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Tamil Nadu SSLC results date announced heres how you can check your


first_imgAfter giving your details, click on ‘Get Result’You can download your results and take a printout of it (Representational Image)PixabayThe Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examination, TNDGE, has released the dates for the exam results. According to the notification, Tamil Nadu SSLC or class 10 results will be announced on April 29.The results are expected to come out in the morning since the class 12 results were also declared at 9.30 am on April 19. The class 11 examination results will be announced on May 8.Over 10 lakh students appeared for the class 10 examinations which were held between March 14 and March 29. Students are expected to have a minimum of 35 per cent in each subject to pass the examinations and go to the next class.You can check your results by following the steps given belowGo to the link tnresults.nic.in, dge1.tn.nic.in or dge2.tn.nic.in.Click on the option for the Tamil Nadu 10th Result 2019’ the link is not activated now. It will be valid after the results are declaredEnter your registration number and date of birthlast_img read more


Gold hidden under seat of a Jet Airways Abu DhabiBengaluru flight seized


first_imgThree instances of gold smuggling detected by Union Finance Ministry’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in less than 30 days at Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru prove that the practice continues to be rampant.The latest incident comes from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport where DRI officials found 45 gold bars worth Rs 1.65 crore taped to the seat of a 50-year-old passenger who had arrived by a Jet Airways flight from Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The seizure was based on a tip-off.The passenger, Abhdul Rauf from Kodagu, was a frequent flier to West Asia and it is suspected that he could be part of a larger gang.”The passenger was caught before he could exit the airport. Definitely, there seem to be some other people involved in the racket as the gold was left inside the aircraft. So, technically it was to be found by someone else from the ground staff baggage crew. We are investigating these aspects,” the Bengalore Mirror quoted DRI sources as saying.On October 17, two seizures were made by DRI in Chennai and Delhi. In Chennai, DRI sleuths arrested a passenger who had arrived from Abu Dhabi and two ground staff for smuggling gold worth Rs 35 lakh. The passenger had handed over the bag containing the contraband to the ground staff when DRI sleuths arrested them. The duo was under surveillance.On the same day, DRI seized 20.64 kg gold and Indian currency notes worth Rs 6.44 crore from a shop in old Delhi.Earlier, in September, DRI claimed to have busted a major gold smuggling racket that was involved in smuggling around 7,000 kg of gold worth more than Rs 2,000 crore over the last two-and-half years.The racket was busted after DRI authorities seized 10 kg gold at the domestic cargo terminal of Delhi airport on the intervening night of September 1 and 2, 2016.”The seized gold bars of 24 carat purity were admittedly smuggled into India through the Indo-Myanmar land borders and were brought to Delhi from Guwahati by a domestic flight. Market value of the total seized goods is around Rs. 3.1 crore,” the government had said in an official statement on September 19.Indo-Myanmar border areas in the states of Manipur (Moreh) and Mizoram (Zokhawthar) have become new hotbeds of gold smuggling, since it is difficult to patrol due to its porous nature, the government added.last_img read more


