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Is a digital pill the key to in-flight customer service?

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img We live in a time where aviation and IoT are intrinsically entwined. From smart gates security to sensors measuring the journey of passengers throughout a terminal to connected robotic luggage. There’s also the IoT behind the scenes in transport operations, plane maintenance, food services and security.Technology certainly improves the passenger experience. Once aboard we can enjoy in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi on some airlines, and the benefits of bringing the latest noise-canceling headphones. But in reality there’s a certain inevitable pain in any long-distance flights, keenly felt by those of us without the budget to enjoy the pointy end of the plane.As flight prices drop and airlines seek ways to gradually increase the plane population through smaller seats, shrinking headspace and patents for standing “seats” on planes, clearly something has to give.A connected in-flight experience?British Airways has recently put forth a patent titled “Travel Environment Control.” The underlying premise behind the patent application is to utilize sensor tech to create a system “that facilitates greater efficiencies within the aircraft travel environment and enables improved control and personalization of the passenger’s travel environment, in particular for enhanced passenger wellness and wellbeing when flying.” Data is collected via a series of sensors and would be used to provide a detailed well-being travel plan for each passenger.Plane cabins would be embedded with sensors to determine the environmental conditions in the vicinity of the passenger such as the lighting, as well as to provide automated actions including seat adjustment and a lighting schedule, presumably to dim the lights at required times and ensure that seats are upright during meal times.Take your pre-flight pillThe data could be received from a range of sensors: a temperature sensor, a lighting sensor and sensors to measure the pressure, noise and altitude of the cabin. The physiological state of the passenger would be measured through “a humidity sensor, a body movement sensor, a sleep phase sensor, an eye movement sensor, a body movement sensor, a heart rate sensor and an ingestible sensor.”Yes, that’s an ingestible sensor. The patent mentions the use of “digital pills or other ingestible sensors that detect internal temperature, stomach acidity, and other internal properties and wirelessly relay this information outside the passenger’s body.”In response, the flight staff would be able to provide water if the passenger is dehydrated, a blanket if their body temperature is too low, and do not disturb or wake up for a scheduled meal according to the passenger’s sleep phase. No longer would you need to utilize the call button to get your needs met.The sensor data would be connected to a travel app that details the passengers’ flight details and corresponding transport and accommodation bookings and could initiate any changing requirements, from booking a new forwarding flight to notifying contact people of a late arrival or suggesting adjustments to the passenger’s itinerary depending on their level of jetlag.Sensor connected pills in actionSensor connected pills were deployed for the first time this year for patients with uncontrolled and co-morbid hypertension. They were developed by Proteus Digital Health as an example of  “Medicine as a Service” including drugs that communicate when they’ve been taken, wearable sensors that capture physiologic response, applications that support patient activation, physician decision making, and data analytics to serve the needs of health systems.The FDA-cleared ingestible sensor, which is the size of a grain of sand, is placed in a capsule with the patient’s prescribed medications by a pharmacist, based on a healthcare provider’s prescription. When a patient takes the co-encapsulated medication, the ingestible sensor sends a signal to the small wearable patch, which records the time each pill is swallowed and also collects physiologic metrics such as heart rate, physical activity, and rest.Notably the company failed to receive FDA clearance in April this year for their collaborative efforts to combine Otsuka’s ABILIFY (aripiprazole), an atypical antipsychotic, with the FDA-cleared Proteus ingestible sensor embedded in a single tablet at the point of manufacture.The proposal was submitted as a system that measures medication adherence to aripiprazole to be indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia, as an acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder and as an adjunctive treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. The FDA has requested further data  on the performance of the product under the specific conditions in which it is likely to be used, as well as further investigations to evaluate use-related risks and confirm that users can use the device safely and effectively.Back to our airplane flight, it’s easy to question the justification for flight staff accessing the physiological data of passengers. In reality, for those of us in economy, a blanket and a bit of a walk around the plane will not do all that much to increase our comfort levels and prevent jetlag.Could future sensors also include ones to track sleeping pill and alcohol intake, the panacea of long haul flights for many? It also opens issues about what flight data is recorded in the future and with whom it is shared; it’s foreseeable personal biometric information could find its way in the hands of airport security. And let’s be honest, how many passengers would consent to swallow a digital pill during a flight, particularly if the connected costs are added to their flight expenses? It’s questionable how much the passengers would benefit. Cate Lawrence Tags:#Adobe Digital Index#air travel#airports#biometric data#british airways#connected device#digital health#medicine as a service#Proteus Digital Health#sleep tech#smart pill last_img read more

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Think For Yourself

first_imgI have written 3,925 posts here since starting this little venture, and what is indeed a labor of love. I have also written three books, recorded over 300 YouTube videos, and recorded over 100 podcasts. I have shared my thoughts, ideas, and opinions with people who care about sales, selling, leadership, success, and doing meaningful work.Dozens of times I have revised my beliefs and opinions, writing posts and pointing to the fact that my views have changed based on new information and experiences. I have been called to account for the conflicts between earlier work and later work, but if you don’t change what you believe, you are not growing.I’ve had a few significant disagreements, certainly fewer than the opportunities presented to me, and I should have engaged in more than I did. I’ve let many things go without so much as a response, even when what was written or spoken was done so only to provoke, lacking any gravity. It’s always possible to take the high road, especially when one realizes that words from relative strangers can do one no harm, but can undoubtedly amuse.Which brings me to the point of this dispatch.As you wander around the internet, reading, listening, and watching content produced by others, decide for yourself what you believe to be good and right and true.One of the most significant changes, perhaps the greatest, in the last few decades has been the elimination of the gatekeepers when it comes to publishing, whether it be blog posts, articles, news commentary, videos, movies, films, or anything else that might pass as art.One of the most dangerous changes, and in some ways equally great, has been the elimination of gatekeepers. Anyone can write or record anything and publish it with no real controls. Because the vetting processes are absent, poor ideas of even poorer quality proliferate as fast or faster than good ideas. When one wants attention, the idea need only provoke, and where titles and headlines were once clickbait, what follows is mostly banal and vapid.As you consume content, you might think of it the same way you consider what you eat or drink, as something that you are taking into your mind in the same way you take things into your body. You might discriminate, asking yourself if you believe what you take in is good and right and true. You might question whether the idea conflicts with what you know to be true, whether it makes sense, or whether it is folly. More still, you might ask if the idea serves you—or whether it was written to serve its creator.Read, and especially read widely. But while doing so, it is critical that you think for yourself. Consider ideas and judge them for yourself.Moreover, treat the content you read here following the guidance in the paragraphs above. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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PBA: Globalport stuns TNT

