FIFA President Joseph Blatter probably figured he’d be hearing a question from the press about Uruguay’s World Cup status during his visit to Costa Rica on Thursday. When the time came to make the address, Blatter turned toward the president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, and smirked.“Do you all think that Uruguay will be punished?” Blatter asked the media Thursday afternoon. “No Uruguay will play in the World Cup, and will be in your group.”Speculation arose earlier this week that the Uruguayan squad — who Costa Rica plays in its World Cup opener on June 14 — could be disqualified from the tournament due to a dispute between Uruguay’s president and the Uruguayan Football Association about fan violence and stadium security. On Monday, the entire board of the football association resigned. Then Uruguayan newspapers began publishing stories about how President José Mujica’s squabbling with the board could be seen as government “interference with football affairs,” an offense that could lead to sanctions from FIFA.But Blatter quashed the possibility (hope?) that the 2010 semifinalists would be taken out of Group D — a fierce group that also includes European powerhouses England and Italy in addition to Costa Rica and Uruguay. He said that in the morning FIFA received a report that the government was adopting measures to guarantee security in the stadiums.“The problem of Uruguayan football is resolved,” Blatter said.Blatter is in Costa Rica for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup final Friday. During a press conference at the Hotel Real InterContinental in Escazú, Blatter touched on a range of FIFA-related topics. He jested about Costa Rica’s “easy” World Cup group that features three former World Cup champions. He pledged that Brazil 2014 will be a grand tournament despite setbacks regarding stadium construction.The FIFA president chose not to comment on the blizzard game between Costa Rica and the United States that took place last year, and still appears to strike a nerve with Costa Rica supporters. He said the issue is in the past, and both teams should be pleased about qualifying for Brazil 2014. Blatter also declared his satisfaction with Costa Rica’s hosting duties during this current World Cup.“Costa Rica showed the quality that makes up women’s football,” Blatter said. “As for hospitality, it was exemplary. The 15 other teams that participated depart receiving exceptional treatment in Costa Rica.”Japan and Spain will meet in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup final on at 5 p.m. Friday in the National Stadium. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s first World Cup opponent Uruguay could lose spot in the tournament Uruguay star Luis Suarez could miss Costa Rica match after knee operation Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Against the odds, Costa Rica plot 1990 repeat in Brazil
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(Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 24 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase stopped 22 of the gold contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account, and was the short/issuer on all three silver contracts. I thank California reader Jon De Weese for helping me out with these numbers again today. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. I was rather surprised to see that an authorized participant withdrew 96,586 troy ounces of gold from GLD yesterday. I don’t know what to make of that. And as of 9:45 a.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Monday, there was a guaranteed sales report from the U.S. Mint. They reported selling 500 troy ounces of gold eagles, and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. They also sold 850,000 silver eagles. The gold sales numbers from the mint for August continue to be shockingly low. A back-of-the-envelope calculation based on sales up to yesterday show that silver eagles are outselling gold eagles and gold buffaloes by 305 to 1 month-to-date. There was some gold movement on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. They reported receiving 32,108 troy ounces, and shipped out 50,044 troy ounces. Virtually all of the gold shipped out came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse. The link to that activity is here. Friday was a busy day in silver as well, as 1,041,474 troy ounces were shipped in, and 1,12,187 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown. JPMorgan was not involved in Friday’s silver action at all. The link to that is here. I had to take an axe to my list of stories that I received from readers over the last three days, but I still have a lot more than I would like, and some of them had to wait for tomorrow’s column because there were so many. I hope you approve of the ones that are posted below. As of the [Tuesday] cut-off, JPMorgan was net long 23% of the COMEX gold futures market (once spreads are removed). On that same basis, JPMorgan is short 16% of the COMEX silver futures market. This is down substantially [from] the 40% net short position in COMEX silver that JPMorgan held a couple of years ago, but is still outrageously high and also qualifies as a short corner on the market. Whereas JPMorgan is likely decreasing its gold long corner on the market, it is increasing its silver short market corner. Our nation’s most important bank has two market corners going at the same time; all while the regulators pretend not to notice. – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 17 August 2013 As bad as the take-downs in all four precious metals were in Far East trading on their Monday morning, they pale into insignificance compared to what’s happening to silver as I write The Wrap. Starting at 1:45 p.m. in the very thinly traded Hong Kong market [1:45 a.m. in New York] on their Tuesday afternoon, JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes. The low print I saw was $22.32 spot. Here’s the screen shot I saved off the Kitco website shortly before 2 a.m. EDT. High-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes The early Monday morning rally in gold in Far East trading got dealt with in the usual manner, and by the time that London opened for the day, gold was back below Friday’s closing price in New York. The smallish rally in London went nowhere, and it was all downhill from there, with the low tick of the day [$1,361.80 spot] coming minutes before 12 o’clock noon in New York. The high tick was in Far East trading at precisely 10 a.m. in Hong Kong trading, and it checked in around $1,385 spot. The subsequent rally off its New York low wasn’t allowed to get far, and gold closed at $1,365.60 spot, which was down $11.60 from Friday’s close. Volume was 135,000 contracts, with 48,000 of that amount coming in Far East and London trading. Despite the fact that silver only finished down pennies from Friday’s close, the silver stocks got it in the ear as well, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.07%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.28 and traded basically flat in a fairly tight range on Monday everywhere on Planet Earth, closing the day where it started at 81.28. Nothing to see here, folks. It was also pretty much the same story for platinum and palladium, and their respective lows also came at the 10 a.m. EDT London p.m. gold fix. Here are the charts, It was more or less that same chart pattern in silver, except there wasn’t much in the way of price action after London began to trade at 8 a.m. BST, which was 3 a.m. in New York. Silver’s low tick came at the London p.m. gold fix, and Kitco recorded that as $22.91 spot, and the high tick was around $23.70 at 11 a.m. in Hong Kong. Silver closed at $23.19 spot, down 6.5 cents from Friday’s close. Volume, net of August and September, was 36,000 contracts, and 16,000 of that came before New York opened at 8:20 a.m. EDT. As I said in my Saturday column, it’s a mug’s game trying to analyze the precious metal markets when JPMorgan et al are allowed to do what they wish, when they wish. As Ted Butler so correctly pointed out in his quote above, JPMorgan Chase has a long-side corner on the gold market and a short-side corner on the silver market. No one is going to stop them from doing whatever they