7 Nov
2019

Inaugural Beach Touch Event A Success

first_img32 teams took part in the event, which saw 16 Mixed teams and eight Men’s and eight Women’s teams battle it out to be the first Beach Touch champions. Despite overcast weather and occasional rain throughout the day, there was plenty of fun to be had on Maroubra Beach. Beach Touch Football Australia was created by 2011 World Cup Australian Men’s 30’s representative, Chris Jonson, and 2011 World Cup Australian Senior Mixed coach, Justin Creighton, who were thrilled to see the first event take place yesterday and have some big plans for the future. “Beach Touch is alive, the inaugural event, and obviously it’s a learning experience for us, we’ve got a product now and obviously we want to make it better,” Jonson told the crowd at the presentation function. “Our main goal with these four events (in the coming months) is to have a product, fine tune it, so that in October we plan on rolling out the national pro tour,” he said. In the Women’s division, Pink Bits were too good for Not Sure in the final, Manly beat Bankstown in the Men’s final and MBK Soldiers defeated The Guns in the final of the Mixed division. The next Beach Touch event will be the Corporate Championships, which will be held on Saturday, 25 February at Maroubra Beach. For more details please visit www.beachtouch.com.au. Some photos from the event can be found on the Touch Football Australia Facebook page, which can be viewed by clicking on this link:http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150620064278385.444787.384949403384&type=1#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Highlights of the day and of the finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel, and can be found by clicking on this link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoAndrew Robertson: Liverpool will remain humble

first_imgAndrew Robertson: Liverpool will remain humbleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson says Liverpool will not make the mistake of underestimating opponents this season.The Reds blew their Premier League lead to Manchester City last season with some poor results against smaller clubs.Asked if Liverpool could underestimate an opponent, he said: “No, we prepare for every game as if it’s our last because that’s the only game that’s in front of us.”Every game is like a cup final and that’s the game in front of us. Last season we were very good at never looking too far ahead at the games that you class as big games. Newcastle away last season, for example, we took care of that after Barcelona away.”We had Barcelona at home three days after but we took care of the games that we had to take care of because the next game is the most important.”That’s the attitude that we’ve taken and we can’t look at a busy September period because Newcastle had to be taken care of today. Luckily we’ve done that and now we focus on Napoli.”We don’t look too far ahead but we just focus on the next game because that’s how we get the best out of ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoWatford keeper Foster admits ‘shock, embarrassment’ after Man City thrashing

first_imgWatford keeper Foster admits ‘shock, embarrassment’ after Man City thrashingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford goalkeeper Ben Foster admits Manchester City are the best team he’s faced after conceding eight goals yesterday.Speaking after the match, Foster conceded his side were far from their best, but said at times he could only stand and admire the way City were playing during the thrashing.”It’s probably a bit of shock, embarrassment,” said the goalkeeper when asked to describe his emotions.”I think we let ourselves down today and the fans a bit. The fans were giving it everything, all they’ve got, unfortunately we on the pitch didn’t give it all we have got.”As a keeper coming to City and Liverpool, if you let five in in 20 minutes you fear the worst, you think cricket scores. They are without doubt the best team I have ever played against. We were poor, didn’t lay a glove on them but at times it was breathtaking watching them.”You come away to City and I’m not joking, you come here and think if you keep it to two or three – they are so good. Them and Liverpool are a different level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 Oct
2019

The Latest WH says informal talks for Turkey S Korea

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the G-20 summit (all times local):2:45 p.m.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump will speak informally with the leaders of Turkey and South Korea at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina rather than in formal meetings.Trump will talk informally with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the G-20 summit.Sanders spoke to reporters travelling with the president on Air Force One. She did not say why the meetings have been downgraded.Shortly after leaving the White House for the summit, Trump tweeted that he had cancelled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Sanders says Trump made the decision to cancel while aboard Air Force One and after speaking with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) and White House national security adviser John Bolton.___2 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels.Trump tweeted his decision Thursday after departing Washington for a world leader summit in Argentina, where he and Putin were to meet.Trump says “based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!”Russia recently seized three Ukrainian vessels and crews. Russia said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine insisted its vessels abided by maritime laws.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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28 Sep
2019

