Malaysia colourful and unified

first_imgColours of 1Malaysia Festival inspiresguests in Kuala Lumpur. The Colours of 1Malaysia Festival afforded international guests a taste of the unified and celebrated local Malay culture, with a spectacular street parade.Kuala Lumpur came alive over the weekend with the vibrant sights, sounds and smells of Malaysia, echoed through live dance performances and an extravagant  fireworks display.The new Malaysian minister for tourism and culture Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz joined honorary guests, His Majesty Yang DiPertuan Agong King of Malaysia and Her Majesty Tuanku Hajah Haminah Queen of Malaysia, to welcome nearly 10,000 guests.Among the crowd were 250 mega-famil delegates from 24 countries, who are currently touring Malaysia for AEROMEET 2013.The evening began with a bang, as fireworks lit up the night sky to officially open the annual Colours of 1Malaysia Festival.Every aspect of Malaysian tourism was represented, with individual performances highlighting food, festivals, sports, parks and gardens, nightlife, eco-tourism and much more.Special features included live performances by well-known Malaysian recording artists, 200 Porsche’s cruising down the strip, a parade of taxi’s and buses and a ‘Mega Endang’ finale dance.  Malaysia will celebrate Visit Malaysia 2014 next year with an increased numbers of dedicated festivals and scheduled events, while AEROMEET 2013 takes place in Langkawi between 29-31 May.ETB News is in Malaysia as part of the mega-famil from 24-31 May 2013.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. The arrival of the King of Malaysia and theMinister for Tourism and Culture, Malaysiacenter_img The Hop-On Hop-Off KL explorerbus joins the parade.last_img read more

Marriott International and Universal Music Group

first_imgMarriott International and Universal Music Group (UMG) have created a global marketing partnership that will include exclusive performances by established and emerging recording artists, branded video series, social content, music downloads, ticket offers and more.The partnership joins Marriott International’s 19 brands, including The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels, with illustrious UMG music labels such as Capitol Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Republic Records and UMG Nashville.St. PancrasMarriott and UMG are setting out to engage a new generation of experience-seekers, travelers and music fans to deliver unique #WithTheBand experiences. Starting this summer, the partnership will premiere live performances for hotel guests at select properties across Marriott International’s portfolio of brands around the globe. On June 30, 2015, the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel will feature a live performance by pop sensation and ‘The Voice Australia’ judge, Jessie J, kicking off a series of exclusive, on-property performances on five different continents.“Our new partnership with UMG reinvents the way we market to next generation travelers,” said Karin Timpone, global marketing officer, Marriott International. “We are bringing together the global traveler and the universal language of music in order to create and deliver unique experiences. The partnership will also help to amplify the benefits of the Marriott Rewards program for both new and loyal guests.”“We are thrilled to partner with Marriott International as they share our determination to build progressive, creative, long-term relationships with brand partners. This relationship brings to life our vision to develop truly integrated partnerships beyond standard transactional opportunities for our artists and their fans around the world,” said Mike Tunnicliffe, executive vice president, business development and partnerships, UMG.Each Marriott brand has its own distinct personality and through the UMG partnership, the full portfolio will be able to match talent with the unique styles and tastes of each brand’s guests. This will come to life in the form of social content and an online video series that draws from UMG’s extensive roster.In addition to receiving special ticket offers, exclusive downloads, and artist merchandise, Marriott Rewards’ 50 million strong member community will be eligible to participate in more than a dozen sweepstakes to win VIP concert experiences to see their favorite artists. For the first time, Marriott Rewards members will also have the opportunity to attend UMG-sponsored events and after parties at premiere music industry events and festivals such as The Grammy Awards, SXSW, The ACMs, Billboard Music Awards, CMA Fest, MTV Video Music Awards and CMA Awards.last_img read more

