Henry speaks for the first time about Monaco

first_imgThe former French footballer talked via Twitter for the first time after being appointed AS Monaco’s new manager for the next three yearsFormer Arsenal and France footballer Thierry Henry was appointed today as the new manager of Ligue 1 club AS Monaco.The football legend signed a three-year contract with the club where he started his professional career.And now for the first time since he signed, he spoke via Twitter about his new job.“I was fortunate to receive some very attractive offers over the last few months, but Monaco will always be close to my heart”, Henry wrote on Twitter.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Having started my footballing career with this great club, it seems fate that I will now begin my managerial career here too.”“I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity, but now the hard work must begin. Can’t wait,” he added in both French and English.pic.twitter.com/9iOQChkWh6— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) October 13, 2018last_img read more

Report Arsenal extend Nacho Monreals contract

first_imgArsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract to June 2020 after activating a clause they had on his expiring dealThe Spanish full-back has been at Arsenal since January 2013 following his transfer from Malaga for a reported £8.5m.In that time, Monreal has managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners along with winning three FA Cups and Community Shields.With his contract running out this summer, manager Unai Emery expressed his wish to retain Monreal in the future.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Now ESPN reports that Arsenal have taken their option to renew Monreal’s expiring contract until the end of next season with talks over a longer-term deal to be put on hold for now.Although the futures of goalkeeper Petr Cech and injured striker Danny Welbeck remain in doubt as they enter the final six months of their contracts at Arsenal.Welsh star Aaron Ramsey is set to leave for nothing at the end of the season with Juventus recently confirming their interest in signing him.While Stephan Lichtsteiner, who only joined from Juventus last summer, is expected to remain with Arsenal having the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.last_img read more

Sooryavanshi All is not well between Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar courtesy

first_imgAfter the phenomenal success of Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba, the audience can’t help but desperately wait for Rohit Shetty’s next cop action – Sooryavanshi. Starring Akshay Kumar, the film is expected to have cameos by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn.A number of A-list names were floating around as who would be cast in the film as the female lead opposite Akshay and the latest we hear is that Katrina Kaif has finally been zeroed in for the film. As per a report by Pinkvilla, Katrina Kaif has been brought on board on Akshay Kumar’s insistence, though Rohit Shetty was not totally in agreement with the whole idea. Yes, you read it right. Rohit Shetty wanted to cast some other actress for the part in the film but, Akshay Kumar, who has given a number of hit films with Katrina Kaif like Namastey London and Singh is King was adamant on Katrina being brought onboard.And, Rohit Shetty finally agreed. The report states that Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar even had a slight tussle over the matter but now all of that has been put aside to focus on the film.Prior to that, Katrina Kaif would be seen with Salman Khan in Bharat which also stars Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani. Earlier, Priyanka Chopra was supposed to play the part but owing to her sudden engagement and wedding, the diva had to back out of the project at the last minute.Reports of Salman Khan having paired up with Katrina Kaif for the third instalment of the ‘Tiger’ franchise was making news recently. On the other hand, Akshay Kumar’s Kesari has been raining moolahs at the box-office and has been declared a hit by critics and audience alike.last_img read more

Next global financial crisis could trigger a 50 plunge in emerging market

first_imgEmployees of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) cut a cake outside the building to celebrate the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai in this April 26, 2017 file photo. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeTen years after the fall of Lehmann Brothers triggered the great crisis of 2008, the world is edging closer to another bout of financial turmoil, according to researchers at JPMorgan.The crisis prediction model created by the bank predicts that the next big financial crisis will erupt in 2020 and that its severity will be less than that of the 2008 crisis.The hallmarks of such an economic plunge will be a great liquidity crisis, a significant rout in US and emerging markets and a softening of the energy prices, the analysts said, according to Bloomberg.The following are the key predictions:US stock markers could see a 20 percent declineGlobal energy prices could slide as much as 35 percentBase metal prices are likely to soften up to 29 percentEmerging market stock markets could see a rout that will wipe off up to 48 percent in value.The researchers wrote that the next great liquidity crisis will be caused by the big shift away from actively managed investing and the focus on index funds, exchange-traded funds and quantitative-based trading strategies.”The shift from active to passive asset management, and specifically the decline of active value investors, reduces the ability of the market to prevent and recover from large drawdowns,” Joyce Chang and Jan Loeys wrote in the note.For India, the projected fall in energy prices could be a silver lining amid the gloom of the next meltdown. However, on the downside, the easing fuel woes could be offset by a potential bloodbath in the markets. Dow Jones blood bath sees biggest day drop in more than 6 years Closecenter_img After the subprime mortgage meltdown in the US triggered an expansive global crisis ten years ago, central banks around the world launched long-running accommodative fiscal policies and governments delved into financial market reforms. But there are economists who believe that the reforms haven’t been able to completely shut off the chances of a repeat of the crisis while the fallout from the expansionary monetary policies have posed a fresh threat.Raghuram Rajan, former RBI governor who had predicted the 2008 crisis, recently said he is one who sees that risk clearly.The post-crisis reforms did not address central banks’ role in creating asset bubbles through accommodative monetary policy, and this could be financial markets’ biggest long-term challenge, Rajan told Howard Gold in an interview.Former British prime minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday the world was sleepwalking into the next financial crisis. He also warned that the impact of the next crisis will be severe in a “leaderless” world.”We are in danger of sleepwalking into a future crisis … There is going to have to be a severe awakening to the escalation of risks, but we are in a leaderless world.”last_img read more

