Carnival Panorama completes sea trials in the Adriatic Sea

first_img MIAMI — New ship Carnival Panorama successfully completed its sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week in anticipation of its inaugural cruise from Long Beach on Dec. 11, becoming the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.Currently in the final stages of construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Panorama had a full contingent of officers, technicians and engineers on board who tested the ship’s sophisticated technical, mechanical and navigation systems.“Carnival Panorama is a wonderful addition to the fleet and she passed all of her maneuvers and tests with flying colours. We can’t wait to welcome guests aboard this beautiful ship,” said Carnival Panorama Captain Carlo Queirolo.As the newest ship in the fleet, Carnival Panorama will offer innovations such as the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea and a new ChooseFun WaterWorks aqua park inspired by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, as well as popular onboard venues like Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse Brewhouse, featuring BBQ favourites created by Food Network star and longtime partner Guy Fieri and craft beers brewed on board.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesCarnival Panorama will also offer a variety of accommodation choices, including the tropics-inspired Havana area with colourful staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool; Family Harbor with extra-roomy staterooms and the Family Harbor Lounge; and luxurious Cloud 9 Spa staterooms with special amenities and privileges.Following an inaugural three-day voyage to Ensenada, Carnival Panorama will launch year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach Dec. 14. The week-long itineraries will visit Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. Monday, July 22, 2019 Posted by Carnival Panorama completes sea trials in the Adriatic Sea Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Adriatic Sea, Carnival Panoramalast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With the Cardinals, Robinson played 48 games, registering two sacks and 46 tackles. He started in Super Bowl XLIII when the Cardinals lost to the Steelers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories NFL veteran defensive lineman Bryan Robinson was found dead on Saturday in a hotel room in Milwaukee, according to The Chicago Tribune.Robinson was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m. at the Midpoint Motel. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office told the Tribune that autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.Robinson attended Fresno State before playing for the St. Louis Rams for a season. He went on to play for the Chicago Bears for six seasons, the Miami Dolphins for one, and the Cincinnati Bengals for three. He finished his career with a three-year stint in Arizona. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Bryan Robinson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 31-20. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

May 6 2005 Every Friday morning the workshop part

first_imgMay 6, 2005Every Friday morning the workshop participants from different departments get together for a group project, a synergy. This week the April workshop participants help to plant grape vines. Agriculture department manager Scott Dolan instructs how to plant. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]Every Friday morning the workshop participants from different departments get together for a group project, a synergy. This week the April workshop participants help to plant grape vines. Agriculture department manager Scott Dolan instructs how to plant. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] A planted grape vine. [left photo] Workshop participant Nicola Maggiaioli waters the grape vines. [right photo] [Photo & text: Yuki Y] For each vine cutting a hole has to be dug about ten inches deep. Christopher Brown and Andrew Woodard [left photo] [Photo & text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

December 10 2012Well its been almost one year s

first_imgDecember 10, 2012Well, it’s been almost one year since we launched the documentary project about Paolo Soleri on Kickstarter and a lot of great things have happened since.New poster, new title, new aerials which added more depth to the cinematography andPeter Coyote, an activist, actor and the King of the VO is now on board as narrator. We are so thrilled … to say the least. He only agrees to do projects he believes in and is no stranger to the “counter culture movement” so his decision was pretty easy to get involved.Lastly the official trailer is now posted on Vimeo.I’m amazed at the filmmakers journey and commitment when we decide to take on such a documentary that involves so much history which still holds a great deal of magic and importance to this day. It’s very rewarding, yet very time consuming! It will be worth the wait for the DVD, so hang in there – screening dates soon to be announced! Thank you all again for your support and help! – Aimee Madsenlast_img read more

House approves firetraining requirement for construction code commission

first_img Glenn bill based on Midland Fire Chief Coughlin’s initiativeMidland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin and Rep. Gary Glenn testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in January to support House Bill 5102, legislation based on Coughlin’s initiative to include a trained fire prevention expert on the Michigan Construction Codes Commission.The Michigan fire marshal’s appointee to the state’s 17-member construction code commission will have to be a certified fire protection specialist under bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn.The House today unanimously approved House Bill 5102 on a 108-0 vote. The bill was developed at the initiative of Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin to ensure fire safety is taken into account during the commission’s discussion and adoption of statewide building codes and standards. The fire chief approached Rep. Glenn with the idea to make sure at least one person on the commission has fire prevention training.“Chief Coughlin recognized a potential improvement for the construction board and I was very happy to put his idea forward in the Legislature,” said Rep. Glenn, R-Midland. “Buildings definitely need to be solidly constructed using the latest advancements from the building trades, and they also need to include fire protection safety features and plans that can be reviewed by an expert in the field.“It was an honor to work with our local fire chief to make sure someone with fire safety training is on the commission, and I look forward to joining Chief Coughlin and Sen. Jim Stamas to get this bill through the Senate and to the governor.”Rep. Glenn’s bill stipulates the specialist training be approved by the National Fire Protection Association.Currently, there are no requirements for the fire service commission member – the state fire marshal or designee – because the fire service is made up of many disciplines, such as suppression, rescue and hazmat handling.Under HB 5102, the state fire marshal would recommend eligible candidates to the governor from a list of qualified individuals submitted by statewide associations of fire chiefs, fire inspectors and firefighters.The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.##### Categories: Glenn News,News 07Jun House approves fire-training requirement for construction code commissionlast_img read more

