Oklahoma State-Kansas Postgame Show

first_imgCarson Cunningham joined me on a postgame show to discuss the Kansas game, why Vincent Taylor is the next Tommie Frazier and who the better coordinator is between Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer.Thanks to Carson for joining and to everyone for watching. These have become a lot of fun to do.LIVE on #Periscope: Join our postgame show to talk about #okstate’s 44-20 win over Kansas. https://t.co/G8ePjuVNSL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: DQ Osborne Makes Crazy Pick Against Kansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. DeQuinton Osborne — who shall heretofore be referred to as “The Blizzard” — had an outrageous pick against Montrell Cozart in the second half of OSU’s game on Saturday in Lawrence. He almost scored himself a Fat Guy TD but came up just short (even though he obliterated some poor Kansas offensive player). There’s a human being under there. (via @sarahcphipps) #okstate pic.twitter.com/DF230O8tEC— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Two questions here. First, does Osborne have better hands than all of the secondary or just most of it? Two, why was a 310-pound DT 10 yards off the line? Either way, enjoy the show.last_img read more

College Football Playoff Chairman Speaks on Oklahoma State-Central Michigan controversy

first_imgAmong the many controversial topics touched on during the ESPN telecast on Tuesday evening, college football playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt responded to a sore subject for OSU fans: The result of the Central Michigan game.“Oklahoma State’s record is 9-2, Hocutt said on Tuesday on the game. “However, the committee is aware of what transpired in the Central Michigan game. We’re aware.”That’s definitely good news for Oklahoma State. There has been a back-and-forth regarding the controversial ‘loss’ earlier in the season, and most recently, the committee showed a hard-line stance on the game that did not favor the surging Cowboys.“We’re viewing it as a loss,” Hocutt said on Nov. 8. “It’s not within our purview to determine wins and losses.”So while they clearly don’t view them as a 10-1 team at the moment, it seems that they’re at least taking that game into consideration. Which is a positive development.The Cowboys came in at No. 10 in the latest college football playoff rankings. But despite moving up just one spot from the last list released a week ago, Hocutt called the difference between the 6-10 teams “very close.”Oklahoma State has a bye this weekend, before going on the road to Norman to face the rival Sooners for the Big 12 title. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

10 months agoWoodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Woodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are determined to find a Director of Football.United recognise the method of having the manager controlling every aspect of the footballing structure is not sustainable.And they want to find someone who can act as a liaison between the boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The Evening Standard suggests that after parting with Jose Mourinho, United will search for a caretaker boss and a Director of Football.Candidates include the likes of Andrea Berta and Paul Mitchell. last_img

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

Quebec resisting calls to hold public inquiry into alleged abuse of Indigenous

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsQuebec police are still reeling from allegations made last fall about the alleged abuse of Indigenous women by officers in Val d’Or.The Quebec government is resisting calls to hold a public inquiry.But officials say they’re taking steps to try and address at least some of the concerns from women in the province.last_img

The Latest Canada pushes for release of jailed citizens

first_imgTORONTO — The Latest on Canada (all times local):12:30 p.m.Canada’s ambassador to China says his message to Chinese authorities is that it’s not in their interest to arrest people and use them as bargaining chips.Envoy John McCallum told reporters on Friday that his top priority is to win the release of two Canadians detained in China and to save the life of a third.China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor in an apparent relation for the arrest of top Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec 1. China also sentenced another Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, to death Monday in a sudden retrial of his drug-smuggling case.The arrest of Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States has created a growing diplomatic rift between China and Canada. Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of its founder.The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.___10 a.m.Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks.There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying. The U.S., Australia, Japan and other governments have imposed curbs on use of its technology.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada has been abundantly clear it will not compromise national security.Goodale said: “It’s a difficult challenge but we’ll not be deterred by what we believe to be right and what we believe to be in the interests of Canada.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

CN Rail line reopened after mudslide west of Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – CN Rail has reopened its rail line 40 kilometres west of Chetwynd after a mudslide derailed one of its freight trains last week.The mudslide occurred sometime overnight between Thursday and Friday, and pushed the train’s two lead locomotives off the track. No one was injured in the derailment, and the locomotives were not tipped onto their sides, meaning there were no fluids spilled and no damage to the environment.CN spokesperson Kate Fenske said that crews worked through the weekend to clear the mud and debris that had covered the rail line. She added that the rail line between Chetwynd and Prince George has since completely reopened.last_img

