Cruise Ship Traffic Continues Full Steam Ahead

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward Port Manager says that the Gateway to Alaska can expect up to 70 cruise shipdockings in 2018, with six double ship days. The World is the largest luxury residential ship on the planet. The residents, from about 45 countries, live on board as the ship travels around exotic ports of call from Antarctica to Greenland, staying in most ports several days. It is also used by several major cruise lines as a “turn around” port for their Gulf of Alaska Cruises. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-cruise-ship-traffice-continunes-full-steam-ahead.mp3 City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “Our cruise ship visitation seems to be pretty stable.  I don’t anticipate that we will have a lot of growth just because the other markets – Seward and Whittier -work for most of the cruise ship schedules much better than Anchorage.” While Whittier has been the other end route, Anchorage is starting to fluff her feathers to make her nest more attractive to cruise ship traffic.center_img Holland America, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line all use the Port of Seward as the northern end of their 7-day Alaska Glacier Cruises sailing to and from Vancouver B.C. Anchorage isn’t targeting the cruise ship market in its port development. Holland America Cruises has a special two week trip where the MS Amsterdam stops at nontraditional ports like Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage.  While the number of visits is small, the prestige of the ships that make Anchorage a port of call is large. City of Anchorage External Affairs Jim Jager: “We had ten scheduled visits in 2017, including the World.  So the World stopped in Anchorage.”last_img read more

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Salmon Initiative Is One Step Closer To Going To The Voters

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Stand For Salmon ballot initiative submitted more than 40,000 signatures today, to the state Division of Elections in Anchorage, which is enough to qualify as a ballot initiative for Alaska voters in November. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-stand-for-salmon-on-ballot.mp3VmJennifer-on-stand-for-salmon-on-ballot.mp300:00RPd The Stand for Salmon initiative would restrict interference with salmon habitats  during a development project, like the proposed Pebble Mine.According to the Stand for Salmon website, the initiative would formally define characteristics of a healthy river in state law, update state listings of waters which support salmon, requires the state to notify the public of projects which could affect salmon and create salmon-protection standards developers must meet before their projects can move forward. Alaska state law requires that the Division of Elections has to certify that 10 percent of the people who voted in the state’s last general election signed the salmon proposal.center_img If enough of the signatures are verified, roughly 32,000 people, then the initiative will be on the ballot for the November 6 general election. Voters will determine if the Alaska law governing development in salmon habitat should be updated, something not done since statehood in 1959.last_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 26, 2019 to June 3, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierKane taught English for 35 years by Cassia BurnsSupt. Brand offers staffing updates by Lizzie McDermottDispatcher job is more than customer service by Lizzy HillSelectmen choose Town Accountant by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunOlin remediation plan ready by fall by Emma MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Pak votes to stay put of conflict

first_imgPakistani lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted to stay out of the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen in a blow to the alliance behind the campaign, while planes with badly needed medical aid landed in Yemen’s embattled capital, Sanaa – the first such deliveries since the airstrikes started over two weeks ago. After days of debating, Pakistan’s legislature adopted a resolution stating that “Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis.Pakistani lawmakers said after their vote Friday that they hoped it would pave the way for a resolution to the Yemen crisis. Sirajul Haq, the head of Pakistan’s most organized Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan party, said Islamabad could “play the role of a mediator.”The United Nations and Iran have called for a return Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the joint session of parliament in a sign of his approval.last_img read more

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50 held for cheating in govt exam

first_imgKolkata: Fifty examinees were arrested for allegedly cheating in a competitive examination held on Sunday in several colleges of South Kolkata. Several mobile phones and other gadgets were seized from their possession.According to the police, there was a competitive examination on Sunday for recruitment of peons in the courts of South 24-Parganas, which was held at several colleges of South Kolkata. While entering the examination hall, examinees were checked but nothing suspicious was found. During examination, invigilators and some magistrates present at the examination hall smelled foulplay as the behaviour of some examinees were found to be suspicious. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen the magistrates ordered invigilators to search their bodies, several bluetooth devices, mobiles phones and other gadgets were found. Sources informed that the examinees had somehow managed to click a photo of the question paper and sent it to some persons outside. Later, the same persons were prompting them answers over phone. Around 50 examinees were arrested on Sunday for cheating, by Gariahat, Ballygunj, Jadavpur, Rabindra Sarobar, Netaji Nagar, Behala, Parnasree and Thakurpukur police stations. Sleuths suspect there might be a gang behind the cheating. Some examinees confessed that their family members and close friends were helping them but investigators refused to believe their statements as the method used was technologically advanced.last_img read more

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Negative social media behaviours may indicate depression

first_imgNegative social media behaviours, such as comparing oneself to others or spending too much time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, may indicate major depressive disorder, a study has found. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, showed that certain social media factors were linked with major depressive disorder (MDD) in a study of millennials. In the study of 504 millennials who actively use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, individuals who met the criteria for MDD scored higher on the Social Media Addiction scale were more likely to compare themselves to others better off than they were. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey also indicated that they would be more bothered by being tagged in unflattering pictures and were less likely to post pictures of themselves along with other people “While this study highlights social media behaviours that are associated with major depression, it is important to recognise that social media use can offer many positive benefits, including fostering social support,” said Krista Howard, of Texas State University in the US. “The key is for individuals to develop an awareness of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes could be made in their social media use to reduce the behaviours associated with psychological distress,” Howard said. “Some changes could include reducing the time spent on social media, unfollowing individuals or groups that cause distress, or limiting online social comparisons,” she said.last_img read more

