Public Utilities Department to implement changes after audit highlights oversight issues

first_imgPublic Utilities Department to implement changes after audit highlights oversight issues Posted: September 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Public Utilities Department is making some changes after a city audit found employees working to fix faulty water meters were taking twice the amount of time than planned.San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman was here to explain these new changes. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Scott Sherman FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, September 6, 2018last_img read more

RDA Selects New Publisher for Selecciones

first_imgThe Reader’s Digest Association has promoted Elaine Alimonti from associate publisher to publisher of Selecciones, the company’s Spanish-language magazine geared towards Hispanic families in the United States. Alimonti succeeds Elizabeth Bradley, who is leaving the magazine after six years to pursue other interests. Prior to joining RDA in July 2007, Alimonti held the position of associate publisher at Conde Nast’s Cookie since its launch in 2005. Before that, she spent seven years as associate publisher at the New York Observer. At one time, Alimonti was the advertising director at Spy magazine.”The U.S. Hispanic population is currently the fastest-growing minority group in the country,” said Eva Dillon, president, RD Inspiration, RDA, in a statement, “and with Elaine at the helm we look forward to strengthening our position serving this vital community.” More on this topic People on the Move | 10.13.11 People on the Move 7.2.09 Struggling “Every Day With Rachael Ray” Drives 2Q Losses for Reader’s Digest RDA Delays Chapter 11 Emergence Every Day Publisher Jumps to WWD Court Approves RDA’s Plan of ReorganizationJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

Kiplinger Launches Content Channel to Attract HighCPM Audience Segment

first_imgPersonal finance brand, Kiplinger, has launched a new channel on its site called Wealth Creation that offers service-oriented content for consumers and financial planning professionals. The channel will combine existing content with new content produced by a stable of high-profile contributors, but the endgame is to build a community of professional financial advisor readers that advertisers will pay high CMPs to reach. Advertisers willing to pay CPMs of $50 to $100 to reach that market, says Harbrecht. That sign-in function is key—in Kiplinger’s case, users can sign in via email, LinkedIn or Facebook—because it provides the brand with a much more monetizable audience. At the login stage, visitors are prompted to check whether they’re a financial planner or advisor or neither. That information is collected into a database that Kiplinger can sell against. “The audience has to be modest, but it doesn’t have to be huge,” says Harbrecht.center_img The channel launched early June and has so far collected 2,500 registrations, without any promotion. To begin ad sales in earnest, Harbrecht says they’ll need to hit 15,000 to 20,000 registrations. “There’s a clear monetization strategy here,” says Doug Harbrecht, director of new media for Kiplinger Washington Editors. “The holy grail in the personal finance space is reaching financial planners and financial professionals for our advertisers.” Kiplinger partnered with Vestorly, an aggregation platform that automates content collection and allows users to sign in and organize content into a personalized library.last_img read more

Committee Resumes Consideration of Civilian Nominees

first_imgJohn McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, appears to have relented on his pledge to block civilian Pentagon nominees from advancing to a confirmation vote on the chamber floor.The committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday for four nominees, including John Conger, who the president nominated in March to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller. Conger currently is the acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment.McCain had slowed the advance of civilian nominations through the Armed Services Committee since he became chairman at the beginning of the year. But with Obama expected to sign the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill into law after the House and Senate reworked the original version to reflect the recent budget deal, McCain on Thursday said he planned to move forward with the confirmations of the four nominees after Thanksgiving.“Hopefully we can get that done and let you get to work,” McCain told them, reported CQ.Appearing with Conger were Stephen Welby, nominated to be assistant defense secretary for research and engineering; Franklin Parker, nominated for assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs; and Alissa Starzak, nominated for Army general counsel. Starzak was pressed by lawmakers on the legality of closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay.There currently are 13 civilian nominations for DOD posts pending in the committee, including Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

California Governor Reappoints Members to Military Council

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this week re-appointed 19 members to the Governor’s Military Council, a body he established in 2013 to strengthen the state’s support for the military.“California plays a crucial role in our nation’s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state’s economy,” Brown said when he created the body three years ago. “As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this council will work to expand defense industry jobs and investment in California,” he said.The governor also appointed two new members. The council is led by Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic member of Congress and undersecretary of state. The vice chair is Edward Hanlon Jr., president of Transatlantic Insights LLC and a former top executive at Raytheon.Other members include Dennis Kenneally, executive director of the Southwest Defense Alliance, and Philip Coyle, a former Pentagon test director and member of the 2005 BRAC Commission.California is home to more than 30 installations. The council is aimed at protecting the state’s installations and operations amid cuts in defense spending, and leveraging changes in DOD’s military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.Last June, the council released a report outlining steps the state should pursue to enhance California’s defense missions and their benefits to the state’s economy. The report’s recommendations included:actively engaging federal decision-makers to shape defense budget and policy proposals;partnering with other states to strengthen integration of the Southwest defense testing and training complex;supporting the aerospace industry, military contractors and other entities that sustain national defense activities in addition to conventional installations;maintaining bipartisan support in California’s national security mission;encouraging installations to partner with local governments and companies to reduce operational costs;strengthening incentives for veterans and discharging service members to stay in California;assisting installations to expand renewable energy and other shared energy priorities; andhelping installations secure reliable water supplies amidst drought and climate change.last_img read more

