NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Laboratory Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director (Compensation) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales Representative (Packaging) at VeritivFull-Time Delivery Driver at American Furniture RentalFull-Time Auto Technician at BridgestoneFull-Time CDL B Driver at LilyFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AltroFull-Time Marketing Specialist at AmetekFull-Time Systems Engineer via Davis CompaniesFull-Time Operations Manager via Michael Page USA(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Explains Why Shes Running Describes Her

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)I want to have the privilege of being the State Representative for the 19th Middlesex because it is a position of vital importance for which no one would — or could — do a better job than I. I have worked in the State House, twice, once as an intern in the Governor’s Office and once as a Legislative Aide. I sit on Tewksbury’s Finance Committee and its Local Housing Partnership. I know, first hand, what it takes to do this job and I know what Tewksbury and Wilmington need from Beacon Hill. My goal is to streamline the communication between town hall and state house — and it is one I will achieve.#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)I am a proud conservative. Where I fall within that umbrella term is also a position of personal pride: I am a classic libertarian. I believe in personal freedom and personal responsibility. I believe that government is here to engage in only the most essential duties that maintain a functioning society. I believe that government is there to help those who cannot help themselves, not those who can but won’t help themselves. I also believe that government is OF the people and FOR the people, and that the shift toward a ruling class of self-designated — or privately appointed — officials is setting both a dangerous and dysfunctional precedent.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP How To Talk To The Other Side on Sept 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsIntro to the Cloud *RRWednesday, September 4, 7 pmLearn about that mysterious Cloud. Technology Librarian Brad McKenna will discuss such cloud-based technologies as email, file storage, music/movie streaming, and more.Pints + Pages Book Group *RRThursday, September 5, 7 pmFeatured Book: Killers of the Flower Moon by David GrannLocation: Red Heat Tavern (patio)-WilmingtonSocial book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month.  Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries host the book discussion.Fiction Critique Group*RRSaturday, September 7, 9:15 am Love writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Great Decisions Discussion Series (cost $10 per person)Mondays, September 9, 16, 30, and October 7, 7:30 pmWednesdays, September 18 and 25, 7 pmThis six-session Great Decisions program focuses on some of the most thought provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans. Long time facilitator Keith West will lead the four Monday night sessions and Library Trustee and high school history teacher Dan Hall will lead the two Wednesday night sessions. Register at the Main DeskInternet Search Strategies *RRTuesday, September 10, 10 amHaving trouble finding what you are looking for online? Learn effective strategies for getting the best results from search engines like Google.How to Talk to the Other Side* RRTuesday, September 10, 6:30 pmMediumship is the ability to sense the Spirit of those who have lived on earth before and decipher the messages they wish to share with us. In an intimate setting, Kim Dunsmore and Leslie Gabriele (www.withloveandgratitude.com) will relay messages from family, loved ones, and friends who have passed from your life. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the Wilmington Food Pantry.Stephen Bates Quartet* RRThursday, September 12, 7 pmThe Stephen Bates Quartet will perform an eclectic program of classical music featuring works by the three Bs — Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms — as well as pieces by 20th-21st century composers Astor Piazzolla, Bela Bartok, and Armando Ghidoni. These highly regarded musicians and teachers have performed in orchestras and chamber groups around the globe.Kids & Teen EventsTeen Advisory Board *RRTuesday, September 3, 7 pmThis is your chance to tell us what library programs you want to attend and what books, movies, and games we should have available for checkout in the Teen Zone. You’ll earn one hour of community service for your time and input into making the library a more teen-centered place!Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm*RRMagic Show with Stephen BrennerCome see an educational, fun, and interactive magic show filled with animals who appear and disappear! Children will learn about and get to pet animals in between magic tricks during this silly and entertaining show! Ages 4+LEGO Building Thursday, September 5, 3:45 pmBuild a unique LEGO creation.  Kindergarten+SAT Practice Test *RRGrades 10-12Saturday, September 7, 12:30-4:30 pmPractice the SAT for free! Students take the entire 3 hour and 50 minute test allowing an extra 25 minutes for breaks, and then receive their results courtesy of The Princeton Review. Please bring pencils and a scientific calculator.Wilmington Community PlaygroupMonday, September 9, 9:30 amAt this drop-in playgroup we will begin with a story and then play together! Led by the CTI Family Resource Network.Ages 2-5Art Adventures *RRTuesday, September 10, 3:45Create your own masterpiece! We’ll explore different forms of media and techniques to make one of a kind artwork for you to take home.  Grades 1-5Read to Thor *RRTuesday, September 10, 5-6:30Come read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, September 12, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.Labor Day Weekend HoursThe library will be closed Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”last_img read more

Google India revenue grows 29 to Rs 93377 crore profit up by

first_imgGoogle India,ReutersTech giant Google saw its India revenues grow 29 per cent to about Rs 93.38 billion in 2017-18 over the previous financial year, as per regulatory documents.Google India’s total revenue was at Rs 9,337.7 crore during 2017-18 as against Rs 72.395 billion in 2016-17, according to Registrar of Companies filing shared by market intelligence firm Tofler.The net profit was higher by about 33 per cent at Rs 4.072 billion last fiscal as compared to Rs 3.066 billion in the previous year.Google India’s total expenses rose nearly 29 per cent to Rs 87.109 billion from Rs 67.604 billion in 2016-17 as the company continues to invest heavily in the fiercely competitive Indian market where it offers services like cloud and payments.According to the filing, advertising revenue contributed about 69 per cent of the company’s turnover, while the share of IT-enabled services stood at 18 per cent and that of IT services was at 13 per cent.During 2017-18, Google India made 10 CSR grants, totaling about Rs 203 million to NGOs working to improve the quality of education, and for the safety of children.Besides, the NGOs used CSR grants to experiment with new technologies to enhance their work, and to create innovative new products to make work and teaching more accessible, it said.last_img read more

WATCH German Police Clash With Protesters Before G20 Summit

first_img Share – / 4 Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/06152437/Germany-G20-Protests-CR.mp400:0000:0001:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects. The skirmishes came hours before the two-day gathering of the world’s top economic powers gets under way Friday morning in Germany’s second-biggest city. Its host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she hoped the leaders would be able to find “compromises and answers” on a wide range of issues — although the prospects of finding common ground on climate change and trade were uncertain. Thursday evening’s protest as the G-20 leaders arrived in Hamburg was titled “G-20: Welcome to Hell,” and a standoff between hardcore anti-capitalist protesters and police developed before the march itself really got going. Police said they repeatedly asked some demonstrators to remove their masks, to no avail. They then decided to separate the group from the rest of the march, which they estimated at 12,000 people in total. Black-hooded protesters attacked a police vehicle with bottles and bricks, breaking its window. Organizers quickly called an end to the march after the violence broke out, police said. Skirmishes continued, with police advancing down the street with two water cannons while being pelted with bottles by a group of black-clad people. A nearby building was plastered with the slogan “Borderless solidarity instead of nationalism: attack the G-20.” A small group on the roof set off fireworks. Police said windows at a furniture store and a bank were damaged. There was no immediate word on a number of arrests or injuries. Many other groups are calling for peaceful protests and are pushing the G-20 leaders for action to fight climate change and address economic disparities in the world. Some are even calling for the dissolution of the G-20 itself so the United Nations becomes the platform for such discussions. In all, more than 100,000 protesters are expected in Hamburg for the summit, with some 8,000 considered part of Europe’s violent left-wing scene, according to police. The northern port city has boosted its police with reinforcements from around the country and has 20,000 officers on hand to patrol Hamburg’s streets, skies and waterways. Merkel is also hoping to keep things under control inside the city congress center where the summit is being held. With guests including U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the search for compromises is expected to be challenging. Merkel said leaders would address regulating financial markets, fighting terrorism and pandemics and combatting climate change, among other issues. She said “free, rule-based and fair trade” will be an important issue. “You can imagine that there will be discussions that will not be easy,” she said. “Globalization can be a win-win situation. It must not always be that there are winners and losers.” In the wake of Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris deal fighting climate change, the battle against global warming promises to feature prominently in discussions at the summit. Merkel has rejected calls from some to push for a strong “G-19” statement — without the U.S. — on climate change. That is something that Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday that Beijing also did not support. “The policies produced by the G-20 should be by the consensus of all member states,” he said. “No one should be excluded.” Still, he added, “China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.” _____ Geir Moulson contributed to this report.last_img read more

