14 Sep

Homer Man Arrested For Threatening To Burn Down Home with Occupant Inside

first_imgBellamy was remanded into the Homer Jail. According to the online dispatch, an investigation led to the arrest of Raymond Bellamy, 73 of Homer, for assault and resisting arrest. On March 4, at 9:17 a.m., Troopers responded to an address on Skyline Drive in Homer for a report of a male threatening to burn the house down and to burn an occupant of the house.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have arrested a man after he threatened to burn a house down while the occupant was still inside the home.last_img read more

14 Sep

The Challenge of Cutting Distribution Costs

first_imgDistribution is where leaders throughout the production supply chain are looking to cut costs in 2008, according to opening remarks by Tom Fox, vice president of manufacturing and technology, American Express Publishing/Time Inc., at IDEAlliance’s Print Media Executive Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida last month. Fox, the conference chair, polled all attendees—top level executives in the paper, printing and magazine production fields—prior to the event and found that distribution trumped all other potential cost-cutting areas cited, including Asian paper import potential, improved print management through virtual tool adoption and finishing through automation and bindery productivity. Newsstand distribution took a big hit in January when roughly 1,000 magazine titles were cut from Wal-Mart’s shelves, affecting small and large publishers alike. At the time, Wal-Mart accounted for more than 15 percent of total U.S. magazine retail sales. But Doron Grosman, president of the magazine print solutions business at Quebecor World, sees recent newsstand hits as an opportunity for groups of publishers and groups of printers to collaborate on ways to better utilize printers’ capacity and assets and impose real change to distributor and wholesaler arrangements. “Right now, distribution is the tail that’s wagging the dog,” he said at the conference. “We have to address this as an industry. We’re being held hostage by distributors in terms of what they’re intending to do.” He says increasing publishers’ visibility into printers’ plants can help.Jerry Lynch, president of the International Periodical Distributors Association, a 37-year-old retail industry veteran and a Primex presenter, said the entire supply chain—publishers, printers, logistics, national distributors and wholesalers—needs to come together to find ways to add to retailers’ marketing messages. Retailers are contending with old pressures of space, gross margins, labor and inventory as well as new pressures of sustainability and simplicity of offerings, he says. Finding these types of solutions “will require commitment,” he said. “Unless the whole supply chain is engaged, it’s a challenge.”Ideas for Change Specific solutions the supply chain needs to come together on, according to Lynch, are improved sell-through rates; replenishment programs that offer an alternative to single drops of titles; product redesigns; improving speed to market; and scan-based trading, a process where suppliers own inventory in a retailer’s warehouse or store until items are actually scanned and purchased.According to ABC’s Fas-Fax numbers released in February, seven of the top 10 magazines in terms of total paid and verified circulation showed decreased single copy sales in the second half of 2007 versus 2006. Even with postal reform capping rate hikes at the rate of inflation and the news that this year’s increase for periodicals will be below that at 2.7 percent, the postal service has an exigency clause, as David Riebe, vice president of distribution at Quad/Graphics, pointed out at Primex. The clause would allow for hikes above the CPI index. “The USPS believes that applies to any time they can’t generate enough revenue to run their business with the CPI increase,” he said. With first class and standard mail flats down 15 and 13 percent respectively, exigency could be a threat, which makes keeping volumes up crucial.On top of that, presenters reminded the audience about the gravity of “Do Not Mail” legislation—a well-funded effort to restrict mail to requested-only pieces. “It’s an all or nothing situation that would lead to a drastically altered USPS and increased costs for all of us,” said Joel Quadracci, president and CEO of Quad/Graphics. Digital edition distribution is not seeming like a strong alternative either, at least not for the crowd at Primex. Guy Gleysteen, SVP of production at Time Inc., said, “We have not seen any fit for exact facsimile digital magazines to complement print or replace print. It has a niche mostly as a marketing vehicle.” What does work, he says, is integrating subsets of for-download content into a magazine’s Web site.last_img read more

11 Sep

POLICE LOG for May 16 Brush Fire Off Highway Tractor Trailer Complaint

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 16, 2019:A property manager on Andover Street reported a tractor trailer unit was parked in the driveway, hindering traffic, and the driver refused to move. Police responded and spoke with driver, who was waiting for his truck to charge before moving along. Tractor trailer was not hindering traffic. (12:22pm)Fire Department responded to a brush fire on 93 North, near Exit 38. (4:58pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Middlesex Avenue near the library. All parties declined medical attention. One driver was issued a warning for marked lanes violation. (6:12pm)A caller reported her neighbor was in the hallway yelling at Avalon Oaks. Police responded and restored the peace. (7:47pm)A Fairmeadow Road caller reported hearing a loud bang and water spouting in the air down the street. Water Department was just flushing hydrants. (8:04pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Sep

Seven years jail fine for Twitter executives who fail to comply with

first_img Top 5 Data Breaches Of 2018 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/2:31Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Getty ImagesThe Narendra Modi government has cracked down on social media giants, especially micro-blogging site Twitter, to make them comply with the InformationTechnology (IT) Act. Twitter’s top executives could face jail for seven years along with a fine if the government notices any “objectionable or inflammatory content”.To remove such “undesirable content” from social media platforms, the government has sought swift action from Twitter, The Times of India reported. The government said that it will invoke section 69A of the IT Act which provides for blocking/ deleting any content on social media platforms that is “detrimental to the country’s sovereignty and integrity”.The social media platforms would have to respond within 72 hours after the government brings to their notice any undesirable content, on failure of which they could face the action.The decision comes days after a parliamentary committee lashed out at Twitter for inordinate delays in blocking/ deleting the content or accounts that are a threat to India’s integrity or can create problems in law and order situation of the country. The government had asked Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to remain present in the meeting, but he could not do the same.Stricter IT rules to monitor social media content?Various social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Google Plus would be termed as intermediaries (that carry the message of a third person) and are responsible for the content displayed on their websites.Facebook alone is projected to have nearly 319 million users in India by 2021. The draft of the IT (Intermediaries Guidelines Amendment Rules), 2018, states that any internet company that has over 50 lakh users in India should be incorporated within India and have a registered office along with a nodal person of contact.The issue was earlier pointed out by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of fake news propaganda run by various political parties on Twitter and Facebook along with viral Whatsapp messages that were believed to be responsible for serial lynching episodes in the country.No politicking on social media ahead of Lok Sabha pollsThe parliamentary committee also asked Twitter to work with the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Twitter was also asked to monitor campaigns and advertisements by political parties and told that no “international interference” in Lok Sabha elections will be tolerated. An attendee waits to try the newly announced Facebook Spaces virtual reality platform during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.Reuters fileLast month, Twitter had stated in its blog post that it would be providing details of advertisements and data on their impressions (tweets) in various countries including India to bring greater transparency to the political advertisements that the micro-blogging site carries.The decision was supposed to be implemented from March 11.center_img Closelast_img read more

