9 automotive design trends that need to die and soon

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 Car Industry Audi More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cars of the 1950s had their chrome. Vehicles from the ’80s were boxy. In the ’90s, everything got a little melty, like a candy bar left out in the sun. Whatever the decade, specific design trends proliferate across the entire auto industry.But they aren’t all good. Sure, today’s cars are really pushing the styling envelope, but that’s also leading to a number of questionable choices. Here are the modern automotive design trends that need to die, and soon.Light-up badgesI spend every day being assaulted by #brands. The last thing I need is a street full of cars, shouting their names at me in the night. Expressive design should work by itself. We don’t need to get hit over the head repeatedly by the badge. Plus, it invites higher repair costs when its driver inevitably gets distracted on Tinder and smashes into the pickup truck ahead of ’em.– Andrew KrokEnlarge ImageAh, the Mercedes illuminated star. It created a monster. Mercedes-Benz Massive grilles that are mostly closed offIt’s subjectively bad enough that automotive designers are locked in a weird arms race for the biggest grille, but then you get close and realize that, often, more than half of that grille is blocked off because there’s really no practical reason for a grocery-getter to have such a massive maw.– Antuan Goodwin2019 Toyota AvalonEnlarge ImageA vast majority of the Toyota Avalon’s huge grille is nonfunctional. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Fake ventsWhile performance affectations are almost kind of understandable on humble everyday cars, they’re particularly infuriating on high-performance automobiles. This trend amounts to bra or trouser stuffing, and it’s wholly unnecessary when a car still has “the goods.”– Chris PaukertLong-Term 2018 Kia Stinger GTEnlarge ImageThe Kia Stinger is a formidable performance car — but we hate its fake vents. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Jewel headlightsWhy are designers inspired by arachnids? When I look at a car I don’t want to be looking at a spider. Multiple light cubes in the housing are just design for design’s sake.– Emme HallAcura MDX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMy, Acura MDX, what overly fancy headlights you have. Steven Pham/Roadshow Fake exhaust tipsThere are some slick-looking exhaust tips on cars these days, but the problem is that a lot of them aren’t real. In many cases it’s just a fancy outlet molded into the rear bumper with a regular round pipe behind it like on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. And sometimes there’s not even a cutout at all, such as on the 2019 Audi A6. It’s just disappointing to see and it looks cheap.– Jon Wong2019-audi-a6-69Enlarge ImageThe outlets on this Audi A6? All fake. Jon Wong/Roadshow Asymmetrical wheelsIt’s great to have wild wheel designs, but when the wheels end up facing opposite directions on opposite sides of a car, it irks me no end.– Jake Holmes2018 Volkswagen Golf REnlarge ImageWe love the Volkswagen Golf R, but hate its asymmetrical wheels. Volkswagen Floating roofsThis is a stupid bit of design language because it interrupts the eye moving over a car. It’s unforgivable on any car, whether it’s a Nissan Murano or the otherwise gorgeous Aston Martin DB11.– Kyle Hyatt2019 Nissan MuranoEnlarge ImageNissan is doing the floating roof thing more than any other automaker. Emme Hall/Roadshow Coupe-oversAs far as I’m concerned, the word “coupe” is exclusively reserved for vehicles with two-doors — though I’ll make exceptions for the small suicide doors on the Mazda RX-8 and late ’90s and early 2000s Saturn SC. “Four-door coupe?” No. It’s called a sedan. But “coupe crossover?” Like, no. That’s not a thing.But beyond the inherent ugliness and pointlessness of these vehicles, I hate that automakers actually charge more for them than their equivalent, traditionally shaped brethren. You pay more to get less. And your car looks stupid.– Steven Ewing2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupeEnlarge ImageIf it has four doors, it’s not a coupe. Mercedes-Benz Excessively low-profile tiresListen, I too love the look of a tire that’s barely thicker than a rubber band and has been stretched over the edge of a wheel large enough to qualify as an automotive caricature. I agree that it adds a lot of visual presence. But, spend a few minutes crossing a bumpy road on a wheel-and-tire package like that, and then do it again with something offering a higher rubber-to-metal ratio, and you’ll see that not every SUV on the road needs to be rolling on 22s wrapped with low-profile tires. Leave that to the supercars and go with something a little more practical on your next ride.– Tim StevensVolvo V90 R-DesignEnlarge ImageVolvo V90 R-Design: Great look, harsh ride. Volvo Originally published May 26, 2018. Preview • Tags Aston Martin Audi Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Acura Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

