CIBC profit rises but narrowly misses expectations

first_img ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: Featured Stories Recommended For YouPrimerica’s Financial Security Scorecard Reveals Lack of Financial Preparedness Among Middle-Income CanadiansUPDATE 3-Mexico power utility seeking $899 mln in pipeline dispute; firms to talkMexico says trade deal dispute panel fix must be ‘across the board’Ryder Introduces RyderGyde™, the Mobile Commercial Fleet Management App, to Customers in CanadaAs U.S. lowers auto emissions standards, Canada is at a fuel efficiency crossroads TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce has reported a second-quarter profit of $1.35 billion, up from $1.32 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.CIBC says its overall profit amounted to $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $2.89 per diluted share a year ago.Provision for credit losses was $255 million, up $43 million from the second quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $2.97 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.95 per diluted share.Analysts had expected a profit of $2.99 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Related Stories:Walgreens third-quarter profit falls 23.6%European shares fall as BASF profit warning hits German stocksWall Street rises as Fed’s Williams cements rate-cut expectations CIBC’s increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.Canadian Press What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Share this storyCIBC profit rises, but narrowly misses expectations Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Email More Redditcenter_img Twitter Facebook advertisement The Canadian Press Comment CIBC profit rises, but narrowly misses expectations Decline in profit in personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank May 22, 20196:27 AM EDTLast UpdatedMay 22, 20196:33 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street 0 Comments Join the conversation →last_img read more

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Popular Mechanics Spends 72 Hours With Tesla Model 3 Performance

Popular Mechanics Calls Chevrolet Bolt The “Electric Car Of Your Dreams” Without A 400,000-Deep Waiting List WSJ Offers Up World’s First Review Of Tesla Model 3 Performance TESLA MODEL 3 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 14, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 10 photos After driving the Tesla Model 3 Performance, Popular Mechanics now understands annoying Tesla fanatics.Popular Mechanics journalist and associate editor Alexander George recently spoke on television about why the Tesla Model 3 was chosen as the winner of the publication’s Car of the Year award. He jokes that, during the broadcast, he forgot to even mention Popular Mechanics and that he spoke of the popular Tesla sedan like a salesman. He may have been finding himself a little too enamored by the car, although he admits to being irritated by Tesla fans in the past. In order to form his own firsthand opinions, he spent three days with a Tesla Model 3 Performance.Related Content: Popular Mechanics Declares Tesla Model 3 Its 2018 Car Of The Year Source: Electric Vehicle News 33 photos After his time with the Model 3 Performance, George calls it “exceptional.” He explains:When I pulled into my garage after a day of back roads, plus 90 minutes of commuter traffic, I realized that you would have to work hard to kill 310 miles of range. For the average American who drives less than 30 miles a day, you can go for weeks without needing to find a high-voltage charger. The app actually told me to charge it less for sake of the batteries’ longevity.After 72 hours of putting this Model 3 through my daily routines— groceries, visiting friends, and commuting into the city— I began slipping into the mind of a Tesla-phile.You imagine quiet city streets subtly humming with electric engines. You imagine how the dangers of fossil fuels, whether global or personal, would be relegated to the past. You even compulsively check the car’s charge status on the Tesla app. You smile and nod approvingly at other Tesla drivers.And while fanatics can be annoying by nature, when it comes to Tesla, I kind of get it now.So, why is George entering the realm of the converted?Well, first off, he has to list his one negative. However, he doesn’t really call it a negative. The Tesla Model 3 Performance costs a whopping $64,000, but you’re getting a lot for your money and that pricing is on par with many rivals. George’s test car was a Performance Model 3 with the $5,000 Performance Upgrade package and $5,000 Enhanced Autopilot. The rub here is that the $35,000 Model 3 is not yet available and won’t be for some time. Now, the cheapest Model 3 you can buy is priced at $49,000. It surely hasn’t hurt demand, but it will be nice when Tesla can finally offer a much more affordable version.Moving right along, George emphasizes the Model 3 Performance’s fun factor. He compares its suspension setup to that of a Porsche Panamera and says it works in practice exactly as you’d expect it to. The Model 3 handles hard cornering well and makes you feel confident as a driver. He also appreciates the car’s regenerative braking, and incredibly smooth, quiet ride.While George admits to not being well-versed in talking about vehicle dynamics, he says there’s really not much to complain about in the Model 3. He loves that you don’t need a key fob, outward visibility is excellent, and the center-mounted touch screen does the trick. George says:After driving a Model 3, every other car’s console feels like a misuse of wires and visual real estate.According to the review, the Model 3 Performance should appeal to people that prefer cars like the BMW M3 or M4. George notes that it’s not only spacious and practical, but also a joy to drive. He completely agrees with Musk’s statement that “a Tesla is a tool for fun.” And yes, there’s no reason it can’t be your only car.Follow the link below to read the review in its entirety.Source: Popular MechanicsTESLA MODEL 3 PERFORMANCE read more

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Heres How A Tesla Model 3 Actually Fares In The Winter

first_img Tesla Model 3 Cold Weather Driving Tips & Tricks Source: Electric Vehicle News We’ve heard the Tesla Model 3 fares well in winter conditions, but may not be the best choice for a cold-weather car. Here’s another look.Many of you may know, depending on where you live, that winter has set in early in many areas. It’s as if the fall season never really happened. We went from the heat of summer to winter weather advisories seemingly overnight. Winter weather is a hot topic for EV owners, as well as those that are considering buying an electric car. YouTuber Andy Slye fills us in on how his Tesla Model 3 is faring in the cold weather thus far.Additional Tesla Model 3 Winter Coverage: Tesla Model 3 Winter Range In the Real World – Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Winter Tire Test With Rear-Wheel Drive Andy points out that it’s important for people to understand that EVs will have less range in cold weather. His efficiency is currently at 270 Wh/mile, which means he’ll lose about 15 miles of range if he keeps driving the same way in the same conditions. While gas cars also have less range in cold weather, they’re not impacted as much, and most ICE cars have a longer range than most EVs. For this reason, Andy says if you live in an area that experiences cold temperatures, try to buy an electric vehicle with the longest range possible.Aside from range, Andy is impressed with how well the Model 3 handles in the snow. It’s important to note that he’s driving a rear-wheel-drive Model 3 with stock tires (not winter tires). In terms of the complaints about frozen door handles and windows, Andy says he really doesn’t believe that the Model 3 is a bad winter car and points out that these are common issues in many cars. Cold weather is just not friendly to our vehicles and having things freeze up can happen to anyone with any car.Do you own a Model 3? Have you driven the car in cold weather? Share your thoughts and insight with us and our readers in the comment section below.Video Description via Andy Slye on YouTube:How a Tesla Model 3 ACTUALLY Handles WinterHere’s how my Tesla Model 3 handled its first ever winter weather conditions (subzero temperature, freezing rain, snow, sleet)last_img read more

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Tesla Offers New Wheel Option On Model 3 Performance In China

first_img19” Power Sports aero wheels for ChinaThe Chinese configurator for Tesla Model 3 reveals different wheels for the Performance version of the car.Unlike the 20” Sport Wheels in North America and Europe, in China the car will be equipped with 19” Power Sports wheels, which are considered for “balanced performance and cruising range”. The aerodynamics is probably improved.The new design looks great and we guess that many customers around the world would be happy to get them too.Tesla in China Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Teslarati Chinese Tesla Model 3 Spotted With Proper GB/T Connector 5 photos 5 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News See Tesla Model 3 Performance Pricing Compared To BMW, M-B In China Tesla Model 3 Performance in U.S.: The standard all-wheel drive, long-range version in all markets gets two options:18” Aero Wheels19” Sports WheelsMore images: Tesla Registers Financial Leasing Company In Chinalast_img read more

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VW Open To Sharing MEB EV Platform With Other Automakers

first_img Volkswagen And Ford Officially Announce Global Alliance Michael Jost, Head of Strategy at Volkswagen, said that the MEB platform could become “a standard not only for the VW Group.” First though we need to see VW actually selling MEB in volume. Then, we’ll see how it progresses after that. For now, we still wait on VW’s first major entries into the battery-electric segments.*Continue the Volkswagen MEB discussion over at our VW InsideEVs sub-forum hereSource: Automotive News Source: Electric Vehicle News MEB platform could be adopted by several manufacturers?According to German paper Tagesspiegel, Volkswagen admits that the company is in talks with other manufacturers over opening its all-electric MEB platform.We already know about Ford, which entered in an alliance with VW and is considering joint EV projects. The question is who else could be interested in MEB as the article mentions plural. Maybe FCA or some Japanese/Chinese manufacturers?Volkswagen news With Chattanooga, VW Will Have 8 Plants For EVs Based On MEB Volkswagen Sold 50,000 Plug-In Electric Cars In 2018 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 30, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Ten Tesla Taxis Hit Copenhagen Helping Reverse EV Decline