Bangladeshi girl pleads guilty to knifing Australian


first_imgMomena Shoma. File PhotoA young Bangladeshi woman who stabbed an Australian man in the name of the Islamic State has lifted her niqab veil in court to plead guilty to intentionally engaging in a terrorist act, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.Momena Shoma, 25, refused to stand in the dock when Australian Supreme Court justice Elizabeth Hollingworth entered the court on Thursday, but lifted her facial covering when the judge asked to confirm her identity.She then pleaded guilty to engaging in a terrorist act, after she stabbed Roger Singaravelu on 9 February, as he napped next to his five-year-old daughter in the rumpus room of his Mill Park home.Singaravelu woke when he felt piercing pain in his neck and was able to wrestle the kitchen knife off Shoma, before he dashed out of the room with his daughter and got help in the street.Momena, a Bangladeshi national who came to Australia to study at La Trobe University only met Singaravelu the night before she attacked him, having moved into his family’s home to lodge, according to the New South Wales-based English-language daily.She arrived in Australia at the start of February and spent her first week at another family’s home.Momena was also charged with attempted murder but that charge was withdrawn.Documents released by the court say she intentionally engaged in a terrorist act, with the motive of ‘‘advancing a political, religious or ideological cause, namely violent jihad’’.She refused to stand when justice Hollingworth left the court and was remanded in custody to return to court for a plea hearing in January.She put the veil back over her face after entering her plea.Singaravelu was in court on Thursday, the Australian newspaper adds.The day after the stabbing, Momena told police she attacked Singaravelu ‘‘because of, ah, the order of the Islamic State’’, according to a record of interview that was among documents released last month by Melbourne Magistrates Court.She told detectives the terror organisation was calling on ‘‘everyone, even the woman. So I just felt obligated, and it was like a burden on me. Yeah, I just had to do it.‘‘I had to do it … it could have been anyone, it’s not specifically him. He just seemed like a very easy target since he was sleeping, so yeah, and I had to push myself. I wouldn’t even hurt a rat. This, I just felt like if I don’t do it I will be sinful, I will be punished by Allah.’’Singaravelu told police he was having a nap next to his daughter on a mattress when he felt pain in his neck, and saw the woman he knew as Suma pushing a knife into him.‘‘I thought that I was dreaming as I felt a sharp pain in my neck. I woke up and started screaming,’’ he said.‘‘I saw Suma right next to me, she was on her knees with both of her hands on a knife that was in my neck.‘‘Suma had such an intense look. Her eyes were so intense. She was saying ’Allah Akbar’, she kept on saying this over and over.’’ Singaravelu was later treated for a one-centimetre wound to his neck and cuts to his fingers.He told police he heard a friend went inside the house and found Momena standing in the kitchen, where, according to the friend, she claimed ‘‘it was a mission and that she had to do what she had to do’’.Momena told police she bore Singaravelu no personal grudge, but felt a ‘‘little bit burdenless’’ after the attack. She prepared for it by slashing a pillow at the other family’s home, and in the hours before the stabbing watched Islamic State propaganda videos which featured beheadings.Asked by a detective whether she travelled to Australia to study or hurt someone in the name of Islamic State, she replied, ‘‘The later one.’’last_img read more


US threatens UN members opposing decision on Jerusalem


first_imgUS president Donald Trump excuses reporters after his remarks to them at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, US, on 20 December 2017. ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.The 193-member UN General Assembly will hold a rare emergency special session on Thursday – at the request of Arab and Muslim countries – to vote on a draft resolution, which was vetoed by the United States on Monday in the 15-member UN Security Council.The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”US Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of UN states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to “report back on those countries who voted against us.”She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: “The US will be taking names.”Several senior diplomats said Haley’s warning was unlikely to change many votes in the General Assembly, where such direct, public threats are rare.Miroslav Lajcak, president of the General Assembly, declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, but added: “It’s the right and responsibility of member states to express their views.”A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks on Wednesday.“I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations, for all those nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said.‘BULLYING’Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s Western allies.He also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft UN resolution calls on all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of Haley’s letter: “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”A senior Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, described it as “poor tactics” at the United Nations “but pretty good for Haley 2020 or Haley 2024,” referring to speculation that Haley might run for higher office.“She’s not going to win any votes in the General Assembly or the Security Council, but she is going to win some votes in the US population,” the Western diplomat said.A senior European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, agreed Haley was unlikely to sway many UN states.“We are missing some leadership here from the US and this type of letter is definitely not helping to establish US leadership in the Middle East peace process,” the diplomat said.Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.“The first name that she should write down is Bolivia,” Bolivia’s UN Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solz said of Haley’s message. “We regret the arrogance and disrespect to the sovereign decision of member states and to multilateralism.”Read More: US warns countries over UN vote on Jerusalemlast_img read more


