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Allrecipes Cooks up a Newly Designed Site

first_imgMeredith revealed Allrecipes’ newly launched digital platform Tuesday. The new site has a social network-oriented focus, boosting the sharing capabilities that the 40 million monthly visitors have increasingly been using.    New features, such as “I Made It,” allow cooks to share their culinary creations with their followers. Stan Pavlovsky, Allrecipes’ president, says this transformation is different than what many social networks currently offer. “[They] spark inspiration, but lack actionable information and create fragmented conversations.” Feedback so far has been positive, according to Pavlovsky, with cooks consuming more pages per visit and increased site and community engagement with the shopping features and local offers. The announcement is “just the beginning of a rich roadmap of features we will be introducing in the months ahead,” Pavlovsky adds. Thanks to the new single site and code base that extends across devices, this will allow the Allrecipes teams to “innovate more rapidly so we can release new consumer and advertising experiences at an accelerated pace,” he says. The new site’s design and technology were created in-house, leveraging all of the brand’s resources over a nearly two-year timeframe. Pavlovsky says that they also looked to the “behaviors, suggestions and feedback from our community of 40 million home cooks,” to help inspire this latest iteration. center_img Over the past 18 months, the brand employed various feedback channels to gather information on the new experience including usability testing, user satisfaction tracking, video diaries, surveys and Web analytics data.  Swanson is one of the first brands to partner with Allrecipes on the new design, largely because “Swanson cooks are turning to digital media sources for culinary inspiration and information more than ever,” Mark Materacky, Soup & Broth Marketing Director, Campbell Soup Company, says in the release. The roll-out strategy included an initial reveal, with beta site access given to a subset of the Allrecipes community over the past year, which “allowed us to gather very rich data reflecting their response to new design elements and features,” says Pavlovsky. last_img read more

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BMW ConnectedDrive issues caused Apple CarPlay to disappear for some owners

first_img Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? More about 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Roadster 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2020 Toyota Supra is a divisive devil in red Auto Tech See All Preview • 2019 BMW Z4: Reinvigorating the roadster Apple 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy BMW Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Enlarge ImageIf you’re feeling left out, you can always park your car in a Faraday cage. That should provide about the same experience. BMW When it was rumored that BMW would be moving to an annual subscription for Apple CarPlay, we called it “next-level gouging.” It’s not a move anyone really appreciates, but now, an unforeseen connection between various services reportedly left some BMW owners without CarPlay for a spell, which is even more frustrating.A problem with BMW’s ConnectedDrive online services caused some owners to lose Apple CarPlay functionality for a brief period of time. Without the service online to confirm the car’s subscription, owners last week found themselves missing the smartphone-mirroring system that they paid cold, hard cash for, Engadget reported Friday.By the end of last week, Engadget says, most users had seen the functionality return as ConnectedDrive’s services came back online. In the US, a BMW spokesperson told Engadget that a server migration was to blame, but it was working to get everything back up and running as quickly as possible. BMW first announced its decision in January. It was the first automaker to take Apple CarPlay and shift it from a one-time $300 purchase to an annual $80 subscription. BMW said this move added flexibility, so iPhone-toting owners won’t feel like they lost $300 if they later upgrade to an Android phone. This is, of course, a silly premise, and if anything, it feels like an excuse for BMW to bilk used-car buyers for $80 a year in the future. Nevertheless, it’s uncharted territory for Apple CarPlay, although Motor1 reported that Toyota may follow a similar strategy with the 2020 Supra, which shares its underpinnings (and telematics) with the BMW Z4. Hopefully, future ConnectedDrive outages won’t leave Supra drivers out in the cold, although the real hope should be that both automakers will ditch this idea and get back to charging one-time fees that represent pennies on the dollar compared with the car’s window sticker. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • BMW ConnectedDrive issues caused Apple CarPlay to disappear for some owners • 2 Comments Tags More From Roadshow 52 Photos BMW Applelast_img read more

