Man Utd interested resigning former defender

first_imgManchester United have reportedly entered the race to sign West Brom captain Jonny Evans at the end of the season, claim The SunJose Mourinho is currently in need of a new centre-back for this summer’s transfer window and has reportedly become interested in the prospect of taking Evans back to Old Trafford.The Northern Ireland international had been strongly linked with moves to both Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window before City signed Aymeric Laporte from Athletico Bilbao and the Gunners decided to not pursue their interest any further.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Currently, West Brom is at the bottom of the Premier League standings and look set to be relegated, which will allow Evans to leave the club at the end of the season for as little as £4m due to a clause in his contract.The Baggies must beat Newcastle this weekend to stand any chance of continuing their bid for survival with the club eight points outside the safety zone with only three games remaining.last_img read more

Salt Cay being ignored Member Native demand better

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edwin astwood, josephine connolly, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL, salt cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Jan 2016 – When the Member of Parliament for Salt Cay and At Large Member native to Salt Cay pointed out subpar treatment there, they revealed a number of situations unfair to residents on the tiny island. Hon Edwin Astwood said one teacher/principal at the government school is unacceptable. Astwood pointed out during House debate Monday that the school and its six students deserve the same treatment as Long Bay High, which is new with 200 students. Hon Josephine Connolly was vocal about the condition of the steps to board the ferry commuting between Grand Turk and Salt Cay. The Deputy House speaker said its dilapidated and has been for too long posing a dangerous inconvenience. Premier Hon Rufus responded with agreement and promise. A commitment from the Education Minister, he said to get another educator at the Mary Robinson school. The Premier expressed that the rebuild of the dock steps is long overdue and will be repaired soon. Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Connolly claims Premier raising smokescreen Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Recommended for youlast_img read more

Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US Canada

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple That’s web-only, but apps will launch on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices on April 8, it said.It’ll offer more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films from its library, nightly thematic programming, a Sunday Spotlight series, a Tuesday short film, its Adventures in Moviegoing (a guest-curated series that’s previously featured Barry Jenkins and Guillermo del Toro) and other features. 3 Time Warner Android Pie HBO Amazon AT&T Roku Apple Criterion’s only confirming a US and Canada launch initially, and said via email that it’ll keep us posted about plans for an international release.WarnerMedia, which comprises HBO, Turner and Warner Bros, became a subsidiary of AT&T after the phone company’s $85 billion megamerger with Time Warner last June.First published Jan. 31 at 4:49 a.m. PT.Updated Feb. 1 at 1:59 a.m. PT: Adds Criterion comment on international release. Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:33 77 Photos See it Share your voice Mentioned Above Amazon Fire TV and Movies Internet Services Preview • Amazon introduces world’s first reasonable $50 tablet (hands-on) Amazon Fire Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV You’ll be able to use The Criterion Channel on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices in April. Criterion The Criterion Channel, Criterion’s streaming service for film lovers, will launch on April 8 in the US and Canada.You can sign up for a subscription now and it’ll set you back $11 a month (or $100 a year). It’s a little cheaper if you sign up before April 8, with Charter Subscribers paying $10 a month (or $90 a year).It’s the same pricing model we heard about back in November, when WarnerMedia announced the FilmStruck replacement.Charter Subscribers also get an exclusive movie of the week between sign-up and launch — the first being its newly released Criterion edition of 1976’s Mikey and Nicky. • 2019 movies to geek out over reading • Criterion streaming service launches April 8 in US, Canada Our first Movie of the Week is MIKEY AND NICKY! Charter Subscribers can watch our full edition of Elaine May’s 1976 masterpiece now alongside our special features! 📽️ pic.twitter.com/cJSSyQWTKA— Criterion Channel (@criterionchannl) January 30, 2019 Tags $35 Review • Amazon Fire review: Is this $50 tablet any good? We tell you why it is and isn’t. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

Study Its easier to be a none in Canada than in the

first_img By: John Longhurst News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: John Longhurst Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Catholicism Share This! John Longhurst,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: 1 in 3 Protestants think more stories of abuse by pastors yet to come center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: John Longhurst We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsAmerican evangelicals American religion Canada homepage featured nones United States,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts John Longhurst ‘Who will be our Rachel now?’ Progressives reflect on movement without Held Evans Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly a quarter of Canadians today say they have no religious affiliation — about the same as in the U.S. But a forthcoming book by two Canadian researchers says that it is easier to be a “none” in Canada.“It’s more normal in Canada to say you have no religion,” said Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, a professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and author, with Joel Thiessen, professor of sociology at Ambrose University, of “None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.”“In Canada, there is a more accepting social environment for leaving religion. There’s less of a social stigma,” added Thiessen.The two researchers decided to study nones in Canada when they found most of the information about the rapidly expanding group of religiously unaffiliated came from the U.S.“We wanted to see what was similar, what was different,” said Wilkins-Laflamme.The big difference, they found, is that the decline in religious affiliation started earlier in Canada.Just 4% of Canadians said they had no religion in 1971. The number spiked to 12% in 1991 and 17% in 2001. The nones’ rise began later in the U.S., from 5% in 1972 to 8% in 1990 before jumping to 14% in 2000.Photo by Ali Tawfiq/Unsplash/Creative CommonsAs the notion of being nonaffiliated caught hold more quickly in Canada, it seemed more normal sooner, the researchers said.At the same time, evangelicalism continues to have a much stronger influence in the U.S. than it does in Canada. This, along with a stronger sense of Christian nationhood in the U.S., makes it harder for some Americans to “come out” as having no religion, the researchers say, noting that in parts of the U.S. “a fervent stigma exists toward those in the religious none community.”With religion playing a less important role in Canadian public life, Canadians don’t view their country as a “Christian nation.” That also makes it increasingly easier for Canadians to say they don’t belong to any religious group.If anything, the researchers say, “rather than stigmatizing religious none identification, there is a sense among some that the stigma is reserved in part for those who are overly religious.”The researchers also said that Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism makes it easier for Canadians to be nonreligious.“Canadians are exposed to lots of worldviews,” says Wilkins-Laflamme. “They grow up realizing their view is one among many.”Wilkins-Laflamme and Thiessen said that the lack of religion in so many Canadian homes makes a return to religion by Canadian nones unlikely.“As the religious none population has grown in recent decades, it is more common for children to be born into families with parents who say they have no religion,” they say.In contrast to previous generations, where nominally religious parents may have exposed their children to some religious beliefs and rituals, religious nones today “are raising their children without any formal exposure to religious beliefs or behaviors in the home, at school and in the community.”There is “nothing, socially speaking, that would compel younger generations to turn to religion,” Thiessen noted.“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada and the U.S.” will be published by early 2020.last_img read more

LyondellBasell Donates Funds For Specialized Firefighter Training

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:01 Ed MayberryLyondellBasell’s Bob Patel and Mayor Sylvester Turner join other area mayors and firefighters as HFD Chief Samuel Pena speaks at Houston Fire Station 8 downtown.The $100,000 donation will pay for hazardous materials training for the Houston Fire Department and five other departments that serve areas with a large number of refineries, storage terminals and chemical plants. Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement at Houston’s downtown Fire Station 8. “And I will continue to be energized and excited so long as we continue to be here on a regular basis with LyondellBasell (alarm sounds)…alright, does that mean it’s time for me to get on the truck?”   LyondellBasell’s Bob Patel says he’s been aware of Houston’s budget challenges. “Training is something you don’t want to compromise, because you always need that. This training will be administered by the world-renowned Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. It’s one of the global leaders in emergency training and firefighting.” The LyondellBasell donation will be split between the Houston Fire Department, as well as firefighters in Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu. Sharelast_img read more