For The 1 In 5 North Texas Kids In Poverty Its Harder


first_img Share BILL ZEEBLE / KERA NEWSJosh Masters listens to Children’s Health licensed counselor Angeleena May using the hospital’s telehealth connection. Children’s Health now has more than 100 telehealth school partners.One in five North Texas children lives in poverty, and more than a quarter million are hungry as their parents struggle to feed them.Those are just a few statistics from a recent 97-page report issued by Children’s Health, the Dallas-based children’s hospital network. The study offers possible solutions, too.The Beyond ABC report only looks at the well-being of children in parts of North Texas, specifically six counties: Dallas, Collin, Denton, Cooke, Grayson and Fannin. It has come out every two years since the late 1990s.How health affects educationThe rate of uninsured kids in Dallas County, as well as Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties is double the national average. The report says more than 500,000 Texas children lack health insurance, and nearly half of the kids in Dallas County kids are enrolled in Medicaid. The study finds children living in poverty are seven times more likely to be in poor or fair health.Health has a direct impact on education. Yet, low-income parents may be hesitant to get medical care for their kids for several reasons, including cost. Children’s Health points to its telemedicine program as a way to help.For example, if a child’s sick in school, he or she usually goes to the nurse. Then, the parent typically gets called, has to leave work, possibly lose pay, then get to a doctor’s office by car, bus or a friend. Dr. Stormee Williams, who oversees the telehealth program with more than 100 school partners, says telemedicine offers another option.“We can call in, have a live video interaction,” Williams said. “The nurse has an electronic stethoscope, otoscope, dermscope, so that, live, we can diagnose ear infections, look at the throat, listen to lungs in a child with asthma, and actually make a diagnosis and treat if necessary and send prescriptions, electronically.”  Dallas’ problem with povertyThe report also finds one in five North Texas kids lives in poverty and offers another way to look at that. Nearly 500,000 children in North Texas qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Food insecurity in all of the six counties in the study exceeds the national average.In the Dallas school district, 90 percent of the students are considered low-income.Mike Koprowski used to be with Dallas ISD, and while he’s concerned about the poverty rates in Dallas, he’s even more concerned about neighborhood segregation in Dallas. He calls Dallas one of the most segregated cities by race and income in the country.“When you have areas of concentrated poverty, that creates a lot of challenges in the school. So any educator will tell you a kid living in poverty brings challenges into the classroom,” he said. “But when an entire school building is concentrated with low-income kids, the challenges get more difficult.” Koprowski calls that segregation a disaster for Dallas.Proposed solutionsThe report recommends supporting increased development of mixed-income neighborhoods and more widespread acceptance of housing assistance vouchers.Some say lawmakers should get involved.Matt Moore, Children’s Health vice president for government relations, says elected leaders often say it’s important to improve the state of children, but they don’t necessarily take action.“So, I think that the interest is there; we see it from both sides of the aisle,” Moore says. “We see it among the deepest of red tea party members; we see it among the most blue of liberal members. The interest is there, but it just seems that, right now, the moment is aligned against us.”That leaves nonprofits, like the North Texas Food Bank, education groups and health care providers, playing a big role. The goal is to help kids get the basics for success when obstacles block the way. Dr. Williams says it all matters because she’s looking to the future. “We know that healthy kids learn better. And children who’ve learned well end up being healthier adults,” Dr. Williams says.The report also suggests that schools prioritize support for student health and healthy behaviors by providing more nutritious meals and more physical activity and focusing on students’ behavioral and emotional health.Read the full report 2017 Beyond ABC Report by KERANews on Scribdlast_img read more


