Month: August 2019

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first_imgShareTweet Police out in Derry city centre cracking down on nuisance parking by driversPOLICE were out in Derry today to enforce nuisance parking by drivers who are causing an obstruction to pavements for pedestrians, the blind, the elderly and mothers with prams.This is despite a warning yesterday by PSNI Foyle on its Facebook site that they planned an operation for today to crack down on those causing an obstruction.The advice and warning notice read: “”Have you any thoughts on #PavementParking? “Many of us do it without thinking and without meaning to do any harm.“We don’t stop to consider the obstacle it poses for blind people, partially sighted people or vulnerable older people.“Foyleside and Moor Neighbourhood Team have been working with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (@RNIBNorthernIreland), @GuideDogsNI and the @CedarFoundation.“We have put together an Operation in the City Centre tomorrow (Wednesday) where we will be handing out these leaflets and chatting to motorists.” Today, police were out and about in the city centre as promised and found drivers did not heed the warning.An update on its Facebook page reads: “Yeah, you guessed it!“Foyleside & Moor Neighbourhood Team are out in the City Centre taking in the rays and providing much needed advice to inconsiderate motorists who continue to obstruct our busy city pavements.“Despite our Facebook warnings yesterday as you can see we have had to issue further advice to motorists highlighting the effects it has on others.”DRIVERS STILL CAUSING OBSTRUCTION TO PEDESTRIANS DESPITE DERRY POLICE FACEBOOK WARNING was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DRIVERS STILL CAUSING OBSTRUCTION TO PEDESTRIANS DESPITE DERRY POLICE FACEBOOK WARNINGPSNIlast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet DANIEL MCCROSSANMCCROSSAN CONDEMNS ABDUCTIION AND BRUTAL BEATING OF MANSDLPstrabaneWEST TYRONE MLA “The message must be put out there, and it must be clear, that these attacks have no place in our society.“I have been liaising closely with the PSNI on this crime and I’d ask anyone who has any knowledge of the criminals involved or their movements to ring 101 and give this vital information to the authorities.“Only then can we weed this type of criminal activity out of our communities,” he added.MCCROSSAN CONDEMNS ABDUCTIION AND BRUTAL BEATING OF MAN was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says he “completely condemns” the abduction of a 22-year-old man late last night in Strabane.He has called for anyone with any information to get in touch with the authorities.Detectives investigating the incident have described as a “horrifying attack”, adding the victim had been left with a “a large gash to the head and a suspected broken arm”.Mr McCrossan said: “I completely condemn this disturbing attack committed against a 22-year-old man last night.“This man has been left seriously injured by those who think they can take the law into their own hands.“Strabane has witnessed a spate of attacks on individuals and families in recent months, which is completely unacceptable.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet THE actions of police in the lead up to an incident in which young law student Shannon McQuillan was struck by a van and killed are being investigated by the Police Ombudsman.As a result the Ombudsman has launched an appeal for witnesses.Ms McQuillan (pictured above) and her boyfriend, Owen McFerran, were knocked down as they walked on the Moneynick Road near Toomebridge The 19-year-old died from her injuries and Mr McFerran was left critically ill.They had contact with police and an ambulance crew before the collision and there are two inquiries into the case.A spokesperson for the Police Ombudsman has confirmed that after carrying out preliminary inquiries over the weekend, the watchdog is now “investigating police actions during the events leading up to the collision”.Separately, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is carrying out its own internal review of how it handled the situation. The young couple had been socialising in Magherafelt, Co Derry earlier that night when Ms McQuillan slipped on ice and required emergency medical treatment.She was treated at the scene by paramedics and was placed in an ambulance, accompanied by her boyfriend.About 50 minutes later, at about 02:50 GMT, the police were called to the ambulance on the Moneynick Road, on the outskirts of Toomebridge.The couple then left the ambulance, but why they did so has not yet been explained.At about 3.40 am, the pair were both hit by the same van, a short distance from where they had got out of the ambulance.The Police Ombudsman has now issued an appeal for witnesses who saw “any interaction between police officers and a young couple” before the collision.In a statement, the watchdog said: “As part of routine police patrolling, officers were in the area of Secrets Nightclub in Magherafelt in the early hours of Saturday morning.“Between 1.30 am and 2 am Shannon slipped on ice and required medical assistance. An ambulance was requested.“Officers were then called to an incident on the Moneynick Road, near Toome, at around 2.50 am, as a result of which there was further contact between police and Shannon and Owen.“Anyone who saw the interaction between the couple and police at either location is asked to contact us,” the ombudsman’s office added.A NIAS spokesperson said that at 2:06 am on Saturday, its staff were alerted to reports that a woman was “unresponsive” after falling on ice in Magherafelt.An ambulance crew responded to the call and treated the patient at the scene.They then began to transport Ms McQuillan in the ambulance, but the NIAS spokesperson said the journey “was terminated on the outskirts of Toome”.The PSNI said they notified the ombudsman of the incident, following “normal, established protocol”.The NIAS spokesperson said: “We are aware that a young life has been lost and that a family is grieving this loss.“The service would like to extend its sympathies to her family and friends on their tragic loss.”The spokesperson added that it would be “inappropriate to provide any further comment on the incident” after the PSNI “notified the police ombudsman’s office in line with their own procedures”.center_img POLICE OMBUDSMAN APPEALS FOR WITNESSES OVER DEATH OF SHANNON MCQUILLAN was last modified: January 22nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: LAW STUDENTmagherafeltMONEYNICK ROADNI AMBULANCE SERVICEPOLICE OMBUDSMAN APPEALS FOR WITNESSES OVER DEATH OF SHANNON MCQUILLANPSNISHANNON MCQUILLANTOOMEBRIDGElast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet THE Western Trust says it is delighted to celebrate the work of Neonatal Nurse Maureen Gill, having been awarded ‘Northern Ireland Neonatal Nurse of the Year 2018’ for her dedicated work and support to the babies and parents in her care. Maureen, from Derry, has worked in the neonatal unit at Altnagelvin Hospital for over 25 years.Her role has evolved from enrolled nurse, to staff nurse, and she also completed the Enhanced Neonatal Nurse course at Queens University. ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALDerry’s Maureen Gill voted best neonatal nurse 2018 in North of IrelandDIRECTOR OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SERVICESkieran downeySister Jayne MageeWESTERN TRUST Speaking after receiving her award, Maureen said: “This award came as an unexpected surprise to me.“I am truly honoured by this achievement and to be recognised for doing what I love to do. “This has only come about with the help and support of my nursing colleagues and I would like to thank Jayne Magee who nominated me.“Although the neonatal unit can be a very challenging environment to work in, it has been a privilege to care and help nurture the precious lives of these tiny babies.” Maureen was nominated by her colleague Sister Jayne Magee.Speaking about Maureen, Jayne explained: “Maureen is extremely hard working, caring and compassionate and very supportive of all staff who work alongside her each day, teaching and nurturing us all with her skill and expertise and of course her special sense of humour. “This is something that the parents also love about Maureen. She supports and encourages them to care for their babies, and builds their confidence with praise and encouragement.”Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to Maureen on this incredible achievement.“We have a very committed paediatric and neonatal service across the Western Trust and I am delighted that Maureen has received this much deserved recognition for her dedication to ensuring the best outcomes for the babies and their families in our care.”Derry’s Maureen Gill voted best neonatal nurse 2018 in North of Ireland was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgAssess your geographical environment as it applies to your physical safety. Large metropolitan areas and economically marginal communities can quickly descend into upheaval should basic life support systems fail. Develop the skills to protect yourself, your family and your property. Recognize that social unrest can happen anywhere, including “here.” During social unrest, the government is not your friend. Their objective is to restore their order. Think Katrina. Diversify your life, including physical and financial assets, so you can safely sit out the mayhem. Start planning now. There may come a time when it is too late. Dear Readers,One of the more noxious platitudes foisted upon the public by our increasingly Orwellian government is “See Something, Say Something.” This saying, of course, differs in no material way from the sort of propaganda utilized in all the fascist states that have come before.While this notion of spying on fellow citizens hasn’t yet resulted in the active enlistment of a Stasi-like network of sharp-eyed matrons and meddlesome old coots embedded in apartment buildings and on each city block to dutifully report goings-on to the authorities “for national security,” can that be far behind?But that’s not what has gotten sand under my saddle this week. No, what has irked me to the point of distraction – not to mention triggering some angry mutterings as I stomp around the house – could be considered the exact opposite of that trite trope.What I’m referring to is the modus operandi of Americans today to see something but say nothing.More specifically, this week the US government made it clear that they effectively have decided to adopt a new and very dangerous interpretation of one of the core principles of the US Constitution, and apparently nobody cares.I am referring to a presentation earlier this week by United States Atty. Gen. Eric Holder at Northwestern University’s law school. Reading from prepared remarks – meaning his words were not a flub-up – Holder explained the rationale the government is now using when ordering the killings of American citizens. And I quote…Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.It is important when reading this sort of thing to separate the inconsequential historical anecdotes – the “here and now” elements of no lasting importance – from the language related to setting long-term precedence. To assist you in that regard, I will now repeat Holder’s statement, with the anecdotal elements redacted.Some have argued that the President is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.Simply put, what the administration is now claiming as standard operating policy is that it can formulate certain procedures on an ad-hoc basis and call it “due process.” Provided their functionaries follow that process, the government is free to do virtually anything, in this instance, kill citizens.Note also that Holder doesn’t make a distinction between targeting US citizens here versus abroad. This is a blanket statement.When I initially read Holder’s remarks, I was sure there would be a massive outpouring of popular indignation, outrage even. And I confess to hoping that maybe, just maybe, this would be the final straw to get the citizenry off their couches to put an end to this long step down the path of fascism.But there was barely a peep. No cries for Holder’s resignation, or for Obama’s impeachment, either of which would have been entirely appropriate in a nation where the citizenry hadn’t already been cowed.It was also telling that even though Holder’s declaration of the administration’s coup against the constitution was delivered at a law school, the audience didn’t rise to their feet in shock but rather waited politely for him to conclude his remarks before rewarding him the obligatory applause. Given that these were students of the law and so should know better, I can only conclude that even though they saw something – in this case the ungloved hand of fascism – they decided to say nothing.That could be, perhaps, because of another law recently passed by Congress with an overwhelming 388-3 majority. I refer, of course, to the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, otherwise known as the Trespass Bill.John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute writes intelligently on the bill. Some snippets… emphasis mine.The Trespass Bill (the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011) creates a roving “bubble” zone or perimeter around select government officials and dignitaries (anyone protected by the Secret Service), as well as any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.”Current law makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials (more particularly, those with Secret Service protection) will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway. The bill expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal.In other words, you can be minding your own business some place when a member of the elite enters, and his or her mere presence sucks you into their federally protected “bubble” where a single false move, intentional or otherwise, can end up very badly.You can read the full article here.There is, as I always try to point out, much nuance in all of this. But stepping back to view the larger picture reveals what Holder’s remarks so clearly confirm – the nation has now crossed the line separating a constitutional democracy from a fascist state.On flying into JFK last weekend and watching a friend who is wonderful in all ways separated from her children in order to go through a pat-down by one of dozens of TSA personnel, most of whom were standing around in groups chatting collegially (maybe about their phat compensation), I felt compelled to turn to my own kids and say, “I hope that someday your generation will forgive our generation for leaving the world in this condition for you.”Of course, I am not alone in seeing the signs of fascism cropping up on an almost daily basis. But at this point the masses are literally too scared to say something, other than perhaps in quiet whispers behind closed doors.Even when the level of fascist control over society is as blatant as was in evidence earlier this week when a group of very average citizens gathered to peacefully protest a new law passed by the state of Virginia requiring women to submit to a government-mandated ultrasound before being allowed to have an abortion. Fellow Casey editor and Virginia resident Doug Hornig reports on the action…“What happened here is that there was a protest against the bill at the state capitol, which of course is off limits for such actions. A SWAT team moved in with full riot gear – there was a long line of them decked out with opaque visors, tasers, batons, rifles, dogs, etc. Deployed against about 500 middle-aged women and aging hippie guys. Now there’s a threat to the public order. This is one chilling video. If you want to cut to the chase, forward to about the eight-minute mark…”Note that the state police standing watch over this very pedestrian and entirely constitutional exercise of free speech were armed with machine guns, once again a clear indication of just how far the nation’s controlling classes – federal, state and local – have goose-stepped onto the path of fascism.Sadly, with Pandora’s box kicked wide open by 9/11, feeding into the natural tendencies of the praetorian class to exercise its might, there is no painless way to go back. Rather, you have to expect that things will only get worse, especially if there is another “event” that gives the authorities license to put into action all of the clampdown plans implemented since 9/11.Which brings me to an article by technology specialist and ex-military officer Pete Kofod, whose articles dissecting the nature of fascism and the growing praetorian class we have previously published.As an aside, over the last half a year or so, Pete took some time away from his busy schedule as the owner of a company specializing in cloud computing solutions to create a truly unique five-day training program to help individuals and executives harden their lives against modern threats. More on that course in a moment, but first Pete’s article.The Race Through the GateBy Pete KofodEnvision two horses racing toward a gate that is only wide enough to allow one to pass through. Now imagine that the horses are wearing blinders preventing them from seeing each other, virtually oblivious to their competitor in their quest to get to through the gate as quickly as possible.The suspense and uncertainty of such a race, were it held, would certainly qualify it as an exciting albeit rather twisted spectator event. Hopefully the competition will end innocently with a clear winner, but a more frightening possibility is that it ends with horses and riders horribly injured. As with so much of that which is attributed to fate, the absolute outcome of whether the race ends smoothly or in bloody chaos will