Competition heats up on Vancouver – Hong Kong route with arrival of

August 19, 2019

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first_imgCompetition heats up on Vancouver – Hong Kong route with arrival of Hong Kong Airlines Share VANCOUVER — Low-cost carrier Hong Kong Airlines is turning up the heat on pricing after it announced daily lift-offs between Vancouver and Hong Kong with introductory fares that start as low as $750 plus taxes peak season round-trip and dropping as low as $500 plus taxes in the off-peak late summer season.“Competition is good for the customer,” said David Du, Marketing and Sales Manager for the airline. In a decade HKA has grown at a fast clip into 36 countries. Members of the HKA executive team out of Hong Kong joined Vancouver team members to meet with travel agents and members of the Asian community during a special dinner at the upscale Sun Sui Wah seafood restaurant on Vancouver’s Main Street.While HKA is going after the ethic VFR market – where price points are important especially for larger groups – it is not ignoring further tertiary markets as it brings in attractive pricing for those wanting to explore Hong Kong or use the city as a jumping off point to explore Asia.  HKA and Jet Airways recently entered into a codeshare partnership aimed at enhancing connectivity between India and Asia-Pacific.David Du and Benjamin Li, Hong Kong AirlinesOn the YVR route, HKA will butt heads with two major and established carriers: Cathay Pacific, Asia’s largest carrier, and Air Canada.  Neither are lightweights in terms of operations fleet size and marketing. As well, carriers such as Delta are known for coming in with deals. But HKA is still known for landing an eye-catching price even in turbulence.The airline has rolled out special offers. Du quoted prices as low as $750 plus taxes from June 30 to Aug. 14 for a roundtrip between the two cities. From August 15 to Oct. 28, the price drops to $500 plus taxes. However bookings must be made during the month of March to receive the lower fares.Vancouver-based General Manager Benjamin Li said the airline’s decision to enter the North American long-haul market came after it had completed long-hauls such as the Gold Coast. “We realized we have the ability to operate long-haul,” he said. HKA has built a reputation on efficient, low-cost short or mid-distance travel destinations. Vancouver loomed as a natural Pacific West Coast gateway to North America and in Canada was one of two cities with a large Asian population already travelling to Hong Kong and China. Figures indicate that up to half a million Chinese travel between the gateways annually.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesHKA jumps into the market at a time when, despite a tax on foreign ownership, Hong Kong and Chinese investors are buying or have bought homes in B.C.’s Lower Mainland or nearby Seattle.  Resident Chinese are taking advantage of North American schools and universities for their children. The market also includes so-called ‘astronaut’ families where the family lives in the B.C. Lower Mainland, with one parent living in Hong Kong and doing business throughout Asia, with a lot of flying back and forth across the Pacific between family and work.The North American YVR gateway also aligns with HKA’s latest burst of global expansion. During the past decade it has covered a network of 36 major cities across the Asia Pacific region, including Gold Coast, Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa and has codeshare agreements with 12 airlines and 69 interline partners. It operates 32 aircraft, including A330s and A320s.Chief Operating Officer Ben Wong Ching-ho has been quoted in the Asian business press as saying the airline is now looking at Europe and the U.S. for expansion, as more Chinese want those markets. Wong says that HKA has 15 new A350 passenger aircraft (which lend themselves to long-hauls, with more comforts) on order from Airbus and the $4 billion order is to begin delivery in 2018. By the end of 2018, HKA’s fleet will round out at 50 aircraft in total. By comparison, Cathay Pacific is the largest user of A350s and has 46 alone after taking delivery of a large complement in 2016.Both Du and Li said during a press conference that they are stationed in Vancouver to develop business. Du said there is the potential once rights are obtained to easily use Vancouver as a stepping stone into the U.S. market or to other cities. The airline is also looking for partnerships.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe June 30 date start-up date was chosen as it is the day before two national holidays celebrated on July 1, Li said. There’s Canada Day, of course, and in Hong Kong July 1, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the unification of Hong Kong back to China.Li said the 330-200 Airbus will leave Hong Kong at 12:30 p.m., arriving at YVR at 10:20 a.m., while the Vancouver flight leaves at 12:10 p.m. and arrives in Hong Kong at 4:50 p.m. the next day.The aircraft has 18 business class seats and 246 economy class seats.  The business class configuration is 1-2-1 while the economy class configuration is 2-4-2.Du said HKA has similar seats to other carriers but has reduced the number of seats in economy to provide more legroom. The aircraft’s business class has a mini-bar where passengers can fix their own drinks. There is full meal service and the airline has recently introduced new amenity packs.Hong Kong Airlines has its own dedicated VIP Lounge at Hong Kong Airport while it uses the airport lounge at YVR. One of the features it offers is priority boarding for those travelling with children.While HKA will be competing with Air Canada on the long-haul international flight, it is partnering with Air Canada domestically so passengers can easily transfer between the two carriers at both Hong Kong and Vancouver. “It balances out for both of us,” said Ming Chan, General Manager, Corporate Communications.Already HKA is already hard at it marketing in Vancouver with functions. Du and Li say they will meet with any agency members who may have missed their Sun Sui Wah dinner or want more information on HKA. Li can be reached at benjamin.li@hkairlines.com. Friday, March 3, 2017 Jean Sorensen center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines, Low-Cost Carriers, New Routes, Vancouverlast_img read more


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August 10, 2019

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first_imgDecember 31, 2010This concludes our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. On-site construction of the bridge started in March, 2010. It is a Scottsdale Public Art project with construction managed by Howard S. Wright Constructors with assistance from Scottsdale architects, structural engineers and landscape architects and off-site work at Cosanti. The 130 foot long pedestrian bridge connects the Scottsdale Waterfront District and Old Town, spanning the Arizona Canal west of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. It is 18 feet wide on the north bank widening to 27 feet on the south bank where it opens into the Soleri Plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim] The sloped plaza has soil retaining “drip walls” constructed with the help of another innovative technique developed by Paolo Soleri for the building of Cosanti. As a final stage in construction, concrete slurry is used allowing gravity to create a drippy surface.The design and construction of the Paolo Soleri Bridge and Plaza has been a once-in-a-lifetime project, uniting the will of a community, the intent of an artist, and the skills of many construction professionals.[photo: sue] 11 pre-cast concrete panels were created at Cosanti, delivered and installed at the plaza, ten along one edge of the south plaza and one double panel on the north bank. The 8-ft-high, 5-ft-wide panels are hand-carved and earth-cast, a process Paolo Soleri developed in the creation of the famous Soleri wind-bells and the buildings of Cosanti. The panels are unique artwork installations during the day, mysterious at night. [photo left: YoungSoo Kim]center_img The 22,000-sq-ft plaza is a gathering place with walkways and lawns, shade, seating and art to enjoy- a Soleri bell assembly and a collection of colorful “earth-cast” panels.The four pylons of the bridge are clad in elegant, brushed stainless steel. The shorter pylons are hollow and reveal a large Soleri bell assembly. The 10-ft- high bell assembly was first  cast in 1969 and displayed at the Goldwater Department Stores before it found a new home in the plaza.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more


