Posted: February 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 76-year-old dementia patient from southeast San Diego was found Wednesday after being missing for more than 24 hours, police said.Mary McSwain was evaluated by medics and taken to a hospital after she was located, said Officer Brianda Zendejas of the San Diego Police Department’s missing persons unit. McSwain’s condition and the circumstances of her discovery were not immediately known.McSwain had been last seen leaving her house about 11 p.m. Monday. Police said she may have forgotten how to get back home due to her cognitive challenges. Updated: 10:08 AM KUSI Newsroom Missing woman with severe dementia reported missing found safe February 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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South Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as military officials, say the Air National Guard Base in Sioux Falls should be selected to host the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Joe Foss Field has access to uncongested airspace and can provide the necessary infrastructure, including two runways, needed to accommodate the fifth-generation fighter, Col. Russ Walz, commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, told the Argus Leader.“We feel real good about it,” Walz said Wednesday. The 114th is one of 18 fighter units that could host the F-35. The Air Force is expected to announce its basing decisions for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter next year, including two Air National Guard locations.On Tuesday, the state’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) and Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, wrote to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to urge her to consider basing the service’s newest fighter in Sioux Falls.“The 114th Fighter Wing has demonstrated outstanding mission readiness and a superior record of excellence, making South Dakota an ideal location as the next beddown site of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” the delegation wrote.If selected, the F-35 likely wouldn’t arrive at Joe Foss Field until 2022, Walz said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
One of the singles off his 2017 album Everybody, “1-800-273-8255,” leapt onto the music scene and brought the Maryland native to a whole new audience. Not just any phone number, 1-800-273-8255 happens to be the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which offers services to those experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidality.The song, which also features Alessia Cara and Khalid, poignantly captures a dialog between a suicidal hotline caller, the counselor on the other end of the phone and the resulting journey from feeling hopeless and alone to finding a little hope.Though suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–24 year olds, and it claims more than 38,000 lives each year, few artists tackle the subject head on in the way Logic did. He revealed during a visit to the Recording Academy’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters that he was inspired to write the song after he went on a tour around the country to meet his fans. Many told them his music had saved their lives.This got him thinking about not only the power of music to heal, but also how, as a society, we often don’t talk openly about mental health. Though he said it was hard to talk about topics such as suicide and anxiety, which is featured on another track on Everybody, “Anziety,” he knew it was vitally important.”I was so scared for so long to say that because society has lead me to believe that my anxiety is stupid and shouldn’t be talked about, or that suicide, ‘Who cares, who’s weak enough to kill themselves?’ Which is the most terrible, disgusting, ugly thing somebody can say,” Logic said. “That’s why I decided to write about these topics because I was scared to write about them. And since I was scared, I was like, ‘Well damn, it must mean it’s good.'”And it was good. “1-800-273-8255″ earned Logic his first two career GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Song Of The Year and Best Music Video. Logic, Cara and Khalid also gave a stunning performance during the 60th GRAMMYs telecast alongside real suicide attempt survivors, which had an even more profound impact: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received triple their normal volume of calls following the performance.For Logic, opening a dialog was also personally important because he has faced his own challenges with mental health.”I wrote these things from a selfless place in my heart because there’s so many people out there struggling, and I was struggling,” Logic shared. “My highest grossing year was my most unhappy year of my life because I was working myself to death.”Nowadays, Logic has been working to find a way to balance a high-pressure career with the things that matter in life. The advice that works best for him?”Balance yourself,” he says. “That’s what you have to do, and that’s what these songs are about.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 18, 2018 – 4:40 pm Logic’s Suicide Prevention With “1-800-273-8255” News The GRAMMY-nominated rapper shares why he overcame his fear about making music on difficult topicsRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 18, 2018 – 4:42 pm It’s been a big year for rapper Logic, and perhaps surprisingly, a lot of that comes down to his willingness to tackle the difficult subjects of mental health and suicide head on. Logic Tackles Mental Health, Suicide Prevention inside-logics-1-800-273-8255-suicide-prevention-song-mental-health-awareness-month Email Inside Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” Suicide Prevention Song | Mental Health Awareness Month Twitter Facebook
WILMINGTON, MA — James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.James Thayer Hastings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. 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Best all‑around smart display • Angela Lang/CNET Post a comment Nest Google Assistant Amazon Best Buy Facebook Google Lenovo Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Echo Show 5 Better for video chat reading • Amazon Echo Show 5 vs Google Nest Hub Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home $100 at Best Buy Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart displays have become the latest battleground for virtual assistant products, bringing the voice-activated smarts of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to countertop-sized touchscreens equipped with a microphone, speakers and, in many cases, a video camera for chatting with friends and relatives. The category launched with 10-inch models that usually sold for $200 or more. A second wave of products brought smaller screens, lower prices and more popularity. Here’s a look at some of the best sub-$150 smart displays you can choose from. CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. 