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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


21st Century Fox has struck a deal to take a minor

August 7, 2019

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first_img21st Century Fox has struck a deal to take a minority stake in virtual reality and smartglasses designer and manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG).Pending the completion of final agreements, 21st Century Fox will become the principal outside investor in ODG. In addition, the two companies plan to enter into a strategic partnership that brings together ODG’s technologies with 21st Century Fox’s industry content.“The power of virtual and augmented reality enables us to deliver on our longstanding commitment to bring audiences exciting new creative experiences fueled by next generation technologies,” said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film, a unit of 21st Century Fox.“Our agreement with ODG underscores the innovation we are bringing to market through our Fox Innovation Lab, most recently with VR experiences for The Martian and Wild. We look forward to partnering with ODG and serving as its lead outside investor as the ODG team pushes the film experience into the future with its high-definition, cinema-wide field of view technology.”Ralph Osterhout, CEO of ODG, said: “We’re excited to have 21st Century Fox join our family and help extend our considerable leadership in AR head-worn computing. This space is ultimately heading towards widespread consumer adoption and by having 21st Century Fox onboard, we’ll be able to deliver immersive and interactive entertainment experiences that transform how users consume content.”last_img read more


Vivendi is close to finding an agreement with Ital

August 6, 2019

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first_imgVivendi is close to finding an agreement with Italian regulator AGCOM over the fate of its shares in Mediaset, according to press reports.Vivendi, which currently holds a 28.8% stake in the broadcaster, has proposed transferring its holding above the 10% threshold mandated by AGCOM into a blind trust, according to Reuters, citing unnamed sources.According to the news agency, the regulator will study the terms of the agreement ahead of its news meeting on September 13, but a final decision is not expected before April next year.The idea of placing the holding in a blind trust was initially reported by Italian press in August.Vivendi will have one year to meet conform with AGCOM’s ruling that it must reduce its holding, or face a fine of up to 5% of its revenue.AGCOM ruled earlier this year that Vivendi’s position in Mediaset was in breach of the Testo Unico dei Servizi di Media Audiovisivi e Radiofonici (TUSMAR) regulation that determines that electronics communications companies with a market share in excess of 40% cannot control more than 10% of a Sistema Integrato delle Comunicazioni (SIC) – meaning a large TV, radio and publishing outfit, such as Mediaset.The ruling arose because Vivendi simultaneously holds a 24% stake in Telecom Italia.Vivendi is appealing against the AGCOM ruling, while working to meet its demands at the same time.Despite the ongoing hostility between Vivendi and Mediaset, with the latter claiming additional damages in June related to Vivendi’s decision to pull out of a deal that would have seen it take over the Italian company’s pay TV arm, there has been considerable speculation in the Italian press this week that the pair could still come to some sort of agreement. This has centred on the idea that Mediaset could participate in the planned premium content JV between Vivendi and Telecom Italia, creating a more powerful pay TV competitor to Sky with distribution via Telecom Italia’s network.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   Softer tone remains with dolla

