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          TPIPL จะ Turnaround ?   

TPIPL เป็นหุ้นในตำนานผ่านร้อนผ่านหนาวมาหลายปี มีช่วงหนึ่งกำลังจะ growth โปรเจกเพียบแต่ต้องมาตกหลุมนิดหน่อย เขาจะกลับมา Turnaround ได้หรือไม่ แผนการเป็นอย่างไร มาดูกันคร้าบบบบ

สภาพปัญหา TPIPL


มาดูด้านหนี้สินกันก่อน ดูหนี้ก็ไม่แย่นะครับ ใกล้ๆกับทุน ไม่น่าห่วนเท่าไรนัก ที่หนี้สินดูน้อยส่วนหนึ่งเพราะมีการตีราคาสินทรัพย์เพิ่มครับเลยทำให้สินทรัพย์โตและส่วนทุนเพิ่มขึ้นตาม


ความอยู่รอดหุ้น TPPL
มาดูที่ความสามารถในการใช้สินทรัพย์ในการสร้างรายได้ของ TPIPL กันบ้างจะเห็นว่า TPIPL มีการขยายการลงทุนอย่างต่อเนื่อง สินทรัพย์โตทุกปี มีปัญหานิดเดียวคือรายได้ไม่โตตาม เหมือนว่าสินทรัพย์ที่ลงทุนไปยังไม่สร้างรายได้กลับมาเท่าไรนัก โครงการอนาคตมีเยอะทั้งทำโรงไฟฟ้าขยะขนาดใหญ่มาก โรงงานปูนใหม่ โรงงานวัสดุก่อสร้างต่าง ปุ๋ยชีวภาพก็มี

การสร้างเงินสดหุ้น TPIPL

มาดูที่วงจรเงินสดกันบ้างจะเห็นว่า TPIPL มีวงจรเงินสดค่อนข้างยาวที่ 169 วัน ความหมายคือบริษัทต้องกันเงินไว้รวมๆกันถึง 169 วันเลยทีเดียว ส่วนใหญ่วงจรเงินสดที่เพิ่มขึ้นมาจากสินค้าคงเหลือที่เพิ่มขึ้น กว่าของจะระบายหมดใช้เวลาถึง 170 วัน และมีแนวโน้มสูงขึ้นติดกันสามปีแล้ว

วงจรเงินสด TPIPL

ในส่วนของการทำกำไรจะเห็นว่ารายได้ไม่โตเท่าไรนัก ส่วนหนึ่งมาจากความต้องการใช้ปูนหดตัวจากสภาวะเศรษฐกิจที่ชะลอตัว แต่กำไรหดตัวอย่างรุนแรง เป็นผลมาจากในปี 2558 ได้มีการเปลี่ยนวิธีบันทึกบัญชีใหม่ โดยสินทรัพย์ที่เคยตีราคาเป็นราคาตลาดแล้วทำให้สินทรัพย์เพิ่ม ทุนเพิ่ม จากเดิมที่เคยนำค่าเสื่อมราคาของสินทรพัย์ที่ตีเพิ่มไปตัดเนียนๆในส่วนทุนโดยตรง ผู้สอบบอกว่ารายจ่ายส่วนนี้ต้องนำมาอยู่ในงบกำไรขาดทุนแทน ค่าใช้จ่ายส่วนนี้ก็ไม่มากไม่น้อย 1,295 ล้านเท่านั้นเอ้งงงง



การทำกำไร TPIPL
โดยรวมงบการเงินก็ไม่เด่นอะไรมากมายนักส่วนหนึ่งมาจากการลงทุนที่เยอะ และผลจากค่าเสื่อมราคาที่เพิ่มขึ้น

การแก้ไขปัญหา


ทุกปัญหาต้องมีทางออก หลังจากที่ TPIPP ลงทุนโรงไฟฟ้าขนาดใหญ่กว่า 440MW ที่น่าจะเปิดจ่ายไฟและผลิตได้เต็มกำลังการผลิตในปี 2561 การนำลูกเข้ามา IPO ในตลาดหลักทรัพย์จะมีส่งผลให้ส่วนทุนของ TPIPP โตขึ้น และ่ส่วนทุนของ TPIPL จะโตจากส่วนได้เสียที่ไม่มีอำนาจควบคุม หนี้สินจะลดลงเพราะเอาเงิน IPO มาโป๊ะหนี้ แต่กำไรยังไม่เพิ่มเนื่องจากต้องรอโครงการโรงไฟฟ้าของ TPIPP เปิดใช้งานซะก่อน

การนำบริษัทย่อย TPIPP เข้าตลาด

หลังจากดันลูกเข้าตลาดมีเงินมาปลดหนี้ปลดสิน ก็ถึงคิวของค่าเสื่อมราคาเจ้าปัญหา 1,295 ล้าน ในวันที่ 30 มีนาคมบริษัทได้ลงประกาศข่าวในตลาดหลักทรัพย์[2]ว่า "การเปลี่ยนนโยบายการบัญชีสำหรับการวัดมูลค่าที่ดิน อาคาร และอุปกรณ์ จากวิธีการตีราคาใหม่เป็นวิธีราคาทุน" ผลกระทบก็คือ สินทรัพย์ส่วนที่เคยตีราคาขึ้นมันก็หายไป ค่าเสื่อมราคาก็หายไปด้วย เมื่อค่าเสื่อมหายกำไรก็โผล่ เยี่ยมจริงๆ

ค่าเสื่อมลดกำไรเพิ่ม ยังไม่จบครับ ในเชิงทฤษฎีค่าเสื่อมเหมือนการกันเงินไว้ในกิจการ ในอนาคตถ้าสินทรัพย์เสื่อมค่าไปจนหมดอายุขัย จะได้เอาเงินที่เก็บไว้มาลงทุนซ้ำได้ธุรกิจได้เดินต่อไป สำหรับสินทรัพย์ที่ตีมูลค่าใหม่ตามราคาตลาด แสดงว่าถ้าลงทุนใหม่ก็จะลงทุนเท่ากับหรือใกล้เคียงมูลค่าสินทรัพย์ที่ตีขึ้น การปรับลดค่าเสื่อมจะทำให้ว่าที่สินทรัพย์หมดอายุจะต้องกู้เงินมาเยอะเพื่อลงทุนใหม่หรือไม่ต้องดูกันต่อไปครับ อ่านเพิ่มเติมได้ที่บทความอ.สรรพงษ์ [2] ครับ

สรุปก็คือปัญหาน่าจะแก้ได้ อีกเรื่องที่ต้องดูคืออนาคตบริษัทจะสามารถเติบโตได้ตามแผนงานที่วางไว้หรือไม่ ถ้าสามารถทำได้ กำไรก็จะกลับมาเติบโตได้ครับ สู้ต่อไป TPIPL

อ้างอิง
[1]https://www.set.or.th/set/newsdetails.do?newsId=14908310643151&language=th&country=TH
[2]การตีราคาสินทรัพย์กับผลกระทบทางการเงินในมุมทั้งงบการเงินและการเงินธุรกิจ https://www.facebook.com/sanpong.limthamrongkul/posts/10210369780499295



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          เบื้องหลังการหามูลค่าหุ้นด้วยการคิดลดเงินปันผล (Dividend discount model)   

การหามูลค่าหุ้นด้วยการคิดลดเงินปันผล (Dividend discount model) สมการสั้นๆคือ p = d/k-g แต่การคำนวณไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายเพราะไม่รู้ว่าจะเอาตัวแปลไหนมาใส่ บทความนี้จะบอกสมมติฐานที่มาที่ไปสูตรการหาราคาเหมาะสม ทำให้นักลงทุนสามารถเลือกตัวแปรที่จะนำมาใช้ในการการประเมินมูลค่าได้ง่ายขึ้นครับ

รู้จักผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวัง k, WACC


ในการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้นวัตถุประสงค์เพื่อบอกว่าราคาหุ้นที่เราสนใจคุ้มค่าที่จะลงทุนหรือไม่ ถ้าไม่คุ้มก็จะบอกว่าแพงไปไม่ซื้อถ้าคุ้มก็ตัดสินใจลงทุน

ความคุ้มหรือไม่คุ้มในทางเศรษฐศาสตร์มองว่า ทุกๆการตัดสินใจมีค่าเสียโอกาสเสมอ เพราะเมื่อคุณเลือกทางใดทางหนึ่งต้องยอมสละทางเลือกหนื่งไป (เพื่อความอินให้เปิดเพลง ได้อย่างเสียอย่าง - อัสนี ; วสันต์ โชติกุล ประกอบ)

ดังนั้นการตัดสินใจที่ดีที่สุดคือ เลือกทางที่ค่าเสียโอกาสต่ำสุดนั่นเอง

เช่นมีสามโครงการ ผลตอบแทน 20 30 10 ตามลำดับ
  • ถ้าเลือกโครงการที่ 1 ได้ 20 แต่เสียโอกาสได้ผลตอบแทน 30% จากทางเลือกที่ 2
  • ถ้าเลือกโครงการที่ 2 ได้ 30 ค่าเสียโอกาสคือ 0 
  • ถ้าเลือกโครงการทีี่ 3 ได้ 10 แต่เสียโอกาสได้ผลตอบแทน 30% จากทางเลือกที่ 2
ตังนั้นในการลงทุนนักลงทุนจะเลือกลงทุนในโครงการที่ให้ผลตอบแทนสูงกว่าเมื่อเที่ยบกับผลตอบแทนของทางเลือกที่เราไมได้เลือกนั่นเอง

ในทางการเงิน "ผลตอบแทนของทางเลือกที่เราไมได้เลือกนั่นเอง" หรือผลตอบแทนที่เราคาดหวัง มักจะเขียนตัวย่อว่า k หรือถ้าที่มาของเงินมาจากหลายแหล่งก็จะนำแต่ละแหล่งมาเฉลี่ยถ่วงน้ำหนักกันเป็น WACC

นั่นก็คือถ้าลงทุนแล้วได้ผลตอบแทนไม่คุ้ม k ก็จะไม่ลงทุนนั่นเอง

เข้าใจมูลค่าปัจจุบัน (Present Value)


จุดเริ่มต้นของความอยากรวยเริ่มจากสมการดอกเบี้ยทบต้นและย้อนมาการหามูลค่าปัจจุบัน ทำให้แตกลูกแตกหลานออกมาเป็นวิชาการลงทุน ถ้าเข้าใจเรื่องมูลค่าเงินตามเวลา ก็เหมือนการเข้าใจวิชาการเงินทั้งเล่มนั่นเอง

มูลค่าอนาคต (Future Value)


เริ่มจากการลงทุน สมมติเรามีเงินปัจจุบันเท่าากับ PV บาท เอาเงินไปลงทุนได้ผลตอบแทนทบต้นที่ i ถ้าให้มันทบไปเรื่อยๆเท่ากับ n ปีจะได้เงินอนาคต FV เท่ากับ



มูลค่าปัจจุบัน (Present Value)


คิดมุมกลับสมการนิดเดียวคือ ถ้าเราอยากได้เงินในอนาคตเท่ากับ FV โดยที่เราเอาเงินไปลงทุนได้ผลตอบแทนเท่ากับ i เป็นจำนวน n ปี วันนี้ PV ต้องใช้เงินไปลงทุนกี่บาท



PV  จะถูกประยุกต์ไปใช้เป็นสูตรเบื้องหลังในการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้นอีกที่


มูลค่าปัจจุบันสุทธิ Net Present Value และการกำหนดมูลค่าเหมาะสม


ในการตัดสินลงทุนจะตัดสินใจจากมูลจากปัจจุบันของกระแสเงินสดว่าเป็นบวกหรือลบ ถ้าบวกแสดงว่าโครงการที่ลงทุนให้ผลตอบแทนมากกว่าผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวัง ถ้าค่าเป็นลบแสดงว่าโครงการที่จะลงทุนให้ผลตอบแทนน้อยกว่าที่คาดหวังก็จะไม่ตัดสินใจลงทุน

เมื่อคิดจะลงทุนต้องรู้ 3 เรื่องนี้


เมื่อคิดจะลงทุนไม่ว่าโครงการอะไรก็ตามต้องรู้ 3 เรื่องนี้คือ

3.1ได้อะไรมา

ลงทุนเสียกระแสเงินสดออกไปในวันนี้สิ่งที่ได้กลับมาคือกระแสเงินสดในอนาคต สำหรับการลงทุนในหุ้น สิ่งที่ได้มาคือเงินปันผล หลายคนก็มองว่าสิ่งที่ได้มาคือกระแสเงินสดอิสระ (free cash flow)

สำหรับการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้น สมมติให้สิ่งที่ได้มาคือเงินปันผล D ที่จ่ายทุกปี D1 D2 D3 ..... Dn ตามลำดับ

3.2จ่ายอะไรไป

โลกนี้ไม่มีอะไรฟรีๆ ถ้าในธุรกิจสิ่งที่จ่ายคือเงินที่นำไปลงทุนในโครงการทั้ง สินทรัพย์ไม่หมุนเวียน และเงินทุนหมุนเวียนที่ต้องใช้ในการทำธุรกิจ สำหรับการลงทุนหุ้น เงินที่จ่ายคือราคาหุ้นนั่นเอง

3.1คุ้มหรือไม่

คำว่าคุ้มหรือไม่คุ้มถูกประเมินด้วย NPV เพื่อบอกว่าผลตอบแทนที่คาดว่าจะได้รับจากการลงทุนนั้นคุ้มค่ากับผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวัง k หรือไม่นั่นเอง ตามอ่านได้ในหัวข้อต่อไป


NPV Net Present Vaue และการคิดลดเงินปันผล Dividend Discount Model


 สำหรับการลงทุนในหุ้น เราจ่ายเงินซื้อหุ้นที่ราคา P บาท โดย "คาดหวัง" ว่าจะได้เงินปันผลในอนาคตเท่ากับ d1 d2 d3 ไปเรื่อยๆ จนถึง dn ตามลำดับโดยที่มีผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวังเท่ากับ k


NPV จะเป็นผลต่างระหว่างเงินที่ต้องใช้ในการซื้อหุ้นคือ P กับเงินที่ต้องใช้ลงทุนในโครงการทางเลือกอื่นว่าใช้เงินลงทุนในวันนี้เท่าไร ซึ่งในสมการก็คือตัวยาวๆที่เหลือนั่นเอง แปลสมการเป็นภาษามนุษย์คือ ถ้าต้องการ ปันผลในอนาคตเท่ากับ d1 d2 d3 ไปเรื่อยๆ จนถึง dn โดยเราสามารถลงทุนได้ผลตอบแทนทบต้นเท่ากับ k (ค่าเสียโอกาสของโครงการที่ไม่ได้เลือก) วันนี้จะต้องใช้เงินลงทุนเท่าไร

ถ้า NPV เป็นบวกแสดงว่าลงทุนหุ้นได้ผลตอบแทนมากกว่าผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวัง หุ้นจะขึ้นเพราะจะถอนการลงทุนจากโครงการที่ให้ผลตอบแทนเท่ากับ K มาซื้อหุ้นแทน

ถ้า NPV เป็นลบแสดงว่าลงทุนหุ้นได้ผลตอบแทนน้อยกว่าที่คาดกวังหุ้นจะลงเพราะคนจะไม่ซื้อเอาเงินไปลงทุนที่อื่นที่ให้ผลตอบแทนเท่ากับ k ดีกว่า

จะเห็นว่าราคาหุ้นจะถูกปรับตัวจากการคาดการกระแสเงินสดในอนาคตของคนนั่นเอง


การกำหนดมูลค่าเหมาะสม


จะเห็นว่าเมื่อราคาหุ้นไม่ได้อยู่ที่จุดดุลยภาพมันก็จะแกว่งตัวอยู่รอบๆราคาเหมาะสมนั่นเอง เพื่อให้การประเมินมูลค่าหุ้นง่ายขึ้น ได้มคนชื่อนายกอร์ดอนได้คิด gordon growth model เพื่อช่วยให้การประเมินมูลค่าง่ายขึ้น โดยใส่สมติฐานเพิ่มเข้าไปคือ
  • เงินปันผลเติบโตด้วยอัตราคงที่เท่ากับ g
  • ถือหุ้นไปเรื่อยๆไม่มีที่สิ้นสุด ถึงอนาคตอันไกลโพ้น (infinity)
จะได้สมการใหม่คือ


จากความรู้เรื่อง ลำดับและอนุกรมที่เรียนมาตอน ม ปลาย ทำให้รู้ว่า


สมการสั้นลงอีกหน่อย และราคาเหมาะสมก็คือราคาที่ทำให้ NPV = 0 หรือราคาหุ้นที่ทำให้นักลงทุนได้รับผลตอบแทนเท่ากับผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวังนั่นเอง

ให้ NPV = 0 จะได้



แปลเป็นภาษามนุษย์คือ ถ้าบริษัทแห่งหนึ่งมีผลปันผลปีหน้าเท่ากับ D1 ที่เติบโตอย่างไม่มีที่สิ้นสุดในอัตราคงที่ g และนักลงทุนมีผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวังเท่ากับ k ราคาที่เหมาะสมคือราคาหุ้นที่ทำให้นักลงทุนได้รับผลตอบแทนในอนาคตเท่ากับผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวังนั่นเอง

ถ้าราคาตลาดสูงกว่านี้คนก็จะไม่ซื้อเพราะรู้สึกแพง หุ้นจะตก ถ้าราคาต่ำกว่านี้คนจะมาซื้อเพราะรู้สึกว่ามันถูกหุ้นราคาหุ้นจะขึ้น

หลักการเลือกตัวแปรเข้าคำนวณมูลค่าเหมาะสม

ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างผลประกอบการและมูลค่าหุ้น
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D1 ปันผลปีหน้า ถ้าตามสมมติฐาน เงินปันผลที่เห็นในสมการคือเงินปันผลที่เติบโตเรื่อยๆในอัตราคงที่ ดังนั้นการประมาณการตัองดูดีๆว่าปันผลที่เอามาเป็นปันผลจากกำไรปกติ และต่อเนื่องหรือไม่ ถ้าไม่ได้มาจากรายการต่อเนื่องต้องระวัง

g การเติบโต จากสมมติฐานบอกว่าการเติบโต โตด้วยอัตราคงที่ไปไม่มีที่สิ้นสุด ดังนั้นการเติบโตที่จะนำเข้ามาประมาณการจะต้องเป็นการเติบโตที่สะท้อนการเติบโตระยะยาวววววว ไม่ใช่แค่ 1-2 ปี

ส่วนค่า k ไม่ต้องคิดเยอะมันคือผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวังอาจจะกำหนดมาลอยๆ หรือประมาณการด้วย CAPM ก็ได้


จะเห็นว่าการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้นด้วยการคิดลดเงินปันผล เห็นสมการสั้นๆแต่ที่มาไม่ธรรมดาเลยทีเดียว สิ่งที่ต้องระวังในการนำการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้นไปใช้งานคือ ราคาหุ้นที่คำนวณได้จะเป็นราคาหุ้นที่เป็นจริงต่อเมื่อสมติฐานนั้นเป็นจริงครับ เจริญในการลงทุนทุกท่านครับ


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U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, fueled by a surge in financial and tech shares, which helped Wall Street to partially shake off Tuesday's sharp fall. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index enjoyed a run deep into positive territory, helping it cut into Tuesday's 100-point drop, and marking its best daily rise since Nov. 7, when it surged 2.4%, according to FactSet data. On Wednesday, the Nasdaq rose 1.4% to 6,234. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.9% at 2,440, representing the benchmark's best daily rise since April 24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7% at 21,454. Those moves come a day after equities saw their worst selloff in more than a month on the back of doubts about President Donald Trump's pro-growth agenda. The small-cap Russell 2000 nearly closed at a record, finishing up about 1.5% on the day, and highlighting the broad-based nature of the rally. Helping to support a bid for bank shares was a rise in government bond yields, with the 10-year Treasury note yield at 2.22%. Those gains were aided by European Central Bank officials attempting to tamp down the market's bearish reaction to ECB President Mario Draghi's comments on Tuesday, which were interpreted as hawkish, pushing the euro and yields globally markedly higher.

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          ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างROE PBV PE    
ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่าง ROE PBV PE
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ROE PBV PE ค่าทั้งสามตัวนี้เป็นค่าที่ใช้บ่อยๆในการวิเคราะห์และประเมินค่า การรู้ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่าง สามตัวนี้จะทำให้สามารถวิเคราะห์ได้ลึกซึ้งยิ่งขึ้น

1.ความสัมพันธ์เชิงคณิตศาสตร์


จากสมการ
roe = E/bv
=E/p x p/bv
roe เท่ากับ pbv คูณส่วนกลับของ pe

2,ROE และการเติบโต


roe คือผลตอบแทนที่บริษัททำกลับมาให้ผู้ถือหุ้น คนก่อตั้งมักจะมีหุ้นที่ราคาพาร์ดังนั้นผลตอบแทนที่เขาได้ก็คือ roe นั่นเอง

น้อกจากนั้น ROE จะมีความสัมพันธ์กับ การเติบโตของกิจการ ถ้าบริษัทโตเรื่อยๆแบบรักษาสัดส่วนโครงสร้งเงินทุนไว้เท่าเดิมจะเป็นการโตแบบ Sustainable growth

g = ROE x (1-b)

จะเห็นว่าถ้าบริษัทจายเงินปันผลอัตราคงที่เมื่อเทียบกับกำไร และบริษัทรักษาอัตรา ROE ให้สม่ำเสมอได้ บริษัทก็จะโตไปเรื่อยๆเท่ากับ g นั่นเอง ดังนั้นการซื้อหุ้นจึงเป็นการสะท้อน การเติบโตที่คาดหวังไปได้ด้วยส่วนหนึ่ง

3.PBV กับค่าความนิยม


pbv บอกว่าเราจ่ายซื้อที่ราคากี่เท่าของ  ฺBook Value คือส่วนทุน ในทางบัญชีเรียกสินทรัพย์สุทธิ

ในการขายหุ้นถ้าบริษัทดี เจ้าของคงไม่ขายบริษัทที่ bv  ต้องขายที่ราคาแพงกว่า bv

มองในแง่นักลงทุน เราจ่ายเงินซื้อที่ราคาสูงกว่ามูลค่าสินทรัพย์สุทธิ จะเกิดค่าความนิยม (goodwill) ในงบของเรา

ดังนั้นถือหุ้นไปอยู่เฉยๆไม่ได้ต้องดูว่าหุ้นที่เราถือยังมีค่าความนิยมหรือไม่ถ้ามองแล้วกิจการกำลังแย่ลงก็ต้องขายออก ถ้าไม่ขายตลาดจะปรับด้อยค่าความนิยมให้เองจากราคาตลาดที่ลดลง

การที่จ่ายซื้อสินทรัพย์ แพงกว่า bv แสดงว่าต้องเห็นอะไรดีๆในสินทรัพย์ เช่นแบรนด์แข็งแกร่ง networkของผู้บริโภค economy off scale จากการผลิตที่ทำให้อำนาจต่อรองสูงๆ ต้นทุนการเปลี่ยนแบรนสูงๆ หรือกฎระเบียบที่ทำกันคู่แข่ง ทำให้ส้างใหม่แข่งก็ลำบาก ยอมจ่ายซื้อกิจการที่good willดีกว่า

4.PE กับผลตอบแทนที่คาดหวัง


e/p ส่วนกลับของpe คือผลตอบแทนจากเงินลงทุนนั่นเอง
ดังนั้นถ้ามองจากสมการ roe ก็คือผลตอบแทนที่บริษัททำให้ bv pbvก็คือ ค่าความนิยมที่เรายอมจ่ายและepคือผลตอบแทนที่เราได้ แสดงว่าราคาเหมาะสมคือราคาที่ทำให้ได้ผลตอบแทนตามที่เราคาดหวังนั่นเอง หวังน้อยก็ยอมจ่ายซื้อที่ค่าความนิยมเยอะขึ้น

จะเห็นว่าสามอัตราส่วนนี้มีความสัมพันธ์กันแนบแน่น แสดงทั้งมุมมองฝั่งกิจการและมุมมองฝังนักลงทุน ถ้ามองเป็นก็สามารถประยุกต์ได้ไมมีขีดจำกัด เจริญในการลงทุนทุกท่านครับ


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          The Bush Victory Party   

George W. Bush's last victory party, which took place four years ago in Austin, Texas, never quite got underway. There was some annoying business about a withdrawn concession phone call and a steady downpour of rain. This year's party, held inside the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., was in one respect an improvement. There was no rain.

The evening began in the Reagan Building's giant, sloping atrium. The GOP herded its youngish volunteers into a mosh pit, jammed between the stage and the TV cameras. Vodka tonics were consumed, and the twentysomethings seemed poised for giddy celebration. Just after 12:30 a.m., Fox News awarded Ohio to Bush, bringing the president's electoral tally, by the network's count, to 266. Four more years! Alaska followed 20 minutes later, nudging Bush to 269. Four more years! At that point, a portly man wearing a blue suit and pin-striped shirt removed his "W Is Still President" lapel pin, held it aloft like a cigarette lighter, and began to lurch toward the stage.

But as soon as the crowd began to rock, Bush's glorious night ground to a halt. More than three hours passed without Fox awarding Bush a single electoral vote. Some of the other networks refused to give him Ohio. It wasn't that the remaining states were breaking for Kerry; they simply weren't breaking at all. The country band playing at the victory celebration exhausted its playlist and began glancing up nervously at the TV monitors. A producer with a ponytail and "W" hat waddled onstage and told them to keep playing. Reporters in the press row reached for their cell phones: The news from Boston was that John Edwards would take the stage and extend the election.

Ed Gillespie, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, dashed to the podium and, in a speech that lasted for the exact duration of Edwards', declared that Kerry couldn't possibly unearth 100,000 more votes in Ohio. The crowd whooped, but malaise was setting in. Wouldn't the president just get over here and declare victory already? Better yet, wouldn't Kerry just give up?

The heavy eyes were a marked shift from the evening's start, which was brimming with cautious optimism. As Bush swept the early states, Jeremy Bouma, a member of something called the Center for Christian Statesmanship, told me the expected surge in Democratic turnout would be offset by new evangelical voters. "My prayer going into this was that the evangelical vote was the X Factor," he said. Rosario Marin, a former U.S. treasurer, thought that Bush had succeeded in increasing his support among Hispanic voters. She was telling me why Latinos did not, in fact, oppose to the Iraq war when Gillespie announced that ABC had called Florida for Bush.

Aaaaaaaaah! she screamed, into my right ear."Oh, sorry." Then: Aaaaaaaaaah! "Oh, sorry." Aaaaaaaaaaaah! I told her she should go ahead and scream. After she caught her breath, Marin said: "I'm so happy. I'm so excited. My heart is pumping. I've got to call my husband." And then she was gone.

Bush never appeared at his 2000 victory party. Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, a question arose as to whether, in fact, he would appear at this one. CNN's John King reported that Bush had stormed into Karl Rove's office and asked the guru to let him declare victory. The reporters in the press room that weren't asleep let out a whoop. King later reported that Rove told the networks that if they would just call New Mexico for Bush, the president would make his way to the Reagan Building. The message was clear: I know you're tired. So give me the damn state.

At 5:05 a.m., an end—sort of. CNN reported that Bush wouldn't appear in person Wednesday morning; Andy Card, his chief of staff, would speak in his place. Card arrived in a room with a few dozen listless Republicans and said nothing memorable. Mario H. Lopez, one of the listless, declared, "I don't know how I cannot describe this night as historic." Then he glanced at someone's watch and said, "I think we're gonna get some breakfast and then get ready to go to work."  ... 3:17 a.m.

Party Monster: Welcome to George W. Bush's "victory" party in Washington, D.C. Sorta. Us news reporters have been herded into a giant white tent, yards away from the actual party, and contact with revelers looks unlikely. This is what the mob outside Studio 54 must have looked like, if only you upped the dweeb factor.

As the Washington Post's "Reliable Source" column notedthis morning: "Reporters wishing to cover the president's election night party will have to pay $300 for the privilege of a 3-by-2-foot work space and a padded seat in a tent nearby to watch the proceedings on television. … Small groups of media will be escorted into the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building to look around—but they won't be allowed to talk to participants." For a White House that hates the press, handcuffing reporters on Victory Night seems appropriate.

Last-minute indicators of victory: The handful of people I saw shuffling out of the White House grounds looked grim. Someone who identified himself as a Homeland Security apparatchik looked ebullient. On Fox News, Bill Kristol and Mort Kondracke are wearing prepared smiles. ... 4:05 p.m.

Recriminations Watch—Hispanic-Vote Edition: In the category of what my friend Noam Scheiber calls "possibly meaningless anecdotal evidence," my relatives in Northern New Mexico report an inordinate number of Bush signs in the poor Hispanic colonias—communities that figured to go overwhelmingly to Kerry. The same relatives report that Hispanic men profess to have a cultural affinity with Bush, who they see as a tough, macho sort of guy. Again, meaningless, but it underscores a point: That's about the only thing Bush has going for him with the Hispanic community. The Bushies, who heralded their leader's minority-outreach miracles as Texas governor, have done a shoddy job of courting Hispanics since entering the White House.

A few months back, Antonio Gonzalez of the William C. Velasquez Institute told me that Kerry staffers had whiffed at the Democratic Convention. They featured too few Hispanic speakers; and the preoccupation with Iraq drew attention away from domestic issues affecting the poor. All Karl Rove had to do, Gonzalez said, was goad his keynote speakers into mumbling a few "qué pasas" and the Hispanic vote might tilt slightly to Bush. Well, it didn't happen and it hasn't happened. Most surveys show Bush polling around 30 percent to 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, about what he did in 2000. Even GOP apparatchiks, wishing for miracles, don't put Bush much above 40 percent.

If Bush loses tight races in Florida and New Mexico (and, God forbid, Nevada and Colorado), an early recrimination theory might be that Bush spent too little time chasing Hispanic voters. Then again, perhaps he didn't have a chance. The sour economy disproportionately affects Hispanic and black communities; so does the Iraq War, which draws foot soldiers from the poorest segments of the population. Though both candidates ran Spanish-language ads in the Southwest, the campaigns seemed, at times, to forget about Hispanic voters entirely. Remember the fixation on the gringo Spanish spoken (haltingly) by Al Gore and Bush in 2000? Did Bush and Kerry ignore Hispanic voters, or has the media processed them as stable members of the electorate?

Even if Bush should lose, the GOP would be wise to thank him for ratcheting up their Hispanic numbers to Ronald Reagan levels—and up from depths plumbed by the Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush campaigns. But for a man who wonEl Paso County in his 1998 gubernatorial race, 35 percent doesn't seem like much of a miracle. ... 1:11 p.m.

Tom DeLay's Poetic Justice: Tom DeLay's push to rejigger Texas' congressional districts, an effort that caused such a kerfuffle last year, has faded under the onslaught of Swift Boat Veterans, the Osama tape, and Al Qaqaa. But DeLay's gambit has been no less effective. Five Texas Democrats face re-election Tuesday in GOP-friendly districts, and even the most optimistic Dems predict that only one or two of them (probably Martin Frost or Chet Edwards) can survive. There's a better-than-even shot that allfive Democrats will lose, giving the House GOP majority an enormous boost.

But it's not all sad news. With an influx of new Republicans comes an infusion of unwitting comic genius. Most of this can be seen in the personage of Ted Poe. Poe, a former Houston felony court judge, kicked off his national political career in August by boldly proclaiming, "Now is not the time to be a French Republican."

On the bench in Houston, Poe styled himself as a remorseless, Wild West, hangin' judge in the tradition of Roy Bean. His brainchild was something he called "Poetic Justice." With "Poetic Justice," Poe sentenced criminals to public humiliations to teach them a lesson. Shoplifters who found themselves in front of Poe, for instance, had to stand outside the stores they pinched from carrying signs identifying themselves as criminals.

When a man robbed legendary Lone Ranger star Clayton Moore, Poe made the perp shovel manure 20 hours a month at the Houston police department's horse pens. The sentence was to last for 10 years.

The Club for Growth's Stephen Moore reports that Poe made convicted car thieves hand over their own cars to their victims. Convicted murderers were forced to visit their victims' grave sites; others felons had to hang their victims' pictures in their cells and, upon release, carry them in their wallets. According to the Houston Press, Poe slapped one homicidal drunken driver with the following the rap:

… boot camp; erecting and maintaining a cross and Star of David at the accident site; carrying pictures of the victims in his wallet for ten years; observing the autopsy of a drunk-driving victim; placing flowers on the graves of the two victims on their birthdays for the next ten years; and carrying a sign outside a bar that reads, "I killed two people while driving drunk."

This article describes the ambiance of Poe's Houston office: "a poster of Alcatraz, a painting of a scene from the battle of Gettysburg and a sign proclaiming, 'I really don't care how you did it up north.' "

As the Houston Chronicle reports, victims' relatives have charged that Poe would often fail to follow through on the harsh sentences—a revelation which comes as something of a relief. Slate eagerly awaits the punishments Poe metes out on congressional Democrats. ... 11:12 a.m.

A Snowball's Chance: If the election drifts into Mountain Time Tuesday, will John Kerry regret stiffing New Mexico? That's one theory being floated on Joe Monahan's superb New Mexico political blog tonight. George W. Bush visited the state Monday, Dick Cheney over the weekend. So, New Mexicans will wake up Tuesday to read triumphant Bush headlines like this and this, while they'll see news pictures of Kerry overnighting in Wisconsin.

Bill Richardson pulls all the puppet-strings in New Mexico, but there's mounting evidence that Kerry may be in trouble. The polls have looked limp. And there's a theory that Al Gore's slim margin in 2000—366 votes, all found days after the election—may be attributable to one thing: snow.

On Election Day 2000, a freak snowstorm blanketed "Little Texas," the swath of southeastern New Mexico known for its cultural and political kinship with its neighbor. Conservative voters in three counties stayed home in droves. With Gore running strong in northern New Mexico and narrowly winning Albuquerque, the snowed-in voters may have cost Bush the state.

Tuesday's weather report: This site says "rain and snow showers will linger" near the region. Kerry may need every flake and drop.  … 12:01 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 1 2004

The ESPN Primary: "Mr. President, I am wondering how you feel about taxpayers having to have a financial burden placed on them for building new stadiums and new facilities for existing teams?" So went The Candidates: Election 2004,ESPN's special last night that valiantly tried to make Tuesday's contest into a referendum on professional sports. Jim Gray, the thinking man's Ahmad Rashad, the guy who hones his interview technique on coaches trying to sneak off the court before halftime ("So, uh, how do you prepare for the second half?"), landed interviews with both candidates. With its modus operandi inching ever closer to that of Sabado Gigante, it's groovy to see ESPN put on its serious face once in a while—for the shtick to give way to grave pronouncements about THE WORLD BEYOND SPORTS. Except that Gray never acknowledged that such a thing existed.

In response to a question about ticket prices, Bush replied, "I was always concerned when I was with the Rangers that our ticket prices would become so high that the family would be priced out of baseball." Perhaps this is why Bush helped build the Ballpark at Arlington, one of the most expensive venues in baseball and one of its most soulless. For his part, Kerry repeated his I-stand-with-the-working-man pabulum, suggesting that fathers were looting their children's college funds to sit at club level.

Asked to name his favorite athlete, Kerry, of course, straddled, ticking off a fair slice of the Boston Bruins' first line and, for swing-state mojo, a handful of Detroit Red Wings. Bush got another chance to coo about his clutch performance during the 2001 World Series. And that's about as deep as our man Gray got. There are some reasonably interesting questions to ask about sports, such as why it remains one of the viciously anti-gay segments of public life, a black mark that is ignored when it isn't celebrated.

But why get huffy when you can ask both candidates, as Gray did, what should be done about Pete Rose, who after his selfless act of contrition last winter finds himself no closer to baseball's Hall of Fame? This is the kind of spitball that will get you hooted off most respectable sports radio shows, but the candidates tried their level best. Bush said Rose had never really apologized to baseball. Kerry straddled, then agreed. You could see the nervous flicker in both men's eyes—Bush: Christian values!; Kerry: Cincinnati values!—as they tried outflank one another on Charlie Hustle's quagmire.  ... 10:02 p.m.


          The Vanishing Nonvoter   

FORT LAUDERDALE—Republicans love to criticize Democrats for failing to use "dynamic scoring" when assessing the impact of tax cuts on budget revenues. But if President Bush loses the 2004 presidential election, it may be because Karl Rove failed to use dynamic scoring when assessing the impact of his political strategy on the electorate.

In budgetary matters, dynamic scoring means including the effect that cutting taxes will have on economic growth when determining how a tax cut will affect federal revenues. A static analysis, on the other hand, would just decrease the government's inflows by the amount that taxes were cut (or increase revenues by the amount taxes were raised), without calculating the ways a change in tax policy can change people's economic decisions.

For the 2004 election, Rove's static political analysis was that appealing to the 4 million evangelicals who didn't vote in 2000 would bring President Bush a decisive re-election victory. Bush's campaign—and his presidency—have appealed almost entirely to the base of the Republican Party. In a static world, that strategy makes sense: Consolidate the support you received last time, and then find new conservative voters who weren't motivated to turn out four years ago, whether because of the late-breaking news of Bush's DUI arrest or because they weren't convinced of Bush's conservative bona fides. But Rove may have missed the dynamic analysis: the effect that such a strategy would have on the rest of the nonvoting public.

In most states, the Democratic voter-registration program has outpaced the Republican one. Here in Florida, that hasn't been the case, as the GOP has turned up more new registrants across the state than the Democrats. But evidence that Rove's unconventional strategy inflamed the Democratic base can be seen in the early-voting turnout, which seems to be favoring the Democrats. Friday's South Florida Sun-Sentinel featured this headline on the front page: "Early Vote Turnout Boosts Democrats." Calling the turnout in heavily Democratic Broward County a "bad sign for President Bush's chances to win the state," the Sun-Sentinel noted that "twice as many Democrats as Republicans had either voted at early voting sites or returned absentee ballots in the county." In Miami-Dade, another heavily Democratic county, Kerry stands to beat Bush by 90,000 votes if a Miami Herald poll conducted by John Zogby is accurate, Herald columnist Jim DeFede wrote on Thursday. Al Gore won the county by less than 40,000 votes.

"By our count, John Kerry already has a significant lead with the people who have already voted in Florida," Tad Devine said in a conference call with reporters Saturday. The voters who are waiting in line for 2 1/2 hours to vote—almost exactly how long the line was Saturday at the downtown Fort Lauderdale public library—aren't doing that to register their support for "more of the same," he said. Interestingly, Devine sounded more confident about Kerry's chances in Florida than in Ohio, a state in which most people think Kerry has a slight edge. He said that Kerry had a "small but important advantage" in Florida (as well as Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania) but only that the race was "very close" with Kerry "positioned to win" in Ohio, putting that the Buckeye State in the same category as Bush-leaning (by most accounts) states Iowa, Nevada, and New Mexico.

It's possible that Rove and the Bush campaign have turned up a huge trove of conservative nonvoters who were registered to vote four years ago and who therefore aren't showing up in the numbers of new registered voters. Unless that's true, however, the early indications are that Rove's repudiation of centrist politics will backfire. The secret of Bill Clinton's campaigns and of George W. Bush's election in 2000 was the much-maligned politics of small differences: Find the smallest possible majority (well, of electoral votes, for both men) that gets you to the White House. In political science, something called the "median voter theorem" dictates that in a two-party system, both parties will rush to the center looking for that lone voter—the median voter—who has 50.1 percent of the public to the right (or left) of him. Win that person's vote, and you've won the election.

Rove has tried to use the Bush campaign to disprove the politics of the median voter. It was as big a gamble as any of the big bets President Bush has placed over the past four years. It has the potential to pay off spectacularly. After all, everyone always talks about how there are as many people who don't vote in this country as people who do vote. Rove decided to try to get the president to excite those people. Whether Bush wins or loses, it looks like he succeeded.


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          Statistical Models and Analysis of Growth Processes in Biological Tissue   

The mechanisms that control growth processes in biology tissues have attracted continuous research interest despite their complexity. With the emergence of big data experimental approaches there is an urgent need to develop statistical and computational models to fit the experimental data and that can be used to make predictions to guide future research. In this work we apply statistical methods on growth process of different biological tissues, focusing on development of neuron dendrites and tumor cells.

We first examine the neuron cell growth process, which has implications in neural tissue regenerations, by using a computational model with uniform branching probability and a maximum overall length constraint. One crucial outcome is that we can relate the parameter fits from our model to real data from our experimental collaborators, in order to examine the usefulness of our model under different biological conditions. Our methods can now directly compare branching probabilities of different experimental conditions and provide confidence intervals for these population-level measures. In addition, we have obtained analytical results that show that the underlying probability distribution for this process follows a geometrical progression increase at nearby distances and an approximately geometrical series decrease for far away regions, which can be used to estimate the spatial location of the maximum of the probability distribution. This result is important, since we would expect maximum number of dendrites in this region; this estimate is related to the probability of success for finding a neural target at that distance during a blind search.

We then examined tumor growth processes which have similar evolutional evolution in the sense that they have an initial rapid growth that eventually becomes limited by the resource constraint. For the tumor cells evolution, we found an exponential growth model best describes the experimental data, based on the accuracy and robustness of models. Furthermore, we incorporated this growth rate model into logistic regression models that predict the growth rate of each patient with biomarkers; this formulation can be very useful for clinical trials. Overall, this study aimed to assess the molecular and clinic pathological determinants of breast cancer (BC) growth rate in vivo.


          Woodland Gems from the Forest Floor   

Dog Violets, despite being their somewhat sparse growth compared to other members of the Violet family, they still lend a bit of color to the forest floor.         
Once upon a time, while strolling through the woods (wait a sec, this isn't a Fairy Tale, it's a true story).  There was a time – albeit long ago - when I seldom, if ever, gave a second thought to the plant growth springing forth from the forest floor as March turned to April. In my haste to get from point A to point B in search of who knows what, I no doubt must have tromped on a good many vibrantly colored woodland gems.

Those days of haste are behind me now, replaced by leisurely and far more attentive strolls wherever I meander each week.  Being the curious sort, somewhere along the way, long before "Google" became an adjective, I accumulated a mini library of reference books, books that divulged information on all that I encountered.  My bookcase became home to a vast array of outdoor topics ranging from the night sky to butterflies, to mammals, and fish, and birds and, much, much more. One of the more worn books in my collection is about wildflowers. Here are some pics of a few that I happened across while outside near my house recently.  I give you this year's "edition" of early woodland blooms.    
The flower of the Trout Lily consists of just a solitary, nodding bloom.
Although their mottled leaves first emerged a couple weeks ago, it's only in recent days that the Trout Lilies finally have sprouted in the small woods adjacent our property. They stand a mere four to ten inches tall but, left undisturbed over time they can develop into large colonies that will blanket the forest floor.

The Trout Lily apparently got its name because someone back in the day thought the mottled blotching on the leaves resembled the markings found along the backs of wild brook trout.
Lesser Clenandine has heart-shaped leaves and shiny yellow flowers.
Lesser Celandine is normally found growing in large to massive clusters in damp woodlots and along sluggish streams and will brighten the forest floor considerably. Late in the day, as the sun nears the western horizon, the blossoms will close tightly and remain so until the next morning after the sun has ascended well overhead.  (A word of caution, this is an invasive species and should not be transplanted.)

No, this is not a dandelion. 
Another early spring wild flower, Colts Foot first emerged in early March this year.  Sometimes mistaken for dandelion, Colts Foot is found along streams as well as roadsides. Thanks to their distinct leaves (hence the name), the plant is one of the more readily identifiable wildflowers. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible and also are used in some natural homeopathic remedies.   
      
Suffice to say at this stage of my life I am no longer in such a hurry when outdoors and more importantly, I no longer knowingly step on delicate wild plants, but rather stop quite often to admire some of the God’s finest handiwork in the spring woodlands.  "Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."

Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia




          The Cycle of Life   
Several years ago during the late summer, my morning walk took me along the old Lehigh Railroad bed just South of the Batavia city limits.  That particular section is elevated about 15’ above the land on either side. On the North side of the tracks is a small wetland known locally as the “beaver swamp.” To the South, and directly below me was a fairly dense thicket consisting mostly of osier, wild grape vine and various small trees. Despite my vantage point from above, I wasn’t afforded much of a view other than the top of the thicket. As it turns out, I had all the view I would need.      

Moments later there was a flash of movement below me and to my left. A Cedar Wax wing was making haste through the tops of the scrub growth with a Cooper’s Hawk in hot pursuit. They passed by practically within spitting distance traveling in the opposite direction. I don’t know what the outcome was but the hawk matched its intended quarry move for move until they disappeared from sight.   

I photographed this Cooper's Hawk at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

If ever there was a raptor built for maneuvering through the woods at high speed, it’s the Cooper’s Hawk and his look-alike cousin, the slightly smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk. Some birds of prey, like the Northern Harrier, glide low over the terrain in search of a meal, while some, like the Red-tailed Hawk hunt by circling high overhead or from a lofty perch. Once having spotted their quarry, they will make a rapid nose dive before pouncing on their unsuspecting victims. Not so with the Cooper’s hawk.  Their diet consists of mainly smaller birds which they chase down with relentless pursuit, zipping through the woodlands, performing sleek aerial maneuvers as they evade tree limbs, tangles and brush all while staying solely focused on their prey. 

 Despite my attempt at concealment, he’s been aware of my
presence, eyeing me warily the entire time.
  

Deciding whatever it is that’s watching him is not something to eat,
and in 
the blink of an eye, he'll be gone.

Cooper’s hawks don’t confine their hunting to the wild. Smaller hawks have been known to hunt in residential areas, particularly when bird feeders offer up an easy meal.  We enjoy the many colorful songbirds that are drawn to our yard, yet we’re aware they make up a large portion of the Cooper’s hawk’s diet. On occasion we are reminded of this sober truth upon coming across the tell-tale clusters of Blue Jay and Northern Flicker feathers lying on the ground and it is then that I am drawn to Ecclesiastes 3; There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance……….

So goes the cycle of life, all according to His plan.

Until Next Time,

Jim & Claudia

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          India and the Balance of Power   

India is arriving on the world stage as the first large, economically powerful, culturally vibrant, multiethnic, multireligious democracy outside of the geographic West. As it rises, India has the potential to become a leading member of the "political West" and to play a key role in the great political struggles of the next decades. Whether it will, and how soon, depends above all on the readiness of the Western powers to engage India on its own terms.

THREE STRATEGIC CIRCLES

India's grand strategy divides the world into three concentric circles. In the first, which encompasses the immediate neighborhood, India has sought primacy and a veto over the actions of outside powers. In the second, which encompasses the so-called extended neighborhood stretching across Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral, India has sought to balance the influence of other powers and prevent them from undercutting its interests. In the third, which includes the entire global stage, India has tried to take its place as one of the great powers, a key player in international peace and security.

Three things have historically prevented India from realizing these grand strategic goals. First, the partition of the South Asian subcontinent along religious lines (first into India and Pakistan, in 1947, then into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in 1971) left India with a persistent conflict with Pakistan and an internal Hindu-Muslim divide. It also physically separated India from historically linked states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the nations of Southeast Asia. The creation of an avowedly Islamic state in Pakistan caused especially profound problems for India's engagement with the Middle East. Such tensions intertwined with regional and global great-power rivalries to severely constrict India's room for maneuver in all three concentric circles.

The second obstacle was the Indian socialist system, which caused a steady relative economic decline and a consequent loss of influence in the years after independence. The state-socialist model led India to shun commercial engagement with the outside world. As a result, India was disconnected from its natural markets and culturally akin areas in the extended neighborhood.

Finally, the Cold War, the onset of which quickly followed India's independence, pushed India into the arms of the Soviet Union in response to Washington's support for Pakistan and China -- and thus put the country on the losing side of the great political contest of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite being the largest democracy in the world, India ended up siding with the opposite camp on most global issues.

The last decade of the twentieth century liberated India from at least two of these constraints; state socialism gave way to economic liberalization and openness to globalization, and the Cold War ended. Suddenly, New Delhi was free to reinvent its foreign policy -- positioning itself to face the rise of China, shifting its strategic approach to its other neighbors, and beginning to work closely with the world's existing great powers.

VARIETIES OF INFLUENCE

India's recent embrace of openness and globalization has had an especially dramatic effect on the country's role in the region. As the nations of the subcontinent jettison their old socialist agendas, India is well positioned to promote economic integration. Although the pace has been relatively slow, the process has begun to gain traction. The planned implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement this summer signals the coming reintegration of the subcontinent's markets, which constituted a single economic space until 1947.

At the same time, optimism on the economic front must be tempered by an awareness of the problematic political developments in India's smaller neighbors. The struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal, interminable political violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the simmering civil war in Sri Lanka underscore the potential dangers of failing states on the subcontinent. There are also the uncertain futures of Pakistan and Afghanistan: defeating religious extremism and creating modern and moderate states in both countries is of paramount importance to India. A successful Indian strategy for promoting peace and prosperity within the region would require preventing internal conflicts from undermining regional security, as well as resolving India's own conflicts with its neighbors.

In the past, great-power rivalries, as well as India's own tensions with Pakistan and China, have complicated New Delhi's effort to maintain order in the region. Today, all of the great powers, including the United States and China, support the Indian objective of promoting regional economic integration. The Bush administration has also started to defer to Indian leadership on regional security issues. Given the new convergence of U.S. and Indian interests in promoting democracy and countering extremism and terrorism, New Delhi no longer suspects Washington of trying to undercut its influence in the region. As a result, it is more prepared than ever to work with the United States and other Western powers to pursue regional goals.

Meanwhile, the external environment has never been as conducive as it is today to the resolution of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. The conflict has become less and less relevant to India's relations with the great powers, which has meant a corresponding willingness on New Delhi's part to work toward a solution. Of particular importance has been the steady evolution of the U.S. position on Kashmir since the late 1990s. The support extended by President Bill Clinton to India in its limited war with Pakistan in 1999 removed the perception that Washington would inevitably align with Islamabad in regional conflicts. But India remained distrustful of the Clinton administration's hyperactive, prescriptive approach to Kashmir. It has been more comfortable with the low-key methods of the Bush administration, which has avoided injecting itself directly into the conflict. The Bush administration has also publicly held Pakistan responsible for cross-border terrorism and has extracted the first-ever assurances from Pakistan to put an end to the attacks. New Delhi does not entirely believe these promises, but it has nonetheless come to trust Washington as a source of positive of influence on Islamabad.

These developments have opened the way for a peace process between the two governments. With the growing awareness that the normalization of relations with Pakistan would end a debilitating conflict and help India's regional and global standing, New Delhi has begun to negotiate seriously for the first time in decades. Although the pace of talks has not satisfied Pakistan, the two sides have agreed on a range of confidence-building measures. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the idea of giving up territory, but he has often called for innovative solutions that would improve living conditions and for common institutions that would connect Kashmiris across the Line of Control. Singh has made clear that the Indian leadership is ready to risk political capital on finding a diplomatic solution to Kashmir.

India's recent effort to resolve its long-standing border dispute with China has been just as bold. New Delhi decided in 2003 to seek a settlement with Beijing on a political basis, rather than on the basis of legal or historical claims. As a result, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April 2005, India and China agreed on a set of principles to guide the final settlement. The two governments are now exploring the contours of mutually satisfactory territorial compromises.

India's search for practical solutions to the disputes over Kashmir and its border with China suggests that the country has finally begun to overcome the obsession with territoriality that has consumed it since its formation. Ironically, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan in 1998 may have helped in this regard: although nuclearization initially sharpened New Delhi's conflicts with both Islamabad and Beijing, it also allowed India to approach its territorial problems with greater self-assurance and pragmatism.

INDIA UNBOUND

Progress on the resolution of either of these conflicts, especially the one over Kashmir, would liberate India's political and diplomatic energies so that the country could play a larger role in the world. It would also finally release India's armed forces from the constraining mission of territorial defense, allowing them to get more involved in peace and stability operations around the Indian Ocean. Even with all the tensions on the subcontinent, the armies of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have been among the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. The normalization of Indo-Pakistani relations would further free up some of the best armed forces in the world for the promotion of the collective good in the greater Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Even as the Kashmir and China questions have remained unsettled, India's profile in its extended neighborhood has grown considerably since the early 1990s. India's outward economic orientation has allowed it to reestablish trade and investment linkages with much of its near abroad. New Delhi is negotiating a slew of free- and preferential-trade agreements with individual countries as well as multilateral bodies including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Southern African Development Community. Just as China has become the motor of economic growth in East Asia, a rising India could become the engine of economic integration in the Indian Ocean region.

After decades of being marginalized from regional institutions in different parts of Asia, India is also now a preferred political partner for ASEAN, the East Asian Summit, the GCC, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the African Union. Moreover, it has emerged as a major aid donor; having been an aid recipient for so long, India is now actively leveraging its own external assistance to promote trade as well as political objectives. For example, India has given $650 million in aid to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Meanwhile, the search for oil has encouraged Indian energy companies to tail their Western and Chinese counterparts throughout the world, from Central Asia and Siberia and to western Africa and Venezuela.

On the security side, India has been actively engaged in defense diplomacy. Thanks to the strength of its armed forces, India is well positioned to assist in stabilizing the Indian Ocean region. It helps that there has been a convergence of U.S. and Indian political interests: countering terrorism, pacifying Islamic radicalism, promoting democracy, and ensuring the security of sea-lanes, to name a few. The Indian navy in particular has been at the cutting edge of India's engagement with the region -- as was evident from its ability to deploy quickly to areas hit by the tsunami at the end of 2004. The Indian navy today is also ready to participate in multinational military operations.

AXES AND ALLIES

The end of the Cold War freed India to pursue engagement with all the great powers -- but especially the United States. At the start of the 1990s, finding that its relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Europe were all underdeveloped, India moved quickly to repair the situation. Discarding old socialist shibboleths, it began to search for markets for its products and capital to fuel its long-constrained domestic growth. Economic partnerships were easy to construct, and increasing trade flows provided a new basis for stability in India's relations with other major powers. India's emergence as an outsourcing destination and its new prowess in information technology also give it a niche in the world economy -- along with the confidence that it can benefit from economic globalization.

