Hanley Wood Acquires Facilities Management Trade Event

first_imgHanley Wood has purchased senior facilities management executive trade event the TFM Show from Tinton Falls, New Jersey-based Group C Communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“This is a milestone for our company which will accelerate growth,” Group C Communications co-president Ted Coene tells FOLIO:. “The sale of the TFM Show allows the company to expand its portfolio of hosted buyer events, print, and online media and broadens our opportunity to generate new revenue sources and profit centers.”Group C Communications is a b-to-b media company that produces events and publishes magazines including Business Facilities and Today’s Facilities Manager magazines. According to Coene, the sale allows Group C to focus on its launch of an online Web TV channel and its planned launch a real estate magazine this fall. Housing and construction publisher Hanley Wood has a portfolio of b-to-b and consumer magazines including Architect, Luxury Home Design and its flagship Builder magazine. Investment bank Berkery Noyes represented Group C Communications in the deal.last_img read more

A Perfect Circle On Influences Collaboration Building Eat The Elephant

first_img Twitter A Perfect Circle Talk Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ perfect-circle-influences-collaboration-building-eat-elephant News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 25, 2018 – 7:27 am A Perfect Circle Talk ‘Eat The Elephant’ A Perfect Circle On Influences, Collaboration & Building ‘Eat The Elephant’ The influential rock group stopped by the GRAMMY Museum to discuss the impetus for their new music, their early influences and the creative process behind their big 2018 returnNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 25, 2018 – 7:30 am A Perfect Circleis the kind of band fans wait with bated breath to hear new music from, no matter how long they are away. In the case of Eat The Elephant, the band’s fourth album, the wait was a full 14 years. Still, the new material was met with much anticipation, a testament to the art. Email Back in October, we premiered a video for the title track from the album-length film the band made for Eat The Elephant. In the song, lead singer and songwriter Maynard James Keenan’s stark, haunting vocals creek and soar over lead composer and guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dynamic backdrop. During a recent visit to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles,as Keenan and Howerdel shared how they came to revisit the project after all these years away.”I think it was just time,” said Keenan. “I was really busy with Puscifer for quite a while. Then I was gonna get back into doing some Tool music, and they weren’t ready, so I was like [to Howerdel], “Hey, what’s up?”The time passed since their previous album, 2004’s Emotive, manifests itself on Eat The Elephant in the space within and around its songs, creating a new sonic environment from the band’s previous work. This had everything to do with how the songs’ foundations were built.”A lot of times on this record we had the song kind of almost complete, and then he put the vocals on top. It was pretty amazing,” explained Howerdel. “Maynard had a lot more input into the music this time, just to, you know, try to some things, because he knew where he was gonna go vocally. He wasn’t in the room when I was working on the music, so we’d kind of lightly steer in that direction. And I think it worked out because he just had something in mind and then was able to throw the solid final performance on top of it.”When it comes to architecting a vocal, Keenan does it like no one else. The genesis of his genius instincts begin with responding to the music, as he revealed during the conversation. “First and foremost, it’s a reaction to the melodies and structures and time signatures that the group of musicians are presenting me, whether it’s Mat Mitchell, or Billy, or Tool,” he said. “It’s all a reaction melodically to those rhythms, constructing it in a way that feels like an actual conversation. And I of course react better when they’re not in 4/4. I don’t speak in 4/4.””Then [I] figure out where that emotion is going, and then just look at your life experiences, what you’re experiencing at the moment, and attach a set of words or a circumstance to that set of rhythms and melodies to see if it opens up a whole story, because you know, human interaction, human experience from birth to death, there’s an infinite number of flavors and colors and bandwidths and emotions that come with those experiences.”Keenan also named an intriguing roster of early influences, providing a glimpse into his stylistic DNA. His early exposure to everything from Roberta Flack to Black Sabbath to Joni Mitchell led to an appreciation of Minor Threat, Killing Joke, Swans and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which in turn led him to Gillian Welch and PJ Harvey.”To me, there’s a sadness that’s captivating in that writing that’s essential,” Keenan says of Welch, Harvey and his tastes as they’ve evolved over the course of his life.A Perfect Circle has evolved, too. At its core, it’s a dynamic collaboration, which means Keenan and Howerdel cannot say what will come next.”It’s a marriage of sorts,” says Howerdel. “You have to make this more than just the sum of its parts, more than the sum of the two of us. That comes from the unknown of collaboration… Having collaboration is the magic of never knowing what’s coming next.”A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Facebook last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jason Dunn Named To Deans List At Colby College

first_imgWATERVILLE, ME — Jason T. Dunn of Wilmington was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.Dunn is one of 443 Colby students-or 23 percent of the qualified student body-to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List last semester.Dunn, a member of the Class of 2021, attended Wilmington High School and is the son of Dawn Dunn and Thomas Dunn of Wilmington. Dunn earned a semester grade point average of 3.78 or higher this spring to be included on Colby’s Dean’s List.About Colby CollegeFounded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Colby’s innovative and ambitious campaign, Dare Northward, will support deeper connections between the College and the world and a fully inclusive experience for all Colby students. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from more than 65 countries. Its Waterville, Maine, location provides unique access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Colby College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jason Dunn Named To Colby College’s Dean’s ListIn “Education”Wilmington’s Esdale Named To Dean’s List At Colby CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Radha Ravi controversy Here is the complete text of Nayantharas press release