Two DC Schools Win 5000 in National Verizon App Contest


first_imgTwo schools in the District of Columbia are $5,000 richer and even more money may be forthcoming. Verizon named Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science and the School Without Walls winners of the ‘Best in State’ in the telecom company’s Innovative Learning App Challenge. The schools could win another $15,000 and partner with MIT Media Lab experts to make their app a reality — if they secure the company’s Fan Favorite award. Public voting began Jan. 23 and ends Valentine’s Day. Verizon will announce the winners Feb. 15. Each student will also receive a tablet.The contest involved six teams of middle- and high-school students being tasked with creating an idea for an app centered on resolving a community issue. Howard’s DriveSafe app would use a cell phone’s Bluetooth connectivity to cut off its texting and application capabilities when its user is driving more than 15 miles per hour.  Meanwhile, the School Without Walls drew up plans for an intercom app that would list key school notifications, reserve a place for school news and add a menu with morning announcements, club information, an events list and Metro delays. Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education arm, launched the annual challenge with the MIT Media Lab and Technology Student Association to spur interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Verizon selected the winners out of more than 1,800 entries nationwide. To vote for your favorite, text the code next to the team’s entry at www.verizon.com/appchallenge/vote and text it to 22333.last_img read more


SB Player Spotlight on Taylor Roby


first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode three features redshirt freshman Taylor Roby.  Episode 3:  Taylor RobyThe Roby FileNumber: 8Full name: Taylor RobyClass: Redshirt freshmanPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RHometown: Mt. Washington, Ky.High School: Bullitt EastTravel Team: Louisville SluggersMajor: Exercise ScienceFun Fact: Was named Metro Louisville Softball Player of the Year and met Peyton Manning at the Kentuckiana Sports Awards Banquet.   Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img


Tony DiSantos Allyance Media Taps Verizon Veteran Shawn Strickland as President EXCLUSIVE


first_img Movie Version of ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ Zombie Novel in Works at Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky Related “Shawn is an incredible person to work with. He has the perfect mix of the business side and the creative side,” DiSanto said. “This moment in time feels so exciting as a content creator. It feels like the next iteration of the cable and home-video explosion in the ’80s.”Strickland said he first began working with DiSanto and DIGA Studios two years ago, when he was Complex’s EVP of development and distribution. “When Tony launched AMG to capitalize on the rapidly increasing demand for content, I had to be part of it,” said Strickland. “Among independent producers, AMG is uniquely poised to pair creative storytelling with innovative business models as a major point of difference for global distribution platforms.”AMG currently has three shows in development with Nest Seekers, including a real-estate show set in a beach community for a “global streaming platform,” according to Strickland. The pact was inspired by Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” reality show from World of Wonder Productions, which has featured Nest Seekers power broker Ryan Serhant.The series with Nest Seekers are a form of branded content, a model Strickland said helps offset total production costs. AMG is currently in talks with brands in other categories about similar deals. “This lets us come to market faster and preserve the value of the intellectual property,” Strickland said.DiSanto said co-production partnerships with brands represent a potentially big new growth area for Allyance Media Group. “I felt for us to succeed as an independent production company… we wanted to be creatively fluid and diverse, but also fluid in terms of our business model.”The company’s other key personnel include Tommy Coriale, head of DIGA Studios, who was recently named AMG’s EVP of production and reports jointly to Strickland and DiSanto. The team also includes head of scripted A.J. Morewitz (who hails from Lionsgate Television); head of unscripted Nick Rigg, Stacey Altman, SVP of unscripted development; and Andrew Portnoy (formerly with Viacom) as SVP of production. Shawn Strickland, a veteran of Verizon and Complex Media, has joined Tony DiSanto’s Allyance Media Group as president. In the role, Strickland is heading up business operations and spearheading partnerships for the multiformat media and production company.DiSanto and financier Matthew Bruderman formed Allyance Media Group last year. The New York-based company encompasses DIGA Studios, the production shingle DiSanto and Bruderman acquired back from the U.K.’s ITV. DIGA, the company behind “Teen Wolf” and “Scream,” has multiple productions in development including “50 States of Terror” from executive producer Sam Raimi for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi.Strickland, who quietly started at AMG this past February, previously spent more than two decades at Verizon or Verizon-affiliated companies (including Complex Media, a joint venture between the telco and Hearst). He helped land Allyance Media Group’s financing and production partnership with real-estate giant Nest Seekers International. Under that pact, the companies are jointly developing and producing unscripted real-estate lifestyle formats, partially funded by Nest Seekers, for TV and streaming distribution. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img My Life Is a Lifetime Movie At Complex Media, Strickland led the commissioning of more than 300 hours of premium programming. Prior to joining Complex in 2016, he served in a number of leadership roles at Verizon, including head of product strategy and innovation and head of video products. He also led the original team that launched FiOS TV across the telco’s footprint and served as CEO of Redbox Instant by Verizon, the short-lived streaming-video JV with Redbox. Strickland holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia University.Pictured above: Shawn Strickland (l.), Tony DiSanto Popular on Variety last_img read more


