption of fuel-cell technology are in the commercial-vehicle market,” the firm added, although it expects broader use in passenger cars should follow.By 2030, Bosch estimates that 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells. In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway Citation: Germany’s Bosch powers up hydrogen cells for cars (2019, April 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-germany-bosch-powers-hydrogen-cells.html Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP The world’s biggest auto parts maker Bosch said Monday it would work with a Swedish firm to develop key components for hydrogen fuel cells designed to power cars, after backing off building electric batteries.last_img read more