Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’

November 30, 2019

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first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)It’s been over two weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his unblemished record intact after turning back the UFC’s Conor McGregor in arguably the biggest boxing match this year.Although the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer cruised to victory en route to a 10-round TKO stoppage, boxing aficionados were amazed that McGregor, a boxing neophyte, managed to land a lot of punches against Mayweather’s seemingly impenetrable defense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather As it turns out, the UFC Lightweight Champion fared better on hitting the evasive fighter than some of the biggest  names in boxing—including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.In a recent footage from FightHype.com and relayed by MMA Fighting, Mayweather downplayed McGregor’s high striking success rate and said it was a result of him wanting to give fans a show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” the recently retired fighter explained.“The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “Money” also bared that he played coy in the earlier rounds and went with an aggressive approach in the latter ones, as advised by his team.“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything,” he said. “I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions, but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”His scheme proved to be effective, as Mayweather got his first finish in six years, after last knocking out Victor Ortiz in 2011.“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch, but that’s not what I wanted to do,” the brash fighter said. “I wanted to press and push him.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Can FEU, Arellano find answers during break?

November 30, 2019

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first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Chiefs, on the other hand, will be looking for remedies against NU star Jaja Santiago, who fired 24 hits to power the Lady Bulldogs to a convincing 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 win in their side of the semifinals of the season-ender of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.“We weren’t able to solve Jaja and the girls were a bit intimidated by her,” said Arellano U mentor Obet Javier. “But I always tell them that through practice, we should be able to handle her (Santiago) and get back into the series.”Victories by FEU and Arellano will force a pair of rubber matches on Monday.Meanwhile, unbeaten Ateneo sets out for a finals stint as it guns for a sweep of UST in the men’s semifinals.FEU, on the other hand, braces for a National U fightback in their Final Four duel.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The Eagles thumped the Tigers, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21, while the Tams pulled off an escape over the Bulldogs, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14, last Wednesday. Chiefs stay in F4 hunt Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano’s Andrea Marzan scores on a hit against UP’s Marian Buitre during their duel for the second semifinal slot in Group B of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Far Eastern U and Arellano have two days to find answers to the problems that hounded them in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.Otherwise, they’re staring at a potential sweep that could forge a title showdown between National U and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Lady Tams are the ones in need of urgent answers after blowing a 2-1 set lead and dropping a 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8 decision to the Lady Falcons late Wednesday.FEU will be scrambling to figure out what happened in that fourth set as they hope to force a sudden-death in Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinal series Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPlaying without top hitter Bernadeth Pons, FEU had Adamson stranded on the edge of a Game 1 defeat only to falter in the last two frames.FEU coach George Pascua is confident his players will redeem themselves in the next outing and pounce on the absence of injured Adamson ace Jema Galanza. View commentslast_img read more


18 days agoEx-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddison

October 28, 2019

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddisonby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Steve McMahon thinks James Maddison would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield.The Leicester City star has gained plenty admirers over the last 12 months, including Manchester United.And McMahon thinks his former club should go after the talented playmaker.”I just wonder, there comes a time and this is no disrespect to Leicester, I wonder if Maddison will make a decision like Maguire and think do I go for the medals, do I go for the cash,” the Reds legend is quoted by the Express.”I don’t think he’s going to be at Leicester for a long, long time. I really don’t.”I think Maddison has another level to go. I think there’s a top team, if it’s not Liverpool then United maybe, they’ll be in for him. He can only get better.”Jurgen loves up and at them players, 100 per cent, non-stop work rate. He knows his full backs can create a chance, the space and can go for an overlap.”I don’t see Maddison sitting on the bench [at a big club]. Say he comes to Liverpool, I’m not telling James Maddison to leave, but if I’m Klopp I would be looking to sign a player.”He’s young, he’s English, he’s got a lot going for him. He changes the tempo of the game, why wouldn’t he get in Liverpool’s midfield?”Henderson has been getting replaced for ever with Milner, Keita has not come on leaps and bounds, Fabinho is the holding midfield player.”There’s a position there for him. If he came and he knuckled down, and he got his work ethic sorted, I see no reason why he wouldn’t fit in.” last_img read more


Mikmaw students get a chance to talk with Canadian astronaut live from

October 14, 2019

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first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsMi’kmaw students got a chance to gaze into outer space and talk to an astronaut today on the International Space Station.They were part of a program that is linking a Canadian in space with students.This particular astronaut has a personal, out of this world connection with Indigenous people.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img


December 31 2010This concludes our report of the

August 10, 2019

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first_imgDecember 31, 2010This concludes our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. On-site construction of the bridge started in March, 2010. It is a Scottsdale Public Art project with construction managed by Howard S. Wright Constructors with assistance from Scottsdale architects, structural engineers and landscape architects and off-site work at Cosanti. The 130 foot long pedestrian bridge connects the Scottsdale Waterfront District and Old Town, spanning the Arizona Canal west of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. It is 18 feet wide on the north bank widening to 27 feet on the south bank where it opens into the Soleri Plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim] The sloped plaza has soil retaining “drip walls” constructed with the help of another innovative technique developed by Paolo Soleri for the building of Cosanti. As a final stage in construction, concrete slurry is used allowing gravity to create a drippy surface.The design and construction of the Paolo Soleri Bridge and Plaza has been a once-in-a-lifetime project, uniting the will of a community, the intent of an artist, and the skills of many construction professionals.[photo: sue] 11 pre-cast concrete panels were created at Cosanti, delivered and installed at the plaza, ten along one edge of the south plaza and one double panel on the north bank. The 8-ft-high, 5-ft-wide panels are hand-carved and earth-cast, a process Paolo Soleri developed in the creation of the famous Soleri wind-bells and the buildings of Cosanti. The panels are unique artwork installations during the day, mysterious at night. [photo left: YoungSoo Kim]center_img The 22,000-sq-ft plaza is a gathering place with walkways and lawns, shade, seating and art to enjoy- a Soleri bell assembly and a collection of colorful “earth-cast” panels.The four pylons of the bridge are clad in elegant, brushed stainless steel. The shorter pylons are hollow and reveal a large Soleri bell assembly. The 10-ft- high bell assembly was first  cast in 1969 and displayed at the Goldwater Department Stores before it found a new home in the plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more


