Buckeyes close out regular season with Big Ten split

The Ohio State women’s tennis team closed out the 2010 regular season this weekend winning one of two matches at home to finish at 18-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.Coming off a hard-fought victory at Indiana the previous weekend, OSU welcomed the Wisconsin Badgers to Columbus Friday night for the first match of its final homestand.Able to carry over the momentum from the previous weekend, the Buckeyes made quick work of the overmatched Badger squad with a 7-0 victory.The convincing victory marked the team’s record-best ninth shutout of the year, surpassing its previous best of eight attained in both the 1978-1979 and 2006-2007 seasons.“It was a big match,” coach Chuck Merzbacher said. “We needed to get that win for Big Ten seeding and NCAA purposes, so that was an important match and fortunately we were able to get it.”Following Friday’s strong showing, the Buckeyes returned to the OSU Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon hoping to take down Goliath in the form of the No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats.Despite being backed by an enthusiastic, packed house, Northwestern proved to be too much to handle, downing the Buckeyes with relative ease 5-2.One of two seniors playing her final home match in scarlet and gray, Christina Keesey provided one of OSU’s few bright spots of the day downing her opponent in straight sets 7-6, 6-2.“Northwestern is a great team, and we knew we had to fight hard today,” Keesey said. “I was glad I was able to end the way I did, and the team battled as hard as we could so that’s all you can ask for.”With the regular season now behind them, the team has its sights set on Iowa City, where it will travel for the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday with high expectations.  “I was pretty pleased with the whole weekend,” Merzbacher said. “We competed pretty well and the Big Ten is wide open, so when we go to the Big Ten tournament I think we can play with anybody.” read more

Football Will Ohio State prove recent success is for real Well see

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State team that lost to Oklahoma Week 2 does not look like the same team that strolled to easy victories against its last five opponents.Against Oklahoma, the Buckeyes appeared out of sync. Quarterback J.T. Barrett was missing his targets, the defense was biting on every play fake and nothing the Buckeyes did in the second half of the game went their way.Since the loss, both the offense and defense have clicked. Although against lesser opponents, the team cruised through its past five games.Playing against only its second real test of the season, how will Ohio State know which team will show up Saturday? Will it be the team that lost 31-16 in its home opener or is it the one that has since outscored opponents 266-56?Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said both the former and latter teams are no different, and this is still the same team with the same identity that entered the season.“It’s very clear who we are, who we’re always going to be, offensively and pretty much defensively,” Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. “We didn’t execute very well, we didn’t coach very well. But identity, there’s never been a misunderstanding what that is around here. We’ve enhanced things.”Ohio State had the luxury of suffering its loss early enough in the season that it was able to address the issues the Sooners exposed.It will not have that luxury again.If the Buckeyes don’t execute well against Penn State, its hopes of a national championship will be dashed.The loss did a lot to prepare Ohio State for this upcoming matchup, however, and could play a role in avoiding another defeat. It gave Ohio State’s players an idea of flaws that needed to be addressed moving forward. It also put the Buckeyes on the brink of a lost season. With their backs to the wall, the players left Ohio Stadium that night knowing they had no more room for error and had to go all-out for everything if they hoped to have a shot at a title.“We learn a lot more from a loss than we do from a win,” redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said. “We came back that next week and we just started working. Practice became more competitive, so everybody stepped up a little more.”Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said it wasn’t that the practices became more challenging, but rather everything became more organized and better structured. “We’ve practiced better. We haven’t practiced harder, we’ve just had better structure, and I think I’ve done a better job of understanding what [Meyer] wants in our players and our staff is working the offense with a lot of enthusiasm in practice,” Wilson said.Based on the Buckeyes’ ease of victory, one could almost make the argument practices have extended into every Saturday. The disparity between Ohio State and its competition has been significant, and it has allowed the team to build up chemistry, figure out what works and what doesn’t without the consequence of making mistakes.Wilson said early in the season the offense in particular was still figuring one another out, learning the strengths of each player at its disposal.“We came into both of those games [against Oklahoma and Penn State] with really good players,” Wilson said. “I just think that first game, not by design, but we were not in the rhythm or the flow. We didn’t maybe prep. We were working hard, but maybe a little disjointed and getting things clean for offensive line and for quarterback and for a team to play with cohesion.”Now the offense is in sync. The players and coaches are all familiar with one another, and the time the team has had to not only receive additional practice from the bye week but also beat up on some weaker opponents built up confidence as well as chemistry among the players.“The offense as a whole is clicking the best it’s been in years. It’s clicking at the right moment,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “We’re hitting things. We’re timing things up nicely. We’re making sure we’re isolating and making sure that our players are on their players and making sure that our guys are in advantageous positions.”The offense has clicked against weaker opponents, but will it click when the clock hits 3:30 p.m. and Ohio State faces the No. 2 team in the nation with College Football Playoff hopes on the line?“Well we don’t know yet, do we?” Wilson said. “That’s why we’re playing.” read more

