Heading to the CHTAs Caribbean Travel Marketplace Heres what you can expect

first_img SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s recovery post-hurricane season is picking up pace with more than 5 billion impressions for the ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign, plus strong registration numbers for the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association reports that registration numbers for the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, taking place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, are just slightly off pace from registrations at this time last year for the 2017 event in The Bahamas. For the upcoming 2018 event, close to 600 delegates have confirmed their attendance including 170+ suppliers and more than 50 buyers.“With six weeks to go, we are on target to equal or surpass last year’s attendance,” says CHTA’s Director General Frank Comito. Next month’s event is shaping up to be “another incredible opportunity to kickstart the region’s marketing efforts for 2018 and beyond,” he adds.Following a meeting with the Host Committee in San Juan last week, Comito disclosed the overall year-over-year registration pace was encouraging, and assured that all systems were in order for the Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 event.Produced by CHTA, Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; online travel agents; tour operators; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.“We were very encouraged by what we saw in Puerto Rico,” said Comito, who observed the metro area busily preparing for the opening of the winter season. “The strong recovery from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, is a testament to the spirit of the Puerto Rican people as they get their lives back on track and get ready to welcome tourists to the island. They are ready for us and they are going to be even more ready on Jan. 30.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) reported last week that more than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up meals. Major tourism attractions island-wide have been cleaned up and restored.“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”Puerto Rico recently announced that Dec. 20 would be its “official reopening date”. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in this year’s wild Atlantic hurricane season.For more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace see chtamarketplace.com. Details about registration can be found at https://www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesMeanwhile billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America.The Association’s ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign generated awareness, along with more than 5 billion impressions, about the majority of Caribbean destinations operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Between Oct. 2 and Dec. 1, 2017, the campaign generated more than 4.26 billion impressions; 11,949 media placements; 22,432 promoted content clicks; promoted content reach of 14,060,068; and 18,269 total shares of news stories.That’s in addition to the 1.23 billion impressions and 9,041 placements through a satellite media tour.The campaign has also featured a landing site, CaribbeanIsOpen.com, with destination footage, a Q&A, traveller testimonials and a map of open destinations, as well as a media call with Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation, and Chairman, CLIA and Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Chairman, FCCA.In all, the focus has been targeting potential travellers to educate about the region’s more than 1 million square miles and 100 ports, the majority of which were unaffected by the hurricanes and ready to welcome visitors. The campaign also showcased the affected destinations’ resiliency and recovery efforts. Monday, December 18, 2017 Share Heading to the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace? Here’s what you can expect Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Caribbean << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs as Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 25 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Seemingly with every game he plays, Larry Fitzgerald finds himself climbing up the leaderboard for several all-time NFL records.In Sunday’s 31-23 Cardinals win over the Washington Redskins, a game in which Fitzgerald caught 10 passes for 78 yards, Fitzgerald extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 191, which is the longest active streak and third longest in league history.He also became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 1,100 career receptions, at 33 years and 95 days old, and moved past both Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison into third place on the all-time receptions leader list, at 1,106, and is 10th in receiving yards, with 14,246. “Like, stuff like that, I learn so much from Larry, just little small stuff all year, especially like last year when I was just watching and stuff, I learn so much stuff from a guy like Larry. It’s great to be around guys like him.”Fitzgerald’s place among the NFL’s best players was cemented after his historic playoff run that propelled the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII. But that Fitzgerald is still playing so well at this point in his career — through 12 games, he is tied with Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown for receptions and is on pace for his eighth career 1,000-yard season — is due in part to his evolution as a player.Whereas earlier in his career he was the X receiver, playing on the outside and going deep, since Arians arrived Fitzgerald has played more inside as the Z receiver, lining up in the slot and doing much of his work between the hashmarks.“We had that conversation three years ago; no one likes to hear that they’re not X anymore, he gets to play X, but he’s going to make his money in the slot at this time in his career, and he’s doing a fantastic job at it,” Arians said.In nine seasons before Arians took over, Fitzgerald averaged 5.5 catches and 74.4 yards per game; in nearly four seasons under the coach, he has averaged 5.9 catches and 66.1 yards per game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It is great, but the most important thing I am happy about is it came in a winning effort,” Fitzgerald said. “A tough, hard-fought game at home that we definitely needed.“It is always nice to be able to climb up a little higher, but it is humbling to know that I am still 400 catches behind Jerry Rice.Fitzgerald is actually 443 receptions behind Rice, and though he is still playing at an elite level, it’s difficult to imagine him ever catching arguably the greatest receiver ever.But as he continues to play and produce, it sure seems as though there isn’t much he can’t still accomplish, at least on a personal level.“It’s really hard to put in words, the names when he passes people,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, noting Fitzgerald will have to play a little while longer to catch Rice and Tony Gonzalez, who are both ahead of him in receptions. “But to put yourself in that category of passing Marvin (Harrison), who I was with, and Cris, is just, it really is mind boggling as I said [Sunday] what he has accomplished, especially in those four or five years when he didn’t have a quarterback.”Arians noted how when a team has quarterback issues it tends to have to throw the ball, which may have helped Fitzgerald’s stats a little bit.center_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Given that Fitzgerald has been running mostly shorter routes, it should not be a surprise that his catch percentage, according to ProFootballReference, has steadily risen in every year under Arians, to an incredibly efficient 80 percent this season.Essentially, when the ball is thrown Fitzgerald’s way, he catches it.On if it was funny to Fitzgerald that one of his milestone catches went for a three-yard gain, he smiled.“No, they keep getting shorter and shorter,” he said. “But hey, I am getting it thrown to me still, so that is all that I can ask for.”Fitzgerald’s perspective may have changed some over the years, as his career has gone on, and that he and the team have been successful under Arians probably helped him accept his changed role. He’s also become an effective blocker, which is something the coach said Fitzgerald had to buy into, adding it’s a rare combination of guys who are not only willing to do that, but be good at it, too.Arians said Fitzgerald’s ability to stay healthy has gone a long way toward him still producing, as the nine-time Pro Bowler and 2008 All-Pro has missed just two games since 2013 and has played in 198 of a possible 204 games since entering the NFL. Availability goes a long way.“When you get in there and block, and you’re going to get beat up playing over the middle, he’s so big and strong and he’s in great shape all the time,” he noted. “I was thinking 80 to 90 balls would be a great year for him, but last year obviously was 100-something, this year it should be over 100 again.”Fitzgerald is on pace to finish with 117 catches, 1,173 yards and seven touchdowns this season.No matter where Fitzgerald’s numbers finish, be it this season or even for his career, what he has done since being chosen third overall out of Pittsburgh in 2004 has been a sight to behold. He is under contract for the 2017 campaign, so he may not be done just yet.“He’s still going at a high level,” Humphries said. “Just, what’s he been in the league, what is he, year 13? What? How are you still running up and down the field like that?”Fitzgerald’s continued success may be surprising to some, simply because players his age are not supposed to be posting those kind of numbers. But Arians said it would not be fair to say his star’s play has shocked him.“Talent-wise, I had heard all the things,” he said. “Probably what’s surprised me more is how good a person he is, because I knew he was, but to be around him, he’s a hell of a guy.” “It’s rare, rare air that he is in,” the coach added.A future Hall of Famer, Fitzgerald’s impact on the organization over the course of his now 13 seasons with the team cannot be understated. It’s one thing to be a great Cardinal, however, and a completely different thing to be a great player.Everyone notices that.“Playing with a living legend,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “I’ve been blessed to witness him do his thing for nine years, so it’s been amazing to just sit here, front-row seat, and see him go out there and ball play after play, game after game. He’s my ultimate hero. I have a lot of love for him. I look up to him. He’s my role model.”“That dude is the GOAT, man,” tackle D.J. Humphries said. “I learn something from Larry, like every game.”Humphries pointed to a play near the end of the first half of the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, when Fitzgerald caught a 10-yard pass and quickly gave himself up before calling timeout with one second remaining, which allowed the Cardinals to attempt — and make — a 54-yard field goal.Humphries, in his second year, said at the time he wasn’t even thinking of how much time was on the clock. 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first_imgKaren bradleyOfcom has submitted additional advice on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky to the UK government.The broadcast regulator made the submission at the end of last week to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, with the advice due to be published “in due course”.The move comes after Bradley requested “advice and clarification” earlier this month in light of representations made in relation to the proposed merger.“The Secretary of State will now carefully consider that advice before making her decision on referral on the basis of all the evidence before her, and will do so as soon as is reasonably practicable,” said the government in a statement.The government said earlier this month that the submissions “raise new evidence” and asked Ofcom to take a fresh look at the deal, with a view to seeking “further clarification” on some of these points.Bradley said in July that she had pushed back a decision on whether to refer 21st Century Fox’s acquisition of Sky, but said it was highly likely the bid would be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority on the grounds of media plurality.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Brooke Park was reopened to the public in September 2016 following an extensive £5.6m regeneration of this historic landscape. The project was funded by Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Communities (DfC) and has been a resounding success with the public to date.The ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a celebration and appreciation of Brooke Park which has provided an invaluable green space for recreational and leisure activities since 1901 – and will include fun wildlife workshops, mucky fingers, tepees, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more!Speaking at the launch event, Mayor Boyle said he was delighted to be hosting the ‘Spring Open Day’ in the beautiful grounds of the recently regenerated park. BROOKE Park will be the place to be this month as the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle invites local children along for some family fun with a whole host of activities on the menu.The ‘Spring Open Day’ is taking place at Brooke Park today, Saturday, March 23, from 12 noon – 4 pm. There will also be an opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ displaying the history of the park to the public. Derry and Strabane ColuncilMayor hosting ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Park todayMayor John BoyleSpring Open Day “Brooke Park has undergone a major transformation recently and I can think of no better location for a family fun day,” he said.“I’d like to invite as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the family-friendly activities.“The transformation of the park into a state of the art facility for leisure, play and relaxation has enriched the lives of so many people by providing a hub for social and leisure activity.“I’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Communities without whose financial support this project wouldn’t have been possible.”Anna Carragher, Chair of the NI Committee of The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to see the launch of the ‘Spring Open Day’ and to attend the opening of the ‘Gate Lodge Exhibition’ at Brooke Park to the public.“Since its reopening, the park has been enjoyed by people of all ages, offering a place to socialise, play, relax and unwind. “We were delighted to have been able to use National Lottery player’s money to help bring this historic park back to life via this fabulous project. “We are so pleased to see so many people using the restored park, getting out in the fresh air and reconnecting with nature”Paul McNaught of the Department for Communities added: “I have no doubts that this event will be a fantastic day out for the whole family to enjoy.“Brooke Park has been a great success and the Department is delighted to have contributed to its regeneration.”In keeping with Council’s aim to create a zero waste Council area, there will also be a number of fun activities to raise awareness about protecting and enhancing the environment. Parks Manager Emma Barron said the ‘Spring Open Day’ is a great opportunity for children and parents to find out how they can make a difference.“Throughout the day we will providing a range of environmental activities for children, including badge making, building bird boxes, environmental art and planting seeds and plants to take home” she said.“Indeed, the ‘Spring Open Day’ will be a great way of promoting Brooke Park’s natural environment. “It will also help children and parents develop a better understanding and appreciation of the history of the park, its importance in terms of wildlife and environment, and the positive role they can play in safeguarding its future for generations to come.”Mayor hosting ‘Spring Open Day’ at Brooke Park today was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Wait until you see what could happen in America as

