Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillHow can I avoid being a victim of medical fraud?Millions of dollars are wasted yearly on medical frauds, hoaxes, and false cures. To avoid being the victim of quackery, don’t fall for testimonials, even when they are given by a health professional. In general, reputable providers do not endorse mega-vitamin therapy, supplements, diet fads, and other products and services. Remember, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” If you have questions about a particular health care product, check with your doctor or pharmacist before you waste your time and money.You can also check out specific “cures” or products through the Food and Drug Administration or the Federal Trade Commission or contact your state attorney general’s office or local health department.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 15, 2013.last_img read more

Why I Wrote The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need

first_imgMy book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, will be published on October 11th, 2016.The first publisher that reached out to me asking me to write a book didn’t want the book I wanted to write. They didn’t understand why I started the book with a chapter on self-discipline. In their view, the book only got worse. They wanted to know what things like optimism, caring, initiative, and resourcefulness were doing in a book on sales. I wanted to know how they couldn’t understand why these attributes were important, so I asked them if they ever sold or managed a sales team. Unfortunately, they hadn’t.To be fair, they expected a book written by a consultant to help win new consulting clients. They thought the audience should be different, and therefore the book made no sense to them.A second publisher that reached out to me pitched me on writing a book. They didn’t really care what the book was about. They cared mostly about how many books I thought I could sell, and how willing I was to commit to buying thousands of books from them myself.I argued that they really didn’t pitch me with a good value proposition. They said that their imprint was impressive, that it would give me credibility. I couldn’t think of a single book I ever bought that I bought because of the imprint, and I buy a lot of books.Going It AloneI wanted to write the book I wanted to write. With a couple of unimpressive conversations under my belt, I decided to publish the book myself.I wrote the book. Next, I hired a professional editor to edit the book with me. Editing is a painful process. In the first chapter, I used the words “dream clients” four times. His note said, “Am I supposed to know what this means? If I don’t know, how will the reader know?” I told him the people who read my blog would know what I mean when I say “dream clients.” He made me define it the first time it appears in the book.This went on for 18 more chapters, and the book was greatly improved. When we finished, we started over.I loaded the manuscript up on Createspace, and I began working through the process of self-publishing. Now I had total control.With a Little Help From My FriendsSix weeks before publishing, I received a direct message on Twitter from an editor at Portfolio asking me why I hadn’t written a book. I explained that I had spoken with a couple of publishers, but I didn’t find the value proposition compelling, so I decided to go it alone. He asked if he might share a few ideas about how I might improve my results, and I agreed to connect.We scheduled a call. He hated the title. He hated the subtitle. He wasn’t exactly sure that my book fulfilled its title’s promise with what was inside the covers. He told me if the book did well, he’d give me a deal on the next book. I told him I valued his advice, and that he should read the book and tell me everything I got wrong, and I would do my best to improve upon it.Six days later he sent me a two-book deal. He said that he didn’t expect to like the book nearly as much as he did. Portfolio has been an exceptional partner, and because they publish sales books, they totally understood the book and why I wrote it.Between the CoversThe book is made up of two halves. The first half of the book is made up of nine elements that, when mastered, will help you become someone worth buying from. The second half is made up of the eight skills you need to succeed in sales now.I wrote this book for salespeople. I wanted to write a book that would help salespeople improve their results. If you want to do the work to produce better results, this book will be your guide. You can do the work alone, if necessary. You can also get a free workbook to help you.If you are sales manager, this book will give you a new lens through which to view the individuals that make up your team. You will be able to quickly identify the areas where the individuals on your team need improvement, and how you can help them. There are also videos and tele-seminars available that you can use for team meetings when you pre-order.If you are a leader, you are going to want this book for your managers and their people. You are also going to want to use it as a hiring guide and an on-boarding guide for sales operations and training.If you are interested in preordering the book, there are amazing bonus offers for you here: preorder.theonlysalesguide.com.last_img read more

The Year Ahead: All Eyes On India’s Ascent

first_imgIndia is increasingly a focal point for the fashion industry, reflecting a rapidly growing middle-class and increasingly powerful manufacturing sector. These, together with strong economic fundamentals and growing tech-savvy, make India too important for international brands to ignore.Read it at BOF Related Itemslast_img

