AGDC Seeks Loan From AIDEA

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has reportedly applied for a loan from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) to fund work on the $43 billion LNG project. Both AIDEA and AGDC, are public entities under the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and their financials are public information. However, no one from either corporation will go on record with a definitive “yes” or a “no.” Request for comment sent to an AGDC spokesperson and was not returned by the time of deadline. Multiple sources within the state have confirmed that AGDC has applied for the loan. On the agenda for the AIDEA board of Directors meeting on May 31, listed an “LNG loan” as one of the topics. The AGDC took over control of the AK LNG project in January of 2017 with $106 million remaining from prior gasline appropriations and expects to have $52.5 million at the start of the next fiscal year that begins on July 1.last_img read more

Fire Danger Remains High With Warmer Temperatures

first_imgHowie Kent with the Division of Forestry says the Kenai Peninsula still has a lot of dry fire fuels, which have become more flammable due to recent warmer temperatures.: “We’re expecting a little bit of breezy conditions along the coastal areas, like Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, that kind of area. For the weekend we are expected to get warmer and dryer, which will lead to higher temperatures, and lower relative humidity which equal the possibility for more fires.”   Kent: “As people get out and they want to do some camping, and want to have a campfire remember to keep your campfire small in case the winds pick up unexpectedly try and keep your fire under control.”  In southcentral Alaska, recent warm days and temperatures on the  forecast will dry the surface fuels and deeper layers of forested lands leaving them very susceptible to fire starts. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As residents and visitors on the Kenai Peninsula prepare to head outside to soak up this warm weather, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. The Swan Lake Fire still burns in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The fire has not increased in acreage since July 22, however smoke may be visible in the area as the fire is still smoldering in the deep duff layers on the forest floor.last_img read more

From Magabrands to Unleash the Power

first_imgThe AmericanMagazine Conference—the annual pow-wow of high profile consumer magazineexecutives—is more than four months away. But the Magazine Publishers ofAmerica just announced the event’s 2008 tagline.Unleash thePower.Sorry. UNLEASH THE POWER. Hear leaders from every facet of the magazine industry and othervisionaries, such as: And informative sessions, including: Jeffrey Katzenberg in conversation with FORTUNE’s Andrew Serwer Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on challenges scaling operations and growing its brand globally Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo Futurist Paul Saffo Plan ahead to combine your trip with other business, see clients,and take advantage of San Francisco’s many attractions. Great Magazine Advertising Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page How to Re-Ignite a Brand in Challenging Times Jumpstart Your Website Secrets of Five Super-Successful 2008 Redesigns Retail 2012: The New Reality PLUS: Google Campus Visit—a unique opportunity designed especially formagazine executives and editors to interact with Google leaders at theirSilicon Valley headquarters and learn what’s next for them. Last year, you’llrecall, it was “Magabrands”—an awkward term coined by Men’s Health editor andconference chair David Zinczenko who, as the conference progressed, took flakfrom media critics and attendees for coming up with such a convoluted, gooeyphrase to describe what magazines have been doing for years now. That is,extending their brands into new platforms to generate new revenue.While this year’stheme probably won’t be met with the same sort of vitriol, it’s just as … I don’tknow … ridiculous? Maybe it’s the font they use. Or the unfortunate memory ofthat superhero character the MPA created a couple years ago—remember that thing?Captain Read? Really, what the hell was that?But UNLEASHINGPOWER sounds more suited for Monday Night Raw than a boutique hotel in SanFrancisco.Maybe it’s justme.At any rate,here’s a preliminary lineup of what the MPA intends to unleash on attendeescome October:Mark Your Calendar for AMC! Register beforeAugust 27 for big savings.Formore information and to register, visit www.magazine.org/amc.last_img read more

Summer Announcement on Army Downsizing Could Influence Congressional DOD Deliberations

first_imgThe Army’s announcement as to what installations would absorb the loss of 40,000 soldiers to accommodate discretionary spending caps may have been timed to produce a favorable outcome for the service when lawmakers begin taking up the defense budget, according to several analysts.“One likely reason for the timing is they’re trying to refocus attention on themselves and the cut in hopes of maybe getting this cut reversed or preventing additional ones,” Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CQ Roll Call.Beyond the debate in Congress over fiscal 2016 defense appropriations and next year’s authorization bill, the Army also is looking to influence Pentagon discussions over initial drafts of the FY 2017 budget, according to the story.The Army is in the position of shrinking its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018 because defense officials didn’t respond more quickly when the Budget Control Act was enacted.“They have to continue cutting because they didn’t put together a plan to live within the budget caps,” Harrison said. “They’ve been doing a lot of short-term budget maneuvers.”The Army says the timing of the decision was determined by Secretary John McHugh’s approved of the plan. “The secretary made a decision regarding these reductions on 08 July [and] we could not make any announcements until a decision was finalized,” said spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino.The Army’s latest force reductions cutbacks stem from “fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense strategic and budgetary guidance,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