Even If They Dont Win Tonight the 76ers Are Getting Better

The Philadelphia 76ers are one loss from tying the NBA record for longest losing streak. And barring an enormous upset on the road against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, they’ll tie the 26-game run of futility by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. The Sixers have a better chance of losing their last 11 games of the season than they do of beating the Rockets to avoid matching that ignominious record.But in a lost season in Philly, fans have two reasons to hope the 76ers can keep from setting a new losing-streak mark. First, up next after Houston is a home game Saturday against Detroit. The Sixers have a 1-in-3 chance of winning that one. Second, they’ve played well recently, in the latest demonstration that wins and losses alone don’t show how well a team is doing.An NBA team’s probability of winning a game depends on its performance level as measured by Basketball Reference’s Simple Rating System, its opponents’ SRS, and home court. Incorporating all three factors,1I used SRS — a formula based on teams’ margin of victory and schedule strength — regressed to the mean by adding seven games of league-average play, as suggested by my colleague Neil Paine last year. Then I used the formula for win probability outlined by Justin Kubatko last year on his blog. I found that Philadelphia has a 4 percent chance of beating the Rockets on Thursday. Houston is more than five points per game better than league average, and will play with home-court advantage against a Sixers team with a typical level this season of 11.5 points per game below average.So, let’s say the Sixers lose to Houston as expected. Then Detroit comes to Philadelphia, with a losing-streak record on the line. The Pistons are three points below league average, and will be playing on the road. Philadelphia has a 34 percent chance of winning the game, and a 33 percent chance of breaking its losing streak. (I’m accounting for the minuscule probability that the 76ers beat the Rockets first.)Detroit is the second-easiest game left on Philly’s schedule, after a home date with Boston in the season’s penultimate game. The Sixers have a 38 percent chance of winning that one, but just an 8 percent chance of breaking their streak in that game, because most likely it will have ended before then.I ran the numbers on Philly’s chance of winning each remaining game, as well as of breaking the streak in each game. The latter probability is lower than the former for each game after the one against Houston, because two conditions must be met: Philly must win, and must not have won before. Based on these calculations, Philadelphia has a 12 percent chance of finishing the season on a 36-game skid — or three times its probability of beating Houston on Thursday.Some factors might make it easier for Philly to win than these probability calculations suggest. Opponents that have clinched their playoff spot and seed, or that have been eliminated from the postseason, might rest their stars. Then again, no team wants to lose to an opponent with a losing streak of 25 games — or longer.There’s another reason Philly’s chances might be better than they look: In the Sixers’ last five games, they’ve been closer to mediocre than terrible. I evaluated their performance level by taking their margin of defeat in each game, adjusting for home-court advantage2The average home team wins games this year by 2.57 points per game, through Monday, the day Philadelphia last played. and opponent strength.3Based on SRS, regressed to the mean with seven league-average games. In four of the last five games, the Sixers have played better than their typical level this season.4Again, regressed to the mean with seven average games. Without that step, Philadelphia is an even worse 11.5 points below league average. They were within five points of league average in their one-point home loss to the Knicks, and were even better in a nine-point road loss to the East-leading Pacers. In that game — in which Philadelphia trailed by three with under two minutes left — the 76ers performed at a level just two points below league average.Moral victories don’t end losing streaks. But they could bode well for Philly’s chances. Already, the Sixers have attained their best average level over five games since the five games that immediately preceded the start of their losing streak, in which they went 2-3.5The last of those five games was their last victory, and it could easily have been a defeat: Philadelphia trailed Boston by a point before Evan Turner’s last-second shot. If Boston had won that game, and all subsequent events were unchanged, Philly’s losing streak would now stand at a record 29 games. Philadelphia’s average level over its last five games — 7.2 points below league average — is 10.5 points better than its level during the 25-game losing streak. It’s also better than the 76ers’ average level during three separate 2-3 stretches earlier in the season.So, over the last five games, the Sixers have improved to a level somewhere between the Orlando Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks, the two teams just above them near the bottom of the league power ratings. Does that mean the chances of the 76ers winning their remaining games, and of ending the streak, have gone up? History doesn’t provide many precedents. Just six other NBA teams have had losing streaks of more than 20 games. Two of those streaks extended over two seasons, and any effect of the team’s level at the end of the first season was unlikely to carry over to the start of the next season. The Charlotte Bobcats lost their last 23 games of the season in 2011-12, and showed little sign of winning a game near the end: Their performance in four of their last six games was more than 20 points below league average.That leaves three teams that broke losing streaks of longer than 20 games during the regular season: the 1995-96 Vancouver Grizzlies, in the first year of the franchise; the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets; and the 2010-11 Cavs. The Grizzlies suffered the worst loss of their 23-game losing streak two games before ending it. The Nuggets showed no signs of improvement near the end, performing at least eight points below average in each of their last eight losses. The Cavs, though, signaled their potential toward the end of their record 26-game streak: Their best five-game run of the streak came in the last five games, including a three-point loss in Dallas against a strong Mavericks team two games before Cleveland finally won, beating the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime.These streaks had at least one thing in common: All three teams won their first game in more than 20 against teams performing at a level more than two points below average. So circle that game against Detroit, Sixers fans — and be ready to circle the home game against Boston if Philly doesn’t get it done against the Pistons on Saturday. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Quantifying the That Guy Is Still in the Major Leagues Phenomenon

While watching Tuesday’s spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves, some of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were surprised to see Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Didn’t Gonzalez retire years ago?He was Atlanta’s everyday shortstop in 2011, but over the past two seasons, Gonzalez was thoroughly forgettable, playing just 65 games for the Milwaukee Brewers (hitting .211 and producing -0.8 wins above replacement). If you go back to 2009, when Gonzalez was 32, he seemed particularly unlikely to be in the majors five years later.This got us thinking: Could we quantify the “Wait … he’s still playing?” question. Our idea was to use a player’s age and WAR to predict whether he would be an active major leaguer a half-decade later. To that end, we plugged every player from the designated hitter era (1973-present) into a logistic regression model. The result will tell us the likelihood of a given player being in the league five seasons later. For example, here’s the arc of a generic Major League Baseball player who peaks as an All-Star (5 WAR) at age 27:So for players in MLB this season (a list taken from Fangraphs’ depth charts), we looked at the odds at the end of the 2009 season that they’d still be playing today. Here are the most unlikely major leaguers:Gonzalez is not the most improbable player in the game. That honor belongs to catcher Henry Blanco, who was 37 in 2009 and had been hovering around replacement level for the previous three seasons. All else being equal, a player of that profile would have just a 3 percent chance of still being in the majors five years later, and yet Blanco is slated to be in the mix for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ backup catching role this season.Blanco underscores one of the themes of the list. The probabilities listed above don’t take into account the player’s position (beyond the positional adjustments in WAR) — just his age and performance. For most players, that’s enough, but backup catchers are a different breed. No other position is so well-represented among the “I can’t believe he’s still playing” set.One reason for this is that WAR, for all of its strengths, doesn’t incorporate a catcher’s receiving skills. Recent research suggests that elite pitch-framers such as the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Molina have a startlingly large impact on the game, far beyond what was originally believed in the sabermetric community.Another explanation, though, is that on-field performance isn’t necessarily the first thing managers look for in their reserve backstops. Instead, managers may place more value on intangibles such as clubhouse presence and leadership. How else to explain how backup catching became what Sports Illustrated once called “the cushiest job in baseball”? read more

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28 Sep
2019

Mens basketball Chris Holtmann hoping to reestablish Ohio States recruiting presence in

