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Victoria’s under 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will come together this weekend to learn from some of Australia’s best coaches and players as part of the 2013 Touch Football Victoria Junior Elite camp. On Saturday, 20 July and Sunday, 21 July the teams will converge on Lake Dewar Lodge in Myrniong in the lead up to their respective national events later in the year – for the under 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships and for the under 15’s teams, the School Sport Australia National Championships. Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, Australian 20’s Girls coach, Swain Rovelli, Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy and Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant will attend the camp to share their skills and knowledge with Victoria’s best up-and-coming talent. For more information about the weekend, please stay tuned to the Touch Football Victoria website – www.victouch.com.au. Related LinksTFV Jnr Elite Camp
The homeless count will occur over a span of 24 hours, beginning the night before April 18th and will include counts in shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight. During the day, the same procedure will occur; with mechanisms in place to avoid duplicating persons who have been counted already.Each person that is counted will be asked to complete a survey about their living situation to highlight needs for at-risk individuals, which can give feedback on potential future funding to help combat homelessness. The survey’s full results should be publicly available several months after the count is completed.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is currently searching for volunteers to help with this year’s homeless count. Each volunteer must be available the day of the count, and for a training session that is taking place the evening of Tuesday, April 10th. A survey has been created to identify the commitments of each volunteer best and can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJ2018.The Province is investing $550,000 to fund the counts in the 12 communities and plans to report on the preliminary results by early summer. The Homelessness Action Plan is expected to be released later this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Province will coordinate homeless counts in up to 12 communities around B.C. including here in Fort St. John.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society announced earlier this month; they would take on coordinate Fort St. John’s first-ever homeless count.Homeless counts provide vital information, including the demographics and service needs of people experiencing homelessness. They also help establish a benchmark to measure the progress made to reduce homelessness over time. Staff from the Women’s Resource Society also appeared before Fort St. John City Council Monday to talk more about the plan and how the community can help.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their loose talk on chat show “Koffee With Karan” before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul’s respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of teh April 11 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a gruelling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI’s ad-hoc Ethics Officer, made it clear that for the matter to reach its logical conclusion, the duo needs to depose. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said. It is understood that both players have to appear in person and not through their legal representatives. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to him for the completion of inquiry. Jain has also received a complaint about former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s alleged ‘Conflict of Interest’ in his dual role of being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and an adviser to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. “I am supposed to receive a fresh set of complaints on various issues today. I don’t know whether the issue (Ganguly’s Conflict) is in this lot or not. As and when I get the details, I will have a detailed look into the matter,” said Jain.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has posted a cryptic message on social media following his team’s 2-1 victory over Leicester on opening night in the Premier League, according to ESPN.Pogba was named captain for the night opened the scoring with a coolly taken penalty as early as the third minute of the game.The 25-year-old performance was praised by club manager Jose Mourinho after featuring for 80mins despite only resuming training on Monday.Pogba posted an image on social media with the caption: “I’ll always give my best for the fans and my teammates regardless of what’s going on.”Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Pogba has been linked with a move to Barcelona and a return to Juventus as reports of a rift between him and Jose Mourinho continues.However, United insists the player isn’t for sale and won’t be entertaining offers for the World Cup winner. The Manchester United hierarchy are hoping that both player and manager to sort out all their differences as they look to challenge rivals Manchester City for the title this season.
Jose Mourinho knows all about Mesut Ozil and warned Arsenal manager Unai Emery that unless he finds the “right balance” in his approach then he will likely never get the best out of the GermanThe unsettled star has missed several key games over the last few months at Arsenal, which has prompted talk of a possible exit.Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit has even gone as far as to suggest that Ozil’s lost his motivation after winning everything he set out to do and added that his retirement from international football has likely had a bad impact on him.And things appear to not be improving soon for Ozil at the Emirates Stadium after being left on the bench in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Now Mourinho, who Ozil starred for at Real Madrid, believes Emery must find a way to not take either a too soft or hard approach when it comes to dealing with the 30-year-old.“Honestly, I don’t know what is going on, if he is having a physical problem or not,’ The Portuguese coach told beIN Sports.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”
Holtzbrinck, whose portfolio includes Nature and Scientific American, will hold 53 percent of the new joint company. The newly combined group will have a valuation of more than €5 billion ($5.81 billion USD). Springer Science CEO Derk Haank tells Reuters that the merger will create economies of scale that will enable the group to invest in product. Not included in the merger are Holtzbrinck’s IT, software and consumer books divisions. Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, owners of Macmillan Science and Education, and BC Partners, owners and fund advisors of Springer Science+Business, have reached a merger agreement to join the two groups. The transaction is still pending approval from various competition authorities, which should conclude in the first half of 2015.
