Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, July 31, 2019 – DHX Television’s Family Channel, CBBC and Beachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) are pleased to announce that production is underway on the new tween live-action gymnastics series Springboard(formerly Up In the Air). Created by Frank van Keeken (The Next Step, Lost & Found Music Studios), the half-hour drama series is scheduled to debut on Family Channel (Canada) and CBBC (U.K.) in 2020. The 15-episode order is currently being filmed in Toronto, Ontario.“We’re delighted to announce that production on Springboard is underway,” said Joe Tedesco, Executive Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. “Family Channel has seen tremendous success working with Frank van Keeken in the past on such shows as Wingin’ It, Lost & Found Music Studios, and of course, The Next Step. We are excited to collaborate with his team at Beachwood Canyon Productions, and with CBBC to bring this new aspirational and heartfelt intergenerational series to our audience.” “We are thrilled to be teaming up with DHX Television and CBBC to create this inspiring gymnastic drama,” says Frank van Keeken, Creator and Executive Producer. “Our cast includes amazingly talented gymnasts and we are excited to introduce them to our young audiences and their families around the world.”Springboard follows Jenny Cortez, a talented young gymnast, who moves to a new city when her family gets the opportunity to run their own gymnastics club. With new friends and an intimidating new school, Jenny looks to persevere and become the gymnastics legend she was born to be.Springboard stars Morgan Wigle as Jenny Cortez; Tom Hulshof as Jenny’s brother, Joon Cortez; Helena Marie as Jenny’s mother, Whitney Cortez; and Shawn Alex Thompson as Jenny’s Grandfather, Gus McIlroy. The series also stars Francesca van Keeken (The Next Step), Jordan Clark (The Next Step), and newcomers Ajanae Stephenson, Natasha Zaborski, Holly Belbeck, Abby Stretch, Keira Still, Luca Assad, Osias Reid, Leonidas Castrounis, Parker Lauzon and Hailey Vynychenko.Springboard is produced by Beachwood Canyon Productions in association with DHX Television’s Family Channel and is executive produced by Frank van Keeken with his Beachwood Canyon Productions team. Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek, JANN) and Ben Murray (JANN, Working the Engels) also serve as executive producers. International distribution will be handled by DHX Media.About Family ChannelFamily Channel offers the best in family television entertainment in a premium, high-definition, multiplatform environment. Dedicated to celebrating family life and providing opportunities for the whole family to gather and watch together, Family airs a unique mix of top-rated Canadian and acquired series, movies and specials. Family Channel subscribers have access to the Family Channel App, Family OnDemand and Family Online at no additional cost, to see hit movies and series when they want them, where they want them. Visit us at Family.ca.About DHX Television DHX Television is composed of Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino, and is part of DHX Media Ltd., a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. Dedicated to celebrating family fun, DHX Television delivers best-in-class programming and hosts captivating live events that appeal to Canadian families. DHX Television is home to world-renowned series including The Next Step, America Ninja Warrior Jr. and Chip and Potato.About CBBCCBBC is the guardian of memorable stories and magical characters for UK children aged 6-12. Our enriching public service helps them make sense of the world and is a trusted beacon of excellence. We make it our mission to ensure our broad and unique genre offer; our stealth learning and storytelling expertise; our sense of fun and our inspiring role models reach as many UK kids as possible. Alongside an unparalleled number of participation opportunities for passionate fans CBBC is the home of high-quality digital products and interactive experiences.About Beachwood Canyon ProductionsBeachwood Canyon Productions (BCP) is a television production company focused on the creation of children’s television content. With over 350 half-hours of television created and executive produced by BCP, it is one of the top global creators of award-winning tween television. Shows created by BCP have won several children’s BAFTAs, CSAs and Shaw Rocket Prizes.With an attention to creating aspirational television that educates and inspires, BCP has carved out a niche as “Must See TV” for kids the world over. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook “The CBBC audience are already huge fans of Frank van Keeken’s work and love the expert blend of emotion and aspiration in his characters,” said Cheryl Taylor, Head of Content for BBC Children’s. “Springboard, with young gymnast Jenny’s engaging and enabling journey, looks set to attract an equally besotted army of fans.”
VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is moving to allow the sale of liquor in grocery stores.Councillors voted Tuesday to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit grocery stores to sell liquor.The city says in a news release that qualified grocery outlets will be allowed to sell liquor in a store-within-a-store model, requiring a separate area and cashier for liquor sales.Approval of the bylaw amendments is the next step to implementing Vancouver’s liquor policy recommendations, which were passed by council almost a year ago.Specific policies will be presented to council next month and the city says, if approved, grocery stores wishing to sell liquor could apply for a permit by May 14.Kaye Krishna, Vancouver’s general manager of development, buildings and licensing, says the proposed changes follow extensive consultations about upgrades to the city’s liquor policies.“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations,” says Krishna.