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

first_imgThe members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Xi Omega Chapter and the Cultured Pearls of Service will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their international program A.S.C.E.N.D. The signature program is designed to support high school students in five areas: Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development. The ceremony will be held on March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Baltimore City College Auditorium. RSVP to Autumn Anderson via email at amanderson@bcps.k12.md.us.last_img read more

Gujs junior health min UP MLA down

first_imgAfter Gujarat Assembly Speaker, couple of IAS officers, Gujarat University Vice Chancellor, now Gujarat’s Minister of State for Health Shankarbhai Chaudhary has been tested positive. While, Vijay Mishra, a Samajwadi MLA from Gyanpur has also been tested positive for H1N1.last_img

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals took a beating in more ways than on the scoreboard during Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Cardinals announced Monday that linebacker Dontay Moch has been added to the 53-man roster less than a month after joining the team’s practice squad, helping replace linebackers Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander, who were both placed on injured reserve Monday. Moch, a 2011 third-round draft pick who spent the last two seasons with the Bengals, attended Chandler Hamilton High School before playing collegiately at Nevada. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder played in one game last season for Cincinnati after being inactive for all of his rookie season. Moch finished second in WAC history with 30 career sacks, and set a conference record with 63 tackles for loss while playing in 53 career games for the Wolfpack, according to a press release. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Canal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy

first_imgCanal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy director-general in charge of pay TV activities and Ara Aprikian as deputy director-general in charge of free TV.De Andréis, who was previously president of Havas-owned BETC Euro RSCG, where he advised Canal Plus and CanalSat on communications strategy, will take charge of the broadcaster’s premium and thematic channels. Aprikian, who previously worked in a number of roles for TF1, before taking a senior editorial role with Canal Plus in 2005, will look after Canal Plus’s free-to-air windows, news channel i>Télé and Bolloré’s Direct 8 and Direct Star channels, subject to regulatory approval of the latter’s acquisition.Both will report to Rodolphe Belmer, deputy director general, editorial, at Canal Plus Group and director-general, editorial, at Canal Plus France.last_img read more