3 Sep

CECs remark proves election held 29 Dec night says BNP

first_imgRizvi AhmedBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has said that its allegation of vote ‘robbery’ in 30-December national election has been proved true with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment, reports UNB.”The CEC has said the risk of stuffing ballot boxes the night before the voting will reduce if EVMs are introduced. The fact over the election has started to emerge from Pandora’s Box,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also said, “The CEC’s slip of tongue has revealed the fact regarding the midnight election. His remark has demonstrated that the election was held at the midnight as the EVMs were not used.”Speaking at a training workshop of the election officials at the Nirbachan Bhaban on Friday ahead of upazila elections, KM Nurul Huda said the commission is planning to use electronic voting machines to make sure that ballot boxes cannot be stuffed on the night before an election.Since the national election, BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front have been accusing the ruling party of indulging in vote ‘robbery’ by stuffing ballot boxes on 29 December midnight.Stating that snatching people’s voting rights is tantamount to robbery, Rizvi said KM Nurul Huda committed a serious offence by holding a midnight election only to keep the current government in power illegally.”Your (CEC’s) remarks will remain as an important document to people about how a chief election commissioner allowed stuffing ballot boxes at midnight in a national election depriving people of their voting rights,” he said.The BNP leader questioned the CEC whether he allowed the ruling party to stuff ballot boxes on 29 December to justify the use of EVMs that were procured spending thousands crore of public money.He warned the CEC that he will have to be accountable to people some day for the midnight voting as sins never die.Rizvi said the CEC is trying to use the EVMs in the election as millions of taka is involved with it. “EVM is another means of indulging in vote fraud. No machine is required for ensuring a fair election, as only sincerity and commitment to democracy is enough for it.”He said not only the CEC, but also another election commissioner talked about the midnight voting carelessly as the truth cannot be buried.Rizvi voiced deep concern as their seriously sick chairperson Khaleda Zia is yet to be taken any hospital for treatment.He demanded the government shift her to United Hospital for ensuring proper treatment of her.last_img read more

31 Aug

A way to measure and control phonons

first_img More information: Sungkun Hong et al. Hanbury Brown and Twiss interferometry of single phonons from an optomechanical resonator, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan7939AbstractNano- and micromechanical devices have become a focus of attention as new solid-state quantum devices. Reliably generating non-classical states of their motion is of interest both for addressing fundamental questions about macroscopic quantum phenomena as well as for developing quantum technologies in the domains of sensing and transduction. We use quantum optical control techniques to conditionally generate single-phonon Fock states of a nanomechanical resonator. We perform a Hanbury Brown and Twiss type experiment that verifies the non-classical nature of the phonon state without requiring full state reconstruction. Our result establishes purely optical quantum control of a mechanical oscillator at the single phonon level. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Vienna in Austria and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a technique using photons for controlling and measuring phonons. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique and suggest that their work might have laid the groundwork toward a method to store information in a quantum computer. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Science Phonons are waves of particles moving together through a material—like ocean waves, they propagate, leaving the particles through which they move in their original state. Prior research has shown that phonons have some behavioral characteristics that resemble particles, which is why they have been labeled quasiparticles, and also why they have been of interest in so much recent research. Scientists are interested in phonons because they may provide a bridge between the classical world and the quantum world. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a way not only to measure phonons as they propagate, but show that it is possible to control them, as well.The technique involved firing a blue pulse of light at what they describe as a microfabricated silicon nanobeam—a form of optomechanical crystal. It was designed to vibrate in particular ways when hit by a photon. As the blue light struck the device, it created phonons. They next fired a red pulse of light at the phonons to induce a state-swap interaction. Those photons were then reflected back to a photon detector and were subsequently analyzed using Hanbury Brown and Twiss interferometry. The researchers used the state of the photons to determine the non-classical state of the phonons in the device. The team showed that individual phonons moving in a crystal follow the laws of quantum mechanics as opposed to classical physics.The researchers point out that because of its quantum properties and the use of light, the technique offers a possible path toward using phonons as a means for storing quantum information of the type that could be needed in a quantum computer. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: A way to measure and control phonons (2017, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-phonons.html In the center is an image showing the mechanical oscillator which was cooled to its ground state and then successfully excited by a single quanta of energy. Depicted above is the simulation of the shape of the mechanical mode that is used in the experiment. The bottom picture shows an artist’s impression of a quasi-probabilistic distribution of the quantum state. Credit: Moritz Forsch / TU Delft Team succeeds in observing a two-phonon quantum interference, a world first This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

31 Aug

Prayaas A mystical evening

first_imgDelhiites enjoyed a mystical Kathak performance at the 10th edition of annual Kathak production ‘Prayaas 2018’, organised by Rasik Performing Arts at Kamani Auditorium on December 15.The evening started with Ganesh stuti – an invocation to Lord Ganesh, praying for success and peace. This was followed by the first performance lined up for the event – ‘Khil Rahi’, a presentation by the youngest batch of students at Rasik Performing Arts. Next in queue was ‘Umang’ which is based on a Tarana in ‘Raag Bhopali’. This Tarana is set in the sixteen beat cycle of Teentaal. ‘Pieces of Ten’ – a rhythmic cycle of 10 beats presenting infinite possibilities of grouping and regrouping phrases, numbers and movement patterns within the cycle orbit of ten – took the evening forward. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the 10th edition of Prayaas, Guru Jayashree Archarya and co-founder of Rasik Performing Arts, said “I am glad that ‘Prayaas’ completed its 10 successful years, and I am looking forward to many more editions to come. All this was not possible without the hard work of all my students and even the parents who are sending their kids to learn classical dance. Even today, where western music and dance are dominating, there are some parents who want their kids to acquire the art of traditional classical dance form.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Creating a phenomenal aura of dance and music, many performances were staged, keeping the audience glued to their seats throughout the event. ‘Echoes of nine’ – a mesmerising piece of work that used ‘Raag Jaijayanti’ as its melodic backdrop, was also staged during Prayaas 2018. Coming from Rasik Performing Arts, one of the batch performed ‘Gati’, which was based on a Sargam in ‘Raag Charukeshi’. The act highlighted the joy of ‘Taiyaari’, which can be explained as the control and command over speed and the free flow of dance movements. Following ‘Gati’ was the next act – the poetry speaks of the ‘Nayika’ who sets out to meet her beloved amidst the stormy night. The Tarana was composed by the legendary maestro of Indian Classical Music – Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. With a blend of the syllables typical of Tarana with excerpts from Persian poetry, ‘Darbari Tarana’ came next in the performance sequences at the event. The act is a combination of mnemonic syllables compared against the melodic exploration of a Raag and rhythmic journey of a taal, speaking about the eternal longing of the earthly soul that craves for a meeting with its divine beloved. ‘Raag Bhairavi’ was the last performance by the batch of Rasik Performing Arts, in which the choreography tried to capture various aspects of this musical scale and artists depicted a sense of peace and spiritual awakening. The show-stopper of the evening was the guest artist – Sandeep Mullick who performed ‘Navras’ in Paaramparik Kathak, accompanied by Shiv Shankar Ray (Tabla), Anirban Bhattacharya (Vocal Music) and Salim (Sitar).last_img read more

