Motorist Crashed Into Anchor Point Post Office

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to the Anchor Point Post Office after reports that a motorist drove through the front of the building Friday afternoon. In an email from Megan Peters, spokeswoman with the Alaska State Troopers: “We got the report at approximately 1:53pm. An employee and someone nearby called it in. Initially fire went out because they thought the driver may need to be extricated, but the driver got out on their own.” According to Peters, as of 4pm Troopers are still on scene investigating and arranging a tow. There were no reported injuries.last_img

PrePrime Day sale The Echo Dot for 2499 Fire TV Recast for

first_img See it Share your voice Crutchfield Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar Best Buy Post a comment $29 The Cheapskate 0 Now playing: Watch this: CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It See It $49 Smart Home DVRs Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon Echo Dotcenter_img Adorama $29 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Fire TV Recast is a whopping $100 off the regular price. Sarah Tew/CNET Pardon me while I throw my crystal ball out the window. Because I thought I had this whole Prime Day thing figured out: Sales on Amazon gear must be over until Prime Day kicks off on July 15, right?Nope. As of this morning, the Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR is on sale for $129.99, a full $100 off the regular price and by far the lowest it’s ever been.See it at AmazonMeanwhile, the third-gen Amazon Echo Dot continues to sell for $24.99, which is 50% off the list price and the lowest it’s been since Black Friday.See it at AmazonI don’t get it. Where does this leave these these products for Prime Day? Could the Recast be priced even lower? Seems unlikely. And will Amazon merely drop the Dot to $24.99 again, in which case, yawn?Amazon works in mysterious ways, no question. In any case, the larger second-gen Echo is on sale as well: $69.99. That’s not the lowest price to date. It was $64.99 just a couple weeks ago.See it at AmazonSo, yeah — I have no idea. I’ll just say that these are undeniably good deals, especially on the Recast. Read CNET’s Amazon Fire TV Recast review to learn more about this cord cutter-friendly DVR.Here are more smart shopping tips for Amazon Prime Day 2019.   Tags News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See It Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Amazon Fire TV Recast is one of the best DVRs for the… 1:47 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) See also $49 Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Amazonlast_img read more

Under new management RBI to pay Rs 40000 crore dividend to government

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to give the government an interim dividend payout of as much as Rs 40,000 crore by March.”We are absolutely sure that an interim dividend of more than Rs 300 billion (Rs 30,000 crore) would be paid before March end,” a sources told Reuters.Another source apparently put the payout some at around Rs 40,000 crore. The report said the final decision on the dividend size would be taken around February 1 when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the government’s budget.The move comes at a time when the government is seeking additional funds to bridge the fiscal gap in the run up to the elections.The agency also reports that the move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent change of guard at the central bank. Last month, Former top finance ministry official Shaktikanta Das was appointed as the new governor of the RBI.Payouts to the governments was one of the key issues that roiled the relationship between former RBI governor Urjit Patel and the finance ministry.Jalan CommitteeAnother major point of conflict between the RBI and the government was increased restrictions on lending by banks swept into the prompt corrective action (PCA) programme. The government, wary of a credit crunch taking hold over the economy in the wake of the restrictions, was cut up over the RBI move.There were reports that the RBI leadership was wary of transferring a part of the huge central bank reserves to the government. The government later clarified that it was not after RBI reserves. RBI governor Shaktikanta DasIANSHowever, days after Patel quit, the government set up a committee headed by former governor Bimal Jalan to ascertain how much should be the ideal size of the RBI reserve capital, which is meant to deal with unforeseen liquidity crises.The RBI keeps about a fourth of its annual turnover as its capital reserve. As of the end of June 2018, the reserves were Rs 9.59 lakh crore. The finance ministry had sought to halve the reserve size to around 14 percent.The Jalan Committee faces the onerous task of taking a call on this.Both RBI and the finance ministry declined to comment on the development regarding the dividend payment, the agency reported.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Kit Doyle Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Kit Doyle Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne Williamson center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes several elections, restorations at Notre Dame Cathedral and more.A couple performs morning rituals in the River Ganges on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri on the outskirts of Prayagraj, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 6, 2019. Navaratri, or the festival of nine nights, consists of three days each devoted to the worship of Durga, the goddess of valor, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)The statue of St. Andrew is lowered from atop Notre Dame Cathedral on April 11, 2019, in Paris, France. Sixteen greenish-gray copper statues, representing the twelve apostles and four evangelists, came down to earth for the first time in over a century as part of restorations at the famous Parisian cathedral. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, and other celebrants releases birds to mark the Russian Orthodox holiday of the Annunciation at the Annunciation Cathedral on Cathedral Square in Moscow, Russia, on April 7, 2019, . (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)A Muslim woman lifts her veil to identity herself to a polling agent before casting her vote in Shahpur, a village near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, on April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Faithful kneel on the newly restored Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), which by Roman Catholic Church tradition are the stairs Jesus Christ climbed on his way to his trial in Jerusalem, at a special opening, in Rome, on April 11, 2019. The marble steps will be accessible until June 9, 2019, the Feast of the Pentecost, after which their walnut wood covering, ordered by Pope Innocent XIII in 1723 to protect them, will be reinstalled. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man votes in Israel’s parliamentary election at a polling station in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)A girl at a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, holds a candle beside paper crosses bearing the names of the dead from Negros Oriental province, on April 8, 2019. Philippine police recently said that 14 suspected communist rebels were killed after they opened fire during raids last March 30 in Negros Oriental, but rights groups countered that the men were farmers and the latest victims of extrajudicial killings. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Nazi concentration camp survivor Petro Mishuk, of Ukraine, passes the camp entrance with the slogan ‘To Each His Own’ (Jedem das Seine) prior to a minute of silence in memory of the victims at commemoration ceremonies for the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, on April 11, 2019. On April 11, 1945, units of the 3rd US Army reached Ettersberg Hill. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Members of the BYU combined choir raise their hands during a sustaining vote at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference on April 6, 2019, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)An exiled Tibetan woman prays as she prostrates in front of a portrait of her spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharmsala, India, on April 10, 2019. The Dalai Lama was briefly hospitalized in the Indian capital with a chest infection. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like By: Kit Doyle Kit Doyle,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire By: Kit Doyle Share This! Catholicismlast_img read more

