first_img The second stretch of canvas is in place, and this first half of the shade structure has been completed. Adjustable posts on the two outer corners allow the angle of each awning to change depending on the Foundry’s shade requirements.In the foreground, bell moulds laid out by Foundry employees are ready for the morning bronze pour. [Photo & Text: JS] The shade structure is designed with a subtle curve matching that of the apse. The shadows cast by the two passive solar structures, apse and awning, align in congruence on the ground. [Photo & Text: JS] October 15, 2004 To continue the report from Oct.6. on the Foundry extension, a set of four awnings are to be installed. The first of four, a white canvas awning threaded onto a curved pivoting steel frame, is installed by a crew of staff and workshoppers. This first awning shades half of the newly completed Foundry porch, a quarter of the total Foundry space. [Image & Text: JS] center_img The installation crew is composed of Construction staff and workshoppers, and Maintenance staff and workshoppers. Foundry Extension Project Manager Dave Tollas helps workshopper Megan Willis thread the awning onto its steel frame. [Photo & Text: JS] last_img read more

first_img Categories: Tedder News 28Sep Rep. Tedder recognizes Michigan State Fair scholarship winner State Rep. Jim Tedder today welcomed a recipient of the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship to the House of Representatives. Clarkston resident Kimberly Suran was among the 60 scholarship winners that were recognized on the House floor.“I’m honored to welcome such a talented group of students to the House today for this very special occasion,” Rep. Tedder said. “Meeting and talking with Kimberly has been a great experience. She definitely has a bright future ahead of her.”The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people across the state who make a difference in the cities, towns and villages by planting and harvesting garden space in their local neighborhoods. Scholarship recipients received a total of $40,000 divided between four areas of competition: Animal/Livestock, Home Arts, Agriculture, and Urban/Rural Farming.last_img read more

first_imgMost viewers watch drama programmes on a time-shifted basis and sports programming live, according to a new study by TiVo Research and Analytics.The research arm of the DVR maker found that 71% of drama programming is recorded and viewed at a later time, while 79% of sports event viewing happens in real time, with ESPN and ESPN2 both among the five least time-shifted networks during the summer and autumn.By comparison, TNT was the most time-shifted network among the top cable networks, followed by Lifetime, Bravo, Syfy, and USA. TiVo said this was testament to TNT’s “extensive slate of first run summer crime dramas.”On average, TiVo found that subscribers pause their favourite shows an average of 8.03 times, hit rewind 7.83 times and press the fast-forward button 25.11 times per day.TiVo Research analysed viewing data from a daily anonymous sample of 350,000 TiVo households, a sample of 30,000 TiVo households that use TiVo streaming technologies, as well as a sample of 1.5 million TiVo and non-TiVo households matched to supermarket store purchase data. The data was collected between July to September of this year.last_img read more

first_imgFreegold 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. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. Drilling has been underway on this road accessible project since mid January. To date over 36,000 feet have been drilled since January on the project, of which 30,000 feet have been aimed at resource expansion. Drilling remains ongoing.  An updated NI 43-101 is expected to be completed in Q3. Additional drilling is also underway on Vinasale. Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisement Whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.The gold price traded pretty flat through all of Far East and London trading on Thursday.  But the moment London closed for the day…4:00 p.m. GMT…11:00 a.m. in New York…a smallish rally developed that came to an end at 3:00 p.m. Eastern in electronic trading…and from there, gold got sold down a few bucks into the 5:15 p.m. close.The high tick came shortly before 3:00 p.m…and that was recorded as $1,736.20 spot.Gold closed the Thursday trading session at $1,731.90 spot…up $14.60 on the day.  Net volume was a far more reasonable 135,000 contracts.Silver’s absolute low tick [about $31.60 spot] came around 11:00 a.m. GMT in London…and once the noon silver fix was out of the way, the price began to rally in fits and starts…as every New York rally attempt ran into a willing seller the moment that it showed any signs of becoming “irrationally exuberant”.The silver price topped out shortly after 3:00 p.m. in New York…and then gold sold off a hair into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time close.  The high tick was $32.56 spot which, looking at the 24-hour silver chart below, I find hard to believe.Ordinarily I’d post the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart to lay the matter to rest…but it’s M.I.A. on Kitco’s website.Silver closed at $32.31 spot…up 47 cents from Wednesday.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was only 29,500 contracts.The dollar index did zip…hovering just under the 81.00 mark all day long.  It opened at 80.81…and its feeble rally attempt to get above the 81.00 level crashed and burned…and the index closed at 80.81.  It was obvious that the price movements in the precious metals had to do with other factors.The shares didn’t do much…and I wouldn’t read a heck of a lot into yesterday’s HUI action.  It closed up 0.71%.With the odd exception, the silver shares turn in a real decent performance yesterday.  But two of the stocks that didn’t have a good day on Thursday…CDE and PAAS…make up a decent chunk of Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  And because of that, it only closed up 0.10%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 10 gold and 4 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.Once again both GLD and SLV showed increased in their holdings.  In GLD an authorized participant added 77,517 troy ounces of gold…and in SLV it was 1,549,091 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report as well.  They sold 13,000 ounces of gold eagles…3,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 148,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories showed that 309,750 troy ounces of silver were withdrawn on Wednesday…and nothing was received.  The link to that activity is here.I have three charts for you today.  The first was from a colleague of Australian reader Wesley Legrand.  It’s the Dollar Index vs. the Gold Price going back about thirteen years. Wesley’s colleague had this to say about the relationship between the two…“There are periods were there has been an obvious inverse correlation, but then there are also extended periods where both gold and the USD index have risen together including the last 1.5 years (this is a monthly chart).”“Of particular significance, over the last eight years when the price of gold starting rising more rapidly, the price of gold rose from $400 to $1,700 and the USD has been in a trading range, but has ended up exactly where it started eight years ago, at 80.”“So the USD index is unchanged after eight years during which the price of gold quadrupled.”“I think the relationship is more psychological than anything else.”[He would be right about that! – Ed](Click on image to enlarge)This next chart contains only three days of data…starting with the U.S. election day on Tuesday…and ending at the close of trading yesterday. It’s a “Gold vs. Everything Else” chart.  Note how the gold price stands out above all others.  The other traces are the dollar index, the U.S. 10-year treasury, the S&P…and the commodity index.I thank Washington state reader S.A. for sending it…and I just know he stole it from a Zero Hedge article.(Click on image to enlarge)The third graph is from Vancouver, Washington reader Duane Zelinka.  