How to watch the 2019 Indy 500 today Livestream info start time

first_imgEnlarge ImageWe’re getting closer and closer to the 2019 Indy 500, and you’re going to need to know how to stream it. Patrick Smith/Getty Images The Indianapolis 500 is one of the year’s most significant motorsport events. Like most motorsports events, it’s getting tougher to watch if you’re a cord-cutter. We’re here to help you with that. Here’s how to watch the Indy 500 today.The first thing you have to know if you’re planning on getting your Indy on is when you actually need to sit down and watch it. The 500 will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26. The 500 is named for the length of the race in miles, which works out to around 200 laps around the famed Brickyard.The easiest way for you to tune in online is if you have a cable subscription already, then it’s just a matter of signing onto NBC’s website with your login information and you’re all set. The odds are good though that if you’re reading this, you don’t have a cable subscription. So what can you do? • Huge variety of live channels, including HBO and the DVR storage is included Tags 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performance Streaming options for the Indy 500 $44.99 at Hulu YouTube TV Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? IMS Stream A huge variety of live TV channels plus the ability to add on more premium channels like Sundance and Showtime 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Everything is better with 707 horsepower Share your voice Car Culture TV and Movies Free FuboTV At just $25 for all of Slings available channels, this is easily the most affordable streaming service here, but make sure NBC is available in your area Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All DirecTV Now Hulu Live Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors You can see what’s going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and that’s itcenter_img $50 or $70 at DirecTVNow The 2019 Indy 500 pace car is a Chevy Corvette Grand Sport What you get 4 reading • How to watch the 2019 Indy 500 today: Livestream info, start time, etc. $49.99 at YouTube Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 One of the largest selections of live streaming channels, but you have to pay extra for things like DVR storage Sling TV One of the best ways to get live TV without a subscription is with the Hulu Live package. It’s not cheap at $44.99 per month, but it is an option. The other bonus of this program is that it includes a chunk of DVR space so if you want to prolong the magic, you can record the 500 and watch it again, like a weirdo. It also includes a subscription to regular ol’ Hulu, which has been pumping out some great original programming lately.The next choice is with YouTube TV. This costs around $49.99 per month, and the NBC Sports package is included with your monthly fee. The catch is that the NBC Sports deal isn’t available everywhere, so you’ll want to double-check and make sure that you can get it where you live. Like Hulu, you can also DVR shows for later.You can also choose to go with something like FuboTV. It’s another monthly subscription, this time it’s $54.99, but you get access to a bunch of channels, and it’s got a free trial offer that some people (not us, obviously) would be able to take advantage of to maybe see some hot wheel-to-wheel racing.102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500Enlarge ImageThe 103rd running of the Indy 500 is going to be a good one, and you don’t want to be the only one of your race-obsessed friends to not watch it live, do you? Patrick Smith/Getty Images Another pricey option, but one that gives you a lot of other TV-watching opportunities (including HBO) is DirecTV Now. Its standard package offers you 45 channels for $50 per month. There’s an upgraded package with more sports and movies for $70 per month, too. The cool thing about DirecTV Now is that you don’t need to have a DirecTV satellite package. It’s available as a standalone online subscription.Sling TV is another monthly option, but unlike the others, it’s got a sub-$30 cost, and that is awesome. Again you get a bunch of channels, and your game console probably has an app for it that you can download. The downside is that, once again, NBC Sports is only available in some markets. Double-check before you commit.Finally, those with naught but lint in their pockets and a dream in their hearts can tune into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway livestream. It’s free, it’s streamable pretty much anywhere, and we’re betting the coverage will be OK at the very least.Honorable mention goes to the HDHomeRun by Silicon Dust. This little gizmo allows you to watch live TV on your Apple TV or the like. The downside is that they start at around $70 and you need to buy a separate digital TV antenna. Still, it’s not subscription-based, so you can enjoy all the broadcast TV you want, indefinitely. You can also install Silicon Dust’s app on your phone or your computer to stream live TV to those devices as long as you have their hardware set up and receiving in your home.Finally, if you want to truly be a baller, go to the race. General admission is only $35, and you get the bonus of experiencing one of the world’s great motorsports events in person. You’ll have to figure out how to get to Indianapolis, but that can be another website’s problem. $25 at SlingTV Sling TV service DirecTV Hulu YouTube Apple 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Service 4 Photos $54.99 at FuboTV Comments Starting monthly cost (USD) Access to hundreds of shows and movies including original programming from Hulu plus all the live TV channels you probably want anyway Applelast_img read more

Watch VWs electric ID R crush the Nürburgring EV lap record

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling Volkswagen 3:28 The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D. R electric car It was all but a given that VW and driver Romain Dumas would pick up this record. Previously, the ID R picked up the overall record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and it also earned the EV record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a crown it intends to fight for again this year when the hillclimb kicks off on July 4.The ID R is a beast of a race car. Built as part of an effort to expand awareness of VW’s fledgling ID electric sub-brand, this record breaker has two electric motors putting out 670 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It weighs less than 2,425 pounds, as well, which results in the bonkers acceleration seen in the video. And, judging by how well it’s doing at various tracks and events, it’s unlikely that this will be the last we see of it. Now playing: Watch this: More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 18 Photos 1 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Enlarge ImageRomain Dumas was a natural choice for the run, having loads of experience with both the ID R and the ‘Ring itself. Volkswagen A little over a week ago, Volkswagen’s record-breaking ID R electric race car captured the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with an astounding lap of 6 minutes, 5 seconds. If you haven’t watched the in-car footage yet, here’s your chance.Volkswagen, not one to miss an opportunity, has posted its onboard footage from the ID R’s record-setting run on June 3. It’s absolutely wild, with its two electric motors screaming in high pitches while the tires do everything they can to maintain grip. It’s incredible just how quickly the trees and barriers fly past the ID R. It’s like the video is permanently set to fast-forward. Benny Hill would be proud. Tags Comment More From Roadshow Electric Cars Car Culture 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Pakistan polling station blast kills at least 28

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating deadly blast on election day — AFPAt least 28 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election Wednesday.”(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,” a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. The incident and toll were confirmed by a second senior local official.The attack was not immediately claimed by any group.Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most restive province, suffers from Islamist and separatist insurgencies.It was hit by several bombings during the brief but acrimonious election campaign — including a devastating blast claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 153 people this month, and was Pakistan’s deadliest ever suicide attack.An earlier attack in the province on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.The military has stationed over 370,000 personnel across Pakistan to ensure security for the election, bolstered by an additional 450,000 police.last_img read more

