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first_img How to install the Ring Video Doorbell 2 The best video doorbells you can buy today Here’s the rundown on Ring’s new smart outdoor security lights Read the full review Comments Ring also recently introduced Smart Lighting, motion-sensing outdoor lights that work with Ring’s other home security products.  The Ring Door View Cam is available now for purchase.Originally published Jan. 7 at 9:01 a.m. PSTUpdate, June 18: Confirms availability and shipping. Share your voice CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: 1:53 Ring Door View Cam review: A video doorbell designed for apartment dwellers Further reading Amazon 3 How to install the Ring Door View Cam Tags The $199 Door View Cam has a rechargeable battery, which means there’s no hardwiring involved. Ring says there’s no need for drilling or making any other major changes to your door, but you do need a door with a peephole for it to work.Remove your existing peephole, place the Door View Cam on the front and back of the door, along with the battery and the removable faceplate. Ring’s Door View Cam comes with:1080p HD resolutionMotion detectionMicrophone and speakerRechargeable batteryNight visionRing isn’t the first company to introduce a smart doorbell like this. Ezviz, Remo+ and Yale have announced similar products.  Security Cameras Security The first batch of Ring Door View Cams are now shipping out to customers who pre-ordered them. Chris Monroe/CNET The Ring Door View Cam, the latest smart doorbell from Amazon’s smart home security company, is shipping out to customers starting today. last_img read more

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Good Friday break for equities forex commodities and bond markets

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first_imgIndia’s equity, commodities, forward contract, forex, and bond markets are closed on account of Good Holiday leading to a long weekend after a three-session week.IBT Media/ RaghavendraStock and commodity exchanges and forex and bond markets are closed on Friday for the second time this week, reducing the available trading sessions to just three. The market was closed for Mahavir Jayanti on Wednesday, sandwiching the week’s third trading day between two holidays.Stock markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, France, the UK, Germany, the US, Italy and Spain, among others, are shut on Good Friday marking an extended weekend. Japan, the only major market open for trading on Friday, saw its benchmark Nikkei 225 index rise 0.67 percent or 147 points, to 22,238 in early trade, responding to gains in US stocks the previous day. Overnight Wall Street trade saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average gain 0.4 percent, and the S&P500 advanced 0.2 percent while Nasdaq moves up 0.1 percent.India’s domestic commodity exchanges NCDEX and MCX are shut for both morning and evening sessions. The forex market is also closed on Friday, but the rupee gained 25 paise overnight to touch 69.35. The Indian rupee has finished the week 18 paise down. A pedestrian walks past a stock indicator board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tokyo is the only major share market open on Friday while others are closed for Good Friday. Benchmark Nikkei rose 0.67 per cent in early trade, tracking overnight movement in US markets. (Representational image)BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty ImagesThursday’s trading saw the benchmark BSE Sensex slip 135 points, or 0.34 percent, to 39,140 with 23 of the 30 constituents that make up the index ending in the red. NSE’s Nifty slipped to 11,753, down 34 points or 0.29 percent with 31 shares of the 50-scrip index weakening and 19 gainings. Sensex and Nifty are 0.96 percent and 0.94 percent, respectively, up for the week.The market will open on Monday after the weekend for a full five sessions of trade with Sensex and Nifty teetering on the brink of uncertain territory amid high volatility. NSE’s volatility index India VIX gained another 4.81 percent to close on Thursday at 22.73 points after opening the day at 21.69 points and coming off the intra-day high of 23.04. The high volatility is expected to continue as the general election 2019 is going on with 93 constituencies having gone to poll in the second round on Thursday. Market experts warn of continuing volatility, though the market has been bullish on the belief that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will return to power for a second term at the head of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.last_img read more

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Dishs Sling TV Adds Discovery Networks to Lineup While HBO and Univision

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first_imgStarting Wednesday (Nov. 28), Sling Blue now includes Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery (ID) and TLC; the Sling Orange package includes ID and MotorTrend (formerly Velocity).Discovery’s American Heroes Channel and Destination America are now available in Heartland Extra add-on ($5 extra per month); Science Channel is now available in News Extra add-on (also $5 monthly). Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia are now available in Sling TV’s Best of Spanish TV lineup ($10/month standalone at or $5/month as an add-on).Discovery channels not available on Sling TV include Animal Planet, Discovery Family or Oprah Winfrey Network. Sling TV already included networks formerly from Scripps Networks, which is now part of Discovery; Sling Blue includes Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel and Sling Orange includes HGTV and Travel Channel.“We are thrilled to add Discovery networks to Sling TV’s lineup as they bring highly requested channels that offer immersive programs for any age group,” Warren Schlichting, president of Sling TV, said in a statement.Current customers who subscribe to eligible Sling TV services and/or add-on package will automatically see the Discovery networks appear in their channel guide.For the third quarter of 2018, Dish posted its biggest quarterly net subscriber loss to date — sequentially dropping 367,000 satellite TV customers while gaining only 26,000 Sling TV subscribers. Dish president and CEO Erik Carlson told analysts that roughly half the Dish TV subscriber losses in Q3 were related to the dropping of Univision programming, which was pulled from the lineup on June 30.Dish chaiman Charlie Ergen, speaking on the company’s Nov. 7 earnings call, acknowledged that the loss of HBO will cause Dish and Sling TV to lose customers in Q4. He blasted AT&T as using HBO as an “economic weapon” to extract unreasonable economic terms from Dish. HBO CEO Richard Plepler called Ergen’s comments “a silly but transparent attempt on Dish’s behalf to muddy the waters for reasons only they can explain.”Sling TV offers programming from Disney/ESPN (in the Sling Orange bundle), Fox, NBC and NFL Network (in Sling Blue), as well as networks from partners including AMC, A+E Networks, Scripps, Turner, Viacom, GSN, Hallmark, Showtime, Starz and Epix. Sling raised the price of the Orange bundle from $20 to $25 per month this summer. Sling TV, Dish Network’s internet TV service, has added nine Discovery networks on its national and Spanish-language services, along with several thousand VOD titles.At the same time, Sling TV customers currently remain without access to Univision or HBO channels, amid ongoing contract disputes between Dish and the programmers. As of the end of September, Dish reported a total of 2.37 million Sling TV subscribers but the lack of Univision and HBO threatens to impede its near-term growth.With the launch of Discovery networks on Sling TV, pricing remains unchanged. The over-the-top service offers two plans — the single-stream Sling Orange, which includes Disney and ESPN networks; and the multistream Sling Blue, which includes NBC and Fox networks — priced at $25 per month each, or $40 per month when purchased together. Popular on Variety Pictured above: Discovery Channel’s Shark Week ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban Bitcoin Has No Shot as a LongTerm Digital

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Mark Cuban invests in a motley mix of businesses, from the big (Magnolia Pictures, the Dallas Mavericks and Dropbox) to the small (a candied pretzel startup, a Snapchat-like texting app and a sippy cup maker). And the list goes on and all over the board. But the veteran tech mogul isn’t putting his money behind Bitcoin. Not yet.  “Nope, I haven’t invested in Bitcoin yet,” Cuban told Entrepreneur.com on the set of Shark Tank. “I go up and down on it.”He seemed pretty down on it back in March, when he told USA Today at SXSW that he think’s Bitcoin is “great as an encryption technology,” but not as a cryptocurrency. Not for the long haul. The future, he predicts, isn’t bright for Bitcoin as a cryptocash.Related: Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban: ‘Failure is Part of the Success Equation’Like many, Cuban compares Bitcoin to gold and says central banks will never let it truly succeed. He also noted that “no one” that he knows in traditional sales who accepts it as payment keeps it as Bitcoin: “They all translate it to dollars.” And, if they convert the digital money to traditional fiat money, in his mind, it’s not a currency.Gold Could Collapse Just Like Bitcoin Did http://t.co/612372yB98— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 28, 2013 September 26, 2014 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. “As a transport mechanism, an accounting digital transport mechanism, it’s unique and has a great opportunity in the future,” Cuban told USA Today. “I think it’s got no shot as a long term digital currency.”Related: PayPal Embraces Bitcoin Payments, Partners With BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoinIf the Dallas Mavericks owner ever does jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon, he says it would be purely for entertainment value. “I’d look at [buying] it, but more as fun. It’s almost like buying and selling baseball cards, but there’s definitely risk involved if you’re looking at it to be a long-term currency.”Will Cuban ever break down and add Bitcoin to his ever-exploding portfolio? “The jury’s still out,” he told us. We’ll have to wait and see.To see Cuban size up some promising startups outside of the Bitcoin realm, tune in tonight to the Season Six premiere of Shark Tank from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on your local ABC station.Related: Shark Tank’s ‘Mr. Wonderful’ on Teaching Kids About Money: ‘Put Their Noses In It, Like You’re Training a Puppy’ Register Now »last_img read more

