Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 28, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard updates from the Young Champions of Maternal HealthHannah Knight wrote about the progress of the Global Voices for Maternal Health projectAnn Starrs told us about commitments made on maternal and child healthCEDPA asked for case studies on best practices for integrating HIV/AIDS and maternal healthWe wrote about the enhancements we’ve made to the maps on our siteSome reading for the weekendMalaria protection and pregnancy in sub-Saharan AfricaThe World Bank published an outline of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and DevelopmentMelinda Gates on educating pregnant women in Indiahttpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z80va7C6EQShare this:last_img read more

17 days agoSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland call

first_imgSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Attention intensifies around Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games

first_imgTORONTO – The appearance of Prince Harry’s girlfriend over the weekend at the opening ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto continues to be scrutinized by royal watchers, who have commented on everything from how far they sat from each other to where the American actress purchased her outfit.“This is just part of the fabric of modern-day living for the Royal Family,” says Damian Radcliffe, a British media researcher who teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.“There’s always been a huge amount of column inches about nothing much in particular. It’s just that now we have a great proliferation of media outlets willing to talk about that, which is why there’s so much coverage of this on both sides of the Atlantic.”Meghan Markle, who films the hit legal drama “Suits” in Toronto, cheered on the athletes from around the world Saturday while Harry, who founded the Games in 2014, sat a few rows away next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. first lady Melania Trump.By Sunday morning, tabloids such as the Daily Mail were reporting how different Markle’s burgundy dress and leather jacket was from the demure outfit Kate Middleton — now the Duchess of Cambridge — wore at her first public outing with Harry’s brother and second in line to the throne, Prince William.Since this year’s Invictus Games are taking place where Markle lives and shoots “Suits,” there has been intense speculation about if and when the couple will make a public appearance together. They have publicly acknowledged their relationship but have not been seen together, except for long-lens photos taken without their knowledge and from a great distance.“Everyone is expecting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to appear together at some point this week,” says Chris Ship, Royal Editor for ITV News in the U.K. “The common-held view among the British royal press is that there will be an official outing, their first outing as a couple, as it were.”Ship says it’s likely the two didn’t sit together at the opening ceremonies because it might have distracted from the Games themselves. In attending the same event but doing so separately, he says the couple is taking “baby steps.”“She appears at the Invictus Games opening ceremonies because she knows how much the Games mean to her boyfriend, and yet they didn’t want to sit her next to him because they knew that would overshadow the opening ceremonies,” he says. “So the choreography has actually been very clever.”Competition is high among freelance and tabloid photographers, for whom the first photos of the couple would be very profitable.“I don’t doubt that there are probably paparazzi photographers in and around Toronto hanging out in hedges, trying to find Harry and Meghan Markle out together in the evening, because they know that there’s a lot of money if they could capture that picture and they could sell it around the world,” Ship says.He says he’s made an effort to keep the focus of his coverage on the inspiring stories of athletes competing at the Invictus Games.“There is a balance to be struck between public interest in Harry and Meghan’s romance, set against (the fact that) he does have the right to a private life, and he shouldn’t have cameras hanging out of bushes and trees in order to get a picture of him,” Ship says.Radcliffe agrees.“It’s kind of a non-story,” he says. “The story is arguably more the Games, rather than how far they sat away from one another, and what she was wearing.”Royal historian Carolyn Harris, author of “Raising Royalty: A Thousand Years of Royal Parenting,” says there are several reasons for the intense interest in Markle and Prince Harry’s relationship at this moment.Interest in the Royal Family spiked at the beginning of September when Kensington Palace officials announced that Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are expecting their third child, she says. The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death has also led to many retrospectives about her legacy, and about her sons.Harris says the modernity of Harry and Markle’s relationship is another factor that makes them interesting to the public.“When we look at previous generations in the Royal Family, often the courtship was comparatively short before an engagement,” she says. “Charles and Diana, for instance, spent very little time together before becoming engaged. But in William and Harry’s generation, that has changed.”The fact that they have publicly acknowledged their relationship is also “unusual in many ways,” Harris says. In November, Harry issued a statement condemning media harassment of Markle, who he identified as his girlfriend, and earlier this month she spoke to Vanity Fair about their relationship.“It’s interesting, over the course of the Queen’s reign, there’s been changing views in terms of who are suitable spouses for royalty,” Harris says. When Queen Victoria’s eldest son was preparing to marry, his choices were quite limited: his wife had to be royal, and she had to be a Protestant.“It was determined there were about seven eligible women he could marry,” Harris says.“Now, with members of the Royal Family going to university and having the opportunity to have some degree of a private life and dating before getting married, we’re seeing a much wider pool of potential spouses for royalty.”Radcliffe says the intense interest in royal relationships is nothing new — it’s just the way audiences consume that news that has changed.“This is just the start of a whole new media circus for this couple, in this iteration of how the lives of the Royal Family play out in the social media age,” he says. “We’re going to see a lot more of this, I’m sure.”last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey splits weekend series with Michigan State

Sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig (4) and senior forward Chad Niddery (19) line up for a faceoff during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team played a desperate brand of hockey for the entirety of its game against Michigan State on Friday night. The effort was much needed as the Buckeyes (4-7-1, 1-1-0) had dropped four of their past five games before their 3-0 win against the Spartans in Columbus.“I thought we worked hard again tonight,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “I tip my cap to our guys … we challenged them to get a little bit better and I think (they) did that as a team.”Pace was the difference maker in the Buckeyes’ second conference game of the season as they hounded the Spartans (4-7-0, 1-1-0) for the first two periods, holding a 20-18 shot advantage through 40 minutes. OSU then preserved its lead during the third.After failing to capitalize on second-chance opportunities in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State on Thursday, OSU opened the first period of Friday’s game with an increased offensive zone pressure and attempts on Spartans’ junior goaltender Jake Hildebrand.The difference in gameplay was noticeable within the first 10 seconds of the game when Buckeye senior forward Nick Oddo won the opening face off and directed the puck on Hildebrand to create an early net scramble.OSU found its scoring mojo in the second period after a delayed goal call gave senior forward Matt Johnson his third goal of the season and put the Buckeyes ahead, 1-0.The on-ice officials didn’t originally see the puck enter the net, but the referees reviewed the play during the next stoppage and indicated the puck had crossed the goal line.Johnson’s goal was counted a minute after he scored and was a product of the NCAA’s offseason rule changes that allow officials to determine the legitimacy of goals on plays that preceded the last whistle.OSU used its momentum from Johnson’s goal on the man-advantage five minutes later when sophomore forward Nick Schilkey redirected a shot from the blue line past Hildebrand for the team’s second goal.“It’s something that’s certainly a focal point for us,” Rohlik said of the power play. “At the end of the night, again, special teams are the key.”The Buckeyes continued to dictate the pace of the game when senior forward Darik Angeli made it 3-0 after an odd-man rush at the 3:14 mark of the third period.OSU sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins helped prevent the Spartans’ pushback, making 29 saves en route to his first collegiate shutout.“My focus was just to keep the guys in the game and make those big saves when I had to,” Tomkins said. “They played excellent in front of me.”The Spartans finished zero-for-three on the man advantage and were unable to capitalize on three power plays in the third period.“We did a lot of good things,” Johnson said of the Buckeyes’ penalty kill. “We got in lanes and did a pretty good job of pushing them down, holding them in the corners and taking away a lot of shooting lanes.”OSU is next set to play Western Michigan in the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind., on Friday. read more