SPORT-NIKOLAI 2 LAST

first_imgJaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing Jaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing the race in 89th position, had alleged that there was no water, recovery drinks and refreshment available for her and only once in 8km did she got water. Latest reports said that the 33-year-old Kerala athlete, who won a silver medal in 1500m race in the 2014 Asian Games, has put the blame on Nikolai, saying that he must have told the AFI officials that she will need personalised refreshment. The second Indian in the fray in that marathon race, Kavita Raut had confirmed that she was asked by the AFI officials if she would need personalised refreshments to which she also had said no since she had never used them earlier in competitions. Asked if there was sufficient water arranged by the Rio race organisers, Nikolai hinted that it was not so. “I did not run the race and have not followed Jaisha throughout the entire 42km. How can I? So, I would not know the exact situation. It would seem from a distance that the water arranged by the organisers was sufficient. My situation was as good as yours watching on a television. “But I had spoken to some runners who took part in the race, who finished around 70th and below out of the 157 runners and who ran behind the leading pack, and their coaches. They said water was there but after the 25 to 30km mark, it was not sufficient. That is what these runners and coaches said. I have no means to verify what they said,” he added. “When I spoke to Jaisha after the race, she also said the same, that the water available was not adequate in the second part of the course after around 25-30km,” he added. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Chris Martin’s late strike sees Derby snatch draw from wasteful Leeds

first_img 13 Casilla Championship Share on WhatsApp 5 Bielik Reuse this content Share on Twitter 44 Huddlestone Chris Martin scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Derby snatched an unlikely point from a 1-1 draw at Leeds. The home side had dominated virtually the entire game but paid for their profligacy in front of goal and a missed penalty from Mateusz Klich. Leeds had opened the scoring through a Max Lowe own goal but missed chance after chance to go further ahead.In what was to be a dominant first half for the hosts, Leeds were almost gifted an early opener when Kelle Roos under-hit a pass to one of his defenders. Pablo Hernández pounced and almost picked out Patrick Bamford but Tom Huddlestone just got there in time to clear the ball out for a corner. Substitutes 5 White 36 Gotts 25 Lowe 8 Dowell 3 Douglas match reports Lineups Leeds 46 Shackleton 33 Davies 43 Klich 6 Cooper Possession Substitutes 19 Hernandez 7 Leeds Off target 4 Derby 5 Leeds On target 1 Derby Share on Messenger DER39LEE61% 46 Malone 9 Waghorn 23 Phillips Match stats DER LEE 11 Roberts 1 Meslier 16 Clarke 8 12 22 Harrison 28 Berardi Fouls Derby Hernández was then in acres of space and flashed a ball across goal only for Jack Harrison’s shot to be deflected behind from a couple of yards out.Derby’s goal was living a charmed life and it was no surprise when the hosts did break the deadlock in the 20th minute. Bamford kept the ball in from a deep free-kick to tee up Stuart Dallas, whose shot was initially saved by Roos. However, the Dutch goalkeeper could only divert the ball into the path of defender Lowe and the ball bounced into the net from close range.Dallas then had a curling effort tipped over from Roos as United pressed for a second. Leeds were peppering the Derby goal, with Harrison’s long-range effort drawing a fine save from Roos before Bamford lobbed well over when put clean through. Derby could consider themselves lucky to not be trailing by more than one goal and going forward they had been nonexistent, failing to register a single shot on goal.Leeds picked up where they left off immediately after the restart and Bamford went close again, this time clipping a post from just a few yards out. Leeds showed no sign of easing off as Bamford tested Roos from inside the box shortly after.Derby finally showed some rare attacking prowess when they registered a first shot of the game before the hour mark, although Martyn Waghorn missed the target completely with his long-range effort.Leeds then had a golden chance to put clear daylight between the two sides when they were awarded a spot-kick after Matt Clarke and Scott Malone combined to clumsily bring Bamford down in the box. Klich stepped up but nonchalantly rolled the penalty the wrong side of Roos’ post with the goalkeeper beaten.There were plenty of nerves around Elland Road although not many in the ground could have foreseen Martin’s fine finish – his first Derby goal for two years – that sealed the most unlikely of draws. (s 83′) Leeds United 21 Roos (s 79′) Leicester’s fast start continues as James Maddison sinks Spurs with late stunner (s 74′) 14 Marriott 15 Dallas 11 Jozefzoon (s 58′) (s 61′) 48 Buchanan Read more 9 Bamford 10 Alioski Share on Pinterest (s 73′) Goal attempts 14 Nketiah Share via Email Share on LinkedIn 7 Paterson 6 Keogh 38 Knight Derby County 23 Holmes Share on Facebook 8 3 Corners 12 Hamer 19 Martin 17 Helder Costa 39 61 Topicslast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Haze Collection Unveils SS15 Sunglasses

