Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant’s first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.Now five years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ French Open takes player’s credential for harassing reporter “It’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. “I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship.READ: Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance“So it’s a little different now, obviously. We have a bigger goal in mind. But you’ve got to enjoy everything, man. When we look at it, this is just a blip on the radar in terms of our whole life. So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it.”And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with “Big Three” teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.“Our chemistry is getting better and better,” Durant said. “We’re going to need it even more now.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “He didn’t make the decision he made to go to the finals. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. To go win. Not just go to the finals. No one remembers second place. It’s about winning.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said.“You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that’s what makes them more dangerous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-seven championship series begins Thursday at Oakland, California.READ: NBA Finals coverage still hangs FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingInstead of James having drawn criticism for jilting Cleveland for Miami in order to become a champion, this season it was Durant who aroused the ire of many fans by ditching fellow star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City for the Superteam spotlight of the Warriors.And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘It’s going to be a battle’The Warriors have the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0. They are the ninth team in league history to reach the finals undefeated, in eras with fewer games needed to make the championship round, but only five of the first eight won the title.“I’m just proud of the work we’ve put in from the beginning of the season,” Durant said. “We just kept grinding. We didn’t talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. Simple as that.“We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn’t matter going into the next series,” Durant said.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies“We know it’s going to be a battle.”Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year’s Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far.Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors’ perfect playoff start.“Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he’s gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC,” Green said. “To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk. 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On a day filled with sports stars and Bollywood celebrities, a straight-talking, yet affable businessman very nearly stole the show. Vineet Nayar, vice-chairman and CEO of HCL Technologies, had the crowd’s attention the moment he danced out on stage to the introductory music at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012.After warming up the crowd with a few jokes, he talked about the qualities one needs to be successful. Among them: knowing from where you’re beginning, seeing opportunities in imperfection, understanding what drives change and finally, figuring out what your role in society is.He added that the beauty of India was that it was imperfect and broken. This, he said, gave Indians the opportunities to experience hardships which made it easier for them to succeed when they worked in environments where things ran smoothly. He added that these imperfections also presented entrepreneurs with tremendous opportunities as they were all problems that were crying out for a fix.Vineet Nayar at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit 2012.On a question from a young delegate about the adverse PR impact on India from the Rajat Gupta insider trading scandal, Nayar said it would be wrong to focus on the wrong Gupta did. Instead, he said it was important to figure out lessons from the case and raise one’s ethical standards. “This,” he said, “is what helps society evolve”.When asked whether the Indian IT industry was guilty of lack of innovation, Nayar turned the question on its head. “Don’t ape growth models of the West,” he responded. “If we’ve created a $50 billion industry and employ 3 million people, we’re doing something right. Maybe executing well is our growth model.”Several young people in the audience also asked about career paths. Nayar had simple advice. He said it was good to work hard, but this was not enough. Using the example of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he explained that it was just as important to have a burning desire to do something. “Find what your burning desire is and you’ll forget to even eat,” he said. He added a note of caution here, saying working “9-to-9” was not necessarily better than working 9-to-5. “What matters more is the productivity and output during those hours.”On a related question, about what it takes to become a CEO, he responded saying wanting to be a CEO was not the right way to look at it. “Ask yourself what you will do after you become the CEO. If people around you like your vision then you will be CEO one day. Also, ask ‘what’s different about me and what price am I willing to pay, what risks am I willing to take to get there.’ “advertisement
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, is certain that the national side have the potential to advance past the group stages of the World Cup, despite losing their opening game to Croatia 2-0The Super Eagles were left unable to answer to Croatia’s set-pieces at Kaliningrad on Saturday as they fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss and are now bottom of Group D after both Argentina and Iceland drew in their opening game.“We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and looking ahead with hope to the next two matches,” said Pinnick, according to AllAfrica.“I have spoken with the Coach and the players and they have confidence that the job can be done. They feel bad to have lost the first match and are determined to go out there and do what they have to do against Iceland on Friday.”News: Samson Siasia banned for life by FIFA George Patchias – August 16, 2019 The former manager of the Nigerian national team Samson Siasia has been banned from football for life.A match-fixing investigation has been carried out by…The President remains hopeful that Nigeria can bounce back as in football nothing is impossible.“Losing your first match of a major competition is not an automatic exit ticket. Spain lost their first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and still went ahead to win the tournament.“We have a young team that can achieve so much with the right attitude and invention, and we must now reach deep down for those qualities when we play Iceland in Volgograd.”Nigeria will face World Cup debutants Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.
In a new episode of the battle between president Nöel Le Graët against Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker exploded via Twitter.The relationship that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has with the French Football Federation president has never been great, Noël Le Graët has always criticized the player for letting down France in the past.The incident with Mathieu Valbuena cost Karim his place in Les Bleus and he hasn’t come back ever since, Benzema even lost the unique chance to become a World Cup champion last summer over the scandal that had a lot of people in France rooting against him.But one of the figures that was the most adamant about Benzema never playing for France again, was the FFF president Le Graët, who recently spoke to French journal Ouest-France about the Real Madrid player and he opened the old wound in public once again.The chairman spoke in a very condescending manner against Karim, a passive-aggressive tone that the player didn’t take well and sparked a quick response from him on social media.This is just a new chapter on the already controversial battle between the two, in which Karim Benzema has repeatedly expressed that he doesn’t want to be a part of.Le Graet cree que Benzema no volverá a la selección https://t.co/fdzINOoQJZ pic.twitter.com/6vaxFV8url— HTDeportes VE (@HTDeportes) October 10, 2018Le Graët seems quite salty against the former Olympique Lyonnais player, because he was widely considered as one of the most important offensive players of his generation in France, and he threw it all away because of that scandal.The reaction from Le Graët is the same that many French people have against Karim because they had a lot of hope deposited on his talent for the future.Fortunately for France, they won the World Cup without even needing Karim but the FFF president still seems adamant on coming after the striker even if the whole scandal is already in the past.