Dick Gregory Paul Mooney Set to Perform at The Howard Theatre

first_imgComedy icons Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney will perform at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW; on July 30th at 8 p.m. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m.For decades Dick Gregory, the multi-talented comedian, author, actor, recording artist, activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader and nutritionist provided his insight on the Black predicament, in the U.S., as a front runner for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and other social issues plaguing the country.When he entered the comedy arena in 1961, Gregory received his first major debut at Chicago’s Playboy Club. According to his biography on dickgregory.com, he was directly requested by Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner.In1962, Gregory, according to his biography, became nationally recognized, sold out night clubs, made television appearances and recorded several comedic albums. He has also written books on the Black experience, including “Callus on My Soul,” “From the Back of the Bus,” “No More Lies” and others.Paul Mooney has also satirized the Black experience in the country.This actor, writer and activist has been part of the Black experience, writing comedy routines for Richard Pryor, starring in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” and writing copy for television shows including “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.” He also wrote a book:  “Black is the New White” and released his “Peace of My Mind” cd.The show, featuring the two comedians was produced by Jill Newman Productions.Tickets for the show are available at: bit.ly/1g9PSS5.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday November 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u National politics with commentator Catalina Byrd, including Dr. Ben Carson’s major meltdown over the scrutiny of dubious claims in his biography and a preview of Tuesday night’s GOP debate. Plus, a follow up report on the vandalizing of an anti-Confederate statue, of a pregnant Black woman, defaced with the word, “nigger,” and “white power.” We’ll talk to the statue’s artist. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Insurers Look to Pass Drug Price Breaks Straight to Consumer

first_imgBy The Associated PressSome major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter.Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some customers starting next year. They could spark a trend: The idea has been championed by President Donald Trump, and it’s something other bill-payers like major employers might consider.Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some of their customers starting next year. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)Rebates are a key cog in the largely secretive pricing agreements ironed out between drugmakers and pharmacy benefit managers, the companies that manage prescriptions for insurers and large employers. Rebates have become more common in recent years, and some critics point to them as a factor behind soaring drug costs. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare say they want to make prescription drug pricing more transparent and simplify the process for customers.Here’s a look at the issue.Who gets the rebate?Pharmaceutical companies offer rebates to benefits managers as a carrot to get their drugs included in formularies, or lists of covered drugs. These concessions are usually a percentage of the initial price set by the drugmaker, or the list price.Pharmacy benefit managers typically pass rebates on to the insurers and large employers that hire them. Those clients often use the money to reduce their plan’s spending on drugs or the cost of coverage. Only 4 percent said they passed rebates directly to customers at the point of sale, or when they buy the drug, the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute found in a 2017 report.Will you start receiving them soon?That’s unlikely.Aetna estimates that 3 million customers could receive rebates when it starts offering them next year, while UnitedHelathcare’s plan will initially apply to over 7 million people. Those are big numbers but small slices of the more than 67 million U.S. customers these companies cover in total.In addition, CVS Health’s pharmacy benefits business offers point-of-sale rebates through plans that cover about 10 million of its 94 million customers.More insurers or benefits managers could follow these examples, and big employers that pay their own health care bills also might start passing the rebates to people on their health plans, said Ana Gupte, an insurance industry analyst with Leerink.Plus Trump has proposed giving rebates directly to Medicare prescription drug customers.Rebates delivered directly to the consumer may be attractive to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers because they can help polish their image. Rebates give the companies a tangible benefit they can show consumers instead of saying generally that these refunds help keep overall coverage costs in check, noted Benedic Ippolito, an economist with the American Enterprise Institute.“At a minimum, it sounds like insurers are trying to do something for consumers with high drug costs,” he said.Aare we talking big money?It’s hard to forecast how big the rebates will be. Experts say they could knock anywhere from a few bucks off your prescription bill to more than $100.The rebates are generally not disclosed by companies, and their size depends on factors like competition and the amount of the drug sold.Treatments that have competition may deliver the biggest rebates because pharmaceutical companies are jockeying to have their medicines included in formularies.Discounts and rebates for high-cost specialty medicines usually are lower than those for more traditional drugs, according to the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, which studies prescription drug spending.The consumers who will benefit most are those who take prescription drugs regularly and pay a lot for their medicines out of pocket, or before insurance coverage starts.“It reduces the cost of having a chronic illness somewhat,” said Dan Mendelson, president of the consulting firm Avalere Health.But there may be a price to pay: The cost of coverage could rise for everyone on a given health plan if rebates are no longer being used to keep overall plan expenses in check.last_img read more

Peanut particles could be used to build microscale factories

first_img Citation: ‘Peanut’ particles could be used to build micro-scale factories (2013, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-peanut-particles-micro-scale-factories.html (Phys.org) —One of the main components of a factory is the robots that transport and assemble objects of varying shapes and sizes. When scaling down to the micro level, the steel and wiring that these robots are made of must be replaced by something else—one new idea is peanut-shaped particles that are propelled with light and steered by magnetic fields. 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. (A) SEM image of the hematite peanut particles. Inset shows the direction of the permanent magnetic moment of the particle. (B) Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society Researchers find boomerang shaped colloid does not conform to Brownian motion Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further The researchers demonstrated that the cargo-carrying peanut colloids can be steered along a predetermined pathway in addition to being steered by a magnetic field. Channels can be made etching a line or creating a nanocrack in the substrate, providing a microscale version of ground rail transportation. Altogether, the capabilities of peanut colloids—which can be thought of as microrobots—to load, transport, and unload cargo in a controlled way open up many new opportunities for engineering at the microscale.”In the current paper we showed that we could direct the particle along a straight line, previously textured in the substrate,” Palacci told Phys.org. “It would quite interesting to be able to draw more complex patterns of nano-tracks on the substrate. Then playing with the light, one could pick up a colloid somewhere, bring it to a place with no light, drop off the cargo, go somewhere else… and then assemble something really complicated without external intervention by an operator. Fordism brought to the micro scale!” More information: Jérémie Palacci, et al. “Photoactivated Colloidal Dockers for Cargo Transportation.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja406090s Play Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society The researchers explain that the mechanism behind this self-propulsion involves the blue light causing the hydrogen peroxide in the solution to decompose into water and oxygen. This decomposition creates a chemical gradient near the peanut colloids, which causes unbalanced osmotic pressure that in turn induces a flow which propels the colloids. When immersed and illuminated in a solution with a pH of 8.5, the hematite peanut colloids attract colloids made of other materials, such as silica and polystyrene. These cargo particles have diameters of up to 20 μm, making them several times larger than the peanut colloids. When the light is turned off, the peanut colloids stop moving and release their cargo. The researchers explain that the attraction between the colloids is due to negative phoresis, and becomes repulsive at a lower pH. As demonstrated in a new study by researchers at New York University, these colloidal particles can act as “shepherds” that can carry flocks of cargo several times their own size. The work could not only open up new possibilities for designing complex micro-sized factories, but could also have applications in creating micro-sized biomimetic systems such as artificial muscles.The group of physicists, Jérémie Palacci, Stefano Sacanna, Adrian Vatchinsky, Paul M. Chaikin, and David J. Pine at New York University, have published a paper on the colloidal particles capable of transporting large cargos in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The colloidal particles are made from hematite, a magnetic iron oxide, and can be synthesized in various shapes such as cubes, ellipses, and peanuts. Here, the researchers focused on peanut-shaped colloids that are about 1.5 μm long. To make the colloids respond better to light, the researchers etched them to give them a rough surface.In their experiments, the researchers placed the peanut colloids in a solution with hydrogen peroxide, and then illuminated them through a microscope with blue light. Under light activation, the colloids self-propel toward the surface of the solution. By applying a weak magnetic field, the researchers could change the direction of the self-propulsion and effectively steer the colloids. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before

first_img Explore further Hubble views a scattering of spiral and elliptical galaxies Prior research has shown that in dense parts of the galaxy, elliptical galaxies tend to outnumber spiral galaxies—likely due, some have suggested, to some unknown transformation process. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that the mysterious transformation process appears to come about as spiral galaxies encounter the enormous heat present in dense galaxy clusters.Dense galaxy clusters are thought to come about due to happenstance arrangement of galaxies—those that are close enough to others, draw ever closer to each other due to gravity—as the area of space grows more dense the gasses between the galaxies grows hotter. Anything that approaches the dense area is impacted by the heated gas.In studying images captured by Hubble, the researchers have witnessed what they believe to be the process by which galaxies evolve in such dense parts of space. They believe that when a spiral galaxy nears a dense galaxy cluster, its colder gases tend to get pulled in to the cluster, causing a stretching of the spiral, and resulting in what is known as a jellyfish galaxy—so named because of its resemblance to the sea creature. Stars from the outer edges of the spiral galaxy are pulled into the cluster, wrecking its signature shape. Over time, the entire spiral galaxy is pulled into the cluster where it melds with other galaxies to form an elliptical galaxy.The new theory explains both the presence of jellyfish galaxies and so-named orphan stars that don’t appear to exist as part of any galaxy—they’re actually in transit, the researchers believe, after being pulled from a spiral—eventually they’ll wind up as part of an elliptical galaxy. 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. HST images of extreme cases of ram-pressure stripping in galaxy clusters at z > 0:2. From left to right: galaxy C153 in A2125 at z = 0:20 (WFPC2, F606W+F814W, Owen et al. 2006); galaxy 234144–260358 in A2667 at z = 0:23 (ACS, F450W+F606W+F814W, Cortese et al. 2007); galaxy F0083 in A2744 at z = 0:31 (ACS, F435W+F606W+F814W, Owers et al. 2012). Credit: arXiv:1312.6135 [astro-ph.CO] , arXiv Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letters More information: Jellyfish: Evidence of extreme ram-pressure stripping in massive galaxy clusters, H. Ebeling et al. 2014 ApJ 781 L40 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/781/2/L40 . On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1312.6135AbstractRam-pressure stripping by the gaseous intracluster medium has been proposed as the dominant physical mechanism driving the rapid evolution of galaxies in dense environments. Detailed studies of this process have, however, largely been limited to relatively modest examples affecting only the outermost gas layers of galaxies in nearby and/or low-mass galaxy clusters. We here present results from our search for extreme cases of gas-galaxy interactions in much more massive, X-ray selected clusters at z > 0.3. Using Hubble Space Telescope snapshots in the F606W and F814W passbands, we have discovered dramatic evidence of ram-pressure stripping in which copious amounts of gas are first shock compressed and then removed from galaxies falling into the cluster. Vigorous starbursts triggered by this process across the galaxy-gas interface and in the debris trail cause these galaxies to temporarily become some of the brightest cluster members in the F606W passband, capable of outshining even the Brightest Cluster Galaxy. Based on the spatial distribution and orientation of systems viewed nearly edge-on in our survey, we speculate that infall at large impact parameter gives rise to particularly long-lasting stripping events. Our sample of six spectacular examples identified in clusters from the Massive Cluster Survey, all featuring M F606W < –21 mag, doubles the number of such systems presently known at z > 0.2 and facilitates detailed quantitative studies of the most violent galaxy evolution in clusters. © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from the University of Hawaii, and one from the University of Dunham in the U.K. has found evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope that suggests jellyfish galaxies come about when spiral galaxies are ripped apart as they move towards dense galaxy clusters. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team describes how six images of jellyfish captured by Hubble appear to show how spiral galaxies morph into elliptical galaxies. Citation: Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before becoming elliptical (2014, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-hubble-images-spawn-theory-spiral.htmllast_img read more