Hearing devices feel the vibes hide in your ear canal at CES

first_img $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags Some of the hearing aid products introduced at CES 2019 are still very expensive, but one starts at just $300. Here’s a look.Avnet Music: Not ImpossibleA wristband designed to help deaf people “hear” music at concerts Angela Lang/CNET While there are plenty of gadgets that transform sound into vibration, they’re mostly designed to enhance games or movies in the home. Avnet’s Music: Not Impossible is meant to be worn at music events. The inventors say that the wristband or the vest could be hired out by music venues or artists to the deaf to use. At a suggested cost of around $10 to $15 per concert, the device would then pulse in time with the music.The company showed footage of a Greta Van Fleet show it had organized where half of the audience was deaf and all people were wearing Music: Not Impossible products. The company said the devices allowed the crowd, deaf and hearing alike, to better experience the concert together.Eargo Neohearing-aids-ces-2019-9The Eargo Neo is designed to look like you’re not wearing a hearing aid. Angela Lang/CNET Eargo’s “invisible” hearing aid, the Neo, fits fully inside your ear canal. You cannot see the device even when you’re up close to the wearer, which should help people who don’t want the potential stigma wearing a hearing aid could bring. 27 Photos 2:46 $999 See It Apple iPhone XS CES 2019 Health and Wellness Share your voice 0 Boost Mobile $999 Gadgets See it $999center_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Best Buy Though it’s not usually something you can buy at your local store, hearing aids and associated devices are nonetheless out in full force here at CES 2019. There’s a device designed to help the deaf experience music at concerts, a truly invisible hearing aid that goes deep in your ear canal and an improved Cochlear “bionic ear.”Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, especially older adults, and two out of three people over 70 have hearing issues. But only 20 percent of adults who have a hearing loss get a hearing aid, according to a report in CBS News. A new law, the Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act signed into law in 2017, is designed to increase access to hearing aid products — and a big part of that is reducing the price.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 85 Photos See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Neo is good for a full day of use (20 hours) and comes with an AirPod-like case to charge it overnight. To achieve the invisible look, each earpiece features a small cable at the end which a user grips to pull out. The aid comes with three modes of increasing strengths and the user taps each ear to change the mode.I tried the hearing aid and found it wasn’t uncomfortable in the way that some in-ear headphones like Etymotics are for me. I was able to change modes easily, and everything did seem clearer on the lowest settings. However one of my ears picked up more metallic noise from the crowded CES floor than the other.hearing-aids-ces-2019-8 Angela Lang/CNET The only real problem I had was in trying to remove it. In attempting to grab the cable I managed to push the device further in, which was very uncomfortable. “There is a trick to it”, the Eargo CEO told me, and after assuring me it wasn’t too far in he then fished it out for me with his fingers.The Eargo is a Class 1 medical device and while it isn’t available on insurance the company sells it for $2,750. The company also offers more affordable options from a little over a thousand dollars.Cochlear Nucleus 7hearing-aids-ces-2019-3The Cochlear implant restores hearing to the deaf. Angela Lang/CNET Unlike the other hearing aids I saw, the Cochlear “bionic ear” is an implant. It’s obviously not able to be “tried on” as the functioning part of the device wraps around inside your inner ear. Its purpose is to restore hearing to the profoundly deaf. The company introduced me to a woman who had the device implanted and she told me it had changed her life.The company highlighted the newest Nucleus 7 Sound Processor — which it says is “the world’s first and only Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor”. Users are able to communicate with the device via their phones over a low-power Bluetooth connection.The devices aren’t cheap, with the implant and associated therapy costing between $40,000 and $100,000 the staff at the Cochlear stand told me, but they added the device is covered under insurance in the US. The company has been offering the technology since it started in Australia in the ’70s while the bionic ear has been Stateside for almost 30, Cochlear said.Starkey Hearing Technologies Livio AIhearing-aids-ces-2019-6The Livio AI is the world’s first Healthable. Angela Lang/CNET The Livio AI loops over the back of the ear like a normal hearing aid but the main difference is that it has a bunch of sensors onboard. Billed as the world’s first Healthable, the Livio AI is able to detect falls and alert the user and/or family if there is no response. It can also do other health tracking such as physical activity and “cognitive health” in social situations. Depending on the users’ needs, the hearing aid can cost between $1,000 and $5,000.Zvox VoiceBud VB20zvox-vb20-voicebud-in-beigeThe Zvox VB20 is available for $300. Zvox While Zvox isn’t officially at CES 2019, it is showing off its latest hearing device at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The VoiceBud VB20 hearing device is designed to be discrete, and features an onboard dual-microphone and associated phone app. Its 1-inch-long housing sits behind the ear and is connected to the earpiece by a translucent cable. The onboard battery is good for three to four days of use. The VB20 is available for $300. 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Girl dies of fever at private hospital swine flu suspected