Local Law Enforcement HISD and HMAC Work Together On Project Safe Start

first_imgPhoto: HISD via Twitter / @HoustonISDHISD Police Chief Paul Cordova (center at podium) said during the launch of the 2018 edition of ‘Project Safe Start’ that the recent mass shooting at the Santa Fe High School is “weighing heavy on our hearts.”Once again, local law enforcement agencies, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Houston Ministers Against Crime (HMAC) are working together on ‘Project Safe Start’ and this year the recent mass shooting at the Santa Fe High School is in the minds of the people involved in the initiative.Coinciding with the end of the school year and local students starting their summer vacation, ‘Project Safe Start’ entails increased law enforcement patrolling around schools and neighborhoods, especially near the so-called hot spots where trouble may arise because of, for instance, simmering feuds that some students might want to settle.The initiative, which has been going on for more than 20 years, covers mostly HISD’s middle and high schools.“You have some students who may be interested in settling scores or maybe interested in causing problems,” commented HPD Assistant Chief Sheryl Victorian during a press conference held on Tuesday to announce the launch of the 2018 edition of the initiative.References to Santa Fe“We could not come to this without the burden and the concerns of the Santa Fe situation,” noted Reverend F.N. Williams, II, from the Antioch Baptist Church church and a member of HMAC.Paul Cordova, Chief of HISD’s Police Department, also made a reference to the mass shooting and said that “it is weighing heavy on our hearts and we know how serious this is and we have our full attention on the matter.”Chief Cordova also commented his department is forming an Emergency Response Team that will be able to be deployed “rapidly,” although he didn’t provide details.The Police Department of Texas Southern University also takes part in ‘Project Safe Start’. Sharelast_img read more

Blocked from Giving Away 3DPrinted Gun Blueprints Texas Man Says Hes Selling

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneCody Wilson, whose Defense Distributed is selling blueprints for 3D-printed guns, in his company’s Austin headquarters.An Austin resident and self-described “crypto-anarchist” said Tuesday he’ll begin selling blueprints that would allow users to 3D print their own plastic guns, a day after a federal judge extended a temporary block preventing him from making the plans available on the web for free.In other words: If he can’t be the “Napster” of crypto-guns, he’ll be the “iTunes,” Cody Wilson told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in Austin.The decision may put Wilson, currently at the center of a slew of court disputes across the country, on shaky legal footing. Wilson has argued in court that preventing him from publishing the blueprints infringes on his First Amendment rights. But Monday’s injunction said the potential harms to Wilson’s First Amendment rights “are dwarfed by the irreparable harms the States are likely to suffer” if he was permitted to post the blueprints for free. Nearly two dozen states that lined up against Wilson in court have said the untraceable plastic guns made using the blueprints would pose an enormous security risk.Wilson called the injunction “hysterical,” saying that the order allows his company to sell the designs and distribute them to customers through the mail, over email and with secure downloadable links. Wilson said he has already received 400 orders, according to the Associated Press.Josh Blackman, Wilson’s lawyer, said in an interview Tuesday that selling the blueprints directly to people within the United States is perfectly legal.“It’s not about distribution, it’s about posting them,” Blackman said. “There’s no prohibition on distributing these files — the prohibition is on doing it in a way that foreign persons can access.”But the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who is leading a 19-state challenge to Wilson, has characterized the block differently.“I am very concerned about 3-D printable guns, wherever they are,” Ferguson said earlier this month. Thanks to the federal judge in Seattle, he said, “federal firearm import and export laws once again prohibit the distribution of these downloadable gun files. Anyone who posts downloadable guns to the internet is violating federal law. It is the federal government’s job to enforce those laws, and I urge it to enforce them aggressively as to these prohibited items.”Wilson’s organization, Defense Distributed, is allowing customers to set their own price for any of 10 gun designs posted on his website. The guns appear to be available for as little as one cent.Wilson’s legal woes stretch back to 2013, when he posted blueprints for the 3D gun. The State Department ordered him to stop, arguing he was illegally exporting sensitive arms technology. Wilson sued in 2015, and Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the State Department earlier this summer, seemingly clearing the way for him to begin posting the designs online. But he was stalled by a flurry of lawsuits across the country.last_img read more

Researchers question Apolloera evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Application of laser microprobe technology to Apollo samples refines lunar impact history Explore further Citation: Researchers question Apollo-era evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment (2016, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-apollo-era-evidence-late-heavy-bombardment.html Late Heavy Bombardment. One interpretation of lunar soil analysis suggests that four billion years ago the inner solar system was a violent place, gravitational perturbations of the orbits of the gas giants initiated a comet shower which in turn deflected many asteroids into the paths of the Earth and Moon. Erosion has removed most of the craters from the Earth but the Moon’s ancient landscape still bears the scars. Credit: Australian National University But these results are controversial—Apollo lunar samples represent only about 4 percent of the lunar surface and could thus have resulted from a single impact event rather than a more widespread bombardment episode. And due to lunar magnetism and overprinting from successive impacts, all of the Apollo-era lunar samples show evidence of 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances—in other words, the apparent ages of samples could have been “reset” by later impact events.So two researchers from the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently reanalyzed the age spectra data from the Apollo samples in order to test the uniqueness of their impact histories. To do so, they used a physical model describing 40Ar* diffusive loss that accounted for age resetting of samples by subsequent impacts. The point of this reanalysis wasn’t to confirm or disconfirm the existence of the Late Heavy Bombardment, but rather to determine whether 40Ar/39Ar can even act as evidence for impact spikes. Their results, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strongly suggest that episodic crust formation occurring more than 4 billion years ago, combined with 40Ar* loss due to a decrease in impact flux can create a bias in age compilations toward the illusion of an impact spike. “Our modeling shows that, due to the nature of declining impact rates and the early but episodic nature of crust formation on extraterrestrial bodies, apparent bombardment episodes can be a common artifact in 40Ar/39Ar plateau age histograms,” the authors write.They note that although the most widely cited evidence in favor of the LHB likely yields unreliable impact histories, their modeling does not preclude the occurrence of such events. However, determining impact histories will rely on future studies incorporating such techniques as in situ 40Ar/39Ar modeling and quantitative thermochronologic modeling. “Until such evidence is gathered,” the authors write, “we conclude that a monotonic decrease in impactor flux explains all existing 40Ar/39Ar data from both lunar and meteoritic samples.”center_img (Phys.org)—Many scientists believe that a cataclysmic series of impact events called the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) occurred around 4.1 to 3.9 billion years ago, during which there was a spike in asteroids colliding with the planets of the inner solar system. Among the possible explanations for the LHB is the migration of large planets to the outer solar system, disrupting objects in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt and flinging them toward the inner solar system.The Earth is constantly resurfaced by erosion and cratonic growth, and as a result, can’t contribute much geologic data about the existence of the LHB. Much of the evidence is therefore derived from the moon—specifically, from Apollo-era lunar samples returned to Earth in the 1960s and 1970s. Researchers used argon dating to determine age spectra of lunar rocks found in three major lunar basins. The so-called “plateau ages” of these rocks, as determined from 40Ar/39Ar age spectra, suggest a cluster of impacts approximately 3.9 billion years ago. More information: Illusory Late Heavy Bombardments. PNAS (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611535113AbstractThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), a hypothesized impact spike at ∼3.9 Ga, is one of the major scientific concepts to emerge from Apollo-era lunar exploration. A significant portion of the evidence for the existence of the LHB comes from histograms of 40Ar/39Ar “plateau” ages (i.e., regions selected on the basis of apparent isochroneity). However, due to lunar magmatism and overprinting from subsequent impact events, virtually all Apollo-era samples show evidence for 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances, leaving open the possibility that partial 40Ar* resetting could bias interpretation of bombardment histories due to plateaus yielding misleadingly young ages. We examine this possibility through a physical model of 40Ar* diffusion in Apollo samples and test the uniqueness of the impact histories obtained by inverting plateau age histograms. Our results show that plateau histograms tend to yield age peaks, even in those cases where the input impact curve did not contain such a spike, in part due to the episodic nature of lunar crust or parent body formation. Restated, monotonically declining impact histories yield apparent age peaks that could be misinterpreted as LHB-type events. We further conclude that the assignment of apparent 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages bears an undesirably high degree of subjectivity. When compounded by inappropriate interpretations of histograms constructed from plateau ages, interpretation of apparent, but illusory, impact spikes is likely. © 2016 Phys.org 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