It’s a graph from an AP story posted in the ‘Critical Reads’ section below…but in case you pass on the story, I want to make sure you at least skim the graph…and it needs no further embellishment on my part.I have the usual number of stories for a weekday column and, as always, the final edit is up to you.Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. – George OrwellI wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into yesterday’s price action.  I was happy to see prices rise…and volume return to more normal numbers.  We are well along in the roll-overs out of the December delivery month…and barring something out of left field somewhere…I’m not expecting huge price action between now and the end of the month, although I reserve the right to be wrong about this.Before I started writing this column early yesterday evening, I was browsing through a website that Ted Butler had mentioned a year or so back…and it was the contents of that Internet site that made me change my mind about SLV a while back.  The website is about.ag…and the proprietor keeps a close eye on what goes on within the fund.As you know, JPMorgan Chase is the big silver short in the Comex futures market…with the Bank of Nova Scotia/Scotia Mocatta believed to be in second place.  The comments on this website about JPMorgan Chase and its SLV silver inventories in London between October 3rd and November 7th of this year, are worth noting…and here they are…October 3…”For the first time in nearly a year, there was no movement of silver from JPM London A to Brinks London. About 95Moz in all has been transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with 5Moz left in JPM London A (which we expect will be transferred shortly).”  October 10…”Again, we see a small movement of silver (0.8Moz) from JPM London A to Brinks London.”  October 31…”Another 1.6Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, as part of what appears to be a phase-out of that vault.”  November 7…”A final 3.1Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with just 3 bars left listed as being in that vault.”Beats me as to what it means, if anything…but whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.  You can read all the weekly commentary on SLV silver inventories at the link here.But please don’t get the idea that because I’ve changed my thinking on SLV [or GLD for that matter] that I now think they’re great investment vehicles.  I still wouldn’t touch either one with a 10-foot cattle prod.Today we get both the latest Commitment of Traders Report…and the November Bank Participation Report…and I will have something to say about each in my Saturday column.Very little happened with gold or silver during the Friday trading session in the Far East…and the same can be said for the first twenty minutes of London trading.  Volumes are near normal…whatever that means nowadays…and the dollar index is down about 12 basis points.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time…two hours after the London open…gold is up about five bucks and silver’s up a bit more than a dime.  Volume’s are getting up there a bit…and the dollar index is basically unchanged.I hate to beat this to death every week, but I’d like to remind you one more time that there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take out a trial subscription to either Casey Research‘s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Enjoy your weekend…or what’s left of it…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

first_img France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000. The War on Cash is a favorite pet project of the economic central planners. They want to eliminate hand-to-hand currency so that governments can document, control, and tax everything. This is why they’re lowering the threshold for mandatory reporting of cash transactions and, in some instances, simply making it illegal to pay cash. In the U.S., central planners ratchet up the War on Cash every time the government declares a made-up war on something else…a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on terror… They all end with more government intrusion into your financial affairs. Thanks to these made-up wars, the U.S. government is imposing an increasing number of regulations on cash transactions. Try withdrawing more than $10,000 in cash from your bank. They’ll treat you like a criminal or terrorist. The Federal Reserve is at the center of the War on Cash. Its weapons are inflation and control over the currency denominations. Take the $100 note, for example. It’s the largest bill in circulation today. This was not always the case. At one point, the U.S. had $500, $1,000, $5,000, and even $10,000 notes. But the government eliminated these large notes in 1969 under the pretext of fighting the War on Some Drugs. Since then, the $100 note has been the largest. But it has far less purchasing power than it did in 1969. Decades of rampant money printing have inflated the dollar. Today, a $100 note buys less than a $20 note did in 1969. Even though the Federal Reserve has devalued the dollar over 80% since 1969, it still refuses to issue notes larger than $100. This makes it inconvenient to use cash for large transactions, which forces people to use electronic payment methods. This, of course, is what the U.S. government wants. It’s exactly like Ron Paul said: “The cashless society is the IRS’s dream: total knowledge of, and control over, the finances of every single American.” Policymakers or Central Planners? On stories related to the War on Cash, you may have noticed that the mainstream media often uses the word “policymakers,” as in “policymakers have decided to keep interest rates at record low levels.” When the media uses “policymakers,” they are often referring to central bank officials. It’s a curious word choice. As far as I can tell, there is no difference between a policymaker and central planner. Most people who want to live in a free society agree that central planning is not a good idea. So the media uses a different word to put a more neutral spin on things. To help you think more clearly, I suggest substituting “central planners” every time you see “policymakers.” Switzerland proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs; Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000; Recommended Links The World’s First Cashless Society In 1661, Sweden became the first country in Europe to issue paper money. Now it’s probably going to be the first in the world to eliminate it. Sweden has already phased out most cash transactions. According to Credit Suisse, 80% of all purchases in Sweden are electronic and don’t involve cash. And that figure is rising. If the trend continues – and there is nothing to suggest it won’t – Sweden could soon be the world’s first cashless society. Sweden’s supply of physical currency has dropped over 50% in the last six years. A couple of major Swedish banks no longer carry cash. Virtually all Swedes pay for candy bars and coffee electronically. Even homeless street vendors use mobile card readers. Plus, an increasing number of government restrictions are encouraging Swedes to dump cash. The pretexts are familiar…fighting terrorism, money laundering, etc. In effect, these restrictions make it inconvenient to use cash, so people don’t. So far, Swedes have passively accepted the government and banks’ drive to eliminate cash. The push to destroy their financial privacy doesn’t seem to bother them. This is likely because the average Swede places an unreasonable amount of trust in government and financial institutions. Their trust is certainly misplaced. On top of the obvious privacy concerns, eliminating cash enables the central planners’ latest gimmick to goose the economy: Negative interest rates. Making The Negative Interest Rate Scam Possible Sweden, Denmark, and Switzerland all have negative interest rates. Negative interest rates mean the lender literally pays the borrower for the privilege of lending him money. It’s a bizarre, upside down concept. But negative rates are not some European anomaly. The Federal Reserve discussed the possibility of using negative interest rates in the U.S. at its last meeting. Negative rates could not exist in a free market. They destroy the impetus to save and build