17 delicious keto Instant Pot recipes

first_imgJosh Miller/CNET If you find yourself in a conversation about health, weight loss or nutrition, you’re likely to hear at least one person say “keto.” Keto is the colloquial nickname for the ketogenic diet, which involves cutting out virtually all carbohydrates — and replacing those calories with fat — in an attempt to push your body into ketosis. When your body reaches ketosis, it burns fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates. Many people use keto as a way to lose weight, lower blood sugar and promote overall health. While the diet is pretty restrictive, there’s no shortage of evidence-based claims that support it. Cutting carbs isn’t the best approach for everyone, but if you’ve found success on keto or are looking to try it, you can ramp up your keto meal plan with these 17 keto Instant Pot recipes.  Read more 0 Keto Instant Pot breakfast recipesOn keto, gone are the days of slurping sugary milk after eating a bowl of Frosted Flakes. But not gone are the days of enjoying a hearty, soul-nourishing breakfast. Instant Pot keto blueberry muffinsDid someone say muffins… on keto?! Beauty and The Foodie did. With just two net carbs per muffin (net carbs means total carbs minus fiber), you can enjoy these muffins as a side to scrambled eggs or eat a couple as a meal on their own. You’ll use coconut flour, unsweetened almond milk and an alternative sweetener to keep these muffins keto. Instant Pot Starbucks sous vide egg bites The tiny egg muffins in Starbucks’ glass cases will cost you a pretty penny, but they do taste good. Learn to recreate them at home with your favorite kind of cheese, pork or turkey bacon and heavy cream for a decadent morning treat. Instant Pot keto eggs BenedictThis recipe is really two-in-one: one for the keto muffins you’ll toast and use for the base of this eggs Benedict, and one for the eggs Benedict itself. The process for these keto eggs Benedict is a little much for weekday mornings, but would make for a great weekend breakfast. Keto Instant Pot lunch and dinner recipesContrary to popular belief, keto doesn’t have to equal restrictive. Many people picture keto dieters as eating chicken and broccoli meal after meal, but with a little creativity, your low-carb menu can be deliciously diverse. Instant Pot low-carb sweet and spicy barbecue wingsSticky, sweet and tangy, these barbecue chicken wings defy everything about the stereotypical image of keto (e.g., chicken and broccoli). You’ll make your own barbecue sauce with golden monk fruit sweetener, toss the chicken wings, and pop it all in your Instant Pot for 30 minutes. Keto Instant Pot chicken tikka masala A great keto meal prep recipe, this chicken tikka masala makes six servings in just 30 minutes. Eat on its own or serve with cauliflower rice or mash (recipes below). Instant Pot no-noodle lasagnaYou can still enjoy the robust flavors of Italy on a keto diet. This recipe comes together as a tasty mash of cheese, ground meat, tomato sauce and spices. Throw in some veggie noodles for more substance. Read more: How to use your spiralizer, plus 7 life-changing no-noodle recipesKeto Instant Pot buffalo chicken meatballsGo carb-free on game day with keto meatballs just as appetizing as something you might order from Buffalo Wild Wings. Doused in hot sauce and topped with chopped chives, these keto buffalo chicken meatballs will be a fan favorite at any potluck. Instant Pot broccoli and cheese soupTransport yourself back to Grandma’s kitchen with a hearty, keto broccoli cheese soup recipe. This version uses sharp cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses along with heavy whipping cream, and the result is a soup with just five net carbs and an impressive 12 grams of protein per serving. Keto Instant Pot smothered pork chops If you’re anything like me, your baked pork chops always come out overcooked or dry (just trying to avoid food-borne diseases!). It’s hard to go wrong in an Instant Pot, though: With the moisture trapped, these pork chops should come out juicy and flavorful.Keto Instant Pot side dish recipesInstant Pot bacon Brussels sproutsVegetables, particularly fibrous ones like Brussels sprouts, take forever and a day to roast or cook stovetop. As usual, Instant Pot comes to the rescue and cooks these bacon Brussels sprouts to perfection in just three minutes. Parmesan Instant Pot cauliflower mashWho needs potatoes? Not you, if you have some cauliflower and an Instant Pot. This cauliflower mash comes out with a consistency so close to mashed potatoes that you’ll forget you’re eating one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables on the planet. Instant Pot cilantro lime cauliflower riceBack again with the cauliflower, except this time it’s in rice form. Nutritious and versatile — what’s not to like? Keto Instant Pot dessert recipesPart of being on a keto diet means recreating carb-heavy favorites with low-carb ingredients, and that includes dessert, because no one should live life without dessert. Here are five keto Instant Pot dessert recipes that will have you going back for seconds, sans carb coma. Hungry for more info about carbs and nutrition? Learn how to calculate and track your macros.Keto Instant Pot pumpkin pieNo need to save pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. With your Instant Pot, you can enjoy low-carb, crustless pumpkin pie at any point in the year. An easy dump-and-go recipe, you’ll simmer all the ingredients in your Instant Pot and top with whipped cream once the pie is cool. Keto Instant Pot molten brownie cupsThese adorable, single-serve desserts are sweetened with erythritol, a type of sugar alcohol, and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. The gooey chocolate batter bakes in 6-inch ramekins for a few minutes. Serve warm for ultimate deliciousness. Keto Instant Pot spice cakeThere are just two net carbs in this keto spice cake, yet it comes out so sweet from warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg that you don’t even need a frosting or glaze. Instant Pot orange creamsicle custardSugar-free and zero-carb, this custard may be the ultimate keto dessert. Made with orange zest, full-fat coconut milk, stevia and collagen, these single-serve jars are perfect to have on hand for when your sweet tooth strikes. Instant Pot keto pecan pie cheesecakeThis definitely isn’t the simplest recipe out there, but it’s beyond worth the effort when you need a decadent treat and can’t opt for a carb-laden premade cheesecake. This recipe uses almond flour to replicate a traditional cheesecake crust and an erythritol for sugar-free sweetness. Want even more recipes? Try these 15 healthy Instant Pot recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the best paleo Instant Pot recipes. The 21 best paleo Instant Pot recipes Don’t cook these 5 foods in your Instant Pot Does the Instant Pot kill nutrients in your food? Healthy eating Small Appliances Post a comment Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Binny Bansal sells Flipkart stake worth Rs 531 crore to Walmart