Its KPop time again

first_imgA Korean music festival, incorporating a mix of dance, ballad, electronic, rock, hip-hop and R&B among other styles of pop music is scheduled to be held in the city soon.Organised by the Korean Cultural Centre, part of the Korean Embassy the K-POP festival, which is currently in its third edition is set to be held on 30 August here according to organisers.Apart from the national capital, Mumbai, Chennai and Dimapur are the other cities, which will play host to the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is currently seeking applications for participation from aspiring singers and dancers who can send in videos of their performances to organisers.‘K-POP fever has amplified in India and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people last year’, says Kim Kum Pyoung, Director, Korean Cultural Centre.He further adds, ‘It’s the ultimate platform to showcase the talent and personality of very gifted performer chosen from all corners of India!’ Meanwhile, winning teams at the upcoming festival would be awarded an all expenses paid trip to South Korea sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) and Korea Tourist Organization (KTO).They will also get an opportunity to perform in the K-POP World Festival in Changwon, organisers said.last_img read more

Murder of TMC worker Prime accused arrested

first_imgKolkata: The prime accused in connection with the murder of a Trinamool Congress worker in Cooch Behar was arrested on Saturday night from an area near the Indo-Bhutan border.Police said the arrested person, Avijit Barman, was behind the murder of Trinamool Congress worker Majid Ansari. It may be recalled that Majid was shot dead from a point black range on July 13. The police had earlier arrested five persons in this connection, but Avijit was at large. He was moving from one place to another. Finally, he had taken shelter in a hideout at the bordering Kumarganj area. He had chosen the bordering area to stay so that he could easily flee if police conducted raid to arrest him. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeActing on a tip off, a team comprising senior police officers went to Kumarganj and conducted a raid at the hideout. They found Avijit present there and arrested him. It may be recalled that Majid was attacked when he was returning from college. He was stopped at Chowpathy area by some people and shot at from a point blank range. Two bullets were fired at him. The first bullet had missed the target. But the second bullet hit him in the stomach. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLocal people went to the spot hearing the sound of firing and found Majid lying in a pool of blood. Police went to the spot and took Majid to a hospital. He was finally admitted to a nursing home at Siliguri. He succumbed to his injuries after two weeks from the incident. Trinamool Congress leaders had demanded the arrest of the people involved in the incident and also organised a rally protesting against the murder of Majid. Police had initiated a case in this connection under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder (302 IPC) and criminal conspiracy (120B IPC). Police initiated a probe and names of six persons including that of Avijit had cropped up, who was at large since the incident. They had arrested five persons and continued their investigation in search of Avijit.last_img read more

Indias first Print Biennale opens at the Lalit Kala Akademi

first_imgIn keeping with its role as the country’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting the first ever ‘International Print Biennale’ in the country with a record number of 17 countries participating in it. The exhibition which opened on March 25 at the Rabindra Bhavan Galleries, had eminent artist and printmaker, Shakti Barman as the Chief Guest along with the Biennale commissioner, Anupam Sud and its steering committee members: Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paila Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi. The ceremony also witnessed the launch of ‘Samkaleen Kala’, a Lalit Kala Akademi journal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It was around the 1980s that I first happened to get introduced to the lithography medium of printmaking. All of a sudden, lithography had become very popular. But with time, its trend, as well as practising spaces and studios got demolished and now, we have very few of them. I believe, that this grand endeavour by the Akademi will help it gain back its popularity,” said Barman at the inauguration. Culture Minister of India, Dr Mahesh Sharma couldn’t attend the inauguration function due to personal reasons, but he sent his best regards through a message, which said, “Printmaking is a means of fine expression. I appreciate the outstanding effort of the Akademi to contribute towards and make us aware of the contemporary trends in art.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCS Krishna Setty, Administrator LKA, in his welcoming address on the Biennale stated, “The aim behind conducting such an event is to endeavour a quest for discovering new artistic trends in printmaking nationally, as well as globally, and to explore new ideas in the field. The Lalit Kala Akademi is creating history once again today; in its 64 years of history, the Akademi is organizing this first ever Print Biennale of India, for the first time.”With countries like USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius participating in this exhibition, the Biennale has elicited global interest.last_img read more