first_imgNayanthara.PR HandoutNayanthara has hit out at veteran actor Radha Ravi for his distasteful comments against her. In a press release, the actress has thanked DMK president MK Stalin’s quick action, while asking people not to entertain misogynist like him.Her statement is not just restricted to criticising Radha Ravi’s behaviour, but urges the Nadigar Sangam to set up Internal Complaints Committee in the actors’ guild. The complete text of her press release can be read below:I rarely issue public statements, as I have always allowed my professional work to speak for itself. However desperate times mandate desperate measures. Today, I am compelled to issue a detailed statement so as to clarify my own position and also to champion the cause of women who bear the brunt of male insensitivities and sexism.First & foremost, it is my bounden duty to place on record my sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to the President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Thiru.M.K.Stalin for swiftly taking action against misogynistic speeches of Thiru. Radha Ravi. My sincere Thanks to you sir. Read How Celebrities Respond to Ravi’s CommentsAt the outset, I would like to remind Mr. Radha Ravi and the likes of misogynists like him that they were also given birth by a woman. By demeaning the status of women and passing sexist remarks, these retarded men get a feeling of machismo. I feel terribly sorry for the way they treat women in an opinionated way and my empathy remains with all the women who live in the families of these ‘macho’ men. As an actor of considerable seniority and work experience, Mr. Radha Ravi should have led the younger generation by example, instead he has chosen to take up the role of a misogynist ‘role model’. These are troubled times for women, as women are establishing themselves predominantly in every field of public life and asserting their due place in this era of meritocracy. When actors like Mr.Radha Ravi fall out of business and become irrelevant, they tend to rely on cheap popularity tactics in order to grab some limelight.What remains ghastly shocking about his male chauvinistic speeches are that he never ceases to get applause and laughs from some members of the audience. As long as the audience encourage sexist remarks, speakers like Mr.Radha Ravi will continue to thrive on misogyny and cracking of denigrating jokes against women. I strongly urge well intentioned citizens and my beloved fans to deeply discourage the behaviour of the likes of Mr.Radha Ravi. Not withstanding the aforesaid advisory, through this statement I would like to strongly register my condemnation and protest against the derogatory speeches made by Mr.Radha Ravi against women and children in general and me in specific.God has been amply kind in giving me wonderful professional opportunities and the affectionate movie-goers of Tamil Nadu have amply rewarded me for my good performances. Irrespective of all negative remarks and aspersions cast upon me, I shall continue to take up the multifaceted roles of Sita, ghost, Goddess, friend, wife, lover, so on and so forth with the sole intention of providing maximum entertainment to my fans.Lastly, my humble question to the South Indian Artistes’ Association (Nadigar Sangam):- Will you set up the Internal Complaints Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s dictum and commence an internal inquiry as per Vishakha Guidelines???Once again, thanking all the good hearts that have stood by me yet again supporting me through this little phase of negativity!Now, Getting back to work! With God’s Grace and your unconditional Love as always!!last_img read more

Suicide bomb kills 85 at Pakistan election rally

first_imgAn injured was taken to hospital after a bomb blast at an election rally in Quetta on 13 July 2018. A bomb killed at least 25 people and injured more than 30 on 13 July in southwestern Pakistan, in the day`s second attack on a political rally as fears of violence rise ahead of nationwide polls. Photo : AFPThe death toll in a suicide bombing in southwestern Pakistan Friday jumped to 85, an official said, the deadliest in a string of attacks on political rallies that have raised security fears ahead of nationwide polls on 25 July.The blast in the town of Mastung, near the Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, came hours after another bomb killed at least four people at a campaign rally in Bannu in the country’s northwest.The attacks underscored the fragility of Pakistan’s dramatic improvement in security and raised fears ahead of the vote.”Death toll has risen to 85,” Balochistan health minister Faiz Kakar told AFP, adding that were more than 100 wounded.Earlier he had said 70 people were killed.According to senior provincial official Saeed Jamali, the bomber detonated in the middle of a compound where a political meeting was taking place. Another senior official, Qaim Lashari, also confirmed it had been a suicide blast.The explosion killed Siraj Raisani, who was running for a provincial seat with the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), provincial home minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told AFP.”Mir Siraj Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta,” he added. Raisani was the younger brother of former provincial chief minister Mir Aslam Raisani.The explosion comes hours after four people were killed and 39 injured when a bomb hidden inside a motorcycle detonated near a Pakistani politician’s convoy in Bannu on Friday, near the Afghan border.The earlier bomb was targeting the convoy of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani, who survived the attack, police said. No group has yet claimed responsibility.On Tuesday, a bomb claimed by the Pakistani Taliban targeted a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the city of Peshawar.Local ANP leader Haroon Bilour was among the 22 killed. Thousands flocked to his funeral the next day.’Duty to protect’Following the series of attacks, activists called for Pakistani authorities to remain vigilant to protect candidates during the final days of the campaign season.”The Pakistani authorities have a duty to protect the rights of all Pakistanis during this election period — their physical security and their ability to express their political views freely, regardless of which party they belong to,” said Omar Waraich, deputy South Asia director at Amnesty International.The military has warned of security fears in the run-up to the tense election on 25 July, and said it will deploy more than 370,000 soldiers on polling day.Militants have targeted politicians, religious gatherings, security forces and even schools in Pakistan.But security across the country has dramatically improved since government and military operations cleared large swathes of territory near the Afghan border in recent years.Analysts warn however that Pakistan has yet to tackle the root causes of extremism, and militants retain the ability to carry out attacks.Last month a drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, in neighbouring Afghanistan in what the Pakistani army called a “positive development” that also sparked fears of reprisals.last_img

HSC exams of 4 May rescheduled

first_imgHSCThe Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams of 4 May have been deferred to 14 May due to cyclonic storm Fani.Dhaka Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board chairman Ziaul Haque confirmed this to Prothom Alo.He said the examinations of 4 May will be held on 14 May.last_img

UPDATE More Than 25000 Runners Participate In 2018 Edition Of The Houston

first_img– / 7More than 25,000 runners are participating this Sunday in the 2018 edition of the Chevron Houston Marathon.According to the event’s organizing committee, more than 11,000 people signed up to participate in the marathon and over 16,000 did the same for the half marathon.  Besides, approximately 250,000 fans are expected to line the course, according to Wade Morehead, executive director of the Houston Marathon Committee.Ethiopian runner Bazu Worku won the full marathon men’s race, accomplishing his third victory in the Houston Marathon, while Jake Robertson –from New Zealand– got the victory in the men’s half marathon.As for the women’s races, Biruktayit Degefa, from Ethiopia, won in the full marathon and Ruti Aga, who is also an Ethiopian runner, obtained the victory in the half marathon competition.Also in the women’s half marathon, Molly Huddle broke the USA’s record.The races are the largest single-day sporting event in the city. Sharelast_img read more

