MPA Hires New Head of Research

first_imgThe Association of Magazine Media has hired a new market research head. Anthony Sarcone will be the association’s senior vice president of marketing initiatives and insight, reporting directly to president and CEO Mary Berner.Sarcone will be leading MPA‘s research initiatives as they relate to showing how magazine media can influence branding and culture.Also under Sarcone’s watch will be PIB, of which he’ll be president. Sarcone was most recently owner and partner of Solveris Marketing Communications. He’s also held marketing director positions at Bon Appétit and Condé Nast’s bridal group. Sarcone joins just as Berner has been touting magazine brands as a cross-platform media opportunity for marketers, simultaneously pushing the power of print, but also the overall impact magazines can have digitally as well.Accordingly, the MPA is looking for new ways to report market information—print is only one part of a larger story, after all. In April, Berner told FOLIO: that PIB reporting is evolving and the MPA is examining ways to broaden its traditional print advertising metrics to digital. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she said.Berner didn’t offer any more details in light of Sarcone’s appointment, but the intention is clear. “I hired Tony because he is a very experienced research and marketing executive, and we look to his considerable talents to help lead our efforts in establishing and communicating metrics that more accurately represent the reach and effectiveness of Magazine Media,” she says.last_img read more

Sonic the Hedgehog trailer gets remade in cartoon style

first_img Share your voice Tags Gotta go fast 21 Photos TV and Movies Comments This Sonic should look familiar to fans of the TV show. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie emerged from the depths of fan nightmares in May, prompting an epic backlash over the character design — especially over his very human-like teeth. The movie’s creators pledge to re-make Sonic, but animator Artur Baranov is one step ahead with a do-over of the trailer.center_img Baranov posted his reworked trailer this week. He had the bright idea to replace the weird-legged movie Sonic with a version inspired by the cartoon television show Sonic from the ’90s. This is closer to how the speedy hedgehog appears in the Sega video games.This new vision for Sonic looks a lot less like a person in pajamas and more like a fantasy character, complete with skinny legs and arms. There’s a slight hint of white in his mouth, but not a creepy tooth in sight. 2 Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more Director Jeff Fowler announced that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie release date would be pushed from November to Feb. 14, 2020, to give the filmmakers more time to rework Sonic. Will the new Sonic look more like Baranov’s version or will we get a completely different hedgehog? It can only better from here. Sonic the Hedgehog movie delayed ‘to make Sonic just right’ Sonic the Hedgehog director promises ‘changes’ after the internet went insanelast_img read more

SpiceJet tops other carriers in load factor for September

first_imgBudget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday reported the highest passenger load factor (PLF) in the Indian civil aviation market during September.The PLF is a key indicator of the company’s performance, as it measures the average percentage of seats filled on an airline’s fleet.According to the company, the latest Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) statistics revealed that the airline’s PLF stood at 93% in September.”We continue to deliver strong performance despite September normally being a weaker quarter,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.September was the sixth month in a row that the airline has topped the charts in terms of PLF.The airline elaborated that September was the fifth consecutive month when it maintained a PLF of over 90%. “Our on-time performance (OTP) has also shown a significant improvement over the past few months. We are confident that our new winter schedule will witness the load factors and customer confidence trending in the right direction,” Bhatia added.The airline’s OTP for September stood at 85.1% as computed for its operations across the four metro airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.The airline had a market share of 12.3% in September.Currently, SpiceJet operates 250 daily flights to 40 destinations, including 34 domestic and six international cities.last_img read more

Sensex down over 500 points on lowerthanexpected rate cut by RBI

first_imgIndian stock markets slumped by over 2 percent Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its decision to cut repo rate (key policy rate, or interest rate) by 25 basis points. The markets had expected the apex bank to cut the rate by about 50 basis points.The S&P BSE Sensex lost more than 560 points at the closing hours, but marginally trimmed losses to end at 24,883.59, down 516.06 points, or 2.03 percent. The NSE Nifty settled at 7,603.20, a loss of 155.60 points, or 2.01 percent.At its first bi-monthly monetary policy review meeting Tuesday in the new financial year, the RBI cut repo rate from 6.75 percent to 6.50 percent, which is now the lowest in over five years.However, even additional measures by the RBI to allay fears about cash deficit in the system — such as announcing a Rs. 15,000 crore open market operation this week and noting that the new regime of marginal cost of funds based lending rates will improve transmission of rate cuts — failed to lift the markets’ dampened sentiments. The markets’ expectations were based on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley affirming his commitment to rein in fiscal deficit at 3.5 percent of the GDP in financial year 2016-17, retail inflation at around five percent and hopes of a better monsoon this year. The fall on the Sensex was led by Adani Ports, which plunged by 6.23 percent. Most of the Sensex losers were bank stocks, including ICICI Bank (down 5.45 percent), State Bank of India (down 5.38 percent), Axis Bank 2.89 percent and HDFC Bank (down 1.03 percent).The BSE Bankex plunged 591 points, or 3.21 percent, to 17,858. Other Sensex stocks that closed in the red included Bharti Airtel, BHEL, Tata Motors,  Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Infosys.Besides banks, other sectoral BSE indices that slumped included realty, auto and FMCG.On the NSE, the Bank Nifty dropped 3.06 percent. The fall was sharp in NSE PSU Bank index that fell 5.13 percent. The RBI retained its FY2017 growth forecast at 7.6 percent, broadly in line with the government’s projection of 7 – 7.75 percent.last_img read more

