Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion

first_img See it Disney Plus: Preorders, launch dates, prices, movies and shows to expect Apple TV Plus: Everything to know about Apple’s planned streaming service 10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019 10 best free movie and TV streaming services Amazon Google Netflix Samsung Apple Apple See It Apple 2019 movies to geek out over Best Buy Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) See It See It Crutchfield Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple TV 4K TV and Movies Media Streamers Mobile Apps Mobile Australia is the first of many global launches for Tubi. Tubi Netflix alternative Tubi has announced its expansion to Australia. The US-based video streaming service will launch in Australia on Sunday and will be free and ad-supported. There’s going to be 7,000 movies and TV series at launch, Tubi said Thursday. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tubi joins the streaming services already available in Australia including Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now. Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus are set to launch down under later this year, too.At launch, Tubi will have movies and series like The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction. It said “many more titles” will be added later, including The Grudge, Dirty Dancing, Reservoir Dogs and Saw. It already claims the largest free streaming selection in Australia, but aims to hit 15,000 titles.Australia is “the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint,” said Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi.Customers can use a Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, Samsung smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, phones, tablets and gaming consoles to access the service.In June, Tubi announced that it passed 20 million monthly active users in the US. Stateside, it offers 15,000 movies and TV shows including content across Lionsgate, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, MGM and Paramount.center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:38 $179 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 77 Photos Read more on streaming services reading • Netflix alternative Tubi TV begins global expansion Tags Share your voice Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better $169 See All $179 Comment 1 Now playing: Watch this: $179 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demandlast_img read more

40000 people marooned by flood in Fenchuganj

first_imgA salesman sitting idly in a shop surrounded by floodwaters in Fenchuganj on Sunday. Photo: Anis Mahmud There is water all around. Houses, offices, shops, schools, everything is surrounded by water. In some places the water is knee-high, in some places it’s up to the chest. It has been like this for the past month in Fenchuganj upazila of Sylhet.The floods worsened further will incessant rain over the last two weeks. Local people say this deluge has been caused by an overflow of the river Kushiara.An on-the-spot visit to Fenchuganj upazila today, Sunday, saw that water had entered 500 of the 700 shops there. Only a few shops where less water had entered, managed to remain open. With flood waters not receding for a month now, business was suffering, said the local traders.Flood victims in Fenchuganj using boats in streets on Sunday. Photo: Anis MahmudThe local administration said that due to the floods, 40 thousand people of over 50 villages in the upazila were trapped by water. Studies had come to a halt in three government primary schools where water had entered.A total of 52 families were staying at the three shelters which had been opened up in the upazila. Relief was being distributed among the flood-affected people.Businessman of the Fenchuganj upazila sadar, Fakhrul Islam, said that normally sales at his shop would reach around 20 thousand to 25 thousand a day, but for the past few months he hasn’t been able to make even 20 taka a day. He has had to pile bricks up on the floor of his shop which had been covered with water. Fenchuganj flood victims take shelter in Prani Sampad Bhaban on Sunday. Anis MahmudWith such water all around, there was the fear of snakes too.A resident of the area, Shaheen Ahmed, said the water in his house was knee-high. He had lined the floor with several layers of bricks upon which he placed a bed as a makeshift platform to stay on. But with two children, it was worrisome. There was always the fear of them falling into the water. Cooking posed a problem too.Executive engineer of the Water Development Board in Sylhet, Sirajul Islam, said, “There had been excessive rain recently in the Borak valley of Assam in India. This caused the river Kushiara to overflow resulting in floods.” He said the flood situation would not improve unless the rains lessened.UNO of Fenchuganj Hur-e-Jannat told Prothom Alo, “With the level of water in the river Kushiara dangerously rising, the entire upazila was flooded.”  She said the administration was doing all in their power to come to the assistance of the flood victims. “However, suffering can’t be avoided in such natural calamities,” she added.According to the deputy commissioner, 50 thousand persons were surrounded in water due to the flooding of low-lying areas in nine upazilas. A total of 89 families were housed in nine shelters of the district. They were being provided with food as well as medical and financial aid. Local people, however, said that about 150 thousand people were trapped by water in the district.Sylhet’s deputy commissioner said that the district administration had immediately distributed 127 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 277 thousand in cash to the flood-affected persons. This assistance would be increased if needed.*The article is rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

4 minors drown in Satkhira Kishoreganj

first_imgFour children, including two sisters, drowned in Satkhira and Kishoreganj districts on Sunday.In Satkhira, two minor sisters met their watery burial in a pond near Bhomra land port in sadar upazila at noon.The deceased are Ima Khatun, 4, and her sister Ruma Khatun, 3, daughters of Rabiul Islam of Bhomra Paschimpara area.Satkhira sadar police station officer-in-charge Maruf Ahmed said the siblings were playing near the pond and later their bodies were found floating in the pond.In Kishoreganj, two children-Marufa Aktar, 5, daughter of a certain Dhara Mia and Papiya, 6, daughter of one Asmat Ali of Mollapara-drowned in Dhanu river in Itna upazila at noon.Locals said the duo along with other children went to take their bath at Masjidghat point of the river. At one stage, they drowned.Locals rescued the girls and took them to the upazila health complex where doctors declared them dead on arrival.last_img read more

Taliban kill 12 Afghan police

first_imgTaliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early on Tuesday killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officials said.But a provincial official said that it could be an insider attack as one of the guards was still missing.”An investigation is ongoing to find out if someone from inside has defected to the Taliban and paved the way for this crime,” he said.The attack, in the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, underlined the threat facing Afghan security forces in the opium-producing province, where they struggle to match well-equipped Taliban fighters who now control several districts.The police killed in the attack had been pulled back from the southern district of Khanshin district which security forces abandoned last year.”The Taliban attacked a guard with silenced guns and then entered the check post,” Helmand deputy police chief Haji Gulai told reporters.”They attacked other policemen with hand grenades and killed all of them. They later took their weapons and ammunition and escaped.” he said.In a separate incident, another 12 policemen were killed in the Marjah district of Helmand after an hour-long gunbattle, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.Taliban fighters now control most of Helmand, including areas in Lashkar Gah. British and US forces suffered their heaviest casualties of the war in the province in years of fighting following the removal of the Taliban in 2001.Afghan security forces now control less than 60 per cent of the country, according to US estimates, with the Taliban in control of about 10 per cent and the remainder contested between government and insurgent forces.last_img read more

