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first_imgThis is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.”With the U.S. shut tight for Thanksgiving on Thursday, the price and volume activity in all four precious metals everywhere else on Planet Earth was subdued…and that’s being kind.However, the ‘Black Friday’-shorted trading day in New York was a different matter entirely.Gold traded pretty flat in early Far East trading on their Friday…but during the Hong Kong lunch hour, it began to developed a slightly positive bias…with the European high tick coming at the 10:30 a.m. gold fix in London.From there it more or less traded flat until about 10:15 a.m. in New York…and then it blasted off to the upside, which had all the hallmarks of a short covering rally of some kind.  That only lasted a few minutes, but from there the price continued to work its way slowly higher.The high tick of the day…$1,756.10 spot…came around 12:45 p.m. Eastern time…and then backed off a few dollars into the close, which came early at 1:45 p.m.Gold closed at $1,751.90 spot…up $22.20 from Thursday’s close.  The net volume over both Thursday and Friday was very light…around 117,000 contracts.  Switch/roll-over volume was heavy.The silver chart is almost a carbon copy of the gold chart, so I’ll spare you the usual play-by-play. The high tick of the day…$34.28 spot…came around 12:15 p.m. during the New York lunch hour.Like gold, silver got sold off a bit from there and traded more or less sideways into the 1:45 p.m. close…but the price sure looked like it want to move higher if it had been given half the chance, which it wasn’t.The silver price closed at $34.10 spot…up 75 cents.  Net volume for the two trading days was also very light…around 28,000 contracts.The dollar index decline continued for the third straight day on Friday.  After sliding 10 basis points on Thursday, the dollar began to head south with a vengeance starting at 12:30 GMT in London…7:30 a.m. in New York.  The decline ended shortly before 12:30 p.m in New York…almost exactly five hours after it had begun in London.  From there, the dollar index recovered a few basis points going into the 5:00 p.m. Eastern close of trading.  The index closed at 80.21…down a hair under 49 basis points from Thursday’s close.One would be hard pressed to match the rally in the precious metals to the dollar index chart below.  The only co-relation I could see was the fact that the rallies in gold and silver ended at approximately the same time as the index hit its nadir.  Here’s the 3-day dollar index…And Friday’s chart on its own…The gold stocks nearly duplicated the price path of the metal itself, but a thoughtful seller showed up at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time and sold the rally down hard.  From there the gold stocks moved slightly higher…and closed just off their highs of the day.  The HUI finished up 1.64%.As a group, the silver stocks put in a much better performance…especially most of the junior producers.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.14%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 1 lonely silver contract was posted for delivery on Tuesday.  There should be next to nothing left to deliver in the November contract between now and First Day Notice [for December delivery] next Thursday evening.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but it was an entirely different story over at SLV, as an authorized participant[s] withdrew a whopping 1,984,432 troy ounces of silver and shipped it off for parts unknown.  That’s one full day of world silver production.  This withdrawal had nothing whatsoever to do with price activity and everything to do with the fact that the silver was more desperately needed elsewhere, so the corresponding number of SLV shares were redeemed…and the physical silver shipped out the door.There was a smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 75,000 silver eagles…and that was it.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 67,000 ounces of gold eagles…10,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,659,500 silver eagles.  Based on this data, the mint’s silver/gold sales ratio is a bit over 34 to 1.The Comex-approved warehouses did not receive any silver on Wednesday…and shipped only 90,143 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to this activity is here.Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there was no Commitment of Traders Report published yesterday.  It will be posted on the CFTC’s website on Monday.This photo, along with the 1-paragraph commentary below it, was posted on Frank Holmes’ website yesterday…and I thank West Virginia reader Elliot Simon for sending it along.“For the ultimate gold lover on your shopping list, one amazing purchase you can nab is a Christmas tree complete with Disney characters and gold leaf ribbons made of 88 pounds of pure gold from a jewelry store in Tokyo, according to Reuters. The ornamental tree will set you back $4.2 million, but there’s also a smaller version available for $243,000.”It was nice to have a day off from writing this column, but because of that, I have quite a number of stories for you today…and I hope you have the time in what’s left of your weekend to at least read the ones that interest you.The real-time knowledge that JPMorgan is the big concentrated silver short not only represents the pinnacle of the history of the silver manipulation, almost by definition that knowledge must also be at the core of the manipulation’s future. JPMorgan has been the prime price determinant since the Bear Stearns takeover in March 2008 and they will remain responsible for the price of silver as long as they maintain their concentrated short position. Seeing how there is little likelihood of a transfer of the concentrated short position, the question becomes – can JPMorgan maintain and increase its COMEX silver short position indefinitely? I say…not a chance. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…21 November 2012I’ve got a couple of ‘blasts from the past’ again this week.  The first is a pop classic from 1967.  It was a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition that made Dionne Warwick a superstar.  Everyone knows the song in one form or another…but here’s the original…and the link is here.  And if my memory serves me correctly, it was Herb Alpert himself playing trumpet in this piece.  Those were the days.The second piece is another short classical composition by French composer Hector Berlioz…the third week in a row I’ve featured his work.  This is the fourth movement from his monstrous symphonic composition Symphone fantastique.  It requires an equally monstrous orchestra to do this work justice…and that’s precisely what this recording offers. I counted 13 cellists…and that’s a lot!  Gustavo Dudamel conducts…and the link is here.  It’s a stunning recording…and I would have loved to have been at this performance.Well, I must admit that I wasn’t quite expecting what happened yesterday in the precious metal markets…and I doubt that many people were.  Nothing would surprise me going forward…up or down.  And as I’ve said countless times, I’ve got a perfect explanation for either scenario.  But what happens from here is anyone’s guess.The stories about countries and their supposed reserves held safely in New York or London are coming thick and fast now.  One has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes at the Western world’s central banks and bullion banks.  On the other side of the coin, one has to wonder what’s going on at the top levels of the gold and banking world in places like Russia and China…or the Gulf States.  This is not a penny ante poker game anymore…it never was…but more and more people are starting to realize how high the stakes are in this game.  This is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.”  GATA’s Chris Powell made that remark more than ten years ago when we finally came to the realization of what we had stumbled over.It wasn’t just JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs out to make a buck by scamming the gold traders.  It was more than that…and far more sinister.  It was G. Edward Griffin’s “Creature From Jekyll Island” in the flesh… and the Dark Lord of Morder‘s “most terrible servants”…the Nazgûl…all rolled into one.I haven’t the foggiest idea of where we go from here.  The only thing I can say is that you should be prepared emotionally and psychologically for anything.  Events are now happening so quickly that it’s really impossible to know what will happen next…and as this economic, financial and monetary train wreck approaches the end game, it’s a near certainty that even “all the money and all the power in the world” will stand helpless before it as well.I’ll leave you on that cheery note…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. Drilling has been underway on this road accessible project since mid January. To date over 36,000 feet have been drilled since January on the project, of which 30,000 feet have been aimed at resource expansion. Drilling remains ongoing.  An updated NI 43-101 is expected to be completed in Q3. Additional drilling is also underway on Vinasale. Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