depend on even the most trivial component – a divot in the ground, a bird flying across a horse’s path, a hesitation at the starting gun.Furthermore, the determining cause often ends up being well within what is referred to as “the margin of error,” which in more common vernacular means that the victory could have gone either way. In systems engineering, this is referred to as a race condition.More specifically, a race condition refers to a situation in which the output of a system is highly dependent on the timing and sequence of parallel inputs. If the inputs are independent of each other, a highly unstable environment often develops, yielding an extremely unpredictable result.An example of a race condition involves the tale of the young newlywed couple facing cash shortages at the end of the month. While awaiting the electronic deposit of her paycheck, the wife writes a check to pay for unexpected automotive repair. Unaware of this fact, the husband writes a check to pay for groceries, confident that there is enough money in the bank. Should their paychecks clear first, all is well and disaster is averted. On the other hand, if their paychecks do not get deposited in time, a series of bounced checks will result in inconvenience, embarrassment as well as a myriad of fees charged by the respective bank and vendors. The outcome of the race is not known until insufficient-funds notices start showing up in the couple’s mailbox.The Cultural Race ConditionWhile it may be a simplification of the circumstances faced, it can be said that the world is currently experiencing a “cultural race condition,” pitting the forces of liberalization against an increasingly desperate establishment. The upheaval being observed is no natural ebb and flow of power transitions. Rather, for reasons that will be further explored, the dramatic changes witnessed are occurring at a pace so rapid that existing social and political structures are unable to reach new positions of equilibrium.In Lane Number One – The EstablishmentBy definition, it is the objective of the establishment to preserve the status quo. Often presented from a position of benevolent paternalism, preserving the status quo is traditionally accomplished through the creation of boundaries that are invisible until they are touched. These “electronic dog fences” are marketed by the established state and corporate powers as being for the benefit of society. Regardless whether financial, physical, cultural or informational in nature, in an attempt to keep up with shifting societal tides, new controls are regularly introduced and implemented by the establishment, even though most of the populace may be oblivious to that reality.A key control technique is to establish boundaries beyond the interest or perception of the masses. This accomplishes two objectives. One is that the control measure will be perceived by the majority as arcane and largely irrelevant to their personal condition. After all, if a restriction is placed in the realm beyond the daily vicissitudes of life, why bother expending significant intellectual energy debating its validity?The second and more powerful consequence is that it facilitates the marshaling of the majority against “the fringe.” Consider the expression, “If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.” This argument is invariably used by the individual who is not impacted by the boundary established.An example would be the issue facing American citizens regarding foreign financial holdings. Reporting requirements and sanctions imposed for noncompliance stipulated by the US Treasury against non-US banks has made it exceedingly difficult for US citizens and residents to open bank accounts outside the United States. As most Americans have not given thought to such matters, most will dismiss the topic as a matter of concern only to the financial elite. Many in fact support such restrictions, even though, for all intents and purposes, they represent de facto capital controls. The electronic dog fence in this instance is beyond the “roaming range” of the majority and therefore is not perceived as a boundary.And in Lane Number Two…Occasionally, the establishment will be caught off guard by significant and empowering changes sweeping society. These changes, typically caused by technological innovations, extend the masses’ awareness, interest and influence into realms previously considered under the uncontested control of the establishment. Naturally, this results in conflict as the establishment redoubles its efforts to maintain control.An instructive case is the debate surrounding the SOPA and PIPA legislation put forth by the US Congress at the end of 2011. The purported argument for the legislation was to protect intellectual property – primarily digital content distributed over the Internet. While reasonable people can debate the principles and logistics surrounding the issue of intellectual property, this legislation overstepped by trying to grant the State very broad privileges to shut down Internet sites even for allegations of intellectual property infringements. Without delving into the technical and legal details, it is important to note that the legislation received so much pushback that the entire affair was dropped. Well, not really, as it turns out – more on that momentarily.The case is interesting on several fronts, starting with how it demonstrates that an issue – in this instance, intellectual property – can rapidly morph from being a fairly esoteric discussion point into an almost explosive national issue. Simply, the establishment failed to recognize in advance that the roaming range of the masses had already increased, leaving the government feverishly behind and rushing out a clumsy attempt to install new electronic dog fences.As for my somewhat cryptic comment above, you may find it interesting that the US government unilaterally shut down dozens of web sites the day after SOPA and PIPA were abandoned by the US Congress. It appears that SOPA and PIPA represented an optional formality.Back to the point, on one side of the horse race, we have the establishment, which is working constantly to contain and control knowledge, thought and action. On the other, we have the unexpectedly empowered masses who are increasingly aware of, and resistant to, the government’s attempts to curtail their ability to think and act freely.The cultural race condition is afoot.Communication Constructs as Agents of ChangeAs mentioned, this cultural race condition, and the social instability manifested thereby, does not represent a traditional generational changing of the guard. Rather, the world is facing a communications-driven cultural shift on a scale not seen in five hundred years, a shift that has come about from the invention and adoption of game-changing technology.The last time the world experienced a similar shift was in the middle of the fifteenth century with the advent of Gutenberg’s moveable type print. Gutenberg’s invention is credited with being the catalyst of the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Reformation as well as the Scientific Revolution and expansion of learning to the greater populace. The existing establishment of the period, largely centered on the Catholic Church, saw its authority erode in political, scientific as well as religious matters. These historical movements were accompanied by significant social upheaval and unrest.Today we are seeing a shift of similar significance. In the current instance, the catalytic technology is of course the Internet, enabled by the introduction of microprocessor-based computing. While most will agree that the Internet represents a revolutionary technology, to fully appreciate its transformative power, we need to consider it in the context of the three laws of the network.The Three Laws of the NetworkThe First Law of the Network is Sarnoff’s Law, named after David Sarnoff, the founder of NBC. Sarnoff’s Law states the power of the network is directly proportional to its number of participants. This law applies to a traditional broadcast environment, regardless of medium. The model is defined by a single producer of content serving an arbitrary base of information consumers. Under Sarnoff’s Law, information flows only in one direction, which fundamentally leaves no distinction between the Gutenberg print press, newspapers, radio and broadcast television. Logistical efficiencies and the speed that information can be distributed are certainly factors to be considered, but fundamentally they all represent a one-to-many relationship.The Second Law of the Network is Metcalfe’s Law, named after Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and co-founder of the technology firm 3Com. Metcalfe’s Law states that the power of the network is directly proportional to the square of the number of participants. In this model, every participant in the network is both a consumer and producer of information. It is the many-to-many relationship that is its distinguishing characteristic. Email is an example of Metcalfe’s Law – a network with two email addresses represents a single connection. As additional email participants are added to the network, the power of the network grows geometrically.The Third Law of the Network is Reed’s Law, named after David Reed, an accomplished computer scientist with the Viral Communications Group in the MIT Media Lab. Reed’s Law states that when a network reaches a certain size, further growth achieves power far greater than that described by Metcalfe’s Law because the contributions of subgroups within the network become an increasingly significant component of the overall network. This can be summed up as a “many many-to-many” arrangement. Perhaps the most prominent example is Facebook. As of December 2011, Facebook had 845 million users. The power of Facebook, however, does not lie primarily with the user count, but rather with the innumerable groupings that are formed within the Facebook community.Twitter provides another prominent example of a network governed by Reed’s Law. During the infamous Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008, a very clear picture of the events emerged within five minutes via Twitter. And Twitter continued to provide detailed, real-time updates of all phases of the event. Traditional broadcast and cable media were never able to get in front of the story.Reed’s Law allows for complex information to be formed, processed and distributed almost in real time, pushing the bottleneck of information to the very source, virtually eliminating the challenges of distribution as a road block. In addition, it allows for value to be added throughout the process.Goodbye Gutenberg, So Long SarnoffIt can be reasonably postulated that mass media began with Gutenberg’s invention in the middle of the fifteenth century. From the first copy produced by Gutenberg’s printing press to broadcast and cable television, information distribution and the power that lay therein was governed by Sarnoff’s Law. With the advent of interactive media, largely driven by the Internet, Sarnoff’s Law has given way to media being governed by Metcalfe’s Law and recently Reed’s Law. This in turn has resulted in an erosion of the establishment’s ability to maintain tight control over both medium and message. That erosion is central to the social unrest we are witnessing in the beginning of the 21st century.If history is any guide, in the end the establishment will lose in its attempt to retake control; however, no organism forgoes its position without a struggle. As traditional institutions are likely to become unstable, and in some instances collapse, it becomes increasingly critical that each of us prepare plans and build resources to better weather coming periods when social institutions experience acute disruptions.Making it Through the Bumpy RideIn looking back on the social and political consequences of Gutenberg’s revolutionary innovation, the positive impact on Western civilization can hardly be overstated. The invention marked the end of the Dark Ages, a ten-century period beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire during which virtually no progress was made and the human condition was generally dismal. That the invention proved to be a monumental step in the advancement of mankind was, however, of little consolation to the people caught up in the extreme violence and volatility of that period. Religious, scientific and cultural pioneers often faced personal and professional attacks and frequently paid for their leadership with their fortunes and lives. William Tyndale is remembered for translating the Bible into English. It was a “crime” for which he paid with his life.Today Egypt, Libya and Syria are but the most obvious examples of violent social unrest; unrest fueled by the paradigm shift of the Internet and Social Media. The yet unproven advances in the human condition many expect to see materialize in these places provide little relief to those who will lose their property, livelihood and lives during the transition. In the process of greater advances, it is easy to become collateral damage. Volatility impacts “bystanders” as much as active participants during social upheaval.“Keep Your Head Down and Your Powder Dry”While Oliver Cromwell’s famous admonition should always be considered sage advice, it is especially warranted during periods of widespread volatility. Today that advice should be considered in the context of ensuring personal safety, safeguarding financial resources and maintaining access to current information that either provides immediate actionable guidance or helps establish an emerging trend that can be used for predictive analysis.This is an iterative process, demanding regular if not continuous vigilance against existing and emerging threats. This requires committing to continuously seeking trustworthy sources of information. Fortunately, Reed’s Law, and technology based on it, allows for rapid cross-pollination of ideas. Focused sources of information can be rapidly processed and reassembled to help in making specific decisions, a concept that is called content “mash-up.”It is inadequate to exclusively rely on monolithic traditional information sources, such as those still operating under Sarnoff’s Law, many of which are unduly influenced by the establishment and so are no longer to be fully trusted.Final ThoughtsThe first of the three alleged Chinese curses proclaims “May you live in interesting times.” By every measure, it would seem that we do. The period just ahead will be defined by opportunity seized and opportunity lost. How you personally make out during the transition will largely be a function of your willingness to remain current with the societal transformations taking place. In other words, only by dedicating a portion of just about every day to assemble relevant and timely information will you be able to properly assess and manage your exposure to risk.The steps you should take to protect yourself include:Understand and participate in social media. It will initially serve as an early warning system to opportunities, threats and risks. In time, it may be the only warning system. Stay on top of it. While contributing is optional, participation is becoming mandatory. Recognize the increased significance of your digital life and take meaningful steps to protect it. Governments will increasingly seek to control and monitor your digital life. Develop and maintain the skills to protect your digital identity – it is inextricably linked to your physical and financial well-being. Don’t go it alone. There are a lot of complexities afoot in the world today, and trying to process all this information on your own is almost impossible. By teaming up with other individuals you know and trust, and sharing resources, you can enhance awareness and improve your capabilities in planning should the sorts of serious changes that we could see come to pass during this transitive period.These are but a few steps you can take that will serve you well and likely put you ahead of your peers. By keeping your head on swivel and regularly updating your fall-back plans, you can get on with enjoying your life, create value in your chosen field of endeavor and not worry about becoming the horse that doesn’t make it through the gate.Pete Kofod is the founder and president of Datasages (www.datasages.com), a technology services firm that offers cloud computing and strategic technology services to various private organizations. Before entering the technology sector, Pete served with the US Military, both in the United States and abroad, where he forged many close friendships that still thrive today.Pete is a property owner at La Estancia de Cafayate in Argentina and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including tennis, skydiving and hiking. His most recent adventure is pursuing his private pilot’s license. Pete is married and homeschools his two children.Pete’s latest initiative involves creating Theia Global, an organization dedicated to helping individuals and business executives manage modern threats. Pete can be reached at contact@datasages.com.Pete’s CourseDavid again. I wanted to say a bit more about Pete’s course. Last year, while at one of the owners’ gatherings in Argentina, Pete shared with me his long study and interest in identifying proven methodologies to plan and prepare for the threats present in modern times.The basic concept revolves around creating a foundational plan to protect your assets, your data and privacy, even your personal security against the most obvious current threats, then continuing to create cascading contingency plans should something occur to render your initial plan insufficient.To put this into context, let’s say that as inflation protection you have invested a certain percentage of your