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|By: Anon2||While incentives are nice, pay usually comes down to market forces. For those of you on the clinical side you will see medical doctors make a ton of money, but not really contribute very much of anything, beyond adding their credential to a protocol. They mostly regurgitate what they can from MSLs. Then the present clinical data to basic scientists and basic science data to clinical folks (so to each party this MD is looked up to as someone who is filling a knowledge gap). The best incentives for early development folks would be a priority class of stock options/shares. However the VCs usually prevent that from happening.|
|ASAHI INDIA GLASS LTD ANNOUNCES UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDED 30TH JUNE, 2017|
by Shrutee K/DNS
New Delhi â AIS (Asahi India Glass Ltd.), Indiaâs leading integrated glass Company announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended 30th June, 2017 at its Board Meeting.
The consolidated financial performance highlights for the quarter ended 30th June, 2017 are as follows -
Sales (inclusive of Excise Duty) at Rs. 670.98 crores, reflected an increase of 8.60% over the previous period (Rs. 617.84 crores).
Operating EBIDTA i.e. Operating Earnings before Interest, Depreciation, Taxes and Amortisation was recorded at Rs. 109.85 crores registering an increase of 7.89% over the corresponding figure of Rs. 101.82 crores for the previous period.
Cash profit increased by 19.94% from Rs. 66.65 crores in Q4 FY 2016 to Rs. 79.94 crores in Q4 FY 2017.
PBT increased by 25.67% from Rs. 46.08 crores in Q1 FY2017 to Rs. 57.91 crores in Q1 FY2018.
PAT increased by 38.33% from Rs. 28.33 crores in Q1 FY2017 to Rs. 39.19 crores in Q1 FY2018.
The table below gives the details of the financial performance both on standalone and consolidated basis â
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & C.E.O., AIS said â âCurrent macro environment has been largely positive on glass industry mainly due to strong foreign inflows, a good monsoon leading to pick up in rural demand, introduction of GST and massive improvement of credit available to good borrowers. There is strong demand of glass from automotive and construction segment and AIS has continued its momentum this quarter. Our operating margins remained under pressure from some cost increases. However, we managed to offset the same through better operations. A stable rupee also helped us.
We have also implemented some operational upgrades in our float glass plant at Roorkee leading to productivity increases from the next quarter. We also welcome the new regulations & standards from the government for architectural glass which shall be beneficial to everyone in the long term. As required by law, we have migrated to the new IndAS method of accounting and therefore, our results have been restated this quarter with minor upside on PAT coming from positives in depreciation. Overall, we continue to look forward to consistent growth in auto and architectural segments as well as a stable macro environment.â
Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS) is a joint venture between the Labroo family, Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. of Japan, and Maruti Suzuki India Limited. AIS began operations in 1987.
AIS, today, is a leading integrated glass company in India, manufacturing a wide range of international quality automotive safety glass, float glass and architectural processed and value added glass. AIS operates under three strategic business units (SBUs), namely, Auto Glass, Architectural Glass and Consumer Glass.
Auto Glass is India's largest manufacturer of world class automotive safety glass and is, in fact, one of the largest in the field in Asia. It is the sole supplier to almost all the OEMs and has a market share of approx. 77 per cent in the Indian passenger car industry.
Architectural Glass is formed as a result of management merger of Float & Glass Solutions (Processed Glass) SBUs. This SBU manufactures quality float glass and deploys an extensive network of 4 zonal offices and over 1000 distributors. It also markets a wide range of AGC products in India as its distribution partner.
Consumer Glass SBU is Companyâs interface with end users for its range of automotive and architectural glass offerings. Impeccable, customized and consumer centric solutions is the key differentiator of Consumer Glass SBU. It includes GlasXperts â a retail initiative in the Architectural Glass segment and Windshield Experts which is Indiaâs only automotive glass repair & replacement specialist.
|BPCL awards its prestigious microsites design & implementation contract to Octaware Technologies|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 10, 2017: Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE â 540416), a leading software and business solutions development company, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious contract from BPCL for the design and implementation of their loyalty and brand microsites. Octaware was one of the bidders and was awarded the contract, post evaluation and presentation of efficient solutions and capabilities to the evaluation committee.
The scope of work under the contract includes design and implementation of microsites for BPCLâs loyalty programs â SmartFleet & PetroBonus and other brands - Speed and In & Out. The engagement includes a period of 3 months for implementation of microsites and an additional three years of support and maintenance. Octaware Technology Limitedâs expertise in the areas of online portals & enterprise systems helped them win the contract.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Aslam Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Octaware Technologies Limited, said, âWe are extremely delighted to have won the prestigious contract from BPCL, our first major win in the Indian PSU sector, post our IPO in April 2017. The fact that it falls under one of Octawareâs key focus verticals of governance, demonstrates our consistent and steady inroads in the Indian market, surpassing some of the strong players in the region. We look forward to a long-term business association with BPCLâ.
About Octaware Technologies Limited:
Incorporated in 2005, Octaware Technologies Ltd is a software development company providing a range of information technology solutions. The company designs, develops, and maintains software systems and solutions. Company's services include custom software development, ECM/portal solution, ERP and CRM implementation, mobile platform solution, RFID solution, cloud and IT infrastructure services, consulting services and geospatial services.
Octaware provides specialized software application and product development services and solutions in the areas of healthcare, finance, and e-government industry. The company has proprietary products for domestic, as well as international markets, such as PowerERM â Human Capital Relationship Management, Hospice â Healthcare and Citizen Services solution, and iOnAsset â Inventory management and tracking System etc. These products are available as packaged products as well as software-as-a-service model integrated with legacy system.
Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE â 540416), got listed on the BSE âSME platform on April 3, 2017 and was oversubscribed by 148%, providing testimony to the faith, the investors have reposed in the company.
|Badshah Masala launched their new ad campaign #HumareYahan|
by Shrutee K/DNS
National: Badshah Masala, this Independence Day, has launched their new ad campaign #HumareYahan, aiming to decrease this divide and pushes notice to how similar these two sister countries are. Badshah Masala believes that despite all the differences we may have, food transcends all boundaries and brings people from different places together.
In this video, Manno is a traditional Indian mom whose daughter, Dimple, has just returned from US after finishing her studies. Dimple, whilst showing Manno pictures from her time in US, also shows her a picture with her Pakistani friend, Saad. Manno immediately points to Saad being a Pakistani, but is shunned by her young and liberal daughter.
Dimple then mentions that she wants to meet Saad, an idea which Manno isn't too fond of. After much deliberation, Manno asks Dimple to invite Saad over for dinner so that she can keep an eye on him. Once Saad comes over for dinner, he amazes Manno with what he does.
This video is a testimony to how much the younger generation can influence their parents in breaking stereotypes that have prevailed in modern India. The campaign also communicates a broader message that gets us thinking as to how Indians perceive foreign nationals. It stresses on the importance of respect for an individual regardless of his or her racial background and nationality, and the importance of not judging a person based on our own preconceived notions and existing stereotypes.
Kailash Jhaveri, Managing Partner of Jhaveri Industries, said,âAs we are inching closer to a 70th Independence Day, there is no better time to contemplate the ties between these two countries. We are trying our best to close this divide by starting a conversation over something that no one would decline - Swaad.â
Hemant Jhaveri, Managing Partner of Jhaveri Industries, adds, âBadshah Masala has always been involved in forming connections through food. From the very beginning of this company, we have looked at food as something that can bring people from everywhere together. We are glad that we are taking this opportunity to provide another outlook to the current scenario that our country is facing.â
Anushree Pacheriwal, Creative Head of Gemius, said, âIt has been an incredible experience working for this campaign. From the very start, we were certain that this message needed to be out there, and that shaped the direction that this campaign took.â
The campaign is by Badshah Masala conceptualised by agency Gemius and creative head Anushree Pacheriwal, Story, Saurabh Pacheriwal. The production house is 50mm Media Productions and Director & DOP is Saurabh Desai and Ankit Mavchi. Gemius is co founded by Saurabh Pacheriwal, a marketing professional and Anushree Pacheriwal, a creative professional. Its clientele includes Badshah Masala, World Economic Forum, Just In Time, Baggit, TEDx events amongst others.
Â· Campaign Link: https://youtu.be/2LFIuXf1Gqo
Client: Badshah Masala
Managing Partners: Kailash Jhaveri, Hemant Jhaveri
Managing Director: Saurabh Pacheriwal
Creative Head: Anushree Pacheriwal
Account Management Team: Tanvi Khandelwal, Abhishek Doshi, Varsha Tanna
Story: Saurabh Pacheriwal
Production House: 50mm Media Productions
Director & DOP: Saurabh Desai & Ankit Mavchi
Production Team: Fenil Patel, Siddhant Shah, Nehal Trivedi, Jigar M, Setu U
|Ziox Mobiles announces Sushant Singh Rajput as its Brand Ambassador along with Rs. 300cr investment for FY17 - 18|
Launches its newest Mobile phone âZiox Duopixâ
Forays into LED TV and Consumer Durables Segment
Plans to open 2 new manufacturing units and R&D facilities with investment of Rs. 200cr.
Plans a 360-degree marketing campaign with a budget of
Rs. 100 Cr.
by Shrutee K/DNS
In the light of its vigorous expansion, Ziox Mobiles under the aegis of Sun Air voice Pvt Ltd, one of the fastest growing Mobile handsets brand, ropes in the very versatile, Sushant Singh Rajput, as its Brand endorser who truly lives up to the brand name. While Ziox mobiles is a preferred brand across the country through its outstanding innovation and quality, the other has won the hearts of a million Indians as he slips into any role with nonchalance. Both the brand and its ambassador ride on the precepts of resilience, hard work and steady growth. A rare blend of energy, perseverance, and popularity coupled with his ability to connect to people, Sushant Singh Rajput is a fine addition to the Ziox Mobiles family. This association will further boost the legacy of Ziox Mobiles as the actor resonates to the brand promise: Quality that Speaks.
Answering strong demand and an overwhelming response from the Indian market, Ziox Mobiles also chalked out a detailed expansion plan and the roadmap for FY 2017-2018.The Brand aims to establish a stronger foothold in the Indian Market, with the total investment of over Rs. 200crore which shall span for a year, the Brand announced its plan to set up 2 new manufacturing units (in Sikkim and Noida) and R&D facilities apart from the existing New Delhi unit, with a holding capacity of around 1 Million units per Month. With the induction of Sushant Singh Rajput as its brand endorser along with the total investment of Rs. 100 Cr. this FY 2017-2018, Ziox aims to achieve an estimated revenue of Rs. 1,000 Cr and a sale of 10 million product units.
Commenting on this association and a promising future, Mr. Deepak Kabu, CEO Ziox Mobiles said âThe future looks bright, Ziox Mobiles has a range of phones in the pipeline with exciting new launches. We are enthralled to present Sushant Singh Rajput as the new face of Ziox Mobiles. With Sushant Singh Rajput on board, it will help augment sales and further its reach in the market. The partnership with him is timed with Ziox Mobilesâ next phase of expansion on a pan-India levelâ Mr. Kabu further adds, âSushant embodies talent, youthfulness and style. More importantly, he blends well with the core values of hard work, reliability, and is the epitome of our brand philosophy. Today our target audience is the young, driven, forward-moving generation, who have ever changing needs. Sushant understands the pulse of this audience well and has a great rapport with them. That is why, with immense preparation, he goes on to entertain his fans with one performance after another just as Ziox Mobiles constantly strives to understand the changing needs of its customers.â
Speaking on the association, Sushant Singh Rajput said, "I have always known Ziox Mobiles to be an inspirational brand in terms of their persuasion to becomes Indiaâs biggest mobile brand. I am happy to be associated with a brand which is very young, and has a journey that is very similar to mine. I love how this brand designs its products to suit every need of its customers and are constantly innovating themselves as I see myself doing that while working on a role. I look forward to being part of the Ziox Mobiles family and to contribute to its fascinating growth journey in India." The ever-evolving brand has slated a major strategic transformation that entails the signing of a new brand endorser, an aggressive expansion and launches of it new products. The Brand at the event also announced the launch of its newest smartphone Series âDuopixâ, Phone Series with Dual Cameras. Designed to fulfil the brand promise of providing users with superior camera performance and quality, âDuopixâ comes equipped with wide angle Dual front camera (8.0MP + 2.0) front +8.0MP Rear. The latest Dual 4G model runs on Android 7.0, with 5inch HD IPS Display along with 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM all packed in 2500mAh battery. Some of the key features includes strong battery life & also the fast charging capability. The budget friendly Smartphone comes equipped with various other features like 21 language support with multilingual phonebook, MP3 player, FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity to help you stay connected. The phone will be available across all retail stores in few weekâs time. Along with the smartphones, the brand also announces its foray into LED TVS and Consumer Durables category.
About Ziox Mobile: Ziox Mobiles, part of Sun Airvoice Pvt. Ltd., incepted in the Year 2015, with a singular motto to break the boundaries while offering technologically superior products without compromising on quality. Headquartered in New Delhi, Ziox Mobiles has built up an impressive product portfolio of more than 40 distinguished products and constantly innovating to make superior products.
Empowering consumers with affordable technology through quality products- the brand has truly demonstrated quick and robust expansion since inception, showing profitability and growing sales since the first year of operations. Being considered as one of the most innovative and fastest growing brands in the Mobile category, the brand has established its presence across India through its wide network comprising of its various branch offices and system integrators across several states in India.
|Sugar Free launches a web series âThe Sweet Breakupâ a first of its kind in the food space|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 2017: Sugar Free, a name synonymous with sugar substitute, is the single largest leader in India in the category. The brand always thrives on innovation as key for its growth and has introduced many variants in the category for the sweet binging yet calorie conscious Indians. As an extension to its innovation drive, the brand has unveiled a new campaign âThe Sweet Breakupâ, a one-of-a-kind 5-part web-series in the food category. The series is conceptualized and executed by Maxus Content, the content solutions arm of Maxus.
Talking about the campaign Tarun Arora, Chief Operating Officer & Director, Zydus Wellness said, âOur vision for âSugar Freeâ is to make it the brand of choice for consumers seeking low / no calorie options to lead a healthier life style. Hence to address the myths attached with the usage of Sugar Free as part of oneâs daily culinary needs made us conceptualize âThe Sweet Break Upâ. This web series demonstrates in an authentic way that you can indulge into your favourite dessert guilt-free without compromising on the taste. The 5- city trail as part of the campaign only reaffirmed that any sweet recreated with Sugar Free tastes the same when made with sugar. I believe this was the first time a dessert truck was going around India and hence there was a lot of excitement amongst people wanting to know whatâs cooking !â
Pooja Verma, Head - Content, Entertainment and Sports Partnerships at Maxus said, âMaxus believes that changing traditional behaviour among consumers with content, needs a compelling strategy which is driven by insights and fused with creative thought. Showcasing Sugar Free as more than just a sugar substitute via âThe Sweet Break-Upâ campaign is a prime example of our focus. Sweets have a strong relationship with celebrations in our country. With that insight in mind, we brought our campaign together on the message that enjoying sweets while breaking up with unhealthy calories is a win-win outcome for every foodie. The creative vehicle to deliver that message is our one-of-a-kind series where Chef Kunal Kapur joins famous foodie-duo Rocky & Mayur, in recreating delicious Indian sweets with Sugar Free. Through this content solution, the brand stands to generate extensive and meaningful conversations with viewers who love their sweets.â
This campaign marks the culinary journey of Sugar Free across 5 cities Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, where celebrity chef Kunal Kapur reconstructed 5 different speciality desserts by using Sugar Free products. The brand also had on board the famous foodie duo Rocky and Mayur whose fun banter added to the entertainment element in the web-series. The journey started from Delhi where the chef created the famous Tewari Brotherâs Gulaab Jamun followed by Lucknow where Ram Asreyâs famous Malai ki Gilori was made. The truck then headed East to Kolkata where he recreated Balaram Mullickâs Sandesh and then southward to Bangalore where he made a fusion dessert using G Pulla Reddyâs Dharwad Peda and created Dharwad Peda Tiramisu. The final leg of the web series was shot in Mumbai where Chef Kapur added a spin to made Ladu Samratâs modak and created delicious chocolate modaks. All of these were created using Sugar Free. While the brand has a strong linkage with table top consumptionand pellets as a format, the culinary consumption for powder formats is a gap that needs to be bridged. âThe Sweet Breakupâ campaign is that step forward by Sugar Free to make consumers aware of the format, its usage and the fact that the taste of the dessert stays as good. What more? One can indulge in sweets now without having to feel guilty.
The Sweet Breakup will be unveiled on-air on youtube.com 18thAugust
About Zydus Wellness Limited: Zydus Wellness Limited is the Consumer products company from the Zydus Group. Zydus group is a pharma major with flagship organization, Cadila Healthcare Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company with significant global presence apart from India. Zydus Wellness has been a pioneer in various categories it operates in. The company focuses on emerging segments and has its DNA of innovations with âDo good benefitsâ at the core of its business. Zydus Wellness commands leadership in the sugar substitute market, table spreads and the skin care segments. In the sugar substitute market, Sugar Free is a market leader with a market share of 94% and targets health and fitness seekers apart from diabetics.
Nutralite is a market leader in the Fat Spread category and appeals to consumers looking for healthier alternatives to normal butter. It is cholesterol free, does not contain any hydrogenated fats and is also trans-fat free. Everyuth is a pioneer in facial cleansing space in India. It enjoys leadership in the scrub and Peel off Mask segments and is amongst the top players in the overall facial cleansing category with strong âNaturalsâ equity Zydus Wellness Limited is listed on NSE and BSE and has manufacturing locations in Gujarat and Sikkim.
About Maxus: Maxus is a marketing communications consultancy that helps marketers build profitable relationships between consumers and their brands. They combine the disciplines of communications planning and customer relationship marketing to deliver Relationship Media, a next generation model powered by creative media thinking and sophisticated, real-time customer data.
Their services include communications strategy, digital marketing, direct response media, social media, data analytics, media investment management, content & sports marketing, marketing ROI evaluation and CRM. Having a talent team of 2,500 people across 55 markets, they are part of GroupM, the worldâs largest media investment management group that serves as the parent company for all of WPPâs media agencies.
|Lufthansa Cargo Emphasizes Long-Standing Connections with Indian Airfreight Market|
Freighter services to Mumbai increased
Lufthansa Cargo emphasizes long-standing connections with Indian airfreight market
by Shrutee K/DNS
The Frankfurt-based air freight carrier Lufthansa Cargo has increased its freighter services to Mumbai. Since July, the airline operates four instead of three freighter flights to the Indian megacity. âThis change sees us strengthening our position in the regional airfreight marketâ, says Frank Naeve, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Asia-Pacific.
Lufthansaâs cargo arm also serves the Indian metropoles Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, each with two freighter services a week. Additionally, the cargo capacity of 42 weekly passenger flights between various Indian cities and the hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna is offered by the German logistic company.
âWe are proud to have had long-standing connections with customers in the Indian air cargo industry since 1959. Our aim is to build on this in the futureâ, says Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO and chairman of the board. Two years ago, the Lufthansa Cargo emphasized this by renaming its McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 freighter with registration D-ALCJ âNamaste Indiaâ.
About Lufthansa Cargo AG : Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the worldâs leading air freight carriers. In the 2016 business year, the airline transported around 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.4 billion revenue tonne-kilometres. The company currently employs about 4,500 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
|Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)|
Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) partners with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA)
~A culturally enriching and riveting morning hosted by Malaysian Palm Oil Council with the Dabbawalas of Mumbai~
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 8, 2017 : In April 2017 in conjunction with the visit to India of the Hon. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato Sriâ Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) signed a MoU with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA). Taking this MoU forward, on the morning of August 8th, MPOC and Mumbai Dabbawalas flagged off an event to create awareness for Malaysian Palm Oil and its benefits.
The event took place at the Lower Parel Bridge, where Dabbawalas wore the T-shirts and topis branded with MPOC message. They then delivered the dabbas carrying a booklet of recipes of dishes that can be cooked in palm oil and the benefits of using palm oil. The Dabbawalas are in a unique position to promote MPOC and raise awareness to the positive nutritional attributes of Malaysian Palm Oil. This becomes particularly useful in Indian cuisine as most dishes are cooked in oil. Substituting for a healthier oil can do no harm, besides besides providing the added bonus of eating delicious food cooked in a healthy oil that is nutritious for the body.
To kick off this event, Dr. Kalyana Sundaram, CEO of MPOC, was present, encouraging the use of palm oil and showing appreciation to our Dabbawalas for their exceptional work. The morning was most enjoyable, entertaining and culturally riveting as some of Maharashtraâs best dancers performed the traditional Lezim Dance, a true delight to have watched! For those unaware of the Lezim Dance, it is a Maharashtrian folk dance performed to the beat of the Dholki, a percussion instrument.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Kalyan Sundaram, CEO, MPOC, said, âIt gives me immense pleasure to be here this morning. Dabbawalas have been an integral part of this city and they define what Indians stand for: hardworking, responsible and efficient. They work relentlessly with a smile on their face, be it rain or storm. Malaysian Palm Oil has been a very important part of the Indian diet and with this unique initiative we wish to create awareness for this wonderful oil and its several health benefits. Our association with the Mumbai Dabbawalas allows us to spread the message of healthy cooking to a large number of households and encourages a healthier cooking lifestyleâ
Mr. Subhash Talekar, Association Spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbawala Association said âWe Dabbawalas unfailingly deliver thousands of dabbas to hungry people daily, they are undoubtedly the best people to directly reach out to households and create awareness about palm oil and the health benefits of using it. This is a very exciting new chapter, and we are glad to be partnering with MPOC.â
India is the worldâs largest importer of cooking oils. Palm oil constitutes about two-thirds of Indiaâs steadily increasing vegetable oil import. The price, in comparison to competing oils and the proximity of origin, Malaysia, has made Malayisan Palm Oil a highly preferred oil. Now the Dabawallas have taken it upon themselves, with the help of MPOC, to inform families about the benefits of palm oil and how exquisite food can be cooked in palm oil in alternative to other vegetable oils.
Amongst some of the benefits we came to learn about during the event was that palm oil is rich in natural chemical compounds essential for health and nutrition. It has a rich source of carotenoids that are rich in Vitamin A, a potent natural antioxidant, Vitamins D, E, K, fatty acids, and other important fat-soluble micronutrients that boost the human immune system. The health benefits from using palm oil are tremendous - it reduces chances of Cancer, protects against heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and helps children with Vitamin A deficiency.
The oil is great for cooking; it is of vegetable origin, making it free of cholesterol and apt for vegetarians, vegans, and Jains. Furthermore, the oil has a neutral flavor - you neednât worry about changing tastes, it does not oxidize easily â making it perfect for frying food, and produces less gummy materials and helps in the cooking area maintaining a non-greasy surface; so, most bakers prefer to use a palm-based margarine for baking goods.
With people now more conscious about their health and food habits, palm oil is definitely the healthier choice to make whilst cooking and a step towards healthier bodies and practices. What better way to create awareness than directly reaching out to the households through our Dabbawalas.
Note to Editors:
MPOC is a Council under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia. Its role is to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance of palm oil through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.
The Council has set up a network of ten offices all over the world, mainly in China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai), Pakistan (Lahore), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Middle East (Istanbul and Cairo), Europe (Brussels and Russia), Africa (Durban) and Americas (Washington DC) to support, promote and venture into new areas for the industry.
The plantation industry, particularly palm oil, is one of the main pillars of the Malaysian economy. The palm oil sector has contributed significantly towards providing a continuous inflow of export earnings through the export of raw commodity and valued-added products to the global market. In 2016, palm oil contributed USD 9 billion in export earnings for Malaysia and accounted for 33% of the worldâs palm oil production and 39% of total palm oil exports.
|Skillsoft and MIT Sloan Management Review Partner To Train Next Generation Business Leaders|
Superior content and Percipio platform help organizations develop the next wave of leaders
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai August 08, 2017âSkillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, has partnered with MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) to curate the journalâs best leadership assets and deliver them to its 40 million users. This key collaboration kicks off a series of new, innovative content partnerships that will empower Skillsoftâs Leadership and Business Skills learners with professional training from the industryâs top experts.
Organizations and their employees can now access this elite catalog of content to enhance professional development, upskill their workforce, and hone individual career paths. Presented through the highly engaging and intuitive Percipio platform, users will be able to access everything from MIT SMRâs general leadership articles, to Frontier articles that focus on the intersection of business management practice with technology, collaborative research reports, as well as webinars and videos. Content will be optimized for all devices and operating systems, and will be accessible via video, audio and written content for varied learner styles and needs.
âOur Leadership content sets us apart from other corporate learning content providers. We provide the most diverse content catalog with an array of learning modalities. More importantly and unique to Skillsoft, we craft thoughtful learning paths and courses for users to follow,â said Bill Donoghue, Executive Chairman of the Skillsoft group. âOur partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review will supplement our own assets and underscore our commitment to building the most respected and up-to-date portfolio of Leadership training available.â
Skillsoft will embed MIT SMR content within its core Business and video collections, and integrate content within its existing Leadership offerings, like Skillsoft Leadership Advantage, Continuous Leadership Journey and Women-in-Action. The partnership between Skillsoft and MIT SMR will provide organizations with engaging, on-demand corporate learning content that will groom, train and inspire management teams through a consumer-like interface (think Netflix or Amazon) that is designed to engage the learner.
âWe see a growing need for effective leadership training to address critical skill gaps in todayâs organizations and help increase an organizationâs ability to develop talent from within,â said Paul Michelman at MIT SMR. âThis partnership gives our content a new vehicle for delivery within those organizations that believe training their internal talent is paramount to creating a competitive edge.â
MIT Sloan Management Review is a pre-eminent platform and content leader that bridges the gap between academic research and daily practice. The Review keeps readers in tune with management trends and innovations. MIT SMR articles cover a wide range of topics relevant to management with a focus on areas such as Data & Analytics, Digital, Global, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Social Business, Strategies and Sustainability. For decades, MIT SMR has been a forum for business-management innovators from around the world to present their ideas and research.
About Skillsoft : Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for todayâs modern enterprise. Our 150,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com
|SSB Retail India launches two more Specialty Malls|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Hyderabad, 4th August 2017: SSB Group is a leading structural galvanizing company which is in a retail sector mall in Hyderabad.
The SSB World Shopping Mall has come up with a two brand âAlpineâ- the supermarket and âCasabeneâ- the furniture mall. Casabene has its branches in Kolkata, Hyderabad and is now launching 2 more new branches in Hyderabad.
The company has diversified into retailing. The 3rd retailing space at Chakripuram is 7000 sq. ft which has a combination of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furnitures. The 4th retailing space at North Kamalanager ECIL is 2000 sq. ft which also has a combination of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furnitures.
The retail industry is very competitive; in order to give extra mileage SSB is having its own manufacturing facilities. They believe in delivering excellent quality products with customer satisfaction. The Chief Guest for the event will be honourable Smt. Pajjuri Pavani Manipal Reddy (Corporator) for A S Rao Nagar Division, SSB Directors - Y Sharath Babu & Ajay Kumar Singh and Chairman - Ramakanth Singh. Mr Ajay Kumar Singh & Mr Sarath Babu - Directors, of SSB believes in giving good lifestyle supplies at competitive prices.
The retailing product will be: Supermarket/Furniture/Home DÃ©cor/Home Accessories/Home related products
USP: Exclusively designed/Concept selling/Manufacturing Quality Products/Craftsman and Finishing/Free interior advice/Large collection under one roof
The business plan is to diversify and open 10 Branches of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furniture in the twin cities.
About SSB: SSB is a Turkey service provider, established in August 2013, SSB Structural and Galvanizing Pvt Ltd is an enterprise by two pragmatic visionaries. As an emerging sector, it is present in telecom, power, heavy and general fabrication and infrastructure. It was able to export structural material in the second year of inception. The company has a turnover of 50 crores and it will have 100 crores of turn over year.
|Swipe launches KONNECT at Rs. 4,999 Exclusively on Snapdeal|
by Shrutee K/DNS
India, 4th August 2017: Swipe Technologies, Indiaâs leading mobile internet technology company, is all set to unveil brand new member in its popular KONNECT Series - Swipe KONNECT Power. The slim and sturdy smartphone sports 5â HD IPS display and boasts enormous 3000 mAh battery. The compelling feature rich Swipe KONNECT Power is competitively priced at Rs. 4,999 only. It will be available exclusively on Snapdeal from 7th August 2017.
Swipe KONNECT Power is driven by a powerful 1.5GHz quad core processor that runs on Android 6.0 OS for lag-free multi-tasking smartphone experience. It comes with 2 GB RAM plus 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB and OTG support enhances the storage options. The new 4G VoLTE-ready KONNECT Power features 5â HD IPS display that allows users to enjoy cleaner & sharper visuals at the highest resolution. Besides, this device has a very sleek body that makes the phone very stylish in its looks. Thatâs not all. For the photography enthusiast, KONNECT Power comes with 8MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera. The camera app also comes with lots of features to enhance the photography. The new phone gives an extended company to the user with its 3000 mAh battery, which is installed keeping in mind the daily lifestyle and usage patterns of young smartphone users. Commenting on the launch of KONNECT Power, Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies said: âFulfilling aspirations of demanding Indians at affordable price is what differentiates Swipe from other smartphone players. Our latest creation is yet another affordable device under the KONNECT series â KONNECT Power. It is designed for the aspiring youth of the country who requires long lasting battery that too with 2GB RAM yet the phone is light on pocket.â
Vishal Chadha, Sr.Vice President â Business said: âAs part of our commitment to the vision of Digital India, we are keen to bring our consumers access to compelling technology products at great value. With Swipe Konnect Power, we are confident that this newest exclusive addition to our smartphone assortment will be well received by our customersâ
Swipe KONNECT Power comes with a gorgeous design, and it has a smoother touch experience as well as comfortable grip. Customers will be able to enjoy a greater multimedia experience, as they can capture stunning photos and videos in virtually any lighting condition.
About Swipe Technologies:
Swipe Technologies is an innovation-centric mobility solutions company, having started its operations in July 2012. Within a short span of time, Swipe has become the leading tablet and Smartphone maker in India. Swipe was started with an aim to bring exciting devices in the growing Indian market and today, it is the leading consumer brand with key innovations across products, pricing and customer support. Founded by technocrat Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Swipe raised $5 million in May 2014 from the Venture Capital firm Kalaari Capital. In the last three years, Swipe has won a number of accolades including the âTop 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of Indiaâ by The Economic Times, the âMost Innovation-driven Company in Indiaâ by World Brand Congress, and the âMost Innovative Start-upâ by Franchise India, the âBest Integrated Campaignâ by the World Brand and Congress& the âBest Youth Brand Tabletâ by CNBC. Also, Swipeâs young founder Mr. Shripal Gandhi has been recognized as the âCNBC Young Turksâ for his breakthrough strategies and innovation in the field of mobile communication technologies. For details, logon to www.justswipe.com
|Accelerate Live! talk: Health-generating buildings, Marcene Kinney, Angela Mazzi, GBBN Architects|
Architects Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the built environment that affect behavior, well-being, and performance.
During the past 20 years, weâve witnessed an evolution in building design, from high-performance and energy-efficient buildings, to sustainable and green buildings, and now to spaces that enhance performance and promote wellness and health.Â
In this 15-minute talk at BD+Câs Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi from Cincinnati-based GBBN Architects talk about their work in behavior change and health-generating design.
Their predictive outcome modeling helps clients make strategic design investments that enhance user and building performance, while minimizing behaviors that can lead to more negative outcomes, such as injuries, poor health, or mistakes.
They also share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the built environment that affect behavior, well-being, and performance to help clients get more success out of their spaces.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
As Principal and Market Director at GBBN Architects, Marcene Kinney, AIA, LEED AP, leads her team's exploration and focus to do more than merely solve functional architectural problems for clients. Her applied research details fives types of space and their physical attributes that contribute to socialization and gathering patterns within spaces. She has dedicated 17 years exploring how space facilitates social interaction and builds community within the educational environment. Kinney has presented her research-based design work to American Institute of Architecture and Society of College and University Planning audiences and is the recent recipient of an AIA design award for work completed at Northern Kentucky University. Perhaps most important are the satisfaction survey reports by her clients who are reporting increased engagement and retention from their customers.
Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, is a Senior Associate and Medical Planner at GBBN Architects, where she focuses on enhancing quality of life through built environmentsâconnecting great design with user needs. Her background in design, business management, and research on socio-cultural contexts provides a unique perspective on how culture is reflected in architecture and user experience. Mazzi serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), the Board of AIA Cincinnati, the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, and was an Advisory Board member for Arizona State University's Healthcare Design Program in its initial years. Her research linking wellness to design has been published in many healthcare journals and been presented at both national and international conferences.
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|'Central banksâ seriously misguided attempts to defeat routine consumer price deflation is what fuels the destructive asset bubbles that eventually collapse.' (no replies)|| |
'..America's pension crisis is a big part of the $400 trillion pension time bomb threatening the global economy and it is deflationary and bond friendly.'
'In order for the Maestro to be right, US inflation expectations have to pick up in a significant way. This won't happen and to understand why, read Gary Shilling's recent comment on three things central bankers don't get about wages.'
'Very recent data confirms slumping household saving ratios in both the US and UK. This was last seen in 2007, just before the bursting debt bubble blew the global economy and financial system to smithereens. The Fed and BoE should surely hang their heads in shame having presided over yet another impending disaster. Why will politicians and the people tolerate this incompetence? Indeed they wonât.'
'Itâs no mystery why central bankers are mystified: Collectively, they are economically illiterate fools engaged in Keynesian and Monetarist group think.
'..history and logic both show that concerns over consumer price deflation are seriously misplaced.
'BIS Deflation Study
'..If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention .. Financial politicians..'
|'..If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention .. Financial politicians..' (no replies)|| '..If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention..'|
'This Fed has already engineered the next crisis, just as Greenspan kept rates too low for too long, ignored his regulatory responsibility, and engineered the housing bubble and subprime crisis. If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention. The Trump Fed is going to have to deal with that crisis, but we still have many questions as to what a Trump Fed will actually look like or do.'
'..Their empathy circuits get turned off.'
'Powerful people everywhere routinely make decisions that hurt others. We see it in central bankers, politicians, corporate CEOs, religious groups, universities â any large organization. The old saying is right: Power really does corrupt. And corruption is a barrier to sustainable economic growth. This is more than a political problem; it has a serious economic impact.
'..I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest..'
'Re-entering the news flow was a jolt, and not in a good way. Looking with fresh eyes at the economic numbers and central bankersâ statements convinced me that we will soon be in deep trouble. I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest. Just a few months ago, I thought we could avoid a crisis and muddle through. Now I think weâre past that point. The key decision-makers have (1) done nothing, (2) done the wrong thing, or (3) done the right thing too late.
'..Market distortions â including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities â have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.'
'This week marks the five-year anniversary of Draghiâs âwhatever it takes.â I remember the summer of 2012 as if it were yesterday. From the Bubble analysis perspective, it was a Critical Juncture â for financial markets and risk perceptions, for policy and for the global economy. Italian 10-year yields hit 6.60% on July 24, 2012. On that same day, Spain saw yields surge to 7.62%. Italian banks were in freefall, while European bank stocks (STOXX600) were rapidly approaching 2009 lows. Having risen above 55 in 2011, Deutsche Bank traded at 23.23 on July 25, 2012.
'..This whole episode is likely to end so badly that future children will learn about it in school and shake their heads in wonder at the rank stupidity of it all, just like many of us did when we learned about the Dutch Tulip mania.'
'While I've written about numerous valuation measures over time, the most reliable ones share a common feature: they focus on identifying "sufficient statistics" for the very, very long-term stream of cash flows that stocks can be expected to deliver into the hands of investors over time. On that front, revenues are typically more robust "sufficient statistics" than current or year-ahead earnings. See Exhaustion Gaps and the Fear of Missing Out for a table showing the relative reliability of a variety of measures. In April 2007, I estimated that an appropriate valuation for the S&P 500 stood about 850, roughly -40% lower than prevailing levels. By the October peak, the prospective market loss to normal valuation had increased to about -46%. As it happened, the subsequent collapse of the housing bubble took the S&P 500 about -55% lower. In late-October 2008, as the market plunge crossed below historically reliable valuation norms, I observed that the S&P 500 had become undervalued on our measures.
(2017) - '..a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929 .. the stage has now been set..'
|(2017) - '..a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929 .. the stage has now been set..' (no replies)|| '..But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.'|
'June 27 â Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): âU.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. âWould I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?â Yellen saidâ¦ âYou know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,â she said.â
Context (Banking Reform - English/Dutch) '..a truly stable financial and monetary system for the twenty-first century..'
'Unsound Finance gets to the heart of the issue.'
|'..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets..' (no replies)|| '..the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.'|
'The Fed is not blind. They monitor stock prices and corporate debt issuance; they see residential and commercial real estate market values. Years of ultra-low rates have inflated Bubbles throughout commercial real estate â anything providing a yield â in excess of those going into 2008. Upper-end residential prices are significantly stretched across the country, also surpassing 2007. They see Silicon Valley and a Tech Bubble 2.0, with myriad excesses that in many respects put 1999 to shame. Iâll assume that the Fed is concerned with the amount of leverage and excess that has accumulated in bond and Credit markets over the past eight years of extreme monetary stimulus.
'Itâs now an all-too-familiar Bubble Dynamic. The greater the Bubble inflates, the more impervious it becomes to cautious âtighteningâ measures..'
'The problem today is that years of ultra-loose monetary conditions have ensured everyone is crowded on the same bullish side of the boat. Tipping the vessel at this point will be chaotic, and the Fed clearly doesnât want to be the instigator. Meanwhile, timid little baby-step increases only ensure more problematic market Bubbles and general financial excess.
'..In terms of Credit Bubble momentum, itâs notable that Net Worth inflated over $2.0 TN in both Q3 and Q4.'
'The unprecedented amount of system-wide debt is so enormous that the annual percentage gains no longer appear as alarming. Non-Financial Debt expanded 4.7% in 2016, up from 2015âs 4.4%. Total Household Debt expanded 3.6%, with Total Business borrowings up 5.6%. Financial Sector borrowings expanded 2.9% last year, the strongest expansion since 2008.
'..the S&P 500 is now far more overvalued than in 2000, 2007, or indeed in any prior point in history..'
|'..another Cold War that may last even longer than the war with world communism.' (no replies)|| '..until Muslim scholars find a Koran key to the free world and lead their followers to an entrance.'|
'Economists pondering about human action distinguish between four types of individual incomes; the Koran permits only two, which explains much poverty in the Muslim world. Economists speak of labor income which flows from services rendered either in self-employment or working for an employer; the Koran smiles upon this basic kind of income. Economists also discern interest income which, reflecting human frailty and mortality, flows from the differences between manâs valuation of present economic goods and future goods; the Koran condemns âribaâ, that is, interest income, and threatens all creditors who may be tempted to demand âribaâ with âthe fire prepared for unbelievers.â Economists also like to wax eloquent about entrepreneurial income, commonly called profits, which may be earned through correct anticipation of economic changes; failure to anticipate changes correctly may inflict entrepreneurial losses. The Koran simply prohibits economic activity that involves uncertainty, risk, or speculation and may earn âghara.â The prohibition obviously discourages and hampers economic changes, adjustments, modernizations, and improvements that are uncertain and risky.
'..the battle of ideas taking place in the Muslim world..'
|(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) - '..is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school?' (no replies)|| |
'This factory-like system seems increasingly out of date. More and more people are crying out for innovation in education and starting to experiment with curricula, technologies, and governance in schools. But is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school? And what would it look like? A superb example can be found in the center of Berlin in Germany. The âESBZâ is a grade 7-12 school that opened its doors in 2007 with more than a bit of improvisation. Just three months before the start of the school year, the city council had suddenly given a decrepit prefabricated building from communist times to a group of pesky parents who simply wouldnât let go of their dream. When the school year started, only 16 students were registered. A few months later, at the mid-year point, 30 more students had joined, mostly rejects and troublemakers other schools had expelled. Hardly a promising start for a new school. And yet today, only a few years later, the school has 500 students and attracts hundreds of principals, teachers, and education specialists from all over the country who want to study the ESBZ model.'
'..Yet unlike Sudbury, Montessori or Steiner schools, Rasfeldâs institution tries to embed student self-determination within a relatively strict system of rules. Students who dawdle during lessons have to come into school on Saturday morning to catch up, a punishment known as âsilentiumâ. âThe more freedom you have, the more structure you need,â says Rasfeld.
The main reason why the ESBC is gaining a reputation as Germanyâs most exciting school is that its experimental philosophy has managed to deliver impressive results..'
'..At OberlÃ¤nderâs school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The pupils decide which subjects they want to study for each lesson and when they want to take an exam.
(To Heal - Teal - Bazaarmodel) - Striving for wholeness '..We have let our busy egos trump the quiet voice of our soul; many cultures often celebrate the mind and neglect the body..'
|European Banking System on Verge of Collapse (no replies)|| |
'..doubt that European banks still had a viable business model.'
'..Monte dei Paschi, Italyâs third largest bank and oldest bank in the world is insolvent in any realistic scenario.
Context (Banking Reform - English/Dutch) '..a truly stable financial and monetary system for the twenty-first century..'
'..the mismanagement and corruption of bankers and politicians in the 21st century.'
|'Monte Paschi .. should be put into resolution, not bailed out.' (no replies)|| 'A bank that has proved multiple times that it has no reason to exist should exit the market to allow stronger competitors to survive.'|
'This isnât Monte Paschiâs first state-aid rodeo. Italy bailed it out twice after the crisis when the lender failed stress tests, posted billions of euros of losses and creaked under a mountain of bad loans.
|'..Russia .. cyberpower proved the perfect weapon .. political sabotage..' (no replies)|| ' âWeâd have all these circular meetings,â one senior State Department official said, âin which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didnât happen.â|
Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy â political campaigns and independent media â to his own ends..
..The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of âkompromat,â their term for compromising information.
..the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon..
What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. âThe perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,â Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, âEurope is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.â '
'..the White Houseâs reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.
Context '[Russia] may become a threat to the world. That is the worst thing that could happen to Russia.' - Yegor Gaidar
'..Russian strategy of hybrid influence and destabilization .. German Council on Foreign Relations.'
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|Tastes of Sustainability|
Come to the CEEE September 27th at 7:00. Amazing chef, Dan Ankrum of Avant Garde Catering, will be preparing courses using local products and discussing how sustainability relates directly to dining around the area.
Along with great food and entertainment, the student organizations UNI Green Life, Green Project UNI, Student Nature Society (SNS),Â and Northern Iowa Student Energy Corp will be attending to pass along information about their clubs and why and how you should get involved.
Below is the menu and farms from which the products came from.
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream demo
Local Iowa roasted pork shoulder served taco style.
Brew Grain Cookies
Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE)
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm
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|Introducing âG4NP in Three,â a new YouTube Series|
Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether youâve been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when using our products.
Thatâs why weâre excited to announce our brand new YouTube series, âG4NP in Three.â Every few weeks, weâll walk you through one of the many products we offer Â from enrollment process to optimizationâall in roughly three minutes.
What Youâll Learn
Weâll start with the basics. Weâll cover program eligibility requirements, walk through the different signup processes, and give you tips and tricks on how to best use our products. In the first few videos, weâll focus on some of our most popular products: Google Ad Grants, G Suite, and YouTube.
Meet Your Hosts
Bri and Jay are volunteers on our video production and G4NP YouTube strategy team.Â Both work in different parts of the Google organization for their core roles, but have been aligned to G4NP for over a year.Â They write, edit and star in videos to help educate the nonprofit community and, in addition to hosting, are the co-creators of the âG4NP in Threeâ series.
âAâ San Francisco native, âJay ventured to Ann Arbor, MI to get his degree at the University of Michigan. âAfter graduating, he started at Google where he currently works as a Communications Specialist in People Operations. Aside from his passion for marketing, communicationsâ,â and diversity in the workplace, Jayâs claim-to-fame is singing for President Obama at the White House.
Originally from Mountain View, California, Bri attended Chapman University. There she earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. After graduation, Bri started a position at Google as an Associate Account Strategist supporting our advertisers. Outside of work, Bri thoroughly enjoys knitting, hiking, and venturing off on the weekends to find the best cup of coffee in the Bay Area.The first âG4NP in Threeâ video is now live! Videos will be released every few weeks. Subscribe to Google for Nonprofits on YouTube to stay updated.
To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.
|Unlocking G Suite for Nonprofits: Improve internal workflow and communication|
Whether you have a team of five or 500 a seamless, collaborative workflow is critical in the digital age. Our goal is to make sure that your nonprofit is able to focus on changing the world by using technology to save time -- not waste it. In the digital age though, information sharing can often be complex; your team might not work in the same office, or even the same timezone. Some team members might be in an office with computer access, while others are in the field on mobile devices. Who from your team should be able to access confidential documents?
This brings us to a key question: How do you empower team members to work together towards a common goal, and use technology to enable it?
Great question. Weâd like to introduce you to G Suite - (formerly Â Google Apps for Work ). G Suite aims to help teams work together in real-time -- no matter where they are in the world.
Today, weâre spotlighting a few nonprofits to share how their teams Â are using Google tools and apps to improve workflow and internal communication.
Mercy Beyond Borders - Internal Communication with Sheets & Sites
Mercy Beyond Borders (MBB) is a U.S. nonprofit that aims to forge opportunities for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect, and lead. Utilizing a small office in the U.S. as home base, MBB targets rural areas in Haiti and South Sudan. In both of these areas, cultural norms and poverty prohibit full participation of women. In fact, these areas offer minimal education and opportunities for employment, which often Â impedes the development of leadership skills or positions. Mercy Beyond Borders focuses its programs on providing trainings, scholarships, leadership camps, and business loans for women.To achieve their mission, Mercy Beyond Borders faces the challenge of balancing US-based operations with field work in remote areas like South Sudan and Haiti. Their nonprofit partners range from large organizations to local schools to individuals. So how does Mercy Beyond Borders ensure that all staff, vendors, and partners stay connected and working together in sync?
Mercy Beyond Border began using G Suite to streamline its workflow, connecting their team across the globe. Using G Suite, MBBâs team is able to access, share, and collaborate together in real-time. Take a glimpse into how they do it:
âIt [G Suite] helps to better connect, engage, and keep Board members up-to-date in between meetings, or Â if they are unable to make a meeting (in which case they can view the Meeting Archives page),â said Adrienne Perez.
MyFace - Increasing productivity and improving internal workflow by remote access
Established in 1951, MyFace was founded to address the medical, surgical and psychological needs of those living with facial deformities. The organization offers access to care and treatments --- regardless of the severity of the anomaly, the length of treatment, or the familyâs ability to afford care. In America alone, 1 in 650 children is born with an facial cleft. Every year, MyFace helps more than 1,000 patients seek treatment. Of this population, 85% are children, 70% live in poverty, and 95% require long-term care. The costs involved in this are high and verges on insurmountable for low income families. With this in mind, MyFace ensures that all children receive highest quality interdisciplinary and comprehensive reconstructive care by doctors who provide their services pro bono.
As a small nonprofit (their staff of eight including their therapy dog, Bentley), employees are required to perform a variety of different tasks. On any given day, team members might be responsible for website design, grant proposal writing, and marketing strategy. And oftentimes, what one employee starts today is Â picked up by another employee tomorrow. Because itâs often all-hands-on-deck, collaboration is particularly key for MyFace.
Our mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NPCarolyn Spector Executive Director MyFace
To address their challenge, MyFace began using Google Drive to centrally store, access, and share information from anywhere at anytime. Drive helped decrease the amount of time that MyFace spends on administrative tasks, like sending documents back and forth or working with out-of-date data or information. Driveâs tools like Docs and Sheets enable the team to collaborate both in and out of office.
MyFace also deals with an overwhelming amount of data and information. The team needs this data to not only be easy to store, retrieve, and share â it needs to be secure, since it contains confidential and personal patient information. G Suite offers that as well, ensuring that all information is kept private and secure. (Want to know more about G Suite security and how safe they really are? Read more about it here).
âOur mission of changing faces and transforming lives can be fulfilled with the help of technology from G4NP because it offers invaluable resources to nonprofits of any size at no cost,â stated Carolyn Spector, Executive Director of MyFace.
Having global teams of different sizes with varying access to technology can make timely communication difficult, if not impossible. While nonprofits like Mercy Beyond Borders and myFace strive to accomplish unique missions, both organizations are passionate about changing the world. And about using the right technology to help. Utilizing tools like G Suite has been key for nonprofits like these in order to improve internal workflow and communications. For Mercy and my Face, making information shared, up-to-date, and secure has been crucial for navigating the Technology Age.
Interested in learning more about the tools available to your nonprofit? Check out our website to see how G4NP can help your nonprofit with real-time, up-to-date communication and data sharing.
To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.
Footnote: Â Statements are provided by Nonprofits that received free products as part of the Google for Nonprofits program, which offers free products to qualified nonprofits.
|Unlocking your nonprofit's data insights: Linking Ad Grants and Google Analytics|
So youâre a savvy nonprofit that has mastered Ad Grants? Read on!ÂYouâre a group of community leaders who know the impact of data. And who know that technology can help you leverage that. Â Â Â
Like many other businesses, itâs critical for nonprofits to translate clicks on ads into a meaningful action on their nonprofitâs website. These actions could be donations, event registrations, file downloads, volunteer sign-ups or form completions â whatever it is that youâre compelling users to do.
Nonprofits like yours, however, often come to us with an important question: âHow do we know if our Ad Grants account is actually resulting in these increased actions?â Great question!Our answer is simple, yet we hope itâs powerful too: Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using AdGrants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGOâs page. Best of all, Analytics can be used by nonprofits at no charge.
To get started, we strongly recommend defining your teamâs marketing objectives. (If you havenât set up goals yet, check out Smart Goals, which were designed with groups like nonprofits in mind.)
Then, link your Google Analytics account to your Google Ad Grants account to see your data. (Find out how to do so here: Link Analytics and Ad Grants). In doing so, youâll unlock insights into your Ad Grants campaign. For instance, what happens after someone clicks on your Ad Grants ad and lands on your site? How does it differ by geographical region? Or how does user behavior differ between services offered?
Going forward, you can also track your nonprofitâs marketing goals in Google Analytics to understand how traffic from your Ad Grants campaigns is converted to meaningful action on your website. To do so, import your goals into Ad Grants as conversions.
Now, youâll be able to see traffic quality data such as bounce rate, pages per session and average session duration for campaigns, ad groups, and keywords within Ad Grants. By adding goals as conversions, youâll get the data you need to understand which text ads showing for keywords resonate best with your target audience.
Why, you might ask, is all this important for your nonprofit?
Take Science Buddies, a nonprofit that was one of the earliest adopters of the Google Ad Grants program, joining in 2003. Science Buddies then received 171,000 unique visits in 2004 via Ad Grants, with this number increasing by 4.5X to 773,000 unique visits in 2005. By 2006, Google Ad Grants had doubled the traffic to the website altogether. âAd Grants really put us on the map!â said Kenneth Hess, President and Founder of Science Buddies.
The takeaway here is that the more you optimize, the better chance you have of improving your quality score â a key metric in an Ad Grants account! And more importantly, the better chance you have of authentically connecting with users who are trying to change the world along with with your nonprofit and you.Â
Sign up for Google Ad Grants here.For more information on how to get started and country availability, please visit our Ad Grants Help Center. To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more â all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.Â
Science Buddiesâ statements are made in connection with receiving in-kind donations as a participant in the Ad Grants program.
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You simply want any potential lender to recognise that you haven't always had a bad credit history. You probably had a decent credit rating once, then, unfortunately some unforseen circumstance or an inevitable event forced you into having your credit record damaged.
However, what guarantee does a lender have that someone who has a perfect credit rating now, may not default on that loan at some time in the future. Circumstances change, things happen and nothing can be 100% guaranteed. It seems as though you are still being punished for what happened in the past.
Lenders have now started to notice, with the rising number of people falling in debt and bad credit, it no longer makes sense not to conduct business with everyone, good credit, bad credit or otherwise. Many specialized loans, credit cards and products have spread through the financial marketplace. You can now get a bad credit loan for a wide variety of purposes. Car Loans, Holiday Loans, Debt Consolidation loans.
A lender may ask for you to put up some form of collateral or asset as security against your loan. This can work well for both parties. A lender has some form assurance by way of an asset, usually your home...and as the borrower who has a bad credit history, in can be a case of once bitten, twice shy. You have been through the hell of bad credit, and all it brings, once. So why would you wish to lose an asset such as your home by making the same mistakes again.
Getting a Loan with bad credit without having to provide any collateral is possible as well. Usually an unsecured loan is only ever offered to people with a great credit rating. Some lenders may accept a borrower with a bad credit history, but you can usually expect to pay a higher rate of interest and sometimes you may be asked to pay a high fee and have to adhere to some near impossible terms of repayment.
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The sub-prime mortgage market is open to homebuyers with a poor credit history, those who have been made bankrupt or have even faced foreclosure. These types of lenders specialize in securing home loans for those who are struggling. Another fascinating fact is that many sub-prime lenders may be able to offer more favourable terms and interest rates than a conventional mortgage lender.
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The 103% financing is aimed at people who not only have no money to put down, but require assistance in paying the associated costs and fees with your mortgage. In order to secure the 103% service, you will be required to have a minimum credit score of 600.
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Well times have changed. Now that the world economy is stuck in a deep and difficult financial recession, Instant Approval Credit Cards For Bad Credit seem to be a thing of the past.
This is not altogether true. There are a number of financial companies within the marketplace who are looking to help clients who are unable to borrow money elsewhere. The problem with many of these companies though, is they want to charge outrageous interest rates and levels of monthly repayment just for you to secure some credit. It's almost as though these companies are trying to hold you to ransom!
However, it now appears that many intermediary organizations are springing up to help you in your search. These companies usually charge a very small one-time fee and then allow you access to their database of lenders, as well as providing online and telephone support. They can place you with a lender who will provide Instant Approval Credit Cards For People with Bad Credit and at an affordable price.
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This week we have brought on two more contracted people onto the New Buffalo Team. Jimmy Bass and Jon Downing, of Buffalo News Fame. Jimmy is a prior Marine and I think he will fit in with the rest of the group. (3 out of 8 players are vets).
Jimmy is developing some beers for use while Iâll be in Afghanistan under the mentorship of Jon. This is a very big deal for New Buffalo since Jimmy is training to be a ârealâ brewer. Not to knock my home brew creations or that of any other home brewer but there is a distinct difference between a home brewer and the formally trained. Jon Downing made introductions to New Buffalo Brewing and I think weâre well on our way. Bringing on Jon and already having Tim we now have a combined 60 years and 180 breweries worth of experience.
I was also contacted to use the New Buffalo Brewing logo in an art project. 26 painting about buffalo each with one letter. They are going to be shown Nov 2nd I think. Sadly I will be unable to be there for the display but we weâre invited to do a beer tasting. I really want to pursue that if possible. I wrote over to custom Beer Crafters to see what it would cost to do a 10bbl run. While in Nov weâll still be 6-7 months from producing ourselves I think it would be good to at least get some beer into the hands of the people. It would also let us spread those kegs out over 2 months or so and hit up a few tastings.
With Jimmy and Jon on board we have the how part of New Buffalo locked in pretty well. The two remaining questions are what and where. As we said in the last post we effectively abandoned the building we had a couple months sunk into and are looking anew. Putting that aside Iâm focused on the what.
On the main page we posted most of my experimental brews for the year and a half. Jimmy is going to redo at least two of them into something that can be scaled up and start creating new brews. Statically I know what we should do, and IPA (20% market share) and a Pale Ale (18%) market share. With the assort packs, Iâd safely toss in another 7% . (Assortments and Seasonals made up just over 20%). These are two styles Iâm really not interested in doing. There are allot of each on the market, itâs a crowded space and there so overdone. The thing I found the most reveling in the top 15 styles, not a single black beer made it. These happen to be some of my favorite beers. So it begs the question do we enter the fray with our own Pale and IPA or do we try to seize a niche market?
Iâm sure we can get allot of insight from Tim and Jon on the topic. Point being the other big ones with Amber larger, meaning most craft beer drinkers are still looking for a fairly pale, crystal clear beer. Bitter seems to be the name of the game for the last 10 years.
We have a little time yet, but Iâd love to hear from beer drinkers what they want.
|A Buffalo Church as a New Buffalo Brewery|| |
In Buffalo NY itâs hard to not be drawn to a church for a brewery right away. Itâs like a brewing palace. Beautiful surroundings, ceiling heights that are unmatched, since it was for people to gather the utilities are surprisingly low (several feet of brick and mortar are even better than 6 inch of fiberglass, the temp stability is amazing) and Buffalo has a bunch of extra churches right now that could use a, well use.
So whatâs the problem? They came in a couple of flavors (Sadly the flavors are like skunked Bud Light, and not a Buffalo micro-brew).
1) If the church is owned by the Papacy it cannot be used for a brewery, period dot. That takes out many of the primary candidates
2) Most of the churches need some repairs, the first church we looked at required over 500k in stabilization and another 400-500k in conversation costs. The second needs 300k, but the conversion costs were down to about 100k. That is almost the entire budget for New Buffalo. In this same category, if thereâs not a door I can get the tank thought I donât want to bust down walls to get them installed, thatâs not hard and fast just a bit of the preservationist that lingers.
3) A brewery falls under a M1 Zoning, churches are a C1, the first city councilmen I tried to work with refused to talk to me about it for several weeks before giving me a âI wonât actively try to stop you, but Iâm not going to help you in anywayâ kind of answer. The Councilmen Franczyk, whoâs district I wasnât working in was excited about the idea. In any case not being zoned correctly is another huge risk for use to undertake, a 6 month wait would bankrupt us in our first year
4) There is no equity in churches so the bank will not lend us money to fix a church for the most part. On top off that even as we pay down the merger costs of the church we canât barrow against it later own to expand like a normal building.
5) Preservation, on one hand it has some money we can tap into in, almost 50% of the stabilization or big repair costs could be deferred by public funds, however you have to keep the building the way the rules call for which in the case of the first building, we would have had the largest tasting room in the world (not proven but I donât know of any breweries with 12,000sqft of tasting space, and two levels with a stage in the middle)
6) Transportation, I need to be able to bring in semiâs, right now were planning on a grain bin for the pale malt, and I have to be able to get that into the building, also just in the first year weâll be moving a couple truckloads of beer a week. I have to be in a place they can get too.
To sum it up, were still looking for a church that could hold us but itâs not our focus anymore. Unless we received a grant for $1million it looks like itâs going to be a goal to expand too. I know the city has money like that, and that $5million went to the Staler. The city isnât going to trust a young guy like me, my background is Intelligence and factory work, not history building refurbishing.
This was a very long post, but I wanted to hit on it since several people have asked me about it. Chris Fetter has been a tremendous help, sending us updates when a non-Catholic church comes on the market. We hope this will work out, but we canât wait forever.
This post is in response an exchange with http://www.communitybeerworks.com/, on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Buffalo-Brewing-Co/215182275168604
|Soy Braised Pork Belly with Chinese Steamed Buns|
One of the keys to the deep, savory flavor of the of the braise is whatâs known as âthinâ or âsuperiorâ or âpremiumâ soy sauce. It is also occasionally referred to as light soy sauceâbut donât confuse that with low sodium! Thin soy sauce is actually saltier and lighter in color than regular soy sauce.
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|Side-Talk: Halal Omiyage (Souvenir) from Japan|
As mentioned in my previous post, my eldest sister went to Japan in December 2014 and brought back lots of Japan face products. While she was there, she whatsapp us to help to her search online for halal mochi which she can bring as souvenirs for her muslim colleague. I look up on google and do not find any halal kochi that is already in Japanese market. However, I did find out that there are halal omiyage out there are halal certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association (NAHA). Interesting huh. Below is the halal logo of NAHA.
One of the product is "Arare", which is a type of rice crackers. It is product by Osama Rice Cracker Co. Pte Ltd. Do note that not all of their products are halal. So what is "Arare"? According to wikipedia, it is japanese confectionary made from glutinous rice. The difference from senbei is its size and shape. In other words it is fried mochi.
Okay great there are halal souvenirs but where do we buy them? We saw online that it can found in a shop called "Hyobando" along the row of shops at Asakusa Temple. But my sister said it is too out of the way for her.
Then browse through NAHA Facebook Page. I found out that it is also sold at Narita Airport Terminal 1! I was thinking great then, she can buy it before she bought the plane. NAHA posted the photo below but did not state the exact location of itâ¦like where in Terminal can it be bought.
So using my detective skills, I go Narita airport website to check the directory and look out for shops with similar display. The is called KONNICHIWA and the location is at:
Narita Airport Terminal 1
Level 4 of Central Building
So back to the story about my eldest sister. She say her departure hall is at Terminal 2 instead and most like would not be able to Terminal 1 first due to shortage of time. So I look for a way for her to buy the halal "Arare" online. Sakura Gate (link) enables you to buy online and provides delivery service to the Airport. Except you will need you to order in advanceâ¦and this is not possible for my sister. But I think the idea is genius! Tourists can now save time from looking for souvenirs while they are on holidays. I always find looking for souvenirs to but for others a waste of time HAHA. In the end, I said to me sister that I have no other solution for her.
So she finally returned to Singapore after her trip and reach home at 2am in the morning. I saw her carry this ANA paper bag with the 8 packets of halal "Arare" in it. I was like, where did you get it from. Apparently, it is sold in Narita Airport Terminal 2 as well. So another place for you to buy the halal "Arare" is at ANA FESTA lobby gift shop located at:
Narita Airport Terminal 2
Level 4 of the Main Building
My sister bought 2 flavours of halal "Arare, seaweed and red pepper. I only have photo of the seaweed one since we already ate the red pepper one. Heard there is going to be a new flavour (Wasabi) coming out soon.
For more information and updates of halal products in Japan, do visit NAHA Facebook page.
|The Punt: Friday 19 May||It's the final weekend of the Premier League season and Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are with you to preview the 10 Premier League matches.
The trio go through the betting markets, highlighting the value and talk about the season as a whole.
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|The Punt: Monday 20th March||As the International break begins Mark Walton and Sam Norris take a look at the Premier League Top 4 and relegation markets before discussing the Germany v England match on Wednesday.
|The Punt: Tuesday 7 February||Dave Kelner is joined by Jack Critchley to preview the fourth round FA Cup replay between Leicester City and Derby County.
The pair also talk about the 'top four' market and relegation odds on this edition of the podcast.
#football #FACup #betting #podcast #thepunt|
|The Punt: Monday 17 October||Dave Kelner and Jack Critchley go through the betting markets ahead of the Champions League and Europa League matches this midweek.
Manchester City travel to the Camp Nou, without a win in three, to attempt to avenge their defeats against Barcelona in each of the last two seasons.
#UCL #UEL #betting #football #ThePunt|
|The Punt: Thursday 1 September||Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin get together to preview the World Cup Qualifiers involving the Home Nations and the Republic Of Ireland.
The chaps go through numerous betting markets and Thom and Derek also give you a bet to get involved with in the other Internationals.
#betting #ThePunt #football #Eng #WCQ2018|
|The FWA Podcast: Friday 26 August||The Daily Mirror's Chief Football Writer, John Cross, joins Dave Kelner to discuss this weekend's televised Premier League matches.
John also talks about Arsenal's activity in the transfer market.
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|The Punt: Friday 26 August||Dave Kelner, Derek McGovern and Thom Kirwin are on hand to take you through all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.
The chaps analyse the betting markets, with Derek and Thom giving their predictions on each game.
The podcast finishes with the best bets.
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|The League Podcast - 5th-7th August||Jack Critchley is joined by Pete Farries ahead of the new Football League season to take a look at this weekend's televised Championship fixtures.
Pete also selects his best bets in the 3pm kick offs on Saturday.
The pair also take a look at the promotion and relegation markets.
In Play Radio's Gav Puszczalowskyi and Al Ross offer their best bets of the weekend in League One and League Two respectively.|
|Euros Punt Podcast: 4th July||Lee Phelps joins Mark Walton on this edition of the podcast and they look at some of the outright markets ahead of the semi-finals.
