Buffon hoping for no PSG Juventus Champions League final

first_imgGianluigi Buffon prays that he will never face old club Juventus in the Champions League final for Paris Saint-GermainThe veteran goalkeeper left the Serie A champions in the summer after 17 domestic trophy-laden years in favour of a free transfer to PSG.One of the prime reasons for Buffon’s shock switch to France at the age of 40 was to finally win the Champions League after losing three finals with Juventus.Now Buffon just hopes that he will not have to inflict another European final defeat on his old club with PSG among the favourites for the Champions League.“After a week, PSG realised they hadn’t signed someone who was getting old but rather someone wanted to carve out their place in the team and help them grow.,” Buffon told Gazzetta dello Sport.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I got the role I wanted: one of making myself available to help the club grow and show I’m still good enough.“I have no regrets or disappointment about leaving Juve. My farewell was planned long ago and the chapter closed perfectly.“I was in Italy last week, I called Andrea [Agnelli] and he gave me permission to train at Continassa for three days.“If I had to face Juve in the Champions League, I’d prefer to do so before the Final because, if I was to win it, I wouldn’t my joy to coincide with the tears of my former teammates.”Although it remains uncertain whether PSG coach Thomas Tuchel would select Buffon for a Champions League final due to his intense rivalry with Alphonse Areola to be PSG’s number one.last_img read more

ABM How New USPS Periodical Content Rules will Affect Publishers

first_imgEarlier this month, the United States Postal Service issued new rules covering supplements to periodicals, product samples in periodicals, and “novelty pages,” which are said to be effective by September 7.According to David Straus, American Business Media’s Washington counsel and postal expert, the most promising of the changes, for b-to-b publishers, is the elimination of the requirement that supplements must have 25 percent non-advertising content.  “That rule has caused many problems … especially when the supplement had a single sponsor and/or was prepared by a third party,” Straus wrote recently in an e-mail to ABM members. “With the elimination of this requirement, your advertising sales people ought to be able to sell more supplements and bring in significant new revenue.”This week, ABM released information about the rule changes and how exactly they should affect publishers. See below for the entire post: Changes to USPS Periodical Content Rules Affect PublishersABM’s ongoing effort to represent members’ best interests in Washington has included diligently monitoring the Postal Service’s decisions regarding supplements to periodicals, product samples in periodicals, and so-called “novelty pages.” ABM is pleased to present the new rules as they affect publishers.“These rules result from a too-long battle to obtain a loosening of these content standards in order to permit publishers to obtain additional, innovative advertising,” says David Straus, ABM’s Washington counsel and postal expert.Changes to the standards in this final rule concentrate on the four areas of pages, supplements, products, and mailpiece construction, which covers pieces without mailing wrappers, cover pages or protective covers.PagesIn response to a 1995 Postal Service ruling allowing publishers to fasten printed pages with grommets, string, and rubber bands—as well as with staples, saddle stitching, or spiral binding—while maintaining the USPS Periodicals shipping rate, publishers have argued that the rules “unduly limit creativity in designing publications that appeal to their readers and advertisers.” Citing technological advancements, publishers took issue with the fact that neither private shipping companies nor newsstands restrict sound devices or video components within a printed page, for example, while the USPS does.The Postal Service agreed and the recent decision changed the rule’s first sentence language from “fasten” to “non-paper” so that non-paper materials, in addition to fastening materials, would be accepted at the Periodicals rate; the language “Not all elements that make up a multilayer page must be printed” was inserted.“With the elimination of this requirement, your advertising sales people ought to be able to sell more supplements and bring in significant new revenue,” says Straus.SupplementsABM is pleased to announce that the 25 percent non-advertising material for supplements rule has been omitted “except for separately addressed loose supplements mailed with the host publication outside a wrapper or polybag.” This allows publishers more latitude in deciding where to place advertising.Product SamplesWhile the Postal Service continues to exclude products including stationery, cassettes, floppy disks, DVDs, and CDs from Periodicals rates, it now allows product samples in de minimis form to be included as part of a printed sheet.Further revised language includes (but is not limited to):■ Product samples may not be included in a Periodicals publication mailed at letter-sized prices.■ The combined weight of product samples in an issue of a Periodicals publication cannot exceed 3.3 ounces.■ Any product sample that is a “packet” is limited to a weight of no more than one ounce with a burst strength minimum of 3,000 pounds per square inch.Mailpiece ConstructionThe Postal Service rules on mailings without wrappers will be amended to allow a single sheet prepared as an attachment to be securely attached along the bound edge on the outside of an unwrapped publication, as long as the sheet does not exceed the dimensions of the cover, and allowing a 3/4-inch clearance of any open edge.Unwrapped pieces must have a cover page or protective cover that must cover both the front and back of the host publication and extend to within at least 3/4-inch of any open edge.Take Advantage NowAlthough the new rules are to be made effective on September 7, publishers may actually take advantage of them immediately by asking for an exception from the USPS’s Pricing and Classification Service Center, according to Straus.last_img read more

OBITUARY James Thayer Hastings 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — James Thayer Hastings “Jim”, age 84, of Peabody, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.Jim was born in Somerville, MA on August 15, 1934; he was the dear son of the late James L. and Helen Hastings. Jim was raised and educated in Somerville and Nashua, NH and was a graduate of Nashua High School. Jim went on to further his education at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Dairy Husbandry.Jim attended OCS in Newport, RI and in December of 1956 he was commissioned with rank of Ensign to active duty at Pearl Harbor, HI where he served for three years and was later promoted to Lt and became Aide to Admiral Buchanan at the Newport Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. Jim served the country for six years during the Vietnam Era and was released from active duty in February of 1962.On July 13, 1956, Jim married his sweetheart Virginia “Ginny” Eames; the couple lived in Pearl Harbor and Barber’s Point, HI, and Newport, RI, for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1962 where they raised four wonderful children; he was very proud of his family.After leaving the Service, Jim joined Buttricks Ice Cream in Arlington, MA where he managed the Ice Cream and Sandwich shops in the Boston/Arlington District. Jim became salesman for Sexton Foods, located in Canton, MA, and he finished his business career as a materials buyer at Charles River Laboratory in Wilmington. Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed many years of part-time work at Miller Landscaping.Outside of his professional career, Jim had many other interests. He was a member of the Greater Lowell Softball Umpire Association for 38 years, from 1975 to 2012. In addition to time spent on the field as an umpire, Jim donated much of his time working tournaments and running the food concessions on behalf of the Association, and he served as treasurer for many years. Jim was also an avid cyclist and regularly participated in the NH Seacoast Bike Trek, an annual charitable event for the American Lung Association. Jim also led many family bike trips, including trips to Nova Scotia, White Mountains, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard.Jim led his life by example and always made himself available to help others; for 53 years he was a member of the Masonic Friendship Lodge in Wilmington where he was always involved in helping others throughout the community in their time of need. He also was very active in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the American Lung Association New Hampshire Chapter and raised countless dollars throughout the years at various fundraisers.Jim enjoyed spending time with his family; they loved to travel, to share holidays and special occasions, and to just “hang out” in his back yard “sports complex” that included a swimming pool, shuffle board, horse shoes, volleyball, croquet, bocce, badminton, basketball, and even a 9-hole mini-golf course that he personally designed and built. Jim especially looked forward to watching his children and grandchildren grow into the wonderful young adults that they have become.Jim will be remembered as a kind, energetic, and generous man who always went out of his way to help others in need; he had a wonderful sense of humor and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim was the beloved husband of Virginia (Eames) Hastings, devoted father of Lynne Maxwell & husband Bob of North Attleboro, Gary Hastings & wife Heidi of North Reading, Leigh Bull & husband Keith of Wilmington, and the late Laurie O’Grady. Loving “Bampy” of Kim Proulx & husband Josh, Courtney Burke & husband Bill, Ryan Maxwell & wife Renee, Nathan Maxwell & fiancé Courtney Abate, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Allie Hastings, and great-granddaughter Lexi Proulx. Devoted father-in-law of Kevin O’Grady & wife Lori and their daughter Shannon of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late James L. and Helen (Thayer) Hastings, dear brother of Betty Delisle and Barbara Carey both of New Hampshire. Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at the Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody on Friday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mass Chapter, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley, MA 02481 or to the American Lung Association Chapter of your choice.Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.James Thayer Hastings(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. Parker, 62In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63In “Obituaries”last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.5733 rupees and the euro 66.4959 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 6, 2012) were 50.0265 rupees and 66.0203 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.5670 as against 79.3170 on the previous day (March 6, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 62.63 as against 61.39 the previous day.last_img