New Type of Drug Offers Hope for Migraine Sufferers

first_imgSHUTTERSTOCKMigraines can result from certain genes, a stressful life, environmental conditions or some changes in your diet. They often develop in your 20s to 40s.Various medications and therapies can provide relief, but the FDA has approved the first in a new class of drug aimed at heading off migraine headaches before they start. There are headaches, and then there are migraines.“Oh, my god. I can’t tell you how disabling migraines can be,” said Dr. Priyanka Chaudhry, a neurologist at Baylor University Medical Center specializing in headaches.“When patients come to me, they often say, ‘When I have a bad headache, I’m missing a social event. I’m missing time with my family. I can’t go out or do work.’ So, it’s that disabling.”The new drug is a CGRP monoclonal antibody developed to prevent headaches.“It’s a once-a-month injection used to decrease the number of headache days that they have in a month,” Choudhry said. “In some cases, it will also make sure that you have less intense headache or the duration of the headache actually goes down.”Interview HighlightsOn the importance of the new drug: This is the most exciting phase in the headache world because in the last several years, we have not had a new drug which has been developed specifically for migraine. This drug is a CGRP monoclonal antibody. The fancy name is “calcitonin gene-related peptide,” which basically was developed to prevent headaches or to use it as a rescue. It’s one-of-a kind because CGRP is released when someone has a migraine or a head attack and [the drug] actually helps to inhibit or to antagonize the effects of CGRP.How the new drug works: It’s a once-a-month injection used to decrease the number of headache days that they have in a month. In some cases, it will also make sure that you have a less intense headache or the duration of the headache actually goes down.How the new drug differs from current medication: We use two kind of medications now: One is rescue, usually use triptans or over-the-counter inserts, and then, preventives like antidepressants, anti-nausea medication, antihypertensive — something you use once a day. The problem with preventives is the high side effects and it takes a long time for them to work.What we’re noticing with this new drug is that patients don’t really get much side effects. Also, it works a lot faster. It works within a month where as some of the other drugs can take eight to 10 weeks to show an efficacy.The drug’s cost ($6,900 per year, depending on insurance): The company is providing at least two doses free, which means you get to experience the drug and see if it’s even worthwhile. And then the company will work with your insurance and try writing preauthorization letters and letters of appeal to see if we can get you on the drug.Hopefully, I’m assuming, when insurance companies start seeing how much it prevents patients from going to the ER, how much it prevents patients coming to doctors again and again for headaches and it helps with their migraine, this will soon be on most commercial plans. Other similar medications to come: There are three more in the pipeline and hopefully we’ll have some of those by the end of the year. There is one more that is presumed to come next year, hopefully.Are we close to a cure for migraine: No. We can improve the quality of life with these medications to the point where patients either don’t have that many headaches or when they have a headache, they’re able to break it pretty quickly so they can go back to what they were doing. The problem is that there is no real path of physiology of migraine.Migraine can happen due to various reasons. There are several theories that we know, but there’s just one pathway that we know. However, with this new drug, we are a lot closer than we were a couple of years ago to finding a good, happy balance to someone having a migraine but still having a great quality of life. Sharelast_img read more

Culture Blends with Coffee in DCs Brightwood Park

first_imgOne year ago, the Brightwood Park neighborhood, a predominantly residential area in northwest Washington, D.C. just north of Howard University, welcomed a not-so-ordinary coffee shop called Culture Coffee.It’s a place where local vendors serve up much of the daily menu, such as Quentina Hampton’s breakfast quiches and 81-year-old Christien Thomas’s lemon pound cake.Step into Culture Coffee and, depending on the day or time, you may find yourself in the midst of an open-mic poetry reading, a neighborhood book club meeting, a birthday party or just a local community gathering. Lining the walls are the works of local artists for sale that you won’t find at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.“We have a space for pretty much anything you like,” said Saundrell Stevens, one of the café’s co-owners. “It’s not your typical coffee house.”Veronica Cooper, the other owner, agreed.“We are named Culture Coffee because we cater to different age, education and ethnic groups,” Cooper said. “It is really a big melting pot.”That is exactly what Cooper and Stevens had in mind for their coffee shop when they came up with the idea three and a half years ago.Stevens was frustrated about the lack of coffee shops in the neighborhood. She wanted to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee without driving miles away from home to get it. Cooper felt like coffee was speaking to her.“That Sunday of President Obama’s first inauguration, my girlfriend headed that ball,” Cooper said. “She asked me to help her put 1,000 bags of coffee in the gift bags. Every day, a coffee situation was coming up just like that.”Stevens said they both wanted something a little different from the typical coffee bar.“I wanted a nice coffee bar to go to that wasn’t so traditional,” she said. “I wanted something where people could go and sit down and get comfortable.”So far, the community has responded well.“[Culture Coffee] is far superior to Starbucks,” said Lisa Tucker, a real estate agent and frequent customer. “The local aspect and the coffee are better.”Danielle Parsons, a public health specialist, is also a fan.“Going to Culture Coffee is less about what I’m getting to drink and more about the environment, and who I might see there and who I might chat with,” said Parsons, 31.Cooper, a seamstress, and Stevens, a full-time government employee, took three and a half years to properly prepare for launching Culture Coffee. First, they saved money from their income. Next, they took out a Small Business Association loan worth $100,000. They put together a business plan and submitted it to a bank for approval.“After that, you find a location,” Stevens said. “We had the location maybe six months before we actually got approved for the loan. We just knew it was going to happen. You have to believe.”Culture Coffee opened for business on Nov. 2, 2013.“I was very nervous,” Stevens said. “I did not sleep at all, but I was very excited.”They sell coffee, tea, smoothies, milkshakes and wine, and sandwiches, pastries, salads, snacks and breakfast food are also on the menu. Not only do they boast an extensive menu, but all items are affordable.“Certain things are cheaper than at Starbucks, and they taste better,” customer Nishon Brown said.With their extensive and inexpensive menu and openness to the community, Culture Coffee is exactly what Cooper and Stevens envisioned. However, Cooper and Stevens said the business has not been profitable yet.“Business is steadily growing, a nice, even, slow pace, nothing fast,” Cooper aid. “It is a slow, steady climb.”Culture Coffee is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

