Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive 30 prize trips

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations Transat will be holding prize draws throughout the year to award 30 surprise trips to travel consultants across Canada.Three trips will be drawn each month from February to November, with one draw in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region and one in Western Canada.“Travel agents have been key Transat partners since the company’s beginnings,” said Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales and Commercial, Transat Tours Canada. “That’s why we decided to make them part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and show how important they are to us.”Transat has chosen one milestone date in its history for each of the next 10 months for each surprise trip. On the morning of each ‘surprise day,’ the company will notify travel consultants that every Transat product booking – either flights, packages or cruises – made that day will earn them one chance to win a trip.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere will be one trip drawn per month in each of the regions (Quebec, Ontario-Atlantic and West). The names of two other agents, having also booked a Transat product on the surprise date, will also be drawn randomly to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. All of the winners’ names will be announced a few days after the surprise date.No registration is required; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells the product. Transat says it has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout its 30th anniversary year. Travelweek Group center_img Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive: 30 prize trips Friday, February 10, 2017 Tags: Agent Incentives, Transatlast_img read more

Spring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50

first_imgSpring is coming in hot with Sunwing savings of up to 50% off Share Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — In celebration of the first day of spring, Sunwing is offering value added ‘Spring Loaded Savings’ on top-rated resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.Clients who book by midnight on March 24 can take advantage of up to 50% off vacation packages. The tour operator encourages clients to book quickly to avoid disappointment.The promotion applies to a wide range of resorts and destinations, including Grand Memories Varadero, an all-inclusive beachfront property where kids can meet Toopy and Binoo at the Memories Fun Club and where parents can lounge by the pool or relax at the on-site spa. Other perks include catamaran rides, windsurfing and a selection of à la carte restaurants serving varied cuisines.Also included in the promotion is Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa on Bavaro Beach, which is consistently popular among families. Features include spacious accommodations that can sleep a family of up to five, complimentary water sports and an on-site ‘Calle Caribeña’ for avid shoppers.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAll Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while onboard, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy-onboard selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.center_img Monday, March 20, 2017 Tags: Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Apple hit by hackers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple on Tuesday said it was hit by hackers who wormed their way into the California company’s system but evidently failed to steal any data.The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on U.S. technology firms.“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.“We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.”The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for Web browsing programs.A “small number” of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according the Silicon Valley based company.“There is no evidence that any data left Apple,” the company said. “We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”Apple took the added steps of releasing a Macintosh computer operating system update that disables Java software that hasn’t been used for 35 days or longer and a tool for finding and removing the malware. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

CBO GSE WindDown Bill Could Cut Spending by 60B

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market CBO: GSE Wind-Down Bill Could Cut Spending by $60B September 8, 2014 589 Views The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate on Friday for S. 1217, a senate bill proposed June 2013 by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) that would eliminate GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a private insurance company system with a government backstop.According to the newly-released estimate, removing the two GSEs would save the government billions of dollars in the next 10 years.Under S. 1217, the new system of guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) would mean less risk for the government, therefore costing the government less money.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would no longer offer guarantees on MBS under S. 1217; instead, the newly-established Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation (FMIC) would offer guarantees on MBS that originated in the primary market. FMIC would then guarantee payment of principal and interest by charging fees on the underlying mortgages. Private capital would take on some of the losses before the government payments would kick in.CBO estimates that S.1217 would result in a reduction of direct government spending by about $60 billion over a 10-year period from 2015 to 2024.The reduction in spending is primarily be attributed to the fact that fees that FMIC would charge MBS issuers would be more than the cost of the guarantees calculated under the Federal Credit Reform Act.Also, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the conservator for the two GSEs since 2008, would no longer charge fees (recorded as revenue) to the GSEs to pay for their administrative expenses, which would result in a $1.5 billion decline in revenue during a five-year period from 2020 to 2024.Federal deficits are expected to decline by $58 billion over the next 10 years under S. 1217, according to CBO. Pay-as-you-go procedures would come into play under S. 1217 because the bill affects direct spending and revenue.center_img Congressional Budget Office Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Politics 2014-09-08 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Rep Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term

first_img02Jan Rep. Kahle posts perfect voting record for first term State Rep. Bronna Kahle finished her first term in the state House with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 votes during the 2017-2018 session.“It is an honor to work hard for the people of Lenawee County. I take my responsibility to be a voice for us in Lansing very seriously,” Rep. Kahle said. “It’s part of the job to show up each day and cast each and every vote with the best interests of our friends, neighbors and families in mind.”Rep. Kahle is currently serving her second term in the state House, representing residents of the 57th District in Lenawee County. Categories: Kahle Newslast_img

Netflix has acquired seasons one to three of anima

first_imgNetflix has acquired seasons one to three of animated series Horrid Henry for its services in the UK and Ireland.The deal, comprising 156 11-minuteepisodes, will see Netflix release the seasons of the Novel Entertainment-produced show over the next year. Season one debuts this month.Netflix already has non-exclusive SVOD rights to season one in the US.Horrid Henry has been a key ratings driver for ITV’s children’s channel CiTV, and has had a fourth 52x11mins season commissioned.“We have been actively growing the digital presence of Horrid Henry, and this deal with Netflix is a major part of our plan tomake the show available to audiences beyond its successful platform on linear television,” said Novel’s CEO, Mike Watts.The series has sold to numerous broadcasters around the world from Zodiak Kids, which picked up rights after former owner Target Entertainment went under in 2012.last_img read more