“The Valbuena-Benzema affair had another episode last week, but it is still not over,” Le Graët said to Ouest-France.“It’s been three or four years. It should have been judged much faster and it is rotten for us.”“I have nothing against Karim, he has always behaved well in the [national] team, but I think he is finished with Les Bleus, particularly as he has been out of form for a while,” he added on that interview.“France have closed the door forever on Karim Benzema. Let him play for another country.”— Benzema’s agent pic.twitter.com/kfkcL8ddjfReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) October 10, 2018The response from Karim Benzema was quick, but it was only after his former agent responded to Le Graët suggesting that they let him represent another country now that they’ve completely destroyed his chances of playing for France.“Noel, you already ended Benzema’s international career in June of 2018 and you’re doing it again now and at the same time, you insult him,” wrote Karim Djaziri on his personal Twitter account.“What is your game? Do you feel guilty about something? Write to FIFA and let him play for another team and let’s see if he’s finished.”Karim Benzema instantly retweeted this, and he then proceeded to send his own personal message that we reported earlier this Wednesday.Noël vous aviez déjà mis un terme à la carrière internationale de @Benzema en juin 2018 vous remettez ça aujourd’hui tout en le dénigrant!Dans quel but?Vous vous reprochez quelque chose?Écrivez à @FIFAcom et laissez le jouer pour une autre sélection nous verrons s’il est terminé— KDjaziri (@KDjaziri) October 10, 2018The fact that the Real Madrid player still has to deal with the aftermath of his mistake with Mathieu Valbuena, is something that will unfortunately haunt him for the rest of his life due to all the expectation he generated since the beginning of his career.When he first started to play football as a professional, every single sports journalism outlet in France regarded him as the next Thierry Henry.At club level, Karim has enjoyed a lot of success with Real Madrid, but his time with the French National Team has been nothing but an endless nightmare that may never leave him alone.🇫🇷 FFF president says @Benzema “is finished with Les Bleus”https://t.co/lLejqY2nPL— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 11, 2018What do you think about Noël Le Graët’s latest criticism about Karim Benzema? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIpremierhoneymoondestination Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs, during his report to the nation on his first 100 days in office admitted that the Tourism Development Plan was not yet completed but said among the goals of the tourism team is to make the TCI the premier honeymoon destination in the region. To build that brand, in Fall 2017 there is planned a wedding wholesalers convention to be held in the Turks and Caicos Islands.Also on the drawing board for Tourism is work on a better method of gathering visitor arrival data. The Tourism Minister announced that his ministry will be looking into improving data collection and this Minister Higgs says will assist the Tourism department’s marketing strategy and how it improves the tourism product.During the Tuesday media meeting, Hon Higgs remarked, “We are exploring with the Tourism Board, and Immigration Department other ways that we can work together to collect data on our visitors or perhaps in an automated fashion which will enable us to provide more timely arrival data and demographical information on our visitors.”As an element of his portfolio, Minister Ralph Higgs shared with media on championing the diversification of the economy by strengthening of the Maritime Department. Since February a New Director was hired and the prognosis is developments within the maritime sector to lead it into a new, positive direction. Higgs says these improvements are in keeping with the Change Document presented to the electorate by the People’s Democratic Movement in the last general elections.Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#TCIpremierhoneymoondestination
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 3 Friends Dog Park will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday, October 20, with a Halloween themed party and costume contest. The one-year anniversary will take place at the park from 1 to 3 p.m. The celebration on Saturday will feature the release of three balloons into the air commemorating the three friends of the dog park- Dean Birmley, Martha Brewer and Alice Puster. 3 Friends Dog Park opened in September 2017, and sits on about two acres of land behind Jo-Ann Fabric, off Aspen Drive. Dale Bagley, one of the volunteers who helped build the gazebo where the new benches are located: “We did this multi-tier gazebo here, and this thing is huge with multi-levels. Now we are working on the seating in there so people have a good place to sit and watch their dogs play.” The park also celebrated the one-year milestone with new benches. The funding for the benches was donated by Kelly Griebel of Century 21 as well as Alaska 1st Real Estate, each donated $750.
Maldivian medical student and model Raudha Athif, found dead at a dormitory of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital on 29 March, committed suicide, according to the second autopsy report, says UNB.In the postmortem report, it was mentioned that the actual reason behind the death could not be found as the body got decomposed, Inspector of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigative officer of the case Asmaul Haque said, adding, “But the suicidal incident can’t be ignored.”As soon as the report of the test of Raudha’s mobile phone, and laptop are available, the final report will be submitted to the court, he said.The IO also said they are conducting in-depth investigation to ascertain whether it was a suicide or a murder.Earlier on 29 March, police recovered the body of Raudha, an MBBS second year student of Rajshahi Islami Bank Medical College Hospital, from its female hostel.The medical college authorities filed an unnatural death case with Shah Makhdum police station on that day.The following day, a three-member physician committee of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital conducted an autopsy on the body of Raudha and reported that the Maldivian student committed suicide.On 10 April, Raudha’s father Mohammad Athif filed a murder case with a Rajshahi court against victim’s coursemate Sirat Parveen Mahmud, 20, alleging that Raudha was strangled.Later, the case was transferred to the CID on 13 April.On 18 April, a court ordered Raudha’s body to be exhumed for a fresh postmortem.
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday said it got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a rally in the city on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.”We’ve got verbal permission from police to hold our scheduled rally in front of our Naya Paltan central office at 3:00pm on Friday,” party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB.He hoped that the DMP authorities will also give them the written permission soon.Rizvi said the DMP commissioner gave the permission when their party’s delegation, led by party chairperson’s adviser Abul Khair Bhuiyan, met him at his office.He said their party and its associate bodies took all the necessary preparations for making the rally a success.On 15 July, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced that their party will stage demonstrations across the country, including the capital, on Friday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and her better treatment.He said their programme is also meant for registering the party’s protest against the government’s ‘inhuman’ attitude towards Khaleda by keeping her in jail ‘without treatment’.