Apprehension of Haitian Sloop with Illegal Migrants

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 8 Aug. 15: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol vessel, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Leon Smith apprehended a Haitian sloop west of Ragged Island this evening with an undetermined number of Haitian migrants on board. The migrants will be transported to New Providence where they will be handed over to Immigration authority for further investigation. Last week Wednesday Defence Force Marines apprehended eight Cubans in a makeshift vessel in the Gulf Stream west of West End, Grand Bahama. Altogether, the Defence Force has apprehended or assisted in apprehending almost 1,000 migrants for illegal entry into The Bahamas This year. Related Items:apprehension, bahamas, haitians, illegal migrants, ragged island Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

Situation is grave in Hills lacks democracy NCW chief

first_imgDarjeeling: The Chairperson of the National Commission for Women has alleged that there is no democracy in Darjeeling and that people are being suppressed by the police and district administration. She will be submitting a report of her findings and recommendations to the President of India, Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of West Bengal. She will also be summoning police top brass to her office.Following a three-day long visit of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women addressing media persons in Siliguri claimed that during and post 104-day bandh in Darjeeling, there has been rampant police atrocities on women. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Women have been threatened, arrested, multiple cases clamped on them. Situation is grave in the Hills. There is no democracy,” alleged Sharma.She stated that she will be summoning police top brass of Darjeeling and Kalimpong. “I will summon the IG, SP Darjeeling and former SP Kalimpong who was recently transferred. They have to answer a lot of questions,” retorted Sharma.”We cannot act but we can recommend. The CM of West Bengal also is the Minister of the Home Department of West Bengal. She should visit Darjeeling and look into the matter,” stated the Chairperson.She stated that she had met 150 complainants in Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Reacting to her statements West Bengal Tourism Minister Gautam Deb stated that it is politically motivated. The Chairperson had arrived in Darjeeling on April 15. She visited Kalimpong on April 17 and returned to Delhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

The Spirit of the Season

first_img Categories: Blog Features,News,Sheppard News,Tedder News House Republicans encourage you to have a safe, happy, charitable DecemberWhatever your traditions this time of year, the holidays are a time of giving. Whether that means gifts for loved ones, time spent with family or acts of service, ’tis the season for thinking about others. That’s why many lawmakers, such as state Reps. Jim Tedder (R-Clarkston) and Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) spend part of the month of December looking for ways to give back to the communities they serve.In early December, Rep. Tedder took a full day to volunteer as a hawker of the Clarkston Rotary newsletter’s annual ‘Goodfellows’ edition, the sales of which aimed to outfit 300 needy children with boots, mittens and other warm winter wear. Stationed at the corner of Maybee and Dixie, the lawmaker offered passersby a chance for a little local culture with the added perk of contributing to a good cause. Alongside office staff member Michael Alaimo, Rep. Tedder raised $500.“Michigan communities are very charitable, especially in the holiday season,” Rep. Tedder said. “Institutions like the Rotary help to focus these efforts and get resources and money directly to those in need. The Shoes for Kids project is funded this same way every year. I want to thank everyone who stopped to purchase a paper.”Rep. Tedder was similarly gratified to report that children, themselves, were among the volunteers.“Every year the Goodfellows paper draws in both repeat and new volunteers,” Rep. Tedder said. “The winter chill may sting a bit, but it’s a good reminder that there are those out there who have so much less than you and need the help. Both the young and old feel that empathy sincerely, and it remains with them throughout the year.”For state Rep. Jason Sheppard, ideas like these don’t just hit close to home, they land squarely at his doorstep. An hour’s drive south of Clarkston, Rep. Sheppard opened his doors to community members December 24th for a Christmas Eve dinner. Though only in his 30s, Rep. Sheppard has maintained this tradition for about ten years.Following a candlelit Christmas church service, the first-term lawmaker invited back to his Temperance house friends, neighbors, and church members who don’t otherwise have a place to share in a nice Christmas meal. The annual fellowship event draws in about 40 people to a large, prime rib feast. Rep. Sheppard and his wife, Melissa, serve attendees and lead in Christmas carols and other activities.“Their company is its own gift,” Rep. Sheppard said. “The holidays are not only a time for togetherness, but for an understanding of the bonds that tie us together, regardless of blood or background. I’ve always believed that when you bring someone into your home on Christmas, they are your family, too. This year, we were all blessed to have a very big family.”Rep. Sheppard encourages others to start their own traditions of togetherness.As we continue through the holiday season and move forward into a brand new year, House Republicans encourage you to look for opportunities to give to the needy and connect to members in your community. After all, it’s in the spirit of the season.“Whatever form it takes, fellowship is often the least expensive, most lasting gift you can give to another person,” Rep. Sheppard said. 27Dec The Spirit of the Seasonlast_img read more

Pat is not one to look for the limelight but behi

first_imgPat is not one to look for the limelight, but behind the scenes, he is one of the titans. The founder and managing director of PowerOne Capital Markets, for over a decade Pat has been the brains behind some +200 financings that have raised billions, mostly for emerging private and public companies with world-class natural resource projects. Pat’s list of successes is overwhelming, especially given his age. He was instrumental in getting Aurelian Resources up and running with a C$0.10 financing, enabling that team to delineate 13.7 million ounces of gold in Ecuador and earn a C$1.2 billion takeover by Kinross Gold (K.TO) in 2008. He earned gains of up to 250 times (25,000%) for the early investors. He helped create and structure Continental Gold (CNL.TO), a story that hit the markets in April at C$2.50, went to over C$10.00 (a 400% gain), and currently is trading in the C$4.50 range.We invited Pat to the Casey Summit in May 2010, and he named Cline Mining (CMK.TO) as his top pick. At the time it was worth around C$1.50, but within a few months was pushing the C$5 mark. Rather than slow down and enjoy the rewards of his efforts, if anything, Pat is picking up the pace. When he is involved in a deal, he can move markets, and the amount of money he can bring to the table is astonishing. What impresses us the most is Pat’s ability to pick a subsector that will be the next big thing. Whether it be reigniting the Yukon gold rush or pushing a royalty company, Pat puts his money where his mouth is, and that gives us all the confidence we need in his deals. When Marin was asked which office he most enjoys visiting, he answered without hesitation, “Pat DiCapo’s.” Pat has built up the PowerOne office into one of the major market players. There is always an exciting deal Pat is working on, and investors in his deals are very loyal to him and his brand, as they know that the shareholders’ best interest is always his top priority. Pat is also the largest investor in his deals, and some of the resource sector’s biggest successes of the last decade involve him—another reason he has such a large institutional following. Pat is a very diverse and sophisticated investor with an incredible track record. He has built very successful real estate income trusts (REITs) and most recently has become the financial backer of Jay Walker’s Patent Properties (PPRO). Pat is not just brilliant, extremely hard working, and loyal, but more importantly has delivered superior returns to his investors that few can compete with, regardless of sector or age. We follow all of the cash box companies (a cash box is a company whose enterprise value is less than the free cash in the bank) on the public exchange. Currently, one of Pat’s deals, Ryan Gold (RYG.V), is trading at roughly cash value. It truly is a sign of a bear market in the junior resource sector when you can buy deals like Pat’s at half cash and get the people and projects for free.last_img read more