A study by BDRC Continental and Cablecouk has re

August 6, 2019

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first_imgA study by BDRC Continental and Cable.co.uk has revealed vast disparities in the pricing of broadband access services worldwide.According to the study, based on analysis of 3,351 individual broadband packages from across the world in the eight-week period up to October 12 this year, revealed that Iran offers the cheapest broadband with an average monthly cost of US$5.37 (€4.57), while Burkina Faso is the most expensive, with an average of US$954.54.Ukraine and Russia were the second and third cheapest countries overall, with average prices of US$5.52 and US$9.82 respectively.Italy is the cheapest country in western Europe for broadband with an average package price of US$28.89 a month, followed by Germany at US$34.07, Denmark at US$35.90 and France at US$36.34.The UK came eighth in the EU and 62nd globally, with an average price of US$40.52.Syria was the cheapest Middle Eastern country for broadband, with an average price of US$12.15, making it ranked fifth overall. Other countries in the region were at the expensive end of the spectrum, with broadband in Saudi Arabia costing US$84.03 and broadband in the UAE averaging US$155.17.Huge variations within regions were also visible in Central America and the Caribbean. Africa was meanwhile the most expensive region as a whole, with Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mali joining Burkina Faso in the top 10 most expensive countries.last_img read more


In This Issue   Softer tone remains with dolla

August 4, 2019

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Softer tone remains with dollar today. *  Opening up the Chinese Capital Markets. *  RBA Asst Gov. sends A$ on wild. *  I’m a Bill And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Big News From China, Even If No One Else Thinks So! Good Day!…  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m in no mood to be doing any Tub Thumpin’ this morning, and I’ll just leave it at that! It’s not that I don’t want to join you in our usual Thursday Tub Thumpin’, it’s just that I don’t have what it takes to Tub Thump this morning. The Allman Brothers are greeting me this morning with their song: Midnight Rider. I’ve always liked the Allman Brothers Band, especially when I’m feeling the blues. Well, another day, another day of no data, no real news to move markets, except what’s going on in China, and according to the major media outlets, news from China doesn’t rank as important to U.S. citizens. I’ll get to the major news, according to Chuck, from China in a minute. First I have to tell you that the dollar is once again trading with a softer tone this morning, the euro is flat, but the A$, kiwi, krone, krona, loonie, and a few others have carved out gains VS the dollar this morning, while the ruble, rupee, renminbi, (the three R’s) like the three R’s from the old days. you know: Readin’, Ritin’, and Rithmatic. (funny, spell check didn’t care for those three R’s!) But the new Three R’s are finding life difficult as the dollar is carving out gains VS these three. Well, first things first, and the Big News from China is that November 17th, (you know next week!) for the first time ever. Investors around the world, will be allowed to buy Chinese stocks on the new Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange. THIS IS HUGE NEWS folks, and in my opinion, will be a HUGE gain for Chinese stocks/ Companies. But that’s stock stuff, of which, while I am licensed to talk about, I don’t care to, for it keeps me out of trouble!  Besides the stock stuff, to me, this is simply another step in China’s march toward removal of the dollar reserve system. Remember when I told you that China needed to open up their Capital Markets to the outside world before they could lay claim on the reserve currency. This is just one of the requirements that will be needed to achieve their goal, but let’s take a look at the scorecard. 1. The needed to gain a wider distribution of their currency. done! 2. They need to have a free floating currency. working toward that. 3. They need to have very deep pockets. done!, and 4. The need to open up their capital markets to the outside world. ETA on completion. 4 days! Of course there’s more, but these are the highlights, that once they have these nailed down, it won’t be long, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, it won’t be long yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, it won’t be long yeah, till the renminbi comes home to be the reserve currency.  Oh, it might still take a few more years. How many of you remember me standing in front of crowds back in 2010, and telling you that by the end of this decade, the dollar would no longer be the reserve currency of the world?  But with China stepping up the pace, as we’ve chronicled in these pages from time to time, it certainly looks to me that 2017, could be the year that we, here in the U.S. find out that “debt really does matter”. OK. Now that I’m stepping down from my soapbox, let me tell you about the Aussie dollar (A$) overnight. First last night we had the Assistant Gov. of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) give a speech that threw the A$ right under an oncoming bus. He made a comment on intervention, that led the markets to believe that he was greasing the tracks to sell the A$, and the markets decided to do the heavy lifting for him and whacked the A$ by over ½-cent. But then calmer heads prevailed, and the A$ recovered those losses and went on to book gains on the night! A wild swing for sure, and I’m glad I was sleeping through it, for if I were one of those guys that trade currencies on tiny pip moves I would have gone crazy with this wild swing! Well, I guess the news here in the U.S. might dominate the next couple of days, and I’m not talking about the new polar vortex that has a grip on most of the country! No, instead, I’m talking about the vote that will take place today or tomorrow in the U.S. House on the Keystone XL pipeline. In the great way we do things here in the U.S., I mean why don’t we just put it to a vote / referendum like they do in Switzerland, where they have dozens of referendums a year to vote on? But, not here, we elect representatives to vote for us. (I would have to say that the people that represent me, haven’t voted my preferences for years now!)  And then one side of the Gov’t has to send it to the other side for approval, and then to the President to either accept or veto, and then if he vetoes the bill, it goes back to the Senate where it has to obtain 2/3’s of the vote. this has been a public service announcement. You know, like where I learned it. on Schoolhouse Rock! HA!  I’m just a Bill.  But, the real reason I brought this all up, is that the Canadian dollar / loonie could be held hostage by the goings on with this bill. Today, the loonie is carving out a gain VS the dollar, and should the Bill pass in the House, which is expected, the loonie will carve out further gains VS the dollar, and then we’ll move on to the Senate, and so on.. So, watch for the outcome of the votes on this. Yesterday, I told you that Japanese PM, Abe, had denied that he was ready to dissolve the Japanese Parliament, and that had led to a short-term recovery of the yen. Well, now the rumors are really swirling about in Japan that Abe has told the Parliament members to prepare for an election. If those rumors become fact, then the yen will be right back on the slippery slope, folks. And if I were a betting man, of which I’m not, I would bet on the rumors becoming fact. The euro is basically flat this morning. Tomorrow we’ll finally see some data that could move markets. The Eurozone 3rd QTR GDP will print. This will be an ugly print folks, but how ugly will determine if the euro gets treated fairly, or not. I just finished putting the December R&F together yesterday, and in it I go through my thoughts on what the Eurozone and euro are going through, and how they need to stick to austerity plans. Or, was that what I said in yesterday’s Pfennig? I forget, and I apologize, as it seems all I’ve ever doing is typing away on this laptop for something! That reminds me I have the Sunday Pfennig I need to get together before tomorrow! UGH! Well. You might want to pay attention to this, and then again, you might not want to! But. Recall yesterday when I told you that this weekend’s G20 meeting in Australia, will be China’s Xi, an opportunity to make a new announcement?  