Arnautovic set to miss Austrias game

first_imgAustria are weighing the risks of playing star man Marko Arnautovic in their Nations League match against Northern Ireland on Sunday.Austria travel to Windsor Park on Sunday to face Northern Ireland who have already been relegated.The Central European country has no possibility of taking the top spot from Bosnia & Herzegovina and is not looking to risk playing West Ham forward Arnautovic.After playing against Bosnia on Thursday, Arnautovic sustained a knee injury and trained separately from his team-mates on Saturday.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“The knee is not the best but I am fit and I can play. I’m not training a lot at West Ham to try and keep my knee calm,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports News last month about his persistent knee injury.“It is going to take some time as I have some inflammation in my bone but I am always ready to play on the weekend.“After a game, I need some rest for about two or three days. By the middle of the week, I am training normally with the team, training in full.”last_img read more

Woman found in Chula Vista with bluntforce facial injuries

first_imgWoman found in Chula Vista with blunt-force facial injuries CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A woman was found at a downtown Chula Vista intersection with injuries to her face that appeared to be the result of an attack, police said Saturday.She was found about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and F Street, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Rusty Rea.The woman was taken to a hospital with serious blunt-force injuries, Rea said.No update on her condition was available.There is currently no description of a suspect. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

First Marijuana Retail Shop In Homer Set To Open Next Month

first_imgUncle Herb’s will be located along Ocean Drive next to the Homer Farmers Market. The facility is roughly 600 square feet, but the retail will occupy only a small portion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Homer’s first retail marijuana shop, Uncle Herb’s, is expecting to open its doors at the end of May. Currently the building is undergoing renovations and will need to pass a final inspection by the state prior to its doors opening. Stiassny is confident the shop will open later next month. Owner Lloyd Stiassny: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the state of Alaska to engage in a new industry, you know it’s quite dynamic, the industry that’s got both the manufacturing, retail, and farming and cultivation aspect to it. There’s not many industry like that in the state. Back in September, Uncle Herb’s had its license approved with Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board.last_img read more

Tire company Sumitomo developed a way to generate electricity inside tires

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageHopefully you can detach it — and not be forced into paying for a replacement — if the tire goes flat. Sumitomo If you’ve ever wondered how your tire pressure continues to power itself, there’s no magic kinetic witchcraft happening in your tires — they just have batteries and strive to use as little power as possible. But in the future, swapping out a depleted tire-pressure sensor may become a thing of the past.Falken Tires announced last week that its parent company, Sumitomo, has developed a clever “energy harvester” that can produce power from frictional charging, best known as static electricity. It’s not quite ready for prime time yet, but it just cleared a big hurdle that could bring its benefits to automobiles at some point in the future.Inside Sumitomo’s energy harvester are two layers of rubber. Each is covered with an electrode and a film. As the tire rolls and deforms, the negatively charged film will interact with the positively charged film on the other side. This generates a small bit of electricity that can go on to power… something.I say “something” because these harvesters won’t be creating enough energy to add miles of range to your EV. Instead, it’ll be used to provide a trickle of power to a system that only needs that much. Tire pressure monitors are a perfect candidate, as they’re already inside the tire and only need a little bit of juice. Sumitomo says that other devices can also benefit, but didn’t dive into specifics.These little harvesters won’t be in your next set of tires, but things are moving along. The Japan Science and Technology Agency recently selected the project for additional research, which means Sumitomo will have some help with its R&D. Let’s just hope the harvesters don’t cost an arm and a leg each. Michelin shines spotlight on worn tire testing Michelin shines light on worn tire performance and testing 3:31 36 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Auto Tech Tagslast_img read more

Amit Shah filed false affidavit disqualify him from contesting LS polls Congress

first_imgCongress said that Amit Shah has undervalued the property which as per the govt guidelines is valued at Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh.Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah of filing “false affidavit”, the Congress party on Friday (April 6) asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to disqualify him from contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar. The party also demanded action against the BJP president for filing a deceptive affidavit.In its complaint, the Congress said that Amit Shah has “once again filed a false affidavit with two glaring omissions”. “First, with regard to a plot in Gandhinagar and second, with regard to loans taken from a commercial bank by his son for which he is the guarantor,” the Congress said in its complaint.Citing reports, the party said that Shah has “undervalued the property which as per the government guidelines is valued at (at least) Rs 66.5 lakh but Amit Shah has declared its value at Rs 25 lakh”.The Congress said that before filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls, Shah had already mortgaged two of his properties (in 2016) to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank (one of Gujarat’s largest cooperative banks) for his son Jay Shah’s business venture Kusum Finserve.”The properties were mortgaged in lieu of a large and substantial loan of Rs 25 crore extended by the bank to his son’s company. It is, therefore, a fact that the properties are mortgaged to Kalupur Commercial Cooperative Bank and hence constitute a liability that should have been declared,” the complaint said.The party alleged that the omission of liabilities was “deliberate and not inadvertent”.”The Election Commission of India must take immediate note of this and initiate appropriate proceedings to disqualify Amit Shah from contesting the upcoming elections. Further, the ECI must initiate proceedings against Amit Shah for the filing of a false affidavit,” the Congress mentioned in its complaint.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

More than double inmates crammed into jails

first_imgPhoto : BSSInspector General of Prisons brigadier general Syed Iftekhar Uddin said that the number of prisoners across the country stood at around 82,000 while the existing prisons have the capacity to accommodate 36,614 inmates, state news agency BSS reports. The inspector general revealed the information while speaking to reporters  after visiting the construction work of Madaripur prison on Wednesday.He said that the government has undertaken a number of projects to build prisons to facilitate accommodation of additional prisoners across the country.”Re-building of prison is urgently needed”, Iftekhar said adding that some prisons are accommodating five to six times prisoners beyond their capacity.He also said that the government is trying to increase capacity of the existing prisons.“Old prisons are being renovated to solve the accommodation problem of prisoners,” he said.He also hopes that this problem will come to a tolerable level by the next years.Among others, Madaripur district administrator Wahidul Islam, civil surgeon Farid Hossain, police super Sarwar Hossain and Madaripur district jail super Shahidul Islam were present with him at the visit.last_img read more