Soulful Rendition at Tihar Jail

first_imgThe atmosphere and setting would not be seen as being conducive to cultural expression and appreciation. Yet, against the grim walls of Tihar Jail, an evening of soulful music and ethereal dance took the inmates to a more sublime plane for some hours on Wednesday evening in an endeavour, promoted by Legends of India, aiming at gradual reformation and rehabilitation of  people who have chosen a life of crime. This is the first time Sangeet Natak Akademi has joined hands with Legends of India to make their initiative a permanent feature.Sonam Kalra, the present day Sufi Queen, unfolded the Gospel of Sufi where many inmates swayed their heads and tapped their feet while some sat still — heads bowed and eyes shut—in deep thought, as if deciphering what lies ahead as the soulful melody of the great Baba Bulleh Shah in Sonam’s voice that reverberated in the air.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her accompanying artists too enthralled the audience with the  instrumental jugalbandi, which was the lime-light of the show. The inmates enthusiastically applauded with every beat of the instrument, enjoyed it thoroughly and some even started dancing with the flow of the Sufi. “They are inmates but were good audience, I must say. Everyone commits mistakes in life irrespective of who is behind the bars and who isn’t. But the reaction of the prisoners has confirmed that music will play the role of catalyst in their transformation” Sonam said while minimizing their show.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second part of the event was presented by Rachna Yadav, a Kathak dancer along with her group including four accompanying dancers. With energetic performances by the dancers and melodious composition by her team the prisoners were surprised and felt lucky to be a part of this event. Director General Alok Kumar Verma, who has played a pivotal role in accepting the concept of rehabilitation by Legends of India, said that “music affects the minds of the inmates and calms them. The pain of being away from their loved ones is traumatizing. We want to soothe their nerves, calm them”.last_img read more

Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal

first_imgVia Rail warns of delays through Montreal Friday, August 24, 2018 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img MONTREAL — Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could experience delays starting Aug. 24 because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated and there could be delays of up to 45 minutes.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Aug. 29.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired. Tags: VIA Rail Posted bylast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces district photo contest

first_img16Apr Rep. Glenn announces district photo contest State Rep. Annette Glenn announced today she is holding a photo contest for constituents in Midland and Bay counties. The top three photos will be chosen as winners and receive the following prizes:1st place – a tour of the state Capitol, the opportunity to sit on the House floor during session, and a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol2nd place – a tour of the state Capitol and a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol3rd place – a U.S. flag flown over the state Capitol“We are fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Michigan,” Glenn said. “This is an exciting opportunity to highlight the many wonderful things to do in our area during the summer, and I look forward to showcasing the winning photos in my Lansing office.”The contest will run from Monday, April 22 to Monday, June 3 and is open to participants living in the district Glenn serves. Photos may be emailed to AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov. All submissions should include the name, address, and contact information of the participant, the date the photo was taken, and where the photo was taken within the district. All photos must be taken by the individual entering the contest.Questions about the contest should be directed to AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov or (517) 373-1791. Categories: Annette Glenn Newslast_img read more

BBC Worldwide the commercial arm of the UK public

first_imgBBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has launched the first online game associated with its popular Strictly Come Dancing show.The game, Strictly Keep Dancing, is available now to UK players at StrictlyKeepDancing.com. It goes live simultaneously with a US version, Dancing with the Stars: Keep Dancing, associated with the US version of the show.The game allows players to customise their personal avatar and learn different dance routines including the Samba, Jive, Tango and more, all while customising each step to complete their dance routine.Separately, the BBC has for the first time used short-code mobile numbers to enable viewers to vote for the winner on its primetime talent show The Voice.Voice short-code numbers are typically five-digit numbers that let the caller know the exact cost of the call. While mobile operators have charged a premium for 0800, 0845 ad 090 numbers, those used for participation TV in the past, short-code numbers are designed to reduce the cost of the call. The voice short-code system has been promoted by the Association for Interactive Media and Entertainment (AIME).last_img read more

