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TCI and Caribbean on alert Irma now Category 3 Hurricane


first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Related Items:#Irma, #magneticmedianews, DDME Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – The nation is put on alert now that Tropical Storm Irma has rapidly become a hurricane, a Category three hurricane which is barreling towards the islands of the Caribbean and while her trajectory over the next week includes many islands… experts are advising all to be prepared.Based on a National Hurricane Center model, the storm will strike the Lesser Antilles by Monday but it is what #Irma does after that which becomes most import for the Turks and Caicos Islands.   We have learned that the #DDME this morning held a contingency meeting to discuss preparation and readiness in the advent of this major hurricane making a hit on these islands.Category three Hurricane Irma has maximum sustained winds near 115 mph with higher gusts.    Fluctuations in strength, both up and down, are possible, but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane for several days and at this time there are no watches or warnings for any land masses right now.Hurricane Irma is moving WNW at 12mph.  Add to this a new tropical wave today rolled off the African coast, it is with a low chance for development in the next five days.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more


Budget cuts hurt but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes #tcibudgetdebate2018  #hurricaneirma  #hurricanemaria  #seanastwood Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 7, 2018 – Budget cuts to accommodate new spending demands were painful as government projects and departments had to fiscally re-calibrate in order to accommodate important costs associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and the September 2017 hurricanes.Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood aimed to roll back the curtain on what was happening behind the scenes as the PDM Administration led the re-organization of the already passed 2017-2018 National Budget.The Government has been heavily criticized as having had a slow response to reconstruction in the aftermath of the ferocious storms.  However, the Deputy Premier, also the Border Control Minister disagrees with that characterization.“We have heard how this country has bounced back to our new normalcy in record time, and we have also heard how many – not just the political opposite – but many have tried to discredit the works of this Government and our direct involvement in making sure that persons who can now sit at home in the comforts of air condition, who can now pick up their mobile cell phones and WhatsApp any derogatory criticism or comment that they may decide to make – I would like for all of them to stop for just one second Mr.  Speaker and take a full assessment of what it took to restore such comforts back to them.”Almost four months to the day of the dismal encounter all of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Hurricane Irma, the Border Control Minister during House of Assembly debate on the changes to the budget, shared his experience while visiting another territory smashed by Irma:  Antigua and Barbuda.  Barbuda was so badly damaged in the historic hurricane, which measured well above 200 mph wind speeds, that it remains evacuated, completely inhabitable.“Two weeks ago I went to Antigua and Barbuda for a Summit on 21st Century Governance.  Mr. Speaker the island of Barbuda is still a disaster zone. One cannot enter the island without direct government permission because of the current state of that island.  Yet we here in the Turks and Caicos, we moan and we groan when the wind don’t blow, when the sun is too hot, when it rains the extra day, when the phone calls drop for a second, Mr. Speaker, we ought to be careful.  This supplementary is a response to all that I have just mentioned, it is a response of this Government to set new priorities to deal with the new realities.”Hon Astwood said the Supplementary, which includes a $600,000 increase to his Ministry for illegal migrant repatriation expenditure is a response to the needs of the country, evidence that the PDM Administration is paying attention and rightly responding to hurricane reconstruction and border protection.“My same ministry would have gotten cuts in other areas and it hurts… to lose even a dollar we don’t want to lose it but we understand the needs and overall objective of the Ministry of Finance.  We know they did not just sit down and arbitrarily decide to get rid of a project, to cut spending by ‘x’ percentage that is not an easy decision to make.  I don’t think that the Premier, her PS or anybody, the Budget Director – anyone sits down having a good time in that exercise.  So for persons to characterize this as some simple exercise, some ‘willy-nilly’ approach to governance where decisions are being made that affects the lives of our people, Mr. Speaker I don’t understand how anyone could think that’s a trivial matter that somehow the politics of things is more important than the lives of our people….  Mr. Speaker this supplementary is no politics.”The Deputy further exposed that there were professional rows between ministers, permanent secretaries and departments as the country re-prioritised spending to pay for three exceptional areas of expense, namely:  hurricane Irma and Maria clean up, overage in health care abroad costs and the budget busting repatriation of illegal migrants.“I am sure the Permanent Secretary of Finance was hearing from other PSes that, ‘you can’t so that, you can’t take this from me!’ because that is what Ministers were saying to the Premier, you can’t take this from me, I need that.  But collectively Mr. Speaker, with prudent leadership and a focus on where this country is now and where it needs to go we are here today in full support of the premier and her ministry of this Supplementary.”Deputy Premier Astwood wrapped up his contribution on with a declaration of support of the proposed budgetary changes, making the statement that the PDM Administration is not only working hard, but producing.“This supplementary is a short term measure to get us through the rest of this financial year and I commend the Premier and her staff for doing a good job.”The Budget Supplementary passed through the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly on Tuesday February 6, 2018 on the eve of the four month anniversary of Hurricane Irma.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, house of assembly, Pdm, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more


Monday Update Swan Lake Fire Transitioning To Type 2 Fire


first_imgAdditional crews were added, the local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this critical area of the fire. Saarloos: “Crews will work together today on their continued mission of protecting the community of Sterling by mopping up, securing and monitoring fireline on the southwestern edge of the fire.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Management of the Swan Lake Fire, burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, will transition to an incoming Type 2 Alaska incident management team. Sarah Saarloos with DOF: “Fire personnel will be transitioning the Incident Command from the Division of Forestry Kenai-Kodiak Unit in Soldotna to Sterling Elementary School this morning. Expect to see more fire personnel on the Sterling Highway while they complete this move and more presence in Sterling in future.” This move to a Type 2 team increases the capacity of each division of staffing.  More personnel assigned to this fire provides for a comprehensive strategic plan going forward and adds capacity in anticipation of the shift in weather back to drier days, according to a release from the Division of Forestry. The cloudy day on Sunday allowed firefighters on the 12,782 acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing. Motorists are still urged to yield to fire apparatus entering the Sterling Highway and to adhere to traffic signage staged near miles 82 and 92. For more details contact the Division of Forestry Public Information office at 907-260-4262, visit kpboem.com orinciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/last_img read more


