February 28 2007 While construction on the new

first_imgFebruary 28, 2007 While construction on the new Visitors Center entrance proceeds, access for physically challenged visitors has been temporarily moved to the parking area on the west-side of the North Vault. [Photo & text: sa] The maintenance department constructed a ramp to ease access. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Powertool Symphony by Sal Tellini also part of

first_img“Powertool Symphony” by Sal Tellini, also part of the ceramics crew at ArcosantiThe Residents art show will be exhibited in the Café at Arcosanti until April 28, 2014. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit.For more information see this link or contact the exhibit curator, Cliff Hersted, at 928-632-6200 February 17, 2014Here are photos of additional artwork at the Arcosanti Resident Artshow.Painting by Jane Tellini, who manages the Arcosanti ceramics studio.[photos by Sue Kirsch]“The Napping Man of the North” by Daniel Wagner, presently part of the Arcosanti scholarship program.Pendants by Erin O’Loughlin. Erin is part of the ceramics crew at Arcosanti.“Arcosanti” by Haryaksha Gregor. Haryaksha is part of the foundry crew at Cosanti.Photography by Steven Bochinski. Steven is presently doing his workshop after completing the scholarship program.Steven: “My Metal Prints are actually printed directly on the aluminum sheets by a dye sublimation process, the lab just calls them Metal Prints – there is no paper and no mounting.”last_img read more

Rep Glardon honors local heroes in 911 memorial

first_img Tags: Glardon, Sept. 11 10Sep Rep. Glardon honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial Categories: Featured news,Newscenter_img State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, with special guest Owosso Public Safety Chief Kevin Lenkart, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and woman serving today.The names of 14 first responders and service members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.Among those honored on the day was Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was killed this week. Rodeman had recently moved to Owosso.last_img read more

