Book Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission STAR Points

first_imgBook Honduras with Sunwing to earn bonus commission & STAR Points Posted by Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img TORONTO — Throughout the month of December, Sunwing is offering agents 4% bonus commission on all new bookings to Roatan and La Ceiba, Honduras.The tour operator has partnered with select hotels and resorts in both destinations for the month of December. The promotion runs until Dec. 31.In addition to commission, agents will also receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash. Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort in either destination, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to one of these vacation hotspots. The more bookings an agent makes, the more chances they’ll have to win.A seven-day, all-inclusive vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.Participating resorts are offering various incentives throughout the month, from complimentary room upgrades to resort credits. For example, guests can enjoy incredible diving at a reduced rate with select pre-sold packages at Fantasy Island Beach Resort, Dive and Marina in Roatan, a family-friendly resort nestled on its own 21-acre private island.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJOther participating resorts include: Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort; Paradise Beach Hotel and Resort; Infinity Bay Spa and Beach resort; Palma Real Beach Resort and Villas; The Lodge at Pico Bonito, and more.Sunwing offers weekly flights from Montreal and Toronto to both La Ceiba and Roatan. New for this season, clients from Bagotville and Quebec will be able to take advantage of a new flight service to Roatan departing Mondays between Dec. 18, 2017 and April 16, 2018.All packages in the promotion include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. For more information on the promotion, visit sunwingagents.ca. Tags: Commission, Honduras, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Why he fits Look no further than the Cardinals T

first_imgWhy he fits: Look no further than the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu for an example of a player who has flourished in the NFL after entering the league with character concerns stemming from college transgressions. So, it comes as little surprise that Mathieu was part of the club’s vetting process on Nkemdiche prior to the draft. Beyond character concerns, however, Nkemdiche is a free spirit with a colorful personality, and the kind of guy who could succeed in a setting that allows him to be himself. Sound anything like former Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett? Even coach Bruce Arians embraced the comparison.The Dockett comparisons are easy to make, given that the two play the same position and Nkemdiche will be wearing number 90 for Arizona. Though the rookie is larger in stature, they even look a little alike.As for the “free spirit” part, Nkemdiche himself has said Arizona is the perfect place for him because the Cardinals allow players to be themselves rather than try to fit into some sort of box.At any rate, both the Cardinals and Nkemdiche seem to have found what they were looking for in each other. For the Cardinals, they landed a potentially disruptive defensive lineman whose talent may belie his draft slot, and for Nkemdiche, he found a home that will accept him for who he is. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They know what they’re getting into, and we know what we’re getting into.”Arians went on to explain that, when it comes to Nkemdiche, he comes from a great family and his off the field questions all stem from one bad night, which they don’t expect to be repeated.“I felt very, very comfortable the fourth time I sat down and went through this story again, of what really transpired and where he comes from and what he’s all about,” the coach added. “He will fit our culture.”A major part of the team’s confidence comes from Tyrann Mathieu, a third-round selection in 2013 who had been kicked off his college team but, with the Cardinals, has turned into one of the best defensive players in the NFL and a face of the franchise. The way he has turned his life around has led to GM Steve Keim taking a second look at players who are perceived as “troubled” when it comes to evaluating talent, and that way of business led the team to Nkemdiche, a talented player who fell to No. 29 for a reason.And you know what? According to NFL.com college football writer Chase Goodbread, the defensive lineman is one of nine NFL Draft picks who landed with the ideal team. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals certainly believe in their culture, for if they didn’t there is little chance they would have chosen Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.In fact, they said as much shortly after making the selection.“I think the culture of our locker room speaks for itself,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “We’ve got great leadership, young and old. When those guys meet with players, when we bring them in, they meet with a lot of different players we bring in. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 28 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Robert Nkemdiche (90) lines up with Olsen PIerre (72), Josh Popper (48) and Trevon Hartfield (31) during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

Committee approves Rep Webbers bill to streamline autonomous vehicle technology

first_img01May Committee approves Rep. Webber’s bill to streamline autonomous vehicle technology Categories: Webber News The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Michael Webber to make vehicle platooning easier for semi-trucks in Michigan. Vehicle platooning refers to cars or trucks that are electronically linked to coordinate speeds in order to enhance safety, save time and energy, and reduce emissions. It is already legal on Michigan roads.Webber’s bill exempts semi-trucks operating in a platoon from a requirement that they keep a certain distance between each other.“As Vice Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve seen how autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance and how there will be various portions of the law that need to be updated to reflect changes,” said Webber, of Rochester Hills. “This legislation embraces the use of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roadways and streamlines the process of vehicle platooning.”Webber said the legislation keeps the Michigan Vehicle Code consistent with new technology.House Bill 5749 moves to the full House for consideration.###last_img read more