Well, I had that in my back pocket yesterday when I came across an email from a friend of mine (Doc Dave) and got my conspiracy blood boiling. According to a story on zerohedge.com, On Sunday in Brisbane Australia, the G20 will announce that money is dead.   OK, There’s no way this is going down this weekend, in my opinion, but I think it’s an interesting read. so here’s the link to the story. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-12/russell-napier-declares-november-16-2014-day-money-dies So, like I said above, the U.S. Data Cupboard is still basically empty.. We will get the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims this morning, but that’s it for today. There are a couple of Fed speakers on the road today (Dudley and Kocherlakota). Dudley is usually goof for a sound bit that will get the markets hopped up for a minute or two. Tomorrow is the new poster boy for the stock jockeys.. James Bullard, St. Louis Fed president, will be speaking, and the stock jockeys will be wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ , that he has some more of that talk that saved stocks last month in his notes. Well. there’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning regarding China and their slumping demand for Gold. The World Gold Council is reporting that demand for Gold in China slumped 37% so far this year. They point to the anti-graft drive in China as the reason for this slump. But let me remind you that the World Gold Council’s numbers have been proven to be way off by Gold researcher, Koos Jansen. And I would pin my colors to Koos Jansen’s Mast long before I would do so with the World Gold Council. The Cure’s song: Lullaby is playing on the IPod, and I swear, it almost put me asleep! My eyes got heavy, I yawned real big, and the then my head was in my hands. This song is so hypnotic! OK.  Back to Gold. the shiny metal is basically flat this morning, as it was yesterday. That news alone should tell you what’s going on in the markets these past two days is akin to the Ram’s Offense in the 2nd Half of games. there’s nothing going on!  But I do have a rant on Gold in the FWIW section today, so you won’t want to miss that! For What It’s Worth. A dear Pfennig Reader, (Bob) sent me this link to the story here, and I have to agree that this is the same stuff I’ve been telling you over and over again these past two years, while Gold suffered in price, when it seemed that the fundamentals were pointing to a higher price. this is from the website; ainsliebullion.com.au  “The accumulation of unsustainable government debt is one of the key reasons people buy gold and silver.  The chart below clearly illustrates just how insane this has become as governments print money (accumulating debt on central bank balance sheets) to run continual deficits to remain elected and keep markets artificially buoyant and depress their respective currencies against the other to globally compete (which becomes a death spiral when everyone does it..).  Last year we saw the gold price deviate from its historic trend of protecting wealth against this debt binge.  Many believe this was brought about by orchestrated shorting of paper derivatives and defies global (particularly Eastern) demand.  That East and West dynamic has seen 2 distinctly different approaches.  China has played the debt game too but has bought things of intrinsic value like gold (at the low prices) in epic amounts and built infrastructure (even derided for its ‘ghost cities’).  The US has (simplistically) bought shares at very high PE’s and which have repeatedly shown can lose 50-80% in value over night.  The disconnect depicted below looks set to reverse.  As a reminder $16t is $16,000,000,000,000..” Chuck again. A quick look at the Debt Clock at: http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html, reveals that this must be an older rant, because the U.S. national debt is $17.930 Trillion this morning. yes, that’s right, homing in on $18 Trillion!  And the Unfunded Liabilities are $115.525 Trillion!  And don’t forget that Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff says that the U.S. total debt including the Unfunded Liabilities is north of $200 Trillion! So, like the Capital One commercials that ask, “What’s in your wallet?” I’ll ask you, “what’s in your investment portfolio?” To recap. Another day of not much going on.. There’s Big news from China, well, Big news to Chuck, and apparently not the major media outlets. But starting 11/17, investors around the world will be allowed to buy Chinese stocks on the Shanghai exchange! Opening up its capital markets, just another step toward China’s goal of replacing the dollar reserve system. The Asst Gov. of the RBA scared the bejeebers out of the A$ traders overnight, but soon calmer heads prevailed and the A$ recovered its losses and moved on to gain overnight.  No data to speak of today, and a few fed speakers today and tomorrow to brighten the day for us! And Gold is basically flat again today, marking two days of being stuck in the mud, which is better than losing ground I guess! Currencies today 11/13/14. American Style: A$ .8750, kiwi .7915, C$ .8845, euro 1.2465, sterling 1.5750, Swiss $1.0370, . European Style: rand 11.2025, krone 6.7755, SEK 7.4055, forint 245.52, zloty 3.3865, koruna 22.1650, RUB 46.67, yen 115.55, sing 1.2915, HKD 7.7550, INR 61.56, China 6.1418, pesos 13.56, BRL 2.5710, Dollar Index 87.70, Oil $76.75, 10-yr 2.37%, Silver $ 15.67, Platinum $1,203.88, Palladium $777.44, and Gold. $1,160.00 That’s it for today. Well, it’s now turning to our little Christine’s fave time of year. (NOT!) Basketball Season is upon us.. Can you believe that one? Football is just now in the middle of their season, and here comes basketball! When I was a young man, and even an adult, I played a ton of basketball. I wasn’t very good, but I played! The college game is where it’s at for me. My beloved Missouri Tigers have a new basketball coach this year, an ex-Tiger player, Kim Anderson. I wish him luck and a long storied career at Mizzou! Well, I got up, began to get ready to go into the office today, and then spent the next hour not having a very good time. So, here I am at home again. UGH! If it’s not one thing, it’s another with me! Little Everett was at the house the other day, and I asked him if he knew the song, Over the River and through the woods, and he said no. So I sang it to him, and then he went about correcting me on the words to the song! I said, “I thought you said you didn’t know it” and he just gave me his Popeye look and smiled. what a stinker!  Well, my stomach has settled down now, thanks to some medicine, and the thought that there’s nothing left in my stomach to be upset with now! I could go on to work. but, with all I’ve been through this week, I’ll just stay put today. It’s time to get off this bus today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more


