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What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, September 16, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.September 16 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraDeano’s PastaEJ’s Fresh Frozen Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrace GranolaJessy Cate’s CupcakesPurple Carrot BreadRed AntlerSeafood ExpressSusan Anton LMTSquare Inch FarmTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Balloons with YarrowCub Scout Pack 126Chickens at the Kids TableLive Music with Anne Sandstrom & John LorentzLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”last_img read more

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FCC raises 2 billion in second 5G spectrum auction

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 5G AT&T FCC Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon See It Read the Rylo camera preview Comments Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 Verizon speeds on 5G. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The Federal Communications Commission’s second 5G spectrum auction has ended, raising $2 billion in gross bids.5G, already launched in the US by Verizon and AT&T, is the next-generation network being used by smartphones to provide faster speeds and more capacity.Through its second auction, the FCC sold off a batch of millimeter-wave (mmWave) high-bandwidth spectrum in the 24GHz band, with 2,904 of the 2,909 licenses offered being awarded on Tuesday. The licenses mean carriers can launch mobile services across multiple frequencies, improving latency, speeds and capacity.”American leadership in 5G means deploying more airwaves for the next generation of wireless connectivity,” FCC Chair Ajit Pai said in a statement. “By making more spectrum available, we’ll ensure that American consumers reap the substantial benefits that 5G innovation will bring and we’ll extend US leadership in 5G.”In total, the second auction raised $2,024,268,941. The FCC has yet to reveal who won what.The first 5G spectrum auction ending in Jan. saw the FCC raise $702,572,410 in gross bids, awarding 2,965 of the 3,072 licenses offered in the 28GHz mmWave band after opening up bidding in November.The third 5G spectrum auction will kick off on Dec. 10, with licenses in the 37GHz, 39GHz and 47GHz bands up for sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Google Home Hub review Post a comment $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The Cheapskate HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple iPhone XS $60 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo $59 at eBay JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Internet Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET See it Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $210 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express See at Turo Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It $999 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint $999 $6 at Tidal Tags $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

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2015 New Year Sale SpiceJet Offers Tickets for ₹699

first_imgAs a part of the 2015 New Year celebrations, SpiceJet has come up with another three day sale starting on Tuesday with domestic flight fares as low as ₹699.The “Early New Year Sale” as the airline calls it, is applicable for one way travels between 16 January 2015 to 24 October 2015 and the sale offer will be available till 18 September 2014 midnight. The bookings are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis.”The sale is applicable only on bookings made on www.spicejet.com, online travel portals and through travel agents. The sale is not available at SpiceJet’s Sales and Reservation Centre or at our Airport Ticketing Offices,” the SpiceJet release said adding that the sale does not include booking for infants and groups.The fare on offer does not include taxes and is also non-refundable and non changeable, except for the taxes and fees.”The travel period covered under this sale is extensive. It offers a number of reasons and occasions to the customers to choose SpiceJet as their preferred mode of travel. Advance planning of travel will help customers to fly at very nominal fares and travel more often,” NDTV Profit quoted Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili.This is Kalanithi Maran owned airline’s third sale offer in a row in the month of September. It had earlier offered tickets for as low as ₹499 during the beginning of the month, and last week it offered tickets at ₹ 1,999 for domestic flights.last_img read more

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RBI cuts repo rates by 25 basis points to 6 percent EMIs

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday, April 4, decided to cut repo rates by 25 basis points or 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent, meeting a majority of economists’ expectations.The RBI’s six-member rate-setting panel headed by RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday started its three-day monetary policy meet amid expectations of a rate cut to boost the Indian economy. This is the second consecutive rate cut under Shaktikanta Das after a surprise cut in repo rate in February.”On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting today decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6 per cent from 6.25 per cent with immediate effect,” the RBI said.”Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.25 per cent.”The MPC also decided to maintain the neutral monetary policy stance.”These decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 percent, while supporting growth.”What is repo rate?Repo rate is the key interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to commercial banks. Over 85 percent of the nearly 70 economists polled by news agency Reuters had expected the central bank to cut the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points to 6.00 percent on April 4. Reserve Bank of India building.Reuters/Vivek Prakashlast_img read more

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Catalans protest for separatists release