Budget session adjourned till 18 June

first_img.The ongoing budget session in parliament was adjourned today (Tuesday) till 3:00pm on 18 June next due to Eid-ul Fitr, reports UNB.Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah who was in the chair announced the adjournment decision in the afternoon.Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on 16 June or 17 June depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.The government holiday for Eid will begin on Friday.The 5th budget session of the 10th parliament began on 5 June last and it will continue till 12 July next.Finance minister AMA Muhith on 7 June last placed a national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year in the House, which is scheduled to be passed on 28 June next. The Finance Bill will be passed on 27 June.last_img

Indian warship arrives at Chattogram port

first_imgIndian warship ‘INS KORA’ arrived at Chittagong naval port on a five-day goodwill visit, BSS reports.Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed the ship in a traditional ceremony on Friday, said an ISPR press release.Indian naval officials are on the visit as part of the ongoing bilateral exchanges between Bangladesh and India.“The visit will further strengthen the friendship that has historically existed between the two Navies,” the release added.last_img

Support ecotourism as a traveller

first_imgPlanning to go on a vacation? Try being a responsible traveller. With global warming and rising pollution levels, we need to care for our mountains, beaches, hills and the very air we breathe. Walk more, carry your own bag while shopping, suggest experts.Here are some tips on how you can save the environment while travelling:No vehicle roads: Explore a new city on foot like the Mall Road in Shimla, Cinque Terre (The Italian Riveria) and Giethoorn village (Netherlands) where vehicles are not allowed. Walking is the best option to soak up the local flavour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSay no to plastic bags: If you are travelling to any of the hill stations in India, be sure to carry your own bag while shopping. You won’t be getting any plastic bag even for food items!No smoking zones: A vacation in cities like Beijing, Chandigarh, Chennai, Liverpool and Mexico will mean that you have to leave your cigarette case at home as all these places are no-smoking zones.Go for green transportation: Bid goodbye to your traditional transportation modes and go for the new, trendy e-bikes and cycles which will be your best bet. Brands like Hero and many others have a whole new range of e-bikes that you will enjoy riding. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChoose eco-friendly dwellings: Go beyond swanky hotels and air-conditioned rooms. And choose a homestay instead. Many of them are built with eco-friendly materials and exercise initiatives like water recycling. A farm stay will offer ample opportunities to experience life at a working farm firsthand and learn valuable lessons of sustainability.Travel in packs: Don’t forget your cars can seat four people comfortably. Find people travelling the same route and pool together for a road trip. Save some petrol money and also do the environment some good. Eat local, buy local: Living in a plantation is your chance to experience the earth beneath your feet in a different way. Join the farmers in harvesting the local produce. Buy local, organic food and give back to the land that’s hosting you.Leave it the way you found it: Your keywords here are conserve, re-use and recycle. Don’t leave behind any plastic and spoil what’s perfect. Don’t use plastic at all. Dispose your waste responsibly and don’t litter your surroundings.Sightsee a little differently: Forget taxis and cabs and take the local transport instead. Cycle along the meandering paths and watch gorgeous sights scurry past you. Sightseeing is way more fun on two wheels.Plant a tree wherever you go: While you take back memories and incredible experiences from a place, leave behind a little something for the land in return. Plant a tree wherever you or sow a seed on the street, and whisper a small thank you to the place for being a wonderful host.last_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Five people including two children taken to hospital after crash

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFive people, including two children, have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash on a Staffordshire Road. One woman was airlifted after emergency services were called to Hednesford Road in Heath Hayes, Cannock, near The Five Ways pub, at around 11.44am this morning (Friday July 26). Three ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of two cars that had been in collision, both of which had suffered front end damage. “There were five occupants in the two vehicles, all of whom were able to get themselves out. The driver of one of the cars, a woman, was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition. “There were two boys who also required assessment from the same car. They were treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens. “From the second car, ambulance staff treated the driver, a man, and a woman who was a front seat passenger. They were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to New Cross Hospital.” A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Officers are currently in attendance with West Midlands Ambulance Service for a serious road traffic collision at Hednesford Road. “Road closures will be in place for some time around Burntwood Road/ Brownhills Road and Five Ways island.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added:  “Fire crews from Cannock and Chase Terrace  made two vehicles safe, following a road traffic collision at Heath Hayes near Cannock. All occupants are out of their vehicles and casualties are being taken to hospital.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