Friday, January 13, 2017 Travelweek Group Agents can earn 25,000 points with Carlson Rezidor’s Look to Book << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Promotions NEW YORK — Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Look to Book loyalty rewards program for agents with new offers.Look to Book enables real time messaging with members in the GDS, so agents can easily track point balances on the website and check out detailed booking information to build relationships with various hotels. Membership is open to all professional travel agents in 32 eligible countries; agents must join the program to earn Look to Book points.Look to Book rewards agents with 10 points per US$1 with points redeemable for stays at hotels around the world, gift cards, airlines miles and more.Special 25th anniversary points include:Registering and booking hotel stays during the ‘Earn Up To 25,000 Points’ promotion period of Jan. 17 through March 31, 2017. Learn more at looktobook.vts0.com/Bonus25K.Taking the ‘25 Years of Look To Book’ quiz on looktobook.com, earning up to 1,000 pointsBookmarking the Look To Book 25th anniversary page at looktobook.com/25years for additional bonus point opportunities throughout the coming yearMore news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Travel agents are vital to the success of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group,” said Heidi Veire, Director, Global Business to Business Loyalty for Carlson Rezidor. “We look forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary and showing appreciation for our members’ commitment by offering special anniversary programming throughout the year with the opportunity to earn bonus points and prizes.” Posted by
Go back to the e-newsletterLuxury travel operator APT has congratulated US partner AmaWaterways as it celebrated the debut of its first-ever ‘Taste of Bordeaux’ sailing aboard the MS AmaDolce.APT’s Australian, New Zealand and British guests will also shortly set sail aboard its own first cruise in the region aboard the same vessel.The AmaDolce offers an array of signature design features and amenities, including French balconies, spacious marble-appointed bathrooms, a fitness room with sauna, walking track, hair and nail services, and nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge. Suites are equipped with Entertainment on Demand systems, offering travellers complimentary internet access, the latest movies, music libraries and more.Debra Fox, APT Executive General Manager Global Sales and Marketing said, “We are thrilled for our partner AmaWaterways as they embark on their inaugural sailing to the region.“Bordeaux has been increasing in popularity as a destination amongst our own guests and we are delighted to be able to offer our all inclusive tailored APT itineraries aboard the beautiful AmaDolce in this region. It’s the perfect compliment to our extensive portfolio of luxury journeys and river cruises across France,” she added.APT’s new Bordeaux river cruises start operating on the Garonne and Dordogne rivers from 22 April 2016.One of five new itineraries available in the Bordeaux region in 2016, APT’s 18-Day Wonders of Bordeaux & Rhône will play host to the inaugural sailing.Specifically designed for guests from Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the fully inclusive cruise is priced from $13,395 per person twin share and commences with a two night luxury city stay in Paris. Sightseeing includes all the iconic landmarks as well as a special dinner and evening at the Moulin Rouge.Guests then set sail aboard their luxurious rivership to visit Bordeaux, Pauillac, Blaye, Cognac, Libourne, Saint Émilion and Cadillac before travelling to Arles for a seven night Rhône river cruise.Featuring a range of exceptional gourmet experiences designed to showcase the regional food and wine, cruise highlights include APT’s exclusive Signature Invitations such as a private dinner at Bordeaux’s Château Pape Clément, enjoyed with perfectly paired wines; and a visit to a family-owned cooperage before a wine tasting.Freedom of Choice™ sightseeing options are on offer in eight different locations, including in Libourne the choice of a visit to a caviar farm for a tasting or a walking tour of the nearby Bergerac. As well as an exceptional sightseeing program, APT’s new Bordeaux river cruises also include all meals onboard; complimentary beverages throughout; room service in select suites; entertainment; and transfers, port charges and tipping.Go back to the e-newsletter
A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRETHE NERVE CENTRE ShareTweet NERVE Centre joins Derry’s world famous Halloween celebrations with a film programme packed with frights for all ages.On Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1, little monsters and goblins (and larger ones too) are invited along to Nerve Centre’s cinema to enjoy one of its family-friendly films in the new Beanbag Cinema.Families have the choice between the Disney classic Hocus Pocus, the stop-motion animations ParaNorman andCorpse Bride or Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Each screening is followed by exciting and engaging digital workshops aimed at introducing children to filmmaking. Spaces are limited so booking early is advised.In 1999, The Blair Witch Project shocked and confused cinema-goers, many who believed its ‘found footage’ was real. It has been described as ‘teeth grindingly scary… one of the best horrors in recent years’.Tickets for all films and workshops are available from the Nerve Centre box office or www.nervecentre.org.Prepare to be SPOOKED!A FRIGHTFULLY GOOD TIME FOR EVERYONE THIS HALLOWE’EN AT NERVE CENTRE was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Seventeen years later, the Nerve Centre will host a special screening of the renowned psychological horror film on Friday, October 28 for a whole new generation of teenagers in the Beanbag Cinema.The adult programme includes horrors such as The Boy (Monday 31 October).When Greta takes a job as a nanny she soon discovers that her young charge is a life-sized doll that they family treat like a real boy as a way of coping with the death of their child 20 years earlier.In When the Lights Went Out (Wednesday 26 October) a young family discovers that their new house is inhabited by a violent poltergeist known as ‘The Black Monk’, while The Forest (Tuesday 25 October) starring Natalie Dormer is set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives.
In This Issue. * Bias to buy dollars weakens a bit. * Chinese PMI at strongest level in 2 years! * UK PMI slips and pound gets whacked! * Canadian GDP prints at expectations. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. It’s A Jobs Jamboree Friday! Good Day! . And a Happy Friday to one and all! WOW! Did you see all those trades that were made in Baseball yesterday? I find it to be amusing that these teams know for over a year when the trade deadline is, and they wait until the final hour to pull off trades. Sure, I know that many of them need to wait-n-see if their team is in the running for a playoff spot, but they all knew that two weeks ago! My Beloved Cardinals made another trade, for another pitcher. ??? We traded a guy that is an everyday player for a pitcher that will only play every 5th day. Hmmm. I remember my dad telling me that when the Cardinals made the historic trade for Lou Brock back in 1964, that they had taken advantage of the Cubs, trading a pitcher for an everyday player. Lou Brock went on to become a Hall of Famer, and my dad was proven to be correct! Oh well, you came to the letter today, to see what’s going on in currencies, economies and dolts, not about historic baseball trades, so let’s get going! Well, the risk sentiment that had a bias to buy dollars that was firmly placed in the markets after the 2nd QTR GDP report on Wednesday morning, is still in place, but. Seems to be weakening. I see that in the euro this morning, as the single unit inches toward 1.34 again. Yes, the high yielders are still getting whacked by the dollar, on the rate hike assumptions in the U.S. but seriously, what they heck are these guys thinking? It’s all about the here and now, right? And here and now, the rate differentials are way in the favor of the high yielding currencies, like: Aussie, kiwi, reals, rubles, rands, and a couple others. As I called it earlier this week, it’s nothing more than counting your eggs before they’re hatched. The British pound sterling (pound) is finally getting what I thought it would get a couple of months ago. And that is. drum roll please. treated like a currency that has too many skeletons in its closet. But those skeletons were