December 31 2004 The Nudging Space Arcology is a

first_imgDecember 31, 2004The Nudging Space Arcology is a variation of Soleri’s earlier design ‘Two Suns’. The important design element here is the ‘Apsedra’ which combines two architectural forms, the ‘Apse’ and the ‘Excedra’. One way to visualize this is to picture a halved artichoke whose upper third has been sliced off and it’s choke removed. Its blades are separated but still remain attached to the lower center.The Nudging Space Arcology is a variation of Soleri’s earlier design ‘Two Suns’. The important design element here is the ‘Apsedra’ which combines two architectural forms, the ‘Apse’ and the ‘Excedra’. One way to visualize this is to picture a halved artichoke whose upper third has been sliced off and it’s choke removed. Its blades are separated but still remain attached to the lower center. The psychosomatic side is revealed by the influence the curved space has on our relationship with things and people. The Apsedra encourages conviviality by offering a focusing convergence (its center of centers) where awareness and dialoging are enhanced.“In nature, as an organism evolves it increases in complexity and it also becomes a more compact or miniaturized system. Similarly a city should function as a living system. Arcology, architecture and ecology as one integral process, is capable of demonstrating positive response to the many problems of urban civilization, population, pollution, energy and natural resource depletion, food scarcity and quality of life. Arcology recognizes the necessity of the radical reorganization of the sprawling urban landscape into dense, integrated, three-dimensional cities in order to support the complex activities that sustain human culture. The city is the necessary instrument for the evolution of humankind.” Paolo Soleri – [More on Arcology Theory]. [Scanned image of original drawing by Paolo Soleri & text: Cosanti Foundation]last_img read more

August 23 2007 On 81007 we started a report

first_imgAugust 23, 2007 On 8/10/07 we started a report of interior finishing in two first floor apartments with entrances on the north-side of the East Crescent complex. The apartment in Unit 9 thas been designed for handicapped access. This view is of the lightscoop area before just before work begins. [Photo & text: sa] In the lay-out of the apartment, the area in this report is at the bottom of the drawing next to the tiled entrance area. [Photo & text: sa] Workshop participants, architecture students from Korea, Youn Joong Shuk and Ji Seon Yeong work on the first step, the insulation of the inner walls. This report continues on 8/24/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep Crawford announces January district coffee hours

first_img State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district coffee hours on Monday, Jan. 28 to meet with residents of southwest Oakland County.“Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Crawford said. “I am happy to continue hosting district coffee hours throughout 2019 and look forward to hearing from everyone.”Rep. Crawford will meet with residents at the following time and location:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Novi Coffee, 47490 Grand River Ave. in Novi.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Crawford at 517-373-0827 or via email at KathyCrawford@house.mi.gov. Categories: Crawford News 17Jan Rep. Crawford announces January district coffee hourslast_img read more

Overthetop OTT video services like Netflix wil

first_imgOver-the-top (OTT) video services like Netflix will account for 25% of Latin American video consumption in 2025, according to new research. The Diffusion Group’s ‘El Futuro de TV – OTT Video in Latin America, 2015-2025’ report claims that by 2025 OTT will also generate US$8 billion in annual revenue in the region.“Latin America is an important global market by virtue of its size, growth, and cultural relevance–and, of course, its crossover with an increasingly Hispanic US market. This developing opportunity was not lost on Netflix, which first entered the market in 2011 and is now available in 43 countries across the region,” said TDG senior analyst, Joel Espelien.“The fact that Netflix is expanding its efforts in the region should send a strong message to others that the time for entry is now.”In April, Netflix reported that it had more than five million subscribers in Latin America.last_img read more