Khulnas cloud hovers over Rajshahi

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Khairuzzaman Liton exchanges greetings with voters during a programme in Rajshahi recently. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Awami League is taking up the same strategy of Khulna by arresting BNP leaders and activists over various charges and intimidating them ahead of Rajshahi city polls, alleged BNP leaders.Leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party said, three different cases have been filed after the schedule of Rajshahi city polls was declared. And 178 BNP men were accused in those cases while 29 were arrested to date, according to party insiders. BNP mayoral candidate in Rajshahi Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul alleged that the ruling AL was trying to drive out BNP’s polling agents or make them leave the area before the election, like in Khulna and Gazipur.Mosaddek Hossain told Prothom Alo that he decided to provide the local media, the election commission and law enforcers with the names and identity of all his polling agents.“And environment for a fair election has not been created yet. It seems ruling AL is trying to replicate the Khulna-style election in Rajshahi,” the BNP mayoral aspirant said.However, AL rejects such apprehensions of BNP.AL candidate Khairuzzaman Liton said he had no knowledge about what happened during the Gazipur and Khulna mayoral election“We have not seen anything wrong in Khulna or Gazipur. However, there is no need to do anything in Rajshahi. I do not think that anything wrong will happen here,” Liton added.“BNP is probably facing a polling agent crisis due to its internal conflicts. Nobody perhaps agrees to be agents for BNP,” he further said. Prothom Alo came to know that the police have filed three new cases against BNP leaders and activists, charging them with carrying out explosions and cocktail blasts and planning sabotages.BNP leaders, however, said there were no cocktail attacks since the announcement of the schedule in the area. They claimed the cases to be false.“Important leaders and activists engaged in electioneering have been accused. Charges have also been filed against unidentified persons, so that anyone can be arrested and sent to jail in these cases,” said BNP leaders.The latest case was filed on Thursday in Rajpara police station. TM Selim Reza, the sub inspector, is the plaintiff of the case.It is said in the case statement that 15 to 20 BNP leaders and activists secretly held a meeting at Terakhaida cricket grounds allegedly planning a sabotage.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul conducts his electioneering at Bishwabidyalay Road of Rajshahi on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloThere are 16 accused enlisted in the statement. Three of them were arrested by the police. They are Nurul Islam, 35, Sajjadul Haque, 65, and Dildar Ali Jony, 32.Officer in charge of Rajpara police station has claimed that the arrested persons were Jamaat activists. They were caught during a secret meeting while others managed to escape, said the OC.BNP leaders, on the other hand, claimed, most of the accused are BNP leaders and activists.Although he left BNP five years back, Shafiqul Islam, former organising secretary of Rajpara BNP, was accused in the case, according to Prothom Alo investigations.Police earlier filed another two cases on 8 and 9 July Kashiadanga police station.The case statement says, around 150 miscreants gathered in Uttar Math area of Kashiadanga at around 3:30 pm on 7 July.Police in the drive arrested organising secretary of BNP Ward-1, Nurul Islam and former president of Ward-2 Swechchhasebak Dal, Aminul Islam. BNP chairperson’s adviser and former mayor of Rajshahi Mizanur Rahman Minu alleged that police arrested 29 leaders and activists till now and have raided the houses of hundreds of leaders and activists. Denying such allegations, the senior assistant commissioner of metropolitan police said, police have arrested some accused in the anti-drug and anti-sabotage drive.Apart from police operations, alleged many BNP leaders, posters were being torn down and threats were being issued in Rajshahi, alleged many BNP leaders.Besides, BNP and other party candidates also alleged that supporters of the ruling candidate spared no place for them to paste up their posters and festoons.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed told Prothom Alo, cases being filed against BNP leaders and activists before the election, amounted to the administrations interference in the election process. The election commission should look into the matter. This can be perceived as a challenge to the election commission’s authority. The ball is in the election commission’s court. It is to be seen what action it takes.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Asian Streamer iflix Abruptly Exits Middle East

first_img Popular on Variety Asia-based streamer iflix is pulling out of the Middle East after entering the region with some fanfare two years ago in a partnership with Kuwait-based mobile and data services operator Zain.Shuttering the streamer’s Iflix Arabia joint venture is taking place as disgruntled distributors with whom it has content deals complain about missing payments and unreturned emails and calls, sources confirmed to Variety.“Iflix and its partner, Zain, are working together to complete the wind down of the operations in the Middle East to allow iflix to focus on its core markets in Southeast Asia,” the company said in a statement.The statement did not give any other motive for the pullout.In December iflix sold its Africa business, Kwese Iflix, to telco Econet Group claiming it was looking to double down on growth in Asia, which is its core market. “We are also working with all suppliers to finalize that wind down, which has been a complex process and apologize if some people are yet to be contacted, though expect this to happen in due course,” it added. Former 03 Chief Fadi Ismail Launches Shingle With Eye on Saudi Arabia (EXCLUSIVE) Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 News of the pullout surfaced shortly after Iflix announced that it had completed its latest round of funding for more than $50 million by bringing in major institutional investor, Fidelity alongside strategic shareholders Hearst, Sky and EMC and said it is looking at a possible IPO.Iflix, which launched in Malaysia and the Philippines in 2015, set up Dubai-based Iflix Arabia in 2017 and rolled out the service in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan. In line with its policy of localized content production, that year the company made a splash with Arabic online original “Tough Luck,” a Cairo-set comedy of errors titled packed with local stars.But though streamer subscribers in the Middle East are growing, analysts say top-tier services such as Starz Play, which is now the Middle East market leader ahead of Netflix and Shahid Plus, are getting more traction than lower-cost operations like iflix, which targeted a more downmarket customer base that is being eroded by increased piracy.The decision to pull out from the Middle East was first reported by Deadline. Asian Streamer Iflix Completes $50 Million Fundraising Roundlast_img read more

Believe none of what you hear

first_imgAll Western names! Irony being we Indians have a richer folklore than the West. But I’m wrong. Faraz Kazi is here with The Other Side who quenched the thirst of many readers of this genre.After writing a love story he has attempted horror. He says,‘I seriously don’t think changing genres proves anything. I write for myself and not for the market and I’m comfortable writing in any genre under various themes of tragedy, comedy, fear. I would rather prefer not being tagged as a genre-specific writer.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the stories have an Indian connect. Kazi tells us ‘the book is a tribute to the culture and folklore of my land.’ Two are a must read: Dream Girl and Possession. He believes any ghost story collection is incomplete without touching upon the idea of possession, the merging of a secondary spirit with a human soul. Kazi wanted to retain  a strain of innocence in the story, hence the protagonist is a child and through her we see the world of the unknown and soon see her family also getting involved. Perhaps there is a hidden story of possession in every neighbourhood and readers can make the connection, irrespective of  their believers or sceptics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs he elaborates  on Dream Girl, Kazi quips, ‘It was a strong subject and it is easily the most graphic story of the lot. Thank god, books don’t have much censorship issues because I wanted this story to come out in its crude form and shock the readers. Simply through the psyche and thought process of one single man who vows to ‘create’ his dream girl by cutting and stitching together the body parts of other girls, I tried to understand our deepest recesses.’He’s also a genre-hopper, evidently. After writing a love story and a horror fiction, now he is working on his dream project,  another collection of stories that involves the coming of age story of a woman! We aren’t scared.last_img read more