17 Aug

The Gold Coast proves its still famous for family fun

first_imgThe Gold Coast proves it’s still famous for family funAfter what can best be described as a bumper school holiday period, the Gold Coast has again shone as Australia’s number one destination for families, taking out a host of readers’ choice Awards, including Australia’s Best Beach Holiday Destination, from leading travel publications, Out & About with Kids and Holidays with Kids.According to the Out & About with Kids 2015 Best of Family Travel Awards, the Gold Coast is Australia’s Best Beach/Regional Holiday Destination.  The city is home to Australia’s Best Family Holiday Park (Big4 Treasure Island Holiday Park), Best Family Hotel/Resort (Paradise Resort Gold Coast) and Best Australian Family Attraction (Sea World).According to the Awards, the Gold Coast’s family travel offering is unsurpassed anywhere else in Australia, with 3 of the top 6 family hotels and resorts and four of the top 7 family attractions located right here.  The Gold Coast is also home to 2 of the Best Hotel/Resorts for babies and toddlers worldwide.According to the Holidays with Kids 2015 Top 10 Awards, the Gold Coast is home to the best family resorts in Australia.  Sea World Resort and Water Park earned top spot for Best Family Resort in Australia over 4 stars, with five other Gold Coast properties also listed in the Top 10. Paradise Resort Gold Coast won Best Family Resort in Australia under 4 stars.“While we’ve known it for years, it’s great to see Australian families agree, the Gold Coast really is Australia’s number one family holiday destination,” Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter said.Out & About with Kids and Holidays with Kids have a combined circulation of approximately 90,000. Gold Coast TourismSource = Gold Coast Tourismlast_img read more

15 Aug

Its Lonely at the Top for Nationstar Mortgage

first_img April 21, 2016 609 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Moody’s Investor Service Nationstar Mortgage Non-Bank Servicers Ocwen Financial 2016-04-21 Seth Welborn Dallas, Texas-based Nationstar Mortgage was the only one out of the three largest U.S. non-bank mortgage servicers rated by Moody’s to turn a profit during 2015, according to Moody’s Investors Service’s Servicer Dashboard on Thursday.Nationstar’s net income for 2015 was $43 million, while the other two largest servicers, Ocwen Financial Corp. and Walter Investment Management Corp., posted losses of $246.7 million and $263.2 million for last year, respectively.“Nationstar was the only large Moody’s-rated non-bank mortgage servicer to be profitable in 2015, and its net income was just $43 million,” said Warren Kornfeld, Moody’s analyst. “Concurrently, all three non-bank servicers’ reliance on confidence-sensitive, short-term funding heightens their liquidity and refinancing risk, while Walter faces the additional challenge of a weak capital position.”According to Moody’s, profitability has been weak for non-bank servicers over the last couple of years due to mortgage servicing right fair value adjustments, goodwill impairments, and higher regulatory expenses. Operating costs as a percentage of revenues for both Ocwen and Walter have risen as a result of intense regulatory scrutiny for residential mortgage servicers, according to Moody’s; however, Nationstar’s operating costs as a percentage of revenues have been more steady. Moody’s expects that Nationstar’s earnings will improve only marginally in 2016 as operating costs rise due to increased regulatory scrutiny.“Concurrently, all three non-bank servicers’ reliance on confidence-sensitive, short-term funding heightens their liquidity and refinancing risk, while Walter faces the additional challenge of a weak capital position.” Warren Kornfeld, Moody’s AnalystElsewhere in Moody’s Servicer Dashboard, Nationstar and Ocwen continued to have a higher level of loss mitigation than their bank peers in Q4 2015 while re-default rates on modifications either remained flat or improved slightly. The non-bank servicers also had lower missed payment to foreclosure referral timelines compared with bank mortgage servicers (less than one year on average for subprime for non-bank servicers, compared with more than two years for bank mortgage servicers). Subprime collection metrics continued to improve for all mortgage servicers, both bank and non-bank, in the country in the fourth quarter; Wells Fargo was tops in subprime, and CitiMortgage led in prime and Alt-A, according to Moody’s.New delinquencies and roll rates experienced declines in Q4, notably for subprime loans, largely as a result of ongoing improvements in the economy, according to Moody’s.center_img Share It’s Lonely at the Top for Nationstar Mortgagelast_img read more