Chris Holtmann being introduced at a press conference to take over Ohio State men’s basketball head coaching job. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterWhen Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith announced the university’s decision to part ways with former coach Thad Matta, one reason stood out among the rest as to why the change was made.Matta seemed to have lost his touch in the recruiting game in the state of Ohio.“Recruiting, as we all know, is the lifeblood of this program,” Smith said during the June 5 press conference. “We weren’t winning the battles in recruiting that I thought we might have a chance to win, as (Matta) did.”And at that same press conference, Smith made clear the key attribute he needed in the next coach.“The next person that we attract will have a major focus in Ohio and actually a 150 to 200 mile radius,” Smith said.So Smith went out and locked up Chris Holtmann, a coach who has given Ohio State fits over the past few seasons by winning recruiting battles in the Buckeye state, the most recent of which was the commitment of 2017 four-star forward prospect Kyle Young, a native of Massillon, Ohio.And Young is not the first Ohio prospect Holtmann has recruited. The previous season, he nabbed three-star small forward prospect Henry Baddley, an Akron native, and Nathan Fowler, a three-star center from Cincinnati, the year before that. Those were the three prospects he landed, but Holtmann had pursued many others from Ohio. Westerville South head coach Ed Calo said Holtmann made a late push for now-Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson and freshman forward Kaleb Wesson, both products of Calo’s coaching tenure.“They really tried to get in on (Andre) late in the process,” Calo said. Calo said when Holtmann becomes interested in a player, he hones in on the recruit and does everything he can to create mutual interest, even if it comes late in the process like he did with Andre Wesson.“Coach Holtmann does a really nice job trying to get after some people. He targets people,” Calo said. “Sometimes it doesn’t necessarily work out, and then as a result, you have to get it late into the game and instead it’s a chase and you’re behind the eight-ball. I know he’s going to be a good recruiter, especially having Ohio State on his shirt now.”This focus on the state of Ohio does not appear to be going away anytime soon, as Holtmann made it a point of emphasis during his introductory press conference on Monday.“This region … is a tremendous area for talented, smart and tough players. I’ve recruited Ohio for over 20 years, and it has outstanding players and coaches — some of the best in the country,” Holtmann said. “It will be paramount to our success, there’s no question,” he added. “We’re going to work extremely hard as a staff to close the borders and dominate the state of Ohio in recruiting. It will be an every-day focus for us.”Closing down the borders will be a tall task for a team consistently as rich in basketball talent as Ohio tends to be. Zach Fleer, an Ohio State graduate and co-founder of 270hoops.com, said that it’s nearly impossible to dominate the state the way Holtmann would probably like to. “Ohio State’s not going to be able to sign every top player in Ohio every single year,” Fleer said. “You’re going to see guys go to Michigan, Michigan State and elsewhere in the country. But as long as Ohio State gets the majority of the top-three, top-five guys in the state every year, I think they’ll be just fine.”Fleer said the trick to locking down those top-tier talents is to begin the pursuit of them early. “Showing that you are serious about them and really not playing around with them and making them wait for a scholarship offer they may have earned as a freshman or a sophomore,” Fleer said.For Ohio State, it’s likely too late to recruit for the 2017 class. But Westerville North coach Shannon Trusley believes Holtmann’s already-aggressive approach in pursuing players years in advance will pay dividends for the Buckeyes down the road.“(Holtmann has) already developed relationships with a lot of kids in Ohio, in all classes, just not (2018) class, but the (2019) class,” Trusley said. “I have a kid, (point guard) Jeremiah Keene, who will be a junior this year that Butler’s already developed a relationship with.”Trusley also added Holtmann has established connections with 2018 recruits four-star small forward Jerome Hunter from Pickerington North, four-star combo-forward Dwayne Cohill from Parma Holy Name in Parma Heights, Ohio, and four-star small forward Pete Nance from Richfield Revere in Richfield, Ohio.The first step he will need to take in establishing or further building upon relationships with prospects is to turn his attention to the July recruiting period.For many teams, this period can play a crucial role for teams in the recruiting process. Coaches from teams all over the nation can watch prospective basketball players participate in national AAU tournaments, which draw teams and players from every region of the country. For some coaches, it’s the first time seeing these prospects since April.“For Holtmann, it’s going to be huge to get on the recruiting scene, especially in the 2018 class because there’s five guys in the state that are regarded among the top 100 players in the (country),” Fleer said.Fleer added it would also be important for Holtmann to reach out to four-star shooting guard recruit and Ohio State’s lone 2018 commit Dane Goodwin from Upper Arlington to ensure that that commitment remains solid, considering the fact Goodwin was recruited by Matta and has less familiarity with Holtmann. The two sides reportedly met on Monday. And with this time proving so vital to the new Buckeye coach, Holtmann said Monday he has remained in contact with prospects he was recruiting at Butler to try and swing them over to the Scarlet and Gray.“As soon as I was signed on and compliant eligible to make calls within the rules, that first hour we started making calls and contacting,” Holtmann said. “I have some previous relationships with some young men, but our focus this past weekend has been Ohio … But we’ve hit the ground running and that’s going to continue to happen.” read more

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18 Sep
2019

Darren Moore defends Rodriguez after controversial equalizer

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has come to the defence of Jay Rodriguez following his controversial equalizer against Aston Villa.Rodriguez appeared to handle the ball en route to scoring the last goal of the game as West Brom played out a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, but Moore isn’t the former England international didn’t do intentionally.“He said the ball had hit his arm, but he didn’t know much about it because he threw himself at it,” Moore said, according to Birmingham Mail.“To see it go in at the end I was really pleased. I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game with the commitment we put in.”“It had all the ingredients of a local derby.”There was a tone of swings when Moore was asked about conceding a late goal of such nature and he replied by referencing Brentford’s equaliser at the end of a game against West Brom.BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final first leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on May 11, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)West Bromwich coach believes Gayle’s absence will hurt his team Manuel R. Medina – May 13, 2019 The on-loan striker scored 24 goals during the 2018-2019 English Championship season but will miss the rest of the campaign.“There was a goal on Monday night I was cheesed off with,” he said.“What I was happy with was how the boys kept going.”“I was pleased because we had two days less to prepare for the game.”“As the game wore on, we needed to get our noses in front because I thought the boys might run out of steam.”“You’re never happy to concede a goal so I’d imagine Dean’s not very happy about it.”“Although it wasn’t a win, to score as late as that in a game of that magnitude it certainly feels like it.”last_img read more

