Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The offensive line, however, does not hold the same promise with Veldheer sidelined, though it would not be a shock if Arizona’s receivers — specifically Floyd — did turn things around and improve in the second half.But even if the Cardinals do pick up their play, the schedule down the stretch isn’t particularly forgiving, as Sando noted. Of their six road games, two are against 2015 playoff teams (Vikings, Seahawks) and another one is against a likely 2016 playoff team (Falcons). The Cardinals also visit the Rams, who knocked them off earlier in the season. Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by Carolina Panthers’ Daryl Worley (26) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Beginning Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals will get back on the field and back to work in an effort to turn around a once-promising season.At 3-4-1 the Cardinals are in no way out of the playoff race, but for a team that was expected to lead the pack, having to chase a few teams is certainly a disappointment.The team has looked little like the squad that won 13 regular season games last season and reached the NFC Championship Game, and the reasons are many. 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Looking to break it down a bit, ESPN’s Mike Sando, in an Insider piece, took a look at the NFL’s supposed contenders who are looking to bounce back in the season’s second half, and tried to gauge each team’s chances.Out of six teams, the Cardinals were No. 4 in bounce-back potential.Cause of slide: Carson Palmer has returned to previous form (or thereabouts) after putting together an MVP-caliber season in 2015. The Cardinals’ offensive line was already diminished this season, before veteran left tackle Jared Veldheer landed on injured reserve. Receiver Michael Floyd has all but vanished from the offense. He and the Cardinals’ other wideouts not named Larry Fitzgerald aren’t making the sensational catches they made last season. It has been a grind for Arizona offensively, and Palmer is looking nearer his age (36).Bounce-back potential: The Cardinals play six of their final nine games on the road and already lost one of them, 30-20 at Carolina before their bye. The Arizona defense is talented enough to keep games close without the newly injured Tyrann Mathieu, but too much is missing from the offense for the team to bounce back to 2015 form.Palmer has indeed not been as good in 2016 as he was in 2015, with his completion percentage and yards-per-attempt average being down while his interception percentage is up. That said, he has been solid over his last three games, and in Week 8 against Carolina showed promise in throwing for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
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The European Parliament’s decision yesterday to restrict the scope of changes in copyright rules that would enable cross-border consumption of services has elicited mixed reactions from industry bodies.The parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to water down European Commission proposals that would have have enabled broadcasters to show a wide range of content across borders within the EU. Instead, the parliament voted to limit the application of the ‘country of origin’ principle that would enable this to news and current affairs programming only.Content rights-holders and commercial broadcasters had strongly opposed the EC’s changes, arguing that a broader revision of the rules would reduce the value of exclusive rights and prevent producers from selling distribution rights on a country-by-country basis.The legal affairs committee ruling would mean that broadcasters could make news and current affairs content available across the EU once they have cleared the rights in their own country. These programmes could include content protected by copyright which currently can’t be cleared in a short time-frame for each and every country.It will however the possible for broadcasters to geo-block their online content if rights-holders and broadcasters agree this in their contracts. MEPs supported the view that this is necessary to support current licensing models.“The chance to create a European audience was missed. Conservative forces put the interests of Big Players over the interests of millions of European citizens in an irrational, unbalanced way. Under the pretext of cultural diversity European Broadcasters are refrained from adapting to the digital age,” said rapporteur Tiemo Woelken.The Association of Commercial Television (ACT), representing commercial broadcasters, welcomed the result.“Today’s vote in the Legal Affairs Committee is definitely a step in the right direction. It acknowledges the value of territorial exclusivity in ensuring EU citizens can watch a wide range of high quality TV programmes,” said Agnieszka Horak, ACT’s director of policy and legal affairs.“Commercial broadcasters have long believed that the wrong legislation on this issue would reduce the amount, quality and diversity of TV content. We thank all the Members of the European Parliament who have helped us take a step towards better legislation.We urge the Member States in the Council to follow the direction of travel set by the Committee on Legal Affairs.”European public broadcasters body the EBU on the other hand regretted the decision, which it said would restrict cross-border access to European content.“We deeply regret that the majority of the Members of the JURI [legal affairs] committee did not support a futureproof and consumer-friendly licensing system giving access to more diverse European radio and audiovisual content across borders,” said Nicola Frank, head of European affairs at the EBU.Frank said that the original proposals would not have undermined the principles of territoriality and contractual freedom and would have enabled consumers to view more content online and across borders.She said that the “drastically reduced” scope of the country of origin principel would “encourage consumers to resort to more illegal online content services” and would also “provide the ground for making non-European players even stronger”.