In This Issue… Focus shifts back to Eurozone…

August 4, 2019

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first_imgIn This Issue… * Focus shifts back to Eurozone… * Gold sees profit taking… * RBA cuts rates… * Looking for a new reserve currency… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Eurozone Manufacturing Slumps… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! I’m at a complete loss this morning on what to start with! I’ve sat here staring at the blank Pfennig template for about 10 minutes now. My mind wondering to this, that, and the other stuff, but never really settling on something… UGH! So, I thought I would just start typing away, and see what comes out… I don’t know what I’ll talk about today, you’ll just have to read it to find out! HA! The markets are in the same dilemma, as they hem and haw about where to focus their attention… Friday’s bad taste remained in their collective mouths, all day yesterday, and the currencies were able to add to their Friday gains. The euro briefly touched 1.25 before settling back down. But this morning, the focus is back on the Eurozone’s problems, as well they should when the Eurozone Manufacturing Index slides to 46 like it did in May! YIKES! That’s plain awful, folks! Remember, any number below 50 represents contraction in the manufacturing sector… So, the two reserve currencies of the past 10 years, the dollar and the euro are in a battle to see who can look uglier than the other… So, the euro has lost about 3/4-cent this morning, on that bad data. Of course, I told you several months ago, that I thought it was time that countries, traders, etc. started looking for a new currency to turn to other than dollars and euros… At that time, I was thinking the Aussie dollar (A$)… I know, I know, the A$ doesn’t have the depth that dollars or euros have, or to that extent, Japanese yen, British pound sterling, or Swiss francs… or, did I hear someone say, Gold? Jamie over in our new Wealth Management Group, sent me a link to a story yesterday where the writer said that “your portfolio doesn’t need Gold”… the writer made a big point of how even now with all the problems in the U.S. and Eurozone, Gold’s price is falling… Hmmm, obviously, he doesn’t read the Pfennig, otherwise he would know all about the price manipulation that has gone on in Gold in recent months.. I’m in complete disagreement with this writer, but then everyone has opinions, right? Speaking of Gold’s price… I told you yesterday that Gold had soared $66 on Friday… Well, I see where my friends over at the “5-Minute Forecast”, talked about this move, and have narrowed it down to “very powerful buying that came out of the East”… That makes sense to me… a move like Gold made had to be powered by Central Bank purchases… The “5” then points out that “even during April, when Gold was priced higher than it is now, Turkey, Mexico, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine all loaded up with Gold purchases” OK… Well, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) did cut rates last night (as expected), but less than what was being thought by the swaps market. The RBA cut 25 basis points (1/4%) from its official internal rate, leaving it at 3.5%… The A$ was not sold, but bought instead on the news… I guess there were some shorts in the A$ that had to be covered, once the RBA only cut 25 basis points, and the A$ didn’t fall in price… And the RBA didn’t exactly sound like a Central Bank that was 100% behind the cut in saying, “with modest domestic growth and a weaker and more uncertain international environment, the outlook for inflation afforded scope for a more accommodative stance of monetary policy.” – RBA… They’ll just have to deal with another cut down the road, folks… because things aren’t going to get better any time soon… I’m not the only person that believes this… apparently, the finance ministers of G-7 are seeing it too, as they have called an impromptu meeting to be held via teleconference today… Japanese Finance Minister, Azumi, told reporters “we have reached a point where we need a common understanding about the problems we are facing”… But wasn’t it just two weeks ago that G-8 leaders met at Camp David, and acknowledged the problems? I have to say that I’m worried about this global slowdown… I have something very different in the TTWS section today, regarding the Bilderberg Group… but, if you read that, and then think back to what Japanese Fin-Min, Azumi had to say, and you start to think, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Then you are thinking like me! Sprinkle in one of my fave reads in the U.K. Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, talking about how the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is warning that “global lending is contracting at the fastest pace since 2008 Lehman crisis.” And the warning signs just keep getting flashed in front of our eyes… This morning… besides the awful manufacturing print in the Eurozone… the euro has to contend with the fact that Spain has now asked for outside help for their troubled banks… Spanish Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro called for funds to be used to shore of the nation’s banks overnight… That can’t sit well, with traders that had pushed the euro up to 1.25 yesterday… I would think that traders are looking at the euro now, in a negative light, and therefore are selling into euro rallies… Not much new going on in China to talk about… HSBC says that Chinese Services Industry expanded at a faster pace in May… And that news sent Chinese stocks higher, as the immediate fears of a sharp slowdown were eased… I’m still of the opinion that China’s economy moderates and doesn’t collapse… I’ve had those colors pinned to my mast for a couple of years now, while “others” have called for a collapse.. The Emerging Markets, for the most part, continue to keep their heads above water, and have not allowed themselves to be dragged through the mud and yuck of the U.S. and Eurozone… Countries like: Columbia, Chile, Turkey, and many more… The problems with these countries is that their markets are very small, the liquidity stinks, and they experience much wilder swings in price on market moves… But I said early this year that I thought The Emerging Markets would be the only place that economic growth might occur in 2012… Meanwhile back at the ranch… fundamentals continue to be thrown to the side of the road, and countries like Norway and Canada can’t catch a bid… Norway has its Eurozone to contend with, and Canada has its U.S. to contend with… I have a special treat today, with a recent quote by the man, … Richard Russell.. unfortunately, the “maestro” isn’t talking about anything fun… Here’s Richard Russell talking about a nasty decline in stocks. “I don’t know what that number is. Dow 8,000?, Dow 6,000? Dow 4,000? Dow 2,500?… The number could be any one of these. What I hope is that we get to that number as quickly as possible. I just hope we get the pain of the bear market over as fast as possible. One mistake is to think we know how costly the bear market is fated to be — and how far the bear market will carry. The Primary trend is a law unto itself. It will continue until it dies of exhaustion.In the meantime, the bear market goes on. I’m afraid it has a long way to go. But we will survive. In all seriousness, I feel it is my duty to help my subscribers to survive and weather this bear market.” Ok… that leads us to the TTWS section today… Now let me set this one up… You may or may not believe in the Bilderberg Group, which is a select group of people from the U.S. and Europe that supposedly make the decisions for the world… The have meetings where no one outside the group is allowed to be in the room. There’s about 150 members… according to Wikipedia, “Bilderberg itself is not an executive agency. However, when Bilderberg participants reach a form of consensus about what is to be done, they have at their disposal powerful transnational and national instruments for bringing about what it is they want to come to pass. That their consensus design is not always achieved is a reflection of the strength of competing resisting forces outside the capitalist ruling class and within it.” Then There Was This… Author Daniel Estulin reporting on leaked info from the Bilderberg meeting… “Elitists divided on whether to quickly sink economy and replace it with new world order, or set in motion long, agonizing depression. According to Estulin’s sources, which have been proven highly accurate in the past, Bilderberg is divided on whether to put into motion, “Either a prolonged, agonizing depression that dooms the world to decades of stagnation, decline and poverty … or an intense-but-shorter depression that paves the way for a new sustainable economic world order, with less sovereignty but more efficiency.” Chuck again… scary stuff, eh? But then we always have the competing resisting forces outside the capitalist ruling class to fight for us, eh? And then maybe everyone is wrong about what these people do… and maybe their annual get-togethers are just opportunities to exchange recipes and share their latest family portraits… To recap… Well, Friday’s gains in currencies and metals couldn’t be added to, although the euro did climb back to 1.25 briefly yesterday. But bad data, and calls for help from Spain have the euro selling off again this morning. The RBA did cut rates last night 25 Basis Points, and the A$ gained… Gold sold off about $10 yesterday, and is basically flat this morning. Currencies today 6/5/12… American Style: A$ .9715, kiwi .7525, C$ .9595, euro 1.2420, sterling 1.5340, Swiss $1.0340, … European Style: rand 8.5140, krone 6.1155, SEK 7.2220, forint 243.60, zloty 3.5350, koruna 20.7050, RUB 33.29, yen 78.20, sing 1.2895, HKD 7.7585, INR 55.68, China 6.3670, pesos 14.27, BRL 2.0575, Dollar Index 82.86, Oil $83.92, 10-year 1.55%, Silver $28.23, and Gold… $1,616.25 That’s it for today… Well… Alex got home last night, but too late for me to see him… but I know he’s there, because his dirty dish and glass are on the counter… I left him a note that I had made a yummy pasta dish, and I guess he ate it, and left the proof on the counter! Teenage boys! Alex has to work today, and then a swim meet tonight, so I won’t see him tonight either! Cardinals finally won a game after a long week of losing! Well… time to get this out the door.. I thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more


