Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 6th Annual Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride is scheduled for Memorial Day Monday, May 27. 10-Mile Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & RideThe 2019 Mouth to Mouth Wild Run & Ride includes a 1-mile beach run or fat bike ride between Kasilof River mouth and the mouth of the Kenai River. Day of event registration opens at noon. Race time is set for 2 p.m.The race start will be located at the Kasilof River Special Use Area off Kasilof Beach Stub Rd and the finish line at the Kenai South Beach parking lot off Cannery Rd.Early registration is available for $30 ($25 for Cook Inlet Keepers members) and day of event registration is $40. 3-Mile Fun Run EventIn addition, a 3-mile beach run from Cannery Road beach to the Kenai River mouth and return will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday. Start time for the 3-mile run is 3 p.m. at Cannery Road beach access off Dunes Road.
Share your voice Comments Pixar Breaking recordsThis may be minor as tidbits go, but could signal greater things for how well this animated film does. On Thursday, Fandango announced that Toy Story 4 had beaten the record for best first day presales for an animated title, outshining last year’s Incredibles 2.TicketsAs Disney’s Twitter account tells us, we can now buy tickets (nearly a month early) to see Toy Story 4 when it arrives in cinemas June 21. Don’t let kids with internet access beat you to the best seats! 2:28 Meet #Forky in this brand-new clip from #ToyStory4. See it in theaters June 21. pic.twitter.com/sVOSf3CZz4— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) May 28, 2019 TV and Movies 2 Forky is the newest “toy” in town. Pixar Nine years after Toy Story 3 seemingly delivered the perfect poignant goodbye to Woody and Buzz — we’re back. Disney and Pixar have found a new story deemed worthy of unpacking the beloved characters. Put another way, this 24-year-old series returns to tell a story… about a spork. Below is everything we know about Toy Story 4 which, to be fair, radiates Pixar’s wholesome warmth. We’ve also included reminders of what happened in the previous trilogy, in case time has blurred those adorable childhood adventures. You’ve got a friend in Randy NewmanHe’s back! The man behind multiple Pixar scores as well as one of the most touching ballads between kids and their toys brings us two brand-new songs. They’re ominously titled, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” and you can already get a taste of the latter and its performer, Chris Stapleton, on Spotify. Despite the seemingly glum sentiment, it’s fairly upbeat. One of the lyrics: “I just found out… what love is about,” is a stick-in-your-head winner. Meanwhile, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” is about trying to stop Forky the spork from throwing himself into the great bin in the sky. Poor guy. Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody and Bo Peep’s long-awaited… 23 Photos 2:19 Trailers, themes and plot Trailer 1 The official Toy Story 4 trailer plonks us right back in Bonnie’s bedroom, Bonnie being that kid Andy donates Woody and Buzz to at the end of Toy Story 3. After spending a second remembering just how much joy animated characters can bring, we’re introduced to an entirely new toy: a plastic piece of cutlery known as Forky. Forky is Bonnie’s self-made arts and craft creature built of spork, pipe cleaner and googly eyes. In a brief moment, we see Bonnie sitting alone at a school table, suggesting she’s having a hard time making friends. But not a hard time connecting with cutlery. Tickets for #ToyStory4 are now available! Get yours now and see the film in theaters June 21! https://t.co/KvxWjKwwgh pic.twitter.com/TLdEcpawVZ— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) May 28, 2019 Everything else Teaser trailer, teaser trailer reaction, Big Game ad, TV spots: meet the many promotional videos for this film. Their most significant contribution is an intro to Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. They’re soft and cuddly carnival prizes who try to pick a fight with Buzz. See who fares better in that tiff. Also see Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, aka Keanu Reeves in 3D-animated form. Canada’s best stunt rider has a handle-bar mustache and undertakes awesome leaps of faith, metaphorical and otherwise. Release date Toy Story 4 will spring to life June 21, at a perfect kid-friendly runtime of 89 minutes (though it would be no surprise if 99% of each screening is filled with adults). Same filmmakers? While the first two Toy Stories were directed by Pixar stalwart John Lassater, Lee Unkrich took over for the third (he co-directed the second), and now the baton passes to Josh Cooley in his feature directorial debut. He brings a wealth of experience as a storyboard artist on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up and Inside Out. Note that John Lassater also helps out with Toy Story 4’s storyline, and that the original Toy Story was Lassater’s feature directorial debut. In other words, we’re in safe hands. Cast With new toys joining the original, there’s a lot of voice work going around: Tom Hanks returns to voice Woody. John Phillips/Getty Images Tom Hanks as WoodyTim Allen as Buzz LightyearAnnie Potts as Bo PeepJoan Cusack as JessieBlake Clark as Slinky DogWallace Shawn as RexJohn Ratzenberger as HammDon Rickles as Mr. Potato HeadEstelle Harris as Mrs. Potato HeadJodi Benson as Barbie Michael Keaton as KenJeff Pidgeon as AliensKristen Schaal as TrixieBonnie Hunt as DollyTimothy Dalton as Mr. PricklepantsJeff Garlin as ButtercupLaurie Metcalf as Mrs. DavisLori Alan as Mrs. AndersonTony Hale as ForkyKeegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele as Ducky and BunnyKeanu Reeves as Duke CaboomChristina Hendricks as Gabby GabbyAlly Maki as Giggle McDimplesMadeleine McGraw as BonnieRickey Henderson as Oakland Athletics bobblehead figureSay hello to Duke Caboom. Gonzalo Jiménez/CNET From the filmmakers and actors If it came as a surprise to you to hear Toy Story was coming back for a fourth time — followed by the surprise it would tell a story about a spork — director Cooley shared the same sentiment. “It was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning,” he said in a press release last November. “Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.” Tom Hanks, who’s voiced Woody since 1995, assured us Toy Story 4 will have a huge payoff — and not just on the money side. “When I realized what they were going for, I realized, oh, this is a moment in history,” Hanks said on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in November. Tim Allen, who’s also been there right from the beginning as Buzz, chose one of the biggest films around to sum up the impact of Toy Story 4. “[Infinity War] didn’t seem like it was going to work … and it was a lot of vignettes that all made sense,” Allen said in an interview on CBS’s The Talk last September. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET’s parent company.) “This Toy Story 4, it is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea of what they’ve come up with.” Any opportunity to form a connection with a film about toys, spork or otherwise — I’m there. Now playing: Watch this: “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” from #ToyStory4 is out now. https://t.co/XyQ3517eaS pic.twitter.com/ResOYTfM3f— Chris Stapleton (@ChrisStapleton) June 5, 2019 Note: This article is updated whenever more news rolls in. The freaky Pixar theory that could blow your mind Now playing: Watch this: Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody on a big road trip A very Forky clipIf you’re hesitating over early tickets, maybe watch this brand-new clip that highlights the perils of toy confiscation and introduces Bonnie’s new friend, Forky. He’s a spork, in case that wasn’t clear. Understandably, Forky’s undergoing an identity crisis: he was made for soups after all. It’s up to the gang to rescue the utensil, who hits the road on a journey that will undoubtedly jump us with a profound reflection on growing up. Along the way, Woody finds his love Bo Peep in an antiques shop fending off, naturally, a hoard of ventriloquist dummies. A changed Bo, with a new under-the-cover-of-night caped persona, talks up the value of change and introduces Woody to the world of a carnival. Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t answer the question of whether Totoro comes back. We will all, I am sure, be waiting with bated breath for the adorable mute’s return. Woody and Bo reunited. Pixar Trailer 2 The second trailer drops a plot bombshell: Bonnie and her family are taking a vacation. In a caravan. Still fun! Forky doesn’t help himself by getting swept out the open window, another opportunity for a gang rescue exercise. On a deeper note, Woody has come a long way since the egotistical cowboy of the first film, putting himself on the line to rescue a slightly questionable toy he knows makes his kid happy. That’s character development, Game of Thrones! Tags