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Midengine Corvette new Toyotas prototype tests and more Roadshows week in review

first_img4:54 More From Roadshow 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator 2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, tech Top newsLittle red Corvette: Chevy’s new, mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally, finally here. It’s a bargain, too: Even more amazing than the new Corvette’s performance is the fact that it’ll start around $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.Solar Sonata: Hyundai’s swoopy new sedan gets a hybrid version complete with solar panels on its roof.Electric ‘Slade: New reports suggest Cadillac’s next Escalade SUV could be offered with a electric powertrain.Super-efficient Silverado: Chevy confirms its diesel-powered Silverado 1500 is the most fuel-efficient fullsize pickup in the US.Lotus flowers: Say hello to the 2020 Evora GT, the company’s latest US offering.Kia wants a truck: A report out of Australia suggests Korean automaker Kia might launch a small pickup in 2022 or 2023. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe PrototypeBMW’s new 2 Series sedan — or Gran Coupe, in the company’s parlance — will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of that premiere, we take a spin in a colorful, camouflaged prototype in Germany to see if the 2GC’s front-wheel-drive platform hinders its performance. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.Click here to read our 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype first-drive review. Post a comment 0 The best trucks for towing 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 73 Photos 6:29 2019 Honda CR-VHonda’s new CR-V is a couple years old, but it’s still a top contender in the compact SUV class. It offers solid driving dynamics, great infotainment tech, and a usable and refined interior.Click here to read our 2019 Honda CR-V in-depth review. 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport goes to Death Valley Tags 2:24 2020 Toyota TacomaOK, so maybe the Toyota Tacoma isn’t the freshest truck on the block. We still love it for its rugged capability and handsome good looks. For 2020, Toyota gives the Tacoma a big infotainment and driver assistance tech upgrade, and we test the truck’s off-road prowess on the trails of Colorado and Utah. We even take the updated 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV for a spin, as well.Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive review.center_img NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Corvettes, manual transmissions… 55 Photos 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport in the desertVolkswagen will introduce a five-passenger version of its Atlas SUV next year. Ahead of that, we tag along while VW engineers complete hot-weather testing of the new SUV in California’s Death Valley. Click here to read the full story. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Top videos Share your voice Astronaut Scott Kelly talks CorvettesIs there really any comparison to launching a car and launching a rocket? Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says yes, and he sat down with editor-in-chief Tim Stevens to explain.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 SportbackThe Audi RS5 Sportback is an amazing car. In fact, its only flaw might be that it doesn’t have any. Is this four-door sports car too good for its own good? Associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 22 Photos Roadshow 2019 Honda CR-V: A can’t-miss small SUV option The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe hides in plain sight 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 33 Photos Enlarge ImageAll eyes are on Chevy’s mid-engine C8 Corvette. Steve Fecht/Chevrolet Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. While Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette technically debuted last week, we’ve had plenty of followup information to report, and it’s proved to be one of the hottest items from the past seven days. Toyota’s new Tacoma and 4Runner kicked off a week of hot reviews, and we drove a pair of prototypes previewing some soon-to-be-revealed new cars.Here’s a look at our most important stories from July 21 to 27, 2019.Top reviews Now playing: Watch this: BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Honda Toyotalast_img read more

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IndiGos poor customer care record forces parliamentary panel to flag airline

first_imgThe alleged failure of IndiGo to respond satisfactorily to customer complaints is behind a parliamentary panel’s remarks that it is the ‘worst performing’ airline for customer services.Derek O’Brien, the Trinamool Congress MP who heads the panel, reserved the sharpest criticism for the low-budget carrier in a report that he tabled in the Rajya Sabha, according to a media report.The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, Road, Shipping and Aviation said in the report that the airline was noted for poor customer services, having rude staff and higher charges during the festive season, among other issues.IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, however, denied it neglected customer complaints. The airline said in a statement that it evaluated complaints and feedback by the customers rigorously and the staff were given regular training to handle situations and make possible hassle-free customer experience.O’Brien said the panel was not generally happy with the way some private carriers are operating, but it was discourteous the way IndiGo was operating. He said Air India had the best luggage policy.”Our committee is very clear that the worst performing airline for consumers is IndiGo. All 30 members agreed on this. IndiGo has not respondeddespite many complaints. The way they behave with consumers and charge for just one kg or two kg overweight of air baggage…,” O’Brien said, according to a media report.He said some carriers charged eight to 10 times the normal fares during the festive season.”The airline is very rigid, IndiGo even charges for one-two kg overweight, this has not been taken very well and the committee is looking into the matter seriously,” O’Brien said.While taking note of higher fare charges, the panel suggested that the charges by the airlines should not exceed 50 per cent of the base fare and tax and airlines should refund the fuel surcharge to customers.The national carrier Air India has the best policy for luggage and other private carriers should raise the baggage limit, O’Brien said.last_img read more

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DU student commits suicide

first_imgA student of Dhaka University (DU) allegedly committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house at Cantonment area on Wednesday night.The deceased was Mushifiq, a fourth year student of Music department of the University.”I heard that he jumped off from the rooftop of his house and committed suicide,” university Proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB.He is a non-residential student of Bijoy Ekattar hall and his village is in Rangpur district, he added.last_img