first_img1. Haze 2. Haze 3. Haze 4. Haze 5. Haze 6. Haze Since its inception into the world of optics last year​, Haze Collection has had been shrouded in a tint of secrecy largely because its chief designer remains an anonymous mystery man (à la Bansky). Why? According to him, his position as a sunglasses designer for a slew of other noteworthy brands necessitates this decision.This is paralleled in certain design elements such as the phrase “To Be Revealed,” embossed on the back of each glasses case.Establishing a brand without a face can be tricky. Just look at Maison Martin Margiela, an eponymous faceless brand, who made headlines when they brought in John Galliano to rejuvenate sales earlier this year. Or take Alexander Wang’s H&M collaboration with his name splashed prominently throughout the collection.“Customers nowadays tend to associate the brand a lot with the creative director or founder,” according to the anonymous designer over the phone.​ “They want to know their social life, who they hang out with, are they handsome or beautiful, do they have a six pack or not etc. All this info generates stories/press.” For Haze Collection however, they have to rely solely on the product.Related Post: Behind The Goods At Shywood’s Shop In PDXThankfully, the shades make a bold enough statement. The recently-launched SS15 collection has helped this largely incognito brand establish its footprint in the increasingly competitive field of innovative eyewear.Each Haze frame is cut from slabs of pure acetate, sourced directly from Italy. Because of this, no two frames are identical, with nuances of marble present throughout. The luxury factor is upped with the inclusion of titanium nose pieces and their signature hardware known as the SWIV3L hinge – a three-pronged hinge that uniquely reveals itself each time the frame is folded down.The collection can be purchased online, at boutiques internationally, or at Selima Optique in NYC. Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable center_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know How to Make a Mojito last_img read more

India Readies CSL’s IPO

first_imgzoom The Indian government is planning to issue 33.9 million shares of state-run shipbuilder Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL).One third of the shares to be issued in the public offering are owned by the government. The net proceeds are expected to be used to finance construction of LNG carriers tendered by India’s gas utility Gail India (GAIL.)However, the government first plans to carry out capital restructuring so as to enhance the authorized capital to Rs 250 crore, enabling the government to inject Rs 120 crore, Indian daily Business Standard reports.CSL would be issuing around 22.6 mn new shares, of Rs 10 each, to double the government’s amount, the daily said.GAIL plans to build one third of its planned nine LNG carriers intended for transportation of LNG from USA to India domestically.Cochin expressed interest in building the said vessels in August last year. However, Cochin shipyard, like the majority of local shipbuilders, lack the necessary know-how and experience in building these sophisticated ships, and will probably have to outsource for the purpose.Potential bidder could also be L&T Shipbuilding Ltd, a unit of Larsen and Toubro Ltd, (L&T Ltd) which is said to be in talks with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries to team up on the project, writes Indian financial daily LiveMint.“L&T has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for a potential collaboration on constructing the LNG carriers,” the daily writes citing a shipping ministry official.Cochin Shipyard is also expected to launch talks on cooperation with two South Korean yards shortly.However, the tender has had several bumps on the road so far.The company had to postpone for the third time the closing date for the tender as international bidders were turned away by the prerequisite to share their technology with local builders.In order for GAIL to be able to start its import activities in 2017, the tender, which is already lagging behind, should be finalized and awarded by May.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Messi rescues Argentina as Paraguay pay penalty