0 $65 at Amazon Amazon introduced the smart display category in clunky fashion with the original, sharp-angled Echo Show. A refined update to that 10-inch screen improved matters, but it might be the 5-inch Echo Show 5 that helps Alexa-based smart displays really take off. Among sub-$150 smart displays, the Echo Show 5 sits in the middle of the category in terms of screen size, without sacrificing its capability. It’s larger than the 4-inch Lenovo Smart Clock, but unlike Lenovo’s bedside display, the Echo Show 5 can show pictures from an Amazon or Facebook photo library, it can serve up a control screen for any Alexa-connected smart home devices and, unique to the lower-end displays, it also has a video camera. Amazon hopes a physical shutter you can slide over the lens will mitigate any camera-related privacy concerns. A feature that lets you slap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze any alarms is also a nice touch. The Echo Show 5 looks diminutive next to the 7-inch Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub). It’s easier to read the Nest Hub’s screen from across your kitchen. On the other hand, the Echo Show 5 takes up a few square inches’ less counter space. That might not matter in a suburban household, but every inch matters in the tiny kitchen of a city apartment. The biggest difference beyond screen size is the fact that the Echo Show 5 has a video camera built into it. The idea is that you will use the camera to conduct video chats with family members and friends who also own an Echo Show device. That sounds harmless enough, but Amazon has come under scrutiny for its privacy policies and its intentions for camera-based facial recognition technology. If the camera makes you feel uncomfortable, a physical shutter built into the Echo Show 5 can obscure the camera lens. That might not be enough to make everyone happy with the idea of the Echo Show 5 as a bedside alarm clock, though, which Amazon clearly has in mind. Lenovo Smart Clock While it’s not as fully featured as either the Amazon or the Nest displays, Lenovo’s $50 Smart Clock is still worth a mention. It doesn’t have a video camera and the display won’t even show photos. Instead, the Smart Clock is designed to sit on your nightstand and give you just the right amount of information to start your day, either through the screen or via Google Assistant. The screen can show you the time, the weather and your personal calendar. You can even give it a whack to put it into snooze mode once the alarm goes off, and it also has a sunrise mode that gradually dials up the brightness on the display. It can show you live video from a Nest Cam if you have one and you can assign smart home scenes to a few programmable buttons, but there’s no smart home control screen like there is with the Google Nest Hub. The Lenovo Smart Clock tries to find the right balance between contemporary features and pared-down bedside tech. It mostly hits the mark, but your phone makes a lot of its features redundant. It’s a good fit if you rely on Google Assistant, but you also want to minimize the presence of screens in your bedroom. Tags Google Nest Hub When it debuted as the Google Home Hub in October 2018, this 7-inch device invigorated the nascent smart display category for two major reasons. First, its $150 price tag came in $80 under Amazon’s $230 Echo Show. Secondly, Google read the room early in terms of consumers’ suspicion about smart home gadgets and left off the video camera that seemed so key to the smart display concept, at least as defined by Amazon. (Although it had previously allowed third-party, camera-equipped smart displays using Google Assistant to come to market.) With no camera, Google’s smart display can’t rely on the emotional lure of easy video chatting with friends and family to succeed. Yes, it supports a photo feed and it’s hard to resist that steady drip of kid pictures, but this is more than just a digital photo frame. Now called the Google Nest Hub after a rebrand this spring, this 7-inch display isn’t shy about putting forward its interface and the superiority of Google Assistant to win you over. The differences between those core features of the Google and Amazon displays are subtle, but the more you use them the more you notice them. Among other things, the way the Nest Hub can walk you through a recipe and remember the steps you’re on, even when you shift to another task halfway through, is particularly useful. A very well organized control screen for any smart home devices also makes the Nest Hub an accessible, but unobtrusive smart home control center. Amazon’s equivalent page doesn’t have the same depth of options, like organizing your devices by room. Google also introduced a welcome quality of life feature to Google Assistant this spring. When an alarm goes off, you can simply say “Stop,” instead of “Hey Google, stop.” It’s a user-friendly nod to expediency and getting out of its own way that anyone can appreciate.Compared with the Echo Show 5, the Google Nest Hub is too large for most people to accept it as an alarm clock. If you really want a stationary little screen to facilitate video chatting, the Echo Show 5 is also the obvious alternative among the sub $100 screens. Google isn’t ceding video chats entirely to Amazon. The $230 Nest Hub Max comes out in just a few weeks. I’ve found my phone more convenient than digital displays for talking with relatives face-to-digital-face, so I don’t take too many points away for the fact that the Nest Hub lacks a camera. The most important feature for these smart displays, which promise a light-touch way to organize your day, is how much information they can put forward and how easily. Thanks to its overall polish, and the robustness of Google Assistant, the Google Nest Hub is the better device. $100 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Worth considering $50 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock CNET Smart Home $50 at Best Buy Amazon Echo Show 5 In terms of the next steps for smart displays, most imminent is the $230 Google Nest Hub Max, a higher-end model due out Sept. 9 with a 10-inch screen, a 4K video camera that works as a Nest Cam and can track whoever’s on screen (sounds creepy, but it was cool when we saw a similar feature on the Facebook Portal display) and speakers tuned for better audio output. The rumor mill hasn’t produced much concrete information about what’s next for lower end smart displays. We saw a prototype of a 3-inch E Ink display at CES 2019 built around Google Assistant Connect, a product development program Google is working on that it hopes will add lots of new, simple satellite products to the Google Assistant family. The E Ink display we saw was more of a tricked out Post-It note than anything else, since it lacked a microphone and speakers, and required another Google Assistant device nearby to feed it the time, weather, and other information for easy viewing. Perhaps we’ll see its next iteration, or something similar from Amazon by way of its own Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, at CES 2020. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Worth considering Tyler Lizenby/CNET Read Echo Show 5 review $65 at Amazon Google Nest Hub Smart Home Share your voice See All Better for video chat Best all-around smart display