first_imgReutersBinny Bansal has sold 5,39,912 equity shares amounting to Rs 531 crore to FIT Holdings SARL, a Luxembourg entity of Walmart. Bansal is monetising his shares to invest in start-ups. With the latest deal he is left with only 3.52 percent of Flipkart shares, down from 3.85 percent during the Walmart takeover. He had sold about 11,22,433 shares to Walmart for about $159 million in 2018. Walmart is the owns 77 percent in Flipkart.As per the Walmart contract, Bansal is slowly cutting his stake in Flipkart even as he turns into a prolific investor in the startup ecosystem. He invested in start-up Acko, an online insurance startup, by writing a cheque of $25 million. He also supported artificial ventures like Spotdraft, invested in health-tech company NIRAMAI and in learning platforms like Crio. NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesIn May 2018, Walmart had bought Flipkart for about $16 billion for an initial stake purchase of 77 percent. Binny Bansal stepped down from his chairman’s post after he was investigated on an allegation of personal misconduct. He holds a board seat in Flipkart and is a co-founder of xto10x Technologies.Sachin Bansal, the other co-founder of Flipkart, had sold all his shares to Walmart for $800 million to $1 billion.last_img read more

Zomato secures 210 million from Alibabas payment affiliate Ant Financial

first_imgZomatoFacebookThe battle for supremacy in the food delivery platform in India is going to get stiffer as Zomato has secured a fresh funding of $210 million from Alibaba’s payment affiliate Ant Financial.The company plans to take its rival Swiggy head on to have a larger chunk of the pie in the Indian food delivery marketplace. In a stock filing on Friday, Info Edge submitted that its stakes in Zomato will decrease from 30.91% to 27.68% after the latest fund infusion from Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd or other affiliates of Ant Financial.The filing said that “We would like to bring to your knowledge that Zomato has signed a definitive agreement to undertake a primary fundraise of approximately USD 210 million from Alipay Singapore.”The Economic Times reports that if the estimates are to be believed, the investment will more than 10 percent stake which will take the valuation of Zomato to approximately $2 billion. Earlier this year, the food delivery platform had raised $150 million from Ant Financial, which was valued at $1.1 billion.Last month, as a part of the investment round, Ant financials secured the right to become the largest stakeholder in one of India’s biggest food delivery platform, Zomato. The fresh investment is expected to make Ant Financial the largest shareholder, or close to Info Edge’s 27.68 percent stake post-dilution. Before the current round of investment, it held around 20-22 percent stake in Zomato.The search for future investment in Zomato is likely to continue as its rival Swiggy is under discussion to secure $500-700 million from Alibaba rival and WeChat application owner Tencent besides existing backer Naspers at a valuation of $2.5-3 billion.Zomato is aggressively looking for the investors as last month it held talks with China’s online travel agency Ctrip for an approximate $400 million in the company. Besides that Zomato as well as Swiggy held discussions with Japanese Softbank Vision Fund.Zomato claimed to have received 21 million monthly order run rate in its operations based out of India in the month of September. It also witnessed the highest daily order volume during last month at 7,00,000 orders each day of the week.last_img read more

Toxic Cloud Caused By Hawaii Volcano Lava Emerges Over Ocean

first_imgAPFILE – This May 20, 2018 file photo shows steam rising as lava flows into the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud.Authorities on Sunday warned the public to stay away the cloud that formed by a chemical reaction when lava touched seawater.Further upslope, lava continued gushing out of large cracks in the ground in residential neighborhoods in a rural part of the Big Island. The molten rock made rivers that bisected forests and farms as it meandered toward the coast.The rate of sulfur dioxide gas shooting from the ground fissures tripled, leading Hawaii County to repeat warnings about air quality. At the volcano’s summit, two explosive eruptions unleashed clouds of ash. Winds carried much of it toward the southwest.Joseph Kekedi, an orchid grower who lives and works about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from where lava dropped into the sea, said the flow luckily did not head toward him. At one point, it was about a mile (asterisk)1.6 kilometers) upslope from his property in the coastal community of Kapoho.Residents can only stay informed and be ready to get out of the way, he said.“Here’s nature reminding us again who’s boss,” Kekedi said.Scientists said the steam clouds at the spots where lava entered the ocean were laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate skin and eyes and cause breathing problems.The lava haze called “laze” from the plume spread as far as 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of where the lava met the ocean on the Big Island’s southern coast. It was just offshore and running parallel to the coast, said U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall.Scientists said the acid in the plume was about as corrosive as diluted battery acid. The glass was in the form of fine glass shards. Getting hit by it might feel like being sprinkled with glitter.“If you’re feeling stinging on your skin, go inside,” Stovall said. Authorities warned that the plume could shift direction if the winds changed.The Coast Guard said it was enforcing a safety zone extending 984 feet (300 meters) around the ocean entry point.Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. John Bannon said in a statement Sunday that “getting too close to the lava can result in serious injury or death.”Gov. David Ige told reporters in Hilo that the state was monitoring the volcano and keeping people safe.“Like typical eruptions and lava flows, it’s really allowing Madam Pele to run its course,” he said, referring to the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire.Ige said he was thankful that the current lava flows did not pose a threat to homes and hoped it would stay that way.On Saturday, the eruption claimed its first major injury when a man was struck in the leg by a flying piece of lava.David Mace, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency who was helping Hawaii County respond to the disaster, did not have further details about the man’s injuries or his condition.Kilauea has burned some 40 structures, including two dozen homes, since it began erupting in people’s backyards in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on May 3. About 2,000 people have evacuated their homes, including 300 who were staying in shelters.In recent days, the lava began to move more quickly and emerge from the ground in greater volume. Scientists said that’s because the lava that first erupted was magma left over from a 1955 erupted that had been stored in the ground for the past six decades.The molten rock that began emerging over the past few days was from magma that has recently moved down the volcano’s eastern flank from one or two craters that sit further upslope — the Puu Oo crater and the summit crater.The new lava is hotter, moves faster and has spread over a wider area.Early Monday, a small eruption occurred at the Kilauea summit, producing an ash plume that reached about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters). Officials said wind carried the ash plume to the southwest, toward the communities of Wood Valley, Pahala, Naalehu and Waiohinu.Scientists have said they do not know how long the eruption will last. The volcano has opened more than 20 vents, including four that have merged into one large crack. It has been gushing lava high into the sky and sending a river of molten rock toward the ocean at about 300 yards (274 meters) per hour.Hawaii tourism officials have stressed that most of the Big Island remains unaffected by the eruption and is open for business. Sharelast_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE

first_imgHello everyone, how are you? Let all of us say it together! `Rain, rain, go away, please come back another day!’ Terrible situation!Yes, our summer is here and we have a lot of free concerts, outdoor festivals and fundraisers going on in Baltimore and other parts of Maryland. It is so exciting! I just love this time of the year. I have been invited to do book signings at many of them. I sure hope I see you.Phil Butts Big Band (Courtesy Photo)Nazarene Baptist Church, 1201 Harford Avenue in Baltimore. Pastor Alphonzo Davis invites everyone to join them at their “Family and Friends Day” on June 10, at 3 p.m. Dress code: African attire. Chairperson is Carolyn Richardson.Dance Baltimore presents, “Dance Day,” on June 24, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. This is a fundraising event for the Local Dance Community at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street. Four floors, indoors/outdoors, mini classes of Hip Hop, Hot Hula, Modern, Jazz, African and Fitness. Food and vendors are included.Davon Fleming (Courtesy Photo)Check this out! I am hosting a luncheon for seniors and their family and friends called “Bangin’ with the Boomers” (The Young at Heart), on June 14, from noon- 3 p.m. at the Promenade DanceSport facility, 2605 Lord Baltimore Dr. in Windsor Mill. It is a fundraiser given by Times Community Services, a non-profit organization raising funds for underprivileged young boys. The afternoon will include a full buffet lunch, live entertainment by international recording artists along with Captain Fly & Friends, DJ spinning oldies, but goodies music, there will be dancing, line dancing and hand dancing, door prizes, vendors for your shopping pleasure, bring your own deck of cards and play pinochle, spades, bid whist, etc. This event will not only be for a good cause, but I get a chance to meet many of my Senior Citizens who read my column every week, but never get a chance to go out to a safe place. My plans is to do this the second Thursday every month. It also gives me a chance to meet my readers and fans in person while at the same time you are having fun. So pick up the phone and call “Rambling Rose” at 410- 833-9474 for your ticket.Darrell McFadden and The Disciples (Courtesy Photo)Another fundraiser coming up is the Enterprise Women’s Network (EWN), which is a group of women dedicated to improving the quality of life of low-income women and children in Baltimore. They support educational enrichment for children and better housing opportunities for their families. A signature program of the EWN is the mentoring program at William Pinderhughes Elementary/ Middle School in Sandtown -Winchester. The program helps girls and boys build self-esteem, make healthy choices, develop strategies to address problems and achieve academic and life success. Their fundraiser will take place on June 14 at 6 p.m. at Brown Center at MICA, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave. For more information call 410-241-6884.Oh my goodness, I am out of space and out of time. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Until the next time, I’m Musically Yours.last_img

Talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has no

first_imgTalk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable. Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.The gold price was up about twenty-five bucks by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time yesterday…and then didn’t do much until about 10:00 a.m. in London.  From there, the price declined down to just above the $1,700 mark shortly before 9 a.m. in New York before rallying back to just under $1,725 spot.  It held that price until shortly before the close of electronic trading, when it got sold off about ten bucks after it made it too close to the $1,725 spot mark…just like it did in Hong Kong and London much earlier on Thursday.Gold finished at $1,717.70 spot…up $21.00 on the day.  Despite the lack of price movement, net volume was an immense 219,000 contracts.Up until 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, silver followed the same rally path as gold, but the subsequent sell-off ended very shortly before 12 o’clock noon in London…which looked suspiciously like an early silver fix.From that low/fix, silver rallied in fits and starts…and all three attempts that it made to get too rambunctious to the upside in New York, immediately got swatted down…including the rally into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there, silver basically traded sideways into the close of electronic trading.Silver finished at $35.51 spot…up 87 cents on the day.  Net volume was only half of Wednesday’s…but still a monstrous 55,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Silver Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It shows the three rallies that got sold off before they could get anywhere…the one at the Comex open, at 10:30 a.m…and the Comex close.The dollar index did precisely nothing yesterday…and was obviously never a factor in the precious metals market.The gold stocks pretty much followed the ups and downs of the gold price during the New York trading session…and, like the gold price, the shares sagged a bit into the close.  The HUI finished up 0.80% when all was said and done.Despite the nice gain in silver during the New York trading session, the shares were definitely a mixed bag…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index was only up 0.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Thursday’s CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 137 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The biggest short/issuers in silver were HSBC USA and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 76 and 47 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account with 122 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.When I posted Wednesday’s Daily Delivery Report in my Thursday column, I inadvertently used the delivery numbers for palladium instead of silver.  The real numbers showed that 160 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…and the big long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account.  They’ll have 137 contracts of that 160 total delivered today.  I thank reader Harvey Organ for pointing out the error of my ways.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, surprisingly enough, authorized participants over at SLV added 874,386 troy ounces of silver.  After Wednesday’s drive-by shooting in both gold and silver, I must admit that I’m still waiting for the big withdrawals from both ETFs.  Maybe today will be the day.  Then again, maybe not.The U.S. Mint started off the month with a small sales report.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 200,000 silver eagles.There was a lot of activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They received 618,921 ounce of silver…and shipped a rather large 1,190,391 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting gold chart that reader Julius Adams sent me yesterday.  Based on his T/A…his minimum target for gold is $2,015.  We’ll see how it goes.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you find some of them worth your while.I don’t mind if you are wealthy. I do mind if you got there by cheating. I don’t mind if you are on welfare. I do mind if you got there by cheating. – Author unknownAfter Wednesday’s debacle, it was pretty calm on Thursday…but I still got the impression that the subsequent rallies in both gold and silver were being watched over pretty carefully…and it was particularly noticeable in silver.However, what really was surprising was the number of well respected commentators that finally came out of the closet and stated the obvious [in public] about Wednesday’s hatchet job in the precious metals…and that it was done by not-for-profit sellers…and for it’s “effect value”.This is not just GATA saying it now…it’s completely obvious to everyone and, in the end, it could backfire on the perpetrators, because now everyone is watching these markets with fresh eyes.When people such as these raise their voices in unison like this, you know that everyone is now in on the game…and the jig is up.  At last, talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable.  Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.And it can’t come too soon for me…regardless of the consequences.  As I’ve said many times over the years, if the powers that be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash…and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to blow sky high…the world’s financial system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days.It’s going to happen anyway…and the longer this stinking, putrid mess is held aloft, the worse it’s going to be for everyone on Planet Earth when it finally does crash and burn.All that will be left standing will be the precious metals…and I hope that will be enough.In overnight trading, both gold and silver trended quietly lower.  At the moment…5:18 a.m. Eastern time…gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about 35 cents.  Gold volume is already pretty decent…and silver’s volume is relatively quiet.  The dollar index has been in rally mode since precisely 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and is up about 35 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button.With JPMorgan et al putting the metals and their shares back on sale for a limited time only, there’s still the opportunity to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well.  And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you tomorrow. 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Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

Until this week sex between unmarried people in U

first_imgUntil this week, sex between unmarried people in Utah was technically illegal, a vestige of earlier times. That changed Wednesday, when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that decriminalizes sex outside of marriage in the state, spokesperson Anna Lehnardt tells NPR.Utah’s 1973 fornication law designated sex outside of marriage as a class B misdemeanor. The act carried a possible penalty of up to six months in jail or a maximum fine of $1,000. Utah was among only a few states that retained these laws. State Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne sponsored the bill and tells NPR that it was just a small piece in Utah’s criminal code that needed to be revamped. “You hear all over the U.S. how you have antiquated laws about horses in the streets and all kinds of things, so we wanted to make them modern-day, in the now,” Mayne says.The measure also modifies criminal offenses. State Rep. Paul Ray called the 1973 fornication law unenforceable, according to The Associated Press. But some lawmakers did not want it repealed on moral grounds. “Personally I don’t know if anyone ever worried about this,” Emily Anderson, a senior at the University of Utah and the editor-in-chief of its newspaper, The Daily Utah Chronicle, tells NPR. The fornication law was really just something that people joked about in class and on Twitter, she says. “Basically just like, ‘Oh thank God, I can do this thing I’ve always been doing.’ “The law had not been prosecuted for years, according to a Utah website covering policy. In a 1991 Deseret News report, an unmarried woman was quoted as saying she had “real concrete fear of criminal prosecution” for breaking the fornication law. “I am aware that last year another person in Salt Lake County was criminally prosecuted for such conduct,” she said in a lawsuit filed that year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