want to, or have to do. And Peter Hambro can do no better than meekly blame the hedge funds. When is some mining executive, blessed with gonads of steel, or some other equivalent material, going to say what has to be said in the public press? You’d figure that with the likes of Eric Sprott and John Embry over at Sprott Asset Management shouting from the rooftops about this issue for years, and now joined rather guardedly by John Hathaway over at Tocqueville, that the gold and silver mining companies might step out from behind the skirts of their masters at the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute, and do what is right for their shareholders. Based on what I’ve witnessed over the past thirteen years, I have a feeling that we’re not going to see that day any time soon, if at all. Thus ends the lecture for the day. And as I hit the “send” button on today’s missive at 5:15 a.m. EDT, the gold price is back within four dollars of Monday’s close, but silver is still down a bit over 50 cents. Both platinum and palladium are still down a bit as well. Gold’s volume [all of it of the HFT variety] is within a chip shot of 50,000 contracts, and silver’s net volume is around 15,000 contracts. Not that it matters, but the dollar index dropped 20 basis points about half an hour after London opened. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report and, hopefully, all of today’s trading data will be in it. I await the New York open with great interest. See you tomorrow. Despite the fact that the gold price was down in New York all day long, their associated shares rallied into the New York lunch hour, before heading south at the same rate they rallied. But a thoughtful seller showed up with an hour left in the trading day and sold the stocks down hard into the close. The HUI finished down 2.35%. Sponsor Advertisement Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. 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We should be done to the downside in the precious metals Well, you don’t need me to tell you what happened in gold yesterday, as it’s pretty much self-evident from the Kitco chart posted below. After the HFT boyz hit the price at 7 a.m. GMT in London on their Friday morning, the price traded pretty flat until the Comex open—and then more short selling appeared, with gold hitting its low tick a minute or so after 9 a.m. in New York. The price retested that low shortly after 11 a.m. EDT—and then rallied until shortly before the Comex close—and then chopped sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. The CME Group recorded the high and low tick as $1,202.40 and $1,160.50 in the December contract, which is the new front month for gold. Gold finished the day at $1,172.90 spot, down $25.90 on the day—and well off its low. Net volume was over-the-moon at 275,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement It was more or less the same price chart for the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got creamed for 5.09 percent. The dollar index closed at 86.18 late on Thursday afternoon in New York—and then did nothing until around 12:35 p.m. in Hong Kong on their Friday afternoon. Then away it went to the upside in two separate rallies, with the second one starting at 8 a.m. in New York. The 87.11 high tick came about 11:15 a.m. in New York. By noon the index had sold off a bit—and from there it traded flat into the close. The index finished the day at 86.91—up another 75 basis points. After an up/down/up move that netted out to zero during early Far East trading, palladium also got hit at the Zurich open. From that low it rose quickly into positive territory—and rallied unevenly until shortly after 1 p.m. EDT—and from there it traded sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. Palladium finished up a very respectable 15 dollars on the day. The prices of both have very similar structures over that period of time, but look at the big difference in tonnages held. In gold, the tonnage held topped out at the very end of 2012—and has been falling ever since. Silver tonnage bottomed out just before mid-2012—and has been increasing ever since. You have to ask yourself why this is the case in silver—and who is depositing all this metal? Then there’s the record U.S. Silver Eagle/Canadian Maple Leaf demand so far this year in the face of a less-than-robust investor/retail market. I know this to be true, because I work in it three days a week. Ted Butler’s ‘Mr. Big’ has been buying every coin in sight and, once again you have to ask yourself why this is happening. Then there’s the “unblinking” long holders in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report. Ted says that, at least in silver, they’ve been building this long position for a bit over a year now—and at the moment it’s a hair over 40,000 contracts, or 200 million ounces—something I mentioned in my COT commentary further up. But these “unblinking” long holders exist in all four precious metals in the Managed Money category—and one wonders how deep their pockets have to be to withstand the margin calls they must be getting. Once again the question—who are they and why are they doing it? Then there’s the little matter of the over-the-top and manic in/out movements in silver at the Comex-approved depositories for the last three and half years. And as I mentioned in my discussion of the HUI and Silver 7 charts, you have to wonder who was buying all the mining shares that have been falling off the table lately. As Ted Butler pointed out in his quote today, the stars appear to be all lined up to resolve these dichotomies—and maybe answer some of the questions asked—with a violent move to the upside, as the Comex table is set. The only thing missing is some sort of triggering event—and whatever it is, it will most likely be ugly. So we wait some more. That’s all I have for the day—and the week. See you on Tuesday. Here’s the 6-month dollar index chart—and looking at the price action vs. the RSI trace, I’d be hitting the bid at the open on Monday if I was long the U.S. dollar. Platinum’s price action on Friday was a mini version of what happened to gold and silver—and the low tick in that precious metal came after 9 a.m. EDT. From there it recovered a decent amount—and was only closed down 8 bucks on the day. The gold stocks gapped down 7.5 percent in the first few minutes of trading on Friday. They recovered a bit in the next half hour before chopping unsteadily sideways for the remainder of the day. The HUI finished down another 5.0 percent. Here’s Nick’s chart. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver, although there was a bit of rally around the noon London silver fix. That all vanished, as the low tick of the day came minutes after the open of Comex trading. From that low, the silver price chopped unsteadily higher into the close. The high and low were recorded as $16.515 and $15.635 in the December contract, an intraday move of a bit over 5 percent, which is the second day in a row that sort of intraday move has occurred. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.175 spot, down 28.5 cents from Thursday’s close. Net volume was sky-high once again at 74,000 contracts, which was the same net volume as we had on Thursday. As you can tell, we’re back to being oversold in both these metals—and in crude oil, it appears that all attempts to break the price much below the $80/barrel mark haven’t been overly successful. I would suspect that we’ve seen an important bottom in the price of WTIC as well—as Ted Butler pointed out in his quote above. As I ponder the big silver deposit that was made in SLV yesterday, which I just stumbled upon before I started on this paragraph, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the tonnages held vs. the share prices of both GLD and SLV over the last six years. Of course I thank Nick Laird for the charts. The HUI has lost almost 17 percent during the last three trading days of the week. I haven’t kept track of the loses for the silver equities, but I’m sure they’re of the same magnitude. However, one serious question you should be asking yourself at this point is who the buyers are that are scooping up all these shares that John Q. Public and the mutual funds are selling in a blind panic? Whoever they are, they have very deep pockets—and I would guess that they own a large chunk of the outstanding shares of most precious metal mining companies by now. If not that, then at least almost all of the ‘float’ in each one—and it will be interesting to see how willing they are to sell on the next rally, if they sell at all. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the November delivery month showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that November open interest in gold is down to 55 contracts—and silver’s November o.i. is sitting at 119 contracts, down 45 contracts from Thursday’s report, after subtracting out Monday’s delivery. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 8:43 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. But when I checked back at 2:41 a.m. EDT this morning, I was amazed to see that an authorized participant had added 958,452 troy ounces of silver to SLV. Just think about that for a second. Since its $17.40 spike high at the Comex open on Tuesday morning, to its $15.80 spot low around 8:25 a.m. EDT Friday morning, the silver price has been clubbed for $1.60. Not only was no silver been removed from SLV during that time period—but the above amount was added. We’ll see what SLV has to report on Monday and Tuesday, as there’s always some delay. It was another big sales day over at the U.S. Mint yesterday. They reported selling 8,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 425,000 silver eagles. Assuming that October’s sales numbers aren’t revised on Monday, the U.S. Mint sold 67,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—21,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—5,790,000 silver eagles—and 400 platinum eagles during the month just past. Based on these sales figures, the silver/gold ratio stands at 66 to 1. By the way, the 5.79 million silver eagles sold last month is the highest sales month of the year, at least so far. Ted’s big buyer[s] has been gorging itself/themselves because, as I said the other day, these sales in no way represent actual consumer demand, which still remains quiet. But, having said that, our bullion store had one of its biggest sales day of the year on Friday. I’m sure that was a scenario repeated all across North American during the last day or so. It was another decent day for gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. They reported receiving 75,100 troy ounces of the stuff—and shipped out only 3,547 troy ounces. The big receipt was at the HSBC USA depositories. The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was nothing reported received, but 419,317 troy ounces were shipped out the door for parts unknown—and three quarters of that was out of the JPMorgan depository. The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was more or less what I expected, as there was slight improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver. In silver, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report declined by 436 contracts, or 2.18 million troy ounces. The Commercial net short position now sits at 70.8 million troy ounces. Ted Butler said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market remained more or less unchanged during the report week at 12,500 contracts, or 62.5 million ounces—which represents almost 90 percent of the total Commercial net short position. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money increased their record short position in silver to another new record, as they added 1,161 short contracts during the reporting week. The unblinking non-technical funds that also reside in the Managed Money category, added another 344 contracts to their long positions, which now totals 40,577 contracts. In gold, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report improved by 6,034 contracts, or 603,400 troy ounces. Their short position now sits at 9.89 million troy ounces. Ted said that it appeared that JPMorgan added about 2,000 contracts to their long-side corner in the Comex gold market—and they are now net long 18,000 contracts. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the traders in the Managed Money category actually covered 1,994 contracts of their short position in gold, but they also sold 4,415 long contracts which more than made up for it. There were no changes in the Managed Money in palladium—and in platinum the Managed Money sold 1,196 long contracts and added 530 short contracts. As I said in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, whatever minor improvements that appeared in Friday’s COT Report, would pale into insignificance compared to what that report would show if it were generated at the close of Comex trading yesterday. Without doubt we’re at a new record high short position in silver in the Managed Money category, along with improvements in the Nonreportable/small trader category as well. But, as Ted pointed out on the phone yesterday, the really big changes will show up in gold, as these same Managed Money traders dumped what was left of their long positions—and went massively to the short side. If we get past the Tuesday cut-off without a price incident to the upside, next Friday’s COT Report, along with the companion Bank Participation Report, should be one for the record books. So we wait. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and some of which I’ve been saving for today’s column. Some of the best absolute must read stories that I had been saving, ended up in the Critical Read section of my Friday missive, so if you didn’t get the opportunity to read them all yesterday, you have the remainder of the weekend to make amends. We are set up for violent price reversals to the upside for silver and for all the COMEX/NYMEX metals. Maybe the setup can get stretched out a little longer, but it looks stretched out enough to me by historical standards. We’ve gone too low in price on too many important commodities as a result of this stupid and manipulative machine trading. There’s a payback and a counter-reaction to the price distortions we’ve witnessed and it seems to me that the payback is at hand. I think the technical funds have been lulled into a sense of complacency, particularly in silver, by how easy the commercials have let them off the hook when they held extreme short positions recently. But just because the commercials have let the technical funds buy back shorts at prices close to upside penetrations of important moving averages previously, doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Just because the technical funds think they will be able to buy back silver shorts near the $18 mark, that doesn’t necessarily make it so. The commercials can demand much higher prices before selling. There will come a day when the commercials won’t be nearly as accommodative to the technical funds as they had been previously and that will be a great day for silver investors. That day seems at hand to me. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 October 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is from 1967—Canada’s centennial year—and I remember that event and this tune like it was yesterday, even though both happened 47 years ago. Linda Ronstadt does the honours—and it was her first big hit. The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is something that I’ve posted before, but it’s been awhile, so I thought I’d revisit it today. It’s the Élégie, Op. 24 composed by Gabriel Fauré back in 1880. It was originally written for cello and piano—and the orchestral version of the work was premiered in 1901. It was a smash hit. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a great video of it in either iteration, so I had to settle for the one linked here. It’s the youtube.com video I posted last time, with Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Pettinger. The video quality isn’t great, but the audio track is wonderful. Enjoy! Well, unless I’m entirely off base, we should be done to the downside in the precious metals. Both gold and silver were taken down to lows that I, quite frankly, didn’t think were possible—especially in silver. But as long as the Managed Money in the technical fund category are prepared to go short, that kept the down-side pressure in place—and that has certainly been the case since 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. And if silver prices remain low for any length of time, it’s Ted Butler’s opinion that a lot of primary silver producers will be out of business, despite whatever gold, zinc, lead and copper credits they’re getting. Here are the 6-month charts for gold, silver—and WTIC Cypress Development Corp. is a Canadian gold, silver and base metals exploration company developing projects in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and in Nevada, U.S.A. Cypress holds a 100% interest in the approximately 1140 acre Gunman Zinc-Silver Project located in White Pine County, northeast of Eureka, Nevada. 