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Bendtner left out of final Denmark World Cup squad

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first_imgFormer Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has been omitted from Denmark’s final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, reports The LocalThe 30-year-old has reinserted himself into the Denmark squad after a two-year exile due to his rediscovered form with Norwegian side Rosenborg.However, after being named in the 27-man preliminary squad for Russia, Bendtner sustained a groin injury while playing for his club and missed Saturday’s goalless draw against Sweden in Stockholm.Joining him in missing out on a place for the World Cup are Andreas Bjelland, Mike Jensen and Peter Ankersen.“Bendtner and Bjelland are out because we don’t think they’ll be fit for the first match against Peru. It’s too soon. That match will be very important. And we have swapped Mike Jensen with (Michael) Krohn-Dehli [of Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña, ed.],” Hareide said in a video posted to the Danish football association’s Twitter account.The Norwegian coach explained that, despite both Bendtner and Bjelland having returned to full training, their readiness for Denmark’s World Cup opener against France remained doubtful and so, therefore, he decided to omit them.“We are looking at the Peru match because it is so important for us. We are probably battling with Peru and Australia for second place. So it is important to get a good start, so we need players who are in form,” Hareide said.Denmark, Euro 2020Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group D George Patchias – September 5, 2019 In Euro 2020 qualifying group D, Denmark hit Gibraltar for six while Ireland and Switzerland played out a draw.The Danes made easy work of…“Bjelland and Bendtner have been in training after injuries and we don’t think they’ll be fit for the first match,” he added.On how Bendtner took the news, Age added: “Bendtner stood up and asked whether he could say something, and then wished the team good luck with the job in Russia. That’s how it is. It’s become a close-knit group, and it is just as hard for the players [to leave someone out] as it is for me.”Denmark’s full squad for the 2018 World Cup:Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester/ENG), Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield ENG), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby.Defenders: Simon Kjær (Sevilla/ESP), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/ENG), Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jørgensen (Huddersfield/ENG), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford/ENG), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese/ITA), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich/ENG).Midfielders: William Kvist (F.C. Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen/GER), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux/FRA) Lasse Schöne (Ajax/NED), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruña/ESP).Forwards: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo/ESP), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux/FRA), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta/ITA), Viktor Fischer (F.C. Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig/GER), Nicolai Jørgensen, (Feyenoord/NED), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax/NED).last_img read more

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Rodriguez happy at Milan

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first_imgSwiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent would consider “a team that has a chance to win the Champions League” as he “won’t leave Milan easily,” his agent confirms via Football Italia.The agent met with Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli today, with some taking that as a sign the Swiss left-back will be sold.“It’s all good, we have an excellent relationship with Mirabelli,” Gianluca Di Domenico told MilanNews after the meeting.“There’s great transparency, it was him who wanted Ricardo at Milan, he followed him for a long time.“He’s happy in Milan, he wanted Milan and he loves the city. Milan are second in Europe for [Champions League] titles won and he’s happy to be here.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If an offer comes in from a team that has a chance to win the Champions League then it would be legitimate for both Milan and the player to evaluate that option, but Ricardo won’t leave Milan easily.“I can’t confirm any offers, none have reached the table. There’s interest of course, but that’s normal for a player who is doing well at the World Cup. There’s no concrete offer on the table.“Leaving aside the period Milan are going through, this remains one of the biggest clubs in Europe.“Even outside of European competition, playing for Milan is a very important thing. There are teams playing in Europe that will never have the value Milan has.”last_img read more

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Kane on winning the World Cup Golden Boot Im extremely proud

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first_imgWhile the disappointment of coming so close to reaching the final with England may still be haunting him right now, Harry Kane was proud to have been able to prove himself at the World Cup by winning the Golden Boot award after scoring six goalsThe Tottenham striker has scored an incredible 105 goals in 139 appearances in the last four Premier League seasons and has managed to carry over that form in the Champions League, where he netted seven times in seven games.But following a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, Kane arrived at the World Cup this summer determined to prove his worth as one of the greatest forwards in world football by firing England to their first final in the competition in 52 years.While he may have been just one round short of reaching the latter, Kane’s six goals at Russia saw him finish top of the scoring charts to claim the Golden Boot award.“I said before coming into this tournament that I wanted to prove I could do it on these stages,” said Kane, according to The Guardian.“The Euros were disappointing. If anything I wanted to prove to myself I could score at this level. I’ve scored at every other level and it was important I did that.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m extremely proud and I’m sure I’ll look back in a few weeks’ time and take all these experiences in. It’s hard to do that now because we are still disappointed.”Kane’s scoring prowess was at full display in the group stages with a brace against Tunisia in England’s opening game before scoring a brilliant hat-trick against Panama.But the 24-year-old admitted that he leaves Russia with some regrets over unable to find the back of the net in England’s final three games.“It’s been a fantastic campaign for me personally and the team as well,” the England captain said.“But there’s still stuff I can improve on. Obviously, I can get better.“I feel like there have been games in this tournament when I could have done better but that’s all part of the learning curve.”last_img read more

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Nuno Espirito Santo I learned from Mourinho at Porto

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first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed how much he learnt from Jose Mourinho when he played under him at Porto.Nuno Espirito Santo played under Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Porto, and he helped the Manchester United boss win the UEFA Cup together in 2003 and the Champions League in 2004.After ending his playing career, Nuno became Porto manager for one season before he joined Wolves in 2017 and lead them to promotion.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“A lot. In that moment, what we had, the group of players we had, the way Mourinho manages and made us believe that it was possible to do what we did as a squad. We won everything, and it was absolutely fantastic.” Nuno told Sky Sports when asked what he learnt from Mourinho.“You take from everyone. When you have such success it’s because you do things right. Of course, you learn a lot as a player when you pay attention to managers when they speak to you.”last_img read more

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CLOSING ARGUMENT Judy OConnell Asks For Your Vote On September 4