4 Aug

The dollar index closed on Wednesday afternoon in

first_imgThe dollar index closed on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 82.95.  Once it opened in Far East trading on their Thursday, it sank to its low of the day…82.77 shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  The rally that followed ran out of gas at the 83.16 mark just minutes before 11:00 a.m in New York.  From there it fell down to 82.89 by 12:30 p.m….and the subsequent rally didn’t get far.  The index closed at 82.95…unchanged from Wednesday.As you can tell from the chart below, the big drop in the precious metal prices around the Comex close was not related to anything going on in the currency markets.Despite the fact that the gold price didn’t make it into positive territory…and then got hit for $29 just before the Comex close, the gold stocks managed to stay in positive territory all day long.  It was obvious that someone was bottom fishing.  The HUI finished up 2.25%.The silver stocks put in a pretty decent performance themselves as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 5.24%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for the final day of the June delivery month showed that 4 gold contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories sometime today.First Day Notice for the July delivery month showed that 23 gold and 479 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The two big short/issuers were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia with 238 contracts…and Jefferies with 200 contracts.  JPMorgan was the big stopper with 337 contracts in its proprietary trading account…and 38 in its client account.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a peek…and the link is here.Once again I was surprised by what I discovered in both GLD and SLV yesterday.  Not only wasn’t there any change in GLD for the second day in a row…an authorized participant added a further 482,493 troy ounces of silver to SLV…the second day in a row that silver has been deposited.  Both Ted and I are waiting for the big withdrawals that we feel are coming…but they haven’t put in an appearance as of yet.  Maybe today…for maximum psychological effect.For the second day in a row, there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.In silver, the Comex-approved depositories didn’t receive any on Wednesday…but shipped 401,855 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold, these same depositories reported shipping out 34,146 troy ounces of the stuff on Wednesday…and didn’t receive any.  The link to that action is here.It was another busy day at the bullion store yesterday, but not quite as busy as Tuesday or Wednesday.  Today is Friday, I expect today will be very busy.Here’s a gold and silver chart courtesy of Nick Laird…and this is what he had to say about them…”Gold and silver have now both put in their fifth wave down. If this is to be the last wave down then I would consider that this wave down will be of a lesser degree than the prior wave down…which would imply that we are almost at a bottom.”(Click on image to enlarge)I’m happy to report that I have considerably fewer stories for you today than I did on Thursday…and I hope you can find time to wade through them all.Being around the markets for as long as I have, I have resisted the temptation to flat-out state that silver prices can’t possibly go lower than any certain level; although it is just as true that I have thought the bottom has been put in on many recent occasions. Right now we are caught between unreasonably low prices that must adjust to the upside at some point…and an historic deliberate manipulation to the downside of unprecedented proportion that must end. Accordingly, I feel it is way too late to even think about selling…and the only reasonable thoughts should be of where to buy at the lowest possible price. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…26 June 2013These guys just don’t quit, do they?  Just when you think the end might be in sight, the market gets bombed going into the Comex close…and then again in early Far East trading on their Friday morning.But at some point there are few, if any, technical fund longs holders left…or that are prepared to sell…and nobody left willing to go short at the current price level.  When that point is reached, the bottom is in.  You have to ask yourself the question…was the bottom in when we set new lows in Far East trading earlier this morning?That can’t be answered for sure until JPMorgan et al in New York have had once more kick at the can during the Comex trading session today.Today is the last day of the week, the month…and the quarter.  As I said in my Tuesday missive, the rest of the trading week could be interesting…and that has certainly proved to be the case.  One would like to think that when today’s trading is done, we’ll have seen the last of the engineered price declines in all four precious metals.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, June 25th…and the first thing I’ll be looking for is if all of last Wednesday’s and Thursday’s action is included in these numbers.  They should be, but I’ll wouldn’t put anything past these crooks.Of course the data from the engineered price decline that we experienced on Wednesday and Thursday of the current week, won’t be in included.  Whatever happened on those two days won’t be known with any certainty until the COT Report on July 5th.As I pointed out in the first paragraph of The Wrap, all four precious metals got hit to varying degrees starting at 8:30 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and all of them had recovered those loses by the 8:00 a.m. BST London open.  Gold volume is already monstrous…69,000 contracts as of 3:30 a.m. EDT…and virtually all of the HFT variety.  Silver’s net volume is heavy as well…around 13,000 contracts.  The dollar index is hovering just under the 83.00 mark.I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess as to what today’s price action will look like during the New York session today…but I’ll be mentally prepared for any eventuality when I switch my computer on later this morning.Enjoy your weekend…a long weekend for us Canadians…or what’s left of it, if you live west of the International Date Line…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. These guys just don’t quit, do they?[The only reason that today’s column is here at all is thanks to super computer genius Gary at b-com.ca here in Edmonton, who dropped everything to help me out when I walked in their store the moment it opened this morning.  Now THAT’s service! – Ed]The gold price rallied during early Far East trading on their Thursday morning, but ran into a not-for-profit seller around 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.  Then, starting around 1:30 p.m. local time, the gold price gradually declined until shortly before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close in New York.From that point, the gold price got sold down almost thirty bucks, hitting its low of the day…$1,196.10 spot…just minutes after 2:00 p.m. in electronic trading.  The price basically traded sideways from there.Gold closed at $1,200.80 spot…down by $24.40 from Wednesday.  Volume, although not as monstrous, was still very chunky at 261,000 contracts.Silver’s Far East rally on their Thursday morning also wasn’t allowed to get far…and after that, the price wandered around in a 2 percent price range until it, too, got sold down going into the Comex close.  The subsequent rally, if you wish to dignify it with that name, didn’t get far either.The low tick, just like gold’s, came minutes after 2:00 p.m. in New York…and Kitco recorded that as $18.31 spot.Silver finished the Thursday session down a penny from Wednesday…closing at $18.51 spot.  Net volume was huge…66,000 contracts.  Maybe some of it was carry-over from Wednesday?Here are the charts for platinum and palladium yesterday.last_img read more