In This Issue Dollar gets sold on disappointi

August 4, 2019

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first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar gets sold on disappointing Retail Sales. * But rallies back in overnight and morning sessions. * China 1st QTR GDP at 7%. * 2 positive days is not a trend. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Retail Sales Up, But Disappointing. Good day.. And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! It’s also Tax Day, April 15th.  So, with that, we have a Pfennig Tradition for Tax Day. “Let me tell you how it will be, There’s one for you, nineteen for me, Cause I’m the Taxman, yeah, I’m the Taxman.” – The Beatles.  And I can tell you when I signed the paperwork to file my taxes on Monday, that’s how I felt. one for me nineteen for the taxman. So, now the government has taken their pound of flesh from me in taxes, I can begin to work for this year. The tax Freedom Day varies by state, but as a nation, the day is 5 days later this year than last year and arrives April 18th. Taxes. I saw a cartoon this past weekend in the paper, that a kid asks his day why he has to pay taxes, for he thought it was a “free country”. the dad says, we have to pay taxes so we can have schools, police, fire, and good roads.  But then says under his breath, it would be fine if it stopped there!…   I agree. Well, yesterday saw a wild swing in the currencies, and for once it was a positive swing, as the dollar got sold after the Retail Sales report printed. U.S. March Retail Sales grew at .9%, which missed the expectation of 1.1%, but that wasn’t the only thing that cast a shadow on the .9% increase over last month. The thing that cast the longest shadow on the data, was the fact that it was pumped up with Auto sales. Gasoline sales were down -.6%, and when you just look at the “control Sales” which removes auto and gas sales, Retail Sales were only up .3%…  That’s a far cry from 1.1% expected, eh? So, the dollar bugs crawled back into the floorboards, as the lights were turned out for the dollar on Tuesday. The markets seem to be getter smarter and doing what I’ve always done, look under the hood at data. The looked under the hood yesterday, saw that Retail Sales were not what they were made up to be, and then went about selling dollars, because it was another nail. Recall, that we talked about the need to begin gathering nails for the Fed’s rate hike coffin. And like I always tell you, watch the dollar for direction in the euro. So, the dollar got sold, and the euro rallied to 1.0650, almost a full cent on the day. But then a reminder of the fact that Greece is still hanging around the euro like a cheap suit, got to the euro overnight and it has given back ½-cent.  Well, Chinese 1st QTR GDP printed last night. I might remind everyone that the Chinese Gov’t said a few months ago that they believed GDP might fall to 7% (from 7.5%) and guess where 1st QTR GDP printed?  Ahhh grasshoppers you are so smart! Yes, of course 1st QTR GDP in China was 7%!  While 7% is not 10% like China used to print every quarter, it’s also not 1%, which is where I believe after all the revisions are made, the U.S. 1st QTR GDP will print. So, think about that for a minute. OK. Now that I’ve given you a minute to think about that, let’s talk about this from my point of view, which is you can grow your economy so strong that it reduces the debt. So, the U.S. needs to grow its economy to reduce debt, but it’s not. the average annual GDP 2.15% In the last 4 years. it just cracks me up when I hear people say stuff like GDP is growing. Well, technically it is, that is if you really want to count 2.15% a year as “real growth”, then go ahead. But it won’t make any dents in the national debt. Oh, and the Fed is still talking about hike rates. let’s see, we achieved an average growth the last 4 years of 2.15% with zero interest rates, I wonder how that will turn out when rates are raised? Of course, I’ve gone on record saying there will be no rate hike in June, and I know you’re getting tired of hearing that from me, but there are new readers every day folks, and this might be the first letter they read. Then in June when I’m doing the boogaloo down the streets of Broadway because I was right, they might think, “I don’t recall him saying that”.  The Fantastic Johnny C did that song, Boogaloo down Broadway, and the great Wilson Pickett sang “Funky Broadway”.  Two days do not make a trend. But the Norwegian krone has been in the black for two consecutive days. As I told you yesterday, the major trading in krone has been VS the euro, and thus the gains the krone is making VS the euro. But in the crosses that are traded, they eventually come back to dollar / krone, and the krone has a two consecutive day rally Vs the dollar going on. But I want to make sure that everyone understands that the krone is really trading VS the euro right now. it’s not a dollar / krone trade, but ends up being one on the crosses. But we’ll take any rally we can get from the krone, eh? The best performing currency overnight is once again the Russian ruble, which is now trading with a 50 handle. And Russia is getting ready to deal a bond offering that’s the largest they’ve done in 15 months, if that bond offering goes off without a hitch, we could very well see the ruble below 50 by the end of the day.  I’ll remind everyone that the ruble is an emerging market, and therefore only Speculative money by Speculators should be allocated to the ruble. And I also want to point out that before the conflict in Ukraine became headline news, and the sanctions were placed on Russia, the ruble traded around 35. The Chinese renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate by a wider margin than what we’ve seen lately. Apparently the Chinese Gov’t was pleased with their 7% GDP print!  I think it’s important to look at things relatively, and compare them to what’s around. That’s when China’s 7% GDP outshines just about everyone else, and given that they are tied with the U.S. as the world’s largest economies, it makes sense to compare their GDP number to that of the U.S.   When you do that, you get a different sense of what’s to come for the two countries. Well, at least I do. I know, I’m different when it comes to this stuff, but. it serves me well, I think! Well, as I’ve gone along here this morning writing the letter, the dollar has gotten a little stronger than when I first began to put things together for the letter. I also saw a snippet of an interview with Doug Casey in the Daily Reckoning yesterday, and in it, Doug attributes a lot of this temporary dollar strength to the fact that there’s so much dollar denominated debt in the World, and so much to have to take on, and that is supporting the dollar right now. The U.S. Data Cupboard is chock-full-o-data this morning. and it includes two of my fave prints: Industrial production (IP) and Capacity Utilization (CAPU) for March today. I would say that keeping with the weak data prints, that I would look for a very weak IP print today, and for CAPU to weaken too. We’ll also see the Net Long term TIC Flows, which I always remind everyone that this used to be a Big Deal, but no longer is. And the Fed’s Beige Book prints this afternoon. And as usual the markets will scour through the Beige Book for signs of direction. Gold is flat to down a buck or two this morning, it just keeps flipping back and forth. I haven’t seen anything else from the story I told you about yesterday that was in Ed Steer’s letter, talking about a secret meeting of Central Bankers in Washington this Friday to discuss Gold. This morning Ed has another intriguing headline it goes like this: Hedge Funds/ Managed Money Double Bullish Gold Price Bets.   Well, that’s fine, but they could really make a difference by stepping up the plate and knocking it out of the park by taking those futures trades and trading them in for physical Gold trades! For What It’s Worth. Several years ago, I sat in the audience at the Hotel Vancouver, during the premier showing of I.O.U.S.A. the award winning documentary that my friend Addison Wiggin and company put together to bring the problem of the U.S. Debt to the everyday man’s attention.  My oldest son Andrew, who teaches High School students, used to show I.O.U.S.A to his students, and quiz them on it, to make sure they understood what it was about, but it has become a little dated now. So, I lit up like a Christmas tree when I saw that Addison had an update in the Daily Reckoning www.dailyreckoning.com yesterday. So, here is Addison Wiggin. “The U.S. budget deficit widened slightly during the first half of the 2015 fiscal year,” reports The Wall Street Journal, “ending a streak of sustained declines.” The government spent $439 billion more than it took in revenue. That’s up 6% from the same period last year. Meanwhile, Obama, Boehner and McConnell are still patting themselves on the back — pointing out that deficits are still at the lowest levels in six years. Instead of spending trillions — with an s — they don’t have, they spend a singular trillion that they’re light. What they fail to mention is that the federal government took in $98 billion more in tax revenues than they did last year. In other words, the spending problem’s gotten worse.” Chuck again. When does all this crazy deficit spending end? Well, when daddy takes the T-Bird away, no wait! When daddy takes the credit card away. And who’s your daddy, is he rich like me? No wait! Man will I ever get through this part? But is our daddy is China? To recap. The dollar got sold yesterday after the markets looked under the hood of the March Retail Sales and found problems. But the dollar has come back overnight and in the morning session in Europe. The Russian ruble is the best performing currency overnight, and Chuck warns about the ruble being speculative money only. Chinese 1st QTR GDP rose 7% which is down from the previous quarter’s 7.5%, but still 7% is better than the 1% that Chuck believes the U.S. 1st QTR GDP will print when all the revisions have printed. And Gold is flat to down a buck or two this morning. Currencies today 4/15/15. American Style: A$ .7590, kiwi .7505, C$ .7975, euro 1.0590, sterling 1.4750, Swiss $ 1.0250, . European Style: rand 12.1350, krone 7.9575, SEK 8.7955, forint 281.10, zloty 3.7890, koruna 25.8635, RUB 50.63, yen 119.55, sing 1.3610, HKD 7.7515, INR 62.37, China 6.1340, pesos 15.32, BRL 3.0620, Dollar Index 99.17, Oil $53.90, 10-year 1.90%, Silver $16.15, Platinum $1,152.14, Palladium $ 765.60, and Gold. $1,191.39 That’s it for today. Well, thanks to all that sent along get well wishes to me yesterday. I think my proactive response to this coming on, saved me a trip to the hospital, at least for now it has!  I want to go back to S. Florida. I had not problems like this when I was there! The vitamin D was great every day! And besides it’s the middle of April and here in St. Louis, it’s damp, chilly, and gray. UGH! No double UGH, UGH! The Great Dusty Springfield is singing her song: song of a preacher man in the iPod right now. I’m really surprised I got through the letter today without nodding off, I just kept thinking, I’ll close my eyes for just a few minutes. and then I would say, “no you can’t do that”  and I didn’t, and now it’s finished! See what you can do when you put your mind to it! Now if the currencies and metals would do the same!  HA!  Hopefully the rain will stay away so the Cardinals can get back on the field tonight.. A day game tomorrow, and I won’t be able to go! UGH! I love day games, as I truly believe that’s when games should be played! And with that. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more