In This Issue Durable goods disappoint Mar

first_imgIn This Issue.. * Durable goods disappoint * Market on hold for Fed * QE3 still an option * Quiet day for currencies And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! FOMC held the cards… Good day…and welcome to the last Thursday in April. As Chuck mentioned, I’ll be steering the ship today while he travels to Florida for some conferences, so the call to the bullpen has been made. All in all, it was a fairly quiet day and if I had to make a call one way or the other, I would have to say Wednesday turned out to be a risk on type of day. While the US earnings season has definitely fueled the risk on campers, it was touch and go for a while. We started the day pretty flat as the euro traded at 1.32 and gold was in a holding pattern at $1,643, neither of which showed any direction. All of the other currencies were either trading at breakeven or very close, so the markets were obviously waiting for something. The first bit of market moving material was staring us down right out of the gate yesterday morning, which was the durable goods figure from March, and it wasn’t pretty. The headline durable goods number decreased 4.2%, which is the most since January 2009, as demand for transportation equipment, namely aircraft, fell quite a bit from February’s robust numbers. Orders for aircraft, which can be volatile from month to month, does act as a gauge for the broad domestic and global economy, but I think the auto portion of transportation is more telling of the domestic and local economies. Bookings for cars and associated parts only increased 0.1%, which was quite lower than last month’s 2% rise, but they at least held steady. Still, it was a mixed bag at best. The durable goods minus transportation fell 1.1% from the revised 1.9% gain in February. The piece of the puzzle and the spin that had economists talking was the goods shipped portion, which is one of the components in calculating GDP. The gauge of shipped goods actually increased 2.6% and has some calling for a higher than expected first quarter GDP reading. We won’t have to wait long as the initial reading is due tomorrow morning. The markets all but overlooked the fall in durable goods as nothing really moved and the currencies were still sitting in the same place before the report was released. While it was a light day in the data department as far as the number of reports, the focus of the day fell squarely on the shoulders of the Fed. That’s right, the Fed rate meeting was yesterday so everyone was sitting on seat’s edge just waiting to see what would happen. Of course, it wasn’t the rate decision itself that held the market hostage, but instead, the sound bites that would follow garnered all of the attention. The rate decision was announced at 11:30 central time, so I looked up at the currency screens shortly thereafter and saw that gold was down about $15 and that silver was trying to stay above $30. I wasn’t expecting any earth changing developments, so it took me for surprise. I saw rates remained on hold so it wasn’t that. As it turned out, there was a knee jerk reaction immediately following the meeting to the fact that unemployment forecasts were reduced and no additional stimulus measures were announced or planned. In fact, the unemployment rate estimate was reduced down to a range of 7.8%-8.0% by year end from January’s projection of 8.2%-8.5%. Oddly enough, the currency market didn’t have much of a reaction and seemed unfazed by the initial release. About an hour later, it was Bernanke’s turn on stage as he spoke at the proceeding press conference and reversed previous thoughts that QE3 was all but out of the picture. I think the big headline from Bernanke was his announcement that the Fed is prepared to do more, if needed, to make sure the recovery continues and that inflation stays close to target. In other words, additional stimulus is still on the table and the recent strides forward aren’t enough to rule out future action. For the most part, everything he explained yesterday didn’t change much from the past several meetings as the European crisis remains a concern, economic growth is expected to moderately continue in the coming quarters, and unemployment isn’t falling as fast as they would like. As quickly as gold lost ground prior to the press conference, it quickly climbed back to where it began the day since QE3 wasn’t totally removed as an option after all. The last notable news bits from the meeting were a couple more revisions to growth and inflation. We did see an upward revision to GDP this year from a range of 2.2%-2.7% to 2.4%-2.9% so it looks like the Fed is hopeful jobs growth will continue moving in the right direction. They also increased the inflation outlook to 1.9%-2.0% and acknowledged it has picked up due to higher oil and gas prices. They still maintain gas prices will only affect inflation temporarily, but I’m not sure how that would be the case if they expect continued expansion in the US economy. Speaking of oil, we did see it rise back above $104 after the higher growth outlook, so US demand still remains in the driver’s seat when it comes to price action. I think I’ve gone on long enough with the Fed meeting, so let’s take a look and see what reports are due today. We’ll see the usual Thursday reports on weekly initial jobless claims and the continuing claims number, both of which are supposed to show slight improvement from last week. The initial claims are expected to come in at 375k, but with the constant revisions, it’s tough to maintain a firm comparison point. With that said, we’re still far from a range needed to firmly put a dent in what I would consider the most telling and important economic figure. The March jobs numbers of 120k sure doesn’t go far in my book to justify the Fed’s rosier employment outlook. We will also see the results of pending home sales from March, another