TORONTO – The energy and industrial sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Monday, while U.S. stocks were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 67.74 points at 15,552.06 to outperfrom U.S. markets as oil prices remained elevated, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Were seeing a bit of a continuation this week from last week’s gains in equities domestically, so we saw the Canadian market outperform US equities last week, really on the strength of oil prices.”He said Canadian equities were also boosted by comments from Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz who suggested he was not overly concerned with inflation running above the two per cent target, said Fehr.“I’d say today, it’s a little bit of a different message, which is that we’re seeing domestic equities get a bit of a lift based on some of the commentary from the Bank of Canada, which suggests they’re not going to be overly aggressive in tightening rates near-term, and so we’re seeing that boost sectors like financials today.”Poloz’s comments had a negative effect on the Canadian dollar, however, which averaged 77.92 cents US, down 0.65 of a US cent, as a near-term rate hike looked less certain.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 14.25 points at 24,448.69 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 17.52 points at 7,128.60. The S&P 500 index ended up 0.15 of a point at 2,670.29.The June crude contract ended up 24 cents at US$68.64 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.74 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed down US$14.30 at US$1,324.00 an ounce and the May copper contract ended down three cents at US$3.11 a pound.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Troy Harper scored 10 of his 17 points in the last three minutes as Drexel rallied from seven points down to clip Charleston 79-78 when Harper scored three straight free throws with one second remaining on Thursday night.Harper was 5 of 13 from the floor but made 7 of 8 free throws. Trevor John led the Dragons (8-10, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association) with 22 points and five 3-pointers, Alihan Demir added 20.Charleston (13-4, 2-2) led for all but 3:05 of the game and was ahead 77-70 after Brevin Galloway and Zep Jasper Jasper scored back-to-back, but Harper took over in the final 2:56, with three layups and five free throws. Drexel was down 78-77 when Harper was fouled on a 3-point attempt. After he made two to tie, Campbell called a 30-second timeout, but Harper was unfazed and sank the winning free throw.Grant Riller led Charleston with 18 points.Charleston was previously unbeaten in six home games this season. The Cougars were stunned on Saturday, losing at James Madison, 69-58. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak.The Associated Press
Yamunanagar (Har): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his idea for a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest of poor came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Rs 15 lakh promise’ made ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Gandhi said the Congress’ poll promise for the ambitious ‘Nyay’ (Nyuntam Aay Yojna) under which Rs 72,000 will be deposited each year in the bank accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest is ‘historic’ and claimed that the prime minister looks ‘shaken’ ever since the announcement was made on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Accusing Modi of helping certain industrialists, Gandhi said he protects the rich while refraining from helping out the debt-ridden farmers, adding this ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief . On the contrary, Gandhi said his party bats for the poor, the weaker sections and the farmers. The 2019 polls are a fight between two ideologies. On one hand are the BJP, the RSS and Narendra Modi and on the other is the Congress,” he said. Gandhi was on a day’s visit to Haryana to be part of Congress state unit’s ongoing six-day lone Parivartan Yatra , which began from Gurugram earlier this week. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGandhi said unlike the BJP his party keeps its promise and referred to ‘Nyay’ the Congress plans to introduce if it forms the government. “He (Modi) promised putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account. Did anyone get anything? he said at a public meeting in Yamunanagar district’s Jagadhri town. “Truth is when our Government is formed we will put Rs 72,000 a year into the accounts of 20 per cent of the country’s poorest. Modi spoke lies about putting Rs 15 lakh into every Indian’s bank account, However, I felt that the idea about putting money into bank accounts of the poor was a right one if implemented with sincerity. I caught hold of this idea. I spoke to Congress party’s thinktank and told them about Modi’s Rs 15 lakh promise and said he did not fulfil it, instead what he did was to do injustice to farmers, hit small shopkeepers with demonetisation, and brought Gabbar Singh Tax (GST), Gandhi said, adding he told the party’s thinktank to come out with a scheme to benefit poor and they worked out the modalities in six months. Gandhi was referring to Modi’s 2014 election speech when as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate he promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks within 100 days of coming to power. Modi had also said that if all the black money was brought back to the country, it would be enough to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every poor person’s bank account. “It(Nyay) is historic, so much historic that you must have seen Narendra Modi’s face on TV during the past 2-3 days, he looked shaken . Gandhi also accused Modi and BJP of spreading hatred and anger and putting real issues on the backburner. “In the last five years, Modi ji has waived Rs 3.50 lakh crore of 15 industrialists.
New Delhi: Employees of Jet Airways have written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to recover outstanding dues as well as to expedite the process of emergency funds for the airline, which has shuttered its operations temporarily. Cash-starved Jet Airways, which has around 23,000 employees, has delayed payment of salaries to the employees, including pilots. Amid uncertainty over the future course of the carrier, two employees’ unions have now written to the President and the Prime Minister. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In separate but similarly-worded letters this week, the Society for Welfare of Indian Pilots (SWIP) and Jet Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Welfare Association (JAMEWA) have requested help in clearing their outstanding salary dues. “We request you to consider the situation with the urgency it deserves and direct the management of Jet Airways (India) Ltd to expeditiously disburse all outstanding dues to affected employees. “We also urge you to expedite the process of emergency funding, as every minute and every decision is very critical in these testing times,” one of the letters said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday After months of uncertainty, Jet Airways announced temporary suspension of its operations on April 17 as it failed to receive emergency funds from lenders. The unions highlighted that a section of employees have not been paid their salaries on time for the last seven months and that the distressing situation was also brought to the notice of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in March. “The management of Jet Airways has gone back on its salary arrears payment schedule conveyed by mail dated December 7, 2018. The outstanding amount for pilots and engineers as of now is three months salary (full salaries for the months of January, February and March), and for all other staff is one month’s salary,” the letter said. Noting that employees did their best to keep up the highest standards of safety and professionalism in these trying times, the grouping said non-payment of salaries is causing extreme hardships to employees. “… even after all our efforts, we are not seeing any ray of hope and so it is our humble plea to take this matter under your guidance for an immediate action for the revival of the entire system,” the letter said. SWIP has around 1,200 members while JAMEWA represents more than 500 employees. “We have also realised that along with our Jet Airways sinking, we are not only 23,000 employees who will be affected directly but a number of people who are running business or are associated with us some way or the other. “Even the shops at the airports are facing a lull. Such a big airline going down will leave a huge vacuum behind. Passengers are already facing the brunt of it,” they said. The unions also flagged that air ticket prices are “sky rocketing”. A day after the airline suspended operations, hundreds of employees had gathered in the national capital seeking measures to revive the carrier, which has been in operation for nearly 26 years. Domestic lenders have invited bids for selling stake in Jet Airways. On April 18, the lenders said they were “reasonably hopeful” that the bidding process for the airline would end successfully.
New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said it is working at a brisk pace to issue localised weather forecasting to all 6,500 blocks across 660 districts in the country by 2020 and help as many as 9.5 crore farmers deal with the vagaries of weather.However, the most challenging task would be to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make agromet advisory services (AAS) more useful and user friendliness, it added. At present, IMD issues district level advisories. In 2018, it tied up with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to extend weather forecast and AAS at the block level. “A lot of progress has been made since signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICAR. The work is at a faster pace…. We are recruiting and training people,” IMD Deputy Director General S D Attri said on the sidelines of a Ficci event. The pilot study is underway in 200 blocks. The target is to cover 6,500 blocks in 660 districts by 2020, he said, adding that this will help farmers minimise weather-related crop losses. Attri said that the IMD has a network of 130 agromet field units at district level for dissimilating the weather-based advisories. Efforts are being made to set such units in additional 530 districts in the country under the ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). As of now, 4 crore farmers are receiving the district level weather forecast through SMS and mKisan portals. “The target is to cover 9.5 crore farmers by 2020 by extending the services at a block level,” he added. Earlier, addressing the event on agriculture extension, the IMD official stressed on the need for dissemination of AAS to farmers on a “wider scale” and convincing them about its positive impacts on a sustainable basis. He also talked about the need to focus on awareness programmes to help farmers to become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect agriculture production and also assist the farmers to further develop their adaptive capacity with improved planning and better management decisions. -Attri observed that IMD alone cannot reach all farmers and emphasised the need to take private sector and their innovative technologies in this area.
