Special Avalanche Advisory Issued For Valdez

first_imgMonday/Tuesday are expected to bring direct sunlight which will increase the avalanche hazard rapidly. Be aware of the extreme consequences of being caught in an avalanche due to the several feet of new snow that has fallen the last 10 days. According to the advisory, the Thompson Pass has received 33” of wet heavy snow since the morning of May 4th. A few slab avalanches and several point release(sluff) avalanches were visible during a break in the clouds Saturday afternoon around the Port of Valdez. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Avalanche Information Center has issued a special avalanche advisory for the Thompson Pass area and Valdez. On Wednesday, May 2, an avalanche at Blackstone Glacier, near Whittier, claimed the life of an Anchorage snowmachiner. The same day another snowmachiner narrowly escaped an avalanche in Hatcher Pass.last_img read more

Lady Gaga John Mayer Ariana Grande Speak Out For Gun Control

first_imgThis is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion.  Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol— Gaga (@ladygaga) October 2, 2017 8) There’s two moralities: morality identity and morality-in-action. Our greater moral identity doesn’t match our actions so far.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017Las Vegas Shooting: Recording Academy Issues StatementRead more 7) If you’re not at least trying to fix this, you’re effectively telling the country in your (in)actions that this somehow acceptable.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017 Facebook No words. Just grief, sadness, and the never-ending attempt to make sense of something utterly senseless. Love to all in Las Vegas.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017″If you’re not at least trying to fix this, you’re effectively telling the country in your (in)actions that this somehow acceptable,” he tweeted. “There’s two moralities: morality identity and morality-in-action. Our greater moral identity doesn’t match our actions so far.” Email News My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 2, 2017 John Mayer also expressed his views in a lengthy series of tweets. Lady Gaga, John Mayer Speak Out For Gun Control lady-gaga-john-mayer-ariana-grande-speak-out-gun-control Along with Moby and the Chainsmokers, artists make a call for tougher legislation on guns following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2017 – 11:02 am Following the deadly mass shooting on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas during the Route 91 Harvest Festival that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 injured, artists have renewed the call for stricter gun control laws.Artists including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Moby, and the Chainsmokers have taken to social media to both offer support for the victims and Las Vegas as well as call on legislators to take action to help prevent mass shootings from happening. Twitter Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Ariana Grande Speak Out For Gun Control last_img read more

Google Earth launches final Carmen Sandiego mystery game

first_img Share your voice Online Mobile Apps Gaming Mobile Digital Media CNET Apps Today Google Maps for Android Tags 1 Comment Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Carmen Sandiego is back, again.  Google Earth Paperstar, a dastardly VILE operative and master origami maker, is making trouble on Google Earth. The Keys to the Kremlin have been stolen from Russia. Your job: investigate the scene of the crime in Moscow, track down the criminals and recover the loot.The Keys to the Kremlin Caper is the third and final Carmen Sandiego game to come to Google Earth this year. In March, the ’90s star of children’s educational television first visited Google Earth with The Crown Jewels Caper. In May, the globetrotter returned with The Tutankhamun’s Mask Caper.Like in the previous two games, you’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city. Google said that its focusing on new partnerships, but there’s a possibility that it will work with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt again. Gumshoes can find the previous Carmen Sandiego mysteries in the Games category on Google Earth. Google also said it’s working on more geography-based games.  Netflix released a Carmen Sandiego animated show earlier this year and is making a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie starring Gina Rodriguez, who also voices the character in the Netflix show.Originally published June 18.Update, June 19: Adds comment from Google. Googlelast_img read more

Syngenta turns down China Chemical corps 42 billion purchase offer Bloomberg

first_imgChina National Chemical Corp is in talks to buy Switzerland’s Syngenta AG but its initial offer of nearly $42 billion for the world’s largest agrichemical company was rejected, Bloomberg said on Thursday.State-owned ChemChina’s first offer valued the agricultural chemicals group at 449 Swiss francs per share, or 41.7 billion Swiss francs ($41.72 billion), according to Bloomberg.Citing unidentified sources, it said the rejection stemmed from regulatory concerns. The two companies have not broken off talks and an agreement could still be reached in the next few weeks, Bloomberg said.Syngenta, under pressure to offer value to shareholders after turning down a big offer from Monsanto Co earlier this year, is also talking to other potential suitors, according to Bloomberg.U.S.-listed shares of Syngenta were up 14% at $79.22 in extended trading on Thursday.Syngenta and ChemChina could not immediately be reached for comment.Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s cash plus stock offer in August. The offer was worth about $47 billion and Syngenta said it “significantly undervalued the company.”At the time, some shareholders expressed disappointment over the spurned deal and questioned the company’s ability to improve its financial fortunes in a slumping commodity market.To appease shareholders, Syngenta announced plans in September to buy back more than $2 billion of stock, funding the measure by selling its vegetable seeds business.last_img read more

Air India offers new discount scheme to woo passengers

first_imgGovernment-owned carrier Air India on Saturday announced an all-inclusive airfare of Rs. 1,499 to passengers on all domestic routes. The limited-period scheme is valid between May 21 and 25.Passengers can book their tickets for travel between July and September 30, 2016. The AI offer comes close on the heels of similar discounts by other domestic carriers such as SpiceJet and Air Asia India.”Under super sale offer, Flyers can book tickets at attractive fares starting from Rs. 1,499 (all inclusive) on domestic network,” Press Trust of India quoted Air India as saying in a statement.Two quarters i.e. January to March and July to September are typically considered the season that witnesses lack of travel demand from passengers. Last week, budget carrier SpiceJet announced a three-day sale of airfares with domestic base-fare starting from Rs. 511 and international base-fare starting from Rs. 2,111 to mark its 11th anniversary.On the other hand, AirAsia India announced 50 percent discount on return flights for three days (between May 16-18). Passengers could book their tickets for flights between August and November 2016. AirAsia India had said the offer was to make the carrier fly 2.5 million passengers since its India foray in June 2014.Airlines in India witnessed double-digit growth in domestic passenger traffic in April. Air India improved its share to 15.1 percent in April from 14.7 percent in March, while budget carrier SpiceJet saw its share go up marginally to 12.9 percent from 12.8 percent in the preceding month. IndiGo improved its market share to a fourth-month high of 38.7 percent.last_img read more

Warren Williamson among candidates at historic Native American presidential forum