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News BYD Delivers 101 Electric Taxis In Bangkok, Lots More Soon Nissan Releases Details On Its Global Electric Taxi Revolution Denmark fell behind on EV adoption. Ten New Model S taxis could spur a change.Sales of EVs are booming in Norway, but the electric-car market in nearby Denmark was decimated in 2015 when its government removed the country’s zero-emission incentives. That’s why I paid a recent visit to RTT, a Copenhagen-based auto retrofitter, to better understand why the country’s largest taxi company is converting 10 Model Ss for use as cabs.Electric Taxi Stories UK Government Invests In Charging Points For Electric Taxis In Denmark, the purchase of all cars is commonly taxed at 100 percent. That’s not a typo. The Danish government effectively doubles the cost of buying a vehicle regardless of powertrain. When that tax was removed for EVs, sales of electric vehicles shot up to about 5,000 units in 2015.But when a change of government brought back the tax on EVs, the market collapsed to about 700 units by 2017. Other EV incentives, such as access to fast-moving bus lanes, special parking, and free toll access, are also gone.“Today there are no economic incentives for buying an EV. Everything just stopped,” said Carsten Aastrup, chief executive of Dantaxi, which bought 10 2018 P75 Model Ss and quickly resold them to taxi drivers. Cars used for taxi service are not subject to the tax – but the tax is applied to the second buyer when the vehicles are sold as used. Dantaxi used its purchasing scale to get a good price on the Teslas, making it easier for drivers (who own the vehicles) to buy them.Carsten AastrupAastrup made the effort to introduce the Model S taxis for both business and environmental reasons. “Our aim is to push forward with the technology,” he told me. Also, despite the removal of the tax breaks for EVs, the Danish government will require that all new taxis be zero-emissions by 2025. And by 2030, all passenger vehicles must be zero-emissions.CEO Aastrup is no stranger to EVs. He attended the unveiling of the Model S at Tesla’s Fremont factory in 2012 and then helped put a single Model S into the Dantaxi fleet in 2013. Aastrup also champions the success of three Dantaxi Teslas driven by three brothers in Mors, near Denmark’s west coast.Aastrup is not concerned about adequate charging for the 10 new Tesla taxis. When the incentives were in place a few years ago, public EV charging was quickly installed – in anticipation of brisk electric-car sales that never materialized. “Copenhagen has the most well-developed but unused charging network in the world,” said Aastrup.Meanwhile, luxury vehicles like Teslas – even with no emissions – are currently taxed at the country’s highest rates. The base price of a Mercedes E200, which Aastrup says is the company’s most popular taxi model, sells for the equivalent of about $42,000. That’s a lot more affordable than a Tesla Model S, which sells for about the equivalent of $100,000. For an individual consumer, the tax more than doubles the purchase price. Talk about a Tesla killer.Three of the 10 new Dantaxi TeslasWhen the Tesla Model S taxis hit the street, Dantaxi customers can use the company’s app to request a zero-emissions ride. Aastrup believes that customers will love the option. But he also wants to help achieve the bigger goal of jumpstarting EV sales in Denmark. “It’s important. Somebody needs to do it,” he said.Aastrup is hopeful that the political tides will change in Denmark and the necessary EV incentives will return – and Dantaxi will then have a head start with electric taxis. “It’s just a matter of time,” he said. Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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EGEB Solar cheaper than natural gas by 2023 energy astroturfing German wind

first_imgSource: Charge Forward In today’s EGEB:An analyst thinks solar will be cheaper than natural gas almost everywhere in four years.A look at the astroturfing efforts of utilities.The German onshore wind industry is facing a “collapse.” more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6O7KmJQbJEThe post EGEB: Solar cheaper than natural gas by 2023, energy astroturfing, German wind collapse appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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Ramos must lean on his pragmatic past and shape a rougher edge