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Citizenship Checks List Could Intimidate Legitimate Voters

first_img Ella Feldman/Houston Public MediaOutside of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center voting location in Montrose, campaign posters cover the grass.Harris County’s top elected official says the fact that thousands of registered voters in the county were wrongly flagged by the state for citizenship checks is “concerning.”“I fear and I worry that this is a bit of an effort to intimidate or even try and disenfranchise some folks,” County Judge Lina Hidalgo told Houston Public Media. “Maybe immigrant folks, or people of color, and there are a lot of organizations that are concerned about that.”The League of United Latin American Citizens is one of those groups; LULAC is suing state officials over the effort to identify non-citizens on the state’s voter rolls, calling it a “carefully calibrated” plan to intimidate legitimate voters.In Harris County, almost 18,000 names were removed from an initial list of potential non-citizens on the voter rolls that was distributed by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. That’s more than half of the almost 30,000 names in the county that were originally on the list.County officials have said they discovered thousands of people on the initial list were indeed citizens, and that more than 400 of those initial names were duplicates.In a statement Thursday, the Secretary of State’s Office said it’s “continuing to provide information to the counties to assist them in verifying eligibility of Texas voters” as part of a process to ensure “no eligible voters are impacted by any list maintenance activity.”“This is to ensure that any registered voters who provided proof of citizenship at the time they registered to vote will not be required to provide proof of citizenship as part of the counties’ examination,” spokesperson Sam Taylor said.County officials say they still have not mailed out any requests for proof of citizenship to the remaining people on the list.“We have to be very, very careful as we proceed,” Hidalgo said, “because there may be an injunction coming saying that we can’t take action on this list.” X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Hildago said the ordeal has the potential to discourage legitimate voters from going to the polls.“Every time you try and make voting scarier, sound more difficult to register, I do think that it plants a seed of fear,” she said. “You know, I registered to vote, and then am I going to be questioned? Nobody wants to have to go through that.”Governor Greg Abbott said this week the initial list was never meant to be a “hard-and-fast list,” according to the Texas Tribune:“This is what you would categorize as a process, a work [in progress],” Abbott said. “They’ll get it right, but I do want to be emphatic: It is essential that the secretary of state, [the Department of Public Safety], counties, anybody with any authority over this whatsoever work collaboratively and swiftly together to make sure our voter rolls are accurate, to ensure integrity in the election process.”center_img Listen 00:00 /05:59 Sharelast_img read more

Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza

first_img Citation: Virology Journal retracts paper on Jesus curing possible case of influenza (2010, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-virology-journal-retracts-paper-jesus.html Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Robert F. Garry, publicly apologized for publishing the article, saying it “clearly does not provide the type of robust supporting data required for a case report and does not meet the high standards expected of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.” He also apologized for any “confusion or concern” the article may have created among readers.Garry said the paper, entitled “Influenza or not influenza: Analysis of a case of high fever that happened 2000 years ago in Biblical time,” was only intended to be an opinion piece and a “bit of relief from the ‘normal’ business of the journal,” but the speculations in the paper did not belong in a peer-reviewed journal, and its contents did not represent the views of BioMed Central journals.The retraction came after criticisms, including those made via blogs and a comment posted on the paper by Paul Gray of the Washington University School of Medicine, expressing the view that it was unclear how the paper met any of the normal standards of such a journal other than someone paid to have it published.The paper was a “case study” of a woman described in the gospels of Mark (1:29 to 33), Luke (4:38-39), and Matthew (8:14-15). The woman was said to have had a high fever and was “cured by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Among the reasons given for the conclusion the woman must have had influenza was that she was unlikely to have had a severe acute bacterial infection because such a disease would not be resolved instantaneously. The paper concluded that if their postulation is correct the case is one of the earliest descriptions of human influenza.One of the blogs that brought the paper to notice was This Scientific Life, by Bob O’Hara. O’Hara said the lead author of the paper, Kam L.E. Hon from the Department of Paediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, had replied by email to his queries and confirmed he had agreed to the retraction and was “astonished” the article had produced such a negative response since it was only intended for thought provocation. He went on to apologize for the inconvenience caused to the Journal and anxiety caused to himself. He said he would never to write this kind of article again. More information: doi:10.1186/1743-422X-7-169 Explore further Medical journal to retract water articlecenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. The Virology Journal published a paper on July 21 speculating that a woman said in the Bible to have been cured by Jesus had influenza. Now, the journal has retracted the paper and apologized for publishing it online.last_img read more

Father murders infant surrenders

first_imgKolkata: A person surrendered to police after murdering his six-year-old son on Wednesday night at Uttar Kaljani village in Coochbehar.The accused identified as Kartik Burman told police he was fade up with several family problems and thus he killed his own son.Locals said for the past several years family problems and altercations were a daily routine in the Burman family. Each day, they had new issues, the neighbours said.On Wednesday evening, the locals heard shouting from the Burman’s house but none reacted as it became normal to them. Later at night, the neighbours came to know of the incident after police arrived at the village to recover his son Sanjay Burman’s body. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice sources informed that Kartik’s wife Rekha works as a domestic help. As Sanjay was suffering from fever, Rekha left him with their neighbour.In the afternoon, Kartik took Sanjay with him. Since then there was no trace of the six-year-old boy. When Rekha returned home, she came to know that Kartik took Sanjay with him.In the evening, she got a call from Alipurduar Police Station saying Sanjay’s body is under their bed.Later, it came to light that Kartik killed Sanjay by choking him and put the body under the bed. He surrendered himself at Alipurduar Police Station. He was handed over to the Pundibari Police Station as the place of occurrence falls under their jurisdiction.last_img read more

Netflixs share price rose 414 on talk The Walt

first_imgNetflix’s share price rose 4.14% on talk The Walt Disney Company is preparing a takeover attempt.A report from Wall Street newswire MarketWatch claimed Disney is circling new assets, and has set its sights on Netflix.This closely follows reports of Disney considering a takeover of social media platform Twitter, largely due to its growing video capabilities.Buying Netflix would give Disney the global market-leading subscription VOD player, and more than 80 million subscribers.Disney already owns 25% of Netflix rival Hulu, along with 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Time Warner, but taking over Netflix would propel the Mouse House into another stratosphere internationally. Hulu retracted from the overseas market in 2014.The Netflix share price stood at US$102.63, up US$4.04 in a day upon the rumours. Disney shareholders reacted more cautiously, with the share price dipping 0.40% to end at US$92.49.Disney is already preparing to launch a subscription ESPN web service after investing US$1 billion in video streaming technology platform BAMTech. Acquiring Netflix would push this strategy on and increase the reach, which has been a concern to Wall Street this year.Last year, the company also launched DisneyLife, a Netflix-style service for children and families, which debuted in the UK and expanded into China – the one key market Netflix has failed to penetrate.Netflix, meanwhile, would benefit from Disney’s deep pockets, especially as it moves towards a 50-50 originals-to-acquisitions programming offer, and towards a more localised service in each of its 188 operating markets.Disney-owned Marvel Television already has an output with Netflix for superhero shows. It has so far delivered Jessica Jones, Daredevil and, most recently, Luke Cage.Disney declined to comment, while Netflix couldn’t be reached before press time.last_img read more