Sponsor Advertisement One has to wonder if JPMorgan and the other big traders are ever going to get out of this silver corner that they appear to have painted themselves into.The gold price wandered around in a ten dollar price range right up until the London open…and then traded just about flat right until the 8:30 a.m. Eastern time job numbers were announced. From that point, gold’s brief rally was capped at precisely 9:30 a.m…and the subsequent sell-off ended at precisely 10:30 a.m. Eastern.The smallish rally that began after that, wasn’t allowed to get too far…and gold closed at $1,616.60 spot…down $4.80 on the day. Volume, net of roll-overs out of the February contract, were in the neighbourhood of 135,000 contracts.This is the New York Spot Gold [Bid] price chart…which is the only action that matters.Silver traded in a twenty cent price range all through Far East and most of the London trading day and, like gold, the real price activity occurred in New York. At 9:30 a.m…long after the jobs numbers had been released…and thirty minutes after gold had headed south…a not-for-profit seller showed up in the silver market as well. By 10:20 a.m. Eastern time, they had the silver price down about 80 cents.The subsequent rally regained seventy cents of that loss by 11:25 a.m…but then silver got sold off once again. This lasted until about 3:30 p.m…and then traded quietly sideways for the rest of electronic trading in New York. There were obviously no free-market forces at work in the New York silver market on Friday…nor gold, for that matter.Silver closed at $28.75 spot…down 62 cents on the day. Net volume was around 36,000 contracts.Once again I’m only providing the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart…as it’s the only price action that’s relevant.The dollar index traded sideways up until about 7:30 a.m. Eastern time…and then rose about 30 basis points by about 9:50 a.m. From there it traded sideways until the markets closed at 5:15 p.m. in New York.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price during the entire New York trading session…and the HUI finished down 0.95% on the day…but up 3.8% on the week.The silver stocks didn’t do particularly well as a group, either…but considering the big hit that the price took yesterday, the damage certainly could have been worse. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 1.16%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 10 gold, along with 82 silver contracts, were posted for delivery on Tuesday. All this week in silver it’s been Jefferies as a short/issuer…and the Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan as the long/stoppers. Friday’s report was no different…and the link to that action is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.But the U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They sold a whopping 30,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 175,000 silver eagles. In the first four business days of 2012, the mint has sold 74,500 ounces of gold eagles…3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 3,547,000 silver eagles.It was another big day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They received 1,180,316 ounces of silver…and only shipped a tiny 3,141 ounces out the door. As of the close of business hours on Thursday, these five Comex warehouses held 122,302,690 ounce of silver. The link to Thursday’s activity is here.I must admit that I was somewhat taken aback by yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report for silver, as it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Not even close. There was no big increase in tech fund shorting on last week’s monster price drop…and no corresponding increase in the Commercial net long position. What it showed was that Commercial net short position actually increased by about 1,800 contracts because more short positions were added…and the tech funds went long by about 2,400 contracts.The COT report in gold showed that the Commercial traders decreased their net short position by about 2,000 contracts…the technical funds showed virtually no change…and the Nonreportable [small] trader were the ones that went short the 2,000 contracts.But on sober second thought, I suppose it’s possible that the big declines that were experienced in both gold and silver on December 27, 28 and 29 were all negated by the gains on the 30th…and the big gain on January 3rd. True, there was pretty big gross volume on those days, but how much net volume was involved once all the b.s. high-frequency trading volume is removed? Maybe not very much in the middle of holiday-shortened week. If that’s the case, then the big spike down…then up…in silver and gold, was done under very illiquid market conditions…and there may have been little net change in the COT report under those circumstances.I had no opportunity to talk to Ted Butler yesterday, so I must admit that I wasn’t able to pick his brain about what he saw in the Disaggregated COT Report, which is different from the legacy report that I always use. He can see a lot more under-the-hood detail from this report…and there are no other commentators [at least that I’m aware of] that use it, or even understand it. As I said in last Saturday’s column…I’ll wait to see what he has to say later today…and then steal what I can for my Tuesday column.Well, if the COT report was a surprise in silver, then the January Bank Participation Report in silver was a shock. Both Ted and I were expecting big improvements in the U.S. banks short position in both silver and gold. With the big price declines in December, we