first_imgPeople hold banners reading `Freedom` and wave Catalan pro-independence `Estelada` flags during a demonstration in Barcelona calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Photo: AFPHundreds of thousands of Catalans marched Saturday to demand the release of regional officials jailed for their push for independence from Spain, which has left the country mired in a political crisis.The more than two-hour long protest in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, came a day after the region’s parliament speaker-one of dozens of lawmakers sacked by Madrid last month-was released from jail after posting 150,000 euros ($175,000) bail.The demonstrators gathered on an avenue next to the regional parliament building waving Catalan independence flags and chanting “Freedom!” while some held up banners announcing: “SOS Democracy”.Children in riding helmets climbed castells-the region’s traditional human towers-as others held placards bearing caricatures of some jailed lawmakers.Barcelona municipal police put turnout for the march at some 750,000 people as crowds stretched for more than 15 blocks along the boulevard.The Catalonia crisis has caused concern in the European Union as the bloc deals with Brexit and uncertainty over the fate of the region’s 7.5 million people. More than 2,400 businesses have moved their legal headquarters elsewhere.On Wednesday a general strike called by a pro-independence union caused travel chaos, blocking 60 roads and train lines including Spain’s main highway link to France and the rest of Europe.Since lawmakers in Catalonia-a wealthy region with its own language and distinct culture-declared independence on October 27 following a banned referendum, pro-separatist officials have come under huge pressure from Madrid.The central government has dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his government and the parliament, suspended the region’s autonomy and called for new elections there on December 21.Barcelona’s popular mayor earlier slammed the actions of Puigdemont’s government.“They’ve provoked tensions and carried out a unilateral independence declaration which the majority do not want,” Ada Colau told a meeting of her party members.“They’ve tricked the population for their own interests.”Eight members of the axed Catalan cabinet are currently detained on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.A further six fired officials including parliament speaker Carme Forcadell were granted bail this week on similar charges by Spain’s Supreme Court.Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in Belgium awaiting a hearing on possible extradition back to Spain after Madrid issued an EU-wide warrant.“The situation is sad, the politicians haven’t done their jobs,” said Robert Muni, who was protesting with his children, although some protesters shouted their support for Puigdemont, “our president”.‘We want freedom’Puigdemont and four ex-ministers say they are in Brussels because they cannot be guaranteed a fair trial back home.“Although some of us are far away from you and others are in prison, we have an opportunity to express loudly and clearly that we want freedom and democracy,” Puigdemont told Catalan television.Saturday’s protest was organised by two pro-independence lobby groups, ANC and Omnium, whose two leaders are also detained.“We don’t know what’s going to happen but we know what we want: the release of political prisoners,” said demonstrator Maria Angels Quintana.Puigdemont has said he travelled to Brussels after declaring independence in order to raise international awareness on the treatment of separatists in Spain.But the European Union, nervous that Catalan independence could stir up separatist tensions in several member states, has repeatedly backed the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over the crisis.Some participants at the rally betrayed their frustration at the lack of support from Brussels for their cause, holding banners printed in English asking “Europe, where are you?”Rajoy himself will be in Barcelona on Sunday-his first visit to Catalonia since the independence crisis erupted-to show support for his Popular Party candidates in next month’s vote.last_img
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Sri Lankan tourist police asked to learn Hindi

first_imgSri Lanka’s inspector general of Police Pujith Jayasundara said on Monday that 25 new police posts will be set up covering all main the tourist spots across the country for visitors’ security. And police personnel have been asked to learn Hindi.The decision was taken after discussions with the chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Xinhua news agency quoted Jayasundara as saying.He said a new uniform would be introduced to the Tourist Police Division.In a few years, the tourism sector was expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force, Jayasundara said.”Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training. In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” Jayasundara said.Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, once heavily scarred by a 30-year ethnic conflict, has become one of the leading industries after it was dubbed one of the world’s greatest tourist hot spots by several international publications.last_img read more

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BGMEA building to be demolished scientifically Minister

first_imgThe Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) complex at Hatirjheel will be demolished in a scientific and modern way, housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim said Wednesday, reports UNB.”It won’t be demolished manually as that may pose risk of casualty,” he told reporters at the secretariat. “We’ll take assistance from foreign experts to ensure safety of adjacent areas.”He said the demolition method will be made clear after 24 April adding that within this time, they will decide which company will be tasked with tearing down the structure. A work order will be issued in the next seven days.The government has already held talks with some local companies, the minister said, adding that foreign companies will be brought in if necessary but local companies will get priority.”We’ll take necessary measures to avoid accidents. It won’t take more than three months to demolish the building and relocate the debris,” he added.As part of its move to dismantle the building, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkah (RAJUK) sealed off the BGMEA complex on Tuesday.In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a ‘cancer’ in the lake.last_img read more

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West Texas Pipelines Close To Coming Online

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /00:41 This week the federal government approved the construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota.Meanwhile in West Texas, two new natural gas pipelines from the same company are getting ready to come online.Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is behind two underground pipelines that will carry natural gas from the Permian Basin region across the border into Mexico.The company says its Comanche Trail Pipeline to the El Paso area is now completed, and some gas has already started going into that line as it gets ready to turn on. The Trans-Pecos Pipeline, a sister project through the mostly industry-free Big Bend area, is more than 96 percent complete, the company says.The projects will move a combined 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day across the border. Both were commissioned by Mexico, and both have drawn opposition from some locals who have recently looked to the North Dakota pipeline fight for inspiration. Xlast_img read more

