14-year-old Spanish motorbike rider dies after crash

Andreas Perez, a 14-year-old motorcycle rider competing on the Moto3 circuit, died from injuries he suffered in a crash during a race in suburban Barcelona on Sunday.

“Andreas Perez was admitted to hospital with very serious brain damage and soon afterward he was diagnosed with brain death,” Reale Avintia Racing, his team, said in a statement obtained by Motorsport.com.

“Even though his heart continued to beat and despite many efforts, the doctors could do nothing to save his life. Andreas could not win this race.

“It has been very tough hours for all the members of the Reale Avintia Academy team, who were with the family from the first moment in these complicated moments.

“We have lost a great rider, but above all a great person and we will miss him a lot. The team and all its sponsors wish to send all the support to Andreas’ family in this very difficult moment.”

Perez and a number of other riders were involved in the crash on Turn 5 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He was taken by helicopter to Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona with brain injuries.

Sunday’s crash was the third in three years at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to result in a fatality. In 2016, Moto2 rider Luis Salom was killed after crashing on Turn 13 during practice, leading track officials to alter the course’s layout to reduce speeds at the site of the crash. Last year, Enric Sauri lost his life when he ran off the course at the first corner and slammed into a barrier wall during the 24 Hours of Catalunya endurance race.

Perez’s Instagram was flooded with condolences Monday morning as news of his death spread:

Perez won twice and finished fourth overall on the European Talent Cup circuit before moving to the Moto3 Junior World Championships this year.

Many in U.S. take meds with depressive side effects: study

One-third of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as birth control pills, antacids and common heart medications, that may raise the risk of depression, researchers warned on Tuesday.

Since the drugs are so common, people may be unaware of their potential depressive effects, said the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

“Many may be surprised to learn that their medications, despite having nothing to do with mood or anxiety or any other condition normally associated with depression, can increase their risk of experiencing depressive symptoms, and may lead to a depression diagnosis,” said lead author Dima Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The report was released one week after U.S. health authorities said suicides have risen 30 percent in the past two decades, with about half of suicides among people who were not known to have mental illness.

For the current study, researchers found that the risk of depression was highest among people who were taking more than one drug with depression as a possible side effect.

“Approximately 15 percent of adults who simultaneously used three or more of these medications experienced depression while taking the drugs, compared with just five percent for those not using any of the drugs, (and) seven percent for those using one medication,” said the study.

Anti-depressants are the only drug class that carries an explicit warning — called a black box warning — of suicide risk.

For other common medications — like blood pressure lowering pills, antacids known as proton pump inhibitors, painkillers and hormonal contraceptives — the warnings are harder to find or simply don’t exist in the packaging.

“Product labeling for over-the-counter medications does not include comprehensive information on adverse effects including depression,” said the report.

“Many patients may therefore not be aware of the greater likelihood of concurrent depression associated with these commonly used medications.”

NASA’s Mars rover is battling a dust storm the size of North America

NASA’s little Mars rover is battling a fierce dust storm the size of North America which is raging over the surface of the Red Planet.

The Opportunity rover was forced to halt operations last week as the storm swept over Perserverance Valley, bringing enough dust to blot out the sun.

Engineers at NASA have put the robot into minimal operations mode and are waiting to see if it will still function once the dust has settled.

The exploration rover relies on light to run its solar panels, which charge its internal battery and generate power for its heaters.

While the rover sent a transmission down to Earth on Sunday, the storm has intensified in recent days bringing “a dark, perpetual night over the rover’s location”, NASA said in a statement.

Scientists are concerned over the robot’s power levels.

There is a risk that Opportunity will get too cold as it struggles to power its internal heaters, which protect its batteries from Mars’ extreme cold.

Like the human body, the exploration rover cannot function well under excessively hot or cold temperatures.

In order to survive, the rover must not exceed temperatures of -40C to +40C.

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The storm was first detected on Saturday, June 1 and promptly grew to span more than seven million square miles – an area greater than North America.

Scientists said the swirling dust has created an extreme smog that blots out sunlight.

NASA said Opportunity’s power levels had dropped “significantly” by Wednesday, June 6, requiring the rover to shift to minimal operations.