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Twenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback. The title comes from a favorite story that Wamariya heard from her childhood nanny about a girl who disappears leaving no trace except beads. In her prologue, she writes, “Often, still, my own life story feels fragmented, like beads unstrung.”Wamariya was just six and her sister Claire, 14, when the fighting began in 1994. Their parents sent them to their grandmother’s house, located closer to the border with Burundi, with the hope that they’d be safer there.After several days of sleepless nights filled with the noise of bombs exploding, there was an ominous knock on the door. Their grandmother told the sisters to run. Together, they traveled thousands of miles, often by night, usually by foot, sometimes by truck and once by boat on a route that took them to Burundi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa before being granted asylum by the United States in 2000.Wamariya went on to graduate from Yale. Now 31, she is a human rights advocate and speaker based in San Francisco. We spoke to her about her experiences and about the 25th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The conversation has been edited for clarity and for length.Was it difficult to relive your story in your book?I have spent 15 years learning how to best share our experiences and I had to sacrifice every part of my privacy to share my story. You have said you don’t like the word genocide. The word is clinical. It has been used to quantify the numbers of those killed. But it does not tell you about the [individual] people who were hurt or lost.It is just the entry point for talking about the horrors and what actually happened [in Rwanda] and elsewhere. I am more interested in expanding on how it feels, the emotional, personal side of the horror, the before, during and after.You also prefer not to be called a “refugee.” What vocabulary should we use? I would prefer being called by my name or a person who sought refuge.The word refugee leads to stereotypes or expectations that don’t allow us to see who someone is. During our travels, Claire and I learned to speak seven languages, but you could see the surprise in the faces of anyone who thinks that people seeking refuge [could not have such knowledge or] did not have a meaningful life before they fled. We need to see beyond the projections that we cast onto each other. In America, we all have stories about how we [or an ancestor] sought refuge. We clash when we forget that was the case or when [we] start to believe that one person’s refuge story is better than or worse than another’s. You wrote that you found a way to begin talking about those horrors after you read Elie Wiesel’s Night, his memoir about the Nazi genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust. I read it when I was in eighth grade [in Chicago]. It awakened me to a shocking side of humanity. It offered me words to feel what I had thought was unspoken, and Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison gave me the freedom to speak. You later wrote about Elie Wiesel in a submission to the Oprah High School Essay Contest and said that maybe if Rwandans had read Night, they wouldn’t have decided to kill one another. That essay also led to your appearance on Oprah, who arranged to fly your parents and siblings from Rwanda to her studio for a surprise on-air family reunion.We had not seen each other in 12 years. I felt gratitude and joy that I still have yet to find words to describe. But also anger that nothing could restore the time we had lost with each other. I have learned to forgive … all that happened to separate us.Do your parents talk about the past?My parents live in a never-ending present, unable to talk about what happened to us. At first it was frustrating, but now I can understand that attitude. Your story is deeply intertwined with that of your older sister, Claire. Tell us about her. She is a heroine, like Xena the princess warrior, real and of our time. The map [of where the sisters traveled] is all Claire, her decisions about which place would be farther from wars and give us opportunity to live freely and to be seen for who we are and have a sense of agency and where we would have respect. For the past 10 years she has worked with many who have sought refuge in Chicago and with an organization called Women United for Immigrants and Refugees.You discuss the many difficulties of living in refugee camps in Burundi and elsewhere. How did you feel as a person?It is easy to get lost because all aspects of who you are, at least the things that used to make you a person, are stripped away.What are the important points for refugees to share?The person who has lived and survived in these conditions has to break the silence and talk not only of gratitude but the horror in these camps. In most, people have to walk at least hours to fetch water. Monthly food portions, if camps are lucky to receive any, are [often] maize.I invite everyone who is involved with refugee camps to have a meaningful conversation [with the refugees] they serve about what would make these places a place of refuge.What are your thoughts as you commemorate the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide? Every American and every person who wants to know what hate can do should look at what happened in Rwanda. If you want to know that peace is possible, you should also look at Rwanda now: [Rwandans] working together every day to create peace and to live beyond hate. I am very proud of Rwandans.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
By Raya Al JadirThe only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service.John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals doing extraordinary things in the local community” – only weeks after being told he had lost his (pictured (SIA) licence because of new regulations.He had held his licence for six years, but it was downgraded in December because new rules state that a door supervisor must be able to escort a person up and down a flight of stairs and, if necessary, be able to restrain a customer.Although he has some martial arts training – has a blue belt in karate – he is unable to “sit on somebody”, as he says he would need to be able to do under the new rules, because of how long it would take to get out of his wheelchair safely.As a result, he can now work at retail locations such as Primark or Marks and Spencer, but not at licensed venues such as bars and nightclubs.SIA has told Young (pictured) it is looking at whether it will be able to make reasonable adjustments for him and other disabled people, but that any changes to its licensing rules are unlikely to be introduced until early 2017, because they would need to be approved by the home secretary.Even if that happens, he will have to complete another course – costing £240 – and resit his exams later in 2017 before he can resume his career.He said: “If a black or Asian or gay person can do the job, why can’t a disabled person? If you are not discriminating against others, why the disabled?”He said that “if SIA had their way then no disabled person would be able to apply for the licence in the future.