In This Issue   Waiting on the Fed…   Consumer

first_imgIn This Issue.*  Waiting on the Fed… *  Consumer confidence falls in the US… *  Euro area looks to be emerging from recession… *  Chinese incomes rise…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Markets wait for direction from the Fed…Good day. And welcome to what will certainly be a wonderful Wednesday as we celebrate Christine’s birthday today.  You have probably surmised that Christine and I like to make a big deal about our ‘birthday week’ so today will be another celebration here on the desk.  Chuck is jumping on a plane to head down to the Money Show in Orlando this morning, so I get to share my thoughts on the markets with all of you Pfennig readers for the rest of the week (lucky you!). I had a reporter from Reuters call and ask me to share my thoughts with her readers yesterday.  She wanted to know why the dollar was trading off vs. the euro while the equity markets were rallying.  I let her know that the reason the dollar was moving lower was that the markets were expecting Ben Bernanke to sound a dovish tone in his press statement later today.  The US economy may be recovering, but the data don’t support an early end to the bond buying which the FOMC has committed to.  As Chuck mentioned yesterday, Bernanke had worried some in the markets with talk of possibly ending the bond buying in 2013, but I believe today’s statement will clear up any confusion caused by last month’s FOMC minutes.  December’s meeting minutes showed the FOMC members were ‘approximately evenly divided’ between those who said it would be appropriate to end QE3 in 2013 and those who thought the bond buying would need to continue beyond that. Fed officials do have a brighter outlook for the US economy than they did at this time last year, but yesterday’s drop in confidence due to the payroll increase (more on that in a bit) is just the latest indication the US economy isn’t on a strong recovery path.  Adding to the worries, Congress faces another deadline of March 1st on the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts which they conveniently kicked down the road at the beginning of the year (bet they wish they had booted that deadline a bit further!).  The spending cuts, known as the sequester, will hit the military particularly hard but it doesn’t look like anyone in congress wants to deal with figuring out the best place to cut, so these across the board cuts look like they will be implemented.  While I agree that we need to reduce the overall size of our government, I also believe these spending cuts will be another drag on the recovery.The Fed Chairman has pledged to continue his asset buying policy until we see ‘substantial’ gains in employment.  I just don’t see where we will get a boost in employment with consumer confidence dropping, payroll taxes rising, and less government spending.  No, I think the Fed will ease the markets concern regarding the end of QE3, and will again suggest the $85 billion per month of Treasury and mortgage bond buying will continue through the end of 2013. The Consumer confidence numbers released yesterday morning caused quite a stir on the trading desk, as we had all agreed with Chuck who was expecting an increase.  But instead we saw quite a drop in the mood of consumers here in the US. Both Chuck and Mike Meyer sent me something on the data yesterday afternoon and since I couldn’t decide which one to print I will just share both of their comments with readers.  First from Chuck:“Yesterday, I took a peek at the Economic data calendar to see what that day’s data looked like, and what do my surprised eye did I see? Consumer Confidence for January plunging from 66.7 to 58.6!  Recall, I had said that I thought the data would show an increase due to the stock market’s performance. But what I failed to recognize was that the fiscal cliff deal that was struck at the beginning of this month, was going to be more of a game changer than I would have thought.The weakness in Consumer Confidence falling to a 14-month low of 58.6, reflected a significant (falling from 66.7 to 58.6 qualifies for significant) deterioration in consumer’s outlook now that the fiscal cliff deal has added an increase in the payroll tax.  It’s going to take a while for Consumer Confidence to rebound based on the tax increase reaction, and that’s going to be a drag on the U.S. economy folks.    the back side of that storm that I talked about last year, looks to be getting closer to landfall.”And now I’ll share Mike Meyer’s comments on yesterday’s confidence data:“Chuck yelled over to me when the consumer confidence numbers were released and wondered if I had a chance to check them out. I then rolled over to the Bloomie screen and saw that it wasn’t a pretty picture as the measure fell to just over a one year low. What caused such a drop? I mean, stocks are trading within shouting distance of their all time highs set before the walls came crashing down during the financial crisis. The consumer confidence numbers are usually just a barometer of the equities market, so this type of decline wasn’t expected by many.It looks as though the expiration of the payroll tax holiday was much more than enough to offset any warm and fuzzies pertaining to a brighter monthly brokerage statement. It makes perfect sense to me, since this is real money that we’re dealing with. I guess we’ll see if this is just a knee jerk reaction to the first couple of paychecks of the year, but the 2% reduction in take home pay compared to the past couple of years will have an impact on the masses.  I think a fair comparison would be getting a raise today with the understanding the boss will take it away at some point in the future. Well, that day has come and we’ve seen the initial reaction.Chuck mentioned this isn’t a good indicator of things to come with our fragile economic recovery, but the equity markets brushed these concerns to the wayside. The successful earnings season so far and the continued rise in home prices kept stocks on an upward trajectory. But, the $64,000 question will be how the average consumer will react to less disposable income.”Thanks to both Mike and Chuck for sharing their insights.  Readers will recall the payroll tax holiday expiration was just one small part of the end of year budget negotiations, and as I mentioned earlier the next shoe will drop shortly as the ‘across the board spending cuts’ are scheduled to go into effect on March 1st.While prospects for the US economy are darkening, the Euro area economy seems to be continuing to climb out of its recession.  Economic confidence in the euro area rose more than economists forecast in January with the index rising to 89.2 from a revised 87.8 in December.  That is the highest reading since June and well above the 88.2 reading predicted by a Bloomberg survey.  