Jurgen Klopp recently announced Liverpool would not be changing their famous attacking approach for the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.With only six days left ahead of the last fixture of the Champions League, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid, which will take part at Kiev on May 26, Klopp had his say on Liverpool’s future behaviour.Despite the fact that Real Madrid will be looking for getting their hands on the third consecutive Champions League win – a task rather daunting – the Reds will not be making any special changes.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“If I was to ask the boys, ‘What do you want to do in this game?’ they would say, ‘What we always did’. I am pretty sure that would be the answer,” explained Klopp, according to the official website of Liverpool.“In football you always have to try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities. If we would only think about trying to deny their qualities, that would be quite difficult.”“It’s not that we go there, run like crazy and have no clue how to defend, it won’t be like that. But we will play our football and hopefully at the highest level,” Klopp went on to add.
Brazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Report: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, January 10, 2019:Police issued two parking citations in the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. (8:46am)Police noted a MBTA Commuter Rail train (#1639) at North Wilmington station was blocking Middlesex Avenue. (9:36am)A caller stated someone keeps ringing their doorbell, but she doesn’t want to answer. Caller states she is not expecting anyone. Police responded. Minuteman Services was at the door. Police notified the caller. (2:16pm)A Salem Street caller reported an unfamiliar female rang her doorbell several times and is now sitting in her driveway in a silver sedan. Police responded. Female was a CNA who was given the wrong address. (3:13pm)A caller stated he received threats from his former manager while he was picking up his belongings. (4:43pm)A Wilmington 39-year-old was taken into protective custody after causing a disturbance outside a home. Caller said she “had a few drinks.” (9:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”
FDA [Representational image]Reuters fileA small hill station around 60km away from Pune is extremely famous for its Chikki that no trip to Lonavala is complete without buying Maganlal Chikki.Earlier this week, the Maganlal Chikki, a Lonavala landmark was forced to pull off its products from the market after a team from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) found it had no quality control measures in place to prove its products were fit for human consumption. It is to be noted that Maganlal Chikki dominates the sweet manufacturers’ segment all across Maharashtra.A raid was carried out at the manufacturing and packaging unit of Maganlal Food Products by food officers from FDA’s Pune branch on December 11 and found out that the manufacturer was involved in violating several rules of the Food Standards and Safety Act, 2006.Hindustan Times reported that the unit lacked quality-check system, its food safety standards lacked national accreditation, and there were hygiene lapses in the manufacturing process.The report filed by Food Safety Officer of the Pune region, RR Kakade, revealed that there is no assurance on the product being manufactured by the company that it is fit for consumption. The company has never carried out a food quality test in any laboratory approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).One of the owners of the company, Mangesh Agarwal argued that the allegation made by the FDA was entire “documentary in nature”. He further said that “The fact is, there is no food adulteration or spurious substance. There were small packaging and technical errors against which the FDA took action.”One of the co-owners Ashok Agarwal said all the compliances would be done at the earliest. He added that “We have completed the process of sending products to a NABL accredited laboratory. We have also started hiring a technical person to supervise the products. ..in two days, our factory will start functioning again.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:46 Amy BishopRiders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemorationThe Buffalo Soldiers were African-American men who served in the U.S. Army until the mid-20th century. On a sweltering hot afternoon at Houston’s Tom Bass Park, about a dozen young African-American teenage boys are on horseback, dressed in traditional cavalry attire. They’re taking part in a ceremonial ride to commemorate the Buffalo Soldiers.One of the teens involved is Michael, whose group came from Pennsylvania for the event.“I didn’t know too much about the Buffalo Soldiers,” he admits. “But when I got into it, and the riding and things like that, I started researching a little more to get a better understanding of what I’m doing it for.”Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass ParkThis week marks the 150th anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers and Houston is hosting the celebration. People from around the country have been here for events all week, including 92-year-old Henri Legandre, a World War 2 vet from North Carolina. He was part of the last chapter of the soldiers before they were disbanded in the 1950s when the military became integrated. “In World War 2, we really fought two wars,” Legandre explains. “We fought the war for the United States, but we also fought the war for segregation.”On Saturday, a parade of about 150 horses and wagons went through Houston’s Midtown and Third Ward, beginning at Emancipation Park and ending at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.“The Buffalo Soldiers is a missing link in the American history story,” says Cpt. Paul J. Matthews, the museum’s founder, who was instrumental in organizing the week’s festivities. “And so most people think this is an African-American museum, but this is an American history museum.”The museum will also serve as the new national headquarters of the Buffalo Soldiers Association.Amy BishopTeenage riders from Pennsylvania taking part in Buffalo Soldiers commemoration at Tom Bass Park Listen X Share