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Welcome to The Tico Times allday election coverage in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’ New poll in Costa Rica: another small Fabricio lead, another statistical dead heat What’s it really like to vote in Costa Rica? A new citizen’s perspective BREAKING: Carlos Alvarado wins 60.6 percent of vote with 90.6 of votes recorded in Costa Rica Facebook Comments Good morning and welcome to the day Costa Rica has been waiting for, in various states of excitement, trepidation and discord, ever since the first round of elections on Feb. 4. As Costa Ricans choose between Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party (PRN) and Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) at the voting booth, we’ll be chronicling the day’s events every step of the way.Follow our coverage throughout the day  – whether on our website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @TheTicoTimes – for photos, videos and commentary. And please contact us there or at kstanley@ticotimes.net with your own pics, feedback and experiences from the day.Catching up? Read our full election coverage here!Meet our team:Katherine Stanley Obando, Managing Editor: Proud to be experiencing my fourth Costa Rican election, this time at the helm of what we believe is the first-ever all-Costa Rican reporting team in The Tico Times’ 62-year history. Twitter/Instagram @TheTicoTimes, katherinestanley.com.Elizabeth Lang Oreamuno, Assistant Editor: Has a strong passion for culture and its effects on a social change. Enjoys listening to music as well as talking about art. Twitter: @elangoreamunoPaula Álvarez: A couple weeks away from my journalism degree, I like music, books and speaking as much English as I can. Twitter: @PauAlvarez23 / Instagram: @paualvarez23Augusto Bolaños Morales: Strategic Communication Advisor with more than seven years’ experience working for nonprofit organizations on topics such as education, poverty reduction, sustainable communities construction and gender equality. Twitter: @Augus1411 / Instagram: @augustiiiiilloGabriela Brenes: Multimedia journalist with diverse experience in immersive technologies and social media platforms. She works at Rise Up, by Fusion Media Group, and collaborates in VR projects with SeirenFilms. In a Venn diagram with digital strategy, social research and multimedia literacy, she’d be right where the circles overlap. Facebook: www.facebook.com/riseupasone. Twitter: @gabybregRoberto Delgado Webb: Photographer and content creator at his own small business, Visualia. Instagram: @delgadowebb.Gregory Calvo Aguilar: Journalism student at the Universidad Latina of Costa Rica. Passionate about photojournalism. 2017 winner of the European Union’s “Europe through My Lens” contest in Costa Rica. Instagram: @gregorycalagCarlos Andrés Madrigal: Journalist. Lover of music, films and drawing, and collaborator for various media in Costa Rica. Twitter: @charliecamf4 / Instagram: @charliecamfJonathan Jiménez Flores: Photographer and audiovisual producer. Publications include La Nación, Semanario Universidad and La Voz de Guanacaste. Instagram: @jjimenezflJuan Osorno M.: Digital marketing consultant at Coral Agencia de Mercadeo Digital. Editor at the digital media Noticias.CR. Passionate about technology, culture and Asian history. Twitter: @maguz_zealAlexander Villegas: Born in the United States, raised in Costa Rica, and educated in Canada, Alexander Villegas is a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on under-reported issues across Latin America. Alexander’s stories and photographs have appeared in the Guardian, CBC, the Tyee, Bluff, Hakai Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and others.last_img read more

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JAMES McClean and Martin ONeill have escaped bans

first_img JAMES McClean and Martin O’Neill have escaped bans for the Republic of Ireland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Georgia on September 2.Creggan-born James and O’Neill were reprimanded by FIFA for post-game comments about the referee following the 1-1 draw against Austria on June 11.Their comments were seen by man fans as justified as the referee had an appalling game and appeared to have acting as “12th man” to the Austrian side.It is understood no fine has been issued.An FAI statement read: “The Football Association of Ireland has accepted FIFA’s decision to issue a reprimand to both Martin O’Neill and James McClean following disciplinary proceedings. DERRY’S JAMES MCCLEAN AND MARTIN O’NEILL AVOID BANS FOR CRITICISING REFFIFAgeorgia “FIFA launched their inquiry following comments made by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and midfielder James McClean in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with Austria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on June 11.“The ruling by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee came following a breach of Article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Article 4 of the Regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for ‘unsporting behaviour’.”DERRY’S JAMES MCCLEAN AND MARTIN O’NEILL AVOID BANS FOR CRITICISING REF was last modified: July 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Its one thing to be right Being right on timing

