People Myrtle Beach contest winner announced

first_img[People] Myrtle Beach contest winner announced Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Contests, Myrtle Beach, Peoplecenter_img TORONTO — Jayne Firth of CAA Travel has been announced as the winner of the Myrtle Beach contest that launched in the 2018 Sun Escapes edition of Travel Professional.Firth, based on Guelph, Ont., has won three nights’ beachfront accommodation for two, a $500 Amex gift card, two tickets to Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert, SkyWheel, Ripley’s Aquarium and Brookgreen Gardens.For more information on upcoming contests, go to Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

CLIA has a new President and CEO

first_img Thursday, November 29, 2018 Travelweek Group WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kelly Craighead has been named CLIA’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Craighead’s new role will involve directing CLIA’s global team to “unify, represent, advocate and promote the common interests of the organization’s members and the global cruise industry,” said CLIA.Craighead brings with her over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress. As the first Executive Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, she led initiatives that generated over US$250 billion annually from international visitors to the U.S., while also representing the United States internationally.On what Craighead will bring to the organization, Arnold Donald, Global CLIA Chairman and President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC, said: “I am extremely pleased that Kelly will be joining CLIA to support the global cruise industry during this golden age of cruising. Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none. This is an exciting time for our industry, steeped in opportunity and I look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCraighead, who said demand for cruising is exhibiting strong growth, added: “I am excited to be joining such a strong and well-respected organization at an important time for the industry. I look forward to listening, learning, and better understanding the needs of our members and building on the strong foundation and success of the current team, in order to most effectively lead CLIA in the years ahead.”Craighead will take over duties from Cindy D’Aoust, who earlier this summer announced her intent to leave her position by year’s end. Posted by Sharecenter_img CLIA has a new President and CEO Tags: CLIA, New Hires << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

China set to become number one source market in tourist arrivals for

first_imgAccording to the latest forecasts released by Tourism Research Australia (TRA), Chinese overseas visitor arrivals will overtake New Zealanders as the number one source of inbound arrivals, spending the most tourism dollars by 2017-18.The tourism body says Australia tourism has become much more important as the country ‘transitions to a more diversified service-based economy’ and it even believes it ‘has the potential to be Australia’s fastest growing industry’.Tourism Research Australia stated, “The most recent satellite accounts show that tourism Gross Domestic Product grew 7.4% in 2015-16, well ahead of the rest of the economy. By the end of 2020, it is forecast that total tourism spend, excluding day trips, will reach A$131 billion.”The tourism body also predicts that international tourism will increase its share of visitor dollars, with the inbound visitor spend expected to grow strongly and this share to rise from 33% in 2016-17 to 44% in 2026-27 at the same time that domestic tourism is expected to register ‘moderate growth.’By 2017-18, China is expected to overtake New Zealand as the largest source of both inbound arrivals and inbound spend at the same time that total international visitor numbers are forecast to rise by 13.1% from 8.6 million in 2016-17 to 9.2 million in 2017-18, and once again to 9.7 million in 2018-19.The main forecast rises are expected to be led by China, with a 26.4% increase from 1.3 million visitors in 2016-17 to 1.6 million in 2018-19. India will be second, up 21.1% from 278,000 visitors in 2016-17 to 337,000 in 2018-19, followed by Japan with a forecast rise of 15.1%, from 427,000 visitors in 2016-17 to 492,000 in 2018-19.Tourism Research Australia said the bottom line is that Asia will account for over half of all visitors to Australia during 2018-19, compared with 48% in 2016-17. TRA said, “Asia will also account for 64% of all visitor growth between these two time points, with China alone making a 29% contribution, followed by Japan (5.7%) and India (5.2%).”last_img read more

Italy overtakes France The USA held on to its numb

first_imgItaly overtakes FranceThe USA held on to its number two position showing that Brits are still willing to spend on long haul flights despite tougher economic times, but the third most popular summer destination was Italy which moved up two places compared to last year, displacing Turkey (4th) and overtaking France (5th).After a summer of civil unrest in 2010, Greece also moved up two places to number six this year which will come as welcome news at a time when economic woes in the country are still ongoing. Portugal fell one place to number seven, Cyprus moved up one to number 8, and the UK also dropped slightly to 9th, suggesting a move away from the ‘staycation’ trend of last summer. Croatia moved into the top ten, displacing Thailand which fell one place to number 11.Balkans BoomingThe highest new entry was from Kosovo which rocketed into the top 100 at number 67. Interest in the Balkan region has increased generally, with neighbouring Serbia climbing 11 places, Macedonia entering the Top 100 at number 95, and Bosnia and Herzegovina also just squeezing in at number 100. With a choice of city breaks, stunning coastline and mountain retreats, the Balkan region is evidently increasing its appeal to British visitors looking for somewhere different and offering good value for money.High Risers: Bangladesh, Cape Verde and MadagascarDestinations to see the biggest jumps in popularity compared to last summer were: Bangladesh which rose 15 places to number 81, Cape Verde rising 13 places to 78; Madagascar rising 11 places to 86, possibly helped by the recent BBC documentary series on the country, and Serbia which has been marketing heavily to the UK over the last year, rising 11 places to number 40.Beach Luxury DownMauritius dropped in popularity as did Antigua, Barbuda, and the Seychelles which disappeared from the Top 100 altogether; possibly due to the recent increases in APD tax, and a drop in high- end, luxury destination bookings.100 Most Popular Summer Destinations for British Tourists 20111. Spain [0]2. USA [0]3. Italy [+2]4. Turkey [-1]5. France [-1]6. Greece [+2]7. Portugal [-1]8. Cyprus [+1]9. UK [-2]10. Croatia [+1]11. Thailand [-1]12. Bulgaria +[4]13. Canada [-1]14. Germany [-1]15. Australia [0]16. Ireland [+1]17. Poland [-3]18. Netherlands [+6]19. India [+1]20. Morocco [+1]21. Malaysia [+1]22. Switzerland [+1]23. Malta [-4]24. Czech Republic [+2]25. Egypt [-7]26. Indonesia [+5]27. South Africa [-2]28. Austria [+1]29. Hungary [-1]30. Mexico [+3]31. Kenya [+4]32. Sri Lanka [+9]33. Sweden [-6]34. China [+6]35. Hong Kong [-5]36. Norway [-2]37. New Zealand [+1]38. Albania [+1]39. Brazil [-7]40. Serbia [+11]41. Singapore [+1]42. Jamaica [+3]43. Japan [-6]44. Vietnam [-1]45. United Arab Emirates [-1]46. Denmark [-10]47. Russia [+3]48. Philippines [+10]49. Romania [+3]50. Tunisia [-4]51. Cuba [+9]52. Saudi Arabia [+14]53. Tanzania [-6]54. Peru [+2]55. Pakistan [-1]56. Latvia [+5]57. Finland [+2]58. Lithuania [-1]59. Gibraltar [+4]60. Iceland [-7]61. Israel [-6]62. Ghana [+2]63. Slovenia [+2]64. Belgium [-2]65. Slovakia [-17]66. Barbados [+1]67. Kosovo [NEW ENTRY]68. Dominican Republic [+7]69. Ukraine [+1]70. Colombia [+2]71. Estonia [+8]72. Montenegro [+1]73. Costa Rica [-4]74. Mauritius [-25]75. Argentina [-7]76. Korea (South) [+1]77. Zimbabwe [-6]78. Cape Verde [+13]79. Uganda [-5]80. Lebanon [-4]81. Bangladesh [+15]82. Nepal [+1]83. Nigeria [-1]84. Fiji [0]85. Cambodia [0]86. Madagascar [+11]87. Ecuador [-7]88. Maldives [-7]89. Jordan [+4]90. Zambia [-1]91. Algeria [-13]92. Malawi [NEW ENTRY]93. Trinidad and Tobago [-7]94. Iran [-2]95. Macedonia [NEW ENTRY]96. Syria [-8]97. Bahamas [NEW ENTRY]98. Taiwan [0]99. Chile [-9]100. Bosnia and Herzegovina [NEW ENTRY]Most searched for destinations on Skyscanner website for UK departures for June-September travel. Numbers in brackets show movement in ranking compared to Summer 2010. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related2012 Travel Trends Report from SkyscannerFind out which destinations came top in 2012, and where everyone’s heading in 2013!Summer travel trends: winners and losers of British tourist trafficSkyscanner reveals this summer’s fastest growing destinations for British holidaymakersSkyscanner Flight Trends June 2010Crete, Sydney and Jo-burg up, Malta, Madrid and Venice down Spain remains number one most popular holiday destination for British tourists, but Italy, the Balkans and Greece are all rising up the charts this year.last_img read more