POLICE are appealing for information following rep

first_img POLICE are appealing for information following reports of criminal damage in Co Derry over the weekend.A PSNI spokesperson said: “Sometime between midnight and 9am Sunday 25th June 2017, a white BMW had all four tyres damaged in the Riverside North area of Castledawson.“If you witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have information specific to this incident, please contact Magherafelt station on non emergency number 101, quoting reference 636 26/6/17. castledawsonPOLICE PROBE AFTER CAR TYRES SLASHED IN WEEKEND ATTACKPSNI MAGHERAFELTRIVERSIDE NORTH “Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”POLICE PROBE AFTER CAR TYRES SLASHED IN WEEKEND ATTACK was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

Heres another two photos I took on Sunday  Its

first_imgHere’s another two photos I took on Sunday.  It’s our old friend, the double-crested cormorant.  It’s the same bird sitting in the same spot that I presented in this column about a month ago—and that I photographed in early summer as well, so I would think that it’s a non-breeding adult.  Since I already had all the photos of this fellow I could ever want, I thought it would fun to see how close I could get.  The first photo is from about 8 meters at bird-eye level, which is point blank range for a 400mm telephoto lens for an object this size, so I didn’t have to crop it much.  Here he/she is, standing on one leg, pretending to sleep, but with at least one eye wide open.  The second photo was taken from a bit further away and from a slightly elevated position on some stairs as I left.  I spent half an hour at that spot—and it didn’t move an inch. Are we done to the downside?  Beats the hell out of me.  JPMorgan et al along with their HFT buddies can do anything they want.  But there are limits to how low these prices can be driven—and as Ted Butler said in his Saturday column—and again on the phone yesterday—if we’re not there already, we aren’t far off.  I’m sure he’ll have more to say about this to his paying subscribers in his mid-week commentary later today.And as I write this paragraph, the London open is less than 15 minutes away—and prices did absolute nothing in Far East trading on their Wednesday.  Of course silver had it’s obligatory down spike at the 6 p.m. open in New York on Tuesday evening—and it’s still down as of this writing.  Net gold volume is around 15,000 contracts—and silver’ net volume is 4,500 contracts.  The dollar index is basically unchanged.As I said in The Wrap yesterday, I was kind of hoping that JPMorgan et al would get this over with on Tuesday, as I would like all the data in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, as yesterday at the close of Comex trading was the cut-off for that report.  And whether it was the bottom or not, there’s an excellent chance that all of it should be reported in a timely manner.And as I send this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:20 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are being guided lower—and are below yesterday’s closing prices in New York—and palladium is once again at a new low for this move down.  It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if ‘da boyz’ had the other three precious metals at new lows before the trading day is done in New York today.  Gold’s net volume is now 25,000 contracts—and silver’s volume is up to 6,500 contracts net.  The dollar index is still up a tiny amount.Based on what I see here, nothing will surprise me from a price perspective when I check out the Kitco charts after I fire up my computer later this morning.And before heading out the door, I’d like to point out that the Casey OnePass has been opened for a very brief period of time.  You have until this Friday to sign up to save $1,749 on the full subscription package.As you know, with the Casey OnePass, you get ALL of Casey’s newsletters (no CIA or CEC alert services) at a significant saving of $1,749 per year.  But more importantly, we’ve got some good opportunities across all sectors—and what better way to keep track of them, then to sign up for a service that includes them all?You can find out all you need to know by clicking here—and it costs nothing to have a look.I’m off to bed.  See you here tomorrow. There are limits to how low these prices can be drivenIt was a very quiet day on Tuesday with not much happening during Far East and London trading session.  That all changed starting at 11:40 a.m. EDT when the HFT boyz showed up with their algorithms—and it appeared that a new low for this move down was set at, or very close to, the 1:30 p.m. Comex close.  From there it rallied a few bucks before rallying anew starting around 3:15 p.m.  A thoughtful non-for-profit seller put a pin in that rally balloon a few minutes after 4 p.m.—and  the price didn’t do much after that.The high and low ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,258.90 and $1,248.10 in the December contract.Gold finished the Tuesday trading session in New York at $1,255.80 spot, up 30 cents from Monday’s close.  Net volume was around 113,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the finer details of the Comex and electronic markets in New York yesterday.Brad Robertson sent us the 5-minute gold tick chart—and you can see the associated volume that went with the price action.  Remember to add 2 hours for EDT.After the obligatory down tick at the open on Monday night in New York, the silver price made quite a few attempts to break above its Monday closing price in New York, but didn’t quite make it.  Once Comex trading began however, there was some price pressure—and ‘da boyz’ printed a new silver low as well for this move down shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York.  