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          Men and Feminism Workshop @ Ladyfest, 10/5/08   
Men and Feminism Workshop @ Ladyfest, 10/5/08
Notes from discussions

This workshop was run by Dan and Jon from the London profeminist men’s group. It was held on Saturday afternoon and lasted 1.5 hours. It took place in a fairly small room with between 18 and 25 people present throughout (as people came and left).

We went round and introduced ourselves saying a little something about why we were at the workshop.


FIRST DISCUSSION – in three small groups

How are boys and men socialized to become dominant?

Points made:
- The fear of the consequences of being different.
- Families, especially parents, treating children differently. Giving them different toys to play with, dressing them differently, etc.
- Stereotypes portrayed in the media of a certain type of dominant masculinity
- The potential threat of violence gives men power/dominance
- Men are expected to “stand up for themselves” which means carrying yourself in a certain way in the street. Putting up a front of bravado.
- Men are taught to be more goal oriented which leads to them being more straightforward in their demands. This in turn leads to them getting more when they do demand stuff, such as higher wages, and this increases their dominance further.
- Social expectations in general and peer pressure at school in specific – also from looking up to and copying older boys’ ways of interacting and ways of acting out a dominant masculinity.
- Control
- The question is kind of about nature vs nurture.
- In school boys tend to be noisy and get more attention because of this. This reinforces their self-importance
- Girls and boys are praised for different things and this reinforces certain dominant behaviours in boys.
- Boys and girls are encouraged to do different subjects at school.
- Competitive sport might be another way in which boys are taught to be dominant.
- Boys and girls bully in different ways


The links between competitive masculinity and capitalism were noted and it was suggested that men become more dominant because they’re taught to be behave in a way that increases their power in a capitalist society – being goal oriented, competitive, aggressive etc.

Are men really dominant? Obviously females can also fit within the dominant role.



SECOND DISCUSSION – in three small groups

It’s possible to see there being two moments profeminist groups are going through,

1) a moment where men identify and give up their privileges.
2) a consciousness raising moment, where men think about how we got to be this way, work on ourselves and talk about our negative life experiences

How should a profeminist group deal with these two issues:

Should they give up on the second one? Men’s negative experiences of gender should not be discussed in profeminist groups because they are very limited when compared to how other groups suffer under patriarchy.
Is the second issue even a "profeminist" issue? How is it supporting the feminist struggle to discuss men's problems?
Should these two issues be treated separately, making it clear that they are two different moments, or should we talk about them together?
Could the second issue be used as a "marketing strategy" to attract men to the group? Wouldn't that be politically dangerous?


Points made:
- Everyone is gendered: all forms and degrees of oppression can be fought
- Have an open group focussing on male experiences of (pro)feminism and patriarchy. Maybe call it a “gender discussion group” rather than a feminist group.
- Would men feel more comfortable in a men only space? Is most of the world already a men only space?
- The second moment is valid as a starting point for men arriving at feminism … but not as a marketing strategy?
- Challenge the understanding of the word “feminism/profeminism” and make people understand what it really is, not the cultural clichés that have grown from it.
- Moment 1) is very individualistic and assumes very altruistic men. But it’s in men’s self-interest to fight patriarchy too.
- While some men do come to feminism through altruism or a sense of injustice this might be unsustainable.
- Men “giving up power” is far too simplistic. Profeminism is not an act of charity or pity.
- Consciousness raising is very important, but we must remember the political dimension.
- Foucault said something about how the oppressions of society are inside us and we all know the personal is political so… maybe sharing feelings/being unmasculine together is political.
- Is this really feminist though? Is there a difference between challenging patriarchy (through developing a new form of (un)masculinity) and feminism? Maybe it’s not feminist but is profeminist?
- Remember, just talking about it might not lead to real changes in our lives.
- Men overthrowing their gender roles is a very important step towards ending patriarchy.


THIRD DISCUSSION – all together

What do we think profeminist groups should look like, do, talk about etc?

· should there be men only profeminist groups / Are men only profeminist groups useful for feminist struggles? Couldn't we compare this to bosses gathering together to think about freeing the workers... or white only groups working on black liberation.
· what do you think are the main dangers a profeminist group should avoid?
· what topics do you think the group should discuss?
· what actions should the group be doing other than meeting and talking with each other?
· what kind of support are feminist groups expecting from a Men's profeminist group? theoretical, practical, financial?
· what should be the goals of a profeminist men’s group?
· should a men's only group be "monitored" by women’s feminist groups?
· should a men's only group always be "attached" to a women’s feminist group?

On the first question, “should there be men only profeminist groups?”
- They are a good was to focus on men becoming feminist
- But men already have their own spaces in society and isn’t this just reproducing that?
- Depends on why the group exists, what role that group takes
- Important for the group not to take over women’s struggles and for men to take a back seat in mixed feminist organisations
- We need mixed spaces so maybe the group could link with a women’s group
- A non-judgmental space where men can express masculinity
- The group should protest outside strip clubs. A men only protest would cause a greater media stir than a mixed or women’s group doing the same. This would (rightly) piss off a lot of women who have been already doing this for years!

On the second question, “what are the main dangers a profeminist group should avoid?”
- Reconstructing (reproducing?) the fixed identity of “man”
- Getting too hung up on “men’s rights” issues
- Mainstream approach
- Condemning men who are violent/macho when they have no choice – e.g. men on a working class estate who believe they might sometimes need to fight to survive. [question: does being violent = being macho?]
- Being inactive for fear of a (real) feminist backlash from women! In other words fearing to undertake certain types of activity for fear of being told we’re doing the wrong thing by certain groups of feminists. But remember there’s plenty we can do which doesn’t involve stepping on any feminist toes.


Apparently at least one small group came to a rough consensus that a men’s only group was ok but that a mixed group would probably be better in lots of ways.