PDS to offer over 500 branded products

first_imgDarjeeling: More than 500 branded products, including oil, soaps, shampoos and toothpaste will shortly be available through the Public Distribution System (PDS), that too at a 25% lesser cost.The products will be available throughout the state and are mainly aimed at benefitting the rural areas. This has already commenced in North 24-Parganas and is to be implemented soon in 7 districts, including Darjeeling and Kalimpong.”The state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Future Group, during the Bengal Global Summit in Kolkata. The Future Group will make 500 branded products available through the PDS, that too at a 25% lesser cost,” stated Jyotipriyo Mullick, minister in charge of Food and Supplies. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe minister held a meeting with PDS dealers and officials at Uttarkanya, the mini Secretariat in Jalpaiguri on Wednesday.Meanwhile, good quality packaged atta is now being distributed in the Hills. “This atta is being packaged in the local mills. However, we have got a system in place to check whether the atta is adulterated in any way. CCTVs are fitted in the mills and there are food inspectors deputed to oversee operations on a rotation basis,” stated the minister.”The distribution of pending ration cards in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will be completed soon,” stated the minister.Distribution of around 64,000 ration cards is pending in the two districts, including 17,000 in the plains of Siliguri.last_img read more

PayPal Here Joins MobilePay Apps Already There

first_img Two business days Syncs with accounting programs Yes March 27, 2012 3.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 2.7% per transaction Free Android, iOS No Android, iOS 3.49%, plus19 cents 3.5%, plus 15 cents 2.7% Funds available Cost of app and reader Accepted platforms Canada, Hong Kong, Australia 3.5%, plus 15 cents No Android, iOS Monthly minimum Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Android, iOS No 2.7% per transaction or monthly fee of $12.95, plus 1.7% per transaction Free Keyed fee (numbers entered manually) per transaction Cash No Card brands accepted Other forms of payment accepted No 2.69%center_img Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Quickbooks PayPal, Check (U.S. only) Quickbooks 4 min read No International use (available to foreign-based merchants) EBay’s payment service PayPal revolutionized how we pay for online purchases. And two years ago, the payment giant attempted to change how we use our phones when it introduced its PayPal Mobile app, which offers to transfer money from one person to another by bumping phones together. And though it would make sense for PayPal to continue its reign in payment innovations, the company appears to be the last to arrive at the mobile-payment party.Earlier this month, PayPal with a heaping helping of pomp, launched its mobile payment system PayPal Here, which runs on a person’s smartphone through a downloadable app and uses a small plastic reader to swipe cards. The company boasted last week that it signed up more than 1,000 new users per hour in its first day.Though PayPal remains a juggernaut in the online-payment space, the question is, is PayPal too late to make a dent with business customers?The new platform joins incumbent systems like Jack Dorsey’s Square, Intuit’s GoPayment, and North American Bancard’s Pay Anywhere, among others. Square, alone, claims more than a million users and merchants and a spokesperson says the company processes more than $4 billion annually. But, it’s a sector that’s growing, says Todd Ablowitz, founder of Double Diamond Group, LLC, a Centennial, Colo., payment systems consultancy. “The entrance of PayPal shows that this is a very real market, with an increasing number of options for target merchants,” he says.Related: For Some Businesses, Square Register Can Replace Traditional Point-of-Sales ToolsCynthia Wahl, for one, says she loves Square. The co-founder of Texas Toast Culinary Tours, a Fort Worth, Texas-based tour company, says she routinely uses her Square system to sign up last-minute attendees on their tours—an important financial catch-all for the two-year-old company.”It’s so simple to use,” Wahl says. “We signed up in about five minutes and were taking credit cards immediately. The money is in our account the next day. It just seems like Square is looking out for the small business owner.”But features vary from provider to provider. Texas Toast doesn’t run tours every month, so Wahl is loathe to pay a monthly fee, which is an option with one of the services. But Ablowtiz says it might make sense for those with a high volume of mobile transactions to opt for a monthly fee and a lower swipe rate. Your business may need to accept multiple forms of payment, generate invoices or process transactions internationally — features that vary from app to app.So, how do the main players stack up? Here’s our breakdown to help you evaluate the right mobile system for your business:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Next business day Register Now » No Invoicing ability from app No Swipe fee per transaction No Free No Free Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global No Same day via PayPal or three business days  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express No Yes Two to three business days Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. No 2.75%last_img read more

Russian service provider ERTelecom has launched i

first_imgRussian service provider ER-Telecom has launched its TV service five new cities – Lipetsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Orenburg and Ufa.The latest launches follow those in nine other cities – Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk – over the last two months. ER-Telecom says it will launch the service in all cities in which it has operations by the end of next TV offers a basic HD package of 23 channels, which ER-Telecom says is the largest number of HD channels offered in basic amongst Russian TV operators. The company said it plans to increase the number of HD channels in the offering to 60 by the end of next year. The service will also offer over 90 standard-definition channels, as well as a range of interactive services including access to Russia’s Vkontakte social networking site, video-on-demand, live pause and DVR.Last week the operator added three new HD services – MGM HD, SET HD and MyZen HD.ER-Telecom is providing a hybrid service with TV services delivered over coax and interactive services provided via IP over copper.last_img read more

The BBC has launched iWonder a new branded series

first_imgThe BBC has launched iWonder, a new branded series of interactive guides designed to allow viewers to explore these and topics from the BBC’s Science and Natural History, Arts, History, Religion and Ethics, Food and other activities in greater depth.The online guides incorporate video and audio, infographics, written summaries, and interactive activities. The initial set of interactive guides mark the start of the BBC’s World War One season, presented by experts including Dan Snow, Kate Adie, Ian McMillan and Neil Oliver.The guides are designed to be tablet and mobile-friendly, with an emphasis on minimum download times and infographics tailored for each device.According to Andy Pipes, executive product manager, knowledge and learning, writing in a blog posting, the BBC will add new functions to the iWonder guides over the coming months, including visual quizzes and clickable infographics.last_img read more