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Polish cable operator Inea is adding news culture

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first_imgPolish cable operator Inea is adding news, culture and documentary channel TV Republika to its digital programming line-up.The channel will be made available as part of Inea’s Exclusive package for PLN5 (€1.20) a month.last_img

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement I’m ever conscious of the beating JPMorgan et al laid on the precious metals between Christmas and New Years in 2011‘Dead’ would be a good word to describe the gold market everywhere on Planet Earth yesterday.  Gold closed at $1,696.20 spot…down $1.10 from Thursday.  Volume was microscopic at around 85,000 contracts.The silver price chart was very similar right up until 10:00 a.m. in New York.  From there it got sold off into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and then didn’t do a lot after that.Silver finished the Friday trading day at $32.31 spot…down 23 cents from Thursday. Volume was only around 27,500 contracts.The dollar index opened at the 79.93 mark…and stayed mostly at that level until shortly before 8:00 a.m. in New York.  From that point, the index rolled over…and by 12:15 a.m. Eastern time, it was down to its low of the day…around 79.51…down about 45 basis points from its early morning New York high.  Then it recovered a hair going into the close…finishing the day at 79.56…down 37 basis points.The effects of the decline in the dollar index were nowhere to be seen in either the gold or silver price yesterday.The gold stocks chopped around in about a one percent price range of Thursday’s close…with the HUI finishing the Friday trading session up a tiny 0.22%.Almost every silver stock finished in positive territory yesterday…and that’s reflected in Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index, as it closed up 1.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s the ‘big picture’ view of what the silver stocks have been up to…Nick Laird’s ‘old’ SSI chart.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report shows that 15 gold and 12 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday…and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changes in either SLV or GLD on Friday.The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report.  They sold 1,000 ounces of gold eagles…and 2,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 35,500 ounces of gold eagles…6,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,403,000 silver eagles.  Based on this data, the silver/gold sales ratio stands at 27 to 1.It was a very slow day the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, as they reported receiving only 9,565 troy ounces of silver…and shipped nothing out the door.The Commitment of Traders Report was as expected…a yawner.In silver, JPMorgan et al decreased their net short position by a tiny 591 contracts.  The Commercial net short position is currently a hair under 290 million ounces.  The ‘Big 4’ are short 265.7 million ounces of that amount…or 50.7% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 55.4 million ounces of silver, which represents 10.6 percent of the Comex short position on a net basis.  So the ‘Big 8’ are short 61.3% of the entire Comex futures market in silver.JPMorgan still short well over 30 percentage points of this amount…and it’s my opinion that Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta are short another 10+ percentage points.  So between the two of them, they are short roughly 45% of the entire Comex futures market.  The other two traders in the ‘Big 4’ hold immaterial positions…as do the four traders in the ‘5 through 8’ category.In gold, JPMorgan et al decreased their net short position by 2,716 contracts…and the Commercial net short position now sits at 21.49 million ounces.  The ‘Big 4’ are short 13.44 million ounces of gold…or 37.0 percent of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a net basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.33 million ounces of gold…and this amount represents 14.7 percent of the Comex futures market on a net basis.Using straight arithmetic, the ‘Big 8’ are short 51.7% of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a net [all reported spread trades subtracted from the open interest] basis.The ‘Big 8’ are short 87.3% of the Commercial net short position in gold.  But in silver, the ‘Big 8’ are short 110.7 percent of the Commercial net short position…with JPMorgan and [I believe] Scotiabank holding about almost half of that percentage between the two of them.I’d also like to point out that these percentages of concentration are minimum numbers.You can follow the historic and interactive COT data for gold here…and silver here.  These charts are a bit slow to load…especially silver…so if you’re using an older browser, it may take a while.As always, here’s this past week’s Commitment of Traders data for the Big 4 and Big 8 traders in all commodities traded on the Comex as of the close of trading on Tuesday, December 11th.  It’s translated into “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions”…but it’s just a different name for the same data.  It’s my guess that 90 percent of the red line [the Big 4] in silver is represented by JPMorgan Chase and Scotiabank.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s an ‘Australian Christmas Wreath’ made of native parrots.  The read and blue ones are Crimson Rosellas…and the red and green ones are Australian King Parrots.  The photo was taken at Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia…and I thank Australian reader Brad Lane for sharing it with us.I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday…and only a couple of them are ones I’ve saved for the weekend.Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our [needs] keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget—just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. – President John F. Kennedy to the Economic Club of New York…1962Today’s ‘blast from the past’ is a pop song by a group that found success here in Canada first…and then later in the U.S. and around the world.  This is one of the first tunes that brought them fame in the mid 1970s…and the rest, as they say, is history. Everyone should know it…and the link is here.  While I’m in the mood…here’s another, and even bigger hit of theirs from 1987, linked here.The classical ‘blast from the past’ is an old chestnut that I pull out every year at this time.  It’s a short piece from Handel’s Messiah…and sung by Dame Emma Kirkby.  I consider her interpretation of this work to be definitive.  It’s absolutely divine…and the link is here.What little price action there was yesterday is not worthy of further comment in this space…although I note that the silver price was taken to new lows for this move down.Except sit here and watch, there’s not a lot we can do going forward.  I’m still not sure whether the 200-day moving averages are targets this time or not…but I’m ever conscious of the beating JPMorgan et al laid on the precious metals between Christmas and New Years in 2011.  Could it happen again?  Sure…as the short positions in both gold and silver are still there…greatly reduced in gold, to be sure…but still obscene and grotesque in silver.Here are the 1-year charts for both gold and silver to give you the lay of land.  I doubt very much that we’ll hit the lows of last December, but “da boyz” could certainly hit gold for at least fifty bucks…and silver for two or three bucks.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)One thing is for sure…and that is with the rampant money printing going on world wide…it’s only a matter of if not when inflation everywhere becomes far more noticeable…and it’s a given that we’ll see substantially higher precious metal prices despite the efforts of JPMorgan Chase et al when that time arrives.That’s all I have for the day…and the week.  I’ll see you here on Tuesday…or Wednesday, depending where on Planet Earth you live. Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented prospect generator focused on aggressive exploration for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe with a growing pipeline of prospects in Portugal, Kosovo and Germany.Company highlights:Alvalade Project JV with Antofagasta Minerals SA – Copper and Zinc on 1000 km2 project area in the Portuguese Pyrite Belt – 2012 exploration budget of US$ 2.5 million, all provided by Antofagasta, including 6000 meters of core drillingGold exploration in the Erzgebirge Mining District, Germany – 307 km2 exploration license in 1000+ year producing region of tin, tungsten, silver, base metals, and uranium – Increasingly favorable permitting and mining regulations, long mining culture, widespread known gold panning locationsCovas Tungsten JV with Blackheath Resources Inc. – 922,900 mt @ 0.78% WO3 (non NI 43-101 compliant) historic resource – Potential to increase the tungsten resource – New gold target on the projectStrong management including Paul Kuhn, CEO, previously involved with several discoveries around the world, and Mark T. Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd.Low risk exploration strategyShare structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011):16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investorsApprox. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe)Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012.Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

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Just about every time some troublemaker like myse

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first_imgJust about every time some trouble-maker like myself wants to question the practice of taxation, someone will ask: But aren’t taxes the price of civilization? This is how people hope to get rid of us with a single shot. Usually, they do it in some sort of cocktail-party setting, where they can throw out their line, then move away before a proper response is made. (And while the other “right-thinking” folks nearby scowl properly.)  Conversation over – they win. Except, of course, that the slogan is ridiculous: People pay taxes in non-civilized places too! Any time anyone can make himself boss, he takes a cut of everything he can. And there’s a name for that – taxes! Let me throw out another question: Is the United States ten times more civilized than it was a hundred years ago? Have the crime rates really fallen by 90 percent? Well, we’re paying about ten times as much in taxes – shouldn’t they? Here’s an even better example: Communist China had an effective tax rate that approached 100% under Mao. Were they the most civilized society that ever existed? Indeed, I could pull out the old history book and find plenty of other great examples where the level of taxation and the level of civilization had absolutely no correlation to each other. Let’s get this straight: Rulers tax as much and as often as they can. And this statement is confirmed by every single page of the history of the world. The mark of a civilized society is that it can restrain rulers and their take of production. Taxes are not the price of civilization. They are the price we pay for our unwillingness to control government. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com [“Are Taxes the Price of Civilization?” s an excerpt from Paul Rosenberg’s book, Mindless Slogans – 101 Cheap Substitutes for Actual Thought]last_img read more