Woman dies after being electrocuted in S Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a woman died after being electrocuted at Tapan in South Dinajpur.The victim, Poli Mondal (22), was found lying on the road adjacent to her house on Sunday evening after she was electrocuted.It happened when she touched an electrical post.Locals rushed the victim to a hospital in Balurghat where the doctors pronounced her brought dead.According to police, the victim’s husband Antim Mondal is a farmer by profession.They applied for a new electrical connection around six months ago. It was alleged that they did not receive any connection. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice came to know after interrogating the locals that they took connection by illegally tapping power line.The woman might have tried to tap the power line on Sunday when she somehow got electrocuted.Police have started a probe in this regard. They are, however, to confirm the exact cause of her death.They are probing if she was electrocuted while tapping the power lines or there is any other reasonbehind her death.During interrogation, the victim’s husband confessed that they were involved in the corrupt practice of tapping power lines only because they were denied a new connection.He alleged that they applied for a new connection six months ago but they were yet to get a connection.Police are also verifying the statement of the deceased’s husband.last_img read more

TTF gives a strong fillip to the travel market in the festive

first_imgMumbai’s Nehru Centre is playing host to TTF, India’s oldest travel show. Over 150 participants from India and abroad have set up colourful pavilions to woo the travellers from the city in the high season ahead.Goa, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration have set up the largest pavilions in the show.The festival of Diwali marks one of the high seasons for leisure travel for domestic, as well as outbound sectors. As the festival is closely followed by the winter season and the New Year period, there are multiple opportunities for Indian travellers to take a break, ranging from the long haul, to short haul, and even weekend gateways.The Diwali season travel is somewhat unique in Western India.That is the reason the TTF has had blockbuster shows in Ahmedabad and Surat in last two consecutive weekends, before opening in Mumbai this week. It will be held in Pune next weekend (Oct 2, 3, 4).Mumbai is the largest travel market in the country generating approximately a third (33%) of travellers. According to a market survey conducted by the organisers, Mumbai is not only the leading travel market in the country, but its tourists are also the highest-spenders and their trips are also the longest.TTF offers a great networking opportunity for the travel trade in and around the city, to interact with their counterparts from India and abroad.The first two days of the show (Thursday & Friday) are kept reserved for travel trade and the last day of the show (Saturday) is open for all.Participants from 7 countries and 18 Indian States & Union Territories have come to sell their destinations, tour packages, and accommodations at TTF Mumbai.The star attraction Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is promoting authentic Thai food, Bangkok’s world famous shopping malls, and traditional Thai medical treatments, and value for money deals to tourists. Live performances, art and handicraft demonstrations and sampling of dried fruits etc will be additional activities that are expected to draw huge crowd to Bangkok city pavilion. The Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of the Bangkok city, who is organising all of these activities, are very enthusiastic to meet Indian travel trade as well as consumers. Another attraction is the Street Food Bangkok app that has just been launched this week. The app provides information on street food from 121 vendors and stalls across Bangkok, encompassing 25 mouth-watering menus. The app also assists with direction to each outlet and opening times.Other than Thailand, countries represented are Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Nepal and Turkey eyeing for the lucrative outbound market from Mumbai and Western India.Among Indian States, eye-catching displays have been put up by Andaman & Nicobar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.TTF is supported by Incredible India, OTOAI, ATOAI, ADTOI, IATO and IAAI.  Travel News Digest is the official trade publication of TTF.TTF is the largest network of travel shows in India, with over 50% market share.Later this year, TTF is scheduled in Guwahati (Nov’15), and next year in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (Jan-Feb’16), in addition to the grand finale in OTM Mumbai (Feb’16) at Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre.last_img read more

Administration Reports Continued Housing Improvement

first_img November 12, 2012 408 Views Administration Reports Continued Housing Improvement Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA FHFA Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Modification Processing Service Providers 2012-11-12 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img The state of the housing market continues to improve though recovery remains “”fragile,”” according to the October Housing Scorecard released Friday by the “”Obama administration””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/. Along with the scorecard, the administration released special instructions for those administering the “”Making Home Affordable Program””:http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/pages/default.aspx in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. [IMAGE]Signs of improvement include rising home prices, rising home sales, and ongoing efforts through the Making Home Affordable Program. About 1.3 million previously underwater homeowners are now above water due to rising prices. “”As the October housing scorecard indicates, our housing market is continuing to show important signs of recovery–with the “”FHFA””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ housing price index posting its largest annual gain in five years and new home sales at its [COLUMN_BREAK]fastest pace since April 2010,”” said Erika Poethig, acting assistant secretary for policy development and research at the “”Department of Housing and Urban Development””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD. So far, the administration’s Making Home Affordable Program has helped almost 1.3 million homeowners. More than 1 million of these homeowners have received loan modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Of those who start the program, about 86 percent have received permanent modifications over the past two years. Additionally, the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/federal_housing_administration has helped more than 1.5 million struggling homeowners through loss mitigation. “”To help families in the Northeast recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we are directing servicers to make special efforts to ensure that homeowners eligible for assistance through Making Home Affordable have the extra flexibility and relief they need,”” said Tim Massad, assistant secretary for financial stability at the Treasury. In areas directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, servicers must offer at least three months forbearance to any homeowners eligible for Making Home Affordable who request forbearance. If a homeowner receives help through Making Home Affordable or is in the application process for a program and misses one or more payments, services are directed not to “”take any action that would adversely affect eligibility for the program unless there is contact with the homeowner.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