UPDATE HPD Arrests 28 YearOld Woman Regarding Murder And Baby Abduction Case


first_img Share Photos via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Baby Shamali Flores (left) was rescued by the HPD on Thursday morning. Her mother Carolina Miranda Flores (right) was killed on Tuesday.Chief Art Acevedo announced Thursday Houston Police Department (HPD) agents arrested Erika Gisela Miranda-Álvarez, 28, for the murder of Carolina Miranda Flores, 33, and she will be charged with capital murder.During a press conference held at HPD headquarters, Acevedo detailed the arrest was made around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st, at the Windscape apartment complex, located southwest of downtown Houston.The HPD chief explained members of the Homicide Division and the S.W.A.T. Team, among others, participated in the operation that resulted in the arrest of Miranda-Álvarez, which also allowed HPD officers to safely recover six week-old baby Shamali Flores, daughter of the victim.The baby was checked at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Acevedo noted she is “healthy” and “unharmed.” She is now in the custody of Children Protective Services (CPS).The HPD chief added Miranda-Álvarez’s boyfriend hasn’t been charged so far but is “under investigation.”According to investigators, Miranda-Álvarez was friends with the victim’s brother and that is how she met and developed a relationship her. They had known each other for about five years.Acevedo explained that, according to the investigation, Miranda-Álvarez was due to have a baby last January, but she had a miscarriage and she faked the rest of her pregnancy.If you want to watch the joint press conference with HPD and the FBI about the arrest click herelast_img read more


Facebook Plans to Launch WatchLike News Tab


first_imgFacebook wants to launch a dedicated tab within its app to aggregate content from news publishers, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed during a conversation with Springer CEO Mathias Doepfner Monday morning. Plans for the news section are still in early stages, according to Zuckerberg, who said that the company was looking for input from the news industry. “We don’t want to build this in a vacuum,” he said.Zuckerberg likened the planned news tab to the way the company has broken out video in its Watch tab, which is aggregating video from a number of publishers, some of which are producing video exclusively for the platform. Facebook Watch “has started to really grow quickly,” Zuckerberg said. “We’ve decided that there really is an opportunity to do something like this with news as well.” Facebook Reportedly Working on New Snapchat-Like Messaging App for Instagram Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebook Popular on Variety Zuckerberg didn’t share many additional details, and said the company was still trying to figure out how to balance curation with aggregation of the sources a user was already following. He also suggested that the company was looking to give publishers new ways to make money. “There is a real opportunity to have better monetization for publishers than we have today at news feed,” he said. Related He cited Facebook’s news subscription efforts as evidence that the company was looking to support the industry financially, but also had to admit that these efforts haven’t been very impactful yet. “That’s off to a reasonable start. There is lots more to do there,” he said.Facebook’s commitment to double down on news comes after the company began to de-emphasize news articles in its main news feed to re-focus on personal connections between its users. Those changes, instituted in early 2018, resulted in a 20% drop of news content shown to its users, according to numbers shared by Facebook executives shared at the time.Facebook posted a video of Zuckerberg’s hourlong conversation with Doepfner Monday morning as a first of what is supposed to be a series of talks about the future of the internet and society. Doepfner was a bit of a polarizing choice to kick off the series: The Springer CEO has led the company’s foray into the digital space, but has also been a strong advocate of recent European copyright changes, commonly known as “Article 13,” that have been criticized by many as being harmful to the internet.In his conversation with Zuckerberg, Doefner celebrated the European parliament’s recent passage of those changes, likening them to the compulsory licensing regimen the music industry has been working with for decades, and suggesting Facebook should adhere to similar rules.Article 13 had gotten a lot of public push-back from Google in particular, with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki arguing that it would make it impossible for millions of users to upload content to her site, or to view content posted by U.S. creators.But on Monday, Zuckerberg seemed open to embrace similar rules. “That’s definitely something we should be thinking about here,” he said with regards to Article 13, while also cautioning that “there is a lot of details to be worked out there.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


A new quasi2D superconductor that bridges a ferroelectric and an insulator


first_img , Nature Materials © 2019 Science X Network The idea of forming a quasi-2-D superconducting layer at the interface between two different compounds has been around for several years. One past study, for instance, tried to achieve this by creating a thin superconducting layer between two insulating oxides (LaAlO3 and SrTiO3) with a critical temperature of 300mK. Other researchers observed the thin superconducting layer in bilayers of an insulator (La2CuO4) and a metal (La1.55Sr0.45CuO4), neither of which is superconducting in isolation.”Here we put forward the idea that thin charged layer on the interface between ferroelectric and insulator is formed in order to screen the electric field,” Viktor Kabanov and Rinat Mamin, two researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org via email. “This thin layer may be conducting or superconducting depending on the properties of the insulator. In order to get a superconducting layer, we chose La2CuO4 – an insulator that becomes a high Tc superconductor when it is doped by carriers.”The heterostructure fabricated by Kabanov, Mamin and their colleagues consists of a ferroelectric magnetron sputtered on the surface of the parent compound of high Tc superconductor La2CuO4. At the interface between these two components, the researchers observed the appearance of a thin superconducting layer, which attains its superconductivity at temperatures below 30K. The researchers detected the layer’s superconducting properties by measuring its resistivity and via the Meissner effect. They found that a finite resistance is created when applying a weak magnetic field perpendicular to the interface, which confirms the quasi-2-D quality of the layer’s superconductive state. “The key advantage of our technique is the relative simplicity of the creation of the heterostructure, because the requirements for the roughness of the surface are not so stringent,” Kabanov and Mamin said. “On the other hand, the changing the polarization in the ferroelectric allows to control the properties of the conducting layer.” Kabanov, Mamin and their colleagues are the first ever to observe superconductivity on the interface between a ferroelectric and an insulator. In the future, their approach and the superconductors they fabricated could inform the design of new electronic devices with a ferroelectrically controlled superconductivity. “As far as plans for the future are concerned, we would like to learn how we can control the superconducting properties of the interface by rotating the polarization of the ferroelectric,” Kabanov and Mamin said. “Another idea is to try to control the properties of the interface by laser illumination. This is basically the direction we are working on now.” Researchers at the Zavoisky Physical-Technical Institute and the Southern Scientific Center of RAS, in Russia, have recently fabricated quasi-2-D superconductors at the interface between a ferroelectric Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 film and an insulating parent compound of La2CuO4. Their study, presented in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, is the first to achieve superconductivity in a heterostructure consisting of a ferroelectric and an insulator. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Dmitrii P. Pavlov et al. Fabrication of High-Temperature Quasi-Two-Dimensional Superconductors at the Interface of a Ferroelectric Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 Film and an Insulating Parent Compound of La2CuO4, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.237001 Jian-Feng Ge et al. Superconductivity above 100 K in single-layer FeSe films on doped SrTiO3, Nature Materials (2014). DOI: 10.1038/nmat4153High-temperature interface superconductivity between metallic and insulating cuprates. arXiv:0810.1890 [cond-mat.supr-con]. arxiv.org/abs/0810.1890 Journal information: Physical Review Letters The schematic structures of Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3/La2CuO4 (a) with q2DEG (shown in red); AFM image of the La2CuO4 single crystal surface without the film (b) illustrates the inhomogeneity of the interface. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility (c), and the temperature dependence of the resistivity (d) of La2CuO4 single crystal (without ferroelectric film). Credit: Dmitrii P. Pavlov et al., arXiv:1804.05519 [cond-mat.supr-con] Electric-field-controlled superconductor-ferromagnetic insulator transition Citation: A new quasi-2D superconductor that bridges a ferroelectric and an insulator (2019, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-quasi-2d-superconductor-bridges-ferroelectric-insulator.html Explore furtherlast_img read more