French telco Orange and telecomstoconstruction c


first_imgFrench telco Orange and telecoms-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues are open to including the latter’s 44% interest in leading commercial broadcaster TF1 in any deal between the pair, according to French newspaper Le Monde.Orange and Bouygues have confirmed that they are in talks over the future of the latter’s telecom unit, Bouygues Telecom, but have not mentioned Bouygues stake in TF1.According to Le Monde, citing unnamed sources, Orange and Bouygues are open to the idea of Orange taking a stake in TF1 of around 10%.Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told TV station RTL that convergence between telecoms and content in general was again coming to the fore. He said that while there was a need “to leave the door open” on this topic, it was not on the agenda “for the moment”.A deal over TF1 could be controversial because the French state retains a 24% stake in Orange.French economy minister Emmanuel Macron told journalists earlier this week that the French state plans to remain a key shareholders in the telco and will assess a deal over Bouygues Telecom with consumer protection, jobs and investment in mind.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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first_imgEditor’s note: Agora founder Bill Bonner has never done anything like this before… If you haven’t heard, he recently committed to invest $5 million of his own family’s trust in the stock recommendations of just one of his analysts: expert value investor Chris Mayer. Chris has one of the best track records in the business. Over a 10-year span, he safely beat the markets by three-to-one and outperformed some of the world’s best investors, including Warren Buffett. And now, until tonight only, you can invest alongside Bill with a subscription to Chris’ brand-new service Bonner Private Portfolio. But, as Bill points out in today’s special essay, this service isn’t for everyone… By Bill Bonner, editor, The Bill Bonner Letter Today, we address a reader’s objection (shared by many, we suspect) about the new advisory from Chris Mayer we’ve been promoting, Bonner Private Portfolio: $1,950 is a lot of money for a few books and a couple of stock picks. I appreciate that you want to expand your asset base to benefit your descendants, but you’ll need to do it without my participation. When one of our affiliate groups published Chris’ research, they priced it at $49. Other readers have noticed, too: There’s a big jump from $49 to $1,950. Why? Are we just greedy? “Elasticity of demand” is what economists call it. We noticed it, too. You price something at $49, you get a lot of buyers. You set the price at $1,950, you get a lot fewer. If the elasticity is perfect… you get the same amount of money almost no matter what price you put on it. So, from a cash flow point of view, it made little difference (at least, in theory… but also backed by substantial experience) which price we put on Chris’ new service. “Greed” or “expanding our asset base” had nothing much to do with the choice of the price. Of course, we always want to expand our asset base; our company is not a nonprofit. But there’s more to the story… 10-Year Test We’ve been in this business for 36 years. We think… and hope… we’ve gotten better at what we do. Not only have we made progress in understanding how the investment world works, but also we understand better how our readers and customers react to it. Initially, we didn’t know whether Chris would succeed in making his readers money. It took 10 years to find out. During that time, readers could test him themselves – for less than the price of a newspaper subscription. And since neither we nor Chris’ readers knew exactly what we had, probably neither of us got the full value of his research. Subscribers came. And went. They bought. They sold. Nobody – maybe not even Chris – understood how valuable his recommendations were or what to do with them. But now we see that Chris is an excellent long-term, value-oriented investor. As we’ve been telling you, over a 10-year period, Chris’ recommendations beat the overall market three-to-one… beat Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway two-to-one… and turned every $10,000 into nearly $50,000. But you can’t make much money trading in and out of his recommendations. You have to buy and hold. And you have to be willing to sit through periods of substantial drawdowns. Recommended Links Rickards: “Don’t Buy A Single Ounce Of Gold…” **This is an URGENT warning from Jim Rickards.** If you’ve seen the writing on the wall, like me, you know that gold could soon hit $10,000 per ounce. However, today I’m urging you NOT to buy a single ounce of gold till you read what I have to say. Click here for access to my urgent gold announcement. – [EXPIRES TONIGHT] What Bill Bonner Discovered in Vancouver Will Shock You At a private meeting on a boat in Vancouver, Bill discovered an opportunity so impressive, he’s putting $5 million of his family trust money toward it. To find out how to join him, click this link before tonight at 11:59 p.m. — Sticking With It Most investors – and we use the term loosely – do not expect that from a $49 service. They want big ideas. They want speculations. They want to trade. They want more immediate gratification. Putting the average investor together with Chris is not good for either. Bonner Private Portfolio is for more serious, long-term family investors. It requires readers who understand how value investing works… and are willing to stick with it. It’s not exciting. There’s not much to talk about. There are few occasions for bragging about your results (unless, that is, you have plenty of patience). So, for Bonner Private Portfolio, we did not want a lot of readers; we only wanted the few who were suited to it. That’s why we deliberately put the price high: to discourage casual subscribers or those who had not enough money to make it worthwhile. We want serious subscribers who understand and appreciate the service. You can’t just “try it out for a few months.” You have to stick with it. Serious Bargain Is $1,950 the right price? Too much? Too little? We don’t know. But judging from the results, it might have been too low. We have more subscribers than we expected. That may be because the serious investor compares this service – as he should – with a managed account. If he puts his money with a value-oriented manager, he will pay upward of 2% a year (if you’re lucky). With $500,000 invested, that works out as $10,000 a year. The serious investor with serious money sees that Bonner Private Portfolio is a bargain at $1,950. Almost every investment approach works sometime for someone. But none work all the time for everybody. Some are meant for serious, long-term wealth building. Others give traders and speculators the adrenaline rush they look for. Some are good for sophisticated investors with a lot of money. Others are more appropriate for people with little money and little experience. Putting the right people together with the right service is still hit or miss. But we’re getting better at it. And pricing Chris’ new service at $1,950 is a step in the right direction. If the advice turns out to be good, no one will complain. If not… well, we will have learned something. Editor’s note: Right now, you can sign up for Bonner Private Portfolio—and get in on Chris’ recommendations 48 hours before Bill does—for $1,000 off the normal price. Chris releases his newest stock pick later today—an iconic company trading at a rare bargain. So act soon—this offer ends at midnight tonight. Click here to learn more.last_img read more


