Fort St John Coop to match Red Cross wildfire donations

first_imgLussier said that the Co-op received and matched several thousand dollars during last year’s fundraiser, and he hopes that residents will step up once again, especially after the provincial government announced that it would match all Red Cross donations up to $20 million until October 12th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op is currently accepting donations to the Red Cross in support of B.C. wildfire evacuees, and will be matching all donations it receives.Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that residents wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross can do so at both Co-op locations in Fort St. John during regular business hours.Last year, the local Co-op held an identical fundraiser during the worst-ever wildfire season in the province, when over 1.2 million hectares of forests were consumed, forcing a cumulative total of 65,000 B.C. residents from their homes.last_img read more

Sena announces 21 candidates drops MP who slapped AI staff

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday declared its first list of 21 candidates in Maharashtra for next month’s Lok Sabha polls, retaining 17 sitting MPs and denying ticket to the lawmaker who had allegedly slapped an Air India employee in 2017.Ravindra Gaikwad, the 59-year-old MP from Osmanabad constituency, had hit an Air India staffer with a slipper at the IGI Airport in New Delhi and then openly boasted about it. The Sena replaced Gaikwad, who briefly faced a travel ban by airlines for his act, with Omraje Nimbalkar in Osmanabad in central Maharashtra. Another Sena Member of Parliament, Rajan Vichare, who was accused of force-feeding a canteen employee on fast during Ramzan in 2014, has been fielded again from Thane. As per the pre-poll alliance sealed by the BJP and the Shiv Sena, the former will contest on 25 seats and the latter on 23 out of the Lok Sabha 48 constituencies in Maharashtra. Of these 23 seats, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party announced candidates on 21, leaving out two constituencies — Palghar and Satara — in the first list. Currently, the Palghar seat adjoining Mumbai has a BJP MP, but the Sena has staked its claim to the constituency. “We will announce the names of remaining candidates by Sunday,” senior Sena leader and Maharashtra minister Subhash Desai told reporters here after releasing the list. The constituency-wise list of Sena candidates: South Mumbai-Arvind Sawant; South Central Mumbai-Rahul Shewale; Mumbai North West-Gajanan Kirtikar; Kalyan-Shrikant Shinde; Raigad-Anant Gite; Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat-Vinayak Raut; Kolhapur-Sanjay Mandlik; Hatkanangle-Dhairyasheel Mane; Nashik-Hemant Godse; Shirdi-Sadashiv Lokhande; Shirur-Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil; Aurangabad-Chandrakant Khaire; Yavatmal Washim-Bhawana Gawli; Buldana-Prataprao Jadhav; Ramtek-Kripal Tumane; Amravati-Anandrao Adsul; Parbhani-Sanjay Jadhav; Maval-Shrirang Barne; Hingoli-Hemant Patil, Osmanabad-Omraje Nimbalkar and Thane-Rajan Vichare.last_img read more

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

Dwyane Wades Life to be Captured in Television Sitcom

Photo by Ebony magazine.Dwyane Wade has gone Hollywood.Fox has purchased the rights to a television sitcom based on his life as an NBA star and single father of two boys. “Three The Hard Way” will feature a character named Daryl Wade. The show is described as Wade and “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”The plot closely follows Wade’s life and is based on the book he released last year called “A Father First.” Wade has had sole custody of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, since 2010.“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good.“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”Wade said the show would be inspired by some themes of “The Cosby Show.”“I think they’ll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments,” Wade said. “That was one thing I kept saying before I sold my story. I want to be able to bring some light into the dark times. I always take off from “The Cosby Show” kind of thing. They always told a lesson at the end of the day. There’s always a story, and comedy in it as well.” read more

John Terry undergoing Spartak Moscow medical

first_img37-year-old John Terry has made the decision to keep playing and he’ll do it in an unlikely destination – Spartak Moscow.According to Gianluca Di Marzio via Daily Mirror John Terry is set to join Russian Spartak Moscow.#Calciomercato | #SpartakMosca, visite mediche ok per #Terry: in giornata la firma https://t.co/hCd2JyPf2n— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) September 8, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.The former Chelsea captain has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa and was contemplating retirement. However, based on recent developments, he has made up his mind to continue playing.Spartak Moscow lost their starting center back Samuel Gigot with a serious injury which will likely keep him out of the football terrains for the rest of the season. John Terry will come in and fill the void left by the injured Frenchman.The Russian team is undefeated in six games so far this season and sits in second place with four wins and two draws. Spartak Moscow qualified for the Europa League as well, where they’re in a group with Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Rangers FC, which means an interesting meeting between Terry and Rangers’ manager Steven Gerrard is lurking on the horizon.last_img read more