VGTRKbacked Russian thematic channel provider Dig

first_imgVGTRK-backed Russian thematic channel provider Digital Television Russia (DTR) is at MIPCOM for the first time this year as it looks to forge international partnerships for expansion into markets globally. Chairman Dmitry Mednikov talked to DTVE about the company’s plans.What is driving demand for your thematic channels within the Russian market and what genres have performed best?We work across many content genres and in all categories our channels are within the top-3 category. Twelve months ago we launched Moolt, a pre-school animation channel. Today this is the #1 kids channel in Russia, it preforms better than many other international kids channels who broadcast locally.DTR’s ‘Russian Romance’, a female skewed TV series and movies channel is another success story for us. We are traditionally strong in the factual content genre – we currently have an unmatched portfolio of seven channel brands, with ‘My Planet’ being the #1 factual channel. It continues to significantly outperform other international factual channels in Russia. Last year we rebranded T24 (Turbo channel) which now holds the fort as a younger male-skewed channel, with key content and programming genres focusing on airspace, military technology, auto and other flagship shows like Polygon, where hosts drive tanks or fly air-jets. Recently, we launched The ‘Living Planet’ channel which focuses on all thing wild life, and it performs extremely well for us.What further plans do you have to develop your offering for the domestic market over the coming year?We are constantly evolving as a local and international media business and invest research studies. We look at ‘audience preference’ and try to understand our hard-to-reach audience. We promote programming on the channel in the most appropriate way and try to understand the social trends in order to be in line with the coming changes.We are at MIP and all around the world to source and bring to domestic market the best content productions. We are very excited about production from new markets like Latin America, China and India.What brands, content and formats from your Russian properties can translate internationally and how do you plan to commercialise these? Will you focus on selling content, licensing formats or licensing channel brands, for example? What other products or activities could emerge from international partnerships?We are in the business of pay-TV, so we operate on a dual-revenue stream basis – affiliate revenue and advertising sales is our focus. All our linear content has digital extensions like VOD, mobile and internet rights. And we creating an exciting experience with social gaming. Licensing consumer products and content syndication is another strong plan for us. We target emerging middle-class audiences and local production on our channels is very important. We have strong Russian pay-TV brands which are showing high potential and strong market share. We are open to commercial discussion in producing international channels for a Russian diaspora outside of Russia.Linear channels – Moolt which will be ANI in Latin America. We are in the process of research and testing for India.T24 and our Living Planet channel is set become a successful younger male and family channel. The format for our Russian Romance channel is great for female-skewed audiences; and we created a new international channel brand for our foreign audiences which is based on Russian ballet, classical dance and fashion which we plan to introduce to Asia.Do you plan to market channel brands internationally as well as content formats, and, if so, which brands?We plan to come to market with MOOLT, Planeta Vivo (Living Channel) and SERIAMOR a (Russian Romance).In each region it is going to be local brands and local programming strategies.What specifically is planned from the collaboration with Prasar Bharati? Do you expect other markets to follow the same pattern?This is very big and important project for us. Being a commercial arm of VGTRK we have strong social responsibility. Hence the areas where we are collaborating with PBClosing the information gap between India and Russia. The more people in both countries know and understand about respective culture, technology, or business, the more educational, cultural, business, tourism exchange will all take place through this collaboration.New marketing and distribution opportunities will boost local production and will give an opportunity for Indian talent to introduce their content in Russia and vice versa.One of our partner company distributes ZEE Television portfolio in Russia and we see strong viewership growth and interest to Indian content in Russia. We are considering a partnership with BRIC programmers to grow our business domestically.DTR has best expertise in creating channels for emerging middle class and DTR is excited to collaborate with PB which owns the strongest local content library to produce pay TV channels in India. This is targeted for a growing Indian middle-class audience, which is expected to grow up to 40% in the next 5 years.What kinds of JV or partnership do you think will work best internationally in terms of the ownership structure, management etc.?All markets are different in terms of local requirements. Our key principle is equal rights and strong vote in decision making for everyone at the table, and we should bring additional value to each partner.You mention plans specifically for the Middle East and Latin America. What is your assessment of the opportunity in each of these markets and how can your offering be tailored for each?We are company which has the expertise to create content for middle-class audiences. DTR offers premium content at accessible rates. DTR’s growth drives overall pay-TV growth in Russia and it benefits the entire ecosystem. Pay TV market penetration is at 90% today compared to 31% 5 years ago when we launched our first channel – My Planet. Our portfolio allows our affiliates partners to form sub-basic local packages which are affordable. This is where we foresee as an opportunity for us as a programmer, to work in collaboration with Latin American operators to grow the market up to additional 30% which is somewhat flat today.last_img read more

Click on image to enlarge I wouldnt want to b

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) I wouldn’t want to be short any of the precious metals at this point in history as we wait for the Fed and JPMorgan et al to make their next move. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, the high ticks in platinum and palladium all came at the same moment as gold and silver’s high.  This was obviously price management across the board in all precious metals…and only the willfully blind would think otherwise. The dollar index closed on Thursday at 82.78…and spent all of Friday chopping broadly lower…and the index closed on Friday afternoon at 82.47…down 31 basis points from Thursday. The dollar index low came about 10:50 a.m. in New York, just minutes before the high ticks in all four precious metals.  The big axe fell at 11:30 a.m…and was not related to anything that the currencies were doing at the time. Not surprisingly, the silver shares got hit pretty hard as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 4.54%. The gold stocks opened in the black, but got sold into the red immediately…and were down about a half percent right up until the 11:30 a.m. New York price execution in all four precious metals.  The low tick for the gold stocks came right at 12:15 p.m. EDT of course…and then they traded sideways for the remainder of the trading session. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s the long-term Silver 7 chart to give the you bigger long-term picture. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011.  Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide. The 2011 program encountered numerous thick  Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich  intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.” Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and  Pre Economic Assesment. Tosca is operated by an experienced mine development team, operates in Texas, a  mine-friendly jurisdiction and its property iseasily accessible with infrastructure in place to advance operations. Please visit our website to learn more about the company ad request information. The status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. The gold price rallied a bit during the early going in Far East trading, but got sold down starting around 9:30 a.m. Hong Kong time.  From that high tick of the day, around $1,487 spot, it got sold down a bit over twenty-five bucks, hitting its London low early in the morning BST. Then starting around 11:00 a.m. BST, gold began to rally once more…and that rally gathered a bit more steam once New York began to trade.  But just minutes before the London close [11:00 a.m. in New York] a not-for-profit high frequency trader appeared…and by 12:15 p.m. EDT had gold down to its low tick of the day, which was $1,447.30 spot.  The New York high was $1,484.10 spot. The gold price rallied back in fits and starts from there…closing the Friday trading day at $1,462.90 spot…down $5.30 from Thursday’s close.  Gross volume was a grotesque 265,000 contracts, mostly of the HFT variety. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own so you can see the not-for-profit seller’s action close up and personal.  The NY spot gold chart looks similar. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s your “cute quota” for today… I’ve got the usual number of stories for you today…and quite a few of them are gold/silver related…and I hope you can find the time over what’s left of your weekend to run through them all. Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time. When something holds good for two thousand years, I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory. – Bernard M. Baruch Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is a piece that I first heard live when Gary Brooker et al played it with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back in 1992 when I was on the board of directors.  After Whiter Shade of Pale and Conquistador…this is their most popular composition.  