Trump tries to quell Republican revolt

first_imgUS President Donald Trump departs from Andrews Air Force base in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, DC, US. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump hit back at critics within his own party Wednesday, painting them as outliers in what is otherwise a “love fest” between him and Republican lawmakers.A day after Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker described Trump as having a “flagrant disregard” for truth and decency and of “debasing” the nation, the combative president shot back.Trying to forestall a broader party backlash, Trump tweeted that Flake and Corker were resigning because they had “zero chance of being elected,” and insisted his meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill a day earlier had been a resounding success.“The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!” he continued.Trump’s allies cheered Flake’s departure as an unbridled victory for their effort to take over the party and a “monumental win for the entire Trump movement.”It “should serve as another warning shot to the failed Republican establishment that backed Flake and others like them that their time is up,” said Andy Surabian, a former Trump White House advisor.Still, while the departure of the two senators may ultimately play to Trump’s advantage, both will remain in Congress for more than a year and will be less likely to fall in line behind the White House on key votes.No room for defectionsTrump had already faced a difficult task of mustering 51 votes to pass tax cuts, an effort that appears to be the glue holding the party together.There are currently 52 Republican senators, so more than one defection would hamper reform efforts, unless Democrats can be brought on board.It is also far from clear that more hardline Republican candidates can beat Democrats in places like Flake’s native Arizona, where Trump campaigned hard in 2016 yet won by less than four percentage points.Many Republicans see Trump’s presidency as the best way to enact long-standing goals like tax reform and cutting the size of government, and the White House has worked hard to keep the rank and file focused on those targets amid rolling scandals and failed attempts to pass legislation.“Working hard on the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Great support from so many sides. Big winners will be the middle class, business & JOBS,” Trump also tweeted Wednesday.“I’ll tell you what, honestly, the Republicans are very, very well united,” he said.The White House points to the president’s solid approval ratings among Republican voters as evidence that his brand of politics should dominate the party.According to an Economist/YouGov Poll, 84 percent of Republican voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president.‘Not a watershed’Against that backdrop many Republicans privately express grave misgivings about Trump’s behavior in office, but remain publicly supportive.“Parties always have their disagreements. Look no further than Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party. That’s just part of party politics,” Senator Steve Daines told AFP.Political science professor Larry Sabato said Flake’s attack on Trump was a “beating” for the president, but is “not going to be a watershed.”“I always tell people JFK’s book ‘Profiles in Courage’ was a very slim volume.”Yet there is no doubt that Flake and Corker’s comments have exposed a simmering battle for the soul of the Republican party.Establishment conservatives—who have managed since 2007 to co-opt waves of populist and nationalist party insurgents—have struggled to retain control since Trump’s election.Senator Marco Rubio admitted the party “is going through a moment of realignment internally.”He cited “an internal debate about what the party is going to be about, what it’s going to represent in the years to come. So is the Democratic Party. And by the way, so is every institution in America.”last_img read more

Can Neutrons be Used in Quantum Computers

first_img Explore further Hasegawa, a scientist affiliated with the Atominstitut der Österreichischen Universitäten and PRESTO at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, feels that the most recent experiment undertaken by him and his colleagues will offer a new way to look at questions involving quantum information processing. The results of the experiment appear in Physical Review Letters with the title “Quantum Contextuality in a Single-Neutron Optical Experiment.”Hasegawa explains that photons are most often used in quantum information technology, but that he hopes that this recent experiment, which is fundamental in nature, will contribute to the consideration of different quantum systems, including neutrons, for quantum information processing. Hasegawa and his colleagues, Rudolf Loidl and Matthias Baron from the Atominstitut and from the Institut Laue Langevin in France, and Gerald Badurek and Helmut Rauch at the Atominstitut, suggest that noncontextual theories involving neutrons are clearly violated with the results of this experiment. This most recent experiment is related to a paper published in 2003 in the journal Nature. In the previous paper, Hasegawa and his colleagues address Bell-like inequalities found in neutrons. However, with this new experiment the Kochen-Specker theorem is tackled, looking at quantum contextuality: “We use a neutron interferometer, and the Schrödinger equation represents our phenomena. We wanted to show a contradiction in noncontextual theories. We wanted to show a prediction in quantum mechanics. There’s a contradiction in Kochen-Specker with photons, and we wanted to show it with neutrons.” Hasegawa explains that the experiment took place at Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) in France, with the largest reactor in the world, and made use of polarized neutron beams split inside the interferometer. With some manipulation, observations of three separate products were measured. After the analysis was performed, the values were found to be outside the limits predicted by noncontextual hidden variable theory. The contradiction was found.There is no way to obtain a completely ideal experimental situation, Hasegawa admits, but the interferometer was key to the experiment. “Our neutron interferometer experiment is one of the best suited for such a fundamental experiment.” He also points out that single neutrons were used. “Instead of two particles as usually used in two-photon entanglement experiments,” Hasegawa says, “we used two degrees of freedom in single particles.” Even though entanglement between different particles is considered essential for their use in quantum information processing, this does not appear to be the case with single-neutrons. With the use of entanglement between degrees of freedoms in this experiment, Hasegawa believes that single particles are good candidates for quantum information processing: “This neutron case is completely different from the photon case,” he says. “They have mass and spins and obey Schrödinger equation. This experiment shows that they can probably be used for information processing as well as for fundamental research in quantum mechanics just like photons.”Hasegawa continues: “I hope that this fundamental experiment can help with further technical development in quantum information processing.”By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com.All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Can Neutrons be Used in Quantum Computers? (2006, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-12-neutrons-quantum.html The Quantum Cheshire Cat: Can neutrons be located at a different place than their own spin?center_img “In quantum mechanics, you typically have arguments about locality and non-locality,” Yuji Hasegawa tells PhysOrg.com. “But in our experiment we are testing correlation between degrees of freedom.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