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The EU continues its chainsaw juggling act The au

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first_imgThe EU continues its chainsaw juggling act. The austerity pledge from France is holding about as well as its Maginot Line, while Greece has sworn to meet its fiscal targets in 2014 2015 2016 soon, and the Italians promise they’re going to kick some serious fiscal butt as soon as the country returns from holiday. Spain reassures that it will squarely confront its need to raise worker productivity whenever the unions call an end to protests against austerity. And the Portuguese high court ruled it is unconstitutional for civil servants to work for less than twice the wages of their private-sector counterparts. This chronic “the sky is falling” in the EU had induced investor news-cycle fatigue and rendered last year’s black-swan threat level from red to this year’s collective yawn… … until Cyprus tossed another chainsaw into the act. The Cyprus looting of private wealth was a cold-shower reminder of the tenuous security of assets that are concentrated within reach of a single government – doubly true of nations in a desperate fiscal situation whose financial sector is about to topple. DepositorCreditor The blatant theft of depositor money in Cypriot banks was at first peddled as a one-off emergency measure. Then a Freudian slip by the head of the Eurogroup finance ministers, Mr. Dijsselbloem, suggested this would be the new pattern for similar future events. Much back-pedaling and “clarification” ensued. But don’t bother squinting as you try to read the lips of mumbling bureaucrats. Just follow what they’re doing and you won’t get blindsided. What have they been up to? In October 2011, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) – a tentacle of the Bank for International Settlements, the central bank for central bankers – released a report that proposed a new regime to resolve financial-institution instability. In the report, the FSB calls for solvency support for banks without taxpayer exposure and the allocation of losses to shareholders and unsecured and uninsured creditors. Deposits at a bank are considered a loan, and if a bank fails, its depositors become unsecured creditors for amounts that exceed the insurable limit. It gets worse. To protect the integrity of the financial system, controls on both endogenous (the bank itself) and exogenous (other firms and cross-border cooperation) capital movement can be implemented. This is exactly what happened in Cyprus. To prevent capital flight out of the banking system, the movement of money out of or between banks was restricted, as well as capital sent outside the country. The G20 has fully endorsed the plan, and its implementation is complete or under way in member jurisdictions. The US is a G20 member, so don’t kid yourself into believing it can’t happen in America. It can and will. The Cyprus event has been carefully framed as an anomaly when in fact it is part of a well-orchestrated script. In the Year of Our Overlord 1 AF January 1, 2014, will mark the start of Year 1 AF – “after FATCA.” In the run-up to the US reporting regime’s full implementation, many foreign banks have opted not to accept US persons as clients, and we can see why. FATCA is a huge burden on foreign financial institutions in terms of time and resources needed to identify, track, and report on their US clients. Today, it is nearly impossible to find a foreign bank that will open an account for an American without them visiting the bank and delivering a stack of notarized paperwork to prove they are who they say they are. Other banks that had welcomed US persons have suspended doing so in anticipation that further demands on their time will be announced. In fact, one bank we spoke with during our research on internationalization has done just that. Lloyds TSB has stopped opening accounts for Americans, pending a review of FATCA later this year. Our contact at the bank did not sound optimistic that the policy would be reversed. This is a trend we expect will gain traction. And as if Americans seeking to internationalize weren’t already facing stiff headwinds, a recent leak of internal documents linked to offshore entities will likely add some force. In early April, millions of emails and other records were leaked with information on thousands of account and company owners in the British Virgin Islands, a popular offshore banking center. The leak exposed several high-profile clients that are allegedly “hiding” assets from their home tax authorities. This is just the kind of news that will embolden the offshore-means-tax-evasion governmenteers to twist the reporting screws a little bit tighter. When Is Now The incremental creep of crises continues to aggravate the financial landscape and provokes increasingly desperate responses from Western governments, particularly the US. Yet in spite of all the words unleashed and regulations imposed against offshore investing, it remains unquestionably legal. How long it will continue to be legal is questionable. Is it easy? No. But neither is getting your luggage and shoes through airport security. The situation for the easy movement of capital and assets across borders is dire, but it is not hopeless if you have the right information. FATCA has effectively acted as stealth capital controls, as the regulations dissuade foreign financial institutions from doing business with Americans, discouraging all but the most persistent investors from pursuing an international wealth preservation strategy. As the pieces come together, a clear picture emerges: Americans are just one financial crisis away from triggering the provisions of the G20-backed FSB financial resolution regime. And that almost certainly will include restrictions on the movement of capital. Once your money is trapped inside the US, any type of concocted emergency “tax” can be imposed on your wealth. Additional taxes are just one of many steps your home government can take to grab a share of your hard-earned wealth. Wise investors disperse their assets internationally to minimize this risk, and though it’s getting late in the game, there’s still time for you to join them. You can learn about moving your cash offshore… setting up an offshore LLC… investing in international stock markets… and internationalizing yourself, including getting a second passport. It’s all available in an information-packed special report titled Going Global 2013. You won’t find a better resource for internationalizing your life and your assets. Get started today.last_img read more

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Gold Producers GDX 2801 2403 49

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first_img Gold Producers (GDX) 28.01 24.03 49.13 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold 1,388.80 1,282.60 1,703.20 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,820.92 12,469.32 12,139.73 TSX Venture 954.92 912.83 1,258.30 One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last Silver Stocks (SIL) 15.29 12.12 22.23center_img One Month Ago Oil 110.53 105.30 95.53 Dear Reader, We’ve written recently—and many times before—about the foolishness of trying to time a market. In hindsight, however, market peaks and troughs become increasingly obvious. In a recent conversation with Doug Casey, he told me that the general uptrend in gold since June is evidence that the general downtrend since September 2011 has ended. While Doug is not omniscient, I’ve seen him when his speculator’s instinct kicks in—and over the years its accuracy has been nothing short of astounding. It seems that instinct is now telling him that gold and gold stocks have bottomed. Of course, if the Fed announces a tapering of its money printing this month, that would likely whack gold again. Depending on how drastic the language of the Fed announcement is, we could see a renewed sense of panic among gold investors, and the actual bottom for this correction could be just ahead of us rather than just behind us. Either way, prices are already low. Ben Bernanke said he would only turn down the government’s printing presses if employment figures improved substantially. Since those remain rather weak, there may not be any tapering announcement at all this month, and if there is, it will likely be marginal—a toe in the water. It’s also worth pointing out that if Doug is right about the US economy finally exiting the eye of the storm, there will likely come a “moment of truth” when people realize that the inevitable has become imminent and every asset class across the board gets hit, including gold. That downturn will be enduring for many assets—permanent for some, but very short-lived for gold. It may turn out to be the last great buying opportunity in this gold bull market, but it could well happen at prices much higher than today’s, so we don’t intend to keep our money on the sidelines waiting for it. In other words: yes; we are buyers today. Our article below describes the sort of opportunities we are seizing today. It is, I freely admit, something of a sales pitch for the Casey International Speculator—but if Doug is right about the gold market having bottomed, there’s never been a better time to subscribe and find out what he himself is buying. Sincerely, Copper 3.23 3.17 3.52 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 47.42 37.12 91.12 Silver 23.84 19.52 32.62last_img read more

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The new book titled GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso—re