first_imgBelo Horizonte: A Lionel Messi penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Argentina against Paraguay as the two-time world champions once again struggled at the Copa America. Messi swept in a 57th-minute spot-kick at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao Stadium to cancel out a first-half opener from Paraguay’s Richard Sanchez. Argentina also had goalkeeper Franco Armani to thank for a second half penalty save that prevented Paraguay from taking a 2-1 lead in the Group B battle. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe draw left Argentina with one point from two games and on the bottom of the table with one game remaining. However with the two best third placed teams advancing to the quarter-finals, Argentina can still reach the last eight with a decisive win over Qatar in their final group game. The South American giants will need to raise their game however to advance any further after another disjointed performance which followed their opening defeat to Colombia on Saturday. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsA lacklustre opening saw both sides struggle to generate any sort of attacking momentum, with neither side managing to get a shot on goal until Paraguay striker Derlis Gonzalez’s effort was deflected behind for a corner in the 29th minute. From the ensuing setpiece, centre-half Junior Alonso scooped a half-chance wide as Argentina escaped. That flurry of activity spurred Argentina fleetingly at the other end, with Lautaro Martinez winning a free-kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area after a foul by Paraguay skipper Gustavo Gomez. Messi however was unable to conjure anything from the free-kick, floating his effort up and over the wall but without the pace to trouble goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez, who gathered comfortably. In the 37th minute however, Paraguay’s more organised performance got its reward. A swift counter-attack saw the ball transferred to Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron near halfway. The livewire forward turned on the after-burners to roast Roberto Pereya down the left wing before crossing for Sanchez who drove a low finish into the bottom corner of the Argentina net. A rattled Argentina were given a huge let-off moments later when Armani came racing out of his area to shut down Gonzalez. A wild kick brought down the Paraguayan player but Armani somehow escaped a red card and was only cautioned. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni went for broke at half-time, bolstering his attack with the introduction of Sergio Aguero and the move paid instant dividends. Aguero deftly lost his marker on 51 minutes and pulled back for Martinez, whose shot cannoned off the woodwork. Messi pounced on the rebound but Fernandez blocked with a diving save. The chance appeared to have gone begging but VAR had spotted that Martinez’s shot had in fact struck Ivan Piris’s arm before hitting the bar and Brazilian referee Wilson Sampaio pointed to the spot. Messi stepped up to sweep in the spot-kick and Argentina were level. Yet there was more drama in the 62nd minute when Paraguay’s Gonzalez burst into the box and was clumsily hacked down by Nicolas Otamendi for a clear penalty. Armani, who was fortunate to be on the pitch, dived the right way and parried Gonzalez’s spot-kick wide.last_img read more

Fire at underconstruction building near Pragati Maidan

first_imgNew Delhi: A fire broke out at an under-construction building near gate number 6 of Pragati Maidan on Thursday morning, a Delhi Fire Services official said.A person called up the fire station to inform about the blaze around 11 am. Five fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.It doesn’t look like a big fire. It seems the shuttering material being used in the construction caught fire, the official said.last_img

Ottawas toughoncrime agenda will push more Aboriginal women into doing hard time

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe number of Aboriginal women going to prison is exploding.According to a new report, the Conservative’s tough-on-crime agenda will mean those numbers will increase.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Elon Musk asks judge to toss divers lawsuit in Thai dustup

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Elon Musk is asking a California judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a British diver who accused the tech entrepreneur of falsely calling him a pedophile.Wednesday’s court filing argues that “the public knew from the outset that Musk’s insults were not intended to be statements of fact.”Musk called diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Unsworth criticized Musk in a CNN interview in July about efforts to rescue young soccer players trapped in a cave in Thailand.Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn’t used and in the interview, Unsworth called it a “PR stunt.”Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Save the Children Report Morocco Makes Strides in Providing for Children