So make and get along to the brilliant Banks of th

first_imgSo make and get along to the brilliant Banks of the Foyle Music festival this weekend.THE BEST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO PERFORM AT BANKS OF THE FOYLE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by stephenstephen ENTERTAINMENT: Some of the best acts in Country Music are set to perform at the Banks of the Foyle Music festival which gets underway tonight.A massive crowd of country music enthusiasts are expected to attend the festival which has attracted some top-class musical talent. Derek Ryan and Lisa McHugh are two of the star attractions at the festival and will draw big crowds on Friday and Sunday night respectively.However, there really is something for everyone at this superb festival.Tonight, a JIVING MASTERCLASS with kick-off proceedings with Kevin O’Kane.The festival takes place in the beautiful Greysteel area of Derry and lasts from tonight until Sunday.center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Im just sitting here waiting for everything to ei

first_imgI’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same.Well, it wasn’t a very exciting day in the gold market on Wednesday, as the price basically flat-lined from the open in the Far East until 8:30 a.m. in New York. Then the gold price jumped thirteen dollars or so…and then more or less traded flat until noon Eastern time.Then gold got sold down, giving up all but two dollars of its earlier gain. It recovered a bit from there…and then traded sideways once the Comex closed at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s high tick of the New York trading session was $1,626.10 spot…and that came at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.Gold closed at $1,617.60 spot…up $7.80 on the day. Net volume…around 122,000 contracts…was more than decent, considering how quiet the day was up until the London open, as there were obviously no high-frequency traders lurking about in the Far East trading session on Wednesday.The silver price traded in a tight range on Wednesday and, once again, its many attempts to break through the $29 spot level all ended the same way…in failure. The New York high tick came shortly after 9:00 a.m. at $29.26 spot.Silver closed the New York electronic trading session at $28.86 spot…down 11 cents on the day. Net volume was around 26,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around the 82.40 mark…climbed to its 82.55 high of the day around lunch time in Hong Kong…and then it was pretty much down hill from there, except for a minor rally during the first half of the London trading session.The low of the day…81.94…came at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time…and from there it recovered a bit into the close, finishing the day around 82.13…down about 25 basis points from Tuesday. And I was quite surprised that the gold price didn’t respond when the dollar index fell 40 basis points in the two-hour period between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.The gold stocks spent almost the entire day in the black…and the HUI was up a bit over a percent a few times during the trading day…but couldn’t hold those gains going into the close. The HUI finished up only 0.20%…which is better than the alternative.The silver stocks, which had done reasonably well earlier in Wednesday’s trading session, faded into the close as well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index finished down 0.59%. Most of that loss came as a result of the 3.00 percent drop in Compania Minas Buenaventura on no news that I could see.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 216 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday. Citigroup was the big short/issuer with 211 contracts…and the biggest long/stoppers with 114 contracts was JPMorgan in its client account…and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 90 contracts.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.I note that the new short positions in GLD and SLV have been posted over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site. It shows that SLV’s short position declined by 1.28%…and also shows that 14.01 million shares that are not backed by physical metal.The short position in GLD actually rose 7.82%…and indicates that 18.69 million GLD shares are not backed by the metal itself.To set things right, about 58 tonnes of gold, along with about 436 tonnes of silver would have to be deposited.The U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday. They sold 2,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and another 200,000 silver eagles. Month-to-date the mint has sold 18,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,121,500 silver eagles.It was a pretty quiet day at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday…at least it was in silver. They reported receiving 303,953 troy ounces…and shipped out a smallish 20,778 ounces of the stuff. The link to what little action there was, is here.Here’s the 30-Year Seasonal Silver chart courtesy of German gold analyst Dimitri Speck…who updated it just for us yesterday. You’ll note that the seasonal low for silver comes, on average, in the last few days of June. Let’s see if that turns out to be the case this time.I have the usual number of stories and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The are no markets anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATABoth gold and silver were kept on a short leash yesterday. Gold was only allowed a small gain…and silver’s continuing attempt to break the $29 price ‘barrier’ ran into the usual sellers.Gold closed just above its 50-day moving average, but any significant rally attempts were stopped cold. Even the 40 basis point drop in the dollar index during a two-hour time period in mid-morning in New York was not allowed to register…and was probably one of the reasons why volume was as high as it was despite the lack of price activity to justify it, as JPMorgan et al were most likely aggressively going short against all comers.Ted Butler’s mid-week commentary yesterday was an eye-opener…and I’m hoping that he’ll post it in the public domain at his earliest possible convenience, as it appeared to be written with just such an event in mind.Not much happened in the Far East during their morning trading session, but around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, both silver and gold had tiny rallies…and both got sold down going into the London open. Volume in both metals is light once again..and very similar to the volumes I spoke of this time yesterday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price activity associated with it. The dollar index isn’t do much of anything, either.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, both gold and silver are basically unchanged from Wednesday’s close…and silver’s continued attempts to break above the $29 spot price mark are all being met with determined selling.There’s not much else to say in this column. I’m just sitting here waiting for everything to either melt down or blow up…and it’s my opinion that a lot of other people are doing the same. It’s only the time line…and the dénouement that are unknown.Nigel Farage was right. You couldn’t make this stuff up.See you on Friday. Sponsor Advertisement North American Nickel’s latest news from our 100% owned Post Creek property in the Sudbury mining camp is what geologists always hope for….a large, clearly defined, un-tested target close to surface in a known camp with excellent infrastructure advantages for mining. Drilling is scheduled to begin in September. In this case it’s an EM anomaly 200 m long, that has been interpreted as the electromagnetic signature of ‘near-massive to massive sulphide.’ It’s located approximately 55 m below surface and the trend of the anomaly corresponds, in part, to both the CJ#1 dyke and the Whistle Offset Structure to the south. Please visit our website to read the full news release and learn more about North American Nickel.last_img read more