The photo shows chaotic situation on a road. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) ministers, parliamentarians, leaders and their relatives are largely responsible for the chaotic situation prevailing in the public transport sector, bus owners and experienced drivers say.The situation has worsened after the officials of law enforcement agencies started doing business in the sector buying buses and minibuses in the name of other persons, they claimed.The ruling party leaders and their relatives control the bus owners and workers’ associations in the capital, which restricts the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and law enforcement agencies to take effective actions against the vehicles without fitness and route permit, and the drivers who drive recklessly, they say.There is no more rule of law in the roads, they observed.The chaotic situation of the transport sector came to the fore after school and college students began a demonstration demanding punishment to those responsible for 29 July accident on Dhaka airport road, which killed two of their fellows, and resignation of the shipping minister for his comments on the accident.Abdul Karim Rajib and Dia Khanam Mim, class XII and XI students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment School and College, were killed on the spot after an Uttara-bound bus of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ lost control and ran over the students standing beside the road around 12:00 noon.Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan’s brother-in-law Syed Nurul Haque alias Nannu was one of the directors of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan bus service. He, however, told Prothom Alo that he is no longer involved with the company and sold his buses three years ago.Shahjahan Khan is the president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. Some 70 buses of Kanak Paribahan, owned by his brother Hafizur Rahman, operate in three routes in the capital.The minister encourages the transport workers to stage demonstrations whenever citizens demand safety on roads or courts take action against reckless driving. He advised the workers from a meeting at his home to enforce strike after a court handed down death sentence to a driver and lifetime imprisonment to another one in February 2017.Bangladesh Road Transport Samity president and state minister for cooperatives Mashiur Rahman Ranga was also present in the meeting.Shipping minister, however, on Wednesday told Prothom Alo that slowly the transport sector is being disciplined and the number of road accidents is waning as he is in leadership.Another influential person of this sector is Dhaka Road Transport Owners Association general secretary Khandaker Enayet Ullah, a vice-president of AL’s Dhaka north unit.Mentioning that he is in the business for the last 35 years, he said, there is no such law in Bangladesh that bars people from a certain profession to do politics here.AL MPs Pankaj Nath, AKM Shamim Osman and two former MPs Shahida Tarekh Dipti and Ashrafunnesa Mosharraf (Swapna Services) are also involved in the transport business.Swechhsebak League general secretary Pankaj Nath-owned bus service company ‘Bihanga Paribahan’ began its journey in 2009. The transport committee of the government gave permission to 240 buses of Bihanga Paribahan to operate on five routes in and around the capital.Shamim Osman’s bus service company is ZN Corporation. Some 50 AC buses of this company were permitted to operate between Dhaka’s Gulistan and Narayanganj.Besides, MPs’ family members, Dhaka city Awami League leaders and associate bodies of the ruling party, Dhaka city corporations’ councillors are also involved in the business.Officials of the government and law enforcement agencies are also found to be involved in the business. Relatives of a few high officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) do the business jointly with several companies. Several persons of a certain district have opened public transport companies in the last few years.Most of these ministers, MPs, and influential persons have become owners of bus companies after the Awami League came to power in 2009. Earlier, ministers and MPs, including public works minister Mirza Abbas, of BNP-Jamaat alliance government used to do the business.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Juba League, youth wing of Awami League, president Mainul Hossain Khan alias Nikhil is the chairman of Chalan Paribahan. Mohona Paribahan is the company of MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder’s brother Anwar Hossain Majumder, also Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Awami Leagu’s information and research secretary.Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit Swechhasebak League general secretary and DNCC councillor Faridur Rahman alias Iran is the chairman of Desh Bangla Paribahan.Glory Express is owned by former Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque’s brother AKM Ismail Haque. He is the president of Shariatpur district unit of Awami League and chairman of Naria upazila.Awami Motorchalok League joint general secretary and Dhaka north metropolitan unit Sramik League organising secretary Kalu Sheikh has got permission to operate three bus companies in the city in the last three-four years. They are Welcome, Moumita Transport and Swajan Paribahan.VIP Classic is the company of AL’s Dhaka (north) metropolitan unit organising secretary Zahirul Haque while Swechhasebak League’s central joint general secretary Gazi Mesbaul Hossain’s sister Parvin Hossain is the managing director of Cantonment Paribahan. Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Ajay Kar Khokon’s company is AK Paribahan.Bangladesh Passengers’ Welfare Association secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury told Prothom Alo that the ruling party men could have played a positive role in developing the transport sector’s chaotic condition.But they’ve been using it against the people’s interest. This is why death toll and chaos on the roads is on the rise, he added.*The piece, published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.
Kolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra made a scathing attack at the Centre for its “attempt” to control the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. This comes when there would be a loss of Rs 35,849 crore for Bengal, if the 2011 census is used as TOR of the Finance Commission.He was speaking in the state Assembly on Tuesday, during discussion over deprivation by the Centre in allocation of funds to the state government. A resolution was brought in the Assembly in this connection, in which the issue of the TOR of the Finance Commission has come up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePartha Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister, also stated how Bengal is getting deprived of its rights as the Centre has reduced and even stopped giving its share of funds for different projects.Mitra said this is the first time when there has been attempts of the Centre in controlling the TOR of the Finance Commission, as it has been stated that “the Commission shall use the population data of 2011 while making its recommendation”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said: “It would lead to a loss of Rs 35,849 crore between 2020 to 2025 if the Fifteenth Finance Commission gives its recommendations on the basis of the 2011 census. In between 2020-21 and 2024-25, the state government will have to pay Rs 36,510 crore to clear its debt.”The population share in Bengal, which was 8.16 percent in 1971, had come down to 7.67 percent in 2011.He further said that it has been stated that the commission will examine whether revenue deficit grants would be provided at all. “This shows that it is direct intervention in a statutory body,” he said. He further said that he had attended a meeting in Andhra Pradesh, in which the ChiefMinister of Puduchery, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Finance ministers of Kerala,Punjab and Andhra Pradesh were present. There was a detaileddiscussion over the TOR andrepresentatives of the six states went to the President to submita memorandum in this connec-tion.He further stated that there has also been steps to introduce surge charges and cess in most cases, as the state government doesn’t get its devolution from it. But in case of tax, there has to be devolution of Central tax to the states.This comes when almost all the political parties in Bengal had demanded enhancement of devolution of Central taxes to the states from 42 percent to 50 percent before the Fifteenth Finance Commission, during its visit in Bengal.
The year 2019 will be a season of contrasts as all the previous fashion rules will be broken. Untraditional aesthetics will take the spotlight, menswear and womens wear will shift through global cultures and comfort will be the key. Experts list some ways to revamp your closet in the coming year. Untraditional aesthetics: Following are some of the untraditional aesthetic trends that would be the talk of the town for the coming year. Like heat lock apparels which are lightweight fabrics with micro fibre to regulate the body temperature. Aqua sorb apparels which block rain and snow and allow vapours to dry the heat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUpcoming trends: This year, oversized, unstructured outerwear will rule the trend. From classic and fitted to unstructured and modern, tracksuits will become a major fashion staple. The trousers will become baggier as hemlines will get wider. This season’s twist comes in the pastel pile-up head-to-toe in layers and tiers upon tiers of same shade. Be it apparels, shoes or bags, this trend will work well in all cases. In accessories, statement belts will be seen everywhere. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSay hi to big sunnies: The eyewear trend that is bound to transform your entire look is big sunnies in edgy colours! The narrow sunglasses have stayed in vogue massively this year and 2019 will witness a stylish comeback of large glares. The oversized sunglasses are designed to accentuate any look and never go out of style in the age of ever-changing trends. Get your hands on the trendsetting sunglasses to be an ultimate head-turner wherever you go. Meet minimalistic: The perfect companion in 2019 for any occasion would be the all-time favourite – minimalistic glasses owing to their versatility and charming appeal. So wait no more! Bid adieu to your mundane shades and let your eyes do the talking with ‘barely-there’ shades. White sneakers: White men’s trainers are a must if you want to wear something sporty yet trendy. One could argue that they get dirty but they go with everything and the colour gives us the option to play with it when you play with winter layering.
