Transition back to main camp for those arrested at Standing Rock hasnt

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National NewsOn Thursday, nearly 150 water protectors were arrested by local and State police at a barricade in North Dakota near a pipeline construction site.They were taken to the Morton County jail in Bismark for processing.Most of them have been charged with various offence and released.They’re settling back into life at the main camp – but for some, the transition hasn’t been easy.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Will bat for making South Delhi a beautiful place Boxer Vijender Singh

first_imgThe world has witnessed the success story of Vijender Singh in the boxing. He defeated many opponents in the ring as his dedication and hard work earned him respect in the form of Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Padma Shri in 2010. But this time, the Olympic medallist will be trying his luck in politics as the Congress has fielded him from the South Delhi constituency. In an exclusive interview with Abhay Singh of Millennium Post, the champion boxer says that he is confident of winnning the seat and also bats for making South Delhi a beautiful place for living. Singh promised all around development in the city and says he would also build sporting culture in Delhi. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanIn the interview, Singh discussed poll promises for the 2019 parliamentary elections and reasons behind choosing politics. “People are very happy with me. Both the parties will lose this election as they did not fulfil their poll promises,” said Singh. You have been one of the best players in India. How do you feel after joining politics? I am feeling good, we need change, want answers for our questions. I am feeling very excited. I want that every youth of our country should join politics and also raise questions. Politics is a very responsible job. Voters give us the responsibility and we should work for the development of citizens and nation. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasWhat made you join politics? I used to think about politics after I saw that political dignity is falling below standards. Politicians criticise each other, they never talk about the problems faced by common people. Indian Army should not be criticised. The main agenda should be fulfilling the promises made before the citizens, providing employment, better environment, food to people. Why the people of Delhi should vote for you? I am confident of winning the seat. Yes, they will vote for me as both the governments (whether it is BJP MP or the AAP in the state) they have completely failed to fulfil their promises which were made before people. Both these parties have betrayed the trust of the Delhi people. The current MP also misbehaved with the Poorvanchali people living in Delhi. The voters do not want them, they will lose. Several people are taking selfies with me and I am asking them to vote. What are your poll promises for this election? First of all, the promises made in the Congress manifesto will be fulfilled. The woman safety in the city is a major priority for us. I also want to build sports facilities in Delhi. I will never make fake promises to people. There will be development in the health sector. I will also “regularise” the status of all unauthorised colonies in the Capital. What are the problems you noticed in South Delhi? South Delhi is a very big constituency. There are many problems in the city. In Sangam Vihar, the condition of Poorvanchali people is very bad. Poor facility of water, no sewerage and sealing has affected people’s lives. I will bring some changes in these. My fight is not with the candidates but with the problems of citizens. I will improve the lifestyle of the people in the city. What is your campaign strategy and how will you connect with the people? First of all, people in Delhi are happy with me. I do not believe in show off. I am a grounded person and will meet them. After Congress wins, Delhi people should be relaxed and happy as we will be fulfilling every promise made to them. I do not come from a rich family. I grazed buffaloes. It has been a long journey, and throughout my life I have remain grounded.last_img read more

Womens Gymnastics Ohio State captures first win of the season in homeopener

OSU gymnastics team celebrates senior Kaitlyn Hofland, who earned a career high of 9.925 on uneven parallel bars during 2018 season premiere after recovery from shoulder surgery. She competed against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at St. John Arena. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (1-3) seized its first win of the season during its home-opener at St. John Arena against Minnesota and Illinois State Saturday after losing its first three meets of the season on the road. The Buckeyes posted a season-high point total of 196.775, while garnering seven other podium appearances, nine new personal record scores, and three season-best event finishes. Minnesota finished in second with a 195.775 score and Illinois State finishing in third with a 190.875 mark. “This is the meet I’ve been waiting for,” head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “It’s great to be in St John, it helps that we have already been in here, and [the team] just did their gymnastics tonight. So it was amazing. I’m super happy for them, because that’s what they’re capable of.”In their first event of the night, the Buckeyes posted a season-high 49.075 mark to take the gold on vault. Sophomore Olivia Aepli finished in the top slot with a career-best score of 9.900 while Mattern finished in second with a 9.875 tally. Freshman Morgan Lowe recorded a personal-best 9.850 mark to finish tied at No. 3 with Minnesota’s Lexy Ramler.Also during the first rotation, Illinois State posted a 46.850 score on balance beam while Minnesota scored 48.375 on uneven parallel bars.On its second rotation, Ohio State earned a 98.400 tally on uneven parallel bars to seal another first-place finish. After receiving clearance for competition before the meet, senior Kaitlyn Hofland made her 2018 season premiere on bars. Hofland delivered for her team, garnering a 9.925 score, to take second for the event. “It felt like it was a long wait, but it was worth it waiting to be home first,” Hofland said. “That was my career high, and it was so fun to have that at home.”Freshman Jenna Swartzentruber also set a career high with a 9.900 mark on bars, tying for third place with Ramler. The Buckeyes held first place with a running total of 98.400 midway through the meet, while Minnesota trailed at 97.125 after its second rotation on balance beam. Illinois State sat in third with a 95.575 running score after its performance on floor exercise. Ohio State continued on balance beam with a score of 48.800. Lowe scored a team-high 9.800 to take fifth in the event.Illinois State, dealing with an injury to Kylie Meyer, scored only 47.550 on its third rotation on vault. Minnesota received a 49.550 on floor exercise in its third performance.The Buckeyes closed the meet on the floor with their best collective performance of the night. Almost finishing with a complete 9.900 score-range slate, Ohio State had five athletes earn career-high scores. “I have seen a ton of improvement in their gymnastics,” Paulicivic said. “I said that at the beginning of the year, we hadn’t seen it out on the floor. I finally feel like all the lines and the things they’ve been working on are coming together.”Junior Jamie Stone earned a 9.950 tally to tie for first place with Ramler, while Mattern tied for third alongside Minnesota’s Ona Loper with a 9.925 finish. Mattern scored a season-high 39.375, earning her second place in the all-around competition, while Swartzentruber trailed with a career-best 39.225 score to take bronze. Ramler finished took home the gold at 39.600.“Tonight was one of the most incredible things I have been a part of here at Ohio State,” Mattern said. “There was so much energy, so much positivity, just good vibes all throughout.”Ohio State will be on the road again to compete against Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. Feb 3. read more

Report West Ham bids to sign Kovacic

first_imgIt seems West Ham have lodged a bid to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid in the current summer transfer window, according to reports from TMW.If the claim is true, the Hammers would become the leading club in the chase to sign the Croatian midfielder, who has shown repeatedly he desires to exit the Spanish giants.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After starting only 10 times in La Liga last season, Kovacic is open for new offers that would grant him regular game time. He has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham in the past, but no obvious sign of genuine move has been seen so far including signs that suggest real move over speculations that he could decide to move to the Italian sides Juventus, Roma and Napoli.On the other hand, Read West Ham believes that a deal to sign Kovacic would certainly be something of a coup for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, as the new Hammers boss looking to bring in some fresh faces over the summer.last_img read more