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17 Sep
2019

Caltrans annual tribute to fallen workers 188 deaths since the 1920s

first_img Updated: 6:56 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLocal officials from Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol paid tribute Tuesday to every highway worker who has died on the job statewide since 1921 with a memorial featuring 188 orange cones.Two cones were placed for Caltrans District 4 Bay Bridge Toll Collector Si Si Han and District 4 Structural Steel Painter Supervisor Annette Brooks, who lost their lives in 2017.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story. Caltrans annual tribute to fallen workers: 188 deaths since the 1920s Ed Lenderman April 10, 2018center_img Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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12 Sep
2019

What To Expect When Youre Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement

first_img Email What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Announcement Twitter Read more News center_img Many will enter. Few will win. We look ahead at next week’s exciting announcement of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominationsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 3:40 pm UPDATE: See the full list of 61st GRAMMY NominationsOn Dec. 7, the 2019 GRAMMY nominations will be announced, making dreams come true for artists and music creators across many genres, locations, ages, and walks of life. And while nominees will have to wait until the 61st GRAMMY Awards air on CBS Feb. 10, 2019 for the final results, being nominated brings that lifelong dream of winning GRAMMYs one huge step closer. For fans, the fun is in finding out if their favorite artists will get the chance to attach their names to the legacy of GRAMMY winners.But how does one get a GRAMMY nomination? Well, for starters artists and music creators  spend their whole lives honing their craft and developing their talent. The stories behind the music we love are as varied as the artists who create it. Each year, artists, producers and record labels enter their work for consideration and Recording Academy members weigh in on who deserves GRAMMY gold for their efforts. For a quick look at how the submission and voting process works, head over to GRAMMY101.com to get yourself educated.In terms of awards, there are four general categories that mark some of the most highly anticipated: Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best New Artist. The other 80 awards are broken into various fields based on genre—such as Pop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, etc…, or format, such as Composing/Arranging, Music For Visual Media, Package, Surround Sound, and Music Video/Film.Read More: What’s The Difference? GRAMMY Record Of The Year Vs. Song Of The YearTo make sure the process reflects the vast diversity within the music community, every year the Recording Academy looks at how the GRAMMY Awards can improve and adapt to changes in the industry. This year’s changes include expanding the aforementioned general four categories from five nominees to eight in order to better reflect the many entries in those categories. The Academy also recently announced it will implement a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model.The desired end of the whole process, is winning the coveted GRAMMY Award. For those special GRAMMY-winning artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and craftspeople, the award represents a career pinnacle. For a look at these recent life-changing, peruse the full list of last year’s winners, led by Bruno Mars, who won a total of six for his 24K Magic. And think about it: the Recording Academy has been honoring excellence in music for over six decades now. Can you guess who has won the most GRAMMYs of all-time?Get ready for the big reveal of the 61st GRAMMY Awards nominees on Friday, Dec 7, and check back with us for category breakdown, artist exclusives and more. You can also follow us on social to keep up with artist reactions throughout the day in real time. Good luck to everyone!Janelle Monáe On Choosing “Freedom Over Fear” & Creating ‘Dirty Computer’ Facebook What To Expect: 2019 GRAMMY Nominations what-expect-when-youre-expecting-2019-grammy-nominations-announcementlast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Stanford group creates miniature selfcontained fluorescence microscope

first_img Researcher Mark Schnitzer demonstrates the microscope’s tiny size and weight. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Microscope could ‘solve the cause of viruses’ More information: Miniaturized integration of a fluorescence microscope, Nature Methods (2011) doi:10.1038/nmeth.1694AbstractThe light microscope is traditionally an instrument of substantial size and expense. Its miniaturized integration would enable many new applications based on mass-producible, tiny microscopes. Key prospective usages include brain imaging in behaving animals for relating cellular dynamics to animal behavior. Here we introduce a miniature (1.9 g) integrated fluorescence microscope made from mass-producible parts, including a semiconductor light source and sensor. This device enables high-speed cellular imaging across ~0.5 mm2 areas in active mice. This capability allowed concurrent tracking of Ca2+ spiking in >200 Purkinje neurons across nine cerebellar microzones. During mouse locomotion, individual microzones exhibited large-scale, synchronized Ca2+ spiking. This is a mesoscopic neural dynamic missed by prior techniques for studying the brain at other length scales. Overall, the integrated microscope is a potentially transformative technology that permits distribution to many animals and enables diverse usages, such as portable diagnostics or microscope arrays for large-scale screens. Citation: Stanford group creates miniature self-contained fluorescence microscope (2011, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-stanford-group-miniature-self-contained-fluorescence.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers working at Stanford University have devised a means for building the smallest self-contained fluorescence microscope ever. Weighing just under 2 grams and slightly larger than the end of a pencil, the new microscope is small enough to attach to a mouse head, which means researchers can watch the mouse brain in a natural setting. Led by Mark Schnitzer and Abbas El Gamal, the team describes its findings in Nature Methods. One downside to the new microscope is that its resolution isn’t quite as good as standard bench models; 2.5 microns as opposed to 0.5. But it does have a larger field of view, which means that most serious labs would likely want to have both types of microscopes, depending on what is being studied.While it’s difficult to say what new discoveries might be made with a microscope that allows researchers to watch a mouse brain in action (on a computer screen) as the mouse goes about its normal activities, it’s probably safe to say, that many of them are likely to be quite illuminating.Schnitzer and some of his colleagues have founded a company they call Inscopix to develop the new microscope and bring it to market, thought they can’t say yet, when that might be. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Till now, most brain researchers have had to use so-called bench-top microscopes, which are what they sound like; microscopes that sit on a bench. This requires that specimens be brought to the microscope (and held still) for examination. This new microscope turns that whole process around in that it allows the microscope to be brought to the specimen, allowing researchers to study the brain in ways that have not been possible before. The team reports that they have already discovered new capillary dilation properties in mouse brains.The fluorescence microscope differs from traditional microscopes in that it looks at material that has a fluorescence property, i.e. is fluorescent (the emission of light by a material when exposed to radiation). To take advantage of this property specimens must be either naturally fluorescent (such as certain proteins) or stained with a fluorescent material. The approach is similar to that seen when a black-light is used to illuminate semen or blood samples at crime scenes. The light sources used in a fluorescence microscope are typically xenon arc or mercury-vapor lamps.The miniaturized microscope developed by the team is comprised of mass produced parts, which the team says will allow for it to be mass produced at a much lower cost than standard bench-microscopes, opening the door to research at places that have up till now lacked the funds to purchase the more expensive equipment. Design and fabrication of an integrated fluorescence microscope. Image: NPG, Nature Methods (2011) doi:10.1038/nmeth.1694last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Indians believe in resolutions to enrich relationships