Samsung The Wall Luxury Micro LED TV coming in July for rich

first_imgThe modular design of The Wall Luxury’s Micro LED panels allow TVs from 73 up to 292 inches. Samsung Samsung’s The Wall TV is finally going to be available for consumers to purchase. At least those wealthy enough to afford its still unknown, but likely insanely expensive, price tag. Available globally in July, The Wall Luxury is Samsung’s first consumer Micro LED display. The scalable, modular technology can be configured and customized to a variety of sizes, from 73-inches in 2K (a.k.a. 1080p) resolution all the way up to 292-inches in 8K resolution — assuming your room and budget can support adding the additional panels.  Comments TVs Samsung 3 Samsung MicroLED TV comes closer to reality in 75-inch… Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF 1:48 Preview •center_img The Wall Luxury incorporates design-centric features from other Samsung TVs. Like the Frame, The Wall isn’t meant to be turned off. Instead, Samsung says, it changes “into a digital canvas best matching the owner`s interior needs and personal mood.” The display runs a version of Samsung’s Ambient mode found on its 2019 QLED TVs that shows curated art, photos and videos, complete with optional digital frames.Samsung says the product will be sold through its “Custom Installer Network” and those looking for pricing information should contact them. For context, Samsung’s QLED-based TVs max out at $70,000 for a 98-inch 8K version, so it’s safe to assume that The Wall Luxury will cost well into six figures, at least for the larger 4K and 8K sizes.the-wall-luxury3Instead of powering off, Samsung’s The Wall Luxury television can turn into a digital picture frame when not in use.  Samsung The first new screen technology in a decade, MicroLED utilizes millions of tiny, inorganic LEDs packed together to create the image. It has the potential for the same perfect black levels as OLED with no danger of burn-in. It can deliver higher brightness than any current display technology, wide-gamut excellent color and doesn’t suffer the viewing angle and uniformity issues of LCD. The Wall Luxury features a brightness of 2,000 nits, higher than all but the brightest LCD TVs available today, for improved HDR image quality. Samsung mentions a “120Hz video rate,” although it’s unclear whether that’s the same as the 120Hz refresh rate used by high-end 4K TVs. Samsung’s AI Upscaling is also present through what the company calls its “Quantum Processor Flex,” which uses machine learning to calibrate the picture regardless of The Wall’s modular screen resolution.The Wall Luxury has a panel depth of 30mm, an improvement on the 80mm depth of the earlier version of The Wall that was only available for the commercial market. Despite the depth improvement, however, a Samsung representative told CNET that The Wall Luxury doesn’t use the next-generation version of MicroLED tech shown at CES 2019. That version uses even smaller LEDs, managing to eke 4K resolution out of a 75-inch size. There’s no word on when Samsung will bring that version to market. Tags 31 Photos Meet Samsung’s modular and massive MicroLED TVs at CES Compared to OLED and LCD, one disadvantage of current MicroLED technology is resolution. At 73 inches and 2K/1080p resolution, the individual pixels of The Wall Luxury are significantly larger than those of a typical 75-inch 4K LCD or 77-inch 4K OLED TV, so the image won’t be as detailed with 4K TV shows and movies, in particular from relatively close seating distances. The same goes for higher-resolution; Samsung sells QLED TVs with 8K resolution as small as 65 inches, while to get that resolution in MicroLED you’ll need, yes, a 292-inch TV.Update June 13: Added more pricing information.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

May faces ministerial resignations threat over Brexit

first_imgTheresa MayPrime minister Theresa May faced the threat Tuesday of more ministerial resignations over her refusal to rule out the possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal on 29 March.Three junior ministers penned a letter in the Daily Mail urging May to delay Brexit if she fails to win concessions from Brussels over the withdrawal terms.The warning comes after three more senior ministers published a similar letter over the weekend.”We implore the government to take that step this week,” the ministers said in Tuesday’s letter.”All of us were agreed that we couldn’t be part of a government that allowed the country to leave the EU without a deal,” one of the three, culture and media minister Margot James, told BBC radio.”As D-day approaches, I think we felt honour-bound to actually do something to help prevent such catastrophe.”The letter was also signed by business minister Richard Harrington and energy minister Claire Perry.”We must act immediately to ensure that we are not swept over the precipice on 29 March,” they wrote.”The way to do that is to seek a short extension to Article 50 to allow the negotiations to be completed, the legislation to pass and for the panic that businesses face to subside.”The Daily Mail said 23 Conservative “dissidents” secretly met on Monday to plot strategy.’Free debate’It said that as many as 15 ministers were “said to be ready to resign”.May’s effective number two David Lidington told BBC radio that the British leader would hold a “free debate” with her cabinet members before addressing parliament on Tuesday afternoon.But he refused to confirm multiple British newspaper reports saying May would propose a short Brexit date extension if her EU divorce deal fails to win parliamentary backing by 12 March.May has repeatedly pushed back another vote on her EU divorce deal after her first attempt to get it through parliament suffered a record defeat on 15 January.”I am not going to predict what the PM will say later today,” Lidington said.The rebel ministers are all backing a proposed parliamentary amendment that would force May to set a new Brexit date if she fails to get better terms on the disputed issue of the Irish border.”The colleagues you talk about are good colleagues, effective ministers, and I think it’s important that the Tory party remains a broad church,” Lidington said when asked if the ministers who backed the delay amendment could be dismissed.last_img read more