first_img We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The largest presidential election forum focused on the concerns of Native Americans drew several leading Democratic presidential candidates in its first day, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum — named for the late Winnebago activist — is hosted by Native American voting rights group Four Directions and the Native Organizers Alliance.A panel of tribal leaders, tribal citizens and Native American youth presented questions to each of the presidential candidates who appeared Monday (Aug. 19) at the two-day forum. A total of 11 candidates are expected to attend the forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, either in person or via video.O.J. Semans, co-executive director of Four Directions, introduced the forum as “Indian Country 101 for America,” which included discussions of issues informed by indigenous spirituality.Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance, referenced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s action to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota in her opening remarks. That action was sustained by a belief in the sacredness of the land and a spiritual responsibility to protect the water that ran through it.“We are moving on a continuum from protest to power,” LeBlanc said.“Standing Rock interrupted the narrative, and when we left Standing Rock, we went back to our cities and our reservations to organize.”RELATED: The ‘Splainer: The ‘spiritual battle’ over the Dakota Access pipelineWarren’s appearance at the forum was highly anticipated, in part because of controversy surrounding her claim to Cherokee ancestry. Cherokee writer and activist Rebecca Nagle and other activists have taken issue with the claim. Meanwhile, President Trump has regularly mocked Warren by referring to her as “Pocahontas” — a remark many indigenous people also see as racist.Warren appeared to address the controversy in her opening remarks.Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, on Aug. 19, 2019. Video screengrab“Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” she said. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together.”Warren was later pressed on pipelines that threaten sites indigenous people consider sacred.“I will revoke the permit for the pipelines,” she said to cheers and applause. “It shouldn’t have been granted in the first place.”She also insisted on the importance of tribal sovereignty.“Tribal governments are the ones who control what happens on tribal lands,” she said. “That’s what it means. A government-to-government relation.”RELATED: Denominations repent for Native American land grabsThe first question asked at the forum — to presidential candidate and spiritual author Marianne Williamson — referred to the Doctrine of Discovery, which gave theological justification to European conquest of Indigenous peoples and land.Williamson addressed the panel “in the spirit of prayerfulness that was already invoked at this event.”Her remarks addressing the United States’ history of unjust treatment of Native Americans also were couched in spiritual language, calling on the country to “atone” and “reconcile with a horrific chapter of our past.”When asked whether she would protect lands indigenous people deem sacred, the candidate insisted she “will not compromise” with corporations who unfairly encroach on such lands.“Their time is over,” she said.RELATED: The spiritual politics of presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonPresidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are also slated to address the forum on Monday.Sen. Bernie Sanders; former housing secretary Julián Castro; Navajo pastor, speaker and author Mark Charles; former Rep. John Delaney and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to speak Tuesday. Sen. Kamala Harris and former Rep. Joe Sestak reportedly are late additions to the line-up, according to Indian Country Today. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Letter: Nationalism is anathema to Christian faith Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names Tags2020 campaign 2020 election 2020 presidential election election 2020 Elizabeth Warren Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum homepage featured Marianne Williamson Native American spirituality politics Top Story,You may also like Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Dare dream dance

first_imgThe first day of the two-day dancing festival Quarter Fest lll kicked off in the Capital at a high note. Sadhya- a unit of performing arts has organised this event that started off at Indian Habitat Centre on December 8. Santosh Nair is the curator of the show. The fest opened with a performance by Shreya (Production name- Padam). She used her imagery from Bharatanatyam Padams in Shringar (love), Bhakti (devotion), and Vatsalya (affection) traditions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The piece focused on the personal process of change as she attempts to overcome her disconnect with the classical processes.Next performance was a group performance by Sadhya – Nataraj- the Lord of Dance. It was a tribute to the source of all movements- Shiva. It showcased a beautiful transformation of vision into a visual expression, reflecting Sadhya’s belief of an existence of a beautiful bonding between tradition and modernity. It bought the culture of India-that is strong and limitless, that is bound to its roots and at the same time ready to explore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMoving further with the performance by Sanchita and Himanshu Sharma, presented the interpretation of contemporary through their production BE  which was mind full of thoughts about what, why, how when I look, observe, perceive. Day 1 ended with the performance of Rahul Goswami whose exquisite production Proximity portrayed things we cannot explain. Everything that surrounds us has a system. We form a very complex system and finding directions to go beyond is not a possibility. We need to come back to the same place. The second day began with performance by   Meghna Bhardwaj (Production- Ghetto), followed by Neha Sharma (Production- Commerce of Arts), Kamla Nehru College (Production- Yuva Yatra) and  Danceworx (Production- Heartbeat and Thithi) on December 9. The main idea behind Quarter Fest is to bring in varied styles performing the contemporary adding their own touches to it. The festival promises to bring a repertoire of works reflecting varied foundations and their unique style of drawing from the same root – contemporary dance.last_img read more

Celebrate midautumn festival with Moon Cakes

first_imgYauatcha, a dim sum teahouse from London will be celebrating the popular Mid-Autumn Festival of China with the introduction of limited edition moon cakes from September 1 to 30 at their restaurant. Like most Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival too has its dedicated delicacy, the moon cake, whose shape symbolises reunion and togetherness in the Chinese culture. Yauatcha has created a modern interpretation of the classic Chinese moon cake, sweet with a thick Chinese style custard infused with Asian ingredients. The outer filling is pastry decorated with delicate patterns to suit the discerning palate. Available in four unique flavour options such as the Jasmine tea moon cake, Salted caramel and sesame moon cake, Coconut and mixed nuts moon cake and the zingy Lemon zest moon cake, Yauatcha will serve these delicious desserts alongside the green tea ice cream. The moon cakes as well as the green tea ice cream are both eggless and thus suitable for vegetarians. It is traditional to eat moon cakes and give them as gifts throughout the month and these would be available at the retail counter to take away at Rs 300 for a box of three at Yauatcha New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Launched in 2004 in London, Yauatcha gained immediate critical acclaim and received its Michelin star within a year of opening. Yauatcha offers authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence as well as wok dishes and other small eats. The concept is a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese teahouse featuring a wide range of Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Taiwanese teas. Yauatcha is also known for its handmade petitsgâteaux, macarons available both a la carte and retail.last_img read more