TMO Demands Extension Of Deadline For Harvey Victims To Sign Up For

first_img Al OrtizReverend Simon Bautista, of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral and a member of TMO, speaks at a press conference the group held to demand the extension of the deadline to sign up for D-SNAPMembers of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) demanded Friday that the state of Texas requests to extend the deadline for Harvey victims to sign up for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program, also known as D-SNAP, which provides funds to buy food.The deadline to sign up is this Friday, October 6th, and TMO, which is a multi-faith group, says the Texas Department of Health and Human Services should request from the federal government an extension of at least one week.TMO argues that many individuals and families from greater Houston have not had enough time to sign up because the lines at the facilities designated to do it were too long.On Friday morning, there were about 8,000 people waiting in line to sign up for D-SNAP at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston.“It is nothing short of a travesty,” said Deacon Sam Dunning, director of the Office of Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and a TMO member, during a press conference held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, near downtown Houston.The Convention Center is scheduled to close its doors at 7 p.m. this Friday, October 6th.According to preliminary data, more than 200,000 people have received D-SNAP funds so far in Harris County, the Houston Chronicle reported. Listen 00:00 /00:57 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

Basketball shot selection analyzed mathematically

first_img More information: arxiv.org/abs/1107.5793 Source: Wikipedia © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Analyzing Effects Of Hoops Ball Hog In the sport of basketball players are constantly faced with the choice of whether to shoot for the hoop when a shot opportunity arises or to hold on to the ball and hope a better opportunity will arise. Now a theoretical physicist from the University of Minnesota in the US has analyzed the problem mathematically and determined the best strategy. Citation: Basketball shot selection analyzed mathematically (2011, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-basketball-shot-mathematically.html Graduate student Brian Skinner decided to analyze basketball shot selection after hearing about traffic flow research that reached the unexpected conclusion that average commuting time could be reduced by road closures that force drivers to travel by routes they would otherwise avoid in order to try to minimize their own commuting time. The traffic flow diagrams reminded Skinner, an enthusiastic fan of basketball, of diagrams of the flow of basketball players in a game. The surprising conclusion also reminded him of a basketball theory named after Patrick Ewing, a high-scoring basketball player. When the games of Ewing’s team were analyzed it was discovered that the team won more games if the big-scoring Ewing was absent.Skinner realized that most of the mathematical equations and variables used in analyzing traffic flow could also be applicable to basketball and the movement of the ball in the game. His analysis, published at arXiv.org, concentrated on the movement of the ball as it approached the hoop.Skinner’s model aimed to find out how likely the shot is to go in before the player should make the shot. Shots more likely to go in were classed as higher quality shots, and the model assumed that the quality of shot opportunities falls randomly. The mathematical model demonstrated the optimal strategy for scoring the maximum points is for the team to take their time and concentrate on making high quality shots as long as there is sufficient time remaining for the shot. The model also concluded that a team playing a faster game and having twice the shot opportunities of its rival should not have double the shooting rate, but taking more time and being more selective about which shots to take would give them the biggest advantage. So, for example, if the slower team shoots at an average rate of 20 seconds, the team playing twice as fast should not shoot every 10 seconds but should take an extra three seconds on average, giving a shooting rate of 13 seconds. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Madhyamik results to be out today

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will announce the results of Madhyamik examination 2018 on Wednesday. The results will be declared in a Press conference at the Board office in Salt Lake at 9 am. A senior official of WBBSE informed that the results can be accessed from as many as eleven websites, including www.webresults.in/wbbse.org, examresults.net/wb, westbengal.indiaresults and exametc.com, from 10 am onwards. Apart from this, candidates can also type WB 10, followed by their roll number and send it to 54242 or 5888 to receive their marks.It may be mentioned that a total of 11,21,921 candidates had appeared for Madhyamik examination this year, which is 31,075 higher than 2017. Among the examinees, 6,21,366 were girls, while 4,81,555 were boys. There were 2,811 centres in which the examination was held from 12 to 21 March.The results are being declared within 77 days of the completion of the examination.last_img read more

Switzerland grants final special stripper visas

first_imgMore than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said today.Switzerland began awarding eight-month permits in 1995 to women from outside the European Union who wanted to come to the country to work as strippers and cabaret dancers.The programme was meant to protect people who may have otherwise been vulnerable to sex traffickers, and dancers from Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand were among the top recipients.But following a prolonged investigation, Swiss authorities in 2014 announced that the programme was no longer serving a protective role, with some permit holders subjected to forced prostitution after arrival in the country.Migration office spokeswoman Lea Wertheimer confirmed that the programme will formally be cancelled as of the new year.last_img read more