The AT&T 3G MicroCell2. AT&T 3G MicroCellA reliable cellular signal can be just as important as always-on Internet. The AT&T 3G MicroCell, which costs about $200, can boost local cellular reception, promising up to five bars of coverage throughout your home.The miniature cell tower connects to your broadband Internet service to create a strong, sharable 3G signal that works with up to four AT&T 3G or 4G devices. Although the MicroCell can help eliminate dead or weak signal spots in your home office, its performance can be inconsistent since everything from building construction to power usage can cause cellular interference.Related: With a Dazzling Display, the New iPad Will Be Attractive for Many Business Owners j5create’s Wormhole Switch3. Wormhole SwitchThink of the Wormhole as a personal cloud. The device, from Woodstock, Ga.-based j5create, lets two computers in the same room work together — even a Mac and PC — by connecting them with a USB cable. Users can copy and paste files and text, as well as share a mouse between computers.Wormhole, which starts at $25, is a plug-and-play alternative to sophisticated networking. An advanced version can also connect smartphones and tablets. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » March 28, 2012 Whether you’re running a business out of your living room or splitting time between your home and the office, setting up a reliable, well-connected home office should be at the top of your “must-do” list.Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that can make it easier to communicate seamlessly between the home office and your business location. From managing calls across multiple devices to ensuring reliable web and cellular service, these seven technologies can help you build a powerful business network at home.An Amplifi HD Media Router1. Amplifi RouterSlow or spotty connectivity can be frustrating for you and your clients. But if you strengthen your Internet connection, you will be able to do video conferencing and other online collaboration without any irksome interruptions.Built for streaming high-definition media, Amplifi HD Media Routers, from Taiwanese networking giant D-Link, can bear even the heaviest network demands with relative ease. The Amplifi series, which starts at about $150, can be especially useful if you’re sharing a home network with your family. It can handle streaming video, presentations and other rich content without slowing down the home Wi-Fi connection. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Joy Factory’s Zip Touch-n-go multi-device charging station7. Zip Touch-n-goKeeping a small arsenal of mobile devices charged can lead to a tangle of cords in your home office. The Zip Touch-n-go, from Irvine, Calif.-based Joy Factory, is a small, multi-device charging station that essentially does away you’re your array of chargers, cleaning up the clutter near wall sockets and power strips.Available for about $80, the Zip Touch-n-go comes with attachments for Apple devices, Micro USB tools and several other products. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 wireless printer4. HP Envy PrinterNeed to print a business document from a mobile device? Then, you’ll need a wireless printer. The good news is that these devices are becoming more affordable.For example, Hewlett-Packard’s Envy 110 is a basic, all-in-one web-enabled printer, copier and scanner that costs about $250. It can meet the needs of entrepreneurs who work at home, including those who use HP’s cloud-based printing service called ePrint.Related: One Way to Manage All Your Business Schedules LoJack for Laptops software6. LoJack for LaptopsWhile several services offer to recover data gone missing from a damaged laptop, Vancouver, Canada-based Absolute Software can help you recover the laptop itself.The firm’s LoJack for Laptops is a subscription-based, downloadable app that manages content, tracks your devices and keeps criminals off your home PCs. It also allows you to lock or even wipe your data if your computer is stolen, and it provides location-based device tracking to help law enforcement retrieve your computer. Subscriptions start at about $30 a year.Related: Four Tools for Improving Office Collaboration Plantronics’ Calisto 835 console5. Calisto 835Making business calls from home often means using a combination of landlines, smartphones and Internet applications. The Calisto 800 series, from Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Plantronics, streamlines the experience.The Calisto 835, priced at about $280, is an audio bridge that lets users manage, dial and switch between calls on a smartphone, landline and PC-based phone. The central console also manages a speakerphone and wireless lapel microphone.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska, Promotions, Regent Seven Seas Cruises Posted by Travelweek Group MIAMI — Free and unlimited shore excursions are the norm while onboard an Alaska cruise with Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Its Seven Seas Mariner ship will sail Alaskan waters from late May through August 2017, providing passengers an expansive catalog of free and unlimited shore excursions for the best value. Plus, travellers can take advantage of Regent’s limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer to receive US$500 shipboard credit per new suite booking to apply toward select Alaska adventures while sailing aboard the ship.“Shore excursions are particularly important in order to experience the most of Alaska, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers up to 43 free, unlimited shore excursions on our seven-night Alaska voyages,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of the cruise line. “And with our limited-time ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer, travellers receive a generous shipboard credit to apply toward some incredibly breathtaking, supplementary experiences while sailing aboard Seven Seas Mariner.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFor example, sample shore excursions on Seven Seas Mariner’s July 5 voyage include witnessing iceberg calvings atop Hubbard Glacier, panning for gold in Skagway, hiking at Tongass National Forest (the world’s largest temperate rainforest) in Sitka, cruising in George Inlet, and a catamaran sail in Juneau.Passengers can apply their $500 shipboard credit toward Regent Choice options, a curated collection of immersive experiences that are available at an additional charge.On the same July 5 voyage, guests can utilize their shipboard credits on a three-hour sport fishing excursion from Sitka, a rafting ride through the Valley of the Eagles, or a short floatplane ride to Prince of Wales to spot black bears in their natural habitat.The ‘Book Now Bonus’ offer is valid for bookings made from April 1 through May 31 on all 2017 Alaska voyages. It is combinable the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary voyages, public National Account promotions, and Seven Seas Society savings of up to $700 per suite for returning guests.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyCanadian and U.S. travel agents will receive up to a $200 gift card for each new booking they make for their clients in these regions. Guests must register the code ‘Book Now’ at the time of reservation in order to receive the offer. Travel agents must register for the gift card at RSSC.com/booknow by June 14. Free shore excursions & shipboard credit offer with Regent Seven Seas << Previous PostNext Post >> Share