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first_imgThe new book titled #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso—reformed petty thief and CEO of a $100 million online clothing store—is the latest “live and work as I do if you want to succeed” book from a string of brand-building female executives. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has women “leaning in,” while Arianna Huffington’s sleep crusade marches on in her latest book, Thrive. Now, I should confess that I haven’t actually read any of these books; one of my team members gave me the recap. However, I have had another female executive on my mind: Ms. C. Ms. C heads up a certain real estate investment trust (REIT)—I’ll call it “Company V”—which Money Forever chief analyst Andrey Dashkov and I featured in the latest edition of Money Forever. So while she might not have a cult following or million-dollar book deal, she’s our gal—and for good reason: As Company V’s CEO for the last 15 years, Ms. C has boosted its market capitalization from $200 million to $19 billion. Under her leadership, Company V’s compound annual total shareholder return topped 28% for 14 years running, and it was named one of the top performing, publicly traded financial companies during the first decade of this century. As Andrey puts it, Ms. C has molded Company V into a “rock-solid business with an investment-grade credit rating, robust balance sheet, and reliable dividend history.” On top of that, Ms. C has received countless accolades from the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and a parade of other institutions. Plus, she practiced real estate, corporate and finance law, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago. When asked about her professional achievements in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Ms. C attributed her drive to her working-class Pittsburg upbringing. As the daughter of immigrant parents—a mailman and housewife—Ms. C said, “[T]here was always so much more for me to aspire to: in terms of education, in terms of seeing the world, in terms of working hard and achieving things. And so that drive comes from the kind of upbringing that I had.” After announcing she wanted to be a lawyer, Ms. C’s father took her to watch a trial headed by one of the few lawyers he knew, a criminal defense lawyer whose son later became her husband. Ms. C praised her Italian father in the Chicago Tribune article, saying, “It was very unusual in that time, in that socioeconomic environment, very working-class and ethnic, that he would be what I would call a feminist. He would never call it that, but he was so supportive of my sister and me, and that was really rare.” Sounds like my kind of dad. OK, you get the point: this is an up-by-her-bootstraps, highly qualified CEO who puts shareholders first—a woman I imagine my wife and daughters would be happy to know.Profiting from an Aging Population People age 65 and over are expected to make up 19% of the US population by 2030—up from 12.4% in 2000. And it’s no secret that this demographic will demand more and more access to health care. Company V is tapping into this expanding need: It operates healthcare-related facilities, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, senior housing, and medical office buildings at over 1,500 properties in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Let me back up, though, and review REITs in general. Publicly traded REITs, which are traded just like any other stock, allow people like you and me to invest in large-scale, income-producing real estate without the headache of actually holding illiquid physical property. To be considered a REIT, 75% of a corporation’s income must come from real estate in some form or another. Company V’s portfolio, for example, includes medical office building operations, senior living operations, and triple-net lease operations, whereby tenants cover taxes, insurance payments, maintenance, and repairs in addition to the rent. Ms. C has a proven track record over of managing these holdings profitably over the last 15 years. A word of caution is also in order here: not all REITs are investment worthy. Their profits depend on managing their properties well and keeping costs under control. Andrey and I culled a long list before landing on Company V. If you are considering buying in to a REIT, you should research it thoroughly as well.The Rule of 90 One happy quirk of REITs is that they are required to distribute at least 90% of the taxable income to shareholders each year via dividends. On the flip side, they can also deduct these payouts from their corporate-level taxes. We’re happy to report that Company V has a stellar dividend history: 9% compound annual dividend growth over the past 14 years. Andrey put together the chart below to show its dividend growth since 2Q11. Now, you’re probably wondering why I don’t just come out with it. Who is Ms. C and what is Company V? And of course I’m chomping at the bit to tell you, but that wouldn’t be fair to the thousands of folks who subscribe to our monthly newsletter. So we have a seamless way for you to count yourself among them without any risk to your pocketbook whatsoever. Sign up for a 3-month trial subscription and read Andrey’s in-depth write-up on Company V. You’ll get immediate access to our complete portfolio, our full library of special reports, and all of our back issues. Read through the material, and if our breed of high-yield-meets-low-risk investing isn’t for you, just call or write within 90 days, and we’ll return every penny you paid. What’s more, if you change your mind after 90 days we’ll prorate your refund, no questions asked. In other words, we couldn’t make it any easier. Click here to subscribe to Money Forever now.On the Lighter Side Congratulations to Germany on winning the World Cup. As Jo and I walked into a sports bar for dinner, the closing ceremonies were playing on several of the television sets. What an exciting ending! Those have to be some of the best-conditioned athletes on the planet. Wow! And finally… A couple cute of sayings about aging: I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one. Aspire to inspire before you expire. Until next week…last_img read more

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In This Issue   Jobless claims at 8 year low

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Jobless claims at 8 year low *  New home sales plummet *  Dollar up across the board *  Kiwi got crushed And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. In a holding pattern until next week. Good Day. And welcome to Friday morning. The weekend is nearly upon us and it couldn’t have gotten here fast enough. We were having issues with the server yesterday so I apologize if the Pfennig arrived late or if you received a duplicate copy. Aaron yelled over to me yesterday morning and said the title of the Pfennig was very appropriate since he got it twice. Anyway, the headlines were rather plentiful, so let’s jump right in. We had an active day not only in the currency market but we also had a decent load of data to pick through as well. The print which really got things moving was the weekly jobless claims. The expected result among many economists was for a slight rise to 307k from the previously reported figure of 302k, so it was largely being brushed off as a snoozer. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Instead, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to 284k, which was the lowest level since Feb 2006. The less volatile four week average fell to 302k, which was the lowest since May 2007, from the previous reading of 309,250. There was also improvement in continuing claims as we them fall to a seven year low of 2.5 million. News of these improvements really woke up those in the interest rates are going higher soon that we think camp. Anyway, the Labor Department said there was nothing unusual or special factors influencing the data, but indicated jobless claims then to be volatile around this time of the year due to automakers retooling plants which often requires a shut down. With that being said, a few analysts are pointing to the red hot auto industry as the reason we saw such improvement and ultimately lends itself to the question as to whether this will be a temporary thing. Just to give you an idea, the states of Michigan and Ohio were among those who experienced the largest decrease in claims. Given that coincidence, some think this report actually gives more credence to manufacturing than the labor market. July is typically an off month for auto manufacturing since many plants shut down for at least a couple weeks to re-tool for the new models. It doesn’t look like that is happening this summer since demand has been crazy, which may have contributed to this anomaly. I don’t want to discount the fact that this is a big positive for the labor market, but I think a more pragmatic approach is still needed before we start saying employment is officially in the clear and out of the woods. On the flip side, we had June new home sales show quite a bit of disappointment. First, let me set this up for you. The initial expectations were calling for sales to come in at annual pace of 475k. Instead, new home sales fell 8.1% in June to 406k and marked the biggest decline since June 2013. More disturbing, though, was the downward revision to May’s number. If you recall, the original numbers from May were very good and had many crowing about the housing market. At the end of the day, the May reading saw the largest ever downward revision as sales were reduced from 504k down to 442k, which was over a 12% revision. The next logical question is why the large correction. Sales of new homes are counted when the purchase contract is signed, so what’s happening between contract signing and actual closing. I wasn’t able to come across any explanations, but I’m sure financing, or a breakdown thereof, would be a central candidate. New homes only account for about 7.5% of the housing market so it’s a fairly small piece of the pie but disturbing news in what has otherwise been a bright spot. In other news, the KC Fed manufacturing report came in better and falls in line with many of the other regional reports showing expansion. In other manufacturing numbers, we also had the Markit Economics preliminary index of US manufacturing moderate a bit in July from the four year high in June, but still showing a decent trend of expansion. Speaking of the Markit reports and a nice segue into currencies, Chuck had this to share with us: “Don’t know if you saw this, but HSBC/ Markit published their version of Chinese manufacturing Index (PMI) on Thursday afternoon, and showed that the index has risen to 52. A 51 was the estimate, and the previous month’s index number was 50.7.. So, all in all , it’s just another brick in the Wall.   Remember it was me that told you not to listen to all those that said China’s economy would have already collapsed by now, and that I believed the economy had troughed in the 2nd QTR.  So, given that, I take this time to slap myself on the back, and move on to other things. The Chinese renminbi/ yuan did react favorably to the news, and that was a good thing. Fundamentals have left the market, as everything is Central Bank driven these days, but for once, a fundamental moved a currency! YAHOO!  Now. back to our regularly scheduled programming, and here’s Mike!” Thanks Chuck. Seeing that Chinese manufacturing index at an 18 month high was good news for the global economy. The dollar buying bias has remained with us all day long, albeit muted against all currencies except for the New Zealand dollar. The euro was down in early trading after we saw all of the US data, but recovered nicely and ended the day right where it began. We definitely saw more volatility in the markets yesterday as the euro had a range of 50 basis points between the high and low, but trading was still on the flatter side. Chuck sent more thoughts my way, so here’s what he had to say: “I received some info from a chart guru, and well known analyst, who used to be with RBC, TJ Marta, yesterday. and his charts tell him that the euro is showing signs of bottoming, with momentum oversold, and RSI (relative strength index) up from low since May. He thinks the short term move could be 1 to 1.8%…  the same kind of stuff holds true for the New Zealand dollar / kiwi, so there you have the view from the charts guru.  Long time readers know that I’m not sold on charts, but do believe that they can help explain moves.  So, here’s to the charts on these two currencies!” Its Mike again. Speaking of the New Zealand dollar, it just couldn’t pick itself up off the mat after getting caught with a right hook square in the jaw. As I mentioned yesterday, the central bank went very dovish on us so the kiwi finished up in last place with a 1.5% loss. Just to give you an idea, the second to worst currency was the Aussie with a loss of 35 basis points. The straw that stirred the drink were the several references made as to how high the kiwi is right now. Comments such as unjustified strength of the currency and unsustainable used as descriptions for the currency pretty much did it in. Concern about the strength of the kiwi is nothing new as it seems like policy makers take every opportunity they can to jawbone the currency lower, but this time, they got the desired kneejerk reaction. With that said, the kiwi has strengthened its case as a destination for carry trade funds so we could see a pattern of buying on dips emerge. As I hit on earlier, the Aussie came in second place from the bottom but that was mainly due to sympathy pains to the kiwi. Not only that, a 30 something basis point loss isn’t exactly horrible. Inflation came in higher than expected so that has traders backing away from any rate calls in Australia. At the end of the day, we were back to the view interest rates in the US will be heading upward sooner than the general consensus. I think its safe to say that interest rates will go higher in the US before the Eurozone or Japan, but we’re still a long way off before that’s even a twinkly in the eye for Janet Yellen. Anyway, we also had July manufacturing surprise on the upside in the Eurozone but retail sales in the UK were lower than initial estimates. I think a lot of the hesitation in the markets this week has to do with what’s on tap next week for US data. We have some heavy hitting info such as second quarter GDP, a Fed meeting, and the July jobs number. I don’t think too many want to be heavily weighted on one side or the other heading into next week. As I came in this morning, it looks as though the market has already closed up shop for the weekend. The New Zealand dollar is still dealing with the hangover associated with central bank, but its only down 30 basis points so far this morning. A gauge of German business confidence came in a bit lower than expected as it fell to 108 from 109.7 in June, which was the third consecutive decline. The Ifo index still remains relatively healthy but higher geopolitical tensions and questions about Eurozone growth. Gold prices took a hit yesterday but still remains below $1,300 so far this morning as the better economic data from the US, and abroad for that matter, trumped all and had traders reducing safe haven exposure. As we wrap it up, the dollar is moving in an upward trajectory heading into next week. To recap. The weekly jobless claims fell to the lowest level since Feb 2006, but is this for real. Some have doubts as to whether this can be sustained. New home sales were a major disappointment not only on the current number but the previous month’s reading saw a record setting downward revision. Manufacturing in the US, as well as globally for that matter, has shown sign of improvement. The New Zealand dollar just couldn’t get back into the ring after the central bank’s knockout punch, in the way of dovish comments, following the meeting. Next week could see an increase in volatility with all of the US data. Currencies today 7/25/14. American Style: A$ .9403, kiwi .8550, C$ .9297, euro 1.3445, sterling 1.6981, Swiss $1.1068 . European Style: rand 10.5294, krone 6.1984, SEK 6.8147, forint 229.18, zloty 3.0811, koruna 20.412, RUB 35.0725, yen 101.90, sing 1.2405, HKD 7.75, INR 60.0750, China 6.1597, pesos 12.9624, BRL 2.2202, Dollar Index 80.942, Oil $101.97, 10-year 2.51%, Silver $20.41, Platinum $1,472.50, Palladium $872.20, and Gold. $1,295.75 That’s it for today. Well, we made it through another one and its tough to fathom next week will take us into the month of August. Today is the first day of training camp for my St. Louis Rams so just another reminder summer is slipping away. Again, I want to apologize for any inconveniences about receiving two Pfennigs yesterday, but this does it for me as Chris takes over on Monday and I believe Chuck is back in the saddle on Tuesday. I’ll get out of your hair and let you enjoy the weekend, so until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