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Be a good human being to be a good physician Bhutanese PM

first_imgBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering with his old friends at Mymensingh Medical College on Sunday. Photo: Anowar HossainBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering, who was a student of Mymensingh Medical College, on Sunday said one has to be a good human being for becoming a good physician.”I’ve entered politics without discarding my uniform. I thought about the people of Bhutan and worked for them from 2013 to 2018 without doing any job and going abroad. Today, I’m the prime minister of that country,” he said.The Bhutanese prime minister was addressing a special reception accorded to him by Mymensingh Medical College at its auditorium.Going down the memory lane, Lotay Tshering said he along with his classmate and current Bhutanese foreign affairs minister Tandi Dorji stayed at room No-20 of Baghmara College Hostel in the district town from 1991 to 1999. “We’re now doing politics together. There’s no rift between us during this long period. Today, I’m the prime minister because of him. He made me the prime minister.”Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering passes time with his classmates. He also exchanges greetings with them. Photo: Anowar HossainHe also underscored the need for forgetting all the differences to take the country forward.The Bhutanese prime minister turned emotional recalling various incidents of his student life at the medical college.Earlier, students of the medical college welcomed him when he arrived in Mymensingh by a helicopter.Lotay Tshering later visited the surgery ward of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.A 28th batch student, Lotay Tshering enrolled in Mymensingh Medical College in 1991 for pursuing MBBS. On completion of the MBBS degree, he did FCPS in Dhaka.Lotay Tshering entered politics in 2013 and became the prime minister of Bhutan on 7 November last year after his party won the election.This was his first visit to Bangladesh after becoming the prime minister.last_img read more

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Green Joins Cardinals as Associate Head Coach

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s soccer head coach John Michael Hayden announced the hiring of Bryan Green as associate head coach.Green comes to Louisville after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. While at Belmont, Green guided the Bruins through two conference changes and led the program to their first postseason win in the Southern Conference and the first overall since 2008. Green produced eight All-Freshman conference team selections, three All-Conference selections, and one Freshman of the Year recipient. “We are so thrilled to add Bryan Green to our coaching staff,” said Hayden. “His past experiences of leading a Division I program and assisting at other nationally ranked programs certainly stood out in the hiring process.”Prior to Belmont, Green coached for Drexel University. Starting as the first assistant in 2010, Green was promoted to associate head coach in 2012. Green helped guide the Dragons to their first Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship in 2013, the same season they were also regular season champions. Green also assisted in earning the program back-to-back NCAA Championship bids in 2012 and 2013, the program’s first bids in 40 years.”I want to thank John Michael for this opportunity to be a part of the success of Louisville Athletics. From the first time I spoke with him about his vision for the UofL men’s soccer program, I was inspired to be a part of it,” said Green. “The program is coming off a great year and an ACC Championship, yet everyone is still hungry for more. I am thrilled to be a part of a group with that mentality and helping John Michael, the staff and team build on that history of success.”Prior to Drexel, Green played an integral part of the coaching staff at West Virginia from 2003-10, where he was the first assistant and recruiting coordinator. Green helped direct the program to three consecutive NCAA Championship bids from 2005-07 and four consecutive top 30-ranked recruiting classes from 2006-09. Green was a part of the 2006 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year, which was awarded to the Mountaineers staff after a Big East regular season championship title and runner-up finish in the Big East Tournament. “When looking to bring individuals into our program, we look to those who possess high integrity and a desire to be successful. Without question, Bryan will help us achieve our goals because of these qualities,” explained Hayden. “He joins assistant coach Donovan Dowling, volunteer coach Robbe Tarver, analyst Nick Blackwell and director of operations James Kusak in rounding out our coaching staff. Together, these individuals make up what I consider to be the best staff in the country. We’re all driven, hardworking and eager for success. Our players will benefit tremendously from working with these talented individuals and I am so fortunate to work with each of them as we continue to pursue championships.”Keystone College gave Green his first head coaching opportunity, where he guided the Giants for three seasons from 2000-02. While in charge, Green lead the program to their first NJCAA Region XIX regular season title and advanced to the Region XIX tournament championship game. His 2002 team was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally.Green spent one season as an assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University in 1999, helping guide the team to an NCAA Championship appearance and producing an All-American. Green began his coaching career in 1997 at his alma mater, Elizabethtown College, where he served for two seasons.  The National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) has recognized 13 of Green’s teams for academic excellence with the Team Academic Award. A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Green played collegiate soccer at Elizabethtown College where he earned All-American and All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College in 1997 and a Masters of Education in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University in 2000. He holds a USSF ‘B’ License. Green and his wife Ehren have two sons, Henry and Nathan.Fans can follow Louisville men’s soccer on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @UofLmenssoccer. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Comedy history class