After that, it traded almost the same as gold, including the nifty rally that began at 3:15 p.m. EDT—which also got cut off a the knees minutes after 4 p.m. by a willing seller.The low and high ticks were reported as $18.89 and $19.155 in the December contract.Silver finished the Monday trading session at $19.055 spot, up 3.5 cents from Monday.  Net volume was 30,500 contracts.And here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart.Platinum and palladium weren’t spared by the HFT algorithm yesterday, either.  Platinum, which is now hugely oversold, was closed down 12 bucks, but well off its low tick.Palladium really got it in the neck yesterday starting at the London p.m. gold fix—and by 12:15 p.m. EDT, most of the damage had been done—and ‘da boyz’ closed it down by 24 bucks.  It was a dollar or so lower than that on the day as well.The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 80.30.  From there it chopped to its 84.56 high, which occurred at precisely 9:00 a.m. BST in London on their Tuesday morning.  Then it drifted unsteadily lower, closing at 84.17, which was down 13 basis points on the day—and 39 points off its high tick.The gold stocks rallied slightly into positive territory at the open—and then slowly began to sink back into the red, hitting their lows just before the 3:15 p.m. EDT rally began in both gold and silver.  They popped back into positive territory in no time—and the HUI closed up 1.48%.The silver equities followed a similar path, except their time in positive territory didn’t last long—and they got sold down much harder than the gold shares.  They were down by almost 3 percent at their 3:15 p.m. EDT low—and the subsequent rally in Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index cut the loss to only 0.86%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 227 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  In silver, the two largest short/issuers were ABN Amro and R.J. O’Brien with 138 and 77 contracts respectively.  There were 11 different long/stoppers. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here—and it’s certainly worth a quick look.The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday trading session shows that there are still 24 gold contracts left open in the September delivery month, which is unchanged from Monday’s report.  But the number of silver contracts left open in September rose by 90 yesterday, so there are now 977 contracts left to deliver in September—from which you can subtract the 227 contracts mentioned in the prior paragraph.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:40 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.  But when I was editing today’s efforts at 3:55 a.m. EDT, I was shocked to see that there was another addition to SLV.  This time it was 1,438,770 troy ounces.  Was this deposited to cover an existing JPMorgan short position?  Since the beginning of the month, 3.12 million ounces of silver have been added to SLV—and 9.7 million troy ounces were added in August—and since August 1, silver prices have been engineered lower to the tune of almost two bucks.  During the same time period, GLD has shed about 320,000 troy ounces.We should get the new short positions for both GLD and SLV this evening sometime—and that will be up until the end of August.  The 3.12 million ounces added so far this month, won’t show up in shortsqueeze.com‘s numbers until almost the end of September.There was another sales report from the U.S. Mint.  The sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—200,000 silver eagles—and 100 platinum eagles.Once again there was big movement at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  In gold, nothing was reported received, but 56,748 troy ounces were shipped out, with most of it coming out of Scotiabank’s vault.  The link to that activity is here.In silver, there was 601,494 troy ounces received—and 1,222,262 troy ounces shipped out the door.  All the activity was at the CNT Depository—and Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that action is here.Happily, I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and that suits me just fine.  You as well, I would assume.Let me take another shot at trying to highlight why this COMEX physical turnover, unique to silver among all commodities, has captured my attention. There are six COMEX-approved silver warehouses—four in the vicinity of New York City and two not that far away in Delaware and Massachusetts. There is not a lot of silver mining or smelting occurring in this narrow area of the Northeastern US, although this is clearly a hub for distribution and transportation. This year some 900,000 oz of silver on average have moved into or out from these six warehouses on a daily basis.Converting world annual silver mine production to the same five day work week as COMEX inventories are reported (800 million oz divided by 250 days), the daily world mine production of silver comes to 3.2 million oz each business day. The daily average movement of silver into and out from the COMEX silver warehouses at 900,000 oz is equal to 28% of total world daily mine production, even though the world mines and refines silver in areas far from the narrow area where the COMEX silver warehouses are located. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 06 September 2014[And as an aside to what Ted say above, it’s a very good bet that just about every good delivery bar that’s been received or shipped out of these six Comex-approved depositories during the last three years or so, has some pretty awesome ‘frequent flyer’ points attached to them. – Ed]I don’t have much to add to my prior comments about any of the four precious metals, as JPMorgan et al took all four of them to new lows yesterday in these ongoing engineered price declines.Here are the 6-month charts for all four metals.last_img read more