first_imgIt’s one thing to be right. Being right on timing is another. I remember speaking on an investment panel in 2006 at a Bay Area Health and Wealth conference when the subject of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came up. I confidently offered, at the height of the housing market, that the two government mortgage companies would go under. Sell the stocks short or buy put options, I said.However, it took two years before the two government-sponsored entities (GSEs) were placed in conservatorship. And it was 2010 before the stocks were delisted after Fannie Mae’s shares traded for less than a dollar for more than 30 days.I was right, but might as well have been wrong.Likewise, among those with a rooting interest in the price of precious metals, someone is always claiming that $5,000 per ounce for gold or $100 per ounce for silver is right around the corner. All the rationalizations sound plausible if that’s what fits your ear: The Fed is printing money like crazy. The government is borrowing like crazy. The Chinese are buying like crazy. Politicians are legislating like they’re crazy. If you think the gold at Fort Knox is really there, you’re crazy.There’s always a story that explains why gold is headed to the moon—it’s just the timing never seems to work out.Coming off a horrible year for gold and silver, though, and a worse one for mining stocks, maybe now is indeed the time to take the plunge in the metals and the shares while Wall Street thinks the idea is all wet.While there are people who have a knack at getting in the market at the right time, there are also those who buy in at such low prices that perfectly timing the market becomes unnecessary—and right now we’re seeing such a deep-discount phase.Have a look at our recently aired online video event, Upturn Millionaires, and hear some of the best resource market timers ever explain why smart investors should buy gold mining stocks now.There are multiple signs that the time may be right. For example, the gold price recently broke through its 200-day moving average, which it hadn’t done in a year. The price has rallied off a double bottom ($1,178) and broke through resistance at $1,275. Technically the yellow metal looks very good.And finally, there are so many black swans circling that we really shouldn’t call them black swans anymore. What caused the financial crash in 2007 hasn’t been fixed, but merely papered over.Take Greece for instance, which is on the verge of bailout number three. The Greek government has €11 billion in bonds coming due in May. The IMF is €3.8 billion behind in scheduled aid payments because it wants to understand the country’s finances going forward. Good luck with that.European Union analyst Andrew Cullen writes in The Cantillon Observer that the current calm in the EU precedes a storm. He sees three events crashing into an overleveraged, derivatives-über-exposed banking system that will lead to crisis.The European Central Bank (ECB) will be forced to buy assets from banks, flooding the banks with liquidity and allowing them to then purchase more sovereign bonds to hold interest rates down. Failure of ECB bank stress tests will spur a recapitalization of the banks, with a deep stock market correction to follow.The recent emerging-markets turmoil was likely just a warmup for what’s brewing. And what’s brewing is good for precious metals.To help you seize the moment, resource investing legend Rick Rule has penned the piece below especially for Casey Research readers—a rarity. The kind of advice he provides is the type investors usually pay dearly for, and at investment conferences, audiences hang on his every word. The returns Rick has achieved are legendary, and new offerings are always oversubscribed (your writer is a partner in two of Rule’s exploration limited partnerships).So please read on and learn why Rick Rule believes the resource supercycle is still intact.Doug French, Contributing Editorlast_img read more

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Free Report Reveals Landmark Investment Opportuni