first_imgWait until you see what could happen in America as early as this MAYAn unbelievable phenomenon is set to sweep the nation as early as this May…The railroad age… the steel age… the electronics age… the technology age – this phenomenon triggered them all. And now it’s taking shape again!Watch this special, time-sensitive presentation now for full details on how it could affect your job… your lifestyle… and your wallet. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.The gold price came under steady selling pressure starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday trading day.  The sell off accelerated a bit shortly after London opened…and the low of the day was in about 9:30 a.m. GMT.The price bounced off that bottom a couple of times after that, but the moment that the Comex opened in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, it was up…up…and away.  But once the price broke above $1,732 spot, there was obviously a seller there to make sure that the price didn’t finish the day above the Friday New York close.Gold closed at $1,730.30 spot…down $7.00 on the day.  Net volume was a very light 79,000 contracts…or thereabouts.Silver’s price path was similar…and it’s low came at 11:30 a.m. in London, which might have been an early London silver fix.  The subsequent rally ran out of gas at 11:00 a.m. in New York right on the button, which also happened to be the close of London trading.After the London close, silver got sold off about 40 cents, but gained about half of that back by the close of electronic trading in New York at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed at $33.50 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Net volume was on the light side at 27,500 contracts, a lot of which would have been of the high-frequency trading variety.The dollar index opened in a rally mode the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time yesterday morning, was up about 55 basis points…and then spent the rest of the trading day giving back about 30 points of that gain.  The dollar index closed at the 79.10 level…up about 25 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price action…and the HUI finished down 1.08%.Considering the fact that silver was down about 50 cents on the day, the shares themselves hung in their very well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 0.84%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed all the deliveries for First Day Notice for the February delivery month in gold.  There were 893 gold and 114 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow.  The big short/issuer in gold was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 845 contracts…and taking the lion’s share of the deliveries was Deutsche Bank with 472 contracts…and Credit Suisse First Boston with 247 contracts.In silver, it was the three ‘usual suspects’ with the lion’s share of the action.  This time Jefferies was joined by the Bank of Nova Scotia as a short/issuer…with 38 and 76 contracts respectively…and JPMorgan stopped/received 100 of those contracts…49 for its client account and 51 for its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is worth skimming, is here.The GLD ETF had no report yesterday…but the SLV ETF did.  Authorized participants added 3,158,805 ounces of silver…replacing, almost to the ounce, everything that had been withdrawn since the end of December.  Ted Butler suspects that much more is owed to the fund than that.The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 385,000 silver eagles.  Year-to-date the mint has sold 122,500 ounce of gold eagles…12,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 6,082,000 silver eagles.Friday was another busy day at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 927,431 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 83,501 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler has his usual weekly review posted for his paying subscribers on Saturday…and here are two free paragraphs…“The price takedown starting in late-September and lasting through the end of December was all about commercial COT positioning and price manipulation. Especially in silver, the epic decline in price with the concurrent radical change in the COT structure was deliberate and intentional. Only a fool, or someone who refuses to see, would fail to recognize what just occurred. Silver (and gold) were driven lower in price to force speculative selling and to allow the commercials to buy massive quantities of what the speculators sold. After the commercials bought as much as they could possible buy, then prices rallied sharply. It’s impossible for this commercial activity to have occurred with collusion and intent. That the CFTC sat by and allowed this to occur (once again) without defending and protecting the public or our free markets is beyond shameful.“The CFTC’s failure to regulate aside, this last few months seem to have developed as explained in advance, if not predicted. I did not predict (or expect) the 35% price smash over the last few days of September; but I feel I have explained it adequately. There is no way that one can be invested in a market and not invested at the same time. All you can do is pay your money and take your chances. Risk grows as prices increase, but the structure of the COT is still bullish and not bearish. Maybe that will change in time, but until it does it is reasonable to expect higher prices. And maybe sharply higher prices.”Reader and technical analyst, Scott Pluschau, has a few things to say in his current blog.  His e-mail read “This week’s COT report was an eye-opener in the 10-year treasury futures.”  If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here’s the link to his blog.Here’s a graph that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday.  It looks suspiciously similar to the one that was posted in a zerohedge.com article headlined “Europe’s Scariest Chart” that reader Richard Craggs sent me yesterday.(Click on image to enlarge)Since it’s Tuesday, I have more than the usual number of stories posted, so I hope you have the time to skim them all.“I cannot predict how long policymakers can hold economic Armageddon at bay with spin, money creation, currency swaps, intervention in gold and silver markets, and outright lies.  The onset could be sudden and take place this year, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of spin over a gullible public that trusts ‘their’ government and fervently believes that Muslim terrorists are out to get them…and that the demise of the Constitution, the product of a eight hundred year struggle that produced Anglo-American civil liberty, is worth the price of ‘safety’. There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency.  The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams.” – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts…January 6, 2012For the last trading day of the month going into First Notice Day of the February delivery month for gold, I really wasn’t expecting a lot.  With net volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for any interested party to knock gold and silver down…and they took the opportunity to do so…although platinum and palladium prices were barely affected.  But, with the January delivery month now off the board, it’s a brand new ball game, so we’ll see how things unfold from here.The preliminary open interest numbers for yesterday showed a decent decline in gold…and a modest increase in silver o.i.  But whatever it means in the grand scheme of things, won’t be know until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The same can be said for last Friday’s final open interest numbers.  Despite the big rallies in both metals, gold o.i. was down a decent amount…and silver o.i. was basically unchanged.  I was very encouraged by those numbers.As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.  But, as per usual, how high the price goes…and how fast this rally unfolds…is 100% dependent on how the traders in the Commercial category respond as the tech funds and small traders place their long positions…and I know that Ted is watching their every movement like a hawk.  So am I.And as you can tell from the gold analysts above, everyone is expecting the prices of both gold and silver to rise significantly in the not-too-distant future.  As of this writing…and according to the netdania.com website…gold is up 11.5% so far this year…and silver is up 22.6%.  If all these predictions turn out to be true, it’s going to a wild year in the precious metals…and all the trials and tribulations from last year will soon be forgotten.  We’ll see.As I mentioned in my first column of 2012…I considered the lows of December 29th to be the bottom for this move down, so the big rallies we’ve experienced over the last month have not come as a real big surprise to me.  It’s what happens from hereon in that I’ll be most interested in.Both gold and silver are up a bit now that London has been open for trading for over two hours.  Gold is up $11 bucks…and silver is up two bits.  Volumes in both metals as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time are already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rallies…small as they are…are not going unopposed.  It would be my guess that a large percentage of the current volume in each metal, would be of the high-frequency trading variety.That’s all I have for today…and I await the New York open with great interest…but always keeping in mind that “there are no markets anymore, only interventions.”See you tomorrow.last_img read more