In This Issue   ADP jobs report disappoints

first_imgIn This Issue. * ADP jobs report disappoints. * What will the BLS do today? * U.S. 10-year Treasury hits 2.97%… * China moves into TOP 10! And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good day. And a Happy Friday to one and all! For those of you who read the Pfennig at the Pfennig Blog site you get to be greeted each Friday with my mug shot. For those that don’t go to the blog site to read it, just image an Adonis looking young man.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right, that’s the ticket! I’ve just cracked myself up and I’m having difficulty calming back down! Well, today is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. The last Jobs report before the Fed meets in less than two weeks. So, needless to say, but I will anyway, this Jobs report is HUGE according to the markets. Personally, I look at the Jobs Jamboree as a useless piece of. you know what. The only real stuff in the report is the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours data. I told you yesterday that the ADP report makes more sense to me, and eventually, the markets will hold my point of view too, for they too will have grown tired of being lied to by the BLS. Speaking of the ADP report. It printed yesterday, and was not as strong as the forecasters had pegged it, coming in at +176,000 jobs created in August, VS the consensus of 184,000. So, the report was disappointing for August, but that’s not all. June and July’s numbers were revised downward. Not by huge amounts, but psychologically 198,000 just doesn’t have the same bell ringing sound as 200,000. So, what does the ADP Jobs report tell us? Well, it tells me, and hopefully you see it as well, that job creation continues to go along at a much slower pace than any before during an economic recovery. But what will the BLS say job creation was in August? The consensus going into the report this morning is for 180,000 jobs to have been created in August. That’s pretty much in line with the ADP report figure of 176,000.. The Unemployment Rate should remain steady Eddie at 7.4%.. What will the markets think of this report and the numbers? I wish I could tell you. But it will take some knucklehead with an ounce of brains to make some comment that the markets pick up on and the next thing you know, it’s the trading idea of the day. For my two cents, I would think that the BLS will not settle for 180,000, and goose the number upward toward 190,000, which on the face value will tickle the markets to thinking this is a good report. And then they’ll be torn between two lovers. feeling like a fool, Loving both of you is breaking all of the rules. You see, the markets will get all lathered up thinking about a strong jobs number, but then realize that the strong jobs number gives the Fed Heads another arrow in their Quantitative Easing tapering quiver. Now, they want to go one way, but realize what’s ahead. Being torn between two lovers for the markets is tough.. Couldn’t really blame you if you turned and walked away. But with everything I feel inside, I’m asking you to stay. Silly song! Well, the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, began yesterday, and so far not much has come from the meeting. In Australia, the folks there go to the polls tomorrow, and from all that I read, and hear, it sounds like a new Gov’t is very likely, with the only question being the size of the new majority. I would think that unless there’s a spanner thrown in the works, that this would all be Aussie dollar (A$) positive. The euro is struggling to hold on to the 1.31 handle this morning, losing almost a full cent yesterday when it looked like the single unit was going to hold 1.32 easily. But NOOOOOOO! There’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning that talks about how the euro is gaining favor as investors’ perceptions of turmoil in financial markets rises. Hedge Funds and other large speculators are the most bullish on the euro since 2011 and for the first time since November 2008, the 90-day correlation between changes in the euro and a Citigroup Inc. index of bond and swaps risk has turned positive. These things are all positive for the euro. And it plays well with my telling you over and over again that this dance is gonna be a drag. No wait! That’s not what I’m trying to say! I’m trying to say that I’ve said over and over again, how the euro might be beaten and beleaguered right now, but it’s still around 1.30 VS the dollar. What does that tell you what the markets think of the dollar? In addition, another thing I keep telling you is that at least the Eurozone is attempting to do something about their parade down deficit street, that took place for about 10 years. The Eurozone leaders might find out that what they’re attempting won’t work, and then go back to the drawing board, but at LEAST THEY’RE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THEIR DEBT! The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive call either way on the Jobs Jamboree. There was no chest pounding by European Central Bank (ECB) President, Draghi, yesterday, and kept things grounded by saying that, “the risks for the euro-area growth remain on the downside.” These words are what got the euro on the slippery slope yesterday. Draghi proving once again that you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.. I always like to find stories about Singapore.. They are as not as common to find like stories on the U.S. or Eurozone, or even Japan. I was writing my commentary that goes with every currency for our website research pages, and the legal people questioned where I had gotten the claim that I made that Singapore has announced plans to double the capacity of their airport, build a new waterfront, and other things that will all be good for the economy. They thought I made that up! It took me 20 seconds to find the story on the internet. See what I have to go through to inform people of things? Well. in case you’re reading today my legal beagle friends in Jacksonville, this was