first_imgFree Report Reveals: Landmark Investment OpportunityAre we about to witness the biggest new trend of our lifetime? A former money manager, famous for predicting the renter trend, legal marijuana wave, blockchain boom, and Bitcoin bubble is going on record with his next prediction—as a new industry goes from essentially $0… to potentially $400 billion over the next few years. If you’re searching for new opportunities to potentially turn a small investment into a nice nest egg, be sure to give this report a read. Coming to a neighborhood near YOUA controversial new technology is expected to hit every neighborhood in America—even YOURS. It’s already being reported on in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Find out what it could mean for you and your wealth. — If this happens, how do we provide the necessary power to feed the battery requirements? Will this mean an increase in power plants to provide the extra capability. The other question is the infrastructure need to keep these vehicles on the road.– Philip Recommended Link By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily DispatchIn the morning, I wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach.At sunset, I get to enjoy million-dollar views like this one from my beachside condo in Cartagena, Colombia.I shared this picture with some of my relatives yesterday. And I got a question that I often get when I share photos from my travels.“How do you afford this?”I get why people ask. In Miami, a room with a view like this would easily cost around $300 a night. But I’m only paying about $100 a night.These are the deals you can only snag in the developing world. Recommended Link • Emerging market stocks have been showing strength… You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the performance of the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks over 800 emerging market stocks.You can see that EEM fell 15% in 2018. That was its biggest decline since 2015.But something encouraging has happened over the last three months. EEM started “carving out a bottom.”An asset carves out a bottom when it stops falling, trades in a tight range for a period of time, and then starts moving higher. This signals that buyers have stepped in and given the asset’s price a “floor.” It’s a major clue that the asset is ready to climb higher.In other words, emerging market stocks could soon turn the corner and start rising again.• If that happens, emerging market stocks could deliver big gains in the coming months… I say this because we’ve been here before.You can see what I mean below. This chart shows the last two major corrections by EEM.The first one came after a 31% correction in 2011. EEM went on to rally 42% over the next three years.The second major rally followed a 36% correction that took place between 2014 and 2016. EEM would go on to rally 92% in just over two years.It now looks like we’re on the verge of another big rally, and there are many potential catalysts that I’m watching… but the biggest is the U.S. dollar.• The U.S. dollar is weakening… You can see what I mean below.This chart shows the performance of the U.S. Dollar Index since the start of 2017. This index tracks the dollar’s performance against major currencies like the Japanese yen and the euro.You can see that the U.S. dollar (USD) is starting to roll over. It’s down 1.5% since November 12. In other words, it’s doing the exact opposite of what emerging market stocks are doing.And there’s good reason for this to continue.I say this because “Long U.S. Dollar” is the most crowded trade right now, according to a global fund manager survey by Bank of America. It has been for the past two straight months. (A trade becomes crowded when it becomes extremely popular. And that often happens just before the tide turns.)This hasn’t happened since March and April 2017. The U.S. dollar went on to fall 10% over the next six months. As you can see, it’s a great contrarian indicator. And it signals danger ahead for the dollar.Of course, you’re probably wondering why a weak dollar is good for emerging market stocks. Simple.• Many emerging markets have loaded up on debt… Specifically, they loaded up on U.S. dollar-denominated debt.According to Business Insider, about $500 billion worth of USD-denominated bonds and loans, issued by emerging market governments and companies will come due this year.By 2026, around $2.7 trillion worth of USD-denominated bonds and loans will have to either be paid off or refinanced.That debt becomes more expensive to service when the U.S. dollar is strengthening. When the dollar is weakening, it becomes easier to service.This is why a weak dollar is lifting emerging market stocks.That said, the U.S. dollar hasn’t broken down yet.• But if it does, emerging market stocks could go on a serious run… So add EEM to your watchlist if you haven’t yet.Just remember that emerging market stocks are volatile. Treat them like a speculation if you decide to invest in them. Don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose. And take profits along the way.Regards,Justin Spittler Cartagena, Colombia January 17, 2019Market Insight: Sports Betting Is Open for Business By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorIn May 2018, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling. And in turn, opened up the floodgates to a multibillion-dollar industry overnight.Today, all 50 U.S. states now have the power to license, regulate, and tax sports betting within their borders.And states are already stampeding to go all-in on the sports betting rush. Just weeks after the decision, Delaware became the first state to launch a full-scale sports operation under the new ruling. It took in over $7 million in sports bets in the first three weeks.New Jersey launched legal sports betting on June 14. Through the first 17 days, it took in over $16.4 million in bets.And this is just the beginning… Today, about a dozen other states are currently working to pass new laws.This is a huge opportunity. Billions are up for grabs.Consider that in 2017, sports fans bet an estimated $10 billion on the NCAA Final Four. They bet upwards of $5 billion on the Super Bowl. Add in 16 regular-season NFL games, a full MLB season, hockey, and prop bets on everything you can imagine… and the total amount wagered on sports was well in excess of $100 billion.Keep in mind, that’s a rough estimate. Until the first legal sportsbook opened in June, sports betting outside of Nevada required finding a bookie to take your bet.Even while it was largely illegal, 57% of sports fans surveyed admitted to placing at least one sports bet.That number climbs to 70% when you add in those who haven’t placed a bet but would like to.Whenever we see a once-illegal market step into the mainstream, the entire market has to readjust. Entirely new companies are created. Stocks soar. Early investors can make a fortune.Just consider in 2016, the illegal cannabis market in the U.S. was estimated to be worth about $46 billion. But with pro-cannabis legislation sweeping the country, the legal pot market is forecast to reach $146 billion by 2025. That’s more than a 200% increase.That’s the sort of opportunity we have today.– E.B. TuckerP.S. With the ban on sports betting in the U.S. now gone, you may be tempted to go out and buy stock in the biggest Las Vegas casinos. I’d encourage you not to do that. That’s because the Vegas casinos won’t benefit from this new ruling. In fact, it could even harm them.I’ve identified three publicly traded companies that are primed to soar as legal sports betting goes mainstream. And the time to get in is now.If you’re interested in learning more, I invite you to attend a landmark event tonight at 8 p.m. ET. During this exclusive summit, I’ll share more details on these three opportunities… all of them have the potential to soar 1,000% in the weeks to come. I’ll also share why this explosive new market could be 40 times bigger than the legal marijuana industry in a matter of years.You can sign up for free right here.Reader MailbagReaders are skeptical and have a lot of questions about Tuesday’s Dispatch on electric vehicles…Won’t all these new electric cars also be smart cars, able to track all our movements, just like our smart phones and smart TVs do now? And if the electronic grid shuts down, won’t they be useless?– Laura Technically, EVs produce “zero emissions,” but the emissions are just transferred from the vehicle itself to the power plant source. Unless that source is nuclear, the pollution is just moved to another place!– ThomasAnd apparent long-time Casey reader responds to subscriber Jack about “Doug Casey on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”…Obviously, “Jack” is not a reader of Casey. . . Doug has never been one to shrink from calling out incompetent politicians, nor imbecilic political ideas. Regarding Jack’s advice for Doug to avoid damaging his “brand” by sharing his opinions on politicians. . . His beat is economics. . . Which, of course, is inextricably linked to politics.– MarkIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. — • Still, most Americans won’t take “the trouble” to travel to Cartagena… That’s because Colombia has a reputation for being dangerous, and for good reason. In the ‘80s and ’90s, it was one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Rival drug cartels didn’t think twice about killing each other in broad daylight.And it’s true that there’s still an element of danger, but that’s true of anyplace in the world these days.Nonetheless, most Americans would rather soak up some sun in Miami or Hawaii. If they do go abroad, Cancun or Cabo San Lucas is about as exotic as most people get.There’s a reason for this.• Most Americans don’t like to get too far out of their comfort zones… That’s true of traveling.It’s also true of investing.Most American investors only own U.S. stocks. This is because they know what they’re buying when they buy U.S. stocks. They’ve eaten at McDonald’s. They’ve shopped at Walmart and on Amazon. They bank with JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America.U.S. stocks have also been easy money lately. The S&P 500 is up 288% since early 2009. With returns like that, you may be wondering why you should even bother owning foreign stocks.But here’s the thing.• Bull markets don’t last forever… There’s no guarantee that U.S. stocks will go up again this year. In fact, as I’ve shown you in recent essays, major red flags are popping up, specifically in the credit market.That’s why I’ve been encouraging readers to lighten up on risky U.S. stocks.But that doesn’t mean it’s time to panic and sell everything. Instead, you need to be very careful about the stocks you own. And be willing to look outside the U.S. market.You see, there’s a group of stocks poised to deliver big gains this year.• I’m talking about emerging market stocks… Emerging markets are countries that are on their way to being developed countries like the United States and Germany.China and India are the two biggest emerging markets.Unfortunately, I haven’t made my way to those countries yet.But I have spent a lot of time in other emerging markets.In the past year alone, I’ve been to Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, and Hungary. I also spent five weeks in Argentina, which was recently demoted from emerging market status to “frontier” status.I went to these places because it’s my job to find the world’s top money-making opportunities and share them with you. And I can’t do that sitting at a desk from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. all week.Each country I’ve visited is unique. But these emerging markets also had a lot in common. For one, none of these places was as backwards as the average American probably thinks. And most of them are growing rapidly.Of course, those aren’t good enough reasons to buy emerging market stocks. So let’s take a look at some important technical indicators… You can claim it free here More details herelast_img read more