Why does the C programming language refuse to die

first_imgAs a technology research analyst, I try to keep up the pace with the changing world of technology. It seems like every single day, there is a new programming language, framework, or tool emerging out of nowhere. In order to keep up, I regularly have a peek at the listicles on TIOBE, PyPL, and Stackoverflow along with some twitter handles and popular blogs, which keeps my FOMO (fear of missing out) in check. So here I was, strolling through the TIOBE index, to see if a new programming language is making the rounds or if any old timer language is facing its doomsday in the lower half of the table. The first thing that caught my attention was Python, which interestingly broke into the top 3 for the first time since it was ranked by TIOBE. I never cared to look at Java, since it has been claiming the throne ever since it became popular. But with my pupils dilated, I saw something which I would have never expected, especially with the likes of Python, C#, Swift, and JavaScript around. There it was, the language which everyone seemed to have forgotten about, C, sitting at the second position, like an old tower among the modern skyscrapers in New York. A quick scroll down shocked me even more: C was only recently named the language of 2017 by TIOBE. The reason it won was because of its impressive yearly growth of 1.69% and its consistency – C has been featured in the top 3 list for almost four decades now. This result was in stark contrast to many news sources (including Packt’s own research) that regularly place languages like Python and JavaScript on top of their polls. But surely this was an indicator of something. Why would a language which is almost 50 years old still hold its ground against the ranks of newer programming language? C has a design philosophy for the ages A solution to the challenges of UNIX and Assembly The 70s was a historic decade for computing. Many notable inventions and developments, particularly in the area of networking, programming, and file systems, took place. UNIX was one such revolutionary milestone, but the biggest problem with UNIX was that it was programmed in Assembly language. Assembly was fine for machines, but difficult for humans. Watch now: Learn and Master C Programming For Absolute Beginners So, the team working on UNIX, namely Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, and Brian Kernighan decided to develop a language which could understand data types and supported data structures. They wanted C to be as fast as the Assembly but with the features of a high-level language. And that’s how C came into existence, almost out of necessity. But the principles on which the C programming language was built were not coincidental. It compelled the programmers to write better code and strive for efficiency rather than being productive by providing a lot of abstractions. Let’s discuss some features which makes C a language to behold. Portability leads to true ubiquity When you try to search for the biggest feature of C, almost instantly, you are bombarded with articles on portability. Which makes you wonder what is it about portability that makes C relevant in the modern world of computing. Well, portability can be defined as the measure of how easily software can be transferred from one computer environment or architecture to another. One can also argue that portability is directly proportional to how flexible your software is. Applications or software developed using C are considered to be extremely flexible because you can find a C compiler for almost every possible platform available today. So if you develop your application by simply exercising some discipline to write portable code, you have yourself an application which virtually runs on every major platform. Programmer-driven memory management It is universally accepted that C is a high-performance language. The primary reason for this is that it works very close to the machine, almost like an Assembly language. But very few people realize that versatile features like explicit memory management makes C one of the better-performing languages out there. Memory management allows programmers to scale down a program to run with a small amount of memory. This feature was important in the early days because the computers or terminals as they used to call it, were not as powerful as they are today. But the advent of mobile devices and embedded systems has renewed the interest of programmers in C language because these mobile devices demand that the programmers keep memory requirement to a minimum. Many of the programming languages today provide functionalities like garbage collection that takes care of the memory allocation. But C calls programmers’ bluff by asking them to be very specific. This makes their programs and its memory efficient and inherently fast. Manual memory management makes C one of the most suitable languages for developing other programming languages. This is because even in a garbage collector someone has to take care of memory allocation – that infrastructure is provided by C. Structure is all I got As discussed before, Assembly was difficult to work with, particularly when dealing with large chunks of code. C has a structured approach in its design which allows the programmers to break down the program into multiple blocks of code for execution, often called as procedures or functions. There are, of course, multiple ways in which software development can be approached. Structural programming is one such approach that is effective when you need to break down a problem into its component pieces and then convert it into application code. Although it might not be quite as in vogue as object-oriented programming is today, this approach is well suited to tasks like database scripting or developing small programs with logical sequences to carry out specific set of tasks. As one of the best languages for structural programming, it’s easy to see how C has remained popular, especially in the context of embedded systems and kernel development. Applications that stand the test of time If Beyoncé would have been a programmer, she definitely might have sang “Who runs the world? C developers”. And she would have been right. If you’re using a digital alarm clock, a microwave, or a car with anti-lock brakes, chances are that they have been programmed using C. Though it was never developed specifically for embedded systems, C has become the defacto programming language for embedded developers, systems programmers, and kernel development. C: the backbone of our operating systems We already know that the world famous UNIX system was developed in C, but is it the only popular application that has been developed using C? You’ll be astonished to see the list of applications that follows: The world desktop operating market is dominated by three major operating systems: Windows, MAC, and Linux. The kernel of all these OSes has been developed using the C programming language. Similarly, Android, iOS, and Windows are some of the popular mobile operating systems whose kernels were developed in C. Just like UNIX, the development of Oracle Database began on Assembly and then switched to C. It’s still widely regarded as one of the best database systems in the world. Not only Oracle but MySQL and PostgreSQL have also been developed using C – the list goes on and on. What does the future hold for C? So far we discussed the high points of C programming, it’s design principle and the applications that were developed using it. But the bigger question to ask is, what its future might hold. The answer to this question is tricky, but there are several indicators which show positive signs. IoT is one such domain where the C programming language shines. Whether or not beginner programmers should learn C has been a topic of debate everywhere. The general consensus says that learning C is always a good thing, as it builds up your fundamental knowledge of programming and it looks good on the resume. But IoT provides another reason to learn C, due to the rapid growth in the IoT industry. We already saw the massive number of applications built on C and their codebase is still maintained in it. Switching to a different language means increased cost for the company. Since it is used by numerous enterprises across the globe the demand for C programmers is unlikely to vanish anytime soon. Read Next Rust as a Game Programming Language: Is it any good? Google releases Oboe, a C++ library to build high-performance Android audio apps Will Rust Replace C++?last_img read more

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to

first_imgEntertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service.The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come cheap.At least 22 Viacom channels will be on the service at launch as a result. These are BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, TV Land and VH1, BET Gospel, Centric, Logo, CMT Pure Country, MTV Hits, MTV James, mtvU, Palladia, TeenNick, Vh1 Classic and Vh1 Soul.Sony’s service will also get hundreds of hours of TV Everywhere programming from the likes of Nick, MTV, Comedy Central and BET available via Viacom websites and apps; and Viacom’s full VOD offering.“Viacom always strives to create transformational opportunities that combine consumer value and technological innovation,” said Philippe Dauman, president and CEO, Viacom. “Given our young, tech-savvy audiences, our networks are essential for any new distribution platform, and we’re excited to be among the many programmers that will help power Sony’s new service and advance a new era for television.”Sony has been planning the cloud service for some time, though details remain scarce. The Viacom deal was first mooted in US trades last year. Further announcements from Sony will come in the “near future”, the firm said.“Our new cloud-based TV service will combine the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience they have come to expect from our network,” said Andrew House, group executive, network entertainment business, Sony.“Viacom’s award-winning networks are a perfect match for our new service, ensuring that our customers will be able to access the shows they love on their favorite devices, when and how they choose.”Sony claims there are more than 75 million internet-connected Sony devices in US homes.last_img read more

Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drug

first_img Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drugs for cancerFOYLE MLAHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanSDLP ShareTweet SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed today’s announcement that will see improved access to specialist drugs for cancer and other conditions suffered by people living in the North of Ireland.Cancer patients in the North of Ireland are to have the same access to drugs currently being offered to patients in the rest of the UK.Up until now some patients with cancer and other conditions were denied access to certain drugs mainly due to cost. “While today’s announcement is welcome, it is long overdue. Today we think of all those who have campaigned for this civil right and those who would have benefited from it but who are sadly no longer with us,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan welcomes improved access to specialist drugs for cancer was last modified: September 12th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: The Foyle MLA commented: “For many years the SDLP have stood shoulder to shoulder with sufferers of cancer and other conditions fighting for fair access to treatment. “The current situation where some patients in Northern Ireland are offered a second class service compared to those in England is unfair and it is, as it always has been, unjust. “Why should someone in Derry not get the same chance or treatment as someone in Derby?“This reform of the Individual Funding Request process will ease the suffering and improve the lives of many people here and give their loved ones the comfort of knowing they are being given the most suitable drugs for their condition – be it cancer, MS or anything else.last_img read more