In This Issue   Antipodeans see profit taking

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Antipodeans see profit taking. *  Pound sterling is star performer overnight! *  China prints strong data! *  Silver to get boost from India? And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Retail Sales Disappoints! Good Day! .  And a Happy Friday to one and all! This will be short-n-sweet today, I feel like dookie, and really just want to go back to sleep! But, even this out of whack feeling won’t stop me from getting the Pfennig out! Rain, sleet, snow, feeling like dookie, or anything else, will keep the Pfennig from going out!  Just typing that last sentence, makes me feel better, let’s hope that trend continues! The trend that has continued in the currencies is the lack of volume in trades. This has gone on way too long, and really has me concerned. The Currencies trading is usually around a $5 Trillion per day size business.. I doubt we’ve come close to that $5 Trillion in a month of Sundays. And when you have this lack of volume, you get wild swings. The wild swing that happened last night came from the Antipodean currencies of Australia and New Zealand.  These two had just spent the previous night and day in the spotlight, but just like that, the euphoria was thrown to the side of the road, and profit taking set in. Before you could say, “what, the what?” these two had lost a chunk.  and a wild swing from day to day occurred. One thing that you can’t rule out here is Central Bank intervention. Remember, these Central Banks, have mentioned over and over again that the currencies are at historical highs, against the backdrop of weak commodity prices. In other words, they think the currencies should be weaker, and after a day of Huge gains in these two, what better day to intervene and sell the currencies by the Central Banks?  I have no idea if this happened, and we wouldn’t know for a few weeks, I’m just saying. Remember a couple of days ago, when the euro had gotten whacked , I said, that the euro just needed a couple of days to allow the markets forget the pain. Well, that appears to be the scenario for the euro, as yesterday the euro began to creep higher, and overnight it has added to the gains, the moves are small, in that the single unit is still below 1.36, but rising nonetheless!  There’s really been no data to speak of here, so the euro is trading on its own, and doing much better than earlier in the week! The star performer overnight and through this morning’s session is the British pound sterling. I had read yesterday that Bank of England (BOE) Gov. Carney was going to be a key speaker at the annual Mansion House jamboree, and Carney decided to use this venue to tell everyone that the BOE may raise interest rates from a record low earlier than investors expected.  Now, this is where I want to get on my soapbox and yell at the top of my voice to the markets, that we’ve seen this all before! Remember? Carney kept promising a rate hike in Canada, and after a couple of years, where were Canadian rates? That’s right, unchanged. Carney had a bag full of promises then, and I would have to think that this horse hasn’t changed colors.  Of course if he does deliver a rate hike much earlier, then I will admit that he is a horse of a different color! But, I think the pound sterling will suffer much like the Canadian dollar/ loonie did after a run up in price, only to see the selling when the markets grew tired of waiting for Carney’s rate hike. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a rising sterling as it’s taking place. It just means you need to be nimble when you begin to see the pieces of sterling’s armor begin to fall to the ground. Well, the World Cup kicked off (pun intended) yesterday with the host country Brazil beating Croatia.  And the tourists and soccer fans are pouring into Brazil, and exchanging their base currencies for Brazilian reals. The real has really responded favorably lately, and its strong move has me worried. I know that some of you weren’t around the last time we saw the real go on a tear ( a few years ago it was the best performing currency with a 34% gain one year!) the Brazilian Gov’t and Central Bank teamed up to bring the real to its knees, and beg forgiveness for being so strong.  This time, the gang of two, as I like to call them, are singing a different tune, and besides real isn’t nearly as strong as it was before.  But in the past year, real has moved from 2.4550 to 2.2315, where it trades today..  (remember, real is a European priced currency, so the lower the price, the more value it returns in dollars)  Just remember, that reals can be very volatile, which is why I always say that it should only be bought in the speculative portion of your investment portfolio.  Good investors know that by doing that, they’ll not worry about the volatile moves. The South African Credit Rating was downgraded by Fitch overnight from stable to negative. YIKES!  Maybe Fitch didn’t get the memo that the strike in S. Africa mining had ended! Needless to say that this downgrade news was not taken kindly by the S. African rand.. The rand has really taken it on the chin for the last year, and hasn’t been able to find a bid anywhere. I think the S. African Central Bank will have to hike rates to get the bleeding to stop here in the rand. But I doubt that will happen any time soon, so batten down the hatches rand holders. China printed some good data overnight. Chinese Industrial Output rose at a 8.8% clip in May from a year earlier, up from the 8.7% clip in April. And Retail Sales for May increased 12.5%!!!!! Now that’s a Retail Sales figure a country can be proud of! (we’ll talk about the U.S. Retail Sales report in a minute) Recall that a week or so ago, I told you that I thought the Chinese Gov’t was going to step up the stimulus for the economy. Well, these reports are either telling us that the Chinese Gov’t did step up the stimulus and it’s already working, or that the economy didn’t need any more stimulus other than the “mini-stimulus” that was already in the works! I prefer to think that it was the latter of the two! In India overnight, the rupee lost some more ground, as it still attempts to remove the knife from its back, but there were a couple of new items that should help the rupee going forward. First, India’s state-run solar company announced plans to auction contracts to build 100 megawatts of solar-thermal capacity. And the second new item was that India imported Gold at the highest capacity in 10 months!  