Mourinho believes Klopp wont underestimate United

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t underestimate his team when both sides meet on Sunday.The Reds host United at Anfield looking to maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season, and knowing a victory against their arch rivals will see them return to the top of the league.Notwithstanding, Mourinho is of the opinion that Klopp will not be underestimating the challenge that awaits, regardless of the visitors’ inconsistent campaign so far.“I think Liverpool are obviously very, very confident but I think they are not stupid. They also know the match they have with us is difficult,” Mourinho said, according to Goal.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They also know that we have our weaknesses, our strengths, and I think they will respect our strengths.”“I think if they don’t do that I will be happy with that. But I think they know that the game is very difficult for them.”“They know that they need every point if they want to be champions so I think they are professionals and being professionals is respecting Manchester United. They know that we can go there and win.”last_img read more

Oikya Front vows to hold its Sylhet rally 24 Oct

first_imgGano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu briefs newsmen after a meeting of Jatiya Oikya Front in Dhanmondi on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamNewly forged Jatiya Oikya Front in a meeting on Friday vowed to hold its rally in Sylhet on 24 October if the permission was denied again.“The meeting decided that the Oikya Front leaders will go to Sylhet on 24 October even if they are not allowed to hold their rally,” UNB quoted Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu as saying.He briefed newsmen after a meeting of senior leaders of the new alliance. The meeting that began around 4pm at Oikya Front and Nagorik Oikya leader Mobarak Hossain’s Dhanmondi residence continued for nearly three hours.He said they hope the government will give them permission within a day or two to hold the public rally.”We’d sought permission for holding our rally in Sylhet on 23 October, but the government didn’t permit us. We’ve now decided to hold the programme on 24 October,” Montu pointed out.He said senior Oikya Front leaders will offer fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (R) and Shah Paran (R) and at the grave of General MAG Osmani, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces during the War of Liberation, in Sylhet on 24 October, and then hold the public rally in the city.Oikya Front leaders will go to Chattogram on 27 October and hold a rally there the same day, Montu said adding they have already sought permission from the authorities concerned to hold the rally in Chattogram city.Before going to Chattogram, he said, they will exchange views with different professionals in the capital on 26 October.The Oikya Front leader said the meeting also formed a coordination committee and a steering one of the alliance.Two leaders of each Oikya Front components are kept there in the coordination committee while the steering one was formed with the top most leaders of all parties, Montu added.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Moudud Ahmed, JSD vice-president Tania Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, Zafrullah Chowdhury and former vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed were present at the meeting.On 13 October, BNP together with Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikyafront to press for their seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party administration.last_img read more

Acting up on city stage

first_imgFigure theatre or puppet theatre as it is commonly known in Europe has been quite popular in Japan as object theatre. This figure art is now coming to five major cities in India and is being brought by the Japan Foundation. The Noriyuki Sawa Puppet Theatre India Tour 2012 will showcase performances on Japanese folktales. Object theatre is a  new form of theatre where people and puppets perform together on stage with equal stage presence.  Noriyuki Sawa is a contemporary puppet theatre performer who studied figure theatre at the Czech national Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and  continued to perform in collaboration with numerous leading theatres such as DRAK from his base in the Czech Republic. Some of the performances that will be enacted in the Capital includes The Legend of Forest, Star, Fish, Sky and seed. So we say its time for the Capital to gear up for a new kind of theatre.DETAILAt: Chinmaya Mission, Lodhi Road When: 10 and 11December Timings: 6.30 pmlast_img read more

Cinnamon helps to cool stomach

first_imgCinnamon just not enhances taste but significantly contributes in improving health by cooling the body by up to two degrees, according to research. The research published in the journal Scientific Reports said that the investigators used pigs for the study and found that cinnamon maintained the integrity of the stomach wall.“When pigs feed at room temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2) gas increases in their stomach. Cinnamon in their food reduces this gas by decreasing the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls, which in turn cools the pigs’ stomachs during digestion,” said Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, Professor at the RMIT’s School of Engineering. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers have developed swallowable gas sensor capsules or smart pills which the by-product of digestion and could provide valuable insights into the functioning and health of the gut.“Our experiments with pigs and cinnamon show how swallowable gas sensor capsules can help provide new physiological information that will improve our understanding of diet or medicine. They are a highly reliable device for monitoring and diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders,” Kalantar-zadeh added.last_img read more

Amadeus to be standard carrier for Europe

first_imgThe partnership, which forms part of the ETC’s “Destination 2020” strategy means that Amadeus will promote Europe as a destination to long-haul markets. Technology giant Amadeus will promote Europe as a tourism destination, under the terms of strategic partnership it signed with the European Travel Commission (ETC) yesterday. To this end, Amadeus released the VisitEurope app last year which allows customers to search and post on social media about European destinations.  “Amadeus is pleased to contribute to this alliance with three key assets: our technology, our global footprint and our industry knowledge to shape the future of travel in Europe.” The other terms of the agreement include to collaborate on research and market research.center_img “This partnership stands out as a reference example of private and public cooperation within the travel and tourism sector, “We fully endorse the goals established by ETC and the European Commission in the “Destination Europe 2020” strategy, Amadeus Senior Advisor Industry Affairs Juan Jesús García said. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

September 15 2010Under direction workshop partic

first_imgSeptember 15, 2010Under direction, workshop participants are mixing concrete, about 1.5 yards,  for the second level walkway of the energy apron.[in the photo from left] Construction staff Jeff Buderer, workshop participants Rebecca Robinson from England, Marina Cogliani from Italy and Youngho Cho from Korea.The very internationally diverse workshop, from seven different countries, had the opportunity to learn about the many steps involved in pouring concrete.[in the photo from left] Workshop participants Youngho Cho from Korea, Eva Bauerle from Germany, Roberta Sassone from Italy, William Mazerat from France and construction staff Nathan Hodgson.Here we can see some of the different steps, two people are distributing, a two-by-four is used to level  the concrete and one is screeding to smoothe the surface.[in the photo from left] Workshoppers Rebecca Robinson from England, Eva Bauerle from Germany, Roberta Sassone from Italy, construction staff Nathan Hodgson and Marina Cogliani from Italy.Construction volunteer Paolo Van Erp uses a magnesium float to finish the slab.[photos & text: Nadia Begin, David Tollas]last_img read more