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics which

first_img“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.” —Murray Rothbard Import controls, asset seizures, money printing, and phony government statistics are no way to generate prosperity. These very policies are making Argentina destitute. Yet the country’s favorite son, Pope Francis, blames capitalism for the chasm between rich and poor. The heavy-handed kleptocracy in Argentina is anything but capitalism. But “trickle-down theories” that assume the free market will bring economic growth to all have the pontiff annoyed. He says the facts don’t confirm such outcomes, and that trusting the free market “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” Paying no attention to what is going on in his home country, he prefers the heavy hand of government. Getting to Know the New Pope Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) is Time magazine’s Person of the Year. To make his year even better, his favorite soccer team—Argentina’s San Lorenzo—won its first title since 2007. “What joy!” he exclaimed after hearing the news. The new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics is the first non-European pope of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to assume the name Francis. But this pope seems to be a normal guy, hanging with his peeps and rooting for his favorite team. Popes don’t possess any divine knowledge. Mr. Bergoglio got the job for pragmatic reasons. The Vatican has been poorly run in the last few years, engulfed by banking scandals and internal squabbles. Worldwide, payouts to the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the church’s key employees have ravaged the church’s finances. Selecting an outsider from Catholicism’s growth continent for pope makes perfect sense. Latin America has nearly half a billion followers, and its population should continue to grow much faster than Europe’s. Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires. As a cardinal, he clashed with the government of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner over gay marriage and free distribution of contraceptives. He should have protested her economic policies instead. Argentina ranks #160 (eight spots behind Haiti!) in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, landing it firmly in the “repressed” category. Argentinian inflation is a crippling 26.8%, though the government insists its only 10.5%. That disconnect between what the Argentinian government claims and what’s actually happening is a running theme. Independent estimates say 28% of Argentinians live in poverty, while the government claims that number is only 6%. It’s clear that economically, life in Argentina is not so good. However, Pope Francis sees no evil in his homeland, and instead focuses his ire on capitalism. Economic Ignorance I mentioned earlier that the pope doesn’t possess any divine knowledge. When it comes to economics, it appears he doesn’t have any knowledge at all. The pope says an economy of inequality kills, and “thou shall not kill.” He says laws of competition and survival of the fittest put people out of work “without any means of escape.” This presumes that goods and services come from thin air, when in fact it takes labor to create these products. Consumers determine which goods and services are successful and which are not. The economy isn’t akin to, say, the Catholic religion, with masters from on high dictating what people should think and how they should act. Individuals in the marketplace have unique wants and desires. Entrepreneurs forecast what consumers will want, how much, and for what price. The successful ones make money, the unsuccessful go broke. Either way, consumers benefit from this competition the pope is so incensed over. The pope believes that markets put the environment at risk. Has he never studied the environmental degradation wrought by communist regimes? Rich societies value the environment more highly than poor ones, simply because they can afford to. Francis implies that market forces prevent states, “charged with vigilance for the common good” from exercising control. Thankfully, to some degree, he has that right. Marketplace innovations help keep us slightly ahead of the state’s thuggery. Then, laughably, he writes about debt and interest keeping “citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power.” That’s true as far as it goes, but he fails to recognize that it’s not the free market forcing debt upon people. Governments around the world are burdening generations of citizens with debt that they can never hope to repay. None is worse than Bergoglio’s home country Argentina. The inequality Pope Francis frets about, he says, leads to “inordinate consumerism” and ultimately to violence. The perpetrators of this violence will not be at fault, says the pope, “because the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root.” Au contraire: nothing is fairer than a system of voluntary exchanges. That’s what laissez faire capitalism is. Government intervention destroys this fairness by creating rules to take from one group to give to another. Rush Limbaugh called Pope Francis a Marxist, to which the pontiff replied, “Marxist ideology is wrong,” but that he knows some nice Marxists. He went on: “The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger [but] nothing ever comes out for the poor.” Your Excellency, it’s good when the glass gets bigger. A bigger glass is what we’re after. But it can only grow if the government allows it to. Taxation and regulation keep the glass small and government’s hand big. If nothing trickles down, it’s because it trickled into the government’s pockets.last_img read more

Dear Reader I do not have health insurance T

first_imgDear Reader, I do not have health insurance. This is a problem, but not for the reasons you think. I am not one of the admirable few who disobeyed the “Affordable” Care Act by electing to self-insure and pay the resultant penalty rather than purchase a conforming policy. I would have taken that route if I were single; since the steepest healthcare bill I’ve ever racked up was an $800 ER fee to pop my dislocated pinky back into place after a basketball mishap, paying almost that much each month in premiums makes zero sense. But I’m not single. I’m one half of a marital unit, and because my wife visits several specialty doctors per year, we need health insurance. We’re trying to get it. We mail a fat monthly check to Vermont Health Connect (VHC), just like the gub’mint said to. But we’ve received nothing in return. No ID cards. No policy info. Not even a “Thanks for the money, suckers.” Maybe the check got lost in the mail, you say? Nope. VHC cashed it and emailed us another bill for February. That VHC cashed the check tells me that, in theory, we do have health insurance. But theoretical health insurance gets you about as far as a theoretical plane ticket. My wife has picked up two prescriptions in the past month, and in both instances the pharmacist was unmoved by her insistence that we do indeed have insurance. So she paid full price for the prescriptions. I hate to think of the predicament this puts people with real health problems in. What’s more, the complexity of maintaining our health insurance plan has multiplied tenfold since Obamacare kicked in. It used to be maintenance-free; our employers paid for our coverage behind the scenes, and we never had to handle a bill. Apparently, something about that process was too complicated for the government to administer, so we’ve regressed back to prehistoric methods. Now each month, VHC emails me a notice that my bill is due. They don’t email me the bill itself; that would be too simple. They only notify me that my bill is somewhere in cyberspace. So I have to log on to their medieval website and navigate through a maze of counterintuitive, ever-changing links to find the bill. I then print it out, write a paper check, put them both in an envelope, and drive to the mailbox. You know, kind of how we used to do things before the Internet. Total amount of time wasted each month? At least forty-five minutes. Just to recap, health insurance now costs more, is much more onerous to administer, and so far, at least for my family, is unusable. Not exactly the healthcare nirvana that Barack promised. End of Rant No one likes a rant, so I’ll quit mine here by ending with a query: How’s Obamacare going in your state? Tell us any stories, good or bad, in the comments section below. Today’s missive is jam-packed with good stuff, including one more article than usual, so let’s get to it. First up, in an effort to examine the signs that it might be time to move yourself or at least some of your money outside your home country, Doug French explores the desperate measures governments have taken when they’re headed toward bankruptcy. It’s not pretty. After that, Dennis Miller has a thorough explanation of bonds for the layman. Then we’ll wrap up with David Galland’s thoughts on the secret to success in Casey Gems.last_img read more