Trading high


first_imgThe 34th edition of India Trade Promotion Organisation is going to commence in the Capital. The event will be inaugurated by President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on 14 November at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan. The partner country this year is South Africa, Thailand is the focus country whereas Delhi is the focus state. The theme of the fair is ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. Over 25 women enterpreneurs from the partner country will be exhibiting their final products at the event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over 6500  participants  from India and abroad are taking part in the fair. Countries like – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia,  Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand,  Tibet, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam are taking part in this grand event this year.  There are 31 Central Government Ministries, Departments along with their agencies/PSUs, while all the States and  UTs apart from leading private sector companies will bring up the domestic sector.‘Committed to the new mantra of Make in India, the fair will also focus on the PM Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission’, an official said during a press meet.Various cultural programmes have been organised all throughout the fair. The first five days of the fair i.e 14-18 November will be exclusively for the business visitors only.last_img read more


October 29 2016Film director Aimee Madsen and Cos


first_imgOctober 29, 2016Film director Aimee Madsen and Cosanti Foundation Directors Mary Hoadley and Roger Tomalty are in New Mexico to screen PAOLO SOLERI – BEYOND FORM, last night in Albuquerque. [photos by Aimee Madsen]Aimee:We screened to a sold out audience in Albuquerque. So grateful to every one who made it possible. Next comes Santa Fe on the 29th!see: http://www.architecturesantafe.org/film-series.htmllast_img


Rep Hughes renews commitment to Muskegon County region


first_img With her family by her side, state Rep. Holly Hughes took her oath of office Tuesday to represent the families and businesses of the Muskegon County.Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman administered the oath while Rep. Hughes’ husband Rick, daughter Morgan and nephew Chandler Breit joined her for the Capitol ceremony.“This is an honor given to me by the residents of the 91st District,” said Rep. Hughes, R-Montague. “My first priority will always be to families and businesses in my home district. Although we have a lot of work to do in Lansing, my focus will continue to be on jobs for our hometown. In fact, our next Veterans Jobs Fair is already scheduled for May 20. I will continue to work every day and with every vote for our communities to make today and the future better in the Muskegon County region.”Rep. Hughes encourages residents with concerns or questions pertaining to state government to contact her Lansing office. Legislative assistants Justin Malek, a Muskegon County native, and Eric Dean are ready to assist district residents.Residents can contact Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll free at (877) 633-0331, via email at HollyHughes@house.mi.gov, and by mail at N-1195 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48909.“We look forward to working for everyone in the 91st District over the next two years,” Rep. Hughes said. “We’re here to help.” 13Jan Rep. Hughes renews commitment to Muskegon County region Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more


Rep Lower to chair House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee


first_img16Jan Rep. Lower to chair House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee Categories: Lower News,News State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, has been tapped to lead the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term.Lower is entering his second term in the Michigan House and served as the House Local Government Committee chair for his first term.The new committee will blend together elements of House committees from the previous legislative term and aims to address municipal government issues related to budgeting, financial liabilities, zoning, local authority, public safety and planning.“Looking at issues that impact the viability of communities throughout our state has been a priority for me in my work on this committee,” Lower said. “I will continue to review meaningful reforms that protect the health of communities, reduce property tax burdens on residents and ensure growth in the future. Strong communities going forward will mean a stronger Michigan economy and a more prosperous place for individuals to live, work and raise a family.”Lower will also serve as the vice chair on the House Tax Policy Committee and sit on committees for Energy and for Health Policy in the new term.last_img read more


Swedish cable operator Com Hem has struck a deal w


first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem has struck a deal with Telenor Sweden-owned OpenUniverse, which specialises in providing open broadband infrastructure, to offer TV, broadband and telephony services over OpenUniverse networks. OpenUniverse currently operates 37 metropolitan networks across Sweden, with a  potential customer base of over 100,000 customers.last_img


SSIMWAVE a specialist in perceptual videoquality


first_imgSSIMWAVE, a specialist in perceptual video-quality measurement, has made two sales appointments in a bid to expand its global market presence.Carlos Hernandez has been appointed vice president of sales, international, and joins SSIMWAVE after more than a dozen years with Sandvine.Brent Ross joins as director of sales, having previously held sales position with Imagine Communications and Digital Rapids.“SSIMWAVE is building on our Emmy Award winning DNA to tackle one of the media industry’s greatest challenges: ensuring consistent video experience quality in a fragmented video environment,” said Steve McCartney, president of SSIMWAVE.“Carlos and Brent both were eager to join SSIMWAVE because they share our vision of building a company whose solutions ensure optimal video experiences for viewers and drive customer satisfaction for media companies.”last_img read more