Vadodara: Hard as it may be to imagine, a young leopard has forged an unlikely bond with a mare at a farmhouse in Gujarat.The around one-and-a-half year old leopard has been visiting the farmhouse, located near a forest at Virod village on Vadodara’s outskirts, for last four-five days apparently after taking a liking for the mare kept tied there to a tree. The farmhouse and the mare belong to villager Jagdishbhai Patel, who said the leopard has been coming to his field everyday during the night time. “The leopard rolls on the grass and plays near the mare, who has not resisted the big cat’s move and keeps standing near the tree without any sign of panic,” he said on Wednesday. He said while his family members were worried about the unusual visitor at their field, the other villagers were flocking the place to catch a glimpse of the camaraderie between the two animals. “The leopard has been coming to the farmhouse, located just about 25 metres from my house, after sunset and sits near the mare for some hours before disappearing. The carnivore has not attacked any human being though it bit a dog a couple of days back,” Patel said. He said his farm labourers were scared of going near the mare to feed it and as a precaution, he has shifted his other cattle behind the house. He also requested the forest department to catch the spotted animal. Arvind Pawar of the city-based NGO Wildlife Rescue Trust said they have installed two night vision cameras to capture the leopard’s images. The district forest department’s rescue team member Nitin Patel said the young leopard’s mother was also seen near the farmhouse in a video footage. “While the young feline sits in a water pit dug up near the spot where the mare is tied, its mother was seen climbing a nearby tree,” he said. A cage along with a bait was placed nearby, but the leopard was yet to be caught, he added.
Shimla: The old saying – “once bitten, twice shy” can’t have the best frame-fit slot other than Hamirpur parliamentary constituency.A BJP stronghold for over two-decades, Hamirpur has much at stake for young MP Anurag Thakur, who fights Congress’s five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur to defend a political legacy that opponents of his father and two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal are trying to covertly question. Dhumal, who led the BJP to the victory in 2017 poll, lost his assembly election by a slender margin of 1,919 votes and missed his third Chief Minister term at a moment when things looked all done for him. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThat’s why neither Dhumal nor Anurag Thakur is publically boasting of impending win except that BJP’s national president Amit Shah reaching out them to declare to the voters –a predictable “bigger role” for Anurag Thakur after his victory. “We are happy that Amit Shah acknowledged the potential in Anurag Thakur. It has boosted our prospects. But we haven’t forgotten how the finest victory turned bitter for people of Hamirpur on December 19, 2017, when sahib (Dhumal) lost his Sujanpur seat,” says Sanjeev Katwal, BJP leader and staunch Dhumal loyalist. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThus, Anurag is playing safe and focussing on the campaign. The poll narrative is just confined to development issues. The constituency having a large presence of ex-servicemen and serving soldiers and para-military personnel has an advantage factor for the BJP. “We want Modi to come back. He has raised the morale of forces and hit Pakistan hard,” says Subedar (Retd) Harish Patial of Bhota, near Hamirpur. For Anurag Thakur stakes it’s not alone his victory but also to prove that Dhumal still commands his influence in the constituency, where he had won the elections in 1989,1991 and 2007. Anurag Thakur, 44, had stepped into the shoes of his father in 2008 when Dhumal had become Chief Minister. He won the seat with a record margin of 1.74 lakh votes and never lost thereafter. Biggest criticism about Anurag Thakur is his high profile image when he headed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but was removed later by the Supreme Court following a controversy for not implementing the reforms recommended by Lodha Committee. The young BJP politicians, however, is credited with building a world-class cricket stadium at Dharamshala, a landmark even his critics in the Congress appreciates. Challenging him is Congress’s former minister and five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur, who had been his strong critics ever since Anurag Thakur became Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president. Thakur alleges, “Anurag did nothing in the constituency. He is also jumblebaaz like Modi. Most of the time he had been travelling abroad or attending high profile parties. He (Anurag) has not replied to my single question as to why he was removed by the Supreme Court from the post of BCCI president?” Congress candidate told the Millennium Post. Ram Lal Thakur, 67, never wanted to contest the poll but the party pushed his name after former PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu and Congress Legislature Party leader Mukesh Agnihotri declined. But Anurag says, “My work in the constituency and Modi ji’s five years are strong points. Hamirpur is the only constituency, which has got new projects worth hundreds of crores.” He counts on Railway expansion projects, AIIMS, PGI satellite centre, Central University, Medical college, IIIT and National Highways. My mobile ‘Sawsathya Sewa hospital’ has been a big draw, besides “cricket Mahakumbh” for youths and claims having fully utilised the MPLAD. His campaign is supplemented by social media war while Congress has a problem of resources and top campaign strategists due to factionalism in the party.