Exporters Mecca

first_imgThe 42nd Edition of IHGF-Deldi Fair organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts [EPCH] at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, will be held from October 14 – 18, informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH.Having  over 2950 exhibitors from all over the Country, 1,90,000  sq mtrs covered space, over 5000 buyers from more than 110 countries, 2000 product lines, styles and designs of Home, Lifestyles, Fashion and Textiles, more than 450 buying agents will be the distinctive features of the IHGF-Deldi Fair Autumn 2016.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKumar further said that speciality of this fair is that the products on display are of all quality and variety.  Buyers can select products for meeting the requirement of high end consumers, middle end consumers and mass and low end consumers.  Another unique feature of Indian product range is that they are still hand crafted and machines are used only for finishing purposes. India still has the distinction of exclusivity in terms of product, design, colour and raw material. Indian products are eco-friendly as most of the raw materials used are natural and not chemically made and more over the dyes used are also natural vegetable dyes rather than chemical dyes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProducts on display will include gifts and decorative items, furniture, home furnishing, houseware, fashion jewellery and accessories, lamps and lighting, Christmas and festive décor, carpets and rugs, bathroom accessories, garden decoratives, educational toys and games, handmade paper products, leather bags and cases, candles, incense and potpourri.  The products are made on a wide range of raw material base like wood, metal, cane and bamboo, textiles, natural fibers, wool, silk, jute, coir, stones, bone and horn, terracotta and lacquer etc informed Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH.  Editors of International publications pertaining to gifts, houseware and decoratives from Australia and UK will also visit the show to witness the range and quality of products on. Over 5000 buyers will be visiting from more than 110 countries. Apart from overseas buyers, Domestic volume retail buyers from many leading retail chains of India have confirmed their visit to source from IHGF-Delhi Fair Autumn  2016, elaborated by ED-EPCH. One of the highlights of the fair will be setting up of thematic pavilion of products from North Eastern Region. North Eastern Region is one of the richest regions of the country in terms of eco-friendly crafts. Products like bags made out of natural fiber, cane and bamboo, furniture, decorative items, gifts, dry flowers, shawls and hand woven textiles and made ups are expected to be the attraction to the visitors and the entrepreneurs from this region will be able to secure good business orders. Further, handicrafts of Mega clusters like lace and lace crafts from Narsapur (Andhra Pradesh) and wooden handicrafts from Jodhpur would also be on display at the show. To upgrade the knowledge of the participating companies, informative seminars will also be held during five-day long event at the fair ground itself. A Round Table Conference of eminent speakers from retail and e-commerce on 360° marketing – home and beyond will also be held during the show.IHGF-Delhi Fair has already acquired the reputation of one stop sourcing amongst the overseas buying community and most effective marketing medium amongst Indian exporting community.  It is actually a Mecca both for buyers and for exporters. The IHGF-Delhi Fair since its inception in 1994, has made significant contribution to the Handicrafts exports from India. The most important role played by the IHGF has been the increase in the foreign exchange earnings said Rakesh Kumar, ED – EPCH.The Handicrafts exports during the year 2015-16 was Rs. 21457.91 crores  with overall 6.85% increase in comparison to last year. During the first six month of current financial year, export to the tune of Rs 13005.35 crore has been met out and it is hoped that target fixed for the year 2016 –17 will be surpassed.last_img read more

Google Isnt Ready For Business

first_img min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 7, 2011 With so much talk about Google+ lately, it’s only natural that business owners want in. They’ll have to wait though.Google last week began field testing Google+ — the search giant’s new social networking utility — on an “invitation-only” basis, and many entrepreneurs and business owners are chomping at the bit for an opportunity to create a business account on what many people think will be ‘the next big thing’ online.This enthusiasm is fueled by a desire among businesses and brands to get in on the ground floor of what some anticipate will be a serious competitor to Facebook Pages. Some fear being left behind if they don’t act now. Still, for the time being at least, Google is discouraging businesses and brands from participating. The company behind the Internet’s most popular search engine confirmed this week that small- and medium-sized business pages and profiles will be a major factor on Google+, but not now. At present, there is no specific timeframe on when the company will start offering business profiles, according to a Google spokeswoman. “Unfortunately,” she said, “Google+ is not quite ready for businesses. But we’re working quickly to provide a way for companies to engage with their customers.”That said, Google did offer some solace to owners: Companies can now apply to become part of Google’s test phase for its business pages. Check out Google’s online application.And while businesses aren’t currently prohibited from joining, Google+ isn’t designed for such use just yet. Furthermore, persistent beta party crashers will just have to recreate their business profile once companies are allowed in. Google won’t be able to transfer those profiles over. So for now at least, businesses owners should sit back and let the platform evolve.Meanwhile, here’s the Google+ feature set as of this writing:There’s Circles, which enables Google+ members to sort their parents from their frat brothers, or business associates from surfing buddies. It takes everyone out of a “Friends-style” category, allowing you to be more specific in targeting the audience you want to hear your message. Then there’s Sparks, which brings to your screen articles and videos and contacts about things that interest you — things like rock climbing or surfing or stamp collecting. This is also a social option that enables you to link up with others who share your interests.With Hangouts, you get on-screen gatherings with a few close friends or business contacts that can take on the appearance of sitting around a bar or meeting room. Just some face-to-face conversation that’s really convenient because you didn’t have to drive anywhere to participate.Going mobile on Google+ might offer smartphone users a lot of options, including adding an immediate location to every post, or instantly sending photos to friends or an online album. And then there’s Huddle, which adds instant group messaging to your smartphone.Oh, and by the way, Google+ shouldn’t be confused with Google +1. Google +1 is an experimental feature that enables those with a Google Profile to offer a personal endorsement of a product or service that they’ve tried themselves. It’s shorthand for “Check this out” or “Trust me, this is cool.” Google+ is a full-on social networking utility. Will you use Google+ when it opens for business? Leave a comment and let us know.center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Club Meds Time to Shine sale offers bonus perks with packages