They discuss the betting for the Tournament Winner, Top Goalscorer and the Player Of The Tournament, with Lee offering his selections along the way.
|Euros Punt Podcast: 28th June||The postmortem begins for England after a humbling defeat at the hands of Iceland and Sam Norris, Lee Phelps and Dave Kelner discuss the next permanent England manager market on this edition as well as taking a revised looks at the Euros winner and top goalscorer markets.
|Euros Punt Podcast: 23rd June||So the group stage is complete and we're into the second round of the Euros and with a couple of blank days, it's the perfect time to look at the Outright markets.
Dave Kelner joins Mark Walton to do just that, with the pair discussing the tournament winner, top goalscorer and player of the tournament markets.
|AT&T Expands Voice Over LTE To 18 Additional Markets|
AT&T first launched its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service about seven months ago, but now the carrier is expanding its reach by adding 18 new markets for its VoLTE and HD Voice offerings.
The list of new markets include District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.Â
The good news is that this is just the beginning. AT&T's target is to transition every consumer to VoLTE. That would be easier said than done for sure, considering the tons of networks that need to be set up and the hardware that needs to be deployed. But AT&T is positive about the outcome, and early signs of success are certainly visible.
As stated by John Donovan, AT&T's Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, the carrier's VoLTE network is performing very well after some internal tests, scoring an average of more than 99 percent in terms of accessibility and retainability (how well the users stay connected).
For those not in the know, VoLTE technology lets users simultaneously make calls and browse the Internet using their smartphones with very fast 4G LTE data speeds.Â
As for HD Voice, it is a type of wideband technology that allows for better call quality with minimal background noise, made possible through widening the frequency range of the audio signals.
Voice calls were previously transmitted on a rather limited frequency range (between 300 Hertz to 3.4 Hertz). But with HD Voice, that frequency range is extended from 50 Hertz to 7 KiloHertz, and sometimes even beyond, in order to achieve high definition quality in voice calls.
However, before users can enjoy HD Voice, they need to meet the requirements. Firstly, the service must be available in their geographical area (AT&T is working on it). Secondly, the person calling and the recipient of the call must both use handsets that are HD Voice capable. For AT&T customers, just about the only devices available from their carrier that meet this requirement are the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
AT&T is far from being the only major wireless carrier that offers HD Voice though. Sprint may have been the first off the blocks, offering its customers a 30-day trial run of its HD Voice service in June earlier this year. Even Verizon Wireless is working on its own HD Voice brand, and the talk is that the Big Red will utilizing the AMR-wideband standard (the industry norm) for its service.
Interestingly, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are working together in providing clear call quality in both their customers. If they can pull this off, AT&T customers will be able to call their friends and family who are on Verizon as clearly as possible, and vice versa.
|How to use Twitter to promote your business online|
Twitter can be a very powerful tool for marketing any business or website online, and by using Twitter, a person can easily reach thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of potential customers consistently.
Once a person creates a profile for their business or for their website on Twitter, they should tweet consistently and update their profile consistently. Tweeting consistently will ensure that their Twitter followers are engaged in the information that they're posting, and usually, tweeting consistently can help a person to obtain new followers for their Twitter account.
Respond To Tweets
When a person has a Twitter account, people can send them tweets, or Twitter users can direct tweets to their Twitter profile. This is an excellent way for a business to connect with its customers and with its potential customers.
If a person has any questions for a business owner, they can easily ask the business owner those questions on Twitter. In addition, a question that is asked by one customer or one potential customer on Twitter is likely a question that many other people have, so when a business owner answers a question from one person, they are likely answering a question that many other people have as well.
Gaining More Followers
In order to reach a large amount of people on Twitter, it's vital to gain a large amount of followers. There are many ways to gain followers on Twitter, and one of the ways is to buy Twitter followers.
When a business owner buys Twitter followers, they should make sure that the Twitter followers that they bought are real and active. The more active that Twitter followers are, the more successful that the marketing strategy of a business on Twitter will be.
Following Other Twitter Users
In addition to gaining followers on Twitter, a business should follow other Twitter users. Following other Twitter users helps to promote interactivity among users on Twitter, and in addition, a business that follows many other people and many other profiles is likely to gain more followers much more quickly for its Twitter profile.
Posting Funny And Interesting Information
A business owner should frequently post funny and interesting information and content on Twitter. Posting funny, interesting and informative content will help to ensure that a person's Twitter followers stay interested and engaged, and in addition, posting funny and interesting content can increase the likelihood that the Twitter followers of a business profile will retweet the tweets of the business owner.
When Twitter users retweet content that a business has posted, that content can easily reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of other Twitter followers very quickly, and as a result, a business can very easily reach many more potential customers by having its followers retweet content that it has tweeted.
In addition, a business owner should also post deals and discounts for certain products and services sporadically by using their Twitter account. Posting deals and discounts will attract new customers to the business, and these deals and discounts make it likely that customers that have already placed orders with a business will place more orders in the near future.
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|Mobile security infestation [Infographics]|
The explosion in popularity of mobile devices has changed the way that people go about their daily lives. Their reliance on the efficiency and speed of these gadgets has made location--often--irrelevant. However, with the reliance comes risk; the number of viruses and hackers lurking for unencrypted data has risen dramatically over the past few years, a number closely related to the rise in smartphone and tablet usage over that same period of time.
This infographic, provided by TollFreeForwarding.com, is an interesting look at mobile security, how it is being exploited, and the future of safe usage on mobile devices.is an interesting look at mobile security, how it is being exploited, and the future of safe usage on mobile devices.
Russel Cooke is a journalist based in Louisville, KY. His love of technology often drives his stories, which also center around social media, content creation, and marketing. You can follow him on Twitter @RusselCooke2.
|How To Speed Up Your Computer with Optimo Pro|
Computer users are inundated with tribulations frequently. The way you eat food to keep you going and to keep you fit, likewise, computer machine also needs maintenance every now and then. Your body demands food to keep you going. So how can your computer lag behind? Computer optimization is the buzz word. Everyone wants to speed up computer to reap more benefits.
Regular holdups that stall the computerâs performance become a complete nuisance. Virus attacks, malware intrusions, Trojan horse, and other cruel problems slow down the speed of your system. But most of the users find it difficult to understand the problem and resolve them. What you require is good quality pc cleaner that deals with junk files, registry errors and much more.
Quite a few PC cleaners are doing the rounds in the market, some fake and some real. Fake ones rather than solving any setback embed a set of virus and infections that results in loss of time and money. Real ones effectively optimize your computer system that helps speed up computer.
Optimo Pro is software that comes with more than one program. They scan the computer within minutes and help the customer get back to work. Within months of its launch, Optimo Pro has had immense outreach and has helped computer users, be it consumers or business. The increased usage of Optimo Pro has been phenomenal.
What all it does?
All these apps work in tandem with each other and help increase the speed of your PC. A PC cleaner acts a scrubber that scrubs manifold parts of the computer and helps keep it in good shape. Be it fixing your registry or cleaning junk files, it does all.
With the kind of success Optimo Pro has gathered, it becomes worthwhile to at least give it a try. Download Optimo Pro from www.optimopro.com and make use of the trial version. Our customer service number is 1-800-413-1289. You can ask any question and we will be more than happy to serve you.
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|Top 3 Apps To Change Your Android Interface|
Tried of your boring android default interface, want to try something new, to make it look more cool and different, if YES you are at the right place. Today in this post I will be telling you about some cool android application that will completely change the experience on your phone.So here's the list of Top 3 Android Application to make your phone more cool.GO Launcher EXThis is one of the most downloaded application on Google App Store for customizing the UI of the phone and make it awesome. It has got plenty of totally customizable themes which allows you to customize your icons, lock screens and much more.DownloadAviateAviate is a different type of app, it is totally different from other present on the app market. It changes as per your recent activity and also changes according your location. Sadly there are some bugs present but don't worry you won't have to deal which crashes. Although this application is available for download only on invites but if your lucky enough you will get a invite for free available on many tech portals.Download ThemerThemer is my personal favorite application, this is the best app for transforming the look of your android UI. There are more than 52,000 different looking homescreens for Themer available for downlaod. Every theme you download has got totally different style and layout.Download
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|iPhone Casino Games Are Increasing In Popularity||A few months ago in the Dutch news, via the broadcaster NOS, it was told that some 1.5 million Dutch gamble online now and then, on an annual basis. Despite the still unregulated Dutch market, online casinos based in Malta or Curacao, such as as Leo Vegas CasinoÂ or Mr Green CasinoÂ find their way to Dutch […]|
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|Testosterone marketing frenzy cues skepticism||"Are you falling asleep after dinner?" "Do you have a decrease in libido?" "Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?" "It could be Low-T." Welcome to the latest big marketing push by the nation's drug companies.|
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Why most Zippers have the letters YKK on them.
Whitcomb L. Judson invented the zipper and YKK is the Japanese company that makes them.
Whitcomb L. Judson was a lover of gadgets and machines and the idea for his "clasp locker" came from when a friend had a stiff back from trying to fasten his shoes. Judson's clasp locker was used mostly on mailbags, tobacco pouches and shoes. However, his design, like most first inventions needed to be fine-tuned.
A more practical version came on the scene in 1913 when a Swedish-born engineer, Gideon Sundback revised Judson's idea and made his with metal teeth instead of a hook and eye design. In 1917, Sundback patented his "separable fastener."
The name changed again when the B. F. Goodrich Co. used it in rubber boots, galoshes, and called it the "zipper" because the boots could be fastened with one hand.
The 1940s brought about research in Europe of the coil zipper design. The first design was of interlocking brass coils. However, since they could be permanently bent out of shape, making the zipper stop functioning, it was rather bad for business and wasn't too practical. The new design was improved after the discovery of stronger, more flexible synthetics. Coil zippers eventually hit the market in the early 1960s.
In 1934, Yoshida Kogyo Kabushililaisha was founded. Sixty years later they changed their name to YKK Co. The privately owned firm, headquartered in Japan, now is made up of 80 companies at 206 facilities in 52 countries. Wow! you say? but of course, the demand for zippers is great. YKK makes everything from the dyed fabric around the zipper to the brass used to make the actual device.
|What is your Dream Homeâs view?||Homeownership is part of the American dream. Ask any generation and they will overwhelmingly agree. The pros outweigh the cons and the American public has spoken. However, like snowflakes, no two dreams are exactly alike. Some find peace with the waves crashing against the beach. Others find solace in being nestled in the mountains. But, not every market has such amenities. Here is the Dallas/Fort Worth people strive for different views. All of which are to escape this cities fast paced lifestyle.Lake View 1013 Private Road 5937, Emory, TX 75440 - Impressive water front property on Lake Fork with 500 feet of waterfront with retaining wall. Paved pathway meanders through the treed lot to boat house.Golf Course View 6619 Clubhouse Cir, Dallas, TX 75240 - Sophisticated and Elegant Custom backs to Northwood Club and boasts a magnificent View of the 10th Fairway and Wooded Creek!Breathtaking Sunsets 2177 Fm 740 S, Heath, TX 75032 - Built in 2008, this gorgeous Hill Country estate sits on 9 rolling acres and features an open floor plan that exudes country sophistication. Pamper yourself with your own private hilltop. Personal Oasis 1215 Winding Brook Dr., Garland, TX 75044 - Stunning Upgrades, inside & out. This is a 5 Bedroom Custom Home on a stunning cul-de-sac. Take advantage of the professionally landscaped creek lot with oversized custom spa, plus retaining wall-walking path.Whatever your preference is we are able to make your dream come true. |
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|Blog Post: Moves the RTS Genre Into Uncharted Territory, but Does it Hit the Mark?|
I've got nothing against non-traditional monetary models in games. BattleForge's odd setup, where players buy card packs through the online store to supplement their significant starting pool, and complete real-time strategy missions with created decks, is an intriguing framework. The online backend is solid, with a browser that lets players quickly find teammates or opponents for the mission they're interested in. It's too bad that the actual gameplay is so shoddy I wouldn't play it if the entire thing were free.
The basic combat is very traditional RTS battle, granting victory to the player who best uses counter units and properly employs his troops' activated abilities. Many of the little details that go into RTS design are poorly done, though. The massive pool of creatures and spells you may encounter makes it difficult to keep abreast of strengths and weaknesses. The extremely fast pace makes it easy to be overwhelmed – especially if, as in many scenarios, you have multiple fronts to deal with. [Excerpt]
There isn't much of an economic game, either. Controlling nodes gives a trickle of power to your pool, and any dead units slowly return their power cost to your bank as well. Strategic orbs can be captured to allow access to the higher tiers of spells in your deck. Most maps are designed in such a way that each player has access to a preset amount of these, meaning the units you summon are virtually the only determinant of success.
BattleForge is a combination of strange mechanics and bad design. Units are diverse, and yet none of them are terribly interesting. Missions have a ton of variety on the surface, but in practice they're variations on the same few objectives. Combat is vanilla RTS, but too messy to allow for much tactical or strategic creativity. New revenue models are a good way to try to find success in a tough PC gaming market, but even the cleverest is nowhere near as important as good gameplay.
|See & Hear All About It! May 1 @USJCT - Erin Moriarty's Chilling, Blockbuster Report on Stalking @48hours|
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Erin Moriarty has been a correspondent for "48 Hours" since 1990. She has covered the death of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the war in Iraq.
Drawing on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and battered women's syndrome. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings and the 9/11 investigation, overseas. Her exclusive behind-the-scenes report on the defense of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1997.
Moriarty has received numerous honors, including nine national Emmy Awards.
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|Dhaka cafe attack suspect arrested in Bangladesh|
Dhaka: A key suspect involved in planning Bangladesh's worst terror attack on a popular cafe was today arrested, becoming the sixth militant to be taken into custody, police said.
Aslam Hossain Rashed alias Rash, was reportedly a coordinator and one of the key planners of Holey Artisan Bakery attack in the upmarket Gulshan area in which 22 people, including an Indian woman, were killed.
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) and a team from police headquarters conducted search operations in Natore and Bogra in northern Bangladesh to arrest Rashed.
"We are bringing Rashed from Natore to Dhaka. He will be taken to court and shown arrested in the cafe attack case," Monirul Islam, the head of police's counterterrorism unit, said.
"Rash was a close associate to Tamim Chowdhury, the Bangladeshi-Canadian who headed the Neo-JMB, before being shot dead in a police raid following the cafe attack," he said.
The militants who were previously arrested were ? Sohel Mahfuz, Basharuzzaman, Mizanur Rahman, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Rashedul Islam.
Bangladesh witnessed its worst terror attack when five gunmen stormed the upscale Holey Artisan Bakery and O'Kitchen inside Dhaka's diplomatic district on July 1 last year.
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Wally Lamb says: âThibault is a junkyard dog for justice who bares his teeth at pomposity and institutional unfairness and only bites the truly deserving.â
more COOL JUSTICE includes controversial essays on topics including the Woody Allen sex assault case, the national assault on freedom of information and a 42-year-old cold case in New Orleans. A chapter entitled âPersons known & unknown blew up justice in Badaracco caseâ examines the politics permeating the investigation and points to the judiciaryâs complicity in the failure to solve the Mary Badaracco homicide in northwest Connecticut.
Thibault was honored by the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information in 2014 with the Stephen Collins Award for his âmany contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press.â Thibault was one of the few reporters to cover the Boston Marathon bombing trial gavel to gavel. His reports for the NBC News Investigative Unit can be found at
His first collection, Law and Justice in Everyday Life, was published in 2002, featuring an introduction by Howard Zinn and foreword by F. Lee Bailey.
Thibault has taught at Western Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He is an investigator for Integrated Security Services of Hartford and Manhattan.
He is expected to appear in one of a series of true crime documentaries in 2017, filmed in late 2016 by a Canadian production company. Also in 2017, he expects to implement an âAlternative Speakers Seriesâ at a university in Connecticut.
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|Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines|
Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.
Story and Photos by John Briggs
Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.
Corporate â Government Alliance Versus the American People
Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.
The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.
Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.
The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.
A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex faÃ§ade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.
Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.
The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earthâs family. If we donât, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.
Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as âwater protectors.â âMni Wiconi, Water is Lifeâ is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.
There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.
DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the stateâs eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.
The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into âtrespassers on their own land.â
In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.
North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.
Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriffâs Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby statesâall interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffsâ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.
Native mediaâs live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.
The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.
The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: âAccording to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.â
The news site added, âThe Morton County Sheriffâs Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protestersâ¦ [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriffâs Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Mediaâs attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.â
On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassmentâpeople maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and âriotâ on the Morton County Sheriffâs novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.
All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)
Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the dayâs action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make âsnatch and grabâ arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that theyâd be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. âThe intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So theyâre trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.â
The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalismâthe kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.
Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: âThe county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.â
The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: âThe U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.
â âThis is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,â [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.
âAt least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in âinhuman and degrading conditions in detention,â Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.
â âMarking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,â the U.N. expert said.
â âThe excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,â he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.
âAmnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.â
Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: âYou know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plainsâ¦â
The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians
Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregonâs Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.
The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of whoâs-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.
Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.
Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.
Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.
But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Deweyâs Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to âfollowâ him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Deweyâs Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing âdocumentationâ of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.
Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then heâs panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as heâs telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, âIt looked like someone using a drip torch.â He says they called 911, but itâs been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasnât shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a âhotshotâ firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire wonât harm the camp.
Now hereâs Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why heâs here. Heâs from the Paiute nation. âIâm here to protect the water,â he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.
In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. Weâre just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where theyâre from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level itâs a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesnât want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Deweyâs face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey canât resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if heâs sure he doesnât want to become famous by putting his face on Deweyâs screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectorsâ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says âLetâs get out of here; this is enemy territory.â Dewey laughs, turning the car around, âItâs not enemy territory.â
I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Deweyâs unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.
Dewey explains to his viewers that what theyâre seeing is a âdocumentationâ thatâs not edited. âItâs not scripted. Itâs not acted out.â
After a month of watching Deweyâs daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichÃ©d phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporterâs eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.
Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream mediaâs very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. Youâve seen them all, repeatedly.
Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as itâs lived in the moment. Itâs not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, itâs how theyâve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And thatâs what Deweyâs broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. Itâs certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. Itâs not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.
This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means âall my relations.â When youâre watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock youâre experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. Itâs newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether heâs engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what heâs getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.
What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.
Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:
âI pray that weâll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have beenâ¦ Although thereâs some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But thereâs also people on our side to stop them. Donât start a fight. Thatâs what itâs all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and theyâll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, weâre beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say weâre a democracy but itâs not showing anymore. The people didnât want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we donât care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a wholeâ¦.Weâre standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.â
Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earthâs objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasiâshu possess. Webster defines fascism as âa political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.â Itâs an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.
It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.
This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.
At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names forâthings that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.
John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Departmentâs journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Westernâs Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.
When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.
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|Burn After Reading|
In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors
By WAYNE MADSEN
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
As this book went to press, the smart phone game application PokÃ©mon Go fad was sweeping the planet. Unbeknownst to many of the on-line gameâs avid fanâs was the connection of the gameâs developers to the CIAâs venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL. All users saw their geo-location and other smart phone data being swept up by a CIA partner firm.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
There is a little confusion around the name "Za'atar" and what exactly does it refer to: A condiment? A spice mix? An herb? And if so - which herb exactly - Hyssop? Thyme? Oregano? Marjoram?
The truth is that za'atar is an Arabic word used interchangeably for a number of wild herbs that grow wild in the Mediterranean region, and all contain thymol and carvacrol. Hence their similar sharp and warm aroma, bitter taste and spicy, almost hot "bite". They also share similar medicinal properties, most of them used in folk medicine for most digestive ailments and respiratory complaints. The mixture known to us as "Za'atar" is in fact a misnomer. Za'atar is originally the name of the plant now classified as Origanum syriacum, but in Arabic it is loosely applied to several other related wild and not so wild herbs.
The name for the condiment is in fact "doukka" (pronounced often as "Do-ak" with a very throaty "K" that almost sounds like an "A" so in reality the word sounds more like "Do-ah"). In Arabic this means "to grind". Each region in the Arab world has its own "Doukka", which is either sprinkled on food, or more commonly covered in olive oil to which the traditional regional bread is dipped. For example - Egypt has a complex nut-based doukka with toasted hazelnuts or walnuts, to which toasted or untoasted spices such as cumin, coriander seeds, green peppercorns and sweet fennel have been added.
In the Levant "doukka" happens to be made primarily of a mixture of thymol-containing herbs, with "The" Za'atar (Origanum syriacum) being the star of the show. Lesser amounts of other herbs, will be added - the most important of which are "Za'atar Farsi" (winter savory), Israeli Thyme (Corydothymus capitatus), Zuta ×××× ××× × ( Micromeria fruiticosa barbata), a delicate wild white mint known in English as White-Leaved Savory (which does not even belong to the savory genus, but to micromeria because of its tiny leaves). Common oregano (Origanum vulgare) makes a good addition, albeit cannot substitute for the real Za'atar or Syrian oregano if you actually know the real deal. Likewise, marjoram and thyme can also make a good addition but not be at the centre. Even though their profiles are similar - there are some nuances that will be lost if using only the garden variety oreganos and thymes and none of the wild stuff.
Many other things can be added to the mix, the most important being sumac berries (Rhus coriaria) for their wonderful salty-sour flavour, and toasted sesame seeds for their pop-in-the-mouth nuttiness. But you'll also find spices sometimes, including more obscure ones such as butum (Ø¨Ø·Ù ) - toasted terebinth fruits (Pistachia palestina), which are really like tiny pistachios with the outer red peel intact. I've got a few of those drying right now, because I've never seen them in any market before and I'm very curious how they taste as a spice.
The following are several authentic Za'atar recipes I've collected - and of course you are welcome to browse google's universe of shared recipes, but be cautious of a few things if you want to make an authentic za'atar:
1) Use actual Origanum syriacum even if a generic "oregano" is called for
2) Do not by any stretch of the imagination use "fresh" leaves. They must be dried first. And only then will you grind them up with the rest of the ingredients. This is a dried herb and spice mix. Not a fresh herb concoction.
3) Usage of salt, although found in many recipes, seems very superfluous to me, unless you are not using sumac berries. These have a unique taste - equally salty and tangy. The whole point of using them is so you do not need to use salt. Likewise, using citric acid is a way to fake the sumac effect. Which I'm not quit sure why would anyone do that aside from laziness. Sumac berries are difficult to grind manually (or even in a coffee grinder) - but you can find ground sumac easily in many spice shops and markets.
When shopping for pre-made spice mixes, or any ground spices for that matter, the main culprit is adulteration and using old raw material that are "dressed up" as authentic. It's hard to teach someone who've never tasted or smelled za'atar what to look for, but some things are a telling sign. For example: if you don't see the dark maroon red and still taste salt or tanginess, it is probably from salt and citrus acid, and not from the (missing) red sumac berries. Secondly, another visual sign - za'atar leaves are rather grey in colour when dried, so any other colour you see (olive green) is either food colouring or a combination of other types of "za'atar" herbs (i.e.: thyme, za'atar farsi, etc.). Best sign is by taste - if it taste like dust (and looks like dust) it's either too old or just a fake.
I suggest you start with the most basic three ingredients, and then play with the proportions and adding other herbs and/or spices. You can even start with equal amount of za'atar leaves, sumac and sesame and adjust to taste.
Safta Ada's Za'atar Recipe
This is my mom's handmade recipe that she would make from wild harvested za'atar (before it was illegal to pick any) and would even send it to Vancouver so I can enjoy a taste of home.
1 cup dried za'atar leaves, coarsely crushed between your palms, or pounded with mortar and pestle to a finer powder
4 Tbs ground sumac berries (I suggest you purchase them pre-ground, otherwise their seeds can break your teeth!)
2 Tbs toasted brown sesame seeds, whole
May Bsisu wrote an excellent book, The Arab Table, which I highly recommend, and it includes a unique Palestinian style of za'atar that includes caraway:
10oz oregano (I assume she means za'atar)
3 Tbs sumac, ground
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2-1/2 Tbs coarse salt
1/2 tsp allspice, ground
1/4 tsp caraway seeds, ground
Easy Lebanese Recipes provides a "Traditional Rich Recipe" for za'atar that I'm compelled to try, with dried za'atar, roasted sesame, sumac, marjoram, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, fennel, aniseed and salt.
Mamma's Lebanese Kitchen recipe contains thyme, marjoram, sumac, sesame, cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon and salt.
How to consume za'atar?
Use your za'atar mixed with olive oil as a dip for bread, on top of labneh (strained yoghurt cheese) or as a substitute for butter under any other soft or hard cheese, avocado, etc.
It's also a nice addition to salads, and for baking fish or poultry. I also like to add it to chickpeas that I fry whole in olive oil, after they've been cooked and drained.
Fresh za'atar leaves come in late winter and can be enjoyed all through spring, and can be fried in olive oil much like tender sage leaves and become this wonderful crispy topping for fresh bread, pasta, roasted vegetables, etc. Also, they can be used as they are in salads (May Bsisu has a recipe for fresh oregano salad in that book as well), with lots of onion and tomatoe. The Druze use it to season the dough or the fillings for various savoury pastries, such as sambusak (a flatbread that is folded in half to conceal a thin layer of highly seasoned stuffing, and baked in the tabun) and fatayer (little dough pockets filled with cheese), and the dried whole leaves can be used much like oregano in meat and pasta sauces, in soups, stews, breads, etc.
Now, let's explore the Za'atar "group" of plants:
Ezov (the Hebrew word for the Biblical Hyssop - not the European Hyssopus officials which is also a medicinal plant, and produces a rather toxic essential oil), which is now classified as an oregano, Origanum syriacum (formerly Majorana syriaca). Like many of the other aromatic plants from the Lamiaceae family, za'atar has a winter and spring foliage and a summer foliage, which is smaller in order to preserve water and survive the long arid season. I suspect the essential oils also aid with the survival of these plants in such harsh conditions - because whenever they are grown in regions where the water is more abundant (British Columbia, for example) - their flavour is largely lacking. What you see above is the luscious winter "look", which features soft and larger leaves, and their colour is much greener, and therefore more similar to the common oregano (Origanum vulgare).
Za'atar Farsi (meaning Persian Za'atar), or as it is called in Hebrew ×¦×ª×¨× ××¨××× - Tzatra Vruda (Pink Tzatra) which really is winter or mountain savory (Satureja montana). Its long needle-like leaves have a sharp, spicy taste. When we were growing up my mom would spice the egg for French Toast with them and make them literally savoury.
Mediterranean Thyme (Thymbra spicata), in Hebrew ×¦×ª×¨× ××ª ××©××××ª Tzatranit Meshubelet is also called in Arabic "Za'atar farsi", and has a very similar leaf shape (only a bit longer, narrower and softer) and almost identical odour and aroma profile. It has flowers that look a bit more like chaffs of wheat (not unlike those of Lavandula dentata, and is even more rare to find than Satureja montana.
Corydothymus capitatis / Thymus capitatus / Thymbra capitata) or in Hebrew Koranit Mekurkefet ×§××¨× ××ª ××§××¨×§×¤×ª is also known by many other names - Israeli oreganum (oil), Cretan thyme, Corido thyme, Headed savory, Thyme of the Ancient, Conehead thyme and most commonly - Spanish Oregano (even though it is not classified as "origanum"). This oil is what is often sold as "oregano oil", by the way. This is now a rare plant that in our area grows only along the rocky seashores of the North Coast leading to Lebanon. The leaves are tiny and sharp, like a miniature version of the Pink Tzatra, but they grow more dense and close together to form clusters around the tip of the branches. The branches are woody-looking almost like bonsai trees that crawl all over the rocks - and the flowers tiny and purplish-pink. The aroma is clean and maybe a little more simple than that of za'atar, but also the taste is much more sharp and phenolic.
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While waiting for our permanent home to be renovated (which, as it turns out, takes even longer than building a new home) - we've been living semi-nomadic life for close to four months now, about three of them in a yurt.
Life in the yurt is different. There is no way around it (pun intended). For one thing, it provides a round space, that encompasses most of life's functions in one area: cooking, eating, reading, puzzling, snuggling, cat-feeding (an extra duty we've picked up on the way to freedom - not unlike an unwanted pregnancy that you just can't get herself to terminate), office work (whenever my MacBook Air has enough power to work for me - not to mention its battered battery now needs replacement, which turns out to be a HUGE ordeal in the land of milk and honey), Pilates practice, and even occasional entertaining (when it rains even my dear family avoids it like the plague). It's not truly all in one space, because it actually has an annex to the north, with the washroom (including a shower and a compost toilet - a killer combination for dirt and cleanliness), as well as a sleeping den which has beautiful greenery all around it, as it is built from old wooden windows.
That beauty comes with the price of this space being as cold as the outdoors in the winter. In the summer this room is actually a lifesaver, because the yurt collects way too much heat, although it is much better insulated than the sleeping den - even when its skylight is open. We don't have an oven, but were able to pull together delicious and nourishing meals from the two-flamed gas stove, and have even prepared some raw treats for our daily tea parties. To be perfectly frank - mostly, we've been lazy and buying baklava and cookies whenever we are in the vicinity of a bakery - so I am now in the know of where to get good baked goods. I'm sure this knowledge will come in handy in the not so far future, even after we're back to our productive baking life. When it comes to baking, it's always good to have a good back-up plan.
Of course, that did not stop us from being experimental in the kitchen, trying new ingredients such as nigella seed spread and authentic freekeh, which is an amazing way of preparing green wheatberries by burning them off the wheat chaff. The result is a smoky, nutty grain that is delicious and easy to cook (and digest) and really gives unmistakable character to dishes (the one I bought in Canada was actually stale wheat dyed green). More on that in another post!
To sum it up - living in a yurt is "an experience". Just like camping is an experience. In camping terms this is a five star facility. I'm sure with its running water and gas-operated refrigerator it is also considered a luxury in comparison to straw huts in Africa or yurts in the Mongolian steppes. You get the picture. It's an experience. And we're three months into it and can't wait to experience something else.
To lift the edge off the nervous anticipation for proper housing, I've decided to compile a little list of fragrances (both mundane and wearable) that will let you into this experience, even if just a little... This compilation is a random array of fragrance fit for yurt life, even though I imagine most people who choose to live in this humble abode would rather dab some animal fat and cooked cabbage juice behind their ear than any designer's fragrance. Nevertheless, I find the task amusing, and I hope it will make for a fun read.
I also hope that my mom does not get hurt because apparently in our parts of the world, patience ("Savlanut") is considered a virtue (which very few uphold), and also belongs grammatical to the same root as the word suffering ("Sevel"). And in this part of the world, stating the facts is considered complaining... I'm sure those who choose to live in a yurt or even just stay in it for a short amount of time will thoroughly enjoy it - it is cute, rustic, pretty, calm and completely in tune with nature. You get to experience all the elements - fire (sun), air (wind), water (we have running water, and thankfully also very little of water leakage despite its very temporary feel); and last but not least - you can't get any closer to earth than this. It is a very, very earthy dwelling and you really feel Mother earth's belly as you tickle it with your slippers walking to and fro. Last but not least: nothing compares to coming out of the yurt at night and seeing the clear black skies dotted with bright stars.
Muscs Kublai Khan - for the obvious body odour effect - musk-enhanced unwashed hair and sweaty armpits with hints of rose and aldehydes.
Kiehl's Fig Leaf & Sage - milky herbacous weirdness. It's unusual yet very easy to wear and has a freshness without being boring. It also goes well with the cucumber and parsley scented products we currently have in the house - hand wash, shampoo and conditioner. Something green and clear-smelling yet non pretentious.
Aromatics Elixir - an earthy, big sage scent that is sophisticated yet at the same time rustic enough to wear in the wilderness. Especially grateful for it on cold wintry days.
Arabie - the spice market, sweat and dusty cobblestones - and all the spices I have in storage (and don't have in my kitchen) kvetched into one bottle. Awesome.
Coco Noir - the opposite of yurt life: polished, elegant, artificial and urban. Jasmine, berries and plums, rose, patchouli, musk and vetiver with a a dusting of cocoa.