by Mona SALEMCairo- The lawyer for 21 Egyptian women and girls jailed over an Islamist protest told appeal courts Saturday there was no evidence of their guilt and urged judges to free them.Wearing handcuffs but holding red roses, the 21 appeared in Alexandria courts in white prison garb in a case that has sparked an outcry. Many bore the word “Freedom” written in Arabic and English on the palms of their hands, and smiled from the metal-caged dock.The women and girls were convicted last month of taking part in a violent protest demanding Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s reinstatement following his overthrow by the army in July.Fourteen women previously sentenced to 11 years in jail were ushered into the cage in the courtroom as the appeal by the seven girls was heard in an adjacent juvenile court.Their harsh sentences had shocked even supporters of the military-installed government.Lawyer Ahmed al-Hamrawy told the court there was no evidence to convict his clients and asked the judges to release them.“Even in Mubarak’s era there were morals. Egypt’s women and girls were a red line and they weren’t placed on trial,” he said, referring to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, Morsi’s predecessor.“This is an oppressive sentence,” one defendant, Salma, told AFP during a court recess.She said her daughter was among the seven juveniles sentenced, and explained that they had both been near the October 31 protest by chance when arrested.“I have the right to express my opinion — this is a constitutional right, and we are currently political prisoners,” said another defendant, Aya Adel.The prosecutor general’s office charged that the women fought with knives and threw rocks during clashes that erupted during the protest in Egypt’s second city.Six men said to be Muslim Brotherhood leaders were tried in absentia in the same case and sentenced to 15 years.They were found guilty of inciting the women to cut key roads in the city during the clashes.There was a heavy police presence outside the court complex in the coastal city, where Morsi’s Islamist supporters have repeatedly clashed with opponents and security forces.During the recess, about 100 friends and relatives of the defendants stood outside the courtroom chanting “Down with military rule.”Hamrawy told AFP he expected the misdemeanor courts to either acquit them or release them on bail ahead of a final ruling.The jail terms, coming in the same week as a restrictive new protest law, re-energized Islamist opposition to the interim government and drew criticism even from its secular supporters.Hamdeen Sabbahi, a former presidential candidate and a leading dissident under Morsi, called on the interim president to pardon the girls and repeal the new law governing protests.The military-installed government has pressed a crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement that has killed more than 1,000 people and imprisoned thousands.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi, is on trial on various charges of inciting violence.Courts have also handed out harsh sentences to Islamist protesters, including 12 men imprisoned for 17 years after a violent protest in Cairo.Amnesty International severely criticized the verdicts against the female protesters.It “shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent,” the rights gro
X 00:00 /00:53 Florian MartinMany Houston offices remain empty as a result of the oil downturn. Listen In the second quarter of 2018, office construction in Greater Houston slowed down to about 1.5 million square feet, the lowest level since 2010.Since the oil downturn, vacancy levels have risen for 14 consecutive quarters.That’s according to commercial real estate firm JLL.In the industrial sector, things look much better. Here, construction activity has increased for four straight quarters with a vacancy rate below five percent.So for the Houston economy, does the positive industrial market make up for the shortcomings in office?Not really, said JLL’s Steve Burkett, because office buildings take longer to develop.“Industrial can react more quickly than office can,” he said. “And so the office market, if it slows down, it takes a lot longer to ramp back up.”The office market is largely dependent on the still recovering oil and gas industry.Tenants in the industrial market are more likely retail and consumer-focused. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
French broadcaster TF1’s administrative council is today expected to propose changing the company’s statutes to allow CEO Nonce Paolini to continue beyond the previous retirement age limit and continue to lead the company for a further three years from 2014 until 2017, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.The change will have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of the annual shareholders meeting in April. According to Le Figaro, principal shareholder Martin Bouygues has already given his agreement for Paolini to continue in his post.The last year has seen a strong primetime performance from TF1, consolidating its leading position amongst France’s free-to-air channels. The group has also struck a landmark deal with Discovery Communications that will see it sell all of its interest in Eurosport and 20% of its other pay TV channels to the US giant, freeing up cash to allow it to invest further in free-to-air.
In This Issue.*Currencies and metals drift lower. *Aussie employment jumps for 2nd month. *Greek Parliament passes austerity package. *Another conspiracy theory from Chuck.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!A Return To The So-Called Safe Havens.Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well. with the election behind us now, we can get to the business of trying to figure out just what went on, and from my view in the cheap seats, I see the U.S. didn’t change one bit. Oh sure some of the players are different, but we still have the split in congress, which has left the U.S. economy with tons of uncertainty, and what do I call Gold? The Uncertainty Hedge.. wink, wink!In addition to the uncertainty that congress will bring us the next two years. can you believe how polarized the country has become? The Popular vote was split 50/50. do you see a problem with that? I do. but I won’t get into it here. and it’s too cold on the patio! Oh well, this thought for our country isn’t going anywhere before it gets warm out.Yesterday. We saw the currencies and metals drift lower throughout the day. Before the NY traders arrived, Gold was up $9. an hour or two after their arrival Gold was down $4. I’ve got a conspiracy theory to bounce of you regarding Gold (& Silver of course!) a little later in the letter today. I know you’re full of excitement now, but hold on. we’ve got a few other things to talk about first!This morning the drifting lower continues for the currencies & metals. In the Eurozone, the Greek Parliament approved the austerity package by just 2 votes.. the package received 153 yes votes, and needed 151 to pass.. So, see, the rumors I told you about, were true. the package passed by the thinnest of margins. (well, I guess not the thinnest, but pretty thin. Olive Oyl thin!) But, Greece isn’t out of the woods just yet. On Sunday, the Greek leaders will vote on the 2013 Budget, which is rumored to be a no-brainer, and pass easily. but, there’s still uncertainty in Greece, so the euro gets dragged through the muddy mess that Greek deficit spending has created.The Bank of England (BOE) and European Central Bank (ECB) are both meeting this morning while my fat fingers type away. I don’t expect any news or market moving statements from either Central Bank this morning. These guys have their hands tied, just as tightly as the Fed Heads do. their quivers are out of arrows, and their economies are in shambles. We’re all in this together I guess, eh?In Australia overnight. Aussie employment gained 10,700 jobs in October, adding September’s gains of 15,500. The consensus was for a gain of 5,000. So, the actual number was twice what was forecast, and I think puts a gold star above the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) for keeping interest rates on hold earlier this week. They sure would have looked stupid had they cut rates on Monday and printed this strong jobs report on Wednesday. For those of you keeping score at home, the Aussie unemployment rate remained at 5.4%…The Aussie dollar (A$) tried to gain out of the starters blocks this morning, but was quickly pulled back by the overall weakness in the other currencies. The A$ did gain VS its kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, New Zealand dollar / kiwi. A month or so ago, I had read a report from an analyst that called