should have expected nothing else.That turned out to be the case in gold, but not in silver…not by a long shot.For many years, there have been only two U.S. banks with short positions in silver that have really mattered. They are HSBC USA…and JPMorgan…with JPMorgan holding at least 90% of that total short position all by itself.In the January report, these two U.S. banks were net short 15,757 Comex silver futures contracts. In the December report they were net short 15,662 futures contracts. Their net short position since the prior report actually increased 95 contracts! During the month of December the price of silver was engineered lower by five bucks…and a 95 short contract increase in their net short position on the Comex was the best that JPM and HSBC could do? Wow!Yesterday’s COT Report and BPR Report all came from the same set of data at the Tuesday cut-off…so we can compare the data directly from one report to the other. To put the JPM/HSBC Comex silver short position in context, when you remove the Non-Commercial spread trades [long one month, short another] from the total Comex silver open interest, the total open interest in silver drops down to 87,889 contracts. Divide that number into the JPM/HSBC net short position and you find that these two banks are short 17.9% of the entire Comex futures market in silver. If you remove the spread trades from the Commercial category [which aren’t reported in the COT Report]…these two banks would show that they would be short north of 20% of the Comex silver market.And those are just two of the ‘big 8’ short holders in the Comex silver futures market. If you add in the other six, then these eight large traders are short 34.9% of the Comex silver futures market…and as you can see, well over half of that 34.9% short position is held by JPM/HSBC.That’s concentration!Now that the U.S. bullion banks short position has been bisected and dissected…here is what the 14 non-U.S. banks did in Comex silver futures contracts since the December report. They moved from a net short position of 1,204 contracts in the December report, to a net long position of 1,259 contracts in the January report…a swing of 2,463 contracts to the long side.The ‘8 or less’ traders, led by JPMorgan, have a short-side corner on the Comex futures market in silver…and JPMorgan appears to be trapped on the short side with what remains of its once gargantuan 40,000+ contract short position. One has to wonder how many other of the ‘big 8’ short holders are in the same boat.In gold, it was very straightforward. The January Bank Participation Report showed that 4 U.S. bullion banks were net short 79,926 Comex gold futures contracts…a decrease of 21,093 contracts since the December report. The 20 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex futures contracts in gold are also net short the market. In their case it’s 31,102 contracts…which is an 8,439 contract improvement since the December BPR. Based on the price action during December, there are no surprises here.The short position in gold, although bad enough in its own right, is not even on the same planet as silver. In gold the ‘8 or less’ commercial traders are short 105.2% of the total Commercial net short position. In silver, these same ‘8 or less’ traders are short 234.8% of the Commercial net short position. The 2 U.S. bullion banks mentioned in the BPR…JPMorgan and HSBC…hold 99.0% of the Commercial net short position all by themselves! That’s concentration!This is what the CFTC can see as well…but won’t raise a finger to stop it. And the silver companies that you own shares in won’t say a word, either.Here’s a real scary chart that Australian reader Wesley Legrand sent my way yesterday. It tells you all you need to know about what would happen if any or all of the PIIGS defaulted on their debt…or even a portion of it. I suggest you use the ‘click to enlarge’ feature…and study this chart carefully.(Click on image to enlarge)I have a fair number of stories today, of which quite a few are ones that I’ve been saving all week for this Saturday column. I hope you can find the time over the weekend to read them all.Even if you are in a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. – GhandiToday’s ‘blast from the past’ comes from 1972…and in case you can’t do the math, that’s now 40 long years ago. Everyone knows this rock classic, so turn up your speakers…and then click here. Note the outfits.With gold down about five bucks…and silver down two percent, there was a small decline in gold’s preliminary open interest number…and no change in silver’s preliminary o.i. number. It makes you wonder just how much true volume there is actually being traded in these metals, as it appears that these rises and falls in price as of late, have made very little difference in the open interest numbers. This is something that Ted Butler has been going on about for many months now.There was nothing to be read into the final open interest numbers for Thursday’s trading day, either.Not much has changed since gold and silver prices hit rock bottom at the London silver fix at 7:00 a.m. Eastern time last Thursday. Despite the surprise in the COT report…and even bigger silver surprise in the Bank Participation Report, it appears that nothing has been resolved in JPMorgan’s short position in silver over the last month…even though the price declined a bit over five bucks during that period.One has to wonder if JPMorgan and the other big traders are ever going to get out of this silver corner that they appear to have painted themselves into. As Ted Butler said a couple of weeks