“Given the right opportunity and reasonable adjustments being made, we can contribute to the economy.”He said his fight against SIA had been a “one-man crusade”, although he praised the support of his Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, and the Hertfordshire council-funded employment agency Work Solutions.An SIA spokesman said the organisation did not comment on individual cases, but was “committed to tackling equality and diversity issues”.He said: “Following a number of deaths and injuries involving physical intervention by door supervisors, we were directed by the Home Office to require all door supervision licence holders to obtain a top-up qualification on physical intervention when they renewed their licence in order to ensure public safety. “Those not wishing to take the top-up training are eligible instead to renew their licence as a security guard.” He said the top-up qualification “includes escorting and disengagement skills”, and added: “We understand that some door supervisors may not be able to complete the training that leads to the top-up qualification. “We are fully considering what steps can reasonably be taken to avoid the disadvantaging of disabled people, while at the same time ensuring the safety of members of the public.“Any proposals regarding amendments to our licensing criteria for disabled people would be subject to a consultation.”A Home Office spokesman said the department did not think there was anything it could add to the SIA statement.Young had wanted to join the armed forces as a child but was unable to do so because of his impairment.He decided instead to join the security industry, as it was “a way of serving the country and making it secure in some way”.He said: “I thought there are so many disabled people who spend huge amounts of money in pubs and nightclubs… so why not apply to security jobs and show people that disabled people like me can do the job.”He qualified after attending a college in Hertfordshire in 2009, where the only adjustment he needed was a scribe to write his answers for him, with his exam held in private with his own invigilator.Young, who also works as a disability awareness trainer, has been a member of the charity Bushey and Watford Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB) since the age of 17, nearly 30 years ago.As a former chair of the club, which takes its members on activities such as bowling and rock-climbing, he has worked to improve access within the community and to promote PHAB’s work, as well as improving the outlook of young disabled people.He has also qualified as a disability athletics coach, and runs coaching sessions in the community.Young will be one of 33 recipients of a BCA medal of honour at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament next week.He said he was “elated” to be recognised with a British Citizen Award, and added: “It is a good thing to be recognised, but I don’t do it for the applause, I do it because it is something that needs doing for the good of the disabled community.”He said: “I do what I can do; I know that if my work will help me that it will also help many other disabled people.“My voice is not just my own, but it is for the disabled community. For me, it is about keeping disabled issues and disabled rights in the public domain and in the public interest.”He added: “Sometimes I feel like a third-class citizen when it comes to goods and services, and in 2016 you should not feel like that.”
The decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported that – in exchange for lucrative government contracts under the Work and Health Programme – some organisations have promised to “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey (pictured).They have also promised in the contracts that they will never to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.So far, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Shaw Trust is itself one of the five main contractors and has signed up to DWP’s contract and its “publicity, media and official enquiries” clause.RNIB has signed agreements as a subcontractor with Shaw Trust that say that it must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.But it is unclear whether the wider clause agreed by Shaw Trust and the other main contractors – which applies to all their “affiliates” – also applies to all their sub-contractors, including RNIB.Leonard Cheshire said this week that its involvement in the programme was “extremely limited” and restricted to providing support in two London boroughs, but admitted that there was “a clause in our contact with Ingeus related to actions that brings Ingeus/DWP into disrepute”.It insisted that the clause “would not affect what we say publicly on issues related to the DWP or wider campaigning” and that it had no other contracts with similar clauses.It has so far declined to share the clause with DNS.Other disability charities that appear to have agreed to act as key providers of services under the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People*, have refused to answer questions about the contracts and clauses they might have signed up to.Another, Turning Point, said that it had “in principle partnership agreements with a number of organisations delivering the programme to provide specialist support when and if needed” but had “not been presented with nor asked to comply with such a clause”.By noon today (Thursday), Turning Point had failed to say if it expected to sign contracts at some point, which contractors it had agreements with, and whether it was concerned about the presence of the clause in contracts signed by the main Work and Health Programme contractors.Other charities mentioned in the contract documents, including Mind, Rethink and Carers UK, made it clear this week that they had not signed any Work and Health Programme contracts.But a spokesperson for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance – a network of disabled people and their organisations across England, whose members include Sisters of Frida, Equal Lives, Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts – said the clauses were “further proof that disabled people cannot trust the charities to speak up for our best interests and that they put their financial interests ahead of the people they purport to represent.“Since 2010 the charities have consistently let themselves be used as cover by the government while they have continued to systematically dismantle our rights.“They have failed to speak out in any way that is appropriate given the severity of the situation we are facing.“Disabled people have many criticisms of the Work and Health Programme and the dangerous policies associated with it.“We can now add to that list that it is being used as a tool to buy silence.”There are major concerns about the Work and Health Programme, which is part of the government’s much-criticised Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, with its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.In the wake of last week’s report, DNS was contacted by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), both of which were keen to examine the clauses.But the Disability Benefits Consortium, whose 80-plus members include Action on Hearing Loss, Leonard Cheshire, and RNIB, and which often speaks out on DWP issues, failed to raise any concerns.Its co-chairs refused to say this week if they were concerned that the clauses could harm the ability of the consortium or its members to criticise the government.Laura Wetherly and Phil Reynolds, DBC’s co-chairs, insisted that the consortium was “independent” and does “not hesitate to call for change when it is needed”, and that the coalition itself “is not signed up to these clauses”.They added: “The DBC cannot speak for or comment on behalf of individual members.”When asked whether they and the consortium were concerned about the clauses, they refused to comment.Kristiana Wrixon, head of policy at ACEVO, said she had been concerned to read the DNS report, and said that her organisation was now seeking clarification on the purpose of the media clause from DWP.She said the clause in the contracts signed by the main providers was “ambiguous and therefore open to wide interpretation”.She said: “The Department for Work and Pensions should clarify the purpose of the clause and publicly reassure those involved in the delivery of the programme that it is not meant to restrict campaigning and advocacy activity.”NCVO refused to say if it was concerned about the clause but said that it would be talking with its members “about how they’re working with the clause”.*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.
