As deforestation accelerates around the world, ecologists have increasingly pinned their hopes of preserving biodiversity on nurturing the isolated patches of forest often left behind. But new research suggests that small mammal species native to these forest fragments are at greater risk of extinction than previously thought.The filling of the Chiew Larn Reservoir in southern Thailand in 1986 and 1987 created more than 100 islands and presented a rare opportunity to study the effects of sudden isolation on small-mammal communities. In the early 1990s, a team led by population geneticist David Woodruff of the University of California, San Diego, set traps to survey small mammals on 12 of the islands, ranging in size from 0.3 to 56.3 hectares. They found that after 5 to 7 years of isolation, the three biggest islands were still home to seven to 12 species of mice, rats, squirrels, and shrews. The range of species was similar to that found in a large, undisturbed forest on the nearby mainland. On the small islands, however, the researchers found just one to three species, indicating a rapid decline in diversity, presumably because the islands were too small to sustain animal communities.Ecologist Luke Gibson of the National University of Singapore and colleagues revisited those islands plus four more in 2012 and 2013 to repeat the surveys, with some dramatic results. Six of 12 species present in the early 1990s, including the pencil-tailed tree mouse and the red spiny rat, have apparently disappeared. Five other species have declined dramatically. 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This rat is not normally found in the region’s undisturbed forests but likely migrated to the islands from villages and agricultural areas after inundation. It now dominates the islands but is rare in the intact forests of the nearby mainland.In the absence of other obvious causes, the researchers blame the loss of species on fragmentation and the impact of the invasive rat. This one-two punch “underscores a dire need to maintain large intact forest blocks to sustain tropical biodiversity,” the authors write today in Science. Gibson adds that the loss of species occurred more quickly than has been reported by other groups studying other sites around the world.”This study makes a valuable contribution in quantifying how fast the extinctions take place—very fast in this case,” says Ilkka Hanski, an ecologist at the University of Helsinki. But he notes that the study does not tease out whether the fragmentation or the rat invasion had a greater impact. Robin Chazdon, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, notes that the mechanism by which the invasive rats contributed to the demise of native species—whether they devoured available food or introduced new diseases—is not clear. “These findings are not directly relevant to forest fragments in terrestrial landscapes,” where animals from surrounding areas could recolonize the isolated patch, she says.Gibson agrees that it is difficult to separate the impact of forest fragment size from that of the rats. “Our data don’t show any direct mechanism,” for how the rodents might have tipped the scales against the natives, he says. As for the implications for fragments on large land masses, he argues that these small islands provide “a sign of things to come.” For example, he says a recent study of Brazil’s Atlantic forests found that 80% of fragments remaining after deforestation are 50 hectares or smaller—about the size of the Thai island samples. Although most forest fragments are not ringed by water, they are nonetheless “increasingly surrounded by intensive agricultural landscapes that often harbor invasive animal species,” Gibson says. Beyond preserving large intact forests, he adds, conservation efforts should aim to keep or create forested corridors to link small fragments of important habitat or to connect them to larger forests nearby.
The steady drumbeat of good news is getting infectious. The Dow Jones has rallied almost 40 percent from its bottom on March 9. The Federal Reserve expects the economy to pick up in the second half of this year. Homes sales rose 11% in June and corporate profits strengthened in the second quarter. Pres. Barack Obama has signaled signs of “green shoots” on the economic landscape. Alan Blinder, the former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, recently pronounced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “The Economy Has Hit Bottom.” The Aug. 3 cover story in Newsweek went even further, declaring boldly, “The Recession is Over.”But before you get giddy, several economists caution that we may be witnessing a false lull before the storm, that the temporary economic boost is propelled by the nearly $1 trillion infusion of government bailout money to financial institutions and the economic stimulus package. They fear that we are on the verge of a double dip recession and that the second recession could be longer and deeper. A handful of prominent investment and trend analysts and scholars are decidedly alarmist, even projecting a depression that will rival the Great Depression of 1929. Gerald Celente, founder of The Trends Research Institute, which the Los Angeles Times once described as the “Standard and Poors of Popular Culture,” forecasts “Food riots, tax protests, farmer rebellions, student revolts, squatter digins, homeless uprisings, tent cities, ghost malls, general strikes, bossnappings, kidnappings, industrial saboteurs, gang warfare, mob rule, terror” by 2012 in the latest edition of The Trends Journal.Truth is, economic forecasting is a hazardous business even in less rockier times. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently quipped at a public town hall, “Economic forecasting makes weather forecasting look like physics.” These days many economic indicators are defying both logic and historical patterns. It is the reason why, despite many reassuring economic signals in recent weeks, national anxiety remains palpable.To gauge the view from the other side, Little India turned to Celente and three other prominent advocates of the counter intuitive perspective: investor advocate Martin Weiss, author of New York Times bestseller, The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide; economic forecaster Harry S. Dent, author of another New York Times bestseller The Great Depression Ahead; and Southern Methodist University economist Ravi Batra, author of The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution Against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos. Bull Turned BearHarry S DentA popular speaker on economic trends and a frequent commentator on TV shows and the financial press, Harry Dent is the unlikely author of the New York Times bestseller The Great Depression Ahead, after authoring The Great Boom Ahead in 1992, which he followed up with two other bullish bestsellers The Roaring 2000s and The Roaring 2000s Investor.Your 2008 book The Great Depression Ahead and subsequent newsletters predict another stock market crash that could cause the Dow to fall to 1800-3800 by next year. But many economists and officials in the Obama administration believe the economy is turning a corner. Do you think the U.S. economy is out of the woods yet?This is not a normal recession or stock crash. It represents the peaking of the massive Baby Boom generation around the developed world from Europe to North America and these affluent consumers will be predictably shifting from spending to saving over the next decade despite stimulus programs. In addition, we are seeing the peaking of perhaps the largest credit bubble in modern history that centered around an unprecedented bubble in housing and real estate, including emerging country cities from Mumbai to Shanghai to Dubai. Such credit bubbles take more like five years to deflate and sometimes longer. Consumers and businesses are saturated with credit. Hence, stimulus programs will be short-lived as well. As the developed countries turn down again from 2010 onwards, exports in emerging countries will continue to fall and burst the massive emerging market bubbles from China to India to Brazil to Russia and beyond. We have seen a concerted worldwide boom and bubble from 2003 to 2007 that is being followed by a worldwide bubble burst and deleveraging from 2008 into 2012 or so.You are more bearish than many mainstream economists. What are you seeing that they aren’t?I was also one of the very most bullish economists from 1988 into recently due to the massive Baby Boom spending and information technology trends we have been tracking. We are more bearish now, as all of the key cycles we track are peaking and turning down in the coming years especially, and longer term into 2020-2023.We have seen major stock market and economic tops about every 40 years in the last century due to the demographic/generational trends with peak spending occurring around age 46 in developed countries. A 29-30-Year Commodity Cycle is also peaking and that hits the recently booming emerging countries from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to Latin America to Africa. Hence, the perfect storm of peaking demographics in the more affluent developed countries and a commodity and export bust in the emerging countries. Again, this is the most concerted worldwide bust in modern history.Do you still think that we are at risk of a depression?We forecast the next great depression to occur between 2008 and 2023 all the way back in our first book, The Great Boom Ahead, in 1992. We said back then and continue to say now that no amount of government stimulus will prevent this massive deleveraging of credit or the Baby Boom slowdown, any more than it did in Japan in the 1990s or in the U.S. in the 1930s or in Southeast Asia from late 1997 into early 2003. Such major financial crises typically take 3.5 to 8 years to work out, or around 5 years on average.This is not a normal recession or stock crash and the stimulus programs will be very short-lived in their impact as we will see one banking crisis after the next hit, from the growing prime and commercial real estate defaults in the U.S., to a lackluster recovery and further defaults on East European and real estate loans in Europe to the continued bubble burst in emerging countries from falling exports and real estate and stock prices. We don’t see coming out of the worst of this crisis globally until around late 2012 to early 2013, and we don’t see the next concerted global boom until 2020/2023 into 2035/2036.What do you project the unemployment rate will be at the end of 2009 and the end of 2010?We see unemployment in the U.S. bottoming between 10.5% and 11% in late 2009 — and that may paradoxically trigger another round of commercial and residential loan defaults even as the U.S. and other economies start to recover. By early to mid-2011 we see peak unemployment rates in the U.S. around 14% to 16%, and possibly higher.What do you project the Dow Jones average will be at the end of 2009 and the end of 2010? We see the Dow peaking between 8,950 and as high as 11,300 between late July and early September of 2009 and then crashing again to as low as 1,800 to 3,800 by late 2010. Even in our book, The Great Depression Ahead, which was written by mid-2008 and published in late 2008, we predicted a bear market rally into the summer of 2009 based on predictable stimulus programs that would ultimately fail.When will housing prices bottom out?The real estate bubble started in 2000 in the U.S. (and most countries) when tech stocks crashed and investors switched rapidly to real estate speculation (and to commodities and emerging stocks markets as well). In the U.S., home prices would have to fall around 55% from the top at best or 65% at worst (1996 lows). In Japan, the housing bubble occurred from 1986 to 1991 and housing prices bottomed back at the 1986 levels or down around 63%, with commercial prices going much lower.We expect different markets in real estate to bottom between mid-2011 at the earliest for lower end starter homes; and then vacation homes around 2012-2014 and commercial real estate between early 2013 and early 2015. Larger trade-up homes or McMansions may be more stagnant off and on into the early 2020s. Anywhere in the world our guidelines of 1996-2000 prices are likely to be reasonably accurate.Do you think our money is safe in U.S. banks?It is hard to judge how far this banking crisis will go. There is much more leverage than in the 1930s crash, but the U.S. (and most other banking systems) are much more diversified with more government safeguards. But given the U.S. government and others providing so much stimulus and so many guarantees, how good will they be able to make on this in the end? Therefore, it is best to put your conservative money in an investment account (not a savings or checking account) in straight T-bill accounts.… It is hard to judge which banks are safe given the recent meltdown that few saw coming.