Mihajlovic sues Sporting Lisbon

first_imgSinisa Mihajlovic has sued Sporting Lisbon for €11m in damages citing wrongful dismissal and reputational damage.Mihajlovic was signed by President Bruno de Carvalho but he was then deposed by Sporting Lisbon’s Board of Directors.A new President was put in place who then fired Mihajlovic just nine days later. And he never even had the chance to arrive for pre-season training.Sporting Lisbon now confirm that Mihajlovic is suing them for €11.195m. Football Italia reports.“I can confirm that I was sacked without just cause by Sporting CP just a few days before the start of the contract that would’ve tied me to the club for three seasons.” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.Bruno Fernandes, Sporting CP, Sporting Lisbon,Tottenham did not have the credentials to buy Fernandes George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Sporting president Varandas says Tottenham did not have the credentials to fulfill the bid for Bruno FernandesIn an interview with Sporting Lisbons president Frederico…“In the middle of June, I went to Lisbon to negotiate with the Sporting directors for my personal terms and those of my staff. On June 18, we signed a three-year contract that was due to start on July 1.“A few days later, President Bruno de Carvalho was removed from his post by the Board of Directors and on June 27 the club annulled my contract, claiming I had not passed the trial period set in the Portuguese rules for contracts.“However, they cannot say that because at that moment the contract hadn’t even started yet and I was still on vacation in Sardinia…“In 30 years of my career, as player and then Coach, I’ve never seen anything like it. I will have my rights respected, that you can count on.”last_img read more

John Arne Riise picks between Klopp or Mourinho

first_imgLiverpool great John Arne Riise revealed he would rather play under Jurgen Klopp than Jose Mourinho now as the Manchester United boss has changedThe former Norwegian left-back was still playing at Liverpool when Mourinho first arrived in the Premier League to take charge of Chelsea in 2004.The Portuguese spent three years at Stamford Bridge and won 124 of his 185 matches along with winning back-to-back league titles.However, nowadays Mourinho finds himself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism with United struggling down in sixth-place in the standings and 16 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.“I think Mourinho is different now to some years ago,” Riise told ESPN.“You mentioned him [talking negatively] in public about certain players. It’s something that is weird and strange. But he might have his reasons for doing it.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I don’t think people should question Mourinho and his tactics, but it looks weird from the outside.“I would rather play for Klopp at this time than Mourinho [because] of how they are as a manager. But I think the results speak for themselves also. Mourinho is a great manager, but I’m more on the Klopp side.“I used to be, and still am, a big fan of Mourinho because of how he set up his team when he came to Chelsea and how they played their football.“I have no problem admitting that I think Mourinho is brilliant, even though I played for Liverpool and Rafa [Benitez] was somebody else.“I personally love football and have no problem saying certain things about other teams or coaches. Mourinho, I think, was brilliant.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield on Sunday.last_img read more

Acura MDX recalled due to possible taillight malfunction

first_imgHonda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos More From Roadshow 0 49 Photos 26 Photos Tags Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 18 Photos Recalls Acura 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 68 Photos 10 Photos Share your voice 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride SUVs Crossovers Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 52 Photoscenter_img 12 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 3 Comments Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Post a comment Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags 71 Photos Share your voice More From Roadshow 69 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Car Industry Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. This recall affects the MDX crossover’s taillights. Acura Acura is recalling more than 323,000 MDX crossovers in the United States due to the potential of leaky taillight assemblies. Vehicles from model years 2014 through 2019 are affected, according to the automaker’s official statement Monday.In addition to the 323,000 affected vehicles in the United States, The Washington Post reports an additional 37,000 or so are located in other markets. That brings the total number to more than 360,000 worldwide.”Due to a body variation in tailgate manufacturing, the rear tailgate lid light seals may deform and allow water to leak into the light assemblies,” Acura said in a statement. Should this happen, the water can find its way to electrical components, and cause the taillights to malfunction.Acura says its dealers will replace the gasket seals on the affected vehicles, and if necessary, replace the faulty light assemblies and their associated wiring subharnesses. As with all recalls, the repair work will be performed free of charge.The automaker says MDX owners will be notified by mail beginning early next month. To see if your car is affected by this — or any other — recall, head over to our how-to guide on checking for a car recall to find out (don’t worry, it’s a breeze). GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