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington):—Dear Wilmington & Tewksbury Voters, This year we will be electing a NEW State Representative to represent the 19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury. It is critical that we elect a person with prior municipal government experience. As a prior elected official who served honorably for the Town of Wilmington for (3) years as an elected member of the School Committee and for (6) years as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen, I believe I have this experience. Together as a community we have many successful milestone achievements to be proud of and there is still more work to be done!As a Democratic candidate, I am excited about the prospect of representing you on Beacon Hill as I have always had a passion for serving my community and others. I believe my (27) years of professional work experience in both the public and private sectors highlights my unique qualifications as a candidate for this position. As it stands today, I believe Wilmington and Tewksbury continue to be two of the most attractive towns in Massachusetts to live in, work in and raise a family. If elected as the next State Representative, I promise to serve the constituents I have been entrusted to represent to the best of my ability. I promise to be available, approachable and accountable because to me public service is a privilege and a trust and it would be my distinct honor to serve you.As your State Representative, I will be focused on the issues that are most important to the people of the 19th Middlesex District which include education and special education initiatives, veterans’ services and benefits, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, supporting smart economic development including attracting new businesses to the district, infrastructure improvements, public safety, fiscal responsibility relative to the utilization of state funds, affordable health care for all and maintaining funding for Tewksbury Hospital to name a few. To review my candidacy once again prior to visiting the polls, please visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.In closing as we approach the 2018 Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, September 4th, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people in the 19th Middlesex District that I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with over the past few months out on the campaign trail. I would especially like to thank my dedicated supporters who continue to place their faith and trust in me year after year with every election since my public service career began. Also, I would like to thank the Committee for Judy O’Connell, my family and friends for all of your support during this race and always. This has been a very rewarding experience for me as a person and as a candidate and I am proud of the positive campaign that we have run together! The time has come for you the voters to decide who you would like to see as your next State Representative. Thank you for your participation in this civic process which best represents our democracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4th!Sincerely,Judith L. O’ConnellDemocratic Candidate for State Representative19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”last_img read more

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Full Show VP Pence Visits Houston And Contributions Of Houstons Sicilian Immigrants

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first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Friday’s Houston Matters: Vice President Mike Pence will meet with homeland security and border officials during his visit to Houston today. News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall is covering the visit, and joins us with details.Also this hour: We learn about the contributions of Sicilian immigrants to Houston history and culture ahead of a walking tour of a neighborhood where many settled.Plus, When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Then, author Josh Frank, talks about his love of the Marx brothers and his journey through the history of the film that never was.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Xcenter_img 00:00 /51:00 last_img read more

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Checking in with Chelsea Hotel Toronto Summer savings and a QA

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first_img TORONTO — Chelsea Hotel, Toronto wants to make it easier for clients to explore the city and soak up the sun in the summer months.The centrally-located hotel, just a five-minute walk from the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and close to scores of other downtown attraction, is offering 20% off the hotel’s Best Available Rate of the day when guests stay for two or more nights with the Hello, Summer! Sale. Terms and conditions apply.Plus, with the hotel’s popular Show Your Key and Save program, guests can get discounted tickets to some of Toronto’s top attractions, like the Toronto Zoo and Canada’s Wonderland.Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is also a family-friendly playground, with separate kid’s check-in, the only 130 ft. indoor waterslide in downtown Toronto, a lounge for teens and a dedicated space for its Kids Centre.There’s also an adults-only pool and fitness centre with panoramic views of the city’s skyline from Deck 27. And anyone looking for a new patio spot in Toronto should check out the Chelsea Patio, a hidden oasis in the heart of downtown with $6 drink features Mondays through Thursdays.The hotel also connects guests to Blue Jays games at Rogers Centre, with shuttle service from the hotel to the game, available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for a nominal fee.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAnd in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA’s free concert series, Play the Parks will include two free concerts on the Chelsea Patio: Lindsay Brohan (July 18 at 5 p.m.) and Stereoflavor (Aug. 15 at 5:00 p.m.).Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is Canada’s largest hotel with 1,590 guest rooms. The hotel offers a variety of services and facilities for travellers of all ages and with various travel needs, including accessible guest rooms and a guest accessibility package.Travelweek checked in with Chelsea Hotel, Toronto’s Tracy Ford about what makes the hotel a perennial top choice for both the leisure and corporate markets.Q. What makes Chelsea Hotel such an ideal option for families, for March Break, the summer months or any time of year?A. “During March Break and the summer months, we go the extra mile for our guests with complimentary evening activities. This also includes lobby engagement activities, like our robot ‘CT’, face painting and popcorn. Often one of our ‘Show Your Key and Save’ partners will join us and offer something interactive for our guests.”Q. In recent years the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto went through a major refresh. Can you tell us the highlights?More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthA. “From 2013 to 2014 we renovated the lobby, two restaurants, meeting/function spaces, all balconies and the Club Lounge (27th floor). In 2015 and 2016 we refurbished all guestrooms in the south tower.”Q. The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is a magnet not just for leisure travellers, but for business travellers and convention-goers too. What is the hotel’s leisure/corporate split?A. “Corporate travel/MICE is 20%. Leisure travel is 60%. Other (such as airlines) accounts for 20%. We offer an adult-only pool and fitness centre and that’s appealing to our corporate travellers. We also have a loyalty program, ‘1865’, which has its own check-in desk.”Q. Above all else, what do you want travel agents to know about the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto?A. “Great location, Family Fun Zone and adults-only pool/fitness centre, three arrival desks, security 24/7 and it’s the friendliest hotel in downtown Toronto! The hotel’s location is a significant asset. We are steps from public transit, shopping, amazing attractions and dining options.”More information is at chelseatoronto.com or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732). Checking in with Chelsea Hotel, Toronto: Summer savings and a Q&A Travelweek Group Thursday, July 18, 2019 Sharecenter_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Chelsea Hotel, Torontolast_img read more

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Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before says IATA

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Share Travelweek Group “Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before,” says IATAcenter_img MONTREAL — Global air connectivity is more accessible than ever, says IATA, which just released performance figures for 2018.According to its report, 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018, an increase of 6.9% over 2017, and record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled. Fuel efficiency, meanwhile, improved by more than 12% compared to 2010.The world continues to shrink thanks to increased connectivity. A total of 22,000 city pairs are now connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998. “Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible than ever, and our world is a more prosperous place as a result,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. However, de Juniac notes that with any human activity, this comes with an environmental cost that airlines are committed to reducing.“We understand that sustainability is essential to our licence to spread aviation’s benefits. From 2020 we will cap net carbon emissions growth, and by 2050 we will cut our net carbon footprint to half 2005 levels,” he added. “This ambitious climate action goal needs government support. It is critical for sustainable aviation fuels, new technology and more efficient routes to deliver the greener future we are aiming for.”More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsHere are additional highlights of the 2018 airline industry performance:• The development of the low-cost carrier (LCC) segment continues to outpace that of network carriers. Measured in ASKs (available seat kilometres), LCC capacity grew by 13.4%, almost doubling the overall industry rate of 6.9%. LCCs accounted for 21% of global capacity in 2018, up from 11% in 2004.• Some 52 of IATA’s 290 current member airlines classify themselves as LCCs and other new model airlines.• Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers system-wide. North America airlines had 22.6% market share, or 989.4 million passengers, up 4.8% over 2017.• The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passenger kilometres flown were: American Airlines (330.6 billion); Delta Air Lines (330 billion); United Airlines (329.6 billion); Emirates (302.3 billion); and Southwest Airlines (214.6 billion).• The top five nationalities travelling (international routes) are: United Kingdom (126.2 million, or 8.6% of all passengers); United States (111.5 million, or 7.6% of all passengers); China (97 million, or 6.6% of all passengers); Germany (94.3 million, or 6.4% of all passengers); and France (59.8 million, or 4.1% of all passengers).More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July• Star Alliance maintained its position as the largest airline alliance in 2018, with 21.9% of total scheduled traffic (in RPKs), followed by SkyTeam (18.8%) and oneworld (15.4%). Posted by Tags: IATAlast_img read more