first_img Share on Twitter I think the Grundian’s gone insane !!! I thought the Spurs blog from yesterday was brilliant, one of the best blogs I’ve read in ages. Spurs fans pouring their hearts out, most are probably too emotionally spent for another.So, on a day when Fergie declares war on the media, and Wenger says this team have the same potential as the Invincibles, we get….A Newcastle and Spurs blog. What ??? Interesting clubs but arn;t we taking the AK to the proverbial deceased equine ??? Twitter 30 Sep 2008 9:15 Juande Ramos must forget about a sophisticated vision of football and send out a focused and aggressive Spurs team | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Twitter 0 1 Share Comments 49 Loading comments… Trouble loading? Juande Ramos became Tottenham’s manager on the basis of his Uefa Cup feats with Sevilla. The first of the consecutive triumphs, in 2006, presented him as a devastating strategist. It was as if he had been waiting for Middlesbrough, who were 1-0 behind, to attempt one of the gung-ho comebacks that had got them through previous rounds. When the Premier League side took that risk Sevilla were perfectly prepared to implement a superior plan and scored three more goals in the last 12 minutes.The club retained the trophy the following year. Tottenham’s successful efforts to take him from the Spanish club may have been unprincipled, but the craving to appoint Ramos was understandable. Now they will most likely hold on to him because it is traumatic even to think of cranking up a recruitment search all over again, particularly when the candidate they settled upon would surely have a less imposing CV.There should also be guilt in the upper reaches of Tottenham. If managers no longer enjoy total power, they are entitled to argue that blame, too, must be distributed widely. Together, the chairman Daniel Levy and the director of football Damien Comolli bungled the summer transfer dealings. While expenditure and income were quite close to being balanced, Ramos was left with a lop-sided squad.Reports originating in Spain claimed, to no one’s amazement, that he was infuriated to be left a striker short, with the efforts to replace Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane so flagrantly unsatisfactory. There should be a degree of sympathy. It is all but forgotten that Ramos landed the Carling Cup and did so by beating Chelsea. On Sunday, for the first time, Ramos was the target of hostile chants from the Tottenham fans, in the 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.The rage was let loose after he decided to replace Roman Pavlyuchenko with Darren Bent instead of pairing them at a time when there was nothing to lose. In a general sense, there has to be some empathy with Ramos if he failed to see any appeal in the partnership of those two forwards. Tottenham’s trouble now is that, with the club bottom of the table, they have to muddle through by whatever means possible. Ideals can wait.Pavlyuchenko might have impact if Andrei Arshavin were around, as he is in the Russia team, but that deal can only happen in the next transfer window, assuming it is feasible at all.The moment has come for Ramos to forget about a sophisticated vision of football and show that it is not beyond him to send out a focused and aggressive Tottenham team. He has to recall what it was like in the days when he made his name. Then, Ramos had been driven into management by a knee injury that halted his playing career at the age of 28 and the posts open to him were at small clubs, starting with obscure Alcoyano.The reputation that evolved gradually was of an overachiever who got the best out of patchy squads. Nothing of that knack has been visible in these miserable days at White Hart Lane. Misleading or not, there is a sense of detachment rather than engagement about Ramos. It is still his preference to use a translator for public appearances, despite an understanding that he could cope quite easily in English. The contrast is with Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has communicated a sense of himself to Chelsea fans by an eagerness to connect and even deliver gags in his newly adopted tongue.Ramos, on the other hand, is perceived as withdrawn and introspective. Nonetheless, he could never have got this far without being capable of connecting with others and galvanising them. Perhaps that skill was eroded at Sevilla. While his triumphs there cannot be gainsaid, he inherited a squad that had been improved radically over the five-year tenure of his predecessor Joaquín Caparrós.The onus is on Ramos to knuckle down at Tottenham, confirm that there is still a productive pragmatism within him and start to pile up points. If he is resentful over the unsatisfactory resources with which he has been landed, a few wins will put him in a strong position to demand that the club re-enter the transfer market in January and atone for their summer sins. 30 Sep 2008 16:51 Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Facebook 30 Sep 2008 9:54 Reply BobDylan Twitter Report Share on Twitter JVIP Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook 30 Sep 2008 14:55 EDIT : When I said that “I agree with the above comment”, I meant to say “I agree with the first comment that was posted”.Ciao. 0 1 Twitter Report expanded 30 Sep 2008 17:24 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Report Share 2 stealthbanana 0 1 Threads collapsed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Ramos must lean on his pragmatic past and shape a rougher edge Going with only three specialist strikers with two of them unproven shows how much have Tottenham have invested in planning for the season. Apart their midfield top heavy and playing out of positon, strikers misfiring and defence leaking goals, they are playing generally well!So Ramos knows what he wants in January that is if he lasts that longer.And Mr. Comolli need not interfere this time around. Has he ever kicked a football in his life? 1 View more comments Share on Facebook Reply | Pick Facebook Share mamouna Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Pallav oldest miroljub 0 1 Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share Share Share Twitter Reply Did anyone in football actually watch Euro2008 ?Spurs would have seen Pavlyuchenko having a laugh up front for Russia.What did they do – sign Pavlyuchenko !Scottish FA officials would have seen an almost perfect three week tournament with 16 teams playing excellent group matches and thrilling knockout football.What did they do – propose a 24 team tournament to UEFA. More money, more time, lesser quality teams like Scotland, more crappy tournaments like WC82, WC86 and WC90 with crap third place teams qualifying with lousy football to stink up the knockout stages.And Wayne Rooney would have seen that nobody else in the world of football runs around the pitch like a red-faced, blue-arsed fly.And what happens – Wayne loses his hair, his temper and his discipline and gives away fouls all over the pitch helping ManUtd to lose games.Football is played, managed and run by some of the most imbecilic people found outside the banking industry. Share on Twitter TreeFiddy Share on Facebook | Pick 0 1 Facebook Twitter Whatever mistakes have been made upstairs, the manager’s job is to get the best out of the players available, and this Ramos shows no sign of doing. I’m tired saying it, but he has no idea what his starting 11 is, and midfield is a merry-go-round at the minute. No surprise, then, that the team are disjointed and look lost.Add to that the suspicion that his team for a must-win league game last weekend was coloured by a who-cares Uefa Cup match in midweek. I don’t want us to win the Uefa and go down; I want us to stay up at all costs. And he did something similar in Spain when he refused to go all aut for La Liga so as to win the Uefa. He needs to show some signs of caring about the league and of being able to organise the team or he needs to go, and soon. Facebook Share on Twitter Share Report In recent times Spurs have acted like spoilt little kids and pissed all over the morale fibre of the game almost as much as Chelski or Man City.Thank God scum bankers like ENIC owner Joe Lewis are losing all their money, greedy, greedy beggars.They criticise Man Ure for unsetlling Berabtov but acted 10 times as badly in the John Bostock case?Both Ramos and Spurs’s pissed all over Valencia’s season so Ramos could join Spurs. Hows that any different to how Berba treated Spurs.Talk about loyalty, maybe those in glass houses shouldnt throw stones, which brings me to…….Martin Jol, a good guy who was treated like absolute shite by Comolli, Lewis, and Levy.Honestly my Gran could run Spurs better than Lewis, Comolli, Levy, and Ramos.Spurs deserve the Championship, the Championship doesnt deserve Spurs. TreeFiddy Reply The article expected to appear here sooner than anticipated, written by Kevin McCarra , Richard Williams, David, Conn, Paul Doyle, Sean Ingle or…:’Does The Barclays Premier League follow the path of the U.S. collapsing economy?’ Share I love the way because it’s a foreign manager playing players out of poistion changing the formation and line up every game (often half way through) and making selection and subsitution decsions that seem to make no sense it’s ‘too sophisticated’, wher as if it had been a British manager they would be ‘out of their depth’. 30 Sep 2008 15:36 Share on Facebook First published on Mon 29 Sep 2008 19.06 EDT Reply Twitter 30 Sep 2008 15:35 Report 50 30 Sep 2008 8:06 | Pick 30 Sep 2008 9:17 Share on Twitter meowmeowcat Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply Reply Share on Twitter miroljub: you’re a great blogger, and I always enjoy your comments, but on this one you’re wrong. It is not for the fans to get behind Ramos, it is for Ramos to show that he’s worth getting behind. So far, he hasn’t shown anything of the sort. And it’s not just this season; look at his results since the Carling Cup final, they’re a disgrace. BillyMills 0 1 | Pick comments (49)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Report Only the creative mind of Daniel Levy, his incompetence, greed, dishonesty, disrespect for managers, arrogance, his ‘doing too much, knowing too little’, plus the unhealthy competition, unsettled differences, and dualism of authority within the management hierarchy, could cause the disaster like the one THFC are faced with at the moment. The club’s current problem is not a natural disaster, but has been man-made, so was avoidable and preventable.As angry as I am about this mess, I believe that sitting back, doing nothing, and allowing the inevitable relegation to happen is unacceptable. It’s just as unacceptable to enable this behaviour further by giving a support not to Juande Ramos (he’s the victim as much as Martin Jol was), but to those responsible with no accountability and no demand for a change of behaviour prior to other structural and personal changes that must follow.For the start, let’s give the manager full and unreserved support. He’s the only one capable of making the short-term miracle. Share Facebook Facebook Reply Report Twitter Report 0 1 Since you’re here… Twitter Report | Pick Facebook | Pick Very astute piece, but flawed by the criticism of Ramos’s reluctance to speak English at the press conferences. This is about the journalist’s need for engaging or provocative copy. It’s not the coach’s. In Ramos’s dificult position he is showing good sense not to open himself up to the hounds of the press…not the likes of Kevin McCarra….but the idiots that ‘write’ for the tabloids.He needs as much space as he can get to get it right. 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 30 Sep 2008 10:38 Ramalution Ramalution Twitter Tottenham Hotspur amancalledmikey Seriously, Spurs were a very attractive team when Mr Jol was around and oozes much more quality than this current one. The moment has come for Ramos to forget about a sophisticated vision of football and show that it is not beyond him to send out a focused and aggressive Tottenham team.Easy enough to say, but it’s not so easy to see how that can be done at the moment and with the current crop of players. How many looked as though they could be “focused and aggressive” on Sunday? Mon 29 Sep 2008 19.06 EDT kayakking Share pierrelemer Reply 30 Sep 2008 15:05 0 1 Reply Reply Report Reply Twitter Share Twitter Facebook | Pick newest Share Share via Email 30 Sep 2008 18:11 Share on Twitter schnitzelwithnoodles 0 1 Reply Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Kevin McCarra Share Report Share on Facebook Facebook Reply Topics 30 Sep 2008 16:41 Share on Twitter Twitter Reply I really think that Spurs have to question their coaching methods.Why are so many players going backwards and showing no sign of improvement?Lennon – broke into the side two and a half years ago, was an instant success and was called up to the national world cup squad..his form since then has gone slowly backwards.No-one at the club seems able to address his “poor final ball” problem.Dawson – Was probably the player of the year the season before last. Played most games, and was a rock in defense. Form and confidence has taken a big dive since then.Huddlestone – great potential, one of the few players at Tottenham who can produce a decent forward pass…form took a step forward when Ramos arrived due to fitness levels…but again since Carling cup final last year a dip in form.Why cant Bentley reproduce his form at Blackburn last season?…even players like Bale and O`Hara, whos form hasnt dipped, have not shown any marked improvement.I cant think of any player in the last two seasons who has come in and shown any progress…surely down to the coaching staff at White Hart Lane? Show 25 | Pick 0 1 1 Share on Facebook Reply Should have played Bent and Campbell against Portsmouth, who both know the English league. Use Pavylychenko in the League Cup and then when he finds form play him in the league. Campbell is a brilliant runner with the ball. Reuse this content,View all comments > Report Twitter | Pick Facebook Nice pic of Keven Mcarra though. collapsed Report Share on Twitter Reply Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook unthreaded Share Reply | Pick Share on Facebook BillyMills – The only figures in the Spurs hierarchy with any kind of pedigree of competence in football are Ramos and Poyet. Bearing this in mind, shouldn’t they be given the benefit of the doubt? Report 0 1 MiroljubAgreed. I feel sorry for the guy. And, indeed, the very able Gus Poyet. A lot of fans, however, are beginning to believe Ramos is a solid gold example of the Emperor’s new clothes. His managerial history would suggest otherwise, nonetheless.I have wondered whether this focus on “process” and the strategic focus of the club is a smokescreen and that actually, the front-line playing staff are just crap ?On balance, I reckon most of the problems lie in the boardroom though and until they sort out some effective communication, the Director of Football business and the need to make massive profits, its all gonna be an uphill struggle.JVIP | Pick 30 Sep 2008 9:20 0 1 Share Premier League Facebook | Pick Report amancalledmikey Twitter Share on WhatsApp 0 1 | Pick 30 Sep 2008 17:07 Reply Share on Twitter Formula to do a ‘Spurs’:Hanging on to the last seconds of the transfer window to get a few mil more for your best player, then scrambling round for replacements who aren’t quite as good+Getting rid of proven premiership players like Chimbonda, Tanio and Malbranque+Having a manager who likes to ‘experiment’ still a year into the job. Espically when his ‘experiments’ last year led to beatings by Birmingham, Newcastle and loads of others. And this season like to experiment,by putting defenders on the left wing+Having loads of new players that need time to gel=Bottom of the table position. Levy,Commoli, Poyet and Ramos need to hang their heads in shame | Pick Share on Facebook stealthbanana Reason (optional) All | Pick 0 1 2 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook blogposts 0 1 0 1 Reply Report BillyMills Facebook 0 1 Shares00 Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply | Pick Report 30 Sep 2008 16:56 Share Share on Facebook miroljub Facebook 30 Sep 2008 18:13 30 Sep 2008 17:30 Share Share on Facebook sublimeFernando Facebook 30 Sep 2008 17:15 Share on Facebook @Billy Mills’Whatever mistakes have been made upstairs, the manager’s job is to get the best out of the players available, and this Ramos shows no sign of doing. I’m tired saying it, but he has no idea what his starting 11 is, and midfield is a merry-go-round at the minute. No surprise,. then, that the team are disjoined and look lost’.I hope you’ll receive the letter of gratitude from Daniel Levy. But, if I were you, I’d charge him if he uses these great thoughts the next time he addresses the THFC Board of Directors. Share johnny5eyes | Pick Facebook Reply Twitter I have to agree with the above comment;In particular – I really miss Malbranque. He played his heart out for the team and covered most of the pitch when he was in the starting line-up.Lennon and F.Campbell do a similar job but playing in a disjointed team means they can’t play to their full potential…it doesn’t help when they also spend a lot of time on the bench.I refuse to be defeated by our current form, beating Arsenal and Chelsea in the league cup weren’t fluke results; we ATTACKED and passed the ball well and ON THE GROUND a lot of the time, I just wish we could see that type of play again.EVERYBODY at White Hart Lane hates/loathes/despises Darren Bent, and I too dislike him much of the time, he’s a frustrating player to watch, BUT he can score, and has scored, so once again I refuse to give up all hope and call for Ramos’s head….just yet.COYS! Share on Facebook Facebook Levy’s going nowhere, incompetent as he is. However, it’s time for Damien Comolli to go. Spurs brought in a sporting director to get consistency within their transfer policy. This seemed to make sense, given their predeliction for sacking managers. However, Comolli doesn’t have it. His signings have been quite shocking really and the academy still isn’t producing enough decent players. The squad is a mess and Comolli is to blame for that. Sure, it doesn’t help that Levy interferes but Comolli clearly doesn’t cut the mustard.He’s had enough time, it’s time to move him on. 30 Sep 2008 18:24 ANOTHER spurs blog?god, you arsenal supporters at the guardian really like rubbing it in dontcha??we dont have to study them anymore..we know the drill!sack comolli/levy,buy some defenders,get rid of zokora/jenasplay the players in their correct postions,sort out the “left wing” problem,stop having a new kit every season and fleecing the fans to pay for darren bent,forget about challenging the arse fer a few years yet.give kevin-prince boateng a run in the side,etcetchow come most of the blogs get hijacked by scouse supporters who want to talk about keane/benitez/torres?shut the f**k up! Report Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 Twitter 100 0 1 Twitter 0 1 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share Tottenham Hotspur 30 Sep 2008 17:26 Order by oldest 30 Sep 2008 9:43 Twitter Report … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook | Pick 30 Sep 2008 9:23 | Pick Twitter Share on Twitter | Pick 0 1 0 1 Share on Facebook | Pick Share on Facebook Facebook Facebook changed me mind.if they must be tough and hard to beat then theres a new plan -get in george graham, michael brown, tim sherwood, sol campbell..oh!hold on..am bored of the spurs/newc saga’s now.wait until fergie leaves man utd if you want to see a REAL meltdown.thats gonna be hard couple o years for man utd fans.. Facebook Report lorddangeresq Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Share Twitter Share on Twitter Sportblog 30 Sep 2008 15:45 Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook recommendations Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply 25 Twitter Share Share on Messenger Twitter Juande Ramos was barracked by Tottenham fans during the limp defeat at Portsmouth. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images Share Report paulyg1 Share Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on Facebook Facebook As a Leeds supporter, it will be of no comfort to say that the antics at Spurs and Newcastle have a familiar resonance.What should really be of concern to Spurs supporters is that last season, with keane and Berbatov hitting it off and a decent midfield behind them, lacking only the consistent presence of Ledley King, they looked as promising as they have done for years.Don’t hang the manager out to dry for the plummet in fortune. Look instead at the culture at the club, the vision and the intent behind the scenes. Look as to why it was necessary to sell Keane and Berbatov and not adequately replace them, and to bizarrely choose to get rid of Malbranque.It shows that there’s no conviction within the club that they are on the right road to achieve success and that they can retain the better players necessary to challenge for any sort of trophy challenge. If this continues, then Spurs won’t find themselves emulating Arsenal or aspiring to Chelsea, but having more in common with the yo-yo tendency brigade of West Ham, Charlton and Fulham.Right about now, the focus in the first team will be on trying not to lose, closing games down and desperately hoping that something starts to happen up front. Not pretty, but a basic essential if you’re going to avoid free-fall. The supporters need to get behind the team and especially the poor sods playing up front with no confidence and precious little support.Don’t think that it won’t happen ‘here’ – it is already and it’s not too late to start worrying… Share 30 Sep 2008 13:33 Report Share via Email 0 1 Report miroljub Reply Email (optional) Close report comment form Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report Sportblog Report Share on Facebook Reportlast_img read more