United Airlines manhandles passenger off flight

first_imgUnited Airlines planes on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California. AFP file photoUnited Airlines found itself in the middle of a social media storm on Monday, after the US carrier forcefully removed a passenger from a flight due to overbooking.The incident occurred Sunday on a United Express flight bound for Louisville, Kentucky, from Chicago. United Express flights are operated by one of eight regional airlines which partner with United.The airline said it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on the flight, and police were called after one passenger refused to leave the plane.Smartphone video posted online showed three Chicago Department of Aviation police officers struggling with a seated middle-aged man.The man started to scream as he is dragged off while other passengers looked on—some recording the event with their phones.One passenger can be heard yelling, “Oh my God, look at what you did to him!”The incident ignited social media outrage, with “United” a trending term on Twitter, Facebook and Google.It was another example of bad press and negative social media coverage for United, after an incident in late March when two teenage girls were denied boarding a flight in Denver because they wore leggings.The airline defended its action, saying the girls were flying on passes that require them to abide by a dress code in return for free or discounted travel.In Sunday’s incident, United told US media that it had asked for volunteers to leave the overbooked plane.“One customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” United spokesman Charlie Hobart was quoted by the Chicago Tribune newspaper as saying.The airline did not return AFP’s request for comment.United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz addressed the latest controversy in a statement posted Monday on the airline’s website.“This is an upsetting event to all of us,” Munoz said, adding that the airline was conducting a “detailed review of what happened.”“We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation,” he said.Tyler Bridges, who posted video of Sunday’s incident on Twitter, wrote: “not a good way to treat a Doctor trying to get to work because they overbooked.”He described passenger reaction on the plane as “disturbed.”“Kids were crying,” he said.Bridges also wrote that the man appeared bloodied by his encounter with law enforcement and posted video showing him later running back on the plane, repeatedly saying, “I have to go home.”The man appeared to be pacing and disoriented.US airlines are allowed to involuntarily bump passengers off overbooked flights, with compensation, if enough volunteers cannot be found, according to the US Department of Transportation.last_img read more

CMCH gets stateoftheart labour room

first_imgKolkata: In a major infrastructure revamp the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has got a renovated labour room, which will help the hospital authorities provide best quality treatment to the patients.The CMCH authorities have claimed that the labour room has been given a new shape along the lines of what is generally found in some top private hospitals in the country. There has been an infrastructure overhauling at the labour room in the Eden building only to ensure quality treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned here that after coming to power in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has laid great emphasis on quality treatment for infants and expecting mothers, besides others. A series of new schemes have been introduced and several projects have been executed in various state-run medical colleges and hospitals across the state. Banerjee has also instructed the Health department officials to focus on healthcare of newborn babies and their mothers by enhancing infrastructure at the gynecological units of all the hospitals. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDr Nirmal Maji, who is the Rogi Kalyan Samiti chairman of CMCH, inaugurated the renovated labour room in presence of senior officials of the hospital on Thursday. As many as 14 tables have been put inside the labour room and a 12-bed observation ward has also been thrown open. A 7-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) has also been installed, which will be extremely handy for the gynecology department. Three stepdown beds have also been put in place. Many new machines have been installed at the department as well. Dr Partha Mukherjee, the head of the department of gynecology, said the newly renovated labour room will enable the hospital authorities cater to the patients in a better way and the patients will be able to avail the best quality treatment here in the hospital. With the innovations, it has turned into a state-of-the-art labour room.last_img read more

Punit Goenka Zee Network Europe is set to rollout

first_imgPunit GoenkaZee Network Europe is set to rollout its new Hindi-language general entertainment channel &TV in the UK next month, following recent launches in India and the Middle East.Speaking to DTVE, Punit Goenka, managing director of Zee Entertainment, said that while Zee TV is a “more traditional brand”, free-to-air &TV will focus on more young, edgy and contemporary storytelling that is still “deeply rooted in Indian values.”The &TV channel’s core demographic is 15 to 44 year-old men and women and will feature a combination of acquired and Zee-originated content. The latter will be produced in both India and the UK and other parts of the world to give the channel a “local flavour”.Goenka said that &TV’s rollout in India earlier this month was Zee’s “biggest launch in the last decade”, with ratings climbing from some 90 million impressions to 105 million over the space of two weeks.&TV is now also live pan-regionally in the Middle East, and following the UK launch, Zee plans to take the channel to the US in the second half of the year, rolling it out in around October.Asked whether Zee has plans to launch the channel elsewhere in Europe, or in Africa or Latin America, Goenka said: “We are working with our distribution partners in each of these markets.“Depending on how and when they can launch it, it will be going global eventually. Hopefully by the end of this year, we should be covering the entire footprint, just as Zee TV does.The introduction of the new channel, which was announced at a press conference in London yesterday, is timed to coincide with Zee’s 20-year broadcasting anniversary for its flagship Zee TV channel in the UK and Europe.&TV is due to go live on April 6 and will be available on the Sky platform on channel 795 and the Virgin Media platform on channel 811.last_img read more

For more information or to obtain an expression of

first_imgFor more information or to obtain an expression of interest, contact Colin Coyle at the Derry City Council Legacy Departmenton colin.coyle@derrycity.co.uk or call 028 71 365151 on extension 6975.Volunteer opportunities to help deliver the Summer Song programme can be accessed by contacting Chris Kerr at the North West Volunteer Centre on 2871 271017.SUMMER SONGS – COMING TO A HOME NEAR YOU! was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags: ShareTweet Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said Summer Songs provided a “unique opportunity” for those who might not be able to get the chance to access live music due to their circumstances or level of mobility.She added: “Summer Songs is a great idea from Derry City Council and one which will help to engage with a number of public members who may sometime feel cut off from the events taking place across the city due to issues with travelling from their care homes.“This programme will now allow them to now be a part of Music City 2014 and the legacy promise from 2013 to engage with all members of the community.”Cllr Stevenson concluded: “From across the city and extending to Strabane, residents of care homes and retirement centres will now get the chance to be a part of the live music experience.” carecityCouncilDerryhomesongssummer Derry City Council is calling for local artists, bands and musicians to help deliver Summer Songs, a programme of musical and arts performances which is to be rolled out to retirement and care homes across the Derry and Strabane area.With funding made available from the European Union’s Peace III programme and in connection with Music City legacy, the initiative will allow for a number of performances across an eight week period, engaging audiences across the community.To be included in the programme, expressions of interest are now being sought with completed forms to be returned by noon on 1 August next.last_img read more