The Euro area recovery continues to be led by Germany which is predicted to rebound from the contraction which it went through at the end of 2012.  Many were reporting that this latest data is proof that the ‘worst is over’ for Europe; but as Chuck has been warning we believe the euro debt crisis is not over.  We would expect the markets to re-focus on the weak peripheral countries of Europe at some time during 2013.  But for now the US budget problems have caught the attention of the markets.The euro has certainly been the benefactor of this shift of attention away from the European debt crisis.  The euro strengthened above $1.35 for the first time in over a year yesterday and tested a ‘resistance’ level which could lead to a further move higher.  Some technical analysts are now predicting the euro could move as high as $1.37 by the end of March, much higher than the median of analyst predictions which pegs the euro at $1.31 at the end of the first quarter.  I guess that is what makes markets right?  Some think the euro will rise while others are expecting it to trade lower.The pound sterling rose for the first time in four days against the US$ after a report showed UK mortgage approvals rose.  Lenders in the UK granted 55,785 mortgages in December, compared with 54,011 in November.  Bank of England Governor Mervyn King has been easing credit conditions in an attempt to boost the lagging housing market in the UK.  But while mortgage approvals are increasing, the numbers are still only half of what their were prior to the financial crisis. Both the Swedish and Norwegian currencies rose nicely vs. the US$ over the past 24 hours.  Sweden’s krona rose after a report showed Swedish consumer confidence improved from an almost 4 year low.  Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, lowered rates last month in an effort to stimulate growth in their manufacturing driven economy.  The 6% increase in the krona over the past 12 months has impacted exports, a majority of which are headed into the Euro zone. The kiwi reversed gains yesterday amid speculation the Reserve Bank will attempt to ‘jawbone’ the currency lower after their meeting tomorrow.  Officials of the RBNZ are expected to leave rates unchanged but will probably comment on the recent gains of the NZ$. Recent data show inflation pressures are easing in New Zealand so there is less need for the RBNZ to push rates higher. Inflation is also easing in Brazil, but the official measure fell less than analysts had expected.  Prices in Brazil, measured by the IGP-M price index, rose .34 percent in January, down from a .68 percent jump in December.  The gain compares with a median estimate of .32 percent increase.  Central bank president Alexandre Tombini said “Inflation remains under control” during a speech last week.  Interest rates in Brazil are still among the highest of all the currencies offered in our WorldCurrency® Certificates of Deposit, so the currency should remain a favorite of investors looking for higher yield.   Both Gold and Silver moved higher overnight as investors predict the FOMC will continue their QE3 bond buying.  The purchases by the Fed pump billions per month into the markets which helps boost the equity markets but also increases the risks of long term inflation.  The precious metals are moving higher as investors purchase gold and silver as a way to hedge against this risk of inflation.  I read a report this morning released by the US Mint which stated they had sold a record amount of American Silver coins so far this month, and this after sales were suspended for a week because of a lack of inventory!  It certainly seems investors are looking at physical metals as a good hedge against both inflation and the uncertainty which faces all of us in 2013.  And I will close today’s Pfennig with a story I found on Bloomberg this morning regarding a shift which is occurring in China.  Rural incomes in China actually rose at a faster pace than in the cities for a third straight year in 2012.  Rural per capita income advanced 10.7% compared with a 9.6% increase for urban dwellers according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics.  This illustrates a shift which the Chinese government has been trying to make, spreading some of the benefits and income out to the countryside in order to try and level out income gains.  I have highlighted the emergence of a ‘middle class’ in China, and its impact on the global economy.  This latest report is good news for the global economy as gains in income are starting to reach the very poor rural areas where a vast majority of China’s population still live.  Spread this increase in income across the massive population in the rural areas and we should see a pickup in Chinese consumption which will benefit those countries which supply China with goods and materials.  This should be good news for the commodity based currencies and those Asian neighbors which are supplying these new Chinese consumers.To recap. The Fed will probably announce ‘no change’ in their bond buying program, and will counter the thoughts that they would end QE3 in 2013. Chuck and Mike both share their thoughts on US consumer confidence which took a hit this month.  The Euro moved higher after numbers showed a pickup in confidence across the pond.  The pound rose as UK mortgage approvals rose, and both the Swedish and Norwegian currencies also booked gains vs. the US$.  Gold and Silver moved higher as investors worry about further bond purchases by the Fed.  And a report showed Chinese incomes continue to rise, and the biggest increases are occurring in the rural areas of China which should be good news for the global economic recovery.Currencies today 1/30/13: American Style: A$ $1.0428, kiwi .8329, C$ .9973, euro 1.3550, sterling 1.5768, Swiss $1.0910. European Style: rand 9.052, krone 5.4894, SEK 6.3577, forint 218.33, zloty 3.0943, koruna 18.915, RUB 30.02, yen 91.27, sing 1.2359, HKD 7.7587, INR 53.305, China 6.2204, pesos 12.696, BRL 1.9845, Dollar Index 79.398, Oil $97.91, 10-year 2.03%, Silver $31.355, and Gold. $1,664.51That’s it for today. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to Christine!! She is always a ray of sunshine on the desk, and we absolutely love the energy she brings with her to work every day!  Antione and his wife Brooke got some great news yesterday as their new daughter Taylor had a great checkup and is gaining weight at a good rate.  Storms rolled through the area yesterday, which were expected as we had temps rise up into the low 70s.  Some crazy weather for the end of January!  With that I will say Happy Birthday to Christine one more time and I hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday.  Thanks for reading the Pfennig!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Are Pioneers in Science Finance and Fashion