From times immemorial

first_imgIndia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) took another step to celebrate its glorious past by unveiling – The Ashok – Capital Icon, a coffee table book at The Ashok in the Capital. Compiled as a chronicle, the book was released by Shripad Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture who took special pride in unveiling the book. Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sameer Sharma, Managing Director, ITDC were present at the ocassion. People from the Ministry of Tourism, other government departments and stakeholders from Travel and Hospitality sector also marked their presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion, Sameer Sharma said, ‘This is a proud moment for us to revisit all those cherished moments of our glorious history and share them with all of you as priceless treasures.’The book is written by veteran travel writers Hugh and Colleen Gantzer. The book captures the history of the The Ashok from the time of its conceptualisation in the 1955 to the present day. The hard bound compilation captures and at the same time refreshes the timeless moments from the independence era through 500 photographs illustrated in more than 275 pages.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe compilation starts from the distant age of the massive supercontinent Gondwanaland, on the far shore of the prehistoric Tethys weaving through the Mughals and the British eras. The book also talks about the post independence period and the origin of The Ashok. ‘The authors have spent a very long period to encompass the vast history of this rich heritage and its each milestone in one chronicle -The Ashok,’ says ITDC.last_img read more

FICN amounting to Rs 65 lakh seized in Kolkata 3 held

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police seized fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a total face value of Rs 6,50,000, a senior officer said on Wednesday. Based on prior information, the officers intercepted three persons namely Nasiruddin Momin, 29, Shahid Sk, 28, and Suman Sarkar, 23, from A.J.C Bose on Tuesday. “FICN amounting to Rs 6,50,000 of total face value, with 325 notes of Rs 2,000 has been seized from his possession,” he said. They will be produced before the court on Wednesday.last_img read more

Instacart changes its tips stealing policy after facing workers backlash

first_imgInstaCart, a popular online grocery delivery service in the US, has been hit with a lawsuit, filed by Los Angeles-based worker Sarah Lozano and other Instacart shoppers (workers who handpick items for customers and deliver them), last week. The lawsuit has been filed over concerns related to Instacart’s mishandling of tips and treatment of its delivery drivers. Instacart also shifted to a new payment model last year in November, publicly announcing that the change is intended to “provide clearer and more consistent earnings, and enhance the shopper experience”. The change was not taken well by the workers’ who complained of pay cuts and “tips stealing” after the company adopted the new pay model. As per the new model, Instacart guarantees its workers a minimum per-job payment of $10, so during cases when the total pay of workers’ hit below $10, Instacart has to pay extra to make the overall pay reach $10 minimum, reports NBC News. However, as per the workers’ complaints, the tip paid by the customers’ is being used by Instacart to supplement the batch payments to reach the total $10 payment value for workers. After the $10 minimum payment is reached, the tip amount helps boost the worker’s take-home pay. The lawsuit filed in California’s Superior Court, states that Instacart “intentionally and maliciously misappropriated gratuities in order to pay plaintiff’s wages even though Instacart maintained that 100 percent of customer tips went directly to shoppers. Based on this representation, Instacart knew customers would believe their tips were being given to shoppers in addition to wages, not to supplement wages entirely”. This is not the first time when Instacart has come under the bus regarding payment related issues. In November 2017, Instacart paid $4.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit with its workers. The lawsuit was filed by independent contractors working for the firm who claimed 18 violations against it, including unfair tip pooling. A workers’ organization, called Washington Workers’, shared screenshots on its blog that it received by Instacart shoppers across the country, stating that the screenshots are proofs of how “messed up” the company’s pay model is.                           Working Washington The first screenshot (left) above shows Instacart paying just $1.23 for a job that took 62 minutes, and using customer’s tip to hit the minimum $10. If the customer had tipped $0, Instacart would have had to pay more. This reduces the company’s cost without adding anything to the worker’s income.  Similarly, the second screenshot (right) shows a job that took 127 minutes to complete, where Instacart paid just $6.72 as customer tipped $25. Many workers also took to Reddit and other online forums to raise their voice against Instacart’s paying practices. Apoorva Mehta, Founder & CEO of Instacart, published a post on Medium, today, where she states that although the changed pay model was designed to improve transparency, the company fell short on delivering its promises to the workers. Instacart is now reversing its pay model and has launched new measures to “more fairly and competitively compensate” their shoppers. As per the new pay model, tips will always be separate from Instacart’s contribution to shopper compensation, and Instacart will “retroactively compensate” shoppers in case there are tips included in minimum, among other new changes.“While our intention was to increase the guaranteed payment for small orders, we understand that the inclusion of tips was misguided”, states Mehta. Other than Instacart, another popular online grocery delivery services in the US, called DoorDash has come under the fire for similar reasons as Instacart. Although, DoorDash FAQ page states, “Dashers always receive 100% of tips…In addition to 100% of the tip, Dashers will always receive at least $1 from DoorDash”, DoorDash hasn’t explicitly reacted yet to the recent uproar. Tech Workers Coalition (TWC), a non-profit coalition of tech-workers, also spoke out in support of the Instacart workers on Twitter, while bashing DoorDash for remaining silent: Public reaction to the news has been largely negative towards Instacart, with people supporting Instacart shoppers for raising their voice against the firm’s unfair pay model: Read Next Tech Workers Coalition volunteers talk unionization and solidarity in Silicon Valley Amazon faces increasing public pressure as HQ2 plans go under the scanner in New Yorklast_img read more