first_imgGet ready for a laughter dose as Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Comedy Central brings the standup comedy show – India 3D – Last Three Decades of Change. The show features comedians – Amit Tandon and Appurv Gupta.India 3D – Last three Decades of Change highlights how life and lifestyle has changed in India over the last three decades. As tablet moved from being medicine to mobile, smartness moved from people to phones, hobby moved from books to Facebook, our world has changed more than ever before. A woman’s role has changed in the household and expectations from an Indian man have evolved. Between the two of them they present views of a youngster and a conventional ‘well settled’ middle aged man. From technology to lifestyle to relationships, the artistes will talk about all aspects of a middle class Indian.  So book your tickets soon.Where:  Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House When: 10 October Timing:  8 pmlast_img read more

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Tico Times Weekly Digest November 12 2018

first_imgIn this week’s episode of the Weekly Digest: hunger is on the rise in Latin America, saving Costa Rica’s smallest primate and more news from ticotimes.net.This week’s Digest was sponsored by Banana Beach in Santa Teresa.Interested in sponsoring the Digest, with the option of a visit from our film crew? Contact kstanley@ticotimes.net.Stories from the episode:Both hunger and obesity increase in Latin America: http://bit.ly/2RN6UrGHelping save Costa Rica’s smallest primate: http://bit.ly/2z5smkJAn interview with Olympic hopeful Jenny Méndez: http://bit.ly/2DktHXICosta Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies: http://bit.ly/2T6rbtWTeenage designers steal the show at fashion show: http://bit.ly/2QxVrfrOff the Eaten Path – Cordero’s Bar: http://bit.ly/2T6rnta Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 1, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Nov. 5, 2018 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 7, 2019last_img read more

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Climate Change is an issue that will not be going

first_img“Climate Change is an issue that will not be going away so we all have a part to play in tackling it head on,” added the Waterside rep.Support the Climate Change rally in Derry – McLaughlin was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “Friday’s rally in Derry will be one of hundreds of similar events large and small that will be taking place across the globe.“All will play a key role in highlighting Climate Change, the impact it is having on our daily lives but more importantly will challenge us all on what we are doing to protect the environment.“The island of Ireland is already experiencing significant climate change. Six of the warmest years we have experienced have occurred in the last 25 years. “Scientists are predicting that Ireland faces not just a rise in sea level but water shortages, adverse impacts on water quality and changes in the distribution of plant and animal species. SINN Féin Waterside representative Sharon McLaughlin has urged the public in Derry to come out and and support the Climate Change rally being held at the Guildhall Square in Derry this lunchtime on Friday, March 15.She said: “Climate change is one of the defining challenges facing our society today. “There is a huge responsibility on us all to act pro-actively and constructively to tackle it. ShareTweet DerryGuildhallSharon McLaughlinSinn FeinSupport the Climate Change rally in Derry – McLaughlinWatersidelast_img read more

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I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday

first_imgI have the usual number of stories for a Saturday column…and quite a few fall into the must read category, so I hope you can find the time for the ones that interest you.As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last…and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron. — H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is by the Queen of Soul herself.  This hit was recorded in 1968…and you will know it instantly.  The link is here.Last week’s classical selection was by German composer Max Bruch…and this week’s is as well.  Last week it was his Scottish Fantasy…and this week it’s his Violin Concerto No. 1, in G minor, Op. 26…composed in 1866. I have a lot of ‘favourite’ violin concertos…and this is certainly one of them.  Here’s the incomparable Sarah Chang doing the honours in a posting over at youtube.com…and the link is here.  Neither the video quality, nor the fidelity, are the greatest…but it’s the only recording that I could find that has all three movements.After yesterday’s big run-up in the silver price, it’s easy to see that there is no real liquidity in the precious metals market, as most of the trading is of the high-frequency variety.  There are really no legitimate buyers and sellers present in the Comex futures market…just the machines.If left to their own devices, there isn’t a “free market” that wouldn’t melt down, or melt up, if given the opportunity to do so.  Chris Powell was oh, so prophetic with his quote…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions.”The Commitment of Traders Report, especially in silver, was a sight to behold…and with the way things are currently configured in all four precious metals, copper…and the dollar index…they are an ‘accident’ waiting to happen to the upside.However, since there are no free markets, when something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.  JPMorgan et al were in full control of this market on the short side…and there’s no reason at all to assume that they won’t continue to hold the power when the smoke clears to the upside.JPMorgan will not only control the ‘when’…they will also determine how high and how fast we get to the new precious metal prices, which are all but baked in the cake.  They didn’t go to all this trouble over the last six months or so to extricate themselves from the short side of the gold market, to put their head back in the lion’s mouth again.  They’ll control things from the long side from now on.Even if you only read all the stories I have posted in this column this weekend, you should be able to tell from their contents that the entire planet is about to come unglued economically, financially…and monetarily.  It’s only the time line that is uncertain…and whether or not it will be a controlled event, or will events and circumstance quickly spiral out of the control of the powers that be?I don’t know the answer to that…and neither does anyone else.  So we wait.Here’s Nick Laird’s “Total PMs Pool” chart updated with data from the week just past…and it doesn’t require any further explanation from me.  As I said a week ago, I felt that we were done for liquidations out of the big ETFs with last week’s report…and it appears that this is the case.(Click on image to enlarge)Before heading off to bed, I’d like to point out that Casey Research has another FREE ON-LINE VIDEO EVENT in the works.  This one is entitled “GOLD: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull?”It will feature Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, Steven Feldman, Rob McEwen and Jeff Clark. They explore the recent fluctuations of the gold price and what it means for investors. Does gold’s drop signal the end of its bull run, or is it just taking a breather? Should investors load up on or unload gold? The free online event Gold: Dead Cat…or Raging Bull? hosted by The Street and Casey Research, with Jim Cramer, Eric Sprott, Doug Casey, and others will provide some answers.This free video will air on June 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be available for viewing after the initial stream for those who have schedule conflicts.  You can check it out…and then sign up for it here.  It pretty much goes without saying that it will be worth your time.That’s all I have for the day…and the week.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. When something does blow up…or melt down…it won’t be by accident.The gold price didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading…and then got sold down five bucks starting at 9:00 a.m. BST in London, with the low of the day coming minutes after 11:00 a.m…about two hours later.From there, the gold price was flat until five minutes before trading began on the Comex in New York.  The subsequent rally got chopped off by a short seller of last resort about twenty minutes later, when it appeared the market was about to go “no ask”…and the gold price was about to punch through the $1,400 spot price ceiling.  A second rally at the London p.m. gold fix suffered the same fate…and after that the price didn’t do much until after the Comex close.Then starting around 2:30 p.m. EDT, the gold price began to slowly tick higher for the rest of the New York Access market.  The low tick in London looked to be around the $1,378 spot mark…and the high tick in New York was recorded by Kitco as $1,393.60 spot…and that occurred at the London p.m. gold fix.Gold finished at $1,3191.50 spot…up $5.80 on the day…and net volume was a very light 106,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart that shows the New York action in far more detail.Silver traded in a very tight range in both Far East and London yesterday…and was down about 20 cents when the price blasted off at 8:15 a.m. in New York yesterday morning.  The market went “no ask” fifteen minutes later…before the usual not-for-profit seller[s] showed up.  By 9:20 a.m. the price was back down to $22.07 spot…and barely moved for the remainder of the trading day.Kitco recorded the high tick as $22.68 spot…and if “da boyz” hadn’t shown up when they did, we would be looking at a very big silver price right now.But when all was said and done at the 5:15 p.m EDT close in New York, silver was only up 23 cents on the day…and closed at $22.08…and above the $22 price ceiling.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the July delivery month, were a bit heavier than normal…close to 33,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart, so you can see the dramatic action in the first 15 minutes of Comex trading for yourself.The dollar index closed in New York late Thursday afternoon at 80.72…and then fell to 80.61 by 10:00 a.m. in Tokyo.  From there it rallied to its high of the day…80.99…just minutes after 8:30 a.m. in New York.  At that point, the index fell completely out of bed…hitting a low of 80.65 by 11:40 a.m. EDT.  The subsequent rally was tiny…and very short.  From there the dollar index headed lower, finishing the Friday session on its low tick…80.62…and down 10 basis points from Thursday.You should carefully note that vertical price spikes in both gold and silver got hammered flat at the precise moment that the dollar index fell off a cliff just minutes after 8:30 a.m. EDT.  There’s absolutely no chance that this was a coincidence.  As Chris Powell’s famous quote goes…”There are no markets anymore…only interventions”.The gold stocks opened in the black…but quickly began to sell off…and they kept right on going down despite the fact that the gold price finished in positive territory yesterday.  The HUI finished down 1.66%.The silver stocks didn’t do well, either…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s Nick’s Silver 7 chart that shows the near-term price action in a longer term perspective.(Click on image to enlarge)The sell-off in the precious metal stocks probably had more to do with what was happening in the general equity markets in New York at the time.The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that a surprisingly large 414 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  The two big short/issuers of note were Barclays with 324 contracts out of its client account…and ABN Amro with 88 contracts.  The three largest long/stoppers were HSBC USA, Barclays…and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, with 234, 94 and 69 contracts respectively.  The long/stoppers at Barclays were in the bank’s proprietary [in-house] trading account…the bank betting against its customers again.There were only 4 silver contracts posted for delivery on Tuesday…and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 701,662 troy ounces of silver…and 21,763 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold on the same day…9,027 troy ounces were reported received…and 12,210 troy ounces were shipped out.  The link to that activity is here.The Commitment of Traders Report was pretty much as expected, as there were improvements in the Commercial net short position in both gold and silver…but particularly silver…and several new records were set.In silver, the Commercial net short position [the total Commercial short holders subtracted from the total Commercial long holders] declined by 16.9 million ounces…and is now down to a shockingly low 25.1 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. said that “In silver, the Commercial traders hold their smallest net short position since 29 July 1997.”  That’s almost 16 years ago!!!The four largest traders are short 196.5 million ounces of silver…and the next ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 55.9 million ounces of silver.  Ted says that he’s no longer sure what JPMorgan’s short position in silver might be.As far as concentration goes, once you remove all the market-neutral spread trades from the total open interest, the Big 4 are short 35.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.  The short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ traders adds another 10.0%.  So the Big 8, in total, are short 45.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.Reader E.W.F. says that “the silver raptors [the small commercial traders other than the Big 8] hold their largest net long position in the history of the data.”In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 333,000 troy ounces…and is now down to 5.83 million ounces.  Reader E.W.F. says that..”the Commercials hold their smallest net short position in gold since 31 May 2005.”The four largest traders are short 9.94 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.67 million ounces.As far as concentrations go, once the market-neutral spread trades are removed from gold’s total open interest, the four largest traders are short 31.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders add another 14.6 percentage point.  So the Big 8 in total are short 45.6% of the entire Comex futures market in gold.Reader E.W.F. pointed out that “the gold raptors are net long 87,851 contracts.  This is their largest net long position since April 10, 2001.  On that date the gold raptors were net long 95,984 contracts.”Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” chart for all physically traded commodities on that exchange.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s your “cute quota” for the day…and don’t forget that the “cute quota” will be included with “The Funnies” starting with Tuesday’s column.last_img read more