January 29 2016The Facilities Maintenance departm

first_imgJanuary 29, 2016The Facilities Maintenance department repairs physical structures and equipment while monitoring mechanical systems and our recycling program.from left:Brent Scott, maintenance coordinator,Lorenzo Mastino,Jeff Fisher,Patrick Louie…… and Pete Seiter works in the maintenance department part time.Brent Scott: “The Arcosanti Maintenance crew is committed to quality work. Every repair we do is done to the best of our ability with correctness, quality, serviceability, and longevity.Every aspect of the physical plant is within the realm of the Maintenance Department. We strive to correct original mistakes in construction and design or previous maintenance to upgrade the situation to meet the criteria of the department in correctness, quality, serviceability, and longevity.”[photos by Sue Kirsch]Also part of the maintenance department, but mostly dedicated to carpentry, here is long-time resident Randall Schultz.Workshop participants that are interested in being part of the maintenance crew: Students can expect a learning experience with electric, plumbing, gas, carpentry, tile, masonry, painting and metal work.last_img read more

Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report

first_img Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Latin American Equities: Down but Not Out By Claudio Maulhardt, World Money Analyst Not so long ago, Latin American equities were a market darling. Then, the markets viewed signs of an economic recovery in the developed world as good news for Latin American stocks (higher EPS prospects), but signs of stagnation were also considered good news (as a lower discount rate would apply). Now, the majority of Latin American stock markets have begun to trade as if the opposite were true. With the sole exception of Mexico, whose stock market has traditionally traded closer to the S&P 500, the rest of Latin equities have lost their glow. Latin stocks have registered a seventh consecutive month of investor outflows, and it does not look like the trend is going to reverse any time soon. The change from hype to doubt is clearly reflected in the chart below. Latin equities were, incredibly, considered a safe haven after the 2008 financial crisis. From the end of 2008 to the end of 2010, Latin stocks outperformed the S&P 500 by an impressive 90%. Since then, the love affair has come to an end, and Latin equities have underperformed by more than 67%. Enjoy, and see you next week. How to Play the New Scenario So the trend is not the friend of Latin American equity investors. Is it best to shun them for the time being? It’s not that simple. Latin equities were an easy trade for many years. The fad lifted all boats regardless of their individual merits, which made trading the indices or the associated ETFs the way to go. Now, it’s not hard to see that the correction has been exacerbated by the unwinding of the macro trade. Over the last decade, the weight of Latin American equities in the MSCI World Index has doubled, surging from roughly 2% to 4.4%. The MSCI Emerging Markets Latin American Index has a US$1.5 trillion market cap, which makes simply neglecting it a tough decision for index fund managers. The problem is that it is hard to trade Latin American equities as if they were a single asset class. Trading ETFs or indices may mean that good opportunities are missed. An index is comprised of a wide array of stocks whose issuers will not necessarily perform similarly in various economic environments. Appreciating currencies and the wide availability of credit in the last decade has meant that stocks most closely linked to domestic consumption were the winners by far. The new picture of weaker currencies and tougher credit conditions means that the winners of the past may not fare as well in the future. A New Approach The next winning theme will be foreign-currency earners (mainly exporters) and, more important, stocks with little or no debt held in a foreign currency—and especially with no debt in foreign currency if it has no foreign currency income to match the servicing of that debt. Those are the characteristics you want to look for in a solid Latin American investment. It’s hard to believe that the cycle of weaker currencies, weaker current accounts, and weaker EPS growth is about to reach its end in the near future. However, this is not the end of the Latin American investment theme; it only means that the approach must change. There are companies whose business profiles will help them thrive in what may otherwise look like a generally challenging scenario for Latin American stocks. Going with the flow may prevent investors from grabbing the opportunity that these stocks offer. Given that I’m still neck-deep in assembling the October issue of The Casey Report—which covers such topics as Doug Casey’s take on the government shutdown, a hunt for emerging market opportunities, and how to construct a bulletproof portfolio—I’ll keep today’s lead-in short and sweet. This week’s article comes to us from Claudio Maulhardt, fund manager and partner at Buenos Aires-based Copernico Capital Partners, a hedge fund group that focuses on Latin American equities. Latin American stocks have taken a beating along with all emerging markets recently. Yesteryear, you could make money in Latin America by simply buying and holding a broad index and letting the rising tide do its thing. That strategy doesn’t work anymore. Instead, as Claudio will explain, you must target individual companies with specific qualities that will help them rise above lackluster market performance. He concludes with a checklist of sorts that will help you separate the right companies from the wrong ones. This article originally appeared in World Money Analyst, Mauldin Economics’ publication that features a team of globally distributed investment analysts who scour the international markets, looking for investment opportunities outside of the US. If you find Claudio’s analysis useful, you’ll probably also enjoy this free report just published by the World Money Analyst team: The Trends in Global markets and Why You Need a Foreign Broker. Click here to access it. This change in the tide may be linked to Wall Street’s permanent belief in “next year’s” US growth, a story investors seem to like despite the lack of strong empirical support. However, the main catalyst has undoubtedly been the weakness in China’s economic growth and, most important, the shift in China’s economic model from investment-driven to consumption-driven growth. There is a direct link between this “remodeling” and the string of monthly outflows that dedicated Latin American fund managers have experienced. The math is simple: Lower Chinese investment means less demand for industrial commodities, which are produced in Latin America by some of the largest companies in the region, which make up a significant part of the country and regional indices. The consensus of economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for all Latin American countries to have weaker current account balances in 2013 than in 2012. With interest rates rising and Wall Street expecting them to rise further as the US economy grows, financing the gap may become tougher for Latin economies. This brings in the linkage to exchange rates, which constitute a not insignificant portion of Latin American equities’ underperformance. Exchange rates helped EPS, book values, and leverage ratios look great in US dollar terms for many years. Now that the US dollar has strengthened against Latin American currencies, the opposite trend is under way.last_img read more