capital, which is the basis of prosperity. When you deposit money in a bank, you are lending money to the bank. However, with negative rates you don’t earn interest. Instead, you pay the bank. If you don’t like that plan, you can certainly stash your cash under the mattress. As a practical matter, this limits how far governments and central banks can go with negative interest rates. The more it costs to store money at the bank, the less inclined people are to do it. Of course, central planners don’t want you to withdraw money from the bank. This is a big reason why they want to eliminate cash…so you can’t. As long as your money stays in the bank, it’s vulnerable to the sting of negative interest rates and also helps to prop up the unsound fractional reserve banking system. If you can’t withdraw your money as cash, you have two choices: You can deal with negative interest rates…or you can spend your money. Ultimately, that’s what our Keynesian central planners want. They are using negative interest rates and the War on Cash to force you to spend and “stimulate” the economy. If you ask me, these radical and insane measures are a sign of desperation. The War on Cash and negative interest rates are huge threats to your financial security. Central planners are playing with fire and inviting a currency catastrophe. Most people have no idea what really happens when a currency collapses, let alone how to prepare… How will you protect your savings in the event of a currency crisis? This just-released video will show you exactly how. Click here to watch it now. Regards, Nick Giambruno Don’t Put a Penny in Tech Stocks Until You Hear What This Insider Has to Say Most tech giants take YEARS to be valued at $1 billion. But in 2014, an early stage start-up shot from $0 to $1 billion in just EIGHT MONTHS. All thanks to a new technological force on track to revolutionize the tech industry… and send profits soaring exponentially… starting next year. In a live event on Wednesday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Eastern, Bill Bonner’s resident tech expert will explain everything you need to know. Investors who act now could see exponential profits. Don’t miss out… — Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal; Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and – Editor’s Note: Your wealth and privacy could be collateral damage in a war you probably haven’t heard of until now… In this special edition of the Casey Daily Dispatch, our colleague Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, explains how central planners around the globe are waging this hidden war and what you should do to protect yourself. ———— Central planners around the world are waging a War on Cash. In just the last few years: Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal; Big warning signs U.S. is the next Greece 70-year-old multimillionaire reveals #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis. Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500;last_img read more

first_imgThe occupational health expert chosen by the government to review its much-criticised “fitness for work” test appears to have suggested that the assessment should be scrapped and replaced with a radically different process.Dr Paul Litchfield, who led the fourth and fifth reviews of the work capability assessment (WCA), said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been “forced into rushing the design of the WCA”, before it was introduced by the New Labour government in 2008.Litchfield, BT’s chief medical officer, was giving evidence to the Commons work and pensions committee for its inquiry into the assessment processes for personal independence payment and employment and support allowance (ESA).He was speaking just days after new figures, published by Disability News Service, showed that the proportion of people claiming out-of-work disability benefits who had attempted suicide at some point in their lives doubled between 2007 – the year before the WCA was introduced – and 2014.Litchfield (pictured, giving evidence), who was not asked about the figures by the committee, said there had been attempts to improve the WCA, but he warned: “There have been efforts to adjust it and improve it over time, but when it starts from a position which is designed as imperfect, you’re lucky if it gets more perfect, it is just as likely to get more imperfect as you adapt it.”Litchfield told the committee: “The philosophical basis of what we do as a society does need to be revisited.”He claimed that “the thinking that went into creating the current assessment” dated back at least to the early 1980s in the United States, and the WCA was simply an “evolution” of the previous assessment, the personal capability assessment.He said the WCA was designed “very quickly to meet the legislative timescales… so it wasn’t a radical redesign of a system, it was an adaptation of what was there already”.Litchfield said that the nature of work had “changed dramatically over that period” and it was now necessary to “think about as a society… how we want to distribute benefits to those who can’t work for whatever reason, and whether we want something which is specifically based on their health condition and their disability.“If we do want that we need to think about how we would design that in the context of the modern workplace and the shifting demographics and the shifting disease profile that we are seeing in the population, so I think there does need to be that fundamental thinking that goes on but that inevitably is a 10, 15-year process and you can’t rush it.”Despite those comments, disabled campaigners who have been calling for years for the WCA to be scrapped and replaced – because of its links to relapses, anxiety and distress among those with long-term health conditions, and the loss of many lives – are likely to be bemused by other remarks made by Litchfield to the committee.He suggested that much of the reason for the failure of the WCA was that it was based on a “medical model” understanding of disability, which he said was now “largely discredited”.He said that many experts were now more in favour of a “biopsychosocial model” approach.But campaigners and researchers have previously pointed out that the biopsychosocial (BPS) model crucially underpins ESA and the WCA and also played a significant role in the tightening of eligibility criteria for ESA and other disability benefits by the coalition and Tory governments.Research published last year by Professor Tom Shakespeare and Professor Nicholas Watson, and fellow academic Ola Abu Alghaib, argued that the BPS model was riddled with inconsistencies, misleading statements and “unevidenced” claims.The BPS model was developed by Dr Gordon Waddell, an orthopaedic surgeon, and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, who was DWP’s chief medical officer from 1995 to 2005.Key to the BPS model, the three authors said last year, is the idea that “it is the negative attitudes of many ESA recipients that prevent them from working, rather than their impairment or health condition”, essentially branding many benefit claimants “scroungers”.This allows supporters of BPS – including a string of New Labour and Tory government ministers – to draw a distinction “between ‘real’ incapacity benefit claimants, with long-term and incurable health conditions, and ‘fake’ benefit claimants, with short-term illness”, with the model responsible for a “barely concealed” element of “victim-blaming”, they said.last_img read more