first_imgKolkata: A girl died with swine flu like symptoms at a private hospital at Park Circus after she was kept on ventilation support for the past 18 days. The incident occurred six days after a 6-year-old girl died at the same hospital with similar symptoms.The state Health department is yet to confirm if the death was caused by swine flu.The hospital sources, however, claimed that the girl died of swine flu symptoms. The victim, Barsha Biswas, a resident of Dhantala in Nadia complained of high fever with respiratory distress nearly a month ago when her family members took her to a hospital in Ranaghat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs her health condition deteriorated, the patient was shifted to Kalyani JNM Hospital. However, the patient was shifted later to a city hospital.The victim was brought all the way from Nadia and admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital. After a brief treatment at NRS Medical College and Hospital, the victim was again shifted to a private child hospital at Park Circus.The family members of the victim alleged that before being taken to the child hospital, two private hospitals in the city denied her treatment. According to the sources at the child hospital at Park Circus, the patient’s condition was critical when she was brought to the hospital. The patient was kept on ventilation support for the past 18 days. Despite the efforts by the doctors, the patient’s fight for life ended on Tuesday morning. It was also learnt that the private hospital authorities have decided to waive the costs of the patient’s treatment to some extent as she was from an underprivileged family. It can be mentioned that a 6-year-old girl from Bankura died at the same hospital on September 19 with swine flu-like symptoms. The victim, Sritama Roy (6), had been from Kotolpur village in Bankura. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Health department has sought a report from the private hospital relating to the death of the victim.The Health department had earlier issued instructions to all the government-owned hospitals in the state to admit patients with swine flu like symptoms in isolation wards.It had also instructed the hospitals to put in place adequate arrangement to run the isolation ward smoothly so that patients with flu like symptoms can be treated there.last_img read more

Sony and Yamaha Motor roll out lowspeed autonomous pod

first_imgFans of Back to the Future will know that “your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has.” But indications are pretty good that slow-moving, self-driving pods that trundle us around are somewhere over the near horizon, if companies like Einride and Rinspeed have anything to say about it. Now Sony and Yamaha Motor have joined forces to create a self-driving people mover of their own, named the SC-1.The SC in the name stands for Sociable Cart, and the vehicle merges Yamaha Motor’s autonomous driving technologies with Sony’s entertainment know-how to offer a fresh new take on urban mobility. The SC-1 will navigate using cameras, ultrasonic sensors and LiDAR.Occupants will be treated to images of the local area thrown up on one 49-inch 4K monitor and five 55-inch 4K monitors mounted inside that have been captured by the vehicle’s cameras. Video and mixed reality content will also be on offer, and likely advertising too.The all-electric vehicle will have a maximum speed of just 19 km/h (11.8 mph) and be capable of accommodating five passengers at a time. It features hydraulic disc brakes at all four wheels, double wishbone suspension to the front and link type suspension at the back.The development project has been running since 2016, and the partnership intends to launch the SC-1 later this year in Japan, though it won’t be made available for general sale.Project page: SC-1 We recommend Powered by Can mepolizumab be used in combination with other asthma drugs? Find out at Allmedx.com. How is type 2 asthma diagnosed and treated? Discover the answers on Allmedx.com. Find many free full text studies on severe asthma at Allmedx.com. What role do eosinophils play in asthma? Discover what researchers have to say on Allmedx.com Do you treat severe asthma? Find recent research & developments on AllMedx.com. AllMedX AllMedX Privacy policy Yes No How is eosinophilic asthma best managed? See the latest information on Allmedx.com. I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more AllMedX Google Analytics settings AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX last_img read more

School start date decisions should be made at the local level

first_img State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to leave the start date for schools up to local school boards.Currently, Michigan has a mandated post-Labor Day start date for publicly funded schools. Rep. Johnson’s bill would repeal this requirement, which would allow parents and local school boards to have direct impact in choosing their start date rather than being required to wait until after Labor Day. For the 2016-17 school year, the Michigan Department of Education received 95 requests from districts to start prior to Labor Day.“The closer-to-home these decisions are made, the more efficiently the school calendar start date can be tailored to fit the needs of each respective district,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “As a passionate advocate for local control, this legislation provides an option for those districts who would like to begin school earlier, but not mandating it for districts that would prefer a later start.”House Bill 4337 has been referred to the House Education Reform Committee for further consideration. Categories: News,Steven Johnson News 09Mar School start date decisions should be made at the local levellast_img read more

ELISHA MCCALLIONGuildhallMAYOR TAKES TIME OUT FOR

first_img ELISHA MCCALLIONGuildhallMAYOR TAKES TIME OUT FOR VINTAGE TEA DANCEMICHELE SHIRLOWTOURISM NI “During my time as Mayor I really wanted to meet local people from all generations and the tea dances have provided the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time with some of the older members of the community.“I’ve really enjoyed all the craic chatting to the regular tea dancers and finding out more about the issues that affect them, and I will take this with me when I go back to working with my constituents.“Their energy and sense of fun has been an inspiration and I’m delighted that the events have been so popular throughout the year.“It’s great that the event has been included as part of the year of Food Programme as it really enhanced the day’s events and added an authentic vintage feel with a fantastic spread of teatime treats for our dancers,” she added. Mayor Elisha McCallionTHEY say everything stops for tea – but it was all go at the Guildhall today as the Mayor’s Vintage Tea Dance got into full swing.It was the last in a series of popular events hosted by the Mayor throughout her term in office, and the dances have been packed each month with some of the best swingers and movers in town.Adding to the sense of occasion this month the event was supported by Food NI as part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink programme, and there was a wide array of teatime delicacies for the dancers to enjoy.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she was delighted to see such a fantastic turn out for the finale event. Speaking on behalf of Tourism NI, Michele Shirlow said they were delighted to support the event. “Throughout the Year of Food programme we are delighted to support local community events that promote engagement with the community and the promotion of local produce.”Karen Grace, of Two’s Company who sponsored the event, said she was delighted to give her support to the Vintage Tea Dance. “The tea dance is a fantastic event for the city that really gets older persons out and about to enjoy themselves. We are delighted to be part of it.”MAYOR TAKES TIME OUT FOR VINTAGE TEA DANCE was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