first_imgClub Med’s ‘Time to Shine’ sale offers bonus perks with packages << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Club Med Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Club Med’s ‘Time to Shine’ sale offers seven-night air-inclusive stays at prices starting at CAD$1,649 per adult, per week, with additional perks.Perks include free upgrades, free first checked luggage, no single supplement, and free stay for kids under four years old.Book before March 1 for travel between Jan. 13 and Aug. 26, 2017.Club Med is also reminding agents that its call center in Canada is now open on Sundays. Hours of operation are: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.For more details go to clubmedagents.ca. Monday, January 16, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Patricia Logue, who is the Councillor for the area, said: “This must have been a very frightening experience for this family.“It doesn’t bear thinking about had this fire taken hold.“I would appeal to anyone who has any information on those responsible to bring it forward to the police immediately.” SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has appealed for information after a family in Lower Bennet Street just off Foyle Road had a lucky escape in an arson attack.A pillow was placed against a gas main outside their home and set on fire just after 1 am on Tuesday morning.An elderly woman and adult children in the house at the time cheated injury. APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER BENNETT STREET ARSON ATTACK was last modified: May 4th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER BENNETT STREET ARSON ATTACKBENNETT STREETCLLR PATRICIA LOGUEFoyle roadSinn Feinlast_img read more

In This Issue Weekly jobs report improves

first_imgIn This Issue. * Weekly jobs report improves * Net Worth on the rise * Limited data next week * Scottish voters have spoken And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Scotland Stays… Good Day!  And welcome to Friday morning. As Chris mentioned yesterday, I’ll be taking you into the weekend and then Chuck will be back at it on Monday morning, so there you have it. This will probably end up being a little shorter than usual, more about that in the wrap up, but we’ve had plenty of news headlines and data to inspect over the past few days to keep us busy. Also, I have the pleasure of revealing the big announcement that Chuck previously mentioned, but you’ll have to wait until the end to see it. I’m sure the suspense is already getting to you, so let’s get this party started. Yesterday’s market action was wedged between Wednesday’s Fed meeting and today’s poll results in Scotland, but we did have some domestic economic data to pick through. First, we saw an improvement in the weekly jobs number as initial jobless claims fell to a two month low of 280k and the four week moving average, which tends to be less volatile, fell to 299,500. Continuing claims also saw improvement as the number fell to the lowest level since May 2007 as those receiving ongoing benefits fell to 2.43 million. In other news, the August housing starts and building permits both disappointed as construction fell 14.4% and the forward looking permits fell 5.6%. This report seems to be contradictory to homebuilder confidence gauges that have been on the rise. The dynamic has been shifting toward more multi-family projects, so moderation in this segment last month account for a big part of the disappointment. We also had the Philly Fed index, which measures manufacturing in the area, come in lower at 22.5 but still remains well into positive territory. Lastly, we had household wealth in the US increase by $1.39 trillion in the second quarter to $81.5 trillion according to a report from the Fed. This increase came as no surprise since the equity markets were setting a new record on a daily basis. I saw some economists questioning whether or not the hot stock market is truly fueling the economy. If we use retail sales as a barometer, I guess you could say the effect isn’t nearly as profound. Anyway, the only bit of data this morning in the US is the leading indicators from August, which are still expected to be positive but slower than the previous month. Next week is actually pretty sparse in the data department that will be dominated by the August home sales reports. At this point, the experts are calling for a slight improvement in both the existing and new home sales. We’ll see August durable goods, which the headline figure is expected to fall well short of July but the ex-transportation number is set to rise a little bit so a mixed bag of sorts. Other than that, we get the final revision to second quarter GDP, which the current projections have it rising to 4.5% from 4.2%, and then a handful of secondary data. The currencies actually turned in a decent scorecard yesterday with the Norwegian krone putting up a over a 2% gain. Chris already talked about the basis for the move higher and the Swedish krona ended up with over a 1% gain. One of the reasons whey the NOK has been stuck in the mud was the looming potential for a rate cut, but it seems policy makers have officially taken that scenario off the table so I wonder if the markets will shift toward pricing in a future rate hike. The rand remained as the worst performing currency by dropping nearly 0.5% after the central bank kept rates on hold at 5.75% and said that economic growth had deteriorated while inflation most likely peaked in the second quarter. The currency took another hit after central bank governor Gill Marcus said that she will step down form her post when the five year term ends in November. We could see continued volatility as the markets speculate who might take over. The pound was actually one of the better performing currencies yesterday as traders were pricing in a vote by Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom as the currency hit a two week high. The markets were actually a little more pragmatic than I would have thought since the new world trading patterns like to take the extreme scenario and run with it. Instead, we saw an overall anxious anticipation that lasted through this morning. In the end, we didn’t have any surprises in store for us this morning as just over 55% of Scottish voters opted against pulling out of the UK. As soon as I turned the currency screens on and saw the relative calm, I know the outcome. Prime Minister David Cameron had promised to give more policy making powers to Scotland in the event of a no vote and he pledged a change that would take into account how England and Wales are governed. Once the votes were tallied, he said these commitments would be honored in full. As Chuck has mentioned several times in the past, uncertainty isn’t looked upon too kindly in the currency market so the anxious pressures have been relieved for the time being at least. A vote for independence would have made for some difficult logistics as I’m sure negotiations over North Sea Oil would not be an easy task and not to mention the question as to what currency Scotland would use. As it pertains to the UK, many think economic growth would have taken a hit and then uncertainty as to whether other nations would attempt a similar feat would have increased significantly. But, we don’t have to worry about that right now and the markets will shift focus back to the BOE and the prospects of higher interest rates. Speaking of prospects, it’s with great excitement that we announce the launch of EverBank’s new 3-year MarketSafe BRICS CD. If you believe that good things are on the horizon for the major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (aka the BRICS nations), this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. With our all new MarketSafe BRICS CD, we’ve united the currency indices of these five nations into one bold financial opportunity. The MarketSafe BRICS CD brings together the currency indices of those five nations into one US dollar-denominated CD and seeks unlimited upside potential via a semi-annual pricing structure. As with all MarketSafe CDs, the principal is protected so you would get back all of your deposited principal if the currency indices lose value to the US dollar. While we can’t make any guarantees as to the future economic strength of the countries,  there are factors that suggest the creation of a stronger foundation for growth. This CD doesn’t pay a periodic rate of interest or annual percentage yield, but the full terms and conditions are here: www.everbank.com/brics. Open and fund your CD by October 15th to secure your spot in this innovative financial opportunity.  For What it’s Worth. Chris threw me a link to an interesting article before he jumped on a plane yesterday morning which he found on The Hill. You can read the entire story at http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/218047-house-passes-bill-to-audit-the-federal-reserve, but here is a snippet that I wanted to share. “The House on Wednesday passed legislation to audit the Federal Reserve System. Passed 333-92, the bill would require the comptroller general to conduct an audit of the Federal Reserve’s board of governors and banks within one year and submit a report to Congress on the findings. A total of 106 Democrats joined all but one Republican in support of the measure.” To recap. Yesterday’s data consisted of a better weekly jobs report as new claims fell to 280k and continuing claims fell to the lowest since May 2007. Housing starts and building permits in August both fell more than expected while household net worth for US citizens increased in the second quarter. Next week is shaping up to be fairly quiet as data will be limited. The currencies had a decent day even with the results of the Scottish vote still up in the air. As I came in this morning, Scottish voters decided to stick with the UK so the rest of the day looks to be calm. Currencies today 9/19/14. American Style: A$ .8972, kiwi .8144, C$ .9123, euro 1.2856, sterling 1.6370, Swiss $1.0653. European Style: rand 11.0260, krone 6.3424, SEK 7.1286, forint 241.45, zloty 3.2538, koruna 21.455, RUB 38.4860, yen 108.82, sing 1.2667, HKD 7.7507, INR 60.7950, China 6.1455, pesos 13.2072, BRL 2.3656, Dollar Index 84.604, Oil $92.78, 10-year 2.61%, Silver $18.40, Platinum $1,342.82, Palladium $822.85, and Gold. $1,222.85 That’s it for today. Well, I’m so glad the weekend is here. I just moved into a new house on Wednesday so my life is both literally and figuratively in boxes right now which means time is at a premium for me at this point. I didn’t realize just how much stuff I had until I saw it all in boxes and trying to find a new place for it all. Instead of a nice relaxing weekend, it’s going to be an unpacking marathon but I hope to get it all knocked out so we can get back to the normal routine. It was a busy day on the desk yesterday and I would have to think it’s going to be even busier today since our newest MarketSafe CD is up and running. With that said, I need to hit the send button and get my day started so until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