first_imgDisabled activists are hoping their latest protest in the heart of Westminster will empower other disabled people to follow their lead and fight the government’s social security cuts and reforms.The action by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which involved scores of disabled protesters, focused on calls for the government to scrap its new universal credit working-age benefit system, which is being rolled out across the country.DPAC believes universal credit has “too many flaws to be simply paused and fixed” – the solution proposed by the Labour party – and is “rotten to the core”, with foodbank use and rates of claimants being sanctioned “soaring” in areas where it has been introduced.The action saw one group of activists occupy parliament’s central lobby and attempt to interrupt prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons.After their path to the Commons chamber was blocked by five police officers, they repeatedly chanted “stop and scrap universal credit” and “benefits not bombs” as prime minister’s questions was taking place.They later joined a larger group of activists opposite the Houses of Parliament, before marching to a traffic crossing in front of the House of Commons, where they blocked the road for more than half an hour.One protester was dressed as a crime scene investigator (pictured), beside a banner which said: “#StopandScrap. Universal Credit is a Crime.”The outline of a “murder victim” placed on the road had earlier been laid on the floor of parliament’s central lobby.Andy Greene, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said at the start of the protest that he hoped other disabled people and the public would pay attention to the action.He said: “This is about continuing to show that disabled people will not be passive recipients of these changes.“We will continue to resist them at every opportunity and represent the interests of people who cannot be here but would want to say something if they were.”But he added: “It is not enough to hear, you also have to respond, whether that is speaking to your local councillor, writing a letter to the media, calling up talk shows, taking direct action or joining a local group; whatever it is, we want people to respond.”Greene said councils were not being given the resources to cope with the results of austerity, while the voluntary sector “has had its teeth pulled in terms of capturing what is going on and being able to respond to that.“We are seeing that it is only through activism that we have been able to see any consistent, empowering response, which is why we are here today.”He said the introduction of universal credit had the potential to be the most harmful of all the government’s social security cuts and reforms, putting not only people’s income at risk but also “the roof over their head”.Disabled people are “right at the centre of that”, he said.He added: “We spoke five years ago about people’s worlds shrinking. We are now talking about people’s worlds collapsing.”At the end of the protest, Greene said he believed that years of high-profile protests by DPAC – which was formed in 2010 – had encouraged many other disabled people to take part in local and national demonstrations.He said: “That’s how I judge our success. People see themselves reflected in these demos. There is no myth, no secret. We turn up and we take part. That’s it.”Labour MP Laura Pidcock* supported the protesters as they blocked traffic outside the House of Commons, and said the action was “absolutely necessary”.She said: “Sometimes when people won’t listen, what else are people supposed to do?“I am very supportive of any demonstration when people feel a government will not listen.”She said the rollout of universal credit had begun in her North West Durham constituency in December and there had already been threats of eviction.Although she did not say she wanted to scrap universal credit, she said her party needed to “have a conversation” about how it was working.She said that people who were experiencing universal credit themselves knew the government’s claims that it would be a simpler system and would provide a faster route into work were “not true”.She said: “There has to be an overall assessment of, ‘is this the best that Britain has to offer in terms of social security?’”Marion Nisbet, of Glasgow DPAC, had travelled by train from Scotland to take part in the protest in London.She said she has been “part of the fightback” since she was asked in a work capability assessment (WCA) in 2011 why she had not killed herself, when discussing her suicidal feelings with an assessor working for the government’s contractor Atos.She said: “I walked out thinking that that was what I was going to do. I felt totally humiliated and worthless.”She said the WCA process – which is part of the universal credit system – was “nothing to do with empowering people back into employability” but was “state-sanctioned cruelty”.She said: “As an unemployed disabled worker, there is nowhere I would rather be than at my work, but we have an Equality Act that is not worth the paper it is printed on when it comes to the employability of disabled people.”She added: “I am sick and tired of watching sick and disabled people paying for the fact that the bankers ran away with the money.“This has been an ideological, financial attack on disabled people, labelling them scroungers and skivers so everybody is convinced we are all at it and [that attack] needs to happen.”Another disabled campaigner, Kay Nosae, said she had attended the demonstration because she wanted “to be doing something, to feel I have some power”, and to try to affect some of the many people walking past the protest in Westminster.She said: “It is also partly all the history of disability protest. I want to feel I am carrying on the tradition of trying to do something, not just being passive and letting other people fight for us.”Another reason she attended was because of her concerns about the removal of disability premiums in the move to universal credit.She said: “The government said that no disabled person would lose out but obviously they have.”She said she had spent days in bed before the protest and would probably spend days in bed recovering afterwards.She added: “I cannot plan for my future because I don’t know how the benefits system is going to change.”Gabriel Pepper, who took part in the lobby action, said universal credit was “a juggernaut”.He said he believed the government did not care about the impact of universal credit, and was intent on rolling it out and its harsh conditionality while closing scores of jobcentres.He said: “That combination is toxic. What do they think will happen?”Other protests as part of DPAC’s day of action against universal credit took place across the country, including actions in Manchester, York, Sheffield, Norwich and Brighton, with others planned in Truro, Birmingham, Leicester, Edinburgh and Cardigan, Wales.Among DPAC’s many concerns with universal credit are the “harsh” conditions imposed on claimants, without reasonable adjustments for disabled people; mandatory health and work conversations for disabled people; an online application process that is inaccessible to many disabled people; and the scrapping of severe and enhanced disability premiums, which are currently added to some means-tested disability benefits to help with the costs of disability.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been insisting since 2012 that “transitional protection” would ensure that no-one moving onto universal credit would see their benefits cut in cash terms.But campaigners have remained sceptical, while also pointing out that the transitional protections will not apply if there are changes in the disabled person’s personal circumstances – for example if they move to a new home, or their relationship status changes – and will not apply to new claimants.Despite repeated requests from Disability News Service to clarify exactly how disabled people will be affected by the removal of the premiums under UC, DWP has so far been unable to do so.in less than two weeks, the high court is due to hear a judicial review of the financial impact of the introduction of universal credit on a terminally-ill man who has lost £178 per month in disability premiums after he moved back to London to receive treatment and had to claim UC for the first time.*Pidcock said she had accompanied members of DPAC to a “very frustrating” meeting on Tuesday with Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, about concerns about disability benefit assessments.She said Newton had been “very, very dismissive” and although the minister was considering some recommendations made by this year’s report by the Commons work and pensions committee into the assessment processes, had refused to remove the PIP assessment contracts from Atos and Capita.She said: “I know they have a certain vision of the welfare state but I thought if I could meet with them on a human level and explain how difficult it is for people… but it didn’t make a difference.”last_img read more

