LUX Resorts Hotels has launched an immersive fi

first_imgLUX* Resorts & Hotels has launched an immersive five-day guided tour package to discover the ancient trails of the 13th-century Old Tea Horse Road in China. Experience the romance and adventure of this intrepid journey that follows the tea carrying pack-caravans through spectacular landscapes, from high mountains to deep gorges, linking the varied ancient Naxi and Tibetan cultures of China’s South West. The five-night six-day guided tour is offered north-bound from Lijiang in the Yunnan Province and Southbound from the Tibetan village of Benzilan, covering legendary trails through the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers and glaciers of the Meili Mountains.Sample five-day tour: north-bound Lijiang to BenzilanThe adventure commences in Lijiang, a UNESCO Heritage Site, with a walking tour along the winding cobblestone lanes past the well preserved folk style buildings of Dayan. Stop at shopping spots along Qi’yi Street and visit the oldest tea house in Lijiang, to meet Diana He whose family for generations has traded tea. Watch the local Pu’er tea, renowned for its healing powers, be pressed into cakes by standing and rocking on stones, enjoy a tasting session and learn the secrets from these tea masters. Overnight at LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang boutique hotel.Day twoDiscover the picturesque Zhonghe (Central River), past Willow trees, exquisite stone footbridges and distinctive tiered wells. Join the hotel chef at nearby bustling Zhongyi markets and experience the vibrant heart of Naxi cuisine, while he gathers ingredients for the evening’s signature meal – a Naxi hotpot. A short car ride to the north, at the foot of looming Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain sets the scene for lunch, followed by an hour-long performance, entitled ‘Impression Lijiang,’ created by China’s most famous movie director Shang Yimou (‘Raise the Red Lantern and ‘House of Flying Daggers’). A spectacle to behold, the show features a hundred horses and a cast of 500, set in the open air theatre of the fertile Lijiang Plains. End the day with a visit at the village of Baisha visiting temples filled with murals and a school that teaches the art of weaving silk tapestries, a local Naxi tradition.Day threeJourney to Shangri-La and the Napahai wetlands in Benzilan for an exciting day of dramatic mountains, deep gorges and a complete cultural shift from Naxi tradition to ethnic Tibet. Marvel at the spectacular views over Haba Mountain, the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge and the high plains to the north, famed for its fearless horsemen. In Dukezong, see the world’s largest Tibetan prayer wheel, followed by a delicious local organic lunch. Circle the wetlands of Napahai, a complex ecosystem that changes dramatically with the seasons, attracting thousands of migratory birds, including the rare black-necked crane. Here, Tibetan farmers pasture their herds of yak and flocks of horses roam the wetlands. Continue the ascent to LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan, the only mountain retreat in the area, nestled in the gorge by the rushing waters of UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Three Parallel Rivers.Day fourFollowing a hearty breakfast, set off to the untouched Dongzhulin monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat), where the monks chant their morning prayers. Watch a theatrical and highly-charged Gelugpa-sect debating session unfold between pairs of monks, as they shout, jump and dance to make their point heard. Highlights of the day include the making of traditional Tibetan incense sticks, visiting a local bell-maker at Shuibianhe Valley and savouring a traditional picnic, or Provençale style French lunch, paired with local wines. Return to the hotel for dinner and unwind on the roof terrace with a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ experience, watching a movie al fresco under the stars.The rich tales of this magical journey are shared in a detailed LUX* guide, published and designed in partnership with acclaimed photographer and author Michael Freeman.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

Amazonowned UK OTT subscription videoondemand s

first_imgAmazon-owned UK OTT subscription video-on-demand service Lovefilm has launched a new streaming app for internet connected devices. The app will initially be launched on the Sony PlayStation 3 games console in the UK and Germany, and will then be rolled out to all Lovefilm Instant-enabled platforms.According to Lovefilm new features include an improved search functionality and recommendation engine, and a new user interface.Lovefilm has also added a Watchlist feature, allowing members to create an unlimited streaming playlist that can be accessed at any time. A new display on users’ home pages keeps track of what content they are currently viewing and the last location reached in that video to make it easier to resume viewing from the same place via any Lovefilm-enabled device.The PlayStation 3 update also enables Lovefilm subscribers to watch HD content via the games console for the first time.“Lovefilm has been a fantastic part of the services offering on PlayStation 3 since 2010. Now with a brand new improved app coming first to PlayStation 3 plus the addition of HD content, this is a huge enhancement to the PlayStation entertainment portfolio and even more relevant for our millions of UK customers,” said Fergal Gara, vice-president and managing director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK and Ireland.last_img read more

