La Sele draws Nicaragua Haiti and Bermuda in Gold Cup group

first_imgJune 20 (Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas)Nicaragua vs. HaitiCosta Rica vs. Bermuda June 24 (Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey)Bermuda vs. NicaraguaHaiti vs. Costa Rica Related posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Legendary Radio Columbia sportscaster Mario McGregor dies at 59 Costa Rica’s Sele out of Korea U-20 World Cup The 5 greatest moments in Costa Rican soccer history The Group B winner will face the runner-up from Group A, which contains Mexico, Canada, Martinique and Cuba. Group C is comprised of Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador and Curaçao. Though Honduras is the group’s seeded team, Jamaica will have the advantage of hosting the June 17 match against the Central American side. Group D contains the United States, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. (U.S. fans might have cringed at that announcement, as the North Americans were eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention after a stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago.) The top two teams from each group will advance to a single-elimination quarterfinal, and the tournament winners will be determined July 7 in Chicago. The United States are the reigning champions, while Costa Rica has never won the tournament. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $5 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s men’s national soccer team will open its 2019 Gold Cup campaign against Nicaragua at the National Stadium in La Sabana on June 16.The announcement was made as part of the tournament’s group and schedule reveal on Wednesday afternoon.Costa Rica will become the first Central American country to host Gold Cup matches when La Sele faces Nicaragua as part of a doubleheader. That day, the National Stadium will also welcome Haiti vs. Bermuda, the other two members of Group B.The full Group B schedule is as follows:June 16 (National Stadium of Costa Rica)Haiti vs. BermudaCosta Rica vs. Nicaragualast_img read more

Hotel Upgrades

first_imgSource = roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals learn more about here Scoring a hotel upgrade can really make a holiday even more special.While there are no guarantees on how to get these perks for your pax, here are some basic tips to increase their chancesCome here often? – if your client stays at the same hotel frequently, advise the hotel prior to the check-in date, as they will be given priority for upgrades. Keeping regular guests happy encourages repeat business.  In roomsXML, use the help system to let us know.Manners cost nothing – this tip is one of the easiest, and to be honest should be a standard rule that is followed in life. Whilst your pax may have done the long haul, they could be the 50th grumpy couple that day lining up at the same desk.  Tell your guests to engage with the hotel staff at the front desk, be polite and friendly. Ask how their day has been, be genuine and show some interest.Who are you? – being a travel agent can be advantageous, especially when dealing with hotels. You’re the ones that are selling and recommending properties to your clients, so hotels will want to ensure you have the best experience possible.  Agai let us know so we can let them know (and give you a  discount!)Ask and ye shall receive – asking never hurt anyone. The worst case scenario will be that they say no. In my experience, offering to pay in the first sentence allows someone to say “you know what, you can just have that…”Celebrate good times –Honeymoon? Birthday? Anniversary? Leaving the kids at home with your parents? Whatever it is, you can use the roomsXML online help system located inside the booking to let the hotel know of your special occasion. Also keep in mind roomsXML offers an agent discount on bookings made for yourself.So give these tips a go – who knows pax might get lucky!last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald has been a staple around Arizona since he first arrived in the desert in 2004, and on Saturday he will continue one of his longest running events in the community.The Cardinals star receiver will be hosting his 9th annual Celebrity Softball Game Weekend on Saturday, which helps support the First Down Fund, Fitzgerald’s charity that promotes reading proficiency in kids and aids those that have battled breast cancer. Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald speaks during a news conference on social justice during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) The event will take place at Salt River Fields and will feature many different Cardinals players such as David Johnson, Chandler Jones, Josh Rosen and Terrell Suggs. Various other celebrities will also be participating, including Terrell Owens, Laila Ali, Richard Sherman and Deandre Ayton.The gates open for the event at 5 p.m., and a home run derby will take place at 6 p.m. before the actual game kicks off an hour later.Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald says Josh Rosen handling Cardinals draft buzz wellFitzgerald: Cardinals say ASU’s Harry reminded them of Anquan BoldinLarry Fitzgerald comments on sitting in with Suns front office interviewsFans in attendance can donate to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and those who do will be entered into a raffle for many different prizes. The event will also feature free balloon artists and face painting for kids at the ballpark.After the game, fans can attend the Double Play VIP After Party, which will be held at the W Scottsdale and feature Fitzgerald and a number of different celebrities from the game.General admission to this event is free, and VIP tickets can be bought for $75. The after party will also help support the First Down Fund. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Rep Yaroch calls for clarity on federal marijuana policy

first_img The state House today approved a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch asking the federal government to clarify its position on the legality of marijuana.“The direction we’re getting from Washington, D.C. on marijuana is inconsistent, at best,” said Yaroch, of Richmond. “This uncertainty has done nothing to help Michigan. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has granted discretion to local federal prosecutors to decide whether to enforce federal marijuana laws. It should not be up to the local federal prosecutor as to whether to enforce federal law or not. It is time for Congress to fulfill its duty under the Constitution to decide whether states will be allowed to regulate marijuana according to the will of the people. This is simple; Congress should either stand by the law or respect states’ rights by granting a waiver from Schedule One classification of marijuana to states that have created their own regulatory system.”Yaroch’s resolution references the state’s 2008 citizens-initiated ballot proposal allowing the medical use of marijuana, and places Michigan as one of 29 states that have passed legislation that conflict with federal law. In addition to law enforcement, he notes this lack of clarity also creates problems in property zoning, banking and taxation.House Concurrent Resolution 11 now goes to the Senate for consideration. Besides the Michigan congressional delegation, the resolution would be transmitted to the president of the U.S. Senate and the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives upon approval.“Following the will of the people, Michigan is beginning statewide oversight of medical marijuana, but we still do not have clarification from Congress on this legislation,” Yaroch said. “For the sake of our law enforcement, along with our local governments that are stuck between a rock and a hard place, it’s time for Congress to takes it head out of the sand and just decide.”### Categories: News,Yaroch News 24Jan Rep. Yaroch calls for clarity on federal marijuana policylast_img read more