In This Issue Currencies and metals drift lower

first_imgIn This Issue.*Currencies and metals drift lower. *Aussie employment jumps for 2nd month. *Greek Parliament passes austerity package. *Another conspiracy theory from Chuck.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!A Return To The So-Called Safe Havens.Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well. with the election behind us now, we can get to the business of trying to figure out just what went on, and from my view in the cheap seats, I see the U.S. didn’t change one bit. Oh sure some of the players are different, but we still have the split in congress, which has left the U.S. economy with tons of uncertainty, and what do I call Gold? The Uncertainty Hedge.. wink, wink!In addition to the uncertainty that congress will bring us the next two years. can you believe how polarized the country has become? The Popular vote was split 50/50.  do you see a problem with that? I do.  but I won’t get into it here. and it’s too cold on the patio! Oh well, this thought for our country isn’t going anywhere before it gets warm out.Yesterday. We saw the currencies and metals drift lower throughout the day. Before the NY traders arrived, Gold was up $9. an hour or two after their arrival Gold was down $4. I’ve got a conspiracy theory to bounce of you regarding Gold (& Silver of course!) a little later in the letter today. I know you’re full of excitement now, but hold on. we’ve got a few other things to talk about first!This morning the drifting lower continues for the currencies & metals. In the Eurozone, the Greek Parliament approved the austerity package by just 2 votes.. the package received 153 yes votes, and needed 151 to pass.. So, see, the rumors I told you about, were true. the package passed by the thinnest of margins. (well, I guess not the thinnest, but pretty thin. Olive Oyl thin!)  But, Greece isn’t out of the woods just yet. On Sunday, the Greek leaders will vote on the 2013 Budget, which is rumored to be a no-brainer, and pass easily. but, there’s still uncertainty in Greece, so the euro gets dragged through the muddy mess that Greek deficit spending has created.The Bank of England (BOE) and European Central Bank (ECB) are both meeting this morning while my fat fingers type away.  I don’t expect any news or market moving statements from either Central Bank this morning.  These guys have their hands tied, just as tightly as the Fed Heads do. their quivers are out of arrows, and their economies are in shambles. We’re all in this together I guess, eh?In Australia overnight. Aussie employment gained 10,700 jobs in October, adding September’s gains of 15,500. The consensus was for a gain of 5,000. So, the actual number was twice what was forecast, and I think puts a gold star above the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) for keeping interest rates on hold earlier this week. They sure would have looked stupid had they cut rates on Monday and printed this strong jobs report on Wednesday.  For those of you keeping score at home, the Aussie unemployment rate remained at 5.4%…The Aussie dollar (A$) tried to gain out of the starters blocks this morning, but was quickly pulled back by the overall weakness in the other currencies. The A$ did gain VS its kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, New Zealand dollar / kiwi.  A month or so ago, I had read a report from an analyst that called for the cross between A$ and kiwi to narrow, with kiwi outperforming the A$ in the coming months. well. I would think that by now, that trade has been closed out! The A$ has pushed the envelope out on the cross to kiwi..  As well as it has the U.S. dollar.Kiwi on the other hand is feeling the pressure of a report that shows their debt widening, and just last night, that their unemployment in the 3rd QTR rose to a 13 year high. Their unemployment rate bounced to 7.3% from 6.8% in the 2nd QTR. That’s the highest it’s been since 1999. Now, kiwi has gained 5.4% VS the U.S. dollar this year, so not a complete waste, but just not what the A$ is made up of! The sentiment in the currency markets right now has switched to focusing on the upcoming Fiscal Cliff, and even though the Fiscal Cliff would be very bad for the U.S. economy next year, dollars and Treasuries are being bought as so-called safe haven trades once again. You can add Japanese yen in there too, just to show how ridiculous the so-called safe havens are!Speaking of the Fiscal Cliff, one thing that I’ve been warning you about for 6 months now, is about to be delivered to our door step. The breach of the Debt Ceiling. Uh-Oh!  I was reading a story yesterday that really ticked me off. here’s the skinny. Apparently, some Senators sent U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner a letter back in August, requesting him to answer 2 questions. 1.) What is Treasury’s forecast of the date upon which Treasury will find it necessary to use extraordinary measures to manage to keep federal debt at or below the statutory debt limit? And 2.) What is Treasury’s forecast of the date upon which the U.S. Gov’t will reach the statutory debt limit given use and exhaustion of these extraordinary measures?   And they gave the Treasury a deadline to answer these questions of November 1.  And guess what? Treasury failed to answer the questions by November 1st.  OK. so since the Treasury Sec. (who is leaving his job in 2013) failed to answer the questions, I’ll give you the numbers and let you do the math for you’re probably better at it any way!  On October 31, 2012 our federal debt subject to the legal limit was $16,222,235,000 just $171.765 Billion below the $16,394,000,000 debt limit. In October alone, the U.S. added $195.214 Billion to the federal debt/ national debt.  If we have the same numbers in November, then we will have breached the debt limit very soon folks. very soon.And given the recent loss by the Republicans, they will be in no mood to just “rubber stamp” this increase in the debt ceiling.  Remember August 2011, when these discussions over increasing the debt limit got very hot, and messy?  Gold soared, the dollar plunged, and the U.S. lost its AAA rating with S&P. Now, I’ve been warning about this coming to a head for months now. Earlier this year I thought it would happen right before the election, which I thought would be good fodder for a debate. but my timing was off.. Now, it’s here. the debt limit breach. and this should play out at a theater near you, very soon!OK. I had better stop before I begin to yell at the walls. and since I’m home this morning writing the Pfennig, I don’t want to wake up the family this early!  I heard Ty Keough on the phone yesterday talking about the Singapore dollar (S$) The S$ has had a nice run the last couple of years. the moves are small, and sometimes it appears that the S$ has stalled, but you have to remember that countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Korea, and other Asian countries have to keep the Chinese renminbi/ yuan in their respective sights all the time, as they don’t want their currencies to get out of whack with the renminbi/ yuan. It’s all about competition for exports.   I like the S$ for a couple of reasons. the most important one is the fact that the Monetary Authority of Singapore uses the S$ strength to combat inflation, instead of using some arbitrary interest rate like most countries do..Speaking of China and the renminbi/ yuan. If we go back a couple of months ago, I recall writing about a Chinese analyst saying that the Chinese economy will show that it bottomed out in the 2nd QTR. I said then, that if that’s true, then we could very well see an improvement in the global growth prospects. Well, skip forward to today, and the analyst appears to have been bang on with his forecast / call for the economy.  The Chinese economy isn’t out of the woods just yet, but it’s on its way. or it appears to be at least!   And that bodes well for the Asian and Pan-Asian currencies.I had a dear reader ask me about the Russian ruble. I’m asked about this a lot. so, here’s my thought on the ruble. it’s an oil play.  if you believe that the price of Oil is going higher, then you’ll like the ruble. if you believe like some analysts I’ve heard the past two years, that the price of Oil is going to $40 a barrel, then you’ll want to steer clear of the ruble. It’s an Oil Pay. that’s how I see it!The Norwegian krone and Canadian dollar also have a dog in the Oil play hunt, but these two countries have done a better job of diversifying their economies, so that while the price of Oil does push or pull on these two currencies, the price of Oil isn’t the end-all to their values.Then There Was This. this is only for conspiracy lovers like me. if this isn’t your cup o’ tea, then skip ahead to the recap.   ready? Here we go. “yesterday I wrote about the German Bundesbank officials being turned away from the NY Fed when they requested an audit of Germany’s Gold that was held there. Now, I have learned that this wasn’t the first time they had been turned away…   and then it hit me… I did the V-8 forehead slap! and now, in my best Andy Rooney voice.. Have you ever wondered why the price manipulators  (PM’s)in Gold & Silver keep all those short positions?  And no Gov’t regulating agency stops them? Well, put one and one together, that is if you have a conspiracy theory mind like mine…  If you think what I’m about to say is just hogwash, then skip ahead… but if you believe where there’s smoke, there’s fire… come along with me…Let’s just say this.. suppose that all the Gold that nation’s hold here in the U.S. is gone… And now that things around the world are looking iffy, these countries want to check on their Gold, you know, just in case something happens that they will need the Gold to either sell or borrow against…  Well, if the Gold is all gone, what will these countries do?  And if the U.S. Gov’t is all over this selling of other countries’ Gold like a cheap suit, then why would the U.S. Gov’t be interested in disallowing the PM’s from selling Gold short? For, if the PM’s succeed, they could get the price of Gold back down where it could be bought and each country’s Gold supply replenished, and no one would even know, since the countries were never allowed to see their Gold to begin with…  this is going to make a great movie one day, folks…  the LIBOR scandal is nothing compared to this! This also ties in or plays well with the Wikileaks cable I told you about a year or so ago, where it was confirmed that the U.S. Gov’t feared the rise of Gold as a replacement for the dollar…Oh, brother… this has smoke all over it…  And if there’s an ounce (pun intended) of truth to this theory, then the price of Gold will eventually soar, when the lid is blown off this story.  