By Nick Giambruno editor Crisis Investing Rece

August 4, 2019

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first_imgBy Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Recently, I left the worst place in the Western Hemisphere… Haiti is a scene of unending human tragedy. It’s by far the poorest and most messed-up country on this side of the globe. Most Haitians live on about $2 a day. Malnutrition and disease is rampant. Over 40% of the population is illiterate. The misery there is simply on a different level. Look at any international ranking, and Haiti is always at the bottom. It’s the last place anyone would think to visit, let alone invest in. That’s a big reason why I went. Anyone can go to France, or England, or Germany. Big deal. I’ve always enjoyed far-off places outside of the usual tourist circuit. I think they’re far more interesting. And they offer better adventures. Plus, strange countries with bad reputations are exactly the places a crisis investor should visit. The world’s most bombed-out, hated, and depressed regions can offer life-changing contrarian investment opportunities. Seeing these places firsthand also gives us valuable insight into what really happens when an economy totally collapses. That’s why I fly around the world with Doug Casey, chasing economic collapse, civil unrest, revolution, war, and geopolitical turmoil. Haiti is just our latest stop. Nick Giambruno and Doug Casey at the central bank of Haiti Dow 185,000? This highly accurate stock market indicator is flashing green on a massive bull run. The last time this happened, the Dow climbed 793% in the following years. If the Dow went up that high now – We’d be looking at Dow 185,000. Barking Dogs Seventy years ago, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Haiti were all at about the same economic level. Now Hong Kong and Singapore are some of the richest places on the planet. This shift did not happen by magic. It was simply a matter of protecting property rights, keeping taxes and inflation very low, and minimizing red tape for businesses. Haiti did the exact opposite. This is a big reason why the situation there is so bad… and only getting worse. It’s also a big reason why the country has almost no industry. Besides rum and some clothing, Haiti produces nothing. There’s prospective terrain for mining, but the suffocating bureaucracy makes it impossible. Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist, found it takes on average 19 years and 176 bureaucratic procedures to legally purchase real estate in Haiti. Here’s de Soto: Imagine a country where nobody can identify who owns what, addresses cannot be verified and the rules that govern property vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even from street to street. De Soto developed a simple shortcut to figure out who owns what in chaotic places like Haiti. You know when you’ve crossed onto someone else’s property when a different dog starts barking. The state doesn’t know who the real owners are, but the dogs do. Haiti’s only possible hope is for someone to take a machete to this bureaucratic Gordian knot. Gradual half measures won’t work. That’s what Doug and I explained to the Haitian government. This sort of radical change would be in its own interest to help it survive. The basic plot never changes in Haiti. The Haitian people get sick of their corrupt and incompetent rulers and violently rise up. The pattern has repeated itself over and over again. And, unless there’s drastic changes, it will happen again. Regards, Nick Giambruno P.S. A second passport is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as your “freedom insurance.” Among other things, having a second passport allows you to invest, bank, travel, live, and do business in places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Obtaining a second passport is a fundamental step toward freeing yourself from absolute dependence on any one country. Once you have that freedom, it’s much harder for any government to control your destiny. We just released a guide on the easiest countries to get a second passport from. Click here to download the PDF. Recommended Link The World’s First Economic Citizenship Program Doug and I were also in Haiti to pitch radical free market reforms to the highest levels of the Haitian government. This is a country with terminal cancer and multiple gunshot wounds. Band-Aids won’t do the trick. One of the ideas we discussed was economic citizenship. It’s well known that countries like Saint Kitts, Dominica, and Malta have official, legal programs to sell their citizenship and passports to foreign investors. But the whole concept is rooted in Haiti. During World War 2, Haiti offered a way out of Nazi Germany after many other doors had closed. The government sold Haitian passports for $3,000 (the equivalent of around $50,000 today). Those who could afford it could buy Haitian passports and escape Europe. For many, this was literally a matter of life or death. This program eventually led to a booming multibillion-dollar industry… just not in Haiti. Unfortunately, the country’s politicians dropped the ball. Today, Haiti is completely missing out on the economic citizenship industry it helped create. And, needless to say, it needs every penny it can get. Granted, a Haitian passport isn’t some grand prize. But it still gives you numerous political diversification benefits and visa-free travel to around 50 countries. That’s far fewer places than the first-tier economic citizenship programs. However, this just means a potential program for Haiti would have to cost less. But it could still bring in a significant amount of money to the country. If the government executed it properly and made a diplomatic push to increase the number of countries with visa-free entry, the program would be even more profitable. — — Recommended Link Have $20,000+?… Watch This GOLD Video NOW! ** This is NOT for amateurs ** Get this… If you’ve got $20,000 and you want to learn how to generate INSTANT cash from the gold market (like clockwork)… You’re going to want to see this 1 minute and 42 second video clip. Click here immediately to see this time-sensitive presentation.last_img read more