TSX Toronto Stock Exchange 1477935

first_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,779.35 14,594.03 13,932.97 Gold (SGE) 1,297.41 1,183.74 1,250.25 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.40 8.52 12.54 Dear Reader, Never forgetting that our reason for owning gold is prudence, not speculation (that’s what the stocks are for), we often try to illustrate the point with real-world stories. This week we have a highly instructive update from our friend, a feisty gold dealer in Moscow who’s just lived through a massive economic upheaval. I encourage you to give it a read, but don’t discount it as a “Russian thing” that could never happen here, wherever “here” may be for you. We’ve seen the same behavior throughout history and across the world. Word to the wise. First, however, I want to alert you to a terrific new investment opportunity our colleagues at BIG TECH have uncovered in the coming revolution in lighting. Yes, the humble light bulb has been with us for a long time—too long, in fact. It’s time for lighting to enter the 21st century, and the Casey technology team has zeroed in on the best way to profit. What I like most about our tech investment publications—aside from the fact that they have delivered excellent returns for us while gold was taking its overlong breather—is that a “better mousetrap” can make investors money even in economic hard times. Perhaps especially in economic hard times. And I’m sorry to say, I do expect global economic conditions to continue deteriorating. Even if I’m wrong, however, a better mousetrap should still make tons of money for investors. That makes solid tech speculations great pair trades for our gold stock speculations—it’s even possible we could win on both. Give it some thought, and see if the opportunity our tech team has uncovered looks right for you. Sincerely, Unemployment benefits. Here’s a headline for you: “Level of Unemployment in Moscow Will Rise to 0.5% by 2017.” And this is from 0.35% (25,100 people) who are officially unemployed here today. There are about 13 million residents in Moscow, and the real rate of unemployment or underemployment is way higher than that. The highest level of benefits here is about $78 per month, and that’s really for former top managers. You can count on benefits for about three months, and they will literally hound you with seminars, job fairs, and check-ins. Just to put this number in perspective… the cheapest apartment here costs $50,000 to $60,000, and it would be just a hole in the wall. As a result, Russians simply don’t register with the unemployment office; they try get along on their own. The majority of Russians have a savings-oriented mentality, so gold would fit rather snugly into their financial frame of reference. It’s time for Russians, Americans, and everyone else to wake up, face up to the dangers of statist debauchery, and prepare ourselves for the hard times to come! A couple days later I overhead this conversation at an electronics retailer: “Honey, I still have some rubles left on me—let’s get a third flatscreen TV.” Now here we are in the middle of January, and 1 USD goes for 65 rubles. Have any lessons been learned? Have Russians turned into hard money enthusiasts? Unfortunately, US dollars and euros (and even flatscreen TVs) are still seen as better hedges against chaos than gold. What about all those articles about the Russian central bank buying gold? Actually, very few Russians are meaningfully aware of these purchases. It hasn’t influenced people’s financial decisions yet… although it should—the Bank of Russia bought 171 tonnes of gold last year, more than any other central bank in the world. Meanwhile, as I write, a Russian language website is teeming with ads offering to sell those appliances bought for 40,000 rubles in December just for 32,000 rubles! Does this mean there won’t be a gold bull market in Russia? I think it would be a mistake to draw that conclusion, and here’s why… First, there was an upsurge in gold and silver sales at the end of 2014. Some local sources said coin sales grew by 50%, some by 100%. Our sales volume also definitely picked up in December compared to last fall, but April 2013 was much more active in terms of volume and interest. Keep in mind that all of this is from a very low base. The most promising sign is that regional bulk buyers reappeared after a long absence—these guys come in with cash and buy 50, 100, or 150 ounces of gold at a time. They are mostly provincial businessmen looking to “deep freeze” their savings for the long term, always taking the newest and cheapest one-ounce gold coins. The concept of precious metals ownership is slowly seeping into psychological makeup of Russian businesspeople. A major financial event or a sudden spike in the USD gold price will serve as the real catalyst for a gold stampede. The loss of trust in Western currencies for economic or political reasons may stir Russians to action, too. Second, gold ownership is just one wholesome habit in what I call “personal fiscal hygiene.” Russia in many ways runs far ahead of the developed world in terms of debt prudence and anti-welfare mentality. Here are just two examples in support of this: Mortgage debt. Russians also buy real estate on credit, but the size of the market is miniscule. There is about $51 billion in residential mortgage debt outstanding in a country of 144 million people, of which only 3.5% is in currencies other than the ruble. This is pocket change compared to the US—yet you should hear all the anti-debt rhetoric in the local media. Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research An elderly woman at the supermarket cashier, in response to the rumors about a possible freeze of bank accounts, said, “They will take away our money like they did in the early ‘90s?” I replied, “Why not try gold and silver for the long term?” She testily snapped, “What are we gonna do with them—eat ‘em for dinner?” Rock & Stock Stats Last Oil 45.59 57.12 97.32 Gold 1,294.28 1,177.22 1,264.33 Moscow Update: Gold During the Crisis Editor’s Note: Dmitriy Balkovskiy is a Russian coin dealer in Moscow we’ve interviewed before. Since the ruble’s crash, he’s witnessed some interesting developments in his country, so we asked him for an update. By Dmitriy Balkovskiy I would like to expand on Jeff Clark’s piece “Gold Was Up 73% Last Year” with some real-life stories from inside Russia. First, a small correction… Jeff describes an investor sitting in a Moscow café and reading about gold’s phenomenal rise in rubles in a Russian newspaper. In reality, gold-related info in a Russian newspaper would be buried on page 17 and very difficult to locate. “Serious” gentlemen deal in stocks or real estate; gold coins and bars are for the naïve. In this respect, Russia is no different from the USA, and even worse. Now to my episodes… Our small office is located about 200 meters from the Kremlin’s entrance, right across the street from it. So sometimes we get visitors from within those walls. In the early afternoon of December 16, a Ukrainian construction worker came in wishing to buy a one-ounce Austrian Philharmonic. He had just finished several months of work at the Kremlin reconstruction site and wanted to get rid of his rubles and take home a hard asset. (Note: December 16, 2014 has already been named the Russian Black Tuesday. On that day, the ruble fell from 58 to 72 per USD in several hours.) Now this guy must have been burnt a few times in his life, because he wanted to check the coin for authenticity in every possible way. When he first entered the door, the coin sold for about 86,000 rubles. It took us about 30 minutes to complete the checking procedure to his satisfaction—but when we looked at the price again it had soared above 100,000 rubles. Unfortunately all he had in his pocket was 90,000 rubles. The coin had literally slipped from his grasp. He told me he had long wanted to buy a thick gold chain, and so we suggested a jewelry store nearby. “Prices do not change there as often,” we told him. Off he went with a sigh. That same day I went to a nearby branch of Sberbank (the biggest banking chain in Russia), which was full of people, probably 100 customers. They looked grim and determined to withdraw rubles and buy dollars and euros ASAP. I addressed bank tellers I know there: “So our dear countrymen are vacuuming hard currency at historical highs again?!?” Girls giggled in response. It is both painful and funny to see Russians repeating the same mistake again and again. TSX Venture 678.18 677.45 983.39 One Month Ago Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 27.62 21.84 37.10 Silver 18.30 15.73 20.01 A discouraged friend told me, “I’ve got to buy euros to pay my rent (rents are often fixed in euros in Moscow), but any exchange office I go, they have run out of euro cash.” Gold Producers (GDX) 21.74 17.30 23.72 One Year Ago Copper 2.50 2.90 3.29last_img read more