In This Issue    Global conflicts heat up  

first_imgIn This Issue. *   Global conflicts heat up. *   Yen benefits from ‘risk off’ atmosphere. *   Brazilian and Russian currencies drop. *   Safe haven funds boost Gold. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Conflicts across the globe send investors scrambling for shelter. Good Day!  I have to kick off today’s Pfennig with an apology to readers.  Yesterday I was obviously running behind, and being well past my self-imposed deadline I rushed to hit the send button and forgot to update the prices in the ‘Currencies today’ section.  That combined with the breaking news out of Ukraine is what prompted the ‘special update’ which I sent out yesterday morning.  I again apologize for sending two Pfennigs yesterday, but figured it was a big enough oversight on my part to warrant another email into your inbox.  And I felt the breaking news regarding the Malaysia Airlines plane was certainly newsworthy enough to justify the update. The civilian aircraft, flying out of Amsterdam  in route to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine in an area where the separatist rebels had recently shot down two Ukraine military planes.  There were 280 passengers and 15 crew who were lost in the crash.  The Ukraine government was quick to deny involvement stating: “The Ukrainian armed forces did not attempt to shoot down targets in the air.”  Ukraine officials stated that they have no reason to shoot down planes in the air, as the rebels do not have aircraft.  They instead blamed the separatist rebels who have been using Russian supplied equipment which the Ukrainian government contends is more than capable of downing a plane cruising over 6 miles up.  I’ll bet that it will be a while before anyone can figure out exactly what happened, and meanwhile the incident has substantially raised the stakes in this conflict which has largely been ignored by the markets. In any event very sad news and another tragedy for Malaysian Airlines. I actually found out about the plane crash when a Bloomberg metals reporter called to get my reaction to it – and by the time I had pulled up the story, gold had dropped $20 and the dollar was moving higher.  Then in the early afternoon Ty Keough leaned over to tell me he just heard Israel had begun a ground invasion of Gaza.  Israeli troops and heavy equipment rolled across the border in search of the ‘terrorist infrastructure’ in Gaza.  The currency and metals markets largely ignored the announcement out of Israel, apparently traders were already as defensive as the felt they needed to be.   But stock investors didn’t like all of this conflict, and equity markets booked their largest single day loss in 2 months (S&P down 1.18% and Dow down .94%).  The proceeds resulting from the sale of these stocks flowed over into US treasuries which rallied throughout the day.  Yields on the US 10 year treasury dropped about 12 basis points following the airline crash and then dropped another 10 basis points following  the Israeli offensive.  The main benefactor of the ‘risk off’ atmosphere was the safe haven currency of the Japanese yen.  The yen strengthened against all of its 31 major peers as these two  geo-political events sent shock waves through the markets.   Again this strength in the Japanese currency was not due to anything which the BOJ or Japanese leaders did, but rather it was a result of currency investors looking for a ‘safe’ place to park funds.  I believe we are also seeing investors reverse ‘carry trades’ which they had entered into over the last few months.  The reversal of these trades involves investors selling their higher yielding currencies and buying back the ‘funding’ currency which has traditionally been the Japanese yen.    The yen has given back some of its gains as Europe opens up this morning. Another sign that these carry trades are being reversed in this ‘risk off’ environment is the fact that the biggest loser of the dollar’s 16 major peers was the Brazilian real, a very popular currency for carry trade investors.  Brazil’s currency dropped 1.5% after the central bank left rates unchanged and investors exited the higher yielding ‘riskier’ currencies.  The only currency which fell more than the real yesterday was the Russian ruble which dropped for obvious reasons.  As I wrote in yesterday’s Pfennig, Brazilian policy makers said that they will hold the target lending rate at 11% as they weigh stalled economic growth against inflation which remains above their target rate.   Adding to the selling pressure on the real, Brazil’s labor minister revised his forecast of job creation yesterday and announced the number of new jobs in June missed analyst forecasts for the fourth straight month.   I will be heading up to Canada later today, and I just realized that I had overlooked reporting on Canada’s central bank meeting earlier this week.  BOC Governor Stephen Poloz left rates unchanged (as expected) but said they are researching what the ‘ideal’ interest rate for the Canadian economy is.  Speaking after the BOC meeting, Poloz noted that the prolonged period of low borrowing costs has led to high debt loads, meaning that when interest rates do eventually rise, they will be more effective in slowing the economy than in the past.  Did you hear that?  Hopefully our own central bank leaders are listening.  It is exactly what Chuck and all of us here have been warning – with the tremendous amount of debt that has been accumulated since the financial crisis, the impacts of any interest rate increase are going to be severe on those responsible for paying interest on all of this debt! As I mentioned in the opening paragraphs, the precious metals were another benefactor of all of the heightened geo-political concerns yesterday.  Gold posted the biggest gain in four weeks and Palladium extended its rally to a 13 year high.  Yesterday’s move put gold’s year to date gain at 9.10%, easily surpassing the YTD gains of equities, treasuries and currencies (top performer is NZD which is up 5.62% YTD).   But Palladiums move this year is over twice that of gold!  The price of palladium has risen 22.38% in 2014 due to supply concerns and increased demand from the automobile industry.   Russia is the world’s biggest source of palladium, so the Ukraine conflict has combined with the five-month strike in South Africa to worry investors about a possible ‘supply squeeze’.    On the demand side, European car sales for June were reported yesterday and rose for the 10th straight month – the longest such run in over four years.  We have also seen a pick-up in Asian demand for autos along with a rebound in US auto demand.  All good news for Palladium. There was a slew of data released yesterday here in the US, but all of the geo -political events overshadowed the economic releases.  US housing starts started the day off with a disappointing print of just 893k which equated to a 9.3% drop from the previous month.  And adding to the negative news, May’s housing starts were revised from a 6.5% drop to -7.3%.  Building permits were also lower, dropping 4.2% in June after a revised 5.1% drop in May.  This data calls the ‘housing recovery’ back into question with two consecutive months of lower housing starts and permits in what has to be ‘prime season’ for new home construction.  The US economy has always been somewhat dependent on a strong housing sector, and the recovery is going to need this sector to turn around to give us a much needed boost. The weekly jobs numbers were next to hit the news wires and helped to ease the pain of the housing numbers as the weekly jobless claims came in at 302k vs last weeks print of 305k and an expected figure of 310k.  Continuing claims were also lower than expected so the numbers show the labor market is continuing to improve albeit at an extremely slow pace.  And you may have missed this news with all of the conflicts yesterday, but Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be cutting 18,000 jobs.  That certainly won’t help the labor market recovery!!  The morning ended with the  Philly Fed Outlook which easily beat expectations and gave investors another reason to look past the disappointing housing data. St. Louis Fed head James Bullard did his best to rescue the dollar yesterday stating that the Fed may have to raise interest rates more quickly than planned as unemployment falls and inflation quickens.  Bullard has traditionally been a ‘hawkish’ voice on the Fed, so these comments weren’t surprising – but his words may have lost some of their impact as he is no longer a ‘voting member’ of the FOMC.  We don’t have a slew of data releases this morning, with only the Univ of Michigan Confidence report followed by the release of the Leading Index.  The confidence number is expected to show another increase to a level of 83 from the last reported level of 82.5.  And the leading index is expected to have remained stable at a reading of .5% in June.  Just more of the same – slow growth and a very sluggish recovery here in the US. For What its Worth.  A poll completed by Bloomberg showed that 47% of respondents said the equity market is close to unsustainable levels while 14% already saw a bubble.  The quarterly survey of 562 investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers shows the level of anxiety which exists in today’s equity investors.    Almost a third of respondents called the market for lower rated debt overheated and most said stock swings will increase within six months, the July 15-16 poll showed. And I guess you could count Fed Chair Janet Yellen as one of those raising concerns over valuation levels as she took the unusual step of calling out the biotech and technology sectors earlier this week.  But Yellen backpedaled a bit in Wednesday’s testimony when she said asset valuations aren’t out of line with historical norms.  Could the geo-political events of the past days be the ‘trigger’ to a big correction?   Today’s sell off is probably healthy for this market and if the conflicts continue we could actually see a true ‘correction’ in the equity markets, easing investor concerns regarding the valuation levels.  Stronger earnings would also help justify the current price levels.  But with nearly ½ of the professional investors feel the equity markets are close to unsustainable levels, we certainly seem primed for a big sell-off. To recap.    Geo-political conflicts sent shivers through the markets yesterday, with the safe havens of Japanese yen, US treasuries and Gold being the biggest benefactors.  The ‘risk off’ atmosphere sent the high yielding currencies of Brazil and South Africa lower along with the Russian ruble.  Gold was up but the biggest winner this year in the precious metals markets is Palladium which hit a 15 year high.  Data out of the US showed the housing recovery is still questionable but the labor market continues to recover.  And I closed today’s Pfennig with Bloomberg poll results which indicate ‘professional investors’ agree that the equity markets are nearing unsustainable levels. Currencies today 7/18/14. American Style: A$ .9381, kiwi .8675, C$ .9306, euro 1.3523, sterling 1.7094, Swiss $1.1136 . European Style: rand 10.6945, krone 6.1729, SEK 6.8193, forint 229.50, zloty 3.0657, koruna 20.29, RUB 35.098, yen 101.36, sing 1.2420, HKD 7.7510, INR 60.31, China 6.1568, pesos 12.9717, BRL 2.2582, Dollar Index 80.532, Oil $103.47, 10-year 2.48%, Silver $20.93, Platinum $1,488.49, Palladium $874.72, and Gold. $1,310.79 That’s it for today.  I’m off to the airport this morning to catch a plane up to Quebec City.  I will be speaking at an investment conference sponsored by our friends at The Oxford Club and then I’ll head west to meet up with Chuck and Frank over in Vancouver.  We will all be participating in the ‘Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium’.  If you are in the area or want an excuse to visit Vancouver next week you can get more information on the conference here:  http://www.naturalresourcesymposium.com/register/ .  It is supposed to be another gorgeous weekend here in St. Louis, so I won’t be running away from the typical July heat and humidity but I’m still looking forward to discovering a new city. Mike will take over the Pfennig next week, but I will try to give him a few updates from ‘the road’.  And looking at the clock I had better hit the send button (yes I updated the currency prices today!).  I hope you all have a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