4 Aug

Not surprisingly the gold stocks opened down a bi

first_img Not surprisingly, the gold stocks opened down a bit, and then didn’t do much until noon EST.  Then a seller showed up for the rest of the day in what appeared to be a deliberate event, as the selling was relentless for the rest of the day, with the gold stocks closing right on their lows.  The HUI finished down a whopping 3.81%–giving back almost all of Tuesday’s big gain. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 79.98–and then chopped a hair lower during the Wednesday trading session, finishing the day at 79.87–which was down 11 basis points on the day.  Nothing to see here. Platinum and palladium didn’t do much, either.  Here are the charts. Except for the fact that silver’s high tick came shortly before the equity markets opened in New York yesterday, the silver price chart was a carbon copy of the gold price chart.  The silver price traded in a 25 cent price range for the entire day. The low and high, such as they were, were reported by the CME as $20.245 and $20.44 in the March contract. Silver closed at $20.30 spot, down 13 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was fairly decent at 34,000 contracts. It was virtually the same in the silver equities.  Even though silver was only down about half a percent, the stocks got bludgeoned in the same manner as the gold shares.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.28%. Sponsor Advertisement What this portends for price action in New York today is not known, but nothing will surprise me when I check in after I roll out of bed later this morning.  However, it’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are still at it. See you tomorrow. Far East trading was comatose from a price perspective on their Thursday, and volumes were extremely light in both metals.  And not much is happening now that London has been open about 15 minutes as I write this paragraph.  The dollar index is chopping sideways just under 80.00 mark. And as I prepare to send today’s efforts down to Stowe, Vermont—I note that a not-for-profit seller put in an appearance just before 9:30 a.m. GMT in London.  Both platinum and palladium are down a hair, but the real selling pressure, as usual, is in both silver and gold.  Gold is down about fifteen bucks from its high at the London open, and silver is down almost 45 cents.  Needless to say, volumes have really blown out, as they are well over double what they were before this bout of selling began.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points, but not over the 80 cent mark as of 5:15 a.m. EST. Here’s the Kitco silver chart as of 5:17 a.m. EST. This is the second time in the last two weeks that a big 1-day gain in precious metal stocks had almost vanished by the end of the following trading day.   Note the “Latest Month” insert on Nick’s chart just above.  None of this activity looked like natural market forces to me–but what is these days. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 23 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  Of the 44 gold contracts issued, JPMorgan stopped 43 of them, all in their in-house [proprietary] trading account.  In silver they stopped 16 contracts in their proprietary trading account.  The beat goes on despite the new Volcker rule, and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 67,524 troy ounces.  And as of 10:27 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the week ending on Friday, December 6–they reported a decline of 39,612 troy ounces in their gold ETF, but a tiny increase of 5,691 troy ounces in their silver ETF. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 64,300 troy ounces of gold—precisely two metric tonnes to the ounce, so it was probably all in kilobar form once again.  That gold went into JPMorgan’s vault.  There were 22,745 troy ounces shipped out, and all of that came from Scotia Mocatta.  The link to that activity is here. There was more volume activity in silver, of course.  These same depositories reported receiving 479,614 troy ounces, and shipped out 202,762 troy ounces.  The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, and I hope you find a few in here that you find worthy of your attention. This is a very unusual set up, bullish almost beyond description and not one that I can recall seeing previously. There are many tens of thousands of technical fund short positions open in Comex silver and gold that are close to turning into a very large loss. Importantly, the 50-day and 200-day moving averages are only slightly higher than the loss demarcation point. My strong sense is that the technical fund shorts are trapped–and in a short time that will become obvious in the price. It’s also important to remember that the technical funds have chosen to establish record short positions with gold and silver prices close to or below the marginal cost of production. This highlights the precarious nature of the tech fund short positions. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 December 2013 I must admit that I was expecting somewhat more price action than we got during the Wednesday trading session, and I’m at a bit of a loss to explain the big sell-off in the precious metal equities, because they were out of all proportion to the price declines in both gold and silver. There isn’t much I can add to what I said at the top of th is column.  We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al—plus we get the Commitment of Traders Report tomorrow afternoon. But since Ted mentioned the 50 and 200-day moving averages in both gold and silver in the quote above, I thought maybe I should post the six-month charts on both metals so you can see them for yourself—and here they are. We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al The gold price did very little on Wednesday, trading in a tight ten dollar price range for the entire day, and the highs and lows aren’t worth mentioning.  The high, such as it was, came at the London p.m. gold fix, and from there sold off gently into the close. Gold closed the Wednesday session in New York at $1,252.30 spot, which was down $9.70 on the day.  Net volume was on the lighter side at 126,000 contracts. Doug Casey’s New Book: Right on the Money Just released, Doug Casey’s new book, Right on the Money is about profiting in an upside-down economy. This follow-up to Totally Incorrect (the second in a series of “Conversations With Casey” books) includes several conversations between Doug Casey and Louis James that weren’t distributed in our former column by that name. In the book, Doug and Louis delve into the specifics of how to apply his contrarian philosophy to making money. To read quotes from the book and learn more, click here.last_img read more

4 Aug

Anyone who watched Happy Days remembers the moment

first_imgAnyone who watched Happy Days remembers the moment (episode 5.3, 1977). The Fonz on water skies, in his leather jacket and powder blue swim trunks; Richie Cunningham driving the boat. “Do you really want to do it?” Richie yells back to Fonzie. A thumb’s up is his reply. The famous fifties cool guy soared over a shark pen, and the series was never the same. From that idiocy an idiom was born. “Jump the Shark” describes the moment when a television show begins to decline in quality, the point where writers reach for a gimmick to keep a show going. The term has been extended “beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, franchise, or creative effort’s evolution declines,” says Wikipedia. We can now add foreign affairs to the list. Interest in Middle East wars—policing actions, occupations, red lines, or whatever Obama Administration obfuscation you choose to use—has waned among the American people. Other than the few million people who hang on every word coming from Fox News, most people are sick and tired of billions of dollars being spent blowing up people in order to make the world safe for democracy. Remember Barack Obama was the choice of Americans back in 2008, because they feared the other guy wanted to “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran.” The Nobel committee was so convinced, it awarded the brand new president its Peace Prize in the blind. Then the peace president fell in love with drones that made death and destruction easy. “Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” Obama said quietly to his aids, “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.” Back on July 21, Politico reported that 67% of Americans said US military actions should be limited to direct threats on the country’s security. A direct threat was needed, and ISIS miraculously makes the front page. “They [ISIS] have the capacity and I believe they have the intent,” said Senator John Barrasso. “They have stated it in terms of their opposition of the whole Western world. They are the richest, most powerful, and most savage group of terrorists in the history of mankind, and they have taken over an area truly the size of Indiana bordering Syria as well as Iraq. So I think it is a direct threat to the United States.” Really? Damascus is 5,673 miles from New York. There’s no ISIS air force or navy. Oh, but a 21-year old Middle Eastern man in a hoodie, Farah Shirdon, told VICE News, “God willing, we will make some attacks in New York soon… Mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend.” Coming from a former movie theater employee from Calgary, I guess that’s a direct threat. “I know so many people, thousands upon thousands upon thousands, that are living in the West that are ready right now to make an operation in your land,” he proclaimed. After this scary pronouncement, the US public is coming around, putty in the military-industrial complex’s hand. As I write, 45% of Americans support opening up a boots-on-the-ground can of whoop ass on ISIS. And while 37% don’t want boots on the ground, the vast majority, 72%, believe that the US will employ ground troops. House Speaker John Boehner fueled the fire on TV, telling George Stephanopoulos, “We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.” As if ISIS isn’t enough to shake Americans to their core, US authorities have created another threat to our freedom-loving life and limb. The Obama Administration has, as Casey Summit speaker, Justin Raimondo, writes, “simply invented a new enemy, one more fearsome—and, simultaneously, more familiar—to Americans than ISIS.” The new bogeyman is called “Khorasan,” which is a former province of Iran, now divided into three separate provinces also named Khorasan. Their leader was once head of “Al Qaeda in Iran,” which, Raimondo explains, is “a shadowy group that has never pulled off a single action or engaged in any propagandistic activities, and for all we know never really existed at all.” The Administration is having a hard time getting people interested. Beheadings are supposed to get our attention, but the post-9/11-state worship hasn’t taken hold yet. So now we have Khorasan, which Raimondo calls “a marketing ploy, and the target is the American people.” Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain explain, After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat—too radical even for Al Qaeda!—administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore. The Associated Press spread the word for the administration, warning Americans, “… the fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto US-bound flights.” AP cautioned that while ISIS has grabbed most of the attention, the Khorasan Group “is considered the more immediate threat.” White House leaders wouldn’t go on record, giving the appearance that this is all top-secret situation-room stuff, but Khorasan operatives were said to be wiring up planes to explode, so the US had to act. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed when the US started bombing Syria, “We hit them last night out of a concern that they were getting close to an execution date of some of the plans that we have seen.” But Khorasan appears to be Obama’s WMD. CNN reported this super-secret terrorist group was “perhaps in its final stages… of planning that attack.” Then a couple days later, the New York Times called the group’s plotting “aspirational” and said, “… there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works.” NBC’s Richard Engel tweeted “Syrian activists telling us theyve [sic] never heard of Khorasan or its leader.” Greenwald and Hussain checked Nexis for mentions of Khorasan prior to the AP September 13 story. There were only three obscure mentions calling into question the very existence of Khorasan. Greenwald and Hussain write, “… it turns out the very existence of an actual ‘Khorasan Group’ was to some degree an invention of the American government.” We can’t say someone didn’t warn us. H.L. Mencken wrote years ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Of course Mencken was right, but wasn’t the government’s theater previously better scripted and more believable? Now the leader of Khorasan is wearing a tight leather jacket and swim trunks, jumping the shark.last_img read more

