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Champagne Appetites and Beer Budgets

first_imgSome of your prospective clients have champagne appetites and beer budgets. And not that fancy craft beer you drink now. I mean the cheap stuff you drank when you didn’t have any money.These prospective clients want you to create the greatest value that you are capable of producing for them. They want the very best products you offer. The want the platinum service and the accompanying service level agreements. And they expect you to invest massively in their program so that you can produce those results. But, unfortunately, they are unable or unwilling to pay for all the things they want.UnderinvestingSometimes you win a deal and then discover that your new client expects champagne after they paid for beer. They work hard to make you feel as if you are cheap, when they in fact have the beer budget. They pretend that they are investing for the results they need and that you are somehow failing them for not investing enough, when they are not investing enough. This can complicate your relationship.Let Them Eat CakeOne way to make sure your prospective clients gets what they want—and what they can pay for—is to show them a range of choices available to them. Show them the menu, and explain to them what investments are necessary to provide all the things that they say they want. Then show the other investment options that they might make, including the “just right” offering and the “too cheap” option.If they want the platinum-plated everything solution, make sure that is what they get. If they can only afford the “just right” option, then allow them to choose that option. If they later decide they want the platinum program, they can pay the difference and have everything they want.You can’t buy champagne with a beer budget. Champagne requires a greater investment.What do your clients want that they refuse to invest in and later expect?What options should you be showing them to help them understand the investment needed to give them what they want?When is the best time to present these options?How do you prevent beer budget clients from expecting champagne?last_img read more

PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The two easily ousted the Thais despite Dalida’s health issues. Dalida played with a strained right hand.The semis matchup against the hometown bets is on Tuesday, 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe men’s team, however, wasn’t so fortunate as Reymark Begornia and Robert Garcia were ousted by Ong Sai Hung and Mohd Farez Izwan of Malaysia, 11-2, 11-6. MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Filipino duo of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida entered the women’s doubles semifinals in squash after beating the Thai tandem of Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.Aribado and Dalida, who drew a bye in the round of 16, arranged a duel with Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semis.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

CWG tennis: Bopanna gives India winning start

first_imgIndia were off to a perfect start in the tennis event of Commonwealth Games with Rohan Bopanna demolishing Robert Buyinza of Uganda in straight sets in the men’s singles event in New Delhi on Monday.Bopanna was too good for a player, who has just one ranking point in the ATP charts, as he completed a 6-1 6-4 win in just one hour and two minutes in the first round.The tall Karnataka-lad is scheduled to play a second match on Monday when he pairs up with Nirupama Sanjeev against top seeded Australians Paul Hanley and Rodionova Anastasia.Bopanna on Monday dropped 114 places in the ranking chart to be at 587 but he was coming into the event after playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup tie against Brazil and was hardly troubled by the African player.With two break of serves, Bopanna raced to a comfortable 5-1 lead in the opening set and sealed the lead in just 21 minutes.Buyinza, ranked 1601, overcame the initial jitters and started to serve well in the second set but unforced errors continued to flow from his racquet.After missing four break points, Bopanna converted the fifth to get his first break — in the fifth game — to be up 3-2 in the second set.He had a chance to close the set in the ninth game but Buyinza played his best tennis to save that point. However, he could not stop the Indian from serving out the match in the next game.advertisementBut there was hardly any crowd to celebrate Bopanna’s win at the Centre Court.India’s Poojashree Venkatesh, Rushmi Chakravarthy and the the mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Leander Paes are also scheduled to play later in the day.last_img read more

London Olympics: South Korea wins gold in women’s team archery

first_imgSouth Korea won its seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal in the women’s team archery competition on Sunday, beating China in a rainy final. Ki Bo-Bae shot the decisive nine-pointer to take the Koreans to 210 points, with the Chinese registering 209.Korea and China, the finalists in Beijing four years ago, went into the halfway stage all square, but the Chinese flagged in the final end as Xu Jing hit consecutive eights to hand the initiative to Korea.By that stage the Koreans already had a two-point lead with an arrow adjudged to have fallen in the 10-point zone rather than nine.It was a seventh straight gold for the Koreans.Japan took third place earlier on Sunday in a bronze medal playoff against Russia for its first-ever podium in the event.Ksenia Perova shot an eight when Russia needed a ten to remain in the bronze medal match, handing third place to the Japanese who won 209-207.The other members of the Russian team were Inna Stepanova and Kristina Timofeeva.Japan’s lineup was Kaori Kawanaka, Ren Hayakawa and Miki Kanie.last_img read more