Barely 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, India's omnidirectional engagement with the great powers has paid off handsomely. Never before has India had such expansive relations with all the major powers at the same time -- a result not only of India's increasing weight in the global economy and its growing power potential, but also of New Delhi's savvy and persistent diplomacy.

The evolution of Sino-Indian ties since the 1990s has been especially important and intriguing. Many see violent conflict between the two rising Asian powers as inevitable. But thanks to New Delhi's policy of actively engaging China since the late 1980s, the tensions that characterized relations between them from the late 1950s through the 1970s have become receding memories. Bilateral trade has boomed, growing from less than $200 million in the early 1990s to nearly $20 billion in 2005. In fact, China is set to overtake the European Union and the United States as India's largest trading partner within a few years. The 3,500-kilometer Sino-Indian border, over which the two countries fought a war in 1962, is now tranquil. And during Wen's visit to India in April 2005, India and China announced a "strategic partnership" -- even though just seven years earlier New Delhi had cited concerns over China as a reason for performing nuclear tests, prompting a vicious reaction from Beijing.

India has also cooperated with China in order to neutralize it in conflicts with Pakistan and other smaller neighbors. In the past, China tended to be a free rider on regional security issues, proclaiming noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations while opportunistically befriending regimes in pursuit of its long-term strategic interests. This allowed India's subcontinental neighbors to play the China card against New Delhi when they wanted to resist India's attempts to nudge them toward conflict resolution. But now, Beijing has increasingly avoided taking sides in India's disputes, even as its economic and security profile in the region has grown.

China is not the only Asian power that India is aiming to engage and befriend. Japan has also emerged as an important partner for India, especially since Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has transformed Japanese politics in the last few years. During a visit to New Delhi just a couple of weeks after Wen's in April 2005, Koizumi announced Japan's own "strategic partnership" with India. (This came despite Japan's harsh reaction to India's nuclear test in 1998, which prompted Japanese sanctions and an effort by Tokyo to censure India in the United Nations and other multilateral forums.) Amid growing fears of a rising China and the incipient U.S.-Indian alliance, Japan has elevated India to a key player in its long-term plans for Asian security.

Recognizing the need to diversify its Asian economic portfolio, Tokyo has also, for political reasons, begun to direct some of its foreign investment to India (which has overtaken China as the largest recipient of Japanese development assistance). Since the start of the Bush administration, Japan has also shown increasing interest in expanding military cooperation with India, especially in the maritime domain. India, too, has recognized that it shares with Japan an interest in energy security and in maintaining a stable balance of power in Asia. Japan actively supported India's participation in the inaugural East Asian Summit, in December 2005, despite China's reluctance to include New Delhi. Neither India nor Japan wants to base their political relationship exclusively on a potential threat from China, but both know that deepening their own security cooperation will open up new strategic options and that greater coordination between Asian democracies could limit China's impact.

India's relations with Europe have been limited by the fact that New Delhi is fairly unimpressed with Europe's role in global politics. It senses that Europe and India have traded places in terms of their attitudes toward the United States: while Europe seethes with resentment of U.S. policies, India is giving up on habitually being the first, and most trenchant, critic of Washington. As pessimism overtakes Europe, growing Indian optimism allows New Delhi to support unpopular U.S. policies. Indians consistently give both the United States and the Bush administration very favorable marks; according to a recent Pew Global Attitudes poll, for example, the percentage of Indians with a positive view of the United States rose from 54 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2005. And whereas a declining Europe has tended to be skeptical of India's rise, the Bush administration has been fully sympathetic to India's great-power aspirations.

Still, India does have growing economic and political ties with some European powers. Although many smaller European countries have been critical of the U.S.-Indian nuclear deal, the continent's two nuclear powers, France and the United Kingdom, have been supportive. Paris, in particular, bet long ago (well before Washington did, in fact) that a rising India would provide a good market for high-tech goods; with this in mind, it shielded New Delhi from the ire of the G-8 (the group of eight highly industrialized nations) after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998. In the last several years, the United Kingdom has also started to seize economic opportunities in India and has been generally accommodating of New Delhi's regional and global aspirations.

In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, India also worked to maintain a relationship with Russia. The two states resolved residual issues relating to their old semi-barter rupee-ruble trading arrangements, recast their 1971 peace and friendship treaty, and maintained military cooperation. When President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin, in 2000, India's waiting game paid off. A newly assertive Moscow was determined to revive and expand its strategic cooperation with India. New Delhi's only problems with Moscow today are the weakening bilateral trade relationship and the risk of Russia's doing too much to strengthen China's military capabilities.

CHARM OFFENSIVE

At the end of the Cold War, the prospect of India's building a new political relationship with the United States seemed remote. Washington had long favored Pakistan and China in the region, India had in turn aligned itself with the Soviet Union, and a number of global issues seemed to pit the two countries against each other. Yet after the Cold War, India set about wooing the United States. For most of the Clinton administration, this sweet-talking fell on deaf ears, in part because Clinton officials were so focused on the Kashmir dispute and nonproliferation. Clinton, driven by the unshakable assumption that Kashmir was one of the world's most dangerous "nuclear flashpoints" and so needed to be defused, emphasized "preventive diplomacy" and was determined to "cap, roll back, and eventually eliminate" India's nuclear capabilities. Of course, Clinton's approach ran headlong into India's core national security concerns -- territorial integrity and preserving its nuclear option. Pressed by Washington to circumscribe its strategic capabilities, New Delhi reacted by testing nuclear weapons.

But even as it faced U.S. sanctions, New Delhi also began to proclaim that India was a natural ally of the United States. Although the Clinton administration was not interested in an alliance, the nuclear tests forced the United States to engage India seriously for the first time in five decades. That engagement did not resolve the nuclear differences, but it did bring Clinton to India in March 2000 -- the first American presidential visit to India in 22 years. Clinton's personal charm, his genuine empathy for India, and his unexpected support of India in the 1999 war with Pakistan succeeded in improving the atmospherics of the relations and in putting New Delhi on Washington's radar screen in a new way.

It took Bush, however, to transform the strategic context of U.S.-Indian relations. Convinced that India's influence will stretch far beyond its immediate neighborhood, Bush has reconceived the framework of U.S. engagement with New Delhi. He has removed many of the sanctions, opened the door for high-tech cooperation, lent political support to India's own war on terrorism, ended the historical U.S. tilt toward Pakistan on Kashmir, and repositioned the United States in the Sino-Indian equation by drawing closer to New Delhi.

India has responded to these sweeping changes by backing the Bush administration on missile defense, the International Criminal Court, and finding alternative approaches to confronting global warming. It lent active support to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan by protecting U.S. assets in transit through the Strait of Malacca in 2002, agreed to work with the United States on multinational military operations outside of the UN framework, and, in 2005 and 2006, voted twice with Washington against Iran -- an erstwhile Indian ally -- at the International Atomic Energy Agency. India also came close to sending a division of troops to Iraq in the summer of 2003 before pulling back at the last moment. Every one of these actions marked a big departure in Indian foreign policy. And although disappointed by India's decision to stay out of Iraq, the Bush administration recognized that India was in the midst of a historic transformation of its foreign policy -- and kept faith that India's own strategic interests would continue to lead it toward deeper political cooperation with Washington. New Delhi's persistence in reaching out to Washington since 1991 has been driven by the belief that only by fundamentally changing its relationship with the world's sole superpower could it achieve its larger strategic objectives: improving its global position and gaining leverage in its relations with other great powers.

But India's ability to engage everyone at the same time might soon come to an end. As U.S.-Chinese tensions grow and Washington looks for ways to manage China's influence, questions about India's attitude toward the new power politics will arise: Can India choose to remain "nonaligned" between the United States and China, or does India's current grand strategy show a clear bias toward the United States?

The nuclear pact unveiled by Bush and Singh in July 2005 -- and consolidated when Bush went to New Delhi in March 2006 -- was an effort by Washington to influence the ultimate answer to that question. Bush offered to modify U.S. nonproliferation laws (subject to approval by Congress, of course) and revise the global nuclear order to facilitate full cooperation with India on civilian nuclear energy. New Delhi, in return, has promised to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, place its civilian nuclear plants under international safeguards, and abide by a range of nonproliferation obligations. India's interest in such a deal has been apparent for a long time. Having failed to test weapons before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was drafted, in 1968, India was trapped in an uncomfortable position vis-à-vis the nuclear order: it was not willing to give up the nuclear option, but it could not be formally accommodated by the nonproliferation regime as a nuclear weapons state.

India's motives for wanting a change in the nuclear regime are thus obvious. But for the Bush administration, the deal is less about nuclear issues than it is about creating the basis for a true alliance between the United States and India -- about encouraging India to work in the United States' favor as the global balance of power shifts. Ironically, it was the lack of a history of mutual trust and cooperation -- stemming in part from past nuclear disputes -- that convinced the Bush administration that a nuclear deal was necessary.

AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLY?

Many critics argue that the Bush administration's hopes for an alliance are misplaced. They insist that the traditionally nonaligned India will never be a true ally of the United States. But such critics misunderstand India's nonalignment, as well as the nature of its realpolitik over the past 60 years. Contrary to a belief that is especially pervasive in India itself, New Delhi has not had difficulty entering into alliances when its interests so demanded. Its relationship with the Soviet Union, built around a 1971 peace and friendship treaty, had many features of an alliance (notwithstanding India's claim that such ties were consistent with nonalignment); the compact was in many ways a classic response to the alignment of Washington, Beijing, and Islamabad. India has also had treaty-based security relationships with two of its smaller neighbors, Bhutan and Nepal, that date back to 1949-50 -- protectorate arrangements that were a reaction to China's entry into Tibet.

In fact, there is no contradiction between India's alleged preference for "moralpolitik" (in opposition to pure power politics, or Machtpolitik) and the Bush administration's expectation of an alliance with India. New Delhi is increasingly replacing the idea of "autonomy," so dear to Indian traditionalists, with the notion of India's becoming a "responsible power." (Autonomy is thought appropriate for weak states trying to protect themselves from great-power competition but not for a rising force such as India.) As India starts to recognize that its political choices have global consequences, it will become less averse to choosing sides on specific issues. Alliance formation and balancing are tools in the kits of all great powers -- and so they are likely to be in India's as well.

That India is capable of forming alliances does not, however, mean that it will necessarily form a long-term one with the United States. Whether it does will depend on the extent of the countries' shared interests and their political capacity to act on them together. The Bush administration expects that such shared interests -- for example, in balancing China and countering radical Islam in the Middle East -- will provide the basis for long-term strategic cooperation. This outcome is broadly credible, but it is by no means inevitable, especially given the United States' seeming inability to build partnerships based on equality.

When it comes to facing a rising China, India's tendency to engage in regional balancing with Beijing has not come to an end with the proclamation of a strategic partnership between the two nations. Indeed, preventing China from gaining excessive influence in India's immediate neighborhood and competing with Beijing in Southeast Asia are still among the more enduring elements of India's foreign policy. Despite Western concerns about the military regime in Myanmar, New Delhi has vigorously worked to prevent Yangon from falling completely under Beijing's influence, and India's military ties with the Southeast Asian nations are expanding rapidly. In 2005, when Pakistan pushed for giving China observer status in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, India acted quickly to bring Japan, South Korea, and the United States in as well. Given India's deep-seated reluctance to play second fiddle to China in Asia and the Indian Ocean region -- and the relative comfort of working with a distant superpower -- there is a structural reason for New Delhi to favor greater security cooperation with Washington.

In the Middle East, too, India has a common interest with the United States in preventing the rise of radical Islam, which poses an existential threat to India. Given its large Muslim population -- at nearly 150 million, the third largest in the world -- and the ongoing tensions stemming from the subcontinent's partition, India has in the past acted on its own to avert the spread of radical Islam. When Washington aligned with conservative Islamic forces in the Middle East during the Cold War, India's preference was for secular nationalist forces in the region. When the United States acted ambivalently toward the Taliban in the mid-1990s, India worked with Russia, Iran, and the Central Asian states to counter the Taliban by supporting the Northern Alliance. Now, although some in India are concerned that alignment with the United States might make India a prime target for Islamist extremists, there is no way India can compromise with radical Islam, which threatens its very unity.

But shared interests do not automatically produce alliances. The inequality of power between the two countries, the absence of a habit of political cooperation between them, and the remaining bureaucratic resistance to deeper engagement in both capitals will continue to limit the pace and the scope of strategic cooperation between India and the United States. Still, there is no denying that India will have more in common with the United States than with the other great powers for the foreseeable future.

While New Delhi has acknowledged that U.S. support is necessary for India's rise to be successful, Washington has recognized India's potentially critical role in managing emerging challenges to global order and security. As a major beneficiary of accelerating globalization, India could play a crucial role in ensuring that other developing countries manage their transitions as successfully as it has, that is, by taking advantage of opportunities while working to reduce the pain of disruption. Given the pace of its expansion and the scale of its economy, India will also become an important force in ensuring that the unfolding global redistribution of economic power occurs in an orderly fashion. Meanwhile, India could become a key player in the effort to modernize the politics of the Middle East. If nothing else, India's success in ensuring the rights and the integration of its own Muslim minority and in reaching peace with Pakistan would have a powerful demonstration effect.

To secure a long-term partnership with India, Washington must build on the argument of "Indian exceptionalism" that it has advanced in defense of the recent nuclear pact, devising a range of India-specific policies to deepen cooperation. India is unlikely, however, to become a mere subsidiary partner of the United States, ready to sign on to every U.S. adventure and misadventure around the world. It will never become another U.S. ally in the mold of the United Kingdom or Japan. But nor will it be an Asian France, seeking tactical independence within the framework of a formal alliance.

Given the magnitude of the global security challenges today, the United States needs more than meek allies. It should instead be looking to win capable and compatible partners. A rising India may be difficult at times, but it will act broadly to defend and promote the many interests it shares with Washington. Assisting India's rise, then, is in the United States' own long-term interest.


          Account Executive, Skilled Trades - Penn Foster - Scranton, PA   
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          China may target slower economic growth: media   
This file photo shows a woman riding her tricycle, loaded with polystyrene boxes, in Shanghai. China might set an annual economic growth target below 8.0 percent for this year, state media said, as the leaders of the world's second largest economy acknowledge it is slowing.

03 March 2012
AFP News

China might set an annual economic growth target below 8.0 percent for this year, state media said, as the leaders of the world's second largest economy acknowledge it is slowing.

The report in the official Shanghai Securities News came before Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers an annual policy address to lawmakers on Monday, when he is due to announce economic goals for the year.

China's economy expanded by 9.2 percent last year, slowing from 10.4 percent in 2010, as global turbulence and efforts to tame high inflation put the brakes on growth.

"An economic growth rate adjusted down to around 7.5 percent will not have any impact on economic development," the newspaper quoted Li Guozhang, an academic at Lanzhou University and member of an advisory body to the National People's Congress, or legislature, as saying.


China typically exceeds the annual growth target unveiled every March at the parliament session, and most economists are predicting GDP growth of 8.0-8.5 percent for China this year.

The 2011 increase in gross domestic product was well above the government's 8.0 percent target.

In a bid to counter slowing exports, the government has cut reserve requirements for banks twice in the last three months to increase lending and give the economy a boost.

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has forecast China will set a lower GDP growth target of 7.5 percent at the legislative meeting, but said that implied the government was willing to accept slower growth.

"A slightly lower GDP growth target rate is sensible given the fall in the level of potential GDP growth," Goldman said Friday in a research report.

"It can also be viewed as a gesture from the central government that local governments should not focus solely on the pace of GDP growth."

China has sought to prod local governments to focus on the quality of growth instead of its speed, while also seeking to shift away from dependence on exports to other engines such as domestic consumption.

China could target containing inflation to less than 4.0 percent this year at the upcoming congress, the Shanghai Securities News said, amid worries surging prices could spark social unrest.

For all of 2011, China's consumer price inflation was 5.4 percent, official figures showed, well above the government's full-year target of 4.0 percent and higher than the 2010 rate of 3.3 percent.

          Production Team Member - Mitsui High-tec (Canada), Inc. - Brantford, ON   
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          eBay strategy to help Thai users sell their products   
TO CREATE confidence and help sellers improve their products, eBay has come out with a strategy to support them in Thailand. It expects to achieve revenue growth in the double digits in the Thai market this year.
          Recruiter/Sales (Accounting & Finance) - (Boston)   
Are you looking for a service/sales career with unlimited income potential? For an opportunity to leverage your previous service/sales success and be a creative solution finder for top companies in the marketplace, read on Roth Staffing has appeared on the Inc. 500 list three times and continues to be recognized as an industry leader through our three full-service staffing divisions, Ultimate Staffing Services, Ledgent, and Adams & Martin Group - and all of our growth has been organic and without venture capital funding. By honoring our company with this prestigious opportunity, Inc. Magazine also recognizes the fact that "Roth only hires the most talented people and is unwilling to compromise from being the very best".
          Sales Assistant Manager - (Boston)   
Sales Assistant ManagerAs a Sales Assistant Manager, you would be responsible for: Responsible for store performance goals and revenue growth/maintenance Greet and assist customers on the sales floor Obtain new rental orders on the sales floor and over the phone Complete rental agreements as required Prospect for new business by telemarketing and distributing print materials Keep coworkers informed of promotions and products Assist Store Manager with training and managing all coworkers Assign coworkers to specific duties and assist with work schedule assignments Assist Store Manager in making weekly schedules Keep showroom clean and organized, including vacuuming, dusting, and handling household cleaning materials Keep backroom and all store area neat, clean, and organized, including cleaning restrooms, and taking out trash Assist as needed in reviewing past due accounts and communicate in-person and via phone with customers to promote timely payments Assist as needed in loading/unloading truck, delivering merchandise and installing and setup up merchandise, and instructing customers on proper useSales Assistant ManagerQualifications Must be at least 19 years of age High school diploma or GED Retail experience preferred Sales and collections experience a plus Friendly with exceptional communication skills Bilingual English/Spanish preferred Excellent customer service skills Valid state driver's license and good driving record Must be able to lift and move (push/pull) heavy items and merchandise as needed Typically works 38-40 hours a week depending on business needsTake your career to the next level and join the team of over 20,000 Rent-A-Center coworkers. At Rent-A-Center, our business is centered on service and we're passionate about what we do.Our environment is fast-paced and offers ample opportunity to grow and develop, with top-performers entered into training programs to accelerate their careers in management. Our coworkers also enjoy a total rewards package that includes: Industry-leading base pay ranges for all positions 5-day workweek w/Sundays off Paid sick/personal days Paid vacation Employee purchase plan Great benefits with 401 (k) and company match.
          Medical tourism growth slowing in Singapore   
THE GROWTH of medical tourism in Singapore is expected to slow down amid stiffer regional competition, especially from the Malaysian healthcare market, according to investment bank UOB Kay Hian.
          Software Development Resume   

Samuel Abebe

        12028 NE 8th St,Bellevue, WA 98005



SUMMARY of QUALIFICATIONS
  • 4 years experience in full SDLC with multi-tiered architectures with C#, ASP.NET and ADO.NET.
  • 4+ years experience in web application development using different web technologies.
  • 4 years experience in designing, implementing and optimizing relational databases and working on stored procedure, triggers and views with SQL Server.
  • 3 years MS SQL Server Integration and Reporting Services (SSIS and SSRS).
  • 3 years of experience in HTML, DHTML, XHTML, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, CSS, XML, XSL, XSLT, XPATH.
  • 3 years of experience in writing Test Plan, Test Case Development and Test Automation.
  • Experience in functional, Unit, Integration, System, performance, Stress, Regression, Black box, White box, Localization, Globalization and UI Testing.
  • 1+ year experience in latest .NET technologies WCF, WPF, LINQ, and Silverlight.
  • In-depth knowledge of data Structures, algorithms, and design patterns. Strong analytical skills with ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Highly innovative and adaptive learner, able to quickly grasp complex systems and identify areas of possible improvement.

OVERALL TECHNICAL SKILLS
LanguagesC#, Java, C++,ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Java EE, WCF, WPF , LINQ, Silverlight
DatabaseSQL Server 2005/08, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, Optimization
Web/App ServerASP.NET, JavaScript, XHTML, CSS, AJAX, Silverlight
IDEVisual Studio, SQL Server Mgt Studio, Eclipse, Net Beans
OtherRational Unified Process (RUP), Agile, Rational Rose , UML, IIS, Tomcat, Crystal Reports, Power Shell, NUnit , JUnit, MVC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Software Engineer
Global Knowledge Initiative, Washington DC, USA     01/2010- 10/2010
The Global Knowledge Initiative is an NGO which build global knowledge partnerships between individuals and institutions of higher education and research. They help partners access the global knowledge, technology, and human resources needed to sustain growth and achieve prosperity for all.

Involved in a team of three on migrating and upgrading the organization site to build a dynamic from the existing static website. Responsibilities: 
  • Designed and implemented the user interface.
  • Maintained, updated, and enhanced the organization site.
  • Designed and implemented the relational database
  • Writing Test Plan, Test Case Development and Test Automation.
  • Functional, Integration, performance, Stress, Regression, Black box, White box, and UI Testing. 
Technical Environment: C#, ASP.Net, Silver light, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visio, HTML, XML, Java script, CSS, IIS and  FileZilla.

Software Engineer
“HAFSAM P.L.C” Garment Shopping Company, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia     09/2007- 05/2008
Involved in a team of three on design and implementation of e-Commerce website to enable users to shop online for traditional clothing they like. The customers will search through company’s inventory by different categories, add the item to shopping cart and, finally, check out. Responsibilities:
  • Designed the management of administrative tasks, such as pricing and discounts when needed, upload images of clothes and manage orders status
  • Implemented creation of a profile for users and set up a username and password
  • Implemented feature for users to step through the shopping process such as searching for products, add or delete items to shopping cart, and finally check out
  • Implemented feature for users to check out and asked for their billing, shipping and payment method information. 
Technical Environment:   C#, ASP.Net, ADO.NET, SQL Server, HTML, XML, JavaScript, CSS and Visio.

Software Engineer
NIB International Bank, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia     01/2005- 08/2007
Involved in a development of banking application used to cut down communication gap between the bank and its customers. The customers can directly communicate with the bank online with the user friendly interfaces. The application handles online money transactions by the customer which includes withdrawal, deposit and money transfers to another account, and accessing online statements. Responsibilities:
  • Participated in the design of use case, association, class and activity diagrams using UML
  • Worked on  creation of  .Net framework customized classes that would be used later for the application
  • Worked on the SQL queries, stored procedures & functions using SQL server
  • Prepared Test plan, Test cases and other documentations.
  • Used Nunit for our unit test cases.
  • Functional, Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Stress, Performance and UI Testing.
Technical Environment:  C#, ASP.Net, SQL Server, ADO.NET, Rational Rose, HTML, Java Script, CSS, and XML.

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Computer Science                                         May 2008 – Jan 2010 Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa                                          Bachelor of Science in Computer Science                                       Sept 2000 - Jan 2005 Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

          Journeys Store Manager - (Cambridge)   
Sales:Meet and exceed sales goals and standards of performanceDirect and motivate employees to attain personal sales goals weeklyHold staff accountable for meeting sales goalsProviding a fun, full-service shopping experience to customersStay informed of current fashion trendsStaff:Recruit, train, and develop a successful sales teamEvaluate training needsRecognize talented staff and develop them for growth within the companyEvaluate staffing levels to maintain maximum productivity and sales effectivenessPlan weekly staffing schedules in compliance with allotted hoursEnsure that employee time is effectively and efficiently usedOperations:Manage all aspects of store operationsMaintain a safe work environmentFollow all Loss Prevention practices and protect company assetsPerform all operational procedures accurately, in accordance with Operations PoliciesOrganize stock room according to Operations Policy ManualMaintain store appearanceManagement:Lead and direct the store crewProvide feedback and coaching to all employeesSupervise the daily operations of the storeIdentify unacceptable work performance and administer appropriate disciplinary actionResolve customer issues effectivelyUnderstand the culture and demonstrate it to the teamPrior experience in a management or supervisory role6 - 12 months retail sales experienceExcellent interpersonal and customer service skillsDesire to succeed in fast-paced retail environmentAbility to work 45 hours per week, including night and weekend shifts Source: http://www.juju.com/jad/000000009imcy1?partnerid=af0e5911314cbc501beebaca7889739d&exported=True&hosted_timestamp=0042a345f27ac5dc5c414f01701a3ccb511fd8fc0aa4eabab1fecf86793374f6
          Nail Technician - The Beauty Lounge - Lees Summit, MO   
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          Africa - China (Belt and Road Initiative); #SGRLaunch: A new chapter of China-Africa cooperation (Madaraka Express)   
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.


One of the stops along the route is Mtito Andei. It's the nearest station to the Tsavo National Park. President Kenyatta is expected to stop here on the inaugural journey later on Wednesday. Kathryn Omwandho reports.


Kenya's standard gauge rail line is an ambitious project, that has taken five years to build. The SGR is Built and funded by China, and the rail line is part of China's bridge and road initiative CTGN's Robert Nagila went to the streets of Nairobi to find out what Kenyans think of this mega project


Kenya is about to witness its first modern railway. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, or SGR, will massively boost the country's economic growth, and possibly the whole of East Africa. The railway, which is built according to Chinese standards, is another great example of China-Africa cooperation. Here is more on that story


The train is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight women were selected to go to China to learn how to drive the SGR. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train. CGTN's Maria Galang met one of these extraordinary ladies.


There's a lot of excitement in Nairobi since in a matter of hours, the new SGR train will be arriving in the Kenyan capital. CGTN's Kane Kiyo is at the Nairobi Terminal to share the excitement.


As the Kenyan President officially launches the first phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway, Kenyans say the new raiway will not only improve lives but make it easier to do business.


On the vast African savannah, a steel dragon crawls through the terrain. It is part of the East African Master Plan - the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. By introducing Chinese standards, technology, equipment and management to this fast-growing continent, Chinese builders are also bringing hope and love to the people. Today we will visit Maasai Primary School near the Nairobi South station, and listen to their story


Local manufacturers in Kenya have been major beneficiaries of the just launched Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Already, 40% sourcing of materials was dedicated to the local market, generating inflows of about 95 million dollars. Now that Kenya's first modern railway is complete, local players are still set to win big. Earlier on, I had a chat with the CEO of Kenya's manufacturers association, Phyllis Wakiaga, about the benefits of this project to the country's manufacturing sector


It is clear that East Africa is a natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. During the Ming Dynasty, four of the famous admiral Zheng He's seven expeditions reached the east coast of Africa, where they promoted friendship between China and the continent. The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had to pass through Tsavo, an important wildlife reserve in Kenya. In this episode, we will see how the Kenyans and the Chinese worked together to guarantee that the project was completed successfully without affecting the local wildlife.


And ordinary kenyans who were lucky to experience the maiden trip have been speaking out as well


          Skeptic Youth vs Confident Veterans   
The panel discussion I mentioned in my last post turned out to be quite an interesting one. The topic of discussion was - "100 Indian MNCs by 2020." The panelists were -
Sandipan started with his views, which unfortunately didn't look very well prepared. However, he was lucid; talked much without saying much. Rest three had solid experience in industry, extending the operations at the world stage. They talked with more authority and shared their experiences. All of them were very sure that the dream of 100 Indian MNCs by 2020 is well within the reach and sort of underrated. It was quite inspiring hearing their first hand experiences.

Like all good panel discussions, this one too ended with a Q&A round by audience. Like all good audience, lots of questions came out after a little prodding. What was most interesting to note was that the crowd - comprising the leaders of tomorrow, yada yada yada - was quite skeptic about achieving the goal! There were questions about the government and its ineffectiveness, about sustaining the current wave of growth, about population & literacy, about infrastructure & investment - all of them showing how improbable this goal seems to be. On the contrary, the panel maintained its stand that India will have to do too bad to miss this one!

Their settling argument was that India has reached this stage even with the kind of government & stifling regulations we've had, so there is every chance that now that the condition have improved a lot, India will bloom even more. The post-lib generation hasn't seen those days, when Infosys almost died as an infant after frustrating experiences trying to work for global client, mainly due to the policies in 1989!

What will happen remains to be seen, but this skeptism in the youth of the nation, crème de la crème, worries me. Not like OMG-India-is-screwed-now worry, just a little concern.

PS: Just a small note, reply to Jeet's comment on my last post where he said, "I don't agree with Sandipan's only one answer theory.. I don't know about comp. sci and engg. but Civil Engineering was all about evaluating multiple correct answers and 'choosing' one of them." Still, you'll find the management education a whole lot different than engineering. CS is mainly about optimizing; space, speed, transfer, safety.. So in a way, you are confined in your pursuit of the answer. You can say that A is better than B and like that. Civil, as I understand, does have an element of subjectivity to it. In the managerial world, I'm told, there are many situation where nothing's universally better or worse. It all depends on what you decide.

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          03/24/17: New Biomateriality Lab   
New Biomateriality Lab in the Enter and Encounter exhibition presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects.

Enter and Encounter – 24.3.–22.10.2017
Designmuseum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Historically, wood cellulose has had a remarkable role in Finnish industry, though mainly for high volume and low value products. The annual growth of wood biomass in Finland is 104 million m3 and about one fifth of this is not brought into use. This equates to about four million additional tonnes of cellulose per year.  If this additional tonnage could be refined into value-added cellulose products and if those products had an estimated price similar to that of cotton, then the value of that additional business for Finland could be worth five billion euros per year. However, we still need to closely monitor that we are using our precious forests in a smart and responsible way.

The ongoing collaboration between designers, architects, material scientists, engineers and business specialists aims to generate a new high-value industry. Through the combination of traditional large-scale and new start-up businesses, the Finnish cellulose ecosystem will be a strong player in the global market of the future.

Contact person:

Pirjo Kääriäinen
+358 50 3810 217
pirjo.kaariainen@aalto.fi
Cellulose from Finland

The exhibition is coordinated by Aalto University’s CHEMARTS collaboration and participating projects are DWoC, NoMa, Hiilinielu Designstudio and Trash2Cash. The main partners are Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technical University of Tampere, Universities of Applied Sciences in Lahti and Tampere, University of Vaasa and Design Forum Finland, in collaboration with various companies, funded by Tekes and EU.

 


          05/09/17: Sensual Mathematics Exhibition   
An exhibition of the Aalto University course: Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture

Sensual Math

The final exhibition of the transdisciplinary course at Aalto University is a concrete opening to enhance the interaction between scientific and artistic practices. It aims to break clichés related to mathematics by bringing deep phenomena of the field to the level of human experience.

Open-minded collaboration across the conventional barriers between disciplines enables the pursuit of diverse goals and aims. The exhibition also presents inspiring examples and ideas of new directions for education, from early childhood to research level. Students on the course come from different Schools of Aalto from freshmen to PhD students.

“Sensual Mathematics” is an expression of an intimate, inseparable relation between the sensual and the rational approaches of each team of students towards low dimensional geometry and topology.

The vertical artworks of the exhibition create a natural space inviting the visitor to wander into its forest-like growth.

Invitation

 


          07/30/17: Sino-Finnish summer camp – apply now   
Create new opportunities for companies, individuals and institutions alike. The camp is a part of Sino Finnish 100 Challenge.

Sino Finnish 100 Challenge – a new way of doing is the main event of the Finland 100 programme in China.The Challenge creates preconditions for utilising Finnish know-how in solving challenges in China. It also promotes and enables export opportunities within Chinese stakeholders. The Challenge is organised by Radical Design Week Association (RDWA) with Finnish and Chinese partners.

Summer Camp

One of the highlights in 2017 is a Summer Camp for students and teachers, which is organised during 30 July–11 August. On the camp, you can create new opportunities for companies, individuals and institutions through innovative and ambitious collaboration. Furthermore, you will improve your entrepreneurship skills to usher in a new era of co-creation and high-skill economic growth between the two countries.

The camp takes place on Aalto University's Otaniemi Campus in Espoo, Finland. The instructors will include experts from top universities in USA, China and Finland.

Inspire your imagination

The Sino-Finnish team is headed by Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, an internationally awarded expert of design and design innovation. He is currently a professor at the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University.

'Sino-Finnish summer camp is the choice to inspire your imagination and collaborate with the brightest of minds from all over the world. Come with an open mind and create new moving ideas together with the change makers. Have fun while learning,' says Yrjö Sotamaa and continues 'The Sino Finnish 100 Challenge unique innovation ecosystem is an enabling resource and connects the ideas with a wide variety of expertise for further development of the ideas.'

Applying

Apply for the Summer Camp latest on 22 May 2017 at 4 pm (GMT) on the Sino-Finnish website (sinofinnishchallenge.org). The fee for the camp is EUR 800 (incl. VAT).

More information:


          09/01/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of computer science, Mikko Rinne, M.Sc. (Tech.)   
Title of the dissertation is: Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies

Mikko Rinne, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies"  on 1 September 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall T2, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo.

The dissertation studies hierarchical processing of structured events, where conclusions of higher levels of abstraction can be formed out of patterns of large numbers of simple event objects. Using rule-based reasoning, as supported by Semantic Web technologies, pre-existing entailment regimes can be used for filling in missing event information and for error detection.

The explosive growth of information produced both by networked sensors and as results of other transactional events has lead to a situation, where the capability for fast online processing of large quantities of events is becoming a critical advantage for competition. The increasing need to combine streams of information from heterogeneous sources emphasizes the importance of managing different conceptual approaches.

In this study methods for hierarchical processing of patterns of structured events have been developed. Tangible conclusions of higher layers of abstraction are formed out of larger quantities of simple lower layer events. The tested Semantic Web technologies offer ready-made tools for managing conceptual differences from multiple sources and for rule-based reasoning, which can be used e.g. to fill-in missing event data or to detect errors.

With the presented rule networks and tests it is shown that the studied technologies RDF and SPARQL have sufficient capabilities to serve as the basis of even complex hierarchical event processing applications. One studied application is the detection of counterfeit and theft in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Other application areas, which can benefit from event stream processing, are for example traffic, retail, investment markets, farming, emergency response and health services.

Dissertation release (pdf)

Opponent: Professor Alessandro Margara, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Custos: Professor emeritus Heikki Saikkonen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Computer Science


              
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          Beyond GDP? Measuring real economic progress for better lives   
On 29 March 2012 ETUI and EPSU will hold a joint one-day workshop to reflect on how we define and measure social progress, that is, improvements in wellbeing in societies, and also, in view of current circumstances, how we measure social regression. The gathering aims to bring together research contributions on this issue as a means of exploring the current state-of-play and its potential relevance for reframing economic policy debate in Europe insofar as it is, at the present time, entirely and exclusively focused on GDP growth.
          Q&A: Joe Proto, CEO, Transactis – On Overcoming Early Adversity   

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          Innovating in a Crowded Marketplace for Healthcare Delivery   

Every patient desires high-quality care at a cost-efficient price.  Studies have shown that these two characteristics are not always in conflict, as less-expensive sites may deliver similar quality care as more expensive sites.  But patients, and thus their providers, tend to prioritize quality over cost or vice versa. This is beginning to lead to a…

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          Quantum Computing: Its Emergence and Implications on Information Security   

Mark Pecen is the Chairman, ETSITC Cyber Working Group for Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC) (France), Chief Operating Officer, ISARA Corporation, and Board member, Institute for Quantum Computing (Canada). He is currently the CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and a member of the Safeguard advisory board. Leading governments around the globe, along with major corporations, including…

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          When Is a Unicorn Really Worth $1 Billion?   

In an era of ambitious startup valuations, it’s important to remember how difficult it is to grow and sustain a viable ‘unicorn’ – a company with a billion-dollar price tag. Today, there are 185 companies worth ten figures or more and, according to CB Insights, just 1.28% of all early-stage investments reach this milestone.[1] Last…

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          Winning the Digital Disruption Game: Answering the ‘CAST’ing Call   

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          Do the December European Summit and the Annual Growth Survey 2012 offer a way forward for Europe?   
At its last Monthly Forum for 2011 the ETUI would like to discuss the current state of economic governance on the European level as well as the economic outlook going into 2012 in the light of the second AGS and the recently agreed six-pack, and against the background of the still unresolved crisis.
          Outside of the Valley, Alternative Markets Attract Investors   

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          Commentary: Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices   

Over the last 18 months, an alarming number of medical device companies’ challenges with data security have been exposed. In 2015, Hospira’s LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 devices were found to have security vulnerabilities that prompted a recall. In 2016, St. Jude’s Merlin@home™ remote cardiac monitoring devices were found to require security updates after research firm…

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          Exim Summit 18th November 2015   

  We were excited to be involved in the EximSummit in Croke Park on the 18th November 2015. The continued growth of the export-import sector has been the driving force of the Irish economy’s record recovery. Now more than ever, it is vital for Irish businesses to capitalise on opportunities available to them, to consider exciting ventures and to build new relationships. EXIM Summit – the only event of its kind – provided export-import practitioners with a forum for education, innovation and thought leadership, and a platform for continued growth. We met old friends and new and got to chat to a number of new exporters and those involved in the export field. Big congrats to the Mespil Group and their fantastic team for delivering the well attended day. Looking forward to what comes next! Chris

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          Is IoT the Next App Store?   

This post originally appeared on CIOReview.com, January 11th, 2017. It is hard to think about the current wave of digital innovation and empowered end-users without thinking about apps. Despite the app store concept in its current form really taking root in 2008 with the launch of Apple’s App Store for iOS, we have been app…

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          Tongue Tied: Speaking Candidly About Capital   

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          A Partnership Ripe for the Region   

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          ETUI course: solidarity with euro demonstration in Brussels No to austerity – Priority to employment and growth   
ETUI course participants are also demonstrating, even if they are far away !
          Reel Paganism::The "Folk Horror" Revival    

Ah, those Years of Seven. We looked at the significant anniversaries in the World of Weird this Year of Seven is marking, from Heaven's Gate and the Phoenix Lights to the Harmonic Convergence to the releases of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the First Kind. As it happens, there's another major anniversary on the docket this year and that's the birth of the modern "NeoPagan" movement.
Fifty years ago, in 1967, three organizations were formed which would have a profound impact on the shape of contemporary Paganism: Frederick Adams founded Feraferia, a wilderness mystery religion; Aidan Kelly and others formed the New Reformed Order of the Golden Dawn, an eclectic witchcraft tradition; and Tim (Oberon) Zell filed for incorporation of the Church of All Worlds, which was based on the fictional religion described in Robert Heinlein’s novel, Stranger in a Strange Land.
As the Church of All Worlds shows, the NeoPagan movement was born out of the rising Geek insurgency, out of a fermenting sub-subculture in which Dune, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings had well and colonized the imaginations of the young and dateless.

The crossover would become so successful that the strict atheism and naturalism that had once been de rigeur in sci-fi (and fandom in general) would soon be put on its back foot by this new Mysticism, a current that would revolutionize pop culture with the runaway success of Star Wars.

NeoPaganism occupied a fair bit of real estate in the collective mind of Fandom but has never been the upstart mass movement its adherents might have you believe. It probably peaked as a movement in the 1990s (with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) and, if the current alarm bells being rung in the NeoPaganism blogosphere are any indication, has been receding ever since. So much so that many NeoPagans believe the jig is finally up.

Contemporary Paganism isn’t an institution, but we do have institutions, and many of them are  struggling to survive.  Cherry Hill Seminary announced last year that it might not be able to continue its programming.  CUUPS is hardly thriving.  The Pagan Community Statement on the Environment, which is quite possibly the single largest expression of Pagan voices ever, has not yet collected a mere 10,000 signatures in the two years since it was published.  And, as far as I can tell, none of the organizers of Pagan festivals and conferences have reported significant growth in recent years. These are just a few examples of Pagan institutions that I have been involved with to one degree or another over the years.
In Britain, where so much of the Wicca and NeoPaganism we recognize today was born, the situation seems pretty much the same. NeoPaganism is struggling there too, ironically as the current Chaos Magick revival is picking up steam.
 I’ve been told that the number of registered members of the Pagan Federation has gone down for the first time. At the Harvest Moon Conference in 2016, Melissa Harrington confessed that she felt that this decline in active participation was indicative of Paganism “going underground” again. Most of the Pagan Federation events I’ve been to recently have shown a similar demographic spread to OBOD ones. 
My concern is that the declining number of young participants in the Pagan community in Britain, and the general diminution of those taking an active role in the community as a whole, indicates that that growth has stalled. British Paganism—as a subculture and as a movement—is in trouble.
I'm not at all surprised by this. I'd wager that most NeoPagans had some kind of traditional religious upbringing, which made them at least casually familiar with the basics of ritual and theology. With traditional religion a fading memory among NeoPaganism's mission field, it becomes harder than ever to attract people to the surrogate community that NeoPaganism promises. 

But there's also the problem of the movement failing to deliver what it promises:
What is in decline, then, is something quite specific—the Pagan Movement; a collection of organisations, publications, ceremonial genres, training courses. That collection is no longer feeding the appetite of the general public for the magical.
Then there's the prickly issue of sectarianism. NeoPaganism bears only a glancing resemblance to the ancient variety, but it's chock full of the kind of perpetual fragmentation that a Pagan in ancient Alexandria might have been sick of. One blogger is even pushing an atheist strand of NeoPaganism:
Atheopaganism is post-Belief religion. It is evidence-based spirituality rooted in real-world, positive, life-affirming values. It gives us what religion is good at giving us, and avoids trying to do what science can clearly do better. 
I believe it is in broad strokes what succeeding generations will practice in growing numbers. It is what will give meaning and build community for people who have left behind the ideas of gods and magic.
Yeah, good luck with that. After all, discarding your traditional core tenets has worked out so well for the so-called Mainline denominations. 

Like the churches that so many NeoPagans grew out of, the movement is looking to political activism to "stay relevant." But people interested in activism now have a endless buffet of NGOs and pressure groups to choose from, and most activists today tend to see any flavor of spirituality as regressive and impolite. Which may be why most Mainline Christian denominations are now fading into history.

But a strong argument could be made that NeoPaganism is fading because the overall culture has been so effectively paganized. If that's true, then where do you go from there?



 Scarlet Imprint publisher Peter Gray was a bit ahead of the curve when he announced the impending death of NeoPaganism three years back. And he sees the same trends at work- Neopaganism is fading because it's no longer needed:
There is no halting the decline of the initiatic witchcraft traditions of Gardner or Sanders, nor the collapse of neo-paganism. The reason? To use the correct mimetic formula: Because Internet. People are having their needs met by the online simulacra of witchcraft. Those who are seeking witchcraft simply do not have to hunt out lineages, everything is before them in the digital form that has socialised them while their parents paid more attention to their smartphones.
Gray calls for the "rewilding"of Witchcraft, for the art to return to its outlaw roots. He wants to recapture the danger of Witchcraft, which he believes- rightly- has been traded away by Wiccans and their fellow travelers. 

But the question then becomes how wild are you willing to be? Witches are killed on on a fairly regular basis in developing countries because they're seen as dangerous and taboo. In our anything-goes culture what exactly do you have to do to recapture that outlaw sheen? It's no small question. Why?
Well, because the Gardnerian Book of Shadows tells us exactly how dark ancient witchcraft and Paganism could get: 
Priests know this well; and by their auto-da-fé, with the victims' pain and terror (the fires acting much the same as circles), obtained much power. Of old the Flagellants certainly evoked power, but through not being confined in a circle much was lost. The amount of power raised was so great and continuous that anyone with knowledge could direct and use it; and it is most probable that the classical and heathen sacrifices were used in the same way. There are whispers that when the human victim was a willing sacrifice, with his mind directed on the Great Work and with highly skilled assistants, wonders ensued but of this I would not speak.”  
Which brings us to the Folk Horror revival.

Back to the recent Beltane Fire Festival.
The event, first organised in the mid-1980s, marks the ending of winter and is a revival of the ancient Celtic and Pagan festival of Beltane, the Gaelic name for the month of May.
Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in the Scottish capital to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire.
During the event, the Green Man is killed as god of winter and reborn as spring to consort with the May Queen.
This is a big deal in Scotland. And other types of ancient festival revivals have been popping up in Britain over the past several years as well, particularly in provincial towns looking to drum up tourism. 

But do note that in the ancient Beltane festivals the Green Man was actually killed as a sacrifice to the gods of the crops. The Edinburgh festival obviously stops short of this, but this is like trading out wine for grape juice at communion. The real McCoy is baked into the rite itself and soaks through to the surface. It can't help but.
So what does this all have to do with the so-called Folk Horror revival? Well, the folk component of the genre doesn't refer to old Joan Baez records. It draws upon the idea of ancient folkways- often those centering on human sacrifice- bubbling back up to the surface and violently intruding on the lives of unwitting cosmopolitans.
Unlike other sub-genres, folk horror’s very form is difficult to convey. Despite what its simplistic description implies – from the emphasis on the horrific side of folklore to a very literal horror of people – the term’s fluctuating emphasis makes it difficult to pin down outside of a handful of popular examples. 
The term first came to prominence in 2010 when Mark Gatiss used it as an umbrella theme to describe a number of films in his A History of Horror documentary for BBC4. Yet the term was used in the programme in reference to an earlier interview with the director Piers Haggard for Fangoria magazine in 2004, in which Haggard suggests of his own film The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) that he “was trying to make a folk horror film”.
The revival encompasses a number of films and novels but regards three British films as the sacred texts of the genre:
The trilogy, now often known under the banner of the ‘Unholy Trinity’, consist of Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973). Though their imagery has since defined all things “olde” and “wyrd” about Britain (see the cover of Sight & Sound, August 2010), it is in their narratives where folk horror becomes defined.  
All three films work through an emphasis on landscape which subsequently isolates its communities and individuals, skewing the dominant moral and theological systems enough to cause violence, human sacrifices, torture and even demonic and supernatural summonings.  
The Witchfinder General traumatized me when I watched it on Creature Double Feature way back in the day. Unlike most of the other Folk Horror landmarks it's based on real-life events.
HP Lovecraft's shadow looms over the genre, whether he likes it or not. There are obviously significant differences but a lot of his stories seem to center on city-slickers dealing with hideous eruptions of the primeval in decaying rural outposts. Lovecraft is often criticized for his racism but the truth is he didn't seem to like much of anybody outside his perceived social set.

From "The Call of Cthulhu" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" to "The Festival" it's pretty obvious exactly where Lovecraft was coming from. Lovecraft was terrified that modern civilization was nothing more than a fragile veneer, ready to flake away under the slightest existential pressure. And cults and cultic practices were like the monster under Lovecraft's bed, always ready to pounce once the lights went out.

(In this context, Stuart Gordon's fever-dream film version of Dagon could be seen as an outlier within the Folk Horror genre).
Lovecraft enjoyed his own revival in the 1960s and one can't help but wonder what kind of effect he had on the emerging Folk Horror genre. The Wicker Man is often seen today as a kind of one-off but in fact it was following very closely in the footsteps of earlier films. 



The Witches, partly written by Nigel Kneale, is an early example of the type as is Eye of the Devil, which made a star of Sharon Tate. In the kind of hideous synchronicity that follows all potent art like a lost puppy,   Tate would become a sacrifice to the kind of cult that probably haunted Lovecraft's nightmares.  

Both films, released in 1966 and 1967 respectively, worked the theme of an outsider to a rural community discovering grisly ancient practices lurking beneath a placid rustic surface. Eye of the Devil, like The Wicker Man, centers on crop failure and the need of the community to kill its ritual king to appease the gods of the fields. So the fields were already well-furrowed by the time Anthony Shaffer and Robin Hardy had their brainstorm.


Thomas Tryon's 1973 novel Harvest Home was adapted into a TV miniseries in the late 70s and taps in the same vein: in this case a New York family moves to a small town and discovers that their new neighbors still practice the ancient Celtic folkways. Since it's based on an American novel it's usually overlooked by Folk Horror revivalists, but it's a solid example of the type. Maybe one of the more potent examples, actually. Shame it's not better known.
There are variations on the theme to be found during this same Golden Age (the late 60s to the early 70s). The Shuttered Room, based on a story HP Lovecraft cowrote with August Derleth is a variation on the type, as is Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, which starred Dustin Hoffman as an American married to a British woman played by Susan George. They move to the rural English village where the George character grew up and are menaced by a gang of local thugs. Straw Dogs was remade in 2011 and moved to the rural South. Of course.



A more recent example of the type is Kill List, an absolutely extraordinary film that has you believing you're watching one kind of British drama before pulling the rug out from under your feet and landing you in quite another altogether. I'm not going to say too much more about it since you really should see it for yourself.
But The Wicker Man (also remade, badly, in 2006) remains the King of the Folk Horror Crop. The film hardly seems like a horror movie for most of its running time, more like a quirky musical comedy, kind of a warped Brigadoon. And it's based in ancient Celtic rituals, or at least legends of ancient Celtic rituals.
The idea of a “wickerman” is reminiscent of references in both Irish legend and the second branch of the WelshMabinogi to men being inveigled into a specially built house, which is then set fire, immolating them. There is also a reference by Lucan, and the comments by later scholars as part of the Lucan scholia, in the Pharsalia,to three Celtic deities; Taranis said to have been propitiated by burning, Teutates by drowning, and Esus by hanging. Esus is mythologically similar to the Nordic deity Odin, also associated with hanging from a tree. 
But it wasn't only the Celts who practiced human sacrifice. The Normans, who conquered England in the 11th Century, were huge fans of human sacrifice before giving in to Christian convention. Warlord Rollo was a exemplar of the Norman split-personality when it came honoring the ancient Viking folkways.
Adémar of Chabannes, however, writing about 100 years after Rollo’s death, described his last days as a time of religious madness, in which the Heathen ‘Rollo’ rose up against the Christian ‘Robert’ and in a desperate attempt to atone for the betrayal of Odin and Thor ordered the beheading of 100 Christians as sacrifices to them. This was followed by a frenzied attempt to balance the books yet again when he distributed ‘one hundred pounds of gold round the churches in honour of the true god in whose name he had accepted baptism’. 
Is Rollo the spiritual founding father of Folk Horror? Sounds like it to me. There's an inherent schizophrenia at work in the genre, building on the paranoid truism that things are never what they seem, that ancient horrors are always lurking beneath respectable surfaces, looking for a way out.

So what is the driving impulse behind Folk Horror? It's an inherently Pagan form, an immersion into the dark mysteries of the countryside. It feels deeply atavistic, like a twisted celebration of the premodern. The genre often seems to address a very human desire to belong to a tribe that's both nurturing and absolutely fearless, even if that tribe are presented as villains.

But there's also that repressed impulse to bask in somebody else's sacrifice, to exercise that kind of complete control over life and death. Post-Enlightenment culture has worked around the clock to erase all this from our firmware but only seems to have moved the pieces around the board.

By contrast, NeoPaganism was always going to be a nonstarter because it pretended it could recapture the positive aspects of the old folkways and discard all those it found problematic. It also believed it could recreate the bonds of blood and soil in a urban- or more accurately, suburban- setting. That it could soak up all the richness and drama of ancient Paganism without getting its hands dirty. Or more accurately again, bloody.

Sorry, but that's not the way it works.

Folk Horror dispenses with all that and reminds everyone that life and death were barely a whisper apart in the old times. That bloodshed was a daily fact of life back then. It's just the way things worked. After all, it wasn't so long ago that housewives killed their own chickens. No one blinked at the sacrifice of a lamb or a piglet at even the swankiest Mystery cults. Bacchanalias often ended up with Maenads ripping wild animals limb from limb (Maenad actually means "raving one"). 

Sacrifice was absolutely inseparable from belief. By contrast NeoPaganism feels more like a slightly more exotic form of Unitarianism. Sort on spectacle and sacrifice and long on sanctimony. 

So my guess is that the Edinburgh Beltane Festival is so popular not only for the nudity and the LARPing but also for serving up a vicarious echo from those olden days, when these dramas were all played for keeps.

Not all Folk Horror is based in Pagan human sacrifice but the death and horror that people once took for granted are tightly wound into its weave. So it will be worth watching to see where this genre goes in response to the hyper-acceleration of Globalism and technocracy. For now it serves as a way to soak up the olde dramas without making much of a mess. It could go eventually go in another direction entirely, kind of like how The Wicker Man led to the Burning Man Festival. 

It could even lead to a neo-NeoPaganism. Stranger things have happened, right?

          Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect   
 By the dawn of the 20thcentury, architect Frank Lloyd Wright had discovered something I didn’t learn until the 21st century — that kleptocapitalism must finally and necessarily destroy the standards of every profession with which it comes into contact.
In his 1900 speech to the Architectural League of America in Chicago, titled The Architect, Wright “…reminded his colleagues that in this country commerce had triumphed over art,” wrote Robert C. Twombly in his book Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture. “The lust for money had reduced the architect to a servant of the business community.”
Wright charged that the American architect “…panders to silly women his silly artistic sweets,” trading experimentation and individuality for financial security. Wright called typical turn-of-the-century Chicago homes for the well-to-do “fantastic abortions” and said they “lied about everything.”
“(The architect) now modeled commercial buildings after Greek temples and luxury homes after Louis XIV palaces, all because the businessman and his wife ‘knew what they wanted,’” Twombly wrote. “No longer an independent spirit, the architect had become a salesman, peddling prepackaged ‘styles’ from the files of huge ‘plan-factories.’
“At the height of the industrial revolution in America, Wright was painfully aware that the new corporate elite had usurped the status of the professional, reducing him to an employee at its beck and call.”
In 21st century capitalism-gone-wild America, that sad state of professional degradation applies not just to architects but to physicians, professors, military officers, police officers, attorneys, journalists, you name it.
For pity’s sake, judges have been caught framing innocent American children because they’ve been bribed by private prison corporations to provide warm bodies in order to increase the corporation’s lucrative taxpayer subsidy.
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Wright employed stylistic innovations to achieve an inobvious family privacy in his prairie houses. The windows were easy to see out of but, because of overhanging features, difficult to see into. Shielded by broad eaves, windows could stay open even in rain. Exterior doorways were hidden in recesses, behind walls or around corners.
“A house that has character stands a good chance of growing more valuable as it grows older, while a house in the prevailing mode, whatever that mode may be, is soon out of fashion, stale and unprofitable,” Wright said.
The McMansions that now litter our landscape, with their bludging, tumorous protrusions, are an example of the latter.
Twombly noted that with five children by 1901, Wright, in his home designs, “…took greater pains to provide for group solidarity than for individual interests. Whether it was a symbolic inglenook, a formal entryway, a playroom for his children or his many exquisite dining and living rooms, his most elaborate efforts were areas of group activity.”
“Wright understood the family to be a tightly knit group within a larger community from which it withdrew occasionally (but did not reject) for its own sustenance. More concerned at this stage of his life with family unity than personal freedom, he assumed the former made the latter possible.”
Twombly suggests that Wright’s turn-of-the-century prairie houses offered a combination of innovation and protection that appealed to their forward-looking but finally insecure upper middle class owners.
“As independent businessmen likely to own their own moderate-sized manufacturing concerns, and as conservative Protestant Republicans, they frowned on eccentric social behavior, liberal causes and protest literature,” he wrote. “In a period of ‘progressive’ reform, they clung to 19th century values and like others in the rapidly growing metropolis felt themselves engulfed by sweeping changes not entirely to their liking…
“Wright’s designs satisfied needs and wishes murkily understood but deeply felt by large numbers of city dwellers and satisfied them more fully, in fact, than conventional styles. The prairie house appealed to an apprehensive upper middle class by emphasizing in literal and symbolic ways the security, privacy, shelter, family mutuality and other values people found increasingly important in a period of urban dislocation and conflict.
“Rapid industrialization and urbanization in late 19th century America created a disorienting situation. Armies of working class immigrants from Europe and from American farms and small towns helped escalate social tensions and instabilities in the cities. Newcomers of all classes, having lost their roots, found their places of residence determined not by family tradition or landholding but by unpredictable and insecure market situations. Vast impersonal corporations assumed control over the lives of laboring people, over white collar workers and executives, and over self-employed businessmen and professionals whose livelihoods depended upon the whims of an incomprehensible and seemingly capricious economic system. The depression of the 1890s, the most devastating in American history to that point, exacerbated the general uneasiness as even more people began to sense their helplessness.
“Few individuals could count on uninterrupted upward mobility, permanent employment or a secure future for their children. Even the upper middle class, especially people like Wright’s clients who did not possess inherited wealth, faced the specter of possible downward mobility and the loss of everything.”
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As an inspiration for Ayn Rand’s architect hero Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, Frank Lloyd Wright had, in a sense, helped her write her fiction by overdramatizing his career.
In a 1914 Architectural Record article, Wright presented “…his first proclamation of the ‘persecuted genius’ legend, an interpretation of his life as a continuous battle against overwhelming odds, as a struggle for principle despite social ostracism, personal indifference, financial hardship, public ridicule and personal rejection,” Twombly wrote.
“Publicly begun by Wright in 1914 and perpetuated by his closest admirers until the present day, the ‘persecuted genius’ legend became a major component of his self-image.”
In fact, Wright had notable professional support and public acclaim at the beginning of his career.
“Even Hollywood paid its respects,” Twombly noted. “Warner Brothers asked him to design sets for The Fountainhead (1949), based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, but when Wright demanded $250,000 for the job — he did not want it — negotiations ended.”
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Wright died in 1959, just before his 92nd birthday, a venerable, outspoken sage whom some called a crackpot. But we’d have recognized many of his concerns easily enough.
“Continued growth of the military establishment and the mushrooming of governmental bureaucracy and of corporate hegemony made him despair for the future of democracy,” Twombly noted. “Fearing that centralized authority manipulating a mass society would crush individual liberties, he interpreted American foreign policy as a cover to advance overseas corporate interests and attacked internal anticommunism as a ‘smoke screen’ for political consolidation to further selfish partisan gain.”

Too bad we didn’t listen to the architect. We might have built something better than the shabby, ramshackle structure this country has become.


          Walt Whitman: Singer of the Body Electric   
The fire, the sweet hell within,
The unknown want, the destiny of me.
— Walt Whitman
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“By the time he was 12 years old, an apprentice printer in Brooklyn, Walt had lived in about a dozen different houses, each one more cramped than the last. Of the eight Whitman children who survived infancy, one was a mental defective and three were psychic disasters; three were normal, and one became the chief celebrant of what William James called ‘the religion of healthy-mindedness,’” wrote Justin Kaplan in Walt Whitman: A Life.
“Walt’s father … owned a copy of The Ruins, a celebrated attack on Christianity and supernaturalism by the French savant Count Constantin de Volney. Like others who grew up on such literature, Walt believed that a long, dark tyranny over man’s mind and body was at last coming to an end; the Children of Adam would be able to walk in their parents’ garden. Leaves of Grass borrowed the insurgent and questioning spirit of these mentors along with literal quotations from their writings.”
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“Words, when he acquired language, became life itself, links to the external world and to his unconscious,” Kaplan wrote, quoting Whitman: “ ‘A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do any thing that man or woman or the natural powers can do.’ Words were instruments of command and of relationship to a world waiting to be named for the first time.”
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Whitman had the dubious benefit of a “…thrifty and national scheme of education devised by an English Quaker, Joseph Lancaster,” Kaplan noted. “Assisted by hierarchies of student monitors, one teacher was able to distribute rote learning, together with fundamental social values and strict notions of the good and the useful, to 200 and more pupils.
“Sometimes he invoked muscular Christianity and resorted to the birch rod, the cowhide strap and, in Whitman’s words, ‘other ingenious methods of child torture,’ mental as well as physical. He demanded unison, unquestioning obedience to regulations, undivided attention and a physical discipline that dictated the precise way to hold and close a book during recitations and the position of hands when students stood at parade rest.
“The Lancaster method was designed to separate children from their ignorance as cleanly and impersonally as Eli Whitney’s cotton gin separated fibers from seeds. It proved to be stupefying even for pupils less jealous of their emotional freedom than Walt.”
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Whitman said that the first time he wanted to write anything was “…when I saw a ship under full sail, and had the desire to describe it exactly as it seemed to me.”
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Whitman loved swimming with other young men, nude in the fashion of the 19th century, their bodies electric.

Poise on the hips, leaping, reclining, embracing, arm-curving and tightening,
The continual changes of the flex of the mouth, and around the eyes,
The skin, the sun-burnt shade, freckles, hair,
The curious sympathy one feels, when feeling with the hand the naked meat of the body,
The circling rivers, the breath, and breathing it in and out…

“The young men ran dancing and laughing along the sand, bathed in the surf, fished, dug clams, speared messes of fat, sweet-meated eel,” wrote biographer Kaplan. “He loved swimming, of a passive sort — ‘I was a first-rate aquatic loafer,’ he recalled. ‘I possessed almost unlimited capacity for floating on my back.’ Cradled, rocked and drowsing, his body rolling ‘silently to and fro in the heave of the water,’ he lay suspended between the depths and the light, between the unconscious and the world of necessity.”
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As a young man, Whitman wrote a bad didactic novel about the evils of drink, and edited a newspaper attacking Catholics and the Irish. For solutions, like other Americans, he looked West.
“Continentalism and Union were to shape Whitman’s poetic vision (‘I am large. I contain multitudes’),” Kaplan wrote. “ ‘California’s shores’ were not only the western boundaries of the Union — they were the boundaries of the found and the ‘yet unfound,’ the measure of his psychic growth. (‘Eastward I go only by force,’ Thoreau said, ‘but westward I go free.’)”
Unfortunately, Whitman’s enthusiasm for freedom only went so far. While sympathetic to the plight of individual black people, Whitman regarded their race as unfit for freedom and decried the “ranting” and “abominable fanaticism” of the abolitionists.
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“Sylvester Graham, temperance reformer, physiological guru and eponym of the delicious cracker, joined in the battle against dyspepsia, or indigestion, a malady of epidemic proportions for Americans,” wrote Kaplan. “The “Peristaltic Persuader,” as he was called, favored internal and external applications of cold water and repasts of boiled vegetables and bread made from unsifted whole-wheat flour. Alcohol, tea, coffee and red meat were proscribed, on the grounds that they stimulated the lower nature.
“In a celebrated lecture on chastity, Graham argued that there had to be something amiss with any organ that sent priority messages to the brain — an erect penis was no more wholesome than a bloated stomach or an infected finger. According to him and other popular theorists of the day, the seminal loss for a man in one act of sexual intercourse was the equivalent of 40 ounces of blood, a fifth of the body’s supply. This appalling figure was a warning against sexual overindulgence — meaning more than once a month — could cause tuberculosis, convulsions, indigestion and even imbecilism; sex — especially masturbation — withered the thinking organs of men, just as thinking withered the reproductive organs of women. Sex was a major disorder, even a catastrophe; it was a wonder the species had lasted as long as it had.”
And then came Whitman. “By 1855, when Whitman presented himself coatless and bare-necked, his pelvis thrust forward, in his Leaves of Glass frontispiece, men of fashion were dressed from head to toe like black tubes,” Kaplan wrote. “No other poet of his century wrote about the body with such explicitness and joy, anatomizing it at rest and cataloguing its parts, celebrating it as an instrument of love:

“Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex,
“Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.

“No other poet of his century paid such a continuing high price for his boldness, ostracism, ostentatious neglect, ridicule, censorship, suppression.”
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“…Whitman saw few encouraging signs in 1850. Democratic hope was at an ebb tide. Two years earlier, the overthrow of Louis Phillipe in France had touched off a wave of revolutions all over Europe. Americans rejoiced in the expectation that soon no throne would be left standing anywhere.

“‘God, ‘twas delicious,’ Whitman wrote,
‘That brief, tight, glorious grip
‘Upon the throats of kings.

“But the forces of liberal nationalism — Emerson’s ‘party of the Future,’ ‘the Movement’ — were crushed with appalling ferocity. The revolutionaries of 1848 died on the battlefields, at the barricades and before firing squads, or they fled into exile. Karl Marx spent the rest of his life in London writing Das Kapital in the reading room of the British Museum. Mazzini and Carl Schurz also took shelter in London; Giuseppe Garibaldi dipped candles on Staten Island. Whitman was to see the Hungarian patriot Louis Kossuth riding up Broadway. Reaction, repression and militarism prevailed once again.”
And then came the Civil War.
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Whitman poured his love of young men onto the emotional desert of war, soothing its victims at great cost to himself.
“(H)e dedicated all his resources of physical and emotional strength into service to wounded soldiers, the maimed, the sick and the dying, for well nigh three years — until his strength broke down and he was prostrated for six months, probably the start of his later paralysis,” wrote A.L. Rowse in Homosexuals in History.
“He did an extraordinary job as a nurse-missionary-almoner all on his own; the doctors said that his services in the Washington war-hospitals and camps were more valuable than their own. Today he would be described as a psychotherapist; he was healer, father-confessor, dispenser of consolation and gifts he collected for the men. But his outpouring of love was the most important. A good lady-worker told him that the men were unresponsive. Little did she know: with limbs shattered, sick or dying, they longed to be kissed. Here was one young wounded New Yorker among thousands. ‘He behaved very manly and affectionate. The kiss I gave him as I was about leaving he returned fourfold. I had several such interviews with him. He died just after the one described.
“One cannot go into all that Walt did for these men, writing their letters, always bringing presents, spending all he could collect on them to keep their spirits going, consoling, hearing their prayers, taking their last messages.”
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Neil McKenna, in his The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde, reported that in his trip to America in 1882, “Oscar desperately wanted to meet Walt Whitman, whom he and many others considered to be America’s living poet… Whitman’s poetry spoke of the potency of friendship and love between men, particularly between working-class men, and positively oozed homoeroticism. Indeed, the Calamus section of Whitman’s great poetic cycle Leaves of Grass was so intensely homoerotic that it gave rise to the short-lived term ‘calamite’ to denote a man who loved men.”
They spent hours together, drinking elderberry wine. “One of the first things I said was that I should call him ‘Oscar,’” Whitman reported. “‘I like that so much,’ he answered, laying his hand on my knee. He seemed to me like a great big, splendid boy. He is so frank, and outspoken, and manly. I don’t see why such mocking things are written of him.”
And Wilde’s reaction? David Friedman wrote that, “A Philadelphian joked that it must have been hard for Wilde to swallow the homemade wine Whitman had offered. For once Wilde rejected an invitation to snobbery. ‘If it had been vinegar, I should have drunk it all the same,’ he said. ‘I have an admiration for that man which I can hardly express.’”
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Bronson Alcott, Louisa May’s father, was present when Whitman met Henry David Thoreau in 1856.
“Observing the edgy traffic between them, Alcott was reminded of ‘two beasts, each wondering what the other would do, whether to snap or run,”” Kaplan noted.
“He decided that either Henry was afraid Walt would steal his woods or Walt had recognized that for once he had met his match in Henry, ‘a sagacity potent, penetrating and peerless as his own,; an ego as unbiddable, an eye as hawklike. (Emerson surmised that perhaps Henry’s ‘fancy for Walt Whitman grew out of his taste for wild nature, for an otter, a woodchuck or a loon.’)… Each had his own vector of self-willed resistance to a trade- and conformity-minded society.”
Thoreau became an evangelical booster of Leaves of Grass.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson urged Whitman to cut some of the more physically vivid passages from the expanding editions of Leaves of Grass. No more “love-flesh swelling and deliciously aching” or “limitless limpid jets of loves hot and enormous.” And please no more references to…

…The young man that wakes, deep at night, the hot hand seeking to repress what would master him;        
The mystic amorous night — the strange half-welcome pangs, visions, sweats,        
The pulse pounding through palms and trembling encircling fingers — the young man all color’d, red, ashamed, angry;

Whitman asked Emerson if the book would be as good without such passages. Emerson paused, then replied, “I did not say as good a book. I said a good book.”
Years later, Whitman said, “Expurgation is apology — yes, surrender — yes, an admission that something or other was wrong. Emerson said expurgate — I said no, no... I have not lived to regret my Emerson no.”
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Whitman’s optimism was hard-pressed during the Civil War. In a single year, 1864, Whitman’s brother George became a prisoner of war and Whitman had his violent brother Jesse committed to the Kings County Lunatic Asylum. His alcoholic, widowed sister-in-law Nancy became a prostitute and gave birth to a son who was run over and killed by a brewery wagon in 1868. And Whitman’s nursing of all those shattered and dying soldiers he loved finally brought him to the verge of physical and mental collapse.
Yet, faced with calamity, Whitman determined “…to be self-balanced for contingencies,
“To confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.”
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Kaplan wrote: “Somehow I seem’d to get identity with each and every thing around me, in its condition,” (Whitman) said at Timber Creek. “Nature was naked, and I was also.” Earth rocks, trees and small living beings were lessons in imperturbability, concreteness and strength. “Being” was superior to “the human trait of mere seeming,” The human habit of “persistent strayings and sickly abstractions.”
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Ironically, while Whitman could identify with small living beings, apparently he couldn’t do so with large ones who happened to be black.
Although opposed to slavery, Whitman remained a racist. Watching five black regiments of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s army march in review, Whitman remarked, “It looked funny to see the president standing with his hat off to them just the same as the rest.”
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The following is from a Bill Moyers essay: “American democracy grew a soul, as it were -- given voice by one of our greatest poets, Walt Whitman, with his all-inclusive embrace in Song of Myself:

“Whoever degrades another degrades me,
and whatever is done or said returns at last to me...
I speak the pass-word primeval — I give the sign of democracy;
By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms...
(I am large -- I contain multitudes.)”

Author Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has vividly described Whitman seeing himself in whomever he met in America. As he wrote in I Sing the Body Electric:
“-- the horseman in his saddle,
Girls, mothers, house-keepers, in all their performances,
The group of laborers seated at noon-time with their open dinner-kettles and their wives waiting,
The female soothing a child — the farmer’s daughter in the garden or cow-yard,
The young fellow hoeing corn --”
…Whitman saw something else in the soul of the country: Americans at work, the laboring people whose toil and sweat built this nation.  Townsend contrasts his attitude with the way politicians and the media today — in their endless debates about wealth creation, capital gains reduction and high corporate taxes — seem to have forgotten working people. “But Whitman wouldn’t have forgotten them.” She writes, “He celebrates a nation where everyone is worthy, not where a few do well.”
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I dream in my dream all the dreams of the other dreamers.
And I become the other dreamers….
Now in a moment I know what I am for, I awake.
— Walt Whitman

Whitman was apparently subject to kenshō, that spontaneous mental state described by Dumoulin as “… an insight into the identity of one’s own nature with all of reality in an eternal now, as a vision that removes all distinctions.”
“He had shared the experience of countless people, irreligious by common standards, who had flashes of illumination or ecstasy — even Caliban saw the clouds open and ‘cried to dream again,’” Whiteman biographer Justin Kaplan wrote. “These experiences have a remembered correlative or ‘trigger.’ With Whitman it was the sea, music, the grass, the green world of summer. The rhythm of these experiences is sexual and urgent — tumescence, climax, detumescence — but the ‘afterglow’ may last a lifetime, as it did with him, and he invited it an prolonged it through poetry; the poet was the shaman of modern society — a master of ‘the techniques of ecstasy.’"

          Pre-adult famine exposure and subsequent colorectal cancer risk in women   
Abstract
Background: Nutritional deprivation during growth and development may contribute to colorectal cancer (CRC) risk in later life.Methods: We studied 7906 women who were aged 0–21 years during the 1944–45 Dutch famine, who enrolled in the Prospect-EPIC study between 1993 and 1997. We used Cox proportional hazard analyses to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for colorectal (proximal, distal and rectal) cancer risk across self-reported famine exposure and exposure-age categories, while adjusting for potential confounders.Results: During a median of 17.3 years of follow-up, 245 CRC cases occurred. Moderately and severely famine-exposed women showed a respective 24% and 44% higher CRC risk compared with women who reported no exposure [HRmoderate 1.24 (95% CI: 0.93–1.64); HRsevere 1.44 (1.03–2.03); Ptrend 0.027]. This relation attenuated when adjusted for potential confounders [adjusted HRmoderate 1.15 (0.87–1.53); HRsevere 1.35 (0.96–1.90); Ptrend 0.091]. Stratified results suggested that severe famine exposure between 10 and 17 years of age was particularly related to CRC risk[adjusted HRmoderate 1.39 (0.91–2.11); HRsevere 1.76 (1.10–2.83); Ptrend 0.019; Pinteraction(famine*10–17yrs) 0.096]. Overall, we found no differences in famine effects across CRC subsites, but age-at-exposure stratified results suggested an increased risk for proximal CRC in those aged 10–17 years during exposure to the famine [adjusted HRmoderate 2.14 (1.06–4.32), HRsevere 2.96 (1.35–6.46); Ptrend 0.005]. Overall and within age-at-exposure categories, tests for subsite specific heterogeneity in famine effects were not significant.Conclusions: Our findings suggest that severe exposure to a short period of caloric restriction in pre-adult women may relate to CRC risk decades later.

          Optimal timing of antiretroviral treatment initiation in HIV-positive children and adolescents: a multiregional analysis from Southern Africa, West Africa and Europe   
Abstract
Background: There is limited knowledge about the optimal timing of antiretroviral treatment initiation in older children and adolescents.Methods: A total of 20 576 antiretroviral treatment (ART)-naïve patients, aged 1-16 years at enrolment, from 19 cohorts in Europe, Southern Africa and West Africa, were included. We compared mortality and growth outcomes for different ART initiation criteria, aligned with previous and recent World Health Organization criteria, for 5 years of follow-up, adjusting for all measured baseline and time-dependent confounders using the g-formula.Results: Median (1st;3rd percentile) CD4 count at baseline was 676 cells/mm3 (394; 1037) (children aged ≥ 1 and < 5 years), 373 (172; 630) (≥ 5 and < 10 years) and 238 (88; 425) (≥ 10 and < 16 years). There was a general trend towards lower mortality and better growth with earlier treatment initiation. In children < 10 years old at enrolment, by 5 years of follow-up there was lower mortality and a higher mean height-for-age z-score with immediate ART initiation versus delaying until CD4 count < 350 cells/mm3 (or CD4% < 15% or weight-for-age z-score < -2) with absolute differences in mortality and height-for-age z-score of 0.3% (95% confidence interval: 0.1%; 0.6%) and -0.08 (-0.09; -0.06) (≥ 1 and < 5 years), and 0.3% (0.04%; 0.5%) and -0.07 (-0.08; -0.05) (≥ 5 and < 10 years). In those aged > 10 years at enrolment we did not find any difference in mortality or growth with immediate ART initiation, with estimated differences of -0.1% (-0.2%; 0.6%) and -0.03 (-0.05; 0.00), respectively. Growth differences in children aged < 10 years persisted for treatment thresholds using higher CD4 values. Regular follow-up led to better height and mortality outcomes.Conclusions: Immediate ART is associated with lower mortality and better growth for up to 5 years in children < 10 years old. Our results on adolescents were inconclusive.

          Cohort Profile: FAMILY Cohort   
Abstract
The FAMILY Cohort is a longitudinal study of health, happiness and family harmony (the ‘3Hs’) at individual, household and neighbourhood levels in Hong Kong. Using a family living in the same household as the sampling unit, the study (n = 20 279 households and 46 001 participants) consists of a composite sample from several sources, including: a population-representative random core sample (n = 8115 households and 19 533 participants); the first-degree relatives of this sample (n = 4658 households and 11 063 participants); and oversampling in three new towns (n = 2891 households and 7645 participants) and in three population subgroups with anticipated changes in family dynamics (n = 909 households and 2160 participants). Two household visits and five telephone- or web-based follow-ups were conducted over 2009–14. Data collected include socio-demographics, anthropometrics, lifestyle and behavioural factors, measures of social capital, and standardized instruments assessing the 3Hs. We also intend to collect biomaterials in future. The analytical plan includes multilevel inter-relations of the 3Hs for individuals, households, extended families and neighbourhoods. With Hong Kong’s recent history of socioeconomic development, the FAMILY Cohort is therefore relevant to global urban populations currently experiencing similarly rapid economic growth. The FAMILY Cohort is currently set up as a supported access resource.

          Restaurant Manager   
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          Ottawa's L-SPARK to Foster Growth for Innovative Enterprise Software Entrepreneurs   

L-SPARK Formed to Cultivate a Distinctive Canadian Startup Ecosystem with $7.7 Million in Funding Over 5 Years

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          Miracle Grow   

Release Year: 2016
Cast: Alex Grey
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Video language: English

Petite little Alex is a sad girl supreme. It seems like every year she is the smallest girl at school. She just wants to be tall and slender like all the other girls. Maybe one day, or possibly even today? She hears a knock on the door and its her friend Buddy! He hit a major growth spurt, but not naturally. Hes been using a product called miracle grow and its extended him two inches a week for the past month! Alex needs this now. Its only fifty bucks, but Alex is broke. She decides to see if maybe she could use her tiny assets to gain some bigger ones. She kneels down and her mouth open as wide as she can to fit Buddys fat cock. It barely fits but shes able to work it. She then spreads her tiny micro pussy to its extremes so Buddys cock can fuck it. Watching this incredibly tiny girl bounce on a thick dick was quite enticing. Buddy eventually came in her mouth, and left her with the miracle grow pills. Too bad that shit was empty! It was a ploy on her sluttiness and it worked. Not only will Alex never grow now, but shes got a tummy full of cum and its not the most fun!

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          Why is AirBnB Bad?   
Condos are fighting back against AirBnb

  • Wild parties
  • Never Ending Visitors
  • Over Use of Common Elements
  • Owner Apathy causes values to decrease   


Pick one!

Here's what Lash Condo Law had to say...
What do you think? 

With the growth in the “sharing economy”, many condominiums have been forced to turn their minds to the issue of short-term rentals.  While some investor owners are listing their units on short-term rental sites in order to maximize the revenue generated from their units, many resident owners do not welcome short-term rentals.From the perspective of resident owners, short-term rentals have negative ramifications:§ They detract from the sense of community that many residents desire
§ There are increased concerns about safety with so many strangers coming and going at all hours
§ There is increased wear and tear on the common elements
§ Inappropriate behavior by many short-term renters interferes with the quiet enjoyment of residents
§ The condominium is in effect an unlicensed, unregulated hotel.
Without any legislation that prohibits short-term rentals in condominiums, many condominium corporations are finding it quite challenging to put a stop to this type of activity in their building. However, there have been recent reports in the media about some condominium corporations that are winning the battle against short-term rentals.CBC News reported about a condominium where owners were able to successfully oust from the board, directors who favoured short-term rentals, even though the condominium documents prohibited rentals for a term less than a year. In this case, there were two short-term rental companies that leased units from investor owners and then in turn, advertised and rented the units on a short-term basis and had been doing so for five years.  It took two years for the resident owners to get control of the board so that the prohibition on short-term rentals in the condominium documents would be enforced.The Globe and Mail recently reported about a condominium concierge who was spending several hours a day scanning short-term rental websites looking for units being offered in his building.  He was also keeping a diligent lookout for strangers arriving with luggage and refusing to allow them entry into the building.While it may not be easy or quick to put a stop to short-term rentals, these two stories show that it can be done.Click hereto access our Practical Guide to Short-Term Stays (Hoteling), which provides practical steps to condominium boards to effectively address this issue.


 What do you think? 

David Pylyp
http://Humberbayshore.com
          Survey: Gas Prices Continue to Decline Nationally   

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- A national survey of gas prices reports that Americans are paying 12 cents on average less than they were three weeks ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average for regular grade gas is $3.26 per gallon, while midgrade averages $3.48 and premium $3.64. Retail diesel averages $3.74. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Lundberg said the price has decreased for 16 weeks, crediting lower crude oil prices. She forecastafurther cuts of a dime or more, thanks to decreases in theaprice of crude oil and ethanol. In the lower 48 states, San Francisco averaged the highest average price at $3.66 per gallon, while Tulsa, Oklahoma, had the lowest average at $2.93. Must Read: 23 Oil Industry Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio TheStreet Ratings team rates EXXON MOBIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: XOM Ratings Report


          The Deal: Regency Energy Pays Premium for PVR   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Houston energy midstream services provider Regency Energy Partners said Thursday it agreed to buy PVR Partners of Radnor, Pa., for $5.6 billion, expanding it from the Permian Basin, South Texas and northern Louisiana into Appalachia's Marcellus and Utica shale plays and the Mid-Continent. The deal includes $1.8 billion in debt assumption.PVR was surging on the news, gaining 12% to $25.65, while Regency was losing 8% to $25.61. Holders of PVR common units, Class B units and special units will receive 1.020 common units of Regency for each PVR unit they hold and a one-time cash payment at closing estimated at $40 million. Together, the stocks and cash were valued at $28.68 per unit, a 25.7% premium over PVR's closing price Wednesday of $22.81. Both partnerships' boards have approved the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 if it clears PVR unitholders and Hart-Scott-Rodino. CreditSights Inc. analysts Andy DeVries and Charles Johnston wrote in a report Thursday that Regency is paying a full multiple for PVR at 19.5 times Ebitda for the last 12 months, 17 times this year's estimated Ebitda and 14 times next year's Ebitda, versus the bidding war for Southern Union Co. that went over 10 times Ebitda ("and everybody thought that was expensive," they wrote). "While the 14 times is high relative to historic norms, that is being driven by the Fed and investors chasing yield in MLP's," they said, noting that 14 times is in line with current merged GP/LP MLP valuations like MarkWest Energy Partners LP (13.9 times) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (14.2 times). CreditSights said it was surprised by the deal, as it expected Regency would instead get merged into Energy Transfer Partners LP. It was also surprised that Regency used equity to fund the deal, as Regency yields 6.7% while Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, also owned by Energy Transfer, yields only 3.7% and thus is a much more richly valued currency for making acquisitions. "We understand PVR is in a different business line than SXL [Sunoco] but we assumed SXL could find its own acquisitions," it wrote. CreditSights is also concerned about Regency picking up PVR's coal royalty business, which makes up 20% of its earnings. "While less than 10% of the combined company's Ebitda, coal is clearly a negative for MLP [master limited partnership] investors," it said. "We assume the negative of the coal business is offset by O&M [operations and maintenance] synergies." PVR also merged with its general partner in 2011 so there are no incentive distribution rights impacting financials, CreditSights noted.The two companies claimed that the deal will create a leading gas gathering and processing platform with a scaled presence across North America's premier high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in Appalachia, West Texas, South Texas, the Mid-Continent and northern Louisiana. The combination will be slightly dilutive to next year's discounted cash flow. However, the partnerships said it's not expected to affect anticipated cash distribution growth next year, and the enhanced scale, balance sheet strength and diversification are expected to provide substantial Ebitda and discounted cash flow growth over time. Moreover, the deal is expected to better-position the combined company to capitalize on the long-term growth momentum of North American gas production through incremental, high-value expansions around its core asset base and other growth and acquisition opportunities. "This acquisition enhances our overall geographic diversity by providing Regency with a strategic presence in two prolific producing areas, the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin and the Granite Wash in the Mid-Continent region," Regency CEO Michael Bradley said in a statement. "These are tremendously complementary businesses, and as a result, we expect the increased footprint and scale to create significant synergies and provide substantial organic growth opportunities that will continue to support our goal of increasing distributions and creating unitholder value." PVR chief executive William Shea Jr. said in a statement the merger creates a larger, more diversified operating platform that will be highly attractive to investors, customers, creditors and employees. "We believe that the size and scope of the combined enterprise will be highly beneficial to our unitholders, offering added diversification and critical mass which will provide the needed financial flexibility to fully execute and benefit from the significant portfolio of organic growth projects we have developed over the past three years, especially in our Eastern midstream operations." Bradley will continue as president and CEO, and Thomas Long will continue as CFO. Regency and PVR expect to establish a transition team made up of members of both management teams to prepare for and to oversee the integration. The partnerships said the combination will have assets in many of the most economic, high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in North America: the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Avalon and Cline shale plays in the Permian, the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Appalachia, the Granite Wash play in Oklahoma and Texas and the Haynesville Shale and Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The increased scale and footprint will position Regency to build deeper customer relationships and secure and execute additional accretive growth opportunities, the partnerships said. Regency used Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michael Cannon and Andrew Castaldo, UBS Investment Bank's Rob Pierce and Carlos Rivero and a Baker Botts LLP team including Neel Lemon, Breen Haire, Joshua Davidson, Steve Marcus, A.J. Ericksen, Daniel Gottschalk, Rob Fowler, Paul Cuomo, Scott Janoe, Doug Rayburn and Luke Weedon. PVR tapped Citigroup Global Markets Inc.'s Claudio Sauer and Drew Horn; Evercore Partners' Ray Strong, Rob Pacha, Eric Bauer, Amit Bushan and Joyce Zhang; and Vinson & Elkins LLP's Mike Rosenwasser and Michael Swidler.--By Claire Poole in Houston

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          #BBSFallGiveaway2014 - FREE FALL GIVEAWAY!   

Ok - I promised!  Finally, after solving technical and other life delays, here are the pieces for this Blue Beehive Studio Fall Giveaway 2014!

Entries this time are only through Facebook (sorry Twitter folks... next time I think I'll do a Twitter Giveaway!). Visit --->> HERE <<---for Facebook link and details on how to win (post made October 9th)!

As mentioned in Facebook, the winner gets to choose ONE piece only (who doesn't like options?!?!). Didn't win this time?  You can get your chance - pieces will be listed on the ETSY store after October 17th!


PIECE ONE:

We just saw the great lunar eclipse this morning (wow!), so I had to toss in a piece with something red....   earrings!

Dragonflies (plated in fine Silver) are suspended from a red mountain jade stone.  Earwire is silver plated.





For size reference....    Not too big.











PIECE TWO: 
A bracelet!

This one is made from imitation turquoise, glass beads, and silver plated beads.

Suspended in the center is a symbol called the "Prayer labyrinth".  It is also known as a meditation labyrinth and is an old symbol for spiritual growth. 




It measures approximately 7.5" long with a 1.5" chain extender.  It closes with a gunmetal lobster claw clasp.

Too long?  I can shorten it if you'd like.  Measure your wrist and add .25" or .5" (depending upon how tight you like your bracelets).







PIECE THREE:
Another bracelet! 

This one features the Tree of Life pendant with black lava rock and green serpentine stones. Small silver plated beads are also spaced in the piece.






The bracelet is approximately 7" long with a 1.5" chain extender.
Too long?  I can shorten it if you'd like.  Again, measure your wrist and add .25" or .5" (depending upon how tight you like your bracelets).








GOOD LUCK!!!  If you didn't win, don't worry! 

After October 17th, these will be available on my Etsy shop.



          Hospital Sessions for Brand-New Newborns   
For 40 weeks there is the amazing growth and development of a new life inside a mother?s womb. Throughout this time there is anticipation of what the child will be like. Even with the advancements of imaging technologies, there is an incredible level of mystery about the newborn. Will he have a nose like his dad?s? A head of hair or completely bald? How big is she going to be? These are all questions that can only be answered when the baby finally arrives.
          McDonalds - Starbucks Round Four   
Now if this is the only blog you read, you may be wondering about rounds one, two, and three. Well, those rounds appeared in my general interest blog, mrontemp.

Round one, entitled You think Feldman-Israel is a bad war? Wait until McDonalds-Starbucks gets into battle mode!, ventured the opinion that Starbucks would do better by differentiating itself from McDonalds, rather than trying to grab the McDonalds crowd.

But then I remembered how businesses work. Round two concentrated on the needs of stakeholders other than the customer - namely, the investors. Investors, whether public company shareholders or private company investors or venture capitalists, wants businesses to grow and expand and continue to show growth, and growth, and growth. A Starbucks that maintains the same level of revenues and profits is a failure for those folks.

I just wrote round three, which concentrated on cost optimization, or whatever euphemism you want to use for cost cutting - another thing that the investors want to see, since lower costs result in higher profits, don't they?

Well, I saved round four for this blog, because it's taking place right in Ontario. Continuing on the cost-cutting theme, but adding a new twist.

From the Daily Bulletin:

Mervyns distribution warehouse in Ontario is laying off 200 employees and will outsource to a manager of third-party logistics vendors called Kalserve....

Mervyns expects to save $4million. It will keep about 30 employees in Ontario to oversee its third-party vendors.


More here. While Matthew Wrye took the local point of view, the Sacramento Business Journal noted that layoffs took place in northern California also. (By the way, I didn't realize that Mervyns was no longer part of Target. But hey, it's only been independent for four years now.)

As for Kalserve...well, I can't find out anything about any logistics company called Kalserve, or for that matter any company called Kalserve, other than an unidentified company in Dublin, Ireland.

But Mervyns would probably like it better that way.
          The Science of Hidden Connections   
By Kaitlin Vortherms New and exponentially increasing amounts of biomedical research can yield valuable insight into rare diseases, cures, devices, procedures, and more. This growth, however, can sometimes overwhelm scientists and the public alike: the
          Nanometer-Resolved Spectroscopic Study Reveals the Conversion Mechanism of CaO·Al2O3·10H2O to 2CaO·Al2O3·8H2O and 3CaO·Al2O3·6H2O at an Elevated Temperature   

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          The future of telemedicine for the management of heart failure patients: a Consensus Document of the Italian Association of Hospital Cardiologists (A.N.M.C.O), the Italian Society of Cardiology (S.I.C.) and the Italian Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (Digital S.I.T.)   
<span class="paragraphSection">Telemedicine applied to heart failure patients is a tool for recording and providing remote transmission, storage and interpretation of cardiovascular parameters and/or useful diagnostic images to allow for intensive home monitoring of patients with advanced heart failure, or during the vulnerable post-acute phase, to improve patient’s prognosis and quality of life.Recently, several meta-analyses have shown that telemedicine-supported care pathways are not only effective but also economically advantageous. Benefits seem to be substantial, with a 30–35% reduction in mortality and 15–20% decrease in hospitalizations. Patients implanted with cardiac devices can also benefit from an integrated remote clinical management since all modern devices can transmit technical and diagnostic data. However, telemedicine may provide benefits to heart failure patients only as part of a shared and integrated multi-disciplinary and multi-professional ‘chronic care model’. Moreover, the future development of remote telemonitoring programs in Italy will require the primary use of products certified as medical devices, validated organizational solutions as well as legislative and administrative adoption of new care methods and the widespread growth of clinical care competence to remotely manage the complexity of chronicity.Through this consensus document, Italian Cardiology reaffirms its willingness to contribute promoting a new phase of qualitative assessment, standardization of processes and testing of telemedicine-based care models in heart failure.By recognizing the relevance of telemedicine for the care of non-hospitalized patients with heart failure, its strategic importance for the design of innovative models of care, and the many challenges and opportunities it raises, ANMCO and SIC through this document report a consensus on the main directions for its widespread and sustainable clinical implementation</span>
          Industrial Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright - American Iron & Metal, Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton, ON   
Industrial mechanic/ millwright minimum 3 years experience. American Iron and Metal, (AIM) is a growth-oriented metal recycling and processing company located...
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          Web/Digital Marketing Specialist - QuickMobile - Vancouver, BC   
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Business with a concentration in Marketing/Communications. Learn more about QuickMobile and our growth by visiting our website....
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          Global Head of Healthcare Marketing - HGS USA LLC - Warrenville, IL   
US and Canada) in support of both new logo and existing account growth. HGS is a world leader in Customer Relationship and Business Process Management....
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          Transcriptionist - Transcription for Everyone - Remote   
We can't keep up and are constantly in a state of growth. Our unique payment system ensures a fair payment structure and our editors always provide feedback so...
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          Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Slows in April   

Case-Shiller's National Home Price Index indicated slower home price growth in April. Year-over-year, home prices rose 5.50 percent in April as compared to 5.60 percent in March. Year-over-year readings are calculated on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis.

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          NC Senate Candidates Debate the 2013 Mobility Formula   
Economic development experts say aging transportation systems are holding back growth in southeastern North Carolina. The candidates for North Carolina’s Senate District 9, which encompasses most of New Hanover County, differ on whether the Mobility Formula is fair. Republican Michael Lee and Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh squared off during a recent Power Breakfast regarding the Department of Transportation’s Mobility Formula. Governor McCrory introduced the Formula last year as a means to align available funding with the greatest transportation needs. Michael Lee, appointed in August to serve out the remainder of Senator Thom Goolsby’s term, is now running as the incumbent for Senate District 9. He says the Mobility Formula provides an objective basis to fund transportation projects. "What we had before the Mobility Formula were politicians making political decisions and giving favors to have infrastructure put in certain areas to benefit certain constituents. And I for one want to
          Candidate Profile: Michael Lee (R), NC Senate, District 9   
Wilmington lawyer Michael Lee is vying for a seat in state Senate District 9—with hearty endorsement from incumbent Senator Thom Goolsby. Lee, a fellow Republican, has twice previously run for the same seat--to Julia Boseman in 2008, and to Goolsby in the 2010 primary. While Lee has never won an elected position, he serves on the Port Authority Board, as well as the state Department of Transportation’s board. Lee views job growth, education reform and a balanced budget as integrated pursuits. WHQR's Katie O'Reilly: Tell me about your top three priorities in office. Michal Lee: I think economic development, jobs, and education, and they all kind of interrelate with each other. Jobs in New Hanover County, the state of North Carolina, really anywhere, rely upon a strong education system—not just K-12, but also our community college system and our university system. So that is really how it relates into jobs and economic development, in the way that we not only educate our children, so
          Will food dominate 21 century geopolitics? (radio)   
One billion people in the world are going hungry–more than any other time in history. Yet food security remains a pretty low concern in most industrialized countries. That may not last long according to renowned environmentalist, Lestor Brown, who says that climate change, population growth, rising consumption of meat and dairy, and water issues could […]
          Productivity slows to 1.2 percent rate in Q4   
Growth in labor costs increased
          Don’t stop now! What options do you have to finance the next stage of your business growth?   

Congratulations, you’ve reached that first milestone; successful growth in your business from your initial funding. However if you’ve set your sights even higher, you now need to understand what other financing options are available.   1.Accessing bank finance For most business owners in the start-up...

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          Avantus Recruit: Senior Accounts Administrator   
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Avantus Recruit: Due to the growth of this Aldershot based company, a Senior Accounts Administrator is now required to support the finance team. Individuals should have AAT Level 4 and have experience in processing payroll and strong Excel skills. Responsibilities:Produci Rushmoor District
          Morgan West: Manager/Senior IT Auditor - Greater London   
Circa £85000 + benefits (negotiable): Morgan West: Salary: Circa £85000 + benefits.This is a First class opportunity to join this dynamic business as a senior/Manager level IT audit professional, supporting the Director of Audit. The organisations significant growth and diversification means that the func London
          RECRUITMENT GENIUS: Collections Advisor   
£18000 per annum: RECRUITMENT GENIUS: £18,000 per Annum + bonusRotational shift Pattern 9 - 7pmAre you a highly motivated and driven individual? Do you want to build a successful career with the UK's market leader?Due to a continued growth, this company is looking for experienced collections Glasgow
          Morgan West: Senior Internal Auditor - M40 corridor   
Circa £55000 + bonus + excellent flexible benefits: Morgan West: Senior Internal Auditor - M40 corridorOur industry respected UK client requires a highly proactive and innovative Senior Internal audit professional.Due to growth our client is looking to recruit a Senior Internal Auditor as an integral part of a new succ Birmingham
          Super council row ‘could slow growth in the county’   
TENSIONS over the restructuring of local government must not slow progress on developments to bring thousands of new homes and jobs to the county, a business leader has warned.
          Accountant-Accounts payable and receivable - CARSTAR Calgary CMD Group - Calgary, AB   
CMD CARSTAR Group is looking for an accountant. We are a growth oriented company and require a forward thinking individual....
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          Herbal Shampoo   

We all are in love with our hair. Straight, long, short, Curly, Wavy, and thick moisturized hair is all what we want. To maintain our hair, we all buy expensive products, use chemicals and waste our time moreover the result that we see is heart breaking. To avoid all the chemicals for our beautiful hair Herbal Shampoos are best. These are best to strengthen and nourish our hair. 

Herbal Shampoos are infused with special herbals and extracts for growth that help stimulate the scalp increase circulation and keeps hair healthy. It is best for most of the hair types. Herbals shampoos are blended with special herbs to clarify, increase circulation, stimulate growth and conditioning to give our hair the strength, sheen and definition that it deserves.

To achieve great looking hair without synthetic chemicals is not difficult task now. Just turn to natural herbal kits which are pocket friendly too. The result after using these products will be quick and satisfying. There are varieties in herbal shampoos too. We can choose the herbs for our shampoo which will enhance hair color and texture. Herbal hair conditions help make hair more manageable and often impart a smoother and softer texture. These are best for damaged hair.

These products are easy to use just apply thoroughly on wet hair and scalp. These moisturizing shampoos are enriched with the extracts of Amla, Tulsi, Aloevera and Green tea which ends up moisturizing the hair extremely soft and shiny. These Shampoos also have the extracts of Shikakai, Amla and Apricots which nourishes hair making it smooth and gloss. So, for the protein rich hair use these herbal shampoos which has the intensive power of natural protein that repairs your hair with the goodness of almond and soya, thereby protecting it from daily damage and strengthening it from root to tip.

          Global Advanced Driver Assistance System Market 2016 Overview, Analysis and Forecast 2022   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 29, 2017 ) Rising awareness about driver safety and growing influence of safety regulations imposed by various governmental organizations have made Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) an essential component in commercial vehicles. The market is estimated to witness a growth...
          Test and Measurement Equipment Market in APAC, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts to 2019   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 29, 2017 ) Publishers market research analyst predicts the test and measurement (T&M) equipment market in APAC to grow steadily at a CAGR of nearly 7% until 2019. Factors such as the rapid growth of the communication and semiconductor sectors and an increase in electronic manufacturing...
          BLOG: The Gospel and Prosperity, Part 1   
The Bible teaches that it is normally God's will to prosper us materially and give us good health.

That is true in the Old Testament: "Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits -- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's" (Psalm 103:2-5).

And Saint Paul clearly teaches a connection between generous, sacrificial giving and our experiencing increasing financial blessing: "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. . . And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God" (2 Corinthians 9:6-11).

While we should not limit this blessing to material things, material things certainly are at least somewhat in view: " . . so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (verse 8). "You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion" (verse 11).

That is the teaching of the 31 chapters of the book of Proverbs. But I said, normally, because Job reveals the fine print in the contract, as I will attempt to lay out below.

First of all, consider health. Essentially, I believe that a person is "immortal" until God's purpose for his life is completed. That doesn't mean that we won't get sick; we will, and unless somebody shoots us or runs over us with a car or something like that, one day, sooner or later, every one of us is going to get sick from something that's going to kill us: "It is appointed for men to die once" (Hebrews 9:27). We see that in the life of one of the three greatest workers of miracles in the Old Testament, Elisha. "Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died" (2 Kings 13:14). Amazingly, even in his death, this type of Christ brings life: "Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet" (2 Kings 13:20, 21).

I believe that it is normally God's will that we have sufficient health so that we can go about doing what he's called us to do, not that we don't ever get tired, feel bad or have a bout with illness. Due to sickness, I have only missed preaching in our Sunday morning services two times in the past 32 years. But I will let you in on a little secret, if I'm going to feel under the weather when I get up, it's almost always on Sunday morning. Time and again, my fever has broken while I was preaching. I'm usually ready for a nap after the second morning sermon, but I almost always feel better after I preach than before. Back on Monday, January 26, 2004, I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy which left the left side of my face paralyzed to the point I could neither completely close my left eye or the left side of my mouth. I had been eating lunch with a man in my congregation and I realized that the onions in my liver and onions kept falling out of my mouth. Within three weeks I was completely healed, but on two Sundays I had to use my left hand to push my lips together every time I used a bilabial plosive, otherwise I couldn't pronounce words like "pastor" or "bad."

As indicated above, the Bible teaches that it is normally God's will to prosper believers materially, but we must hold fast to certain truths, lest we twist this biblical truth to our own destruction.

1. It belongs to God alone to define what prosperity is.

1.1. Prosperity is not having everything we desire -- so much of what we desire is bad for us, afterall, like a little child stuffing himself with candy at holiday time. If I went through my list of desires, let's see . . . on second thought, I don't think I want to go there.

1.2. Prosperity varies from place to place, culture to culture and time to time. Having an automobile in modern suburban America is probably a necessity, and one that we may humbly expect that God will provide as we seek to do his will. But having a dirt-floored, log cabin, vegetables and cured meat, homespun clothing, a mule and tools would have met these criteria a couple of hundred years ago.

1.3. Prosperity is having enough "money" so that we are able to provide food and shelter for those for whom we are responsible and to have enough left over to give to advance God's kingdom in the lives of others.

2. Our ultimate "prosperity" in Christ means that God will sometimes orchestrate the events of our lives in such a way that we find ourselves bewildered by our circumstances. That certainly was often the experience of the Apostle Paul as he describes it in 2 Corinthians 11:21-29: "I have . . . been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?"

2.1. Saint Paul teaches us that God is directing everything in the life of believers so that they will become more and more like the Lord Jesus: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers" (Romans 8:28, 29).

2.2. Joseph could look back on the trials of his life, the hellish events unleashed by the murderous deeds of his brothers, and confess: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" (Genesis 50:20).

2.3. It wasn't because of Paul's sin or lack of faith, that our heavenly Father ordained that an angel of Satan would cause Paul to suffer with his thorn in the flesh; it was to produce growth in grace and increasing humility before God: "And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me -- to keep me from exalting myself" (2 Corinthians 12:7)!

Paul experienced real pain from this attack and earnestly sought relief from his Father, "Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me" (2 Corinthians 12:8).

But his prayer was not answered the way that he wanted, and this wasn't due to Paul's lack of faith or the presence of unconfessed sin in his life: 'And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The end result of this was Paul's joyful submission to God's good providence, not a bitter, stoic resignation: "Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10).

Continued in Part 2.

          Comment on Legislation introduced to amend readability standards for Grades 3-8 testing by anne   
I teach English as a Second language, gr. k-6. Today we started out NYS test which was "revamped" this year. We had no knowledge of this test until March 6 of this year, and never got to see or hear what the test was going to be like, until this morning. I gave it to a few first graders WHO COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES AND DO NOT KNOW MUCH ENGLISH. They sat there in shock and then just cried, for 45 minutes! - How is this developmentally appropriate for them? And of course their performance on this test (which should at most be used to determine how much English they have learned) will determine my APPR. Someone serioously needs to get rid of all this testing, and make it local and not tied to APPR. Any test needs to be instructive about students growth, so it can inform instruction. nothing more!
          Aerosolization of mycotoxins after growth of toxinogenic fungi on wallpaper.   
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Authors: Aleksic B, Draghi M, Ritoux S, Bailly S, Lacroix M, Oswald IP, Bailly JD, Robine E

Abstract
Many fungi can develop on building material in indoor environments if moisture is high enough. Among species that are frequently observed, some are known to be potent mycotoxin producers. This presence of toxinogenic fungi in indoor environments raises the question of the possible exposure of occupants to these toxic compounds by inhalation after aerosolization.This study investigated the mycotoxin production by Penicillium brevicompactum, Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys chartarum during their growth on wallpaper and the possible subsequent aerosolization of produced mycotoxins from contaminated substrates.We demonstrated that mycophenolic acid, sterigmatocystin and macrocyclic trichothecenes (sum of 4 major compounds) could be produced at levels of 1.8, 112.1 and 27.8 mg/m(2), respectively on wallpaper. Moreover, part of the produced toxins could be aerosolized from substrate. The propensity to aerosolization differed according to the fungal species. Thus, particles were aerosolized from wallpaper contaminated with P. brevicompactum when air velocity of just 0.3 m/s was applied, where S. chartarum required air velocity of 5.9 m/s. A versicolor was intermediate since aerosolization occurred under air velocity of 2 m/s.Quantification of the toxic content revealed that toxic load was mostly associated with particles of size equal or higher of 3 μm, which may correspond to spores. However, some macrocyclic trichothecenes (especially satratoxin H and verrucarin J) can also be found on smaller particles that can penetrate deeply in the respiratory tract upon inhalation. These elements are important for risk assessment related to mouldy environments.IMPORTANCE The possible colonisation of building material by toxinogenic fungi in case of moistening raises the question of the subsequent exposure of occupants to aerosolized mycotoxins. In this study, we demonstrated that three different toxinogenic species produce mycotoxins during their development on wallpaper. These toxins can subsequently be aerosolized, at least partly, from mouldy material. This transfer to air requires air velocities that can be encountered in « real life conditions » in buildings. The most part of the aerosolized toxic load is found in particles whose size corresponds to spores or mycelium fragments. However, some toxins were also found on particles smaller than spores that are easily respirable and can deeply penetrate into human respiratory tract. All these data are important for risk assessment related to fungal contamination of indoor environments.

PMID: 28646113 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          I am blessed when I do that   
Sometimes, most times, we are so involved with our own hectic lives and full schedules that we have created for ourselves that we forget why we are here. We forget about our connection to one another; to our families, friends and the community in which we live. Although some of us naturally think about others and do things for others, the majority of us forget about them and what their needs may be. We don"??t even notice that others in need even exist. We may not realize that in being a member of a family, community or town that we have certain responsibilities to each other; to be there for one another. We need to be there to help in shaping the growth of our home community.



It doesn"??t matter whether you live in a small rural community or in a large metropolitan area there is always something that you can contribute. You may start a small project for helping someone in need in your own small housing complex or subdivision and the effects may soon be felt for miles away. They may even continue to grow into larger projects where they may end up affecting many individuals; as was portrayed in the movie Pay It Forward"??.



You may think that your small act of kindness is meaningless or not noticed but it usually is. I know of one woman who always invites people she meets to have a meal with her family. She sees they are alone for the evening or next day and are in need of company and she doesn"??t hesitate. She shares what she has and makes the effort. Those she invites are always amazed and they acknowledge her for it. They say that they can"??t believe the kindness and many have been having a tough time meeting people. That she is inspiring to them with her kindness. This is a small gesture but one that has made very large impacts on the people around her as well as for herself. She knows she is blessed in many ways whenever she does this.



I have found the best groups to be involved in are right in your own backyard. Our community women"??s club of only 60 women, working very part time on a charitable event and fundraiser, have been known to gather over $40,000.00 in contributions for research for a foundation that is fighting a childhood disease. A member"??s son has this life threatening disease and needs the services to keep up his daily activities. We were all blessed when we came together the past several years in promoting and sponsoring this amazing event.



Another community group helps to sponsor a neighborhood transitional family shelter with monthly contributions of toiletries and household supplies. These items may not seem like much but make a huge difference to the families who are trying to regain their independence in living as a family. They even volunteer their time to help organize the food pantry and clothing closets where contributions are stored. Additionally, they organize community events to provide Christmas celebrations as well as other holiday traditions for families without the resources to provide them for their own families. Now who is blessed when this takes place?



Communities depend on the various gifts of its members and their professions to bring a wide array of talents and skills to those in need. People rely on the specialized skills and knowledge of those in their community. When we really take the time to think about what we are good at and what we can offer to someone in need, (whether it be cooking a meal for someone, or cleaning a neighbor"??s yard for them when they are ill) we see that we are truly a contributing member of our town or community. We are a real member of the whole.



In return we feel good about ourselves and our community and we will begin to receive the benefits from our giving. If we are living our lives in a state of awareness we will be able to feel the blessings that come our way when we do for others. We than begin to feel that we can do so much more.



Do not underestimate the effects that a long awaited phone call or a special hand written"?? note or card has on those you care about and those in need of your time and support. (Possibly to a soldier you know or even one that you don"??t even know.) You will know that you are blessed when you do that."?? You are supported by the universe when you share your gifts with others freely.



