Humidity decreases in time for ComicCon weekend

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Humidity decreases in time for Comic-Con weekend KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A low pressure system that brought humid conditions to the region will begin to make its way out starting Thursday.Morning clouds and fog will stretch inland until mid-morning Thursday, allowing for mostly sunny skies Thursday. Morning fog will allow for cooler temperatures throughout the day.Conditions will be slightly more comfortable as humidity levels continue to lower through the weekend.Temperatures Thursday are expected to be 76 degrees along the coast, 85 degrees inland, 84 degrees for the mountains and 106 degrees in the deserts.last_img read more

Read More
WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 26, 2019 to June 3, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierKane taught English for 35 years by Cassia BurnsSupt. Brand offers staffing updates by Lizzie McDermottDispatcher job is more than customer service by Lizzy HillSelectmen choose Town Accountant by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunOlin remediation plan ready by fall by Emma MurphyLike 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… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Read More
Road crashes kill 3 in 2 dists

first_imgThree people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Chittagong on Monday, according to UNB. In Chittagong, two vegetable traders were killed and two others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in Sitakunda upazila early Monday.Police said the accident took place around 3:45am when a Chittagong-bound vegetable-laden truck from Chandina of Comilla hit a stationed truck in Shitalpur area, leaving two traders dead on the spot and driver and helper injured.The bodies of the two deceased-Abdur Rab, 52, from Barura upazila of Comilla and Siddikur Rahman, 45, hailing from Chandina upazila-were sent to morgue for autopsy, said Ahsan Habib, officer-in-charge of Baro Aulia highway police station.The injured were taken to hospital.In Comilla, a truck helper was killed when a covered van hit a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Hatatoli area in Sadar Dakhshin upazila early Monday.The deceased is Arafat Rahman Rifat, son of Abdul Matin, a resident of Daulatpur village in Begumganj upazila in Noakhali district.Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Maynamati Highway Police, said that the accident took place around 6:30 am when the covered van hit the truck, leaving the helper dead on the spot and truck driver and covered van helper injured.The injured were admitted to Comilla Medical College and Hospital.Police seized the vehicles.last_img read more

Read More
EC getting instructions from PMO alleges BNP

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday alleged that various instructions are being given to the election commission regularly ‘from the Prime Minister’s Office’ to implement the government agenda.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also questioned the neutrality of three election commissioners.”Election commissioners M Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahdat Hossain have been playing important roles in holding the upcoming election, but there is a hearsay that they’re working in favour of the ruling party,” he said.The BNP leader also alleged that prime minister’s adviser HT Imam regularly discuss various issues with the three commissioners.Of the three, he said, the senior most one was given the main charge for implementing the government’s agenda.”HT imam gives his all directives through the Commissioner. Various instructions are being sent from the prime minister’s office to the chief election commissioner through messengers, and it has been confirmed from the CEC’s office,” Rizvi claimed.He alleged that a cell has been set up at the PMO to control the returning officers.”The nominations of the BNP candidates and Awami League’s rebel independent ones were scrapped during scrutiny on 2 December as per the suggestion of the cell.”The BNP leader alleged that there was a strong instruction from the cell about the ruling party’s rebel candidates.”The election commission during the appeal hearing is also following the same direction regarding the independent candidates.”He said they came to know that former election commissioner Mobarak Hossain has been made the legal adviser to the ruling party’s election steering cell.Besides, the BNP leader said, 12 police officials have been given the charge to help the ruling party rig votes in different regions.Rizvi said they have also got information that the National Security Intelligence (NSI) officials have been asked to prepare a list of the election observers.”The agency has already formed an alliance titled ‘Election Working Forum’ with 20 organisations registered with the election commission.”He said a list of 20,000 local election observers under the alliance has been made and they will be there at polling stations to work in favour of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.last_img read more

Read More
Full Show The New American Economy And Stories from the Storm July

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: A Texas firefighters union is urging the City of Baytown to drop its lawsuit against a firefighter who’s battling cancer. It’s a legal dispute over coverage for medical treatment. Then, some homeowners impacted by Harvey are dropping out of a buyout program. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik will tell you why.Also this hour: As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debate how to move forward with immigration policies, we take a look at how immigrants impact Houston’s economy. Plus: Another installment of Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories from the Storm’, featuring community leaders and everyday Houstonians reflecting on how Harvey changed their lives and the community around them.  Today, the managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk about going downtown after the storm and discovering the damage to Houston’s Theatre District as well as the difficult road to recovery that had proud moments of resilience along the way.Then, Writer Jeff Balke join Houston Matters for the latest on the developments in Houston Sports. Watch An Excerpt from Houston Public Media’s Stories From The Storm Episode 4: managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk Listen X WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:41last_img read more

Read More
Research team claims to have directly sampled electricfield vacuum fluctuations

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Scientists ‘squeeze’ light one particle at a time Theoretical physicists believe that empty space is not empty at all, instead it is filled with quantum particles that pop in and out of existence creating what are known as electric-field vacuum fluctuations. Prior research has led to efforts that have measured such fluctuations indirectly, but no one, until now, has claimed to be able to measure them directly.The experiment conducted by the team in Germany involved using a long pulse of light to study a shorter pulse of light by firing both through a crystal at the same time. The long pulse had a horizontal polarization while the shorter pulse had a vertical polarization. In such an arrangement, properties of the crystal are dependent on the electric field that exists inside of it, which in turn causes a change in the polarization of the beams that are fired into it and then emerge on the other side. The researchers adjusted the timing of the light pulses to map out fluctuations in the electric field. To offset vacuum fluctuations related to their own existence, they put in just the probe pulse—nothing else. When repeated many times, the researchers found the polarization varied slightly, which the researchers attributed to vacuum fluctuations. To be able to actually see what was going on, the team varied the width and duration of the pulses but not the number of photons in a given beam. They noted that the shot noise should have stayed constant as the pulse grew in size, but it did not, which the team claims was due to electric-field vacuum fluctuations.Not everyone is convinced—many in the field on reading the paper by the team were quick to point out that variations in the pulse could just as easily have come from something else. Clearly more work will have to be done before the claims made by the team are accepted by the physics community. Journal information: Science Citation: Research team claims to have directly sampled electric-field vacuum fluctuations (2015, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-team-sampled-electric-field-vacuum-fluctuations.html Explore furthercenter_img Vacuum fluctuations may be thought of as a flickering of the quantum light field even in total darkness. The positive (red) and negative (blue) regions are randomly distributed in space and they change constantly at high speed – similar to black-and-white noise on a TV screen with no signal input. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: “Direct Sampling of Electric-Field Vacuum Fluctuations.” Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9788ABSTRACTThe ground state of quantum systems is characterized by zero-point motion. Those vacuum fluctuations are generally deemed an elusive phenomenon that manifests itself only indirectly. Here, we report direct detection of the vacuum fluctuations of electromagnetic radiation in free space. The ground-state electric field variance is found to be inversely proportional to the four-dimensional space-time volume sampled electro-optically with tightly focused few-femtosecond laser pulses. Sub-cycle temporal readout and nonlinear coupling far from resonance provide signals from purely virtual photons without amplification. Our findings enable an extreme time-domain approach to quantum physics with nondestructive access to the quantum state of light. Operating at multi-terahertz frequencies, such techniques might also allow time-resolved studies of intrinsic fluctuations of elementary excitations in condensed matter.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Konstanz, in Germany is claiming to have directly sampled electric-field vacuum fluctuations, which would be the first ever made. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes an experiment they carried out and a part of it which they claim indicates that they have measured vacuum fluctuations directly for the first time.last_img read more