area of concern by the Fed. Housing has been flailing around with no sense of direction as prices continue falling, albeit at a much slower pace than in the past, but purchases have been slow to rise as buyers try to guess the market bottom. The estimates I’ve seen aren’t much to write about, but maybe that summer like weather in March coaxed more buyers into signing contracts. Other than that, we get a gauge of consumer confidence and a regional manufacturing report, so it looks like today will be a balancing act between that ever present lake of lava, which is employment and housing. Depending how those reports turn out, we could see the market remain in a holding pattern until tomorrow since we get some big reports. We’ll see the initial printing of first quarter GDP, personal consumption, and inflation so this trio certainly has enough clout to hold the market captive until then. As I mentioned earlier, the currencies remained in a very tight range so there isn’t much to talk about on the currency front today. In fact, yesterday turned out to be one of the narrower trading days that we’ve seen lately as the euro floated within a 0.5% window between the high and low of the day. Usually, we’ll see at least a full cent deviation throughout the course of a given day, but that wasn’t the case. Since the Fed left the door open for QE3 if needed, the dollar did finish down on the day but only by a small margin. The top currencies were all commodity based as the rand broke away from the pack with a 0.7% gain. The rest of the currencies ranged from breakeven to slight gains as the Aussie and Canadian dollar took the silver and bronze medals respectively. The only sizable moves came from gold and silver, when they fell 0.7% and 2.25% immediately following the rate announcement, but they did regain all lost ground by the time I left the office last night. The rise in equities kept most currencies in positive territories to finish the day. I did see where S&P lowered India’s sovereign credit outlook to negative from stable, citing slower economic and investment growth along with a wider current account deficit as the rationale. While the actual rating was not downgraded, they did say if steps to reduce structural fiscal deficits and improvement in the investment climate are taken, they will reevaluate. The Indian finance minister quickly stepped in to say that reforms are on track and economic growth should remain intact, but only time will tell. Surprisingly enough, the rupee actually finished slightly higher on the day. Other than that, the only other development I saw before I called it a day was in New Zealand. The central bank met late in the afternoon, our time, and kept rates on hold as expected. The statement released after the meeting said the economy is still growing at a slower pace and inflation isn’t presenting any problems, so rates will probably be on hold for quite a while. The central bank governor, who is known for talking the currency down, went on the say that if the exchange rate remains strong and isn’t justified by stronger data, they might reassess the rate outlook. In other words, nothing new here since he frequently expresses concern of a strong currency. As I came in this morning, everything is trading in yesterday’s clothes and there is an ever so slight bias to sell the dollar so far. There aren’t many headlines to speak of, but we did see a report on European economic confidence fall more than expected as more austerity and economic uncertainty loom on the horizon. Even though the UK economy slipped back into recession following yesterday’s negative GDP print, we saw a report of investor sentiment rise this morning. Then there was this… If Congress and President Barack Obama can’t agree on extending some of the tax breaks set to expire at year-end, the U.S. economy will be harmed so greatly that there is nothing the Federal Reserve can do to compensate for it, Chairman Ben Bernanke said. “If no action were to be taken by the fiscal authorities, the size of the fiscal cliff is such that there’s absolutely no chance that the Federal Reserve could or would have any ability to offset that effect on the economy,” I saw this article in Bloomberg this morning, so hopefully this is yet another wake up call to get things under control. To recap…We started the day with the worst durable goods print since January 2009 but the markets were focused on the Fed rate meeting. They did keep rates on hold, as we expected, but an increased economic growth forecast initially sent some investors calling for no more QE3. Once Bernanke held the press conference, he said additional stimulus is an option if the economy stumbles. Gold and silver went for a ride around the block but the currencies stayed home. S&P lowered India’s outlook and New Zealand kept rates on hold. Currencies today 4/26/12… American Style: A$ $1.070, kiwi .8165, C$ $1.0173, euro 1.3215, sterling 1.6188, Swiss $1.0996… European Style: rand 7.7547, krone 5.7216, SEK 6.7166, forint 217.53, zloty 3.1673, koruna 18.7394, RUB 29.2812, yen 80.83, sing 1.2416, HKD 7.7591, INR 52.5375, China 6.3057, pesos 13.1581, BRL 1.88, Dollar Index 79.02, Oil $103.92, 10-year 1.96%, Silver $30.70, and Gold… $1,646.75 That’s it for today… Even though it was a quiet day in the currency market, it was a busy day at the office yesterday as it felt like I needed a couple extra hours in the day to get everything done. We found out the first game of the next playoff series for our St. Louis Blues starts Saturday against the LA Kings, so let’s go Blues!! Tonight marks a big night for football fans as the draft kicks off with the first round in primetime. The first two picks are basically made, but I’m hoping the Rams finally put together a solid and lasting draft class. With that said, I’ll you get the day started. Until next time, Have a Great Day!! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