Stephen Spengler Intelsat has elected chief execut

first_imgStephen SpenglerIntelsat has elected chief executive officer, Stephen Spengler, to the company’s board of directors.Intelsat announced last December that Spengler, the company’s then president and chief commercial officer, would take over from outgoing CEO David McGlade from April 1of this year.Spengler first joined Intelsat in 2003 and has since held a number of roles at the firm. He has a total of 30 years of telecoms and satellite industry experience.“During his tenure at Intelsat, Steve has been instrumental in driving Intelsat’s next generation strategy, and in incorporating satellite, ground and service innovation into Intelsat’s initiatives.  We’re pleased to welcome him to the board – where he will continue to contribute to our efforts to build value for all our stakeholders,” said David McGlade, executive chairman of the Intelsat board.last_img read more

New Yorkbased media group Hearst is to buy a majo

first_imgNew York-based media group Hearst is to buy a majority stake in children’s TV producer and distributor Litton Entertainment.The transaction is expected to close on February 1 following an agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, was struck between Hearst Television and Litton.Hearst has a range of media assets, including an ownership stake in A+E Networks, 30 TV stations in the US, magazines including Cosmopolitan and Elle, and investments in BuzzFeed, Vice Media and AwesomenessTV.Litton produces programming such as ABC’s Litton’s Weekend Adventure block, CBS’s CBS Dream Team: It’s Epic!, and CW’s One Magnificent Morning through its Litton Studios division.Dave Morgan founded Charleston-based Litton in 1988, and remains president and CEO. Before that, he held an executive management role at Hearst Radio.“We’ve known Dave since the early days of his career with Hearst and have admired the first-class brand of Litton Entertainment that he and his team have built over the years,” said Hearst TV president Jordan Wertlieb.“Providing quality, family-friendly programming to viewers is an important tenet of Hearst Television, and adding Litton’s assets and expertise to our company through this partnership will be a terrific complement to our businesses.”last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. 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I’m still as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs about what JPMorgan et al will do in the very short termThe gold price chopped and flopped around through all of Far East and most of early London trading yesterday…and was up about five bucks by lunchtime in London.  Then, about ten minutes before Comex trading began in New York, a rally of some significance got underway.That rally got capped in less than an hour…and from there the price traded more or less sideways until a not-for-profit seller showed up at 10:40 a.m. Eastern time…and thirty minutes later, the gold price was back below where the rally had started.  The subsequent rally petered out…and the price drifted lower from there, before trading sideways from 2:30 p.m. Eastern time onwards into the electronic close.Gold closed the Friday trading day at $1,773.00 spot…up $4.50 from Thursday’s close.  Volume was sky high at 195,000 contracts.It was precisely the same story in silver at precisely the same times, except for the sell-off that came at 10:40 a.m. Eastern time.  The not-for-profit seller had silver down almost a dollar in less than ten minutes.  After that pounding was over, silver traded in the same pattern as gold into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time electronic close.Silver’s high around 9:00 a.m. Eastern time was $35.32 spot…and the low around 10:45 a.m. was $34.23 spot.The silver price, which had been up 66 cents at one point, closed on Friday at $34.52 spot…down 12 cents on the day.  Volume was monstrous at 68,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the stunning waterfall decline in much greater detail.A mini-version of that happened in platinum as well…but there was no sign of it all in palladium.  These rallies/price smashes were gold and silver specific…and the 10:40 a.m. price declines were as far away from free-market price action as you can get.The dollar index moved mostly lower in Far East, London and early trading in New York.  The two low price ticks…just above 79.05…coming at precisely 10:00 a.m. in London and precisely 9:00 a.m. in New York.  After the second low, the index rallied about 32 basis points and finished the Friday trading session basically unchanged from Thursday’s close, at 79.39.It only takes a cursory glance to see that there was no co-relation between gold and silver prices…and the dollar index…during the New York trading session.Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped up strongly at the open…and headed lower from there.  They went slightly negative when gold got hit…but bounced back into positive territory immediately…and stayed there for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished up 0.64%.Despite the fact that silver finished down on the day, the silver stocks that mattered, did pretty well for themselves…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.99%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 24 gold and 222 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  The short/issuer turned out to be none other than Deutsche Bank with all 222 contracts.  These contracts will be received by seven different long/stoppers.  Most will be delivered to JPMorgan, the Bank of Nova Scotia…and Jefferies.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here…and it’s worth a peek.There was a really big deposit into the GLD ETF, as an authorized participant added 300,538 troy ounces yesterday.  There were no reported changes in SLV.Nick Laird informed me that Sprott’s Physical Silver Trust [PSLV] added another 285,000 ounces to their fund yesterday.The U.S. Mint had another sales report.  They sold 6,500 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 314,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 45,000 ounces of gold eagles…7,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,275,000 silver eagles.  It’s been a pretty decent sales month so far…and there are still five business days left.It was a busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  They reported receiving 627,405 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a very chunky 1,516,525 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.As expected, it was another pretty unhappy looking Commitment of Traders Report yesterday.  