By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDOct 31 2018A report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that air pollution is responsible for killing nearly 600,000 children every year. Among millions of other children affected with the effects of air pollution it leads to severe symptoms of various conditions such as asthma, respiratory diseases, loss of intelligence, excessive weight gain and ear infections.According to the experts at the WHO parents can do little to prevent outside air pollution but can prevent household air pollution by using less polluting fuels at home for cooking and heating and by not smoking. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, “Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives… This is inexcusable. Every child should be able to breathe clean air so they can grow and fulfil their full potential.” The experts have added that major parts of continents of Asia, Latin America and Africa are one of the worst affected with air pollution.The WHO report titled “Prescribing Clean Air” has said that around 93 percent of kids around the world are affected by air pollution. This translates into 630 million children under the age of five years and 1.8 billion children under the age of 15 years. The percentage of children exposed to air pollution ranges from 52 percent in high income countries to up to 98 percent in the low and middle-income countries. The report was released Monday this week (29th of October 2018) right before the first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health organized by the WHO in Geneva. Source:http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/29-10-2018-more-than-90-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-children-breathe-toxic-air-every-day or Download Air pollution and child health: prescribing clean air – advance copy (final version still in process) – pdf, 6.33Mb WHO Director-General tweeted, “We’re here because we know that #AirPollution is one of the biggest threats to global health, & we need to do something about it – urgently… 9 out of 10 people breathe air that has been polluted by traffic emissions, industry, agriculture and waste incineration” “The most tragic thing about these 7 million deaths is that they are so preventable. There is something we can do. It will require strong political will, swift action and endurance, but I am optimistic that we can, and must, do better,” he added.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaMaria Neira, WHO’s head of environmental determinants of health has added that this level of air pollution had led to a rise in still births, preterm deliveries as well as conditions that have long term effect as adults. She said that that policy changes are needed to make long term effects around the world. “Something that is critical as well is this issue of the neuro-development. Imagine that our children will have less cognitive IQ. We are talking about putting at risk a new generation of having a reduced IQ. This is not only new but terribly shocking,” she added.According to the WHO, this conference “will provide the opportunity for world leaders; ministers of health, energy, and environment; mayors; heads of intergovernmental organizations; scientists and others to commit to act against this serious health threat.”The report added that there is an association between air pollution and ear infections such as otitis media among children. Air pollution also leads to conditions such as obesity and resulting insulin resistance in children. This puts them at a greater risk of diabetes later in life, the experts say. Respiratory problems such as childhood asthma, lung function deficiencies, lower respiratory tract infections and even cancers are more likely among children exposed to air pollution, the report says.India remains one of the worst affected nations with 101,788 Indian children less than five years being killed annually says the WHO report. It adds that one in 10 deaths among children under five years of age is due to air pollution. Death rates due to air pollution are 84.8 per 100,000 in India says the report. The death rates among children aged between 5 and 14 years due to air pollution was 7,234 (2.9 per 100,000).The report looked at air quality in the atmosphere and households of different countries and looked at deaths among children under five years and those between ages 5 and 14 years. The report adds that it is not just death but the long term effects of air pollution on the growth and development of the children that is more worrying. There are several impacts of air pollution of long term physical as well as cognitive and intellectual development of the children says the report.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 24 2018Bottom Line: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was created under the Affordable Care Act and hospitals face financial penalties for higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.Lower hospital readmission rates for those conditions have been associated with the program but it was unclear if the program was associated with a change in patient deaths. This observational study included 8 million Medicare hospitalizations for heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia before and after HRRP was implemented. Study results suggest implementation of the HRRP was associated with an increase in deaths within 30 days after discharge for hospitalization for heart failure and pneumonia but not for heart attack. More research is needed to understand if the increase in 30-day postdischarge mortality is a result of the program, considering a lack of association with mortality within 45 days of hospital admission. Source:https://jamanetwork.com/
Credit: geralt, PixabayLow-grade gliomas constitute 15% of all adult brain tumors and cause significant neurological problems. There is no universally accepted objective technique available for detecting the enlargement of low-grade gliomas in the clinical setting. The current gold standard is subjective evaluation through visual comparison of 2D images from longitudinal radiological studies.A computer-assisted diagnostic procedure that digitizes the tumor and uses imaging scans to segment the tumor and generate volumetric measures could aid in the objective detection of tumor growth by directing the attention of the physician to changes in volume. This is important because smaller tumor sizes are associated with longer survival times and less neurological morbidity. In the new study, the authors evaluated 63 patients—56 diagnosed with grade 2 gliomas and 7 followed for an imaging abnormality without pathological diagnosis—for a median follow-up period of 150 months, and compared tumor growth detection by seven physicians aided by a computer-assisted diagnostic procedure versus retrospective clinical reports.Related StoriesVirus employs powerful strategy to inhibit natural killer cell functionStudy shows how bacteria can destroy host cells from the insideStudy: Nearly one-third of Cambodians are infected with threadwormThe computer-assisted diagnostic procedure involved digitizing magnetic resonance imaging scans of the tumors, including 34 grade 2 gliomas with radiological progression and 22 radiologically stable grade 2 gliomas. Physicians aided by the computer-assisted method diagnosed tumor growth in 13 of 22 glioma patients labeled as clinically stable by the radiological reports, but did not detect growth in the imaging-abnormality group. In 29 of the 34 patients with progression, the median time-to-growth detection was 14 months for the computer-assisted method compared to 44 months for current standard-of-care radiological evaluation.Using the computer-assisted method, accurate detection of tumor enlargement was possible with a median of only 57% change in tumor volume compared to a median of 174% change in volume required using standard-of-care clinical methods. According to the authors, the findings suggest that current clinical practice is associated with significant delays in detecting the growth of low-grade gliomas, and computer-assisted methods could reduce these delays.Source:PLOSJournal reference:Fathallah-Shaykh, H.M. et al. (2019) Diagnosing growth in low-grade gliomas with and without longitudinal volume measurements: A retrospective observational study. PLOS Medicine. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002810. May 29 2019A computer-assisted diagnostic procedure helps physicians detect the growth of low-grade brain tumors earlier and at smaller volumes than visual comparison alone, according to a study published May 28 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. However, additional clinical studies are needed to determine whether early therapeutic interventions enabled by early tumor growth detection prolong survival times and improve quality of life.