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One Legendary Night on board Carnival Legend

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first_imgCarnival Cruise Lines chief executive officer and president, Gerry Cahill with vice president Australia and New Zealand Jennifer Vandekreeke Around 1,500 people dressed up in character as their favourite “legend” and celebrated One Legend-ary Night on board Carnival Legend last night in Sydney harbour.The one night cruising extravaganza featured plenty of fun and entertainment, showcasing the best the superliner has to offer as she kicked off her Australia 2014-15 cruise season.Carnival Legend is the first ship international ship to arrive in Australia for the 2014-15 cruise season, and is the second ship to be based in Australia by Carnival Cruise Lines, after deploying Carnival Spirit in 2012, in response to Aussies’ growing demand for cruise holidays.“With almost half the population considering a cruise holiday, we are seeing a lot of first time cruisers from Australia joining us, around 80 percent of our customers for the 2013-14 season were first time cruisers,” Carnival Cruise Lines vice president Australia and New Zealand Jennifer Vandekreeke said.“We find that first time cruisers tend to decide on the brand first, then the itinerary, and Australians have shown a real affinity for Carnival Cruise Lines because we share a similar outlook on life – a passion for fun, new experiences and adventure.”After successfully completing a whopping USD $47 million “Aussification” to ensure the ship was ready for the Australian market, the ship boasts exciting new features including the thrilling Green Thunder water slide, and its Bonsai Sushi Restaurant, Red Frog Pub with locally brewed ThirstyFrog Summer Ale, Cherry On Top lolly shop and Seuss at Sea program for the kids, all exclusively available on Carnival Legend.With more than 35 different ships sailing Australia’s waters, visiting over 600 ports and injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, the 2014-15 summer cruising season signifies the country’s biggest cruise season to date.For more photos and information on One Legend-ary Night on board Carnival Legend, click here.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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By Vedran Vuk Casey Research Exchangetraded fund

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first_imgBy Vedran Vuk, Casey ResearchExchange-traded funds have been all the rage in recent years – they are easy to buy, easy to sell, and often have lower expense ratios than index mutual funds. But the Casey Research team dug deep into the complex world of ETFs and found that in many cases, their names can be utterly deceptive.Here are a few excerpts of our revealing special report, The Top Ten Misleading ETFs.Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ) – This ETF sure has a funny definition of a junior mining company. In my opinion, a junior miner is a small, speculative company just getting off the ground. Our publication, Casey International Speculator, specializes in this particular kind of company. If I had to put a number on the market cap, I’d say that junior miners fall under the $500 million mark. If you really want to push the definition to its limits, maybe a market-cap ceiling of $1 billion could still qualify for junior status.Regardless of the exact line of demarcation, most of us can agree that “junior” means “small.” Furthermore, most investors can agree that market caps over a billion dollars are anything but small. A billion isn’t a major, but it’s clearly in mid-tier territory. That said, the Junior Gold Miners ETF’s top 10 holdings are all over a billion dollar or more. The top holding, with 5.23% of assets, even has a market cap of $2.4 billion – that’s not exactly a junior, to say the least, and neither are the other companies on the list:GDXJ was a flawed idea from the very start. Junior miners are necessarily bad choices for bundling into large ETFs. A large market cap ETF funneling funds into tiny mining companies sounds like a bubble waiting to happen. This is one area where carefully selecting individual plays is the only way to go. And this ETF has come no closer to changing that approach.SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) – Since the last two funds had problems with rolling over futures contracts, you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, why not just buy funds that actually hold the underlying assets?” That’s a genius idea… if it were only so simple. Even SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), a fund that holds physical gold, has much hidden in its fine print.At first blush, most investors think that GLD securely protects their gold and that they can retrieve it upon request. Yes, GLD has a giant vault where gold is actually kept. However, exchanging your paper shares for gold is much harder than the click of a mouse that gets you into GLD.First of all, to retrieve the gold one must have special permission – meaning one is either a broker or market maker. And there’s another footnote worth mentioning: Gold can only be redeemed at a minimum of 100,000 shares of GLD, equivalent to 10,000 gold ounces (a little over $17 million at current prices). For the high rollers reading this article, that might mean something. For the average Joe out there, that means you will never be able to redeem your GLD shares for gold. Those shares are nothing more than pieces of paper – or worse yet, electronic bytes in your account.With a closer examination of GLD, even the high rollers are misled by GLD. Deep in the SPDR Gold Shares prospectus, the fund includes an option to redeem gold requests in cash rather than physical metal. So, even if you are holding $17 million in GLD, you still might not receive your gold upon request in the case of a crisis in the gold market.But wait – there’s more. Though GLD seems like any other ETF, it isn’t. GLD is structured as a grantor trust. Hence, the investor doesn’t pay taxes similar to regular ETFs. Instead, the investor pays taxes on the underlying assets – in this case, gold. Unfortunately, gold is taxed for long-term holdings at a higher rate of 28% as a collectible instead of the 15% capital gains tax. What seems like a simple fund actually has a world of complicated specifics in the fine print.iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) – What do you think of when someone says “Eastern Europe?” The Iron Curtain, stuffed cabbage, kolaches, pierogies… No, besides that. For anyone who’s been asleep for the past few decades, Eastern Europe now has more countries than most can count. In the Balkans alone, there’s Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and even Kosovo… not to the mention all the other countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, the Ukraine… and the list goes on.With so many different countries and stock exchanges, an ETF would seem like a perfect way to cover them all. Unfortunately, the MSCI Emerging Market Eastern Europe Index Fund (ESR) will cover none of those countries just mentioned. In fact, the ESR does a better job of covering Russia, with a 76% allocation, than the rest of Eastern Europe – a whole 21% of the fund is invested in Russia’s Gazprom alone.Besides Russia, the fund only holds a couple of other countries including Poland at 16%, the Czech Republic at 4.1%, and Hungary at 3.4%. Though some companies in the fund may serve Eastern Europe, this is hardly what most investors had in mind for an Eastern European ETF. If investors really want a Russian ETF, those are not hard to find.[To find out what the other 7 ETFs are – and whether you might own one yourself – click here for your FREE special report, The Top 10 Misleading ETFs.]last_img read more