first_img Entrepreneur Staff June 1, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business After President Donald Trump announced the U.S. will pull out of the accord on climate change, Musk followed through with what he tweeted yesterday. Add to Queue –shares Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Elon Musk Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Register Now » Elon Musk and Steve Bannon, chief strategist for President Donald Trump, attend a Strategic and Policy Forum meeting. Update June 1, 2017, 4:08 p.m.Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that he’s quitting his position on President Donald Trump’s advisory councils following Trump’s announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017Original story, published May 31, 2017, follows.Elon Musk has received a lot of flak for serving on President Donald Trump’s advisory councils, but he may soon forgo his role if the Trump administration pulls out of the Paris climate agreement, as is expected.Musk tweeted on Wednesday, “Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain.”Related: Watch Elon Musk’s Underground Sled Reach 125 mphWhen asked by a Twitter user what he’ll do if Trump pulls the U.S. out of the Paris accord, Musk responded:Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 31, 2017The SpaceX and Tesla CEO currently serves on the White House’s councils on manufacturing jobs, strategy and policy and infrastructure.Up to this point, Musk has argued that his place on the councils has allowed him to advocate for many issues, including climate change. Next Article 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Elon Musk: I’m Departing Trump’s Councilslast_img read more

first_img Associate Editor Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » At 9:48 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2018, Elon Musk tweeted two sentences that landed him with an SEC probe, an internal board review and an incalculable amount of online speculation.“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420,” he wrote. “Funding secured.” That price was a 20 percent premium over the share price at the time. Musk planned for current shareholders to have the choice to remain as such — if they preferred a buyout, they’d receive the approximate value he tweeted about.Today, the Tesla CEO is attempting to set the record straight on any speculation with a new company blog post. He sheds more light on his actions over the past week, including more on the “why,” writing that going private could help Tesla better focus on the long term. Entrepreneur reached out to Tesla for comment and will update this story if the company responds. Analysts at several top investment banks declined to comment, likely due to the sensitive nature of the company in recent months.Here’s what you need to know about Musk’s latest announcement.How likely is Tesla to go private?In a letter to Tesla employees, Musk wrote: “If the process ends the way I expect it will, a private Tesla would ultimately be an enormous opportunity for all of us.” The key takeaway from this is that Musk does indeed expect Tesla to go private. But analysts at JPMorgan aren’t quite as sure, assigning a 50 percent probability to the potential move. Before Musk’s announcement, JPMorgan valued the company’s shares at $195 each. The day after his tweet, analysts updated that valuation to $308 per share.Who is the backer behind Musk’s “funding secured” claim?Musk says the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund first approached him in early 2017 about taking Tesla private, a chief reason being they were interested in investing in more than just oil. According to Musk’s blog post, he met with fund representatives “several times” over the course of the next year — including July 31, 2018, after the Saudi fund bought close to 5 percent of Tesla stock. As for the “funding secured” part of Musk’s tweet? “Obviously, the Saudi sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed to execute on such a transaction,” he wrote. But Musk also clarified that he’s also in talks with other investors.How much more debt could cash-strapped Tesla incur for the move?Musk plans to leverage equity in the company rather than debt to fund Tesla’s potential move to private. “I do not think it would be wise to burden Tesla with significantly increased debt,” he wrote, disparaging reports that the move could cost the company more than $70 billion. He currently estimates that about two-thirds of all investor-owned shares would “roll over” into a private Tesla.What’s next?Musk says he’ll continue investor meetings to get a better idea of how many of Tesla’s current public shareholders would remain shareholders if the company goes private. The company’s board is currently setting up a special committee to evaluate any final proposal, followed by regulatory approvals and — one of the last steps — a vote by Tesla shareholders. Image credit: Robyn Beck | Getty Images Add to Queue –shares Hayden Field Next Article center_img Elon Musk Reveals New Plan for Taking Tesla Private 3 min read Elon Musk Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 13, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff On Monday, the outspoken CEO revealed the Saudi Arabian sovereign fund as a potential backer.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Create Your Own Online Network Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List July 16, 2009 Marketing 3 min read As an entrepreneur, you want to be on the lookout for the newest trends that help keep you lean and profitable. One thing you may want to consider is implementing an online network as an integral part of your business.As a person with strong entrepreneurial spirit, you may already be running one or more businesses. You may be running each by yourself or you may have employees of varying numbers. Starting an online network within your existing businesses can be a great way to increase the profits of those businesses.A great number of larger corporations have already discovered that opening up the gateways of communication through an internal social network has allowed them to learn more about employees, particularly their hidden talents, talents that may be tapped into as the company grows.Interestingly, the idea of creating a proprietary social network is not just for large organizations. Today, an increasing number of small businesses are embracing online networks, particularly as the workforce becomes more and more filled with employees who have spent their entire lives online.If you own a small business, or businesses, one of the main reasons you should consider adding an online networking component is that the best time to make an online network part of your company culture is when the company is small. It can then stay in place and grow along with your company. As a small-business owner, you likely wear multiple hats and, even with your handy PDA, you may have a difficult time getting easy access to all the information you need about your employees in a single place. By using an online network you can keep track of–and have immediate access to–information about what each employee is currently working on, and what experience they have from previous positions.Your company may have employees operating from remote locations. Setting up an internal online network will allow those employees to interact with one another–and with you–without leaving their desks, allowing for more personalization, and less isolation.Finally, if you more than one small business, implementing an online network gives you the power to gather information across your businesses, search for the best employees for particular tasks, and establish greater collaboration between you and your employees.Internal online networks are dynamic and allow employees to use virtually all the features they would find on Facebook, or even LinkedIn, including social networking, tagging and profiles. There are many hosted applications that cater to this market segment. Because of this, even the smallest companies have access to robust technologies at affordable prices.Larger businesses have already jumped on the bandwagon, particularly in the last couple of years, but the time is right–and the software is here–for smaller businesses to profit from an internal online networking component as well.Julien Sharp is the author of Design and Launch an Online Networking Business in a Week, and a contributing author to Masters of Sales: Secrets From Top Sales Professionals That Will Transform You Into A World Class Salesperson by Ivan Misner, PhD and Don Morgan, MA, both available from Entrepreneur Press. Julien Sharp Apply Now »last_img read more