According to the authors, caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant to counter the effects of sleep deprivation on alertness. However, to be safe and most effective, the right amount must be consumed at the right time.Last year at SLEEP 2018 in Baltimore, Reifman presented data comparing the algorithm with the caffeine dosing strategies of four previously published experimental studies of sleep loss. The current study extended his team’s previous work by incorporating the automated caffeine-guidance algorithm in an open-access tool so that users can input several factors: the desirable peak-alertness periods within a sleep/wake schedule, the minimum desirable level of alertness, and the maximum tolerable daily caffeine intake.Related StoriesA cup of coffee could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetesEnergy drinks may increase blood pressure and risk of electrical disturbances in heartCaffeine may cause problems for individuals with anxiety disorderWith this added capability, the 2B-Alert Web 2.0 tool now allows users to predict the alertness of an “average” individual as a function of his or her sleep/wake schedule and caffeine schedule. It also enables users to automatically obtain optimal caffeine timing and doses to achieve peak alertness at the desired times.This freely available tool will have practical applications that extend beyond the realms of the military and the research lab, noted Reifman.”For example, if you pull an all-nighter, need to be at peak alertness between, say, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and desire to consume as little caffeine as possible, when and how much caffeine should you consume?” he said. “This is the type of question 2B-Alert was designed to answer.”The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Wednesday, June 12, in San Antonio at SLEEP 2019, the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.Source:American Academy of Sleep MedicineJournal reference:Reifman, J. et al. (2019) 2B-Alert Web 2.0: An Open-access Tool to Determine Caffeine Doses That Optimize Alertness. Sleep. doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsz067.323 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 8 2019A web-based caffeine optimization tool successfully designs effective strategies to maximize alertness while avoiding excessive caffeine consumption, according to preliminary results from a new study.Using multiple sleep-deprivation and shift-work scenarios, the researchers generated caffeine-consumption guidance using the open-access tool 2B-Alert Web 2.0, and then they compared the results with the U.S. Army guidelines. Their analysis found that the solutions suggested by the quantitative caffeine optimization tool either required on average 40% less caffeine or enhanced alertness by an additional 40%. Our 2B-Alert Web tool allows an individual, in our case our service members, to optimize the beneficial effects of caffeine while minimizing its consumption.”Principal investigator Jaques Reifman, Ph.D., a Department of the Army Senior Research Scientist for Advanced Medical Technology, serving at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Ft. Detrick, Maryland
© 2018 AFP Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. Explore further Citation: Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit (Update) (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-800k-users-bug-unblock.html Facebook admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.”We know that the ability to block someone is important,” Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a blog post.”We’d like to apologize and explain what happened.”Blocking someone on Facebook prevents them from seeing posts in a blocker’s profile; connecting as a friend, or starting Messenger conversations.Blocking someone also automatically “unfriends” the person.”There are many reasons why people block another person on Facebook,” Egan said.”Their relationship may have changed or they may want to take a break from someone posting content they find annoying.”People are blocked for harsher reasons, such as harassment or bullying, Egan added.The software bug did not restore any severed friend connections at the social network, but someone who was blocked could have been able to reach out to a blocker on Messenger, according to Facebook.”While someone who was unblocked could not see content shared with friends, they could have seen things posted to a wider audience,” Egan said of the glitch.The vast majority of the more than 800,000 people affected by the bug had only one person they had blocked be temporarily unblocked, according to Facebook.People affected by the bug will get notifications encouraging them to check their blocked lists.Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year was grilled by the European Parliament and the US Congress about a massive breach of users’ personal data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. 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. Facebook—its corporate symbol shown here in a file image—says it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service
Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants Britain needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon, a review of competition in the digital market concludes. Citation: UK review urges new rules to deal with power of tech giants (2019, March 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-uk-urges-power-tech-giants.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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Wednesday’s 150-page report adds to an intensifying worldwide debate over the need for stricter regulation of Silicon Valley technology giants amid concern about their influence on the broader economy and their control of data. In the U.S., Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren last week proposed breaking up the biggest U.S. tech companies, slamming them for having too much market and political power.The British report was released the same day that Swedish music-streaming service Spotify said it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple, accusing it of stifling competition through its control over the iPhone’s operating system and app store. Spotify’s beef with Apple centers on a 30 percent tax that it and other digital services have to pay to use Apple’s “in-app” payment system, making Spotify subscriptions more expensive than Apple Music.The British government’s review was led by Harvard University professor Jason Furman, who was a chief economic adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama. The report found that global tech giants don’t face enough competition and said that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up.”The digital sector has created substantial benefits but these have come at the cost of increasing dominance of a few companies, which is limiting competition and consumer choice and innovation,” Furman said. “Some say this is inevitable or even desirable. I think the U.K. can do better.”Britain’s House of Lords recently called for a new digital regulatory authority to provide overall oversight.EU authorities also have faced down big tech companies. EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has slapped whopping fines on Google and ordered Apple to pay back billions in back taxes. EU, German and Austrian authorities are looking separately into Amazon’s marketplace platform over complaints of unfair practices.Britain’s financial secretary, Philip Hammond, said the government would respond later this year to the report’s recommendations, any of which must be approved by Britain’s Parliament to take effect.Recommendations include setting up a new “digital markets unit” tasked with giving people more control over their data by using open standards. That would let people move or share their personal information if they switch to a new digital service.The report’s authors said by making it easier for people to switch, “data mobility” would result in new digital services while creating new business opportunities to manage the data. This photo combo of images shows the Amazon, Google and Facebook logos. A review into competition in the U.K.’s digital market says the country needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The independent review published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 says global tech giants don’t face enough competition and that existing rules are outdated and need to be beefed up. (AP Photo, file) Explore further