One in five working coal miners in central Appalac

first_imgOne in five working coal miners in central Appalachia who have worked at least 25 years now suffer from the coal miners’ disease black lung. That’s the finding from the latest study tracking an epidemic of the incurable and fatal sickness.It’s the highest rate in a quarter century and indicates that the disease continues to afflict more miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.”We haven’t seen this rate of black lung since before the early ’90s,” says Cara Halldin, an epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and one of the authors of the study.Black lung results from the inhalation of coal and silica dust during coal mining. Lung tissue is scarred by the dust, which diminishes the ability to breathe.The study’s researchers reviewed nearly fifty years of coal miner X-rays taken as part of a national NIOSH effort to identify disease among working coal miners. They compared the last five years of X-rays with those taken earlier.In addition to the heightened rates of disease, the study found that the most severe form of disease – progressive massive fibrosis – now occurs in 5 percent of veteran miners in the region, the highest rate ever recorded.”We can think of no other industry or workplace in the United States in which this would be considered acceptable,” wrote Halldin and her colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health.The study shows that “the protections that we’ve had in place” to protect coal miners from toxic dust “have not been adequate,” says Celeste Monforton, a former federal mine safety regulator and lecturer in public health at Texas State University.”The rules themselves haven’t been adequate. The enforcement of those rules hasn’t been adequate. And the sanctions for mine operators who violate those rules are not adequate,” Monforton says.The National Mining Association (NMA), the industry’s biggest lobbying group, calls the study’s findings “troubling.”But NMA spokeswoman Ashley Burke also notes that the study involves “miners whose exposure dates back decades before more rigorous standards were put into place.”That’s a reference to new mine dust exposure rules fully imposed by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in 2016.”One of the challenges that we face in addressing this disease is that symptoms do not typically present for more than 10 years,” Burke adds, “which means we don’t yet know if the changes made to the dust standards are making a difference.”A committee of mining experts assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently suggested the new dust control regulations don’t measure dust exposure for enough miners in enough mine locations enough of the time.MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere says her agency “is reviewing the study at this time.”Virginia coal miner Jackie Yates is still working despite a diagnosis of PMF five years ago at age 44. Yates watched his brother die from the disease and recalls him struggling for every last breath before being placed on a ventilator.”I know what I’m looking at,” Yates says. “Nobody wants to die… but to go the way I saw my brother go, it don’t feel good to know how you’re going to go.”Halldin is pessimistic about what NIOSH has called an ongoing epidemic of PMF and the biggest clusters of advanced black lung ever recorded, which were identified in an NPR investigation and confirmed by NIOSH researchers.”What you see now in active miners is what you’ll see later in former miners, and potentially greater disease and more progression,” Halldin says. “And so this is probably an underestimate of what we’ll see in the future.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