The group intends to take these comments on board, discuss them at the next meeting and decide how to change the group based on those discussions.
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Kepada : Akmar Abu Bakar

BAHAGIAN 1
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Terdapat beberapa kesalahan fakta asas dalam ulasan saudara Akmar.
1-Saya bukan wartawan Berita Harian tetapi Utusan Malaysia
2-Di Cutri, saya membuat kerja-kerja thinning, bukannya memetik buah
Maka saya tertanya-tanya sama ada saudara membaca sepenuhnya laporan saya atau sekadar membaca tajuk sahaja?
Sudahkan saudara membaca lapan muka surat laporan khas saya. Sudahkan saudara membaca sepenuhnya tulisan Nick McKenzie dan menonton 7.30 report?
Jika dibaca, pastinya jelas terpampang maklumat asas tadi. Takkan itu pun masih buat silap fakta.
Inilah penyakit orang kita. Dia baca tajuk, dia terus percaya. Dia tak kaji betul-betul tapi dia share di Facebook, WhatsApp.
Saya lihat saudara Akmar berada dalam kategori ini. Jenis suka baca tajuk, lepas tu terus melompat buat ulasan. Baca saudara, Allah dah kata, Iqra' (baca).
Macam tu jugalah kaitannya dengan iklan-iklan menawarkan kemewahan dengan kerja ladang buah di Australia. Ramai yang percaya bulat-bulat.
Memang duit jadi kelemahan manusia dan sebab tu lah iklan kerja Australia di Facebook ni semuanya tayang duit.
Mungkin ada yang plan nak pergi tiga bulan sahaja (selari dengan tempoh sah visa pelancong), maklumlah sebulan dapat RM9,000, tiga bulan dah berapa? Lumayan, boleh bayar hutang.
Tapi sedih, lepas tiga bulan pun tak boleh balik lagi.
Memang orang Melayu obses dengan duit segera. Tengoklah skim cepat kaya, MLM dan sebagainya, orang Melayu lah yang palig ramai kena tipu.
Saya pun tak faham sangat kenapa orang kita mudah sangat kena tipu. Gores dan menang pun kena tipu. Alahai...
BAHAGIAN 2
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Saya tidak berminat untuk menjawab serangan dan cercaan peribadi saudara ke atas saya. Pemikiran saya bukanlah serendah itu.
Saudara juga telah membuat tafsiran sendiri mengenai diri saya berdasarkan laporan yang dibuat walaupun tidak mengenali secara peribadi.
Maka, izinkan saya untuk membuat penilaian menggunakan methodology yang sama, siapakah diri saudara berdasarkan maklumat yang saya peroleh di laman Facebook saudara
Selepas disemak, saudara dilihat konsisten mempromosikan peluang pekerjaan ladang di Australia dan secara terbuka meminta rakan FB berhubung jika berminat.
Dan seperti biasa, yang indah-indah sahajalah diceritakan. Biasalah taktik FB marketing dan saya lihat saudara adalah orang yang mengkaji teknik FB marketing.
Maka, izinkanlah saya bertanya:
1- Apa yang dibuat saudara di Australia? Kerja ladang atau bawa orang masuk? Atau seorang pekerja ladang yang nampak peluang untuk buat duit dengan bawa masuk pekerja.
2- Berapa lama dah saudara di sana? Adakah visa membenarkan saudara bekerja di sana? Bagaimana dengan kawan-kawan yang mengikuti saudara, visa apa yang nak digunakan? Student visa?
3- Katakan saudara adalah jujur, tidak menganiayai kawan-kawan yang dibawa masuk, adakah saudara sedar apa yang dibuat adalah jenayah? Pernahkan saudara mendengar istilah human traficking?
BAHAGIAN 3
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Ramai menuduh saya menutup periuk nasi bangsa saya di Australia. Tunggu....saya jelaskan dulu okey.
Laporan saya bertujuan:
1-Mengelakkan rakyat Malaysia dan bangsa saya daripada terpedaya dengan janji manis ejen. Ramai dah orang terkena, orang dari kampung.
Saya pun berasal dari kampung dan tak sanggup tengok orang saya kena tipu.
Tak kena atas kepala saudara Alhamdulillah, tapi jangan nafikan ada kes macam ni dan jumlahnya besar.
Ada yang sanggup pinjam duit sebab fikir dia pergi sekejap je, dah dapat buat untung akan balik segera. Alih-alih hidup susah di farm dan berhutang lagi.
Apa yang saya tulis bukan rekaan. Bukan imiginasi. Semua makumat saya terima daripada pekerja farm juga. Saya bukan keyboard warrior, saya turun ke ground dan saya tengok dan rasa kehidupan orang kita di Swan Hill.
Cuma masalah dengan bangsa Melayu yang masuk farm ni, dia tak suka cerita kedukaan dia sangat. Dia bagitahu kawan-kawan di Malaysia kerja best padahal diri sendiri je lah yang tahu.
Yang di Malaysia percaya bulat-bulat dan terpengaruh ke sana.
Sebab apa? Sebab ego, orang kampung dengar tumpang bangga. Kerja di Australia beb, bunyi gah sangat, malulah kalau mengaku hidup susah.
Bagi yang berjaya, berjayalah, dan kita jangan lupa memang ada yang terjerat di Australia. Semoga yang berjaya itu tidak mencemari tangan mereka dengan memanipulasikan mana-mana pihak.
2- Disebabkan banyak sangat orang Malaysia salah guna visa pelancong dan langgar peraturan, Imigresen sana dah alert.
Kalau naik penerbangan tambang murah, lagilah Imigresen curios. Tengoklah apa soalan dia tanya masa nak masuk. Lebih-lebih lagi kalau Australia adalah negara asing pertama yang korang lawat.
Adil kah benda ni untuk kira-kira 30 juta rakyat Malaysia lain yang nak ke sana melancong, bekerja secara sah, buka bisness dan lain lain.
Disebabkan pekerja ladang Malaysia buat hal dengan imigresen, orang lain kena getah. Pekerja Malaysia di farm tuduh saya tutup periuk nasi, sedarkah yang korang juga tutup periuk nasi rakyat Malaysia yang lain.
Bagi lah apa pun alasan, kerja tanpa permit tetap salah. Hormatilah undang-undang negara orang, kita pun marah Bangla dan Indon masuk Malaysia kerja haram.
Setiap rumah orang ada peraturan, kena lah ikut. Bukan sesuka hati terjah dan bagi hujah kami cari rezeki halal (TAPI DENGAN CARA SALAH).
Kena ingat, apa yang berlaku di ladang-ladang akan menjejaskan 156,000 diaspora Malaysia yang berada di Australi secara sah tak termasuk pelajar dan pekerja haram lain
Untuk kefahaman, saya copy n paste petikan statement seorang peguam rakyat Malaysia yang memiliki law firm, Fides Lawyers di Melbourne sejak 8 tahun lalu, Vicknaraj Thanarajah dalam isu ini.
(HADAMKAN)
As of 30th March 2016 the percentage of Australian residents born overseas are one of its highest in Australian History. The latest statistics show that out of the current Australian Population 156,500 or 0.7 percent are from Malaysia.
These are the legitimate migrants on record till to-date.
The above figures do not include the students who come here yearly to study or the illegal migrants.
According to the statistics for the months of September 2016, there are approximately 35,000 thousand people from Malaysia who visit Australia between August and September of 2016.
The above figures shows us a few crucial facts;
1.The Malaysian Diaspora in Australia is about 156K, and we have a sizeable presence in Australia being the top 10 diaspora in Australia;
2.The Monthly Malaysian Entrants Australia is the top 5 in Australia;
Therefore, whatever happens to the Malaysian community in Australia, has an impact not only to Malaysia reputation but also to the rest of the diaspora that have migrated here or has legitimate business interest in Australia, this includes a series of investments by Malaysian GLC in Australia.
It is also commonly known that Malaysia is the only Southeast Asian country with access to the electronic travel authority system under which Malaysian citizens — and applicants from most of the Western world — can get a three-month tourist visa online.
This is probably the result of the excellent diplomatic relations that is shared between the two countries.
Common sense would dictate that should there be in surge in abuse of this privilege this efficient process is endangered in being scrapped.
BAHAGIAN 4
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Australia tak bodoh, dia bukan tak tahu apa yang pekerja ladang ni buat. Kalau tengok statistik protection visa pun dah kantoi sebab tiba-tiba mendadak naik. Ini kerja siapa sebenarnya?
Malaysia negara aman dan masih berungsi tetapi ramai rakyat kita minta visa perlindugan (refugee). Negara kita tak beperang pun. Untuk kepentingan dia, dia menipu dalam borang permohonan siap kondem Malaysia lagi.
Berdasarkan statitik laman web Imigresen Australia, didapati permohonan visa protection oleh rakyat Malaysia meningkat daripada 294 permohonan pada 2013-2014, 1,401 permohonan pada 2014-2015 dan meroket kepada 3,549 (2015-2016)