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Weve all heard from our elders that Money doesn

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first_imgWe’ve all heard from our elders that “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” It’s simple kitchen table economics: If you want money, you have to work hard for it, earn it, and then you can buy what you feel you can afford. How much easier things would be if we had a money tree, or better yet an orchard, and our only effort would be to pluck off all the cash we wanted. What most people fail to understand is that nearly every country in the world has such a money tree. It is owned and controlled by the government, king, central bank, or whatever they choose to call it. Here in the US, our money tree has been creating a 100-year supply of money every year—and the government is lavishly spending this magic money. By the time you read this, it will be over $4 trillion, up from $800 million a few short years ago. Borrowing is fine. Go ahead and spend more than you take in through tax revenue. You are pledging the work efforts of future generations of your citizens to garner money for you to spend right now. But you will probably be dead before the bill comes due, so you need not worry. This can continue for decades as long as your creditors have faith in your money and ability to repay. Copious borrowing and spending is one of the fun parts of belonging to the government elite. The peasants must believe that you, the owner of the money tree, are acting in their best interest. If you tax them, you must convince them it is for their own good. Whether it is building roads, bridges, providing education or police for their protection, there must be visible symbols that prove you are looking after them. You must not allow competition from any other trees or crops. If your tree produces fancy paper, you cannot allow others to copy your paper to make it look like money. They must face stiff penalties for doing so in order to discourage competition. You cannot allow other fruits like gold or bitcoins to be used as currency; only using money from your tree is allowed. Play by the rules. Like it or not, each owner of a money tree has a vast army to make sure you comply with their rules. Their goal is to protect themselves, even if it is at the expense of the hard-working citizens they are pretending to look after. There are still many legal ways to protect yourself that will allow you to keep the results of your labor. Diversify. While you may always be a “subject” to one or the other government, the best way to protect yourself from their heavy hands is diversification. Own things like gold, silver, farm land, and investments denominated in money from other money trees. Spreading your assets across various forms of money and locations can go a long way to protect your buying power. Use the power and might of your army and police force to protect the system. Flex your muscles regularly as a reminder to all peasants that they need to conform. Confiscation of wealth is an idea that can be easily sold to the masses. After all, what do the rich need all that money for? Redistribution of wealth is part of the rulers’ job. Without the benevolent government to lead, the peasants would never be able to survive. Always remember, you know best what your citizens need. What Is Happening to the Middle Class? The real issue is not that we don’t own a money tree, but rather the abusive behavior of the governments that do. You can look at most countries in the world and make the case that the leaders have abused the system. No matter how much tax revenue they take in, they are incapable of living within their means as everyday citizens do. They always have to spend more. Peek at the US debt clock to see that our leaders have pledged over $1.1 million per citizen of our future earnings to borrow and spend. And the future doesn’t look any better. Our own Bud Conrad has taken data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to show where we’re headed. By the end of this decade, gross federal debt will have reached $30 trillion. Be self-supporting. Don’t get caught up depending on the handouts from the government, or you will become an economic slave for life. Addict the majority of peasants to your handouts. The more dependent you can make the population on your handouts—as opposed to the results of their own work and effort—the easier it is to maintain power. As the old saying goes, “When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on the support of Paul.” Keep the peasants in a perpetual state of fear. Use the media to continually frighten the citizenry—tell them how their very lives are threatened by those who want to conquer and kill them. That way, you have justification for all your many taxes. Peasants will pay dearly to those who offer protection from harm.center_img Who knows for sure what the future will bring? The facts point to inflation, meaning the value of the money from the US money tree will radically drop (and possibly collapse at some point), following the fate of most other fiat currencies throughout history. So What Can We Do? Here are a few guidelines for those of us who don’t own a money tree, or ever will. Think and act independently. There is tremendous social and government pressure to go along with the crowd and see things their way. Survivors don’t get caught up in the hype. You don’t have to have an Ivy League PhD to understand what’s going on; the handwriting is very clear. Get the peasants to fight among themselves. Pit one class against the other. If you have a two-party system, let each blame the other for the problems at hand, even if they essentially both have the same goal: to serve themselves and their most influential members. In that manner, the peasants are less likely to unite and overthrow the king. Establish a vast and vicious army. Your reign is only as good as your army is intimidating. You must discourage others who wish to be king from attacking you and capturing your money tree. Keep the illusion of stability as long as possible. When taxation or borrowing no longer work, it may become necessary to magically create money. The never-ending spending must continue. Inflating the currency, making the value of each piece of paper or trinket worth less is a non-violent choice—so you can pay your debts back with “cheaper” money. Buy physical gold and silver. Gold and silver, throughout history, has been the only real forms of money. When the value of trinkets, shells, and paper collapses, precious metals are the best way to preserve your wealth. Make sure that some of your metals are held in places out of reach of your own, desperate government. While paper may cover rock in the old kids’ game, gold and silver win every time. Investigate all other orchards. If you find that other places in the world have better trees and less draconian rules for their working class, you may want to live there. You only live once, and keeping the fruits of your labor so you can provide for yourself and your family is called sensible economic survival. There are even ways to profit from debt, and nicely so. In the current edition of our monthly newsletter, Miller’s Money Forever,  we recommended a little-known business development company (BDC). BDCs are very similar to venture capital funds; they help grow small companies in the initial stages of their development. BDCs are required to distribute at least 90% of their annual taxable income to shareholders. The particular company we discovered focuses on higher-quality debt instruments and is paying a handsome 7.8% yield. It runs a diversified $371 million portfolio with companies from 23 sectors and subsectors. Over 80% of its portfolio is invested in first-lien senior secured debt. That’s what we like best about it: its conservative approach sets our pick apart from other companies in the private-debt sector. To get into this and other great companies right now, and to discover the best strategies for retirees and income investors to protect and grow their nest egg, consider giving Miller’s Money Forever a risk-free try. Test our newsletter for three months—which includes access to our full portfolio—and if you don’t like what you see, just cancel for a full and prompt refund. Click here to get started. Throughout history governments have had a money tree at their disposal and taken full advantage of it. The fairy tale never has had a happy ending—neither for the peasants nor for the owner of the money tree. The Money Tree Owner’s Manual Buried deep in the vaults of every government, there’s a “Money Tree Owner’s Manual.” Had Edward Snowden shared this information, no country on earth would have offered him asylum. As your humble scribe isn’t seeking asylum anywhere, I’ll share what Snowden couldn’t. Here are the rules: The peasants must believe the money has true value. If they do not believe in it (be it shells, sticks, or fancy pieces of paper), they will not work hard and be satisfied with receiving a piece of paper or trinket in return. Keep your lavish spending out of sight. Peasants do not appreciate working hard and being heavily taxed to support the lavish lifestyle of their feudal overlords. History is full of examples that the symbols of luxury are the first to be destroyed in a revolution.last_img read more