A government can do great harm in its own territor

first_img A government can do great harm in its own territory, but its options are extremely limited regarding assets outside its borders. Politicians in South Africa, for example, can’t tax or regulate a mine in British Columbia. Only one party has complete freedom to choose which projects to back and what jurisdictions to take a chance on: the investor. There will always be some risk when investing in mining—but what if you could find an opportunity where the host government is so low risk, it actually promotes mining? Mining Investment Nirvana If you’ve no appetite for investments that tank because of crazy dictators and the like, the good news is that it is possible to say goodbye to unnecessary political risk—and we’ve found a place where you can do it. Our new stock pick in the October issue of BIG GOLD has a political-risk rating so low that it’s essentially negligible and enormous upside potential—what Louis James called an “impossible” stock. How do we know the risk is so low? We spent months developing what we call our “Casey Country Score” for each of 74 countries with significant amounts of mining around the world—a proprietary indicator that taps a variety of sources to assess a country’s investment climate. Combined with site visits when possible, the end result is a comprehensive analysis of the political risk for buying a gold or silver stock in that country. You won’t find it anywhere else. Our “Impossible” stock has a political-risk rating lower than any other stock in our portfolio—which says a lot, because the BIG GOLD portfolio is already rated 30% lower than the global average. The political system in the jurisdiction where this company operates is very stable. The local government promotes mining and offers exceptionally generous tax incentive programs for mineral exploration. It even collects geological data for the mining community and has one of the largest such databases in the world. A refreshing thing to hear in the present environment, eh? Explosive Potential Of course, low political risk alone can never be our sole reason to buy a stock… so what about the upside? This company is a little different from what I normally recommend in BIG GOLD. That’s because it’s not a producer, but an explorer with massive potential—and cash flow. Lucky for us, the political Shangri-La this company operates in is also known for its exceptional mineral potential, and the company controls almost two dozen properties there—which means the odds of making a game-changing discovery are much higher than average. The company cleverly lowers its exploration risk by establishing partnerships with other mining companies. The upside is also shared, but not every exploration project works out, and this reduces the company’s financial commitment. A key part of this investment is that the company is led by an enormously successful, award-winning exploration geologist. He’s under the radar of most retail investors, yet he’s already found half a dozen economic mineral deposits, which is about half a dozen more than most geologists find in their lifetimes. I’ve dubbed him “the best explorer you don’t know.” But the best part is that management made one of the richest gold discoveries anywhere in the world over the last decade, and now has a substantial royalty on the mine being built there—with advance royalty payments already rolling in. This is important because most exploration companies are what Doug Casey calls “burning matches,” i.e., they burn out when the money runs out. To have cash flow to fund exploration for the next giant gold deposit instead of diluting shareholders to the point of no returns is so exceptionally rare, it really is almost an impossible accomplishment. This is an opportunity I just recommended to our BIG GOLD subscribers last week, so I can’t give away the name of our Impossible pick. However, you can take advantage of it by giving BIG GOLD a try today (and I haven’t even revealed another angle to this stock that is just as exciting as the exploration potential). It’s completely risk-free: You have 3 full months to test BIG GOLD, and if you’re not 100% satisfied—for whatever reason—just cancel within those 3 months for a full refund of every penny you paid. Even if you cancel later, you’ll still get a prorated refund. Simply click here to start your risk-free trial now. As a metals analyst, I sometimes find a stock that seems to have everything going for it—but then some darn politician steps in and ruins the investment… On April 5, 2011, I recommended Pan American Silver (PAAS) to BIG GOLD subscribers. It was virtually a no-brainer pick—and yet we ended up selling for a loss. It was why we sold that really grated me. At the time, the company generated a million dollars per day in operating cash flow, had a pristine balance sheet, and was headed by “broken slot machine” Ross Beaty, who earned the nickname from his uncanny ability to return a profit every time you invested in one of his companies. But the real prize was the giant Navidad silver deposit in Argentina, which, if permitted, would have paved the way for Pan American’s production to jump by 65%, to a whopping 40 million ounces per year. This would catapult PAAS to the rank of largest silver producer in the world—an exciting prospect. But the politicos threw us a curveball. The local governor announced he wanted “greater state ownership” of the mine and to increase the royalty from 3% to 8%. The leftovers were too little for Pan American to turn a profit; management was forced to admit that the world’s largest pure silver deposit was “uneconomic at any reasonable estimate of long-term silver prices.” Navidad still sits idle today. Greed Is Good—Until You’re the Victim Unfortunately, there are many stories like this—and the trend is getting worse. Veteran gold mining investors have witnessed the growing move of governments increasing their take in mining projects through higher taxes and royalties, higher regulatory or environmental bars, and sometimes outright nationalization. The kicker is that a management team can do everything right and have a great project—much like Pan American—but a voracious government can render it uneconomic to develop or too burdensome or unprofitable to operate. Unreasonable political interference doesn’t just hurt mining companies or local communities. It hurts investors, too. Stock prices take a hit, and portfolios absorb losses. The pain spreads as money flees other companies operating in that jurisdiction. Trust is hard to re-earn. The temptation is to hurl four-letter pejoratives at politicians. But it’s more constructive to simply focus our money where it’s safer. Beat the Politicians: Vote with Your Investment Dollars Three parties are involved in a mining project: the mining company that operates the project; the host country where the asset is located; and investors who back the project and buy the stock. Two of these parties have very limited options: The mining company can’t move the deposit to a more friendly business environment. If local politicians demand more earnings, management teams have no choice but to negotiate. It can get more diabolical: the host government may permit a project and let the mining company spend millions (or billions) developing the project, only to add onerous taxes or royalties after it begins operation—if it doesn’t just steal the whole thing.last_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement The dollar index finished the Thursday trading session at 80.21—and sank 13 basis points to 80.08 just minutes before the London open.  The tiny rally from that point took it back to almost unchanged on the day by shortly before 11 a.m. BST in London—and it was all down hill from there, closing virtually on its low at 80.03—down 18 basis points from Thursday.  Will there be a not-for-profit buyer waiting in the wings to prop up the dollar index at the open on Sunday night in New York, one wonders. The gold stocks spent most of the first half of the Friday session trading in positive territory, but rolled over about 12:30 p.m.—hitting their lows minutes after 1 p.m.  After that they chopped quietly higher, finishing just barely in the plus column, up 0.16%. Palladium didn’t do much, but did manage to close up 4 bucks—the same amount it close up on Thursday. The silver stocks more or less followed the same pattern as the gold stocks, with the low also coming shortly after 1 p.m EDT.  But the low tick was down almost 2 percent from Thursday’s close—and the subsequent rally wasn’t able to get the silver equities in the black.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.42%. Platinum spent most of Friday in positive territory—and began to rally with some authority the same time silver did, about 30 minutes before the Comex open.  The price almost made it to $1,485.00 spot by 10:30 a.m. in New York, before a willing seller showed up and by 2 p.m. EDT, they had the price down ten bucks and change from its high tick.  From there it traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.  Platinum closed up 9 bucks. The silver price had a bit more shape to it—and the rally that began about 20 minutes before the Comex open lasted until around 9:15 a.m. EDT.  From there it traded sideways until fifteen minutes after the Comex close—and looked like it was going to finish the day above the $21 spot price mark.  But someone had other plans—and by the time they were through, silver was back below the $21 spot price market once again. The low and high ticks were $20.90 and $21.205 in the July contract. Silver closed in New York at $20.87 spot, down 24.5 cents from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was huge—54,000 contracts in the new front month, which is September.center_img Of course prices could also be allowed to rise from here, as the technical funds start adding to their long positions now that gold and silver are back above their respective 200-day moving averages.  But it’s a lead pipe cinch that the raptors and the other Commercial traders will be taking the short side of the trade—and then it’s just a matter of when, not if, JPMorgan et al pull the pin and harvest the technical funds for fun, profit—and price management purposes. And after looking at yesterday’s COT Report, you should have no illusions about the fact that the Commercial traders, led by JPMorgan Chase have, as Ted Butler said in his article, “captured the pricing mechanism for gold, silver and copper away from the influence of the actual supply and demand fundamentals.”  