Once you feel the emotion of doing for others and what it gives back to each of us as individuals, we want to experience it over and over again.



The feeling of accomplishment we get when working alongside of others toward the same goal is one you will always remember. What a blessing.




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          One Small Step for Geoengineering — or Is "Ecoengineering" Better?   

A reader named R.E. Riker alerts us to the progress of an experimental ocean restoration project (more here); the ringleader is one Russ George, who has proven controversial. Before your knee jerks in one direction or another, take a look:

This summer the crew has been aboard ship engaging in what is surely the most substantial ocean restoration project in history. In a large ocean eddy west of Haida Gwaii the project has replenished vital ocean mineral micronutrients, with the expectation and hope it would restore ten thousand square kilometers of ocean pasture to health. Indeed this has occurred and the waters of the Haida eddy have turned from clear blue and sparse of life into a verdant emerald sea lush with the growth of a hundred million tonnes of plankton and the entire food chain it supports. The growth of those tonnes of plankton derives from vast amounts of CO2 now diverted from becoming deadly ocean acid and instead made that same CO2 become ocean life itself. For weeks the men and women, on this village team toiled in stormy overcast weather and fog without a hint of blue sky. In mid-August the skies cleared and revealed the wonder of the mission on which they have laboured. Satellites focused on ocean health that monitor and measure plankton blooms sent back stunning images. Far offshore in these Haida salmon pastures a vast plankton bloom is revealed matching the health and vibrancy of blooms seen in rich coastal waters. The return of such blooms is “the stuff dreams are made of” for all ocean life.

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          Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do   
Recorded October 14th in Vancouver, BC Is the global economy hitting the limits to growth? In this talk, Nate Hagens will synthesize the current landscape of global energy, environment and financial risks while offering suggestions on what to do as a hominid living on a full planet. He will raise the question of whether it […]
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          Transition to a Sustainable Commons Society   
Recorded at the 4th International Degrowth Conference 2014 in Leipzig Germany September 5th Speaker Michel Bauwens Degrowth will only be possible by changing the artificial scarcity-based design practices and engineering of the for-profit sector and by removing the incentive to externalize the true production costs in terms of matter and energy. A commons-oriented approach should […]
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          Why Degrowth? Dialogue on pathways towards a smaller economy   
We recently hosted an event in Vancouver, BC in partnership with Degrowth Vancouver to ask the question of ‘Why Degrowth?’ Our speakers were William Rees & Jennie Moore. You can find the full videos from the event below:
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          [ Dan O’Neill // Enough is Enough ]   
Dan O’Neill (Ecological Economist, Leeds University) covers the topics in Enough is Enough, his recent book co-authored with Rob Deitz. Dan talks about the reasons why economic growth as usual is not likely in the future and why it hasn’t been meeting our needs anyways. He outlines the first policy steps towards an economy that […]
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          [ Rick Wolff // A Cure for Capitalism ]   
Professor Rick Wolff explains why growth has become a focus of our modern political system. He describes how inequality is created by the way our enterprises are organized. Because a significant portion of our lives are at work, how would our society look if democratic businesses became the new normal? What would be the environmental […]
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          Growing Questions of Growth   
*Unfortunately we tried to livestream this one and the Wirecast overlay was present, however the audio works just fine. In this session Dr. Bill Rees, Dr. Patrick Francois, Michael Barkusky and Conrad Schmidt discuss various perspectives on economic growth.
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          1910-05-20 Abe Attell ND10 Harlem Tommy Murphy [National Sporting Club, New York, NY, USA]   
1910-05-21 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 10)
ATTELL GETS THE CALL
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Outpoints Murphy in Seven Rounds of Good Bout.

Abe Attell, of San Francisco, the featherweight champion of the world, outpointed Tommy Murphy, the "Pride of Harlem," in a ten-round bout at the National Sporting Club of America last night. The bout was not up to the standard, both boys being too cautious and refusing to take a chance.

Tom O'Rourke, the manager of the club, refereed the bout and performed his duties in a creditable way. Before calling the boys to the centre O'Rourke made this announcement:

"In order to protect the members of this organization from any happening similar to that of last Friday, the management has made a rule that, in case of a disqualification of the boxers for failing to give of their best work, the assessment either will be returned to the members or donated to charity."

Murphy was guilty of the only foul during the bout. In the eighth round he held Attell's left glove under his arm and ripped home several upper cuts. He also cuffed the latter several times with the heel of his glove. Attell retaliated by rubbing his beard of four days' growth on the Harlem boy's face and shoulders.

Attell showed to the fore in the first, second, third, fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth rounds, while Murphy's furious infighting gave him the call in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds. Murphy rocked the champion in the fourth round with a right cross counter that caught Attell as he came in. The blow was high and Abe soon recovered from its effects.

Attell was Murphy's superior in scientific boxing, and landed three clean blows to Tommy's one. He used a slashing left hook to the face that caused Murphy's both eyes to puff and discolor, and a left jab that drew the blood from his nose in the first round.


1910-05-21 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 8)
Attell Wins from Murphy on Points
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Featherweight Champion Too Clever for the Harlem Boy in Ten Round Bout.
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For the second time in the course of a month "Abe" Attell, featherweight champion of the world, handed "Tommy" Murphy, the pride of Harlem, a beating last night that he and the members of the National Sporting Club of American will not forget for some time.

Murphy was outclassed from the first round until the finish, as Attell's past experience was too much for his opponent and made him look like a novice during their ten rounds of boxing.

In fact Attell never really let himself loose at any stage during the milling, but just played safe and chopped away at Murphy's face with a left jab and in close quarters hammered at "Tommy's" midsection.

The clubhouse was crowded and when the principals made their appearance standing room was at a premium. It was the largest gathering of members seen at the club this season.

Attell was the first to enter the ring and took the southeast corner, where he was looked after by "Young" Griffo and his brother "Monte," and he stripped to white trunks, followed a second later by Murphy, who seated himself in the northwest chair and disrobed to black trunks, looking about ten pounds heavier than Attell.

While the boys were donning their mitts the announcer introduced "Knock Out" Brown, "Young" O'Leary, Stanley Ketchel and "Willie" Lewis, the latter two are scheduled to meet at the club on Friday, May 22, in the main event, for ten rounds.

It was also announced that the Sharkey Athletic Club will hold a special entertainment on Saturday, May 28, for the benefit of "Gym" Bagley, who is very ill.

When Referee O'Rourke called the boys to the centre of the ring both agreed to break clean, and after receiving instructions, at the sound of the gong for the first round, Murphy landed a light left to face and received a right to jaw. Murphy crossed left to jaw and landed right and left to the same place. Attell used a stiff left to face during the round, and landed at will. It was Attell's round.

Second Round.--Attell jabbed face with left, and Murphy crossed left to mouth. Murphy sent Attell's head back with a hard right to jaw, and Attell came back with a right uppercut to face. Attell put two lefts to wind. Murphy missed two lefts, and Attell hooked right to head. Murphy sent right to jaw, and Attell rushed him across the ring, jabbing left to face. Murphy landed a good right on jaw. They sparred and Attell hooked both hands to jaw and swung a hard right to head. Murphy sent right to jaw and a left to wind. Attell jabbed mouth with left at bell. Attell's round.

At the gong of the third round Murphy missed a left for head and they mixed it. Attell ripped right to body and left to jaw. Murphy missed two lefts for head and Attell chopped face with left. Attell sent Murphy's head back with a straight left. Murphy jabbed face with left and then misses right and left for head. Attell put blocked Murphy's left and ripped his right left to jaw and solid left to wind. Attell blocks Murphy's left and rips his right to to wind. Attell sent Murphy's head back with a straight left to face as Tommy rushed in before bell. Attell's round.

Murphy had a shade the best of the fourth round, as he landed a few hard rights and lefts to jaw and body; in close quarters the Harlem boy used a short uppercut to chin.

Attell was the aggressor from the fifth round and forced Murphy all around the ring, landing right and left to jaw and face at will, and made Murphy miss many well intended blows.

The last two rounds were of a whirlwind fashion, as both exchanged hard blows to jaw and body. In the final session Attell chopped left to Murphy's face and sent right and left to jaw, and in close quarters used a short uppercut to jaw that forced Murphy to hold.

Murphy was hissed several times during the fight for holding Attell's hand under his arms in the clinches.

Attell proved he is Murphy's master, and in a longer fight would have no trouble in winning from the pride of Harlem.

In the semi-final bout "Frankie" Mango outpointed "Young" Terry in a six round contest. McConnell won from "Joe" Fisher in the third round of a scheduled six round battle, and "Bull" Anderson defeated "Battling Larry" Ryan in the same number of rounds.


1910-05-21 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page 11)
ATTELL TROUNCES MURPHY ONCE MORE
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Featherweight Champion Proves Superiority Over Lightweight in Ten Round Bout.
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"Abe" Attell did a few things last night to "Tommy" Murphy at the National Club which he may have had left over from their last meeting. Even those friends of the Harlem idol who see him as a lightweight champion through the large end of a magnifying glass, must have had some of their convictions dissipated.

There were many who argued that Murphy had won in the last clash, but last night "Abe" showed just how cheap a boxer can be made, that is to say, a boxer who has championship aspirations. It made no difference to Attell that he was giving away a dozen pounds in weight. He made up for the difference in skill.

It was the same tale practically as when they met before. Attell picked off Murphy's blows like drops of rain on an umbrella, and he peppered his home with the accuracy of a sharpshooter. At that "Abe" was not going as fast as he can. He was content to jab Murphy off and outpoint him and only put on the accelerator once or twice, and when this notch was raised in the speed limit Murphy looked like a schoolboy being cuffed by a husky country pedagogue.

Murphy tried to box instead of fight, and Attell is a past master of the science of fistics. "Tommy" did not show anything worth mentioning against his little opponent's skill, but he did show a few things in the way of bad holding that were hissed.

During the ten rounds that the bout lasted Murphy landed about one clean blow to Attell's five, it was the feather weight champion's "mill" from gong to gong, and it was pretty boxing withal.


1910-05-21 The New York Press (New York, NY) (page 9)
ABE ATTELL IN TAME BOUT.
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Featherweight Champion Bests Murphy at O'Rourke's Club.

"Say, do youse two guys room together?" shouted a wag from the gallery in Tom O'Rourke's National Sporting Club last night, in the midst of one of the clinches that punctuated the ten-round bout between Tommy Murphy, the Flatbush Farmer, and Abe Attell, the featherweight champion. Though somewhat aged, the remark was apt, for the big crowd attracted by the mill saw a poor exhibition of the manly art. In what fighting there was Attell had the better of it. The featherweight champion won the first, second, sixth, seventh, ninth and tenth rounds. The third and fifth sessions were even. Murphy had the better of the other two rounds, the fourth and the eighth.

In the first two rounds Murphy was content to spar with Attell, and in that department of the game Abe made Tommy look like a novice. Tommy decided to do some fighting in between the second and third rounds, and held Attell even in the third and bested him in the fourth. Then Abie got into the going again and evened up matters in the fifth, and had a shade the better of the sixth and seventh. Tommy came back and swept Attell around the ring in the eighth, only to have Abie take the ninth session. The tenth round opened with fireworks and closed with hugging. Attell had a shade the better of the last round.

It was a rough go. Abe came into the ring with a two weeks' growth of beard on his face and he constantly used the "whiskers punch" made famous by Battling Nelson. Abe heeled with his glove and butted with his head. Tommy looked to be doing most of the holding, but to the experts Attell's curling left arm repeatedly was seen to steal inside Tommy's right and curl around the waist. Then Abe would draw Tommy into a stinging right.

Tom O'Rourke refereed, but showed rustiness, constantly getting in the way of the boys. There were flashed of clever and hard fighting, but on the whole the least said about the bout the better.


1910-05-21 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 10)
ATTELL AND MURPHY IN MEDIOCRE BOUT
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These Two Old Antagonists Furnish Poor Sport for Big National Club Crowd.
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The question in the minds of the major portion of the big crowd that filed out of the National Sporting Club last night, after witnessing the ten-round bout between Tommy Murphy and Abe Attell, was, How much longer boxing enthusiasts of this city are going to stand for limited round bouts between these two, and which was the next club with sufficient temerity to put the bout on?

Time has proven that these two finished and overcautious boxers create about as much dissatisfaction in the sum total of a ten-round go as it is possible to get in one such encounter. The last time they were together they did get some little action in their bout.

But last night repeated attempts to save each other as much inconvenience as possible were so palpable that the tired crowd left silently and orderly, satisfied in their own minds that they had seen two past masters of the limited round game do their best to impress the fear-minded portion of the community that there is absolutely no danger in this sport whatever.

It was a tiresome affair in the sense that no damage was done, and the average boxing show crowd pays and desires to see this thing once in a while at least. Something to show for their money, so to speak. Attell left little doubt that he was Murphy's master, though his work during the ten rounds last night would not give him a decision by any fair-minded referee. Murphy, on the other hand, was aggressive, and his willingness was about the only real feature of the bout.

Only in the tenth round was anything like fast work done, and then both boys looked as if they were in earnest, which served only to impress the gathering with what could have happened to round out a good evening's entertainment if Attell and Murphy had had half the desire to please as the boys in the preliminaries.

Attell's growth of beard was the cause of much comment, and his object in wearing a hirsute appendage of such magnificent proportions was apparent in the clinches. He rubbed his chin and jaw bones on Murphy's neck and collarbone until the crowd's hissing caused him to desist.

Tom O'Rourke refereed the wind-up, and in a little speech before hostilities began he in a measure defined the club's position as regards the unfortunate affair between Matty Baldwin and Leach Cross last week. He exonerated Referee Joe Hess from any intention to do anything but what he thought was right, but he admitted that Hess was wrong and explained his action by voicing the opinion that Hess had become rattled by the clamor of the crowd.

When Attell and Murphy stood up together to receive the usual instructions it was seen that Murphy had about ten pounds the better of the weight. Attell looked his usual well-trained self and his confident demeanor led one to expect that he would extend himself nearly to his utmost ability, at any rate.

They lost no time in getting to work, and a few light exchanges, with Murphy working a straight left cleverly, gave promise of better things than what followed. One of these lefts of Murphy's landed on Abe's chin and shook him up a bit, but Attell came back quickly and got past Murphy's guard, landing a left and right lightly on the face. There were quite a few clinches and a little roughing, and Murphy landed a left swing on the neck as the bell rang.

Murphy started in for the body in the second round and landed his left cleanly. Abe came back with a rush, both hands working, and forced Murphy to the ropes. Some clever boxing followed. Murphy landed his right on the jaw, but not sufficiently hard to jar Attell. It was rather lively during the latter part of the round, with Murphy feinting with his left for the body and countering Attell's lead. Attell answered, swinging both hands, and landed left and right on Murphy's jaw as the bell rang.

The third round was characterized by careful sparring and frequent clinches. The boys did not vary their style very much. It was a case of Murphy leading first always with the left and generally falling short, Attell blocking and occasionally rushing Murphy back, getting in a right alternately on the body and the side of the head. The crowd woke up to Abe's misuse of his whiskers in this round and hissed him roundly for rubbing his face over Murphy's body.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds were practically repetitions of one another, with little of real moment doing. In the sixth round the crowd became a bit impatient and called for more action. Murphy tried to respond, but he couldn't land effectively, and Attell seemed to have made up his mind that he was not going to go any faster than he really had to. He was content to meet Murphy's lead with a left counter on the face or body just to keep the Pride of Harlem off.

The seventh, eighth, and ninth rounds were monotonous for their sameness, although there was a flash of speed in the seventh which the crowd duly appreciated and became wildly enthusiastic. Just as they had got worked up to some real demonstration the pace slackened and the crowd settled down.

Frankie Mango and "Young" Terry went through six rounds of very uninteresting boxing of the mauling sort, hitting each other under the arms mostly, with the advantage in favor of neither, in the semi-final bout.


1910-05-21 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
MURPHY MAKES POOR SHOWING AGAINST ATTELL
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Tommy Murphy's showing last night against Abe Attell, the featherweight champion, hurt his chances for a match between Murphy and Ad Wolgast for the lightweight championship, according to the opinion expressed to-day by the experts who witnessed the fight. Attell gave away weight to meet the lightweight, but got a shade the best of it. From gong to gong it was a tame fight, with Murphy a poor second. Attell landed at will and blocked Murphy's rushes in his old time manner. Those who witnessed the fight declare to-day their belief that Attell will have little trouble taking care of Jem Driscoll, the English champion, in their forthcoming battle on the coast.


1910-05-21 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 7)
ATTELL SHADES MURPHY.
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Old Rivals Meet in Ten Round Bout at National Sporting Club.

Abe Attell, the featherweight champion, shaded Harlem Tommy Murphy in a fast and clever ten round fight at the National Sporting Club in West Forty-fourth street last night. Murphy put up a good fight throughout the contest and through his clever footwork managed to avoid several good swings from the champion. In the seventh and eighth rounds he rushed at Attell and sent in several good left swings to the jaw. Near the finish of the eighth round he had Attell on the ropes, sending in short body blows.

In the final round the Harlem man tried to make up for the previous rounds, which favored Attell, and rushed at the champion. Attell was there and used good judgment, sending in right and left swings to the jaw and head, while Murphy's blows went wild.

Tom O'Rourke, the manager of the club, refereed the bout. Before the fight began he apologized on behalf of the club for the mistake Referee Hess made last week in the Cross-Baldwin fight.

Attell began by placing a short left to the face and the Harlem boy put his right to the stomach. They then mixed it up and both sent in short body punches. Attell then missed an uppercut, Murphy sidestepping. Attell opened the second round by putting a left to the jaw, and in the mixup that followed Murphy put a left and right on the jaw. Attell swung his left to the jaw and jabbed the stomach with his right. Both missed uppercuts at the bell.

In the third round Attell rushed in with his head down and sent in some good jabs to the stomach. Both were clever on their feet. Attell jabbed Murphy three times at the finish of the round. Attell tried a new style of fighting in the fourth round and on the break was very clever, sending in short hooks and body punches. Murphy rushed in and put a right swing on the jaw and then sidestepped a swing from the champion. Both used good footwork in this round.

Murphy opened the fifth round by placing a left on the face and Attell came back with an uppercut which sent the Harlem boy's head back. Attell missed a swing and they clinched. Attell was good on the break and sent in some good jabs to the face. In the sixth round Attell sent his left to the jaw and Murphy came back with his left in the same place. Both missed several good swings and near the bell Murphy sent his right to the stomach.

Attell rushed in the seventh round and sent left and right to the head. Murphy came back with a right to the mouth and they clinched. Attell then sent in his left and right again to the jaw, which made Murphy shake. Murphy then jabbed the face. In the eighth round Murphy rushed and sent in several good jabs to the body while he had Attell on the ropes. Attell sent his left to the mouth in the ninth round and Murphy clinched. They both hung on for a second or two and Attell showed his cleverness in the breakaway by putting in several short hooks.

In the final round Murphy rushed, but Attell was too clever and walked away from several vicious swings. Murphy then rushed again and Attell sent right and left swings to the jaw. Murphy swung wild. It was a good fight and both boys received a hand when they left the ring.
          1901-04-01 Joe Gans W-TKO4 Martin Flaherty [Eureka Athletic Club, Ford’s Opera House, Baltimore, MD, USA]   
1901-04-02 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
MARTIN BLAMED IT ON BAD EYES.
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HOW JOE GANS MET ANOTHER OF THE EASY VICTIMS.
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Flaherty Was a Mark for the Colored Man, and Lost the Battle at Ford's in the Fourth Round, When Seconds Threw Up the Sponge--Defeated Man Had Reputation Made in Battles With Erne, McFadden and Sullivan, but Was Outclassed by Dusky Lad--Diversion Caused by the Arrest of a Woman, Who Wanted So Badly to See Contest that She Dressed in Man's Clothes.
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Another victim was brought up for Joe Gans, at Ford's Theater, last night, in the person of Martin Flaherty, of Lowell, Mass. Toward the ending of the fourth round after Gans had twice floored Flaherty in that round, Colonel Michael Haley threw up the sponge and the fight was Gans', while the great American people stood up on their opera chairs and yelled "Fake" and clamored for their money back. Colonel Haley, once a lightweight pugilist, and now looking like nothing more than a well-fed burgomaster, declares that Flaherty is next thing to a blind man, and as the Colonel assumed an air of injured innocence, and Flaherty blinked owl-like, with eyes partly closed, it is probably true, but that didn't satisfy the great crowd that filled every part of the theater for no other purpose than to see a slashing contest.

Colonel Haley says that what Flaherty needs is some of Colonel Mulberry Sellers' eye-water, and not the fierce jabs dealt out by Gans. Whatever the cause, the fact is that Flaherty was no more a match for Gans than was the lamented Whitey Lester. Flaherty knew that he was in for a good, hard beating dealt out in rag time, but he butted along with the plain desire to lose the fight in the first or second round on a foul. This is exactly what would have occurred but for the philanthropic thoughtfulness of Referee Mantz, who labored long and faithfully to give the people their money's worth. There was hardly a time that Flaherty did not fight foul.

He Hit in Clinches.

It was his game to hit in clinches, in plain violation of the rules. Totally unable to judge distance, Flaherty was perfectly helpless at long-range fighting, and his only hope was to work overtime in the clinches, trusting to pummel some of the steam out of Gans, or else to lose the fight on a foul and take the loser's end of the purse to his thrifty New England home.

So strongly was Flaherty inclined to fighting in the clinches that in the very first round there was afforded the diverting spectacle of a gold-laced police captain reaching over the rope and taking a strangle hold on Flaherty, nipping him into submission. Captain Cadwallader was the hero of this bit of police strenuousness and his method was more effective than that of Mantz, as Flaherty had a deep respect for the majesty of a law represented by an official ready to take a hand in the game himself. The only part of the game at which Flaherty was good was at blocking. He was a dead one at assault work; and, even if the truth, that should control all chroniclers, will not unreservedly admit that it was the fault of bad eyes. It is an excuse as good as any other. Although Flaherty could occasionally ward off the whip-like blows that Gans shot out, the Lowell man was plainly in for a good, hard drubbing. It took but one round for Gans to show to the front. In the first round, after the usual fiddling, they exchanged light rights and lefts and clinched. Flaherty started his fouling and infighting right then. Joe returned some of the short-arm blows, and Mantz had his troubles breaking them.

Martin led a left, but it was an abortive attempt, as it fell short, and Gans easily blocked it.

Gans' Head in Chancery.

They clashed again and clinched, and Flaherty managed to get Gans' head in chancery and began belaboring him, while Mantz made a center rush on the struggling men and tried by voice and muscle to break them apart. Flaherty was bent on doing all the execution he could in the clinch, and kept at it until Captain Cadwallader reached over the ropes, seized Flaherty by the chin and head, and, getting a strangle hold, took all the steam and breath out of him. There were lots of warnings to Flaherty, but it availed not. In the second round Flaherty blocked rights and lefts, and they exchanged body blows with little effect. Gans sent in a slashing right upper cut as Flaherty started to bore in, and in a clinch the pair fell with Gans on top. Flaherty clinched, fought foul and refused to break. After working like an army mule, Mantz tore them apart and sent Flaherty to his corner just as the gong sounded for the ending of the round. Mantz again warned Flaherty about fouling.

At the opening of the third round Gans scored a hard right hook on Flaherty's jaw and dazed him. Joe sent a straight left to eye and swung to head. Flaherty blocked a right and left, and scored lightly on Joe's wind.

The fourth round was the finish. Flaherty led two lefts for body that fell short. Gans feinted with right and floored Flaherty with a left to neck that knocked Flaherty flat. After some sparring Gans waded in, and, with a right to jaw, knocked down Flaherty and dazed him. This is when Col. Haley threw up the sponge and began his explanations about Flaherty's bad eyesight.

A Woman in Disguise.

The scenes that followed the close of the fight were diverting. During the process of the contest Captain Cadwallader spotted a woman dressed in man's clothes in the audience. After the show Cadwallader shouldered his way through the crowd, trying to overtake the woman. She saw his game and struck out at a lively gait down Fayette street to Eutaw, and headed for a well-known restaurant on the latter street. Just as she reached the door the police officer reached her. At his heels were over a thousand excited men, and the scene was lively as the officer marched his unique captive out Baltimore street to Greene, where he called the patrol.

As the crowd had reached huge proportions, Captain Cadwallader marched his fair captive to Pearl street, where he met the patrol. At the station the gay masquerader gave the name of Elizabeth Moore, aged 24 years, of Buffalo, N. Y. She was dressed in dark trousers, with sack coat, fancy vest, low collar, red necktie and white alpine hat. Se is a handsome brunette, and wore gold eyeglasses. Her glossy tresses were tucked under a wig of black curly hair. Her husband put in an appearance, and, at a late hour last night, started out to hunt up his wife's feminine attire and $101.25, the collateral necessary to produce to escape a night in the station on the charge of disorderly conduct.

Wanted to See the Fight.

"I wanted to see the fight awfully bad," said the fair prisoner to the police officials, "and the only way that I could get in was to dress like a man. My husband secured these clothes from a man friend, and helped to rig me out. I am awfully sorry to get into this scrape, and I should never have ventured into such a place had I thought there was any chance of discovery."

And the pretty "man" looked down at her grotesquely large patent-leather shoes, and seemed more anxious to cry than to see any more pugilistic contests.

Flaherty's Good Record.

Martin Flaherty's record looked so good that he should have done better. He has to his credit a decision over Frank Erne, a 20-round draw with George McFadden, and a creditable fight with Spike Sullivan. After the bout last night he blinked most dolefully, and declared that he had been hit on the eyes so much in the past three years that he can see nothing. The theater was packed, and the crowd was sadly disappointed at the outcome, as they wanted a clean, hard and a long battle. While the outcome last night was in no way framed up by the promoters, it is, nevertheless, unfortunate, as the vast crowd last night demonstrated the popularity of boxing among good men.

Several Lively Preliminaries.

Before the principal contest five preliminary bouts were run off, in which boys of the nonprofessional rank were the opponents. All of the bouts were for three rounds, and three of them created much laughter among the audience. John Eich and George Whitman were the first two to go on. Not the least bit of science was shown by either, and both swung wildly. At the end of the third round very little damage was done, and the decision was announced a draw.

The second bout was between James Farren, the 105-pound Baltimore featherweight, and Chris Butt. They were both well matched in their weight, but Farren displayed more science, and before the opening round was ended Farren delivered a left punch to Butt's abdomen which caused Butt to go to the floor, and was counted out. Farren was just as fresh as when he started, and stayed in the ring and then boxed Buck Washington, colored, the "Old Trial Horse of the Monumental Amphitheater," who could not get anyone to don the mitts with him. Washington looked to be 15 pounds heavier than Farren, but Farren showed great cleverness and landed some telling blows. Both were there at the end, and the referee announced it a draw, but Farren, from a spectator's point of view, had the better of the bout.

George Kunnicker and Sammy Harris, colored, were the next two to go on. These did not show any science whatever, but hammered each other over the ring. The referee had a difficult task in separating them. No damage was done by either, and the bout ended with a draw.

Fred Hill, of Canton, and Doc Tanner wound up the preliminaries. After going two slow rounds the referee disqualified them. Harry Lyons, Herford's featherweight, refereed the first two bouts and received an ovation.


1901-04-02 Baltimore Morning Herald (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
GANS MADE SHORT WORK OF MARTIN FLAHERTY
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The Lowell Boxer Was Knocked Out in the Fourth--Rough Tactics Marked the First Two Rounds--A Woman in Man's Attire Saw the Battle
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The Gans-Flaherty battle attracted a big crowd to Ford's Opera House last night. The theater was packed from pit to dome, and standing room even was at a premium. The bout was scheduled to go 20 rounds, but it came to a sudden termination in the fourth round, when Flaherty's seconds threw up the sponge, after their man had been knocked down and virtually out.

Flaherty was distinctly a disappointment. He has the reputation of being a hard, rough fighter, and the crowd last night expected to see him make a lively battle. He was never in it, however. He was rough enough, to be sure, and in the first two rounds resorted to foul tactics, refusing to break and hitting in the clinches to such an extent that the police were compelled to interfere. As far as fighting went, however, the Lowell man was completely outclassed. When Gans started in to do business he pounded Flaherty right and left at will, and soon had him wobbling.

The first two rounds were marked by clinches and foul tactics on the part of Flaherty. In the third round Gans went after the Lowell man and staggered him with a terrific right on the jaw. This took all the steam out of Flaherty, and was the beginning of the end.

In the fourth Gans started right in to do business and sent Flaherty to the floor with a right on the jaw. The Lowell man was quickly on his feet, but was met with another right, which sent him down for good. Flaherty was staggering to his feet when his seconds threw up the sponge.

There were some cries of "fake" on the part of the crowd, but they were entirely uncalled for. While Flaherty was not entirely out he was virtually so, and it was an act of wisdom and mercy on the part of his seconds to give up the battle. The defeated man was so dazed that he had to be led off the stage, and it was some time after he had reached his dressing room before he could see clearly.

Flaherty claimed that his eyesight was affected and that he could not see well under the glare of the electric lights. It is quite probable, however, that Gans' righthand smashes had something to do with the failure of eyesight.

Gans' seconds were Al Herford, Cobb Bond, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons. In Flaherty's corner were Col. Mike Haley, Joe Elliott, "Scotty" McTavish and Dan Leahy. George Mantz was the referee.

Preliminary to the main bout there were some lively settos of three rounds each between local talent. John Eich and George Whitman had a lively go with no decision, as they were amateurs. Jimmy Farren put Chris Button out in the first round with a solar plexus blow, and then boxed two rounds to a draw with Buck Washington. George Kunnecke and Sam Harris fought a draw. Doc Tanner and Fred Hill boxed two rounds, but were stopped by Manager Herford on the ground that there was "nothing doing."

A Woman at the Show

There was an amusing sideshow connected with the fight which for a while attracted almost as much attention as the main event itself. Mrs. Elizabeth Moore somehow conceived the notion that she would like to see the fight, and she did see it, although at the expense of considerable notoriety.

Dressed in the latest approved men's habiliments, Mrs. Moore, accompanied by her husband, entered the opera house last night and took seats in the orchestra, about six rows from the front. The pair was immediately noticed, and the immediate audience "rubbered" in amazement at the woman's attire, which, to say the least, was inartistic. An enormous wig barely concealed her natural growth of hair and she carried herself with an air decidedly non-masculine.

The attention of Captain Cadwallader was called to the woman, but he decided to wait until the close of the performance before interfering. In the meantime the woman enjoyed the fight immensely and cheered the gladiators on. She afterward said that she had never seen a fight before and had never enjoyed herself more in her life.

At the conclusion of the contest Captain Cadwallader rushed out of the back entrance to the theater in an endeavor to head the woman off, but the pair made good their escape and entered a restaurant on Eutaw street, near Baltimore. They were followed down the street by a crowd which grew greater each moment. When the captain arrived the entire street was blocked. He pushed his way into the place and some moments later emerged with the woman. Meanwhile the crowd had grown enormous and it took the mightiest efforts of six officers to force a way to the nearest patrol box.

All along the streets the wagon was followed by the noisy mass, which threatened to break down the station doors. The husband procured a hack and departed in search of proper wearing apparel for the woman, who was placed in charge of the matron. She said that her home was in Buffalo, N. Y., and that she had been stopping on Calvert street, near Read, for the past six weeks. The charge of masquerading in male attire was laid against her. She was afterward carried away in triumph by her husband, properly clothed and in a happy frame of mind. He deposited the sum of $101.45 for her appearance this morning.
          Guide de Terrain des Écosites du Centre-ouest de L'Alberta : Supplément pour les peuplements forestiers aménagés âgés 5 à 40 ans (première approximation).    
This report augments the classification system presented in the Field guide to ecosites of west-central Alberta. Summaries of vegetation and site data are provided for up to four age classes (5, 10, 20–35, and 35+ years) for seven ecosites in the Lower Foothills Natural Subregion, six ecosites in the Upper Foothills Natural Subregion, and two ecosites in the Subalpine Natural Subregion. Classification keys are included to assist in the identification of ecosites and age classes. Successional and growth trends are presented in tabular and graphic formats. Biodiversity measures comparing diversity within and between subregions are presented. Forest health data are also presented for selected ecosites and age classes in the Lower and Upper Foothills Natural Subregions. Because of field data limitations, not all ecosites are represented, and within each ecosite, not all age classes are represented.
          Field Guide to Ecosites of West-central Alberta: Supplement for Managed Forest Stands up to 40 Years of Age (first approximation).    
This report augments the classification system presented in the Field guide to ecosites of west-central Alberta. Summaries of vegetation and site data are provided for up to four age classes (5, 10, 20–35, and 35+ years) for seven ecosites in the Lower Foothills Natural Subregion, six ecosites in the Upper Foothills Natural Subregion, and two ecosites in the Subalpine Natural Subregion. Classification keys are included to assist in the identification of ecosites and age classes. Successional and growth trends are presented in tabular and graphic formats. Biodiversity measures comparing diversity within and between subregions are presented. Forest health data are also presented for selected ecosites and age classes in the Lower and Upper Foothills Natural Subregions. Because of field data limitations, not all ecosites are represented, and within each ecosite, not all age classes are represented.
          Compaction by forestry equipment and effects on coniferous seedling growth on four soils in the Alberta foothills   
Soils developed on four parent materials (glaciolacustrine clay, clay loam till, coarse fluvial, and loamy eolian) in west-central Alberta were examined to determine residual effects of logging and use of site-preparation equipment upon soil bulk density. These studies were conducted on sites that were logged during the previous 24 years. Compaction was evident on all soils except those of the Summit association, which were dominantly Brunisolic Gray Luvisols developed on cobbly fluvial deposits of Tertiary age. Compaction was greatest on soils of the Marlboro association, which were dominantly Brunisolic Gray Luvisols developed on clay loam till. Soil bulk density values on the clear-cuts had recovered to those of the controls at comparable depth at ages ranging from 0 (Summit) to 17–21 years (Marlboro). Lodgepole pine and white spruce seedlings were grown on the four soils compacted in the laboratory to three bulk densities approximating the following field conditions: (1) those observed or expected immediately following logging and site preparation; (2) those observed 5–10 years after logging and site preparation; and (3) undisturbed control. In most cases, significant reduction in nine expressions of seedling growth (maximum root depth, maximum root depth in soil core, total weight, shoot weight, root weight, stem diameter, shoot height, seedling survival, and shoot weight: root weight ratio) was observed with increased bulk density.
          Vegetational indicators as independent variables in forest growth prediction in west-central Alberta   
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          Lodgepole pine and white spruce establishment after glyphosate and fertilizer treatments of grassy cutover forest land   
Perennial herbaceous vegetation, mainly marsh reed grass, (Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx) Beauv.), was sprayed with glyphosate on the day before planting one-year-old plugs of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. var. latifolia Engelm.) and white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss) on cutover forest land north of Edson, Alberta. Spraying at 4.5 kg ai/ha, included spot and strip applications in June 1976, compared with unsprayed scalps and controls. At the same time, all treatments were repeated plus a 9 g, 22-8-2 fertilizer tablet for each seedling. Another experiment at the same site, begun on August 1, 1976, compared scalp, unfertilized control and glyphosate strip treatments, followed by planting of pine seedlings the day after spraying 4.5 kg ai/ha glyphosate. An adjacent experiment, also commenced on August 1, included dosages of 1.1 to 5.6 kg ai/ha with planting of pine seedlings in 4.5 kg/ha and in control plots in May 1977. August application of 2.2 kg/ha provided excellent initial vegetation control, as effective as the larger amounts applied at that time, and was superior during the first 12 months to 4.5 kg/ha applied in June. Twenty-six months after the spring planting new shoot growth of fertilized pine in the glyphosate strips was statistically significantly greater than that for all other treatments and growth in fertilized scalps was also very good. At the same time leader growth of spruce in fertilized scalps was significantly greater than that for other treatments but growth in glyphosate strips did not exceed that of unfertilized controls. Contrary to results of spring planting, there was marked injury and mortality of pine planted in August in glyphosate plots which had been sprayed on the preceding day. Seedlings planted in glyphosate-treated strips nine months after the August spraying exceeded the growth of control plants but not until the year after they were planted.
          Comment on Senate Dear Appropriator campaign by the numbers by Sue Sherif   
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) sent me a letter on 5/31 claiming that he signed the Dear Appropriator letter, but I do not see his name on the list. I may be confused because the wording is a bit strange: "This budget request from the White House is a first step and a general blueprint for where our country should be headed: increased funding for our national defense and homeland security, and cuts to agencies that have stifled economic growth over the last eight years. However, some of the specific cuts in this initial budget disproportionately target rural economies across our country, including in Alaska, and some don’t align with the commitments made by members of the Trump administration during their confirmation process and hearings. This is why I signed the letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to support robust funding for the IMLS Office of Museum Services for FY18." Did he end up supporting LSTA funding? Can someone in the Washington Office clarify?
          Today   








Today:

-A parcel in the mail

-Cleaning the mantel

-Trying new buttons on The Barn Sweater

-Admiring the growth of my Snake's Tongue

-Kitties curled up; it's cold and grey here

-A little sunny fabric; I want to try my hand at a project bag

-New purse, from Winners

-Making great progress on Blithe

Enjoy your day!
           PAPP-A as a promoter for fetal growth in relation to IGFBP-4 in obese and lean mothers    
ali bubaker, hoda (2012) PAPP-A as a promoter for fetal growth in relation to IGFBP-4 in obese and lean mothers. MPhil thesis, University of Sheffield.
          Lead – Regional Planning - HRnovations - Seattle, WA   
Job Descriptions: About PSRC The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency
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          Lead – Transportation Planning - HRnovations - Seattle, WA   
Job Descriptions: About PSRC The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency
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          Holy Ground - Episode 188 - Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast    

Episode 188 - I was reminiscing just the other day… about doing a throwback song analysis that took me away! On Episode 188 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast, we discuss “Holy Ground,” a song from the RED album that we believe completes the growth/story arc from “Forever & Always,” to “Last Kiss,” and ending with “Holy Ground” (which are all songs rumored to be about the same person). “Holy Ground” is such a mature way to look at a past relationship. We can learn a lot from Taylor Swift.

What’s your take on the song? Particularly, what do you make of the lyric, “and I see your face in every crowd”? Post your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy!

Highlights from Episode 188 of Taylor Talk: The Taylor Swift Podcast
Main Discussion: “Holy Ground” Song Analysis
– Adam fanboys over Taylor’s use of the word “reminisce” in true English teacher fashion.
– What’s your interpretation of “New York Time”?
– Is the phrase “holy ground” a religious reference?
– Check out what Diane predicted about “Holy Ground” before the song was released: taylortalk.org/what-could-the-seven-known-red-songs-be-about-editorial (Do we like the blogs? Do we read the blogs?)
– Diane has a light bulb moment years in the making about the end of the song!
– No one can agree on what “And I see your face in every crowd” means. Thoughts?

Other Topics:

– A listener tries to Stump the Steve this episode (yea, Steve’s back!)
– Sami gives us a 1989 World Tour recap brought to you by @TSwiftOnTour
– We remind Adam how important it is to listen and not just talk…

Calendar
– July 24 & 25: The 1989 World Tour – Foxborough, MA
– August 1: The 1989 World Tour – Vancouver, BC


          Why It Makes No Sense to Separate the White Working Class from the Black Working Class    
The media consistently radicalizes the white working class as noble; meanwhile the money is going to the top 1%.

This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here

“After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.”  —Barack Obama, Farewell Address, Chicago, January 2017

After three losses to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a trifecta last accomplished by Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, there was much hand-wringing among Democrats about the loss of the South and the vanishing loyalty of Southern whites. William Galston and Elaine Kamarck at the Progressive Policy Institute argued that the electoral math made the South the true presidential battleground; that Democrats could not win by being more liberal or hoping to motivate black and poor voters to increase their voter participation. Thomas Edsall and Mary Edsall similarly warned in the pages of The Atlantic that the South was key, and it was lost because the liberal orthodoxy was too tied to race, and out of touch with white working-class voters.

“Liberal” candidates like Tom Harkin, Dick Gephardt, and Michael Dukakis were out. Their message was deemed too Northern, elite, and alien to the needed Southern white voter. In was a candidate who could rebrand the Democratic Party and break liberal orthodoxy, proving the party could be tough on crime and defense, and reinvent welfare and the social state. This turned out to be Bill Clinton. Now, the defeat of Hillary Clinton has once again caused Democrats to argue about what is needed to win the white vote.

Countless articles have focused on what Democrats have done wrong. And much of the theme remains the same as in 1989—that there is a noble white worker who has been betrayed. Here is how the Edsalls portrayed one such voter back in 1989:

“You could classify me as a working-class Democrat, a card-carrying union member,” says Dan Donahue, a Chicago carpenter who became active in the campaign of a Republican state senator in 1988. “I’m not a card-carrying Republican—yet. We have four or five generations of welfare mothers. And they [Democrats] say the answer to that is we need more programs. Come on. It’s well and good we should have compassion for these people, but your compassion goes only so far. I don’t mind helping, but somebody has got to help themselves, you’ve got to pull. When you try to pick somebody up, they have to help. Unfortunately, most of the people who need help in this situation are black and most of the people who are doing the helping are white. We [white Cook County voters] are tired of paying for the Chicago Housing Authority, and for public housing and public transportation that we don’t use. They [taxpayers] hate it [the school-board tax] because they are paying for black schools that aren’t even educating kids, and the money is just going into the Board of Education and the teachers’ union.”

As President Barack Obama warned in his farewell address, this depiction of whites as hard-working, noble, and beset (compared with whom?) is nowhere to start a dialogue about an economy in which the real problem is that all economic gains have gone to the top 1 percent. The language presumes that there are not black workers who lost out to trade deals that sent thousands of auto-parts jobs from Flint, Michigan, to Mexico or shut steel mills in Baltimore, Maryland. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, echoed Obama on the risks of reinforcing Trump’s cynical manipulation of race and the white working class:

Anyone who talks about dividing people in the country as a solution is a threat to the country, to democracy, the economy, and to working people, and we take every one of those seriously.

Oddly, much of the hand-wringing comes after victories by Presidents Clinton and Obama, each of whom demonstrated both the complexity of the white vote and the fact that the black vote matters. A core challenge is that many voters misunderstand basic economics, leading them to vote against the interests of working America as a whole. Many Americans still hold the view articulated by the Edsalls’ late-1980s white voter that government is not the solution. And their misunderstanding has been reinforced by actions of recent presidents.

One of those was Bill Clinton. The pursuit of white voters by Clinton led to attacks on the Social Security Act, first on the premise that budget discipline was more important, and second on the assumption that Social Security’s aid to the poor was too generous and too much of a handout to black women. Clinton supported partial privatization of Social Security pensions. Even Obama, pursuing deficit cuts, flirted with cuts in the cost-of-living formula.

The Social Security Act, let’s recall, was intended to protect the income of working-class American families. Yes, it was an entitlement, and proudly so. Social Security was first denied to most black Americans, but then extended. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a core part of Social Security. Clinton’s view that single mothers should be written out of the act—for that is what the end of “welfare as we know it” meant—was not viewed as an attack on working people. But it was. Black women, who have historically had the largest labor force participation rate among all racial groups, and who work more hours than any racial group among women, were stigmatized as being made lazy because they finally had access to that part of the Social Security Act which had initially been denied them when it was passed.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the feeble successor to AFDC, removed a class of workers from Social Security protection. Because of the “Nannygate” scandal surrounding Clinton’s attorney general nominee, protections for domestic workers within the Social Security Act were watered down. Despite the ravaging effect of the Reagan-era downturn on unemployment insurance, the Clinton administration offered little to repair a state-based system that had gone bankrupt and then refinanced itself by cutting access to benefits and benefit levels.

THE HARD REALITY OF TODAY'S level of inequality is this: For an increasing share of the population—black and white—the market no longer works to serve basic needs like housing, health insurance, child care, or college education. As the share of income held by the middle 60 percent declines, the top 10 percent’s share continues to grow, and within that, the top 1 percent.

The effect of heavy concentrations of money in fewer hands means that market-based allocations of resources are dictated by a smaller set of decision-makers. Businesspeople react to where the money is, whether they are home-builders, college presidents, or day-care providers. In the market, price is used as the rationing device, and prices follow where the money is.

When the middle class dominated the economy, it meant that prices for key personal investments followed increases in the incomes of the middle class. The government stepped in with housing, health, and education policies to subsidize those in the bottom 20 percent whose incomes were not keeping pace, and who would be rationed out of housing, health, and education by a market outcome. Worsening income inequality meant rising demands on government programs to ensure fair access to health and education, as prices rose faster than low income. Through the 1990s, the effect of discrimination made blacks synonymous with the bottom 20 percent, as they were overrepresented in the bottom income group.

What has happened to more whites now is that the market has moved past them as well. Pricing for child care and college education, essentials for their children, are outstripping their income growth; instead, prices are tied to the growth in income for the top 1 percent in the case of college tuition. And whites in the bottom 20 percent of income, who hold considerably more wealth than blacks in any part of the income distribution, can no longer self-insure themselves against the bumps in the economy.

As it took almost 40 years to get to this point, in the near term no recipe of policy fixes will sufficiently remedy the effects. Democrats need to focus on reversing those long-term trends, but also must have something to offer workers now. But every year that Trump is in office, that goal becomes more difficult.

Union representation, a key element in reversing those trends, continues to fall. More states are likely to adopt “right to work” laws. It will be increasingly difficult to rebuild workers’ voice in deciding how corporate output will be divided between wages and profits. That is the greatest source of the rising inequality. The hollowing out of the middle is not the result of automation. Rather, it reflects the relative advantage of those workers more closely tied to management, who squeeze down the income share for the middle and below.

What Reagan achieved in the 1980s was the illusion that by letting the floor fall, the middle could be protected. Unfortunately, too many white workers still have a view of the economy fed by the Reagan framework of government’s role. The unabated concentration of income will make after-tax methods of redistribution more vital so that Americans can have access to housing, education, and health. The Affordable Care Act, a market-based approach to health access, is one example where the fix is inadequate to rising income inequality, and made worse because it naïvely assumed that states would expand public access to address the gap in affordability.

UNDER TRUMP, RACE WILL complicate the effort to devise palliatives to rising inequality until more effective remedies can take effect. His dismantling of anti--discrimination offices within the federal government will create new downward pressures on an already stressed black working class. And the decline in union membership is more dangerous to black workers, who have higher union density than white workers and who rely far more than whites on union bargaining power to get higher wages. Further, black union density is more heavily reliant on public-sector bargaining than is true for whites, and public-sector unions are a target of Trump, who will abet the attack on public-sector unions taking place at the state level.

Under Trump, the gap between the experience of black and white workers will grow. Trump has already changed the political discourse. He has revived a strain of Southern populism that allows for asserting white privilege.

For Democrats, the problem with language that emphasizes the white working class as a separate problem from rising inequality of income and wealth is that it will racialize the debate rather than emphasizing the common assault on all who are not rich. It evokes the negative part of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Hillary Clinton had a hard time convincing young black workers that welfare reform and mass incarceration weren’t key to the Clinton legacy. The lack of black enthusiasm for Clinton is as much a part of the story of 2016 as the enthusiasm of white voters for Trump.

Further, progressive forces in the Democratic Party have been too uncritical of Bernie Sanders’s inability to lay the proper foundation with the party’s African American base ahead of the primary season. It was curious during the 2016 primary season to see Republicans all hopped up about the “SEC primary” (so-called because the Southern states involved have flagship universities in the Southeastern Conference), but no mention among the Democrats of the SWAC primary (the Southwestern Athletic Conference, a complementary athletic conference of public historically black universities).

So, while in the fall of 2015 Republicans fawned over attending games between the University of Alabama and Auburn, not a peep was heard on the need for Democrats to be at a game between Alabama State and Alabama A&M. Black voters often determine the victor in the Southern Democratic primaries, but spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire would be a likely outcome of a party worried about white working voters.

Democrats need to spend more time developing a frame to combat inequality. They need to do a better job of explaining that income inequality is a threat to economic growth. They need to be spending time helping Americans take the blinders off and see that workers, of all races, are being given the shaft by a system where corporate greed has become an elite “entitlement.” They need to pull the Band-Aid off a false sense there is some white privilege that can spare some workers the wrath of America’s war on working people. They must fess up to their quiet, and sometimes vocal, support of an agenda that attacked America’s workers. They need to stop believing the problem confronting American workers is that they are uneducated or unskilled. They need to stop defining the white working class as the less-educated. Those are the perennial excuses meted out to black workers. Young black workers reacted angrily in 2016 to a perception that their pain was being ignored. They didn’t vote for Trump, but Clinton lost as much because they didn’t vote for her either as Trump won because white voters voted for him.

The Democrats won’t solve their electability issues repeating the debate about white voters that they had in the late 1980s. They need to focus on the urgency of the effect of income inequality on American democracy. They need to sound the alarm. And they need to wake up and see who they are in bed with. The power elite of the party think they have freed themselves of a dependency on union support. But the Wall Street vision of the economy is poison for workers of all races and for Democrats.

When the Republican Party of the 19th century cut its deal to end Reconstruction and concentrate on winning the white vote, it launched the Gilded Age and the unremittent growth of inequality that collapsed in the Great Depression. It was accompanied by a Southern populism that entrenched a harsh racial code. Trump’s victory puts us within reach of repeating that mistake in history. Democrats need to be wary, and shrewd. How they handle this could entrench the dystopia of more Trumps—or create a new multiracial coalition of class uplift.

 

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          "We're rollin' on the Mickey's Birthdayland Express"   
Today's lesson: Sometimes our Disney fan obsessions do pay off.

When EPCOT Center opened in 1982, Steve Hansen was already an accomplished puppeteer and performer, working as the PuppetMan in World Showcase. Someone as talented & versatile as Steve was bound to go far in the Walt Disney world.

In 1988 Steve was hired as show writer and director for Mickey's Birthdayland, the first new "land" to be added to the Magic Kingdom.


 Photo by Jeff Lange

Faced with the task of getting guests to the new land, tucked away in the northeast corner of the Magic Kingdom, the decision was made to re-theme the WDW Railroad as Mickey's Birthdayland Express. The Main Street Depot and the trains themselves would be decorated with balloons and bunting and stacks of presents, and an all-new ride experience would be created for the “Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdom.”

Steve knew I was an obsessed fan of old Disneyland ride narrations. He invited me to help create the new train show and to write & record the narration.

I started by riding the train with a stop watch and notepad, timing each segment of the trip and noting each landmark & transition. This way the script would (hopefully) blend seamlessly with the guest experience.


 Photo by Jeff Lange

We wanted some theming along the tracks to build anticipation for the party. So we planted little scenes along the way that would show the rest of the Disney Gang were heading there too. The Three Pigs were pictured in their House of Straw on a raft in the waterway that ran alongside the track. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party was out in the woods. But there was no one at the table. A sign declared "Gone to Mickey's Party." Pinocchio, Cleo & Figaro were shown en route to the party, enjoying a puppet show at Stromboli's wagon before they continued on their way.

I thought we might put a cut-out of Goofy & his jalopy out there, with the hood up and smoke pouring from his overheated engine. Steve suggested actually putting the real Goofy and a real car out by the tracks. He could flag down the train, trying to hop on. I told him they'd never put a costumed character to sit out in the woods waiting for the next train to come along.

Steve got them to do it! (On days when there was no live performer a cutout Goof was placed next to the car.)


 Photo by Jeff Lange

With another "brilliant" idea of mine, I wasn't so lucky. I wanted a railroad crossing set up with red lights and a clanging bell. Stopped at the crossing, waiting for the train to pass, would be Cruella in her long Coupe De Vil. Naturally she'd be glaring out the window, angrily waiting for us to pass.

And packed into the car would be all the other great Disney Villains, smashed together in the back seat – with Chernabog crushed and hunched over behind the others.

Steve liked the idea and presented it for approval at an executive meeting. It was voted down because, as one fellow put it, “The Disney villains wouldn't do that.” It wasn't long after this that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was released, proving that the Disney Villains were only acting evil (and probably did carpool to work).


Photo by Jeff Lange

When I started scripting the narration, I was most inspired by the long-gone "Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland" at Disneyland. That narrator had a folksy charm and a dry sense of humor. That attitude would keep the script from becoming too saccharine, so I used that same frontier dialect in the recording session:

“Howdy, folks! And welcome aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad, leavin' for a grand circle trip around the Magic Kingdom with stops at Frontierland and Duckburg, U.S.A., home of Mickey's Birthdayland.

While we're movin', please remain seated with your hands, arms, legs, and anything else you got inside the train. And if you want to laugh, sing or kiss your neighbor, that's fine ... But please refrain from eatin', drinkin and smokin'!

We're now passin' through the outskirts of Adventureland. If you hear the anguished cries of a jungle beast echoin' through the undergrowth ... It's only me. I got my big toe caught in the brake.”


Photo by Jeff Lange

While writing the proposal I had an idea for a gag that I put in just for Steve to read. I never intended it for the ride itself, and I was sure he'd get a kick out of it and then cut it out:

“There across the river is Liberty Square – Home of the inspiring Haunted Mansion ... and the spooky Hall of Presidents.”

When we got around to recording the narration track, Steve said, “Do it.”

I was amazed. “You can't put that on the ride!”

Steve smiled, “Do it.” So I did it. We cut the track and didn't record an alternate take.


 Photo by Jeff Lange

The gag was still there in the final edit. It was burned into the narration disc, installed on the trains and it passed inspection by management. I could only assume they were enjoying the view at that moment.

Later I was told that one executive finally caught it months later and reported " ... an apparent misread in the narration." When informed that it was meant as a joke, he muttered “Didn't sound like a joke.” It lasted on the train for the next 2 years.

“Next stop is Mickey's Birthdayland! Anyone here want to go to Mickey's Party, raise your hand. One, two, three ... Okay, we're goin' to stop.

”Duckburg is the feather pillow capital of the world. Times have been good for the Duckburgers ... Down is up!”