MIT Sloan Hosts 6 Womens Week Events for Female MBA Candidates

first_img RelatedMIT Sloan Admissions Hosts Women’s Week, August 3rd – 6thThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source clearadmit.com. The MIT Sloan School of Management admissions team has planned a series of events this week designed to showcase the diverse paths and accomplishments of its women students and graduates to prospective female applicants. The week, which will take…August 4, 2015In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities WorldwideThe MIT Sloan School of Management’s #MITSloanWomen campaign just celebrated its fourth anniversary. One of the cornerstone events of the campaign, which offers female prospective applicants and current MBA students new ways to interact with the school and build their post-graduation careers, is the annual Women’s Week. Since 2014, Women’s Week has brought female MIT…August 13, 2018In “Boston”Sloan to Host Women’s WeekThe MIT Sloan admissions staff is launching a series of events this summer that are designed to showcase the school’s network of accomplished women students and graduates. Women’s Week, a week of activities in early August, will feature three panels in different cities as well as an online chat, all…July 30, 2014In “Featured Home” MIT Sloan Hosts 6 Women’s Week Events for Female MBA Candidates At MIT Sloan School of Management, advancing women in leadership is a core commitment. For starters, the student-led group MIT Sloan Women in Management offers female MBA students a range of opportunities to help propel their careers. Sloan also puts on an annual Women’s Week to showcase for prospective female applicants what the Sloan MBA student experience is like and the many paths its accomplished alumnae pursue. Women’s WeekEach year, starting in August, the MIT Sloan admissions team hosts a Women’s Week in six cities across the United States. These events are designed for prospective female MBA applicants and feature women alumnae and others talking about the program and their experiences as Sloan women.“MIT Sloan Women’s Week was started in 2014 to share the opportunities at MIT Sloan’s MBA program among female leaders in business while also showcasing the tremendous impact women from MIT Sloan have on the world,” explains Shauna LaFauci Barry, MIT Sloan Associate Director of Admissions. “Each year we have a new theme that aligns with our MIT Sloan mission, and this year’s theme is ‘MIT Sloan Women: Creating Ideas Made to Matter.’” Each event follows a TED Talk−like format with a panel of local alumnae from MIT Sloan’s two-year MBA, Sloan Fellows, and Executive MBA programs. In addition to a main presentation by a notable alumna, each of the two-hour events also includes an alumnae panel and a networking reception. The events are designed to be interactive and collaborative, encouraging attendees to communicate with each other.“The ultimate goal of Women’s Week is to expose women to a variety of stories showcasing how an MBA has served as a gateway to meaningful careers,” says Barry. “We do this through a panel of successful alumnae who share their stories followed by a networking reception.”This year’s first two Women’s Week events take place tonight, August 7th, in Chicago and New York City. Additional events are planned for August 8 in Washington D.C., August 9th in San Francisco, and August 10th in Los Angeles and Cambridge, MA.“This year, in addition to our in-person events, we will also be hosting a LiveStream event and a corresponding social nomination campaign where students, faculty, and alumni can share an inspirational #MITSloanWomen story,” adds Barry.A LiveStream video from the August 10 Cambridge event will allow women from anywhere in the world to participate in the panel and discussion as if they were attending in person. Women can join 10 minutes prior to the event or jump into the conversation at any point. It’s a unique opportunity for female MBA candidates who cannot attend any of the events in person but still want a chance to take part in the discussion.Insight from a Women’s Week SpeakerEllen Rice, a 2016 MBA graduate, has been a speaker at Sloan’s Women’s Week events in the past and is a current panelist. To her, the events are a wonderful opportunity for women to interact.“It’s like going to a concert where you can actually meet the rock stars,” she says. “I love meeting socially-minded women, from engineers to budding entrepreneurs, who are passionate about their work and the communities they touch.”Beyond that, she also feels the events are a significant opportunity for women to understand their impact not only in the business world but also within the Sloan MBA program. “Sloan’s Women’s Week is important because it reinforces the role and impact women have at Sloan,” says Rice. “Women at Sloan lead—from classroom discussions to launching startups. All these roles are highlighted during the week. “The Success of Women’s WeekSo far, the Women’s Week events have proven a resounding success. “Last year, approximately 1,000 women registered for the week’s events,” says Barry. “Interest in the program continues to evolve and, this year, we added a new city.” Los Angeles is the latest addition to the Women’s Week lineup. “We are excited to see high registration numbers already,” Barry adds.As registration for Women’s Week events has grown, so too have MIT Sloan’s admissions numbers for female applicants. “Our female applications continue to grow each year, and we are consistently around 40 percent in terms of our female enrollment,” Barry notes. “We have seen that attendees at these Women’s Week events make great connections, are more engaged with us, and tend to apply at a higher rate” than attendees at some of the school’s other admissions events.As for what women attendees can expect to take away from each Women’s Week event, Rice shares: “I want women to understand their differentiating factor (a little MIT nerd joke): their totally female selves. We all have unique gifts and talents. Sloan will bring them out and give women the tools and network to launch.”To attend one of the Women’s Week events, you can sign up on the MIT Sloan website here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DCcenter_img Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more

Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh

first_img Subscribe Now Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh Once the poster child of a stoner athlete, the ex-NFL running back is is making great strides with his cannabis company. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Former NFL running back Ricky Williams remembers when his use of marijuana made him an outcast among both his peers and potential business associates.Williams said that people didn’t want to associate with him because of his use of cannabis. “My past kept haunting me,” Williams told the Roll Up Podcast.That’s all changed for the Pro Bowl running back. Now, he’s become an entrepreneur in cannabis with his line of products called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams. According to his website, he is offering “an herbal approach to everyday wellness.”That may sound like the tagline of any number of marijuana brands. But Williams can claim he was far out in front — and in a very public way — on the issue of marijuana and the potential health benefits.Related: 5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization“Most Infamous Stoner Athlete”In a way, Williams’ experience with marijuana personifies the changing attitudes on cannabis. A decade ago, while a star in the NFL, he became the target of both jokes and the NFL’s substance abuse policy for talking openly about using marijuana.That was an unusual stance from such a big star. And at the time, he was one of the biggest. Between 1999 and 2011, playing mostly with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, Williams rushed for more than 10,000 yards, including five 1,000-yard seasons.He also was public about his use of marijuana, becoming “America’s most infamous stoner athlete,” according to Sports Illustrated. He failed four drug tests, all for cannabis use, he told the magazine. In 2004, he decided to retire early and spent the year studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda.He returned to the Dolphins in 2005. However, in 2006, he missed an entire season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.He told Sports Illustrated that those years in the middle of his career cost him about $5 million to $10 million in salary and endorsements. He’s hoping to make that back, and then some.Related: New California Law Makes it Easier to Erase Old Marijuana ConvictionsEarly AdooterWilliams launched Real Wellness earlier this year in California (a native of San Diego, he now lives in Venice Beach). Both medical and recreational marijuana is now legal in the Golden State.  But long before marijuana was the “in” thing, Williams believed in the medicinal value of marijuana. Since leaving the NFL, he ‘s spent his time studying the potential of marijuana for pain management and other conditions.Williams told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: “I am known as a professional football player. In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a healthcare practitioner.”His products include salves, tonics and vape cartridges, which he says are a “modern reintroduction to the healing power of ancient herbs.” The products contain either CBD or THC, or sometimes both.Williams believes there is a huge and growing market for his product. He saw a microcosm of that market in the NFL. Williams said more than half of the players he played within the NFL used marijuana, including quarterbacks and coaches, according to Sports Illustrated.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 25, 2018 3 min read –shares Add to Queue dispensaries.com Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: My Mystic Journey LA via Twitter Ganjapreneurlast_img read more

Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss Pedo Guy Defamation Lawsuit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Elon Musk is hoping to end the U.S. lawsuit over his “pedo guy” statements against British cave diver Vernon Unsworth before it gets started. His attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that his insults weren’t serious and thus were protected free speech in the U.S. This was just a “schoolyard spat,” Musk’s attorneys said. They contended that Twitter was a place where you could “expect to read opinions, not facts,” and thus that no one could realistically assume Musk was telling the truth.Unsworth’s attorney rejected the claims in a statement to The Guardian. The argument would “effectively doom all lawsuits” over defamation, and that Musk’s dismissal points were “novel but inaccurate.”Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowIt’s not clear how the judge will respond to the dismissal request, although it might not work in Musk’s favor. While he did apologize for his initial “pedo guy” remark in July, he undercut that in August when he told BuzzFeed News reporter that Unsworth was a “child rapist.” For that matter, Musk ran into trouble with the SEC precisely because he used Twitter to make a serious claim about taking Tesla private. Don’t be surprised if the case moves forward to its initial hearing on April 1st. The Tesla executive says it was just a ‘schoolyard spat.’ Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Jon Fingas Elon Musk Add to Queue December 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Robyn Beck | Pool via Engadget Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Lawsuit Enroll Now for $5 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more

Marketing Magic Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Games Special Edition

first_img Marketing Magic: Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Game’s Special Edition Apply Now » Next Article Hasbro is taking a page out of the Willy Wonka marketing playbook. In honor of Monopoly’s 80th anniversary, French players of the eminent board game will have a chance to win actual cash hidden in sets of the game.Eighty boxes out of 30,000 different games will have varying amounts of cash ranging between about $170 and $342. Meanwhile, the big winner will get a box that has every piece of Monopoly money replaced will real euros, adding up to about $23,200.Related: This ‘Exploding Kittens’ Card Game Is Blowing Up on KickstarterWhile certainly not enough to buy a railroad or an ocean-front property, it’s still a fairly substantial chunk of change. Florence Gaillaird, Hasbro France’s brand manager, told the AFP that the bills were delivered to the local packing center with a supreme amount of secrecy.Of course, Monopoly isn’t the first brand to take a “golden ticket” approach. In 2010, Nestle, which owns the Wonka name, put prizes in its Exceptionals candy bars. Two years later, in a slightly more off-putting move, the candy company put GPS trackers in Kit Kats to award 12,000 euros to winners in Ireland and the UK. Monopoly is available in 114 countries and 43 languages.  Related: ‘Game Guru’ of Candy Crush Saga Leaves King Digital to Found New Gaming Startup Nina Zipkin 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List February 3, 2015 –sharescenter_img Entrepreneur Staff Marketing Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