back, they might be able to beat gold down a bit more…and then bash silver at the same time. But if a five buck decline didn’t do the trick in December…what silver price would at this stage of the game? Just asking.I have no idea what to expect during next week’s trading session…but nothing would surprise me. I look forward to the Sunday evening open in New York with great interest.I hate to keep beating this story to death, but there’s still time to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well. And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.That’s it for the day…and the week. See you on Tuesday. Columbus Gold Closes Transaction to Acquire Paul Isnard, 1.9 Million Inferred Oz. Gold Project; Plans Drilling On June 30, 2011, Vancouver, Canada based, Columbus Gold (CGT: TSX-V) announced that it had closed its previously-announced transaction with Auplata SA, gaining the exclusive right to obtain up to a 100% interest in the Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana, which includes the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million Inferred gold resource in the Montagne d’Or gold deposit. Columbus Gold now has fully satisfied the share issuances required to earn into the project, and can earn its initial 51% interest in the project by incurring $7 million in exploration expenditures, which it expects to complete by early 2012. Upon Columbus Gold earning a 51% interest in the project, it will have an option to increase its interest to 100% (subject to an underlying royalty) by completing a bankable feasibility study. Drilling is planned to commence in August 2011.For additional information, please see Columbus Gold news release dated June 30, 2011, or contact the company at:Investor Relations 604-634-0970 or 1-888-818-1364 firstname.lastname@example.org
A “perfect storm” has hit the gold market…Longtime readers know Casey Research founder Doug Casey has been warning of another major financial disaster for years. According to Doug, the financial hurricane that made landfall in 2008 never left. It’s been hovering above us, gaining strength.Doug now thinks we’re exiting the eye of the storm. When the trailing edge hits, it will trigger a crisis “much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009.”He’s encouraged anyone listening to buy gold, the ultimate safe haven asset. If you took Doug’s advice, you’re likely sitting on big gains.The price of gold has surged 27% this year. It’s beat global stocks 6-to-1. Gold hasn’t done this well in years.Today, we’ll explain what’s driving gold prices. As you’ll see, folks are piling into gold at the fastest pace ever. And there’s no reason to think this buying mania will end anytime soon.• Gold is having a historic year… Over the first six months of this year, the price of gold surged 25%. According to the World Gold Council, gold had its best start to a new year since 1980.Record “investment demand” caused gold to take off.If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you might find the phrase “investment demand” odd. After all, we don’t consider gold an investment. We think of it as real money.For centuries, gold has preserved wealth because it’s unlike any other asset. It’s durable, easy to transport, and easily divisible. Unlike paper currencies, it’s survived every financial crisis in history. It’s the most reliable store of value on the planet.When the World Gold Council says “investment demand,” it’s talking about gold coins, gold bars, and gold ETFs… basically anything but jewelry.Frankly, it doesn’t matter if you call gold an investment or real money. The point is that folks are buying gold at the fastest pace ever.• Investors bought 1,064 tons’ worth of gold during the first half of this year…That shatters the previous all-time record.Investors bought 16% more gold during the first six months of this year than they did in the first half of 2009…when we were still in the midst of a global financial crisis.Investors are buying any gold they can get their hands on…MarketWatch reported last week:Demand comes from a “broad spectrum of investors accessing gold via a range of products with gold-backed ETFs and bars and coins performing particularly strongly.”As you probably know, gold ETFs like the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) track the price of gold. They trade like stocks, making them a convenient way to “own” gold.However, it’s important to keep in mind that gold ETFs are “paper gold”—they’re no substitute for a gold coin you can hold in your hand.That said, gold ETFs are incredibly popular. They can say a lot about investor sentiment toward gold.Right now, investors can’t get enough of these funds. According to the World Gold Council, inflows into gold-backed ETFs hit 579.2 metric tons during the first half of the year. That, too, is a new all-time high.• “Mom-and-pop” investors aren’t the only ones buying gold… Legendary investors George Soros, Carl Icahn, Stan Druckenmiller, Bill Gross, and David Einhorn have all recently placed huge bets on gold.These are some of the best investors to ever walk the Earth. None of these men got to where they’re at by investing like everyone else. They made billions of dollars by being contrarians. Yet, they’re all doing the same thing right now: buying gold.Just as important, they’re buying gold for the same reasons we own gold. It’s the ultimate safe haven asset.This tells us something is very wrong with the global economy or financial system.