Alberta business forum applauds linking carbon tax implementation and pipelines

first_imgThe Newfoundland-born orator quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said this week in Calgary the discounts amount to a “crisis,” adding he holds the government accountable for that crisis.On the sidelines, executive fellow Ted Morton with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said Murphy’s speech resonates with many in the oilpatch who feel betrayed by the government in Ottawa despite Alberta’s financial contributions to the country.Trudeau said on Thursday the federal government is addressing Alberta concerns by buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer and by continuing to try to get the expansion built after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down its National Energy Board approval in August.“Until there are pipelines leaving Alberta, plural, and there is oil flowing through them that will go to international markets, and US$40 price differentials are no longer the thing, until that time, it should be illegal for two lips to close on the phrase, carbon tax,” said Murphy. LAKE LOUISE, A.B. – Social commentator Rex Murphy says it should be illegal for Canadian governments to collect carbon taxes until there are new export pipelines delivering Alberta crude oil to world markets.A sold-out audience at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum leaped to their feet in a standing ovation as the former CBC commentator ended a fiery speech criticizing environmentalists and federal politicians alike for stalling pipelines.A lack of pipeline capacity is blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that has resulted in Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude trading at as much as US$52 per barrel less than New York-traded West Texas Intermediate.last_img read more

Cong decides not to field candidates in 5 seats

first_imgKolkata: The Congress has decided not to field candidates in five seats — Bishunupur, Diamond Harbour, Asansol, Bolpur and Tamluk— as a “goodwill gesture.”The Left Front did not field candidates in four seats from where Congress nominees had been elected in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Holding the Left Front responsible for the failure to ink an electoral alliance, veteran Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said: “We wanted a complete alliance. Discussions were on with the Left Front. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We want to defeat the Trinamool Congress and the BJP and for this total alliance was necessary. “Why did the Left field candidate in the seats where Congress candidates had got more votes. We believe in political courtesy.” Left Front chairman Biman Bose had said on Tuesday that the party would field candidates in four seats from where Congress candidates had won in 2014 polls if the party did not respond. Political experts said in view of the alliance there would be triangular fight in the nine seats, four seats from where Congress candidates had won in 2014 polls and five seats where Congress did not field any candidate. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHowever, in Raigunj and Murshidabad the Congress will fight against CPI(M) candidates Mohammad Selim and Bodrudojja Khan. Selim had won by 1,634 votes only. He got 3.17 lakh votes while Deepa Das Munshi got 3.15 lakh votes in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The first ever electoral alliance between the Congress and the CPI(M) which was formed in 2016 before the Assembly election did not go well. The Left Front had managed to get only 32 seats of which CPI(M) got 26 seats while RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI got three, two and one seat, respectively. Political experts said the alliance between the Congress and the CPI(M) was not likely to work in 2014 as for hardcore Congress supporters voting for CPI(M) was “impossible” and the same logic applies to hardcore CPI(M) supporters also. It is a political compulsion of both the parties to stay together as the organisation of both the Congress and the CPI(M) has become very weak over the years. Even CPI(M) leaders admitted that it would not be possible for the party to man all the polling stations. There are 77,000 odd polling stations in Bengal. The political experts felt that alliance or no alliance Trinamool Congress would be benefitted in the ensuing election.last_img read more

Hummels not resentful over Loew decision

first_imgBerlin: Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has said he does not bear a grudge over Germany coach Joachim Loew’s decision to axe him and teammates Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng. “I myself do things that other people aren’t happy with, so I am not resentful about decisions other people make which have an effect on me,” Hummels said in an interview with Sport Bild magazine on Wednesday. Loew’s decision to send the experienced Bayern trio into international retirement sent shockwaves through German football three weeks ago. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Germany coach faced heavy criticism for the way he had communicated the decision, with Mueller saying that Loew had shown a lack of class. Hummels, though, struck a more conciliatory tone on Wednesday. “It was impossible for Loew to find the perfect way of informing us,” he said. “It was probably difficult for him to find a way in which we could all leave the discussion feeling like everything had been done in the right way.” The 30-year-old admitted that Loew’s decision had been difficult to take, but said that he is not looking back in anger at his international career. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I did feel snubbed in a way. Thomas, Jerome and I all felt that there could have been a bit more appreciation for us. But my eight years playing for Germany were great.” He did confess, however, that he has one major regret from those eight years. In last summer’s humiliating World Cup defeat by South Korea, Hummels missed a golden opportunity to score late in the game. Had his header found the net, Germany would in all likelihood have avoided a painful group-stage exit. “I’ve discussed that moment time and again with my friends. The header against South Korea had such an enormous effect, not only on the World Cup but also on what is happening now. “If I had scored, then we would have gone through and a lot of things would have turned out differently.” While he has not ruled out a return to international duty, Hummels said he is now looking to put the past behind him and focus on Bayern’s Bundesliga title defence, which continues away to Freiburg on Saturday. “The Mats Hummels who plays for Germany has been pushed aside in my head for the time being,” he said.last_img read more