Internet TV service Magine will broadcast every Wo

first_imgInternet TV service Magine will broadcast every World Cup game, both live and on-demand in Germany, thanks to its partnership with broadcasters ARD and ZDF.Speaking at the Connected TV World summit in London yesterday, Magine executive vice-president of business development, Jon Gisby, said that the arrangement was unprecedented in the German market.“Via our broadcast partners, Magine is carrying every World Cup game – not only live, but also in catch-up as part of the service – which I think is the first time it’s been possible to do that on a single service in Germany.”Magine launched fully in Germany in April following a nine-month beta trial. Gisby said that its German proposition is now a package of just over 70 live channels – though catch-up is not yet available on every channel.Speaking at the conference, Gisby said that as a cloud based service, Magine can do very rapid development cycles and that only this week the firm issued an update that delivered “quite a significant upgrade to the interface,” with more likely to follow.“This is something we can upgrade and improve based on real-time feedback very, very quickly and easily,” said GisbyAt the same time, Magine this week launched seven-day catch-up, in addition to live programming, for all SVT’s channels in Sweden.The launch means Magine subscribers in the country will now be able to watch programs for up to a week after their broadcast from SVT 1, SVT2, Kunskapskanalen (Knowledge Channel), Barnkanalen (Children’s Channel) and SVT24 on any device with internet access.last_img read more