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AntiPiracy Bill Could Do More Harm Than Good for Small Companies

first_imgNovember 18, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » A bill in Congress that aims to punish “rogue” websites that publish or sell pirated content could potentially harm small businesses as much as it could help them.The “Stop Online Piracy Act” aims to punish online businesses that host copyrighted content without authorization — including peer-to-peer content sharing sites, among others. It was introduced last month by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (D-TX).So far, the bill has gained support from major entertainment industry players including the Motion Picture Association of America. During a Congressional hearing this week, MPAA senior executive vice president Michael O’Leary argued that these rogue websites negatively affect the revenues of major Hollywood studios as well as the “95,000 small businesses across the country involved in the production and distribution of movies and television.”But while the SOPA bill could provide added protection for some small businesses, such as those in the entertainment industry, those who oppose the bill argue that the potential downsides outweigh the benefits. “While you’re trying to protect people who have innovated in the past by giving them an additional level of protection for their intellectual property, in doing so you risk penalizing the innovators of the future,” says Andrea Matwyshyn, assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. “You create a more constrained innovation space in an environment that’s more hostile to IP.”Entrepreneurs — especially those who are or plan to aggregate or remix content, or share content in new ways online — should pay attention to how the SOPA bill plays out in Congress and what the consequences will be, Matwyshyn says. No specific timetable has been set for a vote, she says.This week, tech giants including Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and AOL collectively voiced opposition to the bill, writing a letter to the Committee on the Judiciary. As currently written, the SOPA bill would allow copyright holders to obtain court orders to disallow other companies from doing business with the sites that are alleged to be in violation of copyright. It could also force search engines and domain registries to censor the infringing sites. The companies argue that the bill would undermine the intent of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which reduces the liability of online companies — large and small — that act in good faith to remove infringing content from their sites.A similar bill, called the Protect IP Act, passed the U.S. Senate earlier this year but was effectively put on hold by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), over its potential to “muzzle speech and stifle innovation and economic growth,” he said.When a statute has a “heavy-handed approach” such as SOPA or the Protect IP Act, there is potential that individuals or companies with deep pockets will leverage their legal expertise and the legislation to eliminate the ability of new entrants into the IP space with novel business models, Matwyshyn says. “There’s a relatively clear consensus, in at least some corners of the legal community, that this is not the best way to achieve the goals that Congress is aiming for,” she says.center_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Australia approves second international airport in Sydney

first_img Travelweek Group Australia approves second international airport in Sydney SYDNEY — The Australian government has approved plans for the construction of a second international airport in Sydney, the country’s largest city, finally putting an end to decades of indecision.Scheduled to open in the mid 2020s, the airport is expected to relieve some pressure off of Australia’s Kingsford Smith Airport, one of the world’s oldest airports, reports Deutsche Welle. It comes with a price tag of 5 billion Australian dollars (US$3.7 billion) and will initially feature just one runway that will accommodate the world’s largest commercial airline – the Airbus A380.With the addition of a second airport, the number of air passengers flying to Sydney is expected to spike by 10 million people per year.Plans for a second airport have been kicking around since 1946, but fears over noise pollution and squabbling over funding and alternative sites essentially put those plans on hold.The projected site – 45 kilometres from the city’s central business district – will allow the airport to operate without the same overnight flight curfew that restricts the old airport. Posted by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Airports, Australialast_img read more

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Telecom Italia TIM has escaped being forced to p

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) has escaped being forced to pay a fine of €74.3 million for failing to communicate to the Italian state the fact that Vivendi had effective control of the operator.A Milan court suspended the fine and has said it will set out its reasons on July 4, according to a press report.The move follows a procedure launched by the Italian government last September over the operator’s alleged failure to inform in a timely way of French media giant Vivendi’s effective control. Vivendi has a stake of about 24% in the operator. Vivendi has consistently denied exercising control of TIM.Last month Vivendi’s majority on TIM’s board was overturned after hedge fund Elliott Advisors secured the majority support of shareholders for an alternative slate, although Vivendi-supported CEO Amos Genish was confirmed in his position.Separately, Italian communications regulator AGCOM has said that TIM’s proposal for the separation of its infrastructure arm is admissible for a market analysis.The regulator pushed back evaluating the suitability of the proposal as a way to ensure competition in the market by submitting it to a national public consultation.TIM’s board approved the company’s plan to create a separate legal entity for the infrastructure arm, 100% owned by TIM, in March.The move came after the Italian government triggered its ‘golden power’ to intervene in cases concerning assets of strategic national significance.last_img read more