My grandmother refused to share the heartwrenchin

first_imgMy grandmother refused to share the heart-wrenching details until I was in the Marine Corps. I’d heard bits and pieces about my ne’er-do-well father but didn’t fully grasp the devastation he’d left behind until Grandmother spilled the story with tears in her eyes: Your father never worked. After you were born, he stole all the money in the house, vanished, and was never seen again. Fortunately, your mother had gone back to work, earning $8 per week. However, one of the worst parts was: the store repossessed your baby carriage because your father stole the money your mother had saved to pay it off. This was 1940, and Mom didn’t have the career options women have today. We lived with Grandmother and two unmarried aunts (both born before 1900), and together they raised me. Grandmother assumed the traditional mother role, while my mom and aunts worked so we could all survive. While Mom eventually remarried, for 16 of the 18 years I lived at home, it was just four women and me. I wouldn’t bond with my stepfather—a true stand-up guy—until years later. You’d think the importance of women’s financial independence would be a no-brainer for me. But as my ex-wife and oldest daughter, Dawn, would say, “You meant well, but you were a slow learner.” When Dawn was close to age 30, she was a vice president at a major bank and managed 200 employees. The women’s movement had blossomed by then, and more and more women were popping up in the sales training courses I taught at the time. When Dawn and I talked this over, she made it clear that what I’d learned about women, work, and money from the formidable ladies who raised me was obsolete. She ended our conversation with, “Dad, you just don’t get it.” Years later I asked Dawn if I finally “got it.” She grinned and said, “You’re doing better!” I never had the courage to ask again.A Divorce Gone Right Two of the most important people in my life are my wife Jo and my ex-wife, Sonja—two wonderful ladies. Sonja and I married as teenagers and stayed together for 26 years raising three children. Sad to say, we spent the last 10 years of our marriage seeing counselors, trying our best to make it work. During a particularly difficult session, Sonja unloaded on me about all the things she was unhappy with. She came at me with both barrels. Afterward, I felt terrible that I’d unwittingly done so many things that hurt her and never knew it. Finally I asked, “My gosh, if you felt that way, why didn’t you just leave?” She looked at me, astonished, like I had just asked the dumbest question on Earth. “I was married with three small children, hadn’t worked in almost 10 years, and my parents and grandparents were dead. I was trapped. I had no place to go!” I was shocked, devastated, and speechless. Ultimately, we designed our own divorce agreement, took it to an attorney, and said, “Make it legal.” In her late 40s then, Sonja immediately started college and forged her own path. She had volunteered at the library when our children were small and loved it. She earned her degree in library sciences and worked at the library until she retired. We are still friends and want the best for each other.Equal Partnerships Equal Better Results The counselors convinced me that the best marriages are between two independent adults. You stay together because you want the marriage to work, not because you have to. Jo and I are living proof: we’ve been married—in an equal partnership—for 26 happy years and counting. Our families blended; Sonja and Jo share common hobbies and are now good friends to boot! When Jo and I were married, her father was in the last stages of Parkinson’s disease. He passed away less than three months later, and suddenly her mother gave me—her new son-in-law—power of attorney over all of her finances. While I was the most qualified to handle the job, it was an emotional drain. Jo and I cut a deal. I would take the job, but she would learn as much as she could so that when I passed away, she would never have to rely on a son-in-law (no matter how loved) or anyone else. Jo kept her promise; she’ll never be financially vulnerable like her mother.An Independent Life Lived Fully Many of our friends are widows and widowers; some lost a spouse who handled most of the money. It’s hard enough to lose your long-term partner; compounding that pain with confusion about how to protect your nest egg creates a double devastation. Even those with well-intentioned adult children cannot always rely on those children’s questionable financial skills. Suffice it to say, I spend a lot of time bringing curious but inexperienced investors like these up to speed. With that in mind, I’d like to leave you with an important tool for your financial toolbox—a tool I wish my own mother