French service provider Iliad TelecomFree is now

first_imgFrench service provider Iliad Telecom/Free is now offering the full range of conent provider AB Group’s channels in full HD. AB Group announced in May that it was making its 14 channels available in full HD to distribution partners, and that it was shutting down its standard-definition services. Pay TV platform Canalsat said it would offer foru of the channels – RTL9, Cine FX, Action and Animaux – to its subscribers.AB Group said that it had worked closely with Free to offer the full range of its services to Free subscribers in full HD.The channels – RTL9, AB1, Mangas, AB Moteurs, Golf Channel, Lucky Jack TV, Escales, Animaux, Chasse & Péche, Toute L’Histoire, Encyclo, Polar, Cine FX and Action – have been available to eligible Freebox TV customers in full HD since July 1.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link — Recommended Link How This Great Trade Went South Let me tell you a story about the absolute best and worst put option trade I’ve ever seen. The trader made the most money I’ve ever seen on one put option trade, then he gave it all back… In September 1987, I was running the trading desk for a small regional brokerage firm. We had a handful of big-name clients, folks who appeared regularly on the Financial News Network (the precursor to CNBC). One of these clients was a value-oriented newsletter writer. His investment style was ultra-conservative and ultra-prudent. So in September 1987, when this client bought a large number of put options on the S&P 100 (OEX), I took note. It was the first option position this client had ever purchased. He was buying these put options to hedge his managed-money portfolios against a sudden crash in the stock market. It worked perfectly. When the stock market crashed on October 19, 1987, the put options this client purchased rallied enough to completely offset the decline in his stock portfolios. It was, in my opinion, the most perfect hedge anyone executed prior to the crash. But it turned out to be a disaster for his accounts. You see, the money manager never sold the options. Despite the market crashing, despite the VIX jumping above 100, despite the options he purchased trading for 20 times the amount he paid, he wanted to maintain the hedge. He wanted to keep his insurance in case stocks dropped even more. They didn’t. When his options expired in November, even though the broad stock market was almost 25% lower than where it was when he bought the puts, his put options expired worthless. Stocks hadn’t rallied much off the October crash bottom. The S&P 500 was maybe 5% higher. The stocks this advisor held in his managed accounts were still suffering from the crash. And he never collected from the insurance he bought to protect his clients from the crash. His clients suffered from the decline in the market, and they suffered from paying the option premium that was supposed to protect them from a crash. So what appeared to be a brilliant move in September 1987 turned out to be an expensive mistake by late November. His clients suffered from a decline in their stock holdings, and they also suffered as the OEX put options expired worthless. You need to be willing to take profits quickly. As stocks fall, the implied volatility of the option premium increases. You don’t need to wait for the stock to achieve your downside target. The option premium will often inflate to reflect the downside potential. Be willing to sell into that. — You need to buy cheap put options, and you need to be willing to lose 100% of the premium you pay for the options. It should be less of a loss than short selling the stock. Justin’s note: Today, I want to share a special essay with you from our good friend and colleague Jeff Clark. Jeff is a master trader who’s made a fortune in the options market for over 30 years. Below, he tells the story of a client’s perfectly executed trade that ended up going horribly wrong… and gives three lessons he learned from that mistake. By Jeff Clark, editor, Delta Report The stock market has entered “the worst six months of the year.” The S&P 500 makes its best gains between November 1 and April 30. The period between May 1 and October 31 tends to be negative. The exact historical figures vary depending on who you ask. But there’s a good reason the Wall Street cliché machine advises to “sell in May and go away.” Stocks don’t do very well this time of year. And most of the major stock market disruptions of my lifetime occurred during this six-month window. Smart investors should take some time off. Enjoy the fruits of the “Trump rally.” Cash in your 13% gain on the S&P 500 since last Halloween and enjoy the summer. We’ll see you back in the action in time for Thanksgiving. But… if you want to make some money while the rest of the world is losing it, then stick around. Smarter investors could have the best six months ever. Millionaire SLAMS Smug Media in TV Interview So eager to catch Trump on Russia, they’ve ignored some worrying developments concerning the banking industry and our money. [Urgent Announcement] Banking Insider Warns: “If you were born before 1969, you should move 20% of your savings here now.” More than 60,000 Americans are now following “Ronald Reagan’s Secret Retirement Income Plan,” and moving their money out of the traditional financial system into one little-known safe haven where wealth grows tax-free… This 100% legal “tax shelter” has proven – over 232 years – to protect and grow wealth in times of recession, depression, inflation, and even dollar weakness. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and at least 52 other Washington officials have already moved a portion of their cash here… The big banks have already moved $143 billion here… and plan to move billions more. Now, you can find out all the details for FREE. Click here to claim your free starter kit. You need to target stocks that are overextended to the upside and have negative divergence on the technical indicators. A Simple Lesson The lesson here is simple… When you’re betting on a broad stock market decline, you need to buy cheap put options AND you need to be willing to cash out of the trade when it moves in your direction—even if you think the move will go farther. In my experience—which goes back more than three decades—if you want to profit on the short side of trading stocks, you need to get three things right… Think about this for a moment… Over the past 20 years, the Volatility Index (VIX)—a measure of the price investors are willing to pay to insure their portfolios against a significant market decline—has traded between a low of about 10 to a high of about 80. Recently, the VIX closed at 11—one of the lowest readings in the past 20 years. This happened at a time when the S&P 500 closed near an all-time high. So with the broad stock market trading at its highest level ever, insurance is about as cheap as it has been in the past 20 years. In other words, as we enter the worst six months of the year, put options—bets that the stock market will fall—are as cheap as they’ve been in two decades. This is a remarkable opportunity to profit as stock prices decline. Speculators can risk relatively small amounts of capital and achieve HUGE returns if stock prices fall. But there are a few tricks to profiting on the downside… How to Profit as Stocks Fall Over the long term, stocks go up. Don’t argue about it. That’s just how it is. The stock market moves higher over time. So short sellers—those folks who profit as stock prices fall—face an uphill battle. Of course, there are situations where short sellers will ultimately profit even if the broad stock market moves higher. For example, companies that commit fraud, take on insane amounts of leverage, or overhype a fad business almost always eventually crash and burn. But opportunities to short the stock in these firms are few and far between. For the most part, traders who are looking to short sell are going to trade on momentum. They’re going to look for overbought situations that look ready to reverse. They’re going to buy cheap, out-of-the-money put options. They’re going to be lightning fast, taking profits as the trade moves in their favor. And they’re not going to stress out about losing 100% on a trade because they kept their position size small enough to digest the loss. Jeff Clark Editor, Delta Report Justin’s note: Tomorrow, Jeff will be releasing a brand-new presentation on what he calls “the biggest breakthrough of my career.” In it, he’ll reveal a trading strategy that he’s been developing for over five years… has a success rate of 90.2%… average gains of 50%… and an average trade length of just two days. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, and Doug Casey have been talking all about it these past few months. They think it’s one of the most fascinating moneymaking ideas they’ve ever encountered. Most people will be watching this presentation at 12 p.m. ET tomorrow… but as a Casey reader, E.B. will be sending you the video early, so you can start watching ahead of the crowd at 9 a.m. We hope to see you there. Best regards and good trading,last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link — Justin’s note: Todd Scattini isn’t your typical marijuana entrepreneur. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996, and currently serves as an Army officer. But next month, Todd will hang up his fatigues to serve as CEO of Harvest 360, a marijuana consulting and management firm. I met Todd at Harvest 360’s headquarters in Denver a few weeks ago. There, he told me how he’s using cannabis to solve the military’s deadliest problems. Todd’s story completely changed how I thought about cannabis. So, I called him up a few days after we met to continue our talk. Below is a transcript of that conversation. I encourage you to share it with anyone who still sees marijuana as just another “street drug.” It may just change their mind… Justin: Todd, I’m not used to seeing “cannabis” and “Army officer” in the same sentence. So, can you tell me how you became interested in the plant? Todd: I became interested in 2011. I was in Paris at the time, and I was asked to serve as a special advisor for General John Allen. He was the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) back then. ISAF was a NATO-led security mission. It’s the largest military coalition ever assembled. At the time, it was 51 nations. Its main purpose was training the Afghan National Security Forces and assisting Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions. It was also engaged in the war with the Taliban insurgency. I was helping manage the General’s relationship with the Coalition through bilateral engagement and normal security cooperation functions. One evening, our special staff was asked to come up with creative ways to engage with the Afghans using the domestic resources they had so that they could create an industry without relying on outside assistance. And I thought, “Geez. The Afghans don’t have many resources.” They had minerals, but the Chinese had purchased the rights to them long ago, and it would take nearly a decade to build the infrastructure to mine them effectively. They had heroin, too, but I certainly didn’t think that could be the basis for an industry. And they had cannabis. A lot of cannabis that they grew was smuggled outside of the country and sold on the black market for huge profits to fund terrorist operations. So, I thought, “why don’t we transition them to a hemp industry?” It has 25,000 different uses such as food, fuel, fiber, and medicine. And humans have