pushed way to the back of the closet as the pound kept rising, which was all based on rate hike expectations. You know, counting their eggs before they’re hatched! I told you months ago that I couldn’t get my arms around the pound rally, for they still had debt up to their eyeballs, and a Bank of England (BOE) Gov. (Carney) that was not going to hike rates as the markets expected him to do. Well, this morning, the pound is getting whacked as their latest report on manufacturing printed at the slowest pace in a year in July. OUCH! June’s manufacturing index number was 57.2, and July’s number slipped to 55.4. The rate hike campers have all scattered and run to cover, for this report points to no chance of a rate hike now. I would like to say “see I told you so”, but I’m not that kind of guy! HA! I do believe that we’ll be going through the same motions here in the U.S. soon enough. For the pattern has been what happens in the U.K. usually is seen here within 6 months. I tried yesterday to point out the problem with the GDP report and questioned the ability of today’s economists and traders to see the problem with a huge buildup of inventories. And eventually something will happen, a data print will go sour or something like that, and someone will say, “I wonder how that happened?” Dolts. all of them! Oh well, I had my good friend, Dennis Miller, send me a note from John Williams yesterday, where John Williams put the seal of approval of my pointing out the problem with the buildup of inventories, and saying that we’ll see downward revisions in the future. I think John Williams won’t be too mad if I steal a quote from him here, “Each of those areas likely will see revisions in the next two months that will move the headline second quarter 2014 GDP much closer to flat-to-minus activity, and eventually into a headline contraction.” I sent a note to Dennis and said, “Isn’t it amazing how people like myself, and John Williams can see the blowup in inventories in the data, but no one else does? Actually, what is probably going on here is that these guys see the inventories accumulating but have no idea what that means! They probably didn’t learn that in their prestigious school! Or if they did, and didn’t retain the info, they weren’t marked down for their lack of retain-ability, for that would hurt their feelings!” OK. Man, when I go off on a tangent on something, I can really go off on it! I have other things to talk about here, so I need to get off this discussion about GDP! Well, in China overnight, the Chinese Gov’t printed a stronger than expected PMI (manufacturing index) of 51.7, which is the highest level since April 2012! It beat the expectations of 51.4 and Junes’ PMI of 51. We previously saw the HSBC/ Markit PMI print stronger too, so, both of these confirm that China is coming out of their slowdown. (recall I told you some time ago that I thought China’s economy troughed in the 2nd QTR.) But the reaction in the Asian and Emerging Market currencies was muted, which surprised me, given that as China goes, so goes Asia and the Emerging Markets! Speaking of the Emerging Markets. I was having a good discussion with a friend of mine last night, and he asked me about the BRICS Development Bank, and wanted to know if this was going to be a good thing. Boy, he wasn’t ready for the answer he got from me, for you know me, I was loaded for bear for that question! To make a long story short here, I told him that the BRICS Development Bank was HUGE, for not only the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and S. Africa) but also the Emerging Markets, for they will get to go to the new bank for loans and not subject themselves to the IMF’s rules, etc. So, yes, it’s a good thing. The Eurozone PMI’s all printed overnight, and while some member countries like Italy and Spain saw a little slippage in their index numbers, as a whole the Eurozone remained basically stable on manufacturing in July. And that has given the euro a chance to book some small gains VS the dollar this morning. I was talking to the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, the other day about the dollar rally, and he said, “The euro is down, which for us is big, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s not really down by much.” I walked out of his office, and sat down, and thought long and hard about that, and then came to the agreement, that while we have seen the euro much stronger, we’ve also seen it much weaker. So, I lowered the white flag on my desk. Canadian May GDP printed at expectations yesterday at .4% and annualized at 2.3%, so at first the Canadian dollar / loonie rallied a bit in the face of the U.S. dollar strength, but eventually it succumbed to the pressure from the green/peachback. I was expected some better things from the Canadian economy, but then May was 3 months ago, I guess I need to be patient and wait for the reports from June and July! U.S. stocks got whacked yesterday. No I’m not going to turn into a stock commentator. Just pointing out that the rate hike talk as taken its toll on stocks too. And Treasury yields have risen too. I was talking to a trader friend of mine yesterday, and she told me that her research team said that if the 10-year held above 2.57% that it was a big deal. Well, the 10-year at that time of the discussion was 2.59%, and as I look at the screen this morning, it’s 2.57%, so it DID hold 2.57%… What’s next? A return to 3%? That would certainly take more of the stuffing out of the housing recovery. So, I’ve gone this far this morning, and haven’t even mentioned that today is the Jobs Jamboree Day! That’s because I’ve grown tired of this babble about jobs, we dance now! Yes, that was my attempt at humor using Dieter’s line from Sprockets. HAHAHAHAHA! Now that’s funny! Do you remember that SNL skit with Mike Meyers? FUNNY! OK, stop having fun Chuck, it’s time to get back to talking about the Jobs Jamboree. Ahhh, yes, job creation in the U.S. the fine art of adding jobs that don’t really exist to the number to make them look better. Makes sense to me as to why we put so much emphasis on this report. NOT! But the markets do, so that means I have to do so also. Right now, the experts are expecting 230,000 jobs to have been created in July. with the Unemployment Rate remaining at 6.1%… I won’t even venture a guess as to what I think the number will be. I would, IF, I knew what the BLS added number of jobs was going to be! HA! I’ve told you for years now that I really don’t get into the number of jobs, for that total doesn’t really tell you what kind of jobs were created. Could be minimum wage jobs, which is fine, but doesn’t really give you a warm and fuzzy about future disposable income does it? Instead, I’ve always focused on the Avg. Hourly Earnings and Avg. Weekly Work Hours, and the Work Force Participation Rate. The U.S. Data Cupboard will also have two of my fave reports this morning, Personal Income and Spending, but this data will be for June, which basically makes it a non-market moving event. The risk in the markets today is that the Jobs report doesn’t meet the expectations of 230,000 new jobs. But as I explained yesterday, it is an election year, do you really think that the Gov’t is going to show slow job growth? Not that they cook the books or anything like that, it’s just a way of saying that things seem to go that way in election years. I’m just saying. OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming. The New Zealand dollar/kiwi is getting whacked again this morning. Makes no sense to me given the rate increase last week, and rate differential that kiwi now enjoys. But I did tell you earlier this week that there were rumors that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), who never misses an opportunity to diss kiwi, was going to sell (intervene) kiwi to weaken it, as they were not happy with kiwi’s strength. So, maybe the RBNZ is “piling on” here. I say, batten down the hatches, and if anything look to buy on dips! I also told my trader friend I was talking to yesterday, that I thought we were going to see dollar strength for a couple of months here, as we work through this rate hike talk. same thing I told you dear Pfennig readers earlier this week, but wanted to repeat if for those that missed class that day. When we see these periods of dollar strength, and Lord knows we’ve seen plenty of them the past 12 years, we need to batten down the hatches and look to buy on dips. For eventually the dollar will return to its underling weak trend. Gold got whacked again yesterday, but is up a couple of bucks this morning. I will remind everyone that $1,285 is a far, far, far way from $750. And while the price of Oil has