The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) on Friday arrested a notorious sharpshooter, who was allegedly planning to kill BJP MLA Sushil Singh, after a brief encounter in Varanasi, an official statement said. Shiv Prakash Tiwari alias Dhoni Tiwari was carrying a cash reward of ₹1 lakh on his head, it said. Following a tip off, Tiwari and two of his associates — Manish Kesarwani and Ajnana Singh — were arrested from Varanasi’s Cantt police station area, the STF statement said. During interrogation, Tiwari revealed he had come to Varanasi with his associates to kill Singh, the BJP MLA from Saiyadraja assembly constituency. His associates were doing a recce for it, the statement said. Tiwari was convicted in the sensational murder of Hindu Yuva Vahini leader Bishnu Dutt Ojha in 2011 in Basti district but was absconding, it said.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – againby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was unhappy with the refereeing in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The game looked destined from a draw until Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon in the box after 81 minutes. Replays showed Callejon initiated the contact to Robertson’s outstretched leg, but nonetheless, Lorenzo Insigne stepped dutifully to fire home Napoli’s first of the game.An uncharacteristic error from Virgil van Dijk then allowed Fernando Llorente to score his first goal for Napoli to double their advantage. Speaking after the game, Klopp was adamant Robertson should not have been penalised for the challenge with Callejon.He told BT Sport: “It should hurt because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem.”In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”I don’t think it’s a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium in the Champions League group stages last season.
Man Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is worried Marcus Rashford could be sidelined after injuring his groin in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The England international was substituted after 60 minutes when he suffered a muscle injury.”We have got to scan him tomorrow,” Solskjaer said after the match.”He felt his groin. So he will probably be out for a little while. I can update you later when I know a little more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003.
Sead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on trackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s plans this season are on track.Arsenal can return to third in the table with victory at Sheffield United tonight.“The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing,” said Gunners defender Kolasinac. “It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game. Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? “We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles pic.twitter.com/tvkRuRavtE— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.
chris daniels father upset with texasOn January 4, 2006, in one of college football’s most prestigious venues, Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns made sports history. UT’s national championship upset of Pete Carroll’s dynastic USC Trojans has been selected as the No. 34 best moment in sports history by Sports Illustrated. SI, on the epic win for the Longhorns:DATE / Jan 4, 2006 LOCATION / Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif.MOMENT / The 2006 BCS Championship featured a pair of unbeaten powerhouses, but in the end, it was Texas and QB Vince Young who stood tallest. Young, who accounted for a record 467 yards of offense, rushed in the game-winning score with 19 seconds remaining to lift the Longhorns over the USC Trojans 41-38. IMPACT / Players from this instant classic dominated the NFL draft, with four of them going in the top 10 (Young went No. 3). An NCAA investigation would eventually conclude USC’s Reggie Bush received illegal benefits while at the school, causing the Trojan to vacate their 12 wins from that season.Texas is one of eight college football moments included in SI’s Top 100 list. Only “The Play” from the 1982 Cal-Stanford game edges it out from the sport. We can’t argue with that. Vince Young’s performance was unforgettable.For the full list, click here.[Sports Illustrated]More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
zoom German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has recorded a 1.5 percent increase in its annual container volume, which rose to 6.7 million TEU last year from 6.6 million TEU seen in 2015.While the Hamburg container terminals saw a 1.1 percent rise in container throughput of 6.4 million TEU due to increases in volume in the second half of 2016, box volume at Container Terminal Odessa grew by 10.6 percent to 0.3 million TEU, the terminal operator said.HHLA’s revenue for 2016 amounted to EUR 1.2 billion (USD 1.28 billion), compared to EUR 1.1 billion recorded in the previous year, an increase of about 3 percent.The company’s operating result (EBIT) saw a moderate growth of around 5 percent, totaling EUR 163 million in the 2016 fiscal year compared to EUR 157 million in 2015.Additionally, HHLA’s intermodal companies saw a 6.8 percent increase in their volume, which stood at 1.4 million TEU.HHLA operates a total of four container terminals, including Altenwerder, Burchardkai, Tollerort and Odessa.
New Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth stayed on course to reclaim titles while a vintage Parupalli Kashyap too regained some form, sealing his place in the men’s singles semi-finals of the $350,000 India Open here on Friday. Sindhu, a 2017 champion and 2016 finalist, edged out Denmark’s eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt 21-19 22-20 in a closely-fought contest to set up a clash with China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday. “I should have finished it earlier. I made too many errors. He Bingjiao and she is a tricky player. I have to be more patient,” Sindhu said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSrikanth finally snapped his series of quarter-final finishes, outwitting compatriot B Sai Praneeth 21-23 21-11 21-19 in a 62 minute pulsating contest, while Kashyap entered his first semi-finals of a top-tier event (World Tour Super 500 or Superseries) in almost four years, beating Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei 21-16 21-11. Srikanth will face China’s Huang Yuxiang, while Kashyap takes on former world champion and former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterH S Prannoy couldn’t match up with the second seeded Axelsen, going down 10-21 16-21 in a match that had some tight fights in the second game. Srikanth had made eight quarter-final finishes in last nine tournaments and the Indian didn’t look to make the last 8 after he lost the opening game narrowly and lagged 1-7 in the second. But a gritty Srikanth saved five game points, fighting back from 16-20 down before Praneeth staved off the challenge to take the opening game. Praneeth managed to grab a 7-1 lead to raise hopes of an upset but Srikanth came back strongly and took the match to the decider. In the third game, the Gopichand Academy colleagues split the initial 14 points before Praneeth edged ahead to 11-8 lead. But a fighting Srikanth again drew parity at 13-13 and eventually managed to produce those two points at 19-19 to seal a semi-final place. “The turning point of the match was in the second game when I was 1-7 down and I fought back. From there, things changed. At 19-19 in the decider it could have gone either way. But I played well in the crucial points. So happy with my performance,” Srikanth said. On the adjacent court, Kashyap made a confident start, leading 6-3 early on but three successive returns at the forehand corner of Wang going out allowed his opponent to keep pace with the Indian who enjoyed a 11-8 lead at the break. Wang made it 16-16 with Kashyap committing a few mistakes at the net but hit flat jabs and punches to the back of the court, pocketing the opening game. Kashyap took control of the net and retrieved everything, while Wang looked erratic with his smashes. Kashyap led 6-3 again in the second game. Wang again clawed back at 8-8 but Kashyap managed to keep his nose ahead at 11-9 at the interval. The Indian marched ahead, varying the pace with his strokes, using angles and measured returns, cramming his opponent for space. He led 18-11. A smash and drop took Kashyap closer to seal the match and he celebrated after Wang hit one long. “I feel good. I didn’t think about semi-final. “I had a good draw and a good run and I am just happy. I have fitness issues but I don’t know why my body is feeling at ease,” said Kashyap, who had reached the finals at 2017 US Open and won the 2018 Austrian Open.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – With two (2) days left before the registration process ends for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Employability Survey, the Bahamas Department of Labour along with the Ministry of National Security makes final efforts to ensure that as many at-risk, unemployed youth between the ages of 16-29 years of age are able to fully embrace this opportunity for both soft skills and technical skills training and job placement.The launch of the programme signals a step in the right direction towards an alternate approach to crime reduction and employability, targeted specifically towards youth that fall in the requisite categories. The demographic of young persons (Bahamian or Permanent Residents) between the ages of 16-29 years old, who are currently unemployed and have not completed high school is the target grouping.Patricia Rolle, Department of Labour, Public Employment Services Officer noted that while the focus areas include Kemp Road, East Street, Englerston, Bain & Grants Town, Yellow Elder, Fox Hill, Nassau Village, and Centreville persons from all areas in New Providence are eligible to apply once they meet the criteria.Chet Pratt, Programme Consultant announced today that an online survey link is now accessible to the public who wish to register, but may not have the ability to physically visit the Department of Labour Offices at Rosetta Street or Robinson Road. The survey link is www.surveymonkey.com/r/csjpemployabilityThe Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), facilitated by the Ministry of National Security in partnership with the Department of Labour is funded by a $20 million loan from theInter-American Development Bank (IDB). The programme seeks to address four (4) major pillars which include Community Crime Prevention, Employability and Training of At-Risk Youth, Improving the Efficiency of the Court System and methods of reducing the recidivism rate through a parole system. Press Release: Ministry of Labour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The 2019 South Zone Region C JO and Intermediate Championship Novice Invitational will be held May 11-12 in Rosenberg. The meet is a qualifying event for the Junior Olympics, held later this summer.If you didn’t know there was competitive synchronized swimming in Greater Houston, there’s plenty.One competitive team, which is hosting this weekend’s regional competition, is the Houston SynchroStars. The team features swimmers – mostly young girls, but also a couple of boys – ranging in age from 8 to 19 years old.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaA synchronized swimmer competes at a recent meet in Webster.The team launched the career of Abby Remmers, who is now on the U.S. national synchronized swimming team.And Irene Montrucchio coaches the team. She who won a bronze medal in the team competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics swimming for Spain.To learn more about the sport and the SynchroStars, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty went to an indoor pool in Webster on a Saturday morning in April to watch them compete.In the audio above, he talks with Paige Hassall, the team’s vice president and the mother of 15-year-old synchronized swimmer Lydia Hassall, who tells Michael about the demands of the sport and what she gets out of it.– / 5 Yue ChenHouston-area swimmers Ella Wei and Mae Chen compete in a synchronized swimming meet. Share Listen X 00:00 /08:57
The Union Temple Congregation will be hosting its 3rd Annual Essence of Soul: Harlem Nights. The event will take place on Feb. 10 from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center located 847 N. Howard Street Baltimore, Md. 21201. Contact Doriel M. Churn, via email email@example.com or by phone (410) 456-2132 for more details.