But data from the transmission on Sunday told engineers that the rover still has enough battery charge to communication with ground controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

It also showed the rover’s temperature to be around -29C.

NASA said it will continue to monitor the rover’s power levels closely in the week to come.

However, it said that the rover has already proved hardier than expected by lasting nearly 15 years – despite being designed for a 90-day mission.

This is not the first time Opportunity has hunkered down in bad weather.

In 2007, a much larger storm covered the planet leading to two weeks of minimal operations, including several days with no contact from the rover to save power.

The best summer movie of every year since 2000

The summer movie season is heating up.

It got an early start this year with “Avengers: Infinity War” when its release date changed from May 4 to a week earlier on April 27. Since then, movies like “Deadpool 2,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Ocean’s 8” have hit theaters.

And that’s just the beginning.

This week sees the long-awaited Pixar sequel “Incredibles 2” finally come to theaters, followed next week by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” Later this summer, Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Dwayne Johnson’s “Skyscraper,” the latest in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and more will arrive.

With a lot to look forward to, we’ve looked back on the great summer movies of past years. Superhero blockbusters like “The Avengers,” animated adventures like “Shrek,” and R-rated comedies like “Superbad” stood out among the best of the best.

We’ve picked the best summer movie of every year since 2000. In this case, we counted any movie that was released in May, June, July, and August.

Below is the best summer movie of every year since 2000:

2000: “X-Men”

2000: Fox

Release date: July 14, 2000

The original “X-Men” helped kickstart the modern superhero movie craze. The franchise has since become cluttered and its timeline confusing, but its future may rest in the Disney-Fox deal.

2001: “Shrek”

2001: DreamWorks

Release date: May 18, 2001

A movie that still inspires countless memes, mostly related to that Smash Mouth song, “Shrek” was the first movie to ever win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

2002: “Spider-Man”

2002: Columbia Pictures

Release date: May 3, 2002

If “X-Men” helped start the modern superhero craze, then the original “Spider-Man” set the blueprint for the majority of its colorful movies. “Spider-Man” was fun and campy, similar to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has aspired to be.

2003: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

2003: Disney

Release date: July 9, 2003

While the franchise has been tainted by poorly received sequels, the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” remains an all-time great summer adventure.

2004: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

2004: Gemma LaMana / Paramount Pictures

Release date: July 9, 2004

“Anchorman” remains one of the best comedies of the last two decades, so it’s no surprise that it was the best movie of the summer of 2004.

2005: “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”

2005: Lucasfilm

Release date: May 19, 2005

“Revenge of the Sith” isn’t a great movie, but it is the best of the “Star Wars” prequels. As the finale of the prequel trilogy that finally shows Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader, it was truly the event of the summer of 2005.

2006: “Mission: Impossible III”

2006: Paramount Pictures

Release date: May 5, 2006

The “Mission: Impossible” movies remain one of the only film franchises to be consistently entertaining even after five movies (and a sixth coming this summer). J.J. Abrams’ third entry isn’t the best of the bunch, but it still features the franchise’s signature insane stunts and a villainous performance by the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

2007: “Superbad”

2007: Columbia Pictures

Release date: August 17, 2007

“Superbad” helped launch the careers of Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera (who had already delivered impressive laughs in “Arrested Development”). That alone would make it a memorable film, but it helps that it’s a great teenage comedy in its own right.

2008: “The Dark Knight”

2008: Warner Bros.

Release date: July 18, 2008

The best superhero movie of all time is also the best summer movie of 2008. It had competition (“Wall-E”) but “The Dark Knight’s” impact on superhero films is undeniable, and in this time of cinematic universes, it almost feels like a movie lost in a forgotten era. And Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance as the Joker goes without saying at this point.

2009: “Inglourious Basterds”

2009: The Weinstein Company

Release date: August 21, 2009

The one where they kill Hitler, Quentin Tarantino’s alternate-history film is one of his best, and capped off a summer that also gave us “Star Trek” and “District 9.” “Basterds” is undoubtedly the best of them, though, especially because of a thrilling turn from Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz.