• The World Gold Council says a “perfect storm” has pushed investors into gold… MarketWatch reported on Thursday:“The global picture for gold is dominated by considerable and continued investment demand driven by the West as investors rebalance their investment in response to the ever-expanding pool of negative yielding government bonds and heightened political and economic uncertainty,” said Alistair Hewitt, head of market intelligence at the WGC, in a statement.Regular readers won’t find this surprising. All year, we’ve been pointing out dangers in the economy and financial system.We said most stocks and bonds are incredibly risky. We’ve explained that global debt is spiraling out of control. And we’ve shown you countless examples of how the global economy is stalling.• Governments are desperately trying to prevent another major financial crisis… Since 2008, central banks have cut interest rates more than 650 times. And they’ve “printed” more than $12 trillion.Central bankers thought flooding the global economy with easy money would make it grow. It hasn’t worked. The U.S., Europe, and Japan are all growing at their slowest rates in decades.• Governments are trying to “stimulate” the economy with even more extreme policies…Negative rates are the latest government “stimulus” measure.This radical policy basically flips your bank account upside down. Instead of earning interest on your money in the bank, you pay the bank money. The idea is that people will spend more money if they’re “taxed” to save money.It’s a completely idiotic idea. Yet, as the World Gold Council noted, negative rates are spreading like a plague.According to Business Insider, more than $13 trillion worth of government bonds now have negative rates. Keep in mind, negative rates were practically unheard of two years ago.• The average investor is starting to realize easy money doesn’t work… Just look at what’s happening in Europe.Two months ago, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union. The “Brexit” shook the global financial system.It knocked more than $3 trillion from the stock market in two days.Policymakers immediately sprang into action.Within hours, the Bank of England (BoE) pledged to pump £250 billion ($322 billion) into Europe’s financial system. And two weeks ago, the BoE announced its biggest stimulus package since the 2008-2009 financial crisis.It dropped its key interest rate just above zero. And it launched a new £70 ($90) billion “money-printing” scheme. It hopes its “sledgehammer stimulus” program will help England avoid a recession.We wouldn’t bet on it. As we often point out, easy money policies don’t actually help the economy. At best, they buy the government time… but this comes at a price.• Easy-money policies destroy the value of paper currencies… The euro has lost 18% of its value since the European Central Bank (ECB) introduced negative rates in 2014.And the British pound plummeted after the BoE announced its new stimulus plan. It’s now down 13% since the start of the year. On Friday, it hit a 31-year low.People in Europe are taking shelter in gold. According to the World Gold Council, Europe was the biggest source of gold investment demand over the first six months of this year.• Doug Casey thinks paper currencies will fall one by one in the coming years… Doug explains:A panic into gold. You’ve heard this story many times before here. But it’s truer than ever as we approach a genuine crisis. There are no stable paper currencies anywhere in the world. The dollar has been strong only because it’s liquid. Liquidity is good, but here, we’re talking about liquid like nitroglycerin.While gold is already up big this year, Doug thinks it’s headed much higher in the coming years:Hedge funds will start buying gold in size. As will central banks, who don’t want to hold each other’s paper. As will individual investors. Right now, few people even think about gold, much less understand it. How to profit? Buy gold. I expect we’ll see it well over $5,000 this cycle.Right now, gold trades for around $1,340, meaning Doug thinks gold could easily triple in the coming years.• If you do one thing to protect yourself from the coming crisis, own physical gold… We also encourage you to watch this important presentation.As you’ll see, the crisis Doug’s been warning about has already begun. It could eventually take out every major paper currency, including the U.S. dollar.The good news is that you can still protect yourself. If you act soon, you could even turn this coming crisis into an opportunity to make BIG gains. Watch this free video to learn how.Chart of the DayThe U.S. economy is growing at its slowest pace in decades.Today’s chart shows the average annualized growth rate of the past 11 U.S. economic recoveries. As you can see, the U.S. economy has grown just 2.1% per year since 2009. That makes the current “recovery” by far the slowest since World War II.Last quarter, the economy grew at an annualized rate of only 1.2%. That’s not even close to the average annualized growth rate (4.7%) of the last 10 recoveries.We’ve been saying for months that the U.S. is in big trouble. We’re now starting to see this in the headline gross domestic product (GDP) number, which lags other indicators we follow. This tells us a major crisis could be around the corner.We encourage you to protect yourself before it’s too late. Step No. 1 is to own physical gold. We recommend most investors put 10% to 15% of their wealth in gold. For other ways to safeguard your wealth, watch this short video.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaAugust 15, 2016We want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to email@example.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.