Dear Reader It is with a troubled heart that I si

first_imgDear Reader,It is with a troubled heart that I sit down to write today, there being reports of casualties in new fighting in eastern Ukraine. I worry, of course, about my friends and students in the country who may well be in physical danger soon, if the conflict escalates. But that’s personal; as an investment analyst, it’s the financial war the Russians seem quite willing to wage that really has my attention.It should have yours as well.As one of the experts in our just-released Meltdown America video noted, the Kremlin had already made moves to dethrone the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency before the renewed East-West tensions of this year. Putin has openly threatened what amounts to economic warfare as a response to sanctions placed on Russia after its Crimea grab.Now bullets are flying—can Putin’s financial ICBM be far behind?Mind you, the US and global economies are on such shaky ground, they could come crashing down without any help from Gospodin Putin.One of the things that really struck me while watching Meltdown America was the way the writing was clearly visible on the wall in past cases of financial collapse and hyperinflation—but no one wanted to believe it.That’s the way I see the US today. Life seems so normal and there’s so much wealth even in poorer regions, it’s hard to believe the cracks in the foundation could really bring down everything built on it. And that’s exactly why the cracks never get fixed; people don’t want to see them, and politicians do everything possible to deny they exist. So they widen and deepen until the collapse becomes inevitable—and I believe we have already passed the point of no return.It’s just a matter of time now.Gloomy thoughts indeed, but I’m not here to depress anyone. Hopefully, I can help deliver a wake-up call, as per our Meltdown America video. Perhaps even more useful, I can tell you what I’m doing about it.As you probably know already, precious metals are a key part of my strategy. As Doug Casey likes to say, gold is the only financial asset that is not simultaneously someone else’s liability. It’s solid value you can hold in your hand, and come what may, use to store and protect wealth, as well as to make payments when all other systems fail.Again, as Doug says, I buy gold for prudence and gold stocks for profit. If I’m right about the economic trouble ahead, gold will protect me, and my gold stock picks will make me a fortune. This is why we focus so much on precious metals and related mining stocks in these Metals & Mining Monday daily dispatches. Fear not; we’ll have plenty more relevant ideas and actionable information in future editions.But Doug also says that our biggest risk today is not market risk; it’s political risk. He has moved to rural Argentina to get out of harm’s way. He’s picked a beautiful place, and I had intended to move to Cafayate myself, but then I got married… and plans changed. Specifically, I need to remain in the US for some years to come.So instead of expatriating, I’ve moved to Puerto Rico, a US territory that is rapidly becoming the only tax haven that matters for US taxpayers.People keep asking me why I chose Puerto Rico and if I’m happy with my choice, so I’ve decided to skip writing about metals this week and write instead about my move here. It’s a break from tradition, but one I hope will provide as much value as anything I could write about rocks at this time.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research Oil96.8593.1384.96 Gold Producers (GDX)24.4928.5044.77 Silver Stocks (SIL)11.7213.8318.61 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)9.1611.5919.21 Copper3.053.303.50 One Year Ago One Month Agocenter_img Silver19.6622.4527.61 Gold1,235.301,391.801,604.20 Rock & Stock StatsLast TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,129.1112,732.6111, 596.56 TSX Venture881.40953.711,190.99 How I Intend to Survive the Meltdown of AmericaAs I type here in my new home office, I glance up and see waves of Caribbean blue crashing on the palm-lined beach. Surfers are out in force. Scattered clouds add to the already amazing variety of colors in the ocean. I wonder if I will have time to go for a swim before dinner—and I’m amazed yet again to think that it was a shot at lower taxes that brought me here to Puerto Rico.It seems almost unnatural for me to be able to enjoy so much beauty while saving money, but that’s exactly what I’m doing.The view from my new home office.You see, the economy here never really recovered from the crash of 2008. This is very bad news for long-suffering Puerto Ricans trying to make ends meet. When I first came here with my wife to check the place out, locals kept asking us why we were thinking of moving here; jobs are scarce, and something of an exodus is taking place in the opposite direction (Puerto Ricans are US citizens and can travel and work freely anywhere in the US).But I wasn’t coming to Puerto Rico to sell hot dogs. My income doesn’t depend on the local economy, so its woes are an obvious opportunity for a contrarian speculator like me.Take the most simple and basic asset class one can invest in as a Puerto Rico play: real estate. The market has been so devastated that million-dollar condos are selling for half price. When we closed on our new place, the seller came up short, and we had other options, so we weren’t willing to pay more. The real estate agents involved were so eager to keep the deal from falling through, they kicked in with their own money to help the seller out.Personally, I’m not a big fan of gated communities, but for people who are concerned about possible social unrest in the future, it’s good to know that you can buy properties in some of the most posh and secure communities on the island with no money down.Now, as much as I like a contrarian bargain, and as much as my wife loves the tropical weather, what really brought us here were the new tax incentives the government of Puerto Rico enacted to make the island more attractive to investors and employers.The critical point here is that Puerto Ricans are exempt from US federal income taxes, even though they are US citizens. They pay Puerto Rican taxes, of course, and those have generally been similar to US taxes, so the island has never been seen as a tax haven before. That all changed in 2012, when Puerto Rico passed Acts 20 and 22.Act 22Act 22 is basically a 100% capital-gains tax holiday designed to attract investors to come live in Puerto Rico. Exactly what is included or excluded is beyond the scope of this article, but for me, the important thing is that it covers the stocks I already owned when I moved here on January 1, 2014. Given that the market bottomed at almost the same time, I have no gains to be taxed on for 2013, and will not be taxed for the gains I make going forward—all the way to 2036.This alone was worth the move to Puerto Rico, in my opinion.Happily, the application process was simple. My wife downloaded the form and filled it out. I signed it, and a couple weeks later, we got an official tax holiday decree in the mail—no questions asked. I had to accept the conditions of the decree in front of a notary and send in an acceptance form with a $50 filing fee, and that was it. Didn’t even have to hire a lawyer.This tax break is not available to current residents of Puerto Rico—it’s designed to attract wealthy people to come live on the island, after all—but it’s available to all others who move here, including but not limited to US taxpayers.Act 20Act 20 is a tax break on corporate earnings designed to incent job creation in Puerto Rico. The idea is to persuade US employers who might set up call centers in India, or create other similar jobs abroad, to do so closer to home, by offering them a 4% corporate earnings tax rate.My fellow Casey Research editor Alex Daley has moved to Puerto Rico as well, and we’ve formed a company here that exports writing and analytical services to Casey Research in Vermont. This is the basis of our application for Act 20 tax benefits, which has not been approved yet, but which we understand is close.If we get our Act 20 decree approved, we’ll still have to pay regular income taxes on our base salaries, but the lower tax rate applied to our corporate income will result in a drastically lower total income tax rate for us as individuals.I’ll be sure to let readers know when we get our Act 20 decree approved.All 100% LegalThe beauty of this is that Puerto Rico’s tax breaks are not shady tax dodges set up by entities of questionable legality or trustworthiness, but perfectly legal tax incentives within the US.Act 20 and Act 22 benefits are available to non-US persons, but they are especially important to US taxpayers because, unlike almost every other country in the world, the US taxes its serfs citizens whether they live in the US or abroad.In other words, while a Canadian can get out of paying Canadian income taxes by moving out of Canada, a US person cannot escape US taxes by moving to Argentina, or anywhere else—anywhere besides Puerto Rico.It’s like expatriation without having to leave the US, truly a unique situation.And it’s a win-win situation; people like us bring much-needed money, ideas, and energy to the island, while getting to keep more of what our crisis-investing strategy nets us. We create jobs, rather than take them. We are part of the solution here, and we’ve been made very welcome.Is It Safe?So that’s why I’m here. Whether or not my Act 20 status gets approved, I’m so happy about my Act 22 decree that I’m convinced we did the right thing moving here.When I tell people what I’ve done and why, most get immediately excited by the idea—and then they balk. The first question they ask is usually: What about crime?Puerto Rico isn’t a large island, and a good chunk of its three million inhabitants are clustered in and around the capital city of San Juan. Of course there is crime here, as there is in any large city. There are places I would not walk alone at night—just as there are in New York City.Mexico City, Buenos Aires, La Paz… the capital of any other Latin American country or Caribbean country I’ve been to is much larger, more polluted, and more dangerous than San Juan. In my subjective view, San Juan, with its old Spanish fortifications and amazing beaches, is more beautiful. And you can drink the water here.Sure, it might be cleaner and safer in Palm Beach, Florida—but it’s a lot more expensive there, it has less charm, and there’s no Act 20 nor 22. It’s a matter of priorities.When I say this, most people remain skeptical; they read about the economic problems Puerto Rico has and the financial trouble the government is in, and they wonder if things could get worse.Of course they can—but if Doug is right about The Greater Depression about to envelop the whole world, things are going to get worse everywhere.Here at least, people are already used to massive unemployment. It won’t come as a shock; it’s never left since 2008.Another way of looking at it is that since tropical storms hit the island from time to time (southern Florida is much more prone to major hurricanes than Puerto Rico, but they do happen), people here are more prepared for disasters than in many other parts of the US. The better apartment buildings and hotels have their own electricity generators. Nobody can freeze to death here, anyway, and fruit trees grow all over the island.There’s a lot more I could say, but the bottom line is that I think Puerto Rico is a much better place to ride out a global financial storm than Miami, or Anchorage, or almost any city in between. A self-sustaining farm in rural Alabama might be better, but that’s not the sort of place I want to live.I Like It HereThat last is an important point: if I have to hunker down to ride out an economic storm, it should be in a place where I like being.Puerto Rico is beautiful and bountiful year-round. I speak Spanish, but most people in San Juan are bilingual, so that’s not really an issue. Our new flat is blocks from the best schools, shops, and restaurants in town—and even the hospital.I open the window and the fresh air coming off the ocean carries the sound of waves, sometimes laughing children. There’s more noise pollution during the day, but at night, the city calms down, and we can hear the famous Puerto Rican coquí frogs, which my daughter calls “happy frogs.” Ten floors up, the ocean breeze is cool enough that we have yet to turn on the air conditioning.The beaches are fantastic, and the clear water makes for great diving. I’ve never been a surfer, but the waves here are famous too, so I’m thinking of trying it out. There’s no end of other things to try out, and the neighboring islands have their own charms to offer as well.Granted, my wife and I try to be smart about what we do and where we go, but we’ve never felt unsafe here—well, apart from the crazy drivers.We like it here. We’re happy. For tax reasons, for quality of life, and with the potential meltdown of America in mind, we’re glad we made the move.Find Out MoreDoug Casey’s International Man Editor Nick Giambruno, Alex Daley, and I have coauthored a special report on Puerto Rico’s stunning new tax advantages. The report gets into all the details I didn’t have time or space for here. We cover all the specifics of what, why, and how. The report includes links to the forms you need, as well as recommended resources, from lawyers to realtors.Whether you’re thinking about expatriating or you’re just tired of paying high taxes, I think Puerto Rico is a place you should consider. I know of no better resource to help you get started than our special report.For your own health, wealth, and enjoyment, I encourage you to get your copy today.Gold and Silver HEADLINESPalladium Bulls Prepare for a Run (CNBC)As we’ve pointed out for some time, this article reminds us that the fundamental reasons for higher palladium prices are in place. Supply is squeezed from both major-producing countries South Africa and Russia, while overall demand is growing, especially automobile demand.South Africa, which produces about 70% of the world’s palladium, continues to suffer from labor strikes. Russia, the second-largest producer of the metal, has unresolved tensions surrounding the sanctions and may cut its supply.Meanwhile, the demand for the metal (which is used for catalytic converters in gasoline cars) is poised to expand, driven by robust increases in auto sales in major markets, especially in the US and China.The ongoing disruption between supply and demand is the reason for our bullish views on palladium.Dubai Gold Trade Reached $75 Billion in 2013 (Mining.com)A hefty $75 billion worth of gold, or about 40% of the world’s physical bullion exchanged, was traded through Dubai last year, said Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC). This is an incredible twelvefold growth, compared to $6 billion worth of the precious metal traded in 2003, when the DMCC started its operations. Global demand fell 15% last year, but Dubai showed near-record consumption demand growth.Dubai had become one of the world’s major gold trade centers in the past decade, and will increase its trade volumes further, said US-based analyst John Hathaway.The blossoming of Dubai’s gold trade reveals “a significant shift in the balance of global demand flows”—namely, the shift in demand from the West to the East. There are other reasons for the growth in Dubai, including trade transparency, its strategic location, and a rising number of tourists.Matchmaking Miners and China’s $7 Trillion in Saving (Mining.com)Australian media reminds us that Asian investors have huge amounts of cash. In 2013, the Chinese had US$7 trillion in savings. Some of this could make its way to mining and other hard assets.It’s common knowledge that China is hungry for iron ore and other metals, including precious metals. Just last year, Chinese overseas investment totaled $61.6 billion at the end of September, a 17.4% year-on-year increase. For 2014, China’s authorities expect overseas investment to continue growing at double-digit rates.In 2013, the worst year for global-mining mergers and acquisitions in nearly a decade, China accounted for nearly 14% of all mining M&A activity by value, outpacing Canada, Australia, and the United States. PricewaterhouseCooper’s latest outlook suggests that Beijing’s share of global mining deals is set to grow again this year.Recent News in International Speculator and BIG GOLD—Key Updates for SubscribersInternational SpeculatorThe news of a fourfold plant expansion and upcoming low-cost figures validate our renewed confidence in this company.This explorer just arranged an earn-in joint venture, which could provide significant cash flow in a relatively short period of time. This is a win-win for us shareholders.BIG GOLDAs the bidding war for Osisko continues, only one stock is rated a Best Buy of the companies involved.last_img read more