Read More
Cine Musique Radiomentale Night

first_imgRadiomentale showcased their style of creating new soundtracks for silent and classic experimental films in the city Wednesday evening. The electronic music, sound artist and DJ duo Jean-Yves Leloup and Eric Pajot got together in 1992, to bring this music form to the front stage. It is therefore, not surprising that Jean and Eric often are known as the pioneers of ‘cinemix’ which is an audiovisual performing practice popular in France.Jean-Yves Leloup, born in Paris, is a sound-artist, DJ, critic, journalist and a curator, specialising in electronic music, contemporary art and new technologies. Eric Pajot, born in Bourgogne is a visual artist, a musician and a DJ. The duo started their career in the mid 90’s with their own radio show by drawing on an eclectic range of audio sources, including sound experiments, movie soundtracks, ambient music, experimental and electronic music, natural sounds, fragment of interviews and human voice. Radiomentale is the outcome of that endeavor – but in a new, creative and innovative form! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised by Alliance Francaise,  the Radiomentale performance in central Delhi on 26 June bought together an audience with majority of youngsters who enjoyed the cinemix show followed by a DJ mash up for about an hour adding to the mesmerized and lively ambience. The film screened in the evening for this cine-concert was a rework of The General (USA, 1927) film by Buster Keaton which made an interesting combination of an American film with French duo DJ’s  music. The film is an adventure-epic classic, comedy film. The  audience got to form a whole new perspective of watching mute films with the Radiomentale style of music. RadioMentale are on a six- city tour with this show and other cities on the list are – Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. Their performances have also been witnessed in various international venues such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kassel’s Documenta, Luxembourg Mudam, Paris Cité de la musique, Cartier Foundation and more.last_img read more

Read More
Reexploring cultural heritage

first_imgThe Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 59th edition of the spectacular “Ramlila” which is a beautiful amalgamation of reality and idealism. It is about magnificent costumes, masterful lighting, perfect choreography and music. The Ramlila was inaugurated by Kathak Samrat Pandit Birju Maharaj (Padma Vibhushan) on Tuesday.Shobha Deepak Singh’s in-depth, meticulous research on the Ramayan stands reflected in the ‘Ramlila’, which portrays familiar and endearing incidents from the epic Ramayana including the banvas of the revered ‘Ram’, Sita’s unwavering love and faith in the face of several personal predicaments, Ravana’s crafty strategies, Ram’s unquestioning obedience to his father, his graceful acceptance and addressing of adversities of daily existence, his ability to transcend barriers of caste and creed through acceptance of Shabri’s fruits and Hanuman’s gigantic effort in getting the Sanjivani booti.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “As in previous years, this year’s show is also thoroughly researched. The performance has grown in production value such as charisma and authenticity of the costumes, choreography, music, lights and sets. The show is therefore endearing. In Sita’s portrayal there is power to the woman, in her graceful coming in to her own, in the face of trials and tribulations. There is a change in the cast of the lead characters. Also there are new dancers, playing some of the lead roles for the first time.”Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s “Ramlila” has enjoyed the presence of eminent individuals in the audience including Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Late Zail Singh, Late Indira Gandhi, Late Dr Radhakrishnan, Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Shri Sanjiva Reddy and several others.Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 59th edition of “Ramlila” urges self reflection, guiding aspirations, to embrace and integrate the order of existence with a relevant, modern perspective.last_img read more

Read More
Negative social media behaviours may indicate depression

first_imgNegative social media behaviours, such as comparing oneself to others or spending too much time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, may indicate major depressive disorder, a study has found. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioural Research, showed that certain social media factors were linked with major depressive disorder (MDD) in a study of millennials. In the study of 504 millennials who actively use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, individuals who met the criteria for MDD scored higher on the Social Media Addiction scale were more likely to compare themselves to others better off than they were. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey also indicated that they would be more bothered by being tagged in unflattering pictures and were less likely to post pictures of themselves along with other people “While this study highlights social media behaviours that are associated with major depression, it is important to recognise that social media use can offer many positive benefits, including fostering social support,” said Krista Howard, of Texas State University in the US. “The key is for individuals to develop an awareness of how they currently use social media and to determine what changes could be made in their social media use to reduce the behaviours associated with psychological distress,” Howard said. “Some changes could include reducing the time spent on social media, unfollowing individuals or groups that cause distress, or limiting online social comparisons,” she said.last_img read more