Dari 294 permohonan naik kepada 3,549 permohonan dalam masa hanya empat tahun? Kegilaan apa kah ini?
Berikut petikan kenyataan Vicknaraj Thanarajah:
According to the statistic published by the Department of Immigration in Australia, we can gather the following crucial facts;
•Asylum applications from Malaysians lodged while within Australia in the last financial year topped 3500, more than double the total for 2014-15 even though Malaysia is a stable and functioning state, new figures show.
•Immigration department figures show 87 per cent of these applications are refused. Of the reviews conducted by the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 88 per cent validate the original decision.
•The tribunal processed more than 2000 reviews last financial year — a fourfold increase on 2014-15 — representing almost half of its protection claim caseload.
•Details of the recent flood of onshore asylum applications from Malaysia, which totalled just 294 in 2013-4, are contained in documents published on the department’s website.
•In 2014-15, 1401 Malaysians applied for asylum from within Australia. That total surged to 3549 in the 2015-16 year.
BAHAGIAN 5
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Baca lagi petikan kenyataan Vicknaraj Thanarajah:
"Apart from the above financial and legal considerations, these workers need to be aware of the political considerations that are associated with the Horticulture industry in Australia specifically the Fruit Picking Jobs.
The truth is, this is not a new issue; the Malaysians are just a latest wave of workers that are being used by the syndicates as work-stock. Prior to in recent years this there was an uproar on the abuse of Pacific Islanders as illegal workforce and as a result of an inquiry, the illegal workforce have significantly reduce from the Pacific Island.
It is my personal opinion the Malaysians are merely filling in a temporary gap left by the prior inquiry in relation to the Pacific islanders. What the Malaysian migrants need to realise, that the labour dilemma is soon to be solve (at least in part); because a political solution has been reached recently.
The Immigration Department of Australia will be launching a special class of visa (416) to enable Pacific islanders to work in the horticulture industry seasonally. This is supposed to commence by the 19th of November 2016.
Unfortunately Malaysia is not on the list as that particular visa caters for Pacific Islanders.
The hypocrisy of politics are blinding, the blatant fact remains that there is a need for workers in the horticulture industry especially in rural Australia, and the industry and the syndicates are filling that gap and need.
The syndicates take advantage on this legal and economic arbitrage simply because workers are voiceless because of their legal status in Australia. 
Rhetorically, Corporations, Farmers and Authorities, at the Federal, State and Local Government manage the blame efficiently and seamlessly each respectively pleading ignorance of the existence of such syndicates and illegal workforce.
This plea of ignorance is laughable, especially with the example of the case of Swan Hill a rural town in regional Victoria is swarming with Malaysians Workforce.
The issue and the challenge now is whether the Australia Government specifically the Minister responsible for Immigration is going to provide an empty political retort by conveniently electing to enforce a pre-existing law or a sound policy resolution that is sustainable and future proof for all those affected by the labour shortage.
For the sake Human Dignity and Decency, I challenge the Minister to extend the same opportunity for Malaysians to enable them to apply as seasonal workers in the Horticultural Industry.
Alternative expand the quota of Sub Class 462 Work Holiday Visa which is currently fixed at 100 visa for Malaysian per annum.
BAHAGIAN 6
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Saya juga sependapat dengan Vicknaraj yang berharap ada sinar untuk rakyat Malaysia bekerja di ladang-ladang secara sah supaya nasib mereka lebih terjamin.
PM Najib pun dah jumpa dengan PM Australia, Malcom Turnbull di APEC, Lima, Peru, kelmarin.
Malaysia, Australia bincang isu kedatangan migran
LIMA, Peru 20 Nov. - Kerjasama berkaitan kedatangan migran secara tidak sekata adalah antara topik yang disentuh dalam perbincangan dua hala Malaysia dan Australia di luar persidangan Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) di ibu negara Peru semalam.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mengadakan pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri Australia, Malcolm Turnbull berkata, Australia dalam pertemuan itu meminta kerjasama Malaysia untuk membendung isu pelarian, yang menghantui negara berkenaan ekoran kebanjiran migran itu.
"Beliau (Turnbull) mahu bendung masalah migran ini yang dikaitkan dengan permerdagangan manusia," katanya kepada wartawan Malaysia di sini selepas menghadiri program hari pertama Mesyuarat Pemimpin Ekonomi APEC.
Antara kerjasama itu adalah melalui pertukaran laporan risikan dan melakukan larangan rasmi iaitu dengan mengambil tindakan sekiranya migran berkenaan melalui perairan negara, katanya.
BAHAGIAN 7
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Kita harap pertemuan ini dapat merintis jalan ke arah rundingan yang akan memberi manfaat kepada rakyat Malaysia yang mahu bekerja di Australia secara sah dalam sektor kemahiran rendah.
NOTA: Ada beberapa soalan Saudara Saharudin Jang yang perlu saya jawab.
1- Apakah keburukan yg ada pada rakyat malaysia bekerja di malaysia.
Keburukan? Saya dan jutaan rakyat Malaysia lain tetap kerja macam biasa. Memang ada kelemahan tertentu seperti gaji yang tak setara dengan kos sara hidup. Saya sebagai rakyat pun buat 2-3 kerja untuk survive. Dan buat masa ini saya belum terfikir perlu bekerja di negara orang secara haram untuk survive.
2- Adakah baik untuk kerajaan malaysia jika aliran wang tunai dari aussie masuk kemalaysia dan dihabiskan untuk membayar cukai & gst?
Betul tapi sepatutnya dilakukan secara sah. Pekerja haram tidak mebayar cukai kepada kerajaan Australia dan duit berkenaan mengalir ke Malaysia secara tak sah.
3- Ramai pekerja di aussie nie akan terdidik dgn cara hidup di aussie x boleh wat huru hara bising n sabagainya yg menganggu privasi org lain. Betul atau tidak?
Betul lah. Mematuhi undang-undang perkara yang mulia, begitulah juga undang-undang Imigresen di Australia. Kenapa tak hormat pula?
Kalau setakat nak didik supaya tak bising, kat Malaysia pun boleh. Hormati hak jiran tu kan ajaran Islam.
4- Pepatah orang dahulu jauh berjalan luas pengalaman.
Betul ke tidak.
1000 peratus saya sokong. Sebab saya sendiri suka berjalan. Sejak 2006 sampai sekarang, dah 24-25 negara saya dah pergi.
Pada 2010 saya berekspedisi dengan tiga lagi kawan naik motosikal dari KL ke London dalam masa 2 bulan. Di sepanjang perjalanan saya jumpa ramai rakyat Malaysia yang berjaya, tak ada seorang pun daripada mereka ni bekerja secara haram.
Bulan Ogos lepas, saya berada di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil selama tiga minggu untuk liputan sukan Olimpik Rio2016.
Saya pun kenal ramai lejen-lejen hardcore overlander yang dah pusing dunia, mereka tak der pula nak kutuk-kutu Malaysia. Jangan baru jejak kaki di satu negara, dah rasa Malaysia ni serba tak kena.
5- Berapakah komisyen yang bro saiful haizan terima daei egent egent pembuat bridging visa. Yg lebih membahayakan kedudukan malaysia pada PRU 14 nanti. Setiap pemegang visa a & c x boleh balik kemalaysia tau. Camner diorg nk undi BN namti. Heheheh.
Apa punya soalan ni. Apa kaitan dengan ejen buat bridging visa? Sepatutnya mereka yang marah dengan saya.
Kalau tak boleh balik, pergilah mengundi di kedutaan. Asalkan berdaftar dengan SPR.
Akmar pula ada cakap yang Imigresen Australia tangkap orang Malaysia sebab Najib nak rakyat balik undi dia.
Hahahaha...hal politik tak perlu masuk lah bro. Tak habis-habis dengan politik.
Terima kasih kerana membaca ke peringkat ini. Saya menghargainya kerana selepas ini saya tidak lagi mengulas isu ini secara detail di FB.
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Salam hormat,
Saiful Haizan
Besut, Terengganu