first_img Guest Writer Download Our Free Android App Cannabis Is cannabis yet another rapid growth industry that is essentially a boys’ club? Opinions differ. Some have praised the marijuana industry as a fantastic opportunity for female entrepreneurs.Others report that it’s still unclear how many opportunities women are getting for executive positions, such as this Associated Press article which states: “Cannabis remains a male-dominated industry.”Certainly, there have already been notable achievements by women in the cannabis world. They range from the well-known, such as Whoopi Goldberg co-founding the Whoopi & Maya line of cannabis-infused products, to the emergence of people such as Emily Paxhia who co-founded Poseidon Asset Management, the first investment fund dedicated solely to the cannabis industry.There are many women on the science end of the business. For example, Julie Kowalski is the director of science and research for Trace Analytics, a testing laboratory in Spokane, Wash.The potential for marijuana jobs has led to formation of groups such as the Women Grow organization and the  OG GirlsClub in Los Angeles. The club’s invitation-only parties allow professional women the chance to socialize and support each other in marijuana-related business ventures, as well as create new partnerships.Valery Sepulveda, co-founder of the OG GirlsClub, told L.A. Weekly the club attracts professionals both inside and outside of the cannabis industry who are “fighting gender inequalities in a system that has been ruled by a ‘boys club’ for far too long.”Related: Post Apocolypse Aftermath: How Is California Adapting to New Cannabis Regulations?The Anti-Stoner MovementAgainst this backdrop, one of the newest areas for female entrepreneurs is beginning to emerge: fashion. It’s part of an overall cultural shift in tone away from pot being associated with stoners and instead associated with professionals. Much of this shift is being driven by women.Cannabis fashion designer Emma Baron told CBC that one of the inspirations for founding her company, Milkweed, came from meeting older women who use marijuana but are embarrassed by cannabis fashion that screams weed. Milkweed focuses on making cannabis accessories for women that are both elegant and discreet. They include hand-crafted tins, ceramic pipes and embossed, pre-rolled joints.Related: 3 Ways Blockchain Could Help Solve the Cannabis Business’s Biggest RoadblocksEmbracing Beautiful DesignIn the U.S., Seattle-based Van der Pop, founded by designer April Pride, is doing much the same for women who use marijuana but don’t want to carry around the type of paraphernalia that’s been associated with weed for decades. Their products include sleek tools for rolling joints, cleaning pipes and attractive cases for carrying pot.The Van der Pop brand is sold exclusively on Tokyo Smoke, a Canadian company that bought Van der Pop in 2017. Tokyo Smoke sells cannabis-related products online and in brick-and-mortar stores in Toronto and Calgary. The site offers a good example of how elegant design is moving into the cannabis industry. The focus is on products for those who “embrace beautiful design along with alternative states of mind.”Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Add to Queue Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Are Pioneers in Science, Finance and Fashion Next Article –shares Cannabis still has the opportunity to be genuinely equal opportunity. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. August 2, 2018 3 min read Image credit: Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images dispensaries.com Free Green Entrepreneur App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