Bombay Stock ExchangeINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesDisappointment over the Budget proposals and muted global markets led the Sensex to log the heaviest fall in seven months on Monday. Both the key equity indices — Sensex and Nifty — fell over 2 per cent. The shares of Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Finance, ONGC, State Bank of India and Larsen and Toubro saw a major dip. The 30-scrip Sensex closed 792.82 points or 2.01 per cent lower at 38,720.57 and the broader Nifty50 declined by 252.55 points or 2.14 per cent to 11,558.60. The Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Feb 29, 2016 (representational image).IANSAmong the Nifty50 benchmarks, Nifty PSU Bank saw the maximum fall of about five per cent, whereas Nifty Bank, Nifty Auto, Nifty Fin Service and Nifty Realty indexes were trading red with a fall of two per cent.The global market saw the S&P BSE MidCap trading at around 14450 levels with a deep cut of 266 points whereas the S&P BSE SmallCap was trading at 13,803 levels with a nose dip of 338 points.Here are the reasons behind the sudden market downfall:Post-Budget Trauma Red Budget by Nirmala SitharamanThe proposals by the Modi government in the Budget 2019 have annoyed the investors. The increase in the minimum public shareholding of listed companies from 25 per cent to 35 per cent has created a revolt within the companies and direct investors. Other proposals like taxation of 20 per cent on buybacks have raised concerns about the repurchasing value of the stake of major companies. As per an Economic Times report, the proposal of the income tax hike on high net worth individuals will affect 2,000 global funds.US jobs dataThe US saw the ugliest slowdown in their job hiring in May, as per a Reuters report. The sudden slowdown has resulted in dashing the hopes of rate cuts by the US Fed. The largest employers could only employ about 2,24,000 people last month.The rupee and crude oil competitionThe US job data pulled down the oil markets, the value of rupee and other market currencies against the US dollar. The value of rupee to dollar fell by 21 paise to 68.63.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Will texting be the new hip, retro user experience for digital content?Digital news outlet Quartz, which is owned by the parent company of The Atlantic, just announced a new app for displaying and featuring news that looks and operates like the texting screen on your smartphone. Users communicate with the app as if they were texting with a friend. The app answers questions about the news, populates the text feed with gifs and emoticons, and just like your friends, it learn what interests you and what doesn’t. Each text session lasts only a few minutes, perfect for when you are waiting in line or on the bus.Image Credit: QuartzThe app will send push notifications when there is a major update in a story you are following, and sometimes the updates arrive in haiku form — a pretty adorable feature.Related: The Rules of Business TextingThe Quartz app features stories from many news outlets, not just stories written on the platform.Image Credit: QuartzAlso, if a user is following the stock market and has an Apple Watch, the Quartz app will have a single emoji pop up on your watch communicating whether the markets are doing well or poorly.Image Credit: QuartzWhile the app is currently only available for iOS, Quartz says it will soon release an Android version. It’s free for users and will generate revenue from ads displayed within the app.The idea of meeting consumers where they are has been a chronic, unabetting Damoclean sword over the journalism industry. The pressure to evolve rapidly has only accelerated as the number and types of screens in our lives has grown.Related: Why Texting is the New Email in the Hiring ProcessIt doesn’t sound like Quartz is entirely convinced that it has the golden solution, but it is trying something bold. “This is a big and broad endeavor for Quartz as we experiment with new formats,” says Zachary Seward, executive editor of Quartz, in a blog post announcing the new app. “Mobile has developed a lot in the last few years, and we saw some new opportunities worth exploring.” Just text me. Quartz isn’t alone in its endeavor to utilize a text-messaging user interface, which, without exaggerating, might be dubbed a bit of an app-splosion.For example, Talkspace is a service that lets users message with a therapist for $25 a week via their smartphones.Image Credit: TalkspaceAnd Magic is a personal assistant service that users engage with by texting “83489,” a number that correlates with the word “Magic.”Image Credit: MagicJonathan Libov, a partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, says that he is thankful to be able to text the New York City MTA to find out when the next bus is coming. “Sure, an app that put the bus on a map would be more rich in information, but when I got to texting Bus Time I thought, “Thank god I don’t need to download another f—— app for this,” Libov wrote in a blog post.There is no learning curve for texting, Libov points out. Everyone who uses a smartphone understands it intuitively.“There’s only really only one way to skin this cat: The text I type is displayed on the right, the text someone else typed is on the left, and there’s an input field on bottom for me to compose a message,” Libov writes.And in a world where consumers are constantly overwhelmed trying to keep up with the barrage of new apps and technologies every day, along with the latest news, then simple, intuitive user experiences might just be where it’s at.IMHO.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With February 12, 2016 4 min read Register Now »
July 12, 2016 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc. as green energy car sales boom in China.Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.The company was in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also included dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company was in talks with, although he said the leadership team would also have partial ownership.While Future Mobility intended to jump directly to fully self-driving cars, drivers would only be able to turn on full autonomy in a pilot city at first, later expanding to other geographies.The company would draw from the same battery technology made by a short list of suppliers that most automakers use but aimed to better rivals with more efficient battery management software.Breaking outFuture Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.Even Tesla now aims to produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018.But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Stephen Coates) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
In This Issue. * US data turns the dollar around… * FOMC begins their much anticipated meeting… * AUD rallies but then does a 180… * Gold claws higher in front of FOMC… And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. The dollar does an ‘about face’ on disappointing US Data … Good Day! Chuck is headed down to the southeast coast of Georgia this morning so I will get to share my thoughts with all of you readers over the next few days. Many of the ‘traders’ seem to be taking a few days off as everyone awaits the results of the two day Fed meeting which begins today. I don’t expect to see too many new positions put on by investors until after we get some ‘guidance’ from Fed Chair Janet Yellen on how quickly she and her compatriots are going to ratchet up interest rates here in the US. But as Chuck told all of us yesterday, the week is full of data in addition to the FOMC meeting, and some of that data did move the markets yesterday. The US dollar reversed its march higher yesterday after data showed US industrial production unexpectedly dropped in August. Chuck sent me this note regarding yesterday’s data: I was working in my office and not on the trading desk yesterday, so I didn’t see the Industrial Production number as it printed. And by the time I saw it, the markets must have just shrugged it off. I walked out to the desk and the