News Share This! Tagschurch membership church membership decline Gallup homepage featured nones,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Most Americans still say they believe in God, but their involvement in organized religion continues to wane.A new Gallup report found that only half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious body, down from 69% two decades earlier.Most of the decline is tied to the rise of the so-called “nones” — those who claim no religious affiliation. Gallup found that the share of Americans who claim a religious identity declined from 90% to 77% in recent decades.But even those who claim a faith tradition may not belong to a religious congregation or community, according to the report, which compared data from 1998-2000 to data from 2016-2018.At the turn of the century, Gallup said, 73% of religious Americans belonged to a house of worship. That’s dropped to 64% today.“The still-sizable proportion of religious Americans also contribute to declining church membership, as fewer in this group belong to a church than did so two decades ago,” the report states.Being part of a house of worship is no longer necessary for a growing number of religious Americans, said Tim Carney, author of “Alienated America.”“This data confirms what we’ve been seeing for decades: American life is becoming deinstitutionalized,” Carney said. “Americans are less likely to belong to anything. In America, historically, the thing most people have belonged to has been the church, and now more and more people are losing that.”Age and generational differences appear to play a role in whether Americans join a house of worship.“Just 42 percent of millennials are members of churches, on average,” according to the report. “By comparison, 20 years ago, 62 percent of members of Generation X belonged to a church, when they were about the same age as millennials are today.”The poll found that 68% of “traditionalists” — which Gallup identifies as those born before 1945 — are part of a church or other religious body. That percentage has declined from 78% two decades ago.Gallup’s study also found that 89% of traditionalists have a religious identity, compared with 68% of millennials, which it defines as those born between 1980 and 2000.“Not only are millennials less likely than older Americans to identify with a religion, but millennials who are religious are significantly less likely to belong to a church,” according to the report. “Fifty-seven percent of religious millennials belong to a church, compared with 65 percent or more in older generations.”Among other findings:Catholics (63%) are less likely to belong to a church than Protestants (67%).Nondenominational Christians (57%) are less likely to belong to a church than those tied to a specific denomination (70%).Mormons have among the highest affiliation with a church, at about 90%.Jewish membership in synagogues has remained steady at about 50%.Gallup’s new numbers are striking because they suggest a even lower level in religiosity than other recent data on religious affiliation.Last year’s General Social Survey, a poll conducted since 1972 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, found that those who reported that they affiliate with “no religion” and those that self-identify as evangelicals are the same size — about 23%.The difference is one of wording, explained Ryan Burge, a pastor and political science researcher. While the GSS looked at affiliation, which can be more cultural, Gallup asked about membership, which might suggest a more formal connection with a specific religious body.“A lot of people say they’re Catholic, for example, but they never go to Mass,” Burge said. “Or they went to college, moved away, and don’t attend a church in their new town. So if you ask if they’re a member of the Catholic Church, they’re more likely to say they’re not because they don’t actively attend.”Burge said the gap between the population that claims a religious affiliation and population that claims church membership shows that America is still “marginally attached” to civic religion.“The vast majority of us think we should believe in something, that we should have some religious affiliation,” he said. “They’re not afraid of the label of religion, they’re just reluctant to engage in the activity. That ties into the larger problem in America where people aren’t joining stuff as much as they used to.”That lines up with an overall lack of interest in belonging, according to Harvard University political scientist Robert Putnam, whose 2000 book, “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” argued that Americans have been engaging less and less in communal social activities – bowling leagues, Rotary clubs, Boy Scouts, gardening clubs, book clubs and more — since the 1960s.Church attendance, Putnam told Religion News Service, has simply followed this downward trend.In fact, the data on the decline in church membership shares “almost exactly the same pattern of ups and downs” as engagement in secular civil society, he said.While the acceleration of the trend may partially be rooted in the increased politicization of religion, Putnam said, it’s likely much less about religion and spirituality and much more about a general disengagement with organized social activities.That gap has only partially been filled by the rise of online forms of community, researchers say, which has consequences not only for faith groups but for society at large.“This is not a good trend, even from a secular perspective,” Carney said. “People who attend church have more connections, more friends, more support in tough times, and more of a sense of purpose. Families that attend church are stronger. And among the working class, the data suggest that people who drop out of church aren’t joining anything else in its place.”Putnam, though, cautioned against focusing on just the rearview mirror.“Just because a trend is going in a direction, doesn’t mean it can’t reverse course,” Putnam said. “I actually think it’s possible that the millennials will lead a renewal of civil society. There’s a decent chance we’re on the verge of a major change in American society.”And religion, he said, could very well be a part of that.The Gallup study was based on telephone interviews of American adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Trend data on membership came from surveys of 2,000 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.Results for 2016-2018 are based on interviews with 7,688 Americans. Results from 1998-2000 are based on interviews with 7,184 Americans. 