been using it for 8,000 years. We have essentially evolved with this plant. Justin: How’d that suggestion go over with your supervisors? Todd: It was not well-received. I don’t believe my concept was ever even briefed to the General. I was kind of laughed out of the room, to be honest. They called me “Major Cheech & Chong” and things like that. But I learned so much about the plant by studying it, including its medical potential. And I thought, “there are some military applications here.” So, I continued to read, study, and talk to everyone I could about the plant. I learned so much that I became a master at talking to generals, other officers, and ambassadors about marijuana. Recommended Link 3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy Right Now Canada is set to vote on a new nationwide law that will set off the biggest event in the history of marijuana. The Canadian pot market will explode from $400 million to $8 billion. And new marijuana millionaires will be minted. If you missed out on the first marijuana boom, when penny pot stocks delivered peak gains of 7,820%… 6,233%… and 3,986%… often in months… This is your second and final chance. Don’t miss out again. Discover the 3 companies that will dominate the marijuana market. Justin: How do you plan to prevent these sorts of things? Todd: Well, we do this in two phases. The first is the prep phase. This happens “left of the boom,” as we say in the military. This means this is the preparation done prior to an IED strike. This includes the supplementation of cannabinoids which help “armor the brain” in preparation for a traumatic event. Hopefully no one ever gets “right of the boom,” or experiences an IED strike. But, if they do, I would propose administering an immediate supplemental dose of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and other elements very, very rapidly. Justin: What made you want to focus on TBI? Todd: I became interested after I lost a platoon leader of mine. His name was Captain Andrew Houghton. Andy was a fellow West Point graduate. He was class of 2001, and he was like a little brother to me. In 2004, he was struck in the head with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while deployed in Iraq. The RPG didn’t explode. But it did massive damage to his head. The battlefield medics, which are so good today, performed a soldier-to-soldier blood transfusion on-site in his vehicle. They stabilized him in-country and transported him to the Army hospital in Germany. There, his brain continued to swell. The rocket did so much damage that they had to remove a large portion of his brain to release the pressure. He was then sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C, where I was present when they pinned a Purple Heart on him. He passed away the next day. If I can prevent something like that from happening again, I will be very satisfied and feel that I will have done my duty. Justin: I’m terribly sorry to hear about your loss, Todd. But it’s inspiring that you’re trying to prevent this sort of thing from happening to other soldiers. That said, how can you be so confident that The Athena Protocol will work? After all, no one’s ever done anything like this before. Todd: So, a portion of that is the federal patent I was telling you about. This study says cannabidiol is an effective neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory. More recent studies have also shown that victims of car accidents who have THC (an active ingredient in marijuana) have a higher percentage of survivability in TBI incidents. Plus, we know that cannabinoids pass the blood barrier much more rapidly than most pharmaceuticals. So, we’d be able to administer and see anti-inflammatory effects very rapidly. But, you are right. Of course, this theory must be tested. The unfortunate thing is that we are prevented from testing this in the United States due to cannabis’ Schedule I status on the federal government’s list of Controlled Substances. I would propose to circumvent this by studying this outside of the U.S. or gaining special permission to do so in the U.S. Justin: Would The Athena Protocol only be used to treat TBI injuries suffered in combat? Or are there applications beyond the military? Todd: Absolutely. Soldiers aren’t the only ones who suffer TBI injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people go to U.S. emergency rooms every year for TBI. And about 300,000 of those people die from their injuries. This includes everyone from car crash victims to people who slip and fall. So, this kind of treatment could really be used everywhere. And the sooner first responders and hospitals can administer this, the better. Justin: And how’s the project coming along? Todd: Right now, we’re at the research and development (R&D) level, but we have submitted for a provisional patent for the entire protocol and sub-patents for each formulation and method of administration. Specifically, we’re working on jamming as much cannabidiol into a single drop of water as possible. And we’ve already gotten some incredibly high levels of concentration. So, it’s coming along very nicely. Justin: Got it. You’re doing some incredible work, Todd. But I have to ask you one last thing before I let you go… Where’d the name, The Athena Protocol, come from? Todd: The name, and I’m not kidding, came to me in the middle of the night. I shot out of bed and wrote it down. Athena is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Good Counsel, and War. She also wears a helmet. And Athena’s helmet adorns the West Point crest. Justin: Wow. It sure seems like you picked the perfect name. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. And best of luck with everything. Todd: My pleasure, Justin. Justin’s note: As you can see, cannabis isn’t just a plant that gets people high. It also has the potential to save thousands of lives as medicine. Most people don’t realize this. But the world’s smartest investors do. That’s why they’ve invested billions in this upcoming industry. But don’t worry. You don’t have to have deep pockets to profit from the coming global marijuana boom. You just need to own the right marijuana stocks.We have a basket of marijuana companies in our Crisis Investing newsletter that are set to soar in the coming years. You can access these names, along with all of our research on the sector, with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more. P.S. You can also learn more about Todd’s project by visiting the Harvest 360 website or by contacting him directly at todd.scattini@harvest360.co. Reader MailbagAre you investing in cannabis stocks? We’d love to hear how it’s going so far. Let us know right here.Today, a reader writes in agreeing with Doug’s take on “The War on Some Drugs”… To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the problem with the drug warriors is that they know so many things that just aren’t so. The other quote that applies comes from C.S. Lewis:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”The “war on drugs” has turned into a cash machine for federal and state law enforcement, which is why it is taking so long to root out the problem. There are states where law enforcement can legally steal your assets (sometimes during a traffic stop), all because they can say they suspect the said assets were used as part of a drug deal, or were obtained through a drug deal. Some law enforcement agencies get something like 40 percent of their revenue from civil forfeiture. So there’s lots of motivation to repeat flat-out lies which fly in the face of all data.There are unfortunately a lot of people who are so intellectually lazy that they won’t bother to look at the data, and will instead just repeat the lies because they sound plausible, and because it makes them look like pillars of probity. Jeff Sessions, for example. I often wonder how people like that can function with so many logical fallacies floating around in their heads… –Clintcenter_img — New controversial money-making event (limited time only) If you want to learn how to get “in” on the only legitimate chance to turn a few hundred dollars into tens of thousands of dollars… you need to attend this free event on November 2nd. One past attendee, Jon M., says: “I was left nearly speechless last night when I discovered my $300 had grown to over $125,000. I have never heard of such gains in a short amount of time.” Full warning: This opportunity is controversial. But if you’re willing to try something new… and you can stomach some volatility… it could completely change your financial future. Click here to get all the details before it’s too late. In Case You Missed It… The cryptocurrency market has taken off in 2017. If you’ve ever been curious about these little-known assets, then we recommend you attend this free training webinar. It’s hosted by cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari. Teeka has been studying the crypto world since the beginning. On November 2, he will show readers everything he’s learned about cryptocurrencies and teach you how to trade cryptocurrencies today. Reserve your spot right here. Justin: So, do they still call you Major Cheech & Chong? Todd: I still get a giggle or pot pun when I talk about it. But I’m no longer laughed out of the room. So, yes, I’ve convinced a lot of people that this is a very interesting proposition and might be a way to address reducing suicides from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and chronic pain; all significant issues that often result from our service. Justin: How did you change people’s minds? Todd: I just became so passionate and well-studied about the plant, the roots of its prohibition, and its potential to help people. So, now when speaking with generals and other senior leaders I tell them, “Sir, this is serious, and I think it could save soldiers’ lives.” I always point them to the federal government’s patent on cannabidiol as a neuro-protectant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. This is U.S. Patent 6630507. Justin: Why’s that patent so important? Todd: These days, many of our soldiers encounter improvised explosive devices (IED) on the battlefield. An IED strike can be devastating to multiple vehicles and soldiers in an instant. And, if an IED goes off near you, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a TBI. TBI is a very serious concussion possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial function. We find that soldiers who have experienced a TBI are at a higher risk for PTSD and suicide. Justin: How does an IED give TBI? Todd: When an IED goes off near you, there’s a massive blast wave. The air from the blast creates a wall of pressure that hits a soldier’s hard skull and rattles the soft brain around inside of it, and a dangerous chemical process begins inside the skull. This can lead to a stroke, which is what usually kills a TBI victim. Justin: How does the military currently treat TBI? Todd: Today, there’s very little done to treat it. And, aside from improvements made to some vehicles, there’s really no protocol for preventing this sort of injury. I want to change that with my project, The Athena Protocol. I want to use formulations of non-psychoactive cannabinoids (especially cannabidiol) and a few added elements as a daily supplement to essentially “armor a soldier’s brain,” and help protect the brain’s neuroreceptors. Studies suggest that this approach could also increase the elasticity of the neurons, preventing them from calcification and potentially reducing the instance of PTSD among our soldier and veteran population.last_img read more