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Globalport pulled off a 119-112 upset over TNT to get a crack at a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Batang Pier relied on dead-eye shooting late in the game and improved to 3-3 for ninth place while the KaTropa slipped to 4-3 after seeing their streak snapped.ADVERTISEMENT This is the first time in five games that TNT dropped a game against the Batang Pier whose losing streak dates back to last season’s Governors’ Cup.Globalport was rampant with its shooting in the final frame as Sean Anthony and Mike Cortez solely scored on the Batang Pier’s 13-4 run in the fourth to give their team a 104-92 lead at the 5:56 mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a morale-boosting win for us,” said Batang Pier head coach Franz Pumaren. “Each game is very important and I think until the very end, every game will have a bearing because it’s all locked up in the middle of the standings.”Stanley Pringle lit up the boards with a game-high 30 points, on 10-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, and four assists while Murphey Holloway added 24 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists for Globalport. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Anthony finished with 21 points and six rebounds for the Batang Pier.Glen Rice Jr. led TNT with a game-high 39 points to go along 13 rebounds but he turned the ball over 11 times. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses GALLERY: NCAA Season 93 All-Star Skills Challengecenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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17 days agoSon of Jose Antonio Reyes makes superb Real Madrid debut

first_imgSon of Jose Antonio Reyes makes superb Real Madrid debutby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of Jose Antonio Reyes has made a superb debut with Real Madrid.José Antonio Reyes López made his debut with the Infantil B team, by scoring a goal and providing an assist.Real Madrid went on to defeat Unión Carrascal 5-2.Reyes Jr moved to Real over the summer from Leganes just days after his father died in a car accident.The youngster, a winger like his father, dedicated his goal to his Dad on the day. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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College Football Fan On Reddit Used Only Jim Harbaugh Quotes On Tinder, With Interesting Results

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)We’ve seen people play this game on dating app Tinder a number of times: match with another user, use only quotes from a particularly idiosyncratic celebrity or character, and see what happens. In the college football world, the natural choice is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. In response to a Reddit thread about Jim Harbaugh’s sleepover-based recruitment of the nation’s top kicker, Redditor Beechman tried it out to pretty interesting results.How would using only Jim Harbaugh quotes work on Tinder? /u/Beechman decided to find out: https://t.co/xPHO3gSKsI pic.twitter.com/2lz0Rs4iRf— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 13, 2016The best part about this is there are still hundreds of weirder Harbaugh quotes at his disposal. Who can resist Harbaugh? The man’s a jackhammer…whatever that means.[Reddit]last_img read more

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BC Indian Chiefs condemn RCMP enforcement of TransCanada injunction

first_img(with files from the CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says they are concerned about the safety and well-being of the Wet’suwet’en as the RCMP set up nearby the Gidimt’en camp to enforce the interim injunction from the BC Supreme Court in December 2018.UBCIC President Grand Chief Stewart Phillip stated “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.  In continuing to aggressively threaten the Wet’suwet’en with eviction from their own Title land, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are blatantly ignoring the Supreme Court of Canada’s precedent-setting Delgamuukw case which confirmed that the Wet’suwet’en’s Title and Rights have never been extinguished.  The RCMP’s actions are in direct contradiction to both governments’ stated commitments to true reconciliation, and to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is a global human rights standard. We demand that Canada and BC call on the RCMP and Coastal GasLink to respect the Unist’ot’en/ Giltseyu-Dark House on unceded lands. The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met.”UBCIC Condemns RCMP Intimidation of Wet’suwet’en: “We strongly condemn the RCMP’s use of intimidation, harassment, and ongoing threats of forceful intervention and removal of the Wet’suwet’en land defenders from Wet’suwet’en unceded territory.” #cdnpoli https://t.co/6D1yk1hHvp pic.twitter.com/24jsJRX0JP— UBCIC (@UBCIC) January 7, 2019On Dec. 14, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board’s decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet’suwet’en territories.While members of another Wet’suwet’en house, the Unist’ot’en of the Gilseyhu clan, erected a camp and checkpoint in the area of the planned pipeline almost seven years ago, Wickham said the Gidimt’en checkpoint is more recent.“We wanted to show that even though the Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en are from separate clans, all the chiefs have been opposed to pipelines in our territories for years and years and years,” she said.“Unist’ot’en has been holding that responsibility all by themselves, so the (Gidimt’en) chief decided it was time for all of us to physically show our support.”In an amended injunction order filed Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court justice said the defendants, which include anyone “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” in the area, have until Jan. 31 to file a response to Coastal GasLink’s injunction application.In the meantime, the order says they are prohibited from physically interfering with or impeding any person or vehicle trying to access the area or carrying on pipeline business, including pre-construction and construction activities. The defendants are also prohibited from threatening, intimidating or getting within 10 metres of anyone actively working on the project.LNG Canada announced on Oct. 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility.B.C. Premier John Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province,  an estimated $23 billion in provincial revenue.In a notice of civil claim filed Nov. 23, Coastal GasLink says construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this month for completion in 2021.“Coastal GasLink has project agreements with all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the length of the project in British Columbia,” the company said in the court document.The company has tried to begin work in an area only accessible by the Morice Forest Service Road, but has been prevented from doing so by the demonstrators, it said.“A small delay in completing the work could contribute to a significant overall delay for the project,” it says.Around 2012, the Unist’ot’en camp set up a blockade by constructing a gate and other obstacles to the area, and a second gate has been constructed recently at the Morice River Bridge, it said. Coastal GasLink was most recently prevented from accessing the area on Nov. 20, it said.In a statement posted on its website, the Unist’ot’en camp issued an international call to action for the Gidimt’en access checkpoint.The statement describes potential RCMP action as “an act of war,” and evidence that Canada is criminalizing and using violence against Indigenous people, despite paying “lip service” to reconciliation. It points to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their territories.“We are now preparing for a protracted struggle. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated,” it said.last_img read more