The Noose Around Your Wealth Is Tightening O


first_img The Noose Around Your Wealth Is Tightening Out-of-control taxes… investment controls… predatory lawsuits… the risks to your capital are growing by the day. And the unfortunate truth is the more of your wealth you have in your home country, the greater the risk. That’s why it’s critical to internationalize as much of your hard-earned assets as you can – as fast as possible. Going Global 2013 will help you do just that. Featuring investment experts Doug Casey, Peter Schiff, Mike Maloney, and more, this must-see webinar will reveal offshore strategies you can easily implement to protect what’s rightfully yours. Click here for details. The silver price was much more ‘volatile’, as it traded in a two percent price range through Far East and London trading.  It also had the New York rally at the same time as gold…and it ended at the same time as gold, just before 11:00 a.m. EDT. According to Kitco, the high at that point was $22.13 spot, but got sold down back below the $22 spot price almost immediately. Silver closed at $21.79 spot…up 11 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was very light at only 22,000 contracts. (Click on image to enlarge) Maybe the 20-day moving average is being defended…but I’m speculating on that one. However, as I’ve mentioned on countless occasions, the dollar index is not much of a factor as far as the precious metals are concerned…and if there is much correlation, it’s usually when the index is rallying, as it becomes a cover for “da boyz” as they hit the p.m. prices…and the main stream media is always quick to jump on that particular bandwagon.  And as you can see lately, even though the dollar index is down sharply, the precious metals aren’t up at all…as there’s always a seller of last resort waiting in the wings the moment that occurs…the last three trading days being a case in point. I note in overnight trading in the Far East, that the Japanese stock markets got crushed for over 6 percent…and gold and silver’s attempts to break above the $1,400 and $22 price ceilings ran into a seller of last resort around 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning.  After that, they both traded flat into the London open. But once London began to trade, all four precious metals got sold down a bit…and all are trading below their New York closes yesterday as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 5:10 a.m. EDT. Volumes are pretty decent in gold and silver already.  The dollar index is down another 21 basis points. That’s it for another day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The gold stocks rallied right from the open…and at their high of the day, just before noon in New York, they were up 2.5 percent…but then faded [along with the gold price] as the trading day progressed…and the HUI finished up only 0.91%. Another day when there aren’t that many stories…and I hope there a few in here that catch your eye. [The] gold mining industry, for the most part, is dumber than the rocks it digs out of the ground.  Too dumb to defend itself, purporting to be represented by the World Gold Council, which exists only to make sure that there never is a real world gold council. – Chris Powell, GATA…04 April 2013 It was another day where there wasn’t much volume…and not a lot of price action either.  However, it’s obvious the $1,400 price mark in gold…and $22 silver is still being vigorously defended.  By whom…and for what reason…is unknown. There’s certainly a scarcity of gold and silver-related stories at the moment…and I even checked some of the websites myself and there was nothing.  The only event of any importance coming up is the COT Report tomorrow…a lifetime away at the moment. I’ve noted that since the dollar index high/gold-silver low of May 20th, the dollar index has declined from 84.3 down to 80.7…and the gold price has been capped at the $1,400 mark…and every close above that price, no matter how brief, has been sold down to below the $1,400 price ceiling. During that dollar index decline of 370 basis points…4.4 percent…the gold price has not been allowed to reflect that decline…and is basically trading unchanged from its May 20th price.  Here’s the 30-day dollar index chart. It’s obvious the $1,400 price mark in gold…and $22 silver is still being vigorously defended. The gold price did nothing in the Far East and most of the London trading day on their Wednesday.  The New York low came at the 9:30 a.m. EDT open of the equity markets, just like it has for the last three days in a row. The subsequent rally got cut off at the knees shortly before 11:00 a.m. in New York…and a few minutes before the London close…just as it was about to get a sniff of the $1,400 price mark.  The high tick at that point was $1,395.80 spot.  From there it traded sideways into the Comex close…and then got sold down a bit in the New York Access Market. The gold price closed at $1,388.40 spot…up $10.20 on the day.  Gross volume wasn’t overly heavy at 121,000 contracts. But the silver stocks finished slightly in the red…as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.19%. Here’s the 30-day gold chart, with the 20 and 50-day moving averages shown. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another non-event on Wednesday, as only 3 gold and 17 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday. We’re getting on in the June delivery month, so unless there are some big surprised between now and June 30th, we shouldn’t expect big deliveries, as most are done within the first week of the delivery month. There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 99,690 troy ounces of silver…and didn’t ship any out.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Tuesday, these same depositories didn’t report receiving any, but did ship out 45,371 troy ounces of the stuff…all out of Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that activity is here. No charts or graphs again today…but here’s your ‘cute quota’… Sponsor Advertisement It was obvious to me that if a willing seller hadn’t shown up in the Comex gold and silver markets just before 11:00 a.m. in New York, both metals would have closed materially higher. The dollar index closed at 81.05 late on Tuesday afternoon…and began to rally slightly right from the open in Far East trading on their Wednesday morning.  The high tick of the day…81.30…came at 8:00 a.m. EDT right on the button. From there it got sold down to its low tick…80.78…which came just before noon in New York.  The subsequent rally didn’t make it back above the 81.00 level…and closed at 80.91…down 14 basis points on the day.last_img read more