Rabat – In its third annual report, the humanitarian organization Save the Children’s 2019 Global Childhood Report ranked Morocco 83rd out of 176 countries, with a score of 864 in terms of children’s access to basic human rights.The UK-based nonprofit’s report shows that Morocco has made significant progress between the years of 2000 and 2019, where it scored 774 on a scale of 1000 points, a 90-point increase in the End of Childhood Index.The index shows how well children have access to healthcare, education, nutrition, and protection from abusive practices such as child labor and underage marriage. Read also: Islamicity Index: ‘Non-Muslim Countries Reflect Islamic Values Better than Muslim Countries’Despite persistent childhood-related issues facing a number of countries, the report brings hope. It stated that children today are much better off at achieving their full potential than ever before. Singapore took the lead with a total of 989 points, outranking leading countries such as Sweden, Finland, and Norway.The highest-scoring Arab country was Qatar at number 40 with a score of 933, followed by the United Arab Emirates, which ranked 43, scoring 931. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon came in at 44, 45, and 47 respectively, leaving behind Algeria and Morocco.The 68-page report also found that the world has managed to cut the rate of child mortality by half, with over 50 million children saved since 2000 thanks to protections against deadly diseases such as malaria and pneumonia.Read also:Zoha Rahman Playing Spiderman’s First Hijabi Character in Latest FilmThe number of children under age 5 who died in 2000 reached nearly 10 million compared to 2017, which saw 5.4 million deaths.Child labor rates also saw a dramatic decline of 40%, the report shows, despite falling short of the 2050 target to end all forms of child labor. The report shows that 173 countries out of 176 have improved the situation of children in the past 20 years through enrolling children in school, providing better access to health care, and reducing malnutrition. read more

Womens Basketball No 13 Ohio State romps Rutgers 9068

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives down the baseline in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ win against Rutgers on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRutgers stayed within striking distance of the No. 13 Ohio State women’s basketball team for the majority of the first quarter and trailed by just one point when Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout with two minutes remaining. Ohio State responded from that timeout with a 35-15 run to cruise into halftime with what proved to be an insurmountable 51-30 lead.The Buckeyes rode their early lead to a 90-68 victory against the Scarlet Knights Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.During the first-half run, Ohio State (20-5, 9-3 Big Ten) hit six 3-pointers. The Buckeyes went 11-for-22 from beyond the arc and hit 56 percent of their shots. They held Rutgers (18-8, 6-6 Big Ten) to just 39 percent shooting. Rutgers went 4-of-19 from 3.“We started getting some stops and then the stops were leading to transition basketball,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought that’s what really allowed us to kind of get some separation in the game.”Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had a team-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting. She hit 5-of-6 triples. Five other Buckeyes scored in double-figures, including redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who dropped 12 points and corralled a game-high 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun hit 3-of-5 3s and scored 17 points.Ohio State entered the game ranked first in the Big Ten in turnover ratio, but Rutgers followed closely behind, ranking second in the conference. The Scarlet Knights proved to be no match in terms of ball control for the majority of the first half, however. The Buckeyes held a 14-12 turnover advantage and scored 25 points off turnovers.“People have different philosophies, but we’re really aggressive when we turn somebody over,” McGuff said. “I thought our kids made good decisions, too, in transition about shot selection. Sometimes you can get going kind of fast and take bad shots, but I didn’t think we did that tonight.”Ohio State’s win against Rutgers was its fourth victory in a row and the fourth game it held its opponents to 68 points or fewer. This is the lowest opponents have scored in a four-game stretch since McGuff was hired five seasons ago. The win streak comes following a three-game losing streak in which the Buckeyes gave up 84 points to Michigan, 99 points to Maryland and 103 points to Iowa.“I personally think the losing streak that we were on motivated us to do better and separate ourselves from our opponents,” redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said. “We just looked back, watched some film and tried to get better from those games. It’s been showing for the last four games.”The Buckeyes assisted on 20 of their made shots. Though senior guard Asia Doss struggled with her shot (1-for-7), she led the game with seven assists. Senior guard Tyler Scaife, the only Scarlet Knight who averaged more than seven points per game entering the contest, led Rutgers with 27 points. But she hit just 12-of-27 shots from the field. Rutgers held a hefty 40-32 rebound edge. The Scarlet Knights nearly had as many offensive rebounds (24) as the Buckeyes had defensive rebounds (21). This led to the visiting team scoring 21 second-chance points. McGuff said the Buckeyes struggled to get a body on Rutgers’ rebounders and that his team played more zone than usual, which was effective when defending, but not when rebounding.With redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman day-to-day and sitting out with a neck injury Wednesday’s game, Ohio State added sophomore guard Jensen Caretti to its eight-person rotation. She scored two points in 14 minutes.The Buckeyes will be back in action at 2 p.m. Sunday when they take on South Florida in an unusual non-conference road game late in the season. read more