InCoax is to use ANGA COM to introduce In:xtnd, which it describes as the first Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) access standard-based family of fibre-extension products.The product range is aimed at cable MSOs, fibre-optic ISPs and network builders, telcos, mobile operators and hospitality systems integrators.Peter CarlssonAccording to InCoax, In:xtnd, which transforms in-building coaxial networks into multi-gigabit fibre extensions, can coexist with DOCSIS while also offering a greater cost and performance benefit than DOCSIS 3.1.The company said that the production family, which is capable of supporting speeds of 2.5Gbps net throughput and 2Gbps upload, is available for operator trials and evaluation immediately.InCoax cites its own research in Western Europe as indicating that the combined equipment and installation cost of deploying In:xtnd in an apartment within a MDU amounts to around 20% of the cost of fibre and around 40% of the cost of DOCSIS 3.1.Cable MSOs and broadband providers, as well as commercial integrators installing networks in hospitality, restaurants, offices and other buildings, can use In:xtnd as their fibre extension implementation for FTTB using the existing coax to each apartment, room or office.The company is also pitching it at mobile operators looking to add wired backhaul capacity to apartment blocks for 4G/5G fixed mobile convergence.“There is growing demand from people living in apartment blocks across Europe, Asia and the Americas for access to Gigabit broadband speeds. It is expensive for providers to implement fiber or upgrade DOCSIS to meet this demand, while alternative technologies such as G.fast do not yield the required speeds or QoS. Because In:xtnd uses the existing in-building coax, cable MSOs and broadband providers now have access to a universal fiber extension solution that offers a viable alternative to fibre to the apartment and DOCSIS 3.1 at a very competitive price point,” said Peter Carlsson, CEO, InCoax.The In:xtnd product family includes In:xtnd Control MA 2.5 4, which is a broadband over coax access node, capable of 2.5Gbps per RF-port, a total of 10Gbps. In:xtnd Control communicates with In:xtnd Access and is based on the MoCA Access 2.5 standard. The In:xtnd Control 4-port supports up to 124 In:xtnd Access modems.In:xtnd Access MA 2.5 2 Ethernet is a coax-to-ethernet media converter providing 2×1 Gbps. In:xtnd Access 2 Ethernet communicates with the In:xtnd Control 4-port and is based on the MoCA Access 2.5 standard.In:xtnd Manage MA 2.5 is an element manager with features for In:xtnd Control deployment, control and supervision of the coax link conditions. In:xtnd Manage includes essential functions for carrier-class service provisioning and network management.Finally, In:xtnd Combine MA 2.5 is frequency multiplexer-demultiplexer coax range of filters that combine TV frequencies and data in the existing coaxial cabling.MoCA launched MoCA Access, its new specification for access networks last year. The group pitched the new specification as a “fibre extension technology” and as a potential low-cost complement or alternative to DOCSIS 3.1 – or G.Fast – in cases where network operators have fibre-to-the-building in place.InCoax will exhibit at ANGA COM on stand 7.B21
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L: I’ve actually been present at a nice dinner in an expensive restaurant when you did this, and it was in the predominantly Catholic country of Argentina. But, to be fair, the dinner was with old cronies of yours, who know very well how you like to stir things up. Have you ever actually done that in a group of total strangers? Doug: Yes, I have, with entertaining results. As you know, I’m a great believer in entertainment and refuse to waste much time talking about the weather and the roads. The next subject is philosophy, and abstract, theoretical philosophy is not very entertaining, so that leaves practical philosophy: Politics and religion. L: The two forbidden subjects. I should have known. But you know, in addition to people who wrote after our last conversation to say that you are wrong about the Tea Party, we got letters from people who said that you contradicted yourself, saying you don’t make fun of religion, and in the next breath speaking of parroting and chimpanzees. I replied that if they would look carefully at what you said, it was not the religion you were poking fun at, but at dogma, at the religious-flavored groupthink that can be so dangerous. I don’t think I’ve ever heard you criticize Jesus or his teachings. Churches are another matter entirely. Churches are human organizations, run by fallible human beings, with their own ends in mind. Churches can and should be held up for scrutiny and criticism, just like any other human institution. Doug: I admit that many of Jesus’s words were very wise. But Paul took over as his promoter after Jesus died, and many of Paul’s ideas were very different from Jesus’s. Paulism is really an entirely different religion from Jesusism, though they’ve become conflated in modern Christianity. L: I agree, and Jesus also brought a “new covenant” that set aside much of the Old Testament, so the frequent citations of the Old Testament as grounds for persecuting homosexuals or other religions also run counter to the teachings of Jesus, in my view. I like looking at what Jesus is reported to have actually said and done, himself – not Paul, and not Moses. Doug: Some readers might be surprised to know that I’ve actually read the Bible and made a study of many religions. The more I learn of them all, the less I’m inclined to believe any one of them, but if we define religion as a quest for some form of spiritual reality, I certainly don’t in any way denigrate or make fun of religion. Unfortunately, that’s not how most people approach religion; for many, it’s a balm for their fears and miseries, rather than a path to enlightenment. L: I can see that… But we digress. The topic today was holidays…so, if you don’t believe in holiness, what do you do on holy days, and why? Doug: I’m a big fan of the winter solstice and the summer solstice. Those are important turning points for life on this planet, and worth celebrating. Presents are nice – it’s fine to give things to people you like. Even the shared traditions of society can be nice, though I have to say that the religious significance of many of these holidays has been totally lost to the commercial events they have become. In point of fact, by Christian tradition, Easter is the holiest of holidays, not Christmas, but all most people think of at that time are bunnies, chocolates, and colored eggs. Doug Casey is a multi-millionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on The New York Times best sellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News. Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here. The #1 Currency for the “End of America” Today, most Americans know absolutely nothing about, let alone own, this incredibly valuable asset. This has nothing to do with gold coins, silver, collectibles, or real estate of any kind, yet it could be the single most important step you take to preserve your wealth. Click here to learn more. — L: You’re right. I’m what you might call an Atheist Christian; I don’t believe in any gods, but I do find great value in what Jesus actually said and taught, which was to love, forgive, and let live. That’s quite different from what many modern churches teach, which is to fear and to try to control the behavior of others. Such people often have no qualms about employing the coercive machinery of the state to impose their values on others, which Jesus never did nor advocated – his slate was clean, and yet he cast no stones. But to answer your question, ever since I was a teenager, I’ve thought Christmas, at least as practiced in most of the West, is a bad idea. It all revolves around a massive conspiracy of lies aimed at controlling children. I never wanted to control my children; I wanted to help them learn self-control. I decided long before I