first_img Daniel Cooper Add to Queue Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Endgaget Google’s Larry Page Is Secretly Developing a Flying Car Remember all of those dystopian futures where our skies are filled with grimy flying cars spewing smog across the land? The co-founder of Google is hoping to make that future a reality, at least according to Bloomberg.It’s published a report claiming that Larry Page has been secretly bankrolling Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, two California startups working on developing a serious flying car. While the former is based on the edges of Google’s Mountain View campus, Page’s involvement has been considered a secret, until now.According to 10 (10!) sources familiar with the matter, Zee.Aero has developed a pair of prototype aircraft which it tests regularly. It has a facility close to a runway in Hollister in southern California, where locals claim to have seen weird craft hovering overhead. The report describes them as plane-like vehicles, with propellers in the rear — one small enough for a single person, the other seemingly more capacious. Last year, website LongTailPipe found a patent detailing the firm’s thinking, with rotor blades lining a plane-style cockpit. As top-secret as the project is, Zee.Aero engineers have been known to show off their skills, breaking the cruising record for unpowered flight at the 2013 Red Bull Flugtag.Kitty Hawk, meanwhile, was apparently spun out by Page as a competing project, led by Sebastian Thrun, founder of Google’s X Lab. Thrun is also famous for being one of the minds behind the search engine’s self-driving car project way back when. Page apparently believes that two companies, competing directly with each other, will help get the job done faster. The smaller firm is working on something closer to a quadcopter drone, reminding us of EHang’s 184 passenger drone.Unfortunately, Bloomberg believes that merely reporting on Page’s involvement with both firms might kill his dreams dead. It claims that the Google co-founder said that, if his connection was made public, he’d withdraw in an instant. Although maybe he’s better off directing his energies toward a mode of transportation that’ll help solve the problems more people face today, like mass transit.center_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Engadget June 9, 2016 2 min read Larry Page Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Add to Queue –shares Next Article Delta Air Lines to Cancel Nearly 300 Flights on Tuesday Delta Airlines 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 9, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters Delta Air Lines Inc. said it was canceling some 300 flights on Tuesday morning, higher than an earlier estimate of 250, as the carrier worked to restore operations after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday.The company, which has not yet given details about the financial impact of the outage, said it expected additional delays and cancellations.The airline canceled around 1,000 flights on Monday, stranding passengers at airports around the globe.”We were able to bring our systems back on line and resume flights within a few hours yesterday but we are still operating in recovery mode,” Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said on Tuesday.Customers traveling on Tuesday should check the status of their flight at delta.com or the Fly Delta App, the company said.Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian apologized to customers on a video posted on the company’s website and said the company was working round the clock to restore its systems.The problems arose after a switchgear — which helps control and switch power flows like a circuit breaker in a home — malfunctioned for reasons that were not immediately clear, according to Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co., which provides electricity to most counties in Georgia.Atlanta-based Delta said it would offer compensation to customers affected by significant delays or cancellations. The company said it would provide $200 in travel vouchers to all customers who experienced a delay of greater than three hours or a canceled flight.Delta shares were little changed at $37.75 in premarket trading on Tuesday.Rivals Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. have also suffered flight disruptions earlier due to data system malfunctions.(Reporting by Rachit Vats and Sayantani Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey) Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgLiveRamp Launches Authenticated Traffic Solution to Democratize People-based Identity Across the Open Ecosystem PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 9:01 pmJune 4, 2019 LiveRamp®, the leading identity platform for exceptional experiences, announced its Authenticated Traffic Solution (ATS) for publishers and supply-side platforms (SSPs) to expand the company’s commitment to creating an open, independent, and collaborative ecosystem to drive the future of digital marketing. Evolving industry trends like increased regulation and third-party cookie restrictions are making it more difficult to reach consumers online than ever before. LiveRamp’s solution provides every marketer, platform, and publisher the ability to leverage their data and manage the customer journey with a neutral, privacy-conscious identifier across all inventory—display, mobile, cookieless, and CTV. Additionally, ATS furthers consumer choice and privacy by giving consumers control over how their data is being used, and a single opt-out for destinations leveraging IdentityLinkTM. The company expects to formally roll out the product in the coming months.“Our industry needs a more persistent and healthy solution—one that protects the rights of consumers and businesses; ensures a level playing field, visibility and control for all participants; and catalyzes exceptional experiences and results,” said Scott Howe, CEO of LiveRamp. “We’re launching our Authenticated Traffic Solution for the good of everyone in the industry—so that permissions can be honored while also democratizing identity and data for the good of all participants.”Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing OfficerLiveRamp’s ongoing commitment to provide an open and scaled identity solution has spurred multiple, complementary efforts: the Advertising ID Consortium embedding IdentityLink into the bidstream; launching the Open Internet Measurement Initiative; providing LiveRamp’s identity graph to demand-side platforms free of charge via IdentityLink for Real-time Bidding; and now expanding that to include cookieless inventory with ATS.