Orient – Express Hotels NYSEOEH wwworientexpr

first_imgOrient – Express Hotels (NYSE:OEH, www.orient-express.com), today announced the closing of a $30 million construction loan with the New York office of West LB. The financing is a first mortgage construction loan to complete development of the Company’s Porto Cupecoy residential mixed-use development on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean’s Netherland Antilles.Porto Cupecoy consists of 180 luxury residences, retail boutiques and a 48 slip marina in a village setting, located between the beach and the bay in prestigious Sint Maarten, just steps from the French side of the island and Orient-Express’ famous La Samanna hotel. The development is designed in the style of a Mediterranean seaside town, reflective of the luxury Italian resorts of Portofino or Sorrento. There is a large waterfront plaza surrounded by boutique ground floor retail space, in which 10 of 15 units are fully leased and three awaiting signature. It includes a varied selection of restaurants, a gourmet market, high end home furnishings stores and many fine boutiques. The marina has 41 pleasure craft slips and 7 mega-yacht slips.Paul White, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orient-Express Hotels commented, “We are conscious that potential buyers have concerns in the current economic climate but with the successful closing of this loan, they can buy from us with confidence that the project will be completed and to a high specification. This is also good for Orient-Express in that from 2010, after repayment of the loan, we will be able to unlock surplus cash from the project, as we sell the remaining, unencumbered residences.”www.portocupecoy.comlast_img read more

Rep Markkanen House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates

first_imgState Rep. Greg Markkanen discusses a plan to lower car insurance rates with a colleague before the House took the historic vote today.State Rep. Greg Markkanen today joined his colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims. The plan should soon head to the governor for her expected signature.Markkanen, of Hancock, said the bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“The high cost of Michigan’s car insurance is one of the most common complaints I hear from people in our community,” Markkanen said. “We’ve listened to their concerns and produced a solution that will make driving more affordable for families and seniors in the Upper Peninsula and all across Michigan.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable choices.### Categories: Markkanen News 24May Rep. Markkanen, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rateslast_img read more

From Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron

first_imgFrom Jim Rogers… to Marc Faber… to Congressman Ron Paul, this book is sitting on the desks of some of the world’s smartest thinkers…And for good reason, too.Inside you’ll find 47 ways to protect your wealth from the declining value of the U.S. DollarDiscover FIVE of those 47 ways for free, right here. Sponsor Advertisement This video clip probably got a fair amount of playing time with the JPMorgan et al crowd, the CFTC, the CME Group…and beyond.It was a pretty quiet trading day just about everywhere on Planet Earth on Monday.  The gold price got sold down about ten dollars by shortly after 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and traded mostly above the $1,590 spot price mark right up until it’s low price tick of around $1,587 spot that came about five minutes before the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open.  Gold rallied from there, breaking through the $1,600 price mark around 10:50 a.m. in New York.  That proved to be its high tick of the day…$1604.40 spot…and every other rally attempt over the $1,600 spot market got quietly, but firmly turned aside.Gold closed at $1,596.90 spot…down $2.20 from Friday’s close.  Net volume was only 88,000 contracts…and about 10,000 contracts of that amount was a spread trade placed early in the Far East trading day.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own, so you can see the micro-action around the $1,600 mark in New York trading.  Note the pre-Comex opening low…and the multiple attempts to break above $1,600 spot.  It was another day when gold’s closing price would have been much higher if left to its own devices.In Far East and early London trading, silver traded in a 30 cent price band…from around $29.50 to $29.20 spot…with its low of the day coming shortly before 1:00 p.m. London time, which was a few minutes before 8:00 a.m. in New York.  Then it looked like silver retested that low minutes before the Comex open.Ten minutes after New York began to trade, silver was back above its Friday close…and traded around that price until its spike high of $27.74 that came the same minute as gold’s high tick…about 10:40 a.m. Eastern.After that, the silver price never got above the $27.65 spot mark…and finished the electronic trading session at $27.52 spot…up a whole 3 cents from Friday.  Net volume was around 27,000 contracts.The dollar index opened where it closed on Friday…around the 81.60 mark.  It reached its Far East high [around 81.83] late in the morning Hong Kong time…and then rolled over to its low of the day [81.55] which came around 10:40 a.m. in London.  Then away it went to the upside.  The high was around 81.96 at 10:25 in New York…but 90% of the dollar index rally was in by 8:15 a.m…which was five minutes before the Comex opened for trading.  From there, the index slid a hair…and then traded sideways for the last six hours of the New York trading day, finishing around 81.87.The gold stocks sold off a bit at the beginning of the New York trading day…and their high came, naturally enough, at the 10:40 a.m. spike high in the gold price.  From there, the gold stocks got sold off to their low of the day, which was minutes before noon Eastern time.  After that they clawed their way back to almost unchanged by the close.  The good folks over at finance.yahoo.com that provide the daily HUI chart, obviously had some issues early in the day, but got them fixed in the few hours of trading.  The HUI finished down a tiny 0.11%.Most of the stocks in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed in positive territory, but the 3.85% decline in Pan American Silver dragged the SSI down as well…and it closed down 0.47%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for the second delivery day in July showed that 6 gold and only 99 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Wednesday.  In silver, the biggest short/issuer was Merrill with 95 contracts…and biggest long/stoppers were JPMorgan and the Bank of Nova Scotia.  They stood for delivery on all 99 contracts issued.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.As of the preliminary report from the CME in the wee hours of this morning, there are about 2,400 silver contracts still open in July.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but an authorized participant[s] withdrew an eye-watering 4,364,343 troy ounces of silver from SLV.  It’s hard to say whether that withdrawal was price action-related…or whether the silver was more desperately needed elsewhere.The U.S. Mint had a small sales report to start out the month of July.  They sold 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…and 269,500 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 599,997 troy ounces of silver on Friday…all of it into Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that action is here.Here’s a chart that Washington reader S.A. stole from somewhere yesterday…and it needs no further embellishment from me.  My first story of the day is on this subject.As per most Tuesdays, I have a lot of stories…and the final edit is, as always, up to you.Asia is accumulating Gold. Russia is accumulating Gold. “Backward” nations all over the world are accumulating Gold – on both an individual and a government level. While the “developed” world has developed an idea of monetary safety which turns all history on its head, the rest of the world is not going along with them. We’ll leave it to you to decide which are the credulous and which are not. – Bill Buckler, Gold This Week, 30 June 2012With such light trading volume in both metals, I wouldn’t read a lot into yesterday’s price action…although it was obvious that gold wasn’t allowed to breach the $1,600 spot price mark for more than a few minutes at a time.  Silver’s price was well contained below the $28 spot mark as well.But the story of the day yesterday was that CNBC panel discussion where all parties acknowledged that the silver market is rigged seven ways to heaven will, in my opinion, turn out to be a key moment in the history of the price management scheme in silver.  There’s no doubt it my mind that this video clip probably got a fair amount of playing time with the JPMorgan et al crowd, the CFTC, the CME Group…and beyond.  I would bet that there are forces now in play that can’t be stopped.How big a hammer blow this is may not show up in the silver price immediately, but it indicates to me that the silver fuse is definitely lit…and the end is getting closer with each passing day.As I mentioned in my Saturday column, the Friday COT report showed that the eight largest Commercial ‘traders’ in the silver futures market were short 3.27 times the net short position of 60 million ounces…a monstrous concentration held by a small handful of traders, dominated by JPMorgan.  This is what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about it in his Weekly Review on Saturday…“It’s hard to express the true meaning in the proper words, but the ‘big 4’ now hold a short position that is 2.5 times greater than the total commercial [net] short position, an extreme level never witnessed in my memory. In many ways, even though the total amount of commercial shorts in COMEX silver has never been lower, it has also never been more concentrated than it is now. The true measure of manipulation is the level of concentration because concentration determines market control.”Well, it was an interesting trading session in the Far East on their Tuesday…and that positive trend is still in place now that London has been open for about two hours.  Gold is above the $1,600 spot price mark at the moment, but silver’s two attempts to move above $28 spot, ran into the usual not-for-profit sellers.  Gold volume is not overly heavy for this time of day, but silver volume is getting up there.  The dollar index has been pretty much ruler flat since the Far East open on their Tuesday morning.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time, gold is up exactly twelve bucks…and silver is up 40 cents.Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and I must admit that I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s New York trading action with great interest.I’ll have a column tomorrow on the July 4th holiday…but it will be posted later in the morning, like it is on Saturday, so don’t expect it in your in-box at its usual time.last_img read more