The level of investments in domestic shares through participatory notes (P-Notes) declined to Rs 2.5 lakh crore ($39 billion) in November after hitting nearly a 7-year high in the preceding month.According to the data released by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the total value of P-Note investments in Indian markets (equity, debt and derivatives) dropped to Rs 2,49,210 crore last month from Rs 2,65,675 crore ($43 billion) in October. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashInvestment in October was the highest level since February 2008, when the cumulative value of such investments stood at Rs 3,22,743 crore.P-Notes allow foreign investors to enter markets through registered foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and exempts them from getting registered directly with Sebi. This saves time and costs for investors, but the flip side is that the route can also be used for round tripping of black money.The quantum of foreign institutional investors’ (FII) investments through P-Notes dropped to 11 per cent last month from 12.2 per cent in October. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsTill a few years ago, P-Notes used to account for more than 50 per cent of the total FII investments, but their share has fallen after Sebi tightened the disclosure norms and other regulations for such investments.P-Notes have been accounting for mostly 15-20 per cent of the total FII holdings in India since 2009, while it used to be much higher — in the range of 25-40 per cent — in 2008.It was as high as over 50 per cent at the peak of Indian stock market bull run during 2007.Last month, Sebi directed foreign investors to ensure compliance with all necessary norms before issuing such notes with immediate effect amid concerns about possible misuse of Offshore Derivative Instruments, or P-Notes, for money laundering and other such purposes.
The global airlines industry will see accelerated growth by 2021, says MarketLineThe global airlines industry is set to rise from $569.5 billion in 2016 to $828.3 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8%, and surpassing the peak growth rate of 7.4% seen in the period between 2012 and 2016, according to research firm MarketLine.The company’s latest report states that the emerging dynamic of the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 33.9% of the global industry, combined with signs of reduced rivalry in the European airline industry, are driving accelerated growth in global terms.The Chinese and Indian industries are expected to boost their value in 2021 by 81.8% and 164% respectively, compared with 2016, and are anticipated to account for a combined 41% of the Asia-Pacific industry. The European industry will also witness an accelerating trend, with a projected 30.6% increase over the same five-year period.Theodoros Delimaris, Analyst for MarketLine, explains: “The relaxing of regulation in India and China, along with rising incomes, will stimulate demand for flights in these countries. Specifically, India has recently made a great stride to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its industry, which will expand its already booming demand for domestic flights to include the international segment. China’s industry is at a more advanced stage of development, with demand for international flights surging. In fact, the growth of the international flights segment seems to be a focal point of the Chinese government, demonstrated by the new open skies agreements.“Another factor is that European airlines have already demonstrated intentions to refrain from intensive competition, which has suppressed prices in recent years. Particularly, improving efficiency has been the target of European carriers over the last two years, meaning competition for capacity is not a trend we expect to see in future. Indeed, this type of supply competition has been a bad experience for the European industry, which saw its growth rates decelerate noticeably a few years ago.”The CAGR of the European industry in the 2016-2021 period is expected to be greater in terms of value (5.5%) than in terms of volume (3.6%), showing that downward price pressure is alleviating.Delimaris concludes: “The entry of low-cost carriers into the long-haul flight market, a major concern for legacy carriers in the future, may not be realized. Firstly, this trend has been facilitated by lower oil prices in the last two years, which are not predicted to hold over the coming years. Secondly, legacy carriers are still expected to adopt this model in future as the experience of air travel has been undermined anyway, presenting a new opportunity to increase international traffic.”Source = MarketLine