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          Blue Apron Cuts IPO Price Range    
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          Bank of America shares rise in after-hours trade after passing Fed test   

Bank of America shares climbed more than 1.3% in after-hours trading on Wednesday, following the Charlotte, N.C. lender's passing of a broad test of the banking systems' ability to withstand a big market shock. The bank's passage on Wednesday garnered it approval from the the Federal Reserve to lift its dividend 60% to 12 cents and announce a $12 billion share repurchase plan. All 34 of the financial-service firms tested passed their so-called stress test and received green lights for plans to return capital to shareholders. The exchange-traded Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF , a popular way to invest in the biggest U.S. banks, rose 1.1% in after-hours trade. Check out a live blog of the results from the stress test.

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          Pier 1 Imports stock sinks as revenue misses target    

Shares of Pier 1 Imports Inc. cratered in Wednesday's extended session after the retailer missed Wall Street's revenue estimate. Pier 1 reported its first-quarter loss narrowed $3 million, or 4 cents a share, from $6 million, or 7 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell to $409.5 million from $418.4 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a loss of 5 cents a share on revenue of $421 million. Same-store sales, on a constant currency basis, were flat but online sales, accounting for about a quarter of net sales, rose 23%. Pier 1 shares tumbled 19% after hours.

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          Nasdaq 100 bounces back above 50-day MA one-day after snapping long losing streak above it   

The Nasdaq 100 Index bounced sharply back above a key technical level, just one-day after an apparent breakdown, but history suggests it's still too early to assume the short-term uptrend remains intact. The index rallied 1.4% to 5,753.03, while the 50-day moving average (MA), which many chart watchers use as a dividing line between shorter-term uptrends and downtrends, extended to 5,694.58, according to FactSet. On Tuesday, the tech-heavy index closed below its 50-day MA for the first time since Dec, 6, 2016. The 138-session streak above the 50-day MA was the longest such stretch since it closed above it for 166-straight sessions through Sept. 26, 1995. Back then, after the Nasdaq 100 snapped that streak on Sept. 27, it surged 3.3% to close back above the line on Sept. 28. It then fell 8.1% over the next six sessions before hitting a short-term bottom. The Nasdaq 100 has now rallied 18.3% year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.0%.

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          Nasdaq logs best daily gain in about 8 months as banks, tech rally   

U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, fueled by a surge in financial and tech shares, which helped Wall Street to partially shake off Tuesday's sharp fall. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index enjoyed a run deep into positive territory, helping it cut into Tuesday's 100-point drop, and marking its best daily rise since Nov. 7, when it surged 2.4%, according to FactSet data. On Wednesday, the Nasdaq rose 1.4% to 6,234. The S&P 500 index climbed 0.9% at 2,440, representing the benchmark's best daily rise since April 24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7% at 21,454. Those moves come a day after equities saw their worst selloff in more than a month on the back of doubts about President Donald Trump's pro-growth agenda. The small-cap Russell 2000 nearly closed at a record, finishing up about 1.5% on the day, and highlighting the broad-based nature of the rally. Helping to support a bid for bank shares was a rise in government bond yields, with the 10-year Treasury note yield at 2.22%. Those gains were aided by European Central Bank officials attempting to tamp down the market's bearish reaction to ECB President Mario Draghi's comments on Tuesday, which were interpreted as hawkish, pushing the euro and yields globally markedly higher.