And as the Bank Participation Report shows, this situation also applies to platinum and palladium—and there’s no sign that they are about to loosen their iron grip on these markets anytime soon.  Only the lunatic fringe, or the willfully blind, can’t see this—or refuse to acknowledge it if they do. Based on my observations of the precious metals market for the last 15 years, there are only three ways that prices will rise to anywhere near where they should be— 1] if JPMorgan allows it, or is instructed to let it happen or,  2] there is a physical shortage or,  3] If there’s a black swan event of some type—and this could be derivatives related, financial, political—you name it. Here are a couple of charts Nick Laird sent around on Friday evening—and as pretty as they are, these breakouts mean nothing to me, as these are 100 percent made by JPMorgan et al—and they can paint them any way they wish—and have done so for a very long time. Not surprisingly the last Daily Delivery Report from the CME for the June delivery month wasn’t must to see, as only 1 gold contract was posted for delivery on Monday—and as of 9:54 p.m. EDT on Friday evening, they hadn’t posted the First Day Notice numbers for silver. When I checked back at 11:31 p.m. EDT, the First Day Notice numbers for Day 1 of the July delivery month were posted as expected—and they didn’t disappoint.  The CME reported that 21 gold and 1,804 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.  The four largest short/issuers were Jefferies, Credit Suisse, and Newedge USA with 239, 204 and 142 contracts respectively.  But towering far above all of them combined was JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 1,147 contracts.  The three largest long/stoppers were JPMorgan in its client account with 530 contracts—Barclays with 495 contracts in its client account—and Deutsche Bank with 237 contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The list of long/stoppers is huge—and yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is definitely worth a minute of your time.  There were decent deliveries posted in copper an platinum as well. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 9:54 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was another small sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 1,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 155,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 45,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—15,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—2,372,000 silver eagles—and 700 platinum eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver gold ratio at the moment sits at  39.5 to 1. There was a small amount of in/out movement in gold at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, as 3,858 troy ounces were reported received—and 628 troy ounces were shipped out.  In silver, 5,078 troy ounces were received—and 740,657 troy ounces were shipped out.   The link to the silver action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report was worse than even Ted imagined it would be, as my hoped-for scenario didn’t even come in second in a 2-horse race.  Ted has never been wrong yet—and I must have been dreaming in Technicolor if if I thought I was going to best him on this one. In silver, the Commercial net short position exploded by 20,059 contracts—100 million ounces of paper silver—or to put it another way, 44 days of world silver production.  The Commercial net short position almost doubled in a week to 214.5 million troy ounces.  JPMorgan’s short position is about a third of that amount. It was almost all technical fund covering of short positions as they raced to cover as moving averages were broken to the upside—and the raptors [the Commercial traders other than the ‘Big 8’] let them off easy and sold them all the long contracts these technical funds wanted. Even JPMorgan got into the act—and Ted Butler feels that they went short about 1,500 additional silver contracts during the reporting week, bringing their short-side corner in the Comex silver market up to 14,500 contracts, or 72.5 million ounces. As bad as the silver number was, the number in gold was gargantuan, as the Commercial net short position in that precious metal blew out by 53,282 Comex contracts, or 5.33 million troy ounces—the biggest 1-week change that I can remember.  The Commercial net short position increase by 70 percent in just one week—and now stands at 13.16 million ounces. Once again it was the gold raptors selling longs to the technical funds as they covered short positions and, like silver, even JPMorgan showed up, selling about 4,000 of their long-side corner in the Comex gold market.  Their long-side corner is down to 30,000 contracts, or 3.0 million troy ounces. Ted pointed out on the phone that in the last three weeks, the Commercial net short position in silver has increased by about 33,000 contracts.  So if you’re looking for a reason when the silver price is up only two bucks, that’s the reason. Once again it should obvious to anyone with more than two synapse to rub together that the rallies of last Thursday and Friday—and since the June 5 low—were just about 100 percent caused by short covering in both metals.  I should also include copper, as the blow-out in the Commercial net short position in that metal was massive as well—and for the same reason. As Ted Butler said—and rightly so—this is the technical funds/speculators being gamed by another set of speculators—the raptors—with these ones dressed up as Commercial traders.  There’s not a damn thing ‘Commercial’ about them.  They’re there for fun, profit—and price management.  Why this isn’t obvious to most market analysts is a complete mystery to me. The big question that both Ted and I have is why the raptors let the technical funds off so easy.  They could have skinned them for megabucks, rather than for less than the two bucks they took out of their hides.  But since the raptors all trade as one entity, it has to involve price management. Ted figures that there was more technical fund short covering since the Tuesday cut-off—and I certainly agree.  But, like this last COT Report, we’ll have to wait until next Friday to see how much more damage was done—and now that I think about it, there probably won’t be a report next Friday because of the U.S. holiday on that day. I’m happy to say that I have very few stories again today and, like yesterday, I’m hoping that there are a few in here that you find interesting in the midst of such meagre fare. Through corrupt trade practices, the COMEX has stolen and captured the pricing mechanism for gold, silver and copper away from the influence of actual supply and demand fundamentals. Replacing the law of supply and demand as the price determinant, the COMEX has substituted a private club run by a few large traders who, in turn, dictate prices to metal producers, consumers and investors. The federal commodities regulator, the CFTC, is complicit in the price capturing, but the prime culprit is the CME Group. Ironically, it is data from the CME and published by the CFTC that prove price manipulation on the COMEX. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 27 June 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ isn’t a pop song at all, but it’s so famous that it was a big hit on the pop charts even though it was a jazz classic.  I certainly remember it from 50 years ago—and if you’re of that vintage, you’ll know it instantly as well.  The link is here.  [On a personal note, I made an unsuccessful attempt to learn the piano part of this tune when I was in my early teens—and the obscure key of E-flat minor was more than I could handle.] Taking a cue from the above jazz classic, here’s Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1 that was written in 1892.  It, too, was composed in the key of E-flat minor—and here’s Sergei himself playing it.  The link is here. The trading week ended with a whimper.  Not that I’m complaining too much, mind you, because of these overbought conditions, there’s nothing stopping JPMorgan and the raptors from pulling the pin on the technical funds and whipsawing them back on the short side, just as they’ve covered their current short positions. Here are the 30-day charts for both gold and silver—and as you can see there has been very little price movement in either precious metal since the rally on Thursday, June 19.  Like I said on Thursday, it’s almost like we’re in a holding pattern. Avrupa and Antofagasta intersect copper-rich VMS in Pyrite Belt, Portugal •             First Greenfields discovery of massive sulfide mineralization in 20 years in the Iberian Pyrite Belt •             10.85 meters of massive and semi-massive/stockwork sulfide mineralization grading 1.81% Cu, 2.57% Pb, 4.38% Zn, 0.13% Sn, and 75.27 ppm Ag •             Including 7.95 meters @ 2.21% Cu, 3.05% Pb, 4.82% Zn, 0.15% Sn, 89.8 ppm Ag •             Followed by 2.90 meters @ 0.71% Cu, 1.27% Pb, 3.17% Zn, 0.092% Sn, 35.4 ppm Ag •             Avrupa and Antofagasta sign an amended Joint Venture Agreement Please visit our website to learn more about the company and current exploration program. It’s just a matter of when, not if, JPMorgan et al pull the pin It was a nothing day for gold on Friday—and the highs and lows aren’t worth mentioning. Gold finished the week at $1,315.10 spot, down $1.80 from Thursday.  Volume, net of June and July, was fairly light at only 110,000 contracts.  Of that amount about 5,000 contracts was traded in the far months, mostly September and December, so they could have been roll-overs out of the August contract. Now that the raptors have allowed the technical funds to slip out from underneath their record short positions virtually unscathed, it’s impossible to tell where prices will go from here. Then there’s the little matter of the 7 million troy ounces of silver owed the SLV ETF, which flies in the face of the 8.1 million ounces that have been withdrawn from this same ETF since the rally began back on June 5.  The same can be said for GLD, as that ETF has shown a net withdrawal as well, since gold’s rally began.  Will all this metal ever, in fact, show up?  A question without an answer at the moment. So, if you’re looking for some guidance from me, I don’t have any.  The precious metal market is now so rotten to the core that it’s hard to predict anything from day to day—and I would stay miles/kilometers away from any of the so-called experts that say they can, because it’s a certainty that they don’t know what they’re talking about. And on that happy note, I’m off to bed.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you here next week.last_img read more