For nine years Disability News Service has surviv

first_imgFor nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Traumatised disabled people who have been restrained in mental health units have spoken of their hope that legislation approved by MPs will lead to greater protection and support for other service-users.The mental health units (use of force) bill has been guided through the House of Commons by the Labour MP Steve Reed in honour of Seni Lewis, a young man from his Croydon North constituency who died in 2010 after a prolonged period of face-down restraint at the hands of 11 police officers.  It took seven years for his parents to secure an inquest into his death, with the coroner finding last year that there had been “severe failings” by the police and mental health services, and warning of a risk of future deaths unless action was taken.Reed’s bill, which is supported by the government and covers England and Wales, still has to be debated and approved by the House of Lords but it is now likely to become law, a rarity for a private members’ bill.Once law, it would ensure that mental health units: provide proper training for staff on the use of force; introduce a policy that aims to reduce the use of force; publish information on patients’ rights; keep a record of all incidents involving the use of force by staff; and ensure all police officers entering the unit wear body cameras.The bill would also ensure deaths and serious injuries on mental health units are properly investigated, while the secretary of state for health and social care would have to publish annual statistics on the use of force by staff.Disabled campaigner Deborah King welcomed the bill’s passage through the Commons.She said: “As a teenager I was subjected to the use of force in a mental health unit.“I was frightened for my life and the experience left me vulnerable to mental illness as an adult.“We need staff to think creatively about alternatives to force. This is likely to require an increase in the numbers of mental health nurses.“Steve Reed’s new law will start to define the contours of permissible force in a mental health context. Hopefully it will lead to a reduction in the use of force.”Another disabled campaigner, who has spent time in a mental health unit and is part of the Recovery in the Bin collective, said: “I hope this will protect people like me who have been restrained from unnecessary and excessive force being used.“I hope, as well as protecting patients going forward, it will lead to greater acknowledgement and recognition that many mental health patients at their most vulnerable have been brutalised by the people who are meant to care.“I hope this will lead to better support for patients who are still traumatised by restraint (assault) experiences at the hand of the state.”She added: “I am delighted that it got through and grateful that Seni’s preventable and unnecessary death may help many future patients not to be traumatised.“And I really hope it will lead to an apology or at least acknowledgement from mental health professionals about how they’ve treated us.”She said that many examples of restraint were not even a response to violence but a result of staff forcing medication on patients, which the Mental Health Act allows staff to do even if the patient has capacity to refuse it.Reed told MPs on Friday: “Although the bill is called Seni’s Law, in honour of Seni, it has affected many people beyond Seni who have lost their lives or been injured simply because they were unwell, and the purpose of the bill is to make sure that that cannot happen again.”He had said in the bill’s second reading last November that face-down restraint had been used more than 9,000 times in the previous year, including 2,500 times against children as young as seven. And he said a disproportionate number of deaths following restraint in mental health hospitals were of black men and women.Luciana Berger, speaking for the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, said on Friday that new research by the charity Agenda showed that, between 2012-13 and 2016-17, 32 women who had been detained under the Mental Health Act had died after being restrained.last_img read more

The Rich and Powerful Warn That Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs

first_img –shares Robots Next Article Some of the richest, smartest and most powerful humans have an important message for the rest of us as they convened this week to discuss pressing global issues: the robots are coming.At the Milken Institute’s Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., at least four panels so far have focused on technology taking over markets to mining — and most importantly, jobs.”Most of the benefits we see from automation is about higher quality and fewer errors, but in many cases it does reduce labor,” Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, said on Tuesday during a panel on “Is Any Job Truly Safe?”The four-day annual conference, which began on Sunday, has 3,500 invite-only participants exploring “The Future of Human Kind.”Technology has not only done away with low-wage, low-skill jobs, some of the more than 700 speakers said. They cited robots operating trucks in some Australian mines; corporate litigation software replacing employees with advanced degrees who used to sift through thousands of documents prior to trials; and on Wall Street, the automation of jobs previously done by bankers with MBAs or PhDs.”Anyone whose job is moving data from one spreadsheet to another …, that’s what is going to get automated,” said Daniel Nadler, chief executive of Kensho, a financial services analytics company partly owned by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.”Goldman Sachs will be in here in 10 years, JPMorgan will be here. They’re just going to be much more efficient in terms of operating leverage and headcount,” he added.Big banks have slashed tens of thousands of jobs in recent years as businesses like bond trading have become less profitable. Under tremendous pressure from investors to boost profits, but unable to grow revenue much, banks have increasingly turned to technology to reduce costs.A Citigroup Inc. report in March suggested that more pain is on the way for financial industry staff. Citi’s analysts predicted a 30 percent drop in banking jobs across the United States and Europe over the next decade.Milken panelists noted technology’s impact on work far beyond Wall Street.Martin Ford, an author and entrepreneur, argued that while the so-called gig economy has created temporary jobs for independent contractors, the next step is to get rid of them. The ride-hailing service Uber, for example, is investing heavily in building cars that do no need drivers, he said.David Siegel, co-chairman of the quantitative hedge fund Two Sigma, blamed technology for income problems that have led to political upheavals around the world over the past several years.”One of the big causes for the stagnation of middle class wages is essentially because of clever computer programs,” Siegel said during a panel about artificial intelligence.Some panelists were less dire in their assessments.Billionaire investor Steve Cohen said it would take awhile before robots replace stockpickers like himself. Kate Mitchell, co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, said freelance sites have allowed workers to supplement their income.”It’s easy to villainize technology,” she said, “but there is a lot of opportunity there at the same time.”(Reporting by Olivia Oran in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Lawrence Delevingne and Michael Flaherty in Los Angeles; Writing by Lauren Tara LaCapra in New York; Editing by Richard Chang) 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand May 4, 2016 Reuters center_img The Rich and Powerful Warn That Robots Are Coming for Our Jobs This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Image credit: Mimi Haddon | Getty Imageslast_img read more