7 burning questions for Costa Rica before tonights key friendly against Paraguay

first_imgCosta Rica needs to beat Paraguay tonight. Is it possible I’m overstating the importance of this friendly? Possibly. But a victory tonight would go a long way to reinvigorate a Tico squad thathas looked miserable for the past four months, and only has three more before the World Cup begins in Brazil.Moreover, this looks to be the only time Costa Rica’s best players will be on the pitch together until they board the plane for South America. The Paraguay game marks Costa Rica’s final home match (called “la despedida” or “going away match”) before the World Cup. The stars, who missed the previous friendlies, are ready to go. The team ought to feel motivated to leave the country on a high note. If Costa Rica can’t spark some enthusiasm tonight, the next three months will feel like a tedious slog toward inevitable defeat.  The rival Latin American squads meet at 8 p.m. at the National Stadium in La Sabana, in western San José. The game won’t be televised in the U.S., but will be available on channels 6 and 7 in Costa Rica. Here are the most important questions that “La Sele,” as the men’s national team is known, will try to answer tonight in its final home clash. 1. Can Costa Rica score a damn goal?The Ticos have been shut out in their previous three international friendlies (1-0 to South Korea; 4-o to Chile; 1-0 to Australia). All three of those matches took place away from Costa Rica. However, the team was undefeated at home during its World Cup qualifying campaign last year. That final game of qualifying — a 2-1 win over Mexico in the National Stadium in October — marks the last time Costa Rica scored. La Sele plays like a completely different team at home. Eventually they’ll have to figure out how to score on the road if they plan on being competitive in Brazil, but returning home might provide the boost necessary to get the team on the right path again. It’s back to basics tonight as Costa Rica tries to relearn the art of getting the ball into the net.2. Which players have the best chance of actually scoring? Here are the three most likely names to tally Costa Rica’s first goal in almost five months.Choice #1: Bryan Ruíz – Snubbed in England, team captain Bryan Ruíz returns to Costa Rica with a chip on his shoulder and on a hot streak. Ruíz was hardly given a chance to contribute to his Premier League team Fulham before the club shipped him off to the Netherlands in January. In the Dutch League, the forward is showing doubters what he’s capable of in the right setting. He’s scored in three straight games for PSV Eindhoven. Ruíz also opened the scoring in that Mexico game back in November. His recent success makes him our best bet to score tonight.Choice #2: Álvaro Saborío – He has had a reputation as a choke artist on the international level. But he’s also the last Costa Rican to score for the national team, notching the game-winner against Mexico in October. Saborío, last year’s Latin Player of the Year in Major League Soccer, doesn’t seem rusty after a long layoff, either. With the MLS season about to start up again, Saborío scored last week in a preseason game for Real Salt Lake.Choice #3: Joel Campbell – The 21-year-old wowed the world last week with a wonder goal for his Greek team against Manchester United during a Champions League match. The youngster has the talent to eventually be one of the best players from the Americas. Though in international play, he’s still best known for a pathetic dive during a qualifying match against the United States.3. After his recent golazo, does Joel Campbell have an encore in store?Campbell has had a stellar campaign for Olympiakos in Greece. His goal against Manchester United was just the icing on the cake. He’s looked good throughout his time there, and seems prepared to join Premier League team Arsenal next year. Like I mentioned above, Campbell is not the best goal scorer on La Sele, but he is the team’s most exciting player. Can he astound once more against Paraguay?4. Can Costa Rica dominate a crappy Paraguay squad? Paraguay is in rebuild mode. In 2010, the team reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in South Africa (while Costa Rica failed to qualify). Four years later, Paraguay is out of the World Cup and is the worst team in South America. That doesn’t mean the Paraguayans will be pushovers, but this is not a game a World Cup-qualifying team should lose. If Costa Rica wants to inspire confidence, the Ticos should dictate the pace of this game from start to finish. If they can’t, Costa Rica’s bleak chances to advance out of the group stage of the World Cup become even more dispiriting.Paraguay holds the all-time edge against Costa Rica. The Ticos have two wins, three losses and a draw against the South American squad. The national teams haven’t met since 2010 (a 2-0 Paraguay victory).5. Will the stadium even be half-filled?Costa Rica officials have been promoting this game as the official goodbye party of the national team, but it seems like fans might flake on the occasion. As of Tuesday morning, only 7,000 tickets had been sold out of 30,000. Apparently sales have gone better today, but this won’t be the raucous send off that La Sele would have preferred.A follow-up question might be: How cheap can you buy scalped tickets outside the stadium tonight? The answer: Probably real cheap. A good deal shouldn’t be hard to find.6. Can anyone replace Bryan Oviedo? The Costa Rican midfielder suffered a horrific leg break in late January while with his English club Everton. Some thought the injury ended his chance to play in the 2014 World Cup. However, Oviedo seems to be recovering quickly and he has a decent shot of returning just in time for games in Brazil. Until his return is confirmed, Costa Rica will need to find an adequate substitute for arguably the national team’s best player. Waylon Francis, of the MLS’s Columbus Crew, will try to prove he can get the job against Paraguay. A few more roster additions also will attempt to show tonight that they deserve a permanent position on the World Cup team. We’ll see if reserves like John Jairo Ruíz, José Salvatierra and Marco Ureña have anything to offer head coach Jorge Luis Pinto. Management considers the team about 80 percent complete. The 23-man roster must be set by June 2.6. Will the suddenly brilliant Keylor Navas allow a goal?  Goalie Keylor Navas. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesIf Costa Rica struggles to score again, La Sele should at least feel confident that it won’t give up a goal on its own end. Goaltender Navas is the team’s fastest rising star. Statistically, he’s the best goalie in Spain’s fierce national league. He’s breaking records and receiving lucrative offers from top clubs in Europe. (Navas currently plays for Levante.) This will be Navas’ first international match with all the new hype surrounding him. The attention on him will only mount in Brazil. Let’s see how he handles the pressure against Paraguay.7. How ’bout those new unis?On Monday, Costa Rica and sponsor Lotto revealed the team’s World Cup uniforms. The consensus from fans? Ugly with a capital U. (I feel they’re merely boring). Could all the vitriol be misplaced aggression after watching the team flounder for several months? Probably. Costa Rica will wear the new home uniforms for the first time tonight, and perhaps those jerseys will look better under the bright lights at La Sabana. Perhaps they’ll look better after a win. Facebook Comments Related posts:Joel Campbell among Costa Rican stars playing in World Cup warm-up against Paraguay next Wednesday 10 images from Costa Rica’s hard-fought victory over Paraguay Watch Joel Campbell and Álvaro Saborío score in Costa Rica’s 2-1 victory over Paraguay Costa Rica ‘not going to hide anything’ against Japan in tonight’s World Cup exhibitionlast_img read more

Australias new initiative for business events

first_imgMinister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has launched a new initiative to attract more international business events to Australian shores.Building on the success of the recent China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in securing greater opportunities for the local tourism sector, Mr Robb said the ‘Attracting Business Events to Australia’ initiative, will further enhance Australia’s thriving tourism market.“Business events in Australia have a global reputation for being first-class, stellar events; they’re extremely important in terms of promoting Australia to the world,” Mr Robb said.“They showcase Australia’s business capabilities, foster trade and investment outcomes, facilitate stronger people-to-people links and make a significant contribution to our economy.”‘Attracting Business Events to Australia’ sets out a framework for the Australian Government, through Austrade and Tourism Australia to work with industry during the bidding and event-delivery process.Under the new framework, Austrade will coordinate ministerial support for an event and will organise onshore and offshore promotion, while Tourism Australia will partner with industry to provide marketing and promotional materials.“This new framework demonstrates the common sense approach this Government has taken to the tourism portfolio, by moving it under the trade umbrella; allowing closer alignment between the work done by Austrade – our export promotion agency – and Tourism Australia,” Mr Robb said.With the tourism sector already worth more than $13 billion a year, this new initiative will make a significant contribution to the Tourism 2020 goal, of increasing overnight visitor expenditure to between $115 billion and $140 billion by the year 2020.Australian Convention Bureau play a critical role in securing international business events for Australia and under this new framework they will serve as the first point of contact for event organisers.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

SubSahara Africa Sudan in light green is also

first_imgSub-Sahara Africa. Sudan, in light green, is also classified as North Africa.Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion (€5.27 billion) in 2020, according to Digital TV Research. The new figures claim that pay TV revenues in the region will climb from US$1.92 billion in 2010 and US$3.54 billion last year, with South Africa and Nigeria to account for more than half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s pay TV revenues by 2020.According to the research, pay TV revenues in South Africa alone are set to climb from US$1.81 billion in 2014 to US$2.1 billion in 2020, and in Nigeria from US$449 million to US$1.15 billion over the same time period.Satellite TV accounted for 92% of Sub-Sahara African 2014 pay TV revenues last year, though DTT is expected to make inroads in the coming years, quadrupling its revenue over the next six years and accounting for US$802 million in 2020.Digital TV Research said there were 9.65 million pay satellite, 2.81 million pay DTT customers and a total of 12.92 million pay TV subscribers at the end of 2014.It predicted that the pay total will more than double to 27.95 million by 2020, with satellite TV contributing 16.21 million and pay DTT another 9.44 million.“Three companies [Multichoice (DStv and GOtv), Canal Plus and StarTimes] accounted for more than 90% of pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa by end-2014. However, we have outlined plans for at least 30 major platform launches in 2015 throughout this report – at least twice as many as in 2014,” said Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.last_img read more