As mentioned above sukuks are typically denominat

first_img As mentioned above, sukuks are typically denominated in the currency of the issuing country. No surprise, then, that Malaysian ringgit-denominated sukuks accounted for 63% of total issue value for 2013. What might surprise is that 15% of total issue value in 2013—US$28 billion—was sukuks denominated in US dollars, up from 13.9% in 2012. If the US Fed continues to make good on its promise to taper its QE program, and if US interest rates indeed rise, the dollar should continue to strengthen and benefit US dollar-denominated sukuks. Total sukuk issuance is estimated to reach US$70 billion in 2014, according to Moody’s. The governments and government-related entities in the GCC will be the main drivers of sukuk issuance going forward. Being based in Dubai, I can say anecdotally that it is once again on track to become the construction-crane capital of the world. With the real estate market rebounding strongly, development activity has started up across the entire city. In addition, a number of large-scale projects that were put on hold are now moving forward. Many of these new projects will be funded through sukuk issuance. The Dubai government has the explicit ambition to become the center of the Islamic economy. One potential way to profit from this growth will be the sukuk issuances from high-quality sovereign and government-related entities in the United Arab Emirates and other GCC countries. Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value-oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report and follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnkurShah47. Islamic finance remains one of the bright spots in the global financial industry post the 2008 financial crisis. Despite two decades of strong growth, the industry is now finally poised to break into conventional financial markets in the West. Islamic finance is comprised of instruments, infrastructure, institutions, and markets that apply Sharia rules and principles. You might be wondering how Islamic finance impacts you, if you’re based in a non-Muslim country. Increasingly it’s being viewed as an avenue of growth for global banks, as the industry caters to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. The advent of Islamic finance allowed devout Muslims the ability to access financial products and services without compromising on their beliefs. As a result, total global Islamic banking assets are projected to surpass US$2 trillion in 2014. The Islamic finance sector is primarily comprised of Islamic Banking, Sukuk (Islamic Bonds), Takaful (Islamic Insurance), and Islamic Mutual Funds. The geographic centers of Islamic finance are primarily in Asia (Malaysia and Indonesia) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates). At its core, Islamic finance is governed by fundamental principles outlined in Sharia law. The main distinction between conventional finance and Islamic finance is that the latter prohibits riba (usury/interest). Thus, virtually all Islamic finance products are based on the principle of risk sharing as opposed to risk transfer. For example, an Islamic mortgage transaction would entail the bank purchasing a property and then reselling it to the homebuyer at a fixed profit. The buyer would then have the option to make the payments in installments. However, due to the concept of risk sharing, the bank could not charge additional penalties for late payments but would retain ownership until the loan was paid off. Global Investors and Islamic Finance For global investors, the sukuk (Islamic bond) market is probably the area of greatest interest within Islamic finance. The sukuk is an asset-backed security, which represents ownership in a tangible asset. With a sukuk the initial face value of the bond isn’t guaranteed. Unlike a conventional bondholder, a sukuk investor shares the risk from the underlying asset. In practice, some sukuks are issued with repurchase guarantees, which would result in the investor receiving face value at maturity, much like a conventional bondholder. However, not all Sharia scholars agree this structure is Sharia compliant. Traditionally, governments and government-related entities in Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued sukuks denominated in the local currency to domestic investors. However, increased demand from global investors has led to increased cross-border issuance from non-traditional sources. Last September, rating agency Moody’s observed, The year 2014 has become a landmark year for sovereign sukuk, with the UK issuing its inaugural sukuk, and with Hong Kong and South Africa expecting to conclude sales in September 2014. All three are major non-Islamic countries, and the transactions indicate a significant change in the potential size, depth, and liquidity of this market. This move into sukuk finance by countries with populations that are not predominately Muslim marks a shift in the long-held perception that Islamic finance is the domain of Muslim countries. In an effort to assist countries that seek to issue sukuk, Islamic institutions like the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector offer help with the structure of sovereign sukuk finance. Malaysian Dominance Malaysia dominates the sukuk finance sector both on a new issuance and outstanding basis, as shown in the following charts.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Take a look at this image. Bet you don’t know what it is… It’s a rare commodity that’s no longer produced in the U.S… but it’s 100% essential to nearly every item used by our military today. And one major country (not North Korea) is about to use it to sabotage the U.S. Armed Forces. When Pentagon officials turn to the only company that can supply this powder, shareholders could multiply their money by 10x or more… Click here to learn how to access the name of this company and its ticker. Rare Refined Powder Can Return 10x More Profits Than Bitcoin? By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Apple just threw out the playbook. The tech giant is going straight to the source to secure one of the world’s most strategic metals. It’s not copper. It’s not gold. It’s not silver… It’s cobalt. Most people don’t even know what cobalt is. But that will soon change. That’s because cobalt has become one of the world’s most sought-after resources. Apple and many other major companies need it to make money. Because of this, Apple’s talking directly with cobalt miners for the first time ever. Bloomberg broke the story yesterday: The iPhone maker is seeking contracts to buy several thousand metric tons of cobalt for five years or longer. This is clearly a big deal for Apple. But this story also has massive implications for everyday investors. I’ll explain why in a second. And I’ll show you how to turn this news into huge profits. But first—why is Apple taking such drastic measures? • In other words, the EV revolution is about to trigger a huge explosion in cobalt demand… However, supplying all this cobalt won’t be easy. There are a couple reasons for this. Number one, about 60% of the world’s cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the International Speculator team, that’s a major problem: The DRC has been relatively stable for the past 10 to 15 years, but it has a long and recent history of extremely bloody conflict and wars. The DRC is also ground zero for the uproar over “conflict minerals.” This makes cobalt supply extremely susceptible to disruptions in supply. Not only that, cobalt is a byproduct. About 98% of it comes from copper and nickel production. That makes getting a steady supply of cobalt difficult. Louis and his team wrote in a recent issue of International Speculator: This makes for a fairly complex supply chain. And it’s one that’s prone to bottlenecks. In other words, most producers will not mine more to meet rising demand if the price of nickel and/or copper doesn’t justify it. As demand for cobalt is growing faster than for nickel and copper, this increases pressure on cobalt supply. According to Louis, this one-two punch of soaring demand and tight supply will lead to a massive supply crunch. Just look at the chart Louis and his team put together. You can see that the cobalt supply is about to get extremely tight. In fact, Louis and his team project that we could see a massive shortfall by 2025.• That’s why Apple is in direct talk with miners… It can’t afford to not have a dependable cobalt supply. And it’s not the only giant multinational company taking drastic measures, either. BMW is also in the process of locking in a long-term cobalt supply. According to Bloomberg, it’s doing this because it expects its demand for cobalt to “surge 10-fold by the middle of the next decade.” Volkswagen AG and Samsung SDI are also looking to pen long-term cobalt supply contracts. This tells you everything you need to know about where the price of cobalt is headed. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to speculate on cobalt. There’s no cobalt exchange-traded fund (ETF). And there are few cobalt pure plays out there.The good news is that we can help. You see, Louis recently recommended a world-class miner that’s highly leveraged to the price of cobalt. Not only that, this company’s cobalt project is located in the United States. That makes it one of the safer ways to speculate on this megatrend.You can learn more about this company by signing up for International Speculator. Click here for details.Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico February 22, 2018 Chart of the Day: The U.S. Dollar’s Demise By Joe Withrow, analyst, Casey Research The U.S. dollar is in a major long-term downtrend… That’s the story of today’s chart, which tracks the U.S. Dollar Index from 1982 to today. As you can see, the U.S. dollar has lost 46% of its value since 1985. And as Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker told his subscribers recently, that’s the big story that the mainstream media refuses to report on. Here’s E.B.: Notice how the dollar moves in broad multi-year cycles. Over time it moves lower. Each rally in strength is weaker than the last, followed by a plunge. We’re already in the early stages of the next plunge. You won’t hear much about this in the mainstream press. That’s not a conspiracy; it’s just not what the financial media does. Once the dollar collapses, they’ll write a story about it. That will be too late to help investors. So how do you protect yourself from the dollar’s demise? As E.B. put it, foreign stocks, gold and silver mining firms, and anything related to hard assets should shine. —Joe Withrow Reader Mailbag Today, a reader tells us how he’s preparing for a market crash: I have a few stocks that I’ve learned about from Casey and Stansberry. I know virtually nothing about investing/speculating, but have put in $17,000 and within a year, have shown $10,000 in profit. I have trailing stop losses on all companies that allow them, and I’m going to sell the companies not allowing them after the next correction comes and the prices rise again. (Most have hit the trailing stop loss, though.) Also, I’m continuing to learn. Trying to “keep it simple, stupid,” but at less than 50% profit a year, I must add other means of gaining, because I’m convinced the crash is going to be catastrophic to at least the US economy. Thanks a million for all you’re providing. And don’t take any wooden nickels! Wait… take them! They’re more valuable than the paper! – Jimmy To help all of our readers prepare and profit during a market crash, we just put together a comprehensive report that’s loaded with tips and strategies from the analysts across our business. It’s been popular with our readers so far, and we hope it can help you, too. Click here to download for free. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts on where you think the market’s headed over the next few months. If you have five minutes, please take this survey we just put together. Your answers will help us find the most compelling investment ideas to share with you, and help improve our services. In Case You Missed It… With the flick of a switch… Beijing could cut the U.S. military down to its knees. At a recent Senate hearing, CIA director Mike Pompeo admitted China’s control of the technology behind this “kill switch” is “a very real concern.” But there’s one company outside of China that could resupply our troops with this key material if that happens. And now, this company is expected to surge 1,127% in the coming months. Click here to learn more. • Cobalt is a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries… These are the batteries that power iPhones and every other smartphone on the planet. Because of this, smartphones account for about a quarter of all global cobalt demand. But Apple and other companies like it have been buying massive amounts of cobalt for years. So why is Apple doing this now? Simple. It’s worried about a cobalt supply crunch. • You see, cobalt demand has shot through the roof… Cobalt consumption has spiked 13% since 2013… and it is expected to increase another 30% by 2020. We’ve seen this massive surge in demand for a simple reason: electric vehicles (EVs). EVs, as you probably know, aren’t like traditional vehicles. They run on electricity instead of gasoline. Not long ago, the market for these vehicles hardly existed. There were just a few hundred EVs in the entire world. Today, it’s a much different story. As I’ve shown you many times over the past few months, the market for EVs is exploding. It’s one of the world’s biggest megatrends. And now, the EV revolution has forced Apple’s hand.• EVs use lithium-ion batteries, too… But here’s the thing: EVs require far more cobalt than smartphones. In fact, the typical 60-kilowatt EV car battery contains around eight kilograms (18 pounds) of cobalt. Using that number, International Speculator editor Louis James estimates that the EV market could use around 78,400 tonnes of cobalt by 2025. That’s 19 times more cobalt than what was consumed in all of 2016.center_img Recommended Link Congress Expected to Tweak Title 49 of U.S. Legal Code—Accelerates Rollout of Revolutionary New Car – According to estimates by Deloitte, this could cause a $2 trillion shift within America’s auto industry. – Business Insider: We could see 10 million of these cars on the roads by 2020. That would represent a 49,000% spike. – For the full details on this breaking story, click here. — —last_img read more

Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan who is from Somali

first_imgDr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, who is from Somalia, trained as a dentist in Pakistan. When he returned to Mogadishu, in 2006 to begin practicing, he was distressed by what he saw: People getting hurt or killed near his office in Bakara Market, the result of a long-running civil war in his country.”The people were using wheelbarrows for taking victims to the hospital. Even pregnant [women] were taken in wheelbarrows to the hospital,” he says.”I asked myself, ‘What can I do?’ I decided to start my own ambulance, a free ambulance,” he says.He called it Aamin Ambulance. (“Aamin” is Somali for “faithful.”)At first, the health workers treated people who were hurt in accidents or the ongoing violence. The organization now helps treat and transport pregnant women and patients with chronic illnesses – anyone who needs to go to a hospital. People in Mogadishu dial 999 to reach a dispatcher.But after 12 years, Adan, age 45, says Aamin Ambulance is in financial trouble. The service is funded by donations, and donations have not been enough to keep up with the services Aamin Ambulance provides. Adan says he spent $4,200 of his own money for the organization’s first ambulance, and Aamin grew as he solicited donations from businessmen, family, friends – even his own students.The United Nations Development Programme has donated walkie-talkies, he says.He says his service is the only ambulance in Mogadishu, a city of 2 million, that’s free. Currently there are 16 ambulances, but Aamin can only afford to operate 10 of them.”We will not close completely, but I think we will reduce the number of ambulances,” he says. “We will reduce the number of staff, we will reduce the time and hours of paramedics, and so on.”Aamin Ambulance staff can be the first to respond to an emergency. A year ago, a truck explosion attributed to al-Shabab killed more than 500 people and injured hundreds more. Adan, who sometimes drives an ambulance or serves as a paramedic, says he was one of the first people on the scene, where he saw “a lot of cars burning, collapsing buildings, and many people crying and saying, ‘Can you help us?'””We transported more than 250 people, and almost 80 dead bodies,” Adan says, adding that while the city has been relatively calm in recent months, an attack “can happen at any time.”Apart from the service provided at times of violence, Adan worries that if Aamin Ambulance is forced to reduce its operations further, people could die even when they need more routine care.”If they don’t get early response like an ambulance, they will be at risk,” Adan says. He adds that while some private hospitals may have ambulances, they can be difficult to access and cost money that patients may not have.”The only hope they have is the [free] ambulance,” he says.Adan says it costs thousands of dollars a month to run Aamin Ambulance, and that with more money, he could run all 16 ambulances. He sometimes takes donations in the form of fuel or tires to keep the organization running.And he chips in as well. “Before I pay my bill to the house,” says Adan, “I first pay to the ambulance.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Six months ago I found myself preparing for battl