A New Years Gift Thailand Approves Medical Marijuana

first_img Next Article Add to Queue –shares December 27, 2018 Listen Now ‘A New Year’s Gift:’ Thailand Approves Medical Marijuana The Southeast Asian country becomes the first to do so. Image credit: Shutterstock.com Editor in Chief of Green Entrepreneurcenter_img Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Entrepreneur Staff 1 min read Big news out of Thailand. The country’s National Legislative Assembly made an amendment to the country’s constitution that legalizes the use of cannabis for medical and research purposes. The vote wasn’t even close: 166-0. Related: Uruguay Legalized Marijuana and the Crime Rate Has PlummettedSomchai Sawangkarn, one of the lawmakers who helped write the legislation, said it was  “a New Year’s gift from the National Legislative Assembly to the government and the Thai people.”Thai farmers are stoked about the decision. “I expect Thailand can make 100 billion baht a year ($3.07 billion) from growing cannabis and selling the raw material and cannabis oil,” chairman of The National Farmers Council of Thailand, Prapat Panyachartrak, told Agence France Presse.But don’t go lighting up a celebratory spliff in Bangkok just yet. The recreational use of marijuana is still highly illegal in the country — and could lead to 15 years in a Thai prison and stiff financial fines. Related: This Is Non-Negotiable: Cannabis Legalization Must Include Restorative Justice Green Entrepreneur Podcast Global Business Jonathan Smalllast_img read more

Mt Gox Breaks Silence With Vague Statement Confirms Transaction Freeze

first_img Next Article Enroll Now for $5 Mt. Gox Breaks Silence With Vague Statement, Confirms Transaction Freeze Bitcoin A statement released today by Mt. Gox on its website. 2 min read Former West Coast Editor –sharescenter_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Mt. Gox has finally made a peep, but not much more, about its murky situation. In yet another strange twist in its cataclysmic downfall, the scandalous Bitcoin exchange has just confirmed on its website that it has indeed halted all transactions. Its Twitter feed still remains empty, just as its website did only hours ago.   The vague statement from the Tokyo-headquartered company, which was once the world’s top reigning cryptocurrency trading destination, reads:“Dear MtGox Customers,In the event of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox’s operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly.Best regards,MtGox Team”Related: One-Time Bitcoin Exchange Giant Collapses Amid Insolvency, Trading Allegedly SuspendedThe threadbare statement appeared on the website not long after Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpelès cryptically told Reuters that the company is “at a turning point.” He made the seemingly guarded comment in an email reply to the news agency’s inquiry about whether or not the exchange was truly defunct.    Meanwhile, as of 12:29 p.m. ET, Bitcoin prices rebounded slightly to $524.24, up from earlier this morning, when they had sagged to a three-month low. Kim Lachance Shandrow February 25, 2014 Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Thomson Reuters Acquires HighQ