More than one million illegal settop boxes that a

first_imgMore than one million illegal set-top boxes that allow users to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK over the past two years, according to a new report from IP protection body FACT UK.The report, titled ‘Cracking Down on Digital Piracy’, gathers insights from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), FACT, City of London Police, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), Police Scotland and Entura International, and claims that piracy is “putting the public at significant risk”.The report says that piracy exposes children to inappropriate content – such as ads for casinos and dating sites – as “the majority of criminals behind digital piracy make their money from advertising”.It also claims that Kodi box add-ons have no parental controls or security standards, and that, with most streaming now happening over social platforms like Twitter and Facebook, criminals can attract more viewers and “put more users at risk of malware or security issues”.“A quarter of Brits access digital material illegally, and often don’t realise the risks associated with that, for them and their families,” said FACT director general, Kieron Sharp.“Pirates are not Robin Hood characters; they are criminals who do it to make money through illicit means. As a result, the risks are high – inappropriate advertising that could be seen by young children, electrical safety associated with counterfeit parts, and financial cyber crime.”The report claims that anything from “tens of millions to hundreds of millions of pounds” are going to criminal groups each year as a result of piracy – through ad revenues, subscription fees and malware that can hijack users’ computers.With the rise of bitcoin, more gangs are also using the dark web to sell illicit information like the illegal software used to modify set-top boxes or customer data acquired through malware, according to the study.“While it may be tempting for people to think they are getting a bargain when streaming illegally, it’s important to remember that there are organised criminals behind it, often associated with other serious crimes,” said the head of the PIPCU, detective chief inspector Pete Ratcliffe.“Pirating content is not a petty crime; from release groups, to site operators to set-top box wholesalers and distributers, there is an international criminal business model.”To access the full report click here.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog posted on his website.  This one is entitled “Gold is Coming to a Fork in the Road”…and the link is here.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, so I hope you have the chance to read the ones that interest you.The banker must at all times conduct himself so as to justify the confidence of his clients in him. – J.P. Morgan Jr.It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.  Even I was taken aback by how brazen JPMorgan et al were during the Comex trading session yesterday.  They made no attempt to hide behind any sort of dollar rally, as they just sent in their high-frequency traders and ‘did the dirty’ in broad daylight in front of everyone.Of course the CFTC, CME…and the precious metal companies you own shares in…will do precisely nothing.  They’ll just stand there as the usually do and watch while the public and the shareholders get raped again.How low we got from here, remains to be seen.  But it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen the lows, as there’s a limit to the number of short positions that the technical funds and small traders are prepared to sell…and when that point is reached, that will be the low.Here’s the 2-year gold chart.(Click on image to enlarge)I would be really surprised if they can get the price much lower than approximately $1,540 the ounce, as that seems to be a bottom-of-the-barrel price that goes all the way back to late September 2011…as every engineered price decline since then has never gone much lower than that…and if it has, it’s only lasted for a matter of hours, or maybe minutes.  And if they do get it lower than that, it won’t gain them a lot of contracts, as we’re already pretty much all sold out to the downside right now.As an aside, if you lost money in MF Global…or with Bernie Madoff…or the new debacle over at PFGBest…I sort of feel sorry for you…with the emphasis on ‘sort of’.  You should know better…and I hope you’ve learned your lesson by now.  There appears to be little or no protection for you in the options and futures market if something goes sideways.  So forget leverage…just buy the physical metal and sit tight.In overnight trading, all precious metals rallied in fits and starts during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and now that London has been open for a couple of hours, gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up just under 30 cents.  Volume in both, as of 5:04 a.m. Eastern time is already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rally attempts are not going unopposed.  The dollar index has been declining all night long…and is currently down about 20 basis points, with most of that drop coming since the open of London trading earlier this morning.That’s all for today…and I’ll see you on Thursday…Friday west of the International Date Line. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.center_img It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.The gold price traded flat on very light volume through the entire Far East trading day on Tuesday, but as I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, that all ended shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.The rally that began at that point ended just minutes after 9:00 a.m. in New York when it broke through the $1,600 spot price.  Gold’s high price tick…$1,603.00 spot…occurred at that point.  Then ‘da boyz’ let loose their high-frequency traders…and by the time that the low price tick for gold occurred, gold was down to $1,563.70 spot…and intra-day move of almost forty bucks.  The low came at 2:45 p.m. in electronic trading…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,566.50 spot…down $20.80 from Monday’s close.  For such a price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…125,000 contracts, give or take.  Hopefully all of the volume associated with the price decline up until the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.It was pretty much the same price action in silver, although the high tick of the day, somewhere north of $27.60 spot, occurred within a one hour time period around the London silver fix at noon local time.Silver’s secondary high occurred just minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time mark in New York…and then silver [along with platinum and palladium] suffered the same fate as gold, with the low tick [$26.66 spot] coming around the 2:35 price mark in electronic trading.  From that point, silver also trade flat into the close.Silver closed at $26.81 spot…down 53 cents on the day…but had an intraday price move of just over a dollar.  Considering the hit that silver took, the net volume was a rather subdued 30,000 contracts.The dollar index rallied about 15 basis points from its Tuesday open…with the Far East high coming around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From that point, it rolled over pretty hard, hitting its low of the day [82.98] about 8:30 a.m. local time in London.  But from there, the dollar index rallied strongly, hitting its high tick [83.47] about 11:15 a.m. in New York.From its zenith, the dollar index slipped back about 10 basis points or so…and then traded flat into the close…finishing the Tuesday trading session around 83.40.It should have been obvious to any impartial observer of the dollar index, that it played no meaningful roll either before nor during the engineered price decline in all the precious metals yesterday.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open of the equity markets…and then followed the gold price lower all day long…with the low tick coming in the last half-hour of the New York trading day.  The HUI finished down 2.89%.  I thank reader Scott Pluschau for providing today’s chart once again, as the good folks over at yahoo.com still haven’t done a thing with their HUI chart problem.(Click on image to enlarge)All the silver stocks got it in the neck again yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a whopping 4.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another yawner…as only 3 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  But there are still 1,791 silver contracts open in July…and one has to wonder how many of these long/stoppers will stand for delivery, and who the big short/issuers will be that will be forced to deliver the physical metal itself.  The friendly bet I have with myself is Jefferies, but it isn’t big money.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant[s] withdrew 135,830 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories did not receive any silver on Monday…but Scotia Mocatta shipped 996,615 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that action is here.The July Bank Participation Report didn’t show much change from the June report.  The data for this report was taken from last Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  In gold, it showed that 4 U.S. banks are net short 75,895 Comex Futures contracts…and the 19 non-U.S. that hold Comex futures contracts are net short another 49,949 contracts.  Both the U.S and non-U.S. bank categories increased their net short position by about 5,000 Comex contracts from the June report…10,000 contracts in total.The four 4 U.S. banks are net short 7.59 million ounces of gold…and the 19 non-U.S. banks are net short an additional 4.99 million ounces.  From last Friday’s COT report, the Commercial net short position was reported as 16.66 million ounces…so these 23 banks hold 75.5% of the entire Commercial net short position in gold.In silver, it’s an entirely different story, as it has been since JPMorgan took over Bear Stearns short position in silver back in the spring of 2008.Four [4] U.S. Banks are net short 18,272 Comex silver contracts…an insignificant decline of 600 contracts from their June position.  I’d bet serious coin that about 80% of this amount is held by JPMorgan…and 19.99% is held by HSBC USA.  The other 0.01 percent is held by Citigroup and one other bank…but are immaterial, regardless.The 11 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex silver contracts are net long 904 contracts…a minor drop of about 300 contracts from the June BPR.The net Commercial short position in silver in last Friday’s COT report was 17,354 Comex contracts. JPMorgan and HSBC hold over 100% of that amount in silver all by themselves.  And as I pointed out in the previous paragraph, the 11 non-U.S. banks are actually net long the silver market.This is not rocket science, dear reader, as the silver price management scheme is obviously 100% ‘Made in America’.  And with 4 U.S. banks holding just about 50% of the Commercial net short position in gold, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in gold as well…especially since they collude in this price fixing scheme.  When I say “JPMorgan et al“…or ‘da boyz’…that’s who I’m referring to.  Most of the ‘et al‘s are not U.S. banks…but other Commercial traders that work together with JPMorgan.This is precisely the same way that the LIBOR scandal works/worked.  I would guess that a lot of other markets work that was as well…and the dollar index and the New York equity markets would be two others that fall into that category.As GATA’s Chris Powell said…”The are no markets anymore…only interventions.”Of course, since the cut-off for both the BPR and COT reports from last Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, the engineered price decline in all precious metals has changed both reports dramatically…and as Ted Butler so quaintly pointed out…both reports are now very much “yesterday’s news”.Here are two charts courtesy of Washington state reader S.A. that he borrowed from Monday’s edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch…which is linked here.  Both are self-explanatory…and neither of them require any further embellishment from me.last_img read more