portfolio in gold, but one day it becomes apparent that the government is preparing to confiscate gold “in the national interest.” Most gold owners wouldn’t have a specific back-up plan in place; Pete would.Or, to be more dramatic, most people have failed to even contemplate the potential consequences of another 9/11-level attack – or even widespread Arab Spring-type protests fueled by social media – let alone plan to avoid the consequences on your business or your life of a government backlash that could literally shut down transportation, the Internet and worse. In other words, if today’s softer, gentler form of fascism becomes dramatically less so, most people would be caught completely unprepared – very much not the case with anyone familiar with Pete’s methodologies.I was so impressed with Pete’s understanding of the process of actively preparing for the unknown and unknowable that I asked him if he would present his methodologies in a workshop at our upcoming Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit in Weston, Florida, April 27 and 29 (registrations are going fast).It’s also why I was so happy to learn that in the months following our discussion in Argentina, Pete put his interest into action by organizing a five-day, hands-on training course at the famous Virginia International Raceway.The focus of the Foundation training program is to provide you with a foundational course in how to effectively plan for and protect yourself and your family against modern threats. Specifically, over the period of June 11-15, Pete, assisted by a hand-picked team of instructors, will teach you everything you need to know to enhance your personal-protection skills, understand and deploy best practices in cyber-security and privacy, and diversify internationally.Reviewing the schedule, what this entails is a confidence-boosting mix of skill-building in everything from protecting your privacy and data from online threats (you’ll leave with the necessary software installed), to firearms (with instruction by former members of the highly trained Delta Force), to evasive driving (taught by instructors to the Diplomatic Security Service, the best in the world), to internationally diversifying your assets and your life (with specific steps and contacts for establishing overseas accounts, second residencies and passports). Pulling it altogether are interactive lessons designed to leave you with a solid understanding of how to plan for pretty much any contingency.In any event, I have reserved my spot, and there are only a total of 27 slots available, so if you are interested, you might want to do so yourself. Now, I have to warn you that at $7,900 per registration this course is not inexpensive, but compared to the value of what you are trying to protect, it’s almost inconsequential. And, as Pete explained it to me, the costs of putting on the program are extremely high, therefore the price tag… because the fee is all-inclusive, meaning it covers your hotel room, all meals, transport from the Raleigh-Durham airport, a high instructor-to-student ratio (with some of the best instructors in the world), all equipment and even evasion cars that invariably take a beating during the real-life training.In any event, I’m a big fan of Pete and think that he is completely right in his thinking that taking five days out of all the days in your life to get prepared, and to learn to build plans to ensure you always stay prepared, makes a lot of sense. Details on the course, which goes up in price on April 20, can be found here.Added Thoughts on the Race ConditionBefore moving on to other matters (sorry, I appear to be running a bit long today), I want to quickly follow up on the key point of Pete’s article. Namely the establishment’s well-documented fear that social media will be turned against it, just as it was in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere.The power of social media was once again made clear by a recent campaign against a small-time warlord, Joseph Kony, mounted by the Invisible Children organization with the specific purpose of targeting him for arrest or summary execution, therefore setting “a precedent for international justice” (in their words).Even though the video you can watch was only uploaded about a week ago, it has already received almost 53,000,000 views – accomplishing the goal of making Kony enemy #1, with his face splashed across all the world’s media outlets. Want to bet that we will soon learn that Congress is calling for special hearings to decide what to do about the guy? Or that political candidates will soon be calling for drone strikes?All well and good, but don’t kid yourself – the power elite is watching these developments with much the same frame of mind as a tourist on a walking safari watches a pride of lions from what they hope is a safe distance.Think about it. That 53,000,000 people could be moved to not only watch the Kony videos, but that a vocal subset of that number then organized in the equivalent of flash mobs in schools and communities to lend their active support to his downfall… around the globe and all in the space of about a week, has got to be eye-opening to the powers-that-be.In one real sense, social media provide global access to the equivalent of a societal nuclear bomb. All that’s required to set one off are the modest skills necessary to deploying it.So, how long do you think it will be before a major Western government – maybe even the US, or specific US politicians – become the target?Want to see a really cool straw in the wind? Check out these videos put together by the folks at MTV. They are a stunning condemnation, and an effective warning, against the encroaching police state in the US. Those videos show there might yet be some hope for the next generation. So far, they have only pulled 480,000 views on YouTube, but who knows – maybe they’ll catch on. (And, yes, please pass this along so others can watch them, too.)But if you are a member of the praetorian class whose job is to protect the status quo, the powerful potential of social media to effect political change – quickly and even violently, if you take what’s going on in the Middle East as an example – has to be very concerning.So, I think that Pete’s got it completely right – that the race is on, and that it has the very real potential to get quite ugly before whatever comes next makes it across the finish line.While vigilance is required to not get caught on the wrong side of things, there’s also a big upside in all of this. That’s because it’s just a matter of time now – certainly within the lives of most of us, judging by the speed of adoption of the relevant technology – that we are going to see a new paradigm in government, one that tosses over the equivalent of government operating on the outdated model of Sarnoff’s Law, to one based on something closer to Reed’s Law.Which brings me to a great quote that Doug Casey used in closing out the just-released edition of The Casey Report…When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion.When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing.When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors.When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you.When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.–Ayn Rand, 1958Society as we know it is doomed, and as Holder’s speech so chillingly revealed, it is degrading quickly. That raises the possibility that the new media are going to turn their guns on the status quo in the near future.While I was fairly derisive in my critique of Occupy Wall Street, and I stand by my observations, I suspect that given the widely distributed nature of the media, what’s next will almost certainly be a derivation of the mindset of the people behind that movement. Which is to say highly socialistic in nature, with all the attendant consequences for the economy in general and for those of us who value individualism most highly.In that we really can’t foresee how things are going to unfold from here, you might as well go  happily about your life – just don’t forget to make like the ant in the Aesop’s famous fable and prepare for the transition that’s now under way.(Ed. Note: As just referenced, the March edition of The Casey Report – our big-trend analysis with specific investment recommendations to play those trends – was published last night. You can read it today, and for the next ninety days, without any risk or obligation.)Moving right along, I want to share some observations on inflation from a UK-based correspondent who has granted me permission to repost the following on the condition that he remains anonymous.Inflation in the UKBy Anonymous (no, not that Anonymous)Some observations, and some more comprehensive answers to your questions.I’m guessing that by now you’ve realised that I live in something of a bubble.But it can also be helpful, because I notice things that might otherwise be perceived as incremental changes by other people. I also don’t cook, so I rarely go to supermarkets. In fact, I’m not allowed in the kitchen, except to make tea and go to the fridge.But during my recent sojourn in London, I was forced to fend for myself, and so the anecdotal evidence of rampant inflation in the UK piled up.To clarify:IMHO: We have a published rate of inflation (3.6%) that bears about the same relationship to reality as the published rates of inflation in Argentina. Part of the problem is that the pound sterling has been devalued by about 30%, and we are so dependent on imports.UK Inflation Rate Falls to 3.6% in JanuaryThe fish I paid £8.99 a kilo for a year ago is now selling for £14.00-£18.00 a kilo (the same fish, in a supermarket, not a posh fishmongers).Four years ago, I bought a white mohair throw from The White Company. It was very nice and cost about £60. Recently, I saw another one, a silk blend, in the same shop. As I am fond of soft, fuzzy, comforting things and it was about twice the size, I thought I’d have that as well. It was £250. Now, I don’t know of any mohair shortages, and last I checked the silkworms were working for less money, not more. By all accounts, it should have been… um… £120? Call it £150. But not £250. Both imports, by the way.Onwards to public transport, the only real way of getting around London with any efficiency. The last time I rightfully recall buying a Transport for London Travelcard, it cost £5.50. Last month, it was £8.40.BBC: London Tube and Bus Day Travelcards Rise By up to 74%I don’t make any of this 3.6% (the published rate of inflation). Not even compounded.In fact, when I go out, I’ve been looking for things that have increased by only 4%. Can’t find any. Not our energy bills. Food is an easy 30%. Transport and petrol, well, see above and below.No deflation.David again.The disconnect between government’s inflation statistics and reality is, of course, not just a UK or Argentine phenomenon – but pretty much universal. According to ShadowStats, the real rate of inflation in the US at over 6% is better than twice the official rate. But that’s no surprise to anyone – not when even a modest dinner out for two costs $75 to $100.This disconnect tells me two distinct things:Governments are unafraid of deliberately trying to deceive the public.But they are very much afraid of getting real about inflation, as that risks shacking politician-friendly loose monetary policy. As they should be, because once interest rates start rising – as they absolutely will when higher rates of inflation are widely recognized – the economic and political backlash will be devastating.Of course, the game can only last for so long. Precious metals are just one of a number of tools you can use as part of your portfolio preparations – but even if you only use that, you will be well ahead of the crowd. Which, for the most part, still doesn’t understand the role gold and silver play in preserving capital over a long period of time.Friday FunniesBossyArcelorMittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers, and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goofball did here?”From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”Stupid Humor – The Family Tree of Vincent Van GoghHis dizzy aunt ———————————————– Verti GoghThe brother who ate prunes——————————- Gotta GoghBrother who worked at a convenience store —— Stop N GoghThe grandfather from Yugoslavia —————————– U GoghHis magician uncle ——————————– Where-diddy GoghHis Mexican cousin —————————————- A Mee GoghThe Mexican cousin’s American half-brother ———— Gring GoghThe nephew who drove a stage coach ————— Wells-far GoghThe constipated uncle ————————————- Can’t GoghThe ballroom-dancing aunt ——————————– Tang GoghThe bird lover uncle ————————————– Flamin GoghAn aunt who taught positive thinking —————— Way-to-GoghThe little bouncy nephew ———————————– Poe GoghA sister who loved disco ————————————– Go GoghNiece who travels the country in an RV — Winnie Bay GoghFive Rules to Remember in LifeThis has been attributed to John Wayne, but that might just be Internet fiction. Even so, the sentiments are pretty good.1. Money cannot buy happiness but it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.3. Help someone when they are in trouble, and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.5. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.What Causes Arthritis? A drunk, who smelled of liquor, sat down on a subway next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his coat pocket.He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes, the man turned to the priest and asked,“Say, Father, do you know what causes arthritis?”The priest replied, “My son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, contempt for your fellow man and lack of a bath.”The drunk muttered in response, “Well, I’ll be damned,” then returned to his paper.The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”The drunk answered, “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”MORAL: Make sure you understand the question before offering the answer.And Finally…Comments on Karzai and International Women’s DayThe same UK correspondent quoted above sent me the following one-line note and a link yesterday, which I also thought worth sharing.Today, of all days… happy ‘International Women’s Day’…David again.So, here we have the US and its coalition engaged in a war in Afghanistan costing untold hundreds of billions of dollars and who knows how many lives… all in support of a primitive society that actively suppresses roughly half of its population.To put this situation in proper perspective, imagine, if you will, what sort of reaction the US and other developed countries would have to the news that some country’s government had decided to take away the rights of a large swath of the population – maybe anyone with dark skin – refusing them the vote and allowing the other half to effectively enslave them, to beat them, even rape them with impunity? And to add to their humiliation, what if they also forced the oppressed to wear ridiculous outfits – small tents, actually – to hide their visages from the rest of the public?Do you think there’d be a little outrage?While I don’t like any of the big religions, Islam strikes me as particularly messed up. At the risk of someone declaring a fatwa on my ass, am I the only one that finds it positively stupefying that tens of millions of people still follow a cult that is firmly rooted in primitive superstitions?To my point of view, following the dictates of Islam and all of these primitive cults is no different than dancing around fires, shaking dried bones in gourds to ward off evil spirits. Or worse, tossing girls into volcanoes to appease angry gods, except in the case of Islam the sacrifice for the women lasts a lifetime.And before the rest of you get all high and mighty, consider your own religions. For instance, maybe those Catholics among us can explain why women aren’t allowed to be priests?Face it, pretty much all the world’s religions treat women like second-class citizens, though thankfully, most aren’t quite so violent in their suppressions as the Muslims.Personally, I’d love to see all these cults close up shop – but that’s not going to happen in our lifetimes. That they have already lasted over 2,000 years clearly demonstrates how difficult it is for cultural roots to be stamped out.Instead, while world leaders talk about social fairness and send supportive messages for initiatives such as International Women’s Day and all that, when it comes to actual policy, they’ll continue to turn a blind eye to religious abuses.As an aside, I’m betting that if I wrote that last bit while sitting in the UK, where the political correctness related to speaking about religious customs is running rampant, I’d run a very real risk of getting arrested… that is if the Muslim’s didn’t get to me first.For anyone whom I may have offended, please don’t waste your time or mine by sending me your angry letters or threats – just look to the bottom of this page where the unsubscribe button is located.Interview with Bud ConradEarlier I mentioned that the latest edition of The Casey Report was just released. In that edition, Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad tackles the matter of Greece in his article, Greece Is a Goner, Now What? While you’ll need to take us up on our no-risk trial subscription to read Bud’s comprehensive analysis of the situation, and how to invest to take advantage, earlier this week he covered some of his big-picture views on the euro situation, taxes, the Fed and gold in an excellent interview with Jim Puplava of the Financial Sense Newshour.And with that, I will bid you all farewell for the week, thanking you as I do for spending some time with us this week, and for being a Casey Research subscriber.Until next time!David GallandManaging DirectorCasey Researchlast_img read more