Dear Reader Vedran Vuk here filling in for David

first_imgDear Reader,Vedran Vuk here, filling in for David Galland. First today, I’ll talk about adjusting your portfolio to minimize the damage from the political events around us. Then Bud Conrad will give us a comparison of today’s market to the Nixon-era political turmoil – it’s not pretty. Finally, I’ll touch on the youth vote in the recent election and how the US’s next generation is shaping up.Never Worry About Another Election AgainBy Vedran Vuk, Senior Analyst“Woooooooooo! Wooooooooo!” That’s what I heard all night from my neighbor’s election-night party. If the last four years are any indicator of the next four, then I’m not really sure what there is to be so excited about. Sure, some might prefer Obama a little more than Romney, and that’s fine. What confuses me is such excitement for an administration that has been such a failure.Well, my neighbor might have kept me awake Tuesday night, but I surely got him back on Wednesday morning. When I saw the market plunging 345 points on the DJIA, I’m certain he was awoken by my “Arrrrrrrgggggggg!!!!” followed by “$%#!!! #$%#%, E#%%!!!!!” Jokes aside, what a way to start the next four years. With the market crashing hard, it was one of those days where I’m glad not to be living on the top story of a high-rise.However, as the screen went red almost across the board, there was one ray of hope – gold. It was still holding its ground. With more problems ahead, the money-printing will continue and inflation will follow. And from there, gold will continue to rise. In a way, our obsession with gold at Casey Research is kind of weird. The same could be said of our readers who send us emails about inflation all the time.Think about it. We’re the ones always talking about the Federal Reserve and what the Fed is going to do next. We’re way more worried about it than almost anyone else. But should we be worried? Probably not. Well, why not? BECAUSE WE HOLD GOLD!!!! Duh!If the US experiences a hyperinflation, our subscribers are going to be the last ones in trouble’s path. In fact, it might be the greatest time of your life. While everyone’s paper assets turn into just that paper, you’ll be one of the few sitting on real wealth.The people who should be really freaking out are the ones who aren’t holding gold in their portfolios – it’s the portfolio owners who saw nothing but red after the election who need to worry.Here’s another worry to wipe out: gas prices. If you’re in the middle or upper class, you shouldn’t be complaining about gas prices. Why? Because you can do something about it! I’m going to come off as a bit of a jerk but I have to say this… every time WTI crude oil goes up, I’m a pretty happy guy. Why? Because the energy stocks in my portfolio went up as well.Am I some sort of evil profiteer? No; I realize that there is an energy problem in our society. And I don’t want to be a sitting duck when oil prices start rising yet again. I’m just doing what I have to do to protect myself – and that’s owning shares of energy companies.It’s ridiculous to just complain about gas prices and inflation – you can actually do something about these problems. Buy gold and energy companies. While these assets won’t guarantee keeping up with your personal expenses and gas prices and it can be a little tricky to match them exactly to your expenses, they are going to put you in a lot better position than those without them in the portfolio.The same goes for this election. Do you think that the US is going downhill faster than a snowball headed to hell? Well, do something about it. Invest in defensive stocks with an international base, diversify your assets overseas, and hold multiple currencies. We’re not sitting ducks here. You can take action to protect yourself from the meltdown.Does buying these sorts of assets guarantee your protection? No not necessarily, but let’s put it this way. When the economic hurricane comes rolling through, do you want to be the guy with a generator, plenty of diesel, ammo, flashlights, and weeks of food stocked up, or do you want to be the guy with three cans of tuna in the pantry and a single box of matches? When a natural disaster is coming, you have to prepare. What’s true for hurricanes is true for financial crises as well.On New Year’s Day, when the confetti is scattered on the floor and everyone is recovering from their hangovers, what do we usually do next? Make our New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re picking up the confetti from your Obama re-election party or recovering from drinking away your newfound worries of the next morning, I want you to make a post-election resolution – much like the New Year’s one.Here it is: I will organize my portfolio and finances in such a way that I will never again have to nervously wait for the results on election night. Your hard-earned money shouldn’t depend on the voting decisions of a couple of bozos from Ohio and Pennsylvania. We can’t control everything about the world around us, but we can control far more risks than most people realize.How Far Could the Stock Market Fall?By Bud Conrad, Chief EconomistWe are heading back into a serious recession that will be similar to the crisis of confidence in 1974 with the Nixon impeachment. During Nixon’s landslide victory for a second term and the ensuing Watergate impeachment, I lived in Washington DC and watched the ensuing chaos with a front-row seat. The break-in of the Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate complex occurred before the election, yet it did not stop Nixon’s re-election.The country and Washington DC became accustomed to cover-ups and deceptive practices. Anger over Vietnam and the assassinations of respected leaders manifested into mass protests and arrests. I still remember tear-gas canisters in the streets of Georgetown. In a second, we’ll take a look at some charts showing just what this turmoil did to the stock market.Nearly 40 years later, the cover-ups haven’t stopped. Today, we have a cover-up of an assassinated ambassador and three others in Libya. If enough people ask questions – like Congressman Darrell Issa has been – about why there was weak security, we might even open a bigger can of worms, as this assassination is a bigger deal than most people realize. And again, much like with Nixon, the economic climate grows troublesome with high unemployment, growing future inflation concerns thanks to QE3, and the world economy slowing. As was the case back then, we’re a powder keg ready to blow. Remember the explosion of bad government regulations the last time around – like wage and price controls? I remember them all too well, as I was a consultant to the energy division of the Nixon administration’s Economic Stabilization Program Phase 2.Obama’s win gives a false sense of having resolved a key uncertainty. But the fundamental problems we face are bigger than one leader’s capability to solve them. No good answers are on the table for our budget deficits and endless wars. European peripheral countries struggle with 50% youth unemployment, leading to worries of money-printing and currency crisis. If we add an environmental catastrophe, such as a crop failure leading to food shortages, the world could face much bigger downturns than purely financial analysis can predict.The 1974 stock market crash was the second biggest compared to the crisis we went through in 2008. It was precipitated by political crisis more than financial difficulties. The Vietnam War and Johnson’s expansion of social services created deficits that at the time that seemed too large. Today, of course, we have political problems as well as financial problems. And this time around, the deficits don’t just seem large and unsustainable, they are too large and unsustainable. On top of that, Bernanke and Greenspan have spent every bullet in the arsenal to avoid short-term disaster. While in the ’70s we still had a box of bullets, we’re now running on empty – and the enemy is closing in on our foxhole.Since 2000, we have had two crises – one being the dot-com bubble, and the latest is the housing bubble. As the financial crisis gets worse, so will the political backlash and the disruptions in society. This scenario suggests much higher inflation, disenfranchisement of workers, and government oppression to maintain control.The chart below shows some of the effects of key moments of political turmoil on the stock market, as well as the relationship of those changes to the Purchasing Managers’ Index. This Index is one of the most reliable indicators of the country’s growth in manufacturing output and thus the growth of GDP. It comes from surveying purchasing managers as to whether the economy is improving or getting worse on a number of measures like orders, shipments, exports, prices paid, etc. The composite of these measures is provided monthly and is not revised. It is not a government number, so it is not vulnerable to manipulation to make the story fit the political agenda. It can provide an early warning of a slowing economy and can be useful for interpreting what might happen to the stock market.