In This Issue   Bias to sell dollars remains w

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to sell dollars remains weak. *  One more day until D-Day. *  London calling. *  James Rickards on a Gold Manipulation end. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Will We, or Won’t We? Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well, looky here! It’s Rocktober 16th! 16 days in Rocktober have flown by very quickly, leading us to tomorrow, the 17th, when all hell is supposed to break loose. China, the U.S.’s largest creditor, sent a message to the U.S. lawmakers urging them to raise the debt ceiling, and the Tea Party responded, “Butt out”  Recall, that I told you a couple of weeks ago, that this was all going to get ugly, and it appears to be heading in that direction in a  hurry! “The U.S. must shoulder its responsibility as the world’s biggest economy and holder of the main reserve currency and take concrete measures before Oct. 17 to avoid a default,” said Deputy Finance Minister, Zhu Guangyao. He then went on to mention the Tea Party. Well, those may end up being fightin’ words!  But. before this tempest in a teacup gets blown out of proportion, let me say that I personally don’t think China is that concerned with the U.S. defaulting, but instead look at this as a chance to lay down the soundtrack that will be played over and over again in the future, when they can remind everyone that they tried to warn the U.S. but they failed to listen. So. Here we are, at the precipice of what could be a very momentous, historical event. That I still think is just a bunch of drama, just like it was in 2011 and what did we get out of that hand wringing, sweat dripping, sawdust on the floor, drama? Well, we got some debt cuts on future spending increases over the next 10 years. Was it really worth losing our AAA rating with S&P over that? Well, the ratings agency Fitch says their AAA rating for the U.S. is “under watch”. The Treasury Bond market isn’t fazed by all of this, as yields remain steady Eddie. The U.S. dollar also isn’t too fazed by all of this, as the dollar index remains around 80. U.S. stocks seem to be caught in the middle, but all the trading in these assets, seems to be muted, as if there’s a “lock-down order” on them. Now, I don’t know who could put a “lock-down order” on stocks and bonds, do you? ” HA!  Gold seems to be the only asset class that has really taken it on the chin with the U.S. dangling a default in front of the markets’ eyes.  To me, someone who normally thinks logically about stuff, seeing the reality of a situation long before most, I would think that stocks, bonds and the dollar would be getting the snot knocked out them, while Gold would be soaring.  My longtime friend, and one-time mentor in bond trading, Ed Bonawitz, always used to remind me that the “markets are never wrong”. You can think you are so right, and the markets are wrong, but the markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. So. This is what we have to work with these days. Of course tomorrow could be a whole different ballgame. Remember what the rock group Pink Floyd sang about. “It’s a battle of words, and most of them are lies”. Man, the lawmakers must be sitting around with their IPods and headphones, listening to Pink Floyd!  HA! Right, and my first wife was a young Elizabeth Taylor, yeah, that’s the ticket! The great Steely Dan song, Black Friday, is playing right now.. That could very well be playing out in a couple of days, eh? When Black Friday comes, I’ll collect everything I’m owed, And before my friends find out, I’ll be on the road.  Oh, and this is great! That song was followed by Kansas doing “play that game tonight”. That’s exactly what the lawmakers will be doing tonight!  Remember what the analyst told us last week about what happens when you attempt to wait until the 11th hour to do a deal? That things could go awry, and then no deal is done!   This is the risk in the markets, although, as I said above, I just don’t see this default happening, now that is. So. the bias to sell dollars remains in the markets this morning, but as I said above, it is muted. The euro recovered its lost ground yesterday, and has added a bit today, while the Aussie dollar (A$) is also up a bit. Gold did a quick recovery yesterday morning, gaining back the $20 it was down when I was writing. That was an interesting move for Gold, given that the 4 previous days, it got taken down about the same time each morning. The shiny metal is off a couple of bucks today. Well, the $20 hit that Gold was taking on yesterday morning, was reversed in the early hours trading on Tuesday. So, for once, the trading pattern of early morning (when NY Traders arrive) taking Gold to the woodshed, didn’t happen yesterday.  Were the NY Traders still making their way home from Hamptons?  That would be my guess! But the analysts that refuse to see the truth, would tell us that the price action in Gold is all about whether the markets believe the U.S. will default.  The trading pattern would then lend itself to be one of: buy Gold if it appears the U.S. won’t default, and they will continue to build debt, and print money, and sell Gold if it appears that the U.S. will default. All last week, as we experienced Groundhog Day over and over again, it appeared as though lawmakers would be happy to brings us to the doorstep of default.  And yesterday, it appeared that a deal was in the making. But NOOOOOOOO! I always check the headlines of the Drudge Report each afternoon. The Headlines, in most cases, are better than the actual stories, and yesterday afternoon, one of the headlines read: “It’s All Fallen Apart”  Now, that’s not going to give anyone a warm and fuzzy, eh? OK, let’s talk about something else, this debt/ default stuff is giving me a rash!  Oh! How about the story on the Bloomberg this morning talking about the U.K. joining Taiwan and Hong Kong as a country that will be able to take part in a program allowing offshore renminbi / yuan to be invested in Chinese securities. An $13 Billion (in dollar terms) quota for investors in London to buy onshore assets was approved by China overnight. Folks, I don’t know of any other way I can tell you, other than the way I’ve told you for the last few years. This is just another step China is taking to eventually get to an internationally traded currency. Remember how I told you last month that China had opened the pilot areas where the renminbi / yuan can be converted.  I think that China has really stepped up the pace of their plans to remove the dollar as the reserve currency of the world, and replace it with the renminbi / yuan. China is finally opening up their financial sector. They have removed the dollar’s relevancy in the terms of trade in countries throughout the world, they have become the world’s creditor, they have begun to allow convertibility of their currency. It’s all right there before our eyes, folks. Oh. And China allowed the renminbi/ yuan to reach a 20 year high VS the dollar (low in their price number, remember renminbi is a European priced currency, which means that the lower the price number goes, the more value it returns)  In the past year, we’ve had so many renminbi investors lose their patience, and sell. Well, if they held renminbi long enough, they had some nice gains to take. But, to eventually hold the reserve currency of the world? Isn’t that worth waiting for? There was a good story on MarketWatch yesterday, that caught my eye. The title read: 5- Countries Whose Bonds Are Safer Than Treasuries. Let’s listen in to a bit of what the writer, Brett Arends has to say here:  “According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the U.S. government’s net debt is now 89% of gross domestic product. By contrast, Germany-often thought of as Europe’s most financially sound nation-has net debts of only 56% of GDP. But if you want really, really safe, you should look a little further north of there-or a long way south. Scandinavian countries, and the Antipodes, have the best financial picture of all. New Zealand’s net debt is just 29% of its economy, and Australia’s is just 13%, according to the IMF. The Governments of Sweden and Norway are actually sitting on net assets. In other words, their Governments’ assets exceed their liabilities. Norway has by far the strongest finances on the block. If you imagined a country that managed its financial affairs perfectly, it would look like that. Seriously.” -Brett Arends Chuck again, the other country he mentions in his story was Denmark, who’s debt runs a mere 10% of GDP.  Now. the only country I think he missed here, and probably because it’s viewed as a closed economy that’s difficult to deal in, and that would be China. Whenever I go out on the road and talk about ways to diversify, I always talk about foreign bonds and stocks, but mostly about foreign bonds. Many long time readers know that I got my feet wet in the foreign markets by being a foreign bond trader for the old Mark Twain Bank. So, foreign bonds are part of me. The way I always told the salespeople to talk to investors about foreign bonds is that it’s an excellent diversification tool, and gives you a longer view on a country and a currency, while hopefully giving you a pickup in yield over U.S. deposits. At EverBank, our NASD affiliate brokerage firm, EverTrade Direct, executes foreign bonds and stocks. Brokerage is not Bank, and they are not deposits of the bank, but that doesn’t make them any less of a great diversification tool! OK. that was a nice change of pace, talking about foreign bonds, eh?  It’s funny, but when people stop me and ask me to list my best currencies, the list looks pretty much like the one that Brett Arends listed. So, there you go! I found it interesting that New Zealand was on his list. The do have a smallish debt to GDP ratio, but their Current Account Deficit is not good, and has been weighing on the currency (kiwi) ever since the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) had to make the 2 emergency rate cuts a couple of years ago to help out after the earthquakes in New Zealand. Well, last night, New Zealand printed their latest CPI (consumer inflation), and it surprised to the upside! OK. I’ve been telling you that the recent data, and RBNZ talk is that it’s about time to reverse the emergency rate cuts, well. This data doesn’t water down that talk one bit. In fact, I think it is just another notch in the rate hike belt for early 2014, and those that are seeing this, like I have seen it, are pushing kiwi higher each day. Before I head to the Big Finish this morning, I thought I would share this funny with you from Jay Leno last Friday night. “It is now day 11 of the government shutdown and we knew sooner or later something like this was going to happen. Despite the national parks being shut down, several men were severely mauled by bears yesterday. But enough about the New York Giants” – Jay Leno For What It’s Worth. OK, long time readers know that I truly appreciate the things James Rickards has to say. And this morning, I have a couple of snippets from an interview that was on the GATA website with James Rickards, talking about Gold manipulation. Let’s listen in. “Central bank manipulation of gold markets can and will last until physical shortages become so acute that banks and exchanges can no longer deliver on futures and forward contacts when requested by customers. At that point, contracts will be terminated and exchanges will order that trading be conducted “for liquidation only” which means that futures customers can close out or rollover contacts, but they cannot receive physical delivery of gold. The signs that the manipulation is coming to an end will include depletion of warehouses, price spikes and notifications from banks that they will no longer allow the conversion of gold forward contacts into physical gold.” – James Rickards Chuck again. When asked if he anticipated an overnight ending of manipulation or a progressive process, James Rickards replied: “Both. The process will proceed slowly at first, then gain momentum, then reach a panic buying stage where the termination of deliveries under futures and forward contacts will be announced very suddenly. At that point, physical gold will be scarce and interested parties will not be able to acquire it in small quantities at any price.” Chuck again x 2. I would pay attention to what James Rickards has to say folks. That just my opinion, of course!  But who else has come out with this scenario? To recap. We’re down to the last day before the expiration of the extraordinary measures that are keeping the country paying its bills.  The markets don’t believe a default will happen, and neither does Chuck, although he does admit there is a risk that an 11th hour deal might fail. Fitch puts the U.S. AAA rating on watch. that should have sent Treasuries to the woodshed, but it didn’t. New Zealand CPI printed stronger than expected, thus putting everything in alignment for a rate hike early in 2014, pushing kiwi higher. Currencies today 10/16/13. American Style: A$ .9535, kiwi .8420, C$ .9645, euro 1.3560, sterling 1.6045, Swiss $1.0985, . European Style: rand 9.96, krone 6.0050, SEK 6.4975, forint 218.20, zloty 3.0770, koruna 18.9350, RUB 32.23, yen 98.30, sing 1.2440, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.84, China 6.1408, pesos 12.96, BRL 2.1775, Dollar Index 80.34, Oil $101.36, 10-year 2.72%, Silver $21.23, Platinum $1,391.60, Palladium $708.85, and Gold. $1,281.50 That’s it for today. My beloved Cardinals moved within one win of going to the World Series. We were here last year too, with a 3-1 games lead, and lost 3 consecutive games to the Giants, I hope that they learned something from last year. It’s an afternoon game today, so I’ll actually get to see the whole game! Let’s hope it’s something I want to see! Jen is out in LA to attend the game today, now that should be fun! I was asked to go, but I’ve been having too many problems with my stomach to risk a 4 hour flight! So, I sent Jen, who is the biggest baseball fan I’ve ever met, for a female that is! The morning air was quite chilly when I walked across the bridge from the garage today. I guess it’s time to get out the jacket. UGH! Because I know what follows that.  And soon I’ll be complaining about how cold it is, and how I want to go where it’s warm! So, you have that to look forward to! HA!  Hey.. go out and have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