A former Liberal Democrat minister has welcomed the UN’s decision to carry out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights in the UK.Disability News Service (DNS) first revealed the existence of the inquiry last August and it was finally confirmed officially by Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, earlier this month.Now Norman Lamb, who served as care minister for nearly three years under the coalition and is now one of his party’s eight remaining MPs, has told DNS that he welcomes the decision of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) to launch the high-level inquiry.Speaking after his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth, he said: “It’s a good thing to examine whether the rights of people are being in effect violated.“This whole area does not get sufficient attention and the best way of putting a spotlight onto what is happening is by inquiries of this sort, highlighting what is going on.”The inquiry was triggered by the grassroots campaigning organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which had grown increasingly concerned by the disproportionate impact of the coalition’s cuts on disabled people.Over the last two-and-a-half years, DPAC has been submitting evidence to CRPD about “vicious and punitive attacks on disabled people’s independent living as well as the cuts which have seen so many placed in inhuman circumstances and has led to unnecessary deaths”.Among the areas where DPAC says the UK government has breached the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are through its decision to close the Independent Living Fund, the damage caused by the work capability assessment, the impact of benefit sanctions, the introduction of the bedroom tax, and cuts to social care.Lamb delivered a widely-praised speech to his party’s annual conference in Bournemouth this week on the need for more resources for social care (and the NHS) and for equality for those with mental health conditions.He told DNS that it was “hard to judge” whether the UN would have been investigating even graver violations of the disability convention if his party had not been in the coalition, but he said: “I absolutely know that the situation would have been much, much worse had it not been for us in there, and particularly in the area of welfare.“I think everyone can see, if you look at the situation now [since May’s general election]… what the Tories are like without us. That indicates the battles that we fought throughout the coalition.“It is pretty difficult with 57 MPs and we didn’t get any credit for it at the general election, but I think that many of the steps taken [by the Conservatives] since then demonstrate why our role was so important.“I am very, very clear that we hold our heads absolutely high for the actions we took both in ameliorating what would otherwise have happened, but also in doing some very positive things ourselves.”
Geoff Weiss January 14, 2014 Next Article Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, DirecTV dropped The Weather Channel from roughly 20 million screens over carriage disputes — and now the embattled channel is framing the clash as a matter of life and death.Calling itself a “critical life-saving community resource” on its newly-launched website, keeptheweatherchannel.com, The Weather Channel is also urging DirecTV consumers to switch to alternate providers and contact their local congressmen. Adds on-air personality Jim Cantore in a short video on the site, “Don’t let DirecTV control the weather.”In its stead, DirecTV has temporarily replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation, a competitor.While The Weather Channel was seeking an increased carriage fee of one penny per subscriber each month, reports Bloomberg, DirecTV was looking to substantially reduce the channel’s current 13-cent rate.Related: Winter Weather = Bad Mood? It’s More Complicated Than That.Dan York, DirecTV’s chief content officer, issued a statement saying the two companies remain in talks. He added, perhaps a bit derisively, that consumers today are increasingly turning to other mediums such as mobile devices and local television stations to be kept abreast of weather news.”Consumers understand there are now a variety of other ways to get weather coverage, free of reality show clutter,” York said. “The Weather Channel does not have an exclusive on weather coverage — the weather belongs to everyone.”For his part, David Kenny, the chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, which owns The Weather Channel, called the blackout a “dangerous gamble” given the network’s relatively diminutive request. “This is not a big increase,” he said, “and we haven’t had anyone else balk.”Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV Business The Weather Channel Gets Unseasonably Dumped by DirecTV Amid Carriage Disputes –shares Technology 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Former Staff Writer Apply Now »
3 min read Laura Entis As the net neutrality debate continues to rage on between Internet service providers (ISPs) and advocates calling for stricter regulation, it seems Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is eyeing a compromise. Possibly one that will make no one happy.First, let’s review both sides’ positions.On one hand, there are the net neutrality advocates, who contend that the ISPs should flat-out be reclassified as a common carrier, or utilities, and thus all online traffic should be treated equally. This would bar Internet service providers from creating multiple levels of connection speeds and charging consumers and companies for access to “fast lanes” — a move critics argue will automatically create “slow lanes,” which will make it very difficult for promising new startups to get up and running.Related: Net Neutrality Debate Surpasses Janet Jackson’s ‘Nip Slip’ in Number of Comments Sent to the FCCOn the other side of the debate, we have the ISPs like AT&T and Comcast, who argue that a re-classification of broadband providers the Internet under Title II (which was originally written for old phone networks) by the FCC is both out-of-date and without legal merit. Instead, ISPs Internet should remain a lightly regulated retail service, thus giving them the option of charging consumers, websites and