 Photo by Jeff Lange

It was an amazing experience to ride that steam train for the first time and hear the crowd laughing at our gags. Composer Steve Skorija had even composed a wonderfully catchy theme song for the ride that was used to punctuate my narration:

“We're rollin', rollin' on the express;
We're rollin' on the Mickey's Birthdayland Express!

“We're all aboard the express bound for Birthdayland,
We have a date with Mickey Mouse in Birthdayland!

Donald Duck: We'll have a whole lot of fun!

Chip & Dale: So come on everyone!

We've got a big surprise for Mickey Mouse!”


 Photo by Jeff Lange

After Mickey's Birthdayland gave way to Mickey's Toon Town Fair, the narration was rewritten (and the humor removed) by other hands. But I was still invited back to lay down the new tracks. And every so often, as things along the route were changed, I'd be called into Studio D to patch in some new information.

Years passed. Steve Hansen moved to the Canadian Rockies and started a wonderful special events company, Peak Events. We reunited at the historic Banff Springs Hotel for "Van Horne's Grand Buffet" dinner show in the summers of '98 & '99. It was great working with my old friend again.

In 2000, I got back from Canada and eagerly boarded the steam train to see if I was still on the soundtrack. I was pleasantly surprised to hear my voice still coming through the speakers...

Until we got to Frontierland Station and I heard some things I knew I'd never recorded. Not only had I been replaced in the time I was away ... They'd gone to the trouble of finding someone who sounded exactly like me.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Yes, kiddees ... Fame is fleeting. Especially in the Theme Park trade.

Jim Hill here. And wasn't that a great look back at "Mickey's Birthdayland" ?

Just a reminder, though. Mickey's 60th birthday celebration is just one of the many intriguing Disney-related projects that Ron Schneider has worked on over the past four decades. And he'll be sure to even more of these stories in his memoir, "Themes, Dreams & Schemes: 40 Years Behind a Nametag." Be sure and note that title. For this is one book that you're really going to want to add to your 2008 Christmas list.


          (IT) Telecommunications Network Specialist   

Location: VIC - Melbourne - CBD & Inner Suburbs   

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          Caring Environment, Creative Play, Healthy Food - PediaCast 321   
Join Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio for details on the Ohio AAP’s Good4Growth Program. Melanie Farkas, Dr Robert Murray and Dr Jessica Foster stop by to tell us how the program emphasizes a caring environment for kids, encourages creative play and physical activity, and models healthy choices surrounding meals and snacks. The program also aims to transform the way health supervision check-ups are conducted. Tune-in to learn how!
          Fifty Years of Physical Growth and Impressive Technological Advances Unmatched by Health Human Resources Reform and Cultural Change   
The year 1962 was pre-medicare. The public was concerned about access and individual affordability of care. Funding involved public or private responsibility and the role of government. Physicians, the most influential providers, were concerned that government funding would result in the loss of their independence and their becoming state employees. The retrospective analysis &quot;Looking Back 50 Years in Hospital Administration&quot; by Graham and Sibbald is arresting as it underlines just how much progress we have made in what could be termed &quot;hardware&quot; in support of healthcare policy and hospital administration. From this perspective, the progress has been eye opening, given the advent of universal healthcare, the advancement in our physical facilities, the development of high-quality diagnostic equipment, the explosion of new research centres and new and complex clinical procedures. The development of this hardware has given our providers better weapons and contributed to a remarkable improvement in life expectancy. But progress in health administration and policy management involves more than hardware. If the hardware constitutes the tools, then the &quot;software&quot; of the healthcare system involves the human resources and the culture change that must be positioned to make maximum use of the hardware. In 2062, looking back at the 2012 experience, the legacy test may be whether we dealt with health human resources and culture change at a rate that matched our progress in hardware.
          Vending Machines, Video Games, Schoolyards - PediaCast 294   
Join Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio for more news parents can use. Topics include premature babies & brain growth, healthy snacks & vending machines, video games - good news & bad news, schoolyards & stress relief… and lacrosse injuries.
          Growth Charts, Sinus Infections, Game Night - PediaCast 288   
Join Dr Mike in the PediaCast Studio for more answers to listener questions. This week’s topics include growth charts, nitrates in baby food, sinus infections, leg bumps, family game night, and baby gate safety.
          Thermal Printing Developments for Harsh Industrial Environments   
Thermal transfer printing has exhibited explosive growth in the industrial marking world since the early 80’s. However, as the market has matured, the applications have become increasingly more difficult. Submitted by Polyonics.
          Short Stature & Growth Hormone Deficiency - PediaCast 236   
Join Dr Mike Patrick and Dr David Repaske as they discuss short stature and growth hormone deficiency. What causes these conditions? How short is too short? When should growth hormone be used? Does it work and is it safe? Answers to these questions and more. This week… on Pediacast!
          Food Ingredients - PediaCast 227   
Dr DJ Scherzer and Dr Amber Patterson join Dr Mike in the Pediacast Studio to discuss some controversial food ingredients. Topics include high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, food colorings and dyes, natural and artificial flavors, aluminum, and bovine growth hormone. Do you have a food-related question? If so, let us know, and we’ll get it answered the next time our “Foodies” drop by!
          A few thoughts on James and fog   
 



Few serious ghost story writers and afficandos are unfamiliar with the work of M.R. James, perhaps the most iconic of his fellow British supernatural scribes. His Oxbridge and Etonian associations vis a vis a largely solitary personal existence (he didn't marry, or have children) seem manifest by his common situating of male academics amidst the rural landscapes of their forgotten forebears. Unprepared for the spirits that haunt these places - places sidestepped by the growth of industry and establishment of the cosmopolitan - their penchant for curiosity unearths and exposes old presences that defy the scientific order of existence. All too often these entities emerge with malevolent desires, and seem either reluctant to let such a prying suggestion of company go unrewarded, or to forgive an intrusion into their self appropriated space.


The fog is an aid for those who are coming, whose appearance remains distorted by this weather veil until they venture into our personal spaces. Shadows in the mist represent a semblance of things approaching, a threat of the occult properties of hidden things of which we may sense but not fully see. John Carpenter's ghostly lepers came out of The Fog, which preceded their arrival with a swallowing of the bay and its surrounding familial landscape. The fog blurs the boundaries of the familiar, and as such is a useful metaphor for the arrival of those who are coming. We do not know their intentions until they are, quite literally, upon us - again, Carpenter's film demonstrated this in several scenes where a lack of recognition about what the fog brought costed characters their lives. The fog itself is an etheral time, a strange manifestation of the mysterious and uncontrollable aspects of the weather, a denial of our desire to be in control of our environment by its coveting of the landscape, its blurring of the definite lines of architecture and natural things that we rely on as our compass points for precisional location.




          iCapital® Network Leases Full Floor at Empire State Realty Trust's One Grand Central Place   

NEW YORK, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire State Realty Trust (NYSE: ESRT) has signed a 17,500 sq. ft. full-floor office lease with iCapital Network (iCapital) at One Grand Central Place.  "Beyond finding appropriately-sized space to accommodate its growth, iCapital sought private...



          Past, Present and Future: The Outlook from Mid-Career Nurse Informaticians   
[This article was originally published in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.longwoods.com/content/24556" target="_blank">Nursing Leadership, 28(4)</a>] Nursing informatics (NI), as a specialty of nursing, can trace its origins back as far as the 1960s. While difficult to find empirical evidence to pinpoint exactly when NI moved from the fringes of nursing to more mainstream recognition, the late 1990s to early 2000s was a period of significant growth in the desire to leverage information technology as a means of collecting more robust and reliable healthcare information. This, in turn, has led to a significant increase in the number of nurses working as NI specialists. Those who have remained in NI roles since this time are now reaching the &quot;mid-career&quot; point. This paper will examine the current NI landscape and the experience of a number of early and mid-career nurses who chose to focus on NI by exploring how and why they chose this career path, the opportunities and challenges they have faced to date and their predictions for the future of NI.
          Monitronics offers benefits to AAA, AARP members   
Spencer Ives
08/24/2016

In the past couple of weeks, Monitronics has announced new benefits for active members of AARP and AAA, offering benefits both to members signing up for services with Monitronics as well as members who are current customers.

"These partnerships are set up uniquely utilizing various co-marketing strategies to make their respective member aware of the value and benefits that Monitronics can provide,"  Frank Guido, Monitronics' CMO, told Security Systems News in an email interview.

"These initiatives were started many months ago, but has been a strategic focus to fuel growth opportunities with high quality, well recognized partners," Guido said. "We are targeting channels that are synergistic to our business and the potential partner’s business.  We are selectively targeting similarly partnerships that provide win-win-win opportunities for customers first, our partner and Monitronics.

The company announced its partnership with AAA on Aug. 23, which named Monitronics as “the AAA-branded provider for professionally installed residential security monitoring in the organization's Ohio valley and Mid-Atlantic regions, which covers 11 states, including OH, KY, KS, IN, VA, WV, MD, DE, CT, PA, NJ, plus Washington DC.”

"AAA Alliance is a large regional club for AAA with a member base of over 5.5 [million] members. These members also have excellent attributes and are similar to our base," Guido said.

Brian St. Leger, managing director, discount partnerships and business for AAA Club Alliance, said in a prepared statement, "We are excited to partner with Monitronics to provide a valuable service at an exclusive discounted rate to our members.

"We know our members are active, traveling and out enjoying the world and this will help bring them peace of mind while they're away from their home," St. Leger said in the announcement.

AAA members signing up with the company will get discounts on a specialized AAA package, while members who are already customers will be offered discounts on additional equipment.

AARP members who sign up with Monitronics will receive equipment and free activation “as well as $5 off their monthly monitoring fee,” the company said in an Aug. 11 announcement.  Existing customers who are also AARP members will be offered discounts when they add on equipment in the future.

"AARP has a 38M member base and is highly respected brand. Their member base has many positive attributes and similarities to our customer base," Guido said. "Monitronics felt that it could provide AARP members with the best value proposition and service for security and automation. This was affirmed by AARP in the selection of Monitronics in their extensive RFP process."

How much overlap exists between these organizations' memberships and Monitronics' current customer base? "While there may be some overlap, these organization are vast and provide different avenues to reach new subscribers," Guido said.


          Junior Accountant / Administrative Assistant: Volunteer Position - Biopep Solutions Inc. - Richmond, BC   
Biopep is a growing and expanding biotechnology Company and looking for candidates that would contribute to our growth....
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          Botox can be the best treatment for modern life   

There’s been a lot of discussion in print, broadcast and online about the effects that social media has had on the growth of cosmetic procedures. It seems that since we’re taking (and sharing) a lot more photos, we are more aware of our appearance flaws. Plus, we’re smiling and making various facial expressions for photos […]

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          Comment on The one Technique to Stop Negative Emotions From Controlling You by Rhys   
I agree Peter, there is a lot to be said of just listening to someone release that internal stuff and being there to listen to it... all of it and accept it without wanting to make them feel something different. But what comes after that build up and eventual release is an opportunity for reflection and then maybe growth. We reflect on the negative (hate, anger etc) that we felt, and if we can be truly thankful in some way for what it led us to - the opposite, (an opportunity for love or happiness), we take away our emotional connection to the negativity. It doesn't control us. For me It's about neutralising the negative on your life and then using that energy for something better and more productive.
          Biometrician / Inventory Specialist - Forsite Consultants Ltd - Salmon Arm, BC   
The successful candidate will drive innovation and help to deliver forest inventory and growth &amp; yield support to our clients through a merger of traditional...
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          Corporate Income Tax Cuts Would Harm, Not Help State’s Economy   

North Carolina lawmakers are barking up the wrong tree when they claim that corporate tax cuts, such as those proposed in the state Senate, will spur job creation and economic growth. In reality, those tax cuts will do more harm than good, in both the short- and long-term. Every dollar that Senate Bill 677 would ...

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          Residential Aide - Johari - Fayetteville, NC   
Demonstrate knowledge of the growth and developmental needs of the child and adolescent populations and is able to adapt interventions to meet the age-specific... $9.50 an hour
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          Verizon, Vodafone, and Measuring FDI   
Recently back from APSA in Chicago, I've been reflecting on the state of our knowledge about FDI (or perhaps more accurately, cross-border management stakes in enterprises). That, and working on my dissertation, applying for academic jobs, and teaching. Oh, and telling everyone who'll listen about my Optimus Prime sighting on Michigan Ave.

Anyway, I find a post-conference review of the discipline is generally a good way to consider potentially fruitful lines of new inquiry. In my experience, the quality of papers at conferences can be rather hit-or-miss. This generally fits into my view of conferences as important sources of external deadlines for getting drafts done as well as interacting with other scholars in more informal settings such as the hotel bar/lobby/over-crowded coffee shop. And, I think that's enough to ask out of a conference.

However, there are generally one or two papers every conference that catch my eye in meaningful ways. They are often more conceptual pieces that challenge traditional approaches to measurement or quantitative analysis. Andrew Kerner's "What we talk about when we talk about foreign direct investment" was the stand out paper for me this year. According to his website the paper is under review and I'm not sure if he's widely circulating a draft at this time. Hopefully this piece will be published somewhere good soon because its well worth the read. The gist is that measures of FDI derived from balance of payment measures are grossly inadequate measures of the kinds of economic activity political scientists are generally interested in when we study the phenomenon frequently referred to as FDI. Not only do countries often have different definitions of FDI, but FDI flows bounce around for all sorts of reasons that are far removed from decision over making fixed, long-term investments in capital stock. Even worse, FDI flow data are reported in net terms, which makes it impossible to differentiate between a country that experienced a lot of inward direct investment concurrent with an equal amount of outward investment and a country that experienced no direct investment flows at all.

The recent news about Verizon's buy-out of Vodafone nicely illustrates some of the problems with current measures of FDI. Vodafone is a British company, so Verizon's decision to buy out Vodafone's share will register as a massive repatriation to the UK. The size of the deal is so large ($130B!) that it's going to influence measures of global FDI flows for 2013. For context, UNCTAD reports global FDI inflows last year were $1.35 trillion. That means this one mega deal is worth 10% of all total FDI net inflows last year! I doubt any political scientists would argue the Verizon-Vodafone deal reflects any underlying change in assessment of political risk in the US. But, that one deal will dominate 2013 measures of global FDI.

Kerner's entreaty is to use data sources that differentiate between flows of cash and real fixed capital investments. One limitation of such as strategy is that it limits us to modeling the investment decisions of either US or Japanese firms (since the US and Japan are really the only countries that make available such detailed data about the investment decisions of their foreign affiliates), and the investment behavior of firms from these countries might differ in important ways from firms headquartered in other countries.

Given the tendencies of those writing on this blog, as well as our co-authored academic work elsewhere, it may not be surprising that I'm partial to another tactic. It seems that all this semi-liquid investment caught up in measures of FDI might not be so easily captured through an obsolescing bargaining mechanisms (though, as Rachel Wellhausen pointed out in discussion, even cash can be effectively illiquid if there are restrictions on repatriation), but the flow of these investments across borders does influence banking systems, the growth of the money supply, the availability of credit both globally and domestically, and therefore the propensity for crisis. Perhaps one way forward here is to consider more explicitly the relationship between different kinds of financial flows and how their interaction affects both political and economic outcomes.


          Distributional Politics of the Ice Cream Parable   
Tyler Cowen is thinking out loud:
This parable assumes that [monetary] injection effects are important, namely where the new money goes first. This Austrian-like view is unfashionable, has weak theoretical foundations, and violates the Modigliani-Miller theorem, but at the moment markets seem to believe it. Should we believe it too?
Yes we should. Or at least we shouldn't let Modigliani-Miller stop us. In his 2011 Presidential Address to the American Finance Association, John Cochrane said the following:
Discount rates vary a lot more than we thought. Most of the puzzles and anomalies that we face amount to discount-rate variation we do not understand. Our theoretical controversies are about how discount rates are formed. We need to recognize and incorporate discount-rate variation in applied procedures.
If discount rates are varying a lot -- across time, space, and actors -- then a representative agent model such as Modigliani-Miller is not going to perform very well. And, as it turns out, it doesn't. I have paper, while I'll be sending out for review soon, which drills down at banks' activities (at the firm level) across countries and time. It turns out that there is all kinds of variation being driven by a whole host of variables at multiple levels of analysis. Which, you know, we all know intuitively... but it's not what our models expect. So let's ditch Modigliani-Miller. Capital structure is clearly not irrelevant in the real world.

Going back to Cowen, here's something with which we might be concerned. Central banks act by trading debt instruments for others at price. In normal times the swap is either short-term sovereign debt for cash or present dollars for future dollars plus interest. In our current environment, it's practically anything for cash. Who benefits from this situation? Those who can create debt that can be sold to the central bank for cash. In normal times this has primarily been governments, but governments are doing everything they can to stop creating debt. So who does that leave? Banks.

Because central banks want to be active they have been broadening the range of debt instruments that they will conduct business in. So here's a worrisome dynamic: governments are trying to reduce debt, while banks are being encouraged by central banks to create debt instruments which they can trade for cash. Karl Whelan may be correct that traditional solvency concerns don't apply to central banks, but that doesn't mean that there aren't knock-on effects from this.

The upshot is that expansionist central bank policy requires somebody to lever up. If governments won't do it and households can't do it then banks and large corporations pretty much have to. The more activist the central bank wants to be and the less indebted the government wants to be, the more banks have to create debt instruments however they can. Possibly that could mean loans to individuals and smaller firms, which could be stimulative, but households and firms are deleveraging. Meanwhile, bank regulators are telling banks to stop lending to risky groups. So where's the debt going to come from?

Banks and big credit-worthy firms are going to do very well. They're getting debt finance for free, so their equity can be deployed elsewhere or held in reserve. This is why stock markets are up so much. This is why Apple and other corporations are taking out loans when they don't even need the cash and have no real plans to do much of anything with it in the short run. Everyone else is not going to do very well, because the traditional mechanisms for distributing from central banks to the citizenry -- fiscal policy plus bank loans to individuals and small firms -- is being cut out of the story. In one sense that might be okay if the future costs of debt servicing are higher than the expected return folks would get from borrowing. But the distributional implications of this are clear: the economy is going to become more unequal and less efficient. Credit is not being allocated to facilitate productive investment -- there might not be many -- but to create debt instruments to sell to central banks for cash. The policy mix we have right now practically requires inequality to go up, which is a sign that the economy is seriously imbalanced.

One alternative is to let risk back into the system but I don't hear anybody calling for that right now.

At some point central banks will be pressured to tighten. It looks very likely that this will be under conditions of steady but slowish growth. This is where the Big Unknown comes in. When that day comes will banks (and corporations) start using their cash productively or keep hoarding it? Given the experience of the past decade or so, will there be many people who even want to borrow in order to build a McMansion or buy a luxury car or MBA? If they did, will regulators let banks lend to them? Will the originate-securities-and-distribute-to-surplus-countries market come back as strong as before?
          Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose   
Dan Drezner is kicking Britain -- and the American foreign policy commentariat -- while they're down. The essay is mostly good, although regular readers of this blog probably won't find much of it new, but I must disagree with part of his conclusion:
There is no denying that the relative power of the United States is less now than it was a decade ago.
I think that is deniable. A decade ago the U.S. had alienated many of its allies, the United Nations, and all of the BRICs by invading Iraq with a "coalition of the willing" led by a president which half of the country believe did not actually win the 2000 election. Some suggested that American democracy was at risk at home, while its foreign partnerships -- especially NATO -- were similarly endangered. A decade ago the U.S. was still recoiling from the 9/11 attacks and was braced for a very dangerous future. A decade ago the European Union was resurgent, Iran was less isolated (and more recalcitrant), and China was building up its "Beijing Consensus". All of the talk in IR/FP circles was about decoupling, anti-American balancing, the end of legitimacy of American economic leadership via multilateral institutions like the IMF, WTO, and World Bank, and the end of security leadership via the UN and NATO. For all of George W. Bush's posturing, the U.S. faced some very severe challenges, and handled almost all of them pretty poorly.

Some of these persist, but Drezner is correct to note that at this point all of the potential challengers to U.S. primacy have faltered, while the U.S. is picking itself back up. We're talking about "relative" power, remember, so let's just ask who is on the other side of the U.S. in this equation. The E.U.? The BRICs?

Sean Starrs has a very interesting paper out on "early view" in International Studies Quarterly making the case that American economic superiority hasn't slipped at all since the crisis. Here's the abstract:
This paper argues that a fundamental failing in the debate on the decline of American economic power is not taking globalization seriously. With the rise of transnational corporations (TNCs), transnational modular production networks, and the globalization of corporate ownership, we can no longer give the same relevance to national accounts such as balance of trade and GDP in the twenty-first century as we did in the mid-twentieth. Rather, we must summon data on the TNCs themselves to encompass their transnational operations. This will reveal, for example, that despite the declining global share of United States GDP from 40% in 1960 to below a quarter from 2008 onward, American corporations continue to dominate sector after sector. In fact, in certain advanced sectors such as aerospace and software—even in financial services—American dominance has increased since 2008. There are no serious contenders, including China. By looking at the wrong data, many have failed to see that American economic power has not declined—it has globalized.
This paper is interesting in two ways. First, it recasts the discussion away from monadic attributes -- GDP share, say -- towards global categories -- market share of American multinational corporations. Second, it suggests that the old "relative power" discussions, which tend to be cast in dyadic terms, is also inappropriate. Instead we need to think globally. If China increases its GDP share relative to the U.S. but does so by importing American technology, adding a small amount of value, then exporting a finished product, the statistics will show a big GDP boost from exports but can we really say China has gained on the U.S. in any meaningful way? As Susan Strange once wrote, becoming a blue collar worker in service to American white collar management does not make you more powerful than the Americans. The old dependency theorists understood this quite well even if they got some other things wrong. Add to this Benjamin Cohen's recent work (with Tabitha Benney) showing that the US dollar has not slipped in importance in the monetary system (recent events have demonstrated this), and my dissertation (recently defended) showing that American prominence in global banking has increased since the crisis, and the overall picture looks clear: relative to recent history, the U.S.'s power position has not changed and has in some ways improved.

At the same time, China's immaturity has made many of its neighbors nervous. Japan, Korea, and Australia have increased security and economic ties with the U.S. which had slipped a bit a decade ago. The Transpacific Partnership will likely extend these gains. China's inability to encourage others to bandwagon with it is evidence that it has not gained much, if any, leverage on the United States. China's increasing reliance on the world's baddies -- which are increasingly under threat -- as sources of raw materials and markets for trade and FDI is not an indication that it is moving it into a position at the core of the global system. The inability of China to make ASEAN+3 a meaningful institution -- or develop any other -- is another weak spot, as is its recent growth slowdown, financial instability, and the fact that it faces 250-500 domestic protests per day.

Or perhaps I could put it another way. If, in 2003, I had told you that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would be a disaster, the U.S. would propagate the worst global financial crisis since the 1930s, the Middle East would be in utter turmoil, the biggest development in American politics is the rise of right- and left-wing protest movements, China would grow at 10%/year over the course of the decade and that the net result of all of this is that the U.S. has become more prominent in the global economic and security systems... you'd probably think I was insane.

But that's what's happened.
          Expecting the Unexpected   
Here's David Beckworth explaining a "foolproof" mix of monetary and fiscal policy (bold added):
In other words, if the public believes the Fed will do whatever it takes to maintain a stable growth path for NGDP, then they would have no need to panic and hoard liquid assets in the first place when an adverse economic shock hits. ...

If the public understood this plan, it would further stabilize NGDP expectations and make it unlikely a helicopter drop would ever be needed. ...

What is there not to like about it?
I have eliminated most of the substance of his post because those 'ifs' are just too big for it to really matter what comes after. The public does not, cannot, and will not understand why an NGDP target is superior to an inflation target. Hell, most economists don't buy this, a big percentage of financial market actors don't either, and plenty of central bankers are at best skeptical. Meanwhile, 30% of the public doesn't know who the Vice President is. (I couldn't easily find a statistic on the % of Americans who know who Ben Bernanke is, but it's gotta be less than 20%.)

I think academics and maybe some policymakers vastly overstate the value of the expectations channel. People are not so forward-looking as they are in models. Here's what they (sometimes) know: Do I have a job? Does it pay well? Is that job threatened? Do I have a bunch of debt? Can I service that debt? If the answers to any of these questions (and perhaps many others) is "no" then the public will "hoard cash", where "hoard cash" actually probably means using any excess income to pay down debt.

It gets even worse. The Paradox of Thrift is a paradox because what is individually rational is not collectively rational. The expectations channel doesn't make that go away even if there is a functioning expectations channel. Which there isn't, or at least not one that the Fed can so easily manage.

We can't base policies on the presumption that people are 100% informed and intelligent. If we want folks to spend money we have to just find a way to give them a bunch of money. If they have money, they'll spend it. If they don't, they won't. I personally think that monetary mechanisms are generally better for this than fiscal mechanisms, but I also think the jury is still out on that one.

More importantly, monetary policy benefits banks while fiscal policy (in the form of spending) benefits subcontractors, unions, urbanites, and public sector employees. Fiscal policy in the form of tax cuts benefits the top 10%, i.e. the ones who overwhelmingly pay the federal tax burden. So these questions are political.

(Via)
          Was Stalin Necessary for Russia's Economic Development?   
Some of the he-was-a-baddie-but-at-least-he-modernized-the-place say "yes"*. New research by a team of Russian economists says "no":
This paper studies structural transformation of Soviet Russia in 1928-1940 from an agrarian to an industrial economy through the lens of a two-sector neoclassical growth model. We construct a large dataset that covers Soviet Russia during 1928-1940 and Tsarist Russia during 1885-1913. We use a two-sector growth model to compute sectoral TFPs as well as distortions and wedges in the capital, labor and product markets during the two periods. We find that most wedges substantially increased in 1928-1935 and then fell in 1936-1940 relative to their 1885-1913 levels, while TFP remained generally below pre-WWI trends. Under the neoclassical growth model, projections under these estimated wedges imply that Stalin's economic policies led to welfare loss of -24 percent of consumption in 1928-1940, but a +16 percent welfare gain after 1941. A representative consumer born at the start of the Stalin's policies in 1928 experiences a reduction in welfare of -1 percent of consumption, a number that does not take into account additional costs of political repression during this time period. The projected performance under both Tsarist' and Stalin's wedges is much worse than the economic performance of Japan, which in 1885-1913 had similar levels of per capita GDP and distortions as Tsarist Russia, but experienced a rapid acceleration of non-agricultural TFP during the interwar period. Relative to this benchmark, the welfare loss of Stalin's policies are about -31 percent of consumption.
Via Cheap Talk, who notes that one of the economists -- Sergei Guriev -- has just left the country under duress from public officials.

The story that Russia's development was impossible or unlikely absent Stalin's repression always seemed unlikely to me. Other places have developed without those levels of repression (e.g. Japan, as the authers note, but not just), or have had repression without growth. The repression-growth relationship is not strictly positive and linear, in other words, so any story about Stalin and development has to be particular to Russia. And, frankly, I've yet to hear one that's had any solid theory behind it. (Perhaps someone could point one out to me in the comments.) I've heard mumblings that "Russia was a backwater hellhole" -- this was more or less Marx's view, although it's not true that Marx believed that socialism could not work there -- but every place is a backwater hellhole before they develop. Yes, Tsarism was bad, but plenty of regimes were bad in the 19th century.

I'd never really considered the possibility that all those supposed gains under Stalin didn't actually happen and in fact made things worse. It puts a new spin on the Cold War races for economic, military, and technological superiority.

I'm not sure I fully believe the two-sector growth model the authors use, which is pretty standard as these things go, but even the descriptive evidence is useful.

P.S. Here are some pictures of Soviet life in the 1950s.

*Terry Eagleton is of this sort, in his execrable recent book which manages to both misunderstand Marx and his critics at the same time. One relevant bit is quoted here.
          US-EU Trade Negotiations Are Not Driven by Ideational Factors   
Reading this update on the possible US-EU trade deal that Sarah and I wrote about previously, I am struck by two things:

1. French film subsidies are not going to ruin the chances of a deal, particularly since the US film industry takes advantage of tax credits and other subsidies as well (albeit at the state level, not the federal level). I have no idea why the FT led with that, except that . The biggest potential roadblock for this deal has always been agriculture, and it remains agriculture. That said, even these issues can be overcome. US agriculture wants to sell GMOs and hormone-pumped meat to Europe. Europe doesn't want that, and is unlikely to change its mind. So? Currently, EU law bans European growth of GMOs, but allows some imports. This is an okay position to be in for American farmers which grow GMOs. So all that has to happen is that the status quo is maintained, and this issue can be resolved as well.

Some of the rest of this just sounds silly. US wants Europe to not insist on "geographical indications" being allowed on cheese? I presume this means labels such as "A Product of France". This, again, is an issue which can be overcome fairly easily: just remind American cattlemen that if this becomes a precedent they won't be able to advertise "U.S. beef" and they'll balance the cheesemakers' right out.

2. Nothing in the proceedings suggests that the ideational turn in IPE studies of trade politics is beneficial for understanding real-world events. Instead, we see interest groups lobbying their representatives to get their concerns on the agenda, while the broader public barely notices. We see these groups forming along factoral and sectoral grounds, just as we'd expect. The standard materialist story works far better than... whatever sociotropic story is supposed to have replaced it.

*Yes, the link in that sentence goes to something called Beef Magazine. No, I wasn't aware that existed until now.
          GAS DNA   

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The mythic blue canvas – blue jeans, from the French bleu de Gênes – once used to make the trousers worn by Genoese sailors, over the years became a cult, with an important symbolic value and a high fashion content.

From being used as workwear, to becoming the disruptive symbol of independence and rebellion for 70s youth; from establishing as a must wear in the 80s and 90s, until evolving as part of tailored, handmade garments: jeans are an important part of the history of costume and GAS has written several pages.

Since the brand’s debut, denim is GAS’ DNA. It is its history and its future. An inseparable relationship has marked its international growth and recognizability and continues to be its cornerstone, the element that the collections revolve around.

Styling and cuts that enhance the body, an almost maniacal attention to the smallest detail, refined washes that give an authentic look, a roving eye for trends are the features that make customers all over the world choose GAS denim season after season.

 

GASDNA

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          VA outpatient clinic opens to serve area’s veterans near Warrensburg   
With the move to the 10,000 square-foot, $2 million clinic, Hill said, growth in patient care should lead eventually to 3,500 people being served by quality staff members. “The Warrensburg clinic has always had outstanding service scores,” he told the crowd, adding there is no reason to wonder why patients like the clinic with such […]
          Comment on Does the success of your business depend on you? by Shirley Keith   
In order to grow your business, you have to grow yourself first. Your company will only be as big as your capability to lead and that is why experienced leaders are able to create exceptional businesses multiple times over. I have always seen leadership training as an investment into my own personal development as well as that of my company's future growth.
          June (Jyeshta / Aashada)   
Happy Father's Day

June falls among the hottest months of the year in India. This is one of the four months with a length of 30 days. It corresponds with the Hindu months of Jyeshta and Aashada when many of the Indian festivals and important dates occur.

In the month of June, religious celebrations of Jyeshta and Aashada like Vat Purnima, Guru Purnima, a festival that is dedicated to Guru falls.
Important occasion of Ganga Dussehra is the festival that continues for ten days in which the Holy River Ganga is worshiped by the Hindus as a mother as well as a goddess. The day of appearance of mother of Vedas, Goddess Gayatri is observed as Gayatri Jayanti. An amazing festival named Jamai Shasthi is celebrated in Kolkata which displays beautiful bonding of son-in-law with his in-laws.

Another revered festival is Nirjala Ekadeshi that is a strict fast observed by people of all the ages in which even drinking water is prohibited and performed in dedication to Lord Vishnu so that devotees will get a place in heaven.

Father's Day is the most important event of this month though the initiation of the day belongs to western countries but now it is widely celebrated in India also. This day is an occasion to recall, recognize and remember those endless pains that every father bears for growth and upbringing of their children and is a great opportunity to pay sincere gratitude to him.

Shimla Summer Festival, World Environment Day, Maharana Pratap Jayanti, Hemis Festival, Blood Donation Day, Sao Joao Feast of St John the Baptist, Champakulam Boat Race , World Diabetes Day etc. also embellish month of June.
          Seychelles seat capacity up 27% thanks to the arrival of Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines; Asia and Europe lead growth   

The Seychelles has welcomed Qatar Airways from Doha and Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Atatürk in the past year, with both contributing to the 27% increase in weekly seat capacity to the Indian Ocean nation this summer. We take a closer look to discover the secret behind the Seychelles’ sudden growth surge.   The Seychelles is […]

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          Hawaiian Airlines breaks nine million passenger barrier at Honolulu; traffic up 43% in ten years as international market share grows   

Hawaiian Airlines is the largest airline at Honolulu, with the carrier accounting for 47% of the airport’s weekly seat capacity in S17. Last year the airline’s traffic increased by 2.2% from the Hawaiian airport. We investigate further into the airline’s growth from Honolulu and the rise of its international markets.  Hawaiian Airlines is the largest carrier […]

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          Workbench #5: Check Please   

I now have essentially all the wood for the bench, at least the major pieces. I still lack a chop for the leg vise and I am not sure what I want to use for that. The legs have been hanging out for over 6 months and everything else has been around for about 2 months so far.

Everything is construction grade Douglas Fir from Home Depot and Lowes. It actually took me a while to gather up all the wood and I feel like I visited just about every store in the Los Angeles area. 1st of all, most places don’t carry 6×6 in stock and I wanted a place with stock that I could pick and choose. I found the legs and after about 5 months I realized I chose “poorly”. The wood is probably fine but… I thought I was doing good by finding pieces that were quartersawn. While these will be nice and stable and probably remain pretty square I wasn’t paying too much attention to the grain pattern. I kind of wish I had gotten some rift sawn boards instead so I had a consistent grain pattern on all 4 sides of the legs.

The main reason it took so long to find boards for the top is that by that time I had started to pay more attention to the grain pattern. At 1st I thought I was going to have to live with a flatsawn looking top, which I don’t particularly care for, but then I saw a great piece of rift sawn wood with nice straight grain along the side that would end up being the top/bottom. I also noticed a huge difference in how tight the growth rings were from board to board. Once I realized that some great looking boards were possible I then made it my mission to search the area even if it meant buying 1 piece of wood from each store I went to until I had enough. You can see how tight the grain is in these pieces compared to the 6×6 above.

I went with 4×6 boards for the top to minimize on the glue joints as well as the jointing and planing. At 1st I was going to try to find two 6×12 or 6×14 boards so there would only be 1 glue joint. This sounded good and there were lumber yards in the area that stocked them but the price was a little higher and I figured it would be darn near impossible to sort through the pieces to find what I wanted.

The biggest drawback I saw in using large construction grade boards is they had a tendency to check as they dried out. I decided to fill the checks and cracks as well as the knots with epoxy similar to how Chris Schwarz did his last bench. I used some cheap “Lamp Black” oil paint that came in a set of oil colors from Michaels to tint the epoxy black. This is a batch I just let cure in the cup to see if the oil paint would cause any curing problems. It seemed to work just fine.

I masked off different areas and some of it made sense and some of it didn’t. It didn’t do anything to mask off on the top surface of the boards but it made a huge different along the edges. For example, when filling knots near the edge, the epoxy just ran down the inside of the knot and would have just leaked out the side and all over everything if I hadn’t built up some dams on the sides. In the photo, the epoxy is not all black. I started off thinking I could color match to the wood and when that didn’t look like it would work I just turned it black and stuck with that for all 4 sides.

I just kept adding more epoxy to the knots until they were full and also poured some along the checks in the faces. The checks ended up drawing in the epoxy into the wood and really sealed it up.

It will be nice to see what the boards look like after I plane them down. I used a carbide paint scraper on some dried epoxy to see how it might plane, fearing that it would be really hard and dull the knives on my jointer and planer, and it was fine. The epoxy didn’t cure super hard like I am used, instead, it still felt a tiny bit flexible and scraped off really well. I am not sure if the softness was due to the type of epoxy I used (West Systems with slow hardener) or the fact that I added oil paint to it but it was perfect. It was the 1st time I have used West Systems epoxy in about 10 years so I don’t remember how it cured back then.

Stay tuned to see what the jointed and planed legs look like…


          Buy or Lease? Answering the Age Old Question for Technology Purchases   
For many small businesses, technology purchases come at the expense of other capital improvements. Maybe you are looking to increase office space, launch a new marketing campaign or hire a new employee. How can you manage those investments in addition to keeping your technology infrastructure in line with the growth of your business?
          How much is the app marketplace actually worth?   

Apps. The ones I download are mostly free because, deep down in my heart, I’m tighter than a gnats backside. How do these apps make money then? How do the developers get paid? How do those big TV advertisements appear on TV if we never actually click “Buy” ? Well, truth is that, with in-app purchases, adverts and upgrades, they can make quite a substantial amount indeed. The global games market is worth a whopping $118.6 bn and there’s a 6.6% annual growth. That’s not all mobile generated though, as there’s the consoles that adorn bedrooms up and down the

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  •           EU VAT and the VATMESS   
    I have sent the following email to my MP, MEPs and several Commissioners in the European Parliament. If you have a small business or are a sole trader affected by the new EU VAT and VAT-MOSS rules, you can make your voice heard by doing the same - ideally use your own language and describe your own situation in your email.

    You can find who your MP and MEPs are here (google their names to find their email addresses once you've identified them): https://www.writetothem.com/
    And the following Commissioners should be copied in:
    David Gauke: gauked@parliament.uk

    You can find more information on who to include in your email here: http://euvataction.org/
    Dear Representatives, MPs, MEPs & Commissioners,
    I am writing to you concerning the unconsidered impact of the new EU VAT rules on digital micro businesses and sole traders. 
    I am a freelance illustrator, and part of my income is generated by distributing, advertising and selling my illustrations online. As with most self-employed people, my income has never approached the UK VAT threshold, and the scale of my activities means that registering for VAT voluntarily represents an increased administrative burden for myself, and unattractively inflated prices for my customers and clients. 
    As with many other digital sole traders, I work in a field with little to no professional support, and so it is only due the website http://www.euvataction.org/ and their work on twitter that I have been made aware of these new rules, long after they have been deliberated, agreed upon, and are about to be enacted. 
    Since news of these rules has reached the online community, many affected individuals have dedicated their time to researching the unconsidered impacts, and their findings include the following conclusions:
    • Most of the smallest businesses cannot comply with the legislation because they can’t collect the required 3 pieces of location evidence. 90% are using basic PayPal buttons and the most they will be able to get is the customer’s account address.
    • Most can’t display the correct price on their sales pages because they don’t know where the customer is until after they have purchased, so have no way of applying the correct VAT rate during the purchase process.
    • Even if they could code the VAT rates into their payment solution, most platforms offer just one rate of VAT per country. It is very likely that some transactions will require two rates, for different kinds of products. This is not possible for the smallest businesses to manage during the checkout.
    • These businesses don’t get any of the data until after the transaction, so it creates a massive administrative burden of manually checking each transaction and then going back to a customer if the data looks incorrect, then analysing and storing the data to complete their VAT-MOSS return.
    • Case studies show that each EU Member State’s interpretation of what is a ‘digitally-delivered service’ is different. Even if you comply with your own Member State’s interpretation, you could still be prosecuted by another Member State if the interpretations differ.
    • Whilst the rules nominally target large businesses like Amazon, in an attempt to force them into paying their fair share of VAT, they will have the corollary effect of forcing self-sufficient micro-businesses to start trading through 3rd party platforms that companies like Amazon run.
    • The office of national statistics reports that there are 4.6 million self-employed and sole traders in the UK. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_374941.pdf The proportion of these sole traders dealing in digital products has not been properly researched.
    • The ICO will be inundated with new applications from sole traders who will need to register as data processors and controllers in order to comply with international law. The results of the extra burden upon an already-stretched organisation have not been considered or researched officially. 
    As a sole trader with years of experience selling online, it has been clear from the outset that my business will be profoundly affected by these rules, and that the findings of others in my situation support my personal conclusions. 
    Since September this year, I have been redeveloping my website with the goal of expanding the scope of my business by including the sale of digital downloads, and opening certain pages to advertisers. However, these new rules mean that such a venture could completely cripple my ability to trade effectively, and as such I may be unable to capitalise on months of hard work. I have also heard that this rule could apply to physical products as early as 2016, which would force me to cease trading altogether. 
    These rules represent a crushing barrier to the growth and diversification of small digital businesses. Micro businesses looking to expand will be forced to pass through a period of growth during which they are disproportionately affected by the unrealistic administrative burden represented by compliance with the new EU VAT rules – a situation directly at odds with the EU’s goal of innovation within the digital sector. 
    On behalf of all sole traders and businesses affected by these rules, I support the following actions:
    1. In the short term, an emergency exception to allow the implementation to be suspended for micro businesses and sole traders for 1 year, whilst workable solutions are found.
    1. If this cannot be agreed before January 1st, then an emergency exemption to allow acceptance of the customer’s self-declared address as proof of place of supply for micro businesses and sole traders who don’t have access to the required 3 pieces of evidence (the 3rd being needed for the cases where the first two conflict).
    1. In the medium term, an income threshold to be applied to the rules in order to protect the growth of small digital businesses.
    1. In the long term, a complete review of the rules, and an alternative solution that effectively targets large businesses who dodge VAT, without unduly burdening micro businesses and sole traders, or forcing them to trade through platforms provided by those same large businesses.
    Yours sincerely,
    Paul Duffield

              The Future of an Industry   
    Recently, UK comics seem to be changing – there's a fresh breeze in the air, a shift in perceptions, an expanding market, regular comics reviews in the broadsheets and a growing and more diverse stable of creators. Perhaps most significantly, Jonathan Cape and SelfMadeHero, along with other companies, have developed a great catalogue of original works by British creators. This growing range of original comics is mostly aimed at thoughtful adults, and is a massive triumph.

    These successes are both backed up and boosted by a growing number of UK conventions, and just one trip to Thought Bubble shows a vibrant indie scene full of creators just waiting to be discovered. Almost every table boasts comics of excellent quality, and it's nigh on impossible to pick up every book that deserves attention.

    I think everyone in UK comics can feel this happening, and it's exciting - there's a real sense of growing opportunity about the industry. But the reason I'm writing this article in the new year is not to self-congratulate, but to bring up a very sober question...
    ...what is our potential for growth?

    It's easy to look back at the history of comics in the UK and see a pattern. The steady decline of sales in children's comics, the closure of comic shops, the sudden boom and bust of manga. Comics seem unable to put down strong roots here, and looking at that fact causes me great worry.
    Seen from the interior of the industry, our collection of original comics are fresh shoots in a warm greenhouse. Seen from the greater context of publishing in Britain, fragile saplings in winter might be a more appropriate image.

    The thing that worries me is that underneath this new growth, British comics still seems to rely on a specialist audience – one that is familiar with geek culture in general, and comfortable with comics because of long familiarity or even fandom. Chat to someone else who reads comics, and the chances are you'll find yourself with at least one fandom in common. To put it bluntly, we are a mostly-male sub-culture of adult fans, augmented only slightly by the growing mainstream relevance of geek culture, and a budding acceptance that comics are an art-form.

    Look outside the warmth of the convention hall, and you still find an apathetic general public with a deep lack of understanding about comics. I'm regularly brought up short by the phrase “oh, they still make those?” when I talk with anyone but industry friends, and I frequently have to explain what my job is due to the lack of understanding that greets “comic book artist”. The reason for this is where we get the the heart of the matter.

    The audience that our industry needs in order to expand has not grown up reading comics.

    Despite this, it seems that almost every UK publisher is producing the same sort of content. Mature, arty comics for discerning adult readers. Whilst I'm personally very happy about this, I feel that as an industry, we're supplying our own demand, making the comics we want to read. In the larger sense of a new business trying to take root in a hostile market, this is tantamount to planting seeds on barren land.

    If we, as an industry, can't maintain growth, the swelling ranks of indie creators will have nowhere to go, and everything we've gained over the last decade could be lost. What we need, more than anything else, is fertile soil to plant in.

    If an entire generation of children were to grow up reading a diverse range of comics, from every genre and for every gender, before too long there'd be literally millions of young adults, demanding the most challenging original content they can find. They'd understand, produce and consume comics in ways we can't yet imagine, and their concept of mainstream would be utterly different from ours. They wouldn't even have to profess comic fandom. It would be a given.

    All it would take is a children's comic with that diversity of content reaching massive levels of popularity. You can see where I'm going I hope…

    The Phoenix is trying to do exactly that.

    At the risk of sounding like an advert, it's stuffed full of well made comics that represent a massive range of genres and styles. It doesn't discriminate, it promotes textual and visual literacy, it pays well, credits its authors, and lets them keep their rights. It's EXACTLY WHAT WE ALL NEED TO BUILD A LASTING AND SUSTAINABLE MARKET FOR UK COMICS.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I have worked there 3 days a week as an in-house designer and illustrator for the last year, but this isn't me toeing the company line, it's the reason I wanted to work for them in the first place.

    I put a higher priority on my job at The Phoenix than I do on my own original comic, because I know that my work is going to have an uncertain future unless The Phoenix, or something very much like it, reaches huge levels of popularity first. My desire to start working at The Phoenix was driven by my desire to see UK comics grow and evolve.

    I've been planning to write this blog entry ever since The Phoenix’s predecessor, The DFC, launched. Now, at the beginning of 2014, it seems like the right time. It's the start of a new year, there's a feeling of big things happening in the industry, publishers are supporting original content like never before, and The Phoenix is just starting to build up the momentum it needs to create a supply of comics readers the likes of which the UK has never seen.

    I'm going to be doing my level best to make sure that momentum continues, so that in 2030, we can enjoy a UK comics industry larger and more diverse than any other.

    But I'm only one voice, and it can feel very lonely supporting children's comics. We're an industry of adults, so it doesn't come naturally. If you normally feel like children's comics aren't relevant to you, just remember... these aren't the comics we deserve, they're the comics we need.

    If you support children’s comics, by making them, by talking about them, by writing about them and promoting them, you’ll be supporting the future of the UK comics industry!
              TIME RUNNING OUT FOR PSOE   
    If an opinion poll published by El País on Sunday is correct then PSOE have a mountain to climb to win the general election whoever leads the party. The soundings indicate the Partido Popular have an over 14 per cent lead as Spaniards react with anger to the high levels of unemployment and the financial crisis.


    The poll by Metroscopia says 44.7 per cent of those questioned intend to vote for Mariano Rajoy’s PP. PSOE currently led by the prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero with Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba waiting to take over, limps behind on 30.4.

    These finds give the PP a 0.5 per cent increase in support over the last month. However in the real life elections – municipal and regional – on May 22 the PP’s lead was just over 10 per cent.

    At the last general election in 2008 PSOE had a lead over the PP of 3.6 per cent. This gave Zapatero his second mandate and second victory over Rajoy. Rajoy may be third time lucky but Zapatero will remain undefeated as he will have left the political stage by then.

    However the Spain of 2012 will be very different from that in 2008. The economy no longer has the highest growth in the Euro zone. The property bubble has truly burst and unemployment stands at a massive 21 per cent – double the European average. Hence it is no surprise that support for PSOE has tumbled by 13.3 per cent whilst the PP have seen a 4.6 per cent growth.

    Perhaps the most depressing fact for PSOE is there seems to be no Rubalcaba bounce in the offing. On July 9 the current first vice president of the government and hard line minister of the interior officially is anointed as the successor to Zapatero. His likely accession has been known for two months but support for PSOE has dropped by 1.3 per cent over that period. In addition 88 per cent of Spaniards believe the PP will form the next government.

    Rubalcaba is famous for his hangdog look and the poll readings are likely to add another crease to his face. The fact that he has gone unchallenged to the top job is probably because all the other heavyweights know the writing is on the wall. They don’t want to go down in history as the candidate who led PSOE to a historically heavy defeat. Mind you if Rubalcaba can pull off a miracle recovery...
              SPAIN’S CRIPPLING PERSONAL DEBT   
    The European Commission has looked at the Spanish economy and suggested higher taxes and more activity to generate jobs but it totally overlooks the private debt built up by businesses and families during the euphoric years between 1996 and 2007.


    The economic crisis amongst the banks has closed off the credit lines. Also the foreign investment in to the property market has ceased with the bursting of that market’s bulb.

    Without internal demand Spain can only grow by exporting. However to export to Germany which is the leader of European growth this country would have to improve its competitiveness. As Spain cannot devalue its currency the pressure is on to reform structures with the cutting of workers’ rights and the real threat that there will be a regression in the standards of people’s lives.

    In to this scene comes the 15-M democracy movement that insists that politics cannot be dictated by the markets. It is calling for “popular sovereignty” and “economic sovereignty” What does it serve to vote if the government is in the hands of the markets and banks, it asks?

    According to Professor Emiliano Carluccio: “the debt in the private sector grew greater than in other developed countries” over this period. Now the crisis in Spain is not the public debt.

    The level of debt of the central government, the autonomous regions and the town halls is more than 60 per cent of GDP, the wealth that Spain generates each year. Surprisingly this is less than the European average of 80 per cent or the rest of the major European countries.

    However whilst the various arms of the State have accumulated debts of 639,767 million euros the debt level amongst Spanish families dwarfs that total. Private debt stands at 886,460 million euros, 38.6 per cent more than all the State debt. (Curiously as I posted this blog Reuters issued an article highlighting the growth in Spain’s public debt but saying nothing of the private total).

    To be added to the family debts are those of businesses which come in at 1.2 billion euros more. This means that the debt in private hands is a massive 189 per cent of GDP.

    Another problem faced by Spain is the size of its external debt. Japan (200 per cent), Italy (117) and Belgium (101) all have far greater levels of public debt than Spain. However that money is owed to the nation’s nationals whereas in Spain the majority of the debts are international.

    In the case of Spain the exterior debt (the majority of it private) is equivalent to 170 per cent of GDP. In hard figures it means that Spain has to pay back to the rest of the world 1.87 billion euros. That is because during the good years Spain was importing two thirds of the financial resources demanded by its businesses and families.
              Reconciliation and Physical Literacy: There Is a Connection   

    I am passionate about physical literacy. Physical literacy is for all ages, skills, and abilities. It allows people to actively participate in their communities and with their families, as well as keep healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    Physical literacy can be defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities.”

    Because of my interest in physical literacy, and my work to create Get Moving (a physical literacy resource), I was excited to attend Sport for Life’s International Physical Literacy Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

    One of the most interesting sessions was one on Truth and Reconciliation and Physical Literacy. You may not think these two issues are related at first, but the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) actually has five calls to action relating to physical literacy.

    #87   Tell stories of Indigenous athletes.
    #88   Ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth.
    #89   Change the Physical Activity and Sport Act to reduce barriers and increase Indigenous sport participation.
    #90   Ensure sport policies, programs and initiatives are inclusive and reflect Indigenous culture and anti-racism awareness.
    #91   Ensure International sporting events involve Indigenous peoples and respect territorial protocols.

    Although these calls to action may be challenging, they also create opportunities to support reconciliation in a unique way. The love of sport, games, and play brings together very large and diverse groups of people, and brings attention to reconciliation to people who may not have been exposed to it before. Culture is a big part of sport, and it’s important to honour and respect the traditions of the Indigenous peoples here in the NWT and Canada as a whole.

    Ideas to support these calls to action in your program:

    • Use a co-leadership approach.
    • Learn about the culture and the community you live in.
    • Speak to elders and learn about community protocol and traditions.
    • Find ways to include cultural aspects into your program.
    • Introduce ceremonies, songs, and dance as a way to celebrate or honour guests.
    • Learn about and honour protocols of host communities when you travel.

    We also heard from a representative on this year’s committee for the North American Indigenous Games being held in Toronto. She talked about how the games will include and promote reconciliation. Athletes from all provinces and territories and nine American states will attend this year’s games, competing in 14 different sports.

    To support reconciliation, the North American Indigenous Games 2017 is using the hashtag #Team88, to bring attention to the TRC recommendation #88 which calls on all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth through continued support of the North American Indigenous Games. Be sure to give a shout out to #Team88 and support their efforts this summer.

    — Charlotte Upton, Family and Community Literacy Coordinator


              EAT AND WORK, EAT AND PLAY, EAT AND BE ENTERTAINED   
    The international chains serving fast food appear to be bucking the trend in Spain’s catering sector brought about by the economic crisis. Whilst restaurant and bar owners along with their employees are suffering from the downturn the fast food businesses are seeing constant growth. Indeed turnover grew by five per cent last year to 2.600 million euros.


    The big battle is between Burger King and McDonald’s who between them account for 97 per cent of the hamburger market. That battle is pretty evenly matched with not just the quantity of food taken in to account but also the number of outlets.

    Andalucía is the second autonomous region after Madrid with the largest number of fast food outlets. Overall there are 177 of these restaurants but Burger King rules with 98 compared with McDonald’s 71.

    The dominance of Burger King is also seen in Málaga province. Burger King has 35 outlets mostly located in the major commercial centres. In contrast McDonald’s has 20 spread amongst the holiday resort towns of the Costa del Sol.

    It is not just the international names and the power of their advertising that has allowed these chains to prosper in hard economic times. Both sell known products at keen prices in comfortable and a familiar environment.

    Indeed in 2010 McDonald’s invested 14 million euros in giving a facelift to its 88 stores introducing a new colour scheme and furnishings. Burger King has responded with a futuristic 20/20 design and divided its restaurants in to Whopper Bar and BK Dessert Bar zones.

    Each chain is also working to win customers with added attractions. For example Burger King has now added children’s play areas to most of its restaurants. In contrast McDonald’s is offering free Wi-Fi to its customers. Eat and work, eat and play, eat and be entertained is the order of the day.

    The overall figures for the fast food business in Spain make interesting reading. There are 3,940 such establishments which is a 2.2per cent increase on 2009 with the total market worth 2,610 million euros. Of that Burger King, McDonald’s and other hamburger chains account for 1,300 million euros, a rise of 4.8 per cent.