Poivre Samarkand - because I heard that there are also yurts in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). Can't find any perfume inspired by Mongolia (which is where the yurts supposedly originate). Besides, it's a perfect sprinkle of heat on those chilly nights when the shower runs only boiling water or ice cold ones, and when you step out of the shower it's the same temperatures as outside (not as extreme as in Canada, but 5-11c is cold enough to feel like real winter).
Musc Nomade (Annick Goutal) - I'm picking this one because of the name alone. I remember smelling it very vaguely and that is was vegetal and delicate... Admittedly I'm also too lazy to go digging in my shipping container now and find the little box where I "filed" all my music samples but I'm pretty sure I've only tried it once when I was in Paris.
Tam Dao - if you've ever encountered compost toilet, you know that it's the human equivalent of hamster cage. pine or cedar shavings are used to cover up the mess, and the result is a more subdued version of human waste, that eventually turns into a nice scent of the forest floor. Anyway, this explanation made me think of Tam Dao, which is a fine sandalwood and cedar fragrance and also has some clean smelling musks underneath, to make you forget all the other business.
Tea for Two - We've been enjoying my limited selection of teas that I make a point of finishing off. True to form, we've been brewing lots of chai, which I've been already giving you plenty of recipes for... And of course Hulnejan - the wonderful root brew of galangal, dried ginger and cassia bark.
Zangvil also reminds me of this "witch brew" with its notes of fresh and dried ginger, honey, amber, jasmine and ginger lily.
Finjan - we've been drinking lots of espresso on the stove top mocha machine, and lots of Arabic/Druze/Turkish coffee (each nationality claims it as their own - but essentially this is very dark roasted coffee with cardamom that is brewed on the stove). The latter is well represented in the perfuem I created titled Finjan (the name of the little porcelain "shot" cups that you sip the coffee from; mistakenly, most Israelis refer to the little pot used to brew it as "finjan" - but its real name is "Ralai").
Mastic - Whenever it rains or gets really chilly, the mastica bushes and wild ivy behind the yurt release their fresh, green-balsamic scent. Grin's smell encompasses this verdant freshness with its notes of galbanum, violet, oakmoss and a classic floral bouquet.
Geranium and Wild Oranges - My citrus orchard was overcome by wild orange shoots, and I've really let it go. We finally pruned the orchard this fall, which mean an overwhelming amount of wild oranges that had to be put into use somehow. The result? An orange cello with a touch of herbs from the yurt's garden, among them rose geranium. One sip of this liquor is enough to uplift the spirits.
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view from one of the trails within the village, overlooking the medieval fort in the nearby kibbutz Yehiam (it's about an hour hike from the studio)
As of Spring 2017, our courses will take place at Ayala Moriel's new studio in Clil, Israel. This charming little organic village is situated in one of the country's most fascinating regions, the Western Galilee, and is overlooking the Mediterranean sea (gorgeous beaches are only 20min drive), Haifa Bay and Mount Carmel. Clil provides a unique experience for students who choose to stay here* - I'd describe it as a 180 from Vancouver, for better or for worse. Here are a few details so you can get the picture (and photos from different seasons too!).
This off-the-grid village is solar-powered and has small population of under 1000 people, who live in custom-built homes and semi-temporary dwellings (yurts, teepees, modified train cars and shipping containers, etc.) that are scattered among ancient olive groves and wild bush and Mediterranean garrigue (comprising of carobs, oaks, pistachia and thorny bushes). Despite its size, the village is a community bustling with life and culture: our neighbours are the village's cafe (inside a tent) that is opened Thursday-Saturday and hosts live concerts, and there. A large percentage of the population are alternative healers (we're just across the "street" from an integrated holistic clinic offering massage, acupuncture, ayurvedic treatments, and more) as well as creative artists, who have their ateliers in the village - and some would also be happy to show you around - painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, silversmiths and goldsmiths, basket weavers, etc.
There is a bakery that is opened twice a week (Sunday and Thursday) and offers Pizza Nights on Tuesdays. On all other days, fresh sourdough breads by other artisanal bakeries can be pre-ordered by phone, or purchased at the local Organic Garden (which tops off their own produce with other fruit and vegetables and organic goodies produced in the village and by nearby artisans). Also less relevant but sometimes handy are the village's book exchange and clothing exchange, which is open 24/7 and is completely free (take what you want and leave what you no longer use - it can come handy if you forgot to bring a hoodie or a book to read). There are three restaurants in the village - Smadar b'Clil, Cafe Clil and Chef Hagit Lidror's Vegan & Vegetarian kitchen (she will be providing most to the catering to our courses, by the way) - which also makes healthy smoothies and mouthwatering raw chocolate treats (she also teaches raw chocolate making workshops!).
The "shop local" sign, where you can find various things made in the village. It's located right next to Cafe Clil (which is our next-door neighbours to the east)
Accommodations within the village include one boutique hotel, one guest house (India-style "hostel" on the second level of one of our neighbours) and countless cute cabins for short-term rent - some also offering breakfast as part of the service. Sublets among the village's inhabitants are often listed and could be arranged if booked enough in advance, and also near Cafe Clil there is a small campsite for those who enjoy a fully rustic experience, as well as Meshiv Nefesh - the centre for meditation, which also has plenty of camping space around it for individuals and groups. If you choose to stay outside of the village - we are only 20-30min drive (depending on traffic) from lovely towns that offer also many wonderful attractions to visitors - i.e. Acre and Nahariya.
In short - there are plenty of places to explore and people to meet in Clil, so I'm sure you will enjoy your visit and find things to do and discover outside of the classroom.
Ancient olive grove in winter, at the centre of the village. Near it there is now an organic garden and grocery store
You can enjoy the many hiking trails in the village all on your own (including one in Wadi Yehiam leading to the medieval citadel in Kibbutz Yehiam) - or hire the local tour guide who knows the place from the day he was born (happens to also be my brother!). There are also trail rides on horses. Thursday evenings there is a little market in the village's playground, weather permitting. And watch out for the live music at the cafe - where you can listen to up and coming artists and even already famous ones, in a very intimate setting (and the artists is usually kept as a surprise till the last minute, to prevent over crowding of the venue). The beaches nearby (only 20 minutes drive) also offer year-around conditions for swimming, surfing, SUP, and sea kayaking.
Clil is not only a place where people live differently, but also offers an alternative culture for visitors who seek to take a break from the fast-paced modern lifestyle. It's no ordinary rural place - it is bustling with music, culinary innovations, art, healing and meditations workshops and alternative medicine gatherings, and a place where one can engage and interact with artists and artisans that live here. In short - it seemed like the perfect place to return to and continue my artisan perfumery work - and create a sanctuary for this art.
* You don't have to stay within the village - there are also plenty of interesting places around to stay in, such as Akre and Nahariya - but keep in mind that in that case vehicle is a must as public transit in and out of the village only comes twice a day, very early and very late.
|Medicines for the Soul|
On Christmas Eve my brother invited us to go with him on an urban evening stroll in Nazareth, to experience the holiday at the historic birthplace of Christianity. My brother is a tour-guide, so it's always an experience to go for walks with him. He always knows about more than what meets the eye, and has connections with people where we visit that makes every trip with him, even to familiar places, a different experience.
Our experience started on a rather stressful note, being stuck in traffic in a very narrow, one-way downhill street that would make San Francisco's terrain look rather friendly. There was no traffic control despite very heavy flow of visitors to watch the festivities. We were stuck in what should have been a two minute drive for 45 minutes. When we finally found a 3/4 parking spot between a dumpster and another truck and got out, it was drizzling and cold, as it should be in midwinter in the Galilee.
The large square in front of the Church of the Annunciation was festive with an enormous tree-like construction with many lights and a big glowing red star on top and next to it the customary nativity scene. Many people around were wearing Santa Claus hats, blowing little annoying-sounding horns; but thankfully above it all was a recording of Fairuz singing Christmas songs. Christmas in the Middle East is certainly very different than anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere.
I don't recall ever visiting in Nazareth, even though our family has special ties with the city. My mom's midwife, a Christian-Arab from the neighbouring village of Kfar Yasif is originally from Nazareth. Both our families have five children each (aside from me, my mom has four boys, and her midwife has five daughters). We are all in more or less the same ages. If it weren't for the strange political climate of this country, they'd all be married to each other by now...
Aside from the religious spots (Nazareth's spring, bath house and historic city centre, Mary's Well and its Church, AKA Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, and the Roman Catholic Basiclia of the Anunnciation (ÙÙÙØ³Ø© Ø§ÙØ¨Ø´Ø§Ø± in Arabic ××××××§×ª ×××©××¨× / ×× ×¡×××ª ×××©××¨×) - we also went into the old souk (market) of Nazareth, which is sadly mostly dormant due to modernization. Very few people have the desire or time to find parking in narrow alleyways that were built thousand years ago and wander between merchants to compare prices and negotiate bargains. It's much easier to go to the mall and pay with plastic cards all in one place, and cart your goods to the car underground. It was very sad to see so many stores closed, behind them are beautiful old shops with arched ceilings. Some of the old apartment buildings - although mostly neglected - were used to be effendi's homes, and their ceilings are made of Cedar of Lebanon, and hand-painted by a Lebanese artist from the time of the Ottoman empire. It's a lost world, and only recently some brave entrepreneurs have taken the initiative to renovate such places and open boutique hotels, hostels and cultural centres in the ancient cities of the country. There was also a little shop in the entrance to the empty souk, full of beautiful local craftsmanship. I hope to see more such things develop.
Once we reached the part of the souk that was still alive, I bought a cupful of coal-roasted chestnuts, reminiscing the cold foggy nights in Vancouver when we'd buy them from Yve's Chestnuts and warm our frozen mittens with their starchy, caramel-scented comfort. At the bottom of the hill there were some of the country's best Halawiyat (Arabic patisseries), where one should stop by for kunafeh - even if they don't have time or room in their stomach. But we were in a group with a different agenda than enjoying life on the stop - and instead continued on to Ziad Safdi's grocery store, which is really more of a magical old-fashioned herb and spice shop, that contains many folk remedies for all kinds of physical ailments, a collection of essential oils from local plants that is distilled in Nablus; speculates such as mastic gum, and mastic-flavoured chewing gum; and last but not least - assortment of medicines for the soul in the form of incense (pictured above) to be burned in special clay pots. You could find there anything from frankincense and myrrh to colourful and sparkling blends typically burned in churches.
As we continued on, we stumbled upon other interesting merchants, such as this man who brews coffee in a special pot decorated with olive branches and misbaha (prayer beads) that has hot charcoal in a pipe in the middle, and sends impressive steam to the air. We continued to El Babour Mill - Nazareth original steam-powered miller (the name is a mispronunciation of the English word "vapour") - now more of a live museum for old mills, sieves and pieces of history from the family that keeps this tradition - and a spice and candy shop. I bought there a jar of black-coloured nigella spread, and green frikeh (charred green wheat berries). The tour ended there and once everyone spread to all four direction of the winds, my brother, daughter and I stopped at a more humble bakey and bought some spinach-filled sambusac, date-filled sesame balls, and karakish - savoury cookies that look like hard flatbreads studded with fragrant seeds of sesame and fennel.
|Resepi Pajeri Nenas Tanpa Santan Simple|
Haaaa.. harini nak up post resepi pajeri nenas ala-ala kenduri. Wanie memang sukaaa sangat pajeri nenas, makan dengan nasi panas-panas, ada sambal belacan dengan ikan masin pulak kan, puhhhhh!! Terangkat beb! Memang confirm jadi ular sawa kekenyangan.
Jom, nak share resepi pajeri nenas simple tanpa santan tapi letopppsss!! Resepi ni wanie dapat dari mama wanie sendiri... tak payah blend blend. Hehehehe...
2-3 keping nenas (wanie masak sikit je sebab cik abam dia makan kuah je, nenas tak makan.. hahahaha)
2 biji bawang merah â
3 ulas bawang putih â
1 inci halia â
1 batang kulit kayu manis
4 biji buah pelaga
1 kuntum bunga lawang
3 batang bunga cengkih
1 pelepah daun kari
1 sudu besar kerisik
1 peket kecil rempah daging Babas
1 sudu udang kering
1 1/2 cawan air
1. Mayang / hiris semua bahan-bahan â
2. Panaskan minyak. Tumis kulit kayu manis, buah pelaga, bunga lawang, kulit kayu manis dan daun kari.
3. Masukkan semua bahan yang dihiris (â) dan tumis sampai wangi.
4. Bancuh rempah kari Babas dengan sedikit air panas hingga jadi pes dan tumis. Masukkan sedikit sahaja air untuk elakkan rempah kari tadi hangit. Tumis hingga pecah minyak.
5. Masukkan nenas dan air (anggaran air dalam semangkuk kecil - jangan terlampau banyak, nanti tak pekat). Masukkan juga udang kering.
6. Biar mendidih dan kacau sekali sekala. Kemudian, masukkan 1 sudu besar kerisik dan perasakan dengan garam dan gula.
Dah siap!! Sedap! Sebiji macam mama masak!
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|Kisah Si Portable Aircond|
Sejak dua menjak ni, cuaca panas sangat kan. Panas membahang, mandi time subuh pun rasa air tu suam je. Kipas pula dah bukak habis full blast, punnnnnn tak rasa apa.
Sebab dah tak tahan, wanie ke Harvey Norman nak cari portable aircond. Yelah, sekarang ni kan wanie still menyewa lagi ( rumah baru cepatlahhhhh siapppp ð£ ) so tak best lah nak tebuk rumah orang suka hati nak pasang aircond tu kan. Terjumpa satu brang ni, Honeywell kalau tak silap. Mak aiiii... RM 1700 kauuu. Terfikir sejenak nak ambik ke tak... macam biasalah, mesti call mem beso kat kampung minta persetujuan dulu. Tapi, rasa berbunga harapan bila mem beso cakap "tak payah laaaa bazir duit. balik ambik portable aircond abah kat rumah ni.. tak guna pun...."
Kebetulan minggu tu cik abe kita outstation kat Kedah, sempat lah dia ke rumah ambik portable aircond tu. Hasilnya....
Huwaaa... best angatttt! Sejuk sampai kena tarik comforter. Ini brand MEC, 1.5HP. Abah siap pasang extension hose sebab nanti hose tu nak sumbat celah celah grill tingkap untuk keluarkan udara panas.
Abaikan semak samun sebab malas nak mengemas. Keletihan baru balik dari hangout dengan kawan.
Bab nak keluarkan air dari portable aircond ni, tunggu dia bunyi alarm untuk keluarkan jelah. Kalau tak, biar je. Nak keluarkan air pun senang, cabut je tiub kecik belakang aircond tu, pastu biarkan je air habis mengalir keluar.
Bil elektrik? Entahlah... biasanya bil rumah wanie kurang RM 50. Nanti hujung bulan kita tengok berapa bil dia ya.. wanie just guna malam malam je bila nak tido... siang siang jarang wanie guna sebab duk melepak kat ruang tamu je.
Selamat malam. Dah 2 pagi ni.. hahahahaha..
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|KAWASAN KOMERSIL CITRAGARDEN LAMPUNG|
KAWASAN KOMERSIL CITRAGARDEN LAMPUNG
Sebagai hunian yang mengambil konsep First Class Living, CitraGarden Lampung tidak hanya membangun rumah untuk tempat tinggal, namun juga mengembangkan 2 lokasi Kawasan Komersil : Kawasan Bisnis dan Kawasan Kuliner bagi penghuni 'perumahan'.
KAWASAN BISNIS CITYWALK
Kawasan Komersil Bisnis CityWalk merupakan kompleks Ruko yang mengusung konsep double deckers. Dengan konsep ini, CitraGarden Lampung memberikan kesempatan menarik bagi pemilik ruko untuk melakukan hingga 2 (dua) jenis usaha berbeda pada 1 ruko.
KAWASAN KULINER LITTLE EUROPE
LittleEurope Kawasan Kuliner CirtraGarden Lampung
LittleEurope merupakan sebuah kawasan kuliner dengan konsep makan, ngobrol, dan hiburan (eat, chat, & entertainment). LittleEurope berkembang menjadi suatu kawasan bisnis yang memberikan kenyamanan bagi pengusaha dan pengunjungnya, antara lain: parkir yang luas, bebas biaya parkir dan pungutan liar.
LittleEurope dilengkapi dengan wahana permainan, lapangan basket, lapangan futsal, live music, serta area outdoor untuk berbincang-bincang sambil menikmati kuliner.
LittleEurope cocok untuk usaha: Cafe resto, book store, fashion boutique, beauty clinic, healthcare store, music store, baby shop, mini market, florist, bakery store, hobby shop, bridal house, dan fitness centre.
Kawasan Komplek CitraGarden secara umum, dan Kawasan Komersil CitraGarden Lampung bahkan menjadi semacam Tempat Hunting Foto dan Wisata bagi anak-muda Bandar Lampung. Suatu potensi bisnis lain yang muncul seiring waktu.
Segera memiliki Tempat Bisnis di CityWalk & Little Europe,
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|35th CIPUTRA GROUP (Promo Discount)|
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Dalam rangka peringatan 35th Ciputra Group tanggal 18 Oktober 2016 nanti, CitraGarden Lampung memberikan DISCOUNT hingga 35% Kavling Tanah siap Bangun.
Unit yang ditawarkan terbatas jumlahnya, dan Promo ini berlaku hingga 31 Oktober 2016.
Tunggu apa lagi, segera hubungi Marketing Citra Property Land di :
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|Europol Informed the AFP of 150 Local Hansa Vendors|
Not dissimilar to the days after Operation Hyperion peaked, the Australian Federal Police received âa troveâ of information on darknet users after the takedown of Alphabay and Hansa Marketplaces. According to a report from ABC Australia, the AFP collected data on roughly 150 darknet vendors. Alana Maurushat of the University of NSW said that if ...
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|Three Including a Teenager Have Been Arrested Over Darknet Trade|
Recently, there was a report that authorities have launched one of the famous Darknet chases leading to the shutting down of two of the leading Darknet marketplaces; Alphabay and Hansa market. The operation led to the arrest of many Darknet market vendors, among which most of them were teenagers. Authorities gave an assurance that they ...
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|Thailand Police seizes Assets of Late Alleged Mastermind behind AlphaBay|
Thailand Police officials have seized almost $21 million worth of assets ranging from cryptocurrency to fleet of cars. These assets belonged to the alleged late founder of the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, one of the two largest markets which were taken by the FBI this month. He died by committing suicide on July 24th in ...
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|Mirai Malware Hacker Who Steal and Sell Data on Darknet Pleads Guilty In A German Court|
A 29-year-old Daniel K., a British hacker has pleaded guilty to launching dangerous attacks with the aim of selling the hacked data on the Darknet marketplace. He admitted to infecting routers and causing damages with a Mirai malware at a court in Cologne on last Friday. The router and the damage valued $1.25 and ...
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|Law Enforcement Arrested The First Hansa Users In The Netherlands|
The Dutch Public Prosecutorâs Office announced the first arrests conducted by law enforcement in the country regarding the takedown of the Hansa Market. According to the Public Prosecutorâs Office in the Netherlands, law enforcement authorities arrested one of the top sellers in the country. The 28-year-old man of Krimpen aan den Ijssel, the Netherlands allegedly ...
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|Alphabay Vendor âArea51â aka âDarkApolloâ Sentenced to 6.5 Years|
On July 24, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the sentencing of Abudullah Almashwali aka one half of âDarkApolloâ and âArea51.â Almashwali, along with Chaudhry Ahmad Farooq, his co-defendant, sold heroin and cocaine on the former darknet marketplace known as Alphabay. Although the duo were taken down by law enforcement at the same time, ...
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|iPatientCare EHR Ranked 1st for Osteopathic Physicians & Top 10 in Several Categories by Black Bookâ¢ in Its Latest Healthcare Industry Rankings for Physician EHR & PM|| |
iPatientCare is glad to announce its selection in top 10 position for various categories Including âSingle & Solo Physician Practices: All Specialtiesâ by Black Bookâ¢ in its 2016 Rankings Ambulatory / Alternate Site EHR
(PRWeb August 30, 2016)
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|iPatientCare EHR and Institutional Billing Helps U. S. Rural Health Clinics and Community Health Centers to Qualify for Reimbursement from CMS|| |
iPatientCare EHR and Practice Management System Excel at Serving Professional Billing (CMS-1500) and Institutional Billing (UB-04) within the U.S. Rural Health Clinics Market Segment
(PRWeb July 06, 2016)
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|Stocks Trading vs Real Estate Investment||Empty Spaces Inc. said...
just curious, if you're good at making money in the stock market why not stick to it?& why would you try RE investing after its already been appreciating for several years and may be peaking in most areas?The stock market is unpredictable. No matter how good you are or how well you have done, there's no guaranteed of future results. Granted, I have done well in the stock market since I have officially started investing and I'm confident I'll continue to do well, I cannot depend on that to make me rich. Also, my earnings in the stock market is not steady. There are some months I go into the negative zone, and those months are hard to bare even though I have very high tolerance. It's not good to be constantly picking stocks in the long term. It's very time-consuming; I've spent a lot of time reading up on companies and financial news. Also, studies show that you'll likely be beaten by the index in the long run. Even if I can match or slightly beat the index in ten years, I would lose in time and opportunity because I'd have spent thousands of hours. An investor in the index would have done nothing but did not sacrifice as much time as I did. Unless I can beat the index by a huge margin year over year for many years, it's not worth spending hundreds of hours a year. I admit my view has changed slightly. I'm not against investing in individual stocks, but I advise caution, because many people go in without really understanding the risk. Play with money you can afford to lose. Real Estate investing is an alternative to stocks trading and in many people's eyes, it's less risky. I agree, because real estate property is tangible and with the increasing population, real estate demand is bound to go up. My rental property is in Philly, which is not a hot area like NYC or San Diego. Even though the property value is not skyrocketing, I still have rental income to fall back on. The rental income covers my mortgage and property expenses. Basically, the tenant is paying for my house. Eventually, the mortgage will be paid off and I will own the property. It is a long term investment and property value will go up. So far, my real estate investment has been less stressful than my stocks investment. I get a check every month and my tenants never bothered me. Hopefully, I can be this lucky for every investment property.
|VLO and Oil||VLO and oil in general are taking a hit right now because of the warm winter (see article below), but I think VLO and oil will do well in the long term. There are many variables in the price of oil, and warm weather is only one of them. The winter is not over yet, there's still a chance colder weather will appear. The middle east conflicts also affects oil prices. If there is a shortage in supply, oil prices will go up. Odds are, the the prices of oil will go up in the long term. I'll hold on my shares of VLO.
Verdict: HOLD on VLO
Source: Scottrade News 1/2/2007
Oil Prices Face Warm Weather, High Stocks
The new year began with a whimper, weatherwise, in the worldâs biggest heating oil market. In New York City, temperatures on the first day of 2007 hit a peak of 54 degrees - 45% above normal and 10 degrees warmer than the first day of spring 2006. The current spring-like weather - in line with forecasts - looks likely to put strong pressure on heating oil and crude oil futures prices when trading resumes on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Wednesday. But thereâs more afoot that can rile the market than just the warmest December on record in Boston, in the heart of New England, where heating oil inventories stand at their highest level since 1998. Latest revised data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show oil demand in October in the U.S. - the worldâs largest oil consumer - was 2.7% lower than expected, though still 2.5% above a year ago. The new figures put demand at 20.757 million barrels a day in October - some 567,000 barrels a day below earlier indications - as demand figures for heating oil, gasoline and jet fuel were reduced. EIAâs preliminary data would have put October demand at 21.324 million barrels a day, the highest level since December 2005.
The weakness at the start of the fourth quarter calls into question whether U.S. demand will manage to post even the modest year-to-year gain of 1.25% to 21.05 million barrels a day, which EIA forecasts would make it the strongest quarter of 2006.|
|Penfed 6.25% CD Strategy|
Penfed is currently offering 6.25% APY CDs for their 3 to 7 year terms. The rate is very attractive for an investment with virtually no risk. This rate is among the highest, if not the highest insured-rate in the nation. With interest rates expected to decrease in the future, it would be a good idea to lock in these rates. I want to maximize the benefits of these CDs. I have 100K to invest and I've come up with a few scenarios.
Scenario #1: Lock 100K in a 7-year 6.25% APY CD and have the interest paid out by check monthly. The idea is to have a recurring income.
Pros: Lock in high interest rate for the maximum CD term. Protected from future interest rate decreases. Income delivered my savings account every month. Principal is protected.
Cons: Sacrifice of compounded interest. Principal amount will be lock in for a long period, money is not accessible immediately and may result in loss of future investment opportunities if they arise.
Scenario #2: Lock 100K in a 3-year 6.25% APY CD and have the interest reinvested. Cash out CD at maturity.
Pros: Short term
Cons: If interest rates decrease a lot, I would lose the opportunity for high insured-interest-rates.
Scenario #3: Lock 25K each in a 3-year CD, 4-year CD, 5-year CD, and a 7-year CD, and compound interest.
Pros: Duration of CDs are spread out.
Cons: May not maximize interest earnings.
My idea in Scenario #1 is to create a streaming income investment vehicle by putting 100K in a CD and collecting interest each month. The downside is locking up 100K of cash. Early withdrawal is a steep 365 days of interest for the 7-year CD. I can put the whole 100K in a 3-year CD (Scenario #2), which would give me more liquidity but if interest rates come down in the future, I would lose the high inerest rate opportunity. The third option (Scenario #3) is a CD ladder and would give me better liquidity. Still, locking up 100K for at least 3 years without seeing any income from that investment is a tough decision. That brings me back to the idea of receiving a monthly check for interest and locking in the CD for the longest term, the 7-year CD.
Locking in 100K in a 7-year 6.25% APY CD and compounding interest would yield the highest interest, but that would made the 100K inaccessible for a long period of time and I can't afford that. There's always good investment opportunities out there and I don't want to be caught with money tied up. Also, I'm looking forward to buying an investment property in the near future, so I may need to tap into the money. What do you think is the best option for me?
|SAI Is a BUY||SAI has been dropping for a few days and closed at 17.96 today. At under $18, it's a screaming buy, and at under $19, it's a good buy.
SAIC Report 8% Increase in Profits
SAIC Stock buyback up to 40 million shares
Still new to the market, large potential increase in institutional holdings.
A good defense/homeland security play.
Winning lots of new contracts from government.
Options expiring soon (shares selling off).
$1.6 billion dividend to insiders.
SAI looks like it's going to hit rough waves in the near future, but after smoothing all those problems, it should sail smoothly higher in the long term. Its price is currently at a two-month low and seems to have support at high 17's. At under $18, it would make a very good long term position.|
|Heelys IPO||I spent 30 minutes watching the roadmap of Heelys and did some research on the company.
My summary: Good short term play because of the hype, but its long term prospect is questionable because the wheel-in-a-shoe may become a fad.
Heelys IPO gets rolling
Heelys looks to stay on a roll with IPO
Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Heelys Worth a Roll
"Looking at the comps, Cramer said Heelys should be worth $26 a share eventually and it could even go to the mid-$30s. The bottom line: buy Heelys in the low $20s and sell it as soon as it crosses the $30 line."|
|Status Update||I have been very busy lately with work and personal stuff but I am still very active in the stock market. I have made many short term trades but just haven't had the time to post. I hope to do a post about my stock performance later on this month. I'm considering a tablet laptop where I can do some scrap work to depict my investment plans and strategies. I would like some feedbacks on tablet PCs. I know Neville uses a tablet PC, and it looks useful. Another thing I had been wanting to do is move my blog to my own domain, because I want to be able to configure everything and host files, but I thought the move and maintanence would be time-consuming so I didn't do it.
Philly House Lease Renewal and Rent Increase
Annual Stock Performance Review
Student Loan Wipeout
2007 Financial Plans
My "Safe" Short Trading Strategy|
|Business Money Market with Checking||I'm looking for an all-in-one account for my business, where it has high-yielding money-market rate and allows a few check writing with free ACH withdrawals. I currently have a HSBC Free Business Checking account, but it earns no interest. With interest rates so high these days, I'm losing out on quite some money. I would like some input from self-employed people out there, as well hearing suggestions for taking advantage of tax savings for me.|
|Blogger Update||I haven't updated much recently because I've been busy with work and closely monitoring the stock market. I have done a lot of short-term trading lately, and I've been making some nice profits. I still hold some long-term investments, but I want to spice up my portfolio so I mixed it with some short term trades. I'll try to post some updates on my trading, but it's time-consuming. I hope I haven't lost too many readers. I'd like people to post their trades and investment strategies as well. I've also created a private investment group. If you would like to join, just put "Growing Money" in the comments and I'll sign you in.
Initially, I created a Google group, but because I had a few complaints, I switched over to Yahoo group.
Here's the Yahoo group link:
|Selective Amnesia of Reaganâs Legacy|
Amazingly and audaciously, the mainstream media and liberal pundocracy has created a narrative that President Obamaâs newly found centrism is molded in the inspirational optimism of President Reagan. This narrative seems confusing, when many liberals excoriate Reaganâs economic policy as the grim reaper of capitalism coming to instill all the inequities of the free market.
Maybe It is time for President Obama to return to some of Founder's writings in order to rediscover his inner centrism. He can begin with Thomas Paine.
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|Interesting forum on self-publishing at 2017 Outwrite LGBT Book Festival in Washington DC|
Today I visited the 2017 Outwrite LGBT Book Festival in the DC Center office space and surrounding atrium at 14th and U Streets in Washington DC.
This year I did not have my own table; Iâll get into this elsewhere.
The most interesting part of the visit was a presentation in DC Centerâs largest room (on 14th Street ground level) from LGBT book publishers and literary agents.
There was a discussion of what an author goes through if he/she wants to control the process. Itâs usually necessary to hire a copyeditor and a typesetter (who is often the same). Itâs necessary to find a book manufacturer, and prices can vary a lot (many companies exist in the Shenandoah Valley and down in the North Carolina Piedmont). It seems that Milo Yianopoulos has controlled the production of his book âDangerousâ after Simon and Schuster dropped him after a controversy.
There was discussion of âguerrilla marketingâ, and of the tendency recently for trade publishers not to offer advances, which typically have to be recovered from book sales.
There was mention of the use of pseudonyms and pen names, and that in a real world some authors really need to keep their identities secret, usually for reasons other than just being LGBT, like workplace conflicts or possible security concerns for themselves or others around them. This is rather alarming.
There was discussion of âsea turtle authorsâ, often introverts, who do not like to be pressed to sell aggressively, and are perfectly content to let their âeggsâ lie dormant.
I asked about print-on-demand publishers, like Author Solutions. The group did not think well of this business model, and referred to it as a âshadow industryâ They felt money should go to authors directly,, but that only works if the author owns the publishing entity. I did refer to the fact that POD companies have been pressing authors harder to buy copies of books and build their own stores and credit card operations, rather than depend on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I did mention the SESPA bill from the Senate and the implicit threat to web speech, including eventually author websites.
|Popular Science: "Are We Alone: Searching for Life in Space"|
Popular Science (part of Time) is offering a supermarket glossy booklet âAre We Alone? Searching for Life in Spaceâ. 96 pages.
There are some highlights not seen before in other booklets like this. One is an examination of the seven earth-like planets around the Trappist M-star 39 light years away, with planet E having the best chance for Earth-like temperatures, and an artistâs rendition of the surface of a moderately cold Planet F.
There is some discussion of the earth-like planet around Proxima B. an M-star and the closest to Earth at 4.2 light years.
There is a lot of attention to Europa and its subsurface ocean and likelihood of life, as well as Encedalus. But Titan gets mentioned only in passing with the possibility of silicon-and-methane based life. Ironically, my own Science Honor Society project in 1960 had speculated about silicon-based life, but I was hardly as accomplished as Jack Andraka (who came 53 years later, however, and that matters). I had tried some experiments in my fatherâs workshop with an acetylene torch that I recall very little about now.
There is also an article about the idea of aliens eating electricity, which has been the subject of horror movies before (âKronosâ).
There is mention of the possibility of a Dyson Sphere around Tabbyâs Star, as well as other theories, and a nice drawing of what it could look like.