The same pattern has played out again and again ar

first_imgThe same pattern has played out again and again around the world and throughout history. The worse a government’s fiscal health gets, the more destructive its policies become.This is the root of political risk.It’s no secret that political risk is snowballing in many parts of the world. This is especially true in the US and Europe, where welfare and warfare spending continues unabated. It doesn’t matter which party is in power.But no matter where you live, international diversification can greatly reduce the threat your home government poses to your personal and financial well-being.You know the benefits of diversifying your investment portfolio. If you put all of your asset eggs in one basket, you could lose your entire portfolio if that basket breaks.The same idea applies to political risk. If your home country “breaks”—and turns to the destructive policies I just mentioned—you could lose everything.Most people have medical, life, fire, and car insurance. You hope you never have to use these policies, but you have them anyway. They give you peace of mind and protect you if and when the worst does happen.International diversification is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as “freedom insurance.”It frees you from absolute dependence on any one country. Achieve that freedom, and it becomes very difficult for any group of bureaucrats to control you.The results can be life-changing. Recommended Link [EXPIRES MIDNIGHT] Today is your last chance to get the top pick of one of the most successful analysts in Bill Bonner’s network… and lock in a free year of one of his most popular research services. Click here for all the details. — Justin’s note: As longtime readers know, owning gold for the long term is one of our core recommendations here at Casey Research. And it’s now more important than ever. That’s because every day, the window to protect your personal and financial freedom closes a bit more.Today, we’re handing the reins to Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno to explain why… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis InvestingIt’s predictable…A government in need of cash will turn to destructive “solutions.”Money printing, higher taxes, and more regulations often come first. Unfortunately, these are just the hors d’oeuvres before a 10-course meal.As they become increasingly desperate, governments implement increasingly destructive policies. This might include capital controls, price controls, people controls, official currency devaluations, wealth confiscations, retirement account nationalizations, and more. Less than 10 people in the world know about thisTrue breakthroughs rarely happen in the world of market trading… But this is one of them. Developed in secrecy over five years, it’s a never-before-seen indicator of short-term stock profit opportunities. Only a handful of people know about this data-proven 93.5%-accurate way of picking future market wins… But now we’re throwing back the veil on it — so that YOU can get rich. Discover it now by clicking here. The Easiest First StepIt’s crucial to place some of your savings beyond the easy reach of your home government. It keeps that government from trapping your money if and when it implements capital controls or outright asset seizures. Any government can do either without warning.The ultimate way to diversify your savings is to transfer it out of the immediate reach of your home government and into something tangible.Something that cannot be easily confiscated, nationalized, frozen, or devalued at the drop of a hat or with a couple of taps on the keyboard—while retaining as much privacy as legally possible.Something whose value is recognized around the world and is not controlled by any government.Gold (and silver) fit the bill perfectly.There is nothing particularly American, Chinese, Russian, or European about gold. Different civilizations have used it as money for millennia. It’s always been an inherently international asset.Buying gold is perhaps the easiest step you can take towards diversifying your savings.When you buy gold, you trade in paper money—which the government can devalue and confiscate at will—for a hard asset that’s been a stable store of value for thousands of years.Gold is universally valued. Its worth doesn’t depend on any government.In other words, simply buying gold is the easiest way to lessen the political risk to your savings.Freedom InsuranceSomehow, someway, your home government will keep squeezing your pocketbook harder. It will keep subjecting you to escalating, arbitrary, and burdensome regulations and restrictions.Expect more government and less freedom all around.With each passing week, the window to protect your personal and financial freedom closes a bit more.Fortunately, you don’t need to be hostage to a desperate and out-of-control government.International diversification is a time-tested route to freedom. Wealthy people around the world have used it for centuries to effectively protect their money and their families.Buying gold is an important first step.Regards,Nick GiambrunoEditor, Crisis InvestingP.S. Buying gold is where to start. But there’s much more to do…The US government gets bigger, more invasive, and more aggressive by the day. But you can take concrete steps to protect yourself from this hostile giant.That’s why New York Times best-selling author Doug Casey and I just released an urgent video that explains more about the crisis that’s about to hit America…and why it’s so important that you take action today.You can learn more right here. Recommended Link —last_img read more