content sites for faster Internet speeds.Currently, the FCC is caught between a rock and a hard place. The public has vehemently rejected its current proposal, which would allow Internet service companies to enact “fast lanes,” but if the agency decides to enforce net neutrality and reclassify broadband providers, it faces an avalanche of lawsuits from phone and cable companies.So here’s the hybrid proposal, which The Wall Street Journal reports the commission is seriously considering: Divide broadband into two service categories. In other words, classify broadband connections to consumers as a “retail” service (i.e. lightly regulated) allowing phone and cable companies to charge consumers based on their Internet speed and consumption but classify broadband connections to edge-carriers (the FCC’s term for websites and content sites) as “common carrier” (i.e. regulated, thus doing away with the controversial “fast lanes.”)Related: A Glimmer of Compromise on Net Neutrality as FCC Comment Period EndsThe Wall Street Journal wrote:The proposal will “leave the door open for broadband providers to offer specialized services for, say, videogamers or online video providers, which require a particularly large amount of bandwidth. The proposal would also allow the commission to explore usage-based pricing at some point, in which consumers are charged based on how much data they use and companies are able to subsidize traffic to their websites or applications.”In other words, as a consumer, if you require fast Internet speeds (be it to watch Netflix, play videogames, download YouTube videos etc.) you’ll likely pay a premium to maintain a seamless connection.As tech blog Recode notes, as with many compromises it will likely leave both sides unsatisfied. Net neutrality advocates argue that the proposal is too complicated to hold up in court and instead, they want the agency to challenge a 2002 decision that deregulated the Internet providers in the first place. Meanwhile, Internet service providers don’t want the FCC holding them to what they feel like are outdated regulations.Wheeler is expected to officially reveal the FCC’s proposal in the upcoming weeks, according to Recode.Related: A Brief, Unfolding History of Net Neutrality (Infographic) –shares Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article October 31, 2014 Net Neutrality Guest Writer Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand With the FCC Considering a Hybrid Approach to Net Neutrality, Will Anyone Be Satisfied? Enroll Now for $5
Death April 29, 2016 Image credit: Bloomberg The Apple Inc. employee found dead at the company’s California headquarters committed suicide, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, police said on Thursday.The victim, who was found on Wednesday deceased in a conference room at Apple’s campus in Silicon Valley, was identified as 25-year-old Edward Thomas Mackowiak of Santa Clara, California.”The Medical Examiner determined the manner of death was suicide and the cause was a gunshot to the head,” the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement.An Apple spokesman declined to comment on Thursday or say what Mackowiak did for the company, but a LinkedIn profile that has since been taken down listed him as a software engineer.There was no immediate word on what might have led Mackowiack to take his own life.”We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker,” the company said in a statement issued late on Wednesday. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”Apple’s so-called Infinite Loop campus is the hub for the company’s workforce in Cupertino, which numbers 16,000 employees, according to a 2013 report on the company’s economic impact. The company is constructing another campus in the city, a massive loop of glass often likened to a spaceship.Apple on Tuesday reported its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years.(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, Julia Love and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Bernard Orr) Police Say Apple Employee Found in Conference Room Died of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shares Add to Queue Reuters 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Apple Inc. headquarters in Cupertino, California. Register Now »
Ordinarily, in a case like this, we would remove the affected ribs and correct the defect by covering the area with a titanium plate. These plates are a standard size, designed for men of 100 KG or women of 50 KG, and need to be altered and rotated during surgery to suit each patient specification. In a complicated surgery, this can add hours to the operating time.”Dr Jon Zabaleta, Thoracic Surgeon at Biodonostia Using precision 3D printing, surgeons at Biodonostia are able to create highly-accurate patient-specific 3D models to plan for thoracic wall tumor surgeries. Surgical time for the removal of a complicated thoracic wall tumor in a 64-year-old patient reduced by 2 hours due to the ability to plan the surgery in advance with a patient-specific 3D printed model. Surgeons are now able to reduce often lengthy and invasive steps by measuring the necessary screws and pre-bending the titanium plates accurately before the surgery using the patient-specific, accurate 3D printed model. Biodonostia is now working with 23 hospitals across Spain, providing them with access to advanced Stratasys 3D printing technology to enhance pre-surgical planning and improve patient care. By creating a precise, anatomically-accurate 3D printed model of the thoracic wall, we were able to plan and perform the resection on the 3D model ahead of the surgery. This allowed us to measure the screws and pre-bend the titanium plates in advance and helped reduce the overall operating time by 2 hours. For the patient, this meant a significant reduction in time under anesthesia, and for our hospital, freeing up time in operating rooms saves costs.”Dr Jon Zabaleta, Thoracic Surgeon, Biodonostia Health Research Institute Benefits/Value: Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryStratasys’ new J720 Dental 3D printer sets new standards for digital dentistryStratasys and Materialise bring 3D printed medical models to lifeAs Dr Zabaleta explains, this case presented a complex challenge for the surgical team, as