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


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


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


US adolescents spend little time in physical activity sleep and too long


first_img Source:https://uth.edu/news/story.htm?id=7847eef9-c204-4e6b-b9da-6f3a294a328d Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 4 2019Only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent of girls reaching all three guideline targets, compared to 7 percent of boys.”There is plenty of evidence to show how teenagers aren’t getting enough physical activity, or sufficient sleep, or keeping their screen time in check. But this is the first time these three factors, which have a crucial bearing on a child’s health, have been analyzed together among a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents,” said first author Gregory Knell, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at UTHealth School of Public Health in Dallas. “The results are a wake-up call for everyone who wants to make sure our children have a healthy future.”Related StoriesI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchSleep makes synapses ready for new learningIt is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation that children ages 14-18 sleep eight to 10 hours a night. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least an hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity daily, and limiting screen time to less than two hours.The research involved nearly 60,000 American high school students, using data from the 2011-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey.”By far the most startling finding was how few adolescents across the board are meeting all three recommendations,” Knell said. “I expected the percentage of adolescents meeting all three requirements concurrently to be low, but not this low.The combined effect on children’s overall health could be considerable in terms of their physical health, emotional well-being, and academic performance.”The study further examined other attributes of the child – age, race or ethnicity, weight, and mental health – and how these were linked to sleep, physical activity, and screen time.Findings showed older teenagers, non-Hispanic black children, Asian children, those classified as obese, and those who showed signs of depression were the least likely to meet all recommendations when compared to their counterparts.The paper calls for more research to better understand the relationship among sleep, physical activity, and screen time by exploring the effect these behaviors have on each other and their wider implications over time. It also urged doctors to ask patients about these behaviors, provide them and their parents with advice, and make any necessary specialist referrals.”These findings are only scratching the surface and demonstrate a need to learn more about the role parenting style and home environment may play in increasing or curtailing these behaviors,” Knell said. “Although the study confirms and further reveals how few children are leading optimal lifestyles, it also raises many questions about what can be done to reverse that trend and improve their health.”last_img read more