Three shark attacks within three hours on same Florida beach Source: The Associated Press Tweet Monday, September 19, 2016 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Three surfers suffered shark bites in separate attacks over a three-hour period in the same area of a Florida beach.The attacks began Sunday morning when the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue agency says a 43-year-old man was bitten on the lower leg or ankle while surfing. About a half hour later, a 36-year-old old man was bitten on the hands. Both men were hospitalized.About two hours after that, the agency says a 16-year-old boy was bitten on his inner thigh. He had only a minor injury and wasn’t taken to the hospital.All the bites came near a jetty in an area well-known for shark activity.Afterward, beach safety officials instructed beachgoers not to go in the water above their knees. Tags: Florida << Previous PostNext Post >>
Categories: News 23Mar Rep. Forlini celebrates ‘March is Reading Month’ at local schools State Rep. Anthony Forlini has been busy celebrating March is Reading month with visits to local schools in the L’Anse Creuse School District.Rep. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, read Friday afternoon to Ms. Erica Leigh’s and Mrs. Michelle Allmacher’s second graders at Graham Elementary, and was back at it today with a visit to Lobbestael Elementary, where he read to Ms. Krysten Page’s and Ms. Judy Nurse’s second grade classes.“Reading is a skill that is imperative in ensuring the success of our children,” said Rep. Forlini. “One of the most important things we can do for our children is read to them.”Rep. Forlini read “The Tooth Book” by Dr. Seuss and “Tooth Trouble” by Jane Clarke and Cecilia Johansson. He said the children welcomed him with a big hello and were very engaged as they talked about the books.“It was great to see the children so engaged and excited about reading,” Rep. Forlini said. “It is important that we not only emphasize its importance, but that we also show them how fun reading is!”March is Reading Month, which is celebrated each year in classrooms across the country, was established in honor of the month of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Orange reported 5.463 million IPTV and satellite customers in France at the end of the third quarter, up 141,000 on the previous quarter and up by 581,000 on the same period for the prior year. Overall broadband customers in the French market numbered 10.046 million, including 273,000 fibre-to-the-home customers. Third quarter fixed broadband revenues in France were flat at €1.005 billion.Elsewhere, Orange had mixed news on the TV front. In Poland, Orange had 702,000 IPTV and satellite customers at the end of September, up by only 3,000 on the previous quarter and 7,000 on September 2012.The company’s base of IPTV customers in Spain, where Orange relaunched its service at the end of September, numbered 62,000, a quarter-on-quarter decline of 3,000 and a year-on-year decline of 7,000.Overall, Orange posted 3Q revenues of €10.162 billion, down 4% year-on-year.“The number of broadband conversion customers has grown by more than 70% year-on-year in France, Spain and Poland, plus 52% in France, plus 127% in Spain and multiplied by 30 in Poland. We saw an increase in demand for very high-speed both in mobile and fixed markets,” said Orange chief financial officer Gilles Pellissier on a conference call following the results. “In France, the pick-up of fibre is confirmed with 273,000 FTTH customers at the end of September. This is materialised by now a base of 6,000 connections per week in September, and we expect to reach nearly 8,000 connections per week at year end, being probably on the top list amongst European operators the numbers of new connections per week.”
In This Issue. * Fed Monetary Balance increases. * While ECB’s decreases. * Weak PMI’s for Russia & India. * Swedish krona outperforms on data. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. A Soft Bias To Sell Dollars. Good Day! . And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well another day of recovery in the rear view mirror, has me ready to slay a dragon this morning! HA! There are no dragons to slay, and if there were, I would be the biggest coward about slaying them! The only dragons these days, are cartoons, or Gov’t figures. Hmmm. Oh, stop it Chuck! Jimmy Buffett is singing, stars fell on Alabama to start the day, so that mellow song, just put me back on track to be a good boy. I had another email from a dear reader that asked me the question that I’ve answered so many times I could do it in my sleep! The question? Why, with all the problems in the Eurozone, is the euro more than 1/3-rd cent more valuable than the dollar? Ahhh, grasshoppers. I’ve got this one. There are lots of things to consider, but for now, the thing the markets are focusing on is the fact that the U.S. Fed’s Monetary Balance just keeps climbing. Last May it was roughly $3.3 Trillion, and this May it is roughly $4.276 Trillion. Nearly a $1 Trillion increase in a year, while over at the European Central Bank (ECB) their Monetary Balance is decreasing. Last May it was roughly 2.5 Trillion euros, and this May it is roughly 2.1 Trillion euros. And in the end, the it is the opinion of the markets that the euro should be stronger than the dollar. Of course that could be questioned tomorrow, when the ECB meets and announces their flavor of stimulus that they’ve chosen for the Eurozone economy. Should they go too far, in the markets’ opinion, the euro could be sent to the woodshed, but, if they settle for what’s already priced into the euro, (negative deposit rates) the euro could very well rally. So the risk is high going into tomorrow’s ECB meeting. But, knowing the risk is out there, didn’t stop the euro from adding about ¼-cent to its value yesterday. The euro bugs were feeling a little frisky. But today, they have returned to the places with bright shining faces, and their tails between their collective legs, as the euro has given back those frisky feelings from yesterday. Speaking of the euro. Yesterday, I said that Eurozone inflation had ticked down from 11.8% to 11.7%… Of course that couldn’t be correct, since inflation in the Eurozone isn’t even 1%! I was talking about Unemployment in the Eurozone. I guess I have inflation or the lack of it in the Eurozone on my mind, eh? So, anyway, Unemployment ticked down in April. Sorry for the confusion. I guess I was still feeling the effects of my whacked out day! Most of the currencies are flat to up just a bit this morning, as there is a slight bias to sell dollars in the markets, but that, as we are so darn well aware of, can change in a heartbeat, especially when the New York boys and girls arrive at their desks, and see what they’ve been told to do by management. Yesterday, there was some good data printed in Australia, so let’s go downunder and see what’s going on, eh? Aussie 1st QTR GDP increased from 2.7% in the last quarter to 3.5%! That beat the estimates (3.2%), and it really surprised the markets, who had drank the Kool-Aid that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had been serving about the economy being bleak. There was some other news from Australia yesterday that I’m sure flew under the radar of the markets, except the bond-guys. And that is as of last week, there is a Record Net Holdings of Aussie Bonds by foreigners. Given the Huge maturities last month in A$ bonds, this is good news, as an mass exit from these bonds by foreigners could have really put the A$ in a tight headlock. So, the A$ is up just a small bit this morning. And as my longtime friend who also happens to be the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, likes to say. That’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. You