Oh well, that was fun wasn’t it?  A couple of years ago, I told the Sov. Society, that a great newsletter would be a Conspiracy letter, that uncovered these stories, researched them, and tried to bring them to the public.  That idea was shot down. but, one of these days. I think I’ll write one!To recap.  The currencies and metals have drifted lower and lower since the arrival of the NY traders yesterday morning. The markets are already feeling the uncertainty of having a split in the U.S. Congress and seeing the debt limit and fiscal cliff coming, and the flight to the so-called safe havens, dollars, yen and Treasuries is the trade du jour today. Australia posted another strong employment report, while New Zealand saw their unemployment rate rise to the highest level in 13 years!  The BOE and ECB meet this morning and neither one will make any moves..Currencies today 11/8/12. American Style: A$ $1.0415, kiwi .8175, C$ $1.0035, euro 1.2745, sterling 1.5955, Swiss $1.0570, . European Style: rand 8.6850, krone 5.7475, SEK 6.6870, forint 222.95, zloty 3.2645, koruna 19.9235, RUB 31.55, yen 79.80, sing 1.2245, HKD 7.7510, INR 54.42, China 6.2535, pesos 13.08, BRL 2.0335, Dollar Index 80.86, Oil $85.22, 10-year 1.62%, Silver $31.70, and Gold. $1,714.50That’s it for today. crazy how my mind thinks of these things, eh? I don’t think I’ll be back in the office until next Friday. My leg has flared up again, and then I’ll be back to the MD Anderson Cancer Center next week. Hopefully they tell me the tumor in my chest has shrunk. I know the one in my mouth has shrunk!  The Big Boss, Frank, is gone, I’ll be gone, the mice will get to play in the office! HA!  Chris was in Philly the other day to speak to a group. He’ll be heading to San Francisco for the Hard Money Assets Show soon. These are things that I would have normally done, but right now, I’m in no shape to stand for any period of time and talk to groups of people! So, thankfully we have Chris, who probably does a better job than I do any way!  OK. I’ve carried on for too long today. I need to go get my leg up. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links – Jim Rickards’ Breaking Video Goes Too Far Inside, he exposes the next major attack against the U.S. dollar. But here’s the scariest part… According to Jim, this new surprise attack will come from one of America’s sworn allies. If you can stomach it, I strongly urge you to watch immediately. Click here to watch Jim Rickards’ controversial presentation. • Nick says the crisis in Brazil is far from over… Here’s Nick. The fallout from Brazil’s Enron-type scandal continues. It could lead to the ouster of Dilma Rousseff, the country’s left-leaning president. Whenever it looks like Rousseff is going to be impeached, foreign investors buy Brazilian stocks. The opposite happens when it looks like she’ll stay in office. Right now, it looks like she could get the boot. That has helped Brazilian stocks soar this year. Still, Nick says don’t be fooled by this year’s rally. According to Bloomberg, the only buyers of Brazilian equities in March were foreigners. Local investors have been selling. As far as I can tell, foreign investors are buying on the notion that a new government will magically make things better. I don’t see this happening. Brazil’s economy is shrinking. Unemployment and inflation are rapidly rising. Credit rating agencies have downgraded the country’s sovereign debt to junk status. This will make it more expensive for Brazil to borrow money. It could trigger another leg down in Brazilian stocks. Nick says it will get worse. Brazil’s currency is still down 38% since July 2014. But it could go much lower. Brazil has completely destroyed its currency five times in the past 75 years. That’s one currency collapse every 15 years. The last one occurred in 1994. Brazil is due for another currency crisis. Replacing one corrupt government with another is not going to fix these problems. The worst is yet to come in Brazil. It’s shaping up to be a lovely train wreck. Nick is waiting for Brazil’s crisis to become the front-page story on first-world newspapers. That will get Wall Street to say “sell anything Brazilian.” And that should give us the opportunity to buy Brazilian stocks at the best prices in decades. Nick will let his readers know when it’s time to buy. You can get in on this opportunity by taking a risk-free trial to Crisis Investing. When you do, you’ll also learn about the world-class Brazilian company on Nick’s radar. Click here to learn more. • A FINAL reminder: Mark Ford’s offer closes today… Our friend Mark Ford is a multimillionaire author, serial entrepreneur, publisher, and real estate investor. He has founded, co-founded, and worked with dozens of businesses—including one now worth more than half a billion dollars. Mark has put together a special program to share his wealth-building secrets. It’s much more than investment strategies…or even wealth-building ideas. It’s a blueprint for building a steady stream of cash that will last a lifetime. Don’t wait, though, because this offer ends tonight. Click here to secure your spot, risk-free. Chart of the Day Gold stocks have never been cheaper… Today’s chart shows the ratio of the Gold Bugs Index (HUI), a major gold miner index, relative to the price of gold. The lower the ratio, the cheaper gold-mining stocks are compared to the price of gold. Gold stocks are leveraged to the price of gold. This year, a 15% rise in the price of gold has caused the Gold Bugs Index to jump 62%. Still, gold miners have a lot of “catching up” to do. The HUI/gold price ratio is coming off all-time lows. It’s 58% below its historic average. As we’ve been writing, gold stocks have HUGE upside today. If this ratio were to simply return to its historical average, gold stocks would have to rise 136%. And that’s before accounting for any increase in the price of gold. Of course, regular readers know we think gold is headed much higher. Casey Research founder Doug Casey thinks gold will at least triple in value over the next few years. Doug says this will spark a gold bull market for the ages. During the 2000–2003 rally, gold stocks surged 602%. Doug expects the best gold stocks to go much higher than that. We’re talking gains of more than 10x. Those kinds of returns may sound unbelievable…but they’ve happened before. Click here to learn how you can take advantage of this incredible opportunity. Tell us where to send your silver… We’re holding a package for you… Inside this package, there’s a cigar cutter, a whiskey glass, a book, and 3 silver coins. Here’s how to claim your package.center_img The U.S. dollar just closed its worst quarter in five years. The dollar is the world’s most important currency. Every major financial institution and central bank in the world holds dollars. The dollar makes up 64% of all global currency “reserves,” or currency held by central banks. Because of its huge importance, small moves in the U.S. dollar can have an outsized effect on asset prices around the world. Think of it like the “butterfly effect,” an idea in science that a butterfly flapping its wings could theoretically alter the path of a hurricane. Last quarter, the U.S. dollar index fell 4.2%, its worst quarter since 2010. This created major ripples around the world… • Commodities staged a big rally… Lumber has jumped 17% this year. Gold has jumped 15% and is coming off its best quarter in thirty years. Silver is up 9%. This is a major shift for commodities. They’ve been in a bear market for the last five years. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 22 different commodities, crashed 55% from April 2011 to December 2015. Most commodities investors “think” in dollars. When you look up the price of soybeans or gold, the price is listed in dollars. When the dollar loses value, it takes more dollars to buy a bushel of soybeans or an ounce of gold. That’s why a weak dollar is good for commodities. • The weakening dollar also caused a rally in emerging market stocks… Emerging markets are countries on their way to becoming “developed” like the U.S. and Germany. Brazil, Russia, and China are examples of major emerging markets. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks over 800 emerging market stocks, has surged 20% since January. It’s up 6% this year. For comparison, the S&P 500 has gained just 1.4%. The market value of emerging market stocks jumped $1.8 trillion last month. That’s the largest one-month gain since 2007. • Many emerging markets depend on commodities… Countries like Brazil, Russia, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia export far more commodities than they import. When commodity prices fall, they earn less money for everything they sell. Years of falling commodity prices slammed emerging market stocks. EEM fell 36% from April 2011 through December 2015. With commodity prices on the rise, many emerging market stocks are now rallying. • Brazil is this year’s top-performing stock market… The São Paulo Bovespa, Brazil’s main stock index, is up 16.6% this year. Regular Dispatch readers may find that surprising. For the past couple months, we’ve been telling you that Brazil is having its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression… Brazil’s economy shrank 3.8% last year, the biggest decline in 25 years. Unemployment has surged 7.9% to a six-year high. Inflation is above 10% for the first time in twelve years. Brazil’s socialist president, Dilma Rousseff, hasn’t helped matters. She’s taken the country from a 2.3% government surplus in 2011 to a 10.3% deficit last year. And now, millions of Brazilians are protesting in the streets because of a massive political scandal. In short, Rousseff appears to have been involved in a giant money laundering scheme with Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. • Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, has been closely following the crisis in Brazil… Most folks see Brazilian stocks down 30% in the last five years and run the other direction. Nick sees crisis as an opportunity. When everyone is selling, he looks to buy. This strategy often allows Nick to buy a dollar’s worth of assets for less than a dime. Nick calls buying during a crisis “one of the world’s great wealth secrets.” In 2013, the tiny European island of Cyprus had a devastating banking crisis. Its stock market crashed 99%. Nick recommended buying several absurdly cheap stocks. His readers made gains of 97%, 172%, and 214% in less than two years. Nick’s been waiting for a similar opportunity in Brazil. Given the recent rally in Brazilian stocks, we asked Nick if investors missed their chance to invest in Brazil at its cheapest. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida April 4, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. —last_img read more