Read More
Going Beyond Passwords 4 Ways to Keep Your Companys Information Safe

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Q: Besides having employees use passwords, what are other ways to keep your company safe?A: A great question about digital security for entrepreneurs is: Where do I start? For most early stage or startup companies, it’s everything you can do just to have your vision play out with minimal distractions. That said, the last thing you want is to have your business sullied by being a victim of an attack.Over the past year we’ve seen a dramatic increase in ransomware, a type of malware that freezes certain files on computers and smartphones then requires a ransom to unlock the files, targeting small companies. Being a victim of ransomware can have a crippling effect on your business and your fledging reputation.Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In SecurityBeyond requiring complex passwords and that they be changed, at a minimum, once every quarter, the top four digital security measures that should be part of your company include the following:1. Install anti-virus on every PC and smartphone and keep it current.This may seem obvious, but I’m surprised at how often I hear about companies that do not have active anti-virus software installed. Most anti-virus software includes a firewall capability which should be turned on as well. Having both active is the first line of defense against bad actors targeting your business.2. Teach employees how to determine if an email is part of a phishing or spear phishing campaign.Phishing or spear phishing is when scammers use email to elicit sensitive information to be used for malicious activities. This year we have seen several instances in which employees received an email from scammer posing as their CEO requesting the employee’s user name and password. It was surprising how many employees sent that information. Last year at Intel we launched a phishing quiz. More than 40,000 people took the quiz and 97 percent got at least one wrong.Related: Here’s How to Build a Strong Security Team to Keep Your Company Safe and SoundIn the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, phishing was a top attack vector. Find tips here on how to determine if an email is part of a phishing attack.3. Have all employees install and use a web reputation tool when browsing.Implanting malicious software into a website to infect devices that visit the website is a popular technique used by cybercriminals. We refer to this type of attack as a “drive-by download.” There are several free tools available to everyone that will alert them if they are about to go to a website that is known to contain malicious code.4. Implement a comprehensive backup program.This, much like installing AV on every device, should be apparent, but again I’m surprised by how often companies lose everything when they are the victim of a cyberattack because they don’t have its critical data backed up. You have two choices here. You can use a cloud-based storage option or you can use on premise storage. My preference is to use a physical hard drive that I keep under lock and key when not actively backing up my systems. I also back up everything at least weekly.  There are several options for both cloud and on premise backup systems that have very flexible scheduling capabilities. Choose which works best for your business and be disciplined about ensuring everyone adheres to your backup policy.  I envision a day when being able to demonstrate your security posture will be table stakes for businesses or consumers who choose to use your product or service. You will be much further ahead by taking these simple steps today than have your security posture evolve as your business grows.Related: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers  4 min read May 11, 2016 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Read More
Carnival appoints Adolfo Perez as Senior VP of Sales Trade Marketing

first_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has promoted 36-year veteran Adolfo Perez to the role of senior vice president of sales and trade marketing.Perez, who had been serving as vice president of sales and trade marketing since 2015, has helped roll out several initiatives and programs to fortify relationships with travel agents and various associations. In his new role, he will continue to be responsible for Carnival’s business development teams and trade marketing functions in Canada, the U.S., and international markets.Perez will report to Ken Tate, who has been promoted to executive vice president & chief commercial officer.Adolfo PerezLast year Perez got “Travel Agents Rock” tattooed on his arm.“Adolfo has been critical to driving growth in our travel agent business, both domestically and internationally, and we want to recognize the success of his leadership and the efforts of his team and the results they have delivered,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy. “We greatly value our relationship with our travel agent partners and all of us at Carnival are committed to continuing to work hard to develop innovative and beneficial programs to support them.”More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemPerez first joined Carnival in 1982 as an embarkation agent, climbing in the ranks to hold various managerial positions within the company’s sales and reservations departments, including vice president of reservations sales. Prior to joining Sales & Trade Marketing, he launched the company’s international sales and marketing office in London and, upon his return to the U.S., served as Carnival’s vice president of new markets and product marketing.“Working with the sales and trade marketing team for the past two and a half years has been an incredibly rewarding experience and I look forward to forging ahead with even more initiatives in the next phase of this role,” said Perez. “From Agentpalooza to our popular ‘Travel Agents Rock’ program, it’s been gratifying to see the relationship with our valued travel partners grow stronger and this is just the beginning.”Perez is based in Miami Beach, Florida. Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Peoplecenter_img Carnival appoints Adolfo Perez as Senior VP of Sales & Trade Marketing Travelweek Group Tuesday, January 30, 2018 last_img read more

Read More
Portugal Telecom has begun extending its fibre net

first_imgPortugal Telecom has begun extending its fibre network to Felgueiras, in the Porto region, with 9,000 homes to be connected.The Altice-owned operator said that the expansion of its network in Felgueiras is part of its plan to pass three million homes with fibre by 2020.The operator said the expansion would enable Felgueiras residents to have access to better TV picture quality, to connect an unlimited number of TVs without the need for additional set-top boxes and to access high-speed broadband services.Portugal Telecom plans to build out 30,000km of fibre over five years, connecting three million homes. The company is deploying the NGPON2 technology developed by Altice Labs in Portugal for its build-out.last_img read more

Read More
Its one thing to be right Being right on timing

first_imgIt’s one thing to be right. Being right on timing is another. I remember speaking on an investment panel in 2006 at a Bay Area Health and Wealth conference when the subject of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came up. I confidently offered, at the height of the housing market, that the two government mortgage companies would go under. Sell the stocks short or buy put options, I said.However, it took two years before the two government-sponsored entities (GSEs) were placed in conservatorship. And it was 2010 before the stocks were delisted after Fannie Mae’s shares traded for less than a dollar for more than 30 days.I was right, but might as well have been wrong.Likewise, among those with a rooting interest in the price of precious metals, someone is always claiming that $5,000 per ounce for gold or $100 per ounce for silver is right around the corner. All the rationalizations sound plausible if that’s what fits your ear: The Fed is printing money like crazy. The government is borrowing like crazy. The Chinese are buying like crazy. Politicians are legislating like they’re crazy. If you think the gold at Fort Knox is really there, you’re crazy.There’s always a story that explains why gold is headed to the moon—it’s just the timing never seems to work out.Coming off a horrible year for gold and silver, though, and a worse one for mining stocks, maybe now is indeed the time to take the plunge in the metals and the shares while Wall Street thinks the idea is all wet.While there are people who have a knack at getting in the market at the right time, there are also those who buy in at such low prices that perfectly timing the market becomes unnecessary—and right now we’re seeing such a deep-discount phase.Have a look at our recently aired online video event, Upturn Millionaires, and hear some of the best resource market timers ever explain why smart investors should buy gold mining stocks now.There are multiple signs that the time may be right. For example, the gold price recently broke through its 200-day moving average, which it hadn’t done in a year. The price has rallied off a double bottom ($1,178) and broke through resistance at $1,275. Technically the yellow metal looks very good.And finally, there are so many black swans circling that we really shouldn’t call them black swans anymore. What caused the financial crash in 2007 hasn’t been fixed, but merely papered over.Take Greece for instance, which is on the verge of bailout number three. The Greek government has €11 billion in bonds coming due in May. The IMF is €3.8 billion behind in scheduled aid payments because it wants to understand the country’s finances going forward. Good luck with that.European Union analyst Andrew Cullen writes in The Cantillon Observer that the current calm in the EU precedes a storm. He sees three events crashing into an overleveraged, derivatives-über-exposed banking system that will lead to crisis.The European Central Bank (ECB) will be forced to buy assets from banks, flooding the banks with liquidity and allowing them to then purchase more sovereign bonds to hold interest rates down. Failure of ECB bank stress tests will spur a recapitalization of the banks, with a deep stock market correction to follow.The recent emerging-markets turmoil was likely just a warmup for what’s brewing. And what’s brewing is good for precious metals.To help you seize the moment, resource investing legend Rick Rule has penned the piece below especially for Casey Research readers—a rarity. The kind of advice he provides is the type investors usually pay dearly for, and at investment conferences, audiences hang on his every word. The returns Rick has achieved are legendary, and new offerings are always oversubscribed (your writer is a partner in two of Rule’s exploration limited partnerships).So please read on and learn why Rick Rule believes the resource supercycle is still intact.Doug French, Contributing Editorlast_img read more