Rodolphe Belmer Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen will

first_imgRodolphe BelmerEutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen will step down in March 2016 and be succeeded by former Canal+ chief executive Rodolphe Belmer, the satellite operator has confirmed.De Rosen, who turns 65 next year, will remain non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Eutelsat until the end of his current mandate in November 2016.Belmer, who was dismissed as chief executive of Canal+ in July as part of a management board shakeup, will join Eutelsat on December 1 as deputy CEO, alongside existing deputy CEO and chief commercial and development officer Michel Azibert.Following a hand-over process he will take up the Eutelsat top-job on March 1, 2016. He will then be proposed as a member of Eutelsat’s Board at the annual shareholders’ meeting in November 2016.“It has been my great privilege since 2009 to serve as Eutelsat’s CEO and latterly as chairman and CEO. During this period, we have consistently put innovation at the heart of our service to customers, significantly expanding our geographic reach, and cementing our reputation as leaders in technical excellence,” said de Rosen.“I feel this is the right time to hand over the reins and am delighted to welcome Rodolphe Belmer in whom I have full confidence to build on these achievements and to take the company forward.”Lord Birt, vice-chairman of the board of Eutelsat Communications, praised de Rosen’s six-year leadership of the company and said he had “transformed Eutelsat into a truly global player”.“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Rodolphe Belmer will lead Eutelsat. With his extensive experience in broadcasting, his understanding of the trends shaping digital markets and his leadership, we are confident he has the skills to take Eutelsat forward in the evolving satellite communications landscape,” Birt added.Belmer left Canal+ over the summer and in August was reportedly hired by the new director-general of public broadcaster France Televisions, Delphine Ernotte, to lead a 12-strong strategic orientation committee.last_img read more

Alticeowned Portuguese service provider PT Teleco

first_imgAltice-owned Portuguese service provider PT Telecom/Meo has launched new subscription video-on-demand service from Turner, Cartoon Network Premium, on its TV service.The deal makes Meo the exclusive distributor of the service in the country. Cartoon Network Premium will offer over 100 episodes of popular Cartoon Network series including Teen Titan Go!, O Incrível Mundo de Gumball, Hora de Aventuras, Regular Show, Yokai Watch, Nós Os Ursos and As Poderosas Magiespadas for a subscription fee of €3.99 a month.A number of shows including O Titio Avô Reforma-se, the eight season of Hora de Aventuras, and  Regular Show: O Filme will be available exclusively to Meo viewers.The service will be available to Meo fibre and ADSL customers equipped with a Meo box.Cartoon Network owner Turner launched a Boomerang-branded SVOD service in the US earlier this year, offering ad-free access to shows including Scooby-Doo and Tom & Jerry for US$4.99 a month, available as an OTT service to iOS and Android devices.Turner has also launched a movies-on-demand service, Filmstruck, in the US.last_img read more