JetBlue Defends Decision to Ask Passenger to Replace Booty Shorts Before Boarding

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List JetBlue Defends Decision to Ask Passenger to Replace Booty Shorts Before Boarding Flight. Will the Incident Affect Its Brand? –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue May 31, 2016 Apply Now » Airlinescenter_img Word to the wise, air travelers: JetBlue and booty shorts don’t mix. Maggie McMuffin found out the hard way when the airline recently asked her to slip out of her skimpy striped bottoms and into something less “offensive.”The Seattle-based burlesque performer (Maggie McMuffin is her stage name), a self-proclaimed “panty boss” and “pelvis of justice,” got her knickers in a twist, so to speak, when the airline put the odd ask to her at Logan International Airport in Boston.”The gate lead spoke to me on behalf of the flight crew and pilot,” she tells Entrepreneur. “I was approached a few minutes before boarding. It made me surprised and then angry and embarrassed.” What do you think of @JetBlue asking passenger @MaggieMcMuff to dress more “appropriately”? https://t.co/I9SaDgn228— Kim LachanceShandrow (@LaShandrow) May 31, 2016 Despite feeling disrespected by the unusual demand, and after her suggestion to tie her sweater around her waist was rejected, McMuffin acquiesced to the airline’s request. Complying on the quick to avoid missing her flight, the performer rushed to purchase a pair of $22 loose-fitting sleep trunk-style shorts at a store inside the airport. She slid them on over her “too high to fly” shorts before boarding the flight to Seattle.Related: Porn Accident: US Airways Issues Worst Brand Tweet of All TimeOnce on board, she snapped a picture of herself wearing the baggy floral replacement shorts in the airplane bathroom. She later tweeted the image out. Her tweetpic, along with selfies of her in the original short-shorts shared on KIRO7 (and now just about everywhere else online), ignited an angry backlash against JetBlue. Critics took to social media to lambaste the airline with allegations of blatant sexism. There’s even a fledgling hashtag for the backlash: #BootyShortSupport.@fuckityfuckity Yes. I was told to rebook or find something else so I bought and put on these. pic.twitter.com/RgdIkjApTD— Maggie McMuffin (@MaggieMcMuff) May 30, 2016JetBlue, for its part, tells Entrepreneur that it did not refuse to board McMuffin, only that it requested she change her bottoms. (She was also wearing matching striped thigh-highs and a long-sleeved knit sweater.)“The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer’s clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight,” says JetBlue Airways director of corporate communications Doug McGraw. “While the customer was not denied boarding, the crewmembers politely asked if she could change. The customer agreed and continued on the flight without interruption.”Related: Shark Tank Star Daymond John Says This Is the Biggest Branding Mistake of AllCoverage coverage: Look @MaggieMcMuff! Your shorts, indecent for plane, were ok to broadcast on TVs at the airport. pic.twitter.com/QV0rbi8Yv8— Jonny Porkpie (@jonnyporkpie) May 31, 2016McGraw went on to say that JetBlue stands by its decision to ask McMuffin to change and has made two gestures of “good will” to ease the situation. “We support our crewmembers’ discretion to make these difficult decisions, and we decided to reimburse the customer for the cost of the new shorts and offered a credit for future flight as a goodwill gesture.”McMuffin says JetBlue offered her a $162 flight credit and confirms that she did receive an apology from the company. “I would appreciate an apology from the pilot,” she says. “I would also like to see JetBlue be more clear with consumers in the future about expectations for them. Dress codes should not be subjective.”From a branding and customer retention standpoint, the incident won’t make so much as a dent in JetBlue’s reputation, nor its bottom line, says veteran airline industry expert Brett Snyder. “This won’t matter, there will be no impact,” the founder and president of Cranky Concierge, a Long Beach, Calif.-based air travel assistance company, tells Entrepreneur.Related: Airport Screening Made 70,000 Miss American Airlines Flights This YearHe points to a similar incident in 2007, when a Southwest Airlines flight attendant asked a passenger named Kyla Ebbert to get off of a plane bound from San Diego to Tucson because her skirt was deemed too short. Don’t recall the incident? It’s probably because “it was quickly forgotten,” Synder says. So was the time Southwest booted Daniel Podolsky from a flight for wearing a T-shirt with the F-word on it.Solidarity and #BootyShortSupport for @MaggieMcMuff @JetBlue shame on you. pic.twitter.com/1IMgLYGBak— Kelly Blackwell (@Kellilicious) May 28, 2016Passenger attire hiccups like these don’t happen often because, as Snyder says, most airlines don’t have a “cut and dry” dress code. “This is usually covered on the ‘Refusal to Transport’ section of the airline’s contract of carriage, and JetBlue has nothing specific. Kudos to Hawaiian [Airlines] for actually having one, but most airlines do not.”He says what happened to McMuffin sometimes occurs when airline employees are forced to make a judgement call at the gate. “Since it’s a subjective rule that’s enforced by gate agents and flight crews, it never gets applied uniformly. Sometimes it will be a combination of dress code and attitude.”Such might’ve been the case with McMuffin. Snyder suspects there’s a bit more to the story than the length of her short-shorts. “The person who is denied boarding always ends up initially coming off as a completely innocent participant, but it can sometimes later come out that he or she was belligerent or drunk or something else.” No matter: “The reality is that any airline has the right to refuse service, so JetBlue certainly has the right to do it.”George Hobica, founder and president of TripAdvisor subsidiary Airfarewatchdog.com, agrees with Snyder. He doesn’t think ordering McMuffin not to wear revealing shorts on a plane will tarnish JetBlue’s brand in the least. “There will be no effect at all,” he says. “However, from photos I’ve seen, [McMuffin] was no less appropriately dressed than some male passengers I’ve seen who wear skimpy gym clothes on board, like cut-off shorts, muscle T-shirts, etc.”Related: Here’s Why JetBlue Wanted New Yorkers to Steal Its Outdoor PostersBrand damage or no brand damage, Hobica says JetBlue is still eating a considerable slice of humble pie. “Well, I’ve seen guys with very skimpy gym shorts on planes — the kinds marathoners run in — and they’ve not been asked to ‘cover up,’ so I would say this is just prudery or sexism on the part of the Jetblue crew. The fact that JetBlue is apologizing, compensating and trying to make this go away suggests that corporate is embarrassed by the whole thing.”As they it should be, says McMuffin. “JetBlue is sending a message that women’s bodies are open to subjective policing on behalf of individual employees,” she says. “What they did also says that if someone is deemed wrong by a single employee, it makes them less than a customer and less than a person.” Former West Coast Editor 7 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Next Article Kim Lachance Shandrowlast_img read more

