NTL DAY 2: MENS OPEN METS AND SCORPS PRODUCE THRILLING DRAW

first_imgFor all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITEDay two of the 2007 National Touch League saw many teams produce some exciting and skilful touch. In the Mens Open the Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions sit equally on top after a thrilling 7-all draw. The Mets started strongly, with the speed of both the players and ball beating the Scorpions. A quality dummy saw Scott Buckley open the scoring for the Mets, and they shot out to a 2-0 lead within minutes. Scorpions hit back through the fancy footwork and ball skills from brothers John and Maurice Kennedy to send Heath Cooper over the line. The skills from both sides continued as they traded touchdowns the Scorpions went to the break ahead 4-3. Buckley opened the second half much like the first, scoring on the first set. As the speed increased on the field, the intensity rose on the sidelines also, with a number of spectators gathering to watch the game. An injury to Mets’ Anthony Ziade midway through the half stopped play for several minutes, and on return the Mets hit the front when a Gary Sonda cut-out ball found Cameron Nicholls. Sonda pumped his fist with the result looking sealed at 7-6, but a penalty on the siren and an entertaining finish in the corner from Maurice Kennedy leveled the match at 7-all.The Barbarians have showed they are one of the lead contenders for the Womens Open title, after a dominant display in the second half over last years champions the Sharks. The match was locked at nil-all at the break, and the barbs came out firing, led by Australian World Cup Womens player Bo De La Cruz, who was on the receiving end of a Charli Simpkins ball to score and give Barbarians the lead. The Barbarians continued to play skillful and entertaining touch, much to the delight of the crowd, to extend to a 4-0 lead. The Sharks responded, but never looked like catching the Barbarians, who took the match 6-2.9amMens Open: Scorpions (10) def Eagles (6)Mens Open: Rustlers (7) def Barbarians (6)Mens Open:  Rebels (9) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Mets (11) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) def Suns (3)Mens 20s: Mets (13) def Cyclones (7)9.50amMixed Open: Sharks (10) def Barbarians (3) Mixed Open: Cobras (10) def Cyclones (5)Mens 20s: ACT (4) def Sharks (1)Mens Open: Sharks (10) def Crusaders (1) Mens Open: Suns (14) def Hornets (2)Mens Open: Cobras (11) v Cyclones (4)Mixed Open: Hornets (5) v Scorpions (4)10.40amMens 20s:  Cobras (10) def Crusaders (3)Mens 20s: Suns (7) def Hornets (4)Womens 20s: Cobras (17) def Crusaders (1)Womens Open: Suns (14) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (4) drew Cyclones (4)Womens Open: Crusaders (12) def Scorpions (3)11.30amWomens 20s: Rebels (4) def ACT (2)Womens 20s: Sharks (3) def Eagles (2)Womens 20s: Hornets (7) def Cyclones (1)Womens Open: Sharks (8) def Rebels (0)Womens Open: Barbarians (9) def Hornets (0)Womens Open: Cobras (9) def ACT (1)12.20pmMens Open: Mets (7) drew Scorpions (7)Mens Open: Eagles (6) def ACT (1)Mens Open: Barbarians (6) def Rebels (4)Womens 20s:  Rustlers (6) def Mets (3)Mixed Open: Hornets (6) def Cobras (3)Mixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Suns (5)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) def Rustlers (8)1.10pmMens Open: Sharks (11)def Suns (7)Mens Open: Cobras (12) def Crusaders (3)Mens Open: Cyclones (6) def Hornets (4)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Scorpions (5)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Cyclones (3)2.00pmWomens Open: Mets (5) def Suns (0)Womens Open: Crusaders (10) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Cyclones (14) def Scorpions (0)Mens 20s: Cobras (8) def ACT (2)Mens 20s: Suns (15) def Crusaders (0)Mens 20s: Mets (9) def Hornets (2)2.50pmWomens Open: Barbarians (6) def Sharks (2)Womens Open: Cobras (9) def Rebels (0)Womens Open: ACT (8) def Hornets (1)Womens 20s: Cobras (8) def Suns (4) Womens 20s: Sharks (10) def Crusaders (0)Mens 20s: Rustlers (7) def Cyclones (4)3.40pmMixed Open: Mets (12) def Suns (6)Mixed Open: Sharks (11) def Rustlers (2)Mixed Open: Rebels (7) def Cobras (5)Womens 20s: Hornets (4) def Rebels (0)Womens 20s: Eagles (9) def Mets (2)Womens 20s: Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (4)4.30pmMens 20s:  ACT (7) def Crusaders (2)Mens Open: Mets (15) def ACT (0)Mens Open: Rustlers (15) def Rebels (5)Mixed Open: Scorpions (13) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Hornets (14) def Cyclones (2)5.20pmWomens Open:  Rustlers (12) def Scorpions (0)Womens Open: Mets (8) def Crusaders (1)Womens Open: Cyclones  (5) drew Suns (5)Mens 20s: Suns (6) def Rustlers (4)Mens 20s: Sharks (6) def Hornets (3)Mens Open:  Scorpions (9) Barbarians (8)6.10pmWomens 20s: Cyclones (2) drew Mets (2)Womens 20s: Suns (11) def Rustlers (2)Womens 20s: Eagles (6) drew Hornets (6)Womens 20s: Sharks (10) def Rebels (4)Womens 20s: Crusaders (4) def ACT (3)Mens 20s:  Cobras (7) def Cyclones (3)last_img read more

10 months agoAgent: Many teams would like Chelsea fullback Emerson

first_imgAgent: Many teams would like Chelsea fullback Emersonby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmieri has opened the door to a move to Inter Milan.Emerson moved from Roma to Stamford Bridge for €20m a year ago, but has struggled for playing time.His agent Fernando Garcia was asked about a move to Inter.He told FCInterNews: “I think all the top European clubs would like to have a player like Emerson Palmieri in their squad. There has been some interest, although nothing formal, so there is nothing to report now.“I cannot talk about the clubs who approached us. I don’t think he’ll leave Chelsea now.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