Citing salmonella concerns the Food and Drug Admi

first_imgCiting salmonella concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for kratom products made by a Las Vegas company — and the federal agency says it’s the first time it has ever taken such an action after a company ignored a federal request for a voluntary recall.An herbal supplement that is sometimes promoted as a safer substitute for opioids and is also used as a recreational drug, kratom is derived from plants that grow in several Asian countries. Its safety and legal standing have been the subject of both wide-ranging debate and threats of tighter federal regulation — but the FDA says this week’s recall is meant only to protect U.S. consumers from a pathogen.”Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with FDA despite repeated attempts to encourage voluntary recall,” the agency said at the top of its mandatory recall notice for a range of the company’s kratom products.”This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, “and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and actions.”The recalled products include supplements such as Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red. Those and any other kratom products made or handled by Triangle Pharmanaturals should be discarded, the agency said.The mandatory recall comes days after the FDA formally sent a request for a voluntary recall to Triangle Pharmanaturals on March 30. That request was ignored, the agency says, adding that the company also did not respond to a follow-up order to cease distribution.In addition, the FDA says, its “investigators were denied access to the company’s records relating to potentially affected products and Triangle employees refused attempts to discuss the agency’s findings.”A website associated with Triangle Pharmanaturals is no longer online; neither is its Facebook page. According to Nevada public records, the company is a limited liability company that filed its articles of organization on April 4, 2017.The FDA says six samples of the company’s kratom products tested positive for salmonella, including two samples that were sold at a store called Torched Illusions in Tigard, Ore., and were collected by the Oregon Public Health Division.It’s only the third time the FDA has invoked its mandatory recall authority — but the agency says it’s the first time it has had to order a mandatory recall because a company chose not to follow its order of a voluntary recall.According to the FDA, the recall dispute played out as it tried to shut down a multistate outbreak of salmonella cases the FDA says have been linked to “numerous brands of kratom-containing products.” The strains of salmonella bacteria in Triangle’s kratom products are different from the ones in that outbreak, the agency says.Describing the risk posed by the contaminated products, the FDA states:”Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the current salmonellosis outbreak associated with kratom products, unusually high rates of individuals have been hospitalized for their illness.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Medicareforall once widely considered a fring