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State to reduce complexity in recruitment process of teachers

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has decided to simplify the process of recruitment by the School Service Commission (SSC), which is responsible for recruitment of assistant teachers in the state.The Education department has also constituted a five-member committee to look into the demands of the SSC candidates, who have been staging demonstrations near the Kolkata Press Club for the past 23 days. “We have come across certain complexities associated with the recruitment process by School Service Commission. I have instructed officials in the department to review the process and simplify it as far as possible,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said after meeting a representative of agitating candidates at his office in Bikash Bhavan on Friday. It may be mentioned here that there are four steps involved in the interview of the candidates before being finally selected. The department wants to bring it down to two. “The recruitment process of the teachers has been marred by several litigations. These litigations have come up due to the complex nature of recruitment rules. We want to hold the examination at least once in a year and for this purpose the simplification of recruitment rules is necessary,” a senior official of the state Education department said. The department officials while framing the rules will consider the weightage of marks secured by candidates in the Higher Secondary and the marks in the SSC examination. According to sources, since 2011 the recruitment process can be carried out only twice. The five member-committee led by secretary of School Education department Manish Jain will take into account the demands of the agitating student and will submit a report to Chatterjee in 15 days. Then, the minister will again hold a meeting with the agitating candidates. “Our government is sympathetic towards their issue and we will try to come up with a solution under the ambit of law. Their names figure in the waiting list and they should understand that they are not part of the panel,” a senior official of the department said. Earlier, Chatterjee had met the candidates at his office on March 6 and after being informed of their demands, he had assured them that those having the requisite qualification would get call for interview in due course. Chatterjee had also sought a report from the SSC regarding these candidates. The agitating SSC candidates, who alleged not being recruited as teachers in classes IX to XII despite having the requisite qualifications, had first met the minister on March 2. These are the candidates, who had written the SSC exams in 2013 and 2017 and had subsequently qualified the examination, are on the waiting list for recruitment. They are demanding that recruitments should be made against numerous vacant seats across schools in Bengal. They are in the waiting list for post of assistant teachers in high school, and for the posts of work and physical education teachers. The agitating students vowed to continue the stir unless there were some concrete assurances about filling up vacancies in the state-run schools.last_img read more

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Most of this Russian painter’s works have been inspired by the Himalayas

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will host a unique month-long exhibition of paintings by famous Russian painter Nicholas Roerich in June.Roerich, who was an archaeologist, theosophist and philosopher, has spent a reasonable time of his life in India and the beautiful Himalayan landscape has been the canvas for his numerous paintings. Nineteen of his paintings that will be showcased will be brought from Allahabad Museum. “Among the Russian painters, the work of Nicholas Roerich is not only unique in the context of Russian art but also a different kind of expression of the intuitive mind. His paintings are the manifestation of his internal experience while he was moving from Europe to America to Asia absorbing the auras of diverse peoples and making pilgrimage to remote places gaining wisdom. Central Asia, Mongolia and the Himalayan belt have been portrayed in many of his paintings,” said Rajesh Purohit, the director of Indian Museum. Roerich travelled to India and met many Indian scientists, artists and writers in the twenties and thirties. Following his first visit to India in 1923 he undertook an expenditure to the unknown tracts of Chinese Turkestan, Altai, Mongolia and Tibet where he studied the religion, the customs and the language of the people and also delved into the lifestyle of the inhabitants. In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi visited his home in Kullu. They discussed the fate of the new world. Gandhi would later recall about several days spent together with Roerich’s family. Roerich breathed his last on December 13, 1947 at Naggar in Himachal Pradesh. He was highly inspired by the Eastern religions specially Buddha Maitreya. He was also influenced by Krishna, which is evident from his portrayal of the Slavic folk hero Lel holding a flute amidst sheep in place of Lord Krishna’s cows. The exhibition titled “In Search of the Mystic World: Revisiting the Roerich’s collection from Allahabad Museum,” signifies his quest for both the inner and the outer world as well as the mysticism that is entwined in the tangible and intangible world. “While analysing his works it invoked in me a kind of mysticism. The metaphor and vivid symbolism in his works suggest that his mystical or spiritual experiences are directly inspired by the path followed by Jesus Christ who too had such deep experiences. So, he spent months painting church interiors in his native Russia,” Purohit said. Apart from Allahabad Museum, his collections are found only at the Bengaluru High Court in India. The highest collection of his work is in Boston Museum.last_img read more

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Algerian Journalist: “Shame upon you, Bouteflika!”

first_imgRabat – A few days after the Algerian journalist Hafid Deraji addressed an open letter to the Algerian President Boutaflika in which he harshly criticizes the President’s intention to run for reelection, another well-known journalist, Kamel Daoud, tells Boutaflika, “shame on you!”There is growing anger and derision in Algeria over Bouteflika’s decision to run, and some journalists are careful of what they say for fear of the powerful president and his army generals.But there are others who vent their anger, such Kamel Daoud – one of the best-known journalists in Algeria – who harshly criticized Boutaflika. The Independent reports that Kamal wrote for the online publication Algerie Focus an article in which he says: “Shame on you, Bouteflika! You have no shame for our martyrs, for your age, for your own sickness, for what you have done to this country… You have humiliated us… You push us into exile by taking our country from us… What do you want? More money? More gold?.. More praise? More glory? We will give them to you. Just name your price… Why do you want to carry your country into your grave? To bury our nation alive with you?”“When the world is desperate for freedom, you reduce us to slavery with your insanity,” he added.The Independent described Bouteflika as a “bureaucrat”, rather than a National Liberation Front war hero. On Bouteflika’s involvement in the Algerian battle for independence led by the National Liberation Front, The Independent said that “his ‘independence’ battle was that of an official on the Moroccan border, not a fighter in the field.”“You are like all tyrants, Arab or not,” Daoud wrote. “One day, you will all be lynched, dead, sick or alive.” Bouteflika!”Earlier last month, after the 77-year-old Bouteflika said that he would run again, Algerian newspaper El Watan published an article titled “He dared!” in which it suggests that Bouteflika should win an Oscar for a new movie called “The Fourth Term.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Gladys Knight Dismisses Don Lemons Question About Being Concerned