10 months agoHysaj agent alerts Chelsea with fresh Napoli transfer warning

first_imgHysaj agent alerts Chelsea with fresh Napoli transfer warningby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Elseid Hysaj won’t rule out leaving Napoli in January.The fullback was close to joining Chelsea last summer.”He could have gone with [Maurizio] Sarri to Chelsea, but Ancelotti blocked everything,” Mario Giuffredi fumed on Radio Marte.“He even publicly said recently that he was counting on him for this last period, but the facts say that in the last four games, Hysaj has only played one.“Therefore that probably means he’s not too important for the Coach. If Ancelotti no longer considers him a starter, and wants to remove the disturbance, we’ll do it.“Hysaj doesn’t deserve this bad treatment, considering how much he’s given Napoli in the last three years, and also because it’s professionally correct to be clear in life.“Maybe it’s just a transitional phase, but every Coach makes his choices and it’s right that’s the case. So if Hysaj has become fourth choice it’s only right they communicate that to us.“If this is a transitional phase we’ll soon see Hysaj as a starter again, or at the very least playing more consistently, but if Hysaj is no longer valued by the Coach we’ll ask for a transfer in January.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoArsenal defender Sokratis: Big positive Man Utd point

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Sokratis: Big positive Man Utd pointby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Sokratis was happy with their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.The Greek insists they could’ve taken all three points.He said, “It will give us a lot of confidence. We are a big team and play every game to win but some games you have to know also what you have to do better and when is your strong moment.“We had the chance to win, we didn’t win but we take a point and it gives us confidence and we go to the next game.” last_img read more

15 days agoDaniel James already feels settled at Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel James already feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James says he feels settled at Manchester United.Following his £15m summer move from Swansea City, James has been one of the stars of United’s difficult start to 2019-20.At 21, James will be one of the younger players in Wales’ starting XI in Slovakia, yet he feels at home in the red jersey.”I think I’ve grown into the Welsh team really well since that game against Slovakia,” he says.”A year ago I wasn’t really playing for Swansea, but everything just happened so quickly. It is just a case of how you grasp that.”If you’d said to me a year ago that I would now be playing regularly for Manchester United and Wales I’d have said: ‘Don’t be silly’.”But things happen so quickly in football and you have to be ready for anything.”It is a very proud moment for me to be playing for my country every time I’m picked. There is going to be pressure this week, but I’m used to that now.” last_img read more

Spook Play Targets Police Killings

first_imgBy Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFROWhen police officers in the line of duty were targeted by lone wolf terrorists in cities like Dallas and New York City, the country shook. Many pointed to the Black Lives Matter movement as the instigators for such act while others insisted on the country examining the relationship between gun ownership and domestic terrorism.“SPOOK” is a play at the Capital Fringe Theatre Festival takes a look into the mind of a domestic terrorist awaiting execution for the killing of five police officers. It just so happens that this lone shooter is himself a police officer breaking the code of those serving in blue in pursuit of racial retaliation.Actor Meshaun Labrone, stars as the title character in ‘SPOOK’ featured in the Capital Fringe Festival“. (Courtesy Photo)Convicted murderer Daryl “SPOOK” Spokane is set to be executed on live television and has seemingly been given the platform to speak on wearing the Badge while Black, Patriotism and his choice to target and murder five fellow officers AKA BDTs (Blue Domestic Terrorists). The play is set an hour before SPOOK is to be put to death and will mark the first time he has spoken three years after the shooting.Handling the direction and acting of a play with such loaded subject matter is veteran stage professional Meshaun Labrone. Labrone is uniquely suited for the portrayal of this one man show because he himself is a former police officer and corrections officer.The actor follows his successful staging of the play “POWER!” STOKELY CARMICHAEL at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Oprah Winfrey Theatre.The 75 minute play premieres at Arena Stage as part of the Capital Fringe Theatre Festival and premiered on July 13. For more information go to read more