first_imgSix months ago, I found myself preparing for battle.I was lying in bed at 5:30 a.m., going over in my head how to handle the next encounter with my 3-year-old daughter, Rosy.Goodness knows, I love her so much. But there’s a fire in that little belly. And to be honest, I have no idea how to handle all the anger — the tantrums, the screaming and, most of all, the hitting.When she’s angry and I pick her up, she has a habit of slapping me across the face. Sometimes it really hurts. I’ve even started ducking like a boxer when I lift her up.At first, I reacted as my parents did, with bluster and sternness. That only backfired. All she did was arch her back and fall on the ground.Then I consulted Dr. Google and decided calm and firm was the “correct way.” But Rosy could tell I was still upset and trying to control her.Slowly, a wall was rising up between Rosy and me. And I began dreading our time together. Ugh.Then back in early December, I had an opportunity of a lifetime. I traveled to the Canadian Arctic to report on a story about the Inuit and their remarkable ability to regulate anger. During the trip, I got the chance to hear advice from arguably the calmest, coolest moms in the world: Inuit moms.It was like these moms had handed me the manual on how to communicate with small children. And their advice completely shifted how I discipline.She’s not ‘pushing your buttons’For thousands of years, the Inuit have raised children in one of the harshest places on Earth. During that time, they’ve developed a suite of powerful parenting tools to teach children emotional intelligence, especially when it comes to anger.At the center of these tools is a major tenet: Never shout at small children.”Yelling? There was no yelling at kids [in traditional Inuit culture],” says Martha Tikivik, 83, who was born in an igloo and has six children.In fact, there’s no reason for a parent to get angry at a small child, Tikivik says: “Anger has no purpose. It’s not going to solve your problem. It only stops communication between the child and the mom.”When a child is misbehaving or having a tantrum, the child is too upset to learn, says 89-year-old Eenoapik Sageatook, whose family was forced to settle in a town when she was a little girl. So there’s no reason to scold or shout during these moments.”You have to remain calm and wait for the child to calm down,” she says. “Then you can teach the child.”In other words, cool your jets, Mama Doucleff. Stop blowing your fuse. Stop taking the toddler’s behavior personally. And stop thinking that Rosy is “pushing your buttons,” says Inuit mom and radio producer Lisa Ipeelie.”You think little kids are mad at you,” she says. “That’s not what’s going on. They’re upset about something, and you have to figure out what it is.”OK. I admit that following this advice was really hard. I mean really, really hard. It took weeks of practice (and another trick I learned about anger). At first, I just stopped saying anything to Rosy when she had a tantrum or hit me. I knew that if I opened my mouth, the words would be tinged in anger. So I would just close my eyes to calm myself down and then wait for Rosy to calm down herself.Once I learned not to be angry with Rosy, I began trying to help her with her own anger by loving her. I’d ask if she needed a hug, or I’d hold her really tightly.Then after she calmed down, I took inspiration from the Inuit moms and turned discipline into fantasy and theater.Tell a story Instead of yelling or telling kids what to do, Inuit parents traditionally discipline through storytelling, says Goota Jaw, who teaches an Inuit parenting class at Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Canada.For example, she says, to get kids to stay away from the dangerous ocean, parents tell them about a sea monster that lives in the water. If you go too close to the water, the parents say, the monster will put you in his pouch, drag you down to the ocean and adopt you out to another family.There are stories to get kids to listen to adults, wear hats in the winter, not take food without asking and go to bed on time.At first, these types of stories sounded too scary for a 3-year-old. Then a few weeks after returning from the Arctic, I flipped my opinion 180 degrees.One afternoon, Rosy and I were in the kitchen, preparing dinner. I was trying to get her to close the refrigerator door. I deployed my typical strategy: adult logic followed by nagging. I explained several times how she is wasting energy.It was like I was talking to a wall.After a few minutes, I found myself in the all-too common predicament of arguing with a proto-human. I was ready to blow a fuse when my thoughts turned to Goota Jaw and the sea monster. So I said, with a half-serious, half-playful tone, “You know? There’s a monster inside the refrigerator, and if he warms up, he’s going to get bigger and bigger and come get you.”Then I pointed into the refrigerator and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness. There he is!”Holy moly! You should have seen the look on Rosy’s face. She closed the door lightning fast, turned around and said, “Mama, tell me more about the monster in there.”Since that moment, storytelling has become a go-to parenting tool in our home. Rosy can’t get enough of these stories and even asks me to make them scarier.Here are a few popular ones right now:1. Sharing Monster: Living up in a tree outside the kitchen window, the sharing monster grows bigger and bigger when little kids aren’t sharing. At some point, he could come up, snatch you and take you up in the tree.2. Yelling Monster: He lives in the ceiling and comes down to snatch little kids who yell and are demanding.3. Shoe Monster: She makes sure kids get their shoes on in the morning — quickly — or else she’ll take you down into the heating vent.4. Dress Spiders: Back in January, Rosy wore the same pink dress day and night for about five days. I couldn’t get her to take it off. I tried talking logically: “Rosy, if we wash it tonight, it won’t have stains on it for school tomorrow.” She looked at me as if I were speaking French.Finally, I got close to her and whispered, “If the dress gets too dirty, spiders will start to grow in it.”Rosy didn’t say a word and slowly slipped the dress off. When I pulled the dress out of the dryer, I held it up and exclaimed, “See? So nice and clean!”Rosy didn’t miss a beat. “And no spiders,” she emphasized.Overall, storytelling has opened up a huge communication channel between Rosy and me. I feel like I’m finally speaking her language. She couldn’t care less about kilowatts of power or stains on the dress. But a monster that grows and spiders that crawl — those ideas she can wrap her head around.Put on a playStorytelling has definitely decreased the yelling, nagging and blown fuses in our home. But the stories didn’t stop the hitting. For that, I needed inspiration from another Inuit strategy, which anthropologist Jean Briggs studied for more than 30 years ago.In a nutshell, here’s how the approach works:When a child misbehaves — hits someone or has a tantrum — there’s no punishment. Instead, the parent waits for a calm moment and then acts out what happened during the misbehavior.Typically the performance starts with the parent tempting the child to misbehave. For example, “Why don’t you hit me?”Then the child has to think: “What should I do?” If the child takes the bait and hits, the parent doesn’t scold or yell but instead acts out the consequences. “Ow, that hurts!” Mom or Dad might exclaim, to show that hitting hurts.Briggs documented that the parent continues to emphasize the consequences by asking follow-up questions such as “Don’t you like me?” or “Are you a baby?”The goal is to give the child a chance to practice the proper behavior at a time when the child is open to learning and not emotionally charged. Throughout the drama, the parent keeps a playful tone and a wink in the eye.With Rosy and her hitting, I definitely had not been reacting in a playful way. Just the opposite: I was stern and serious. So with a hefty dose of skepticism, I abandoned that strategy and gave this playful approach a try.Each time Rosy hit me, no matter how hard she slapped and how infuriated I was, I didn’t get angry. Instead, I said in a dramatic way, “Ooo, that hurts! Goodness that hurts!” to show that hitting hurt me physically and emotionally.Then I asked her this one question, with an exaggerated sense of pain and suffering: “Don’t you like me?” (To hear what I sound like, take a listen to the radio story).Immediately, this fun tone changed Rosy’s behavior. The tension between us melted away, and the hitting decreased. I could see the little gears in her brain churning. “Wait! Am I hurting Mom’s feelings?” she seemed to be thinking. (And I could see that Ipeelie was right. Rosy wasn’t pushing my buttons. She cared about my feelings.)So I thought I’d try putting on a little drama by asking her, “Why don’t you hit me?” The first few tries were rough. She would wallop me. But I stuck to the script, and slowly I could see her thinking before she struck. She started to play-hit me or stopped mid-swing. After about a month, a tiny miracle occurred.We were in the kitchen, having a snack, and I said, “Rosy, why don’t you hit me?””No,” Rosy responded.”No? Why not?” I asked.”Because I love you,” she whispered.”Because you love me?” I said, in complete shock. “That’s very nice.”Nice — and a testimony to teaching kids through stories, play and practice. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Walmart Adding Pickup Discount to OnlineOnly Products

first_img Senior Editor Walmart Adding ‘Pickup Discount’ to Online-Only Products –shares Next Article April 12, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queue If you order online, but opt to pick up your items from a local store, Walmart will lower the price. Walmartcenter_img Image credit: Alan Schein Photography | Getty Images 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Matthew Humphries One of the biggest challenges facing retailers regardless of whether they are online only or have physical locations, is price. Consumers will always try and buy for the lowest price, which means profit margins are cut ever thinner to try and be competitive. Walmart is no exception to this rule, but the retailer’s latest discount idea trades a little customer convenience for potentially large savings.On April 19, Walmart is introducing Pickup Discount. It allows customers to claim a discount on products offered only through Walmart’s online store if they choose to pick it the items rather than having them delivered. The online purchase goes through as usual, but instead of a delivery to your door, the order ships to your local Walmart.The savings can be just a few dollars, for example, the Coleman 150 qt Heritage XP Marine Cooler is $111.49, but gets a $4.46 Pickup Discount. However, some items offer much bigger discounts, for example, the VIZIO SmartCast M-Series 70-inch 4K Ultra HD TV costs $1,698, but gets a $50 Pickup Discount. That’s on top of the $300 discount Walmart already applied to the list price. If you buy a number of these items together, you can see how the savings could stack up.For Walmart, the discounts can be offered because the most expensive part of shipping is the “last mile delivery costs,” meaning the trip to each home. By instead putting products on one of the company’s more than 6,700 trucks traveling to stores, it saves quite a bit of cash. For the customer, it’s a trip to Walmart, which many will be happy to do if they just saved tens or even hundreds of dollars.According to TechCrunch, the idea for Pickup Discount came from Jet.com’s Smart Cart technology. Walmart acquired Jet last year and quickly started taking advantage of how the company allowed consumers to save money with more purchasing options.Initially, around 10,000 products will be listed with a Pickup Discount available at more than 4,000 stores. By June, Walmart wants to get that to one million products. It also looks likely there will be multiple ways to get your item once in store, with the Pickup Tower vending machine likely playing a major role, as will curb side pickups. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »last_img read more