“With recent changes to third-party cookie restrictions and the evolving regulatory landscape, the need for privacy-safe, omnichannel identity solutions that increase consumer visibility and choice is more important than ever,” said Jay Friedman of Goodway Group. “We’re excited to see that LiveRamp has been committed to providing a solution for platforms, marketers and publishers.”Marketing Technology News: Alpha Software Launches Alpha TransForm, Cuts Build Time for Robust Offline Enterprise Mobile Apps from Months to HoursAs third-party cookies become less accessible and functional, publishers’ ability to identify visitors and deliver relevant experiences greatly diminishes. Publishers should be able to develop a trusted relationship with consumers and then connect those consumers with marketers—ATS enables the publisher to do just this. ATS provides a safe and transparent solution based on publisher first-party authentications that deliver enhanced addressability and better consumer visibility and control. LiveRamp’s people-based IDs, IdentityLinks, provide a holistic view of consumers because they are grounded in the company’s offline AbiliTec graph and power omnichannel marketing. IdentityLinks provide greater privacy, security, portability and persistence than other identifiers.With LiveRamp’s Authenticated Traffic Solution, users will have access to the following benefits:Give consumers full choice and control over how they interact with marketers with continued access to free content, better privacy controls and better ad experiencesIncrease audience addressability in cookieless environmentsMaximize the scale for campaigns that target their most valuable audiencesIncrease advertiser demand while maintaining a responsive user experienceMarketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. Authenticated Traffic SolutionData management platformseople-based IdentityLiveRampNewsScott Howe Previous ArticleSOCi Finds Organic Engagement and Boosting Key to Localized Social MarketingNext ArticleAWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Textractlast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019The field of genetic sequencing has undergone a dramatic revolution over the past 20 years. In 2001 the first copy of the three billion base pairs that assemble the human genome was published. Since then, the price of genetic sequencing has dramatically declined, and sequencing of DNA fragments has become routine in biology and medical laboratories. Many studies focus on identification of genetic patterns and genes related to normal functions and disease. However, certain genomic regions are still poorly characterized.In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers, led by Prof. Gur Yaari, of the Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University, reveals a novel computational tool it has developed to study variations in genes that determine the immune system’s dynamics and used to analyze genetic variation among 100 individuals.Current knowledge of the regions which determine the immune system’s function is very limited. The reason for this is the repetitive structure of those regions, which hinders mapping of short DNA reads to their exact location within these regions. “Despite limited knowledge about those regions, they are critically important for a deeper understanding of the immune system, as well as for prediction of diseases and development of novel tools for personalized medicine in cancer, inflammation, autoimmune diseases, allergies and infectious diseases,” says Prof. Yaari.Our immune system can adapt itself to countless threats (pathogens), even ones that continuously evolve. “Among other mechanisms, this is done through a huge repertoire of receptors expressed by B and T white blood cells,” explains Moriah Gidoni, a doctoral student who participated in the study. “The human body contains tens of billions of B cells, each of which expresses a different antibody receptor that can bind a different pathogen. How can such a huge diversity of antibodies be achieved, when the genomic regions encoding for antibodies are relatively short? Diversity is achieved by each B cell expressing only a small number of DNA fragments that are randomly chosen from the entire region, which together encode for a complete antibody.”Related StoriesResearchers completely eliminate all traces of HIV from infected miceScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerMathematical model helps identify determinants of persistent MRSA bacteremiaSimilar to other human characteristics, the genomic region encoding the immune receptors changes between people, and each person has two such regions that are inherited from the mother and the father. The fragments encoding each antibody are selected in each B cell from only one chromosome, and therefore it is highly valuable to map the fragments that are found on each chromosome, which are the pool from which that person is able to encode antibodies. For example, a person who is missing certain fragments is unable to produce certain antibodies, which can hinder his ability to fight a certain pathogen, making him more susceptible to the disease caused by the pathogen.According to the researchers an indirect way to learn about the genetic variations in these regions is to read genetic sequences of mature B cells after they have already chosen which fragments they express, and from these data to infer the genetic variety within each person.The analysis showed a much richer than expected pattern of deletions and duplications of many genomic regions. Prof. Yaari, who led the study, says: “Despite the critical importance of these genomic regions for our understanding of the immune system and a wide variety of diseases, our knowledge so far has been limited to what was under the standard sequencing lamppost. Computational tools like the one recently developed by our group enable a completely different point of view on this very important genomic region that contains a large wealth of valuable biological and medical information.” Source:https://www1.biu.ac.il/last_img read more

first_img Source:https://moffitt.org/newsroom/press-release-archive/2019/moffitt-cancer-center-researchers-identify-mechanism-of-resistance-to-braf-inhibitors-in-melanoma/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 15 2019Melanoma is one of the most aggressive types of skin cancer, but recent advances in targeted therapies have improved the prognosis for many patients. Unfortunately, for some patients these positive outcomes are not long lasting, due to the development of drug resistance and tumor recurrence. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have discovered a mechanism by which melanoma cells become resistant to the commonly used drugs that target the BRAF protein and its signaling pathway. Their study was published online today by the journal Cancer Research.One of the most common genetic mutations found in melanoma is alteration of the BRAF gene. Mutations in BRAF are found in approximately 50 percent of all melanomas, leading to increased cell proliferation and survival. Several drugs are available that target BRAF and a downstream gene named MEK that cooperates with BRAF in cancer development. These drugs have resulted in significant improvements in patient outcomes; however, many patients eventually develop drug resistance.Related StoriesNuclear medicine imaging assesses melanoma patients’ response to immunotherapyNew liquid biopsy technique used to assess melanoma progressionGroundbreaking AI technology could predict melanoma metastasisMoffitt researchers conducted a series of laboratory experiments with cell lines and mouse models to determine how melanoma becomes resistant to these commonly used drugs. They discovered that melanoma cells that are resistant to BRAF inhibitors undergo a similar response mechanism as cells treated with stress-inducing factors, such as UV radiation and low oxygen. During each of these conditions, the cells increased expression of the protein histone deacetylase 8 (HDAC8).HDACs are proteins that regulate the expression level and activity of other proteins within the cell. HDACs are often deregulated in cancer and several drugs that target HDACs are approved for the treatment of different types of cancer. The researchers found that HDAC8 stimulated the activity of the AP-1 transcription factor that subsequently increased the expression of genes that are involved in cell motility and invasion.”Our work provides the first evidence that HDAC8 activity is increased in responses to multiple, diverse cellular stresses, and that this in turn initiates a transcriptional program that is associated with increased melanoma cell survival,” explained Keiran Smalley, Ph.D., director of the Donald A. Adams Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center of Excellence at Moffitt.This link between HDAC8 and drug resistance suggested to the researchers that drugs targeting HDACs may be able to overcome cellular resistance mechanisms to BRAF inhibitors. The researchers performed a series of mouse experiments and found that co-treatment with both HDAC and BRAF inhibitors inhibited melanoma tumor growth better than either agent alone.The researchers hope their work will lead to clinical studies that will examine the potential of HDAC inhibitors to prevent the development of drug resistance in melanoma. “These findings provide a strong rationale to pursue the development of more selective and potent HDAC8 inhibitors for future evaluation as drugs that can limit phenotype switching and therapeutic escape in melanoma,” said Smalley.last_img read more