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A disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000

first_imgA disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000 people to put their names to a new campaigning charter, in order to pressure health bosses and politicians into improving England’s much-criticised wheelchair services.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson posed for pictures outside parliament in a wheelbarrow this week (pictured, right) to highlight how many disabled people are being provided with inadequate wheelchairs by the NHS.The retired Paralympian and now crossbench peer was at the House of Lords with other members of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance (WLA) – which was set up with NHS England funding – to launch a new Wheelchair Charter.The charter asks service-users, wheelchair-providers, charities, NHS commissioners, healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support for 10 key principles that the alliance believes could transform the service for the 1.2 million wheelchair-users in England.But Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service that the alliance’s new Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign needed the support of thousands of people in order to persuade MPs, ministers and England’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to act.She said: “We are asking people to write to their MPs and to their CCGs. If we could get half the CCGs to be discussing wheelchair services at board level, that would [lead to] an improvement in services.”But she said the ideal outcome would be for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to agree to include strict standards for wheelchair services in the next NHS Mandate, the annual agreement that describes what the government expects from the NHS.She said: “We can’t force NHS England to take up recommendations. We need enough evidence and support to get wheelchair services into the NHS mandate.“At the moment, every area can operate their wheelchair services differently.”Baroness Grey-Thompson, who chairs the alliance, now plans to seek backing from health teams across political parties.Those who sign up to the charter pledge their commitment to principles including: regular reviews with the wheelchair-user; prescriptions which take into account “current and future needs”; the time from referral to wheelchair delivery to be within 18 weeks, with “further substantial improvements by 2016-17”; and “equality of access and provision for all, irrespective of age or postcode and including essential user skills training as standard”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “For too long, wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair-users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised.“The huge variation in quality of services across the UK is astounding, and means a huge proportion of wheelchair-users are left immobilised, frustrated and ignored.“Now we want to get this issue on the radar of people who can influence change and also get them behind the campaign by urging them to pledge their support to the charter.”Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, who chairs the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (CECOPS), said he feared the charter would not be strong enough to force improvement.He said that what was needed was “a proper, centralised wheelchair service” with strict standards.He said: “It’s a nice pledge list, set on the most basic level, but it does not impose standards, it does not guarantee a good service.”He said there was nothing in the charter about the vital issue of funding, and improvements would not be possible without resources.Sir Bert applied for a new wheelchair through his local wheelchair service in February, and will not receive it until October.He said: “That is just a little bit faster than making a baby, which I suspect is more complicated.”Liam Dwyer, a wheelchair-user who has previously been critical of NHS England’s wheelchair services improvement programme, said the charter was “something that every wheelchair user should want to see”, but he said that “if NHS England and the CCGs don’t get behind it we will have no change”.Dwyer was one of the disabled people asked to attend the first of two NHS England wheelchair summits, in February 2014. The second summit, last November, led to the leadership alliance being set up.He said: “We need hundreds of wheelchair users in front of Westminster if it doesn’t work this time. And I’d only give NHS England until October to give us their intentions.”An NHS England spokesman said it supported the charter, but could not say whether CCGs would sign up to it.Rosamond Roughton, NHS England’s director of commissioning operations, said: “NHS England absolutely shares the ambition of the [WLA] that wheelchair-users and their families should be supported to lead full, independent and active lives.“For the first time ever we have set up a rigorous data collection mechanism, and our work to both pilot a tariff for wheelchairs and support commissioners will also help implementation of the charter locally.”The new set of data will contain information on how many wheelchairs are provided, how much is being spent across the country, and service-users’ experience of wheelchair services.Personal health budgets (PHBs) are now being rolled out across England, and NHS England also plans to encourage CCGs to explore the possible use of PHBs to obtain wheelchairs, in a bid to provide more choice and control over services.And NHS England will support up to three areas to redesign and improve their wheelchair services, and then make that knowledge and evidence available to other areas.The charter and campaign is only the latest in a series of efforts dating back 30 years to improve a service which struggles with lengthy waiting-lists and leaves many disabled people without the right wheelchairs.last_img read more