slipped below $100, $97 is still a far, far, far way from $40. I’m just saying. For What It’s Worth. OK. I’ve got a treat for you today. Have you ever heard of Richard Timberlake? I have to say that I hadn’t, and I should have long ago! I don’t know how this gem of an economist slipped by me all these years! Mr. Timberlake is 91 years old and studied under the great economist: Milton Friedman. He’s written books on things like exploring the influences over key policymakers and lawmakers who have shaped U.S. Monetary Policy. Yesterday, a long time dear reader, sent me the link to an interview with Mr. Timberlake that was done in February 2014 (just 6 months ago) and while the interview is quite long, it was very enlightening to me. I especially liked this quote from him. He’s talking about the Financial Crisis of 2007-08. “The Fed was never a lender of last resort, and it wasn’t this time either. The Fed should never point its finger at a particular sector and construct a policy that might help that sector, such as agriculture or employment, and say, “We’re going to act until this particular problem is corrected.” That goes back to the fact that the Fed has no rights, responsibilities, or abilities to do anything at all about the real sector. It has to deal with the monetary sector alone and not try to extend itself into the real sector. But when it’s called upon to counteract “bubbles,” it is being given a role that it cannot fulfill. If it tries, it ruins any price level stabilization policies it might have. ” – Richard Timberlake Chuck again. Basically, Mr. Timberlake contends that “the Fed was created solely to be a lender of last resort under the law of the gold standard. It was supposed to be similar to the Bank of England.” And he doesn’t feel like there is a need for the Fed to be a lender of last resort, preferring to allow “private institutions to furnish lender of last resort services if markets are free to operate and if there are no government policies in place that cause destabilization.” Great stuff, folks. especially for someone like me, that soaks up Fed history, and policy like I do. To recap. The dollar bias has weakened by a small amount this morning, as the euro climbs back to 1.34. The high yielders like Brazil, Aussie, Kiwi, rubles, and rands are still getting whacked on the reduction of yield differential talk. It’s all counting eggs before they’re hatched, but that’s not stopping them now. China’s PMI prints at the strongest level since April 2012 in July, and the Eurozone’s PMI was basically the same as the previous month’s level. Chuck talks about the BRICS Development Bank and how it will help the Emerging Markets, and Gold gets whacked again yesterday. But so did stocks and Treasuries! Currencies today 8/1/14. American Style: A$ .9280, kiwi .8475, C$ .9145, euro 1.3395, sterling 1.6835, Swiss $1.1015, . European Style: rand 10.7390, krone 6.2995, SEK 6.8760, forint 235.05, zloty 3.1275, koruna 20.6250, RUB 35.75, yen 102.95, sing 1.2485, HKD 7.7500, INR 61.10, China 6.1681, pesos 13.25, BRL 2.2625, Dollar Index 81.48, Oil $97.55, 10-year 2.57%, Silver $20.33, Platinum $1,457.50, Palladium $868.90, and Gold. $1,284.00 And since everyone is getting all lathered up about an economic recovery here in the U.S. I thought I would remind them of the debt that hangs over us like the Sword of Damocles, and you can see that debt by clicking here and looking at the Unfunded Liabilities number. http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html That’s it for today. It was a tough week for me, given I was returning from a shortened vacation, and a week in Vancouver. But all in all, I felt pretty decent most of the week. Tomorrow we will host a birthday party at our house for Delaney Grace, who turns 7 on Monday. WOW! My little granddaughter, is turning 7! Delaney was born right after my two major cancer surgeries in 2007, so every year she grows older, I get further away from that awful time in my life, that was only brightened by the birth of that little girl! Did you hear that they have uncovered 4 lost Dr. Seuss books? That’s great news! My beloved Cardinals finally remembered what those bats in their hands are used for yesterday, and now come home for 6 games. NFL training camps are going, and the sports pages here are full of stories about the Rams. That’s right, get the fans all fired up for another woeful year. I don’t want to sound like a negative Nellie here, but the Rams play in a division with the 49er’s and the Seahawks. I doubt they have much chance to win their division. But then, maybe I’ll be surprised! OK. time to go. Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
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It grows, processes, and sells its own marijuana… all in-house. See for yourself. Here’s one of the company’s grow rooms:Here’s some of the company’s product after it’s been harvested:Finally, we have the finished product:• You can see that Seed & Smith is doing serious business… It has a state-of-the-art facility, a world-class product, and an award-winning packing process. And it must have all these things to stay competitive. That’s because massive profits are on the line. And unlike most billion-dollar industries, the marijuana market is still wide open. The Marlboros and Budweisers of the marijuana world don’t exist yet. But they’re being born before our eyes. And early investors who back these projects will make fortunes. Think of it as buying Apple in 1980 or Amazon in 1997. That’s the kind of opportunity we’re talking about. But don’t worry.• You don’t need to be plugged into the industry like I am to cash in on this boom… Anyone can get rich off legal marijuana. You just need to buy marijuana stocks. Many of these trade on U.S. exchanges. They’re as easy to buy as a share of McDonald’s. Just remember that the industry’s still in its early days. Because of this, many of today’s marijuana stocks won’t be around a year or two from now. So, do your homework before diving in. Analyze the company’s business model. Get to know their team. Do as much research as you can. Investors who take these steps will set themselves up for huge returns in the coming years. Regards, Justin Spittler Tulum, Mexico January 24, 2018 P.S. My colleague, Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker, recently recommended three cannabis companies set to thrive in the years ahead. And now is the time to bet on them… before it’s too late. Our team just put the finishing touches on a brand-new video presentation that reveals more details about the coming boom… and what you need to do today to take advantage of it… Click here to watch it now. By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“I’m from Lithuania.” A man told me this over dinner on Friday. We were dining at an exclusive steakhouse in Denver, Colorado. “I came here because I’m interested in cannabis,” he said. I told him I was there for the same reason. But I flew up from Tulum, Mexico. Funny enough, the family sitting next to me made a similar journey. They were from Juárez, Mexico. It was an eclectic bunch. And that was just the folks sitting at my table. I also met an engineer from India and a venture capitalist from San Francisco while I was in town.• We all came to Denver for the same reason… We were invited to a private investor meeting where the focus was—you guessed it—cannabis. We were there because the legal marijuana market is exploding. Last year, the North American marijuana market grew 33%. That makes it one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet. And this boom has just begun. 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Teeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach Letter P.S. The bitcoin mania isn’t over… It’s just getting started. And an event set to occur as early as April 2 is set to launch a second, massive run-up. Bitcoin’s price could soar 20 times higher. And I’ve found three plays that could soar even higher than bitcoin. I’m talking about making 50, 100, even 200 times your money. You can get the details right here. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to Doug’s take on the political correctness movement: Please look up the origin of PC. Educate your audience. I refuse to acknowledge those two words—it’s a term Stalin popularized. We can thank the “New” out of control educational system! College is a breeding ground. Sad, very sad.