Community choirs for older adults reduce loneliness and increase interest in life

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 9 2018An innovative San Francisco program of community choirs for older adults found that singing in a choir reduced loneliness and increased interest in life, but did not improve cognition or physical function, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.The program — Community of Voices — was a collaboration between UCSF and the nonprofit San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC), as well as the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), that aimed to assess whether art-based social interventions could substantively improve quality of life for older adults.”Our current health and social systems are not prepared to help support our rapidly increasing population of older adults,” said lead author Julene Johnson, PhD, associate dean for research and professor in the UCSF School of Nursing. “There’s a high percentage who experience loneliness and social isolation, and depression also is relatively high. There’s a need to develop novel approaches to help older adults stay engaged in the community and also stay connected.”The nearly 50 million Americans aged 65 and older represented 15.2 percent of the total U.S. population in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and are increasingly diverse, with nearly 22 percent currently from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds — increasing to almost a third by 2030 — and at increased risk for poor health outcomes. Previous studies have shown that social isolation and depression can exacerbate poor health.A potential novel approach is to engage them in the arts, as they can be offered in the community, are relatively low cost to deliver, are engaging, and can be culturally tailored. One option is community choirs, as about 32.5 million U.S. adults regularly sing in choirs.”Thanks to the vision and leadership of UCSF and Julene Johnson, we now have evidence-based research to support the value of choirs for older adults,” said Sylvia Sherman, CMC program director.In the Nov. 9, 2018, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences study, 12 federally supported senior centers in San Francisco were randomized into a weekly group choir program designed to engage adults age 60 and older cognitively, physically and socially. Over a three-year period (February 2012 to August 2015), 390 English- and Spanish-speaking participants were enrolled into either a group that started choirs immediately (208 members), or another group that initiated choirs six months later (182 members). Two-thirds of the participants were from diverse backgrounds, 20 percent reported financial hardship, and 60 percent had two or more chronic medical conditions.Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaThe Community of Voices choirs were led by professional choir directors and accompanists. They identified music repertoire that was culturally tailored for each site, appropriate for older adults with various singing abilities, and challenging enough to facilitate growth and mastery over time. The 90-minute choir sessions included informal public performances.During the study, singers completed memory, coordination and balance tests, and completed questionnaires about their emotional well-being. Researchers assessed outcomes at six months, along with the health care costs.Overall, the researchers found that older adults who sang in a choir for six months experienced significant improvements in loneliness and interest in life. However, no substantial group differences occurred in the cognitive or physical outcomes or for health care costs. The overall six-month retention rate was 92 percent.Each of the 12 choirs created for the UCSF trial program continues to sing as part of CMC’s Older Adult Choir Program.”We were a little surprised not to see improvements in cognitive and physical function, especially because the literature, although small, suggested there should be improvements,” Johnson said. “However, our study is one of the first randomized controlled trials of a choir intervention, whereas the others were cross-sectional or did not randomly assign the participants.”More research is needed on how choirs improve well-being and the potential long-term health impacts, said Johnson, who served on a 25-person panel of the National Institutes of Health and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on music and the brain, with results published in March 2018 in Neuron.”Besides being one of the first arts-based randomized trials for older adults, our trial represents a new direction in translational research designed to address health disparities, in which interventions are designed and evaluated in community settings from the outset,” Johnson said. “These study methods can be a model for future trials to engage and retain diverse older adults in research.” Source:https://www.ucsf.edu/last_img read more