This third chart shows in one simple yet powerful

first_imgThis third chart shows in one simple yet powerful way exactly why Doug loves buying these stocks when they’re on sale and selling them when they go into bubble mode. ATAC essentially did nothing and still shot up over an order of magnitude more than gold. Note that while this third chart looks like the second, the scales are quite different. (ATAC, by the way, is part of my special report, 10-Bagger List for 2014, that details nine companies I believe could show 1,000% or more returns this year. Note that the report was written before the big move upward you see in the chart above.)It’s worth emphasizing that ATAC’s performance this year is just on a rebound from recent lows—imagine what a stock like this could do when Doug’s super-bubble for gold stocks arrives.But what if it doesn’t? Or worse—what if we already missed it?I remember a conversation with Doug back in 2011, when gold rose to within reach of $2,000 per ounce. Many mainstream analysts said gold was in a bubble. I told Doug I couldn’t understand why anyone would listen to analysts who’ve called the gold trend wrong every year since the current bull cycle started. I remember Doug chuckling and saying: “Just wait and see—this is barely an overture.”I am certain Doug is right. That’s not because he’s the guru, nor because I’m a nutty gold bug, but because no government in history has ever multiplied its currency base without sparking serious and often fatal inflation. That’s a fact, not an opinion, backed by enough data to make me extremely confident in predicting what lies ahead for the US dollar, even if I can’t say exactly when we’ll reach the tipping point.Since that 2011 interim peak, as we all know painfully well, gold has backed off on par with the correction in the middle of the great 1970s gold bull market. But economic realities require that the market turn around and head for his long-predicted super-bubble in junior mining stocks before too long. That makes the correction the last, best time to build a substantial position in the stocks best positioned to profit from the coming bubble.And now Doug is saying that he believes the upturn is at hand. He expects a steadily rising market for a year or two, perhaps more, but not many more, culminating in a market mania for the record books.Our market does appear to have bottomed. It may take a while to go into its mania phase, but it’s already heating up. No one is going to want to be short when this train leaves the station—and the conductor has blown the whistle.To find out what you could be missing if you don’t invest in junior mining stocks right now, watch Casey Research’s recent video event, Upturn Millionaires—How to Play the Turning Tides in the Precious Metals Market. With resource and investment experts Doug Casey, Frank Giustra, Rick Rule, Porter Stansberry, Ross Beaty, John Mauldin, Marin Katusa, and myself. Watch it here for free, or click here to find out more about my 10-Bagger List for 2014. Here’s one more, with a particularly telling point to make. This is the stock price of ATAC Resources (ATC.V) over the same time period as the chart above. The point I want to draw your attention to is that the company had no major news during the time period shown. It’s a Yukon gold play, buried deep under the famous snows of the Great White North, so there’s no exploration under way, and there won’t be until the snow melts weeks or months from now. In many of my conversations with legendary speculator Doug Casey since the crash of 2008, Doug has talked about a coming super-bubble.Everything Doug has studied about human nature, history, and economics—from Roman times right up to the present—has him absolutely convinced that the global economy is headed for high inflation, with a very real potential for hyperinflation in the US.Ben Bernanke’s panicked deployment of squadrons of cash-laden choppers has been emulated around the world. The Bank of International Settlements estimates that global debt markets now exceed $100 trillion.The laws of economics—maybe even physics—say that this inflation, whenever it arrives, must have consequences… and that those consequences cannot be avoided forever.The easiest consequence to predict, and the one we’re betting heavily on, is that the price of gold will move higher. Much higher. That move will in turn ignite a bubble in gold stocks and, as Doug likes to say, a super-bubble in junior gold stocks.Jeff Clark, editor of our BIG GOLD newsletter, recently illustrated what such a super-bubble can look like, citing figures from several historic bull markets. I hesitate to repeat any of his figures because the right junior stocks’ gains when the market goes bubbly are, frankly, hard to believe. However, it is a fact that quite a few junior stocks achieved the much-vaunted 10-bagger status (1,000% gains) in previous bubbles, and some even returned 100-fold.Here’s the essential reason why junior mining stocks are Doug’s favorite speculations.Let’s start at the beginning: Doug’s mantra is that one should buy gold for prudence and gold stocks for profit. These are very different kinds of asset deployment.It’s particularly important not to think of gold as an investment, but as wealth protection. It’s the only highly liquid financial asset that is not simultaneously someone else’s liability. Every ounce of gold you physically possess is value in solid form—there is no short to your long. Come hell or high water, it is value you can liquidate and use to secure your needs. That’s why gold is for prudence.Gold stocks are for speculation because they offer leverage to gold. This is actually true of all mining stocks and, more broadly, of stocks in commodity-related companies; they all tend to magnify the price movements in the underlying commodity. But the phenomenon is especially strong in the highly volatile precious metals.Allow me to illustrate—and in an effort to avoid seeming overly promotional, I’ll show how gold stocks’ leverage works on the downside as well as the upside. Bad news first: here’s a chart showing how gold retreated during October and November of 2008, the worst two months of that year’s crash for mining stocks. Also shown are an index of gold juniors and our own portfolio performance. This was, of course, a terrific time to buy, resulting in spectacular gains over the next two years. Now the good news: here’s a chart showing the performance of the same three things in January and February of this year, which saw a major rally in the gold sector.last_img read more