UMass Amherst scientists new book explores the brave new world of science


first_imgIn “Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat” (Springer Nature, 2019), McClements poses and explores an array of science-meets-food questions, such as: What is food architecture? It’s the use of architectural and design principles to construct healthier, tastier and more sustainable foods. Will we all one day have 3-D food printers in our homes? Yes, and they are already available. Should nanotechnology and gene editing be used to enhance our foods? It’s a very complicated area, but McClements concludes we need to harness new technology to feed the world and sustain the planet. What’s the best way to customize your diet for better health? Hint: one size does not fit all.The book discusses efforts to create functional foods, which are fortified with nutraceuticals or probiotics to address malnutrition in developing countries and combat chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. While he stresses the need for consuming more fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods, McClements points out that this is not “practical” for everybody on Earth, not to mention in space. McClements and fellow food scientists at UMass Amherst are working with NASA to design functional foods for astronauts on a would-be mission to Mars. Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue researchThe book’s tone is conversational and lively, and McClements shares personal anecdotes of his and his family’s explorations with new foods. In Scotland, his nephew Jake conducted an informal taste-test of a bag of crunchy edible insects, illustrated with a photograph of him about to rip into a slice of pizza topped with barbecue-flavored crickets. In South Beach, McClements is seen biting into his first plant-based Impossible Burger and reflecting on its meat-like appearance, flavor and mouthfeel.A vegetarian for the past few years, McClements emphasizes the importance of creating a “more ethical and sustainable edible future” and provides historical context about the world’s food consumption, production and needs.Meat-alternative products like the Impossible Burger are becoming more available and even delicious, and McClements explains that “clean meat” and “bug meat” are not far behind. Clean meat, also called cultured meat, is created from the living cells of animals that are grown in test tubes or fermentation vats (like beer), using advanced biomedical technology. “You actually get meat,” McClements says, “without any animal being killed.”In “Future Foods,” McClements originally set out to answer a personal question and a global quandary: “What should my family and I eat? How should we feed the growing world population?” In the end, McClements discovered that the meat of the book “was really about complexity, uncertainty, and compromise.”He writes in the final chapter, “My journey through the future of foods has been both an enlightening and humbling experience.” There are so many exciting things going on in the food science area. We’re in the midst of an unprecedented era of rapid scientific and technological advances that are transforming the way our foods are produced and consumed.”David Julian McClements Source:University of Massachusetts at Amherstcenter_img What we really need are processed foods that are affordable and convenient but also healthy and tasty.”David Julian McClements Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 27 2019David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and among the world’s most highly cited researchers, has written a new book that explores the brave new world of science and food.For the first time, the acclaimed researcher and academic author has geared a book about food science toward a general audience, encouraged by his teenage daughter, who did research in his lab on plant-based foods as a high school student and is heading to Vassar College in the fall.last_img read more