and first wife had had. To be truly financially independent, you need some of your own money. I’m not recommending spouses keep all of their finances separate. Truth be told, I’m more in the “go all in or don’t bother” marriage camp. Real life, however, is full of unknowns, and preparing for those unknowns is a critical part of money management. My mother had to fend for herself and an infant son without a college degree or much earning potential. She was a product of her time. Today, women are 33% more likely than men to have earned a college degree by age 27. When I talk to successful career women now, they share a common story: their parents drummed the importance of higher education and financial independence into their heads. As a great-grandparent, I’ve been beating that drum for several generations. What does financial independence look like in practical terms? Some pundits recommend women (and men) hold separate assets equal to at least 3-6 months’ living expenses, and I encourage new spouses to consider holding on to this sort of safety net. Be upfront with your spouse about it and encourage him or her to do the same. In the best marriages, these emergency funds foster equality and respect for the other’s independence. In less ideal circumstances, they give each spouse a personal life vest should the unexpected occur. In short, it helps ensure that both spouses stay because they want to, not because they have to. As life unfolds and spouses grow together, perhaps the most important thing women can do is to continue their financial educations. At 74, the widow’s club among my peers is growing much faster than the widower’s club, and older women with plenty of money are finding themselves vulnerable; they don’t have the skills and/or confidence to protect their hard-earned nest eggs, and that’s a damn shame. One widowed friend told Jo how “the nice young man” at her brokerage firm found bonds paying almost 6% and she bought them. I looked them up, and they were very low-rated bonds with a reasonable chance of default. Now, buying junk bonds may be just fine—if they don’t default. If they do, you can lose a ton of money. A fund holding several well-diversified bonds would have been a better choice for our friend, but she didn’t know that. Ultimately the bonds did pay off, but she acted on terrible advice, particularly for a retiree. Knowing enough so you don’t rely on bad advice from a “nice young man” or well-intentioned but clueless family or friends is important at every age. Sad to say, these poor decisions often come down to “I didn’t know what else to do.” I commend you for taking a different road. There’s a mess of conflicting financial information on the Internet, in books, and on television, making it difficult to decipher the best ways to grow and protect your money. Miller’s Money Forever is an education-driven newsletter tailored for conservative investors. We provide individual investors with the education, tools and investment recommendations essential for a rich retirement. The best part is: there’s no risk to try Money Forever for three months: if you decide it’s not for you, just call, write or email, and we’ll refund 100% of the cost without any fuss. Start your risk-free subscription to Miller’s Money Forever now.On the Lighter Side Our great-grandson, Nolan James Uhlenbrauck, was born on Saturday, weighing in at 9 lb. 7 oz. He’s a pretty hefty for a little guy born a week early. All seems to be going well. NFL football fans may remember a legendary player named William “The Refrigerator” Perry. He was one of the first players over 300 lb. to play in the NFL. A reporter once asked him about his massive size, and he responded with, “I was big even when I was little.” All of the work Nolan’s mother has and will put in reminded me of our friends at The Women’s Financial Edge, who’ve invited me to contribute from time to time; a warm thanks to their editors for inspiring this week’s missive. And, speaking of friends, you can catch me on Real Money Radio discussing long-term care with David Holland. Now, back to “football.” The World Cup is drawing a lot of attention worldwide. While Americans love their national pastime, soccer is much more popular. When I was teaching in Abu Dhabi, soccer games were on around 3 a.m. My entire class went to bed early, got up and watched the games, had breakfast, and came to class—for the entire week. It made little difference who was playing; they were emotionally invested in the sport. And finally… A warm “thank you” to Terry D. for sending along this dandy: I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I reeled from the shock, I heard my five-year-old shout from the back seat, “Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!” Until next week…last_img read more