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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday came out in support of the Delhi government, which has again invited Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung’s wrath over the appointment of six Bihar police officers in the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). The party leaders claimed that the ACB did not come under the Lieutenant Governor’s jurisdiction. Claiming to wage a tough war to weed out corruption from Delhi, party leaders alleged that those engaged in such malpractices were Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » February 12, 2018 The era of smart assistants is here, and the race for dominance is on: By mid-December, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners was able to report that Amazon’s Echo was leading the pack, with 20 million units shipped, selling more than three times its nearest competitor, Google Home.Even Apple had entered the fray with its HomePod, a product that includes a Samsung smart speaker utilizing Bixby — a smart helper mobile app — that further diversifies the marketplace.Related: Is Your Startup Ready for Artificial Intelligence?With the increasing number of smart assistants and their use in our world, they likely won’t stay put on our night tables and bookshelves for long. Soon, they’ll be incorporated into businesses as well, and the makers of these devices are well aware of that possibility. This past fall, in fact, Alexa for Business was announced at Amazon’s re:Invent 2017 conference.In addition to conference-calling, Alexa for Business touts calendar checking, meeting scheduling, a to-do list and reminder management plus the ability to fetch business-relevant information from Salesforce, Concur, Splunk and others.With the use of smart assistants for business already under way, those entrepreneurs and small enterprises that take proactive steps in this direction now will be the ones best able to optimize the tech possibilities of the future.Smart assistants and the office of the futureThe biggest benefits smart assistants and other AI technologies provide at this stage is their ability to cultuvate consumer familiarity. While there are a number of rudimentary tasks that Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri can do, consumer interaction with a computer via voice or conversation is perhaps the most important development.Certainly, today’s devices pale in comparison to images sci-fi films present, but teven with those devices’ relative lack of intelligence, people are beginning to trust technology. When the technology gets something wrong, for instance, a user might actually find that endearing — even feeling a hint of empathy with the device.Yet, as the technology continues to evolve, however, this human empathy will likely evolve into more of an expectation. Already, AI is disrupting customer service, through chatbots and automated customer service representatives. In this way, AI has made it easier for people to communicate with technology on concerns like software-as-a-service customer support, product returns and even e-commerce websites.Such “solutions,” though, are only ancillary to the ways that smart assistants will eventually benefit businesses. More directly — and in the future — Google Home or Alexa in the office could be helping to set up your conference calls, search for missing items, coordinate meetings or inform people about what’s happening around the office.Related: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Get a Personal Assistant Gadget?So, what can entrepreneurs and small businesses do now to prepare for this next step?1. Pick and play, but don’t overdo that digital assistant.Pick your device, and place it where it can be used by your teams on a regular basis, such as a conference room. Then, without overthinking the integration process too much, start using it.For instance, begin by placing phone calls. If the service you’re already using can be dialed via a telephone number, calling will work fine. Keep in mind, though, that while you can connect an Amazon Echo or Google Home to your computer as a Bluetooth speaker, you’ll be unable to use it as a Bluetooth microphone — a drawback for companies with voice internet protocol setups that use Google Hangouts or UberConference.Still, a voice-activated device shouldn’t and can’t be used for every task, so don’t consider it the panacea of your problems. Focus on where it can add the most value to your business and your teams, and hone that capability rather than try to make every process tech-savvy.2. Crank things up a notch by training your devices –and your staff.While an impressive 42 percent of smartphone users claimed in a survey to use the AI-based personal assistant features of their mobile devices, in the grand scheme of technology, these products are still fairly new to our culture.Using a digital assistant at this point requires some mental retraining. In fact, to get the most out of your new gadgets, you’ll probably want to train the gadgets as well (and products like the Alexa Skills Kit are great for that).Staff training is also necessary because these machines are capable of a lot. Know, though, that it will take some time to understand which features work well and which are still wanting. For example, if you want to add events to calendars, the ability to do so via voice profiles is spotty, at best. Google can do this somewhat better than Alexa, but HomePod remains relatively untested, given its recent arrival in the market.Instead, you might find it easier to create a shared calendar that everyone in proximity can access and add to. This way, during meetings, you can simply ask the device to add events or to-do items that can be transferred later. As time progresses, these systems will become smarter and more capable, so the more you understand their usage scope now, the better you’ll be able to scale that usage in the future.3. Always be looking to tomorrow.While today’s technologies are only the beginning, they aren’t just glorified encyclopedias. Some AI platforms such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple’s Siri and IBM Watson can already (and successfully) supplant a human personal assistant. They can intelligently order food, call a cab, make dinner or travel reservations, provide investing analysis, coordinate social events and more.Take Fin, built by the eponymous startup, as an example. Fin combines AI with human support to work more accurately and efficiently than a stand-alone digital assistant. But while it might work better, its enhancements and convenience come with a hefty price tag. Eventually, Fin’s distinctiveness might also be overshadowed by the behemoth tech companies as their offerings become smarter and cheaper.To make sure you’re always looking ahead, consider how your business could leverage these capabilities today, to either streamline your workday or to add flash to your customer-facing operation; also consider what all that might look like in the next month or year. When clients observe work getting done dynamically and effectively through a smart assistant, they may develop a stronger strong image of your business as forward-thinking.Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018While a new era of these devices is here and each smart assistant platform can already do amazing things, each is also frustratingly stupid. But with the barrier of entry being pretty low — particularly for the Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot — getting started now is easy.Adoption today is less about the convenience this technology offers and more about participating in a bleeding-edge technology.After all, this is technology that can be honed through your contributions even as you train your team to be comfortable with these devices’ abilities and potential for bolstering your business’s capabilities. Clearly, not seizing this opportunity today will only mean that you’ll be one more day behind tomorrow. 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Italy’s antitrust regulator has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the division of Serie A football rights between Sky and Mediaset for the 2015-18 seasons, according to local reports.Sky and Mediaset are suspected of colluding to carve up the rights, freezing out rivals including Discovery-owned Eurosport.Last year Mediaset at the last minute secured DTT rights to the matches of leading teams in the face of what it saw as a threat to allocate both major packages on offer to Sky. Serie A clubs agreed to allocate package A, with exclusive satellite rights to the matches of the eight leading teams to Sky, while package B, with DTT rights, went to Mediaset along with a package covering the matches of the 12 remaining teams.In a statement, Mediaset said that the deal had been approved by regulator AgCom at the time. It said that no alternative broadcaster had submitted a bid above the price threshold for each package at the time, and that therefore such players could not have been discriminated against. It also argued that the sale of both major packages to a single player – such as Sky – would have been against the rules governing the central sale of rights.