know what? I just realized that since April 2010, Frank no longer says that to me. I think you know why. HA! The New Zealand dollar / kiwi is off a bit this morning, which is troublesome to me, in that this marks two consecutive days of weakness in kiwi, which should be garnering all the love it can stand from investors looking for positive rate differentials, with an added possibility of a boost in the differentials. Well, the PMI’s (manufacturing indexes) from around the world have, for the most part, printed and put to bed. And for the most part, the indexes from around the world have increased, which is a good sign for global growth. Of course we still don’t know for sure what happened in the U.S. and what the actual index number is, given the games that were played with the data the other day. But, the point I’m getting to here is that in two of the countries that have seen good rallies in their currencies, the Russia and India, their manufacturing indexes left a lot to be desired, thus taking the starch out of the rallies for their respective currencies. Someone asked me about Russian rubles the other day. And I said that we’re working on being able to offer the currency, but if you ask me what the ruble is all about, I would say that in my humble opinion, which could be wrong, the ruble is an oil play, plain and simple. What do you think about the price of Oil? I see where the Saudis issued a communique that talked about what they saw as a fair price for a barrel of Oil, which was $100. It must be storming like crazy outside, I’ve heard loud thunder, I’ve seen bright flashes of lightening, and now the TV’s we have on the trading floor are out. I could go into the problems that you have with storms when using a dish. but since that’s all we can get here, I think it’s not a problem at all! HA! And I’ve talked more about India and Indian rupees in the past few months than I’ve talked about them in all my time writing! So I won’t go into why I think that this weakness in the rupee is short-term, and look for better times, as new leader Modi implements his plans to unlock the Indian economy. Look, I went ahead and told you any way! The Swedish krona is outperforming this morning on some stronger data prints. Industrial Production and their manufacturing index (PMI) both beat estimates and previous prints. Industrial Production in Sweden for April increased 4.5% VS 3.3% in March, and the May PMI increased to 58.5 from 57.9 in April. So take that you rate cut campers! It seems like that about every couple of weeks I’m writing about the krona outperforming the other currencies overnight on stronger data prints. But still the rate cut campers have a governor on the krona. There’s an old song. um, um, um, um, um, um. Really! That’s the title of the song! And it’s what I sing a lot when I see data like this, and then a day later, it is swept under a rug. Gold is weaker this morning again. But I must point out something that had escaped my memory, which I must say, a lot of things are doing these days. But my good friends, the Aden Sisters, Mary Anne and Pamela, reminded me of. I’ll let these two fabulous ladies tell you in their own words. “Gold is entering a seasonally slow period. This could last for another month or so, but seasonality alone doesn’t explain why the decline was so steep and sudden.” The U.S. Data Cupboard has some good stuff for us today. The ADP Employment Change for May, the April Trade Deficit, and the U.S. Fed Beige Book, along with some other not that so important data. Well, the U.S. Data Cupboard gave us a couple of prints yesterday. Leading off was the April Factory Orders print, which showed a .7% increase, which sounds good, but when compared with March, you know when bad weather was hurting the U.S., Factory Orders increased 1.5%… So, more rot on the vine in April. Then we saw the vehicle Sales for May, and I guess people are still out buying cars, and why not? Financing rates are still near zero, and unless you’re buying a Lamborghini, there are still opportunities to buy. And then there are three other things to talk about with the U.S. economy. I don’t mean to be gloom and doom folks, but I just want to point out that other people, and organizations that track this stuff are beginning to agree with me on the economy. It’s a groundswell of thoughts, we just need to get this to the point of a shouting campaign so that the Fed hears us loud and clear! OK. First out of the starters blocks is something I came across yesterday. So, I was going through zerohedge.com yesterday, as usual I must add, and came across something that really caught my eye. According to the BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis) the people that do a calc that gives us the actual corporate profits, there was a plunge in Corporate profits in the 1st QTR, and that plunge was the biggest since the collapse of Lehman Bros! OUCH! So, the -1% decline in GDP has this little ditty to go to the dance with, and neither of them are very pretty! And then this piece of information, which doesn’t paint any pretty picture of the economy either. The uneven distribution of incomes is currently escalating and leads to growing social tensions. In the US, between 1979 and 2011 the average household’s income rose by 64%, while the income of the top 1% of households increased by 300% and the income of the lowest quintile increased by only 18%. This strongly rising increase in wealth concentration can be gleaned from the GINI coefficient, which has reached historic extremes in many countries. This means that extremes at the lower and the upper end of the scale of incomes become ever more pronounced, while the classical middle class loses importance. Thus the GINI coefficient in the US is, for example, currently at the same level as in the 1920s prior to the Great Depression. Chuck again. WOW. One calc has us on the precipice of repeating the Lehman Bros devastation, and the other has us on the precipice of the Great Depression.. Now, here’s hoping that neither of them come to fruition, I will say, that unless we do something about the debt and deficits in this country, I’m afraid we’ll have no choice. No wait! I said there were 3 things. OK, here’s the 3rd thing. The Unemployment Rate for teens ages 16 to 19 years old who don’t have a high school diploma yet is 54.2%!!!!! OUCH! For What It’s Worth. We have a long-time colleague and friend, that we’ve worked with on and off for quite a few years. Joe Losos, comes in and shares his Financial Times (FT) with us on the desk, and there’s always a good ditty or two in the pages of the FT. I didn’t find this story in those pages, but rather online, but I’m sure they’ll be there! This is a snippet of the story about how banks routinely rigged Gold Fixing to defend their positions, according to the FT. Let’s go to the tape! “When the UK’s financial regulator slapped a L26 million fine on Barclays for lax controls related to the gold fix, it offered more ammunition to critics of the near-century-old benchmark. But it also gave precious metal traders in the City of London plenty to think about. While the Financial Conduct Authority says the case appears to be a one-off — the work of a single trader — some market professionals have a different view. They claim that the practice of nudging a tradeable benchmark to protect a “digital” derivatives contract — as a Barclays employee did — was routine in the industry. As a result, customers of Barclays and other market-making banks may be looking to see if they too have cause for complaint, according to one hedge fund manager active in the gold market. “If I was at the Financial Conduct Authority I would be looking at all banks trading digitals. This could be the tip of the iceberg — there’s a massive issue with exotic derivatives and