(Click on image to enlarge)The specifics of the Nixon-era stock collapse are shown in close-up in the chart below. It could happen again. The polarization of our factions is now back at the levels of that era, and there are no signs of it diminishing.(Click on image to enlarge)In the most recent issue of The Casey Report, I have an extensive piece on the importance of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and other measures for the US and many others countries – some of the results may surprise you as they surprised me. The analysis led me to change my view of where our economy may be heading. For more on that, make sure to check out the latest Casey Report.Besides our own political problems, there are a whole list of countries ready to erupt into turmoil, including Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Iran. Add the likelihood of an environmental destabilization of, say, some big crop failure to our recurring financial crisis, and the probabilities are even higher that the next year or two will be very bad on several dimensions.And that’s just half the problems on our plate. Here are a few more to consider over the next two years: the US fiscal cliff and continuing budget deficits; a collapse of the European currency union; and an Asian hard landing.There are many links between politics and money. I fear we will see some serious problems ahead because we haven’t fixed anything and the only actions our leaders seem to know how to take are to expand the money supply.The worldwide money-printing by central banks to fund government overspending is close to reaching its conclusion. When governments run out of stimulus to prop up their financial sectors and to placate the masses, then things really start to unwind.I am of the opinion that money will be inflated out of existence by corrupt governments and central bankers, so we should be buying physical assets like farmland, houses, commodities, precious metals, and energy. We should avoid bonds or any fixed-dollar return like bonds. In a way, one wishes that a single president or re-election could make all of these things go away, but that’s just not going to happen. The world’s problems are now much bigger than the presidency, and they continue to pile on in a similar way to what we witnessed during the ’70s.What’s Going on with the Kids Today?By Vedran VukIn looking to the future of the economy, we have to consider the next generation. Unfortunately, that generation just opted to vote for more government yet again, with about 60% of the youth vote (ages 18-29) going to Obama and 36% for Romney.I’m not saying that Romney was some sort of economic messiah. In fact, he was terrible as well. Rather, what I’m trying to gauge here is if the kids are waking up to the fact that the policies of the last four years have been pretty ineffective. Apparently, many haven’t caught on.You would think that this age group – that has had it pretty rough in the recession, with double-digit unemployment rates – would be the last ones to vote for Obama. Furthermore, even the college kids who have jobs often aren’t working in their fields of study. In this tough market, one would expect more angst toward the present administration.That said, the vote has slightly changed. In 2008, 66% voted for Obama and 31% for McCain. So apparently, a few of them are connecting the dots that Obama has not made them better off; or those who have moved in to voting age are more economically aware than those who remained in it or moved out of it. The even smarter kids probably connected the dots that Romney wasn’t going to do much for them either. Nonetheless, how do we explain the still-strong support for bigger government?Since I’m on the far end of the youth age group, I still have the pulse of these things, so let me share what I see going on. First of all, the 18-23 age group – college kids – are as brainwashed as ever. It’s the same story that has been around for years. They’re idealistic kids who, with their professors holding their hands, are happy to pull the lever for the left. They just don’t get how bad things are out there. It usually takes getting to the 300th résumé before that idealism behind “hope” and “change” starts to fade away.But what about the young kids like myself who have been out there in the workforce… who did fill out hundreds of job applications… what are they thinking? This is the most interesting group. In many younger friends, I see something happening similar to the polarization of war veterans.Have you ever noticed how polarized veterans’ opinions become after coming back from war? They either come back more gung ho than ever, putting a flag in the yard and supporting the most pro-war candidate or they come back the complete opposite – they see the wars as complete BS and become lifelong anti-war advocates. There are some people in the middle as well, but more often than not, soldiers seem to go the extremes of each side. When faced with traumatic life experiences, people often deal with them by going to an extreme.I see the same thing happening with this generation’s reaction to vast unemployment – they have been shell-shocked into the extremes. When times got tough, one group of kids got tougher. Many of my friends have unbelievable work ethics; they could give Third-World sweat-shop workers a run for their money. Furthermore, they’ve hunkered down by saving money and living very frugally. Their lifestyles make their Baby Boomer parents look bad. The older generation always tends to demean the younger, but in this case, there’s a portion of the current generation that’s tougher and better than the one before it. I emphasize “portion” for a reason. There’s the other portion to consider.When you’re filling out that 300th résumé, there are two ways to react. You either get tougher, or you start seeing the world as completely unfair. You can lose sight of the connection between effort and results. I understand how this can happen. There are lots of smart, hard-working kids out there who can’t land jobs. I’m not talking about the C-student sociology majors here. To many, the job market now looks like a rigged game of connections, rather than a meritocratic system. If you’re smart, hard-working, and still can’t get a job, how are you supposed to develop an appreciation for the capitalist system?These kids got tougher too, but in a much different way. They see the world as unfair. And since the world is unfair, they have no problem taking from others. Why feel bad about it? When your viewpoint has lost the connection between effort and results, everything looks like luck. To some extent, you can see their perspective. If one graduated even in 2006 or 2007, they are light-years ahead in their careers in comparison to those finishing school 2008 and later. The 2006 class got on the ladder with an entry-level job; the 2008 kids didn’t. It’s a hard case to make that the 2008 grads are lazier than the 2006 grads. The difference between the groups has a lot to do with luck.Here’s the problem with this. If wealth is seen as just the lucky circumstance of being born into better times rather than the result of effort and ingenuity, then it’s easy to not feel bad about redistribution. Despite the Obama administration’s failures thus far, this growing life philosophy is one of the reason for growing support for big government among the youth.However, there’s another side of the coin, like the Ron Paul movement. Guess who were the biggest supporters of Ron Paul’s extremely free-market views? It wasn’t the Reagan generation. An enormous amount of his support came from the youth. This is that polarization that I’m talking about. One part of the generation is Ron Paul crazy, the other is Obama crazy.Is this a good sign for the country down the road? Yes and no. It really depends what faction wins. If the fiscally responsible and hard-working part of the youth takes over in 20 or 30 years, we might see administrations that would make Ronald Reagan look like a communist. If the other side gains dominance, we might look back at Barack Obama as a free-market champion. It’s still up in the air; and the next few years are going to be instrumental in shaping this generation’s experience.Friday FunniesAnd now for a few funny political bumper stickers as we say goodbye to the 2012 campaign. I threw in a few Democrat ones and a few Republican ones, but all good enough for a chuckle. One more thing before we go: there’s a new Casey Phyle forming in Cafayate, Argentina. Anyone interested please send an email to phyle@caseyresearch.com. Thank you for reading and subscribing to the Casey Daily Dispatch. See you next week.Vedran VukCasey Senior Analystlast_img read more