By Doug Casey Its an unfortunate historical ano

first_imgBy Doug Casey It’s an unfortunate historical anomaly that people think about the paper in their wallets as money. The dollar is, technically, a currency. A currency is a government substitute for money. But gold is money. Now, why do I say that? Historically, many things have been used as money. Cattle have been used as money in many societies, including Roman society. That’s where we get the word “pecuniary” from: the Latin word for a single head of cattle is pecus. Salt has been used as money, also in ancient Rome, and that’s where the word “salary” comes from; the Latin for salt is sal (or salis). The North American Indians used seashells. Cigarettes were used during WWII. So, money is simply a medium of exchange and a store of value. By that definition, almost anything could be used as money, but obviously, some things work better than others; it’s hard to exchange things people don’t want, and some things don’t store value well. Over thousands of years, the precious metals have emerged as the best form of money. Gold and silver both, though primarily gold. There’s nothing magical about gold. It’s just uniquely well-suited among the 98 naturally occurring elements for use as money…in the same way aluminum is good for airplanes or uranium is good for nuclear power. There are very good reasons for this, and they are not new reasons. Aristotle defined five reasons why gold is money in the 4th century BCE (which may only have been the first time it was put down on paper). Those five reasons are as valid today as they were then. When I give a speech, I often offer a prize to the audience member who can tell me the five classical reasons gold is the best money. Quickly now – what are they? Can’t recall them? Read on, and this time, burn them into your memory. – — The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. Recommended Links Shocking Footage From Outside the Door of Our Affiliate’s Building You’ve got to see this… It’s footage from Baltimore, MD, right on the front doorstep of our affiliate’s headquarters. And you won’t believe what they caught this woman (named Charro) doing on camera… It’s really one of those things you HAVE to see with your OWN two eyes. Click here to see the UNCENSORED CAMERA FOOTAGE. Money If you can’t define a word precisely, clearly and quickly, that’s proof you don’t understand what you’re talking about as well as you might. The proper definition of money is as something that functions as a store of value and a medium of exchange. Government fiat currencies can, and currently do, function as money. But they are far from ideal. What, then, are the characteristics of a good money? Aristotle listed them in the 4th century BCE. A good money must be all of the following: • Durable: A good money shouldn’t fall apart in your pocket nor evaporate when you aren’t looking. It should be indestructible. This is why we don’t use fruit for money. It can rot, be eaten by insects, and so on. It doesn’t last. • Divisible: A good money needs to be convertible into larger and smaller pieces without losing its value, to fit a transaction of any size. This is why we don’t use things like porcelain for money – half a Ming vase isn’t worth much. • Consistent: A good money is something that always looks the same, so that it’s easy to recognize, each piece identical to the next. This is why we don’t use things like oil paintings for money; each painting, even by the same artist, of the same size and composed of the same materials is unique. It’s also why we don’t use real estate as money. One piece is always different from another piece. • Convenient: A good money packs a lot of value into a small package and is highly portable. This is why we don’t use water for money, as essential as it is – just imagine how much you’d have to deliver to pay for a new house, not to mention all the problems you’d have with the escrow. It’s also why we don’t use other metals like lead, or even copper. The coins would have to be too huge to handle easily to be of sufficient value. • Intrinsically valuable: A good money is something many people want or can use. This is critical to money functioning as a means of exchange; even if I’m not a jeweler, I know that someone, somewhere wants gold and will take it in exchange for something else of value to me. This is why we don’t – or shouldn’t – use things like scraps of paper for money, no matter how impressive the inscriptions upon them might be. Actually, there’s a sixth reason Aristotle should have mentioned, but it wasn’t relevant in his age, because nobody would have thought of it…it can’t be created out of thin air. Not even the kings and emperors who clipped and diluted coins would have dared imagine that they could get away with trying to use something essentially worthless as money. These are the reasons why gold is the best money. It’s not a gold bug religion, nor a barbaric superstition. It’s simply common sense. Gold is particularly good for use as money, just as aluminum is particularly good for making aircraft, steel is good for the structures of buildings, uranium is good for fueling nuclear power plants, and paper is good for making books. Not money. If you try to make airplanes out of lead, or money out of paper, you’re in for a crash. That gold is money is simply the result of the market process, seeking optimum means of storing value and making exchanges. Editor’s Note: We just alerted readers to an extremely rare opportunity to quickly make a lot of money in the gold market. In short, a unique type of gold investment is set up for 500% or 1,000% gains in the coming years. This setup has only occurred a handful of times in the last 20 years. But every time it occurs, some investors see gains as large as 1,700%, 4,300%, and 5,000%. If you’re interested in this idea, please act now. With gold prices up 19% this year, the window of opportunity is closing fast. And once it’s closed, we likely won’t get another chance like this for at least five years. Read more here.last_img read more