… If you have an investment account with a bank or brokerage firm, they cannot raid that account to meet their reserve requirements or failing assets. But if you have a normal checking or savings account, they may not be able to meet your withdrawal demands if many others withdraw at the same time — hence, “a run on the banks.”It is also best to diversify in safe deposits around the world to diversify against currency risks in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, currently, our indicators suggest that the U.S. dollar is getting very oversold and the Euro and many other currencies are getting overbought. It is likely better to bet on the U.S. dollar for the coming months and against the Euro and Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen.What advice would you give people regarding their investments or retirement accounts?We advise selling stocks between late July and early September and selling non-essential real estate (especially investment and vacation homes) by this fall. Simply hold cash or safe investments until buying opportunities come between late 2010 and early 2013 in different sectors, or for several months ahead, more aggressive investors can invest in counter stock funds, like Short S&P 500, or in crisis hedges like gold, silver, oil and natural gas.What can individuals do to minimize their financial or employment risks?Keep your job and any reasonable interest loans. Create as much short term cash flow as possible in your job or in your business or outside interests. Cash, cash flow and credit will be key to taking advantage of “the greatest sale on financial assets of a lifetime.” Most people will see their assets, cash, cash flow and credit so compromised that they will be a loser, not a winner. Businesses need to see this as a “survival of the fittest” shake-out where even though your sales and profits may decline, as long as you survive and decline less than your competitors, you will win long term by gaining market share and assets at their expense.What do you think are the greatest risks to the U.S. and global economy at this time?The first major risk is rising defaults on prime residential and commercial real estate loans due to rising unemployment as a lagging indicator even though broader sectors of the U.S. and other economies are starting to recover in late 2009. Rising interest rates from the expected recovery and potential inflation risks from so much stimulus will also hurt the real estate recovery as mortgage rates go up, bringing affordability down.The second will be that Europe has its “subprime crisis” in East European loans and extreme real estate collapses in Spain, Ireland and Great Britain. The signs of recovery in Europe are not strong as in Asia and even in the U.S. Hence, Europe could also trigger the next wave of bank loan defaults that reverberate around the world banking system.Finally, we have broader geopolitical cycles of risk that have turned down from 2001 into around 2019, but have distinct sub-waves of terrorist and other events every 8.5 years that are set to peak again between late 2009 and mid- to late 2010 after the last major event in September of 2001. Many events ranging from a civil war in Iran, to Israel strikes on Iran, to failures in Afghanistan or Iraq, to a major terrorist strike in Europe or the U.S., to drug wars on the border of Mexico, to North Korea tensions, to India/Pakistan tensions, could disrupt world trade and oil prices.What political shifts do you foresee as a result of these economic forces?I see major shifts first towards growing economic and military power towards Asia (China first, then India more so), and away from Europe and Russia. The U.S. will be competing as the largest economy with China and India in the decades ahead. After globalization and trade contraction and that appears to fail at first, I see a greater move towards globalization in the next boom from the early 2020s into the 2030s and beyond. We also need to see credible global institutions emerge to deal with global trade agreements, global warming and terrorism, etc. We will also see more territorial and dictatorships fail after accelerating near term in many emerging countries. The growth in the coming decades will clearly be in the emerging countries and more clearly in Asia.Which countries do you think will emerge better positioned out of this recession?China will likely emerge stronger at first after 2010 or 2012, but India will be the greatest winner between 2020 and 2065 due to better demographics and rising urbanization. China (and broader East Asia, including Japan and South Korea) will age increasingly along with Europe and Russia and start to fade in the next boom.The broader boom will come at first in India and Southeast Asia and then expand back into other emerging countries (The Middle East, Latin America and Africa with more commodity exposure) in the next and likely very strong commodity boom cycle from the early 2020s into the late 2030s.North America will remerge in this next boom to a lesser degree, as will Australia and New Zealand. Europe, East Europe and Russia will lag increasingly due to aging demographics and slowing productivity. Russia will be a target for natural resource acquisition (and potential wars) by China and India. India is the single large country best positioned to boom in the coming decades, from 2012 into 2065 or so. Of the developed countries I would rate Australia first, then Canada, then the U.S.Morass of Bad Debt Martin WeissMartin Weiss, a financial market analyst, is head of Weiss Research Group and publisher of the Money and Markets newsletter. His April 2009 book The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income and Grow Wealthy Even In The Worst Of Times made the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestsellers list.Many economists and officials in the Obama administration believe that things are turning around. The stock market has been rebounding. Do you still believe we are at risk of the depression your book The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide claims? The government stimulus package, but also all the efforts of the Federal Reserve to pump money into the economy will have some effect and the impact they are having is to turn a bad situation into a less bad situation and that shift is perceived as good news and so if that transition is helping consumers to become more optimistic, it is helping to bring optimism to Wall Street and so temporarily you see a stabilization and that temporary stabilization will last several months, maybe into the year.But none of the steps that the government has taken have addressed the underlying causes of the crisis we are in today. By shoving the problems under the rug and tamping down the fears artificially, all the government is doing is prolonging the agony. We don’t feel the immediate pain as much as we would feel now, but that makes it worse for the next time the economy starts running down, which could be as soon as next yearWhy are mainstream economists going along? What are you seeing that they are not?Several things. Number one, we are seeing things from a bigger, longer perspective rather than 2-3 yrs. We are looking over many years, going back as far as the Great Depression. There are many matrix today that indicate that the situation today is fundamentally worse than it was at the time of the Great Depression, or early years of the Great Depression. For example, industrial production globally is declining at the same pace as it was in the first years of the Great Depression. Global trade has been declining at approximately double the pace of first 2-3 years of the Great Depression. Unemployment today is approximately equivalent to first 2-3 yrs of the Great Depression. More importantly, the debt, as a percentage of GDP today is several times larger than it was in 1929. That excludes the derivatives, which barely existed, didn’t exist, in the 1930s.There are many reasons to believe that this is a very serious situation. I don’t think typical economists look back as far. They look back as far as the last recession or last couple of recessions, so their time horizon, in our opinion, is too short sighted.The improvements we are seeing here are almost entirely driven by the government’s very unusual and unprecedented intervention in the economy. It is a very, very strong medicine It is what the doctors would call the big guns, very strong antibiotics for the economy and it has very serious, known side effects. The first obvious side effect is massive out of control budget deficit. The second side effect could be return of inflation, rising prices that got us in the mess in the first place.What do you project unemployment rate will be end of 2009 and end of 2010?The Obama government is projecting it will rise to about 10% or more. We don’t disagree with that.… At end of 2010, I would say that unemployment would be significantly above 10%. The peak unemployment in the Great Depression was over 24%. We don’t believe it is unreasonable to forecast as much as 16%. It’s hard to pin down the time. I don’t know if it is fair to say when exactly that peak would be reached.What would you project the Dow Jones to fall in 2009 and 2010?Dow Jones is obviously going higher at this time but we could expect before this crisis is over it could be as low as 5000. But we can’t pin a time to that. It’s difficult to say exactly when.What about housing?The same pattern. Housing may experience some continued improvement. Prices have come down substantially. That was one of the biggest problem, high prices. Most people see falling prices as part of the problem and we agree, but it is also part of the solution. Thanks to the falling prices in recent months we are seeing more demand coming into the market and we are seeing improvement in the housing market, which can continue for rest of year. However if we are right about interest rates going higher, that could be a coup de grace for the housing market.So one can’t really time any of this. What can someone who is looking at taking decisions do?It is hard to pin down time. Essentially advice is for remainder of the year to take advantage of the better prices and improvement to get your house and your financial health in order. Use this interlude between the first phase of the crisis and the next phase of the crisis as your opportunity to calmly and deliberately go about getting ready for the storm. This is a calm before the storm. Even if it lasts as much as a year, it does not change the fact that there is another storm coming.Use this opportunity to raise cash, reduce debt, move from high risk investments to low risk investments. Essentially, do all the things you wish you had done in 2007- 2008 before this past phase of the crisis.Is an individual’s money safe in U.S. banks, and does it matter as they are all protected by the FDIC? I think it matters. Even if the FDIC reimburses you for your deposit, it does not guarantee you can get the same rate that you were promised. The FDIC does not guarantee that you will continue to have revolving credit agreements with the bank if a bank fails. FDIC is clear about this. They are clear that more banks will fail. In fact they are predicting that quite a few additional banks are going to fail. The FDIC is clear that they are not giving any guarantee except returning your principal, the money you have in your account, up to a maximum of $250,000. With that in mind, there are three things you can do:• Make sure you keep your deposits comfortably under the $250,000 limit;• Make sure you are doing business with a strong bank that is strong in its own right, independent of the FDIC. It is good practice to do business with strong business partners;• For some portion of your money it makes sense to bypass the banking system entirely. Open an account directly with U.S. Treasury Department. Their yields are quite low right now, but that’s the price you pay for absolute safety. The treasury bills have certain advantages over a bank. The first advantage is there is no one between you and your money. You have a direct account with the treasury and direct guarantee of the treasury. The second advantage is that there is no limit on the guarantee.What is your advice for investment and retirement accounts?Well, I would recommend that you keep your 401(k) accounts; there are tax advantages in that. But I would use the next several months, if the market continues to improve, to move from higher risk investments to lower risk investments. I do not believe long term that stocks will continue to be a viable savings vehicle. They are investment and speculative vehicles, but it is a mischaracterization to say that they are good vehicles for long term savings and recent history proves that. You are much better off for savings vehicles in your 401(k) or IRAs to use more conservative investments, such as money markets, bonds, types of instrumentsWhat can individual do to minimize their employment risks or other financial risks?The primary step is, as I see it, is to build a cash nest of your own, an emergency rainy day fund to protect yourself against future loss of income, either because of losing your job or other problems that may affect the economy. Unfortunately as far as job security is concerned, there aren’t many safe havens. If the unemployment is surging it seems to be doing so across the board, including government and central government. So it is difficult to say at this time to go to this industry or that industry.What do you think are the greatest risks to the US economy in the global economy at this time that could make things much worse?Right now things have stabilized temporarily. But looking forward, the biggest risk is going to be rising interest rates on U.S. long and medium term securities, which could drive mortgage rates up, borrowings rates up for consumers, which would have a very negative impact on the market again.I would say we would see things deteriorate again next year and then continue on for several years and the reason is that I would have hoped we could have gotten it over with sooner and get it behind us, liquidate some of our bad assets, bad debts and move on. But unfortunately that is not what is happening. They are papering over the crisis and effectively prolonging the agony. So instead of a quick and deep crisis that helps pave the way for a true and healthy recovery, we are seeing artificial attempts to stem the crisis, stop the crisis and it is only going to prolong the agony in the long term.What do you anticipate will be the long term effects of this global crisis? Do you also anticipate political and global shifts?We are witnessing a millennium shift, a power shift from West to East. So, if you look at the global economy, it is pretty obvious that Europe and North America are at best going to experience slow, sluggish, interrupted growth whereas the Indian subcontinent and East Asia are experiencing more rapid growth.The key long term factor is that North America and Europe are now bogged down in a morass of bad debt all the way from the household to the federal government level, whereas China, India, Brazil and some other countries, actually have much lower debt level and larger cash surpluses. So financially