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Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

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first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)This interview was first published on November 24, 2010.Editor’s Note: If you’ve flown on an airplane in the U.S. in the last ten years, you know that TSA stands for the Transportation Safety Administration. It’s the group of government workers who frisk and interrogate travelers before letting them on a plane.Many Americans think the TSA keeps them safe from terrorists. Casey Research founder Doug Casey has a different view…Louis James: Doug, your favorite group of people, the Transportation Security Agency, have been in the news a lot lately, with their chief being summoned to Capitol Hill to answer for the excesses of his underlings. Today is National Opt-Out Day, when Americans are encouraged to refuse the full-body “porno” scans and the alternative pat-downs. And yet, the TSA is said to have very high approval ratings…as high as 81% in one CBS poll. As straws in the wind go, that does not bode well. What do you make of this?Doug: They’re certainly the face of government that one encounters most often these days. Some newer polls and news stories suggest that support for what they do may be waning, but in general, it’s another sign of the accelerating decline of the American Empire. As Tacitus pointed out in the second century, the more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state. Although it’s also true that the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws… – CASEY: How to prepare for when money diesThere’s one asset you can own (now widely available in America) that will help protect you and your family from this chaos. Click here to learn more. — Biggest Accounting Fraud Since Enron?Get ready for another accounting scandal… one so big that it could trigger the next major financial crisis in America. According to Jim Rickards, this could be 525 times bigger than Enron. It’s not just employees and investors of a specific company who are in danger… All 300 million American citizens are potential victims of this massive accounting hoax. Click here to find out if you’re in danger. Recommended Links All bureaucracies inevitably become sodden, counterproductive, and centered mainly on their own agendas. But the TSA is on an extraordinarily steep downward trajectory. I suspect that is for several reasons. One is that the TSA is on the “front line,” as they pathetically describe it, of an unnecessary and illusory war on terror, so they’re very sensitive about somehow justifying their existence. Another is that they’re dressed up in uniforms and organized in a paramilitary manner; once you put people in costumes, they become much more obedient chimpanzees. Another is that their employees are actually the dregs of U.S. society. It amazes me that when Congress created it, they found 50,000 people, practically overnight, who thought that getting paid to go through fellow citizens’ dirty underwear at airports was a good deal.This is unskilled labor of the most menial sort. But these are not, by and large, teenagers with no skills; rather, they are middle-aged people who should be able to find some more productive (or at least higher-paying) use for their time. I suppose it was perceived as a step up for those who were Walmart greeters or packing bags at Safeway…although that’s incorrect, because although those are low-paid, unskilled, and unchallenging occupations, they are at least honorable work.And they’ve now expanded the force to 65,000, and they are still hiring: they’ve placed ads on the backs of pizza boxes. These people are truly the bottom of the barrel.L: I’ve just looked it up, and the TSA screener gets paid $10.91-$15.59 per hour. Overtime is up to $23.23, and there are bonuses. I wonder what those are for…Doug: I doubt the bonuses are based on “customer satisfaction.” Though I bet the government benefits are significant, and the fringe benefits are commensurate with government employment. At this point, the average government employee makes about 50% more than a civilian worker. It’s appealing to those who have not bothered to learn a useful trade.But the real problem is psychological. Certain types of people are drawn to certain types of jobs. Only a certain type of person would, for example, become a prison guard. It’s bad enough being sent to prison involuntarily, so what does it say about a person who’ll spend his or her days there, just to be the one with the baton? Many are really bad apples, and the power has, quite predictably, gone to their heads.L: You don’t think any of them think they are actually making people safe; Saving lives?Doug: There might be a few who actually believe that, but that doesn’t mean they are not still, on average, the sort of person who enjoys bullying other people. Actually, the people who are even more contemptible are the members of the chattering classes who cheerlead for the TSA, by saying “Yes, some mistakes are made, some officers are overzealous, or lack common sense, but it’s good and necessary in principle.” That’s totally pernicious nonsense on all levels. It’s a matter of principle that’s in question, something to which they’re completely oblivious.There are many, many recent examples of just how arrogant and abusive these thugs have gotten recently. I just read today about a cancer victim that had a bladder bag…L: Can’t take any liquids through security!Doug: Yes. So they pawed the thing and spilled urine all over the fellow, and he had to travel that way. Another story I read recently was of a woman who had pierced nipples and the TSA removed the rings with some pliers they had lying around, even after the things were identified and were obviously no threat. And there was a six-year-old child who couldn’t walk without a leg brace, but they made him take it off to go through the metal detector.And you better not back-sass your betters today, either…Actually, the TSA serves absolutely no useful purpose. On the one hand, it’s playing into the bad guys’ hands by helping bankrupt the U.S., by death through a thousand cuts. On the other hand, if a bad guy really wanted to do some damage, he’ll just stand in a line with hundreds of others waiting to go through screening, and detonate his carry-on bag there. That will certainly happen.Doug Casey is a multimillionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on The New York Times best sellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News.Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here.last_img read more

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Twitter We Know the Platform Is Toxic Please Help Us Fix It

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first_img Jack Dorsey wants ideas for how best to measure Twitter’s ‘conversational health.’ Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Michael Kan Reporter –shares Guest Writer Image credit: ThomasDeco | Shutterstock Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 2, 2018 Next Article Register Now » Twitter Add to Queue Twitter knows it has a problem, and it’s looking for help.On Thursday, CEO Jack Dorsey confessed that his company failed to predict that Twitter would become a haven for harassment, abuse and propaganda campaigns. And now that it’s a reality, he’s not really sure what to do. So he’s doing what Silicon Valley does best: crowdsource. He wants your ideas for how to help Twitter measure “conversational health” across the platform.”If you want to improve something, you have to be able to measure it,” he said in a tweetstorm that called for the public to submit proposals.We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human-coordination, misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive echo chambers. We aren’t proud of how people have taken advantage of our service, or our inability to address it fast enough.— jack (@jack) March 1, 2018Twitter’s CEO made the plea as the company has been cracking down on the abuse. It has shut down accounts blamed for spreading misinformation, racism and hate, and removed suspected bots. But the actions haven’t been without controversy. Last week, the company faced backlash from right-wing pundits over fears that Twitter was silencing conservative voices.The incident underscores an ongoing dilemma at Twitter and other social media platforms: safeguards can still end up inflaming hostilities. On Thursday, Dorsey admitted the service can be a divisive echo chamber.”We’ve focused most of our efforts on removing content against our terms, instead of building a systemic framework to help encourage more healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking,” Dorsey said. “This is the approach we now need.”Twitter’s plan to measure the platform’s conversational health presents a problem: How do you gauge something like that? Dorsey said he isn’t sure. It’s why he’s asking for outside experts to submit proposals. “We simply can’t and don’t want to do this alone,” he added.To start, Twitter is taking inspiration from media analytics nonprofit Cortico, which “introduced us to the concept of measuring conversational health [and] came up with four indicators: shared attention, shared reality, variety of opinion, and receptivity.”Whether that approach works for Twitter remains to be seen. “What we know is we must commit to a rigorous and independently vetted set of metrics to measure the health of public conversation on Twitter,” Dorsey wrote. “And we must commit to sharing our results publicly to benefit all who serve the public conversation.”Interested experts can apply here. The deadline is April 13.Recently, rival Facebook also acknowledged that its platform can make people depressed. So it’s now prioritizing content from friends and family since people report being happier when interacting with loved ones on Facebook rather than passively scrolling. 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter: We Know the Platform Is Toxic. Please Help Us Fix It.last_img read more