Windstar opens bookings on soontobe stretched Star Breeze Star Legend

first_img Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Windstar opens bookings on soon-to-be stretched Star Breeze, Star Legend Share Posted by Tags: New Ship, Windstar Cruisescenter_img SEATTLE — Books have opened for Windstar Cruises’ soon-to-be revitalized and ‘stretched’ Star Breeze and Star Legend vessels.Following the US$250 million ‘Star Plus Initiative’, the two ships will feature new suites, restaurants, public spaces, spa & fitness centres, pool amenities and new environmentally sensitive engines that will propel them to many new itineraries and ports of call, including a first-time ever departure from Miami.The Star Breeze Star Plus Inaugural voyage will take place from Miami to Colón, Panama on March 20, 2020. The sailing from Miami will be a first for the Seattle-based company. It will then embark on three back-to-back ‘Costa Rica & Panama Canal’ journeys before making its West Coast debut in San Diego and heading north on a ‘West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza’. From Vancouver, it will head north to Alaska in May 2020 for the summer season on 10 different sailing dates, including the new ‘Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound’ voyage.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe newly updated Star Legend will debut July 2, 2020 and chart a course from Barcelona to Lisbon and up Europe’s Atlantic Coast in early July. It will cruise Northern Europe through September followed by several fall trips in the Mediterranean. The Legend will then embark on classic Windstar itineraries, including five departures on ‘Around Iceland’ in summer 2020, and will forge a new Nordic adventure, ‘Eire with Fire & Ice: Ireland and Iceland’s Overlooked Treasures’.Star Legend in IcelandThe Star Plus Initiative includes a major transformation of Windstar’s three Star Class yacht-style vessels: Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride. The trio of ships, which comprise 50% of the fleet, will be ‘stretched’ and renovated in succession with work starting in October 2019 and ending in November 2020.The ships will be cut in half to allow for the installation of a new section that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 metres. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“The Star Plus Initiative is not about size – it’s about offering our guests more of what they love about Windstar without changing the DNA of the brand or the ships’ ability to visit those special small ports and waterways of the world,” said John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises.To learn more about Star Breeze and Star Legend itineraries, go to windstarcruises.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Netflixs Santa Clarita Diet Streaming giant Netfl

first_imgNetflix’s Santa Clarita DietStreaming giant Netflix is to increase pricing to its UK offering by up to 20%, the company said on May 30. The standard plan (allowing for streaming on two devices at the same time in HD) rises to £8.99 (€10.44) from £7.99 (€9.28), while the premium plan (streaming on up to four devices in Ultra HD) rises to £11.99 (€13.92) from £9.99 (€11.60). While it has raised prices internationally, Netflix has not touched prices in the UK since 2017. The company has previously experimented with showing higher price ranges to new customers in an effort to gauge their willingness to pay more.The news comes a few months before Disney and Apple launch their own streaming platforms, with Disney+ set to cost approximately half of Netflix’s top tier package.Analysts believe that more price rises are likely, despite growing competition.Greg Harwood, pricing specialist and director at Simon-Kucher & Partners, said: “The decision to raise prices in the face of new low-cost competition highlights that Netflix does not intend to be drawn into a price war anytime soon. Maintaining the perception of value for money is at the core of its pricing philosophy. For the consumer, this could mean further price increases to come in the future as Netflix continues to expand its content proposition and invest in the product.“A spokesman for Netflix said that, in spite of this price increase, the service still offers value for money: “We change our prices from time to time to reflect the significant investments we’ve made in new TV shows and films, as well as improvements to our product. We have more than 50 productions planned in the UK this year. Our basic membership will remain at the same price, ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy our content.”last_img read more

Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading y

first_imgDoug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in heeding Doug’s advice. This is because it’s a fundamental step towards minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain… especially those under a desperate (fiscally or otherwise) government. Here are the top six reasons why everyone needs a second passport. Reason #1: More Internationalization Options Obtaining a second passport can literally open the door to a world of internationalization options for your assets and income that are off limits to citizens of certain countries. This is especially true for Americans, who are often treated as if they have the plague when they attempt to open foreign financial accounts and are increasingly being forced to close the ones they already have. Due to the ever-growing pile of regulations, foreign banks and brokerages are making the logical business decision that the costs of compliance outweigh any benefits of having Americans as clients. Opening a foreign financial account as an American citizen ranges from being impossible to very difficult in most circumstances. When you consider the totality of it, these vast regulations amount to a soft form of capital controls, which will likely turn into overt capital controls at some point in the future. Obtaining a second passport can also make purchasing real estate in foreign countries easier. For example, while it is an excellent place to consider for a bolt-hole, Switzerland is a notoriously difficult place for a foreigner to purchase real estate. However, certain foreigners (EU citizens) have fewer restrictions imposed on them others. Reason #2: More Visa-Free Travel One characteristic of a good passport is how much visa-free travel it allows. Applying for a visa that has to be approved before your trip (as opposed to being able to obtain it at the border) is a real hassle. Having to jump through hoops in advance of a trip can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and costly process. Brazil, Chile, and Argentina all collect a visa fee (of about US$160) from travelers who present a US passport. According to a recent study, Finnish and Swedish passports offer visa-free travel to the most countries. Not surprisingly, a country like Afghanistan has one of the least useful passports. You can find more information on this study as well as the rankings of countries according to the visa-free access of their passports here. Reason #3: Avoid Foreign Policy Blowback If your home government has developed a bad habit of sticking its nose in the internal affairs of other nations, it could make you a target should you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like an upscale shopping mall in Kenya in late September 2013. There are, of course, passports that have minimal foreign policy blowback risk. For example, when was the last time you saw Swiss passport holders targeted? Reason #4: Preempt Travel/People Controls A second passport can also come in handy when a government decides to starting treating its own citizens as beef cows instead of milking cows (i.e., when they need more soldiers for war) or if passport restrictions and other types of people controls are implemented. In any case, it prevents your home government from basically placing you under house arrest by revoking or cancelling your passport for any reason it sees fit. The Syrian government, for example, previously refused to renew the passports of Syrians abroad whom it suspected of being associated with the opposition. This is not surprising and should have been completely predictable. Any government could and would behave in a similar manner as they all have the ability to revoke the citizenship and/or passport of their citizens at a moment’s notice under any pretext that they find convenient. Just look at how the US cancelled Edward Snowden’s passport by fiat. It is not inconceivable that the US government would make it more difficult for Ron Paul supporters and libertarians to travel internationally one day in the future. Heck, they have already taken the first step and labeled them potential domestic terrorists. The bottom line is that if you hold political views that the establishment of your home government does not like, don’t be surprised when they decide to restrict your travel options. In this case, having the political diversification that comes from having a second passport is even more important. Reason #5: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee It’s like how the old Tom Petty song goes… “You don’t have to live like a refugee.” Having a second passport ensures that you will always have another place to potentially call home, another place where you will always have the legal right to live and work. In worst case scenarios, a second passport guarantees that once you get out of Dodge, you won’t have to live like a refugee. Having citizenship in another country gives you the legal right to live and work there and possibly other countries. EU citizens have the right to live and work in the 28 member countries. Reason #6: Renunciation In all likelihood, you will need a second passport should you decide to take the drastic step of renouncing your citizenship. This allows you to reap huge tax and regulatory benefits if your home country burdens its citizens with suffocating and inescapable tax policies. It should be noted that the US has what amounts to an “exit tax” for citizens who renounce and meet certain conditions. This puts a premium on renouncing before you qualify to be stung with the “exit tax.” It is an especially attractive option for entrepreneurial and internationally-mobile young Americans who have a large portion of their potential earnings still in the future. Of course, few will actually follow the path of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin or singer Tina Turner and take the extreme step of renunciation. And you certainly don’t need to. There are MANY other ways you can internationalize and reduce your political risk. Not Easy, But Necessary Unfortunately, there are no paths to obtaining a legitimate second passport that are at the same time fast, easy, and inexpensive. However this does not diminish the necessity of doing so. Political risk is growing in most parts of the world (especially the West). This is especially true for countries in deteriorating fiscal health, which will predictably turn to increasing measures to squeeze their citizenry for every penny they can get away with. You have probably noticed there is a lot of misinformation and bad advice out there regarding second passports, which, if followed, could likely end up causing you significant problems and limiting your options. Your goal should be the opposite: minimizing your problems and expanding your options. It is essential in these shark-infested waters to have a trusted resource like Casey Research to provide you with reliable information. You can find our top picks for the best countries to obtain a second passport in and how to do it here.last_img read more