Marijuana it seems is not a performanceenhancin

first_imgMarijuana, it seems, is not a performance-enhancing drug. That is, at least, not among young people, and not when the activity is learning.A study published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry finds that when adolescents stop using marijuana – even for just one week – their verbal learning and memory improves. The study contributes to growing evidence that marijuana use in adolescents is associated with reduced neurocognitive functioning.More than 14 percent of middle and high school students reported using marijuana within the last month, finds a National Institutes of Health survey conducted in 2017. And marijuana use has increased among high schoolers over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. At the same time, the percentage of teens who believe that regular marijuana use poses a great risk to their health has dropped sharply since the mid-2000s. And, legalization of marijuana may play a part in shaping how young people think about the drug. One study noted that after 2012, when marijuana was legalized in Washington state, the number of eighth graders there that believed marijuana posed risks to their health dropped by 14 percent. Researchers are particularly concerned with use of marijuana among the young because THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, most sharply affects the parts of the brain that develop during adolescence.”The adolescent brain is undergoing significant neurodevelopment well into the 20s, and the regions that are last to develop are those regions that are most populated by cannabis receptors, and are also very critical to cognitive functioning,” says Randi Schuster. Schuster is the director of Neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine, and the study’s lead author.Schuster and the team of researchers set out to determine if cognitive functions that are potentially harmed by marijuana use in adolescents – particularly attention and memory – improve when they abstain from marijuana.They recruited 88 pot-using teens and young adults, ages 16 to 25, and got some of them to agree to stop smoking (or otherwise consuming) marijuana for the month. Schuster says the researchers wanted to recruit a range of participants, not just heavy users or those in a treatment program, for example. Some of the young people smoked once per week; some smoked nearly daily. The researchers randomly assigned the volunteers into an abstaining group and a non-abstaining group. They delivered the bad news to those chosen to be abstainers at the end of their first visit, and Shuster says, they took it surprisingly well.”People were generally fine,” she says. “We kind of went through what the next month would look like and helped them come up with strategies for staying abstinent.”One motivation for the non-tokers to stick with the program? They received increasing amounts of money each week of the month-long study.The researchers urine tested both groups on a weekly basis to make sure that the THC levels for the abstinent group were going down, but that the levels for the control group were staying consistent as they continued using.Also at each visit, the participants completed a variety of tasks testing their attention and memory through the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery, a validated cognitive assessment tool. The researchers found that after four weeks, there was no noticeable difference in attention scores between the marijuana users and the non-users. But, the memory scores of the non-users improved, whereas the users’ memories mostly stayed the same.The verbal memory test challenged participants to learn and recall new words, which “lets us look both at their ability to learn information the first time the words were presented, as well as the number of words that they’re able to retrieve from long-term memory storage after a delay,” Schuster says.Verbal memory is particularly relevant for adolescents and young adults when they’re in the classroom, says Schuster.”For an adolescent sitting in their history class learning new facts for the first time, we’re suspecting that active cannabis users might have a difficult time putting that new information into their long-term memory,” Schuster says.While this study didn’t prove that abstaining from cannabis improves adolescents’ attention, other studies have found that marijuana users fare worse in attention tests than non-users. Schusters hypothesizes it might take more than four weeks of abstinence for attention levels to improve.Interestingly, most of the memory improvement for the abstinent group happened during the first week of the study, which leaves the researchers feeling hopeful.”We were pleasantly surprised to see that at least some of the deficits that we think may be caused by cannabis appear to be reversible, and at least some of them are quickly reversible, which is good news,” Schuster says.One weakness of this study is its lack of a non-marijuana-using control group, says Krista Lisdahl, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee who was not involved with the study, but also researches the neuroscience of addiction. Because of this, it’s difficult to conclude whether the improvements in memory brought the participants back to their baseline levels prior to using marijuana.Also, because the study lasted only four weeks, it’s impossible to draw conclusions about the long term effects of marijuana usage for young people, such as how marijuana directly affects academic performance or sleep patterns or mood.Lisdahl says that longitudinal studies like the NIH’s Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, could provide more information about what marijuana does to the adolescent brain. It might also reveal what happens if adolescents stop using marijuana, and if their brain functioning can completely recover.Lisdahl is helping with the NIH study, which has, to date, enrolled over 11,000 children ages nine and 10, and will follow them over into young adulthood. It’s the largest long-term research study on child brain development in the U.S., and it assesses how everything from screen time to concussions to drugs affect adolescents’ brains.In the meantime, Lisdahl says the findings from the new study – that abstinence from marijuana is associated with improvements in adolescents’ learning and memory – sends a positive message.”I remain optimistic that we can show recovery of function with sustained abstinence,” she says.Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgA council has been accused of being “vindictive” and trying to “silence” a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) by withdrawing funding for its advice service, just months after the DPO published a critical report about social care provision in the borough.Labour-runMerton council, in south-west London, has been accused of discriminatingagainst disabled people by withdrawing funding from the only advice service inthe borough that provides welfare rights experts who will visit disabled peoplein their own homes.Thecouncil’s equality impact assessment of the decision to withdraw funding from Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL)* concluded that it provided “high qualitycasework support” and was “serving a small number of vulnerable disabled peoplevery well”.It alsoconcluded that the loss of funding would mean “potentially a negative impactidentified for deaf and disabled residents”.But thecouncil decided not to offer funding of £75,000 a year to replace an existing£80,000-a-year grant, arguing that MCIL’s high-intensity service was helpingtoo few people.MCIL willcontinue to provide advice and advocacy services in welfare rights and socialcare, and visit service-users at home, but it has had to close its housingadvice service.The loss ofthe funding may also impact other services, including the advice and support itprovides to victims of disability hate crime.Last October, MCIL published a 96-page report intothe flaws and failings of Merton council’s adult social care provision.That report concludedthat a growing number of disabled people were resorting to legal action againstthe council to secure the support they needed, and warned that Merton council appearedto be carrying out reassessments and reviews of people’s care packages with theaim of cutting their support.RoyBenjamin, MCIL’s chair, said he believed the council was now being “vindictive”in the wake of the social care report.He said: “Itis very much about settling scores. I feel angry… because we are a strong voiceand it’s an attempt to silence us, and clearly any decision to cut ourresources is going to impact on our ability to meet the needs [of disabledpeople in the borough].”He added: “Wealready were not in a position to meet all the need that was identified. Thisis only going to exacerbate [that].”Last year,MCIL supported 332 individual Deaf and disabled people with advice andcasework, and provided information, signposting and guidance in another 170cases, leading to a contribution of nearly £700,000 to the local economy in2017-18.Benjaminsaid it was an “irrational decision” and “discrimination” to cut the funding, becauseof its impact on disabled people who find it difficult to access mainstreamservices.MCILprovides a high-intensity advice service, often following disability benefitscases right through to the appeal stage.Benjaminsaid: “We are the only pan-disability organisation in the borough. We are theonly organisation that offers any sort of domiciliary service for those peoplewho can’t get to [Citizen’s Advice] or other advice providers.”MCIL wasoriginally one of six partners that put together a joint bid for funding.When thatbid was unsuccessful, the council asked the six individual organisations to putin individual bids for funding. MCIL said itwas the only one of the six that was unsuccessful in its bid for funding.The councilnow provides no funding at all to MCIL.A Mertoncouncil spokesperson refused to answer a series of questions about whether itwas being “vindictive” and “settling scores”, if it was discriminating againstdisabled people, and why it ignored the conclusions of its equality impactassessment.But EdithMacauley, the cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities,said in a statement: “Merton is one of only a few London boroughs not to havecut overall funding for the voluntary sector and we are spending around£4million between 2019 and 2022.   “All bidsfor funding of the information and advice element of the Strategic PartnerProgramme 2019-22 were scored against the funding criteria, but not everyorganisation’s bid was successful. “MertonCentre for Independent Living’s two bids, the first of which was as part of aconsortium and the second bid in a round which was only open to unsuccessfulbidders from the first round, scored less highly than the other bids which werereceived. “Merton CILchallenged their score, which was upheld after their bid was reviewed by acouncil officer who was unconnected to it.     “Theprogramme has commissioned a wide range of high quality and accessible supportthrough this funding, including a central information and advice offer,complemented by a range of services, including specialist legal support andservices with proven outreach to communities with some of the most challengingneeds. “We havebeen actively working with Merton CIL and our new providers to ensure thatanyone who needs advice and support has access to it.”*To donate money to Merton CIL, visit this pagePicture: Roy Benjamin (with guide dog) at a sponsored walk to raise funds for MCIL in 2015last_img read more