first_imgSpending time with partners has topped New Year’s resolutions list, reveals a survey. A survey was conducted by matchmaking portal shaadi.com to understand the mindset of unmarried Indians and their views involving relationships and marriage. The online poll received over 16,500 responses from unmarried men and women, aged between 25 and 34 years.When men and women were asked if they believe in making New Year’s resolutions, 42.5 per cent said “Yes, if it involves spending more time with your partner”, 33.9 per cent said “No, resolutions never work out”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While 23.6 per cent said “Maybe, if it’s about getting rid of bad habits”. When 7,547 women were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 59.4 per cent said “Yes”, 13.1 per cent said “No” and 27.5 per cent said “It depends”. When the participating women were asked about their own resolutions, 38.1 per cent said: “Would try to spend less time on social media and more time with their partner”, while 28.5 per cent said: “Would plan to travel more often with their partner”, followed by 33.4 per cent who said: “Would try to exercise regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen 9,025 Indian men were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 64.1 percent said: “Yes”, 17.3 per cent said: “No” and 18.6 per cent said “It depends”.When these men were asked about their own resolutions, 42.7 per cent said: “Would try to maintain a balance between their partner and favourite sports”, followed by 36.4 per cent who said: “Would try not to binge sleep on holidays and actively make plans with their partner”. While 20.9 per cent said: “Would learn to cook new dishes”. “This is an interesting insight into how there is a shift in the way people are thinking. The latest trend shows that people are not taking decisions on their own, but as a couple,” said  Shaadi.com CEO Gourav Rakshit.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Health information on internet may reduce trust in doctors

first_imgLooking up health-related information on the internet can cause parents to not trust the diagnosis made by their child’s doctor, potentially leading to delayed treatment, a new study warns.Researchers from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in the US recruited 1,374 parent participants who were presented with a profile of a child who “has had a rash and worsening fever for 3 days.” The participants, who averaged 34 years of age and had at least one child under age 18, were then divided into groups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the first group, participants received screen shots of internet information describing some symptoms of scarlet fever, an infectious disease linked to strep throat that causes rash and fever.Unless treated with antibiotics, scarlet fever can develop into rheumatic fever and, in some cases, lead to heart damage.The second group of participants received screen shots listing select symptoms of Kawasaki disease, a condition in which blood vessels throughout the body become inflamed. It also is accompanied by fever and rash. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrompt treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs is needed to help prevent life-threatening complications such as aneurisms.A third set of parents, the control group, received no internet screen shots. All participants then read that the doctor had diagnosed the child with scarlet fever.Compared to the control group, in which 81.0 per cent of parents reported trusting the physician, 90.5 per cent of parents who had received scarlet fever symptom screen shots reported trusting the physician. Furthermore, fewer parents in the scarlet fever cohort answered that they were likely to seek a second opinion (21.4 per cent), compared to the control group (42.0 per cent).Conversely, only 61.3 per cent of participants who had viewed the screen shots listing rash and fever as symptoms of Kawasaki disease reported trusting the doctors’ diagnosis, and 64.2 per cent reported that they were likely to seek a second opinion.Although there are many advantages of having easily accessible medical information available on the internet, the findings show that “internet-driven interpretation of symptoms” can compromise trust between a doctor and patient, researchers said.”The internet is a powerful information tool, but it is limited by its inability to reason and think,” said Ruth Milanaik, an associate professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.”Simply entering a collection of symptoms in a search engine may not reflect the actual medical situation at hand,” Milanaik said. “These computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents and cause them to question their doctors’ medical abilities and seek a second opinion, thereby delaying treatment,” she added.last_img read more

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9 Aug
2019

Rep Lucido announces summer reading contest

first_img Tags: Rep for a Day, Summer Reading Contest 29Jun Rep. Lucido announces summer reading contest Categories: Lucido News,Lucido Photoscenter_img State Rep. Peter Lucido will host a summer reading contest for local elementary school students in the 36th House District. The winner will have the unique opportunity to join Rep. Lucido at the Capitol in Lansing and serve as State Representative for a day.Rep. Lucido hopes that the contest will encourage students to keep their minds active and their reading skills sharp over the summer and beyond.“Reading is vitally important for the future success of our children,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Getting our kids excited about reading is more than just preparing them for the school year ahead, but encouraging the practice of this skill at an early age instills a habit which can benefit their future beyond academia.”Lily Urban of Shelby Township joins Rep. Lucido on the House floor earlier this year as the 2015 summer reading contest winner.All students in the 36th House District who are enrolled in the first through fifth grades are eligible to participate and must track their reading on special bookmarks that have been distributed to schools and local libraries. Readers who have finished 10 books can drop off the completed bookmarks to their local library by Sept. 1. There is no limit to the number of bookmarks that can be submitted, so long as each bookmark lists 10 completed books.Rep. Lucido will draw names to determine the winners of the contest, who will then be invited with their families to the Capitol this fall to act as state representatives for a day.“I am so excited to be hosting this contest again this year,” Rep. Lucido said. “It was a great turnout and I had a blast with the contest winner, Lily Urban of Shelby Township, who joined me on the House floor, participated in mock committee meetings and toured the Capitol with her family.”Contest bookmarks are available to download and print on www.RepPeterLucido.com and are available throughout the summer at the following participating libraries:Shelby Township Library51680 Van DykeShelby Twp, MI 48316Graubner Library65821 Van DykeWashington, MI 48095Kezar Branch Library107 Church St.Romeo, MI 48065For questions regarding the contest, please do not hesitate to contact Rep. Lucido’s office by phone at (888) MICH-REP, or by email at PeterLucido@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