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first_imgPelangio Exploration Inc. (PX:TSX-V; PGXPF:OTC) announced the results of seven diamond drill holes totaling 1,574 metres from its ongoing drilling program at the Pokukrom East zone on the Manfo Property in Ghana.  Highlights of the results included:·        1.19 g/t gold over 113 metres, including 9.05 g/t gold over 7 metres; ·        2.60 g/t gold over 64 metres, including 11.94 g/t gold over 10 metres; and ·        16.72 g/t gold over 4 metres.The results continued to confirm a higher grade, shallow north plunging core of Pokukrom East zone with an open plunge of 600 metres from near surface in previously reported hole SPDD-088 (7.01 g/t gold over 19 metres) to 210 metres depth in the holes reported this week.  Warren Bates, Senior Vice President Exploration, commented: “These are our best holes on the Manfo Property to date. These holes represent the north-plunging core of higher grade mineralization at Pokukrom East, now demonstrating an open plunge length of 600 metres.” Please visit our website to learn more about the project and request additional information. Sponsor Advertisement It will be interesting to see how high this dollar index rally goes…as it is as much oversold as the precious metals are overbought.It was an uneventful day in the gold market on Wednesday.  The price dipped a bit in the early going in Far East trading…and the high of the day [such as it was] came just a few minutes before the London open.From there it got sold back to unchanged by the New York open…and traded sideways into the close from there.Gold closed the day at $1,769.70 spot…down $1.40 from Tuesday.  Volume was an immense 171, 000 contracts…mostly of the high-frequency trading variety one would think.The silver price action followed just about the same price path as gold, but with a bit more ‘volatility’ attached to the price movements.  Silver’s high tick of the day also came shortly before the London open…and the low tick came about ten minutes after the Comex open.Silver finished the Tuesday session at $34.57 spot…down 21 cents on the day.  Volume was quite a bit lighter than Tuesday, but still a very chunky 45,000 contracts.The dollar index closed at 79.11…down about 10 basis points on the day…but not after it rose over 30 basis points between 7:00 a.m. in London and 8:00 a.m. in New York…and then fell 35 basis points between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.It’s low at that time was 79.02…before it recovered a hair into the close.After a brief foray into negative territory around the London p.m. gold fix, the gold stocks rose into positive territory…and remained there for the rest of the trading session.  The HUI finished up 0.82%.Here’s the 5-day HUI chart.  The big jump on September 13th corresponded with Bernanke and Co.’s QE3 announcement…and as you can see, it’s been pretty quiet since the gap up last Friday morning at the open.Despite the negative close, the silver stocks turned in another decent performance yesterday as well.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.65%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 13 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depository system on Friday.  As of this mornings’ preliminary report from the CME, there are still 480 silver contracts open for September…and it will be of interest to see how many stand for delivery between now and the end of trading next Thursday, which is the last delivery day in the September contract.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant deposited 67,865 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no reported changes in SLV.There was another smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 6,000 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 57,000 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 967,760 troy ounces of silver…and only shipped 75,396 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.Yesterday’s story about the 10 oz. gold bar filled with tungsten showing up at a Manhattan bullion dealer drew this incredible response from Washington state reader Vincent Youngs that is definitely worth sharing….and here it is.“I’m surprised that the jeweler drilled his bars without first using an ultrasonic thickness guage to test them. People dealing in precious metals should know how to do this. I’m [astonished] that this effective method of detecting counterfeits remains relatively obscure and unknown. Maybe you should pass this information on to your readers. Here’s a web page and a youtube.com video which explains it.  I have one of these gauges…and it works exactly as they describe. These gauges can be bought for a few hundred dollars.”  [The link to purchase the gauge shown in the video is here. – Ed]I thank Vincent on behalf of the entire precious metals industry…so pass it on!I have the usual number of stories again today…and the final edit is up to you.The majority of us favor no change in the present role of gold. Yet, we are not prepared to rule out that an enlarged role for gold may emerge at some future date. If reasonable price stability and confidence in our currency are not restored in the years ahead, we believe those who advocate an immediate return to gold will grow in numbers and political influence. – U.S. Government Gold Commission Report, March 31, 1982Well, it was just another day off the calendar, as nothing much happened from a price point of view.  But it’s obvious from the stories above, especially the new ones out about Japan that mention QE8, that the printing presses won’t be turned off any time soon.Both gold and silver were down a bit in late afternoon trading in Hong Kong on their Thursday.  Looking at the dollar index with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I see that the index has been in rally mode since the 12:30 p.m. Eastern time 79.02 low in New York early yesterday afternoon…and that rally accelerated starting around 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time this morning…but appears to have topped out for the moment beginning at the 8:00 a.m. BST London open.  Both metals are still down a bit, but rallying, as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:07 a.m. Eastern time.  Volumes are already heavy…and the dollar index is up about 28 basis points…about 15 basis points off its high.It will be interesting to see how high this dollar index rally goes…as it is as much oversold as the precious metals are overbought.  I still haven’t forgotten about JPMorgan et al and their horrendous Comex short positions in all precious metals…but silver in particular…along with their corresponding short position in SLV.  Unless they get over run…they’re going to be looking to cover as many of these short positions as they can.Here’s the 6-month dollar index chart…And the 6-month gold chart(Click on image to enlarge)This is the “in your ear” short-term scenario that I’m concerned about…and JPMorgan et al‘s track record is 100% in this department, with no exceptions.But this is one of those times that all dips should be bought…and I’ll be taking my own advice if or when this scenario finally plays out.Before hitting the ‘send’ button…I’d just like to let you know that the MP3 audio recordings of the recent “Navigating the Politicized Economy Summit” just held in Carlsbad, California are now available for download.The Presenters included: David Walker, former US Comptroller General • Dr. Lacy Hunt, former Senior Economist • Dallas Fed, Executive VP, HIMCO • Don Coxe, Global Strategy Advisor, BMO Financial Group • David Webb, hedge fund phenomenon, Origin Investments, AB • Dr. Thomas M. Barnett, former Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense • G. Edward Griffin, author, The Creature from Jekyll Island • Bob Hoye, Chief Financial Strategist, Institutional Advisor • Peter Schweizer, Hoover Institute, author of Throw Them All Out • Doug Casey, contrarian speculator • Eric Sprott, Chairman, Sprott Asset Management … and many others.Attendees of the summit raved about being able to see an all-star cast like this at one investment conference. And you can listen to their advice – including the top stock picks of these resource giants – in the comfort of your own home on your 23-CD set.The CDs…and/or the MP3 files…should keep you off the street for a little while…and if you have any interest whatsoever…you can click here for more details…and it costs nothing to look.I hope your day goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links More Hot Air We think both Duncan and Krugman are wrong. An economic boom, based on nothing but hot air (phony credit, with no real resources behind it), is fraudulent. It will never take us to real growth. Just the contrary. The best thing to do is to pop the bubble… and then pick up the pieces. Besides, it will pop whether we want it to or not. Heck, we believe in magic as much as the next guy. But the magic act is wearing a little thin. The smoke is dispersing. The rabbits have disappeared. All the glam and sparkle, the shock and awe, the claptrap and hokum – they’re all giving way to economic reality. We are beginning to see more clearly: the Fed’s theory is nothing but hot air. Now, its funny money is doing something even funnier than it imagined: the exact opposite of what the central planners intended. In yesterday’s Market Insight, Chris Lowe showed how the “velocity of money” is plummeting. This is serious. The velocity of money tracks how often each dollar is used to buy something in the economy. Falling velocity shows that consumers and businesses are pulling back… becoming more reluctant to spend and invest… downsizing… and holding onto dollars rather than spending them. This has a similar effect as reducing the supply of money bidding for goods and services. Prices drop. Deflation, in other words. The bubble has developed a leak. The hot air is gushing out. Look out below… Regards, Fastest Profits You May Ever Make I thought I’d seen everything in the world of investing—but I hadn’t come close. A colleague has just launched a new system that helps him pinpoint double and triple-digit gain opportunities in 4 days on average. Using the world’s most conservative investment! If you need cash now, you could get it in the next 4 days. Go here for details. – The Secret to Profiting from Currencies like Doug Casey [ends soon] Doug calls it the biggest currency trend of his 40-year career. And for one week only, he’s showing investors how to make gains of 500% as it unfolds over the coming years. All you need is an ordinary brokerage account…and the willingness to invest 1–2% of your capital for life-changing gains. See more here.center_img — Editor’s Note: The U.S. is close to recession territory. In today’s Weekend Edition, Agora founder Bill Bonner explains that the Fed created an economic bubble with phony credit…and the bubble is about to burst. Bill originally wrote this essay on April 20, 2016, in Bill Bonner’s Diary. By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner Letter Stocks are going up all over the world. Meanwhile, it appears to us that the U.S. economy is going down. Go figure. For instance, a labor-market index created by Fed economists… and closely watched by Fed chief Janet Yellen… has fallen for three straight months. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2009. And the Atlanta Fed adds that GDP growth in the first quarter of 2016 was only 0.3%. That’s not quite recession territory (commonly defined as two back-to-back quarters of negative growth)… but it’s not far off. “Prepping” for Recession If the recession doesn’t appear this year, it won’t be the first time we’ve been wrong… or early. But despite claims that the feds have mastered the business cycle, a recession is bound to come someday. And when it does, we’ll be ready… at least, here at the ranch. We still have 700 head of cattle – tough, but edible. We have a couple hundred bottles of Malbec wine stocked in the depósito (store room). We have corn and tomatoes in the garden. What else do we need? We don’t know. But we’d rather not find out. And neither does anyone else. But bad stuff still happens. And it is unlikely that recessions have been completely banished. Then again, recessions are not bad things – not in our book. They are nature’s way of clearing out mistakes. Recessions are when the destruction part of economist Joseph Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” comes into play. The “creative” part follows. But you can’t have one without the other. Marginal businesses… bad investments… weak competitors – they all need to get out of the way so better uses can be found for the capital at work. Why? Believe it or not, capital is limited. If you use it for bad projects, you get poorer, not richer. Which projects are good? Which are bad? Typically, a rise in real interest rates (increasing the cost of funding) is the way to find out. Higher rates “put the hurtin’” on company finances. The weak give way. Recessions are not necessarily pleasant. But they are as necessary as growing pains and family budget discussions. Debt Bubble But we are in a minority. Most economists fear recessions; they want to avoid them in the worst possible way. What’s the worst way to avoid a recession? Just throw some more money at it! Most serious economists realize that we have a problem on our hands. Debt goes up and up… much faster than the economy that has to pay it. It is a “debt bubble,” floating around in a knife store. In the last eight years, for example, the U.S. federal government added $9 trillion to the public debt – more than it had amassed in the previous 246 years. And total debt increased in the U.S. last year by $1.9 trillion… while GDP only went up $599 billion. For the corporate sector, it was worse. Companies took on $793 billion of extra borrowings against just $161 billion of extra output – five times as much debt as growth. Some analysts, such as our friend Richard Duncan at Macro Watch, believe we have no choice but to keep inflating the credit bubble. He likens our situation to a man who has gone up in a hot air balloon. Suddenly, he realizes that the hot air is not taking him where he wants to go. But what can he do? If he releases the hot air, the balloon will fall and he will die. To survive, he has to keep putting in more hot air. Other economists, such as Paul Krugman, believe in hot air, too. “Demand,” they call it. They cling to the balloon, hoping that more credit will increase growth and can make the debt more bearable. Bill Editor’s Note: Bill believes the Fed’s credit-financed phony boom has begun to crumble. He says the coming financial collapse will be worse than the market crashes in 1987, 2000, and 2008. But this time, he says, it will affect everything from your portfolio…to your bank account…to the cash in your wallet. Get the details here.last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares One of the world’s toughest runs, the 245.3-kilometer (152.4 miles) from Athens to Sparta was won by German ultra-marathoner Florian Reus on Sept. 26 with a time of 23 hours, 17 minutes and 31 seconds.Reus, 31, was second the last two years, but finally tasted the win, for which he received an olive wreath and a cup of water from the Evrotas River for retracing the ancient path of Pheidippides.Finishing a surprise second was first-time competitor Dan Lawson of the United Kingdom, 42, who led most of the race but faded to a time of 23:53.32, some 36:01 behind over the lengthy course.Third in the 33rd annual Spartathlon was Denmark’s 40-year-old Kim Hansen, who was only 30 meters behind Lawson and came in 1:05 later at 23:54.37.The first woman across the line and fourth overall was 36-year-old American Katalyn Nagy in 25:07.12, the best time ever for a woman on the course.The race traces the classical route of the Athenian messenger Pheidippides who ran it in 409 B.C. in a bid seeking helping against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon, but didn’t get it.According to Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta “on the next day of his departure.”The Spartathlon was the brainchild of John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander who first ran the course in 1982 in 36 hours. The first Spartathlon was organized in 1983 with 45 runners from 12 countries.Besides its grueling length, the course goes over rough terrains, through vineyards and olive groves, steep hillsides and a 1200-meter (.75 miles)ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.This year, some 373 runners from 49 countries started the race but many gave up along the way.with many of the participants failing to reach the finish line.last_img read more