first_img — Recommended Links •  Smart investors know that owning gold is only the first step in crisis-proofing your wealth… We recently published an entire book about safeguarding your wealth against financial disasters. It’s called Going Global 2015, and it includes some of the best research we’ve ever published. This book is jam-packed with easy-to-understand tips and strategies you can use now…no matter where you live or how big your portfolio is. We normally sell Going Global for $99. But right now we’re practically giving this book away. We only ask that you pay $4.95 to cover our processing costs. Click here to claim your copy. •  Switching gears, Walmart (WMT) just delivered some bad news… Yesterday, at its annual investor day, the retail giant said it expects profits to fall 6-12% next year. Walmart’s stock plummeted 10% on the news. This was Walmart’s biggest single-day drop in nearly three decades. The sell-off erased $21 billion in market value. In a company note, Walmart’s CEO said that rising wages are eating into company profits. Walmart gave raises to 500,000 employees earlier this year. The company started paying its entry-level employees $9 per hour, $1.75 above the federal minimum wage. Next year, the company plans to lift starting wages to $10 per hour. But Walmart’s sales aren’t growing fast enough to cover its rising costs. Walmart’s sales grew just 2% last year. This year, Walmart doesn’t expect sales to grow at all. •  Walmart also announced a $20 billion share buyback program yesterday… A buyback is one of the only ways Walmart can reward shareholders right now… A share buyback is when a company buys its own stock back from shareholders. Share buybacks cut the number of shares a company has on the market, which ups its earnings-per-share (EPS). Buybacks can make a company’s financial results look better on paper. This can help push a stock’s price higher…but it doesn’t create any real value. For the most part, buybacks only create the illusion of higher earnings. They’re a way for management to goose EPS figures without actually improving the business. Plus, money spent on buybacks is money that can’t be spent building new stores or developing new products and services. Share buybacks don’t actually help businesses grow. But regular readers know that companies in the S&P 500 are on pace to buy back nearly $1 trillion worth of their own stock this year. That would be an all-time record. •  In today’s mailbag, we share how the collapse in oil prices is affecting readers… Yesterday we told you about Williston, North Dakota, a once-booming oil town that’s quickly turning into a ghost town. Several readers wrote in with first-hand accounts of how the collapse in the price of oil is hitting the Bakken Formation and the rest of the U.S. oil industry. Craig W. says: I work in the production services side of the oil and gas business. My job requires me to crisscross the Basin, so I know it’s huge. Williston has been through a lot of booms and busts, and this is one of the biggest [busts]. Highway 85 was a lethal nightmare. Just a year ago it was busy, congested, and dangerous, with a lot of very tired drivers. There is so little traffic running now you can tell the impact of the slowdown. Donald G. says: I’ve worked for BP/Amoco for the past 34 years. I have lived on the western end of Houston since 1996. Houston has been hit very hard regarding layoffs. Work is conducted in Houston for every sector of the industry around the world, and all those sectors have been hit hard. But, there seems to be an interesting “economic momentum” pushing housing starts and small business openings here in the energy corridor. I recently asked my homebuilder why he was still building spec homes in the area, given all the layoffs and company consolidations taking place. His response was, “It’s what I do.” I took that to mean that if the banks are willing to loan him money for each house, he will build it. Chart of the Day Walmart’s stock just nosedived… Today’s chart shows the performance of Walmart’s stock over the past month. As you can see, Walmart’s stock had been climbing for the most part. Then it plummeted 10% yesterday… This was worst day for Walmart’s stock since 1988. It’s now down 30% this year. Goldsmith: Why I Work For Doug Casey Now—Eye-Opening Report from Former Stansberry Director Sean Goldsmith recently left Stansberry to work alongside one of the most influential economists in the world today, Doug Casey. There’s probably not another American alive today who has done as many international deals and learned as much about global economies, currencies, and the inner workings of foreign governments. “Now,” says Casey, “we’re on the cusp of a new and major crisis here in America, one that’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009…” Goldsmith explains the full details here. Claim 1 Free Year of “Top 1%” by Oct. 15 Until Thursday, you can claim one year of access to multimillionaire James Altucher’s hugely popular new $2,500 research letter… which shows you how to make 100% to 500%, on the top ideas from the venture capital and hedge fund world. Click here for the full details.center_img – Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida October 15, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Paul Singer says investors don’t hold enough real money… Singer runs Elliott Management, a hedge fund that manages $27 billion. Singer generated an average 14% annual return from 1977 to 2012. Remarkably, he only had two down years during that thirty-five year span. Yesterday, at a hedge fund conference in Israel, Singer said that gold is the only “real money.” He also said he’s surprised more investors don’t own gold right now. Like us, Singer thinks every investor should own gold: I like gold. I believe it’s under-owned. It should be part of every investment portfolio, maybe five percent. •  Casey readers know that gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance… People have used gold as money for thousands of years. It has protected wealth through every kind of financial disaster imaginable, including economic depressions, stock market crashes, and world wars. The price of gold hit a three-month high on Monday. In fact, gold is up 7% in the last month alone. That includes a 1.3% jump yesterday. •  At the conference, Singer also said central banks’ easy money policies have “levitated” stocks and bonds… In December 2008, the Fed dropped its key rate to effectively zero. It’s left it there ever since. The Fed also launched its first quantitative easing program, in November 2008. QE is when a central bank creates cash and injects it into the financial system. It’s basically another term for money printing. The Fed followed it up with two more rounds of QE. When it finally stopped its last round of QE in October 2014, the Fed had pumped $3.5 trillion into the U.S. financial system. Like us, Singer thinks the Fed’s easy money policies are a big reason why stocks and bonds have rallied over the past seven years… The S&P 500 has climbed 126% since November 2008. Meanwhile, yields on 10-year Treasuries, corporate bonds, and municipal bonds are half of what they were seven years ago (bond yields fall as bond prices rise). •  Singer says investors now expect central banks to “solve” every financial crisis… He calls this “the cult of central banking.” But Singer isn’t confident central bankers will be able to fend off the next crisis. He shared his doubts in Elliott Management’s second-quarter letter: Central bankers may not have the tools to combat a renewed slump. After all, with interest rates already at or near zero almost everywhere in the developed world, what would be the effects of new rounds of QE, other forms of money printing … in more places? Like us, Singer thinks easy money policies have completely warped the economy. If history is any indicator, Singer says seven years of easy money will leave a scar: Unfortunately, history has shown that governments that have abused the power to create “money” have always, eventually, paid a huge price for their profligacy. •  Singer says say things will “go to hell” if central banks decide they haven’t done enough… With interest rates already near zero, central banks only have one way to keep the easy money flowing. That’s more QE. But more QE would probably only lead to more bad financial decisions. Easy money policies have already made it ridiculously cheap to borrow money. Americans have borrowed trillions of dollars to buy stocks, bonds, houses, cars, and college educations. The Bank of International Settlements says U.S. household, corporate and government debt jumped from 218% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2007 to 239% last year. •  Eventually, easy money policies could erode the value of paper assets… But central bankers can’t destroy the value of gold. This is a big reason why Singer thinks it’s so important to own gold right now: Gold would do well if people felt they needed some real asset to protect against inflation, government policy and/or diversification from stocks and bonds.last_img read more

Oxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins

first_imgOxidative stress has long been considered to be involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Our work, however, reveals a new intriguing mechanism that may link oxidative stress to disease development. We show that under oxidative stress the propensity of alpha-synuclein to ‘travel’ from one neuron to the other is significantly enhanced, thus facilitating the exchange of harmful protein species, occurrence of pathology and the spreading of this pathology throughout the brain.”Professor Donato Di Monte, senior DZNE scientist, who headed the current research He adds, “Although in our study we induced oxidative stress artificially in laboratory models, we know that increased production of deleterious oxygen species could occur in Parkinson’s brain. It might be caused by a variety of conditions, such as genetic mutations and environmental exposures and might be related to the aging process itself, as some of the cellular mechanisms counteracting oxidative stress decline with age. Parkinson’s is an age-related disease, making it quite likely that aging brain cells would become more vulnerable to pathological processes involving oxidative stress.”Experimental settingRelated StoriesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyStudy reveals how genetic message to produce healthy heart tissue is altered during stress, agingIn a series of experiments, Di Monte and colleagues studied mice that overproduced alpha-synuclein in a specific brain region, namely the dorsal medulla oblongata, known to be a primary target of alpha-synuclein pathology in Parkinson’s disease. Under this condition, the researchers were able to show oxidative stress, formation of small alpha-synuclein aggregates (so called oligomers) and neuronal damage. Increased production of alpha-synuclein also led to its “jump” from donor neurons in the medulla oblongata into recipient neurons in neighboring brain regions that became affected by progressive alpha-synuclein accumulation and aggregation. Interestingly, treatment of mice with paraquat, a chemical agent that generates substantial amounts of reactive oxygen species and thus triggers an oxidative stress, exacerbated alpha-synuclein pathology and resulted in its more pronounced spreading throughout the brain.”Our findings support the hypothesis that a vicious cycle may be triggered by increased alpha-synuclein burden and oxidative stress,” Di Monte said. “Oxidative stress could promote the formation of alpha-synuclein aggregates which, in turn, may exacerbate oxidative stress. Jumping from neuron to neuron, this toxic process could affect more and more brain regions and contribute to progressive pathology and neuronal demise.”Abnormal proteinsThe precise mechanisms underlying enhanced neuron-to-neuron transfer of alpha-synuclein under oxidative stress are not fully understood. However, more detailed analyses by Di Monte and colleagues, including in-vitro experiments, revealed formation and accumulation of abnormal forms of alpha-synuclein that were oxidized and nitrated as a result of oxidative stress. These abnormal protein species were found to be particularly mobile and more prone to travel from donor to recipient cells.”Identification of toxic alpha-synuclein species with high propensity to aggregation and spreading bears significant implications,” Di Monte said. “They could be targeted for therapeutic intervention that may prevent early disease development and/or counteract the progression of pathology at later disease stages.” Source:DZNE – German Center for Neurodegenerative DiseasesJournal reference:Musgrove, R.E. et al. (2019) Oxidative stress in vagal neurons promotes parkinsonian pathology and intercellular α-synuclein transfer. Journal of Clinical Investigation. doi.org/10.1172/JCI127330. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 17 2019Oxidative stress could be a driving force in the spreading of aberrant proteins involved in Parkinson’s disease. This is the result of lab studies by researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). The findings are published in the “Journal of Clinical Investigation”.Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease with clinical manifestations that include motor (e.g., tremor and slowness in movements) as well as non-motor (e.g., sleep disorders and depression) symptoms. At the microscopic and pathological levels, the disease is characterized by accumulation of abnormal intraneuronal inclusions. They are formed as a result of aggregation of a protein called “alpha-synuclein”. In the course of the disease, these inclusions progressively appear in various brain regions, contributing to the gradual exacerbation of disease severity.The mechanisms behind this advancing pathology are poorly understood. Research by DZNE scientists now indicates that “oxidative stress”, i.e. an excessive and uncontrolled production of reactive oxygen species, could play an important role in the pathological spreading of alpha-synuclein. The findings are based on in-vivo studies with mice and in-vitro experiments in cultured cells.last_img read more