The information watchdog is to investigate the Dep

first_imgThe information watchdog is to investigate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its refusal to publish secret reviews into 49 benefit-related deaths.The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched the investigation into DWP’s failure to provide information requested by Disability News Service (DNS).A series of DNS Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests eventually revealed how DWP has carried out 49 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths since February 2012.Of the 49 “peer reviews”, it later emerged that 33 contained recommendations for improvements in procedures at either national or local level within DWP, while 40 of the 49 reviews were carried out following the suicide or apparent suicide of a benefit claimant.But despite FoIA requests from DNS, and others, DWP has refused to publish the reviews, or their summaries, recommendations or conclusions, even with personal details of benefit claimants removed.It claims that releasing the reviews – even with these details removed – could breach section 44 of the FoIA, because section 123 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 makes it an offence for anyone employed in social security administration to “disclose without lawful authority any information which he acquired in the course of that employment and which relates to a particular person”. Now the ICO has said that it will investigate a complaint lodged by DNS into the failure to release the information.The ICO’s case officer said: “The focus of my investigation will be to determine whether the DWP is entitled to rely on section 44 as a basis for refusing to provide the information you requested.“Should it not be a valid refusal of your request the commissioner will also determine what information can be provided within the appropriate cost limit.”The investigation is likely to take several months. Even if the ICO rules that the information should be released, DWP would still have a right of appeal.DWP has refused to comment.Last month, the Commons work and pensions committee called on the government to set up a new independent body – modelled on the police complaints watchdog – to investigate the deaths of benefit claimants, and ensure “that the role of all publicly-funded agencies involved in the provision of services or benefits to the individual is scrutinised”.last_img read more