Would you accept State Money Vote Yes or No

first_imgWould you accept “State Money”? [Vote Yes or No]Did you get a refund on your state income taxes last year? Or do you (or someone in your family) work for state or local government? If so, America’s #1 currency expert predicts you may soon start receiving payment in a new kind of “state money” – in lieu of U.S. Dollars! Would you accept “State Money” instead of U.S. Dollars? [Click one] YES – I’d accept payment in “state money,” if it can be used like U.S. Dollars… NO – I’ll only take Greenbacks! Justin: It sounds like you don’t trust these numbers or, at the very least, take them with a grain of salt. If so, how do you assess the economy’s strength? What sort of things do you look at?Doug: To be honest, like most people, I live in a bubble. We all live in our own little subcultures. We can’t really be sure what’s going on in the world at large. Most of us are just milder versions of Jim Carrey’s character in The Truman Show. We don’t know much beyond what we’re shown on TV, or read in various media. How reliable is that?How reliable were the CIA’s statistics about the Soviet economy? They were less than worthless. How good were S&P’s credit ratings in 2007? Not very. How much does Tesla’s $300 stock price say about the company’s prospects? I’d say next to nothing.Even when you talk to another person, what you hear has been filtered by their own psychology. Beyond that smiling face, underneath the social veneer, what’s the real story? Government statistics certainly can’t tell you…But I look around. How many houses or buildings are being constructed? When I go to an airport, I pay attention to how busy it is. It seems nobody goes to shopping centers anymore, including me. Some years ago I’d hop a freight train to see how the other half lives. Now I hop a jet plane to see what’s happening on the other side of the globe. But I don’t kid myself—most input is anecdotal, transitory, and illusory.That said, things are holding together. There aren’t mobs in the streets with torches and pitchforks. At least not yet.Justin: And what is the glue? Is it the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies?Doug: Absolutely. Monetary policy—how much money they print, how much credit they create, and how much it costs—isn’t just the elephant in the room. It’s the brontosaurus in the room.The question is, where have the trillions of dollars that they’ve created gone? The answer is into the financial markets. It’s why the stock market has been going to new highs every day. All that money the Fed’s created has gone into the stock market. It’s gone into the bond market.And it’s gone into the real estate market. Nobody “needs” stocks and bonds. But everybody needs a dwelling of some type, and many Americans can’t afford one because a lot of that money has driven housing prices up a lot faster than wages. Believe it or not, there really are hobo jungles in 21st century America. There are lots of “homeless” living on the streets. We used to call them bums, although I think that term has become politically incorrect.We’re still in the eye of the gigantic financial/economic hurricane we entered in 2007. The question is: When are we going into its trailing edge? Well, interestingly, the amount of debt in the world has expanded hugely since 2007, when financial institutions started failing. They failed because they had too much debt. Now there’s even more debt. There’s more automobile debt. There’s a lot more student loan debt. There’s more mortgage debt. More consumer debt. There’s much more government debt. Why hacks and data breaches are a thing of the past and how control over your privacy will return to you. What “blockchain” technology is all about and why it will change the way we all work, play, and interact. — Recommended Link Click here for full story “What if I’m Right This Time, Too?” Expert WarnsThis financial guru was mocked by the mainstream. But is his strange financial prediction about to come true? —center_img Learn how to get instant access right here. And by claiming your report today, you’ll automatically be signed up for Disruptive Profits editor Marco Wutzer’s urgent blockchain presentation next week…where he’ll discuss the coin that could kill Ethereum. Recommended Link Justin’s note: The U.S. economy is booming.According to the government, U.S. GDP (gross domestic product)—a broad measure of economic growth—rose by 4.2% year-over-year. That’s the highest mark in four years. U.S. wages are growing at the fastest rate in nine years. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 18 years. And jobless claims are at a 48-year low.This is great news for everyday Americans. That’s obvious. The question is… how much longer can the U.S. economy fire on all cylinders?So I got Doug Casey on the phone to get his take…Justin: Doug, what are your thoughts on the economy? Is it as strong as the government says?Doug: Well, to start, I must admit that no one is more surprised than I am that things are holding together as well as they are.I was convinced that zero percent interest rates and QE 1, 2, 3, and 4—the response to the meltdown that started in 2007—would bring on a disaster sooner, not later. They’ve caused people to borrow more and save less, which is a formula for poverty. But, so far, the most obvious result has mainly been booming stock, bond, and property markets. The rich have gotten a lot richer, while the middle class has slipped down only slowly.The last ten years are a classic example of how something can take much longer to happen than you expect. But once the inevitable gets underway, it’s going to happen much more quickly than you expect.But should you really trust the statistics that the U.S. government puts out? I don’t. At least not much more than anyone could trust Argentine statistics when the Kirchners were in office.There’s always a political slant to the way these things are computed, and the way they’re presented.Look at the so-called unemployment rate, currently 3.9 percent. That’s supposed to be an eighteen-year low. But the number of people working, as a percentage of the total population, is much lower than in the past.There are numerous definitions of what constitutes employment and unemployment. And with over 50% of the population receiving direct government benefits of some type, all the numbers are flexible. And so much more. The next blue-chip stocks that are being born right now on the blockchain network… and what that means for folks like you. Click here to find out Justin: Don’t forget corporate debt.Doug: Yes, much more corporate debt, too. Corporations have borrowed not to build new factories, but to buy back their stock. Why? One reason is to make management stock options valuable.The whole situation is worse, and the timing is much more on the edge, than it was back then. Interestingly, the Federal Reserve is now trying to reel in all the money that it created at the height of the crisis, trying to normalize things. They’re trying to both raise interest rates and reduce the money supply. At the same time the government is running a trillion-dollar deficit. It can’t possibly end well.Meanwhile, all the money that was created to bail out failing corporations is filtering down from the financial markets into the regular economy. But, with the financial markets at manic highs, rich people don’t care if the price of a hamburger goes up.The rich, especially in cities like New York and Washington, have gotten much richer in recent years. They stand much closer to the fire hydrants of money that the government’s created. They get to drink their fill before it trickles down to the little folks in flyover country. That’s one thing.The other thing is that the Federal Reserve’s low interest-rate policy has made it much easier for people to service high levels of debt. This wouldn’t be possible if interest rates were normal.I mean if you had to pay 8% to finance your new SUV you’re going to be much less likely to buy it than if you can finance it at 0% or 1%. It’s especially perverse in that people actually used to pay cash for cars, once upon a time. Then they financed them for two years. Then three. Now it can be for seven. Or they lease. So what was once a minor asset has become a major long-term liability. The whole U.S. economy is based on debt.Justin: This obviously can’t go on forever, though.Doug: Right. This is all a moving paper fantasy that will come to a bad end. I see two ways it ends.One, it will end with a credit collapse—all this debt is defaulted on. All that funny money that’s been created out of nowhere simply disappears. That can happen because today’s money is simply credit. It no longer represents a specific amount of gold. It’s merely an accounting fiction. We could easily have a catastrophic deflation. The remaining dollars would go up in value, for a while.On the other hand, the government could succeed in keeping things together, by printing more money. But then we’ll have much higher levels of inflation. And that’s going to devastate the average guy more than anybody else.Justin: And why is that?Doug: The average guy who gets ahead tries to produce more than he consumes, and save the difference. But his savings are dollars. If the dollars lose value rapidly, he might as well not have saved. That’s very destructive for the very fabric of society.Justin: So I think we both can agree that the Fed has played a huge role in propping up the economy. But how much credit should the last two presidents get? As I’m sure you’re aware, Trump uses positive economic data to pat himself on the back.But Obama recently did the same thing. He basically said, “Don’t forget that the economic recovery began under me.”How much credit should either Trump or Obama get?Doug: That’s a very good point.Obama should get zero credit. The economy collapsed under the disastrous Baby Bush regime. It recovered solely because of the huge infusion of credit from the Fed—which really just put off the inevitable. Apart from that, all of Obama’s actions were economically destructive.In fact, Trump deserves some credit for things holding together. One of the most important things is his attempt to cut regulations. Another is his reduction in taxes. His limiting the tax deductibility of consumer interest and state income and property taxes took away indirect subsidies people were getting in high-tax places like California, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts. On the negative side, he’s wasting hundreds of billions on the military. And could quite possibly start an international trade war.I’m just afraid of what’s going to happen if things come apart in the next year. Since Trump is associated with capitalism, a collapse would be blamed on the free market. Then an overt socialist could easily be elected in 2020.Justin: Why are you so concerned by that? What would be so different if things fell apart, say, two or three years from now?Doug: As much antagonism and actual hatred as there is against Trump, the economy is one thing he’s got going for him. If the economy really falls apart—and I believe it will—the political and social consequences in the U.S. will be extremely serious. The democrats will try to impeach him.All kinds of things could happen when the Greater Depression resumes, and millions more Americans lose their jobs, their savings, their pensions, and are kicked out of their houses the way they were back in 2008 and 2009.Justin: Not to mention, the Fed is in a very precarious position right now. It kept rates incredibly low for so long. And that, as you mentioned, blew a bubble in all sorts of financial assets. So it must be careful not raise rates too quickly and risk popping those bubbles.Any chance they pull that off?Doug: I don’t think so, quite frankly. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and created many problems in the process.For one pension funds everywhere are underfunded and in a lot of trouble. And that’s true even though most of the stock and bond markets are at all-time highs.So, interest rates go up, stock and bond prices go down. If they squeeze the bubble that they’ve blown up, the air in the bubble just goes to a different place. So, no. I don’t see any way out of this.People have already forgotten how unpleasant it was back in 2008 and 2009. They also have no idea why it happened to start with. But it happened because government fiscal and monetary policy created distortions and misallocations of capital in the economy. So, it’s much more serious now than it was back in 2007. And the consequences are going to be much worse.Justin: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me about this, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: You’re invited to meet Doug, along with all of our Casey gurus—including Nick Giambruno, E.B. Tucker, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer—at our first-ever Legacy Investment Summit in Bermuda next month.Keep in mind, space is limited. But this letter is your invitation. And when you come, you will not just hear the best ideas these world-renowned experts have to offer…You’ll meet them face-to-face, have drinks with them at the cocktail parties, and get exclusive insights they won’t be sharing anywhere else.It’s VIP access to high-level financial thinkers you can’t get anywhere else. Get all the details here.Reader MailbagToday, high praise for Doug Casey…I met Doug in 2005 and since then he became my mentor and model. We chatted, smoked cigars, and shared some wine in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, etc. and, of course, Buenos Aires, Cafayate, and Punta del Este.I’m extremely in debt to Doug, who’s helped me achieve financial independence and become a true libertarian. I was honored every time he asked me about my take on various topics.—Vlad As always, you can send any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch right here.Claim Your FREE Blockchain Special Report TodayAs a valued Casey reader, we want to send you our new report—“Welcome to the Blockchain Era”—absolutely free.In this comprehensive report, you will discover:last_img read more