The women are mostly in their early 20s They have

first_imgThe women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut — an addictive, natural chew — to passersby in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.”If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone,” says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She’s talking about the man she married when she was 12.”But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me,” she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they’re often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea’s high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.In the highlands, one betel nut costs 1 kina, the equivalent of 30 cents. People take it with a mustard stick and slacked lime powder, which turns the mixture bright red and compels the chewer to spit — often onto the ground or into a small plastic bag.People chew it to relax and to get to know one another. “It’s the fruit of love!” one Goroka resident exclaims.Men lashing outWhen men react violently because their wives are earning money on their own, it’s because they see power as a zero-sum game, says Richard Eves, an Australian National University anthropologist who has published several studies on masculinity based on fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s highlands.”So any powerful woman is seen as a loss for men,” Eves says. “Basically, they want to keep the status quo of them being the powerful person in the household. So that entails bullying their wives, and beating them up.” While aid groups trying to stop violence against women may default toward focusing on female survivors, he says they should spend time with both sexes.”There’s strong social pressures on the masculine role model there, to be assertive, to be in control, to be dominating,” Eves says. “One of the things we need to do is challenge those rather toxic notions of masculinity that are at work.”Patty, a 27-year-old betel nut seller in Goroka, dropped out of school in second grade. At the time, her family struggled to pay for school fees and decided to educate her brothers instead.When she got older, she started selling betel nut at night, when there’s less competition and plenty of customers — people heading out to bars and nightclubs. But it is also a time when most Goroka residents stay home, fearing the high crime rate and armed raskol gangs that patrol the streets.”For other women, it’s risky for them, they feel frightened. But for those of us who grew up in the settlement, it’s safe for us,” Patty says.Her sister-in-law Joyce runs a small market, selling cookies and canned tuna. Both she and Patty asked that only their first names be used so they could speak openly about private, sensitive issues involving work and home life.Their husbands, who are brothers, began to demand a share of their profits. A few months ago, the women saw that their earnings were missing again.”Both our husbands are unemployed and don’t work. We do sales, earn enough money and save some aside,” Patty says.”Then they come and take our money to go and drink,” Joyce interjects. “So we fight. We become upset and we fight.”They confronted their husbands in a public market, brandishing a knife. The confrontation ended without major injuries, but the abuse didn’t stop.Domestic violence is illegal in Papua New Guinea, but it is rarely prosecuted. Instead of turning to police, survivors are much more likely to turn to family members or their community for retribution.”I am not happy, but this is life”The settlement where the betel nut sellers live is a maze of homes built with brush material, over streams and gullies. Extended families often live together in a collection of homes they built themselves, the houses facing each other across a courtyard of hard-packed soil.Increasingly, Papua New Guineans are leaving ancestral lands in search of jobs and education in cities and towns. But the cost of living in urban areas is far higher than in the countryside, and many people make their homes in informal squatter settlements like this one.About 62 percent of adults can read and write in Papua New Guinea, according to UNICEF. Jobs are scarce for those without a formal education, pushing many people into an informal economy of selling goods on the street.One of Patty’s childhood friends, who asked not to be named out of concern for her family’s privacy, is quieter than the others. She’s 21, with bright blue braids woven into her hair. At night, she sells betel nut and loose cigarettes.”When we sell properly, we make 4 kina [$1.20] profit from a pack of cigarettes. But if the drunks come and destroy our market, we have a loss,” she says through an interpreter.Her parents forced her to marry when she got pregnant at 15. But her husband was controlling, and would accuse her of having affairs when she sold betel nut.”I asked him why,” she recalls. “‘I loved you and I married you. Why are you mistreating me like this, belting me up?’ And my husband said, ‘I don’t want you go out and seeing other men.’ That’s why he was hitting me.””Belting” is a term used to describe repeated strikes with an open hand or closed fist — generally not a belt, despite the name — and is often seen as a form of discipline.She left her husband, returned to her parents’ village and married again. But she came back when she got word that her first husband had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.”He has mistreated me badly. But now that he’s sick, you know, I have compassion for him. I’m taking care of him because there are no other people that can support him,” she says.Many of the women who sell betel nut left school early and married young — out of family pressure, financial necessity or both. When faced with abuse, they adapt in different ways. Some file for divorce. Others, for various reasons, fear leaving their husbands.Patty decided to remain in her marriage. Her husband once beat her until she lost consciousness. When she came to, she decided to fight back.”I got a knife and chased him. He slept outside for two nights and didn’t come home,” Patty says. “If he hits me in public, I beat him up as well. So he can feel the pain I’m feeling.”Joyce, Patty’s sister-in-law, says she got a court order to stop her husband from hitting her.”If he does it again, I can report him to be locked up for 10 years. Or he’ll have to pay 10,000 kina [about $3,000] in compensation,” she says. “So he’s finally reforming himself.”She says she’ll stay in her marriage because she has two children, and because her husband paid a customary bride price to her family equal to $1,000.”He has fulfilled the custom and my people accepted the bride price payment, so I can’t go back,” Joyce says. “I am not happy, but this is life. So I just endure it and stay.”As for Mala, she went to court and got a divorce from her husband. But when she sat down on a friend’s porch a couple of months later to talk about it, she was ashen.”My mind is troubled when I’m alone,” she says. “I don’t have healthy thoughts.”Her ex-husband remarried, but that wasn’t the end of it.In the early spring, Mala walked to the market to sell fried eggs. Her ex-husband saw her, and beat her in the middle of the street.”I brought my eggs back to the house, and I told him that he ruins and stops every hope of running my business,” Mala says. “So I stay at home.”That day, she says, she decided to move to a bigger city. Now, she’s going to try and make it on her own. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Senate Democrats who are divided on abortion poli