Destination determines direction

first_imgWhat made you realise that motivation speaking was your calling?My life is a result of a contribution of all the people I have met in all these years and they are responsible for enriching it. Books, too, have had a very positive influence in my life and has played a huge role in making me who I am today. When I started noticing that these positive influences had changed my life for the better, I wanted to carry them forward for others. With that in mind I started volunteering my time in maximum security prisons in the United States and started teaching prisoners about and attitude-self esteem programmes. After observing them, I thought of bringing these fundamentals to the corporate world and started working with corporate giants. Eventually after publishing my book Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You Can Win in 1997 people started attending my sessions after reading my book and things fell into place. What are you referring to when you talk about bringing about a positive change in people’s lives?The most important change is the change of attitude, because invariably, many times in life we do not realise that we are our own biggest problems. We never analyse our own behaviour, instead we keep trying to control other people’s behaviour, not realising that other people’s behaviour is a reflection of our own. It is impossible to change how others behave but by changing my own actions and reaction, I can influence how others behave towards me. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnother important factor we need to understand is that we cannot solve all our problems but we can certainly learn how to handle them. Life is full of choices and compromises, it seems like a contradiction but  really it’s not. If I ill-treat someone, I have chosen to be ill-treated myself, if I drink too much tonight, I have chosen that horrible headache the next morning, so life is full of choices and if you look at it, right from morning till night we keep making choices one after the other including what time we choose to wake up, to what we eat to how we dress up, everything is a choice we make.  In life we cannot choose the cards we are dealt with, but what we can choose is how we play the game. Sometimes nature gives us a lemon, it is our choice whether we cry or we make lemonade out of it.What are the ‘golden rules’ for  success?Persistence, hard work and focus are key to achieving success. Persistence is basically ability to bounce back even after several failures. Be it Thomas Edison or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, they are all prefect examples of persistence. There is no substitute to hard work in life. These days’ people talk about working smarter versus harder. Take for example Olympic gold medallist and record holder Michael Phelps who has trained for over 10,000 hours for 15 seconds of performance. Most people want to succeed but very few are willing to pay the price to prepare to succeed.Most of us lack focus in life, unless you have a clear destination, how can you find directions? Most of us lose focus of our target and hence, end up not succeeding in life. To succeed, you need to do whatever it takes to achieve the target, put in that extra effort, even when it hurts. The difference between a good and a bad professional is that a good professional is that even on a bad day, a good professional’s output remains the same as that on a good day. They won’t compromise on the quality of performance. Could you tell us about your future plans or projects that you are working on?Well I am in the process of writing four more books on leadership, parenting skills, customer service and time management. So these four books, two of them should be out by September this year. Beyond it, we have a couple of things in mind. We are looking at starting to offer leadership programme in management institutes because today graduates that are coming out from engineering and management schools and NASDAQ did a study and Narayan Murthy said it too, that 90 % of them are unemployable. Would we be seeing you back in politics any time soon?Well, all I can say is that my getting into the political arena was not a trend or a fad that came in. You see when some things bother you deep inside and they keep coming back to haunt you and one has to take an action. All these issues of corruption etc. that have been raised in the recent past, I have already filed a petitions regarding the same in the court ten years back and I am still fighting them. I haven’t ruled out anything at this point and there are political parties that are in touch with me. I am still looking at how I can make a contribution; I may not necessarily have a ticket and fight the elections but I will certainly be supporting some good people.last_img read more

Australia to tighten immigration laws crackdown on extremists

first_img“This year, the government will consider what further legislation is needed to combat terrorism and keep Australians safe,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said while releasing a Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery in Canberra.The review came after the deadly siege in December at a Sydney cafe where a self-styled extremist cleric took 18 people hostage inside the cafe and demanded he be delivered an Islamic State flag. The cleric and two hostages were killed. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIn his National Security statement, Abbott stressed that Australia faced?a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant “home grown” element.Abbott said the government would seek to change the laws to enable authorities to revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals.“I am announcing that the Government will look at new measures to strengthen immigration laws, as well as new options for dealing with Australian citizens who are involved in terrorism. We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us. “The Government will develop amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that we can revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Those could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments,” he said.He said people who fight against Australia “forfeit their citizenship” and that Australian nationals would also risk losing “privileges” if they were involved in terrorism. Abbott also suggested that tougher laws to target “hate preachers”, pointing to the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He said the actions against such groups would include programs to “challenge terrorist propaganda” and provide online material “based on Australian values”.“It will include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred,” he added. “We will clamp down on those organisations that incite religious or racial hatred. No-one should make excuses for Islam-ist fanatics in the Middle East or their imitators here in Australia.” He said that it would also include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.last_img read more

Crystal Cruises to offer shorter cruises in 2019 with Crystal Getaways

first_imgCrystal Cruises to offer shorter cruises in 2019 with Crystal Getaways MIAMI — There are nine new Crystal Getaways coming in 2019, with destinations as near as North America to as far as Australia and Indonesia.According to Crystal Cruises, Crystal Getaways are abbreviated segments of existing longer voyages, and will sail in January, February, April and October of next year. Seven of them will sail aboard Crystal Symphony while the remaining two will be aboard Crystal Serenity.Getaways range from six to16 days and explore South America, Australia and Indonesia, the North American Gulf Coast, South Pacific and New Zealand, and South Africa.Both Crystal ships have recently undergone redesigns within the last year that include enhanced butler-serviced penthouses and suites, open-seating dining with new restaurants, new entertainment venues, and enhanced décor in public areas and lounges.Crystal Getaways itineraries include the following:Crystal Symphony January 5: 6 days, New Orleans to Curaçao, WillemstadJanuary 11: 8 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Recife, BrazilJanuary 11: 10 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Salvador da Bahia, BrazilJanuary 11: 13 days, Curaçao, Willemstad to Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJanuary 24: 8 days, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Montevideo, UruguayApril 14: 12 days, Cairns, Australia to SingaporeOctober 15: 10 days, Panama City, Panama to New OrleansMore news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Crystal SerenityJanuary 20: 16 days, Honolulu to Auckland, New ZealandFebruary 28: 13 days, Port Louis, Mauritius to Cape Town, South AfricaCruise fares for the new Crystal Getaways start at US$2,560 per suite, with Book Now Savings of up to $1,500 per suite available for bookings by Dec. 31, 2018. Share Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Crystal Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The Grand Tour New Jeremy Clarkson vehicle The Gra