In This Issue. * Emerging Market currencies get clobbered… * US data non-inspiring… * Aussie dollar falls on RBA comments… * Gold clears resistance and should book 5th weekly gain… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Emerging Market currency rout in danger of spreading… Good day. And welcome to Friday. Even though this has been a holiday shortened week, I am glad it is Friday! While I enjoyed taking Monday off, it just seems like we invariably try to squeeze that extra day’s worth of work into the remaining 4 workdays. Throw in a few un-planned interviews and I have had a pretty busy week. The interviews went well, and I was quoted in both MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal yesterday. The WSJ reporter called yesterday morning to ask if the dramatic sell off in the Argentine peso was perhaps causing the rest of the markets to head lower. I had read about the problems with the Argentine currency but thought it was a bit of a stretch to interpolate these problems to a general stock market sell-off. But after the Argentine policy makers devalued the peso, allowing it to drop the most in 12 years, other emerging market currencies started selling off also. The Turkish lira plunged to a record low while Russia’s ruble fell to a 5 year low and the South African rand moved above 11 rand/$. It definitely turned into an emerging markets rout, as currency traders seemed to be losing confidence in the global outlook. Even some of the less ’emerging’ market currencies got caught up in the selling with both the Mexican peso and Australian dollar moving lower. This slide in the EM currencies was almost as dramatic as the dip these currencies took back in June after the ‘Taper Talk’ started in earnest. But yesterday’s EM rout was not caused by a reduction in the US bond buying, but instead began when the Argentine government decided to stop supporting their currency and allowed it to ‘devalue’. While the Argentine peso may have sparked the sell-off, the rout was primarily fueled by the Chinese PMI numbers and the lower growth outlook which I spoke about yesterday. The Chinese economy is still predicted to be the growth engine of the global economy, so any questions about the strength of that engine causes concerns across the globe. China is still heavily dependent on the manufacturing sector so yesterday’s disappointing PMI reading caused some concerns of slower growth. And in addition to the economic worries, officials in Beijing continue to deal with a renewed credit crisis and other problems in the banking sector. The Chinese banking system came under additional scrutiny yesterday as a report stated the China Banking Regulatory Commission was increasing scrutiny of credit risks in the coal-mining industry. The benefactors of all of this ‘risk aversion’ have been the euro, yen, and Swiss franc all of which are again viewed as safe haven currencies. The euro jumped up and brought the Swiss franc with it, but the biggest gainer vs. the US$ overnight was the Japanese yen which is up .79% over the past 24 hours. The euro rallied on the back of Germany’s current account surplus and successful bond auctions in both Spain and Portugal. I read a story on Reuters this morning which reminded readers that Germany actually has a larger current account surplus in dollar terms than that of China. When currency investors get nervous, they look toward countries with large current account surpluses, as these surpluses serve as a good support for the currency. Data released yesterday showed the eurozone current account surplus widened to 23.5 billion which is the highest level since records have been kept. The Swiss franc also strengthened against the US dollar as the Swiss government agreed to the SNB’s request to raise the capital requirements for banks. This caused currency investors to predict these large Swiss international banks will need to repatriate funds back into Switzerland in order to meet the new capital requirements. But any repatriation will not have a long term impact on the currency, which instead will continue to follow the euro to which it is pegged. Over the past few years the US$ was also seen as a safe haven whenever investors were worried about global growth, but the dollar has not been the benefactor of this latest round of risk aversion. Perhaps that is because the data released Thursday were not overly inspiring. The weekly jobless claims remained at 326k, the same level which they were reported at last week. But continuing claims remained above 3mm at 3,056,000 which was higher than economists had predicted. This number is even more worrying when you factor in all of the individuals who lost their extended benefits. The Market US PMI number for January showed a slight slowdown in US manufacturing while the House Price Index reported prices increased just .1% in November compared to a .5% increase in the previous month. Finally the Existing home sales figures were positive with sales increasing 1% MOM, but the previous month’s sales were adjusted 1.6% lower for an overall decrease of -5.9%. And the final piece of data released yesterday showed the leading index increased .1% in December vs. an expected increase of .2%. As I said earlier, this data was largely uninspiring – mostly positive but failing to meet expectations. There is no new data releases here in the US today, so the markets will continue to digest yesterday’s figures. With its economy dependent on the Chinese manufacturing sector, the Australian dollar participated in the general currency selloff yesterday, tumbling to a 3 ½ year low of .866. Reserve Bank of Australia board member Heather Ridout added to the Aussie dollar’s downward momentum when she was reported as saying the currency had not fallen enough and that the currency at 80 cents would be closer to a ‘fair deal’ for the economy. Do the math – that is another 8.75% drop from where we are now! Not good news for the Aussie dollar. However, the New Zealand dollar was able to hold its ground during yesterday’s selling. The