—Craig More Scrutiny Is Not a Bad Thing China wants nothing to do with cryptocurrencies. And banks are banning the use of credit cards to purchase them. (That’s actually good news. As I’ve said before, you should never borrow money to fund a crypto investment.) This week, two federal agencies—the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)—are preparing to send reports to Congress about crypto assets. Even the G20 (a group of 19 major national economies and the European Union) is threatening to take cryptos more seriously. All of this scrutiny has people scared that we’ll see a coordinated global effort to snuff out bitcoin and crypto assets. I believe this fear is overblown. Global governments have much bigger problems than bitcoin. The idea that they’ll all join hands and put their differences aside in the relentless pursuit of crushing bitcoin appears farfetched to me. Instead, we’re seeing the maturing of the crypto asset class. None of this is inherently bad. For cryptos to make the leap to a multitrillion-dollar asset class… some form of regulatory framework must be in place. I think it’s an overreaction to assume that all governments want to destroy the crypto asset market. Even if they wanted to, the decentralized nature of bitcoin and other crypto assets makes it impossible for governments to eliminate them (just ask China). Governments can certainly make things more difficult by shutting down the exchanges. But as we’ve already seen, even when the most important market in the space—China—decided to shut down its exchanges, other countries such as Japan welcomed the Chinese exchange operators with open arms. The Crypto Genie Is Out of the Bottle Governments can wail and gnash all they want… but nothing will remove cryptos from the market. The asset class is here to stay. And I think U.S. regulatory bodies understand this reality. That’s why I think the CFTC and SEC hearings will be more concerned with curtailing initial coin offering (ICO) fraud than trying to kill all things crypto-related. The CFTC approved bitcoin futures this past December. It would hardly make sense for it to greenlight futures and then expend resources to destroy the asset class. That’s why I think the current regulatory fears washing through the crypto markets are overblown. Just like they were during the many scary periods I went through with cryptos in 2017. Then, like now, I offered the same advice: Make sure you have rational position sizes. Stop checking prices. Don’t worry about how long this sell-off will last. No one can answer that question with anything more than a guess. (That said, I’m currently working on an essay that will offer my best guess.) I’ll leave you with this… The biggest mistake I made in the decades of the late 1980s and ’90s was to underestimate just how powerful an impact technology would have on the future. I under-owned—and sold too quickly—some of the biggest winners of the past 25 years. I’m not going to make that mistake twice. The blockchain and crypto assets are a new breed of technology that will have as much (if not more) of an impact on the world as the tech companies of the 1980s and 1990s have today. Let the Game Come to You! Buy These Three Cryptos Before April 2nd Nobody’s talking about it, but an estimated $846 billion mountain of money is expected to hit cryptocurrencies as early as April 2nd. That’s more money than the value of every single cryptocurrency on the market—combined. Three small cryptos in particular are expected to see the biggest portions of that cash… Details here. Identity REVEALED: The man who beat Buffett by 2-to-1 He’s called the “Billionaire Beater” because his research outperformed some of America’s most famous billionaires several times over. One he beat by more than 2-to-1 over a recent ten year period. He also crushed three legendary hedge fund billionaires over that same time frame. He’s a humble guy, though, and keeps to himself, but here’s how you can get elite-level access to his stock research… For example, in 2013, the Chinese government banned its banks from dealing with bitcoin. This was at a time when 90% of all bitcoin mining and the majority of bitcoin activity took place in China. On top of that, hackers broke into the world’s largest bitcoin exchange at the time (Mt. Gox) and stole nearly 850,000 bitcoins. Bitcoin dropped 80%… But it still refused to die. When I finally became convinced to buy bitcoin in early 2016, it was at $450 and had a $6.6 billion market cap. I knew that any asset class that could survive so much negativity had to have long-term value. Since then, of course, bitcoin has been as high as $20,000. Now that bitcoin has dropped as low as $7,000, does that mean the party is over? Technology Has a History of Fits and Starts I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many bitcoin millionaires—some now billionaires—who lived through bitcoin’s 80% drop in 2013. I asked what kept them in bitcoin through the negativity. After all, they had made fortunes from bitcoin… So why stick around? What separated them from the hordes of “investors” who sold was their unswerving belief that the world needed a practical alternative to fiat currency. Bitcoin is the first currency that can’t be devalued by a government. It’s the first asset that we’ve had complete ownership over. It’s the most difficult asset to seize in the world. Barring torture, there isn’t a government in the world that can take your bitcoin from you (assuming you’ve stored it securely). That makes bitcoin—and crypto assets overall—unique. In my opinion, bitcoin’s unique qualities will continue to create value for its holders. But it won’t move in a straight line. No asset ever moves in one direction. Even the biggest stock winners of the last two decades—Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook—had long periods of price drops, price consolidations, and fears about their long-term viability as businesses. In the 1990s, the government tried to break up Microsoft. Apple traded for barely the cash on its balance sheet in 2003 as people failed to see the significance of the iPod. In 2007, Google dropped 70% as investors thought it couldn’t survive the Great Recession. And Facebook dropped 50% right out of the gate when it went public. Just like those tech giants, bitcoin and crypto assets are now under a global microscope. All of this PC correctness nonsense is in the Marxist Progressivist line, which Obama-lite democrats are THE PROPONENTS of. Dumb down and numb down the masses, give them a bag of “goodies” to make them dependent on government and you have met your goal = gain the power. Eliminate/smear everybody with different views and you have made it! It’s like from Marx’s Manifesto. We must stay alert and not let the USA become the united socialist states of America!—Vera — Recommended Link Recommended Link Justin’s note: Over the last few months, we’ve shared many essays on the big opportunity in cryptocurrencies. With the recent sell-off, I wanted to get this new essay from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari out to you as soon as possible. Teeka knows more about the crypto market than anyone I know, and he explains below what you should be doing today… By Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter I’m sure you’re aware of the vicious sell-off currently going on in the cryptocurrency market. But what you might not know is that this type of volatility isn’t new. Even as recently as last March and September, we dealt with similar market meltdowns. What was especially tough for us was that our most important positions actually ended up dropping far lower than the general market. At certain periods last year, we saw peak-to-valley drops of 67%, 73%, and 78% in some of my recommendations. It was a bloodbath. Hackers attacked Ethereum—my most important position… and the one I had staked my reputation on—every day. I can’t count how many times Ethereum forked its code to deal with various attacks. Aside from the normal angry emails we receive when prices are tanking, I received many mocking emails from “friends” reveling in my perceived “misery.” More than one asked, “How are your ‘tulip bulbs’ doing?” Then, like now, I knew the slings and arrows of the market would ultimately strengthen the entire crypto asset ecosystem. Whether it was hackers trying to destabilize the Ethereum network or the Chinese government trying to ban exchanges, I’ve always known that the decentralized nature of crypto assets makes them very resilient to external threats. That resiliency is what attracted me to bitcoin in the first place. — Mr. Casey forgets to mention that his fellow multi-millionaires support the PC movement. Warren Buffett and Lloyd Blankfein fund candidates that support all this PC nonsense but have no idea why—they flail around for an explanation. There is an answer but it cannot be found in secularism.—KostaIf you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.