in the Bloomberg today Sept 6, 2013. “Singapore Overtakes Japan As Asia’s To Foreign Exchange Hub”. So, now you know why China thinks so highly of Singapore that they announced that Singapore would be the next offshore depository for their currency. (Hong Kong, of course was 1st). Speaking of China. I was interviewed by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter yesterday about China, and the story that came out yesterday about how the Chinese renminbi / yuan had entered the TOP 10 most-actively traded currencies. The interviewer wasn’t much interested in what I had to say, about what we were seeing on our desk renminbi trading wise. But, it is what it is, right? I told her that we had actually been seeing more people sell their renminbi positions than buy trades. I said that renminbi held here in the U.S. can’t pay any interest, because the cost of holding it eats away the interest, and as long as interest rates here in the U.S. were near zero, holders of renminbi didn’t care if the currency paid no interest. But rates here in the U.S. are inching up. I also told her that for the core people that owned renminbi, did so as a diversification tool, and therefore would continue to hold it. But I guess all that wasn’t sexy enough. But, the real story is how the renminbi / yuan is now #9 in the TOP 10 most actively traded currencies. 10 years ago, when we first offered renminbi deposits, there weren’t but a handful of dealers that even would mess with renminbi. But I think that the trading of renminbi goes hand in hand with the Chinese Gov’t’s plans to gain a wider distribution of the currency. I’ve been at the forefront of talking about China’s plans for their currency, and it’s pretty cool to see this stuff all beginning to take place. The swap news I told you about yesterday that was the first volley by new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Gov. Rajan, was really positive for the rupee, which has now rallied for 3 consecutive days. But don’t think for one minute that the rupee is out of the woods here folks. The Current Account Deficit is still too high (4.8% of GDP), inflation is too high, and it will take some real structural changes to really stabilize the rupee. But they will come, I do believe. Canada will also print a jobs report today for August. Canada has seen some real strong flip-flopping on job creation in recent months, but one would think that with the hiring of workers to help with the cleanup of the Alberta floods, that August would have been a strong month of job creation. That should be Canadian dollar / loonie positive today. Gold got whacked again yesterday, with another $25 coming off its value at one point in the day. What? The price manipulators must be back from vacation. There were gone for August, and the shiny metal recovered nicely. Of course the U.S. Treasury yield hitting 2.97% isn’t helping Gold any. But again, who would buy a Treasury at the current yield when it appears that yields will continue to rise, thus putting your purchase at a loss? I don’t get it. never will.. Before I head to the Big Finish. I saw a comment by Jay Leno that just cracked me up, and plays well with my harping about printing dollars (yes, I know we don’t really print much any longer it’s all keystrokes on a computer, but that doesn’t play well with this joke. ) About $30 Million in $100 bills had to be destroyed because of a printing problem. Isn’t that unbelievable? The thing we know how to do right in this country is print money, and we screw that up? – Jay Leno. For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com and is a head scratcher, given the job creation that has been reported the past couple of months. But it is what it is. so here you go. “The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago. For 2013 so far, employers have announced 347,095 job losses, close to the 352,185 that were seen in the first eight months of last year.” Chuck again. OK, so where does the BLS record all this? Or do they even care? It’s probably the latter, folks. sad but true.. To recap. The currencies are drifting this morning, as no one wants to make a decisive move ahead of the Jobs Jamboree that will print today. The ADP jobs report was a bit disappointing along with its last two months worth of downward revisions. The markets are torn between two lovers. China moves into TOP 10 of most actively traded currencies! Currencies today 9/6/13. American Style: A$ .9170, kiwi .7950, C$ .9575, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5590, Swiss $1.06, . European Style: rand 10.1735, krone 6.1025, SEK 6.6550, forint 229.30, zloty 3.2745, koruna 19.6310, RUB 33.42, yen 99.70, sing 1.2785, HKD 7.7555, INR 65.23, China 6.1728, pesos 13.33, BRL 2.3235, Dollar Index 82.53, Oil $108.65, 10-year 2.97%, Silver $23.26, Platinum $1,483.30, Palladium $691.43, and Gold. $1,370.84. and it’s Friday, so here’s the link for you to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock, click here. That’s it for today. Cardinals come limping home from a disastrous road trip. There’s still time left in the season, if they can find their lost mojo at home. A GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my son, Alex, who was not only named to the Academic All-American Water Polo Team, but he was named an OUTSTANDING Academic All-American recipient! WOW! Quite an honor! I always knew he was smart, much smarter than me, but this kind of puts it in focus for me. I guess all that staying up late at night and studying is paying off for him! Now, if he can get a college to pay for most of his college education, that would be great! The NFL season got off to an exciting start last night with Peyton Manning throwing 7 touchdown passes in the game! WOW! I wish I had picked him as my quarterback for my fantasy football team now! HA! Well, it’s a Fantastico Friday, and not a day too soon, given all the bull dookie I’ve had to deal with this week. So, let’s go out and have some fun this weekend, and start it off with a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