currencies and Gold were trading about the same as they were when I was out there in the early morning, writing the Pfennig. What gives? Industrial Production for August fell -.1% (consensus was for .3% gain). And, July’s previous print of +.4% was revised downward to +.2%… And to top it off, Capacity Utilization fell from 79.1% in July to 78.8% in August! A look under the hood revealed that there was a .4% drop in manufacturing activity in August, which is, as the spin doctors like to explain it, merely a reflection of slower motor vehicle output, after an outsized increase in July. I prefer to refer to this as the “QE tapering effect”. Yes, after all this time, after all this money added to the system, all this excess liquidity in the markets, we’re beginning to see the effects of taking it away. And this is why I believe the Fed will be back to the QE Table before too long. Chris again.. As Chuck stated, the markets had a bit of a ‘delayed reaction’ to this data; as if they maybe didn’t believe the numbers. But over the course of the day the dollar continued to drift lower. Perhaps it was due to the extreme long position the market has on dollars right now. And moves were also muted by the upcoming FOMC meeting. Right now just about everyone believes the US dollar will continue to strengthen through the end of the year, and with everyone on one side of the trade any indication that it may be the wrong side can cause some of these investors to get a bit worried about being in such a crowd. All of these long positions on the dollar could possibly restrain further gains in the dollar going forward; but the FOMC will have a lot to say about that. Chairman Yellen kicks off two days of meetings today in what has become one of the most anticipated Fed meetings this year. The end of the bond buying is a foregone conclusion, but investors are now focusing on the language which will be used in the statement which will be released tomorrow afternoon. The statement has contained the words ‘considerable time’ for a considerable amount of time, and most Fed watchers believe these words will be removed tomorrow. These words have provided some comfort to the markets, as they assured investors that a steady stream of liquidity would give the markets a rising tide to float them higher. But the Fed is now expected to pull this ‘security blanket’ away and replace them with some indication on when rates will start moving higher. Instead of leaving the timing open ended, the Fed is now expected to tie their next move to a combination of labor market readings and inflation expectations. But I still believe any interest rate increase is still a year away; and yesterday’s data showing the US manufacturing sector is still not firing on all cylinders certainly doesn’t bode well for those who expect an increase in interest rates as early as next spring. While we are talking about the Fed, I read yesterday that they have created a new committee on ‘financial stability’. The committee, headed by Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer has been tasked with making sure important parts of the financial sector do not overheat. Many believe the Greenspan and Bernanke policies of the past were exactly what led to many of the largest asset bubbles which the Fed has now formed a committee to pop! I’m sure many of you will not be surprised by this latest committee, as it is another sign of a much more ‘active’ Fed. The pound sterling joined with the dollar in moving lower yesterday and actually fell to the weakest point this year vs. the US$ after a report showed UK inflation has slowed to the lowest level in five years. CPI in the UK fell to 1.5% from 1.6% in July according to data released yesterday. This disappointing number sparked selling of the pound sterling as investors already on edge regarding the Scottish independence vote dumped the currency. The BOE will release minutes of its most recent policy meeting tomorrow, and some had been expecting to see an indication that interest rates will be heading higher in response to an improving British economy. But the recovery has been overshadowed recently by the independence vote in Scotland. The pound has fallen over 3 percent in the past month as polls showing Scotland may vote to split from the UK weighed on investor sentiment. The latest numbers indicate that the vote will be close, but my gut tells me Scotland will remain part of the UK. The Australian dollar began to show some signs of life yesterday after the release of the RBA minutes which pointed out that rates will remain stable for the time being. The Aussie dollar had been selling off due to the thought that the RBA may be leaning toward a rate cut as the Australian economy struggles to gain a foothold. But the positive feelings for the AUD quickly reversed in overnight trading and it is moving lower again this morning. Perhaps investors read through the minutes of the Australian central bank meeting again and focused on the RBA’s statement that the relative strength of the currency is a drag on the economy since it has remained “above most estimates of its fundamental value.” Investors may now be worried that these words foreshadow further efforts to ‘jawbone’ the currency lower in order to protect exports. Brazil’s real dropped for a sixth straight day as investors try to handicap the presidential election. President Dilma Rousseff is currently locked in a very tight race with opposition candidate Marina Silva. The real will continue to be volatile as investors eagerly await the next poll to try and guage who will win. The first round of elections is set for October 5th and most expect the first round to result in a runoff between Rousseff and Silva which would occur on October 26th. The Brazilian economy continues to struggle, and the central bank is currently ‘on hold’ until after the elections which will determine the future path of economic reforms and the possibility of further government intervention in the currency markets. Rousseff has seen a downgrade of Brazil’s credit rating and the economy has slowed during her administration. But inflation is starting to fall which could give the new administration some room to lower the benchmark interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But these relatively high interest rates are all that are keeping many investors interested in the Brazilian currency, so a move lower could have a detrimental impact on the real. Gold added to the small overnight gains this morning as investors prepare for the start of the FOMC meeting. Gold investors, like everyone else, are focused on whether Fed Chairman Yellen will be taking a more ‘hawkish’ tone in tommorow’s announcement. Many have been betting the Fed will signal a willingness to raise rates sooner than the mid-2015 estimate which most have. Higher rates sooner would be another drag on precious metals, as it raises the carrying costs of metals and also makes alternatives more attractive. But if the rates are rising because of rising inflation, well that would be a good thing for commodities and precious metals. I have to think Gold will continue to face selling pressure in front of the meeting, as most investors believe we will see Yellen take a slightly more hawkish tone. But these sell-offs could be a good time to add to positions, as the Fed Chairman has a long history of wanting to error on the side of accommodation instead of risking choking off what appears to be a fairly fragile recovery. For What it’s