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first_imgATHENS (AP) — Panathinaikos moved up to minus three points after winning its Greek league season-opener 1-0 at Xanthi on Sunday.Financially troubled Panathinaikos started the season with minus six points due to money owed to players.Yiannis Bouzoukis scored with a long-range effort in the 69th minute, following a half-hearted clearance by Xanthi goalkeeper Zivko Zivkovic.Olympiakos also started with a 1-0 win, at home against Levadiakos, thanks to a 62nd-minute free kick by veteran Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, a new signing from last season’s champion AEK Athens.Also Sunday, OFI Crete drew 2-2 at Panionios.On Saturday, AEK beat Giannena 2-0 and last season’s runner-up PAOK beat Asteras 1-0.Lamia hosts Aris on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Members of the nomadic Bajau people often spend up

first_imgMembers of the nomadic Bajau people often spend up to five hours a day underwater. They’re hunting for fish, octopus and other seafood.And they don’t even use diving gear.So what’s their secret?New research suggests this extraordinary diving ability is due to a special trait the Bajau have developed: larger spleens.The Bajau — who mostly live in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia and are nicknamed “sea nomads” for their houseboats and seaborne lifestyle — have spleens 50 percent larger than average, according to a study published in Cell this month. (In case you’re wondering, an average spleen weighs about 5.3 ounces and at its longest point is about 4 inches long.)”I’m not sure anyone was really expecting to get a positive result, simply because these kinds of adaptations are relatively rare in modern humans,” says Melissa Ilardo, a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen who studied the Bajau.These enlarged spleens could explain how the sea nomads hold their breath for so long underwater.”I was told by one diver that in his youth he could dive for 13 minutes,” Ilardo says. And the Bajau have been observed to go 229 feet deep.Average humans usually can’t go longer than one to two minutes holding their breath underwater. That’s where spleen size could make a difference.”The spleen has a reservoir of oxygenated red blood cells,” explains Rasmus Nielsen, a population geneticist at University of California, Berkeley who led the new study. “When individuals go diving, it contracts and these oxygenated red blood cells are released into the bloodstream.”Underwater, these red blood cells continue to distribute oxygen to organs to maintain basic human function. A larger spleen means the Bajau have a higher reservoir of red blood cells and can stay underwater longer. In fact, Nielsen estimates a 50 percent larger spleen amounts to 10 percent more red blood cells to exploit when diving.The researchers made the discovery after traveling to maritime Southeast Asia and personally measuring the spleens of 59 Bajau, both male and female, using a portable ultrasound. Although they don’t do much spearfishing, women dive to collect clams, seaweed and sea cucumbers. The measurements were then compared to 34 unrelated individuals living in a neighboring community that doesn’t spend much time diving.Mouth swabs were also collected from villagers for DNA analysis. The results further confirmed the findings, revealing a genetic mutation in the Bajau’s PDE10A gene that may increase spleen size. Mutations in this gene are known to affect thyroid hormone levels in humans. Studies in mice have shown that increased thyroid hormone levels are tied to larger spleens.”I think the study is very compelling,” said J. Koji Lum, an anthropologist at Binghamton University who has studied Pacific island populations and was not involved in the study. “The authors did a good job generating and analyzing diverse data to demonstrate genetic selection and physiological adaptation to breath holding in the Bajau.”Still, he says, more evidence is needed.Lum would like to see spleens measured in more landlubbers versus Bajau populations to confirm the size difference. He’d also like to a see a larger number of participants in future studies.He adds, “The conclusions reached would be much strengthened if this [genetic] pattern is found to be regionally widespread and correlates with [people’s] time, depth and degree of reliance on sea resources obtained through free diving.”In the future, Nielsen hopes to confirm that levels of thyroid hormone are indeed elevated in Bajau and that their red blood cell concentrations change when diving.Nielsen says that the Bajau diving lifestyle is “dying out” — for several reasons — and that spending such a long amount of time diving is more and more unusual.They’ve switched from making their boats using a light wood (from a now endangered tree) to a heavier wood, explains Ilardo. These boats need engines, which means the Bajau need money to buy fuel. “This contributes to a cycle where the nomadic, diving-based lifestyle is no longer feasible,” Ilardo says.What’s more, “there is tremendous pressure on the Bajau to provide the majority of seafood for that region of Asia,” Ilardo says. As a result, they’re moving from traditional diving to more commercial ways to catch fish.The Bajau are also giving up the nomadic lifestyle — there are “stigmas associated with being nomadic,” says Ilardo — and becoming more settling down in one place. This change leads to being “accepted by local cultures. This in turn leads to government aid, education, citizenship.”Ilardo has seen estimates that put the remaining Bajau at one million. Jaya Bakti, the Bajau village on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia where spleen size was measured, has a population of about 5,000.So is it possible that this unique genetic trait could just disappear?Not exactly.”If the Bajau population stops diving completely but nothing else changes, they will keep their big spleens for an indefinite amount of time,” Ilardo says. “There is no force of natural selection acting to ‘undo’ the big spleen adaptation.”If they were to mix with other populations, genetics would determine whether their children would inherit the adaptation.The researchers say that studying how people adapt to extreme environments could have long-term benefits for medical care — in this case, how people deal with sudden drops in oxygen levels.Nadia Whitehead is a freelance journalist and a science writer at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Her work has appeared in Science, The Washington Post and NPR. Find her on Twitter @NadiaMacias. 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Regulated by the Hackney division of the Boston Po