In This Issue Dollar rebounds on first day af

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar rebounds on first day after April. * Greece appears to have blinked first. * U.K. election this week, so far it’s a toss up * Zero Hedge points out manipulation.And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.Is The IMF Greasing The Tracks?Good day.. And a Marvelous Monday to you! May the Fourth be with you. HA!  Whew! I’m worn out from the Baseball games this past weekend, which featured a sweep of the Pirates, and 3 consecutive extra inning walk off wins! Classic, old-school, baseball with two teams evenly matched, and both waiting for the other team to blink. All the kids were over yesterday, as I fired up the Big Green Egg, and we watched the game together, except the end. Everyone had given up, except darling daughter Dawn, and Dad, we watched the walk off home run and then rubbed it in to the rest who had gone inside! HA! Speaking of waiting for a team to blink. Chris sent me a note on Friday, saying, “Sounds like Greece blinked first”, and he forwarded an article that talked about some concessions that Greece had agreed to, so that they could remain in the euro. This is the first step of kicking the can down the road for the Eurozone and Greece. Chris added: “Not that the stare down is over, but certainly sounds like the Greek leaders are realizing they need to stay in the euro”.  Yes, it sure does. The “concessions” haven’t led to a euro rally though. The euro’s April rally ended with the month, and May is looking as though it will be a tough row to hoe for the euro, or at least it looks that way from the start.  As I kept reminding you during the April rally, which actually ended up being the best month for the euro since 2010, came about from all the weak data in the U.S., it wasn’t about anything good going on in the Eurozone. And with April behind us now, Traders are thinking that the data here in the U.S. is going to begin to look better.. Why would they think that? Because the Fed told them last week that it was going to get better.  I’m not buying whatever it is they are selling, folks. I’m from Missouri, they are going to have to show me! And I get all creeped out, thinking that these guys (Traders) are all hanging their hats on the Jobs Jamboree that will take place at the end of the week on Friday. Let me put it this way. I have NO DOUBTS, the jobs numbers will be better in April than they were in March. And that’s all I’ll say about that now. While I’m on the subject of U.S. Data. Remember when I told you Friday that the U.S. ISM Manufacturing index was going to print for April that day, and it would be the first test to see if the Fed’s call that the very weak 1st QTR was just “Transitory” was fact or fiction.  I also told you the consensus was for this data to stop the trend toward weaker prints each month. Well, guess what? The April ISM was 51.5, same as March’s number. So no increase,  no change that would make one think the 1st QTR was just “Transitory”.  yes, you could say, but, Chuck, it didn’t fall again.  and I would say yes, but it also didn’t rise, which makes me believe the manufacturing sector is just muddling along. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will meet tonight (tomorrow for them) and make a rate decision. I still don’t believe Australia needs a rate cut. Granted I’m not there, and my view from the cheap seats is from thousands of miles away. But the RBA is going to take the “Everybody else is doing it” approach, and probably cut rates this evening. The Aussie dollar (A$) hit 80-cents last week, and that level has proved to be much like the star that shines the brightest before it burns out, and it was right after hitting 80-cents that Traders began talking about a rate cut by the RBA. Hmmm. I wonder where they got that idea? You don’t think the RBA whispered sweet nothings into the ears of the Traders do you? Nah, that wouldn’t happen. would it? I don’t doubt it for a minute that it happened just like that, for the RBA saw the A$ 5-cents away from the 75-cents figure they’ve stated that would like to see the A$ trade, and decided they had better do something.  Of course I don’t know that to be fact. Just an observation, like I said. So, May is starting off in the U.S. dollar’s favor, even after the week before IMM Positions report showed the biggest drop in long U.S. dollar contracts since the week leading up to the March FOMC. 35,000 contracts were cut last week, with the biggest beneficiary to the cut going to the euro, where net short contracts were cut back by 17,000. the pound sterling and Mexican peso were the only currencies that saw their net short positions increased! And that makes sense given the U.K. election is this week, and it’s still up in the air as to who will win, and if they do, they probably won’t be able to form a coalition government. And we’ve talked about unknowns being bad for currencies for as long as I’ve been writing this letter, which is in its 23rd year. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan was weakened a bit overnight, stopping the string of appreciation that took place last week.  I have to tell you that The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that the IMF is close to declaring China’s renminbi / yuan to be fairly valued for the first time in more than a decade.. The WSJ says that “this will be a milestone in the country’s efforts to open its economy that would blunt U.S. criticism of Beijing’s currency policy”.   Sounds like the IMF is greasing the tracks to include the renminbi / yuan in the SDR’s, like I’ve been talking about. For the IMF has not been a fan of Beijing’s currency management in the past. China must be exerting a lot of power here folks. They very badly want the renminbi / yuan included in the SDR’s for that would be a major step toward them removing the dollar as the reserve currency, which has been their plan for quite a few years now. I was writing and doing weekly videos to subscribers of the Currency Capitalist monthly newsletter published by the Sovereign Society in 2008, when I first began to notice and write about China’s Currency Swap agreements, which they had signed with most of the Asian countries and Belarus when I first noticed what was going on, so let’s say, it was 2006 that they began this quest. I first told the audience in Orlando at the Money Show, in 2010, that I thought the renminbi would remove the dollar as the reserve currency by the end of the decade. So we are now ½-through the decade, and look at all the progress the Chinese have made in 5 years? I don’t talk about the dollar losing the reserve status flippantly either. I also tell audiences that to lose the reserve status is a devastating thing to a country. I always refer back to, as a kid, watching the Beatles the first time on the Ed Sullivan show, and how they showed us pictures from the Beatles home town of Liverpool, and how depressing those pictures looked. That was the U.K. economy after being stripped of the reserve status for the pound that took place first in the 1920’s but got it back when the U.S. went through the stock crash and depression, only to lose the reserve status for good after WWII. It took the U.K. 50 years to recover from the loss of the reserve status, and it was only because Richard Nixon took the U.S. off the Gold standard, with everyone else eventually following, and the great rise in Credit (read debt) took place for the G-7 countries. The Canadian dollar / loonie experienced a nice rally in April too, which was ½- generated by weak U.S. data, and the other ½-generated by the brighter outlook by the Bank of Canada (BOC) early in April allowed the loonie to have the best one-month performance VS the dollar in 6 years! The problem with that brighter outlook, is that it was all based on a weaker loonie, which was helping exports. It was a real conundrum for BOC Gov Poloz. If he talks glowingly about the economy, which makes him look good, the loonie rallies, which is NOT what he wants to see happen. This Friday, as with most Fridays when the U.S. has  a Jobs Jamboree Canada also prints their jobs report for the previous month. The thing I want to point out here is something I’ve told you ever since Poloz became the Gov of the BOC. And that is he is from the Trade side of the Gov’t. and those people are born and raised to complain about currency strength. So, I don’t think the loonie has much chance to add to its 5% gain in April, for Poloz will not allow that to happen. Well, I just had to stop and sing along with Leon Russell, and his song: Back to the Island. And watch the sun go down. Hear the sea roll in.. But I’ll be thinking of you.. And how it might have been. Ok. I’m back now. And it appears that the only currencies gaining VS the dollar today are Gold and Silver. And I wouldn’t exactly call Gold’s move a strong move higher. ran a pretty interesting story on Friday, and included some really cool screen shots of trading in Gold.  Here’s a snippet of the whole piece. “Much to our dismay, overnight we learned that while the CFTC continues to be very, very confused and challenged by all those lobby payments by the world’s “liquidity providing” HFTs and ignores all documented evidence of manipulation, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – owner of the futures exchange where the bulk of modern manipulation takes place – did read this evidence of manipulation, and decided to immediately take action, suspending two traders for placing the manipulative “spoofing and layering” trades profiled here three days ago which were virtually identical to the ones that got Navinder Singh Sarao into headlines around the world last week. Except, of course, the asset class manipulated was gold. And, perhaps what’s far worse, the manipulation sent the price of gold briefly higher.” You should read the whole article here. that is as long as you believe in the price manipulation of Gold & Silver. I know that some of you don’t believe it, so You can go ahead move along for these are not the droids you’re looking for. The U.S. Data Cupboard on Friday had the aforementioned ISM, but it also had some very disturbing Construction Spending data from APRIL!  So new data that goes toward the 2nd QTR GDP. April Construction Spending fell -.6% , and get this. The Atlanta Fed cut their 2nd QTR GDP outlook to .8%, after seeing the color of the Construction Spending data. This was the worst print here since 2009, when the Fed began QE1.  In fact 7 of the last 10 months this data has missed  expectations. Today, we have Factory Orders For March. And quite frankly, now that the Fed has put all their eggs into the basket of the next two month’s data I don’t care about March prints. I will be keeping score on April and May data. and so far, we had a no gain ISM and a disastrous Construction Spending in April. To Recap. It appears that April’s currency rally has run into a road block for May, as the dollar is rebounding against all currencies this morning. Traders are buying into the Fed’s call that the bad 1st QTR Data was “Transitory” and will be better in the 2nd QTR, and trading the dollar accordingly.  I wonder what will happen when they wake up and smell the fact that the 2nd QTR Data isn’t “better”.   The U.K. election is this week, still no real  clear winner or party. the WSJ is reporting that the IMF is about to say China’s currency is fair valued. And Gold & Silver have small gains VS the dollar today Then There Was This. I thought you might like to see how the U.S. economy is looked at by someone outside of the U.S.  The U.K. Telegraph.  You can read the whole article here: but I have a couple of snippets that tell the story first. “A key indicator of manufacturing jobs in the US has dropped to its lowest level since the financial crisis as industry remains stuck in the doldrums, dashing hopes for a swift rebound after the economy ground to a halt in the first quarter. The surprisingly weak data greatly reduce any likelihood the US Federal Reserve will raise rates in June for the first time in eight years, once again putting off the long-feared turning point in the global monetary cycle and perhaps offering another reprieve for dollar debtors across the world. The closely watched index of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) remained anemic in April, confirming fears that the strong US dollar and energy crash in the once-booming shale states are taking a serious toll. The employment component dropped sharply to 48.3, below the “boom-bust line” of 50 and the lowest in almost six years. The relapse is likely to set off alarm bells at the Fed, where chairman Janet Yellen pays very close attention to the labor market.” Chuck again. See? It’s not just me that sees these things. But why doesn’t the Fed see them? Only the shadow knows, I guess. Currencies today 5/4/15. American Style: A$ .7830, kiwi .7525, C$ .8240, euro 1.1135, sterling 1.5095, Swiss $1.0685, . European Style: rand 12.0590, krone 7.5980, SEK 8.3805, forint 272.45, zloty 3.6305, koruna 24.5690, RUB 51.87, yen 120.25, sing 1.3330, HKD 7.7530, INR 63.42, China 6.1165, pesos 15.56, BRL 3.0770, Dollar Index 95.53, Oil $59.43, 10-year 2.13%, Silver 16.29, Platinum $1,132.63, Palladium $775.75, and Gold. $1,182.21 That’s It For today. Well that was an exciting Kentucky Derby race on Saturday wasn’t it?  Yes, the favorite horse won, that’s why he was the favorite! My wife came back home on Saturday, and the first thing she said upon arriving at the house was that the grass hadn’t been cut. I tried to explain to her that I had been very sick all week, but she was having none of those excuses! See how badly she treats me? HAHAHAHA!  Well, Tomorrow is the Cinco de Mayo Celebration, that I think gets more attention here in the U.S. than in Mexico. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the famous email I received years ago, on Cinco de Mayo.  Well, my beloved Cardinals are off to their best start since 1944 (they won the World Series that year!)  And now the upstart, kids from Chicago come to town. Appropriately named the Cubs, this team is a collection of high draft choices and trades, to form a good young team. Woke up this morning with a mouth full of blood, from the tumor in my jaw. It’s shrinking again, which is what causes the bleeding. UGH! But I’m fine now, had my breakfast, and I’m good to go!  So, now you have to promise that you’ll go out and make this a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