first_imgSenate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming the conservative District Court judge could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.”Democrats believe the No. 1 issue in America is health care, and the ability of people to get good health care at prices they can afford,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The Kavanaugh nomination, he added, “would put a dagger” through the heart of that belief.Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump’s high court pick.”President Trump as a candidate made it very clear that his priority was to put justices on the court who would correct for the fatal flaw of John Roberts,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., on the Senate floor Tuesday. Chief Justice Roberts was the decisive fifth vote to uphold the ACA in a key case in 2012. “[Republicans’] new strategy is to use the court system to invalidate the protections in the law for people with pre-existing conditions,” Murphy said.Murphy — and many of his Democratic colleagues — are referring to a case filed in Texas in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. The AGs from these states charge that because the tax bill passed by Congress last year eliminated the tax penalty for not having health insurance, it rendered the entire federal health law void.Their reasoning was that Roberts based his opinion upholding the ACA on Congress’ taxing power. Without the tax, the AGs argue, the law should be held unconstitutional.The Trump administration, which might have been expected to defend the ACA because defending federal law is part of what the Justice Department is tasked to do, opted instead, in this case, to follow a different course of action.In a response filed in June, political appointees in the department said eliminating the penalty should not invalidate the entire ACA. But, they argued, it should nullify provisions that prevent insurers from refusing to sell insurance to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them higher premiums.If this argument were to be upheld by a newly reconstituted Supreme Court, the health law would be dealt a serious blow.The lawsuit, however, is only in its earliest stages. And many legal scholars on both sides doubt it will get very far.In an amicus brief filed with the court in June, five liberal and conservative legal experts (who disagreed on previous ACA cases) this time argued that both the Republican attorneys general and the Justice Department are wrong — that eliminating the mandate penalty should have no impact on the rest of the law.Their position is rooted in something called “congressional intent.” When a court wants to invalidate a portion of a law, it usually also has to determine whether Congress would have considered other aspects of the law unworkable without it.But that is not a problem in this case, the legal experts argued in their brief.”Here, Congress itself has essentially eliminated the provision in question and left the rest of a statute standing,” they wrote. “In such cases, congressional intent is clear.”The merits of the lawsuit notwithstanding, the issue works well for Democrats.For one thing, the health law’s pre-existing condition protections are among its most popular parts, according to public opinion polls.And unlike abortion, defending the health law is something all Senate Democrats can rally around. That includes some vulnerable senators in states that voted for Trump in 2016, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. None are strong supporters of abortion rights. But all have stood firm against GOP efforts to take apart the Affordable Care Act.Manchin, for example, issued a statement about the nomination that said, “The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if nearly 800,000 West Virginians with preexisting conditions will lose their health care.”Manchin’s opponent in November is his state’s Republican attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, who is one of the officials who filed the suit against the health law.Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, which is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Theres no doubt that surgically implanted medical