Rice author of Choosing Schools available to comment on US education system

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: stark@rice.eduRice author of ‘Choosing Schools’ available to comment on US education system in light of ‘Waiting for Superman’ film New movie puts spotlight on American educationA Rice University professor who authored “Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools” is available to comment on the U.S. education system, which is taken to task in the new movie “Waiting for Superman” that opens tomorrow in Houston. Melissa Marschall, associate professor of political science, can discuss issues raised by the movie as well as education trends such as segregation and the significant increase in the number and availability of schooling options. “Like many problems in the world, one of the fundamental problems with the education system in the U.S. is inequality — of both opportunity and outcomes,” Marschall said. “It’s not that all of our schools are failing or that all of our children are not meeting academic standards, but the fact that failure and low performance are concentrated — in our urban school systems and in our schools that serve underprivileged, low-income and minority students.” She said that data shows segregation is on the rise.“African-American and Latino students are more racially segregated in American schools today than they have been since the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1965,” Marschall said. “They are also more concentrated in high-poverty schools today than they were in the past — about 40 percent of Latino and African-American kids attend high-poverty schools.” Another trend in education is the increase in the number of public charter schools, which has tripled in the last decade. Charter schools now enroll about 3 percent of all U.S. public school students and represent about 5 percent of all public schools, she said. “Some of the charter schools are exemplary, and there are now models that have been developed, tested and demonstrated to work,” Marschall said. “These kinds of options are clearly needed for the kids featured in ‘Waiting for Superman.’ The fact that these models are rapidly expanding surely gives parents in inner-city neighborhoods something to hope for. But expanded school choice is not going to fix the greatest civil rights issue of this generation — the achievement gap.”Marschall’s research focuses on local politics, educational policy, participation and issues of race and ethnicity. Her book, “Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools,” received the Policy Studies Association Aaron Wildavsky Award for the Best Policy Book. She is currently working on a book that examines immigrants and schooling, focusing on parent involvement. AddThislast_img read more

SDI Marketing Set to Fly High with Launch of New StandAlone Loyalty

first_img kiteNewsSDI MarketingStand-Alone Loyalty Agency Previous ArticleBridging The Privacy Gap In 2019: A Journey To ComplianceNext ArticleExtreme Reach Launches AdBridge for Sellers, A New Ad Distribution Platform for Sell-Side Teams and Their Advertising Partners Geoff Conant to head up the new North American connection and conversion companySDI Marketing announced the launch of kite – an innovative North American agency solution for person-to-person acquisition needs in the financial, retail and telecommunications industries, among others. Originally founded as part of SDI Marketing, an experiential and sports marketing agency, the loyalty business has evolved to explore and expand into new markets and categories across Canada and the U.S.Built on a belief that the world needs more human, kite champions the eradication of “sales teams,” advocating it be replaced with “experience engineers” that build value in the lives of its clients, their customers, and the communities it works in.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.As part of the announcement, Geoff Conant has been appointed to President of kite, who previously served as Senior Vice President and Partner at SDI. Conant will focus on the growth of the business and introducing new tecuschnologies to meet evolving client needs.“Our business has grown and evolved from being just a sales and acquisition company to being a human connection and relationship agency,” said Geoff Conant, President, kite. “Sales doesn’t have to be a dirty word, and we’re proving it – by investing in human potential through powerful experiences.”Marketing Technology News: Sauce Labs Named Gold Stevie Award Winner for Best Software Development Solution in 2019 American Business AwardsKnown for client strategies deep-rooted in the Science of Emotion™, kite is hyper-focused on curating meaningful, human-based experiences that provide customers what they want. These, in turn, allow kite to encourage long-term, lasting connections – ones that grow as its clients’ capabilities and offerings evolve. With a network of experienced ambassadors that span across North America, kite maintains skill, education and competency at the core of its in-market talent, to ensure that every client’s goal is being communicated by highly trained professionals.Marketing Technology News: New iPad App for Food and Beverage Professionals Takes Menus from Paper to Fully Digital in Less than an Hour SDI Marketing Set to Fly High with Launch of New Stand-Alone Loyalty Agency, kite MTS Staff WriterJune 3, 2019, 7:25 pmJune 3, 2019 last_img read more