Gladys Knight made good on her promise to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII Sunday amid criticism over the choice.The Empress of Soul spoke to “CNN Tonight” and defended her decision, affirming to host Don Lemon that she was not concerned about how others felt about the upcoming performance.“People are going to have their opinions about whatever. And all I can deal with … right now is what my heart says. OK? I believe in fairness,” Knight said on the Feb. 1  edition of the show. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”Lemon then asked about the similar controversy surrounding singer Chrisette Michelle, who performed at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017. The R&B performer’s career has not been the same since then. She was dropped from her record label and suffered personal traumas like a miscarriage and having suicidal thoughts.However, with a career spanning six decades, Knight had no qualms about her show.“Nothing good comes easy. And I would hope that they will understand as I do that we have a better way to do this than to be angry and why is he doing this or why ain’t she doing that,” Knight says. “For me, it’s just — for me — about respect. If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of just standing for the country. They are in the services and that kind of thing and just to not say that — if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning — you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars. I have protested myself.”Many took issue with Knight singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the big game, since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemingly has been blackballed by the NFL after he spent the 2016 season kneeling during pregame performances of the national anthem in protest of police killings of Black Americans and systemic abuses by the criminal justice system.But Knight continued to defend herself and even told NBC’s “Today Show” previously that she wrestled with the idea of joining the entertainer boycott against the NFL in support of Kaepernick. Still, citing her history in the civil rights movement, she decided to take on the gig. Singer Tevin Campbell also used that same reasoning in his fierce defense of the icon. read more

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MLB Games Are Slow Again And Its Helping Older Hitters

Atop the hitting leaderboards this season, you’ll find an unexpected — yet familiar — name: 40-year-old David Ortiz leads baseball in Weighted Runs Created Plus, a full 12 points beyond wunderkind Mike Trout. Big Papi’s return to the ranks of the elite hitters corresponds with a de facto loosening of one of his least-favorite rules: a restriction on how much time batters can take to ready themselves for the next pitch. This season, the pace of play has begun to creep back toward 2014 levels, and older hitters such as Ortiz may be reaping the benefits.Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t last long. The average game has nearly reverted to its 2014 high this year, at an even 3 hours. Part of that increase is due to the surge in offense — it takes longer to get 27 outs when outs are happening less frequently — but some of it comes from a decrease in pace, or the time between successive pitches. On average, the time between pitches has increased by 0.07 seconds per pitch compared to last season, which explains about 9 percent of MLB’s overall 4-minute increase in average game time.1Here, I am using PitchInfo data.Manfred’s rules aimed to shorten this time by forcing batters to keep one foot in the box between pitches, thus eliminating some hitters’ long and involved pre-pitch rituals. But the rule has numerous exceptions: if the hitter swings, steps back to avoid a pitch or even if he simply asks for a timeout, he may leave the box to refasten his gloves or kick the dirt. As hitters became more familiar with the rule, they began taking advantage of each exception, so that over the course of the 2015 season, time between pitches increased from just under 21 seconds at the beginning of the year to around 21.6 seconds by the end. That gradual slowing of the game’s pace has continued in 2016, with the average time between pitches swelling to 21.69 seconds.Whether because veterans command more respect or have a better grasp of the exceptions to the rules, older hitters have always moved a little slower at the plate than youngsters. In 2015, for instance, hitters older than 28 took 21.49 seconds between their pitches, while hitters age 28 and younger took 21.25 seconds.2I used age 28 because it was the median for MLB hitters in 2015, making it a rough dividing line between young and old. But this year, older hitters have widened that gap dramatically: They are taking 21.87 seconds between pitches on average, as opposed to only 21.47 for their younger counterparts. While both populations have seen their average pace decline, the difference between old and young has also expanded some 67 percent.3Older hitters tend to be more disciplined, and hitters’ counts tend to take more time to get into, so it’s possible that we’re seeing a decrease in pace as an effect, rather than a cause, of older hitters being better. However, even after adjusting for count and the presence of men on base, older hitters tend to take an additional 0.3 seconds per pitch, suggesting that the increased time is not just a result of superior plate discipline.As I wrote last year, some older hitters may derive special benefits from taking their time between pitches. Ortiz claims that the additional time lets him make better guesses about the next pitch, perhaps allowing him to offset a decline in raw bat speed with the benefit of experience. That benefit may not apply equally to less cerebral players, and so not all 40-year-olds are seeing the same success as Big Papi.But even if old hitters don’t derive any special time-related benefit relative to youngsters, they have still received the lion’s share of the extra seconds in MLB’s pace slowdown — and more time is correlated with better outcomes for hitters.4The correlation coefficients between time and linear weight value for both 2015 and 2016 were statistically significant with a p-value under 2.2e-16. This really shows up when the time between pitches exceeds 30 seconds: hitters produce an average of 0.05 runs5Using pitch-type linear weights. on those pitches, vs. -0.01 runs per pitch when hitters have 30 seconds or less to think. While there are thorny issues of correlation vs. causation here, it’s generally true that the longer a player has to ponder the next pitch, the better he fares. And this season, older hitters have gotten a disproportionate share of that extra time.Ortiz is far from the only veteran batter witnessing a late-career revival. Daniel Murphy has seen his performance soar far beyond expectations, and Robinson Cano is on pace to have one of his best seasons in 2016 after one of his worst in 2015. After years of steady decline by MLB’s senior citizens, the weighted age for MLB batters in 2015 was the lowest it had been since the early 1990s — but that figure has actually increased this season. In fact, MLB is seeing the largest single-year bump in WAR-weighted age since the strike-shortened 1994 season; before that, you have to go back to 1981 to see a similar swell.It’s hard to tell whether and how much of the resurgence of older hitters is due to additional time at the plate, vs. the many other factors which may be lengthening careers. On top of pace, we could also point to a combination of better training, medical advancements and a (potentially) juiced ball as prolonging hitters’ careers. But the next time you find yourself checking your watch mid-plate appearance, you’ll know who to blame for — and who may be benefitting from — MLB’s slower pace of play. read more