first_img“Medicare-for-all,” once widely considered a fringe proposal for providing health care in the U.S., is getting more popular. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting behind the idea.Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., endorsed the approach Monday in a CNN town hall-style event, saying her aim would be to eliminate all private insurance.”Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval and the doctor says, well, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this,’ ” Harris said. “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”Harris was a co-sponsor of a 2017 bill written by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that would have created a national, single-payer health system, eliminating the private insurance system.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., both presidential hopefuls, also co-sponsored the Sanders bill.Everyone would get a Medicare card and doctors would have to sign annual agreements to participate.The major questions the candidates face is how the government would pay for it.Total spending on health care in the U.S. was about $3.5 trillion in 2017 and is forecast to rise to $5.7 trillion in 2026, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.The federal government already pays for a lot of that through Medicare, Medicaid, military health care and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Much of the rest is through employer health insurance plans and individual health insurance and payments by patients.Sanders laid out several options to pay for his proposal, including increasing taxes on employers who would no longer be paying insurance premiums; increasing individual income taxes; and boosting taxes on the wealthy.Harris didn’t say, in the town hall-style meeting, how she would pay for the program. And her Senate office didn’t respond to an email asking whether she has a funding proposal.Warren has proposed a 2 percent tax on the wealth of an individual that’s above $50 million and 3 percent on wealth of more than $1 billion.The mechanism for paying for “Medicare-for-all” can make the politics muddy.A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that 56 percent of people in the U.S. like the idea overall.But when people heard more details, those numbers changed.When the question included the idea that “Medicare-for-all” would guarantee health insurance as a right, its support rose to 71 percent. But when it said people would have to pay more taxes, the popularity plummeted to 37 percent.That dynamic has created an opening for potential centrist candidates to stake out a middle road.Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, who has said he is considering a presidential run, told CBS reporters that Harris’ proposal to eliminate the health insurance industry is “not American.” He also called proposed tax increases on the wealthy “punitive.”Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg LP, who is also considering a run, said in New Hampshire Tuesday that he, too, opposed the idea.”To replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time,” he told workers at a factory he was visiting.Bloomberg has said he supports opening Medicare to people who don’t have coverage through their employers.The health insurance industry is already gearing up to oppose any “Medicare-for-all” proposals, according to The Intercept, an investigative news website. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The government is making it harder for disabled po

first_imgThe government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart  (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.last_img read more

Despite 34 Million in Preorders Lily Camera Drone Canceled

first_img Image credit: LILY January 12, 2017 The ‘world’s first throw-and-shoot camera’ will never get airborne. Reporter at PCMag Next Article RIP Lily: Makers of the “world’s first throw-and-shoot camera” are closing their business and refunding customers who pre-ordered one.Unable to secure financing to manufacture and ship its drone, the startup today announced plans to “wind down the company.””We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our beta program,” founders Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow wrote in a blog post. “At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds.”Bradlow and Balaresque built their first prototype in September 2013 in the basement of a U.C. Berkeley robotics lab, but Lily didn’t make her debut until May 2015.Users simply place a tracking device in a pocket or the waterproof wrist case, throw Lily in the air, and watch as she flies herself, using GPS and computer vision to follow you while shooting video and stills. A lithium-ion battery promised 20 minutes of flight time on a two-hour charge; the drone also has an IP67 waterproof rating.Early-bird buyers pre-ordered the Lily Camera for $899 — $100 off the expected U.S. retail price. As of January 2016, the firm had collected $34 million in pre-sales.”Our community was the drive that kept us going even as circumstances became more and more difficult,” the blog said. “Your encouraging words through our forums and in your emails gave us hope and the energy we needed to keep fighting.”Now, the company is focused on handling refunds, which will happen over the next 60 days.”After so much hard work, we are sad to see this adventure come to an end,” Balaresque and Bradlow wrote. “We are very sorry and disappointed that we will not be able to deliver your flying camera, and are incredibly grateful for your support as a pre-order customer.””Thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to get this far,” they added. “We hope our contribution will help pave the way for the exciting future of our industry.” –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Despite $34 Million in Preorders, Lily Camera Drone Canceled Stephanie Mlot Add to Queue Drones Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