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5 Aug
2019

Sinn Fein councillor Sandra DuffyPOLICING and Comm

first_img Sinn Fein councillor Sandra DuffyPOLICING and Community Safety Partnerships spend their time finding better ways to deliver good policing and community safety and this year, for the first time, their work is being recognised at the PCSP Community Safety Awards.PCSPs work with communities and other organisations to help ensure that the voices of local people are heard on policing and community safety issues. Their work delivering hundreds of outreach initiatives means that community safety is being improved and confidence in policing increased.PCSP Chair Councillor Sandra Duffy said it was fantastic for the work of the PCSP to be officially recognised. “We’re delighted to be recognised for the efforts we have made to deliver important projects and initiatives to help make our community safer. The projects we are nominated for are: The Community Safety Wardens for Outstanding Impact in Tackling ASB; ‘Recruited’ short film for contribution to embedding a culture of lawfulness; Our Multi-Agency Support Hub for Excellence in Collaboration. “We don’t work alone, and continue to collaborate with other organisations and groups to find innovative ways to deliver vital messages, educate people on key areas and encourage the community to support policing.”PCSP projects up for recognition in Community Safety Awards was last modified: May 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: chairCOUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYDERRY AND STRABANEPCSP projects up for recognition in Community Safety Awards ShareTweetlast_img read more

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4 Aug
2019

In This Issue ECB keeps rates unchanged Euro

first_imgIn This Issue.*ECB keeps rates unchanged. *Euro and Gold rally! *FOMC has “other policy moves”? *India joins other Asian currency moves higher.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!A Jobs Jamboree Friday!Good day.  And a Happy Friday to one and all! How about that win for our Rams on national television last night? WOW!  This is the first time in over 8 years, that we have a winning record (3-2) at any point of the season! So, you can understand my excitement a little, hopefully. Otherwise, you’re stamping your foot and saying, Come on Chuck, get on with this letter!Well. today’s the day the markets have been waiting for. the U.S. non-farm employment data, or, as I’ve always called it. The Jobs Jamboree!  I saw earlier in the week that the “experts” were forecasting an increase of jobs created in September of 115,000.  And then after the ADP report printed their version and showed that the believed that 162,000 jobs were created, the “experts, changed their call to 125,000. When will they ever learn? The ADP hasn’t given us a good indication of the non-farm number since its introduction.  So, given this information, I’ll have to change my earlier thought that 125,000 jobs were created and say, that only 105,000 were created.No matter the number, 115,000, 125,000 or whatever, it’s not enough! Yes, it’s better than job losses, but, we can’t grow our economy with less than about 250,000 per month. One of the key things to look for each month has become the data that reports the number of people that have stopped looking for work, thus in the Gov’t’s infinite wisdom (NOT!) they say they no longer count as unemployed.  So, the unemployment rate drops, and the Gov’t throws a party to celebrate, when in reality, it’s all smoke and mirrors.Long time readers know that I prefer to look at the Avg Hourly Earnings and Avg Weekly Hours Worked components of the Jobs Jamboree.  And here’s where we can really learn stuff, for what good does 115,000 new jobs do if they are min. wage jobs with little benefits?  I know, it’s better than standing in the unemployment line, but maybe it isn’t.  Think about that. a person’s pride has to come in there somewhere, right?   OK. so, this wage stuff is where I see a real problem for the U.S. workers. Wages have been pretty stagnant for a number of years now.  for instance year-on-year we’ll see an increase in wages of 1.8%…  That’s not going to keep up with inflation, folks.OK. So, I spent quite a bit of time on the Jobs Jamboree this morning. Let’s take a look at the currencies.  Yesterday, I told you about the mini-rally that the euro was trading in. Well, that mini-rally lasted throughout the day, and by the time I left for home, which is much earlier in the day than I used to leave, the euro had rallied back to 1.30.  And Gold had added to its $10 gain in the morning to reach its highest level of 2012 at $1,792.This morning, the euro is still trading a bit above 1.30, but Gold has backed off $1,792, but just by a couple of dollars.  Speaking of that high for the year in Gold, last year I did some research and presented it to you all, that showed how Gold’s low level for each year had been its price in January.  Well, that pattern is holding true again this year. yes, there are 3 months left, but once Gold hits the psychological level of $1,800, all heck could break loose. I read some research yesterday on this, and the charts show that a break above $1,800 could establish a new trading range, forming a base for Gold to test the previous highs.  WOW! That’s pretty bullish. and actually has something behind it rather than the reports from the Big Banks that say they see Gold at “X”.The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE) both kept their rates unchanged and didn’t announce any new plans yesterday.  Recall I said that the ECB had the scope to cut rates, but I think ECB President, Mario Draghi, is waiting for Spain to request Eurozone assistance before he uses one of the last arrows in his quiver.  And I find that to be a good strategy.So, the markets rewarded the euro for the non-rate cut move. That’s different than I thought they would go with the news, so once again the markets have changed horses in the middle of the stream.  This morning, German Factory Orders were weaker than expected, and that caused a little slippage in the euro, but not much, as everyone is focused on the Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. this morning.Did you see the color of the U.S. Factory Orders for August?  Well, in case your local or national cable news outlet didn’t bring this to your attention, U.S. Factory Orders in August fell -5.9% !  