speaking from the household level to the federal government level these countries are sounder financially.It used to be the other way round. It used to be that United States had all the capital and these countries were heavily reliant on the U.S. and maybe Japan and Western Europe for capital. It has turned upside down. It is hard to believe that countries like Brazil, China, and to some degree India, have become America’s greatest creditors. Even Brazil has a very big stake in U.S. Treasuries.Apart from these countries, do you see other countries that might be better positioned?I believe some of the other countries in addition to Brazil, China and India, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea, will benefit. Interestingly Indonesia and Malaysia have a sounder financial situation today because of some Muslim-Islamic oriented traditions and restrictions on debt and interest, which may sound antiquated and feudal, but in practice it has helped them to be more conservative financially and fiscally. So right now, for example, Malaysia and Indonesia are doing better than Thailand and Philippines and other non-Muslim countries.If these economic conditions continue to get worse can you see a political backlash that affects immigrant already in the U.S.?I hope not, but unfortunately my hopes don’t necessarily translate into government actions. We have seen in the past certain segments of society that scapegoat immigrants, use bad time as an opportunity to look at the economy as zero sum game. It is very short sighted, but unfortunately a pretty large minority of Americans respond that way. We see the same thing in Europe where we’ve seen rise in anti-immigration politics of the right. Their message tends to have more resonance with the public when unemployment is high.That is unfortunately fact of life. Under the Obama administration, given the political climate we are in today, I don’t think it will be a serious concern. I believe that especially in a deflation, depression, the political practice that ultimately prevails is the trend to shared sacrifice and the recognition that we all are in this together, we all have to step up and bite the bullet together. I believe that trend will prevail.Depression by Year-endRavi BatraRavi Batra, professor of economics at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, built his reputation with startling economic forecasts, most notably his inaccurate forecast of The Great Depression of 1990 and the more recent accurate prediction of the 2001 meltdown in Crash of the Millennium. His latest book, The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution Against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos, released in 2006 speaks to the current economic implosion.In your latest book The New Golden Age, you are quite pessimistic about the prospects for the U.S. economy. But many economists and officials in the Obama administration believe the economy is turning a corner. Do you think the U.S. economy is out of the woods yet?There is some improvement in the economy because of the inventory cycle, as retailers cut back on orders in the past because of falling demand. Now they are restocking, which is temporary. There is no fundamental improvement or change, and once inventories have been replenished, production will fall again.You have been more bearish than many mainstream economists. Why so and what are you seeing that they are not? Mainstream economists, strangely enough, don’t look at supply and demand. If they did they would not be so optimistic. Here’s a bird’s eye view of my theory.A healthy economy requires that there is a balance between supply and demand.… Without this balance, there is either high unemployment or high inflation. The main source of supply is labor productivity, whereas the main source of demand is the real wage, or people’s purchasing power. When productivity rises, production or supply goes up and when the real wage increases, consumer spending, and hence investment spending, go up.… If the real wage fails to grow as fast as productivity, then over time, a wage-productivity gap develops and supply is greater than demand.…There is another way through which demand can be raised — new debt. It is an artificial way, and cannot be used forever, but it can postpone the problem for a long time, while the potential economic imbalance builds and cumulates. From 1981 on, U.S. budget deficits, with former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan advising Pres. Ronald Reagan, grew apace. Economists called it fiscal policy, but in reality it was a debt-creating policy. This is how the supply-demand balance was maintained in the presence of the rising wage gap. Thus, for a while, economic balance occurs….A time comes when people run out of good collateral and lenders become wary of new loans. A banking crisis is then inevitable, and this crisis cannot be resolved just by doling out money to the banks. Our government has been doing precisely the wrong thing since 2007. The economists are confused between the cause and effect.The ongoing banking meltdown is the effect, not the cause of the slump. Rewarding the banks with trillions is to treat the symptom and ignore the real cause, which is the rising wage gap. Until that cause is removed by following policies that raise wages to catch up with sky-high productivity, we are not going to come out of our recession.Do you think the administration is being overly optimistic in its economic projections?Excessive debt is the cause of our crisis, which cannot end by creating more debt. Until employment starts to rise, recession continues, and the administration economists have miscalculated the effect of the government stimulus on employment.Do you still think that we are at risk of a depression? In The New Golden Age, I predicted that economic chaos would begin in 2007 with a housing meltdown in the United States, followed by a banking crisis and share price declines in 2008 and 2009. I now foresee that this crisis would last at least till 2010, and possibly longer. This is because conventional economists still do not understand the nasty economic effects of the wage-productivity gap, which has grown enormously all over the world. If the doctor does not diagnose the sickness properly, the patient has to suffer for a long time.… Our recession will soon turn into a depression, possibly by the end of the year.What do you project the unemployment rate will be at the end of 2009 and the end of 2010?The unemployment rate at the end of 2009 will exceed 10% and could go as high as 15% by the end of 2010.What do you project the Dow Jones average will be at the end of 2009 and the end of 2010?Most likely around 6,000.When do you expect housing prices to bottom out?Perhaps next year.Do you think our money is safe in U.S. banks?Banks are safe, because they have the backing of the Federal Reserve, which can print as much money as it wants.What advice would you give people regarding their investments or retirement accounts?Buy gold ETFs, such as GLD, and sell monthly options on them.What can individuals do to minimize their financial or employment risks?People should save as much money as they can. Those still employed should not try to move to another job, because they could lose their seniority and be the first to be fired in the future. Small businesses should not expand and not offer goods on credit, etc.What do you think are the greatest risks to the U.S. and global economy at this time? Goldman Sachs and the like are the biggest risk to the global economy. They are back to their shenanigans of the past, which through speculation raised the price of oil to new records. They are doing this again, but this time with the help of taxpayer’s money.What do you think are the biggest miscalculations of Obama’s economic team?Obama’s team like Bush’s is focusing on Wall Street and the banks, and is unaware of the true cause of the economic debacle. It thinks that government spending can replace private spending, which has plummeted. And it is trying to protect the status quo, which means business as usual for big business.The president lost a great opportunity when the Dow was at 6,500, because he could have then taken on the speculative machine of giant financial firms and broken them into smaller companies. Now it is too late, because the Dow has jumped and he has to wait until another crash hits the nation. But he will soon get another opportunity, as the Dow is likely to crash soon.What do you think are the long term effects of the current global crisis?The long term effects are great. The world is moving toward a golden age, which, for the first time in history, will eliminate poverty all over the globe.Which countries do you think will emerge better positioned out of this recession?The United States will remain the world economic leader, except that the globe will become poor until the rule of money evaporates. Then we will see unprecedented prosperity.Still Got Two EyesGerald CelenteTrends analyst Gerald Celente, founder of The Trends Research Institute and publisher of The Trends Journal, built his reputation by accurately predicting the 1987 stock market crash, the 1997 Asian economic crisis and the “Panic of ’08.” He has attracted both attention and ire in recent months with his increasingly dire projections, which he titled as “Obamageddon.”In the latest The Trends Journal you make very dire predictions of tent cities, food riots and tax rebellion by 2012. Do you still envisage conditions will be as bad as you were projecting? Economists now predicting recovery are the same people that were saying recession wasn’t here even when we were in recession. Go back to the campaign in 2008, they didn’t start talking about the recession until the Fall of 2008 even though the recession began in December 2007.These are the same people talking about green shoots a couple of months ago and as you go back to the beginning of the year, they said we would be in recovery by second quarter of 2009. The Obama administration, which began with a stimulus package, had estimated that without the stimulus package, unemployment in 2009 would be at 8%. We had a stimulus package and unemployment is at 9.5%. They had also said that they would create by mid-year 600,000 jobs and we lost 2.5 million. At best, at best, they saved 150,000. All their forecasts are wrong. There is nothing they have forecast economically that has come to pass.But the improving signs of bank profits and new financial earnings reports, don’t give you hope?Let’s look at the bank reports. We know that hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money has been given to the banks and they refuse (this is like fiction), to tell the people (the taxpayer) who gave them money, where the money went, how they are spending it.If you gave me, as they gave Goldman Sachs, $13 billion to cover losses with AIG — 100% coverage of losses — converting Goldman Sachs for from a brokerage firm to a bank holding company, giving them access to $10 billion, plus all the loans and benefits they are giving them at discount prices, could you show a profit? These are profits that are pumped up by bailouts, rescue packages and stimulus plans. Yesterday the market went up because Caterpillar showed better earnings than they had thought, or rather losses less severe. They are not better off; their profits are off 66%. Who in the real world wouldn’t call that depression level results? I would consider that atrocious. What you didn’t have a 77% decline? Oh, you only lost one arm and a leg, but you still got your two eyes and the use of one leg!You have said this bailout bubble can be more lethal than the earlier bubbles. Can you explain?In The Trends Journal in 2004 we predicted the great recession. We noticed it would happen. It was very easy to see that after the dot com crash in March 2000, rather than letting Wall Street take its $5 trillion worth of speculative losses that were built up by the dot com boom, the Federal Reserve began to lower the interest rates to 46 year lows. They created this borrow and spend mentality that was unprecedented in American history.You want to buy a new house, borrow on your old one; with your new equity loan, you can build that new addition, go on a vacation, buy a new car, send your kids to school, go on a shopping spree. Your house is a piggy bank.So housing as an asset became artificially inflated by the availability of historically cheap money rather than letting the bubble burst. With the bailout bubble, they have added $13 trillion worth of phantom money.This isn’t real money, it is phantom money printed out of thin air, based on nothing, backed by nothing. So they are creating a bubble, but when this financial/real estate bubble bursts, it is worse than the dot com bubble, because now government has an equity position in these companies, and they have government executive powers and management controls. This is unheard of in American history. This used to be the entrepreneurial empire of the world, that so much of the world respected and revered as the capital of entrepreneurism. No more.You developed a fair amount of credibility in the media with your previously accurate predictions. But some of the things you are saying sound shrill. Do you really believe it will be as extreme as you are saying or are you trying to pierce through the clutter of the positive blather?Not at all. We take what they are saying to be extreme. How could people believe these people when everything they said is wrong. If you can show me they are right here, I’ll say fine, we’re only humans, we all make mistakes. But we can say with all certainty, and we say it over and over again, you cannot print phantom money out of thin air based on nothing, backed by nothing without destroying the economy. Look at Brazil, India, China, Russia, the BRIC countries, they all talk now about another reserve currency.But when you say food riots, tent cities and tax rebellions? Tax rebellions, let’s take that. Go back to 2007, we wrote about tax revolts when George Bush was president. We saw this coming. Current events inform future trends. They are squeezing the people at every level. Look at what is happening in California. Tax rebellion is already happening. They are trying to downplay them when tea parties and tax protests happen. This hasn’t happened in America before in my lifetime. And now they are commonplace. They happened in April and again on the 4th of July. This is just the beginning. Food riots, oh yes. When people get hungry, when they have nothing to eat, you are going to see a lot of ugly scenes happen in America.What would you project the unemployment rate to be at end of 2009 and end of 2010?It will probably be heading towards 11% by end 2009 and by 2010 it could well be into 12-13%.Where would you project the Dow Jones?We don’t know. The Dow Jones is a different game. It can go in any kind of direction. When you go to the Great Depression, you saw the Dow Jones improving. It is not an economic indicator, it is a casino.When do you expect housing prices to bottom out?It could be many years. It could be a decade. There are two buying seasons in America, Spring and Fall, period, paragraph. Spring buying season was a bust and Fall does not look any better. It is very dismal for the future.Do you think our money is safe in U.S. banks?We don’t give investment advice. I tell you what I do. I am a big believer in gold and I think Indians like gold. I hedge my money. In my business I need cash, so I spread it between euros and dollars, knowing that if euros go up, dollars go down, so I have parity. That is the investment strategy for right now, it is not to take risk, it’s wealth preservation….We are looking at mid August for some dire economic news. In the event there is dire economic news, there are more financial collapses, there is a probability that they may call a bank holiday. It is not unprecedented, it has been done in America before, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt did it .