Now, while these news items will actually help Silver and Gold more than they will help the rupee, I think the good overall feeling in India will continue to grow, and that will play well in the sandbox with the rupee. Speaking of the solar story being good for Silver. I just put the finishing touches on the July issue of the Review & Focus, and in it I go through the math of how Silver plays out in the production of megawatts solar panels. so, be sure to look for the R&F at a newsstand near you! No. wait Chuck! The R&F is only available to clients of EverBank World Markets! Oh well, you have a couple of weeks to sign up so you can receive this excellent letter each month! HA! And speaking of Gold. It added another $9 to its price yesterday. but the two darlings of the precious metals, Platinum and Palladium got whacked yesterday when the news of an apparent end to the mining strikes in S. Africa hit the streets. I think this was good for these two, given that they had really rallied recently and left a lot of investors behind. But now these investors can step into these metals at much cheaper prices and feel good about it! The fundamentals for all the metals haven’t changed, folks. The U.S. Data Cupboard will print the May PPI (wholesale inflation) reports this morning, but don’t expect PPI to pop out and surprise us. Year on year will probably print at a +2.4% clip, which doesn’t mean a hill of beans to me.  But what did mean a hill of beans to me was yesterday’s Retail Sales print from the Data Cupboard.  May Retail Sales disappointed everyone by only gaining .3%  instead of .6% that was expected.  Car Sales, which I had already told you would be strong, were the bulk of this report, which means consumer spending on other stuff, just wasn’t there. The markets didn’t look at it like that, instead they chose to look at how April’s anemic .1% gain was revised upward to .5%…  That’s quite a large “revision” don’t you think?  I find this revision to be suspect!  In my mind, how can grownups print that revision with a clear conscience? For What It’s Worth. My good friend, Dennis Miller, who writes an excellent letter for retirees or people getting close to retiring, like me!, sent me a note yesterday, and said that some data he saw showed  in the last 12 months Student Loans had increased $124 Billion, and the total for Student Loans was now greater than the total of Credit Card loans.  Hmmm, I thought, for a minute, and my mind immediately thought about how Student Loans last a very long time, while Credit Card loans might get paid off at any time.   So, that tells me that Student Loans are a bigger deal..  You may recall me venting earlier in the week about the President announcing some sort of bail out on Student Loans.  So, now I’m fuming. Then Alex Daley, the economist from the Casey Research group chimed in, and said that he had been screaming about this for a while. Let’s listen to what Alex had to say, “There is a bailout coming, as Student Loans are up 400% in 5 years, and non-payment rates have climbed 50% already, even with defaulting being nearly impossible legally.”   Now, I’m on fire! Smoke is coming out of my ears! I need to get some cold water thrown on me! Houston, we have a problem here. and it’s not a failure to communicate! It’s a problem surrounding not making people be responsible or accountable for what they sign up for!  It’s the storyline in this country that keeps getting more and more blown out of proportion, and will continue on that path, until it doesn’t. And then, people will wonder.. I wonder how this ever started in the first place.. Chuck again. Well, I never left actually! The FWIW section today was brought to you by ME! OK, stop acting silly, Chuck, this stuff is important! That’s right, I’m sorry. But I just can’t fight this any longer. I can rant and pound my fist till I turn blue, but it won’t do any good. There’s just no “accountability” any longer. It’s always someone else’s fault, and if you get in over your head, the Gov’t will bail you out. It’s all about the Gov’t’s need to make you more dependent on them, folks. when will people wake up and smell the coffee! To recap. The currencies and metals are mixed today. With pound sterling coming out on top as the best performer overnight, on some Carney promises. The Antipodean currencies saw profit taking or Central Bank intervention overnight. And China, and India both printed some good data or had good stories that should be good for the currencies going forward, and good for Silver and Gold.  U.S. Retail Sales for May were disappointing, but April was “revised” upward, very curiously I must say. Currencies today 6/13/14. American Style: A$ .9380, kiwi .8650, C$ .9210, euro 1.3575, sterling 1.6960, Swiss $1.1120, . European Style: rand 10.7740, krone 6.0080, SEK 6.6715, forint 226.85, zloty 3.0495, koruna 20.2640, RUB 34.47, yen 102.05, sing 1.2510, HKD 7.7515, INR 59.75, China 6.1503, pesos 13.02, BRL 2.2315, Dollar Index 80.63, Oil $107.05 (look at this soar, on the Iraq problems) , 10-year 2.60%, Silver $19.51, Platinum $1,443.75, Palladium $818.85, and Gold.. $1,272.90 That’s it for today. Well, my calendar popped up to tell me to not to forget that tomorrow is the 15 year anniversary for Jen Mclean at EverBank!  I could go on about how long Jen and I have worked together, but then that would be revealing her age!  Let’s just say, it’s been a few years, eh? Thanks for staying with me all these years, Jen. Well, the sun is coming up! Yes, the sun! We are supposed to have two days of sunshine here in St. Louis, with rain returning on Sunday. Sunday is Father’s Day. I miss my dad. But doesn’t everyone that has lost their dad? My dad was a tough guy, the Union steward for Teamsters 500, fought in WWII, but knew when someone needed love instead of a kick in the butt. He taught me so much, and I know I never told him I loved him near enough. So.. if your dad is still around, make sure to give him a hug, yes, guys even you.. and tell him you love him.  And just like on Mother’s Day weekend, I have a short poem for Dad. So, let’s go make this a Fantastico Friday, even though I’m going back to bed! Over the years As we grow old, We remember our father So brave and bold. In the garden, Leaning on the plow, He would listen to me; I see him now. He would give advice And understand; He was always there To lend a hand. God made fathers Strong and firm, For he knew our lives Would have great concerns. So he gave us fathers To teach us to pray, And guide our lives, And show us the way. So on his day Let’s take the time To say “Thanks, dad. I’m glad you’re mine.” Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