Related 10 best cheap hotels and hostels in RomePl

first_img Related10 best cheap hotels and hostels in RomePlanning a cheap city break in Rome? Whether you’re looking for hotels near the Colosseum or a hostel close to the Trevi fountain, the ideal accommodation in Rome doesn’t need to break the bank. Here are some brilliant budget options for those of you looking for cheap hotels in Italy’s…12 of the best restaurants in RomeOur pick of 12 of the best trattorias, gelaterias and pizzerias in Rome. Buon appetito!Top 10 free things to do in RomePlanning a Roman Holiday? Here’s our top tips on what to do, without paying princess prices. A city that doesn’t need to try hard to impress, Rome’s history, vibrance and energy continues to draw tourists from around the world.Name: Brian (Skyscanner user)Why Rome?Good question. What have the Romans ever done for us? Apart from the sanitation, roads, etc. Well, they built a nice Colosseum. And the Roman Forum. And the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and, and… well Rome doesn’t have to try too hard to impress.It’s the ultimate been there, done that city. Rome has seen it all come and go. Gladiators and gods, emperors and slaves, philosophers and architects, and, of course, tourists and more tourists, so you might want to think about visiting outside peak season.Rome is anything and everything you want it to be, whether you want to steep yourself in the centuries of Rome’s past, follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks on the trail of angels and demons, or flirt with a handsome stranger like Audrey Hepburn on your Roman holiday. It’s easy to get swept away by Rome’s history, but you will be blown away by the vibrance and glorious energy of this most modern of European capitals.EatEating and drinking is a spectator sport in Rome. The Piazza Navona is the nicest square in Europe to have lunch. Then have dinner in the Piazza Campo de Fiori which is very lively at night. Go for coffee in the ice cream shop next to the Trevi Fountain which does the best cappuccinos in the world. And have a drink in one of the bars around the Piazza del Popolo. Apart from St Peter’s Square this is probably the grandest square in Rome. But you don’t really need to plan it all too much. Just wander around and stop regularly for coffee and wine and to watch the Romans take their evening walk dressed up in their finery.Don’t MissClimb the Spanish steps at sunset for the view over Rome and St Peters. Follow the ancient monument trail through ancient Rome. Visit the Trevi Fountain at night when it is all lit up.Do MissThe traffic. Not much has changed since Ben Hur’s day when it comes to careful driving.Top TipIf it all gets too much and you want to get away from the traffic and the noise, a wander around the gardens of the Villa Borghese is the perfect escape.Find cheap flights to RomeRead more Staff FavouritesReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Content security specialist Verimatrix has signed

first_imgContent security specialist Verimatrix has signed a deal with Russian telco MegaFon, which will use the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) to secure its SMOTRI+ mobile app.The application was launched by MegaLabs – the innovation arm of MegFon aimed at launching and monetising new products and technologies – and offers exclusive content, recently including mobile access to broadcasts of the Sochi Winter Olympics.“MegaFon continually strives to provide our users with the most interesting and relevant content, including live sporting events. With the world watching the Games, it was essential for MegaFon to deliver a high quality user experience, while also ensuring that our content and revenue were sufficiently protected. Verimatrix played an important part in this successful initiative by providing revenue security for the content regardless of how it was consumed,” said Andrey Koushnarev, director of content and media at MegaLabs.last_img read more