12 days agoWolves legend Bull hails Traore for victory at Man City

first_imgWolves legend Bull hails Traore for victory at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull has hailed the impact of two-goal Adama Traore for victory at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “Adama Traore’s finishing was top-class as well.”He has had a lot of criticism during his time at the club, with people saying it’s all 100mph with him – too fast.”He took his goals absolutely brilliantly, though. He slotted them away like a true goalscorer. Some might think they were easy finishes. Trust me, they weren’t.”Traore could have fluffed his lines and smacked the ball into the row Z, but he knew where he wanted to put the ball and placed it past the keeper with confidence both times.”Raul Jimenez set each of them up, of course, and I thought he was excellent as well, constantly making himself available.”It was a delight to see him run at the City backline and take on Nicolas Otamendi in the build-up to Traore’s first. It’s something we expect to see from Diogo Jota, not Jimenez.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Auburn Basketball Now Has The No. 1 Recruiting Class In The SEC For 2016

first_imgAuburn has the best basketball recruiting class for 2016.Auburn Basketball ClassAs of roughly 12 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Auburn’s men’s basketball program has the best recruiting class in the SEC for 2016. Yes, you read that correctly. The Tigers, after receiving the commitment of five-star small forward Mustapha Heron, have rose in 247 Sports’ Team Rankings to the top of the SEC and No. 7 in the country. Auburn has three commitments in the class: Heron, three-star point guard Jared Harper and three-star Anfernee McLemore. Now, there is a long way to go before teams are done recruiting for 2016. Kentucky will surely add multiple elite recruits to its class and probably end up with the top class in the conference. But, for a little while, Bruce Pearl’s program can claim to be at the top of the SEC recruiting mountain, and that’s pretty cool.last_img read more

Stronger economy wont knock Ottawa from its deficit path Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau suggests he has no plans to provide a timetable for returning Ottawa’s books to balance — even with a scorching economy.Morneau credited the strong economic performance to the Trudeau government’s strategy to run deficits, which helped it finance measures such as lower income-tax rates for middle earners and enhanced child benefits.Moving forward, he said Tuesday that Ottawa intended to pursue its plan to invest more than $180 billion into infrastructure over the next 11 years. That spending is projected to contribute to annual, multibillion-dollar shortfalls across Ottawa’s five-year budgetary outlook — and perhaps beyond.Morneau’s remarks outside a cabinet retreat in St. John’s came after months of impressive economic data, including a recent report showing growth expanded at an annualized rate of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter.“We find ourselves in this positive position because of the economic approach we’ve taken,” he told reporters after being asked if the improved fiscal outlook meant he’d produce a timeline to eliminate the deficit in his fall economic update.“We’re going to continue down that path and we’re going to do it in a fiscally responsible way.”The Liberals’ deficit track has faced criticism.Conservative opponents have long been critical about the government’s plan to add to the federal debt to fund new measures, while some economists have urged Ottawa to limit fiscal uncertainty by mapping out a plan to return to balance.More recently, experts have also warned that Ottawa should consider delaying its nearer-term infrastructure investments to avoid the risk of overheating the already-sizzling economy.The economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year is expected to improve the federal bottom line outlined in the government’s March budget.At the time, Morneau forecasted a $28.5-billion deficit for 2017-18, including a $3-billion accounting adjustment for risk.A new analysis released this week by a University of Ottawa think tank predicts the deficit is on track to be about $6.5 billion smaller this year. The shortfall is set to shrink thanks to an economic expansion that easily topped federal projections, said the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.The think tank, led by former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page, also said there’s “little doubt” the federal measures, such as increased child benefits and early infrastructure spending, have contributed to Canada’s improved economic performance.Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said the Liberals were fortunate to have inherited a solid financial situation from the Harper government and to enjoy the benefits of a strengthening U.S. economy.Poilievre said the government should balance the books now while the “going’s good.”If not, he warned that rising interest rates will leave households and the government increasingly indebted. Over time, the higher rates will also gradually boost Ottawa’s debt-servicing costs, he added.“Now is the time to balance the budget and strengthen our finances, rather than continuing to pile on new debt,” Poilievre said Tuesday in an interview.Morneau insisted Tuesday that, since taking office, the government’s approach has put more disposable income in consumers’ pockets, which they’ve put back into the economy.On infrastructure, Morneau said Ottawa would stick with the spending strategy because it’s designed to lift the economy over the long term.To guide the government’s deficit decisions, he added it would keep its focus on the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of the public debt burden.The government has promised to lower the ratio over the Liberal mandate and views it as a so-called fiscal anchor, rather than eliminating the deficit.“We expect that we’ll be able to do even better than we might have thought in the past, in terms of our ability to manage that,” Morneau said of the ratio.“That will be our continuing measurement tool.”The Liberals won the 2015 election on a platform that pledged to invest billions in infrastructure and child benefits as a way to re-energize the economy. They had promised annual shortfalls would not surpass $10 billion during the first couple years of their mandate and to return to balance by 2019-20.However, a few months after taking office the government abandoned those vows, citing a weaker-than-expected economy.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses.The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels.The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some U.S. restrictions would remain, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21.The proposal introduced Thursday has support from members of Congress from both parties, including Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.“I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing,” Trump told reporters in Washington, when asked about the legislation. “We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”The president’s remarks place him in conflict with his own Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who staunchly opposes marijuana. He lifted an Obama administration policy and freed federal prosecutors to more aggressively pursue cases in states that have legalized marijuana.Asked about the measure in an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Sessions said, “We’ll see how far it goes and how much support there is. … My view is clear: The federal law remains in effect nationwide, just as it does for heroin and cocaine.”The proposal’s prospects in Congress were unclear.Gardner, who heads the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican has consistently opposed legalizing marijuana but has called hemp and marijuana “two entirely separate plants.”The bill would amend the definition of marijuana in federal drug law to exclude industrial hemp, which like marijuana is part of the cannabis plant family but doesn’t contain the THC that gives pot users the high. Hemp produces the non-intoxicating cannabinoids, or CBDs, that have become a health rage and a lucrative crop in Kentucky and other states.Despite his comments, Trump has sent mixed signals on the drug: While campaigning for president, he pledged to respect states that legalized marijuana, but he also has criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped.“I don’t think anyone would make a bet on the long-term validity of an offhand remark by the president that he ‘probably’ would support something,” said Kevin A. Sabet, head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a nonpartisan group opposed to marijuana legalization. “I think he’ll find out soon from … victims of marijuana addiction and impaired driving that this is not as popular as Cory Gardner is leading him to believe.”Trump’s remarks Friday echo a promise that Gardner said he received privately from the president in April to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug.“My legislation is in line with what President Trump said on the campaign and what he and I have discussed several times since he was elected,” Gardner said in a statement Friday. He welcomed the president’s “continued interest in an approach that respects the will of the voters in each state.”Another co-sponsor of the measure, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, said in a statement that Washington “needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana.”California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the nation’s largest legal marijuana marketplace on Jan. 1 but thousands of businesses that have been licensed are still facing the threat of federal prosecution.A major problem stemming from the federal ban: Major banks have been reluctant to do business with marijuana companies, fearing it could lead to prosecution. In California, for example, paying taxes and other transactions are often carried out in cash, sometimes in vast amounts. The bill includes language intended to address financial issues caused by the federal ban.___Associated Press writers Nicholas Riccardi in Denver and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed.___Blood is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow him at www.twitter.com/MichaelRBloodAP. Follow AP’s complete marijuana coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