The doctorpatient relationship isnt always what

first_imgThe doctor-patient relationship isn’t always what we hope for. We’re doing a series of stories on that relationship, and we want to hear from you. What do you wish you knew about the way your doctor thinks? What do you wish you could tell your doctor? Your questions and stories may be featured on the air or on NPR.org. Please fill out the form — or click here — to tell us your experience. An NPR producer may contact you for an upcoming story.Part of this project involves putting voices on air, so we’d love it if you could send us a voice memo. You can submit a voice memo within the form, or email a voice memo to talktous@npr.org with “doctor-patient” in the subject line. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A train operator will this summer start running ma

first_imgA train operator will this summer start running mainline rail services that wheelchair-users will not be able to access… with the apparent blessing of the government.It is believed to be the first time for many years that a scheduled mainline train service will run without any provision for passengers who use wheelchairs.And it comes just days after the Equality and Human Rights Commission was said to be considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service.That threat emerged after rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway issued “grossly insulting” guidance to station staff that said they should not attempt to place “persons of reduced mobility (PRM)” on a train “if there is a possibility of delaying the service”.Now train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has decided to run services that will be out of bounds to wheelchair-users.TPE is part of the transport giant FirstGroup, which in January 2017 was found by the Supreme Court to have breached its duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people under the Equality Act through its “first come, first served” policy on the use of wheelchair spaces on buses.From July, TPE is to introduce two extra trains, each with four carriages, all of which will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.Leaked internal documents show that 12 of these services without wheelchair provision – six in each direction – will run every weekday between Liverpool and Scarborough via Manchester Victoria, Huddersfield, Leeds and York, using old “Mark Three” coaches.The documents say there will be “no space on the train for wheelchairs” and that “the trains will run without wheelchair or cycle provision”.If a wheelchair-user wants to board a service that is using the old Mark Three coaches, they will be told to catch the next accessible train instead. If two consecutive trains are inaccessible, TPE will pay for a taxi to their destination.Six of the 17 hourly trains that run all the way from Liverpool on the west coast to Scarborough on the east coast – and the same number on the return journey – will be using Mark Three coaches, and so will be inaccessible to wheelchair-users.There will be a higher proportion of accessible services on other parts of the route, for example between Manchester and Leeds, and between Manchester and York.The content of the leaked documents has been confirmed by TPE, which admitted to Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday (Wednesday) that the arrangement was “not ideal”.It said that it had to introduce the inaccessible carriages because using the Mark Three coaches was part of its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North (which represents local transport authorities across the north of England).A TPE spokeswoman said that it was “part of our franchise agreement to introduce these extra coaches into operation to provide additional capacity on the network ahead of the introduction of new trains”.She later confirmed that TPE had “made DfT aware that the vehicles that we are going to operate will not be accessible”.TPE admitted that because of the 12 inaccessible services, it will have to replace its disabled people’s protection policy – the policy currently states that wheelchairs “not exceeding 70cm wide and 120cm long with a combined weight of passenger and wheelchair of not more than 300kg can be carried on all our trains”.Although one of the four coaches on each service – a first-class carriage – was designed with a wheelchair space, it is too narrow for all but the smallest wheelchairs, and the coach has no accessible toilet, so TPE has decided that it cannot allow any wheelchair-users to board those services, while it also warns that they “may prove more difficult to access” for some other disabled customers.The company is using the Mark Three coaches to increase capacity in the short term, but disabled campaigners say this will be done at the expense of the rights of disabled passengers.Doug Paulley, a leading rail access campaigner, who was told about the leaked documents and alerted DNS, said: “I am shocked and amazed that a company is intending to run trains that don’t have wheelchair access.“I haven’t known such in the past 25 years; even in Connex South Eastern’s time there was access to a guard’s van.“To run trains that don’t have any access for wheelchair-users is utterly unacceptable and an insult to disabled people, whether as a temporary stop-gap or not.”A TransPennine Express spokeswoman said: “These trains are being used in passenger service on a limited and temporary basis to provide extra seats for customers and to support driver training ahead of the introduction of the first of our brand new Nova trains later this year.“The carriages have previously been used by other train companies and feature doors that need to be manually opened and closed.“The design and layout of these carriages means that unfortunately, in contrast to our current trains, they do not have adequate access for customers who use wheelchairs and may prove more difficult to access for some customers with reduced mobility or disabilities.“We know this isn’t ideal; however, these will be the only two trains in our entire fleet that are unable to offer high levels of access and they are planned to be used on a small number of services for a limited period of time.“Staff briefing is taking place and we will be providing additional information on our website, in leaflets at our stations and to all the assisted travel teams to enable customers to plan their journeys using our more accessible fleets.”She said TPE had “explored the options to make these trains accessible” but had decided this was not possible because “the doors to the saloon are too narrow” and “the accessible toilets are of the British Rail standard, and could not be accessed by many wheelchair users, again due to the proportions”.A Department for Transport (DfT) spokeswoman refused to answer a series of questions, including whether the government had known that the inaccessible coaches would be used, and if it had made their temporary use a condition of the franchise agreement.She also refused to say whether DfT believed the introduction of the trains was a breach of the Equality Act, and whether the move suggested that the Equality and Human Rights Commission was right to be considering legal action against the government over its failure to ensure an accessible rail service.But she said in a statement: “We expect all train companies to do everything possible to make travel easy for those with disabilities.“It is vital that all passengers, including disabled passengers, can turn up and go when using public transport, and train companies have a legal obligation to provide the same access to the disabled.”Picture: A TransPennine Express train. Picture by Alex Low, www.alexlow.uklast_img read more