Before heading out the door I thought I thought I

first_img Before heading out the door, I thought I thought I’d remind you that the CD/MP3 recordings of the Casey Research 2013 Summit are now available.  Up until yesterday they were $295 for the complete audio set, but as of today, they’re $395, despite what the advertisement says.  It costs absolutely nothing to check it out, which I certainly encourage you to do, .and the link to all the pertinent details are here. That’s all I have for today, and for the week.  If you’re looking for some clue as to how the precious metal market will perform next week, you’re talking to the wrong guy.  I don’t know, and neither does anyone else, as we’re all making this up as we go along.  And as I said before, the only people that know for sure are Jamie Dimon and Blythe Masters, along with a handful of others, and they aren’t about to tell us. See you on Tuesday. The trading pattern for both platinum and palladium were also similar, and price action in these two metals was even more subdued.  Here are the charts. Silver also rallied going into the London open, but the moment it broke above the $22 spot price mark, down it went.  This happened several times during the Friday session, twice in London trading and a couple of times in New York.  All attempts ran into a willing seller. According to the CME, the high and low for the December contract were $22.05 and $21.74. Silver closed at $21.955 spot, up 6.5 cents on the day.  Volume, net of October and November, was a very light 25,500 contracts. The chart for the silver stocks looks about the same as the gold chart, but once the low was in just minutes after 1 p.m. EDT, they struggled back into positive territory, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a tiny 0.20%. The gold stocks rallied into positive territory within 15 minutes of the opening of the equity markets in New York yesterday morning.  But by 11 a.m. EDT, they were back in negative territory, and that’s where they stayed for the remainder of the day.  The HUI closed down 0.66%. The dollar index closed on Thursday in New York at 79.69 and then sagged about 15 basis points by around 11:30 a.m. BST in London.  After that it recovered a handful of basis points and closed in New York on Friday at 79.62, down seven whole basis points. I don’t have an overly large number of stories for a Saturday column, and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to read the ones that interest you the most. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt Today’s pop “blast from the past” dates from 1964.   You’ll know the group and the song right from the get go, as it was one of their biggest hits.  I was 16 years young when this topped the charts, and the link is here.  And the “B” side of that 45 rpm record was turned into a giant hit by the English band, The Tremeloes in 1967.  The link to that one is here. Today’s classical “blast from the past” dates back to 1893 when Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was director of the National Conservatory of Music of America.  It’s his most famous work, the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178; and popularly known as the New World Symphony.  Neil Armstrong took a recording of it to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, in 1969. This performance from 1992 is by the world famous Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of the equally world famous Herbert von Karajan.  The link is here. Despite how quiet it was in the precious metal market yesterday, it was more than obvious that JPMorgan et al were out and about at the London open.  As I’ve commented on many times when these short sellers of last resort put in an appearance; one has to wonder how high their respective prices would rise if allowed to trade freely.  Some day we’ll find out.  But the question remaining, is when? In the meantime, China is gobbling up gold from a number of sources that we can see, and it’s a good bet that they’re getting more gold from sources that aren’t visible to the general public.  Many writers have commented on that, including a couple in today’s column.  One has to wonder just how much gold will be enough for them, along with other countries that are grazing the golden grass at JPMorgan-sponsored sale prices. And even though the psychology of the market is the gloomiest I can remember, one should not lose sight of the fact that all four precious metals are selling for many multiples less than their free-market prices.  For that reason alone, it’s still worth your while to sock away as much physical metal as you can afford, as the day will come when all of them, except for silver, will be out of reach of all but the super rich which, hopefully when the day comes, will include a few of us. Until that time arrives, all we can do is wait it out, and as for me, I’m still “all in”. Here’s Nick Laird’s famous Total PMs Pool chart updated to include Friday’s data.  As you can see at a glance, despite the fact that prices have one in the toilet recently, the total number of ounces held by all visible depositories is basically unchanged, and the chart pattern continues [rather unsteadily at times, to be sure] from “lower left to upper right” as the now thoroughly discredited Dennis Gartman is wont to say from time to time.center_img As I mentioned in yesterday’s column, despite the fact that government was now back to “work,” there would be no Commitment of Traders Report or Bank Participation Report on Friday, and they were true to their word. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent my way early this morning.  It shows that equity markets have risen to a new high, eclipsing the previous top in 2008.  As Doug Noland mentioned in today’s lead story, this giant equity/credit bubble is now in its terminal phase and will, sooner or later, run into a pin of some sort. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, ir@freegoldventures.com The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 47 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia was the  only short/issuer, and JPMorgan Chase was on the receiving end of all of them.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. For a change, there were no withdrawals from GLD yesterday, and as of 9:37 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. The U.S. Mint had another tiny sales report.  They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month to date the mint has sold 25,000 troy ounces of gold eagles; 12,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes; along with 1,687,000 silver eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold ratio checks in at 45 to 1. It was huge day in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  They reported receiving 203,114 troy ounces, and shipped 88,831 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here, and it’s worth a peek. It was another big day for silver as well, as these same depositories reported that although they didn’t receive any silver, they did ship out a chunky 1,063,218 troy ounces to parts unknown.  The link to that action is here. I know that Ted Butler will certainly have something to say about these warehouse movements in his weekly commentary later today. True to form since the 20th of the month fell on a weekend, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with their September data.  I was somewhat surprised, and mildly disappointed, that they didn’t add any gold to their reserves during the latest reporting month.  Their reserves still sit at 32.6 million ounces.  Here’s Nick Laird’s chart updated with that information, or lack thereof. Sponsor Advertisement All we can do is wait it out, and as for me, I’m still “all in” Except for the rally going into the London open, which was dealt with in the usual manner by the not-for-profit sellers, it was a very quiet trading day everywhere on Planet Earth on Friday. According to the CME’s website, the high and lows ticks for gold in the December contract were $1,328.90 and $1,311.20.  The high tick was at the London open, and the low came at 12:45 p.m. EDT in New York. Gold closed at $1,317.40 spot, which was down $2.70 from Thursday’s close.  Volume, net of October and November, was only 112,000 contracts.last_img read more