The attorney general of Oklahoma goes to court in

first_imgThe attorney general of Oklahoma goes to court in an unprecedented case this week.The state is charging drugmaker Johnson & Johnson with “a cynical, deceitful multimillion dollar brainwashing campaign” in order to sell opioids, according to The Guardian..The civil case is the first time a pharmaceutical company has gone to court over responsibility for the opioid epidemic. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 130 people died every day in 2017 due to opioid-related causes.The case comes amid another landmark lawsuit filed in March against Purdue Pharma LP, the company behind the narcotic OxyContin. “More than 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes from 28 states have filed a federal lawsuit against eight members of the Sackler family,” CNN reported. The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma.More from CNN:Like other suits that have been filed, this one alleges the Sackler family made a fortune by using deceptive marketing to sell addictive and potentially deadly painkillers.“Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic,” the suit says, then naming the eight defendants.“Because they controlled their own privately held drug company, the Sackler Defendants had the power to decide how addictive narcotics were sold. They got more patients on opioids, at higher doses, for longer, than ever before. They paid themselves billions of dollars. They are responsible for addiction, overdose, and death that damaged millions of lives. They should be held accountable now.”What would justice look like for those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic? Who is to blame for the crisis?Produced by Jonquilyn Hill.GUESTSJackie Fortier, Senior health care reporter, StateImpact Oklahoma; @JackieFortierKatie Zezima, National reporter, The Washington Post; @katiezezBrian Frosh, Attorney General, MarylandTom Miller, Attorney General, IowaFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

After Inventing the Checkin Foursquare Pivots With Efforts to Sell its Location

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares The New York-based company’s main business is now licensing its location data to other companies like American Express and Land Rover. Next Article After Inventing the Check-in, Foursquare Pivots With Efforts to Sell its Location Superpowers to Everyone Foursquare has gone through a profound transformation since it popularized the concept of the “check-in” back in 2009.The New York-based company’s main business is now licensing its location data to other companies like American Express, Pinterest and Land Rover. When you use a geofilter in Snapchat or type a venue name into Uber, you’re using Foursquare data.What’s led so many companies to rely on Foursquare’s location technology?For starters, there are the more than 10 billion check-ins that Foursquare’s 50 million monthly users have registered to date. But the company’s real “superpower,” according to founder and chairman Dennis Crowley, is something called Pilgrim. And starting Wednesday, Foursquare is making Pilgrim available to all apps for the first time.“We live in a world today where people are building things based off of basic GPS coordinates,” Crowley told Business Insider during a recent interview. With Pilgrim, Foursquare can give other apps and marketers “specific awareness of context in space” — a “big idea” Crowley said will “take time for people to wrap their heads around.”While traditional GPS can see when a phone enters a mall, Foursquare’s Pilgrim technology is able to understand that the phone is on the second floor of said mall and inside a J Crew store for the second time. It’s by analyzing this data that Foursquare has been able to accurately predict everything from iPhone to Chipotle sales.Crowley envisions other companies using Pilgrim to send notifications like hyper-specific coupons and even create Pokémon Go-like games that “change based upon where you bring your phone.” Foursquare’s main app has been using Pilgrim for years to send custom-tailored recommendations based on where its users go in the real world.For Crowley, who first made his name by selling his location-based social network Dodgeball to Google in 2005, opening up Pilgrim is the culmination of Foursquare’s seven-year history. While the company won’t disclose actual numbers, Crowley said that “revenue is growing nicely” and that the business is in “a really healthy spot right now.”“We always thought that someone would come along and make something like the Pilgrim SDK and we would just use it,” he said. “I don’t think we imagined way back in the day that we would be the company to actually bring this to market.” Tech Reporter for Business Insider Image credit: Foursquare 3 min read Foursquare March 2, 2017 Alex Heath Foursquare’s Steven Rosenblatt (president), Dennis Crowley (founder and executive chairman), Jeff Glueck (CEO). Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

The Winners and Losers in Amazons Whole Foods Deal

first_img Image credit: Whole Foods Market The Winners and Losers in Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal –shares Next Article Consumers win. But other grocery stores? Not so much. Add to Queue Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mergers and Acquisitions When Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar store in 2015 on the campus of Purdue University in Indiana and then in December announced its first Amazon Go check-out free convenience store in Seattle, people wondered what on earth the online retailing giant was doing experimenting in the physical world it disrupted in the first place.Now, Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market tells us that the Seattle company wants a big slice of the $674-billion U.S. grocery market (and while Whole Foods’ revenue, approximately $16 billion in 2016, is but a fraction of the entire grocery market, Amazon’s price setting status in the American retail landscape will cause reverberations throughout the grocery econsystem). The deal is the largest manifestation yet of the omni-channel, or in this case, “clicks-to-bricks” trend, in which online retailers seek to optimize the customer experience by augmenting a strong online presence with physical retail stores. In this case, Amazon is dramatically changing the grocery landscape for all those involved (consumers, vendors, distributors, competitors and related companies).Related: Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods for a Whopping $13.7 Billion — Is It a Good Deal?It’s easy to imagine that Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ obsession with single focus, ruthless efficiency will be brought to bear on the firm’s grocery technology. This, after all, is the company that uses machine learning and algorithms to know what you want before you do. As Narvar CEO Amit Sharma wrote in the Harvard Business Review, “Retailers need to think more like tech companies, using artificial intelligence and machine learning not just to predict how to stock stores and staff shifts but also to dynamically recommend products and set prices that appeal to individual consumers.” Amazon’s Whole Foods deal will make that a reality.In addition, fitting with its broader strategy, the acquisition will help Amazon’s further penetration of the millennial generation. Amazon and Whole Foods are tailor made for the millennial cohort — aged from 18 to 35 and now the single-largest generation in America. It’s a generation that was raised online that embraces the healthy food trend and they’re already dynamic residents of the organic/natural food space where Whole Foods has a decades-old nationwide brand. A survey by the Organic Trade Association found that more than half of parents who buy organic food regularly are millennials, compared to a little more than a third of Gen Xers and 14 percent of baby boomers. Related: Amazon Discounts Prime for Low-Income ShoppersWith its private label line 365 Everyday Value, its antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, and its priority on animal welfare, Whole Foods is popular among millennials who have a strong social conscience and like to purchase socially responsible products. Furthermore, Whole Food’s smaller store format, called 365, is specifically targeted at millennials, reflecting their preference for smaller stores in urban environments that incorporate technology.The deal also likely provides a logistics and distribution strategy play for Amazon. Whole Foods gives Amazon a network of 450 stores in 42 states, which can effectively become mini-distribution centers for groceries and potentially other retail items as well. Since 2007, Amazon has learned about the grocery business through its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery unit. By acquiring Whole Foods, millennials can now blend two shopping habits — seeing and touching products at a local store and conveniently ordering online. It may be that your dried kale with sesame will soon be delivered by drone from that local store.So, who are the winners and losers?The big winner in the deal is the American consumer. Amazon is known for offering hyper-competitive prices, so groceries, and organic food in particular, may become more affordable. Ordering groceries that will be quickly delivered will also become a whole lot easier, especially for homes that are using other Amazon products such as Echo. Soon, you will just have to say you want some cage-free eggs and a bottle of kombucha to make it a reality.Related: Amazon Awarded Patent for Parachute Shipping LabelCompanies that are major suppliers to Whole Foods — which has struggled lately as everyone from Kroger to Walmart has added organic foods to meet growing demand — may be big winners or huge losers. Amazon will crunch mountains of data to draw conclusions about what’s working, what should be kicked to the curb and what fits its broader strategy. For example, suppliers to Amazon’s growing number of private label brands may benefit as these products may now be placed at Whole Foods. Among the growing list of brands Amazon owns that could sell at the grocery stores are Mama Bear organic baby food and Happy Belly, which sells such things as nuts, granola, eggs and coffee. Over and above the general margin pressure that all vendors will face, as Amazon pushes its own brands at stores, traditional consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies currently selling at Whole Foods may suffer.Perhaps the biggest losers are other grocery stores, be they national chains or local, one-off neighborhood stores. This is the moment Amazon stops dabbling in the groceries segment and gets competitive. In the past, when Amazon has sought to win a new business, whether that’s books or clothing, it’s driven prices lower. Grocers, from Safeway and Kroger to Walmart and Target, will have to withstand increased price pressure and will have to redouble efforts to evaluate, adapt and enhance their digital and delivery offerings too. Lastly, home food delivery services, which have multiplied in recent years, may find their models under siege.Finally, this move may be part of an even larger strategy at Amazon that could create even more winners and losers down the line. After all, it’s hard to imagine that this is the last traditional retail industry that Amazon will disrupt. Companies working in everything from home improvement to drug stores should sit up and take notice. 5 min read Guest Writer June 19, 2017 Craig Lawson Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Co-Founder and Managing Director at MHT Partners Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Laptop Buying Tips Part 2