    Down by slightly more (4.9 percent) are pizza sales at 540 million euros, bocadillerías account for 455 million euros (up 3.4) and others such as tacos and hot dogs bring in 315 million euros, a rise of 3.3per cent. Of the total 2,610 million euros turnover, 2,285 million (up 3.4 percent) is through counter sales whilst home delivery stands at 325 million, a drop of 5.2 per cent.
              Freedom Cigarettes Sales Have Increased Tenfold Over the Past Few Months as UK Smokers Are Switching to Their Premium Brand of Electronic Cigarettes   

    One of the fastest growing electronic cigarette brands in the UK is expanding operations in response to a massive growth in demand. This is due to Freedom’s customer focused approach, research and good business practice.

    (PRWeb March 12, 2012)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9271677.htm


              Listen To ActiveRain On-The-Go - ActiveRain's New Podcast   
    As David wrote about last week, We recently launched our new podcast series, ActiveRain Insights for Success. In setting out to do a podcast series, we realized that we have access to some of the smartest people in the real estate industry. Between ActiveRain's decadelong history with community and Ben Kinney's decadelong history with selling and innovating in the real estate space, we've made friends with some really amazing people. Smart, driven, energetic, funny and hard working don't even begin to describe some of the guests we have already interviewed.......and we are just getting started! Already, we have interviewed: Chris Smith: Love Chris! I consider him one of the foremost hustlers in our industry (I use that term with total endearment). Chris knows how to market! As co-founder of Curyator, Chris helps 1000's of agents have a better business......and he almost got both of us to cry! Dusty Baker: The guy just gets social media! And he's using it to build a really successful real estate business in one of the toughest markets in the country, Santa Barbara CA. And he's only 27! Sherry Chris: Real Estate Powerhouse! Sherry is the CEO of Better Homes and Garden Real Estate LLC and one of the most well connected and hardest working people in real estate. A true innovator, Sherry never disappoints when sharing her experience with the industry. Jay Papasan: Author extrodaniare! Jay has co-authored, with Gary Keller, some of the most successful books about real estate of all time. His most recent book, The One Thing has become a Wall Street Journal #1 best seller and is a guide to acheiving truly remarkable things in your life by focusing on the one thing, that if you do it, will make everything else in your life easier (I'm paraphrasing) Seth Price: Marketing Genius! Chief Instigator for Placester (love that title!), Seth is leading a massive expansion of a great company, the fourth time he's been part of a team building a multi-million dollar company. (and unfortunately for you all, it's a podcast so you can't see that he is likely the best dressed people in real estate). Chad Hyams: The Voice of Reason! And our good friend from the IMSD days, Chad is currently the Director of Growth and Productivity for the Southeast region of Keller Williams. He spends his days pouring his soul into making real estate agents have more successful lives and businesses. Podcast Format In each podcast, we ask (mostly the same) ten questions of each guest. Since we try to keep them under 30 minutes, and I have a big mouth and sometimes like to use it, we don't always get all ten questions in with each guest. Often, something they say will lead me to ask another question and we head down a completely different path than was planned. After getting the first 10 or so interviews under our belt, we decided to do something a little bit different when we interview a real estate agent. Moving forward, agents will be asked the same set of four questions, very specific to the business of real estate, so that you guys can get specific insights into the business habits of some very successful agents. Many More To Come: We have already more interviews in the hopper with Tom Ferry, Grier Allen and Debbie Reynolds (Lots of ActiveRainers will make an appearance!). Each week we will release another podcast interview. We'd love if you would subscribe to the podcast, which you can do from the main podcast page, or while listening to any of the individual podcasts. Or you can subscribe below. And if you pick up something great from one of our guests, we'd love if you would share the podcast with your friends and peers in the industry!SUBSCRIBE Bob StewartActiveRain Make sure you check out the ActiveRain Facebook Page --- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              ActiveRain Introduces Mobile Notifications   
    In May of 2015, 34% of the traffic on ActiveRain came from a mobile phone.  The growth we are experiencing on that area of the site is tremendous and we love that the community is taking full advantage of it!ActiveRain has made a major investment in the past year to make sure that your blog posts look amazing on a mobile device.  But, did you also know that we've been building out a mobile web experience that helps you to connect, share, and learn with your peers in the community?All of our development has been on "mobile web" version of the site.  This is not an app that you need to download.  The majority of our users on ActiveRain are consumers visiting the site so our focus is on making you look great on their phone in a normal web browser. In our latest software release (June 8, 2015), we introduced three more pieces of the puzzle to help you stay connected on the go: Notification AlertsWith our mobile notification alerts, every time you visit ActiveRain on your phone you'll see a bright orange indicator to alert you to new activity on your content.  This smart system of notifications helps you to stay plugged in to all of the conversations happening in the Rain.  My Home PageThe My Home page is a one-stop-shop to see all of the activity on your account.  You can filter what kind of information appears on the page and manage it like an inbox by deleting events that no longer matter to you.The page reports all of these events: Messages from contact forms New followers Blog likes Comments received Comment likes Reblogged Referral requests Referral alerts Question likes Answers received Answers Upvoted Tagged in someone else's content This is the most highly trafficked page by members on our site!  Contact Form Messages (Lead Alerts)One of the biggest business drivers for our members is when a visitor to ActiveRain submits the contact form on the side of their blog or profile page.  Common examples of the kinds of contacts arriving on these forms.Hi, I have clients who are interested in buying a home in one of the Chicago suburbs...possibly Oswego. I'd like to refer them to you if you are interested.I see that many people recommend your service. Do you have time for an inspection on Monday (May 4th)?I spoke to you recently about buying a condo in the UT area since my wife is now teaching in UT. We've found one we're interested in.  I need to get a preapproval letter so please send me the required forms ASAP. In our June 8th release, we built the "Message" page in a mobile friendly format so you can quickly respond to your leads and make a great first impression.  What Else Can I Do On My Phone?If you are new to ActiveRain (or just haven't been paying attention for the past 12 months!), you can also access all of the functionality listed below on your phone. Click on these links from your phone to check them out.Home Page - A real-time feed of the most popular content on ActiveRain.Points - View your point accumulation over the past two months.Following - View the people you are following and filter the list by location and profession.Followers - View the members who are following YOU and easily follow them in return.Ask a Question - Pose a new question to the ActiveRain community.Blog Home - Search through the latest and greatest blog posts on ActiveRain, including a filter to only view blog posts written by people you follow.Question Home - See the peer-to-peer questions that are driving the most engagement.Bookmarks (unique link for each person) - Access the questions and blog posts bookmarked on your account.My Blog (unique link for each person) - View all of the blog posts published to your account. And our favorite page of all:THE LOGIN PAGEBecause if you don't log in to the site, you don't get to enjoy any of the features mentioned above. If you haven't experienced the ActiveRain mobile site now is the time!--- Keep Up In the Rain!
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              FANG stocks are today's blue chips: Lew Piantedosi   
    Lew Piantedosi, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance Large-Cap Growth Fund, discusses which FANG stocks have the most growth. The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders weigh in.
              You never ever get negative in bull market: Tony Dwyer   
    The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders and Tony Dwyer, managing director of U.S. portfolio strategy at Canaccord Genuity, discuss growth in the FANG stocks during FANG week.
              4 reasons Chrysler should survive   
    Your favorite Detroit ex-pat here, with a few reasons Chrysler should survive. I admit I’m a romantic “car guy” of sorts, one who has never owned a Chrysler product. Yet I’m affectionate toward the brand, and I hope and expect they will survive in some form. Here are four reasons why:










    #1 - Vintage Styling
    I will never forget visiting some family friends with my parents in the early 70s. Barely fitting in Uncle Ted's garage was Chrysler’s luxury standard, the Imperial. The breadth! The weight! I had never seen a push button transmission before. Uncle Ted gracefully maneuvered the long, wing-finned road yacht with its square steering wheel. That skipper's wheel was a physical marvel. It should not have worked. But it did.










    #2 – the 1968 Dodge Charger
    Muscle car defined. Deep. Throaty (with Hooker headers and Thrush mufflers). Square-edged like a man. One almost killed my cousin David, who was driving at the time. Dangerous. Wonderful.









    #3 – the Dodge Ram pickup
    I like the cowl. I like hood lines. Its sales followed the Ford and Chevy, but the Dodge Ram didn’t look like every other pickup. It looked classic when it was brand new.









    #4 – the Dodge Viper
    Ooh mama! Cute and fast, a real life “Lightning McQueen.” We saw Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway driving one around town when he was a car dealer. When the Viper came out, it hit the market like the Ford Pantera (at $10k in the early 70s). If you could have one, you grabbed it. It’s still sweet and fast.





    Honorable mention: the Dodge Caravan / Chrysler Town & Country minivans.
    Ugh. The minivan empowered countless American families, and may be single-handedly responsible for the growth of suburbia in the 1980s. The minivan may have also emasculated countless family dads who sacrificed horsepower and machismo for domestic duty.


    Honorable mention: the PT Cruiser and Prowler
    Again, number 3 of the Big 3 gets big time style points. Again, poor engineering and an inefficient engine (which typify too many Chrysler products) made it hard for otherwise cool rides to roll to the rescue for Chrysler.

    Honorable mention: the Jeep
    Thanks for saving the good-time, manly brand after American Motors went away. It was always a strong visual brand out here in the West, and it always exuded adventure. Driving is dangerous. Hitting the road is an adventure. At least the Jeep looks like it’s up to the task.

    Today’s bankruptcy is not necessarily fatal for the new Chrysler-Fiat conglomerate. (I love the Fiat transmission box, by the way.) I hope the market continues to refine the brand, but keep those body engineers! They’ve got what makes American cars … American.














              USBC and BYPO Partner to Assist Black Businesses With Growth and Sustainability   
    Black businessesBlack businesses could soon get help with everything from obtaining financing to finding customers courtesy…
              A Practice-Grounded Approach for Evaluating Health in All Policies Initiatives in the United States   
    imageObjective: To address the social determinants of health, an increasing number of public health practitioners are implementing Health in All Policies initiatives aimed at increasing cross-sectoral collaboration and integrating health considerations into decisions made by “nonhealth” sectors. Despite the growth in practice nationally and internationally, evaluation of Health in All Policies is a relatively new field. To help inform evaluation of Health in All Policies initiatives in the United States, this study sought to develop a practice-grounded approach, including a logic model and a set of potential indicators, which could be used to describe and assess Health in All Policies activities, outputs, and outcomes. Design: Methods included (a) a review of the literature on current Health in All Policies approaches, practices, and evaluations; and (b) consultation with experts with substantive knowledge in implementing or evaluating Health in All Policies initiatives. Feedback from experts was obtained through individual (n = 11) and group (n = 14) consultation. Results: The logic model depicts a range of potential inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes of Health in All Policies initiatives; example indicators for each component of the logic model are provided. Case studies from California, Washington, and Nashville highlight emerging examples of Health in All Policies evaluation and the ways in which local context and goals inform evaluation efforts. Conclusion: The tools presented in this article synthesize concepts present in the emerging literature on Health in All Policies implementation and evaluation. Practitioners and researchers can use the tools to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, clarify assumptions, identify how they will assess progress, and implement data-driven ways to improve their Health in All Policies work.
              Business Analyst - QinetiQ Canada - Ottawa, ON   
    QinetiQ Canada is a subsidiary of QinetiQ, which is going through a period of sustained growth and we are looking for people who want to positively contribute...
    From Indeed - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:28:27 GMT - View all Ottawa, ON jobs
              Spine surgery technologies shifting; growth in total disc replacement, interbody spacers, kypho/vertebroplasty   
    Spine fusion revenues are expected to be flat as bone graft substitutes, total disc replacement and vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty begin to replace some spinal fusion procedures. Nucleus replacement, a market in its infancy, will also be increasing during the period covered in this study, but will remain a relatively modest sub-segment of the entire market. The chart … Continue reading "Spine surgery technologies shifting; growth in total disc replacement, interbody spacers, kypho/vertebroplasty"
              Purchasing Analyst   
    NJ-Parsippany, Our client is a rapidly growing manufacture in the CPG space, is seeking a Purchasing Analyst to manage the company's growth. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Purchasing Analyst to get in on the ground floor and move up rapidly within the company. Salary/Range: $50 - $70k Position Overview: The Purchasing Analyst will be responsible for sourcing and developing new vendors. They will also be
              Production Assistant - Canopy Growth Corporation - Toronto, ON   
    Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc., Tweed Grasslands, Mettrum and Bedrocan Canada Inc....
    From Canopy Growth Corporation - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:37 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
              Manager, International Business - Canopy Growth Corporation - Toronto, ON   
    Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc., Tweed Grasslands, Mettrum and Bedrocan Canada Inc....
    From Canopy Growth Corporation - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:12 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
              Brand Manager, Tweed - Canopy Growth Corporation - Toronto, ON   
    Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc., Tweed Grasslands, Mettrum and Bedrocan Canada Inc....
    From Canopy Growth Corporation - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:12 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
              Comment on VERY EFFECTIVE MASK FOR EXTREME HAIR GROWTH by Mariel   
    Why does it recommend that we use the mustard hair mask on, "unwashed" hair? What's the difference? Should the hair be dirty or simply not wet? And can this be done consecutively as long as it doesn't lose its potency?
              Cultivation Manager - Canopy Growth Corporation - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON   
    Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc., Tweed Grasslands, Mettrum and Bedrocan Canada Inc....
    From Canopy Growth Corporation - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:26 GMT - View all Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON jobs
              Production Assistant - Canopy Growth Corporation - Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON   
    Its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed Inc., Tweed Farms Inc., Tweed Grasslands, Mettrum and Bedrocan Canada Inc....
    From Canopy Growth Corporation - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:12 GMT - View all Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON jobs
              How and When to Successfully Migrate Your eCommerce Store   

    As any entrepreneur will tell you, growth can be both your enemy and your friend. When times of growth are slow, your business may struggle. However, when growth is fast, it can also be a bit difficult to keep up … More Info

    The post How and When to Successfully Migrate Your eCommerce Store appeared first on Cultura Interactive.


              Support Groups and Organizations   

    SUPPORT GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

    *FOR GAYS, LESBIANS, BISEXUALS, OR TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE

    Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is perfectly normal and healthy. Your sexual orientation and gender identity make up?your personal composition. Sometimes, it takes time to figure out all of these sexual and gender feelings. It is okay to be unsure whether you are gay or straight or to be uncertain about whether you should come out. Remember that you are not alone. There are people out there with the same questions and concerns that you have. The following is a list of internet resources that provide valuable information to gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people about lifestyles, where to find support groups in your area, and various issues faced by GLBT people everyday.

    www.pflag.org
    *PFLAG is a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. PFLAG has chapters in over 460 communities across the nation along with help-lines you can call. They can help find a chapter near you, as well as answer important questions about pertinent issues in the homosexual community. PFLAG also supports, educates and advocates for equal civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangendered people.

    www.GayPASG.org
    The task force for same sex marriage has created a website devoted to defeating anti-same sex marriage proposals. It provides a means to contact government officials, view recent news articles, and read real-life stories pertaining to gay and lesbian marriages.

    www.igla.org
    The International Lesbian and Gay Association is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people everywhere. It provides information pertaining to how to get involved in the liberation of GLBT's across the globe and information on government and public events, recent activities, and an email directory of members.

    http://gaylife.about.com/cs/supportgroups
    This is a guide to social and support organizations for gay lifestyles that help people match their needs or interest with those of other gays.

    www.youthresource.com
    This is a project developed by advocates for GLBT youths. It includes sites pertaining to youth health issues, lives, stories, advocacy, sexual health and well-being, information on how and why to have safer sex, community, youth HIV, school life for high school and college students, youth group listings, facts and stories about coming out, resources, and support for young gay men, bi-youths, youths of color, transgendered youths, lesbian youths, deaf GLBT youths, and more.

    *FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF GLBT'S

    Finding out that a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered often triggers a difficult series of transitions away from past thought processes into new and more refined ones. Most people aren't prepared to hear, "I'm gay," from their loved ones. It is important to realize that many people have initial feelings of confusion when they are first introduced to this concept. Many may find themselves going through something similar to a grieving process with all the shock, denial, anger, guilt and sense of loss that accompanied the news. So if those are the feelings with which you're dealing, they're understandable. Statistics show that one in every ten people in this country and around the world is gay. Therefore, approximately one in four families has an immediate family member who is gay, lesbian or bisexual, and most people have at least one gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered member in their extended circle of friends and family.

    Although, at times, it may feel as though you have lost someone close to you, you haven't. It is your perception of them that has changed. Your loved one is the same person he or she was before you heard the news; the only difference now is that they now have a different image in your eyes. That loss can be very difficult, but that image can, happily, be replaced with a new and clearer understanding of your loved one.

    www.pflag.org
    An excellent resource for friends and family.

    www.colage.org
    COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays everywhere) is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents. Their mission is to "foster the growth of daughters and sons of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents of all racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds by providing education, support and community on local and international levels, to advocate for our rights and those of our families, and to promote acceptance and awareness that love makes a family."

    www.queeramerica.com
    QueerAmerica is a database published by OutProud, The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth It is the largest collection of lesbian and gay resources in the nation, and includes information on community centers, support organizations, queer youth groups, and more. These can be great places to meet friends, get questions answered, or find support.

    www.buddybuddy.com
    This site was created by the Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples. It is a national resource for same-sex couples, supporting the diverse community of committed gay and lesbian partners through a variety of media, including more than 200 essays, surveys, legal articles and resources on legal marriage, ceremonies, domestic partner benefits, relationship tips, parenting, and immigration.

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              Комментарий к записи Куайба, штат Мату Гроссу (Виктор Родин)   
    Restoring affluent and purity of the Amazon and other rivers of South America. A new kind of business for any investor. Niche is open. To date, the production of fresh water in South America is the most profitable business. With a minimum yield 1.8-2.3 dollar on the dollar invested, sponsors can earn up to 0.5-0.7 trillion dollars a year. As an example, I give indicators of a river: Brazil. Amazon River. In the Amazon, from the source of the river to the mouth can be made: Up to 20 cubic kilometers of irrigation water; And up to 1.5 - 2 cubic km of crystal clear, mineral-rich drinking water. And drinking and irrigation water will be sold and generate income. Expenses. Necessary equipment. The sequence of works. Revenues. The cost - 4-5 billion euros. But you can start with a 2 billion euro. Revenues. Read carefully! In the second or third year, you can produce up to 20 cubic kilometers of water. The cost of water in Germany around 2 euros per tonne. Selling water at 0.2 euros per tonne - 10 times cheaper - the sponsor can earn 4 billion euros per year, ie EUR 2 to receive the income on invested euros. Selling 0.5 - earn 10 billion, one euro - 20 billion per year, according to two euros - 40 billion, and so on. That is, there is a large grid in which you can choose between the interests of producers and consumers. Consumers - all states in South America. In addition, the clean water produced annually to dilute contaminated water and slowly bring the water of the river into a state where it can be drunk straight from the river. This revenue producer. Income and benefits for the state: The growth of productive land, pastures and areas under forests - 40 thousand square meters. km. The number of new farms - 2.5 million. Two years later, the program will stop forest fires, and for 10 years the forest area increased by 1.5-2% per year, followed by increases. Sincerely, a developer of environmental programs, Victor Rodin. 30100, Ukraine, Khmelnitsky region., Neteshin. (Khmelnitsky NPP). Tel. Kiev Star: 961336344. Internet Addresses rodin.vik@yandex.ua; dorosydos@gmail.com; Skype - kuzmitch36. --- --- --- Восстановление полноводности и чистоты реки Амазонки, и других рек Южной Америки. Новый вид бизнеса для любого инвестора. Ниша пока открыта. На сегодняшний день производство пресной воды в Южной Америке является самым доходным бизнесом. При минимальной доходности 1,8-2,3 доллара на вложенный доллар, спонсоры могут зарабатывать до 0,5-0,7 триллиона долларов в год. Как пример, даю показатели одной реки: Бразилия. Река Амазонка. На Амазонке, от истоков реки до устья можно произвести: До 20 куб км оросительной воды; И до 1,5 – 2 куб км кристально чистой, обогащённой минералами питьевой воды. И питьевая и оросительная вода будет продаваться, и приносить доход. Затраты. Необходимая техника. Последовательность работ. Доходы. Затраты – 4-5 млрд евро. Но начать можно с 2 млрд евро. Доходы. Читать внимательно! Во второй-третий год можно произвести до 20 куб км воды. Стоимость воды в Германии порядка 2 евро за тонну. Продав воду по 0,2 евро за тонну, - в 10 раз дешевле – спонсор может заработать 4 млрд евро в год, то есть, получить доход 2 евро на вложенный евро. Продав по 0,5 – заработать 10 млрд, по одному евро – 20 млрд в год, по два евро – 40 млрд, и так далее. То есть, есть большая сетка, при которой можно выбирать между интересами производителей и потребителей. Потребители – все государства Южной Америки. Кроме того, произведённая чистая вода будет ежегодно разбавлять загрязнённую воду и постепенно приводить воду реки в состояние, когда её можно будет пить прямо из реки. Это доходы производителя. Доходы и выгоды для государства: Прирост продуктивных земель, пастбищ, и площадей под леса – 40 тысяч кв. км. Количество новых фермерских хозяйств – 2,5 млн. Через два года программа остановит лесные пожары, а в течение 10 лет увеличивать площади лесов на 1,5-2% в год с последующим их увеличением. С уважением, разработчик экологических программ, Виктор Родин. 30100, Украина, Хмельницкая обл., г. Нетешин. (Хмельницкая АЭС). Тел. Киев Стар: 961336344. Адреса в Интернете rodin.vik@yandex.ua; dorosydos@gmail.com; Скайп - kuzmitch36.
              U.S. Wages Rising At The Fastest Pace In Years Amid Solid Hiring   
    Go ahead — ask the boss for a raise. The jobs report released Friday by the Labor Department suggests the time finally may be right to demand a fatter paycheck. The October report showed employers added 161,000 jobs — and paid workers more. Average hourly earnings rose by 10 cents to $25.92 last month — and that gain followed September's increase of 8 cents an hour. In all, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.8 percent over the past year — the fastest pace since the end of the Great Recession. That's a lot considering that the consumer price index has risen only 1.5 percent in the same 12 months. So workers now have more buying power at the store. "As the job market gets tighter, firms are responding to tougher competition for workers by raising pay," PNC chief economist Stuart Hoffman said in his assessment. "This is a big positive for income growth, consumer spending, and the overall economy." The recent wage gains — after years of stagnation — reflect the steady healing of the
              Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, But Signals Increase May Be Coming    
    The Federal Reserve's policymakers ended their two-day meeting Wednesday without raising interest rates. But they did issue a statement saying the case for more expensive loans is strengthening. That's because the U.S. economy is improving enough to allow interest rates to rise soon to more normal levels. In recent weeks, "the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year," the Fed said. As evidence, the Fed noted that "job gains have been solid. Household spending has been rising moderately." Still, not everything is rosy. The officials also pointed out that "business fixed investment has remained soft." Looking at the good and the bad, the Fed concluded "near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced." That means the target range for the federal funds rate will remain at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent for now. For you, it means interest rates that rise and fall with that
              Restaurant Assistant and General Manager - Panda Express - Ontario   
    Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your opportunities with Panda are...
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              Restaurant Service Team Supervisor - Panda Express - Mississauga, ON   
    Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your opportunities with Panda are...
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              Restaurant Manager - Panda Express - Mississauga, ON   
    Panda Express is coming to Canada! Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your...
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              Restaurant Cook - Panda Express - Toronto, ON   
    Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your opportunities with Panda are...
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              Restaurant Service Team Supervisor - Panda Express - Toronto, ON   
    Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your opportunities with Panda are...
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              Restaurant Assistant and General Manager - Panda Express - Toronto, ON   
    Have you heard that Panda Express is coming to Canada? Especially during this important time of growth for our company, your opportunities with Panda are...
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              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Roberta Grimes on The Fun of Growing Forever   
    EpisodeWe can't transform the world until we transform ourselves.   Roberta Grimes is the author of the FUN series and builds upon the truths of Liberating Jesus in her beautifully simple The Fun of Growing Forever.   Nothing about the FUN series is religious. The afterlife evidence and the Gospel teachings together assure us that spiritual growth is the purpose of human life, and unfortunately no religious tradition makes spiritual growth a priority. But throughout human history reve ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Encore: Beyond Past Lives with Author Mira Kelley   
    GuestMira Kelly will share what parallel realities can teach us about relationships, healing, and transformation. People transform powerfully when they experience the stories and the profound lessons of their past lives. In this book, Mira Kelley shares the life changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your growth. The stories contained in these pages will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Encore: Beyond Past Lives with Author Mira Kelley   
    GuestMira Kelly will share what parallel realities can teach us about relationships, healing, and transformation. People transform powerfully when they experience the stories and the profound lessons of their past lives. In this book, Mira Kelley shares the life changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your growth. The stories contained in these pages will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Beyond Past Lives with Author Mira Kelley   
    GuestMira Kelly will share what parallel realities can teach us about relationships, healing, and transformation. People transform powerfully when they experience the stories and the profound lessons of their past lives. In this book, Mira Kelley shares the life changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your growth. The stories contained in these pages will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Beyond Past Lives with Author Mira Kelley - Encore   
    GuestMira Kelly will share what parallel realities can teach us about relationships, healing, and transformation. People transform powerfully when they experience the stories and the profound lessons of their past lives. In this book, Mira Kelley shares the life changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your growth. The stories contained in these pages will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Beyond Past Lives with Author Mira Kelley   
    GuestMira Kelly will share what parallel realities can teach us about relationships, healing, and transformation. People transform powerfully when they experience the stories and the profound lessons of their past lives. In this book, Mira Kelley shares the life changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your growth. The stories contained in these pages will help you understand how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you ...
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: 'Empower Yourself to Unfold Your Deep Dreams' with Kathryn Barry Elliott and 'Awakening the Heart Through the Home With Feng Shui' with Caroline Patrick BorNei   
    GuestKathryn will share how you can forge partnerships within your inner world and empower yourself to unfold your deep dreams and aspirations. By engaging with the energy of play, you powerfully liberate your gifts and talents in service to your creative, spiritual, and transformational growth. Caroline will Awakening the Heart Through the Home With Feng Shui - Take your own personal journey with Caroline Patrick BorNei, Master Feng Shui Educator, to understand how each house, room and bedroom h ...
              New research on Resveratrol   

    Although previous research on the activity of resveratrol in the human body which called into question its potential benefit to the health of people , the new findings show that resveratrol is converted in the body to its active form , which can be used if cells .

    These new findings , published last October 2 , in the journal Science Translational Medicine, reinforces the idea that resveratrol may have health benefits .

    Some investigations have found that resveratrol can activate a chemical pathway in cells related to slower aging and other studies have linked to cardiovascular benefits anticancer effects.

    To see how the body uses resveratrol, the researchers fed mice with resveratrol sulfate , which is the modified form thereof . Then measured levels of pure resveratrol in plasma of mice and other tissues.

    The researchers found that mouse cells containing resveratrol , the form of the compound . Is that once inside the cells , an enzyme removes the sulfate group of the compound , allowing the original chemical can be used by the cells.

    That suggests that resveratrol may be biologically active when the body becomes resveratrol sulfate .

    In another experiment, the researchers demonstrated that resveratrol sulfate could be converted back to the resveratrol in the human intestinal cancer cells and slowed the growth and division of cells.

    Further research should determine whether resveratrol has health benefits and under what conditions does it, but these new findings should remove the brake further research.

    In addition , several companies are working to create forms of resveratrol that is not metabolized as quickly resveratrol sulfate . But that may not be necessary or beneficial, if the body can process resveratrol in its original form .

    Photo By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons 


              Almirall expands its international presence to Canada   

    The Canadian subsidiary will focus primarily on therapeutic solutions for respiratory and skin diseases .

    According to the CEO of Almirall Canada, Ed Dybka : " We are at a very important moment for Almirall , advances in research projects , key regulatory milestones and new partnerships will be the foundation for a sustained period of international growth , where we have an important role and underlines our commitment to the U.S. pharmaceutical market . "

    Headquartered in Mississauga , the new subsidiary will support the launch of new products in the local market Almirall , including an innovative new treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ) : Tudorza ® Genuair ® , which is marketed in the fall.

    Almirall fourteenth Canada is the subsidiary of the pharmaceutical company joins existing in Europe and Mexico .

    Considering the milestones achieved by Almirall in Europe throughout its history, the General Manager of Almirall Canada has stated : "We want to stand out for being a pharmaceutical company in which they can develop new lines of business as well as continue our commitment to collaborate with the medical community to improve the quality of life of Canadian patients , "said Dybka .

    Research and development

    Research has been a fundamental part to create , for more than 40 years , the DNA of Almirall . In 2012 , Almirall reinvested more than 23% of its sales in R & D - an increase of 10 % over the previous year . This was the largest investment in research and development in the Spanish pharmaceutical sector and the third in the ranking of all companies.

    In late 2012 , 20% of all staff of the company is dedicated to R & D. In total, more than 500 people , including scientists and experts play an essential role in all stages of research and product development for applications for marketing authorization record .

    corporate Values

    Almirall , corporate values ​​reflect our attitude : how we work and how we interact daily professional and personal level , both within and outside our organization.

    Our four core values ​​: trust , innovation , teamwork and personal leadership , define the company and help us to improve our performance and create value . The results of the company are the sum of individual efforts dedicated to the fulfillment of our vision , objectives and goals.

    Almirall

    Almirall is a pharmaceutical company committed to providing valuable drugs through its efforts in R & D , which exceeded 23% of its sales in 2012 , along with external agreements , licenses and collaborations. Through the search for innovative medicines, we aim to become a leading company in the areas of respiratory disease and dermatology , with a high interest in gastrointestinal and pain. With more than 3,000 employees in 22 countries , Almirall has generated total revenues of 900 million euros in 2012 .

    The company was founded in 1943 and its headquarters are located in Barcelona ( Spain ) . Almirall shares traded on the Spanish Stock Exchange ( ticker : ALM ) .

    For more information, visit the website: www.almirall.com


              TGF-b1 and hardening of the arteries   

    A study in which participated the National Research Council (CSIC) has identified a new target potentially involved in this process. The work has been published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

    The extracellular matrix, the organic component exists between the cells in multicellular organisms, determines the properties of hardness and elasticity of the tissues, an important aspect in the cardiovascular system. The lysyl oxidases are a family of enzymes responsible for establishing covalent bonds in collagen and elastin fibers, a key step in the maturation and stabilization of the extracellular matrix.

    "The increased expression of these enzymes results in a more rigid matrix, less elastic, so that the lysyl oxidase largely determine the biomechanical properties of tissues," says researcher Fernando Rodriguez Pascual CISC, Center for Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa", CSIC joint center and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

    The synthesis and deposition of extracellular matrix components are governed by a set of hormones, and cellular factors, including transforming growth factor-B1 (TGF-b1) plays an important role, directly related to the development of cardiovascular diseases which cause loss of elasticity of blood vessels.

    This study relates directly the action of TGF-b1 with a remarkable increase of the expression of a form of vascular lysyl oxidase isoform 4 (in English "lysyl oxidase-like 4" LOXL4). "Through this effect on LOXL4 expression could explain the ability of TGF-b1 to promote arterial stiffness and, therefore, its contribution to the development of these diseases," adds the researcher.

    • Oscar Busnadiego, José González-Santamaría, David Lagares, Juan Guinea-Viniegra, Cathy Pichol-Thievend, Laurent Muller, Fernando Rodríguez-Pascual. LOXL4 Is Induced by Transforming Growth Factor β1 through Smad and JunB/Fra2 and Contributes to Vascular Matrix Remodeling. Molecular and Cellular Biology. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.00036-13.

    Fotografía By Rhcastilhos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


              Stem cells have "twin"   

    An investigation by the National Research Council (CSIC), published today in the journal Cell Reports has analyzed the division of precursor stem cells of motor neurons of the spinal cord.

    According to their results, the stem cell symmetric division to generate identical daughter with proliferative capacity is mediated by growth factor Sonic Hedgehog. This growth factor is a protein previously known for its role in embryonic development of organs.

    The researcher of the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona, CSIC Elisa Martí, who led the research in collaboration with the University of Barcelona researcher Javier Buceta, explains: "This information has been obtained by a quantitative mathematical model we developed and experimental data enabling us to study and predict how to control different types of stem cell division during development of the nervous system. "

    The balance between the various types of stem cell division determines the balanced growth of tissues and organs. Similarly, alterations in the path of action of Sonic Hedgehog have been associated with the occurrence of tumors. Therefore, Martí emphasizes the importance of this finding that "might help to understand how this factor favors the apparition".

     

    Murielle Saade, Irene Gutiérrez-Vallejo, Gwenvael Le Dréau, M. Angeles Rabadan, David G. Miguez, Javier Buceta and Elisa Martí. Sonic Hedgehog Signaling Switches the Mode of Division in the Developing Nervous System. Cell Reports. 10.1016/j.celrep.2013.06.038

    Picture: Células madre neurales en división. Crédito: Murielle Saade


              Vav proteins function in skin cancer   

    A study led by the National Research Council (CSIC) has shown that a signaling pathway essential in this process is jointly controlled by Vav2 and Vav3 oncoproteins, enzymes that determine the activation of signaling pathways related to mobility and cell proliferation.

    The results of the study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, may provide drug targets aimed at the tumor and other skin diseases such as psoriasis.

    "To demonstrate the effect of inactivation of these activators in skin cancer, we used mice genetically engineered to eliminate the expression of proteins and Vav3 Vav2. With this strategy, you want to simulate the effect of the systemic use of inhibitors against these two proteins would have on the initiation and progression of skin tumors and at the same time, assess the side effects that could cause such inhibition in normal skin tumor, "explains Xosé Bustelo CSIC researcher, Center for Cancer Research of Salamanca, a joint CSIC and the University of Salamanca.

    This experimentally demonstrated that the removal of proteins and Vav3 Vav2 caused a significant fall of the induced skin tumors in mice after topical application of various carcinogens. However, mice lacking these two proteins showed no alteration in the normal development of the skin, indicating that the use of inhibitors against Vav3 Vav2 and specifically affect the viability of the tumor cells but not normal cells of patients skin cancer.

    During the study it was found that the expression of these two proteins was necessary for the survival of tumor cells to agents that, like many of the drugs used in chemotherapy cause cell death through the induction of DNA damage. In addition, researchers were able to show that the proteins Vav were also necessary for optimum proliferation of tumor cells and induction of other biological processes, such as local inflammation intratumoral, create an environment that encourages tissue growth and cell survival tumor in a more robust.

    Furthermore, the researchers found that proteins Vav mediate largely above all biological processes through activation of a transcriptional program that determines the expression of a wide variety of extracellular factors involved in the survival and proliferation of skin cells tumor and the adjacent normal cell stimulation to tumor cells that promote the creation of tumor niche.

    "These experiments indicate that Vav3 Vav2 and play an important role in the initiation and development of skin cancers, to promote cell signaling pathways in cancer cells related to DNA damage cell survival, proliferation and tissue microenvironment modification where such cells grow and develop. Many of these programs are activated protumorigenic other common diseases of the skin, as in the case of psoriasis, "Mauricio Menacho-Marquez, CSIC researcher at the Cancer Research Center of Salamanca.

    The investigation also involved researchers from the Center of Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa" CSIC and the Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology.

     

    Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Ramón García-Escudero, Virginia Ojeda, Antonio Abad, Pilar Delgado, Clotilde Costa, Sergio Ruiz, Balbino Alarcón, Jesús M. Paramio, and Xosé R. Bustelo. The Rho Exchange Factors Vav2 and Vav3 Favor Skin Tumor Initiation and Promotion by Engaging Extracelular Signaling Loops. PLOS Biology. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001615

     

    Picture By →AzaToth (self made based on PDB entry) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


              Sunscreens and marine ecosystem   

    An investigation by the National Research Council (CSIC) reveals these products releases a significant amount of its components to the sea, which have ecological consequences on marine coastal ecosystem.

    The work, which also involved the University of Valencia and has been published in the journal PLoS ONE, analyzed the impact of sunscreens on marine ecosystems in coastal waters of the island of Mallorca. Your responsible, CSIC researcher at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (CSIC joint center and the University of the Balearic Islands) Antonio Tovar explains: "Sunscreens may have a significant environmental impact in areas of intense tourist activity."

    The analyzes carried out during the study indicate the presence of compounds from these cosmetics, mainly located in the surface microlayer of seawater. The highest concentrations of these chemicals are between 14.00 hours and 18.00 hours, a few hours after the occurrence of the peak of swimmers as a result of a cumulative process of these substances.

    During this period, the level of these chemicals can be between 60% and 90% higher than the observed values ??at night and early in the morning. Tovar noted that "these experiments show that some of these products have toxic effects on marine phytoplankton, crustaceans, algae and fish." According to the CSIC researcher, "such harmful effects could extend to other ecosystem components such as marine plants, crustaceans, algae and fish."

    Analysis of more than a dozen commercial sunscreens demonstrates also that in addition to the chemicals, sunscreens also release other elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon. These compounds can act as nutrients and stimulate the growth of algae communities. Tovar indicates that "this effect, although it does not seem harmful a priori, alters the dynamics of the ecosystem."

    • Antonio Tovar-Sánchez, David Sánchez-Quiles, Gotzon Basterretxea, Juan L. Benedé, Alberto Chisvert, Amparo Salvador, Ignacio Moreno, Julián Blasco. Sunscreen products as emerging pollutants to coastal waters. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065451

     

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              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Voices of Women Kris Steinnes is Guest Host today - The Alchemical Cosmic Pyramid of Light Programs - "An Adventure in Co-Creative Evolution and the Diamond Self," with Dr. Imsara   
    GuestDr. Imsara will discuss the development of tools and methods designed to initiate revitalization and regeneration of the human bio-energetic system as well as the importance of eliminating the various causes of obstructions and blocks to personal growth and harmony within this system.
              Voices of Women with Host Kris Steinnes: Dr. Imsara about the Adventure in Co-Creative Evolution and Robin Youngblood on The Winds of Change and the 2012 Shift   
    GuestDr. Imsara will discuss the development of tools and methods designed to initiate revitalization and regeneration of the human bio-energetic system. We will also discuss the importance of eliminating the various causes of obstructions and blocks to personal growth and harmony within this system. Robin Youngblood will share how this is a time of great and necessary change. Movements like "Occupy" are telling the world what we don't want, now it's time to co-create what we do want. We'll talk ...
              Human sex is feminine by default   

    The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that blocking this gene prevents the development of testes and causes the growth of female sex organs, regardless of the presence of the Y chromosome

    Gadd45 gene family is comprised of the a, b and g. Various experiments have silenced each and their different combinations in pairs. CSIC researcher at the National Center for Biotechnology Jesus Savior, who led the research, said: "The results indicate that GADD45G is the only family member who has a key role in sex determination and testis development" . For the researcher of the CSIC was "surprising to find that in his absence all the baby mice were phenotypically female but by possessing the Y chromosome were genetically male."

    GADD45G is a positive regulator of the SRY gene, located on chromosome Y. According to the study, absence of GADD45G prevents the expression of SRY, slowing down the development of the male gonads.

    Less than one in every 4,500 newborns in the world is abnormal sexual differentiation. The low frequency of diseases categorized as rare. They are caused by different disturbances during some stage of fetal development. Salvador explains that although some mutations have been described related to these pathologies, most of them do not have a definite diagnosis.

    For the researcher of the CSIC, "identification GADD45G plays key role in embryonic sexual development can be very important to clarify the aetiology of such diseases."

    Research has enjoyed the cooperation of the National Center for Cardiovascular Research and the University Complutense of Madrid.


    Fotografía By Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute ([1] (file)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


              Exxon with Eagle & Crowley for LNG   
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              Colorectal cancer is one of the most common tumors   

    -In first line in combination with FOLFOX.
    -In second line in combination with FOLFIRI in patients receiving first-line treatment with fluoropyrimidine-based chemotherapy (excluding irinotecan).

     It has also revised the indication stating that panitumumab monotherapy is indicated for the treatment of mCRC patients with KRAS wild-type (wild-type) monotherapy after failure of chemotherapy regimens containing fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin and irinotecan.

    Colorectal cancer is one of the most common tumors. According to the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM), in Western countries is second in incidence (number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants / year), behind lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Colorectal cancer accounts for approximately 10-15% of all cancers. In Spain there are a total of 21,000 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

    Globally the annual incidence is about 1.2 million cases of colorectal cancer. This tumor accounts for over 630,000 deaths each year, so that is the third leading cause of cancer death in Western countries. The peak incidence is described in Japan, North America, parts of Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and the frequency is low in Africa and Southeast Asia.

    "Metastatic colorectal cancer has a devastating impact on the lives of patients and families affected by this disease," said Professor Eduardo Diaz-Rubio, Chief of Medical Oncology at the Hospital San Carlos and founder of TTD (Group Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment). Vectibix ® is a new option for these patients in an area where we have a limited number of targeted agents that have proven effective when used with chemotherapy "

    "The extension of therapeutic indications panitumumab represents a promising advance for patients facing an aggressive disease with limited therapeutic options," said Roland Wandeler, CEO of Amgen. "It represents an important milestone for Amgen and underscores our commitment to develop drugs that make a real difference in the lives of patients."

    Data from studies
    Data from studies 20050203 (PRIME) and 20050181 (181) showed that the addition of panitumumab to FOLFOX or FOLFIRI chemotherapy improved progression free survival (PFS) compared to chemotherapy alone in the case of patients with KRAS mCRC. In addition, the overall response rate (ORR) achieved with panitumumab plus chemotherapy was superior to that obtained with chemotherapy alone.

    Although numerical level was higher, the improvement in median overall survival (OS) did not reach statistical significance in the group treated with panitumumab in either of these two trials. Trials Amgen PRIME and 181 were the first phase 3 trials that prospectively analyzed the effect of an inhibitor of growth factor receptor (EGFR) as a function of KRAS status in patients with mCRC.

    Adverse effects PRIME trial and 181 are some already known toxicities associated with EGFR therapy, such as rash, diarrhea and hypomagnesemia. The incidence of infusion-related reactions of grade 3/4 was approximately 1% in the treatment groups of the two trials. In patients with tumors with KRAS mutations, the results were worse in patients treated with panitumumab plus FOLFOX compared with those receiving the latter drug in isolation. The use of panitumumab should be limited to patients in whom there is a confirmed KRAS status (wild-type).

     

        Jemal. Global Cancer Statistics. CA Cancer J Clin 2011; 61:69-90

         Douillard, JE et al. Randomized, Phase 3 Study (PRIME) of Panitumumab with FOLFOX4 versus FOLFOX4 Alone as First-Line Treatment in Patients With Previously Untreated Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. J Clin Oncol 28. 2010.

         Peeters, M et al. Randomized Phase III Study of Panitumumab With Fluorouracil, Leucovorin, and Irinotecan (FOLFIRI) Compared With FOLFIRI Alone As Second-Line Treatment in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. J Clin Oncol 28, 2010.
     


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              Smartphone Apps to detect skin cancer   

    Such applications allow users to take photos of their moles and whether they can be cancerous.

    Using specific mathematical algorithms, such tools calculate the shape of the mole and surrounding skin by building a structural map to discover patterns of tissue growth to help identify abnormal developments.

     All applications include a warning that should be used for educational purposes only, and can not be aimed at obtaining a diagnosis. However, people must realize that the review of these applications for mobile can not replace specialized medical evaluation.

    "If a person detects an injury concern, but your smartphone's app incorrectly assessed as benign, this person will not go to the specialist," says Dr. Laura Ferris, assistant professor of dermatology at the Medical School of the University of Pittsburgh . Ferris added that the current disclaimers do not include a statement about what will happen if the melanoma is ignored because it will be more difficult to treat, and the prognosis is worse.

    Avi Lasarow, president of Lasarow Healthcare Technologies, the app DEALER Detective Mole (3.93 €), states that the main objective of the application is to increase awareness about the dangers of melanoma.

     "We believe that our application is already doing to bring technology from a dermatological evaluation method in your own home," said Lasarow, referring to the analysis used by the application. The application seeks the common symptoms of melanoma, including Lunar asymmetry, border irregularity and color variations, but makes no actual diagnosis, concluded Lasarow.

    Regulation is necessary for medical applications for smartphones before they become a health problem.


              Tips for caring for your feet   

    We have to devote adequate attention to keep them in good condition. We must take care of their hygiene by washing daily and use a pumice stone to exfoliate in the bathroom floor and heel to prevent calluses and corns.
    After washing, dry thoroughly, especially between the toes, as moisture facilitates the growth of fungus. We hydrate with special creams to not lose its softness and elasticity. It would be well to use some talc antiperspirant.
    Avoid wearing shoes or shoes without socks in summer as excessive moisture in the feet can cause injury and infection.
    We will not use the same socks for over a day and will wash regularly, especially sneakers.
    It is beneficial, whenever possible, walking barefoot on a clean as it helps circulation.
    We always choose the right footwear. The shoes should not compress the toes or bother heels or soles. Do not overuse of high heels or those without the bow well established as slippers.
    If we observe the appearance of corns and calluses, or changes in the color or thickness of the skin, see a podiatrist, who will help to improve the health of your feet.


              Children's feet   

    And indeed you should pay close attention to the type of shoes we buy and how we take care of our little feet because any wrong decision, though involuntary, can cause serious damage in adulthood.

    The main orthopedic damage, which may have its origins in childhood, causes various types of deformation as some diseases of the back or legs bent. It is important to understand how the use of shoes "unsuitable" for children's legs can cause serious damage: You must be very careful when buying shoes for our kids!

    Our feet take during the course of our life an impressive amount of miles and if we do not start taking care of them from an early age have a certain predisposition to various diseases.

    Sometimes the problems are severe enough to require surgery and in most cases the cause of malformations in adults are precisely inadequate or defective footwear used during childhood.

    What should we do to avoid errors that could affect the occurrence of pathological phenomena?

    The main caution is certainly correctly measure the feet of our children when we go to buy the shoes.

    We must keep in mind that children's feet grow very quickly and are still soft and easily deformable when shoes are too small.

    Not only should be evaluated carefully child's foot size, you also have to measure either the inside length of the shoes. Only in this way parents can know if the child's feet have enough room inside the shoes.

    The internal length of the shoe must be a space of at least 12 mm. to facilitate the growth and movement of the foot.

    Finally the shoe dimensions are important. Only in the case where the shoe having optimum dimensions in length and in width, not constitute a danger for small crashes.

    Children do not realize if the shoe were "tweaking", and often fit shoes too small, while in the first six years of the bones of the feet are soft and malleable.

    The nervous system of children's feet, not yet differentiated so that children do not feel any pain and do not complain too much. Even though they are involved in sports.

    The growth rate of the feet of children is as follows:

        
    1-3 years, the average growth of the foot is 1.5 mm per month
        
    3-6 years: the average growth of the feet is 1 mm per month
        
    6-10 years: children's feet grow at a rate of less than one millimeter per month.


    In light of these data, it is clear that children are primarily under six who need new shoes more often.

    Only 16 years, the development of the feet have been completed and have taken their final form.


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              Anti-fungal nail treatment from Dr. Scholl   

    Breaking the mold requires perseverance, and that are inserted between layers of keratin of the nail and use it to feed and grow, they are also contagious and can survive for a long time in moist environments such as carpets or socks.

    So Dr. Scholl has created a complete treatment for mild fungal infection that acts in two phases: the first removes 99% of the fungi, thanks to the combination of ingredients that create a hostile environment where fungi can not survive and die and, the second protects the nail from reinfection and contagion.

    In a simple and very comfortable, the company has integrated the liquid with a brush applicator and five disposable files, clinically tested, obviating the surface layer of the nail ensuring the penetration of ingredients.

    The treatment phase lasted four weeks and it kills 99.9% of the fungi. To be effective it is essential to the nail file once a week and apply the liquid once a day. Its advanced formula penetrates deep in the nail and remove the infection from the source.

    Phase Protection lasts between 9 and 12 months and only needs to apply the liquid once a week until the full growth of the nail. This step prevents the infection from coming back and helps to have a strong and healthy nails.

    The anti-homgos Dr Scholl has been scientifically proven to eliminate nail fungus. It is a household medical device that does not require a prescription. Its specific formulation facilitates the penetration of the ingredients in the nail so that it achieves and kill the fungus. Help prevent the spread of infection and recurrence. Dermatologically tested.


              How to prevent hair loss   

    Worry if this number increases, ie if there are large amounts of hair brushes, combs, bath ... etc.., if this happens, we must urgently seek a remedy.

    Before seeking remedy must ask ourselves why we drop the hair? Are we stressed? workers, friends, family ... All these factors taken into account. They say we are what we eat but how we eat well?

    In short, stress, tension, nervousness, poor diet, hormonal changes, hair hooks, inheritance ... May be the cause! What do we do then? Find a solution before it is too late.

    The first question to ask is: Do you really work the products we sell? Well I say that knowing that will try, right?

    We can find vitamins Arkocapil type containing L-Cystine, Vitamin B5, B6, B9, D3, ie ingredients to feed our hair, is also the Glaan Lactocapil containing milk proteins (alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin) , methionine and vitamin E.

    All this can help strengthen the hair structure and extend the growth phase. A cosmetic level we can find shampoos Pilexil type, Serenoa serrulata leading or classic shampoo Klorane Quinine. If we further discover the existence of blisters daily Aminexil Vichy Dercos aminexyl energy lotion, etc.. All this and more can help us improve our hair, to favor the anchoring of our roots but we use several months to notice improvement, since the growth of hair is a little slow.

    In addition we recommend homemade tricks like using the dryer to keep us away achicharremos hair, tell us that we take that summer is here and we sequemos hair, leaving as the Lion of the meter. We say: Do not smoke!, Drink water!, Two liters to be exact, come!, But eat well, things with vitamins A and B type vegetables, yeast, green vegetables .... no burgers or pizza, eat a Mediterranean diet!

    Help! What to do?

    The hair is a small little treasure that deserves all our care and pampering. This is like when you diet, you need to eat less, exercise and get some product type Somatoline reducing night cream, or take some help Adipo-Block type to help you achieve the perfect body. For to maintain beautiful hair, you need to combine several products and recommendations, always within the capacity of each.

    Conclusion: Vitamins, fortifying shampoo, stress out, and vacations!, Daily exercise, meal or abu mamma, ..... in short the best of the best.


              The Asshole Effect   
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    Does your rich neighbor often play loud music till late night that really disturbs your sleep?

    Does your boss is at unease if he has to share table with you during lunch?

    We see examples such as above in our daily life where rich people behave extremely selfishly. And, we increase our hatred with them. There are times, when their behavior makes us feel so small.
    In this post, I try to talk of why these people react the way they do. The answer lies in the human mind and the impulses it gets when one becomes rich. It is called the asshole effect. Coined by US psychologist Paul Piff, this effect tries to relate creation of wealth with selfishness and entitlement attitude. Through his numerous research, Paul Piff found that with growth in wealth of an individual, he/she starts believing and behaving in a more selfish way. He/She feels that he/she is entitled to the earthly bliss more than an average person. There is decrease in empathy and they start developing narcissism. They start treating people with lower wealth as inferior to them. They demand special treatment from the society, government and the nation.

    For more, read at: The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism
       

              The Way Ahead for Wal-Mart   

    On one hand, Wal-Mart is losing its competency in price leadership in the US, while its international expansion activities are problem-rich. It suffered net loss of $15.699 billion for the year 2012. According to a report by Forbes, the products at Wal-Mart are 19% more expensive than at Amazon.
    Moving forward, Wal-Mart must first try to strengthen its competency in price leadership and then expand in the international market. We thus recommend a sustainability strategy followed by growth strategy for Wal-Mart.
    Sustainability
    Sustainability of its price leadership competence is under fire, causing serious questions on its value proposition. The following strategies could help Wal-Mart regain its competitive edge in retail business in terms of prices:
    ·         E-Commerce and Mobile Presence
    In 2011, online purchases from Wal-Mart website accounted to just 1.1% of total sales. At $4.9 billion sales, it lags even the likes of Apple Inc. in terms of online sales. With lower overhead costs in terms of reduced staff, rental and utility expenses, Wal-Mart would be more competitive in terms of prices if it were to expand its sales percentage through online sales.
    Interactive website should be developed to handle the maximum purchase activity. Massive investments are to be put into place for successful delivery of online sales. Integration with mobile applications could help the matter further. But, the return in competitive advantage in terms of pricing means it can then sustain its value proposition.
    ·         Remodeling Physical Stores
    Physical stores could be modified to deliver services. For products, apart from being a sales store, it could act as a showroom with focus on brand promotion and customer acquisition. Sales orders could be taken in store or via the online services, and delivery made through the distribution hubs. Similar model is being followed by the Brazilian retail chain Casas Bahia. This model would help sustain the cost competitiveness of the retail chain by reducing space required for stores, focusing on competency, i.e. SCM, and reduced staff requirements.
    ·         SCM Improvements
    There has been news of empty shelves at Wal-Mart. This means the SCM needs further fine-tuning. In addition, to be able to provide home delivery at humongous proportions, SCM needs to be further improved. 
    Ø  Relationships with Suppliers and Employees: Cases of poor working conditions at the suppliers of Wal-Mart have been the talking point for numerous pressure groups. In addition, the employee issues at Wal-Mart are creating lot of negative sentiments in the developed world. Wal-Mart should work with the suppliers and the employees to create better working conditions by creating and strictly following code of conduct. On the long run, the associated costs due to these activities would seem minimal compared to the losses in brand name and legal suits.
    ·         Social Media and Data Analytics
    Social media should be further integrated in the marketing approaches to understand the consumer behavior and serve the customers. With the integration of this into the central MIS, efficient decisions on SCM and other operational activities would be ensured. MIS should be developed to determine demand of customers more accurately throughout its stores to achieve cost advantage by holding the correct inventory. This would further lead to optimum utilization of resources and thus reduce costs.
    These activities should be integrated and should consolidate each other to create a synergy and help retain the cost competitiveness to Wal-Mart.
    Growth
    Major part of profits of Wal-Mart is being contributed by the market outside of US. With purchasing power of customers rising significantly in the emerging nations, Wal-Mart has no option but to expand in these markets. Nevertheless, as shown by the failure in South Korean market, Wal-Mart needs to understand that the strategy made for US will not necessarily work in other markets. Customization to cultures and customer behavior are the key; so is the relation with the government. We propose the following model for Wal-Mart in its international expansion:
    ·         Joint Ventures
    The retail industry in the emerging nations is comprised of few organized retail chains and numerous smaller local stores. To understand the consumer behavior and supplier relations, Wal-Mart should enter these markets by joint-ventures with successful local business houses. This will reduce the risks of government intervention too. After understanding the operations and the needs, Wal-Mart can then go for maximum allowed stake (by government of concerned nations) in these partnerships.
    ·         Customization
    As discussed earlier, understanding and customizing to diversity would be a key to success for Wal-Mart in the emerging economies. For this, apart from the local partners in JV, MIS should guide the decisions in the operations in these stores.
    Wal-Mart should focus on transnational strategy where it will be able to adapt to local needs of the market like in China, leverage unique advantage of local markets to drive sales, market share and profit growth but with a central corporate facility. Knowledge of customer behavior would strengthen the validity and acceptance of actions.
    ·         Develop and Follow Standards
    One dilemma faced by organizations headquartered in US while expanding in the emerging markets is what standards to follow? - The ones of US or those of the home country. On the short run, the latter may be beneficial, but on the long run, this will come to haunt the organization. A lot of such issues have surfaced for Wal-Mart over the years. While moving ahead, Wal-Mart should develop “code of conduct” for its global operations and comply to it strictly. This will ensure that the international expansion is sustainable and accepted by the home country government and citizens.
    Even while following growth strategies, Wal-Mart should work on the sustainability strategies: - strengthening its resources for sustaining its competitiveness in price leadership.