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MONTGOMERY Ala AP – The federal government awa

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The federal government awarded Alabama two grants totaling $400,000 to alleviate rural opioid abuse.Forty states received grants of $24 million in all as part of an initiative to implement prevention, treatment and recovery programs for substance use disorders in rural communities.George Sigounas, who heads the Health Resources and Services Administration, says the goal of the program is to reduce opioid deaths in high-risk, rural communities.A statement released Tuesday by Health and Human Services says opioid users in rural communities face added challenges in getting treatment.The agency says those people are more likely to be uninsured, to have less education and to have lower incomes than their urban counterparts.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)5/14/2019 2:37:18 PM (GMT -5:00)last_img read more

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A former care minister has suggested that the Libe

first_imgA former care minister has suggested that the Liberal Democrats might be in favour of reopening the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Norman Lamb (pictured), who was care minister in the coalition for nearly three years, told Disability News Service (DNS) that it was “intolerable” that former ILF-users were now facing cuts to their support packages, after the fund’s closure on 30 June.And he called on the government to act, potentially by reopening the fund.He spoke out after hearing from DNS how disabled campaigners were warning that “dangerous” cuts to support were now exposing government promises that former ILF-users would not lose out from its closure.ILF was run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But the coalition government decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.The transition process has been hit by reports of delays in reassessments for former ILF-users and cuts to their care packages, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear to be falling apart.Lamb was speaking to DNS two days after delivering a well-received speech to his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, which highlighted the need to address a possible £5 billion funding shortfall in social care by 2020.He told DNS that the ILF principle was “one that I strongly support”, as it “enables people to determine their own priorities”.Lamb said he was concerned not only about former ILF-users, but also about many other disabled people who faced the “full, emerging, developing crisis in social care”.He said: “I think the government needs to recognise what is actually happening… look closely at the evidence and act on it.“What would be intolerable is if people with complex disabilities were not getting the care packages that they need to enable them to lead the best life possible in those circumstances.”He added: “The consequences of the funding squeeze that we now face are potentially disastrous.”He pointed out that ILF had been funded by DWP and that it was a DWP decision to close it, with the first steps taken by the Conservative minister for disabled people Maria Miller in December 2010.Lamb said: “They need to reflect on what’s happened. They need to recognise the evidence of what is actually happening and rethink this.“Because of the general squeeze on budgets, [it appears] they are not being protected… so they need to go back to the drawing board and recognise actually that this approach of giving money to people with highly complex disabilities to enable them to choose their priorities and dictate how the money is spent is a good one and they ought to be prepared to revisit in the light of the evidence.”Asked whether the cuts to support for former ILF-users should have been predicted by coalition ministers, he said: “I am prepared to accept that, but they should act on this now that the evidence is emerging of what is happening.”He said he had an “open mind” on whether ILF should be reopened, but he said it was “intolerable” if former ILF-users were losing out because they had been “subsumed” within a larger local authority system that itself was facing extreme funding pressures.He said: “It needs to be addressed by government, either by reopening the fund, or by coming up with some other solution to ensure that people with complex disabilities get the support that they need.”He added: “The bottom line in all of this is how much as a society we are prepared to pay to support people with complex needs that go beyond medical need. That’s the very thing I have been trying to highlight this week.”Lamb said that the idea of splitting responsibility for disability between three departments – DWP, the Department of Health and DCLG – was “not particularly rational”.He said: “I am open-minded about the mechanisms you use and I think there is lots of scope for rationalising it and simplifying who is responsible within government for supporting these people.“But the bottom line is in my view as a civilised society we need to be prepared to come up with enough money to support people with complex needs properly to enable them to live a decent life.”Lamb told delegates earlier in the week that he was “starting a national conversation” about the “emerging crisis” in funding of both health and social care.And he said he was interested in the idea of a clearly-identified contribution to NHS and social care to be included on people’s pay-slips, as well as a right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and social care if they chose to do so.Lamb pointed in his speech to his party’s many achievements on mental health in the coalition, including halving the number of people in mental health crisis who end up in police cells; drawing up the first national standards for mental health crisis care; initiating a service to divert people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties or autism away from prison; setting a “zero suicide ambition” for the NHS; and trebling the number of people accessing psychological therapies.He told delegates: “Our mission must be very simple: equality. Nothing more, nothing less. We must end the historic injustice suffered by those with mental ill-health.”last_img read more