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for 262 Billion

first_img Reuters Add to Queue Microsoft Corp. agreed to buy LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant’s fast-growing cloud services business with the world’s largest online network for professionals.The offer of $196 per share represents a premium of 49.5 percent to LinkedIn’s Friday closing price.LinkedIn’s shares were jumped 48 percent to $194.28 before the opening bell on Monday. Microsoft’s shares were down 3.3 percent.”Today is a re-founding moment for LinkedIn,” Reid Hoffman, chairman of LinkedIn’s board, said in a statement.Jeff Weiner will remain chief executive of LinkedIn, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.”I have always had a great admiration for LinkedIn,” Nadella said in a video on Microsoft’s website. “I have been talking with Reid and Jeff for a while. … I have been thinking about this for a long time.” The deal is expected to close in 2016, the companies said in a joint statement.Microsoft said it would issue new debt to fund the deal.After the deal, LinkedIn will become part of Microsoft’s productivity and business processes unit.(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty) June 13, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Robert Galbraith Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img 341shares 2 min read Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion Microsoft Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Children with birth defects have elevated cancer risk study reveals

first_imgWhile cancer risk in children with certain chromosomal defects like Down syndrome is well established, much less is known for children with birth defects where there is no known genetic cause, sometimes called non-chromosomal defects. Non-chromosomal defects, as a group, affect more children, but one of the primary challenges of understanding risk among these children is that limited sample sizes make studying specific defects, like spina bifida, more difficult.”Dr. Philip Lupo, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology oncology and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019Childhood cancer is a rare occurrence in the overall population but may be somewhat more frequent in children born with birth defects. To better understand the link between cancer risk and birth defects, a collaborative team of scientists led by Baylor College of Medicine has assembled the largest study to date to evaluate cancer risk in children with birth defects. The study appears in JAMA Oncology. The research team gathered data from birth, birth defect and cancer registries across Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina to generate a birth cohort of more than 10 million children born between 1992 and 2013. The investigators looked at diagnoses of cancer until 18 years of age to determine differences in cancer risk between those with and without birth defects.Researchers found that, compared to children without any birth defect, children with chromosomal defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer, while children with non-chromosomal defects were 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer. Additionally, children with more than one non-chromosomal defect had a corresponding increase in cancer risk.”Our two key objectives in this study were to identify children who are at an increased risk for cancer, because subsets of these children may one day benefit from screening and better clinical management, and to uncover clues as to why cancer occurs more frequently in this population,” said Dr. Jeremy Schraw, postdoctoral associate in the Section of Epidemiology and Population Sciences at Baylor. “These findings solidify our understanding of cancer risk in these children and show that we need additional research in this area.”Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeCancer types that were more frequent in children with non-chromosomal defects included hepatoblastoma and neuroblastoma.While these findings identify specific, strong associations between birth defects and cancer, Schraw said that it is important to remember that both birth defects and cancer are still rare occurrences.”This study is important in that it is the largest and most informative of its kind. The large sample size allowed us to evaluate cancer risk in children with both chromosomal versus non-chromosomal defects and revealed links between specific cancers and specific birth defects. These data can also help us to study and understand differences in outcomes down the road for children with cancer,” said Dr. Sharon Plon, professor of pediatrics – oncology and molecular and human genetics and co-director of the Pediatric Cancer Program in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor.”In the future, we hope to identify the specific genes behind these associations and systematically research what happens from the time of birth to the time of cancer onset to also understand if environmental factors may be contributing to cancer development,” Lupo said. “This study provides new understanding about biology and the mechanisms that may lead to these complex outcomes in this population.” Source:Baylor College of MedicineJournal reference:Lupo, P.J. et al. (2019) Association Between Birth Defects and Cancer Risk Among Children and Adolescents in a Population-Based Assessment of 10 Million Live Births. JAMA Oncology. doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1215.last_img read more

In Oppositionmajority RS govt gets its nominee elected

first_imgSHARE COMMENT The Opposition “unity” received a major setback here on Thursday with the ruling BJP-led NDA’s Harivansh being elected the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with a comfortable majority. The Opposition, which has a majority in the Upper House, failed to bring its camp together and its candidate, the Congress’ BK Hariprasad, got only 105 votes. Harivansh, of the the JD(U), secured 125 votes.Deviating from its recent practice of not letting Bills pass amid the din, the Rajya Sabha also passed two Bills — the National Sports University Bill and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill — when the members of the Congress and the Left were in the Well demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe on the Rafale scam. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu refused to take up a notice of the Congress demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s explanation on the scam. Only the Left parties backed the Congress in its protest.The victory of the NDA in the election also sent a message to the Opposition about the possible realignment of political forces in 2019. The TRS (six), INLD (one), AIADMK (13) and the BJD (nine) supported Harivansh in the election. So, apart from the ruling NDA’s 96 MPs, Harivansh received the support of 29 other members. The YSR Congress, with two members, had announced their support to Congress candidate on Wednesday. But on Thursday, both YSRC members abstained, while accusing both the Congress and the had done nothing for Andhra Pradesh.Most of the 15 members who were absent on Thursday were from the Opposition camp. This included three each from the Congress and the SP, and two each of the Trinamool Congress, the PDP members, and the DMK, and three members of the Aam Aadmi Party. The AAP had said that the Congress did not seek the help of its leader Arvind Kejriwal and that their support could not be taken for granted.Soon after the poll result was declared, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad congratulated Harivansh. “Treading on rules and procedures framed by our Constitution makers, we can lead the country to greatness…There would be differences in debates, there would be different opinions…We can find a way,” Harivansh said. August 09, 2018 Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu greets the new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Harivansh (centre), as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar (left) looks on, in Parliament on Thursday   –  PTI Published on governmentcenter_img elections TRS, AIADMK, BJD throw their weight behind the NDA candidate, Harivansh SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rajya Sabha COMMENTSlast_img read more

Its now RLDs turn to walk out of the Grand Alliance in

first_imgpolitics The grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh formally collapsed on Wednesday after the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), one of the three partners, announced that it will contest the upcoming by-polls alone. The BSP was the first to take such a decision, followed by the SP. The RLD, however, has not completely shut the doors, but said it will take a decision according to the political scenario of the State.Announcing the decision in Lucknow, party’s Uttar Pradesh president Masood Ahmad said the Congress should also be part of the Grand Alliance. “The Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest the UP Assembly by-polls on its own. However, it is too early to comment on the political scenario in the State,” he told PTI.Ahmed added that party President Ajit Singh and his son and Vice- President Jayant Chaudhary will decide on the number of seats the party will contest during a meeting in the next few days. “The profit and loss analysis will be done later. Our wish is that the gathbandhan should increase its kunbaa (clan), so that we can emerge as a strong anti-BJP force,” he said.The RLD had got three seats — Mathura, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpath — to contest as part of the alliance during the Lok Sabha election. The party lost all the three seats to the BJP. The RLD was hoping for a revival by taking up issues of sugarcane farmers, but failed to make a comeback. In 2014, too, the RLD did not win any seat. In a 2018 by-poll, the party contested Kairana and won with the support of the SP and the BSP. At present, the party does not have any members in the UP Assembly, too.While Ajit Singh was the candidate from Muzaffar Nagar, Jayant Chaudhary unsuccessfully contested from the Baghpat constituency. BJP’s Hema Malini defeated RLD’s Kunwar Narendra Singh in Mathura. June 05, 2019 Published on COMMENTS Uttar Pradesh COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target