first_imgThere’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives.Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize spines and broken bones.But implanted devices can also do serious damage, as happened to Mechel Keel, who lives in Owosso, Mich.To fix her leaky bladder, an OB-GYN stitched a flexible mesh strap inside her pelvis in 2004. But within months the mesh hardened and started cutting her insides.The pain kept her from returning to her job as a hairdresser. The injuries and scar tissue that developed required multiple surgeries to correct and also resulted in chronic infections.Keel says she understands why her doctor in Tennessee thought the high-tech mesh would help. But she also now feels like she was “a guinea pig.””We were the testers,” she says. “There was no animal testing done. We were the animals.”Thousands of cases of complications from surgical mesh have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration. More and more ailments are being treated these days with medical devices, including implants. And most of these medical devices, unlike pills in a medicine cabinet, don’t go through human testing before being offered to patients.But some devices break down or malfunction in people’s bodies, and reports about sometimes debilitating injuries have led the FDA to rethink how it assesses medical devices before allowing them to be sold.For devices in which failure is obviously life-threatening, regulators have required some sort of human testing as part of the most stringent path — known as premarket approval. But most medical devices enter the market after manufacturers provide technical information and show that the devices are similar to others that have been legally sold previously.The FDA has acknowledged that some seemingly safe devices have caused major problems, and the agency has elevated the risk level of those products following reports of injuries, as it did with urogynecologic surgical mesh for some uses in 2016. “Unfortunately, the FDA cannot always know the full extent of the benefits and risks of a device before it reaches the market,” the agency said in a recent statement.”We have things like metal-on-metal hips,” says health journalist Jeanne Lenzer about a kind of orthopedic implant. “Outside the body, [they] seem to function just fine. They put them in little machines, rack them back and forth — they don’t break. [But] put them inside people, and something very different happens.”There have been massive recalls of hip implants, for example, due to devices causing swelling and pain. And there have been problems with weakened bones in patients who received hip implants that contained plastic.Lenzer wrote a scathing book titled The Danger Within Us about the device industry and says she was “dumbfounded” to find out how many devices never went through human testing the way drugs do.That’s in part because of a regulatory review process known as 510(k) for a section of the FDA law covering medical devices. Manufacturers typically show their product has “substantial equivalence” to a “predicate device” that has already been legally marketed.That standard can perpetuate problems. “You just say your device is like an old device, and the old device was never tested nor was your device,” Lenzer says.In practice, sometimes the basis for a whole family tree of devices turns out to be defective. Pelvic mesh is a relevant example, with much of what’s on the market being based on mesh that was around prior to implementation of FDA regulations for medical devices in 1976. One study found that 16 percent of mesh on the market was designed like products that had been pulled from the market because of safety concerns.Thousands of women, including Keel, have filed suit — or reached settlements — with medical device companies that manufacture pelvic mesh.”I would want nothing if you could just give me my life back,” says Gloria Jones of Hillsdale, Mich., who is one of thousands who’ve settled with device manufacturers over faulty mesh. “They could have given me millions, but all I needed was my life back.”Jones, who has struggled to continue working through crippling abdominal pain as a middle school special education teaching assistant, has had four surgeries to remove pieces and continues to require intravenous drugs to control infections.”It seems like I get off one antibiotic, and three days later, I have another one,” she says. “I would beg anybody who is even thinking of putting mesh in their bodies to stop and get a second opinion.”In response to problems reported with mesh, the FDA started requiring human testing for some of these products in recent years. The agency held an advisory committee meeting on Feb. 12 to discuss the safety and effectiveness of mesh and how it should be regulated.Manufacturers by and large have said they don’t oppose what the FDA is trying to do, calling the changes reasonable. But they have pushed back against calls to bring regulation of medical devices in line with that of pharmaceuticals.”If you’re treating someone for high cholesterol, the testing that you go through to ensure safety and effectiveness on a chemical that’s going to be used in your body to control your cholesterol is just very different than it would be for the implantation of a heart valve,” says Scott Whitaker, CEO of AdvaMed, a trade association for medical device companies. “Honestly, it’s apples and oranges.”Whitaker dismisses the idea that devices, which range from tongue depressors to surgical robots, should all go through human trials.”Testing should be as complete and as thorough and as ethical and as appropriate as possible. But it doesn’t all fit the same and can’t all fit the same standard,” Whitaker says. “And while we always strive for 100 percent, there are times when something might not go according to plan. It could also be because the surgery didn’t go as was planned.”The FDA declined NPR’s request for an interview. But the agency has released some written justification for the regulatory revamp.”We believe firmly in the merits of the 510(k) process,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a November statement, noting that applications have more than doubled in size to an average of 1,185 pages. “But we also believe that framework needs to be modernized to reflect advances in technology, safety and the capabilities of a new generation of medical devices.”In the same statement, the agency addressed some specific shortcomings and charted plans to make changes to the process over the next few months:Pushing back on manufacturers that base any new device’s marketing application on one that’s more than 10 years oldMore actively watching how devices perform once they’re on the market, rather than relying on patients to report problemsScrapping the 510(k) name for something more descriptive, the “Safety and Performance Based Pathway”Dr. Michael Matheny, a Vanderbilt University professor who tracks medical devices, approves of the FDA’s incremental approach and calls it thoughtful.”It would really be unfortunate if patients wouldn’t consider any medical devices at all to be used in their bodies,” Matheny says. “But I do think being aware that there’s nothing without risk is also important.”Matheny notes, though, that in some ways the risks can be more profound for devices than medication. If the FDA recalls pills, a patient can at least stop taking them immediately, he says. With implanted devices, patients are sort of stuck, at least for a while — and that’s if surgeons can even safely remove them.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes Nashville Public Radio, NPR and Kaiser Health News. You can follow Blake Farmer on Twitter: @flakebarmer. Copyright 2019 WPLN. To see more, visit WPLN.last_img read more