If you have not read the first three parts of this

first_imgIf you have not read the first three parts of this series, please do that first: They are a necessary prelude: Westphalian Orders’ End Part 1 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 2 Westphalian Orders’ End Part 3 I have thus far made quite a few arguments why the Westphalian order of states is in trouble. Presuming that I am correct, and that the current state model fails, the great question is what comes next? The Two Classes Impolitic though it may be, any sensible analysis of states in transition has to divide the inhabitants into two groups: the Rulers and the Ruled. We can seek tamer terms if we like (such as officials and citizens), but those terms invariably muddle the issue. There are two groups that matter: those that make orders and those who take orders. These two face massively different challenges and incentives; separating them clearly is the only way to arrange a reasonable discourse. I will begin with the rulers: Imagine being a big boss of a big country: You and your predecessors have promised free everything to your voters, but you have now failed to deliver. They are angry, but there’s nothing you can do; there are no more buyers for your bonds and inflation has made your currency almost worthless. You are out of options. At the same time, you can’t just walk away – being the boss is something you need. So, what do you do? Your first job will be to keep the people with you, rather than against you. You must give them someone else to blame and to make them feel horrible about the prospect of your system vanishing. Finding outsiders to blame is always easy. (Jews and immigrants being the perennial favorites.) Making people feel like they need you, however, isn’t so easy, especially when your promises have just come up painfully short. You need some majestic promise for them to believe in: something that makes them special, provides a credible promise of more than they deserve, and/or makes them part of some magical uber-entity. In other words, you need an appealing new myth. The problem, of course, is that large new myths are not created in a day, and certainly not by people who can’t deliver much. So, you have to use whatever respected myths remain, make them more grandiose, and run with them. (This is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire, as I will explain in Free-Man’s Perspective.)Fall of the Roman Empire Right now, the only big myths are of the globalist strain, such as climate change, save the rainforest (or whales, or trees, or children, or…), the value of politically correct speech and so on. Judeo-Christianity remains, of course, but it is a horrible mythology from a ruler’s point of view, is more or less incompatible with the globalist myths, and has been driven from respectable circles in most of the west anyway. So, the mythologies chosen by the rulers will have to be based upon environmentalism, anti-capitalism, and associated guilt-centric ideas. For lack of a better term, the new mythology will probably have to be globalist, with the many nation states and their scattered strategies being blamed for the crisis. The solution to the crisis, of course, will almost certainly be unified management by proper elites. But if globalist, elite rule is to be the next model, a modification of the social contract will be necessary. This will be the great moment of opportunity for intellectuals. Devising a legitimacy myth for the new order will be a ticket to fame and fortune. As strange as it sounds, there is another group associated with the rulers that must be included in this discussion, and they are the dependent class. People who survive on government checks are not what we usually think of as rulers, but they are necessarily joined to them. Together with the elites, they form a high-low ruling coalition. The vast majority of the dependent will support the rulers (or at least the replacement rulers), almost regardless of what the rulers do. Even if their checks stop, promises of future checks will keep them faithful. The other choice is to utterly reform their lives, and very few will be of any mind to do so. They may complain or even riot at the moment when their checks stop, but being faced with either radical change or supporting the rulers and hoping for restoration, they will choose the latter. And, most unfortunately, this is a very large group. The Other Side Now – and this will not be hard for most of my readers – imagine that you have behaved well and worked hard; that, after being challenged by numerous obstacles, you have carved out a comfortable, stable life. Then imagine that it has been turned upside down. Everything is a mess, and you want things to get back to normal so you can work and enjoy life. What do you do? This is where the formation of the future gets interesting. The Rulers may come up with a few surprises, but their strategies are more or less predictable. The productive ruled, however, are a wild card. Ultimately, they control everything, but they don’t know it. Rulers do not make, they only take. The productive make. If they ever decided, en masse, to stop giving in to the rulers, the rulers would be soundly defeated, and in short order. No matter how many armed tax collectors they employed, it wouldn’t be enough for an unwilling populace, not to mention that paying the armed collectors gets very difficult when there is no more money coming in. And if the mechanic refuses to fix state vehicles, if the HVAC man refuses to fix their air conditioning, and so on, the end comes much faster. The above is precisely what happened at the end of the Roman Empire: Harsher and harsher tax laws brought in less and less silver. People ran away to Germania, Britannia and Gaul to escape. The ruling structure failed. But, as mentioned above, the productive middle does not believe that they have the right to make their own political decisions; they feel free to choose between Party A and Party B, but not to demand a new structure. If, somehow, the productive class does decide they are worthy of such choices, it will be a small matter for them to begin organizing with their neighbors, cobbling together ground-up systems of law and markets, and arriving, over time, at a structure that suits them. They would almost certainly end up rediscovering John Locke, the common law, and sound money. But will they? The Cognitive War Though most of us have seldom realized it, we have been living through a continual war for our minds and our wills. We feel confused a great deal and suspect that it is our own problem; a problem that we hide, rather than risking shame. This equates, roughly, to a surrender in the cognitive war. Anyone who seeks to make us do things without thinking, wages war against our wills. Whole industries are built on this, as we all know: “Look at the pretty, happy people; buy the beer,” “don’t vote for that horrible, scary candidate,” “look here at the sexy girl,” and so on. We all swim in a soup of it. This battle will determine what comes out of Westphalia’s crisis. If the Lockean productive class is too confused and intimidated to assert their wills, the globalists will be able to regroup as they wish. If, somehow, the producers regain their nerve, they can more or less do as they wish. They will have an initial difficulty in overcoming the globalists’ death throes, but in endurance they will reclaim their world. A Second American Revolution The last time a broad group of producers asserted their will and stuck to it was the American Revolution. Contrary to any conventional wisdom of the time, they defeated the mightiest empire on the planet and changed the world. The American Revolution, as I have explained elsewhere, is misunderstood and used badly for propaganda purposes, but it was a unique and potent event. Producers have, at other times, pushed rulers to reform, but very seldom have they gathered the courage to say, “get lost, we’re doing it our way.” In order to achieve this goal the early Americans required separation, Christianity and the philosophy of John Locke. There are wonderful Lockean thinkers and teachers in the West today, but they are usually drowned out by the 24/7 clamor of 500 entertainment channels, music in nearly all public places and the recent Blackberry, texting and iPod fetishes. Withdrawal from the Circus The one real hope for the Lockeans is withdrawal from the great Western circus of mainstream TV, movies and music. In a previous article, I wrote that free news may begin vanishing, and that if it does, people will begin to choose more carefully. The thing I didn’t mention, however, was that this is occurring already. And the people who have been wandering away from the circus are mainly the producers. The first among the Lockeans are headed slowly away from the big noise. These people will begin to reclaim the right to their own opinions, even regarding how they choose to be ruled (or not). If this grows, there will be many people who don’t believe that they need to be coordinated and ordered by central elites and that Adam Smith was right: If you leave people alone, most of them will provide things needed by others, as if guided by an invisible, benevolent hand. In order to avoid this, the globalists will have to preserve media above all. Whether this includes subsidies for cable TV, free Internet services, or whatever, it will be strongly in their interests to provide them. If the circus ends, the young will start to ask impertinent questions. Lockean organization is effective, but it isn’t loud and flashy. Globalist organization is parasitic, but it comes with engaging stories and entertainments. If the circus reigns, the producers stand to be overwhelmed… yet again. The Exercise of Will I leave you with two quotes to consider, and I hope that you do so: The will of men is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided. Men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence. It does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, until each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. — Alexis de Tocqueville Mankind is made great or little by its own will. — Friedrich Schiller Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_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