… So are banks safe? It is not a question, are banks safe; it is a question, will they call a bank holiday, which they have done before? If they do, you will be restricted on how much money you can get out. They have done it in Argentina and other countries. Yes, you can get your money out, it’s FDIC insured. You just can’t get it out all at once and it may be devalued.What do you do with your investments and retirement accounts?I don’t have any. My investments are in the property and real estate I own. My retirement is all in gold.What can people do to minimize their employment and other financial risks?This whole mentality, this American mantra to shop until you drop, what kind of sick thinking is that? The businesses that we believe are going to make it in this new climate are going to be ones that accentuate quality — less is more. In our study, the very best company that we see are the ones whose profits are down between 25-30%, that’s the best. The worst are down 70% .…The other thing to consider is, why are you sending your child to college for an MBA, or a degree in communications, journalism, art, history? As an economist what is going to be the return on the investment? The college industrial complex is going to be one of the major economic collapses in the United States. They are producing students, retraining people for jobs that don’t exist. So unless you are in specialty fields in high tech, health, engineering, alternative fuels, or smart areas that have more productive usage of resources, outside of those fields, the soft arts are going to be losers.This country was built not on a mantra of shop until you drop. It was called Yankee frugality: use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without. Those are the kinds of things that need to be considered again.At this stage what do you think are the greatest risks to the U.S. and the global economy?The greatest risk on the economic end is the collapse of the U.S. dollar. That is the greatest risk that we see, because America has the ability to destroy the global financial system with these unprecedented bailouts, stimulus and rescue packages. Whoever heard of this before? They are jeopardizing the global economy. It is not saving it, it is jeopardizing it.Are there other disruptive forces as well?We are only looking at economic issues. Back in 2001, President Bush’s popularity rating was as low as President Obama’s is now. It was declining rapidly. I even remember word for word, because I was writing about it, what the American media were talking about. There was this Congressman Gary Condit and his aide, a young girl Chandra Levy, who was missing, and shark attacks. That was the news, that is all they were talking about in the summer of 2001 and Bush was off on vacation in Crawford, Tex., for months as America was still suffering from the fallout of the dotcom bubble burst.Then all of a sudden on Sept. 11 the whole game changed. The war on terror began and Bush’s popularity skyrocketed. The same thing can happen here. Any wild card could happen and change the game at a minute’s notice and deflect people’s attention away from an economic policy failure, an economic policy that is doomed to fail.Do you envisage that as conditions worsen, immigrants could face a backlash?I don’t care what country it is, immigration is going to be a major issue because there is not going to be enough wealth to go around under the current system.Do you know that the anti-marijuana laws in America grew mostly out of the Great Depression and they blamed the Mexican immigrants for all the heinous crime. They trumped up the problem and blamed it on the immigrants. They made it an immigrant issue, which had absolutely no foundation at all, either the danger of smoking marijuana or the problem being caused by the Mexicans. But they blamed it on the Mexican immigrants and it was used as a pretext to have very severe anti immigrant laws in place and they were of course also blaming them for undercutting the economy. So these trends are old. It’s just a new time and a new phase.Do you think either political party could have made a difference?No, it is like watching the World Wrestling Federation. They pretend to be arch-enemies on the stage. After the cameras go off, they do their deals together. There is very little difference between the two parties. Related Items
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Bangladeshi fast bowler Rubel Hossain has been ruled out of action for at least a month after colliding with a door and breaking his jaw while on tour in England, his doctor said today.The mishap occurred in the Bangladesh team hotel in Birmingham on June 15 after the semi-final loss to India in the Champions Trophy.Bangladesh Cricket Board physician Monirul Amin said Rubel underwent surgery today and would need four to six weeks off to recover.”We hope he will be fine after that period, and make himself available for selection for the Australia series,” Amin told AFP, referring to the first of two Tests starting late August.Rubel featured in all four of Bangladesh’s Champions Trophy matches but claimed just two wickets at an average of 95.50.Bangladesh progressed to the semi-final of the 50-over tournament for the first time in their history, but were crushed by India in a nine-wicket thumping.
Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj received their maiden Test call-ups as Shikhar Dhawan was a notable absentee from India’s 15-man squad for the two-match series against West Indies. The first Test will be played in Rajkot from October 8.India pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested while Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection due to injuries. Bhuvneshwar had who missed the England Test tour due to a back injury but returned to the ODI squad in India’s successful campaign at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.Murali Vijay was not picked again while Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari retained their places in the team.”Taking stock of the recent workload, the selectors have decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection as they are yet to recover from their injuries,” BCCI said in a statement.Dhawan managed a total of 162 from eight innings on the tour of England. His highest score, 44, came in India’s winning cause, but that too in relaxed circumstances. Dhawan had starts throughout the series, without never looking like he was set for a big one. Not only the scores of 1,3 in the final Test.Mayank on the other hand scored a brisk 90 against the West Indies in the warm-up game in Vadodara, on the day of selection.READ – Mayank Agarwal smashes 90 vs West Indies in tour matchMayank has played 43 first-class cricket matches, 70 List-A cricket matches and 111 T20 domestic matches. He has 3372 runs in first-class and 3472 runs in List A cricket. He even had scored more than 2000 runs in domestic cricket last season.advertisementThe opening Test will be held at Rajkot from October 4 to 8, followed by the second Test from October 12 to 16 at Hyderabad.The five-match ODI series will begin on October 21 at Guwahati, followed by the second ODI on October 24 at Indore and third ODI at Pune on October 27. The final two one-dayers will be held at Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on October 29 and November 1.The ODI will be followed by the three Twenty20 Internationals to be held at Kolkata (November 4), Lucknow (November 6) and Chennai (November 11).India’s Team for Test series vs West Indies -Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul ThakurIndia vs West Indies: Full Schedule1st Test – October 4-8, Rajkot2nd Test – October 12-16, Hyderabad1st ODI – October 21, Guwahati2nd ODI – October 24, Indore3rd ODI – October 27, Pune4rth ODI – October 29, Mumbai5th ODI – November 1, Thiruvananthapuram1st T20I – November 4, Kolkata2nd T20I – November 6, Lucknow3rd T20I – November 11, Chennai.
Brazil Dada hoping for a fit Neymar at the World Cup: He is 50% of the Brazil team Raisa Simplicio 20:00 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Brazil Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia World Cup The 1970 World Cup winner has put his trust in the PSG star to succeed in Russia – if he can stay fit One of the most charismatic figures of the side that won the 1970 World Cup, Dada Maravilha is accompanying the Brazil national team in its quest for glory in Russia. Having swapped his boots for a microphone, he is now working as a commentator and following the steps of the Selecao on the way to the upcoming finals. Dada was there for the first part of Brazil’s preparations in Granja Comary and is very impressed with coach Tite, who made a point of praising him and ‘sweetening’ the world champion.”I must admit that I am delighted, first of all because of the humility of Tite, who called on Gerson, that monster of a player, to chat, he called on Zagallo, the most successful coach in Brazilian history, and obviously he talked about football, what the 1970 team achieved, why it is considered the best team on earth. He is on the right track, the two training sessions that I saw were full of quick touches, I liked it a lot,” said Dada, who as always was with a smile on his face. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now (Foto: Lucas Figueiredo / CBF / Divulgação)The fifth highest scorer in Brazilian football history, Dada knows what hitting the back of the net means; and when it came to choosing Brazil’s starting No. 9 he had no hesitation in singling out Gabriel Jesus, although he also had high praise for Roberto Firmino. “The two are excellent but right now Jesus deserves it, but if Jesus slips up and Firmino comes in and shines it is Brazil that wins, they have two brilliant goal-scorers,” he added. Dada also spoke about Neymar, who has been out of the game since February due to injury and hopes to come back prior to the World Cup. The retired champion believes the No.10 is key to Brazil’s chances, and that he must take on the mantle of Tostao, moving the ball around quickly to escape defenders’ attentions. “I saw him training, I am excited, at certain points he showed a few bruises so I am quite scared, everyone knows the problem is his right foot, one hit to his right foot could take him out of the game. I think he has to play like Tostao used to, moving quickly, bringing his team-mates in because he is right on the limit, he is extraordinary and nobody goes in on him to take the ball, they go in to hit him and hurt him. He has to move the ball along quickly. Brazil depend a lot on Neymar, he is 50 per cent of the team.” Dada had the honour of playing with some of Brazil’s greatest-ever players in 1970, while he has also watched closely those who have followed. Pele and Zico are at the top of his all-time list, but he also has a soft spot for the likes of Tostao and Romario. “Pele and Zico, those two were the greatest, the best I have ever seen. I am a fan of Tostao, who for me is one of the best after Pele and Zico, but I have to talk about Romario too, he was excellent for me, Ronaldo was also very good but I’ll stick with Romario in attack.”(Foto: Getty Images)And when asked to compare the 1970 side with the fabled team of 1982, Dada did not hesitate. “That question is easy to answer, I could measure the two teams up but football is about who wins, that is a concept you cannot argue with. So for that reason 1970 was the greatest,” he explained. He is also confident that after falling away on home soil four years ago, Brazil have what it takes to win a record sixth World Cup in Russia.”I am excited, Tite took over the Selecao at its lowest ebb and brought it back, he has stimulated the players and Brazil are considered favourites. For me the outright favourite is Germany, then Brazil, but there is nothing stopping Brazil from being champions.”Tite has shown he is a clever guy, it’s not just his intelligence I like, but also his humility in acknowledging he has people close to him that can help. Gerson, Zagallo, the World Cup’s biggest winner. So I want to thank them for accepting Tite’s invitation and to thank him for recognising he could learn with them. We are always learning.”