Justins note Today inhouse commodities expert

first_imgJustin’s note: Today, in-house commodities expert Dave Forest shares the details behind his Casey Cost Curve system… and the two key metals it’s flashing buy signals on today.As you’ll see, these are two metals to own in addition to gold in the months ahead. And the window to get in is quickly closing…Justin: Dave, thank you for taking the time to speak with me again. During our last conversation, you mentioned how you see a financial crisis on the horizon. You also mentioned how gold is the number one metal to own heading into, during, and after a crash.Is that the only commodity you like these days?Dave: Right, so we’re kind of in “protective mode” right now. But that doesn’t mean that we’re avoiding all other commodities.I say this because two commodities really stand out right now in our Casey Cost Curve system. Simply put, Casey Cost Curves tell us how much it costs for mines around the world to produce a commodity. When commodity prices are near or below the cost curve, it’s a buy signal… meaning that producers are making little or no profit – and thus prices need to rise in order to preserve supply.Justin: And what two commodities stand out?Dave: Platinum and uranium… but for different reasons. So I’ll start with platinum.Right now, more than half of the platinum mines in the world aren’t profitable. It’s very rare for a metal’s price to be so depressed that half the industry is not making money. But it’s because about 70% of the world’s platinum comes from South Africa.And South Africa, as you know, is having all kinds of problems. It’s plagued by labor issues, high-power costs, and government legislation.South Africa’s mines are also generally old and exceptionally deep (up to a few kilometers in some cases). Not only that, mining costs here are on the rise – at a time when platinum prices are at a historic low.When you add it all up, it’s basically a powder keg for one of the world’s key metals. “I Will Not Apologize” (Notice Of Termination)Like it or not, this Wall Street legend has the ultimate unfair advantage in the market… and routinely spots the markets fastest-growing stocks – up to 30 days in advance.On January 24th, an obscure semiconductor company named Xilinx (XLNX) was the #1 stock on the Nasdaq… he spotted it over a month in advance.Last August 10th, The Trade Desk (TTD) was the Nasdaq’s #1 stock. He spotted it on July 27th — exactly two weeks earlier.And Paycom Software (PAYC) rose to the top of the NYSE, the world’s largest stock exchange. He recommended it to readers 20 days before it soared.And like it or not, his publisher is pulling his groundbreaking presentation offline on April 30th at midnight. Recommended Link Click here now or miss out Justin: A recipe for higher prices?Dave: Absolutely.We have a world-class platinum company in our International Speculator portfolio.I’m also looking to add more platinum positions. The challenge is that there aren’t very many platinum companies on Earth, and most are in South Africa.The two other major platinum-producing countries are Russia and Zimbabwe. And neither is an A-grade investment destination, either.So it’s not exactly easy to speculate on platinum. But we’re keeping a close eye on the situation.Justin: What about uranium? What makes it stand out?Dave: So uranium is also pretty attractive on the cost curve.Like platinum, most uranium companies are losing money. Even Cameco, the world’s largest public uranium producer, has been shutting down mines due to low prices. Not only that, it’s shutting down some of the world’s lowest-cost mines, like McArthur River.When an industry’s lowest-cost mines are shutting down due to low prices, you know the situation is pretty dire. That makes uranium interesting.We’ve kept our uranium positions for that reason… and we’ve actually added a few more, including one of the only uranium producers based in the U.S. We think it will do really well.Justin: And what if there’s a financial crisis? How should uranium fare?Dave: Uranium demand is pretty steady, regardless of the financial environment. After all, the lights have to stay on no matter what, and since uranium powers nuclear plants – which supply around 20% of America’s energy – there’s not a lot of room to lower that demand.It’s also worth mentioning that uranium has less of a speculative element than other commodities, like copper. Because of this, uranium is less vulnerable to a financial correction.Justin: What do you mean by that?Dave: I’m specifically referring to its price…With a highly liquid metal like copper, you get a lot of people speculating on it. A lot of people buy and sell paper futures on it. There’s a lot of that with gold, too. Even iron ore now has a lot of speculative trading. But uranium has very little speculative buying.Sure, there’s a uranium futures market. But it’s not a very big market. This is important because a lot of people will dump copper futures when there’s a financial crisis. That won’t happen with uranium. “Eye-opening” Big Surprise Coming for the White HouseWill this go down in history as THE moment that changed America – forever? At first, I didn’t think so. And you won’t either, I bet. But your mind will change in 60 seconds… once you see the stunning proof this millionaire and former hedge fund manager is releasing today. Recommended Link — — Justin: What about uranium stocks? Aren’t they some of the most speculative assets on the planet?Dave: Yes. Uranium exploration stocks have a huge speculative element.If the uranium price goes up, they can catch fire. Paladin, for example, went from one cent in 2003 to $9.57 in 2007. It was incredible… a 95,600% gain in less than four years.There was also a lot of speculation in physical uranium when the market picked up. A bunch of people created funds to buy physical uranium when uranium moved up from $20 to $40.But the uranium market has been depressed for so long that all of that speculation has evaporated.Of course, that could all come back if the market heats up again. And that would be great. It would help propel things higher.But we don’t have it right now. So we’re not going to see speculators dump uranium en masse if a financial crisis hits tomorrow.Justin: That’s interesting.I know a lot of people understand the upside potential of uranium. But few probably realize that it has a lot less downside than most commodities… particularly in the event of a major financial crisis.Dave: Correct. Speaking of uranium’s potential, we actually just wrote an entire issue on uranium in International Speculator. [Subscribers can access that issue here.]We believe that the nuclear industry has reached an inflection point. Just look at what’s happened recently.On March 22, Energy Secretary Rick Perry unveiled a $3.7 billion funding package to complete the last remaining nuclear plants under construction in the U.S. Commissioning is expected in 2021 and 2022, making these America’s first nuclear starts in 25 years.That’s big news. But an even bigger announcement came for nuclear, just a week later.On April 1, reports emerged that China is about to approve construction of new reactors. Papers quoted the head of China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration, Liu Hua, who said, “China will start building new nuclear projects this year.”This would be the first approval of new reactors in China in three years – and Liu’s comments suggest building is going to restart imminently.That’s great news for uranium producers, because China has been the biggest driver of global reactor buildouts this decade. In fact, Chinese-installed nuclear capacity has increased more than 20-fold since 1990.China’s reactor builds are the biggest factor affecting global uranium demand. Even with the slowdown in reactor construction recently, Chinese projects still account for 25% of the nuclear capacity being built worldwide.China has lots of nuclear projects it could choose to activate. Planned and proposed projects across the country would add 162,476 megawatts electric of capacity. That would triple China’s overall nuclear generation.And several recent moves from China’s uranium companies support a coming surge.So uranium is attractive from both fundamental and sentimental perspectives. For the longest time, “nuclear” was seen as a bad word. But it’s now being embraced, even seen as a solution by the climate change community. It’s quite interesting.Justin: Great stuff, Dave. Sounds like a big money-making opportunity. Thanks for sharing.Dave: My pleasure.Justin’s note: Dave says we’re about to witness the birth of a brand-new, $9.6 billion market.And today, you can get in on the ground floor.If his projections are correct, you’ll be able to turn a small stake into $50,000 – maybe more.In this short video, he explains everything you need to know about this opportunity… including how to position yourself for the biggest gains possible.For reasons you’ll soon discover, this opportunity won’t last long… So please pay close attention.Reader MailbagWill you be taking advantage of this money-making opportunity? Are you invested in commodities today? 