Tesla Launches a 1500 Surfboard

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Only 200 boards were made available, and they sold out almost immediately. Matthew Humphries Tesla Launches a $1,500 Surfboard Image credit: Tesla via PC Magcenter_img July 30, 2018 Senior Editor Next Article Add to Queue Tesla Tesla made a few waves (sorry!) last night by quietly launching a very limited edition surfboard. It cost $1,500, only 200 have been produced, and unsurprisingly it sold out almost immediately.As Electrek reports, the surfboard was designed by the Tesla Design Studio with the input of Lost Surfboards and Matt “Mayhem” Biolos, who has been sanding and shaping boards since leaving high school in 1987. The top is black and the underside red, with both sides carrying Tesla branding.Tesla designed the board to use the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes you find on the company’s cars. The top (“the deck”) is covered in “Black Dart” lightweight carbon fiber, and Tesla car owners will be pleased to hear the surfboard fits inside the Model 3, S and X.Of course, it will only fit if you managed to buy one. As Tesla only decided to make 200 of the custom made boards, they inevitably sold out very quickly. Even those who were lucky enough to buy one will have to wait up to 10 weeks before their board gets delivered. One final disappointment: The fins you see on the bottom of the board aren’t actually included with the board.Tesla may be best known for its electric vehicles, batteries and green energy generation projects, but the company also offers a growing range of lifestyle products and apparel. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and hats are offered alongside scale models of Tesla’s cars, leather items, drinkware, tech and sports goods, which the surfboard falls under. One of Tesla’s best-selling lifestyle products is a $600 battery powered Tesla Model S for kids. Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Bernie Sanders Has Named a Bill After Jeff Bezos

first_img –shares Bernie Sanders Has Named a Bill After Jeff Bezos Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Amazon Add to Queue 3 min read Nina Zipkin Next Article Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img It’s called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act. September 5, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. This story originally published on Aug. 30, 2018.Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a closer look at how big corporations treat their workers, especially ones overseen by billionaires such as Amazon and Walmart. Here is what you need to know about the conflict between Jeff Bezos’s ecommerce empire and the senator who has built his platform on issues of economic equality.Sanders’s inquiryThe senator from Vermont posted a form on his website asking Amazon employees to share their experience of working for the company, particularly if they used public assistance programs.Sanders invoked Jeff Bezos in the explanation for why he was seeking these accounts, writing on his website, “Amazon is one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, and its owner, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man on the planet, worth over $155 billion. Despite this, Bezos continues to pay many thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer-funded programs.”While Amazon encouraged its employees to “to tell Senator Sanders their truth,” the company’s leadership also took issue with Sanders’s characterization of the fulfillment center working conditions, saying that the senator was making “misleading accusations.”Amazon’s responseIn a blog post addressing the inquiry, the company claimed that Sanders had not toured a fulfillment center despite invitations to do so.The post also included details about the company’s payment and benefits package, writing that the company created more than 130,000 jobs in the last year. ”Sanders claims that Amazon’s median U.S. salary is $28,446, despite the fact that we’ve made clear that this number is global and includes part-time employees,” the company wrote. “In fact, the median U.S. salary for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123. We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers.”The post also criticized Sanders’s use of the term “food stamps” when referring to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), in part because the lexicon had been phased out in recent years and because those who were participating in the program included “people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time — both of these groups would almost certainly qualify for SNAP.”Sanders’s legislationSanders and Rep. Ro Khanna on Sept. 5 introduced a piece of legislation called Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies, or the Stop BEZOS Act.At the top of a press conference with Khanna, Sanders referenced Bezos, noting his net worth of $168 billion and that since the start of 2018, the Amazon founder’s wealth has increased by about $260 million daily, and proceeded to read from some of responses his office solicited from former and current Amazon employees who were participating in programs such as SNAP, Medicaid and subsidized housing.Sanders said the aim of the legislation was created to “have Mr. Bezos and the Walton family of Walmart and other billionaires get off of welfare and start paying their workers a living wage.” He added, “Specifically, this bill would establish 100 percent tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers.” Register Now » Image credit: Juli Hansen | Shutterstock Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

Meet the Rising Star Behind Verizons Effort to Buy Yahoo

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Up Next: Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use Add to Queue North Carolina superintendent says new app can help reduce violence in schools While AOL chief Tim Armstrong has been a key part of Verizon’s Yahoo pursuit, the driving force on the Verizon side is his boss, longtime Verizon executive Marni Walden.The career cell phone executive has been leading the company’s moves beyond telecommunications, particularly its expansion into video and advertising, and was instrumental in the acquisition of AOL.All the players in telecom talk about wanting to be more than just a “dumb pipe,” and Walden has been leading the charge at Verizon.”Making sure that you play in accessing the revenue opportunities above the connectivity is something we think a lot about,” she told Recode an interview late last year. “We can go do other things because of our strength in mobile.”Walden, 49, has spent her life in the wireless industry, since the days when cell phones were things that came in a briefcase. Her move to join the nascent mobile business was a far cry from her childhood growing up on a Wyoming cattle ranch.”When I was growing up, I wanted to be either a cowboy or a ballet dancer,” Walden told Bloomberg earlier this year. “But neither seemed like reasonable options.”Walden did show both an early knack for the cell phone business as well as significant staying power in rising to become one of the most powerful women in the industry.She served as both operating chief and marketing chief for Verizon Wireless after getting her start at the company as a regional executive for both it and predecessor AirTouch Cellular. She also worked earlier in her career at AT&T Wireless and McCaw Cellular, among other cell phone companies.These days, though, Walden is in charge of new business opportunities for Verizon. Some of those are things involve the cellular business, such as connected cars, but much of Walden’s work has been in areas new to both her and Verizon.”People are surprised about Verizon getting into the content space,” Walden told Recode last year. “I think that’s really important to bring eyeballs and audience. Our media business will play a much more significant role in the Verizon of the future.”It hasn’t all been easy going for Verizon, particularly its efforts in video programming. The company launched a mobile video service known as Go90 last year, but it remains a relative nonentity.Rather than boasting well-known shows, big sports deals or original programming, Go90 has relied on short clips it hopes will appeal to the YouTube generation. In that vein, Verizon recently hired former YouTube executive Ivana Kirkbride to be Go90’s chief content officer.Probably the biggest thing going for Go90 is that it can undercut rivals on price. Not only is there no price for subscribing, but for Verizon Wireless customers, using the service doesn’t even count against their data cap.While watching a few movies on Netflix or binge-watching TV shows on Hulu can quickly eat through a customer’s plan, Verizon users are free to watch as much Go90 as they like. Verizon hasn’t said just how many people are actually taking the company up on the offer, but net neutrality advocates hate the way Verizon is prioritizing its own service.Walden made it clear in last year’s interview that Verizon might need to make more acquisitions — possibly including Yahoo — to reach its ambitions in the media and content realm.”We didn’t get into the media company business just to be a single-digit market share player,” Walden said. “We have much bigger aspirations of how we want to grow that business. Some can happen because of the scale Verizon brings, but we will continue to look at how we can scale and be a meaningful player from a double-digit market share, and by market share, I think about revenue. We definitely will look to build this business.”– By Ina Fried, Recode.net. 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PGs Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take