By Nick Giambruno editor Crisis Investing Rece

August 4, 2019

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first_imgBy Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Recently, I left the worst place in the Western Hemisphere… Haiti is a scene of unending human tragedy. It’s by far the poorest and most messed-up country on this side of the globe. Most Haitians live on about $2 a day. Malnutrition and disease is rampant. Over 40% of the population is illiterate. The misery there is simply on a different level. Look at any international ranking, and Haiti is always at the bottom. It’s the last place anyone would think to visit, let alone invest in. That’s a big reason why I went. Anyone can go to France, or England, or Germany. Big deal. I’ve always enjoyed far-off places outside of the usual tourist circuit. I think they’re far more interesting. And they offer better adventures. Plus, strange countries with bad reputations are exactly the places a crisis investor should visit. The world’s most bombed-out, hated, and depressed regions can offer life-changing contrarian investment opportunities. Seeing these places firsthand also gives us valuable insight into what really happens when an economy totally collapses. That’s why I fly around the world with Doug Casey, chasing economic collapse, civil unrest, revolution, war, and geopolitical turmoil. Haiti is just our latest stop. Nick Giambruno and Doug Casey at the central bank of Haiti Dow 185,000? This highly accurate stock market indicator is flashing green on a massive bull run. The last time this happened, the Dow climbed 793% in the following years. If the Dow went up that high now – We’d be looking at Dow 185,000. Barking Dogs Seventy years ago, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Haiti were all at about the same economic level. Now Hong Kong and Singapore are some of the richest places on the planet. This shift did not happen by magic. It was simply a matter of protecting property rights, keeping taxes and inflation very low, and minimizing red tape for businesses. Haiti did the exact opposite. This is a big reason why the situation there is so bad… and only getting worse. It’s also a big reason why the country has almost no industry. Besides rum and some clothing, Haiti produces nothing. There’s prospective terrain for mining, but the suffocating bureaucracy makes it impossible. Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist, found it takes on average 19 years and 176 bureaucratic procedures to legally purchase real estate in Haiti. Here’s de Soto: Imagine a country where nobody can identify who owns what, addresses cannot be verified and the rules that govern property vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even from street to street. De Soto developed a simple shortcut to figure out who owns what in chaotic places like Haiti. You know when you’ve crossed onto someone else’s property when a different dog starts barking. The state doesn’t know who the real owners are, but the dogs do. Haiti’s only possible hope is for someone to take a machete to this bureaucratic Gordian knot. Gradual half measures won’t work. That’s what Doug and I explained to the Haitian government. This sort of radical change would be in its own interest to help it survive. The basic plot never changes in Haiti. The Haitian people get sick of their corrupt and incompetent rulers and violently rise up. The pattern has repeated itself over and over again. And, unless there’s drastic changes, it will happen again. Regards, Nick Giambruno P.S. A second passport is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as your “freedom insurance.” Among other things, having a second passport allows you to invest, bank, travel, live, and do business in places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Obtaining a second passport is a fundamental step toward freeing yourself from absolute dependence on any one country. Once you have that freedom, it’s much harder for any government to control your destiny. We just released a guide on the easiest countries to get a second passport from. Click here to download the PDF. Recommended Link The World’s First Economic Citizenship Program Doug and I were also in Haiti to pitch radical free market reforms to the highest levels of the Haitian government. This is a country with terminal cancer and multiple gunshot wounds. Band-Aids won’t do the trick. One of the ideas we discussed was economic citizenship. It’s well known that countries like Saint Kitts, Dominica, and Malta have official, legal programs to sell their citizenship and passports to foreign investors. But the whole concept is rooted in Haiti. During World War 2, Haiti offered a way out of Nazi Germany after many other doors had closed. The government sold Haitian passports for $3,000 (the equivalent of around $50,000 today). Those who could afford it could buy Haitian passports and escape Europe. For many, this was literally a matter of life or death. This program eventually led to a booming multibillion-dollar industry… just not in Haiti. Unfortunately, the country’s politicians dropped the ball. Today, Haiti is completely missing out on the economic citizenship industry it helped create. And, needless to say, it needs every penny it can get. Granted, a Haitian passport isn’t some grand prize. But it still gives you numerous political diversification benefits and visa-free travel to around 50 countries. That’s far fewer places than the first-tier economic citizenship programs. However, this just means a potential program for Haiti would have to cost less. But it could still bring in a significant amount of money to the country. If the government executed it properly and made a diplomatic push to increase the number of countries with visa-free entry, the program would be even more profitable. — — Recommended Link Have $20,000+?… Watch This GOLD Video NOW! ** This is NOT for amateurs ** Get this… If you’ve got $20,000 and you want to learn how to generate INSTANT cash from the gold market (like clockwork)… You’re going to want to see this 1 minute and 42 second video clip. Click here immediately to see this time-sensitive presentation.last_img read more