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Grassroots disabled peoples organisations DPOs

first_imgGrassroots disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have criticised the government’s decision to exclude them from an event held to launch its new work, health and disability green paper.The event for “stakeholders” was hosted by the disability charity Scope at its London headquarters, and attended by Penny Mordaunt (pictured), the minister for disabled people.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said in its invitation – it turned down a request from Disability News Service (DNS) to attend – that the event would “start the consultation period” on its green paper, Improving Lives.It said that it was “launching a new conversation with disabled people and people with health conditions, their representatives, healthcare professionals and employers”. But DWP has refused to say how many disabled people’s user-led organisations were invited to the event, and instead suggested that DNS submit a freedom of information request to find out.But DNS has confirmed that some of the most prominent user-led organisations with the strongest links to disabled people were not invited to the launch, including Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Equal Lives, People First (Self Advocacy) and Disabled People Against Cuts.Ellen Clifford, campaigns manager for Inclusion London, said: “Inclusion London were disappointed by the apparent absence of grassroots Deaf and disabled people’s organisations from the invitations to attend the launch event of the green paper at Scope on Tuesday.“Failings in the implementation of welfare reform have led to avoidable deaths and caused considerable harm to Deaf and disabled people.“By side-lining the voices of people who are experts in what is actually happening on the ground, the government will continue to make policy decisions that are ill-informed and fail to meet their stated aims while growing the inequality gap and creating misery and distress.”DPAC said the lack of an invite to the Scope-hosted event shows “yet another of the big corporate charities selling out the people they claim to represent and sucking up to a government that in the words of Ken Loach has perpetrated ‘conscious cruelty’ on disabled people”.Andrew Lee, People First’s director of policy and campaigns, pointed out that only about seven per cent of people with learning difficulties had jobs. He said: “At People First, all paid jobs are held by people with learning difficulties (with support). “With this in mind, I am very disappointed that a national user-led organisation such as People First (Self Advocacy) was not invited to this launch event, as we are one of the organisations with the best understanding about the barriers we face in employment. “Committees from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have come to People First for expert evidence in a range of inquiries, such as [those investigating] the Equality Act 2010 and more recently disability and the built environment. “However, when it comes to employment it would seem that we have been left out in more ways than one.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said the failure to invite his organisation and other DPOs showed the government did not see them as stakeholders.He said the green paper was “a massive smokescreen to divert people’s attention away from deaths and suicides that the work capability assessments and sanctions have created”.He added: “[The Ken Loach film] I, Daniel Blake has shone a spotlight on it beyond the disability movement and those that really understand what is going on.“It’s a desperate PR exercise and Scope and Mind [which has also been criticised this week for its closeness to DWP] are colluding and collaborating in this con.”Becki Meakin, general manager of Shaping Our Lives, added: “As host to a national network of user-led organisations, Shaping Our Lives was disappointed not to have been invited to the launch.“We welcome opportunities to support grassroots, user-led organisations who offer many different types of support to disabled people seeking employment.“It is essential that capacity is provided to enable these groups of people with lived experience to influence this policy and we hope that at a time when user-groups are threatened by funding cuts that they will not be overlooked.”A DWP spokeswoman declined to say how many DPOs attended the launch, but said: “The invite list reflected the need for stronger integration between health and work, which is a key theme in the green paper.“This included service-users, disability charities, voluntary sector representatives, employers, and health stakeholders.“One attendee represents over 80 disability charities, many of whom are service-user led.“Over the coming weeks we will be engaging with disabled people, people with health conditions, and the organisations that represent them through a range of communication channels so that we can effectively capture their views.”last_img read more

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Disney Google Cut Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie for Posting AntiSemitic Content

first_imgYouTube Disney, Google Cut Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie for Posting Anti-Semitic Content Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: PewDiePie | Youtube PewDiePie Register Now » –shares February 14, 2017center_img Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read YouTube’s most popular creator will no longer work with Maker Studios or stream the second season of his reality show on YouTube Red. Add to Queue Swedish YouTube star Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, has lost a partnership with Disney and faces restrictions from Google after posting several videos containing offensive imagery.The most recent instance occurred in a video that Kjellberg uploaded on Jan. 11, in which he discussed a series of services he purchased online, including having paid two men make and hold up a sign displaying an anti-Semitic message in a video. The Wall Street Journal reportedly found nine videos by Kjellberg that featured this type of content.Related: YouTube Star PewDiePie’s Firm Rakes in $8 Million ProfitKjellberg is YouTube’s most popular creator, with more than 53 million subscribers. Maker Studios, a Disney-owned multi-channel network, announced this week that it has stopped working with Kjellberg. Last year, Kjellberg launched his own network, Revelmode, under the Maker Studios auspices.While YouTube has not banned its biggest star from the platform, the site’s subscription service, YouTube Red, has cancelled the second season of Scare PewDiePie, Kjellberg’s reality series. He also can no longer participate in the Google Preferred advertising program, which is reserved for the top 5 percent of YouTube channels.Over the weekend, Kjellberg took to Tumblr to respond:Related: YouTube’s Highest-Paid Star Just Trolled Everyone. Here’s What You Can Learn.“I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand (sic) that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive,” he wrote. “As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way.”On Monday, a Maker Studios spokesperson told Variety, “Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate. Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward.” Next Article Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