first_imgOverweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health offer recommendations for increasing positive pregnancy outcomes.Be sure to properly manage existing health conditions.  “Make sure these young women see a physician and, if necessary, a high-risk specialist that can outline a consistent plan of proper health,” Mussenden said.  “It is critical that women follow all rules set by their doctors, including all lab work, exercise, and consistency with medication.  [Not] following those rules will be detrimental to both the health of the mother and the unborn child.”Before pregnancy, if a pre-existing condition is managed by drug therapy [medication], women should work with a physician to determine if their current medications could potentially cause them adverse effects during pregnancy or fetal anomalies or defects in the unborn child.  Mussenden points to some hypertension medications, including diuretics, that can be detrimental to a pregnancy.“These are very commonly used in treating Black folks with hypertension and are known to have adverse effects on pregnancies.  Women should be taken off of these medications, ultimately, before getting pregnant,” she said.Seek the proper level of professional help.  Too often Black women are treated by family practitioners and general obstetricians and gynecologists instead of specialists trained in high-risk pregnancies and medical problems that can cause complications during birth.Eat properly and maintain a healthy pre-pregnancy weight.  Obesity and hypertension are the major contributors to the Black maternal mortality rates, leading to death from strokes, renal failure and other complications associated with being overweight.last_img read more

Boston Dynamics Atlas shows balance WildCat sprints untethered w Video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org DARPA’s ATLAS robot unveiled (w/ Video) The feat is a tribute to the company’s control system for the robot. The demo shows how Atlas can stay upright using kinematic and load data from its sensors. Commenting on his reaction to seeing Atlas stay balanced despite being hit by the ball, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC it was “an astonishing achievement” and “remarkable feat.” Next on the engineering agenda is to give Atlas an articulated head with stereo cameras and a laser range finder, along with sensate hands capable of using tools. More information: www.bostondynamics.com/index.html Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a four-legged robot designed to travel 20 miles on rough terrain carrying 400 lbs of load. The video shows field testing at Twentynine Palms, CA. Testing includes rough-terrain mobility, endurance, visually guided following, GPS guided maneuver, and overall reliability. LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The company’s history dates back to when it was a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Marc Raibert and colleagues developed animal-inspired robots. They founded the company in 1992. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Atlas is part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Program. The robot is tethered, powered from an off-board, electric power supply. Atlas’ reason for being is to serve as a humanoid robot that will be capable enough to move in outdoor, rough terrain. The limbs need to perform well, to be able to lift, carry and manipulate in rough environments. Atlas was unveiled in July at the company, as a robot that can respond to dangerous emergencies.The video shows the Atlas robot now on rough terrain walking with bent knees and arms stretched, on rubble and rocks, maintaining its balance as it moves along. In another scene, a ball is trying to knock it over as Atlas stands on one foot, maintaining its balance even while standing on one leg and being hit by the ball from the side. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. This month, Boston Dynamics also posted a video of its WildCat robot, funded by DARPA and developed for emergency response and aid scenarios, in a public outing beyond and free from indoor treadmills. The big news about WildCat is that, unlike its robotic cousin Cheetah, this quadruped is untethered. Cheetah drew attention for its speed; the robot could run at 28 miles per hour but that was on a treadmill indoors tethered to a power supply. WildCat can sprint and gallop unrestrained at 16 miles per hour outside of the lab. The video shows its capabilities. (Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics, the Waltham, Massachusetts robotics company that receives funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is making more video news. Whether the company turns out videos of intros and updates of robots such as BigDog, or Petman, or Cheetah, its animal- and human-inspired robots promptly make the rounds of dozens of news sites and blogs. The company has made these robots interesting works in progress, as we see them, from development phase to phase, advancing in balance, agility, speed and strength. This month’s video hits from Boston Dynamics show the company’s two tests, for its bipedal Atlas and its quadruped WildCat. Citation: Boston Dynamics: Atlas shows balance; WildCat sprints untethered (w/ Video) (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-boston-dynamics-atlas-wildcat-sprints.htmllast_img read more