Read More
Editors note Western Civilization is crumbling…

first_imgEditor’s note: Western Civilization is crumbling… Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno recently sat down with Casey Research founder Doug Casey to discuss this disturbing trend. Below is a transcript of their conversation… Nick Giambruno: The decline of Western Civilization is on a lot of people’s minds. Let’s talk about this trend. Doug Casey: Western Civilization has its origins in ancient Greece. It’s unique among the world’s civilizations in putting the individual—as opposed to the collective—in a central position. It enshrined logic and rational thought—as opposed to mysticism and superstition—as the way to deal with the world. It’s because of this that we have science, technology, great literature and art, capitalism, personal freedom, the concept of progress, and much, much more. In fact, almost everything worth having in the material world is due to Western Civilization. Ayn Rand once said “East minus West equals zero.” I think she went a bit too far, as a rhetorical device, but she was essentially right. When you look at what the world’s other civilizations have brought to the party, at least over the last 2,500 years, it’s trivial. I lived in the Orient for years. There are many things I love about it—martial arts, yoga, and the cuisine among them. But all the progress they’ve made is due to adopting the fruits of the West. Recommended Link Trump’s New Weapon (Bigger than the MOAB Bomb He Dropped) While reports of Trump dropping the biggest bomb since our nukes in WWII are being released… Americans are being left in the dark about a NEW and much bigger weapon he could soon have and use… (Hint: It has nothing to do with Syria, North Korea or Afghanistan.) Click here for the details… Nick Giambruno: Speaking of ancient civilizations like Rome, interest rates are about the lowest they’ve been in 5,000 years of recorded history. Trillions of dollars’ worth of government bonds trade at negative yields. Of course, this couldn’t happen in a free market. It’s only possible because of central bank manipulation. How will artificially low interest rates affect the collapse of Western Civilization? Doug Casey: It’s really, really serious. I previously thought it was metaphysically impossible to have negative interest rates but, in the Bizarro World central banks have created, it’s happened. Negative interest rates discourage saving. Once again, saving is what builds capital. Without capital you wind up as an empty shell—Rome in 450 A.D., or Detroit today—lots of wonderful but empty buildings and no economic activity. Worse, it forces people to desperately put their money in all manner of idiotic speculations in an effort to stay ahead of inflation. They wind up chasing the bubbles the funny money creates. Let me re-emphasize something: in order for science and technology to advance you need capital. Where does capital come from? It comes from people producing more than they consume and saving the difference. Debt, on the other hand, means you’re living above your means. You’re either consuming the capital others have saved, or you’re mortgaging your future. Zero and negative interest rate policies, and the creation of money out of nowhere, are actually destructive of civilization itself. It makes the average guy feel that he’s not in control of his own destiny. He starts believing that the State, or luck, or Allah will provide for him. That attitude is typical of people from backward parts of the world—not Western Civilization. Nick Giambruno: What does it say about the economy and society that people work so hard to interpret what officials from the Federal Reserve and other central banks say? Doug Casey: It’s a shameful waste of time. They remind me of primitives seeking the counsel of witch doctors. One hundred years ago, the richest people in the country—the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, and such—made their money creating industries that actually made stuff. Now, the richest people in the country just shuffle money around. They get rich because they’re close to the government and the hydrant of currency materialized by the Federal Reserve. I’d say it’s a sign that society in the US has become quite degraded. The world revolves much less around actual production, but around guessing the direction of financial markets. Negative interest rates are creating bubbles, and will eventually result in an economic collapse. Nick Giambruno: Negative interest rates are essentially a tax on savings. A lot of people would rather pull their money out of the bank and stuff it under a mattress than suffer that sting. The economic central planners know this. It’s why they’re using negative interest rates to ramp up the War on Cash—the push to eliminate paper currency and create a cashless society. The banking system is very fragile. Banks don’t hold much paper cash. It’s mostly digital bytes on a computer. If people start withdrawing paper money en masse, it won’t take much to bring the whole system down. Their solution is to make accessing cash harder, and in some cases, illegal. That’s why the economic witch doctors at Harvard are pounding the table to get rid of the $100 bill. Take France, for example. It’s now illegal to make cash transactions over €1,000 without documenting them properly. Negative interest rates have turbocharged the War on Cash. If the central planners win this war, it would be the final deathblow to financial privacy. How does this all relate to the collapse of Western Civilization? Doug Casey: I believe the next step in their idiotic plan is to abolish cash. Decades ago they got rid of gold coinage, which used to circulate day to day in people’s pockets. Then they got rid of silver coinage. Now, they’re planning to get rid of cash altogether. So you won’t even have euros or dollars or pounds in your wallet anymore, or if you do, it will only be very small denominations. Everything else is going to have to be done through electronic payment processing. This is a huge disaster for the average person: absolutely everything that you buy or sell, other than perhaps a candy bar or a hamburger, is going to have to go through the banking system. Thus, the government will be able to monitor every transaction and payment. Financial privacy, even what’s left of it today, will literally cease to exist. Privacy is one of the big differences between a civilized society and a primitive society. In a primitive society, in your little dirt hut village, anybody can look through your window or pull back the flap on your tent. You have no privacy. Everybody can hear everything; see anything. This was one of the marvelous things about Western Civilization—privacy was valued, and respected. But that concept, like so many others, is on its way out… — Recommended Linkcenter_img Nick Giambruno: There are so many things degrading Western Civilization. Where do we begin? Doug Casey: It’s been said, correctly, that a civilization always collapses from within. World War 1, in 1914, signaled the start of the long collapse of Western Civilization. Of course, termites