Engineers add sense of touch to prosthetic hand

first_img Citation: Engineers add sense of touch to prosthetic hand (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-prosthetic.html The research team, funded through a training grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, created an “electronic skin” which they placed over the thumb and index finger of a prosthetic hand. The skin contains biosensors in a configuration that mimics the touch and pain receptors in human skin. The skin is electronically connected to the nerves in the arm that are involved in relaying the sensations of touch and pain to the brain. Luke Osborn first author of the publication and a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Instrumentation and Neuroengineering Laboratory, directed by professor Nitish Thakor, explained the design of the technology. “The electronic sensing skin we call an e-dermis was designed to fit over prosthetic devices that are already in use by individuals. It will allow the wearer to tell the shape of what he or she is picking up. Sharp objects will actually cause the feeling of pain, which is an attempt to give the person a range of realistic sensations. It could also help avoid picking up something sharp that could damage the prosthetic.”This version of the e-dermis was designed to be able to distinguish a round shape from a pointed, pain-inducing shape. The team is working on expanding the abilities of the e-dermis to include temperature perception. Beyond making prosthetic fingers more human, the team envisions other uses for the technology such as enhancing the sense of touch in augmented reality systems. The e-dermis could also be incorporated into the gloves of astronauts where enhanced sensation could help them perform intricate tasks more quickly and with more precision. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further New ‘e-dermis’ brings sense of touch, pain to prosthetic handscenter_img Provided by National Institutes of Health Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created an electronic skin, which when added to a prosthetic hand allows the user to feel objects as if through their own hand, including feeling pain when touching a sharp object. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Team develops thermoelectric device that generates electricity using human body heat

first_img Power management circuits that amplify low voltages for efficient use of energy obtained from body temperature. Credit: The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) Provided by National Research Council of Science & Technology The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in South Korea developed a thermoelectric module that generates electricity using human body heat. The module, which is 5 cm in width and 11 cm in length, can convert body heat energy into electricity and amplify it to power wearable devices. Wearing thermal electric devices that supply power based on body temperature are attached to the skin to illuminate the LED display. Credit: The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) When a patch-like structure is attached upon the thermoelectric device, a temperature difference occurs between the skin and the structure, imitating the sweat glands structure. This core technology is called “biomimetic heat sink.” It increases the output of the thermoelectric module by five times that of conventional products, maximizing the energy efficiency.The device also incorporates the power management integrated circuit technology that keeps efficiency above 80 percent even at low voltages and converts it to a chargeable voltage. In particular, the research team succeeded in generating a 35 microwatts per square centimeters (uW/cm2) output, which is 1.5 times higher than the 20 uW/cm2 output previously developed by U.S researchers.It has been confirmed that when six devices are modularized in a bundle, they can generate up to a commercialization level of 2~3 milliwatts (mW). Unlike disposable batteries, they can continuously generate energy from the human body temperature. In fact, the research team succeeded in lighting the letters “ETRI” on the LED display board by boosting the voltage generated from the six devices attached to the wrist of an adult without any batteries. Flexible thermoelectric generator module: a silver bullet to fix waste energy issuescenter_img Explore further In addition, a dry adhesion method that utilizes nano structure was used to attach to the skin contact area, whereas for the outer part of the module, micro structure was used to prevent easy tearing. This micro-nano hierarchical structure facilitate more stable adhesion on the human skin which have various roughness.The research team is currently carrying out a follow-up study to implement the power management circuit in one chip. The purpose of the study is to improve wearability in a moving situation while decreasing the discomfort of wearing patches. ETRI predicts the technology to be commercialized in two to three years. Citation: Team develops thermoelectric device that generates electricity using human body heat (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-team-thermoelectric-device-electricity-human.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What Would You Do If We Found Aliens Survey Asks