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The article Total War over the Petrodollar was ori

first_imgThe article Total War over the Petrodollar was originally published at caseyresearch.com. The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Total SA’s chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, started the second the news broke of his death. Under mysterious circumstances in Moscow, his private jet collided with a snowplow just after midnight. De Margerie was the CEO of Total, France’s largest oil company.He’d just attended a private meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, at a time when the West’s relationship with Russia is fraught, to say the least.One has better odds of being struck by lightning at an airport then a snow plow, or any other ground support vehicles hitting a plane and killing all inside the plane, in my opinion. And I say that as someone who’s familiar with airports, having worked at Vancouver International Airport when I was in university; I was the one who would bring the plane into its parking bay.If it weren’t for those short odds, a snowplow on the runway with an allegedly drunk driver would be the perfect crime. But who would benefit from his death?De Margerie was one of the few business leaders who spoke out against the isolation of Russia. On this last trip to Moscow, he railed against sanctions and the obstacles to Russian companies obtaining credit.He was also an outspoken supporter of Russia’s position in natural gas pricing and transportation disputes with Ukraine, telling Reuters in an interview in July that Europe should not cut its dependence on Russian gas but rather focus on making the supplies more secure.But what could have made de Margerie a total liability is Total’s involvement in plans to build a plant to liquefy natural gas on the Yamal Peninsula of Russia in partnership with Novatek. Its most ambitious project in Russia to date, it would facilitate the shipping of 800 million barrels of oil equivalent of LNG to China via the Arctic.Compounding this sin, Total had just announced that it’s seeking financing for a gas project in Russia in spite of the current sanctions against Russia. It planned to finance its share in the $27-billion Yamal project using euros, yuan, Russian rubles, and any other currency but US dollars.Did this direct threat to the petrodollar make this “true friend of Russia”—as Putin called de Margerie—some very powerful and dangerous enemies amongst the power that be, whether in the French government, the EU, or the US?In my book The Colder War, one chapter deals with “mysterious deaths” and how they are linked to being on the wrong side of the political equation. Whether it’s going against Putin or against the petrodollar, there are many who have fallen on both sides.If Total doesn’t close the $27 billion financing it needs to move forward with the Yamal LNG project then we’ll know someone stepped in to prevent an attack on the petrodollar.  The CEO of Total, before his death and his CFO were both strong supporters of Total raising the $27 billion in non US dollars and moving the project forward with the Russians.  But, this could all change if the financing does not complete.How many other Western executives who dare to help Russia bypass sanctions—and turn it into an energy powerhouse—will die under suspicious circumstances?Marin Katusa, is author of The Colder War, manager of multiple global energy-exploration hedge funds, and co-founder of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation. Click here to get a copy of his must-read new book, The Colder War. Inside, you’ll discover exactly how Putin is taking over the energy sector, how far ahead he is, and how alarming it is that no one in the US or Europe has even entered the race. last_img read more

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Elon Musk Gets Verbal Approval for NY to DC Hyperloop

first_img Image credit: The Boring Company via PCMag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag How would you like to rocket from New York City to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes via an underground tunnel? Elon Musk wants to make it happen.The increasingly busy entrepreneur tweeted yesterday that he had received “verbal govt approval” for The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop underground tunnel connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. It would send passengers flying between the Big Apple and our nation’s capital in less than 30 minutes.”City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city,” he said in a follow-up tweet.Musk did not reveal which government entity had approved the East Coast project, though he mentioned later that the City of Chicago “approached us about doing a high-speed tunnel from O’Hare to downtown.” When a reporter commented that announcing a verbal agreement was “premature … unless you’re drumming up support for the project,” Musk responded that “Support would be much appreciated!””If you want this to happen fast, please let your local & federal elected representatives know. Makes a big difference if they hear from you,” he wrote. “Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly.”Musk’s Boring Company is named after equipment that will bore underground tunnels intended to alleviate above-ground traffic. He first talked it up on Twitter in December, and while some took it as a joke, Musk is serious and ready to dig. In April, the Boring Company posted a video offering a first look at the underground transportation system it’s hoping to develop. Drivers would pull their car onto a metal platform on the side of the road, and the vehicle would then be lowered into the underground tunnel system.”First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion,” Musk tweeted today. “Will start NY-D.C. in parallel. Then prob LA-SF and a TX loop.”The Hyperloop, meanwhile, is another Musk moonshot. He first proposed it in 2013, outling a system whereby passengers would be transported at super high speeds via tubes that are constructed above or below the ground. At the time, Musk said he was too busy to pursue the project himself, and called on others to make it a reality. A few companies have made some progress, but there’s still work to be done.Musk’s plans for the East Coast were met with skepticism, especially in New York City, where commuters there are in the midst of the “summer of hell.” Multiple commuter train lines are not running into New York’s Penn Station on weekdays until September so repairs can be done, pushing people onto PATH trains and ferries. The effort will also require coordination between several states rather than just California on the West Coast.If anyone can do it, it’s probably Musk. His SpaceX commercial spaceflight firm is currently shuttling cargo to the International Space Station, while Tesla is now producing its more affordable Model 3 electric sedan. And of course, he’s eager to blast off to other planets, particularly Mars. But first, the moon?During an appearance this week at the International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR&D) conference, Musk called for a moon base “to get the public real fired up” about space travel, NBC News reports.”Having some permanent presence on another heavenly body, which would be the kind of moon base, and then getting people to Mars and beyond — that’s the continuance of the dream of Apollo that I think people are really looking for,” Musk said. Elon Musk Gets Verbal ‘Approval’ for NY to D.C. Hyperloop Chloe Albanesius 4 min read Next Article Executive Editor, PCMagcenter_img Elon Musk says he received ‘verbal govt approval’ for The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop that would rocket you from New York to D.C. in 29 minutes. July 21, 2017 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. 98shares Add to Queue Elon Musk Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants

first_img –shares Too many disincentives for landlords will prevent new rental units from ever making it to the real estate market. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue 6 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Piyush Hatolkar | Getty Images Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants Alike. Here’s Why. Guest Writer May 16, 2019 Oregon recently made real estate history, becoming the first state in the union to implement rent control statewide.I know the Oregon real estate market well since I grew up there and bought my first rental property when I was 14. Given that, I know that Oregonians mean well with this new law; they want to control the out-of-control cost of living in their state.But I have to disagree with rent control as the solution. In fact, this effort to help and support the state’s most vulnerable residents will unfortunately negatively impact them the most.Why? Because rent control simply doesn’t work. Rather, it drives down construction, discourages investment in new rental properties and generally disrupts the rental market in fundamental ways.And this is far more than just an Oregon story. Similar rent control bills have recently been considered in California, New York and Colorado as well, and the city of Chicago is working on its own related regulations.It won’t work in any of those areas either.Related: 6 Amazing Tips on Turning Real Estate Into a Real FortuneToday’s real estate market is complex and interconnected.Home ownership is on the decline and rents are ever increasing. In fact, according to a report from the Terner Center at UC Berkeley, there were 600,000 fewer “owner-occupied” homes in 2016 than there were in 2015, signaling a shift in ownership of suburban homes due to the foreclosure crisis.There are simply more renters today than in the past, and the supply of new rentals isn’t keeping up with this demand. That’s what’s driving rental affordability at the moment — there just isn’t enough supply.Tenants become the victims when landlords have their hands tied.Rent control only makes this disconnect worse by creating disincentives for builders and landlords, preventing new rental units from ever making it to the market at all.Worst of all, it eats away at today’s already old rental stock, eventually impacting tenants’ quality of life. Because it costs money to own a rental property – there are ongoing maintenance costs, management costs and of course rising property taxes to pay.What happens when landlords are unable to raise their rents in order to keep up with those costs? They stop investing in their properties, and eventually they become more and more dilapidated. No more big improvements, no more preventative maintenance, no more updates.The focus shifts instead to maximizing the rent they’re able to get out of the property, the end result is run-down, cockroach-infested buildings and homes that no one can afford to fix up because rent controls have cut off their source of capital. In that situation, everybody loses.Related: Learn How to Make Smarter Real Estate InvestmentsWorkarounds are emerging.We’re already starting to see the negative impact of the new law on tenants in Oregon, as more and more property managers are talking about removing first-time tenants after 11 months under “no cause” provisions that end after the first year of occupancy. By doing so, they’re still able to evict tenants for “no cause,” effectively allowing them to sidestep rent controls and raise their rent on the next tenant based on market rates.Just like that, tenants have lost one additional month of a place to live, all to satisfy the demands of the new rent control law.That may be the best-case scenario too, as tenants with longer-term leases are suffering even more, as landlords reduce their capital expenditures on properties in order to make sure they enjoy a positive return on their investment.It’s the economically disadvantaged who get hit the hardest by rent control. Already, I’ve been receiving numerous solicitations from real estate agents wanting to assist me in selling my Oregon rentals. Who would I sell them to? It won’t be landlords, but instead those renters who can already afford to buy. This will further reduce the number and quality of rentals in the area as nicer rentals are sold. It will also push apartment owners into converting to condos and further reducing supply for the most vulnerable. It doesn’t have to be this way.There’s a smarter solution. In fact, there’s a functioning model for affordable housing to copy that’s currently being used in Singapore. I know we have a subsidized, mixed-income model in the U.S., but it is not pervasive enough or market-driven enough. In Singapore, developers are incentivized with property tax credits in exchange for setting aside a portion of their rental units for low-income families, offering them reduced rent as part of the deal.Related: ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Real Estate Expert Ryan Serhant on How Small Businesses Can Make a Big ImpactThese aren’t your typical “low income” units either. Under the terms of Singapore’s system, the rentals are required to be part of their general inventory and cannot be isolated, lower quality or otherwise different. The city then regulates all rent, so landlords receive only one rent check from the city.The system accomplishes a couple of different goals:It mixes wealth within neighborhoods. As a result, there are no exclusive wealthy neighborhoods in Singapore and no impoverished neighborhoods, because everyone lives side by side regardless of income.Neighbors don’t know who’s who. Incomes can vary by household, but they all still live right next to each other. It’s a true melting pot.By subsidizing rents in this way, Singapore allows the local rental market to function organically, with landlords making all of the decisions about screening their own tenants, rents being set by demand and the market growing as needed. The only difference is that those tenants who meet certain economic criteria are eligible for assistance and able to live in any residential building in the city. Everything else goes for market rent.For tenants, this ensures a certain standard of care and quality for the properties they are living in.For landlords, it allows them to bring in tenants of different incomes to commingle in the same neighborhoods and buildings, without giving up the power of market rates. Those market rates and tax credits incentivize more building, which increases supply and helps keep rents from skyrocketing.  It’s a model that works in Singapore, and it’s one that’s worth considering in this country as well. Because rent control isn’t the answer for landlords, tenants, or the communities they live in.   Real Estate Joe Edgar CEO of TenantCloud Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to 11