Worth. Ty Keough knew I was writing the Pfennig this morning, and sent me a story he came across in the NY Times which he thought would be some good Pfennig Pfodder, and I agree! The story is actually an oped piece written by Jared Bernstein back on August 27, 2014. Readers of the Pfennig know that Chuck believes the US$ is in serious danger of losing its reserve currency status. And in this Op Ed Mr. Bernstein takes the position that this is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ll share some of what I consider the highlights of the piece, but you can read the full op ed at the following: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/opinion/dethrone-king-dollar.html?AID=3818&_r=1 . …After all, who wouldn’t want their currency to be the one that foreign banks and governments want to hold in reserve? But new research reveals that what was once a privilege is now a burden, undermining job growth, pumping up budget and trade deficits and inflating financial bubbles. To get the American economy on track, the government needs to drop its commitment to maintaining the dollar’s reserve-currency status. …It is widely recognized that various countries, including China, Singapore and South Korea, suppress the value of their currency relative to the dollar to boost their exports to the United States and reduce its exports to them. They buy lots of dollars, which increases the dollar’s value relative to their own currencies, thus making their exports to us cheaper and our exports to them more expensive. …If trade-surplus countries suppress their own consumption and use their excess savings to accumulate dollars, trade-deficit countries must absorb those excess savings to finance their excess consumption or investment. Note that as long as the dollar is the reserve currency, America’s trade deficit can worsen even when we’re not directly in on the trade. Suppose South Korea runs a surplus with Brazil. By storing its surplus export revenues in Treasury bonds, South Korea nudges up the relative value of the dollar against our competitors’ currencies, and our trade deficit increases, even though the original transaction had nothing to do with the United States. …Dethroning “king dollar” would be easier than people think. America could, for example, enforce rules to prevent other countries from accumulating too much of our currency. In fact, others do just that precisely to avoid exporting jobs. The most recent example is Japan’s intervention to hold down the value of the yen when central banks in Asia and Latin America started buying Japanese debt. Of course, if fewer people demanded dollars, interest rates – i.e., what America would pay people to hold its debt – might rise, especially if stronger domestic manufacturers demanded more investment. …Others worry that higher import prices would increase inflation. But consider the results when we “pay” to keep price growth so low through artificially cheap exports and large trade deficits: weakened manufacturing, wage stagnation (even with low inflation) and deficits and bubbles to offset the imbalanced trade. But while more balanced trade might raise prices, there’s no reason it should persistently increase the inflation rate. We might settle into a norm of 2 to 3 percent inflation, versus the current 1 to 2 percent. But that’s a price worth paying for more and higher-quality jobs, more stable recoveries and a revitalized manufacturing sector. The privilege of having the world’s reserve currency is one America can no longer afford. Interesting slant on the whole question of reserve currency status, and while I don’t necessarily agree that reserve status is a ‘burden’ I agree with Chuck that there is a good possibility that this ‘burden’ will be lifted from the shoulders of the US sometime in the not too distant future – thanks to China. The largest worry for me is the impact of higher interest rates which would likely accompany the loss of reserve currency status for the US. With the staggering amount of debt the US has accumulated, any increase in interest rates demanded by investors would have a very dramatic effect on the US’s very fragile fiscal situation. To recap. Disappointing US data sent the dollar lower, but it has steadied this morning as the long awaited FOMC meeting begins. Investors await the statement, with expectations that the ‘considerable time’ wording with regard to low rates will be removed, but what will it be replaced with? The Pound Sterling fell as the latest inflation report showed prices are not moving up as fast as before. The RBA released minutes from their last meeting which at first rallied the AUD but this uptick was quickly reversed. The Brazilian real moved lower on election worries and gold actually caught a bit of a bid overnight as investors await the FOMC meeting. Currencies today 9/16/14. American Style: A$ .9027, kiwi .8163, C$ .9077, euro 1.2946, sterling 1.6196, Swiss $1.0719. European Style: rand 10.955, krone 6.3923, SEK 7.1342, forint 242.70, zloty 3.2413, koruna 21.272, RUB 38.681, yen 107.12, sing 1.2610, HKD 7.7511, INR 61.055, China 6.1462, pesos 13.22, BRL 2.3401, Dollar Index 84.21, Oil $92.80, 10-year 2.57%, Silver $18.67, Platinum $1,359.00, Palladium $833.75, and Gold. $1,234.88 That’s it for today. I was anxiously watching last night’s football game, as I have Andrew Luck as my quarterback and needed him to post at least 10 points in order to remain undefeated in our FFL. Luckily he had scored that by halftime, so I got to get some sleep before waking up a bit earlier than usual in order to get this Pfennig out. Both Chuck and Frank will be hitting the road this week and will have an exciting announcement for everyone – you’ll have to wait until Friday to hear the big news as I don’t want to steal their thunder! With that little tease I will go ahead and put a bow on this one and hit the send button. I hope everyone has a Terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading the Pfennig. Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets
The government of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola after at least two people were infected and possibly as many as 17 died from the disease in the country’s northwest.”Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency,” the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health ministry said in a statement.The ministry says that of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola in the country’s Equateur province, according to The Associated Press.Before the outbreak was confirmed, local health officials reported 21 patients with signs of hemorrhagic fever. Seventeen of them died.Ebola is just one type of hemorrhagic fever, so it is not immediately clear whether some or all of the original victims died from Ebola.”Since notification of the cases on 3 May, no deaths have been reported either among the [hospitalized] cases or the healthcare personnel,” the Health Ministry statement said.On May 3, medical teams from the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders collected five samples from active cases in the area, two of which tested positive for Ebola, according to the WHO and the Congolese government.As Reuters notes, “Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as they infect other animals with which they share trees, such as monkeys. Ebola often spreads to humans via infected bushmeat.”An Ebola epidemic that hit West Africa in 2014 infected some 28,600 and killing more than 11,300 before WHO