29 Jul

BICS Launches a New PointofPresence in Kenya

first_imgMore than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to a mobile network, providing them not just with connectivity but a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services. Image Credit: International Business Times Advertisement Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS), a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services, on Thursday announced the establishment of a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Kenya, thereby extending the company’s reach in the African region.BICS recognizes the uptick in demand and the potential for future growth of connectivity and telecoms infrastructure in Africa. In 2014, BICS deployed a PoP in Johannesburg, which complemented the company’s existing PoPs in Djibouti and Mauritius. The subsequent expansion into Kenya both underscores the company’s dedication to service provision in the region and also completes BICS’ comprehensive and mature infrastructure backbone on the continent.Previously, voice calls placed in Africa have been rerouted via other international points-of-presence, impacting the quality of services as they are being connected from one African country to another. A call made from Kenya to Tanzania, for example, would normally be routed through London and back to Tanzania, travelling thousands of kilometers in the process. – Advertisement – Thanks to the new PoP in Kenya, voice and roaming data traffic now stays in the region. By keeping traffic in Africa local, customers will now benefit from an increase in the quality of services – both for voice calls and data roaming – no latency and increased Internet speeds. The PoP deployment will also minimize the cost for BICS’ operator customers by optimizing connectivity within the region, thereby improving the overall customer experience.BICS is the only communications provider offering the complete suite of regional traffic routing for International Voice, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and data roaming services in Africa. All BICS’ PoP deployments are fully redundant and utilize next-generation technology, allowing the company to evolve its infrastructure as services and technology in the region develop.“There has never been a greater demand for bandwidth, as more customers across Africa are able to take advantage of 4G. Data-intensive apps and services are being enjoyed by a growing number of mobile users, who expect the jump in technology to correlate with a jump in quality,” said Clementine Fournier, Regional Vice President, Africa at BICS.“With around 70% of traffic currently regional, the Kenya PoP deployment means we are now able to deliver on expectations, providing the local connectivity needed to satisfy customer demand for next-generation services. Our work in Africa has gone from strength to strength, and our latest move demonstrates a commitment to providing quality communications services in the region both now and in the future.”source: Prnewswirelast_img read more

26 Jul

Post Apocolypse Aftermath How Is California Adapting to New Cannabis Regulations

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Green Entrepreneur App Ryan G. Smith Looking at any cannabis industry blog or publication, you might think that the California cannabis industry is currently in shambles.New regulations went into law on July 1, forcing retailers to purge non-compliant product from their shelves. This included concentrates, topicals, vaporizer cartridges and edible products that did not meet the new packaging or labeling standards.Related: Beware the ‘Weed Apocalypse’Consumers were delighted to take part in the “Green Saturday” sales but the industry was in a state of panic. Many retailers were forced to close for days, or even weeks, while waiting for new, compliant inventory to arrive. Manufacturers faced delays in receiving their new packaging or passing laboratory testing standards. Some claimed the industry would never recover from these new standards — significantly more stringent than regulations placed on agriculture and food products.Was the Hysteria Warranted? But what really happened when a lawless environment was finally graced with regulation? As the data is beginning to show, sales are not only climbing but California’s journey is just beginning as it steps into its role as the cannabis capital of the world.Even while brands and retailers are still scrambling to navigate these new rules, the sales statistics signal the maturation and eagerness of the legal market to adapt to these new regulations.Our wholesale platform captured some telling data points from the first few weeks of post-compliance sales in California.Wholesale Cannabis Orders Are SpikingThose concerned about the future of California cannabis can put their worries aside, as dispensaries are already spending more than ever — yes, even with dozens of infused-product brands out of stock indefinitely.During the second full week of July 2018, retailers spent 59 percent more on products from the prior week and a whopping 196 percent increase from what was spent the week leading up to the July 1 regulations. Based on orders so far in July, retailers are expected to spend triple the amount they spent in June.The volume of orders is also quickly increasing to meet retailers’ high customer demands. Cart size, or the average amount ordered per retailer, increased 22 percent from the week of June 18 to the week of July 9.Related: These Stats on Cannabis Sales Will Shock YouCompliance Is Converting to SalesUnbeknownst to many, California is still home to a thriving underground cannabis market — a natural consequence of dozens of city- and county-wide bans throughout the state. Still, it’s never been more vital for cannabis operators to know exactly who they are dealing with when it comes to high-value wholesale transactions.Companies that updated their product images with a “Compliant” badge on the LeafLink platform grew their business 201 percent in July, compared to 46 percent for brands without the badge. It just goes to show that the typical modern cannabis business owner is alert, informed and cautious when it comes to getting in step with tight regulations.It’s worth adding that complying with these new regulations is not just a matter of ethics, consumer health, and safety; it is a legal requirement that comes with heavy fines and penalties for operators if they fall out of line.Though the process is costly and time-consuming, compliance will continue to be an inevitable part of doing business — and making profits — in cannabis.Related: His Software Solution Aims to Ease the Pain of Running a Dispensary Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Add to Queue Download Our Free Android App Image credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO LeafLink Next Article –shares August 1, 2018 News and Trends Post Apocolypse Aftermath: How Is California Adapting to New Cannabis Regulations? 3 min read Guest Writer They called it the ‘Weed Apocolypse.’ The day when the Golden State cannabis market would implode. Were they right?last_img read more