In This Issue  Aussie trade deficit widens

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Aussie trade deficit widens. *  French PM disses the euro. *  Rupee gains on hopes of a new policy. *  Richard Russell on a Wednesday. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Dollar Selling Ends After 3-Days. Good Day! And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! When the USA soccer team / Team USA, puts together the tactical part of the beautiful game, to go along with their heart and soul and tenacity, they will be World Cup Champions. I don’t doubt that at this stage of the soccer program in the U.S. and the way the millennials have taken to the game, that this will happen. It’s just a matter of time. Oh, and in case you were stuck under a rock yesterday, Team USA lost 2-1 to Belgium.  It was a gut-wrenching game to watch, but Team USA never quit even after falling down 2-0 in extra time. I can relate to the “never quitting” thing, even after falling down to something, and it’s with that thought that I put all this soccer talk behind, and get to the meat, before I have everyone saying, “Where’s the beef?” Well, the dollar made it through July 1st, without collapsing..  Wasn’t that the call that was out there? That July 1st would bring about the implementation of the FATCA law, and some pundits thought that the dollar would collapse on this implementation. Or maybe, not exactly on July 1st, but eventually because of FATCA.  You know that I have shrugged off that notion in these pages, thinking that at most some slippage in the dollar might be seen from FATCA, but a collapse? There are bigger fish to fry that will cause that to happen folks. On a sidebar. I was reading my latest edition of the Economist on Monday, and came across something in those pages that talked about the costs of implementing FATCA by financial institutions will be greater than the revenue received in taxes from the new law.   Seems pretty ridiculous that we have to make these foreign financial institutions become regulating arms of the IRS. But then, that’s just my take on it. Well, the selling of the dollar lasted 3-days (Friday, Monday & Tuesday). The Aussie dollar  (A$) was knocking on the door to 95-cents, the euro was doing the same to 1.37, and most currencies were falling in behind these two leaders. But that was yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, but now they’re here to stay. Well, they aren’t “my troubles” but that’s the song that the A$ and euro are singing this morning. Let’s go to the tape to see what’s going on with these two. First, we have the A$, which is the worst performing currency in the overnight and morning sessions, and it found itself on the chopping blocks when the Aussie May Trade Balance report printed and showed that the Trade Deficit was far wider than expected.  May’s Trade Balance was a deficit of A$1.9 Billion, when only A$ .2Billion was expected. This widening of the Trade Deficit immediately put the focus on the A$’s strength. I was surprised that an Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) official didn’t come out and give it the old, “See, we told you that the currency was too strong” speech.. But they didn’t have to, as the markets got the memo, and sold A$’s. The A$ is still well above 94-cents, but no longer knocking on the door to 95-cents. Then the euro. Here, it was a Frenchman that did the dirty deed on the euro. French PM Valls, emphasized, in an interview, that the euro is overvalued, and “bad for industry and growth”. He also went down the road of calling out to the European Central Bank (ECB) and letting them know that he believes that “monetary policy can’t just be about interest rates”.  And then went on to say that the ECB, “should do more to weaken the euro”.  I have to say that I’m somewhat surprised that these comments, which are a common occurrence in France, moved the euro in the way that it did. Given that thought by me, I would also add that I believe this effect on the euro will be short-lived. This is not a multi-day market moving comment, and therefore, this might be a good opportunity to buy at a cheaper level. Speaking of the ECB, remember that on Monday I told you that they would be meeting on Thursday, which is tomorrow by my calculations!  So, the French PM might get his wish tomorrow.. And then again, he probably won’t! I would think that given all the changes to monetary policy that was made last month by the ECB, that they would take a breather this month. I also told you on Monday that Sweden’s Riksbank would be meeting this Thursday too, and if it’s going to be Thursday for the ECB, it will also be Thursday for the Riksbank! HA!  You may also recall that I said that there was a very good chance that the Riksbank would cut rates at this meeting. And that thought has the Swedish krona on the run (the wrong way that is) this week. Knowing this, what more could the Riksbank  do to make the krona sell even more tomorrow? I can’t think of anything, and so, I’m saying that the rate cut is fully priced in the krona right now. If the Riksbank does something like moving their bias from tightening to neutral, the krona could get a nice recovery bounce. In New Zealand, the New Zealand dollar / kiwi is flat today, but looking as if it wants to sell in sympathy with the A$…  Last night a report printed and showed that Business Confidence is still strong, but has slipped a bit from the lofty highs of a month ago. Remember, that a month ago, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand  (RBNZ) hike rates for a 3rd time in this cycle. So, I would think that it’s normal for Business Confidence to take a hit after 3 rate hikes, and the thoughts of a 4th one on the horizon.  But it’s not just about rate hikes here. From what I read, Dairy and Forestry export prices are falling, but kiwi keeps rising, thus making it difficult for businesses to take advantage of the falling prices (in exports) while kiwi keeps getting stronger, thus offsetting the cheaper commodity prices.  I’ve also read that the New Zealand housing market, which was getting quite Bubblicious is leveling out. The economy in New Zealand is still going and growing strong, and I’m sure the RBNZ is fine with this slippage in Business Confidence, and the RBNZ feels that the economy was growing too strong, too fast! So, this doesn’t change my mind about a 4th rate hike this year, what it does do, it push it further out on the calendar this year. In Asia overnight, the Chinese renminbi / yuan was weakened, and the Indian rupee strengthened. Rupees got a boost when it was announced that the new Indian Gov’t is looking at allowing all foreign investors to buy government bonds from a $10 Billion quota earmarked for sovereign Wealth and pension funds. Inflation in India is still a problem, and with Oil sitting above $100 inflation will remain a problem.. But the new Indian Gov’t needs to focus on unlocking the Indian economy, and not these short-term problems. Hike rates, and be done with it, there’s no need to make a big production out of something that simple. Once the new Gov’t learns this, they’ll get the hang of keeping a lid on inflation, and providing price stability, which in the end, is a central bank’s main goal, right? Elsewhere in Asia, the Singapore dollar (S$) remains stuck in a very tight range between 1.2475 and 1.2525. Singapore will print their version of a PMI (manufacturing index) today, and the experts think it will show an improvement in June from the 50.8 reading in May. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) the people in charge of setting the trading bands for the S$, have been quite quiet in recent weeks, as the economic data from Singapore prints with better results. With that in mind, I would think the S$ is destined to remain in the range we just talked about. Well, Gold tried to pick itself up off the floor yesterday, but each time it did, the shiny metal got knocked back down. And this morning, it looks like more of the same kind of trading, while Silver, Platinum and Palladium all book small gains. Platinum crossed the $1,500 handle yesterday, and is adding to its gains this morning. The new Review & Focus just hit the newsstands and it is smoking hot with a write up on Silver. Let me give you the lead in on the Silver article in the Review & Focus, to whet your whistle. “First of all, industrial demand for Silver has increased substantially over the past two-decades. Silver products provide a unique combination of properties that make it ideal for application in industries ranging from health and medicine to electronics, communication, solar power an, batteries, superconductors and computers. So, who said metals are dead in the water?  Not me! Here in the U.S. I keep hearing more and more pundits and economists talking about inflation, as if it’s something new and exciting for them! Where have they been?  Long time readers know that I know Bill Bonner, and read his letter, Diary of a Rogue Economist, religiously.  Yesterday, Bill had this little ditty, that plays well in the sandbox with something I wrote about last week, regarding inflation here in the U.S. I think you’ll want to read this bit. “There’s the official inflation rate. And then there’s the real one. A new report from the American Institute for Economic Research shows how rising costs for certain necessities make many Americans’ personal inflation rate much higher. So, while the CPI is up 47% since 2000, the institute’s Everyday Price Index (EPI) is up 69%. Unlike the CPI, which tracks more than 200 categories from breakfast cereal to funeral expenses, the Everyday index includes only the prices of frequently purchased goods and services. Barron’s goes on to tell us we can avoid these higher costs by not owning a house or a car… by not eating much and remaining young forever. “For aging Americans,” the report continues, “it’s rising health-care costs that really hurt.” Chuck again. As Bill says, and I agree 100%… “Well that does it for us. We weren’t that keen on aging anyway” HA! But seriously. We all know, no let me restate that, most of us know, for there are still those out there that think deflation is our nemesis, that inflation is a real problem now, and will become an even bigger problem  as the Fed unwinds their bond buying, and all that money that’s been added by typing into bank’s computers will flood the economy. And I think this is a good place to let David Stockman, you know the guy that was the Budget Chief for Ronald Reagan, speak.  He was talking about the awful print of Personal Spending that we’ve talked at length about in the past week. “Not only did American consumers not come bounding out of their winter ice caves as predicted by virtually every ‘sell side’ economist, the number actually embodied a case of groundhog economics.”  So, I guess we’re going to go to the U.S. Data Cupboard! I wasn’t intending to go there yet, but I started down that road with inflation, and here we are! The U.S. Data Cupboard yesterday printed its version of the PMI called the ISM (they are all manufacturing indexes) , and the June ISM slipped a little below May’s number and printed quite a bit below the expectations.  So, let’s lay this all out. June ISM printed at 55.3, which is a good reading, but below the expectations of 55.9 and May’s number of 55.4. So, while the index number is still strong, it did show some slippage in June, and there was no bad weather to blame, so this news just got passed over.. and the markets shifted to Vehicle Sales, which, as I told you would probably be the case, printed a better than expected number. Today, we will see the color of the ADP Employment Change report for June, which is expected to print at 205,000. We’ll also see May Factory Orders. And here’s where I think we’ll see another picture of an economy that’s going nowhere, as Factory Orders are expected to be negative.  And then don’t forget that tomorrow, we’ll have the Jobs Jamboree, since Friday is Independence Day in the U.S.    Today is Independence Day in Canada. So. Happy Independence Day to our friends up North!   And let’s not forget that whenever we have a national holiday on a Friday, that the markets close early on Thursday, so that the boys and girls in NYC can head to the Hamptons. So, we’ll jam all that stuff into a ½-day tomorrow. You’ll need to strap yourself in, and keep your arms and legs inside at all times! For What It’s Worth. Just when I was thinking yesterday that I hadn’t heard from or seen anything from the great Richard Russell in a couple of weeks, there before my eye, was Richard on Let’s listen in to see what Richard is talking about this week.. “My single biggest worry is the US dollar. It’s now clear that Russia and China are out to diminish the future of the dollar, which is the world’s reserve currency. To do this, they would have international trading done in non-dollar currencies. The preferred currencies would be the Chinese yuan and the Russian ruble. With the federal government and Federal Reserve locked in their respective system of destructive fiscal and monetary policies, a related, continuing massive loss of global and domestic confidence in the US dollar, should lead to an outright dumping of the US currency in the global markets, setting the initial stages of a hyperinflationary great depression. The timing of the hyperinflation onset by the end of 2014 remains in place, with the odds of that occurrence estimated at 90%.” Chuck again. Richard goes on to talk about in times like this, investors should be in precious metals or diamonds, or farmland. I’ve read Richard Russell for many, many years folks, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard him talk like this. Makes you wonder doesn’t it? To recap. The 3-day dollar selling ended with a bang overnight, as the two leaders of the currencies rally, the A$ and euro, were sold on weak data, and jawboning. Tomorrow will be a day heavy with “stuff” like ECB & Riksbank meetings, the Jobs Jamboree in the U.S. and a shortened day with a holiday on Friday. Platinum crosses $1,500 and is looking pretty perky as Gold wallows in the mud. And the U.S. data was once again mixed yesterday, with the ISM slipping, but Vehicle Sales kicking rear and taking names later! Currencies today 7/2/14. American Style: A$ .9455, kiwi .8775, C$ .9405, euro 1.3665, sterling 1.7170, Swiss $1.1260, . European Style: rand 10.7115, krone 6.1685, SEK 6.6935, forint 227.60, zloty 3.0335, koruna 20.0640, RUB 34.21, yen 101.50, sing 1.2460, HKD 7.75, INR 59.66, China 6.1549, pesos 12.94, BRL 2.2010, Dollar Index 79.86, Oil $105, 10-year 2.55%, Silver $21.06, Platinum $1,514.12, Palladium $855.93, and Gold. $1,327.20 That’s it for today. Earth Wind & Fire are singing their hit song: September. Now that’s a song to get you dancing! Cardinals call up their phenom outfielder to wake up the offense, and they go out and get shut-out! UGH! It’s just not their year, they have this big target on their backs from winning so much in recent years, and they picked a bad time to quit hitting. 24 took another twist last night, and once again had me on the edge of my seat. Only 2 more episodes. Me & Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul is now on the IPod. The last time it was on, Antione was here, and he told me he couldn’t get that song out of his head all day, so it’s good it played before he arrives!  I got to finally meet the young lady that reviews the Pfennig each day, yesterday. I would say that it was about time, eh Valerie? I had a good day yesterday, and today is starting out OK. I hope this lasts through the weekend, but, I won’t hold my breath, because usually 2-3 days of feeling good like this is about all I can squeeze out of the turnip.. But you never know! And with that, let’s go make this a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