In This Issue Day 2 for Yellen no changes

first_imgIn This Issue. * Day 2 for Yellen, no changes. * N.Z. posts Trade Surplus! * Chinese announce new plans to help economy. * German Unemployment drops by 20,000! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Gold Shines Brightly On This Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Good day.. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well, as I crawled into bed last night, I said to myself, “boy, I sure could use a good night’s sleep tonight”, and I got one! YAHOO! So, maybe that’s the trick, put the idea in my head, and see what happens.. That’s the ticket! Steely Dan greets me this morning with their great song: Aja.. What a great album of the same name that was/ is still today. My good friend, Duane, is a huge Steely Dan fan, and when the music is playing on the Butler patio, he’s always requesting a song or two by Steely Dan. Well, the dollar selling that began with the final words of Janet Yellen’s testimony on Tuesday, continued throughout yesterday, and in the overnight markets. Some of the currencies, like the Aussie dollar (A$), N.Z. dollar / kiwi, Russian ruble, S. African rand, Brazilian real, that have positive rate differentials VS the dollar, are rallying on the thought that their differential will remain in place for now. Other currencies like the euro, are rallying because of good economic data that printed on their behalf. So, let’s look at that first and then move along.. The euro has received a hand basket full of good news this week, and has reacted positively, but the positive reaction has been muted, as if it has a governor placed on it. You know, I use that term a lot, and it just occurred to me that the youngsters that read this letter, have no idea what that means, unless they’ve Googled it, which is the answer to everything these days. No longer does anyone have to wonder what the answer is, all they have to do is Google it! OK, so back to the euro. This morning, the good news came in the form of a better than expected German Unemployment report. The total of unemployed Germans dropped by twice the expected amount in February for a total of 20,000, which kept the Unemployment rate in Germany at 6.5%.. Germany’s economy has weathered the storm, and the lower Oil prices are helping the economy quite a bit, even though it adds to the deflationary environment, that the European Central Bank (ECB) is so frightened of. I so wish that one could simply just buy Germany. But you can’t. when you buy euros, you get all the black sheep of the family coming for Sunday dinner. Ain’t that a shame. My tears fell like rain. Ahhh, Fats Domino on a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! You can’t beat that with a stick! It was Day Two of Janet Yellen’s trek to Capitol Hill yesterday, and that brought about no changes to her talk on Tuesday, that got the markets all riled up. It was a repeat performance of Tuesday for Yellen. You know yesterday, I attempted to take all the words Yellen used to describe the Fed’s stance on rate changes, and make them understandable. I’m sure it was her wish that the markets all just settle down about a rate hike in June that many not come, and if that’s the case, well, she accomplished what she set out to do. That is, once everyone figured out what it was she was saying. Hey! I never said that the Markets participants are rocket scientists! HA! No the rocket scientists are in the back room of investment houses, brewing up the next, “no lose”, investment idea/ derivative. The one thing for sure that I know and see that Yellen’s testimonies accomplished was getting the 10-year Treasury yield back below 2%… (1.95%) Now, we can’t have the 10-year Treasury, that’s used as the pricing mechanism for mortgage rates, rising, now can we? That would leave a mark on the housing sector, and we certainly can’t have that!  Yes, I’m being a real smart alec right now, and I think I had better stop, before I type out a rant that has to get cut and left on the reviewer’s floor. So, yesterday, I told you how the N.Z. dollar / kiwi was the best performing currency overnight, and last night and this morning, it has continued to add to those gains. Last night N.Z. received the print of their latest Trade Balance, and believe it or don’t, but N.Z. posted a Trade Surplus in January! This is the lowest Trade Balance since June 2013. The thing you have to be suspicious of here is that imports were weak, and that doesn’t bode well for the domestic economy, but on the other side exports were better than expected, so they offset the weak imports sector. All-in-all, a good outcome for kiwi, and the currency has responded accordingly, trading back to 76-cents this morning.. Across the Tasman, Australia printed their 4th QTR CAPEX (capital expenditures, which I always tell you to watch as this is a key to any economy) and the print was not good. 4th QTR CAPEX fell -2.2% which was worse than expectations at -1.6%… the 3rd QTR CAPEX was revised upward from .2% to .6%, so maybe there will be a positive revision to this data down the road. The A$ just let this data slide off its back, or shrugged it off, as traders like to say, and went ahead to rally beside kiwi this morning. We’ll get CAPEX data here in the U.S. today for January. Leading up to January, the previous months’ CAPEX prints left a lot to be desired, and while the January CAPEX print might be positive for once, it won’t be very strong, and that will once again signal to me, and should to the markets and the Fed members that this economy is weak kneed.. The Bond traders know it, and I have to believe that the Fed members know it. At least I sure hope they do, because a rate hike right now would be a tough pill to swallow for the economy. Well, the Russian ruble is posting another strong rally this morning, although it was stronger when I first turned on the currency screen this morning. the beleaguered currency has a very long way to go, which is going to be a tough row to hoe, before it recovers all its losses. Last June, the ruble was trading with a 33 handle, and now it’s finally back to a 60 handle, after seeing the dark side of an 80 handle in December. How long will it be before the economic sanctions that the Eurozone has placed on Russia are relaxed, now that a peace agreement has been in place for nearly 2 weeks? This is key for not only the Russian economy but also the Eurozone economy. So, come on folks, what are you waiting for? So, I guess the Chinese didn’t just sit around eating chocolate bonbons and watching Oprah, while they were out last week, for they came back to work, loaded for bear! The Chinese State Council announced yesterday that they were going to step up fiscal policy support and strengthen targeted controls to combat downward pressure on the economy. A package of tax breaks for small businesses, a reduction of the unemployment insurance tax, which will save businesses over 40 Billion renminbi / yuan annually, and a pledge to speed up construction of major water projects in the less developed central and western regions, are the highlights, and there are more projects in the package that was presented by the State Council. The renminbi / yuan was allowed to appreciate by a small amount overnight as this package of stimulus and tax measures was announced. I like that the Chinese came back ready to tackle the slowdown in the economy. But I have to think that the economy would be just fine without the boost.. But you have to remember that 1. The Chinese have a treasure chest of reserves in which to spend on the economy, and 2. They have to keep the economic ship out to sea, in order to maintain peace in the country. While we’re hanging around Asia.. Singapore received some bad economic data last night in the form of Industrial production (IP)  that fell from the previous month and annually by a large amount, thus surprising the markets by the weakness in IP. Apparently momentum has faltered here, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) were correct last month, when they decided to not widen the Sing dollar’s (S$) trading band.  