first_imgThe Grand TourNew Jeremy Clarkson vehicle The Grand Tour has become Amazon Prime Video’s biggest premiere launch, the streaming site has claimed.E-commerce giant Amazon reported “millions of Prime members” in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan had streamed the series’ first episode over the weekend.This means the big-budget petrolhead series replaces Frank Spotnitz-created drama The Man in the High Castle as the most-watched premiere for an Amazon original.Further to that, Amazon claims the day The Grand Tour’s debut ep was released (Friday, November 18) saw a spike in membership sign-ups that “exceeded all previous days with the exception of Amazon’s renowned Prime Day”.It is, however, impossible to properly verify any of Amazon’s ratings claims, as the SVOD service does not release exact viewing figures. Similar criticism has been levelled at Netflix, which also refuses the release viewing data.Amazon’s press statement trumpeted that more than 15,000 Amazon customers had rated the show 4.9 stars out of 5, that it has become the top-rated film or TV show on iMDB.com, and that it had a 97% approval rating on critics site Rotten Tomatoes.Amazon is releasing new episodes of The Grand Tour over the next eleven weeks. The show is also getting a worldwide premiere in 200 territories on a transactional VOD basis in December.The Grand Tour follows former Top Gear trio Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as they travel the world testing cars, putting together vehicle-related stunts and spectacles, and film studio sections with guests.The presenters’ prodco, W. Chump & Sons, is the production company. They had exited their popular BBC series, Top Gear, after Clarkson struck and verbally abused a producer.last_img read more