The good news in resourcerelated political risk c

first_imgThe good news in resource-related political risk continues: no new disasters, such as nationalization of a major mine. The Middle East remains in conflict, and Africa remains a dangerous place to do business, as has been the case for decades. The most alarming news for us was that Mexico’s Green Party just won a larger portion of the nation’s Congress. It remains a small minority with about 10% of the seats, but that’s more than the German green party… and look what it’s done. Worse, the green party is in alliance with the ruling PRI, which needs it to form a majority coalition. That means the ruling party has to give the greens a lot of what they want. Some of what the greens want is just crazy. However, Mexico is a place where poverty still abounds and the harsh facts of life still matter in politics. Nothing has actually changed yet, and the country does have a stable and workable mining code. It’s too soon to write the place off, but we’ll be watching it closely. Stupidity Watch There’s more bad news than good, as usual. Here’s the latest: June 2015: Top Five Countries This month’s top-scoring countries are: Sweden, Finland, Ireland, the US, and Canada. They are all considered very low risk. Ireland (Casey Country Score 0.06). Thanks to the combined effects of the Minerals Development Act in 1940 and a number of significant tax measures announced in 1956, Ireland has become one of the most pro-mining places in Europe and in the world. Zambia: News is out that Zambia is considering cutting the mineral royalties for underground mines. The cut would push the tax below the recently revised 9%. The original (now abandoned) tax hike saw the government charging as much as 20%. We hope common sense will eventually triumph over political stupidity. This Month’s Country Scores This month’s report examines 66 countries with significant mining activity. We plan to expand this to cover oil- and gas-producing countries and other resource industries. This month the focus remains on mining. Below are the individual country scores, followed by regional groupings and other notes. Europe looks the most investor friendly. The region includes both EU members and emerging European and Balkan countries, such as Russia and Serbia. This group is diverse, but on average its constituent countries tend to have stable and attractive investment climates, which makes them good mining jurisdictions. About the Casey Country Score Before we recommend a company, we always analyze the country (or countries) in which it operates. We examine the government’s level of support for mining, foreign investment, and private enterprise, and try to avoid countries with policies detrimental to investors. To this end, we tap multiple sources with knowledge of the country in question, including government officials, miners, geologists actually working on the ground, independent journalists, and NGOs. Whenever possible, we visit the country to see how the data measure up against the observable reality. It’s impossible, of course, to get our boots on the ground in all the countries we’re interested in as often as we’d like. So to fill the gap, we’ve developed the Casey Country Score (CCS) as a quick way to assess a country’s investment climate. The CCS measures multiple aspects of a country’s investment appeal, including the ease of registering property, investor protection, transparency of government institutions, and logistical infrastructure, among others. Lower scores are better. While the vast majority of countries receive a score between 0.0 and 1.0, some may slightly exceed 1.0 if, for example, they have high inflation in addition to other poor scores. Notes: 1] We designed the Casey Country Score to aggregate multiple ratings from such international organizations as the Fraser Institute, the World Bank, Transparency International, and others, and we augment that data with current indicators, such as inflation. The score gives more weight to mining-specific data than to indicators pegged to the economy as a whole, but of course, it reflects the overall investment climate in a country too. Our proprietary formula assigns a single score to each country. The results give us a rough but interesting insight into how countries stack up against each other as investment jurisdictions, for mining and in general. 2] As we’re focused on resource investments in the Casey International Speculator, the letter for which we created the CCS, we selected countries for this report where mining (excluding the oil and gas industry, but including nonmetals) is a significant industry. We used the size of the country’s mining industry in relation to its GDP as a benchmark and considered mainly those where the figure was 1% or more. 3] For Finland, Sweden, Serbia, and the United Kingdom, mining (excluding oil and gas) fell below our 1% benchmark according to the most recently available data. Yet these countries are interesting mining jurisdictions with a lot of investment opportunities. We made a judgment call and left them in. United States (Casey Country Score 0.08). The US ranking in the current Fraser survey dropped a tick, but with excellent infrastructure, low inflation, and high investor protection, it’s still a great mining jurisdiction overall. Some states are obviously not as mine friendly as the ones that rely heavily on mining in the West: Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Utah. This is well understood by both resource investors and the Canada-listed mining companies that operate there. The Big Picture: Regions Sweden (Casey Country Score 0.04). Sweden is a jurisdiction with excellent infrastructure and famously low corruption and inflation. The country features high-quality geological databases and readily available exploration services. Australia scored very well in the Fraser Survey, the World Bank’s report, and the Corruption Perceptions Index. We tend to agree with this result: the country is a good mining jurisdiction, much better than the Asia & Oceania average. There are other outliers in each group that can render a regional average less useful, and we always look at individual countries to determine if they’re worth our investing consideration.center_img Important points to note: Canada (Casey Country Score 0.08). Canada is another country with a long-established mining industry and an extremely favorable investment climate in the majority of its provinces. We don’t have any particular concerns about Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, among other Canadian provinces, when it comes to mining friendliness. There can be variances within a country between its administrative divisions, such as provinces in Argentina or states in Brazil and the US, and each can have significantly different investment appeal. Mongolia: Khan Resources petitioned a US court to weigh in on its protracted dispute with Mongolia. The move comes after the country decided to invalidate a $100 million arbitration claim by the Canadian company. Our view remains that Mongolia’s intention to revoke Khan’s claims was monumentally stupid. It will make it that much harder to attract investment, which the country badly needs. Finland (Casey Country Score 0.05). Finland is a top Fraser Survey jurisdiction and was an undisputed leader in most of the other reports we drew input from. We note, however, that while stable, government processes in Finland can be very slow. Peru: Violent protests against the Tia Maria copper mine rocked Peru again last month. Five deaths and many more injured reported so far. The government declared a state of emergency in the region. The conflict is suspended, but the truce looks fragile. Louis James has provided his take on the situation. Short version: the government is pro-mining, but don’t invest in companies in Peru unless they can convince you they have strong local support. Romania: The country has hiked taxes for mining activities by just under 7%. The government says it wants to align tax rates with inflation. Romania last touched mining taxes in 2013, when it upped them by a whopping 28%. Not a good trend. And stupid: it makes no sense to raise taxes on a business that has almost ground to a halt in your country but which could attract foreign investment, if the politicians would just let it be. Chile: Country’s environmental regulator has filed charges against Canadian miner Lundin Mining Corporation. The reason: alleged environmental violations in its Candelaria copper deposit located in Chile’s Atacama region. It may be that the company is at fault and the authorities are just doing their jobs. We haven’t been down there to check. But the move is part of an ongoing pushback against mining, so view this as another turn toward economic stupidity in Chile. European Union: Last month European Parliament voted in favor of a mandatory certification system for importers of so-called conflict minerals. The bill is largely aimed at Africa, where minerals play a role in several violent conflicts. As a result, 800,000 European companies will have to ensure that revenues from the minerals they use are not funding conflicts. The move doesn’t really affect our investments but is an interesting example of stupid regulation in the EU that will tax business and make not one bit of difference to the people it’s intended to help.last_img read more