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The US Food and Drug Administration just approve

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first_imgThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved one of the most sought after vaccines in recent decades. It’s the world’s first vaccine to prevent dengue fever — a disease so painful that its nickname is “breakbone fever.”The vaccine, called Dengvaxia, is aimed at helping children in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories where dengue is a problem.But this vaccine has a dark — and deadly — history. One that has led to criminal charges in the Philippines, sparked national panic and fueled a massive measles outbreak that has already killed more than 355 people.The concern That story begins on a stage in Manila in 2016.A young girl, about age 9 or 10, sat on a chair surrounded by health officials. She wore a bright yellow T-shirt with the words “Dengue is dangerous” across it. She squeezed her eyes and bit her lip as the health secretary of the Philippines, Dr. Janette Garin, gave her a shot in the arm.That shot launched a massive vaccine campaign to inoculate nearly 1 million schoolchildren with Dengvaxia. The goal was to save thousands of kids’ lives and prevent an estimated 10,000 hospitalizations over a five-year period.But in the end, estimates are that more than 100,000 Philippine children received a vaccine that health officials say increased their risk of a severe and sometimes deadly condition. In addition, other children who received the vaccine may have been endangered because, their parents alleged, they were not in good health.The French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur spent 20 years — and about $2 billion — to develop Dengvaxia. The company tested it in several large trials with more than 30,000 kids globally and published the results in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.But halfway around the world from the Philippines, in a Washington, D.C., suburb, one scientist was worried about the new vaccine.”When I read the New England Journal article, I almost fell out of my chair,” says Dr. Scott Halstead, who has studied dengue for more than 50 years with the U.S. military. When Halstead looked at the vaccine’s safety data in the clinical trial, he knew right away there was a problem.For some children, the vaccine didn’t seem to work. In fact, Halstead says, it appeared to be harmful. When those kids caught dengue after being vaccinated, the vaccine appeared to worsen the disease in some instances. Specifically, for children who had never been exposed to dengue, the vaccine seemed to increase the risk of a deadly complication called plasma leakage syndrome, in which blood vessels start to leak the yellow fluid of the blood.”Then everything gets worse, and maybe it’s impossible to save your life,” Halstead says. “A child can go into shock.””The trouble is that the disease occurs very rapidly, just in a matter of a few hours,” he adds. “And there’s nothing on the outside of the body to signify the person is leaking fluid on the inside.”The complication is rare, says Halstead. Still, he was so worried about the safety concerns that he wrote at least six editorials for scientific journals. He even made a video to warn the Philippine government about the problem.”I just think, ‘No, you can’t give a vaccine to a perfectly normal, healthy person and then put them at an increased risk for the rest of their lives for plasma leakage syndrome,’ ” Halstead says. “You can’t do that.”The vaccine manufacturer disagreed with Halstead’s interpretation of the study’s results. The company wrote a rebuttal, asserting that regulatory agencies had approved Dengvaxia “on the basis of the vaccine’s proven protection and acceptable safety profile.”The company also said it would perform additional studies to “further access the safety, efficacy and effectiveness” of the vaccine.Despite these concerns, in July 2016, the World Health Organization went ahead and recommended the vaccine for all children ages 9 to 16.”Yes, we did. It was what we call a ‘conditional recommendation’ with the emphasis to minimize potential risks,” says Dr. Joachim Hombach, who led WHO’s review of the vaccine. “We saw the problems. We also clearly pointed to the data gaps.”WHO recommended that Sanofi do more experiments to better understand the vaccine’s safety issues. In its assessment, WHO pointed out that the vaccine “may be ineffective or may theoretically even increase the future risk of [being] hospitalized or severe dengue illness” in people who have never been exposed to dengue — which is about 10% to 20% of Philippine children.WHO’s recommendation came three months after the Philippines launched its mass vaccination campaign in April 2016.A year and half later, that campaign came to a screeching halt.The problemIn November 2017, Sanofi published an announcement on its website saying it had new information about Dengvaxia’s safety.Halstead’s fears were confirmed. Sanofi had found evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of hospitalization and cytoplasmic leakage syndrome in children who had no prior exposure to dengue, regardless of age. “For individuals who have not been previously infected by dengue virus, vaccination should not be recommended,” the company wrote.Panic hit the Philippines. In news reports, parents said that the vaccine contributed to the deaths of 10 children. Protests erupted. The Congress of the Philippines launched investigations into the vaccine’s purchase and the immunization campaign. And Philippine health officials started performing autopsies on children who died after receiving the vaccine. “In total, the deaths of about 600 children who received Dengvaxia are under investigation by the Public Attorney’s Office, ” the South China Morning Post reported last month. Investigators have not yet released their results.Here’s the problem with Dengvaxia.Typically, a vaccine works by triggering the immune system to make antibodies against the virus. These antibodies then fight off the virus during an infection.But dengue is a tricky virus. Dengue antibodies don’t always protect a person. In fact, these antibodies can make an infection worse. The dengue virus actually uses the antibodies to help it spread through the body. So a second infection with dengue — when your blood already has antibodies in it — can actually be worse than the first; a person is at a higher risk of severe complications like plasma leakage syndrome.In its follow-up study, Sanofi found evidence that Dengvaxia acts like the first infection for a person who has not been previously infected. The body produces antibodies against the vaccine, which have a similar potential for harm.The increased risk seems small. The vaccine raises the risk of hospitalization after a dengue infection from about 1.1% to 1.6%, the follow-up study from Sanofi found. So out of 1 million kids in the Philippines, the vaccine would cause about 1,000 to be hospitalized over five years, Sanofi estimated. (On the other hand, the vaccine would prevent about 12,000 hospitalizations for a new dengue infection in children who have had a prior dengue infection during this same time period.)But in the world of vaccines, that’s not an acceptable risk. A risk needs to be exceedingly small to be tolerated. For example, with the measles vaccine, the risk of encephalitis is about 1 in 1 million, or 1,000 times less than the risk from a measles infection, WHO says.WHO eventually changed its recommendation. The agency now says the vaccine is safe only for children who have had a prior dengue infection.By the time Sanofi acknowledged this problem with the vaccine, about 800,000 Philippine children had been vaccinated. The Sanofi study estimated that more than 100,000 of them had never been infected with dengue and should not have received the shot, according to WHO’s revised recommendation.Given the concerns by Halstead and the initial unknowns about the vaccine’s safety, Philippine parents should have been warned about a potential risk, says Dr. Isabel Rodriguez at the University of California, San Francisco.”What bothers me most about this story is risk communication,” says Rodriguez, who studies dengue in South America. “There was a lot of uncertainty from the beginning [about the vaccine’s safety]. That needed to be communicated explicitly. You need to be honest about what evidence is out there.”Dr. Su-Peing Ng, global medical head of Sanofi Pasteur, says the company followed all World Health Organization guidelines while developing the vaccine and communicated honestly throughout the process. “We’ve always been very transparent in sharing the results of our research,” Ng says. “And I just want to stress that we have full confidence in our vaccine as it’s been approved by regulatory agencies in over 20 countries.”In hindsight, Ng says, Sanofi wouldn’t do anything differently with the development of the vaccine: “No, we have been very, very close to the research community, working closely with them over the last 20 years in the effort to find a solution for public health needs.”The repercussionsIn April, the Philippine government indicted 14 government officials over the deaths of 10 children who received the Dengvaxia vaccine. The government said the officials acted with “undue haste” in procuring the vaccine and launching the mass immunization campaign. The Philippine Department of Justice said the campaign started before the clinical trials were finishedIn some instances children were given the vaccine by untrained health workers and allegedly without a proper physical beforehand. Some children allegedly had preexisting medical conditions that made the immunization dangerous. But these children were still inoculated, the government found.Six Sanofi officials were also indicted for not properly helping children who had serious reactions to the shot. Sanofi disputes this and other allegations, adding in a written statement to NPR: “We strongly disagree with the DOJ’s findings made against Sanofi’s officials (current and past) and we will vigorously defend them. There is no clinical evidence that any reported fatalities were causally related to vaccination.”We diligently monitor the safety of people participating in clinical studies. We are also performing pharmacovigilance activities and continuously monitoring the safety profile of the vaccine in a real-world setting, including the Philippines.”Regardless of how these trials turn out, the debacle in the Philippines offers a key lesson for governments and manufacturers when it comes to approving and selling new vaccines: Slow down, says physician and bioethicist Keymanthri Moodley. Mistakes with vaccines can erode the public’s trust and have long-term consequences for the health of an entire country.”When a vaccine goes wrong, it creates fear and anxiety in terms of the public, especially the parents,” says Moodley, who directs the Centre for Medical Ethics & Law at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. “That fear can impact negatively on the established immune programs that are actually safe and work very well.”Since the Dengvaxia controversy, the confidence in vaccines among Philippine parents has plummeted from 82% in 2015 to only 21% in 2018, a recent study found. Over that same time span, the proportion of parents who strongly believe vaccines are important has fallen from 93% to 32%.As result, vaccine coverage for childhood diseases in the Philippines, such as the measles, has dropped, WHO says. And the Philippines is now facing a large measles outbreak, with more than 26,000 cases and more than 355 deaths during 2019.Here in the U.S., the approval of the vaccine — to be used in Puerto Rico, U.S. British Virgin Islands and Guam — comes with an important restriction: Doctors must have proof of a prior dengue infection to ensure the vaccine will not pose any risks to the child. That’s a safeguard Philippine families never had. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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AIG to settle defamation lawsuits with seven Bill Cosby accusers