first_imgMinimum Wage Next Article –shares Add to Queue Guest Writer Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to $11 June 20, 2014 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Businesscenter_img Laura Entis Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. It’s official: Massachusetts is raising its minimum wage from $8 to $11.State lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to a bill that would raise the minimum wage incrementally to $9 per hour in 2015, $10 in 2016 and $11 by 2017. Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to sign the measure into law.At $11, Massachusetts will have the highest statewide minimum wage in the nation.The move comes just weeks after Seattle’s City Council made headlines for approving a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour. Seattle’s plan – which gives corporations with 500 employees or more until 2017 to implement the new minimum wage and small-businesses until 2019 or, in some cases 2021– drew controversy over its decision to classify franchises as big businesses. Arguing that franchisees should be grouped with other small-business owners, the International Franchise Association is suing the city of Seattle.Related: Franchisees Take Action Against Seattle’s Minimum Wage LawThe IFA does not plan to take similar action in Massachusetts. “While we’re not in favor of raising the minimum wage, the Massachusetts proposal does not affect franchisees in the same way,” an IFA spokesman told Nation’s Restaurant News.The minimum wage debate has drawn heated words from President Obama. In a speech directed at Congressional Republicans who blocked a bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10, he lashed out, saying “Either you want to grow the economy from the middle out and the bottom up so that prosperity is broad-based, or you think that top-down economics is the way to go.”Meanwhile, critics argue that a higher minimum wage would directly and negatively affect small-business owners and job seekers alike, as employers stop hiring because they can’t afford to pay more workers. Related: Seattle Says Franchises Aren’t Small Businesses, Forces Them on $15 Wage Fast Track Register Now » 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Food Startup Hampton Creek Raises 90 Million

first_img 4 min read This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article Funding 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Beth Kowitt –shares Image credit: Hamptoncreekcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue San Francisco-based Hampton Creek raised $90 million in a strategic Series C financing round, the food technology startup said today. This latest investment brings the company’s total funding to $120 million.Hampton Creek, which is best known for its egg-free condiment Just Mayo, is trying to index the world’s plants in an effort to come up with plant-based food products that are better for the environment and its customers’ health.Horizons Ventures and Khosla Ventures, which have both previously invested in the company, led the round. New investors included Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff.Hampton Creek’s CEO Josh Tetrick first met Benioff at Fortune’s 40 Under 40 event in San Francisco in October. (Tetrick made his debut on the list this year.) When Tetrick realized Benioff was at the party, he called his team and had them deliver their product to the venue for Benioff to taste test. “The only reason I know Benioff is because of your party,” Tetrick tells Fortune. “That started an incredible relationship.”Tetrick says the financing will go toward its technology—such as better lab automation and patents—general expansion, and, as Tetrick says, “to make sure in everything we do, we’re not holding back.” He adds, “We don’t want to waste this moment.” Hampton Creek has garnered more name recognition in recent months amid a David vs. Goliath-type lawsuit with Unilever. The multinational behind Hellmann’s has sued the startup, alleging false advertising because Hampton Creek’s mayo does not contain eggs. Unilever has acknowledged that Hellmann’s is losing share to Just Mayo.The funding round also included investment from Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, one of the largest food conglomerates in Asia, and Southeast Asia’s Far East Organization, which has a beverage operation. Tetrick says that the involvement from these two companies will help Hampton Creek build out its infrastructure in Asia so it can quickly expand in that part of the world when it’s ready.Other investors include the cofounders of artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies (now owned by Google), Collaborative Fund, Founders Fund, Braintree founder Bryan Johnson, Nick Pritzker’s Tao Capital Partners, Blue Bottle Coffee executive chairman Bryan Meehan, and Renaissance man Jean Pigozzi—more on Pigozzi in a minute. “It’s a hyper-eclectic group of people,” Tetrick says.I spoke with Pigozzi—a super-connected investor, art collector, photographer, and creative director and owner of clothing line LimoLand—to get his take on why he invested in Hampton Creek.He first heard about the startup from his friend, Martha Stewart. After trying Just Mayo, Pigozzi reached out to Tetrick and the two discovered they had a lot in common, including an interest in Africa. Tetrick lived in Africa for seven years, and Pigozzi has the largest collection of contemporary African art in the world. “So from Martha Stewart to Africa to mayonnaise we made a connection. Very normal, no?” Pigozzi jokes.Pigozzi’s Hampton Creek investment is his first in food beyond the restaurant industry. He usually sticks to high-tech companies like Facebook and video camera maker GoPro, but Pigozzi got interested in the science behind food from his friend, former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, whose goliath cookbook Modernist Cuisine is a deep dive into the science behind cooking.Pigozzi was attracted to Hampton Creek’s plant-based approach. “It’s a very intriguing way of looking at making food,” he says. (Pigozzi notes that he doesn’t eat meat after 8 p.m.) He believes the company’s model also taps into a shift in consumer behavior, in which people are starting to pay more attention to how their diet impacts their health.Hampton Creek also checked a box for Pigozzi in that it’s based in San Francisco. Pigozzi says he has a rule whenever he receives a business plan that if the address isn’t Palo Alto or San Francisco, he usually throws it in the trashcan. “The only only other address I like is a Chinese address because the thing for me is the two most innovative places in the world are Palo Alto and San Francisco, and then China where the market is so enormous.”His only piece of advice to Tetrick? It’s not enough for it to be healthy. “It must taste good,” he says. “If it doesn’t taste good, just forget about it.” December 18, 2014 Food Startup Hampton Creek Raises $90 Million Apply Now »last_img read more