zoom Netherlands-based SBM Offshore and its US subsidiary have agreed to resolve criminal charges involving bribes in five countries and pay a criminal penalty of USD 238 million.According to the US Department of Justice, the penalty was set in connection with schemes involving the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). SBM USA pleaded guilty on November 29 in connection with the resolution.“This corrupt scheme involved some of the highest-level executives within the company, spanned five countries, and lasted for more than a decade,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.SBM entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with a criminal information filed on November 29 in the Southern District of Texas charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA. In addition, SBM USA pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a one-count criminal information charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.Pursuant to its agreement with the Department, SBM agreed to pay a total criminal penalty of USD 238 million to the United States, including a USD 500,000 criminal fine and USD 13.2 million in criminal forfeiture that SBM agreed to pay on behalf of SBM USA.According to the companies’ admissions and court documents, beginning by at least 1996 and continuing until at least 2012, SBM conspired to violate the FCPA by paying more than USD 180 million in commissions to intermediaries, knowing that a portion of those commissions would be used to bribe foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.SBM made these payments in order to influence those officials, for the purpose of securing improper advantages and obtaining or retaining business with state-owned oil companies in the five named countries. SBM acknowledged that it gained at least USD 2.8 billion from projects it obtained from these state-owned oil companies.The Justice Department resolution follows guilty pleas by two former SBM executives. On November 9, Anthony Mace, the former CEO of SBM and a former member of the board of directors of SBM USA, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. On November 6, Robert Zubiate, a former SBM USA executive, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Mace and Zubiate are awaiting sentencing.In 2014, SBM settled with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office over related conduct and paid the Netherlands a total USD 200 million in disgorged profits and a USD 40 million fine. SBM has paid a combined worldwide total in criminal penalties in excess of USD 475 million.
New Delhi: “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world”, the Centre and the Assam government said in the Supreme Court Friday while seeking the extension its July 31 deadline to finalise the National Register of Citizens to verify wrongful inclusions and exclusions in the NRC.The top court agreed to hear the pleas of both the governments for deliberation on July 23 to conduct a sample re-verification process to quell a growing perception that many illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the NRC especially in districts bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayA special bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman had fixed July 31 as the deadline for publication of the final list of the NRC and had reiterated that it will not be extended. Both the governments said that they are allowed to undertake verification of 20 per cent random samples of citizens for wrongful inclusions or exclusions in the NRC. The bench took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the state government, that several lakhs people have been wrongfully included in the NRC, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh due to the involvement of local officers in the massive exercise. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat”Please extend the deadline for publication of final Assam NRC from July 31 to a future date. There is a growing perception that many exclusions and many more inclusions have been made wrongly,” the solicitor general said. “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” he said, adding there was a need to re-look the draft NRC list through sample verification. At the outset, the law officer said that although Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has done “excellent work”, it has been seen on the ground that wrongful exclusions and many inclusions have been reported in some districts. “Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims (of those who were excluded in draft NRC), 80 lakh names have been re-verified. So there is no need for a sample re-verification. If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample re-verification, is it,” the bench asked.
Grace Asirwatham has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal and The Netherlands and in other positions in Sri Lanka missions in Germany and Pakistan. Since October 2017 she has held the post of state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette) Rodney Perera has been the Sri Lankan ambassador to Luxembourg, Belgium and the European Union since August 2014. He has previously served as ambassador to Italy and Norway. He is very familiar with the United States, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master’s in international relations from the Columbia University, New York. The announcement of the nominations was made on 2 September, with Sri Lankan foreign ministry sources cited as saying that both appointments will come into effect from next month. Grace Asiriwatham is to take over as Sri Lanka’s envoy to the EU, reports said today.Asiriwatham will fill the post left vacant when incumbent Rodney Perera moves to be the next Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, the Delano website reported.
With child trafficking affecting more African countries than any other type of trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on governments, law enforcement officials, education authorities, local communities and the media to unite in fighting the scourge. “Trafficking is among the worst violations of child rights in the world,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement launching a new report issued by the agency’s Innocenti Research Centre, based in Florence, Italy. “If we are to put an end to this brazen trade, we need courageous government leaders who will criminalize the trafficking of children in all its forms. Failure to do so is an abuse of children.” Trafficking of human beings affects every country in Africa for which data is available, either as countries of origin or destination, according to the report, which assembles and analyzes data from across the continent. Although there are no reliable estimates on actual number of those trafficked, the number of countries reporting trafficking in children is twice that of those reporting trafficking in women, according to the report, launched in Cotonou in the West African country of Benin at a meeting of African Union ministers of labour and social affairs. “Children will only be free from trafficking when they live in a protective environment which shields them from this unconscionable violation of their rights,” Ms. Bellamy said in her statement from New York. A protective environment includes being in school, having strong laws punishing those who exploit children, a government truly committed to fighting the practice and a community aware of the risks children face, UNICEF said. It also means that media raise awareness, that law enforcement is free from corruption, and that strong monitoring systems are in place to identify communities at risk. The report looks at information from 53 African countries. Trafficking does not remain within Africa. In 34 per cent of African countries, the trade flows to Europe, and in 26 per cent to the Middle East and Arab states. Trafficking within national borders is very common, occurring in 8 out of every 10 African countries. Root causes, often differing from country to country, include the collapse of a child’s protective environment due to conflict, economic hardship and discrimination. Early marriage and lack of birth registration further increase the vulnerability of children and women exploitation. Poverty can create a desperate situation for many women and children, making them marks for manipulation.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the end of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UNAMA Assistance Mission and UN Special Representative in the country, confirmed that the issue of an end to extremist violence had been discussed in depth.“Perhaps this was the first ministerial meeting when the issue of peace has been taken up with so much weight in addition to the regular issues which are development, growth, social issues and reforms,” he said.It’s time for the Taliban now to come forward to see if they are serious about ending the conflict…and play a constructive role in Afghanistan society – National Security Adviser, Hamdullah Mohib“This also sends a message to various actors, of course to the Afghan people but also to the insurgents- the Taliban – that even when they join, or when they are part of the Government, that the international community will continue to assist Afghanistan.”Mr. Tadamichi’s comments follow the Afghan Government’s pledge earlier this year to hold unconditional talks with Taliban groups.Extremists have been held responsible for innumerable deadly attacks on civilians in the country, including one earlier on Wednesday in Kabul, reportedly targeting the premises of a private security company.Also in Geneva, Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, insisted that the people of Afghanistan were “ready for peace.”The Taliban were ready too, he suggested, owing to increased military pressure on them throughout Afghanistan and the fact that they had “lost their legitimacy” in the eyes of citizens.“We have put our step forward,” he said. “It’s time for the Taliban now to come forward to see if they are serious about ending the conflict and wanting to see and play a constructive role in the Afghanistan society.”Those comments came at the end of a high-level conference on Afghanistan at the UN in Geneva attended by 67 countries, 34 international organizations and representatives from civil society and the private sector.Its outcomes included the adoption of the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF), a list of commitments for the Government and international community to achieve by the end of next year.These include enhancing inclusive economic growth, reducing poverty, creating employment, fighting corruption, empowering women more, and improving governance, rule of law and human rights.Continuing with an ambitious reform programme is key to Afghanistan’s economic self-reliance, sustainable development and peace, Mohammad Qayoumi, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, insisted. “I think in the past four years we have passed more than 390 legislations…I don’t think we have done that much in the prior 100 years.”He added: “As we look towards the next five years, our hope is how we can move from a donor-based economy to an environment where we will be self-reliant and the focus will be on private sector investment, because no country has been able to move from poverty to prosperity through granting aid.”Afghan millenials have ‘risen up’ to claim torch of leadershipEarlier in the day, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani acknowledged that his country had received considerable support from the global community, having been the focus of 11 similar meetings in recent years, from Tokyo to London.Since the turn of the century, much had changed for the better, he insisted, not least the fact that Afghan men and women had voted on 20 October in parliamentary elections, despite the actions of armed extremists intent on spoiling the poll.“There is no better demonstration of the emergence of the active citizen than the long line of voters we witnessed on October 20 who defied threats of violence and rocket attacks to cast their ballot in the Parliamentary elections,” he said.People were increasingly “embracing and appropriating the values of the Constitution,” President Ghani continued, before noting that young men and women – the “most educated and socially engaged generation ever,” were helping to secure Afghanistan’s peaceful future.“We are seeing both women and men of the millennium generation take their rightful place at the table of leadership and management and government, society and politics,” he said. “The torch is not so much being passed to them, but they have risen up and claimed it.”’Notable improvements’: UN pledges to continue peace, development partnershipEchoing those comments, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed the organization’s partnership with the Government and people of Afghanistan “for peace, inclusive growth and sustainable development.”In a message delivered to the Geneva conference by Under-Secretary-General Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Mr. Guterres noted how Afghanistan had “rebuilt” its political system, state institutions, infrastructure and economy since 2001.These changes had brought “notable improvements” for ordinary citizens too, he added.Considerable progress had also been made in women’s rights, the UN chief continued, not least in increased legal protection for them and their participation in politics and the economy.Such inclusion “is essential to helping Afghanistan reach self-reliance,” he said, before declaring that he was “heartened by the courage and determination shown by the millions of Afghan women and men who turned out to vote” in last month’s parliamentary elections.In 2016, donors pledged more than $15 billion to help Afghanistan achieve those objectives over four years, and the conference provided an opportunity to take stock of Government-led reform at local and national level, across all regions.Nonetheless, “serious challenges of insecurity, poverty and the rule of law persist” in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General said, adding that finding a political solution to the violence there “is more urgent than ever.”