Suddenly, inflation is not a problem in Singapore, and therefore the MAS doesn’t need a stronger S$ to combat inflation that isn’t there. the deflation bug has landed on Singapore’s shores, and spread quickly. the bug originated in Japan, folks. Speaking of Japan. this basket case of a country, has been pretty quiet lately. And the Japanese yen has benefitted from this quietness. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying that yen is about to go on a rally to the moon. I’m just talking about this brief little rally while things are quiet in Japan. That’ll all change soon enough, it always does with the Japan… Well, coming back closer to home, Canada will print their January CPI (consumer inflation) today, and it’s expected to print around 2.1%, thus a notch above the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) inflation target of 2%.. BOC Gov. Poloz has been dangling a rate cut in front of the markets like a carrot on and stick, but a CPI print of 2.1% will not help him one iota. And he’ll have to put the stick and carrot away for another month. So watch this data print closely, because if Canadian CPI would happen to fall below 2%, Poloz will be dancing in the street, because he’ll get to cut rates again, and knock the stuffing out of the Canadian dollar / loonie. Speaking of CPI. We might as well head to the U.S. Data Cupboard and see what it has for us today. Open it up and WOW! It is stocked! First up is the stupid U.S. CPI, which will most likely print a large negative number that will all but nail down the Fed to not hiking rates in June at this point. Next up is real data, as U.S. Durable Goods Orders print for January and is expected to finally print a positive number, after 3 previous prints that were devastatingly disappointing. Then the usual Tub Thumpin Thursday print of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, the 4th QTR Home Price Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index.   Yesterday’s Data Cupboard had January New Home Sales, which edged downward by -.2%… I suspect this data to be back and forth in 2015, as rate hike talk slows things down, only to be reversed when the rate hike doesn’t happen. Back and forth, a real wishy-washy year for New Home Sales, in my opinion, which could be wrong, of course! I went nearly the whole letter and didn’t mention the $12 gain in Gold this morning! Silly me. I was thinking that I shouldn’t get all lathered up over a nice gain like that early in the morning, before the NY traders arrived at their desks, and “took care of that little problem”. But then I got here and it was still there, and I thought. Oh well, at least it was a nice gain when I was writing the Pfennig!  But with Yellen reinforcing her talk from Tuesday, Gold was able to take advantage and move past $1,200 yesterday, and then add another $12 this morning.  My spider sense is tingling right now. I wonder what’s up here? Yesterday I highlighted the fact that Palladium had made one of its legendary “jumps” , and today it’s Platinum’s turn, as it hangs a $20 gain on yesterday’s figure. For What It’s Worth. Well, my friends Dave Gonigam and Addison Wiggin over at Agora’s 5 Minute Forecast were kind enough to quote me in their letter yesterday and use some of the stuff I said about Yellen’s testimony. I love it when I see my name up in lights!   On a sidebar, I picked up a book in the library here in the building the other day, and began reading it, and one of the principal characters in the story is guy named: Charles Butler..  Now How about that! Well, I thought I would return the favor to by friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast and reprint something they had in their letter yesterday. This is a note that Addison Wiggin printed 5 years ago from someone in China. Now remember this is 5 years ago in China. “What people fail to grasp,” this individual wrote, “is this place is much more capitalist than the States now: .               No capital gains tax .               No property tax .               No local or state taxes .               A reasonable 35% tax rate for the highest earners .               Corporate tax rates of 0% for three years and 15% per year after that.             “Also, most importantly, it’s not a casino economy like the States. China will sell 30% more vehicles this year than in the U.S, and 93% of those vehicles will be purchased cash up front. “For a home loan, you need 30% down. As a private business, to get a loan, you have to put up the assets of the company, i.e., plant and equipment. There are no leverage games here. “It’s a one-party state, but at least it is focused on its own people. We have a two-party system that has sold us down the river. All the Asian Tiger economies needed a strong central government to launch themselves out of poverty. Not a good system for our culture, but it works for them. “High-speed train systems going on line, 50 new airports in that last five years — you must see this place to believe it.” Chuck again. Yes, and there are still naysayers about China’s economy and the direction of the country.. That’s amazing to me for sure! To recap. Yellen speaks again, no changes to her first testimony, so the dollar selling continues. the positive rate differential currencies put in the best performances overnight, and the euro rallies on good labor data from Germany. New Zealand posts a Trade surplus, which is strange for them, and Australia prints weak CAPEX data but shrugs it off and the A$ rallies. Gold is up $12 this morning, and China announces new plans to stimulate economy, Chuck sure hopes they don’t start down the path well beaten down by the Japanese. Currencies today 2/25/15. American Style: A$ .7905, kiwi .7600, C$ .8030, euro 1.1360, sterling 1.5510, Swiss $1.0540,  . European Style: rand 11.4055, krone 7.5500, SEK 8.3020, forint 267.05, zloty 3.6640, koruna 24.2020, RUB 60.47, yen 118.80, sing 1.3505, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.75, China 6.1379, pesos 14.85, BRL 2.8450, Dollar Index 94.28, Oil $50.58, 10-year 1.95%, Silver $16.82, Platinum $1,190.88, Palladium $811.25, and Gold. $1,218.10 That’s it for today. Well. the first full squad workout of Spring Training for my beloved Cardinals took place yesterday. Next Saturday, is the first home Spring Training game of 2015 for the Cardinals. Spring Training games are impossible to fill in a score card, because there are so many changes with players, pitchers, positions, etc. so, you just go and enjoy the beautiful day, the sounds, the smells and baseball.. Can you believe that February is almost over? The month flew by like the wind. I sure hope March lasts a lot longer! The other night my beloved Missouri Tigers finally stopped their 13 game losing streak and beat the mighty Florida Gators! And the St. Louis U. Billikens are looking to win 2 in a row! Maybe things will look brighter for these two schools’ beleaguered basketball teams heading into March.. Jimi Hendrix is playing: All Along the Watchtower on the iPod right now. And that tells me that the watchtower has struck the bewitching hour of when this needs to get out of here! So, make sure you go out and have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more