              Fabrication Assistant/Material Handler   
    Now hiring for a fabrication assistant/material handler at a local steel manufacturing facility. This position consists of material handling helping process finished material for shipping/receiving. This position is physically demanding and requires heavy lifting and moving around. Great benefits, overtime opportunities, and career growth opportunities are available with this great corporation! ...
              Stay away from the stock market   

    The meaning of investment has been corrupted for over a century now. Investing was like sowing seeds in the garden in the anticipation that one day a big plant will grow and give fruits. But, the continuous introduction of complex financial tools combined with the changing mentality of investors has redefined the notion of investment. 
    Investors are more focused on the short-term gains. They are more interested in the information available in the market rather than scrutinizing financial statements of the companies. Rumor sways the market more than the actual information. Companies are made and burnt just based on the common perception. And, this perception rarely has anything to do with the financial or qualitative analysis of the company.
    Stock market has been a place for betting. Majority of people participating in the stock market are speculators and not investors. Add to that, the availability of derivatives markets and complex financial tools, stock market has been a heaven for gamblers. Hedging has been very prominent in the recent times.  Many analysts believe that the scale of 2008 recession can very well be attributed to hedging. We had the case of hedging by J.P. Morgan Chase to bring down share prices of strong companies. Such unethical acts combined with irrational investors create huge signaling effect in the market. At times, shares of even strong companies are brought down. And at times, shares of even non-existent companies are purchased at huge prices. Unethical nature of companies and the irrational behavior of investors have made the stock market ever so vulnerable. 
    Even shrewd knowledge of finance can’t help. The very assumption of almost all the financial theories that a market is composed of rational investors is wrong in the real market. The behavior of market and the participants is so diverse that no theory can sum it up. Many times, there are no relations between a company’s performance and its share prices.
    Another aspect of the market is that, contrary to the mass belief, the market is not efficient. Even the advanced stock market of USA is not efficient. How do you explain the market crashes of 2007-2008 and 2001-2002? And the Asian crisis of 1997. What sort of efficient market needs such huge “corrections”? None.
    So, if no one can understand the behavior of the market, how wise is it to invest in the market? You can spend hours analyzing the financial sheets, the corporate governance and the future growth prospects, but what if that information doesn’t really impact the share prices? What are your chances to succeed in the market when you are the only rational investors and all others speculate? Some may argue that on the long run, the market does value the shares correctly. But, what is the guarantee that you will live to see that? It may take years for the market to value shares as per its intrinsic value. It may never happen at all.
    So, my advice is stay away from the stock market. Rather invest in small companies as a seed investor. Grow with the company. Be involved in the company. Nurture it, care for it, scrutinize the performance, evaluate the growth, and analyze the prospects….Invest for long term. It’s better to understand and participate in the growth of few companies rather than speculate wildly on numerous companies in the irrational market.

              Why I didn't buy Janata Bank IPO shares   
    Last week was big for Nepalese investors. After a long gap, the investors got the opportunity to gain from an IPO listing in the form of Janata Bank IPO shares. Going by the trend in Nepal, the IPO shares are expected to at least double once the shares get listed in the share market, i.e. in two months time. This was enough for most of the Nepalese investors. The IPO shares were subscribed 3 times the allocated shares of 60 million.

    Even though my friends were busy filling the IPO share forms, I was stubborn on not participating in this IPO. The reasons were purely based on my financial analysis of the bank rather than anything else. The main reasons were:-

    1) Too much of leverage:
     In its two year of existence, Janata Bank had used a huge level of leverage (87%) to gain rapid growth. But with rapid growth came risky approach. As per Janata Bank statements, they thought a significant number of employees would be appropriately used after the IPOs. This means these employees are currently either under-performing or not needed by the company. The 60 billion Janata Bank raised from IPOs will reduce the leverage to 80%. This is a ceiling for many banks in the world. So, seeing the future, it will be very hard for Janata Bank to gain quick extra money to continue its rapid growth. All it can do for few years is to consolidate its growth.

    2) Uneven distribution of Provisions for Bad loans in the past two quarters:
    If you compare the income statements of last two quarters just before Janata Bank opened the IPOs, there seems significantly uneven distribution of Provisions for Bad loans. In the quarter ending 30.09.2068, the provisions is in the amount of about 60 million and in the quarter ending 30.12.2068, i.e. just before the IPOs were opened, the provisions is just for 23 million. Not surprisingly, the quarter ending 30.09.2068 has net loss of about 6 million, while the next quarter has net income of about 43 million. This could be a strategy of the bank to set a large portion of bad loans in the previous quarter, so that the statement just before the IPOs are very attractive to the potential investors.

    3) Increase in exposure to real estate loans:
    As all other banks in the country are trying to reduce their exposure to real estate loans, Janata Bank has increased the real estate loans by more than 3 times.  This is a very scary thing to do in the current scenario when the real estate prices are sliding down.
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    Although the IPOs "may" give to 10-40% gain in 2 months time, Janata Bank shares may not be ideal for long term investments.

    Well this is just my thought. You can post in yours.


              Fuel Technician, - FastAir - Canada   
     Pick-up parts, supplies and catering with company vehicle. A higher than average hourly starting rate with potential for growth into senior and supervisory...
    From FastAir - Wed, 17 May 2017 20:42:30 GMT - View all Canada jobs
              Webstock: The Map & The Territory   

    In his The Map & The Territory presentation at Webstock 2016 in Wellington New Zealand, Ethan Marcotte shared his thoughts about the changing definition of the Web and his philosophy for making broadly accessible experiences. Here's my notes from his talk:

    • In 1807, New York's population was clustered in the bottom part of the island where rivers, over crowding, and disease ran rampant. Civic planning was needed. John Randel Jr. was assigned to re-plan the streets. He created a structured plan that defined New York's famous street plan today.
    • Randal developed a new map for New York. This system was designed for use to create regularity. Randal’s map was attempting to define a new territory: what could a territory be or should be.
    • Maps capture our understanding of a space. They make us aware of our surroundings and make things feel a little less foreign.
    • We’ve been focused on a relatively small portion of the Web: a few desktops & laptops. Five years ago, our view of the Web was much more limited. We were overly concerned about a few fixed width views of our layouts.
    • The three main ingredients of a responsive design: fluid grid, flexible images, and media queries. This is an attempt to embrace the fluidity of the Web and design across device boundaries. This simple recipe has blossomed into lots of amazing examples.
    • Notable examples include: An Event Apart, Currys, Expedia, Coop, Disney, Time, The Guardian, BBC News, and more.
    • We’re drawing a new map and marking it with new sites both responsive and device specific. But this map is far from complete.

    Toward a New Map

    • Many sites have been having success with responsive design. The Boston Globe and several e-commerce sites have published statistics about the positive impact responsive redesigns have had.
    • The Tehan-Lax and Oakley Moto sites (originally launched at 84MB) are very beautiful designs but very large in terms of file size from 6MB to 21MB.
    • Responsive design has often been criticized for being too heavy (not performant enough). But the truth is most Websites are much to heavy for today’s reality.
    • Internet.org designed to get people better access to the Web in developing markets weighed 4.3 MB. The Apple Mac Pro website is 33.4MB -its not responsive.
    • In 2009, the average size of a Web site was 320kb. Today in 2015, it is 2.2MB. Every two years, we’ve doubled in size. Moore’s law has not kept up with bandwidth.
    • The map is not the territory. It can't capture all the detail of the complexity of what's around us.
    • We may be doing the same for the Web. Our map of the Web is made through a vision of the Western world. We've mistaken the map for the territory.
    • We think mobile devices are always on, always connected, and uniquely yours. But this isn't true around the World.
    • 9.2M people live in 300 square kilometers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. There has been a 900% increase in mobile Internet access in these developing cities. The next wave of urbanization is helping in these areas.
    • More people in the world have mobile devices than access to toilets and latrines. In Africa, 60% have mobile devices (700M). That’s more than have access to clean water.
    • Mobile devices are shared across multiple people in many developing nations. This is slowly changing as smartphones get cheaper.
    • What’s happening in these developing areas is emblematic of what’s happening across the World. A large portion of the world is coming online now, on less capable devices and networks than we are used to. Are we ready for this new reality?
    • The Web doesn't evolve in one straight line. Is our work prepared for the new face of the Web? For low powered devices and poor access. Is this the new normal? Who does it change how we design & build for the Web?
    • Randal’s map of New York was attempting to define a new territory: what could a territory be or should be? He was trying to find a balance between emerging growth and entrenched interests.
    • Maps are traditionally use to represent existing territory. Randal was making a map of what something could be. To promote the health of the Web.
    • We need to move toward a sustainable model for Web design through reduction and reuse.
    • Sustainability: to reduce and revisit some older practices. A performance budget can help a team align on goals at the front of a project.
    • Progressive enhancement: The BBC uses a simple test for “cutting the mustard” allows you to provide an experience to everyone without sacrificing experience for more capable devices. The test switches a layout from a basic design to an enhanced one.
    • Let's accept the ebb and flow of things and the fact that we surrender control to our audiences. This isn't just about layout.
    • "What works is better than what looks good. What works is what works." -Ray Eames
    • Maybe we need a new definition of beautiful that covers the increasing reach of the Web and the new audiences coming online.
    • Let’s outline a new map that optimizes for reach across many people no matter what part of the territory they reside in.

              The Alzheimer’s disease transcriptome mimics the neuroprotective signature of IGF-1 receptor-deficient neurons   
    Abstract
    Seminal studies using post-mortem brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease evidenced aberrant insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) signalling. Addressing causality, work in animal models recently demonstrated that long-term suppression of IGF1R signalling alleviates Alzheimer’s disease progression and promotes neuroprotection. However, the underlying mechanisms remain largely elusive. Here, we showed that genetically ablating IGF1R in neurons of the ageing brain efficiently protects from neuroinflammation, anxiety and memory impairments induced by intracerebroventricular injection of amyloid-β oligomers. In our mutant mice, the suppression of IGF1R signalling also invariably led to small neuronal soma size, indicative of profound changes in cellular homeodynamics. To gain insight into transcriptional signatures leading to Alzheimer’s disease-relevant neuronal defence, we performed genome-wide microarray analysis on laser-dissected hippocampal CA1 after neuronal IGF1R knockout, in the presence or absence of APP/PS1 transgenes. Functional analysis comparing neurons in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease with IGF1R knockout neurons revealed strongly convergent transcriptomic signatures, notably involving neurite growth, cytoskeleton organization, cellular stress response and neurotransmission. Moreover, in Alzheimer’s disease neurons, a high proportion of genes responding to Alzheimer’s disease showed a reversed differential expression when IGF1R was deleted. One of the genes consistently highlighted in genome-wide comparison was the neurofilament medium polypeptide Nefm. We found that NEFM accumulated in hippocampus in the presence of amyloid pathology, and decreased to control levels under IGF1R deletion, suggesting that reorganized cytoskeleton likely plays a role in neuroprotection. These findings demonstrated that significant resistance of the brain to amyloid-β can be achieved lifelong by suppressing neuronal IGF1R and identified IGF-dependent molecular pathways that coordinate an intrinsic program for neuroprotection against proteotoxicity. Our data also indicate that neuronal defences against Alzheimer’s disease rely on an endogenous gene expression profile similar to the neuroprotective response activated by genetic disruption of IGF1R signalling. This study highlights neuronal IGF1R signalling as a relevant target for developing Alzheimer’s disease prevention strategies.

              Influence of food availability, predation risk and initial body size on growth and maturation of Cloeon dipterum (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae)   

    Larval growth and maturation in aquatic insects are phenotypically plastic and can change in response to the amount and quality of resources, or under predation risk. While better food conditions typically lead to faster growth and earlier maturation at larger body size and hence higher fecundity, the effects of predation risk can vary depending on its strength and selectivity with respect to size or stage. Studies on lotic mayflies (Ephemeroptera) have reported two direct and two indirect life history responses to increased predation risk: slower growth rate and later maturation at the same or smaller size, and faster or unaltered growth rate and earlier maturation at smaller body size. However, life history responses of standing water mayflies to predation risk are unknown. To fill this gap, we carried out a full-factorial laboratory experiment to study the influence of food availability (full/reduced) and predation risk (present/absent predator cues) by dragonfly larvae on growth and maturation of larvae of the lentic mayfly Cloeon dipterum. Males and females responded similarly to food limitation and predation risk. Predation risk had no effect on maturation size, larval mortality and metamorphic failure. However, growth rate, number of moults and development time were all affected by predation risk, and its net effect was modified by food availability and initial body size of the larvae. These results suggest that life history responses to suboptimal conditions depend on body size at the onset of such conditions. Finally, a small group of larvae grew at much slower rates and developed much longer than other individuals of similar initial size, possibly due to bet-hedging or inclusion of multiple genotypes in the experiment.


              Relationship Manager - Assets - HBL - Pakistan   
    Effective Communication, Self Motivated, Team Player, High Energy and Analytical Skills. RM Assets develops and manages asset portfolio to achieve growth in...
    From HBL - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:23:23 GMT - View all Pakistan jobs
              Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: June 28   

    Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings. Each week of the racing season, the Gazette's Jeremiah Davis will rank the area's top 10 drivers across all divisions.

    Think the list should be different? Tweet him at @jeremiahdavis10, send him an email at jeremiah.davis@thegazette.com or leave a comment at The Inside Track by Jeremiah Davis Facebook page.

    New this week: Cayden Carter, Joel Rust

    Dropped out: Darin Duffy, Brody Willett

    Others considered (in no order):  David Brandies, Luke Goedert, Benji Irvine, Tyler Bruening, Ronn Lauritzen, J.D. Auringer, Nathan Ballard, Matt Ryan, Rob Toland, Mark Schulte, Mitch Hovden, Kyle Olson, Johnny Spaw, Daniel Wauters, Dalton Simonsen, Richie Gustin, John Emerson, Kyle Brown, Troy Cordes, Dan Hovden, Bryce Garnhart, John Oliver Jr, Darrel DeFrance, Jimmy Gustin, Andy Eckrich, Chris Zogg, Jeremiah Hurst, Darin Duffy, Brody Willett, Jeff Aikey

    1. Justin Kay

    Late Model/Modified

    On this week's Inside Track Podcast, IMCA Modified driver Darin Duffy (out of the rankings this week) told a story about his eight-year-old son being a huge fan of Justin Kay - even so much that his first choice for a go-kart number was 15k. Kids love winners. Kay wins races. He won a barn-burner at Dubuque Speedway on Sunday in Late Model, besting Dan Shelliam. He also ran fifth at West Liberty on Friday.

      2. Tyler Soppe

    Sport Mod

    Soppe has a rabid fanbase. His #SherrillMafia has been vocal about his standing in these rankings and across the state. I've heard from a few - nothing vulgar, so don't jump to conclusions, non-Soppe fans - since he dropped from the top spot. He got two more wins this week, winning at Davenport on Friday and Dubuque on Sunday. The difference between Kay and Soppe in these rankings is razor thin. I literally flipped a coin.

      3. Tyler Droste

    Modified

    Droste comes in third, but not by a wide margin. In fact, he joins Kay and Soppe in a pretty solid distance between the rest of the drivers in these rankings. Droste has been consistently fast and ran top 3 a bunch - all while going different places every week. This week it was a second place at Grant County Speedway in Lancaster, Wis. (after leading a bunch) and his first IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Hancock County Speedway in Britt on Tuesday.

      4. Chris Simpson

    Late Model

    It really sucked last week having the Summer Nationals Hell Tour event rained out for Farley Speedway, because it's always a fun event. This guy would've been there, and made it to three of the six races held in the last week. He was fast at all three, too. Simpson ran fourth at Spoon River Speedway (Canton, Ill.), third at Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Ill.) and third at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway. Lots of consistency with lots of travel against great cars.

      5. Damon Murty

    Stock Car

    It was another typical Chelsea Charger week in Eastern Iowa. Murty ran third at Marshalltown Speedway on Friday and got another win on Sunday at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. It's really too bad there aren't more specials for Stock Cars, as there have developed for Mods. It might be too early to talk Super Nationals, but his speed at these two tracks sets up for being fast again in Boone.

      6. Hunter Marriott

    Modified

    Marriott came back from his off week and jumped right back into the competitive fold with a trip to Wisconsin and northern Iowa. Marriott ran the Cheesehead Triple Crown (really just Double, thanks to rain), leading laps in the Clash at the Creek main event before having to pull off after a spin; then running third at Shawano Speedway on Saturday. He backed that up with a fifth at the HDT race in Britt.

      7. Tony Olson

    Sport Mod

    Tough week when three top fives drops you three spots in the rankings, but unfortunately for Team Olson - just as rabid and vocal toward yours truly (again, not in a bad way, so simmer down) - that's how this week worked out. Olson ran second at Davenport to Soppe, then was fourth at both Independence and Vinton. They've searched with this new car most of the year, and haven't found the right balance. My money is on them finding it eventually.

      8. Cayden Carter

    Modified/Late Model/Stock Car/Sport Mod

    Over the course of seven days and at three race tracks, Carter raced five main events in three classes, got three wins and finished no worse than seventh. Most times I'd say racing different types of cars stunts a driver's growth - because it can be difficult to bounce between cars - but Carter seems the exception. He won Modified and Sport Mod at CJ Speedway, and in Stock Car at Osky. He was second in Mods at Osky, and seventh in the HDT race at Britt. Versatile kid.

      9. Nathan Wood

    Stock Car

    No wins on the track this week for Wood, but he got one giant win off of it this week: he and wife Sarah welcomed daughter Ainslee on Monday morning. That's far bigger than anything happening on the track. Ainslee did wait for her dad to race this weekend, though. He ran third at Osky, second at CJ Speedway and third again Sunday at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

      10. Joel Rust

    Modified

    The start to this season wasn't nearly what Rust wanted, but as the summer has kicked in, so has he. The Grundy Center driver got a win on Friday at Marshalltown Speedway, and backed that up with a second place run to Droste on Tuesday at the HDT race in Britt. He's fast at Vinton, so he'll likely be in contention Sunday for the Hogan Memorial. PS: Rust has two of the most adorable race dogs in the pits.

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              Business News Roundup, June 28   
    Facebook said Tuesday that it has deleted about 66,000 posts a week in the last two months as the social media giant cracks down on what it deems to be hate speech. The company said in a blog post that deleting posts can “feel like censorship,” but that it is working on explaining its process better and improving its enforcement of hate speech guidelines. Facebook defines hate speech as attacks on people based on their race, sexual orientation and other “protected characteristics.” Facebook plans to hire an additional 3,000 people in the next year to review posts. Home prices rose at a healthy clip in April, though the increase slowed a bit from the previous two months. Home prices are rising roughly twice as fast as average wages, a dynamic that may eventually stifle sales. Bidding wars among buyers competing for a limited supply of available homes are driving up costs. Low mortgage rates are also encouraging more Americans to buy homes. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 118.9 this month from 117.6 in May. More consumers described current business conditions as good and jobs as plentiful. Market observers are watching for signals about when the central bank will start scaling back its $67 billion in monthly bond purchases, a program designed to increase inflation and growth. Two groups of offshore funds that invested in Bernard Madoff’s fraudulent securities firm agreed to pay a combined $370 million to resolve lawsuits by the court-appointed trustee raising cash for victims. Lagoon Investment and related funds will hand over about $240 million, while Thema Fund and its affiliates will pay about $130 million, trustee Irving Picard said in a statement Tuesday. Lagoon, which is based in the British Virgin Islands, and Thema, with headquarters in Bermuda, were among many feeder funds that directed cash to Madoff’s investment-advisory business, often without their customers’ knowledge. The deals with Lagoon and Thema were struck just one day after the estates of Madoff’s dead sons, Andrew and Mark, agreed to pay a total of more than $23 million to settle similar lawsuits. Martin Shkreli’s criminal fraud trial jury hasn’t been selected yet and already the brash pharmaceutical executive is trying to get the case thrown out of court and lashing out at reporters. Once in court, Shkreli’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman asked to start the trial over because news reports cited negative opinions prospective jurors had expressed about his client. More than a dozen people were dismissed from jury service Monday, including a woman who called Shkreli “an evil man,” and another who said she knew he’d been labeled “the most hated man in America.” Brafman also asked U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto in Brooklyn to dismiss the entire pool of jurors, saying they were tarnished by the bad publicity and asked to restart the trial in a few weeks. By requesting a mistrial, Brafman is free to raise the issue of a tainted jury on appeal, should Shkreli be convicted. Shkreli, the 34-year-old founder of Retrophin and Turing Pharmaceuticals, is accused of defrauding investors in two hedge funds and using $11 million of Retrophin assets to pay them off.
              CBO: Senate health bill would lead to 22 million fewer insured   
    The Senate health care bill introduced last week would lead to 22 million fewer Americans having health insurance by 2026, while reducing the federal deficit by $321 billion, according to an analysis released Monday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Like the House bill, it would eliminate the requirement for individuals to buy insurance and repeal the taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans that paid for the expansion of coverage to millions of people since the law took effect in 2014. On Monday, GOP Senate leaders added a so-called “continuous coverage” provision that would require people who had gaps in insurance coverage of at least 63 days the previous year to wait six months, after signing up for insurance, before their new coverage kicks in. The Senate bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would end the increased federal funding to state Medicaid programs that began under the ACA. [...] it would change the way Medicaid — called Medi-Cal in California — gets funded in the long run by capping the amount of money the federal government provides states each year, and tying that number to a growth rate that is slower than the growth rate of health care costs. The subsidies under the Senate proposal would be linked to a less generous insurance plan with a higher deductible — meaning even those who would continue to receive assistance would probably shoulder higher out-of-pocket costs. Older Americans, regardless of whether they receive subsidies, could pay much higher premiums under the GOP plan because both the House and Senate bills would allow insurance companies to charge older people up to five times more than what they charge younger people. Changes to the Senate bill are anticipated this week, as several GOP senators — from both the moderate and conservative wings of the party — have expressed reservations about the measure and could lobby for amendments.
              World app growth signals shift to regions where phones come first   
    Global spending on apps, including purchases of digital and physical goods through apps, is expected to rise to $6.3 trillion by 2021, according to a report published Tuesday by app analytics firm App Annie. “Because of the explosion of the middle class in Asia, especially China, you get a bit of a leapfrog,” said Morgan Reed, president of the App Association. Since consumers in the United States are converting from relying primarily on desktop or laptop computers to mobile devices, market growth is slower than in China. Having a mobile-first market, however, is not a guarantee of economic success, particularly when getting people to pay up front for apps. Among the top five countries, there is “a near equal balance of apps coming from Asian and Western countries,” said Danielle Levitas, App Annie’s senior vice president of research and professional services.
              'This Changes Everything' tackles global warming   
    <>"This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" (Simon & Schuster), by Naomi Klein

    Cutting the vast amounts of man-made pollution that feed global warming is an enormous challenge for societies that gobble up coal, oil and gas. But in "This Changes Everything," Naomi Klein argues that those fuels aren't the root problem — capitalism is. That message is likely to motivate fans of Klein's earlier books, such as "No Logo" and "The Shock Doctrine," but it also leads to a tough question.

    Is blaming capitalism for climate change just rhetorical hot air — or a brutal and uncomfortable truth?

    Whatever side you take, Klein deserves credit for not sugarcoating the problem. She writes that limiting global warming won't be quick, easy or without disruptions, yet holds out hope that the end result will be better for people, the environment and even the economy. But make no mistake: "This Changes Everything" argues that we don't just have to cut carbon pollution. We have to change society, and our own lifestyles. Klein writes: "Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war."

    And while Klein is predictably hard on big business and conservatives who deny climate change, she doesn't spare environmental groups or liberals. Klein pointedly shows how easy it is to ignore global warming, noting that until recently she "continued to behave as if there was nothing wrong" with the "elite" frequent flier card in her wallet.

    Klein is dismissive of environmentalists who say better technology can limit climate change, yet she doesn't resolve some of the contradictions in that position. China, Germany and other countries have used capitalism and mass production to turn out vast quantities of better and cheaper solar panels and wind turbines. In the U.S., Texas has become the national leader in wind energy by treating it as another business for people to make money on.

    Yet worldwide carbon emissions are rising, not falling.

    And like everyone else, Klein struggles with perhaps the toughest global warming challenge: how to cope with the explosive growth of newly capitalist economies.

    China is now the world's largest emitter of carbon pollution, but only 30 years ago Beijing was filled with bicycle-riding workers dressed in Chairman Mao tunics. Today there are BMWs and clouds of pollution generated by vast numbers of people who are embracing capitalism, not revolting against it. And after the recent huge climate march in New York City, India's environment minister responded by saying that developed countries such as the U.S. need to cut emissions, not developing ones. He told The New York Times that "India's first task is eradication of poverty" and that "we will grow faster, and our emissions will rise."

    Klein is calling for a global social revolution to combat global warming, but many countries don't much like it when Westerners who have long benefited from cheap fossil fuels try to tell them what to do.

    Yet China and India's runaway growth also makes clear that Klein's core point has merit. She writes that "we know where the current system, left unchecked, is headed." The vast majority of climate scientists say global warming is here, caused by humans, and probably already dangerous, and that the world needs to start significantly reducing carbon pollution. If it doesn't, scientists predict that in a few decades, much higher temperatures and more acidic oceans will start to cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems."

    "This Changes Everything" isn't all doom and gloom. Klein notes that an aggressive new movement of climate activists has emerged in the last few years. As a mother, she writes passionately about the need to consider the impact on future generations, and she gives many examples of places where wind and solar energy is dropping in price and becoming a cleaner and more realistic alternative to fossil fuels.

    "This Changes Everything" may motivate more people to think and act on climate change, and that's good. Yet capitalism isn't the only problem. The old message from a 1970 cartoon on the first Earth Day still hangs in the air: "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

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    http://www.naomiklein.org/main


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    Capitalism is the word you're looking for. It's a well-known trait of capitalism that the Top 3-5 players in any industry wield disproportionately high power. This is true of all eras, countries and industries. There are many things wrong with capitalism but, as the saying goes, capitalism is the worst system except for its alternatives. And people like me who've been through the pre-1990s license raj era of India would anyday prefer capitalism over its alternatives. The purpose of any business is to deliver return to shareholders. Some companies achieve it by following an inclusive approach which leads to growing of the market albeit with lower ticket sizes, some others may achieve it by following the opposite exclusive approach which leads to shrinking of the market albeit with higher ticket sizes. Both are perfectly valid strategies. HDFC Bank is a private sector entity. It has a duty to reward shareholders. To do that, it needs to grow its own revenues and profits. Whether it does it by "banking growth" or not is not relevant. And that's probably how its shareholders want it to behave.
              Comment on HDFC Bank starts charging for outward UPI transactions by Anil Lahoti   
    Monopoly may not sound the exact word but being one of the the market leaders, they have imposed terms which are not liberal & one can say stringent. Banks with lower CASA or customer base could not even think of charging customers for NEFT, IMPS etc. HDFC always charges smallest of payments which hurt the common man. And where they get float, margin like Imperia, Preferred accounts they happily waive 5 Rs for a small amount NEFT. Isn't this ironical? The one who should be motivated, encouraged to go online is charged for doing so. The one who can afford & can pay for such services is given for free. So I called it monopoly of sorts, basically this is their profit making approach which takes service into business zone. They aren't here for banking growth but actually their Balance sheet green line growth.
              An open invitation to share your knowledge with the ICTI community   

    On Wednesday night this week we held the official launch of ICT Illawarra (ICTI), an information and communication technology cluster for the Illawarra region in southern New South Wales, Australia. This was an important first milestone for ICTI and we were all quite excited as we were expecting up to 60-70 people to attend the launch - an absolutely fantastic turn out for an event like this in a small city like Wollongong:



    The University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Gerard Sutton and I (as the president of the ICTI association) gave a brief introduction and then handed over firstly to the Hon. David Campbell (NSW Minister for Transport and Minister for the Illawarra) and then our key note speaker, Bob Hayward from CSC.

    Bob is a very experience IT entrepreneur who was recently appointed as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer APJ at CSC. He is also on the AIIA board and is the co-founder of AsiaOnline. Bob’s presentation was received very well - so a big public thank you to him for taking the time to help us with the launch.

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    For those of us who have long argued that the legal authority supported Trump, the order was belated but not surprising. However, the order does offer a brief respite for some self-examination for both legal commentators, and frankly, the courts. At times the analysis surrounding the immigration order seemed to drop any pretense of objectivity and took on the character of open Trump bashing.
    Turley argues quite accurately that Trump's persona and his own attacks on the media have driven the media so crazy is that they've dropped their supposed standards and ethics. The same appeared to be happening with the lower courts.
    For those of us who have long argued that the legal authority supported Trump, the order was belated but not surprising. However, the order does offer a brief respite for some self-examination for both legal commentators, and frankly, the courts. At times the analysis surrounding the immigration order seemed to drop any pretense of objectivity and took on the character of open Trump bashing....

    The court ruled “when it comes to refugees who lack any such connection to the United States, for the reasons we have set out, the balance tips in favor of the Government’s compelling need to provide for the Nation’s security.” The preliminary ruling on this type of stay indicates that, when the final merits are decided, a majority of the court is likely to make the changes permanent and binding.

    Indeed, three justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch — did not want any limitation on lifting the injunction and dissented from that part of the opinion. To use Johnson’s rhetoric, the date of the hanging is set for the October term absent a dramatic shift on the court. That gives us some time to contemplate how this controversy has impacted our core institutions.

    I previously wrote that Trump seems at times to bring out the worst of people — supporters and opponents alike. Yet, his signature attacks often cause people to fulfill the very stereotypes that he paints, particularly among some reporters and judges. Ironically, Trump’s attacks on the media as biased may not have been true at the outset but they are true now. Mainstream media have become openly hostile to Trump.

    There is often little distinction on some cable networks between the hosts and their guests in attacking Trump, who brings much of this criticism on himself in ill-considered and often insulting attacks. However, the media is trained to resist such personal emotions and retain objectivity. Throughout much of its history, it has done precisely that ... until Donald Trump.

    He seems like the itch that reporters and commentators just have to scratch and frankly sometimes it seems like a few are enjoying it too much. With ratings soaring, hosts and legal experts have shown little interest or patience in the legal arguments supporting his case, even though the Obama administration advanced similar arguments in court.

    The hostile (and often distorted) analysis in the media was disconcerting but predictable, given the trend toward greater opinion-infused coverage. Networks are fighting for greater audience shares based on formulaic coverage — offering echo-chamber analysis to fit the ideological preferences of viewers. For the anti-Trump networks, the legal analysis is tellingly parallel with the political analysis. These cable shows offer clarity to viewers in a world without nuance. The law, however, often draws subtle distinctions and balancing tests. In this way, viewers are being given a false notion of the underlying legal issues in these controversies.

    What has been more concerning is the impact of Trump on the courts. Trump shocked many in both parties by his personal attacks on judges as well as general disrespect shown to our courts. These were highly inappropriate and inaccurate statements from a president. However, once again, courts seemed to immediately become the very stereotype that Trump was painting.

    Of course, the White House gave the courts a target-rich environment in the first travel order, which was poorly drafted, poorly executed and poorly defended. Yet, the courts did not just strike those portions that were problematic. Where existing case law requires courts to use a scalpel in striking down provisions, judges pulled out a meat ax. They enjoined the entirety of the order while lashing out at Trump’s most sensational campaign rhetoric....

    In the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, judges brushed over the obvious improvements and again relied on Trump’s own comments and tweets. It seemed like sensational tweets were more important than long-standing precedent or official statements from the administration.

    The level of reliance on campaign statements by the courts was wrong in my view, as I have repeatedly stated. The record had conflicting statements from Trump and his associates but courts seemed to cherry-pick statements, relying on those that fulfilled their narrative while ignoring those that did not. The analysis of the order should have turned largely on the face of the document. While such political statements can be relevant to analysis (particularly in areas like racial discrimination), the court has always minimized such reliance in favor of more objective textual analysis.
    That doesn't mean that the order was good policy. But the basis on which the lower courts decided was to stretch the law just to deliver a blow to Trump.
    Courts that once gave President Obama sweeping discretion in the immigration field seemed categorically opposed to considering the same accommodation for President Trump. For commentators, viewers were given a highly distorted view of the existing law — brushing aside decades of cases while supporting the notion that a major federal policy could live or die by the tweet.
    The Supreme Court notably didn't pay any attention to Trump's statements. If all you knew about the executive order was what you heard in the MSM, you would be amazed that the Supreme Court struck down most of the injunctions against the implementation of the order. The media will have to search out

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    Andrew McCarthy explains why the Supreme Court order on the travel order is not as big a deal as perhaps President Trump would like to brag.
    This ruling is unworkable and actually doesn’t much narrow the lower-court stays.

    Let’s try to keep it simple here. The lower courts granted standing to challenge the travel ban to American persons and entities that had special relationships with aliens outside the United States. Ostensibly, the lower courts claimed that the rights of these Americans were harmed by the travel ban’s exclusion of aliens — specifically, aliens who a) are close relatives whose exclusion would deny family reunification to an American; or b) are scholars whose exclusion would deprive their contributions to American universities that had extended offers to them. In effect, however, the lower courts were vicariously granting American legal rights to aliens outside the United States, despite the judges’ grudging admission that the aliens technically had no such rights.

    In its order this morning, the Supreme Court did not disturb this arrangement.

    To be sure, the justices rejected the lower courts’ extension of vicarious rights to aliens who did not have such special “bona fide relationships” with American persons or entities. The lower courts’ reasoning for that extension heavily relied on the imputation to Trump of anti-Muslim bias — that’s part of why we can infer that most of the justices are not persuaded by that rationale. Nevertheless, six of the nine justices, at least for now, appear inclined to rule that Americans in these “bona fide relationships” with aliens have not only standing but legal interests sufficiently compelling to block enforcement of presidential orders that address national-security threats.
    Read the rest of his post for the evidence he marshals to criticize the Supreme Court's Monday ruling.

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    Rich Lowry refutes the idea that the GOP health care bills are doing anything all that radical in reforming Medicaid. What was radical is how the program expanded on Obama.
    The Democrats now make it sound as if the Obama expansion is part of the warp and woof of Medicaid. In fact, it was a departure from the norm in the program, which since its inception has been, quite reasonably, limited to poor children, pregnant women, the disabled and the ailing elderly. ObamaCare changed it to make a priority of covering able-bodied adults.

    ObamaCare originally required states to enroll able-bodied adults with incomes less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line starting in 2014. The Supreme Court re-wrote the law to make the expansion voluntary, and 31 states and the District of Columbia took it up.

    Traditionally, the federal government had paid more to poor than rich states, with a match ranging from 75 percent for the poorest state, Mississippi, to 50 percent for the rich states. ObamaCare created an entirely new formula for the Medicaid expansion population. It offered a 100 percent federal match for the new enrollees, gradually declining to a 90 percent match — supposedly, forever.

    So, perversely, ObamaCare had a larger federal match for the able-bodied enrollees in Medicaid than for its more vulnerable populations.

    “This higher federal matching rate,” writes health-care analyst Doug Badger, “allows states to leverage more federal money per state dollar spent on a non-disabled adult with $15,000 in earnings than on a part-time minimum-wage worker with developmental disabilities, who earns barely half that amount.”

    According to Badger, West Virginia received seven times as much federal money for spending $1 on an able-bodied adult than for spending $1 on a disabled person.

    This obviously makes no sense, and the Senate health-care bill phases out the enhanced funding over four years. But it doesn’t end the expanded Medicaid eligibility for the able-bodied. And a refundable tax credit will be available for low-income people that is meant to pick up any slack from Medicaid. This is hardly social Darwinism.
    THe other change is a change in how the federal government funds Medicaid in the states.
    The other, longer-term change in the House and Senate bills is moving to a per-capita funding formula for Medicaid, with the Senate bill ratcheting the formula down to per-capita growth plus the inflation rate — in 2026. Maybe this will prove too stringent, but it used to be a matter of bipartisan consensus that the current structure of Medicaid creates an incentive for heedless growth in the program.

    The way it works now is that Mississippi, for instance, gets nearly $3 from the federal government for every $1 it spends. Why ever economize? In the 1990s, the Clinton administration advanced what it portrayed as an unobjectionable proposal to make Medicaid more efficient while preserving the program’s core function — namely, a per-capita funding formula.
    So remember all this when you hear Democrats moaning that the GOP is set to kill millions of people. As Lowry analogizes, for progressives, the welfare state has become the equivalent of the Brezhnev Doctrine that once the Soviets dominated a country, it could never break free. Now once the welfare state has been expanded, it should never be trimmed back.

    Guy Benson is also trying to refute the Democrats' demagogic hysteria about the Senate plan.
    Republicans' plan would make Medicaid fiscally sustainable, and gradually revert back to a model that prioritizes help to the poorest people, who need the most help. It's perverse that the federal government provides a more generous funding formula for Medicaid's better-off, better-situated expansion enrollees than the original, neediest population for whom Medicaid was supposedly created in the first place. And while the GOP proposal would reform the structure of the program by offering a capped per-capita annual allowance to each state (which would foster restraint, prioritization, innovation, and creativity), the notion that it makes drastic "cuts" to the overall program is deeply misleading. ...

    This funding increase of tens of billions of dollars is nevertheless cast as a "cut" because it would spend less than Obamacare would.

    Just imagine what the media would be saying if Claire McCaskill were a member of Trump's administration.
    n March, Sen. Claire McCaskill was unambiguous. The Missouri Democrat said she never once met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in her 10 years serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    "No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever," McCaskill tweeted. "Ambassadors call members of Foreign [Relations Committee]."
    Soon after that tweet, it was revealed she did interact with the Russian ambassador.

    And now, CNN has learned, McCaskill spent an evening at a black-tie reception at the ambassador's Washington residence in November 2015.

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    Yesterday I speculated that the Supreme Court's ruling in the Trinity Lutheran case might be used to overturn states' Blaine amendments blocking state aid to schools with a religious affiliation. Well, it seems that that was indeed the Court's intention with an order remanding a case back to the lower courts that they issued on Tuesday. The WSJ reports,
    In 2011, Colorado’s Douglas County adopted a Choice Scholarship Program to let 500 students attend a local private school. But groups including the American Civil Liberties Union sued. The Colorado Supreme Court killed the program citing the state’s version of the Blaine Amendment, one of many state anti-Catholic laws from the 1800s to prevent public money from funding religious schools ( Doyle v. Taxpayers for Public Education).

    The Douglas County School District and the Institute for Justice, which represents three families in Colorado, appealed to the Supreme Court in 2015, but the Justices held the petition pending the resolution of Trinity Lutheran v. Comer on Monday. On Tuesday the Court vacated and remanded Doyle to the lower court for reconsideration in keeping with Trinity Lutheran’s holding that Missouri’s application of the Blaine Amendment violated the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.

    The High Court typically vacates and remands only when the Justices think there is a “reasonable probability” that the lower court got it wrong. Colorado’s do-over is a warning to other states that might use Blaine Amendments to derail school choice programs that threaten teachers unions and the public school monopoly.
    I'm for as much choice as possible in education. I've seen what it means at the charter school where I teach and at the charters in Washington, D.C. where my daughter has worked. The more opportunities there are for students to get out of bad schools and for their parents to choose other options, the better.
    The win comes at a good time for school choice advocates who have been building momentum in the states. In May three families successfully challenged a Montana rule that prevented a voucher program from being used at religious schools. On Monday the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld a program of tax credits for scholarships to some 13,000 students to attend private schools.

    School choice is spreading because parents want the chance to get their child a better education than they receive in local public schools. Sometimes that enhanced opportunity is offered by religious schools, and the First Amendment does not allow the state to discriminate on the basis of religion.

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              Blue Sky Services Facilitates a Pair of Long Term Leases for San Marcos Mexican Restaurant Locations   

    Blue Sky Services has closed Leases of former Raleigh Crabtree Tavern and Burlington Mimi’s Cafe to San Marcos Mexican Restaurant

    Raleigh, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/04/2015 -- Blue Sky Services Real Estate has been busy lately, representing a diverse array of Clients seeking to buy, sell or lease commercial investment real estate. According to informed sources within the company, Blue Sky Services saw a spike in commercial activity in 2014, with a total of 52 transactions closed as compared to 42 transactions in 2013. The latest of these deals is a pair of 10 Year Leases by the San Marcos Mexican Restaurant chain for the former Crabtree Tavern in Raleigh NC and the former Mimi's Cafe in Burlington NC.

    Both locations are adjacent to Regional Shopping Centers, situated on corner parcels and surrounded by retail and residential buildings. The new Raleigh property is a 6,538 sq ft building proximate to the Crabtree Valley Mall (1.4 MM SF of retail space) on Glenwood Avenue/US-70. The new Burlington property is a 6,261 sq ft building on an outparcel of Alamance Crossing (125K SF of CBL retail space). Nikita Zhitov of Blue Sky Services Real Estate was fundamental in assisting this young and rapidly growing restaurant company analyze 100+ sites, finally negotiating favourable terms for these excellent locations.

    Headquartered in Danville, VA, San Marcos Restaurant was founded in 2007 and currently operates 6 locations throughout Virginia and North Carolina with 2015 expansion plans including 2 locations in the Triangle and Triad markets. They offer traditional Mexican foods and desserts in an upscale environment.

    A spokesperson for Blue Sky Services commented on the transaction, "San Marcos Mexican Restaurant is a young, aggressively growing company and we are very pleased to contribute to their expansion. Our longstanding affiliation enabled us to facilitate the 2013 opening of their Smithfield NC location. Since then, we have diligently sought the most prime sites that align with their future growth plan of 2-3 new locations annually throughout VA and the Carolinas."

    About Blue Sky Services
    Blue Sky Services has been in business since 1996, succeeding in growing their company by working with thousands of satisfied customers. The company is committed to setting the highest standards for customer service, quality and professionalism, aiming to lead the field in real estate, development, construction, remodeling and more.

    For more information please visit: http://www.blueskyservices.biz/

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              Blue Sky Services Lead Hillsborough Street Rezoning with New Commercial Development   

    Blue Sky Service is a general contractor in Raleigh that is leading the way in the rezoning of Hillsborough Street, contracted by the developers to provide a broad range of services.

    Raleigh, NC -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/11/2014 -- In 2009, Raleigh adopted a new and exciting plan for urban development that concentrated development into key areas supported by funneling road networks to prevent much criticized urban sprawl. This high-density development requires a great many construction services to create a high density mixed residential and commercial area. Leading the way in these developments is Hillsborough Street, which is streets ahead of the rest thanks to the proactive approach of the primary contractor, Blue Sky Services.

    The long-neglected thoroughfare that runs along the edge of N.C. State University has already been furnished with apartments for students and the general public, and has three more residential projects at the proposition stage, to be considered by Wade Citizens Advisory Council.

    The larger project involves rezoning a 2.18-acre site between Montgomery and Furches streets, just east of where Hillsborough intersects with Faircloth Street, which must balance the interests of Cedar Fork Investments with those of the existing inhabitants.

    Blue Sky's new commercial development in Raleigh comprises a five-story building with ground floor retail, no parking, and housing for up to 56 students, limited to 75 feet in accordance with the neighborhood Mixed Use guidelines. Blue Sky has led the development so far because they have experience in large scale and mixed use projects, public-private partnerships, urban infill, adaptive reuse, and innovative finance, and can handle everything from new build to interior remodeling.

    A spokesperson for Blue Sky explained, "The Hillsborough Street rezoning led by Blue Sky Services represents an exciting opportunity for the citizens of Raleigh to reinvigorate their city in their own way, and we want to continue pushing forward the growth of the city to put the recession firmly behind us, creating futures for students, professionals and of course, building contractors like ourselves. More information on our proposals can be found on our website, and we are confident the Wade Citizens Advisory Council will see the advantages of what we have planned, and the care we have taken to preserve and augment the region they, and we, call home."

    About Blue Sky Services
    Blue Sky Services is a developer of distinctive and diversified real estate projects in select North Carolina core markets. They create value for customers, and use sustainable practices, taking a long-term investment perspective into each project. The collective skill, creativity and experience of their associates forge unique capabilities as a company in the development, remodeling, ownership and management of distinctive real estate. For more information please visit: http://www.blueskyservices.com/

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              Grassroots - By Evan Hammonds   

    The sport of Thoroughbred racing puts on its best show on the first Saturday in May. While the weather might not have cooperated with those in Louisville during the week, the atmosphere was electric, the racing was spectacular, and the pulse of the game showed it is still strong.

    Could things be better? Sure, but the weekend showed that the two biggest hurdles facing racing today—growing the fan base and growing the owner base—might be getting a tad shorter.

    This discussion came up during the Kentucky Derby Trainer’s Dinner May 2 in downtown Louisville. The time-honored event, hosted by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, brings together industry insiders as well as local community leaders.

    At our table the conversation turned to how to keep this wonderful sport going. The inevitable question was asked: “What can we do to grow the fan base?”

    While there is no magic bullet, we suggested the answer is pretty simple and threefold.

    Major companies such as Comcast (owners of NBC) and sponsors such as Longines, Brown-Forman, and Yum! Brands have a stake in racing through their marketing budgets, so support them and give them some return. Buy a watch; buy a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon; buy a share of YUM stock. That’s a start.

    Secondly, people get interested in racing through experiencing the sport live. Most everyone in the game was introduced to it by a parent, an uncle, or a group of friends taking them to the track and showing them the ropes.

    My grandmother fostered my interest in racing. During racing season she went to Keeneland every day, and I recall many a spring day spent roaming the clubhouse lawn. She later taught me how to read a past performance and from there, I was off and running.

    It’s not mass marketing; it’s a one-on-one proposition, but it works. It’s the smell, the anticipation, the excitement, and the tingle at the track that plant the seeds.

    This came to light following Always Dreaming’s thrilling victory in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), in the story of the friendship of co-owners Anthony Bonomo and Vincent Viola and how they both got interested in racing. It was recast in the post-race press conference. Both have long-lasting memories of being at the track with their fathers in their formative days.

    “It was just magical being next to your dad as he was really committed to a sport he loved,” Viola remembered tenderly. “And my dad handicapped, and bet, quite frankly, every day of his life.

    “And I remember so distinctly the crowds. Saturday afternoon crowds. And I remember distinctly that the men would respect each other because they would fold their newspapers and put them in the seams of the seat (to save them). As a young man, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’ These guys are pretty impressive men at the track.”

    Thirdly—and it is a little more costly—it’s the adrenaline rush of Thoroughbred ownership. Fractional ownership through partnerships is the growth area of racing, and the weekend’s results should lend further traction.

    Part ownership of the Derby winner belongs to the partnership group West Point Thoroughbreds, led by Terry Finley.

    The weekend’s other big race, the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), was won by Abel Tasman, racing for the partnership group China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms. When China Horse Club was started by principal Teo Ah Khing four years ago he had 100 members, and it has grown substantially since then. Winning top races around the globe such as the Oaks will further carry the brand into the Asian market and have others reaching for the prospectus.

    Both Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds have launched racing clubs, and both had runners in the Pat Day Mile Stakes Presented by LG&E and KU (G3), bringing added value to the “pride of ownership” on Derby Day.

    It’s a grassroots effort, but an easy pitch for those of us who know we’ve got the best show in town.


              No Bid, No Win - By Evan Hammonds   

    Keeneland’s January sale is, well, the January sale. It has always been considered to be more the last mixed sale of the previous year than the first sale of the new year. Its results are hard to measure from one year to the next due to varying factors, mainly the appearance or scratch of a few “name” horses or stock that are part of major dispersals.

    We’ve held to that notion. However, after we roamed the pavilion and mixed it up a bit in the back ring during the five-day sale, the fall of the gavel after a horse had failed to gain a single bid was heard more often than we’d cared to imagine.

    On days 1 and 2—Book 1 of the sale, mind you, and considered to be the best of the lot—there were eight no-bid horses. One mare was by a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner and in foal to a recent Breeders’ Cup winner. Three yearlings—two by Breeders’ Cup-winning stallions—failed to draw any action whatsoever.

    The figures mounted on days 3 and 4 during Book 2 when 25 and 21 horses, respectively, were recorded as no-bids. Thirty-one horses during the sale’s final session were no-bids, bringing the sale’s total to 85. So, with 1,401 horses going through the ring, 6.1% of them were “no-bid” horses (and this doesn’t count the $1,000 RNAs).

    They were all part of a 31.4% buy-back rate, higher than the 2016 sale’s 25%. As we know, the January sale is the January sale, a place to cherry pick a short yearling or shop for mares for incoming stallions, while many commercial breeders try to sweep out some stock they perhaps couldn’t move the year before.

    However, at the 2016 January sale, the number of no-bid horses were six, one, nine, two, and 19 during a comparable five-day run. With 1,387 going through the sale, the 37 no bids were 2.7% of the sale.

    A troubling trend? It sure looks like it.

    We’ve read—and written for years—how polarizing the commercial bloodstock market has become. A doubling of the no-bid rate confirms that the costs are too high and the margins too thin in today’s environment. There simply isn’t enough in the budget to carry Thoroughbreds that can’t hold their own.

    As Keeneland’s director of sales Geoffrey Russell told our Ron Mitchell: “Just because you breed a horse does not mean it needs to come to a horse sale.”

    Which brings us to the foal crop. Stallion operators and broodmare owners should take a long, hard look at the upcoming breeding season.

    As the Great Recession took the starch out of the Thoroughbred industry beginning in 2008, the foal crop ebbed to figures that had not seen since the 1960s.

    The crop has been cut by one-third, from 29,609 in 2009 to an estimated 20,600 for 2016. According to The Jockey Club Fact Book, the foal crops of 2012 and 2013 were 21,440 and 21,377, respectively, with the last three estimated at 20,450, 20,600, and 20,600.

    We’ve been proponents of seeing the foal crop reverse course, but realize there are still too many Thoroughbreds that no one is interested in buying. Growth for its own sake is not enough.


              Jumping In   
     Why hello there blog readers, so sorry to have neglected you for so long. I feel like I say that way too often recently, but in my nearly 10 years of blogging I don't think I have ever gone so long between posts. A lot has gone on in my life recently, a whole lotta changes. If you've been watching my snapchat (fashionhayley) or following my instagram then you'd know what Henry and I split up for good whilst I was in Tokyo. After 14 years together he broke up with my via facebook chat (!) but truthfully as horrible as that was to go through it was a long time coming and for the best. Also the way he did it made it a whole lot easier to move on from because honestly if someone can be that horrible to you after 14 years then are they really worth crying over? I don't want to waste any more of my life or energy on someone like that, and luckily 2016 has already shaped up to be an amazing year for me in terms of growth, my blog and work and also for friends and family and it's only mid Feb! I started the year with a bang at an incredible warehouse party in Fitzroy full of my friends and it's been a non stop party ever since. Single Hayley started dating and having fun. I found an amazing like-minded housemate to move in, I knew she was the right one as when we skype met she was wearing earrings I also own! I also have started an amazing job working for a top brand's online team and I absolutely love it. Seriously, just one month ago all these things seemed impossible, I thought I'd never find a job, would have to move to a sharehouse or maybe stay with family as I was left with no furniture when Henry moved out but somehow it has all come together so perfectly I have to pinch myself. My life is almost as perfect as this amazing Gorman jumpsuit I picked up at their recent sale. How freaking incredible is it? I basically died when I tried it on cos hello how perfectly does it fit me?


    Outfit details
    Pink jumpsuit Gorman
    Pink t-shirt Uniqlo
    Iridescent pink bag Maude Studio
    Bag tassel Frill and Frank
    Red sunnies Miu Miu Glitter Noir's
    Earrings Hokuro from Harcoza in Tokyo
    Necklace Vintage Comme Des Garcons from RagTag in Tokyo
    Pink heels ASOS

     I am currently obsessed with the colour combo of red and pink (。♥‿♥。)

    Red sunnies Miu Miu Glitter Noir's
    Necklace Vintage Comme Des Garcons from RagTag in Tokyo

    Wondering around Daikanyama I stumbled across the most amazing boutique - Harcoza. They sell independent Tokyo jewellery and clothing designers, all of whom are amazing. I fell in love with these earrings by Hokuro and had to go back to buy them because they just wouldn't escape my brain. They get compliments every time I wear them - totally worth it!