barriers.” Chuck again. Yes, this is a part of the Gold price manipulation, and should this continue to be unraveled as I suspect it will, then maybe we can go to the next step and investigate the paper trades. Then, we’ll have cut into a fat hog folks. To recap. There’s a soft bias to sell dollars in the market today, but the gains are minimal at best, with the Swedish krona taking the prize for outperforming the other currencies overnight, on some good strong data. Australia saw some good strong data too overnight, and the euro is still range bound. Gold is down again, and the Aden Sisters give us a reason for this. And Russia and India both see their currency rallies squashed out, by some weak PMI’s. Currencies today 6/4/14. American Style: A$ .9270, kiwi .8410, C$ .9155, euro 1.3625, sterling 1.6760, Swiss $1.1160, . European Style: rand 10.7470, krone 5.9930, SEK 6.6585, forint 223.95, zloty 3.0425, koruna 20.1550, RUB 35.18, yen 102.60, sing 1.2575, HKD 7.7530, INR 59.33, China 6.1693, pesos 12.94, BRL 2.2795, Dollar Index 80.55, Oil $103.32, 10-year 2.58%, Silver $18.81, Platinum $1,422.85, Palladium $834.35, and Gold. $1,245.79 That’s it for today. Man oh Man. 10 days ago, I thought my beloved Cardinals had finally come out of their funk. But they’ve slipped right back into it. This is a very disappointing team so far, and difficult to watch play.. They’ve got to find their mojo soon, or it will be too late! The Zombie Jamboree is playing on the IPod right now. Back to back, belly to belly. My spring training buddies will get a charge out that! OK. I have a ruptured vertebrae in my lower back, I had it cut back in 1991,with something called “micro-surgery”, but re-ruptured it a year later, and have lived with that since. It normally doesn’t bother me, but I picked up a cooler full of beverages and melted ice yesterday, and I soon wished I hadn’t! So, now I have to walk around gingerly for a few days, and get it to calm down. UGH! My beautiful bride returns home tonight, so thus ends Chuck and Alex’s fraternity house! HA! I didn’t see Alex much as he’s always going somewhere! And with that, I’ll get out of your hair, hope I didn’t gloom and doom you too much today, I certainly don’t mean to. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
The petrodollar system is the reason foreign countries keep such large US dollar reserves. Now China is set to hit the petrodollar with a mortal blow… Why the US Dollar Is So Special The petrodollar system is the big reason the US dollar is so unique. Here’s how it works… Oil is by far the largest and most strategic commodity market in the world. And, until recently, virtually anyone who wanted to import oil needed US dollars to pay for it. Every country needs oil. And if foreign countries need US dollars to buy oil, they have a very compelling reason to hold large dollar reserves. This creates a huge artificial market for US dollars. It also gives a tremendous boost to anyone who lives in the US or holds US dollars. Nick Giambruno and Ron Paul A new technology is about to put big pharma out of business… And an FDA anomaly this December could be the catalyst that brings this new biotech to the forefront. For a limited time, you can watch our brief video presentation, The Biggest Medical Breakthrough Since Antibiotics. Click here to see the best way to play this medical breakthrough. China Wants Pricing Power One of China’s key goals here is to reduce the dollar’s influence over oil pricing. China is the world’s largest oil importer. Developing the new crude contract gives it some global pricing power. Currently, most of the $1.7 trillion worth of oil traded each year is priced off of two US dollar-denominated crude benchmarks: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent. Beijing thinks the yuan crude contract will reflect the market conditions in Asia better. It could become the most important oil benchmark in Asia. The vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission recently said: The country will make crude oil futures the new starting point of opening up all futures markets… And then, we will allow foreign players, whose enthusiasm is very high at present, to enter other futures markets, such as iron ore and PTA, when conditions are ripe. In other words, oil is just the beginning. Eventually, China plans to challenge the dollar’s dominance over all commodities. 4%, it would need over $1.2 trillion, or over half of what it currently snatches from taxpayers—again, just to pay the interest. 2%, it would need over $800 billion. Why Medium Sour Crude? The INE crude futures will be priced in yuan per barrel and be for 1,000 barrels. Brent and WTI futures contracts are for light, sweet crude. “Light” means it has relatively low density, and “sweet” means it has a low sulfur content. The INE contract, on the other hand, will be for medium sour crude. There are a handful of reasons for this: Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist Declares: An anomaly at the FDA could launch a new biotech industry 35,000% starting December 19 Clearly, none of this is sustainable. Trump was correct last year when he noted: “What happens if that interest rate goes up 2, 3, 4 points? We don’t have a country.” In many ways, this could turn into President Trump’s financial 9/11. The petrodollar system has allowed the US government and many Americans to live way beyond their means for decades. The US takes this unique position for granted. But it will disappear once the petrodollar system breaks down. When that happens, inflation could be severe. This will likely be the tipping point… Afterward, the US government will be desperate enough to implement capital controls, people controls, nationalization of retirement savings, and other forms of wealth confiscation. I urge you to prepare for the economic and sociopolitical fallout while you still can. Expect bigger government, less freedom, shrinking prosperity… and possibly worse. It’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it’s clear where this trend is headed. It is very possible that one day soon, Americans will wake up to a new reality. Until next time, Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. I started to see the pieces falling into place late last year. That’s why I told readers the death of the petrodollar would be the No. 1 black swan event of 2017. Eventually, I think people will look back and see China’s Golden Alternative as the catalyst that made it happen. We recently released a video that shows how it could all go down… Click here to watch it now. Reader MailbagToday, one reader’s skepticism of the crypto mania… It is understood there is a real chance of cyber warfare in the future where all internet, and possibly all computer activities, might be affected (in which case, only older VW beetles might continue to work because they have no computer components). If this is the case, then cryptocurrencies, whether government currency or otherwise, would be frozen, along with credit and bank cards. This means, of course, that only physical currency such as precious metals would be an acceptable transaction medium—real money! Yours truly, astounded at the crypto mania.