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Reiss Nelson drops a hint over Arsenal future

first_imgArsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.last_img read more

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Shelter residents forced out by flooding get help from San Diegos community

first_imgShelter residents forced out by flooding get help from San Diego’s community KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DEIGO (KUSI) – Most of San Diego is drying out, after last Thursday”s heavy downpour, but the people living in a homeless shelter in San Diego’s East Village are still coping with the effects of that storm.Flood waters forced nearly 300 people out of the Alpha Project bridge tent and into a temporary emergency shelter at the S.D.C.C.U. stadium.KUSI’S Sasha Foo visited the site of the bridge shelter at 16th and Newton and saw city crews working hard on pumping water out and disposing of materials contaminated by last week’s flooding.With the help of San Diego police, firefighters, and the lifeguards’ swift water rescue team, occupants of the shelter were moved out of the Alpha Project tent on Thursday night and transported by Metropolitan Transit System buses to the stadium in Mission Valley. Most of shelter occupants left with little more than the clothes on their back.Since then, residents of the bridge tent have been adjusting to the new quarters at the stadium and according to Alpha Project C.E.O. Bob McElroy, their spirits are good. “We’re all tucked in, nice, warm and cozy. We’ve got TV, we’ve got heating, we’ve got good meals and we’ve got tons of donations,” McElroy said. He said the offers of help from the community have been especially heartening. Scores of community members have been arriving at the stadium, with donations of clothing, blankets, shoes and food. Some groups have also been cooking meals. “The most important part to me and to our residents is the fact they’ve seen the outpouring of concern and care and generosity from the community,” McElroy said.The City has not yet indicated when crews will finish the tent clean-up and when the Alpha Project can return to the bridge shelter. McElroy said he’s hoping the East Village shelter will re-open in about a week and he said he still plans to hold a Christmas party at the tent. center_img Updated: 6:30 PM December 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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In Other News Del Rio Texas Secures Air Service Regional Commission Needs

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in Del Rio, Texas, believe an agreement just reached with American Airlines to provide passenger service to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will help protect Laughlin AFB from possible closure in a future BRAC round, reports San Angelo Live. Under the agreement, the carrier’s American Eagle service will provide two daily departures and arrivals to DFW starting in November. The city will provide a revenue guarantee to American of $2.9 million over two years, and will fund it by increasing tolls on its bridge across the Mexican border. … The Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC) is requesting proposals from qualified contractors to implement priority recommendations from the 2017 joint land use studies for Keesler AFB and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport in Mississippi. The request for proposals can be found on the commission website; responses are due May 23.Photo by Joao Carlos Medaulast_img read more

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Neil influenced Anushkas NH10 act

first_imgActress Anushka Sharma feels fortunate that she could work with actor Neil Bhoopalam in her production debut NH 10 as she feels his talent has influenced her performance.In the film, the two will be seen as a couple that goes on a road trip which gets transformed into a complete nightmare, leaving the couple to fight for survival.“Neil is one of the best actors that our country has today. I feel really fortunate that I could work with him because when you work with good actors, it has an effect on your own performance,” Anushka said here Tuesday during the film’s promotion at a college. “I have had a great time. He is like a buddy and I feel like I have known him for years,” she added. Neil has been part of films like No One Killed Jessica, Shaitan and David. He was especially appreciated for his role as a politician in the TV series 24.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterZegrahm Expeditions has announced three brand-new expeditions in 2017. Each year the 25-year-old expedition company crafts a unique selection of itineraries on all seven continents, using the personal knowledge of its experienced field leaders and feedback from its traveller community. Comprising signature expeditions—such as Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands and Australia’s Kimberley—as well as new itineraries like the three featured below, the company’s annual line-up is thoughtfully curated for guests to pursue their passion for exploration, adventure and learning.Philippines, Taiwan & Japan11 – 29 March 2017Far from the usual tourist track, other tour operators rarely, if ever, visit many of the islands on this itinerary. The perfect blend of nature and culture, travellers will discover remote island communities, explore unique habitats on nature hikes, search for a variety of marine life during snorkelling and diving excursions, and observe both ancient and modern architectural treasures.Cultural Mongolia with the Naadam Festival2 – 18 July 2017Showcasing Mongolia’s unique culture and breathtaking landscapes on a 17-day journey that includes the opportunity to experience Mongolia’s traditional mid-summer festival, Naadam, at both the national and local levels. Meaning “the three games of men”, Naadam showcases Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery—traditional sports that are as exhilarating to watch as they are essential to Mongolia’s identity as a country.Along the Irrawaddy & Chindwin Rivers15 September – 3 October 2017Exposing travellers to river scenes of a bygone era—dense jungles, steep-sided gorges, emerald rice paddies and tiny traditional villages—aboard the elegant 46-guest Anawrahta, built in 2014 to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer. A particular highlight of this expedition is a visit to the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture that houses the 1000-year-old Shwe Sagar Buddha.“These three adventures really show what Zegrahm does best: adding new destinations—or unique combinations of new destinations—to complement our tried-and-true itineraries to offer something for first-time adventure travellers and seasoned past guests alike,” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We couldn’t be more excited to explore these new corners of Asia in 2017.”Virtuoso members can take advantage of the conference exclusive announced during Virtuoso Travel Week: Offer your clients a $1000 per person air credit on small-ship cruises and $500 per person air credit on overland adventures — and you’ll receive a $500 booking bonus.last_img read more

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April 23 1998 Working together to dig out footing