Representatives of national disabled peoples orga

first_imgRepresentatives of national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in Bolivia, Greece, Malaysia and Uganda have described to UK activists how they have fought oppression and discrimination in their own countries.They were speaking at an International Deaf and Disabled People’s Solidarity Summit in east London, organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to highlight the hypocrisy of the UK government’s decision to co-host a major “global disability summit” on the Olympic Park in east London this week.Feliza Ali Ramos (pictured, left) and Alex Marcelo Vazquez Bracamonte (centre), both wheelchair-users, from the Bolivian DPO New Hope, described how – two years ago – they and fellow disabled activists marched 300 miles through the Andes to the capital La Paz to confront president Evo Morales about the conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia and to seek an increase in disability benefits.Conditions facing disabled people in Bolivia were harsh, they told the summit.Many were dying from treatable conditions, some because doctors refused to give them oxygen, with families often welcoming their early deaths “because they were suffering anyway”.Many disabled people were excluded from education, despite the government’s insistence that disabled people had access to education and to healthcare, the summit heard.Local campaigns had called for the monthly disability benefit payment to rise from about £10 to about £50 a month, which led to the march on La Paz.Ramos said: “We sent letter after letter to the president, but the president never received us.”They marched through the mountains for 35 days and often had nowhere to sleep, while their only food was what they were given by people from the towns they passed through.When they arrived in the capital, they found the government had put up metal barriers to prevent them reaching the central square where the government offices were located.The square was guarded by police with water cannons and riot shields, and they were sprayed with pepper spray and water cannons, beaten and pushed out of their wheelchairs.Refused a meeting with the president, they pitched tents and took part in a vigil that lasted more than three months.The government tried to infiltrate the movement, and threatened activists with 10 years in prison.Morales eventually backed down and agreed to some of their demands.Ramos told fellow activists at Sunday’s summit how they lost two of their colleagues in a traffic accident during the march while another four had died because their health deteriorated during the protest.She cried as she told the summit: “Because these comrades had given their lives we fought on and we too were prepared to give our lives.“We remember what we went through and every day it moves me.“All of a sudden we have made ourselves visible in Bolivia and have got coverage in its media.”Last week, she said, there was national media coverage of a case in which a young man with cerebral palsy was found severely malnourished.She said: “Before, it would have been ignored. Now it is a national scandal because of what we did.“We have shown the whole of society we are strong and are not prepared to shut up and do whatever the government tells us to do.”New Hope was founded in 1999 to fight for an independent life for all disabled people in Bolivia, and its members try to empower disabled people with physical impairments through their Independent Life programme.Antonios Rellas, from the Greek DPO Zero Tolerance, told Sunday’s summit how he was the only disabled activist who gave evidence in the long-running trial of MPs and members of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party.He said: “As disabled activists, we know very well the story behind the fascist danger.“Golden Dawn followed exactly what Hitler and the Third Reich believed. Some of the first victims of the Third Reich were disabled people who were killed, 275,00 of them, as unworthy to live.”He also described his organisation’s ongoing fight against the institutionalisation of disabled people in Greece, which saw Zero Tolerance fight for the freedom of disabled residents who were being over-medicated and chained to cages in a state-run institution in Lechaina.He has directed a documentary which exposes the conditions, with Rellas and other disabled activists occupying the institution for four days and demanding that they were released.Now those disabled people who have been released from Lechaina have been found homes “in places where they can lead regular lives”, he said.But he said that more than 900 disabled people were still living in similar conditions in state-run institutions in Greece.He said: “The institutions that we are talking about are public institutions. We don’t know what is happening in private and church facilities.“This has nothing to do with the financial crisis that Greece is under. This was happening before this happened and if we are not there to resist and provoke it will stay like this forever.”Naziaty Yaacob, from Harapan OKU (Hope for Persons with Disabilities), speaking via Skype, told of her organisation’s battle to fight systematic discrimination against disabled people in her country following the election in May of the first new government in Malaysia in 60 years.They wrote an open letter to the new prime minister, with support from more than 100 charities, telling him that disabled people were “still struggling to achieve independence” and were “still facing barriers and discrimination”, with disabled people the most marginalised group in society.They highlighted the “toothless” nature of the existing disability discrimination act and the need for a new act and an independent commission to deal with grievances and systemic discrimination.Rose Achayo, from the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, described the wide-ranging discrimination faced by disabled women and girls in her country.She told the summit that her organisation had formed in 1999 to be a voice for disabled women and girls and to push for “a society where girls and women with disabilities lead a dignified life”.She pointed to barriers faced by disabled women in Uganda, such as violence in the home and in the community, the abuse inflicted on disabled people with high support needs who are placed in isolated settings, the lack of access to reproductive health, and the lack of access to justice.She also pointed to the stigma and “invisibility” faced by disabled women and girls in mainstream society, and their lack of access to the main source of income: land.But she said that, unlike the UK government, the Ugandan government had acknowledged issues raised by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities and had come up with a plan for how they could be addressed.The committee examined Uganda’s progress in 2016, a process her organisation took part in. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, 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 remember 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…last_img read more