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first_img Sponsor Advertisement The HUI opened in the green, but despite the fact that gold spent most of the New York trading day in positive territory, there was someone there to sell gold shares.  The HUI finished almost on its low of the day, down 1.63%. The highs for the day in platinum and palladium came in early morning Far East trading.  The HFT boys showed up in platinum immediately, and by 11:30 a.m. in New York, the low was in.  The subsequent rally didn’t get far.  Palladium didn’t get the same treatment until shortly before 9 a.m. EST.  It should be obvious, that the HFT boys were all over these two precious metals yesterday.  Here are the charts. You won’t have to ask if “this is it” or not, as it will be self-evident From a net volume perspective, it was a very quiet trading day yesterday, so not too much of anything should be read into yesterday’s price action in gold.  Ditto for silver. The tiny rally in early Far East trading wasn’t allowed to bet far, and from there it got sold down to its low of the day, which came at, or just before, the London a.m. gold fix. From there it rallied until precisely 12 o’clock noon in New York, and then chopped quietly sideways into the 5:15 p.m. EST electronic close. The low and high were reported by the CME at $1,279.60 and $1,290.80 in the December contract. Gold closed at $1,290.40 spot, up $3.10 from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was fumes and vapours at only 76,000 contracts. The silver shares chopped around either side of unchanged for the entire New York trading session, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down a tiny 0.13%. The silver price didn’t do much until early afternoon in Hong Kong trading, and then got sold down to its low of the day which came shortly after the London open.  The subsequent rally got capped about twenty minutes after the Comex open, and the silver price did little of anything after that. The CME recorded the low and high as $20.55 and $20.82 in the December contracts. Silver finished the Friday session at $20.78 spot, up 3.5 cents from Thursday.  Net volume was a miniscule 20,500 contracts.center_img The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and one silver contract were posted for delivery on Tuesday. There were no reported changes in GLD, but there was a small amount of silver added to SLV, as an authorized participant deposited 385,264 troy ounces. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. There was very little in/out gold activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  395 troy ounces were reported received, and nothing shipped out the door. As always, it was an entirely different story in silver, as 801,444 troy ounces were reported received, and 751,562 ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. Yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report pretty much lived up to its advance billing, especially in gold.  But silver wasn’t all that bad, either; although I was hoping/expecting slightly better numbers. The Commercial net short position in silver decreased by 16.0 million ounces, and is now down to 113.1 million ounces.  Not surprisingly, the technical funds loaded up on the short side and sold some longs as well, as the high frequency traders in the Commercial category set prices lower at the start of the reporting week, and the technical funds followed the script like the brain-dead sheep that Ted Butler says they are. The Commercial traders stood by and happily did the opposite.  The big surprise for me, was the substantial increase in the long position in the Nonreportable/small trader category.  One would have thought they they would have mirrored the actions of the technical funds, but that was not the case.  They increased their net long position by a chunky 2,662 contracts, or 13.3 million ounces.  I’ve never seen that before on any price decline, and neither Ted nor myself are sure of what to make of it. The other surprise in silver was that Ted felt that JPMorgan’s short-side corner in silver didn’t decline by much, if at all, and still sits very close to his revised 75 million ounces based on the data from the latest Bank Participation Report that came out on Monday.  But, just doing the math, JPMorgan still holds about two thirds of the entire Commercial net short position in silver all by itself.  How’s that for concentration? In gold the Commercials traders decreased their net short position by an eye-watering 2.81 million [Comex paper] ounces, and all at the expense of the technical funds that sit in front of their computer screens buying and selling on the moving averages.  The Commercials played them like a fiddle again last week. The Commercial net short position is down to 6.58 million ounces.  This is not the lowest it has ever been, but it’s darn close. In the process, the non-Commercials sold 4,969 long contracts and bought an astounding 24,815 short contracts, for a total of 2.98 million [Comex paper] troy ounces.  The Commercial traders happily did precisely the opposite.  But, as in silver, the small traders in gold also ended the week increasing their net long position.  It wasn’t much, only 1,669 contracts, but it should have been a decrease as well.  I’ve never once mentioned copper in my COT comments, but I will today, as Ted Butler has mentioned it in his report from time to time, and it was the same story there as well.  The Commercials tricked the tech funds into selling longs and buying short positions, while JPMorgan et al loaded up on the long side.  The Noncommercial/small trader went long for the reporting week as well. I look forward to hearing what Ted has to say about all this in his weekly report to his paying subscribers later today, and if I find something I think you might be interested in, I’ll steal it for my Tuesday column. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart for all physical commodities traded on the Comex, updated with yesterday’s COT data. The dollar index closed on Thursday in New York at 81.03.  The price traded sideways in Far East trading up until 3 p.m. Hong Kong time.  The subsequent rally topped out at 81.15 about 9:40 a.m. in London, and then by 9:15 a.m in New York, the index had fallen down to the  80.81 mark.  The smallish rally after that didn’t last, and the index closed at 80.84, which was down 19 basis points from Thursday. Since JPMorgan has a long-side corner in the Comex futures market in gold, their positions won’t be found on this chart. The important take-away from this chart is the monstrous short positions held in all four precious metals, along with the fact that the four largest traders hold the lion’s share of the short position in all, to the point where the holdings of the next ‘5 through 8’ traders are almost immaterial. I have a decent number of stories for your weekend reading pleasure, including a few that I’ve been saving for today’s column. The deliberate nature of the current price decline is good news for future performance because it provides the explanation for why we have dropped so much in silver. We went down in price this year because JPMorgan and other commercial traders tricked the technical funds into selling on progressively lower prices on numerous occasions. The technical funds did well for some time early in the year as prices continued to fall, benefiting initial sales, but the choppy price action over the past few months has hurt the tech funds. But tech fund performance is moot; what is important is that Comex positioning caused the price decline, as is confirmed in COT and Bank Participation Report data. The reason this is also good news is because not only does it explain the decline, it rules out other reasons that would have been much more problematic. Let’s face it, had the big silver price decline been due to widespread investment selling, or collapsing industrial demand or a dramatic surge in mine or recycling output, that would temper future bullish expectations. But as far as I can tell, none of those things occurred; the clearest and most plausible explanation for the silver price decline was the rigging of price on the Comex. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 13 November 2013 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is 37 years young, hailing from 1976.  It’s amazing where all the times goes.  This pop classic was a one-hit wonder for a singer/song-writer named Henry Gross; but what a hit it was!  The astonishing story behind this song was that he wrote it about the death of Beach Boy Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter of the same name.  You couldn’t make this stuff up! The link is here. Camille Saint-Saëns composed Carnival of the Animals in 1886 shortly after his disastrous concert tour of 1885/86.  It’s a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements, and was written for private performance by an ad hoc ensemble of two pianos and other instruments. Saint-Saëns was adamant that the work would not be published in his lifetime, seeing it as detracting from his “serious” composer image. He relented only for the famous cello solo The Swan, which forms the penultimate movement of the work, and which was published in 1887 in an arrangement by the composer for cello and solo piano. Most of the time you hear this played as an encore piece when there’s a cellist as featured soloist, along with the harpist from the symphony orchestra involved.  But for purists, the piano/cello duet is the only version worth your while.  It’s a miniature masterpiece, and everyone has heard it in one form or another sometime in their lives.  The link to the youtube.com video is here.  Enjoy! There’s not much to discuss regarding yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver, but there was obvious price interference going on in both platinum and palladium. But as the Commitment of Traders Report so admirably showed, JPMorgan has covered as many short positions as they can in silver, and Ted Butler’s raptors are drowning in their almost-record long positions, and JPMorgan et al are also massively long the gold market, and in copper as well. But where we go from here, and the timing of that event, is only known to a handful of people.  Until then, nothing will be allowed to happen price-wise.  But the moment that policy changes, it will become immediately obvious in the price, and you won’t have to ask if “this is it” or not, as it will be self-evident. So all we can do until then is twiddle our thumbs and wait it out.  That’s all I’m doing. I have nothing else for you today, and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Celebrate Thanksgiving with Sprott Money’s Thanksgiving Sale! For 2 weeks only (November 15 – 28), enjoy FREE shipping & insurance when you buy $4,999 or more at Sprott Money! 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A young disabled woman was told that she had been