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika

first_imgLithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO.Monika Garbačiauskaitė-BudrienėGarbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role.Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was editor-in-chief of Lithuania’s biggest news website DELFI between 2000-2017. Previously she worked as a reporter and columnist for a variety of Lithuanian media organisations and also worked as editor of the weekly youth programme on Vilnius radio.Her priority at LRT will be to better integrate content across various platforms.Last month public broadcasters organization the EBU expressed concern about increasing political pressure being placed on LRT after the Lithuanian Parliament established an ad hoc investigative commission to look at the management, financial and economic activities of the broadcaster. EBU Director General Noel Curran wrote to the speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Viktoras Pranckaitis, the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and the President of the Republic Dalia Grybauskaitė to express concern about the pressure being placed on the broadcaster, calling for any appraisal of its operations to be carried out by a specialised professional body such its Supervisory Council or the national state audit board.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Links – Editor’s note: Gold stocks have soared in 2016…but it’d be a huge mistake to think this rally can’t continue. In fact, Casey Research founder Doug Casey says gold stocks are in the early stages of a “true mania.” And you can make a fortune if you know what to look for. Today, we’re sharing a classic interview with Doug and International Speculator editor Louis James. As you’ll see, Doug’s thoughts are just as timely and true today as they were then… Louis James: Doug, we were talking about gold last week, so we should follow up with a look at gold stocks. If one of the reasons to own gold is that it’s real—it’s not paper, it’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability—why own gold stocks? Doug: Leverage. Gold stocks are problematical as investments. That’s true of all resource stocks, especially stocks in exploration companies, as opposed to producers. If you want to make a proper investment, the way to do that is to follow the dictates of Graham and Dodd or use the method Warren Buffett has proven to be so successful over many years. Unfortunately, resource stocks in general, and metals exploration stocks in particular, just don’t lend themselves to such methodologies. They are another class of security entirely. L: “Security” may not be the right word. As I was reading the latest edition of Graham & Dodd’s classic book on securities analysis, I realized that their minimum criteria for investment wouldn’t even apply to the gold majors. The business is just too volatile. You can’t apply standard metrics. Doug: It’s just impossible. For one thing, they cannot grow consistently because their assets are always depleting. Nor can they predict what their rate of exploration success is going to be. L: Right. As an asset, a mine is something that gets used up as you dig it up and sell it off. Doug: Exactly. And the underlying commodity prices can fluctuate wildly for all sorts of reasons. Mining stocks, and resource stocks in general, have to be viewed as speculations, as opposed to investments. But that can be a good thing. For example, many of the best speculations have a political element to them. Governments are constantly creating distortions in the market, causing misallocations of capital. Whenever possible, the speculator tries to find out what these distortions are because their consequences are predictable. They result in trends you can bet on. It’s like the government is guaranteeing your success because you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing. The classic example, not just coincidentally, concerns gold. The U.S. government suppressed its price for decades while creating huge numbers of dollars before it exploded upward in 1971. Speculators who understood some basic economics positioned themselves accordingly. As applied to metals stocks, governments are constantly distorting the monetary situation, and gold in particular, being the market’s alternative to government money, is always affected by that. So gold stocks are really a way to short the government—or go long on government stupidity, as it were. The bad news is that governments act chaotically, spastically. The beast jerks to tug on its strings held by its various puppeteers. So, it’s hard to predict price movements in the short term. You can only bet on the end results of chronic government monetary stupidity. The good news is that, for that very same reason, these stocks are extremely volatile. That makes it possible, from time to time, to get not just doubles or triples but ten baggers, twenty baggers, and even a hundred-to-one shots in these mining stocks. That kind of upside makes up for the fact that these stocks are lousy investments and that you will lose money on some of them. L: One of our mantras: Volatility can be your best friend. Doug: Yes, volatility can be your best friend, as long as your timing is reasonable. I don’t mean timing tops and bottoms—no one can do that. I mean spotting the trend and betting on it when others are not so you can buy low to later sell high. If you chase momentum and excitement, if you run with the crowd, buying when others are buying, you’re guaranteed to lose. You have to be a contrarian. In this business, you’re either a contrarian or road kill. When everyone is talking about these stocks on TV, you know the masses are interested, and that means they’ve gone to a level at which you should be a seller and not a buyer. That makes it more a game of playing the psychology of the market, rather than doing securities analysis. I’m not sure how many thousands of gold mining stocks there are in the world today—I’ll guess about 3,000—but most of them are junk. If they have any gold, it’s mainly in the words written on the stock certificates. So, in addition to knowing when to buy and when to sell, your choice of individual stocks has to be intelligent, too. Remember, most mining companies are burning matches. L: All they do is spend money. Doug: Exactly. That’s because most mining companies are really exploration companies. They are looking for viable deposits, which is quite literally like looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding gold is one thing. Finding an economical deposit of gold is something else entirely. And even if you do find an economical deposit of gold, it’s exceptionally difficult to make money mining it. Most of your capital costs are upfront. The regulatory environment today is onerous in the extreme. Labor costs are far above what they used to be. It’s a really tough business. L: If someone describes a new business venture to you, saying, “Oh, it’ll be a gold mine!” Do you run away? Doug: Almost. And it’s odd because historically, gold mining used to be an excellent business to be in. For example, take the Homestake Mine in Deadwood, South Dakota, which was discovered in 1876—at just about the time of Custer’s last stand, actually. When they first raised capital for that, their dividend structure was something like 100% of the initial share price, paid per month. That was driven by the extraordinary discovery. Even though the technology was very primitive and inefficient in those days, labor costs were low, you didn’t have to worry about environmental problems, there were no taxes on whatever you earned, you didn’t have to pay mountains of money to lawyers. Today, you probably pay your lawyers more than you pay your geologists and engineers. So, the business has changed immensely over time. It’s perverse because with the improvements in technology, gold mining should have become more economical, not less. The further back you go in history, the higher the grade you’d have to mine in order to make it worthwhile. If we go back to ancient history, a mineable deposit probably had to be at least an ounce of gold per ton to be viable. Today, you can mine deposits that run as low as a hundredth of an ounce (0.3 g/t). It’s possible to go even lower, but you need very cooperative ore. And that trend toward lower grades becoming economical is going to continue. For thousands of years, people have been looking for gold in the most obscure and bizarre places all over the world. That’s because of the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, gold was probably the first metal that man discovered and made use of. The reason for that is simple: Gold is the most inert of the metals. L: Because it doesn’t react easily and form compounds, you can find the pure metal in nature. Doug: Right. You can find it in its pure form, and it doesn’t degrade, and it doesn’t rust. In fact, of all the elements, gold is not only the most inert, it’s also the most ductile and the most malleable. And, after silver, it’s the best conductor of both heat and electricity, and the most reflective. In today’s world, that makes it a high-tech metal. New uses are found for it weekly. It has many uses besides its primary one as money and its secondary use as jewelry. But it was probably also man’s first metal. But for that same reason, all the high-grade, easy-to-find gold deposits have already been found. There’s got to be a few left to be discovered, but by and large, we’re going to larger-volume, lower-grade, “no-see-um” type deposits at this point. Gold mining is no longer a business in which, like in the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, you can get a couple of guys, some picks and mules, and go out and find the mother lode. Unfortunately. Now, it’s usually a large-scale, industrial earth-moving operation next to a chemical plant. L: They operate on very slender margins—and they can be rendered unprofitable by a slight shift in government regulations or taxes. So, we want to own these companies… Why? Doug: You want them strictly as speculative vehicles that offer the potential for ten, a hundred, or even a thousand times returns on your money. Getting a thousand times on your money is extraordinary, of course—you have to buy at the bottom and sell at the top—but people have done it. It’s happened not just once or twice but quite a number of times that individual stocks have moved by that much. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these things fluctuate down even more dramatically than they fluctuate up. Don’t forget that they are burning matches that can actually go to zero. And when they go down, they usually drop at least twice as fast as they went up. L: That’s true, but as bad as a total loss is, you can only lose 100%—but there’s no such limit to the upside. A 100% gain is only a double, and we do much better than that for subscribers numerous times per year. Doug: Exactly. And as shareholders in everything from Fannie Mae to AIG to Lehman Brothers and many more have found out, even the biggest, most solid companies can go to zero. L: So, what you’re telling me is that the answer to “Why gold?” is really quite different to the answer to “Why gold stocks?” These are in completely different classes, bought for completely different reasons. Doug: Yes. You buy gold, the metal, because you’re prudent. It’s for safety, liquidity, insurance. The gold stocks, even though they explore for or mine gold, are at the polar opposite of the investment spectrum; you buy those for extreme volatility and the chance it creates for spectacular gains. It’s rather paradoxical, actually. L: You buy gold for safety and gold stocks specifically to profit from their “un-safety”… Doug: Exactly. They really are total opposites, even though it’s the same commodity in question. It’s odd, but then, life is often stranger than fiction. L: It’s being a contrarian—“timing” in the sense of making a rational decision about a trend in evident motion—that helps stack the odds in your favor. It allows you to guess when market volatility will, on average, head upward, making it possible for you to buy low and sell high. Editor’s note: After 40 years, Doug Casey is stepping forward and sharing the method he’s personally used to make millions of dollars in gold stocks. In this free video presentation, he shows you exactly what he’s doing in the gold market right now…and how you could make a lot of money doing the same yourself. You’ll learn what REALLY drives up gold prices…why 95% of gold stocks are worthless…and how to make smart speculations with 500% to 1,000% potential gains in the coming weeks and months. Click here to watch this free video now. The Oil Jihad just handed you the BIGGEST energy play of the decade Theres a chance to turn your next two paychecks into $109,845 or more with Dr. Kent Moors’ analysis. He says you’ll be able to do it over and over and over again for the next 12 months as the Saudis push this jihad to the limits. All it takes is one simple move! NEW REPORT: “9 Essential Gold Stocks You Must Own Now” Claim your copy of a new report – from one of the world’s best gold stock speculators – detailing which gold stocks you should buy immediately for 400% potential gains. Click here for details. —last_img read more