And then there was light Cardinal breaks law to restore power for

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Konrad Krajewski, seen in this November 15, 2013 photo at centre behind Pope Francis, has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant interior minister by climbing down a manhole and breaking the law to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building. He is now a cardinal and runs the Vatican office that distributes the pope’s charity funds. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo A close aide to Pope Francis has drawn the ire of Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini by climbing down a manhole to restore electricity to hundreds of homeless people living in an occupied building.Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, 55, whose job is to distribute the pope’s charity funds, went to the disused state-owned building near a Rome cathedral on Saturday night and broke a police seal to re-connect electrical circuit breakers.To some, he was a hero of sorts by Monday morning as the news went viral. Rome’s left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper ran a banner headline calling him “The Pope’s Robin Hood” and praising him for doing the right thing under the circumstances.“What can I say? It was a particularly desperate situation. I repeat: I assume all the responsibility. If a fine arrives, I’ll pay it,” Krajewski said in an interview in Corriere della Sera newspaper on Monday.The building has been occupied since 2013 by Italians who had lost their homes and migrants. It houses some 450 people, including about 100 children.It had been without power since May 6 because some 300,000 euro in electricity bills had not been paid.“Defending illegality is never a good sign,” Salvini, who has often clashed with the pope on migration and other social issues, told reporters on Monday.“There are many Italians and even legal immigrants who pay their bills, even if with difficulty. People can do what they please but as interior minister, I guarantee the rules.”Krajewski, who rides around Rome on a bicycle, said he would pay the building’s electricity bills from now on but that for him, the issue went beyond money.“There are children there. The first thing to ask is ‘why are they there? What is the reason? How is it possible that families are in such a situation” he told Corriere.Krajewski, a Pole, was already a minor celebrity in Rome. Since the pope named him to the Vatican charity job in 2013, he became known for dressing down into simple layman’s clothes at night and bringing food the city’s homeless in a white van.He was also responsible for opening shelters near the Vatican were the homeless can wash, get haircuts, and receive medical care.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

A Tale of Neighboring Countries and Their Very Different LegalMarijuana Banking Systems

first_imgCannabis –shares Federal law all but requires legal marijuana to operate strictly in cash, while in Canada banks are helping that nation’s cannabis industry boom. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue Image credit: Nastasic | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. dispensaries.com Guest Writer Springfield Bank of Illinois pulled out of working with legal medical marijuana companies in the state this month, leaving many businesses working on a cash-only basis while scrambling to find another banking partner. The bank tied the move directly to actions taken by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year, rescinding Obama-era rules that essentially kept the federal government from interfering in states where marijuana is legal.Meanwhile, in Canada, just the opposite is happening. The Bank of Montreal already is involved in two deals with legal marijuana companies and TD Bank Group is considering involvement as the country prepares to make cannabis legal nationwide this summer for both medical and recreational use.TD Bank Group CEO Bharat Masrani told The Canadian Press that national legalization is an “important data point.” He said TD Bank Group is actively studying cannabis investment in the cannabis industry. Both TD Bank Group and the Bank of Montreal are among the “Big Five” banks in Canada.Related: Baby Boomers Support Medical Marijuana but SkepticallyActions Backing WordsThe interest of Canadian banks in backing the legal marijuana industry took off in January, when the Bank of Montreal backed a $175 million stock-purchase deal to raise cash for Canopy Growth. Technically, the Bank of Montreal did the deal through a subsidiary, BMO Capital Markets, along with co-lead underwriter GMP Securities. Based in Ontario, Canopy is Canada’s largest licensed producer of medical marijuana. Importantly, they have no business dealings in the U.S.Speaking about the potential of entering deals with cannabis companies, Masrani said TD Bank Group will not consider any deals with companies that have a presence in the U.S. A few weeks after the Canopy Growth deal, BMO Capital Markets was named in a similar deal involving marijuana producer Cronos Group.Related: How to Stand Out From the Crowd: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Jeff the 420 ChefMeanwhile, In Springfield.Legal medical marijuana companies in Illinois may now have to deal in cash after the main bank for the industry, the Bank of Springfield, announced it was pulling out of the industry. The decision came after Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo.It is one of the few concrete consequences, so far, of Sessions’ actions.To be fair, the Bank of Springfield was something of an aberration. Most banks have refused to extend services to the marijuana industry because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. Frustrated leaders in California are even considering setting up a state-run bank to serve the industry.There were about $8.5 million in medical marijuana sales in Illinois in February alone, according to state numbers quoted in the Chicago Tribune.Ross Morreale, co-founder of Ataraxia, a company that runs a cultivation facility and co-owns three dispensaries, told the Tribune: “This is the closest we’ve been to being without banks in Illinois in this industry … which isn’t good. It makes everything more difficult.”For the bank, it was a process of doing a risk assessment given Sessions’ action. The bank could not jeopardize customers working with businesses “in the legal gray zone,” a bank spokesman told the Tribune.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Free Green Entrepreneur App April 12, 2018 A Tale of Neighboring Countries and Their Very Different Legal-Marijuana Banking Systems Download Our Free Android Applast_img read more

Harvard MIT Receive 9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research

first_img –shares Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research 4 min read Guest Writer Biomedical Technology Add to Queue Image credit: gregobagel | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article dispensaries.com Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. The donation from an alum of both schools will use the cannabis legally available in Massachusetts. May 14, 2019 Free Green Entrepreneur App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The rapid spread of marijuana legalization has been coupled with concerns among medical researchers about gaps in knowledge on what cannabis can and cannot do in terms of health benefits.Unfortunately, with the United States federal government continuing to list cannabis as an illegal drug, it’s been hard to get funding for research. It also doesn’t help that what little marijuana is available for research is of far worse quality than what people routinely purchase at the local dispensary (or on the black market, for that matter).However, cannabis research in the U.S. got a shot in the arm this month when Charles Broderick, head of a New York-based global equity firm, dontated $9 million for cannabis research to be split between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Broderick’s goal is clear cut, according to the Harvard Gazette: “Our desire is to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”Related: Why the EU Is Wrong About CBDMassachusetts Makes a DifferenceHow can the two prestigious schools manage to fill the marijuana research void with marijuana still illegal at the federal level? According to Rolling Stone, the answer lies in the fact that Massachusetts started legal recreational marijuana sales this year. That “makes it easier for the research to take place at the Boston-based schools,” the music magazine wrote.A researcher at MIT told the Boston Globe that the school plans to get cannabis of a higher grade than what is available from the University of Mississippi, which currently operates the only federal-sanctioned site to grow marijuana for research.The researcher also said that without Broderick’s donation, none of the research would be happening as quickly as now planned. The illegal nature of marijuana in the past — a situation that still exists at the national level — has made getting research funding difficult.Where Research Will FocusMIT plans to launch research into how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) impact the cognitive function of people suffering from schizophrenia. Other MIT studies will focus on the use of cannabis for those with autism and Huntington’s disease, as well as the impact on attention and working memory.At Harvard Medical School, the money will fund creation of the Charles R. Broderick Phytocannabinoid Research Initiative. Initial research will focus on marijuana’s impact on brain cell function and the connections between brain cells.Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in Medical MarijuanaDonor Stands to GainWhile the donation received universal praise, it also generated conversation over the ethics of the donation. Broderick is an investor in cannabis companies in Canada, where pot is legal for medical and recreational use nationwide.The Globe wrote that many might wonder if his position could create bias in the research. After all, if new uses of cannabis are found, Broderick stands to make more money. But if dangers are found in using marijuana for medical purposes, he stands to lose money.However, both Harvard and MIT have rules in place that govern research, ensuring that researchers have complete control over their work and the results.For this part, Broderick told the Harvard Gazette, “I want to destigmatize the conversation around cannabis — and, in part, that means providing facts to the medical community, as well as the general public. Then we’re all working from the same information. We need to replace rhetoric with research.”To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Download Our iOS Applast_img read more