first_imgThomson Reuters  announced that it has acquired HighQ, a leading collaboration platform for the legal and regulatory market. Based in London with offices in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and India, HighQ offers a secure cloud-based platform for business collaboration, workflow automation and client engagement. HighQ currently serves more than 400 customers, including more than half of the Global 100 largest law firms.Thomson Reuters provides its customers with solutions that help them generate more efficiencies, lower costs, improve accuracy and reduce risk. This acquisition will expand on the company’s strategic objective to provide more cloud-based software offerings and will meet a growing market need for legal professionals, aligning with Thomson Reuters focus on legal, tax, compliance and risk.“This deal follows our recent acquisition of Confirmation, a leading provider of secure audit services, and reinforces our strategy of carefully investing to grow our core offerings in the world of business information services,” said Jim Smith, president and CEO, Thomson Reuters.Marketing Technology News: TDG: Three-in-Ten TV Viewers Engage with Show-Related Content on Social Media“HighQ’s software platform is flexible, user-friendly and integrates with other leading-edge technology to provide a seamless user experience,” he continued. “This acquisition will position us with an open best-in-class platform at the heart of the legal software ecosystem. It provides us with an opportunity to leverage our channels to sell HighQ to thousands of large and medium-sized law firms and corporate legal departments globally. It also brings impressive software development talent into our organization.”“Legal professionals are being disrupted by technology change and are seeking software solutions to help them improve costs and increase productivity,” said Brian Peccarelli, COO, Customer Markets at Thomson Reuters and head of its Legal Professionals segment. “The acquisition of HighQ will help us meet customer needs for efficient, compliant workflow collaboration solutions, and supports our ongoing approach to providing open technologies and driving customer innovation.”Marketing Technology News: LogMeIn Releases Grasshopper Connect for Small Businesses“Our intelligent workflow platform allows legal professionals and in-house corporate legal departments to collaborate on projects, matters and transactions, transforming legal service delivery and creating compelling digital experiences for clients and business,” said Ajay Patel, CEO and founder of HighQ. “We are excited to expand our global footprint and leverage the Thomson Reuters network to support and serve across several vertical industries and geographies.”Marketing Technology News: Icertis Cements Undisputed CLM Market Leadership with $115 Million Round Thomson Reuters Acquires HighQ PRNewswire5 days agoJuly 18, 2019 AcquisitionHighQJim SmithMarketing Technology NewsNewsThomson Reuters Previous ArticleSurvey Shows Majority of Marketers Fail to Meet Consumers’ Expectations for Customer EngagementNext ArticleV-Click Technology Officially Launchedlast_img read more

Smartphone ad analyzer creates individual footprint for advertising outreach analysis

first_img Provided by Purdue University A Purdue University doctoral candidate is developing an advertisement and audience analysis system that will enable advertisers to track specific commercials’ outreach and audience ratings by analyzing short video clips and demographic surveys sent directly from viewers’ smartphones. Product placement can curb TV commercial audience loss by more than 10 percent Explore further Citation: Smartphone ad analyzer creates ‘individual footprint’ for advertising outreach analysis (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-smartphone-ad-individual-footprint-advertising.html More information: Profit Ability: the business case for advertising. www.thinkbox.tv/Research/Think … load-the-full-report Watching TV, this individual could help the Rabbit Hole analyze the advertisements on their favorite channels. The Rabbit Hole software compiles all relevant information about a commercial, its copyright uses and audience ratings into a single database creating an “individual footprint” for each commercial. Credit: iStockPhoto.com Gustavo Valencia in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is creating a software system called the Rabbit Hole that can track audience ratings, commercials’ copyrights, competitors’ investments and more for media agencies to analyze and improve their commercials’ impact.”The Rabbit Hole determines how effective a given commercial is in generating interest and revenue for a specific product,” Valencia said. “For example, we could help a soda company’s marketing team figure out if their commercials are reaching their target audiences and are inspiring consumer soda buying.”Television still leads all other media by over 50 percent in advertising-generated profits, according to a study by Ebiquity and Gain Theory.”An advertiser’s goal is to broadcast their commercial and send a message,” Valencia said. “The media agencies producing these advertisements want to know if their work is directly translating to advertiser profits. We created the Rabbit Hole to solve this problem.”Valencia is working on the Rabbit Hole in partnership with his brother’s company, Lathink, a Colombia-based advertisement producer. Lathink addresses the first obstacle in advertisement pre-production by streamlining and centralizing all the necessary materials needed to brainstorm, create and publicize a commercial.The Rabbit Hole tackles the second challenge in advertisement post-production by monitoring specific channels’ audience ratings, tracking the commercial’s different variations and copyrights. The system can track this data for a commercial across different channels or countries, and can even compare competitors’ marketing strength.”With all the relevant information about a commercial, the Rabbit Hole creates an individual footprint describing what audiences received the commercial, if it inspire them to buy the offered product and other data like these,” Valencia said.The system asks families to capture a short video or audio clip of their TV on their smartphone or tablet application and answer a few brand remembrance and socio-demographic questions. Then, the families receive prizes, such as a gift card, coupon or extended TV content, for their participation, and the system analyzes the recordings’ advertisement content, adding the information to a central database.”We will offer participants exclusive promotional content based on the information they send about their viewing habits and location,” Valencia said. “If a user watches an ad about a fast-food restaurant, the Rabbit Hole could send them specific information about upcoming promotions or sales also noting the closest restaurant for redemption.”The Rabbit Hole’s database holds all relevant information about an advertising agency’s commercials and their uses, such as audience demographics and channels’ ratings. The database can also develop an accurate “individual footprint,” as Valencia calls it, for each commercial and its public offer content.”The time is right for media agencies in Colombia that are looking for another content analysis option,” Valencia said. “My brother asked me, can you develop a modern and trustworthy analysis system that will answer our clients’ questions about their commercials? Since then, we have done that and more.” The Rabbit Hole’s service will be offered first in Colombia for TV commercials, through the company Lathink. However, Valencia said the project could eventually expand to analyze advertisements in other countries, such as Brazil, Mexico or the United States, or on other platforms, such as radio or internet. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Teslas bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith

first_img Shares were trading above $370 each, sales of the Model 3 small electric car were strong and the company had appointed a new board chair to rein in the antics of sometimes impulsive CEO Elon Musk.But around the middle of December, investors started having doubts about the former Wall Street darling’s prospects for continued growth, and the stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history.For the year, the share price is down around 40%, largely on concerns Tesla is running out of buyers for its vehicles, which range in price from a base $35,400 Model 3 to a larger Model X SUV that can run well over $130,000.Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, on a private call with investors this week, raised the possibility that Tesla would have to be restructured due to rising debt and falling sales. A leaked memo to employees from Musk that said sales were up stanched the stock’s bleeding, and no one is really certain about what’s next.Here’s a look at what has happened and what might be in the future for the electric car and solar panel company:____WHEN DID TESLA’S STOCK START FALLING AND WHY?A downhill snowball of bad news eclipsed anything good Tesla did, and raised investor doubt about whether there are enough buyers left who want and can afford Tesla vehicles. Throw in a little bit of erratic behavior from Musk as well.Just before Tesla stock hit a late-year peak on Dec. 13, Musk did a weekend interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that escalated a spat with securities regulators over his tweeting out company information. This time, he said it was unrealistic to think Tesla’s new chairwoman could control his behavior because he’s the largest shareholder. It came after Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million in fines in an October settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over ill-advised tweets.____WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?Just after the new year began, Tesla announced record fourth quarter sales that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The company also cut prices by $2,000 per vehicle to offset the phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit for Tesla. That increased doubts about future sales. Then Tesla eked out a small fourth-quarter profit that also disappointed investors. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot. The snowball picked up momentum in February when Musk announced he would close most company stores and fill orders online. He also walked back his prediction of sustained quarterly profits, predicting a first quarter loss. When January-through-March sales figures came out, investors were disappointed again. The company had only 63,000 deliveries, down 31% from the fourth quarter.Musk later introduced the Model Y midsize SUV, but gave few details. Investors were nonplussed. Then came a conference call to announce fully self-driving cars by sometime next year, an announcement widely criticized by experts as unrealistic. The stock slump continued. With sales down, Tesla posted a larger-than-expected $702 million first-quarter loss in April, and Musk warned it wouldn’t be profitable in the second quarter either.In May, Tesla sold stock and notes that yielded $2.3 billion, increasing debt. Along the way, the SEC asked a judge to find Musk in contempt for tweets about vehicle production, a spat that was later settled. Also throw in reports of a leaked email last week from Musk to employees saying at the current cash burn rate, Tesla would go broke in 10 months.____WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?It all depends on whether Tesla can produce enough cars at its Fremont, California, factory and whether people keep buying them. Musk’s memo from Wednesday said the company has 50,000 net new orders this quarter and it could pass record deliveries of more than 90,000 in the fourth quarter of last year. That could generate enough cash to reverse the company’s fortunes. But many analysts are skeptical. Morgan Stanley’s Jonas didn’t think sales would be that strong.”We see shares continuing to trade lower on a lack of near-term catalysts and likely cut to vehicle sales guidance,” CFRA analyst Garrett Nelson wrote in a note to investors Thursday. He cut his one-year stock price target $50 to $150.Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds, which provides content to The Associated Press, said Tesla has an uphill climb.”There doesn’t appear to be anything in the (product) pipeline that is going to save them,” she said. “Now Tesla seems to be losing the confidence of its biggest cheerleader, Wall Street.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This July 8, 2018 photo shows Tesla 2018 Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo. Late last year, Tesla Inc. was fully charged and cruising down the highway on Autopilot. Shares were trading above $370 each, sales of the Model 3 small electric car were strong and the company had appointed a new board chair to rein in the antics of CEO Elon Musk. But around the middle of December 2018, investors started having doubts about the Wall Street darling’s prospects for continued growth. The stock started a gyrating fall that was among the worst in company history. (AP Photo/David Zalubowsi, File) Tesla shares recover after analyst’s prediction of trouble Citation: Tesla’s bad news accelerates as Wall Street loses faith (2019, May 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-tesla-bad-news-wall-street.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Apple voluntarily recalling batteries on MacBook Pro notebooks due to safety risk