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August 4, 2019

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first_imgThe list of traditional financial firms offering crypto trading to their millions of customers goes on and on.As you can see, just like how Apple went from a tiny market to a huge market—crypto is about to do the same.Don’t Get Distracted by PricesWe will look back on today’s crypto prices and marvel they were ever this cheap.It’s easy to get trapped into thinking the market is right and you are wrong.Many people made that mistake with Apple in 2003. I get that… because most folks think the market is rational.But I’ve learned the market can go through long periods when it’s not rational—just like in 2003 with Apple and now in 2018 with crypto.I’m here to tell you today—in no uncertain terms—the same series of events that led me to buy Apple in 2003 is happening right now in crypto.I know it’s unpleasant to watch the market get beat around like this. I hated watching my position in Apple drop 40% in early 2003.We will always have volatility in early stage tech plays. That’s why we use small, uniform position sizes. The second key to thriving is to stay focused on the big picture.The adoption of the crypto asset class by hundreds of millions of traditional investors is about to take a gigantic leap forward.And just like the influx of hundreds of millions of PC users exploded Apple’s stock higher… the influx of hundreds of millions of traditional brokerage customers will do the same for crypto prices.Those who position themselves now before this onrush of new investors will be in place to make truly life-changing wealth.Let the Game Come to You! Click here to learn more Pace of Innovation and Pace of AdoptionThe pace of innovation is how quickly a product or service is improving. The pace of adoption is how quickly people are using the product or service.These are my favorite two metrics to gauge the health of early stage tech.As I learned from Apple, price action can be the least-revealing factor of how successful an investment will be.During times of negative sentiment, price doesn’t tell you how well a company is doing. It just shows you how scared everyone is. The underlying fundamentals are forgotten.I’m sharing this ancient history with you because cryptocurrencies are having their own “2003 Apple moment.”Just like the iPod, the technology behind cryptocurrencies is improving every day…Developers are testing an innovation called the Lightning Network right now. It will allow bitcoin to essentially go from dial-up modem speeds to broadband speeds. This innovation will unleash enormous capabilities on the bitcoin network.For example, the Lightning Network will allow bitcoin users to make almost limitless and instantaneous transactions at virtually zero cost.The second—and ostensibly more important—metric for early stage tech investors is the pace of adoption. And we’re seeing rapid advances on this front: Investment bank Morgan Stanley has announced it will provide bitcoin-trading swap products for its 3.5 million wealth management clients. (Swaps are a type of derivative.) Last week, brokerage firm TD Ameritrade announced it will offer crypto trading to its 11 million clients via a partnership with crypto exchange operator ErisX. Recommended Link How to Value Cutting-Edge TechnologyJobs’ big mistake was he drew long-term conclusions about Apple’s value based on its stock price rather than on its technology.Here’s what I mean…In 2003, Apple’s most important product was the iPod. But only people with an Apple computer could use it. So the addressable market was only about 3% of computer users.However, I knew the company was working on a version of the iPod that would be compatible with personal computers. And PC users made up the other 97% of the market.For me, the decision to buy Apple was easy.I went out, bought an iPod, and confirmed it was an amazing device. I recognized the iPod as the most transformational music device since the Sony Walkman of the 1980s.It was a no-brainer that PC users would fall in love with iPods—just as Apple users had. Except this time, Apple could sell iPods to a market of hundreds of millions of PC users instead of the tiny market of fewer than 10 million Mac users.And that’s exactly what happened.By 2004, Apple’s stock had doubled… And the company was well on its way to becoming the tech juggernaut we all know today. Since the lows of 2003, shares have gone from a split-adjusted 91 cents to $233.My clients made a bundle.So here’s the investment lesson from Apple…When it comes to early stage technology like the iPod, I look at two key drivers to gauge the health of an investment: 1) the pace of innovation, and 2) the pace adoption. — Invest Before November 14…On November 14, the U.S. government is holding a special auction – one that could unlock an internet with speeds 100 times faster than anything we have right now. This innovation could add $10 trillion to our economy by 2020. And it could send the share prices of three key companies soaring – by the end of this year. Teeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialP.S. I recently got together with TV host Glenn Beck to discuss a major coming change in the crypto market that I believe will spark the next wave of cryptocurrency millionaires…The amazing news for you is, just a few days ago… the Securities and Exchange Commission handed you a rare second chance to get in before you miss out.You can view this free event tonight at 8 p.m. ET. During the broadcast, I’ll reveal three of my top cryptocurrency recommendations.And as a bonus for signing up, I’ll send you a free copy of my latest report, The Crypto Manifesto: Why Cryptocurrencies Are The Smartest Speculation You Can Make Today.Just click here to automatically register your email address…READER MAILBAGHave you started investing in cryptocurrencies? Let us know how it’s going here.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Teeka will present his latest cryptocurrency research at the Legacy Investment Summit during October 18 and 19 in Bermuda.He’ll be joined by media personality Glenn Beck, award-winning journalist John Stossel, as well as 15 more of the brightest minds in finance.Now, we realize not everyone can (or wants to) travel out of town, away from work, family, and home for several days to attend a conference…That’s why we made a special “livestream” available so that you can watch the entire conference from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about this opportunity right here. U.S. Dollar “Coup” Takes Place While Trump Out of Country?On July 13, 2018, something incredible happened… While President Trump was overseas, several powerful leaders and businessmen got together for a secretive meeting—just 100 miles from New York. They met to discuss a radical idea that could affect any American citizen holding U.S. dollars. One man inside the meeting has now broken his silence and reveals the stunning details he discovered… Next month, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will launch a trading platform called Bakkt. The platform will allow ICE customers to buy, sell, and trade cryptocurrencies. It will also provide custody services. ICE owns the New York Stock Exchange and other global exchanges. By the end of the year, Fidelity Investments—which has $2.4 trillion in assets under management—says it will offer crypto products to its 27 million customers. U.S. Dollar “Coup” Coming? The full scoop… Global bank Citigroup—which has 200 million customers—has announced it will launch digital asset receipts (DARs). DARs will be similar to American depository receipts (ADRs), which are stocks that trade in the U.S., but represent shares of a foreign corporation. Instead of stocks, DARs will represent cryptocurrencies. Recommended Link — Justin’s note: Regular readers know that cryptocurrencies are presenting a massive money-making opportunity today. Still, many people aren’t seeing the big picture. They’re focused on bitcoin’s recent price action instead of understanding what it means to invest in an early stage technology.As you’ll see in today’s featured essay, it’s a mistake even Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs made. Below, world-renowned cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari explains how this mistake cost Jobs $75 billion… and could cause you to miss out on life-changing gains…By Teeka Tiwari, editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialIn 2003, I started recommending Apple to my clients.At the time, the stock had been destroyed. Prices dropped from a high of $36 per share to $12 when I bought it.Shortly after I started buying, news came out there was massive insider selling… and the stock plummeted to $7.Who was that insider?Steve Jobs—the guy who rescued Apple.On March 19, 2003, Jobs disposed of 27.5 million shares via his stock options. He would eventually sell a total of 55 million shares (via stock options sales to Apple) that year for an average price of $1.36 per share.Imagine the calls I got from my clients at the time…While I was buying Apple, Steve Jobs—the guy who was brought in to rescue the company—was dumping millions of dollars’ worth of stock…People thought I was crazy.But they fell into a trap that catches many amateurs who don’t understand investing in breakthrough technology… You can be brilliant at technology (like Jobs) and be just absolutely dumb at understanding how markets work.Jobs was a marketing savant and a great CEO. He turned Apple around and made it the largest company by market cap in the United States.But his mistake in 2003 cost him a bundle. Adjusted for stock splits, the shares he sold would be worth over $75 billion today.So what did I see in 2003 that Jobs didn’t? Investment bank Goldman Sachs has announced it will launch a crypto trading desk. It’s also considering launching a crypto custody product for its institutional clients. The firm has already invested $400 million to acquire cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex.last_img read more


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August 3, 2019

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first_imgThis story was co-published with ProPublica.Doctors would see new mothers sooner and more frequently, and insurers would cover the increased visits, under sweeping new recommendations from the organization that sets standards of care for obstetrician-gynecologists in the U.S.The 11-page “committee opinion” on “Optimizing Postpartum Care,” released today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), represents a fundamental re-imagining of how providers, insurers and patients can work together to improve care for women after giving birth. “To optimize the health of women and infants, postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter, with services and support tailored to each woman’s individual needs,” the committee opinion states.While an ACOG task force began rethinking its approach several years ago, the guidelines arrive at a moment of mounting concern about rising rates of pregnancy-related deaths and near-deaths in the U.S. As ProPublica and NPR have reported, more than 700 women die every year in this country from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and more than 50,000 suffer life-threatening complications, among the worst records for maternal health in the industrialized world. The death rate for black mothers is three to four times that of white women.The days and weeks after childbirth can be a time of particular vulnerability for new moms, with physical and emotional risks that include pain and infection, hypertension and stroke, heart problems, blood clots, anxiety and depression. More than half of maternal deaths occur after the baby is born, according to a new CDC Foundation report.Yet for many women in the U.S., the ACOG committee opinion notes, the postpartum period is “devoid of formal or infor­mal maternal support.” This reflects a troubling tendency in the medical system — and throughout American society — to focus on the health and safety of the fetus or baby more than that of the mother. “The baby is the candy, the mom is the wrapper,” said Alison Stuebe, who teaches in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and heads the task force that drafted the guidelines. “And once the candy is out of the wrapper, the wrapper is cast aside.”The way that providers currently care for pregnant women and infants versus new mothers exemplifies this difference. During the prenatal period, a woman may see her ob-gyn a dozen or more times, including at least two checkups during her ninth month. Her baby’s first pediatric visit usually occurs a few days after birth. But the mother may not have a follow-up appointment with her own doctor until four to six weeks after delivery — and in many cases, insurance only covers one visit. “As soon as that baby comes out, [the mom] is kind of an afterthought,” said Tamika Auguste, associate medical director of the MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab in Washington, D.C., and a coauthor of the ACOG opinion.For working mothers, having to wait four to six weeks makes it harder to arrange a check-up.Some 23 percent of mothers employed outside the home are back on the job within 10 days of giving birth, a 2014 report for the U.S. Department of Labor found; another 22 percent return to work within 40 days. Lack of childcare and transportation can also present significant hurdles to accessing care. According to ACOG, as many as 40 percent of women skip their postpartum visit; for low-income women of color, the rates are even higher. “You may have a woman that has asthma, is having problems lactating, and is obese, and when they come to see you at six weeks, we have missed the boat here,” Auguste said. Nor is a single visit enough time to address a new mother’s questions and concerns, especially if she had a complicated pregnancy or is suffering from chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or a mood disorder. “We’re trying to address all of the issues that women are dealing with after having a baby in one 20-minute encounter,” Stuebe said. “And that’s really hard to do.”Under the new ACOG guidelines, women would see their providers much earlier — from within three days postpartum if they have suffered from severe hypertension to no later than three weeks if their pregnancies and deliveries were normal— and would return as often as needed. Depending on a woman’s symptoms and history, the final postpartum visit could take place as late as 12 weeks after delivery and ideally would include “a full assessment of physical, social, and psychological well-being,” from pain to weight loss to sexuality to management of chronic diseases, ACOG says.In another significant change, ACOG is urging providers to emphasize in conversations with patients the long-term health risks associated with pregnancy complications such as preterm delivery, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. “These risk factors are emerging as an important predictor of future [cardiovascular disease],” the recommendations state. “…[B]ut because these conditions often resolve postpartum, the increased cardiovascular disease risk is not consistently communicated to women.”Earlier, more frequent and more individualized care could be a step toward addressing the stark racial disparities in maternal and infant health, said ACOG’s outgoing president, Haywood Brown, who has made reforming postpartum care one of the main initiatives of his term. Black mothers are at higher risk for many childbirth complications, including preeclampsia, heart failure and blood clots, and they’re more likely to suffer long-lasting health consequences. They also have higher rates of postpartum depression but are less likely to receive treatment. Regardless of race, for women whose pregnancies are covered by Medicaid, the postpartum period may be their best opportunity to get help with chronic conditions before they lose insurance coverage.The new guidelines urge doctors to take a proactive approach, helping patients develop a postpartum care plan while still pregnant, including a team of family and friends to provide social and other support. According to ACOG, one in four new mothers surveyed recently said they didn’t even have a phone number of a health care provider to contact with concerns about themselves or their babies.ACOG isn’t the only organization calling for a reinvention of postpartum care; patient-safety groups, researchers, nurses and midwives have also tackled the issue, recasting the three months after birth as akin to a “fourth trimester.” “The postpartum period has become a priority,” said Debra Bingham, a professor of nursing at the University of Maryland and executive director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement who has participated in many of these initiatives.Some providers, including Brown, who is affiliated with Duke University, are already incorporating some of ACOG’s ideas. Still, putting the reforms into common practice may take years. One of the biggest impediments is insurance reimbursement. Currently, payment for prenatal care, delivery and a single post-birth visit is bundled together into one global fee, creating a disincentive for doctors to see patients more than once, Auguste said.The disincentives are greater for women on Medicaid, which pays for about half of U.S. births. What’s more, in many states Medicaid coverage ends at two months postpartum. The ACOG opinion didn’t estimate the cost of implementing its recommendations. Brown agreed that revamping how postpartum care is reimbursed is critical, and insurance representatives — along with members of other medical specialties — were on the ACOG task force that drafted the new guidelines. “I want to make sure that I get some employee health plans and some health systems to adopt this nationally,” Brown said.Although the guidelines are aimed at ob-gyns, they would require changes throughout the maternal care system. That’s what ACOG is hoping for. “It’s really a societal call to action,” Stuebe said. 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Yahoos New Gemini Tool Ties Mobile Ads and Native Search Together