Square Makes Its Register Software Free Worldwide

first_img Kate Taylor –shares Add to Queue Next Article November 20, 2014 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Reporter Square Makes Its Register Software Free Worldwide 2 min read Mobile Payments Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Square is going global – with software at least.On Thursday, Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Square Register is being made available to sellers around the world. That means internationally Square-using sellers have access to free point-of-sale software that supports 130 different currencies.Los Desgraciados, a restaurant located in Saltillo, Mexico that uses Square RegisterImage credit: SquareSquare Register is a free app with software that allows users to analyze payments and manage items and inventory. The app is already used by millions of businesses in the U.S., but previously only supported the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Japanese yen.Related: How Mobile Payment Apps Are Energizing Businesses That Live On Cash FlowHowever, despite the previously limited currencies, Square says that thousands of sellers outside the U.S., Japan and Canada have downloaded the app.”I’ve been using Square Register for about three years now,” says Michael Cheang, the owner of an Australian bar called Frisk, in an email sent by Square. “We came across the app when searching the internet for point-of-sale solutions. We looked into all the alternative options, and ultimately chose Square for its simple layout.”Square has not yet released readers that support transactions outside of the U.S., Canada and Japan. However, with the new software in place, the mobile payment’s app complete international expansion seems imminent. Related: Snapchat Partners With Square for Payment Service Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Wipro Positioned as a Leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace

first_imgWipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America. The report authored by Daniel Barros & Mark Ray was published on January 14, 2019.“Gartner evaluates the providers based on the quality and efficacy of the processes, systems, methods and procedures that enable each provider’s performance to be competitive and effective, while positively affecting revenue, retention and reputation.”“Gartner evaluates the providers based on the quality and efficacy of the processes, systems, methods and procedures that enable each provider’s performance to be competitive and effective, while positively affecting revenue, retention and reputation.” This Magic Quadrant assessed 21 MWS providers on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. Wipro has been positioned as a “Leader” in this Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America for the third time in a row.According to Gartner analysts, “Leaders deliver their service solutions skillfully, have a clear vision of the direction of the service market, and are actively building and improving their competencies to sustain their leadership positions. The Leaders quadrant indicates the direction of the MWS market. However, most digital workplace offerings still have low adoption rates. Ten providers have emerged as Leaders in this Magic Quadrant. Leaders have demonstrated their experience in delivering MWS and understand the requirements to successfully deliver these services. They have proved their ability to execute and their completeness of vision.”Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteKiran Desai, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited said, “We are pleased to have been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America, for the third successive year. We believe this recognition underscores our capabilities to manage complex workplace transformation projects by leveraging our LiVE Workspace™ platform. Our digital transformation endeavours have been key to us achieving an industry-leading position in this space. We remain steadfastly committed to offering a truly digital and enhanced user experience to our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value CreationWipro’s LiVE Workspace solution, powered by the Wipro HOLMES artificial intelligence platform and backed by a strong partner ecosystem, will help enterprises advance to a digitally empowered user-centric workspace from a traditional desktop system-based approach. The solution is an end-to-end standardized and integrated workplace offering consisting of pre-defined tools, technologies, and processes, that enables users to access their business applications and data, anywhere, anytime, and on a device of their choice. The solution also offers predictive and prescriptive analytics with cognitive capabilities to proactively identify, resolve, and manage critical applications and infrastructure-related snags before end-users experience issues.Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019 Wipro Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 2:33 pmJune 12, 2019 artificial intelligence platformGartner’s Magic QuadrantManaged Workplace ServicesMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTEGNA to Acquire Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Leading, Top Ranked Stations in Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OHNext ArticleSwiftStack Announces Data Analytics Solution With 10x Performance and Massive Scalelast_img read more

Novartis raises 2019 guidance helped by Sandoz generics unit

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Switzerland’s national flag flies in front of the logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis (NOVN.S) lifted full-year sales and profit targets on Thursday, helped by innovative medicine sales and as the Swiss drugmaker’s Sandoz generics unit saw rising international demand for its biosimilar copies of blockbuster drugs made by rivals. Related CoverageNovartis CEO sets aside $700 million to settle doctor bribery lawsuitSecond-quarter core operating income rose 20% in constant currencies to $3.6 billion (£2.8 billion), while sales were up 8% to $11.8 billion, compared to the $11.54 billion forecast by 10 analysts in a Refinitiv poll. The Basel-based company now expects 2019 core operating income to grow at low-double-digit to mid-teens percentages, faster than the previous high-single-digit percentage rate target. Sales expectations were also raised, with growth now seen in the mid to high-single digit range. Novartis highlighted performance at Sandoz, where it said international business offset price declines in the United States. It revised Sandoz 2019 sales forecasts upwards — to broadly in line with last year or possible low-single-digit growth — as the company’s copies of Roche’s Mabthera, AbbVie’s Humira and Amgen’s and Pfizer’s Enbrel captured business from the namebrand drugs in Europe. “We increased our full year guidance for both sales and core operating income in light of our strong momentum,” Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said in a statement. Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Thomas Seythal and Brenna Hughes NeghaiwiOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Disquiet in Congress ranks as Rahul insists on resigning say sources

