The modern version of Kevin McCallister is much more laid-back than the original. Google got former child star Macaulay Culkin to reprise his most famous role for an ad for Google Assistant. Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat Dell Online The video ties in with Google Assistant’s launch of a bunch of Home Alone-themed Easter eggs this December. At least this time, nobody gets hit in the face with an iron. 0 2019 movies to geek out over The video is both a nostalgic revisiting of the 1990 hit Home Alone and a clever way to show off what Google’s voice-activated devices can do. Culkin once again finds himself at home alone around Christmas time. He uses a Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini and his phone to check his calendar, set reminders, order pizza and adjust the house temperature. The narrative this time plays out very differently from the movie. The thieves never make it inside thanks to a Google-triggered “Operation Kevin” that activates the front door’s smart lock and sets a whole sequence of house-protecting events into motion. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant. Take it from @IncredibleCulk. #HeyGoogle pic.twitter.com/9OifLkJHOP— Google (@Google) December 19, 2018 How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Walmart $99 See it Tags See It Mentioned Above Google Home Hub #heygoogle Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult? Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad pic.twitter.com/uO9qMPrUT3— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 19, 2018 See It Google Nest Hub “Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant,” Google tweeted on Wednesday.Culkin dropped an arguably snarky remark on Twitter, saying, “Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult? Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad.” Share your voice $99 $99 See It News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop 77 Photos $79 Post a comment Google Assistant Google
Delhi is set to experience a cultural treat as Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Government of Delhi along with Sindhi Academy is up with the four-day Sindhi Drama Festival 2014. In a bid to provide new direction to Sindhi Theatre, Vichhoo, a major production of The Impostures of Scapin by French playwright Moliere and Muhinji Zaat, a Sindhi translation of Jat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki will be featured at the festival. Vichhoo is directed by the actor-director-critic Manohar Khushalani. The play in Sindhi, is translated by Mohini Hingorani, from Moliere’s Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Impostures of Scapin), enacted for the first time in 1671. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The story of Vichhoo revolves around two young men, Kanu and Mohan who take the advantage of their fathers’ absence and fall in love with unlikely and penniless beauties. Kanu has secretly married Khimya and Mohan has secretly fallen in love with Mira and both need money to help solve their dilemmas. But their fathers, Motumal and Hardasmal, return from a trip with their own marriage plans for their respective sons.Vadhu, after hearing many pleas for help, comes to the rescue of the young romantics. The final scene of the first act is a vaudeville/music hall version of Molière’s famous scene in which Vadhumal spins a yarn of kidnapping, foreigners and ransom. No one knows who Khimya and Mira really are. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere is a final chase and dance among all the participants, which, inevitably, becomes the raucous, delightful curtain call. The other play Muhinji Zaat which is to be staged, is a comedy which specialises in churning out educated illiterates. The play is a Sindhi translation of famous Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkars’s famous comedy Pahije Jatiche from Vasant Deo’s Hindi translation Jat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki by Asha Bhatia. It is perhaps the first Sindhi performance of Vijay Tendulkar in Delhi directed by Prakash Bhatia. The play is an attempt to bring before the audience a different kind of comedy which is seldom tried in Delhi’s Sindhi theatre circle.When: 17-20 AprilWhere: Sri Ram Center for Art and Culture Timing: 6:30 PM onwards
Kolkata: The consulting agency engaged by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) to do the health study of Sealdah flyover, popularly known as Vidyapati Setu, has stated that the bridge is in need of repair.”The preliminary report has pointed out that the Sealdah flyover is in need of repair. But the condition is not such that it needs immediate work. We have sought a detailed report from the consulting agency, in which they will specify the areas that need to be repaired,” state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHakim has already brought the report to the notice of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A senior KMDA official said that the detailed report will be submitted in the month of July and the tender will be floated for repair of the bridge. “There are seven other bridges for which we have already engaged a consultant and their health study is going on in full swing,” the official said. The flyover, set up in the late 1970s, is one of the busiest in the city. It may be mentioned that soon after the caving in of Majerhat bridge in September last year, the state government had prepared a list of 15 bridges for structural health audit. The list included Dhakuria bridge, Bijon Setu, Auro- bindo Setu, Chetla bridge, Kalighat Bridge, Durgapur bridge and Sealdah flyover among others.