Googleorg Donates 115 Million to Fight for Racial Justice

first_img Angela Moscaritolo Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reporter The fight for racial justice just got an infusion of cash from Google.The web giant’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, has already committed more than $5 million to nonprofits advancing racial justice since 2015, but this week it more than doubled its previous pledge. Google.org is investing $11.5 million in new grants to organizations working to reform the criminal justice system. The funds will go to 10 organizations Google.org believes “can create meaningful change around racial, social and criminal justice in the U.S.,” Google.org Principal Justin Steele wrote in a Thursday blog post.”Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States, and a major area of focus for our grants,” Steele wrote. “The U.S. penal population has exploded, growing by 400 percent since 1984 to more than 2 million today, with Black men sentenced at over five times the rate of white men.”The largest sum, $5 million, will go to the Center for Policing Equity, a New York-based organization working with police agencies and communities to create a database to track national statistics on police behavior. Meanwhile, a $1.5 million grant will go to Measures for Justice, which is building a web platform that lets people see how their local justice system treats people based on different factors, such as race, sex, status and age.Google.org is also giving $1 million to support Impact Justice’s national Restorative Justice Project, which aims to keep youth of color out of the juvenile justice system. Other new organizations getting funding are working to train formerly incarcerated individuals (JustLeadershipUSA) and make data more accessible to criminal justice reform organizations (W. Haywood Burns Institute).”A person’s race should not determine how they are treated by the law,” Steele wrote. “We’re proud to support these organizations, and we hope that their focus on data and community-driven solutions to will bring us closer to a more just society.”Google has also sponsored community screenings of the Netflix documentary 13th in 12 Google offices across the country; Netflix has announced it will also allow the film to be screened for educational purposes. 13th, from Selma director Ava DuVernay, was up for Best Documentary at this weekend’s Academy Awards. 2 min read Add to Queue February 27, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag The funds will go to 10 organizations working to foster racial, social and criminal justice.center_img –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on PCMag Google.org Donates $11.5 Million to Fight for Racial Justice Next Article Google Register Now »last_img read more

Survey 25 million people experience back pain every day in the UK

first_imgAnother fifth have been forced to give up a favorite past-time such as sport, according to a new survey to mark Backcare Awareness Week which starts today  (8-12 October 2018).Over half of those polled (52%) said their back pain troubled them at least several times a month, with 56% describing it as either somewhat or very severe.  One in seven suffer every day.And nearly half (48%) said their problems had been going on for more than five years.An estimated 2.5 million people experience back pain every day in the UK, whilst treating it costs the NHS more than £1 billion a year.The new poll for Medserena Upright Open MRI Centers found that, contrary to popular belief, back pain is just as common amongst younger age groups as the elderly.  Whereas 61% of people aged over 55 had back pain at least once a month, the figure for 18-24 year olds was even higher at 71%.And surprisingly, those in higher managerial jobs suffer more from back pain than manual workers.Nearly two thirds (63%) of top professionals experience pain at least once a month, compared with around 53% of manual workers – although skilled and semi-skilled workers are more likely to say their condition was caused by lifting heavy loads.Management, on the other hand, attribute their back pain to bad posture over time – and take more days off sick for this reason than any other type of employee.Yet despite the prevalence of back pain, the poll found that over a third (34%) of those affected hadn’t sought advice from a medical professional – albeit the likelihood of consulting a GP or specialist increases steadily with age.Only a fifth (19%) had undertaken an MRI scan, with just under a quarter (24%) having an X Ray.  Men were significantly more likely to have a scan or other test than women.“Interestingly, our survey showed that 17% of people with back pain also suffer from claustrophobia”,  comments Juliana Hyka, Radiology Manager of Medserena, “with women more prone to it than men.“Yet only 5% said they had been offered an upright open MRI scan for diagnosis.“Not surprisingly, 46% said they would prefer to stand up or sit down in a scanner which is open at the front – compared to just 19% who would opt for lying down in an enclosed tunnel”.  Medication was the most popular form of treatment for back pain, taken by 47% of respondents.A third had been treated by a practitioner such as an osteopath or physiotherapist, whilst a quarter had taken to their bed for rest.  However, 27% hadn’t bothered with treatment at all, opting to grin and bear it.  Just 14% of top professionals said they had received no treatment, whereas the figure for semi-skilled or unskilled manual workers was 36% (not even painkillers).The Medserena Centers in London and Manchester offer upright, open MRI scans which are very different to the conventional ‘tunnel’.The scans are carried out in a natural weight-bearing position.  You can stand up, sit down, flex your neck and be moved into different postures – so the scan is carried out in exactly the position that pain is experienced.  In many cases, this provides a more conclusive diagnosis of back pain than traditional MRIs that are performed lying down.The open structure is ideal for anyone suffering from claustrophobia and also accommodates very large patients – up to 35 stone – more easily than the tunnel type.   Oct 9 2018One in five people who suffer from back pain have given up their job or reduced their hours because of their condition.   Source:https://www.back-pain-mri.com/last_img read more