Canada Post asks for halt to international shipments to Canada Royal Mail

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canadians hoping to receive packages from international shippers while rotating strikes impact Canada Post operations may be waiting a long time.Britain’s Royal Mail says it is suspending shipments to Canada as a result of the Crown corporation’s labour dispute.Online marketing giant eBay says it has also received a similar notification from China Post.In a bulletin to its corporate customers, the Royal Mail says items shipped in the last couple of days bound for Canada are being held in its distribution centre until the dispute has been resolved.The U.K. mail service says it made the move at the request of Canada Post, which it says has told them it is now facing delays of at least 30 days in delivering packages.Earlier this week, eBay called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to legislate an end to the rotating walkouts, which began Oct. 22.last_img read more

Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away According to ProFootballFocus.com, Peterson played a near perfect game against Bill Belicheck and Co. Outside of a potential holding penalty call he got away with in the 3rd quarter, the former LSU standout was certainly a thorn in the side of the defending AFC champions.Only six balls were thrown his direction in Arizona’s first road win of the 2012 season. And of those six passes, only two were completed.“I thought I played pretty well, but I still have some room for improvement,” Peterson said. “This was a great opportunity. Any time you can get a win that’s huge, especially against a pretty good opponent like the New England Patriots.”In 2011, Peterson was targeted an astounding 113 times and gave up 67 receptions, both respectively good for fifth-most among all cornerbacks. He finished the season with just two interceptions.But if two games are any indication in 2012, then Peterson is certainly on his way to becoming the versatile, shutdown corner the Cardinals projected he’d be.Peterson — who also recorded the Cardinals’ longest run from scrimmage in New England — will have no room for a letdown this weekend, as Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles come to town for a Week 3 showdown of undefeated teams. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   The indelible image of Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals’ 20-18 upset victory over the Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro was undoubtedly his diving interception of a tipped Tom Brady pass on New England’s first drive of the day.It’s the kind of play that made its way onto all the highlight shows by Sunday night, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the second-year cornerback’s maturation under Ray Horton’s defensive scheme.last_img read more

Rep Lyons elections legislation protects taxpayers

first_img24Mar Rep. Lyons’ elections legislation protects taxpayers Elections measure passes House with bipartisan support Categories: Newscenter_img The House today passed Rep. Lyons’ bill to prohibit those expelled or those who have resigned from legislative office from running in the special election called to replace them.The legislation clarifies that when an elected official resigns or is removed from office, that resignation or removal remains in effect for the remainder of that legislative term.State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, the bill sponsor and chair of the House Elections Committee, said its purpose is to protect taxpayer dollars.“This bill is just common sense,” said Rep. Lyons, R-Alto. “It is absurd that an individual could run to fill a vacancy that their own departure created at the expense of local governments and the taxpayers. If a person who resigns or is removed from office wants to seek that seat in a regular election, the voters should- and will continue to- have the right to decide for themselves whether they will elect that person. The loophole in our current law allowing them to run in a local taxpayer-funded special election to fill their own vacancy simply does a disservice to hard-working taxpayers.”House Bill 5407 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

Judge Rules in Favor of Nonprofit Groups Serving Immigrants

first_imgShare19Tweet4Share2Email25 Shares“Help” by Tsai ProjectJuly 24, 2017; U.S. News & World ReportSaying that recent restrictions handed down from the Department of Justice violate the First Amendment rights of immigrant-serving nonprofits, U.S. District Court judge Richard Jones, by way of a temporary injunction, ruled that nonprofit legal groups can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation even if they do not subsequently represent them in court. This was an important decision for groups all across the country that serve the legal needs of immigrants.The Justice Department informed the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project by way of a cease and desist letter sent in April that it was not allowed to provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it intended to follow through with court representation. NWIRP sued the Justice Department and AG Sessions.Steven Hsieh, writing for the Stranger, says this effectively signals “to nonprofits nationwide that they’re free to help undocumented immigrants without going through the process of formally signing onto the case of every person that they advocate for. Thirty-two different legal organizations and nonprofits signed declarations and letters of support saying the policy would impede their ability to help immigrants.”“During this unprecedented time of increased immigration detention and deportation of immigrants by the Trump Administration, thousands of immigrants who cannot afford an attorney rely on legal advice to help them as they face deportation,” said NWIRP executive director Jorge L. Barón. “Today’s victory grants them a better opportunity to seek justice.”—Ruth McCambridgeShare19Tweet4Share2Email25 Shareslast_img read more

