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Time Incs Fran Hauser on Accelerating Digital Development

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first_imgNew York – At the 2011 FOLIO: Show, Time Inc. Lifestyle & Style and Entertainment Groups digital president Fran Hauser shared insights into the publisher’s digital success. Two Time Inc. titles, People and TIME, currently hold the top spots for most followed magazine brands on Twitter; during a keynote presentation, Hauser explained how this reign is no happy accident.The need for a timely and well-executed social media presence is top of mind for almost all publishers, regardless of sector or audience. As many remember, this only recently became a pressing concern. Hauser reflected on when she first began at People, when its website was referred to as the “.com”, or sometimes simply “the dot”. Now, Time Inc. devotes many resources to making its “dot” a thriving web destination.Time Inc. properties attract 50 million unique visitors, and 40 million mobile uniques. Hauser broke Time Inc.’s intricate digital strategy into three steps scalable to most any publisher, “Create the right organization, invest in tech and focus on relationships.” Hauser also refers to creating a “second screen” experience with the Time Inc. audience. The second screen may be a computer, smartphone or tablet, and it allows users to engage with one form of entertainment while discussing it on another. To achieve this, Time Inc. staff is encouraged to directly converse with users on social media platforms during television shows, award ceremonies, etc. to create a real-time dialogue. Success in the digital world for Time Inc. also meant creating new roles in-house. This may mean adding on a digital or social editor, or encouraging general managers “to own digital as a business”. “It’s not just about evaluating existing roles and creating new ones,” says Hauser. “It’s about investing in training and tapping into resources both in and out of house.”For Time Inc., this need brought Time Inc. University to fruition. A curriculum of 150 courses on digital subject matter was created over a span of three and a half years to educate and prepare staff for the digital push. Courses included topics such as “The Anatomy of a Digital Start-Up” and “The Key to Selling Digital”.At Time Inc., the relationship between departments continues to be reevaluated for digital success. “It’s critical to rethink relationship with IT. It’s also important to have front-end web developers allocated to certain brands, and to have input with features,” says Hauser. “Some of our best ideas have come from developers.”“Succeeding in digital is not about throwing away old things, it’s about finding new ways to use them,” says Hauser. “For us, it’s about living up to the possibilities.”center_img In order to best place content in the social media sphere where it will glean the most visibility, Hauser and team monitor the arc of the day, tracking when users are engaging with various social platforms. last_img read more

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Rings peepholemounted video doorbell cam is here

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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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Nextgeneration Audi RS6 Avant teased ahead of September debut

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first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 Post a comment Audi 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is sharp but not shouty 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Enlarge ImageHey Audi? We want this. Audi Audi treats Americans to a rather wide variety of RS models, but there’s piece of forbidden fruit we’ve yet to taste. That’s the Audi RS6 Avant.While we don’t have confirmation the hot wagon will be heading our way, Audi is nearly ready to reveal it and teased the model on its German Facebook page this past Friday. According to the post, the brand plans to debut the wagon at its Audi City Berlin showroom locally this September. To be clear, Audi didn’t explicitly say this teaser shows the RS6 Avant, but there’s no denying the rear end and long roof on display here. Although cloaked in darkness and a sheet, Audi’s latest corporate taillight peeks through with a signature LED design. Compared to the current-generation RS6, the design should be rather evolutionary overall, but who are we kidding? It’s going to look gorgeous because it’s a sleek wagon. Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise 6:29 If the new RS6 Avant follows suit with the current car, it’ll pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with around 650 horsepower. Should Audi Sport feel frisky, an electric motor part of a mild-hybrid system could push that figure even higher.Will Audi finally bring it to North America? All signs have pointed to that being the case. Audi previously told Motor Authority in February that the company is actively looking at bringing the RS6 Avant and standard A6 Avant to these shores with the next-generation models. The company has also previously encouraged fans to continue speaking out in favor of bringing the model to North America. Say it loud, say it proud: we want the RS6 Avant, Audi. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes Wagons Performance Cars 69 Photos Audilast_img read more

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Trudeau urges Suu Kyi to end violence

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first_imgCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday urged Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to end the violence which has seen nearly 380,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to neighboring Bangladesh.During a phone call, Trudeau stressed Suu Kyi’s role as a “moral and political leader” for the nation, as he voiced his “deep concerns over the situation in Rakhine state for Rohingya Muslims,” his office said in a statement.According to human rights organizations, 379,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar so far amid the army’s ongoing violent response to attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine state last month.Trudeau called upon Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders to “take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and promoting unimpeded access for the UN and international humanitarian actors.”The UN has described the army’s violent crackdown as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, and called for “immediate steps” to end the violence Wednesday.Suu Kyi, an honorary citizen of Canada and Nobel laureate, has been criticized for her ambiguous position on the Rohingya crisis.At a press conference late Wednesday, government spokesman Zaw Htay announced Suu Kyi will address citizens next week with a message of peace and national reconciliation.The Myanmar leader has cancelled a trip to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly to tackle the crisis unfurling at home.last_img read more