In silver, the Commercial traders increased their net short position by another 3,202 contracts, or 16.0 million ounces and, according to Ted Butler, about 2,500 of that was Morgan.The Commercial net short position currently stands at 252.4 million ounces of silver and, according to Ted, JPMorgan is currently short 147.5 million ounces of silver all by itself.  JPMorgan’s holdings represents 58.4% of the Commercial net short position in silver…and dare I mention that JPM holds short 28.5% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.The ‘Big 4’ traders…including JPMorgan…are short 44.7% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis…and the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 8.8 percentage points.  As a group, the ‘Big 8’ short holders hold short 53.5% of the Comex silver futures market on a net basis…and that’s a minimum number.In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by 1,254,200 troy ounces…and now stands at 24.96 million ounces of gold.Ted says that it was all the ‘Big 4’ they increased their short position by about 1.65 million ounces…and the ‘5 through 8’ and the raptors didn’t do much.As of the Tuesday cut-off, the ‘Big 4’ traders on the short side are short 14.36 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.36 million ounces…for a total of 19.72 million ounces held short by the ‘Big 8’ traders.As a percentage of the Comex gold market on a net basis, the ‘Big 4’ are short 31.9%…and the ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 11.9 percentage points.  So, altogether, the ‘Big 8’ traders are short 43.8% of the Comex gold market on a net basis and, once again, those are minimum numbers.Reader E.W.F. pointed out in his weekly e-mail to me yesterday that…”The non-reportable gold traders (small speculators) hold their largest net long position since February 4, 2002.”Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover Short Contracts” updated with Tuesday’s COT data…(Click on image to enlarge)And here are a couple of charts that Washington state reader S.A. sent my way yesterday…and I would suspect that he stole them for some Zero Hedge article.The first chart shows the gold price against various currencies and indexes both before and after the Swiss pegged the franc to the euro.  The euro is the dark blue trace.(Click on image to enlarge)The second chart is the euro chart on its own going back just over two years.  Note the break out in the last few days.(Click on image to enlarge)It should come as no surprise that I have a lot of stories in today’s column…and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of the weekend to read the ones that interest you the most.I’ve got a couple of short musical selections for you today…and the first one was sent to me by reader “Karen in Uruguay” early this week.  The entire video is computer generated…and it reminds of a Rube Goldberg machine crossed with a guitar.  It’s rather ingenious…definitely worth checking out…and the link is here.Today’s ‘blast from the past’ was the only success for Canadian singer/songwriter Ian Thomas.  It was a big hit on both sides of the 49th parallel in 1973…and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost 40 years old!  The link is here.You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the blatant price take-down in both silver and gold yesterday.  After a normal rally pattern had begun, which was capped…not-for-profit sellers showed up at precisely the same moment and kicked the living snot out of both of them in just a few minutes.We’ve had a whole week where very little has happened price wise…or has been allowed to happen…and the gold stocks barely moved.I’m still as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs about what JPMorgan et al will do in the very short term.  Do you remember reader E.W.F.’s comment about the Disaggregated COT Report further up in this column…”The non-reportable gold traders (small speculators) hold their largest net long position since February 4, 2002.”?When I see extremes like this, I’m always on the lookout for “in your ear”…as we are still horribly overbought…JPMorgan and the gold raptors are hugely short the Comex futures market in gold…and JPMorgan et al are horribly short the silver market…and SLV.With month end and quarter end upon us…and the euro breaking out to new highs against gold…this seems like the ideal time to ring the cash register and harvest all these newly-minted long contract holders in the Comex futures market.But as I’ve said just as forcefully out of the other side of my mouth…I’d love to see ‘da boyz’ get over run here…and I suppose it is possible, but if it does happen, it will be…as Ted Butler says…the first time.On a far more positive note, I’ve noticed that the quality and tone of the gold stories showing up in the main steam media has really increased over the last week or so…and there’s no question, correction or not, this bull market has years to go before it breathes its last.One more chart for you today before I head out the door.  This is Nick Laird’s “Total PMs Pool” updated as of yesterday.  As you can tell, we’re at another new high in total ounces…and almost at a new high in dollar terms.  This is a very positive looking chart…and I certainly hope that some of those ounces belong to you, dear reader.(Click on image to enlarge)And before hitting the ‘send’ button…I’d just like to let you know once again that the MP3 audio recordings of the recent “Navigating the Politicized Economy Summit” just held in Carlsbad, California are now available for download.The Presenters included: David Walker, former US Comptroller General • Dr. Lacy Hunt, former Senior Economist • Dallas Fed, Executive VP, HIMCO • Don Coxe, Global Strategy Advisor, BMO Financial Group • David Webb, hedge fund phenomenon, Origin Investments, AB • Dr. Thomas M. Barnett, former Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense • G. Edward Griffin, author, The Creature from Jekyll Island • Bob Hoye, Chief Financial Strategist, Institutional Advisor • Peter Schweizer, Hoover Institute, author of Throw Them All Out • Doug Casey, contrarian speculator • Eric Sprott, Chairman, Sprott Asset Management … and many others.Attendees of the summit raved about being able to see an all-star cast like this at one investment conference. And you can listen to their advice – including the top stock picks of these resource giants – in the comfort of your own home on your 23-CD set.The CDs…and/or the MP3 files…should keep you off the street for a little while…and if you have any interest whatsoever…you can click here for more details…and it costs nothing to look.That’s it for the day…and the week.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday.last_img read more