5 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Chernobyl Iran claims it has enriched uranium to 4.5%, breaking the limit of 3.67% set during the 2015 nuclear deal. The move was a response to the U.S. violating the terms of the deal under President Donald Trump’s administration. But what does the enrichment news mean? To a certain extent, this is a question with a simple, chemical answer. As the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission explains on its website, uranium comes in a few different forms (or “isotopes”). All of them have the same number of protons (92) but a different number of neutrons. By far, the most common such isotope in nature is uranium-238, which has 146 neutrons. On Earth, this isotope makes up 99.3% of any sample of naturally occurring uranium. But for nuclear reactors (or bombs), that flavor isn’t very useful. Dense clusters of uranium-238 don’t tend to start nuclear chain reactions. The second most common isotope, however, uranium-235 (making up just about 0.7% of any sample of natural uranium and containing 143 neutrons), does tend to start nuclear chain reactions. In these reactions, the nuclei of the uranium atoms split into smaller nuclei and release neutrons. Those neutrons then cause other nuclei to split, releasing more neutrons for a self-sustaining “chain” reaction that emits enormous amounts of energy. [Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth] Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65898-iran-uranium-enrichment.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 Enriching uranium is the process of sorting uranium-238 atoms out of a uranium sample such that the sample includes a higher proportion of uranium-235. Uranium enriched to 3.67% is 3.67% uranium-235. Uranium enriched to 4.5% is 4.5% uranium-235. And so on. So does Iran’s breaking of its enrichment threshold mean that the country is now significantly closer to having a bomb? Not really. As the Associated Press reported, 4.5% is enriched enough for Iran to power its peaceful, already-active Bushehr nuclear reactor. But that level falls far short of the standard 90% threshold for “weapons-grade” uranium. And enriching uranium to 90% is an enormous technical challenge. It requires building and operating very advanced centrifuges. If you’ve followed news of international attempts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear effort, you know that the most successful effort — a computer virus called Stuxnet — attacked Iranian centrifuges. Centrifuges are common enough pieces of laboratory equipment. They spin samples of material around so as to generate centrifugal force. Under that intense force, heavier and lighter materials tend to separate. However, a common laboratory centrifuge is nowhere near powerful enough to separate uranium-235 from uranium-238. The two isotopes are nearly, but not quite, identical in mass. And a sample of uranium contains very little uranium-235. As Live Science previously reported, a country seeking to enrich uranium must first transform a uranium sample into a gas. Then, that gas must be whipped up to intense speeds in powerful industrial centrifuges to cause the two isotopes to separate, before the uranium atoms get extracted from the gas once again. To extract the 137 lbs. (62 kilograms) of uranium-235 necessary to build the bomb dubbed “Little Boy” that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, the United States in 1945 expended a full 10% of its national energy supply, according to “The Making of the Atomic Bomb” (Simon & Schuster, 1995). The original uranium sample weighed 4 tons (3,600 kilograms). And 20,000 people helped build the refining facility that made the bomb, a facility that required 12,000 people to operate. It’s not infeasible that Iran could enrich a significant stockpile of weapons-grade uranium. But the 4.5% mark doesn’t represent a significant step in that direction, except in symbolic terms. Iran has also threatened to enrich uranium to 20%, which is closer but still not weapons grade. The question now is whether the breakdown of the nuclear deal, precipitated by the U.S., continues to escalate tensions. What’s That? Your Physics Questions Answered The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics Originally published on Live Science.
religion and belief COMMENTS The Patna High Court has sought a reply from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on a PIL seeking directions to authorities concerned for the preservation of a temple in Bihar’s Kaimur district which is said to be more than 1,600 years old. A Division Bench comprising Justice Jyoti Saran and Parth Sarthy passed the order on Friday on the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gaurav Kumar Singh, a student of Chanakya National Law University here. The PIL seeks a writ of mandamus (direction) for protection and preservation of Maa Mundeshwari temple and idols of the deities in it.The PIL, which has also named the Union ministry for Youth and Culture as a respondent, has also sought a direction for the repair of the damage that has already been caused to the temple’s structure, idols of the deities installed inside it and its boundary wall besides deployment of armed personnel, i.e., CISF or police for its security. The petitioner has appended to the PIL the printout of an email he wrote to several authorities on March 29 this year, drawing their attention towards the decrepitude of the temple “which is more than 1,600 years old” and was declared a “protected monument way back in 1914“.The court directed the ASI to file its reply while fixing August 9 as the next date of hearing in the matter. 0 July 13, 2019 archaeology courts and legal SHARE COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Bihar Temples Published on
Siddaramaiah exudes confidence of winning trust vote, says it’s a joint decisionSenior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:00 IST Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote. (Photo: PTI)Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Friday said the decision to seek a trust vote by the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was taken by the two ruling partners and asserted it has the numbers.The Congress Legislature Party Leader also said he had been talking to disgruntled party MLAs barring Roshan Baig because he has been suspended.”Yesterday, we took the decision (on the trust vote) after discussions,” the former chief minister told reporters.Kumaraswamy, whose government is teetering on the brink of collapse after 16 MLAs of the ruling combine resigned, made the announcement about trust vote in the assembly earlier on Friday.Replying to questions, Siddaramaiah said without numbers or confidence none will seek a trust vote.”We have confidence, so we are moving the confidence motion,” he added.On how the ruling combine would muster the numbers, Siddaramaiah said, How can we disclose now? You will come to know when the vote of confidence is moved. Things like how it will happen, who will be present cannot be disclosed now.”To a question, he ruled out the possibility of a counter-operation to the alleged toppling bid of BJP, saying his party did not belive in operations.He refused to comment on the Supreme Court ordering status quo in the matter of resignation and disqualification of ten rebel MLAs.However, he added the Speaker was empowered under the anti-defection law to decide on disqualification of MLAs.Also Read | Karnataka crisis: Will face all issues on floor of House, says CM KumaraswamyAlso Read | Karnataka crisis: No decision on rebel MLAs till July 16, SC tells SpeakerAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbersFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KumaraswamyFollow Karnataka crisisFollow Siddaramaiah Next
Next P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:23 IST Image for representationA clash between two groups of students has taken an ugly turn after one student was stabbed. The incident took place at the famous University College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.Third year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital. He was referred to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College after the first aid was provided to him. Doctors have said that the injury isn’t serious.According to other students present in the campus, the incident happened around 12 noon on Friday. Akhil skipped the class and was standing outside talking to his friends. A group of SFI unit members who noticed this confronted Akhil and asked him get inside the classroom.This lead to an altercation between Akhil and other SFI activists. Students alleged that he was brutally thrashed and later stabbed by the SFI activists.Following the incident, third year students held a demonstration outside the government secretariat against the SFI.The University College in Thiruvananthapuram is regarded as a fortress of CPI(M) students wing, SFI.Also read | Interpol issues global alert to trace German woman who went missing in Kerala 4 months agoAlso read | German national missing in Kerala since March, Interpol says may have links with terror outfitsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ThiruvananthapuramFollow KeralaFollow SFI activistsFollow Thiruvananthapuram university college Clash between college students turns ugly, one stabbed by SFI activistsThird year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital.advertisement