Thereâs also an essay about keeping Mars biologically clean.
|Nanci Danison's "Backwards" series on the afterlife: I read her first book on Kindle|
Author: Nanci Danison
Title: âBackwards: Running to our Source for Answersâ
Publication: 2007, AP Lee, 314 pages, hardcover and Kindle (free), ISBN 1934482005
This is the first of a series of several books in a series about the afterlife. The most recent appears to be âAnswers from the Afterlifeâ. I will probably order that book later and review it in more detail on Wordpress.
Danison says she experienced an NDE while having a breast examination, from a sudden drop in blood pressure or an allergic reaction. She describes the experience in the last section of the book.
Danison describes âGodâ (so to speak) as âSourceâ which divides itself infinitely into âLight Beingsâ. Somehow a Light Being maps to a soul, which seems to be the granularity of individual identity. The soul then maps to a physical person at conception in the womb. It is possible to theorize that the microtubules in the brain cells are connected to the soul.
Her idea of higher connectedness to others does not seem to depend on blood lineage. But some religions (like LDS) do maintain that. Furthermore, other animals (ranging from social insects to possibly dolphins) seem to exhibit distributed consciousness which would seem to require genetic allele transfer of information. But if a soul can find a prospective infant to join in the womb very shortly after conception, there is a moral argument not only against abortion but even deliberate childlessness.
She does describe going through a âCoreâ or black void before coming to Light (like Eben Alexander). But the afterlife is not a âplaceâ in some geography. Itâs not like the First Dominion in Clive Barkerâs âImajicaâ.
|Dean Koontz's "Moonlight": how a commercially prolific suspense novelist remains relevant as technology and politics change|
During my first year of employment at USLICO in Arlington in 1990 (what would become my last main job, for 12 years and four owners), I read the Dean Koontz 1989 novel âMidnightâ, and shared it (paper, Putnam was original publisher) with a few people in production control in what would become a coffee break book club.
The novel is remarkable in its huge number of chapters, and organization into three parts each with its own chapter 1.
The novel starts with a jogger running in a California beach town (Moonlight Cove -- âIn the Moonlight, Do Meâ indeed) being attacked by a mysterious alien-like creature, and soon the mystery, somewhat in a âTwin Peaksâ -like fashion, is examined from the viewpoint of various characters, whose narratives gradually connect. (Irving Wallace had used this technique for building plots for Cold War spy novels back in the 1960s). It seems as though people are getting converted into hybrid creatures and that a sociopathic computer scientist Shaddock is involved.
I would have thought that this novel would make a good miniseries on a cable channel,, even today, as the premise has less dependence on political circumstances and even technology than most sci-fi suspense novels. Koontz sometimes gets into Shaddackâs head, anticipating the psyche of a modern terrorist, deflecting the social issues (like gay rights in one passage) in surprising ways.
I mention the novel because Koontz is often heralded in some circles as the ideal author who writes strictly to sell, and he indeed has a huge career of a long list of novels, divided into various subcategories of suspense. Literary agents love his approach, because it is so commercial. So do trade publishers.
One problem with developing suspense novels is that sometimes they become very vulnerable to changes in world politics, which can come suddenly and be largely unexpected by suspense authors, like the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. Today itâs not clear who is the biggest threat: North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Russia, China.
Iâve had that problem, and my own approach to fiction has to start with my own narrative first. I make no apologies, despite the disruptive advice and sales calls from others.
|Amazon starts cutting out book distributors, at least overseas in Asia; the issue can matter to some authors|
Amazon is ceasing to do business with some book distributors, at least in Japan or overseas, and wants to get books directly from publishers. Goodreader has an article on the issue today. The Japan Times also has a more detailed story.
In the US, big book distributors (like Ingram, or previously Bookmen in Minneapolis which got bought) have been a main vehicle for both chain and independent bookstores. POD publishers, such as Author Solutions, have been somewhat aggressive with authors to try to get them to work with bookstores and not get âlazyâ with Amazon, and more passive marketing. I suppose that jobs (in bookstores) and literacy initiatives (in underprivileged communities) can be at issue when authors become less interested in their own retailing. Itâs also possible for an author to buy copies POD at a deep discount and sell cheaper (probably) than Amazon or BN sometimes (thatâs good for the POD publisher) but requires a lot of retail hustle from the author. Not all books (especially in the policy or personal non-fiction areas) can sell that well.
|Bari Wood: "The Tribe"|
Today, I had a reason to remember the 1981 novel "The Tribe" by Bari Wood (that is Bari Ev Wood Posterman),
I read the Signet paperback when living in Dallas, It concerns a modern day NYC cabal of Jewish concentration camp survivors, who get chased by ghosts from the past called golems.
As I recall, the golem is something of a invention of idol worship, where the celebrant wants to invent a god on Earth.
This was a graphic and compelling novel. As far as I know, it never became a movie, but it should have. Maybe the subject matter would drive Hollywood away, but there is a taste of "Rosemary's Baby" in the style.
I guess a "Tribe" can be a vehicle for distributed consciousness.
Immigration attorney Jason Dzubow used a cartoon image of a golem for a blog post on "The Asylumist" today, here. Dzubow, however, called the illustration a picture of Godzilla. (v. Bambi).
|Remembering Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead": At age 24 I loved it, a lot of people hate it|
Hereâs a curious article by Pamela Paul from the New York Times Review on Sunday, April 16, âThe Joy of Hate Readingâ, or, online, âWhy you should read books you hateâ Sounds like good material for a monthly book club.
Paul describes her experience reading Ayn Randâs âThe Fountainheadâ(1943, the year of my birth), which became a film in 1950. I remember reading it in the fall of 1967 (the Signet paperback), my last semester of graduate school at the University of Kansas, before entering the Army in 1968. My roommate, from a town near the Colorado border named Tribune, was a fan of Rand and objectivism, and students had an objectivism discussion group that met in the cafeteria of McCollum Hall (now torn down and replaced).
I remember Dominque, Howard Roark, and the suave but conventional Peter Keating. I remember the climax, where the hero blows up his own building out of contempt for being made to misuse his property.
I would read âAtlas Shruggedâ two years later, while at Fort Eustis VA while in the Army.
|Progressive Policy Institute: "Building a New Middle Class in a Knowledge Economy"|
Harry Holzer, of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington DC, has offered a position paper through âProgressive Policyâ, âBuilding a New Middle Class in the Knowledge Economyâ, a PDF with this link (34 pages).
Holzer picks up on Donald Trumpâs exploitation of the disenchantment of some groups, especially older white males without college degrees, with the job market and their earnings ability.
He notes that the stability of jobs with regimentation but narrow skill sets has become less, as has the pay, not only because of foreign offshoring, but because of technology and automation. He says that families need incomes of at least $50000 a year to be middle class (possibly $40000 for smaller families) and notes the difficulties of single parents.
The most effective measure would be to improve trade or vocational education opportunities at the community college level, especially in smaller communities or rural areas. He also mentions the value of paid family leave.
What I noticed after my forced âretirementâ at the end of 2001 was the tendency for companies to resort to hucksterism to create jobs, and for the employment outplacement services and policy makers not to notice that this was happening so much. This has led to a culture clash: aggressive attitudes in some communities about preserving telemarketing and door-to-door sales, versus resistance from consumers who see accelerating security problems. We need more manufacturing jobs to reverse this trend toward hucksterism.
|"Jesus and the Apostles: The Rise of Christianity" from NatGeo|
National Geographic has an Easter season special issue (in supermarkets) for coffee tables, âJesus and the Apostles: Christianityâs Early Riseâ, 128 pages. This booklet succeeds "The Story of Jesus" from NatGeo, March 29, 2016 here.
The editor, Chris Johns, the Chief Content Officer of the National Geographic Society, opens with âA Matter of Faithâ, starts out by saying âFaith â¦ is a firm belief in something for which there is no proofâ.
There follows a keynote essay (p. 28) by Don Belt, âLife in the Time of Jesusâ. One of the remarkable points made by the essay is the rampant lawlessness of ordinary life in the country. That would continue past Roman times into Europe and contribute to a medieval system of feudalism. There was a lot of vigilantism and populism in the desire to resist external Roman rule by various Jewish sects.
All of this is carried much further in the recent film on PBS, (âLast Days of Jesusâ ) which brings up the role of Roman deputy Sejanus, kept out of the Gospels out of political repression, not covered in this booklet.
Another essay, âTaking the Stageâ (p. 40) makes the point (as did the film) that it is not completely clear if Jesus saw himself as a Messiah (despite the Temptation), at least until his baptism by John the Baptist and his ministry, which frankly advocated communalism and distributed consciousness. There are the Miracles (rather like a young Clark Kentâs powers), and a Jesus imploring others to stand by their feelings for him and âbelieveâ, indeed a moral paradox of upward affiliation. But this was an era when people thought the end of time could come soon. Did it make sense to have children?
When Jesus took on the money changers, itâs interesting, as the film points out, that the authorities didnât resist much.
âThe Gospelsâ looks at the three synoptics and questions whether there is a common hidden source âQâ.
The booklet looks at both the Gospel of Judas and later the Gospel According to Thomas, âThe Secret Sayingsâ (of Doubting Thomas). Could Judasâs have been a forgery? The booklet does take up a little bit the controversy of âJudas Kissâ, and the 2011 gay sci-fi film of that name may have more to do with that then critics recognize.
The booklet goes on to enlarge the disciples into the Apostles, and account for the formal creation of Christianity by Emperor Constantine by the Council of Nicaea in AD 325.
|"Rich Man, Poor Man": Is Irwin Shaw's 1969 novel a template for today's debate on inequality?|
I do remember reading the paperback of Irwin Shawâs âRich Man, Poor Manâ, 1969, Delacorte, while in the Army. The novel was a large -sized family drama moving around the world, about an upstate New York Family, the Jordacheâs, whose two sons Rudolph and Thomas, who turn out so differently. While on one level the novel concerns the ârich and poorâ, it also emphasizes that the social and personal connections of wealth and poverty tend to be self-reinforcing. The novel is considered remarkable in literary circles because of the way if manipulates the âomniscient observerâ concept of third person narration.
The novel became a TV miniseries in 1976 on ABC with Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte playing the two brothers.
An article by Michelle Singletary in the Washington Post Sunday, April 2, alluded to the novel as she wrote about people who have it all losing it, partly through trying to coast too soon into retirement. The article is titled âFrom privilege to povertyâ about Pulitzer Prize author William McPherson, author of âFallingâ (2014), who died last week at 84. The online title of the article is more brazen, âThe next face of poverty could be yoursâ.
Iâd also look at Robert Samuelsonâs column this morning, âIs the American dream killing us?â
|"Beer Garden Book Club" celebrates birthday with nature books|
The Westover Market Beer Garden Book Club had its Fifth Birthday party tonight in Arlington VA.
The featured books were âWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trailâ, by Cheryl Strayed (Vintage, 2012) and a childrenâs book, âWhere the Wild Things Areâ, by Maurice Sandek. They are in the bedroom.
I had time to read the kidsâ book. The âHappy Birthdayâ song is copyrighted.
The âWildâ book would remind me of Ken Kwapisâs film âA Walk In the Woodsâ (movies, Sept. 5, 2015).
|Should authors "troll" book clubs?|
There are some book clubs here in Arlington VA â one for AGLA, which meets in membersâ homes or sometimes at Freddiesâs, and another one at the Westover Market BeerHaus (Facebook ).
Book clubs are a bit time consuming for me, where I need to review what comes across my plate as important (I reviewed as self-published novel on bullying (and the horrific consequences from revenge for it), âCrossing the Lineâ, by Alan Eisenberg, although I could see it fitting in at Westover with âDianaâs Magicâ by Mr. Hicks himself).
And some clubs really involve semi-radical hospitality, rotating memberâs homes, rather like my parentsâ shrimp creole parties in winter in the 1950s (I remember one during a 1958 Saturday February blizzard, which nearly turned into a preview scenario of the movie âThe Ice Stormâ).
Where book clubs would help is with authors working on fiction manuscripts that they want to sell as actual copies of books.
Erin Geiger Smith writes âWhen You Bomb at Book Clubâ here in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.
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|An Important Day|
All of the missile-rattling has led to some significant moves in the "markets" we watch most closely. So, suddenly, today has become an important day. Can these moves extend beyond the levels seen last week or will they fade?
|Awaiting The BLSBS|
Though there will be some data released as we type this update, the most significant number will be released tomorrow with the latest BLSBS. How the "market" perceives this number will go a long way toward determining where we end the week and where prices may be headed in August.
|More Silver Shenanigans|
As we documented after it happened, the Comex "silver market" was hit with another stop-run last evening that sent price wildly careening in both directions. That this occurred at precisely 7:06 pm EDT...the exact same time as the silver flash crash of July 6...should come as no surprise to anyone who recognizes what a farce and scam this pricing system has become.
|Pathfinder Adventures, A Collectible Card Game Based On The Popular RPG Universe, Lands In The Play Store For Free|
If you're an avid tabletop role playing game enthusiast, it's almost impossible that you haven't heard of Pathfinder. This re-organized variant of the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, published by Paizo and supplemented with a huge variety of extra modules, literature, and lore, has quickly become one of the most popular tabletop RPGs on the market. The publisher has created a few satellite properties for Pathfinder, including novels, comic books, and a licensed card game called Pathfinder Adventure.Read More
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|A conexÃ£o e o silÃªncio ou Desconectar para Conectar|
A conexÃ£o e o silÃªncio ou Desconectar para Conectar
por Verena Hauschild
Observar crianÃ§as estacionadas em frente a celulares, tablets, televisÃµes para carro estÃ¡ se tornando algo corriqueiro. No meu dia a dia tenho visto nos restaurantes, lojas, estacionamentos, cafÃ©s, livrarias...
Fui a um restaurante com "espaÃ§o para crianÃ§as" fui animada levar meu filho, lÃ¡ encontrei uma monitora completamente desmotivada e 4 vÃdeo games. Um baÃº com brinquedos quebrados e sem peÃ§as. Voltamos para a mesa, onde eu entreteria meu filho com muito mais criatividade e motivaÃ§Ã£o.
Na mesa ao lado a conjunÃ§Ã£o de um carrinho de bebe, uma menininha de aproximadamente 18 meses, mÃ£e, amiga da mÃ£e, IPad e uma conversa imperdÃvel resultavam em algo sensacional, uma crianÃ§a superando todas as previsÃµes do desenvolvimento humano: comendo com uma mÃ£o e desenhando no IPad com a outra (mastigava tambÃ©m) , tudo ao mesmo tempo, quieta, silenciosamente absorvida pela tecnologia "intuitiva" do Deus do marketing Steve Jobs.
Medo! JÃ¡ se perguntaram se nÃ£o estÃ¡ faltando oportunidade para essa crianÃ§a se desenvolver, quer dizer se desenvolver plenamente? Desenvolver seus instintos, conhecer plenamente seu corpo, os espaÃ§os e principalmente os seus limites? Ou ficamos tÃ£o entusiasmados com um surpreendente quietude da crianÃ§a que fazemos qualquer negÃ³cio.
Quem foi que disse que crianÃ§a tem que ficar quieta? CrianÃ§a tem que conhecer seus limites e para conhece-los deve primeiro testa-los. Deve ser educada e para educar precisamos ouvi-las, abaixar e olhar nos olhos dela. EducaÃ§Ã£o nÃ£o Ã© uma questÃ£o de identificaÃ§Ã£o, o argumento sou isso e portanto meu filho Ã© tambÃ©m Ã© equivocado, se observo em meu filho traÃ§os que reconheÃ§o como negativos da minha personalidade preciso urgentemente me esforÃ§ar para me modificar e aÃ sim alcanÃ§ar a transformaÃ§Ã£o que espero do meu filho, ou da crianÃ§a sob minha responsabilidade.
Outra coisa que li agorinha mesmo e que me incomodou demais foi: "Falo baixinho no ouvido dele: Olha o chinelo"...Gente, ameaÃ§ar Ã© destruir a personalidade antes mesmo de ela se formar. AmeaÃ§a Ã© basear a relaÃ§Ã£o familiar no medo.
Vamos repensar nossa conexÃ£o com nossos iguais. Nossos filhos sÃ£o futuros cidadÃ£os do mundo, devemos cria-los como tal, com o minimo de egoismo. Deixemos os celulares um pouco desligados de modo a nos conectarmos na sintonia fina e suave das crianÃ§as.
|Pitfalls To Avoid In Commercial Real Estate||As wonderful and constant as commercial real estate is, there are some major pitfalls that can completely ruin the interest, investment and return on a property. Besides inaccurate assessments and risks that are beyond your comfort zone, the only real reason these pitfalls occur is because of the lack of due diligence that you perform. By not investigating deeply enough, not overturning every rock, and rushing into what seems like an awesome deal, you can experience some horrible events that can literally cost you hundreds and thousands of dollars. |
These are setbacks I hope you never experience by asking every question, verifying everything, and assuming nothing.
Below you will find some unfortunate and common mistakes that can occur if you are not completely on your game.
Some of the major pitfalls in commercial real estate are related to the zoning and use of a property. Brokers may offer information that is not accurate about the rezoning and use capabilities of a property. Although many of the people in this business are honest and have integrity, you can bet you will run across a few brokers or agents that will do and say almost anything to sell a property. Some problems that arise may include not checking with the city planning and zoning decision makers to see if a property can and will be able to be rezoned to the zoning that is expected. Also, just because the zoning may include your use, you must check with the city to make sure there are no special contingencies regarding use.
The last thing you want is to have a property you believe can be re-zoned to a higher and more profitable use, and after you purchase it, realize you cannot do what you intended! This can mean a less of a return on investment, or a complete loss of an investment. Believe me, situations can get very bad regarding the rezoning and use of a property, and fighting with the city will take more money, energy and time than it is often worth.
Another pitfall that can arise is purchasing a building that is leased, and then losing tenants due to leases or rental agreements being up! It is important to see and verify the leases of a building to make sure you will have some income to cover the debt service while you change, renovate, or do whatever it is you are going to do with the property. Verify you will have tenants when you purchase the property otherwise, you may not have enough income, and this can leave you in the red.
It must be acknowledged that every property and situation can differ greatly from another. Because of this, there can be many different ways that a property can go. For this reason, all âwhat ifsâ must be addressed, as well as exit strategies created for every scenario. When you limit yourself on exit strategies, you increase your possibility for failure.
With every property you must ask yourself, “What is the worse that can happen?â Weigh the risks and the probability of the worst happening, and either plan an exit strategy for this possibility, or don't move forward. You must look at everything from the worst to best case scenario, and have an exit strategy for each. Not only will you be prepared for anything that comes your way, but you will have less of a chance of really getting buried and losing money on an investment gone badly.
In commercial real estate, I often see a person trying to save a few thousand dollars that ends up costing him or her hundreds of thousands, just because they try to play hard ball with negotiations. It is always important to know what you are willing, and not willing to do when you go into negotiations regarding the purchase or selling of a property, as well as leasing and rental agreements.
For example, asking for $35.00 per square foot and being offered $30.00 per square foot, (reasonable in this situation), and assuming the interested party is very motivated about the space, and coming back with $33.00 a square foot and nothing less, my cause the loss of the three year leasing agreement, and the income for another two months from the property because it is not leased out is definitely not worth it!
Take the $30.00 per square foot get the property leased up, and make an agreement that the rate will increase two or three dollars every year after. Don't lose the tenant because you want to play hard ball in negotiations when, really, you can make it work! As you become more educated and get closer to reaching your goal of being a real estate insider, you may want to branch out into new markets and expand your comfort zone. This is great. However, you must realize there are many differences between various types of properties. Doing a deal with a 120 unit apartment complex is different than a 55,000 square foot office building.
When moving into different markets, items can easily be overlooked, and major problems can arise, simply because you are not aware of them. It is often a good idea to partner with someone already in that new market so that you may have the benefit of experience and know-how on your side. Learn form this venture so you will be more familiar with the market, property, and how it should be addressed. It is easy to get in over your head with new markets that can lead to major and expensive problems.
As you continue on your adventure in commercial real estate, be sure to do all your homework regarding a property. You will be less likely to run into problems, or better yet, be prepared to fix the problems if financially worth it. Never assume everything is as it appears, because, more often than not, it isn't! You must play smart in this game, or you can lose everything. Use you resources to get the best and most accurate information and you can avoid these pitfalls in commercial real estate.
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|Volkswagen Beetle Commercial||Advertising.|
Volkswagen Beetle Commercial
I saw this commercial for the first time on YouTube after I had heard about it from my mom. It is one minute and three seconds long featuring the new VW Beetle. This Volkswagen Beetle commercial features a man in a ski mask picking out items in a convenience store/mini mart. While he is walking around, the customers inside are silently freaking out. When he gets up to the counter to pay, the clerk tells him he doesn't want any trouble. The man in the ski mask replies "I don't want trouble either." He then pays and walks out to his friends who are waiting in a convertible VW Beetle. There is snow all around and they are all wearing ski masks. When he gets in, the man in the driver seat points out that he forgot to take his mask off. They then hurriedly drive away to end the commercial. The only clue the viewer gets as to the brand for this commercial is right at the end. VW is end the commercial by saying, "now everyday is a top down day."
The actors and actresses in this commercial are not celebrities because VW's focus of this commercial is not the actors/actresses necessarily but the fact that the new VW Beetle is a convertible and the weather is not convertible weather. The main actor, the guy in the black ski mask in the convenience store, does an excellent job in selling that he has completely forgot that he is wearing his ski mask still. While the customers are staring or hiding, he is nonchalantly walking around going about his business like normal. The music played during this commercial probably could not have been better. It leads up right to when he checks out and gives the mysterious feeling that we think hes going to rob the place, and then he doesn't. While he is in the convenience store, the persuasive technique could easily be hidden fear. No one wants to be in a store while it's being robbed or presumably robbed. But when that doesn't happen, it moves toward the direction of a myth. You assume that the story is some friends are out enjoying the new car with the top down. Since it's obviously winter, they decide to wear ski masks since the top is down. They get hungry, one guy volunteers to go in and pay and forgets to take his mask off.
I have not seen other commercials quite like this one but there is a very good possibility that it has been modeled after one similar. I would definitely say that the target audience is the general one of whoever is in the market for a new car, but also those who love the outdoors, especially during winter with snow. Now there is a car that you can have the top down in the winter and enjoy the beauty. Personally I would not find this offensive and I didn't notice any stereotypes.
This commercial I think could be a part of a new VW advertising that they have decided to go towards. Like the one with the Jamaican voice, this one is very memorable and keeps the audience engaged for the whole commercial because we are on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens.
The more I watched this ad, the simpler it seems to be, VW showed that you don't have to spend billions of dollars on special effects and celebrities to post a good commercial and have it become very popular. When i searched for this ad originally I came upon MSN's reply to this new commercial and I found what they had to say intriguing. What MSN has to say.
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|Increased Website Traffic Though Forum Traffic||Before blogs came out in the open to gain popularity, forums were initially created. Forums are a brilliant thing and increased website traffic and made Internet history. |
It gained the highest users online. To be part of a certain community online, people must join these forums. Many people join communities where they have the same interests. Many internet marketers capitalized on these forums because they could benefit just by joining forums.
Now, let's say you started your very own forum and the possibility of having a lot of user interaction is really huge. You have been expecting traffic, spent a lot of months for your page rank to increase considering it's at 5, but the problem is, there is no traffic at all.
You have checked your site but there are definitely no members. Now you are wondering what went wrong. No one even signed to join your forum. The very reason why these things happen is because no one cared to join your forum and there are no members and there are no posts visible in your forum.
Every user wants to join a large forum where they can share and exchange their ideas and even leave a question for another user to answer. When a new member signs up and leaves a question, and the chances of that question being answered are very slim, new users just leave and find larger forums with a lot of members.
So how can you make forum traffic? Just follow these steps to get started.
Always start with a smaller forum. You can add less than 10 categories for your site. Just make the very important ones that could attract the usersâ interests. The fewer categories, the easier it is to fill the forum.
If you are opposed to using certain controversial methods, then just ignore this one and move on. This sounds crazy, but this will definitely help. Make bogus users; create different names and different details. Just remember to use the same email if what you did has email activation. This is just to make things easy for you. Then next thing to do is to post as many as you can. You can create threads about topics that are related to your very site. Then you can log on as the other fake user, so you can reply to the posts. Make a lot of threads but make sure that there are 10 replies from the other fake users you have created.
This process can be very time consuming. So you can do different things each day. You can either create a thread for a day or remember to post at least 10 replies to that thread. You can do this for three months or longer.
Now when someone glances at your site, they will actually see that there are many threads. Posts are visible too. So this user will be convinced that there is actually a community in your site. Now this user will start to register and post.
Always remember that you need to keep on track with their threads and posts so you will be able to reply with your own account and with the fake accounts that you have created. When you reply to the new users threads, then they will be very convinced, they will stay in your forum and most likely they will spread the views for increased website traffic. Making this requires patience, so be patient enough to succeed.
If you don't want to do this process, you have another alternative too. The only thing that you need is some money, but it won't hurt. If you are the lazy type, you can go to sites that offer services like these instead of making fake ones.
There are sites that offer these services; they have real users who will enter your forum, sign up and post threads according to the plan that you choose and that will suit your preferences. They will make threads and posts that are much related to the topic in your forum. Now your forums will be filled with real people, and new users will be convinced to sign up too, like the former process. The only difference is that here these are real paid people.
These are some of the ways to get forum traffic. You only need to have patience if you opt to use the manual way if you have budget constraints. On the other hand, if you have enough money to pay for sites which offer this kind of service, it wouldn't hurt. So go on and check what really suits your preferences. The most important thing is to get forum traffic to keep pace with your business.
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|Comment on Happy! Project Debut Single by happyproject||Hi Natalie!
Thank you for your comment!
We are still indie. We are not signed by a record company. Therefore because we have not been contracted by any label or even by the producer, we have to cover all costs on our own.
The money we have to pay is money to license the song, for the rights to perform and sell the single. Also it is the cost to record the single in the recording studio along with mixing it. We also have to pay for production costs of the single, including the printing of CD jackets and everything else. It gets to be very expensive. The producer is doing us a great favor by helping us with the music and also the lyrics of the song. Also with his connections in Japan so that we can market this single.
When we get signed by a record label that is when we won't have to pay this cost, this is strictly because we are an independent group, and unsigned by any label. You can talk to any band or look at any recording studio website, indie bands and groups always go into the studio to record their work, and they unfortunately (because it is expensive if you want to release something quality wise) have to cover all costs in order to do so.
I hope that clears things up!
Leader, Happy! Project|
|CARMEN NAVARRO EN MURCIA OPEN DESIGN 2012|
Del 8 al 11 de Noviembre se celebrÃ³ Murcia Open Design, y allÃ estuve para presentar mi nueva colecciÃ³n de ropa "Mis flores en tu jardÃn"... ademÃ¡s de mostras algunos de mis diseÃ±os en sombrererÃa..
DiseÃ±adores como David DelfÃn, Ion Fiz, Alba Prat, Ana SÃ¡nchez, Paula del Vals... se dieron cita en las pasarelas para darnos a conocer sus propuestas...
Pero no solo quedÃ³ en eso, tambien se organizaron conferencias, concursos, talleres, exposiciones y un micro market donde Carmen Navarro tuvo el placer de estar... y compartirlo con el resto de diseÃ±adores... con unas creaciones geniales!!!
Tuvo lugar un concurso "PASARELA ON" de jÃ³venes talentos emergentes de diseÃ±o de moda... Las diseÃ±adoras murcianas LAS CULPASS participaron en Ã©l... no fueron las ganadoras pero sus diseÃ±os no pasaron inadvertidos...
Bolso sujetador -- Las Culpass
Os paso a enseÃ±ar algunos de los diseÃ±adoras con los que compartÃ espacio...
Espacio de Raquel Samper
Carolina de "Carola Vintage" organizando su espacio.
eMedePetra de la mano de Patricia.
DiseÃ±os con calaveras de la mano de Amaya Hezdoz
DiseÃ±os de Estefania Nicolas
ColecciÃ³n de Miriam GarcÃa
Colgantes de Rebeca GarcÃa
Rebeca Nicolas, Miriam Garcia, Carolina, Carmen, Amaya y Patricia (de izquierda a dercha)
Sin olvidar el resto de diseÃ±adores!!! of course... Sonia de Son Loc Corre ve y Dile, Lady Dilema con sus camisetas super bonitas, Proyectomania, Titi's Clothing, Jose Zambrano, Jordi Rafat, Antonio Posadas, Lidia Moral, Mujeres con Pajarita, Evita Glamour, Bego 4 Monso, Maria Schneider, Petit ComitÃ©, Cayetana Ferrer y Laboratorio de cucharas y tenedores...
Y un gracias a Murcia Open Design... te esparamos el aÃ±o que viene!!!
Encantada de haber compartido estos dÃas con todas vosotras!!! Un beso...
|Re: Whats Your Favorite "Treat"?|
I don't see many Cadbury products over here either, I don't recall seeing any Cadbury bars in the super markets at least. From what I understand my country already has one of the largest chocolate industries in the world, particularly during the holiday season, so foreign brands are not very popular here. I'm not even sure if they sell those cream eggs here.
|COPS announces new workshop series||
COPS Monitoring, a brand under Lydia Security Monitoring, on July 27 announced its Grow Your Business roadshow, with seminars currently planned for Denver, Colo., Boca Raton, Fla., Salt Lake City and Williamstown, N.J., with more to be announced.
âThe genesis of the seminars actually began with our UCC dealer customers; we started these â¦ sometime in the 2015 time frame,â Ron Bowden, director of dealer development for Lydiaâs UCC brand and leader of these seminars, told Security Systems News. The Grow Your Business seminars is an example of collaboration between COPS and UCC following Lydia Security Monitoring's acquisition of UCC in January 2016.Â
âThe thought process is that we would put together a business class that worked in helping our dealers in certain areas of their business: in sales, in attrition control, in â¦ installation efficiencies, compensations plans, sales recruiting. [These are] things that a small- to mid-sized business could take and apply in their business that could get immediate results without spending large sums of money,â Bowden said.Â
The seminars are not exclusive to COPS and UCC dealer customers, Bowden pointed out, and the workshops suit a range of dealers.Â âIn our class [on Aug. 3], we had dealers that are small to just getting started, to people that have been in business twenty years that have a several-thousand account base,â he said. âI think the basics and the principles apply to allâitâs just how theyâre used.âÂ
âSince the beginning, COPS has been dedicated to supporting independent alarm dealers world-class monitoring along with the tools, services, and education they need to help them run their business and improve their bottom line,â David Smith, VP of marketing and business development at COPS, told SSN via email.
âNow that UCC is part of the Lydia team, Ronâs âGrow Your Businessâ seminars seemed like a natural fit to our longstanding tradition of helping our dealers succeed.Â Though COPS and UCC continue to operate as separate brands, on separate monitoring platforms, and with separate management teams, we still learn from each other and share best practices â especially when it brings value to our dealers," Smith said.
The Grow Your Business seminars will teach dealers how they can increase sales with lead generation programs and other professional marketing services from My Studio [Pros], an agency dedicated to helping dealers of all sizes successfully grow their business in the security and smart home automation market.
Updated on Aug. 3.
|US company to offer microchip implants to employees||
Over the past few years, the security industry has begun to embrace many new technologiesârobotics, the cloud, biometrics, for exampleâbut one company here in the U.S., Three Square Market, is pushing the boundaries of RFID technology by offering to implant tiny RFID chipsâthe size of a grain of riceâinto its employeesâ hands between the thumb and forefinger.
The chip would allow employees to not only buy snacks in the break room but also have their hands function as a mobile key to gain access to the building and other doors, which makes me think of the possible applications/ramifications within security.
Implanting chips in employeeâs hands is already being done in Sweden, where an organization named Epicenter is having success with an increasing number of employees there opting to get the implant. Here in the U.S., Three Square Market says it has approximately 50 employees who are interested in getting the implant, and unlike in Sweden, the company is paying for the $300 procedure for its employees. Three Square Market partnered with a Swedish firm, BioHax International, to make the chip and is planning to sell the technology to other companies.
"Eventually, this technology will become standardized, allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.," chief executive Todd Westby wrote in a blog post announcing the program, noting that there is even potential for storing medical/health information, and for use as payment at other RFID terminals.