In This Issue   Initially dollar gets sold bu

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Initially dollar gets sold, but that gets reversed! *  Gold spikes then fades and holds on. *  Chinese manufacturing recovers. *  RBI begins to change things. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! No Tapering Clues, But Lots Of Singing From The Same Song Sheet.  Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well. I was bang on with my thought that the FOMC Meeting Minutes would NOT contain any clues as to when the tapering of QE3 might start. But there wasn’t even a Cupie doll as my prize. And the markets’ reaction to the revelation that there were no clues, was also bang on. But what happened next was not on my agenda, and thus surprised me. So, I guess I’ll spend all morning, explaining what happened next. Or. I could just touch on it briefly and move along to other things.  OK, twist my arm, I’ll take what’s behind door number 2. So, as I just said, there were no clues, and the initial reaction of assets like Gold was one of “go into rally gear”. Gold ripped higher from yesterday morning’s $1,367 to reach $1,379.38, and looked like $1,400 would be taken out in a New York Minute. The euro, which is the offset currency to the dollar, jumped too, but then a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. OK, not really funny as in funny-HAHA. What I’m talking about is after perusing the FOMC Meeting Minutes for clues, it occurred to those doing the perusing that a number of Fed Heads were singing from the same song sheet, and that song sheet contained the music to the “it’s time to end QE melody”. And then the euphoria of the risk assets that no clues were in the minutes went poof! And soon we were watching the reversal and eventual down day for the risk assets.  That reversal has continued through the overnight markets, with the euro losing almost 1/2-cent, and Gold struggling to hold on to a $2 gain.  And that’s all the news that’s fit to print this morning, I’ll talk to you tomorrow morning. Alright, I won’t go just yet. Although I sure there are quite a few of you who wish I would go away for good!  HA!  OK. Let’s talk about the “other stuff” going on this morning. And there’s no better place to start than with China. OK, long ago and in a not so far-away-place, I explained to you the two different reports on the same subject that get printed in China. I’m talking about the Manufacturing Index. HSBC Holdings prints one, and the Chinese Gov’t prints one, and it seems like never do the two match up. HSBC prints their report first, and is usually the one that is on the weaker side of the Gov’t report. OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, the HSBC report on the Manufacturing Index saw a big jump higher in July from a June reading of 47.7 to a July reading of 50.1. This index works just like the one here in the U.S. in that any reading above 50 signals expansion, and any reading below 50 signals contraction of the sector.  If HSBC’s report is this promising, the Gov’t’s report should be something! But the thing that I want to point out here is that China’s economy which had slowed down quite a bit in the 2nd QTR, looks as though stabilization is occurring. And I’m not there, I don’t play a Chinese Gov’t official on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but from my view in the cheap seats, I find this to be great news not only for China but for global growth.  You see, this stabilization came about without Gov’t stimulus. The Gov’t told the markets & Banks to work it out and it appears they did! Sure, as I always say one month’s data doesn’t make a trend, just as one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so we can’t go all seashells and balloons here, just yet. The Aussie dollar (A$) which slipped below 90-cents yesterday, is seeing some interest this morning from buyers that believe in the global growth story based on the HSBC report. This slippage from the A$ this week has come as a surprise to me, as I really thought the negativity surrounding the A$ had passed. The A$’s rally after the last rate cut had signaled that to me, but I guess the A$ was not ready for prime time. The markets’ reaction to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes hasn’t helped the A$, but those backward looking words. I’m looking forward, folks. And the future of global growth is in good hands as long as China is cooking with gas. The currencies that I think have good fundamentals are not performing the way they should be. They include: Norwegian krone, Swedish krona, Canadian dollar / loonie, Singapore dollar, Aussie dollar and Chinese renminbi, and Gold & Silver.  Oh well, until the markets return to rewarding currencies with strong fundamentals, and something to sell that other countries want, we have to deal with these weak periods for these currencies. It seems to me that right now, the markets are into rewarding currencies from countries with economic growth. If you look at the best performing currencies in the past 3 months, you would have the euro, Swiss franc, and British pound sterling would be in the top 5. Swedish krona ekes out a small gain, and the Japanese yen finishes out the top 5. The yen is a story onto itself, folks. I still believe that Japan’s fundamentals are toast, and that the yen is rallying on borrowed time. Economic growth is a good fundamental to have, so there’s nothing wrong with using that as a reason to buy. But Economic growth has to go hand in hand with other things, and a HUGE debt like the U.K. has isn’t one of them. about 12 years ago, when the U.S. was coming out of its recession caused by the Tech bubble bursting, we saw the same thing going on with currencies. In fact, some currencies would rally when the respective country would cut rates, which should debase the currency. But if that’s the direction the markets want to go, then who’s to stop them? We have to adapt, innovate, change, and go with the flow. What the heck am I saying? That’s not me! I don’t go with anyone’s flow! I’m usually out on the limb all by my lonesome! But. when it comes to a direction the markets are going, if I don’t agree with it, I just batten down the hatches and wait for the air to clear. My wife, who’s leaving today for a few days with her mom, dad, and sister, will be devastated this morning to hear that her childhood heartthrob, David Cassidy, was arrested overnight in NY. A year or so ago, the two of us ran into David Cassidy at a restaurant in Juno Beach, Florida, and that’s all she talked about for days! Sorry, just saw that news and the next thing I know I was typing about it! Well, the U.S. 10-year Treasury Note, hit a 2-year high in yield of 2.93% overnight (it’s 2.91% right now) Remember earlier this week I showed you the loss in dollar terms when the yield was 2.87%…  And also remember that our mortgage guys think the 10-year’s yield will be over 3% by year-end, which would mean a higher than 5% mortgage yield. I had a reader send me a note the other day, asking me why I thought the mortgage / housing recovery would stop if mortgage rates rose to 5%… It made me stop and think for a minute, in that it’s true that people still bought houses back in the early 80’s when mortgage rates were sky high. Shoot Rudy, my first house had a mortgage rate that was tied to the 90-day Treasury Bill, which at the time was 13.5%!  So, I explained that when I said that, I didn’t mean to say that the housing recovery would be wiped out. It will suffer though, until which time borrowers become comfortably numb with higher rates, that we haven’t see in a year of Sundays! Like I did, when I signed on the dotted line for a mortgage with a 13.5% interest rate! But remember, back then, rates were on their way down, so that 90-day T-Bill rate was on its way down, along with my mortgage rate! It would be quite different now 30 years later…  And long time readers know how much I dislike the saying, “it’s different this time”. I was reading last night (Cardinals played and won a day game, that I slept through most of) and came across some research that was saying the same thing I’ve been saying about how the economic data here in the U.S. will be the straw that stirs the Fed Heads’ tapering drink. And the report repeated what I’ve been saying (Wait! Maybe they are Pfennig readers too!) that the U.S. economic data has NOT been the stuff that would lead anyone to believe that the tapering would begin. We get the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims today, because it’s a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! And, with all the focus on economic data, I guess this report will get more attention than usual.  Look for the claims to be added to from the previous week, keeping the weak data trend going. In Canada today, Canadian June Retail Sales will print, with hopes that it can wrap a tourniquet around the loonie. Unfortunately, after soaring 1.9% in May, June’s Retail Sales are expected to fall .4%, due mainly from the floods in Alberta. I would hope that an averaging out of the data would be the way the markets look at this. but then, again one month’s data doesn’t make a trend. I just saw a news story flash across the screens saying that Eurozone Services data had increased for the first time in 19 months! And it’s highest level in 2 years! I’d have to say that the move out of recession territory has been decisive for the Eurozone, eh?  And we saw some market and economy moving decisions from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) yesterday. The RBI partially eased its recent tightening measures, moving back to a bond purchasing program, and offering temporary relief to bank’s bond investment and liquidity maintenance requirements. We immediately saw a pullback in bond yields. But the life preserver that the RBI attempted to throw to the rupee didn’t quite make it to the currency. And once again another all-time record low in the rupee printed. I think that the rupee needs to see a huge shift in inflows, and with bond yields pulling back, and the forecasts for more rate cuts, the rupee is going to struggle for some time. But, if all these things that the new RBI Gov. get a chance to work, the tides could change in India. For What It’s Worth. I found this over at moneynews.com and it’s an article by Michael Snyder, author of the Economic Collapse blog.  He’s talking about the rising Treasury yields, that I’ve highlighted since they began, and talked about the bubble bursting for over two years now. Let’s listen in to what Mr. Snyder has to say. “Investors who want to monitor the source of the next financial disaster should be keeping an eye glued to U.S. Treasury yields. The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury is regarded as a key barometer because it affects many other interest rates in the financial system, from mortgages to consumer loans. That yield has been nudging toward 3 percent in recent weeks, and is up nearly 120 basis points since the start of May. Snyder cited a litany of potential ills if interest rates continue on their upward trajectory – it will be more expensive for the state and local governments to borrow money, the housing market will be harmed, consumer debt interest will rise and the huge amount of federal debt from quantitative easing (QE) could implode. We are truly moving into unprecedented territory, because we have been in a bull market for U.S. Treasury for the last 30 years. Many investors don’t even know that it is possible to lose money on U.S. Treasuries. They have been described as ‘risk-free’ investments, but that is far from the truth.” If Treasury yields hit 3 percent, it will be harmful to the U.S. economy and be a drag on stocks, Snyder stated. But he said a July Bank of America Merrill Lynch investor survey predicted that if yields rise even higher to 3.5 percent, it will trigger a “disorderly rotation” or spiral of higher rates. According to Snyder, a primary reason Treasury yields are increasing is that foreign holders, who own a huge amount of U.S. bonds, are becoming net sellers. “Unfortunately, there is no way that the party that the U.S. government has been throwing can continue without foreigners buying our debt.” Chuck again. Yes, this is a major problem for the U.S. and the fact that foreigners have been backing out of Treasuries is the reason the Fed has become the major player at the Treasury auctions. My back of the envelope figures have the Fed holding over $200 billion in mark-to-market losses in their balance sheet holdings right now. If they were a U.S. corporation, it would not be pretty. To recap. The FOMC Meeting Minutes didn’t contain any clues as to when the tapering would start, but it did show broad support with most of the Fed Heads singing from the same song sheet. And that sent the dollar higher, VS Gold and currencies.  Looks like the markets have changed horses in the middle of the stream again, and are now rewarding currencies from countries promoting growth. Currencies today 8/22/13. American Style: A$ .8990, kiwi .7815, C$. 9530, euro 1.3310, sterling 1.5570, Swiss $1.0780, . European Style: rand 10.3350, krone 6.09, SEK 6.52, forint 225.05, zloty 3.1865, koruna 19.3290, RUB 33.15, yen 98.65, sing 1.2830, HKD 7.7555, INR 64.62, China 6.1698, pesos 13.22, BRL 2.4540, Dollar Index 81.63, Oil $104.33, 10-year 2.91%, Silver $23.04, Platinum $1,518.57, Palladium $747.43, and Gold. $1,368.26 That’s it for today. Good luck today to my good friend, Duane Moody, who is having surgery on his disconnected bicep. The surgery sounds like it will be more painful than the actual tear was. Cardinals hit 3 homers in a game! There’s been a real “home run drought” this summer with the Cardinals, but as long as they keep winning series I’ll be happy! I have a video interview with Joe Deux at the Street.com this morning. It won’t take long for them to post the video on their site, so if you want to hear me talk about Gold. here’s your chance! I sure hope I get more people to view the site than I had come to listen to me talk last week in San Francisco!  OK.. time to go! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are comm