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Uber Agrees to Cough Up 10 Million to Settle California Suit on

first_img April 8, 2016 Reuters –shares Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Agrees to Cough Up $10 Million to Settle California Suit on Misleading Customers Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Uber Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a civil lawsuit in California that accused the ride-sharing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday.Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements.”It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.Uber welcomed the settlement. “We’re glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California,” it said in a statement.The case was filed in December 2014 by the two district attorneys, who alleged that Uber misled its customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers.The civil complaint also contended that Uber drivers work at airports without obtaining authorization, and in the case of San Francisco, charged a $4 extra fee to passengers traveling there, without paying anything to the airport.The agreement bars Uber from making untrue statements about its background checks and from charging airport “tolls.” In addition, the company must ensure that its fare calculations meet state measurement standards.Uber said it has already made many of the changes, including no longer callings its service the “safest ride on the road” or calling its background checks “the gold standard.”(Reporting by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Fiona Ortiz)last_img read more

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Around 550000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month

first_img August 4, 2016 Contributor Around 550,000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month 2 min read Grace Reader Add to Queue Next Article Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img 359shares Small Business Heroes The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The rate of new entrepreneurs in the United States has been steadily growing for two years, according to a new report.The Kauffman startup index found that the rate of new entrepreneurs — or percent of non-business owning adults that started a business in a given month — has gone up from 2014, when 280 out of 100,000 adults became business owners, to 2016 when 330 out of 100,000 did. That translates to around 550,000 new entrepreneurs across the national, state and metro level every month.Two years ago, the index saw its lowest rate of new entrepreneurs in 20 years. Today, the index is at its fifth highest level.Other interesting tidbits from the report:Women in particular have seen an increase, as the rate of new entrepreneurs jumped from 220 out of 100,000 adults to 260 from 2014 to 2015.The rate of Latino entrepreneurs increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In 1996, 10 percent of new entrepreneurs were Latino. That rate jumped to 20.8 percent in 2015.There are now more older entrepreneurs than before. The rate of new entrepreneurs ages 55 to 64 increased from 14.8 percent in 1996 to 24.3 percent in 2015. With entrepreneurship on the rise, it may be time for you to get on board. Let these articles be your guide:So You Want to Be Your Own Boss… – Starting a Business …Need a Business Idea? Here are 55Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Cities for Entrepreneurs8 Ways to Think Like an EntrepreneurLow Cost Business Ideas, How to Start a Small Business50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur Image credit: Shutterstock.com Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now »last_img read more

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Black Pearl Mail Unveils New Insights Module Equips Customers with RealTime Email

first_img analyticsBlack Pearl MailEmergeNewsReal-Time EmailSaas Previous Articlewhat3words Partners With Bordrin to Offer Chinese Drivers an Easy Way to Navigate to Precise LocationsNext ArticleLogMeIn Takes Aim at Cloud Identity with New LastPass Business Lineup Black Pearl Mail, the provider that transforms email into a smart digital marketing tool, announces it is releasing a new module for its software-as-a-service (SaaS) product. The Insights module, which is a productivity suite for customers, activates the intelligence of email so customers can begin using it strategically. This module includes real-time notifications and customized dashboard style analytics to give senders visibility into when their emails are getting opened and what elements are being interacted with in their email.“Email is a huge part of our communication process with our potential and existing customers,” says Shaun Schulman, director of marketing at Emerge. “Being that we have a very large sales team spread in multiple locations and time zones, Black Pearl allows us to quickly manage and control our brand in just a few clicks. We love the ability to group people into teams with separate looks and information. On top of that, the analytics to see who opens and clicks is highly valuable. We’re very much looking forward to gaining insight into more behaviors with the new Insights module.”Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing SuiteBlack Pearl’s current 700+ customers are being invited to try Insights, and the platform is available to all interested parties. Prior to the Insights module release, the company also recently released Native Analytics, which included updates to the look and feel of the ‘in-the-box’ reports that come with its signature and branding service, enhanced A/B testing functionality and exportable link/website clicks. Customers can now purchase Signature Solutions, which includes Native Analytics, at a lower price point, or Insights at a slightly higher price point.Marketing Technology News: Live Data Is Now The Lifeblood For Telco Value Creation“Our platform has always helped customers understand whether or not their emails are getting read, and to make sense of their email data,” says Nick Lissette, founder of Black Pearl Mail. “But the new Insights module extends beyond this, deepening the visibility and actionable nature of the information they receive. Now customers can understand the behavior or path their recipients take after opening a message, clicking on the links or interacting with their banner ad. This enables our customers to capture the ‘magic minute’ with their recipients; that moment in time when you have your audience’s full attention and you know what they are interested in.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises Black Pearl Mail Unveils New Insights Module; Equips Customers with Real-Time Email Visibility & Customized Analytics Business WireJune 12, 2019, 10:00 pmJune 12, 2019 last_img read more