Lots of people have silver and gold which are alw

first_imgLots of people have silver and gold, which are always good. Shuttered fire departments. The rulers won’t close too many police stations, since they want to retain their image as saviors and because they need people to fear them, but fire departments and other things may be let go. (The scarier things first.) But again, so long as we can communicate and adapt, we can just arrange for necessary services in different ways. Remember, most of us are blowing 20-30 hours per week on TV – we have WAY more free time than we think we do. War. This is the traditional distraction from disappointments and government failures. Syria seems to be the leading candidate at the moment, or perhaps North Korea or some other distant monster will fit the bill. The solution to this one is very simple: Do it anyway. Whatever you think of your local government, I very much doubt that you think they have a right to starve you – which is what failing to act in your own survival comes out to. If it’s moral, do it. Stop waiting for permission. So, while the big collapse (assuming that it does come) will be terrifying to inveterate TV watchers, the reality will be far less apocalyptic than promised… assuming that we productive people act like producers. And as producers, we have so much more choice than the others. Indeed, in one way, we could see the collapse as an opportunity to start fresh. The future will be better if we ultimately say so. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com They must be able to communicate with each other. Yes, we’ve all seen scary post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max, or TV shows like Jericho. A real collapse, however, will be quite different from such dramas. And beyond that, there’s a good chance the future will be better. From where I now live, you could draw a 25 mile arc which would include competent people of almost any imaginable specialty: The guys who know how to build and repair refrigerators, machines of all types, cars and roads and houses and windows and computers and a thousand other things. So, I’m not overly worried about the dollar going to zero – as long as these guys have two critical things: Welfare riots. This is possible, and even probable in some places, presuming that government checks either stop, or no longer matter due to massive inflation. However, we all know which areas are likely to be hit and we can avoid them. (If you’re in one, do something about it now.) And, as horrifying as such a thing may be (and should be!), Americans, Canadians and a serious number of Europeans do have guns, and will eventually shoot rioters as they are beating down their neighbor’s door. This one is actually easy. The solution is mesh networks. (You can find a nice PDF primer here.) These are local networks, built with simple wifi devices. These, combined with a few longer links, can create a very nice communications network. You won’t be able to use it for videos, but it will work well for basic communications. (Though you really should keep a small electric generator and some gas.) No credit. As scary as this seems to some people, the reality won’t be nearly as debilitating as imagined (except for the mega-corps); people will adapt and go back to a 19th century way of buying and selling. Adjustment will be required, but farmers will still need to sell their food, and they will find ways for productive people to pay them. Fear. Scaring the populace will be the first and essential tool of the rulers. Government relies far more on legitimacy than on force, so the rulers will be very keen on using their number one tool to keep people clustering around them for safety. That’s a primary strategy for them. The Future Will Be Better if We Take Care of THESE TWO BIG RISKS There are very simple solutions to our two crucial issues. But remember, simple isn’t always easy. Here are the solutions: They must be able to communicate with each other. Supply chain disruptions. Since the big corporations are so tightly associated with governments, they will not likely adapt as quickly as small companies do. They may lock-up while waiting for instructions. This is why stores of key commodities (like food) and communication will be necessary. They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” We have Bitcoin, which is good currency world-wide. Lack of currency. Dollars will fail in this scenario (along with Euros, Pounds, etc.), but there will be not be a debilitating lack of currency, for two reasons: They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” If either one of these two things are missing, we’re screwed, but as long as we have them, we’ll be okay. Sure, there will be some bad days, a few tragedies, and a surfeit of terror from the fear factories (that is, the mainstream media), but in general, we productive people will be okay. I knew men who ran a business through the Great Depression, in precisely my specialties (contracting and engineering). We discussed the difficulties they faced and how they coped with them. They worked through the depression end to end, and did some pretty impressive projects – with absolutely no credit available anywhere. They paid for things creatively – in sections, with barter, and on trust – but they also got the job done, from the beginning of the depression to the end. Our period of difficulty (which most of us presume will be coming somehow or another) will be different from the Great Depression, but so long as we retain the two items mentioned above – and I will tell you precisely how we can keep them below – we’ll get through it. The Bad Stuff Okay, so if we have a complete dollar collapse, what can we expect? Here are a few thoughts: last_img read more

Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have raised

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised ongoing concerns about the government’s failure to comply with basic principles of the UN disability convention at a long-awaited meeting with the minister for disabled people.Representativesof six of the UK’s leading DPOs met with minister for disabled people SarahNewton and senior civil servants last week to discuss the government’s trackrecord on engaging with disabled people and their user-led organisations.It was the first time that Newton (pictured) had met with the group of DPOs – members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations – since she took up her post in late 2017.Representativesfrom coalition members Inclusion London (which was also there on behalf of theReclaiming Our Futures Alliance), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland,DisabilityAction (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor User Network andEqualities National Council attended the meeting.Thecoalition also used the meeting to share its ideas for monitoring the UK’simplementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).The meetingfollows a series of failings by the government which appear to demonstrate itsreluctance to accept key rights and principles laid out in the convention.They includeplans to allow non-disabled people and organisations not led and controlled bydisabled people to be part of Newton’s new Regional Stakeholder Network – whichaims to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to sharetheir views and experiences about policies and services that affect them” – andNewton’s reluctance to pay those people taking on roles in the network fortheir time.There wasalso frustration at the decision of the Cabinet Office to host aworkshop on the barriers facing disabled people withoutinviting any DPOs to take part.Andin November,the Department of Health and Social Care wrongly insisted that it had beencomplying with the UN convention by only consulting on its mental capacity(amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.Last week’smeeting came after the coalition was forced to write to Newton last August aftershe refused to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UNconvention.But thelong-awaited meeting ended last week without easing concerns among DPOs at theapparent ongoing confusion among senior civil servants in the Office forDisability Issues (ODI), and Newton herself, about the convention’s principles aroundengagement.A meetingearlier in the day between three members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (RoFA)– which is part of the coalition – and two senior civil servants from theOffice for Disability Issues was also marked by frustration at the government’sapparent ignorance of the UN convention.MarkHarrison, from RoFA, said they had hoped to come out of their meeting with astrategy for how the government would engage with DPOs and resource them inthat work, but left disappointed.He said Newton’sregional network was set to be a “disability free-for-all”, with disabilitycharities and other organisations “all in the tent on an equal footing” with disabledpeople and DPOs.He said he hadasked the civil servants why they did not understand the principles on engagingwith disabled people and DPOs that had been clearly laid out by the UN.He said thecore of the issue was the failure by repeated governments – including the lastLabour government – to provide infrastructure funding for DPOs to do this work,which he said was “absolutely shameful”.Tara Flood,director of TheAlliance for Inclusive Education, who was also at this meeting, saidthe civil servants became “very, very uncomfortable” when she and her twocolleagues made it clear they thought the new regional network was “a joke”.She saidthere was “no understanding of the difference between DPOs and disabilitycharities. Shame on the ODI for not understanding that.”It is nowhoped Newton will agree to three key requests: for both the regional networkand any similar UK-wide engagement to be restricted to representatives of DPOs;for there to be funding for DPOs to take part in that engagement; and for thosenetworks to work with the government on implementing therecommendations made 18 months ago by the UN’s committee on therights of persons with disabilities.TraceyLazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who waspresent at both meetings, said there appeared to be ongoing confusion withinthe government about the difference between DPOs and non-user-led charities.She said:“We put forward what we think are key minimum asks in order to have meaningfulengagement going forward.“We will nowsee whether the government has listened to us and taken the opportunity toclarify, improve and extend engagement with us so it reflects and promotes theprinciples and practice of the UNCRPD and general comment number seven*.”She added: “Itis slightly dismaying having to reiterate principles of engagement withdisabled people and DPOs that were recognised and acted upon 10 years ago, andhaving to re-argue them as if they were radical new ideas descended fromanother planet.” *The UNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its general comment number seven, which was adopted in September.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

Russian Dominos Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got

first_imgFood Businesses September 12, 2018 Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Russian Domino’s Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got Domino’s Tattoos Because It Was Too Popular Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –sharescenter_img There is brand loyalty, and then there’s brand loyalty.A Domino’s franchisee in Russia decided to award 100 free pizzas each year for 100 years to customers that got tattoos of the restaurant chain’s logo. The only stipulation was that tattoos had to be visible.The campaign was originally intended to run from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, but the lure of free pizza in perpetuity proved to be a strong motivator for people to get some red and blue ink, so much so that contest had to be, very quickly, capped.Related: Did Your Customers Get Tattoos of Your Logo? These Did.”Friends, we already have 350 participants!” the Domino’s location posted on Facebook on Sept. 10. “We are not receiving any new tattoos! If you are at a tattoo artist’s and getting tattoos, we will include you in the list of participants. But we are waiting for pictures before 12:00 today.”Customers got pretty creative with their tattoo designs. Many included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those crime-fighting, pizza-loving reptiles.This isn’t the first time that a brand has inspired this kind of, permanent, likely somewhat painful love. Anytime Fitness, the global gym franchise, has seen many of its customers get a tattoo of their logo to show their passion for the company.Is there a brand that you would get a tattoo of? Let us know in the comments. Image credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff A Russian Domino’s franchisee’s promise of free pizza in exchange for a visible logo tattoo quickly got out of hand.last_img read more

In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices

first_img Register Now » Entrepreneur Staff Coffee November 30, 2018 Next Article Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Add to Queue –shares Patrick Caronecenter_img In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography, Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices 2 min read Special Projects Director YouPorn’s VP is now pushing Dunkin’ on employees. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The porn industry is striking back!Earlier this week, Starbucks announced it will start blocking pornography on its store’s WiFi beginning next year. Now, according to TMZ, the adult website YouPorn is getting revenge on the coffee giant by pushing Dunkin’ on its workforce.Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped IndustryThe company’s Vice President, Charles Hughes,  sent a memo to employees announcing a ban on all Starbucks products from YouPorn offices effective New Year’s Day.Dear YouPorn Team:In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked its customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, YouPorn has updated their company policy banning all Starbucks products from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st, 2019.See your direct manager for any questions.While watching porn is not permitted at Starbucks locations, the chain has not blocked such content on its Wi-Fi service. That’s about to change. “To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019,” a Starbucks representative told Business Insider via email.YouPorn, it seems, is not taking the news lying down.last_img read more