It sounds like the ultimate white savior movieOsc

first_imgIt sounds like the ultimate white savior movie.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson plays a young scientist who has created a new fast-growing super-rice. She comes to India to convince villagers to switch to this grain. There’s Bollywood-style singing, dancing — and in one scene she even rides a white horse!Called Basmati Blues, the Hollywood film was made in 2013, before Larson was a star. But it’s just now coming out. When the trailer was released in November, with scenes of Larson dressed in elaborate Indian costumes and recoiling from spicy food, Indians around the world took offense, calling out its stereotypes and cliches.The movie is finally being released in the U.S. on Friday, playing in select cinemas and available via video on demand. Critics have not been kind. The L.A. Times called it “a big miss,” while the Village Voice wondered how it “this thing got financed and finished.”In the film, Larson’s character, Dr. Linda Watt, is sent to the southern state of Kerala in India. Gurgon, her greedy corporate boss, played the actor Donald Sutherland, wants her to convince local farmers to switch to the new rice: “India: 500 million farmers, 1.1 billion rice eaters, all of them … potential customers,” Gurgon declares with glee.The problem is that the rice she’s recommending could financially destroy the very people she means to help. The rice is sterile. If farmers grew it, they’d need to spend a lot of money to buy new seeds every year.Along the way, she falls in love with a farmer, who actually trained as a scientist but had to drop out of university. Rajit, as he’s called, is played by American-born actor Utkarsh Ambudkar, who’s appeared in the movies Pitch Perfect and on TV shows like The Mindy Project.The controversy around the film started in November, after the international trailer was released. That’s where the white horse made its appearance, which Linda rides while trying to halt a train loaded with the super-rice.”It plays to stereotypes of an exotic but backward people just waiting for a white person to swoop in and save them,” says Bengaluru-based cartoonist, Manoj Vijayan, in an interview with NPR.That sentiment was shared by people across Twitter.Following the backlash, director Dan Baron and his wife, Monique Caulfield, who produced the film, issued an apology and withdrew the trailer. In a statement to the blog Refinery29 in November, they said: “We deeply regret any offense caused by the Basmati Blues trailer. We have heard a number of voices that have understandably reacted to a trailer that is not representative of the film as a whole.”In January, a new trailer was introduced to the Basmati Blues website, with the white horse scene deleted.The criticism on Twitter however, raged on.The film’s white savior message isn’t the only issue that rankles. “The script seems to have gone overboard with its lazy cliches, the lame jokes and the stereotyping,” says Vijayan. “It’s a sadly missed opportunity to tell a story with some nuance and ends up pandering to tired old preconceptions.”In the scene where Larson first meets Rajit, he greets her while hanging upside down from the roof of a train while she’s seated at the window, as though hanging like possums on trains was perfectly normal in India.In an interview with NPR, Jaya Padmanabhan, an immigration columnist for The San Francisco Examiner, shared some advice for the filmmakers: “Someone should tell Baron and Jeff Dorchen [who wrote the screenplay] to visit India without a camera obstructing their worldview.”Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis That Has the Pros a Little

first_img –shares Peter Page Investing Retail stock investors are bullish — perhaps to a fault — about the prospects of publicly traded cannabis companies, according to a recent survey of 250 people who currently own marijuana related stocks.The survey, conducted in March by KCSA Strategic Communications, found that 90 percent of the investors reported their portfolios had appreciated, which might explain why 50 percent said they had sold non-cannabis stocks to buy cannabis stocks. “This is a fundamental shift taking place in society, right before our eyes, it’s exciting, it’s once in a lifetime, it’s lucrative and they want in on it,” said Lewis Goldberg, managing partner at KCSA and host of The Green Rush podcast.Related: Pay Attention to These 6 Cannabis Industry TrendsThe enthusiasm for cannabis has investors wisely spreading their money around — 52 percent said they own six or more cannabis stocks while 40 percent own 10 or more — but is also leading them to perhaps concentrate excessively on the sector, if not just one company in the sector. “Retail cannabis investors are significantly overweighting cannabis, which comprises more than a quarter of their overall portfolio, according to 40 percent of respondents,” KCSA noted in a report of the survey findings.Eighty percent of the investors surveyed said they plan to hold onto their cannabis investments for between one and ten years. “They understand the real value will be unlocked in years, not days or weeks,” Goldberg said.Related: How Risk Management Can Make Marijuana Businesses Bulletproof (or at Least Bullet Resistant)The survey found that individual investors show no concern that cannabis remains illegal under federal law. They believe the end of prohibition is inevitable and don’t believe the federal government will switch policy to crash the state-legal cannabis industry, which employs hundreds of thousands of people and has already attracted many billions in investments.“I think most Americans believe full federal legalization is a question of when, not if,” Goldberg said. “People are consuming (cannabis) and investing in it because they believe in it.’’Professional investors specializing in cannabis are less than thrilled by the enthusiasm of amateurs rushing to get in on what they think is the ground floor of the cannabis boom.Related: How the Green Rush Is Accelerating the Revolution In Smart Farming Technologies“Our biggest fear is people get sucked into the mania, they lose money and then think the industry is a joke when we know it’s real,” said Morgan Paxhia, who co-founded Poseidon Asset Management with his sister Emily Paxhia. “The general trend is this (industry) is very fast growing and there are very few other industries on the planet that have this sort of growth potential but it’s not a straight road. There are events that are impactful and you can’t just assume they will always keep going up.”Paxhia noted there are more than 300 publicly traded companies that can be broadly lumped into “cannabis.” They vary so much by sector — ancillary businesses like payment processors, manufacturers of needed equipment like grow lights, growers, medical marijuana and adult use, multi-state operators that might be retail dispensaries or vertically integrated companies, CBD and hemp, etc — and by the capabilities of their management team that stock selection is probably trickier in cannabis than in more established industries.Sean Stiefel, founder and managing partner of Navy Capital, warned that knowing a company is a “cannabis company” is not much to go on. The variables to consider are many. Publicly traded Canadian companies are “crazy” expensive, he said, while publicly traded US companies are more reasonably priced at around 20X EBITDA (“earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,” a standard metric for evaluating company performance), though even the US stocks are relatively expensive because there are limited choices on US exchanges.Stiefel doesn’t think much of buy-and-hold as an investment strategy simply because the investor is hopeful they have bought shares in the cannabis equivalent of Apple or Google at the dawn of the tech boom. “I think holding anything for 10 years blindly is silly,” he said. “Have you owned anything for 10 years other than your house?” 4 min read Add to Queue Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur The cannabis industry is certain to grow. That company you own shares in is not. Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Image credit: 400tmax | Getty Images Download Our Free Android App May 6, 2019 Amateur Investors are Bullish About Cannabis. That Has the Pros a Little Worried. Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Next Article last_img read more