first_imgA young disabled woman was told that she had been evicted from her residential home while she lay critically ill in hospital.The care home in Barking, east London, run by the company Sahara Care, had originally issued the eviction notice to Lakhvinder Kaur (pictured) in a letter on 6 April, just days after she had made an allegation of physical abuse against a member of staff at the home.In the same letter in which the company told her that it had referred her abuse allegation to the care watchdog, the local council and the police, it also told her that it was giving her 28 days’ notice to leave the home, Sahara Parkside.Several weeks later, Kaur, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was rushed to hospital with blood poisoning.Just days after she was admitted, on 28 May, and while still fighting for her life, the care company told her she would not be allowed to return to Sahara Parkside when she was released from hospital.Kaur has been trying since last year to find accessible accommodation that will allow her to live independently and safely with the support she needs.And because her local authority Newham council has not been able to find somewhere safe and appropriate for her to live, the hospital that treated her has itself told the council that it needs to evict her because she has now recovered from the blood poisoning.She told the council in an email: “My current situation worries me because each time I am admitted to ICU [the intensive care unit] my chance of recovery is reduced and increases my risk of death.“This risk could be better managed if my housing and care package was addressed.”She also told her social worker: “I believe I have valid reasons to express my deep and worrying concerns about my hospital discharge particularly when there is so much uncertainty and unknowns around my housing and support package.”She has now been told that she will have to move temporarily into a hotel room when she leaves hospital.Her case highlights once again the drastic shortage of accessible housing across the country.The Equality and Human Rights Commission said only last month that disabled people had been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and faced a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes.Kaur has been trying to persuade the council that she needs a two-bed flat to provide the space she needs to comply with employment law for her personal assistants, and to ensure her own health and safety, as well as her need for privacy, and space to store vital medication and equipment.She believes that the continuing struggle to ensure the support she needed at Sahara Parkside contributed to the illness that left her in intensive care.A spokeswoman for Newham council said: “We are working to find an interim property for Laki to move in to when she is discharged from hospital so Laki can get the support she needs. This is whilst we find her a permanent home.”She said the council “recognises there is a chronic shortage of housing across the country”.But when asked if the council accepted that the continuing failure to find her accessible housing and provide the support she needs were breaches of her rights under article six (on disabled women) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the spokeswoman denied that the council “has any direct responsibility for the implementation of any of the rights” under the convention.She said: “Even if it did have such responsibilities, in its view there have been no breaches by the council of articles 6 or 19.“The issue in this case is the shortage of properties, particularly in London.”She added: “The borough in which the safeguarding issue arose investigates the complaint.“As Sahara Homes is based in Barking and Dagenham, it would be for that local authority to carry out the investigation. Newham is chasing for the outcome of this investigation.”Kaur has been trying for eight years to secure a proper care package that will keep her safe, and allow her to live in her own home, manage her own support, and enjoy the typical social life of a woman in her 20s.Instead, she has had to move from one inappropriate care home and supported living setting to another.  Last November, Disability News Service reported how she had been left been unable to leave Sahara Parkside for nearly three weeks because its managers were trying to evict her for complaining about her care, and for her attempts to enjoy a proper social life.Managers at the home even threatened to change the security code on the entrance if she left the building, and they tried twice – unsuccessfully – to persuade the police to evict her.Sahara said this week that it could not discuss individual cases.last_img read more


US Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card Swipe Fees Rules


first_img The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to controversial debit card “swipe fee” rules, dealing a blow to retailers, grocers and restaurant owners who argued the charges were unfairly high.Businesses pay the fees to banks when customers use debit cards to purchase goods or services. The fees reimburse banks for costs involved in offering debit cards.The high court’s refusal to hear the case keeps intact a March 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that found the fees set by the Federal Reserve at 21 cents per transaction were appropriate.The dispute between banks and merchants centers around swipe, or interchange, fees that are determined by Visa Inc (V.N), MasterCard Inc(MA.N) and other card networks.Before Congress intervened, retailers paid as much as 44 cents per transaction, which they said made it hard for small businesses to accept debit cards.In 2010, lawmakers ordered the Fed to cap the fees in hopes that would reduce prices for consumers. Banks said lower fees might not cover all of the costs in providing cards, such as monitoring for fraudulent purchases.”Consumers must come first in this process, not the bottom-line of retailers,” said Richard Hunt, president of the Consumer Bankers Association. “This drawn-out fight should put on notice those members of Congress who insist upon interfering with the free market.”The fee cap was included in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law in a provision known as the “Durbin amendment,” after its chief supporter, Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. After the law passed, the Fed capped fees at 21 cents per transaction.The National Retail Federation, whose members include Wal-Mart (WMT.N) and JCPenney (JCP.N), the National Restaurant Association and other groups were expecting a much lower cap. They criticized the Fed’s interpretation of Dodd-Frank and, in 2011, sued the regulator.A U.S. district court in July 2013 agreed that lawmakers wanted much lower fees and overturned the Fed’s rule.But the appeals court disagreed, saying in 2014 that Dodd-Frank’s language was sufficiently ambiguous to give regulators leeway to set a higher fee cap.The high court’s decision not to hear the case “means retailers will keep paying billions of dollars more than they should, and that fee-hungry banks will continue to rake in unearned profits that ultimately come out of consumers’ pockets,” said the National Retail Federation’s general counsel, Mallory Duncan.Fed spokeswoman Susan Stawich declined to comment.The case is NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-200.(Editing by Will Dunham) –shares Next Article January 20, 2015 3 min read Register Now » Swipe Fees Add to Queue U.S. Top Court Rejects Challenge to Debit Card ‘Swipe Fees’ Rules Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


Iowas Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Mexico to Ban Imported Poultry Eggs


first_img April 22, 2015 Reuters –shares Add to Queue Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Iowa’s Massive Bird Flu Outbreak Prompts Mexico to Ban Imported Poultry, Eggs Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday.Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top U.S. egg-producing state Iowa.Iowa found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency.Bird flu, also called avian influenza or AI, is a viral disease that infects birds. Officials believe wild birds are spreading the virus but they do not know how it is entering barns.Shares of several leading meat companies’ in the United States fell on Tuesday on concerns over the Iowa outbreak.Mexico’s agriculture ministry said it and animal health body SENASICA had tightened controls and monitoring of migratory wild birds, and it said they were in constant contact with bird farms in Mexico to detect any suspicious cases domestically.The ministry emphasized that Mexico is self sufficient in the production of eggs for consumption, and that Mexican producers import fertilized eggs used for breeding.Iowa was already among 12 states that have detected bird flu in poultry since the beginning of the year. The other states are Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read Next Article Food Image credit: threeboydad | Foap This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more