had any children that I would never lie to mine. That’s bad psychology. I wanted my children – whatever else they might come to think – to always regard me as a reliable source of information. And 23 years after the first was born, they all still do. Plus, if you think about it, Santa Claus is basically God on training wheels. He’s omniscient – knows if you’ve been bad or good – and punishes or rewards you accordingly. If I believed in a god, this would seem like a bad idea to me, as children come to first discover that Santa does not know everything, and then find out the whole thing is a scam. The collapse of the Santa conspiracy sows seeds of doubt as to the supernatural – not to mention distrust of parents. Doug: But you didn’t send your kids back to school having to confront their peers after receiving no presents… L: Of course not. We enjoyed the holiday songs and stories; I just never told my children they were true. They were fun fantasies like Curious George or Batman. I buy trees and decorate them, but I call them New Year’s trees, and we give each other presents on New Year’s Eve. Later, when I started making friends in former Soviet countries, I found that the Soviets had done essentially the same thing; Marx said religion was the “opium of the masses,” after all. It was a slightly embarrassing discovery for a staunch capitalist to make, but a good joke on me. At any rate, we’re here to talk about your take on all this. Are you a Grinch? Doug: I’ve never read that story, nor watched the cartoon all the way through, to be honest with you. L: But you’ve heard of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss? You know what I mean by Grinch? Doug: Yes. L: So, are you a Grinch? What do you do when you’re visiting someone during the holidays and they bow their heads to say grace? Doug: I listen respectfully, but then I always ask if I can say grace too. They usually say, “Well, of course!” And the grace I usually say is either to Odin, who’s a favorite myth of mine, and sometimes to Crom, who was the god of Conan the Barbarian. “Oh Crom, help us to slay our enemies, ravish their women, burn their houses and enslave their children – and if you won’t help us, then to hell with you.” That always sets the tone for an excellent dinner conversation. Recommended Links (Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) This interview was first published on October 13, 2010 Editor’s Note: Happy Holidays from everyone at Casey Research. In today’s edition, Casey Research founder Doug Casey and International Speculator editor Louis James discuss how they celebrate Christmas. Louis James: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Doug. But you’re an atheist, and you pay for your own meals, so whom do you give thanks to, if anyone? Doug: Yes, I guess it’s getting to be that time of year. Holidays can be fun, regardless of one’s beliefs, and, for the record, neither you nor Bob Cratchit have to work Christmas Eve. L: I probably will anyway. I celebrate the New Year, and sometimes raise a glass to Sir Isaac Newton, whose birthday was December 25, but not Christmas. Doug: Why is that? I know you’re an atheist as well, but you also call yourself a student of the carpenter of Nazareth, so why not celebrate his birthday? Recommended Links — – –
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A new batch of startup companies are trying to drive a revolutionin lab testing by letting you skip the doctor and test for food sensitivities, fertility, sleep hormones and even vitamin deficiencies — all from the privacy of your bathroom — no lab visit required.Do-it-yourself testing kits cost anywhere from about $35 for an individual test to $450 for a battery of tests.Last November on “Shark Tank,” the reality show featuring budding entrepreneurs who think they have a hot idea, contestant Julia Cheek hawked her company’s home-testing kits to the program’s panel of investors.”EverlyWell is transforming lab testing — a $25 billion market — to be simple, convenient and useful for you,” Cheek pitched.”I think the product is brilliantly crafted,” said show judge, Lori Greiner, who is also known as “The Queen of QVC.””I think this gives people an empowered way to check on some things.”Cheek walked away from the show with a million-dollar commitment for her Austin-based company.But that was TV, of course. Some doctors worry EveryWell is promising more than it can deliver.One Woman’s Success StoryThe company’s food-sensitivity test is its best seller, and the kit is especially hot in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco resident Regina Du says the test has changed her life. For years Du missed work due to stomachaches, headaches and inflamed welts.”I just felt crummy,” says Du. “I would just like uncontrollably scratch myself because I was so itchy.”Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Eventually Du landed under the care of an allergist, who ordered a test. But Du balked when she learned her insurance wouldn’t cover the $700 cost.”I just had total sticker shock,” Du says.So, she poked around online and found EverlyWell’s food sensitivity kit for a couple hundred bucks.Instructions inside the neatly packed kit explain how to prick your finger and dribble drops of blood onto a white collection card. Du completed the test in less than 20 minutes during her lunch break. A few days later she got an email suggesting she avoid gluten, dairy and green beans.Almost immediately: Du started feeling better. Within a few weeks she felt normal for the first time in eight years.Does it Work?The test is supposed to measure whether a person’s immune system reacts to certain foods by making an antibody called Immunoglobulin G (IgG), which EverlyWell describes on its website as the potential cause of symptoms like migraines or irritable bowel syndrome, citing evidence found in some small studies.This kit has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, many types of at-home testing kits are not currently regulated by the FDA.The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) does not recognize the validity of IgG tests in diagnosing food sensitivity, also called food intolerance.”It is important to understand that this test has never been scientifically proven to be able to accomplish what it reports to do,” the academy states on its website. “The scientific studies that are provided to support the use of this test are often out of date, in non-reputable journals and many have not even used the IgG test in question. The presence of IgG is likely a normal response of the immune system to exposure to food.”Dr. Neha Shah, a rheumatologist and immunologist at Stanford University, is one doctor who is skeptical.”What we don’t have is proof that having a high IgG level against a particular food item means that that food is causing your symptoms,” says Shah.Shah shares the story of her sister, who bought a test and then was told to avoid swordfish.”We’ve been vegetarians all our whole lives,” says Shah. “And there was really no reason why she had a high sensitivity, a high IgG level against swordfish.”Shah also says IgG levels can elevate simply because you eat a specific food, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that your body is reacting negatively. For all these reasons, Shah