for the cross between A$ and kiwi to narrow, with kiwi outperforming the A$ in the coming months. well. I would think that by now, that trade has been closed out! The A$ has pushed the envelope out on the cross to kiwi.. As well as it has the U.S. dollar.Kiwi on the other hand is feeling the pressure of a report that shows their debt widening, and just last night, that their unemployment in the 3rd QTR rose to a 13 year high. Their unemployment rate bounced to 7.3% from 6.8% in the 2nd QTR. That’s the highest it’s been since 1999. Now, kiwi has gained 5.4% VS the U.S. dollar this year, so not a complete waste, but just not what the A$ is made up of! The sentiment in the currency markets right now has switched to focusing on the upcoming Fiscal Cliff, and even though the Fiscal Cliff would be very bad for the U.S. economy next year, dollars and Treasuries are being bought as so-called safe haven trades once again. You can add Japanese yen in there too, just to show how ridiculous the so-called safe havens are!Speaking of the Fiscal Cliff, one thing that I’ve been warning you about for 6 months now, is about to be delivered to our door step. The breach of the Debt Ceiling. Uh-Oh! I was reading a story yesterday that really ticked me off. here’s the skinny. Apparently, some Senators sent U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner a letter back in August, requesting him to answer 2 questions. 1.) What is Treasury’s forecast of the date upon which Treasury will find it necessary to use extraordinary measures to manage to keep federal debt at or below the statutory debt limit? And 2.) What is Treasury’s forecast of the date upon which the U.S. Gov’t will reach the statutory debt limit given use and exhaustion of these extraordinary measures? And they gave the Treasury a deadline to answer these questions of November 1. And guess what? Treasury failed to answer the questions by November 1st. OK. so since the Treasury Sec. (who is leaving his job in 2013) failed to answer the questions, I’ll give you the numbers and let you do the math for you’re probably better at it any way! On October 31, 2012 our federal debt subject to the legal limit was $16,222,235,000 just $171.765 Billion below the $16,394,000,000 debt limit. In October alone, the U.S. added $195.214 Billion to the federal debt/ national debt. If we have the same numbers in November, then we will have breached the debt limit very soon folks. very soon.And given the recent loss by the Republicans, they will be in no mood to just “rubber stamp” this increase in the debt ceiling. Remember August 2011, when these discussions over increasing the debt limit got very hot, and messy? Gold soared, the dollar plunged, and the U.S. lost its AAA rating with S&P. Now, I’ve been warning about this coming to a head for months now. Earlier this year I thought it would happen right before the election, which I thought would be good fodder for a debate. but my timing was off.. Now, it’s here. the debt limit breach. and this should play out at a theater near you, very soon!OK. I had better stop before I begin to yell at the walls. and since I’m home this morning writing the Pfennig, I don’t want to wake up the family this early! I heard Ty Keough on the phone yesterday talking about the Singapore dollar (S$) The S$ has had a nice run the last couple of years. the moves are small, and sometimes it appears that the S$ has stalled, but you have to remember that countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Korea, and other Asian countries have to keep the Chinese renminbi/ yuan in their respective sights all the time, as they don’t want their currencies to get out of whack with the renminbi/ yuan. It’s all about competition for exports. I like the S$ for a couple of reasons. the most important one is the fact that the Monetary Authority of Singapore uses the S$ strength to combat inflation, instead of using some arbitrary interest rate like most countries do..Speaking of China and the renminbi/ yuan. If we go back a couple of months ago, I recall writing about a Chinese analyst saying that the Chinese economy will show that it bottomed out in the 2nd QTR. I said then, that if that’s true, then we could very well see an improvement in the global growth prospects. Well, skip forward to today, and the analyst appears to have been bang on with his forecast / call for the economy. The Chinese economy isn’t out of the woods just yet, but it’s on its way. or it appears to be at least! And that bodes well for the Asian and Pan-Asian currencies.I had a dear reader ask me about the Russian ruble. I’m asked about this a lot. so, here’s my thought on the ruble. it’s an oil play. if you believe that the price of Oil is going higher, then you’ll like the ruble. if you believe like some analysts I’ve heard the past two years, that the price of Oil is going to $40 a barrel, then you’ll want to steer clear of the ruble. It’s an Oil Pay. that’s how I see it!The Norwegian krone and Canadian dollar also have a dog in the Oil play hunt, but these two countries have done a better job of diversifying their economies, so that while the price of Oil does push or pull on these two currencies, the price of Oil isn’t the end-all to their values.Then There Was This. this is only for conspiracy lovers like me. if this isn’t your cup o’ tea, then skip ahead to the recap. ready? Here we go. “yesterday I wrote about the German Bundesbank officials being turned away from the NY Fed when they requested an audit of Germany’s Gold that was held there. Now, I have learned that this wasn’t the first time they had been turned away… and then it hit me… I did the V-8 forehead slap! and now, in my best Andy Rooney voice.. Have you ever wondered why the price manipulators (PM’s)in Gold & Silver keep all those short positions? And no Gov’t regulating agency stops them? Well, put one and one together, that is if you have a conspiracy theory mind like mine… If you think what I’m about to say is just hogwash, then skip ahead… but if you believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire… come along with me…Let’s just say this.. suppose that all the Gold that nation’s hold here in the U.S. is gone… And now that things around the world are looking iffy, these countries want to check on their Gold, you know, just in case something happens that they will need the Gold to either sell or borrow against… Well, if the Gold is all gone, what will these countries do? And if the U.S. Gov’t is all over this selling of other countries’ Gold like a cheap suit, then why would the U.S. Gov’t be interested in disallowing the PM’s from selling Gold short? For, if the PM’s succeed, they could get the price of Gold back down where it could be bought and each country’s Gold supply replenished, and no one would even know, since the countries were never allowed to see their Gold to begin with… this is going to make a great movie one day, folks… the LIBOR scandal is nothing compared to this! This also ties in or plays well with the Wikileaks cable I told you about a year or so ago, where it was confirmed that the U.S. Gov’t feared the rise of Gold as a replacement for the dollar…Oh, brother… this has smoke all over it… And if there’s an ounce (pun intended) of truth to this theory, then the price of Gold will eventually soar, when the lid is blown off this story. Oh well, that was fun wasn’t it? A couple of years ago, I told the Sov. Society, that a great newsletter would be a Conspiracy letter, that uncovered these stories, researched them, and tried to bring them to the public. That idea was shot down. but, one of these days. I think I’ll write one!To recap. The currencies and metals have drifted lower and lower since the arrival of the NY traders yesterday morning. The markets are already feeling the uncertainty of having a split in the U.S. Congress and seeing the debt limit and fiscal cliff coming, and the flight to the so-called safe havens, dollars, yen and Treasuries is the trade du jour today. Australia posted another strong employment report, while New Zealand saw their unemployment rate rise to the highest level in 13 years! The BOE and ECB meet this morning and neither one will make any moves..Currencies today 11/8/12. American Style: A$ $1.0415, kiwi .8175, C$ $1.0035, euro 1.2745, sterling 1.5955, Swiss $1.0570, . European Style: rand 8.6850, krone 5.7475, SEK 6.6870, forint 222.95, zloty 3.2645, koruna 19.9235, RUB 31.55, yen 79.80, sing 1.2245, HKD 7.7510, INR 54.42, China 6.2535, pesos 13.08, BRL 2.0335, Dollar Index 80.86, Oil $85.22, 10-year 1.62%, Silver $31.70, and Gold. $1,714.50That’s it for today. crazy how my mind thinks of these things, eh? I don’t think I’ll be back in the office until next Friday. My leg has flared up again, and then I’ll be back to the MD Anderson Cancer Center next week. Hopefully they tell me the tumor in my chest has shrunk. I know the one in my mouth has shrunk! The Big Boss, Frank, is gone, I’ll be gone, the mice will get to play in the office! HA! Chris was in Philly the other day to speak to a group. He’ll be heading to San Francisco for the Hard Money Assets Show soon. These are things that I would have normally done, but right now, I’m in no shape to stand for any period of time and talk to groups of people! So, thankfully we have Chris, who probably does a better job than I do any way! OK. I’ve carried on for too long today. I need to go get my leg up. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.com