declared the region Ebola-free two years later. The epidemic was concentrated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Since then, a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV has been developed to prevent the spread of the disease, which has a particularly high mortality rate. (However, a recent article in The Lancet medical journal questions the vaccine’s efficacy.)In the past few years, there have been isolated outbreaks, including one in Congo last year that infected eight, killing four of them.Experts were expected to go to the area of infection on Wednesday to implement procedures to halt the spread of the disease, the ministry says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, according to a report released this week by NASA and NOAA.From Vox:In the short term, scientists expect the world to get hotter. This year, a simmering El Niño cycle threatens to bring more scorching weather. “We do anticipate the next El Niño will bring record or near-record temperatures,” said NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt during a conference call with reporters.Already, Australia was baked in its hottest January on record, followed by massive flooding. So another record-setting year will likely lead to more heat waves around the world, along with drought and drying vegetation, contributing to massive wildfires. That in turn will cost jobs, homes, and lives.During the State of the Union this week (during which climate change did not come up), President Donald Trump announced that there would be a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to be held in Vietnam at the end of February.That left some observers wondering what such a meeting could accomplish.Pope Francis visited the United Arab Emirates this week, and during the trip, he acknowledged reports of sexual and physical abuse of nuns by priests. Through an interpreter, Francis said “there are priests and even bishops who have done that. And I believe it still happens because something doesn’t stop just because you have become aware of it.”NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports:For years, cases of abuse of women in the church have long been known. The problem persists particularly in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Italy. And yet church authorities have rarely addressed the issue publicly. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and the issue has been more widely reported. Last week, even the women’s magazine of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported on nuns having abortions or giving birth to children fathered by priests or bishops.And we also learned this week that rapper 21 Savage was born in the U.K. We know we’re not alone in thinking he was from Atlanta.Here’s how critic Jon Caramanica described him:His success, however, is especially American. Growing up in some of Atlanta’s poorest communities, 21 Savage had a troubled childhood. He’s said that he dropped out of school to sell drugs, and has spoken in interviews of a youth marked by violence and crime. But after losing a close friend and a brother to gun violence, he turned to rapping. And within a year, he was one of Atlanta’s most promising prospects.This is the American promise, no? To start from nothing and turn it into a bounty. To receive a cruel hand and still emerge victorious.And yet there is this other American promise, or threat, which is that all that comfort can be easily ripped away if it isn’t achieved in the correct fashion.In the case of 21 Savage, whose public image was built on a kind of impenetrable toughness mixed with weary resilience, this moment of vulnerability was destabilizing. Even in his most intimate music, he never presents as anything other than an agent of control.The rapper, whose name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to an expired visa. He has three children who were born in the United States.Jay-Z has reportedly hired a lawyer to defend Abraham-Joseph, according to the BBC.This week, more nations recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guido as president of his country, while President Nicolas Maduro has withheld food and medicine and other humanitarian aid from coming into Venezuela.We’re recapping the week in global news headlines.Text by Gabrielle Healy.GUESTSShane Harris, Intelligence and national security reporter, The Washington Post; Future of War fellow, New America; author, ‘At War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex’ and ‘The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State’; @shaneharrisPeter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst; vice president and director of the international security program at New America; author of “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists”; @peterbergencnnDorothy Parvaz, Global politics reporter, ThinkProgress; @dparvazFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.
If the past nine years have had you feeling on edge, Jared Diamond has good news and bad news for you.The good news: You’re not alone. “Even when I tell myself that we should be suspicious because every decade has seemed at the time to be the one offering the most cause for anxiety,” Diamond writes in his compelling new book, Upheaval, “I still have to agree: the current decade of the 2010s really is the one offering the most cause for anxiety.”The bad news, which we’ll get to later, is that things could, and might, get a whole lot worse unless the nation goes through some serious changes. Diamond, whose popular book Guns, Germs, and Steel won the author a Pulitzer Prize, doesn’t appear to have the highest of hopes for the fate of the U.S., but that’s no reason to skip Upheaval, his fascinating look at how countries have dealt with nationwide crises, and what we might be able to learn from them.The idea behind Upheaval is a captivating one that draws from both history and psychology. Diamond theorizes that nations in crisis can learn from the experiences of people in crisis, and the therapies that have been used to treat them. “There is a large body of research and anecdotal information, built up by therapists, about the resolution of personal crises,” he writes. “Could the resulting conclusions help us understand the resolution of national crises?”He lists 12 factors related to the success of people in navigating their own life upheavals, and adapts them to apply to nations. Some of these include “national consensus that one’s nation is in crisis”; “honest national self-appraisal” and “situation-specific national flexibility.” In the following chapters, he looks at several nations who have dealt with their own crises to varying degrees of success, including Japan, Indonesia, Finland and Germany.Perhaps most interesting — and chilling — is Diamond’s chapter on Chile, a country with “a long history of democratic government” until 1973, when its government was seized by its armed forces in a coup. Diamond writes that the coup was the result of “increasing polarization, violence, and breakdown of political compromise.” That might sound familiar to you, and it certainly does to Diamond.”Despite Chile’s strong democratic traditions, Chile’s political polarization and breakdown of compromise culminated in violence and a dictatorship that few Chileans had foreseen. Could that happen in the U.S.?” he asks. “Yes, the U.S. is indeed different from Chile. Some of those differences, reduce, and some of them increase, the risk of an end of democracy in the U.S. If