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first_imgBob Hall was recovering from yet another surgery when the volunteer first walked into his hospital room. It was March 2014, and unfortunately Hall had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit. It had been a rocky recovery since his lung transplant, three months earlier, at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis.But the volunteer wasn’t there to check on his lungs or breathing. Instead she asked Hall if we wanted to tell his life story.Hall was being treated at the VA because he had served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After the war, he had a political career as a Massachusetts legislator, and then led professional associations for 30 years.Hall, who was 67 at the time, welcomed the volunteer and told her he’d be happy to participate.”I’m anything but a shy guy, and I’m always eager to share details about my life,” Hall says, half-jokingly.He spoke to the volunteer for more than an hour about everything — from his time as “a D student” in high school (“I tell people I graduated in the top 95 percent of my class”) to his time in the military (“I thought the Marines were the toughest branch and I wanted to stop the communists”). He finished his story with a description of his health problems — those that that finally landed him in the hospital, and many that continue to the present day.The interview was part of a program called My Life, My Story. Volunteer writers seek out vets like Hall in the hospital, and ask them about their lives. Then they write up this life story, a 1,000-word biography, and go over it with the patient, who can add more details or correct any mistakes.”Of course, being a writer I rewrote the whole thing,” Hall confesses with a smile.Once the story is finished, it’s entered into to the patient’s electronic medical record, so any doctor or nurse working anywhere in the VA system who opens the medical record can read it.Hall was one of the earliest patients interviewed for the project, back in 2014. Today more than 2,000 patients at the Madison VA have shared their personal life stories.Project organizers say My Life, My Story could change the way providers interact with patients at VA hospitals around the country.Personalizing impersonal records”If you’re a health care person, if you’re someone who is in the [electronic medical] record all the time, you’ll know that the record is a mess,” says Thor Ringler, who has managed the My Life, My Story project since 2013.Clinicians can get access to a lot of medical data through a patient’s electronic medical record, but there’s nowhere to learn about a patient’s personality, or learn about her career, passions or values, Ringler says.”If you were to try to get a sense of someone’s life from that record, it might take you days,” Ringler says.The idea for My Life, My Story came from Dr. Elliot Lee, a medical resident who was doing a training rotation at the Madison VA in 2012. The typical rotation for medical residents lasts only about a year, so Lee wanted to find a way to bring these new, young doctors quickly up to speed on the VA patients. He wanted a way for them to absorb not just their health histories, but more personal information, like their hobbies, and which hospital staffers knew them best.”It seemed to make sense that the patient might know a lot about themselves, and could help provide information to the new doctor,” Lee recalls.But the question remained: What was the best way to get patients to share these details, to get their life stories into the records? Lee says he and some colleagues tried having patients fill out surveys, which were useful but still left the team wanting more. Next, they tried getting patients to write down their life stories themselves, but not many people really wanted to. Finally, an epiphany: Hire a writer to interview the patients, and put what they learned on paper.It wasn’t hard to find a good candidate: A poet in Madison, Thor Ringler, had also just finished his training as a family therapist. He was good at talking to people, and also skilled at condensing big thoughts into concise, meaningful sentences.”Of course!” Ringler remembers thinking. “I was made for that!'”Under Ringler’s guidance, the project has developed a set of training materials to allow other VA hospitals to launch their own storytelling programs. About 40 VA hospitals around the U.S. are currently interested, according to Ringler.Based on his experience building the program in Madison, Ringler estimates hospitals would need to hire just one writer — working half- or full-time, depending on the hospital’s size — to manage a similar storytelling program. That means the budget could be as low as $23,000 a year. That relatively small investment can pay huge dividends in terms of patient satisfaction, Ringler says, by restoring personal connections between patients and the medical team.”If we do good stories, people will read them, and they will want to read them,” he adds.In addition to the interest from within the VA system, the idea has spread farther — to hospitals like Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.A ‘gift’ to doctors and nursesThere is also research suggesting that when caregivers know their patients better, those patients have improved health outcomes.One study, for example, found that doctors who scored higher on an empathy test had patients with better-controlled blood sugar. Another study found that in patients with a common cold, the cold’s duration was reduced by nearly a full day for those patients who gave their doctor a top rating for empathy.University of Colorado professor Heather Coats studies the health impact of biographical storytelling. She notes a 2008 study found that radiologists did a more thorough job when they were simply provided a photo of the patients whose scans they were reading.”They improved the accuracy of their radiology read,” Coats says. “Meaning [fewer] misspelled words; a better report that’s more detailed.” Current research is investigating whether storytelling might have a similar effect on clinical outcomes.And, Coats adds, the benefits of the kind of storytelling happening at the VA don’t just accrue to the patients.”I consider it a gift to the nurses and the doctors,” Coats says.A survey of clinicians conducted by the Madison VA backs that up: It showed 85 percent of them thought reading the biographies of patients produced by Thor Ringler’s team of writers was “a good use” of clinical time and also helped them improve patient care.”It gives you a much better understanding about the entirety of their life and how to help them make a decision,” says Dr. Jim Maloney, a VA surgeon who performed Bob Hall’s lung transplant in 2013.That’s critical for doctors like Maloney, because only about half the people who undergo a lung transplant are still alive after five years. Maloney believes knowing more about a patient’s life story makes it easier for the doctor to have difficult but necessary conversations with a patient — to learn, for example, how aggressively to respond if a complication occurs.Maloney says the stories generated by My Life, My Story give the entire transplant team near immediate access to a valuable tool, one that helps them connect quickly with patients and family members, and start conversations about sensitive issues or difficult choices about end-of-life care.Dr. Tamara Feingold-Link has also experienced the power of being able to read a patient’s life story. Now a second-year medical resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Feingold-Link first encountered one of the biographies generated by My Life, My Story when she was on rotation at a Boston-area VA. Her attending physician asked her to run a meeting with a patient’s family.”I barely knew the patient, who was so sick he could hardly talk,” Feingold-Link recalls.She noticed his medical record included the patient’s life story, something she had never seen before. She immediately read the story.”It brought me to tears,” she remembers. “When I met his family, I could connect with them immediately.””It made his transfer to hospice much smoother for everyone involved,” she says.Now Dr. Feingold-Link has started a similar program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Meaningful stories go beyond medical careBob Hall has learned the stories can be meaningful to caregivers even when they’re not working. During one of his stays at the Madison VA, a nursing aide came into his room after she read his life story in his medical record.”She came in one night and sat down on my bed just to talk to me for a while, because she’d read my story,” Hall says. “I found out later she wasn’t on the clock. She just came in after her shift ended to chat for a while.”It’s been 5 years since Hall’s lung transplant, and he’s doing well. He even found a part-time job putting his writing skills to work as part of the My Life, My Story team. In just two years, Hall has written 208 capsule biographies of veterans who come to this hospital for care, just like he did.”Dr. Maloney came to me one day recently, and I was telling him how many stories I’d done,” Halls says, “and he says, ‘You know I think you’ve given more back to the VA with these stories than they gave to you.'””I said, ‘Doctor, I don’t think that’s true, but it’s very kind of you to say so.’ It made me feel good.”This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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first_imgThe number of disabled people who are unemployed has risen for the second quarter in a row, according to new government figures.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) used the publication of quarterly labour market statistics to point to the growth of 225, 000 in the number of disabled people in work, compared with the same period last year.But DWP failed to point out that the number of unemployed disabled people had also risen, from 399,000 in October to December 2014, to 401,000 the following quarter, and now to 423,000 in April to June 2015.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures also show a large rise in the last quarter in the number of sick and disabled people described as “economically inactive” – those not in work and neither seeking nor available to work – from 3,313,000 to 3,399,000, an increase of 2.6 per cent in just three months.One important factor pointed out by disabled activist Caroline Richardson, from the Spartacus online campaigning network, was that the ONS definition of employment includes those on unpaid work experience, as well as government-supported training and employment programmes.Richardson said: “Whilst there is a clear increase in the number of ill and disabled people working part-time since 1997, those in full-time employment is harder to identify.“The actual criteria for being counted as sick and disabled, and its impact on work, is now in line with the core definition of the 2010 Equality Act, and is for the purpose of data collection, self-reporting. The ONS is clear that the figures are therefore estimates.“To muddy the waters further, the definition of work has also been extended to include work experience and work-related training. “There does appear to be an increase in sick and disabled people moving into some type of work, but further analysis may show the work to be part-time, temporary or to be government-related training programmes.”The ONS said there were 2.08 million people who were not looking for work due to long-term sickness for April to June 2015, 75,000 more than for January to March 2015 and 86,000 more than the same period in 2014.For April to June 2015, there were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive.An ONS spokesman said it was not unusual for the number of people in employment and unemployment to rise at the same time, which could happen if large numbers of people moved into the labour market but did not secure jobs.But he said there was “no wider context we’re aware of for the effect you’ve noted”.He also stressed that the figures relating to disabled people had not been seasonally adjusted, so it was more difficult to see whether there were genuine trends.last_img read more