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FCPA Flash Podcast – Another Way To Elevate Your FCPA Knowledge

first_imgFCPA Professor is all about elevating Foreign Corrupt Practices Act knowledge and practical skills.Yesterday’s post highlighted an FCPA reading list and this post highlights an FCPA listening list.Since its launch in February 2016, the FCPA Flash podcast has provided in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the FCPA and related topics as readers have come to expect from the written posts on FCPA Professor.FCPA Flash is sponsored by the Red Flag Group and has quickly become a leading FCPA podcast with thousands listening to the episodes which feature conversations on a range of topics with leading FCPA practitioners and professionals. If you missed the twice-a-month episodes, no worries as this post links to the episodes so that you can further elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills.This episode is a conversation with Philip Rohlik (Debevoise & Plimpton) during which he elaborates on points previously articulated in the firm’s FCPA Update regarding the DOJ’s recent so-called “declinations” – namely that in none of the recent examples did the companies truly benefit from not being charged with a violation that they did not commit. (For background reading, see prior posts here and here). The term “declination” has certainly become part of the FCPA vocabulary in recent years; however many conversations regarding this topic are muddied because the term lacks a definition. In the episode, Rohlik provides informed insight on recent so-called “declinations” and the episode is a must listen for FCPA practitioners, in-house counsel, and others interested in this important topic.This episode is a conversation with David Simon (Foley & Lardner) during which Simon discusses a disconnect between where FCPA compliance resources are being spent (specifically third-party issues and gifts, travel and entertainment) and where meaningful anti-bribery compliance progress can actually be made. While some may view the general discussion of cost-effective and difference-making FCPA compliance to be provocative, it is an essential conversation to have that impacts real companies competing in good faith in the global marketplace, often in the face of seemingly inconsistent and counterproductive enforcement agency guidance.This episode is a conversation with Jonathan Pickworth, a lawyer in the London office of White & Case. Pickworth and his colleagues at White & Case recently published a series titled “UK Bribery Act – 5 Lessons in 5 Years.” In the episode, Pickworth discusses various aspects of the Bribery Act including the still lack of clarity regarding the so-called “failure to prevent bribery” offense as well as the “adequate procedures” defense. Pickworth also opines that the U.K.’s recently adopted deferred prosecution agreement regime is a step backwards in terms of motivating corporate self-reports.This episode is a conversation with David Ogden (WilmerHale). Previously, Ogden served as the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the DOJ. In the episode, Ogden elaborates on his recent speech (see here for the prior post) in which he criticized the DOJ’s “leverage based” enforcement approach. Specifically, Ogden discusses a wide range of negative consequences which flow from the DOJ’s enforcement approach. The podcast is a must listen for anyone who values the rule of law and effective law enforcement.This episode is a conversation with Thomas Gorman (Dorsey & Whitney). Prior to private practice, Gorman spent several years at the SEC including as Senior Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. In the episode, Gorman talks about the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions using the recent Las Vegas Sands enforcement action as a guide (see prior posts here and here). In addition, Gorman responds to the following questions: whether the books and records and internal controls provisions are essentially standardless and whether the SEC, with the perfect benefit of hindsight, advances expansive theories of liability; and whether with ever-expanding theories of enforcement, the time has come for an issuer to put the SEC to its burden of proof in an FCPA enforcement action.This episode is a conversation with Matt Ellis (Miller & Chevalier and founder and editor of the FCPAmericas Blog) during which Ellis discusses anti-corruption developments in Brazil; common barriers and distortions in Latin America that often serve as the root cause of bribery; and other anti-corruption developments in Latin America.This episode is a conversation with Homer Moyer (Miller & Chevalier). Moyer, a “dean of the FCPA bar,” discusses whether the FCPA has been “successful,” the pros and cons of recent FCPA enforcement trends, various aspects of the DOJ’s FCPA “pilot” program, the typical length of FCPA scrutiny, and the costs of investigating potential FCPA violations.This episode is a conversation with Anthony Mirenda (Foley Hoag) during which he discusses international arbitration – a seldom explored corner of the general FCPA space. In addition to best practices in dealing with foreign third parties, Mirenda specifically discusses how a business organization, acting consistent with best practices in dealing with foreign third parties, can nevertheless expose itself to arbitration claims by the third party and thus find itself between a rock and a hard place.This episode is a conversation with Billy Jacobson. Jacobson has experience with the FCPA from a number of vantage points few can claim.  He has been an Assistant Chief for FCPA enforcement in the DOJ fraud section.  He has been a Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Weatherford International Ltd., a large oil and natural gas services company that does business around the world.  Currently, he is a lawyer in private practice at Orrick and was previously a lawyer in private practice at other firms. In the episode, Jacobson discusses the DOJ’s FCPA “pilot program” announced in April 2016, his policy suggestions for more effective FCPA enforcement, an FCPA compliance defense and what the FCPA might look like if it was passed today (instead of 1977), and whether a business organization should put the DOJ to its burden of proof.This episode is a conversation with Colby Smith (Debevoise & Plimpton). Smith is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice and his practice focuses primarily on securities class action and derivative litigation, SEC and other regulatory enforcement matters, and internal corporate investigations, including those arising under the FCPA. In the episode, Smith discusses the prominence of disgorgement in SEC FCPA enforcement actions, the questionable use of the disgorgement remedy in FCPA enforcement actions that did not charge or find anti-bribery violations, and notable and disputed issues that arise in SEC FCPA enforcement actions.This episode is a conversation with Paul Calli. Calli has done something few FCPA practitioners have done, and that is on behalf of a client, put the DOJ to its burden of proof in an FCPA case. Like other such instances of defense counsel doing just that, Calli prevailed on behalf of his client and in the podcast Calli discusses the DOJ’s rather dismal FCPA trial court record and what it says about the DOJ’s modern FCPA enforcement program and how the DOJ measures success.This episode is a conversation with  Paul Pellletier, a former Principal Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s fraud section and currently a member of Mintz Levin. Pelletier has written some excellent recent pieces on the DOJ’s FCPA enforcement program (see here and here) and in the podcast he discusses the long time periods often associated with FCPA inquiries, FCPA investigative costs, and how the DOJ can best allocate its resources to fight bribery.last_img read more

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Things That Caught My Eye In The DOJs Evaluation Of Corporate Compliance

first_img Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. This prior post went in-depth into the DOJ’s recently released “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (ECCP) guidance document. This post continues the analysis by highlighting additional issues in the ECCP that caught my eyeFor starters, there is nothing “wrong” with the ECCP per se. In fact, it is a nicely written and organized document. Substantively however, the ECCP uses the word “effective” 49 times, but there is no legal requirement that business organizations have “effective” compliance programs.If a business organization wants to exceed the statutory standards set forth in the FCPA’s internal controls provisions (“controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances” that certain objective are met) that is great! However, the legal and policy concern with the ECCP is that in an official U.S. government document the DOJ says it is going to base decisions about prosecutions and form of resolutions, monetary penalties, and compliance obligations in corporate criminal resolutions on specific factors, most of which, are not even found in any law passed by Congress.From my perspective (informed by, among other things, interactions with hundreds of compliance professionals from around the world who have attended my FCPA Institute) a major frustration of the business community is that the DOJ writes or says one thing, yet acts another way in the form of actual enforcement actions.For instance, the ECCP states:“Prosecutors may credit the quality and effectiveness of a risk-based compliance program that devotes appropriate attention and resources to high-risk transactions, even if it fails to prevent an infraction in a low-risk area.Risk-Tailored Resource Allocation – Does the company devote a disproportionate amount of time to policing low-risk areas instead of high-risk areas, such as questionable payments to third-party consultants, suspicious trading activity, or excessive discounts to resellers and distributors? Does the company give greater scrutiny, as warranted, to high-risk transactions (for instance, a large-dollar contract with a government agency in a high-risk country) than more modest and routine hospitality and entertainment?”That sounds reasonable and the same statement sounded reasonable when the DOJ and SEC stated in connection with the 2012 FCPA Guidance the same thing. For instance, as highlighted in this prior post in reference to the various hypotheticals in the FCPA Guidance concerning travel and entertainment, then SEC Director of Enforcement Robert Khuzami said that he heard from companies that they were spending compliance dollars to guard against these issues, that companies were spending a huge amount of resources on such issues and that such a focus was taking dollars away from compliance efforts as to high risk activity.  Khuzami said that this was an argument he and then DOJ Criminal Division Chief Lanny Breuer have heard and that this argument “makes perfect sense.”  Khuzami said that he was “interested in companies spending compliance dollars in the most sensible way” and he hoped that the guidance and the hypotheticals provided would help companies as to where they can “minimize investment and where they can maximize it.”  Breuer added that the DOJ wants compliance programs “to address real matters of concern.”Yet, what the DOJ does not seem to understand is that its enforcement actions (which frequently include allegations or findings about “golf in the morning and beer drinking in the evening,” sports tickets, flowers, cigarettes, karaoke bars, etc.) actually induces behavior that the DOJ apparently does not want to see.As informed by many conversations with compliance professionals about this precise topic, here is what often happens when a compliance professional at a business reads an FCPA enforcement. The compliance professional will read paragraph 1 and rightly conclude that it does not apply to the company, same thing with paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5.But there in paragraph 6, when the DOJ and/or SEC is talking about golf or sports tickets or wine, there it is – that is what applies to the company. There is the common denominator for the company and this often becomes the take-away point for the compliance professional.While it is true that FCPA enforcement actions are rarely exclusively based on such things of value offered or provided to foreign officials, the fact that so many enforcement actions contain such allegations findings are included can be looked at one of two ways: (1) did the government include those type of allegations or findings in the resolution document to send a message to the corporate community about the type of conduct that needs to be on the radar screen; or (2) were the enforcement officials merely practicing their typing skills.In short, risk-tailored resource allocation as stated in the ECCP and prior government guidance sounds great, but I question whether the DOJ truly understands that its actual enforcement actions induces behavior that the DOJ apparently does not want to see.Under the heading “Automony and Resources, the ECCP states:“A large organization generally shall devote more formal operations and greater resources . . . than shall a small organization. By contrast, “a small organization may [rely on] less formality and fewer resources.”Again, there is nothing new with this statement – in fact the ECCP cites the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines – and as highlighted in this prior post the same general statement appeared in the 2012 FCPA Guidance (“small- and medium-size enterprises likely will have different compliance programs from large multi-national corporations, a fact DOJ and SEC take into account when evaluating companies’ compliance programs”) as well as the November 2017 FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (“implementation of an effective compliance and ethics program, the criteria for which will be periodically updated and which may vary based on the size and resources of the organization …”.).Yet, as highlighted in this post titled “Size Matters, But To What Extent?” there appears to be no meaningful difference in enforcement agency theories (ranging from third party compliance best practices to internal controls best practices including the finance and audit function and training best practices) in large issuer enforcement actions compared to small issuer enforcement actions.Finally, under the general heading “does the corporaton’s compliance program work in practice?” the ECCP states:“In answering this question, it is important to note that the existence of misconduct does not, by itself, mean that a compliance program did not work or was ineffective at the time of the offense (“[t]he failure to prevent or detect the instant offense does not mean that the program is not generally effective in preventing and deterring misconduct”). Indeed, “[t]he Department recognizes that no compliance program can ever prevent all criminal activity by a corporation’s employees.” Of course, if a compliance program did effectively identify misconduct, including allowing for timely remediation and self-reporting, a prosecutor should view the occurrence as a strong indicator that the compliance program was working effectively.”Once again, there is nothing new or novel about this statement. Indeed, as highlighted in this prior post, the SEC’s extensive 1981 FCPA Guidance stated:“The test of a company’s internal control system is not whether occasional failings can occur. Those will happen in the most ideally managed company. But, an adequate system of internal controls means that, when such breaches do arise, they will be isolated rather than systemic, and they will be subject to a reasonable likelihood of being uncovered in a timely manner and then remedied promptly. Barring, of course, the participation or complicity of senior company officials in the deed, when discovery and correction expeditiously follow, no failing in the company’s internal accounting system would have existed. To the contrary, routine discovery and correction would evidence its effectiveness.”Notwithstanding this sensible government guidance (then and now), numerous FCPA enforcement actions are based on (and will likely continue to be based on) corporate voluntary disclosures where, almost by definition, the misconduct was identified by a compliance program.In short, like prior instances of government FCPA or FCPA related guidance, words on paper are all fine and dandy. However, actions speak louder than words.last_img read more