democracy does end in the U.S., it won’t be through an uprising led by the heads of the armed forces; there are other ways to end democracy.”Toward the end of the book, Diamond takes a look at what crises the United States, and the world in general, might be forced to reckon with in the coming years. All nations are facing crises involving nuclear weapons, inequality and climate change, he writes, while the U.S. must deal with our issues of “political polarization, low voter turnout, obstacles to voter registration, inequality, limited socio-economic mobility, and decreasing government investment in public goods.”Although its subject matter is intrinsically distressing, Upheaval is not a gloomy or pessimistic book. Diamond is neither a cheerleader who promises that America, because it’s somehow special, is incapable of dying, nor a doomsayer who’s thrown up his hands and declared the inevitable end of the republic. While the country might be headed to a spot behind the eight ball, he writes, deliverance is possible if Americans don’t give in to denial. He argues that Americans should develop “the sense that something important about one’s current approach to life isn’t working, and that one has to find a new approach.”Diamond is an endlessly engaging writer, and the experience of reading Upheaval is similar to taking a college course from a professor who’s as charming as he is polymathic. He’s gifted at explaining the context of various national crises, providing fascinating background information (and sometimes personal anecdotes) without ever getting distracted by tangents. Diamond has an impressive range of knowledge — he’s an expert in a wide variety of fields, including physiology, geography and history, and his ability to draw from each of them in a way that makes sense to lay readers is extraordinary.Anyone with an interest in history, psychology, or the future of the country will find much to admire in Upheaval, and Diamond’s take on how our nation might navigate its path forward is fascinating reading for anyone anxious about the state of the republic today. “There is no way that China or Mexico can destroy the U.S,” he writes, but then warns: “Only we Americans can destroy ourselves.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Add to Queue Entrepreneur Staff If the health and well-being of a country’s people is a tangible sign of its success, the United States isn’t doing so hot, according to a recent study published in The Lancet about life-expectancy around the globe.The researchers from Imperial College London, the World Health Organization, Northumbria University and the University of Washington are predicting that in 2030, the country with the highest life expectancy for women will be South Korea — with a 90 percent probability that it will be higher than 86.7 years and a 57 percent probability that it will be higher than 90 years — followed by France, Japan and Spain.Related: Rough Day at Work? Exercise and Sleep Are the Best Ways to Shake It Off.For men, the three countries with the highest life expectancy are South Korea, Australia and Switzerland. There is a 95 percent probability that life expectancy will be higher than 80 years and a 27 percent probability that it will exceed 85 years in those countries.South Korea landed in the top spot because of factors such as improved childhood and adolescent nutrition, advances in medical technologies and access to healthcare. The high standing comes from having “maintained lower body-mass index and blood pressure than most western countries, and lower smoking in women.”Related: How 36 of the World’s Top Business Leaders Stay in Shape (Infographic)The study described the United States as having a life expectancy at birth that is “lower than most other high-income countries, and is projected to fall further behind. … The USA has the highest child and maternal mortality, homicide rate, and body-mass index of any high-income country, and was the first of high-income countries to experience a halt or possibly reversal of increase in height in adulthood, which is associated with higher longevity.”The researchers noted that the United States is the only member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that does not have “universal health coverage, and has the largest share of unmet health-care needs due to financial costs.” They also note that the country’s anticipated standing in the future stems from “high and inequitable mortality from chronic diseases and violence, and insufficient and inequitable health care.” Nina Zipkin Personal Health Next Article It isn’t the United States. –shares February 22, 2017 Image credit: digitalhallway | Getty Images 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Scientists Predict People in This Country Will Live the Longest Apply Now »
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes for Biomedical Science, awarded to immigrants who have made significant contributions to the field. Dr. Angelika Amon will receive the $100,000 Vilcek Prize, while Drs. Amit Choudhary, Jeanne T. Paz, and Mikhail G. Shapiro will each receive the $50,000 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.”Immigrant scientists are behind some of the most transformative discoveries made on American soil, as epitomized by the winners of the Vilcek Foundation Prizes,” says Jan Vilcek, Chairman and CEO of the Vilcek Foundation. “Their work has extraordinary implications for our understanding of human biology and our prospects for treating human disease.”The Vilcek Prize, awarded to individuals with records of significant accomplishment, is bestowed to Austrian-born molecular and cell biologist Angelika Amon, the Kathleen and Curtis Marble professor of cancer research and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Amon studies cell growth and division, and how errors in these processes contribute to birth defects and cancer. Her research has identified molecular, protein, and spatial signals crucial to triggering progression in cell division, as well as how certain errors in cell division, a state called aneuploidy, lead to disorders like Down syndrome. Amon has also illuminated the interplay between aneuploidy and cancer cells, increasing the potential for new treatments capable of selectively targeting cancer cells. Among other honors, Amon has been elected into the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the European Molecular Biology Organization, and received the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine.The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are awarded to emerging biomedical scientists who have shown exceptional promise early in their careers. The recipients are the following:Amit Choudhary’s research lies at the intersection of physics, biology, and chemistry. He identified a fundamental force integral to the structures of biomolecules like proteins and nucleic acids, opening up avenues for new modes of drug design and delivery, as well as insight into molecules tied to the origin of life. He refined controls for the genome-editing enzyme CRISPR-Cas9 to minimize unintended effects, increasing its potential for treating genetic disorders and curbing vector-borne diseases. His research on binge-eating snakes led to insights on insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells, suggesting possible therapeutic approaches for human diabetes. Choudhary, born in India, is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Renal Division faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an associate member of Broad Institute.