Conspiracy to name Sonia in AgustaWestland case Congress


first_imgSHARE Matter may rock Parliament on Friday The Congress on Thursday attacked the Centre over a reported statement made by the counsel of Christian Michel, an accused in the AgustaWestland case, that the Narendra Modi government and its agencies were forcing him to sign a false confessional statement naming UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for exoneration from charges.The allegation is set to rock the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is about to take up a no-confidence motion against the Centre on Friday.The Congress’ media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the revelations as stunning and said they had blown the lid off the “concerted conspiracy”, “blind vendetta” and “web of lies” weaved by Modi against the Congress leadership. “Even as Christian Michel has been detained in Dubai, Indian agencies have failed to produce any evidence in the courts so far and are merely involved in hatching a conspiracy against leaders of Opposition and using Christian Michel as a tool for the purpose,” Surjewala said in a statement on Thursday.“Never before in the history of India has a Prime Minister been found complicit in gaining ‘false evidence’ against Opposition leaders to seek revenge. This shocking expose is also a testimony to the disease prevailing in CBI/ED prostrating before the Prime Minister to collect fake and false evidence with a single handed aim of tarnishing the reputation of Opposition leaders and serving the political masters as a ‘captive puppet’ and a ‘willing tool’ of malicious conspiracy,” he said. July 19, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Former Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi   –  PTI corruption & briberycenter_img Published on COMMENT national politics COMMENTSlast_img read more


With naturally farmed pork startup Arohan forays into the premium segmentWith naturally


first_img COMMENT COMMENTS 0 Published on With a ₹4-crore turnover in four years, Arohan Foods may not find much reference in the Indian start-up space. But this small company is today a major catalyst in increasing farm income in the North-East. Arohan’s focus is on processing and marketing of pork meat. Small-scale pig farming is common in the North-East, which is also the largest consumer of pork. Arohan rolled out its ‘Choice Pork Natural’ brand of sausages and bacon in 40 cities in 20 States, only to realise that the model was unviable. The North-East may have the largest pig population, but the farming practices are so inefficient that farmers barely make money despite the retail price in Guwahati being 40 per cent higher than in Delhi. Selling this high-cost meat in faraway markets made little business sense. “The situation forced us to work on the back-end,” said Arindom Hazarika, director of Arohan.Innovative solutionHe was convinced that standard commercial farming practices will not work in the North-East, where there are a large number of small farmers scattered over 8 per cent of India’s landmass.“Animal husbandry is closely linked with farm practices. Punjab grows maize and corn. This is used by industries for production of animal-feed, which finds easy market in hundreds of large piggeries in the State,” said Hazarika. In contrast, the North-East grows a single crop of rice. Branded pig-feed is available at ₹25 a kg. The feed cost alone is estimated at ₹12,500, against a farm-gate price of ₹13,000. However, with technical support from the Central Tuber Crop Research Institute, farmers were encouraged to grow sweet potato, tapioca, and colocasia as pig feed, in the idle season. A portion of the agri-horticultural production was diverted to feed animals. This was supplemented with water hyacinth, banana stems, etc., which are grown in abundance locally. “The feed standardised by us is 70 per cent as efficient as the machine-made feed but barely 20 per cent in cost,” said Hazarika.Livelihood missionArohan is now preparing to re-launch its processed products as “naturally farmed”, expecting higher value realisation. “We will play in the premium category, which is now dominated by imports,” said Hazarika. Arohan is also encouraging farmers to tap the huge demand for raw meat through self-help groups.One such initiative is under way at Gogamukh in Lakhimpur district in Assam, where small farmers will be brought under an SHG, which will have its own slaughter house and 50 branded outlets at small towns in the district. Pacts with State govtsThe Lakhimpur initiative was undertaken on behalf of the NHPC. Arohan has already entered into agreements with the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to replicate the movement as part of the livelihood mission.“There are three major takeaways of the farmer SHG initiative. First, consumers will get quality meat. Tapping the retail market will help improve their earnings. And the model is not dependent on State subsidy,” Hazarika said. June 03, 2019 food processing industry SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more


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