does not administer food sensitivity tests in her practice. She suggests patients save the money and start with an elimination diet, where you remove commonly reactive foods like gluten or dairy and see if you feel better.Dr. Marra Francis, EverlyWell’s executive medical director, stands by its products as a valuable first step for patients to take their health into their own hands.”A lot of times this testing can be a bridge between vague symptoms and an actual plan that you create with your provider,” she says. EverlyWell does recommend patientsdouble-check test results with an elimination diet.Tina Heilman, a spokesperson for EverlyWell, wrote in an email:”EverlyWell recognizes that the AAAAI does not support any form of food sensitivity testing (which is not just limited to IgG testing), but they are not the entire ‘medical community,’ and AAAAI does not speak for all health care providers. IgG tests are currently ordered by thousands of medical providers in the U.S.”No OversightBesides its IgG test, the company markets 22 other home wellness tests, everything from cholesterol to testosterone. Other startups like LetsGetChecked, Thorne and Health Test Express offer a similar array.Some at-home tests may produce accurate results, such as certain STD tests. Even so some doctors worry about a booming market that’s not regulated by the FDA. They are concerned about how patients act on the information they get.”A lot of this kind of huxterist testing is keying off of the placebo effect,” says Dr. Norman Paradis, a clinical lab expert who teaches at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, referring to the industry in general and not to a particular product.In other words, just believing a test is valid and taking action on it may make you feel better.Paradis also worries that home tests could inspire patients to overreact to results. Hypothetically, a patient may discover she’s deficient in vitamin D and compensate by taking toxic doses, he says. Or a test result may inspire a patient to seek medical care they don’t need.”For instance, let’s say a test inaccurately said you may have colon cancer,” says Paradis. “And then you went and got a colonoscopy and were injured during the colonoscopy. Well, the test actually created that harm.”He notes, this is a problem even in cases where doctors order too many tests.Dr. Gilbert Welch, the author of Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health, says, “You can’t test your way to health.”For unexplained symptoms he suggested starting with the long-ignored advice from your grandmother: Eat real food, set a regular sleep schedule, and get some exercise.Find Lesley McClurg on Twitter: @lesleywmcclurg. Copyright 2018 KQED. To see more, visit KQED.
Disabled peers have demanded that the government rips up its “frustrating”, “clichéd” and “tepid” response to a major House of Lords report on the Equality Act’s impact on disabled people.The Equality Act 2010 and disability committee reported in March on how equality legislation affects disabled people, following a nine-month inquiry.The committee concluded that the government was failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, and that laws designed to address disability discrimination were “not working in practice”, while spending cuts were having “a hugely adverse effect on disabled people”.An analysis by Disability News Service of the government’s response to the report, which was published in July, suggested that it accepted in full only about eight of the committee’s 55 recommendations.In a Lords debate on the report this week, disabled peers lined up to criticise the government’s response.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured, left, during the debate), who sat on the committee, said that its report recommends “workable, low-cost, legislative and practical changes that would greatly enhance equality for disabled people in this country”.But she described “disabled people’s frustration at the failure of the government to embrace the recommendations more fully”, and called on it to “go back to the drawing board”.She criticised the government’s use of “the exhausted cliché that regulation will not change hearts and minds” when “all the evidence shows that without legislation we cannot win ‘hearts and minds’”.And she said that Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, had told her that the government’s “tepid” response to the report “clearly demonstrates a deep lack of understanding and concern about Britain’s disabled people”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton (pictured, right), president of the Liberal Democrats, who also sat on the committee, said the government had showed in responding to the report’s recommendations that it “will not even regulate, let alone legislate”.She said: “I join colleagues on the select committee in hoping that the previous government’s report back to us will be discarded.“I have high hopes, because the evidence in the select committee report is so strong and will not go away.“I call for the new government [under Theresa May, rather than David Cameron] to prove that they truly believe in inclusion by going back and rewriting their response.”Her fellow disabled Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness [Celia] Thomas, whose idea it was to hold the inquiry, called on the government to “implement our recommendations without delay. There is no excuse for not doing so”.The disabled crossbench peer Lord [Colin] Low, who did not sit on the committee, praised the “excellent” report.He said that the government’s “drive to reduce regulation and red tape has resulted in rules and provisions that were helpful to disabled people being weakened or abolished”.He said: “The report makes an important point when it says that these things should properly be seen as protections for disabled people rather than burdens on business, and that their removal under the [government’s] Red Tape Challenge should be reversed.”Another disabled peer, the Liberal Democrat Lord Addington, said there was a need for “aggressive action” to enforce equality.He said: “We here have to start pointing out to the rest of society that it will benefit by taking this appropriate action.“If we make people with disabilities more economically active and more socially included, we will save ourselves hassle and trouble.”The Conservative Home Office minister, Baroness Williams, said the report was “timely and comprehensive and highlights the continuing challenges and obstacles which disabled people face on a daily basis”.She said it “rightly focused on a number of important issues, such as how adequately we imbed disabled people’s needs into the first steps to plan services and also when we construct premises”.She added: “The report also fairly examined whether both public and private sectors have been sufficiently proactive in meeting the needs of citizens with a disability and whether there is still a tendency simply to react to problems once they have arisen or to be forced into action when pressed.“We further acknowledge the importance of two-way communication between government and disabled people and their representatives, something that the report says we can improve on, in turn improving access to justice and how services are delivered.”