August 4, 2019

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Softer tone remains with dollar today. *  Opening up the Chinese Capital Markets. *  RBA Asst Gov. sends A$ on wild. *  I’m a Bill And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Big News From China, Even If No One Else Thinks So! Good Day!…  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m in no mood to be doing any Tub Thumpin’ this morning, and I’ll just leave it at that! It’s not that I don’t want to join you in our usual Thursday Tub Thumpin’, it’s just that I don’t have what it takes to Tub Thump this morning. The Allman Brothers are greeting me this morning with their song: Midnight Rider. I’ve always liked the Allman Brothers Band, especially when I’m feeling the blues. Well, another day, another day of no data, no real news to move markets, except what’s going on in China, and according to the major media outlets, news from China doesn’t rank as important to U.S. citizens. I’ll get to the major news, according to Chuck, from China in a minute. First I have to tell you that the dollar is once again trading with a softer tone this morning, the euro is flat, but the A$, kiwi, krone, krona, loonie, and a few others have carved out gains VS the dollar this morning, while the ruble, rupee, renminbi, (the three R’s) like the three R’s from the old days. you know: Readin’, Ritin’, and Rithmatic. (funny, spell check didn’t care for those three R’s!) But the new Three R’s are finding life difficult as the dollar is carving out gains VS these three. Well, first things first, and the Big News from China is that November 17th, (you know next week!) for the first time ever. Investors around the world, will be allowed to buy Chinese stocks on the new Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange. THIS IS HUGE NEWS folks, and in my opinion, will be a HUGE gain for Chinese stocks/ Companies. But that’s stock stuff, of which, while I am licensed to talk about, I don’t care to, for it keeps me out of trouble!  Besides the stock stuff, to me, this is simply another step in China’s march toward removal of the dollar reserve system. Remember when I told you that China needed to open up their Capital Markets to the outside world before they could lay claim on the reserve currency. This is just one of the requirements that will be needed to achieve their goal, but let’s take a look at the scorecard. 1. The needed to gain a wider distribution of their currency. done! 2. They need to have a free floating currency. working toward that. 3. They need to have very deep pockets. done!, and 4. The need to open up their capital markets to the outside world. ETA on completion. 4 days! Of course there’s more, but these are the highlights, that once they have these nailed down, it won’t be long, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, it won’t be long yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, it won’t be long yeah, till the renminbi comes home to be the reserve currency.  Oh, it might still take a few more years. How many of you remember me standing in front of crowds back in 2010, and telling you that by the end of this decade, the dollar would no longer be the reserve currency of the world?  But with China stepping up the pace, as we’ve chronicled in these pages from time to time, it certainly looks to me that 2017, could be the year that we, here in the U.S. find out that “debt really does matter”. OK. Now that I’m stepping down from my soapbox, let me tell you about the Aussie dollar (A$) overnight. First last night we had the Assistant Gov. of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) give a speech that threw the A$ right under an oncoming bus. He made a comment on intervention, that led the markets to believe that he was greasing the tracks to sell the A$, and the markets decided to do the heavy lifting for him and whacked the A$ by over ½-cent. But then calmer heads prevailed, and the A$ recovered those losses and went on to book gains on the night! A wild swing for sure, and I’m glad I was sleeping through it, for if I were one of those guys that trade currencies on tiny pip moves I would have gone crazy with this wild swing! Well, I guess the news here in the U.S. might dominate the next couple of days, and I’m not talking about the new polar vortex that has a grip on most of the country! No, instead, I’m talking about the vote that will take place today or tomorrow in the U.S. House on the Keystone XL pipeline. In the great way we do things here in the U.S., I mean why don’t we just put it to a vote / referendum like they do in Switzerland, where they have dozens of referendums a year to vote on? But, not here, we elect representatives to vote for us. (I would have to say that the people that represent me, haven’t voted my preferences for years now!)  And then one side of the Gov’t has to send it to the other side for approval, and then to the President to either accept or veto, and then if he vetoes the bill, it goes back to the Senate where it has to obtain 2/3’s of the vote. this has been a public service announcement. You know, like where I learned it. on Schoolhouse Rock! HA!  I’m just a Bill.  But, the real reason I brought this all up, is that the Canadian dollar / loonie could be held hostage by the goings on with this bill. Today, the loonie is carving out a gain VS the dollar, and should the Bill pass in the House, which is expected, the loonie will carve out further gains VS the dollar, and then we’ll move on to the Senate, and so on.. So, watch for the outcome of the votes on this. Yesterday, I told you that Japanese PM, Abe, had denied that he was ready to dissolve the Japanese Parliament, and that had led to a short-term recovery of the yen. Well, now the rumors are really swirling about in Japan that Abe has told the Parliament members to prepare for an election. If those rumors become fact, then the yen will be right back on the slippery slope, folks. And if I were a betting man, of which I’m not, I would bet on the rumors becoming fact. The euro is basically flat this morning. Tomorrow we’ll finally see some data that could move markets. The Eurozone 3rd QTR GDP will print. This will be an ugly print folks, but how ugly will determine if the euro gets treated fairly, or not. I just finished putting the December R&F together yesterday, and in it I go through my thoughts on what the Eurozone and euro are going through, and how they need to stick to austerity plans. Or, was that what I said in yesterday’s Pfennig? I forget, and I apologize, as it seems all I’ve ever doing is typing away on this laptop for something! That reminds me I have the Sunday Pfennig I need to get together before tomorrow! UGH! Well. You might want to pay attention to this, and then again, you might not want to! But. Recall yesterday when I told you that this weekend’s G20 meeting in Australia, will be China’s Xi, an opportunity to make a new announcement?  