The government of Congo declared a new outbreak of

first_imgThe government of Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola after at least two people were infected and possibly as many as 17 died from the disease in the country’s northwest.”Our country is facing another epidemic of the Ebola virus, which constitutes an international public health emergency,” the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s health ministry said in a statement.The ministry says that of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola in the country’s Equateur province, according to The Associated Press.Before the outbreak was confirmed, local health officials reported 21 patients with signs of hemorrhagic fever. Seventeen of them died.Ebola is just one type of hemorrhagic fever, so it is not immediately clear whether some or all of the original victims died from Ebola.”Since notification of the cases on 3 May, no deaths have been reported either among the [hospitalized] cases or the healthcare personnel,” the Health Ministry statement said.On May 3, medical teams from the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders collected five samples from active cases in the area, two of which tested positive for Ebola, according to the WHO and the Congolese government.As Reuters notes, “Ebola is believed to be spread over long distances by bats, which can host the virus without dying, as they infect other animals with which they share trees, such as monkeys. Ebola often spreads to humans via infected bushmeat.”An Ebola epidemic that hit West Africa in 2014 infected some 28,600 and killing more than 11,300 before WHO declared the region Ebola-free two years later. The epidemic was concentrated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Since then, a vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV has been developed to prevent the spread of the disease, which has a particularly high mortality rate. (However, a recent article in The Lancet medical journal questions the vaccine’s efficacy.)In the past few years, there have been isolated outbreaks, including one in Congo last year that infected eight, killing four of them.Experts were expected to go to the area of infection on Wednesday to implement procedures to halt the spread of the disease, the ministry says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

2018 was the fourthhottest year on record accord

first_img2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, according to a report released this week by NASA and NOAA.From Vox:In the short term, scientists expect the world to get hotter. This year, a simmering El Niño cycle threatens to bring more scorching weather. “We do anticipate the next El Niño will bring record or near-record temperatures,” said NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt during a conference call with reporters.Already, Australia was baked in its hottest January on record, followed by massive flooding. So another record-setting year will likely lead to more heat waves around the world, along with drought and drying vegetation, contributing to massive wildfires. That in turn will cost jobs, homes, and lives.During the State of the Union this week (during which climate change did not come up), President Donald Trump announced that there would be a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to be held in Vietnam at the end of February.That left some observers wondering what such a meeting could accomplish.Pope Francis visited the United Arab Emirates this week, and during the trip, he acknowledged reports of sexual and physical abuse of nuns by priests. Through an interpreter, Francis said “there are priests and even bishops who have done that. And I believe it still happens because something doesn’t stop just because you have become aware of it.”NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports:For years, cases of abuse of women in the church have long been known. The problem persists particularly in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Italy. And yet church authorities have rarely addressed the issue publicly. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a #NunsToo movement has emerged, and the issue has been more widely reported. Last week, even the women’s magazine of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported on nuns having abortions or giving birth to children fathered by priests or bishops.And we also learned this week that rapper 21 Savage was born in the U.K. We know we’re not alone in thinking he was from Atlanta.Here’s how critic Jon Caramanica described him:His success, however, is especially American. Growing up in some of Atlanta’s poorest communities, 21 Savage had a troubled childhood. He’s said that he dropped out of school to sell drugs, and has spoken in interviews of a youth marked by violence and crime. But after losing a close friend and a brother to gun violence, he turned to rapping. And within a year, he was one of Atlanta’s most promising prospects.This is the American promise, no? To start from nothing and turn it into a bounty. To receive a cruel hand and still emerge victorious.And yet there is this other American promise, or threat, which is that all that comfort can be easily ripped away if it isn’t achieved in the correct fashion.In the case of 21 Savage, whose public image was built on a kind of impenetrable toughness mixed with weary resilience, this moment of vulnerability was destabilizing. Even in his most intimate music, he never presents as anything other than an agent of control.The rapper, whose name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to an expired visa. He has three children who were born in the United States.Jay-Z has reportedly hired a lawyer to defend Abraham-Joseph, according to the BBC.This week, more nations recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guido as president of his country, while President Nicolas Maduro has withheld food and medicine and other humanitarian aid from coming into Venezuela.We’re recapping the week in global news headlines.Text by Gabrielle Healy.GUESTSShane Harris, Intelligence and national security reporter, The Washington Post; Future of War fellow, New America; author, ‘At War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex’ and ‘The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State’; @shaneharrisPeter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst; vice president and director of the international security program at New America; author of “United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists”; @peterbergencnnDorothy Parvaz, Global politics reporter, ThinkProgress; @dparvazFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2019 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2019 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