But one has to wonder what security vulnerabilities this could create, especially in protecting the data on that chip from being hacked, stolen and/or compromised, etc. Not to mention, the âcreepyâ factor here, as mass adoption of microchip implants is dubious, at best.
Maybe some day, like in the year 2112, but in the short term, I do think there is good fodder here for a futuristic sci-fi movie.
|PERS Summit lines up 2017 speakers||
AvantGuard has several speakers lined up for its upcoming PERS Summit, to be held here Sept. 26-28, as well as some of the events.
This yearâs PERS Summit will start with a tour of AvantGuardâs recently remodeled facility. âWeâve got about 25,000 square feet and three levels, and the building will be completely remodeled, inside and out, by the time the event starts. So, people will really get to seeâhands onâhow that monitoring of the PERS devices works,â Sonja Jorgenson, AvantGuardâs director of marketing, told Security Systems News.
Aron Ralston will be one of the conferenceâs keynote speakers. âHis story is told in that movie, 127 hours,â Jorgenson noted. Ralston was exploring a Utah canyon when his arm got caught, forcing Ralston to amputate the limb.
One of the speakers will be Eric Allen, an attorney who can speak to certain marketing techniques. âHis expertise is â¦ issues that are raised when businesses are contacting customers through texting and automated calls. He really understands that, the regulations, and the new rules that are coming out in 2017.â
Laurie Orlov, another speaker at the conference, is focused on aging-in place.Â âShe has an interesting background in technology, especially targeted to aging seniors,â Jorgenson said. âSheâs going to share some predictions about what those technology trends are going to look like in 2017 and beyond.â
The Summitâs other speakers have not yet been announced.
âThen, every year, we have a panel of experts in the industry and we talk about a relevant issue. Last time, we talked about fall detection and [the panelistsâ] feelings about that, and where [the technology] was and if it was really helpful,â Jorgenson said. âWe havenât disclosed what that topic will be yet, but that panel discussionâs always a big talking point.â
Jorgenson said that AvantGuard hopes to give attendees more access to the presentations at this Summit, which will allow attendees to further review information after returning from the conference. âI think there will be a lot of information, â¦ so, itâs a lot to digest in just a couple days,â she said.
The company also sends an anonymous survey to its dealers, which asks about a range of topics, including the software that dealers use or the types of customers dealers are seeing, AvantGuard marketing assistant Alex Flitton said. âWe actually have a lot of really good feedback so far,â he told SSN. âAll of this information will be compiled and interpreted by some of the experts in the industry, to present to our attendees.â
Networking is another benefit of the event, Flitton noted. âIt just puts a lot of like-minded people in a really solid environment where they can interact,â he said.
The Summit will be held at The Chateaux Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. The conference has been here for each conference.
|PSA TEC 2018 call for presentations now open||
The PSA Security Network, a security and systems integrator cooperative with headquarters in Westminster, Colo., is accepting presentations through Aug. 4, 2017 for its TEC 2018 annual conference. Proposals can be submitted at www.psatec.com/cfp.
TEC 2018, which will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colo., March 12-16, 2018, is a premier education and networking event for all professional systems integrators in the security and audio-visual markets. TEC features education and certification programs, networking, and dedicated exhibit hours designed to advance the skills and expertise of industry professionals nationwide. This training venue is open to all industry professionals and is designed to meet the educational needs of all employees within an integratorâs organization.
PSA Security Networkâs president and CEO Bill Bozeman told Security Systems News that the move from Westminsterâwhere the conference had been held for several yearsâto downtown Denver fro 2018 was needed to accommodate the growth of the show.
âThe hotel [Downtown Denver Sheraton] is bigger, so we look forward to having everyone under one roof,â Bozeman told SSN. âIn addition, I think some of our younger members and supporters are going to enjoy being in downtown Denver, where there is so much to do.â
The education program will deliver sessions tailored to physical security and audio-visual integrators focused on emerging technologies, critical issues in the industry, and tool development to augment attendeesâ knowledge needed to continue to drive these industries forward. Sessions will be selected that serve a variety of disciplines including business management, sales and marketing, HR and recruiting, project management and operations, and installation and service.
Proposals are welcome for both certification programs and general education sessions for the security and audio-visual markets. All sessions must be unbiased and minimize commercial references and overt branding. Submissions are evaluated based on topic relevance, speaker expertise, and originality of the content. Additional guidelines are available within the call for presentations submission tool.
Accepted and approved presenters will receive complimentary registration to TEC 2018 and will have the opportunity to solidify their reputation as an industry resource and subject matter expert while expanding their own professional network and gaining access to strategic partnerships. PSA does not pay honoraria or expenses for accepted proposals.
|CSG gains $40 million in financing||
Central Security Group on July 6 announced that it received anÂ incremental first lien term loanÂ ofÂ $40 million, as well as a 12-month maturity extension to its credit facilities.
The new funding âis part of a broader $350 million financing the company started in 2014. This was an add on to that financing,â Richard Ginsburg, president and CEO of Central Security Group, told Security Systems News in an email interview. CSG finances through Credit Suisse, Ginsburg noted.
Asked about growth initiatives, Ginsburg said, âWe continue to grow our business through our long-standing Authorized Dealer Program, supplemented by our organic efforts.â
In the recent announcement, Ginsburg mentioned that the funding will help the company with geographic expansion, acquisitions and growing its account base. The announcement also emphasized the companyâs Alert 360 offering, which provides interactive security.
Concerning acquisitions, Ginsburg told SSN, âWe are always looking but are very selective.â
Ginsburg discussed what CSG looks for in an ideal acquisition. âWe would consider quality companies with customers put on through more traditional marketing,â he told SSN. âWe also look for companies with good employees and managers who are hitting glass ceilings because of the company's size and who would benefit from a company like ours, with more resources, financing, and a positive culture.â
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|Russian antitrust officials fine Google $6.8 million|
Earlier today, Google has been slapped with a $6.8 million fine by Russia’s Federation Antimonopoly Service after the antitrust body found that the search engine giant has unfairly abused its market position with Android, the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Google’s problems in Russia started last year when Yandex, the Russian search engine that […]
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|At $99, ZTE ZMax Pro Smartphone Promises High-End Features|
ZTE continues to press its advantage on big, affordable phones. ZTE has just launched the ZMax Pro in the U.S. via MetroPCS. The company has shifted its focus towards the American markets as of recently and we expect the handset to break cover in the Indian markets fairly soon. As far as the hardware is […]
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|Dog Health Can Be Improved With a Natural Diet||It goes without saying that your dog needs suitable nutrition to remain healthy. Vets and pet food manufacturers often have differing views on appropriate nutrition for your dog. Although commercial pet food manufacturers are motivated in large part by profits, commercially prepared foods are routinely recommended as part of an adequate, or good, diet for your dog. Sometimes your vet or dog breeder may approve of commercially prepared foods as the sole diet of your dog. Many experts, however, tend to prefer a largely natural diet which for dogs is invariably comprised of meat and bones. Raw is preferable to cooked, as some of the minerals are definitely lost in the cooking process.|
The reason why the commercially prepared pet food is so often fed to our dogs, is because, apart from the convenience, it can (depending upon the quality) actually contain many of the nutrients which are essential to your dog. The key word here is quality. There are in fact very, very few commercial manufacturers which produce nutrient-rich food. And they're not the brands you find in your supermarket, or even in most pet stores or vetinarians.
Raw bones with a little dry food as well as occasional rice or pasta, and perhaps the odd quality food scrap from your table, will generally contain most of the nutrients which your dog needs. All dogs must obtain reasonable nutrition from their food to maintain excellent health and performance. The main nutrients required by your dog are water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin or mineral deficiency in dogs fed a commercially manufactured diet today is not widely publicised. But then again, the slosh and dried formulae which are readily available from your vet or the local supermarket are not the natural diet for your dog. If your dog was left to fend for itself in the wild (assuming it could manage to adapt, that is), would choose raw meat. And one of the reasons why meat, and especially bones, are so good, is the chewing action and the teeth cleaning function which the bones perform.
Of course, there are also commercially prepared substitutes which can also effectively clean the teeth of your dog and satisfy his/her need to chew. A lesser known fact is that to feed your dog only meat (with no bones and no cereals or other carbohydrate source) can cause severe deficiencies: your dog is likely to become lethargic, sick, and even death has been known to occur from an all meat diet. But what about dogs in the wild, I hear you ask? Isnât meat a dogâs natural diet? Isnât that what you just said, Brigitte? Well, yes and no: in the wild dogs eat the whole of their prey, not simply muscle meat - they thus obtain vegetable matter from the digestive tract of their prey, and calcium from the bones. As well, wild dogs occasionally, but routinely, add to their diet with plants, fruit and berries. Most dogs relish some raw fruit and vegetables in their diet, so long as that's what they're used to.
A dog who has been fed commercially prepared dog food all of its life won't be used to the taste of fresh food, so may well turn up his/her nose if you introduce such healthy food later in life. But persevere - try hand feeding pieces of carrot or apple to begin with. And if your dog is still very young, all the better. Start as you mean to go on and feed him/her some raw fruit and vegetables from time to time. Your dog's health will benefit!
|Best Little Dog Breeds||Best Little Dog Breeds and large dog breeds fit all types of personalities and behaviors. Learn more about the dog in you and how you communicate your love for dogs through our dog breed information. |
Over 500 dog breeds exist in the world today varying in shapes and sizes and exhibit unique habits and personalities. These dog breeds are quite distinctive, most possessing characteristics inherent to their particular breed type. There are small dog breeds, small mixed breed dogs, Best Little Dog Breeds and large dog breeds in each breed type. Breed types include Hounds, which are bred to hunt and work with humans; Toys, which are great adult companions; and Terriers, which are excellent dogs for training.
After your research of dog breeds, you may find that small mixed breed dogs suit you as the Best Little Dog Breeds. Essentially, researching a variety of dog breed information is the way to find the animal that best fits your needs and ensures that the dog you choose will have a loving home.
All too often, pets and pet owners personalities are not compatible, resulting in relinquishment, abandonment and/or abuse. If you are in the market for a dog, research dog breed information to see which breed fits your lifestyle and personality best. Once you've welcomed a new pet or dog breed into your home, all you have to worry about is finding the right pet name.
If you are in the market for a dog, research dog breed information to see which breed fits your lifestyle and personality best. Good luck finding the Best Little Dog Breeds.
|Microchip implants for employees? One U.S. company says yes||On Aug. 1, employees at Wisconsin tech company Three Square Market can get a chip the size of a grain of rice injected between their...|
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|[Article] The Home Performance Forum||The Home Performance Coalition (HPC) recently launched the Home Performance Forum, where members discuss topics in their respective fields. These topics include building systems; building science; envelope and mechanical design; field procedures; energy modeling, education, and certification; building codes and standards; sales and marketing; and business systems. The forum’s diverse professional membership includes energy auditors, raters, builders, home performance contractors, design professionals, instructors, code officials, program managers, and building scientists.|
|[Article] Navigating the Oncoming Storm: Opportunities and Challenges with Home Energy Management||Home energy management (HEM) systems—comprising smart networked devices that can provide information on, and dynamically adjust, energy use within a home—have been evolving for decades and finally appear poised to enter the mainstream. However, with hundreds of players getting into the home automation space, the increasing availability of myriad smart devices, an increased vendor focus on customer security and convenience over energy savings, and numerous other challenges, it can be daunting for even seasoned energy experts to try to figure out how best to approach this market, much less find ways to realize the many benefits ...|
|The generic drug market âis at risk nowâ from deflation, trade group says||An imbalance in supply and demand is the cause of recent pain in the generics industry, said trade group chief.|
|Goldman: Financial markets counting on 'diplomatic outcome' to North Korea threat||When it comes to rising tensions around North Korea, Goldman Sachs said markets eventually expect talks rather than militaristic conflict. |
|New data shows just how crucial Americans are to Tesla's success||A new report by Moody's sheds some light into just how important the U.S. market is to Tesla.|
|Google CEO Sundar Pichai faces a critical test of his leadership today||Google CEO Sundar Pichai must keep his workforce united amid diversity uproar, even as Facebook and other rivals attack its markets.|
|Ray Dalio, manager of the world's largest hedge fund, says buy gold on rising North Korea risk||Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio says in a LinkedIn blog post market "risks are now rising" and recommends gold.|
|Howard Marks, who has called past market bubbles, says 'I don't understand what's behind bitcoin'||Bitcoin has gotten a lot of fanfare lately, but not from Howard Marks, a legendary value investor on Wall Street.|
|Westinghouse Completes Acquisition; Accelerates Energy Market Opportunities|| |
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, as a Toshiba group company, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Mangiarotti S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of components for the nuclear, oil and gas industries.
(PRWeb September 23, 2014)
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|âThree parentâ technique must not be marketed in US, says FDA||The US Food and Drug Administration has asked John Zhang, who pioneered a technique to prevent mitochondrial disease, to stop performing the procedure|
|Westinghouse Extends New-plant Market with Specialized Seismic Option|| |
Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it is developing a specialized option of its AP1000® nuclear power plant for use in locations with higher seismic levels seen in some portions of the western U.S. and certain other countries.
(PRWeb June 26, 2014)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/06/prweb11978552.htm
|Westinghouse and Ontario Power Generation Sign Agreement to Service Global Nuclear Markets; MOU Covers Service, Refurbishment, Decommissioning and New Plant Projects|| |
Westinghouse Electric Company and Ontario Power Generation, Inc., through its subsidiary, Canadian Nuclear Partners, today announced an agreement that would enable the two companies to work together on a wide range of global nuclear projects.
(PRWeb April 16, 2014)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11769320.htm
|BWRPLUS Formed to Leverage Synergy between Westinghouse and Toshiba Bentley to Lead Efforts of Providing Customers with a Single Communication Channel|| |
Westinghouse Electric Company and Toshiba Corporation today announced the formation of BWRPLUS, a new joint marketing organization for operating nuclear power plants in North America that will leverage the synergies between Westinghouse and Toshiba.
(PRWeb August 08, 2013)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11010492.htm
|Summer Produce: A Fresh, Delicious, Vibrant Feast!|
North American summer produce is truly one of the best parts of the season! The longer days and warmer weather bring a peak variety of local fruits and vegetable to market. Itâs your best time to savour the sweetness of stone fruits, load up on fragrant herbs, and appease fickle summer appetites with thirst-quenching salads more...
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|Normal system resumes...|
I'm always very pleased to be able to earn a little extra money but I'm also so grateful to return to my lovely 'retired' life. Because of being a poll clerk at the general election I had to do the food shopping on Friday instead of last Thursday. There were several errands to run in town and of course there was the school run. I still found time to visit the 3:16 charity shop though, and picked up this little lacy cardigan in the 1.00 basket. The last time I had a rummage in the 1.00 box here I found a Ted Baker skirt and top for my daughter!
Everything is charity shopped except the shoes - local retail outlet. The patterned tunic is from Debenhams and is a stalwart of my summer wardrobe since I bought it about four years ago.
I recently bought the blue necklace in the Red Cross shop and the white jeans. I've had the earrings for many years; the silver and turquoise cuff was bought for 2.50 in the RSPCA shop in Bedford.
In the 3:16 shop I also bought 3 colourful (pink, blue and yellow) painted bangles for 50p each and a nice Marcasite brooch for 1.00. I wore it on this jacket when I was running my errands but it was too warm on Friday really for a jacket.
Saturday was a lovely day with a clear blue sky, very warm and a good breeze. I had a leisurely stroll around town to do more errands and spent the afternoon in the garden reading and sewing the ends of the blanket in.
All jewellery charity shopped. I'm wearing two of the bangles I bought on Friday.
Everything charity shopped. The tunic is by H&M and was a 1.00 rail bargain somewhere; the white lace top the same and I can't remember where I bought the harem pants from but it was a charity shop. I have a similar pair I bought from Bedford market years ago for Â£5.00 but with a different pattern and set of colours.
The gold sequinned shoes were brand new and picked up at Barnardo's in Great Denham for 99p!
I spent the rest of the afternoon at my best friend Ann's house. We hadn't seen each other since the 60th birthday party in March and it was good to catch up. We're going to have a day out together next Thursday. Ann is a carer for her husband who had a stroke 18 months ago and it will be a good break for her.
On Sunday I went out early for a walk and walked 7 miles. I came back and did the usual Sunday housework and cooked Sunday dinner.
Necklace present from OH; earrings, Bedford market and all other jewellery charity shopped.
Everything is charity shopped. The top was from a 1.00 rail at the Red Cross; the grey embroidered skirt from Barnardo's in Ampthill - it's by The White Stuff and was 2.99; the gold slip on shoes were 99p at Barnardo's in Great Denham.
On Monday I volunteered at the Red Cross. I rescued a Monsoon pleated skirt from the rag bag...
On Tuesday I was at the Guild House in the morning and did an extra shift in the afternoon at the Red Cross. I'm going to be in Ireland for two months so felt I should offer to do extra to make up for my long absence...
I was on my feet from ten in the morning until nearly five so I was in need of a good sit down when I got home! I wore my floral trousers bought from Age UK in Stevenage; blue t shirt charity shopped somewhere a few years ago; cardigan from La Redoute sale about six years ago. It was the very first thing I ever bought at La Redoute.
All jewellery charity shopped except the watch. The earrings were 99p from our Stevenage rummage a few weeks ago and the necklace I bought at the Guild House for 1.25 when I was there on Tuesday morning!For the rest of the week I plan to go walking on Wednesday; out for the day with my friend on Thursday and on Friday it will be food shopping and school run. I'm so pleased to be back to my normal routine with just over two weeks before I'm off to Ireland again!
|Before Barnsley and after...|
Last Wednesday was such a fabulous day! The sun shone - all day. It was warm. At last a proper May day. I went walking with the Ramblers from Sandy to Blunham; 7.8 miles. In the afternoon I had more errands to run in town.
I bought myself some new Mary Jane's in Kempston. I've been looking in the charity shops but so far no luck. I bought this turquoise pair. Palazzo pants; Jane Norman, charity shopped. Elephant top; charity shopped in Co. Donegal somewhere - can't remember where. Cardigan - Studio catalogue a couple of years ago.
Headscarf; charity shopped. All jewellery charity shopped except earrings which, of course are from Sainsbury's and the watch; Christmas present.
I went out for a walk by myself and did 6 miles.
The youngest grandson took the photo above and likes to sit down when doing his photography, so I always appear to be looming in his photos!
All jewellery charity shopped.
On Saturday we set off for Barnsley. It was surprisingly quick to get to; passing Sheffield on the way. Hi Curtise!
Everything is charity shopped except the shoes; Tesco outlet store. David Emmanuel coat, also charity shopped.
Tunic; Donegal charity shop; white jeans; same.
All jewellery charity shopped.
Once we had booked into the hotel we went into town to look round the chazzas. We visited 7 charity shops in Barnsley; I bought two skirts; one by Barbara Hulanicki (of Biba fame) for 1.00 in the Arthritis research shop and a brightly patterned, M&S summer skirt for Â£1.39 in the British Heart Foundation charity shop. I also bought two pairs of earrings 1.50; 4 bracelets for 1.00; a green top 1.00 and a pair of green suede winter boots for 1.99 in Age UK. I was very pleased with my haul and liked Barnsley town centre and market very much.
I didn't opt to wear either the green gloves or the new vintage coat to the reunion. The coat is heavy and the hotel was so hot; too hot in fact. OH and I both woke up in the night because of the heat even though we left the window open in the hotel bedroom! We're used to a cool bedroom...
I wore this black lace dress which I last wore to my niece's wedding in 2012; charity shopped (forgotten where) and the turquoise coat is by an unknown brand but was nice and light; also charity shopped. The shoes were bought with an M&S Christmas gift voucher years ago and are from the Twiggy range. Handbag bought on a rummage to Royston and Baldock last year.
We didn't think to take a photo together - doh! But OH did get lots of video footage. He has a new phone and was trying the functions out.
All jewellery charity shopped except earrings and watch - presents from my daughter. The turquoise bracelet and ring were charity shopped from the Hospice shop in Kempston last week.
We set off at 10 am on Sunday morning after a big breakfast and were home 2 hours later!
Everything charity shopped. Tunic; Monsoon, RSPCA shop; snakeskin patterned jeans; Barnardo's. Can't remember which charity shop the orange shoes came from; they're so comfortable, and the headscarf was also charity shopped.
All jewellery charity shopped except the earrings which were donated to me by my daughter. That's my vest strap showing there; I can't quite summon up the nerve to stop wearing an under layer even though the weather is much warmer than it was. I'm obviously getting old...
On Monday, I was volunteering at the Red Cross; we were frantically busy as two staff members were off and we have a visit from the area manager on Tuesday. Everything had to be up to date and neat and tidy. I hope to be trained to use the till from next week, so that when people are off I can cover the till on a Monday if needed.
This was Monday's outfit. I wore the green top I bought on Saturday in Barnsley for 1.00 and one of the 4 for 1.00 bracelets. It almost matches my necklace but is chunkier.
Everything is charity shopped except the Mary Jane's bought new last week. Jacket M&S; charity shopped in Kettering, M&S skirt; can't remember where I bought it, probably Red Cross!
All jewellery charity shopped.
I've booked the ferry to Ireland and I'm very excited as my best friend Hilary maybe coming with me. More about that soon...have a lovely week everyone.
|How my brother found us...Part 2|
The Ballad of Kathy Flynn - (2012) - Julian Littman
Long ago, young Kathy Flynn took a train to London Town
She fell in love with an Indian hero - he turned her heart around
With a Vir Chakra into his jacket - how could she resist?
He took her to his hotel room and there they more than kissed
He said;"Kathy, will you marry me?"
Of course, she answered yes.
She dreamed of life in far Madras - an Indian Princess.
He telephoned long distance to his father in Madras
And told him of his intention to wed the Irish lass
The old man flew into a rage and said your future's been arranged
Marry her and you'll die without a rupee to your name
Without a word he slipped away leaving not a trace behind
And left poor Kathy waiting - out of sight and out of mind.
Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the dreams she could not keep
I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.
She met a man of magic - the Great Marlo was his name
They took a mind reading act out on the road and found some kind of fame
Pretty soon she realised a child was on the way
Her Indian hero had left her with more than a broken heart that day
She cast her fate to the Mother Church who duly took her in
She gave away the boy at birth and never saw him again.
Chorus: I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and the boy she could not keep
I'll sing a lullaby to the Irish girl and sing that girl to sleep.
The boy grew up in a happy home but when his folks had gone
The boy was curious to know more about his mum
He traced her to a little town and called her on the phone
But she hung up when she heard his name - shaken to the bone.
She wrote him a letter saying never a day goes by
When I don't think about you, boy, but I must go on living a lie
You see, I've a family of my own - our secret's never been told
The truth would tear this house apart and I'm too frail and too old.
2nd chorus again
Julian knew he was adopted from about the age of 8 or 9. He came home from school one day and asked his mum a question that he was constantly being asked at school. "Mum, why is it that I'm a different colour to J (Julian's adoptive parent's natural son) and you and Dad? His mum told him in a very matter of fact way that he was adopted and his biological parents were an Anglo Indian pilot in the Indian Air Force and his mum was an Irish actress.
Julian's dad, Anthony Ignatius Kenneth Suares, was an Indian hero; he had been awarded the Vir Chakra in 1949 and you can read about it here. He died some time ago and Julian never managed to trace him. He still wants to explore that side of his family.
My mum came to England from Ireland in 1948, aged 16, as a Nanny for a family in Edgeware. When she was 18 she was 'discovered' in Lyons Corner House in Marble Arch by the man I knew throughout my childhood as 'Uncle Marlo'. Marlo, or the 'Great Marlo' to give him his stage name; was a magician and mum was his assistant; 'Georgette'. They did a mind reading act together and travelled all over the UK. Mum had a tiny speaking part in a film about boxing in the 1950s, but we've never been able to discover the title. She would never have described herself as an actress but she always said she had been 'on the stage'. She and 'The Great Marlo' often did publicity stunts for their act; below is a still from British Pathe news item - narrated by Eamonn Andrews - and available here on youtube; where mum was buried alive for one such stunt. It was a very cold day; everyone is wearing overcoats but mum appears dressed in a bra and skirt - some things never change when it comes to women...
As children we loved Uncle Marlo - he used to make sixpences and shillings appear out of his ears or from up our sleeves! He lived just off Church Street market in London; and he and his wife were very good to my mum because she when she applied to St. Pelagia's to have Julian; she gave her address as their address; she must have been living with them throughout her pregnancy.
What I have found out is Julian's birth was something that probably only one other family member; my Aunty Betty, knew about. Betty's name appears on the St.Pelagia documentation as mum's next of kin. In the latter stages of pregnancy mum could have told her four sisters; all of whom were living in London at the time, she was away touring with the Great Marlo. My dad never knew about Julian; in Julian's adoption paper's this is made clear as they state the adoption forms to be signed by mum must be sent in a plain brown envelope addressed solely to my mum.
This is my mum's oldest sister, Aunty Peggy's, wedding in 1950 or 1951 in Paddington, London; mum would have been 18 or 19 at the time. Mum is on the far left in the plaid dress; next to Aunty Betty, (her confidante); behind Mum is Aunty Mary and next to her, Aunty Ita.
Much of what Julian puts in the song above 'The Ballad of Kathy Flynn' is true but not all. We don't know how, when and where mum and Julian's dad met. We don't know if it was a one night stand or a relationship. We think the asking to marry bit is right because it's stated in the documentation Julian gathered together in his search for mum. I think it highly possible that getting married would have entailed mum moving to India and that she probably didn't want to leave England - but we'll never know.
Julian went to drama school aged 16 and has spent the rest of his life performing, singing, playing and composing. You can see his bio here. It's very strange to think that when I was a student nurse in the early 1970s I used to watch 'Rainbow' - a children's programme on at midday - in the nurses lounge whilst eating my lunch. I must have seen Julian on TV dozens of times but never knew he was my brother!
By 2005, Julian's adoptive parents had died. Julian knew a lot about his birth mother and her subsequent family, but he couldn't out find where she lived. One evening, after a gig two fans came back stage to see him; he found out they ran a business tracing adopted children's birth parents and or families. Within two weeks they had found mum living in Kettering; and as the song says a phone call was made and mum wrote Julian a letter, but didn't want to meet.
I've read the letter she sent Julian and it is a beautiful letter. But, I still find it really difficult to understand (although I do, in many ways) why she didn't want to meet him. By 2005, mum knew she had COPD and that it would it kill her soon. As her children, we would have been delighted to meet Julian and would have welcomed him with open arms and would never have judged mum's actions. Mum must have known that about us as well as we were all very, very close. I'm just so sorry that they didn't get to meet because mum would have had almost four years left with Julian in her life.
You must be curious to know how Julian did eventually find us and I'm now coming to that part...
Julian discovered mum had died using 'Google' (God bless the internet - it's a marvellous invention but what a horrible way to find out about your mum's death). We had published a small notice of thanks in the local Kettering paper after the funeral in 2009. Julian waited for several years (I can only marvel at his restraint) and one day in 2013 he was on his way to the Derngate theatre in Northampton, with a group he was managing at the time. They knew his story and pointed out that Northampton was only 14 miles away from Kettering and as he knew my brother Mark still lived in the same house he and mum had moved to in 1999; he should, at least, drop a card through the door. So, he did!
When I rang him that morning in February 2013 we spoke for two hours! We arranged for Julian to come to Bedford the following weekend and we would all go out for a meal and get to know each other. So, we did!
4th March, 2013
At my house looking at Julian's paperwork. Seated L to R: Brother Julian, me, brother Mark and standing, brother Tony. Someone's cracked open the beers!
After the meal we went to a local wine bar and had a few more beers and bottles of wine...that's my OH, Wesley on the far left.
Time to go home, lads!
It has been a wonderful experience meeting our 'new' brother. I have to admire his magnanimity and his generosity of spirit; he holds no hard feelings about his circumstances. He is not bitter that my mum wouldn't meet him. (I think I would have been, had it been me given up for adoption). We share a mother and although Julian was raised in the Home Counties in a nice middle class home and we were raised in the inner city, children of poor, working class immigrants, we have nothing but love and affection for each other.
We meet as often we can - Julian is always busy (thankfully, in his line of work). The one nice thing we were able to do for Julian was ask him to help us scatter mum's ashes (her ashes had been living in the sitting room for four years) later that same year; 2013. We videoed the ceremony - it was just laughter and jokes all the way.
RIP Mum - I'm sorry you had to live in such unenlightened times but your four children are united in their love for you.
|Half term and some more pattern!|
I managed to get out for a walk on Sunday, but I just did road and street walking - 6 miles. It was bitterly cold and very damp.
I was in a monochrome mood on Sunday - I'm sure it's the weather. Everything is charity shopped except the brogues which were bought from a Tesco outlet store about 2 years ago, and the black jeans from Lidl. I had to put a cardigan over the tunic for extra warmth. This short sleeved M&S cardigan has proved very useful. It reminds me that I saw a navy blue short, short sleeved cardigan on Saturday, in Cancer Research for Â£1.00 and I didn't buy it! What on earth was I thinking?
All jewellery charity shopped, too.
It was half term this week. I do enjoy the break from the school run. I still went into the Red Cross on Monday. I picked up a blue homemade waistcoat from the Ragbag and will probably wear that on Friday when I go to see my son. It was a really cold day but it was bright and sunny; my spirits were immediately lifted by the sunshine. Unfortunately, I still had the lurgy.
This is the tunic I bought on Saturday - it's by Influence and it's made of knitted material, so it's warm. Jeans; Next, also charity shopped on Saturday. Boots: DDB.
I added the trusty short sleeved cardi for added warmth.
Earrings, Bedford market; turquoise ring, Sainsbury's; all other jewellery, charity shopped.
I didn't go to the food bank on Tuesday; I didn't think it was fair to spread my germs to everyone. It was okay yesterday in the Red Cross as I was the only person at the back of the shop.
I went for a 6.6 mile walk on Tuesday instead. I retraced the walk I led last Wednesday but in reverse. It turned out to be a lovely day and the wild life and birds were abundant. I disturbed a Muntjac deer drinking at a stream. I also disturbed a buzzard and 4 pheasants; all of whom flew off in a panic making very annoyed noises. I saw a sparrowhawk; dunnocks, meadow pipits, blackbirds, chaffinches, blue tits, wood pigeons, a wren and several gulls, rooks and crows in a field - splashing about in the huge puddles left by all the rain we've had.
Look what my Valentine bought me! I'm so lucky to have such a good man...
On Wednesday I felt really rough and decided to chill out. I only went out to pick up the grandchildren both of whom were staying on Wednesday night.
Everything is charity shopped. The skirt is from M and Co; boots from Tesco; jacket from Next. It's a bit like my Country Casuals mustard jacket - it goes with lots of things. I used to wear it a lot when I was teaching; I've had it about 7 or 8 years.
This necklace was bought on Saturday in Age UK Northampton, for Â£1.99. Earrings from Sainsbury's and bangles, watch and ring charity shopped.
I went to see my son on Friday. Everything charity shopped except boots and earrings - both from Sainsbury's.
The black maxi dress is by Item, which is a part of Tesco's; I think. I can't remember where I bought this dress. The long jacket is by Primarni and I bought it in the Barnardo's in Great Denham for Â£1.99. I love the colours. I have lightweight green trousers and a similar coloured green top that will look fab with this jacket when the weather gets warmer!.
My necklace, rings and bangles are all charity shopped.
I've been playing a lot of Monopoly with the grandsons this half term. They have both beaten me. The youngest grandson gets really excited with all the money - even if if he has to give me rent and I give him change! We are playing the adult version so the idea of millions is quite intoxicating...
It was my eldest brother's birthday on Monday; he's 13 months older than me but we only met him in 2013! I will write a post about how he found us - we didn't know of his existence until February 2013. So, my three brothers, my OH and I went out to celebrate Julian's birthday on Saturday.
Only my jacket and jewellery is charity shopped. The jacket, which is a favourite of mine, was bought on the Â£1.00 rail in Wellingborough Age UK.
The white top was bought in the La Redoute sale in 2015 and the trousers were bought this year in the sale. I nearly always buy something in the La Redoute sale. I also bought a coat in the same sale this year - see below. The boots were DDB.