President Obama may have just turned the G8 into t

first_imgPresident Obama may have just turned the G8 into the G7 and dismissed Russia as a “regional power,” but this is no Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky. In this geopolitical chess match, the Russian is outmaneuvering the American at every turn. Putin’s antics are nothing new—he’s been quietly undermining the US for over a decade. Let’s examine some of his more successful gambits from the past, and see what they can tell us about the present. Dropping Financial Bombs In 1998, Russia defaulted on $40 billion of domestic debt, forcing the Federal Reserve to engineer a bailout of hedge fund Long Term Capital Management. Three years later, Putin used the distraction of the Olympics to invade US ally Georgia. While the world was focused on the Beijing games, the Russian leader told George W. Bush, “War has started.” But the Georgia invasion was nothing compared to the bomb Russia was dropping on US markets. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson was in Beijing for a family trip to see the games, but he worried about Fannie and Freddie the whole time, as he was told the Russians had approached the Chinese to work together to dump their Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shares. In his book On the Brink, Paulson wrote the motivation was “to force the US to use its emergency authorities to prop up these companies.” He went on, “The report was deeply troubling—heavy selling could create a sudden loss of confidence in the GSEs and shake the capital markets. I waited till I was back home and in a secure environment to inform the president.” Of course, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the bear raid conspiracy. To this day, the former Treasury secretary claims the two countries never carried out the plan. However, Russia did unload all $65.6 billion of its Fannie and Freddie debt that year. As for the Chinese, Aaron Back reported for the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “China’s selloff of Fannie and Freddie securities in 2008 was widely credited with pushing up mortgage rates in the US at a time Washington was struggling to revive housing sales.” He cited US Treasury data, writing, “China has been steadily selling its holdings of agency securities since mid-2008. It sold a net $24.67 billion worth of agency securities in 2009, and $27.35 billion in the first 11 months of 2010, according to the data.” In the end, less than a month after Paulson was given that information in Beijing, the US government took over Fannie and Freddie and placed them into conservatorship. Putin the Loan Shark How many of the world’s leaders would have the foresight to structure a loan as a private-sector eurobond? One sovereign-debt expert called the structure of Russia’s $3 billion loan to Ukraine “clever.” Here’s why: instead of handing aid money directly to Ukraine, Russia had the Ukrainian government float $3 billion in bonds denominated in euros. Russia then bought the bonds. But that’s not all—the Russians had a provision written into the bond that if the Ukraine’s debt-to-GDP level reached 60%, Russia could call the bonds for immediate payment. Such a qualification in government bonds is very unusual. Mitu Gulati, a sovereign-bond expert, says he has never seen a government bond with a similar debt-to-GDP provision. Most sovereign debt is ‘covenant-lite.’” Today, Ukraine has eurobonds outstanding to several countries, so stiffing only Russia isn’t an option, because it would hurt the price of all their debt. America’s beltway pundits agitating for a large aid package to Ukraine should realize that Putin’s foresight ensures that any US aid money will find its way to Moscow. More Smart Than Lucky After being out of office four years, Putin took over again in 2012. A year later, the Russian president didn’t just say the US was endangering the global economy with its dollar monopoly—he put Russia’s money where his mouth was. Putin made sure the world’s largest oil producer would become the biggest gold buyer as well, adding 570 tonnes in the last ten years, much of it on his watch. “The more gold a country has, the more sovereignty it will have if there’s a cataclysm with the dollar, the euro, the pound, or any other reserve currency,” Evgeny Fedorov, a lawmaker for Putin’s United Russia, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg. Putin had his central bank start loading up on the yellow metal when the price was just $495 an ounce. This makes him either smarter or luckier than, say, former UK finance minister Gordon Brown, who sold 400 tonnes of the metal when gold traded under $300. It’s safe to say Putin is smarter than your average politician. For instance, Saudi Arabia’s influential intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, met with Putin last year and offered to buy $15 billion worth of arms from Russia in return for Putin abandoning his support of Syria. Bandar even assured Putin that the Saudis would never sign an agreement allowing a gulf state to ship gas through Syria. Putin just laughed. He knows a pipeline through Syria would mean Russia’s Gazprom would lose its European gas business to Qatar. Zero Hedge pointed out last August, “What is shocking in all of this is that Saudi Arabia was so stupid and/or naïve to believe that Putin would voluntarily cede geopolitical control over the insolvent Eurozone, where he has more influence, according to some, than even the ECB or Bernanke. Especially in the winter.” Saudi promises or not, Putin’s no dummy. Europe obtains 30% of its natural gas from Russia and half of that runs through Ukrainian pipelines. Putin’s energy stranglehold is strongest in Eastern Europe, where several individual countries are at Russia’s mercy: Slovakia relies on Russia for 93% of its gas; Poland (83%), Hungary (81%), the Czech Republic (66%), and Austria (61%) are captive customers of Russia, too. Ukraine’s prime minister, Arse Yatsenyuk, says Russia could use energy as a “new nuclear weapon.” As it is, Ukraine is $1.89 billion behind in payments to Russian company Gazprom for gas. Shunned by the West, Putin Looks East Putin has been a laughingstock in the West for spending a reported $60 billion on the Sochi winter games. But while the world was focusing on curling and ice dancing, he was amassing troops at the Crimea border and managed to engineer a bloodless annexation before the Paralympics were over. In response, the most powerful country in the world sanctioned a few Russian individuals and a mid-size bank Putin does business with. This toothless action gave Putin another laugh, and he responded by imposing some sanctions of his own on John Boehner, Harry Reid, and others, as well as 13 Canadians. While Obama and Angela Merkel make nasty noises in Russia’s direction, Reuters reports, “The Holy Grail for Moscow is a natural gas supply deal with China that is apparently now close after years of negotiations. If it can be signed when Putin visits China in May, he will be able to hold it up to show that global power has shifted eastwards and he does not need the West.” “The worse Russia’s relations are with the West, the closer Russia will want to be to China. If China supports you, no one can say you’re isolated,” said Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) think tank. Russia is also looking to redirect the flow of its oil. “Russia is trying to diversify its energy flows away from its core European markets,” according to Reuters, “with Rosneft leading the race with plans to triple oil flows to China to over 1 million barrels per day in coming years.” Rosneft is the top oil producer in the world and is run by Putin ally Igor Sechin. Sechin wrapped up a recent Asian trip by meeting with the folks at India’s state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp ONGC, Reliance Industries, an Indian conglomerate, and India’s biggest refiner Indian Oil Corporation. China and India’s combined population is over 2.5 billion. That’s a lot of potential customers. Experience Matters Vladimir Putin worked as a KGB officer stationed in East Germany from 1975 to 1989. While the future Russian president worked the front lines of the Cold War, the future US president was going to high school in Hawaii, followed by college in Los Angeles and New York, before heading to Chicago to become a community organizer. When Putin was instructing his central bank to buy gold, Barack Obama was learning to navigate Capitol Hill as a freshly minted US senator. Obama was on the presidential campaign trail spouting empty campaign slogans when Russia orchestrated the meltdown of Fannie and Freddie. Today, Obama is waging multiple wars around the globe while gumming up the US economy with increased regulation and the highest corporate taxes in the world. Putin? He’s busy selling oil and gas and buying gold. It doesn’t seem like a fair fight. Besides having gold, oil, natural gas, palladium, and any number of other critical natural assets, Russia has improved its government’s finances manyfold while the United States has been borrowing its way to insolvency. Russia’s current debt-to-GDP ratio is 8.4%, after being a reported 57% when it defaulted on its debt. Uncle Sam is going in the opposite direction. US debt to GDP was 60% when Russia defaulted in 1998—now it is over 100%. The bottom line is that Russia is anything but “regional.” Obama should realize Putin’s ground troops are the least of America’s worries. The Russian president’s financial moves are what affect us all. And he’s running circles around Obama in the places it counts—from forging relationships with China and India to his accumulation of gold. You’re probably wondering how to make money while Putin schools the teleprompter-in-chief. Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad penned an excellent piece on Ukraine and Putin in last week’s Dispatch, and it was just an appetizer for his in-depth report coming in the April Casey Report. Click here to take The Casey Report for a risk-free spin, and to get Bud’s upcoming in-depth analysis hot off the digital press.last_img read more