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Apple announced a voluntary recall on certain 15-inch MacBook Pro models sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple apologizes and issues bug fix for ‘way slower than it should be’ MacBook Pros Citation: Apple voluntarily recalling batteries on MacBook Pro notebooks due to safety risk. What to do (2019, June 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-apple-voluntarily-recalling-batteries-macbook.html Explore furthercenter_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain At issue is a battery inside these older generation notebooks that Apple says could overheat and pose a safety risk. The company says the recall doesn’t impact other 15-inch MacBook Pros or any of the company’s other Mac laptops.You can identify whether your computer is eligible for a free battery replacement by its serial number.To find out, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu (identified by the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of your screen.) If you have “MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015),” enter your computer’s serial number on the program page.Apple has created a website where you can get details on where to get service if you need it. Resolution could take a week or two.The issue got attention late last month when WhitePanda posted video on Twitter and Reddit that went viral showing the musician’s MacBook Pro after it exploded and burst into flames. White Panda reported no injuries and said in a tweet, “good thing I wasn’t on a plane.”The comment echoed reminders of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones that thrice had to be recalled in 2016 and 2017 because of a similar battery issue; back then, the phones were banned on flights.This isn’t the first time Apple has gotten heat with MacBook Pros before. Last year, frustrated users proposed a class-action suit over the allegedly defective “butterfly” type keyboards in MacBook Pros and MacBook laptops dating back to 2015. Apple eventually apologized. (c)2019 U.S. TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.last_img read more

Colombias Duque says working to stop slayings of community leaders

first_imgLIMA (Reuters) – Colombia is working to halt scores of slayings of community leaders by criminal groups and remnant bands of rebels following the country’s historic 2016 peace deal, President Ivan Duque said on Friday, during a visit from the UN Security Council.The peace agreement with Marxist FARC rebels ended a half-century conflict that killed some 260,000 people. But criminal groups and the National Liberation Army (ELN) have filled the void left by the FARC in remote areas to control narcotics and illegal mining operations.”They want to intimidate and kill social leaders who are calling on their communities to abandon illegal activities,” Duque told journalists as he spoke beside the presiding head of the Security Council, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra.The Security Council will be in Colombia through Sunday to assess progress under the peace deal, which is being tested by the disappearance of a FARC lawmaker wanted on drug-trafficking charges and by ongoing violence in parts of the country. World 10 Jul 2019 Former FARC leader in Colombia fails to show up in court in drug-trafficking case Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related Newscenter_img Duque’s government has said that, according to cases verified by the United Nations, 281 community leaders were killed from May 2016 to May 2019.Duque said that during his meeting with the Security Council delegation, he detailed progress his government has made on reducing the pace of killings of community leaders.His government has said the number of killings of community leaders dropped about 30% over a recent 9-month period. But Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called that misleading because scores of killings in that period were still being verified.”The government of Colombia should be redoubling its efforts to address this crisis, not finding ways to downplay it,” Jose Miguel Vivano, HRW’s executive director for the Americas said in a statement last month.The peace agreement sought to demobilize some 13,000 FARC rebels, allowing them to re-integrate into society and politics.Gustavo-Meza with the Security Council praised Colombia’s peace deal as “example” for the world.The delegation, which arrived late on Thursday, will visit re-integration programs for former FARC rebels and meet with representatives of the FARC political party and a special court and commission for investigating war crimes.Duque said he asked the Security Council to continue reviewing Colombia’s progress on fulfilling the peace agreement for another year. “We think its work, scrutiny and accompaniment is vital to the success of this process,” he said. (Reporting By Luis Jaime Acosta, Additional Reporting and Writing By Mitra Taj; Editing by David Gregorio) World 19h ago New North Korea constitution calls Kim head of state, seen as step to U.S. peace treaty World 1d ago Colombia’s Duque says wanted FARC lawmaker may have fled to Venezuelalast_img read more

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