Some of the largest hospital systems in North Caro

first_imgSome of the largest hospital systems in North Carolina are ending child visitor restrictions put in place to try to reduce the number of flu cases, just as the death toll for the season surpasses 300.A number of hospital systems have announced that restrictions will end Friday morning after being implemented Jan. 12. The list includes Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, Cone Health, High Point Regional, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.”We feel it’s appropriate to lift these temporary visitor restrictions now, since spending time with healthy loved ones, including children, is important for many of our patients,” Larry Givner, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist, told the Winston-Salem Journal.State health officials reported 29 more flu deaths in North Carolina. There were seven deaths for the week ending March 10, and 22 deaths from previous weeks which were determined to be flu-related.Twice in February, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 46 deaths in a single week.”While we continue monitoring the influenza virus as it continues to circulate in our area, we’ve seen the rates decrease steadily in the past several weeks,” Givner said.The death toll for the year is 305, making it North Carolina’s deadliest flu season in at least 10 years. Both the 2016-17 and the 2014-15 seasons had 218 flu deaths.The flu season usually ends by the end of March.last_img read more

President Trump has consistently declared that the

first_imgPresident Trump has consistently declared that the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — is a broken mess, and after several unsuccessful attempts to repeal the national health care law, he has eagerly anticipated that it will “fail” and “implode.”On Thursday, four cities wielded the president’s remarks against him, in a lawsuit accusing Trump of deliberately undermining his executive obligation to “faithfully execute” the law in violation of the Constitution. It alleges that Trump and his administration “are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.” It points to the president’s own statements and actions taken by the Health and Human Services Department to discourage citizens from enrolling in health insurance exchanges. The cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, contend the government has schemed to destroy the ACA by slashing outreach funding, promoting insurance that does not have to comply with the law and can refuse people who have preexisting conditions, has narrowed the enrollment window, imposed onerous documentation requirements and “misused federal funds for advertising campaigns aimed at smearing the ACA and its exchanges, and spinning false narratives about the efficacy and success of the Act.”An HHS spokeswoman told NPR the department does not comment on pending litigation, but in an interview on Fox News on Thursday, Secretary Alex Azar asserted the insurance law “is still broken.””It does not work because of its own structure,” Azar said. “The premium baseline from which they’re operating is entirely too high and unaffordable for so many people, but under President Trump we’ve brought stabilization there that at least is bringing some relief to individuals.”The cities’ lawsuit follows Wednesday’s changes in regulations that allow insurance-seekers to buy short-term policies for up to three years. The alternative plans may be much cheaper than those offered under the ACA because they’re not required to cover as many medical services and can exclude people with pre-existing conditions.As NPR’s Alison Kodjak reported:”The plans have been a priority of President Trump, who says he wants consumers to have access to cheaper health insurance.”Short-term plans don’t have to meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection and coverage requirements, so many will not cover services such as mental health care or prescription drugs. And insurance companies can deny customers coverage on these plans if they have a pre-existing medical condition and charge people more if they are likely to need medical care.”These policies are aimed at people who earn too much to qualify for federally subsidized health plans, a population HHS estimates will likely be about 200,000 people next year but could grow up to 1.6 million by 2024, according to Kodjak. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan research office that estimates the budget effects of policy proposals, expects a larger swath of healthy people — about 2 million — will buy the less expensive plans. That would likely drive up premiums for those on other plans. The complaint argued the administration’s efforts to promote “bare-bones” plans to weaken the exchanges have “violated their constitutional obligation to take care that the ACA is faithfully executed.” “By actively and avowedly wielding executive authority to sabotage the ACA, defendants are not acting in good faith; instead, they have usurped Congress’s lawmaking function, and they are violating the Constitution,” the complaint said.Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Obama, said insurers have pulled out of the marketplace as a result of the Trump administration’s refusal to guarantee monthly subsidy payments. “There is a specific psychology to the private market. And when you mess with that, as the president has done repeatedly by saying he finally killed Obamacare, that throws the whole thing off,” Slavitt told NPR. Whether or not Trump supports the health care act, he is bound to uphold it, he said. “When I was in the [Obama] administration no one asked me if some law passed by Gerald Ford or Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon, was something I wanted to enforce. I was told to make it work for the American public.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A disabled campaigner has launched a new photobas