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Faced with a colossal electoral defeat, the Congress was riven by internal turmoil with Rahul Gandhi insisting on quitting as party president while its governments in Rajasthan and Karnataka teetered on the brink. In the midst of the disquiet, several state Congress chiefs, including Punjab’s Sunil Jakhar, Jharkhand’s Ajoy Kumar and Assam’s Ripun Bora, also offered to resign following the party’s drubbing in the elections, party insiders said. Congress sources said Gandhi is insisting on resigning his post and is understood to have conveyed to several leaders that it is time for the grand old party to look for a new chief. The Congress won only 52 out of 542 parliamentary seats in the Lok Sabha polls, just six more than its 2014 tally. The party could not open its account in 18 states and union territories.Taking responsibility for the defeat, Gandhi on Saturday offered to resign as the party’s president at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, but it was “unanimously rejected”. At the CWC meeting, Gandhi accused three senior leaders — Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and P Chidambaram — of placing their sons above the party. His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the entire top brass of the party left Rahul Gandhi alone to fight it out against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Existential crisisAs the party grapples with a severe existential crisis, its governments in both Karnataka and Rajasthan face a tough time with reports suggesting the BJP may try to wrest power in both states.It is learnt that Congress legislators Ramesh Jarkiholi and Dr Sudhakar visited BJP leader SM Krishna’s residence in Bengaluru on Sunday along with several other BJP leaders and they are understood to have deliberated on dethroning the incumbent dispensation.Sources said a number of Congress legislators in Karnataka are understood to be unhappy over the party’s electoral loss.In Rajasthan, there have been reports of internal turmoil with several ministers demanding fixing of accountability and seeking action against those responsible for the poll debacle in the state. The Congress drew a blank in Rajasthan as the NDA won all 25 seats. In Karnataka, where it formed a government with the JD(S) in May last year, the Congress managed to win only one Lok Sabha seat out of 28.The party was crushed in most of the 29 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it had defeated BJP in the assembly polls in December. ‘Rumour mongering’As crisis beset the opposition party, its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Monday urged everyone to respect the sanctity of the CWC meeting and asked the media not to fall into the trap of “conjectures, insinuations, gossip and rumour-mongering”.Surjewala said it is a democratic forum for exchange of ideas and taking corrective action. It was a “closed-door” meeting and any speculation about it was unwarranted and uncalled for, he added. He was reacting to news reports about happenings at the May 25 meeting, the first of the CWC after the Congress’s humiliating defeat in the parliamentary polls.“The Congress party expects everyone, including the media, to respect the sanctity of a closed-door meeting of the CWC. Various conjectures, speculation, insinuations, assumptions, gossip and rumour-mongering in a section of the media is uncalled for and unwarranted.“The CWC held a collective deliberation on the performance of the party, the challenges before it as also the way ahead, instead of casting aspersions on the role or conduct of any specific individual. The gist of the deliberations was made public in the CWC resolution of May 25, 2019,” the Congress leader said in a statement. All India Congress Committee (AICC) Elections 2019center_img May 27, 2019 COMMENT Published on Congress president Rahul Gandhi loses in Amethi.   –  Bloomberglast_img read more