Europe reports the highest ever levels of syphilis

first_imgTreponema pallidum Syphilis bacterium, the bacterium responsible for the dangerous sexually transmitted infection syphilis. Image Credit: royaltystockphoto.com / Shutterstock Sources: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/syphilis-notifications-eueea-70-2010 http://ecdc.europa.eu/sites/portal/files/documents/Syphilis-and-congenital-syphilis-in-Europe.pdf In other words, while the disease affected about 4.2 per 100,000 population in 2010, it zoomed up to 7.1/100,000 in 2017, an increase of 70%. An increase of over 15% has been reported by 15 countries. In five states, it increased by 100% or more, namely, Iceland, Ireland, the UK, Germany and Malta. Iceland, indeed, reported a rise of over 850%. The trend was reversed in Estonia and Romania where the rates dropped to half or less over the same period.It is both easy and cost-effective to treat syphilis, but if ignored, it can cause severe complications and also encourage HIV infection. Moreover, syphilis during pregnancy can affect the fetus in many ways, from fetal loss to congenital syphilis in the baby.Who are most affected?More men than women got the disease, with 12.1 men per 100,000 being affected in 2017 as against 6.1/100,000 in 2010. Over the 17 years since 2000, 62% of cases, or almost two-thirds, occurred in MSM, with women contributing 15% and heterosexual men 23%. MSM accounted for 80% of syphilis cases in countries like France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, while less than a fifth was contributed by this group in Eastern European countries like Latvia and Lithuania.However, one bright spot is that fewer babies are being born with congenital syphilis since 2005, which is linked to the lower number of cases of syphilis among women especially in Eastern Europe. In many other high-income parts of the world (e.g., the US and Japan), congenital syphilis continues to rise in keeping with a rising trend among women. When taken individually, however, it is clear that many western European states have rising rates of syphilis among women.Related StoriesHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateECDC Head for HIV, STI and viral hepatitis, Andrew Amato-Gauci, commented on the clear link between the risk of STIs like syphilis, and high-risk sexual behavior among MSM, such as condom-less intercourse and having multiple sexual partners. He also stated that the fear of getting HIV had declined with the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which also contributed to the rising trend of syphilis. The free availability of partners for sex using social media was an important factor in many recent outbreaks among MSM.In heterosexual groups, some identified factors included low socioeconomic status as identified by homelessness, migrant or refugee status, minority status, a history of imprisonment and poverty; sex-activity related, such as failure to use condoms, multiple partners for sex, drug and alcohol use, previous STIs, and sex worker profession.What can be done?Amato-Gauci offers some solutions: “To reverse this trend, we need to encourage people to use condoms consistently with new and casual partners. Regular tests for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections should also be part of the parcel, especially if there has been a risk of infection.”In most other medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disorders, effective remedial measures are designed to modify the damaging high-risk behavior, whether in terms of dietary measures or a more active and serene lifestyle. When it comes to STIs, however, fire-fighting seems to be the mode of intervention in vogue, as against targeting the damaging behavior of unrestricted sexual activity, that puts the health of both current and future generations at risk.The ECDC-recommended interventions include: By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJul 15 2019A new study on syphilis has revealed the horrifying truth that more men than ever are contracting the sexually transmitted infection (STI) syphilis in Europe. The most heavily infected group comprises men having sex with men (MSM). At present, syphilis affects more people than HIV in the European Union.The new European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) study shows that in 2017 alone, over 33,000 new cases were notified, which is the peak figure since ECDC surveillance began. In 2010, syphilis incidence was lowest, at 19,000 cases, but since then, its incidence has been rising steadily across most European countries. There are now 260,000 confirmed cases. Case finding by examining risks at high group, partner notification and increased surveillance Proper treatment Educating people about the risk of syphilis, including high-risk groups, and healthcare providers Repeat screening of pregnant women at high risk of syphilis between 28 and 32 weeks if they have initially tested negative Online social media-based platforms for STI testing Pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis Comprehensive management of outbreaks Preventing congenital syphilis by repeated antenatal testing in high-risk womenlast_img read more

Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about 4322B

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. Explore further The move announced Tuesday comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own cash and stock bid for Qualcomm to $121 billion.Qualcomm, based in San Diego, had offered $110 per share cash for NXP, based in The Netherlands. It said Tuesday it’s now offering $127.50 per share. The chipmaker said holders of 28 percent of NXP stock have agreed to tender their shares at the higher price.After news of the higher bid, Broadcom said it’s evaluating its options, calling out the Qualcomm board for their “disregard for its fiduciary duty to maximize value for Qualcomm stockholders.” The San Jose, California, company continued to urge Qualcomm shareholders to vote for the Broadcom slate of six director candidates at the Qualcomm annual meeting on March 6.In morning trading, NXP shares rose 6.3 percent to $125.91. Qualcomm slid 3.8 percent to $62.41. Broadcom rose just over 1 percent to $251.84. Citation: Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B (2018, February 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-qualcomm-nxp-4322b.html Qualcomm mulls ‘next steps’ in Broadcom takeover bid © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Nov. 2, 2011, file photo, a sign sits atop the Qualcomm headquarters building in San Diego. Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. The move announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, 208, comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own cash and stock bid for Qualcomm to $121 billion. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Andhra Pradesh Singapore sign pacts for Amaravati development

first_imgRELATED Singapore Amaravati city gets IGBC platinum award Amaravati is ‘people’s capital’ of AP : Chandrababu Naidu Andhra Pradesh AP Govt urged to build Amaravati as an inclusive capital The Andhra Pradesh government and Singapore signed several pacts here on Thursday for the development of a start-up area (1,691 acres) in the new capital, Amaravati. The papers were signed and exchanged by senior officials of the state government and Singapore in the presence of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Singapore Trade Minister S. Iswaran. The land would be handed over in three phases – 660 acres in the first phase – to the Singapore companies for infrastructure development and other promotional activities. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said it marked “a historic beginning to the development of the new capital” and Singapore would assist the state in making Amaravati a world-class city. He said Singapore has been helpful to the state in capital development and had prepared the master plan. The third meeting of the joint implementation steering committee in the city had decided to establish air connection between Vijayawada and Singapore from next month. “It is quite essential for our joint efforts to develop the capital and to place our capital on the world map,” he said.Iswaran said Singapore would join hands with the state government not only in building the new capital, Amaravati, but in various other activities such as skill development, institution building, industrial development and agri business. He said Singapore had also set up a separate Amaravati Development Office to focus on capital development. There would also be greater people-to-people contact, with the growing co-operation between AP and Singapore. 1 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Published on COMMENT COMMENTS Amaravati will be developed as the happiest city in the world: Andhra CM CII setting up national start-up centre at Amaravati SHARE June 07, 2018last_img read more

Airbus readies largescale presence at Aero IndiaAirbus readies largescale presence at Aero

first_imgAir-lifter C295   –  Airbus A330neo   –  Airbus H225M   –  Airbus  Static and flying displaysThe centrepiece of the flying displays will be the A330neo – the latest addition to the leading Airbus wide-body family featuring advanced materials, new optimized wings, composite sharklets and highly efficient engines that together deliver 25 per cent reduced fuel burn and CO2 emissions. Demonstration flights will be performed by the new generation tactical air-lifter C295 which can perform multi-role operations under all weather conditions. A330neo   –  Airbus Exhibits will demonstrate Airbus commitment to ‘Make in India’,‘and Startup India’. COMMENTS February 12, 2019 Airbus has readied a large-scale presence at India’s premier air show – Aero India 2019. The company plans to show case four aircraft, including flying display by A330neo and demonstration flights by C295. Panther helicopter   –  Airbus  From flying and static displays of its products to showcasing its cutting-edge aerospace services, Airbus has planned one of its biggest-ever participation at Aero India to be held in Bengaluru from February 20 to 24 February. Carrying US Presidents and passengers, cargo and space shuttle SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Air-lifter C295   –  Airbus  On static display will be Airbus’ most versatile twin-engine rotorcraft – the H135 & H145. The H135 is known for its endurance, compact build, low sound levels, reliability, versatility and cost-competitiveness. The H145 is a member of Airbus’ 4-tonne-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range – with designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions. Published on SHARE RELATED last_img read more