The State Department said that a US government e

first_imgThe State Department said that a U.S. government employee assigned to Guangzhou, China, has reported experiencing “vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that “the medical indications are very similar and entirely consistent” with the symptoms reported by Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. “We have medical teams that are moving to be on the ground there. We are working to figure out what took place both in Havana, and now in China, as well.”The federal employee reported experiencing physical symptoms from late 2017 through April 2018, when he or she returned to the U.S. for medical evaluation. That evaluation found that the employee’s symptoms were similar to those of someone with a head concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.The U.S. operates a consulate in Guangzhou, a sprawling commercial city and port in southern China. The Chinese government has assured the U.S. that it is investigating the matter and taking appropriate measures, according to a State Department spokesperson.Suspected “sonic attacks” affecting more than a dozen U.S. diplomats and family members in Havana beginning in November 2016 led to the U.S. pulling all nonessential staff from the embassy and expelling 15 Cuban diplomats last year. Cuba has denied any involvement in the attacks.Though some experts expressed doubt when the possibility of a sonic attack in Cuba was first raised, the State Department points to a study by independent medical personnel published earlier this year in The Journal of the American Medical Association.That study found that 21 U.S. government employees in Havana experienced “persistent cognitive, vestibular, and oculomotor dysfunction, as well as sleep impairment and headaches, were observed … associated with reports of directional audible and/or sensory phenomena of unclear origin. These individuals appeared to have sustained injury to widespread brain networks without an associated history of head trauma.”Dr. Charles Rosenfarb, the State Department’s medical director, told a Senate subcommittee in January that the employees “associated the onset of these symptoms to their exposures with unusual sounds or auditory sensations. Various descriptions were given: ‘a high-pitched beam of sound’; an ‘incapacitating sound’; a ‘baffling sensation’ akin to driving with the windows partially open in a car; or just an intense pressure in one ear.”The State Department says it doesn’t know what caused the reported symptoms in Guangzhou, and isn’t aware of any other similar cases in China.But it did issue a warning Wednesday: “While in China, if you experience any unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises, do not attempt to locate their source. Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present.”The U.S. government has about 2,000 employees posted to China. The mysterious incident comes at a time of tension between the U.S. and China over trade disputes. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Google Declares War On Slow Web Pages

first_img Brought to you by Information Week SMB In its ongoing quest to make Web apps as fast as desktop software, Google Page Speed Service accelerates Web page load times. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue –shares Small Business Heroes 2 min read Google Declares War On Slow Web Pagescenter_img Thomas Claburn August 11, 2011 Google has made speed its watchword because it’s a Web company and Web services still have trouble keeping up with software that runs locally. To make the Web experience better, Google and its Web peers like Mozilla have been tuning their JavaScript engines over the past few years and pursuing speed gains anywhere they can be found. The search giant has also pushed for faster Internet connectivity, through lobbying and ultra-fast broadband tests in a few communities. Its goal is to make Web page load times cease to be noticeable.We’re not there yet. Web page bloat is still a problem. Unpredictable network conditions continue to be a fact of life online, particularly on mobile networks, so it’s still advisable to optimize Web pages for rapid loading.Two years ago, Google released a browser extension called Page Speed to help Web developers and publisher evaluate Web page performance. It performs tests on Web pages to identify potential slowdowns. With leaner Web pages, site owners can expect happier users and better engagement, or so the theory goes.Google’s speed obsession remains ongoing. Last year, the company released an Apache module called mod_pagespeedthat rewrites the Web pages it serves to load faster. This year, Page Speed was offered as an API, so that developers could integrate performance analysis testing into their workflows.The most recent manifestation of Google’s fixation on speed is thePage Speed Service, an online service that accelerates web page load times.”To use the service, you need to sign up and point your site’s DNS entry to Google,” said Google engineering manager Ram Ramani in a blog post. “Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying Web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe. Your users will continue to access your site just as they did before, only with faster load times.”According to Ramani, Google has seen speed improvements ranging from 25% to 60%.Initially, Page Speed Service is being offered to a limited set of website owners at no charge. However, it will be a fee-based service when it’s made widely available later this year. Those interested in access can request admission through a Google Web form. Next Article Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesslast_img read more