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Apple Creates a New Company to Sell Solar Energy

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first_img Add to Queue 1 min read Next Article Apple Creates a New Company to Sell Solar Energy Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Apple Energy LLC Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apple has a new product quite unlike the ones you’re used to: solar energy. The tech giant has formed a new subsidiary called Apple Energy LLC in order to sell surplus solar power generated by its farms in Cupertino and Nevada.As The Verge notes, the company’s newest environmental responsibility report says it only generates enough energy to provide 93 percent of the electricity it needs worldwide. However, Apple might have plans to expand its farms even further to prepare for new projects, such as charging stations for the long-rumored Apple car.In Apple’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing, which 9to5Mac spotted, it said it could legally sell energy at market rates since it’s not a big energy company and can’t influence the price of electricity. While it could mean that Cupertino is thinking of selling power directly to home or business owners, most corporations sell surplus energy to power companies.We guess we’ll know what Apple’s up to soon enough: it requested permission from FERC to begin the LLC’s operations 60 days after it filed its application on June 6.center_img Enroll Now for $5 June 10, 2016 Mariella Moon This story originally appeared on Engadget 512shares Applelast_img read more

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Nintendo May Be the Talk of the Town But Its Nowhere to

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first_img Image credit: Reuters | Kim Kyung-Hoon Nintendo May Be the Talk of the Town, But It’s Nowhere to Be Found at Tokyo Game Show Apply Now » Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Nintendo The Japanese firm, conservative and rarely unpredictable, has twice caught the industry by surprise in recent weeks. Add to Queue September 16, 2016 5 min read –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on Reuters This week’s Tokyo Game Show is one of the world’s biggest draws for gamers and developers, but the talk amid the virtual reality headsets and robot arms is of the industry giant that never turns up: Nintendo Co. Ltd.The Japanese firm, conservative and rarely unpredictable, has twice caught the industry by surprise in recent weeks: first, with Pokémon Go, a wildly successful augmented reality smartphone game, and, earlier this month, by stealing the show at Apple Inc.’s iPhone 7 launch in San Francisco.There, Nintendo’s best-known game creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, announced the firm’s first on-the-go game starring the popular Super Mario character.It was a rare public splash, and gamers in Tokyo read Miyamoto’s guest Apple appearance as a sign that executives in Nintendo’s spartan offices in Kyoto might finally be catching up with the zeitgeist — tapping a treasure trove of popular characters and consumers’ love of smartphones.”There’s a huge saturation of mobiles, there are billions (of dollars) being made in mobile gaming … and Nintendo has realized that,” said Benjamin Outram, a researcher at Keio University, who was demonstrating virtual reality goggles and a vibrating digital immersion suit at the Tokyo event. “Nintendo is an entertainment company so will go in whatever direction they can entertain.”Super Mario’s short hop to Apple devices is a big leap for Nintendo, unshackling the much-loved moustachioed cartoon plumber from the Japanese company’s dogged resistance to the mobile world.Nintendo has long held out against offering its games for mobile devices, preferring to keep them coupled to its Wii console business. But Wii sales have slowed — from over 100 million devices in its first five years to just 13 million in the past five — and Nintendo is finally acknowledging that mobiles matter.”They held their own kind of Nintendo world and did not want to corrupt their own characters and brands and trademarks by allowing their products or characters to be utilized on other platforms,” said Gavin Parry, managing director at Parry International Trading in Hong Kong. “The internal philosophy is changing and opening up.”Nintendo declined to comment for this article.”Gaming deity”Gamers and game developers say Miyamoto, 63 and often dubbed the “Walt Disney of video games,” is key to Nintendo’s shift.”Miyamoto is not a conventional game maker, he wants to create family entertainment,” said Hirokazu Hamamura, a director at Japanese publisher Kadokawa Dwango and a gaming commentator who often meets Miyamoto.”Mario is the jewel in Nintendo’s crown, so if they are letting him out it means they are serious.”Miyamoto, a modest corporate man — who in the United States would likely command superstar status — has described himself as the first non-computer programmer game creator.”Even people at Sony and Microsoft look up to Miyamoto as gaming deity,” said Hamamura.Responsible for Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and other popular video game characters, as well as the Wii, Miyamoto started out as a puppet maker, and moved on to early designs of Donkey Kong and Mario sketched on paper that he handed to computer engineers, according to media interviews.He joined Nintendo, which has its roots making playing cards in 19th century Kyoto, in 1977, as the company shifted from making toys to video games.When computer gaming in cafes, malls and arcades — think Pong and Space Invaders — gave way to more solitary games often played on a bedroom desktop or console, Miyamoto has said he became concerned that gamers were turning into unsociable “zombies.”The 2006 hit, the Wii console, aimed to reverse that trend, and appeal to a broader audience of those new to gaming or put off by the proliferation of shooting games.Miyamoto has said he turned his wife into a gamer through social and fitness focused games such as Wii Sports and Nintendogs, a virtual pet training game.In March last year, Nintendo announced a partnership with Japanese social gaming company DeNA Co. to release five free-to-play mobile games within two years. Nintendo says two of those; versions of Animal Forest and Fire Emblem, have been delayed.”We believe Nintendo will be able to create a new style of games and spread them all around the world,” Miyamoto told Nintendo investors last October.At the Tokyo Game Show, dominated by yet more shooting games and role-playing fantasy titles that likely appeal to the “zombies” Miyamoto frets about, Nintendo’s Splatoon game for the Wii U — with paint splashing, squid-like characters battling for territory — won the best game award.Nintendo? Still absent.”That’s Nintendo’s nature,” said Masao Masutani, who helps develop game software for Sony. “They do what they want and let others get on with their thing.”(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Tim Kelly and Yoshiyasu Shida; writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Next Article last_img read more