A disabled campaigner was forced to wet himself on a train because the accessible toilet was out of order, just four months after a minister promised to ensure such incidents would never happen again.Wheelchair-user Chris Stapleton (pictured) boarded the Virgin Trains service last Tuesday (16 May), but even though he had booked the space more than six weeks earlier he was placed in a carriage with a broken toilet.The aisles were too narrow for him to reach another of the accessible toilets on the service from London Euston to Birmingham, so he was forced to wet himself.Virgin Trains has now launched an “urgent investigation” into the incident, and has admitted – despite its previous claims – that the toilet was broken from the start of the journey.It has also accepted that staff on the train should have been aware that a disabled person was travelling on a service with a broken toilet and taken action, such as arranging for him to use another toilet on the train during a station stop, or allowing him to use a toilet at one of the stations along the route.Stapleton said Virgin Trains was guilty of “sheer crass negligence”, and that the incident showed how politicians had “ignored” and even “tried to scale down” disabled people’s access to rail travel, for example through the government’s decision to cut funding for the Access for All rail station improvement programme.In January, rail minister Paul Maynard said the Department for Transport was “committed to ensuring no passenger has to go through this again”, after Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike told how she had been forced to wet herself on a CrossCountry service because the accessible toilet was out-of-order.Stapleton, a member of the user-led accessible transport charity Transport for All, said his incident showed that Maynard’s “‘no repeat’ pledge has proved empty”. Wafula Strike said Stapleton’s experience was “terrible” and that “train companies continue to get away with failing to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers.“It’s a pity rail companies have failed to recognise the potential value in disabled travellers by failing to implement the basic policies they hold on paper.“I request rail bosses to start engaging with the disabled passengers.”Faryal Velmi, director of Transport for All, said Stapleton’s experience was “appalling”.She said: “This is the second time we have had a story like this making the headlines, and sadly the incidents that are reported are just tip of the iceberg.“In February, the rail minister [Paul Maynard] promised Anne Wafula Strike action on the issue, but Chris’s story shows that they were just empty words.“As part of our Rail Access Now campaign, we demanded that train operating companies face strict financial penalties for running services without accessible facilities.“They must also ensure that they clearly announce any broken facilities and that staff are available to offer assistance to disabled passengers.“At this point, apologies simply aren’t good enough – how many more disabled passengers will have to go through a horrible experience like Chris’s before action is taken?”Maynard, who is himself disabled, did not respond to a request from Disability News Service to comment.A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Chris Stapleton’s experience was completely unacceptable and we have apologised to him for this.“Thousands of disabled customers regularly travel with Virgin Trains and we have systems in place to ensure that they are properly looked after.“Clearly those systems broke down during Chris’ journey and we are conducting an urgent investigation to understand what went wrong and ensure that any lessons are learned.“We are determined to get this right for all our disabled customers to ensure they can travel with us with complete confidence.”
–shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Add to Queue Trump & Business The Big Changes Proposed in President Trump’s 2018 Budget Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff The Trump administration introduced a budget proposal today that would significantly slash the budgets of several federal agencies while increasing spending on defense, security and veterans.The proposal would cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent, the State Department by 29 percent and the Department of Labor by 21 percent. The Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security would see an increase in funding under the budget, with Defense getting a 10 percent bump.The budget proposal, released by the Office of Management and Budget and titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” will likely not be applied to the federal budget as is. It is up to the members of Congress to vote on and allocate the resources in the federal budget.Related: Here Is What Small Business Needs From the Trump AdministrationMick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told The Huffington Post: “We wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches. … We wanted to know what his policies were and we turned those policies into numbers.”Programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be eliminated entirely, as would federal-state partnerships that aim to stimulate job and economic growth across the country, such as the the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority and the Northern Border Regional Commission.Read on for changes that the proposal could bring to the SBA and Departments of Labor and Commerce.Related: How to Trump-Proof Your Small BusinessSmall Business AssociationThe budget proposal would allocate $826.5 million for SBA in 2018, which would be a $43.2 million — 5 percent — decrease from 2017.More than $1 billion would be set aside for “disaster relief lending” and $28 million would go toward “microloan financing.”The proposal would eliminate PRIME technical assistance grants, Regional Innovation Clusters and Growth Accelerators, as well as any program “where the private sector provides effective mechanisms to foster local business development and investment.”Department of Labor The budget would allocate $9.6 billion for the Department of Labor, down $2.5 billion from 2017.The document says that it would look to change Job Corps, a free program that offers education and job training for people ages 16 to 24 around the country “by closing centers that do a poor job educating and preparing students for jobs.”The training grant program from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would also be eliminated.Department of Commerce The budget would allocate $7.8 billion for the Department of Commerce, a $1.5 billion, or 16 percent decrease, from 2017.It would eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency and the Economic Development Administration, the latter of which works to “establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States.”The proposal would cease federal spending on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, which describes itself as a “public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small- and medium-sized manufacturers.” Image credit: Michael Reynolds-Pool | Getty Images Register Now » Congress must decide how to implement the administration’s fiscal vision for the country. Next Article March 16, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