Snapchat Valuation Skyrockets to 10 Billion Following New Funding

first_img Snapchat Valuation Skyrockets to $10 Billion Following New Funding Geoff Weiss Next Article Register Now » Valuations Following an investment by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, disappearing messaging app Snapchat now sports an eye-popping valuation of $10 billion.While previous reports suggested that Alibaba was considering an investment, The Wall Street Journal alleges that the Chinese tech titan ultimately passed. Kleiner, however, tendered $20 million in May — which would amount to a stake in Snapchat of less than 1 percent.The funding round has not yet closed and a Snapchat spokeswoman bristled at the reports. “The valuation of our business and our capital requirements are the least exciting aspects of supporting the Snapchat community,” she told the Journal in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”Related: Taco Bell Reveals Crappy-Looking Dollar Menu Over SnapchatAs of its last funding round in December 2013, Snapchat had raised a total of $163 million.It is possible that incoming capital could be allocated towards Snapchat Discovery, a forthcoming service that would disseminate ephemeral news content and ads, marking the company’s first play towards monetization.Despite the fact that Snapchat is virtually unprofitable, the company says that more than 100 million monthly users send roughly 700 million disappearing “snaps” every day.Its latest funding round now catapults it to the valuation stratosphere alongside startups like Airbnb, Dropbox ($10 billion each) and Uber ($18.2 billion).Related: This Bar Wants You to Apply for a Job Via Snapchat –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 2 min read Former Staff Writer Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. August 27, 2014last_img read more

Why the Naked Celeb Photo iCloud Hack Should Make You Nervous

first_img Former West Coast Editor Next Article Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Related: Be Sure to Look Around the Office When Searching for Gaps in Your Data SecurityExactly how the attacks were perpetrated isn’t yet clear. However, according to The Next Web, the hacks could be connected to the use of a brute force script, fittingly called “iBrute,” that recently made the rounds on GitHub.The malicious software enables cyberattackers to guess iCloud passwords over and over, without being locked out or notifying iCloud account owners after incorrect passwords have been entered numerous times. After the password is correctly reckoned, the hacker has free reign over everything stored in iCloud, including users’ password lists, photos, videos, email, contacts, calendar appointments and reminders, documents and more. Pretty scary, right?The leaks sparked an uproar on the Internet after the stolen celeb snapshots surfaced Sunday, fueling fears that all iCloud accounts are vulnerable.  Related: 10 Data-Security Measures You Can’t Do WithoutThe silver lining here, if there is one, is that this whole scandalous mess likely might have been avoided had the victims turned on a single protective AppleID feature called “two-step verification,” security pros from FireEye told re/code. (At the moment, it’s unclear whether any of these celebrities had the feature enabled.) Oh, and how about never snapping pics of yourself in the buff with your iPhone in the first place, especially if you’re famous?Other steps you can take to protect your iCloud account — and hopefully everything in it — include:1. Disable iCloud on your iPhone, iPad and/or Mac computer. Here’s how.2. Delete photos you don’t want ever seeing the light of day from your iPhone’s Photo Stream. You know, those ones, not that you’d have any anyway. Remember, just because you delete a photo from your iPhone doesn’t mean it’s deleted from your Photo Stream. Or, better yet, turn off your Photo Stream altogether.3. Delete your current AppleID password and make a new, stronger AppleID password. Here’s how to create a hacker-resistant password.Related: Do You Really Need to Change Your Passwords Every Three Months? September 2, 2014 –shares Apple Why the Naked Celeb Photo iCloud Hack Should Make You Nervous 4 min read Kim Lachance Shandrow 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List For a full update on this story, please click here.iCloud’s “Find my iPhone” function is flawed. It’s designed to help Apple customers find missing iOS devices, not to help Internet ooglers feast on private nude pics of celebs.Yet that’s just what a rash of hacks of the popular Apple cloud service feature led to over the weekend — a massive leak of real and fake naked images of famous leading ladies, models and singers. The photos were originally posted on the image sharing site 4Chan, then hemorrhaged out to Twitter, Reddit and just about everywhere else on the interwebs from there.Celebs whose intimate pictures (and, in some cases, videos) were laid bare in the reported iCloud attack include Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Grammy Award-winning singer-rapper Rihanna, supermodel Kate Upton, actor-director Kirsten Dunst, possibly up to 100 famous American and British female personalities in all.Related: How to Protect Your Apple Devices From Getting Hacked Right NowTo those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014 Apply Now » Apple is apparently taking the revealing breach seriously, saying in a statement yesterday that it is “actively investigating” the alleged attacks, which Lawrence’s spokespeople call “a flagrant violation of privacy.” “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Natalie Kerris, a spokesperson for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant said, reports The Wall Street Journal. No other details on Apple’s ongoing investigation were provided.The FBI is also probing the incident. “The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” the agency said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”Thank you iCloud??— Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014last_img read more