Shirley Avedon 90­­ had never been a cannabis us

first_imgShirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome, which sends shooting pains into both of her hands, and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments are prompting her to consider some new options.”It’s very painful; sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon says.So for the second time in two months, she has climbed aboard a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.The retired manager of an oncology office says she’s seeking the same relief she saw cancer patients get from smoking marijuana 25 years ago.”At that time (marijuana) wasn’t legal, so they used to get it off their children,” she says with a laugh. “It was fantastic what it did for them.”Avedon doesn’t want to get high from anything she uses. So on her first trip, she picked up a topical cream that was sold as a pain reliever. It contained cannabidiol, or CBD, but was formulated without THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.”It helped a little,” she says. “Now I’m going back for the second time hoping they have something better.”As more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use — 30 states plus the District of Columbia to date — the cannabis industry is booming. Among the fastest growing group of users: people over 50, with especially steep increases among those 65 and older. And some dispensaries are tailoring their pitches to seniors like Avedon who are seeking alternative treatments for their aches, pains and other medical conditions. ­­On this particular morning, about 35 seniors climb on board the free shuttle — paid for by a licensed cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana called Bud and Bloom. After about a half-hour drive, the large white bus pulls up to the parking lot of the dispensary.About half the seniors on board today are repeat customers; the other half are cannabis newbies who’ve never tried it before, says Kandice Hawes, director of community outreach for Bud and Bloom.”Not everybody is coming to be a customer,” Hawes says. “A lot are just coming to be educated.”Among them, Layla Sabet, 72, a first-timer seeking relief from back pain that she says keeps her awake at night.”I’m taking so much medication to sleep and still I can’t sleep,” she says. “So I’m trying it for the back pain and the sleep.” Hawes invites the seniors into a large room with chairs and a table set up with free sandwiches and drinks. As they eat, she begins the presentation that focuses on the potential benefits of cannabis as a reliever of anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain and the various ways people can consume it.Several vendors on site also take turns speaking to the group about the goods they sell. Then, the seniors are invited into the dispensary where they’re able to buy everything from old-school rolled joints and high-tech vaporizer pens to liquid sublingual tinctures, topical creams and an assortment of sweet, cannabis-infused edibles.Jim Lebowitz, 75, is a return customer who suffers pain from back surgery two years ago.He prefers to eat his cannabis.”I got chocolate and I got gummies,” he tells a visitor. “Never had the chocolate before, but I’ve had the gummies and they worked pretty good.””Gummies” are cannabis-infused chewy candies. His contain both the CBD and THC, two active ingredients in marijuana.Derek Tauchman rings up sales at one of several Bud and Bloom registers in the dispensary. He says fear of getting high is the biggest concern expressed by senior consumers, who make up the bulk of the dispensary’s new business.”What they don’t realize is there’s so many different ways to medicate now that you don’t have to actually get high to relieve all your aches and pains,” he says.Despite such enthusiasm, marijuana isn’t well-researched, says Dr. David Reuben, Archstone professor of medicine and geriatrics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.While cannabis is legal both medically and recreationally in California, it remains a schedule 1 substance – meaning it’s illegal under federal law. And that makes it harder to study.The limited research that exists suggests that marijuana may be helpful in treating pain and nausea, according to a research overview published last year by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Less conclusive research points to it helping with sleep problems and anxiety.Reuben says he sees a growing number of patients interested in using it for things like anxiety, chronic pain and depression.”I am, in general, fairly supportive of this because these are conditions (for which) there aren’t good alternatives,” he says.But Reuben cautions his patients that products bought at marijuana dispensaries aren’t FDA regulated, as are prescription drugs. That means dose and consistency can vary.”There’s still so much left to learn about how to package, how to ensure quality and standards,” he says. “So the question is how to make sure the people are getting high-quality product and then testing its effectiveness.”And there are risks associated with cannabis use, too, says Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, who directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”When you have an industry that does nothing but blanket our society with messages about the medicinal value of marijuana, people get the idea this is a safe substance to use. And that’s not true,” she says.Side effects can include increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting, and with long-term use, there’s a potential for addiction, some studies say. Research suggests that between 9 and 30 percent of those who use marijuana may develop some degree of marijuana use disorder.Still, Reuben says, if it gets patients off more addictive and potentially dangerous prescription drugs — like opioids — all the better.Jim Levy, 71, suffers a pinched nerve that shoots pain down both his legs. He uses a topical cream and ingests cannabis gelatin capsules and lozenges.”I have no way to measure, but I’d say it gets rid of 90 percent of the pain,” says Levy, who — like other seniors here — pays for these products out-of-pocket as Medicare doesn’t cover cannabis.”I got something they say is wonderful and I hope it works,” says Avedon. “It’s a cream.”The price tag: $90. Avedon says that if it helps ease the carpal tunnel pain she suffers, it’ll be worth it.”It’s better than having surgery,” she says.Precautions to keep in mindThough marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, it’s legal in some form in 30 states and the District of Columbia. And a growing number of Americans are considering trying it for health reasons. For people who are, doctors advise the following cautions.Talk to your doctor. Tell your doctor you’re thinking about trying medical marijuana. Although he or she may have some concerns, most doctors won’t judge you for seeking out alternative treatments.Make sure your prescriber is aware of all the medications you take. Marijuana might have dangerous interactions with prescription medications, particularly medicines that can be sedating, says Dr. Benjamin Han, a geriatrician at New York University School of Medicine who studies marijuana use in the elderly.Watch out for dosing. Older adults metabolize drugs differently than young people. If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, try the lowest possible dose first to avoid feeling intoxicated. And be especially careful with edibles.They can have very concentrated doses that don’t take effect right away.Elderly people are also more sensitive to side effects. If you start to feel unwell, talk to your doctor right away. “When you’re older, you’re more vulnerable to the side effects of everything,” Han says. “I’m cautious about everything.”Look for licensed providers. In some states like California, licensed dispensaries must test for contaminants. Be especially careful with marijuana bought illegally. “If you’re just buying marijuana down the street … you don’t really know what’s in that,” says Dr. Joshua Briscoe, a palliative care doctor at Duke University School of Medicine who has studied the use of marijuana for pain and nausea in older patients. “Buyer beware.”Bottom line: the research on medical marijuana is limited. There’s even less we know about marijuana use in older people. Proceed with caution.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes NPR and Kaiser Health News.Jenny Gold and Mara Gordon contributed to this report. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