July 26, 2019

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first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Yahoo –shares Next Article 2 min read Register Now » Kim Lachance Shandrow February 20, 2014center_img Marketing Add to Queue Former West Coast Editor Yahoo has long talked a big talk about making a bigger, better footprint in the mobile advertising game. Now, with Gemini, a tool the company just launched that combines native search and mobile ads, it just might be able to walk the walk — or at least make a move on Twitter and Facebook’s fat slice of the mobile pie.Gemini, which Yahoo yesterday announced on Tumblr, is a self-serve all-in-one solution for native advertising and mobile search. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet giant is calling the “unified marketplace” tool the first of its kind to tie the two ad styles together. (Like twins? Presumably that’s how they came up with the name Gemini.)Related: Yahoo Picks Up Social Diary Startup for a Reported $10 Million“With Yahoo Gemini, advertisers get the performance and ease of search, combined with the scale and creativity of native advertising,” said Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of Yahoo’s cloud platform group, and Adam Cahan, senior vice president of the company’s mobile and emerging products division, in the announcement. “By bringing the two together, advertisers can now buy, manage and optimize their mobile search and native ad spend in one place — driving greater performance and higher impact for their businesses and brands.”Related: At Yahoo, a $42 Billion Change of HeartAdvertisers can access Gemini from the Yahoo Ad Manager, the self-service ad-buying platform that CEO Marissa Mayer introduced in her CES keynote speech on Jan. 7, earlier this year.  Previously, advertisers would have had to manage Yahoo’s mobile search ads using the Bing Ads platform.   Yahoo’s New ‘Gemini’ Tool Ties Mobile Ads and Native Search Together Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


Selfie Gone Wrong Fells 126YearOld Statue of Portuguese King

July 26, 2019

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first_img Reuters Selfie Gone Wrong Fells 126-Year-Old Statue of Portuguese King Next Article A young man’s attempt to take a selfie snapshot with the statue of a 16th century Portuguese king ended badly when the 126-year-old statue crashed to the ground and shattered, police said on Wednesday.The man, whom police did not identify, accidentally toppled Dom Sebastiao’s statue after climbing up to its pedestal outside the ornate Rossio railway station in central Lisbon just before midnight on Tuesday.He tried to flee the scene but police caught him. He will appear before a judge at a later date.The child-sized statue of the sad-eyed, sword-wielding king stood in a niche between two horseshoe-shaped arches at the entrance to the station. Completed in 1890, the station is a protected monument.Dom Sebastiao, who ruled between 1557 and 1578, is a tragic figure in Portuguese history, dying in battle at the age of 24 during a crusade of his own making in Morocco.His body was never properly identified, giving rise to a legend that the king would one day return to claim his throne and save Portugal in times of trouble.(Reporting by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Axel Bugge and Gareth Jones) Add to Queue 1 min read Dom Sebastiao statue is seen at Rossio station in downtown Lisbon, Portugal. 46shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Reuters | Rafael Merchante Selfie Register Now » May 6, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more


TMobiles CEO Says Reinventing Himself Was Key to Transforming the Companys Culture

July 26, 2019

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first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider 112shares October 24, 2016 Over the past four years, T-Mobile has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network. In 2011, John Legere sat across from Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to discuss the role of leading the company’s struggling American branch of T-Mobile.Legere had just sold the previous company he led, Global Crossing Limited, for $3 billion to Level 3.He told Business Insider in a recent interview that he met with Obermann more as a favor to his headhunter than as an interested candidate, so he felt he didn’t have anything to lose when he told his potential future boss that there was only one way he could keep failing: “Do exactly what you’re doing — nothing.”Obermann liked Legere’s attitude and eventually offered him the job, which Legere took in 2012. He was tasked with turning around the company that was firmly in fourth place among the United States’ four biggest wireless carriers, and he decided that it would require an overhaul of everything about the company, from the product to the corporate culture.An element of this was transforming T-Mobile’s CEO from an inaccessible “suit” into an energetic, Richard-Branson-like leader who spent time with his employees and maintained a loud public persona. He was going to transform T-Mobile into a company customers and its employees could actually be excited about — in the wireless carrier industry, of all things.His plan’s been working. Over the past four years, T-Mobile U.S. has become the fastest-growing carrier in the U.S., passing Sprint for the number-three spot behind AT&T and Verizon, and has more than doubled customers and significantly expanded its network.We talked with Legere about why it was so important to reinvent himself along with the company, and how he rebuilt the corporate culture from the ground up.T-Mobile US CEO John Legere speaks at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.Image credit: David Becker/Getty Images’I snapped’Legere said that as he was giving interviews to the media on his first day as CEO, he coined the phrase “the Un-carrier,” to describe what T-Mobile under his watch would become, to express it would be the opposite of its competition.This would require T-Mobile to behave like a startup disrupting the industry run by giants AT&T and Verizon, who Legere dubbed “dumb and dumber.” He may have already been in his mid-50s, but he needed to look the part. He began experimenting with different combination of loud clothing options, eventually settling with long hair, a bright magenta T-Mobile T-shirt and accessories and usually a black jacket of some kind.Accompanying this came the penchant for dropping f-bombs and hurling no-holds-barred insults at the competition (which occasionally got out of hand as he pushed the boundaries).While he had yet to nail the look, Legere said that John Legere 2.0 was unveiled to the world at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013. In a question and answer session, when asked what he thought of his competitors, he said he “snapped.””Over the next 24 hours, there was a lot of stuff that was coming out of my mouth that was meant to stay in Vegas, but it hit a chord. It was an action statement for me — I’m sure it sounded a bit arrogant — that I was going to fix this industry. … From then on, I started to be the brand, more and more. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, I wear T-Mobile gear.”The social media addiction, where he interacts with customers nearly all day, came soon after.He said there’s two parts to his T-Mobile persona. “Part of my role at T-Mobile is the ability to just be myself, because I’m 58 years old and I’ve done very well, and I don’t need to fight my way up the hierarchy with my suit and hair anymore,” he said. “The other thing is, it’s a young, consumer-driven business, and the average age of my customer outside of Bellevue [Washington, the home of T-Mobile headquarters] is 27 or 28. They like outspoken, frank discussion. And then my customers skew very young.” ‘It’s a bit of a love affair’Legere also had to connect with T-Mobile U.S.’s 50,000 employees, in an attempt to get them as passionate about the company as he is. He told us that he needed to make sure he was connecting in a genuine way, not in a way a detached boss “spews the pablum” when he shares meaningless motivational clichés with employees.”On my very first day at T-Mobile, I demanded that every time I spoke publicly to the company, all employees across the country would be invited to watch,” he said. Legere also initiated a stock program with employees, and made sure to not omit any performance details from his speeches to employees. He said he tells them, “Listen, if some of this doesn’t make sense to you, what should make sense is the reason I’m telling you — I respect you as an owner and as a partner and I’m going to tell you this all the time. Feel free to tune out.”Legere also has a section in his calendar book that contains a color-coded list of how many times he’s visited each of T-Mobile U.S.’s 18 major call centers. When we spoke, he was about to finish his fifth round of trips to each of them.”It’s not that complicated,” he said. “I go in, they meet me outside, we take selfies as I stand like a piece of furniture, I tell them about how things are going — but most importantly, I say thank you and help them see that their behavior and their work has driven the culture of the company that’s changed the industry and the whole world. It’s a bit of a love affair.”In a recent trip to a call center in Augusta, Georgia, employees surprised Legere with a batch of personal notes of gratitude to mark his four-year anniversary. It brought him to tears, he said.Yesterday was a very special day. Thank you, #Augusta & everyone else for making my 4 years at T-Mobile so special. PS – I NEVER CRY!! pic.twitter.com/H3AuuNM4NU— John Legere (@JohnLegere) September 23, 2016He also makes trips to retail centers. “I jokingly tell the employees that everybody between me and them is the enemy,” he said. “In effect, what I mean is that in my paramilitary hierarchy, if I can hear them and they can hear me, everything will be fine. All we need to do is make sure the entire company understands that it’s their job to pass information between us. And so far so good.”Summarizing his past four years at the helm, Legere said, “I think this job at T-Mobile has more than anything else helped me really see and understand how to set a strategy, communicate like crazy and then passionately lead from the front of it.” Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue T-Mobile’s CEO Says Reinventing Himself Was Key to Transforming the Company’s Culturecenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 7 min read Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images; Stephen Brashear/AP via Business Insider John Legere Richard Feloni Next Article T-Mobilelast_img read more