One thing that I did notice was that January open

first_imgOne thing that I did notice, was that January open interest in silver had been sneaking up slowly during the week, with 102 contracts added yesterday.It was a very quiet trading day for both gold and silver yesterday.In gold, the high tick came shortly after 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and from there, the gold price wandered around within five bucks of the $1,640 spot price for the rest of the Wednesday trading day.Gold closed at $1,643.00 spot…up $10.80 on the day. Volume, net of all roll-overs out of the February contact, was around 130,000 contracts…almost the same as Tuesday’s volume.  This is quite big volume considering the lack of price movement.The silver price didn’t do too much either.  It was pretty steady until 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and then rose to its high of the day at 10:00 a.m. in London, before getting sold off to its low of the day about five minutes after Comex trading began in New York.The subsequent price rally ended around 11:40 a.m. Eastern time…and then declined about 30 cents going into the close of Comex trading.  From there it traded pretty flat until the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed just under the $30 mark for the second day in a row, at $29.97 spot…up 3 whole cents.  Net volume was 35,000 contracts…a few thousand less than Tuesday.As I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, the U.S. dollar index rose and fell about 25 basis points between the New York open on Tuesday evening…and 5:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday morning, which was 10:00 a.m. in London.Then it blasted 50 basis points higher in two hours flat, crawling up to its high of the day around 11:30 a.m. in New York.  From there it declined gently into the close.  The dollar index closed up about 45 points on the day.The approximately ten dollar decline in the gold price [that accompanied the 50 basis point rally in the dollar] between 10 a.m. and noon in London is pretty obvious on the Kitco gold chart above…but it wasn’t much of a decline for such a big dollar move.  And by the time the dollar rally was done around 11:30 a.m. Eastern, the gold price had rallied back to within a few bucks of its starting point at 10:00 a.m. in London…5:00 a.m. Eastern time.  That’s a bullish sign in my books.On the bad news of out of Hecla Mining yesterday, the HUI gapped down at the open.  The low came at 10:30 a.m. Eastern…and then the rest of the gold stocks spent the day crawling higher.  I’m sure that if it hadn’t been for the 21% pounding in Hecla’s stock price, the HUI would have finished in positive territory yesterday.  As it was, the HUI finished well off its low, closing down only 1.02%.With the odd exception, the silver stocks didn’t do overly well…and with Hecla Mining being one of the major components of Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index, it got hit for a 2.77% loss yesterday.  BIG GOLD editor Jeff Clark informed me that Hecla will lose about 3.5 million ounces of silver production because of the closure of the Lucky Friday mine…if it stays closed all year, that is.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a bit of a surprise.  Only 8 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…but a very chunky [for this time of month] 125 silver contracts were also posted for delivery.  As usual, it was Jefferies on the short/issuer side…and the Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan as the only long/stoppers.  The link to the action is here.There was a very minor withdrawal from the GLD ETF yesterday…13,239 troy ounces…which was probably a fee payment.  There were no reported changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday, either.The Comex-approved warehouses are still busy places these days.  Tuesday’s report showed that 701,831 troy ounces were shipped in…and 426,528 troy ounces were shipped out. The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler posted his mid-week commentary for his paying subscribers yesterday…and here are the usual two free paragraphs…“The main issue with the CME is the inherent conflict between its role as a for-profit corporation…and as a self-regulator. Let’s face it, allowing any for-profit entity to essentially regulate itself, is just asking for trouble. And that is the problem. This conflict is at the heart of the new criticism…yet, curiously, is not mentioned often enough. Instead, observers of the current drama involving the CME and MF Global are misled by sound bites and clutter that fail to mention any inherent conflict of interest on the CME’s part. That’s because the CME is a master at spin-doctoring.”“Because the CME is more interested in profit at any cost, not only has its self-regulatory role been compromised, it has actually enacted and encouraged developments which are downright hostile to the efficient functioning of its markets. You need not look further than the scourge of High Frequency Trading (HFT) for an example of what the CME has done wrong. HFT does nothing to enhance our markets, except generate excessive trading fees for the CME. HFT works against the very purpose for our futures markets of legitimate hedging because HFT is nothing more than day trading gone mad. Legitimate hedgers have no use for frantic day trading. High Frequency Trading also allows for markets to be manipulated easier.”I have a decent number of stories for you today…and most of them are precious metals related. I hope you have the time to spend on them.The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war.  Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin.  But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. – Ernest HemingwayIt was pretty much a nothing sort of day in both gold and silver on Wednesday, as both metals didn’t do much of anything.  The preliminary open interest numbers were down a couple of thousand contracts in gold…and a few hundred contracts in silver.One thing that I did notice, was that January open interest in silver had been sneaking up slowly during the week, with 102 contracts added yesterday.  That was certainly associated with the fairly large delivery notice in silver [125 contracts] that was reported by the CME last evening…which I mentioned close to the top of this column.Not much happened during the Far East trading session during their Thursday…and not much is going on during the first hour of trading in London, either.  As of 3:40 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up about four bucks…and silver is up about 15 cents.  Volumes in both metals are very light…and the dollar index is flat.About ninety minutes has gone by since I wrote that last paragraph. It’s now 10:10 a.m. in London…5:10 a.m. Eastern time…and both gold and silver are showing some signs of life.  Gold is now up about eight bucks…and silver is up a hair over 40 cents.  Volume has picked up a bit as well…and the dollar index is now down about 20 basis point.  It’s nothing to get excited about, but it’s more price action than there’s been since the New York open at 6:00 p.m. Eastern last night.Tomorrow we get the new Commitment of Traders Report…and based on the price activity of the reporting week that ended on Tuesday, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there was deterioration in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver, as I’m sure that the technical funds were covering their short positions…and the small commercial traders were selling out to them and taking profits.This is not what either Ted Butler or myself is hoping for, but that’s the most plausible outcome at the moment.  We’ll see how much truth there is to this speculation tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.That’s all I have for today.  I hope your Thursday goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement Great Panther Silver Limited (TSX: GPR) is one of the fastest growing primary silver producers in Mexico.  The Company’s organic growth strategy will see output from mining operations increase by 30% in 2011 to 3.0 million ounces silver equivalent and again by 27% in 2012 to 3.8 million ounces silver equivalent, providing strong leverage to rising silver prices. The Company has also been growing its resource and reserve base at both 100% owned operations.  A new resource/reserve estimate was released for the Guanajuato Mines in late December 2010 and a new resource/reserve estimate for the Topia Mines is expected during the first quarter is 2011.  The Company is also advancing drilling activities at its new discovery at the San Ignacio property in Guanajuato.  Great Panther continues to replace mined ounces, grow resources and reserves at both operations, and is targeting a 10 year mine live at each.Great Panther is committed to becoming a leading primary silver producer by acquiring, developing and profitably mining precious and base metals in Latin America. For more information, please visit the website or contact Erick J. Bertsch, VP Corporate Development, toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or by email at ebertsch@greatpanther.comlast_img read more