first_img 13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens The quest to identify UFOs and even find intelligent life on other worlds has been heating up for decades … to no avail. But there are still plenty of spots and wavelengths where aliens could be hiding. So, what would humans do if we found concrete evidence that we are not alone in the universe? Turns out, there’s no real plan for how humanity would respond, let alone how we would deal with such a monumental discovery. The U.K. SETI Research Network (UKSRN) wants to change that by asking Earthlings their views on the search for aliens and how they’d react to a discovery. The network announced the survey, which it said is the largest such survey to date, yesterday (July 1) during the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, according to The Guardian. [Greetings, Earthlings! 8 Ways Aliens Could Contact Us] The online survey includes questions such as: AdvertisementFamous People Who Believe in AliensFrom pop stars to Hollywood actors to politicians, here are 13 famous people who believe in aliens.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65848-alien-contact-seti-survey.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:2601:26Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers If we discover a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, would you: — Not care much about it? — Just follow the news, comment? — Interact on social media about this topic? And this one: Some people think we should send messages into space even if we don’t receive a message first. What is your opinion? — This is a bad idea. We should ban people from sending messages. — There should be rules or laws about who can send messages and what they can say. — Anybody who wants to send a message into space should be allowed to do so. So, what are the odds we’d really need answers to these questions? To date, a lot of effort and money have gone into listening for alien signals. For instance, Breakthrough Listen’s team at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center released 1 million gigabytes of data related to such a quest. The scientists had looked for anomalous pings in both radio and optical wavelengths emitted by 1,327 star systems. The result? None of those signals could be traced to anything other than human sources. Just this month, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) celebrated 50 years of looking for and studying UFO phenomenon. The nonprofit relies on volunteers to help find and identify these objects. Though the members insist that “we are not alone,” they have yet to spot conclusive evidence to support that claim. Even the U.S. government has suggested it’s serious about investigating bizarre craft of unknown origin. In 2017, the Pentagon confirmed that a secret “UFO” office — called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program — had spent $22 million over five years to study such baffling aeronautical reports. And even though funding ended in 2012, the program apparently remained alive. More recently, declassified videos have shown U.S. Navy pilots talking about seeing UFOs that demonstrated unexplainable properties. “Despite the fact that we [have] never detected a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, this does not mean that it is never going to happen. What if it does?” Martin Dominik, an astrophysicist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, told Live Science in an email. “The SETI community are currently rethinking this issue in the wake of the spread of social media and fake news. If there are consequences for the wider public, the decision about where to go becomes a political one rather than a scientific one,” said Dominik, who is also a UKSRN member. What have researchers learned so far from the survey responses? “I do not want to release any data at this moment, because it would bias the views of those who are still to respond,” Dominik said. Check out the survey and let the SETI group know what you’d do upon contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. 80 Years Ago, ‘News’ of an Alien Invasion Terrified Radio AudiencesEighty years ago today (Oct. 30), radio audiences were stunned by a purported news broadcast describing an “alien invasion” in New Jersey.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65848-alien-contact-seti-survey.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1202:12Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 center_img Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoInfinityKloudSmart USB Stick Backs Up Everything On Your Computer.InfinityKloudUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo 9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yetlast_img read more

Madhya Pradesh Prisoner gets 1year jail for attacking inmate over comment on

first_img Press Trust of India SagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 19:50 IST A court in Madhya Pradesh sentenced a prisoner to one year in jail for attacking an inmate during an argument over Honeypreet Insan. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA court in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh has sentenced a prisoner to one year in jailThe prisoner has been sentenced for attacking an inmate over an argument on Honeypreet InsanHoneypreet Insan is the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim SinghA court in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh has sentenced a prisoner to one year in jail for attacking an inmate during an argument over Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.On September 27, 2017, Mukesh Raikwar (26) had attacked fellow prisoner Pratap Rajput in Sagar’s Central Jail with a tin dustbin after the latter spoke ill of Insan while watching television news about Rahim Singh’s conviction for rape in Panchkula in Haryana, said District Prosecutor’s Media In-charge Brajesh Dixit.”Rajput said Insan would have to pay the price for her misdeeds. This irked Raikwar who attacked Rajput. The jail authorities lodged a case against Raikwar in Gopalganj Police Station,” he said.On Friday, First Class Judicial Magistrate Karnal Singh Shyam sentenced the accused to one year in jail under section 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC, Dixit said.ALSO READ | MP government set to boost job opportunities up to 70% for youthALSO READ | Ram Rahim’s Honeypreet Insaan has no money to hire lawyerALSOWATCH | Jaipur minor rape: CCTV footage shows abduction of 7-year-old girlFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Madhya Pradesh: Prisoner gets 1-year jail for attacking inmate over comment on Honeypreet InsanA court in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh has sentenced a prisoner to one year in jail for attacking an inmate during an argument over Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.advertisement Nextlast_img read more