first_img— Move over big pharma… here comes BIG MARIJUANALast year, Constellation Brands, the $42 billion company behind Corona beer and Svedka Vodka, invested $2 billion into a medical marijuana company… Tobacco industry giant Philip Morris bought a patent for cannabis… and Pharma giant Sandoz Canada has already partnered with pot growers. These companies have the money and power to buy up and partner with existing pot companies – giving you the opportunity to become a marijuana millionaire as pot becomes mainstream. Click here for details. 20 Federal Banks Ditching Greenbacks for “Reagan Dollars?” Before Reagan left office, he never had a chance to implement his boldest idea. Today, it has resurfaced, and it’s about to make some Americans very rich. Click here for details. — The first step was relocating to Colorado, one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana. Then they had to convince two doctors to prescribe it. (The state required two doctors to sign off on marijuana prescriptions for children.)Both doctors were reluctant. But they knew Charlotte was on the brink of death. So they gave it a shot.Prescription in hand, Charlotte’s parents still needed to find a special strain of cannabis—one with low amounts of THC (the compound that gets people high), but a high amount of CBD (cannabidiol).CBD has medicinal properties but no intoxicating effects. Doctors think it can help stabilize chemical and electrical activity in the brain, producing an anticonvulsant effect.Eventually, Charlotte’s parents found growers who could help. After years of crossbreeding a strain of marijuana with industrial hemp, they had developed a strain with less THC and more CBD than typical varieties of marijuana.The next step was extracting the oil from the dried cannabis flowers. Then they could give the cannabis oil to Charlotte.The results were shocking. On the first day of treatment, she didn’t have any seizures. None. Normally, she would have had over 40.Using the cannabis oil, Charlotte went a week without seizures. Without it, she normally would have had over 300.It didn’t take long for Charlotte to start eating again… then feeding herself… then talking and walking. Within a year of starting CBD treatments, Charlotte learned how to ride a bike.Charlotte has continued to take CBD treatments daily. Now, six years later, she lives a mostly normal life.The marijuana growers that grew the high-CBD, low-THC strain of cannabis for Charlotte named it “Charlotte’s Web.”Charlotte’s story has helped pave the way for countless other children and adults suffering from seizures. It was featured on CNN.It’s also helped galvanize national support for cannabis legalization. Justin’s note: Regular readers know that the legal marijuana industry is creating a massive money-making opportunity today—and there’s one specific industry set to soar from here…In fact, as Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno says, “this market is currently worth around $140 million. But it could easily skyrocket to over $1 billion within the next three years.”Here’s Nick with more…By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing“We’ve seen her flatline in the hospital and say goodbye… I don’t think she’s going to survive this.”These are the words of Charlotte Figi’s father, recalling what it was like to see his five-year-old daughter’s heart stop beating.At the time, Charlotte was having over 40 seizures a day. The seizures reduced her to a vegetative state and pushed her near death.A few years earlier, Charlotte had been diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. It’s a rare form of severe epilepsy with no known cure. It lasts a lifetime and often kills young children.Charlotte’s parents had tried everything to help their daughter. They made lifestyle changes. They gave her powerful prescription drugs. But traditional drugs only made the situation worse.At one point, Charlotte could no longer walk or talk. Eventually, she couldn’t even eat. Doctors said the only option was to put her in a medically induced coma.Desperate, her father researched alternative treatments. Eventually, he discovered a video about another family with a young child suffering from seizures. Medical marijuana was the one thing that worked for them.Initially, Charlotte’s parents thought medical marijuana was impractical because of its complicated legal situation. Nevertheless, they decided to pursue it. They’d already exhausted every other option. Recommended Link Recommended Link Promising New CBD ResearchSo far, 30 states have legalized medical marijuana. Nine have also legalized recreational use.But marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. For the time being, the US federal government classifies it as a Schedule I drug. Heroin and LSD are in the same category.Marijuana’s Schedule I status means the feds believe it has “no accepted medical use.” That’s about as absurd as saying the Earth is flat. But this has been their official view for decades.This is why it’s been so difficult to study marijuana’s medicinal properties, despite its obvious health benefits. But that’s finally starting to change.According to three clinical studies—two published in The New England Journal of Medicine and one in The Lancet—CBD was found to significantly reduce seizures.And in June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved its first prescription CBD medicine to treat epilepsy… nearly five years after CNN aired Charlotte’s story.There’s good reason to think CBD has a wider range of medicinal benefits. It’s already been used to help treat conditions like Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, migraines, cancer, and arthritis, among others.CBD is also thought to have therapeutic benefits. It can help with immunosuppression, neuroprotection, and appetite and bone-growth stimulation.Because of its many applications, the market for CBD consumer products and pharmaceuticals is enormous.Market research suggests that the US CBD market is currently worth around $140 million.But it could easily skyrocket to over $1 billion within the next three years.As impressive as that sounds, I think it’s probably conservative. Sales of Epidiolex, the CBD drug that the FDA recently approved, are expected to reach $1.3 billion over a similar time frame. And that’s just one drug.Trump Likely to Sign Hemp BillIn the past couple of months, federal cannabis prohibition has started to erode at an unprecedented pace.Shortly after the FDA approved Epidiolex, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confirmed that some sort of rescheduling of cannabis could be imminent. This has to happen before US patients can actually get Epidiolex.The public affairs officer for the DEA recently told the media: “We don’t have a choice […] It absolutely has to become Schedule II or III.” I expect this to happen before October.There’s also been another huge development recently, one that I’m particularly excited about. I think it could totally transform the US CBD market.Earlier this year, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill—introduced a bipartisan bill to legalize industrial hemp nationwide.(Recall that “Charlotte’s Web” is a crossbreed of marijuana and industrial hemp, used for its rich CBD content.)The bill passed the Senate in late June in a landslide 86-11 vote. It still needs to pass the House—and Trump needs to sign it—before it becomes law. Both are likely to happen within a matter of weeks.I expect legalized hemp to be the next domino to fall on the path to full federal legalization of cannabis.Big Tobacco is already on board. Alliance One International—a large tobacco firm—recently bought a 40% stake in a hemp producer for $10 million. Alliance One said it made the move to become a major producer of CBD.This of course, is just the beginning. Once hemp is legal at the federal level, I expect the CBD oil market to explode.The Hemp-Marijuana DivideAs you may know, hemp and marijuana are the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. However, they are separate strains with distinct compositions and uses.Hemp has negligible concentrations of THC. It’s pretty much impossible to get high from it. It also has a higher CBD content than marijuana. This is why it’s particularly useful for producing CBD oil.Industrial hemp fibers are also exceptionally strong. This gives the plant a wide variety of uses.Americans already buy over $700 million in retail products that contain hemp every year. You can see the breakdown in the graph below.Bear in mind, the Controlled Substances Act makes certain parts of any cannabis plant—regardless of its THC content—an illegal Schedule I substance. This includes hemp.However, certain components of the cannabis plant, like the mature stalks, aren’t considered illegal. But you can’t grow the legal parts without also growing the illegal parts.Hemp products sold in the US are all produced abroad—mainly in China and Canada. Then US companies import the legal components for various uses.However, that’s all likely to change very soon…If McConnell’s hemp legalization bill becomes law, it would open the floodgates for hemp production, as well CBD oil extraction, on a massive industrial scale in the US.I think the US CBD market could easily grow 10 times larger in the years ahead.Shares of select publicly traded companies in the CBD industry could surge even higher.This is presenting investors with another new, huge opportunity to profit from the legal cannabis megatrend. The time to position yourself is now.Regards,Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis InvestingP.S. I just released a brand-new video presentation that reveals another big reason to invest in the marijuana sector today—one that you won’t hear about anywhere else.You see, until now, 99% of the largest hedge funds and banks wouldn’t touch pot. That’s about to change… The “Trillion Dollar Mainstream Marijuana Takeover” begins as soon as November 6.And well-positioned investors could see gains of 7,500%… 9,329%… even 12,547% if these companies get taken over. Click here to learn more about this rare opportunity.Reader MailbagLet us know what you thought of today’s essay—and your thoughts on investing in CBD companies as a way to play the marijuana boom—here.In Case You Missed It…In 2008, taxpayer funds were abused by the bank bailout. Now Bill S.2155 opens the door to dispersal of “compensation funds” to anyone who claims them.Anyone can receive this money. Some people are paid $8,979… $9,587… and $15,111 on a regular basis. 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Ministers have been accused of absurdity and obfu