— Move over big pharma… here comes BIG MARIJUANALast year, Constellation Brands, the $42 billion company behind Corona beer and Svedka Vodka, invested $2 billion into a medical marijuana company… Tobacco industry giant Philip Morris bought a patent for cannabis… and Pharma giant Sandoz Canada has already partnered with pot growers. These companies have the money and power to buy up and partner with existing pot companies – giving you the opportunity to become a marijuana millionaire as pot becomes mainstream. Click here for details. 20 Federal Banks Ditching Greenbacks for “Reagan Dollars?” Before Reagan left office, he never had a chance to implement his boldest idea. Today, it has resurfaced, and it’s about to make some Americans very rich. Click here for details. — The first step was relocating to Colorado, one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana. Then they had to convince two doctors to prescribe it. (The state required two doctors to sign off on marijuana prescriptions for children.)Both doctors were reluctant. But they knew Charlotte was on the brink of death. So they gave it a shot.Prescription in hand, Charlotte’s parents still needed to find a special strain of cannabis—one with low amounts of THC (the compound that gets people high), but a high amount of CBD (cannabidiol).CBD has medicinal properties but no intoxicating effects. Doctors think it can help stabilize chemical and electrical activity in the brain, producing an anticonvulsant effect.Eventually, Charlotte’s parents found growers who could help. After years of crossbreeding a strain of marijuana with industrial hemp, they had developed a strain with less THC and more CBD than typical varieties of marijuana.The next step was extracting the oil from the dried cannabis flowers. Then they could give the cannabis oil to Charlotte.The results were shocking. On the first day of treatment, she didn’t have any seizures. None. Normally, she would have had over 40.Using the cannabis oil, Charlotte went a week without seizures. Without it, she normally would have had over 300.It didn’t take long for Charlotte to start eating again… then feeding herself… then talking and walking. Within a year of starting CBD treatments, Charlotte learned how to ride a bike.Charlotte has continued to take CBD treatments daily. Now, six years later, she lives a mostly normal life.The marijuana growers that grew the high-CBD, low-THC strain of cannabis for Charlotte named it “Charlotte’s Web.”Charlotte’s story has helped pave the way for countless other children and adults suffering from seizures. It was featured on CNN.It’s also helped galvanize national support for cannabis legalization. Justin’s note: Regular readers know that the legal marijuana industry is creating a massive money-making opportunity today—and there’s one specific industry set to soar from here…In fact, as Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno says, “this market is currently worth around $140 million. But it could easily skyrocket to over $1 billion within the next three years.”Here’s Nick with more…By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing“We’ve seen her flatline in the hospital and say goodbye… I don’t think she’s going to survive this.”These are the words of Charlotte Figi’s father, recalling what it was like to see his five-year-old daughter’s heart stop beating.At the time, Charlotte was having over 40 seizures a day. The seizures reduced her to a vegetative state and pushed her near death.A few years earlier, Charlotte had been diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. It’s a rare form of severe epilepsy with no known cure. It lasts a lifetime and often kills young children.Charlotte’s parents had tried everything to help their daughter. They made lifestyle changes. They gave her powerful prescription drugs. But traditional drugs only made the situation worse.At one point, Charlotte could no longer walk or talk. Eventually, she couldn’t even eat. Doctors said the only option was to put her in a medically induced coma.Desperate, her father researched alternative treatments. Eventually, he discovered a video about another family with a young child suffering from seizures. Medical marijuana was the one thing that worked for them.Initially, Charlotte’s parents thought medical marijuana was impractical because of its complicated legal situation. Nevertheless, they decided to pursue it. They’d already exhausted every other option. Recommended Link Recommended Link Promising New CBD ResearchSo far, 30 states have legalized medical marijuana. Nine have also legalized recreational use.But marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. For the time being, the US federal government classifies it as a Schedule I drug. Heroin and LSD are in the same category.Marijuana’s Schedule I status means the feds believe it has “no accepted medical use.” That’s about as absurd as saying the Earth is flat. But this has been their official view for decades.This is why it’s been so difficult to study marijuana’s medicinal properties, despite its obvious health benefits. But that’s finally starting to change.According to three clinical studies—two published in The New England Journal of Medicine and one in The Lancet—CBD was found to significantly reduce seizures.And in June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved its first prescription CBD medicine to treat epilepsy… nearly five years after CNN aired Charlotte’s story.There’s good reason to think CBD has a wider range of medicinal benefits. It’s already been used to help treat conditions like Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, migraines, cancer, and arthritis, among others.CBD is also thought to have therapeutic benefits. It can help with immunosuppression, neuroprotection, and appetite and bone-growth stimulation.Because of its many applications, the market for CBD consumer products and pharmaceuticals is enormous.Market research suggests that the US CBD market is currently worth around $140 million.But it could easily skyrocket to over $1 billion within the next three years.As impressive as that sounds, I think it’s probably conservative. Sales of Epidiolex, the CBD drug that the FDA recently approved, are expected to reach $1.3 billion over a similar time frame. And that’s just one drug.Trump Likely to Sign Hemp BillIn the past couple of months, federal cannabis prohibition has started to erode at an unprecedented pace.Shortly after the FDA approved Epidiolex, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirmed that some sort of rescheduling of cannabis could be imminent. This has to happen before US patients can actually get Epidiolex.The public affairs officer for the DEA recently told the media: “We don’t have a choice […] It absolutely has to become Schedule II or III.” I expect this to happen before October.There’s also been another huge development recently, one that I’m particularly excited about. I think it could totally transform the US CBD market.Earlier this year, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill—introduced a bipartisan bill to legalize industrial hemp nationwide.