If youve ever seen someone with testicles get kic

first_imgIf you’ve ever seen someone with testicles get kicked in the groin, then you probably know that male genitals — often portrayed as a symbol of male strength and virility — aren’t actually that tough.But can testicles — or rather, the sperm they produce — be harmed by something as seemingly innocent as a pair of briefs?A study published Wednesday in the journal Human Reproduction finds lower sperm counts in people who wear tight-fitting underwear. But some experts question whether undergarment choice could make a meaningful difference for fertility.If it does matter, it all comes to down to temperature. As it turns out, a man’s love spuds just can’t take the heat.”Any exposure [to heat] that significantly increases temperature is likely to affect spermatogenesis [or sperm production],” says Dr. Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an author on the study. “That’s the main reason we have scrotums and testes that are external to the abdomen.”By hanging below the torso, testicles stay cooler — by about 4 to 6 degrees, typically — than the rest of the body. That helps them make happy, functional sperm cells. But when you slap on a pair of briefs, that natural cooling system is disrupted. Your dangly bits are held close to your abdomen and they heat up, harming sperm production.At least, that’s one hypothesis. Several studies have examined this issue, but Chavarro says many of them weren’t large enough, or yielded inconclusive results. Chavarro wanted to know whether the type of underwear worn really influenced sperm count.To do that, he’d have to look at some sperm. Lots of it.In their study, Chavarro and his team examined semen samples from 656 men. These men were selected from couples seeking infertility treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital between 2000 and 2017.Each man had filled out a survey for the clinic that included a question about what underwear he typically wore. This allowed Chavarro to compare men who wore boxers to men who wore tighter-fitting underwear like briefs or bikinis.After correcting for a number of factors, such as age and weight, the researchers saw a trend. “We found that men who wear looser underwear had significantly higher sperm concentration and total sperm count compared to men who wear tighter underwear,” Chavarro says.But Chavarro notes that even though the average sperm count was lower in men who wore tight-fitting underwear instead of boxers, this value was still well within healthy levels. That suggests the difference between underwear types shouldn’t be overblown, Chavarro says.”For most men, it probably doesn’t make a lot of difference,” he says. “The men who are most likely to benefit are the men who are on the border – who have relatively low sperm count.”Even with Chavarro’s caveats, some experts aren’t convinced. Germaine Louis, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, published a similar study in 2016 examining semen from 473 men, and failed to detect differences in sperm count or fertility outcomes.”There’s absolutely no difference in how long it took people to get pregnant whether [the men] were wearing briefs or boxers,” Louis says.She worries that underwear guidance would only add stress to the equation.”Couples are already stressed out enough when they’re trying for a pregnancy,” Lewis says. “We just don’t need to introduce any other stressors.”Still, Chavarro says that switching to boxers is relatively cheap compared to most fertility treatments. For couples trying to improve their chance at a pregnancy, changing the man’s underwear habits could be low-hanging fruit.”This is something that’s a relatively easy change to do,” Chavarro says. “It involves them going to buy new underwear, but that’s a relatively low-cost intervention.”Dr. Bruce Gilbert, professor of urology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, says Chavarro and his colleagues ignored several factors that may have influenced sperm count, such as the type of pants typically worn by each patient. Wearing tight jeans, for instance, could outweigh any benefits derived from wearing loose boxers.”If people were just running around this world in underwear that would be one thing,” he says. “But you and I and most people are going to be wearing something over our underwear.”Plus, the questionnaire was vaguely worded, Gilbert says, and should have included more specific questions about each patient’s behavior. “I would like a bit more information from their set of patients before I change what I tell my patients,” Gilbert says. “I can’t say this is going to change my clinical practice.” Paul Chisholm is an intern on NPR’s Science desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Disabled campaigners and their allies have called

first_imgDisabled campaigners and their allies have called on the transport secretary to restore “vital” government funding for projects to improve access to rail stations across England, Wales and Scotland.In a letter signed by more than 50 organisations, Transport for All (TfA) – which campaigns for an accessible transport system – calls on Chris Grayling to restore tens of millions of pounds of funding for the Access for All scheme that has been deferred by the government.The letter says that deferring half of all planned Access for All projects means that the “already slow progress on rail access has all but ground to a halt”.The decision by the chair of Network Rail – later rubber-stamped by Grayling – to cut Access for All funding for 2014-19 from £102 million to £55 million, with the rest carried over to 2019-24, was first revealed by Disability News Service last year.The letter has been sent as Grayling is due today (Thursday) to announce future levels of Network Rail funding, which TfA says provides an “opportunity to get things back on track”.But the department’s Accessibility Action Plan, published in August, pledges only that the government will deliver funding already announced – including the deferred funding – in full, and that it will “continue to seek to extend the Access for All programme further in the future”.The letter calls on Grayling to instead “invest in the potential of Deaf and disabled people” and reverse the decision to defer the Access for All funding, as well as commit to further Access for All funding after 2020 through “an ambitious long-term plan for making our railways fully accessible”.It tells Grayling that it is an “injustice” for Deaf, disabled and older people to be “locked out of our rail network”, and that accessible stations also benefit parents with buggies, dog-owners and people with luggage.The letter says government figures show that any money spent improving rail accessibility pays back nearly three times that amount in economic benefits, while an accessible station can mean “the difference between work and unemployment, a lifeline to friends and family or isolation”.The Transport for All letter has been signed by disabled people’s organisations including Inclusion London, Disability Sheffield, Ealing Centre for Independent Living, Kingston Centre for Independent Living, People First (Self Advocacy), Regard, Shaping Our Lives, Asian People’s Disability Alliance and Real.They say that nearly 80 per cent of rail stations across the UK do not have full step-free access, while many others do not have the other necessary access features such as tactile paving, audio-visual information and induction loops that enable Deaf and disabled people to use them.A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We take the issue of accessibility across all modes of transport very seriously and are continuing to improve station access through the Access for All programme and other major projects.“By 2019 at least 75 per cent of all journeys will be from stations with step-free access.“The Accessibility Action Plan is the next step in a much-needed dialogue with disabled people, carers, transport providers and local authorities to identify new ways to improve travel. “We also secured commitments from the rail industry earlier this year to help make journeys better for disabled people.”last_img read more