first_img Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag Eric Griffith Image Search is the ability to search on a term and find images related to what you typed. Most search engines offer it, and it’s great. But what if you have an image and want to know its origin? Or find similar photos? That’s called a reverse image search.Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon () and either paste in the URL for an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive or drag an image from another window.Reverse image search on mobileBut what about when you’re on a mobile device and want to do a reverse-image lookup? There are options.With GoogleGoogle built a reverse-image search function into phones and tablets, albeit on a very limited basis.First, you cannot do a traditional reverse-image search with the standard Google app or via images.google.com on mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. The camera icon won’t show up in the search bar (pictured), so there is no way to upload an image for a reverse search on mobile.But the Chrome browser app for iOS and Android does support a reverse-image search workaround. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears; pick “Search Google For This Image” at the bottom. Note: This will NOT work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can also select Open Image. Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com, and paste in the URL — but that’s adding extra steps.With either method, the results of a reverse-image search then appear, with lots of options to narrow your query, such as finding animated GIFs, clip-art equivalents or looking by the color scheme used in the original image.With BingThat other big search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also does reverse image searches. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click it on the desktop, it asks for an image URL, or for you to upload a picture, just like Google does on the desktop.When you click it on any mobile browser, it will tell you to “Snap or upload a pic to search for similar images,” alongside a warning that Microsoft may use your pics to improve its services.This is where things differ from Google — because Bing supports reverse image search of your personal images directly. When you tap that camera icon, you get the option to take a photo, upload from your camera roll or upload from a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Pick one and it uploads and shows results.Oddly, on Safari for iOS, this doesn’t work in landscape mode. Or, if you search in portrait and then turn it to landscape to look at your results, they disappear. Just a bug to be aware of as you reverse search.Sadly, the Bing app (iOS and Android), even on its Image tab, doesn’t facilitate any kind of reverse image search whatsoever.Reverse search your images on mobileIf you have images on your mobile device that you want to reverse search — say, you want to identify a plant or a breed of dog you took a snapshot of on your phone — what do you do?The obvious workaround is upload the image to the internet in some way, find the image while using Chrome on your smartphone, and perform the steps above to reverse search. But that’s a lot of hassle.Instead, go to CTRLQ.org. It will also come up on top of a Google search for “reverse image search,” thankfully, possibly because it uses Google for search results.Click Upload Image and you’ll get the choice to not only upload pics in your Photo Library, but also to take a new picture, or upload from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other service you have running that stores images on your smartphone.Once uploaded, you need to click Show Matches (or upload another image).Finally, you’ll have results from Google to match, as best it can, the image you uploaded from your iPhone or Android-based smartphone of choice.Apps for reverse image searchIf you prefer apps over the browser, go direct to a reverse image search tool that you can keep on your smartphone at all times.Veracity (Free for iOS)Grabbing images from the Photo Library or storage options is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it’s been changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $2.99 in-app purchase.Search by image (Free for Android)You can manipulate an image all you want before uploading via this app to get results from Google, Tineye and Yandex (the latter two being more third-party search services, rated among the best for reverse image search with Google and Bing).Reversee(Free for iOS)This app sends your pics directly into the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for $3.99 and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.Search by image extension($0.99 for iOS)This one isn’t an app you go into, but rather an app that adds an extension to other apps. It will put one of those extension buttons inside Photos and Facebook and other apps, so along with Copy or Send to iCloud, you’ll have an option to Search Image. Results appear in your mobile browser, and come from Google, Tineye and Yandex. Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop, but what about when you’re on a mobile device? Google, Bing, and others have options. Smartphones 5 min read Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img Add to Queue July 20, 2017 60shares Writer Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