Jeff Bezoss Space Company Aims for Passenger Flights in 2018

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters The New Shepard crew capsule. The reusable New Shepard spacecraft, which launched to the outskirts of space in November, will launch again soon Jeff Bezos’s Space Company Aims for Passenger Flights in 2018 Jeff Bezos Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Reuters 3 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Blue Origins Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle next year and begin flying paying passengers in 2018, Bezos told reporters on Tuesday.Bezos’ remarks, made during the first ever media tour of the Blue Origin manufacturing facility, marked the first time the billionaire founder of Amazon.com had put a target date on the start of the commercial space flights Blue Origin is developing.”We’ll probably fly test pilots in 2017, and if we’re successful then I’d imagine putting paying astronauts on in 2018,” Bezos said at the sprawling plant south of SeattleThe company expects to build six New Shepard vehicles, which are designed to autonomously fly six passengers to more than 62 miles above Earth, high enough to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and see the planet set against the blackness of space.Blue Origin’s first reusable rocket was lost in a test flight in April 2015, though the capsule parachuted safely back to the ground. A second ship has made two test flights, and Blue Origin is in the process of assembling its next two vehicles, which, for the first time, include windows for paying passengers.Blue Origin has not yet settled on a price for rides, but Bezos said it will be competitive with what other companies, such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, are charging for similar flights.Galactic is selling tickets to fly on its six-passenger, two-pilot SpaceShipTwo for $250,000. The company last month unveiled its second spaceship and expects to begin test flights soon. The first SpaceShipTwo was lost during a fatal test flight in October 2014.Privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which is developing a two-person space plane called Lynx, is charging about $100,000 for one person to fly alongside a pilot.Bezos said he has invested more than $500 million in Blue Origin, which is on track to double its staff to about 1,200 within the next year. He said that he would continue to foot the company’s bills “for as long as necessary.”Bezos expects Blue Origin to become profitable at some point. “I’m optimistic it will be a healthy business,” Bezos said.Blue Origin also is working on rocket engines for United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, and for Orbital ATK.”It’s very gratifying that the world’s premier launch companies are choosing our engines,” Bezos said.(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Andrew Hay and Cynthia Osterman) Next Article March 9, 2016 –shareslast_img read more