Weed use is taking off as more states move to lega

first_imgWeed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it’s starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode. Several past studies have found that more frequent use of pot is associated with a higher risk of psychosis, that is, when someone loses touch with reality. Now a new study published Tuesday in the The Lancet Psychiatry shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later. “This is more evidence that the link between cannabis and psychosis matters,” says Krista M. Lisdahl, a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who wasn’t involved in the study.The study authors consider “high potency cannabis” to be products with more than 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. The fact that consuming high THC cannabis products has a greater risk is concerning, Lisdahl says, because these products are more common in the market now.The study also shows that three European cities — London, Paris and Amsterdam — where high potency weed is most commonly available actually have higher rates of new cases of psychosis than the other cities in the study. The researchers identified 901 people aged 18 to 64 who were diagnosed with their first episode of psychosis between May 2010 and April 2015, at a mental health facility anywhere in 11 cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, other cities across Europe, and one site in Brazil.The researchers then asked these individuals and a control group of 1,200-plus other healthy people about their habits, including their use of weed. “We asked people if they used cannabis, when did they start using it and what kind of cannabis,” explains study author Marta Di Forti, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at King’s College London. People reported the names of weed strains they used, like skunk in the U.K., or the Dutch Nederwiet, which allowed the researchers to identify the THC content in each product through data gathered by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction and national data from the different countries. The study found that those who used pot daily were three times more likely to have a psychotic episode compared to someone who never used the drug. Those who started using cannabis at the age of 15 or less had a slightly more elevated risk than those who started using in later years. Use of high potency weed almost doubled the odds of having psychosis compared to someone who had never smoked weed, explains Di Forti. And for those who used high potency pot on a daily basis, the risk of psychosis was even greater — four times greater than those who had never used. The easy availability of high-THC weed is a recent phenomenon, she notes. “Almost twenty years ago, there wasn’t much high potency cannabis available [in the market].” One recent study showed that high potency cannabis is increasingly dominating markets. It found that the average potency of weed in Europe and the U.S. in 2017 was 17.1 percent, up from 8.9 percent in 2008. And some products can be even more potent. For example, in the Netherlands, the THC content of one product that’s gained popularity, locally produced Dutch resin Nederhasj, can be as high as 67 percent. “What this paper has done that’s really nice is they look at rates of psychosis and cannabis use in lots of different places where underlying rates of psychosis are different,” says Suzanne Gage, a psychologist and epidemiologist at the University of Liverpool, who wrote a commentary linked to the study in The Lancet Psychiatry. This allowed the researchers to compare incidence of psychosis with the availability and use of high THC cannabis in the different cities, she says. The study found that the three European cities — London, Paris and Amsterdam — had the highest rates of new diagnoses of psychosis — 45.7 per 100,000 person-years in London, 46.1 in Paris and 37.9 in Amsterdam. These are also cities where high potency weed is most easily available and commonly used.Other European cities in Spain, Italy and France on the other hand have less than 10 percent THC content in most popular cannabis products on the market. These cities also have lower rates of new psychosis diagnosis, according to the study. “One of the things that’s really novel is that they could show that variation of use and potency of cannabis was related to rates of first-episode psychosis,” says Lisdahl. One critique of the theory that weed contributes to psychosis risk has been that while more people are using weed worldwide, there hasn’t been a corresponding rise in rates of psychosis, explains Gage. But the new study shows that cities with more easily available high THC weed do have a higher rate of new diagnoses of psychosis. “That’s a really interesting finding and that’s not something anyone has done before,” she adds. However, the study doesn’t prove causality, cautions Dr. Diana Martinez, a psychiatrist and addiction researcher at Columbia University. “You can’t say that cannabis causes psychosis,” she says. “It’s simply not supported by the data,” she says. Lisdahl agrees. In order to show causality, one would have to follow people over time — before they started using weed to years later when they have their psychotic episodes, she says. “You need twins in the studies, you need genetic information,” among all other kinds of data, she says. Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar are complicated, “multi-faceted disorders,” notes Gage. “In all psychotic disorders, there is this multiple hit hypothesis,” says Martinez. Many factors influence whether and how these disorders manifest. Genetics is known to play a major role, as are a host of environmental factors. “Children who have risk of schizophrenia but grow up in stable homes…they may not go on to develop schizophrenia,” she adds. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, which is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health is attempting to tease out the various influences, says Lisdahl. “The NIH has now invested in that question.” In the meantime, the new findings should be of interest to anyone using cannabis, says study author Di Forti. “There are people across the world who use cannabis for a variety of reasons,” she says. “Some of them recreationally, some of them for medicinal purposes.” They should be aware that using high potency cannabis comes with a risk, she says. “They need to know what to look for and ask for help, if they come across characteristics of a psychotic disorder,” she adds. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Take Our Poll

first_imgTake Our PollNote: Web polls are not scientific, representing only those readers who choose to vote.To submit a report, call 311, go to the 311 website, tweet at 311, or download the app. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.*Advertisement* A few months ago, NorthEndWaterfront.com added a new weekly post – What’s the 311? – that highlights 311 cases in the neighborhood. 311 is the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline that allows residents to report issues and concerns to the City.In looking over recent North End / Waterfront cases, there are some common issues that continue to reappear. Which ones do you think should be the neighborhood’s top concern? Vote in our poll and add your thoughts in the comments section below! What’s the Neighborhood’s Top 311 Concern? (Select Up to Two Issues) (Poll Closed) Untimely Trash  35.02%  (90 votes)     Illegal Parking  21.01%  (54 votes)     Rodents (dead or alive)  19.46%  (50 votes)     Homeless Individuals  14.4%  (37 votes)     Potholes  7.39%  (19 votes)     Sign / Property Damage  2.72%  (7 votes)       Total Votes: 257   last_img read more

BENS BLOG The Banker or The Bank Robber

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was a child, and had run out of reading material, I would creep into my dad’s study, and pinch a book from his shelves. It led to a fascination into the Criminal Mind.My lawyer, Andrew Needleman, says that, in reality, if somebody really wants to do something, the law is rarely able to stop them. And what stuns me, is what the human-mind is capable of, without social boundaries. Prison escape plans, which take years to execute. Submarines to traffic drugs around the world. Meticulous planning; to rob banks. Not using hard work to achieve an end goal, but instead; Fear.Many such operators, were regulars at Walthamstow Dogs. On nights-off, these chaps all seemed most pleasant, and their take on life; intriguing. A retired bank-robber, once told me, that he had learnt, healthwise, to “listen to the messages your body sends you” and how he would look out for these (not for here, Blog). I suppose, when judging such characters, it all comes down to the age old question: Who do you have contempt for; THE BANKER, OR THE BANK ROBBER?In other news:One man, with the same fascination, is Wensley Clarkson. I have read many of his books, ‘Killing Charlie’, the biography of Great Train Robber, Charlie Wilson; the best of all. However, he has recently finished ‘Killing Goldfinger’, the life-study, of the illiterate but precocious Brinks Mat and Timeshare fraudster; John Palmer. A man more unpleasant; you would struggle to meet. A meticulously written book. 9Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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