The list of traditional financial firms offering c

August 4, 2019

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first_imgThe list of traditional financial firms offering crypto trading to their millions of customers goes on and on.As you can see, just like how Apple went from a tiny market to a huge market—crypto is about to do the same.Don’t Get Distracted by PricesWe will look back on today’s crypto prices and marvel they were ever this cheap.It’s easy to get trapped into thinking the market is right and you are wrong.Many people made that mistake with Apple in 2003. I get that… because most folks think the market is rational.But I’ve learned the market can go through long periods when it’s not rational—just like in 2003 with Apple and now in 2018 with crypto.I’m here to tell you today—in no uncertain terms—the same series of events that led me to buy Apple in 2003 is happening right now in crypto.I know it’s unpleasant to watch the market get beat around like this. I hated watching my position in Apple drop 40% in early 2003.We will always have volatility in early stage tech plays. That’s why we use small, uniform position sizes. The second key to thriving is to stay focused on the big picture.The adoption of the crypto asset class by hundreds of millions of traditional investors is about to take a gigantic leap forward.And just like the influx of hundreds of millions of PC users exploded Apple’s stock higher… the influx of hundreds of millions of traditional brokerage customers will do the same for crypto prices.Those who position themselves now before this onrush of new investors will be in place to make truly life-changing wealth.Let the Game Come to You! Click here to learn more Pace of Innovation and Pace of AdoptionThe pace of innovation is how quickly a product or service is improving. The pace of adoption is how quickly people are using the product or service.These are my favorite two metrics to gauge the health of early stage tech.As I learned from Apple, price action can be the least-revealing factor of how successful an investment will be.During times of negative sentiment, price doesn’t tell you how well a company is doing. It just shows you how scared everyone is. The underlying fundamentals are forgotten.I’m sharing this ancient history with you because cryptocurrencies are having their own “2003 Apple moment.”Just like the iPod, the technology behind cryptocurrencies is improving every day…Developers are testing an innovation called the Lightning Network right now. It will allow bitcoin to essentially go from dial-up modem speeds to broadband speeds. This innovation will unleash enormous capabilities on the bitcoin network.For example, the Lightning Network will allow bitcoin users to make almost limitless and instantaneous transactions at virtually zero cost.The second—and ostensibly more important—metric for early stage tech investors is the pace of adoption. And we’re seeing rapid advances on this front: Investment bank Morgan Stanley has announced it will provide bitcoin-trading swap products for its 3.5 million wealth management clients. (Swaps are a type of derivative.) Last week, brokerage firm TD Ameritrade announced it will offer crypto trading to its 11 million clients via a partnership with crypto exchange operator ErisX. Recommended Link How to Value Cutting-Edge TechnologyJobs’ big mistake was he drew long-term conclusions about Apple’s value based on its stock price rather than on its technology.Here’s what I mean…In 2003, Apple’s most important product was the iPod. But only people with an Apple computer could use it. So the addressable market was only about 3% of computer users.However, I knew the company was working on a version of the iPod that would be compatible with personal computers. And PC users made up the other 97% of the market.For me, the decision to buy Apple was easy.I went out, bought an iPod, and confirmed it was an amazing device. I recognized the iPod as the most transformational music device since the Sony Walkman of the 1980s.It was a no-brainer that PC users would fall in love with iPods—just as Apple users had. Except this time, Apple could sell iPods to a market of hundreds of millions of PC users instead of the tiny market of fewer than 10 million Mac users.And that’s exactly what happened.By 2004, Apple’s stock had doubled… And the company was well on its way to becoming the tech juggernaut we all know today. Since the lows of 2003, shares have gone from a split-adjusted 91 cents to $233.My clients made a bundle.So here’s the investment lesson from Apple…When it comes to early stage technology like the iPod, I look at two key drivers to gauge the health of an investment: 1) the pace of innovation, and 2) the pace adoption. — Invest Before November 14…On November 14, the U.S. government is holding a special auction – one that could unlock an internet with speeds 100 times faster than anything we have right now. This innovation could add $10 trillion to our economy by 2020. And it could send the share prices of three key companies soaring – by the end of this year. Teeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialP.S. I recently got together with TV host Glenn Beck to discuss a major coming change in the crypto market that I believe will spark the next wave of cryptocurrency millionaires…The amazing news for you is, just a few days ago… the Securities and Exchange Commission handed you a rare second chance to get in before you miss out.You can view this free event tonight at 8 p.m. ET. During the broadcast, I’ll reveal three of my top cryptocurrency recommendations.And as a bonus for signing up, I’ll send you a free copy of my latest report, The Crypto Manifesto: Why Cryptocurrencies Are The Smartest Speculation You Can Make Today.Just click here to automatically register your email address…READER MAILBAGHave you started investing in cryptocurrencies? Let us know how it’s going here.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Teeka will present his latest cryptocurrency research at the Legacy Investment Summit during October 18 and 19 in Bermuda.He’ll be joined by media personality Glenn Beck, award-winning journalist John Stossel, as well as 15 more of the brightest minds in finance.Now, we realize not everyone can (or wants to) travel out of town, away from work, family, and home for several days to attend a conference…That’s why we made a special “livestream” available so that you can watch the entire conference from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about this opportunity right here. U.S. Dollar “Coup” Takes Place While Trump Out of Country?On July 13, 2018, something incredible happened… While President Trump was overseas, several powerful leaders and businessmen got together for a secretive meeting—just 100 miles from New York. They met to discuss a radical idea that could affect any American citizen holding U.S. dollars. One man inside the meeting has now broken his silence and reveals the stunning details he discovered… Next month, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will launch a trading platform called Bakkt. The platform will allow ICE customers to buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies. It will also provide custody services. ICE owns the New York Stock Exchange and other global exchanges. By the end of the year, Fidelity Investments—which has $2.4 trillion in assets under management—says it will offer crypto products to its 27 million customers. U.S. Dollar “Coup” Coming? The full scoop… Global bank Citigroup—which has 200 million customers—has announced it will launch digital asset receipts (DARs). DARs will be similar to American depository receipts (ADRs), which are stocks that trade in the U.S., but represent shares of a foreign corporation. Instead of stocks, DARs will represent cryptocurrencies. Recommended Link — Justin’s note: Regular readers know that cryptocurrencies are presenting a massive money-making opportunity today. Still, many people aren’t seeing the big picture. They’re focused on bitcoin’s recent price action instead of understanding what it means to invest in an early stage technology.As you’ll see in today’s featured essay, it’s a mistake even Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs made. Below, world-renowned cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari explains how this mistake cost Jobs $75 billion… and could cause you to miss out on life-changing gains…By Teeka Tiwari, editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialIn 2003, I started recommending Apple to my clients.At the time, the stock had been destroyed. Prices dropped from a high of $36 per share to $12 when I bought it.Shortly after I started buying, news came out there was massive insider selling… and the stock plummeted to $7.Who was that insider?Steve Jobs—the guy who rescued Apple.On March 19, 2003, Jobs disposed of 27.5 million shares via his stock options. He would eventually sell a total of 55 million shares (via stock options sales to Apple) that year for an average price of $1.36 per share.Imagine the calls I got from my clients at the time…While I was buying Apple, Steve Jobs—the guy who was brought in to rescue the company—was dumping millions of dollars’ worth of stock…People thought I was crazy.But they fell into a trap that catches many amateurs who don’t understand investing in breakthrough technology… You can be brilliant at technology (like Jobs) and be just absolutely dumb at understanding how markets work.Jobs was a marketing savant and a great CEO. He turned Apple around and made it the largest company by market cap in the United States.But his mistake in 2003 cost him a bundle. Adjusted for stock splits, the shares he sold would be worth over $75 billion today.So what did I see in 2003 that Jobs didn’t? Investment bank Goldman Sachs has announced it will launch a crypto trading desk. It’s also considering launching a crypto custody product for its institutional clients. The firm has already invested $400 million to acquire cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex.last_img read more


US Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season

July 26, 2019

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first_img 1 min read Reuters Next Article –shares Add to Queue U.S. Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season May 18, 2015 Summer travel on U.S. airlines is expected to reach an all-time high this year on the wings of a strong U.S. economy, Washington-based trade group Airlines for America said on Monday.The group estimates that about 222 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, up 4.5 percent from the same time last year.U.S. carriers are increasing the number of seats available for booking by 4.6 percent to accommodate the demand, the group said.”The continued rise in U.S. consumer sentiment and employment is leading to more people traveling more often,” the group’s Chief Economist John Heimlich said in a statement.The top three nonstop international destinations from the United States are Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom, the group said.Strong U.S. domestic demand is poised to benefit American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) and others, while the lower cost of fuel – airlines’ largest variable expense – is adding hundreds of millions of dollars to their bottom lines.(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Richard Chang) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Airlines This story originally appeared on Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more


Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the UKs High Court

July 26, 2019

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first_img Next Article Ride-hailing app service Uber has won an important legal battle in one of its most important foreign markets.The U.K.’s High Court Friday ruled that the company’s app doesn’t work as a taximeter, effectively upholding the right of its drivers to work in London, Europe’s largest single city market for the business.It’s a welcome victory in Europe for the controversial company, which has faced some increasingly stiff pushback from regulators and governments across the continent. Its European headquarters in Amsterdam were raided two weeks ago by prosecutors, and two of its top European managers have been indicted in France after defying a government ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service. UberPop has also been banned in Germany.Together with local taxi drivers’ assocations and Transport for London, the authority that regulates public and private transport in the British capital, Uber had asked the U.K. High Court to clarify a point of law that says only licensed operators may run cab services with a taximeter. The court ruled that Uber’s app isn’t a taximeter as such (even though the app uses time and distance to calculate a fare, and is referred to as a meter in Uber’s own marketing materials).“The law really is an ass!” the London Taxi Drivers’ Association said via its Twitter account, adding that it would appeal the decision to the High Court. –shares Register Now » Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Uber 2 min read Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the U.K.’s High Court Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Geoffrey Smith October 16, 2015last_img read more


Uber Expands Its UberEATS App

July 26, 2019

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first_img Add to Queue Image credit: Uber Blog Uber Expands Its UberEATS App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Writer at Fortune.com Register Now » Michal Addady Uber announced on Wednesday that it’s delving further into food delivery with its new UberEATS app, separating its food delivery from its ride-sharing service.The original UberEATS launched in Los Angeles last year, and has since moved into Toronto, New York City, Austin, Chicago, and Barcelona. It promised delivery in 10 minutes or less, but only operated during certain hours, which vary in the different locations, with a selection limited to just a couple of options.The UberEATS app, currently only available in Toronto, offers longer hours and a much wider selection. It will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and customers can view full menus from over 100 restaurants.It will also offer an Instant Delivery menu during lunch hours for a quicker option that should be delivered in around 10 minutes. December 11, 2015 Uber This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 1 min read –shares Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article last_img read more


TMobiles CEO Says Reinventing Himself Was Key to Transforming the Companys Culture