Novel method uses just a drop of blood to monitor effect of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 17 2018Researchers from Osaka University find that a novel method for monitoring the effect of lung cancer therapy may help guide treatment choices Dr Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering the immune T-cell protein PD-1. This discovery led to a set of anti-cancer medications called checkpoint inhibitors, one of the first of which was nivolumab (Opdivo).Nivolumab helps T-cells fight tumors, however, different patients respond in different ways. It now appears that monitoring the effect of nivolumab on critical immune cells with simple and novel methods may help guide decisions to optimize treatment.Dr Shohei Koyama and a team of researchers from Osaka University have devised a simple method for testing the impact of nivolumab in the body. This method measures how nivolumab binds to PD-1 on T-cells weeks after treatment and could provide information needed to monitor treatment more effectively. They recently published their findings in JCI Insight.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThe researchers analyzed tiny samples of blood and lung fluid from patients with lung cancer. They measured the amount of nivolumab bound to T-cells, and they also isolated only those T-cells bound by nivolumab to comprehensively analyze cell activation.The researchers found that the effects of nivolumab on T-cells often persisted in patients for a considerable time after dosing.”Our simplified method was feasible in real-world patients and demonstrated that nivolumab binds T-cells for more than 20 weeks even after the patient has stopped treatment,” study co-author Atsushi Kumanogoh says. “Also, the plasma concentration at which nivolumab stops binding T-cells, and the percentage of bound T-cells, varies from patient to patient.”Their findings also confirmed that the level of T-cell binding does not indicate the functional effect of the drug. A further measure of T-cell proliferation is needed.”Our findings show that for any given patient we need more information than blood levels of the drug,” lead-author Akio Osa says. “It is now clear that we need to measure the amount of nivolumab bound to T-cells and the degree of T-cell proliferation to make treatment decisions. Our method makes this possible with just a drop of blood.”Results from two study participants illustrate the importance of measuring both proliferation and T-cell binding. The first patient showed no response when proliferation was low. In contrast, the second patient showed no tumor growth when proliferation was higher.”Our combination strategy of monitoring nivolumab binding and the proliferation status of T-cells, is a better way to determine the effect of this drug than monitoring the blood level of nivolumab alone,” says co-author Takeshi Uenami.Overall, understanding in which patients nivolumab has persisting effects over time may be useful for preventing treatment related side effects and guiding the selection of additional therapies. Source:https://resou.osaka-u.ac.jp/en/research/2018/20181004_1last_img read more

Universal meningitis vaccination for college students may be too costly study suggests