5 Ways Scalias Death Will Affect US Business

first_img Next Article Image credit: Stephen Masker | Wikimedia Commons Supreme Court Jeff John Roberts –shares 5 Ways Scalia’s Death Will Affect U.S. Business 5 min read Add to Queue The unexpected passing over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has touched off a political scramble in Washington D.C., and produced numerous tributes to Scalia’s towering presence among conservative intellectuals and in U.S. jurisprudence.Scalia’s passing also has immediate consequences for U.S. business. His death scrambles the expected outcome in key cases before the court and, in the longer term, removes the passionate pen Scalia often deployed on the side of business.Here are five ways the death of Scalia, one of five conservatives on the nine-member court, will affect U.S. business (keep in mind that, under Supreme Court practice, a 4-4 tie means the ruling from the lower-instance court stands).1. Class action lawsuitsThe Supreme Court, led by Scalia, has made it harder in recent years for lawyers to use class action cases to sue companies. Experts predicted that the court would use three current cases to make it harder still. Now, Scalia’s death means these cases will likely result in a tie (a negative outcome for the companies here) or a loss.The most important case, called Spokeo, involves data privacy, and turns on what type of harm consumers must show to bring a lawsuit. If the court doesn’t overturn the lower ruling, expect more class actions over technical violations of privacy — and in similar situations where a company has broken a law — but where no one is obviously harmed.The second case involves Microsoft, which is challenging a procedural maneuver that lets lawyers have a second crack at filing as a class when their first attempt comes up short. The third case, involving Tyson Foods, is about workers using formulas, rather than actual damages, to show harm. Once again, the outlook for the companies looks much worse than it did a week ago.2. Pollution regulations/climate changeThe Supreme Court in early February delivered a major blow to President Obama’s plan to use an executive order to cut carbon emissions. In a 5-4 ruling, the court imposed a stay on the proposal until an appeals court can rule — a victory for utilities and mining companies that say Obama’s plan is illegal and too expensive.The companies won a stay thanks to Scalia’s vote, and it looked like they would win if the case returned to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. Now, all bets are off. The appeals court is expected to side with Obama, and Scalia’s absence means it will be hard for the industry to block the plan (unless a Republican wins this year’s presidential election).3. ImmigrationThe single biggest case of this Supreme Court term is probably Texas vs. United States, in which the state is challenging an order by President Obama to let 4 million undocumented people avoid deportation and find work. While companies have not weighed in too loudly on the case, the outcome has enormous implications for industries like agriculture and construction, which draw on undocumented workers for labor.What happens next? A lower court ordered a stop to the plan, but the final outcome is unclear. The White House will need a majority of the votes (a 4-4 tie means the lower order stays in place), and that result became more likely in the absence of the arch-conservative Scalia.4. Intellectual propertyThe Supreme Court in recent years has repeatedly stepped in to fix the country’s troubled patent system, and has also handed down important copyright rulings. By his own admission, these intellectual property issues were a rare topic on which Scalia did not see himself as an authority (although he was the first to introduce “patent troll” to the Supreme Court’s lexicon). In 2014, however, he did issue a sharp dissent in a high-profile case that favored TV broadcasters, accusing the majority of using a “crude “looks-like-cable-TV” solution.”As Stanford law professor Lisa Ouellette observes, Scalia’s IP legacy represents a balance between the defense of property rights on one hand and, on the other, a desire to ensure companies don’t use intellectual property to grab undeserved monopolies. His absence could make it easier in the future for IP-intensive industries, like pharma and entertainment, to persuade the court to grant them expanded rights.5. UnionsThe big labor case this term turns on whether public employees at a California union can refuse, on First Amendment grounds, to pay fees for collective bargaining. Until last week, many thought the Supreme Court would side with the employee plaintiffs. This week, people are predicting the opposite.While the case involves public unions, not private sector ones, it carries considerable significance for business too. A Supreme Court decision knocking down mandatory fee collection would deal a big blow to the overall power of organized labor. That outcome now looks less likely. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 16, 2016 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