Father of 1 gets 3 years for trafficking cannabis

A 42-year-old man was on Wednesday handed down a sentence of 3 years imprisonment when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts  slapped with possession of narcotics charge.The charge which was read to Seon Fitzgerald, a vendor and a father of one stated that on October 13, 2018, at Sophia, Georgetown he had in his possession 76 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The man admitted to the charge after it was read to him.According to the prosecutor’s case, on the day in question at around 07:00h ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were on patrol in the above mentioned area when they observed the defendant acting in a suspicious manner.The man was approached by the ranks, who identified themselves and conducted a search on his person.A black plastic bag containing the cannabis was found in his possession. The defendant was taken into custody and later charged for the offence.The unrepresented man in an effort to defend himself told the court that he found the bag with the cannabis. “I was coming round the corner and I pick up it up, I told the police I just find the bag, I have a baby, and I’m the only breadwinner for my family” the man stated.However, Magistrate Latchman made no hesitation and handed down a fine of $30,000 along with three years imprisonment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan who tells court he uses cannabis as medicine granted bail  August 5, 2019In “Court”Father of 2 jailed for 3 years over ganja possessionAugust 23, 2017In “Court”‘Hustler’ to spend three years behind bars for narcotics possessionJune 28, 2017In “Court” read more

Official Pikachu Shoes Fit For Any Pokémon Trainer

first_imgPut a little PikaPika in your step with these adorable new Pikachu shoes coming to you from the minds of Japanese shoe fashion label Esperanza.With the popularity of Pokémon hitting an all-time fever pitch via Nintendo DS games, anime series, and the super viral Pokémon GO app, now seems to be the time for the release of tons of products inspired by the franchise.Step out in true Pokémon gamer style with the most adorable set of kicks yet, called the Pikachu Collection.A set of 4-inch heels is the signature pair of this collection, featuring a dangling Pikachu tail from the back, and Pikachu ears protruding from the front. ¥12,744, or about $123 USD.For those of us who are heel-challenged, there’s also a flat version of this shoe, much more suited to walking the streets of Tokyo looking for Pokémon. ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.The all-over print flats feature a multitude of grinning Pikachus that will bring a smile to any Pokémon trainer’s face. There are tiny Pikachu tails on the backs of these shoes as well! ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.If red is more your thing, check out the two curious Pikachu faces adorning these flats, with a subtle red Pokéball print covering the shoe. ¥9,612, or about $93 USD.Each pair of adorably bright shoes comes with a signature Pokéball-inspired shoe box, perfect for hiding your horde of Pokéballs.The shoes are available for pre-order with a 10% discount on Esperanza’s site now. They will also all be sold over-the-counter at most Esperanza shoe stores throughout Japan starting in mid-October. The Esperanza store in the famous Shibuya 109 building will also feature a limited time Pikachu photo booth!So who out there is going to spring for these novelty shoes? Gotta be the very best!last_img read more