Amazon-owned UK OTT subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has launched a new streaming app for internet connected devices. The app will initially be launched on the Sony PlayStation 3 games console in the UK and Germany, and will then be rolled out to all Lovefilm Instant-enabled platforms.According to Lovefilm new features include an improved search functionality and recommendation engine, and a new user interface.Lovefilm has also added a Watchlist feature, allowing members to create an unlimited streaming playlist that can be accessed at any time. A new display on users’ home pages keeps track of what content they are currently viewing and the last location reached in that video to make it easier to resume viewing from the same place via any Lovefilm-enabled device.The PlayStation 3 update also enables Lovefilm subscribers to watch HD content via the games console for the first time.“Lovefilm has been a fantastic part of the services offering on PlayStation 3 since 2010. Now with a brand new improved app coming first to PlayStation 3 plus the addition of HD content, this is a huge enhancement to the PlayStation entertainment portfolio and even more relevant for our millions of UK customers,” said Fergal Gara, vice-president and managing director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK and Ireland.
Rodolphe BelmerEutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen will step down in March 2016 and be succeeded by former Canal+ chief executive Rodolphe Belmer, the satellite operator has confirmed.De Rosen, who turns 65 next year, will remain non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Eutelsat until the end of his current mandate in November 2016.Belmer, who was dismissed as chief executive of Canal+ in July as part of a management board shakeup, will join Eutelsat on December 1 as deputy CEO, alongside existing deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert.Following a hand-over process he will take up the Eutelsat top-job on March 1, 2016. He will then be proposed as a member of Eutelsat’s Board at the annual shareholders’ meeting in November 2016.“It has been my great privilege since 2009 to serve as Eutelsat’s CEO and latterly as chairman and CEO. During this period, we have consistently put innovation at the heart of our service to customers, significantly expanding our geographic reach, and cementing our reputation as leaders in technical excellence,” said de Rosen.“I feel this is the right time to hand over the reins and am delighted to welcome Rodolphe Belmer in whom I have full confidence to build on these achievements and to take the company forward.”Lord Birt, vice-chairman of the board of Eutelsat Communications, praised de Rosen’s six-year leadership of the company and said he had “transformed Eutelsat into a truly global player”.“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Rodolphe Belmer will lead Eutelsat. With his extensive experience in broadcasting, his understanding of the trends shaping digital markets and his leadership, we are confident he has the skills to take Eutelsat forward in the evolving satellite communications landscape,” Birt added.Belmer left Canal+ over the summer and in August was reportedly hired by the new director-general of public broadcaster France Televisions, Delphine Ernotte, to lead a 12-strong strategic orientation committee.
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has added content from A+E Networks’ History channel and A&E to its seven-day catch-up service.The channels join 13th Street, Syfy, Cartoon Network, TNT Serie, Universal Channel, CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel, Nickelodeon and JimJam on the catch-up service.Gerald Schwanzer, vice-president of products at the cable operator, said he hoped to be able to offer a wider range of replay TV content when the legal situation in Austria is clarified.In addition to catch-up TV, UPC Austria offers a video-on-demand library of about 10,000 title, of which about half are free content, including the ORF-TVthek from public broadcaster ORF.
NBCUniversal International’s reality TV SVOD service, Hayu, will widen its reach with new rollouts, download to-view options and a physical retail presence by the end of the year.Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London this morning, Hendrik McDermott, senior vice-president – branded on-demand, Hayu at NBCUniversal, said Hayu will announce a deal with a “major platform” in the UK in about a week’s time – adding to its existing presence on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform.The subscription service will also roll out as an app for Apple TV “in the coming weeks” following its release last week on Amazon’s rival Fire TV devices. Offline mobile viewing will be added later this quarter, while work on HTML5 apps is also underway.In terms of retail presence, Hayu will launch physical gift cards in high street shops in December, something McDermott predicted would be “an important contributor” for its young female-skewing demographic, as it will allow parents and friends to gift access to the service.“We’ve been in the market for about seven months now and I think it’s fair to say that we have a dual strategy – we’ve gone clearly on a direct-to-consumer basis, but our goal is to get wide reach and distribution,” said McDermott.Hayu originally launched on iOS, Android and the web – where McDermott said NBCU assumed most viewing would come from. However it soon added operator partnerships with Virgin in the UK and Foxtel in Australia and the service has seen strong big-screen uptake.“We’re seeing exceptionally high session times on our apps – in particular on one of our apps, which is on the TiVo platform, of over 100 minutes [per] average session,” said McDermott.