First Edition March 25 2013


first_imgToday’s headlines include reports about the continuing outlook for progress on the federal budget as well as a variety of stories related to the health law’s implementation. Kaiser Health News: Connecticut Races To Reach Uninsured, Open Health Insurance MarketplaceKaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with The Boston Globe, reports: “In the nation’s insurance capital, the hunt to find uninsured people and get them enrolled in the state’s new online health insurance marketplace has already begun. Officials working for Access Health CT, created under the federal health law, have collected names of more than 1,300 people needing coverage at recent town-hall meetings across the state. This spring and summer, they plan to use booths at festivals and street fairs to gather thousands more. Come fall, they’ll also pay community groups and small businesses, such as barbers and beauticians, in New Haven, Bridgeport and other cities with high uninsured rates to reach out to people and sign them up for coverage on the spot” (Galewitz, 3/25). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: IOM Panel Raises Concerns About Lowering Medicare Pay For High Spending AreasKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “An Institute of Medicine panel on Friday panned an idea that has been raised in Congress to pay Medicare providers in some areas of the country less if their regions are heavy users of medical services” (Rau, 3/22). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Officials Unveil More Details Of Colo. Exchange Funding; Doctors Eager For Evidence About Integrated Health SystemsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Colorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney reports on developments related to how the state’s exchange will be funded: “A week after approving a tax on health insurance policies, Colorado officials are offering more details of their plans to fund the state’s health insurance exchange after federal backing runs out in 2014” (Whitney, 3/22).Also on the blog, Ankita Rao reports about doctors thoughts on integrated health systems: “Doctors say they are finding more opportunities in the integrated health systems that have been touted in the federal health law, such as accountable care organizations, which are groups of health providers and hospitals that work together to improve patient care and lower costs. But they are still hesitant to change their practices without more evidence that these systems will work” (Rao, 3/22). Check out  what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including coverage related to the emerging lobbying strategies related to the health law as the measure turns three (3/24).Los Angeles Times: Senate Narrowly Approves Democratic BudgetMore than 600 amendments were filed on the bill, from the lofty to the parochial. They included proposals to de-fund new healthcare laws, to restrict potential surveillance by domestic drone aircraft, and to prevent a Western bird called the sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species. Like some members of the Senate, it is known for its strutting displays. … Senators dispatched with several key amendments. They tossed aside the House GOP budget drafted by Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, which calls for deep cuts to the social safety net, including Medicare, and in an effort to achieve balance in 10 years. Five GOP senators defected on their party’s defining document (Mascaro, 3/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Analysis: Balance Is In The Eye Of The Congressional Beholder When It Comes To BudgetsWell before then, on April 8 in fact, Obama will present a budget of his own. It is long overdue, to the disappointment of Republicans who had hoped to make it an object of ridicule in the just-completed budget debates in the House and Senate. It gives Obama the chance to align himself entirely with his Democratic allies, or possibly to edge away when it comes to government benefit programs that have largely escaped cuts in earlier compromises. Republicans will watch to see what steps, if any, the White House is willing to recommend to slow the growth of Medicare or perhaps Social Security. Given Obama’s recent series of meetings with Republicans, some GOP lawmakers say privately it would be a positive sign for him to include a proposal curtailing the rise in cost of living increases in benefit programs (3/25).The Wall Street Journal: Congress Set To Alter Focus After Passing Two BudgetsAfter the Senate passed its budget this weekend, Congress is expected to pivot to issues such as immigration and guns before attempting a broader deal on taxes, spending and the national debt later this year. … Mr. Obama has indicated a willingness to support bigger changes in Medicare and other entitlement programs than the Democratic budget called for, but only as part of broader deficit-reduction deal with Republicans that includes tax increases. The president isn’t likely to detail such entitlement cuts as part of his formal budget request (Hook, 3/24).Politico: An Obamacare Rerun: Senators Target Health Law In ‘Vote-A-Rama’Proving that the Obamacare wars are far from over, the health reform law was one of the favorite targets of amendments during Friday night’s “vote-a-rama” on the Senate floor. Dozens of amendments were filed to the budget resolution picking apart various elements of health care policy: whether employers should provide contraceptives in their insurance policies, whether a tax should be imposed on medical device-makers, whether Medicare can adjust payments based on the state (Haberkorn, 3/23).Politico: Democrats Join Push To Dump Obamacare TaxThirty-four Senate Democrats joined Republicans on Thursday night in a nonbinding but overwhelming vote to repeal a key tax in President Barack Obama’s health reform law. The Senate voted 79-20 to get rid of the law’s 2.3 percent sales tax on medical device-makers (Haberkorn, 3/22).The Wall Street Journal: Medical-Device Tax Repeal Faces Uphill Climb In SenateThe push to repeal the 2010 federal health-care law’s tax on medical devices got a boost in the Senate this week, but the search to replace the nearly $30 billion the levy provided to fund other parts of the law will impede efforts to unwind it. Intense lobbying from the medical-device industry helped nudge the Senate to vote 79-20 Thursday night to repeal the 2.3% tax on sales of pacemakers, surgical tools and a swath of other devices. Strikingly, 34 lawmakers who caucus with the Democrats signed onto the repeal, including many who created the tax by voting for the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Peterson and Weaver, 3/22).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Republicans’ Firm ‘No’ On Medicaid Expansion Is Shifting Toward “Let’s Make A Deal”A new “no, but …” approach is spreading among GOP states in which officials are still publicly condemning the Democratic president’s Medicaid expansion yet floating alternatives that could provide health coverage to millions of low-income adults while potentially tapping into billions of federal dollars that are to start flowing in 2014 (3/24).The Wall Street Journal: Medicaid-Expansion PuzzleDeciding whether to expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program as part of the federal health-care law should be easy for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the GOP leaders of the state legislature. All of them oppose the health law. They watched the state significantly extend eligibility in the 1990s for its Medicaid program, TennCare, only to see costs eat into the state budget and prompt lawmakers a decade later to kick several hundred thousand people off the rolls (Radnofsky, 3/24).The New York Times: Tennessee Race for Medicaid: Dial Fast and Try, Try AgainTwo nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help. State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line and request an application. But the window is tight — the line shuts down after 2,500 calls, typically within an hour — and the demand is so high that it is difficult to get through (Goodnough, 3/24). Los Angeles Times: Outreach Effort Aims To Get Uninsured Enrolled In HealthcareThe goal is to hold ongoing enrollment events throughout the county in the lead up to the healthcare overhaul, which begins Jan. 1. … The county Department of Health Services has partnered with OneLA, an organization of churches, synagogues and nonprofit groups, to conduct the enrollment sessions. Volunteers are identifying people through the church parishes and doing pre-screening so the enrollment can occur on the spot. Some of the people are eligible for Medi-Cal, and others are being enrolled in Healthy Way LA, a temporary coverage program until the Medi-Cal expansion takes place in 2014 (Gorman, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Maryland House Advances Measure To Pay For Health Care ExchangeThe House of Delegates has advanced a measure to expand Medicaid eligibility and create a funding stream for Maryland’s health benefit exchange as part of the federal health care overhaul. The House gave the bill initial approval on Saturday. A vote is expected early next week (3/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Wash., An Abortion Rights Trailblazer, Weighs Passing Nation’s 1st Abortion Insurance MandateWith 21 states having adopted bans or severe restrictions on insurance companies from paying for abortions, Washington is alone in seriously considering legislation mandating the opposite (3/23).The Wall Street Journal: State Weighs Mandate On Abortion InsuranceWashington state may be on the verge of passing the nation’s first mandatory abortion-insurance law, which would require all insurers to reimburse women for abortion procedures as part of their maternity-care coverage. Legislation known as the Reproductive Parity Act has passed in the state House of Representatives but still must clear the Senate (Millman, 3/24).The New York Times: Justices To Look At Deals By Generic And Branded Drug MakersJust about anyone who has gone to a pharmacy and paid for a prescription knows that a generic copy costs much less than the brand-name drug. The makers of those two versions of a drug, therefore, usually compete fiercely for market share and profits. But at the Supreme Court on Monday, the generic and the brand-name drug companies will be on the same side, arguing against the federal government in the legal equivalent of a heavyweight title bout (Wyatt, 3/24).NPR: Supreme Court Hears ‘Pay-To-Delay’ Pharmaceutical CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Monday in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep generics off the market. These payments — a form of settlement in patent litigation — began to blossom about a decade ago when the courts, for the first time, appeared to bless them (Totenberg, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: High Court Weights Drug Companies’ Payments To Delay Release Of Cheaper Generic DrugsThe Obama administration, backed by consumer groups and the American Medical Association, says these so-called “pay for delay” deals profit the drug companies but harm consumers by adding 3.5 billion annually to their drug bills (3/25).The Washington Post: Nurses Can Practice Without Physician Supervision In Many StatesFor years, nurses have been subordinate to doctors — both in the exam room and the political arena. But aided by new allies ranging from AARP to social workers to health-policy experts, nursing groups are pressing ahead in a controversial bid to persuade state lawmakers to shift the balance of power (Aizenman, 3/24).The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: NY Town Eyes Hospital Reopening Months After SandyOf the more than half-dozen hospitals in the New York area forced to close because of damage from Superstorm Sandy, only one has yet to reopen, idling hundreds of workers for months and forcing thousands of residents to travel farther for emergency health care (3/23). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. First Edition: March 25, 2013last_img read more