In This Issue.* Plethora of data push dollar lower… * German unemployment show a surprise improvement… * Pound continues to get sold… * Canadian dollar moves back above parity…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!US data push the dollar lower…Good day. And welcome to February. I can’t believe January is already over, it really flew by didn’t it? The St. Louis University basketball team pulled off what many would call a big upset yesterday by beating #9 Butler last night, and they won in impressive fashion! Congrats to the B-ball Billikens!! We had a busy day on the trading desk yesterday with the markets reacting to what was a plethora of data releases here in the US. And today we will have just as much data released which should lead to another volatile day. The last day of January started off with data showing the Personal Income and Spending of US consumers increased in December. The surprise number was on the income side where the data showed a 2.6% jump after an adjusted increase of 1% in November. These are some very strong numbers on the income side and were thought mainly to be due to questions regarding the fiscal cliff at year end. It seems many companies paid dividends and employee bonuses earlier than usual in order to avoid the jump in tax rates which everyone knew would be happening as we turned the calendar over. According to a story I read in Bloomberg, the Commerce department estimated about $26.4 billion of the increase in incomes was attributable to early dividend payments and another $15 billion reflected bonuses on other types of irregular pay. So the jump in income wasn’t really increases, it was simply a timing difference so the income numbers during the first quarter will undoubtedly show the flip side of these increases during last quarter.And in addition to the early bonuses, the payroll tax will be more of a drag on consumer’s disposable income this quarter. And even after the large surge in incomes during the last month of 2012, Personal spending actually showed a smaller increase than expected. Spending was up .2% in December after a .4% increase in the previous month. Other data showed prices remained flat in December as the PCE numbers were flat on a MOM basis. This data was followed up with the weekly jobs numbers which showed a slight increase in the number of jobless claims last week. The data showed 368k more workers applied for first time employment benefits compared to last weeks 330k. Continuing claims increased to 3197k compared to an adjusted figure of 3175k last week. The pace of recovery in the US labor market certainly isn’t increasing, and we will get even more jobs data later this morning. Economists are expecting today’s Nonfarm Payrolls numbers for January to reflect an increase of 165k with Private payrolls showing a 168k increase and another part of the report to show 10k more manufacturing jobs were added last month. The Unemployment rate is expected to remain at 7.8%, stubbornly high and well above Bernanke’s 6.5% target.The labor department will also be issuing its annual benchmark update, reflecting all of the revisions which it has made to the employment numbers from April 2011 to March 2012. The government will also incorporate new Census Bureau estimates into the household survey it uses to calculate the jobless rate. I’m sure Chuck will be dissecting these ‘adjustments’ and will share his thoughts with all of you (I can just hear him screaming at the walls now!)And yesterday’s plethora of data ended with the release of the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index which fell again last week. The index dropped to minus 37.5 from -36.4 the previous week. This was a fourth consecutive decrease, and the lowest reading since October as the increase in the payroll tax put consumers in a negative mood.There was a bit of good news across the pond as German unemployment unexpectedly declined in January. Even with the improvement in the German labor market, unemployment in the euro area remained relatively high at 11.7%. But this reading is still below economists forecast of 11.9% for the EU jobless rate. These good employment numbers combined with the worrying data here in the US to push the Euro up almost a full cent. The Euro surged to a high of $1.3675, the highest level for the common currency since November of 2011. The euro ended January with a 2.93% increase vs. the US$, with Brazil being the only currency with a better return vs. the US$ at 3.02% for January. This is the sixth straight month of gains for the Euro vs. the US$, a somewhat surprising run for the common currency. We still caution investors against the euro, as the sovereign debt problems are sure to raise up again sometime this year; but this run by the euro is certainly impressive.Currency experts at some of the major banks feel the Euro has even more room to appreciate. According to a report by BNP Paribas SA the euro will strengthen to $1.40 by the third quarter of this year, the highest level since 2011. The Paris bank’s experts also said they expect the yen to experience ‘sustained’ weakness this year. BNP feel the Japanese currency will fall to 95 during the first quarter before strengthening to 85 by year end.That reminds me of an alert which caused a bit of a stir on the desk yesterday. Brian Arabia, the head of our Business Foreign Exchange department, forwarded all of us an alert which stated “Dollar at 2 ½ year high”. I immediately turned toward the screens to figure out what had caused the big reversal of fortune for the US$, but saw the euro above $1.35 and the Brazilian real below the 2 handle. But after looking a bit harder at the news story Brian had sent I saw it was just referring to the dollar/yen. Yes, the dollar is certainly strong vs. the Japanese yen, but this isn’t because of the dollar’s strength but is rather due to the weakness of the Japanese yen. This just goes to show you how the media can twist things around a bit and spin them to give readers a much different first impression. A clearer story on the US$ can be seen by looking at the dollar index. This broader based index dropped to a six week low and has just dropped below a key support level of 79.2. The only currency which joined the yen in dropping vs. the US$ yesterday was the Pound sterling which tumbled to the weakest level in 14 months. A report showed UK manufacturing growth is slowing with the Markit Economics supply index falling to 50.8 from a revised 51.2 in December. The pound dropped almost 2.5% vs. the US$ in January, and is down about 2% over the past 3 months. The UK is close to slipping into a ‘triple dip’ recession, with GDP dropping .3% during the 4th quarter of 2012. Depending on the data this morning in the US, currency traders could start to bid up the commodity currency in a ‘risk on’ day as China’s manufacturing index is expected to have climbed in December. The median estimate of economists pegs China’s January PMI at 51 compared to a reading of 50.6 in December. If the number is as expected, this would be the fourth straight month of a 50+ reading which signals the Chinese economy is again on an expansionary route. This would help the Australian and New Zealand dollars which depend on the strength of the Chinese economy. The Aussie can use a little ‘love’ from the Chinese after a report showed a gauge of Australian manufacturing fell to a 3 ½ year low in January. The strength of the Australian dollar has hurt exports and manufacturing in Australia, causing a 4.1 point drop in the manufacturing index. This gauge has shown Australian manufacturing has been in contraction since February of 2012. But currency strategists are still boosting forecasts for the Aussie dollar as they expect the Australian economy to rebound along with renewed growth in China. According to Bloomberg, estimates for the Aussie have climbed 8.2% to $1.05 from 97 cents on June 30. This isn’t a large increase from the $1.0419 where it is trading now, but it is still an increase.The Canadian dollar broke above parity for the first time in a week after a report showed the Canadian economy grew faster than forecast in November. The report released by Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew .3% following a .1% gain in the month prior. The loonie had been beat up a bit in January, but this data was enough to push the currency back above parity vs. the US$. To recap. Data pushed the dollar lower as the US economy is seen as stagnating in the 4th quarter. More data released today may give the markets direction, with the jobs data expected to show a small improvement. German unemployment data surprised on the upside and pushed the euro above $1.365 with many ‘experts’ feeling the euro has even further to run. Japanese yen continues to fall and was joined by the pound sterling which also dropped. The commodity currencies direction will be determined by the Chinese manufacturing numbers which will be released later today. Currencies today 2/1/13: American Style: A$ $1.0392, kiwi .8424, C$ 1.00, euro 1.3645, sterling 1.5839, Swiss $1.1052. European Style: rand 8.9420, krone 5.4461, SEK 6.3043, forint 214.50, zloty 3.0635, koruna 18.796, RUB 29.98, yen 92.13, sing 1.2409, HKD 7.7581, INR 53.1975, China 6.2273, pesos 12.7241, BRL 1.9869, Dollar Index 79.029, Oil $97.30, 10-year 2.00%, Silver $31.44, and Gold $1,664.70.That’s it for today. Happy birthday to my wonderful wife of 21 years. Tina is a great mom and good friend and I could not imagine my life without her. I asked her if she wanted to go out to a romantic dinner this evening and as is typical she instead wanted to just have a casual dinner with our kids, her mom and her sister. It’s a big day on the desk today as we finally get our replacement for Lori who left at the end of last year. Dane Moody, who started off in our operations area and then transferred to our wealth division is joining Christine on the trading side of the WorldMarkets desk. Welcome Dane, we all are excited to have you join the team!! I hope everyone has a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend. GO NINERS!!Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