first_imgStimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin are commonly prescribed to kids with what’s known as ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But recently, adults became the biggest users of these drugs.That’s partially because more adults are being diagnosed with ADHD for the first time. But the new Netflix documentary Take Your Pills focuses on the use of these drugs to boost cognitive performance in college classrooms and the workplace.”What the film really looks at is really: What do these pills promise, and what do people desire?” says director Alison Klayman. “And these drugs are associated with keeping better focus — it’s better attention, it’s better productivity — in this moment when people are all really feeling squeezed, feeling pressure to perform.”Klayman, a former All Things Considered intern and now a filmmaker, spoke with us from NPR’s studios in New York City.Interview HighlightsOn what Klayman generally heard from adult users of these drugsThere were at least two different camps. There are some adults who were using it since high school and even earlier. And then there were some who found it for the first time as an adult. And there was a cycle that people go through where at first, it seems like something that’s jet fuel that gets you everything you want. And slowly, people report needing more and more — higher doses in order to keep the efficacy. And then, people report different side effects, and also kind of an identity issue — of wondering, you know, is it correct that I am associating my success with a need for this as a tool, as a supplement? I think for people who grew up on the medication, a lot of the people that we talked to — and we talked to well over 100 people — they want to see if they can go off of it.On the reasons interview subjects cited for taking these pillsSometimes it’s because they feel like everyone else is doing it — that was the experience of the anonymous worker from Goldman Sachs. Same thing in coding — that’s another environment where it’s expected that you’re going to do these long runs. [The coder in the film] describes the first time he took it was 1 a.m., given to him by another person at this coding bootcamp. It’s a big thing for high-functioning and successful people in America.On the cited research suggesting that these drugs don’t actually improve cognitive performance, but do make people feel as if they’re performing better While we were shooting the film, people who use Adderall, Ritalin, these drugs regularly — I was surprised how many young people would say, “So, you’re working on this film — does it work?” … I think they could tell it was doing something, but again this identity question of: How much is me, how much is the drug and how much is it really helping?And what’s amazing is that one of the effects of Adderall — which is, you know, amphetamine, mixed amphetamine — is that it makes you feel like you are doing better. But the idea that these are “smart pills” or that they’re cognitive enhancers is a little bit misguided.On potential harm in the widespread use of these stimulants, whether long-term or otherwiseI think the harm that is most urgent, that applies to the most people, is what the film focuses on, which is a little bit more of the identity questions of, you know: What is lost if we are all in an Adderall world? What does it mean to feel like you need it to succeed? It’s just — it’s true, we don’t know what the impact is. And that’s part of the reason why I see this film as a real conversation starter. Is this the kind of world we want to live in? And then we’ll continue to do research from there.Denise Guerra and Emily Kopp produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Patrick Jarenwattananon adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The mother of a disabled man who starved to death