Earthquake in Washington DC Obviously the govern

first_img Earthquake in Washington, DC. Obviously the government’s fault. Until next week… Before we dive into this week’s article, I want to thank all of our readers who completed last week’s survey on inflation. I know I promised the results today, but we’re holding off until next week. We received such an enthusiastic response that Vedran Vuk, our senior research analyst, opened the survey up to Casey Daily Dispatch readers last Friday. If you are not already signed up for the Casey Daily Dispatch, I urge you to do so. It’s free, and one of the first sources I turned to for my own financial education. We held the survey open over the weekend, and the response was terrific. A preliminary look at the results caused me to raise my eyebrows a bit. Remember to check back in next week for the recap. And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming… At one point or another, most of us filled out various retirement questionnaires that were supposed to help us plan a comfortable retirement. You entered your income, age, and how much you saved every year, along with the anticipated inflation rate and the interest rate you expected to earn on your retirement portfolio. When I filled out these sorts of questionnaires, a 2% inflation rate and a 6% interest rate were conservative estimates. Like most other retirees around my age, I thought I’d always be able to earn 6% on a CD or other low-risk investment, and a 2% inflation rate certainly seemed realistic. Well, those numbers were almost right… just flip-flopped. Inflation is more like 6%, and to earn a safe 2% return you have to invest in 20-year Treasury bonds. Who wants to invest at a rate that won’t even keep up with inflation? I sure don’t. The overwhelming message from our readers – in emails and survey responses – is crystal clear. We all have monthly bills to pay, and Social Security doesn’t come close to covering them. Our portfolios need to generate enough income to make up the difference. Because our government is hell-bent on keeping interest rates low for the next several years, 6-7% CDs and high-quality bonds no longer exist. As one subscriber wrote, “I feel like I am trying to invest with one hand tied behind my back!” If month after month the income from your portfolio does not cover your bills and protect your buying power from the ravages of inflation, you cannot bury your head in the sand. It is time to call it what it is… a big problem (or if you are a recent graduate of a positive-thinking class, “a challenge”). Seeing the balance of your brokerage account go down month after month is not the retirement dream! It’s not a dream at all; it is a nightmare. We are all living with the same monsters, so how can we fight them? Are there any safe, income-producing options left for seniors and savers? The answer is “Yes,” but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. And none are considered quite as safe as FDIC-insured CDs and Treasury bonds used to be. These days, I wouldn’t touch either at their current interest rates. That doesn’t mean there aren’t low-risk options available. They just aren’t bulletproof. It’s no surprise that the top three items our readers want more information about are annuities, reverse mortgages, and dividend-paying stocks. We turned the challenge over to our research team and over the past few months, all three topics have been the theme of a Money Forever premium monthly issue. There is so much meat on annuities and dividend-paying stocks that we also published two special reports on those topics. A few things hold true for all three of these investment options. Under certain circumstances, any one of them can help retirees make up their monthly shortfall and help provide for a comfortable retirement. At the same time, each option has its own set of potential problems that could make it the wrong choice for any one particular investor. Annuities, reverse mortgages, and dividend-paying stocks are sort of like prescription eyeglasses: you and your neighbor may both have trouble seeing, but the best prescription for him may not be the best for you. Let’s look at annuities as an example. One of our readers suggested that buying an annuity is like buying your own pension. If only it were that simple! Imagine if a retiree with a $1.3 million portfolio takes his money and buys an annuity paying $100,000 for the rest of his life. What’s the problem? Well, look at it through the lens of the Money Forever Five-Point Balancing Test, the criteria we apply to all potential investments for the Money Forever portfolio. Is it a solid company or investment vehicle? Does it provide good income? Is there opportunity for appreciation? Does it protect against inflation? Is it easily reversible? On their face, annuities seem to meet some of the criteria. But when you look at the small print, there are real risks involved. Consider no. 4, “Does it protect against inflation?” I priced a single premium, immediate, fixed, lifetime annuity with a death benefit. Then I priced the same annuity with a 5% rider for inflation protection. (If you are pricing annuities, I urge you to do the same.) With the inflation rider, my starting monthly benefit was 37% less than it was without the rider. What about a variable annuity? The people investing the money you paid to buy a variable annuity are up against the same measly interest rates as the rest of us. Variable annuities provided a steadily increasing income for many years, but that all changed when the first TARP bill was passed in 2008 and interest rates plummeted. Folks with variable annuities watched their monthly income drop while their cost of living escalated. Annuities meet some but not all of the criteria in our Five-Point Balancing Test. They have their place, and they can make up part of a retiree’s portfolio. Nevertheless, they are only part of the solution at best. Our team came to the same conclusion on reverse mortgages. They are worth considering, and may be a partial fix for some retirees. Like annuities, they also have some drawbacks, particularly related to inflation. As for dividend-paying stocks, we’d all love to have a portfolio filled with handsomely appreciating, dividend-paying stocks paying ever-increasing dividends. But the dividends paid by blue-chip companies do not even keep up with inflation, and we also need the stocks we invest in to appreciate. With that said, a well-planned combination of the right dividend-paying stocks can help you earn enough to supplement your monthly income and keep pace with inflation. You might be thinking, “OK, Dennis. But where can I find these stocks, and how do they fit into my overall portfolio?” Since you asked, I won’t keep the answer from you any longer: Money Every Month, our comprehensive report on the dividend-paying stocks that meet our Five-Point Balancing Test, including a list of how much and when they pay. This special report is a real primer on what to look for and what to avoid in dividend-paying stocks, and how to implement them into your portfolio. If you want more information on this and our other special reports, I invite you to click here for the full story. We have many new subscribers, so I’d also like to remind you that the subscription covers all back issues and our growing library of special reports. Regular readers know I encourage all investors to educate themselves so they know how to make their life savings last. Market dynamics are constantly changing. To survive – and hopefully thrive – we need to understand what is happening and invest accordingly… ahead of the crowd. Meeting your personal investment challenge may include an annuity, reverse mortgage, dividend-paying stocks, precious metals, foreign currencies, Exchange Traded Funds, and maybe even some high-yielding real estate investment trusts. There is no one, easy solution. “Set it and forget it” is a dangerous choice. All of these investments meet some, but not necessarily all of our five criteria. Used together, they can help you create a balanced portfolio that fills your personal prescription. It can be done, but it requires more time and work than most of us (myself included) would like. But we can give you the tools to make it happen. Enjoying your golden years requires more than just money and good health. If you are constantly worried and stressed out about your financial wellbeing, it sure chips into the “enjoyment” side of the deal. That’s why you need a plan. Staying educated and up to speed on the financial world will go a long way toward easing your worries. That’s what gives us the confidence we need to invest well and enjoy life. I recently read that 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day for the next 19 years. We are not alone! We all share the same concerns. Our growing readership is full of folks who are not shy about dropping me an email with questions or topics they’d like to know more about. We all benefit from these suggestions, so please keep them coming! Things sure were a lot easier when we had lots of safe, high-yield, fixed-income products to choose from, but it takes much more than low interest rates and high inflation to get us down. An educated investor with one hand tied behind his back is far better off than an uneducated investor with both hands free.On the Lighter Side It’s hard to believe that Christmas was a month ago. A month from now my wife and I will be heading to Arizona to watch the Cubs in spring training. I head to The World MoneyShow in Orlando on Friday. I’m planning to have lunch with our favorite currency expert, Chuck Butler of EverBank, and our good friend Stan the Annuity Man will also be there. Our premium subscribers who have read The Annuity Guide will likely agree that he is quite the walking encyclopedia on the topic. If you are also attending this weekend and happen to see us, please say hello. Although we’re sharing the full results of our inflation survey next week, there is one item I want to pass along now. A dear friend sent me an article with a sad note lamenting the 25% price increase for one of their household staples, “Two-Buck Chuck.” And finally… Some more “punography” from our friend Toots: I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time. Energizer Bunny arrested. Charged with battery.last_img read more