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PlaceIQ Releases Inaugural Year In Location Foot Traffic Guides For The Travel

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first_imgPlaceIQ Releases Inaugural Year In Location Foot Traffic Guides For The Travel, Retail, And Dining Industries PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:05 pmApril 24, 2019 Learn Which Brands Own Share-Of-Visit, Were Most Efficient, & Have The Biggest Opportunities For GrowthPlaceIQ, the company building a new model of consumer behavior with location data and insights, announced the release of its annual Year In Location Foot Traffic Guides, revealing in-depth location-based trends and insights that shaped the Travel, Retail and Dining industries in 2018. This research was conducted using PlaceIQ’s proprietary data, comprised of 200MM+ unique, anonymous devices across the US Each of these guides can be downloaded.Location is an extremely powerful holistic marketing solution. From advertising to targeting, to measurement and analytics—location and Share-Of-Visit are key mechanisms for understanding consumers, competitors, event performance, market opportunities, and more.“We are often asked by our clients and partners how to use our data to create new growth opportunities through location-intelligent consumer insights, real-world attribution, or market analysis,” said Duncan McCall, CEO, PlaceIQ. “Our yearly reports strive to showcase creative applications of our data that yield new business value for brands.”Each PlaceIQ Year in Location Guide lays out Quick Hits & Big Shifts in 2017-18 before going deeper into trends and insights that have shaped these industries. Traverse just a few of the most timely foot traffic insights in the Travel, Retail, and Dining sections that follow.Marketing Technology News: Westchester Community College Uses Oracle Cloud to Modernize Education ExperienceTRAVELFor March Madness, can location data tell which colleges have the most loyal basketball fans?Marketers can use location intelligence to glean travel insights, determine which cities are sending the biggest crowds to events, and how out-of-towners shop, dine, or recreate differently. For March Madness, we looked at which college fans went the extra mile(s) to watch their favorite team compete for the title at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.In this year’s finals, Virginia prevailed to win it all, despite Texas sending nearly three times as many fans to the game. Out of the remaining Final Four games, Texas also had the highest representation that week, with 1.75 times as many fans as Michigan brought to the game. So while the Red Raiders didn’t bring home the Championship, they can boast the most loyal fans.In comparison, during last year’s Final Four, PlaceIQ saw a similar trend where nearly three times as many Jayhawks fans made the trip to the semi-finals in San Antonio, yet Villanova still took home the win and went on to win it all.PlaceIQ research has also shown that the hotel industry can be an excellent indicator of travel health, so for a look back at the year’s trends, PlaceIQ focused on which hotel brands won the year in terms of foot traffic.How loyal are Hotel visitors? Loyalty, or inversely, a visitor’s propensity to cross shop, can help marketers discover the right profiles to conquest. Within the premium competitive set, PlaceIQ discovered that visitors to Wyndham Hotels are the most loyal: 46% of their visits to premium hotels are to a Wyndham property. Residence Inn visitors proved most likely to explore other brands and are 10% less loyal than the category average.Nationally, Share-Of-Visit within the Cost Conscious competitive set reveals Hampton Hotels leading the pack with 20.1% SOV. Holiday Inn Express comes in second with 15.6% and the remainder ranges from 12.3 to 7.7% with little discernible monthly change. For a more dynamic look, PlaceIQ highlighted the state in which each brand does best amongst its competitors in the Travel Guide.Marketing Technology News: 3CLogic Announces Microsoft AppSource Certification for Microsoft Dynamics CRMDININGA consumer visits a restaurant for one main reason: they are hungry! For dining brands, visitation is a clear indicator of purchase intent, making location data an extremely powerful tool to help brands inform marketing decisions and reach consumers who are likely to dine-out again.Burger Showdown! While most brands remained flat in terms of Share-Of-Visit, McDonald’s saw a 1.8% increase between May-August, driven by their $1 sandwich offer during the summer. Niche burger brands, including Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger, continued to dominate the competition in terms of efficiency—Shake Shack alone had 2.8x the visitors-per-location as Wendy’s!Among fast food favorites that do not serve burgers, Subway, Taco Bell, and Chick-Fil-A had the highest Share-Of-Visits. White Castle offered a table and candlelight service dinner on Valentine’s Day — which led to a 28% increase in overall foot traffic.  Location data has become an essential tool for restaurant marketers to find and message hungry customers in an efficient way. Whether it’s reaching frequent diners of your brand or understanding the impact of a promotion, location data is a critical tool for restaurant marketers in 2019. For more on Dining, download the report.RETAILLocation data has become an essential tool for Retail marketers to find and message offline shoppers. Visitation to a physical store is a top indicator of purchase intent and can be used to strategically reach frequent Retail shoppers. With increasing pressure from e-commerce giants, now is the time for marketers to leverage offline behaviors to fuel successful online campaigns.Which brands won the year in terms of foot traffic? Who stole Share-Of-Visit from competitors in which dayparts? What effect did retail industry disruptions have on in-store visitation? The answers to these questions and more lie in location.Marketing Technology News: MarTech Roundup: Latest News, Insights, Funding and Salesforce Updates Duncan McCallFoot TrafficMarketing TechnologyNewsPlaceiqQuick HitsShare-Of-Visits Previous ArticleRival Technologies Launches Chat Lab, an Insights and Engagement Platform for the Mobile and Messaging EraNext ArticleTD and Microsoft Enter into a Strategic Relationship to Power the Future of Digital Customer Experienceslast_img read more

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Driverless cars are already here but the roads arent ready for them