Da boyz are after silver in a big way The gold pri

first_imgDa boyz are after silver in a big wayThe gold price rallied a hair in Far East trading on their Monday morning, but that all ended at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time as the HFT boyz and their algorithms took an eight or nine dollar slice off the golden salami.  After that, the price didn’t do much until shortly after 11 a.m. EDT—and the rally that began at that time got dealt with in the usual manner at one minute before noon, before it got too far into positive territory—and it wasn’t allowed to close there.The low and high tick were reported as $1,208.80 and $1,221.00 in the December contract.Gold closed in New York on Monday at $1,214.80 spot, down $1.40 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was 131,000 contracts.Silver opened flat on Monday morning in the Far East but, like gold, the HFT traders and their algorithms showed up at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time as well—and within an hour had silver down over 50 cents.  From there it rallied in fits and starts back to just above unchanged by noon in New York—and at that time met the same fate as the gold price—getting closed down on the day.The low and highs were reported by the CME Group as $17.865 and $17.325 in the December contract.Silver finished the trading session on Monday at $17.73 spot, down 6 cents from Friday’s close.  Net volume was a stunning 74,000 contracts.Platinum and palladium had charts very similar to the gold charts, but mini versions—and both metals, like gold and silver, were closed at a new low for this move down. Platinum was closed down 12 bucks—and palladium was closed down 9 bucks, but was briefly below $800 during the day.  Here are the charts. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is 15 minutes away.  With the exception of silver, the other three precious metals are all up a tiny amount on the day.  Gold volume is a bit over 15,000 contracts, which isn’t overly heavy—but silver’s volume is very brisk at 7,700 contracts.  The dollar index is flat.Today is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and I would guess that we’ll see new records pretty much across the board in gold and silver—and close to records in platinum and palladium as well.  Of course that depends on today’s price action, so we’ll see how things turn out as the trading day progresses, particularly in New York.And as I fire this out the door to Stowe, Vermont at 5:00 a.m. EDT, I see that the prices of all four precious metals went vertical shortly after 9 a.m. BST in what had all the hallmarks of a ‘no ask’ market—and it remains to be seen how long JPMorgan et al allow these rallies to last.  Judging by the volumes in both gold and silver at the moment, they are hard at work as sellers of last resort.  Right now [4:50 a.m. EDT] net gold volume has exploded to a bit over 35,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is 14,000 contracts.  So unless a black swan of some type shows up, it’s a pretty good bet that these rallies will meet the same fate as every other rally.Here are the gold and silver charts as of 4:45 a.m. EDT—9:45 a.m. BST in London. The dollar index close late on Friday afternoon in New York at 84.78—and then climbed to its 85.85 ‘high’ tick of the day around 11:20 a.m. EDT.  From there it slid lower—and closed at 84.70, which was down 8 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks gapped down—and then stayed down for the remainder of the day, except for a small rally around noon when gold rallied as well.  Even though gold made it into positive territory for a bit—and only closed down a dollar or so, the HUI closed down another 2.89%.The silver equities headed for the basement the moment that trading began in New York.  The noon rally didn’t last—and the stocks continued lower—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a chunky 3.64%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 220 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Wednesday.  The biggest short/issuer was Jefferies by far with 188 contracts.  There were about 10 long/stoppers, none which really stood out—and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here if you wish to check it out.The CME Preliminary Report for the Monday trading session showed that there are 16 gold and 387 silver contracts still open in September, from which you can subtract the 220 silver contracts in the prior paragraph.There was 57,698 troy ounces of gold withdrawn from GLD yesterday—but it was totally different over at SLV, as there was another monster deposit.  This time there was 2,397,570 troy ounces were added by an authorized participant.I forgot all about Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List” while was in San Antonio, so I’ll make amends here.  As of the close of trading last Wednesday, this is what he had to say: “Analysis of the 17 September 2014 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list—4,844,010.2 troy ounces were added (all to Brinks London). No bars were removed or had a serial number change.The bars added were from: Solar Applied Materials (2.8M oz), Henan Yuguang (1.4M oz), Nordeutsche (0.3M oz), and 4 others.  As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 594.3 oz.  All daily changes are reflected on the bar list, except the 959,072.0 oz deposit last night (17 September 2014).About 2.5M oz of the deposits were bars that had been in SLV before, with another 2.3M oz of fresh bars.”There was a decent sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 3,700 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—660,000 silver eagles—and 100 platinum eagles.There wasn’t much activity in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, as only 3,407 troy ounces were shipped out—and nothing was reported received.The silver activity was off the charts once again, as 2,656,293 troy ounces were reported received, with all the action at Brink’s, Inc.—CNT—and Canada’s Scotiabank.  Only 165,152 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here—and it’s worth a look.Nick Laird sent us this chart on the weekend.  It’s the weekly deliveries from the Shanghai Gold Exchange right up until September 12, 2014—and as you can tell, the chart is doing what it’s supposed to, moving from lower left to upper right.I’ve kept the stories down to as few as possible, but there’s still a lot.  The final edit is yours.Certainly, the signals in silver from everywhere I look are much different than the prices being set on the COMEX. Despite the pronounced price weakness, investment holdings in the big silver ETF, SLV, have grown and not shrunk, both on an absolute basis and relative to the big gold ETF, GLD.  Even though the price of silver has gone down—and has gone down relative to gold’s price, there are no indications of investment selling of physical silver, only indications of buying.  There is no compatibility between price action and the holdings in the two largest public investment vehicles in silver and gold. One would appear to be wrong, either the collective behavior of silver and gold investors when it comes to physical metal holdings or the price-setting mechanism on the COMEX. This is a disconnect that demands an eventual re-connection. The easiest re-connection must involve a radical change in the price of silver and not a change in collective investment behavior. The price of silver is wrong, not public reaction to a price thought too cheap. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 September 2014Another slice out of the salami in all four precious metal yesterday, particularly in silver, as all hit new lows for this move down.  And as you already know, da boyz are after silver in a big way, as it’s the problem child for both JPMorgan and Canada’s Scotia bank.  I would guess that between them, they hold a bit over half of the entire short position of the ‘Big 8′ traders in the Commercial category of the Commitment of Traders Report.Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals.  Platinum is most likely at its most oversold position in many years—and that goes for the other three precious metals as well.center_img I’m back home in Edmonton now that the Casey conference is done.  I was amazed at the quality of not only the speakers, but also the calibre of the attendees.  After talking with many—and I’m happy to report that the “can do” spirit is still very much alive in America.  I was delighted to meet so many readers while I was there—and I was humbled by their kind words.  So a profound “thank you” hardly seems adequate.After flying for a good chunk of Monday, I must admit that I’m a pretty tired puppy.I’m off to bed—and after watching the early morning action in London, nothing will surprise me when I power up my computer later this morning.See you tomorrow.last_img read more

A simple question at the pharmacy could unlock sav

first_imgA simple question at the pharmacy could unlock savings for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.Under a little-known Medicare rule, they can pay a lower cash price for prescriptions instead of using their insurance and doling out the amount the policy requires. But only if they ask.That is because pharmacists say their contracts with drug plans often contain “gag orders” forbidding them from volunteering this information.As part of President Trump’s blueprint to bring down prescription drug costs, Medicare officials warned in a May 17 letter that gag orders are “unacceptable and contrary” to the government’s effort to promote price transparency.But the agency stopped short of requiring insurers to lift such restrictions on pharmacists.That doesn’t mean people with Medicare drug coverage are destined to overpay for prescriptions. They can get the lower price, when it’s available, simply by asking, says Julie Carter, federal policy associate at the Medicare Rights Center, a patient advocacy group.”If they bring it up, then we can inform them of those prices,” says Nick Newman, a pharmacist and the manager at Essentra Pharmacy in rural Marengo, Ohio. “It’s a moral dilemma for the pharmacist, knowing what would be best for the patient but not being able to help them and hoping they will ask you about the comparison.”For consumers inclined to price-shop, details may be hard to find: Medicare’s website and annual handbook don’t mention it.”If you don’t know that there are a bunch of different prices that could be available at any given pharmacy, you don’t know what you don’t know,” says Leigh Purvis, the AARP Public Policy Institute’s director of health services research.Researchers analyzing 9.5 million Part D prescription claims reported in a research letter to Journal of the American Medical Association in March that a patient’s copayment was higher than the cash price for nearly one in four drugs purchased in 2013. For 12 of the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs, patients overpaid by more than 33 percent.Although the study found that the average overpayment for a single prescription was relatively small, Newman says he has seen consumers pay as much as $30 more than the cash price.And many beneficiaries may not know that if they pay a lower cash price for a covered drug at a pharmacy that participates in their insurance plan and then submit the proper documentation, insurers must count it toward their out-of-pocket expenses. The total of those expenses can trigger the drug coverage gap, commonly called the doughnut hole. (This year, the gap begins after the plan and beneficiary spend $3,750 and ends once the beneficiary has spent a total of $5,000.)Daniel Nam, executive director of federal programs at America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group, agrees that “patients should have access to the lowest price possible at the pharmacy.” But, he says, Medicare’s warning takes aim at an increasingly rare occurrence. Gag order clauses are “not something they are incorporating into their contracts,” he says.UnitedHealthcare, whose popular prescription drug plans dominate the market, does not include such clauses in any of its Medicare, Medicaid or commercial insurance contracts, says Matt Burns, a company spokesman.Pharmacy benefit managers also say gag orders are not typical. “If it is happening, it is very much an outlier,” says Mark Merritt, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.Some pharmacists disagree. Kala Shankle, policy and regulatory affairs director for the National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents 22,000 independent pharmacies, says insurers have punished pharmacists who violate gag orders by dropping them from the plan’s network.In Ohio, one of several states that have banned gag orders in insurance contracts, including some Medicare drug plans, officials responded to complaints about the problem.”The Department has received inquiries related to entities withholding cost-saving information from consumers, which sometimes results in an insured paying more for pharmacy benefits than the actual cost of such pharmacy benefits,” the Ohio Department of Insurance wrote last month.Illinois and Ohio state legislators are considering bills making these restrictions illegal, and similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.”If we didn’t have these gag clauses, there would not be a need for the legislation and policy changes movement that’s going on in the country,” says Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service and editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. You’ll find Susan Jaffe on Twitter: @SusanJaffe Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Editors note This story was originally published