first_imgA disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland.Marg McNiel estimates that he has travelled more than a million miles in his quest to document the accessibility of public venues throughout the British Isles, and says he has taken more than 500, 000 photographs over his lifetime.McNiel has been taking pictures since he was a child in the 1950s, but he has been focussing on producing a photographic access record of Britain and Ireland since he developed ME in the early 1990s.See Around Britain provides photographs of locations (pictured) such as churches, museums, cinemas, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, National Trust venues and other cultural attractions, with the website and mobile app offering multiple pictures of the access at some of the larger sites.The See Around Britain interactive map also features the locations of services such as accessible toilets, Shopmobility centres, defibrillators and accident and emergency departments.He hopes the site – and the free Android and iPhone apps – will offer something different to existing websites that provide photographs and written access information, by being “fully mainstream and fully inclusive” and so not just appealing to disabled people.He wants the site to help disabled people but also anyone else who wants to check out if a location is suitable before they visit, such as families with young children, and foreign visitors, and also people with impairments who don’t see themselves as disabled.McNiel said: “Our approach and philosophy is totally different. We are mainstream and fully inclusive of disabled people, so we reach as many disabled people with impairments as possible.“The photos save a thousand words and don’t lie. They are not pretty-pretty, they are everyday life reality.”He estimates that the website currently covers more than 1,300 venues across Britain and Ireland, with many more of his photographs yet to be added.See Around Britain also has information and photographs for some sites in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.Over the last 18 months, nearly 20 volunteers have helped McNiel by cataloguing the pictures and writing descriptions of access at venues based on those photographs.McNiel and his fellow trustees Vin West and Trevor Palmer are now looking for sponsorship and more volunteers.The charity, which has so far provided the bulk of the funding for See Around Britain, dates back to 1971, and originally provided drop-in centres and community education and training schemes.The money to launch See Around Britain came from the £1.6 million sale of the charity’s previous base in Islington, north London, which for many years was the home of his photographic archive, the National Heritage Library.The charity has now moved its headquarters temporarily to a rented farmhouse in Wales.last_img read more

Whos on Your Site

first_img Next Article Who’s on Your Site? –shares Magazine Contributor This story appears in the December 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When you’ve got a potential customer on the hook, you need to act immediately. That’s what prompted call-automation technology company TuVox to invest in a new site-visitor tracking service two years ago.The service it uses from VisiStat allows the TuVox sales team to view visitor activity on its website in real time, rather than having to comb through log reports 24 hours later for nuggets of information. It alerts users to activity by sending out an e-mail whenever someone visits designated pages–sort of like the bell ringing on the front door of a retail establishment.Using VisiStat, the TuVox sales team has doubled the number of appointments it has been able to make with website visitors, says Steve Pollock, 45, co-founder and executive vice president of TuVox. “Before that, the sales team had no idea which leads to prioritize and who to call. Now they’re not wasting their time.”In addition, by associating certain e-mail marketing campaign messages with unique web landing pages, TuVox’s team can tell exactly who is taking a peek at its information, further refining the sales prospecting process. In all, 13 people from the Cupertino, California-based company can view the website traffic reports. “As an executive, I feel very comfortable looking at this information,” says Pollock. “I can also see that it has even more value for my people.”TuVox, which generates about $20 million in annual sales, currently pays between $300 and $400 per year for the VisiStat service, compared with the several thousands of dollars per year it previously spent on its website analytics service.The service starts at $29.95 per month, $69.95 per quarter or $270 per year for small and midsize businesses. That gets your business 24/7 access to the information and up to 25,000 page views analyzed. As your website traffic goes up, so will your fees.Heather Clancy, a freelance journalist and consultant, has been covering the high-tech industry for close to 20 years. She can be reached at hccollins@mac.com. November 14, 2008 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Real-time tracking tools make it easier than ever to monitor your online traffic. 2 min read Add to Queue Technology Heather Clancy Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Krispy Kreme Agrees to 135 Billion Takeover

first_imgMergers and Acquisitions Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has agreed to a $1.35 billion takeover offer by German conglomerate JAB Holding Company, a sweet 25 percent premium to the company’s closing stock price on Friday.JAB is agreeing to buy Krispy Kreme for $21 per share in cash. The deal for the retailer, which has been a public company since April 2000, is expected to close in the third quarter. As a result of the transaction, Krispy Kreme has postponed an annual shareholders meeting that was originally planned for June.CEO Tony Thompson lauded the deal, saying JAB’s “experience and industry knowledge make them the ideal partner to help grow the iconic Krispy Kreme brand throughout the world.” After the transaction closes, Krispy Kreme will continue operations at the company’s current headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C.The deal for Krispy Kreme is interesting on a few levels. JAB Holding Company has established a recent track record for acquiring coffee brands, including a $13.9 billion takeover for Keurig Green Mountain last year and the acquisitions of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Caribou Coffee Company over the past several years.But Krispy Kreme, which is known for selling breakfast items, has traditionally lagged in the sale of beverages. Sales of the retailer’s doughnuts comprise of about 89 percent of total retail sales, with the balance comprised principally of beverage sales. Beverage sales are far greater at brands like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Brands. JAB could help make beverages a greater opportunity for Krispy Kreme.Krispy Kreme only more recently began to aggressively tackle the potential coffee business. In 2014, it signed deals to sell ready-to-drink coffees in bottles and in 2015, inked a licensing deal to roast and distribute 12-ounce bags of ground coffee.The German company’s expertise could also help improve sales abroad. Krispy Kreme, which generates $518.7 million in annual revenue, has posted consistent sales gains in the U.S. market but sales at existing stores in foreign markets have slipped in recent years.Peter Harf, Senior Partner at JAB, said the acquisition was yet “another example of our commitment to investing in extraordinary brands with significant growth prospects.” Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read John Kell Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Imagescenter_img This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Add to Queue Next Article Krispy Kreme Agrees to $1.35 Billion Takeover May 9, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