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Chelan County Leads May Jobless FiguresDouglas County Building New Law and Justice

first_imgNew jobless figures in Washington State for May have been released by the Washington Employment Security Department.   In North Central Washington, unemployment in Chelan County stood at 4.8% and 5.2% in Douglas County. The employment picture is not as bright in Grant County where 6.1% of the workforce was looking for work and Okanogan County registered a 6.3% jobless rate. Neighboring Ferry County had the highest unemployment in Washington State at 12% and King County recorded the lowest rate at 3.4% of the workforce unemployed.Washington State added 8,500 jobs in May leaving the statewide unemployment average at 4.7% provided by Washington Employment Security Departmentlast_img

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Survey Childbirth hurts but pain relief options make it manageable

first_img 74 percent thought you couldn’t have an epidural after a certain time in labor (you can have one up until the baby’s head begins emerging, known as crowning) 44 percent feared pain at the epidural injection site would last for a prolonged time 26 percent believed an epidural slows labor Most concerning, 20 percent believed only one pain management option could be provided during labor and 16 percent thought about it but didn’t know Expectant mothers should work with their health care providers, including their physician anesthesiologist, to discuss what pain management methods may work best for them. They should talk to their physicians to find out who will administer their anesthesia if they decide to have pain medication during labor. Anesthesia care should be led by a physician anesthesiologist, a medical doctor specializing in anesthesia, pain and critical care medicine, who will work with all of the mother’s physicians to develop and administer her pain management plan.”First-time mothers need to know that a wide variety of options exist to manage pain, from epidural to massage, nitrous oxide to breathing techniques and that it’s acceptable to change methods or use a combination during nearly every stage of labor,” said ASA President James D. Grant, M.D., M.B.A., FASA. “But it’s also important to be flexible, since it may be necessary to change pain management methods based on the labor process itself.”When it hurt most and what it was like While slightly more than half said having contractions was the most painful aspect of delivery, about one in five noted pushing or post-delivery was most painful. Moms 18 to 39 were more likely to say post-delivery pain was the most painful aspect than those 40 and older. The most common description of the level of pain experienced was extreme menstrual cramps (45 percent), while 16 percent said it was like bad back pain and 15 percent compared it to a broken bone.Health and safety are top of mindRelated StoriesMarijuana isn’t a great choice for glaucoma treatment, says expertBritish boys to receive HPV jabsOpioid overdose deaths on the decline says CDC but the real picture may still be grimIt’s no surprise that when choosing a pain relief option, nearly all mothers (99 percent) said the health and safety of themselves and the baby was an important factor in their decision. Not far behind was making sure the pain relief option didn’t delay the labor process (86 percent) as well as being able to enjoy the labor and delivery experience (84 percent). But the importance of other factors diverged depending on the pain method chosen. Having no pain during labor was very or somewhat important to women who chose medical methods (epidural, medication delivered through an IV or injection, spinal block or nitrous oxide) only (79 percent) compared to women who opted for complementary methods (breathing, water birth, massage, visualization or hypnosis) only (37 percent). Being able to move around during labor was important to 90 percent of moms who only had complementary methods, while just 60 percent of moms who had medical methods only agreed.So, what pain management did they choose?While the epidural reigned supreme as the most common option, chosen by 73 percent, 40 percent of women used complementary methods. Additionally, pain management during labor and delivery may not be “one size fits all,” with 31 percent having used both medical and complementary methods. More than half used medical methods only and 9 percent chose complementary methods only. Sixty-five percent of women who had medical options only said they were very effective in managing pain, while 39 percent who had complementary methods only said they were very effective.And while nitrous oxide has received a lot of attention recently, the survey results suggest it’s rarely used. Only 2 percent of moms had nitrous oxide, and none 40 and older or who lived in the Midwest used it to manage labor pain. Before childbirth, slightly more than 1 in 10 thought nitrous oxide relieved pain and 63 percent didn’t think about it at all. “This suggests that despite the buzz, nitrous oxide may not be widely available yet, or that mothers aren’t convinced it would be very helpful,” said Dr. Grant.In the futureIf they were to give birth again, most moms would choose the pain management method, whether medical and/or complementary, they originally chose during their first childbirth, with the majority (60 percent) opting again for an epidural to manage their pain.Women were split on the pain management advice they would give to first-time prospective moms – 21 percent would recommend getting an epidural as fast as possible, while 20 percent say try complementary methods first and if they don’t work, try other options. However, 43 percent of mothers agree that choosing one’s pain management method is a personal decision and you need to opt for those that work best for you.The 10-question ORC International CARAVAN® Omnibus Survey was conducted online April 3-11 among 912 mothers (18 years or older) of children ages 0-8, whose first child was born either via vaginal childbirth or Cesarean section (C-section) after the onset of labor. Ultimately, 73 percent had a vaginal childbirth.Source: https://www.asahq.org/about-asa/newsroom/news-releases/2018/05/press-release May 8 2018Few things are more daunting for first-time moms than the prospect of childbirth. They wonder: Will my baby be OK? What will labor and delivery be like? How painful will it be, and can I handle it? Moms who have been there offer the low-down on labor and delivery and their message is comforting. Yes, childbirth is painful. But it’s manageable. In fact, nearly half of first-time moms (46 percent) said the pain they experienced with their first child was better than they expected, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in honor of Mother’s Day.The survey findings suggest that being proactive in managing pain with your physician anesthesiologist is important, whether laboring moms demand an epidural right away, choose other medical pain management methods, use complementary techniques only or opt for a combination. Nine out of 10 women said pain management was effective, no matter what method they chose.But the survey also revealed that many first-time moms held some false beliefs about labor pain management before they experienced childbirth:last_img read more

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Kate Spades death ignites concern about rising suicide rate

first_imgLiz Szabo: lszabo@kff.org, @LizSzabo Jun 7 2018Fashion designer Kate Spade’s death Tuesday has reminded Americans of the enormous toll of suicide, a growing problem that claims nearly 45,000 lives a year.Suicide rates in the U.S. have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999, according to a report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicides increased in both men and women, in all ethnic groups and in both urban and rural areas. Suicide and “self-harm,” a category that includes attempted suicides, cost the nation $70 billion a year in medical care and lost work time.Nearly half of people who died by suicide had a known mental health condition, according to the CDC. Family members have given different accounts of Spade’s struggle. In media interviews, her sister, Reta Saffo, has said that she believes the designer suffered from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. The designer’s husband said in a statement that she “suffered from depression and anxiety for many years” and “was actively seeking help.”Regardless of the exact diagnosis, it seems that Spade was among the millions of Americans suffering from serious mental illness, said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, who has no personal knowledge of the case. The country needs to take suicide and mental illness more seriously, said Lieberman, noting that both depression and bipolar disorder can be treated successfully, and that suicide is often preventable.”Suicide is not an acceptable outcome for depression,” Lieberman said.Although more Americans die from suicides than car accidents or opioids, the stigma of mental illness prevents suicide from getting much attention, apart from fleeting news coverage when celebrities, such as comedian Robin Williams, take their own lives, Lieberman said.People suffering from serious mental illness are at high risk of suicide, said Dr. Jennifer Payne, director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. About 10 percent of people with major depression die of suicide. About 15 percent of people with bipolar disorder die from suicide.In general, mental illness first appears when people are in their teens or 20s. Sometimes, however, friends and families of people with a milder form of bipolar disorder — one that does not induce psychotic behavior — can mistake their condition for depression, Payne said. People who experience milder manic episodes— called hypomania — can seem energetic and productive, rather than deranged.It’s also common for people with mental illness to suffer from multiple conditions, such as bipolar disorder and panic disorder, Lieberman said. A proportion of people with mental illness also suffer from substance abuse, as well, sometimes “self-medicating” to ease their moods.Although drugs such as lithium can effectively treat bipolar disorders, some people with the condition are reluctant to use the medication because they feel it dulls their creativity, Payne said.Related StoriesHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance typeHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryAlthough mental illness can be life-threatening, many people with depression or bipolar disorder lead successful lives. Actresses Carrie Fisher and Margot Kidder spoke openly about coping with bipolar disorder. Pop stars Mariah Carey and Demi Lovato also have acknowledged having bipolar disorder.Abraham Lincoln spoke of his depression, and some now believe that British prime minister Winston Churchill suffered from bipolar disorder, said Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor at Johns Hopkins who has bipolar disorder, has written of the link between bipolar disorder and creativity in her book “Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.”Payne said she doesn’t hide her daughter’s bipolar diagnosis. Her daughter has been hospitalized at the hospital where she works. But her daughter is also a successful college student, who earns straight A’s and wins awards for her poetry.Beyond medication, people with bipolar disorder can benefit from psychotherapy, which can help them recognize triggers and early warning signs that they may be entering a manic episode, Duckworth said.He advises patients to keep regular schedules, including waking up, exercising and going to sleep at the same time every day. He counsels patients in college not to pull all-nighters or stay up late at parties. Getting enough sleep can be vital.Duckworth notes that his father suffered from bipolar disorder and was hospitalized 25 times. Although he gambled heavily during his manic episodes, his father maintained a steady job and a 52-year marriage, Duckworth said.At his funeral, he was so well-loved,” Duckworth said. “It was impossible to tell he had bipolar disorder.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 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Sodium nitroprusside treatment prevents schizophrenia symptoms in animal model