Reddit Hacked Despite SMS TwoFactor Authentication

first_img Reporter Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 2, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Guest Writer Reddit Reddit Hacked, Despite SMS Two-Factor Authentication 3 min read The hacker gained access to Reddit’s internal systems by circumventing SMS-based two-factor authentication on employee accounts. Register Now » Michael Kan Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Next Article Reddit on Wednesday reported a data breach. The good news? Nothing too major was likely stolen. The bad news? It involved a two-factor authentication scam.During the mid-June intrusion, the hacker accessed an old backup of Reddit that contained user data such as hashed passwords from 2007. The culprit also viewed logs from Reddit’s “email digests,” which can associate a username with an email address, if you provided it.In other words, the breach appears to have only exposed email address information for existing users and scrambled password data for long-time Reddit fans from over a decade ago.”The attacker did not gain write access to Reddit systems; they gained read-only access to some systems that contained backup data, source code and other logs,” Reddit engineer “KeyserSosa” said in a post detailing the security incident.Nevertheless, the breach is raising alarm bells in the IT security community because the attacker did so by breaking into employee accounts that were supposedly protected by two-factor authentication.These accounts were configured to not only need a password upon login, but also a special one-time passcode that would’ve been sent over the employee’s smartphone via SMS messaging.”We learned that SMS-based authentication is not nearly as secure as we would hope, and the main attack was via SMS intercept,” Reddit’s KeyserSosa said, without elaborating.How does a hacker go about stealing SMS messages? It’s not as hard as you might think. In the past, cybercriminals have assumed a victim’s identity to trick cellular providers into essentially giving them access to the person’s phone number. Hackers with more technical expertise and the right hardware can also tamper with cellular technologies to collect nearby SMS messages or temporarily spoof someone’s phone number.Whatever the case may be, Reddit is using the security incident to encourage the public to switch over to non-SMS-based two-factor authentication. This involves your smartphone generating the special one-time passcode over an app. Another solution is to use a hardware-based security key, which is what Google has done to stop phishing on company employee accounts.If you don’t have two-factor authentication, it’s a good idea to use it on your most important accounts, like Facebook or your bank, which can usually be activated in the settings page. Even the SMS-based authentication is better than simply protecting your account with a password.For Reddit users who may have had their login credentials stolen in the breach, the website will reset passwords and message affected users with tips on how they can protect themselves.”Whether or not Reddit prompts you to change your password, think about whether you still use the password you used on Reddit 11 years ago on any other sites today,” the site said.last_img read more