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first_imgShare on Facebook This article is more than 3 months old AIG to settle defamation lawsuits with seven Bill Cosby accusers Share on WhatsApp Insurer took action without entertainer’s knowledge, his lawyer saysCosby, 81, is currently serving sexual assault sentence news Share on LinkedIn Bill Cosby Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Share on Pinterest Bill Cosby Filings on Friday in federal court in Springfield, Massachusetts, show the two sides have negotiated a settlement since Cosby went to prison last fall in a separate Pennsylvania sexual assault case. The 81-year-old comedian is serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence there.The federal judge overseeing the defamation case in Massachusetts must still approve the settlement. The terms are confidential.Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, said on Friday that AIG had chosen to settle the claims without the actor’s “knowledge, permission and/or consent”.“Mr. Cosby did not settle any cases with anyone. He is not paying anything to anyone, and he is still pursuing his counterclaims,” a statement tweeted from the actor’s account read.The plaintiffs in the Massachusetts defamation case were among at least 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual misconduct over a span of several decades when he was one of the most successful men in American show business. Cosby has denied the allegations and is appealing against his conviction. He and his wife Camille have a home in Massachusetts. He is also facing civil actions in California.Cosby was convicted two years ago, in retrial in a Pennsylvania court, of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former basketball player, and was given a prison sentence. Last October he was denied a new trial.The case had ended in a mistrial the year before but then became the first significant conviction since the eruption in October 2017 of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, following a string of allegations against the former film producer Harvey Weinstein.The women suing Cosby in Massachusetts for defamation say he defamed them by branding them liars after they went public with allegations of sexual assault. They include Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Barbara Bowman. Cosby has denied their allegations.The lawyer Joseph Cammarata, who represents the women, said on Friday afternoon that “each plaintiff is satisfied with the settlement”. He declined to comment further.However, he warned in a status report also filed on Friday that his clients would seek to depose Cosby and gather other documents and evidence if he does not drop the counter-claims, which accuse the women of harming his reputation through their accusations.Camille Cosby had been ordered to give a deposition in the case in 2016, after a heated court fight over her testimony.Lawyers for the Cosbys tried to quash her subpoena to testify, saying she did not have any relevant information on the women’s claims and that any marital conversations she had with her husband of 50 years were confidential.The judge agreed that marital conversations were private, but the women’s lawyers noted she also served as his business manager throughout their long marriage. The case had largely been put on hold, though, while the Pennsylvania criminal case ran its course.This article was updated on 5 April 2019. An earlier version stated that Cosby himself was settling the lawsuits. Bill Cosby’s settlement must still be approved by a federal judge in Massachusetts.Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP Bill Cosby sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault Massachusetts Read more This article is more than 3 months old @Joannawalters13 Share on Twitter Joanna Walters in New York and agencies Share on Messenger Support The Guardian The insurer AIG has agreed to settle lawsuits filed by seven women who say the disgraced actor and comedianBill Cosby defamed them when he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations. First published on Fri 5 Apr 2019 13.48 EDT Share on Twitter Share via Email Shares8787 Fri 5 Apr 2019 18.20 EDT Share on Facebook Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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BrightEdge Instant Is an Industry First Taking Research and Content Optimization RealTime