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Disabled and older people have compared a council

first_imgDisabled and older people have compared a council’s plans to cut £5 million from its adult social care budget to “social cleansing” and have accused it of “treating people no better than animals in Longleat”.The comments were included in The Voice of those Affected, a report by Healthwatch Merton into proposed cuts by Merton council in south-west London.The report was commissioned by the council after heavy lobbying by campaigners, and was based on comments by 72 service-users and carers during a series of focus groups.The report was released as more than 20 campaigners – many of them disabled people – protested outside the council’s offices before a committee meeting this week at which councillors discussed the proposed cuts.The protesters had heard that members of the council’s ruling Labour group had already voted in secret – although not unanimously – not to increase council tax for 2016-17, or to take advantage of new powers allowing councils to increase council tax by two per cent a year to boost adult social care spending.Six speakers, including Lyla Adwan-Kamara, chief executive of Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL), and two disabled people affected by the proposals, spoke to the council’s healthier communities and older people’s scrutiny panel about the report and the likely impact of the cuts.Adwan-Kamara said afterwards that those speeches “brought to life what was in that report, what had been happening to them and even worse what was going to happen to them”.Following those and other presentations and discussions, the panel rejected three proposed cuts – to care and support packages, to staffing, and to scrapping a respite service – and agreed to send them back to the council’s cabinet for “review and reconsideration”.People who took part in the Healthwatch Merton focus groups said the cuts would damage their health, sever social connections, and affect every aspect of their lives, leaving some believing that life was no longer worth living.Words and phrases used to describe the cuts included “disgusting”, “devastating”, “wickedness” and “survival of the fittest”.One told a focus group: “It is like social cleansing, they are trying to get rid of the people they don’t need.”One man in his 80s said – apparently quite seriously – that he would now have to “start practising to eat less from now on”, while another contributor said: “I will end up in my flat like a hermit, self-harming again.”Another said: “I was placed in a care home. It feels like a prison. I pay £600 per week to live somewhere I hate and I don’t use any of the services.”One focus group member said the council had become “less and less supportive”, and accused it of “withdrawing help and taking things back to Victorian times”, while another said: “I had to beg social services to take notice of me. What chance is there going to be for people that don’t have a voice like I did?”The report calls for the council to commission a more detailed, independent evaluation of the impact of the cuts on disabled and older people, and concludes: “One of the key feelings voiced was a sense of betrayal and abandonment by Merton Council.“People talked of being left behind, being left on the scrapheap, and not being treated equally.”The report says there were people crying in nearly every one of the focus groups, and it warns that if the cuts go ahead, people will “potentially be making heat or eat type decisions as they may need to pay for their own care, or pay more for services that they need”.After the scrutiny panel meeting, Adwan-Kamara told Disability News Service that it was the first time the council had “really listened to our members”, but that the £5 million in cuts was “still hanging over people’s heads”.She said of the Healthwatch Merton report: “I had a fairly clear view of what people would say, because we have been hearing this through our casework.“As a centre for independent living, we knew what the issues were, but to see those comments written down in black and white and made so explicit and clear was really emotional.”She said the Labour group’s decision not to increase council tax was “unconscionable”.She said: “They have that opportunity and they are refusing to take it. They have made a choice not to raise council tax, so they have made a choice not to support the most vulnerable people in Merton.”A spokeswoman for Merton’s Labour group confirmed the scrutiny panel had asked the cabinet to look again at the three proposed cuts to adult social care, and said the budget would now be considered by the cabinet on 15 February, with a final decision taken by the full council on 2 March.She said that the Labour group “intends to keep its promise to residents to freeze council tax” and would not take advantage of the two per cent increase option.Cllr Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said in a statement: “I promised residents a four year council tax freeze and if there’s one thing you can say about me I keep my promises.  “I’m a business-man and I believe in running a business-like council, making what we do more efficient so we can continue to deliver the services people need the most.”Cllr Mark Allison, the cabinet member for finance, added: “The government have cut council funding by more than 40 per cent but in Merton we have done our best to protect adult social care services by ensuring it gets a lower share of the cuts than other departments, and by adding a further £12 million to its budget.  “As a result we have managed to keep the amount we spend on adult social care virtually the same since 2010.”last_img read more