Microsofts Best New OS Hint Its Not Vista

first_imgTechnology –shares Tom Mainelli Microsoft’s Best New OS (Hint: It’s Not Vista) Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand A few years back, when I replaced my aging Athlon XP-based home-built PC with a faster, quieter system, I stored the old one away presuming that someday I’d do something interesting with it. Microsoft’s Windows Home Server proved the perfect excuse to do just that. The end result is a highly useful, though sometimes frustratingly simplistic, addition to my home tech lineup.Windows Home Server is Microsoft’s first stab at a consumer server product that sits at the heart of your network where other PCs can access its content. Available now on hardware such as HP’s MediaSmart Home Server or as a $180 software package from system-builder sites such as Newegg, Windows Home Server lets you store and stream media files, back up multiple PCs, and connect remotely via the Web. Plus, Microsoft says that add-on features such as video recording and home automation are on the way from third-party vendors.Windows Home Server requires an ethernet connection between the server and the network (Microsoft deemed wireless networking too flaky). I installed a prerelease copy of the operating system in about 2 hours; the only snag I hit involved enabling the remote Web access features. My router turned out to be the problem, and one I wasn’t able to resolve with tech support. To connect client PCs to the server, you install a simple console application on each that also lets you tweak the server’s settings.Soon, I was streaming music, photos, and standard-definition video to my 802.11g-enabled notebook, flawlessly. I experienced some stutters with a high-def test video file, but that’s an 802.11g bandwidth issue. Everything streamed cleanly to my ethernet-connected Windows XP Pro PC and my Xbox 360. The 360 connection is great, as it allows me to access media where I most enjoy it: on my couch, in front of my HDTV.Windows Home Server also lets you back up the entire contents of each connected PC to the server’s hard drive, as a compressed file that it updates daily with only the changes that have occurred since the last backup. The backup feature is quite slick, and it illustrates the degree to which Microsoft has successfully simplified an often-complicated process. You can add more hard drives to the server, and even enable data duplication (essentially RAID 1 data mirroring). But the nitty-gritty settings for such features are largely inaccessible, hidden behind basic wizards and check boxes.Simplicity is great, but I think enthusiasts like me will want access to more knobs and switches. Microsoft might envision a home server in every house, but I’m not sure the average PC user would even know what to do with one (yet). After having lived with the server for a few weeks, though, I can’t imagine not having one–a clear sign that it’s filling a need in my geek household. Better yet, it let me pull my old workhorse PC out of retirement. Windows Home Server lets you store and stream media files, create backups, and connect remotely via the Web. Plus, it’s great on older PCs. Enroll Now for $5center_img Brought to you by PCWorld 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. Add to Queue Next Article 3 min read December 5, 2007last_img read more

Consumer Reports Magazine Urges Tesla Disable Auto Steering

first_img Next Article U.S. magazine Consumer Reports on Thursday urged electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. disable the automatic steering function in its Autopilot driving-assist system, which is under investigation by U.S. regulators after a fatal crash.Consumer Reports, which has 8 million subscribers and issues annual ratings of cars, wants Tesla to disable the current system, require drivers to keep their hands on the wheel as part of an updated driver assist system and stop referring to the product as Autopilot.The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the May 7 crash and death in Florida of a Model S driver who was using Autopilot.Consumer Reports said the Autopilot name “promotes a potentially dangerous assumption that the Model S is capable of driving on its own.””By marketing their feature as ‘Autopilot,’ Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security,” said Laura MacCleery, vice president of consumer policy and mobilization for Consumer Reports.”We’re deeply concerned that consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. ‘Autopilot’ can’t actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for minutes at a time.”Consumer Reports also urged Tesla fully test safety systems before public deployment.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday, but Consumer Reports included a statement from the company defending the system.”While we appreciate well-meaning advice from any individual or group, we make our decisions on the basis of real-world data, not speculation by media,” Tesla’s statement said.Tesla, in a blog post in June about the crash, described Autopilot as being in a “public beta phase” and said customers have to opt in before activation. Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on July 10 that “beta” means “any system (with) less than 1B miles of real world driving.”The magazine also urged NHTSA to step up oversight of cars with features like Autopilot. Under current regulations, NHTSA doesn’t test or approve the systems.Earlier this week, NHTSA said it wants records of how many times the system told drivers to put their hands on the wheel and how often that led to the car automatically reducing vehicle power.Tesla said Tuesday its autosteer software, the steering function in Autopilot, was enabled during a Sunday crash involving a Model X in Montana. Tesla said data suggested “the driver’s hands were not on the steering wheel.”(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson) Reuters Consumer Reports Magazine Urges Tesla Disable Auto Steering Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img 3 min read July 14, 2016 Tesla –shares Image credit: Reuters | Beck Diefenbach Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Lattice Engines Announces Spring 2019 Release of Its Atlas Customer Data Platform

first_imgLattice Engines Announces Spring 2019 Release of Its Atlas Customer Data Platform to Lead Industry into ABM 2.0 Era PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 8:11 pmMay 3, 2019 New Release Features Revenue Prediction Capabilities and New Integrations with Social, Search and AD Channels to Enable Marketers to Deliver High Performing 1:1 Omni Channel Campaigns at Scale Lattice Engines, the world’s first and largest B2B Customer Data Platform, announced the Spring 2019 release of the Lattice Atlas Customer Data Platform (CDP). This release launches new capabilities designed to help customers scale their ABM efforts in several key ways: (1) prioritize accounts and assign resources based on predicted spend and customer lifetime value with the new Revenue Prediction Modeling capability (2) engage targets more accurately across the entire funnel with new and improved integrations with advertising and sales channels and (3) Lattice University to help analysts, revenue operations and ABM professionals get smarter on AI-driven marketing & sales.“ABM 1.0 was all about engaging with a handful of accounts with limited data and insights. ABM 2.0 starts with a customer data platform,” said Shashi Upadhyay, CEO and co-founder, Lattice Engines. “Customers have told us that they want to expand their ABM programs and as they scale they are finding that integrating all their data in one place is critical to those efforts. Since its launch in Spring 2018, customers are leveraging Atlas to drive real impact and we’ve found that activating audience engagement with direct integration to email, ad, web, social and sales channels is critical to their success. With the latest release, we make it easier than ever to create relevant and personalized experiences for buyers across all channels with the accuracy they demand.”Marketing Technology News: Optimal Blue Extends Social Media Platform with Integrated Publishing CapabilitiesThe Spring 2019 release of Lattice Atlas contains the following innovations designed to support the companies who are expanding their ABM programs:New and improved integrations with LinkedIn and other search and display ad providers and Microsoft Dynamics enable customers to activate audiences across all marketing and sales channelsAbility to create predictive models that allow segmentation based on predicted spend and customer lifetime valueNew support for internationalization across all Lattice appsNew online Lattice University to help next-generation marketers develop a single source of marketing truth for use in their omni-channel programsMarketing Technology News: PDI Launches PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions to Broadly Serve Needs of Convenience Retailers and Petroleum WholesalersTo highlight case studies of Atlas capabilities, Lattice Engines will be participating at the SiriusDecisions Summit during the week of May 6 and will feature clients such as Thomson Reuters, Tibco, VMWare and BMC.Marketing Technology News: Neustar Integrates TiVo TV Viewership Data into Multi-Touch Attribution Models ABMABM 2.0 Eracustomer data platformevenue Prediction ModelingLattice EnginesMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAmazon Tops Q1 2019 Industry Report Ranking Digital Media Partner PerformanceNext ArticleCheetah Digital Strengthens EMEA Team With Three Executive Additionslast_img read more