first_imgRegulated by the Hackney division of the Boston Police Department, the taxi (carriage) system has been a mainstay of Boston streets since 1854. “The taxi industry is a vital pulse of the city,” according to Donna Shaw of the Boston Taxi Association in the Boston Business Journal.  Boston cabs were always required to purchase valuable medallions in order to operate.  Hackney’s internet home page even warns consumers: “Look for the Medallion!  Remember if it doesn’t say ‘Boston Licensed Taxi’ you could be in for a bad ride.”Until recent years, Medallions were a high-priced investment that authorized drivers to legally operate a licensed taxi in Boston.   The competition created by ride-shares, however, has changed that.  “Medallions were recently as high as $600,000.  Now they might be as low as $60, 000,” says Blake Sutcliffe.  “There never should have been a Medallion system.  I believe in a free market.”  Cabs have historically earned the reputation of being one of the only customer service providing institutions where rudeness and deceit were the expected norm.  “Cab drivers had a reputation of being somewhat arrogant, and understandably.  They had a monopoly.  Uber has freed up the market,” says Sutcliffe.Former Boston hotel manager Kip Riley has noticed “long lines of cabs around town while there are Uber and Lyft drivers picking up around them left and right.  It seems that Uber and Lyft are significantly underpricing the cabs which makes Ubers and Lyfts more attractive as people are generally always looking for a better deal.”  Uber and Lyft are quickly establishing themselves as an available better deal.“The taxi business is probably going to be gone,” says Sutcliffe reflecting on the emergence of Uber and other ride-shares. “I’m surprised they didn’t stop it.  Now it’s gone too far.  It’s just too popular with the public.  The reality is that it is better for the consumer.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t be so popular.  Why would you take a car into the city when you can take an Uber?  You get dropped off at the door and when you figure in that you don’t have to pay to park, it’s a wash.  It just makes sense,” says Sutcliffe.According to reputable Uber driver Peter Dutcher of East Bridgewater, “ride-share services are going to take over. You get to ride in a nicer car and, in most cases, the driver is a nicer person.  The technology of Uber eliminates being taken for a (so-called) ride. The price, directions, and destination are all determined and agreed upon ahead of time.”  And despite some bad press, Dutcher describes Uber as “generally safe,” citing the fact that you are sent a picture of the driver for identification purposes and then both the driver and the passenger are given the ability to provide a final rating.  “So it’s in everyone’s best interest to behave,” says Dutcher.Blake Sutcliffe agrees that an Uber ride is generally a better experience.  The cab drivers are getting to the point financially where it is not even worth it to update their vehicles.  “Why buy an expensive new cab when the income is no longer there?  As a result, cabs are not getting replaced and the overall condition of the fleet of taxis is becoming worse and worse.”“Some cab drivers I feel bad for,” says Sutcliffe. “They’ve lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  There are some really nice guys who lost.  But that’s business.”“It’s changed the whole game,” says Sutcliffe. “I never have a cab line anymore.  In the morning at the hotel, it is probably 70 percent Uber – just directing people looking for their Ubers.  But that’s how business is.  Uber freed up the market.”Jay Gillespie can be found at readjaygillespie.blogspot.com.NorthEndWaterfront.com welcomes commentaries on community issues via email to info@northendwaterfront.com or through our Submit a Post online form. Opinions are those solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of NorthEndWaterfront.com or other writers on this site. Comments or responses to this commentary can be posted below in the comment section. It appears that the age of the taxi cab in the city of Boston is coming to an end. I was talking to a hotel doorman in Copley Square last Sunday morning and mentioned how business appeared to be slow.  “Cabs sometimes wait in line for seven hours for a fare,” he said.  For a city that was once a bustling thoroughfare of busy cabs of every style, size, and color zipping about competitively, I was shocked.  Ride-share services like Uber and Lyft have infected Boston’s taxi system, and the demise of the cab appears to be imminent.Ride-share services are quickly eclipsing the use of cabs. Any hotel doorman will tell you that there has been an economic shift in the way that people are getting around the city.  “The game has changed,” says Blake Sutcliffe, who has been a doorman at the Boston Marriott Copley since it opened 33 years ago.  “The taxi system was a monopoly.  The city should have restricted supply.  For me personally, it’s changed the job, but that’s how business is.  All businesses like competition as long as the competition is not competing with them.”*Advertisement*last_img read more