July 26, 2019

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first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider 112shares October 24, 2016 Over the past four years, T-Mobile has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network. In 2011, John Legere sat across from Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to discuss the role of leading the company’s struggling American branch of T-Mobile.Legere had just sold the previous company he led, Global Crossing Limited, for $3 billion to Level 3.He told Business Insider in a recent interview that he met with Obermann more as a favor to his headhunter than as an interested candidate, so he felt he didn’t have anything to lose when he told his potential future boss that there was only one way he could keep failing: “Do exactly what you’re doing — nothing.”Obermann liked Legere’s attitude and eventually offered him the job, which Legere took in 2012. He was tasked with turning around the company that was firmly in fourth place among the United States’ four biggest wireless carriers, and he decided that it would require an overhaul of everything about the company, from the product to the corporate culture.An element of this was transforming T-Mobile’s CEO from an inaccessible “suit” into an energetic, Richard-Branson-like leader who spent time with his employees and maintained a loud public persona. He was going to transform T-Mobile into a company customers and its employees could actually be excited about — in the wireless carrier industry, of all things.His plan’s been working. Over the past four years, T-Mobile U.S. has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network.We talked with Legere about why it was so important to reinvent himself along with the company, and how he rebuilt the corporate culture from the ground up.T-Mobile US CEO John Legere speaks at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.Image credit: David Becker/Getty Images’I snapped’Legere said that as he was giving interviews to the media on his first day as CEO, he coined the phrase “the Un-carrier,” to describe what T-Mobile under his watch would become, to express it would be the opposite of its competition.This would require T-Mobile to behave like a startup disrupting the industry run by giants AT&T and Verizon, who Legere dubbed “dumb and dumber.” He may have already been in his mid-50s, but he needed to look the part. He began experimenting with different combination of loud clothing options, eventually settling with long hair, a bright magenta T-Mobile T-shirt and accessories and usually a black jacket of some kind.Accompanying this came the penchant for dropping f-bombs and hurling no-holds-barred insults at the competition (which occasionally got out of hand as he pushed the boundaries).While he had yet to nail the look, Legere said that John Legere 2.0 was unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013. In a question and answer session, when asked what he thought of his competitors, he said he “snapped.””Over the next 24 hours, there was a lot of stuff that was coming out of my mouth that was meant to stay in Vegas, but it hit a chord. It was an action statement for me — I’m sure it sounded a bit arrogant — that I was going to fix this industry. … From then on, I started to be the brand, more and more. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, I wear T-Mobile gear.”The social media addiction, where he interacts with customers nearly all day, came soon after.He said there’s two parts to his T-Mobile persona. “Part of my role at T-Mobile is the ability to just be myself, because I’m 58 years old and I’ve done very well, and I don’t need to fight my way up the hierarchy with my suit and hair anymore,” he said. “The other thing is, it’s a young, consumer-driven business, and the average age of my customer outside of Bellevue [Washington, the home of T-Mobile headquarters] is 27 or 28. They like outspoken, frank discussion. And then my customers skew very young.” ‘It’s a bit of a love affair’Legere also had to connect with T-Mobile U.S.’s 50,000 employees, in an attempt to get them as passionate about the company as he is. He told us that he needed to make sure he was connecting in a genuine way, not in a way a detached boss “spews the pablum” when he shares meaningless motivational clichés with employees.”On my very first day at T-Mobile, I demanded that every time I spoke publicly to the company, all employees across the country would be invited to watch,” he said. Legere also initiated a stock program with employees, and made sure to not omit any performance details from his speeches to employees. He said he tells them, “Listen, if some of this doesn’t make sense to you, what should make sense is the reason I’m telling you — I respect you as an owner and as a partner and I’m going to tell you this all the time. Feel free to tune out.”Legere also has a section in his calendar book that contains a color-coded list of how many times he’s visited each of T-Mobile U.S.’s 18 major call centers. When we spoke, he was about to finish his fifth round of trips to each of them.”It’s not that complicated,” he said. “I go in, they meet me outside, we take selfies as I stand like a piece of furniture, I tell them about how things are going — but most importantly, I say thank you and help them see that their behavior and their work has driven the culture of the company that’s changed the industry and the whole world. It’s a bit of a love affair.”In a recent trip to a call center in Augusta, Georgia, employees surprised Legere with a batch of personal notes of gratitude to mark his four-year anniversary. It brought him to tears, he said.Yesterday was a very special day. Thank you, #Augusta & everyone else for making my 4 years at T-Mobile so special. PS – I NEVER CRY!! pic.twitter.com/H3AuuNM4NU— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 23, 2016He also makes trips to retail centers. “I jokingly tell the employees that everybody between me and them is the enemy,” he said. “In effect, what I mean is that in my paramilitary hierarchy, if I can hear them and they can hear me, everything will be fine. All we need to do is make sure the entire company understands that it’s their job to pass information between us. And so far so good.”Summarizing his past four years at the helm, Legere said, “I think this job at T-Mobile has more than anything else helped me really see and understand how to set a strategy, communicate like crazy and then passionately lead from the front of it.” Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue T-Mobile’s CEO Says Reinventing Himself Was Key to Transforming the Company’s Culturecenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 7 min read Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images; Stephen Brashear/AP via Business Insider John Legere Richard Feloni Next Article T-Mobilelast_img read more


Studies demonstrate effect of Ketogenic Diet on cognitive health in animals

July 19, 2019

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first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 12 2018We’ve all experienced a “gut feeling” — when we know deep down inside that something is true. That phenomenon and others (like “butterflies in the stomach”) aptly describe what scientists have now demonstrated: that the gut and the brain are more closely connected than we once thought, and in fact the health of one can affect the other.Capitalizing on this relatively new scientific concept, Ai-Ling Lin and her colleagues at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have published two studies that demonstrate the effect of diet on cognitive health in animals.The first, in Scientific Reports, demonstrated that neurovascular function improved in mice who followed a Ketogenic Diet regimen.”Neurovascular integrity, including cerebral blood flow and blood-brain barrier function, plays a major role in cognitive ability,” Lin said. “Recent science has suggested that neurovascular integrity might be regulated by the bacteria in the gut, so we set out to see whether the Ketogenic Diet enhanced brain vascular function and reduced neurodegeneration risk in young healthy mice.”Lin et al considered The Ketogenic Diet — characterized by high levels of fat and low levels of carbohydrates — a good candidate for the study, as it has previously shown positive effects for patients with other neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and autism. Two groups of nine mice, aged 12-14 weeks, were given either the Ketogenic Diet (KD) or a regular diet. After 16 weeks, Lin et al saw that the KD mice had significant increases in cerebral blood flow, improved balance in the microbiome in the gut, lower blood glucose levels and body weight, and a beneficial increase in the process that clears amyloid-beta from the brain — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.”While diet modifications, the Ketogenic Diet in particular, has demonstrated effectiveness in treating certain diseases, we chose to test healthy young mice using diet as a potential preventative measure,” Lin said. “We were delighted to see that we might indeed be able to use diet to mitigate risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”According to Lin, the beneficial effects seen from the Ketogenic Diet are potentially due to the inhibition of a nutrient sensor called mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin), which has shown to effect lifespan extension and health promotion. In addition to the Ketogenic Diet, Lin said, mTOR can also be inhibited by simple caloric restriction or the pharmaceutical rapamycin.Related StoriesPlant-based diet may be effective treatment for Crohn’s diseaseWhat happens when you eliminate sugar and adopt the keto diet?Diet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesThe second study, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, used neuroimaging techniques to explore in vivo the effects of rapamycin, the Ketogenic Diet, or simple caloric restriction on the cognitive function of both young and aging mice.”Our earlier work already demonstrated the positive effect rapamycin and caloric restriction had on neurovascular function,” Lin said. “We speculated that neuroimaging might allow us to see those changes in the living brain.”Even more tantalizing: her data suggested that caloric restriction functioned as a sort of “fountain of youth” for aging rodents, whose neurovascular and metabolic functions were better than those of young mice on an unrestricted diet.Lin emphasizes that it’s too early to know whether the regimens will confer the same benefit in humans, but since rapamycin and other mTOR inhibitors have already been approved by the FDA and are widely prescribed for other diseases, it’s realistic to think that study in humans could follow relatively quickly.Linda Van Eldik, PhD, Director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, said that Lin’s work justifies a transition to similar studies in humans, since all of the methods Lin used in animal models can be readily applied to humans.”Ai-Ling’s lab was the first to use neuroimaging to see these changes in a living brain, and the potential link to changes in the gut microbiome,” she said. “Her work has tremendous implications for future clinical trials of neurological disorders in aging populations.”Lin and her lab are already doing just that; designing a clinical trial to understand the role of the gut microbiome in neurovascular dysfunction (a risk factor for AD) and in healthy aging.”We will use neuroimaging to identify the association between gut microbiome balance and brain vascular function in individuals over 50 years of age, with an ultimate goal to design and test nutritional and pharmacological interventions that will prevent Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. Source:https://uknow.uky.edu/uk-healthcare/two-sanders-brown-studies-show-connection-between-diet-cognitive-functionlast_img read more