ATLANTA (AP) – A man arrested in Georgia in a Thanksgiving night shooting at a shopping mall near Birmingham has agreed to return to Alabama to face charges.Erron Martez Dequan Brown appeared emotionless during a brief hearing Friday before a magistrate judge in Atlanta.The 20-year-old man told a judge he’d voluntarily return to Alabama. Authorities there now have 15 business days to remove him from the Fulton County jail.Authorities arrested Brown on an attempted murder charge on Thursday. Protesters have held demonstrations since the mall gunfire because an officer fatally shot another armed black man who was initially believed to be the shooter.An organizer says protests will continue over the police killing of 21-year-old Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr. His funeral is set for Saturday at Birmingham’s municipal auditorium.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)11/30/2018 11:51:04 AM (GMT -6:00)
Activists hope a new non-partisan online campaign – based on a successful US user-led movement – could finally enable disabled people to become a political force in the UK, and play a significant role in deciding June’s general election.The hope is that the #CripTheVoteUK campaign will allow the millions of disabled people in the UK to use their weight of numbers to affect the election’s outcome.The campaign will not support any particular political party, but will encourage disabled people to register to vote and use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to discuss discrimination, oppression and inequality and the policies and practices that most affect them.Its first major action will be a #CripTheVoteUK Twitter discussion on the Department for Work and Pensions and benefit cuts, on Sunday (30 April) from 7-8pm, hosted by the disabled political journalist Dr Frances Ryan.Other Twitter chats are likely to include independent living, inclusive education, and the threats to disabled people’s rights of a “hard Brexit”.#CripTheVote was launched by three US disabled activists who were frustrated at the failure of the 2016 presidential candidates to talk about disability issues.The trio – Gregg Beratan, Alice Wong and Andrew Pulrang – are now supporting the UK extension of their movement, after being approached by Canadian disabled activist Alex Haagaard, who had asked if they were planning any work around the snap UK election called by prime minister Theresa May earlier this month.They put Haagaard in touch with disabled activist Eleanor Lisney in the UK, and the two of them have recruited other experienced disability activists, including Rick Burgess and Dennis Queen, to organise and lead #CripTheVoteUK.Lisney said: “We want to make enough noise [so that politicians] realise that disabled people are a big proportion of the population and that they cannot disregard our voting power.“We are an important voice.”She said it was crucial that #CripTheVote and #CripTheVoteUK were both “intersectional”, acknowledging that disabled people also face discrimination because of other characteristics such as their race, sexuality and gender.Lisney said the attacks on disabled people’s rights were so serious that the new campaign could save lives.She added: “I think disabled people all over the world are realising what is happening globally, that we are taking a step backwards.”Haagaard said she had become involved after spending a year in the UK, and joining an online narcolepsy support group.She said: “Since returning [to Canada] I have continued to watch member after member struggle with cuts to their benefits, assertions that they’re fit to work despite doctors’ letters to the contrary, and draconian reassessment cycles that leave them in a constant state of stress (which in turn severely exacerbates many of their symptoms).“It’s been horrifying to witness this, and having participated in the discussions of the #CripTheVote movement during the US election cycle, it seemed clear to me that these sorts of conversations needed to be made a key issue of the next UK election.”She said she accepted that “the fact this is a snap election with a very compressed timeline puts us at a disadvantage as an awareness campaign”, but she said she hoped that social media could play “a major role in changing the mainstream conversation” on the election.She said: “It’s a big goal, but I hope #CripTheVoteUK can contribute to making disability rights in the UK a viral topic.”Burgess said he hoped the six weeks leading to the election would be just a “starting point” for what would be a long-term campaign, but the immediate priority was “getting people to make sure they are registered to vote and getting them enthused so they will vote”.He said it would “take effort” for the campaign to remain non-partisan, but he said: “I think we will be direct about facts and policy but we will not be saying ‘…and therefore we think ‘X party’ is really great.’“We have to be realistic about the position we are in and critical of policy, regardless of who it’s implemented by.“As happened in America, you don’t want to be partisan and aligned to a party, but you do need to talk about policies, principles and rights, because if you don’t, something like Trump could happen.”Burgess said he and others had started thinking about the idea of a more organised disabled people’s “voting block” following the successful WOW petition, which he helped organise and led to a House of Commons debate in 2014 on the impact of welfare cuts and reforms on disabled people.He said: “There are 13 million disabled people. If that was more organised and engaged we would be a serious electoral force that parties would have to listen to.“In the long-term, disabled people have to be more of an organised block of voters in the same way people talk about the grey lobby.“Politicians need to be a little bit afraid of offending us. At the moment, they don’t appear remotely worried about what they do.”Burgess said he hoped that #CripTheVoteUK would see disabled people taking on some of the influence currently wielded by the big disability charities.He said: “It is about fertilising and organising the grassroots. Power should come from the bottom, from the real people.“What disabled people want is not the same thing as what a corporate charity that represents disabled people may want.“If you look at disability rights history, often we have felt very betrayed by charities.”Beratan, who himself lived in the UK for 15 years, said #CripTheVote was “geared towards both engaging the disability community in discussing the policies and politics that will most impact our lives but also to use our collective power to amplify the community’s voice on these issues”.And he said that “shrewed” politicians would use #CripTheVoteUK to engage with disabled voters.He said he and his colleagues had been more than happy to advise on setting up #CripTheVoteUK but “have been clear that #CripTheVoteUK needs to develop into whatever the UK disability community needs it to be.“As we saw in the US, #CripTheVote took off because the disability community took ownership of it.”Although he did not want to speak for the UK organisers, he said it had been “very important” in the US to keep #CripTheVote “nonpartisan”.He said: “Most of the evidence out there shows that the disability community breaks all across the political spectrum, but as we’ve seen many times, with the issues that affect our community most, partisan allegiances fall away.“We do tend to make it clear though that nonpartisan does not mean non critical. We’ve always been highly critical of policies that harm disabled people.”And he said he saw a lot of similarities between the two communities.He said: “We’ve both been largely ignored by the mainstream political discourse, and are both more likely to be scapegoated than engaged with.“So ideally I’d love to see them force disability into the conversation in this election.”