WASHINGTON — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul was out for Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with a sore left leg.It’s the second consecutive game Paul has missed. He sat out Saturday’s game in Cleveland after playing 37 minutes in an overtime win in Detroit the night before. The Rockets said he was being rested against the Cavaliers.“We’ve just got to make sure Chris is 100 per cent well from his strained hammy,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.D’Antoni said Paul was day-to-day. Gerald Green was also out for the third straight game with a sore right ankle.Washington’s Dwight Howard was out for the fourth straight game with a sore glute.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Jerry Sandusky, the convicted child sex abuser sentenced to no less than 30 years, became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation.The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.He faces testing and evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his “home” prison. At Camp Hill, experts will assess his mental state, physical health and education level, and determine whether he needs treatment.Sandusky was sentenced this month to 30 to 60 years for sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.There are about 6,800 sex offenders serving time in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The Corrections Department does not maintain special units for sex offenders, and there is no way to predict where he will be sent.Meanwhile, he maintains his innocence and had attorney file motions for a new trial.Sandusky’s lawyers made the filing at the courthouse in Bellefonte, where he was sentenced two weeks ago after being convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus in State College.“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount . . . to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,” they wrote.The 31-page set of motions, technically not appeals because they were filed with the trial judge, cover a wide range of assertions, including insufficient evidence, improper use of hearsay testimony and improper rulings from the bench.More than a third of the document explores ways Sandusky claims the rapid pace of the case violated his right to due process of law, as he went from arrest to trial in just over seven months. His lawyers said they were swamped by documents from prosecutors and lacked time to interview possible witnesses and an expert and two assistants were not available at trial.The document said Judge John Cleland ruled improperly concerning the use of a computer-generated drawing of an accuser and issued incorrect jury instructions. It also raised issues about prosecutors’ closing argument, the vagueness of the charges, sequestration of jurors and the amount of restitution ordered.
Christie Aschwanden’s new book, “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery,” is available this week. In it, she examines the latest recovery trends among athletes — including Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas, Sue Bird’s coffee naps and Michael Phelps’s “cupping” ritual. She also tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks and infrared saunas. Below, we’re publishing an excerpt of the book’s chapter on what science really tells us about what we should drink after we work out. Hydrate Till You DrownExercise scientist and physician Tim Noakes was a believer in the dangers of dehydration until two separate experiences left him questioning what he thought he knew.First, Noakes was involved in a study examining participants in a four-day canoe race. During a particularly rough day, one of the paddlers lost all of his drinking water when it washed overboard as he went through some breakers. Despite having canoed about 50 kilometers without drinking, the paddler’s body temperature hadn’t become elevated, as the dehydration theory would have predicted. “We weighed him, and he’d lost about eight or nine pounds, but his body temperature was normal and I thought, oh my gosh — body weight loss has nothing to do with body temperature,” Noakes says. This was a lightbulb moment, because conventional wisdom held that one of the reasons that dehydration was (supposedly) so dangerous was that it put people at risk for heatstroke, and this finding contradicted that assumption.The canoe study prompted Noakes to reconsider the idea that maintaining full hydration was essential to staving off heatstroke. Then, in 1981, a runner wrote to Noakes describing a strange experience she’d had at that year’s Comrades Marathon — a famous 90-kilometer ultramarathon in South Africa. It was the first time that the event had provided drink stations every mile of the 56-mile course, he says, and the runner wrote to say that she’d begun feeling really strange about three-quarters of the way through the race. Her husband pulled her off the course and delivered her to the medics. The first responders assumed she was dehydrated and gave her two liters of intravenous fluid, after which she lost consciousness. She had a seizure on the way to the emergency room.At the hospital, doctors discovered that her blood sodium concentration was dangerously low. The ultimate diagnosis was a medical condition called “water intoxication” or hyponatremia — too little sodium in the blood. Contrary to what the medical crew at the race had assumed, the runner wasn’t dehydrated— she was overhydrated. She’d drunk so much fluid that her blood sodium had become dangerously diluted. Low blood sodium causes cells in the body to swell, and when it happens in the brain, the results can be deadly.Noakes has built a reputation as a loud contrarian on a variety of issues. He is perhaps most famous for his theories about exercise fatigue and has made a career out of pushing against conventional scientific wisdom, some say to his own detriment.5In 2017, the Health Professions Council of South Africa cleared him of a charge of professional misconduct that had been brought by the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, which had complained about advice he’d given on Twitter telling a mother to feed her baby a low-carb, high-fat diet — an eating plan that’s the subject of his latest crusade. So it’s not surprising that he was one of the first and loudest voices on overhydration (the guy wrote a whole book about it).Yet Noakes is far from alone in worrying that the rush to prevent dehydration may have put exercisers at risk of the far more serious condition of water intoxication. In 1986, a research group published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association describing the experience of a medical student and a physician who’d become stuporous and disoriented during an ultramarathon. The men were diagnosed with hyponatremia, and they concluded that they’d developed the condition by drinking too much.There’s never been a case of a runner dying of dehydration on a marathon course, but since 1993, at least five marathoners have died from hyponatremia they developed during a race.6This 2005 Noakes paper describes four deaths, and since then, there’s been at least one more, at the London Marathon in 2007. At the 2002 Boston Marathon, researchers from Harvard Medical School took blood samples from 488 marathoners after the finish. The samples showed that 13 percent of the runners had diagnosable hyponatremia, and three had critical cases of the condition. German researchers similarly took blood samples from more than a thousand finishers of the Ironman European Championship over multiple years and found that 10.6 percent of them had hyponatremia. Most of the instances were mild, but nearly 2 percent of the finishers had severe or critical cases. Although the findings indicate that hyponatremia is still a rare condition, what makes them especially concerning is that the early symptoms of hyponatremia are very easily confused with those of dehydration — weakness, headache, nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness.The problem with this model of hydration is that it overlooks basic physiology.How did hyponatremia become an affliction of athletes? In retrospect, it may come down to an error of shifted priorities. In the wake of Gatorade’s massive success, sports drink makers turned to science to promote their products, and researchers focused on things that were easy to measure — body temperature and sweat losses. Based on an idea that dehydration must be a risk factor for heatstroke, attention moved to replenishing fluid loss.The problem with this model of hydration is that it overlooks basic physiology. It turns out, your body is highly adapted to cope with losing multiple liters of fluid, especially during exercise. When you exercise, you lose fluid and salts through sweat, and that translates into a small change in what’s called your “plasma osmolality” — the concentration of salts and other soluble compounds in your blood. You need enough fluid and electrolytes in your blood for your cells to function properly, and this balance is tightly regulated by a feedback loop, says Kelly Anne Hyndman, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and leading expert on kidney physiology.When you sweat, your brain senses the corresponding rise in plasma osmolality and directs the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which prods the kidneys to activate aquaporins, which are like tiny straws that poke into the kidneys to draw water back into the blood. “It’s a pathway to conserve water,” Hyndman says. As your body reabsorbs water, your plasma osmolality returns to normal, your brain senses the change, and it shuts down ADH. This feedback loop is finely tuned to keep plasma osmolality in a safe range. Even a tiny drop in electrolytes will activate this system to keep your fluid balance in check. “People always worry they’re going to be dehydrated when the reality is, it’s much easier to over- hydrate because our bodies are so good at conserving water,” Hyndman says. “Being a little dehydrated is not a bad thing. Our bodies can handle it.”Athletes who develop hyponatremia during exercise usually get there by drinking too much because they’ve been conditioned to think they need to drink beyond thirst, says Tamara Hew- Butler, a professor of exercise science at Oakland University and the lead author of several papers on hyponatremia. Even if you don’t drink anything (which she does not recommend), your blood sodium levels will rise in response to sweat losses, and as a result, your body will shift fluid into the blood to maintain your fluid balance, Hew-Butler says.The same feedback loop that calls in the aquaporins also activates your thirst. “You don’t have to drink above thirst — you’ll be fine!” she says. Just as sleepiness is your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to sleep, thirst is how your body ensures that you seek fluids when you need them. No one tells you to sleep before you’re tired, and unless you’re in a situation where you can’t drink for a prolonged period, there’s no sense in drinking before you feel thirsty either. Your body is a finely tuned machine that that is capable of adapting to changing conditions, and it’s not usually necessary to try to outsmart it.You can also forget those pee charts that look like paint swatches for urine, and ignore anyone who says that yellow pee is a sign that you need to drink more water. If you think about hydration from the standpoint of what’s going on inside your body, it’s easy to see why urine hue isn’t helpful. The color of your pee is essentially just a measure of how concentrated your urine is. If it contains more waste than water, it looks dark, and if it’s mostly water, it’s light or almost clear. But that’s not what’s important. What you really want to know is what’s going on in your blood, and your urine can’t tell you that. Dark pee might mean that you’re running low on fluid, but it could also mean that your kidneys are keeping your plasma osmolality in check by conserving water. Very light or clear urine just means that you’ve drunk more water than your body needs, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, especially right before an athletic event.Because of the way the body adapts to fluid loss, the common advice to drink a lot in advance of a big event like a marathon may actually backfire. If you drink a bunch of excess water leading up to a competition, you prime your body to become less adept at holding on to precious fluids, says Mark Knepper, chief of the Epithelial Systems Biology Laboratory at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. When you’re very hydrated, your body doesn’t need to activate many aquaporins, and over time, it reduces the number in reserve, meaning that you’ll have fewer of these water straws at the ready when you need them.Yet everywhere I look, it seems that people are telling me to drink more water. In his best- selling 2017 book, “The TB12 Method,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady presents his magic hydration formula — drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. “At 225 pounds, that means I should be drinking 112 ounces a day, minimum,” he writes. (Brady also contends that “the more hydrated I am, the less likely I am to get sunburned,” a claim disputed by scientists.) If our bodies are so good at adapting to moderate fluid loss and letting us know when we need to drink, why are there still so many messages out there urging us to drink before we feel thirsty?An obvious explanation for this is that most of what we hear about hydration comes from companies and researchers with a vested interest in making it all seem complex and highly scientific. The current guidelines from the ACSM and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association have been updated to warn about hyponatremia, but they still promote the ideas that thirst is a poor indicator of hydration and that more than a 2 percent body weight loss should be avoided. The ACSM, NSCA and NATA all receive funding from sports drink makers, as do some of their members. If staying hydrated were as simple as just drinking to thirst, you wouldn’t need expert advice or scientifically formulated products like Gatorade.From a biological perspective, it’s hard to imagine that the human body is so delicate that it can’t function properly without scientists (or football stars) swooping in with calculators to tell us how to keep it running properly. “You have to trust your body,” Knepper says. Humans have evolved to survive exercising without chugging water or sports drink on some rigid schedule. “You get clues about what you need if you listen to your own body,” he says. “You don’t have to know chemistry to survive.”After examining the science, I can’t help thinking we’ve made hydration unduly complicated. I take my dog running with me most of the time, and I’ve never measured the color of her pee or forced her to drink (as if I could). I make sure she has regular access to water, but she doesn’t always take it. At times, she won’t drink at all during a long run, and on those occasions, she always goes straight to her water dish when we get home and slurps until she’s satisfied. I’ve never had to give her an emergency IV for low fluid levels. If drinking to thirst is good enough for her, it’s probably good enough for me too. CLARA KIRKPATRICK The Limited Science Behind Hydration AdviceSports doctors were also urging athletes to drink. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a professional organization of sports science experts (which receives financial support from Gatorade), put out a consensus statement in 1996 recommending that “during exercise, athletes should start drinking early and at regular intervals in an attempt to consume fluids at a rate sufficient to replace all the water lost through sweating (i.e., body weight loss), or consume the maximal amount that can be tolerated.” The message coming from experts was that athletes needed to replace the fluids they lost during exercise lest their performance and health suffer.In the wake of all this promotion, sports drinks have become a multimillion-dollar business. But when a team of medical researchers trained in the evaluation of scientific findings had a look at the research underpinning the boom in sports drinks, they reached a startling conclusion. “As it turns out, if you apply evidence-based methods, 40 years of sports drinks research does not seemingly add up to much,” Carl Heneghan and his colleagues at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine wrote in a 2012 analysis published in the British medical journal BMJ. When Heneghan’s team gathered and examined all of the available evidence on sports drinks (it even consulted sports drink manufacturers to ask them for their supporting studies, though not all complied), they found what amounted to a bunch of preliminary or inconclusive evidence packaged as more definitive proof.The first, almost universal, problem among these studies was that they were too small to produce meaningful results. “Small studies are known to be systematically biased toward the effectiveness of the interventions they are testing,” Heneghan and his colleagues wrote. Out of the 106 studies they analyzed, only one had more than 100 subjects, and the second-largest study used only 53 people. The median sample size? Nine.“Worryingly, most performance tests used to assess sports drinks have never been validated.”Another common shortcoming was that the studies were often designed in a way that almost assured that they’d find a benefit from sports drinks. Deborah Cohen, an investigations editor at the BMJ who was involved in the project and wrote a summary of the findings, recalls a study in which volunteers who fasted overnight were divided into two groups, one whose members were given a sports drink containing water, salts and sugar and another whose members received water. “People who were given the sports drink fared better,” she says. “Well, no shit.” If you haven’t had any food in 12 hours and then you get a bit of sugar, of course you’ll perform better than the people still running on empty. But to say that this means the sports drink is superior to whatever a normal person would consume leading up to or during exercise just isn’t generalizable, she says. “Who starves themselves overnight and then goes to perform some exercise?” And yet the BMJ investigation found that this type of study design is surprisingly common among tests of nutritional products.Some of the dazzling powers that sports drinks display in the studies touted by their makers may be nothing more than the placebo effect. When people volunteer for a study to test a new sports drink, they come to it with an expectation that the product will have some performance benefit. Studies use a placebo group to factor out such effects, but a placebo only controls for these expectations when it’s indistinguishable from the real deal. So it’s telling, Cohen says, that studies using plain water for the control group found that the sports drink had positive effects, while the ones that used taste-matched placebos didn’t.The BMJ analysis also concluded that many of the measures made in these studies may not matter for real-world performance. “Worryingly, most performance tests used to assess sports drinks have never been validated,” Heneghan and his colleagues write, and some of them are known to produce highly variable results that may not be reproducible.Heneghan and his team concluded that claims about sports drinks rely on small studies with comparison groups that favor the products being studied, a lack of rigorous blinding so that participants were likely nudged to perform better while taking in the sports drinks, and measurements of effectiveness that might not be meaningful in real life. Add to that statistical sleights of hand that inflate the benefits of the drinks (for instance, one study increased the benefit of carbohydrate drinks from 3 percent to 33 percent by excluding a segment of the test from the analysis), and sports drinks don’t come out looking so impressive.When Heneghan’s and Cohen’s reports came out, some sports science experts blasted it as unnecessarily rigid, because they set their standards based on the conventions of clinical medicine rather than sports science, where, for instance, small sample sizes are common. Which standards and methods should be used for assessing evidence is an important debate that is gaining attention within the sports science community. In the meantime, the emphasis on hydration has created another problem to address. In the early 1990s, Gatorade ran a television commercial featuring Michael Jordan called “Be Like Mike.” It featured slam dunks by Jordan interspersed with footage of kids shooting hoops and, of course, Jordan and other happy people drinking Gatorade.Stuart Phillips remembers that ad campaign well. As an aspiring athlete, he, too, wanted to be like Mike. “Michael Jordan drank Gatorade, so I drank Gatorade,” Phillips says. Despite guzzling the sports drink, Phillips never did make it to the pros, but instead grew up to become the director of the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The Jordan ad taught him a lesson about the power of marketing, though: “If you can get an endorsement from an athlete that everybody recognizes, then who needs science?”Scientific facts don’t sell products; stories do. Jordan was already a basketball superstar by the time Gatorade came calling, and the public was eager to experience something of his greatness. Enter Gatorade — Michael Jordan drank it, and young Stuart Phillips could too. To drink Gatorade wasn’t just to mimic a sports hero, it was to imagine a causal relationship — Jordan drank Gatorade and then made all those slam dunks, so the one must have had something to do with the other.Psychologists call such thinking the “illusion of causality,” and it’s so powerful that it has spawned an entire genre of advertising — the celebrity endorsement. No one would care that a pro athlete uses a particular product if it didn’t somehow appear that the item played some role in that star’s success. The Irish have a saying, “An umbrella accompanies the rain but rarely causes it.” The same could be said of product endorsements and athletic greatness. Still, our minds are quick to connect the dots in the wrong direction.The age of the athlete-endorsed sports drink began on a Florida football field in the mid-1960s. Back then, most coaches and athletes didn’t give much thought to fluid replacement during practice or competition. In some instances, athletes were even counseled to avoid drinking close to a workout lest they upset their stomach. But in 1965, a University of Florida football coach came to Dr. Robert Cade and his team of university doctors1There are conflicting accounts of exactly what question sparked the research that led to Gatorade and who it was that asked. An official history published on the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention’s website says that “Gatorade was the result of an offhand question posed in 1965 by former University of Florida linebacker Dwayne Douglas to Dr. J Robert Cade, a professor of renal medicine. ‘Why don’t football players ever urinate during a game?’” According to a history of Gatorade published on the company’s website in 2017, “In early summer of 1965, a University of Florida assistant coach sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.” Both sources say that the researchers involved in developing the drink were Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Dana Shires, Dr. H. James Free and Dr. Alejandro de Quesada. complaining that his players were “wilting” in the heat. (He also wondered why his players never urinated during games.) After some investigation, Cade and his colleagues concluded that two factors were causing the players to fall victim to the heat — they weren’t replenishing the fluids and salts they were sweating out, nor were they restoring the carbohydrates their bodies were burning for fuel.In a stroke of genius, Gatorade turned the drink’s sodium, phosphorus and potassium into “electrolytes,” which is simply the scientific term for molecules that produce ions when dissolved in water.Cade figured that he could solve the problem by helping players replace those lost resources, so he stirred together some sodium, sugar and monopotassium phosphate with water to create a drink soon dubbed Gatorade, after the University of Florida’s nickname: the Gators. Legend has it, the drink turned the struggling Gators football team around. It finished the season with a winning record, and in 1967, the team won the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history. Other teams took notice of the newfangled beverage, and in 1967, Cade and the University of Florida signed an agreement with canned goods company Stokely-Van Camp to produce Gatorade commercially.2This history is outlined in Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.” Orders for the drink poured in.What followed was a national campaign to sell the public on the idea that exercise caused dehydration, the cure was Gatorade’s specially developed drink, and this tonic was critical for sports performance — it was created by a doctor and tested in studies, after all. One of the brand’s early print advertisements boasted that Gatorade was absorbed 12 times faster than water (a claim walked back in 1970,3According to Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.”. after Ohio State team doctor Robert J. Murphy challenged it at a meeting of the American Medical Association).In a stroke of genius, Gatorade turned the drink’s sodium, phosphorus and potassium into a special selling point by rebranding these ordinary salts with their scientific name — “electrolytes,” which is simply the scientific term for molecules that produce ions when dissolved in water. Your body maintains some reserves of these vital ions that it can tap into as needed to keep your body’s fluid and salt balance in check. We do lose electrolytes through sweat, but even when you exercise continuously for many hours, you will simply correct any losses via your normal appetite and hunger mechanisms. (You’ve already experienced this if you’ve ever had a hankering for a salty snack.) One small study of cyclists and triathletes found that it didn’t really matter whether they drank plain water, a sports drink or a milk-based beverage after an hour of hard exercise. As long as they drank some liquids along with a meal, they restored their fluid levels just fine.Gatorade may not have been the first to use this term, but they’re the ones that landed electrolytes in the public lexicon. In 1985, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute was founded to promote the study of hydration and nutrition for athletes, research that also happened to make for great marketing. Conveniently, the studies that came from the GSSI could be used to support the product’s claims. A 1990 magazine ad read: “We test Gatorade in laboratories. We test it at major universities, with sports science experts, on sophisticated scientific equipment with names that are longer than this sentence. What does it prove? Gatorade works.”4According to Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.”Rovell’s book.Early advertisements presented thirst as the problem that Gatorade was designed to solve, but as the GSSI’s research program progressed, the emphasis moved to a more clinical concept of hydration and the notion that thirst was not a good indicator of whether an exerciser was drinking enough. “Unfortunately, there is no clear physiological signal that dehydration is occurring, and most athletes are oblivious to the subtle effects of dehydration (thirst, growing fatigue, irritability, inability to mentally focus, hyperthermia),” wrote GSSI co-founder Bob Murray in one report. Instead, athletes were advised to drink according to scientific formulas. A Gatorade ad that ran in Northwest Runner in 2001 depicted the glistening torso of a runner with the race number 40 pinned to her shorts and the words, “Research shows your body needs at least 40 oz. of fluid every hour or your performance could suffer.” That’s the equivalent of five 8-ounce glasses of liquid, which means that a runner finishing a marathon in a fast three hours would need to drink 15 glasses of fluid along the way. Gulp.Gatorade wasn’t alone in promoting the benefits of drinking before, during and after exercise. Other sports drink manufacturers, such as the drug company GlaxoSmithKline (Lucozade Sport), also pointed to science when marketing its products. Lucozade, for example, established a “sports science academy” to promote its drink. Together, these campaigns fostered the idea that exercise depletes your fluids and electrolytes (which, remember, is just a fancy name for salts) and that special measures are required to make things right again.It was no longer sufficient to simply drink some water and eat a meal after exercising. The idea these marketing campaigns fostered was that physical activity created extraordinary nutritional needs and that these specially formulated beverages were the best way to meet them. This was science speaking. Reprinted from “GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery” by Christie Aschwanden. Copyright © 2019 by Christie Aschwanden. With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
UPDATE: TV Guide Slashes Jobs Following Merger ApprovalGemstar-TV Guide announced today that its stockholders have approved the company’s proposed merger with Macrovision Corporation, the Santa Clara, California-based digital software solutions firm that agreed last December to acquire Gemstar for $2.8 billion in cash and stock. The merger is expected to take effect May 2. The transaction had been pending shareholder approval since December when Gemstar’s board unanimously approved the transaction and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which owns 41 percent of Gemstar, also agreed to the deal.In January, there was serious speculation that some stockholders would vote against the deal. On Monday, shares of Gemstar-TV Guide hit a 13-month-low of $4.04 per share.What’s Next?For Macrovision, the question now becomes what to do with TV Guide’s publishing business, including its 3.2 million circulation flagship magazine. During a conference call the morning of the sale announcement, Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso said he would need time to study that part of the company before disclosing his plans for the magazine. “I don’t have a deep background in that area,” Amoroso said.The indication now is that Macrovision intends to find a buyer for the publishing business, including TV Guide, and its cable assets. It’s unclear, however, whether TV Guide’s online arm, including TVGuide.com and jumptheshark.com, would be included in any deal.