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Sugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyJeanne T. Paz uses optogenetics, a technique in which light is used to control genetically modified brain cells in living animals, to understand the brain mechanisms underlying epileptic seizures in rodent models. Her work revealed the role of the basal ganglia and thalamus in mediating seizures with a genetic underpinning, as well as those following stroke-induced brain damage. Her research forms the potential basis for predicting and arresting seizures, even in cases of intractable epilepsy, with implications for treating brain disorders such as dementia as well. Paz, born in Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union), is an assistant investigator at the Gladstone Institutes and assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco.Mikhail G. Shapiro developed a new class of noninvasive imaging tools to visualize molecules and structures in living organisms at high resolution. Shapiro fashioned sensors allowing magnetic resonance imaging to visualize clinically relevant molecules, like dopamine, which play a role in various brain disorders. Then, he coopted structures known as gas vesicles, a biological feature in certain bacteria, to serve as ultrasound sensors; Shapiro also demonstrated that these and other biomolecules could be used to monitor and manipulate genetically engineered microbes, allowing for their greater potential as therapeutic drugs. Shapiro was born in Russia (then part of the Soviet Union), and is a professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.The prizewinners were selected by independent panels of biomedical experts. In addition to biomedical science, the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes also recognize immigrant contributions in culinary arts and art history. The prizewinners will be honored at a gala at the Mandarin Oriental in New York in spring 2019.The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The mission of the foundation, to honor the contributions of immigrants to the United States and to foster appreciation of the arts and sciences, was inspired by the couple’s careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their appreciation for the opportunities they received as newcomers to this country. The foundation awards annual prizes to immigrant biomedical scientists and artists, sponsors cultural programs, and manages the Vilcek Foundation Art Collections. Source:https://www.vilcek.org/news/press-release/immigrant-scientists-lead-charge-in-understanding-human-biology.html
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Reducing smoking, and its associated health effects, among Medicaid recipients in each state by just 1 percent would result in $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the following year, according to new research by UC San Francisco.The median state would save $25 million, ranging from $630.2 million in California (if the smoking rate dropped from 15.5 percent to 14.5 percent) to $2.5 million in South Dakota (if the rate dropped from 41.3 to 40.3 percent), the research found.The study, by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, is published April 12, 2019 in JAMA Network Open.”While 14 percent of all adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, 24.5 percent of adult Medicaid recipients smoke,” said Glantz. “This suggests that an investment in reducing smoking in this population could be associated with a reduction in Medicaid costs in the short run.”Related StoriesStudy finds increase in cigarette smoking among minority teens after college affirmative action bansPrenatal exposure to paternal tobacco smoking linked to high asthma riskStudy: Smoking does not shorten the length of telomeresTotal Medicaid costs in 2017 were $577 billion.”There is no question that reducing smoking is associated with reduced health costs, but it’s commonly assumed that it takes years to see these savings, which has discouraged many states from prioritizing helping smokers quit,” said Glantz.”While this is true for some diseases, such as cancer, other health risks such as heart attacks, lung disease and pregnancy complications respond quickly to changes in smoking behavior. So reducing the prevalence of smoking would be an excellent short-term investment in the physical health of smokers and the fiscal health of the Medicaid system,” he said.Glantz derived state-by-state percentages of Medicaid recipients who smoke based on data from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System, which provides the percentage of smokers among the population of each state, and the 2017 National Health Interview Survey, which identifies Medicaid recipients in four major regions in the United States (Northeast, Midwest, South and West).He then estimated potential Medicaid savings based on a previous research finding which showed that a 1 percent relative reduction in smoking prevalence is associated with a reduction of 0.118 percent in per capita health care spending.Glantz noted that the study looked only at the potential savings from reducing the total number of Medicaid recipients who smoke. But even if each smoker just smoked less, there would be additional reductions in health care costs, he said.Cost reductions from reducing smoking would continue and likely grow over the long term.”Because some health risks linked with smoking, such as cancer, can take years to fully manifest, these savings would be likely to grow with each passing year,” Glantz said.The paper shows predicted reductions in Medicaid costs by each state. Source:https://www.ucsf.edu/
SHARE elections Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday claimed that if the BJP forms the next government at the Centre, Narendra Modi will become prime minister of the country forever as there will be no election after the 2019 polls. Virtually seeking to stoke fears of an impending end of democracy in the country, Kejriwal alleged that the Modi government is “following” German dictator “Adolf Hitler’s tactics” to run the country. While making the allegations, Kejriwal appealed to the people to ensure the defeat of the saffron party. “Today, every patriot should have only one motive to stop the Modi government from coming back to power again at any cost… if they (BJP) come to power in 2019, he (Modi) will be the prime minister forever,” he said. If Modi becomes the prime minister again there will be no election in the country, warned Kejriwal. He was speaking at a function to unveil a book “Vada Faramoshi”, a compilation of replies under the Right to Information Act to queries on the Central government’s works. The book was written by Neeraj Kumar, Sanjoy Basu and Shashi Shekhar. The chief minister made the claim referring to the recent incident involving a “brutal” attack on the members of Muslim family in Gurgaon, and said the people from minority community were being “beaten up, harassed and murdered today without any fault“. “Today, anyone who questions the Modi government is labelled an ‘anti-national’,” he added. The seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will go to polls on May 12. COMMENTS Published on COMMENT Elections 2019 New Delhi SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 24, 2019 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
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