(Recall that “Charlotte’s Web” is a crossbreed of marijuana and industrial hemp, used for its rich CBD content.)The bill passed the Senate in late June in a landslide 86-11 vote. It still needs to pass the House—and Trump needs to sign it—before it becomes law. Both are likely to happen within a matter of weeks.I expect legalized hemp to be the next domino to fall on the path to full federal legalization of cannabis.Big Tobacco is already on board. Alliance One International—a large tobacco firm—recently bought a 40% stake in a hemp producer for $10 million. Alliance One said it made the move to become a major producer of CBD.This of course, is just the beginning. Once hemp is legal at the federal level, I expect the CBD oil market to explode.The Hemp-Marijuana DivideAs you may know, hemp and marijuana are the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. However, they are separate strains with distinct compositions and uses.Hemp has negligible concentrations of THC. It’s pretty much impossible to get high from it. It also has a higher CBD content than marijuana. This is why it’s particularly useful for producing CBD oil.Industrial hemp fibers are also exceptionally strong. This gives the plant a wide variety of uses.Americans already buy over $700 million in retail products that contain hemp every year. You can see the breakdown in the graph below.Bear in mind, the Controlled Substances Act makes certain parts of any cannabis plant—regardless of its THC content—an illegal Schedule I substance. This includes hemp.However, certain components of the cannabis plant, like the mature stalks, aren’t considered illegal. But you can’t grow the legal parts without also growing the illegal parts.Hemp products sold in the US are all produced abroad—mainly in China and Canada. Then US companies import the legal components for various uses.However, that’s all likely to change very soon…If McConnell’s hemp legalization bill becomes law, it would open the floodgates for hemp production, as well CBD oil extraction, on a massive industrial scale in the US.I think the US CBD market could easily grow 10 times larger in the years ahead.Shares of select publicly traded companies in the CBD industry could surge even higher.This is presenting investors with another new, huge opportunity to profit from the legal cannabis megatrend. The time to position yourself is now.Regards,Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis InvestingP.S. 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Community organizations and stakeholders in Guilford County are collaborating to provide an integrated mental health center which will address physical, mental, and substance abuse issues. The partnership is called Guilford County Behavioral Health Crisis Collaborative, and it involves Cone Health, Guilford County Commissioners, and Sandhills Center.The plan is to build a mental health urgent care center and two 16-bed crisis centers, one for adults and one for adolescents and children.Debbie Cunningham, president of Women’s Hospital and Behavioral Health Hospital with Cone Health says many mental health patients currently end up in a hospital emergency room, which can exacerbate a crisis. The new center aims to get help to these people more quickly.“We’ll be staffed there with psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses, and social workers who can take care of the patient immediately in a very calm, and kind, and holistic manner,” she says.A site has been chosen and now partners are working to design the facilities. Cunningham says the goal is to open within 24 months.
Ministers have been accused of “absurdity and obfuscation” after refusing to explain why they do not publish statistics showing the number of assessments carried out on disabled people applying for their new disability benefit.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes extensive data about the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA).But there are no equivalent statistics on assessments for personal independence payment (PIP), the extra-costs disability benefit that is gradually replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA).Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, made the admission in response to a written question from SNP MP Kirsten Oswald, who asked her how many such assessments the department had carried out in the last two years.Mordaunt told her that DWP “does not record the information you have requested on… medical assessments for personal independence payment”.But she failed to tell the MP that the outsourcing companies that carry out the assessments on DWP’s behalf, Capita and Atos, do collect this data and that they share it with DWP.A Capita spokesman told Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday (Wednesday) that he did not know why DWP would not publish the statistics.He said: “We do share that information with them and it is their decision about how they use it.“We have no control over that.”Atos refused to answer questions from DNS about the statistics.A spokeswoman for Mordaunt (pictured) had told DNS earlier: “The department does not publish data on the number of PIP assessments that have been completed. “Both Capita and Atos record information on the number of assessments completed.”She declined to say why DWP does not publish this data, and whether it thought it was an issue it should address.And she made it clear that DWP would answer no further questions on the subject other than through freedom of information requests.DWP publishes PIP statistics that show the overall number of claimants currently receiving PIP, and what percentage of them receive the various levels of award, how long it takes to deal with claims, and the number and proportion of claimants who appeal against their award.But there are no figures showing the results of people’s initial PIP assessments, or even how many assessments are taking place every month.There are also no DWP figures to show how many people have to rely on appeals to secure their PIP, or how many claimants attend face-to-face assessments – rather than DWP relying on “paper” assessments – or the proportion of face-to-face assessments taking place in people’s homes rather than in assessment centres. In answer to another question from Oswald, Mordaunt told her that information on the number of home assessments completed – both for PIP and for ESA, by the contractor Maximus – was “not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost”.The lack of detailed PIP data published by DWP means it is impossible to compare the performance of Atos and Capita, which between them carry out all face-to-face assessments.Bob Ellard, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, which spotted Mordaunt’s parliamentary answer, said: “More absurdity and obfuscation from the DWP.“Firstly Mordaunt claims that the DWP don’t record statistics on the number of PIP assessments.“Then [when asked why], they say they don’t publish it.“If pushed further they in all likeliness would claim that ‘we had it but the dog ate it’.“While the desperate attempts to hide information by the DWP are laughable, they are also very serious.“People’s lives are being wrecked by the catastrophically bad PIP process.“People who are subject to these degrading and inhuman PIP assessments are having their funding cut and Motability vehicles taken away on the basis of flawed and badly-performed PIP assessments.“The PIP process is causing genuine harm and mental distress to tens of thousands of people all over the country and all the DWP can do is play silly games at trying to dodge publishing the most basic information that might begin to shed a light on just how bad things are.”Welfare rights expert Nick Dilworth said he could see “absolutely no reason” why DWP could not publish the same kind of statistics on PIP – using data from Atos and Capita – that it does on the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.He said: “There’s a reason they won’t publish the data: it’s either connected with them being unable to retrieve it via their chaotic regime or they have something to hide.“My guess is it is a combination of both.” He added: “It beggars belief that the DWP is continually promoting a digital era upon which the claimant is expected to fully engage, yet when it comes to transparency of data the department still seems stuck on outdated Excel spreadsheets which they battle to share.“It’s hardly confidence-building when we are asked to have faith in a roll-out of the all-digital universal credit.”The latest PIP statistics were published yesterday (14 December).The new figures show that by the end of October, 526,500 former DLA claimants had had their reassessments completed, with 23 per cent of them receiving a cut to their benefit, and another quarter (25 per cent) losing entitlement completely.Two-fifths (40 per cent) of those reassessed saw their awards increased in the move from DLA to PIP.The figures also reveal that the new mandatory reconsideration stage that all those disagreeing with their PIP decision need to go through before they can appeal to a tribunal resulted in less than one in five decisions being altered by DWP.Ken Butler, Disability Rights UK’s welfare rights adviser, said: “When compared to the success rate of PIP appeals [65 per cent of those who appealed to tribunals were successful, according to September 2016 figures], the figures for rejected PIP mandatory reconsiderations are a disgrace.“PIP has now been in operation for over three years – surely enough time for the DWP to have put in place an assessment process that gets most decisions right first time.