The maker of OxyContin one of the most prescribed

first_imgThe maker of OxyContin, one of the most prescribed and aggressively marketed opioid painkillers, will no longer tout the drug or any other opioids to doctors.The announcement, made Saturday, came as drugmaker Purdue Pharma faces lawsuits for deceptive marketing brought by cities and counties across the U.S., including several in Maine. The company said it’s cutting its U.S. sales force by more than half.Just how important are these steps against the backdrop of a raging opioid epidemic that took the lives of more than 300 Maine residents in 2016, and accounted for more than 42,000 deaths nationwide?”They’re 20 years late to the game,” says Dr. Noah Nesin, a family physician and vice president of medical affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care.Nesin says even after Purdue Pharma paid $600 million in fines about a decade ago for misleading doctors and regulators about the risks opioids posed for addiction and abuse, it continued marketing them.”I think it’s similar to the tobacco industry learning they could sell tobacco without spending a lot of money on advertising. My guess is this decision is in their self-interest,” he says.A nationwide lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for deceptive marketing continues to grow. Seven cities in Maine have joined, including Portland, Lewiston and Bangor, along with five counties, to recoup some of the costs of addressing the addiction crisis.A spokesman for Purdue Pharma said in an email that the decision to stop marketing to prescribers is voluntary and independent of any litigation.Nesin says that at the very least, the company’s decision to refrain from promoting opioids to doctors reinforces the need for caution when prescribing the drugs.Maine Medical Association President Dr. Robert Schlager agrees that Purdue Phama’s move is a good, if small, step to fight the opioid epidemic. “I wouldn’t expect it to have a very large role in limiting opioids further,” he says. “Because most of us, as prescribers, do limit our information exchange with the drug representatives who have been marketing opioids.”Since 2016, doctors in Maine have also adhered to prescribing limits enacted by the Legislature. As of December 2017, legislatures in 17 states had enacted prescribing limits and nine others had authorized other state entities to enact them.Schlager says Purdue Pharma should go further and suspend opioid marketing worldwide. “It seems a little bit not honest to just limit it here in the United States,” he says.In an email, Purdue Pharma’s spokesman says that the company operates only in the United States, and that an associated company, Mundipharma, has not marketed opioids in Europe since 2013.A Los Angeles Times investigation in 2016 found that the family that owns Purdue Pharma has a network of international companies that employ the same kinds of marketing practices that made OxyContin a blockbuster seller in the U.S.This story is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, Maine Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Maine Public. To see more, visit Maine Public.last_img read more