—Vern We’d love to hear from you. If you have a question or comment on the Dispatch, you can send it to us right here. Medium sour crude oil accounts for over 40% of global crude output, but there is currently no price benchmark for it. The first major “win” for the Trump Presidency The mainstream press hasn’t written a word about HR 835… But Congress’s new bill has already helped send one little-known market soaring 1,025%… And according to a Goldman Sachs insider, prices could rocket 4,900% higher in the months ahead. There’s still time for you to get in – if you act before Trump signs HR 835 into law (no later than December 31). “There is a wall of money coming,” says one hedge fund manager, “and we’ll see an explosion in prices.” Click here for the full story. Bottom line, it will allow oil producers to sell oil for gold. Producers will be able to completely bypass the petrodollar system and any restrictions/regulations/sanctions of the US financial system. I recently spoke with the officials at the exchange. They told me they plan to go live with the INE crude contract before the end of the year. Immediately convert the yuan they receive from selling oil into physical gold at the spot price for immediate delivery. Recommended Link Or, lock in the gold to be delivered at a future date for a fixed yuan price with a gold futures contract. This eliminates any uncertainty because of fluctuating prices. — Recommended Link China recently announced a mechanism that will make it possible to trade oil for gold on a large scale for the first time in many decades. This mechanism could undermine the petrodollar system—the system that’s supported the US dollar as the top global currency since the 1970s. I call it China’s “Golden Alternative” to the petrodollar. PetroChina and Sinopec, two giant Chinese oil companies, will provide liquidity to the new yuan crude futures. But non-Chinese companies will be welcome, too. The crude yuan future will be China’s first commodities futures contract open to foreign investors. JPMorgan and UBS have already gained approval to trade. So have over 6,000 individual traders. It’s just a matter of time before the other big global players join. Remember the big idea here… the new yuan crude futures contracts will be a huge hit to the petrodollar. And it’s going to make a lot of money flood into gold—money that would have otherwise gone into the US dollar and US Treasuries. “We Don’t Have a Country” The breakdown of the petrodollar will cause a financial crisis. Here’s how things will unravel… The petrodollar system is one of the most powerful forces driving the US bond market. Oil-producing countries accumulate hundreds of billions of US dollars in oil profits, which they recycle back into US Treasuries. This keeps interest rates lower than they would be otherwise. It allows the US government to finance enormous deficits with debt at an artificially low cost. If the petrodollar system unravels, interest rates will soar. (Interest rates are currently near historic lows.) Even a small rate increase is a lethal threat to the US budget. The US government currently needs over $400 billion from taxpayers just to pay the interest on its debt. Tax receipts are just over $2 trillion. If interest rates rise… Justin’s note: Today, I’m sharing an urgent essay from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. Below, Nick discusses what will undermine our current petrodollar system—and why now is the time to prepare before it’s too late… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Ron Paul told me this would happen… Dr. Paul first laid out his theory in 2006, in a little-known speech, during an otherwise dull session of Congress. I think it’s his most important speech ever. During the speech, Paul traced the history of the US dollar within the international financial system. Crucially, he pointed out the one thing that would precipitate the US dollar’s collapse. Now that one thing is about to happen. Here’s the most important part (emphasis mine): The economic law that honest exchange demands only things of real value as currency cannot be repealed. The chaos that one day will ensue from our 35-year experiment with worldwide fiat money will require a return to money of real value. We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil rather than dollars or euros. The sooner the better. In other words, we’ll know the dollar-centric monetary system is about to end when countries start trading oil for gold or its equivalent… not dollars. Now—thanks to China—that’s about to happen in a very big way. China’s Golden Alternative to the Petrodollar Throughout history, every great power has had money that’s recognized around the world. Usually, these currencies have been tied to gold and silver. Ancient Greece had the silver drachma. Rome had the silver denarius. The Islamic Caliphates had the gold dinar and the silver dirham. Venice had the gold ducat. Great Britain had the gold sovereign. The United States used silver in its coins until 1964. And the dollar was under a pseudo-gold standard until 1971. Now it’s China’s turn. It’s no secret that China has been stashing away as much gold as it can. Today, China is the world’s largest producer and buyer of gold. According to informed observers, China now has official reserves of over 160 million ounces. It also has 400 million ounces in the ground that it could potentially mine. (The US, by contrast, claims it has official reserves of around 260 million ounces.) China’s Golden Alternative is the reason it’s been stashing so much gold. The Golden Alternative will allow anyone in the world to trade oil for gold. It will totally bypass the US dollar and the US financial system. For many, it will be much more attractive than the petrodollar system. The Golden Alternative is the beginning of the end of the international monetary system that has reigned since the early 1970s. Here’s how it will work… The Shanghai International Energy Exchange (INE) is about to launch a crude oil futures contract denominated in Chinese yuan. It will allow oil producers to sell their oil for yuan. Of course, most oil producers don’t want a large reserve of yuan. China knows this. That’s why China has explicitly linked the crude futures contract with the ability to convert yuan into physical gold through gold exchanges in Shanghai (the world’s largest physical gold market) and Hong Kong. The system won’t touch China’s official gold reserves. Oil producers will have two ways to do this: Medium sour crude is the main type of oil China and its neighboring countries import. 3%, it would need $1 trillion. I discussed all of this with Ron Paul extensively at a past Casey Research conference. He told me he stands by his assessment. — The supply/demand dynamics of medium sour are not the same as light sweet crude. 1%, the government would need over $600 billion to pay the interest on its debt.
According to a joint statement, the organizations will open a second campus in the North Carolina city. Charlotte is one the largest in the country without a top-ranked medical school.There are also plans to expand patient-centered research and innovation through the partnership.In an email to the Wake Forest community Wednesday, President Nathan Hatch wrote, “By strengthening and expanding medical education, we will open many doors for future health care leaders and also play a leading national role in medical research.”Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag is CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. She says Winston-Salem will benefit from the partnership.“Atrium also is interested in placing companies and people in our Innovation Quarter,” she says. “So we actually think there will be more businesses, more jobs, more things going on in Winston-Salem with them joining us. So, if anything, we’re going to grow here, be the hub, and the medical school in Charlotte will be a branch of our school.”There are still many unknowns and a lot of details to be worked out. The three entities are entering into negotiations with the goal of finalizing a formal agreement later this year.Atrium Health currently serves nearly 14 million patients each year. Wake Forest Baptist Health serves 2.2 million. Wake Forest Baptist Health, Wake Forest University and Atrium Health announced plans to create a medical school in Charlotte. It will be part of what officials are calling a new academic healthcare system.