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          ค่า PE Ratio ของตลาดหลักทรัพย์คำนวณอย่างไร   

ค่า PE Ratio เป็นอัตราส่วนที่ใช้วัดมูลค่าที่คนนิยมกัน ปัญหาของหลายคนที่ลองคำนวณเองมักเจอปัญหาคือ คำนวณยังไงก็ไม่ตรงกับที่ตลาดหลักทรัพย์คำนวณ มาดูกันครับว่าตลาดเขาคำนวณอย่างไร

ในเว็บตลาดหลักทรัพย์สูตรการคำนวณคือ www.set.or.th/th/market/files/SET_Formula_Glossary.pdf

ราคาปดของหุนสามัญ X [(จํานวนหุ้นสามัญ + จํานวนหุ้นบุริมสิทธิ) – จํานวนหุ้นซื้อคืน]
กําไรงวด 12 เดือนลาสุด

ตัวเศษ ราคา


ราคาปิดของหุ้นสามัญ X [(จํานวนหุ้นสามัญ + จํานวนหุ้นบุริมสิทธิ) – จํานวนหุ้นซื้อคืน] ก็คือมูลค่าหลัก

เท่าที่ลองคำนวณมาหลายๆแบบพบว่า ตัวเสษก็คือมูลค่าหลักทรัพย์ตามราคาตลาดนั่นเอง เพราะเดี๋ยวนี้บริษัทไม่ค่อยออกหุ้นบุริมสิทธ์กันเท่าไรนานๆเจอที

ถ้าคำนวณแบบนี้ หลายคนที่ใช้ EPS มาคำนวณจะไม่ตรงเพราะ EPS แต่ละไตรมาศจำนวนหุ้นที่มาเป็นตัวหารจะเป็นจำนนหุ้นสามัญเฉลี่ยถ่วงน้ำหนัก ส่วนจำนวนหุ้นที่เอามาคำนวณ PE จะเป็นจำนวณหุ้นที่ซื้อขายในตลาด ณ วันนั้นไม่ใช่ค่าเฉลี่ย

ตัวส่วน กำไร


กำไรงวด 12 เดือนล่าสุด


ตรงนี้ก็ปัญหาเหมือนกันเพราะกำไรมีตั้งสามตัว

  • กำไรสุทธิ ; กำไรในงบรวมที่รวมกำไรของบริษัทและบริษัทย่อย ก่อนแบ่งให้ส่วนได้เสียที่ไม่มีอำนาจควบคุม
  • กำไรส่วนได้เสียไม่มีอำนาจควบคุม ส่วนที่เราไม่ได้ถือ เมื่อมีกำไรก็ต้องแบ่งให้เขาไป
  • กำไรส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้นบริษัทใหญ่ กำไรที่มาถึงเราจริงๆ 
กำไรที่ SET ใช้คำนวณ จะเป็น  กำไรส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้นบริษัทใหญ่ 

ย้อนหลัง 12 เดือน ก็คือ 4 ไตรมาศนั่นเอง การคำนวณก็เอา กำไร 4 ไตรมาศย้อนหลังมาบวกกัน


การตีความ



ดังนั้นการตีความจึงต้องมองว่า ที่ระดับราคาปัจจุบัน เราจ่ายเงินซื้อเป็นกี่เท่าของกำไรของผู้ถือหุ้นบริษัทใหญ่ ยิ่งน้อยยิ่งดี




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          Kerry's Wrong Track   

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Is it time for Democrats to panic? If you're a John Kerry supporter, here's some bad news to chew on: Despite winning all three debates according to opinion polls, Kerry hasn't taken the horse-race lead in a single poll that's been released since the third debate, and he seems to be trending the wrong way. Time polled voters on Thursday and Friday and turned up a statistical tie among likely voters, 48 percent for President Bush, 46 percent for Kerry, with a 4 point margin of error. Newsweek's poll, taken over the same period with a 4 point margin of error, shows Kerry with only 44 percent among likely voters. Bush gets 50 percent. When the Zogby tracking poll added the day after the debate to its sample, Bush's lead over Kerry increased from 46-45 to 48-44, with a 2.9 point margin of error. The Washington Post daily tracking poll for Friday, Oct. 15, shows Bush opening a 50 to 47 lead over Kerry; the 3 point margin is equal to the poll's margin of error.

Oh, and there's one more poll to report. The Post asked voters on Thursday night whether Kerry's comment during the debate about Mary Cheney was "inappropriate." Not many undecideds here: 64 percent said inappropriate, while 33 percent said appropriate. With a 6 point margin of error, the best statistical case for Kerry is that he offended only 58 percent of the electorate. Of course, just because Kerry offended people doesn't mean he changed anybody's vote, just as winning a debate doesn't necessarily translate into ballots. But if you're searching for the Occam's Razor explanation for Kerry's small but noticeable slide in the polls since Wednesday, his comment about Mary Cheney is probably it.

There is some good news for Democrats, beyond the usual caveats about polls and statistics: The Post poll, taken Wednesday through Friday, shows Kerry with a 10 point lead, 53 to 43, over Bush among likely voters in 13 battleground states. That's consistent with what the Kerry campaign was saying before the third debate, when advisers would acknowledge trailing Bush nationally by about 2 points, but at the same time they said Kerry was much stronger than that in the battlegrounds.

The election's key states have narrowed dramatically in the past week or so, and most people believe the most important states will be Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and maybe Minnesota and New Hampshire. There's Pennsylvania, too, but if Kerry can't win there, he might as well give up now. Twice since the third debate—Thursday morning in Las Vegas and again Saturday in Jeffersonville, Ohio—Mike McCurry has said the Kerry campaign wants to wait as much as 48 hours to see how the battleground is shaping up. For now, Kerry is spending the next three days in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. John Edwards is scheduled for Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio.

The most interesting item on Bush's schedule is a Monday event in Marlton, New Jersey. Is the Garden State seriously up for grabs, or is Karl Rove repeating the error he made four years ago when he sent Bush to campaign in California late in the election, when time would have been better spent increasing the Republican margin in Florida? McCurry says neither: "We don't believe they're going into New Jersey. We think they're going into eastern Pennsylvania," he said in Jeffersonville. (Marlton is about 15 miles east of Philadelphia, and the trip will be covered by the Philly media.) "We'll take it seriously when they buy in the New York media market." The national political press will take the idea of a Kerry slide in the polls seriously if the next Gallup Poll confirms it.


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          Republican Campaign Preview   

ST. LOUIS—Dick Gephardt's congressional district is Busch country, if not Bush country, so if you're going to hold a Republican presidential campaign rally in a Democratic stronghold, this one's as appropriate as any. Mary Matalin, who's on board the Bush-Cheney '04 team as a campaign adviser, is in town with a phalanx of Missouri Republicans. I'd say she's in town to distract media attention from the Democratic primary in the largest of the Feb. 3 states, except there's pretty much no Democratic campaign to speak of in Missouri. As a result, Missourians appear more interested in the Democratic primary for governor, between incumbent Gov. Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill, than in presidential politics.

The Bush rally does, however, provide some insight into the general-election campaign message that the Bush-Cheney campaign is trying out. If the Democratic primaries and caucuses over the next four or five weeks are a referendum on John Kerry's electability, it's worth knowing what he's expected to be electable against. Monday's rally is the second Republican event I've attended this campaign—the other was in Nashua, N.H., where John McCain stumped for the president—and the president's re-election argument, as advanced by his surrogates, couldn't be clearer. The Republicans want the threshold question of this election to be: On Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2001, would you rather have had George W. Bush as president or his Democratic opponent?