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Europes central bank just fired the bazooka

first_imgEurope’s central bank just fired the “bazooka.” Dispatch readers know governments have been using extremely reckless monetary policies since the 2008 financial crisis. In an effort to stimulate their economies, they’ve borrowed and printed incredible sums of money. For example, the Federal Reserve has created 3.5 trillion new currency units since 2008. The Fed has also held interest rates at unnaturally low levels. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money. • The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its key interest rate on Thursday… Its key rate is now negative 0.4%. Negative rates don’t make sense to most people. Normally, a bank pays you interest on money you keep in the bank. With negative rates, you pay to keep money at the bank. It amounts to a tax on your cash. It’s a bizarre policy that could only exist in a world run by idiot politicians. • The government hopes negative rates will get people to spend more money… The idea is that you’ll buy more cars, televisions, and shoes. This will make the economy grow. But Casey Research founder Doug Casey explains that’s not how the real world works. It’s part of the Keynesian view, in which spending and consumption drive the economy. This isn’t just wrong, it’s the exact opposite of what’s true. It’s production and saving that drive an economy. You have to save to build capital, and capital is necessary for…everything. What these people are doing is destructive of civilization itself. And when we go into the next crisis, governments will use the disastrous results of their own policies as excuses to enact even more destructive versions of the same things. • The ECB also expanded its quantitative easing (QE) program… QE is when a central bank creates money and pumps it into the financial system. It’s a euphemism for money printing. The ECB is now creating €80 billion ($89 billion) every month. It’s by far the biggest money printing program in Europe’s history. • The ECB’s reckless monetary policies have failed to help economic growth… Europe’s economy is barely growing. However, instead of changing course, the ECB is doubling down on its failed policies. Doug Casey warned about this last month… The economy of the European Union is a constipated, sclerotic, malfunctioning entity that only registered real economic growth of 0.2% in the recent quarter—assuming you can credit their numbers at all. The continent is a giant monument to socialism, where everyone believes they can live at the expense of everyone else. As a result, the average European sees his government as a magic cornucopia, a source of unlimited wealth. When something goes wrong, Europeans look to their governments to “do something.” With this in mind, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi made the front pages by saying he is “ready to act” with a “whole menu of monetary policy instruments.” • The STOXX Europe 600, which tracks 600 large European stocks, fell 1.6% on the news… Typically, a huge dose of new money would cause markets to rally. But Europe is addicted to easy money. Markets were hoping for an even bigger dose of stimulus than the ECB delivered. Markets were disappointed that the ECB committed to print “only” $89 billion per month. And Europe isn’t the only economy addicted to easy money. As we mentioned earlier, the Fed has pumped 3.5 trillion new dollars into the U.S. financial system since 2008. But the U.S. economy is growing at its slowest pace since World War II. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has more than doubled Japan’s money supply since 2013. It introduced negative rates in January. But Japan’s economy hasn’t grown in more than two decades. • Easy money policies have accomplished one thing… They’ve inflated asset prices to crazy levels. The S&P 500, the most watched stock index in the world, has surged 215% since March 2009. The Nikkei 225 has jumped 104% since Japan began its latest easy money program in 2012. Bonds, commercial property, and art prices have all hit record highs. Yet world economies are barely growing. We’re living in an “Alice in Wonderland” economy where asset prices are disconnected from the “real economy.” Recommended Links — New law cracks down on right to use cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think… According to leaked evidence it’s much, much worse. The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here.center_img – • Negative interest rates are likely coming to the U.S… Today, the Fed’s key rate is 0.38%…well below its historic average of 5%. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has already said negative rates are “on the table” if the U.S. economy slows. As we explained, negative rates are supposed to get people to spend more money. If you have to pay to save money at the bank, you’re more likely to spend. However, there’s a major problem. Instead of paying negative interest rates, many Americans will simply pull their cash out of the bank. They’ll keep paper cash at home, where the government can’t tax it with negative interest rates. • That’s why governments want all your money in the digital financial system… And it’s why world governments are trying to eliminate paper cash. Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Russia have already banned large cash transactions. The ECB is trying to get rid of the €500 bill. Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, wants the U.S. government to pull the $100 bill out of circulation. By banning cash, governments hope to force you to keep money in the digital banking system. And if your money is trapped in the digital banking system, you can’t escape the bank account tax that’s coming. The government will be free to tax your cash with negative interest rates. • We expect the combination of negative interest rates and the ban on cash to create a huge rush into “underground currencies”… Gold is the ultimate underground currency. As Casey readers know, gold has been used as money for thousands of years because it is easily divisible, easily transportable, has intrinsic value, is durable, and has consistent form around the world. And, as Doug Casey reminds us, it’s a good form of money because governments can’t print it on a whim. The government can’t destroy the value of your gold. • The price of gold is up 18% this year… It’s off to its best start since 1980, according to Financial Times. As governments get more desperate, gold should surge much higher. It could easily double or triple in the next few years. If you don’t own gold, we recommend buying some today. If you already own gold, we recommend buying more. We also encourage you to read our new report, “How to Protect Yourself from the War on Cash.” In it, we share our best advice on how to deal with negative interest rates and the coming cash ban. We explain seven steps you can take right now to protect your money. These things are easy to do, but you’ve likely never thought of some of them. Click here to claim your copy now. Chart of the Day Here’s proof that we’re living in an “Alice in Wonderland” economy. Today’s chart shows the value of government bonds with negative interest rates. Not long ago, negative rates were unheard of. Today, more than $6.6 trillion worth of government bonds now have negative rates. The value of government bonds with negative rates is almost seven times higher than it was last year. Negative interest rates are a perversion of capitalism. They penalize people for working hard and saving money. We recommend taking steps to protect yourself before negative rates reach into your bank account. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 14, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