By Nick Giambruno Editors note Today we have a

first_imgBy Nick Giambruno Editor’s note: Today we have an urgent essay to share with you from Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno. You see, right now, a dangerous shift is playing out in Europe… one that could change the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. As Nick explains below, it all has to do with tomorrow’s important vote. Read on to get the details on how it will all go down—and what it could mean for you and your fellow Americans… Tomorrow, a vote in the Netherlands could push the euro and the EU one step closer to death… For the last several months, I’ve been warning readers about a populist tsunami washing through Europe. It’s drastically changing the continent’s political landscape in a way not seen since before World War II. This wave is flushing away traditional “mainstream” parties. And it’s bringing in anti-establishment populists who want to leave the euro currency and the European Union. It’s already hit the UK in the form of Brexit, killing David Cameron’s pro-EU government in the process. Then it struck Italy, washing away pro-EU Matteo Renzi’s government. After spending a few weeks in Italy last year, months in advance, I predicted the country’s constitutional referendum would fail and Renzi would resign. (I’m also an Italian citizen.) That’s why I advised Crisis Investing subscribers to short the euro with an investment that trades like any ordinary U.S. stock. As of writing, we’re sitting on a double-digit gain, but I expect there’s a lot more upside in the months ahead. Tomorrow, on March 15, the populist wave is set to hit the Netherlands. That’s when Dutch voters go to the polls. The anti-EU populist Party for Freedom is expected to win. It’s led by Geert Wilders, who was close to Trump’s campaign. Some even call him the “Dutch Trump.” Leaving the euro is a top priority for the Party for Freedom. If it wins, it would be another nail in the coffin for the European currency. Either way, the Dutch parliament will discuss how to leave the eurozone shortly after the March 15 election. A top lawmaker recently said that “the probe will examine whether it would be possible for the Dutch to withdraw from the single currency, and if so how,” Reuters reported. The euro’s problems are compounding and could get much worse, very soon. Germany (September 24) France (April 23) Why 2017 Could Offer a Rare “Second Chance” to Get Rich in the Stock Market Imagine waking up to find the size of your retirement account has doubled… all thanks to a small $500 investment. It sounds impossible… But this sort of thing has happened before. Could it happen again? Click here for the full story. These elections will ultimately determine the fate of the European Union. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election, and the failure of Italy’s constitutional referendum have already boosted anti-euro populist parties in these countries. If the Party for Freedom wins in the Netherlands tomorrow, they’ll get another leg up. Populist parties have a real chance to win in both France and Germany. But even if they win in just one, the EU would likely unravel. The biggest issue in these elections is the migrant crisis, which we’ve covered here extensively. And the crisis is only accelerating. Every single migrant that arrives in Europe increases the chance that anti-EU populists will win a key election. That’s not good news for the EU or the euro. It’s also not good news for the U.S. Whatever happens in the EU—the world’s largest economy and a major U.S. trading partner—matters. If the euro collapses, expect it to trigger a stock market collapse in the U.S. The Financial Times recently put it this way: It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. And it could all begin unfolding tomorrow… Regards, — Two of Europe’s biggest countries have elections this year: Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Tomorrow, March 15, is a crucially important date for Americans, too. Especially those who have any money in the stock market. Because on that day, the debt ceiling deadline hits. If Congress can’t come together to agree on a solution, the Treasury could run out of money. In the worst case, this could affect Social Security and government pension funding. Also, the last time the debt ceiling battle got fierce, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded. If that happens again, there could be big trouble in the markets. On top of the debt ceiling deadline, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will meet tomorrow—and all signs are pointing to a rise in interest rates. A steep series of rate increases could also spell doom for the market. That’s why Casey Research founder Doug Casey and I put together this urgent video designed to help you navigate markets in crisis… You can watch it here. How Doug turned every $1,000 into $86,000 An unusual group of companies I call “penny fuel stocks” are on the verge of a historic boom. Only TWICE in history has a similar event happened… and each time, these tiny stocks roared for 10-, 100-, some even saw rare but life-altering 1,000-fold returns. We know this because our research firm’s founder, Doug Casey, saw these returns himself. In fact, he saw a life-altering 86-fold return! These types of life-altering gains are something most investors never have the opportunity to see but now, thanks to the Trump administration, this same energy event is happening right now. And Doug and his team are now recommending plays with similar life-changing potential! Click here for full details. – Recommended Linkslast_img read more