first_imgThe mother of a disabled man who starved to death after he was found “fit for work” and lost his out-of-work disability benefits has called for ministers to face criminal charges.Jill Gant says work and pensions ministers should be tried for misconduct in public office for failing to take action that could have saved the life of her son, Mark Wood.She spoke out after signing a letter, drawn up by the Green Party and backed by Disabled People Against Cuts, that calls on work and pensions secretary Damian Green to order an independent inquiry into the links between his department’s procedures and the deaths of benefit claimants.The party has produced a dossier of 50 cases in which the deaths of benefit claimants have been linked to decisions taken by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Mark Wood (pictured) starved to death in 2013 after being found ineligible for employment and support allowance (ESA), even though he had never been able to cope with the demands of a job and his GP had said he was completely incapable of working.The decision to find him fit for work caused him extreme anxiety and distress and exaggerated his eating disorder.He died in the summer of 2013, apparently from natural causes and as a result of becoming dangerously underweight, four months after his incapacity benefit was stopped.Because of his complex mental health condition and other impairments, including the eating disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and multple chemical sensitivity, he had not provided the evidence needed in his ESA application, or at a face-to-face work capability assessment (WCA).But he had stated in the ESA form that he had problems with anxiety and depression, while the assessment was carried out at the cottage where he lived alone, rather than at an Atos assessment centre in Oxford, because of the severity of his panic attacks.Because of his complex mental health issues, he was unable to cope with either support workers or help from his family, and his mother says he was unaware of the purpose of the WCA.She said that neither the Atos assessor nor the DWP decision-maker made any attempt to secure further medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, who would have told them that he was unable to work.His GP told his inquest in February 2014 that he had handed Mark a note, explaining that he was extremely unwell and completely unfit to work, but the note does not appear to have reached his local jobcentre.The GP also told the inquest: “Something pushed him or affected him in the time before he died and the only thing I can put my finger on is the pressure he felt he was under when his benefits were removed.”His death came three years after ministers had been warned by a coroner – following the death of Stephen Carré in January 2010 – that they needed to review their policy not to seek further medical evidence from the GPs and psychiatrists of ESA claimants with mental health conditions.And a year after Mark Wood died, another letter was sent to DWP by a coroner, raising the same concerns and making almost identical recommendations, this time following the death of a disabled man from north London.But nearly seven years after the Stephen Carré inquest, these safety concerns have still not been addressed, despite many other deaths, and a DWP promise to a tribunal that it would test ways to collect further medical evidence through a pilot project, although a DWP spokesman said today (Thursday) that the pilot project had now been completed.Former DWP ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling have been heavily criticised for failing to act on the coroner’s advice in 2010, for covering-up that report, and failing to pass it to Professor Malcolm Harrington – the expert they had commissioned to review the WCA – as well as failing to show Harrington secret DWP reports linking the WCA with the deaths of benefit claimants.Attempts by the user-led grassroots group Black Triangle (BT) to secure a prosecution of Duncan Smith and Grayling in Scotland – over the deaths of three Scottish benefit claimants – have so far failed because of resistance from the Scottish criminal justice system, although BT is seeking legal representation to help push for a case to be taken in the Scottish courts.Mark Wood’s mother, Jill Gant, said she would like to see ministers held accountable by the criminal justice system for their failure to act on the Stephen Carré coroner’s report, which she believes led to her son’s death.The retired education social worker, now 78, and from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, said: “Quite honestly, I think they have failed in their duty. They doggedly refused to consider and act on this very clear, simple suggestion.”She said it would be “stunning” if a case could be brought against ministers, and added: “They certainly need to be called to account.”She secured a meeting with the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, in March 2015, but said that he had “a heart of stone” and had made no effort to be “friendly or understanding”, and when she asked him about the need to secure further medical evidence “he refused to answer the question directly”.She said it was “shocking” that Harper now chaired the all-party parliamentary group on learning disability.Her search for answers following her son’s death had quickly focused on the single issue of why further medical evidence had not been sought.Confronted by the refusal of Conservative ministers, including Harper and employment minister Priti Patel*, to answer her questions, she has now told her Tory MP, Nicola Blackwood, that the refusal to act was “not fair and in my view it is not moral or legal”.The final letter from Patel was sent to her last July and said that DWP was still working with Maximus – the discredited US outsourcing giant now carrying out WCAs – to “expand the current guidance” on securing further medical evidence and “ensure that evidence is gathered in more circumstances than at present, especially for those claimants with a mental health condition”.She said: “They must have no conscience at all. Each of these stories, each of them, is a massive tragedy and a painful time for these poor people.“In the end I [told my MP] that I looked forward to having a government where there was compassion and understanding and which would seek to protect the most vulnerable.”A DWP spokesman said this morning (Thursday): “The department will respond to the [Green Party] letter once it has been received.“The pilot has been completed, and the outcomes of that will help to inform training and staff guidance.”It is not yet clear what action DWP will take following the pilot project.*Both of them have now left the departmentlast_img read more

Be part of the Christmas Jumper brigade in the run

first_imgBe part of the Christmas Jumper brigade in the run up to the Christmas Holidays with this superb festive sweater.It features a silhouette of the stadium and Santa on his sleigh passing the “red vee” moon.Adult sizes are available from Extra Small through to 3XL but you’ll need to be quick as we have strictly limited quantities available.To buy, call into the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium or log on here.last_img