How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters

first_img Brought to you by PCWorld Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Can’t get your PC to boot? Or just sent your boss a really embarrassing e-mail? Here’s how to recover from these and ten other potential catastrophes. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business May 24, 2007 –shares Next Article 11 min read Readers’ Tales of PC DisastersTo read more users’ PC horror stories or add yours, go to our forum discussion on PC disasters. Also see both our slide show on using HijackThis and a video on salvaging wet gear.’Resuscitating a Dead Hard Drive’ by PC World.com reader Nathan WiestI once had a very perplexing case when I was still in school for my Microcomputer Technology degree. A lady at work had come to me saying that her hard drive would not work at all. Not unusual, since hard drives go bad, and many a hard drive won’t boot because of a virus or some kind of spyware. She was worried because it had a lot of family photos and documents on it, and I didn’t mind the thought of being a hero and saving her drive!As I had suspected, the drive had crashed. There was no booting into Windows, and it made a weird noise. After messing around with it for a couple of hours and doing some research, I was about to say sorry, can’t fix it, but then I stumbled on something: Freezing your hard drive. I had heard of it once before but never actually heard of anyone successfully freezing their hard drive and then retrieving some data. I thought, what the heck, this could be worth it to try, especially since the drive was already gone.We tried it all right. We stuck the thing in a freezer for about 18 hours. It was wrapped in a paper towel and placed inside a plastic baggy, so no condensation would accumulate on any circuits or connectors. When I plugged the thing in to our test computer, I was shocked…it booted up fine and I was able to pull off most of the data she could remember having lost. It didn’t completely make sense to me until afterwards, and most people won’t believe me when I tell them this story, but the metal shrinks when it gets cold, duh! So if the head is touching the platter, then you freeze it, the head may pull away from the platter just enough for you to read the data again. Of course, it only works for about 20 minutes until the drive heats back up, but wow, it was a great way to be a hero!I have used this technique a few times since, not all of the times successful, nor as important, but this is still a very worthwhile procedure. This is just one cool, bizarre, and useful way to reverse a relatively common computer disaster.’Diagnosing a Bad BIOS’ by PC World.com reader Shane MitchellI had no problems with the computer when I went to bed that Sunday night, and it was not used until I came back from classes Monday. I sat down to do my homework with trusty iTunes providing my study tunes for only a few minutes before my sound began to crackle and do its best to act as though it was a radio being jammed before ceasing to work completely. Oftentimes the miracle cure is a quick reboot, so that was my first reaction. But my rocking studyfest was ruined by interference yet again.I decided it was time to upgrade drivers. I had no trouble finding the drivers, but little did I know that finding the drivers would be the last good thing to happen for a while… My first boot back in after the new drivers went well for about 2 seconds after logging in before my computer froze. But then it unfroze. But then it froze again. And……so it…… repeated…..For every two seconds of use I was forced to endure a complete freeze for another two seconds. I managed to pull up Task Manager and see that my processor usage was jumping between 100% and around 0. Now while I am aware that this is a telltale sign of spyware and malware using your processor to perform their nasty deeds, I was reasonably confident in my antivirus and antiadware protection system. But it was growing late, so I powered my computer off for the night.Somehow the problem grew worse overnight. When I next tried to start up my computer, I got as far as the Windows Loading Flag before the computer froze. Hoping for a fluke, I hit the reset button only to have my computer reboot and not even detect that the hard drive with Windows on it existed! A part of me wondered whether I had discovered an incredible new exploit where one could somehow infect the sound card of a computer and have the infection progress to knocking out a hard drive.Not wanting to give up, I powered off the machine again and was luckily able to get the machine to detect the hard drive again and boot into Windows using Safe mode. So I set to work on troubleshooting the hard drive with system restore, deactivating all startup processes and programs save for the Windows necessities as well as using chkdsk and fixmbr from the Windows Recovery Console. Unfortunately, none of this made a difference. Finally, I tried a repair installation, but it could not complete without freezing either.Fortunately, I run a computer with 3 hard drives and enough space to transfer all the music and files I wanted to save from the main hard drive with Windows to a backup drive, so I decided a format was in order. The format went off without a hitch and I managed to get through most of the 70-something updates for Windows for a new installation before I had to do my first reboot. Sure enough, it froze on the loading screen!At this point I decided to replace the SATA cable for the hard drive with a new one, and I even changed the SATA slot the hard drive was on. It booted once with no problems before the loading freeze occured again after the next set of updates. I