“When you think that a lot of these episodes are 22 minutes or 44 minutes, that means, on average, people are watching multiple episodes per session. That really is starting to prove the use-case of bingeing.”McDermott said that the Hayu Fire TV app and the forthcoming Apple TV app were effectively built “off the back of the viewership that we were seeing in the TiVo app” to give viewers more big-screen options.Discussing viewing habits more generally, he said that Hayu is seeing the emergence of a “new primetime” on weekdays from 9am to 11am” – essentially in step with when new episodes come on to the service.“We bring this content within hours of broadcast and that equates to a 7am-8am drop for the files if they were airing at 9pm in the US. So 9am is basically when content will be dropping into our site and we’re seeing a very clear emergence of a primetime at that time.”Asked whether Hayu would roll out to other international markets, McDermott said that NBCU was “constantly evaluating potential territories” but would not commit to anything outside of its existing English-speaking market footprint.“Depending on the market and depending on peoples’ ability to speak and understand English, localisation can play an important factor,” said McDermott.“There are markets where dubbing and subtitling are important. That puts a bit of a barrier in place with respect to day-and-date content. Trying to ingest that content, transcode it, apply DRM to it, takes a lot of time to begin with. But adding another hurdle in there of subtitling can become challenging.”NBCU launched Hayu in March in the UK, Ireland and Australia priced at £3.99 per month in the UK, €4.99 in Ireland and A$5.99 in Australia. It offers a catalogue of some 4,000 episodes of reality television – including shows like Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Made in Chelsea, The Real Housewives – and is adding some 700 to 750 new episodes per-year.
Altice-owned Portuguese service provider PT Telecom/Meo has launched new subscription video-on-demand service from Turner, Cartoon Network Premium, on its TV service.The deal makes Meo the exclusive distributor of the service in the country. Cartoon Network Premium will offer over 100 episodes of popular Cartoon Network series including Teen Titan Go!, O Incrível Mundo de Gumball, Hora de Aventuras, Regular Show, Yokai Watch, Nós Os Ursos and As Poderosas Magiespadas for a subscription fee of €3.99 a month.A number of shows including O Titio Avô Reforma-se, the eight season of Hora de Aventuras, and Regular Show: O Filme will be available exclusively to Meo viewers.The service will be available to Meo fibre and ADSL customers equipped with a Meo box.Cartoon Network owner Turner launched a Boomerang-branded SVOD service in the US earlier this year, offering ad-free access to shows including Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry for US$4.99 a month, available as an OTT service to iOS and Android devices.Turner has also launched a movies-on-demand service, Filmstruck, in the US.
In This Issue. * Day 2 for Yellen, no changes. * N.Z. posts Trade Surplus! * Chinese announce new plans to help economy. * German Unemployment drops by 20,000! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Gold Shines Brightly On This Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Good day.. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, as I crawled into bed last night, I said to myself, “boy, I sure could use a good night’s sleep tonight”, and I got one! YAHOO! So, maybe that’s the trick, put the idea in my head, and see what happens.. That’s the ticket! Steely Dan greets me this morning with their great song: Aja.. What a great album of the same name that was/ is still today. My good friend, Duane, is a huge Steely Dan fan, and when the music is playing on the Butler patio, he’s always requesting a song or two by Steely Dan. Well, the dollar selling that began with the final words of Janet Yellen’s testimony on Tuesday, continued throughout yesterday, and in the overnight markets. Some of the currencies, like the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Russian ruble, S. African rand, Brazilian real, that have positive rate differentials VS the dollar, are rallying on the thought that their differential will remain in place for now. Other currencies like the euro, are rallying because of good economic data that printed on their behalf. So, let’s look at that first and then move along.. The euro has received a hand basket full of good news this week, and has reacted positively, but the positive reaction has been muted, as if it has a governor placed on it. You know, I use that term a lot, and it just occurred to me that the youngsters that read this letter, have no idea what that means, unless they’ve Googled it, which is the answer to everything these days. No longer does anyone have to wonder what the answer is, all they have to do is Google it! OK, so back to the euro. This morning, the good news came in the form of a better than expected German Unemployment report. The total of unemployed Germans dropped by twice the expected amount in February for a total of 20,000, which kept the Unemployment rate in Germany at 6.5%.. Germany’s economy has weathered the storm, and the lower Oil prices are helping the economy quite a bit, even though it adds to the deflationary environment, that the European Central Bank (ECB) is so frightened of. I so wish that one could simply just buy Germany. But you can’t. when you buy euros, you get all the black sheep of the family coming for Sunday dinner. Ain’t that a shame. My tears fell like