What Top Performers Can Learn From Disneys Firing of the Voice of

first_img Last week, Steve Whitmire, the actor and muppeteer who had been the the voice of Kermit the Frog since creator Jim Henson’s death, was fired after 27 years on the job.In a blog post, Whitmire wrote that in October 2016, he was told the role was going to be recast. “This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.”Related: Kermit the Frog’s Voice Actor Publishes a Heartbreaking Letter After Being FiredHe went on to say that while he “offered multiple remedies” to Muppets Studio higher ups’ “two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call,” it was to no avail. Whitmire described feeling “devastated” that he wasn’t able to fulfill his duty to Henson.The actor said he believed that his “continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets.”But now Disney, which has owned the Muppets since 2004, and Henson’s children Lisa and Brian shared their side of the story, citing conflict around both the creative vision for the character as well as the handling of business negotiations.Related: Why Teamwork Matters at Every Level“He played brinkmanship very aggressively in contract negotiations,” Lisa Henson, who is also the president of the Jim Henson Company, told The New York Times.In speaking to The Times, Brian Henson said that Whitmire would “send emails and letters attacking everyone, attacking the writing and attacking the director.” In Brian’s recounting of events, Whitmire also did not want to have an understudy and would not appear with younger performers who could potentially take on the role.”For workers of all stripes, this story brings to light the surprising tie between some top performers and toxic behaviors.”In a 2015 study from Harvard Business School, researchers found that the very traits that some of the highest performing employees have can actually make them some of the most toxic. Workers that are terminated due to toxic behavior are often more self-regarding, more confident and also work more quickly and are more productive — in terms of quantity, not quality — than workers who are not fired for that reason.Related: 5 Toxic People Who Will Stunt Your Business GrowthBut having a toxic team member can be both emotionally and financially taxing, especially with regard to having to replace the people that a company can lose as a result of one bad apple.“The total estimated cost is $12,489 and does not include other potential costs, such as litigation, regulatory penalty and reduced employee morale,” wrote researchers Michael Housman and Dylan Minor. “Also not included are the secondary costs of turnover that come from a new worker’s learning curve: a time of lower productivity precedes a return to higher productivity. … Even if a firm could replace an average worker with one who performs in the top 1 percent, it would still be better off by replacing a toxic worker with an average worker by more than two-to-one.”Which goes to show, even those at the top of their game still need to be team players. Because if you follow the money, even superstars sometimes need to be replaced. What Top Performers Can Learn From Disney’s Firing of the Voice of Kermit the Frog 4 min read Next Article Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Firing –sharescenter_img It comes to show that even at the highest level, you still need to be a team player. Register Now » July 18, 2017 Image credit: Cindy Ord | Getty Images Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Facebook Changes Policies on Trending Topics After Criticism

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Facebook Inc. said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency.The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main “news feed” where most Facebook users get their news.But the world’s largest social network said in a blogpost that it was introducing several changes, including elimination of a top-10 list of approved websites, more training and clearer guidelines to help human editors avoid ideological or political bias, and more robust review procedures.Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company’s editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news. The allegations were reported by technology news website Gizmodo, which did not identify the ex-contractor.The report led Republican Sen. John Thune to write a letter demanding that the company explain how it selects news articles for its Trending Topics list.Two days after Thune’s letter, Facebook published a lengthy blogpost detailing how Trending Topics works even though it rarely discloses such practices. Previously, it had never discussed the inner workings of the feature, which displays topics and news articles in the top right hand corner of the desktop homepage for its more than 1.6 billion users.Facebook said its investigation showed that conservative and liberal topics were approved as trending topics at nearly identical rates. It said it was unable to substantiate any allegations of politically motivated suppression of particular subjects or sources.But it did not rule out human error in selecting topics.”Our investigation could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, wrote in a company blogpost.Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met last week with more than a dozen conservative politicians and media personalities to discuss issues of trust in the social network.In his letter, Thune had called on Facebook to respond to the criticism and sought answers by May 24 to several questions about its internal practices.”Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open internet,” Thune said.(Reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb in San Francisco and Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism –shares Next Article Facebook Add to Queue Image credit: Shutterstockcenter_img 3 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. May 24, 2016 Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

MarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian CEO at PROLIFIQ

first_img Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at PROLIFIQ?I’ve spent my entire career in CRM and HighTech, selling into organizations that need to operationalize their sales, marketing, and customer service business units. I was inspired to join PROLIFIQ because its products fill some of the biggest gaps in CRM actually helping sales professionals sell.What is PROLIFIQ and how does it make Sales teams more powerful?PROLIFIQ is a Sales Enablement productivity suite for the Salesforce Customer. We brought the two most valuable selling motions (Key Account Management and Digital Content Management) back into Salesforce. In almost every organization, these things happen outside of the CRM which is counterproductive and creates huge challenges.Why should Marketing and Sales teams leverage Sales Enablement platforms? What are the benefits? They leverage them already but not always in unison with their CRM Strategies. Documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints and static ‘things’ fly all around the companies. However, they are not standardized or created for the way the sales professional sells making it very difficult for the end-user to do their job. The benefit of having an integrated CRM/Sales Enablement strategy is pretty logical. Sales professionals leverage CRM to do what they need to do which is to serve their customers and grow their book of business all within one platform.How do you focus on bringing Automation and AI together at PROLIFIQ? What are the core technologies driving your product? We’re fortunate enough to have the power of the Salesforce Platform behind us and we are beneficiaries of the powerful AI capabilities Einstein has to offer. As a native app, we can leverage the data and insights within CRM and complement them with Einstein to drive those capabilities for our customers.Tell us more about your Salesforce-side of the business. How do you leverage Salesforce features to solve customer’s challenges?We complement, not compete with Salesforce. Many Sales Enablement applications compete with CRM. PROLIFIQ extends CRM Capabilities to the sales reps versus trying to recreate what CRM already does.According to you, which set of industries and departments are the fastest to adopt Sales Enablement for their sales success? It’s really anyone that has a B2B Business Model and works closely with others to manage customers and prospects. Some of the industries that have been very fast adopters for us include HighTech, MedTech, FinTech, Professional Services, and Manufacturing.What message do you have for the industries that are lagging in the race or are yet to invest in Sales Enablement platforms?Define what Sales Enablement means for you. It’s a broad term– It can mean training, technology, process, etc. We are the technology provider, but we incorporate all of these aspects of ‘Sales Enablement’ in our offerings.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?At PROLIFIQ, we practice what we preach; our sales and marketing efforts live and breathe in Salesforce and AppExchange. Whether using our own Sales Enablement suite or the apps that round out our multichannel approach to marketing, we go native every chance we get. It simplifies mundane tasks and keeps us focused.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in the Salesforce technology for 2019-2020?I think Einstein and AI are going to change this industry. Consumers are smarter about what they want, so vendors servicing them need to get better at engaging with them. I see our future hinged around predictability, but it’s dangerous because AI is powered by data. So, data quality is paramount and that’s driven by simplifying platforms, not complicating them.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? There are so many. I really love what’s happening in tech right now – so many entrepreneurs and companies are challenging the status quo and disrupting the same way that PROLIFIQ is.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?Define AI for your business first. AI is a slippery slope if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish in the first place and what business value it’s going to drive. Having AI just to have AI isn’t a strategy.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?It needs to be seamless. The technology needs to complement their natural selling motions and it needs to make their lives easier. The second the ‘shiny toy’ starts deviating their motions, it becomes a distraction.One word that best describes how you work.GRITTYWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?Salesforce CRM, emailWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?Dashboards with every detail or metric I need at my fingertips to manage the business.  Also, in this age of email and disconnected communication, I feel like picking up the phone is becoming productivity have, believe it or not.What are you currently reading?I’m reading ‘Unshakeable’ by Tony Robbins. I consume information in a variety of different ways and it really comes down to the type of information I’m consuming. I prefer discussion.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?That’s a tough one; there are so many. I think this one applies to all of the entrepreneurs out there: “Successful people are successful for one simple reason: they think about failure differently.”Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?When you break away from all the noise, it all comes down to GRITTag the one person in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read: Marc Benioff @benioffThank you, Vrahram! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. “Consumers are smarter about what they want, so vendors servicing them need to get better at engaging with them.” About VrahramAbout PROLIFIQAbout Vrahram AIAppExchangeB2BcrmFintechinterviewsMarTech InterviewPROLIFIQSalesforceVrahram Kadkhodaian Previous ArticleTechBytes with Keith Fenech, VP, Software Analytics at RevulyticsNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Mike Myer, Founder and CEO at Quiq MarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian, CEO at PROLIFIQ Sudipto GhoshJune 24, 2019, 1:30 pmJune 21, 2019 PROLIFIQ is the leading sales enablement company, pioneering native Salesforce account planning and content delivery software that empowers sales teams to boost performance and become trusted customer advisers.The world’s leading brands choose PROLIFIQ to crush competitors and ace the customer experience.center_img MarTech Interview Series About PROLIFIQ The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. As CEO, Vrahram is passionate about driving record growth, exceeding customer expectations and being an employer of choice. He specializes in scaling and building teams with methods that are proven across all market segments. Prior to leading PROLIFIQ, he served as an executive sales leader at Salesforce where he contributed to the company’s hyper growth and he has over a decade of additional sales leadership experience.last_img read more