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to offer a solution to disabled people who say they are fearful of taking more exercise in case they have their support cut or are branded benefit cheats.A new report by the disability sports organisation Activity Alliance found that four-fifths (83 per cent) of disabled people they surveyed would like to be more active, but nearly half (47 per cent) feared losing their benefits if they took more exercise.More than a third (34 per cent) had either had their own benefits sanctioned or removed because of being physically active or knew someone this had happened to.The survey of more than 200 people who either currently or previously received disability benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) and personal independence payment (PIP) – and were involved with disability sports organisations – found almost two-thirds (65 per cent) relied on benefits to be active, so as to pay for travel, specialist equipment or paid-for exercise.The Activity Trap: Disabled People’s Fear Of Being Active – which was commissioned by the Dwarf Sports Association – says that “ambiguity remains a problem in terms of what level of physical activity is acceptable and what might lead to removal of support”.One of those surveyed said: “I have a lot of concerns when it comes to benefits and the constant fear of them being taken away or worry of being reassessed.“It then impacts my life and any involvement in sport and physical activity which is none at the moment due to the concerns I have and not wanting my benefits to be taken off me, as DWP are not known for being understanding or nice and will try and find any reason to remove someone’s disability benefits.”Another said: “The demonisation of disabled people in the media has led to a situation in which many are afraid to participate in sport because they are worried about getting reported for fraud, even if it really isn’t.”And a third disabled person who took part in the survey described how a friend had lost half her benefits after trying to do more exercise to cope with her pain management.She was told that to stand any chance of returning to the higher level of benefits “she’d have to give up all but one exercise class and maintain that level for six months”.Disabled journalist, consultant and broadcaster Mik Scarlet said his fight to receive the level of PIP he needed took a year and caused “a huge emotional toll”.He said he had begun a well-received video blog on sitting yoga (pictured) but had been contacted by disabled people “saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.  “The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.” Activity Alliance also heard from Alan Ringland, chair of the pan-disability Birmingham Ability Accounts League, who said his football league had seen the number of participants drop from 455 to 250 in just three years.He said: “When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate. “Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that.“In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.” He told Disability News Service that he believed that 90 per cent of those who had dropped out had done so because they had lost eligibility for PIP and could no longer afford to attend training and regular matches.Because his two disabled sons played football at international level, Ringland has known for the last 17 years many of the disabled people who currently take part, or previously took part, in the league.He said former players had lost their travel passes after PIP assessments, while others could no longer afford mobile phones so could not keep in touch with their teams.Andy Dalby-Welsh, deputy chief executive of Activity Alliance, said: “We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible.“We would urge policy makers within national and local government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written.”But a DWP spokeswoman refused to say if the problem of disabled people resisting physical activity because of the fear of losing their benefits was something the department recognised, what action DWP could take to deal with the problem, or even what advice DWP would give to disabled people facing this problem.Instead, she said in a statement: “We are committed to ensuring disabled people get the support they need and we’re providing £5.4 billion more on the main disability benefits this year than we did in 2010.“PIP is a non-means-tested benefit to help with the costs of someone’s disability or health condition and under it 30 per cent of people get the highest rate of support, compared with 15 per cent under DLA.“Assessments are based on a wide range of evidence to ensure people get the support they need.”She said Public Health England would shortly publish guidance on fitness for disabled people.last_img read more