Drug used to treat PTSD does not reduce suicidal thinking may worsen

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 19 2018Nightmares and insomnia often accompany posttraumatic stress disorder and increase suicide risk.A small study looking at whether the drug prazosin, best known for treating high blood pressure but also used to treat PTSD-related sleep problems, can reduce suicidal thoughts has yielded surprising results.They indicate it may actually worsen nightmares and insomnia and doesn’t reduce suicidal thinking, investigators report in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.”I think we have to view this as not the final word on this, but it raises questions,” says Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.McCall is currently seeking input from PTSD experts across the country but says a likely consensus could be that prazosin may help some, but may not be a good choice when suicide is an active concern.Two larger studies in active and retired military personnel yielded mixed results as well, the first in active duty military showed it helped with nightmares and sleep quality and a follow-up study just published this year on military veterans with chronic PTSD indicated it was no better than placebo.McCall’s pilot study is the first in which all participants had suicidal thoughts or actions.”It did not seem to do much for suicidal ideation and that was somewhat disappointing, but the thing what was mind-blowing was that is actually worsened nightmares,” says McCall. “Maybe it’s not for everybody.” He notes that with PTSD, a patient’s nightmares often focus on the trauma that produced their disorder.Two study participants required emergency inpatient psychiatric care, but there were no suicide attempts or deaths over the study course.”We need to reconcile how is it that we had 10 years of data saying prazosin is good for nightmares in PTSD, a big study this February indicating it has essentially no affect and now a smaller study showing it can worsen some aspects,” McCall says. “We need to know what it all means.”The latest study led by McCall looked at a total of 20 seriously psychiatrically ill patients, two with wartime PTSD with the remainder mostly civilian females who experienced sexual assault. All had active suicidal thoughts, some had previous suicide attempts and most were taking antidepressants and/or had them prescribed as part of evaluation for the study. For eight weeks, they took bedtime doses of the short half-life prazosin with the idea of helping avoid nightmares and, by association, suicidal thoughts. They were assessed weekly for relevant factors such as severity of suicidal thoughts, nightmares, insomnia, depression and PTSD.One reason for the unexpected findings of the study could be the severity of participants’ PTSD as indicated by the their suicidal thoughts, McCall says of his study. The once daily dose may also have been problematic in impacting suicidal thoughts, McCall notes.Related StoriesOxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins in Parkinson’s diseaseTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepThere was no significant impact on blood pressure, likely because of the drug’s short half-life, and no suicide attempts or deaths.A result of PTSD can be too much noradrenaline, also known as norepinephrine, a stress hormone and neurotransmitter that is key to the body’s fight or flight response. Its increase ideally is a short-term reaction that constricts blood vessels so we can adeptly respond to some threat. Prazosin readily enters the central nervous system where it blocks the action of norepinephrine.”What trauma does in part is put your brain on edge so you are always ready for the next bad thing,” McCall says. “We use terms like hypervigilance, meaning you are always scanning the environment and PTSD patients often sit with their back to the wall so they can see the door. People who are over-diligent by day probably don’t sleep well at night,” he notes.The work of McCall and others has delineated a clear association between insomnia, nightmares and suicidal thoughts and behavior.McCall reconfirmed in 2013 in The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine the link between insomnia and nightmares and how losing hope of ever getting another good night’s sleep itself is a risk factor for suicide.Earlier studies looking at prazosin’s ability to help when PTSD appears responsible include a 26-week trial in 271 military veterans with chronic PTSD who had frequent nightmares. The study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association failed to show any benefit of prazosin over placebo in reducing the frequency and intensity of trauma-related nightmares. New or worsening suicidal thoughts occurred in about 8 percent of participants taking prazosin versus 15 percent taking placebo. The study, led by Dr. Murray A. Raskind, vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and director of the VA Northwest Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, took place at 13 VA medical centers.Five years earlier, Raskind led another study of the drug in active duty soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat PTSD and nightmares. The drug, administered midmorning and at night for 15 weeks, showed it was actually effective compared with placebo in the 67 soldiers for combat nightmares, overall sleep quality, and generally reducing the impact of their PTSD.McCall’s study used the same dosing schedule as the previous larger studies but with only the nighttime dose. Six participants completed the entire course of the trial, and investigators suspected that the weekly visits required for the study may have been arduous for some.Currently the antidepressants sertraline and paroxetine are the only PTSD drug therapies that have Food and Drug Administration approval and neither are widely effective, McCall says.​Source: https://jagwire.augusta.edu/archives/58935last_img read more