That’s awful folks. no wonder jobs in August were only up 96,000 (with 87,000 added by the BLS from the Birth / Death model)  It’s too bad this data isn’t more up to date, so we could see if this data rebounded or not in September. I have the feeling it didn’t, but. you never know who’s cooking the books!The Fed’s meeting minutes from their meeting in September printed yesterday.  All but one member voted for the new round of Quantitative Easing (QE).  The actions taken by the FOMC in September were fairly aggressive and the Fed noted that if the outlook for the labor market “does not improve substantially”, they stand ready to undertake further QE or “employ its other policy tools” until such an improvement is achieved.  Hmmm. wonder what those “other policy tools are”?  I’m of the opinion that QE is the last chance saloon for central bank policy tools. So, now I’m intrigued as to what those “other policy tools” could be.  Well, not to be gloom and doom, but it’s my opinion that we’re going to get to see the Fed Heads implement those “other policy tools” whatever they might be!The Commodity Currencies rebounded with the euro yesterday. These currencies that include: The Aussie dollar (A$), Canadian dollar / loonie, and New Zealand dollar / kiwi, had been pushed back earlier this week when the weaker than expected Chinese Manufacturing data printed. But they are rallying this morning, and that always does my heart some good to see these currencies rally, for when they do, the risk taking is back, and the optimism for global growth has returned.So. which way does the dollar move today, after the Jobs data prints? Well, since the markets changed horses in the middle of the stream on us in the Eurozone, they will probably do so here to. So, I think we’ll get back to conventional thinking here, and if the data is better than expected (125,000) the dollar will be rewarded, and sold if the data is weaker than expected. Since I think the data will be weaker than expected, I’m looking for the currencies to rally further today.  Of course that will all be thrown out the window, should the data come in stronger than expected, which you can’t rule out, given the BLS’s propensity to make adjustments to the numbers.Don’t know if you’ve been charting the currencies in the currency round-up each day, or weekly, etc. but, if you have, you’ve probably noticed the gains in the Indian rupee this past week. Yes, we’ve seen these strong moves in the rupee before only to see them wiped out.  This move doesn’t really have legs to run on  yet, as it is moving higher on the flow of funds into India. Apparently, foreign flows into the Indian stock market have been very large, as investors around the world look for bargains and yield. We all know these flows can be reversed in a heartbeat, so be careful here.The Asian currencies as a whole though are looking pretty good these days, and with things in the Eurozone calming down a bit for now, these currencies are recovering nicely.Then There Was This. All this week I’ve harped on and on about price manipulation in Gold & Silver. a reader sent me this story that had some great data and facts that back up what I’ve been saying. from wealthcycles.com.  “Many know that as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress directed the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) to impose limits on speculative positions in physical commodity futures and related contracts. This means silver and gold shorting may become more difficult.One reason this rule change is important is that institutional traders that hold large positions in commodities futures in some cases have the ability to skew the markets. For example, in a relatively small market such as silver futures, large short positions can have the effect of artificially suppressing prices. Currently JPMorgan Chase, which inherited a large short position in silver futures when it bought Bear Stearns in 2008, is believed to control about 35% of silver futures contracts–a large enough position to hold considerable sway over market prices. The Dodd-Frank rule change was intended to limit gold and silver futures positions held by a single investor to no more than 10% of the market.”Chuck again. Too bad a U.S. district judge in Washington sided with the big banks to prevent the position limits from coming into effect.  The CFTC had received 15,000 letters that “generally were supportive of the proposal”  So once again, the will of We The People has been pushed aside. shame, shame, shame.To recap. It’s a Jobs Jamboree Friday, and the day the markets have waited all week for. The experts have upped their forecast based on the ADP number from Wednesday, to +125,000. Chuck thinks it will be 105,000. The mini-rally in the euro yesterday, carried the single unit to just above 1.30, where it has stayed overnight and through the morning. The ECB left rates unchanged, thus giving the euro some help in the rally yesterday.  The Commodity Currencies have rebounded a bit, and the Asian Currencies are stronger.  Gold reached its high level for 2012 yesterday at $1,792.Currencies today 10/5/12. American Style: A$ $1.0245, kiwi .8240, C$ $1.0195, euro 1.3010, sterling 1.6185, Swiss $1.0735, . European Style: rand 8.6075, krone 5.6785, SEK 6.59, forint 217.30, zloty 3.1310, koruna 19.1305, RUB 30.98, yen 78.50, sing 1.2265, HKD 7.7535, INR 51.85, China 6.3230, pesos 12.75, BRL 2.0185, Dollar Index 79.38, Oil $91, 10-year 1.67%, Silver $34.94 and Gold. $1,791.45 and our usual Friday tradition is to take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock by clicking here.That’s it for today..  Well, Baseball’s version of made for TV games, will take place today. I’m not a fan of this 1-game play-in game, but it what it is, and the Cardinals are playing so I’ll be glued to the TV in hopes of a victory!  That was some game by our Rams last night. and to beat the team that left us in 1989 ( I think) was sweet!  Rams last night, Cardinals tonight, and my beloved Missouri Tigers Saturday night, WOW! For those of you keeping score at home, I’m feeling pretty good these days, the infection in my leg is still there, and reminds me of that throughout the day, but it’s much better. the tumor in my mouth continues to shrink. YAHOO, I’m hoping the “magic pills” that my friend Ed calls them, are having the same effect on the tumor in my chest! So, there you go! And looky there, it’s time to go! I hope this turns into a Fantastico Friday, don’t you?  Let’s go make this a Fantastico Friday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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4 Aug
2019