The Key to Information Security Success

first_imgTechnology Register Now » –shares Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Q: What security initiatives will have the biggest impact on my business?A: I often speak with individuals and management teams about the pros and cons of particular security initiatives. Those responsible for security today are often inundated with information on the topic. They see all the hype around the products, read the headlines of rising concerns and hear plenty of predictions about what is next. It’s not hard to see why some just want to know what to do now and what will have the biggest impact.Most companies I’ve spoken with have identified and implemented many of the common technologies important to any security program. They have a firewall, antivirus software, intrusion detection/protection, authentication technologies and so on. However, what continues to concern me is that these systems often go untested and unmanaged and therefore create a false sense of security.So while some companies would benefit from knowing what security devices to implement, for many, the most valuable recommendations are regarding procedures. In many circumstances, companies still fail to realize that a security program is just the beginning. All too often, monitoring and assessment responsibilities are either overlooked, underfunded or just not done properly.Security Audits Security audits are one of the best ways to identify security risks and validate the protection devices already put into place. Additionally, they’re an invaluable resource for justifying security budgets. However, many companies today fail to perform regular comprehensive audits of their internal and/or external IT infrastructure. And those that do perform audits often just test the externally exposed devices or only have high-level audits performed to ensure the above mentioned “common technologies” are being utilized. Comprehensive audits, however, should thoroughly test for all known vulnerabilities of all systems, correlate the findings, test exploits, identify the true level of risk to the business and detail remediation requirements. Audits properly performed with all these procedures by a reputable firm are in fact one of the most important initiatives you can undertake today.One of the reasons why security audits top my list is that they lay the groundwork for identifying what is needed to secure the IT infrastructure. In addition, they provide objective insight on the effectiveness of your overall security program. Such audits should be performed at least once per year against the internal environment and every six to 12 months against the external environment. This frequency is a suggested minimum, and many companies rightfully prefer to test certain aspects of a full audit more frequently.Managing Security One of most common and major security flaws I come across is that companies don’t properly monitor their security protection devices: the firewall, intrusion detection/protection, antivirus, operating system logs and the like. Security management doesn’t simply mean performing maintenance and administration; it involves consistent monitoring and the evaluation of events that happen on a daily basis. Yes, these tasks are mundane and generally resource-intensive. During a time when network/security administrators are already busy with other tasks, these activities are often overlooked. However, if this data were being monitored and if security events were being properly evaluated and acted upon, the vast majority of hacking-related events could be prevented.In most cases, with proper monitoring and reaction, businesses would not have to endure forced system outages, data loss or theft, virus outbreaks, Web site defacement or even the negative publicity that accompanies these and other such events. It’s not an easy or inexpensive task if performed internally. However, recent advances in security management software have reduced the security personnel requirements to perform these responsibilities. In addition, several reputable Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) have emerged with service offerings to outsource these tedious tasks. Outsourcing security monitoring and response can be a highly cost-effective method of dealing with this problem. It’s predicted that the vast majority of companies will be outsourcing this area of security in the next few years.Security Policies Another commonly overlooked item is your security policy. Every company should have some form of an information security policy in place and provided to every employee. Security policies provide a roadmap for both IT and non-IT personnel on how the company expects them to conduct themselves with any matter that affects the security posture of the business. In many cases, the actions have an obvious impact, such as the disclosure of logon account information to unauthorized personnel. While some policies are clearly security-related, other policies may be less obvious in terms of their impact to security risks to non-IT employees.An important point to consider is that an information security policy reflects the company’s stance on security in general. If no security policy exists or very little effort has been made in this area, it can be considered a direct reflection on the overall security posture of the business as a whole. This in itself can increase the likelihood of a company becoming a target and/or a victim.Several excellent books on the topic of information security policies exist today, making it easy and cost-effective to set up a basic policy. In addition, there are plenty of security consulting firms that can assist with more detailed policies.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.net or by e-mail at mbruck@baisecurity.net .The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant. The Key to Information Security Success Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 8, 2003 To successfully secure your systems, focus on the procedures, not the technologies. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more