Researchers identify brain activity pattern that predicts anger in dreams

July 18, 2019

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first_img Source:http://www.sfn.org/ Apr 16 2019Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that predicts anger experienced during dreaming, according to a new study of healthy adults published in JNeurosci. The research could potentially inform efforts to understand the neural basis of the emotional content of nightmares, a feature of various mental and sleep disorders. Related StoriesResearchers identify brain network that determines robot likabilityDysfunctional neurons repaired in dementia mouse modelSleep makes synapses ready for new learningAlthough emotions are experienced during both waking and dreaming, few studies have investigated the brain mechanisms underlying the affective component of dreams. Pilleriin Sikka and colleagues at University of Turku, University of Skövde, and University of Cambridge discovered a shared emotional mechanism between the two states of consciousness.The researchers obtained electroencephalography recordings from participants during two separate nights in a sleep laboratory. After five-minute bouts of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, participants were awoken and asked to describe their dream and rate the emotions they experienced in the dream. Individuals who displayed greater alpha-band brain activity in the right, as compared to the left, frontal cortex during evening wakefulness and during REM sleep experienced more anger in dreams. This neural signature – called frontal alpha asymmetry (FAA) – has been linked to anger and self-regulation during wakefulness. Together, these results suggest FAA may reflect a universal indicator of emotion regulation.last_img read more


Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling Update

July 18, 2019

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Seattle says Facebook is violating law about election ads Citation: Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling (Update) (2018, February 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-facebook-ads-postcards-russian.html Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad. The method will first apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.The plan was unveiled a day after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with interfering in the presidential election. Mueller’s indictment described how Russian agents stole social security numbers and other information from real Americans and used them to create bank and PayPal accounts in order to buy online ads. Agents also recruited Americans to do things such as hold up signs at rallies organized to create content for Russian-created social media posts.Facebook uncovered some 3,000 Russian-linked ads on Facebook and Instagram bought before and after the November 2016 election that it says may have been seen by as many as 150 million users. But ads were only part of the problem, as the Mueller indictments say that Russian agents also set up fake pages with names such as “Secured Borders,” ”Blacktivist” and “United Muslims of America” that had hundreds of thousands of followers.Facebook did not say how the new postcard method of verification would prevent foreign agents from setting up local mailing addresses and hiring people in the U.S. to check them. But Stone said the method was “one piece of a much larger effort to address foreign electoral influence on our platform.”Facebook’s efforts largely center around verifying people on the platform are who they say they are. To catch duplicitous ad-buyers, for instance, it is now testing out in Canada a system that allows people to see which ads are being bought by a Facebook page—say, a candidate’s—even if the person checking the ad is not in the group to whom the ad was intended to be shown.Stone said Facebook was also able to detect and remove “tens of thousands” of fake Facebook pages in advance of French, German and British elections last year using improved machine learning techniques.The company has said it would double the number of people working on its safety and security team to 20,000 this year and add 1,000 people to review advertising content. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further In this June 4, 2012 file photo, a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S. The plan was unveiled a day after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with interfering in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more


Miracle birth Baby born on boat as Brahmaputra rages

July 18, 2019

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first_img Manogya Loiwal GolaghatJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 17:50 IST Twenty-four-year-old Rumi Pathori gave birth on a boat in the middle of a flooded Brahmaputra. (Photo credit: Manogya Loiwal)HIGHLIGHTSTwenty-four-year-old Rumi Pathori gave birth on a boat in the middle of a flooded Brahmaputra Rumi had to wait for four hours to get a boat after going into labour in the early hours of July 15Rumi and her family members are ecstatic and have named the baby boy KrishnaTwenty-four-year-old Rumi Pathori is ecstatic and feels on top of the world after giving birth to a baby boy, on a boat in the middle of a flooded Brahmaputra.Rumi began getting her labour pain in the wee hours of July 15. After a number of calls for help she finally got a boat after four hours of wait.She along with her husband Dulal Pathori travelled from Aphola village in Mohoramukh area to Bokakhat in Golaghat district of Assam.The travel itself was a challenge given the complexity of a woman in labour pain travelling in a small uncovered boat on a raging river.Shooting pain, continuous rainfall and minimal medical facilities made the delivery of a baby on a boat nothing less than a miracle.It was raining heavily and I went into labour. We called for the doctors and nurses and an Asha nurse came. I finally gave birth in the boat. I am so happy. I have decided to name my child Krishna because he was born in the floods in the middle of the river, Rumi Pathori said.Family members too feel that it has been a blessing in disguise and like the name Krishna.Our village was flooded. We had to call a doctor after she went into labour at 2 am. When the local doctor came he said she had to be taken to a hospital immediately. After four hours we found an Asha nurse and a boat. So finally we took her on a boat and baby was born in the boat. We are so relieved. Everybody said he was born like lord Krishna in middle of water…so we have named him Krishna, Dulal Pathori, Rumi’s husband said.Mother and baby have been shifted to Bokakhat civil hospital, the nearest and probably the best in the region.The staff at the hospital is also rejoicing at the amazing birth in the midst of a natural disaster.The biggest achievement is for the medical fraternity that we managed to give birth to a baby on a moving boat in the middle of a flooded Brahmaputra, said Ranjumani Devi, a ward incharge of Bokakhat civil hospital.Floods in Assam have affected more than 26 lakh lives and left millions homeless. But it is these small wonders that reflect the power of nature’s benevolence even in the midst of calamities.ALSO READ | Army gears up for worsening floods in Assam ALSO WATCH | Assam flood death toll reaches 11, Barpeta worst affected districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Miracle birth: Baby born on boat as Brahmaputra ragesTwenty-four-year-old Rumi Pathori gave birth on a boat in the middle of a flooded Brahmaputra.advertisement Nextlast_img read more