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Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive

first_img Catherine Clifford In the future, Amazon Prime customers may have to hand over one or two extra $20 bills for the same service.In a conference call with analysts on Thursday, the Seattle-based retail giant said it is considering increasing the price of its Amazon Prime service by $20 to $40. Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak said the increase in transportation costs and the number of items available for free shipping as part of the subscription service were forcing the company to consider the change in price.Related: Report: Amazon Developing Way for Stores to Use Kindle at CheckoutAmazon Prime is a subscription service that has been around for nine years and gives customers free shipping on select items and instant streaming of movies and television shows for $79 per year.In the time since it was rolled out, the number of items eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime has increased from 1 million to 19 million, Szkutak said on the conference call. At the same time, Amazon Prime customers buy more than non-member customers, he added. There are “tens of millions” of Amazon Prime customers around the world, but Szkutak declined to provide subscription numbers for the U.S. alone.Related: Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order ItThe company would not comment on when or how the price rollout would potentially happen.The announcement was part of Amazon’s earnings report. Sales for the three months ended in December were $25.59 billion, up 20 percent from the $21.27 billion reported in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, net income was $239 million, up from $97 million in the same quarter a year earlier. And earnings per share for the fourth quarter were 51 cents, up from 21 cents a year ago.Related: Get This: Drones That Attack and Take Over Other Drones Shipping Center –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive 2 min read January 31, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Add to Queue Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Zuckerbergs Philanthropy Project Makes First Major Investment

first_img Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Zuckerberg’s Philanthropy Project Makes First Major Investment –shares Next Article Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock June 16, 2016 Mark Zuckerberg 2 min read Reuters Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy venture has made its first major investment, leading a funding round in a startup that trains and recruits software developers in Africa.The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC, created by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, led a $24 million series B funding in Andela, the startup said on Thursday.Alphabet Inc.’s GV, previously known as Google Ventures, was also part of the funding round.Andela selects the top 1 percent of tech talent from Africa, trains them and places them in engineering organizations.The startup, which has nearly 200 engineers currently employed by its Nigeria and Kenya offices, will use the funds to expand to a third African country by the end of 2016.”We live in a world where talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. Andela’s mission is to close that gap,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.When the philanthropy initiative was launched in late 2015, Zuckerberg said he would put in 99 percent of his Facebook shares.The initiative is structured as a limited liability company. This means, unlike a traditional charitable or philanthropic foundation, the venture can make political donations, lobby lawmakers, invest in businesses and recoup any profits from those investments.Zuckerberg has also signed the Giving Pledge, which invites the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes over their lifetime or in their will.(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more

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Study reveals nature of how T cells protect the brain against harmful

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 2 2018Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Amsterdam UMC have disclosed the nature of how T cells protect the brain against harmful viruses. The results of the study, which are published in Nature Communications, are important for investigating the role of the immune system in numerous brain disorders.Immune systemThe immune system protects the body against infections and cancer. The so-called T cells play a key role in this process. When T cells do not work properly, an inflammation can develop in for example the brain. Until recently, little was known about the properties of these cells in healthy brains. “With this research, we have gained more knowledge about the location of T cells in the brain, how they look, what kind of inflammatory proteins (cytokines) they produce, and how they are controlled,” says researcher and neurologist in training Joost Smolders.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenThe scientists have found that the two proteins CTLA-4 and PD-1 are present in large quantities on T cells. These proteins, for which the Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded to the discoverers this year, are important inhibitors for T cells.”If we understand the rules of the game, which T cells in the brain adhere to, then we can understand how T cells deviate from this in brain disorders. This can lead to advances in the understanding and treatment of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, but also in the treatment of tumors in the brain. “Brain donorsWith financial support from the MS Research Foundation, the scientists have investigated T cells from brain tissue of brain donors from the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB). “For the understanding of the role of the immune system in brain disorders, a donor program such as the NBB is of crucial importance. The quality of the material makes unique research possible” says Smolders. Source:https://nin.nl/nature-immune-cells-brain-disclosed/last_img read more

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Study finds elevated lung cancer risk after lung transplantation

first_imgDec 19 2018In an American Journal of Transplantation study, lung cancer risk was increased after lung transplantation, especially in the native (non-transplanted) lung of single lung transplant recipients.This was a large registry-linkage study that utilized matched transplant and cancer registry data from 17 US states/regions, including approximately 50 percent of US transplant recipients from 1987-2012. Researchers found that patients with a single lung transplant had a 13-fold increased risk of lung cancer in the native lung compared with similar persons without a lung transplant in the general population.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerRisk factors for the development of lung cancer in the native lung included those typically associated with lung cancer (older age, prior smoking, and pulmonary fibrosis), as well as longer time since transplantation. Compared with cases in the general population, lung cancers in transplant recipients were more frequently of a localized stage and were treated surgically; however, recipients had higher all-cause and cancer-specific mortality.”Lung cancer is the most common cancer (except for skin cancers) to arise after lung transplant, and this study is one of the first to quantify that risk, examine risk factors, and explore survival in the lung transplant population using a large national cohort,” said lead author Dr. Matthew Triplette, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, in Seattle. “These findings have important implications in understanding long-term risks among lung transplant recipients.” Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/american-journal-transplantation/lung-transplant-patients-face-elevated-lung-cancer-ri read more