The private sector has implemented the Equality Ac

first_imgThe private sector has implemented the Equality Act far better than central and local government a committee of peers has been told by a prominent disabled campaigner.The peers were told that the focus on disability discrimination had faded since the “generic” Equality Act replaced legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had replaced the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and other equality watchdogs.Fazilet Hadi, director of engagement at the disability charity RNIB, told the committee that she did not think the Equality Act was taken seriously enough by local and central government.She was giving evidence in the second public session of the Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee, set up by the House of Lords to examine the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people.Hadi said: “I think we have seen better implementation of the act from the banks, the utilities, the John Lewis-es, the private sector, than we have ever seen from central or local government, and that is a bit of an indictment given that this is government legislation.“In 2015, there are still government departments that do not have proper mechanisms for giving blind and partially-sighted people and other people with disabilities info in accessible formats.“That’s not rocket science. They should have been doing it since 1999 and they are still not doing it.“We have got inaccessible websites, we have got inaccessible streetscapes, we have got inaccessible services.“Government really should be leading the way, they should be role models for this stuff, and they’re not.”Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, who also gave evidence to the committee, said that the sense of “moving in a positive direction seems to have slightly stalled” since the Equality Act was introduced, while “the hope that is attached to it is not as strong as it was”.She said the act could be “better promoted, used more systemically, and not just left to the individuals to pursue things”, for example, through the courts.Sayce said there needed to be more focus on the public sector equality duty (PSED), which imposes duties under the Equality Act on public sector organisations, including central government departments.She said: “I think we need a revived, high-level commitment to the PSED and to the principle of systemic change, not just reliance on individual redress.”Sayce said that DR UK was hearing frequently though its advice line that disabled people were “finding it very difficult to exercise their rights” in the workplace, and to access goods and services.She said: “It would be good to have a stronger, cross-government leadership on these issues… I don’t see the equality frame being used all that much and I think it would be really useful if it was.”Both Hadi and Sayce also criticised EHRC.Sayce said the EHRC had not been as active as the DRC in engaging with stakeholders, such as disabled people’s and business organisations and unions.She said: “As a stakeholder of the EHRC, I don’t see that kind of engagement.“The budget has gone down, the engagement has gone down, and although there are examples of good initiatives, I don’t see evidence of a systemic approach to really moving forward on disability equality that is strong enough.”Hadi added: “I, personally, as the director of a disability charity, have very little contact [with EHRC].“When the Disability Rights Commission was around, in those good old days, I would go there regularly, we’d talk to them regularly.”last_img read more