Chemicals in household dust promote development of fat cells in cell model

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 25 2019Endocrine-disrupting chemicals present in household dust promote the development of fat cells in a cell model and could contribute to increased growth in children relative to their age, according to research to be presented Monday, March 25 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La.”This is some of the first research investigating links between exposure to chemical mixtures present in the indoor environment and metabolic health of children living in those homes,” said lead researcher Christopher Kassotis, Ph.D., of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in Durham, N.C.Previous research has shown that chemical exposures can promote accumulation of triglycerides–a type of fat found in the blood–and increased obesity in animal models. Many observational studies have found a link between exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals believed to contribute to obesity and increased weight in humans.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsIn this study, Kassotis and colleagues investigated the effect of chemical mixtures isolated from house dust. They collected 194 house dust samples from households in central North Carolina. They then extracted the chemicals from the dust in the lab. These extracts were tested for their ability to promote fat cell development in a cell model.They found that very low concentrations of dust extracts were able to promote precursor fat cell proliferation and fat cell development. According to the EPA, children are estimated to consume between 60 and 100 milligrams of dust each day.”We found that two-thirds of dust extracts were able to promote fat cell development and half promote precursor fat cell proliferation at 100 micrograms, or approximately 1,000 times lower levels than what children consume on a daily basis,” Kassotis said.The researchers then measured more than 100 different chemicals in the dust and looked at the relationship between their concentrations and the extent of fat cell development. They found that approximately 70 of the chemicals had a significant positive relationship with the development of dust-induced fat cells, and approximately 40 were linked with precursor fat cell development. “This suggests that mixtures of chemicals occurring in the indoor environment might be driving these effects,” Kassotis said.The researchers found several chemicals were significantly elevated in the dust of homes of children who were overweight or obese. They are continuing to study these chemicals–some of which are found in common household products such as laundry detergents, household cleaners, paints and cosmetics–to determine which ones may be linked to obesity. Source:https://www.endocrine.org/last_img read more

Britain replaces warship in Gulf to maintain continuous presence

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would deploy the destroyer HMS Duncan warship to the Gulf to replace HMS Montrose, maintaining a continuous presence there during a time of heightened tension in the region. Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said HMS Montrose had to fend off Iranian vessels which sought to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz. “As part of our long standing presence in the Gulf, HMS Duncan is deploying to the region to ensure we maintain a continuous maritime security presence while HMS Montrose comes off task for pre-planned maintenance and crew change over,” the government said. “This will ensure that the UK alongside international partners can continue to support freedom of navigation for vessels transiting through this vital shipping.” World 14h ago Britain sends second warship to gulf amid tensions with Iran – Sky Related News World 15h ago UK- U.S. talks on building up military presence in Gulf ongoing, says Britain World 2d ago Britain says three Iranian boats tried to block its ship in Gulfcenter_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} (Reporting by Kate Holton)last_img read more

Varanasi BHU guards stop Dalit student from using toilet

first_img Next Varanasi: BHU guards stop Dalit student from using toiletOn Thursday, she tried to enter the Mahila Mahavidyalaya premises to use a toilet when the guards stopped her. They allegedly asked her to go to the hospital or college campus for using a toilet.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service VaranasiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:41 IST Banaras Hindu University (BHU)HIGHLIGHTSThe student said she was stopped from using the toiled as she was a DalitThe guards have denied the charges of discriminationThe chief proctor has instituted a three-member committee to probe into the allegationA female student of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Uttar Pradesh has accused two Proctorial Board security guards of stopping her from entering a campus toilet because she was a Dalit.The guards have, however, denied the charges of discrimination and said they only stopped her from entering a men’s toilet.Chief Proctor OP Rai has instituted a three-member committee to probe into the allegation.According to reports, the complainant, who is studying arts and is an active member of BHU’s SC/ST Students’ Programme Organising Committee, said she was working at the Bahujan Helpdesk near Mahila Mahavidyalaya premises for the past five days to guide college freshmen.On Thursday, she tried to enter the Mahila Mahavidyalaya premises to use a toilet when the guards stopped her. They allegedly asked her to go to the hospital or college campus for using a toilet.”Their attitude was discriminatory, inhuman and illegal,” the student said in her written complaint to the Chief Proctor. She has demanded ‘immediate disciplinary action’ against the guards.On Friday, Rai said he had received the student’s complaint and met her personally to hear out her grievances.”The accused guards were summoned. They have claimed that they stopped her because she was entering a men’s toilet. We have, however, formed a panel, which includes two women officials, to probe into the matter,” Rai said. He said action would be taken based on the committee’s report.Also read | Dalit youths stripped, beaten on allegation of theft in UPAlso read | Soch badlo papa: BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVAlso watch | BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow VaranasiFollow bhuFollow DalitFollow banaras hindu universitylast_img read more