16M for the Precision Medical Initiative a progr

first_img$16M for the Precision Medical Initiative, a program started by President Obama for healthcare innovation. $50M in federal funds for small-satellite technology that allows for widespread, high-speed internet access and continually updated imagery of Earth.Some other projects announced included the administration’s upcoming release of a report on preparing for the future of artificial intelligence and development of technology that will allow a human mission to Mars by the 2030s.Additionally, an Executive Order was announced to coordinate efforts to prepare the country for space weather events such as solar storms.The Frontiers Conference was co-hosted by the White House, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. It brought together over 700 thought leaders in business, technology, philanthropy, and innovation to meet on five subjects (or “frontiers”):Personal: Innovations in healthcare and medicine.Local: Building smart communities, and investing in open data and the Internet of Things.National: Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, automation, robotics and other advanced technology.Global: Accelerating clean energy and developing innovation to company climate change.Interplanetary: Further focus on space exploration including missions to Mars. It’s no secret that President Obama is a blerd–a big-time sci-fi buff and a huge proponent of advancing STEM. He just served as guest editor of popular geek ‘zine Wired‘s November issue.President Obama launched a number of STEM-related initiatives and at his most recent event, the White House Frontiers Conference, revealed specifics on how the United States will push technology and innovation.At the conference, held in Pittsburgh last week, the Obama administration announced that $300 million would go toward science, technology, and innovation. The investment is “to develop the industries of the future and harness science and technology to help address important challenges,” according to a press release issued by The White House.Here are some ways the $300M will get applied:$70M to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for brain research to make breakthroughs in diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; traumatic brain injury; and depression. $165M in both public and private funds to support cities’ use of data and technology for solutions to issues such as traffic congestion.center_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/300-humans-mars-robots-fighting-solar-storms/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/300-humans-mars-robots-fighting-solar-storms/ What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videoslast_img read more

Prepared by UPF Marshal Islands We hold out annual

first_imgPrepared by UPF Marshal IslandsWe hold out annual gathering on August 1st, 2018 in Jakaro Meeting Room at MIR, Majuro, Marshall Islands with the theme: “Peace and Development in Marshall Islands: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values.”Our main participants were as follow:Hon. Kessai H. Note, Senator, Former President. IAPP Oceania Regional Co Chair. AFPHon. Jejwarick Anton, Vice Speaker of the Parliament, AFPRev. Kenichi ITO, UPF-RMI Chairman & SGMr. Jim Philippo , Deputy President of National Coconuts Company (TOBOLAR).AFPRev. Rody Ronald, Pastor of the Full Gospel ChurchMr.Elson Helkena: Former Parliament House Clerk.Mr. Joe Talley, IT Engineer, US Army Veteran, AFPMrs. Sumiko Hirata, School Teacher, AFP (Mr.Anton`s wife)Mrs. Florida Philippo, National Police officer, AFP (Mr.Philippo`s wife) Rev. Rody Ronald gave the Invocation for Opening. Then Rev. ITO, UPF-RMI Chair, MC made PP presentation about UPF, Founding, activities, History by the explication of founder s vision through his Peace message contents by using UPF home page website.Hon. Kessai Note made remarks regarding UPF and IAPP vision and activities with his experiences with founder Rev. and Mrs. Moon and many other international attendants on past UPF /IAPP events in USA, Korea, Nepal, Australia etc.Hon Jejwarik Anton, Vice Speaker made Congratulatory Remarks regarding the importance of the UPF/IAPP annual gathering.Rev. ITO also made PP presentation regarding Peace Road project by presenting Bering Strait Passing project and founder`s vision for this.Our main concern was that throughout UPF/FFWPU history in RMI, founder TPs had visited RMI 2times.The focus point was why he visited, the meaning of their visit,what they did and what they said to RMI as well as Oceania region. Rev. ITO briefly explain the key issue of TPs visit and Hon. Note was the one who welcomed TPs in RMI on Oct.2000 as Head of the Government.As for First visit: Oct.15~Oct19,2000: That visit was only to Marshall Islands and its very special meaningful visit. As President Kessai Note and his government welcomed TPs delegate as top national guest like Head of State level. Then TPs made 2days fishing condition to have been able to catch meaningful; fishes of the pacific Ocean (Blue Marline, Yellow fin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahimahi).This victory made opening of the Ocean providence in pacific centering on Hawaii. For this TPs sent Two Good Go boats and two Ocean missionaries to each of 10 Oceania nations for the education of youth. Then open up Elite high school of the Pacific in Kona, Hawaii for the future leader of Islands Nations of Oceania.The amazing providential meaning was that A. TPs visit RMIwas right next day of the victory celebration of 50th anniversal of the Liberation from Hunnam prison. Then after the Visit RMI and Hawaii, TPs visited South America (Paraguai,,Panta Naal) and made special fishing condition with Hyojin Nim ,then right next year 2001, Jan.13th, They made amazingly Historical declaration of the opening of the CIG age “The Coronation Ceremony for Heavenly Parents”.On their 2nd Visit was UPF Inaugural world tour on December4-5,2005. The event at RMI Parliament Hose was very successful with the meaningful Peace message entitled “A Providential View of the Pacific Rim Era in Light of God`s Will”In this speech TF made very important suggestion for the future way to take for small Islands nation like RMI .It was small scale but very rich and meaningful event by the presence of Former President, Current Vice Speaker as well as religious leader and so on,,. We thank you for founder`s vision and long term investment and their sincere effort until visit our Island nations.last_img

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first_imgPrepared by FFWPU USAOn March 23, an American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) Youth Rally was held at the New Jerusalem Worship Center in Queens, NY on the theme of “Our Voice, Our Time.” Bishop Jesse Edwards, ACLC Chairman and Co-Pastor of the Family Church of NYC, initiated this gathering of youth to help guide the Christian community in the direction of world peace, and prepared the atmosphere to welcome the Holy Spirit.Many youth pastors and ministers shared their powerful messages centered around the day’s theme, and testified to Jesus and the love we receive from God on a daily basis. Diane Kelalu and Stephanie Diaz, local Unificationists, also gave testimonies on speaking up and using their voices to promote drastic change in the world as young Unificationist leaders. One participant commented, “The young people who are living in today’s era are truly the generation of now, the generation of youth leaders, not the generation of the future. [We need to be] determined to use our voices to help guide other people toward Heavenly Parent and True Parents, whether it’s done through song, prayer, testimony or conversation.”Following the testimonies, the New York outreach team performed “Every Praise” with the Jasper Dance Company from Queens, who had also performed at the Nassau Coliseum rally on November 12.The event concluded with a powerful group prayer about the essence of family.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/tech-intersections-womxn-color-computing/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/tech-intersections-womxn-color-computing/ As time moves forward, we are seeing more and more diverse platforms take center stage at tech conferences. Well, here is another. Tech Intersections, a tech conference for Womxn of Color in Computing, is an affordable conference for underrepresented womxn of color in technology to come together, share ideas, and learn from each other’s successes, challenges, and experiences. “Womxn” is inclusive of femme/feminine-identifying gender-queer, trans women, and cis-women. The conference will be held at Mills College on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, and will feature the voices of more than 60 womxn of color.It was founded by Maira Benjamin, Tiffany Price, Ellen Spertus, and Idalin Bobé, and addresses the needs of underrepresented womxn of color who rarely see a fair and accurate representation of their identities in the workplace, especially in higher ranking positions.So why the need for this? Existing technology conferences, even those specifically designed for women, often have few underrepresented women in attendance and as speakers, especially as experts on technical topics. Additionally, technology conferences are typically unaffordable, creating a financial barrier to those interested in entering — and growing within — the industry. Tech Intersections addresses these concerns by offering subsidized tickets to individuals who would otherwise miss this unique event.“This conference is important to womxn of color because we want to come together to claim our rightful place as pioneers in the technology and computing industry,” said Idalin Bobé, founder of TechActivist.Org and co-organizer of the Tech Intersections Conference.(Image: Tech Intersections)In addition to providing a home for underrepresented womxn of color, the conference has created the Ally Skills workshop for those who do not identify, but are committed to becoming better allies. The Interactive Ally Skills training will be led by Kim Tran and Willie Jackson of ReadySet Consulting, an Oakland-based firm led by Y-Vonne Hutchinson.According to a recent release, the 2019 Tech Intersections conference will host over 250 womxn of color and offer 40 sessions, including keynote sessions by Sara Echohawk Pawnee, CEO of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the CyberCode Twins, America and Penelope Lopez. Sessions range from technical workshops on open source technology, virtual reality, application security, product design to panel discussions covering topics on how to raise your first million in venture capital, career skills, social impact, and more.“Mills College is proud to be a platinum sponsor and host of this new conference as part of our ongoing commitment to address the need for diversity in the technology sector,” said Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman, noting that Mills was the first women’s college to offer a computer science major (way back in 1974).The conference takes place on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, Mills College: 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CaliforniaThe organization is also offering a sliding fee schedule for those who may not be able to afford it, but still want to attend. For more information, click here.last_img read more