New Aquaculture Handbook is a Tool for Improving Pakistani Farmer Incomes and

first_imgPakistan’s fish farmers and entire aquaculture industry have a new resource to encourage success. The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) produced the Aquaculture Handbook—Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded FEEDing Pakistan project.The handbook, released this week at a launching ceremony in Karachi, shares knowledge from the three-year FEEDing Pakistan project and insight from international experts.WISHH’s FEEDing Pakistan has assisted approximately 2,000 Pakistani fish farmers and helped increase the market value of fish produced—tilapia—from zero at the beginning of the project to an estimated 450 mill rupees ($4.5 million USD) in 2014.“We congratulate Pakistan’s fish farmers, academics, members of the private sector, and government officials. Their participation and dedication to increased knowledge resulted in quick adoption of new technologies and best management practices,” said R.S.N. Janjua, who leads the project as ASA/WISHH Country Representative. “Rapid acceptance and investment in new ideas, including soy-based floating fish feed, is scaling up Pakistan’s aquaculture industry to help fill Pakistan’s protein gap in human diets and contribute to the food security of Pakistan.”University of Arizona College of Agriculture Director of International Programs Kevin Fitzsimmons added that consumer demand for tilapia has also spilled over to an increased demand for better quality carp and trout.An ASA/WISHH assessment found that Pakistan had an extensive system of fish farming but no commercial, high-protein, floating, extruded fish feeds were produced in the country. To implement FEEDing Pakistan, ASA/WISHH chose to partner with Kansas State University (KSU) to capitalize on their world-renowned expertise in feed production technology.KSU conducted training courses on fish feed manufacturing and best management aquaculture practices with University of Arizona collaboration. In addition, KSU provided technical assistance to industry stakeholders.Results of FEEDing Pakistan include a project trainee and co-owner of a Pakistani company, Oryza Organics Pvt. Ltd., who established Pakistan’s first extruder dedicated to the production of floating fish feed. Another trainee, the CEO of Tawakkal Fish Farms, started buying the soy-based floating fish feed from Oryza. Tawakkal has made multiple investments in their facility, creating the first private-sector tilapia hatchery in Pakistan. This year, Tawakkal plans to sell approximately 3 million young tilapia to other farmers, and in the future, to expand to 10 million tilapia fry per annum.During the project, ASA/WISHH provided U.S.-soy formulated floating feed for feeding demonstrations reaching hundreds of farmers. FEEDing Pakistan demonstration tilapia fish averaged 600 grams per fish–double the weight of traditional Pakistan fish harvests. The tilapia received a premium in the local market place and increased enthusiasm for further development of Pakistan’s aquaculture industry with soy-based fish feeds. Pakistani fish farmers had never seen such results. ASA/WISHH also worked directly with a variety of farmers who are now selling live tilapia in multiple markets.The Aquaculture Handbook—Fish Farming and Nutrition in Pakistan contains 12 chapters on the entire farm-to-consumer aquaculture value chain. Lead editor is Kevin Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., past president of the World Aquaculture Society. Co-editor is R.S.N. Janjua, Ph.D.  Local lead author is Muhammad Ashraf, Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pattoki Campus, Punjab-Pakistan.There is no charge to access the book that is available to download through WISHH’s website by clicking here.For further information about the FEEDing Pakistan project, click here to view “The Blue Revolution” documentary which includes project highlights and achievements.WISHH is a trade-development organization. Since U.S. soybean farmers founded WISHH in 2000, it has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit the website.last_img read more

Farmers Ag Students Learn Leadership Communication Skills at Soybean Leadership College