first_imgMinisters have been accused of “absurdity and obfuscation” after refusing to explain why they do not publish statistics showing the number of assessments carried out on disabled people applying for their new disability benefit.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) publishes extensive data about the work capability assessment, which tests eligibility for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA).But there are no equivalent statistics on assessments for personal independence payment (PIP), the extra-costs disability benefit that is gradually replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA).Penny Mordaunt, the minister for disabled people, made the admission in response to a written question from SNP MP Kirsten Oswald, who asked her how many such assessments the department had carried out in the last two years.Mordaunt told her that DWP “does not record the information you have requested on… medical assessments for personal independence payment”.But she failed to tell the MP that the outsourcing companies that carry out the assessments on DWP’s behalf, Capita and Atos, do collect this data and that they share it with DWP.A Capita spokesman told Disability News Service (DNS) yesterday (Wednesday) that he did not know why DWP would not publish the statistics.He said: “We do share that information with them and it is their decision about how they use it.“We have no control over that.”Atos refused to answer questions from DNS about the statistics.A spokeswoman for Mordaunt (pictured) had told DNS earlier: “The department does not publish data on the number of PIP assessments that have been completed. “Both Capita and Atos record information on the number of assessments completed.”She declined to say why DWP does not publish this data, and whether it thought it was an issue it should address.And she made it clear that DWP would answer no further questions on the subject other than through freedom of information requests.DWP publishes PIP statistics that show the overall number of claimants currently receiving PIP, and what percentage of them receive the various levels of award, how long it takes to deal with claims, and the number and proportion of claimants who appeal against their award.But there are no figures showing the results of people’s initial PIP assessments, or even how many assessments are taking place every month.There are also no DWP figures to show how many people have to rely on appeals to secure their PIP, or how many claimants attend face-to-face assessments – rather than DWP relying on “paper” assessments – or the proportion of face-to-face assessments taking place in people’s homes rather than in assessment centres.  In answer to another question from Oswald, Mordaunt told her that information on the number of home assessments completed – both for PIP and for ESA, by the contractor Maximus – was “not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost”.The lack of detailed PIP data published by DWP means it is impossible to compare the performance of Atos and Capita, which between them carry out all face-to-face assessments.Bob Ellard, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, which spotted Mordaunt’s parliamentary answer, said: “More absurdity and obfuscation from the DWP.“Firstly Mordaunt claims that the DWP don’t record statistics on the number of PIP assessments.“Then [when asked why], they say they don’t publish it.“If pushed further they in all likeliness would claim that ‘we had it but the dog ate it’.“While the desperate attempts to hide information by the DWP are laughable, they are also very serious.“People’s lives are being wrecked by the catastrophically bad PIP process.“People who are subject to these degrading and inhuman PIP assessments are having their funding cut and Motability vehicles taken away on the basis of flawed and badly-performed PIP assessments.“The PIP process is causing genuine harm and mental distress to tens of thousands of people all over the country and all the DWP can do is play silly games at trying to dodge publishing the most basic information that might begin to shed a light on just how bad things are.”Welfare rights expert Nick Dilworth said he could see “absolutely no reason” why DWP could not publish the same kind of statistics on PIP – using data from Atos and Capita – that it does on the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.He said: “There’s a reason they won’t publish the data: it’s either connected with them being unable to retrieve it via their chaotic regime or they have something to hide.“My guess is it is a combination of both.”  He added: “It beggars belief that the DWP is continually promoting a digital era upon which the claimant is expected to fully engage, yet when it comes to transparency of data the department still seems stuck on outdated Excel spreadsheets which they battle to share.“It’s hardly confidence-building when we are asked to have faith in a roll-out of the all-digital universal credit.”The latest PIP statistics were published yesterday (14 December).The new figures show that by the end of October, 526,500 former DLA claimants had had their reassessments completed, with 23 per cent of them receiving a cut to their benefit, and another quarter (25 per cent) losing entitlement completely.Two-fifths (40 per cent) of those reassessed saw their awards increased in the move from DLA to PIP.The figures also reveal that the new mandatory reconsideration stage that all those disagreeing with their PIP decision need to go through before they can appeal to a tribunal resulted in less than one in five decisions being altered by DWP.Ken Butler, Disability Rights UK’s welfare rights adviser, said: “When compared to the success rate of PIP appeals [65 per cent of those who appealed to tribunals were successful, according to September 2016 figures], the figures for rejected PIP mandatory reconsiderations are a disgrace.“PIP has now been in operation for over three years – surely enough time for the DWP to have put in place an assessment process that gets most decisions right first time.“Instead, many disabled people are having their right to a disability benefit withheld due to poor face to face assessments and further evidence then supplied effectively ignored in favour of Atos and Capita medical reports.“We would hope that the second independent review of PIP will report early in the new year and recommend root and branch changes to the assessment process.“In the meantime, we would urge all disabled people who are rejected at the mandatory reconsideration stage to seek advice about making an appeal to an independent tribunal.”last_img read more