New project aims to estimate scientific basis of health risks posed by

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 1 2018The BfR is involved with two work groups in the project, which is being coordinated by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).In addition to residues of the active substances contained in plant protection products, the work focuses on contaminants in foods and potentially health-damaging food ingredients. “The goal is to be able to make a more realistic estimation on a scientific basis of the health risks posed by substance mixtures of this kind,” explains BfR President, Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. Strategies for identifying toxicologically relevant substances, for example, and the first results of tests on the toxicity of multiple residues of the active substances contained in plant protection products are to be presented at the 8th Consortium Meeting.Consumers are exposed every day to a wide variety of undesired substances which are potentially damaging to health. Using computer-supported in silico methods (QSAR) and with the help of exposure modeling, a strategy for prioritizing the substances relevant to risk assessment in mixture experiments has been developed in the EuroMix project. This enables the fast and necessary restriction of the extensive list of substances and substance classes to be tested. As a large number of different substance mixtures is conceivable, EuroMix has concentrated on a small number of particularly relevant key mixtures identified at the beginning of the project. One area of main focus here lies in mixtures of the active substances contained in plant protection products.Related StoriesLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsGenetic study on liver iron content may pave way for better treatmentStudy finds link between poor oral health and increased risk of liver cancerParallel to this, a test strategy was devised to test and characterize the effects of substance mixtures of many different classes with regard to their damaging effect on the liver, the development of the organism and the endocrine system. New methods were developed here among other things which enable a high test throughput at low costs as an alternative to experiments with animals in order to facilitate the testing of a large number of relevant substance combinations.To test combination effects in the liver, for instance, a toolbox was specially developed for the specific symptoms of pathological fatty liver (steatosis) which permits a forecast of combination effects with the help of consecutive in vitro test methods. The successful use (proof of principle) of the system has already been published and was achieved with a pesticide with a known mechanism of action. This toolbox was then used for the characterization of mixture effects. It could be seen here, especially for the class of pesticides, that above all dose addition effects predominate for which a risk assessment concept already exists. The successfully tested toolbox can also be used for the testing of other relevant substance classes in order to characterise and/or examine substance combinations for effects such as inhibition, dose addition or synergism. The objective here is to be able to better assess the interaction of substances in mixtures. At the end, a web-based evaluation toolbox should be available for the analysis and overall assessment of mixtures. Source: https://www.bfr.bund.de/en/press_information/2018/35/are_substance_mixtures_in_foods_more_dangerous_than_individual_substances_-206633.htmllast_img read more

Liver immune cells contain inert HIV and are unlikely to reproduce infection

first_img Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/hiv-in-liver-cells-found-to-be-inactive-narrowing-potential-treatment-targets Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018In a proof-of-principle study, researchers at Johns Hopkins revealed that certain immune system cells found in the human liver, called liver macrophages, contain only inert HIV and aren’t likely to reproduce infection on their own in HIV-infected people on long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART is a regimen containing combinations of HIV-targeting drugs that prevents the growth of the virus but does not eradicate it.The report on the findings, published in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, revealed that although inactive, HIV can remain in liver immune cells after more than 10 years of ART. However, the researchers say there is no evidence that it can be considered an HIV reservoir in this state because the virus can’t replicate at high levels.This revelation supports the idea that when developing HIV treatments, liver macrophages can be ruled out as a cell type that may act as a reservoir of the virus. The researchers argue that it may not be important to address curing liver macrophage infection, thereby narrowing targets for treatment.”Our study was the first, to our knowledge, that looked at whether liver macrophages also served as reservoirs, similar to CD4+ T cells, in ART-suppressed, HIV-infected people,” says Ashwin Balagopal, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and senior author of the study. “We zeroed in on the liver since liver macrophages comprise 80 to 90 percent of all macrophages in the body,” notes Balagopal.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36.7 million people worldwide and 1.1 million people in the United States are infected with HIV. Commonly, ART is used to suppress the replication of HIV and control the progression of AIDS in humans. The virus infects the body’s immune system–the white blood cells also referred to as T cells and macrophages.The most common reservoirs in humans are in immune cells called resting memory CD4+ T cells. Even when ART suppresses HIV, the virus can remain hidden in cellular reservoirs. The interruption or discontinuation of ART can spread HIV to new cells because the virus becomes active and begins replicating again.”Although it is well-established that macrophages are a natural target for HIV infection, for many years researchers have not known whether macrophages also harbor HIV in a reservoir during long-term ART, similar to the resting memory CD4+ T cells,” adds Balagopal.The inability to wipe out reservoirs of infectious HIV has for decades frustrated efforts to completely cure the infection. In addition, it means that the interruption or discontinuation of ART at any time reactivates HIV replication, spreading the virus to new cells.Balagopal and his team examined if any HIV reservoirs remained in populations of tissue macrophages that reside in livers; specifically, he looked for latent HIV-1, the most common strain of the virus, in liver macrophages.”The other organs we could have examined that contain macrophages include the brain, heart, lungs and skin,” says Abraham Kandathil, Ph.D., research associate in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who performed all key experiments. “Macrophages can be scarce in these organs in comparison to the liver, and therefore are even more difficult to obtain than liver macrophages in sufficiently large numbers,” concludes Kandathil.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseReprogramming cells to control HIV infectionEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentTo determine if liver macrophages serve as a reservoir of infection-capable HIV-1 after ART, liver tissue samples were taken from nine HIV-1 infected persons, seven of whom underwent liver transplantation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and otherwise would have had their livers discarded because they were no longer functional and/or cancerous.Eight of the nine persons were on ART for periods ranging from eight months to approximately 12 years.Using lab techniques that separate out the liver macrophages, the researchers found HIV-1 to be present in the macrophages even after exposure to longstanding virus-suppressing ART.”However, when we tried to simulate virus “rebound” by activating liver macrophages to see if the virus was infectious or noninfectious, we found HIV-1 at low levels, without the ability to replicate at high levels needed to re-establish infection,” says Kandathil.By examining the virus in these liver samples and separating out the liver macrophages, the researchers found HIV-1 to be present in the macrophages of one person among the group who took suppressive ART for almost 12 years. However, the virus was still determined to be inert, otherwise unable to replicate itself and spread.The researchers conclude that while liver macrophages might harbor HIV-1 for a long time, it’s unlikely these viruses could continue an infection on their own, and they are unlikely to function as a reservoir because the viruses were not able to replicate.In the future, Balagopal says, more research is needed to determine if the inert HIV-1 infected liver macrophages have any functional significance in people taking ART because expression of defective HIV-1 proteins can confuse the immune system and cause tissue inflammation.”While we have potentially ruled out the liver as an infectious reservoir, it’s important to identify all of the relevant virus reservoirs in the body, such as the brain, since it’s likely that the virus hides in the DNA of different cell types and will require different strategies to cure,” says Balagopal. “Then we can move forward to finding a ‘functional’ HIV-1 cure that’s comprehensive.”The researchers caution that their study is limited because of the small number of liver macrophages and human samples studied. In addition, the small number of CD4+ T cells (less than or equal to 1 percent) in the liver macrophage cultures may affect the researchers’ ability to detect them, although they say it is virtually impossible for contamination of 1 percent or less to have confounded the findings.last_img read more