There has been a lot written on the history of video games. Countless books have appeared usually full of illustrations and meant for coffee table status. This University video project is different, though.A group of students from Munich created the video you see above entitled “Game Design”. It’s shot mostly in a single-shot, but they did have a few breaks (and 45 takes). It aims to sum up the history of gaming in just four minutes by selecting choice games from 1958 through 2010.The group admit it isn’t perfect, but I doubt you could please everyone regardless of which, and how many games you chose to feature. Still, it’s not bad for a first attempt and the length is short enough for even those with no attention span to sit through.Here’s the games and versions that feature in the video:Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958Pacman, Arcade, 1980Donkey Kong, NES, 1986Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996Final Fantasy VII, Sony PlayStation, 1997Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony PlayStation 2, 2002Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006God of War III, Sony PlayStation 3, 2010Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008In the video description it is pointed out that Halo was meant to feature on the original Xbox. It didn’t because the friend who was meant to supply it couldn’t find their copy. Ecco the Dolphin was included to “show a flop in game history” which won’t sit well with Ecco fans.Read more at Florian Smolka’s Vimeo page, via Pocket-lint
Stay on target Introducing a new TV series to the masses is always hard, especially when the premise involves anything complicated like time travel. You have to introduce all new characters, explain the premise of the show in a way that gets everyone watching on board, and tell a compelling story that lays out a blueprint for episodes to come. With all those plates in the air, it’s not surprising that one of them drops sometimes.After watching the pilot episode of NBC’s new time travel drama, Timeless, I don’t yet feel like I really know who these characters are. We’re told about their pasts. Delta Force Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) is depressed over the loss of his wife. History professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) has dedicated her life to her department out of obligation to her dying mother. Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) is… well we don’t know that much. He’s a nerdy coder who has serious (understandable) misgivings about traveling back in time as a Black man. And that his boss, the inventor of the time machine, Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) has asked him to spy on his co-travelers.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)We don’t really know much about their personalities just yet, and in the pilot, they all come off as one-dimensional. Wyatt and Lucy are no-nonsense and focused on getting the mission done. What brief fun there is in Lucy being awestruck at suddenly being in the 1930s is quickly forgotten after Wyatt brings her attention to the task at hand. When she returns to the present to find out how things have changed, the only things we know for sure is that she’s happy her mother was now never sick, but distraught that her sister never existed. Reactions literally any human would have. The other news, that she has a fiance in this timeline, is glossed over. We have no idea how she feels about that or if she even wanted one in the first place.Wyatt meets a woman who looks a lot like his wife and learns she’s destined to die in the Hindenburg accident, and predictably tries to save her. (Hey Timeless writers, I too enjoyed “The City on the Edge of Forever.”) While that’s an interesting dilemma, it doesn’t tell us much about his character or what we can expect from him. Unless he’s going to meet a woman that looks like his wife in every time period, they travel to.Rufus ends up being the most interesting, partly because the funny nerd of the group will always stand out among flat characters, but mostly because he’s actually given something to push against. He steps out into 1937 and is immediately treated like a second-class citizen. He isn’t allowed to go into the same places as the other two. When the group is arrested, he is placed in a different cell and almost beaten. The stakes in this world are higher for him, and if future episodes focus more on his character, the show will be better for it.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)All that said, despite the lack of character development, the pilot episode of Timeless gave us a fun, exciting time-travel adventure. The world of 1937 is recreated perfectly, and there is enjoyment to be had in guessing how everything the characters do is going to affect the present. The story itself is also intriguing. Goran Visinjic plays Garcia Flynn, a criminal who has stolen a time machine to unmake the United States by changing certain historic events. While our three heroes can track him to a specific time, they have no way of knowing his location.In the pilot, Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are sent to the day of the Hindenburg explosion, thinking he intends to kill someone in the explosion who was meant to survive. They are surprised to learn that he actually prevents the explosion. When Rufus discovers one of Flynn’s henchmen’s walkie-talkie has been converted into a detonator, they figure out that Flynn actually meant to postpone the explosion until the next day—when some very important historical figures would be on board.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)The show also sets up an intriguing mystery to tease us into coming back next week. Flynn has a diary that Lucy will write in the Future and directs her to ask why she was really brought in on this mission. We’d all probably guessed there would be some bigger conspiracy going on. Nearly every new show has at least one. But that doesn’t mean I’m not at least interested to find out what it is.It’s possible I’m just easily won over by time travel stories, but Timeless delivers a genuinely interesting premise, with fun anachronistic one-liners, which helps overcome its weaker elements. The promise of seeing exactly how much each mission changes the present alone is enough to keep me coming back. New Buck Rogers movie happening if a court decides the name is public do…
The DBI CL8MPS from Double Black Imaging FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | December 23, 2014 Barco’s 6MP Display Re-engineered to Meet Radiologists’ Evolving Needs Latest version features better image clarity and uniformity, raises radiologists’ reading efficiency and productivity 50 Years of Innovative Visual TechnologyEIZO, which means image in Japanese, is a visual technology company that develops and manufactures high-end display solutions. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:53Loaded: 2.82%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of BarcoDecember 23, 2014 — Barco has released the first-ever Fusion display on the market, Coronis Fusion 6MP LED.Built upon IPS-Pro LCD panel technology, Coronis Fusion 6MP LED has a wide viewing angle for a screen area that is 100 percent compliant to the ACR guideline for luminance ratio. Radiologists can now see subtle details more quickly, with less zooming and panning due to the brightest calibrated luminance (500 cd/m²) and the largest screen size (30.4”) of any 6MP display.The new model offers the best image uniformity on the market today, with new color uniformity correction at the pixel level to eliminate screen noise. Its enhanced anti-reflective protective front glass helps reduce eyestrain. Coronis Fusion 6MP now comes with Barco’s brand-new productivity tools: SpotView technology allows users to focus the light on lesions or abnormalities that require extra attention. 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Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A Saudi-led coalition began targeting the Houthis and their allies on March 26. The U.N. estimates that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, have been killed between March 26 and May 20 in the fighting.Hadi’s government in exile has declared several provinces of Yemen disaster zones, including Dhale, where all basic services have collapsed. Due to the violence and a Saudi-led sea-and-air blockade, most Yemenis face severe shortages of fuel, water, medicine and food.In a new report, international humanitarian group Oxfam warned that some 16 million people in Yemen don’t have access to clean water.“This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined, all rotting under heaps of garbage in the streets, broken sewage pipes and without clean water for the seventh-consecutive week,” said Grace Ommer of Oxfam.Also Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes in at least five Yemeni cities, including the capital, Sanaa, and the southern port city of Aden.Meanwhile, a statement by the Saudi Interior Ministry said fighting along the kingdom’s border with Yemen near Asir killed one Saudi soldier and wounded three late Monday. As fighting continues, hopes are dwindling for a political resolution to end the war.Peace efforts also received a major blow this week after U.N.-sponsored negotiations due to take place in Geneva were indefinitely postponed.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered the postponement following a request from Yemen’s government and other parties for more time to prepare, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday, adding that Ban “is actively working to convene the talks at the earliest possible time.”The organization still hopes the warring sides could convene without preconditions, he said.In a limited Cabinet reshuffle, Hadi on Tuesday appointed a former lawmaker, Brig. Gen. Abdu al-Houzifi, as the new interior minister to replace the one who sided with the Houthis.The Houthis, who control large swaths of territory, later said in a statement that they were appointing new governors in six provinces — Sanaa, Rayma, Marib, Bayda, Jawf and Ibb.___Associated Press writers Edith Lederer and Cara Anna contributed to this report from the United Nations.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighters backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces’ first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes.The fighters took Dhale, home to the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the country’s largest army unit that had been loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels, known as Houthis, in their power grab across Yemen that began last September. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Government-allied fighters seized tanks, rocket launchers and ammunition caches from the base at Dhale, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Aden, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.Footage from Dhale aired on the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya satellite news network showed fighters in one armored vehicle flying the flag of once-independent South Yemen. The fighters, though allied with exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, also want an independent southern state in the country, which was only unified in 1990.Dozens of fighters on both sides have been killed in intense clashes around Dhale in the past two weeks. Fighting between them still raged Tuesday on the city’s outskirts, officials said.The officials also said that in the city of Taiz, three civilians were killed and over 20 wounded when a mortar shell hit a passenger bus in the city center. Combatants on each side accused the other of firing the errant shell, which happened during intense fighting involving heavy weapons.Just north of Aden, fighting between forces loyal to Hadi and those of Saleh killed three civilians and wounded five, they added.
10 Comments Share Things haven’t started the way anybody would want for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals, so as a bit of therapy, we thought we’d remember some happier (or at least more productive) times.Through three games, the Cardinals’ leading receiver (in terms of yards) is rookie Christian Kirk with 121. That’s an average of just over 40 yards per game, or, in layman’s terms, not good.So, in order to wash that unfortunate fact out of your brains, your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week is to name the 28 players in Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals history to have recorded at least one 100-yard receiving game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We’ve given you the position of the player, the years he wore Cardinal red, the number of times each accomplished the feat and eight minutes on the clock — what more could you want?Good luck!