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.People do the darnedest things in hopes of avoiding mosquito bites. They burn cow dung, coconut shells or coffee. They drink gin and tonic. They eat bananas. They spray themselves with mouthwash or slather themselves in clove/alcohol solution. And they rub themselves with Bounce. “You know, those heavily perfumed sheets you put in your dryer,” says Dr. Immo Hansen, professor at the Institute of Applied Biosciences at New Mexico State University.None of those techniques have been tested to see if they actually keep mosquitoes away. But that doesn’t stop people from trying them, according to a study that will be published this summer by Hansen and colleague, Stacey Rodriguez, lab manager at the Hansen Lab at NMSU, which studies ways to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. They and colleagues asked 5,000 people what they did to protect themselves against mosquitoes. Most used conventional mosquito repellents.Then researchers asked about their traditional home remedies. That’s when the cow dung and dryer sheets came out. In interviews, Hansen and Rodriguez shared some of the responses they received. Their paper will be published this summer in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ.Beyond folklore and traditional remedies, there are proven ways to protect against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. NPR talked with researchers, many of whom spend lots of time in mosquito-infested jungles, marshes and tropical areas.Which repellents work best to stop mosquitoes from biting?Products containing DEET have been shown both safe and effective. DEET is shorthand for the chemical N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, the active ingredient in many insect repellents. A 2015 article in the Journal of Insect Science examined the effectiveness of various commercial insect sprays, and products containing DEET proved effective and relatively long lasting. Rodriguez and Hansen were authors of the 2015 study, and replicated the results in a 2017 article in the same journal.DEET appeared on store shelves in 1957. There was some early concern about its safety — speculation that it was linked to neurological problems. But recent reviews, for example a study published in June 2014 in the journal Parasites and Vectors, says, “Animal testing, observational studies and intervention trials have found no evidence of severe adverse events associated with recommended DEET use.”DEET isn’t the only weapon. Products containing the active ingredients picaridin and IR 3535 are as effective, says Dr. Dan Strickman, with the Global Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (which is a funder of NPR) and author of Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease.Repellents with any of those active ingredients are recommended as safe and effective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are widely available around the world.Actually, Strickman gives the edge to picardin.”Picaridin is a little more effective than DEET and seems to keep mosquitoes at a greater distance,” he says. When people use DEET, mosquitoes may land on them but not bite. When they use a product containing picaridin, mosquitoes are less likely to even land. Repellents with IR 3535 are slightly less effective, Strickman says, but they don’t have the strong smell of other products.Then there is oil of lemon eucalyptus, or PMD, a natural oil extracted from the leaves and twigs of the lemon-scented gum eucalyptus plant, also recommended by the CDC. PMD is the ingredient in the oil that makes it repellent to insects. NMSU researchers found that a product containing oil of lemon eucalyptus was about as effective and as long lasting as products containing DEET. “For some people, there’s a stigma to using chemicals on their skin. They prefer a more natural product,” says Rodriguez.One surprising finding in 2015 was that a perfume, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, was a pretty good repellent. Hansen and Rodriguez said they added it to the products they tested as a positive control, believing its floral scent would attract mosquitoes. It turned out bugs hated the smell.Their more recent 2017 study also held a surprise. A product called Off Clip-On attaches to clothing and contains a cartridge containing the area repellent, metofluthrin, also recommended by the CDC. The wearable device is designed for someone sitting in one place, like a parent watching a softball game. The person switches on a small battery-operated fan that blows a small fog of repellent into the air immediately surrounding the clip-on wearer. “It actually worked like a charm,” says Hansen. It was about as effective as DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus at keeping the bugs away, he says.Are there products that just don’t work?Not all products deliver what they promise. The 2015 study found vitamin B1 skin patches to be ineffective at repelling mosquitoes. The 2017 study added citronella candles to the list of products that don’t keep mosquitoes away.So-called bug-repellent wristbands and bracelets fail to repel mosquitoes, according to the recent study. These products contain a variety of oils including citronella and lemongrass.”I’ve had mosquitoes land right on the bracelet that I was testing,” says Rodriguez. “They market [the wristbands and bracelets] as protecting you against Zika [a virus spread by mosquitoes that, in pregnant women, can result in serious birth defects], but they’re completely ineffective.”Ultrasonic devices, using tones people can’t hear but marketers claim mosquitoes hate, don’t work, either. “The sonic device we tested had no effect,” says Hansen. “We’ve tested others before, too. None of them work. There’s no scientific evidence that mosquitoes are repelled by sound.How often should you reapply a repellent?Generally, it’s a good bet to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, experts said. People who will be outside for an hour or two should be protected with, say, a product that contains a lower concentration of DEET (about 10 percent — identified on the label). Those who will be out in the woods, or jungle or marshland, should use a higher concentration of 20 to 25 percent, and refresh every four hours or so, says Dr. Jorge Rey, interim director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. “The higher the concentration, the longer it lasts,” says Rey.And again, follow manufacturer’s directions on the amount used. “A lot of people think that if a little is good, a lot is better,” says Dr. William Reisen, professor emeritus at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. “You don’t have to take a bath in the stuff.”What kind of clothing helps protect against bites?When Rey goes on research trips to highly infested areas, like the Florida Everglades, he suits up. “We wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts,” he says. “If it’s particularly bad, we use hats with nets coming down over the face. And we depend on repellent on exposed areas.” That could mean hands, neck and face. But don’t spray the face, experts say. To avoid irritating the eyes, put the repellent on hands and rub it on the face.And don’t forget the feet. Mosquitoes have quirky olfactory preferences. Many of them, especially the Aedes variety that transmits the Zika virus, love the smell of feet.”Wearing sandals isn’t a good idea,” says Rodriguez. Shoes and socks are called for, and tucking pants into socks or shoes helps keep mosquitoes from getting inside clothing. She wears long pants when outdoors in mosquito territory — and definitely not yoga pants. “Spandex is very mosquito friendly. They bite through it. I wear baggier pants and long sleeved shirts, doused in DEET.”What else can reduce the risk of mosquito bites?Mosquitoes can bite at any time of day, but the Aedes aegypti species that transmits Zika prefers midmorning and early evening, says Strickman. If possible, stay indoors in screened-in or air-conditioned buildings during those times.Since these particular mosquitoes breed in standing water in containers like plant pots, old tires, buckets and trash cans, people should rid their immediate area of things that can collect water. “Swimming pools, unless they’re abandoned, are OK,” says Rey. The chemicals used to keep pools safe for swimming also keep mosquitoes away. It takes some close looking to find every possible breeding ground for mosquitoes. “I’ve seen some developing in a film of water next to a sink, or in the bottom of a glass people use to brush their teeth,” says Strickman. Cleaning up areas of standing water can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes.The more people do that kind of basic cleanup, the fewer mosquitoes there will be. “It may not be perfect, but you’ll lower the number of mosquitoes tremendously,” says Strickman.What’s on the horizon to help people avoid mosquito bites and the diseases they bring?Hansen says his lab is working on a technique in which male mosquitoes are sterilized with radiation, then released into the environment. They mate with females who lay eggs, but the eggs never hatch. The technique would target specific species, like the Aedes aegypti that transmit Zika, dengue fever and other diseases.And a team of scientists in Massachusetts is working on a mosquito repellent that will stay on the skin and remain effective for hours or even days, says Dr. Abraar Karan, physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is one of the creators of Hour72+, which he says cannot penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream — and only wears off through natural skin shedding.Hour72+ won the Dubilier $75,000 Grand Prize in this year’s annual Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition. Karan plans to further test the prototype, which is not on the market, to see how long it remains effective. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Many American teenagers try to put in a full day o