YouTube Shooting Suspect Had Been Angry Over Filtering and Demonetization

first_img Richard Lawler YouTube Shooting Suspect Had Been Angry Over Filtering and Demonetization Nasim Aghdam’s father told a reporter he’d called police about her anger at the company. –shares This story originally appeared on Engadget Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List YouTube Image credit: Josh Edelson via Getty Imagescenter_img 3 min read YouTube’s headquarters office is seen with police activity during an active shooter situation in San Bruno, California. Next Article Apply Now » San Bruno police identified the shooter at YouTube’s HQ as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman from San Diego, and said there is no evidence she knew the victims or that they were specifically targeted. While the sources have not confirmed a reason behind the attack, now that her name is known we’ve found a number of videos from her posted on YouTube and other sites saying that she was a vegan athlete and animal rights activist.The suspected shooter in today’s YouTube incident has been identified. Please see press release for details – https://t.co/Xvr2l9bB9s pic.twitter.com/NEBoX3WWK5— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 4, 2018 In several videos posted over the last year or so, she angrily spoke about the company’s policies, saying they were filtering her videos so they wouldn’t get any more views, and she was upset over demonetization. It appears the channels have now been completely removed by YouTube, citing policy violations.On her website, she wrote: “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!””BE AWARE! Dictatorship exists in all countries but with different tactics! They only care forpersonal short term profits & do anything to reach their goals even by fooling simple-minded people,hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk,abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism &sexual degeneration in the name of freedom,….. & turning people into programmed robots!’Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it’Hitler… There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is notsupported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people canhardly see their videos!”.There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site,your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!”CBS2 News reporter Tina Patel spoke to Aghdam’s father, who said he told police of her anger with YouTube after they called him and said that after being missing for a few days, she’d been found in her car in Mountain View. The network also said Aghdam asked for the male victim by name before the shooting started. Buzzfeed heard from Mountain View police in an email that officers found a woman by that name asleep in her vehicle in a parking lot there Tuesday morning. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. April 4, 2018last_img read more

Hungry for Donald Flakes and Better Eat Your Bernies

first_img Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 30shares Editorial Director Kickstarter 3 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Add to Queue April 6, 2016 Dan Bova Politics might not make for polite dinner conversation, but what about at breakfast? Enter the Kickstarter campaign to get two new cereals into production: Donald Flakes and Better Eat Your Bernies. Launched by Miguel Dominguez, Election Cereals promises to “Make cereal great again!”We wondered: Is Miguel just milking this crazy election for laughs? Is his use of flakes a comment on our political system? To find out (and to stop ourselves from filling the entire day with terrible cereal puns), we spoon-fed him some questions.Entrepreneur: When did the idea hit you?Dominguez: I wanted to bring some comedic relief to the campaign trail. I thought about how fun and colorful the cereal boxes of our adolescence were compared to what you see on the shelves today and was thinking about how they used to develop cereal box concepts around celebrities and political figures. That’s when I realized that there was an opportunity to create something around both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, who are two very interesting and dynamic characters. Entrepreneur: What thinking went into the design?Dominguez: We took both characters and conceptualized them as cartoonish figures and added games to the back of the box. With the Bernie box, we made references to some of the things he’s preaching as well as him being a Senator from Vermont. The Donald Box most prominently has him in a fight with the giant robot, which is meant to depict “the establishment.”Entrepreneur: What does the cereal taste like?Dominguez: Our corn flakes are the crispy and delicious golden flakes we remember from our childhood.Entrepreneur: Have you sent samples to the campaigns?Dominguez: We are in the process of doing so. We are excited to see what they think.Entrepreneur: What happens if it is Cruz vs. Hillary?Dominguez: Our goal is to introduce one more box after the July conventions, which will display the final two candidates as a head-to-head showdown. The artwork for that box is will be very comical. Our goal is to introduce that box sometime in August.  We would definitely love to send you one once our samples are done.Entrepreneur: We’ll have our spoons polished and ready.   Entrepreneur Staff Image credit: Miguel Dominguez Hungry for ‘Donald Flakes’ and ‘Better Eat Your Bernies’?last_img read more

Chinese Automaker Plans SelfDriving Electric Car by 2020

first_img –shares This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Chinese Automaker Plans Self-Driving, Electric Car by 2020 Enroll Now for $5 Self-Driving Cars Reuters July 12, 2016center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc. as green energy car sales boom in China.Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.The company was in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also included dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company was in talks with, although he said the leadership team would also have partial ownership.While Future Mobility intended to jump directly to fully self-driving cars, drivers would only be able to turn on full autonomy in a pilot city at first, later expanding to other geographies.The company would draw from the same battery technology made by a short list of suppliers that most automakers use but aimed to better rivals with more efficient battery management software.Breaking outFuture Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.Even Tesla now aims to produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018.But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Stephen Coates) Image credit: Reuters | Kyung-Hoon 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. Add to Queuelast_img read more