Provided by International Communication Association This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Jin Kang (Pennsylvania State University), and Lewen Wei (Pennsylvania State University) will present their findings at the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Prague, Czech Republic. The researchers conducted an online survey with a total of 106 undergraduate students who had both fake Instagram (Finsta) and real Instagram (Rinsta) accounts. In the survey, the students were asked how Finsta was different from Rinsta in two different ways. One, was administered in an existing valid measure that taps onto four different user motivations, archiving, self-presentation, escapism and social interaction. In the Second, students elaborated their answers in an open-ended format.The data analyzed revealed Rinsta was rated higher for escapism and archiving. One might expect for the Finsta to be rated higher on these two motivations; higher on escapism as there are more pictures being updated from other users to distract their attention and higher on archiving as users can post pictures anytime. One potential explanation is that Finsta is just “too real.” As users post pictures that closely reflect the reality, Finsta may constantly remind users of their actual reality, rather than allowing them to immerse themselves in an illusion that “life is perfect,” as portrayed by other users.Research on self-presentation on social media is ever expanding. Finsta is another venue for individuals to express different aspects of the self to the public. This study shows that there are two things that make Finsta unique: 1. It is an agreed-upon place for everyone to be inappropriate and silly and 2. Most users are doing the opposite of the normally seen positive self-presentation on other platforms. If individuals display their best self (e.g., ideal-self) on places like Facebook, individuals are displaying their worse self on Finsta.”We showed exactly how Rinsta and Finsta are different in terms of user motivation. Contrary to popular belief, individuals used Rinsta to express one’s actual-self and used Rinsta to escape from reality. On Finsta, users posted inappropriate and silly pictures not just for self-expression, but also posted these pictures as a way to bond with their friends, that is, to make their friends laugh and to archive the crazy moments they shared together, said Kang. “Also, at least in our study, we found that creating Finsta mainly happened among female students which also raises an interesting future question of if female users have stronger need to express an inappropriate side of themselves than male users.””Let Me Be at My Ugliest: Instagram Users’ Motivations for Using Finsta (Fake Instagram),” by Jin Kang and Lewen Wei; to be presented at the 68th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 24-28 May 2018. Explore further How teens use fake Instagram accounts to relieve the pressure of perfection Credit: CC0 Public Domain As Instagram is viewed as a place for building the ideal self, some users have created fake Instagram (Finsta) accounts to buck this trend. But are these “fake” accounts really there to express the real, sometimes ugly self, or is there a deeper motivation? A recent study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, found that users align their real Instagram accounts (Rinsta) with their actual self and to escape from reality, whereas Finsta to foster social bonding. Citation: Motivation for using fake Instagram (Finsta) is not to reveal inappropriate self (2018, April 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-fake-instagram-finsta-reveal-inappropriate.html read more

first_img World 10 Jul 2019 In hotbed of Sudan’s uprising, activists torn over transition deal Related News World 11 Jul 2019 Beaten and abused, Sudan’s women bear scars of fight for freedom PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court ruled on Friday that an Eritrean man extradited from Sudan in 2016 was the victim of mistaken identity and dismissed allegations that he was a ruthless, human-trafficking kingpin.However, the judges said Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe was nonetheless guilty of abetting people smuggling and handed him a five-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 euros (£89,628). Because he has already spent three years behind bars, the court said he could go free. But rather than release him, police took Berhe to a facility in the centre of Sicily where migrants are placed ahead of their eventual expulsion.His lawyer Michele Calantropo said Berhe had a right under Italian law to appeal his conviction, adding that he thought it would be illegal to expel him at this point in time. “He cried like a child when he was told that the judges had recognised it was mistaken identity and ordered his immediate release,” Calantropo had said earlier outside the courtroom, expecting his client to be immediately be let out of prison.”Today we have applied for asylum for him,” he said. Friday’s verdict represented a setback to both Italian and British investigators who worked together to secure the arrest of the man who was identified in court as Medhanie Yehdego Mered – a notorious Eritrean smuggler nicknamed “the General”.The defendant, arrested by police in a coffee shop in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, maintained that he was called Berhe and was an impoverished refugee with no criminal background. “The court has accepted our position. He is not the General,” Calantropo said. DNA TESTSSome of Mered’s alleged victims had testified that they did not recognise the arrested man, while relatives of the alleged smuggling mastermind said it was a case of mistaken identity. DNA tests also suggested it was the wrong person.However, Italian prosecutors Calogero Ferrara and Claudio Camilleri insisted during proceedings, which were spaced out over three years, that the right man had been caught, thanks partly to the help of Britain’s National Crime Agency.They had demanded a 14-year prison sentence.”The court has recognised that this man was a human trafficker,” chief prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi told reporters, adding that his office would read the court’s full report on the case before deciding whether to appeal the reduced verdict.The court found five other men – three Eritreans and nationals from Ivory Coast and Ghana – guilty of various human smuggling offences, handing them terms of up to five years, three months in prison plus fines of up to 60,000 euros.At the time of Berhe’s arrest some 360,000 migrants had crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Italy in just two years, with many hundreds drowning while trying to reach Europe. The number of migrant crossings has since risen above 600,000, but the flows have slowed dramatically over the past two years as successive governments in Rome have cracked down on people smuggling.Italy and Britain worked together for more than an year trying to track the General, using telephone intercepts to follow his movements before deciding to request his arrest by Sudanese authorities in June 2016.During his trial, Berhe acknowledged phoning contacts in Libya, but said he was merely looking to talk to relatives hoping to escape to Europe, like many Eritrean nationals. (Reporting by Wladimiro Pantaleone; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Philip Pullella and Frances Kerry) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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