Its Easier Than Ever to Not Compensate Interns But Theres a Catch

first_img Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Career and Workplace Expert; Founder and President, Come Recommended The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently updated its unpaid internship guidelines, and that’s good news for employers. The reason: Under the DOL’s former guidelines, if even one of the six factors it listed wasn’t met, interns were entitled to compensation.Related: 5 Ways Your Small Business Will Benefit From Hiring InternsBut, that’s changed: Now, companies are expected to meet a single central standard (determined by seven factors) to clarify who is the “primary beneficiary” in an unpaid intern-employer relationship. That primary beneficiary, of course, must be the intern.Among those factors are that both parties must understand there is no expectation of compensation or a job offer. And, the company hiring the intern must provide educational training and align that training with the intern’s formal education program and academic calendar.  Regardless of this newer, easier standard, however, unpaid internships remain a complicated subject. John S. Ho, partner and chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration practice at law firm Cozen O’Connor’s New York City office, explained just how complicated, saying that, “The analysis [of the primary beneficiary] depends on the unique circumstances of each case, giving businesses more flexibility to make their case that an intern is properly classified based on individual facts.”Here’s how the guidelines have changed and what these changes mean for employers:Both parties can now benefit.The old standard required that employers derive no benefit from the internship. Of course, some unscrupulous employers managed to squeeze valuable, unpaid labor out of their interns.But for the honest ones, the unrealistic former “no benefit” requirement tied companies’ hands and limited the experience that unpaid interns could receive.The new, seven-factor test, however, is more flexible. It allows employers to benefit from the intern’s activities as long as that young person remains the primary beneficiary of the relationship. For that to occur, employers must make sure they:Provide educational, hands-on training.Accommodate the intern’s academic commitments.Complement the work of their paid employees rather than displace them.Conclude the internship once the intern has learned all that he or she can from the experience.Overall, the employer should provide educational experience that meets specific learning objectives set prior to the internship’s start. Providing the intern descriptive materials akin to a university-style curriculum and syllabus might be helpful to ensure that “educational experience.”Related: Stop Delegating Social Media to Your InternsIn addition,employers should meet with their interns reguarly to discuss their progress, ideas and goals. That way, they can provide a more personalized and educational internship experience.   The experience must be good — but not too good.While reviewing a client’s internship program, Joey Price, founder and owner of Jumpstart:HR, LLC, an HR outsourcing and consulting firm in Baltimore, heard multiple negative reviews from interns.The company the interns had gone to work for made sure the interns received daily lunches, solid work experiences and materials. But, the interns’ lack of payment still prevented the program from being a success. The reason was the work’s revenue-generating nature.“I advised my client that any time an ‘intern’ . . . is focused primarily on revenue-generating activity, it is no longer an internship,” Price explained. In essence, the client was teaching interns how to trade, giving them funds to manage and then monitoring the progress of those trades. And this went against the idea of complementing, rather than displacing, the work of paid employees — one of the seven factors in the new unpaid internship guidelines.So, while an intern’s experience with a company should be good, it shouldn’t be so good that it takes the place of paid employees’ work. And that means focusing on the educational aspect of the internship above all else.To do this, Ryan Glasgow, a labor and employment partner at the law firm Hunton & Williams LLP in its Richmond, Va., office, suggested the need to connect internships with college educational programs and the college or university’s system for offering academic credit.Glasgow also said he finds it important for internships to go beyond the work experience offered in the typical office. This could mean adding in classes and educational programs, Glasgow said, so that students receive training in a university-like environment.The DOL internship guidelines aren’t mandatory, but they demand your respect, nonetheless.Because the DOL is not a legislative body, the primary beneficiary intern test it provides is merely a guideline for unpaid internship programs. If there is a grievance, no judge will arbitrate.Despite that fact, said Dan Kalish, the managing partner at law firm HKM Employment Attorneys LLP’s office in Seattle, Wash., leaders should still proceed with caution. “Even if an employer meets the federal test to have an unpaid internship, it is possible that the employer will not meet the state law requirements to have an unpaid internship; and the employer would have to pay the intern in accordance with the state law,” Kalish told me by email.Related: Paying Interns Is a Good Investment In the Future of Your Business To keep small companies safe and both parties happy, therefore, consult an employment lawyer if you have any doubts about your internship program. Then, go out and create a program that will be an unforgettable experience for those students lucky enough to be accepted to it. Image credit: Shutterstock Internships Next Article Contributor 5 min read 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. The days of interns’ long hours and endless coffee runs are hopefully ending, thanks to new federal guidelines. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Heather R. Huhman February 1, 2018 It’s Easier Than Ever to Not Compensate Interns, But There’s a Catch. –shares Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Movable Ink Integrates with SmarterHQ to Enhance Realtime Email Personalization with Unified