removing the tumor would require removal of more than one rib, an unusual method of treatment that increased the risks associated with the surgery. As a result, the surgeons needed to find the best way to correct the defect with the strength to protect the lungs, while maintaining flexibility and movement in the chest.In order to explore and plan the surgery, the surgeons turned to their partnership with Tknika and Tecnun to produce an advanced, patient-specific 3D model of the patient’s thoracic wall on the Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D Printer. Together, the hospital’s partners converted a conventional CT scan of the patient into a 3D printed model and return edit to the surgical team within 24 hours. Jan 25 2019Executive Summary: Founded in 2008, the Biodonostia Health Research Institute was the first institute for medical research in the Basque region of Spain. Facing difficult surgical challenges every day, it recently partnered with Tknika, a Research and Applied Innovation Centre for Vocational Education and Training in the Basque region, and Tecnun, a specialist division of Universidad de Navarra, to enable surgeons to harness the latest 3D printing technology as a tool to aid surgical preparedness. Now, using Stratasys advanced FDM 3D printing technology, the hospital can create advanced, patient-specific 3D printed models to plan for complex cases such as complicated thoracic wall tumors. The partnership allows them to convert the CT scan of the patient into a 3D printed model and deliver it to the surgical team within 24 hours. Due to these models, the team are now enjoying a reduction in surgical time, avoidance of lengthy, invasive surgical procedures and improved patient care. 3D printing is an essential surgical tool for us. Previously, no 3D printed model we created in-house could meet the level of detail and accuracy we needed. However, thanks to our partnership with these local institutions, we now have access to advanced 3D printing technology from Stratasys that enables us to meet the demands required to create highly-accurate, patient-specific 3D models.”Dr Jon Zabaleta, Thoracic Surgeon at Biodonostia Patient-specific 3D-printed model of a tumor on the thoracic wall. 3D printed using the Stratasys Fortus 450 mc. Biodonostia Health Research Institute, founded in 2008, is the first institute for medical research in the Basque region of Spain. Today it undertakes research in seven subject areas that bring together over 350 researchers across 26 groups. Daily, the institute, and the co-located Donostia University Hospital where all treatment takes place, face challenging surgical cases. These all require precise, complex and often difficult surgeries during which surgeons need to make the most of every tool in their arsenal to ensure a safe clinical outcome.A new, and vital tool is 3D printing. The hospital recently entered into a partnership with Tknika, a Research and Applied Innovation Centre for Vocation Education and Training in the Basque region, and Tecnun, a specialist division of Universidad de Navarra, providing the surgical team with access to more advanced 3D printing technology. Stratasys FDM 3D printing has proved particularly important when treating complex, and often life-threatening thoracic wall tumors. Located on the chest wall, thoracic tumors can cause excessive and painful swelling, or lead to breathing trouble for the patient.Surgical Time Reduced by Two Hours In a recent case, a 64-year-old man came to Dr Zabaleta and his team with an extremely complicated tumor on his thoracic wall. Over the course of two years, the tumor had slowly grown up his chest cavity and spread across multiple ribs. The man was in intense pain, with surgeons concerned about his respiratory function. For this thoracic wall tumor, the surgeons required a model strong enough to replicate human bone, so the teams at Tknika and Tecnun selected Stratasys FDM technology thanks to the ability to print in engineering-grade thermoplastics.“Our partnership afforded us access to the necessary technology to produce a large and complex model that was incredibly strong, close to the real bones we would face during surgery. Without the strength of this model, we could not have prepared for the surgery in the same way,” explains Dr Zabaleta.In addition, Dr Zabaleta credits an improvement in patient-doctor communication to the 3D models. For the man in the aforementioned case, the ability to use 3D printed models to explain how they intended to protect his lungs helped to alleviate his anxiety ahead of a complicated operation and enables informed consent to be achieved quicker and more easily. Additionally, the surgical consult is faster and more efficient, offering the surgeon time to see more patientsExtending the use of 3D printing to other disciplinesDr. Zabaleta believes that the next natural step will be for all surgical disciplines at Biodonostia to use Stratasys 3D printing to prepare and plan for surgeries, as it offers the hospital the opportunity to innovate their treatment procedures and improve patient care.“The use of the 3D printed model was so essential to this case, and we are working to apply this to many other surgical disciplines across the hospital, from pancreatic tumors to airway stenosis,and these 3D printed models are already being used to help train our future surgeons,”explains Dr.Zabaleta.Ultimately, the goal of the partnership with Tknika and Tecnun is to create a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates to create the best possible 3D printed surgical models for the hospital on-demand, with Tecnun’s involvement centering around the segmentation and reconstruction of the models, and Tknika producing the final 3D printed versions. But this collaboration is not just limited to Biodonostia, as the hospital is currently working to provide 3D printed models to 23 other hospitals across Spain.“We’re thankful to have such knowledgeable partners in Tknika and Tecnun. Coupled with the dedicated local support of Stratasys distributor, Pixel Sistemas, we’re confident that the hospital can continue to help patients with access to the most advanced 3D printing solutions,” concludes Dr Zabaleta. Source:https://www.stratasys.com/
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