Both Bush rallies that I've attended emphasize the idea that the president merits re-election as a reward for past performance, as much as—or even more than—any promise of future results. "On Sept. 11, when this nation faced in many respects the greatest threat to our security, President Bush stood forward, led this nation with clarity and with strength, which has earned him the admiration and appreciation of the overwhelming majority of Americans, and I believe has earned him another term as president of the United States of America," McCain said in Nashua. The speakers at Monday's event strike similar notes. "This is a man who has restored peace to the American homeland, after we suffered the worst attack we have suffered here since Pearl Harbor," U.S. Sen. Jim Talent says. U.S. Sen. Kit Bond puts it this way: "I'm most concerned about the war on terror. When Sept. 11, 2001, hit us, George Bush knew what to do."

Al Gore tried to run on the Clinton record of peace and prosperity. The Bush campaign looks like it will run on arguable prosperity and war. Kerry's line that the war on terrorism is as much a law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering operation as it is a military one is derided. "There's only one person gonna be running for president in November of this year who believes that the war against terrorism is a war, against a transnational army that attacked and every day threatens the people of the United States, not a law enforcement action against a few stray criminals," Talent says. Matalin concurs. "This is not a law enforcement effort, as has been said. This is a war. This is a global war. This is a war between barbarism and civilization."

Local boy John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act receive a heaping of praise. "John Ashcroft and the Bush administration have been successful," Bond says. "According to the FBI director, at least 100 planned terrorist attacks, underway for the United States, were disrupted because they used the Patriot Act. Thanks heavens we have the Patriot Act and we have somebody like John Ashcroft ..." I think Bond's concluding phrase is "who's going to use it," but I can't hear him over the crowd's applause. This is Bizarro World when compared to the Democratic campaign trail, where Ashcroft is deemed a supervillain second only to Karl Rove.

"The polls show that one of our colleagues in the United States Senate is leading in the Democratic primary here," continues Bond, referring to Kerry. "He wants to get rid of the Patriot Act. He voted for it, now he doesn't like it." The effectiveness of that line is undercut by Bond's demagogic follow-up: "Personally, I like being free of terrorist attacks." The crowd laughs appreciatively. Later, Matalin says that John Ashcroft is more than a mere terrorist-fighting, cell-breaking, plot-disrupting attorney general. "John Ashcroft is a hero."

Argument No. 3 is that the missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are irrelevant. Partly, because as McCain said back in New Hampshire, "Saddam Hussein acquired weapons of mass destruction, he used weapons of mass destruction against his own people and his enemies, and there is no expert that I know that doesn't believe that if Saddam Hussein was still in power he would be attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction."

But the humanitarian benefits of the Iraq war are emphasized more than the threat posed by Saddam. In Nashua, McCain cited a mass grave of 3,000 "men, women, and children," and added, "My friends, when those 8- and 9-year-old boys were let out of prison in Baghdad, our effort and our sacrifice was justified." Matalin compares Bush's hope for a democratic Iraq to the hopes of Islamic radicals. "There are forces that want to go backwards, that are for oppression, repressing women, there is no freedom, versus going forward into the modern world," she says.

After the event is over, I tell Matalin that the Republican pitch sounds backward-looking. OK, people liked President Bush after 9/11. But that's not an agenda. What's the president's plan going forward? "This is a generational commitment to get this job done," she says. "It took 60 years of a policy of hypocrisy, turning the other way when there was oppression and tyranny in that region, to create this kind of terrorism against America. So, getting a whole region to bring in the hallmarks of a modern state, private property, human rights, rights for women, a judicial system, market principles, it takes more than a campaign cycle. So, he reversed a 60-year policy that wasn't working in the region, and he is putting in place, which is going to take more than one term or two terms, collective security arrangements for the 21st century."

That's a mouthful. And it sets up what I think will be the most intriguing question of the general election. Which candidate will succeed in portraying himself as the internationalist in the race? The Democratic contenders push cooperation, alliances, and multilateral institutions, but they also use nationalist rhetoric to tar Bush for spending money abroad rather than spending it at home (say, "opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them in the United States," a Kerry line). Taking off on some of that nationalist rhetoric, the Bush surrogates describe Democrats as isolationists who want the United States to abandon its leadership role in the world. The Democrats respond by describing President Bush as a unilateralist who abandoned the nation's role as a global leader. Who will succeed in defining himself as a broad-minded internationalist and his opponent as a narrow-minded nationalist? Our next president.


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Hey Dmitriy! Thanks for your interest. Zenith will be held this year on Thursday, April 27. Check zenithconference.com for agenda updates in the coming weeks. See ya there!
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          Some practical advice...   
Borrowed from here. Usual rules apply. 


I thought that it might be a good idea to talk a little bit about something most graduate schemes (and indeed, the industry) seem to neglect. The practical side.

For those of you who don’t live in the South East of the country, getting into Advertising - (or, at the very least, getting some work experience so you can make your mind up) seems doubly tricky; because a) You don’t know anyone in London or have anyone you can stay with and b) Most of the graduate schemes or work experience programmes are closed/you’ve not heard anything back from those few emails you sent to a general email address most agencies offer.

Before I go on, I do know there are agencies outside of London. Of course. There are many fine agencies in Manchester or Birmingham.  But, given that the bulk of agencies are in London (and London is what I have experience of, as a West Midlander who wanted to work in London), that’s what this blog post will concern itself with. The same, general rules apply for any big city, I think - whether it’s within Blighty or the US.

Right. There are two flavours of practical advice you need to concern yourself with, which I’ll outline below:

1) Proving that you know about/want a career in Advertising

Over the past six odd years, I have met a lot of people who have seemingly done everything right - they have a good degree, have already made in-roads into meeting people in Advertising and may even run their University or College’s Marketing/Advertising student club.

Despite this, they haven’t been able to get in. I’m afraid (and I had to learn this the hard way) that there’s a gap between being academically adept and getting into the industry. This puts a lot of bright people off, chiefly because they’ve been used to getting good marks and simply progressing. ‘Getting in’ is not an empirical thing. There isn’t a magic route. Some people are simply fortunate by getting in via their first interview. Others, like me, have had to have a year or so getting work experience, living at home and saving money before they finally succeeded.

That said (and I don’t wish to hector or belabour the point), there are definitely short cuts you can use.

I did several things to prove that I knew about and really wanted a career in Advertising. I blogged, showcased my situation and my thinking and tried to connect, via twitter, with a wider number of Ad-folk. There wasn’t one magic, ‘eureka’ moment. It all worked together to help me get into the business.

Whilst, I know, more people blog than ever nowadays (at the time, in 2005/6, ad blogs were fairly new, much less a wannabe, graduate blog), not enough grads use Slideshare to showcase their thinking/situation. Consider using it - it’ll help provide an introduction to those potential agency employers when sending those initial emails to agencies.

If you can, email a named person, not just a generic email address. A real person has responsibility. A 'wanttowork' email has very little obligation to get back in touch with you.

2) Getting to, and living in London.