Expedia Unpacks the Best Time to Book Cheap Places to Visit and

first_img Searches for “summer 2019” have been on the rise for the past 90 days, and the unofficial start to summer – Memorial Day weekend – is just a couple weeks away.  Expedia travel experts revealed the best time to book, cheapest places to visit, and other vacation planning tips to help travelers prepare for another season of epic adventures. Expedia also recently polled 1,000 Americans and analyzed travel data to uncover the trends that will likely inspire your next summer getaway. Expedia’s ready to inspire your next summer getaway. Nearly 85% of Americans are taking or planning to take at least one trip between now and September. For the 15% of Americans who said they won’t be traveling this summer, more than half of them (65%) claim it’s due to budget concerns.Domestic travel continues to be the foundation of most American trips. 3 out of 4 Americans aren’t planning to leave the country this summer. Expedia’s flight and hotel data confirms this as hot spots like Vegas, Orlando, San Diego and Los Angeles make up a majority of the top 25 most popular summer vacation destinations this year.Most Americans plan to road trip or fly with family or a significant other this summer, and they’re willing to spend between 5-10 hours in transit.Disconnecting from work, hitting the beach, getting some sun, sightseeing, spending time with friends and family are all things we want to accomplish this summer. Nisreene Atassi, PR Director for Brand Expedia comments: “Whether it was road trips around the Midwest or long weekends to the East Coast, domestic vacations were a hallmark of my family trips as a child. So, it doesn’t surprise me to hear that most Americans plan to travel within the U.S. this summer. We’re on a mission to really arm travelers with everything they need to get their vacation plans sorted, and our analysis covers everything travelers need to do just that.”Marketing Technology News: New Research: Global Businesses are Failing to Live up to their Claims of Putting the Customer FirstHere’s when to book your hotel, flight and car rentalHotel – Travelers are becoming more accustomed to booking last minute, which could work in their favor this summer. Being flexible and waiting about a week before your trip starts could save you more than 15% on hotel costs. For those who cringe at the thought of missing out on a specific property or not staying with other travelers in your party, booking 21-30 days in advance could still mean nearly 10% savings. Regardless of when you decide to book, remember the cheapest average daily rates are found on Fridays5.Flights – The “sweet spot” for airfares is about three weeks to a month (21-30 days) ahead of time. Remember to purchase flights over the weekend, particularly on a Sunday. Nearly 30% of Americans are flying to their destination, so this next tip is super important: choosing flights that take off on Thursday or Friday6 can save travelers around 10%.Car Rental – It’s never a bad idea to avoid putting miles on your car. Booking a comfy rental 14-20 days in advance could save you around 5% this summer.“We hear from travelers time and time again that budget is a big concern for them. While summer can often mean peak travel times and peak pricing, we’ve done the heavy lifting to figure out the best ways for travelers to still find prices that fit their budget,” says Atassi. “With some careful planning and a little research, summer travel plans are well within reach for many Americans.”Marketing Technology News: Hyundai Streamlines Integration with the Google AssistantCheap summer vacation ideas Most Americans feel comfortable spending somewhere between $1,000-2,999 on their entire summer vacation. Expedia’s data gurus pulled together some of the cheapest destinations in the USA that fit this budget. We also threw in a few international locations that Americans tend to frequent.Marketing Technology News:Extreme Reach Launches AdBridge, the Complete Creative Asset Workflow Solution Designed for the Next Era of Brand Storytellingcenter_img Expedia Unpacks the Best Time to Book, Cheap Places to Visit, and Everything Else You Need to Know About Summer 2019 PRNewswireMay 14, 2019, 8:17 pmMay 14, 2019 Brand ExpediaExpediaMarketing TechnologyMemorial Day weekendNewsNisreene Atassisummer 2019 Previous ArticleCloudinary Identifies Opportunities to Raise Visual Storytelling Impact in its Inaugural State of Visual Media ReportNext ArticleRevTrax Announces Addition of State-of the-Art Machine Learning and AI Technology to its Offer Management Platform to Deliver Groundbreaking Value to CPG & Retail Brandslast_img read more

Outbrain Announces Strategic Global Partnership with Evolve Media

first_imgEvolve Media will implement Outbrain’s Smartfeed and Audience Development Suite to drive consumer engagement & revenue initiativesOutbrain, the world’s leading discovery and native advertising feed for the open web, announced today that it has entered into an expanded global technology partnership with Evolve Media, a publisher of leading enthusiast destinations for men and women. Through the partnership, Evolve Media will have access to Outbrain’s extensive network and full audience development suite.The agreement will enable Evolve Media to utilize the power of Outbrain’s Smartfeed technology, helping audiences discover engaging content-from articles to videos and more. In addition, Evolve Media will utilize Outbrain’s native advertising capabilities to augment its audience acquisition strategies.Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketing“We’re excited to enter into a partnership with Evolve Media, whose goal is to streamline the advertising process and create stronger engagement amongst consumers,” said Josh Feller, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development at Outbrain. “Smartfeed provides flexible and scalable solutions catered to their needs increasing reader engagement and growing revenue. In addition to Smartfeed, Evolve Media will have access to Outbrain’s global audience reach and the entire suite of publisher tools, including outstream video and real-time auto-optimization capabilities.”Marketing Technology News: Relationship Intelligence Platform Affinity Hires Four New Vice PresidentsEvolve Media’s use of Outbrain will help to increase engagement across each one of its global properties and will aid in personalizing the customer journey by leveraging Outbrain’s proprietary interest-graph. Outbrain’s programmatic technology will help Evolve Media in curating hyper-personalized content created towards each individual consumer.“Outbrain’s Smartfeed technology provides us with the key benefits that we are looking for, including brand safety and quality content,” said Aaron Broder, Co-Founder and CEO at Evolve Media. “With the ever-shifting media landscape, we needed a partner with strong capabilities, especially as we scale back on the number of partners we sign with. With Outbrain, we can drive audiences to specific premium content, while increasing revenue and engagement.”Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Market Outbrain Announces Strategic Global Partnership with Evolve Media MTS Staff Writer6 days agoJuly 16, 2019 Evolve MediaJosh FellerMarketing Technology NewsNewsOutbrainPartnership Previous ArticleACI Worldwide and Worldpay to Drive Global Acceptance of Alternative Payment MethodsNext ArticlePFL Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Digital Production & Fulfillment Centerlast_img read more