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 19 2018A computer-generated model developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers adds to evidence that providing universal vaccination against meningitis B infection to students entering college may be too costly to justify the absolute number of cases it would prevent. The study also suggests that if vaccine developers could significantly lower the price, universal vaccination might be worth requiring on college campuses.In a report on the cost/benefit estimate published in the Dec. 17 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers determined the cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY)–a standard measure of the public policy value of medical interventions–to be $13.9 million if every entering college student in the United States were vaccinated. Historic expenditures and previous research, the investigators say, assume that society is willing to pay $150,000 per QALY. Put another way, the new study suggests that universal vaccination of the college student population would be considered cost-effective only if a vaccine series cost less than $65; the average current price is $324, according to study authors.”Despite the poor prognosis of meningitis B infection and the fairly reasonable cost of meningitis B (MenB) vaccination, the extreme rarity of this infection even amongst its peak in college-age individuals makes universal vaccination cost-ineffective,” says lead study author Ira Leeds, M.D., M.B.A., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Vaccinating 100,000 college students, for example, would prevent less than five cases of MenB,” adds Leeds. “Health care systems and public health programs do not have unlimited funds and such a small benefit makes support of universal vaccination economically untenable, even when accounting for individual, payer and community outbreak costs and productivity lost by society.”Although Leeds and his colleagues say their results fail to support a formal universal vaccination program, they caution that their model assumed all college students to have a generally well state of health. They also emphasized that MenB vaccine is safe and effective, and should remain accessible and an individual option. In addition, they say, those at high risk because of compromised immune systems or other pre-existing medical conditions should consider vaccination.Meningitis B is the most common form of meningococcal infection in young adults in the United States, with about 600 to 1,000 cases reported each year. But it affects only 30 per 100,000 U.S. college students, according to 2017 data gathered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infection, however, is serious, and may cause severe inflammation of the brain and spine, and death in a small number of people. Each year, about 10-15 percent of Americans who contract MenB die.”Vaccines have become widely available within the past few years,” Leeds says, “but there’s very little evidence to suggest that they’re going to do much good given their high cost in a generally healthy population.”The study set out to assess cost-effectiveness and determine potentially favorable conditions for support of universal vaccination relative to the current standard of care, in which vaccination is an individual patient or parental decision. The investigators say their model considered the issue of universal vaccination from both a health sector perspective that incorporated individual and payer costs, and a societal perspective that further accounted for lifetime productivity losses among students experiencing MenB infection.Related StoriesScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsTo come up with their results, the investigators developed a computerized “decision tree” algorithm to trace and track the incremental cost-effectiveness and cost per case averted by universal vaccination of incoming students at a midsize U.S. four-year college. They compared those costs against an informal, “random” vaccination program designed to mimic what this population might do if left to decide on its own whether to vaccinate. Each “student” in the model was assumed to be at equal risk for MenB infection and to be entering college at age 18 in generally good health.If universal vaccination was not offered initially, it was assumed that a suspected single case would lead to a belated universal vaccination campaign of all students, and faculty and staff members.The health sector perspective included direct medical costs borne by individual- and third-party payers over a four-year period. The societal perspective included additional costs of lost productivity from premature death, and long-term disability from MenB complications over the expected 80-year lifetime of a freshman college student. Estimates of infection rates and prevalence were obtained from government data, and universal vaccination was estimated to provide a 50 percent reduction in the probability of acquiring MenB infection, which is spread mainly by close contact with an infected person’s saliva–or spit.Researchers considered four clinically significant MenB complications for their assessment: death, chronic hearing loss, chronic neurologic disorder including epilepsy and intellectual disability, and limb amputation. The probabilities of these complications and outcomes of infection were taken from historical data reports, and for purposes of the computer model, deaths from meningitis were assumed to occur at the midpoint of college enrollment (two years).Vaccine prices were estimated from publicly reported vaccine price lists; vaccine administration costs were estimated to be 10 percent. The cost of an outbreak included vaccinations and staff to inoculate all students and faculty and staff members, plus antibiotic administration to 20 close contacts of an affected person. All cases of MenB infection were assumed to be treated with an inpatient hospital admission. All costs were adjusted to 2015 U.S. dollars based on the most common dates of existing data in the medical literature; investigators applied a 3 percent per year discounting for future costs/QALYs.Overall, the computer model predicted that a nonformal vaccination program was more cost-effective than universal vaccination from both the health sector and societal perspectives. Vaccinating each entering class of college students would cost an estimated $323,810 per campus per year. By contrast, an outbreak for a campus that would universally vaccinate after a case of infection was identified would cost $2.59 million per campus. Given the low incidence of MenB infections, a universal vaccination program would reduce the number of cases in four years from an estimated 9.2 cases per 1,000 campuses to 4.6 per 1,000 campuses.Therefore, Leeds and his team calculated, the incremental cost per QALY gained with universal vaccination was $13.9 million under the health sector perspective and $13.8 million under the societal perspective, compared to an assumed social willingness to pay $150,000 per QALY.Source: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/study-suggests-universal-meningitis-vaccination-is-not-cost-effective-for-college-studentslast_img read more

Calling for better police body cam design

Challenges reported by both police and the public surrounding usability issues with the vast array of body cams and recording functionality prompted a study by human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) researchers from Wichita State University. In their just-published Ergonomics in Design article, “Design Considerations in the Proliferation of Police Body-Worn Cameras,” Joel Suss and colleagues identify limitations and provide some guidelines for designers. Citation: Calling for better police body cam design (2018, April 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-police-body-cam.html “Usability issues have received relatively little attention” from the media, the public, or researchers, the authors report. In the article, they summarize some of the issues with existing cameras, including positioning on the body, stability of mounts, camera visibility and activation, data transfer, and interpretability of footage. Body cam usability, they feel, is ripe for examination by other HF/E researchers and particularly by designers, which could lead to better systems.Working with the Wichita (Kansas) Police Department, Suss et al. equipped officers of various heights, weights, and body types with cameras mounted in different locations on the body to determine which locations were the most effective. The officers performed 35 different live-fire drills while wearing the cameras. Initial analysis showed that cameras mounted on the head (glasses, baseball cap) offered the most complete view of the target compared with cameras worn on the torso (e.g., shoulders, chest).In addition, the authors believe their video data “can serve as training stimuli for artificial intelligence systems that are being developed to automatically analyze, categorize, and redact body-worn camera footage.”Suss notes, “By understanding the advantages and disadvantages of different camera-mounting locations, law enforcement agencies can provide guidance to officers that will help maximize the quality of body-worn camera footage. Not only will this benefit the public and the criminal justice system, but such footage can also serve as the basis for developing cognitive training designed to enhance officers’ safety and decision-making performance under stress.” Body cameras, now gun cameras? Some police trying them out More information: Joel Suss et al, Design Considerations in the Proliferation of Police Body-Worn Cameras, Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications (2018). DOI: 10.1177/1064804618757686 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society read more

Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix

first_img CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in total.In both cases, the planes nose-dived shortly after takeoff, signaling a problem in a system that was deployed to correct for an aerodynamic issue that tended to cause the plane’s nose to pitch up.”More than 85 percent of the 50-plus MAX operators around the globe also have had the opportunity to see the update in action during simulator sessions,” added Muilenberg.All 737 MAX aircraft have been banned from the world’s skies since days after the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10.The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said a portion of the proposed modifications were “operationally suitable” but said it would not rush towards approval. © 2019 AFP Explore further Boeing 737 MAX changes deemed ‘operationally suitable’: FAA Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the final test flight prior to certification of a 737 MAX with an updated anti-stall system was carried out Tuesdaycenter_img Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. Citation: Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix (2019, April 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-boeing-flight-max-software.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Former England striker Crouch announces retirement

first_img Related News Football 07 Jul 2019 Sweden pounce on sloppy England to clinch third place at World Cup Related News Football 09 Jul 2019 Same outcome but plenty of twists in defining women’s World Cup Football 15 May 2019 Crouch’s Burnley future undecided as three senior players exitcenter_img “It’s been an absolute dream come true. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and helped me stay there for so long.”Crouch had hoped to continue his playing career but said he had found it difficult to accept a bit-part role.”My ambition was to play until I was 40, so it is scary saying the word ‘retirement’,” he wrote in a column for The Daily Mail.”To go from being a regular starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes off the bench has been hard to accept. “I will be 39 in January but I am physically fit and could have carried on. What I didn’t want to be was someone who was thrown on to have balls smashed up to them.” (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis) (Reuters) – Former England striker Peter Crouch announced on Friday his retirement from football after more than two decades as a professional.The 38-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Stoke City striker spent last season at Burnley but his contract ended last month.Crouch was capped 42 times by England between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22 goals and appearing at two World Cups, while he reached the Champions League final and won the FA Cup at Liverpool.”If you told me at 17 I’d play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals, I would have avoided you at all costs,” he wrote on Twitter https://twitter.com/petercrouch/status/1149618414534574080. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Game on Fiverr offers coaches for Fortnite PUBG players

first_img Fortnite , PUBG {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tech News 18 Apr 2019 Iraq parliament bans online battle games, citing ‘negative’ influence Tech News 10 Jul 2019 PC download charts: ‘PUBG’, ‘Monster Hunter World’, ‘GTA V’ head sale week ranking Related News Tags / Keywords: Tech News 28 Jun 2019 PUBG developing a story-based game Fiverr International Ltd is tapping into the phenomenal success of Fortnite and PUBG by hooking up players with online gaming experts, who will help them up their game while helping the company make some money in the process.Fiverr on July 11 unveiled an online store focused on the booming interest in video and mobile games that will let game experts sell their special skill sets to prospective players.Fortnite and PUBG have been worldwide runaway successes. Both games have an arena-style survival concept, called “battle royale”, where 100 gamers are dropped onto an island to fight each other for survival.From as little as US$5 (RM21), players can enrol on the site to learn survival skills and how to choose the best landing spots and guns. Related News Founded in 2010, Fiverr makes money from commissions by connecting people with professionals offering various services on its freelance services platform.Along with game coaching, buyers and sellers can trade “gigs”, or services in 30 categories ranging from developing a game to polishing game streaming on platforms such as Twitch.The gaming industry, which has seen massive growth in the past few years, is now dominated by last-man-standing multiplayer games that generate hundreds of millions in revenue by selling character outfits and add-ons.Fortnite was launched in 2017 and its popularity has pushed the valuation of its publisher Epic Games to US$15bil (RM61.68bil) in a funding round last year. Gamers have also flocked to Electronic Arts Inc’s Apex Legends and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).The numbers of gamers is expected to rise more with the launch of Apple Inc’s subscription-based game service Apple Arcade this fall and Alphabet Inc’s browser-based videogame streaming service Google Stadia.”We want to help power the current growth that exists in the broader gaming industry, with the freelance talent and services to help game creators meet their needs,” Fiverr chief executive officer Micha Kaufman said. – Reuters Fortnite and PUBG have been worldwide runaway successes. Both games have an arena-style survival concept, called “battle royale”, where 100 gamers are dropped onto an island to fight each other for survival. — Reuterslast_img read more