We had a lovely Thai meal, caught up with each other's news and had lots of laughs - all in all a really good night. My birthday is next and I've proposed we go to London for the day. Julian lives in London and always travels to us for birthday celebrations so it would make a change for him and us.
I'll keep you posted!
|Not a New Year's Resolution|
I have been getting on really well with my crochet blanket in browns, creams and beiges. I can get on with it if I'm watching TV and it will encourage me to watch more DVDs as I can crochet and watch a screen at the same time, but I can't crochet and read at the same time! I have DVDs I got for Christmas presents years ago that are still in their wrappers so I'm definitely going to make sure they get watched in 2017. It's not a New Year resolution though....
It was cold on Saturday but at least it was bright and sunny. I walked to Aldi and back again and into to town to pick up a parcel and walked 6.5 miles in total. If I manage to walk again on Sunday I'll have completed my thrice weekly walking plan for the first time this year. I want to try and do this this every week. It's not a New Year's resolution though just a plan I want to carry out...
On my walk I visited the Beds Garden Carers charity shop where they have a small clothing area upstairs. I bought 3 tops for 50p each; one is a white fitted shirt, another a brown and cream top - I lack brown tops -and the last item was by Yasmin Le Bon and is a beautiful, white, embroidered sleeveless tunic. It's for my cousin Doirin in Ireland as I think she'll like it.
I bought this top the first time I ever visited the Bedford Guildhouse charity shop which was last year sometime; but I'd never got round to wearing it. It's by John Rocha and I liked the turquoise and yellow floral print. Jeans also charity shopped, as are the necklace and bangles. The earrings I bought in Topshop in 2002 and the watch was a 2012 Christmas present from daughter.
Boots from Lidl
Yellow cardigan online retail; 2015 Christmas present from OH.
Because this is a blog about (my) real life here's how I looked on Sunday. Same jeans as Saturday; no make up. T shirt charity shopped in Donegal 50 cents; cardigan M&S charity shopped; all jewellery charity shopped.
I suppose the New Year is a time for reflection on the old year gone out and I thought I'd share some of my thoughts with you about what I've learned since I started blogging. Please feel free to skip this part if you want...
Thoughts on Blogging in no particular order....
The blogging world of style/fashion/older style and fashion seems to be filled with incredibly kind, supportive and lovely bloggers most of whom have a terrific sense of humour.
I had no idea how time consuming blogging would be. Not only do you write and edit the blog, but there's the taking of photographs; then the uploading of same. Then there's all those wonderful blogs to read and comment on. I doubt I could do this if I worked, so thank goodness I'm retired!
People like it when you respond to their comments on your blog.
Taking photographs wearing different outfits has taught me so much about what suits me; what works and what doesn't; what flatters and what doesn't. Sometimes I have a mental image of what an outfit will look like on - and it may look ok in the mirror - but a more objective perspective can be gained by looking at a photograph of me wearing it.
I've learned that my style and taste in clothes has changed as I've get older. For example, I've learned to love orange and yellow; avoid mid calf length skirts/dresses and the importance of accessories.
I've improved my layering skills and learned to try new things; OTK boots for example.
I spend too much money in the charity shops on clothes.
It's better to concentrate on quality rather quantity when charity shopping.
Invest in padded hangers. I buy them whenever I see them in charity shops at reasonable prices.
As I have
I button at least one button on shirts/blouses when I hang them up to prevent its fellow getting tangled up inside. This is particularly relevant as I have
It doesn't matter how much storage space I have I will find clothes to fill it.
I usually plan next day's outfit just before I go to bed; although occasionally inspiration strikes sooner - see below. I hang everything up ready for the morning and sometimes I even get the ironing of the outfit done the same evening!
Sometimes an idea for an outfit pops into my mind, and as I can't rely on my memory I have now started to write them down. So far, I've managed to write down 9 outfit ideas since Saturday 14th January 2017; when I first thought to do this. This will be so useful on those occasions when I think "what the heck can I wear today"?
This is what I wore to the Red Cross shop on Monday. Everything is charity shopped except the boots which were bought with Christmas vouchers from Debenhams about three Christmases ago.
Skirt; Â£1.00 rail Barnardo's Great Denham; scarf and lace top charity shopped; green cardigan by Benetton; charity shopped years ago.
Beads, bangles and watch; charity shopped. Earrings, Bedford market.
You may remember that I was trying to keep track of my spending in the charity shops and did it for the month of November. What I learned from this was that I spend far too much and I really want to cut down.
I'm going to spend a weekend in Devon with my friend Hilary at the end of January and at Easter I'll be going to Ireland, so I have an incentive to save as much as I can for these two trips. My plan, therefore, is to a) spend only in the Red Cross charity shop or only on the Â£1.00 rails in any other charity shop; b) don't visit any charity shops on my free afternoons or for a day out - at least not till I get to Devon!
So today I put my plan into action (note it's not a New Year resolution). I bought a pair of green cords at the Red Cross shop for Â£1.00. I have a green pair already, but they're a little too short in the leg and have a miniscule hem so I can't let them down. It will be one pair of trousers in and one pair out. At the 3:16 shop which I pass on my way home I bought; a blue and white striped M &S shirt and an Old Navy blue and white pleated skirt for the summer. Both were a Â£1.00 each.
On Tuesday I was at the foodbank and went to town in the afternoon. On Wednesday, I walked with the group and we walked 6.5 miles from the village of Clophill to Haynes and back. After the walk we went for a meal to celebrate 20 years of Wednesday walking with the Ivel Valley Walkers. I've been walking for almost three years with this group.
This is what I changed into in the car after the walk. The top from New Look was one of the 50p tops I bought on Saturday in the Bedford Garden Carer's charity shop.
Long sleeved brown top F & F, charity shopped. Leggings; M & S, retail; boots Sainsbury's, retail.
All jewellery charity shopped.
On my way back from the meal I drove through Ampthill so I stopped off and had a look in Barnardo's. I was so proud of myself; I only spent Â£1.49 and bought a red pair of capri pants for the summer and a blue spotted top.
Everything I'm wearing is charity shopped. Boots, leggings, tunic (M&S) and short sleeved cardigan.
Friday was busy. I took the children to school and the youngest grandson had an assembly which I stayed for. When that was over I went for a 6.5 mile walk. The weather was great; cold 2.5 degrees but very sunny and bright. When I came back I changed then went and did the food shopping (booooring). Picked up children from school then took youngest grandson and his dad home after 5. Then there was dinner to make and finally - chill time!
A selfie taken after the assembly - specially requested by grandson!
This is Friday's outfit. Everything charity shopped except boots from Lidl.
Knitted dress; Dorothy Perkins; probably the Red Cross; shirt unknown but charity shopped in the Red Cross. Wine coloured tights charity shopped somewhere...
All jewellery charity shopped except watch which was bought in New Look with Christmas money.
I went to see my son on Saturday and on Sunday I'm hoping to go for a walk and recce my walk for the Ramblers.
Everything charity shopped except the OTK boots - on line retail and the watch, New Look and the necklace which was a Christmas present from one of my brothers about five years ago.
Skirt, M&S; top by Cavita bought in the Mercy in Action Charity shop in Olney last week. Jacket by Country Casuals and bought in the Red Cross for Â£1.99. Scarf; charity shopped.
Earrings and bangle charity shopped.
|A week of spots, stripes and checks...|
This could probably be called Day 6 of the pattern challenge! I wore this on Saturday.
Everything is charity shopped except the floral boots which were bought on line and the earrings; bought by OH in an Oxford street market.
The cardigan is by Next; the jeans by Laura Ashley and the top is by a Spanish company; I can't remember where I bought any of them but all have been bought since I started blogging in November, 2015.
I do love these boots but the heel is a little higher than usual so I can't wear them for too long. I went out on Saturday afternoon to look for a chest of drawers for my spare bedroom and after a couple of hours my feet were killing me!
Necklace charity shopped in Donegal, I think.
I had a look around a couple of charity shops whilst looking for a chest of drawers and I bought a sleeveless green knitted top by Great Plains for Â£3.00 in Keech as it was green and will be useful to wear over shirts/blouses. A checked man's shirt for Â£1.00. I also bought some more padded hangers for Â£1.00; a leather brooch for 25p; a chinese looking purse type thing which I've used to put all my crochet hooks in for 49p; and a couple of brandy glasses. Total spend Â£5.94.
I had both grandchildren on Saturday evening and on Sunday we went to visit my son.
Day 1 - Spots, stripes and checks challenge
I wanted to try yellow with red - yes, I like it!
Everything is charity shopped except the boots - Christmas 2016 gift from OH.
Plaid skirt, Topshop; bought from Save the Children; jumper by Mc and Co and camisole; charity shopped but can't remember where. Tights: on line. All jewellery except watch charity shopped.
Day 2 - Spots, stripes and checks challenge
Youngest grandson took the photos so they're not as good as OHs. Spotted shirt; Phase Eight. Skirt M&S; jumper, unknown - all charity shopped.
Boots; Sainsburys. Christmas 2016 present from OH. All jewellery charity shopped, including the spotted bangle.
Watch, New Look bought with Christmas money.
I started at the Red Cross shop on Monday. It's very busy and there are more staff and volunteers. I think I'm going to really enjoy myself. I bought a pair of claret coloured cord trousers as I gave my claret coloured leather and ponte knit leggings away. I got staff discount (20%) and they cost me 80p!
On Tuesday, I thought I'd be starting at the Guildhouse. I arrived at 1pm as agreed but only had an hour's induction as they have yet to send off for references. All being well I'll be starting on the 24th...
Day 3 - Spots, Checks and Stripes Challenge
It may not be immediately apparent but this green top is very finely striped. It's by Tu at Sainsbury's and bought in the 3:16 Charity shop for Â£1.00. Necklace bought in the Salvation Army for 99p last week while doing the Lidl shopping.
The cardigan is from Barnardo's in Ampthill and was 99p. Total cost of outfit Â£2.99!
Green cords Â£1.00 Red Cross shop. All jewellery charity shopped except watch. Boots - DDB.
Day 4 - Spots, Checks and Stripes Challenge
On Wednesday I went walking with the group. We walked in Biggleswade and did 6.5 miles. The wind was very cold and stung my cheeks; I wore a hat which kept me nice and warm. I put on a striped shirt with a black V neck jumper and black pleated skirt when I got home - and forgot to get photos done - dohh! I'm blaming the crocheting; once I start I'm like a woman possessed and forget everything else!
All jewellery charity shopped.
Day 5 - Spots, Stripes and Checks Challenge
I bought these earrings on Thursday on a rummage in the village of Olney. They're real silver and were Â£3.00 in Age Concern. The necklace was charity shopped as were the bangles. I also bought a rather nice ginger coloured top with lace insets at Mercy in Action in Olney. It was Â£4.50 which is a bit pricey for me but I liked it so much. I hope it looks good on.
I stopped at Barnardo's, Great Denham on the way home from Olney; I sort of wish I hadn't because I spent Â£6.99 on a beautiful grey linen coat. It will be lovely for the summer...
These cords were Â£1.00 from Red Cross shop on Monday. I bought them because I thought I had given away my similar coloured leather and ponte knit leggings - I hadn't - I found them in my cupboard where I'd recently decanted all my trousers...
It was really cold on Friday; hence the fur gilet from M & S; charity shopped in Donegal in the summer. We had snowfall but it was washed away by the rain. It felt too cold to go out for a walk so I'm hoping to go walking at the weekend instead. No grandchildren until Sunday night!
The checked shirt was bought last Saturday in Keech, Kempston for Â£1.00. It's by Red Herring. The boots were a Christmas 2016 present from my daughter. They have a gold trim at the toe and heel and were from New Look.
Not sure what the weekend has in store weather wise only that it's going to be cold. I've got my crocheting to get on with; I've started a new Persephone book 'The Godwits Fly' by Robin Hyde and the heating will be on so I don't care!
Wrap up warm wherever you are!
|Happy New Year and a week of pattern...|
Happy to New Year to all of you. Thank you so much for reading my blog and for all your lovely comments throughout the year. I so enjoy reading them and appreciate every single one.
I've started a new page for books read in 2017.
I left 2016 still reading Alan Bennett's 'Keeping On, Keeping On' (a Christmas present from OH). I'm almost at the end of it now - 700 odd pages!
The total number of books read in 2016 was 98. When I worked, I used to read on average between 120 and 150 books a year. I don't really understand how, if I'm not working three days a week, I manage to read less now. Could I possibly be busier now than I was when I worked? I have been keeping a record of books I've read since 2007 but it still doesn't stop me occasionally buying a book I already have...
Day 1 - Pattern Challenge
I bought this patterned shirt in Save the Children a few weeks back. It's by Punt Roma. The jeans are from Next and were 99p in the Barnardo's sale in Ampthill last week. The cardigan is from the Red Cross shop.
I went for 7.5 mile walk on Monday. It was chilly but sunny and I thoroughly enjoyed my walk around and through Bedford. It was also an opportunity to break in a pair of trainers my daughter donated to me. When you're pounding pavements; trainers can be a better option than walking boots
Day 2 - Pattern Challenge
Another purple day on Tuesday - it was freezing!
Purple patterned tunic by Nomads, charity shopped. Leggings, on line retail.
Purple velvet cardigan; one of the very few purchases I've ever made at TK Maxx and my favourite. Boots, Christmas present from OH and earrings were also a present from him bought in a street market in Oxford.
I've got my crocheting mojo kick going again in 2017. I started by sorting out my wool stash. I had quite a few odds and ends of chunky knitting wool, so I made an infinity scarf on Sunday night and on Monday night a head/ear warmer. The rest of the wool got donated to a charity shop. I should have taken a photo of the infinity scarf but I've given it away and can't. There's a picture below of me wearing the ear warmer...
I'm going to start on a blanket in browns, creams and beiges as I seem to have accumulated quite a lot of these colours. I buy almost all my wool at charity shops so you don't get to decide the colours available! I'm going to donate this blanket and any others that I do to 'Knit for Peace' here. I got this idea from Mim of the lovely blog; 'Crinoline Robot' here.
Before I forget I must show you a close up of my floral boots bought not long before Christmas. I've only worn them once so far, but am looking forward to wearing them more frequently:
Aren't they fab!
Day 3 - Pattern Challenge
The orange splattered patterned trousers came from the Barnardo's sale rail in Ampthill last week - 49p! Crochet cardigan bought from the same place a few weeks previously for 99p.
Orange top charity shopped but can't remember where from. Boots DDB - daughter donated boots!
Rings, beads, earrings and bangles all charity shopped.
I went for my induction at the Red Cross shop on Wednesday afternoon. I had a great time and the team were very pleasant and welcoming. I bought a jumper and some bed linen - both Â£1.99 - while I was there. It's a much busier shop than Save the Children and I know I'll suffer from what I always do on Mondays and Tuesdays when I do my volunteering, and that is an aching back from standing for so long; on Wednesday I was on my feet for three and a half hours.
Day 4 - Pattern Challenge
I bought this jumper from the Red Cross shop on Wednesday. It's by Kaliko and of course it was Â£1.99.
Shirt by Next, charity shopped, black cords, Red Cross shop Â£1.00. Boots, Next - Christmas 2013; present from my daughter. You can just see my new grey watch bought with Christmas money from my brothers.
Bangles; charity shopped.
When I went to do the food shopping on Thursday afternoon I popped into the Salvation Army charity shop which is next door to Lidl. I bought a lovely bright green necklace, 99p; which I hope to wear with Friday's outfit. On the way back from Sainsbury's I went to the Barnardo's in Great Denham. I picked the wrong time to go because: a) the sale was over b) they were having a reorganisation of the shop floor and had loads of donations piled everywhere making much of the shop inaccessible. Not being the sort who gives up easily I found a purple cushion for my bed for 99p; a beret - brand new with tags from New Look for 49p; a mini hair fascinator for 49p and an ornamental tin heart for 49p - total spend Â£2.47 + 99p in the Salvation Army = Â£3.46.
It was my middle grandson's 12th birthday on Thursday. He loved his presents from me and enjoyed his birthday cake - chocolate with milk and white chocolate shavings on the top - from Lidl. It was lovely and light and not too sickly. It would have been too much of a rush to make him a cake as the chocolate cake I usually make for birthday cakes is always better if eaten on the same day. Here he is at home posing with his cake...
Happy birthday, Isaiah!
Day 5 - Pattern Challenge
On Friday I went walking with the group for the first time since the 14th December. It was a 6 mile walk and although it was a very cold morning we soon warmed up. Luckily, it was mostly road walking so no muddy boots. As we finished up in the town centre, I had some errands to run in town and of course I looked in a couple of charity shops. With my new 'highly selective' charity shopping hat on, I bought a bracelet for 49p in the Wood Green Animal Shelter shop; a striped linen top from Tu for Â£1.00 in the 3:16 shop and two colourful table runners for Â£1.50 - total spend today Â£2.99.
Had my hair cut on Friday.
This is probably one of my most favourite patterned items of clothing. Patterned tunic by Pussycat, London bought from Cats Protection League charity shop. Yellow jumper worn underneath; charity shopped. Green leggings; Sainsburys retail as were the brown boots.
All jewellery except watch; charity shopped. This is the 99p necklace bought on Thursday. Youngest grandson took the photos today and didn't quite get the concept of a head and shoulders shot...
So here's a dodgy selfie instead!
Next week is my final challenge - spots, checks and stripes...
|A week of maxis...|
We had a lovely Christmas. Why wouldn't we? Lots of nice food, drink and presents, but most of all family.
We always have fun at Christmas especially when we play charades after dinner. This year even the youngest grandson joined in - and loved playing it - he wasn't half bad either!
My daughter made a delicious salmon in pastry dish. She usually makes us a Beef Wellington but wanted to do something different this year. We also had turkey and all the trimmings. It was all very good.
Here we all are mid dinner. Some of us have finished; I've only just sat down. Just can't get everything on the table at the same time... OH is missing because he's putting his dinner in the microwave; he likes everything at nuclear temperature! Daughter is taking the photo. All three grandsons and two of my three brothers. My third brother in London was having a bachelor's 'open house' Christmas!
I got such lovely presents. A new Paperwhite kindle, new ankle boots, perfume and a Persephone book from my daughter. New long black boots; two 'Furrowed Middlebrow' books and 2 CDs from OH. Eldest grandson bought me another Persephone book and my brothers gave me money. Didn't I do well?
I drank Sherry, Prosecco, Canadian Club and Ginger Ale and sampled an Amaretto Sour ; courtesy of eldest grandson who mixes a mean cocktail - very moreish...
This is what I wore on Christmas Day. Dress from the Hospice shop in Kempston; waistcoat from Zara also charity shopped. Boots; Christmas present from OH.
All jewellery charity shopped.
Day 1 - Maxi Challenge
This is the skirt I bought in Barnardo's, Great Denham for Â£1.00.
Cardigan and boots charity shopped.
Green top Primarni; headscarf present from my friend in Cambridge.
All jewellery charity shopped.
By Tuesday I was going stir crazy. I hadn't been out of the house on Christmas Day or Boxing Day; only to drop middle grandson home so I took youngest grandson to Sainsbury's. One of the Great Uncles had given the youngest grandsons a bag of coins; when we changed it up in the coin machine it gave them Â£15.00 each to spend! Another Christmas present and Christmas is already over. Lucky kids!
Day 2 - Maxi Challenge
I tried wearing a belt with this maxi.
Everything is charity shopped except the boots which are light brown with metal bits round the toe; a Christmas present from my daughter this year. The skirt is by Country Casuals; t shirt M&S 50p in a Donegal charity shop; cable pattern cardigan; Red Cross shop probably, but really can't remember. Belt charity shopped about 10 years ago.
Necklace charity shopped in the Oxfam shop; Bedford. The earrings are 99p from e bay.
Day 3 - Maxi Challenge
On Wednesday OH and I went rummaging. I hoped the charity shops would all be open but I guessed some wouldn't reopen until after the New Year. We went to Hitchin, Hertfordshire, a market town, and also to Ampthill; a small market town in Bedfordshire.
My goodness wasn't it cold! I woke up to frost everywhere and the water in the bird's' bowl had frozen. I feed the birds everyday. I'm even more vigilant during the cold weather months and always leave out drinking water. I really should have worn trousers! The temperature was -05 degrees when we set off for a rummage around the charity shops. It warmed up to 2 degrees and then dropped again by the time we got home. Out of seven charity shops in Hitchin only two were closed.
It's hard to put outerwear over maxi skirts. I'd planned to wear my brown leather jacket but it was too cold. I wish I still had my brown corduroy maxi coat that I bought in 1970 from Bus Stop. It would have been perfect to wear over this skirt!
Jacket, River Island from Red Cross, Â£1.99; scarf, Save the Children; Â£1.00, beret; can't remember where.
I've had this navy jersey type M&S skirt for about 9 or 10 years. I used to have a bottle green one, too, but ruined it by getting it caught in the wheel of my bike when I used to ride my bike to work. I also have a similar black skirt, but from BHS. All were charity shopped.
Top by Canda - an old C & A brand; charity shopped in Save the Children, recently. Wool jacket by Gilbert; from Barnardo's, Great Denham. Boots - DDB (daughter donated boots).
All jewellery charity shopped.
About two weeks ago I bought yet another strand of orange beads for Â£1.00; now I like to wear the three strands together!
In Hitchin, I bought 4 pairs of earrings for Â£3.50 in the Hospice shop and Cancer Research; three balls of wool at 50p each; also in the Hospice shop and an animal print top for Â£1.50 and a knitted angel boiled egg cosy for 30p - everyone needs a boiled egg cosy, don't you know! In Age UK, I bought a ring for Â£1.99. In an antique/curio shop I bought some black beads for Â£1.50. Total spend in Hitchin, Â£10.29 . In Ampthill; the sale was still on at Barnardo's. In fact, they had reduced quite a lot of the stuff to 49p! I bought two double sized duvet sets with matching pillowcases, each for 49p. One set was brand new - it still had the stiffening product in it that they use in new bed linen. I also bought a pair of orange and black loose trousers for 49p; a pale grey Next top for 99p; a black Next jacket - never worn, 49p; a black and white striped blouse for 99p and a pair of bootcut jeans for 49p. Total spend here Â£4.45. Then I spent another Â£1.50 in the RSPCA on two books and a new make up bag. Total day's spend Â£16.24.
Go on - you know you want one!
Day 4 - Maxi Challenge
On Thursday I finally got out for a walk and did 6.3 miles. I hadn't walked for two weeks and was feeling both lazy and guilty. Once I started walking I was fine and realised how much I'd missed my regular walks. On Friday, there is a nine mile bus walk; I'm up for it but it is an earlyish start, and one of the things I enjoy about the holidays is there is no need to get up early. I'll just have to see how I feel on Friday morning...
This black Next corduroy skirt is about 5 or 6 years old and was charity shopped. The striped blouse by Peepers was bought in Wednesday's rummage at Barnardo's (99p) as was the light grey Next top (99p). Boots, old; Christmas present from my daughter. Middle grandson is on the sofa with his trusty laptop - hence the trailing flex.
All jewellery charity shopped.
I did the usual food shopping on Thursday and the bargain of the day was a Â£4.00 box of Christmas crackers for 40p in Sainsbury's! They're going up in the loft ready for next year. Sainsbury's also had lots of packs of Christmas gift tags for 10p a packet, but we still have two large unopened packs of gift tags bought in the sales last year. I also bought a reduced tin of shortbread biscuits (Â£1.50) and mince pies (40p) per packet.
Day 5 - Maxi challenge
Friday was such a miserable, cold and foggy day. I didn't go walking but am determined to go on Saturday afternoon as there is a 6.5 mile walk in Houghton Conquest which is about 6 miles outside of Bedford.
What I did do was to go to Bedford and spend my Christmas money. I'd already spent some of it on a fur coat on line. It's not my perfect coat; I am still looking for that one, but I needed a warm short coat. I have a Parka coat but that is a bit too casual sometimes. In Bedford I bought some perfume and soap in TK Maxx - I do love scented soap and prefer to use soap rather than shower gel. I also bought myself a new watch from New Look. Christmas money spent; I returned home to make soup and read one of my Christmas books.
In today's maxi and long cape I felt like a Victorian governess! The pure wool cape is from Ist Avenue bought for Â£1.99 in the Red Cross shop. Leather gloves charity shopped.
Maxi skirt; part of a cardigan suit charity shopped in Carrick on Shannon, Ireland. I've worn the matching cardigan separately, last seen here. Shirt and cardigan both from Red Cross shop. Boots, Christmas present from OH this year.
All jewellery charity shopped. The earrings were bought on Wednesday in Hitchin in the Cancer Research shop.
I'm glad the week of maxi's is finished; I can't wait to wear a pair of trousers.
So far with these challenges, I have worn a week each of; skirts, cardigans, shirts, dresses, trousers and maxis. I don't have enough maxi dresses to do a week of those so I think I might go for a week of stripes, spots and checks for next week. In fact, I've edited this to say that I'll do a week of patterns next week and the stripes, spots and checks for the week after.
The challenges keep me thinking of different outfits to create and helps give little worn items a wear. That in turn, helps me assess whether or not, I want to keep it and if I don't means more space in my wardrobe. I have also got rid of several clothing items this week so I'm not feeling too guilty about those I've purchased.
What are you all doing for New Year's Eve? I've got both grandsons New Year's Eve so we'll see the New Year in with them. I'll see you all in 2017!
I'll leave you with a look at all my lovely Christmas book presents...
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|How Plastic We've Become|
Our bodies carry residues of kitchen plastics
Food for Thought
In the 1967 film classic The Graduate, a businessman corners Benjamin Braddock at a cocktail party and gives him a bit of career advice. "Just one wordâ¦plastics."
Although Benjamin didn't heed that recommendation, plenty of other young graduates did. Today, the planet is awash in products spawned by the plastics industry. Residues of plastics have become ubiquitous in the environmentâand in our bodies.
A federal government study now reports that bisphenol A (BPA)âthe building block of one of the most widely used plasticsâlaces the bodies of the vast majority of U.S. residents young and old.
Manufacturers link BPA molecules into long chains, called polymers, to make polycarbonate plastics. All of those clear, brittle plastics used in baby bottles, food ware, and small kitchen appliances (like food-processor bowls) are made from polycarbonates. BPA-based resins also line the interiors of most food, beer, and soft-drink cans. With use and heating, polycarbonates can break down, leaching BPA into the materials they contact. Such as foods.
And that could be bad if what happens in laboratory animals also happens in people, because studies in rodents show that BPA can trigger a host of harmful changes, from reproductive havoc to impaired blood-sugar control and obesity (SN: 9/29/07, p. 202).
For the new study, scientists analyzed urine from some 2,500 people who had been recruited between 2003 and 2004 for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Roughly 92 percent of the individuals hosted measurable amounts of BPA, according to a report in the January Environmental Health Perspectives. It's the first study to measure the pollutant in a representative cross-section of the U.S. population.
Typically, only small traces of BPA turned up, concentrations of a few parts per billion in urine, note chemist Antonia M. Calafat and her colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, with hormone-mimicking agents like BPA, even tiny exposures can have notable impacts.
Overall, concentrations measured by Calafat's team were substantially higher than those that have triggered disease, birth defects, and more in exposed animals, notes Frederick S. vom Saal, a University of Missouri-Columbia biologist who has been probing the toxicology of BPA for more than 15 years.
The BPA industry describes things differently. Although Calafat's team reported urine concentrations of BPA, in fact they assayed a breakdown productâthe compound by which BPA is excreted, notes Steven G. Hentges of the American Chemistry Council's Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. As such, he argues, "this does not mean that BPA itself is present in the body or in urine."
On the other hand, few people have direct exposure to the breakdown product.
Hentges' group estimates that the daily BPA intake needed to create urine concentrations reported by the CDC scientists should be in the neighborhood of 50 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweightâor one millionth of an amount at which "no adverse effects" were measured in multi-generation animal studies. In other words, Hentges says, this suggests "a very large margin of safety."
No way, counters vom Saal. If one applies the ratio of BPA intake to excreted values in hosts of published animal studies, concentrations just reported by CDC suggest that the daily intake of most Americans is actually closer to 100 micrograms (Âµg) per kilogram bodyweight, he saysâor some 1,000-fold higher than the industry figure.
Clearly, there are big differences of opinion and interpretation. And a lot may rest on who's right.
Globally, chemical manufacturers produce an estimated 2.8 million tons of BPA each year. The material goes into a broad range of products, many used in and around the home. BPA also serves as the basis of dental sealants, which are resins applied to the teeth of children to protect their pearly whites from cavities (SN: 4/6/96, p. 214). The industry, therefore, has a strong economic interest in seeing that the market for BPA-based products doesn't become eroded by public concerns over the chemical.
And that could happen. About 2 years after a Japanese research team showed that BPA leached out of baby bottles and plastic food ware (see What's Coming Out of Baby's Bottle?), manufacturers of those consumer products voluntarily found BPA substitutes for use in food cans. Some 2 years after that, a different group of Japanese scientists measured concentrations of BPA residues in the urine of college students. About half of the samples came from before the switch, the rest from after the period when BPA was removed from food cans.
By comparing urine values from the two time periods, the researchers showed that BPA residues were much lowerâdown by at least 50 percentâafter Japanese manufacturers had eliminated BPA from the lining of food cans.
Concludes vom Saal, in light of the new CDC data and a growing body of animal data implicating even low-dose BPA exposures with the potential to cause harm, "the most logical thing" for the United States to do would be to follow in Japan's footsteps and "get this stuff [BPA] out of our food."
Kids appear most exposed
Overall, men tend to have statistically lower concentrations of BPA than women, the NHANES data indicate. But the big difference, Calafat says, traces to age. "Children had higher concentrations than adolescents, and they in turn had higher levels than adults," she told Science News Online.
This decreasing body burden with older age "is something we have seen with some other nonpersistent chemicals," Calafat notesâsuch as phthalates, another class of plasticizers.
The spread between the average BPA concentration that her team measured in children 6 to 11 years old (4.5 Âµg/liter) and adults (2.5 Âµg/L) doesn't look like much, but proved reliably different.
The open question is why adults tended to excrete only 55 percent as much BPA. It could mean children have higher exposures, she posits, or perhaps that they break it down less efficiently. "We really need to do more research to be able to answer that question."
Among other differences that emerged in the NHANES analysis: urine residues of BPA decreased with increasing household income and varied somewhat with ethnicity (with Mexican-Americans having the lowest average values, blacks the highest, and white's values in between).
There was also a time-of-day difference, with urine values for any given group tending to be highest in the evening, lowest in the afternoon, and midway between those in the morning. Since BPA's half-life in the body is only about 6 hours, that temporal variation in the chemical's excretion would be consistent with food as a major source of exposure, the CDC scientists note.
In the current NHANES paper, BPA samples were collected only once from each recruit. However, in a paper due to come out in the February Environmental Health Perspectives, Calafat and colleagues from several other institutions looked at how BPA excretion varied over a 2-year span among 82 individualsâmen and womenâseen at a fertility clinic in Boston.
In contrast to the NHANES data, the upcoming report shows that men tended to have somewhat higher BPA concentrations than women. Then again both groups had only about one-quarter the concentration typical of Americans.
The big difference in the Boston group emerged among the 10 women who ultimately became pregnant. Their BPA excretion increased 33 percent during pregnancy. Owing to the small number of participants in this subset of the study population, the pregnancy-associated change was not statistically significant. However, the researchers report, these are the first data to look for changes during pregnancy and ultimately determining whether some feature of pregnancyâsuch as a change in diet or metabolism of BPAâreally alters body concentrations of the pollutant could be important. It could point to whether the fetus faces an unexpectedly high exposure to the pollutant.
If it does, the fetus could face a double whammy: Not only would exposures be higher during this period of organ and neural development, but rates of detoxification also would be diminished, vom Saal says.
Indeed, in a separate study, one due to be published soon in Reproductive Toxicology, his team administered BPA by ingestion or by injection to 3-day-old mice. Either way, the BPA exposure resulted in comparable BPA concentrations in blood.