Debate Primer A Mere 15 Minutes Set Aside To Cover Lots Of

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News outlets set the scene for some of the tough health policy questions the two presidential candidates might face during tomorrow night’s debate. And new ads about the health law and women’s health issues have been unleashed.  Medscape: Obama-Romney Debate: Readers Pose Tough QuestionsThe first presidential debate of 2012 between Republican challenger Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, scheduled for tomorrow night, allots a mere 15 minutes to the subject of healthcare … A number of Medscape readers asked Romney what he would substitute for the ACA if he became president and delivered on his promise to repeal the law. “Be specific!!!!!!” one physician demanded. Other readers wanted him to explain why he opposed the ACA even though it was modeled after the healthcare reform he enacted in Massachusetts when he was governor (Lowes and Berry, 10/2).The MedicareNewsGroup: Debate Primer: Get Up To Speed On Obama, Romney And Medicare Reform[W]ith health care and economics on the list of discussion topics Medicare will possibly take center stage. …  Here’s a round-up of MNG content that will tell you all you need to know about Romney, Obama, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and their plans to revamp Medicare (10/1).CNN: Romney Ties Obama To Pelosi In New AdMitt Romney’s campaign and the Republican National Committee aligned President Barack Obama with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a new television ad Tuesday, one day before the year’s first presidential debate (Killough, 10/2).The Hill: Romney Ad: Obama Health Law Raised Taxes On The Middle Class”Who will raise taxes on the middle class?” a narrator asks, as a picture of President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pans across the screen. “Barack Obama and the liberals already have. To pay for government-run healthcare, you’ll pay higher taxes and more for your medicine” (Sink, 10/2).The Hill: Planned Parenthood Launches Anti-Romney Blitz In ColoradoPlanned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) and Planned Parenthood Votes (PPVotes) are planning a slew of anti-Romney messaging efforts with a special focus on Denver, the location for the domestic-policy debate. The groups have been actively involved in this year’s presidential race, endorsing President Obama and running ads against Romney, who has promised to end Planned Parenthood’s public funding (Viebeck, 10/1).Meanwhile, coverage also details how Medicare proposals could play in the swing states, as well as some  cost and coverage numbers associated with Mitt Romney’s health proposals. The Hill: Ryan: Medicare Reform Proposal Won’t Hurt Ticket In Swing StatesThe Medicare reforms proposed in a budget plan by Paul Ryan won’t hurt the Republican presidential ticket in swing states, the Wisconsin lawmaker said Monday. Ryan’s comments come as recent polling shows Mitt Romney and Ryan trailing President Obama on Medicare in key swing states. A Gallup poll from late September found that in 12 battleground states more voters felt Obama’s healthcare reform law would better handle the problems facing Medicare (Strauss, 10/1). Politico Pro: Report: Romney Plan Leaves 72M UninsuredMitt Romney’s health care plan wouldn’t just insure fewer people than “Obamacare” — it would make the uninsured problem worse than it would have been if the law had never passed … The analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation, found that under Romney’s health care plan, the uninsured population would soar to 72 million by 2022 — 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all. … [the] report is based on research by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who worked on both the federal and Massachusetts health reform laws (Norman, 10/2).NBC: Romney Health Plan Would Cost US, Group SaysIf President Barack Obama stays in office, just 27 million will go without insurance and costs will fall, the group predicts. There are a lot of caveats in the report issued Tuesday by the group, which does research in support of a “high-performing” health system. Romney would also need a friendly (read Republican-dominated) Congress to roll back health reform, and he hasn’t given very many details of his health plan (Fox, 10/1).NewsHour (Video): What’s At Stake In The Candidates’ Different Visions For MedicaidThe firestorm over how to make Medicare more sustainable has consumed the health care debate this election season, but Medicaid, its counterpart for low-income, disabled and elderly Americans, actually covers more people. Hari Sreenivasan looks at how the candidates’ two drastically different proposals offer reform (10/1). Politico Pro: Mass. Dems Sent To Praise ‘Romneycare’Two Massachusetts Democrats, at the urging of the Obama campaign, will hit the trail this week to talk up Romney’s proudest achievement as governor: the near-universal health care law he signed in 2006. … Massachusetts House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and State Rep. Steven Walsh are headed to Nevada Wednesday and Thursday to shower praise on the law. The pair plans to contrast Romney’s work on the state health law with his clarion call to repeal the ACA and to expand the role of private insurers in Medicare (Cheney, 10/1).Meanwhile, health issues are playing in a gubernatorial race – The Associated Press: N.H. Gov. Candidates Debate Health Care Though similar parental and professional experiences guide their views, the candidates for New Hampshire governor take very different approaches when it comes to health care policy. Democrat Maggie Hassan has an adult son with severe disabilities and has served as legal counsel for several hospitals. Republican Ovide Lamontagne has an adult foster son with special needs and also has represented numerous hospitals as a business lawyer. Both cited those backgrounds Monday during an hour-long debate (Ramer, 10/2). Debate Primer: ‘A Mere 15 Minutes’ Set Aside To Cover Lots Of Differences On Health Policieslast_img read more