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first_img BrightEdgeBrightEdge InstantContent OptimizationJim YuMarketing TechnologyNewsSEO solution Previous ArticleViamedia Names Tom Walsh Chief Digital OfficerNext ArticleFoleon Announces Zapier Integration BrightEdge Instant Is an Industry First: Taking Research and Content Optimization Real-Time PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 3:10 pmMay 7, 2019 “Leading brands realize the importance of organic search as the key to digital portfolio success and have been asking for technology that can truly help them produce real, tangible business outcomes ‘right here and right now,’” said Jim Yu, CEO of BrightEdge. “At BrightEdge we take great pride in adding new capabilities in lockstep with both technological innovation and investment in the success of our customers. I am so excited to see how brands will maximize revenue lift with BrightEdge Instant.”Marketing Technology News: Neustar Integrates TiVo TV Viewership Data into Multi-Touch Attribution Models The final shift from multiple SEO point solutions to a single-platform experienceAccording to BrightEdge market research a typical organic search practitioner uses an average of 6 tools and can spend up to 4 hours a day on research, reporting and analysis. In the past it was difficult for search marketers to truly understand the customer journey as it happens and, in turn, maximize revenue. BrightEdge Instant ensures that this is no longer a problem.“Having the capability to conduct real-time research and optimize content all within one platform is game-changing for search, content and digital marketers,” said Carlos Spallarossa, director of SEO, L’Oréal. “Marketers no longer have to deal with the inaccuracy of data silos and the inflexibility of point solutions, while at the same time they save vital resources and time in order to focus on highly impactful revenue-based incremental revenue opportunities.”Marketing Technology News: Tetra TV Launches Transparent Advertising Network for Connected TVReal-time insights how and when marketers want and need itBrightEdge Instant is set to transform the search industry rapidly. Key capabilities enable marketers to:Research on Demand: Utilize real-time research to answer questions and uncover opportunities as they happen. BrightEdge Instant gives marketers access to real-time, on-demand data, which allows them to ask specific questions and discover quantitative, data-driven answers with rapid speed, ease and accuracy. Marketers for the first time can take action on the voice opportunity with a data-driven approach to conversational search.Rankings in Real-time: Understand in real-time how content is performing across any search engine and any device across 37,000 locations and 46 languages. Real-Time Rank Checker allows marketers to optimize at the speed of Google through analysis of video (YouTube) and image SERP rankings. Amazon Rank Checker enables marketers to protect their brand on Amazon.Recommendations and Page Speed Performance: Take action on instantly identified content opportunities, page insights and link recommendations through an integrated approach to page speed analysis and data insights. Page Speed Performance allows marketers to understand, at scale, desktop and mobile site speed performance while comparing and contrasting against the competition.According to Tanu Javeri, global SEO strategist at IBM, “Responding to changes in the customer journey with speed and agility begins with identifying and understanding even the most subtle shifts in search patterns in real-time and optimizing accordingly.”Marketing Technology News: PDI Launches PDI Marketing Cloud Solutions to Broadly Serve Needs of Convenience Retailers and Petroleum Wholesalers Pioneering Innovation Allows Marketers to Research at Scale and Optimize at Lightning PaceBrightEdge, the global leader in organic search and content performance, unveiled BrightEdge Instant, a revolutionary set of innovations that transforms how search marketers drive performance at scale. BrightEdge Instant is the industry’s first and most powerful real-time SEO solution that empowers marketers to utilize real-time insights and take action to optimize content all within one unified platform. This is something that has been never done before.last_img read more

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Insulin discovery could improve treatments for diabetes

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first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 24 2018An international collaboration co-led by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has made a discovery that could make therapeutic insulins more effective by better mimicking the way insulin works in the body. The findings could improve treatments for diabetes, a disease that impacts the lives of millions of people worldwide.Published today in Nature Communications, the study reveals the first definitive 3D image of how insulin successfully interacts with its receptor – a ‘gatekeeper’ for transmitting information into cells – in a process that is crucial for instructing cells to lower blood sugar levels in the body. Understanding exactly what this process looks like could inform the design of faster-acting and longer-lasting insulin therapies.The research was co-led by Associate Professor Mike Lawrence from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, in collaboration with teams led by Dr Matthias Dreyer from the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH and Dr Christoph Müller at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), both based in Germany.At a glance Source:https://www.wehi.edu.au/news/insulin-discovery-game-changer-improving-diabetes-treatments The missing piece of the puzzle Associate Professor Lawrence said he was thrilled to have resolved how insulin triggers cells to lower blood sugar levels.It is well established that insulin instructs cells to lower blood sugar levels in the body by binding to a receptor that is located on the cell surface.Associate Professor Lawrence said the problem was that no one knew precisely what was occurring during the interaction.”Current insulin therapies are sub-optimal because they have been designed without this missing piece of the puzzle,” he said. “Together with our collaborators in Germany, we have produced the first definitive 3D image of the way in which insulin binds to the surface of cells in order to successfully transmit the vital instructions needed for taking up sugar from the blood.”Seeing is believing Related StoriesResearch on increasing insulin’s shelf life may have significant implications for health careObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesAssociate Professor Lawrence said the detailed image was the outcome of a collaboration between structural and cell biology experts from the Institute, working together with both cryo-electron microscopy specialists at EMBL in Heidelberg and an insulin receptor specialist from the University of Chicago.”We knew that insulin underwent a physical change that signaled its successful connection with its receptor on the cell surface. But we had never before seen the detailed changes that occurred in the receptor itself, confirming that insulin had successfully delivered the message for the cell to take up sugar from the blood.”My colleagues at the Institute carefully engineered individual samples of insulin bound to receptors so that our collaborators in Heidelberg could use cryo-electron microscopy to capture hundreds of thousands of high-resolution ‘snap shots’ of these samples.”We then combined more than 700,000 of these 2D images into a high-resolution 3D image showing precisely what the successful binding between insulin and its receptor looks like. And there it was before our eyes, the full picture in exquisite detail.”It was at that point we knew we had the information needed to develop improved insulin therapies that could ensure cells would respond correctly and carry out the functions necessary to lower blood sugar levels,” Associate Professor Lawrence said.Optimal therapies now possibleAssociate Professor Lawrence said the findings meant it would now be possible to design insulin therapies that could mimic more closely the body’s own insulin.”Going forward, pharmaceutical companies will be able to use our data as a ‘blueprint’ for designing therapies that optimize the body’s uptake of insulin. There has already been great interest in these results and their application, and the Institute has a network of collaborations underway.”After more than two decades of research by Melbourne scientists to get to this point, it is phenomenal to have achieved results that will ultimately benefit patients with the development of more effective therapies, particularly for those whose lives are dependent on a daily injection of insulin,” he said.center_img An international collaboration co-led by Institute researchers has revealed how insulin triggers cells to reduce blood sugar levels in the body. The researchers produced the first 3D image of how insulin binds to its receptor on the surface of cells in order to instruct the uptake of sugar from the blood. This image could be a game-changer for designing faster-acting and longer-lasting insulin therapies that help to reduce the burden of diabetes worldwide.last_img read more

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Researchers identify genetic variation that may influence severity of CTE disease

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first_img Source:https://www.bmc.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 5 2018Researchers have identified a genetic variation that may influence chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) disease severity.TMEM106B is one of the first genes to be implicated in CTE. It may partially explain why some athletes present with severe CTE symptoms while others are less affected despite similar levels of head trauma.The study provides preliminary evidence that this genetic variation might help predict which individuals are at greater risk to develop severe CTE pathology and dementia, according to the researchers. It also provides insight into the disease mechanism underlying CTE, which could aid in the development of biomarkers for diagnosis during life and in the identification of targets for treatments.Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsStudy: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychologicalResearchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) studied 86 former contact-sport athletes whose brains were donated to the VA-BU-CLF brain bank and found to have evidence of CTE, but no other pathology. The athlete brains were examined for genetic variation in TMEM106B, a gene thought to be involved in the brain’s inflammation system. Overall, the genetic variation was not different in those with CTE compared to those without. “However, among the athletes with CTE, variation did predict increased CTE pathology and brain inflammation. Additionally, the risk allele increased the likelihood of developing dementia by 2.5 times suggesting the variant might predict an increased risk for developing the symptoms of CTE,” explained first author Jonathan Cherry, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in neurology at BUSM.”These findings may help explain why some individuals experience more severe CTE related outcomes while others are spared despite similar exposure to contact sports. By better understanding why some individuals are more at risk for CTE, we can identify novel therapeutic targets to help treat all with the disease,” said corresponding author Thor Stein, MD, PhD, neuropathologist at VA Boston Healthcare System and assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at BUSM.The researchers caution that it is still unclear what variation in TMEM106B means on an individual level for people at risk for CTE. Therefore, genetic testing for clinical care is not currently recommended.last_img read more

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Ford recalls electric car power cables due to fire risk

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first_imgThis Feb. 14, 2013, file photo shows a hybrid logo on the back of a Ford Fusion hybrid automobile at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Citation: Ford recalls electric car power cables due to fire risk (2018, August 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-ford-recalls-electric-car-power.html The company says the 120-volt cords came with certain 2012 through 2015 Focus electrics and some 2013 through 2015 Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids.Ford says plugging the cords into outlets that aren’t on a dedicated circuit or are on damaged, worn or corroded circuits could cause wall outlets to overheat.The company says it has reports of four fires involving C-Max cords, but no injuries. In three of the fires, owners used extension cords, which Ford says it tells owners not to do. In the fourth fire, Ford says the cause was inconclusive but it does not believe the blaze was related to the cord.Dealers will replace the cords with ones that can sense high temperatures and shut off charging if necessary. Owners will be notified by letters starting next week.Ford says owners can keep using the original cords but should follow owners-manual instructions that spell out requirements for wall outlets.. Ford recalls nearly 412K SUVs to fix fuel leaks Explore furthercenter_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Ford is recalling the charging cords for more than 50,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Strength in numbers for 3D printing