A disabled campaigner has described how he was “knocked for six” after learning that he had been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.Shaun Webster becomes one of a select group of people with learning difficulties who have been recognised with such an honour.Among his achievements are his work with the human rights organisations Change, including a project working with children and young people with learning difficulties in eastern Europe as the long-stay institutions they had been living in were closed down.He said: “I was teaching them how to speak up for themselves, to believe in themselves, how to talk to other people, to be confident.“I gave them confidence and belief in themselves to train to be a professional like me. Every time I came over and trained them, they got more confidence.”Webster also co-authored a book, Leaving Institutions. Voices for Change – published by Change, Enable Housing Association and the children’s charity Lumos – which aimed to help social workers involved in the de-institutionalisation process.He said he hoped that his MBE would “open doors” for him, and help other people with learning difficulties secure a “proper paid job, with proper respect, and be treated equal like we do at Change, not tokenistic”.One of his proudest moments, he said, was speaking at a conference in Austria earlier this year, and being told by a Bulgarian woman with learning difficulties: “I want to be a role model like you.”He said: “People tell me I speak from my heart and I do. I am passionate about giving people and children with learning disabilities a real voice.“Giving someone with learning disabilities an award from the government will make a big difference to adults and children with learning disabilities.“They will think, ‘If he can get an MBE and he is making a difference, why can’t I?’”He added: “I just couldn’t believe it, it knocked me for six. I felt really happy. I felt very proud.”He said he believed he was awarded the MBE because he was a “hard worker”.He said: “I am very passionate about what I believe in, because I work nationally and internationally, because I am a role model.“I give people with learning disabilities a real voice and confidence and belief in themselves because they see what I can do.”Helen Dolphin (pictured), director of policy and campaigns for Disabled Motoring UK, was another disabled campaigner to receive an MBE.She has campaigned for more than 10 years to improve the blue badge parking scheme, and on other motoring and mobility issues for disabled people.She said: “Maybe people have realised I have had quite a big impact in how disabled people can park. I hope that’s what it’s for.”She has also been a member of the government’s advisory body, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, and has volunteered for many years for the charity Meningitis Now, speaking to and visiting other people who have lost limbs through meningitis.Dolphin is also studying for a law degree, and is one of the fastest swimmers in the country in her S5 category.She said she was delighted and surprised by the MBE, but she added: “To a degree as well, life is really difficult for me and it would be easy not to work and it would be easy not to get up at five o’clock in the morning.“I can’t get up quickly, I’ve got to have the carers come in. I have to be home at a certain time.“Life is considerably harder and I don’t think people know what I have even gone through before I have got to the office that day sometimes.”She pointed to the more than six per cent of people recognised in this year’s birthday honours who said they were disabled people, which she said was “on the up, and that too is a good thing”.Another disabled person to be recognised was Paralympian Jordanne Whiley, who said she had to read the letter informing her of her MBE five times before it sunk in.The wheelchair-tennis star said: “I didn’t understand at first what it was and then I was like, ‘Surely not me! It’s the wrong person!’ When it sank in, it was an amazing feeling.”Whiley said she hoped to use her MBE to raise her profile, with the long-term aim of setting up her own charity after she retires from sport.She said: “I want to get my status as high as I possibly can so that I can influence other people to play sport, and be a role model to young children, especially [girls and] women.“I have had a lot of fan mail from children with the same disability as me, saying that I am their idol and because of me they are now playing sport. It is such an amazing feeling to have helped just a few people.”Whiley said she liked to take a one-to-one approach with many of the fans who contact her, often calling them or meeting up with them when she is at home.She said: “I just like it when it’s one-to-one. You can make such a difference in one person’s life if you take one hour out of your day to make them see the person you really are.”The tennis star, who has now won five Grand Slam doubles titles, will be competing in the women’s wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon from 10 to 12 July, with her focus also on next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.She said that the MBE had “relit a spark” with her training and confidence, and that she was “feeling really good going into Wimbledon”.Other disabled people recognised in the birthday honours include Lorraine Mercer, for services to the community and to charity in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, who said she was “very honoured and excited” by her MBE.She has been a volunteer at The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath for 18 years, and visits patients on the rehabilitation wards, who are often “coming to terms with losing their mobility and having to use a wheelchair, so I can understand what that is like”. She said: “I like to think that me going in and chatting and having time to spend with people helps them to stay positive.”A former patient who wrote a reference for her described how he had been lying in bed feeling depressed after a stroke, when Mercer arrived in her electric wheelchair with “a very positive attitude – so positive that it was infectious; so infectious that I caught it, and having caught it from then on I began to fight”.Another disabled campaigner awarded an MBE was Mikey Argy, a member of the Thalidomide Trust’s National Advisory Council, who was recognised for services to thalidomide survivors.About 70 recipients of awards in the Queen’s birthday honours considered themselves to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010, about one in 16 of all successful candidates.