ImprovBoston Is Offering a Performance Just for Kids with Autism

first_img ImprovBoston/Photo ProvidedTo round out Autism Awareness Month, ImprovBoston is hosting a show just for children with autism and their families.The show, scheduled for April 29 and called “Improv for Everyone: Comedy for Kids with Autism and Their Families,” is the first of its kind for the troupe. Deana Criess, director of sales for ImprovBoston National Touring Company, says the show is meant to make improv accessible to everyone.“Over the years, we have heard from families with kids diagnosed with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] that they are reluctant to go to live theater performances,” Criess says. “Often these parents are afraid that their child will be too disruptive, or worse, that they will ruin it for everyone else. To us, that was heartbreaking. Improv is all about support and acceptance.”To better accommodate those with ASD, the toned-down performance will be devoid of sudden light changes and performers appearing in the crowd unannounced. There will be minimal loud noises, which can be overstimulating for those with ASD. Performers will also ask for audience suggestions using visual cues, instead of strictly verbal.In addition to a lower-key performance, attendees can expect to know ahead of time what the show will entail. Though it’s still improv, a downloadable guide previews the show’s structure and the venue’s layout—including an available quiet room for those who become overstimulated, and, for the braver viewers, where to sit to become part of the show. The guide also includes a description of what the show will be like, complete with visual cues.And, Criess says, families don’t have to worry about ruining the show, as audience outbursts are not only allowed, but encouraged, during improv.“If you yell out a scripted theater performance, it might throw off a performer,” she says. “If you yell out at an improv show, we will make that the most important thing we’ve ever heard.”$10+, 4/29, 10 a.m. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. Tickets are available here. ImprovBoston Is Offering a Performance Just for Kids with Autism The toned-down show has been adapted for those with autism spectrum disorder. 4/26/2017, 11:26 a.m. By Hallie Smith· 000center_img Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Printlast_img read more

Seven Boston Executives on What You Might Not Know About Their Companies

first_img 10/10/2017, 5:00 a.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Business Seven Boston Executives on What You Might Not Know About Their Companies Reebok was the first company to make fitness shoes exclusively for women. 000 Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* [Adapted from Boston Inc., a series of interviews conducted in 2015 and 2016. See more.] Photo by iStock.com/luxizengSteve Conine, cofounder and cochairman of Wayfair:One thing that most people don’t know about Wayfair is that it’s the largest technology company in downtown Boston.Joseph “Jay” Hooley, chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation:Most people don’t realize the extent to which State Street is a truly global financial-services company, with operations in 30 countries serving clients around the globe. On any given day we’re touching about 11 percent of the global financial system’s total assets. While we’re a global company, Boston is our home and we’re very proud to be celebrating our 225th anniversary [in 2017]. Not many companies can claim that longevity, and we’re very proud of the milestone and Boston’s role in our success.Shira Goodman, president and CEO of Staples:One thing the average person doesn’t know about Staples is that our e-commerce and our delivery B2B business is bigger than our retail business. We sell so much more than office products today. In fact, cleaning supplies, promotional products, and food for the break room are some of our fastest-growing businesses.Kathleen Murphy, president of personal investing at Fidelity:Most people know the name Fidelity, but many people don’t realize that while asset management is a critically important part of our company and heritage, we also provide more help and advice to every segment of the population than any other financial services adviser in the country, be it to high-net-worth clients, retirees, pre-retirees, women, or millennials. The vast majority of our employees are not in asset management, but rather are licensed financial professionals, technologists, and those with deep digital skills.Matthew O’Toole, president of Reebok:One thing most people don’t know about Reebok is that we were the first company to make fitness shoes exclusively for women. The Freestyle, our iconic shoe made popular by the ’80s aerobics craze, is one of our heritage models from that era. It’s still one of our most popular shoes today.Lisa Tanzer, president of Life Is GoodMost people know the brand Life Is Good, but you’d be surprised to learn that we’re heading into our 25th anniversary and our cofounders are still very hands-on with the art and message of our products. You can often find them passionately sketching and writing on a daily basis.Finally, Jim Taiclet is the chairman, president, and CEO of American Tower, which just might be the most important Boston company you’ve never heard of.We’re the only cell-tower company with global reach—with nearly 150,000 sites in 15 different countries on five continents. And we’re the leading independent provider of towers in the largest free-market democracies on all five of those continents. Nobody else even comes close to our size and reach. By Chris Sweeney· last_img read more

You Can Stay in This White Mountains Ski Home Before You Buy

first_img Photo by J McCarthy PhotographyAll house hunters know that open houses can only show so much. As you’re shuffling in and out of bedrooms, squeezing past strangers in your possible future home, how are you supposed to know what it’s like to wake up and cook breakfast there? Will a quick walk through the living room tell you if it’s sufficiently cozy for both family board games and movie-watching? The short answer is likely no.But the owners of a ski home in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are rethinking the sale process. They’ve cherished their six-bedroom, four-bathroom chalet since they custom-built it more than a decade ago, and now they’re on the hunt for a new family to care for their palace. To ensure the home’s next stewards are prepared to maintain the property, current owners Leslie and Kevin Saba are enlisting a “try it before you buy it” policy for the house.“We’ve decided to allow prospective buyers the chance to rent out the home for two nights through VRBO,” says Leslie Saba. “And, if they take it to closing, we will take the full rental cost of $1,200 per night of their stay and put it towards the closing cost.”The home is currently listed on rental site VRBO, or Vacation Rentals by Owner. Though the couple has been renting out the home from time to time since 2014, they hope the site will help in finding the right future owners.“We’ve created an opportunity for somebody to create memories,” says Kevin Saba. “To have a place, a touchstone in their lives to come back to for generations.”Upon renting the home, all 6,000 square feet of the ski house will be yours to explore. Inside, an oversized window in the living room frames vistas of the nearby peaks, and soaring ceilings establish a sense of grandeur.Photo courtesy of Leslie SabaAbove the living room, a lofted recreation area makes room for a pool table, and downstairs, a sprawling kitchen offers a fireplace and an abundance of counter space for family cooking. The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and a soaking tub in the ensuite bathroom. Then, of course, there’s the indoor slide—it’s suitable for both kids and adults.“We built our home to be large enough for family gatherings while still feeling warm and cozy,” explains Saba, who calls the house a work of art.A stay at the ski home will allow prospective buyers to explore the Waterville Valley area, too. Saba says the town is filled with outdoors enthusiasts, and offers plenty of opportunities for cross country and downhill skiing, indoor tennis, hiking, pickleball, and other activities.The lucky renters who become convinced not to leave will have to reckon with a $2.1 million price tag.“Enjoy our home. If it becomes yours, our hope is that you will use it to create family memories that you will cherish for years to come,” reads the property listing. “And when the time comes for you to pass it on to the next family, that you exercise the same high level of care and discretion that we exercised in choosing you as its next caretaker.”See more of the home below and view the listing here.Photo by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy PhotographyPhoto by J McCarthy Photography 20020 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. You Can Stay in This White Mountains Ski Home Before You Buy It Take it for a test ride—er, test sleep. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*center_img 12/20/2017, 12:35 p.m. By Madeline Bilis· Printlast_img read more

Five Sparkling New Condos for Sale Right Now

first_img 1/8/2019, 10:53 a.m. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* For Sale/Rent Five Sparkling New Condos for Sale Right Now These city pads have huge windows and shining hardwoods galore. 13013 By Madeline Bilis· center_img Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage1. 141 Dorchester Avenue #1001/1002, BostonPrice: $3,995,000Size: 2,801 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2.5In Southie’s Macallen building, this unit sparkles and shines. Aside from its views of the city, the place offers some jaw-dropping light fixtures and one incredibly impressive bathroom. (Just look at the damask tile patterns in there!)Photo via Douglas Elliman Real Estate2. 1 Franklin Street #3705, BostonPrice: $2,750,000Size: 1,609 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2.5There’s never a shortage of stunning new homes for sale inside Millennium Tower. This two-bedroom has a lot going for it, but what steals the show is the dining table positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling windows. Dinner with a view.Photo via Compass3. 110 Broad Street #401, BostonPrice: $1,849,000Size: 1,410 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1.5Directly overlooking the Greenway, this one-bedroom condo is anchored by a huge kitchen island that separates the living and dining areas. A small fireplace warms the open-concept abode.Photo via the Collaborative Companies4. 188 Brookline Avenue, PH 29D, BostonPrice: $4,872,300Size: 2,344square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 3Living in the Fenway’s Pierce building means enjoying some of the best views in town. The windows in this unit frame a panorama from the Pru to the Charles and beyond.Photo via Galvin Group, LLC5. 176 Humboldt Avenue #3, RoxburyPrice: $499,000Size: 1,450 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Unlike some of Roxbury’s newest developments, this 2017 condo complex flaunts a bit of architectural character. This unit for sale within it boasts a surround sound system and an intercom with video capability. Print Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. last_img read more