first_imgMany American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. In Seattle, school and city officials recently made the shift. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the district moved the official start times for middle and high schools nearly an hour later, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. This was no easy feat; it meant rescheduling extracurricular activities and bus routes. But the bottom line goal was met: Teenagers used the extra time to sleep in. Researchers at the University of Washington studied the high school students both before and after the start-time change. Their findings appear in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. They found students got 34 minutes more sleep on average with the later school start time. This boosted their total nightly sleep from 6 hours and 50 minutes to 7 hours and 24 minutes. “This study shows a significant improvement in the sleep duration of students, all by delaying school start times so they’re more in line with the natural wake-up times of adolescents,” says senior author Horacio de la Iglesia, a University of Washington researcher and professor of biology. The study also found an improvement in grades and a reduction in tardiness and absences.Seattle’s switch to later start times is still unusual for school districts around the country, where school typically starts around 8 a.m. In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement calling on school districts to move start times to 8:30 a.m. or later for middle and high schools so that students can get at least 8 1/2 hours of sleep a night. But according to the National Center For Education Statistics, only 17 percent of public middle and high schools, including some school districts in Minnesota and Kentucky, start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Getting a little extra sleep in the morning can be vital for teens, explains de la Iglesia. Once children reach puberty, their biological clock changes. “They fall asleep later than older adults and young kids,” he says. Teens’ biological bedtime is more like midnight, he says, and if parents expect them to go to sleep at 10 p.m., it often doesn’t work. “They’ll just lay in bed and not fall asleep,” he says. Of course, this means teens need to sleep later in the morning. “To ask a teen to be up and alert at 7:30 a.m. is like asking an adult to be active and alert at 5:30 a.m.,” says de la Iglesia.In the study, researchers compared two separate groups of sophomores enrolled in biology classes at two Seattle high schools, Franklin High School and Roosevelt High School. The first group of 92 students, drawn from both schools, wore wrist monitors to track their sleep for two-week periods in the spring of 2016, when school still started at 7:50 a.m. The wrist monitors collected information about light and activity levels every 15 seconds so researchers could determine when students were awake and when they were asleep. In 2017, after schools changed start times to nearly one hour later, researchers looked at a group of 88 students taking the same biology classes. They also wore wrist activity monitors and kept a sleep diary. You might think that when school starts later, teens will just stay up later. But that’s not what researchers found. Bedtimes stayed relatively constant and kids caught some extra sleep in the mornings. “We’ve put them in between a rock and a hard place where their biology to go to bed later fights with societal expectations,” says lead researcher Gideon Dunster, a graduate student studying sleep at the University of Washington. “Thirty-four minutes of extra sleep each night is a huge impact to see from a single intervention,” says de la Iglesia. The study also shows a link between getting more sleep and better academic performance. Students who took the biology class after the later start time got final grades that were 4.5 percent higher than students who took the class when it started earlier. That could be the difference between an A and a B, says de la Iglesia. He says sleep deprivation makes it more difficult to learn and to retain new information. Even though researchers can’t be sure that more sleep gave students an academic edge, the school’s biology teachers say the difference was striking. “When we started at 7:50 a.m. there would always be stragglers who were having a hard time getting here,” says Cindy Jatul, who teaches biology at Roosevelt High School. Students were groggy and noticeably different from students who took her class later in the day. “For example, if I gave them a project in the lab, they would be the most likely class to mess up,” she says. Franklin High School science teacher A.J. Katzaroff says “there was lots of yawning” when school started at 7:50 a.m. Students had a hard time engaging in the work or in brief discussions, which is extremely unfortunate. “Some of the best practices in science education have students talk, discuss and investigate together and those are all very hard when the brain is not fully powered,” Katzaroff says. After the time switch, many more kids were able to engage in deeper thought and scientific discourse. Katzaroff says. The number of students who were tardy or absent also decreased significantly, putting Franklin High School — which is in a low-income neighborhood — on par with students from a higher-income neighborhood. The later school start time gave them a better opportunity to make it to school on time. “We need to give every bit of equity we can for kids in lower socio-economic families,” says Dr. Cora Collette Breuner, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Breuner was not involved in the study.Breuner calls the findings “exciting” and says that while an extra 34 minutes of sleep might not sound like a lot to the average person, when it comes to sleep “every minute counts.” Breuner says that while only a handful of school districts nationwide have switched to later start times, that is changing “as counties and cities like Seattle make changes and see positive benefit.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A food delivery man in India has been fired after

first_imgA food delivery man in India has been fired after a video that showed him eating a customer’s order went viral. The video shows a balding man dressed in a red T-shirt with a red delivery bag on his motorbike. The T-shirt reads “Zomato,” a popular online food delivery company in India.The man is parked at the side of a road. He uses a spoon to skim a few bites from a container of food he’s opened, puts the lid back on, then picks another container and does the same thing. He puts the containers back in a plastic bag and reseals the bag with tape. This happened in the southern Indian city of Madurai.The incident prompted outrage and jokes on social media. People lambasted the company for having poor standards and shared the video as a cautionary tale against using online food delivery services. But after news broke that Zomato had sacked the delivery man, the online discussion turned sympathetic. It sparked a debate about exploitation of workers by India’s burgeoning online food delivery industry. Rajyasree Sen, who writes columns on food, pop culture and politics for several Indian newspapers and online publications, says the incident highlights a larger problem in Indian society: socioeconomic disparity.For folks who “have more food than we know what to do with,” she says, it’s easy to ask: Why on earth would a delivery man do something like this?To answer that question, you need to take a look at the life of India’s delivery personnel.Companies call them delivery “executives” but their wages and working conditions tell a different story.According to popular job search sites, food delivery companies say they’ll pay an employee around $250 a month. That may put them in the top 20 percent earners in the country but it’s barely enough to live in cities (where most food delivery apps operate) as the cost of living is also higher. In media interviews, delivery persons have described how they have to work long hours, since they are typically paid per delivery — roughly $1 per order.And if they need to take a break, they lose out on potential income. There are plenty of other delivery persons to step in. Zomato has a fleet of more than 150,000 drivers. Swiggy, an app-based food delivery service, has 100,000 active delivery people.Swiggy delivery “executives” went on strike in December to protest a proposed drop in the per-delivery fee they earn.What’s more, customers don’t always appear to appreciate the delivery person. “It is a horrible job because of the way people treat you,” says op-ed columnist Sen. Even in the height of summer, she says, a lot of customers would not even offer a glass of water to a delivery man. As to the video: In an official blog post, Zomato called the occurrence “highly unusual and a rare case.” “We take this very seriously and will soon introduce tamper-proof tapes and other precautionary measures to ensure we add an extra layer of safeguard against such behaviour,” the company said in its statement.Companies need to understand that delivery people often ferry food that they themselves may not be able to afford, says Sen. “[Companies] either need to give food coupons or need to give [delivery agents] one meal a day,” she says.Commentators noted that the outrage against the video exposes a lack of empathy among India’s elite. “Instead of insisting that Zomato, Swiggy and the other delivery services protect our precious parcels from ravenous riders, perhaps we should take to Twitter and ask them to give their employees better working conditions and quality of life,” wrote Dushyant Shekhawat, who comments on political and social issues, in an op-ed piece.Online food delivery companies like Swiggy and Zomato are fairly new — they launched within the last 5 years — but have transformed how Indians eat. Zomato boasts 21 million orders a month and is available in 38 cities across India as of September. The value of the company Swiggy crossed the $1 billion mark this year. It caters to customers in 57 towns and cities.Online food delivery in India is a $7 billion industry. Sushmita Pathak is NPR’s producer in Mumbai. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more