If the past nine years have had you feeling on edg

first_imgIf the past nine years have had you feeling on edge, Jared Diamond has good news and bad news for you.The good news: You’re not alone. “Even when I tell myself that we should be suspicious because every decade has seemed at the time to be the one offering the most cause for anxiety,” Diamond writes in his compelling new book, Upheaval, “I still have to agree: the current decade of the 2010s really is the one offering the most cause for anxiety.”The bad news, which we’ll get to later, is that things could, and might, get a whole lot worse unless the nation goes through some serious changes. Diamond, whose popular book Guns, Germs, and Steel won the author a Pulitzer Prize, doesn’t appear to have the highest of hopes for the fate of the U.S., but that’s no reason to skip Upheaval, his fascinating look at how countries have dealt with nationwide crises, and what we might be able to learn from them.The idea behind Upheaval is a captivating one that draws from both history and psychology. Diamond theorizes that nations in crisis can learn from the experiences of people in crisis, and the therapies that have been used to treat them. “There is a large body of research and anecdotal information, built up by therapists, about the resolution of personal crises,” he writes. “Could the resulting conclusions help us understand the resolution of national crises?”He lists 12 factors related to the success of people in navigating their own life upheavals, and adapts them to apply to nations. Some of these include “national consensus that one’s nation is in crisis”; “honest national self-appraisal” and “situation-specific national flexibility.” In the following chapters, he looks at several nations who have dealt with their own crises to varying degrees of success, including Japan, Indonesia, Finland and Germany.Perhaps most interesting — and chilling — is Diamond’s chapter on Chile, a country with “a long history of democratic government” until 1973, when its government was seized by its armed forces in a coup. Diamond writes that the coup was the result of “increasing polarization, violence, and breakdown of political compromise.” That might sound familiar to you, and it certainly does to Diamond.”Despite Chile’s strong democratic traditions, Chile’s political polarization and breakdown of compromise culminated in violence and a dictatorship that few Chileans had foreseen. Could that happen in the U.S.?” he asks. “Yes, the U.S. is indeed different from Chile. Some of those differences, reduce, and some of them increase, the risk of an end of democracy in the U.S. If democracy does end in the U.S., it won’t be through an uprising led by the heads of the armed forces; there are other ways to end democracy.”Toward the end of the book, Diamond takes a look at what crises the United States, and the world in general, might be forced to reckon with in the coming years. All nations are facing crises involving nuclear weapons, inequality and climate change, he writes, while the U.S. must deal with our issues of “political polarization, low voter turnout, obstacles to voter registration, inequality, limited socio-economic mobility, and decreasing government investment in public goods.”Although its subject matter is intrinsically distressing, Upheaval is not a gloomy or pessimistic book. Diamond is neither a cheerleader who promises that America, because it’s somehow special, is incapable of dying, nor a doomsayer who’s thrown up his hands and declared the inevitable end of the republic. While the country might be headed to a spot behind the eight ball, he writes, deliverance is possible if Americans don’t give in to denial. He argues that Americans should develop “the sense that something important about one’s current approach to life isn’t working, and that one has to find a new approach.”Diamond is an endlessly engaging writer, and the experience of reading Upheaval is similar to taking a college course from a professor who’s as charming as he is polymathic. He’s gifted at explaining the context of various national crises, providing fascinating background information (and sometimes personal anecdotes) without ever getting distracted by tangents. Diamond has an impressive range of knowledge — he’s an expert in a wide variety of fields, including physiology, geography and history, and his ability to draw from each of them in a way that makes sense to lay readers is extraordinary.Anyone with an interest in history, psychology, or the future of the country will find much to admire in Upheaval, and Diamond’s take on how our nation might navigate its path forward is fascinating reading for anyone anxious about the state of the republic today. “There is no way that China or Mexico can destroy the U.S,” he writes, but then warns: “Only we Americans can destroy ourselves.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

3 Takeaways From a Young Companys International Media Tsunami

first_img 3 Takeaways From a Young Company’s International Media Tsunami Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares 7 min read In the wee hours of a July Saturday morning, Walter Carr set out for his first day at a new job. Sounds like a pretty ordinary story, right?Sure. Except for one thing. To get to that job, Carr had to walk 20 miles from one Birmingham, Ala., suburb to another. Yes, he walked.Walking across Alabama.You see, Carr’s car had broken down, and he couldn’t find anyone to give him a ride. What about public transportation, you ask? Let’s just say Alabamians aren’t blessed with a bevy of such options (as is the case with many of their Southern neighbors). So, Carr walked.Related: Team-Building Tips: 8 Ways to Make Sure Every Employee Feels IncludedStarting out just after midnight, he left Homewood for Pelham, a 20-minute drive — or a five-hour walk. After trudging down the roadside a few hours, a Pelham police officer spotted Carr, pulled over, and asked where he was heading at such an odd hour. When Carr explained he was walking to his job, the police officer decided to drive him the rest of the way, stopping first to get him breakfast.Social media started the wave.The job Carr walked to was as a mover with Bellhops, a young, VC-backed, tech-enabled moving company headquartered in Tennessee. And the customer, Jenny Lamey, after hearing about how he got to work — and being pleased with his work performance — shared Carr’s story that Saturday evening in a Facebook post for their friends to see. And no, she didn’t tag Bellhops.By early Sunday morning, members of the Bellhops communications team, led by Kyle Miller, caught wind of the social media post and immediately got it in front of company leadership. The response was unanimous: They all wanted to do something for Carr. What, though?You get a car!Miller said they “threw around some ideas knowing that Walter needed reliable transportation more than anything, but also that we couldn’t buy him a brand new car,” given Bellhops’ startup budget.That’s when CEO Luke Marklin decided to give Walter his own personal ride. “Later that day, Luke called me and said, ‘I am going to give him my car.’ I laughed, and then he said, ‘I’m serious. Let’s figure out what I need to do to give him my car tomorrow.’”With that decision, Miller knew the story would attract some attention. Yet the amount of attention it generated was surprising. Almost unheard of, really.Sensing a PR flood.Most communications directors for young businesses spend much of their time trying to figure out how to get media coverage. Rare is the occasion when the tide turns and managing a wave of media requests becomes an all-consuming task. That, however, is precisely what happened.Related: 5 Reasons Why PR Is Important For Your StartupUnder the guise of taking Carr for coffee to say thanks for a job well-done, Marklin and some of the Bellhops HQ team drove from Chattanooga to Birmingham that Monday morning.“We got everything lined up to give Walter the car in Birmingham,” said Miller. “We coordinated with the local police department and Jenny so that everyone could be there… and we sent out a media advisory to the local Birmingham outlets.”The goal was to shine a spotlight on Carr, surprise him with a car, and help drive local donations to a GoFundMe account the customer had set up for Carr. Those turned out to be modest expectations.“The first outlet to publish the story was AL.com, and as we drove back to Chattanooga, we watched the story spread,” Miller told me. “It went viral, landing on the front page of Reddit. At that point, it was clear that this was going to be a big story. We started prepping for inbound media requests, but we didn’t realize just how big it would get.”PR as a team effort.As the Bellhops team made the two-hour drive from Birmingham to Chattanooga, Miller began getting his team — as well as the rest of the company — ready for a possible flood of media outreach. To him, “the number one thing was to make sure we could respond to every request quickly and be able to anticipate the needs of each reporter. I feel like we did that really well.”When it was all said and done, Carr was featured on most major broadcast and cable news television channels and was in more than 2,000 online articles worldwide.Hindsight being 20/20, Miller said if he’d had more lead time “the big thing I would have done would have been making sure everyone had a clear role because events like the one we went through develop very fast and there is no downtime. Luckily, the team jumped right in, and everyone helped out a ton.”Which gets to the three big takeaways Miller got from the experience.Three lessons from riding the big (PR) wave.Good public relations is not done in a vacuum: It takes a lot of people to manage the multiple moving pieces. Bellhops drew people in to help from across the company.Speed is everything in situations like this: The more prepared you are to respond, the better you will be able to help reporters tell the right story.You can’t manufacture stories like Carr’s. You need a strong company culture that values hard work and celebrating it. It has to be real. If what you’re doing isn’t real, people will sniff the insincerity out and move along.Related: 7 Characteristics of Startups Built to Weather Any StormOnce the tide ran out.For Carr’s story to reach the masses, multiple people had to do the right thing.He, of course, had to show his gumption to get to work; the police officer had to give him a ride (and feed him); the customer had to write a Facebook post; the CEO had to want to reward him; Miller had to help reporters tell the story quickly.And if any of those variables didn’t happen, there’s a good chance my Airbnb host in Boston a couple weekends ago wouldn’t have said, “Bellhops, I know them. They’re the ones that gave the kid the car, right?”In the fast-paced world we live in, Carr’s story isn’t in the headlines anymore. That’s to be expected. So, where is he now?Carr is still a mover in Birmingham, easily the most popular. Bellhops gets regular requests that he be assigned to specific jobs, though no cameras are around anymore waiting on him to lug a couch into a U-Haul.With that reality in mind, Bellhops didn’t want the past national exposure to simply be a wondrous blip on the radar for Carr. The GoFundMe account set up for him — with an original goal of raising $8,000 — surpassed $90,000 recently, and Bellhops connected him with a financial advisor to help him manage that windfall as he nears college graduationThat’s par for the course for Bellhops.That spirit-inspired company leadership to reward a deserving Carr — it rallied an entire HQ team to help tell the world about him, and it makes it possible for another good media tsunami one day. September 11, 2018 David Martin Image credit: AL.com Next Article Guest Writer Did you hear about the guy who starting walking 20 miles to work and was rewarded with a car? Of course you did! News and Trends Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founder of Heed PR Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