OK You Can Sue Us General Mills Scraps Controversial Terms of Service

first_img –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Customer Engagement Next Article Last week, General Mills updated its terms of service. With the updated legal terms, customers that engaged with General Mills or any of its big-name brands by joining one of its online communities (though not, as it turns out, Facebook or Twitter since they have their own terms of use), subscribing to a digital newsletter, participating in a contest or downloading a coupon, would ostensibly forgo their right to sue the company, with forced arbitration as their only legal option in the event of a complaint. Related: Dislike: If You ‘Like’ General Mills on Facebook, You Can’t Sue the CompanyBut following a vocal backlash from customers, many of whom took to social media to lambast the new terms and call for a boycott, the food giant behind Cheerios, Pillsbury and Häagen-Dazs released two blog posts: the first, in an attempt to clear up any “mischaracterization” of the changes, and the second to announce that the updates were scrapped altogether.In a blog post titled, “We’ve listened – and we’re changing our legal terms back,” Kirstie Foster, the company’s director of External Communications explained the company felt arbitration, rather than litigation “would have simply streamlined how complaints are handled. Many companies do the same, and we felt it would be helpful. But consumers didn’t like it.”To that end, Foster wrote, “on behalf of our company and our brands, we would also like to apologize. We’re sorry we even started down this path. And we do hope you’ll accept our apology.” It seems that more than ever with social media, when customers talk, companies find themselves quickly compelled to listen.Related: Dove Pulls NJ ‘Armpit’ Billboard in Wake of Criticism 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff Nina Zipkincenter_img April 21, 2014 OK, You Can Sue Us: General Mills Scraps Controversial Terms of Service Updates Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Register Now »last_img read more

A Sales Funnel And Why Your Business Needs It

first_img Connex Digital Marketingsales conversionSales Funnelsales revenue Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Van Diamandakis, CMO, PersadoNext Article10 Tips for a More Successful Price Optimization Project A Sales Funnel And Why Your Business Needs It Anna KucirkovaApril 23, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 17, 2019 That sales funnel of yours may be one among the key roots of your brand-new internet marketing policy for this age. Returning its fundamentals won’t only provide you with the best tool yet will additionally be in a position to preserve you valuable resources, that in turn, you may attach to your property to grow your online business. When you utilize the sales-funnel approach, you will be in a good position to appreciate distinguished sales conversion.What Is a Sales Funnel?Sales-Funnel Marketing is an approach in which a business draws new clients and prospects and leads them along a particular pre-destined route the business proprietors had in mind for them.The sales-funnel approach is mostly used to get fresh clients by offering freebies rather than attempting to convert them into consumers and buyers. In different cases, the sales funnel comprises getting buyers to buy more valuable items with time.How does a Sales Funnel Work?A sales funnel works like this: You offer an entry-level product, perhaps something for less than $20 (or even a free product) to allow the customer to ‘try you out’. When they buy the underlying item, and experience working with you, then you experiment with your item and see that it does all that you promised and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. At that point they will feel considerably more happy obtaining something else from you. What’s more, that something else can be a greater, higher valued item.The more someone has acquired from you, the more likely they are to buy from you in the future. So, instead of creating a $100 product up front, you will enjoy more long-term profit by utilizing a sales funnel.Read More: Making Voice Tech More Human Is as Easy as 1-2-3Why Do You Need a Sales Funnel?Improve Sales RevenueSuppose you got a report, which retails for $17. You may trade it 300 times, hence you would make $5,100 in transactions. Anyway, do you believe some would additionally purchase a similar item for $37 or still $197? I trust some would do it! Therefore, it’s absurd not to own a sales funnel fixed up for your digital business. It’s not important to worry with all the functional pages from the initial starting point, but, in any case, seek to have them.Improve Conversion RateWhile people move via their funnel, the number of them will lessen at the very time, and this is extra crucial, the common population which prevails in the funnel will presumably be more prepared to compensate for their extra expensive similar products. Accordingly, unselected people will be separated in the sales funnel. Additionally, those who remain will purchase more, and this will improve their conversions! Concentrate your efforts on those individuals and provide them with what they require, and they will likewise sell high-cost items.Assist in Predicting Sales VolumeOnline marketing is fun. Also, with every marketing side, you can determine the number of possible customers and later take the information to foretell the level of individual who will purchase your items. For instance, assume Paul traces your website’s traffic for say 10-weeks and discovers that he gets 10,000 guests to his site every month. 40/100 of them accept the free proposal (4000 sponsors) and 5% will purchase one or considerably extra products. After a few weeks, Paul will have statistics point-by-point concerning the number of individuals who purchase and plan in the funnel. Additionally, using those numbers, Paul can prognosticate the amount of money he can make with his sales funnel.Read More: How Managed Execution Services Help Marketers Yield Better ResultsIdentify Unsold Products/ServicesWith the numbers Paul gets each month, he can recognize services or products that don’t actually sell well. Therefore, you can execute modifications to your design and products to promote it, or you can even eliminate or replace existing items. That’s the idea why it’s normally important to keep a record of everything you perform in your funnel.ConclusionTowards the end of the day, your goal is to change sales into qualified leads. This model helps you through the sales process and shows you how to legitimately manage potential customers. The sales funnel gives you a course and focuses on the opportunities you need to deal with that will ultimately, help you save time, money and increase your bottom line. This is going into the design of your general sales strategy.Read More: What is Presentation Management and Why Do You Need It?last_img read more