New diagnostics based on nanopore analytics and AI can identify single influenza

July 19, 2019

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first_img Source:https://www.osaka-u.ac.jp/en Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Osaka University-led study shows that label-free digital diagnostics based on nanopore analytics and AI technology can characterize individual virions by their distinct physical featuresInfluenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease of global importance, which causes millions of infections annually with the ever-present risk of a serious outbreak. Passive vaccination is the only method available for partial control of the virus. Rapid diagnosis of influenza has been explored to prevent outbreaks by enabling medication at very early stages of infection; however, diagnostic sensitivity has not been high enough, until now.In a new study published in Scientific Reports, a team of researchers led by Osaka University explored the usefulness of combining a single-particle nanopore sensor with artificial intelligence technology, and found that this approach created a new virus typing method that can be used to identify single influenza virions.Related StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyGenetic methods can identify many virus species, but require time-intensive processes and specialized staff. Therefore, these methods are unsuitable for point-of-care screening. In a novel approach, the researchers designed a sensor that could assess distinct nanoscale properties of influenza virions within physiological samples.”We used machine-learning analysis of the electrical signatures of the virions,” says corresponding author Makusu Tsutsui. “Using this artificial intelligence approach to signal analysis, our method can recognize a slight current waveform difference, which cannot be discerned by human eyes. This enables high-precision identification of viruses.”In testing this sensor, the research team found that electroosmotic flow (liquid motion induced by an electric current across the nanopore) through the pore channel could block the passage of non-virus particles. This ensured that the only particles evaluated by the sensor were virus particles, regardless of the complexity of the sample that contained those viruses.”Our testing revealed that this new sensor may be suitable for use in a viral test kit that is both quick and simple,” says lead author Akihide Arima, “Importantly, use of this sensor does not require specialized human expertise, so it can readily be applied as a point-of-care screening approach by a wide variety of healthcare personnel.”In addition to enabling early detection of influenza, this nanosensor method could be modified to enable early detection of other viral particles. This would enable rapid prevention and tracking for a variety of local epidemics and potential pandemics.last_img read more


Researchers identify brain activity pattern that predicts anger in dreams

July 18, 2019

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first_img Source:http://www.sfn.org/ Apr 16 2019Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that predicts anger experienced during dreaming, according to a new study of healthy adults published in JNeurosci. The research could potentially inform efforts to understand the neural basis of the emotional content of nightmares, a feature of various mental and sleep disorders. Related StoriesResearchers identify brain network that determines robot likabilityDysfunctional neurons repaired in dementia mouse modelSleep makes synapses ready for new learningAlthough emotions are experienced during both waking and dreaming, few studies have investigated the brain mechanisms underlying the affective component of dreams. Pilleriin Sikka and colleagues at University of Turku, University of Skövde, and University of Cambridge discovered a shared emotional mechanism between the two states of consciousness.The researchers obtained electroencephalography recordings from participants during two separate nights in a sleep laboratory. After five-minute bouts of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, participants were awoken and asked to describe their dream and rate the emotions they experienced in the dream. Individuals who displayed greater alpha-band brain activity in the right, as compared to the left, frontal cortex during evening wakefulness and during REM sleep experienced more anger in dreams. This neural signature – called frontal alpha asymmetry (FAA) – has been linked to anger and self-regulation during wakefulness. Together, these results suggest FAA may reflect a universal indicator of emotion regulation.last_img read more