MetroList selects Remine for its Data Analytics and Front End of Choice

first_imgMetroList selects Remine for its Data Analytics and Front End of Choice for its 20,000 Subscribers PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 12:23 pmMay 15, 2019 Bill MillerMarketing TechnologyMetroList ServicesMultiple Listing ServiceNewsnext generation platformRemine Previous ArticleInformatica Ranked Highest in Global iPaaS Market Share Revenue for Fifth Consecutive YearNext ArticleVerve Reaffirms Commitment To Fraud-Free Media With Pixalate Partnership And TAG Recertification Remine, a real estate data and analytics company, just announced MetroList Services, Inc., signed a site license with Remine to deliver the next generation platform.Starting soon MetroList subscribers will have access to a complete public record solution that includes all Remine’s premium data solutions.  In addition, MetroList subscribers will be among the first to receive Remine’s MLS 2.0 suite of premium services, including property searches, chat and collaboration tools, among other things.Remine’s property information solution includes the industry’s best-in-class map-based search and offers the ability for the MLS to deliver full functionality of an end-to-end agent-client workflow solution.“We have been watching Remine’s evolution as a lead gen company to what has become a single platform combining consumer and property data intelligence, specifically for real estate professionals,” said Bill Miller, CEO of MetroList Services, Inc.  “We are thrilled to launch Remine Pro version to all of our subscribers as an additional resource that combines MLS, public records, and predictive analytics, utilizing a state-of-the-art graphical interface,” added Miller.Marketing Technology News: HUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue Officer“Agents are craving more options to view and access data in their MLS. We are thrilled to partner with MetroList and are committed to providing their Brokers and Agents with modern workflows,” says Leo Pareja, President of Remine.Remine is an MLS platform in 45 markets and available to more than 900,000 agents and their clients. Remine uses big data and machine learning to automate decisions and workflows for the most comprehensive agent and consumer search experience.Marketing Technology News: RevJet Announces Results of Second Ad Experience Sentiment Report Revealing Change in Sentiment, Behavior of Online ConsumersMetroList is the official Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and technology provider to more than 20,000 real estate brokers and agents in Amador, El Dorado, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Yolo Counties.  MetroList acts as a seamless real estate information network and has been in operation for more than 30 years, is the second largest MLS in the State of California, and serves a geographic market area covering over 10,000 square miles.  MetroList operates ten regional administrative centers that provide a full range of value added tools, resources and services to help real estate professionals in their businesses.Marketing Technology News: Glassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessionslast_img read more

Connect Managed Services and G3 Comms Merge to Create Marketleading Managed Services

first_img Connect Managed Servicescustomer experienceG3 CommsMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticlePrimeMyBody Launches VERB’s Interactive Video CRM at Momentum 2019 in Austin, TexasNext ArticleAtos Expands Strategic Partnership With Google Cloud to Enable Oracle Database Customers to Benefit From Google Cloud Platform Connect Managed Services and G3 Comms Merge to Create Market-leading Managed Services Provider PRNewswireJuly 4, 2019, 6:00 pmJuly 3, 2019 Creates one of the UK’s largest Customer Experience and Unified Communications specialistsConnect Managed Services, and competitor G3 Comms announce the merger of the two businesses, creating a market-leading Customer Experience (CX) and Unified Communications (UC) managed services provider, generating annual revenues in excess of £55 million. The combined group will be one of the largest firms of its kind in the UK, and is backed by Apiary Capital, who acquired a majority stake in G3 in March 2019.Connect supports global enterprise customers such as Johnson & Johnson, BP and Diageo in the deployment and management of their CX and UC environments. The company has achieved strong growth since the LDC-backed MBO in 2014, culminating in turnover in the year to December 2018 of £30m. This transaction marks a successful exit for LDC.Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AIG3 Comms is an established business communications and network integrator, supporting multi-site UK enterprises, often with international operations. G3’s global reach is supported by its international network providing resilient voice and data services around the world. Turnover for the year to April 2019 was in excess of £20 million and its roster of for high-profile clients include Volkswagen and Morningstar.Connect’s Alex Tupman and Martin Cross, will lead the group as CEO and CTO respectively, together with G3’s James Arnold-Roberts and Adam Young, who will become group Managing Director and COO respectively. The board will be supplemented with the appointments of industry veterans Mark Thompson as Chairman, and G3 co-founder, Tony Parish, as non-executive director.Group CEO, Alex Tupman, said, “Our objective is to create a highly scalable and focussed business that can support the needs of a far greater and more diverse customer base, located within both the UK and abroad. The merger of G3 and Connect brings together two businesses with highly complementary capabilities which will enable our combined clients to derive significant benefits from the newly acquired skills provided by the enlarged team, together with the ability to offer an extended portfolio of specialist and proven products and services.Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities IndustryJames Arnold-Roberts, CEO of G3 commented, “We are really excited to be joining forces with Connect. The combination of the two businesses will bring even greater benefit to our existing customers while our emerging scale will allow us to reach new prospects both here in the UK and around the world. When we looked at Connect’s capabilities alongside our own – including our dedicated global network infrastructure – it was clear that this was the perfect fit.”Nicki Boyd, Apiary Capital partner, commented, “We are delighted to be supporting the compelling merger of Connect and G3. Alex and James have a shared vision of building a platform of significant scale in the market they both serve so well. We believe this is just the start of an exciting and highly productive collaboration and it is fantastic to be working with experienced and likeminded people who are totally aligned with our goals and objectives.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadershiplast_img read more