Elon Musk May Be Sending a Tesla Roadster to Space on a

first_img Add to Queue Elon Musk on Friday seemingly revealed what would be part of the first ever Falcon Heavy launch payload: Tesla’s red Roadster.Falcon Heavy to launch next month from Apollo 11 pad at the Cape. Will have double thrust of next largest rocket. Guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017Payload will be my midnight cherry Tesla Roadster playing Space Oddity. Destination is Mars orbit. Will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 2, 2017Related: It Was Fun for a While, But Elon Musk Denies Theory He Created BitcoinThe founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said on Twitter in replies to fans that there were a handful of reasons for wanting to send that particular vehicle. “Red car for a red planet,” and “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.”But when The Verge reported about the plan, the publication says that it was contacted via Twitter direct message by Musk, who said that he “totally made it up.”However, it seems that there actually might be some truth to the “joke.” We’ll just have to find out in January. The Falcon Heavy launch will be a significant milestone for SpaceX, as it is the rocket the company intends to use for missions to the Moon and Mars. It’s not entirely clear whether he’s kidding or not. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Image credit: Vince Bucci | Getty Images 2 min read Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Enroll Now for $5 December 4, 2017 Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Elon Musk –shares Elon Musk May Be Sending a Tesla Roadster to Space on a SpaceX Rocketlast_img read more

Uber and Competitor Launch Motorcycle Services in India on the Same Day

first_img Uber and Competitor Launch Motorcycle Services in India on the Same Day. This Should Be Interesting. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Image credit: Komar | Shutterstock.com 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img 1 min read Uber Technologies Inc. and Ola launched rival motorcycle-hailing services in Bengaluru on Thursday, as the competitors go head-to-head to target commuters tired of sitting in their cars in traffic.Two-wheelers are the most popular form of transport in many of India’s traffic-clogged cities, but schemes to rent a bike and driver by the kilometer are rare.Uber, which is investing heavily to compete against local ride-hailing services across Asia, including Ola in India, is piloting “uberMOTO” as a project developed specifically for cities in emerging markets.Last week it announced its first motorcycle scheme, choosing Thailand’s capital Bangkok, where it will compete with GrabTaxi, which already lets users book motorcycle taxis in some South East Asian countries.Ola, also based in Bengaluru, formerly Bangalore, and backed by Japan’s Softbank Group, said its “Bike Taxis” would help customers zip through traffic.India is one of the world’s largest markets for two-wheelers.(Reporting by Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath) Reuters March 3, 2016 Uber Apply Now »last_img read more