Techs design goal get users to click yes

July 18, 2019

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The design seemed innocuous—friendly, even. Customers were given two choices: Tap the highlighted “turn on” button, which would give Facebook access to contacts, call and text history, or press the grayed-out “not now” button.Millions tapped “turn on.”This week, those users learned that Facebook not only collected their call and text histories, it also allegedly held on to that information. The revelation led to panic among some customers, adding to the growing consumer distrust of the social network facing congressional inquiries and an Federal Trade Commission investigation into the mishandling of the personal information of 50 million customers.Facebook said last weekend that customers had to opt into the texting feature and, therefore, knew they were handing over their data. What it didn’t say was that those users were all subject to a sophisticated design strategy common in the technology industry—one that nudges users to do what companies want them to do.”In digital products, every action the users perform is always being driven toward some type of goal,” said Caspar Lam, an assistant professor of communication design at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York.For a shopping website, the goal could be to complete a transaction. On a news website, it might be to get people to sign up for a newsletter or subscribe. And on social networks, it’s to sign up, log in, like, share, poke or comment—each offering the company more data that can be used to sell targeted advertising.By now, most consumers understand that data collection is a core part of advertising-based businesses such as Facebook, Google and Snapchat. The practice can often be a boon to consumers: The more people share with the companies, the better they are able to serve up ads, search results, product recommendations and music and movie suggestions tailored to an individual’s liking.Yet many remain unaware of the type of data collected and what companies do with it. While the answers often lie in privacy policies and terms-of-service agreements, few take the time to look them over. A 2017 Deloitte survey found that more than 90 percent of people agree to terms and conditions without reading them. 3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy Explore further Three years ago when Facebook Messenger users opened the app on an Android device, they were greeted by an adorable cartoon yeti. It was shown texting a big pink heart. Below it, a prompt read: “Text anyone in your phone.” ©2018 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: Tech’s design goal: get users to click ‘yes’ (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tech-goal-users-click.html The problem isn’t that Facebook and other companies don’t get users’ consent or that they’re not disclosing details on the data they collect, design critics say. It’s that when the companies ask for consent, they use interfaces designed to get users to opt in without a second thought.Facebook’s yeti campaign is just one of many design strategies the social network has used to guide users to click or tap on a certain button.It’s no accident, for example, that Facebook notifications are bright red—a color that commands attention.It’s also no accident that the company dressed up a prompt asking for long-term access to users’ entire call and text message history with a friendly, disarming cartoon yeti.Even the language used—turn on” and “not yet,” as opposed to “yes” or “no—plays on user psychology.In this case, declining to hand over data was framed simply as “delaying the inevitable,” said Mayo Nissen, an associate creative director at design agency Frog.”It’s clear from those options that Facebook was trying to encourage users to turn on the feature in question, and essentially frame the question as only having one correct answer,” Nissen said.These design tactics are so effective that consumers often don’t realize they’re at play. Lam compared it to the way delicious-looking food operates on our subconscious: When we look at an appealing dish, our minds don’t break down the individual components that make it appetizing. Rather, it’s the whole package that works on our senses. The same goes for the software and websites we use. Designers use color, images, shapes, button size, placement and language to herd users toward certain actions.These design decisions can often be helpful. In a banking app, consumers might want designers to make it as easy as possible for them to pay their bills. In an email program, consumers don’t want to spend all day searching for the “compose” button.Where sophisticated, behavior-controlling design becomes a problem is when designers don’t consider the broader consequences of their work, industry experts say.In the technology industry, design teams are often hyper-focused on achieving a particular goal, said Sara Wachter-Boettcher, author of “Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.” Such teams are often asking, “‘What are we trying to get people to do with this product? How do we get people to do that thing?'” Wachter-Boettcher said. “When people get hyper-focused on that goal, they lose sight of the potential negative consequences.”This is how Sophie Xie, a designer at Facebook from 2012 to 2013, described her experience working on the controversial texting feature. At a company as large and stratified as Facebook, designers like her were often briefed on a goal but given little time to understand the broader scope.”On the one hand, your top-level goal is to get the project done, to do your job well,” said Xie, who was responsible for art direction of stickers—including the yeti—that Facebook later used across its security and privacy messaging. “Then there’s the ambient goal, which is, are you doing the right thing?”If you pull at that thread, it causes you to question every objective that is pitched to you. And then you’re at an impasse where it’s hard to find a path forward if every product objective causes you to really question and dig.”Xie left Facebook after a year and is now a freelance designer, a move she made because she said she wanted more control over the kinds of projects she works on. The work she did for Facebook continues to weigh on her, though.Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.A common refrain by Silicon Valley critics is that engineers often ask themselves whether they can do something but forget to ask whether they should. Designers could ask themselves a similar question, said Erika Hall, a philosopher and co-founder of design agency Mule. They should also ask themselves: What am I serving? Who is my master? Who gets paid by whom?”Designers were meant to be the people best able to make good choices,” said Hall. “But you can’t do good design if you’re working in service of a bad business model.”If a company’s goal is to increase sign-ups so it can collect user data so it can sell ads so it can meet Wall Street’s expectations so it can appease shareholders so it can increase its stock price, a designer working within those confines will inevitably push for company growth, Hall said.Making matters more difficult, the intangible nature of software and web design means it’s hard to critique, and even harder to call out a company when it has committed unethical design. In a field like architecture, critics can talk about a physical building’s aesthetic, function and social impact, Hall said. If a building is bad for the community, it’s hard to ignore. In software, however, problems often aren’t evident until much later when the damage has already been done.The solution to this, according to Hall and Wachter-Boettcher, is three-pronged.”The first place to start is raising consciousness among designers,” Hall said.Hall’s business partner, designer Mike Monteiro, told designers at a conference five years ago that “it doesn’t take malice to bring bad design into the world,” he said. “All it takes it carelessness.””The problem with designers and ethics is they see it as something to possibly strive for and maybe incorporate into their work, but they don’t see it as core to what they do,” Monteiro said. “We as designers should see this as part of the job.”The second is having companies re-evaluate their culture and valuing ethical design as much as they value profit.”If you can kill every conversation about ethics by just mentioning your profit margins, then you don’t have ethics,” Wachter-Boettcher said. “They don’t exist.”The third is tougher external regulation, which companies such as Facebook could potentially face after its recent string of consumer trust violations. (Facebook in 2011 agreed to an FTC consent decree in which it promised to be transparent with users about the data it collected.)As pressure mounted, the social network announced this week that it will make it easier for customers to find and manage their privacy settings. The new privacy page is decorated with pastel-colored cartoon humans. There are big, clear buttons encouraging users to “manage security” and “manage privacy.” Facebook said in its announcement that it wants to give users control of their information. It’s calling the changes a redesign. 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


Exploring deeper understanding and better description of networks

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first_img To address the heterogeneity of node degrees, the scale-free network model came into play, attracting broad attention. To date, as internet technology advances and network research proceeds, researchers have realized that the traditional perception about star-based heterogeneous networks is insufficient to describe evolving complex networks and and network-scientific problems. For instance, there are many online communities on the internet that depend on cycle-based social structures for group communication and information spreading. Network functioning and dynamical properties have more and closer connections with higher-order network topological features, homogeneous substructures and topological invariants. Thus, shifting the focus from node degrees to cycle numbers reveals many totally homogeneous subnetworks in complex networks. Here, a totally homogeneous network is defined to be a network with nodes having same degree, same girth (number of edges in the smallest cycle of a node), and same path-sum (sum of shortest paths to a node from all other nodes). A few typical examples are shown in Figure 1 for illustration.At the end of the 19th century, Poincaré found that boundaries are key in differentiating geometric shapes such as disks, spheres and tori. He decomposed a geometric object into basic components called simplexes (point, line, triangle, tetrahedron, etc.), and then introduced the concepts of homology grouping, Betti number and node-edge correlation matrix, and the Euler-Poincaré formula, which shows that the alternative summation of simplexes equals the alternative summation of Betti numbers. Poincaré’s basic idea is to split a complex geometric shape so as to simplify the procedure for a solution. He was able to do so because there are many totally homogeneous subnetworks, such as triangles and tetrahedrons (referred to as cliques in graph theory or simplexes in topology) in a complex network. They are basic structures for supporting network functions—differing from stars, they are cycles. With these basic elements, it is possible to describe a network using a series of vector spaces over the binary field. For example, the vector space has edges as its basis, with dimension equal to the number of edges; the vector space has triangles as its basis, with dimension equal to the number of triangles, and so on. Since the boundary of a triangle consists of edges, the two adjacent vector spaces and can be correlated via a boundary operator, and its boundary matrix can be used for presentation and analysis. The boundary matrix has richer mathematical content and is more useful than the adjacency matrix. For instance, using the rank of the boundary matrix one can compute the Betti number, an important invariant of the network, which is the number of linearly independent cavities of different orders in the network, establishing a homology group. Figure 2 shows the relationships of some vector spaces and their corresponding boundary operators.In 2002, Xiaofan Wang and Guanrong Chen published the first criterion of network synchronization. It was followed by a series of works including the introduction of totally homogenous networks via optimization by Dinghua Shi, Guanrong Chen and Xiaoyong Yan in 2013, revealing that the totally homogenous network with a longer girth and a shorter path-sum has a better synchronizability among networks of the same size. In addition, in 2006, Linyuan Lü and Tao Zhou used the H-operator to uncover the relationship among node degree, H-index and kernel value, establishing the DHC theorem. In the investigation of cycle index, an important work is the empirical study of Bassett et al. in 2018 on the brain functional network, in which they pointed out the importance of cliques and cavities in network functioning. Last but not least, we recently discovered the close relationship of Euler characteristic numbers to network synchronizability.This series of important progressive results demonstrates the significance and importance of interdisciplinary research in physics, biology and mathematics. Considering that this new direction of network structural analysis using algebraic topological tools is promising, the researchers chose to publish their current paper, “Totally homogeneous networks,” in National Science Review. Since the beginning of the last century, research on complex systems has advanced the fields of chaos, fractals and networks. A network consists of nodes and edges, where nodes represent the elements of a complex system and edges describe the interactions among them. Such node-edge relations can be represented by an adjacency matrix, whose order equals the number of nodes and each row-sum corresponds to a node degree. The heterogeneity of node degrees leads to the emergence of star-shaped structures centered at hub nodes. More information: Dinghua Shi et al, Totally Homogeneous Networks, National Science Review (2019). DOI: 10.1093/nsr/nwz050 Relationships of some vector spaces and their corresponding boundary operators (Zk is a cycle group, Yk is a boundary group) Credit: Science China Press Totally homogeneous network examples: A tetrahedron, a minimal 2-cavity network, an 8-node nearest-neighbor network, and a 10-node synchronization-optimal network Credit: Science China Press A friend of a friend is… a dense network Explore further Provided by Science China Press Citation: Exploring deeper understanding and better description of networks (2019, June 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-exploring-deeper-description-networks.html 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.last_img read more


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February 23, 2019

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