first_imgJul 12 2018Researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) in Brazil have tested a treatment with sodium nitroprusside in a strain of rats that spontaneously develop some of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia.The results obtained with a group of adolescent animals suggest that preventive treatment of the disease may be possible in future for young people considered at risk owing to cases of schizophrenia in their family history – 15% to 30% of risk cases develop the disease later in life.The research was supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP. The principal investigator was Vanessa Costhek Abílio, a professor in the Pharmacology Department of UNIFESP’s Medical School (Escola Paulista de Medicina). The findings have been published in the journal CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.”What if we could develop a safe preventive treatment for these children so as to avert development of schizophrenia in adulthood?” Abílio wondered. Schizophrenia is an incurable neuropsychiatric disorder that typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood.Sodium nitroprusside is a salt that acts as a significant donor of nitric oxide, a powerful vasodilator. For this reason, it has been prescribed since the 1920s for severe hypertension. More recently, evidence has been found that it might also benefit patients with schizophrenia. (read about it further in this article).The experiment used rats that spontaneously become hypertensive and also display behavioral alterations. These rats belong to a strain selected in Japan in the 1960s and used since then in animal models of hypertension and cardiovascular problems.”In 2007, we began performing studies to show that rats of this strain display cognitive problems, poor social interaction and hyperlocomotion – behavioral alterations that model the symptoms of schizophrenia. Our goal was to demonstrate this similarity so that spontaneously hypertensive rats could be used to study schizophrenia,” Abílio said.Thus, the investigation of sodium nitroprusside’s preventive effects in rats was only made possible when researchers were able to identify in animal model traces from schizophrenia’s three categories of symptoms.Agitated body movements, thought disorders, hallucinations and delusions are called positive symptoms. Blunted or flat affect (reduced expression of emotions), poor social interaction, loss of capacity to feel pleasure (anhedonia) and lack of motivation are termed negative symptoms. Cognitive symptoms include difficulty paying attention and problems with working memory.The occurrence of hallucinations in schizophrenic patients is known to be associated with an increase in levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in a specific brain region. Higher levels of dopamine are associated with hyperlocomotion in rats.”All this neurochemistry is well known, so that in preclinical models, when animals display increased locomotion, this is considered evidence of higher levels of dopamine in the limbic region, which is also associated with delusions and hallucinations in schizophrenia,” said the FAPESP-funded researcher.Results are achieved with daily doses treatmentLaboratory rats considered healthy and rats of the spontaneously hypertensive strain were submitted to two different types of treatment. A single injection of sodium nitroprusside was administered to adult animals (more than 90 days old). Approximately 24 hours later, behavioral tests were performed to verify the occurrence of symptoms such as cognitive impairment, social interaction deficit, and locomotion alterations.Young animals (aged 30-60 days) were treated with daily doses of sodium nitroprusside for 30 days, followed by a one-month interval until they reached 90 days old and were considered adults. Behavioral testing began at this point.Related StoriesNeuroscientists use novel technology-based tools to predict schizophreniaTexting helps improve medication adherence, health outcomes for patients with schizophreniaResearchers explain how ‘viral’ agents of neurological diseases ended up in our DNAThe spontaneously hypertensive adult rats used in the experiment displayed hyperlocomotion, diminished social interaction, and emotional memory deficit. No behavioral changes were observed following administration of a single dose of sodium nitroprusside.The most important results of the experiment were observed in the young rats that received the longer-term treatment. The behavioral tests that began 30 days after the injections of sodium nitroprusside ended, when the animals were 90 days old and hence adult, showed that while the treatment had no visible effects on the healthy rats, the spontaneously hypertensive rats failed to display the behavioral alterations in adulthood associated with the symptoms of schizophrenia.In other words, treatment with sodium nitroprusside prevented the appearance of the behavioral disorders that would have been inevitable without it.Next stepsScientists, however, are still unsure about how sodium nitroprusside acts to prevent the development of symptoms.”That’s what we’ve set out to discover in the new stage of the research,” Abílio said. “What we do know is that sodium nitroprusside has an effect on the organism’s nitrergic system [neuronal communication mediated by nitric oxide]. Sodium nitroprusside is a donor of nitric oxide, which is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that transmits signals between neurons. Nitrergic neurotransmission is altered in schizophrenia and modulates other neurotransmission systems associated with the physiopathology of the disease. In addition, nitric oxide participates in neurodevelopment-related processes that are altered in schizophrenia.”The administration of sodium nitroprusside in the adolescent stage of spontaneously hypertensive rats somehow had a beneficial influence on this entire chain of neurochemical relationships, preventing the appearance of behavioral alterations when the animals reached adulthood.According to the authors, new studies are needed to investigate whether therapeutic possibilities such as sodium nitroprusside could be used to prevent or attenuate the development of schizophrenia.First signs of the salt’s efficiencyAn important study by Brazilian researchers published in 2013 in JAMA Psychiatry, a journal produced by the American Medical Association, reported the discovery that administration of sodium nitroprusside has therapeutic effects on the symptoms of patients with severe schizophrenia.The study was led by Jaime Eduardo Cecilio Hallak, a researcher in the Neuroscience & Behavioral Science Department of the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School (FMRP-USP) and principal investigator of the National Science & Technology Institute (INCT) for Translational Medicine, one of the INCTs supported by FAPESP in São Paulo State in partnership with the National Council for Scientific & Technological Development (CNPq).Its main contribution was to show that a single intravenous injection of sodium nitroprusside produced rapid improvements in positive symptoms (such as hallucinations), negative symptoms (such blunted affect), anxiety and depression in patients with severe schizophrenia.”Hallak’s study showed that a single injection of sodium nitroprusside led to a global and lasting improvement in the symptoms experienced by 20 inpatients undergoing treatment for severe schizophrenia,” Abílio said.The discovery led to a number of other studies, and there is now strong evidence for the beneficial effects of sodium nitroprusside on patients with schizophrenia. “We decided to investigate whether the drug also had a preventive effect on schizophrenia. To do so, we treated the animals before they displayed manifestations of the disease,” Abílio said. Source:http://agencia.fapesp.br/28195last_img read more

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New Horizons is only one of more than a dozen instruments trained

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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Emailcenter_img New Horizons is not the only set of eyes fixated on Pluto during its moment in the limelight. About 15 other astronomical facilities, in space and on the ground, will be staring at the dwarf planet when NASA’s space probe makes its closest approach on 14 July.The reasons are clear, says Richard Binzel, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the New Horizons team member leading the effort to coordinate the ancillary observations. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has been an astronomical object—a distant dot seen through a telescope. Now, it has become a geological object—with craters and cliffs emerging by the day. But the details will be fleeting. “After New Horizons, it will become an astronomical world once again,” Binzel says. “This is our moment to link everything we’ve learned.”One goal is to understand how Pluto changes with time, beyond the current New Horizons encounter. The dwarf planet has strong seasons because of the extreme tilt of its rotational pole and the elongation of its 248-year orbit. By linking past—and future—observations to the current state of Pluto’s climate, astronomers can try to understand how its atmosphere evolves and shapes the surface. When future astronomical observations look like the current ones, scientists can have confidence that the climate or surface looks like what New Horizons is seeing. “The next time you see that interesting [astronomical] result, you can say, ‘Oh, this happened again,’” says Susan Benecchi, a planetary astronomer for the Planetary Science Institute, based in Herndon, Virginia. Benecchi is leading an effort for the Kepler space telescope to record Pluto’s brightness every 30 minutes over the course of 75 days beginning in October. The Hubble Space Telescope will also play a big role. In 2002 and 2003, astronomers using Hubble created what had been (until now) the best image of Pluto: a peachy orb with a splotchy surface. The instrument on Hubble that made that image is now defunct, so the telescope can no longer see surface details. But other Hubble instruments can still make some of the best observations of how much light Pluto and its moons are reflecting. From March until October, astronomers have been granted 40 chunks of Hubble time, about 45 minutes apiece, to use in observing Pluto. “That’s a pretty big allocation for Hubble,” says Marc Buie, a planetary astronomer at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and a member of the New Horizons team leading the Hubble effort.Even farther flung assets will attempt to pitch in. Cassini, stationed in the Saturn system, will train its camera on Pluto, as will Rosetta, the European spacecraft currently orbiting a comet. Although their cameras are small, they will view Pluto from different angles. New Horizons is also viewing Pluto at a slight angle—as if Pluto is a gibbous object a few days shy of full. Combining all the different observations gives astronomers information about how Pluto brightens as it moves from a crescent to a fully lit disc—and those transitions, in turn, offer information about the roughness of the surface. (Equivalent data for the moon have helped scientists understand the properties of its regolith, or soil.)Other telescopes will look at the light Pluto emits in other parts of the spectrum. The Spitzer Space Telescope, for instance, specializes in infrared measurements beyond the capability of New Horizons, and its observation campaign offers a chance to help New Horizons identify chemical compounds in the ices on Pluto’s surface. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, a facility in Chile, will look for Pluto’s faint, cold thermal radiation—which should enable astronomers to construct a better temperature profile for the dwarf planet moving forward.An especially serendipitous observation occurred near New Zealand on 30 June, when Pluto’s tiny shadow passed over the Pacific Ocean. A telescope in the back of a 747 jet, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), picked up the faint light in the shadow as light from a distant star passed around the edge of Pluto, through its wispy atmosphere, and continued to Earth. The data should help astronomers tie past, present, and future observations to New Horizons’ investigations of Pluto’s atmosphere. Buie says scientists are lucky to have had such a good occultation, as the eclipses are called, happening so close to New Horizons’ encounter. “You have no idea how important that measurement is,” he says. “That is just so killer amazing.”Binzel says more astronomers—including some amateurs—keep signing up to take a crack at observing Pluto. Some of the observations may end up being less important than others, but you never know, Buie says. “It may look like overkill,” he says. “But you can’t go back and do this again.”*See Science’s full coverage of Pluto, including regular updates on the New Horizons flyby.last_img read more