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BJP trying to disturb peace and stability of Bengal TMC

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first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress today accused the state BJP of trying to disturb the peace and stability of West Bengal by making provocative statements against its cadre. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the BJP for the last few years have been trying to disturb peace and stability in the state. “They have been doing such things just to gain political foothold in Bengal. But the people of Bengal will never accept a party which propagates communal division,” he said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Chatterjee said, “First they(BJP) tried their hand in creating communal tensions and now they are making provocative statements. But they won’t succeed in their intensions.” Chatterjee’s comment comes in the backdrop of West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh recent utterance that his party would not take it lying down if its workers were attacked by the TMC. Threatening “direct encounters,”, he had said “We are counting the bullets which killed our workers.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “We have seen many goondas. There is a limit to tolerance (to such attacks). We have not given any bond that we will offer them (TMC) rasogolla (sweet) even if they attack us. There will be retaliation”, Ghosh had said at a public meeting in north Bengal on June 19. Hitting back, Chatterjee said the BJP is “miles away” from the seat of power in West Bengal and is threatening to launch encounters. “From such statements the people of Bengal can understand the kind of intolerant outfit BJP is,” he added. Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had yesterday called BJP a “militant organisation,” and alleged that it is engaged in dividing the people along religious lines while daring it to attack her party. “We are not a militant organisation like the BJP. They are arrogant and intolerant. They are religiously biased. They don’t like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs – they are even differentiating between the upper caste and the lower caste Hindus,” Banerjee, a known critic of the saffron party, had said at the extended core committee meeting of the TMC. Lashing out at the BJP, she had said, “They (BJP) are threatening to carry out encounters. Just because they are in power in Delhi, they are talking about hurling bombs. I dare them to come and touch us. We will show them their place.”last_img read more

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YourTV backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyon

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first_imgYourTV, backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyons among others, has secured UK regulator Ofcom’s licence to provide a local TV channel for the Manchester region.YourTV, which lost its bid to operate the licence for London, has also made a number of other local TV bids. The Manchester channel, which could begin broadcasting this year, is estimated to have the ability to reach one million homes in Manchester via the digital-terrestrial frequency it has been allocated.last_img

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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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Subscription videoondemand grew by 56 in Europe

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first_imgSubscription video-on-demand grew by 56% in Europe between 2014-15 and is expected to reach 50 million homes by 2020, according to research by the European Broadcasting Union’s Media Intelligence Service.According to the EBU’s Market Insights: SVOD in Europe report, the biggest uptake for SVOD services is in the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland and across the Nordic region. The EBU estimates that almost 11% of European households now have an SVOD subscription.According to the EBU, Netflix has a 52% share of the EU SVOD market, with Amazon beginning to mount a significant challenge. Other groups are entering the market at national level – notably Vivendi with Canalplay, Sky with Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 with Maxdome.While SVOD is growing strongly, its impact on video consumption is still relatively modest. In the UK, SVOD viewing still represents only 4% of total daily viewing – or 11 minutes on average a day. In the Czech Republic, SVOD viewing only accounts for 1% of total viewing.Free catch-up services are the most favoured form of on-demand viewing, with 97% of EBU member broadcasters now offering a free catch-up service. However, some EBU members are now offering SVOD despite regulatory and other constraints. NPO in the Netherlands has teamed up with commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS to launch a service, while RTE in Ireland has launched an international SVOD service.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 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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Yahoo May Write Off 1 Billion Acquisition of Tumblr

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first_img Yahoo Inc. said it may have to write down the goodwill value of Tumblr, more than two years after the web pioneer spent $1.1 billion to buy the microblogging site.Yahoo said earlier in the month it took a $230 million impairment charge related to Tumblr and was considering strategic alternatives for its core internet business.”It is reasonably possible that changes in judgments … could cause the company to consider some portion or all of the remaining goodwill of the Tumblr reporting unit to become impaired,” Yahoo said in a regulatory filing on Monday.The deal for Tumblr was then seen as a bold bet by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue.Yahoo said on Friday it would take pretax charges of $64 million to $78 million, mostly in the first quarter of 2016, due to job cuts and other restructuring moves.Of the total, $40 million to $48 million would be for severance pay and related cash expenditures, the company said in a filing.Yahoo has said it would reduce workforce by 15 percent by the end of 2016 and close offices in Dubai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan.The company’s shares closed up 1.3 percent at $31.79 on Monday and were largely unchanged in extended trading.(Reporting by Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza and Sriraj Kalluvila) Yahoo! Yahoo May Write Off $1 Billion Acquisition of Tumblr Reuters –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business March 1, 2016 Register Now »last_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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Metrohm Raman introduces Mira P handheld Raman system