In This Issue. * RBA removes verbiage about A$ strength. * Sweden prints stronger than expected manufacturing report. * Chinese manufacturing prints flat. * Hedge Funds return to Gold. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Partial Shutdown Begins. Good day. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! And also welcome to October, which for many years, I’ve referred to the month as Rocktober! So, Rocktober is here, time to start getting the woolies out of storage, rake leaves, do like Chris like to do, go for rides to view the autumn foliage, and get ready for Halloween! Of course, Rocktober has also brought us a partial Gov’t shutdown. I’ll start with that discussion this morning for it’s what all the media is going kaka over! (and I don’t mean the soccer player!) So, yes, the partial shutdown of the Gov’t began at midnight last night, as the calendar turned to Rocktober. I guess I’ll have to remind the media to get a grip here… We’ve seen this all before… Yes, it’s been 17 years since the last Gov’t shutdown.. And we’ve had a number of these in our past. So, let’s not go all Chicken Little on me here! These are the things that happen when you allow your debt to rise unsustainably for over a decade… There’s an old saying about having to pay the piper… Well, that’s what this is all about… Speaking of “What it’s all about”… On a sidebar, I saw a sign the other day, that read: The Hokey Pokey Clinic… A place to turn yourself around… and that’s what it’s all about! So… What we have here is a failure to communicate… The House says that they want to negotiate and the Senate says they don’t want to negotiate… I don’t think I can even come up with a silly saying about what the lawmakers are doing right now, but… You know me, I think that both sides of the aisle has been to blame for this debt mess we’re in… And the dollar is caught in the middle… How long this lasts only the Shadow knows, but it appears that the markets are not happy with it, or the dollar right now… You see… the markets figure that if the Gov’t is going through this exercise of a partial shutdown, that the economy is going to suffer, and that would mean the Fed would have to extend their stimulus of bond buying and ZIRP (zero interest rate policy)… And all this is what has hurt the dollar in the past, so no reason to upset that applecart… Sell dollars because no one knows how this all stimulus ends, and now we’re just extending the unknown… So, after I signed off and sent the letter for review yesterday morning, the euro began to tick upward, and by the time everyone had arrived at their places with bright shining faces, the euro had climbed to 1.3545. Recall, I had told you yesterday morning that the euro had fallen below 1.35, but the move was small. That downward movement had been caused by the news this past weekend that Silvio Berlusconi (yes him again!) was pulling his party out of a coalition that would bring the Italian Gov’t down. A couple of things come to mind after typing that. 1. I’ve been dealing with currencies since 1992. And I’ve been writing about the misadventures, legal problems and scandals of Mr. Silvio Berlusconi since 1992! I can’t believe he has stuck around all this time! And 2. These Gov’t dissolutions happen all the time in Parliament Governments. And yes, it should have had some negative effects on the euro, but not much. But, as the morning wore on, a whispering campaign began to carry through the markets, that there were defectors from Berlusconi’s plans to withdraw his party. And the number of defectors would be enough to maintain the current Gov’t. coalition. And that’s what got the euro started once again. This morning, the euro is trading around that 1.3545 level still, but there are a few other currencies taking up the slack of a weaker dollar… The Aussie dollar (A$) is up more than 1-cent this morning… The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left rates unchanged, as I suspected they would, and then removed some key verbiage from their statement regarding their concern with the strong A$… The Swedish krona is outperforming Europe this morning as Sweden reported that September Manufacturing expanded at its fastest pace in more than two years… The rest of the currencies are falling in behind these two… As far as the A$ is concerned, think about this for a minute… The U.S. Gov’t has begun to partially shutdown. In Japan, PM Abe announced that he was raising sales taxes next year from 5% to 8%… But in Australia, the RBA leaves rates unchanged and stops dissing the currency… I would think that the spotlight is shining brightly here, as opposed to U.S. dollars and yen… But remember what I told you that RBC thinks about the RBA and the A$ yesterday… And what the heck is Japanese PM Abe thinking about raising Sales Taxes? Think about that for another minute. Japan has had deflation cast over their economy for two decades, and part of deflation that’s not bad is that prices don’t rise, therefore there’s no impetus to go out and buy stuff now, as the Japanese know that the price will be the same in 6 months from now. So, retail sales stink in Japan, have stunk, do stink, and will continue to stink now that the PM has increased Sales Taxes! Geez Louise, what’s in the water over there in Japan that makes these guys think like this? OK… had to stop and sing along with the Guess Who, and their great song, These Eyes… But I’m back now… Like I always say, it’s a good thing I’m here by my lonesome in the early morning! But you have to love that Burton Cummings. And speaking of great things from Canada. The Canadian July GDP report printed yesterday ( I Know! This is so old data!) and printed stronger than expected, fully reversing June’s drop of -.5%… July printed at +.6%, with a rebound in manufacturing having the greatest affect on the data. I would think that the Bank of Canada (BOC) realizes that June’s drop was a direct result of the Alberta floods, and the July report is a sign of good things to come! I also think that given this quick start to the 3rd QTR for Canada, that we could very well see 3% growth in the 3rd QTR. If that happens, and we won’t know until we’re unwrapping our Christmas presents, we could very well see the BOC return to a rate hike campaign in 2014. We’ve already heard from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, (RBNZ) which pretty much greased the tracks for a return to a rate hike cycle in 2014.. Old stodgy countries, that are stuck in their ways, their wage requirements, and red tape, can’t improvise, adjust and overcome to the needs of the Emerging Markets like the mid-size industrialized countries can. And with growth being driven by the Emerging Markets as we move along in the decade, that will mean good things for everyone but the Old stodgy countries. You know who I’m talking about! Speaking of Emerging Markets. China printed their September manufacturing index at 51.1%, which is bang on what it was in August, and a bit below the expectations of 51.6%… China is on their Golden Week holiday this week. So, that makes the two of the top 3 economies in the world on hold this week. I still believe that China’s economic slowdown is over, and they are primed and ready to explode to the upside again. We’ll have to wait-n-see, eh? I know that many of you read my friend, John Mauldin. Last week John wrote in his weekly letter that he believed that the U.S. dollar would remain the reserve currency for years to come, and end up being more worthy than it is today. He also said that he believed that China would become a reserve currency too. Hmm. I’ll