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Liverdestroying virus may have been with us since the dawn of civilization

first_imgResearchers found an individual infected with the hepatitis B virus in this 2000-year-old mass grave in Ömnögovi, Mongolia. Email By Michael PriceMay. 9, 2018 , 1:00 PM Liver-destroying virus may have been with us since the dawn of civilization Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Alexey A. Kovalev center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The liver-destroying hepatitis B virus (HBV) kills nearly a million people each year. Now, a pair of new genetic studies suggests the pathogen has been with us at least since the dawn of civilization.Until now, the oldest evidence for HBV was a strain discovered in a 16th century Italian mummy. In the new work, a team led by geneticist Eske Willerslev of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom sequenced the whole genomes of 304 people found at archaeological sites throughout Eurasia, most dating to the Bronze and Iron ages (approximately 3500 B.C.E. through 500 B.C.E.). They quickly recognized the genetic signature of HBV in 12 individuals. The oldest sample, from a man, was about 4500 years old and found in an ancient grave in Osterhofen, Germany.The team then compared the DNA sequences of these ancient viruses with modern versions of HBV and used advanced mathematical modeling techniques to estimate how long it would take for these variations to arise given their prevalence in populations through time. The data revealed that the virus likely originated roughly between 13,600 B.C.E. and 9600 B.C.E., they report today in Nature. Another study led by geneticist Johannes Krause at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, found traces of HBV in the dental pulp of three skeletons from Germany dating from 3200 B.C.E. to 5000 B.C.E. Considering the results of both studies, “[HBV] seems to have been pretty common in the past,” says Krause, whose team reported its work earlier this week in a paper published to the bioRxiv preprint server. That’s not necessarily a surprise, he says, but it points the way for future researchers to investigate other ancient diseases.One popular hypothesis, based on the fact that chimpanzees and gorillas have strains of HBV extremely similar to humans, has suggested the virus may have arisen in Africa, then jumped into humans through blood-to-blood contact during hunting or cutting their meat. From there, the virus could have proliferated into different strains as humans filtered out into Eurasia about 80,000 to 120,000 years ago.Willerslev’s team’s findings suggest an intriguing alternate possibility: that HBV may have arisen much more recently in humans living in Eurasia or even North America, then was transmitted to both humans and nonhuman primates in Africa, although the mechanism of such a transmission is murky. This timeline dovetails with the beginnings of human civilization, when larger populations and trade routes would have helped the disease spread and transform into novel strains.Krause, however, is skeptical about estimates of when the virus arose. HBV recombines genetic material from its host, so typical molecular dating techniques based on rates of genetic mutation don’t work, he says.Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, who wasn’t involved in the research, agrees that these limitations make it difficult to speculate on the chronological origins of the virus given current data. “Saying anything about the timing of HBV’s origins is dicey at this point.”But regardless of HBV’s age, “These papers show really beautifully that you can find samples of pathogens in DNA that is thousands of years old,” he says. “This virus’s interaction with humans is a dynamic that has been playing out over millennia.” Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwelast_img read more

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Astronomers discover solar systems most distant object nicknamed FarFarOut

first_img For the better part of a decade, Sheppard and his collaborators—Chad Trujillo at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Dave Tholen at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu—have methodically scoured the night sky with some of the world’s most powerful and wide-angled telescopes. Their insistent search has netted four-fifths of the objects known past 9 billion kilometers from the sun. This is not stamp collecting. Clustering in the orbits of these objects can serve as indicators of Planet Nine’s influence. Like Farout, FarFarOut’s orbit is not yet known; until it is, it’s uncertain whether it will stay far enough away from the rest of the solar system to be free of the giant planets’ gravitational tug. If it does, the two could join another of Sheppard’s recent distant discoveries, “the Goblin,” which dovetails with projections of the Planet Nine’s possible orbit.It will take several years to determine the orbits of Farout and FarFarOut, and whether they will provide more clues. Meanwhile, with nearly every new moon, Sheppard is back out searching on his preferred telescopes, the Blanco 4-meter in Chile and the Subaru 8-meter in Hawaii. He flies to Chile next week, and Hawaii the week after. The solar system’s most distant object is 140 times farther from the sun than Earth. NASA/JPL-Caltech For most people, snow days aren’t very productive. Some people, though, use the time to discover the most distant object in the solar system.That’s what Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., did this week when a snow squall shut down the city. A glitzy public talk he was due to deliver was delayed, so he hunkered down and did what he does best: sifted through telescopic views of the solar system’s fringes that his team had taken last month during their search for a hypothesized ninth giant planet.That’s when he saw it, a faint object at a distance 140 times farther from the sun than Earth—the farthest solar system object yet known, some 3.5 times more distant than Pluto. The object, if confirmed, would break his team’s own discovery, announced in December 2018, of a dwarf planet 120 times farther out than Earth, which they nicknamed “Farout.” For now, they are jokingly calling the new object “FarFarOut.” “This is hot off the presses,” he said during his rescheduled talk on 21 February. By Paul VoosenFeb. 21, 2019 , 10:15 PM Astronomers discover solar system’s most distant object, nicknamed ‘FarFarOut’last_img read more

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Black Twitter Mourns The Death of John Singleton

first_img 5. ESSENCE John Singleton of the House #BlackExcellence, the First of His Name, Breaker of Molds, the Speaker of Truth, Protector of Black Expression, Master of Stories, the Glass Shatterer deserves every single rose. Let’s celebrate our king. #JohnSingletonAppreciationDay pic.twitter.com/FGZcE9d2Y5— ESSENCE (@Essence) April 29, 2019 8. Juicy J R.I.P John Singleton thank you for helpling me if It wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be a Academy award Winner I gonna miss you bro I love you my prayers for your family we will never forget! YOU ARE LEGENDARY — juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 29, 2019 3. Robert Townsend My prayers go out today to John Singleton and his family. May God bless the young cinematic king who gave us images that will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/tohsQTUPbj— Robert Townsend (@Robert_Townsend) April 29, 2019 John Singleton was offered $100,000 to walk on Boyz N The Hood (1991). They wanted an experienced director but responded, “I’m doing this movie. This is the movie I was born to make”. The film made more money per screen than Terminator 2 and received a 20 minute ovation at Cannes pic.twitter.com/IpsYecIdfM— Reconsidering Cinema (@coenesqued) April 29, 2019Singleton’s spokesperson released a statement earlier Monday announcing the family intended to take Singleton off of life support.Ice Cube et John Singleton à CannesSource: Pool ARNAL/GARCIA/PICOT / Getty“John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up,” the statement said in part. “John grew up in South Central L.A with a love of cinema that showed itself early on. He went on to become one of the most lauded graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Within months of graduating, John returned to South Central to shoot his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood. The movie, which was unusually shot in sequence, masterfully captured a story of friendship, youth and the peril of hard choices in a community marred by gang violence. The film earned special honors at its debut at Cannes and Singleton went onto become the youngest director and first African-American writer-director nominated for the Academy Award. Two decades later, the film was placed in the Library of Congress, a marker of its cultural and historical significance.”Ron Galella Archive - File PhotosSource: Ron Galella, Ltd. / GettyThat announcement came less than a week after Singleton’s family announced that he was expected to make a full recovery. There were also reports of family infighting over Singleton’s fortune, which has been estimated to be about $30 million.Ron Galella Archive - File PhotosSource: Ron Galella, Ltd. / Getty 2. Jordan Peele RIP John Singleton. So sad to hear. John was a brave artist and a true inspiration. His vision changed everything.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) April 29, 2019 17. Tyler Perry I cannot believe this man is gone at such a young age. He was always encouraging, supportive, and gracious to me. I will be calling his and his family’s name in my prayers tonight. Heartbroken and shocked. May God add peace and rest to your ascending soul Mr. John Singleton. pic.twitter.com/5PFug6LQJO— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) April 29, 2019 13. Angela Bassett View this post on Instagram I met @johnsingleton as a recently graduated first time writer/director embarking on his nascent film career. I will forever remember him fondly from our first meeting during the audition process. He exuded many things that day… awareness, openness and above all-enthusiasm! Over the years he never lost or left any of that behind. He provided and possessed a clarity of vision that I appreciate from that day till this. He gave a voice and an opportunity to many. Count me in that grateful number. A post shared by Angela Bassett (@im.angelabassett) on Apr 29, 2019 at 3:47pm PDT 10. Regina King Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just… https://t.co/SlQGwDEHU7— Regina King (@ReginaKing) April 29, 2019 6. Joy Reid John Singleton was a true inspiration. He made movies that told our stories, and he showed us that there could be limitless possibilities for young, black, creative people. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/6BLqMQXjPV— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 29, 2019 16. Samuel L. Jackson Mourning the loss of a collaborator & True Friend John Singleton. He blazed the trail for many young film makers, always remaining true to who he was & where he came from!!! RIP Brother. Gone Way Too Soon!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 29, 2019 11. Magic Johnson Cookie and I are deeply saddened to hear about the untimely passing of our friend and outstanding filmmaker John Singleton.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2019center_img 12. Carl Weathers John Singleton, a singular talent, thank you. RIP. #BePeace— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) April 29, 2019 Scroll down to see the social media messages of support for Singleton and his family. May he rest in peace. 4. Congressional Black Caucus Boyz n the HoodPoetic JusticeHigher LearningShaftBaby BoySnowfallThese are just a few of John Singleton’s work. He was a legendary filmmaker who told authentic stories about the Black experience. He inspired generations of artists behind him. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Q69qgq9LbT— The Black Caucus (@TheBlackCaucus) April 29, 2019 9. Michael Eric Dyson My beloved brother #John Singleton was an extraordinary filmmaker, cultural visionary and artistic provocateur. I wrote in 1992 about his groundbreaking film “Boyz N The Hood,” which captured the troubled ethos of black males, and the traumas and tragedies we endure — at the (1) pic.twitter.com/NhzcKqqCLV— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) April 29, 2019 Director John Singleton On SetSource: Anthony Barboza / GettyThe somber news that acclaimed movie director John Singleton had died Monday was met with sadness across social media. An outpouring of grief especially came from Black social media users, with most if not all of them attesting to what a cultural impact the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker had on their lives.READ MORE: Unforgettable Moments From ‘Boyz N The Hood’Singleton’s family announced on Monday they intended to remove him from life support following a stroke he suffered recently and consequent medically induced coma he was placed into last week.Director John SingletonSource: Aaron Rapoport / GettyFrom Singleton’s fellow movie directors and members of Black Hollywood to politicians to other noteworthy African-Americans, Twitter timelines were flooded with posts expressing sympathy, sadness and condolences. 15. Ice Cube I was discovered by a master filmmaker by the name of John Singleton. He not only made me a movie star but made me a filmmaker. There are no words to express how sad I am to lose my brother, friend & mentor. He loved bring the black experience to the world. ..Us at Cannes ‘90 pic.twitter.com/CaRKjZtjgB— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 29, 2019 7. Shaun King John Singleton was brilliant. His movies populated my childhood. He changed the game and told stories that showed 360 degrees of Black life…the beauty and the pain, the success and the struggle. And marched to the best of his own drummer for 25+ years in film. pic.twitter.com/8E5bu9ucTW— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 29, 2019 1. Janet Jackson View this post on Instagram You gave me my first movie role, my first Oscar nomination and so much more. Thank you for all you have given to the world through your work and all you have done for Black culture, women and young filmmakers. I will miss you John. Keeping your family in my prayers. A post shared by Janet Jackson (@janetjackson) on Apr 29, 2019 at 4:15pm PDT 14. Morris Chestnut View this post on Instagram This is where it all started. The Genesis – The Genius – The Genre Maker/Star Maker (Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson, Lawrence Fishburne, Regina King,Nia Long, Angela Basset, Cuba Gooding, Jr. – in no particular order as these are all great actors/actresses). John Singleton gave me a chance. When I left the audition for “Boyz N’ The Hood” as he shook my hand, he gave me a stronger grip than normal and looked me in the eye. I felt he was basically giving me a signal that I had the job without telling me. From there, there was no comprehension of the massive chain of events that was about to follow. People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by Boyz ‘N The Hood. The magnitude and world-wide impact that his ground-breaking film would have for society cannot be measured. Helping to bring awareness of what it takes to come to maturity as a black male in the ‘Hood, or die trying… Helping to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced. Dealing with challenges and adversity in life and in general. From that lesson, for anyone who watches Boyz N’ The Hood, we are able to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we are able to grow, evolve and gain a deeper love and understanding of our humanity. John Singleton, thank you for your vision. Thank you for holding my hand a little stronger. Thank you for connecting with me and thank you for connecting me to history. Thank you for connecting and transcending generations, nationalities, nations, races, communities, societies. Thank you, John Singleton, for connecting us all. #RIP #JohnSingleton A post shared by Morris Chestnut (@morrischestnutofficial) on Apr 29, 2019 at 12:36pm PDTlast_img read more