Netflix to Replace 5Star Ratings With Thumbs Up or Down

first_img Next Article You either liked it or you didn’t; no more internal debates over just how much or how little you enjoyed something. Netflix is taking the gray area out of its ratings system.In the not-so-distant future, the streaming giant will replace its current five-star ratings system with something a little easier: thumbs up or down. You either liked it or you didn’t; no more internal debates over just how much or how little you enjoyed something.   The change will go into effect globally, beginning in April, Netflix Vice President of Product Todd Yellin said at a Thursday press briefing, according to The Verge. Netflix will also reportedly start showing users an algorithm-based percentage match for each show and movie, giving people an idea of how likely they are to enjoy it.”Five stars feels very yesterday now,” Yellin said, according to the report.Netflix has been considering this move for a while. Business Insider, citing the company’s Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt, in January 2016 reported that Netflix was looking to replace the five-star system with something better.”The problem, Hunt tells Business Insider, is that people subconsciously try to be critics,” the site reported at the time. “When they rate a movie or show from one to five stars, they fall into trying to objectively assess the ‘quality,’ instead of basing the stars on how much ‘enjoyment’ they got out of it.”So, if you got a lot of enjoyment out of watching a movie, but only rated it two stars because it’s not what the rest of the world would deem a quality picture, Netflix will think you hated it. In the future, the streaming site might not recommend a similar title you actually might have watched and enjoyed.Netflix started testing the thumbs up/down system last year with hundreds of thousands of new users around the world, according to The Verge. Yellin told reporters that the new system encouraged 200 percent more ratings compared to the five-star model. Netflix –shares Image credit: Shutterstock Netflix to Replace 5-Star Ratings With Thumbs Up or Down Apply Now » Reportercenter_img March 17, 2017 Add to Queue 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Angela Moscaritololast_img read more

Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order It

first_img Laura Entis Next Article 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Technology –shares Add to Queue January 20, 2014center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Amazon is singlehandedly accelerating our transition into a sci-fi future. First came news of the drones, and now, there’s a real possibility that the retail company may start shipping your purchases before you click “buy.”The Wall Street Journal reported that in December, Amazon received a patent for “anticipatory shipping,” a system whereby the company forecasts your next order and sends it to a warehouse near you before you actually hit that purchase button. The idea is that the goods will get to you sooner when you do formally place your order.While the retail company has simply gained a patent — there is no guarantee that Amazon will actually use it — the idea that Amazon knows us well enough to accurately guess what we’ll buy next doesn’t seem that outlandish.Related: Not Science Fiction: Amazon Is Working on a Drone-Powered Delivery SystemAmazon, after all, has a wealth of data on customers and their buying habits. In choosing what to ship, Amazon can consider your previous orders and searches, what’s in your shopping cart and even how long your cursor hovers over a particular item. (Amazon’s current predictions about what I’ll be interested in are already eerily accurate).In the patent, the retail company outlined potential plans to partially fill in addresses with zip codes to get items closer to customers, completing the labels in transit as the purchases are confirmed. “Anticipatory shipping” could work well for popular items like newly released best sellers (allowing the retail company to provide the book the day it is released, discouraging customers from going to a brick-and-mortar store instead).And while some predictions would inevitably misfire, Amazon said it could use tactics such as suggesting shipped items to customers, offering discounts and turning unwanted orders into “goodwill” gifts in order to prevent costly returns.Related: What Shoppers Still Won’t Buy on Amazon (Infographic) Guest Writer Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order It Apply Now »last_img read more

Burger King Dresses Up as McDonalds for Halloween

first_img Your move Golden Arches. Nina Zipkin –shares Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Burger King Dresses Up as McDonald’s for Halloween Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » It wouldn’t be Halloween without some mischief, and Burger King pulled off a pretty effective trick on its rival fast food franchise.A Burger King location in Rego Park, N.Y. decided to get into the spooky spirit of the season by crafting a ghostly McDonald’s get up complete with a feisty sign that reads “Booooo! Just kidding, we still flame-grill our burgers. Happy Halloween.”Related: Burger King Gets Burned in Twitter Duel With Wendy’sThe internet seemed pretty impressed by the chain’s Halloween chutzpah and awarded this round to Burger King. There’s still time for McDonald’s to make a move, but we may be waiting until Christmas to see what the Golden Arches has in store.Now that’s the competitive Halloween spirit I like to see @BurgerKing!! ?https://t.co/nkRnVBfIXk— John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 27, 2016 Leave it to a Burger King in Queens, NY to display the best Halloween costume a fast-food chain has ever worn. pic.twitter.com/Ib8sWknSZ1— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) October 27, 2016 The best Halloween costume I’ve seen so far this year:Burger King dressed up as McDonald’s. pic.twitter.com/2SSJ2yfir3— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 Franchiseslast_img read more