Human iPSCsderived mesenchymal stem cells could avoid ageingrelated shortfalls

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019The use of primary mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is fraught with ageing-related shortfalls such as limited expansion and early senescence. Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) -derived MSCs (iMSCs) have been shown to be a useful clinically relevant source of MSCs that circumvent these ageing-associated drawbacks. The importance of this concept is manifested by the successful Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of GvHD by Cynata Therapeutics and the National Health Service- UK; a Phase 2 trial is planned for 2019. Note, this trial is independent of the work carried out by Spitzhorn et al.-described below.A collaborative study co-ordinated by the Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine (Prof. Dr. James Adjaye) which includes the Division of Paediatric Stem Cell Therapy, Clinic for Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Clinical Immunology (Prof. Dr. Meisel) and the Institute for Transplantation Diagnostics and Cell Therapeutics (PD Dr. Sorg) from the Medical Faculty of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the Bone and Joint Research Group, Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration from the University of Southampton (Prof. Dr. Richard Oreffo) published in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy analysed the acquisition of rejuvenation-associated hallmarks in iMSCs.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellResearchers discover gene linked to healthy aging in wormsExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionIn their study, the team compared cellular features, transcriptomes and secretomes of iMSCs differentiated from embryonic stem cells (ESCs-H1) and iPSCs, emanating from MSCs isolated young and elderly individuals. The generated iMSCs (irrespective of source) met the criteria set out for MSCs and dendrogram analyses confirmed that the transcriptomes of all iMSCs clustered together with the parental MSCs and distinct from pluripotent stem cells.Irrespective of donor age and initial cell type, iMSCs acquired a rejuvenation-associated 50-gene comprising signature which is also expressed in pluripotent stem cells but not in the parental MSCs.Significantly, in terms of regenerative medicine, iMSCs acquired a secretome similar to that of primary MSCs, thus highlighting their ability to act via paracrine signaling.The iMSC concept has enabled circumventing the drawbacks associated with the use of adult MSCs and thus provide a promising tool for use in various clinical settings in the future.Source: https://www.uni-duesseldorf.de/last_img read more

The Latest Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant

Citation: The Latest: Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-latest-toyota-cars-amazon-voice.html A Cloi controlled lawn mower appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. People experience a skeleton ride with the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The Cloi shopping cart robot, center, appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) A Navya Autonom Cab, a self-driving vehicle, drives down a street during a demonstration at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) As for attendees, organizers say about 20 percent are women.___9:25 a.m.The annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas is no longer just about private businesses showing off their latest technological wizardry. Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021 People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The research will build on what Ford learned last year in a partnership with Domino’s Pizza that sent semi-autonomous vehicles out to deliver pizzas.Postmates operates in 20 U.S. cities—including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles—and has a fleet of 150,000 couriers. Ford announced the partnership Tuesday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.___11:30 a.m.The CES tech show, much like the tech industry, has long been known for its dearth of women.This year is no exception. That’s despite coming off a watershed year for women in technology and beyond, with the #metoo movement opening conversations on sexual harassment, abuse and sexism. The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): The public sector is also chiming in, including U.S. state governors, foreign envoys, a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and at least one royal.Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands is leading a delegation to promote more than 50 Dutch startups. Delegations are also representing Mexico and two different regions of France.Along with boosting their economy, governments are also hoping to keep up with the growing possibilities of smartening cities with new technology.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the show, though. Reports say it’s because of death threats following a controversial vote to roll back rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. 2 p.m.Toyota says it will begin integrating Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into some of its vehicles, so drivers can tell their cars to play music or set a comfortable temperature at home before arriving.In choosing Alexa over rival Google Assistant, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks says Amazon is the right partner as Toyota studies what future mobility might look like.The integration will start later this year. Toyota didn’t say which car models will have it.Ford and Hyundai are among the auto companies already supporting Alexa.Hicks says there’s nothing preventing Toyota from partnering with others in the future.The development came Tuesday as the CES tech show floor opened.___12:45 p.m.Ford is partnering with Postmates, an on-demand delivery company, to study how merchants and customers might interact with self-driving delivery vehicles.Ford Motor Co.’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, says self-driving vehicles must do more than just move people. He says they can cut down on traffic and parking hassles by allowing groceries, dry cleaners and other businesses to share delivery vehicles that are programmed to take the most efficient route. A woman demonstrates a Cloi controlled lawn mower at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) People look through Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee looks at Ford’s self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Soyoung Han looks at a display representing LG super UHD TV Nano Cell displays during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee tests the Human Machine Interface platform at the Kia booth at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Mercedes-AMG Project One plug-in hybrid supercar appears on display at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further The Aibo robot dog is on display at the Sony booth after a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) This year, two of the 15 keynote speakers at CES are women. Of the roughly 900 total speakers, 242 are women, or about 27 percent.Organizers say that’s on par with previous years, but it’s prompted widespread criticism. In a recent letter to Gina Glantz , founder of the group Gender Avenger, the head of CES organizer Consumer Technology Association said the show will “redouble” efforts to add women’s voices next year. Ford CEO James Hackett smiles while getting ready for an interview next to a self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more