     Earrings Hokuro from Harcoza in Tokyo

    I was so obsessed with my soft pink Maude Studio bag I just had to get the bolder brighter hot pink too. This bag is just so perfect for my "throw everything in except the kitchen sink" lifestyle of carrying all the things all the time. It's like Mary Poppins carpet bag - it just fits everything in it with room to spare. The cute tassel was a gift from the lovely people at Frill and Frank and I absolutely adore it. The perfect little something to jazz up your bag.

    Iridescent pink bag Maude Studio
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              Live from SMX Advanced How Much Do I Charge for SEM Search Marketing Agency Pricing Models   
    With the challenges facing the economy today, pricing, needless to say, is an issue on the minds of many search marketing agencies. Today's "How Much Do I Charge for SEM, Especially Now Search Marketing Agency Pricing Models" panel was anchored by Andrew Beckman of Location3 Media, Matt Walker of Best Rank, Inc. and Marty Weintraub of AimClear.





    Matt was up first and discussed how his agency, Best Rank (a full service SEM agency), perfected their pricing model. He indicated that there was a lot of trial and error in pricing and failure certainly teaches them what to change. So don"t be afraid of failure!





    With the current economic client, he feels that certainly budgets are being scrutinized and cut, potential clients are shopping many more firms, and they are taking their time paying - definitely a challenge. However, there are some good things out of the recession: a) there"s good talent out there, b) while budgets are being cut, more is being shifted to more cost-effective marketing, like search, and c) clients are looking for more creative solutions.


    Before the recession, Best Rank used a revenue model that:


    recurring revenue model


    sell the methodology (6-12 months)


    limited services (mainly going after SEO)


    tough sell in many cases - clients wanted more offerings together


    typical pricing was $100-150/keyword


    How did he change with the recession?


    He wasn't a fan of lowering prices, so he added more value services, including basic social media, like article writing and promotion.


    They still want recurring revenue, but he did offer a lower priced model to get the clients in the door and made the "switching costs" high. He also felt he could upsell clients once they were in the door. Another approach he tried was giving discounts by having a client paying upfront (10% discount) - which also addressed the late payment issue.





    They implemented "phased pricing" by chunking up services. Again, he said upselling opportunity was very high once they were in the door. But he also made it a bit higher cost for each tactic when subdivided.


    There are markets that still have demand, for instance start up businesses and medical, government, and alternative energy.





    Matts advice?


    If you can do SEO successfully, then many other services are easy. You can also always partner to offer more services. Some offerings to consider are video production and optimization, social media campaigns, and consulting and training.





    Target complementary businesses with established sales staff to sell your services as an affiliate.


    After Marty gave his colorful resume (always a hoot, that Marty), he focused on short term contracts to ease recession jitters and inspire client confidence, which they did at AimClear.





    Marty wanted to accelerate growth with short term and long term mix of contracts. He required an SEO audit and plan BEFORE they can sign an SEO contract - primarily because they want to know the client well and build the long term relationship. Short term contracts CAN lead to long term ones. Short term contracts allow the client to vet the agency AS WELL AS the agency to vet the client. So they decreased their retainers to 3-6 month retainers.





    Marty said that they were able to triple the year over year revenue from first quarter. Clients also perceived the agency as highly confident and holistic. It also is a competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded space. Most of all, it allows you, the agency, to get the RIGHT clients and get rid of the WRONG clients. It also builds two way trust and they part as friends. This model also allowed them a more diversified client base - which helps recession-proof their agency.





    Use timecards - but make them real-time to be easier.


    Segment your services in categories for timecards and billing.


    One drawback can be selling hourly consulting vs. a one price model - works best for boutique agencies selling special value.


    Creates a layer of administration.


    Your advice better be great!!


    Andrew covered some of the versions.


    The management fee has often been a percentage of advertising spend - typically 15% or so. But there are pressures with that model for both the agency and the client. If spend goes down, the agency loses revenue. So Andrew"s firm decided to experiment with a hybrid model based on the greater of a flat management fee or percentage of ad spend - essentially setting some minimum fees in case the media spend decreased.





    Another model they"ve tried is the flat cost per click model. The client gets one rate and the agency often saw a greater return than the standard management fee. But, the margins might be too high for the client to make a profit using this model.





    The ideal campaign type is the cost per lead - a performance-based model. It involves a fixed rate with price dependent on the competitive nature of the data passed. For example, a dating sign up might be $5/lead, but an education sign up might be $65/lead. This model provides an ability to control the ad spend and margins and delivery a volume of leads.





    Another option is to take the lead to another step. The lead is captured, but you are relying on the salesperson to convert the sale - so you lose some control.





    A cost per sale model is ideal with ecommerce. Typically it is a percentage of the sale, with ranges from 5-10% of the sale price. No affiliates should be allowed with these deals, and tracking can be sticky with 30-day cookies.





    Another option is an hourly rate model, which is ideal for social media monitoring. There"s no real ROI to quantify, so hourly works well. He"s seen some positive feedback with this model.


    On the SEO side, they normally charge on a retainer basis based on number of keywords, and they charge at least $10k/month. Content development is on a per page basis with at least 350 words per page. He added that technical challenges add to the total cost of the retainer.





    One type of pricing model for SEO he is interested in is an SEO CPC model - focusing on non-branded terms. Look at the average click count per month, what they would pay on a CPC model for PPC, charge that CPC fee. Certainly this is a type of "pay for performance" model for SEO.


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              Charges Brought Against Brazil's President   

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    Brazil’s President Michel Temer calls the corruption charges against him a “soap opera” and accuses the country’s top lawyer of seeking “revenge.”

    On Monday, Attorney General Rodrigo Janot charged Temer with accepting at least $150,000 dollars in payments. The payments are said to have come from the head of Brazil’s huge meat producing company JBS earlier this year.

    Temer took office last year after former president Dilma Rousseff was removed from office for breaking laws related to reporting the nation’s budget.

    More charges possible

    Reports say there is an audio recording of Temer reportedly plotting to pay money to a former house speaker and a Temer associate who was jailed for corruption. And Janot is considering other charges against Temer including obstruction of justice.

    Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot might bring additional charges. Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot might bring additional charges.

    After the attorney general’s charges, a complex process involving the nation’s highest court and congress could lead to a vote by the full lower house.

    The lower house of Brazil’s Congress called the Chamber of Deputies could decide whether to suspend Temer or try him on charges of bribery.

    Two-thirds of the 513-member group must agree to do so.

    If Temer is found guilty, he faces a $3 million fine and two to 12 years in prison. But observers think Congress will not force him out.

    Sonia Fleury is a political science professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas University in Rio de Janeiro. She says, 'Several senators and deputies are in the same boat as he is, being accused in the same way.” Fleury adds they are protecting each other “to avoid prosecution.”

    The Brazil’s president has denied the charges and says that he will not step down. Public opinion studies show Temer has a very low rate of approval of seven percent.

    Charges make reforms more difficult

    South America’s largest economy is recovering from a deep recession. Unemployment and inflation remain high while economic growth has not been strong.

    The government has proposed unpopular reforms to the country’s finances including cutting payments to retired workers and labor reforms.

    Peter Hakim is the former president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a research group based in Washington. He says the charges against Temer make it difficult for lawmakers to vote on financial reforms and cuts to public spending.

    “There may have been enough votes for him to secure the economic reforms necessary but now people have to vote for unpopular reforms and for a unpopular defense of Temer.”

    I’m Mario Ritter.

    Kenneth Schwartz, Victor Beattie reported this story for VOA News with additional materials from AP and Reuters. Mario Ritter adapted it for VOA Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.

    Words in This Story

    soap opera –n. a kind of dramatic television or radio program of continuing stories of the daily lives of a group of people

    revenge –n. the act of hurting someone because they hurt you first

    bribery –n. to receive an illegal payment in return for supporting a public law or policy

    obstruction –n. to block something from going forward

    in the same boat –idiom in the same situation

    prosecution –n. the process of facing charges in a legal court

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    BBC correspondents look at the role of Islam in shaping the politics of the modern Muslim state and assess the impact of the growth of political Islam on redefining the national interest.
              New Government Data Show Greater Ethnic, Racial Difference in US   

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    All races and ethnic groups in the U.S. increased in number last year.

    However, Asian and Hispanic populations continued to be the fastest-growing, according to the Census Bureau’s yearly population count.

    The agency recently released the new information.

    The census shows that the non-Hispanic white population grew the slowest.

    The report is called the National, State and County Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin.

    The report says that as of July 1, 2016 the U.S. Hispanic population was 57.5 million, which is a two percent increase from last year. The Asian population grew three percent, which is an increase of 21.4 million. The Asian population is the fastest growing population in the U.S.

    The Census report is from the State Data Center Program. The program works with data from all 50 states in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories. The information comes from networks of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.

    The study also shows that non-Hispanic white people had more deaths than births. There was a decrease of 163,300 births by non-Hispanic white people. All other races and ethnic groups had more births than deaths last year.

    Monica Gomez Isaac is the executive director of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University. She said the increase in the Hispanic and Asian populations may be a result of higher birth rates. She said the birth rates are “projected to grow.”

    As a result, she said the U.S. population is becoming more ethnically diverse. However, she said that 50 years ago, immigrant populations grew for different reasons.

    She said after the U.S. ended the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, “a greater diversity of immigrants” were admitted into the U.S. The act created entry quotas, which limited the number of people from some countries who were allowed to enter the U.S.

    The new census data show that the majority of Asian and Hispanic people live in states on the West Coast.

    California is the largest state in that area. It has 15.3 million Hispanic people and 6.6 million Asian people. Those are the largest Hispanic and Asian populations in the U.S.

    Texas saw an increase of 233,100 Hispanic people, which is the highest growth of that group in the country.

    Every year, the Census Bureau estimates the number of people living in the U.S. and its territories. Every 10 years, the Census Bureau counts everyone living in the U.S. and its territories. The U.S. Constitution requires the count and it will take place again in 2020.

    In order to count everyone in the U.S. and its territories, the Census Bureau mails surveys to every U.S. home. The surveys have many questions such as how many people live in that house and what their ages and ethnicities are.

    Census surveys let people choose more than one race when filling out the survey. Some residents may be one race or a number of races. Hispanic origin can mean people of Hispanic, Spanish or Latino origin.

    The Census Project is an activist group made up of people from business, government and nongovernmental organizations. It said the Census Bureau may not have asked for enough money in the 2018 budget. The group said the Census Bureau may have to cut back on field tests when it should be getting ready for the 2020 census.

    On its website, the Census Project said that there is a greater chance for the 2020 census to count fewer people than there are. It added that the risk of undercounting is more likely to affect “communities of color and rural residents.”

    I’m Mario Ritter.

    And I’m Olivia Liu.

    Olivia Liu adapted this story for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.

    Words in This Story

    censusn. the count of the entire population of an area or a population

    diversity –n. having people of many different races, ethnic groups and cultures

    surveysn. a study with questions for a group of people to find out about an issue

    originn. where people come from

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              Chinese General's Early End to Vietnam Visit Worries Some Experts   

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    A Chinese general’s shortened visit to Vietnam has raised concerns about whether this could be a sign of a major change in relations.

    China and Vietnam are currently involved in a dispute over territory they both claim to own in the South China Sea.

    General Fan Changlong is part of a group of Chinese officials that came to visit the Vietnamese capital Hanoi this week. The general suddenly left the country after a private meeting with Vietnamese defense officials on Tuesday.

    There are some differences in public and private reports of what happened. Chinese and Vietnamese state-run media report that defense relations are going well. They say the defense ministries of both countries reached an agreement on how to train members of their militaries.

    But experts say government sources told them that discussions about the disputed South China Sea might have led Fan to cut short his visit.

    FILE - In this April 21, 2017, photo, an airstrip and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130. FILE - In this April 21, 2017, photo, an airstrip and buildings on China's man-made Subi Reef in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea are seen from a Philippine Air Force C-130.

    China is currently building man-made islands and military infrastructure in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. And Vietnam has made efforts to form military partnerships with Japan and the United States.

    Recently, Vietnam has also permitted a foreign company to explore for oil in the area known as the Vanguard Bank. The country has long claimed Vanguard Bank, about 700 kilometers off the coast, as part of its continental shelf.

    Le Hong Hiep is a researcher at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. He could only wonder about the dispute because there is no official information about it.

    “In the past, Vietnam has been under pressure to [continue] its growth rate, so it has had discussions on [increasing] oil exploration on the South China Sea,” he said. “Vietnam’s activities in the South China Sea have touched China's interests, and as usual, China will find ways to [prevent] the country from [seeking] them,” he said.

    This may be why Fan suddenly ended his visit, he added.

    Carl Thayer is a Southeast Asia expert based in Australia. He said it is likely that Fan asked Vietnam to stop the search for oil in Vanguard Bank. Thayer said China wants Vietnam to continue with their past agreement not to explore for oil in disputed areas.

    But Le Hong Hiep said what makes things difficult is the two countries see the agreement differently. Vietnam believes it owns Vanguard Bank, while China calls it a disputed territory.

    In May 2014, China put a large oil-drilling platform about 193 kilometers off the coast of Vietnam. This led to a series of conflicts between the countries.

    I’m Caty Weaver.

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    Words in This Story

    source - n. a person, book, etc., that gives information​

    infrastructure - n. the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly​

    continental shelf - n. the part of a continent that lies under the ocean and slopes down to the ocean floor​


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              Deal or no deal?   

    It seems that the confusion in Bali is still not yet over, not even for the BBC's news gathering resources.

    Just over an hour ago, the Bali negotiations were the first item on the Radio 5 Live news bulletin, for what seems like the first time this week. They quoted UK Environment Minister Hilary Benn as saying that a deal had still not been reached.

    Yet over on the BBC website, the latest news on their Bali section is that

    [quote]Negotiators at the UN climate summit in Bali have adjourned talks, with the UN senior climate official saying they were "on the brink" of a deal.[/quote]

    Now, I've just been watching the BBC's flagship Newsnight programme. Their opening item is on Bali, with a report on the current state of play from their science correspondent Susan Watt.

    I'll provide a link to their video report just as soon as it hits their site, but for starters here's my quick notes on who said what (nothing verbatim):

    • An exhasted-looking Hilary Benn gives the same quote as I heard on the radio - that there were 2 teams working on the details, but negotiations were still continuing. (This must have been recorded as he was leaving the negotiations late last night).
    • Next up (and without my prior knowledge I have to underline) is my E3G colleague Tom Burke. He sets out his view on why there is such resistence from the USA: the rightwing political project has identified that climate change, and the response to it ,is a major threat to their agenda of small government, limited regulation, and low taxation.
    • Saleemul Huq of IIED (and an openDemocracy author) points out that China et al are willing to come on board if the US takes the lead. He returns a few minutes later to highlight how there are other voices from US who have been much more prominent in Bali - not least Al Gore.
    • John Sauven of Greenpeace UK states that binding targets for developed countries must be at the core of any succesful deal, before returning to point out how all of this stalling is eating up time which is not on our side.

    Then it's over to the BBC's Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin live from the Bali early morning.

    He says that he thinks a deal will be achieved, and that the Indonesian team are talking to last few stragglers. Delegations are expected to return with an hour and a half or so to start final discussions.

    His understanding is that the EU has had to make severe concessions to get a deal. So what of substance is left? It's not just the likely absence of targets - the language of 'commitments' has been changed to 'actions'.

    Last night, the EU spokesman had been bullish that the targets the EU wanted to see would be in the document, but will they now be consigned to a footnote? Harrabin asks if the Bali declaration will really set out a clear roadmap that pegs politicians to the science?

    Back to Emily Maitlis in the Newsnight Studio for a live interview via satellite with Kurt Volker, deputy assistant secretary of state in the US State Department. He immediately says that the USA is commited to agreeing a deal, but that policies need to be in place to sustain a goal. It's one thing to have a number, another to make it work.

    But does the US accept the need for targets?, he is asked, What about the calls from the IPCC science for cuts of 25-40% by 2020?

    Volker's response: the USA has accepted need to make substantial reductions.

    But does the US accept that range?

    Volker: Under George W Bush they've set a target to reduce gasoline consumption by 20%. That's a real policy. Oh, and the USA are one of the largest funders of climate science research apparently.

    Questioned again: when will US emissions actually go down?

    Answer: But no one can tell you how that will happen. We've had Kyoto targets but emissions have risen across the board. So you've got to have actual policies that produce results.

    Maitlis again: without even a headline commitment, how you can you possibly make this work? The ministers in Bali are putting the pieces of the jigsaw together, and waiting for the administration to change - you are becoming irrelevant... [great metaphor by the way]

    Volker: But it's not just the US. Numerical caps don't apply to developing countries, other developed countried are in support.

    Maitlis: As you may have heard in our report, China & Inda are happy to take action, but look to the US as global leader to set the pace.

    Volker: We are very happy to join with others to set out post-2012 framework (includes plenty of suggestions but nothing sounds very concrete). The US has a comparable rate of emissions growth as Europe.

    Update: you can now view tonight's newsnight programme online by clicking 'Watch latest programme' on their homepage.

    You can also comment on their blog.


              Stern Reviewed   

    Sir Nicholas Stern - these days a minor deity in the international firmament - spoke at a debate this evening on the new UNDP report on climate change and development.

    Stern (whose name is invoked an average of 3,421 times an hour around the Bali conference centre) has become an unrivalled oracle for what climate change will cost, both if fixed and if left unchecked.

    But one fact seldom noted is that his report focuses on keeping greenhouse gases below a level of 550ppm - a target that now looks quite dated, with most commentators talking about 450ppm or even lower.

    Stern has hardened up his rhetoric too, reacting to IPCC findings that came after his review was published. This was clear in the debate, when he asked what a global deal on climate should look like.

    On targets, he is now committed to concentration levels well below 550ppm. Emissions need to be cut by 50%, he says, which would set an average per capita rate of 2-3 tonnes per capita in 2050.

    That would leave Europe on the global average, if it can cut its emissions by 80%. A similar cut for the US would leave it well above the average.

    But for all countries to aim for the same per capita emissions would be deeply unfair on the poorer ones. They have never had the benefit of higher emissions (this is the exact opposite of John Kerry's argument yesterday).

    "It would be like a group of people drinking from the well for a very long time," he said. "And, when they begin to realise the well is running dry, they all agree to have a glass of the same size. It's a very weak notion of equity. 80% cuts for developed countries is the absolute minimum that equity demands."

    But what are the economic implications of all this? There are two much cited figures from the Stern Review (chapter 10).

    On the one hand, unchecked climate change will cost as much as two world wars and the intervening depression combined. On the other, that action will be cheap - a one off charge of around 1% of GDP to be spent between now and 2050. (Stern puts a 3% error on this, up or down, but fewer people remember this.)

    Over a century, we'd lose less than 6 months of global growth.

    But this is to stabilize at 550ppm. In the review, Stern reports that relatively little economic modelling has been done for levels below 500ppm, but what there is suggests that below 400ppm "unaffordable mitigation options [are] quickly exhausted."

    A 400-450pppm target would cost three times as much as 500-550ppm, Stern estimates. That implies a charge in the region of 3% of GDP, again with a possible 3% error either way.

    "The lesson here is to avoid doing too much, too fast, and to pace the flow of mitigation appropriately," he concludes. "Great uncertainty remains as to the costs of very deep reductions."

    After the debate, I jostled through the throng for a fleeting audience with the much-in-demand economist.

    openDemocracy: "Has your thinking moved on since the Stern Review on the costs of mitigation?"

    Stern: "It was very clear from the Stern Review that 550ppm was the absolute upper limit. It would be really reckless to go above that. So we suggested targets of 500-550ppm. A lot of the scientists have now come in strongly to say it should be 400-450ppm.

    "That will cost a bit more, but in my view that's also worth paying. We said 1% to get below 550ppm. I think it might cost 1 or 2% to get below 500.

    "But the sooner we start, the cheaper it will be. You give yourself the time to renew capital equipment because it starts to be time to retire it. You give yourself more time to discover new technologies and different ways of doing things. You get more time to set up and demonstrate institutions like carbon trading that are going to play a big role."

    oD: "Do we need more economic research on lower stabilization targets?"

    Stern: "We certainly need more research. We also need more research country by country.

    "But look at the analyses that came after the Stern Review was published in October 2006, the International Energy Agency published the 2006 World Energy Outlook about a month after we did. They came out with costs for mitigation that were quite similar or a bit lower than ours.

    "A recent study by McKinsey has come out with numbers that were, on the whole, a bit lower than ours. The Human Development Report was also a little bit lower than ours.

    "I think the numbers we came up with have been reinforced by later research. Maybe there are arguments that we were slightly on the high side."
              An emerging deal?   

    Half way through the UN climate talks here in Bali and we can now see the shape of the deal that will cause next week's most fevered discussion.

    Swingeing cuts to greenhouse gases are very much on the table, with rich countries expected to act first and fastest. The proposed deal would aim to stop the relentless rise of emissions in just ten to fifteen years, and drive them down to ‘very low levels' by 2050.

    But before we get to the detail, keep in mind three things. Nothing has yet been finalised here in Bali. This is simply ‘proposed text' - in UN jargon a ‘non-paper' - with no official status. It can be amended, replaced, or simply not agreed.

    Read the current draft and you'll see its far from a complete document. It contains a number of options for further discussion and plenty of either/or text in the dreaded [square brackets] which reflect opposing views about what should be agreed.

    Also, Bali is only the start of a process towards a post-2012 climate framework - one that picks up where the current phase of the Kyoto protocol leaves off. We're just setting up negotiations that will probably aim to conclude in 2009.

    That means that governments haven't even begun to talk about the really difficult stuff. Exactly what cuts will be made. Which countries will make them. Who will pay and how much. All this needs to be decided over the next couple of years.

    If all goes according to plan (does it ever?), countries will finally commit to a new deal at the next climate conference but one, in Copenhagen two years from now. And even then, it will be far from over, as the treaty will need to be ratified by national parliaments, a process than it's hoped will be done within three years (Kyoto took five).

    Finally, the negotiation on the ‘future' is only one of many happening here in Bali. You're not reading a comprehensive state of play, just a review of one part of the talks, though the most important as most believe.

    So what's in the proposed agreement?

    First, the IPCCC's assessment of the seriousness of climate change is taken as a given. Thus the need for ambitious action. Emissions need to stop rising soon and be ‘well below half' of levels seen in 2000 by 2050.

    That means industrialised countries should make emissions cuts of 25-40% by 2020. That's on a 1990 baseline, so includes any moves they've made to reduce carbon under Kyoto. But again, remember this is an aspirational target for the group as a whole. It says nothing about which country should do what.

    Developed countries will have ‘quantified national emission objectives'. Crucially, this stops short of calling for targets that are legally binding under international law. Targets are not off the table, but the decision on whether the world needs them has been postponed.

    Why? Because this is a fight that centres on the US, which is adamantly opposed to enforceable obligations. Why take it on now, when it's easier to see if there's a change of direction from the next adminstration?

    What about developing countries? They'll be expected to contribute to slowing and then cutting emissions, but their right to economic growth is explicitly recognised. Binding targets for them are thus not on the table.

    Instead, they are likely to be offered incentives if they grow along a lower-carbon trajectory and will get technologies to help them do this. They'll also be able to make money by protecting forests and other carbon sinks, in compensation for foregone economic exploitation.

    So what's left to agree?

    Quite a lot, actually. There's an annex that sets out an ‘indicative list' of areas that need to be discussed in the next two years. It's currently blank.

    Then, crucially, there are still three options on the table for the status of the post-Bali process.

    Option 1 is for an informal dialogue whose findings would be reported in Copenhagen, but "without prejudice" to the Copenhagen talks. If that sounds vague, it is, and deliberately so. There is next to no chance of a conclusion in 2009 under this option.

    Options 2 and 3 are stronger. Both would set up a ‘working group' that would have much greater authority. The group would be told to agree a deal and then present is as a package to Copenhagen for approval.

    The difference between the Options 2 and 3 is that the former would leave intact a similar working group that is already considering commitments for the Kyoto countries (all rich countries apart from the US).

    That group has been willing to push for deep emissions cuts. So countries that want a strong deal tend to favour a two-track process.

    So what reaction have we had to the proposal as a whole?

    Well, I hear the EU delegation is pleased with progress. Also, the Saudis are reported to be furious, complaining that its ideas have not been listened to. As always, they remain key allies of the Americans at these talks.

    But expect much more reaction next week, when the press and campaigners really get their teeth into the proposals. Today is a day of rest at the UN climate talks, with the conference hall closed. There is thus no central point for anyone to congregate.

    But work hasn't stopped. Far from it. It's safe to say that most delegates will be hard at it, even that means (like me!) taking their laptops out to the pool. Phone lines back to capital cities are certain to be humming.

    The NGOs are also working hard, meeting this afternoon to hash out strategy for next week.

    I suspect that many of them will be secretly pleased by the non-paper's contents. They can hammer away at the bits they don't like and, if any of the text is weakened, take to the barricades with claims of treachery and betrayal.

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    Did you see the frightened ones? 
    Did you hear the falling bombs? 
    Did you ever wonder 
    Why we had to run for shelter 
    When the promise of a brave new world 
    Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?
     - Pink Floyd

    What were we excited about? 

    With 204 of the S&P 500 now reporting 68% (139) have beat earnings estimates BUT only 44% (90) have beaten on revenues.  It's yet another year of cost-cutting and share buy-backs to boost earnings per share with no actual growth in real earnings yet the market, overall, is up 35% from where it was last year on a 2.9% overall growth in EPS.  - THAT'S FRIGGIN' CRAZY!  

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              Latest Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Research Report: Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2020   

    Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market focuses in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market analysis is provided for global market including development trends by regions, competitive analysis of the Ammonium Nitrate Explosive market. Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players.

    Ammonium nitrate explosive is a mixed explosive whose main component is ammonium nitrate. It has found wide use in coal mining, quarrying, metal mining, and civil construction in undemanding applications.

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    - Orica,
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    - Describe Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Introduction, product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market risk, market driving force;

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    - To show the global market by regions, with sales, revenue and market share of Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry, for each region.

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    Chapter 1 Market Overview:

    1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

    1.2 Market Analysis by Type

    1.3 Market Analysis by Applications

    1.4 Market Analysis by Regions

    1.4.1 North America (USA, Canada and Mexico)

    1.4.2 Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy)

    1.4.3 Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia)

    1.4.4 South America, Middle East and Africa

    1.5 Market Dynamics

    1.6 Market Opportunities

    1.7 Market Risk

    1.8 Market Driving Force

    Chapter 2 Manufacturers Profiles:

    2.1 Company Name

    2.1.1 Business Overview

    2.1.2 Company Name Sales, Price, Revenue, Gross Margin and Market Share

    Chapter 3 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Competition, by Manufacturer:

    3.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Market Share by Manufacturer

    3.2 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Revenue and Market Share by Manufacturer

    3.3 Market Concentration Rate

    3.3.1 Top 3 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Manufacturer Market Share

    3.3.2 Top 6 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Manufacturer Market Share

    3.4 Market Competition Trend

    Chapter 4 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Analysis by Regions:

    4.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Regions

    4.2 North America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

    4.3 Europe Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

    4.4 Asia-Pacific Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

    4.5 South America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

    4.6 Middle East and Africa Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales and Growth (2011-2016)

    Chapter 5: North America Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

    Chapter 6: Europe Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

    Chapter 7: Asia-Pacific Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016)

    Chapter 8: South America, Middle East and Africa Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Countries

    Chapter 9: Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2016)

    Chapter 10: Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales Market Share by Application (2011-2016)

    Chapter 11: Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast (2016-2021)

    11.1 Global Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Sales, Revenue and Growth Rate (2016-2021)

    11.2 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast by Regions (2016-2021)

    11.3 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Market Forecast by Type (2016-2021)

    11.4 Ammonium Nitrate Explosive Industry Forecast by Application (2016-2021)

    Chapter 12: Sales Channel, Distributors, Traders and Dealers

    12.1 Sales Channel

    12.1.1 Direct Marketing

    12.1.2 Indirect Marketing

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              Market Insight: Optoelectronics Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 16.84% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2017-2021   

    Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- Optoelectronics Market research report provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. Optoelectronics Market report 2017-2021 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. The Optoelectronics Market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of Optoelectronics Warming Devices Industry.

    Optoelectronics is the study of combined technology of electronic device and light. It is a sub-field of photonics. The study includes visible light as well as X-rays, gamma rays, ultra-violet (UV) rays, and infrared (IR) rays. Optoelectronic devices act as optical-to-electrical or electrical-to-optical transducers. LED, image sensors, optical switches, laser diodes, and optical isolators are some of the optoelectronics. Analysts forecast the global Optoelectronics Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 16.84% during the period 2017-2021.

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    The research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Optoelectronics industry for 2017-2021.

    Key Vendors of Optoelectronics Market:

    - Cree
    - GE Lighting
    - LG Innotek
    - Lumileds Lighting
    - NICHIA
    - OSRAM
    - Samsung
    - Seoul Semiconductor
    - Sony
    - Samsung Semiconductor
    - OmniVision
    - Canon
    - ON Semiconductor

    Other prominent vendors

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    Optoelectronics Market Driver:

    - Growing adoption of LED for lighting due to government subsidies and projects undertaken
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Optoelectronics Market Challenge:

    - Challenges associated with deployment of fiber optics
    - For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Optoelectronics Market Trend:

    - Upcoming technological trends in LED
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    Geographical Segmentation Of Optoelectronics Market:

    - Optoelectronics Market in Americas
    - Optoelectronics Market in APAC
    - Optoelectronics Market in EMEA

    The report provides a basic overview of the Optoelectronics industry including definitions, segmentation, applications, key vendors, market drivers and market challenges. The Optoelectronics Market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status

    Through the statistical analysis, the report depicts the global Optoelectronics Market including capacity, production, production value, cost/profit, supply/demand and import/export. The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.

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    - Exhibit 02: Impact of drivers
    - Exhibit 03: Impact of drivers and challenges
    - Exhibit 04: Key countries in each region
    - Exhibit 05: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2017
    - Exhibit 06: Global Optoelectronics Market shares by geographies 2021
    - Exhibit 07: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2017

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              Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities & Restraints to 2020   

    Global Internet of Things (IoT) Market in Healthcare Sector 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market for 2020. IoT is a web of physical devices connected to the Internet, enabled by sensors and software to collect and transmit data. Using IoT users can collect massive amount of data and convert into meaningful information by with the help of advance analytics techniques. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors.

    The global internet of things (IoT) market in healthcare sector to grow at a CAGR of 36.5% during the period 2017-2020.

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    The report provides a basic overview of the Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

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    With a purpose of enlightening new entrants about the possibilities in this market, this report investigates new project feasibility. Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis and so on, is discussed in the report.

    Key players in Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market 2020
    - Cisco Systems
    - GE Healthcare
    - Philips Healthcare
    - IBM
    - Qualcomm

    Other prominent vendors

    The Internet of Things Market in the Healthcare Sector Market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
    - Americas
    - APAC
    - EMEA

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    Market driver
    - Highly competitive IoT market
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    Market challenge
    - High cost of implementation
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    Market trend
    - Developments in sensor technologies and communication devices
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    - What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
    - What are the key market trends?
    - What is driving this market?
    - What are the challenges to market growth?
    - Who are the key vendors in this market space?
    - What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
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    Exhibit 01: Countries covered for market analysis

    Exhibit 02: Product offerings

    Exhibit 03: General architecture of healthcare IoT applications

    Exhibit 04: Segmentation of IoT market in the healthcare sector

    Exhibit 05: Global IoT market in the healthcare sector 2015-2020

    Exhibit 06: Five forces analysis

    Exhibit 07: Global IoT market in the healthcare sector by product 2015

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              Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market Analysis and in-Depth Research on Market Dynamics, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts   

    Global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market for 2020. Cloud infrastructure testing involves testing of physical and virtual components like network, storage, and virtualization. It ensures the security of data and performance of the application deployed on the cloud. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors. The global cloud infrastructure testing market to grow at a CAGR of 16.67% during the period 2017-2020.

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    The report provides a basic overview of the Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

    Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market Opportunities:

    With a purpose of enlightening new entrants about the possibilities in this market, this report investigates new project feasibility. Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis and so on, is discussed in the report.

    Key players in Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market 2020
    - Compuware
    - Ixia
    - Spirent Communications
    - Wipro

    Other prominent vendors

    The Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
    - Americas
    - APAC
    - EMEA

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    In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2020 global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market covering all important parameters.

    Market driver
    - Growth in agile testing services
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    Market challenge
    - Ensuring cloud security testing is at optimum level
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    Market trend
    - Growth in adoption of testing as a service
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    Key questions answered in this Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market report
    - What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
    - What are the key market trends?
    - What is driving this market?
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    List of Exhibit of Global Cloud Infrastructure Testing Market 2020

    Exhibit 01: Countries covered for market analysis

    Exhibit 02: Product, services, and solutions offerings

    Exhibit 03: Testing of cloud

    Exhibit 04: Cloud infrastructure testing

    Exhibit 05: Global cloud infrastructure testing market 2017-2020 ($ millions)

    Exhibit 06: Five forces analysis

    Exhibit 07: Global cloud infrastructure testing market by geography 2015

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              Kaolin Mining Market Outlook, Growth by Top Company, Region, Application, Driver, Trends & Forecasts by 2021   

    Global Kaolin Mining Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Kaolin Mining Market to GROW at a CAGR of 3.9% during the period 2016-2020.

    The Kaolin Mining Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Kaolin Mining Market Industry for 2017-2021. Kaolin Mining Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Kaolin Mining Market globally.

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    Kaolin, also known as china clay or kaolinite, is a soft, white, and plastic clay. It contains fine-grained plate-like particles. It is non-abrasive, chemically inert, and has low heat and electric conductivity. The paper industry is the largest end-user of kaolin. It is used for filling and coating of paper. Kaolin is also used in many other industries such as ceramics, paints, fiberglass, and rubber.

    The Kaolin Mining Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Kaolin Mining Market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

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    Key Vendors of Kaolin Mining Market:

    - BASF
    - Imerys
    - KaMin
    - Quarzwerke
    - Sibelco
    - Thiele Kaolin

    Other Prominent Vendors

    - Arcilla Mining and Land
    - Ashapura Group
    - English Indian Clays
    And more..

    Global Kaolin Mining Market report provides key statistics on the market status of the Kaolin Mining Market manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the Kaolin Mining Market industry.

    Kaolin Mining Market Driver:
    - Increase in demand from China
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    Kaolin Mining Market Challenge:
    - Digitalization
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    Kaolin Mining Market Trends:
    - High growth in ceramic market
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    - Kaolin Mining Market in APAC
    - Kaolin Mining Market in EMEA

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              Global Bio-Based Propylene Glycol Market Report 2016-2020 with Key Vendors, Driver, Challenges & Trends   

    Global Bio-Based Propylene Glyocol Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market to GROW at a CAGR of 8.19% during the period 2016-2020.

    The Bio-based Propylene Glycol Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market Industry for 2017-2021. Bio-based Propylene Glycol, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market globally.

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    Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market is considered as an alternative for petroleum-based propylene glycol. It is produced from plant and animal sources and is more reliable and comparatively pure than petroleum-based propylene glycol.

    The Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    Key Vendors of Bio-based Propylene Glycol:

    - Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM)
    - Ashland
    - BASF
    - Cargill
    - Oleon

    Other Prominent Vendors

    - Houghton Chemical
    - Orison

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    Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market Driver:

    - Demand from automobile industry
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    - Competition from petroleum-based propylene glycol
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    - Shift toward bio-based organic products
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    - Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market in Americas
    - Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market in APAC
    - Bio-based Propylene Glycol Market in EMEA

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              Market Insight: Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Globally Grow at a CAGR of 3.64% by Revenue During the Forecast Period 2016-2022   

    Global Copper Pipes and Tubes Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Copper Pipes and Tubes Market to GROW at a CAGR of 3.64% during the period 2016-2020.

    The Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Industry for 2017-2021. Copper Pipes & Tubes Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

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    The growth in expenditure on construction is expected to increase the use of copper tubes, pipes, wires, and other mill products in plumbing and electrical applications. Increased investments in infrastructure development, especially in the developing countries, will further increase the demand for copper.

    The Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Copper Pipes & Tubes Market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

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    Key Vendors of Copper Pipes & Tubes Market:

    -KME
    -KMCT
    -Luvata
    -MetTube
    -Luvata

    Other Prominent Vendors

    -Cerroflow Products
    -Furukawa Metal
    -Golden Dragon

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    Copper Pipes & Tubes Market Driver:

    -High demand from the HVAC sector
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    -Volatile costs of raw materials
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    -Rising adoption of cupronickel tubes
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    Geographical Segmentation of Copper Pipes & Tubes Market:

    -Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in Americas
    -Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in APAC
    -Copper Pipes & Tubes Market in EMEA

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              Thermoplastic Elastomers Expected to Grow by 2022: Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook   

    The global TPE market is highly fragmented with the four key vendors accounting for around 25% of the global market share in terms of capacity. The market experienced high levels of capacity additions and is currently facing the issue of overcapacity and supply.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Thermoplastic Elastomers Market report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Thermoplastic Elastomers for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers both the direct revenue and the indirect revenue of the vendors.

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    Thermoplastic Elastomers market to witness a steady growth at a CAGR of around 8%, in terms of revenue, during the forecast period. The increased use of Thermoplastic Elastomers products as a replacement for traditional materials in the automotive industry is driving the market growth. TPE, in comparison to natural rubber and EPDM, provides the manufacturer with increased design flexibility and reduced cost and enhanced long-term weather-resistance advantages.

    The report provides a basic overview of the Thermoplastic Elastomers including definitions, classifications, applications and market Sales chain structure. The Thermoplastic Elastomers report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.

    Top Key vendors in Thermoplastic Elastomers Industry

    -Dynasol Elastomers
    -PolyOne
    -LCY Chemicals
    -Dow Chemical

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    Thermoplastic Elastomers Market Opportunities:

    With a purpose of enlightening new entrants about the possibilities in this market, this report investigates new project feasibility. Various details about the manufacturing process such as market drivers, impact of drivers, market challenges and impact of drivers and challenges, market trends, vendor landscape analysis and so on, is discussed in the report.

    The Thermoplastic Elastomers is divided into the following segments based on geography:

    -Americas
    -APAC
    -EMEA

    In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Thermoplastic Elastomers Industry before evaluating its feasibility. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight of 2016-2020 global Thermoplastic Elastomers industry covering all important parameters.

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    The report offers an analysis of each of the following segments and discusses its impact on the overall market growth -

    -Transportation
    -Construction and infrastructure
    -Consumer electronics and appliances
    -Healthcare
    -Packaging
    -Footwear

    The report offers an analysis of each of the following segments and discusses its impact on the overall market growth -

    -Styrenics
    -Polyolefin blends and alloys
    -Polyurethanes
    -Copolyesters
    -Polyamides

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    Detailed TOC of Global Thermoplastic Elastomers Market 2017-2021

    -PART 01: Executive summary
    -PART 02: Scope of the report
    -PART 03: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market research methodology
    -PART 04: Introduction
    -PART 05: Benefits of Thermoplastic Elastomers
    -PART 06: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market landscape
    -PART 07: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market segmentation by end-user
    -PART 08: Geographical segmentation
    -PART 09: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market drivers
    -PART 10: Impact of drivers
    -PART 11: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market challenges
    -PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges
    -PART 13: Thermoplastic Elastomers Market trends
    -PART 14: Five forces analysis
    -PART 15: Vendor landscape
    -PART 16: Key vendor analysis
    -PART 17: Other prominent vendors
    -PART 18: Assumptions
    -PART 19: Appendix
    -PART 20: Explore

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              Global Urinary Catheters Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2021   

    Global Urinary Catheters market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Urinary Catheters Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Urinary Catheters Industry for 2017-2021. Global Urinary Catheters Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Urinary Catheters globally.

    In urinary catheterization a latex, polyurethane, or silicone tube known as a urinary catheter is inserted into a patient's bladder via the urethra. Catheterization allows the patient's urine to drain freely from the bladder for collection. It may be used to inject liquids used for treatment or diagnosis of bladder conditions. A clinician, often a nurse, usually performs the procedure, but self-catheterization is also possible. The catheter may be a permanent one (indwelling catheter), or an intermittent catheter removed after each catheterization.

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    This report focuses on the Urinary Catheters in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

    Key Vendors of Global Urinary Catheters Market:
    -Teleflex
    -Bard Medical
    -ConvaTec
    -B.Braun
    -Coloplast
    -AngioDynamics
    -Boston Scientific
    -Cook Medical Inc.
    -Medtronic and Covidien
    -Hollister
    -Terumo
    -Amsino
    -Pacific Hospital Supply
    -Sewoon Medical
    -WellLead
    -Star Enterprise

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    Global Urinary Catheters Market Segment by Type, covers:
    -Indwelling or Foley Catheters
    -Intermittent or Temporary Catheters
    -Male External or Condom Catheters

    Global Urinary Catheters Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
    -Urinary Retention
    -Urinary Incontinence
    -Spinal Cord Injury

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    Geographical Segmentation of Global Urinary Catheters Market:
    Global Urinary Catheters in Americas
    Global Urinary Catheters in APAC
    Global Urinary Catheters in EMEA

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    List of Exhibits
    -Exhibit 01: Product offerings

    -Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases

    -Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages

    -Exhibit 04: History of Global Urinary Catheters

    -Exhibit 05: Global Urinary Catheters systems for other surgeries

    -Exhibit 06: Process of Global Urinary Catheters

    -Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters system

    -Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters

    -Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters 2015

    -Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis

    -Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by end-user 2015

    -Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015

    -Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2020

    -Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020

    -Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms

    -Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA

    -Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013

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              Global Pediatric Healthcare Market by Top Key Vendors, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecasts to 2021   

    The Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Pediatric Healthcare Industry for 2017-2021. Global Pediatric Healthcare Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Pediatric Healthcare globally.

    Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants and children, the age limit usually ranges from birth up to 7 years of age. Correspondingly, it is obvious that pediatric healthcare mainly involves in nutritionals, vaccines and drugs, all of which the purpose is to help children to grow up healthily. Millions of pedia die from disease, malnutrition and virus each year, as a consequence, it is quite significant to study pediatric healthcare.

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    This report focuses on the Pediatric Healthcare in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application.

    Key Vendors of Global Pediatric Healthcare Market:
    -Abbott
    -AstraZeneca
    -GlaxoSmithKline
    -Merck & Co.
    -Pfizer
    -Sanofi
    -Perrigo
    -Mead Johnson
    -Nestle
    -Danone

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    Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Segment by Type, covers:
    -Vaccines
    -Drugs
    -Nutritionals

    Global Pediatric Healthcare Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
    -Prophylactic Products
    -Therapeutic Products

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    Geographical Segmentation of Global Pediatric Healthcare Market:
    Global Pediatric Healthcare in Americas
    Global Pediatric Healthcare in APAC
    Global Pediatric Healthcare in EMEA

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              Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Expected to Grow by 2021- Key Driver, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook   

    The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Circulating Tumor Cells market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Circulating Tumor Cells Industry for 2017-2021. Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Circulating Tumor Cells globally.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Circulating Tumor Cells Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% during the period 2017-2021.

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    The Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Global Circulating Tumor Cells market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    This report mainly covers Circulating Tumor Cells products, by types (CTC enrichment, CTC detection and CTC analysis), by applications (Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment and Others).

    Key Vendors of Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market:

    -Roche
    -Thermo Fisher Scientific
    -Illumina
    -Agilent Technologies
    -Laboratory Corporation
    -Promega
    -GE Healthcare
    -QIAGEN
    -LGC Forensics
    -Morpho (Safran)
    -NEC
    -ZyGEM

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    Report Scope

    The scope of this study is clinical testing, prognostic and monitoring markets for CTCs in cancer. The report also includes the clinical segment, currently approved CTC tests and their markets, the regulatory environment, current technologies, new technologies, cancer incidence, market projections and market share along with the latest trends and new developments in this area. This report does not include the segment's research market including reagents, or any accessories used for CTC isolation or studies. The research segment of the market includes numerous competitors with different capabilities, developing and commercializing products such as CTC isolation devices and protocols, CTC characterization reagents, assay and instrumentation, and various identification technologies based on cell imaging. These market players include specialized or research-based companies that contribute considerably to the technological advancements in the field of CTC technologies. The data collected for the report is focused on breast, prostate and colorectal cancers for which clinical data and tests are available currently on the market. CTCs in other cancers are being researched and some are in clinical trials; these are not included within the scope of this report.

    Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Segment by Type, covers:
    -CTC enrichment
    -CTC detection
    -CTC analysis

    Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market Segment by Applications, can be divided into:
    -Prostate Cancer
    -Breast Cancer
    -Colorectal Cancer
    -Others

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    Geographical Segmentation of Global Circulating Tumor Cells Market:
    - Global Circulating Tumor Cells in Americas
    - Global Circulating Tumor Cells in APAC
    - Global Circulating Tumor Cells in EMEA

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    List of Exhibits
    -Exhibit 01: Product offerings

    -Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases

    -Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages

    -Exhibit 04: History of Circulating Tumor Cells

    -Exhibit 05: Circulating Tumor Cells systems for other surgeries

    -Exhibit 06: Process of Circulating Tumor Cells

    -Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells system

    -Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells

    -Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells 2015

    -Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis

    -Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by end-user 2015

    -Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015

    -Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2020

    -Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020

    -Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Circulating Tumor Cells systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)

    -Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms

    -Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA

    -Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013

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              Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2021   

    The Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Industry for 2017-2021. Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System globally.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion system is a sophisticated device with an exceptionally effective design that provides autologous blood during surgical procedures.

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    Key Vendors of Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Market:
    -Haemonetics
    -Medtronic
    -LivaNova
    -Fresenius Kabi
    -Terumo
    -Wandong Health Sources

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    Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Driver:
    -Rise in cardiac surgeries
    -Complications of allogenic blood transfusion
    -Advances in autotransfusion technology

    Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Challenge:
    -Limitations of autotransfusion technology
    -Use of allogenic blood transfusion
    -Stringent regulatory framework and medical policies

    Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System Trend:
    -Development of ultrafiltration systems
    -Significant opportunities in emerging countries
    -Public awareness

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    - Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in Americas
    - Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in APAC
    - Global Cardiopulmonary Autotransfusion System in EMEA

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    List of Exhibits

    -Exhibit 01: Product offerings
    -Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases
    -Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages
    -Exhibit 04: History of autotransfusion
    -Exhibit 05: Autotransfusion systems for other surgeries
    -Exhibit 06: Process of autotransfusion
    -Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary autotransfusion system
    -Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary autotransfusion
    -Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary autotransfusion 2015
    -Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    -Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis
    -Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by end-user 2015
    -Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015
    -Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2020
    -Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020
    -Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    -Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    -Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms
    -Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA
    -Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013
    -Exhibit 21: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    -Exhibit 22: Cardiopulmonary autotransfusion systems market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    -Exhibit 23: Impact of drivers

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              Healthcare RCM Market 2020- Trends, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape   

    Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Market in US 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Healthcare RCM Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Healthcare RCM Industry for 2017-2021. Healthcare RCM Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Healthcare RCM globally.

    Healthcare service providers had deployed automated systems to address the RCM processes and to fill the payment gap, resulting from the complex processes of medical billing and collections. IT applications such as hospital information system and EHR have outdated technology platforms that lack the advanced functionalities needed to address RCM issues. The inefficient manner of medical billing and collections resulted in revenue loss for many healthcare organizations.

    Report analysts forecast the global Healthcare RCM Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 12.89% during the period 2017-2021.

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    The Healthcare RCM Market Report is a meticulous investigation of current scenario of the global market, which covers several market dynamics. The Healthcare RCM market research report is a resource, which provides current as well as upcoming technical and financial details of the industry to 2021.

    The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management Market in US 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.

    Key Vendors of Healthcare RCM Market:
    -Allscripts
    -Cerner
    -GE Healthcare
    -McKesson
    -SSI Group

    Other prominent vendors
    -Adreima
    -Alleviant
    -Avadyne Health
    -Cardon Outreach
    -Health Systems Management Network
    -MediRevv
    -Precyse Solutions

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    Healthcare RCM Driver:
    -Rise in recovery audits due to changing healthcare regulations
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    Healthcare RCM Challenge:
    -Frequent changes in healthcare compliance requirements
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    Healthcare RCM Trend:
    -Strong clinical network connectivity with medical practitioners
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    - Healthcare RCM in Americas
    - Healthcare RCM in APAC
    - Healthcare RCM in EMEA

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              Global Telecom Power Systems Market 2020: Trends, Drivers, Strategies, Applications and Competitive Landscape   

    Global Telecom Power Systems Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Telecom Power Systems Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Telecom Power Systems Industry for 2017-2021. Global Telecom Power Systems Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.

    Power systems are used in all telecommunication installations for controlling, monitoring, and measuring the flow of power across telecom networks. These systems are made up of a combination of smaller systems such as converters, distributors, controllers, and backup systems that bear different technical specifications. The primary application of telecom power systems is in wireless and fixed-line environments. They are used in several other related applications including network equipment, xDSL terminals, mobile broadband, cellular sites, and transmission applications.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Telecom Power Systems Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% during the period 2017-2021.

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    The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Telecom Power Systems globally.

    Key Vendors of Global Telecom Power Systems Market:

    -Delta Electronics
    -Eaton
    -Emerson Network Power
    -GE Industrial Solutions
    -Huawei Technologies

    Other prominent vendors
    -ACME
    -AEG Power Solutions
    -Alstom
    -Alta
    -APC
    -Bel Fuse
    -Benning Power Solutions
    -C&D Technologies
    -Cummins Power
    -Dyna Hitech Power Systems

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    Global Telecom Power Systems Driver:
    -Increased deployment of small cell power systems for LTE
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    Global Telecom Power Systems Challenge:
    -High OPEX associated with fossil fuel power systems
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    Global Telecom Power Systems Trend:
    -Rapid growth of urban population with increased telecom subscriber base
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    - Global Telecom Power Systems in APAC
    - Global Telecom Power Systems in EMEA

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              Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Expected to Grow by 2020- Key Driver, Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook   

    Global Nanolithography Equipment Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Nanolithography Equipment Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Nanolithography Equipment Industry for 2017-2021. Global Nanolithography Equipment Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

    Nanolithography equipment is used to print complex nanometer-scale circuit patterns onto silicon wafers. This printing process is one of the most critical and expensive steps in wafer fabrication. The focus of the semiconductor industry is, therefore, toward the development of cost-efficient enhancements to production technology.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Nanolithography Equipment Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 0.16% during the period 2017-2021.

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    Nanolithography is the art and science of using lithographic techniques — like photolithography, nanoimprint lithography, X-ray lithography, and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography — to produce nanostructures and devices. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Nanolithography Equipment globally.

    Key Vendors of Global Nanolithography Equipment Market:

    -ASML
    -Canon U.S.A.
    -Leica
    -Raith
    -SUSS MicroTec

    Other prominent vendors

    -Rolith
    -Nanoink Optical Associates
    -Nanonics Imaging
    -JC Nabity Lithography Systems
    -NIL Technology

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    Global Nanolithography Equipment Driver:

    -Emergence of advanced consumer products
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    Global Nanolithography Equipment Challenge:

    -Rise in cost of lithography functions
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    Global Nanolithography Equipment Trend:

    -Rising trend of miniaturization of devices
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    -Global Nanolithography Equipment in APAC
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              Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2020   

    Global Big Data Infrastructure Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    Pune, Maharashtra -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2017 -- The Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Research Report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Big Data Infrastructure Industry for 2017-2021. Global Big Data Infrastructure Market, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years and discussion of the key vendors effective in this market.

    Big data refers to a wide range of hardware, software, and services required for processing and analyzing enterprise data that is too large for traditional data processing tools to manage. In this report, we have included big data infrastructure, which includes mainly hardware and embedded software. These data are generated from various sources such as mobile devices, digital repositories, and enterprise applications, and their size ranges from terabytes to exabytes. Big data solutions have a wide range of applications such as analysis of conversations in social networking websites, fraud management in the financial services sector, and disease diagnosis in the healthcare sector.

    Report analysts forecast the Global Big Data Infrastructure Warming Devices market to grow at a CAGR of 33.15% during the period 2017-2021.

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    To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of Global Big Data Infrastructure globally.

    Key Vendors of Global Big Data Infrastructure Market:
    - Dell
    - IBM
    - HP
    - Fusion-io
    - NetApp
    - Cisco

     

    Other prominent vendors
    - Intel
    - Oracle
    - Teradata

    And many more……

     

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    Global Big Data Infrastructure Driver:
    - Benefits associated with big data
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    Global Big Data Infrastructure Challenge:
    - Complexity in transformation of procured data to useful data
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    Global Big Data Infrastructure Trend:
    - Increasing presence of open source big data technology platforms
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    · Global Big Data Infrastructure in Americas
    · Global Big Data Infrastructure in APAC
    · Global Big Data Infrastructure in EMEA

     

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              Global Algorithmic Trading Market Expected to Grow by 2020- Key Driver, Trends, Sales, Supply, Demand Top Vendors, Industry Application Analysis and Outlook   

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    Algorithmic Trading Market: Modern financial markets use advanced mathematical models to arrive at (and execute) transaction decisions. Such automated technologies are referred to as high-speed algorithmic trading. These methods determine the optimal time for an order to be placed so as to generate the least impact on stock prices. Large institutional investors use algorithmic trading technologies to buy and sell large blocks of shares in small tranches every day.

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    - Citadel
    - KCG
    - Optiver US
    - Tower Research Capital
    - Two Sigma Investments

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    - DRW Trading
    - Flow Traders
    - Hudson River Trading
    - Jump Trading
    - RSJ Algorithmic Trading
    - Spot Trading
    - Sun Trading
    - Tradebot Systems
    - Virtu Financial

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    Global Algorithmic Trading Driver:
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