remind you that John also has called for the collapse of the euro for about 4 years now. So, I tell you this about what he said about the dollar, as my effort to be fair and balanced. But it does make for a good two-way market, eh? You know that I don’t believe in that talk about the dollar being more worthy than it is today in the future. How can that be? Well, he goes about explaining that with the U.S. gaining its energy independence, that the Current Account Deficit will eventually become a Surplus. But when? And it’s my contention, and I’ve explained it here, and whenever I give presentations these days, that having our Energy Independence isn’t going to help us much when the Chinese demand payment in the form of our Oil reserves, instead of the dollars that the Fed and Treasury have weakened for years. That’s just a thought on how it all plays out, folks, I’m not saying that I know anything that others don’t. And I could be wrong with all this. Let’s hope I am! British pound sterling continues to march to a different drummer these days, and book higher and higher levels VS the dollar. I say that about a different drummer, because the pound and the British economy has been so tied to the U.S. in the recent years. but new Bank of England (BOE) Gov. Carney really lit the fire under pound sterling last week when he said that the economy might not need additional bond buying. Now, that doesn’t mean the bond buying is over for sure here. And should bond buying return, these Happy Days for pound sterling will be a thing of the past. I was talking with my good friend, Charlie Tiano, last night (about baseball of course!) and the conversation switched over to the Gov’t Shutdown. I said that I expected to see a stock sell off and a switch to Treasuries. But this morning, Treasury yields are rising, which would mean that what I described as to what I thought we would see, hasn’t materialized yet. The other thing I thought we would see is a rise in the price of Gold. That too hasn’t materialized yet. Speaking of Gold. I read on the Bloomberg last night that Hedge funds combined holdings of Gold futures rose the most in September. I also saw that Gold had its first profitable quarter in a year. The last quarter that saw a rise in the price of Gold was the 3rd QTR of 2012. Last year, the quarterly rise proved to be a false dawn to Gold’s price continuing to rise. Maybe, just maybe, this year will prove to be different, although you know me, I don’t like that saying. (This time it’s different) I’m just saying, that with the Gov’t shutdown, and worries all around the world, that Gold has a reason to rise. The U.S. data cupboard has the September ISM Manufacturing Index to print for us today. The “experts” believe it will print around 55. which is a good number, and is a direct result of the weaker dollar that we’ve seen in the past couple of months. But then maybe with the partial Gov’t shutdown, we won’t see any data prints. Which would be fine with me, for you know me, I think they are all garbage these days with all their hedonic adjustments. Before I head to the Big Finish. a long time reader sent me a note yesterday with his thoughts on the Gov’t shutdown. Let’s listen in. “My idea for the Gov’t shutdown is to withhold all pay for Congress, the President and all their staff, until a budget is in place. That should change a lot of hard heads. Imagine how creative, and cooperative they will get once their own salary is sequestered.” My thoughts exactly! For What It’s Worth. I found this on moneynews.com, a sight that I frequent more and more these days. It’s the Fed Reserve president Richard Fisher, you know the guy that owns a truckload of Gold. Let’s listen in to Richard Fisher talk about Big Banks, and the U.S. Gov’t. “Fisher’s solution is not so much to break up the mega banks like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase as it is to put a firewall between their banking activities and their investment activities. According to his thinking, federal deposit insurance and access to the Fed discount window should only be available to the commercial banking arms of the big banks, while any transaction involving any other segment of their businesses, including their investment arms, “be accompanied with a clear agreement between counterparties that it will never, ever be bailed out by government or the taxpayers.” But would this scenario play out in Washington? “The large financial companies and their proxies are spending millions of dollars to buy congressmen and congresswomen and protect their interests,” he told Euromoney. “You can quote me on that. We will see how that plays out.” Small businesses should be the engine of U.S. growth, but they are being thwarted by lack of direction from Washington, and the fact there has been no federal budget for five years, Fisher explained. Neighboring Mexico has a sounder fiscal policy than the United States, according to Fisher. “Mexico has a balanced-budget rule. Its percentage of debt to GDP is minimal. They get things done. And they have an independent central bank that is truly independent.” Chuck again. OK. I think that my first choice for new Fed Chairman is Bill Bonner, but Richard Fisher is running a close second! To recap. The Partial Shutdown of the U.S. Gov’t has begun, and with it has brought some dollar selling. This is the first shutdown in 17 years in the U.S. but has been done a number of times in our past, so don’t go all Chicken Little on me here. It’s called negotiating. The RBA left rates unchanged by also removed some verbiage about concern for the strong A$… And that has pushed the A$ up over 1-cent overnight. Sweden booked a stronger than expected manufacturing index for September, and that has the krona coming in second place in the currency returns overnight. China booked a flat Manufacturing Index, but that doesn’t spook Chuck. Currencies today 10/1/13. American Style: A$ .9425, kiwi .8290, C$ .9705, euro 1.3545, sterling 1.6235, Swiss $ 1.1060, . European Style: rand 10.0585, krone 6.0050, SEK 6.3735, forint 218.65, zloty 3.1225, koruna 18.9250, RUB 32.26, yen 97.80, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7550, INR 62.46, China 6.1480, pesos 13.12, BRL 2.2165, Dollar Index 80.05, Oil $102.16, 10-year 2.65%, Silver $21.64, Platinum $1,398.25, Palladium $723.16, and Gold.. $1,326.06 That’s it for today. My beloved Cardinals’ first two playoff game times have been set. 4:07 on Thursday, 12:07 on Friday. I’m sure there has to be someone out there that I know that has tickets to Friday that won’t be able to get away from work to go to the game and will need someone to use their tickets! I’m your man! Sorry about the later delivery time of the Pfennig yesterday, we had a communication problem. So, do you go to the Pfennig Blog site ever? If not, you should, as you can check out the archives, and respond right there to maybe even start a lively discussion among Blog site readers! Check it out here: www.dailypfennig.com My marketing people wanted originally to only do the Blog site, and get rid of the email. You should have seen the temper tantrum I threw! So, no worries, now we have both! And two things are better than one! Right? Tampa Bay Rays beat Rangers in their one-game playoff to play another one-game play-in today VS the Cleveland Indians. Crazy stuff! Our Blues begin their NHL season in a couple of days. Will it be another year of “same old Blues” or will this be the year they finally drink from the Cup? We won’t know until June, so don’t go all-in right away. And with that, I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