first_imgVietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target. Nation 08 Jul 2019 US not being clear of its priority targets in trade war with China For manufacturers like IREX, Trump’s recent action means they can’t sit back either.”Our sales department is looking for new markets, so if the U.S. increases Vietnam tariffs it won’t impact IREX’s business much,” said Trang, the company’s COO.- Bloomberg {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Related News Markets 27 Jun 2019 Trade-war winner Vietnam is now a target for Trump’s tariffs HANOI: Americans are buying solar panels from Vietnam like never before, but local manufacturer IREX Energy JSC isn’t celebrating.After U.S. President Donald Trump slapped higher tariffs on China, production in neighbouring Vietnam went into overdrive. Chinese manufacturers, who face a 55% U.S. tariff on their goods, relocated some production to Vietnam, while local businesses saw a jump in orders. In June alone, U.S. imports of solar cells from Vietnam surged 656% from a year ago.That trade boom in everything from Ikea furniture to Nike Inc. shoes is now prompting more scrutiny from the US and making businesses like IREX concerned.”We are worried that the US may raise tariffs on our solar panels,” Pham Thi Thu Trang, the company’s chief operating officer, said from Ho Chi Minh City. “Though the U.S market is huge, it is a complicated market when it comes to its politics.”Communist Party-led Vietnam has steadily opened up to foreign investors over the years to become a manufacturing hub in the region, with household names like Samsung Electronics Co., Intel Corp. and Nestle SA setting up factories there. It’s that trade openness, as well as its low-cost labor and proximity to China, that’s helped Vietnam successfully navigate growing global protectionism as companies seek out refuges from the trade war.It’s very quickly climbed the ranks to become a significant U.S. trade partner. Vietnam’s annual trade surplus with the U.S. has exceeded $20 billion since 2014 and reached $40 billion last year, the highest in records going back to 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. For the first five months of the year, the surplus is already 43% higher than a year ago at $21.6 billion.The Trump administration is now pressuring the nation of 97 million people to slash its trade surplus, threatening one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.Trouble began in May, when the U.S. Treasury added Vietnam to a watchlist of countries being monitored for possible currency manipulation. Then, in response to U.S. pressure, Vietnam announced a crackdown on Chinese exporters rerouting products through the Southeast Asian nation with fake Made-in-Vietnam labels to bypass Trump’s tariffs.Trump described Vietnam last month as “almost the single-worst abuser of everybody” when asked if he wanted to impose tariffs on the nation. And just last week, the U.S. slapped duties of more than 400% on steel imports from Vietnam which originated in South Korea and Taiwan.Vietnam officials have been left reeling. The government says it’s committed to buying more U.S. goods, from Boeing Co. jets to energy products to help narrow its trade surplus with the world’s largest economy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week told officials to monitor U.S. reactions to the nation’s monetary policy more closely.”They are very nervous and confused. They don’t know what Trump’s next move will be,” said Alexander Vuving, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii.Vietnam has not been adept at responding to charges against its trading practices in Washington, where a cadre of lawyers are needed to quickly engage the government, said Nestor Scherbey, a licensed U.S. customs broker and consultant based in Ho Chi Minh City. “It’s like being charged in court and not showing up.”Cheap LabourCapital Economics Ltd. estimates that if Trump levied a 25% tariff on imports from Vietnam as he did with Chinese goods, Hanoi would see a 25% drop in export revenue, equivalent to more than 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product. That would erase the estimated 0.5 percentage-point gain it has had over the past year as a beneficiary of the trade war.Even before the trade tensions, Vietnam was benefiting from businesses looking for low-cost alternatives to China as wages there grew. That trend will likely continue, which should help to sustain Vietnam’s economic trajectory, according to Adam McCarty, chief economist with Mekong Economics in Hanoi.”It’s not going to stop the underlying economic motivation to move basic factory work from China to Vietnam,” he said. “China is getting too expensive.”Vietnam’s leaders have also long worked to buffer the country from trade shocks by hedging its reliance on any single market, including the U.S., the nation’s largest export destination. Vietnam has inked more than a dozen free trade agreements such as the just-signed deal with the European Union that will eliminate 99% of customs duties, and the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, which eventually provides duty-free access to markets such as Canada and Japan for many products.”Vietnam’s foreign policy for decades has been the opposite of what Groucho Marx said: he’d never want to join a club that would have him,” McCarty said. “The Vietnamese approach is to join every trade and investment club they possibly can.” Nation 10 Jul 2019 Malaysia has potential to profit from US-China trade war, says Azmin Tags / Keywords: Economylast_img read more

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