Not Made in the USA

first_imgTechnology (Not) Made in the USA Check out these 10 cool technologies not yet available in the United States. June 7, 2007 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Geoff Williams –shares 7 min read The telephone, TV, light bulb, airplane, automobile, air conditioner, microwave oven and even that pull tab on soda and beer cans were created and developed in the United States.That’s why it’s somewhat disappointing when we see amazing products in the rest of the world that haven’t made their way yet to America. After all, we shared what we made. So why aren’t we getting some of the cool, unique and interesting things available elsewhere that we could be using to improve our personal lives and businesses?There are several reasons. Many companies would rather release their products in their own country and then expand to other corners of the globe. But because the profit margins in America are slimmer and the patent laws more complex, some companies decide not to release items here at all. Meanwhile, many companies–even from the United States–have been releasing their products to South Korea first. The South Korean government made a conscious decision to become the most wired nation on the planet and serves as an incubator where businesses can work out bugs before introducing a product to the rest of the world.Whatever the reason, check out our list of 10 hi-tech products that haven’t yet made it to the United States–but hopefully will someday.Technological marvel: The AstrataWhere you can find it: Singapore and IndonesiaWhat it does: This technology tracks the movement and location of cars, trucks and motorcycles in real time. Right about now, you’re probably checking the date of this article to see if it was written in 1987, long before the GPS revolution. But what’s so different about the Astrata is that people in the control room tracking the movements of these vehicles can literally stop them in their tracks–even if they’re in a tunnel. If you’re a truck driver, worried that the money, fuel or other precious goods you’re carrying may be vehicle-jacked, fret no longer. The rest of us can just keep our fingers crossed.Technological marvel: Identification cards for tobacco vending machinesWhere you can find it: JapanWhat it does: If you’re an adult smoker, you can use the ID card as a debit card to pay for your cancer sticks electronically. But if you’re underage–younger than 20 in Japan–it actually hampers your cigarette-purchasing efforts. By the end of 2008, more than 600,000 cigarette vending machines will be installed with an electronic age-verification device. If you’re a concerned parent, or you want one of these machines in your stores, who do you beg to bring it over here? You might want to try the Japanese company, NTT Data, which worked with a group of companies to create the concept that allows transaction details to be transmitted wirelessly from the vending machine to a central system.Technological marvel: Mikimoto Bean i-theaterWhere you can find it: JapanWhat it does: You can hook these video glasses weighing less than 3 ounces into your iPod for a complete theater-like experience. Because you’re looking at two screens, you get the sense that you’re watching a 50-inch plasma screen. They come with stereo headphones and can run for more than six hours on one charge, so in one sitting you could watch about half of the Star Wars series.Technological marvel: Reborg-Q Security RobotWhere you can find it: JapanWhat it does: This security system debuted late last year at the AquaCity shopping mall in Tokyo. It’s programmed to automatically patrol a set course through a mall. Alternatively, a security guard can control it remotely from afar. The robot knows how to enter an elevator and travel to the next floor. In fact, the robot knows quite a few things. If there’s a fire, it can use a fire extinguisher; if customers want to know the time or the weather, the robot can tell them, as well as pitch sales going on in the store; if a lost child has been found, the robot can display that information on a screen located on its chest. It can even stand at an entranceway and check employee IDs. By the end of the year, the Reborg-Q should be at 10 locations around Japan.Technological marvel: Drive assistWhere you can find it: GermanyWhat it does: For the last decade or so, it’s been a familiar drill. You go to some map software, print out a map with directions and take it with you in the car. It beats the old foldout road maps, so we don’t complain. But you may start griping. BMW and Google Maps have aligned themselves to create Drive Assist. You look up an address at your personal computer using Google Maps and then e-mail the map to your car’s GPS system. So there’s no printing out a map and then typing in the address once you get in the car–at least not in Germany.Technological marvel: SeniconWhere you can find it: Various airports in Japan, Switzerland, China and LaosWhat it does: Anyone who travels knows you can’t take your bottled water on an airplane anymore. Authorities became understandably nervous there might be a clear chemical explosive in it after a terrorist plot hatched in England was foiled last summer. Senicon was developed to detect such liquid explosive threats. You set your bottle of cola or water on the device, and electromagnetic waves can instantly detect flammable or explosive liquids contained in glass or plastic bottles. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reviewing Senicon, but knowing the way bureaucracy works, it may be a while.Technological marvel: Braun self-setting watchWhere you can find it: EuropeWhat it does: It’s one of life’s little annoyances: You’re traveling from one time zone to another, daylight-saving time kicks in, or your watch battery simply runs out. You struggle with the small knob to reset your watch, inevitably setting you back a minute or two, which you have to take into account. Maybe it’s not the worst problem in the world, but if you’re in Europe, you never have to worry about it again if you have the AW200 Braun. It’s a regular two-handed watch, except that with the press of a button, a radio signal will reset your watch to Frankfurt, Germany time, which is standard European time.Technological marvel: Mobile walletWhere you can find it: South KoreaWhat it does: Ever wish you could use your cell phone like a wallet? We do practically everything else with it. Now, companies like China Mobile, Samsung, AT&T and MasterCard have been working together to come up with one global standard for all cell phones, so that we can stroll up to a wireless reader, wave our phone over it and automatically buy anything. It gives an entirely new meaning to the concept of the impulse buy.Technological marvel: Hydromassage TV bathtubWhere you can find it: EnglandWhat it does: Even without the TV, it sounds great. The tub has air massage and water massage jets designed to soothe aching muscles, as well as a headrest, but what really makes it seem like the perfect American product is the 8.5-inch LCD screen with video input at the other end. You can watch a DVD, HBO or CNN while soaking in the tub.Technological marvel: Shoeshine robotWhere you can find it: South KoreaWhat it does: While America may not be clamoring for a shoeshine robot, you have to feel a little envious that South Korea has one. You stick your shoe in–one at a time, while it’s still on your foot–into a machine that looks like a giant robotic shoe. In about two minutes, you’ll have a cleaner shoe. It’s perfect for politicians or anyone else who’s constantly sticking their feet in their mouth. It’s also ideal for anyone who wishes the 21st century looked a little more like what we were promised when we were watching The Jetsons.Wishing you could buy some of these products that aren’t yet in America, but don’t have the money for a plane ticket? There are at least two American companies that specialize in selling products you can’t find in the United States. Check out and Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Register Now »last_img read more