A new treatment for Chlamydia via Canadian researchers

first_imgThe study was titled, “Autophagy induction and PDGFR-β knockdown by siRNA-encapsulated nanoparticles reduce chlamydia trachomatis infection.” Further Reading Chlamydia 3D illustration. Credit: Tatiana Shepeleva / Shutterstock What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia Infection Pathophysiology Chlamydia Screening Chlamydia Diagnosis Chlamydia Treatmentcenter_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 6 2019A new way to prevent and treat one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been developed by the researchers at the University of Manitoba and the University of Waterloo. This new method is more of a gene therapy than antibiotic therapy against the infection. The results of the study outlining the therapy were published in the latest issue of the journal Scientific Reports. For this new study researchers Sidi Yang, Yannick Traore, Celine Jimenez and Emmanuel A. Ho experimented with a gene therapy that is delivered with the help of nanotechnology. Results showed a 65 percent success rate in prevention of the infection after a single dose of the gene therapy. Emmanuel Ho, a professor at Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and lead researcher said, “As antibiotic resistance continues to develop, people may experience Chlamydia infections that cannot be treated through conventional means, which is causing increasing public health challenges. If left untreated or if treatment takes an extended period of time it can lead to infertility and other reproductive issues so finding new ways to treat this common infection is important.” He explained that the FDA has recently approved the first “siRNA-based drug” and this could soon be available for use.For this approach the team targets Chlamydia infection by preventing the bacteria from entering the cells in the genital mucosa. The approach also kills bacteria that have managed to penetrate the cells. The team used a small interfering ribonucleic acid (siRNA) to target a gene called PDGFR-beta in the mucosa of the female genital tract. This gene is responsible for making a protein that eventually binds to the Chlamydia bacteria. Ho explained that if they targeted this gene they could stop the production of the protein that Chamydia can use when it enters the female genital tract. “As a result, an incoming infection has fewer targets to latch onto and infection is less likely to occur,” he said. The treatment takes a step further. The Chlamydia that already has entered the dells are killed by the process of autophagy. The infected skin cells form a coating or bubble around the bacteria and kill it.The authors conclude in their study that this new method has been proven to be effective in the lab situations. Further studies can prove its efficacy in real life scenarios. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) shows that there is an increase in incidence of STIs such as Chlamydia, Syphilis and Gonorrhea and with rise of antibiotic resistance, treatment is becoming difficult. If this gene therapy is successful, new avenues in STI management could open up.Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-36601-ylast_img read more