first_img data visualizationsMarketing TechnologyMichael OsborneMovableNewspersonalizationSmarterHQ Previous ArticleAlticast’s AltiPlatform To Serve As Foundation Of Turk Telekom’s Next-Gen ServiceNext ArticleBpm’online Introduces Major Update to its Intelligent Low-Code Platform for Process Automation and CRM Partnership Enables Digital Marketers to Create Personalized Visual Experiences Based on Cross-Channel Behavioral and Contextual DataMovable Ink, the visual experience platform provider for digital marketing leaders, announced a partnership with SmarterHQ, the leading multi-channel behavioral marketing platform, to enable deeper personalization in email based on a customer’s behavior and interests, as well as real-time contextual data such as location, device, weather, product price and inventory.The combination of SmarterHQ’s unified cross-channel behavioral and profile data and Movable Ink’s platform for creating unique visual experiences at scale enables B2C brands in retail, travel & hospitality and financial services to add 1:1 behavioral and contextual data visualizations to email that are updated at the moment of open. This partnership provides brands with more options to activate live customer data and generate visually compelling calls-to-action at the moment of open that boost engagement and conversions.“Our partnership with Movable Ink and SmarterHQ has enabled us to transform our email marketing program with highly personalized promotions and product recommendations that are generated with up-to-date prices and available inventory at the moment of open,” said Emily Collins, Senior Email Marketing Manager at Sam’s Club. “Being able to easily access unified cross-channel data in our email campaigns has not only streamlined our production process, it has helped us meet our personalization goals as a business.”Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019SmarterHQ enables marketers to immediately identify and connect customer interactions across all touchpoints and automate personalized content via email, web, mobile push and more. Whether the output is product recommendations, loyalty data, live pricing, product inventory and any other customer data point, Movable Ink transforms the information into highly engaging and personalized visuals that are automatically generated at the moment of open.“Achieving a 360-view of the customer is only as good as a brand’s ability to act on it, which is why Movable Ink’s integration with SmarterHQ is such a powerful combination,” said Vivek Sharma, CEO of Movable Ink. “This partnership enables brands to take email personalization further and provide the kind of compelling, highly visual experiences that drive engagement, revenue and long-term customer loyalty.”“Brands are constantly bombarding consumers with irrelevant messages across every platform,” said Michael Osborne, President & CEO of SmarterHQ. “This batch and blast mentality is an unsustainable approach, as 70 percent of millennials are frustrated with receiving irrelevant emails. Our partnership with Movable Ink allows marketing messages to be both relevant and highly visual—providing the best opportunity to convert shoppers into loyal customers.”Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to CyberbullyingSmarterHQ’s unified customer data and real-time triggers combined with Movable Ink’s ability to create data-activated visual experiences at the moment of engagement enable marketers to:Display real-time inventory showcasing products based on browsing, booking or cart activity within triggered emailsInclude a customer’s up-to-date loyalty points or rewards balance in any triggered email to compel them to take a next stepDrive customers who have expressed interest in certain products to buy online or pick up in-store via a triggered message, including purchase options at the nearest store based on real-time locationUtilize SmarterHQ recommendations and display visually within any email campaignMovable Ink works with any ESP, and SmarterHQ has 20+ ESP integrations, making this platform partnership a seamless addition to existing marketing stacks. The partnership is available to mutual clients of Movable Ink and SmarterHQ immediately.Marketing Technology News: Huawei Enables Smart Finance with “AI+DATA” Movable Ink Integrates with SmarterHQ to Enhance Real-time Email Personalization with Unified, Cross-Channel Customer Data PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 7:06 pmApril 29, 2019 last_img read more

Yes to yoghurt and cheese New improved Mediterranean diet

first_imgImage Credit: Rimma Bondarenko / Shutterstock Dec 11 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Thousands of Australians can take heart as new research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia, affecting 4.2 million Australians and killing one Australian every 12 minutes. Low-fat diets are often recommended as suitable food plans for those seeking to reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) has been shown to deliver significant health benefits.In this UniSA study, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers compared the health benefits of a MedDiet supplemented with two to three serves of dairy each day, and a generic low-fat diet.The results show that the dairy-supplemented MedDiet (MedDairy) significantly improved blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, mood and cognitive function.PhD candidate Alexandra Wade says the new MedDairy diet challenges popular perceptions of what is considered healthy.“The MedDiet is fast earning a reputation as the world’s healthiest diet and is renowned for delivering improved cardiovascular and cognitive health,” Wade says.“But it’s also higher in fat, which can be a deterrent for people seeking to adopt a healthier eating plan, especially if they don’t realise the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats.“In Australia, low-fat diets are often recommended for improving heart health and they are still perceived as being healthy.“This study shows that the new MedDairy works better than a generic low-fat diet, ensuring better health outcomes for people at risk of cardiovascular disease.”Related StoriesScientists examine hormonal links between diet and obesityLow-carb diet may reverse metabolic syndrome independent of weight lossDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesImportantly, the MedDairy diet also meets additional calcium requirements recommended by Australia’s national health bodies.A typical MedDiet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate consumption of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods. It also includes 1-2 servings of dairy foods (700-820mg calcium), which is less than half the dairy recommended by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for older Australians.“Living in Australia, we have different dietary requirements, notably a need for more calcium to protect against osteoporosis,” Wade says.“These needs are unmet in the traditional MedDiet, which makes it difficult for people to adopt in the long term.“This study delivers healthier options for Australians by tailoring the nutrients in the MedDiet to meet the needs of a non-Mediterranean population.“In Australia, women up to age 50 years – and men up to age 70 years – should consume 1000mg per day of calcium per day and 1300mg thereafter, which is roughly between 3.5 and 4.5 serves a day.“The new MedDairy diet allows for three to four servings with dairy, which means Australians can more sustainably meet their recommended daily nutrient intakes while also maintaining the significant health benefits offered through the MedDiet.“When it comes down to it, people want to be able to enjoy a colourful, tasty and nutritious diet. And if you’re one of the thousands of people seeking to improve your cardiovascular and cognitive health – look no further than the MedDairy diet.”Notes Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 43,477 deaths attributed to CVD in Australia in 2017. CVD kills one Australian every 12 minutes. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018, Causes of Death 2017, ABS cat. no. 3303.0, September. Cardiovascular disease affects one in six Australians or 4.2 million people. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016, National Health Survey: First results, 2014-15, ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, March. Data customised using TableBuilder. Source: read more