UCLA biologists uncover how head injuries can lead to serious brain disorders

first_img“Knowing which genes in which cells are changing in a particular person can lead to the right treatment for that person,” said Yang, who is a member of UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biology.Gomez-Pinilla, who also is a member of UCLA’s Brain Injury Research Center, describes the new research as an advance in precision medicine, which holds the promise of individualized treatments for diseases. Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 17 2018UCLA biologists have discovered how head injuries adversely affect individual cells and genes that can lead to serious brain disorders. The life scientists provide the first cell “atlas” of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that helps regulate learning and memory — when it is affected by traumatic brain injury. The team also proposes gene candidates for treating brain diseases associated with traumatic brain injury, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.The researchers studied more than 6,000 cells in 15 hippocampal cell types — the first study of individual cell types subject to brain trauma. Each cell has the same DNA, but which genes are activated varies among different cell types. Among the 15 cell types are two that were previously unknown, each with a unique set of active genes.”Every cell type is different,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and of integrative biology and physiology, and co-senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications.The biologists found that hundreds of genes are adversely affected by mild traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. These altered genes can later lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.The researchers reproduced a concussion-like brain injury in mice, and studied other mice that did not receive a brain injury. The researchers analyzed thousands of cells in the hippocampus of both groups of mice. Among their findings: The mice without an injury had very low levels in 14 of the 15 cell types of a gene called Ttr that regulates metabolism, controls thyroid hormones and performs other functions. Brain trauma increased the level of Ttr in essentially all of the cell types, the researchers found. They concluded Ttr is important to brain health and may function to bring more thyroid hormone to the brain to maintain metabolism. A thyroid hormone called T4 was injected in mice. T4 improved traumatic brain injury-induced learning deficits and reversed changes in 93 genes that affect learning and memory. This reversal in damage caused by traumatic brain injury is a major new finding. After brain injury, metabolism is substantially reduced. The biologists think T4 may “reboot” metabolism. Researchers found evidence that at least 12 of 15 cell types are negatively affected by brain trauma, some more strongly than others. The researchers were able to see how genes that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease acted within different cell types, providing new details about where these genes act when they are affected by brain trauma. “We are learning which cell types we may want to target in future research,” said Xia Yang, a senior author of the study and a UCLA associate professor of integrative biology and physiology. “Maybe Alzheimer’s disease-related genes do not have to be active in all different cell types.” For the first time, the biologists found several genes that are affected by traumatic brain injury, which has recently been linked to neurotic behavior in humans. Traumatic brain injury has been associated with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. This research could lead to new treatments for these conditions. Injury to the brain can lead to what is known as post-traumatic epilepsy. The researchers found a gene that could serve as a potential target for treating this kind of epilepsy. Traumatic brain injury causes changes in how cells communicate with one another (see attached image).center_img Source:http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-cell-study-reveals-how-head-injuries-lead-to-serious-brain-diseaseslast_img read more