rain. Ahhh, Fats Domino on a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! You can’t beat that with a stick! It was Day Two of Janet Yellen’s trek to Capitol Hill yesterday, and that brought about no changes to her talk on Tuesday, that got the markets all riled up. It was a repeat performance of Tuesday for Yellen. You know yesterday, I attempted to take all the words Yellen used to describe the Fed’s stance on rate changes, and make them understandable. I’m sure it was her wish that the markets all just settle down about a rate hike in June that many not come, and if that’s the case, well, she accomplished what she set out to do. That is, once everyone figured out what it was she was saying. Hey! I never said that the Markets participants are rocket scientists! HA! No the rocket scientists are in the back room of investment houses, brewing up the next, “no lose”, investment idea/ derivative. The one thing for sure that I know and see that Yellen’s testimonies accomplished was getting the 10-year Treasury yield back below 2%… (1.95%) Now, we can’t have the 10-year Treasury, that’s used as the pricing mechanism for mortgage rates, rising, now can we? That would leave a mark on the housing sector, and we certainly can’t have that! Yes, I’m being a real smart alec right now, and I think I had better stop, before I type out a rant that has to get cut and left on the reviewer’s floor. So, yesterday, I told you how the N.Z. dollar / kiwi was the best performing currency overnight, and last night and this morning, it has continued to add to those gains. Last night N.Z. received the print of their latest Trade Balance, and believe it or don’t, but N.Z. posted a Trade Surplus in January! This is the lowest Trade Balance since June 2013. The thing you have to be suspicious of here is that imports were weak, and that doesn’t bode well for the domestic economy, but on the other side exports were better than expected, so they offset the weak imports sector. All-in-all, a good outcome for kiwi, and the currency has responded accordingly, trading back to 76-cents this morning.. Across the Tasman, Australia printed their 4th QTR CAPEX (capital expenditures, which I always tell you to watch as this is a key to any economy) and the print was not good. 4th QTR CAPEX fell -2.2% which was worse than expectations at -1.6%… the 3rd QTR CAPEX was revised upward from .2% to .6%, so maybe there will be a positive revision to this data down the road. The A$ just let this data slide off its back, or shrugged it off, as traders like to say, and went ahead to rally beside kiwi this morning. We’ll get CAPEX data here in the U.S. today for January. Leading up to January, the previous months’ CAPEX prints left a lot to be desired, and while the January CAPEX print might be positive for once, it won’t be very strong, and that will once again signal to me, and should to the markets and the Fed members that this economy is weak kneed.. The Bond traders know it, and I have to believe that the Fed members know it. At least I sure hope they do, because a rate hike right now would be a tough pill to swallow for the economy. Well, the Russian ruble is posting another strong rally this morning, although it was stronger when I first turned on the currency screen this morning. the beleaguered currency has a very long way to go, which is going to be a tough row to hoe, before it recovers all its losses. Last June, the ruble was trading with a 33 handle, and now it’s finally back to a 60 handle, after seeing the dark side of an 80 handle in December. How long will it be before the economic sanctions that the Eurozone has placed on Russia are relaxed, now that a peace agreement has been in place for nearly 2 weeks? This is key for not only the Russian economy but also the Eurozone economy. So, come on folks, what are you waiting for? So, I guess the Chinese didn’t just sit around eating chocolate bonbons and watching Oprah, while they were out last week, for they came back to work, loaded for bear! The Chinese State Council announced yesterday that they were going to step up fiscal policy support and strengthen targeted controls to combat downward pressure on the economy. A package of tax breaks for small businesses, a reduction of the unemployment insurance tax, which will save businesses over 40 Billion renminbi / yuan annually, and a pledge to speed up construction of major water projects in the less developed central and western regions, are the highlights, and there are more projects in the package that was presented by the State Council. The renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate by a small amount overnight as this package of stimulus and tax measures was announced. I like that the Chinese came back ready to tackle the slowdown in the economy. But I have to think that the economy would be just fine without the boost.. But you have to remember that 1. The Chinese have a treasure chest of reserves in which to spend on the economy, and 2. They have to keep the economic ship out to sea, in order to maintain peace in the country. While we’re hanging around Asia.. Singapore received some bad economic data last night in the form of Industrial production (IP) that fell from the previous month and annually by a large amount, thus surprising the markets by the weakness in IP. Apparently momentum has faltered here, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) were correct last month, when they decided to not widen the Sing dollar’s (S$) trading band. Suddenly, inflation is not a problem in Singapore, and therefore the MAS doesn’t need a stronger S$ to combat inflation that isn’t there. the deflation bug has landed on Singapore’s shores, and spread quickly. the bug originated in Japan, folks. Speaking of Japan. this basket case of a country, has been pretty quiet lately. And the Japanese yen has benefitted from this quietness. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that yen is about to go on a rally to the moon. I’m just talking about this brief little rally while things are quiet in Japan. That’ll all change soon enough, it always does with the Japan… Well, coming back closer to home, Canada will print their January CPI (consumer inflation) today, and it’s expected to print around 2.1%, thus a notch above the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) inflation target of 2%.. BOC Gov. Poloz has been dangling a rate cut in front of the markets like a carrot on and stick, but a CPI print of 2.1% will not help him one iota. And he’ll have to put the stick and carrot away for another month. So watch this data print closely, because if Canadian CPI would happen to fall below 2%, Poloz will be dancing in the street, because he’ll get to cut rates again, and knock the stuffing out of the Canadian dollar / loonie. Speaking of CPI. We might as well head to the U.S. Data Cupboard and see what it has for us today. Open it up and WOW! It is stocked! First up is the stupid U.S. CPI, which will most likely print a large negative number that will all but nail down the Fed to not hiking rates in June at this point. Next up is real data, as U.S. Durable Goods Orders print for January and is expected to finally print a positive number, after 3 previous prints that were devastatingly disappointing. Then the usual Tub Thumpin Thursday print of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, the 4th QTR Home Price Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index. Yesterday’s Data Cupboard had January New Home Sales, which edged downward by -.2%… I suspect this data to be back and forth in 2015, as rate hike talk slows things down, only to be reversed when the rate hike doesn’t happen. Back and forth, a real wishy-washy year for New Home Sales, in my opinion, which could be wrong, of course! I went nearly the whole letter and didn’t mention the $12 gain in Gold this morning! Silly me. I was thinking that I shouldn’t get all lathered up over a nice gain like that early in the morning, before the NY traders arrived at their desks, and “took care of that little problem”. But then I got here and it was still there, and I thought. Oh well, at least it was a nice gain when I was writing the Pfennig! But with Yellen reinforcing her talk from Tuesday, Gold was able to take advantage and move past $1,200 yesterday, and then add another $12 this morning. My spider sense is tingling right now. I wonder what’s up here? Yesterday I highlighted the fact that Palladium had made one of its legendary “jumps” , and today it’s Platinum’s turn, as it hangs a $20 gain on yesterday’s figure. For What It’s Worth. Well, my friends Dave Gonigam and Addison Wiggin over at Agora’s 5 Minute Forecast were kind enough to quote me in their letter yesterday and use some of the stuff I said about Yellen’s testimony. I love it when I see my name up in lights! On a sidebar, I picked up a book in the library here in the building the other day, and began reading it, and one of the principal characters in the story is guy named: Charles Butler.. Now How about that! Well, I thought I would return the favor to by friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast and reprint something they had in their letter yesterday. This is a note that Addison Wiggin printed 5 years ago from someone in China. Now remember this is 5 years ago in China. “What people fail to grasp,” this individual wrote, “is this place is much more capitalist than the States now: . No capital gains tax . No property tax . No local or state taxes . A reasonable 35% tax rate for the highest earners . Corporate tax rates of 0% for three years and 15% per year after that. “Also, most importantly, it’s not a casino economy like the States. China will sell 30% more vehicles this year than in the U.S, and 93% of those vehicles will be purchased cash up front. “For a home loan, you need 30% down. As a private business, to get a loan, you have to put up the assets of the company, i.e., plant and equipment. There are no leverage games here. “It’s a one-party state, but at least it is focused on its own people. We have a two-party system that has sold us down the river. All the Asian Tiger economies needed a strong central government to launch themselves out of poverty. Not a good system for our culture, but it works for them. “High-speed train systems going on line, 50 new airports in that last five years — you must see this place to believe it.” Chuck again. Yes, and there are still naysayers about China’s economy and the direction of the country.. That’s amazing to me for sure! To recap. Yellen speaks again, no changes to her first testimony, so the dollar selling continues. the positive rate differential currencies put in the best performances overnight, and the euro rallies on good labor data from Germany. New Zealand posts a Trade surplus, which is strange for them, and Australia prints weak CAPEX data but shrugs it off and the A$ rallies. Gold is up $12 this morning, and China announces new plans to stimulate economy, Chuck sure hopes they don’t start down the path well beaten down by the Japanese. Currencies today 2/25/15. American Style: A$ .7905, kiwi .7600, C$ .8030, euro 1.1360, sterling 1.5510, Swiss $1.0540, . European Style: rand 11.4055, krone 7.5500, SEK 8.3020, forint 267.05, zloty 3.6640, koruna 24.2020, RUB 60.47, yen 118.80, sing 1.3505, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.75, China 6.1379, pesos 14.85, BRL 2.8450, Dollar