Well, I had that in my back pocket yesterday when I came across an email from a friend of mine (Doc Dave) and got my conspiracy blood boiling. According to a story on zerohedge.com, On Sunday in Brisbane Australia, the G20 will announce that money is dead.   OK, There’s no way this is going down this weekend, in my opinion, but I think it’s an interesting read. so here’s the link to the story. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-12/russell-napier-declares-november-16-2014-day-money-dies So, like I said above, the U.S. Data Cupboard is still basically empty.. We will get the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims this morning, but that’s it for today. There are a couple of Fed speakers on the road today (Dudley and Kocherlakota). Dudley is usually goof for a sound bit that will get the markets hopped up for a minute or two. Tomorrow is the new poster boy for the stock jockeys.. James Bullard, St. Louis Fed president, will be speaking, and the stock jockeys will be wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ , that he has some more of that talk that saved stocks last month in his notes. Well. there’s a story on the Bloomberg this morning regarding China and their slumping demand for Gold. The World Gold Council is reporting that demand for Gold in China slumped 37% so far this year. They point to the anti-graft drive in China as the reason for this slump. But let me remind you that the World Gold Council’s numbers have been proven to be way off by Gold researcher, Koos Jansen. And I would pin my colors to Koos Jansen’s Mast long before I would do so with the World Gold Council. The Cure’s song: Lullaby is playing on the IPod, and I swear, it almost put me asleep! My eyes got heavy, I yawned real big, and the then my head was in my hands. This song is so hypnotic! OK.  Back to Gold. the shiny metal is basically flat this morning, as it was yesterday. That news alone should tell you what’s going on in the markets these past two days is akin to the Ram’s Offense in the 2nd Half of games. there’s nothing going on!  But I do have a rant on Gold in the FWIW section today, so you won’t want to miss that! For What It’s Worth. A dear Pfennig Reader, (Bob) sent me this link to the story here, and I have to agree that this is the same stuff I’ve been telling you over and over again these past two years, while Gold suffered in price, when it seemed that the fundamentals were pointing to a higher price. this is from the website; ainsliebullion.com.au  “The accumulation of unsustainable government debt is one of the key reasons people buy gold and silver.  The chart below clearly illustrates just how insane this has become as governments print money (accumulating debt on central bank balance sheets) to run continual deficits to remain elected and keep markets artificially buoyant and depress their respective currencies against the other to globally compete (which becomes a death spiral when everyone does it..).  Last year we saw the gold price deviate from its historic trend of protecting wealth against this debt binge.  Many believe this was brought about by orchestrated shorting of paper derivatives and defies global (particularly Eastern) demand.  That East and West dynamic has seen 2 distinctly different approaches.  China has played the debt game too but has bought things of intrinsic value like gold (at the low prices) in epic amounts and built infrastructure (even derided for its ‘ghost cities’).  The US has (simplistically) bought shares at very high PE’s and which have repeatedly shown can lose 50-80% in value over night.  The disconnect depicted below looks set to reverse.  As a reminder $16t is $16,000,000,000,000..” Chuck again. A quick look at the Debt Clock at: http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html, reveals that this must be an older rant, because the U.S. national debt is $17.930 Trillion this morning. yes, that’s right, homing in on $18 Trillion!  And the Unfunded Liabilities are $115.525 Trillion!  And don’t forget that Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff says that the U.S. total debt including the Unfunded Liabilities is north of $200 Trillion! So, like the Capital One commercials that ask, “What’s in your wallet?” I’ll ask you, “what’s in your investment portfolio?” To recap. Another day of not much going on.. There’s Big news from China, well, Big news to Chuck, and apparently not the major media outlets. But starting 11/17, investors around the world will be allowed to buy Chinese stocks on the Shanghai exchange! Opening up its capital markets, just another step toward China’s goal of replacing the dollar reserve system. The Asst Gov. of the RBA scared the bejeebers out of the A$ traders overnight, but soon calmer heads prevailed and the A$ recovered its losses and moved on to gain overnight.  No data to speak of today, and a few fed speakers today and tomorrow to brighten the day for us! And Gold is basically flat again today, marking two days of being stuck in the mud, which is better than losing ground I guess! Currencies today 11/13/14. American Style: A$ .8750, kiwi .7915, C$ .8845, euro 1.2465, sterling 1.5750, Swiss $1.0370, . European Style: rand 11.2025, krone 6.7755, SEK 7.4055, forint 245.52, zloty 3.3865, koruna 22.1650, RUB 46.67, yen 115.55, sing 1.2915, HKD 7.7550, INR 61.56, China 6.1418, pesos 13.56, BRL 2.5710, Dollar Index 87.70, Oil $76.75, 10-yr 2.37%, Silver $ 15.67, Platinum $1,203.88, Palladium $777.44, and Gold. $1,160.00 That’s it for today. Well, it’s now turning to our little Christine’s fave time of year. (NOT!) Basketball Season is upon us.. Can you believe that one? Football is just now in the middle of their season, and here comes basketball! When I was a young man, and even an adult, I played a ton of basketball. I wasn’t very good, but I played! The college game is where it’s at for me. My beloved Missouri Tigers have a new basketball coach this year, an ex-Tiger player, Kim Anderson. I wish him luck and a long storied career at Mizzou! Well, I got up, began to get ready to go into the office today, and then spent the next hour not having a very good time. So, here I am at home again. UGH! If it’s not one thing, it’s another with me! Little Everett was at the house the other day, and I asked him if he knew the song, Over the River and through the woods, and he said no. So I sang it to him, and then he went about correcting me on the words to the song! I said, “I thought you said you didn’t know it” and he just gave me his Popeye look and smiled. what a stinker!  Well, my stomach has settled down now, thanks to some medicine, and the thought that there’s nothing left in my stomach to be upset with now! I could go on to work. but, with all I’ve been through this week, I’ll just stay put today. It’s time to get off this bus today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World 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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US Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season