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Click here to learn more about this blueprint

first_imgClick here to learn more about this blueprint Recommended Link — • E.B. has a nose for the next big thing… It doesn’t matter the industry or even the asset class.For example, in early 2009, he realized that the U.S. housing bust would create a generation of renters. He raised money and bought a large portfolio of single-family rental houses at rock-bottom prices… as low as 10 cents on the dollar.In 2017, he was able to exploit the massive trend in cryptocurrencies… making an astonishing 15,000% in profits on a blockchain mining deal.E.B. was also among the very first to predict the cannabis rally. He recommended arguably three of the best stocks to own during the mania, with one of the picks soaring as high as 480%.That’s what makes E.B. special. He’ll look anywhere and everywhere for profit opportunities. And he believes the next big opportunity is in an area most investors know nothing about.• I’m talking about esports… Esports are exactly what they sound like. They’re electronic sports… or more simply, video games. They involve competitive tournaments, especially among professional gamers.Now, I know many people see video games as nothing more than a hobby.But some people have quit their regular jobs to play video games full-time.Now, it’s easy to scoff at this decision. But you must understand something. The best esports players are raking in dough.Take 26-year-old professional video game player Kuro Takhasomi. Over his career, he’s booked $4.16 million in earnings, not counting endorsements.But that’s not even the craziest part.• Millions of people tune in to watch these video game matches…  E.B. explains:Esports revenue is expected to top $1 billion this year. That’s up five times from 2014.Now, esports revenue still lags behind NFL revenue, which topped an estimated $15 billion last season. But NFL viewership continues to shrink while esports interest explodes.In fact, about 200 million people tuned in to watch the final match of the League of Legends World Championship in 2018 – a major esports tournament. That’s double the estimated 98.2 million people who watched this year’s Super Bowl.And about 23,000 people showed up to watch the League of Legends match in person. Tickets to the event sold out in just eight seconds.Keep in mind, League of Legends isn’t even the most popular esports game. That honor goes to Fortnite – a game that doled out $100 million in prize money last year. This year, it’s expected to pay out another $100 million. • This speaks volumes to the popularity of esports… And it’s still very much the early days.In fact, E.B. says, “Esports today is about where baseball was 100 years ago.”But, unlike baseball, esports won’t take decades to become a cultural phenomenon. It should go mainstream within a few years.And there’s a simple reason for this: the internet. More from E.B.:Baseball wasn’t new a century ago, but interest in it was just becoming widespread. And radio broadcasts were a big driver of that trend. The internet is to competitive gaming what the radio was to baseball.In short, the esports industry is on the launch pad. It’s expected to grow at an average annual rate of 30% over the next three years.By 2022, experts predict about 645 million people will watch esports each year. That’s about 8% of today’s worldwide population.• Opportunities like this are rare… When they present themselves, you must take advantage of them.Of course, most investors won’t. They’ll watch this opportunity sail right by them.That’s because many people simply “don’t get it.” They can’t understand why anyone would want to play video games for a living… or why anyone would want to watch another person play video games.But people said the same things about social media a decade ago. And practically everyone uses social media today. Many people can’t go an hour without checking their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. And no one finds that weird at all.Expect the same to happen with esports. It will transition from taboo to mainstream faster than you can imagine.But there’s another big reason to consider investing in this space…• The old guard is betting on esports… I’m referring to owners of traditional sports teams.According to E.B., Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have both personally invested in the space.Jones staked his claim in esports by purchasing the compLexity Gaming team brand. Kraft paid $20 million to own a Boston-based team in video game maker Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League prior to its launch last year.This is huge.The Cowboys are the world’s most valuable sports brand. They’re worth $4.8 billion… almost $700 million more than the next-most valuable sports team. The Patriots, on the other hand, are worth $3.7 billion. That makes them the world’s sixth-most valuable sports team according to Forbes.  In other words, Jones and Kraft have plenty of money. And yet, they’re betting on this strange new sport.That tells me both Jones and Kraft see esports stealing eyeballs from traditional sports in the years to come.But it’s not just high-profile NFL owners. NBA legends Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson see massive potential and have invested money in the burgeoning industry. Same with other big-name celebrities, such as Ashton Kutcher, Drake, and Tony Robbins.That’s not something we can afford to ignore.• So consider investing in the esports space if you haven’t yet… Of course, the average investor doesn’t know where to begin with esports.That’s where we can help…E.B. and his team have been researching esports longer than anyone I know… and not just from the comfort of their desks.They’ve gone to the front lines of the esports boom. Here’s a photograph of John Pangere, E.B.’s lead analyst, at a recent esports competition in Los Angeles.John also recently visited an esports arena at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.• This “boots on the ground” research has paid off… I say this because E.B.’s found a unique way to profit off this mega trend.In short, he’s bet on a company that owns esports arenas as well as its own esports team.And that’s not even the most interesting part. You see, E.B. didn’t tell his readers to buy this company’s stock outright.Instead, he found a backdoor way to invest in this incredibly promising business. This unique strategy offers unlimited upside with little downside risk. It’s the sort of investment that E.B. focuses exclusively on in his new venture, Strategic Trader.But don’t worry. This opportunity isn’t reserved for sophisticated investors only.• Anyone can get a piece of the action…That’s because it’s as easy as buying a share of common stock.Unfortunately, that’s about all I can say about this today. But you can learn much more about this opportunity with a subscription to Strategic Trader. By signing up, you’ll also get all the details on E.B.’s unique and explosive way to profit off esports.Click here to learn more.Regards,Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida May 6, 2019Reader MailbagToday, readers respond to Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno’s recent essay about the newly legalized hemp market:I began investing in cannabis stocks nearly three years ago and have had mixed results. The results have been good enough for me to continue on the path that I’m currently following. I believe that my future is secure with the investments I have accumulated over the years, so that I can continue on my retirement path.– Dale America’s #1 Income Trader Reveals The Startling Profit Secret of “The Coffee-Break Breakthrough”(Try this first thing Monday, see what happens…)I call this technique my “coffee-break” breakthrough… Because, as this amazing 8-second demonstration shows, you can place your trade in less time than it takes to pour a cup of coffee… But by the time your cup is full, you’ve already collected your upfront payout – and you could be over $1,300 richer. Think about how many coffee breaks you take per week… Can you imagine how quickly that money could add up? By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchThe next big thing.We all dream of finding it.And why wouldn’t we? Investing in the next big thing can deliver massive gains.Just think about how much money early investors in bitcoin, legal cannabis, and companies like Amazon made.Many turned just a few thousand dollars into million-dollar fortunes.Of course, most investors missed these opportunities. That’s because investing in these assets during their early stages was seen as taboo… even a little weird.So they stayed on the sidelines.The good news is that a similar opportunity is staring us in the face… according to our own E.B. Tucker.That’s right. E.B. Tucker thinks he’s found the next big thing. Not only that, he’s identified a low-risk, high-reward way to cash in on this mega trend.I’ll get to exactly what that opportunity is in a minute. But I should first tell you why it pays to listen to E.B.center_img — Click Here To Get Started Anti-Socialist Survival Blueprint Now Available!Socialism is coming to America, and there’s nothing President Trump can do to stop it. So, are you prepared? The first ever anti-socialist blueprint is now available. It’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for… Everything you need to know on how to build your wealth… live under the radar… and prosper in a socialist America is outlined in this controversial guide. Including how to keep prying hands away from your assets… I dare you to open the pages of this audacious blueprint to see what’s inside. It’s shocking. It’s revealing. And it’s your gateway to peaceful living in a socialist state. Recommended Link I think it’s great. One, we can let American workers have new jobs instead of importing 700 million from other countries.Two, there are other jobs that will be created with hemp. I’ll bet it will help reduce imports in other areas and help American families and legal immigrants have these jobs. Best wishes.– James And another reader appreciates founder Doug Casey’s recent insights on why the left hates nuclear power:Great piece, Doug, though I doubt it’ll change too many minds when it comes to nuclear power generation, though nuclear is clearly the safest, cleanest, and most environmentally friendly power generation source known to man. I guess that’s just one price we pay for living in a democratic republic with a relatively weak educational system. Always look forward to and enjoy your columns. BTW, you’re just one of a couple of other commentators I bother responding to. Best.– John M.As always, send your questions, comments, and thoughts to feedback@caseyresearch.com.Further Reading: Don’t Let These “Hot Issues” Burn Your PortfolioYou may have heard that initial public offerings (IPOs) are set to explode this year, with strong companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb shaking up the markets by going public. But most people don’t realize that these sky-high IPOs can often turn into a trap for investors… unless you know the right way to play them.Our good friend Nick Rokke, analyst for The Palm Beach Daily, just wrote about this idea… and showed his readers the No. 1 way to handle the imminent rush of IPOs this year. Check out his essay right here.And if you’d like to hear some of the world’s best wealth-building strategies – every single day – you can sign up for The Palm Beach Daily with one click here. It’s the perfect complement to the Dispatch.last_img read more