This, for most, will prove to be the biggest stumbling block. You don’t need me to tell you that London is bloody expensive, and if you don’t have family members/friends living here, it seems like a right bloody faff.

It needn’t be. There are ways and means for getting down to the Big Smoke and having somewhere to live. For starters, unless you’re loaded, don’t consider a short term let. The chances are, you’ll need to be in London for a week to about six weeks, depending on what you’ve been able to get (work experience, or a summer school programme; or even just a day of graduate interviews).

Instead, consider youth hostels. Yes, I know. YOUTH HOSTELS?! If you went travelling, you probably last encountered them somewhere halfway round the world, or somewhere to be put up on a school trip. Suffice to say, neither memory is likely to be wholly positive.

I’m pleased to say that the YHA is a brilliant option. I stayed in one when I had work experience at Fallon, DLKW and Saatchi & Saatchi. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not exactly the Ritz, but it’s good value for money and gives you breakfast, which is the important thing.

Yes, London is costly, but if you’re savvy (the Taste Card is a good shout for evening meals) and stay in the right sort of accommodation, it is affordable, no matter who you are. And, personally, it helped spur me on to do my best at my work experience to try and turn it into a full time position.

I hope that little lot helps, all.
          Graduate Memories & An Exeter Apology...   


Me, today.


Hello, Exeter folks (or regular AdGrads student readers).

As you may or may not have noticed, I’m not there speaking today. Sorry about that.

By way of an apology, I’ve decided to write a blog post. Not just any blog post, either. One that, I hope, is helpful for those who are deciding whether a career in communications* (*PR, Advertising in this case) is the right thing for you. It features a bit of my story and some of the lessons I've learned along the way. Read on...

Once upon a time in my first year, I wandered up from Birks (the old one, not the shiny new Birks Grange – this one resembled something like a 1950’s prison) and went to see the careers folks. I was told I should either become a teacher or a solicitor (NB: Exeter's career service is now excellent, but when I was graduating, finding the right job was a bit trickier for the average English student).

Being an English undergrad at the time, both seemed, well, a bit creatively sterile** (**they are creative in their own way, but I was interested in making stuff; y’know, stuff with my own name attached to it in some way – the English student’s creative conceit, I think).

They also, if I'm honest, seemed a bit grown up. And, as a 19 year old man-child who could barely cook for himself, never mind entertain the notion of a ‘proper’ job, I wasn’t overly enthused:

"COULDN’T a job encourage my creative side? DO I have to wear a suit every day, anyway? WHY can't I be paid well for thinking about and helping to create ideas?"

In a way, I was lucky. I knew of one from the start. That was Advertising. I’d been fortunate enough to grow up in a household in the West Midlands where my father was involved with managing an ad agency. I’d been able to find out about the inner-most workings of how ads got made, and the process of talking to clients, conducting research and creating creative work to solve a client’s business problem/s.

Account handlers (account executives when junior, rising through account manager to account director and beyond) were the day to day liaison with the client – the business minded sorts who sold work to the client and generally ensured everything went smoothly. Account planners were the ones who analysed the marketplace, trends and helped some up a defined problem for communications to solve (in the form of a creative brief), assessing the work as/after it was made. Creatives – art directors, copywriters (and even digital/tech developers) were those who came up with the ideas to help clients sell more products or amplify consumer behaviour.

With all of this prior knowledge and career advice bubbling in the background, I got on with the serious*** (***it wasn't that serious – not with my amount of hours) business of getting a degree. And, I got one. And it was lovely, and all that. Mum was very proud.

Knowing what I know now, I should have tried to get some work experience in the holidays. If you’re reading this as a first or second year student, try and do it as soon as you can, even if it's just one stint. Of course, I wasn’t from the South East, and this poses a massive problem for most people – how do you come to a major ad agency (the overwhelming majority of whom are based in London) if you can’t live at home or don’t have friends in the area?**** (**** the answer is ‘stay in a youth hostel’, for those who’re thinking about it).

Anyway, that’s an aside. I applied to lots of ad agency graduate schemes, all of which I found out through the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) or through my Dad/googling. And, I was confident. I had a good degree, after all. So, what happened next?

Rejection.
Total rejection.

After the first interview (at Leo Burnett, who run a very fine graduate programme), I was rejected from every other place without an initial chat. You might say it was a bit of a set back.

After completing a few pieces of work experience (at Fallon and DLKW)…with even more rounds of rejection… I had a conversational language. I knew how to speak ‘ad’; I was comfortable when talking about ideas in ads – about what ads were trying to achieve and what they could have been.

I’d urge EVERY person reading this who’s thinking about advertising or comms to practice this, and to ask questions of it – what is the comms trying to say? What do you like about it? Or, better yet, what do you dislike? (NB: Check the AdGrads archives for more information; there's lots about this in there).

Spurred on by this, I started a blog***** (***** back when blogging was a new, fairly useful way of standing out; it’s less useful now, as everyone's doing it.) documenting my adventures in adland. The blog, called ‘Confessions of a Wannabe Ad Man’, can now be found here. All of the archives are there, and I think they helped me when explaining how and why I liked Advertising.

Because of these experiences, I eventually got into account management at Saatchi & Saatchi, where I was a fairly terrible account handler. Happily, I was a better planner. I have worked at Lowe, Edelman, Anomaly and M+C Saatchi/LIDA. I’m still at the latter.

That’s my story.

After going through this experience, I've picked up the odd lesson. I hope these are useful:
  1. Mentors are the most important part of communications (and indeed, any job). With a good one, you learn exponentially and have someone to test things on. Without one, you are prone to free wheeling.
  2. Start big, get smaller. The bigger agencies have the time and resource to train you properly. The small ones, though you learn a lot through doing, you un the risk of not learning properly. You can always work at that sexy small agency. Far better to work there when you know the basics well. 
  3. Think about how you communicate. It’s a bit wanky to say ‘you’re a brand’, but you must be able to prove why you like communications, and be able to be found. If I googled you, would I find you and your opinions/interests? No? Then why do you want to work in communications?
  4. Keep track of your favourite on your lateral thinking. What’s the best example of thinking you’ve seen to solve a problem? It can be non comms led (ideally it would be marketing-based), an ad, something you’ve done or so on – but it must show a clever lateral thought to solve an associated problem. Keep a log of your favourites. They’ll help when demonstrating how you think about the world in an interview.
  5. Don’t get disheartened. Rejection is part and parcel of the game. Before every relevant job or decision, I have been rejected far more than I’ve been accepted. The trick is to use it to spur you on. After all, Advertising is a trade, not a profession. There’s rarely one way to solve a problem, or indeed, one straightforward way to get in.
Exeter folks, I’ll try to be there next time. Honest.

Feel free to email me on William.Humphrey at yahoo.co.uk if you have any further questions.