Capturing more than 50 shades of a woman

There is no better muse to an artist than a woman. Her many shades and complexities make for excellent art work and Italian artist Patrizia Maimouna Guerresi’s exhibition Inner Space explores women who have been marginalised by society. But that’s not all the exhibition is about. ‘The images I will present at the exhibition are timeless, rigorous, and classic. They do not depict ancient India or a new India in constant development. They are the inner representations of a greater Indian spirituality,’ said Guerresi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artiste also said that through her work she wanted to highlight the many different societies co-existing in unity.Guerresi is an Italian photographer, sculptor and video installation artiste who has been involved for over 20 years in empowering women and bringing together individuals and cultures in an appreciation for a context of shared humanity far beyond the borders.After exhibiting across Europe and Middle-East, she will be exhibiting her first solo exhibition in India with Tasveer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer art is inspired by her own personal experience and the cultural contexts she has witnessed. The universal myths, the sacred realm, and the female condition, all of which are the vital expressions of the human form, form an intergral part of her work. Through her photography and videography of silent, austere and veiled women in domestic scenes and individual poses, she attempts not only to show and express the angst but sometimes provokes a strong reaction. Her work can be termed both metaphorical and also thought provoking.Women dressed in white, enveloped in chadors, [full-body-length semicircle of fabric that is open down the front] fixed within their own tradition and isolated from and by it in the contemporary world is yet another example of her fascinating work that will be displayed. If you feel you need to understand the many complexities of women, then you should definitely be at the exhibition.DETAILAt: Italian Cultural Centre, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakya Puri, New DelhiWhen: 18 TO 27 October Timings: 11 am – 7 pm read more

Consumers in the US are registering a sharp increa

first_imgConsumers in the US are registering a sharp increase in 3D TVs and, to a greater extent, connected sets, according to the latest research.IHS polled consumers about their buying plans and 30.7% of those planning to buy a new TV in the year to June will choose an internet-connected set. That stacks against 18.1% in the corresponding period a year earlier.The proportion planning to buy into 3D TV also grew, albeit at a smaller rate with 18.8% of those surveyed saying they will opt for 3D. That compares with 6.6% a year earlier.“Features most commonly found on high-end TV models and bigger screen-size sets, like 3D and internet-connectivity, are becoming more important to U.S. consumers,” said Veronica Thayer, TV systems analyst at IHS. “But the appeal of 3D TV remains far lower than that of internet-enabled sets – often marketed as smart TVs.”Other key purchase drivers include LCD technology but the biggest deciding factor among US consumers remains size.last_img read more

Free movie and TV show streaming service Popcornfl

first_imgFree movie and TV show streaming service Popcornflix has signed a deal with Breaking Glass Pictures that will see it add 15 independent films to the service.The titles include: Laurence Anyway, which depicts ten years in a relationship between a transgender woman and her conflicted lover; Blackbird, about an alienated teenager who posts online threats; and Coldwater, about a teenager struggling within a juvenile reform facility.Popcornflix is available online and on Roku, Sony PS3 and PS4, XBox One, XBox 360, Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices.last_img read more

Deutsche Telekom said that converged fixednetwork

first_imgDeutsche Telekom said that converged fixed-network and mobile products continued to fuel its customer growth in the third quarter, with TV numbers up across most markets.Deutsche Telekom boosted its TV base in Germany by 6.5% to reach 3.291 million. Quarterly TV revenues were up 5.7% to €373 million. The company said that converged products were playing a key role, contributing to 67,000 new broadband customers in the quarter.Telekom added the former UPC Austria’s base of 456,000 TV customers to its base for the first time in Q3.Elsewhere in Europe, the company added 35,000 net TV customers, with strong growth in all markets except Romania and Croatia.In Greece, OTE’s TV base, including cable and satellite customers as well as IPTV, grew by 3.1% to reach 531,000. In Romania, Telekom Romania’s TV base however shrank by 1.3% to 4.454 million.In Hungary, Magyar Telekom’s TV customer base increased by 4.8% to 1.065 million.In the Czech Republic, the operator’s local unit grew its TV base from 25,000 to 68,000 year-on-year. In neighbouring Slovakia, Telekom’s local unit had 607,000 TV customers, up 4.5%.In Croatia, T-Hrvatski Telekom’s TV subscribers were flat year-on-year at 413,000.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

North Carolina officials say a shark bit an 8year

first_imgNorth Carolina officials say a shark bit an 8-year-old boy in what is now the third attack this season along the North Carolina coast.The boy was swimming in open water off of Bald Head Island Sunday afternoon when a shark grabbed him by the leg, causing multiple bite wounds.WECT reports the child was transported on a ferry to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.The boy is the third person to be attacked by a shark in the state this month. Last week, a 19-year-old was bitten by a shark in Ocean Isle. That’s about 100 miles down the same coastline from where a 17-year-old girl lost most of her leg to a shark attack at Fort Macon State Park earlier this month.last_img read more