This performance was with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledrborg Castle in Denmark in August of 2006. I note that Geoff Whitehorn is still playing lead guitar…Mark Brzezicki is still playing the drums…and Gary has still got the pipes.  This version, in my opinion, is the best I’ve heard.  The recording is stunning…and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is a J.S. Bach chestnut that I never tire of listening to.  It’s the Concerto in D minor for two violins, strings and continuo, BWV 1043.  The link to the first and second movements are here…and the third movement, here. Doing the honours is the St. Petersburg Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with soloists Lyubov Stekolshchikova and Elina Drukh. The tempo is a touch faster than I’m used to. Well, JPMorgan et al are still at it…not only from a price perspective, but also the shares.  As I commented in Thursday’s column…why the big rise in share prices on zero price movement in either gold or silver on Wednesday?  Well, it’s a good bet that ‘da boyz’ were buying so they could sell them into the next rally…and that came on Thursday…and then they sold the rest on Friday.  John Embry has always been of the opinion that the shares as well as the metal prices themselves, were managed…and their price action over the last three days certainly reeks of that. I’d dearly love to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but in the face of unprecedented world-wide demand in the physical precious metal itself, I’m sure that they are having their issues at the moment.  There’s no doubt in my mind that they were caught totally flat-footed by the world’s reaction to their little ‘Comex Caper’…and are back at the drawing board figuring out how to extricate themselves from this self-inflicted wound without exacerbating the situation.  And as I and others have already stated, this bifurcated market cannot last for too long, as the current over-the-top physical demand will have the bullion banks for lunch at some point.  The only thing that will kill this retail demand stone cold dead is a sudden [on a weekend, perhaps] upward revaluation in price that puts gold out of reach of all but the richest.  That goes for silver as well…and silver will become the new gold for the masses. A price high enough to accomplish that will undoubtedly turn a lot of precious metal buyers into precious metal sellers virtually overnight. The only other option is ‘death by a thousand cuts’…where precious metal prices are allowed to rise ‘normally’…whatever that means these days…and the buying frenzy on Planet Earth will begin anew.  If you read some of the above-posted stories out of India, that psychology is already starting to take hold since the bottom was put in on Tuesday morning last week in early Hong Kong trading. But one thing is for sure…the status quo is not an option the central banks can allow to continue for long. Before heading out the door, Nick Laird must know that I’m a creature of habit with my Saturday column, because his “Total PMs Pool” chart…updated with Friday’s data…was in my in-box before I even thought about it. Here it is posted below…and as you can see, the U.S. dollar ‘value’ has done a face plant, but the total ounces under management has barely moved. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 562 gold and 2 lonely silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.  JPMorgan Chase was the big short/issuer with 558 contracts…and one of their partners in crime in the precious metal price management scheme, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, was the long/stopper of 555 of those contracts.  This should just about wrap up deliveries for April in both metals.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The inventories of GLD took another hit yesterday.  This time an authorized participant withdrew 232,107 troy ounces and, for the second day in a row an authorized participant added silver to SLV…820,985 troy ounces to be exact. I’m starting to wonder about these never-ending withdrawals from GLD…as it’s my opinion that we’re long past the investors dumping-their-holdings story…and I’m looking around for another explanation. The short interest report for the first half of April for both GLD and SLV was posted on the shortsqueeze.com Internet site either late Thursday night or last night.  It showed that, during the period mentioned, the short interest in SLV blew out by 27.11 percent…and GLD by an eye-watering 48.47 percent.  I was quite taken aback at first glance, but with sober second thought it occurred to me that if I was ‘da boyz’…both SLV and GLD would be one of the vehicles that I would use to make obscene profits and acquire more metal at bargain-basement prices. I’m prepared to bet serious coin that these obscene short positions have already been closed out…and that fact will be reflected in the next short interest report coming up in about two weeks time. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List updated his about.ag/SLV/ website on Thursday with the in/out activity of SLV as of the close of trading on Wednesday.  This is what he had to say…”Analysis of the 24 April 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  No bars were added or removed. 269 bars had accounting changes (e.g. from 0.9990 fine to 0.9999 fine). All bars with changes were in Brinks London, which is likely currently being audited. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was over-allocated 483.4 oz.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes and, for the third day in a row…zero silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 208,500 ounces of gold eagles…36,000 ounces of one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 3,232,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 312,978 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 790,669 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here. In gold on Thursday, the Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 153,748 troy ounces…and shipped a smallish 1,300 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. I was happy to see that everything appeared to be back to normal with this week’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Whether the data from last week’s COT Report was reported in error or tampered with, is still not known, but the result was that the data in yesterday’s report has partially masked what happened in the prior week’s report. But, having said that, this latest report is still pretty impressive…and is still one for the record books in many categories. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by a very chunky 26.7 million ounces…and now stands at 85.8 million ounces…not a record low…but pretty close. The Big 4 [JPM, Scotiabank, HSBC USA….plus one other short holder of no consequence] were short 193.1 million ounces of silver…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders were short an additional 50.9 million ounces of silver.  As far as concentration goes, the ‘Big 4’ are short 36.0% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis…a big drop from two weeks ago.  The ‘5 through 8’ are short an additional 9.3 percentage points of the Comex futures market in silver on a net basis. Ted Butler is busy with his son’s wedding, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yesterday, so I’m not sure where JPMorgan’s short position stands at the moment. There are 37 short-side traders in the Commercial category of the COT Report in silver…and 4 of them are short 36 percent of the entire Comex futures market in that metal. I’d guess that JPMorgan holds at least half of that amount on its own. The other stand-out features in the silver COT Report was the fact that the net long position in the Non-Commercial category has shrunk down to 15,000 contracts…and the net long position of the small traders in the Nonreportable category has virtually disappeared…and currently stands at 2,163 contracts!  I don’t remember ever seeing a number that low and, if the truth be known, I never thought it possible. In gold, the Commercial net short position imploded by 3.75 million troy ounces…and now sits at 10.44 million ounces.  The Big 4 are short 8.63 million ounces of gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 4.94 million ounces.  These are monstrous changes…and I’m guessing that one would have to go back at least five years to see a number this low. On a ‘net’ basis [once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out] the Big 4 are short 24.7 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 14.2 percentage points of the Comex futures market. In the Non-Commercial category, the net long position declined to just over 104,000 contracts.  Their net long position…10.4 million ounces…is exactly equal to the Commercial net short position of 10.4 million ounces…and that’s because the Nonreportable position [the small traders] is a vanishingly small 133 contracts…basically zero!  Unheard of! I’m sure that there was a lot more going on ‘under the hood’ in both metals…and I look forward to reading what silver analyst Ted Butler has to say about it in his weekend commentary…when he can find the time to write it, that is.  In case you’re interested, the link to yesterday’s legacy COT Report is here…and the Disaggregated COT Report is here. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days to Cover Short Positions” chart updated with yesterday’s data. Sponsor Advertisement In silver, the only real difference between it and gold was the fact that the London low came about 12:30 p.m. BST…thirty minutes after the noon London silver fix.  The New York high in silver was also minutes before the London close…and the high-frequency trader delivered the coup de grâce at 11:30 a.m. EDT. From that point, the silver chart looks pretty much the same as the gold chart, with the New York low [$23.57 spot] coming at 12:15 p.m. EDT right on the button. The Far East high tick was around $24.85 spot…and intraday move of almost $1.30. Silver closed at $24.04 spot…down 36 cents from Thursday.  Volume, net of the May delivery month roll-overs, was a hair under 17,000 contracts…mostly vapour and fumes.last_img read more