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In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last week that, if federal authorities give it their go-ahead — still a very big if — would allow his state to import prescription drugs from Canada. That makes Florida the third state to pass such a law, joining Vermont and Colorado. More such legislative attempts are in the works.”There have been 27 different bills proposed across the country this year,” says Trish Riley, the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. “I think that it’s an approach that makes sense to states. It’s something they can do now to help their citizens.”The Trump administration has made bringing down the price of prescription drugs a priority, and politicians at every level are looking for ways to make that happen.Riley says her group didn’t help write the Florida plan, although it met with staff and provided resources and model legislation.”States are very much frustrated by the incredibly high costs of drugs,” she says. “When you’re a state and you have to balance a budget and you pay for so much prescription drugs through your state employee plan, your municipal workers [and] through Medicaid, the cost of drugs really is front and center. So I think this is very much a bipartisan issue of urgency at the state level.”Prescription drugs are often significantly cheaper outside the United States.”Canada negotiates drug prices just like many other countries around the world,” explains Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who studies prescription drug pricing. “In the U.S., we’ve constructed a system where pharmaceutical companies are able to charge far higher prices because there’s no mechanism to push back — there’s no way to say, ‘We’re not going to pay for that drug unless we get it at a better price.’ “So what exactly is Florida’s plan to import certain drugs from Canada, and how would it work?The Florida law imagines negotiating with the federal Department of Health and Human Services to establish a pilot program to buy these medications from Canada in bulk. “The state would contract with a wholesaler in Canada, who would provide certain high-cost drugs that the state identifies to a wholesaler in Florida,” Riley explains.So Floridian patients who have a prescription for one of those drugs would just go to their pharmacy and pick up their medicine as usual — all the importing from Canada would be happening in the background.The law wouldn’t set up a way for Floridians to order medicines from Canadian online pharmacies themselves or enable them to drive north across the border to get a deal on the drugs. Rather, it’s a big-scale, institutional kind of plan.Would Floridians even notice that their drugs were coming from Canada under this plan?”It’s possible that the ability to purchase drugs for lower prices at the wholesale level translates into lower premiums overall for particular classes of patients or lower prices at the pharmacy for other patients,” says Sachs. “But without more details about the plan, it’s hard to know.”And before Florida’s plan can become a reality, it still needs to clear some major hurdles.First, the state needs to work out a lot of details — such as which Floridians and which drugs the plan would apply to.The next hurdle is a big one: The plan needs to get approved by the federal secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar. Though the authority of the secretary to make such an approval has existed since 2003, no secretary has ever exercised that right. To win approval, Florida needs to show that the drugs it wants to import are safe and that the plan will save the state money.On the safety front, Azar last year cited safety concerns when he, at least initially, dismissed the idea of importing drugs from Canada as a “gimmick,” in a meeting at HHS headquarters with the media and others.”The last four FDA commissioners have said there is no effective way to ensure drugs coming from Canada really are coming from Canada, rather than being routed from, say, a counterfeit factory in China,” Azar said. “The United States has the safest regulatory system in the world. The last thing we need is [to have] open borders for unsafe drugs, in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved.”A pharmaceutical industry group also has been running ads in Florida recently, talking about the dangers of counterfeit drugs. Riley, of the National Academy for State Health Policy, says those sorts of ads are misleading.”I’ve seen those in every state we’re working in,” Riley says. “In fact, this program follows current FDA rules. It will use FDA-registered wholesalers. It will simply follow that same supply chain, those same protections, those same assurances of safety.”Azar also said in that May 2018 speech that he doubted that importing Canadian drugs would save U.S. states or patients money.”[This idea] has been assessed multiple times by the Congressional Budget Office, and CBO has said it would have no meaningful effect,” he said. “One of the main reasons is that Canada’s drug market is simply too small to bring down prices here. They are a lovely neighbor to the north, but they’re a small one. Canada simply doesn’t have enough drugs to sell them to us for less money, and drug companies won’t sell Canada or Europe more, just to have them imported here.”Since those remarks last year, President Trump has urged Azar to work with Florida on its plan.”President Trump and Secretary Azar are firmly committed to getting drug prices down,” HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley told NPR in a written statement. “They are both very open to the importation of prescription drugs as long as it can be done safely and can deliver real results for American patients.”Of course, even if Azar has a change of heart, Florida would face another potential obstacle: getting Canadians and pharmaceutical companies to go along with the plan.”They need to find willing suppliers for each of the drugs they’re aiming to import, and that may be more of a challenge than they anticipate right now,” says Sachs, the law professor.Pharmaceutical companies won’t be inclined to cooperate, she says.”They’ll lose money — if it works,” explains Sachs. “There are many things they could do all along the supply chain to ensure that drugs aren’t diverted to the U.S. in the way that Florida wants.”Canada isn’t enthused about the idea either, Sachs says, because Florida’s laws could indirectly drive up the price of some drugs in Canada.When you talk about importing “Canadian drugs,” points out Steve Morgan, a professor of health policy at the University of British Columbia, you’re not actually talking about drugs made in Canada or otherwise especially Canadian. “They’re not actually Canadian drugs,” he says. “They are just international medicines, manufactured typically at one or two plants worldwide to supply the entire market with a particular drug.”If Florida’s Canadian drug importation plan were in place, Morgan says, “given the scale of manufacturing in the United States, if you were buying a drug made by and sold by an American pharmaceutical company, it’s likely you’re literally buying the same product shipped to Canada and then shipped back into the United States.”So are Canadians worried that all 21.3 million Floridians are coming for their cheaper drugs? Not really, according to Morgan.”Canadians feel that the policy is probably not going to result in millions and millions of Americans suddenly getting their drugs from Canada,” he says.”As a consequence of the money to be made by way of being a middleman in the United States, I don’t think you’re going to see institutional purchasers suddenly shopping in Canada,” Morgan adds. “They will be able to get better prices by negotiating continuous discounts right there in the United States.”And maybe that’s the point.Just before Florida’s governor signed the bill last week at The Villages, a large retirement community outside Orlando, he said the law was already making a difference.”It’s interesting,” DeSantis told a room full of Florida seniors who had been invited to witness the signing of the drug bill. “Since we’ve passed this bill, some of the American companies have already come to us saying, ‘Hey, we’re willing to deal and give you better prices’ — already, just for the fact that we have this.”The room broke into applause. 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Add to Queue Where the government is lacking, a pizza company is delivering. –shares Image credit: Domino’s Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » June 11, 2018 2 min read If you’re worried America’s notoriously pothole-ridden streets will crumble unchecked after the recent $1.5 trillion tax cut, just order a pizza and hope for the best. Domino’s, it what is apparently much more of a publicity stunt than an infrastructure initiative (yet is still more innovative than the typical state highway department) has revealed a “paving for pizza” partnership to repair potholes in towns where it sells pizzas.“Potholes, cracks and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino’s,’’ the eatery warns. “We can’t stand by and let your cheese slide to one side, your toppings get un-topped, or your boxes flippled. So we’re helping to pave in towns across the country save your good pizza from these bad roads.”Image credit: Domino’sRelated: Domino’s and Ford Partner Up to Test Self-Driving Delivery CarsThis could be a very long running ad campaign. According to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission of the U.S. Congress, it will require spending $185 billion every year for the next 50 years just to keep America’s roads and bridges from getting worse than they are now. The country is collectively spending $68 billion annually on road and bridge repairs, or a bit more than a third of what’s needed.The Domino’s initiative isn’t promising to fill the gap (so to speak). A quick tally of the stats on the company’s site reveals it’s filled 203 potholes, so far, in four cities of varying sizes. Athens, Ga., received by far the most asphalt with 150 filled potholes. In car-crazed Southern California, the Paving for Pizza initiative has filled five potholes, all in Burbank.Related: The One City in America Where You Can Get Domino’s ‘Breakfast Pizza’The program is accepting nominations for towns to assist. The nomination forms makes no guarantees about road work ever getting done (which makes Domino’s no worse than the government on this topic) but does allow for the purchase of a large carry-out pizzas for $7.99. Just Order a Pizza If America’s Crumbling Infrastructure Worries You — Domino’s Is on It Domino’s Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Senior Editor for Green Entrepreneur Peter Page Entrepreneur Staff Next Article