Maryland Marijuana Sales Double the Forecast

first_img Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. –shares Image credit: LPETTET | Getty Images Guest Writer Only a year into legal medical marijuana sales, Maryland is the latest to join the list of states blowing away projections for cannabis sales. In Maryland’s case, it’s actually double what was expected.Cannabis research firm New Frontier Data originally estimated that the first full calendar year of medical marijuana sales in Maryland — which started in December 2017 — would come in around $46 million. However, a spokesperson for the firm recently told the Baltimore Sun that sales for all of 2018 will reach $100 million in December.Additionally, the state reported at the beginning of December that sales had reached $96 million in the first 12 months of sales between December 2017 and November 2018. Between 250 and 350 people have been applying on average every day to get approved by the state for purchasing cannabis products. The state also reported there have been 1.99 million transactions at dispensaries.Related: Oregon Marijuana Sales Soared 29 Percent in 2018. So Why Aren’t More Entrepreneurs Happy? Slow Start, Fast FinishIt’s worth noting that this is just the first year. Both the Sun and other Maryland media outlets reported that dispensary owners had a slow start in the first half of 2018. However, things changed around Labor Day, Marc Spataro, owner of the Chesacana dispensary, told CBS Baltimore.He tied the surge in sales partly to people just becoming aware of the ability to buy marijuana, as well as a need by many to use something other than manufactured pharmaceuticals to handle issues such as pain – a common argument among medical marijuana proponents.“The growth will continue at a rapid rate,” he predicted.Related: US Cannabis Leaders are Carefully Watching the Looming Canadian Wave Exceeding ExpectationsMore than doubling projections is dramatic. But what’s happening in Maryland is typical for states selling both creational and medical marijuana. Looks at these numbers:California sold $445 million in marijuana in the third quarter of 2018 aloneIn the first five days of legal sales in Massachusetts, $2.2 million in cannabis was sold. Dispensaries in the state were making about $200,000 per day.Sales in Oregon has soared 29 percent in 2018, with the potential for becoming a $543 million marketColorado, the first state to have legal recreational marijuana sales, shows what a mature market might look like. The most recent projections from the state have sales in 2018 slightly exceeding the $1.5 billion in marijuana sold in 2017.The numbers are backing up what experts in the industry have said along — the market is massive for marijuana. Look no further than these numbers to understand why more and more political leaders are getting behind marijuana, and the talk of crackdowns and prohibition is burning out.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 21, 2018 Growth Matters Add to Queue dispensaries.com Green Entrepreneur Podcast It’s just the latest state to far exceed sales expectations. Next Article Listen Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Maryland Marijuana Sales Double the Forecast 3 min readlast_img read more

Slingshot Facebooks Snapchat Competitor Is Now Officially a Snapchat Clone

first_img Next Article Add to Queue Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat Competitor, Is Now Officially a Snapchat Clone Guest Writer –shares Laura Entis Mobile Apps September 5, 2014center_img Poke, Facebook’s failed first attempt at developing a Snapchat competitor, was essentially a direct rip-off of the service. Slingshot, its sophomore effort that launched in June, had one distinguishing feature that saved it from a similar clone status: In order for users to open a message on the service, they had to first “sling” (i.e. return) a message of their own back to the sender.Ultimately, the feature was built to encourage engagement and discourage lurking. “With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator,” Facebook said in a blog post announcing the launch.As we wrote then, Facebook was likely underestimating social media users’ collective desire to consume content versus create it. Forcing individuals to respond to a message before opening it makes for a disjointed, strangely high-pressure messaging experience.Related: Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat CompetitorSo it’s not all that surprising that just over two months after Slingshot’s launch, Facebook has killed this reciprocity feature.As spotted by The Next Web, when users send a photo or video in response to one from a friend, they’ll receive a message that reads “Sling a shot to see a shot? Not necessarily! After shooting a photo or video, now you can choose whether to sling it as a locked or unlocked shot.”Allowing users to freely lurk may help the service gain traction, but it also completely negates Facebook’s claim that Slingshot is not a Snapchat cloneIt totally is now. To be fair, it’s far from the only one — earlier this summer Instagram launched Bolt, its own Snapchat rip-off.Related: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From Facebook 2 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Marvin Minsky AI Pioneer Dies at 88