was still convinced the problem was in the hard drive despite the unusual problems with the sounds and the processor that had happened earlier. However, with the next reboot I lost even my Safe Boot option when my boot halted on the error ‘DISK BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER’.I found out I could bypass this error simply by having my XP CD in the drive and having the system ask me if I wanted to boot from it and just wait for that message to time out before booting to my choice of a frozen loading screen or Safe Mode. At this point I was ready to abandon my SATA drive and install windows on one of my other drives.So I completed my second installation of XP in as many days and got through the updates and a few good boots before THAT hard drive began to have problems! I got the boot hanging error ‘ntldr.sys not found’. It was as though my computer were asking “Do you think I could survive a toss out that second-story window next to you?” I was nearly ready to oblige my computer with an answer to that query when I had a sudden flash of random insight. Could the problem be my BIOS?I decided to try a repair install of the ntldr-crippled hard drive to see if I could get into Windows and attempt to update the BIOS. I suceeded in getting back into Windows and found the nifty Windows Based BIOS Flashing utility that ASUS has on its Web site. The BIOS updated successfully, and the ntldr error was banished back to the void from which such problems originate. I soon found myself back in Windows, and there was much rejoicing!I’ve been using that drive ever since (3 months), and though I never found out what caused these problems, the SATA drive is behaving just fine as data storage with no operating system. I managed to solve the problem without destroying my computer, losing my sanity, or spending a dollar on a replacement part! And now that I’ve monopolized most of the space on this forum page (sorry) I shall end this essay…’Vanished Data–Found’ by PC World.com reader Bob DrakeBack in the days of DOS, I was always rather confident about the security of my hard drive data. I had not one, nor even just two, but three hard drives installed on my machine! One I used for files, the second stored my programs, and the third I used for backing up data. I was religious about it. Several times a day I’d enter a few simple commands and back up everything–programs and data alike–on the third, very large (by standards of the day) hard drive.When Win95 was introduced, I refused to install it for a year. It was important to be certain that the bugs were fixed, and that my system would be safe. After the reports began to settle down and it seemed secure, I decided to make the move.Immediately after installing the OS, my computer began running in “spurts.” It would start, then stop. Start, then stop. Start then… nada. Nothing. Zilch. Irritated, I decided to boot from a DOS disk, reformat the C: drive, and return to DOS. I rebooted, only to discover that there were no remnants of data on the C: drive! “How annoying,” I thought. Still, I wasn’t too concerned since I had backed up all the data prior to loading Win95. With complete confidence, I formatted C:, then went to my D: drive. Nothing.A slight tingle ran down my spine, and it wasn’t from the power source. I checked the E: drive. Nothing. Nothing! How could that be?! I had 15 years worth of work, dating back to the days of CPM, that were stored on that drive. Where did it go?! In a panic, I phoned Microsoft Tech Support. The phone calls continued daily for over two weeks, always with the same result. “We’ve never heard of this happening before. Sorry. There’s nothing I can suggest.”Long distance call after long distance call (none of them toll free, and all during prime rate periods) yielded the same result. Finally, one sympathetic soul gave me the name and number of a fellow who worked for Microsoft in Texas. With only the slimmest of hopes, I dialed his number. We chatted for almost 45 minutes while I explained the situation and answered his questions.”I bet I know what’s happened,” he said in an all-too-casual way.”Is that good?” I asked. “Can we recover anything?”Without replying directly, he instructed me to format a floppy (I was still able to work from the A: drive), and then told me to create a small .bat file, the contents of which he dictated. I did. I looked at C:, but nothing was there. I checked D:, and had the same result. Feeling completely defeated, I looked at E: I looked at E: again. I looked at E:, and screamed with joy into the telephone–it’s there!!Without realizing it, I had “compressed” the other two drives. It was a common technique for getting as much space as possible from a hard disk back in those days (when a 40-megabyte hard drive seemed limitless). What he correctly guessed was that when formatting C:, I had unknowingly deleted the file instructing the system how to read those drives as compressed when I reformatted my C: drive! By recreating the file, I was able to read the info from E:. Why it didn’t work on the other two drives, I still don’t know. The important thing was, I had all those irreplaceable files that I thought I’d never see again!I took his name, address, and his supervisor’s information to write a glowing, heartfelt thank-you note, praising his work. If he didn’t receiving a whopping salary bonus as a result, it’s not because he didn’t deserve it!Share your own PC horror story, and read more from other users, at our forum.Christopher Null is a veteran journalist who covers technology topics daily through his blog at Christopher Null, The Working Guy. Register Now » How to Survive the Worst PC Disasters Add to Queue Technologylast_img read more