UN Warns Climate Change May Doom Us but Nobel Committee Suggests Taxing

first_img The United Nations has sternly warned civilization to end its addiction to fossil fuels within a decade or so to avoid a long “or else” list that includes submerged coastal cities, acidic oceans, devastating cycles of drought and flood upending agriculture and … oh come on, how long does the list need to be for you to get the picture?The report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the latest and shrillest — or perhaps just the least understated — of periodic IPCC scientific assessments issued since the 1990s. However, and perhaps not entirely coincidentally, the same day as the depressing IPCC report was issued the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to two U.S. economists, William Nordhaus and Paul Romer, who have argued for many years that economics is both the cause and the cure of the global environmental crisis.Related: ‘This Is Climate Change’ Tells an Urgent Message Via Virtual RealityNordhaus, 77, has taught and researched economics at Yale University since 1967. He built the first economic model that combined data and theory from chemistry, physics and economics that “describes the global interplay between the economy and the climate,” according to the Swedish academy. Norhaus was the first person to advocate for taxing carbon emissions to combat climate change, an idea now widely embraced by economists (if not politicians).Romer, 62, has worked for decades modeling the interplay of economic growth and regulation. According to the award statement, “Romer showed that unregulated markets will produce technological change, but tend to underprovide R&D and the new goods created by it.”Governments can offset this tendency through “well-designed government interventions, such as R&D subsidies and patent regulation. [Romer’s] analysis says that such policies are vital to long-run growth, not just within a country but globally. It also provides guidelines for policy design: patent laws should strike the right balance between the motivation to create new ideas, by giving some monopoly rights to developers, and the ability of others to use them, by limiting these rights in time and space.”Related: Can Corporates Save the World from Climate Change?Although the two economists work separately, the prize committee awarded them jointly because, in the words of committee member Per Krusell, a Swedish macroeconomist, they are both thinking about “long-run, global” issues.Taxes, regulations and even the science of climate change (and perhaps science generally) are currently far out of vogue politically in the U.S., but a carbon tax is broadly favored by business leaders. One idea advocated by the fossil fuel industry is a U.S. carbon tax with the proceeds refunded directly to taxpayers. The proposal has been met with suspicion by climate activists because it would also end the many lawsuits that have been (and likely will be) filed against the coal and oil industry for damages from climate change, eliminate regulations on the theory they are redundant and preclude government using the revenues for crucial R&D, infrastructure upgrades and everything else needed to adapt to higher oceans and extreme weather.What does all this mean for entrepreneurs? Tough to say, though a few things are good to keep in mind, not least is that millennials are deeply concerned about climate change. It also seems increasingly clear that taxes are not invariably bad and that the market won’t solve every problem, including most obviously those that are not profitable. On the other hand, there is considerable evidence that taxes and policies that treated climate change as an existential threat would create huge new industries and save trillions of dollars in avoided damages (to say nothing of social upheaval from forced migration). It might be that for entrepreneurs, climate change is more a question of what to do as a citizen than as a business person. –shares Climate Change Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue 4 min read Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur October 8, 2018 Register Now » Peter Page UN Warns Climate Change May Doom Us, but Nobel Committee Suggests Taxing Pollution Might Save Us The latest and most pessimistic warning about climate catastrophe came the same day as the Nobel Prize committee honored two economists for their work exploring potential solutions. Image credit: Douglas Sacha | Getty Imageslast_img read more

Chorusai Named 1 Sales Coaching Momentum Leader in G2s Summer 2019 Momentum

first_imgChorus.ai Named #1 Sales Coaching Momentum Leader in G2’s Summer 2019 Momentum Grid Business WireJune 27, 2019, 6:05 pmJune 27, 2019 “Chorus is great because of how easy it’s scaled across our sales organization. We’ve rolled it out to every team, BDRs and AEs, and each group uses it in a different way.”Marketing Technology News: Mobile Data Use Nearly Doubles, CTIA Annual Survey Shows“Chorus.ai earned its position as a Momentum Leader in G2’s Summer 2019 Momentum Grid Reports for Conversation Intelligence and Sales Coaching by demonstrating high growth indicators and high user satisfaction over the last year,” said Kara Kennedy, Market Research Director at G2. “With its continued momentum of earning high ratings for satisfaction, and growing its employees and digital presence, Chorus has shown that it is outpacing industry growth solutions that meet the evolving needs of their users.”Marketing Technology News: Extreme Networks to Acquire Aerohive Networks Chorus.aiConversation IntelligenceLuca VingianiMarketing Technology NewsMomentum GridNewssales coaching Previous ArticleNew Research Reveals Employees Are Ready to be Empowered by Automation TechnologyNext ArticleLytics Named a Strong Performer in Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research Firm Chorus.ai, the Conversation Intelligence Platform for high-growth sales teams, announced it is a momentum leader in the G2, formerly G2 Crowd, Summer 2019 Momentum Grid Reports for Conversation Intelligence and Sales Coaching. Chorus led the market in its placement as a momentum leader.“We’re honored to lead G2’s Conversation Intelligence and Sales Coaching quadrants in Momentum and Customer Satisfaction,” said Roy Raanani, CEO and Co-Founder of Chorus.ai. “G2 has become a critical input to delighting our customers by informing our product investments. Our G2 NPS of 75 and Customer Satisfaction score of 96 are a reflection of the product investments we’ve made. For example, our recently launched AI-Assisted Coaching Initiatives and Scorecards proactively flags calls and moments for Managers to review, and measure the impact of coaching on quantifiable results.”Marketing Technology News: Human Connection Matters to Gen Z: Ooma Survey Busts Myths Around Generational Communication PreferencesChorus.ai has worked with hundreds of high-growth companies to increase quota attainment and shorten new hire ramp times by creating visibility and analyzing prospect-facing meetings at scale. The company’s proprietary AI automatically identifies and curates such moments for sales and customer success teams, thus freeing sales representatives to focus on building relationships that impact selling outcomes and use those insights for real-time sales coaching and to replicate sales best practices.“Chorus has been an essential coaching tool,” said Luca Vingiani, Global VP of Inside Sales at Crossover for Work. “We have a goal to create a team of highly consistent, trusted sales advisors in a high sales volume environment. In order to achieve this, we needed a tool that would help us measure and coach call quality with consistency versus a subjective analysis. We’ve found that call quality can impact sales outcomes by as much as 65 percent. And in 12 weeks, we improved quality scores from an average of 5% to 100% and this has translated to raising our retention rates to over 90%.”Highlights from customer reviews on G2 include:“It’s been called the best investment our company has ever made in a tool, including Salesforce.” “The most valuable thing for my team is the meeting insights. Chorus breaks down talk time, watches for critical moments, and is incredibly informative about the quality of the conversations you are having with clients.” “The most impactful coaching on the market. It not only helped reduce the ‘ramp’ time of new AEs, but also helped nearly double the close rate of the existing AE team.” “Chorus is basically a cheat code. It’s an incredible training tool, and I would recommend it to all sales departments.”last_img read more

Heat and reapplication impact different sunscreen products containing common ingredients