The government has ignored key evidence that demon

first_imgThe government has ignored key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings.They spoke out after the government submitted its response to concerns raised earlier this year by a UN committee, which described where it had questions about whether the UK may have failed in its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The UK government’s 168-paragraph response to the “list of issues” produced by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) is the latest step in a process that will see it examined in public in Geneva next month on how it has implemented the convention.But disabled activists and campaigners who have been working to highlight the UK’s breaches of the convention said this week that the government’s defence of its position was “poor quality” and lacking in evidence.Ellen Clifford, a spokeswoman for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) – a national anti-cuts network of user-led organisations – said the government had claimed in its response that its policies were having a positive impact on disabled people, without providing any evidence for those claims.She said the government had claimed that the Care Act 2014 was “helping to overturn traditional approaches to disability in health and social care by placing greater power in the hands of service users, including disabled people”, when there was substantial evidence to show that the act was not being implemented.There is no mention in the government’s response of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) own evaluation of the closure of the Independent Living Fund, in which it had found that some former recipients had experienced a loss of support, a greater reliance on unpaid care and a negative impact on their physical and mental health after it closed.Only last week, Disability News Service reported how leading figures in the disability movement had described how the concept of disabled people using personal assistants had been severely damaged by years of austerity and government policies that have “degraded” the support mechanisms designed to enable independent living.Clifford pointed also to the second paragraph of the response, where the government claimed that it “embraces the social model of disability”.She said there was substantial evidence to show the government was instead influenced by the discredited biopsychosocial model of disability in its welfare reforms, by the psychiatric model in mental health services, and by the medical model in the use of assessment and treatment units for people with learning difficulties, all of which had caused harm to disabled people and led to breaches of the convention.Clifford said the government’s response overall was “just a list of policies” and “doesn’t deal with any of the substantive issues” raised by the UN in its list of issues.She said: “It just doesn’t present a picture of the experiences of Deaf and disabled people in the UK in 2017.”Dr Rosalind Tyler-Greig, human rights policy and engagement officer for Inclusion Scotland, said the government’s response “once again demonstrates its refusal to engage with many of the most important issues affecting the lives of disabled people”.She pointed to “telling” omissions, including the government stating that it spent nearly £17 billion on personal independence payment (PIP) and disability living allowance (DLA) in 2015-16, compared to £11 billion in 2006-07, but ignoring new figures – reported last week by Disability News Service – that showed more than half of those previously eligible for the higher mobility rate of DLA had lost that eligibility after being reassessed for PIP.And where the government states that legal aid “continues to provide access to justice for people in the most serious cases”, Tyler-Greig said that many disabled people with housing, employment or social security concerns “now find themselves priced out of justice” because of the UK government’s legal aid reforms.She added: “The government claims to have embraced the social model of disability. “However, this statement is merely a case of lip service and there is little evidence to support it.”In Scotland, she said, there had been progress in dealing with the impact of austerity, with the Scottish government promising “a different and non-discriminatory approach to social security”.But she said the delivery of social care “remains a significant concern in Scotland, and there is little in the state response to address this.“Inclusion Scotland is working with a range of partners to ensure that this UN process provides the appropriate levers to drive progress for disabled people in Scotland as well as in the UK.”There is also anger about the government’s continued failure – repeated in its response to the list of issues – to address the recommendations made by the UN committee following a separate inquiry into breaches of the convention.That inquiry – taken under article six of the convention’s optional protocol – found last year that the UK government was guilty of “grave” and “systematic” breaches of three specific articles of the human rights treaty.Most of those breaches – under articles 19 (independent living), article 27 (work and employment) and article 28 (adequate standard of living and social protection) of the convention – were caused by policies introduced by Conservative DWP ministers between 2010 and 2015.The government said last November that the inquiry report presented an “inaccurate” picture of life for disabled people in the UK, and dismissed all 11 of its recommendations.And in this month’s response to the list of issues, it says only that it “maintains the position of its response” to the article six inquiry and planned to “further showcase [its] commitment to progressing the rights and lived experience of disabled people” through the examination of its overall record on implementing the convention.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which played a key part in persuading the UN to carry out the article six investigation, is to meet with the UN committee next month in Geneva to discuss progress in following up the results of the inquiry, which is a separate but parallel process to the routine examination.DPAC has already told the committee that it believes “rights are regressing even further” since the publication of the inquiry report, including through further cuts to social care, concerns about DWP’s new health and work conversation, and the “utter disaster of universal credit”.Linda Burnip, a DPAC co-founder, said: “The message is very much that this isn’t over yet, and I will be speaking about the UN inquiry in the European parliament in September to MEPs and hammering home how shamefully the Tories have behaved.”ROFA and other organisations that visited Geneva in March to give evidence to the committee about the UK’s breaches of the convention – including Inclusion Scotland, Disability Wales and Disability Rights UK – are now working on a joint response to the government’s response, and have until the end of this month to submit it to the committee.Picture by Natasha Hirst: Representatives of ROFA and DPOs including Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland in Geneva in Marchlast_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The government has finally launched a new temporary fund that will support disabled candidates who want to stand for elected office, but only for the next 15 months.The Government Equalities Office (GEO) said the EnAble “interim” fund would provide £250,000 to help cover the disability-related expenses of standing for elected office.The EnAble Fund for Elected Office (EFEO) will go live in January and will end in March 2020, covering expenses such as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, assistive technology, personal assistants and taxi fares.The funding is likely to be used by candidates for May’s local elections and police and crime commissioner elections in May 2020, although a GEO spokeswoman said that its use by prospective candidates for a general election would also be considered if one was called.But there has been no guarantee that there will be any further funding post-March 2020, with the department’s focus apparently on working with political parties to make their own policies and procedures accessible to disabled candidates.The fund is being administered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), which will be paid £75,000 by the Local Government Association (LGA) for about 18 months’ work.The interim fund replaces the Access to Elected Office Fund, which was frozen by the government in 2015 after just three years.The new funding was first announced in May after lawyers for three disabled politicians – Labour’s Emily Brothers (pictured, right), Liberal Democrat David Buxton (pictured, second from left) and the Green party’s Simeon Hart – wrote to the government to warn that the government had breached the Equality Act by failing to reopen the Access to Elected Office Fund.They said they had effectively been unable to stand as candidates in a general election since the government froze the fund.Buxton this week welcomed the launch of the new interim fund, even though it was only open for 15 months, and he said he was glad it would be administered by a disabled people’s organisation, which would be “able to understand the barriers we face”.But he said there was “still a lot of room for improvement”, with “no long term solution” and the delays in launching the new fund meaning there were now just six months until May’s local elections.He said the experience in Scotland, where the Scottish government has set up its own Access to Elected Office Fund, showed that the longer potential candidates had to secure financial support with disability-related expenses before an election, the more successful such a fund would be.Brothers welcomed the announcement as a “first step”, but she said the funding was “insufficient and short term” and “fragmented”.She said: “I have concerns that EnAble is being set up so close to the next local elections, with selections well in hand and only six months to polling day.“The LGA and DR UK will need to get their act together very quickly, but for many disabled people it may well be too late.”She added: “I believe a permanently resourced Access to Elected Office Fund needs to be established to support the participation of disabled people in political and public life.“The representation of disabled people is woeful, our voices are not being heard and consequently laws, policy and practices persist in failing to meet our needs and aspirations. That has to change.”Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said: “The new fund is a drop in the ocean.  “Funds also need to be made available to political parties and providers of premises where political meetings are held for reasonable adjustments to be made.“Premises are often inaccessible and this needs to change.“For example, funding for hearing loops, ramps, sign language interpreters need to be provided through a central fund which facilitates access to the political process as a whole.” Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of DR UK, said: “Around 10 per cent of local councillors are disabled, but around 20 per cent of adults are disabled.“This fund will provide practical help and support to try and close that gap. Help with issues like transport, assistive technology or sign language interpreters can make a significant difference on whether to stand for elected office if you’re disabled.“We hope this is the beginning of something which will see funding increase, and broaden in scope, so that disabled people can get more involved in public life; from being a local councillor to becoming a member of parliament.“And we hope – and expect – to see political parties do much more to encourage their disabled members to stand for office.“Political parties across the spectrum have a poor track record when it comes to selecting and supporting disabled candidates.“They should be doing better, and the establishment of this fund is a reminder of that.”Announcing the new funding on Monday, the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, said: “Everyone has the right to stand and represent their community – and it is vital no-one is held back.“Empowering people with disabilities leads to better decisions and more effective outcomes for all of us.                                                       “Unless every one of our citizens can reach their full potential our nation never will.”last_img read more

EUfunded project is developing new tools for diagnosing cancer

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 15 2019Proteins are the basis of cellular and physiological functioning in living organisms. The physical and chemical properties of proteins determine how they act and work within cells. Therefore, the analysis of protein abnormalities is particularly important for the study of heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and cancer.The objective of the EU-funded BIOCAPTURE project is twofold. First, project researchers are developing novel, robust tests for protein-based biomarkers associated with cancer. Second, they are researching and producing innovative tools that can reveal elusive cancer-related modifications in proteins.Related StoriesAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemTo advance its aims, the BIOCAPTURE team is exploiting molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). These are special materials in which researchers create uniquely shaped microscopic cavities which have an affinity for a particular molecule.Protein sequence-specific MIPs are being used in combination with leading-edge technologies such as mass spectrometry and fluorescence-based detection. This enables BIOCAPTURE project scientists to test for the presence and characteristics of key cancer-related proteins and protein-based structures.The results of the BIOCAPTURE project will have a major impact on healthcare, leading to new methods for earlier, more reliable diagnosis of diseases, including cancer. The ability to more rapidly identify biomarkers will be very significant in discovering new drugs. Finally, the ability to detect and assess protein modifications will be invaluable in numerous biochemical and medical applications.The project represents a very exciting interdisciplinary training programme. Eleven early-stage researchers working on specific tasks within five work packages are following a rich training programme, accruing a well-balanced spectrum of scientific, business and entrepreneurial skills.Together, the activities of the BIOCAPTURE consortium are set to improve cancer treatment standards in Europe, while providing significant economic benefits within the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Source: read more