Erdogan says Uber finished in Turkey

first_img Erdogan’s comments, in a late night speech Friday in Istanbul, came after the government agreed new rules that are expected to severely complicate Uber’s operations in Turkey.Drivers of Istanbul’s yellow taxis have over the last months waged an intense campaign to have Uber banned, saying the company is eating into their business without having a proper legal basis for work.”This thing emerged called Uber or Muber or whatever,” said Erdogan. “But this issue is now finished. It’s over now.””Our Prime Minister (Binali Yildirim) made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,” he added.Yildirim’s government last month issued a directive sharply hiking fines and threatened blacklisting for companies whose vehicles illegally work as taxis.The official taxi drivers association said at the time the measure would be a major threat to Uber, if it was properly enforced by the traffic police.Erdogan said that while Uber may be popular in some European countries, Turkey was different.”Why did it (Uber) emerge? Because it was in Europe. But what is Europe to me? We will take the decision ourselves.”His comments come three weeks ahead of keenly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. Many Istanbul taxi drivers—though not all—are strong Erdogan supporters and the main taxi associations back him.’Pirate carrier’After Erdogan spoke, dozens of taxi drivers rallied to support him outside of his private residence in the Uskudar district of Istanbul, the Dogan news agency said.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu backed up Erdogan’s comments, describing Uber as a “unauthorised carrier, in other words a pirate carrier”.”Turkey is a state of law. We don’t need to say sorry for this. It (Uber) has not been given the authorisation to carry out taxi services,” he was quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.The 17,400 official yellow taxis in Istanbul are a pillar of the city’s often patchy transport system, but critics say that poor service and overcharging opened up an opportunity for Uber.However the taxi drivers slam Uber as “pirates” who are swallowing their incomes in an already tight market. Uber drivers have been physically attacked and even fired at, but taxi drivers reject being involved in a harassment campaign.Uber said this week it is committed to working in Turkey “to the end” and has insisted it is operating within the law. It has expanded rapidly in Turkey and according to Turkish press reports there are more than 10,000 Uber vehicles in Istanbul.The company did not comment on the situation on Saturday.The tension in Turkey is one of a number of headaches for Uber and its new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over last August after founder Travis Kalanick was ousted following a series of scandals.It has lost its license in London, although it is still operating there pending appeal, while its self-driving car programme in the United States suffered a blow with a deadly accident. © 2018 AFP Citation: Erdogan says Uber ‘finished’ in Turkey (2018, June 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-erdogan-uber-finished-turkey.html Official yellow taxis wait for customers in Istanbul where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says rival ride-app Uber is “finished” Uber says ‘committed’ to Turkey after new rules, finescenter_img Uber faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride hailing app was “finished” on Saturday following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Angry customer makes cendol seller even richer

first_img Nation 1d ago Musang King cendol business booms after customer complained it’s overpriced {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Popular dessert: Ariff Qayyum said his customers do not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. — Bernama MELAKA: He put two quintessential Malay­sian delights together. And since then, his cendol served with dollops of Musang King has made him a very happy man.Cendol seller Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, 25, ventured into the business two years ago just to pass time. Little did he expect his cendol stall here to eventually generate an average monthly income of RM90,000. This would swell to RM150,000 a month during the school holidays. AdChoices广告In fact, sales soared even further after an angry customer posted on Facebook a receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol served with Musang King.Ariff Qayyum, who is the owner of Raja Cendol Taming Sari, said: “I’m so thankful the matter went viral. Now more people know about my stall and I’ve many more customers. My workers and I have never been busier.” He said durian lovers did not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol, as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. While the Musang King cendol is the clear winner among his customers, he said the Udang Merah cendol (RM20 a bowl), D24 cendol (RM20), hybrid durian cendol (RM17) and normal cendol (RM7) are also popular.“Just for each serving of Musang King cendol, I use between 120gm and 150gm of the pulp,” he said, adding that his durians are mostly sourced from Johor and Pahang.Since he is particular about the quality of durian he uses to prepare the dessert, he has to cope with the fluctuating prices of durians.“Between November and January, durian prices shoot up due to smaller harvest. During the durian season from May to August, prices start to drop. Cheap or expensive, I still have to buy my stock,” he said.Before he opened his stall, he worked at his family-owned factory that produced durian-­based snacks.Using his savings of RM25,000 as capital, he started the venture. His father Mohd Zamri Mohd Taib, 51, who is his business adviser, was the one who suggested that he put Musang King cendol in his menu and to add gula melaka syrup to enhance the taste.Last year, the young entrepreneur raked in total sales of RM950,000. Ariff Qayyum said he hoped to open bran­ches in Kuala Lumpur and Johor in future.Ahmad Dhani Mikail, 18, a student from Indonesia, when met at the stall recently said it was the first time he was trying out the Musang King cendol.“I usually prefer ice kacang to cendol. But this cendol durian is really delicious,” he said.His Singaporean friend Samantha Ng, 18, said she has eaten cendol in Singapore but found Raja Cendol Taming Sari’s durian cendol the best she so far.“It is more fragrant and the gula melaka is not that sweet. I can have two bowls in one go,” she said.Another customer from Seremban, Abdul Manaf Ibrahim, 47, said he was a durian lover and would never miss the opportunity to enjoy Musang King cendol whenever he visits Melaka. — Bernamacenter_img Nation 01 Jun 2019 M’sia to start exporting Musang King to China in August Nation 10 Jul 2019 Melaka exco member plans to give Dr M durians as a birthday gift Related Newslast_img read more

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