In This Issue   Bias to buy dollars returns

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Bias to buy dollars returns. *  A breakdown for the ECB meeting. *  A$ sees rate speculation turn. *  Chinese manufacturing is cooking with gas! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Second Quarter Consumption Takes A Hit! Good Day! .  And a Marvelous Monday to you! I’m totally whacked out this morning at home, so this will be short-n-sweet, as I attempt to write without problems. No worries, I’ll be fine. Just not so much right now! Kathy left for a few days yesterday, leaving just Chuck and Alex at home, and that meant that I had to go to the store to buy the “essentials” for a boys ½-week. Alex is still recovering from mono and strep, so he was actually at home to eat dinner with me last night! Now, that’s amazing! Another thing that looks to be amazing is the news that came from China over the weekend. The news? Well, the news in itself isn’t that amazing, but the fact that all the Chinese naysayers have to crawl back into their walls and await the next time they are able to scurry about, and play Chicken Little is amazing to me!  Anyway, the news was that the Chinese Gov’t’s version of their Manufacturing Index (PMI) printed at 50.8, which was the fastest pace in 5 months! This is a good sign for China’s economy, in that, not only does the world see it isn’t collapsing as the Chicken Little’s have pronounced it would, but also it shows the Chinese Gov’t that their decision to step up the stimulus measures is working. Remember, at first, the Chinese were going to not use stimulus measures and see what happens, but then they got an itchy trigger finger, and decided to implement some small measures, but when the economy showed fatigue, they decided to step up the pace of the stimulus measures including faster spending and increased railway investment. I would look for the next thing to be a cut in the reserve requirements for banks. Last Friday, I told you that I thought from the looks of things, that the Chinese Gov’t was going to increase the stimulus measures, and now that is confirmed. See? Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn!  But remember, China doing things like this is different from a country that doesn’t have the money to spend, and digging their debt hole even deeper. I still don’t like that they had to resort to stimulus measures, as I’m a purist on the Central Bank and Gov’t economy intervention. I don’t like it! It shouldn’t happen, and so on. But the fact that the Chinese are in a position fiscally, to do it, makes more sense to me. I doesn’t mean I have to like it! So, The global growth countries and their currencies saw a pop from the news overnight, but as I turn on the laptop this morning, the bias to buy dollars has taken over. The Dollar Index is up big this morning, and the euro is barely holding to the 1.36 figure.  The price of Oil jumped on the Chinese data, but then so did the dollar, which makes just a bit of sense, in that Oil contracts are still priced in dollars. That is Oil contracts that aren’t a part of currency swap agreements between countries, that are becoming the norm in the world, folks. Speaking of the euro.. A trader friend of ours at Morgan Stanley sent me a note the other day, and their research team had put together a chart/ table, of the policy instruments available to the ECB, and the potential impact, and effect on the euro.  The table pretty much plays out the way I’ve explained to you how I felt things would go for the euro.  For those of you who missed class that day, I said that as long as the ECB kept the stimulus to negative deposit rates, the hit on the euro would be minimal, and maybe even positive, as this has already been priced in.   So, Morgan Stanley believes that if the ECB does just cut the deposit rate and not mention euro strength, the euro could rise to 1.37.  But any of the other stimulus measures would send the euro to the woodshed. And a large bond buying program would knock the stuffing out of the euro all the way to 1.28.   So. as you can see, even the large firms with their large research divisions, come up with the same stuff that I do, on my own! One of the headline stories on the Bloomberg this morning is that the British pound sterling / pound saw its rally end, as Mortgage Applications (Apps) fell to a nine-month low in the U.K.  and thus reducing the calls for a rate hike in the U.K.  I’ve told you again and again about the U.K. and that the debt there is not going away, and neither is the game that Bank of England (BOE) Gov. Mark Carney is playing with the markets regarding giving them hints of a rate hike, but never pulling the dust covers off the rate hike machine. I refer to this as Carney’s bag of promises. So, in the end, be careful with pounds, they are most likely going to disappoint in the end. The best performing currency so far this year, the Brazilian real, has seen its rally get sidetracked, which is surprising, in a way, to me. The surprising part is that this is just two weeks ahead of the World Cup, and all that tourism, and converting to reals to spend. the not so surprising part  is that this is the Brazilian real. Real is the name, volatility is its game!  Which is why I always tell you, be just what you is, not what you is not.! No wait, no time for Mr. Wizard, here, I’m talking serious stuff, Chuck, can’t you just be serious for a whole letter, for once? Nah. what fun would that be?  But I do always tell you that reals should only be purchased as a speculative investment for your investment portfolio, then when volatility hits it like this morning, you won’t panic! The Aussie dollar (A$) is kicking ’round the cobblestones this morning. I think that the A$ has a tough row to hoe ahead of it, as the interest rates speculators have now switched horses in the middle of the stream. As recent as April 10th, these speculators had an 88% chance of a rate hike priced into their futures. But just last week, that trade got turned around, and now the speculators are betting that interest rates don’t move for at least another 12 months. The A$ will have to fight through news like this, and I’m not sure it can, right now at least. But, one thing I’ll say about the A$, is that it is resilient, and just when you think the A$ is about to raise the white flag, it turns things around in its favor.. I told the currency guys that I met with last week that I still believe that New Zealand has two more rate hikes coming this year. And to not panic about the recent softness in the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. All it was doing was providing some cheaper buying opportunities! Want a toe tapping, head bobbing song to listen to? Download the Kinks song: Sunny Afternoon. A great summertime song! Ok, that public service announcement was brought to you by me! Hey! I’m beginning to come back to life here, but after spending most of the night awake, I’ll have to head back to bed once the letter is out! Gold has fallen to a 4-month low, folks. As I’ve said for some time now, “it’s all about stocks”. I also remind people that, “that’s OK, now, but the stock euphoria didn’t work out so good for investors the last time, now did it?” That’s all I’m saying there. Gold has become the ugly duckling to investors, but we all know the story of what happens to the Ugly Duckling, now don’t we? The U.S. Data Cupboard will have the May ISM (manufacturing index) for us today, which should play in concert with the stronger manufacturing indexes in the Eurozone, and China. If it doesn’t, we’ve got a story. If it does, then the “the U.S. economy is strong, bugs” will come out of the wallboards once again, and stir the pot for the bias to buy dollars this morning.  But I wonder what led the dollar bugs to stir the pot this morning given the rot on the economy’s vine that was evident by last week’s GPD and Personal Spending data. Well, you can mark down a soft start for Consumption in the 2nd QTR.  And I checked with a local meteorologist and they confirmed that while things were still unusually chilly in April, we didn’t have severe winter weather shutting down most of the country. So. what am I talking about?  Well the Personal Spending data for April. It printed a negative -.1%…  , and Real Consumer spending fell -.3%, the first drop since December of last year.  So, we have the 2nd QTR starting out in the red on consumption.  I don’t make these things up folks. The first QTR was an absolute washout, and now the 2nd QTR is starting out in the red. UGH!  But then, I think I was the one who has kept telling you ever since the “recession allegedly ended”, back in 2009! Before I head to the Big Finish this morning, I had a reporter call me on Friday morning. Which actually surprised the heck out of me, because no one calls me any longer. don’t ask me why. Well, I actually know why, but won’t get into that here. But the reporter was interested in the bond yields, and I told him that if we’re just talking bond activity and not back room deals that may or may not be going on at the Fed, that the bond markets were telling us that they are not buying the strong economy talk. It’s that simple. they don’t believe it, and therefore yields will fall. Which on a sidebar is fine with me, given that it gives us a better starting point for our MarketSafe Treasury CD, which by the way, the funding period ends on 6/11. Just a friendly reminder! For What It’s Worth. found this on Moneynews.com, as I tried to remain calm yesterday. I just don’t know what else the Fed needs for proof that their tapering is taking a HUGE bite out of the economy. But then, they always seem to be playing catch up. “For those hoping that housing will lead a robust recovery, Freddie Mac is not exactly offering a beacon of hope – the mortgage giant estimates many of the nation’s housing markets are stalling. Freddie Mac said its research shows only 10 of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia could be considered to have “stable” housing markets. The top five are North Dakota, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, Alaska and Louisiana – four energy-producing states plus the cradle of government spending. Only four of the top 50 metro areas were ranked stable by Freddie Mac – San Antonio; New Orleans; Austin, Texas; and Houston. “Less than half of the housing markets MiMi covers are showing an improving trend, whereas at this same time last year more than 90 percent of these same markets were headed in the right direction,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.” Chuck again. This all reminds me of 2004 & 2005. Yes, back then I tried to warn people about the housing bubble, and no one would listen to me. Shoot my own kids didn’t listen to me! I remember being at a Jacksonville Jaguars game, and the mortgage guys were having fun listening to my spiel on why I believed there was a housing bubble. a couple of years later, they weren’t having so much fun. This current scenario reminds me of that time. I’m just saying. To recap. Chuck is under the weather, so this was short-n-sweet this morning. The currencies & metals are under the weather too, as the bias to buy dollars is being cast over the markets this morning. The Big ECB meeting will take place this week, where ECB president, Draghi, will announce was kind of stimulus he’s going to implement. Gold is down again, as the “buy stocks” theme hangs over Gold like the Sword of Damocles Currencies today 6/2/14. American Style: A$ .9050, kiwi .8464, C$ .9205, euro 1.3605, sterling 1.6750, Swiss $1.1150, . European Style: rand 10.5940, krone 5.9970, SEK 6.6855, forint 222.35, zloty 3.0405, koruna 20.1940, RUB 34.88, yen 102.05, sing 1.2560, HKD 7.7540, INR 59.15, China 6.1695, pesos 12.86, BRL 2.2415, Dollar Index 80.53, Oil $102.91, 10-year 2.49%, Silver $18.81, Platinum $1,440.43, Palladium $832.90, and Gold. $1,247.00 That’s it for today. Whew! What a tough weekend for my beloved Cardinals! OUCH! The S.F. Giants, with the best record in the National League, schooled my Cardinals winning 3 of 4. Well, I watched a bit of the Hawks/ Kings Game 7 last night, but didn’t see the end, which had the Kings going to the finals VS the Rangers. If I were a betting man, I would pick the Kings.. But it will be a battle of two of the best goalies in hockey. and why are they still playing hockey in June? I hear you asking. good question! The NBA finals will be the Heat VS the Spurs. I have a friend in Jacksonville that’s from Texas, and he’s a HUGE Spurs fan. I think he’ll be disappointed in about a week. We had Braden Charles’ Birthday party here on Saturday. It looked like a daycare with all the little toddlers and babies! They were all so cute!  Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels are singing about Jenny taking a ride on the IPod right now. That’s a real seat bopping song! OK. time to go back to bed. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Vivo Energy the Shell licensee in Africa and Orange announce a collaborative

first_imgAdvertisement Vivo Energy, and Orange have announced a new collaborative Pan-Arican partnership agreement, under which Orange Money customers will be allowed to cash in and cash out money from their Orange Money account and pay in any Shell service station operated by Vivo Energy.The services – already available in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Madagascar – will be extended to the rest of the common footprint by mid-2017.This agreement was made in an effort to strengthen both companies’ footprints and to improve customers’ experience by offering them more convenience. – Advertisement – Orange Money customers will have access to a network of over 1,000 Shell service stations to transact from. On the other hand, Vivo Energy customers will enjoy the trusted and secured services offered by the Orange Money platform. They will also save time and money on their payment transactions.Commenting on the partnership David Mureithi, Executive Vice President at Vivo Energy, said: “Mobile money represents a huge opportunity in Africa. Mobile Money services have gained momentum in a number of countries across the continent, led by operators, like Orange (www.Orange.com), looking to add to their portfolio value-added services.This initiative fits our overall strategy of offering innovating solutions, a convenient experience to our customers and developing a lasting relationship with them. Through this alliance with Orange Money, we want to expand the range of services we offer to our customers and also allow them to pay in a simple and easy way on our retail sites.”For Thierry Millet, Executive Vice President in charge of mobile financial services at Orange Group: “Orange Money has evolved well beyond money transfer to cover from now on all the essential transactions that our customers perform every day. It has become a decisive financial inclusion tool on the continent. Together with Vivo Energy, through this multi-country partnership, we significantly increase the number of merchants that accept mobile money transactions. This is a real gain of proximity for our shared customers that can pay in a fast and secure way, and cash in and cash out from any Vivo Energy outlet”.last_img read more