What's more, that study found, per unit of BPA delivered, blood values in the newborns were "markedly higher" than other studies have reported for adult rodents exposed to the chemical. And that makes sense, vom Saal says, because the enzyme needed to break BPA down and lead to its excretion is only a tenth as active in babies as in adults. That's true in the mouse, he says, in the ratâand, according to some preliminary data, in humans.
Vom Saal contends that since studies have shown BPA exhibits potent hormonelike activity in human cells at the parts-per-trillion level, and since the new CDC study finds that most people are continually exposed to concentrations well above the parts-per-trillion ballpark, it's time to reevaluate whether it makes sense to use BPA-based products in and around foods.
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|A Sweeter Hops|
Federal scientists have bred a new, antimicrobial-rich hops variety for tea
Food for Thought
Brewers prize hops for the characteristic bitter flavors they impart to ales, lagers, and other beers. But aficionados of another class of brewsâcertain herbal teasâwould prefer their hops bitterfree. And federal scientists may have come up with just what the doctor ordered.
"People have used hops medicinally for a long time. It's a fairly ancient remedy," notes plant physiologist Barbara M. Reed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Corvallis, Ore.
The bitter tonic made from hops has putative sedative, hypnotic, and antianxiety properties. Hops tea has been offered as a folk remedy for conditions ranging from fever and insomnia to bruises and cancer, according to a report by botanist James A. Duke, who has authored several books on medicinal plants. A quick browse on the Internet will turn up numerous sources of hop tea.
The new cultivar, named Teamaker, may produce an especially palatable brew owing to a unique ratio of certain acid components. Moreover, the components that predominate in Teamaker have long-established antimicrobial properties. Indeed, their germ-fighting function appears to have won the appreciation of brewers more than a millennium ago, notes John A. Henning, who leads hop genetics and breeding at a USDA research center, also in Corvallis. Beer producers realized that when their recipe included hops, brews not only proved tasty, but had a longer shelf life.
Hops breeder Alfred Haunold and his colleagues at the Corvallis center will formally register their debittered cultivar this month.
What brewers of all stripes refer to as hops are actually the cone-shaped dried female flowers of the Humulus lupulus L. plant. Inside are glands that contain flavorful oils and some fairly bitter water-soluble components.
To extract the flavorings for use in beer, or merely to make a cup of tea, brewers boil the cones to release their characteristic flavorings. However, the altered chemistry of USDA's new hop has dramatically boosted the production of flavorings possessing natural, antibiotic properties.
In fact, the elevated antibiotic attributes of the new hop might open new markets for this crop, observes Henning. For instance, sugar producers might turn to it as a preservative to prevent microbial degradation of their product during processing. Alternatively, he notes, manufacturers and others may substitute it for the formaldehyde used to control pests and fungal growth in everything from animal feed and plywood to tissues that are being stored for use in research.
Alpha vs. beta
The key flavor compounds in hops trace to two families of chemicals: water-soluble alpha acids, and beta acids that develop in the plants' essential oils. Breweries prize the alpha acids for their hearty, if bitter, taste: These serve as a natural foil to the sweet compounds that develop in many beers. Indeed, some brewers just buy isolated hop-derived alpha acids and dispense with the beta acids entirely.
The new Teamaker hop derives from experiments several decades ago when Haunold wanted to see the extent to which he could preferentially maximize a plant's production of alpha or beta acids. One successful beta-rich cultivar proved virtually devoid of alpha acids. A technician who tasted it jokingly said the bitterfree product would be great for teaâeventually giving rise to its name.
In the January Journal of Plant Registrations, Henning, Haunold, and their coauthors describe Teamaker's pedigreeâat least as much as is known. Most of its initial ancestors appear to have come from old English lines, such as cultivars known as Fuggle and Late Grape. However, Henning points out, because these lines are rich in alpha acids, there must have also been beta-rich ancestors. He now suspects that these were probably wild U.S. hops that pollinated their English cousins growing openly in Oregon fields, early in the last century.
Currently, U.S. farmers produce some 55 million pounds of hops annually. Since the big market for hops has always been beer, the alpha acids-shy Teamaker languished in a few test plots for decades. A beer company or two checked the variety out, but ultimately exhibited no commercial interest.
Recently, however, interest in beta acidsâand their antimicrobial prowessâhas been growing, independent of hops' use in beer. For instance, European sugar refiners have begun buying beta-acid extractsâessentially leftovers from alpha-acid production for breweriesâas a bitterfree, all-natural preservative for use during manufacturing. At the same time, some feed suppliers have begun substituting beta acids for low-dose antibiotics as a livestock growth-promoting dietary additive. Feed producers couldn't use conventional hops directly, Henning notes, because the alpha acids' bitter taste would have soured the animals' interest in their chow.
However, with Teamaker, the hop is essentially alpha acids-free: It certainly has the lowest quantity of alpha acids of any commercially available hop.
Teamaker is available to breeders through the National Clonal Germplasm Repositoryâessentially a federal library with holdings that include more than 510 different hops. Some are wild natives collected throughout the United States. Others are cultivated varieties collected from throughout the world.
But if the idea of bitterfree hops appeals, Henning says, stay tuned. In a year or two his group expects to announce a new and improved variety. Think of it, he says, as bitter-Terminator 2.
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John A. Henning
Forage Seed and Cereal Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
3450 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Barbara M. Reed
National Clonal Germplasm Repository
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service
33447 Peoria Road
Corvallis, OR 97333-2521
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|It's Spud Time|
The United Nations wants more people to appreciate the potato's potential to fight world hunger
Food for Thought
As 2007 winds down, thoughts naturally turn towards what might lie ahead. Meals rich in high-carb tubers, perhaps? That's what the United Nations would like everyone to contemplate throughout 2008, which it is designating the International Year of the Potato.
Farmers now harvest more than 300 million tons of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) worldwide. That makes it the fourth biggest food crop, trailing only corn, wheat, and rice.
For 8,000 years, the humble potato has been a staple in the South American Andes, its homeland. Spanish adventurers encountered the New World crop roughly 500 years ago and brought various types back to Europe. Today, potatoes are cultivated not only throughout the Americas, but also from China's uplands to India's subtropical lowlandsâeven on Ukraine's arid steppes.
A testament to the potato's Western roots, production of this crop in the States and southward leads the world. Fully 40 percent of the 2006 potato harvest came from North America, with Latin American farmers contributing another 16 percent.
However, appreciation for this nutritious starch within developing countries outside of the Americasâespecially in Asiaâhas been growing steadily, with production of the crop in those regions climbing some 5 percent annually. Indeed, 2005 marked the first time in recent history that production of potatoes in the developing world exceeded that in developed nations.
Although most people think of potatoes as a commodity, in fact, more potatoes are processed to make fast foods, snacks, and convenience items than are sold fresh in the market place. Today, China is the leading producer of spuds, followed by the Russian states and India. International trade in potatoesâworth $6 billion annuallyâhas also been growing within developing nations.
You might then ask why, with all of this pre-existing global interest in potatoes, the UN feels compelled to devote a year of workshops, research contests, and other focused attention on this one particular food. And the reason, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization argues, is that much of the spud's potential to feed the poor remains untapped.
For instance, although Asians eat nearly half of the world's potatoes, per capita consumption even in Asia remains modestâjust 25 kilograms per year, or roughly 45 percent of U.S. consumption and just 27 percent of what's typical in Europe.
Even were potatoes to win greater respect for their nutritional attributes and ability to serve as industrial feedstocks, they couldn't necessarily make a big contribution in new regions of the world without significantly more research. The tubers are vulnerable to a host of major diseasesâlike the one that set off Ireland's 1845 potato famine. Some varieties of potato are especially resistant to particular diseases, but may not grow well in new regions of the world or taste that yummy.
That's where potato scientists come in. They can identify the climate, soil types, day length, and native diseases with which any new potato crop would have to contend. Then they'll cross lines of wild or cultivated spuds to develop ones with traits that will allow them to thrive outside the Americas. The good news, the UN program notes: "The potato has the richest genetic diversity of any cultivated plant." So there's plenty of potential to tailor a new cultivar to meet the needs of farmers in most places on the globe.
But the potato's biggest advantage, according to the International Potato Center, based in Lima, Peru, is that it yields more food, more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop. Up to 85 percent of the plant is edible, compared to only about 50 percent for cereal grains. Moreover, the Center notes, potatoes "are ideally suited to places where land is limited and labor is abundantâconditions in much of the developing world."
To help get this word out to agricultural agencies in parts of the world not already turned on to spuds, and from them to farmers, the International Potato Center will be sponsoring a March 2008 meeting: Potato Science for the PoorâChallenges for the New Millennium (http://www.cipotato.org/Cuzco_conference/). Those who attend will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of cooperating to fine tune existing potatoes into higher-yielding varieties.
The International Potato Center's gene bank safeguards the largest biodiversity of potatoesâ7,500 different varieties, of which 1,950 are not cultivated. Research on spuds, especially studies aimed at fostering food security and the alleviation of poverty, have become a focus for the center.
With all of this talk of potatoes, are you hungry yet? The UN program has so far identified 172,000 web pages containing recipes for using potatoes. Stay tuned, it says: "We will gather the best of them" and share them on the Year of the Potato website.
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International Year of Potato (IYP) Secretariat
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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International Potato Center
Apartado Postal 1558
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|UM DIAMANTE DE 100 ANOS E MUITOS QUILATES|
LeÃ´nidas da Silva: o eterno "Diamante Negro" e sua marca registrada, a bicicleta
As lendas e herÃ³is sobrevivem anos apÃ³s anos no imaginÃ¡rio das pessoas, sobretudo quando sÃ£o seres reais. E no futebol nÃ£o pode ser diferente, pois os mitos do esporte, os que de alguma forma contribuÃram para o seu engrandecimento ao longo do tempo, jamais poderÃ£o ser esquecidos. Ainda mais em datas tÃ£o especiais como Ã© o caso que vamos ver nesta postagem.
HÃ¡ 100 anos, mais precisamente no dia 06 de setembro de 1913, nascia no Rio de Janeiro aquele que viria ser o primeiro grande atacante em escala mundial da histÃ³ria advindo do Brasil: LeÃ´nidas da Silva. Quando crianÃ§a, no bairro de SÃ£o CristÃ³vÃ£o, LeÃ´nidas dava seus primeiros chutes na bola com os amigos nas ruas e logo se notava sua imensa habilidade com a bola nos pÃ©s e a grande capacidade de marcar gols. Tanto que observadores do tradicional SÃ£o CristÃ³vÃ£o de Futebol e Regatas levaram o garoto para atuar pelas categorias inferiores. No time suburbano conquistou o tÃtulo carioca de juniores em 1929. A partir de suas grandes atuaÃ§Ãµes o atacante jÃ¡ comeÃ§aria a se tornar uma realidade no futebol.
Depois de rÃ¡pidas passagens pelos extintos SÃrio e Sul-AmÃ©rica, LeÃ´nidas da Silva chegou ao Bonsucesso em 1931 e continuou a mostrar sua maestria em marcar gols. NÃ£o Ã toa jÃ¡ era chamado para a SeleÃ§Ã£o Carioca, na qual levantou o tÃtulo de campeÃ£o brasileiro de seleÃ§Ãµes estaduais no mesmo ano. Foi durante a estada no clube alvirrubro que sua marca registrada na carreira foi colocada em prÃ¡tica pela primeira vez - a bicicleta.
Em 24 de abril de 1932 jogavam Bonsucesso e Carioca Esporte Clube quando ao receber uma bola cruzada da linha de fundo, LeÃ´nidas percebeu que ela estava atrasada em relaÃ§Ã£o ao seu corpo. De pronto voltou-se de costas para a meta do arqueiro adversÃ¡rio e protagonizou um salto com chute que por pouco nÃ£o balanÃ§ou as redes. AtÃ´nita, a torcida presente ao modesto estÃ¡dio do LeÃ£o da Leopoldina aplaudiu a desconhecida tÃ©cnica com a conhecida interjeiÃ§Ã£o de espanto "Oh".
Alguns pesquisadores nÃ£o atribuem a LeÃ´nidas da Silva a criaÃ§Ã£o da bicicleta, e sim o seu aperfeiÃ§oamento. Uma parte credita a invenÃ§Ã£o da jogada ao espanhol naturalizado chileno Ramon Unzaga, tendo executado a jogada pela primeira em 1914 quando defendia o Club Estrella del Mar do Chile e que, posteriormente, ficou conhecida como "chilena". JÃ¡ outra parcela atribui a outro brasileiro, o ex-atacante Petronilho de Brito, ex-SÃrio LibanÃªs/SP e San Lorenzo/ARG. LeÃ´nidas sempre se autoproclamou o autor da invenÃ§Ã£o da jogada e assim ficou conhecido durante toda sua vida.
Tamanho jÃ¡ era o sucesso do jogador de grande elasticidade e facilidade no domÃnio da bola que o poderoso PeÃ±arol do Uruguai veio buscÃ¡-lo para atuar em seus quadros no ano de 1933, onde ajudou o clube a ficar com o vice-campeonato nacional. Em 1934 LeÃ´nidas regressou ao Brasil para vestir a camisa do Vasco da Gama e lÃ¡ foi campeÃ£o carioca.
Foi na sua passagem pelo time cruzmaltino que LeÃ´nidas da Silva teve sua primeira convocaÃ§Ã£o pra seleÃ§Ã£o brasileira. Foi chamado para defender a entÃ£o camisa branca nacional na Copa do Mundo da ItÃ¡lia, quando marcou o Ãºnico gol do Brasil no torneio, no qual sua equipe fez pÃ©ssima campanha sendo derrotada logo na primeira partida pela Espanha por 3 a 1 e que culminou com a desclassificaÃ§Ã£o.
Depois do Vasco o prolÃfico atacante teve uma breve passagem pelo extinto Sport Club Brasil no primeiro semestre de 1935 atÃ© chegar a outro grande do Rio de Janeiro: o Botafogo. No alvinegro de General Severiano LeÃ´nidas continuou ganhando tÃtulos e ajudou a conquistar mais um carioca com seus muitos gols.
Veio entÃ£o sua ida para o Flamengo em 1936, o primeiro clube profissional que realmente teria uma sequÃªncia na carreira e que se tornaria um de seus grandes Ãdolos. Foram 153 gols em 149 jogos com o rubronegro carioca durante 5 anos - uma impressionante mÃ©dia de mais de um gol por jogo. Faturou o campeonato estadual de 1939 com a camisa flamenguista.
Ã essa altura da carreira LeÃ´nidas jÃ¡ era reconhecidamente o melhor atacante do futebol brasileiro, dono de um talento que poucos jogadores poderiam ter. Tanto que foi figura carimbada para a Copa do Mundo de 1938 na FranÃ§a. Em campos franceses mostrou ao mundo toda sua genialidade sendo o artilheiro da competiÃ§Ã£o com 7 gols e sendo peÃ§a importante para o terceiro lugar brasileiro. Por conseguinte foi eleito o melhor da competiÃ§Ã£o. Um dos gols, inclusive, foi feito de pÃ©s descalÃ§o apÃ³s sua chuteira descolar o solado e o jogador retirÃ¡-la. Como chovia bastante no estÃ¡dio de Estrasburgo na partida diante da PolÃ´nia os pÃ©s do jogador estava completamente enlameado e o Ã¡rbitro nÃ£o percebeu o ocorrido. No raro vÃdeo abaixo o prÃ³prio artilheiro explica o inusitado fato.
LeÃ´nidas da Silva nÃ£o foi apenas pioneiro dentro de campo com a criaÃ§Ã£o ou aperfeiÃ§oamento da bicicleta, mas tambÃ©m fora dele. AlÃ©m dos gols de bicicleta e sem chuteira, o atleta foi o primeiro no histÃ³ria do paÃs a associar sua imagem Ã uma marca de produto.
LeÃ´nidas, o "Diamante Negro": pioneiro tambÃ©m no marketing pessoal
Em 1939, depois da brilhante campanha pela seleÃ§Ã£o no Mundial e do tÃtulo carioca pelo Flamengo, a empresa Lacta, fabricante de chocolates, criou o "Diamante Negro" apÃ³s o jornalista francÃªs Raymon Thourmagem, da revista Paris Match, batizÃ¡-lo com esse nome. Ã Ã©poca pagou-se 2 contos de rÃ©is (equivalente a pouco mais de R$ 110 mil nos dias atuais) pela uso da imagem do jogador flamenguista. AtÃ© hoje o chocolate Ã© vendido no Brasil e Ã© sucesso de vendas. Thourmagem tambÃ©m daria outro apelido a LeÃ´nidas da Silva: "Homem Borracha" dada sua elasticidade em campo.
Em 1942 LeÃ´nidas da Silva deixou o Flamengo e rumou para o SÃ£o Paulo, onde ficaria marcado por seus vÃ¡rios tÃtulos e por ser um dos grandes Ãdolos dos tricolores paulistas em toda a histÃ³ria. Foi Ã Ã©poca a maior transaÃ§Ã£o futebolÃstica: 200 contos de rÃ©is. Tanto que ficou conhecido como o "Bonde de 200 contos", em alusÃ£o Ã sua idade (29 anos) e Ã sua forma fÃsica que julgava estar fora dos padrÃµes esportivos. Mas o tempo tratou de corrigir essa impressÃ£o errÃ´nea - foram 9 anos e cinco tÃtulos estaduais com o clube do Morumbi.
Abaixo vocÃª ouve o depoimento do inesquecÃvel locutor esportivo Geraldo JosÃ© de Almeida e a sua narraÃ§Ã£o de um gol de LeÃ´nidas marcado de bicicleta pelo SÃ£o Paulo. Foi no dia 14 de junho de 1942, pelo Campeonato Paulista, quando o craque aplicou a emblemÃ¡tica acrobacia para empatar a partida diante do Palestra ItÃ¡lia. Apesar do lance de placa os sÃ£opaulinos foram derrotados por 2 a 1.
Em 1951 LeÃ´nidas encerrou sua brilhante carreira de jogador aos 38 anos deixando um legado importante de pioneirismo e de futebol-arte. Alguns cronistas da Ã©poca chegaram a questionar a nÃ£o presenÃ§a do "Diamante Negro" na Copa do Mundo de 1950 tamanha a importÃ¢ncia e a capacidade goleadora do atacante.
Na seleÃ§Ã£o brasileira foram 37 jogos e 37 gols, mÃ©dia de um por partida (o maior goleador de todos os tempos nesse aspecto), entre 1934 e 1946, conquistando a Copa Rocca de 1945.
Depois de aposentado dos gramados, LeÃ´nidas da Silva teve uma breve passagem como treinador do SÃ£o Paulo em algumas ocasiÃµes e como dirigente tambÃ©m no tricolor. Virou comentarista esportivo e era conhecido por seu estilo duro e direto nas palavras, o que nÃ£o o impediu de ser agraciado em diversas oportunidades com o trofÃ©u Roquette-Pinto, o "Oscar brasileiro do rÃ¡dio" por sua grande contribuiÃ§Ã£o ao veÃculo no setor esportivo.
Em 1974 teve que deixar os comentÃ¡rios devido ao Mal de Alzheimer que o acometeu e o levou a viver em uma clÃnica em SÃ£o Paulo por 30 anos. Recebeu diversas homenagens, inclusive uma estÃ¡tua em tamanho real no museu do SÃ£o Paulo revivendo a imortal bicicleta da foto do comeÃ§o dessa postagem.
LeÃ´nidas da Silva faleceu em 2004 devido Ã complicaÃ§Ãµes da doenÃ§a, aos 90 anos, e estÃ¡ sepultado na capital paulista, cidade que o adotou como cidadÃ£o apÃ³s sua inesquecÃvel passagem pelos gramados locais.
Diamantes sÃ£o raros na natureza e lapidados para que sejam modelados e polidos, extraindo toda sua beleza e qualidade. E assim foi LeÃ´nidas da Silva, uma rara jÃ³ia de muitos quilates lapidada para brilhar na histÃ³ria do nosso futebol.
Abaixo, dados e estatÃsticas do centenÃ¡rio "Diamante Negro".
* Nome: LeÃ´nidas da Silva
* Nascimento: 06 de setembro de 1913 no Rio de Janeiro/RJ
* PosiÃ§Ã£o: atacante
* Clubes (10): SÃ£o CristÃ³vÃ£o (1928 a 1929), SÃrio-LibanÃªs (1929), Sul-AmÃ©rica (1929 a 1930), Bonsucesso (1931 a 1932), PeÃ±arol/URU (1933), Vasco da Gama (1934 a 1935), Sport Club Brasil (1935), Botafogo (1935 a 1936), Flamengo (1936 a 1941) e SÃ£o Paulo (1942 a 1951)
* TÃtulos por clubes (8): Campeonato Carioca (1934, 1935 e 1939) e Campeonato Paulista (1943, 1945, 1946, 1948 e 1949)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o carioca: 1931 a 1932 (nÃºmero de jogos desconhecido)
* TÃtulo pela seleÃ§Ã£o carioca (1): Campeonato Brasileiro de SeleÃ§Ãµes Estaduais (1931)
* SeleÃ§Ã£o Brasileira: 37 jogos entre 1934 e 1946 e 37 gols
* TÃtulo com a seleÃ§Ã£o brasileira: Copa Rocca (1945)
* Clube como treinador (1): SÃ£o Paulo (1950, 1951, 1952 e 1954 a 1955)
* Honras pessoais: Artilheiro da Copa do Mundo de 1938 (7 gols), Melhor jogador da Copa do Mundo de 1938
Fotos 1 e 2: Autores desconhecidos
Imagem: Arte esporte - ClÃ¡udio Roberto
|just what the market requires...||excellent update... really excited to see the first test results... good work Apple... :-)|
|Apple just released their new budget PC||No-one seems to have realised, but Apple appears to have released their first budget PC, the low-end iMac. The difference is that it's got GMA 950 instead of an ATI x1600, no blue-tooth, a combo-drive instead of a super-drive and the remote as an optional $30 extra.
Actually, does this mean they've released the edu model ot the general public? It certainly looks like it.
It seems they are really pushing these things for Christmas. It'll be interested to see what else they do to try and promote market-share. $999 is a pretty sweet spot when it comes to selling PCs.Edited 2006-09-06 15:04|
|RE: embedded||Yes, because so many people in Apple's target market for the iMac want to hook it up to 2 or more networks at onceÂ
Fanless though would be great, pretty hard to achieve though. When someone starts putting out fanless tower cases, I think you have more of a case for demanding a fanless iMac.|
|Cost of business||What people often overlook is that the costs of doing business in Europe is generally higher than in the US, due to a lot of little things. Localisation for smaller markets, for instance, complying with directives like RoHS, better warranty (in theory at least), better consumer protection for buying on-line, etc.Browser: Links (2.1pre23; Linux 2.4.33-tp600e i686; 127x43)|
|RE: Not Good Pricing At All||and based on your adept and saavy business acumen, this is why you too run a multi billion global corporation? Apple knows their pricing and their market. First the arugment was if they made a headless imac, i'd buy it. delivered. Then it was but it doesnt run windows. delivered. then it was it was, now if theyd just put an intel chip in it, delivered. now its well it could be cheaper and needs to have this this this and this and this before me and others like would buy it. I have a better idea; get a job, dump or get off the pot and just get one. if not, ok, but read the article and move on. i tire so much of people that know more than the beleagured apple thats been slowly dying and going out of business and making missteps against MS and others since 1990.|
|RE: USD vs. EUR||The point is simply to have standardized pricing over the affected markets. Over time the value of the USD could be lowered which would make the EUR priced iMacs cheaper, but it would still be standardized pricing.
Not like the shit Dell does who is abusing the EU market to be able to give the US market cheaper stuff.|
|RE: Not Good Pricing At All||" Apple knows their pricing and their market."
Obviously not; Apple bombarded us with the "switch to mac" since OSX came out and they just admitted in their last WWDC that only 50% of their new sellings were for Winodws customers; from this we can see that Apple cares about windows users -unlike you-, while they cannot reach the heart and dollar of them because they don't listen quickly to such wishes that they even promote you to send on their web site.
"now if theyd just put an intel chip in it:"
Actually, it wasn't customers wish for intel chip but rather Apples choice to get rid of IBM ignorance and disrespect to Apple's Buisness demands especially for laptops product line.
"get a job, dump or get off the pot and just get one."
You are either amature for what you said or you are a frustrated Apple's customer support guy.
There is a wise say for you: Those who don't believe FACTS, must suffer till they respect them.|
|Inglewood Community Garden Thrives with Art, Culture & Music!|
Inglewood, California Written by Ginger Van Hook May 20, 2010Photography Ginger Van Hook, 2010
For some of the students, it was hard to believe that these beautiful green corn leaves had come from all this dirt and gravel, but the miracle on Yukon and 107th Street in Inglewood was in full bloom. A student by the name of Jazz told the audience that she has been disheartened at first to see that this was a big empty lot with what seemed endless rocks. Then the students started clearing the land and putting their hearts and souls into the earth and the soil responded to their efforts to grow everything from tomatoes to chilies, jalapenos, lettuce, squash as well as herbs like parsley and oregano too.
'Jazz' told us about the transformation of the garden and the friendships that she had made. She explained how there was a new community where before there had been an empty space. The audience cheered for the success of the students and there was a heightened sense of community achievement in the air. There was a slight breeze coming from the ocean that brushed the leaves of the tomatoes and the peppers ever so slightly. The sun beat down upon the earth and music filled the air. Musicians played the guitar and percussion rhythms with their hands and their bodies moved to the beat. Guests were invited to take a water bottle from the center of the garden and in ceremonious ritual to bless the land with the names of their ancestors. I watered a patch of tomatoes and recalled my grandparents in the past. It was hard to remain objective. I was involved. I was now a part of this new blessing upon the community. I was no longer a reporter, witnessing for the writing of a story, I was pulled into the land, the dirt, the rocky earth and right into the story, taken in by the aroma of fresh tomato leaves and the scent of strawberry flowers and consequently, the encouragement of artistic, poetic, talented new friends.
D'Artagnan ScorzaDirector for The Social Justice Learning Institute
said his students are working on a Food Initiative
Mr. Sirls, the Principal of Morningside High School, gave the students and supporters encouragement then went over to the wall and autographed his hand print in green.
Mr. Sirl leaves his mark on the community garden wall.
Janet Simmons read her poem that she wrote for the Inglewood Community Garden:
and my choice...
I speak of here.
what I have seeked here
throughout, without and within this garden
my rough hands
rock indented knees
my wind tormented hair
the dirt infected breeze
that flows through this garden
like a stream of music through my ears
When it comes down to it
this would not mean as much
without you, me, us
I dedicate myself to you.
There were cooking demonstrations and watermelon slices.
The Los Angeles Times came to cover the event and I captured Glenn Koenig working in earnest covering the tree planting ceremony. This Photo is by Ginger Van Hook, but at least four or five reporters were on scene to witness this miracle transforming strangers into friends, and smiles turning lives into a tight knit community bonding over vegetables and issues of social justice, friendship and healthy meals...All good things going on in the City of Inglewood!
Julie Prejean a Forestry Senior Manager for TREE PEOPLE
came to support the garden opening and to donate and help plant a special tree.
She told her eager audience of new gardeners that they could choose its name.
City Council Member Ralph L. Franklin praised the students,
teachers and supporters for taking the initiative and making it all happen,
and 'what a beautiful day it is for a planting ceremony!'
USC reporter Christine Trang from the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
interviewed various participants and was preparing her report for southlareport.com
Inglewood Artists and supporters, Ken Ober, Renee Fox and Ceres Madoo, Alumni Relations at Otis College of Art and Design came to support the Morningside High School Community Garden Opening Ceremonies.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook 2010.
As an Inglewood Artist I was invited to attend this event, thanks to Ceres Madoo and when I arrived, I did not know what to expect; but whatever it was to be, I knew this was a GREAT IDEA! As I milled about I got the opportunity to meet Mr. D'Artagnan Scorza who told me how the students from Morningside High School had gotten together to discuss civic engagement, how to show school spirit, how to improve the community and how to better serve the needs of the school district. The students themselves came up with the concept of a community garden, but at first, did not have the means to make it happen. The original students were from Miss Roshondra's class and Mr. Shawn Stanton's class. A good idea took root then and there. One thing led to another and with the help of Inglewood City Council Member Ralph Franklin, their project got the encouragement and the support they needed right there from the school district's land.
This property belongs to the school so now the students are able to
develop a way to empower themselves to be a self sustaining community
with healthy nourishing meals for its students.
No better way to grow fine artists, fine students and fine citizens
than to take the seeds and cultivate,
water frequently, daily, encourage with wisdom and respect for the land.
The students have a great number of plans which includes a farmer's market, music, art and culinary culture events.
|The Art Of The Summer Garden 2009|
A Photo-Journal Feature
written and photographed by
Ginger Van Hook
Features Beverly Hills Artist
"PLANT IT FORWARD"
Local Beverly Hills Artist Creates Art
From Her Garden
Launching a new project called
âPLANT IT FORWARDâ
A local artist and resident of Beverly Hills turned her garden into an art form by creating a project called âPlant It Forwardâ. Linda Kunik, an artist and alumna from Otis College of Art and Design has initiated a project to enhance her artistic community as well as inspire local artists to do the same. âPlant It Forwardâ is about establishing community while reconnecting with the earth, a vision which includes artists bartering for vegetables either by working in the garden or helping in the documentation of the gardenâs delights by photographing, videotaping and or journaling about the experience. Ms. Kunik believes trading services for food in these tough economic times makes sense because while cultivating the soil, a group of artists will also cultivate friendships and nourish the community. The foundation of Linda Kunikâs work is to get back to the roots of sustainable agriculture. âPlant It Forwardâ does exactly what it says. The seeds are planted now and the fruits of this labor go forward to feed people who take from the harvest the inspiration to plant their own gardens.
ââ¦My vision is for everyone to have their own garden, large or small and if that is not possible, to raise enough awareness for the people to shop locally and support their local Farmerâs Marketsâ¦â Ms. Kunik states as she points to the five large gardens she created in the back yard of her home, replacing flowerbeds and lawns in order to plant vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. Kunik wanted to give back to her community, raise awareness of the need for personal gardens and utilize the artistic medium to make her statement. âMy work has always referenced the land. From my early days as a watercolorist painting landscapes to later works making paintings of deforestation or global warming; the beauty and fragility of the earth has been a recurring theme. Combining my agricultural practice with my art-making seems to be an natural evolution.â
The prospect of jumping into an artistic adventure to produce homegrown fruits and vegetables with a group of fellow artists was contagious. Thus the enthusiasm carried this labor of love into the summer as Ms. Kunik worked with a group of artists to bring in soil, create raised beds and began to fill them with the seeds of tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, corn, and a variety of herbs, citrus fruits and assorted vegetables. Some of the artists participating in Plant It Forward include Juna Amano (Painting & Sculpture), Marissa Magdalena (Installation, Performance and Drawing), Ofunne Obiamawe (Photographer), Suzanne Oshinsky (Videographer), Michiko Smith (Painting), Whitney Stolich (Photographer) and Ginger Van Hook (Photographer) as well as the new artists joining every week.
It is the zenith of summer now and already some of the tomatoes have ripened looking fat, juicy and red. In recent weeks, there have already been harvests of endive lettuce, carrots and radishes. The important element in the formation of this garden is the artistic component of Ms. Kunikâs vision. The raised beds and gardens are shaped into asymmetrical forms with a walking path between them. Large Sunflowers adorn the corners of each of the vegetable beds and the aromas of fresh tomatoes and rosemary mixes with the fragrances of roses and lavender permeating the air in her back yard.
Linda Kunik has written a blog about her work and continues to support the arts by highlighting the artistry of organic gardening in photography and painting. She also founded a community artist forum called the O Salon. The O Salon is where artists network and take part in conceptual critique as well as share information about each otherâs works. Ms. Kunik is involved in a number of professional organizations including the Los Angeles Art Association, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Docent Council and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Linda Kunik photographed beside her painting
Exhibition at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, California, 2008
(Photo by Ginger Van Hook)
Plant It Forward-the starving artist project
Additional artists websites and blogs:
"Plant It Forward" : The week of June 07, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 01, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 08, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 15, 2009
"Plant It Forward" : The week of July 22, 2009