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 8 2018With the growing awareness of ultraviolet (UV) exposure resulting in an increased risk of photoaging and skin cancers, consumers are using higher sun protection factor (SPF) sunscreens with frequent reapplication. New research, Evaluation of Reapplication and Controlled Heat Exposure on Oxybenzone Permeation from Commercial Sunscreen Using Excised Human Abdominal Skin, presented today at the 2018 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) PharmSci 360 Meeting demonstrates that heat and reapplication influences different sunscreen products containing the same amount of a key ingredient, oxybenzone, potentially affecting safety and toxicity of the UV filters included in sunscreens.”What our research shows is that current safety testing procedures may be underestimating the amount of oxybenzone being absorbed into the skin considering heat and reapplication, such as someone sunbathing on the beach,” said presenting author, Paige Zambrana, a pharmaceutical sciences graduate student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “Although sunscreens are intended for the entire body under higher temperatures with reapplication every 80 minutes, safety testing for setting UV filter limits only require single dose testing under baseline skin temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.”The researchers performed in vitro permeation tests, which indicated that oxybenzone, using lotion and spray sunscreen formulations, was able to permeate human skin with significantly higher cumulative permeation occurring from the lotion. With the addition of 24-hour heat exposure on the lotion, there was a 2.1-fold increase in cumulative permeation of oxybenzone when comparing sunscreen reapplication at 80 min and 160 min, to a single application and a 1.2-fold increase in permeation when comparing 24-hour heat application to 24-hour baseline temperature sunscreen reapplication studies. When comparing formulations, applying lotion with 24-hour heat and reapplication significantly increased the cumulative oxybenzone permeation 3.1-fold more than the spray reapplication.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”Although sunscreen use is important and generally safe, our work suggests that some additional preclinical and clinical safety testing parameters should be considered before maximum UV filter levels are established,” noted Audra Stinchcomb, Ph.D., principal investigator and professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “Also, given oxybenzone’s potential environmental hazards and recently being banned in Hawaii, we are focused on how different factors affect people to provide accurate predictions of total oxybenzone absorption.”The next stage of this work will examine sunscreen use through controlled in vitro and in vivo testing procedures with the eventual aim of establishing an in vitro-in vivo correlation between the two tests. In addition, clinical trials with currently marketed sunscreen products will be performed to assess sunscreen use conditions allowing for a better understanding of the current maximum absorption of oxybenzone.Evaluation of Reapplication and Controlled Heat Exposure on Oxybenzone Permeation from Commercial Sunscreen Using Excised Human Abdominal Skin will be presented Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (EST) Poster Forum 5 the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Source:https://www.aaps.org/homelast_img read more

Got batteries Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

An attendee takes pictures of the new Samsung Family Hub smart refrigerator during a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Human sleeves are on display to promote Netflix’s sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” at CES International Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) People look through Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Tesla’s enormous battery amazes in quick outage response Citation: Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-batteries-outage-stalls-giant-tech.html LG’s David Vander Waal introduces the InstaView ThinQ smart refrigerator during a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) People watch a demonstration of Intel Mobileye sensor technology at the Intel booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Human sleeves are on display to promote Netflix’s sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” at CES International Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) A sign advertises 5G devices at the Intel booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) What happens to all those internet-connected refrigerators, robots and other devices when the power goes out? Mariana Marcaletti laughs as she tries on a Spartan boxer, an underwear that blocks radiation from wireless devices, during CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Moodo’s smart fragrance box is displayed during CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The Huawei Mate10 Pro phone is on display at the Huawei booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Moodo’s smart fragrance box is displayed during CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further Thousands of people attending the world’s biggest consumer technology show got a chance to test the battery life of the latest gadgets Wednesday when some showrooms and hallways went dark inside the vast Las Vegas Convention Center.The power has been out for at least an hour in some areas of the annual CES event. Conference organizers said on Twitter that it was an “isolated power outage” they were working to resolve.Dozens of reporters queued quietly for lunch boxes in a darkened press room. The room was dimly lit thanks to emergency overhead lights and the glow of laptops running on battery power.Rick Rohmer, a product engineer with electrical-systems specialist Legrand, said the power outage affected only part of a booth for Qi, a consortium of companies that make wireless chargers. Most of its display was lit as hundreds of attendees passed by in the dark on their way to a brightly lit giant screen TV over the convention center’s fully functioning South Hall.”We lucked out,” he said. “If our extension cord went over there we’d be out of power.”NV Energy, the region’s power supplier, hasn’t responded to requests for comments. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections

first_imgThe latest efforts to disrupt the U.S. midterm elections through Facebook manipulation seem to be following a persuasion playbook refined by legitimate companies and organizations—but with a twist. The aim of these possibly Russia-linked perpetrators appears to be to draw in as many people as possible with emotional appeals and then spur them to action. In this case, though, the action is public protest rather than affinity marketing, and the goal is to sow dissension rather than to build brand awareness.”They’re almost functioning like social media editors, figuring out what the trending topics are in the U.S. and figuring out where they can insert themselves,” said Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University.The idea, experts say, is to widen the rifts in the U.S. population via propaganda that is less about winning hearts and minds and much more about setting Americans against one another.The removed pages share “moralistic language” and appeal to emotions, said Jay Van Bavel, a New York University psychology professor who studies group identity. “The conflict already existed but they’re stirring it up, picking at a scab.”David Stewart, a marketing and business law professor at Loyola Marymount University, said those behind the scheme are trying to create an “us versus them” mentality, without which Facebook users might not be so polarized.Groups tied to the Russian government have been trying to meddle in U.S. politics since at least the 2016 elections. In February, the Justice Department charged 13 Russians and three companies with plotting to aid Donald Trump’s presidential campaign through fake Facebook posts, ads and groups.More recently, Facebook said it had removed 32 apparently fake accounts and pages on Facebook and Instagram created by “bad actors” involved in what Facebook calls inauthentic political behavior ahead of the U.S. midterms. Although Facebook didn’t specifically say Russians were behind the latest efforts, the reported activity shared many similarities with Russian influence campaigns during the 2016 presidential election.It isn’t clear how well the efforts worked or if they have swayed the outcome of elections, either in 2016 or this time around. Sowing discord, however, could prompt people to stay home instead of voting—or to vote for more extreme candidates who support their view, experts say. Discord could also lead to real-world violence and conflict. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process are displayed as Google’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker, Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch, and Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, testify during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Groups tied to the Russian government have been trying to meddle in U.S. politics since at least the 2016 elections. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) During the 2016 elections, Russian agents bought a slew of issue-based ads to push arguments for and against immigration, gun rights and other issues. Many of them attempted to stoke racial divisions by mentioning police brutality or disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement.Russian agents took advantage of the same tools available to businesses and groups to target messages with precision. One video parodying Trump was targeted at blacks who also were interested in BlackNews.com, HuffPost Politics or HuffPost Black Voices, for instance. This time around, the efforts seem more focused on calling people to participate in protests and take action, at least based on the limited information provided by Facebook so far.The removed accounts appear designed “to trigger standoffs between genuine Americans, bringing the risk of real-life violence from false stories,” wrote the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council, which has been working with Facebook to study misinformation and foreign interference on its services.Those behind the accounts aren’t spending a lot of time creating original posts. Instead, they do what many other people do on social media to get likes and clicks: They steal or reshare other people’s posts.From there, legitimate organizations sometimes spread the messages further.”Americans thus became the unwitting amplifiers of Russian information operations,” the Atlantic Council researchers wrote.One indication that these efforts are working is that legitimate activist groups seem to have gotten swept up in some of the event listings created by these purportedly fake groups. For instance, several anti-racism groups attached themselves to a Washington protest called “No Unite the Right 2.”Though April Goggans, an organizer of Black Lives Matter DC, said the protest was organized by real people in the U.S., the event listing on Facebook was created by a left-leaning account that Facebook identified as fake. Facebook cancelled the account—and the listing—less than two weeks before it was to take place.Overall, the 32 accounts Facebook deleted recently tried to organize about 25 events. About half took place, even though the unknown agents behind them had no one on the ground and had to coerce people into attending the events purely through Facebook.Van Bavel said that suggests the agents behind this “have a fairly sophisticated understanding of what our weak spots are psychologically as Americans.” This Nov. 1, 2017, file photo shows some of the Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington. Groups tied to the Russian government have been trying to meddle in U.S. politics since at least the 2016 elections. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File) Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections (Update) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections (2018, August 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-common-social-media-tactics-subvert.htmllast_img read more