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Gender inequality bad for everyones health finds research

first_imgGender equality. Image Credit: Ink Drop / Shutterstock Sources: Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender System, Patricia Homan, Published May 28, 201, https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122419848723 A simplified approach to measuring national gender inequality, Gijsbert Stoet , David C. Geary, Published: January 3, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205349 Researcher Patricia Homan, Assistant Professor of Sociology and an Associate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University, developed a model for structural sexism to check the impact of gender inequality on health. She explained, “Researchers have known for decades that the experience of being sexually harassed or discriminated against can have a harmful effect on a woman’s health. But much less is known about the broader health consequences of living in a social environment where power, resources, roles and opportunities are unequally distributed along gender lines.”For her study Homan explained that she established a method to measure structural sexism within the different US states as well as at home within heterosexual marriages. She then correlated it with health of the men as well as women. She gathered her data from the U.S. Census and the National Longitudinal Study of Youth including over 3300 young persons. She devised three levels of structural sexism classifying them as, “macro level (U.S. state), meso level (marital dyad), and micro level (individual)”.To measure the structural sexism, Homan looked at four areas in the society – political, economical, cultural and physical or reproductive. The parameters included gender gap, wage gap associated with gender, gender difference in labour force participation and inclusion, prevalence of religious conservatives in the state that is associated with rigid gender roles, proportion of state legislature seats held by men, proportion of females in areas where there is lack of abortion providers. Choice of abortion and pregnancy as well as state level representation of women was considered to be important parameters.Homan said, “Public health scholars and international human rights organizations consider reproductive choice and access to a full range of reproductive health care services to be a fundamental human right. It’s also considered a precondition for women’s equal citizenship and participation in social, political and economic life.”Results revealed that structural sexism at the level of the state could mean poorer health outcomes for both men and women. Homan found that people who lived in states with highest structural sexism were more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions. These states include Utah, Wyoming, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. By the age of 40 and 50 years, in these states, people reported worsening physical functions, she explained. Homan said, “This means that at the macro level structural sexism is universally harmful for population health.”Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyAmong women facing higher levels of structural sexism in their home state, health problems were twice as much finds the study. These women, on an average looked seven years older according to their health profiles says Homan when compared to women living in states with lowest structural sexism for example in Maryland, California, Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii.From the study, Homan believes that gender inequality is a public health problem. She said, “The first thing we need to realize is that gender inequality in the United States is not only a human rights issue, but also a public health problem. Therefore, gender equity policy is health policy.” She called for more women representation in politics, closure of the gender based wage gap and improvement in access to reproductive health care. She says that it is by removing gender inequality that health of the community can be promoted.Related StudyGender inequality measurement should focus on life satisfactionAuthors Gijsbert Stoet from the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, UK and David C. Geary from the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, USA this January published a study titled, “A simplified approach to measuring national gender inequality,” in the journal PLOS One.They wrote that the “Global Gender Gap Index” published first in 2006 is one of the best methods to measure national gender inequality and is widely used by policy makers and researchers. They provided a simpler method of measuring gender inequality. They used data from 134 nations between 2012 and 2016 to come up with their measurement. Some of the parameters they measured include, “disadvantages in children’s basic education, life satisfaction, and healthy life span.”They write that the GGGI measures four parameters, “1) economic participation and opportunity, 2) educational attainment, 3) health and survival, and 4) political empowerment.” The authors have come up with the Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) which looks at “the ratio of women to men on three core dimensions of life; 1) Educational opportunities in childhood; 2) Healthy life expectancy (the number of years one can expect to live in good health); and, 3) Overall life satisfaction.”The authors concluded, “…resolving gender inequality is only part of what is needed to ensure that all people can reach their full potential; overall gender parity on its own is not sufficient, because it can simply mean that both men and women lack opportunities in different facets of life quality.”center_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 30 2019A researcher from the Florida State University has found that gender inequality in all the U.S. states could mean adverse health outcomes. The study titled, “Structural Sexism and Health in the United States: A New Perspective on Health Inequality and the Gender System,” was published in the latest issue of the American Sociological Review. Her work has been also published in Social Forces and Social Science and Medicine.last_img read more

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