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Explore further Nissan not changing autonomous drive tests over Uber crash Citation: Driverless cars are already here, but the roads aren’t ready for them (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-driverless-cars-roads-ready.html Provided by The Conversation Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves from beta-testing to a full-throttled rollout.As an urban planner who has analyzed how technology affects cities, I believe that driverless vehicles will change everything that moves and the stationary landscape too. Until now, the public and governments at all levels have paid too little attention to how letting these machines drive themselves will transform urban, rural and suburban communities. Critical junctureDriverless vehicles are closer than you may realize to moving out of testing mode. General Motors, for instance, plans to start producing ride sharing models as soon as 2019.But public awareness and consumer acceptance will take far longer, perhaps decades. It will depend on the machines’ safety record, plus the time it takes to implement legal and political changes like enacting local laws governing the use of self-driving cars.This shift requires everyone from automakers to consumers, insurers to planners and officials at all levels of government to work together. Being proactive about guiding this technological change is essential. Rather than waiting until it happens or leaving it for the last minute, now is the time for education, thoughtful discussion and planning.This juncture resembles what happened when automobiles replaced horses and the internet gained traction. In those cases, the technology changed how people lived, worked and got around. And the transformation occurred before the public or governments were ready. When the internet first became popular in the 1990s, few people – if anyone – predicted the social and behavioral changes in store. Filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delved into the angst and anger Americans felt toward early automotives in the documentary ‘Horatio’s Drive.’ Picture thisIdeally, self-driving vehicles will make it easier for people who can’t drive for any reason. These vehicles also promise more relaxed and productive commuting and excursions for everyone else. Additionally, they could make the roads safer. Almost 6,000 American pedestrians and more than 37,000 drivers and passengers die in car crashes every year. Despite the two recent fatalities tied to autonomous driving, it’s likely that this number would be lower without people in the driver’s seat. If these contraptions stoke ride-sharing growth, traffic may subside and pollution may decline. The amount of space occupied by roads and parking could shrink.More homes and businesses will make do with smaller garages or none at all. Entrance ramps and other prime real estate hogs will be repurposed. Pollution will probably decline if in all likelihood most autonomous electric vehicles run on electricity, rather than gasoline or diesel and they draw a rising share of power from wind and solar energy.Just think about what your community might be like. Picture wider sidewalks, new cycling and jogging lanes, and additional green space. It’s no wonder that urban planners are already pondering the possibilities. Unanticipated consequencesYet this technology might have serious downsides. What if autonomous vehicles were to drive about empty, rather than parking? That would increase congestion rather than abate it. Public transit use could decline once commuters have the freedom to do whatever they wish aboard their vehicles. If they become more tolerant of longer trips to work, driverless cars could potentially increase sprawl. The truth is, no one knows what to expect. While engineers have been developing the technology for decades, social scientists, politicians and government officials have only recently started to grapple with its repercussions. And public opinion and engagement is further behind. Leaving everything up to market forces and consumer whims could possibly create more problems than autonomous vehicles would solve. That’s why I believe in taking the planning side of the transition to driverless vehicles off autopilot. Likewise, the advent of motorized transportation more than a century ago completely changed cities, towns and suburbs. Replacing horses with the internal combustion engine demanded wider, better roadways and the invention and proliferation of traffic lights, gas stations, automotive dealerships, public parking lots and private garages. Governments had to regulate who could drive and which vehicles were roadworthy.Driverless transportation, likewise, will demand new infrastructure and laws as it changes commuting and travel patterns in ways that few communities are contemplating today. Depending on what happens, the results could be positive or negative. The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. 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

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Amazon plans 800job expansion in Austin—but its not related to HQ2

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first_img ©2019 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Apple unveils plan for $1 bn campus in Texas, US expansion Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further 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.center_img In a move to build up its presence in the capitol of Texas, Amazon will be adding 800 jobs to its tech hub in Austin. The major tech firm has created more than 22,000 full-time jobs in Texas and has invested over $7 billion in the state since 2011. According to the company’s estimates, these investments have contributed more than $5 billion to Texas’ economy from 2011 to 2017.”In the last four years, we have created more than a 1,000 jobs in Austin,” Terry Leeper, general manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub, said in a statement. “With a strong pool of technical talent in Austin and a dynamic quality of life, we are excited to continue to expand and create more opportunity in this vibrant city.”Austin serves as one of Amazon’s 17 North American tech hubs, and it currently houses 6,600 Amazon employees, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The city also serves as a growing place for tech business—in December of 2018, Apple announced its plans to build a $1 billion campus there.The announcement to expand in Austin comes over a month after Amazon decided to cancel its plans for a new headquarters in New York City. Following this decision, Amazon said that it would spread the 25,000 jobs planned for New York to its other corporate locations in North America. However, the current Austin expansion is not tied to the New York withdrawal, Leeper told the Statesman.To accommodate for this increase in jobs, Amazon will expand into a new 145,000-square-foot office in Austin, which will open in 2020. Citation: Amazon plans 800-job expansion in Austin—but it’s not related to HQ2 (2019, March 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-amazon-job-expansion-austinbut-hq2.htmllast_img read more

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Remains of Napoleons OneLegged General Found Under Russian Dance Floor

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first_img A portrait of Charles Etienne Gudin, who fought in Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Credit: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndo An excavation in a peculiar place — under the foundation of a dance floor in Russia — has uncovered the remains of one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s favorite generals: a one-legged man who was killed by a cannonball more than 200 years ago, news sources report. Gen. Charles Etienne Gudin fought with Napoleon during the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812. On July 6 of this year, an international team of French and Russian archaeologists discovered what are believed to be his remains, in Smolensk, a city about 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Moscow, according to Reuters.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65920-napoleon-general-found-in-russia.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  After his death at age 44 on Aug. 22, 1812, Gudin got star treatment. His name was inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, his bust was placed at the Palace of Versailles, a Paris street was named after him and, as a sentimental gesture, his heart was removed from his body and placed in a chapel at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. [Photos: Archaeologists Excavate Battlefield from Napoleonic Wars] The researchers said that several clues suggested that the skeleton they found under the dance floor belongs to Gudin, who had known Napoleon since childhood. Both men attended the Military School in Brienne, in France’s Champagne region. Upon hearing of Gudin’s death, Napoleon reportedly cried and ordered that his friend’s name be engraved on the Arc de Triomphe, according to Euronews. Photos: Mass Graves Hold 17th-Century Prisoners of War 19 of the World’s Oldest Photos Reveal a Rare Side of History Photos: A 400-Year-Old War Grave Revealed Records from the 1812 Russian invasion note that Gudin’s battlefield injuries required him to have his left leg amputated below the knee, Euronews reported. Indeed, the skeleton in the coffin was missing its left leg and showed evidence of injury to the right leg — details that were also mentioned in those records, the archaeologists said, according to Reuters. Moreover, it was “with a high degree of probability” that the remains the team uncovered belonged to an aristocrat and a military veteran of both the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, they said, according to Reuters. “It’s a historic moment not only for me, but for I think for our two countries,” French historian and archaeologist Pierre Malinovsky, who helped find the remains, told the Smolensk newspaper Rabochiy Put (Worker’s Journey), according to Reuters. “Napoleon was one of the last people to see him alive, which is very important, and he’s the first general from the Napoleonic period that we have found.” The general has known living descendants, so researchers plan to test the skeleton for DNA. That way, they’ll be able to say for sure whether the remains are those of Gudin. Gudin, however, is hardly the only French fatality recently found in Russia. Earlier this year, scientists did a virtual facial reconstruction of a man in his 20s who was slashed in the face with a saber and died during the invasion of Russia.last_img read more

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