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first_img Explore further Nanoparticles improve the strength of metallic alloys Journal information: Scripta Materialia Provided by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Citation: Strength in numbers for 3-D printing (2019, March 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-strength-d.html Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Cobalt-chromium-iron-nickel-manganese (CoCrFeNiMn) is known as a high entropy alloy. Discovered in 2004, it is particularly good at withstanding fractures under harsh environmental conditions, such as low temperatures. To make an object from the alloy, researchers typically pour the molten metal into a cast, allow it to cool, and then machine it into the desired shape. However, this can be a time-consuming and costly way of making complex components. In principle, additive manufacturing could skip the machining step to directly fabricate complex components.Nai Mui Ling Sharon of the A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), her colleagues, and international collaborators have shown that an additive manufacturing method, called selective laser melting, is well suited to building components from CoCrFeNiMn. The process uses a powerful laser beam to melt tiny powder particles of the alloy, which then fuse to make a solid object. Remarkably, the researchers found that the process actually produces a stronger material than conventional casting methods. “It exhibits an enhanced strength with a relatively good ductility,” says Zhu Zhiguang, a research fellow in the SIMTech team that led the study.The researchers first created a pre-alloyed powder of CoCrFeNiMn, containing particles that were an average of 36 micrometers across. Then they used laser melting to craft the particles into 10-millimeter-wide cubes, or flat bars of 90 millimeters. They also varied the laser’s power, and the speed that it scanned over the alloy particles, to understand how different printing conditions affected the alloy’s performance.Analysis of the samples revealed a number of features that determined the material’s properties. For example, it contained microscopic melt pools, rather like miniature welds that held the material together. It also contained elongated crystalline grains that were roughly 13 micrometers across; these grains were subdivided into smaller ‘cells’ less than one micrometer wide. The researchers found that these cells played a crucial role in strengthening the alloy.Crystals contain a regular array of atoms arranged in repeating patterns. Large crystals often cleave fairly easily—if the atoms in one part of the crystal slip out of place, they force neighboring atoms to slip in the same way, sending a fracture racing through the entire crystal.But materials formed from many smaller grains can avoid this problem. That’s because the crystal structure of each grain may not line up with its neighbors, so any atomic dislocations stop as soon as they reach a grain boundary.The minuscule cells in the researcher’s alloy seem to enhance this strengthening effect, trapping dislocations and offering a major improvement in the material’s strength. One of the printed alloys, prepared using optimized printing conditions, could withstand 510 megapascals of stress before it started to permanently deform. This is almost twice the stress that a conventionally prepared CoCrFeNiMn alloy can handle.The researchers then heated their 3-D-printed objects at 900 degrees Celsius for one hour under an inert atmosphere. This partially removed the cellular structure and reduced the material’s strength, but it also made the material more ductile, enabling it to deform further.The researchers hope that tweaking the 3-D-printing processes could further enhance the mechanical properties of the materials. They also plan to use selective laser melting to fabricate other high performance alloys, so that they can study how the microscopic structure of the materials affects their properties. “With this understanding, we will be better equipped to tailor their properties for industrial application, and help to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing,” says Nai. Additive manufacturing, also called 3-D printing, is commonly used to build complex three-dimensional objects, layer by layer. A*STAR researchers have shown that the process can also help to make a high-performance alloy even stronger. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Z.G. Zhu et al. Hierarchical microstructure and strengthening mechanisms of a CoCrFeNiMn high entropy alloy additively manufactured by selective laser melting, Scripta Materialia (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2018.05.015last_img read more

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Ragstoriches Skoda mulls postBrexit sales woes

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first_imgSkoda has left communist-era jokes far behind “Britain is simply a symbolic, important market, and Brexit would be terribly unpleasant for the make.”A hard Brexit would “slash Czech exports to the UK by 20 percent, Czech GDP growth by 1.1 points, and employment by 40,000 staff”, analysts at the Ceska sporitelna bank, a Czech unit of Austria’s Erste Bank, have warned.Czech companies sell goods worth 210 billion koruna (8.2 billion euros, $9.2 billion) to Britain a year, with auto exports making up more than half of the total, according to Ceska.Accounting for more than 20 percent of Czech industrial output, the car industry “is the most threatened by Brexit because of its size within the economy”, David Marek, chief economist at Deloitte Czech Republic, told AFP.Three global carmakers with Czech plants turned out more than 1.4 million cars in 2018, a new record, with Skoda making up over 60 percent of that.South Korea’s Hyundai, and TPCA, a joint venture of Japan’s Toyota and France’s Peugeot-Citroen, also have Czech factories. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The car industry is key to the Czech economy—and vulnerable to tariffs © 2019 AFP Once the butt of jokes, Czech-made Skoda cars have won over Brits, but the UK’s exit from the European Union could deal a heavy blow to the brand and the entire Czech economy. Britain is the fifth largest export market for the Czech Republic, an EU member of 10.6 million people heavily dependent on overseas shipments, especially cars.The EU has given Britain until October 31 to organise an orderly departure, but a no-deal hard Brexit that would slap high tariffs on imports like cars is still possible.Controlled by Volkswagen since 1991, Skoda exports some 80,000 cars to Britain a year, almost 10 percent of its annual output.In an emailed statement, Skoda told AFP it was “worried and getting ready for all scenarios” and called for a “solution acceptable for all parties”, but declined to elaborate.Radek Spicar, vice-president of the Czech Confederation of Industry, went further, warning that the company might suffer a heavy blow.”A hard Brexit would mean 10 percent import duties slapped on cars, and that would hurt,” he told AFP.”It would stifle demand for cars. Companies like Skoda wouldn’t collapse, but they would lose part of an important market,” Spicar added.Despite the grim outlook, Skoda raised its first-quarter sales to Britain by 3.6 percent against a year ago to 22,200 units, company spokesman Zdenek Stepanek told AFP.Spicar pointed out Britain was also a “symbolic” market for the make, which has come a long way from being the butt of jokes to one of the most respected makes there. Despite the grim outlook, Skoda raised its first-quarter sales to Britain by 3.6 percent against a year ago to 22,200 units, company spokesman Zdenek Stepanek told AFP Rags-to-riches Skoda mulls post-Brexit sales woes ‘Hard Brexit would be unpleasant’A thriving auto sector has been a major contributor to economic growth since 2013, with 2.9 percent expansion last year following 4.5 percent in 2017.Czech producers of electronics, nuclear plant components, sweets, photo equipment and others are also worried.”We generate turnover of some 10 million euros in Britain, which is about four percent of our total turnover,” says Tomas Kolar, chief executive of Linet, a producer of hospital beds and mattresses.”A hard Brexit would be unpleasant but not critical,” he added.For Linet, just like for car makers and other companies, Brexit will most probably mean their products will have to get a fresh certificate for sales in the British market.”This is a non-tariff trade barrier, independent regulation present in all non-EU countries. It may take time before we get the certificates,” said Kolar.Stocking up is a way to avoid problems, but Linet could not do that as its products are tailor-made for each hospital or clinic.Instead, it has stocked up on welded mattress parts from a British supplier.”We didn’t want to end up empty-handed, it would hit us globally because we sell mattresses worldwide,” said Kolar, who expects Britain to impose a 6.5 percent duty on special mattresses made by Linet should a hard Brexit occur.”It’s tough. I still hope they will find some common sense,” he said. No joke anymore”How do you double the value of a Skoda? Fill the tank with petrol,” went a popular joke about Skoda’s clunky models produced in the 1980s when Czechoslovakia—the predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia—was still communist.”Do you know why Skoda has heated rear windows? So when you’re pushing it home in the winter, your hands stay warm,” said another.But Britons gradually melted—Skoda’s Fabia model was named car of the year by What Car? magazine in 2000, while the Skoda Yeti became the best car to own in a 2013 poll of 46,000 British drivers conducted by the Auto Express magazine.”Nobody is ashamed of driving a Skoda now, Jeremy Clarkson praised it in Top Gear, it is driven by taxi drivers,” said Spicar. Citation: Rags-to-riches Skoda mulls post-Brexit sales woes (2019, April 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-rags-to-riches-skoda-mulls-post-brexit-sales.htmllast_img read more

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