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Italian Police Detain UK Woman for Trying to Steal Pompeii Mosaic

first_imgItalian police detained a British woman for removing tiles from a mosaic in Pompei, Italy. The 21-year-old tourist was caught lifting pieces from a floor mosaic in the archaeological site House of Anchor. According to media reports, she had crossed a protective railing and was seen using a tool to dislodge the mosaic tiles – called tesserae – from the floor mosaic. When she tried to leave the area, the local Carabinieri police, notified by the site’s staff, stopped her.Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii seen from above. Photo by ElfQrin CC BY-SA 4.0The incident caused about $3,000 worth of damage, the site’s manager estimated. Pompeii has long struggled with unscrupulous visitors who steal relics as holiday souvenirs or even to sell for a profit. Nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, killing many Pompeii residents and entombing the city.Ancient Pompeii – Thermopolium of Asellina with food serving counterLast year police arrested two French tourists found stealing pieces of marble and earthenware at Pompeii, Italy’s Il Giornale reports. In 2016 an American took a piece of marble from the floor of the House of the Small Fountain, the paper said. An exhibition of the returned artifacts and accompanying letters of apology has recently been set up at the site in the hopes of deterring would-be thieves.The 21-year-old woman, who was visiting the famous archaeological site with her father and sister, was cited for aggravated damage after she crossed a guard rail around the mosaic to take the tiles, police said.Ruins of PompeiNew research is being conducted at the Pompeii site all the time. A recent study revealed that Mt. Vesuvius’ explosion was hotter and more extreme than previously thought. Scientists now believe that Mt. Vesuvius erupted with a thermal energy 100,000 times more powerful than the atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.According to Business Insider, “Archaeologists at the Federico II University Hospital in Italy have conducted a study of bones recovered from 12 ash-filled waterfront chambers in Herculaneum — one of the cities closest to the volcano — and discovered a strange, red and black mineral residue on the bones, including inside skulls, and permeating the ash around and inside the skeletons.”Ruins of Apollo Temple in Pompeii, Naples, ItalyThe scientists’ study was released in October 2018 in the scientific journal PLOS One. Work was performed by several researchers, including lead author Pierpaol Petrone.Related Video: Frozen in Time – The Final Moments of the Citizens of Pompeii Captured in Cast ForeverThe town of Herculaneum was a short distance from the volcano. Pompeii was buried, and Herculaneum “was suddenly hit and overwhelmed by volcanic ash avalanches that killed all its remaining residents,” the study notes. The experts say the temperatures from the volcanic explosion were anywhere between 750 and 930 degrees Fahrenheit.View of the Herculaneum excavation, Naples, ItalyIn late 2018, the remains of a horse still in its harness were unearthed at a villa outside the walls of Pompeii, in what archaeologists are hailing as a find of “rare importance.” Because the horse was saddled up and ready to go, archaeologists theorize that the horse’s owner was preparing to flee the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the town in ashes. The horse in harness was found with the remains of other horses at what is called the Villa of the Mysteries.Read another story from us: 2,000-year-old Fast Food bar discovered in PompeiiIn March 2018, north of the wall of the archaeological site of Pompeii, a joint operation of the Archaeological Park with the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Torre Annunziata (with Chief Prosecutor Alessandro Pennasilico and Deputy Prosecutor Pierpaolo Filippelli), the Carabinieri Group Command of Torre Annunziata, and the Naples Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage led to an excavation intervention in order to halt the activity of grave robbers.last_img read more

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The First Neolithic city got so Overcrowded its people turned on each

first_imgAbout 9,000 years ago in what is now Turkey, Neolithic people lived in such an overcrowded city that they had to climb into the homes through the roofs. Violence among them followed. Archaeologists in the famous excavation site of the overcrowded Neolithic city Çatalhöyük in southern Turkey say this was one of the earliest known cities in the world. Researchers also found evidence of damaged heads and projectiles, writing that there was a “compelling record of elevated levels of interpersonal violence” that increased as the number of people in the community did.Çatalhöyük after the first excavations. Photo by Omar hoftun CC BY-SA 3.0About one in every four skulls examined by researchers was hit by a small projectile, which they believe were small clay balls – also found on site – flung by slingshots. Many victims were women, with evidence showing most had been bashed in the head from the rear.Archaeologists recently discovered that the transition from foraging to a communal farming lifestyle caused problems for people who lived at a 32-acre site in southern Turkey that was occupied from 7100 B.C. to 5950 B.C. Çatalhöyük was home to as many as 8,000 people at its peak.On-site restoration of a typical interior. Photo by Elelicht CC BY-SA 3.0According to Live Science, archaeologists compiled 25 years of data gathered from the remains of 742 individuals. In the preserved evidence of over 1,000 years of Neolithic life, the scientists discovered “a compelling record of elevated levels of interpersonal violence” triggered by the stress of city living. In order to accommodate thousands of people, homes were constructed so close together that residents had to enter by first climbing a ladder to the building’s roof and slipping inside.Aurochs’ (bull) heads. Photo by Verity Cridland CC BY 2.0Bull (Auroch) heads from Catalhüyük in Angora Museum. Photo by Stipich Béla CC BY 2.5“The scientists found that the number of injuries, evident in skeletons, increased when the community was at its largest, suggesting that as Çatalhöyük’s population boomed, violence became more frequent,” said Live Science. “About 25 percent of the 95 examined skulls showed healed injuries made by small spherical projectiles, probably a clay ball flung by a slingshot. Many of these clay spheres were also preserved around the site, according to the study.”Neolithic hunters attacking an auroch, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Photo by Omar Hoftun CC BY-SA 3.0When Çatalhöyük was most crowded, disease was rampant. Around 33 percent of the skeletons showing signs that hinted at bacterial infection. During that same period, approximately 13 percent of the women’s teeth and 10 percent of the men’s teeth were filled with cavities — the result of a diet rich in grains.Mother Goddess from Çatalhöyük flanked by two feline lionesses, neolithic age (about 5500-6000 BC), today in Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. Photo by Nevit Dilmen CC BY-SA 3.0Lead study author Clark Spencer Larsen, a professor of anthropology at Ohio State University, said interior walls and floors of dwellings bore the residue of human and animal feces, which could also have made people sick.“They are living in very crowded conditions, with trash pits and animal pens right next to some of their homes,” Larsen said. “So there is a whole host of sanitation issues that could contribute to the spread of infectious diseases.”Deep trenches at the Catalhoyuk site. Photo by Mark Nesbitt CC BY 2.0Larsen, who began fieldwork at the site in 2004, was one of the leaders of the team that studied human remains as part of the larger Çatalhöyük Research Project, directed by Ian Hodder of Stanford University. A co-author of the PNAS paper, Christopher Knüsel of Université de Bordeaux in France, was co-leader of the bioarchaeology team with Larsen.Related Video:“Çatalhöyük was one of the first proto-urban communities in the world and the residents experienced what happens when you put many people together in a small area for an extended time,” Larsen said. “It set the stage for where we are today and the challenges we face in urban living.”Changes over time in the shape of leg bone cross-sections showed that community members in the Late period of Çatalhöyük walked a lot more than early residents. That suggests residents had to move farming and grazing further from the community as time went on, Larsen said.Related Article: Inside the World’s First Known Temple – 6,000 Years Older than Stonehenge“We believe that environmental degradation and climate change forced community members to move further away from the settlement to farm and to find supplies like firewood,” he said. “That contributed to the ultimate demise of Çatalhöyük.” As a Neolithic city experiencing one of the first known instances of an overcrowded urban space, surely there is much to be learned with further research.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to Her Websitelast_img read more

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