10 TSAApproved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier

first_img Register Now » Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Travel 94shares Have a question about what you can bring with you on the plane this holiday season? @AskTSA has some suggestions. Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue This year, AAA is predicting that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent  — in the form of 1.6 million people — increase from last year.The holiday travel season is particularly stressful gauntlet that the majority of us have to run every November and December, but there are tools to help simplify things — like the Transportation Security Administration’s @AskTSA Twitter account, which offers travel tips to make going through security as painless as possible.For a quick-hit of 10 holiday-related items TSA says you can and cannot bring with you on your travels, read on.Related: Why the TSA — Yes, the One at the Airport — Is Actually Amazing at Instagram1. Don’t bring wrapped presents.@VeevsVT Wrapped gifts are allowed but not encouraged, as they may need to be unwrapped if further inspection is required.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 5, 20172. You can, in fact, bring a turkey. We’re glad you asked! Turkeys are allowed through the security checkpoint.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20173. Pies are also good to go. Thanks for checking. Pies are allowed through the security checkpoint. Enjoy!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20174. Strollers are allowed through, just be sure to plan ahead.A stroller is allowed through the security checkpoint. Pls collapse the item and send it into the X-ray for screening. If the item doesn’t fit inside the tunnel, a physical inspection from our officers will be necessary.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 20175. In case you’re planning to dress in a Turkey or Santa Claus costume.  Costumes are allowed in carry-on bags. Have a great day!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 2017Related: Here Are Some of the Weirdest Things Confiscated at the Airport6. If you’re bringing leftovers back, just make sure they are frozen solid. Good question! Freezer packs, used to keep food cold, must be completely frozen solid when presented for screening.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20177. If you want to commemorate the occasion with help from a selfie stick. Thanks for reaching out! A selfie stick is good to go in carry-on bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20178. In case your pet is a member of your family.Thanks for reaching out, Carrie! Small pets are allowed through the security checkpoint, although we advise checking with your airline for their policy. Pls read for more information on traveling w/ pets: https://t.co/QJAD57ubtt— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 20179. If you want to take a minute away from family togetherness with some video games.Thanks for asking, Taylor. Yes, game consoles are allowed in carry-on bags. Please place this item in a separate bin for X-ray screening. Safe travels!— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 20, 201710. Lobster stuffing, anyone? TSA says okay.Live lobsters are allowed through security and must be in a clear, plastic, spill proof container. Our officers will visually inspect it at the checkpoint; it should not go through the X-ray machine. Pls contact your airline regarding their policy.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) November 19, 2017Related video: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Ep. 9: Simplifying Your Daily Routinecenter_img Nina Zipkin Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 10 TSA-Approved Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Travel Easier Entrepreneur Staff November 21, 2017 3 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more

Before They Spoiled the Software

first_img –shares Before They Spoiled the Software Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Brought to you by PCWorld Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business September 30, 2007 Next Article Software developers would like you to believe that with every new version, their products improve substantially, adding slicker interfaces and more powerful features, and making better use of faster processors and more RAM. As applications mature, they imply, we are all moving toward the Golden Age of Software.But we know that’s not always the case.We’ve all seen programs that started out as a simple 1MB utility become a Jabba-the-Hutt-sized monster with an interface so complex you need a Ph.D. in physics to understand it. We’ve seen software that dropped some of its niftiest features to lure you into buying a more-expensive Pro version. We’ve seen a once-unassuming application become greedy for as much of your system resources as it can grab.Of course, sometimes bloat is in the eye of the beholder. Additions that are great new features for somebody else may be, for you, useless buttons that just get in the way.You don’t have to put up with it, though. We’ve rounded up a list of good software that went bad, and we’ll show you how you can turn back the clock by downloading and installing the earlier, better versions.How We Found ThemFor our compilation of earlier-is-better software, we went to the pros–the people who use plenty of programs every day. We asked our own PC World editors for their lists of applications that were better before developers started mucking around. And we also went to an online treasure trove of older-but-better software–the site OldVersion.com, which has rounded up countless earlier versions of dozens and dozens of programs. We asked site founder and editor Alex Levine to give us his picks of the best oldies, and we asked site users to weigh in as well.Note: When clicking on a link for software at OldVersion.com , you may need to scroll down the resulting page to find the version you want. Also, OldVersion.com isn’t the only site that archives old software. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find older application, try oldapps.com and old-versions.net .The Safety TradeoffBefore we start on our list of Golden Oldies, though, keep in mind one big caveat: An undeniably good thing that comes with new versions of software is the fixes you get for security holes, sometimes very serious ones. So if you choose to run old versions of programs, you are taking a calculated risk. Make sure your other defenses are as strong as you can make them, and be extra careful about what you click.Instant Messaging ProgramsDo you think your instant messaging application is bloated? Welcome to the club.AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)OldVersion.com’s Alex Levine, like many others, complains that the newest version of AIM features more pop-ups, more advertising, and a difficult-to-use interface. “A lot of our users use AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x simply because [those versions] do what users need the app to do and don’t use as much CPU,” he says.”They made the newer versions way too foofy and filled with [stuff] I don’t need,” one OldVersion user says of AIM. “The older versions work much better; they do just what I want, which is allow me to communicate with people with a minimum of fuss and without a slick interface that I don’t need.””The smilies are unbearable in the newer versions,” another user adds. “Not only do they do that horrible explosion thing, but for some reason you can’t make them any smaller than the default, and the really tiny smilies are so much cuter :).”ICQAmerica Online seems to have a knack for wrecking good instant messengers. ICQ was at one time the big boy of the instant messaging world. Then AOL bought it. Ever since, people have been complaining about the software’s bloat.”I still use ICQ 2003 Pro, primarily because it still has the original single message mode instead of the split chat window,” says PC World’s Elliott Kirschling. “I would prefer to use an even older and less bloated version, but they no longer connect to the newer clients and network.””It used to be a wonderful little IM program, then they just couldn’t leave well enough alone and kept adding more and more,” complains one OldVersion.com user. Oldversion.com has previous versions of both ICQ and ICQ Lite , an even slimmer client. If you want to check out what people are complaining about, you can download ICQ 6 , the current version.Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Live MessengerThis Microsoft instant messaging program has gone through so many name changes and incarnations, we defy anyone to name them all. The latest is Windows Live Messenger , which some people complain is a system hog.”Windows Live Messenger is all flair and no guts,” says one OldVersion.com user. “I want a messenger to send messages to people, not eat up my system resources with transparent skins and flashy interfaces.” This IM devotee says he uses, instead, MSN Messenger 7.5 .Media PlayersLooking for a simple media player? You’ll have to go back in time.Windows Media PlayerOnce upon a time, Windows Media Player was a simple, compact application that just played media files. Nothing more, nothing less. Those days are long gone. Today’s Windows Media Player 11 is a major, full-blown application for managing media, with all kinds of bells and whistles. Not everyone, though, likes those bells and whistles.Says one OldVersion.com user: “It used to be a utility that would play media files you had on the computer. Now it’s some unholy bloated ‘Media Center’.” OldVersion.com has versions of Media Player that go all the way back to 5.1 (a mere 0.2MB download!).MusicMatch Jukebox (Now Yahoo Music Jukebox)Yahoo Music Jukebox (the latest version of what used to be MusicMatch Jukebox) manages an unfortunate double-whammy: Critics say it’s both bloated and lacking many of the best features of its predecessor.” Older versions of MusicMatch Jukebox were the best solution for recording, organizing, tagging, and playing a large music collection,” PC World’s Kirschling says. “Version 10 was the last version, and it did get some small updates after Yahoo bought it, but now they are trying to force everyone to ‘upgrade’ to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The problem is that Yahoo Music Jukebox does not have most of the advanced features that MusicMatch has.”I’ll add a personal note here. I used to be a MusicMatch user as well, but I lost interest in it before it was sold to Yahoo, sometime back around version 9, when Big Bloat set in.WinampWhat is it about media players that makes developers want to muck around with them? Do they get a charge out of saying, “My player is bigger than yours”? For whatever reason, these programs grow bigger, not better, with time. Winamp is another player program that has grown through the years, and not necessarily for the better. Older versions were mean and lean, great at playing media and getting out of the way. The new version , some users say, gets in the way.”My favorite version is Winamp 2.95. That’s before they started bulking up the client and adding completely unnecessary things,” says one music aficionado at OldVersion.com. “I just want something that plays my MP3s. I don’t need it to burn CDs for me or download new music or cook my breakfast or massage my feet.”iTunesIn the case of iTunes 7 , bloat isn’t the problem. But discriminating users complain that Apple took away a really useful feature. ” Early versions of iTunes allowed you to stream your music collection to an unlimited number of PCs on a local network,” PC World Senior Editor Eric Dahl explains. “The current version restricts you to five PCs per day, meaning that if your music collection is popular with your coworkers, some of them may get cut off.”QuickTime PlayerQuickTime is another example of Apple taking away features from a perfectly good program, says PC World Executive Editor Allan Stafford. “QuickTime Player got stripped of lots of features in an effort to get people to buy the Pro version.”The current version is QuickTime 7 . Grab older versions here .Image and Video SoftwareSure, this software category usually means big, and bigger, programs. But sometimes you get less, not more.iMovie ’08 (for the Mac)Here’s an example of a great program gone bad–really, really bad. When Apple updated iMovie , it essentially changed the software completely, stripping out all the best features and leaving behind a shell of the former program. So now it doesn’t have a timeline for video editing, its audio editing tools are poor, it won’t accept plug-ins–and that’s just a start.David Pogue wrote in his newsletter for the New York Times, “I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.”Fortunately, the versions of iMovie that were included in Apple iLife 2004 and Apple iLife 2006 are still available through Amazon.com.Corel Paint Shop ProFor many years, Paint Shop Pro was the top piece of graphics shareware. It was the anti-Photoshop–plenty of features, plenty of power, yet simple to use and fast-loading. Then came version 8. Good-bye, simplicity. Things haven’t improved any in the current version, Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 , which costs about $100.”If I want to do something quick and simple, I just use Paint Shop Pro 7,” says one OldVersion.com user. “Paint Shop Pro 8 just tried too hard to be Photoshop Lite.” At least OldVersion.com has trial versions of previous incarnations of Paint Shop Pro .”With 8, they tried to do too much with it and I had no idea how to even use half the features or buttons,” says another OldVersion site user. “I use Paint Shop Pro for basic stuff like cropping, because it loads quicker than Photoshop. For what I need, version 8.0 is practically useless.”ACDSeeEarly versions of ACDSee, an image management program, were slick and fast-loading, and were ideally suited for viewing graphics and doing image conversions. The current version is big and slow, and not nearly as easy to use, many users complain.”Once version 3.0 hit, the application was unsuitable for my use because of all the unnecessary stuff they added,” says one OldVersion.com user.”The older versions of ACDSee loaded in a snap, like the Windows image viewer, [and] had better functions for resizing and slide shows, and also let you do JPG/GIF/BMP/PNG conversions,” another user says.ACDSee 9, the current version, sells for $40. You can find earlier, trial versions at OldVersion.com .And Two More Previous FavoritesThese two applications are popular–but are the current versions the best?Adobe ReaderThis widely used program is designed to do one thing, and one thing alone–let you read Adobe PDF files. Once upon a time that meant a svelte program. Today it means a sumo wrestler. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the file sizes. Version 2.0 was a 1.4MB download. The current version 8.1 weighs in at a hefty 22.3MB.The best earlier version of this classic, says one OldVersion.com visitor, is Adobe Reader 5.0.5 . “The bloat showed up in version 6,” he says, “and even though it started disappearing in version 8, there’s still a splash screen, annoying updater, and so on.”EudoraLots of long-time PC users have fond memories of this e-mail client; indeed, for many old-timers, it was the first e-mail software they ever used. But some of the changes the program introduced over the years, such as a feature that read your e-mail to warn you if it was potentially insulting, seemed less than necessary to lots of users.Good news may be on the way. Eudora has gone open source, and future versions are being developed by the Mozilla Foundation. You can get the current version here or pick up an earlier version .Our Quick Checklist of Old and New VersionsHere is our complete list of the applications discussed in this article.AIM (current)AIM 5.5.x or 5.9.x (older versions)ICQ 6 (current)ICQ (earlier versions)ICQ Lite (old versions)Windows Live Messenger (current)MSN Messenger 7.5 (earlier version of Live Messenger)Windows Media Player 11 (current)Media Player (earlier versions)Yahoo Music Jukebox (current; formerly MusicMatch)MusicMatch Jukebox (older versions)Winamp (current)Winamp (older versions)iTunes 7 (current)iTunes (early versions)QuickTime 7 (current)QuickTime (older versions)iMovie (current)iMovie, Apple iLife 2004iMovie, Apple iLife 2006Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 (current)Corel Paint Shop Pro, trialware of earlier versionsACDSee 9 (current)ACDSee (earlier, trial versions)Adobe Reader 8.1 (current)Adobe Reader 5.0.5Eudora, current versionEudora, earlier versions Technology Sometimes a program’s new version is actually worse than the previous one. Here are 13 apps we liked better before they were “improved”–plus tips on finding the earlier editions. Register Now » 11 min readlast_img read more