Study explores factors that impact fertility preservation decisions in transgender youth

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 16 2019The last thing on most teens’ minds is whether or not they want to have kids someday. But transitioning transgender adolescents are forced to consider whether to preserve their sperm or eggs at a young age.Whether or not they pursue fertility preservation is influenced by certain key factors, such as their family values, gender dysphoria, the cost of the procedure or not feeling ready to make such an important, lifelong decision at their age, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.The findings shed light on how difficult this choice can be for such young adults (aged 15 to 24), and highlight the need to establish standardized protocols for primary care doctors when counseling transgender patients as they consider sex reassignment.”As a child psychologist, I’m usually talking to adolescent patients about contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies, not, ‘Down the line, do you want to be a parent? And if so, how important to you is a genetic connection to your child?’,” said first author Diane Chen, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a pediatric psychologist at Lurie Children’s. “It can be difficult for kids who are transitioning in adolescence to have to be thinking about these things. It’s not developmentally typical.”The study was published Monday, April 15, in the journal LGBT Health. It is the first study to use in-depth interviews rather than retrospective chart reviews to explore factors that impact fertility preservation decisions in transgender adolescents and young adults.Fertility preservation only recently became an elective option for transgender youth. It can be difficult and ethically complex to approach the topic with adolescents, which is why Chen was drawn to the research.”Potentially compromised fertility should not be a reason to prevent transgender adolescents from transitioning with hormones, but we should be taking steps to train doctors on how to talk to transgender youth about options for fertility presentation and support them in making these decisions,” Chen said.This can be particularly complicated because it is not until a person is in their mid-20s that their frontal lobe is fully developed, which has led some to question whether adolescents and young adults can fully understand the potential implications of their decisions.Related StoriesHealthy mice pups can be produced from sperm without short RNA chainsRecurrent pregnancy loss may be caused by sperm DNA damage, finds studyExposure to particulate air pollution may lead to reduced sperm productionAdditionally, doctors should consider referring some patients to see a specialized fertility counselor for support, Chen said. But even specialists might need to revamp their protocols to include more information, which, as one study participant said, can be lacking.”I do kind of regret not doing the fertility [preservation] thing,” said one 18-year-old study participant who had received fertility preservation counseling but did not pursue fertility preservation. “I felt like if I didn’t do my own research, and I didn’t know, hey, I can be on testosterone then get off, and then I can just like start taking ovulation medication … like imagine if I didn’t do my own research! I just wish they had told me, ‘hey, there is a way, even after you start testosterone to do [fertility preservation].'”The study identified the following four key factors that influence transitioning transgender youth when deciding whether to pursue fertility preservation:1. Either knowing they wanted biological children or weren’t sure2. Family values such as a parent encouraging or pressuring them to consider fertility preservation3. The cost of the procedure and storage of their eggs or sperm4. Concern for worsening gender dysphoria by completing invasive fertility preservation or delaying testosterone or estrogen initiation”In this population in particular, there are unique barriers to fertility preservation related to gender dysphoria,” Chen said. “If someone feels their reproductive organs don’t align with their gender identity, it could be distressing to pursue fertility preservation.”A trans male who was assigned female at birth and wants to preserve his eggs, for instance, will need to go through a cycle of hormonal stimulation and egg retrieval similar to a woman pursuing in vitro fertilization due to infertility, which Chen said can be quite invasive.Determining fertility options at a young age is not a new concept. For years, female pediatric cancer patients at Northwestern’s Oncofertility Consortium have received consultation about whether and how to preserve their eggs before undergoing their cancer treatment.The transitioning transgender study involved 18 patients between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. See the attached table for a breakdown of their responses.Source: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/04/transgender-fertility-preservation/last_img read more

Bengal discom gets award

first_img The West Bengal electricity distribution company WBSEDCL has emerged among the top three power utilities across the country in the 12th India Energy Summit 2018.The summit was held on November 13-14 in New Delhi. According to release issued by the discom, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, “WBSEDCL has emerged third amongst all Indian states in the ‘Best Power Utility’ category”. This is 10th consecutive year WBSEDCL received the ICC India Energy Summit award. SHARE SHARE EMAIL November 20, 2018 West Bengal COMMENT award and honour SHARE Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more