first_imgTechnology Laptop Buying Tips, Part 2 Brought to you by PCWorld Add to Queue –shares June 25, 2008 Last week I kicked off a three-part series of articles offering tips for buying a laptop. James A. Martincenter_img 6 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » In the first installment, I compared reader survey results from PC World and Consumer Reports (subscription required) regarding which laptop makers offered the most reliable products, and the best service and support. Lenovo and Apple earned the most kudos in these areas, though there was some variation between the two surveys regarding the reliability of Apple laptops.This week I consider top choices from those vendors (and others), plus the best times to buy a new laptop. Next week I’ll discuss the best places to buy a new laptop; how much should you expect to pay; and ideas for financing your new portable.Lenovo ThinkPad X61Best Buy, PC World Top 10 Ultraportable Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: $1535 and upLenovo’s ThinkPad X61 earned the overall best PCW rating (84) of any Lenovo or Apple laptop currently on any PC World Top 10 laptop chart. (The charts feature power laptops, desktop replacements, and ultraportables.) Only the Micro Express IFL9025, the Top 10 Power Laptops Best Buy, earned a higher rating (85).The ThinkPad X61 is an ideal ultraportable. It weighs only 3.6 pounds, and its extended-life, four-cell battery lasted an impressive 6 hours, 14 minutes in our tests. With a PCW WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 75, it’s the best performing of our currently tested ultraportables. (By comparison, Apple’s MacBook Air earned a WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 57.There are a few downsides: The ThinkPad X61 lacks an internal optical drive, and the keyboard has an eraserhead pointing device but no touchpad. Overall, though, we found the X61 to be an excellent choice from a company with solid reliability and service scores.Acer Aspire 5920-6954Best Buy, Top 10 All-Purpose Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: about $800 and upAcer didn’t receive the same high ratings in service and reliability from PC World readers as did Apple and Lenovo. But the company was rated better-than-average in one out of four reliability measures and two out of four service criteria. None of the other laptop makers (aside from Apple and Lenovo) fared as well. Add that to the fact that this laptop earned the highest PCW score (83) of any Acer portable, and the Aspire 5920-6954 is worth adding to your short list.The Acer Aspire 5920-6954’s under-$1000 price tag is compelling. This laptop offers just about anything you’d want in a budget portable, including a roomy hard drive (250GB in our test unit); an HDMI port for high-definition video; a terrific keyboard; and–a rarity for a laptop in this price range–a dedicated graphics processor (nVidia GeForce 8600M GS with 256MB of memory).At 7.3 pounds, the Aspire 5920-6954 is a bit of a back breaker, and its battery life was average, at 3.8 hours in our tests. But it offers good performance (WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score: 70) at a price we love.Apple MacBook ProNo. 6, Top 10 Power Laptops: reviewCurrent online pricing: about $1950 and upIf you’re a die-hard Windows user who wouldn’t ordinarily consider a MacBook, consider this: The 17-inch MacBook Pro set new speed records last year as the fastest Windows laptop in our tests to date. (The MacBook Pro’s record has since been broken.) Add to that Apple’s excellent ratings for reliability and service in our reader survey, and you’ve got a compelling power laptop.The MacBook Pro earned an overall PCW score of 80, which is very good. The laptop is packed with features, including an elegant design that’s only 1-inch thick, solid graphics performance, and the fabulous Mac OS X Leopard. At 6.6 pounds, The MacBook Pro is among the lightest 17-inch notebooks available.Apple didn’t pack everything into the MacBook Pro. It lacks memory card slots, has only three USB ports, doesn’t offer a cellular broadband option, and comes with an ExpressCard/34 slot instead of a more versatile ExpressCard/54 slot. Battery life was so-so, lasting just 2 hours, 45 minutes on one charge. Still, this gorgeous laptop makes an excellent desktop replacement.When to BuyYou need to consider several factors if you want to time your laptop purchase to get the best deal.Often, laptop prices are discounted in late January to February during inventory clearance, in July and August for back-to-school shoppers, and during the year-end holiday season.Existing laptop models are often discounted when the cheaper-faster-better version is announced or ships. This happens throughout the year, so it’s harder to time. If you have a particular laptop maker in mind, consider researching its product introduction cycles for clues as to when to buy.For example, Apple updates its MacBook Pro lineup approximately every eight to nine months. The first MacBook Pro was announced January 10, 2006, followed by subsequent models nine months later (October 2006), eight months later (June 2007), and then again, another eight months later (February 2008).If history is any indication, then, it’s likely Apple will refresh the MacBook Pro lineup in October or November 2008. Later this year you may find suddenly discontinued MacBook Pro models available at attractive discounts.I’ve covered this topic in more detail in “When to Buy a Laptop.”Mobile Computing News, Reviews & TipsApple’s Tempting iPhone 3G: If you held off on the first-generation iPhone, the new iPhone 3G may finally tempt you. PC World’s Melissa J. Perenson offers five reasons to consider the second-generation smart phone from Apple, including price (the 8GB iPhone is $199, down from $399); the faster Web experience; and improved support for international use.Are Smart Phones Security Risks? A new survey says that smart phones may pose a greater security risk than laptops or mobile storage devices. According to the survey, nine in ten smart phones are given access to company networks without extra security measures. The result: Smart phones can make it easy for thieves who steal them to access confidential information.XM Radio on BlackBerrys: Owners of any RIM BlackBerry with version 4.2 or later of the BlackBerry operating system can now listen to a limited version of XM’s satellite radio service on their handheld regardless of their wireless carrier. Expect to pay about $8 monthly for a service with 20 XM channels, mostly rock and pop.Contributing Editor James A. Martin offers tools, tips, and product recommendations to help you make the most of computing on the go. Martin is also author of the Traveler 2.0 blog. Sign up to have the Mobile Computing Newsletter e-mailed to you each week. 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Bitcoin Is Now Tax Free in Europe

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Bitcoin –shares Matt Clinch Bitcoin Is Now Tax Free in Europe Next Article Virtual currencies can be exchanged tax free in the European Union, following a ruling from the highest court in Europe on Thursday.Bitcoin and its alternatives can now be treated in the same way as traditional money, according to the European Court of Justice.It said in a statement Thursday morning that bitcoin transactions “are exempt from VAT (value-added tax) under the provision concerning transactions relating to currency, bank notes and coins used as legal tender.”The ruling comes after a dispute in a Swedish court when David Hedqvist, a Swedish national, applied for permission to operate his online bitcoin exchange. The Swedish Revenue Law Commission initially told Hedqvist that bitcoin was exempt from VAT but the Swedish Tax Authority appealed against that decision.Bitcoin is a virtual currency that allows users to exchange online credits for goods and services. While there is no central bank that issues them, bitcoins can be created online by using a computer to complete difficult tasks, a process known as mining.The ruling paves the way for potentially cheaper transactions within the EU and therefore a boon for the nascent industry. Jonathan Rogers, partner in the financial services regulatory group at international law firm Taylor Wessing sees it as an opportunity for emerging forms of financial services.”(The ruling is) a shot in the arm – bringing growth and consolidation.,” he told CNBC via email.”Greater clarity can now emerge in the debate about how to regulate virtual currencies, leading to increased credibility and consumer confidence; in turn, virtual currencies will have a much greater critical mass in the financial services system.”The price of bitcoin saw a slight increase after the news, rising around 3 percent, close to $8, during Thursdays’ session.In September, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that bitcoin would be classed as a commodity in the country along with gold and oil.The announcement came as the regulator ordered bitcoin options trading platform Coinflip, and its CEO Francisco Riordan, to cease trading due to it not registering and complying with its regulations. It added that it had also filed, and simultaneously settled, charges against the San Francisco-based firm.—CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to this article. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC October 22, 2015 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue 2 min readlast_img read more