first_img“Advertising will not exist in the future”Mark Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer, P&G “Purpose isn’t just about interesting ads that have a point of view”Julia Goldin, Global Chief Marketing Officer, LEGO“Great value has purpose”Marisa Thalberg, Global Chief Brand Officer, Taco BellThe Economist Group (TEG) has returned to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity with a programme of engaging debate and discussion led by The Economist journalists. In its third daily Wake Up With The Economist At Cannes Lions panel, Andrew Palmer, Executive editor, The Economist spoke with Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer at P&G, Marisa Thalberg, Global Chief Brand Officer at Taco Bell and Julia Goldin, Global Chief Marketing Officer at LEGO.Discussing the future of traditional advertising, and the power of platforms and purpose, these three brand leaders offered fantastic insight into tough questions facing the industry- and we have compiled their responses below.Marketing Technology News: SessionM Demonstrates How to Turn Data into Loyalty at Salesforce ConnectionsThe future of traditional advertisingThe panel kicked off with Marc Pritchard provocatively arguing that “advertising will not exist in the future” and in order to survive against the age of ad blocking, it is necessary to “take the ad world and merge it with other creative worlds” to “reinvent advertising and engage people in a way that is useful and entertaining to a point where they look forward to the next engagement with the brand.” He suggested that brands will attempt to become more entertaining and part of stories that will bring what they do to life in an organic way.Julia Goldin then furthered the discussion by arguing that consumers will have more control over what they engage with which sets the bar very high for marketers and creatives, and only through the adoption of holistic engagement will advertisers begin to appease this control.Palmer then challenged the marketers on how this approach can get through the boardroom. Julia Goldin responded by arguing that it’s not a difficult conversation to have – as long as “marketers wake up to the fact that they have more tools than ever before to have these conversations.” Data can be an incredibly powerful tool to help make the case – but many make the mistake of “siloing people who understand data rather than saying we need to understand how to use data.”  She argues that it boils down to the fact that if there is a bigger ROI if you invest in this type of activity vs another – “everyone understands that.”The power of the platforms  When questioned on whether the digital platforms have too much power as part of the ecosystem, Julia Goldin pointed to the need for both platforms and the industry itself to take more responsibility. Saying“when you work with platforms separately – that isn’t to the advantage of the consumer or brands as you end up with a lot of repetitive messaging out there.” She expanded on the need for platforms to take responsibility to ensure the digital environment is safe for adults and kids.Marisa Thalberg said that as a business of scale, they need to partner with the largest platforms to connect with people who are there. She also spoke of their responsibility as a businesses of that size to hit the pause button literally and figuratively when needed. However, she also  argued that we should have  empathy as “the rate and size with which they have grown is unprecedented in history” bringing complex issues with them. Saying that she believed in the good intentions of the platforms but “at a certain point if it is not happening fast or thoroughly enough then as an ad community we need to say it’s not enough to say you’re trying.”Marc Pritchard, agreed on the need for shared responsibility saying, “are the platforms doing enough? none of us are doing enough” and said that he worried that by spending so much time talking about the platforms we were missing out on other important questions.Marketing Technology News: Actions, Not Words: The Economist Group Unveils Global Social Purpose Research at Cannes Lions International Festival of CreativityLooking towards purposeThe conversation then changed to address brand purpose, and how brands can be a source for good, to which Julia Goldin argued that “purpose isn’t just about interesting ads that have a point of view” but includes issues such as sustainability and digital safety. Marc Pritchard  took a similar approach by saying that “businesses and brands have a great effect on culture and sustainability, so we have a responsibility to act in a way that is good for the economy”. Marisa Thalberg offered another argument around affordability by saying that “great value has purpose”, especially when it comes to caring for employees.Tomorrow’s ‘Wake Up with The Economist’ panel, also moderated by Andrew Palmer, Executive Editor, The Economist, includes the following world-class line-up:·       Aline Santos Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Unilever·       Meg Farren, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC, UK & Ireland·       Suzanne Kounkel, Chief Marketing officer, Deloitte, USMarketing Technology News: AUDIENCEX Continues Momentum with 300% Revenue Growth and Strategic Leadership Appointments P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the Economist MTS Staff WriterJune 20, 2019, 11:00 pmJune 20, 2019 EconomistJulia GoldinMarc PritchardMarketing TechnologyNewsP&GTaco Bell Previous ArticleHot Topics Recap: Cannes Lions 2019Next ArticleNow We Know the Truth: Going All-Digital with AI Is a Mistakelast_img read more

Noise pollution in hospital impact quality and safety of healthcare

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 19 2018In an editorial published today in the BMJ, researchers from King’s College London and the University of the Arts London (UAL) argue that it is a worsening problem, with levels regularly exceeding international recommendations.”Even in intensive care units, which cater for the most vulnerable patients, noise levels over 100dB have been measured, the equivalent of loud music through headphones,” said lead author Dr Andreas Xyrichis.Noise in hospitals is known to hinder communication among staff, causing annoyance, irritation and fatigue, and detrimentally impact the quality and safety of healthcare. High noise levels and noise-induced stress impact negatively on staff performance and wellbeing, compromising caring behavior and contributing to burnout.The team highlight that it can also impact a patients’ ability to rest, heal and recover, since it has been linked to the development of ICU psychosis, hospitalization-induced stress, increased pain sensitivity, high blood pressure and poor mental health.”We know hospital noise has disruptive consequences for sleep – machine sounds in particular have a greater negative effect on arousal than human voices. Post-hospitalization recovery is also compromised. For example, coronary care patients treated during noisy periods were found to have a higher incidence of rehospitalization compared to those treated during quieter periods,” explained Andreas.Patients report that hospital noise can have a cumulative effect on their hospital experience. Patients who are in hospital for several nights are left feeling trapped and stressed, leading to requests for premature discharge from hospital and heightened risk of trauma and readmission.The team from King’s and UAL believes that the following areas urgently need to be addressed to ensure significant progress in this slow-moving field: Source:https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ Noise is often incorrectly associated with high sound pressure levels (SPLs). Dripping taps for example, may register low SPLs yet still be considered noisy. Prioritizing SPL reduction does not ensure improved noise perception. Therefore, a new approach is needed, one that views the hospital soundscape as a positive and malleable component of the environment. There are a number of potential sources of noise in hospitals. Alarms, televisions, rattling trolleys, and ringing phones, as well as staff, visitor, and patient conversations. However, not all of them are perceived as noise by patients – for example, some find the sound of the tea trolley pleasing, associating it with receiving a warm drink. Research has also shown that some ICU patients welcome ringing telephones as a sign that they are not alone. So far ways to measure patients’ perceptions of noise are limited, and more research investment is needed in this area. Patients and families need clear information about likely noise levels during admissions, so they are better prepared in advance, and can consider simple solutions such as headphones with their own choice of audio content. Education for staff is also needed, to encourage a culture that considers noise reduction an integral part of safe high quality healthcare.center_img Related StoriesResearch finds link between air pollution and coronary heart disease in ChinaLiving environment, air pollution may be linked to increased risk of hypertensionInternational tourists are more susceptible to harmful effects of air pollution”Measures to tackle this problem have included ear plugs, noise warning systems, acoustic treatment panels, educational initiatives and noise reduction protocols, which have provided some benefit,” said Andreas.”However, so far, patients have been seen as passive recipients of hospital noise rather than active participants in its creation. It is essential that future solutions should have greater patient participation as a key feature.”Guides about potential ward sounds could also enhance patients’ understanding of their surroundings and increase relaxation. Sound masking – the addition of background, broadband sound optimized for particular environments to reduce noise-induced disturbance – has also been used widely in open-plan offices for many years and has recently shown promise for improving sleep in hospitals.”last_img read more

How body image concerns in young men contribute to increase in hospital

first_img Source:https://www.hud.ac.uk/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 4 2018″Recent media reports highlighting NHS statistics which show a rapid increase in the number of boys and young men being admitted to hospital suffering from eating disorders are welcome, if only for helping to draw attention to this issue. Although girls and young women are still around seven times more likely to be treated for an eating disorder, prevalence rates are increasing much more rapidly in males.Some of this increase may be explained by boys and young men simply being more willing to seek help. Although the stigma surrounding mental illness is decreasing for both sexes, historically men have been much less willing to admit to having psychological problems. Stereotypes surrounding masculinity have contributed to a culture where young men often feel compelled to conceal their distress, and this is reflected in the fact that suicide is much more common, and actually the primary cause of mortality in this group. If young men are increasingly feeling more able to seek help, then this can only be welcomed.However, the wider concern is what is causing the increase in eating disorders in young people, and especially young men? For many sufferers, poor and distorted body image is clearly implicated, and researchers and clinicians have started to focus on the potential negative influences of social media in this regard. Although the evidence is far from conclusive, it seems likely that, at least for some vulnerable individuals, social media may contribute to their body image concerns and associated eating disorders. A culture of social media use which encourages young people to constantly post updates and images of themselves, which are often then judged by their peers, puts them under extreme pressure to focus on their appearance, and equates this with social acceptance and worth. At the same time, young people are bombarded with images which depict often unrealistic or unattainable standards of attractiveness.This social comparison aspect of social media is reflected in sex differences in the body image concerns of young men versus young women. In contrast to a typical female drive for thinness, young men are often driven towards achieving greater and more defined muscularity (a phenomenon which has been labeled “bigorexia”). Although it might seem that spending a bit more time in the gym might not be too much of a problem, for some, this can become a pathological obsession, and, especially where it is associated with related issues such as steroid abuse and extreme fasting, this can have dangerous consequences.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeClearly, social media play a central role in the lives of many young people, and efforts by parents and teachers to ban or drastically cut down on their use are likely to be futile or even counter-productive, given their benefits in terms of allowing individuals who might otherwise be socially isolated to connect with each other. Instead, educating young people about the reality and potential hazards of social media may help to address some of these negative effects. Studies have shown that educating young women about the techniques used to manipulate images of “size-zero” models in mainstream media advertisements decreases the negative effects of these on their body image. Similarly, educating young people about the artificial and manipulated nature of social media, and the pitfalls of unquestioningly comparing themselves to others in their social networks, could help to protect young people from their potentially negative effects.Psychologists also know that eating disorders are often fundamentally about control. Young people who have experienced abuse, bullying, trauma or social isolation, or who simply feel powerless to live up to the standards set by others, may feel that the only thing they can take control over is their body. Developing a culture in which we encourage and support young people to accept rather than judge themselves and each other, instead of pressurizing them to constantly strive for perfection, will help them to become more balanced and healthy individuals, and address this rising tide of eating disorders.”last_img read more