“Instead, many disabled people are having their right to a disability benefit withheld due to poor face to face assessments and further evidence then supplied effectively ignored in favour of Atos and Capita medical reports.“We would hope that the second independent review of PIP will report early in the new year and recommend root and branch changes to the assessment process.“In the meantime, we would urge all disabled people who are rejected at the mandatory reconsideration stage to seek advice about making an appeal to an independent tribunal.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 26 2018A study conducted by LSU Health New Orleans researchers provides new evidence that early exposure to multiple health disciplines in pipeline programs targeting underserved/underrepresented students interested in health professions reduces the development of traditional role and leadership stereotypes about professional health care teams and practice. Programs that include interprofessional health exposure will ultimately improve collaboration resulting in better patient outcomes. The findings are reported in Health and Interprofessional Practice published October 18, 2018, available at https://commons.pacificu.edu/hip/vol3/iss3/12/.The LSU Health New Orleans research team led by Tina Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, Director of LSU Health New Orleans’ Center for Interprofessional (IPE) Education and Collaborative Practice, examined pre and post-survey responses of students participating in the 2017 Summer Health Professions Education Program at LSU Health New Orleans. LSU Health New Orleans is one of 13 sites offering the free, six-week academic enrichment program designed for college freshmen or sophomores interested in pursuing healthcare careers. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in association with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association. At LSU Health New Orleans, the program is a partnership of its schools of medicine, dentistry and public health with support from its Center for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice. The program helps develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and provides academic enrichment in selected gateway undergraduate basic science and quantitative courses, such as Organic Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and the Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology, along with public health and health policy. The program also provides professionalism skills and knowledge development in areas of cultural competency, health equity, professional careers financial planning, as well as social determinants of health, medical ethics, and patient quality initiatives. The students also gain some clinical experience.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairParticipants in 2017 also took part in small IPE group activities and IPE sessions, completed an online module created by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and met faculty from various health disciplines at LSU Health New Orleans to learn about the educational and training requirements of their fields.Fifty-three students who completed the surveys for the study demonstrated statistically significant positive changes in IPE perceptions. Additionally, student perceived knowledge of the scope of practice of dental providers, physician providers and public health professionals also improved.The World Health Organization defines interprofessional education as occurring “when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”LSU Health New Orleans is the most comprehensive professional health university in Louisiana and the only one is the state with a centralized IPE office. It developed and integrated the two-year Team Up interprofessional education experience into the curricula of all six LSU Health New Orleans schools for first and second-year students. Not many universities in the country and no others in the state match LSU Health New Orleans’ preparation of future health professionals for team-based health care.”Research is emerging on the positive impact of interprofessional education,” notes Dr. Gunaldo, “however there has not been much in the literature about the best time to incorporate it. We found that inclusion of IPE in an academic enrichment program exposes pre-health professional students to the importance of collaboration and influences typical negative stereotypes that exist before admission into a health professional program. Such early exposure has the potential to improve the development of professional health care teams.” Source:https://www.lsuhsc.edu/newsroom/Students%20in%20Health%20Enrichment%20Programs%20Benefit%20from%20Early%20Team-Based%20Exposure.html
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 28 2019Research conducted at McGill University and INRS has found that a cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, a promising avenue for limiting resistance to these important drugs.The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, we are on the cusp of returning to a pre-antibiotic era in which minor infections can once again become deadly. Therefore, countering the fall in antibiotic efficacy by improving the effectiveness of currently available antibiotics is a crucial goal.Cranberries are highly sought after for their tangy taste and the antioxidants they contain, but a new study published in the journal Advanced Science provides evidence that they could also help in the fight against bacteria. When treated with molecules derived from cranberries, pathogenic bacteria become more sensitive to lower doses of antibiotics. What’s more, the bacteria don’t develop resistance to the antibiotics, according to the findings by researchers at McGill University and INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) in Montreal.Given the popular belief that drinking cranberry juice is helpful against urinary tract infections, the researchers sought to find out more about the berry’s molecular properties by treating various bacteria with a cranberry extract. The bacteria selected for study were those responsible for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gastro-enteritis (Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli). Analyses showed that the cranberry extract increases bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics by acting in two ways. First, it makes the bacterial cell wall more permeable to the antibiotic, and second, it interferes with the mechanism used by the bacteria to pump out the antibiotic. Consequently, the antibiotic penetrates more easily, and the bacteria have a harder time getting rid of it, which explains why the drug is effective at lower doses.Related StoriesCurved shape of bacteria can make it easier to find foodStudy shows how gastric stem cells fight colonizing bacteriaStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea deciphered”These are really exciting results,” said coauthor éric Déziel, a professor of microbiology at INRS. “The activity is generated by molecules called proanthocyanidins. There are several different kinds of proanthocyanidins, and they may work together to deliver this outcome. We’ll need to do more research to determine which ones are most active in synergy with the antibiotic.”After confirming the activity of the cranberry molecules on bacterial culture, the researchers tested to determine whether the pattern persisted in a preliminary animal model: infected insects. Since the synergistic effect of the extract and the antibiotic was also observed in the insects, further experiments will be conducted to clearly identify the active molecules.If the results are confirmed in animals, certain classes of antibiotics subject to high levels of resistance could be made useful again by using cranberry extract to boost their potential.”We are eager to pursue this research further,” Tufenkji said. “Our hope is to reduce the doses of antibiotics required in human and veterinary medicine as part of efforts to combat antibiotic resistance.”Source:McGill UniversityJournal reference:Tufenkji, N. et al. (2019) Proanthocyanidin Interferes with Intrinsic Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms of Gram-Negative Bacteria. Advanced Science. doi.org/10.1002/advs.201802333. Normally when we treat bacteria with an antibiotic in the lab, the bacteria eventually acquire resistance over time. But when we simultaneously treated the bacteria with an antibiotic and the cranberry extract, no resistance developed. We were very surprised by this, and we see it as an important opportunity.”McGill chemical engineering professor Nathalie Tufenkji, lead author of the study