kiwi remained well bid as investors speculate the Reserve Bank of New Zealand my hike interest rates as early as next week. Most currency traders think the next hike will come during the March meeting, but a poll released yesterday indicated that the probability of a rate increase at January 30ths meeting is now approaching 50%. Gold surged more than 2 percent on Thursday, notching its biggest one day rally in over three months as global worries saw investors flocking back to the shiny metal as a ‘safe haven’. The dollar drop along with equity selling contributed to the nice rally in precious metals. A move above key technical resistance at $1,260 helped accelerate gold’s move. Gold has settled into a range in overnight trading but looks like it will hold on to these gains to finish with its 5th consecutive gain. After a very tough 2013, the primary precious metal has booked a 5.42% gain thus far in 2014. But two separate polls released yesterday suggest these gains may be shortlived. A London Bullion Market Association survey of traders and analysts showed they believe gold will average $1,219 per ounce this year while a Reuters poll had a consensus estimate for gold of $1,250. But all is not lost, as the LBMA poll also predicted it would hit a high of $1,379 at some point during the year. Obviously we could be in for another volatile year in the precious metals markets; which makes our Metals Purchase Plan even more appealing. I am a big fan of dollar cost averaging; buying more of an asset or investment when prices are down and less when they are higher. In this way you can accumulate your desired asset with an overall lower cost basis. Platinum continues to bounce higher as the South African strike continues, and palladium prices have also moved up. But both of these metals have less ‘investment’ demand and are used more for industrial purposes so the Chinese manufacturing slowdown has thrown a cold blanket on their recent price appreciations. Silver on the other hand is matching Gold’s march higher as investors move into both of these precious metals as safe haven investments. Recap. The EM currencies got clobbered and the sell off even carried over into some of the more developed country currencies. Investors seeking safe havens rushed into the currencies of countries with positive current accounts including the euro, swiss franc, and Japanese yen. Us data was largely uninspiring, pushing the US equity markets lower and adding to the concerns on global growth. The AUD booked a dramatic loss after RBA member suggested the current price was still too high. And gold surged higher, and should end up the week with a 5th straight weekly gain. Currencies today 1/24/13. American Style: A$ .8699, kiwi .8261, C$ .9027, euro 1.3693, sterling 1.6598, Swiss $1.1179. European Style: rand 11.11, krone 6.1381, SEK 6.4464, forint 223.09, zloty 3.0744, koruna 20.096, RUB 34.44, yen 102.45, sing 1.2796, HKD 7.7629, INR 62.66, China 6.1035, pesos 13.49, BRL 2.4153, Dollar Index 80.373, Oil $96.93, 10-year 2.73%, Silver $20.20, Platinum $1,447.99, Palladium $740.40, and Gold. $1,268.80 That’s it for today… Another cold morning, with single digit temps. Chuck sent me a note yesterday, and while he wasn’t wanting to rub it in he did mention that he was writing me while wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. We have another busy weekend in the Gaffney household as both of my children have high school dances (the first time they will both be at the same one!) and my son and I have our annual Father Son banquet. Should be fun. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading the Pfennig!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
As a kid, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports. She started soccer at age four, and then in high school, she played tennis and ran track. Sports, Easterlin believes, underlie most of her greatest successes. They taught her discipline and teamwork, helped her make friends and enabled her to navigate the many challenges of growing up.When Easterlin became a pediatrician, she started seeing a lot of kids suffering from trauma, from physical abuse to emotional neglect. Many of these kids didn’t respond fully to traditional treatment for trauma and depression. Frustrated and searching for answers, Easterlin turned to her own past. “I suspected that sports might have a powerful impact [on kids],” she says. Easterlin wanted to know: Could sports improve the lives of people with trauma the way they’d improved hers?Her research, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics, finds that, in short, yes: Participation in team sports as a young person can significantly reduce the long-term likelihood of depression and anxiety for people with childhood trauma. But according to Easterlin and other experts, the growing cost of youth team sports means that they can be off-limits to those who may need them most, kids living in poverty.In the burgeoning U.S. youth sports industry, many sports now require steep fees for participation, a factor that limits lower-income kids’ ability to participate. This trend, known as “pay to play” sports programming, is allowed in 49 states.Earlier research has shown that traumatic events in childhood, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by public health researchers, contribute to social and physical problems