Vitamin C supplementation for pregnant smokers may reduce harm to infants lungs

first_imgAlthough vitamin C supplementation may protect to some extent the lungs of babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy, those children will still be at greater risk for obesity, behavioral disorders and other serious health issues.”Dr. McEvoy Smoking during pregnancy reflects the highly addictive nature of nicotine that disproportionately affects the most vulnerable populations. Finding a way to help infants exposed to smoking and nicotine in utero recognizes the unique dangers posed by a highly advertised, addictive product and the lifetime effects on offspring who did not choose to be exposed.”Dr. McEvoy, lead study author and professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University In “Oral Vitamin C (500 mg/day) to Pregnant Smokers Improves Infant Airway Function at 3 Months: A Randomized Trial,” Cindy T. McEvoy, MD, MCR, and her co-authors report that at three months of age, the infants whose mothers took 500 mg of vitamin C in addition to their prenatal vitamin had significantly better forced expiratory flows (FEFs). FEFs measure how fast air can be exhaled from the lung and are an important measure of lung function because they can detect airway obstruction.The researchers also discovered an association between the infant FEFs and a genetic variant some of the mothers possessed that appeared to amplify the negative impact of nicotine on the babies before they were born. Other studies have linked this genetic factor, specifically for the α5 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, to increased risk of lung cancer and obstructive lung disease. Dec 11 2018Helping Mothers Quit Smoking Should Still Be Primary GoalVitamin C may reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy, according to a randomized, controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.center_img In a previous study, the authors had shown that 72 hours after birth, babies of mothers who smoked had better lung function if their mothers were randomized to vitamin C (500 mg/day) during their pregnancies compared to those born to mothers who smoked and were randomized to placebo.  That study used passive methods to measure lung function, and the authors note that FEFs provide a more direct assessment of airway function and are similar to methods used to diagnose lung disease in adults and older children.Related StoriesNew target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyIn the current study, 251 pregnant women who smoked were randomly assigned at 13 to 23 weeks of gestation to either receive vitamin C (125 women) or a placebo (126 women).  Smoking was defined as having had one or more cigarettes in the last week. All participants received smoking cessation counseling throughout the study, and about 10 percent of the women quit smoking during the study.The researchers wrote that study results support the hypothesis that oxidative stress caused by cigarette smoking reduces the amount of ascorbic acid, a component of vitamin C, available to the body. At the time they enrolled in the study, the women had lower levels of ascorbic acid than have been reported among women who do not smoke. Those levels rose in study participants who received vitamin C to become comparable to women who do not smoke.Infants in this study will continue to be followed to track their lung function and respiratory outcomes. The authors believe that future trials of vitamin C supplementation in pregnant smokers should determine whether the benefits are greater if the supplementation starts earlier and continues post-natally in the babies themselves.Summing up the findings of the current study, Dr. McEvoy said that a relatively low dosage of vitamin C may present “a safe and inexpensive intervention that has the potential to help lung health of millions of infants worldwide.”However, she added, helping mothers quit smoking should remain the primary goal for health professionals and public health officials. Source:http://www.thoracic.org/last_img read more

New study sheds light on the role of vitamin D in muscle

first_imgRelated StoriesVitamin D metabolite may stop mechanism by which cancer cells become drug-resistantVitamin D and estrogen can prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in womenVitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, study findsProfessor Gunton says that, compared to a previous study she conducted that looked at mice missing vitamin D receptors across their whole body, this new study has highlighted some important differences.”We found that mice missing muscle cell vitamin D receptors had normal body size but less muscle mass and more fat mass.”In terms of choosing to run on a wheel in their cage, the mice had shorter running distance and slower speed. These might contribute to the lower muscle mass and increase in fat.In terms of muscle strength, these mice also had a significantly decreased grip strength from a very early age.”While more research is needed, Professor Gunton says that these results suggest that maintaining normal vitamin D signaling in muscle is important for preserving muscle bulk and function.”These findings also have the potential to open up avenues to pursue new therapies that target muscle cell vitamin D receptors. These therapies could help to address or prevent age-related sarcopenia (degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass) and other disorders related to muscle function.” Source:Westmead Institute for Medical Research For a long time, we have known that vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and greater risk of falls and fractures. However, whether vitamin D played a direct role in muscle wasn’t known.We show that vitamin D receptor is present in low levels in normal muscle, and our study found that deleting muscle cell vitamin D receptors had important effects on muscle function.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A recent study conducted at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research has shed light on the role of vitamin D in muscle cells. The study looked at the role of vitamin D in muscles in mice, and showed that vitamin D signaling (how cells communicate with one another) is needed for normal muscle size and strength.Researchers found that mice missing the vitamin D receptor only in myocytes (muscle cells) had smaller muscles, and they were less strong. They also had significantly decreased running speed and didn’t run as far as mice with normal vitamin D action.Lead researcher, Professor Jenny Gunton says:last_img read more

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

first_imgNew research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at “social hacking” over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers (2018, November 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-bots-pursue-individual.html Even a few bots can shift public opinion in big ways Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The paper, “Bots Increase Exposure to Negative and Inflammatory Content in Online Social Systems” is published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The researchers believe this study to be one of the first studies to investigate the content bots generated and the specific strategy of the bots. In reviewing nearly 4 million posts on Twitter, researchers from Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, attempted to understand online behavioral dynamics, the type of content bots shared, and which users they targeted in the context of Catalonia’s referendum on independence.The researchers discovered that influencers who supported Catalan’s independence were specifically targeted by the bots and became over 100 times more likely to engage with them. These influencers were also exposed to negative and violent narratives pursued by the bots.Findings:The authors’ findings contrast with earlier studies assuming bots were sharing information without specific strategies Bots, the researchers say, are selecting and pursuing specific targets Bots tend to generate negative content aimed at polarizing highly influential human users to exacerbate social conflictLooking at the election in Spain, it was determined human influencers who were targeted by bots, did not recognize they were being targeted and being bombarded by non-human actors”As we study this events, bots are so pervasive that anyone can be a target,” said co- author Emilio Ferrara. “We need beyond the technical solutions to this problem. We need regulation, laws and incentives that will force social media companies to regulate their platforms.”center_img 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: Massimo Stella et al. Bots increase exposure to negative and inflammatory content in online social systems, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803470115 Provided by University of Southern California Explore furtherlast_img read more

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