New study provides insights on increased risk of suicide in young patients

Source:https://www.elsevier.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 17 2018Identifying patterns in medical encounters prior to self-directed violence events can help shape screening and prevention strategies, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides detailed insights on the increased risk of self-directed violence that patients aged 15-29 years visiting the emergency department (ED) for medical complaints subsequently experience. This underscores the importance of EDs in suicide prevention. The broad number of physical health conditions associated with an increased risk of self-directed violence may serve to support expanded or broader screening among teens and young adults.Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth, with mental disorders and substance abuse as the two leading risk factors. Approximately 40 percent of suicide decedents aged 16 and older visit EDs in the year prior to their deaths; 60 percent of them receive medical diagnoses other than mental health or substance abuse.”Young people presenting to the ED for certain medical conditions are at an increased risk of subsequent self-directed violence,” explained lead investigator Jing Wang, MD, MPH, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, in the study’s findings. “An awareness of these medical encounters may help guide screening efforts for suicide prevention in clinical settings.”This study addresses important gaps in prior research by identifying the medical reasons triggering youth ED visits that are associated with higher risk of subsequent suicidal behavior. Using 2011-2013 data from six states (Florida, New York, Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, and Massachusetts) from databases sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, investigators followed more than two million teens and young adults (aged 15-29) who visited EDs for medical reasons during 2012-2013. Of that group, nearly 8,500 subsequently engaged in self-directed violence within six months of the initial visit; anyone who exhibited suicidal behavior in 2011 was excluded from the study.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapySchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchTeens and young adults who presented with diagnoses of epilepsy or seizures, or visited two or more times for various types of pain, syncope (fainting), or vomiting had a 3-9 fold increased risk of suicidal behavior in the following six months. Individuals who visited three or more times for dental complaints were also found to be more likely to engage in subsequent self-directed violence. ED visitors in the group who received diagnoses of minor infections served as a reference group.The findings also showed that half of the self-directed violence events occurred within 42 days of the initial ED visit. Identification of the heightened risk for suicide following visits for these medical conditions provides ED clinicians with a critical window of opportunity for detection, assessment, and intervention. The broad number of physical health conditions associated with an increased risk of subsequent suicidal behavior may help inform and support expanded screening and suicide prevention strategies in EDs.A limitation of the study is that about 70 percent of people who engage in self-directed violence do not seek medical assistance.​ read more

Short bouts of stairclimbing throughout the day can improve cardiovascular health

first_img Source:https://www.mcmaster.ca/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 18 2019It just got harder to avoid exercise. A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan.The findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggest that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere, any time.”The findings make it even easier for people to incorporate ‘exercise snacks’ into their day,” says Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster and senior author on the study.”Those who work in office towers or live in apartment buildings can vigorously climb a few flights of stairs in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening and know they are getting an effective workout.”Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesPrevious studies had shown that brief bouts of vigorous exercise, or sprint interval training (SIT), are effective when performed as a single session, with a few minutes of recovery between the intense bursts, requiring a total time commitment of 10 minutes or so.For this study, researchers set out to determine if SIT exercise snacks, or vigorous bouts of stairclimbing performed as single sprints spread throughout the day would be sufficient enough to improve cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), an important healthy marker that is linked to longevity and cardiovascular disease risk.One group of sedentary young adults vigorously climbed a three-flight stairwell, three times per day, separated by one to four hours of recovery. They repeated the protocol three times each week over the course of six weeks. The researchers compared the change in their fitness to a control group which did not exercise.”We know that sprint interval training works, but we were a bit surprised to see that the stair snacking approach was also effective,” says Jonathan Little, assistant professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus and study co-author. “Vigorously climbing a few flights of stairs on your coffee or bathroom break during the day seems to be enough to boost fitness in people who are otherwise sedentary.”In addition to being more fit, the stair climbers were also stronger compared to their sedentary counterparts at the end of the study, and generated more power during a maximal cycling test.In future, researchers hope to investigate different exercise snacking protocols with varying recovery times, and the effect on other health-related indicators such as blood pressure and glycemic control.last_img read more

Neuroscientists investigate how olfactory brain influences memory formation

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019How sensory perception in the brain affects learning and memory processes is far from fully understood. Two neuroscientists of Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have discovered a new aspect of how the processing of odors impacts memory centers. They showed that the piriform cortex – a part of the olfactory brain – has a direct influence on information storage in our most important memory structure, the hippocampus. Dr. Christina Strauch and Professor Denise Manahan-Vaughan report about their findings in the online edition of the magazine Cerebral Cortex on 9 April 2019.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskElectric impulses simulate odorsTo find out how odors affect memory formation, the researchers triggered an artificial perception of an odor in the brains of rats. To do this, they stimulated the piriform cortex with electrical impulses. “We were very surprised to see that the hippocampus directly responds to stimulation of the piriform cortex,” remarked Christina Strauch.The hippocampus uses sensory information to create complex memories. The basis of this processes is its ability to increase the efficacy of information transmission across synapses and thereby store memory contents. This process is called synaptic plasticity. Manahan-Vaughan and Strauch were the first to show that stimulation of the anterior piriform cortex triggers synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus.Special role for olfactionIn a second step, the researchers examined to what extent the piriform cortex competes with the entorhinal cortex in driving hippocampal synaptic plasticity. This structure sends information about activity in all sensory modalities to the hippocampus. Activating the afferent pathway of this structure, called the perforant path, triggered completely different reaction patterns in the hippocampus, to those generated by the piriform cortex. “The study gives us a theoretical basis for understanding how olfaction plays such a special role in memory formation and retrieval,” commented Denise Manahan-Vaughan.The two scientists have been working together since 2010 to investigate how odors cause memory formation. Source:https://news.rub.de/english/press-releases/2019-04-29-sensory-perception-how-olfactory-brain-affects-memorylast_img read more

Electronics giant Philips posts mixed results in Q3

first_img 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. Explore further Dutch electronics giant Philips, which is focusing its business on medical equipment and services, on Monday posted higher third quarter sales but profits dipped due to currency headwinds. Citation: Electronics giant Philips posts mixed results in Q3 (2018, October 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-electronics-giant-philips-results-q3.html © 2018 AFP Electronics giant Philips posts 27% drop in Q1 profits Sales rose 4.0 percent to 4.3 billion euros ($4.9 billion) year-on-year and orders for the Amsterdam-based group’s medical diagnostic and treatment machines grew 11 percent.Net profit in the three months to September fell to 292 million euros from 423 million euros a year earlier.”While I am pleased with the continued strong 11 percent order intake growth in the quarter, operational improvements were partly offset by foreign exchange headwinds,” Philips chief executive Frans van Houten said.Philips chief financial officer Abhijit Bhattacharya told a teleconference Philips was particularly hit by falls in the Turkish lira and Argentine peso.Best known for the manufacture of light bulbs, electrical appliances and television sets, Philips has gradually pulled out of these activities in face of fierce competition from Asia.It focuses now more on high-end medical and health technology, such as computer tomography and molecular imaging, as well as household appliances.The group, which sold its first light bulb a few years after it was founded in 1891, moved to list its Philips Lighting division, now known as Signify, in mid-2016 which joined the Amsterdam stock exchange, the top-tier AEX, in March this year.Philips reiterated its objective of increasing sales by 4.0-6.0 percent in the 2017-2020 period.The group however said in view of growing tensions in international trade, it planned to promote local production further, for instance in China, to try to avoid the fallout from tit-for-tat trade wars between Beijing and Washington.”It’s good to know that Philips distributes production activities in a uniform way around the world, with about one-third in Europe, one-third in China and one-third in the US,” Philips spokesman Ben Zwirs told AFP.”This creates flexibility.”last_img read more