Greater spousal life satisfaction associated with lower mortality risk

first_img Source:https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/happy-spouses-longer-lives.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. The study was published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.”The data show that spousal life satisfaction was associated with mortality, regardless of individuals’ socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, or their physical health status,” says study author Olga Stavrova, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.Notably, spouses’ life satisfaction was an even better predictor of participants’ mortality than participants’ own life satisfaction. Participants who had a happy partner at the beginning of the study were less likely to pass away over the next 8 years compared with participants who had less happy partners.”The findings underscore the role of individuals’ immediate social environment in their health outcomes. Most importantly, it has the potential to extend our understanding of what makes up individuals’ ‘social environment’ by including the personality and well-being of individuals’ close ones,” says Stavrova.Life satisfaction is known to be associated with behaviors that can affect health, including diet and exercise, and people who have a happy, active spouse, for example, are likely to have an active lifestyle themselves. The opposite is also likely to be true, says Stavrova:”If your partner is depressed and wants to spend the evening eating chips in front of the TV — that’s how your evening will probably end up looking, as well.”Stavrova examined data from a nationally representative survey of about 4,400 couples in the United States who were over the age of 50. The survey, funded by the National Institute on Aging, collected data on participants who had spouses or live-in partners; 99% of the sampled couples were heterosexual.For up to 8 years, participants and their spouses reported on life satisfaction and various factors hypothesized to be related to mortality, including perceived partner support and frequency of physical activity. They also completed a self-rated health measure and provided information related to their morbidity (as measured by number of doctor-diagnosed chronic conditions), gender, age at the beginning of the study, ethnicity, education, household income, and partner mortality. Participant deaths over the course of the study were tracked using the National Death Index from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or spouses’ reports.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryHigher levels of physical activity not linked to greater volume or activity of brown adipose tissueTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTAt the end of 8 years, about 16% of participants had died. Those who died tended to be older, male, less educated, less wealthy, less physically active, and in poorer health than those who were still alive; those who died also tended to report lower relationship satisfaction, lower life satisfaction, and having a partner who also reported lower life satisfaction. The spouses of participants who died were also more likely to pass away within the 8-year observation period than were spouses of participants who were still living.The findings suggest that greater partner life satisfaction at the beginning of the study was associated with lower participant mortality risk. Specifically, the risk of mortality for participants with a happy spouse increased more slowly than mortality risk for participants with an unhappy spouse. The association between partner life satisfaction and mortality risk held even after accounting for major sociodemographic variables, self-rated health and morbidity, and partner mortality.Exploring plausible explanations for these findings, Stavrova found that perceived partner support was not related to lower participant mortality. However, higher partner life satisfaction was related to more partner physical activity, which corresponded to higher participant physical activity, and lower participant mortality.This research demonstrates that partner life satisfaction may have important consequences for health and longevity. Although the participants in this study were American, Stavrova believes the results are likely to apply to couples outside of the United States, as well.”This research might have implications for questions such as what attributes we should pay attention to when selecting our spouse or partner and whether healthy lifestyle recommendations should target couples (or households) rather than individuals,” says Stavrova.Future research could also investigate larger social networks to see if the same pattern of results emerges in the context of other relationships.last_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

Ryanair strike hits 600 flights 100000 passengers

first_imgRyanair staff are demanding that the airline recognise unions for pilots and cabin crew and that it negotiate with a representative chosen by these unions and not the company © 2018 AFP The low-cost Irish airline which predicted that 100,000 passengers would be affected, said in a statement they had “been offered re-accommodation on alternative flights” or a complete refund.Cabin crew in Italy are also striking but a spokesman for the airline said this was not expected to affect the “Italian-based schedule”.Unions in all four countries are asking that Ryanair staff be employed according to the national legislation of the country they operate in, rather than that of Ireland as is currently the case.They also want the airline to give contractors the same work conditions as its own employees.”These strikes are entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing other than to disrupt family holidays, and benefit competitor airlines in Belgium, Portugal and Spain,” Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs hit back in the statement.”Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay -– up to 40,000 euros ($47,000) p.a. (in countries with high youth unemployment) –- industry leading rosters (14 days off each month), great sales commissions, uniform allowances and sick pay,” he added.Ryanair staff are also demanding that the airline recognise unions for pilots and cabin crew and that it negotiate with a representative chosen by these unions and not the company.So far, the airline has only recognised cabin crew and pilots’ unions in Britain and Italy.In a statement, it said it was “engaged in extensive negotiations with national cabin crew unions across Europe”.The strike will come two weeks after a work stoppage by Irish Ryanair pilots that saw some 30 flights cancelled. Ryanair on Wednesday said it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Ryanair strike hits 600 flights, 100,000 passengers (2018, July 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-ryanair-flights-passengers.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ryanair threatened by summer strikelast_img read more

Does not compute Older Macs dont support latest Windows 10

first_img Tech News 09 Jul 2019 Spotify offers ‘lite’ app for slower phones in emerging markets Microsoft has run into problems with its latest version of Windows 10 on some Apple Mac machines. — dpa Tech News 09 Jul 2019 Google Chrome to get universal media play/pause button Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} If you have an Apple Mac from 2012 or earlier, beware: The latest version of Windows 10 might not be compatible with your machine. Culture 18h ago Of Nostalgia And Emotional Ties To Stuff Related News Microsoft has blocked the installation of version 1903 of Windows 10 on certain machines because of compatibility problems with the drivers.As well as pre-2012 Macs, the software is also incompatible with some newer models with older Boot Camp software, which enables the installation of Windows alongside Apple’s MacOS operating system.Newer Mac users who receive the error message “MAC HAL Driver – machaldriver.sys” during installation should first try updating Boot Camp.The chances are good that this will enable you to install version 1903. If not, Windows is promising a fix by the end of July. – dpalast_img read more