26 Jul

TurboTax Premier

first_img 3 min read Add to Queue Next Article Brought to you by PCWorld TurboTax Premier February 7, 2008 Starting a Business Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.center_img TurboTax is our top online tax service choice, but the competition isn’t far behind. –shares ProsDispenses timely advice; great data importCaters to novices and experienced usersConsMight not be worthwhile for simple returnsPricey, particularly for special editionsTurboTax takes the trophy again this year. Of the online tax services I reviewed, it did the best job of looking out for my bottom line and minimizing the work without glossing over subjects, though the number of options and the high cost can be a turnoff.I liked the ability to customize the process; proficient filers and speed demons can deal with the areas they choose while novices can inch along. For instance, people who know what they can deduct can select the Find Deductions Myself option; less-confident filers can choose Maximize My Deductions and go step-by-step. I wish backtracking were easier, though; returning to specific screens took several more clicks here than on some other sites.TurboTax was the hands-down winner in the ability to import W-2s and 1099s. The majority of taxpayers receive these documents every year, and TurboTax can import the data from most payroll providers, most financial institutions, and from Quicken, thereby relieving many users from having to key the information in. TurboTax also allows users to e-file in up to three states (other sites limit you to two at most).TurboTax was the most proactive of the group in its tax advice. For example, it told me up front that if I answered yes to the question “Did your child provide more than half of his or her own support in 2007?” I could not claim the child as a dependent. Like TaxAct, TurboTax noticed that the Social Security and Medicare taxes reported on my W-2 were too high, but TurboTax took the extra step of telling me that I was entitled to a refund from my employer–and then told me what to do about it (ask my employer for a refund and a new W-2, and then file my tax return).TurboTax was also the only site to warn me that some of my interest income might be exempt from certain state taxes–and it provided the rules for each state as well. And through the integrated ItsDeductible program, TurboTax was the only service that helped me assign credible fair market values to donated goods.The extra features were everywhere. For example, the Live Community feature allows users to ask questions of other users (no substitute for expert tax advice, but a way to do on-the-fly research). People who play fast and loose with deductions will appreciate the Audit Risk Meter, too. And users who don’t want to go it alone can pay a TurboTax Professional $99.95 or $149.95 (depending on the complexity of the return) to finish the job.Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch–the Premier version is $49.95 and state returns are $29.95 each, and people with simple returns may need only a less full-featured, less expensive service such as TaxAct or Tax Cut.–Tina Orem Tina Orem Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

26 Jul

Sales Teams Are Making a Big Comeback at Tech Firms

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Sales Next Article –shares July 23, 2014 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 4 min read Salespeople have had a bad reputation in Silicon Valley. Young, lean startups looked at the “consumerization of IT,” and decided that if their software was good, the product would sell itself.To this new breed of entrepreneurs, sales teams looked inefficient and old — a holdover from a less advanced age of business. Salespeople were the sleazy used car dealer, or the slick-haired Wall Street type, trying to convince customers to buy things they didn’t really need. But the Valley has learned to love salespeople again.Related: How to Shift the Culture of Your Sales ProcessDropbox, which got wide notice in 2011 for claims that it didn’t need salespeople, has announced it will open an office in New York to beef up its sales team. (In fact, Dropbox was already building a high-powered sales team by late 2012). Meanwhile, tech giants young and old, including Oracle and Salesforce.com (which probably knows a thing or two about selling), have steadily expanded their sales teams to drive growing enterprise customer bases. The sales team is back in a big way.The unsung heroes of Silicon Valley. Why are tech companies only now relearning the value of salespeople? Despite all the headlines about brilliant hackers and coding entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley owes a lot of its success to great salespeople. One of the Valley’s most iconic figures, Steve Jobs, was not an engineer but a creative visionary and master salesman, revolutionizing the way companies communicate with their customers.While other sales leaders may play a more behind-the-scenes role, there’s no questioning the importance of sales teams as a key driver of tech companies’ growth. Today, an average of 17 percent of the workforce at top growing companies are salespeople. This includes 14.5 percent of Twitter employees, 15.7 percent of LinkedIn employees, 32 percent of Salesforce.com employees and 26 percent of Box employees, according to estimates of the companies’ LinkedIn profiles.Without the relentless work of today’s salespeople, the energies and resources that go into the creation of innovative products and services would be wasted. Cutting-edge companies recognize that salespeople are a crucial part of the digital revolution.Sales goes back to basics. Part of the reason that sales has regained its strong reputation is that salespeople have adapted in response to business innovations. The Internet has brought on a data deluge, where customers have access to more information about products than they could ever possibly digest.Related: How to Recruit Salespeople Who Will Deliver Dramatic ReturnsWhile companies can increasingly leverage Facebook and other social-media platforms to connect with customers, at the end of the day, people still want to talk with a real human being. That need has been there since the beginning of time and is just as strong today.Among the Google search results, the flood of white papers and the automated nurture campaigns, the salesperson has evolved to stand out as the most valuable resource for customers. Companies have come to realize that salespeople play a crucial role in today’s information-overloaded society. Salespeople have evolved to become thought leaders and consultants and seriously smart people who can give customers the answers they can’t find with a search engine or on a company website.The return of sales. Companies are aggressively hiring to fill inside sales roles in New York, San Francisco, Boston and even Austin to power their growth engine, which scales not with bits and bytes but with actual smart human beings who provide value and generate revenue.With this newfound demand for salespeople, companies are taking two approaches. First, they’re going to unconventional places to find talented employees who can be developed into fantastic salespeople. This can be a long road, but for companies that commit to it, these sales recruits can drive tremendous value.Additionally, companies are spending billions of dollars ($12.8 billion in North America alone, to be precise) on tools and software that help accelerate the overall sales process for each salesperson. Such tools include software the helps salespeople say the right thing at the right time, or tools that help salespeople track engagement, and even tools that can predict who is more likely to buy.They help salespeople spend more time having meaningful conversations, so they can focus on becoming the teachers, consultants and thought leaders that companies need them to be.Related: It’s Time to ‘Untrain’ Your Sales Force Apply Now » Founder and CEO of ToutApp Tawheed Kader Add to Queue Sales Teams Are Making a Big Comeback at Tech Firms Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