were already eating away at the foundations, with the writings of people like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx. It’s been on an accelerating downward path ever since, even though technology and science have been improving at a quantum pace. They are, however, like delayed action flywheels, operating on stored energy and accumulated capital. Without capital, intellectual freedom, and entrepreneurialism, science and technology will slow down. I’m optimistic we’ll make it to Kurzweil’s Singularity, but there are no guarantees. Things also changed with the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Before that, the US used gold coinage for money. “The dollar” was just a name for 1/20th of an ounce of gold. That is what the dollar was. Paper dollars were just receipts for gold on deposit in the Treasury. The income tax, enacted the same year, threw more sand in the gears of civilization. The world was much freer before the events of 1913 and 1914, which acted to put the State at the center of everything. The Fed and the income tax are both disastrous and unnecessary things, enemies of the common man in every way. Unfortunately, people have come to believe they’re fixtures in the cosmic firmament. They’re the main reasons—there are many other reasons, though, unfortunately—why the average American’s standard of living has been dropping since the early 1970s. In fact, were it not for these things, and the immense amount of capital destroyed during the numerous wars of the last 100 years, I expect we’d have already colonized the moon and Mars. Among many other things… But I want to re-emphasize that the science, the technology, and all the wonderful toys we have are not the essence of Western Civilization. They’re consequences of individualism, capitalism, rational thought, and personal freedom. It’s critical not to confuse cause and effect. Nick Giambruno: You mentioned that the average American’s standard of living has dropped since the early 1970s. This is directly related to the US government abandoning the dollar’s last link to gold in 1971. Since then, the Federal Reserve has been able to debase the US dollar without limit. I think the dollar’s transformation into a purely fiat currency has eroded the rule of law and morality in the US. It’s similar to what happened in the Roman Empire after it started debasing its currency. What do you think, Doug? Doug Casey: All the world’s governments and central banks share a common philosophy, which drives these policies. They believe that you create economic activity by stimulating demand, and you stimulate demand by printing money. And, of course, it’s true, in a way. Roughly the same way a counterfeiter can stimulate a local economy. Unfortunately, they ignore that, and completely ignore that the way a person or a society becomes wealthy is by producing more than they consume and saving the difference. That difference, savings, is how you create capital. Without capital you’re reduced to subsistence, scratching at the earth with a stick. These people think that by inflating—which is to say destroying—the currency, they can create prosperity. But what they’re really doing, is destroying capital: When you destroy the value of the currency, that discourages people from saving it. And when people don’t save, they can’t build capital, and the vicious cycle goes on. This is destructive for civilization itself, in both the long term and the short term. The more paper money, the more credit, they create, the more society focuses on finance, as opposed to production. It’s why there are many times more people studying finance than science. The focus is increasingly on speculation, not production. Financial engineering, not mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering. And lots of laws and regulations to keep the unstable structure from collapsing. What keeps a truly civil society together isn’t laws, regulations, and police. It’s peer pressure, social opprobrium, moral approbation, and your reputation. These are the four elements that keep things together. Western Civilization is built on voluntarism. But, as the State grows, that’s being replaced by coercion in every aspect of society. There are regulations on the most obscure areas of life. As Harvey Silverglate pointed out in his book, the average American commits three felonies a day. Whether he’s caught and prosecuted is a subject of luck and the arbitrary will of some functionary. That’s antithetical to the core values of Western Civilization. Nick Giambruno: You’ve mentioned before that language and words provide important clues to the collapse of Western Civilization. How so? Doug Casey: Many of the words you hear, especially on television and other media, are confused, conflated, or completely misused. Many recent changes in the way words are used are corrupting the language. As George Orwell liked to point out, to control language is to control thought. The corruption of language is adding to the corruption of civilization itself. This is not a trivial factor in the degradation of Western Civilization. Words—their exact meanings, and how they’re used—are critically important. If you don’t mean what you say and say what you mean, then it’s impossible to communicate accurately. Forget about transmitting philosophical concepts. Take for example shareholders and stakeholders. We all know that a shareholder actually owns a share in a company, but have you noticed that over the last generation shareholders have become less important than stakeholders? Even though stakeholders are just hangers-on, employees, or people who are looking to get in on a shakedown. But everybody slavishly acknowledges, “Yes, we’ve got to look out for the stakeholders.” Where did that concept come from? It’s a recent creation, but Boobus americanus seems to think it was carved in stone at the country’s founding. We’re told to protect them, as if they were a valuable and endangered species. I say, “A pox upon stakeholders.” If they want a vote in what a company does, then they ought to become shareholders. Stakeholders are a class of being created out of nothing by Cultural Marxists for the purpose of shaking down shareholders. Nick Giambruno: Thanks, Doug, until next time. Doug Casey: Thanks, Nick. Editor’s note: Doug and Nick are on the frontlines of the collapse of Western Civilization. As they explained, there’s major turmoil ahead… Most investors can’t handle the sort of chaos that’s on the way. But Nick and Doug know how to turn crisis opportunities like this into huge profits. The first domino is set to fall tomorrow. Click here to see why. — Economic earthquake, Dow to drop 10% in one day? Right now, a severe political earthquake is rippling through France, and it could end up ripping apart the European Union, sending shockwaves throughout the world economy. If you have even $1 invested in the US stock market, you must pay attention. A global currency war could be on the horizon, and that would even threaten your cash stash. Go here for the full story on this unfolding crisis, along with a detailed protection plan…last_img read more