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first_imgThe fact that rural, economically disadvantaged parts of the country broke heavily for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election is well known. But Medicare data indicate that voters in areas that went for Trump weren’t just hurting economically — many of them were receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.The findings were published Friday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open. Researchers found a geographic relationship between support for Trump and prescriptions for opioid painkillers.It’s easy to see similarities between the places hardest hit by the opioid epidemic and a map of Trump strongholds. “When we look at the two maps, there was a clear overlap between counties that had high opioid use … and the vote for Donald Trump,” says Dr. James S. Goodwin, chair of geriatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the study’s lead author. “There were blogs from various people saying there was this overlap. But we had national data.”Goodwin and his team looked at data from Census Bureau, the 2016 election and Medicare Part D, a prescription drug program that serves the elderly and disabled.To estimate the prevalence of opioid use by county, the researchers used the percentage of enrollees who had received prescriptions for a three-month or longer supply of opioids. Goodwin says that prescription opioid use is strongly correlated with illicit opioid use, which can be hard to quantify.”There are very inexact ways of measuring illegal opioid use,” Goodwin says. “All we can really measure with precision is legal opioid use.”Goodwin’s team examined how a variety of factors could have influenced each county’s rate of chronic opioid prescriptions. After correcting for demographic variables such as age and race, Goodwin found that support for Trump in the 2016 election closely tracked opioid prescriptions.In counties with higher-than-average rates of chronic opioid prescriptions, 60 percent of the voters went for Trump. In the counties with lower-than-average rates, only 39 percent voted for Trump.A lot of this disparity could be chalked up to social factors and economic woes. Rural, economically-depressed counties went strongly for Trump in the 2016 election. These are the same places where opioid use is prevalent. As a result, opioid use and support for Trump might not be directly related, but rather two symptoms of the same problem – a lack of economic opportunity.To test this theory, Goodwin included other county-level factors in the analysis. These included factors such as unemployment rate, median income, how rural they are, education level, and religious service attendance, among others.These socioeconomic variables accounted for about two-thirds of the link between voter support for Trump and opioid rates, the paper’s authors write. However, socioeconomic factors didn’t explain all of the correlation seen in the study.”It very well may be that if you’re in a county that is dissolving because of opioids, you’re looking around and you’re seeing ruin. That can lead to a sense of despair,” Goodwin says. “You want something different. You want radical change.”For voters in communities hit hard by the opioid epidemic, the unconventional Trump candidacy may have been the change people were looking for, Goodwin says.Dr. Nancy E. Morden, associate professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, agrees. “People who reach for an opioid might also reach for … near-term fixes,” she says. “I think that Donald Trump’s campaign was a promise for near-term relief.”Goodwin’s study has limitations and can’t establish that opioid use was a definitive factor in how people voted.”With that kind of study design, you have to be cautious in terms of drawing any causal conclusions,” cautions Elene Kennedy-Hendricks, an assistant scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The directionality is complicated.”Goodwin acknowledges that the study has shortcomings.”We were not implying causality, that the Trump vote caused opioids or that opioids caused the Trump vote,” he cautions. “We’re talking about associations.”Still, the study serves as an interesting example highlighting the links between economic opportunity, social issues and political behavior.”The types of discussions around what drove the ’16 election, and the forces that were behind that, should also be included when people are talking about the opioid epidemic,” Goodwin says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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