VyStar Credit Union Improves Member Experience, Reduces Fraud with Verint Identity Authentication Solution PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 4:01 pmMay 23, 2019 Fraud detectionidentity authenticationMarketing TechnologyNewsVerint SystemsVyStar Credit Union Previous ArticleBigCommerce and Ordergroove Partner to Deliver Subscription Experiences for Enterprise Brands and RetailersNext ArticleLocal DTC Brands Top Glossier, Harry’s & Casper, Converting a Quarter of Consumers Verint Helps Financial Services Company Enhance Data Security, Protect Member Identity and Drive Operational EfficienciesVerint Systems Inc., The Customer Engagement Company, announced that VyStar Credit Union has expanded its partnership with Verint to enhance the security of member information in VyStar’s contact center. VyStar will be adding Verint Identity Authentication and Fraud Detection to reduce operational costs and protect member identity, while improving the overall experience of VyStar’s over 655,000 members.“We embrace a partner like Verint that understands our business and is focused on delivering quantifiable business outcomes across multiple member touch-points.”With today’s enhanced security on credit cards and online channels, fraudsters are targeting contact centers as a more vulnerable entry point into organizations to gather consumer information and potentially steal their identity and money. At VyStar, multiple layers of protection will be provided by Verint, starting with adaptive fraud analytics, to perform real-time threat analysis prior to the call reaching an agent.This includes analyzing both telephony and voice self-service behavioral data, where unique characteristics and patterns often give clues ahead of a fraudulent event. Once the call reaches a live agent, the voice is further analyzed through Verint’s embedded voice biometrics, and the customer can be authenticated seamlessly, or identified as a fraudster.Marketing Technology News: Elliot’s Mobile-First Commerce Platform Enables Direct-to-Consumer Distribution at Global Scale“A fraud situation is a highly emotionally-charged event, one that can either reinforce member trust or potentially destroy it,” said Melissa Thomas, Senior Vice President of Operations and Payments, VyStar Credit Union. “Automating our fraud detection with Verint will help our fraud department achieve incredible time savings over previous manual methods. These new Verint solutions in our contact center can take pressure off the employees by providing proactive fraud indicators in real-time to prevent fraud activity before it begins, while ensuring an excellent member experience.”As an integrated part of its comprehensive Customer Engagement portfolio, Verint’s Identity Authentication and Fraud Detection offering will help VyStar reduce fraud losses, the amount of time spent authenticating members, and operational costs to detect fraudulent behavior.“VyStar is excited about the breadth of solutions and depth of expertise Verint brings to the table,” added Chad Meadows, Chief Operating Officer, VyStar Credit Union. “We embrace a partner like Verint that understands our business and is focused on delivering quantifiable business outcomes across multiple member touch-points.”Marketing Technology News: Amazon Dominates E-Commerce Share, Ebay and Walmart Less of a Focus, Feedvisor Study FindsVerint’s John Goodson, senior vice president and general manager, products, adds, “With Verint Branch Security and Investigation offerings having combated fraud in VyStar’s branch locations since 2015, we are thrilled that VyStar has elevated its partnership with Verint to fight fraud in the contact center.”Alongside VyStar’s most recent purchase of Identity Authentication and Fraud Detection, the company has also invested in Verint’s Enterprise Feedback Management, Desktop and Process Analytics, Speech Analytics and Automated Quality Management solutions to address today’s digital transformation in workforce engagement, intelligent self-service, voice of the customer, fraud and compliance.Marketing Technology News: Vyond Announces End of Beta for Vyond Studio, Enhanced Security Features
Diagnosis of maternal OUD and NAS are steadily increasing among rural residents, and opioid-affected births are occurring in all hospital settings: rural and urban, teaching and non-teaching. The highest rates of maternal opioid use disorder diagnoses occurred among rural patients giving birth in urban teaching hospitals. Rural women with opioid use disorder and other clinical complications were more likely to give birth in urban teaching hospitals, compared with rural hospitals, likely indicating appropriate referral patterns for higher risk patients. Nearly half (48.3 percent) of rural moms with both opioid use disorder and a preterm delivery gave birth in rural hospitals, highlighting the importance of readiness to care for complex patient needs in all hospital settings. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018The opioid epidemic has had devastating effects on families in rural communities, places where both maternity care and substance use treatment are limited.Pregnant women with opioid addiction may have particular challenges in receiving the care they need when they live in rural areas. Both maternal opioid use disorder (OUD) and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), also known as infant withdrawal, are increasing faster in rural areas than in urban areas. Rural women with opioid-affected births may give birth locally in rural hospitals or may be referred to higher acuity facilities in urban areas, which may be better equipped to handle complex treatment needs.Katy Kozhimannil, associate professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, and her colleagues studied where rural moms with opioid use disorder gave birth and examined the characteristics of opioid-affected births to rural moms, based on whether they occurred in rural hospitals, urban non-teaching hospitals or urban teaching hospitals. Her research was recently published in the Journal of Rural Health.The study examined maternal and infant records for childbirths to rural residents that occurred from 2007-2014. The analysis included 942,798 rural mothers and 981,090 rural infants.”Some of these rural moms, especially those with clinical complications, give birth in urban, teaching hospitals, often far from home,” said Kozhimannil. “Yet, our study findings show that more than 60 percent of rural moms with opioid use disorder give birth locally. These rural hospitals may have more limited capacity to care for them and their babies.”Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needAdditional key findings include: “Recent policy and clinical efforts to address opioid-affected births have frequently focused on specialized capacity building within tertiary care settings, often urban teaching hospitals,” said Kozhimannil. “Yet, these results show that resources are also needed in rural hospitals that are caring for more and more opioid-affected moms and babies each year.”The characteristics of rural mothers with opioid-affected births are different for those who give birth in rural hospitals and those who give birth in urban hospitals. This finding highlights the distinct clinical and programmatic needs required in each hospital setting to successfully care for rural mothers with opioid use disorder and for rural infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome, no matter where they are born. Source:https://twin-cities.umn.edu/news-events/research-brief-opioid-affected-births-rural-residents-are-increasing-both-rural-and