Read More
A disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000

first_imgA disabled peer has appealed for more than 10 000 people to put their names to a new campaigning charter, in order to pressure health bosses and politicians into improving England’s much-criticised wheelchair services.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson posed for pictures outside parliament in a wheelbarrow this week (pictured, right) to highlight how many disabled people are being provided with inadequate wheelchairs by the NHS.The retired Paralympian and now crossbench peer was at the House of Lords with other members of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance (WLA) – which was set up with NHS England funding – to launch a new Wheelchair Charter.The charter asks service-users, wheelchair-providers, charities, NHS commissioners, healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support for 10 key principles that the alliance believes could transform the service for the 1.2 million wheelchair-users in England.But Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service that the alliance’s new Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign needed the support of thousands of people in order to persuade MPs, ministers and England’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to act.She said: “We are asking people to write to their MPs and to their CCGs. If we could get half the CCGs to be discussing wheelchair services at board level, that would [lead to] an improvement in services.”But she said the ideal outcome would be for health secretary Jeremy Hunt to agree to include strict standards for wheelchair services in the next NHS Mandate, the annual agreement that describes what the government expects from the NHS.She said: “We can’t force NHS England to take up recommendations. We need enough evidence and support to get wheelchair services into the NHS mandate.“At the moment, every area can operate their wheelchair services differently.”Baroness Grey-Thompson, who chairs the alliance, now plans to seek backing from health teams across political parties.Those who sign up to the charter pledge their commitment to principles including: regular reviews with the wheelchair-user; prescriptions which take into account “current and future needs”; the time from referral to wheelchair delivery to be within 18 weeks, with “further substantial improvements by 2016-17”; and “equality of access and provision for all, irrespective of age or postcode and including essential user skills training as standard”.Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “For too long, wheelchair services have been inadequate and it is time that wheelchair-users are listened to and provided a proper service, rather than being marginalised.“The huge variation in quality of services across the UK is astounding, and means a huge proportion of wheelchair-users are left immobilised, frustrated and ignored.“Now we want to get this issue on the radar of people who can influence change and also get them behind the campaign by urging them to pledge their support to the charter.”Sir Bert Massie, the former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, who chairs the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (CECOPS), said he feared the charter would not be strong enough to force improvement.He said that what was needed was “a proper, centralised wheelchair service” with strict standards.He said: “It’s a nice pledge list, set on the most basic level, but it does not impose standards, it does not guarantee a good service.”He said there was nothing in the charter about the vital issue of funding, and improvements would not be possible without resources.Sir Bert applied for a new wheelchair through his local wheelchair service in February, and will not receive it until October.He said: “That is just a little bit faster than making a baby, which I suspect is more complicated.”Liam Dwyer, a wheelchair-user who has previously been critical of NHS England’s wheelchair services improvement programme, said the charter was “something that every wheelchair user should want to see”, but he said that “if NHS England and the CCGs don’t get behind it we will have no change”.Dwyer was one of the disabled people asked to attend the first of two NHS England wheelchair summits, in February 2014. The second summit, last November, led to the leadership alliance being set up.He said: “We need hundreds of wheelchair users in front of Westminster if it doesn’t work this time. And I’d only give NHS England until October to give us their intentions.”An NHS England spokesman said it supported the charter, but could not say whether CCGs would sign up to it.Rosamond Roughton, NHS England’s director of commissioning operations, said: “NHS England absolutely shares the ambition of the [WLA] that wheelchair-users and their families should be supported to lead full, independent and active lives.“For the first time ever we have set up a rigorous data collection mechanism, and our work to both pilot a tariff for wheelchairs and support commissioners will also help implementation of the charter locally.”The new set of data will contain information on how many wheelchairs are provided, how much is being spent across the country, and service-users’ experience of wheelchair services.Personal health budgets (PHBs) are now being rolled out across England, and NHS England also plans to encourage CCGs to explore the possible use of PHBs to obtain wheelchairs, in a bid to provide more choice and control over services.And NHS England will support up to three areas to redesign and improve their wheelchair services, and then make that knowledge and evidence available to other areas.The charter and campaign is only the latest in a series of efforts dating back 30 years to improve a service which struggles with lengthy waiting-lists and leaves many disabled people without the right wheelchairs.last_img read more

Read More
Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners

first_img May 22, 2017 Women are taking center stage. –shares Next Article Why Gender Diversity Matters to Event Planners The largest marketing, sales and leadership conferences in the world are facing a huge challenge. Traditionally, conference audiences and speakers have been nearly 100 percent white males. However, times have changed. The make-up of the audience is now evenly split between men and women.  The event planner’s job is to ensure that the right content is presented — content that will deeply resonate with the audience and make the overall experience meaningful. This boils down to choosing the right speakers for each opportunity. Event planners are keenly aware of the need to have more women — and other skin tones — on their stages. Event planners are now focusing on having voices that are reflective of the audience so that their inner conversations can not only be heard, but fully understood.Related: To Increase Gender Diversity, We Need to Go Back to SchoolCuriosity drove me to better understand the perfect combination of voice and perspective these planners were looking for in the speaker selection process. After 59 interviews with conference hosts and meeting and event planners, it is extremely clear that there is a challenge to have the right collection of voices on their stages.Lena Requist, president of ONTRAPORT, said that 42 percent of her customers are women. Nearly 50 percent of the audience at their yearly conference, ONTRApoolza, is female. “Having women on stage allows the audience to connect to the message in a deeper way,” Requist said. Dreamforce, the mega-conference hosted by Salesforce.com, made efforts over the last two years to create women’s leadership events that solely focus on the conversation for women. I see this trend growing with other conferences too. Sheryl Sandberg said in her 2010 TEDWomen speech, “We’ve got to get women to sit at the table.” I’m here to say it’s time we get more women on the stage. The need for women speakers.One of my first interviews of meeting planners was with Kim Garst, who hosts the Social Boom Event for 400+ entrepreneurs. We did the standard interview questions, and I asked her what gaps she was currently facing with her event planning.”We just finished a planning meeting, and we have lots of men identified, but we are missing the feminine voice,” Garst said. She explained most of her audience was women, and they connected better to the journey of another woman.Related: Only 17 Percent of Venture-Backed Startups Are Led by WomenThis kicked off deep research on diversity that was carried throughout my interviews with event planners. Some of the best quotes:“Diversity is very important to us and our audience.” — Breanna Jacobs, Social Media Strategies Summit SF“I want diversity in my speakers. Not enough females to choose from. I want to add color and different opinions.” — Rich Brooks, Agents of Change“Diversity is about representing all aspects of the audience.” — Anna Hutson, Engage Conference”Diversity in our line-up is essential to connect with the whole audience.” — Rebecca Croll, Start Up Festival“Marketing is about empathy. Diversity is very important to us. We work hard to have women speakers. Women tend to tell better stories.” — Ryf Quail, Ad Tech New York”We pay significant attention to the diversity of race and gender to create a balance.” — Elisabeth Osmeloski, Third Door MediaDuring these interviews, I didn’t lead with the question about the importance of diversity. Many would mention it without a prompt from me. This leads me to believe that there is a huge gap on the platform that needs to be filled.  So, what does it take to get on one of these stages?You still have to be good.Even with high demand for diversity, event planners are not willing to comprise filling their stage time just because of a speaker’s gender or skin color. In fact, they are urgently aware of the need for the speakers be able to deliver their content in a way that entertains, while educating, the audience. This means you still have to be a good speaker to get the chance to address their beloved audiences. One of the largest conference planners I talked to was Neal Cranna with Sage Summit. He’s covering eight cities this year. “Don’t send in generic pitches,” he said. “Research the event, and describe the value that you offer to our audience. Give practical insights.”Related: How to Propel Your Speaking CareerThe most eloquent description of how to get the attention of a meeting planner was from Greg Damus with Cult Ideas. “The spray and pray approach does not work,” Damus said. “Create a custom tailored proposal that shows an understanding of the conference. This is the way to pierce the armor of speaking on our stages.” The biggest desire is for practical and actionable content. “Our speakers provide key takeaways in their talks, or they will not be invited back again,” said Ryan Deiss, co-host of Traffic and Conversion Summit. “It makes for a more memorable experience for the audience.”Women, this is your wake-up call. The need is real. Event planners are challenged to balance the platform with your unique perspectives, your amazing insights and your feminine energy. Consider this an open invitation to put yourself out there, and share your wisdom.If you want more information on getting on stages, check out 3 Reasons Why You’re Not Selected for Speaking. It was created from my 59 interviews with meeting and event planners. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Gene Hammett Add to Queue 6 min read Public Speaking Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Image credit: Portra | Getty Images Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Strategic Business Coach and Mentorlast_img read more