PSMF supports two federal laws aimed to improve maternal safety in hospitals

first_img ensuring that the state department of health develops a plan for ongoing health care provider education in order to improve the quality of maternal care, disseminate findings, and implement recommendations; Source:https://patientsafetymovement.org/news/patient-safety-movement-foundation-supports-two-new-laws-aimed-at-improving-the-safety-of-mothers-in-hospitals/ The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 315), sponsored by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), an OB/GYN, will help identify areas in the nation where there are serious maternity care shortages and eliminate gaps in maternity care access across the continuum of care (labor, birthing, prenatal and postpartum care). disseminating a case abstraction form to aid information collection for HHS review and preserve its uniformity; and providing for the public disclosure of information included in state reports.center_img establishing and sustaining a maternal mortality review committee to review relevant information; Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 11 2019The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) supports two federal laws aimed to improve the safety of mothers in hospitals across the United States.Before adjourning in December, Congress passed these important maternal health bills that were subsequently signed into law.”Over 600 mothers are dying in the United States every year in ways that could be prevented if hospitals put the proper safety processes in place. These children, families and communities will never be the same. I hope to see more legislation focused on improving patient safety in our hospitals. Together, we can eliminate medical errors – the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Joe Kiani, Founder & Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThe Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Diana Degette (D-CO), will help states establish or improve maternal mortality review committees tasked with examining pregnancy-related deaths and identify opportunities for preventing these deaths. The PSMF joined over 80 organizations that signed a letter of support for H.R. 1318, urging Congressional leaders to pass this critical piece of legislation.Specifically, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue grants to states for the purpose of: reviewing pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths;last_img read more

Transplanting fecal microbiota may be the best treatment for antibioticresistant C diff

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 30 2019Transplanting human donor fecal microbiota into the colon of a patient infected with Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) may be the best treatment for those not helped by C. diff targeted antibiotics, according to an article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.C. diff is the most common healthcare-acquired infection in the United States. It affects nearly half a million patients each year and becomes a recurring infection for nearly a third of them. If untreated, C. diff can lead to sepsis and death.”Twenty five years ago C. diff infections were easier to manage and often resolved with discontinuation of the initiating antibiotic,” says Robert Orenstein, DO, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic and lead author on this article. “However, these infections have become increasingly common and pernicious.”The standard and FDA-approved treatment for C. diff is a course of oral vancomycin, an antibiotic. However, even the medications used to eliminate C. diff can perpetuate the infection by killing off beneficial microbes. Newer antibiotics that more specifically target C. diff have been developed but they can be prohibitively expensive, according to Dr. Orenstein.”Think of your gut as a forest and C. diff as a weed,” says Dr. Orenstein. “In a thriving forest, weeds barely get a foothold. But if you burn the forest down, the weeds are going to flourish.”Unlike antibiotics, which are destructive by definition, fecal transplants or microbial replacement therapies, repopulate the gut with a diverse group of microbes that may block the C. diff’s spore from germinating and propagating disease via its toxins. Transplants have several delivery methods, including enemas, capsules and direct instillation, to replace the diverse flora that maintain health and improve metabolism.Related StoriesInterdisciplinary approach reduces the use of broad spectrum antibioticsMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDCurrently, there are no FDA-approved fecal transplant products and performing fecal transplants is considered an investigational procedure. Dr. Orenstein notes there are several companies with products in Phase 3 clinical trials that could come to market as early as 2020. For this reason he strongly urges healthcare providers to refer patients with recurrent C. diff for these trials rather than for fecal transplants. In the meantime, the FDA reserves fecal transplants for patients who have experienced a second recurrence (third episode) of C. diff infection.C. diff is common in healthcare settings and public spaces and rarely causes problems in people with healthy gut microbiota and immune systems, according to researchers. However, people who are already ill and taking antibiotics, chemotherapy, or proton pump inhibitors–which all greatly disrupt the gut ecosystem–are at risk. Elderly patients are especially vulnerable.Dr. Orenstein expects the new treatment options will improve outcomes but says physicians need to assume greater responsibility for prevention.”One of the most effective things physicians can do is become more responsible with antibiotic prescriptions,” says Dr. Orenstein. “That means only prescribing when they are clearly indicated, not for colds or viral sinus infections. We also must be especially judicious with elderly patients.” Source:https://osteopathic.org/last_img read more