Trustpilot Partners with Promocom to Integrate Customer Reviews Into Videos

first_imgCombining Social Proof with Video Yields Increased Ad Performance and Engagement for MarketersPromo.com, a world leading video creation platform, announced a partnership with Trustpilot, a leading global customer review platform, to help businesses integrate customer reviews into their marketing videos for added credibility, engagement, and performance. Review-based videos are proven to be more powerful and effective as people look for trust and social recommendations regularly on social media. With this partnership, anyone can use Promo to incorporate highly engaging review content into their marketing videos at the click of a button.The integration, which will utilize Trustpilot’s API to import authentic customer feedback, enhances messaging and credibility, offering improved brand awareness, customer loyalty, and retention. Promo.com users can now sync to their Trustpilot accounts to access their best recent reviews as well as their Trustpilot TrustScore to showcase in their video ads. This short and simple action lets digital marketers achieve beautifully designed results.“Video has quickly become one of the most powerful tools in a marketer’s toolbox,” said Peter Simpson, Global Head of Partnerships at Trustpilot. “It continues to outperform text and images for engagement, and when combined with social proof in the form of authentic customer feedback its potency is exponentially greater. Partnering with Promo.com was a natural fit given its streamlined, user-centric platform and the incredible value delivered to our joint users.”Marketing Technology News: One Technologies Partners with Snowflake to Unlock Next-Generation, Cloud-Based Data CapabilitiesAccording to Pew Research, more than half of all adults now utilize online reviews to inform their purchasing decisions, and studies from the Spiegel Research Center conclude nearly 95 percent of shoppers read online reviews before making a purchase. In addition, 84 percent of people trust reviews they read online as much as personal recommendations, according to Bright Local.“Adding customer reviews into Promo videos is a great way to boost sales, add credibility, and achieve better marketing results. It builds ‘social proof’ and leverages the power of your existing customers to attract new ones while increasing customer loyalty,” says Tom More, Promo.com CEO. “We are very excited to partner with Trustpilot, an industry leader that shares our customer centric approach. Promo.com will continue to add more value to our customers and the video space through new innovative partnerships that will help our users grow their business.”Marketing Technology News: G3G Partners with Symmetry for SAP Cloud Hosting ServicesConsumers post more than 2 million reviews on Trustpilot every month. Beyond the star ratings, Trustpilot customers can access deep insights and analytics from the review content that business can leverage to improve products, services, and to connect with their audiences at scale.Promo.com is already being used by over one million businesses of all sizes, from solopreneurs, and freelancers, to Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies in over 200 countries.Marketing Technology News: Vocalize Enables Businesses to Easily Gain Higher Direct Traffic Marketing TechnologyNewsPromo.comSpiegel Research CenterTom MoreTrustpilotvideo creation platform Previous ArticleOnline Journey Hijacking: How Your Users Are Impacted by Unauthorized AdsNext Article98% of Small Businesses Claim to Protect App Users’ Data, But Most Lack Significant Security Measures Trustpilot Partners with Promo.com to Integrate Customer Reviews Into Videos MTS Staff WriterApril 17, 2019, 7:56 pmApril 17, 2019 last_img read more

SurveyMonkey Hires Autodesk Executive Debbie Clifford as Its New Chief Financial Officer

first_imgSurveyMonkey Hires Autodesk Executive Debbie Clifford as Its New Chief Financial Officer PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 4:46 pmJune 4, 2019 AutodeskDebbie Cliffordglobal survey softwareMarketing TechnologyNewsSaaS transformationSurveyMonkey Previous ArticleUniserve Announces the Appointment of Owen Morley as Chief Technology OfficerNext ArticleSnapLogic Announces Strategic Partnership with Solita in the Nordics Clifford Brings Nearly 20 Years of Operational Finance Experience and Leadership in SAAS Business Model TransformationSurveyMonkey, a leading global survey software company, announced that Debbie Clifford will join its leadership team on July 8 as chief financial officer.  In her new role, Clifford will oversee all aspects of finance including financial strategy, planning and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations, in addition to strategic planning and corporate development.  With the addition of Clifford, the majority of SurveyMonkey’s executive team members will be women.Clifford spent the past 13 years in several finance positions at design software company Autodesk, which generates $2.5B+ in annual revenue across its more than 9,000-employee organization. Most recently serving as vice president of financial planning and analysis, Clifford led the finance effort at Autodesk during its strategic business model transformation into the healthy growing, highly profitable large cap business it is today.  She was also actively involved in strategic acquisitions and investor relations.  Prior to Autodesk, she held positions at Virage, Inc. and Ernst & Young.Marketing Technology News: Pixability Hires Ex-Google Executive Chris Woods as Chief Revenue Officer“Debbie is a highly respected finance executive whose leadership and operational rigor will be critical as we accelerate our enterprise and international expansion efforts,” said Zander Lurie, chief executive officer at SurveyMonkey. “As one of the key architects of Autodesk’s SaaS transformation, Debbie’s experience and skillset will complement our seasoned executive team as we deepen our relationships with thousands of enterprise customers with new products and growth strategies.”“I’m delighted to join the team at SurveyMonkey, a company focused on helping organizations turn feedback into actionable insights,” said Clifford. “This is an exciting time as the company capitalizes on its massive footprint to accelerate growth, and I look forward to working with this smart, diverse team to ensure strong financial execution that creates value for customers, employees and shareholders.”Marketing Technology News: Aware Ads Announces Strategic Acquisition of the Assets of AppThisClifford serves on the boards of Harmonic, a video technology and services company, and GeoHazards International, a disaster prevention organization.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.Marketing Technology News: Okta Drives Modern Identity Solutions for Major League Baseball’s Millions of Fans and Zoom’s Fast-Growing Workforcelast_img read more

Early exposure to health enrichment programs benefits students

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 26 2018A study conducted by LSU Health New Orleans researchers provides new evidence that early exposure to multiple health disciplines in pipeline programs targeting underserved/underrepresented students interested in health professions reduces the development of traditional role and leadership stereotypes about professional health care teams and practice. Programs that include interprofessional health exposure will ultimately improve collaboration resulting in better patient outcomes. The findings are reported in Health and Interprofessional Practice published October 18, 2018, available at https://commons.pacificu.edu/hip/vol3/iss3/12/.The LSU Health New Orleans research team led by Tina Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, Director of LSU Health New Orleans’ Center for Interprofessional (IPE) Education and Collaborative Practice, examined pre and post-survey responses of students participating in the 2017 Summer Health Professions Education Program at LSU Health New Orleans. LSU Health New Orleans is one of 13 sites offering the free, six-week academic enrichment program designed for college freshmen or sophomores interested in pursuing healthcare careers. It is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in association with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association. At LSU Health New Orleans, the program is a partnership of its schools of medicine, dentistry and public health with support from its Center for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice. The program helps develop critical thinking and reasoning skills and provides academic enrichment in selected gateway undergraduate basic science and quantitative courses, such as Organic Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and the Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology, along with public health and health policy. The program also provides professionalism skills and knowledge development in areas of cultural competency, health equity, professional careers financial planning, as well as social determinants of health, medical ethics, and patient quality initiatives. The students also gain some clinical experience.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairParticipants in 2017 also took part in small IPE group activities and IPE sessions, completed an online module created by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and met faculty from various health disciplines at LSU Health New Orleans to learn about the educational and training requirements of their fields.Fifty-three students who completed the surveys for the study demonstrated statistically significant positive changes in IPE perceptions. Additionally, student perceived knowledge of the scope of practice of dental providers, physician providers and public health professionals also improved.The World Health Organization defines interprofessional education as occurring “when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”LSU Health New Orleans is the most comprehensive professional health university in Louisiana and the only one is the state with a centralized IPE office. It developed and integrated the two-year Team Up interprofessional education experience into the curricula of all six LSU Health New Orleans schools for first and second-year students. Not many universities in the country and no others in the state match LSU Health New Orleans’ preparation of future health professionals for team-based health care.”Research is emerging on the positive impact of interprofessional education,” notes Dr. Gunaldo, “however there has not been much in the literature about the best time to incorporate it. We found that inclusion of IPE in an academic enrichment program exposes pre-health professional students to the importance of collaboration and influences typical negative stereotypes that exist before admission into a health professional program. Such early exposure has the potential to improve the development of professional health care teams.” Source:https://www.lsuhsc.edu/newsroom/Students%20in%20Health%20Enrichment%20Programs%20Benefit%20from%20Early%20Team-Based%20Exposure.htmllast_img read more