Read More
Clean Up with Clean Tech

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Clean Up with Clean Tech Next Article 6 min read May 21, 2010 Apply Now » There are plenty of ways to get involved with the expanding range of clean technologies. Find out how. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If clean technology is any indicator, things are definitely looking up. According to a recent report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India totaled $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010, up 83 percent from a year ago and 29 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009. That represents the strongest start to a year ever recorded by the Cleantech Group.In part, this might be due to the expanding range of clean technologies. Once comprising primarily renewable energies, clean tech now encompasses a number of other areas, including: air, water and waste, energy efficiency, green building, smart power and transportation. This expansion has led to opportunities for many entrepreneurs, including Samantha Simonnet, who recently started the Cleantech Management and Organization Network, an executive search firm that specializes in clean technology and alternative energy.Simonnet first became involved in clean tech in 2007, while working for an executive search firm based in Singapore. An avid diver, she developed an awareness of environmental issues as a result of her passion for the ocean. “My interest initially was in marine conservation–how climate change is affecting the quality of coral, sustainable fisheries and that type of thing. Then we started seeing companies in Europe looking to expand into Asia and looking for executives in that area; so I volunteered [to lead that search], specifically in renewable energy.”When she came to the United States, Simonnet found a dearth of clean-technology development and decided to become actively involved with organizations that promoted education and funding for clean-tech entrepreneurs. Currently, she serves as the Orange County, Calif., chair for the Clean Tech Open, an organization dedicated to finding, funding and fostering entrepreneurial solutions to energy, environmental and economic challenges.Since 2006, the Clean Tech Open has organized a national competition for “ecopreneurs” with early-stage clean technology. Registration for this year’s competition ends May 22. Regional finalists will receive $30,000 in cash and services, and the national winner will receive a $250,000 prize package. In addition, all semifinalists are eligible to participate in an extensive training program that includes seminars, business clinics and an accelerated course in business planning and pitching to investors.In addition to her work with the Clean Tech Open, Simonnet also serves as an outreach committee member for Clean Tech OC, a trade association that promotes economic growth in the Orange County, Calif., clean-tech industry. Long associated with the high-tech and biotech industries–Southern California has been known as the “Tech Coast” for years–Simonnet hopes to see that industry base expand to include clean technologies.”San Diego is pretty well-positioned for anything in biofuel because of [its] industry base. Orange County is well-positioned for anything involving manufacturing or process manufacturing–transportation and energy storage are two areas that might work. Los Angeles could be anything–manufacturing, solar, energy storage–really, anything. Which ones are going to prevail? That’s difficult to predict,” Simonnet says. “If we don’t make a leap forward in energy storage, then wind and solar aren’t going to advance as quickly as we would like. Transportation also has the issue with energy storage. Storage, basically, is the platform for everything else at this stage.”Simonnet credits the recent economic downturn for culling some of the less-viable technologies. “In 2008 there were too many companies jumping into too many industries, and they just weren’t viable. They didn’t really evaluate the technology. Now investors really understand what it takes to do this; they have scientists and other experts on their boards. They aren’t just dumping money into it. In the end the recession will have streamlined some technologies, and only the ones that will really make a difference will be selected.” Still, she says, there are significant obstacles to overcome. “Only people who are really passionate about the area will stay. It’s going to take time before it works, but there are people coming out with great technologies that are going to make a difference.”Clean Tech TipsIf you really want to get involved in clean tech, take note of these three tips:Take stock of your core competencies. “You’re not going to invent yourself with a scientific or engineering background overnight,” Simonnet says. “But clean tech still needs core competencies in business development, marketing and finance. For example, I met a lady in San Diego who was from a traditional finance background. She became the COO/CFO of a solar startup.”Attend classes and get certification. Several organizations offer professional training and certification. For example, The U.S. Green Building Council offers LEED certification education resources, and the Residential Energy Services Network offers information and standards for becoming a home energy rating systems rater or a home energy survey professional. In addition, many colleges and universities offer sustainability certification courses and even “Green MBAs.” Simonnet offers an online “Future of Energy” class through the University of California, Irvine, Extension program.Get involved in trade associations in your area and volunteer your time. “You’ll meet others who have core competencies that complement yours, and maybe something will happen,” Simonnet says. “You get access to professionals at solid companies and, if a position opens, why would they go look for someone else if you’re right in front of them? It’s really a step away from networking; it’s professional activities within networking. That’s what works nowadays. They need to trust you and know who you are and then they’ll hire you, especially in a job-constrained market.”Kimberly B. Keilbach is the author of Global Warming I$ Good for Business, winner of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Award. Kimberly has more than 20 years’ experience writing for and about entrepreneurial and high-tech companies. She also has a studied interest in natural ecosystems, which has had a strong influence on her own business and life practices. Her ability to examine environmental issues from a business perspective has allowed her to demonstrate how today’s most sustainable businesses can make a profit while benefiting the environment and adding value to their communities. –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Starting a Business Add to Queuelast_img read more