2010: “Toy Story 3”

2010: Pixar

Release date: June 18, 2010

Everyone has their favorite “Toy Story” movie, and the third one makes a strong case for itself. Released 11 years after “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” is a tear-jerker of a movie that caps off the toys’ relationship to Andy in satisfying and emotional ways.

2011: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

2011: Warner Bros.

Release date: July 15, 2011

Like “Revenge of the Sith,” “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was a huge event movie, as it ended a decade of fantasy adventure that became a significant part of many people’s childhoods (and lives).

2012: “The Avengers”

2012: Marvel Studios

Release date: May 4, 2012

“The Avengers” was the culmination of four years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first phase. Today, those first few movies seem like an experiment, as Marvel has certainly discovered what has worked in more recent years. Compared to “Infinity War,” the first “Avengers” movie may seem like child’s play. But at the time, it was a truly impressive achievement.

2013: “The Conjuring”

2013: Warner Bros.

Release date: July 19, 2013

Horror movies aren’t generally “summer movies,” but a few have proven to be an exception, especially James Wan’s “The Conjuring.” Wan had already impressed horror fans with “Saw,” and “The Conjuring” trades in gore and torture for a spooky ghost story. But it’s hauntingly thrilling all the same and has sparked a successful franchise.

2014: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

2014: 20th Century Fox / Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

Release date: July 11, 2014

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and especially its 2017 follow-up, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are some of the bleakest summer movies of all time. But they are impeccably crafted by director Matt Reeves, and Andy Serkis delivers a stunning motion capture performance as the apes’ leader, Caesar.

2015: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

2015: Jasin Boland/Warner Bros.

Release date: May 15, 2015

Not just the best summer movie of 2015, but one of the best summer movies of all time — “Mad Max: Fury Road” is an exhilarating movie with a ferocious performance from Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, who gains a little help from road warrior Max (Tom Hardy) in freeing enslaved women from a tyrant. Director George Miller should have won the Oscar.

2016: “Captain America: Civil War”

2016: Marvel Studios

Release date: May 6, 2016

An “Avengers” movie in all but name, “Civil War” adapts the comic event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo Brothers reinvented the Captain America movies with “The Winter Soldier,” and continued their win streak with “Civil War” and this year’s “Infinity War.” The most impressive thing about the movie, though, is that it acts just as well as a Captain America movie as it does an Avengers movie, presenting Cap’s relationship with Bucky as the emotional centerpiece.

2017: “Wonder Woman”

2017: Warner Bros.

Release date: June 2, 2017

“Wonder Woman” paved the way for more female superhero movies (we’ll get another with next year’s “Captain Marvel”). Director Patty Jenkins understood not only the source material, but what this movie would mean to audiences. That shines throughout the movie, and is elevated by Gal Gadot’s wonderful performance as the title character. Funny, charming, and action-packed, “Wonder Woman” is everything audiences should want in a summer movie and a superhero movie.

Wealthy people expecting more from private bankers

High earning individuals have grown to expect tailor-made, personalised services from their wealth management provider. Consumers are also now demanding a more comprehensive approach from private banking.

Enrica Sighinolfi, a founding member of Opportunity Network, says the private banks need to build a deeper relationship with their customers to understand their concerns and motivations.

“Customers’ behaviour, knowledge, and preferences are changing at a comparable rate and demand a new approach, requiring financial institutions to rethink the relationships and interactions they have with their clients.”

The private banking industry is a highly competitive industry with all South Africa’s major banks having their own offering to attract high-net-worth individuals.

Euromoney earlier this year published its annual Private Banking and Wealth Managment Survey for 2018. In South Africa, Investec came first, RMB Private Bank second, Nedbank Private Wealth third, Absa fourth and Standard Bank fifth.

Euromoney defines private banking as financial services targeted at individuals who have over $1 million in investable assets.

The pros of private banking, said Andy Rachleff, chief executive of American investment management company Wealthfront, are:

  • Private bankers can hold your hand through turbulent markets.
  • They often provide financial planning advice like how much you can afford to pay for a house.
  • They can introduce you to expert estate planners and tax advisers.
  • They can offer mortgages and lines of credit at attractive interest rates and with a faster turnaround.

Rachleff said private bankers’ fees were typically 1 – 1.5% of assets under management.