Vanderbilt investigators discover link between vascular biology and eye disease

first_img Source:http://news.vumc.org/2019/04/24/big-data-zebrafish-biology-disease/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 25 2019In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease.The research uncovered an unexpected role for the gene GRIK5, and it showcases a new paradigm for using biobanks, electronic health records and zebrafish to discover the genetic mechanisms that contribute to human disease. The findings were reported in the American Journal of Human Genetics.The back-and-forth approach primarily involved two teams of investigators in the Division of Genetic Medicine: Eric Gamazon, PhD, and Nancy Cox, PhD, using computational genetics and large databases, and Gokhan Unlu, PhD, and Ela Knapik, MD, studying gene function in zebrafish.”This iteration between statistical genetics analyses and biobanks and studies in animal models provides a framework that can be used to understand what a gene does within the context of the human phenome — all the diseases and traits included in electronic health records,” said Gamazon, research instructor in Medicine.The studies had their start several years ago when Gamazon and Cox, Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics and director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, developed a computational method called PrediXcan that correlates genetically regulated gene expression with phenotypes. In the current work, they applied PrediXcan to BioVU, Vanderbilt’s DNA biobank and de-identified electronic health records, to generate a comprehensive catalog of associations between gene expression and clinical traits.Among the associations in this catalog, which they call PredixVU, the gene GRIK5 stood out. Reduced expression of GRIK5, which encodes a glutamate receptor subunit, was associated with 18 different eye diseases ranging from retinal detachment to cataract to glaucoma.”This was very unusual — the expectation was that a gene might be associated with four or five disease phenotypes,” said Knapik, associate professor of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology.The relationship of GRIK5 to eye phenotypes was also unexpected, Knapik added. GRIK5 has mostly been studied for its role in brain signaling and cognition.To explore the role of GRIK5 in zebrafish, Unlu used two approaches (CRISPR gene editing and morpholino oligonucleotides) to delete or reduce expression of GRIK5. The most striking finding in the zebrafish with reduced or no GRIK5 was bleeding.Related StoriesGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injury”This was a complete surprise. There was no previous knowledge that GRIK5 had anything to do with the blood or vasculature,” Knapik said.Gamazon and Cox returned to the databases to search for evidence of patients who have both eye and vascular diseases.They analyzed electronic health records for more than 2.6 million Vanderbilt subjects and found significant comorbidity of eye and vascular diseases, and they confirmed this comorbidity using an insurance claims dataset of 150 million individuals. Unlu and Knapik continued their studies in zebrafish. They used the morpholino approach to reduce expression of GRIK5 in a zebrafish line with glowing green blood vessels and found reduced numbers of blood vessels and other vascular abnormalities in the eye, brain and trunk. They labeled the plasma with nanobeads and found leaking blood vessels in the eye, brain and ear.”Our studies show that not only the architecture of the vasculature but also the function — keeping the blood inside — is compromised in zebrafish with reduced GRIK5 expression,” said Unlu, research fellow in Genetic Medicine.In further computational studies of genotyped BioVU participants, Gamazon and Cox demonstrated an association of reduced genetically predicted GRIK5 expression with comorbid vascular and eye diseases.The researchers propose that reduced GRIK5 expression compromises vascular perfusion to the eye, leading to late-onset diseases like cataracts and glaucoma.Further studies are needed to understand the precise role of GRIK5 in the vasculature — and how defects lead to eye diseases, but the framework from these studies can be broadly applied, Knapik said.”I am a developmental geneticist. We do forward genetics in zebrafish: we make changes in the genome and study the phenotypes that result,” she said. “On the human side, Mother Nature has made changes in our genomes. And the health care system is phenotyping every day and keeping the results in electronic health records. Scientists can now use the approach we’ve demonstrated to understand the mechanisms of human disease.”last_img read more

Novel imaging molecule reveals brain changes linked to progressive MS

first_imgThere’s more to multiple sclerosis than white matter lesions. There’s evidence of inflammation in the brain’s grey matter, not just the white matter. Here we have a technique to detect it and a path to develop this technique for use in the clinic in looking for early signs of progression and the effects of treatments.”Corresponding author Tarun Singhal, MD, a neurologist at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at the Brigham Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 2 2019Secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is a relentless disease. Over time, patients experience worsening physical, mental and mood-related symptoms. And yet, even as their symptoms progress, the brain white matter lesions found on a patient’s MRI scans often remain unchanged. Suspecting that changes in the grey matter regions of the brain may be playing a critical role in the disease’s progression, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted an initial study assessing the differences in the activity of microglial cells in the grey matter regions of healthy volunteers versus those with MS. Using a novel tracer molecule known as [F-18]PBR06 and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, the team detected widespread and abnormal activation of microglia in MS patients and a link to brain atrophy, physical disability, and progressive MS. The team’s findings are published in the July 2019 issue of Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Currently, there are several disease-modifying drugs on the market to help patients with relapsing remitting MS experience fewer and less severe relapses, but few drugs exist for patients with secondary progressive MS. Investigations to develop new drugs are underway, but many questions remain about the underlying biology of the disease and how it progresses.The new study leverages the novel radioisotope, [F-18]PBR06, a tracer that targets a specific protein (TSPO) found in activated microglia, key immune cells found in the brain. Many other research projects use C-11, an isotope with a much shorter half-life. But, unlike C-11, the F-18 tracer has a significantly longer half-life and a higher potential to be used in the clinic.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustFor the pilot study, investigators evaluated results for 12 patients with MS — seven with relapsing remitting MS and five with secondary progressive MS — and compared it with healthy controls using the F-18 tracer. They found more grey matter microglial activation in the MS patients as compared to healthy controls, particularly in hippocampus, parahippocampus, cingulate gyrus and amygdala regions of the brain. These regions of the brain are known to influence critical processes, including emotion, memory and cognition, all of which may be affected in MS patients. Brain structures in the deep grey matter, particularly the thalamus, showed higher microglial activation in secondary progressive MS than in the relapsing remitting MS patients and healthy controls. This correlated significantly with physical disability and brain atrophy.The authors note that the pilot study is small and its findings will require additional confirmation in larger studies with a longitudinal design, but it offers the first assessment of [F-18]PBR06 PET for grey matter changes in MS, demonstrating the potential value of this technique.”Unless we can measure the progress of a disease accurately, our ability to treat that disease remains limited,” said Singhal. “When a patient tells us that their symptoms are worsening, we want to have a technology that can reflect that, or better yet, predict the progression before it is clinically obvious. This technique may have the potential to do that and give us critical insights into neurodegeneration and its relationship with neuroinflammation.” Source:Brigham and Women’s HospitalJournal reference:Singhal, T et al. (2019) Gray matter microglial activation in relapsing vs progressive MS A [F-18]PBR06-PET study. Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation. doi.org/10.1212/NXI.0000000000000587.last_img read more