Read More
Why You Should Optimize Your Social Media Presence

first_imgTechnology Indeed, no matter how engaging your Facebook page might be, if a consumer can’t see your link in the top 10 search results, that link might as well not exist. At the risk of sounding Zen-like, this seems like a case of the proverbial tree falling in the woods when no one is around. Does it make a sound?Looking at the results from the big boys, you may be wondering what you can do — right now — to beef up your brand’s social media presence? For starters, link to your Facebook page from your business website. Conversely, link to your website from your Facebook page to increase the search rank for your Facebook page. Your page’s administrator can do this from the website field, accessible via the “Edit Page” button at the top right of your Facebook Page.What’s more, keep your Facebook page fresh with updates and relevant new content. Although the BrightEdge study found that there is no correlation between the number of “friends” or “followers” and landing a top spot in a Facebook or Twitter search, new content does entice readers to like, link and share your content with others. That, in turn, could increase the likelihood that your page will rank higher in search results.And because Google and Bing now include “social” signals in their search algorithms, it’s more important than ever that your content be spot on. How else do you explain Nike’s Facebook ranking? The athletic shoemaker has more than 4 million Facebook fans, yet its Facebook page fails to rank in the top 25 search results for “Nike.” Why? It could be because its Facebook page has only been updated 14 times since the first of the year.How does your business rank on Facebook and Twitter? Let us know what you do to optimize your search results. April 19, 2011 When it comes to landing a top spot in search engine results, the world’s leading 200 consumer brands can’t be beat. But within the search pages on social media sites, a study out this week shows that the biggest brands often barely register.Nearly 100 percent of top 200 Fortune 500 brands are either at bat or in the batter’s box when it comes to search ranking, according to a new report from BrightEdge, a San Mateo, Calif., software development firm. However, 70 percent of those brands didn’t have Facebook or Twitter pages in the top 20 results, says BrightEdge.Brands regularly pour vast resources into social media, but they’re not making the most of it, says Jim Yu, CEO of BrightEdge. “Brands may be missing critical customer connection points if consumers can’t easily discover their social media pages in search.” Add to Queue Mikal E. Belicove Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Why You Should Optimize Your Social Media Presence –shares Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Read More
Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive

first_img Catherine Clifford In the future, Amazon Prime customers may have to hand over one or two extra $20 bills for the same service.In a conference call with analysts on Thursday, the Seattle-based retail giant said it is considering increasing the price of its Amazon Prime service by $20 to $40. Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak said the increase in transportation costs and the number of items available for free shipping as part of the subscription service were forcing the company to consider the change in price.Related: Report: Amazon Developing Way for Stores to Use Kindle at CheckoutAmazon Prime is a subscription service that has been around for nine years and gives customers free shipping on select items and instant streaming of movies and television shows for $79 per year.In the time since it was rolled out, the number of items eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime has increased from 1 million to 19 million, Szkutak said on the conference call. At the same time, Amazon Prime customers buy more than non-member customers, he added. There are “tens of millions” of Amazon Prime customers around the world, but Szkutak declined to provide subscription numbers for the U.S. alone.Related: Amazon Could Ship Your Next Purchase Before You Even Order ItThe company would not comment on when or how the price rollout would potentially happen.The announcement was part of Amazon’s earnings report. Sales for the three months ended in December were $25.59 billion, up 20 percent from the $21.27 billion reported in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, net income was $239 million, up from $97 million in the same quarter a year earlier. And earnings per share for the fourth quarter were 51 cents, up from 21 cents a year ago.Related: Get This: Drones That Attack and Take Over Other Drones Shipping Center –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive 2 min read January 31, 2014 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC Add to Queue Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

Read More
Lower Gas Prices Wont Save the Holiday Season

first_img 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. Image credit: Sam Aronov | Shutterstock.com Next Article Christmas holiday shopping in the department store Add to Queue Phil Wahba November 13, 2014 Holiday Shopping Enroll Now for $5 4 min read Lower Gas Prices Won’t Save the Holiday Season With gas prices now under $3 per gallon, Americans are feeling less pain at the pump. But that probably won’t be enough to guarantee beleaguered retailers a happy holiday season.The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is at its lowest level in four years, giving U.S. consumers billions more to spend this holiday season, but that extra money is being offset by higher food costs, which account for a bigger chunk of most consumers’ budgets. The latest sales reports issued by major retailers, including Macy’s, Gap and Michael Kors, have come in lighter than expected, signaling lower gas costs aren’t resulting in greater spending at the malls.Greg Foran, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. division, said lower gas prices were “helping” as the discounter makes its way through the holiday season. But at the same time, grocery comparable sales at the division are flat, despite the higher prices of meat and dairy, as shoppers traded down to less expensive items in those high-inflation categories.Lower gas prices — down about 9% compared to last year — are adding a few billion to U.S. consumers’ 2014 holiday spending budget, Customer Growth Partners President Craig Johnson told Fortune. But with food accounting for some 15% of household budgets, shoppers will overall have $5 billion less in their pockets, according to Johnson’s estimates. That might explain why some retailers were talking down how much of a benefit lower prices at the pump might yield.“We’ve seen some relationship in terms of discretionary spending and gas prices,” Macy’s Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet told analysts this week on a call to discuss the department store’s sales decline last quarter.“But I think customers are choosing to spend their disposable dollars in different ways, and that’s part of the reason why we are not more optimistic about the lower gas prices,” she added, noting that consumers are spending more on cars, healthcare, electronics and home improvement, leaving little upside for Macy’s.And in any case, shoppers still have a voracious appetite for deals, meaning they won’t go hog wild just because of a few more dollars in their pockets.“Despite the fact they have more money to spend because of lower fuel prices, they’re still very savvy and want to make sure they’re spending their money wisely,” J.C. Penney’s CEO Myron Ullman told analysts on a call. The retailer also reported disappointing sales last quarter.The higher price for dairy and meat is particularly problematic. The beef and veal index has surged 17% since the beginning of the year through September, while prices for dairy-related products have increased for 10 of the past 11 months, according to the Commerce Department.Food makers such as Kraft and Mondelez have reported soft volume as they’ve boosted the prices of their products to help offset the higher commodity costs.Mondelez, the maker of Ritz crackers and Oreos, said recently it has raised prices across “all of our categories.” The company recently told analysts that prices rose most significantly for chocolate and coffee as a result of the steep increase in both cocoa and green coffee costs.Kraft has also moved aggressively on pricing, saying costs have risen for cheese, meats and other commodities. As a result, consumers are still feeling pinched.“The 60% of households that make $50,000 a year or less are still quite strapped,” said Kraft Chief Executive Tony Vernon in a recent conference call. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine –shareslast_img read more

Read More