first_imgSoybean Leadership College attendees of all ages came to the annual conference in St. Louis to learn how to communicate and be a better advocate for agriculture.Agriculture trailblazers of all ages from across the country attended ASA’s 17th annual Soybean Leadership College (SLC) in St. Louis this week to debunk GMO myths, network and learn more about being an impactful communicator and leader.Soybean Leadership College provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry, communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally while fostering networking between growers from across the country.Quint Pottinger, of Kentucky, (left) chats with SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont (right) after her presentation “10 Blankety-Blank Arguments Against GMOs – Why Science Rocks Agriculture.”The 2017 Soybean Leadership College opened with the session, “10 Blankety-Blank Arguments Against GMOs – Why Science Rocks Agriculture”- with Yvette d’Entremont AKA the SciBabe, an analytical chemist turned science blogger, who has proven that a few jokes and a little bit of sass can shake up the way people talk about all things agriculture. She has traveled the world busting pseudoscience and speaking to the importance of only trusting proven science, especially in agriculture and food consumption.D’Entremont gave tips on how to communicate affectively, using relatable language without bombarding with figures and graphs.Ally Perry from the Center of Food Integrity (CFI) offered perspective on why consumers are so concerned about their food and don’t trust the food industry. She encouraged ag leaders to share their values, embrace skepticism and put the “why” before the science in conversations.To kick-off the second day of the program, Wixted & Company presented a communications workshop with tips for interviews, followed by a sustainability and pollinator panel led by ASA Director Wayne Fredericks, Bayer Crop Science’s Iain Kelly and BASF’s Gary Schmitz.Soybean leaders enjoyed a dinner of create-your-own stir-fry before trivia.Farmers and social media gurus Jenny Rohrich, Dave Walton and Quint Pottinger provided insight on how those in the ag industry can affectively use different social platforms to tell their stories and share the truth about where food comes from.Soybean leaders enjoyed a dinner of create-your-own stir-fry before trivia.Rounding out the program were sessions on financial management, diversity in agriculture and an opportunity to ask ASA grower leaders questions about the association. Participants got the chance to make new friends and win prizes during the Soybean Leadership College Trivia Night and Dinner. Teams got into the competitive spirit as they shared their knowledge of history, sports, soybeans, music and more.(From left to right) SciBabe Yvette d’Entremont , Jenny Rohrich and Dave Walton prepare to discuss agriculture, science and communication in a live chat on Facebook.Crystal Dau, a Kansas State University senior studying agronomy, said she left Soybean Leadership College with some new perspectives and tips.“It’s been really refreshing to meet different soybean leaders from across the U.S. and come together to be further educated on how to share views about ag and what we’re doing and be the face for farming for consumers,” she said. “My favorite part has been meeting people because our experiences with soybeans are different across the U.S. and our farming practices vary –and I’m excited to go back into the industry after graduation and use some of the things I’ve learned here and incorporate the information to make better recommendations for farmers.”Special thanks to Soybean Leadership College sponsors:Corporate Partners:BASFBayer Crop ScienceBungeFarm Credit CouncilState QSSB Sponsors:Arkansas Soybean Promotion BoardDelaware Soybean BoardIllinois Soybean AssociationIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMaryland Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn and Soybean Growers AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Inc.North Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean BoardSouth Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilTennessee Soybean Promotion BoardVirginia Soybean BoardVIDEO: Click here to see the SciBabe’s chat with farmers/ASA social media panelists Jenny Rohrich and Dave Walton.See more photos of SLC 2017 on Facebook!last_img read more

Camas schools propose 2 levies

first_imgTwo proposed replacement levies for the Camas School District would maintain or increase tax rates for four years, but taxpayers could expect an overall drop to their property tax statements if voters approve the changes.The district will ask voters in February to replace expiring levies. The district will use the money to pay for maintenance and operations and for technology. But starting in 2014, bond rates at the district level are projected to decrease — the result of the district’s refinancing of some capital improvements bonds, along with the retirement of others — reducing taxpayers’ overall bills.The levies would come at a time of penny-pinching for the school district, officials say.“We’ve already trimmed budgets all around.” said district spokeswoman Doreen McKercher.Combined, the levies and bonds would set the tax rate at $7.32 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2014, before increasing it to $7.61 by 2017. The current rate is $8 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $1,200 a year for a home valued at $150,000.The school district predicts the levies, when lumped together, would shore up between $12.7 million and $14.1 million in each of their four years.The maintenance and operations levy would be used to ensure stable funding on everything from new curriculummaterials to on-grounds safety, district officials say. The technology levy would pay for hardware, software, and infrastructure related to the district’s network.Without the levies, the school district would likely have to make further cuts, McKercher said. Levies represent about 20 percent of the overall funding at the Camas School District.In the last four years, as the state has shifted more responsibility for education funding to local sources, the school district has cut some sports and other extracurricular programs.last_img read more

The Magazine Channel Launches Reading App

first_img Now available for free download, iPhone app Inkworthy boasts more magazine articles than any other reader, according to The Magazine Channel, with some 40 percent of the content from the more than 450 participating publishers making its digital debut on the app.  Targeted ads interwoven among and within the stories—both seachable and sortable by topic—will generate shared revenue for both the app and the publishers with whom it partners, but The Magazine Channel says an added benefit for publishers is the ability to identify individual print articles that perform particularly well with mobile, social media-inclined audiences. Click the images below for some screenshots of the app. The Magazine Channel, the tech company founded by Publishers Press in 2012, has released a new reading app, the company announced today. Inkworthy joins existing competitors Zinio, Issuu, Texture, Magzter, Flipboard, Pixelmags, and several others, as well as newsstands on platforms like Google Play, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.last_img read more