How to Get Rich Surely The strategy I recommend

first_img How to Get Rich Surely The strategy I recommend is faster and more fun than scrimping and saving and much, much more likely to work than any sort of get-rich-quick scheme. I’d like to illustrate my strategy by telling you how I did once make more than a million dollars in the lottery—without buying a single ticket. In the 1980s, my business partner had an idea. We would publish a magazine featuring stories of lottery winners and essays by crazy professors with theories about how to beat the odds. At one time, we had 100,000 subscribers paying us $39 per year. You can do the math. It didn’t happen overnight. It took years and thousands of man-hours to make it work. It was the result of a good idea, lots of experience, and lots of hard work. And perhaps a touch of luck. This is how you get rich surely. You don’t sit around dreaming or throwing what little money you have at ideas. You work hard and smart to earn good money, and you put a large percentage of that money aside to build a business, acquire property, and invest in smart and safe opportunities when they arrive. This is the way the great industrialists made their fortunes 100-plus years ago in America. And it is the way many entrepreneurs and professionals make their money today. When I wrote Seven Years to Seven Figures, I interviewed eight people who had developed multimillion-dollar wealth in under seven years. I asked them exactly what they did. Ultimately, I was searching for a common denominator. As it turned out, I came up with three things that they had in common. They had all: 1. Learned a financially valuable skill 2. Started a business in an up-trending market niche 3. Spent considerably less than they made and saved the difference This validates what experience tells me: if you are willing to put in the time and follow proven principles of wealth-building, you can become wealthy in a relatively short amount of time—even if you are broke or in debt right now. Fortune magazine predicts that 1,700 people will become millionaires each day into the 2020s. If you get rich surely, the way I suggest, I think you could be one of them. Regards, Mark Ford P.S. Over the last five years, I’ve worked with a team of bright people to develop essays, reports, and how-to manuals on building wealth surely. They’re based on my own personal experience doing these things myself or coaching others through them. I can promise you this: It doesn’t matter whether you’re 60 years old or a youngster, rich or poor, Harvard educated or a high school dropout, handicapped or able-bodied—this program is the best in the world if you want to build a seven-figure net worth in the next seven years. For more information, click here. Recommended Links — – [Profit Alert] Investors could turn $10,000 into $125,200 in just 2 years An amazing new technology could make a lot of investors quite rich. Microsoft, CNN, Google, Facebook, Wal-Mart, and even the U.S. Post Office are either using it already, or planning to. Click here to learn how you could capture a 1,152% gain in just 2 years. [ENDS SOON] Get Free Gifts Worth $188.97 This award-winning luxury-curated gift set makes a perfect holiday present for the hard-to-shop-for son, father, or husband. For a limited time, get $188.97 worth of free accessories plus an extra-long 100%-money-back return policy. Get yours before they sell out. Editor’s note: Today, we’re featuring a powerful essay from our good friend Mark Ford. Mark has built dozens of businesses from scratch…creating millions of dollars of wealth in the process. He knows more about building wealth than just about anyone. In this classic piece, he describes the three ways to get rich… Is it possible to begin with nothing and acquire wealth in America? Is it still possible today? I’ve been studying that question for almost 20 years. And the answer is unequivocal: It is. It is still possible for ordinary, wage-earning Americans to become wealthy. From my research, I have seen that there are basically three ways to get rich: 1. Slowly (in 30 to 40 years) 2. Quickly (overnight) 3. Surely (in seven years or less) How to Get Rich Slowly The Millionaire Next Door, a best-selling book from 1996, revealed that the typical American millionaire acquires their fortunes by scrimping and saving. Just about anyone can get rich this way. You simply put a reasonable percentage of your income into an ordinary investment program for 30 or 40 years, and voila! You are rich! The median income in America was $56,516 in 2015. If you invest 10% of that income ($5,652) at a compounded return of 10.2% (the S&P 500’s track record from 1915–2015) over 30 years, you’ll end up with over $1,000,000. This is due to the “miracle” of compound interest, but it is in no way miraculous. It is a certainty based on historical averages and simple math. But there is a hitch. You have to start relatively young. If you start, for example, when you are 50, you will have only $206,712 accumulated by the time you are 65. If you start when you are 60, well… You get the picture. Getting rich this way doesn’t require guts or brains. All you need is a commitment to work hard to make enough money to save every month… and the discipline to keep socking it away. How to Get Rich Quickly Acquiring wealth by scrimping and saving is a sure thing, but it does take a long, long time. Even if we have the time, most of us don’t have the patience for it. But getting rich quickly—the ultimate financial aphrodisiac. Is it possible? The answer: yes, but only if you are very, very lucky. We read and hear about it all the time. A chicken farmer in Idaho discovers a Rembrandt in his barn. A barber in New Jersey hits the state lotto. And the one I like best—some guy made a million bucks by investing $5,000 in a penny stock! Those are the stories. But the odds of any of these things happening to you are incredibly slim. I don’t gamble because I know there are many other ways of entertaining myself that are less addictive and less costly.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2019

Hopes were dashed this week that the United States

first_imgHopes were dashed this week that the United States was finally making progress in the fight against childhood obesity.Contrary to previous reports, the epidemic of fat has not abated. In fact, there’s been a big jump in obesity among the nation’s youngest children, according to the latest analysis of federal data, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.”The main take-home message for me is that, clearly, obesity remains a problem,” says Asheley Skinner, an associate professor of population health services at Duke University and leader of the analysis. “It’s not improving.”Childhood obesity rates have been rising for decades, sparking widespread alarm among public health researchers and officials. Obese children tend to become obese adults, who are prone to many health problems, including cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.But hopes rose several years ago that the epidemic might be ebbing, at least in some parts of the country. Some researchers suggested efforts such as Michelle’s Obama’s Let’s Move campaign might be working.Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case, Skinner and her colleagues discovered when they analyzed the latest national data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The NHANES survey is one of the federal government’s main measures of childhood obesity.The latest analysis shows that the percentage of children ages 2 to 19 who are obese increased from 14 percent in 1999 to 18.5 percent in 2015 and 2016.Moreover, there was no statistical difference in the overall obesity rate between the 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 surveys — undercutting hopes that obesity had begun to decline in recent years.In fact, the scientists say, there was a disturbingly large increase in obesity among the youngest children — ages 2 to 5 years old. In that age group, obesity increased from about 9 percent to almost 14 percent.”It is a big jump,” Skinner says. “That’s the highest level of obesity that we’ve seen in 2- to 5-year-olds since 1999.”The increase more than makes up for any decrease that may have occurred in the previous survey, Skinner says.”Obesity in the youngest group is a concern,” she says, “because when obesity starts younger, most of these children continue to have obesity throughout childhood and into adulthood. “The earlier you start seeing this, the harder it is to address it for these kids.””We have known about this epidemic of childhood obesity — and have been pouring research dollars and public health dollars into this problem — for at least 20 years,” says Dr. Sarah Armstrong, an associate professor of pediatrics at Duke who helped conduct the analysis. “And despite that, we don’t seem to be making a big dent in the situation.””We need to double down our efforts and find out what’s going to work,” she says, “or the health of our future generation is really in jeopardy.”In an editorial accompanying the study, Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital calls for a more comprehensive national strategy for fighting the problem.”We haven’t generated a truly systematic or comprehensive approach across society that addresses all drivers of childhood obesity — poor diet, a lack of physical activity and a healthy food supply that will encourage everyone to eat well,” Ludwig says. “We need a truly national, comprehensive strategy to tackle this epidemic.”Hispanic and African-American children continue to be much more likely to become obese than white children, the analysis shows.Melinda Sothern, director of behavioral and community health sciences at Louisiana State University, suggests that trend may be the result of a “perfect storm” of stress, which, when combined with a “lack of access to healthy foods and opportunities for outdoor play,” can affect biology on a genetic level. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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