Rising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain

first_imgRising Focus by Businesses to Increase Customer Satisfaction and Optimize Supply Chain Will Significantly Propel the Growth of Enterprise Software Market: IndustryARC PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 8:26 pmJune 24, 2019 Enterprise software is witnessing huge demand from across a spectrum of applications like enterprise content management (ECM), IT service management (ISM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and business intelligence. Adoption of these Enterprise software increases efficiency and accelerates the overall productivity of an organization; thus, witnessing driving adoption of Enterprise software. The ERP enterprise software segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% during forecast period 2019-2025 driven by retail segment in particular. The marketing and CRM segment of the enterprise software market is witnessing high demand and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.21%. Small organizations are largely integrating cloud-based technology into their businesses to lower upfront costs and access business-critical applications conveniently.  Companies are widely adopting cloud-based enterprise software to scale up the businesses with minimum CAPEX investment. By 2019, approximately 75-80% of enterprises will deploy at least one enterprise computing application on the cloud. IT spending on enterprise software was increased at a rate of 9% during 2017-18, where most of these spending were specific to cloud-based enterprise technology.According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 30.2 billion small and medium sized businesses in the country, many of whom use enterprise software to reduce costs and complexity involved in internal technological systems. In 2019, the U.S. holds more than 60% of global cloud spending.  The large presence of hyper scale data centers in the U.S. is the key factor to hold dominant market share for cloud-based technology. This leads to rising demand for cloud-based enterprise software in the U.S. and hence, the region contributes nearly 25% market share in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: 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 EconomistTo access / purchase the full report browse the link belowThe enterprise software market is poised to grow at a rapid pace owing to wide range of applications in supply chain and maintaining customer relationship. The global supply chain management market grew by 13.9% in 2017 and reached $12.2 Billion. Organizations are adopting cloud-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions to enable new digitally-based business models to optimize their supply chain, reduce operation cost and increase profitability at rapid pace. Cloud-based SCM applications are designed to flex and scale according to the needs of globally distributed supplier networks, thus enabling organizations to be more responsive to market demands. The growth in these supply chain management Enterprise Software is driving the total Enterprise Software Market is forecast to reach $545m by 2025 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.15% during the forecast period 2019-2025.Enterprise Software Market Growth Drivers:Rise in the need for good customer experience: Enterprise software helps in easing the customer relationship management processes, which enhances the customer experience and increases customer retention rate. According to the annual report by Facebook Inc., monthly active users (MAUs) of Facebook were 2.32 billion in December 31, 2018, an increase of 9% year-over-year and also the company recorded 37% increase in revenue during 2017-2018 showcasing the prolific rise in social media websites.  The rise in digitization and emergence of social media marketing platforms have increased the need for enterprise software in recording and managing huge amounts of customer data for businesses. Moreover, for businesses, enterprise software eases the creation of personalized marketing content for customers.Emergence of E-Commerce across Sectors: E-commerce websites minimize the lead time, and establish direct business relationship with end customers across various sectors. According to the report published by Walmart, the Flipkart group is showing a significant growth, with its growth merchandise value increasing by 12 times from 2014 to 2018, reaching $7.5 Billion. Organizations require customized enterprise software to manage and analyze customer data, which further widens the scope for opportunities in the global enterprise software market.Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?Get a quote of Enterprise Software Market Report from one of our sales representativesR&D Investment and Initiative, Funding:In 2018, Cohesity, a hyperconverged secondary storage company, announced that it had raised $250m in an oversubscribed Series D funding round led by the SoftBank Vision Fund with strong participation from strategic investors like Cisco Investments, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, along with Sequoia Capital and others. This investment is anticipated to increase the enterprise software development activities towards achieving increased operational efficiency and cost reduction, which in turn will drive revenue growth for end users. Additionally, there has been a significant growth in R&D investments into enterprise software in the European region. For instance, in 2018, Dassault Systèmes SE recorded a total expenditure of $337.72m into R&D, which corresponds to 24.6% of their software revenue. This is anticipated to continue in the future, increasing the likeliness of development of effective enterprise software products which can store, analyze, and visualize large amount of data faster and more securely.The Major Players in this Market Include:The major players in this market are SAP AG, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Infor Inc., Kronos Incorporated and IBM Corporation. These companies have been continuously focusing on R&D for enterprise software, both towards addressing security concerns and integration of cloud services for quick processing and analysis of data.In 2018, IBM Corporation partnered with Salesforce in order to integrate their artificial intelligence (AI) platform and deliver an enhanced customer service experience. Salesforce’s in-house AI platform called Einstein and IBM’s cognitive computing technology platform Watson will collaborate to deliver AI-driven recommendations for future actions by companies.Marketing Technology News: WebEngage Partners with Kenscio’s Email Management Solution crmEnterprise Content managementEnterprise softwareERPIT service managementMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleHOOQ Streams Live and On-Demand Video Content on Brightcove Video PlatformNext ArticleHow to Increase Your Productivity with Proper Time Management?last_img read more