26 Jul

Hardees Carls Jr to Introduce Midnight Moonshine Burger Tomorrow

first_imgFast Food Next Article –shares Sarah Whitten Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., to Introduce Midnight Moonshine Burger Tomorrow Enroll Now for $5 2 min read News associate Image credit: Hardee’s | Carl’s Jr. | Juniors Midnight Moon | Entrepreneur This story originally appeared on CNBC Burgers and booze, together again.Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, owned by CKE Restaurants, are slated to release the Midnight Moonshine Burger on March 23. The company partnered with Hall of Fame Nascar driver Junior Johnson on the burger; he’s part owner of Piedmont Distillers, the dispenser of Junior’s Midnight Moonshine.The Midnight Moonshine Burger is charcoal-grilled, 100 percent black Angus beef topped with a moonshine glaze, pepper-jack cheese, garlic and pepper fried onions and thick-cut, applewood-smoked bacon.CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder boasts that the sauce has all the flavor of moonshine, but none of the alcohol.”It knocked everybody’s socks off when we tasted it,” he said. This isn’t the first time that the company has dabbled with alcohol-infused products. In 2009, the company released a Kentucky Bourbon burger for a limited time, and in 2015 it began offering Red Hook beer-battered fish. The Midnight Moonshine Burger will be available for a limited time in more than 3,360 locations, but it could become a permanent menu item if it does well enough in stores. “You have to earn your way onto the menu,” Puzder told CNBC, adding that the burger targets young, hungry guys.Most recently, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s El Diablo burger transitioned from a limited time only item to a permanent one.The Midnight Moonshine Burger will sell for $4.39 for a single burger, $5.59 for a double burger and $5.59 for a one-third pound Thickburger. It can also be ordered as a combo meal with fries and a drink starting at $6.89. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand March 22, 2016 Add to Queuelast_img read more

19 Jul

Researchers use nanoparticles to treat snake bites

first_imgThe stable, low-cost nanoparticles have the potential to be administered subcutaneously immediately after the bite at the site of envenoming by this spitting cobra to halt or reduce the extent of local damage and mitigate the systemic distribution of toxins post-envenoming,”the researchers say. Source:https://www.plos.org Related StoriesScorpion venom contains compounds that could help fight Staph and tuberculosis bacteriaAssessing antimicrobial properties of silver and copper nanoparticlesHeat from nanoparticles zaps cancer cells from insideThe standard treatment for snakebites is the intravenous administration of IgG immune molecules that recognize venoms. However, such antivenom therapies must be administered quickly—and by trained healthcare workers— to be effective and are highly specific to particular venoms. There is an ongoing need for a snakebite treatment which can be used in a rural setting and works against the bites of diverse venomous snakes.In the new work, Kenneth Shea, of the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues engineered nanoparticles that bind to and sequester an array of phospholipases A2 (PLA2)and three-finger toxin (3FTX) molecules found in Elapidae snake venoms. The Elapidae family is a large family of venomous snakes that includes cobras, kraits, tiger snakes, sea snakes, coral snakes and mambas, among other species. The researchers tested the ability of the nanoparticles to block Naja nigricollis (black-necked spitting cobra) venom in mice that received varying doses of the nanoparticles, injected into the skin. Envenomings by this snake in sub-Saharan Africa inflict serious cutaneous necrosis that may leave permanent tissue damage in the victims.In experiments on isolated cells, the nanoparticles were found to sequester a wide range of Elapidae PLA and 3FTX venoms. Moreover, with collaborator José María Gutiérrez from the Instituto Clodomiro Picado (Universidad de Costa Rica), experiments with mice demonstrated that injections of the nanoparticles at the site of venom injection significantly mitigated the typical necrotic effects—including blistering and ulcers— of the spitting cobra venom. The nanoparticles administered to mice that had not received venom did not have an effect on skin and did not induce systemic toxicity. “Synthetic polymer nanoparticles bind elapid snake venom toxins and inhibit venom-induced dermonecrosis.” Credit: Shea, et al. (CC BY 4.0, 2018) Oct 5 2018Venomous snakebites affect 2.5 million people, and annually cause more than 100,000 deaths and leave 400,000 individuals with permanent physical and psychological trauma each year. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have now described a new approach to treating snake bites, using nanoparticles to bind to venom toxins and prevent the spread of venom through the body.last_img read more

18 Jul

Study sheds new light on longterm treatment with antidepressant drugs

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics sheds new light on long-term studies with antidepressant drugs. The higher occurrence of relapse in the groups assigned to placebo instead of drug continuation may be due to the studies not considering the potential occurrence of withdrawal syndromes.In this first systematic review of psychotropic drug discontinuation in randomized-controlled trials (RCTs), about 30% of RCTs each investigated the discontinuation of antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and about 10% investigated that of stimulants. RCTs of stimulants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics mostly aimed to reach conclusions about relapse prevention by testing abrupt or rapid discontinuations. RCTs of benzodiazepines mostly aimed to reduce drug use by testing longer-lasting, supportive discontinuations. Although the 30% rate of full industry funding of RCTs is half that of an earlier finding, 70% of RCTs in this review reported significant industry participation.A first result showed that industry participation was paired with “discontinuation” in antidepressants and antipsychotics trials, but with “withdrawal” in stimulant trials. Benzodiazepines trials, with little industry funding, largely used “withdrawal.” The preferential use of “withdrawal” in benzodiazepines and stimulant RCTs may indicate a persistent recognition of withdrawal symptoms that has resisted industry influence on terminology. Overall, in 67% of RCTs, no justification was given for the specific discontinuation strategy, which lasted under 2 weeks in 60% of RCTs. Possible withdrawal confounding of trial outcomes was addressed in 14% of eligible RCTs. Relapse prevention RCTs employed discontinuation to reach conclusions about “maintenance of treatment effect,” yet, except in stimulant RCTs funded by industry, rarely explained the logic.Related StoriesArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe study is commented by a leading Harvard psychopharmacologist, Ross J. Baldessarini, who calls for new, appropriately designed studies. Dr. Baldessarini points out that the effects of discontinuing treatment with psychotropic drugs, encountered in both clinically and therapeutic trials, raise important clinical and possible ethical concerns. Available research designed to test for the impact of various rates of discontinuing psychotropic treatments is rare, inconsistent, and inconclusive with respect to early withdrawal reactions commonly encountered with short half-life SSRIs and venlafaxine. Not investigating these issues, could compromise the scientific soundness of research, especially in trials that involve discontinuing a previous or current active treatment to a placebo. Indeed, trials involving discontinuation of an effective treatment are especially likely to produce exaggerated differences in morbidity between continuing treatment versus discontinuing it to an inactive placebo.According to Dr. Baldessarini, these findings highlight the need to recommend discontinuing psychotropic medicines as slowly as possible as we await adequate investigations aimed at testing for ways of conducting drug discontinuations.Source: http://www.au.dk/last_img read more