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Labours policy on universal credit has again beco

first_imgLabour’s policy on universal credit has again become mired in confusion after its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, promised to scrap the government’s “catastrophic” and “iniquitous” benefit system if his party wins the next general election.Such a move would be seen as a significant victory for disabled activists and allies who have pushed the party to promise to scrap universal credit, instead of pledging only to halt the rollout of the system and fix its many flaws.Interviewed after the party’s success in last week’s Peterborough by-election, Corbyn told Channel 4 News (pictured): “We are ready for a general election, and that general election will deliver a Labour government.”He added: “If you voted Remain in 2016, and you’re on universal credit, if you voted Leave in 2016 on universal credit, you actually want to get rid of universal credit. That’s what Labour offers.”Despite Corbyn’s comments, what seemed to be a significant change in policy appeared not to have been noticed by any mainstream media.And the party’s press office today (Thursday) issued a statement that conflicted with what Corbyn said, merely stating again that a Labour government would pause the rollout of UC and try to make it fit for purpose.A party spokesperson said: “Universal credit isn’t working and cannot continue in its current form.“Labour will stop the roll-out, and ensure our social security system genuinely protects people from poverty.”Disabled activists, particularly Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), have campaigned for the government – and any future Labour government – to “stop and scrap” universal credit (UC).Only last week, DPAC released new research which detailed media articles on UC published between January and May this year, which it said was “a damning record of UC systemic and catastrophic failures”.It said that UC had reached a point where it was “unable to adapt to claimants’ complex circumstances, and is forcing people with the least resources into further poverty, homelessness, and hunger”. DPAC said it was calling for UC to be scrapped because it had become a social security system “which not only does not offer security, but actively undermined people’s ability to cope with the hazards of life”.A DPAC spokesperson said last night (Wednesday), in response to Corbyn’s comments, but before the party had released its statement: “We welcome it as it’s the only credible position that Labour or any other party can take given UC’s well-evidenced fundamental failings, enormous waste and terrible harm but we remain unsure of Labour’s position until there is a firm public commitment.”It is not the first time that Labour has appeared to call for UC to be scrapped and then retreated from that position.Last October, the party had to back-track after deputy leader John McDonnell said in a television interview that UC was a “shambles” and “iniquitous” and added: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”But the party’s press office later stressed that Labour’s position was that “universal credit in its current form simply isn’t working”.Labour’s work and pensions secretary, Margaret Greenwood, was also heavily-criticised by disabled activists after telling the party’s annual conference in Liverpool last September that the government must “stop the rollout of universal credit and fix its many flaws”, rather than calling for it to be scrapped. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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