Smokers at greater risk of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 21 2018A team of researchers from University of Queensland have found that tobacco use is associated with an increased risk of psychotic disorders including schizophrenia.The study titled “Evidence of a Causal Relationship Between Smoking Tobacco and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders,” was published in the latest issue of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry. Image Credit: Sruilk / Shutterstock For this study the team looked at eight long term studies and collated the data available to find the evidence that smoking could be linked to mental illnesses. They team suggests that nicotine in tobacco could play a role in these disorders.According to lead author of the study Associate Professor James Scott this also raises concerns about the rising nicotine use among youngsters in the form of e-cigarettes. He said that those who smoke are at a “two fold” risk of schizophrenia or psychosis as is evident from these studies. He said, “While e-cigarettes reduce some of the harms associated with smoking, governments need to consider their potential to harm the mental health of young people. More research is urgently needed to examine the association between e-cigarette use and psychosis, particularly in adolescents and young adults, until then, liquid nicotine should remain illegal for purchase in Australia without a prescription,” Dr Scott said.The team looked at eight long term cohort studies. They found that six of the eight showed a statistically significant association between tobacco smoking and psychotic disorders or schizophrenic spectrum disorders or SSD. According to authors SSD includes, “schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, non-affective psychotic disorder, atypical psychosis, psychotic depression, and bipolar mania with psychotic features”. The team adjusted the findings for age, gender, genetic risk, use of other substances such as cannabis, socioeconomic status etc. before coming to the conclusions.Related StoriesWorld No Tobacco Day 2019: Respiratory groups urge to strengthen WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlResearchers find new physical evidence in the brain for types of schizophreniaNeuroscientists use novel technology-based tools to predict schizophreniaTo assess if there was any association, the team used a Bradford Hill Framework which contains nine criteria that can link the exposure to outcome. Of these nine criteria, five were chosen to be highly relevant. All studies were conducted in high income countries. The participants in the studies were followed up for a minimum of 4 years to a maximum of 48 years.Results showed that there was a six fold rise in risk of schizophrenia in heavy smokers as seen from the strength of association. Only one of the eight studies did not show a causal association between smoking and schizophrenia write the researchers. Overall there was a two-fold rise in risk of schizophrenia among smokers, the researchers write.The authors of the study explain that there are around 5000 different chemicals in tobacco smoke but nicotine seems to be the main culprit here. There have been studies that have shown that nicotine is capable of altering the signal system of the brain mainly in the “dopaminergic, cholinergic, and glutamatergic neurotransmitter systems,” they explain. This could negatively influence brain maturation in teenagers and young adults. Further this could cause “strengthening of negative emotional changes and alterations in cognitive functioning,” in adolescents they add and this could possibly lead to mental ailments later in life.Source: read more

Realtime neurofeedback controls Parkinsons brainwaves

first_imgDec 19 2018A neurofeedback system enables Parkinson’s disease patients to voluntarily control brainwaves associated with symptoms of the disorder, according to new research published in eNeuro. It remains to be determined whether such a system can provide symptom relief. Source: Related StoriesResearchers identify brain network that determines robot likabilityNovel measures of PD-related brain activity detected with scalp electroencephalographyRetina can restructure itself following gene therapyParkinson’s disease is associated with abnormal beta wave activity in the subthalamic nucleus (STN), but a direct connection between this activity and movement difficulties has not been established. In their study of eight patients undergoing a routine replacement of electrodes used for deep brain stimulation, Takufumi Yanagisawa and colleagues developed a method that could help scientists better understand the relationship between brain activity and disease symptoms.By translating participants’ real-time brain activity into a visual representation during a 10-minute training session, the researchers demonstrate the patients’ ability to increase or decrease the size of a black dot with their thoughts alone. This manipulation had a corresponding effect on STN beta waves measured after the training session. Although the researchers did not observe an improvement in patients’ symptoms, their study represents a new approach toward managing disease-related brain activity that could inform the development of new treatments.last_img read more

I Am and I Will The Steps We Can All Take This

first_imgWhere can readers find more information?You can find out more about the UICC and our key events by visiting our website, or to find out more about World Cancer Day, click here.About World Cancer Day 2019World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease alongside calling on governments and individuals across the world to take action.2019 will be the first year of the new three-year campaign, ‘I Am and I Will’. The new theme is an empowering call for personal commitment and represents the power of our actions taken now to reduce the growing impact of cancer. This year follows on the back of last year’s tremendous campaign success, including nearly 1,000 activities taking place in 130 countries, over half a million tweets, and more than 50 governments participating in 2018.#WorldCancerDay #IAmAndIWillAbout the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the largest and oldest international cancer-fighting organisation. Founded in Geneva in 1933, UICC has over 1,100 members in 170 countries, enjoys consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and has official relations with the following institutions: WHO, IARC, IAEA, UNODC. UICC has over 50 partners, including associations working to fight cancer, as well as companies and foundations. UICC is a founding member of the NCD Alliance, McCabe Centre and ICCP.UICC’s mission is to unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equality and to ensure that the cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda. Its main areas of activity focus on convening the world’s leaders for innovative, wide-reaching, cancer-control events and initiatives; building capacity to meet regional needs; and developing awareness campaigns. Interview conducted by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 4 2019 insights from industryCary AdamsCEOUnion for International Cancer Control (UICC)News-Medical speaks to Cary Adams, CEO of the charity that helped to start the annual World Cancer Day, about the reasons why cancer is still such a huge global issue, and the meaning behind the slogan: I Am And I Will.How big of a global issue is cancer?Unfortunately, cancer is still one of the largest public health issues facing our world today. Last year, we saw an estimated 18.1 million new cases of cancer as well as 9.6 million cancer deaths – 70% of which occurred in developing countries.Romolo Tavani | ShutterstockAt the current rate, deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to reach over 13 million by 2030. That’s simply unacceptable. We must continue to push for substantive change at the global and national level to significantly reduce the burden of cancer now to improve our future.What are the greatest barriers to early cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention around the world?There are significant barriers at the health system and governmental level which prevent millions of people around the world from accessing effective prevention information, early diagnosis, and better treatment. At the individual level, factors including age, gender, socioeconomic status, and feelings of fear or shame can prevent help-seeking behavior when someone might suspect cancer.Health systems with limited access to pathology services and diagnostic technologies can also be disadvantaged when it comes to delivering timely cancer diagnoses and treatment, particularly in low-income countries.We’re also still seeing inconsistencies between the ambitious commitments to tackle cancer being made by governments and the demonstratable action being taken to put in place effective and resource appropriate policies to boost cancer prevention, improve early detection and diagnosis rates, and ensure the best possible treatment and care.Why did UICC decide to start a World Cancer Day?When World Cancer Day was created at the World Summit Against Cancer in Paris, on 4 February 2000, its goal was to provide a platform for researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, government, industry, individuals and the media to build an invincible alliance against cancer and its greatest allies – fear, ignorance and complacency.Today, World Cancer Day continues to unite the whole world to raise awareness and education about cancer, as well as to inspire governments and empower individuals across the world to take action.The theme of the next three World Cancer Days is I Am and I Will. Please can you explain the meaning of this message, and how people can get involved in the campaign?The new World Cancer Day theme is a rallying cry for action. ‘I Am and I Will’ turns the spotlight on each and everyone one of us and our own commitment and actions. As cancer affects all of us, we also have the power to reduce its impact on ourselves, the people we love and the wider world.Anyone can get involved by sharing their personal commitments on social media, hosting an awareness event, writing a blog, lighting up a significant landmark, or volunteering to translate campaign materials.Photographee | ShutterstockWhat advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer?People often feel a loss of their sense of control over their own lives when they first receive a diagnosis of cancer. I would say that someone that has just been diagnosed with cancer should feel empowered to participate actively in decisions about their care and treatment. Many cancers can be managed and even cured, especially if they’re detected and treated as early as possible.What projects will UICC be focusing on after World Cancer Day?We’ll be looking to expand our Treatment for All advocacy campaign which calls on governments to turn their commitments to reduce the cancer burden into national action. We’ll also be looking forward to the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit 14-16 October 2019 in Kazakhstan, where the aim will be to better understand how cancer detection, treatment, and care can be scaled up to fit within the global ambition of universal health coverage.last_img read more