New study uncovers key protein in the production of insulin


first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 25 2019The crucial hormone insulin needs help acquiring the right structure. A protein that assists in the process of insulin folding has just been discovered in a new study conducted by researchers at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. They hope the new research results can be used to develop treatments for conditions such as increased level of insulin in the blood known as hyperinsulinemia.Even though researchers have been familiar with and studied the hormone insulin for more than a hundred years, especially in connection with diabetes, they still make new discoveries concerning the hormone. Now researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen have uncovered a hitherto unknown process in the production of insulin. The new research results have just been published in the scientific journal Diabetes.Insulin is produced in the beta cells of the pancreas. The hormone is produced as a precursor called proinsulin. For proinsulin to mature into functional insulin, it needs to be folded and processed correctly to acquire the right structure with assistance from proteins that are termed chaperones. The researchers have now discovered and identified such a chaperone. A proinsulin chaperone termed glucose-regulated protein GRP94.’Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions. Yet, our study conducted in live cells shows that proinsulin is not folded correctly and does not acquire the right structure without help from GRP94,’ says last author of the study, Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.Impaired Insulin Production and SecretionIn the study the researchers removed or inhibited the protein GRP94 in to see what happened with the proinsulin and the cells. They observed that the proinsulin was not folded correctly and the beta cells did not secrete sufficient amounts of insulin. The researchers were surprised though to learn that removal of GRP94 did not affect cell viability. Nothing happened to the cells after they had removed the protein.Related StoriesVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalStudy reveals how protein mutation is involved in Christianson syndrome’This is surprising, because one would anticipate that the beta cells would die from stress when huge amounts of misfolded proinsulin accumulate inside the cells. It is like removing the bearing beam without weakening the construction. This indicates that the GRP94 protein plays a very specialized function and that beta cells are well-prepared to mount effective responses to deal with consequences of misfolding of proinsulin. We are currently working to understand these responses and their biological and pathological consequences,’ says Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec.According to the researchers, the research results may make it possible in the future to manipulate the process from proinsulin to insulin in the body’s beta cells. If you can use medicine to inhibit the assistant protein, the result would be reduced insulin secretion. This would be useful in connection with conditions like hyperinsulinemia, where the body produces too much insulin. In the long term, they also hope the new knowledge will be useful in connection with types 1 and 2 diabetes.’We hope this new discovery will guide the development of novel drugs. Understanding the biological processes behind the production of insulin in the cells will enable us to modify the processes. We thus hope we will be able to inhibit overproduction of insulin as it occurs in children and adults with hyperinsulinemia. In the long term we also hope we will be able to increase the production of insulin, ease the large production burden of beta cells in connection with type 2 diabetes and to maintain their secretion function for longer without the need for insulin injections,’ says Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec. Source:https://healthsciences.ku.dk/newsfaculty-news/2019/01/researchers-discover-key-protein-in-the-production-of-insulin/last_img read more