July 26, 2019

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first_img 1 min read Reuters Next Article –shares Add to Queue U.S. Airlines Group Expects Busiest Summer Travel Season May 18, 2015 Summer travel on U.S. airlines is expected to reach an all-time high this year on the wings of a strong U.S. economy, Washington-based trade group Airlines for America said on Monday.The group estimates that about 222 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines from June through August, up 4.5 percent from the same time last year.U.S. carriers are increasing the number of seats available for booking by 4.6 percent to accommodate the demand, the group said.”The continued rise in U.S. consumer sentiment and employment is leading to more people traveling more often,” the group’s Chief Economist John Heimlich said in a statement.The top three nonstop international destinations from the United States are Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom, the group said.Strong U.S. domestic demand is poised to benefit American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O), United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) and others, while the lower cost of fuel – airlines’ largest variable expense – is adding hundreds of millions of dollars to their bottom lines.(Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Editing by Richard Chang) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Airlines This story originally appeared on Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Apply Now »last_img read more


Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the UKs High Court

July 26, 2019

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first_img Next Article Ride-hailing app service Uber has won an important legal battle in one of its most important foreign markets.The U.K.’s High Court Friday ruled that the company’s app doesn’t work as a taximeter, effectively upholding the right of its drivers to work in London, Europe’s largest single city market for the business.It’s a welcome victory in Europe for the controversial company, which has faced some increasingly stiff pushback from regulators and governments across the continent. Its European headquarters in Amsterdam were raided two weeks ago by prosecutors, and two of its top European managers have been indicted in France after defying a government ban on its UberPop ride-sharing service. UberPop has also been banned in Germany.Together with local taxi drivers’ assocations and Transport for London, the authority that regulates public and private transport in the British capital, Uber had asked the U.K. High Court to clarify a point of law that says only licensed operators may run cab services with a taximeter. The court ruled that Uber’s app isn’t a taximeter as such (even though the app uses time and distance to calculate a fare, and is referred to as a meter in Uber’s own marketing materials).“The law really is an ass!” the London Taxi Drivers’ Association said via its Twitter account, adding that it would appeal the decision to the High Court. –shares Register Now » Add to Queue Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Uber 2 min read Uber Wins a Major Lawsuit in the U.K.’s High Court Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Geoffrey Smith October 16, 2015last_img read more