Nurses potentially suffer from sleep deprivation and common sleep disorders

first_imgWe were surprised by the number of nurses potentially suffering from common sleep disorders, most notably, chronic insomnia and shift work disorder.”Lead author Francis Christian, M.D., a second-year fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 10 2019According to preliminary results of a new study, there is a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of common sleep disorders among medical center nurses.Results show that 49% of participating nurses at an academic medical center averaged less than 7 hours of sleep per night, and the overall average nightly sleep time was 6.6 hours. Symptoms consistent with chronic insomnia were identified in 31% of nurses, and excessive daytime sleepiness was found in 4.5% of them. Twenty-seven percent of nurses used medications to help them sleep, and 13% reported using medications to stay awake. Symptoms indicative of shift work disorder were present in 31% of nurses. About 18.5% of nurses also had a moderate-to-severe risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsSleep quality linked to memory problems in new studySleep makes synapses ready for new learningThe American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health. According to the authors, nearly 100,000 deaths are estimated to occur each year in U.S. hospitals due to medical errors, and sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are significant contributors to this risk.The study involved an online survey of 1,165 nurses at a tertiary care medical center. Questions asked about topics such as their sleep schedule and medications. Questionnaires such as the STOP-BANG and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were used to assess the nurses for sleep disorder symptoms.”Nurses are at increased risk for circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders such as shift work disorder,” said Christian. “Recognition needs to take place so that we can screen appropriately and make scheduling modifications to help alleviate the burden of shift work disorder among nurses.”The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Monday, June 10, in San Antonio at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.Source:American Academy of Sleep MedicineJournal reference:Christian, F. et al. (2019) Sleep Health of Nursing Staff in an Academic Medical Center: Results of a Survey Study. Sleep. read more

Breakingviews Viewsroom Can India solve its water crisis

first_imgNEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – Chennai, the country’s Motor City, has run dry. Another 20 metropolises could follow by next year. The personal and economic toll is mounting. Plugging leaks, better crop choices and proper pricing can help. Often, as water problems elsewhere show, that requires good governance. BreakingviewsReuters Breakingviews is the world’s leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time. Sign up for a free trial of our full service at and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at All opinions expressed are those of the authors.last_img read more

UP Cabinet okays raising pension amount for elderly

first_imgOver 45 lakh people in the state will receive ₹ 500 from this move. The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to raise the pension amount for the elderly by ₹ 100 under a scheme in this regard.At a meeting presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the cabinet also approved increasing the age-limit for resident doctors of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical sciences from 35 to 37 years.“The Cabinet has passed the proposal of increasing the amount of pension for senior citizens. Now they will receive ₹ 500 (earlier ₹ 400). Over 45 lakh elderly people of the state will benefit from this move,” state Cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma told reporters here.The Cabinet gave its approval to demolish 76 houses that are in bad shape to pave the way for construction of the AIIMS in Rae Bareli by 2020.“A proposal to demolish the 47 shambles of type-1 and 29 of type-3 houses has been passed,” state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.Also, having a B.Ed degree along with BTC has been made mandatory to become an assistant teacher.“The cabinet also approved the sixth amendment in the rules (1961) pertaining to setting up of micro-breweries in the state, and now micro-breweries in the state have been allowed. “The license fee has been increased to ₹ 2.5 lakh (earlier ₹ 25,000). The capacity for the production has also been fixed to 600 litres per day and 2.1 lakh litres a year,” Sharma said.Along with this, an amount of ₹ 2 lakh will be charged for the license renewal of hotels, restaurants and pubs. SHARE SHARE EMAIL pension and welfare COMMENT Published on June 11, 2019 Uttar Pradesh SHARE senior citizens Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath COMMENTSlast_img read more

Trump to discuss immigration with Guatemalan president at White House on Monday

first_imgWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the White House on Monday for talks on immigration and security, the White House said on Friday.Government sources from both countries have said Morales may sign an agreement with Trump on Monday declaring the Central American country a safe destination for asylum seekers, while five former Guatemalan officials have gone to court to block such a deal.Trump said last month the United States and Guatemala were close to reaching a “safe third country agreement” as part of his efforts to curb U.S.-bound migration from Central America.Under such an agreement, Guatemala would be obliged to process asylum claims from migrants who entered its territory en route to the United States. Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador heading to the U.S.-Mexican border overland usually cross into Mexico via Guatemala. World 09 Jul 2019 Trump, Macron discuss Iran’s nuclear programme – White House Related News World 10 Jul 2019 PM May says she regrets resignation of ambassador to United States Related News The White House said in a statement Trump and Morales “will discuss ways to create a more robust relationship focussed on addressing migration and security priorities.””The two leaders will also discuss how Guatemala can build a stronger relationship with its Central American partners to expand economic growth, create jobs, and promote opportunities for their citizens,” it added. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Susan Thomas) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more