Related StoriesHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyQuorn protein stimulates muscle building to a greater extent than milk proteinUnfortunately, very few treatments are available to ALS patients today. “We propose that increasing the levels of the Klotho protein would significantly alleviate the neurologic manifestations, improve the quality of life and prolong life span in patients with ALS. If one was to extrapolate the results of this study, increasing Klotho by only 50 percent would prolong life by approximately 300 days.”According to Abraham, anything that increases Klotho levels is neuroprotective. For example, it has been shown that exercise increases Klotho. “This may be relevant for healthy individuals or patients newly diagnosed with ALS. Additionally, in the cases of familial ALS, family members who wish to be tested and discover that they are carriers of an ALS gene could start exercising or start Klotho boosting therapy, once it becomes available.” Source:Boston University School of MedicineJournal reference:Abraham, C. et al. (2019) Klotho Is Neuroprotective in the Superoxide Dismutase (SOD1G93A) Mouse Model of ALS. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1007/s12031-019-01356-2. Here we now show that Klotho is also neuroprotective in an ALS model. Thus, increasing Klotho levels would be a logical treatment for age-related neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.”Corresponding author Carmela Abraham, PhD, professor of biochemistry at BUSM Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 28 2019Increasing the levels of the anti-aging protein hormone Klotho improves the neurological deficits and prolongs life span in an experimental model with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In addition, brain immune cells called microglia play an important role in protecting the brain against inflammation and, likely, motor neuron loss in this model.ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of upper and lower motor neurons, leading to progressive muscle atrophy and paralysis, which is fatal within three to five years of diagnosis.Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have previously shown that increasing Klotho protein levels is beneficial in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Science Fact or Fantasy? 20 Imaginary Worlds 5 Mars Myths and Misconceptions There are turbulent, unexpected currents crackling through Jupiter’s atmosphere, producing brilliant auroras. Juno, the NASA probe that has orbited the gas giant since 2016, passes over Jupiter’s polar regions ever 53.5 days, collecting data on the magnetic forces that produce ultrabright auroras above the huge planet. In a new paper, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, researchers working with Juno’s data discovered that the electric currents passing through Jupiter’s magnetosphere — the region of its atmosphere richest with magnetic field lines — don’t act as expected. The probe found less direct current — current that constantly flows in one direction — than physicists predicted. It was only about 50 million amperes, an incredibly powerful current, but not as high as theoretical models of Jupiter’s magnetosphere suggested would be present. That finding suggests that “alternating current” — current that flickers back and forth — plays a much bigger role in producing Jupiter’s auroras than anyone realized, the researchers wrote. On Jupiter, as on Earth, auroras are a product of whirling currents in magnetic fields interacting with high-energy particles from the sun. [10 Places in the Solar System We’d Most Like to Visit] “These observations, combined with other Juno spacecraft measurements, show that alternating currents play a much greater role in generating Jupiter’s aurora than the direct current system,” Joachim Saur, an author of the paper, said in a statement. On Earth, we typically think of alternating and direct currents (AC and DC) in terms of electronics. Famously, in the late 19th century, inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla disagreed sharply over which method should be used to deliver power to electrical devices. DC power doesn’t convert as easily between different voltages, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), so Tesla wanted to turn the more-easily convertible AC into the standard. Edison, guarding his DC-dependant patents, resisted the change and spread misinformation that AC was more dangerous, according to the DOE. Tesla won out in the end, and AC became the standard for U.S. power plants. However, according to the DOE, direct current has regained favor as more battery-powered devices have come to market. Your lights are probably running on AC power, but there’s a good chance the device you’re reading this on relies on DC. (That’s why your laptop requires an AC adapter.) In the space around Jupiter, the proportion of AC to DC isn’t determined by feuding pre-modern inventors, but by the behavior of ions in the planet’s atmosphere. Jupiter has powerful currents than Earth for several reasons, including its huge size, its fast rate of spin and the excess of charged particles (ions) pumped out from volcanoes on the moon Io. That such a large proportion of those currents are AC seems to be a result of turbulence in the planet’s magnetic fields, the researchers wrote. Turbulence in this sense refers to the disordered way in which the magnetic fields’ shape and directionality fluctuates. And that turbulence is producing different effects at each of Jupiter’s two poles. In the time Juno has orbited Jupiter, the planet’s north pole has experienced about half the current of the south pole, the researchers wrote. That seems to be a result of the much more complex arrangement of magnetic field lines in the north, which interrupts the flow of currents. In the south, they wrote, the magnetic field lines are “smoother.” The effects of those differences are visible in the two poles’ auroras, they noted. In the north, the auroras tend to be more widely dispersed, with a structure of “filaments and flares.” In the south, the auroras tend to be more structured, with a “bright arc” extending out from the main oval where auroras occur. This research on Jupiter’s powerful magnetic fields, the researchers wrote, could inform their understanding of Earth’s weaker magnetic field — humanity’s main protection against harsh solar particles. Some researchers already suspected turbulence produced a significant proportion of currents around our planet. This work seems to lend credence to that idea. 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Published on COMMENTS SHARE February 03, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL A World Heritage Centre housing ‘spiritual camps’ of 45 countries would be set up at Mayapur, the global headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in Nadia district. The camp of each country would reflect its culture, dress, lifestyle, food and ambiance, an ISKCON spokesperson said on Sunday. The process for setting up the centre got momentum after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inquired about the project at a recent administrative meeting in Nadia district. The estimated project cost of the proposed centre has been fixed at ₹3,000 crore, the spokesperson said. COMMENT