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026 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli: Corporal Gilad Shalit, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday The announcement comes just ahead of the travel-heavy Fourth of July weekend It was also made amid American concerns reported by ABC earlier this week that al-Qaeda offshoots in Yemen and Syria were developing bombs that could be used to attack commercial airliners President Barack Obama also acknowledged Sunday that militants fighting in Syria and more recently in Iraq pose a threat to the US because many carry Western passports In his statement Wednesday Secretary Johnson did not name the airports where security will be enhanced nor did he identify a specific terror threat But he said the directive was in response to an "ongoing process" of assessing terrorism risks Johnson added that the TSA will "work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible" "As always we will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public" Johnson said –Zeke J Miller contributed reporting Write to Noah Rayman at noahrayman@timecom After enduring more than 2 years of criticism that included evidence of contamination and misrepresentation of data a Science paper that linked a mouse retrovirus to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) today received its last rites: Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts issued a full retraction The study’s 13 authors in September signed a partial retraction after one of the three collaborating labs found that a contamination had marred its contribution but they could not agree on the wording of the full retraction so Alberts issued it without their approval "Science has lost confidence in the Report and the validity of its conclusions" wrote Alberts in a rare "editorial" retraction which appears in the 23 December issue of Science "It is Science’s opinion that a retraction signed by all the authors is unlikely to be forthcoming" Researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI) in Reno Nevada led the controversial study teaming up with investigators from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio As they reported online in the 8 October 2009 issue of Science they found evidence of a mouse virus known as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) in the blood of 67% of the 101 CFS patients they analyzed Alarmingly 37% of controls also tested positive leading to fears that XMRV could be widely contaminating the blood supply in many countries Soon after publication researchers around the world began reporting that they could not find the virus in CFS patients One group discovered that XMRV was likely created in laboratory experiments with mice that made an immortalized cell line to study prostate cancer and another showed that variants of this line had evolved more than isolates of XMRV exactly the opposite of what would be expected if the mouse virus truly infected humans and was subject to immune pressure The US Department of Health and Human Services organized a nine-lab study to assess whether the blood supply was at risk from XMRV or related mouse retroviruses This so-called Blood Working Group—which included the researchers from WPI and NCI who co-authored the original Science study using whatever assays they chose—reported online 22 September in Science that no one could reliably detect the virus in previously positive samples from patients Alberts says the Blood Working Group finding was the final straw that led Science to request the full retraction "The blood group study to me was dramatic evidence of poor science" says Alberts "It gave us absolutely no confidence in the ability of the major labs involved to do the assays I find that enormously disturbing" NCI’s Francis Ruscetti a prominent retrovirologist and one of the co-authors attempted to coordinate a retraction with his colleagues but a dispute arose over wording that suggested some of the findings in the original paper were still valid "We tried to get all of the authors to agree but it got endless" says Alberts "The responsibility that Science magazine has to the scientific community is to make a strong statement that we don’t think anything in that paper can be relied on" WPI’s Judy Mikovits who led the study with Ruscetti says she and two of her contributing lab assistants refused to sign the retraction The day after the publication of the Blood Working Group study Mikovits presented new data at a CFS meeting in Ottawa Canada that purported to show evidence of human gamma retroviruses—the family XMRV belongs to—in patients She essentially argued that the original paper focused too narrowly on one variant of XMRV (She also showed a slide at the meeting that led to Science to discover that the original paper had a mislabeled image which factored into the full retraction) "We were confident of our data" Mikovits told ScienceInsider explaining why they wanted to include a line in the retraction that said they still trusted their data and conclusions Ruscetti refused to comment about the full retraction Mikovits was fired by WPI a week after the Ottawa meeting for insubordination and then accused in a civil suit by her former employer of misappropriating laboratory notebooks and computer data about her studies Police at the University of Nevada Reno then filed a warrant for her arrest in relation to the allegedly stolen material and she was briefly jailed Both the civil and criminal cases are now being adjudicated Mikovits and Ruscetti are currently taking part in a multilab study coordinated by pathogen sleuth Ian Lipkin at Columbia University in New York City that will look for XMRV and related viruses in many more CFS patients than were analyzed in the Blood Working Group study Mikovits says this $23 million study funded by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also factored in to the decision not to sign the full retraction "We think it’s premature to do anything before it’s complete" says Mikovits who estimates they will have results within 2 months Alberts strongly disagrees "I think they should cancel that study" says Alberts "It’s over They can’t do the assays so what’s the point Why should that give any different result than the blood group study Maybe us retracting will help them scale back how much money they’ve spent on that It seems like an incredible waste" Researchers who have closely followed this saga and invested their own efforts into finding XMRV in CFS patients commend Science for issuing a full retraction "It’s very sad but the writing has been on the wall for some time now—and the font size has gotten bigger over the course of the year" says retrovirologist Jonathan Stoye of the Medical Research Council in London who co-authored an editorial in Science supporting the original paper John Coffin a retrovirologist at Tufts University in Boston who wrote the editorial with Stoye says the full retraction could have happened much earlier "It’s kind of a surprise that it took so long" says Coffin Science Executive Editor Monica Bradford says the journal always prefers authors to sign retractions "It’s the authors’ work and it’s a very clear signal to scientific community that there can’t be accusations of other agendas" says Bradford Alberts says they simply had been "spun" by the authors too many times for too long "If our editorial retraction helps to end the resources to go into this fruitless endeavor I think we’ve made a contribution to the scientific community" he says See also: Judy Mikovits’ lawyer discusses developments in her criminal case Updated 3:35 pm: Paper co-author Robert Silverman of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University sent this statement to ScienceInsider: I requested a full retraction of our findings this summer after discovering that the blood samples were 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One of the hawkers died and four people — the other two hawkers, and on Saturday, and encourage the kind of courageous curiosity that will help our students succeed in a 21st century economy, who teaches special needs, representing Guma/Makurdi Federal Constituency. he wanted me to perform [a sex act] on him and I said no And when I said no he grabbed my head and pushed me down” Mitchell told the Today show’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive jailhouse interview on Monday “There was never any consensual [sexual contact]” she insisted reaching for tissues Mitchell did admit that she struck up a flirtation with the two men “but that’s all it ever was” “I was going through a time where I felt like my husband didn’t love me anymore I guess they saw my weakness” she said “Their attention made me feel good” At first Mitchell said she just brought the two men cookies and brownies She was nervous that she’d get caught but said she never did “They were supposed to check bags” she said But she was never stopped Eventually the two men began asking for more than baked goods asking her to bring them the tools they needed to escape “I’m like ‘I can’t get you that’ ” Mitchell recalled saying But when Matt allegedly threatened to hurt her husband Lloyd she agreed to help them smuggling in a star bit four hacksaws and a chisel The men would brag about their progress to her “Everybody tells me I’m way too nice” Mitchell said “I guess I got a little too comfortable” Now she’s paying for her mistake facing up to seven years when she’s sentenced later this month “It’s nerve-wracking because it’s not some place I ever expected to be” she told Lauer of being in prison “I did wrong I deserved to be punished but people need to know that I was only trying to save my family” This article originally appeared on Peoplecom Contact us at editors@timecomWhen a paper published on 17 March questioned whether fats from fish or vegetable oils are healthier than those in meat or butter it quickly made headlines around the world; after all the study seemed to debunk a cornerstone of many dietary guidelines But a new version of the publication had to be posted shortly after it appeared on the website of the Annals of Internal Medicine to correct several errors And although the study’s first author stands by the conclusions a number of scientists are criticizing the paper and even calling on the authors to retract it "They have done a huge amount of damage" says Walter Willett chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston "I think a retraction with similar press promotion should be considered" Health officials have long argued that so-called saturated fatty acids which are found in butter meat chocolate and cheese increase the risk of heart disease and that people should instead eat more unsaturated fatty acids the type that dominates in fish nuts or vegetable oils In the new study a meta-analysis scientists from Europe and the United States pooled 72 individual studies to gauge how different fats influence the risk of a heart attack or other cardiac events such as angina These included trials in which participants were randomly assigned to different diets as well as observational studies in which participants’ intake of fatty acids was determined by asking them about their diet or by measuring the fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream When the researchers compared people with the highest and the lowest intake of saturated fats they found no clear difference between the risk of heart disease or other cardiac events Similarly they found no significant difference between those consuming high or low amounts of the supposedly healthy unsaturated fats "Current evidence does not clearly support guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats" the authors concluded But even before the paper was published other scientists began pointing out errors says first author Rajiv Chowdhury an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom For instance the authors took one study on omega-3 fats one type of unsaturated fats to show a slightly negative effect while in fact it had shown a strong positive effect The correction means that the meta-analysis now says people who report eating lots of this particular fat have significantly less heart disease; previously it said there was no significant effect Critics also pointed out two important studies on omega-6 fatty acids that the authors had missed The errors "demonstrate shoddy research and make one wonder whether there are more that haven’t been detected" writes Jim Mann a researcher at the University of Otago Dunedin in New Zealand writes in an e-mail "If I had been the referee I would have recommended rejection" Mann and others say the paper has other problems too For instance it does not address what people who reduced their intake of saturated fats consumed instead A 2009 review concluded that replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates had no benefit while replacing them with polyunsaturated fats reduced the risk of heart disease Several scientists say that should have been mentioned in the new paper Chowdhury says the paper’s conclusions are valid however even after the corrections Randomized clinical trials are the "hardest" kind of evidence he says and they don’t show a significant effect of saturated or unsaturated fats But even one of the paper’s authors Dariush Mozaffarian of the Harvard School of Public Health admits that he is not happy with the key conclusion that the evidence does not support a benefit from polyunsaturated fats "Personally I think the results suggest that fish and vegetable oils should be encouraged" he says But the paper was written by a group of authors he points out "And science isn’t a dictatorship" Another study author Emanuele Di Angelantonio of the University of Cambridge says the main problem is that the paper was "wrongly interpreted by the media" "We are not saying the guidelines are wrong and people can eat as much saturated fat as they want We are saying that there is no strong support for the guidelines and we need more good trials" Willett says correcting the paper isn’t enough "It is good that they fixed it for the record but it has caused massive confusion and the public hasn’t heard about the correction" The paper should be withdrawn he argues The controversy should serve as a warning about meta-analyses Willett adds Such studies compile the data from many individual studies to get a clearer result "It looks like a sweeping summary of all the data so it gets a lot of attention" Willett says "But these days meta-analyses are often done by people who are not familiar with a field who don’t have the primary data or don’t make the effort to get it" And while drug trials are often very similar in design making it easy to combine their results nutritional studies vary widely in the way they are set up "Often the strengths and weaknesses of individual studies get lost" Willett says "It’s dangerous" not for the revenue, The Atlantic Council authors.

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