throughout life, from obesity to chronic depression. ACEs are also common: About 50% of people have had at least one, and the more you have the more likely you are to have long-term health effects. To analyze how team sports impact the health of people who’ve experienced childhood adversity, Easterlin and her colleagues analyzed data from 9668 teens who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. They honed in on about 5,000 teens who had reported one or more ACEs. The kids were assessed first in 1994-1995 when they were in 7th-12th grade, and asked whether they participated (or planned to participate) in team sports. Fourteen years later, in 2008, these same people, now adults, were asked whether they had ever received a diagnosis of depression or anxiety. They were also tested for depressive symptoms in case they just hadn’t been diagnosed.Easterlin found that kids who had participated in team sports were significantly less likely to receive a diagnosis of depression or anxiety, and less likely to test positive for depressive symptoms. The findings were stronger for boys than for girls, but Easterlin says this may be in part because at the time of the initial data collection — 1994 — girls’ sports were less well-funded and supported than they are today.Easterlin and her colleagues also looked at participation in non-athletic school clubs, like drama and orchestra. These groups did not protect kids with ACEs against depression and anxiety the way that sports did in her study. That doesn’t mean these activities definitely aren’t helping, she says, but they didn’t capture an effect in their research. The study also doesn’t pinpoint exactly why sports may help, but Easterlin thinks teamwork may be a key.”There may be something powerful about that team environment [in sports], where you’re in competition, being coached in a certain way and interacting with your teammates towards a common goal,” she says.Christina Bethell, a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on child well-being and adversity, says the study is a useful contribution to the study of ACEs. Bethell was not involved in the research. “Protective factors [for kids with trauma] are important to identify,” she says. “Sports is one such factor.”But, she says, it’s important to consider additional factors when examining resilience, like emotional connection with relatives and a sense of safety and support. These “family factors” may increase a person’s overall well-being, in addition to their ability to participate in sports. So sports might not be the sole cause of the protective effect. However, exercise is healthy regardless and “is clearly a priority” for developing kids, so we should be encouraging it anyway, she says.Bethell also notes that the study did not distinguish between kids with one ACE from kids with multiple ACEs: for kids with more ACEs, she thinks the effect of team sports likely would have been even more powerful. Amanda Paluch, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, highlights the study’s novelty and potential impact. “In terms of a longitudinal study, this [association] has not been looked at much at all,” says Paluch, who wrote the study’s associated editorial.But, she says, “It is frustrating to think that those who may need [sports] most are less likely to have access to [them].”Though ACEs occur across income levels, kids raised in low-income families are more likely to have more of them. Additionally, adolescents who experienced childhood trauma were more likely to have parents with lower educational attainment and to live in single-parent households, both factors associated with low income.Less money, increasingly, has meant reduced access to sports and physical activity in the U.S. According to a 2018 report by the Aspen Institute, kids from families with household incomes less than $50,000 a year have reduced their sports participation over the last decade, while white kids from wealthier households have increased participation. Kids from lower income brackets participate in team sports at half the rate of their wealthier peers.To address this lack of access, Petruch and Easterlin say, policymakers and child health advocates should find ways to boost sports participation for kids, particularly those most at risk of childhood trauma. About half of American kids report some kind of ACE; conversely, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, often contributing to other diseases both physical and mental.With so many potential benefactors, Petruch points out, why not increase access to a treatment that’s fun, low-cost and ultimately far less painful than many other kinds of interventions?”[Team sports] could be a low-hanging fruit to address mental health outcomes,” she says. “Something that is so enjoyable…could be an important part of every kids’ life.”Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter at @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Register Now » Twitter Employee Deactivates Trump Account on Last Day Add to Queue Next Article –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Michael Kan Guest Writer Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag November 3, 2017 For a few brief moments last evening, President Trump’s personal Twitter account was no more. Those visiting @realDonaldTrump were met with a “Sorry, that page does not exist” message.But just as the Twitter world got riled up about Trump’s 140-character demise, his account returned. It turns out a Twitter employee deactivated @realDonaldTrump. The shutdown only lasted for 11 minutes Thursday afternoon, but 11 minutes is a lifetime on the internet. “Trump’s Twitter” quickly started trending, prompting a response from the company:Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017Later, Twitter acknowledged that the deactivation was carried out by an employee on their last day.Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF— Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017Prior to Twitter’s explanation, users questioned whether the president had finally crossed the line and tweeted something Twitter found too controversial to let stand. In recent weeks, Twitter has been vowing to crack down on abuse, and it recently suspended the account of Trump ally, Roger Stone. However, Thursday’s shutdown had nothing to do with stricter content policies; it was just a glitch.How Twitter “inadvertently deactivated” one of its most famous users isn’t clear. But other Twitter users were happy to crack jokes about the whole incident.It wasn’t a mistake, @TwitterGov. Think of it as a new feature we all wanted.— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) November 3, 2017Make this Twitter employee CEO https://t.co/LXomm5WX4B— Tony Webster (@webster) November 3, 2017Despite the jokes, Trump is back to tweeting without mention of the brief shutdown. Today, he has been tweeting about DNC funding, tax cuts, his selection for Federal Reserve chairman, Broadcom, the World Series, immigration and — perhaps most controversially — his belief that the driver of the van who struck and killed several people in New York City on Tuesday should receive the death penalty.Update: Early Friday morning, Trump tweeted about the incident, suggesting the deletion was because his tweets are “having an impact.”My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee. I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017 3 min read Trump’s account was deactivated by ‘a Twitter customer support employee…on the employee’s last day.’ It was back online 11 minutes later. Image credit: via PC Mag Twitter
B2BFastbase’Google AnalyticsMarketing Technology NewsNewsSaas Previous ArticleTapad and AdsWizz Partner to Enable Digital Identity Resolution Across Audio Ad CampaignsNext ArticleIcertis Cements Undisputed CLM Market Leadership with $115 Million Round The fast-growing Saas company Fastbase, is now ready to launch a new powerful version of the popular Google Analytics extension that identifies website visitors worldwide. The new extension version Web Leads 3.0 for Google Analytics is anticipated early in August and is expected to receive a lot of attention.Marketing Technology News: Blackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing PlatformThe release of Web Leads 3.0, the new extension for Google Analytics, means that search terms can now be linked directly to the website visitor that used them – bringing context to the content. The tool can identify search keywords from Google, Yahoo, Bing, Naver, Yandex and Baidu and provide a powerful new correlation between the search keywords and data about the website visitor. With this intelligence businesses will be able to determine what drives the customer interest and have the right department follow-up.Marketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)For example, when a user searches for “automation solution” on Google and clicks on a company site in the results, Fastbase can deliver real-time data on the company visiting, key employees and the search term used. This saves time and effort because the right team (in this case, automation software) can follow up on the lead.Based on its great success, Fastbase is on the verge of being listed on the OTC Markets in New York, with the strategic aim of a potential listing on the NASDAQ or the NYSE.Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awards Fastbase New 3.0 Extension to Google Analytics Boosts Lead Generation to a New High Level for B2B companies Globe Newswire6 days agoJuly 17, 2019
Related StoriesSleep decline in one’s 50s, 60s increases risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceStudy finds sex-specific differences in risk and progression of Alzheimer’s diseaseLong-term use of thiazides reduced the risk of low energy fractures in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Photographer: Raija TörrönenHip fracture was the most common low energy fracture in the study population, and the risk of this fracture type decreased by 30% in long-term thiazide use. The association may be related to the fact that thiazides decrease urinary calcium excretion and increase bone mineral density, which may decrease the risk of fracture in case of a fall. Persons with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of falling, as the disease leads to problems in balance and spatial orientation.The association of thiazide use and a reduced risk of low energy fractures disappeared in approximately one month after the use was discontinued. Thiazides are used in the treatment of hypertension. In this study, thiazide use was taken into account also when these drugs were combined with other antihypertensive drugs in the same tablet. Thiazides cannot be recommended for the