This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Mercedes Pulls U.S. Ad Touting Self-Driving Car Mercedes Benz –shares Mercedes-Benz has withdrawn an advert in the United States which compared its new E-class with a futuristic self-driving concept car following allegations from local consumer groups that the marketing claims were misleading.Earlier this week, U.S.-based Consumer Reports urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to scrutinize Mercedes’ “The Future” campaign, which touts the automated driving features available in the new E-Class.”Given the claim that consumers could confuse the autonomous driving capability of the F015 concept car with the driver assistance systems of our new E-Class in our ad ‘The Future,’ Mercedes-Benz USA has decided to take this ad out of the E-Class campaign rotation,” the company said in a statement.The Mercedes-Benz F105 is a fully autonomous self-driving research vehicle which allows passengers to travel without anyone doing the driving.Earlier this week, consumer groups warned car buyers not to rely too heavily on a new generation of cruise control systems, which use computers and sensors to automatically keep in lane and brake, following a fatal crash by a Tesla car operating in “autopilot” mode.The ensuing investigation of the Tesla accident by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has increased scrutiny of automated driving technology and the marketing claims made by carmakers seeking to push sales.Mercedes said its marketing materials had always made clear that the driver of an E-Class needs to be in control of their vehicle and that technology in the car is designed to assist the driver, not to encourage customers to ignore their responsibilities as drivers.”While the new E-Class has a host of technology that will serve as the building blocks for increasing levels of autonomy, it is not an autonomous vehicle and we are not positioning it as such,” Mercedes-Benz said.Automotive News was first to report that the ad had been withdrawn.(Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Mark Potter and Jane Merriman) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Image credit: Mercedes-Benz July 29, 2016 Next Article Reuters Apply Now »
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Source:https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2019/03/27/on-the-keto-diet-ditch-the-cheat-day-says-ubc-study Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 28 2019The often embraced ‘cheat day’ is a common theme in many diets and the popular ketogenic diet is no exception. But new research from UBC’s Okanagan campus says that just one 75-gram dose of glucose–the equivalent a large bottle of soda or a plate of fries–while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels.”The ketogenic–or keto–diet has become very common for weight loss or to manage diseases like type 2 diabetes,” says Jonathan Little, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBCO and study senior author. “It consists of eating foods rich in fats, moderate in protein, but very low in carbohydrates and it causes the body to go into a state called ketosis.”Little says the diet can be very effective because once the body is in ketosis and starved for its preferred fuel glucose, the body’s chemistry changes and it begins to aggressively burn its fat stores. This leads to weight loss and can reverse the symptoms of diseases like Type 2 diabetes.”We were interested in finding out what happens to the body’s physiology once a dose of glucose is reintroduced,” says Cody Durrer, UBC Okanagan doctoral student and study first author. “Since impaired glucose tolerance and spikes in blood sugar levels are known to be associated with an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, it made sense to look at what was happening in the blood vessels after a sugar hit.”For their test, the researchers recruited nine healthy young males and had them consume a 75-gram glucose drink before and after a seven-day high fat, low carbohydrate diet. The diet consisted of 70 per cent fat, 10 per cent carbohydrates and 20 per cent protein, similar to that of a modern ketogenic diet.Related StoriesLow-carb diet may reverse metabolic syndrome independent of weight lossWhat happens when you eliminate sugar and adopt the keto diet?Diet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetes”We were originally looking for things like an inflammatory response or reduced tolerance to blood glucose,” says Durrer. “What we found instead were biomarkers in the blood suggesting that vessel walls were being damaged by the sudden spike in glucose.”Little says the most likely culprit for the damage is the body’s own metabolic response to excess blood sugar, which causes blood vessel cells to shed and possibly die.”Even though these were otherwise healthy young males, when we looked at their blood vessel health after consuming the glucose drink, the results looked like they might have come from someone with poor cardiovascular health,” adds Little. “It was somewhat alarming.”The researchers point out that with only nine individuals included in the study, more work is needed to verify their findings, but that the results should give those on a keto diet pause when considering a cheat day.”My concern is that many of the people going on a keto diet–whether it’s to lose weight, to treat Type 2 diabetes, or some other health reason–may be undoing some of the positive impacts on their blood vessels if they suddenly blast them with glucose,” he says. “Especially if these people are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the first place.””Our data suggests a ketogenic diet is not something you do for six days a week and take Saturday off.”
March 13, 2019 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BJP in Kerala has formally made known its protest against the Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) observations against flagging the Sabarimala issue as an electoral campaign agenda. Representatives of the party, led by president PS Sreedharan Pillai, made the stand clear at an all-party meeting convened by CEO Tikaram Meena here on Wednesday.Meena has refused to back down from his stand — neither Sabarimala nor the name of Lord Ayyappa can be invoked with a view to influencing voters.‘Reasonable limits’Meena suggested that political parties may refer to the issue of women’s entry into the hill shrine but within reasonable limits, which they decide by themselves.Earlier, BJP leader and General Secretary K Surendran, as well as Kummanam Rajasekharan, former party president who recently quit as Governor of Mizoram, had joined the issue. Surendran had said the CEO’s bid to issue such a directive was ‘illogical’ and stressed it was ‘100 per cent’ sure that the State government’s handling of the Sabarimala issue would be discussed in the campaign. Rajasekharan, who marked a triumphant return to active politics after resigning as governor, said nobody could prevent the BJP from raising the Sabarimala issue in the campaign. He said this while speaking to the media here after he was accorded a grand reception by BJP workers at the Thiruvananthapuram airport after meeting the Prime Minister in New Delhi.Rajasekharan is likely to be fielded from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency to take on incumbent Shashi Tharoor of the Congress. Meanwhile, the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the State has stolen a march over both main Opposition Congress and the BJP by finalising candidates for 20 Lok Sabha seats and holding party conventions. While the CPI(M) is contesting 16 seats, it has left the rest to the alliance partner CPI, ignoring the claims of minor partners. The LDF leadership has deftly managed to handle murmurs of angst or dissent from the latter. Rahul to visit KeralaThe Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front has said a final list of candidates could be finalised during party President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the State on Thursday. Kerala national politics COMMENT SHARE sabarimala Published on
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