12000 Years Ago a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone

first_img An excavation at the site during 2010. Credit: Lixin Wang The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth Even though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it’s a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said. “It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places,” Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice’s spread, he said. The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, “will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence,” Wang told Live Science. The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said. It’s unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it’s possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations. “Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class,” Wang said. 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Credit: Qian Wang Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic Life Ancient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago — meaning they bound some children’s maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals — making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds. While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls — belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults — that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM). “This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world,” said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. “If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas.” [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead. The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating. Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndolast_img read more

Cong demands JPC probe into retired SC judge Kurian Josephs remark

first_imgAbhishek Singhvi   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics COMMENT The winter session of Parliament is all set to be stormy over retired judge of the Supreme Court Kurian Joseph’s statement that former Chief Justice Dipak Misra was “remote-controlled by an external source”. The Congress has demanded a Parliamentary probe into the affairs of the Supreme Court, particularly on the issues raised by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at a press conference in January this year. The issue is likely to come up in a meeting of all Opposition parties scheduled for December 10.The Congress said the matter should be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. “The Centre, the Prime Minister and the BJP president must tell the people who was remote controlling the Chief Justice,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. “Every citizen has the right to condemn the unconstitutional ways,” he said and added that Justice Joseph’s comments proved the Congress’s stand on the crisis in Supreme Court was correct. The party had initiated an impeachment motion against Mishra, but it was rejected by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. “This also proves that the BJP government does not have any respect for the Constitutional structures of our country,” Singhvi said.“Justice Joseph has in clear and unequivocal terms talked of the arbitrary Bench selection, external influences, by implication remote controls, and political biases injected into the system by the Government of India, by the ruling party,” he alleged.The Congress has been trying to mobilise Opposition parties over the issues in the Supreme Court. The party has also been alleging that the Narendra Modi government is destroying institutions of the country such as the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission.The meeting on December 10 is organised by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A review of the Assembly elections and a discussion on the floor strategy for the winter session is expected to be taken up in the meeting. Similar meeting is likely to take place during the session too, after the announcement of the Assembly election results. COMMENTS December 03, 2018 courts and legal Published on SHARE He said that former CJI Dipak Misra was ‘remote-controlled by an external source’last_img read more

19 Kudla youths stranded in Kuwait all set to return on Wednesday

first_imgMANGALURU: After months of ordeal, as many as 19 youths from Mangaluru stranded in Kuwait due to a job fraud are all set to return to India, on July 18. Sources in the Indian Embassy in Kuwait told TOI that currently 42 members are awaiting their visa and other cancellations to return home. Among them 19 are from Mangaluru. On Tuesday, visa of 15 Mangalureans was cancelled with temporary exit and rest will be cancelled on Wednesday. Two out of 44 stranded youths in Kuwait, had left for India and reached the country on Sunday. Mohandas Kamath, an expat working in Kuwait, said among 42 youths, 19 are from Mangaluru and rest hail from Andhra Pradesh and other states. All the 19 youths from Mangaluru will start their journey on Wednesday around 8.30pm (Kuwait time) and reach Mumbai early on Thursday. From Mumbai, they will board a bus to reach Mangaluru. “We are making all arrangements for their safe travel without any hassles,” Kamath told TOI. It may be recalled that several youths were trapped in Kuwait for the past seven months due to alleged job fraud by a blacklisted recruitment agency. Their plight was revealed after a video went viral on social media, in which the stranded youths were heard saying they went to Kuwait on employment visa through the city-based placement agency. However, after landing in Kuwait, they realized that they were conned. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more

Cheng preparing hubby for a comeback

first_img Related News Asean+ 16 May 2019 Sammi Cheng seen in public for first time after Andy Hui was caught kissing Jacqueline Wong Related News Found in Translation Asean+ 19 Apr 2019 Sammi Cheng breaks silence as she forgives husband Andy Hui Compiled by C. ARUNO and CLARISSA CHUNG CANTOPOP queen Sammi Cheng is said to be preparing husband Andy Hui for a comeback this month after his career stalled due to a cheating scandal, China Press reported.Citing a weekly magazine in Hong Kong, it quoted Hui, 52, as saying that Cheng was “no longer angry with me”.Hui was photographed jogging with his good friend Edmund Leung, who is also a singer.center_img Tags / Keywords: Asean+ 01 May 2019 Andy Hui scandal: Does post by Sammi Cheng mean he is no longer in the doghouse? {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} A source close to the couple revealed that Hui, who would be appearing as a special guest in all 13 of Cheng’s concerts beginning yesterday, was also preparing himself for a return to the industry. A few weeks ago, Cheng, 46, uploaded a photo of herself exercising at a gym, which also had Hui’s reflection on a mirror. The same source told the magazine that it was an attempt by Cheng to gauge if fans had actually forgiven Hui. “It is common knowledge that Sammi is really worried about Andy. She wants everyone to accept him. “Such a good wife is hard to find,” the source said.Cheng had made repeated postings on Instagram, stating that she had forgiven her husband, and urged fans to respect her decision.In April, Hui was caught canoodling with 30-year-old actress Jacqueline Wong in the back of a taxi. The footage went viral online, prompting both artistes to make a public apology and take a hiatus from work.> A confused first-time flyer ended up climbing onto a baggage carousel at Turkey’s Ankara Esenboga Airport, thinking that was how she was supposed to board the flight, the same daily reported.CCTV camera footage showed the woman clambering onto the carousel from the check-in counter before losing her balance and falling face down on the machine.Shocked airport staff managed to stop the carousel before the woman was transported into the baggage sorting area.The woman later admitted that it was her first flight and she thought that was how both baggage and passengers were loaded onto the plane.> Oriental Daily reported about consumers complaining that paper straws were a poor substitute for plastic straws, which had been banned by the Selangor government. Consumers complained that paper straws tended to peel off and turn soggy. Since the ban started on July 1, many food and beverage outlets in the state had begun to replace these with paper straws to the disappointment of customers.“In the beginning, there was not much difference between plastic and paper straws. “But after a while, the liquid seeps into the straw and the mouth-feel changes,” said a woman, who only wanted to be known by her surname Xu.Xu added that she preferred to bring along her own metal straw because her drinks tended to end up with bits and pieces of paper in it. In an experiment, the daily obtained paper straws from various eateries and put them in both hot and cold drinks, and found that after 15 minutes, the straws would turn soggy. After 30 minutes, they would start to disintegrate.The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.last_img read more

Quake of magnitude 61 strikes north of Japans Okinawa USGS

first_img Related News SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck north of Japan’s islands of Okinawa on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said. AdChoices广告There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which hit at a depth of 257 km (160 miles), about 346 km (215 miles) north of Naha, the capital of the prefecture. (Reporting and editing by Clarence Fernandez) World 07 Jul 2019 7.1 magnitude quake strikes in eastern Indonesia, tsunami warning issued World 24 Apr 2019 Magnitude 6.1 quake hits India’s Assam region – USGS World 09 Jul 2019 In Japan, the business of watching whales is far larger than hunting them Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more