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first_imgOct 17 2018Metrohm Raman is pleased to present the Mira P handheld Raman system. Mira P features the capability of building verification models. One example of the application of verification models is the real-time qualitative analysis of edible oils. Mira P evaluates edible oils precisely and efficiently, giving customers and producers confidence in the quality of their oil product. In controlled tests, Mira P successfully verified 16 different edible oils, with excellent and reliable results. Related StoriesMetrohm’s new ID Kit enables fast, easy, and accurate detection of heroin and other opioidsMetrohm offers standardized methods to measure critical parameters for wastewater analysis in treatment plantsMetrohm offers robust handheld Raman analyzer for Defense and SecurityThe global edible oil market is anticipated to witness substantial growth, especially for unrefined, healthy, and organic oils. Indeed, edible oils are among the most widely used ingredients by food production and skincare industries.Facile verification of edible oils Raman is an ideal technique for evaluation of many different materials and can be used to identify and indicate the adulteration of edible oils. With Mira P from Metrohm Raman, real-time qualitative analysis of edible oils is precise and efficient. Mira P, equipped with ORS technology, has been used to verify the identities of sixteen different edible oils, despite their very small spectral differences. Mira P is capable of accurate verification with customized training sets and PCA analysis. For verification of known substances, PCA analysis is a powerful statistical method that provides instant visual PASS/FAIL results supported by p-values. In seconds, Mira P confirms the identity of high quality ingredients, enabling producers to protect their product and their brand.Advantages of using Mira P as your verification method: Robust, portable system for material identification and verification Ease of use with maximum safety and reliable results within seconds Custom libraries, operating procedures, and training sets for specific testing needs Analysis is fast and nondestructive, requiring no sample preparation Various attachments for all of various sampling situations Fully compliant with FDA, EU, ASTM, USP and NIST standardscenter_img Source:https://www.metrohm.com/last_img read more

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AIIMS resident docs to boycott work on FridayAIIMS resident docs to boycott

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first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL Several resident doctors at the AIIMS worked with bandages on their heads in a symbolic protest and have decided to boycott work on Friday in solidarity with the doctors protesting against an attack on their colleagues in West Bengal.Condemning the violence in West Bengal, the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) has also urged the RDAs across the country to join the token strike.‘Address security concerns’ In a statement issued on Thursday, the AIIMS RDA said the ongoing and worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal is worrisome and disheartening. “There is a complete breakdown of law and order, with reports of mobs attacking doctor hostels with weapons. The government has failed to provide protection and justice to doctors,” the statement read.“AIIMS RDA condemns this in words and in spirit. Residents across the country are deeply hurt by these turn of events. Keeping in view of our commitment towards safe and non-violent working environment for residents, AIIMS RDA stands in support of our colleagues in West Bengal and has decided to hold protest on June 13 which would be followed by one day strike of work on June 14 which include OPD, routine and ward services except for emergency services,” it said.They urged the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to intervene in the matter and address the security concerns so that residents can continue serving patients.Seeking supportThe Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday directed the members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday. In a communiqué to all its state presidents and secretaries, the IMA has asked them to organise demonstrations in front of the district collectors’ offices from 10 am to 12 noon on Friday and hand over a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Modi to the collectors in every district.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also urged its members to observe a “Black Day” on Thursday against the brutal attack.Simultaneously, all the local branches and individual members of the IMA will send an appeal to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, demanding a central Act on violence against doctors and hospitals.The IMA has also urged its state branches to communicate the information to the government doctors’ organisations of the states, request for their support and issue a press statement to this effect.Aftermath of an assault “The gruesome incident in NRS Medical College, Kolkata, is of barbaric nature. IMA condemns the violence perpetrated on a young doctor. The entire medical fraternity expresses solidarity with the resident doctors who are on strike. The IMA headquarters hereby declares All India Protest Day on Friday,” an IMA statement said.The assault on the junior doctors following the death of a patient at the state-run NRS Medical College in Kolkata on Monday night left an intern seriously injured and the strike, which was initiated there, spread to medical institutions in the districts.Emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many state-run medical colleges and hospitals and a number of private medical facilities in West Bengal have remained closed over the past two days in the wake of the protest. COMMENT strike June 13, 2019 SHARE labour Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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