Nine MPs on a Commons committee are refusing to explain why they failed to ask the minister for disabled people about shocking figures that suggest attempted suicides among people claiming out-of-work disability benefits doubled between 2007 and 2014.The work and pensions select committee was passed the figures by Disability News Service (DNS) a few days before Sarah Newton gave evidence last month.But despite being promised that the figures had “informed the briefing” prepared for the MPs on the committee ahead of the minister’s evidence session – and Labour MP Neil Coyle telling DNS that he was “sure it will be raised” – no effort was made to ask Newton about them.And this week, none of the nine committee members who attended the session – Labour’s Frank Field, who chairs the committee, Coyle (pictured), Ruth George and Stephen McCabe, Tory MPs Heidi Allen, Andrew Bowie, Alex Burghart and Chris Green, and SNP’s Chris Stephens – would explain why they failed to ask the minister about the figures.Instead, they hid behind the committee’s media officer, who accused DNS of trying to “circumvent” her by asking the MPs individually why they failed to raise the issue with Newton.Last month, the media officer had told DNS that the figures had “informed the briefing” handed to the MPs before the evidence session, but that the committee “does not discuss those decisions outside the committee”.She insisted this week that, because she had already told DNS that Field would not comment on the refusal to raise the figures with the minister, this meant that she had “fully answered” questions on the figures.When DNS pointed out that it was a fundamental democratic principle to be able to hold MPs to account for their work, she said that all the MPs “have been advised to refer you to me but this is, again, the final response”.She later said in a statement: “Committees deliberate in private. Revealing the committee’s private deliberations has been considered a contempt of parliament.”DNS has pointed out that it has been asking MPs to explain their failure to ask questions in an open, public session, and not to release their “private deliberations”.The committee’s media officer had failed by noon today (Thursday) to provide any examples of where revealing a committee’s private deliberations has been considered a contempt of parliament.The new analysis of NHS statistics, prepared by the independent social research institute NatCen and published by Disability News Service (DNS) for the first time last month, showed that in 2007 – a year before the introduction of the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA) – 21 per cent of incapacity benefit (IB) claimants told researchers they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.The following year, IB began to be replaced by employment and support allowance (ESA), with eligibility tested by the WCA, under the New Labour government.But by 2014, following six years of the WCA – and four years of social security reforms under the new coalition government, and austerity-related cuts to disability benefits and services – more than 43 per cent of claimants were saying they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.Over the same period, the proportion of adults questioned for the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) who were not claiming IB (in 2007) or ESA (in 2014) and had attempted to take their own lives remained statistically stable (6.0 per cent in 2007 against 6.7 per cent in 2014).Although the figures do not prove that the rate of attempted suicides doubled in that period – for example, the group of IB claimants could have had less severe impairments than those on ESA – and there is no proof that the introduction of the WCA caused the increase, they have alarmed many disabled activists and researchers.Sally McManus, who leads research on the survey for NatCen, on behalf of NHS Digital, has also shown that the proportion of IB/ESA claimants who have ever deliberately self-harmed also rose sharply from 2007 to 2014, as did the proportion of claimants who had had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives.In 2007, the proportion of IB claimants who said they had self-harmed was 14 per cent, and this rose to 34 per cent of ESA claimants in 2014.And in 2007, the proportion of IB claimants who said they had had suicidal thoughts was 39 per cent, which rose to 66 per cent of ESA claimants in 2014.Samaritans can be contacted free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 116 123 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Marijuana, for the most part, is characterized as a guy thing.Movies certainly bolster that stereotype. When it comes to iconic images of people who use marijuana, it’s mostly a Boy’s Club. The two Jeffs – Spicoli and Lebowski. Those guys in “Pineapple Express.” And, of course, Cheech and Chong.But the number of female cannabis users is growing, according to research from the California marijuana delivery company, Eaze. And the number of female entrepreneurs in marijuana continues to grow, as well.Women and baby boomers are buying more cannabis.In a report that mines data from the company’s customers in 2016, Eaze found that orders from women made a significant jump in 2016.Eaze offers on-demand medical marijuana delivery in 100 cities across California, including San Francisco and San Jose. They promise to deliver in 20 minutes or less. Someone orders marijuana on Eaze once every 30 seconds.Related: Sand Hill Road Joins Private Capital Flooding Into Marijuana StartupsAn increasing number of those are women. For the report, Eaze used data from the 250,000 users on the company’s online platform as well as a survey of 5,000 customers.They found that one out of three customers on the Eaze platform are women. That’s a jump of 32 percent from last year, when women made up one out of every four customers.They also are increasingly older. The number of Baby Boomers, both males and females born between 1946 and 1964, who buy marijuana from Eaze jumped by 25 percent in 2016. The number of Gen Xers (1965 to 1982) increased 8 percent. Conversely, the number of Millennials (1983-1995) dropped by 3 percent.Women find opportunity in the marijuana business.A recent New York Times article illustrated how women are moving into the marijuana business through the story of a California woman who is making a living selling handbags, clutches and other items specially designed for older women who use marijuana.They are “aroma-controlled,” providing a scent to mask the smell of cannabis.She is one of many women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have started businesses in the marijuana industry, according to the Times. Arcview Group CEO Troy Drayton told the Times it’s “definitely a trend” and that older women who were making marijuana-based products for loved ones are now moving into selling their products.Related: Medical Cannabis Finds an Eager Market In Floridian RetireesThe marijuana industry overall also is more open to women executives than other industries, according to a report from Marijuana Business Daily. They reported that 36 percent of executive positions in marijuana are held by women, compared to 22 percent in other industries.Women especially have higher-ranked positions in testing labs, where 63 percent of executives are women. That is followed by “processor or infused products maker” (48 percent) and ancillary services (40 percent).Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: Heath Korvola | Getty Images Add to Queue Women Increasingly Are Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Customers Green Entrepreneur Podcast As legalization gains momentum more women are using marijuana and more are entering the cannabis industry. Listen Now Next Article 3 min read Guest Writer June 13, 2017 –shares dispensaries.com Cannabis
Add to Queue September 27, 2013 Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now » Jason Fell Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio Technology The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article This Is What Google Looked Like in 1998 –shares This month marks 15 years since the launch of Google. A company that now has a market cap of nearly $300 billion, Google first started in a garage as a research project by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.You’ve probably already noticed today’s Google Doodle video marking the anniversary. But in the search bar, type in “Google in 1998.” You’ll see what the search results for the name “Google” were back then. And here’s what Google’s home page looked like in 1998, courtesy of the Stanford University Internet Archive. It’s pretty neat to see how the site’s design has evolved.Related: Google It! Anatomy of a Tech Giant (Infographic) 1 min read
Citation: Unclear whether digital revolution lowers prices – survey (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-unclear-digital-revolution-lowers-prices.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Retailers told the European Central Bank, which carried out the survey, that e-commerce should lower prices for shoppers. But producers of goods foresaw more chances to raise prices thanks to new technologies such as 3D printing and internet-connected devices.The bank asked 74 of the biggest companies in Europe how the think new technologies are likely to affect the economy in coming years.On balance, the businesses saw digitalization having a “small negative impact” on jobs, while shifting labor needs from low-skilled to high-skill employees.The ECB probed the price issue because its mission is to keep inflation under control near its goal of just under 2 percent. Central banks and economists have struggled to understand why inflation has only responded slowly to years of stimulus like low interest rates and money injections into the economy. Shoppers walk by a promotion by Alibaba’s Tmall online shopping platform for the upcoming 10th Singles Day event in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. What begun in the 90s by Chinese college students as a version of Valentine’s Day for people without romantic partners to splurge on themselves, the day of sales promotion has grown into the world’s biggest e-commerce event. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Some manufacturers feeling trade war pinch: survey A new survey suggests the digital technologies sweeping through the corporate world could mean some job losses at big companies, but it’s unclear what impact they will have on consumer prices.