Kakaos Blockchain Project Klaytn Announces 8 New Initial Service Partners to Drive

first_img‘Directional,’ a blockchain-based peer-to-peer stock lending platform for individual investors, is also joining Klaytn. The platform disrupts the existing stock lending market by allowing individuals to lend and borrow securities on P2P basis, which would give them rewards in forms of interest yields in return. It is also the first blockchain firm to participate in the newly enacted financial regulatory sandbox as selected by the Financial Services Commission of the Korean government.Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty?‘’ is a U.S.-based esports live streaming platform powered by the Theta blockchain network, a decentralized CDN (content delivery network). As the parent company of Theta Labs, which operates the Theta Network, allows users to rebroadcast video streams with their excess bandwidth and earn token rewards in return, while significantly reducing the costs of video streams and driving incremental revenue for media and entertainment platforms.Also onboarded on Klaytn is ‘GUHADA,’ an e-commerce platform for pre-owned designer goods, operated by Singapore-based TEMCO. GUHADA allows users to verify the authenticity of the traded goods, whose certificates and transaction histories can be tracked, as recorded on blockchain.Other notable industry partners include ‘Sessia,’ a Russia-based social network service integrated with tokenized incentives for users’ reviews on their offline experiences; ‘REDi,’ a blockchain-based marketplace for new and renewable energy; ‘HAIVE,’ a UGC-based interactive language learning service from China; and, ‘BolttCoin,’ an incentivized healthcare service from India, leveraging blockchain and gamification.Marketing Technology News: Boomerang Commerce Rebrands as CommerceIQ™ After the Acquisition of its Retail Analytics Platform by Lowe’sUsing the deployed Klaytn testnet, the initial service partners work towards further reinforcing Klaytn’s ecosystem by releasing their BApps (Blockchain Applications) at the time of the Klaytn mainnet launch.“With a mission to create substantial real use cases, we are partnering with promising blockchain projects developed by globally successful service providers with a prospective user base of tens of millions,” said Jason Han, the CEO of Ground X, heading the development and operation of Klaytn. He added, “Together with our partners, Klaytn will take the blockchain industry to the next level by prioritizing our efforts towards the mass adoption of blockchain services as to substantiate the value and utility of blockchain technology.”Marketing Technology News: AI-Driven Weather Data: New to Some, But It Has Been Driving CustomWeather’s Success for Years Klaytn, the global public blockchain project of leading mobile platform with 97% market share in Korea, Kakao, has announced a new batch of initial service partners. With the 8 new partners, in addition to the already secured 26, Klaytn now has a total of 34 initial service partners, together preparing for the Klaytn mainnet launch next month. This round of partnership includes some of the most promising projects engaged in distinctive blockchain-empowered businesses in various industry domains. ‘nBlocksHunt,’ operated by Neoply, the blockchain arm of one of Korea’s largest game companies, Neowiz, is a gamified location-based service, backed by VR technology. Allowing users to discover and claim tokens by visiting offline stores, nBlocksHunt further facilitates the existing marketing strategy by collaborating with various shops or events. Service Providers with Massive User Base Join Klaytn to Offer Tangible and Practical BApps Kakao’s Blockchain Project ‘Klaytn’ Announces 8 New Initial Service Partners to Drive Mainstream Adoption of Blockchain PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:07 pmMay 31, 2019 Kakao’s Blockchain Project ‘Klaytn’ Announces 8 New Initial Service Partners to Drive Mainstream Adoption of Blockchain Klaytnlocation-based serviceMarketing Technologymobile platformnBlocksHuntNewspublic blockchain project Previous ArticleOmnisend Research: 60% of Growing Ecommerce Brands Are Looking to Implement an Omnichannel Strategy in 2019Next ArticleRicoh Deepens Relationship with Amazon Web Services to Empower Digital Workplaces with Cutting-Edge Voice-Activated Technologieslast_img read more