Startups and Investors Bet on the Drone Economy

first_img Entrepreneurs and investors are betting on a future full of flying robots that can be programmed to do anything from survey crops or wildlife to delivering vaccines to remote villages in Africa.It may sound a little like something out of an episode of The Jetsons, but the reality is the Federal Aviation Administration is required to implement regulations to integrate commercial drones into the national airspace by 2015, meaning flying robots are going to become a lot more common in the U.S.But entrepreneurs aren’t waiting for the FAA deadline before building their startups. The moment is too ripe with opportunity to not jump in the commercial drone business now, those in the burgeoning space say.”It’s just one of those moments,” said Chris Anderson, co-founder and chief executive of 3D Robotics, which makes unmanned automated vehicles (UAVS). “It’s the economy at scale. Those technologies that used to be incredibly expensive are now very cheap and getting better and faster than any other technology in history.”And while the technology for drones is getting cheaper, the estimates of how much the drone economy could be worth are very high.In March, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the world’s largest unmanned systems industry organization, forecast the total domestic economic impact of introducing drones into U.S. airspace by the FAA’s 2015 deadline would reach more than $82.1 billion between 2015 and 2025.With cash like that on the line, it’s no wonder startups aren’t waiting to get in the game.According to the report, the two markets where drone technology could make the biggest economic impact are precision agriculture and public safety. These two markets alone make up about 90 percent of the known potential markets for unmanned aircraft systems.”Drones are so important to the aerospace community because they are basically revitalizing the aerospace industry,” said Mary Cummings, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”I’ve been forecasting this for years,” she said. “People are starting to dream up ways to use these because it’s such a great technology and in terms of interesting, who doesn’t love flight? And now you can put it in people’s hands.”Related: VCs See Ex-Wired Editor’s DIY Drones Taking FlightAnderson founded his company is 2009 while still working as editor of Wired Magazine. However, he said that after raising $5 million in funding from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and True Ventures in November he had to make a change.”I decided that these things don’t happen that often and I decided to go all in,” he said.Since he took over full-time at 3D Robotics, he has been working to make his company’s open-source drones more appealing to the masses by making them more user friendly.”It’s like the Apple to Macintosh pivot. We’re taking the complexity out of the machine,” he said. “Right now, it makes perfect sense to a hobbyist or someone who has flown before, but for someone who hasn’t, it’s all too complicated.”Anderson said that he aims to make the new machines, which will launch in about three months, so simple that if someone had never used a drone before the user could easily figure it out the first time using it.While Anderson focuses on building drones, there are a slew of other drone-focused startups that see big potential in developing the software and services for the coming drone economy, said Jeremy Conrad, founder of the hardware startup incubator Lemnos Labs.”We are certainly seeing an increase in these services [for] drone-based companies,” Conrad said. “Some applications include videography, agriculture, security, so instead of having a guard dog, you may have a guide drone.”Airware, a company born out the Lemnos Labs program, is one of these startups that is not actually building the drones, but is making the hardware and software that third-parties can program so that the drone can perform different tasks.The company’s unique premise recently attracted some big money from some big names in the venture capital arena.Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures announced in May they were investing $10.7 million in Airware.VC firms, which have traditionally strayed from hardware investments, are taking a gamble on more hardware companies now, including drone startups, because the technology to make these devices and build the support for them has become cheap.”The technology has gotten mature to the point that it’s now pretty easy to make the Silicon startup model work to get into the drone business,” Anderson said. “Hardware is starting to act more like software.”DroneDeploy, which just recently came out of the startup incubator Angelpad, is another businesses focused on providing a drone-focused service. The company, which is in the early stages of raising funding, makes the software that allows people to manage a fleet of drones.Co-founder Mike Winn said he sees opportunity because certain business are going to need more than one drone in the sky, and they are going to need a way to manage them.The company has already partnered with an organization to help manage a drone fleet that helps deliver medical supplies in West Africa, he said.Related: 8 Companies Leading the Charge for Commercial-Use Robotics Startups and Investors Bet on the Drone Economy This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min read Add to Queue Enroll Now for $5 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. –shares Cadie Thompson Next Article June 16, 2013 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Small Business Heroeslast_img read more

US Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover But New Version Wont Be Seen

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals U.S. Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover, But New Version Won’t Be Seen for Years Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. FDA Reporter February 27, 2014 –shares Next Article The Obama administration released its proposed revamp of nutrition labeling on food – the biggest change that the ubiquitous packaging has received in more than 20 years.The biggest adjustments intended for guide shoppers toward healthier eating habits includes changes such as more prominent calorie counts and larger serving sizes that reflect what people really eat. Added sugars would also be listed for the first time.“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama in a statement. Related: Chipotle’s New Series Feels Like House of Cards, But Without the Good PartsThe labeling revamp has been in the works for 10 years, with the first lady acting as a key player in getting the proposal out of the FDA. But consumers will have to wait several more years until the labels actually go into use, as the FDA must go through a review process prior to implementing new packaging.The administration estimates the relabeling could cost the industry $2 billion to implement, but will result in $20 billion to $30 billion in health-care savings and other benefits over 20 years.More extreme changes, such as front-of-the-package labeling and color coded emphasis on added sugars or saturated fat, didn’t make it into the FDA proposal. However, some changes will remain controversial, such as reporting added sugar, with industry groups arguing that natural sugar and added sugar are chemically identical. Related: How This Food Blogger Convinced Chick-fil-A to Go Antibiotics Free 2 min read Kate Taylor Add to Queuelast_img read more

Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower mortality than

first_img Source:https://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/holocaust-survivors-had-higher-rates-of-chronic-conditions-lower-rates-of-death/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 4 2019Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower rates of death than a comparison group of individuals insured by the same healthcare services organization in Israel. Biological and psychosocial reasons that may help to explain the findings need more study but researchers suggest unique characteristics of resilience among Holocaust survivors and better health literacy may be among the possibilities.This observational study included more than 38,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel who were born between 1911 and 1945 in Europe and nearly 35,000 people in a control group born in Israel during those same years. Both groups were insured by Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel. The study used data collected from 1998 through 2017 and looked at heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and death.​last_img read more

MSU receives 5 million NIH grant to find link between pesticides and

first_img Source:https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/msu-lands-5m-nih-grant-to-connect-dots-between-pesticides-and-parkinsons/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSys”Our battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may depend on early disease identification and intervention, and poor olfaction has been identified as an early warning for these diseases,” Chen said. “This grant will allow us to connect the dots by identifying factors that contribute to poor olfaction among older adults and evaluating how this sensory deficit may progress to early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.”In preliminary analyses, researchers found a correlation between high pesticide exposure and self-reported poor sense of smell. In this project, researchers will objectively assess the olfaction of around 2,200 farmers using a standard smell test.Using a scratch-and-sniff method, participants will need to correctly identify 12 common smells such as smoke, lemon, cinnamon or gasoline. Researchers will then conduct home visits of approximately 450 farmers to assess cognitive function and motor symptoms.”We are trying to put everything into context with the ultimate goal of understanding the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases and factors involved,” Chen said. “This project focuses on pesticides because earlier studies show their potential connections to neurodegenerative diseases. Now we want to define what role they play.”last_img read more