Uber Expands Its UberEATS App

July 26, 2019

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first_img Add to Queue Image credit: Uber Blog Uber Expands Its UberEATS App Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Writer at Fortune.com Register Now » Michal Addady Uber announced on Wednesday that it’s delving further into food delivery with its new UberEATS app, separating its food delivery from its ride-sharing service.The original UberEATS launched in Los Angeles last year, and has since moved into Toronto, New York City, Austin, Chicago, and Barcelona. It promised delivery in 10 minutes or less, but only operated during certain hours, which vary in the different locations, with a selection limited to just a couple of options.The UberEATS app, currently only available in Toronto, offers longer hours and a much wider selection. It will be available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and customers can view full menus from over 100 restaurants.It will also offer an Instant Delivery menu during lunch hours for a quicker option that should be delivered in around 10 minutes. December 11, 2015 Uber This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 1 min read –shares Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article last_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


Right to pray but no right to desecrate Smriti Irani on Sabarimala

July 17, 2019

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first_imgKerala COMMENT Sabarimala verdict: SC to hear review petitions on November 13 SHARE RELATED women Published on COMMENTScenter_img October 23, 2018 Amid protests against the Supreme Court order opening the Sabarimala temple in Kerala to women of all ages, Union Minister Smriti Irani Tuesday said the right to pray did not mean the right to desecrate.On September 28, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine.Women have been stopped by Ayyappa devotees from climbing up to the Sabarimala temple as protests against the Supreme Court order opening the hilltop shrine to women of all ages continued across Kerala.“I am nobody to speak against the Supreme Court verdict as I am a serving cabinet minister. But just plain common sense is that would you carry a napkin seeped with menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s house. You would not.“And would you think it is respectful to do the same when you walk into the house of god? That is the difference. I have the right to pray, but no right to desecrate. That is the difference that we need to recognise and respect,” Irani said.The Union Textile minister was speaking at the “Young Thinkers” conference organised by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation here.“I am a practising Hindu married to a Zoroastrian. I have ensured that both my kids are practising Zoroastrians, who can go to the fire temple and pray,” she said.Irani recalled that when her children were inside the fire temple, she had to stand outside on the road or sit in the car.“When I took my newborn son (to the fire temple), I would give him at the (temple) entrance to my husband and wait outside, because I was shooed away and told not to stand there,” she said. national politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL sabarimala Union Minister Smriti Iranilast_img read more


Woman caught urinating in ice cream maker arrested

July 16, 2019

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first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Metro News 02 Jul 2019 Ice cream brand whips up new fruity flavours for the summer World 15 Jun 2019 Russia’s Putin gives China’s Xi ice cream on his 66th birthday Tech News 08 Jul 2019 US police issue warning on ‘ice cream challenge’ after making another arrestcenter_img Wyphca tried to use the restroom of the shop on June 22 but it turned out to be locked, as per report. Unable to access the toilet, she took a bucket used for churning ice cream and urinated inside it.She emptied out the bucket in a sink that was used to wash ice cream utensils. She then proceeded to place her hands inside the freezer.Wypcha’s actions prompted the store to close and destroy approximately $2,000 (RM8, 220) worth of products to ensure public safety. – Philippines Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network FLORIDA (ANN): A woman who allegedly urinated in an ice cream maker of a store in Florida, United States was arrested last Monday, July 8.Police were notified of the incident when Paul Chiulli, owner of the ice cream parlor, turned over surveillance videos from the store, as per NBC-affiliate WFLA-TV last Tuesday, July 9.The shop was located beside the store of the accused, Jung Soon Wypcha. Chiulli and Wypcha share a common space behind their establishments. Chiulli said he was not aware that Wypcha could access his ice cream parlor.One of the videos shows the woman picking her nose and sticking her hands in the ice cream containers last June 17. She also reportedly opened the freezer which contains the frozen desserts, and spat on the containers in a separate video. Related Newslast_img read more


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December 24, 2018

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Environmental protection industry should pay attention to the success of entrepreneurship 5

April 28, 2017

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now let’s home because there is growing awareness of environmental protection, more and more people begin to pay attention to environmental protection and environmental protection industry, the market also contains relatively large market opportunities, however, in the environmental protection industry to be successful entrepreneurs need five core.

lay niche: grab hot industry, although the early is profitable, but the entry threshold is low, relative to carve up the huge strength, the background of the entrepreneurs will soon be swallowed, looking for steady industry business, can make sure of that. read more