Index 94.28, Oil $50.58, 10-year 1.95%, Silver $16.82, Platinum $1,190.88, Palladium $811.25, and Gold. $1,218.10 That’s it for today. Well. the first full squad workout of Spring Training for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday. Next Saturday, is the first home Spring Training game of 2015 for the Cardinals. Spring Training games are impossible to fill in a score card, because there are so many changes with players, pitchers, positions, etc. so, you just go and enjoy the beautiful day, the sounds, the smells and baseball.. Can you believe that February is almost over? The month flew by like the wind. I sure hope March lasts a lot longer! The other night my beloved Missouri Tigers finally stopped their 13 game losing streak and beat the mighty Florida Gators! And the St. Louis U. Billikens are looking to win 2 in a row! Maybe things will look brighter for these two schools’ beleaguered basketball teams heading into March.. Jimi Hendrix is playing: All Along the Watchtower on the iPod right now. And that tells me that the watchtower has struck the bewitching hour of when this needs to get out of here! So, make sure you go out and have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Markets
Source:https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/happy-spouses-longer-lives.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.”The data show that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status,” says study author Olga Stavrova, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.Notably, spouses’ life satisfaction was an even better predictor of participants’ mortality than participants’ own life satisfaction. Participants who had a happy partner at the beginning of the study were less likely to pass away over the next 8 years compared with participants who had less happy partners.”The findings underscore the role of individuals’ immediate social environment in their health outcomes. Most importantly, it has the potential to extend our understanding of what makes up individuals’ ‘social environment’ by including the personality and well-being of individuals’ close ones,” says Stavrova.Life satisfaction is known to be associated with behaviors that can affect health, including diet and exercise, and people who have a happy, active spouse, for example, are likely to have an active lifestyle themselves. The opposite is also likely to be true, says Stavrova:”If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV — that’s how your evening will probably end up looking, as well.”Stavrova examined data from a nationally representative survey of about 4,400 couples in the United States who were over the age of 50. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Aging, collected data on participants who had spouses or live-in partners; 99% of the sampled couples were heterosexual.For up to 8 years, participants and their spouses reported on life satisfaction and various factors hypothesized to be related to mortality, including perceived partner support and frequency of physical activity. They also completed a self-rated health measure and provided information related to their morbidity (as measured by number of doctor-diagnosed chronic conditions), gender, age at the beginning of the study, ethnicity, education, household income, and partner mortality. Participant deaths over the course of the study were tracked using the National Death Index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or spouses’ reports.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryHigher levels of physical activity not linked to greater volume or activity of brown adipose tissueTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTAt the end of 8 years, about 16% of participants had died. Those who died tended to be older, male, less educated, less wealthy, less physically active, and in poorer health than those who were still alive; those who died also tended to report lower relationship satisfaction, lower life satisfaction, and having a partner who also reported lower life satisfaction. The spouses of participants who died were also more likely to pass away within the 8-year observation period than were spouses of participants who were still living.The findings suggest that greater partner life satisfaction at the beginning of the study was associated with lower participant mortality risk. Specifically, the risk of mortality for participants with a happy spouse increased more slowly than mortality risk for participants with an unhappy spouse. The association between partner life satisfaction and mortality risk held even after accounting for major sociodemographic variables, self-rated health and morbidity, and partner mortality.Exploring plausible explanations for these findings, Stavrova found that perceived partner support was not related to lower participant mortality. However, higher partner life satisfaction was related to more partner physical activity, which corresponded to higher participant physical activity, and lower participant mortality.This research demonstrates that partner life satisfaction may have important consequences for health and longevity. Although the participants in this study were American, Stavrova believes the results are likely to apply to couples outside of the United States, as well.”This research might have implications for questions such as what attributes we should pay attention to when selecting our spouse or partner and whether healthy lifestyle recommendations should target couples (or households) rather than individuals,” says Stavrova.Future research could also investigate larger social networks to see if the same pattern of results emerges in the context of other relationships.