prevention of fractures, as their use is known to be associated with postural hypotension and consequent falls.The study was based on the nationwide register-based MEDALZ study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. For this study, 10,416 community-dwelling persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who had a low energy fracture were included and compared with 31,099 matched controls without a fracture. Apr 23 2019The use of thiazide diuretics was associated with a decreased risk of low energy fractures in people with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The association was found in long-term use exceeding three years; however, shorter term use did not reduce the risk of fractures. Thiazides are typically prescribed to treat hypertension. The results were published in Osteoporosis International. Source:http://www.uef.fi/-/osa-nesteenpoistolaakkeista-suojaa-alzheimerin-tautia-sairastavia-murtumilta
Source:https://www.ehu.eus/en/web/campusa-magazine/-/a-new-system-for-treating-type-1-diabetes-mellitus Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 10 2019Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DMT1) contributes to 10% of the total of cases of diabetes mellitus worldwide, mainly in young people and is regarded as a growing health risk. DMT1 is characterized by the self-immune destruction of the pancreatic cells that produce insulin (pancreatic islets), which leads to severe insulin deficiency and which is followed by the raising of blood glucose levels. Right now, the therapy based on insulin injections is the treatment applied in type 1 diabetic patients. However, in addition to the medical complications this means in the long term, this treatment requires multiple daily measurements of blood glucose and the lifelong sub-cutaneous administration of insulin.Alternatively, “the transplant of isolated pancreatic islets from donors provides a fresh source of insulin-producing cells capable of meeting insulin requirements in accordance with blood glucose levels in patients with DM1. One of the drawbacks of islet transplants is the long-term use of immunosuppressant drugs to prevent the immune rejection of the transplanted islets; these drugs lower the patient’s defenses and entail serious medical complications”, explained the author of the work Albert Espona-Noguera. “To avoid this problem,” he went on, “the pancreatic islets can be isolated from the patient’s immune system by means of microencapsulation techniques in which the islets are encapsulated in microcapsules made of biocompatible (non-toxic) materials. Among many materials used in cell microencapsulation, alginate is the most widely used one. This natural polymer has excellent properties for biomedical applications as it offers high compatibility and low toxicity.” However, “the microencapsulation technique has various technical obstacles that are hampering its clinical application. A crucial problem is the high number of empty microcapsules generated during the process to microencapsulate the islets, which leads to a large increase in the volume of microcapsules to be implanted, and which in turn may increase the host’s immune reaction following implantation,” said Espona-Noguera.Related StoriesStudy: Antidepressants reduce mortality by 35% in patients with diabetesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomesInnovative system of magnetic separationIn order to avoid the high number of empty microcapsules, “we have come up with an innovative approach for purifying the microencapsulated islets in order to reduce the implant volume by separating the microencapsulated islets from the empty microcapsules”, explained the researcher at the UPV/EHU-Ciber BNN which is part of the Nanbiosis ICTS (Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructure). “We have developed a system to magnetically separate the microcapsules and which combines different technologies: magnetic nanoparticles and a microfluidic chip, in other words, a chip with channels of micrometric size produced by means of 3D printing techniques and which contains strategically placed magnets,” added the researcher. “To separate the microcapsules, the pancreatic islets are put into contact with magnetic nanoparticles, thus providing them with magnetic properties.After that, the islets are microencapsulated, thus obtaining capsules containing magnetic islets and non-magnetic empty capsules. When the microcapsules are pumped through the chip’s microchannels, the magnets move the magnetic capsules towards the exit microchannel, while the non-magnetic empty ones make their way through another exit microchannel,” he specified. That way “we are able to eliminate the empty capsules and, as a result, we reduce the volume of the therapeutic microcapsule implant. The great purification efficiency of this magnetic separation system has enabled us to lower the implant volume by nearly 80%, thus reducing the complications arising out of the implanting of large volumes of microcapsules and providing us with an alternative DMT1 treatment”, stressed Espona-Noguera.In addition, “in this work we studied the functionality of the purified implants in diabetic animal models. We saw that following subcutaneous implanting of the microencapsulated islets in diabetic animals, the blood glucose levels returned to normal levels for nearly 17 weeks”, he added.