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Military cadets who focus on one sport are more likely to be

first_imgResearchers completed assessments of the 892 cadets in the West Point class of 2021 before their first year at the academy began. They used a three-question tool to classify each cadet’s level of sports participation prior to entering military service:Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryTrump administration cracks down on fetal tissue research Did you choose a main sport? Did you quit other sports to focus on a main sport? Did you train for more than eight months a year for that sport? Our research adds to the growing body of literature that suggests high levels of sports specialization in adolescence and childhood increases injury risk. As athletic trainers, we recommend that parents encourage their children to participate in a variety of sports, which may decrease the likelihood that they’ll be injured.”Kenneth L. Cameron, PhD, MPH, ATC, FNATA, senior author of the study and director of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research, Keller Army Hospital, USMA at West Point Each “yes” was scored as 1 point and each “no” was scored as 0 points. Those who scored 3 were considered highly sports-specialized, 2 were moderate and 0-1 were low. Overall, 165 (18.5%) reported a high level of sports specialization, 337 (37.8%) reported a moderate level and 390 (43.7%) reported a low level.Those who were highly sport specialized upon entry to the academy were most likely to be inured in their first year and those with moderate levels were least likely to be injured. After one year, 47% of the high, 30% of the moderate and 33% of the low sports specialized cadets had suffered a lower-extremity injury, such as an ankle sprain or lower leg stress fracture. Those who were highly specialized were 51% more likely to sustain a lower-body injury than those who were moderately specialized and 35% more likely than those whose sport specialization was low. Those whose sport specialization was low were 12% more likely to sustain a lower-body injury than those who were moderately specialized, but this difference was not statistically significant. Some experts believe those who are low or moderately specialized may be at lower risk for injury due to improved gross motor coordination, speed, endurance and strength.”Lower-extremity musculoskeletal injuries significantly impact military readiness,” said Dr. Cameron. “These injuries lead to significant time loss from training and limit soldiers’ ability to be deployed.” Source:National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019U.S. Military Academy cadets who have focused on one sport are more likely to be injured in their first year of service, potentially impacting military readiness, according to a first-of-its kind study being presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 70th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.The study of United States Military Academy (USMA) cadets at West Point found that those who had highly specialized in sports before entering college – focusing only on one sport and playing it more than eight months a year – were 51% more likely to sustain a lower-body injury during their first year at the academy than those who had moderately specialized in sports. The study is the first to assess how prior sport specialization is associated with injury risk during the first year of military service.The majority of injuries sustained were due to participation in sports and physical training. All cadets are required to participate in athletics while at the academy, whether at the intramural, club or National College Athletic Association (NCAA) level.last_img read more

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How to explore inaccessible places by swarms of sensors

first_img More information: Phoenix project website phoenixh2020.wordpress.com/ WayPtNav: A new approach for robot navigation in novel environments Imagine a scene where tiny sensors can move with the flow of liquid to explore a person’s digestive tract or examine the quality of water pipes to predict and prevent leakages and losses. It may sound like sci-fi fantasy, but this is the vision of Phoenix, which is one step closer to creating versatile physical agents that will optimally explore unknown environments. Thanks to their ability to evolve with self-organizing, self-adapting features, these tiny wireless sensor nodes will optimize the quantity and quality of information about locations that nobody can reach.Swarm of motesThe project partners ran an initial trial last year using ping-pong ball-sized plastic motes filled with microsensors. Each of these balls can gather specific information and give an overall picture by communicating with each other and forming networks. For example, the partners hope that in the future a swarm of these motes will be able to detect issues like obstructions or faults in underground pipes.The motes as physical agents explore the unknown environment to gather information. This information is used to build a virtual model of the environment in question. A news item on the journalistic platform Innovation Origins explains the process: “The combined data is then fed into a second, centralized and less constrained mainframe system that applies sophisticated artificial intelligence approaches on virtual agents in a virtual world. Its learnings and ‘wisdom’ can then be used to reprogram the reflexes and instincts of the sensors, thereby improving their accuracy or relevance in an evolutionary manner.”These evolved instincts are translated into hardware and the sensors go through the system again to improve the observations and models for the mainframe. The process is repeated several times to better analyze the unknown environment under investigation. An opinion piece on the European Commission website refers to the “co-evolution” concept where “the sensor swarms and the model of the inaccessible place are simultaneously optimized through evolutionary processes that ultimately result in highly optimized sensor swarms and highly accurate models.”Now in its final year, the Phoenix (Exploring the Unknown through Reincarnation and Co-evolution) project was launched in 2015 to explore unreachable environments with physical agents that are very restricted in size and resources, and that can function without direct control over software and hardware. Credit: BlueRingMedia, Shutterstock Provided by CORDIS Since the dawn of humankind, exploration of certain places, ranging from the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe, has led to numerous discoveries. However, there are also several environments that need to be examined but can’t be directly observed, like chemical or nuclear reactors, underground water or oil distribution pipes, space and inside of the body. The EU-funded Phoenix project has been addressing this challenge by developing a new line of technology that will offer the opportunity to get to unreachable places. Explore further Citation: How to explore inaccessible places by swarms of sensors (2019, May 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-explore-inaccessible-swarms-sensors.html 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

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