first_img The world lost one of its brightest minds to a brain hemorrhage recently.Marvin Minsky was 88 when he passed on Sunday night. A World War II veteran, his life’s work was essentially creating and advancing the field of artificial intelligence. The New York Times has eulogized the Turing Award winner, writing that when Minsky was choosing his career path he “ruled out genetics as interesting but not profound, and physics as mildly entertaining, he chose to focus on intelligence itself.”This is a man who, in 1951, built the premiere “randomly wired neural network learning machine.” He also built the first confocal scanning microscope (read: extremely powerful) at Harvard in 1956.Two years later, along with John McCarthy (the man credited with naming “artificial intelligence”), he cofounded and taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s venerable A.I. lab. The man who wants to resurrect his father as an AI construct via paper records, Ray Kurzweil, was one of his students there too. Hell, director Stanley Kubrick even consulted him during pre-production on 2001: A Space Odyssey to get his take on whether or not computers would be able to speak by the year 2001.Saying he was brilliant would be a vast understatement, and I can’t possibly list all of his accomplishments here. But, that’s what NYT’s exhaustive memorial is for. Godspeed, sir. Timothy J. Seppala January 26, 2016 This story originally appeared on Engadget 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article center_img Image credit: Bcjordan | Wikimedia Commons Writer Obituaries Marvin Minsky Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Marvin Minsky, AI Pioneer, Dies at 88last_img read more

Denver May Become the First US City to Legalize Marijuana Use in

first_img The Colorado measure will permit private businesses to allow marijuana use by adults in designated areas with certain exceptions. 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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records A LifeMinute with Ryan Seacrest A measure that would make Denver the first city in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in such venues as clubs, bars and restaurants is expected to get enough votes to pass, backers and opponents of the initiative said on Tuesday.The announcement comes amid a string of victories for proponents of medical and recreational marijuana use, with voters in California and Massachusetts approving ballot initiatives legalizing recreational use of the drug last week.The Colorado measure will permit private businesses to allow marijuana use by adults in designated areas with certain exceptions. Backers of the initiative said it would make Denver the first city in the country where cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy the drug socially without fear of arrest.  “This is a victory for cannabis consumers who, like alcohol consumers, simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings,” Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver businessman and lead proponent of the so-called I-300 measure, said in a statement on Tuesday.While other states have authorized similar plans, Khalatbari said Denver would be the first to actually implement them. He said businesses in the city could start opening their doors to pot users as soon as late January.Approval for Denver’s initiative was leading in preliminary vote totals from last week’s election. While the city’s elections agency said they would not certify results until next Tuesday, campaigns that supported and opposed the measure both agreed it had passed.Rachel O’Bryan, the campaign manager for the opposition group Protect Denver’s Atmosphere, said by phone there did not appear to be enough outstanding ballots for the measure to fail.”Back in 2012, marijuana legalization passed with a strong majority in Denver … and now about four years later, I-300 passed with a much smaller margin. We think many voters voted in favor of marijuana legalization, but didn’t want to see marijuana everywhere,” she said.She said the bill’s opponents are concerned about public safety as well as issues of second-hand smoke indoors. O’Bryan said she hopes the city council and possibly the state’s Attorney General will closely examine the law to see if it runs afoul of provisions in state law barring public pot use.Recreational marijuana was first approved in 2012 by the states of Washington and Colorado, and later by voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. 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Diets that are more climatefriendly are also healthier finds study

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 24 2019A new Tulane University study examining the carbon footprint of what more than 16,000 Americans eat in a day has good news for environmentally conscious consumers– diets that are more climate-friendly are also healthier.The research, which is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is the first to compare the climate impact and nutritional value of U.S. diets using real-world data about what Americans say they are eating.”People whose diets had a lower carbon footprint were eating less red meat and dairy — which contribute to a larger share of greenhouse gas emissions and are high in saturated fat — and consuming more healthful foods like poultry, whole grains and plant-based proteins,” said lead author Diego Rose, a professor of nutrition and food security at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.As food production is a major contributor to climate change, researchers from Tulane and the University of Michigan sought to learn more about the impacts of Americans’ daily dietary choices. They built an extensive database of the greenhouse gas emissions related to the production of foods and linked it to a large federal survey that asked people what they ate over a 24-hour period.Researchers ranked diets by the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per 1,000 calories consumed and divided them into five equal groups. Then they rated the nutritional value of foods consumed in each diet using the U.S. Healthy Eating Index, a federal measure of diet quality, and compared the lowest to the highest-impact groups on this and other measures.Americans in the lowest carbon footprint group ate a healthier diet, as measured by this index. However, these diets also contained more of some low-emission items that aren’t healthy, namely added sugars and refined grains. They also had lower amounts of important nutrients – such as iron, calcium, and vitamin D – likely because of the lower intakes of meat and dairy.Related StoriesMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskOverall, diets in the lowest impact group were healthier, but not on all measures. Rose says this is because diets are complex with many ingredients that each influence nutritional quality and environmental impacts. “This explains the nuanced relationship we observed between these outcomes,” he said.Diets in the highest impact group accounted for five times the emissions of those in the lowest impact group. The highest impact diets had greater quantities of meat (beef, veal, pork and game), dairy and solid fats per 1000 calories than the low-impact diets. Overall, the high-impact diets were more concentrated in total proteins and animal protein foods. A companion study the researchers released earlier this year found that 20 percent of Americans accounted for almost half of U.S. diet-related greenhouse gas emissions.Rose hopes the research will help the public and policymakers recognize that improving diet quality can also help the environment.”We can have both. We can have healthier diets and reduce our food-related emissions,” Rose said. “And it doesn’t require the extreme of eliminating foods entirely. For example, if we reduce the amount of red meat in our diets, and replace it with other protein foods such as chicken, eggs, or beans, we could reduce our carbon footprint and improve our health at the same time.”Source: https://tulane.edu/last_img read more