The government’s new universal credit benefit system could “wreak havoc” and has created a “digital barrier” that prevents many disabled people and other disadvantaged groups from accessing the support they are entitled to, according to a UN human rights expert.Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the government’s “test and learn” approach to universal credit risked treating such groups “like guinea pigs” and could “wreak havoc in real people’s lives”.And he said that the preparations being made by local authorities and charities for the rollout of universal credit had “resembled the sort of activity one might expect for an impending natural disaster or health epidemic”.He said: “They have expended significant expense and energy to protect people from what is supposed to be a support system.”Alston was speaking to journalists at the end of a 12-day visit to the UK, as he published a preliminary statement on his findings. He will present a full report to the UN Human Rights Council in June.Earlier this month, Disability News Service reported how written evidence submitted to Alston’s inquiry described how a man with learning difficulties had died a month after attempting to take his own life, following a move onto universal credit that left him hundreds of pounds in debt.Alston said in his report that a key feature of universal credit was the imposition of “draconian sanctions”, even for minor infringements. He said: “Endless anecdotal evidence was presented to the special rapporteur to illustrate the harsh and arbitrary nature of some of the sanctions, as well as the devastating effects that resulted from being completely shut out of the benefits system for weeks or months at a time.”Alston also warned of the impact of the government’s decision to make universal credit the first major government service that is “digital by default”, with the expectation that claimants will rely on an online service rather than human interaction with DWP staff.He said: “We are witnessing the gradual disappearance of the postwar British welfare state behind a webpage and an algorithm.“In its place, a digital welfare state is emerging. The impact on the human rights of the most vulnerable in the UK will be immense.”Asked about Alston’s concerns about universal credit, the new work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, told MPs on Monday that she had been “disappointed, to say the least, by the extraordinary political nature of his language” in the report.She said: “We on the Conservative benches will always engage with professionals, experts and non-governmental organisations – we are not so proud that we do not think we can learn as we try to adjust universal credit for the benefit of everybody – but that sort of language was wholly inappropriate and actually discredited a lot of what he was saying.“We look forward to working with experts in the area to make sure that we get the right outcome for the people whom we want to look after.”She later described her new department as “a force for good”, but she admitted that there were “problems with universal credit, despite its good intentions”.She said: “I have seen them for myself. I will be listening and learning from the expert groups in this area who do such good work. I know it can be better.“I will make it my role to ensure that we deliver that through our discussions within the DWP and through discussions with the Treasury.“We will have a fair, compassionate and efficient benefits system.”In response to Rudd’s comments, Alston said on Twitter that the government had “a set of talking points about poverty and employment” that fail to address poverty, use “carefully chosen and misleading statistics to paint a rosy picture” and “ignore the horrible situation in which a large number of Britons live.He added: “That’s not the way to find solutions.”He also told Disability News Service: “I am hoping the secretary of state’s criticism of my report is not a substitute for a more systematic policy response to the many issues I have raised. “My report recounts in some depth the many problems experienced by adversely impacted groups, and especially by people with disabilities, and I would hope that DWP will seek to improve the system so that it does not cause such hardship and make already very difficult situations even worse.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The Latest Tech, From AI to Blockchain, Is Changing Health Care: Are You Ready? Founder of Verma Media Image credit: ipopba | Getty Images Health Products and Services November 28, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Next time you need to talk to your doctor, that exchange just may occur via Skype. The healthcare industry is amazing but isn’t without its drawbacks. While doctors and researchers work tirelessly to find cures and solutions to both common and uncommon maladies, some inefficiencies end up costing patients hundreds and even thousands of dollars.Related: 9 Huge Opportunities in Healthcare for Tech-Focused EntrepreneursAccording to CNBC, Americans spend a combined total of about $3.4 trillion on medical care every year — that’s nearly $10,500 per person per year. And, in 2016, a U.S. Census Bureau report revealed, 91.2 percent of the U.S. population had health insurance, though the cost was still too high for some.But not all of the issues in healthcare are related to costs. Other problems, such as a lack of communication among healthcare providers, plus outdated systems, the inability to access affordable healthcare and other factors prevent the industry from providing the requisite services to the patients who need them. Luckily, though, as technology has developed, some of these issues have improved.An article, ” Your Doctor will Skype you now,” explained how healthcare professionals have been using technology to make healthcare more efficient for consumers. For example, instead of having to take time to see their doctors at the office, many of the latter now make Skype calls and offer diagnoses and prescriptions by phone when appropriate.Advances in technology have also created new hope for those diseases as serious as cancer. According to DocWireNews, researchers are working to make it possible to trick cancer cells into killing each other, which could result in a better alternative to the cancer treatments currently available.Technology is continually advancing, and as it does, it’s reshaping the healthcare landscape at a faster rate and in positive ways. Some of the latest technologies, including artificial intelligence, Blockchain, wearables, 3D printers and facial recognition, have already been catalyzing significant changes in the healthcare industry so many of us Americans use.Here is how some specific categories of tech influencing health care.Related: Alexa, I Feel Sick … Can Big Tech Solve the Growing Crisis in Healthcare?Artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is already beginning to play a part in everyday life, from gathering and analyzing information from the ads you click on, to giving you directions to the concert you just purchased tickets to. Overall, AI has hundreds of useful applications — and it’s being incorporated in the healthcare segment, as well.AI can play a vital role in everything from marketing healthcare professionals to aiding in medical diagnoses. Diagnostics are a critical part of patient care, but due to human error, not all diagnoses are accurate. With the help of AI tools, diagnoses can be made more accurately for quicker and more effective treatment.WearablesSeemingly everybody has some type of wearable device, from a smartwatch to a fitness tracker. While some of the wearables on the market are already affecting healthcare by encouraging people to take charge of their own health, wearables also have the potential to to even more good.For example, wearables that can track a patient’s health could be used by doctors of high-risk patients to monitor their activity, environmental factors and other risks. That monitoring could not only promote better health in general, according to TechRadar it could also prevent serious illness and even save lives.BlockchainThe blockchain is a relatively new technology that many are just beginning to discover. Although young, its applications in various industries are already being explored. A blockchain is a log that records transactions and stores them on an encrypted ledger which is both decentralized and secure. So, how could it help in healthcare?There are several potential blockchain applications there. Tech advisor Bernard Marr suggests that data management is an important one: Intead of doctors making notes in individual systems, patient data could be shared across providers, promoting efficiency and helping them co-manage diagnoses and treatments. Another potential application could be supply chain management: There are far too many counterfeit drugs out there, but with better recordkeeping and more secure transactions, management of the supply chain would dramatically improve.3D Printers3D printers have everyone captivated by their potential, and the healthcare industry is no exception. From printing medical tools to models of the human body and its parts, 3D printers have the potential to not only save money and promote learning but also improve patient care by giving providers the chance to consider multiple procedures and practice before working on patients. According to the Harvard Business Review, 3D printing has already begun changing the healthcare industry.From the classroom to the operating room, the potential uses for 3D printers in healthcare are far-reaching.Facial RecognitionFacial recognition technology is fascinating. Although people have concerns about some of its potential uses and impact on society (such as privacy and ethical use), it does have the potential to do good. And it has a healthcare application already being explored; researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) are exploring its usefulness in diagnosing rare genetic diseases.Paul Kruszka, M.D., M.P.H., has explained that malformations will manifest uniquely in various parts of the world. That can make it hard to detect and treat rare diseases early, making it more difficult to keep the disease manageable. Facial recognition technology has the potential to spot different indicators and can identify them even before a doctor would be able to.Related: How Health-Tech Wearables Come Along With Data Privacy ConcernFinal thoughtsTechnology is changing our world, whether it be the way we interact and communicate with each other or the way we provide and receive healthcare. As tech continues to develop, its potential uses and applications in the healthcare industry will only grow, which means you can expect to see some amazing changes in the future.What other changes do you expect to see in healthcare technology? AJ Agrawal Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Contributor Register Now » 5 min read –shares Add to Queue