Helmets made compulsory on deadly AgraLucknow Expressway

first_imgHelmets made compulsory on deadly Agra-Lucknow ExpresswayThe Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has made wearing helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 11:14 IST A patrolling team will enforce the directive and penalize riders without helmets. (Photo: Reuters)The Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has made wearing helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The move comes days after the UPEIDA made it compulsory for commuters not to complete the 302-km journey in less than three hours. The state government also announced that those covering the stretch from Lucknow toll plaza to Agra in less than three hours will have to pay a fine for speeding.The authorities have installed high-tech equipment at toll plazas in order to capture images of vehicles for data analysis reports. The details are then sent to the Superintendent of Police (traffic) of Agra and Lucknow districts for issuance of e-challans.In recent months, the highway has witnessed a number of accidents after which the authorities took various measures to ensure the safety of the people. Over 250 people have died in several accidents on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway since it was opened for the public in December 2016.According to a release, Avanish Awasthi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UPEIDA, has issued the directive for wearing helmets in an attempt to minimize the road accidents on the country’s longest expressway route.Awasthi said that two-wheeler riders will not be allowed to travel on the expressway if they don’t wear helmets. The official said that a patrolling team will enforce the directive and penalize riders without helmets.The rule came in the wake of the accident on the Yamuna Expressway on July 8 which killed 29 people when an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus skidded off the road and fell into a 40-feet deep drain. The vehicle was carrying 52 people, including children.READ | Need for speed on Yamuna Expressway remains uncontrolled despite deadly accidentsREAD | Yamuna Expressway: UP’s highway to hell claims over 8,000 lives since 2012READ | No my way on this highway: Drivers who cover Agra-Lucknow expressway in less than 3 hours to be finedWATCH | Bus travelling on Yamuna Expressway falls into drain, 29 dead, several injuredFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Gupta Nextlast_img read more

TN has taken steps for water resources management CM

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENT Tamil Nadu March 30, 2019center_img Published on elections The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during the election campaign along with S. Asaimani, Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha candidate, on Saturday. – Photo: M Moorthy The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has taken extensive steps for water resources conservation and management across the State, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Saturday.Addressing an election meeting, he said the government has accorded top priority for the welfare of farmers and desiltation works had been taken up at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore in delta districts. Palaniswami said a special team headed by four experts has been set up to identify places where check dams have to be constructed with a view to preventing rain water from flowing into the sea during the monsoon season.“Our government has taken extensive steps for conservation and management of water resources. We are determined to implement a new combined water scheme for this area,” he said while campaigning for the party’s candidate from Mayiladuthurai Lok Sabha constituency S Asaimani. Travelling between Sirkazhi and Mayiladuthurai, the Chief Minister stopped his campaign vehicle near paddy fields at a few places and interacted with farmers.last_img read more

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first_img Related News Iskandar, who is featuring in the Games for the first time, said he was warming up for his event on Wednesday when he learnt that his name was not in the start list.“I was shocked and sad as I was looking forward to competing in the Games. I approached team manager Malik Tobias and asked him on why my name was not listed and he had no answer.“My three other teammates were also baffled when they found out their names were not in the list. All Malik told us was not to make any comments,” said Iskandar, who is pursuing a sports science degree at Universiti Malaya.Iskandar, who holds the national record of 5.31m, said that the incident was a setback ahead of his preparation for the SEA Games in Manila, Philippines, from Nov 30-Dec 11.“I was hoping to qualify for the SEA Games at the University Games. Now, I’ve one more tournament left and I’ll focus on qualifying at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil (from Aug 16-18),” said Iskandar, who will return home on July 16.The athletes for the World University Games are selected by a joint committee consisting of Masum, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) and the National Sports Council (NSC). Malik, a two-time SEA Games gold medallist in 1999 and 2003 and who still holds the national decathlon record, is a sports officer at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Associate professor Dr Rushdan Mohd Jailani, who is the head of the Malaysian contingent for the Games, said a report has been made on the incident and it would be sent to the special officer of the Education Minister.“We’ve submitted a report. We will update,” he replied via WhatsApp. KUALA LUMPUR: Keep it on the hush!This was the reply given by team manager Malik Tobias when national pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi asked him why his name was not in the start list for the World University Games in Naples, Italy.Iskandar and three other national track and field athletes – woman triple jumper R. Kirthana and 200m sprinters Russel Nasir Taib and Muhd Aqil Yasmin were barred from competing in their respective events on Wednesday because Malik, the Combined University Sports Council (Masum) official, did not confirm their entries 24 hours before their events.When pointed out about the blunder, Malik told the athletes not to make any comments. Athletics 10 May 2019 Prabudass hopes Japan trip will pay off as he eyes spot for SEA Games Pole Vault Athletics 26 Apr 2019 MAF’s athletes more like at sea than ready for SEA Games Related News Athletics 30 May 2019 It has got triply tough for Kirthana to earn her SEA Games ticket {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: In shock: Malaysian pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi was warming up for his event in the University Games in Naples on Wednesday when he was told his name was not on the start list.last_img read more

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