Good luck to any student reading this.
          Getting the most out of your internship...   
A part of it...but hopefully not the whole thing.

Hi gang.

We have a guest post for you today (two posts in two days - I'm as shocked as you). The very kind Lauren Ingram has written a post about her experiences as an intern, and offers tips for you lot about how to turn yours into a permanent job.


Getting the most out of your internship
by Lauren Ingram

If you’ve wangled an internship at an agency, make sure you give them a reason to keep you on, or invite you back after uni. It's all about making yourself invaluable.

I was on the IPA Ad School in 2011 in Client Services/Planning, and subsequently stayed on as a copywriter intern – this trial period was worth doing as I’m not quite cut out for Creative! So to distil some things that I learned the hard way…

Know what questions to ask and when to ask them: being curious is a positive trait in adland but don’t be a nuisance. Anything you could find out online – find it out online. Learn as much as you can about what a planner does, what an account handler does, and so on, and get to know your agency's campaigns in detail. This is still important even though you've got the internship now. Many agencies subscribe to Campaign mag as well as other titles, so borrow these during your lunch breaks to stay up to date.

Ask more about the projects your colleagues are working on. You get a better idea of what they actually do all day (and it’s not reorganising the stationery cupboard) and you can offer more relevant help this way. I often found myself asking “is there anything else I can do to help?” and this is fine, but what would be more useful for them is offering help on a specific task. For example, your agency is positioning a brand’s loyalty card, offer to do research into what other brands are doing in this area. Of course, your colleagues might have already done it, but it makes your mentor’s life easier if they don’t have to ‘invent’ tasks for you.

Make good use of empty time: As an intern you probably have more time on your hands than others in the business. Make use of it. Offering everyone tea won't build your skills but it does give you a chance to speak to more people. Also, read your company's blog and decide whether you could write something decent for it. There may be longer thoughtpieces by senior members of staff, but there may also be shorter pieces by other staff members on relevant news in adland. For example, at certain times of year (Christmas, Valentine's Day, around the Olympics, etc) there will be a flurry of advertising activity and you could do a round-up of some of the best ads during that period, or an emerging theme you have noticed within them. Ask who looks after the company blog, then ask them if your submission sounds suitable - they're usually always looking for more content to show how switched on the agency and its employees are. 

Also look at their Twitter feed, find some interesting links that you think would be suited to their style, then find out who manages it (more networking!) and pass on the links with a very short blurb for each. You could offer to manage the Twitter feed - the New Business/Marketing department probably looks after it - but they might say no as many a Twitter disaster is caused by a rogue intern. 

A last suggestion would be to ask to attend as many meetings as possible. Sometimes they will only want to have those who absolutely need to be there, so don't be offended if they say no, but for the most part it will give a good impression that you want to get stuck in.

All in all, it's a bit of a balancing act, making yourself memorable without getting in people’s way (and I still haven’t perfected it) but it might be the thing that gets you a Real Job.

Good luck!

Thank you, Lauren. Much appreciated.
          A Grad Scheme & A Marketing Internship...   



Hi all.

There's a raft of new opportunities for you lot out there at the moment. Karmarama and What Now are both looking for talented graduates.

So, without further ado, here's more about both:

1) Karmarama


We're on the lookout for four bright, bold and ambitious people who will make good things happen in our Account Management Department.

If you show us that you’ve got some fire in your belly and some stories to tell, we’ll invite you on to our Kadet Scheme, where you’ll compete for a job in Account Management. We will be taking on 4 Karma Kadets for 2 months over the summer, with one of our Kadets bagging a full time role at the end of the internship.

You could be graduating this summer, or you might have got your experience from somewhere else – either way we’d like to hear from you.



Applications are open now, and the closing date for entries is 4th March 2013

All the details are at our Facebook page. You can follow us on Twitter at @karmakadets and our current Kadets @karmakadetkatie @karmakadetalex for further updates on the scheme!


2) What Now?!


What Now?! is an innovative new product that aggregates the best local information so travellers can use their smart mobile devices to discover interesting things nearby when they arrive in a new place – all without paying for data roaming.  We were a finalist at the London Startup Weekend last year and are busy helping bring the product to life. Tony, the founder, comes from a background of working in various advertising agencies and marketing client-side, before leaving to study for an MBA and, ultimately, set up What Now?!.  

What Now?! aims to launch in London and Barcelona in the early summer period.  We are currently looking for a marketing intern who can help with the following:


  • Manage social media activities – including Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Google Plus
  • Develop strong links with the travel blogging community (like/dislike, make suitable and valuable comments, make suggestions, engage people)
  • Co-ordinate our overall launch marketing activities
  • Monitor and report on progress and key findings
  • Promote blog content
  • Collaborate with our fast-paced, entrepreneurial and fun team

The ideal candidate:

  • Is not just familiar with, but also active social media sites and has a strong online presence. In particular, the ideal candidate would be very familiar with Twitter and its partner platforms (HootSuite, TweetDeck etc.)
  • Possesses excellent written communication skills, so they can make the right judgements on what to post without damaging the brand. Our social tone of voice is important
  • Has top-notch social skills - and a sense of humour!
  • Is a self-starter with the ability to work independently and make judgement calls
  • Has a passion for travel, culture and all things Social Media

Working in a startup is an incredible learning experience and you would be exposed to a huge amount of diverse business and marketing experiences.  The internship length is flexible depending on the right candidate and there will be a small salary to cover expenses

The internship will be a great opportunity for the right candidate – and, even if your passion is to work in an advertising agency and not take up a full time role with us afterwards, it would look great on your CV.  If this sounds interesting to you, then please email a CV and covering letter to tonys at whatnowtravel.com.

Good luck, all.
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          Quirk need YOU...   
This is the wrong kind of quirkiness to display...

Hi all.

I've had another request for a graduate position from the good people at Quirk.

I'll let them explain:

"Quirk is a dynamic, fun, hard-working and rapidly growing agency looking for an Intern or Graduate to join our Engage team.  The post is for a minimum of 3 months, and you’ll be working closely with our Paid Search and Social Media teams.  You’ll be supporting some of our largest accounts setting up PPC campaigns, monitoring Social Media accounts and even assisting our SEO Manager.  This opportunity will provide you with invaluable, hands on experience that will equip you with important skills & knowledge to help start your digital marketing career. 

You will also be required to support other areas of the agency as needed. Skills needed include: A real passion for digital, an analytical mind, excellent attention to detail, Excel experience, Google AdWords experience is advantageous - and finally, good writing skills.

Please contact tammy at quirk.biz for more information."

Good luck, chaps.

          Graduate Schemes 2012/13...   
You, in about nine months time?

Hello all.

If you're thinking about getting a job in advertising, this post will hopefully be a helpful guide to this year's intake. Now, there are other schemes throughout the year, but the bulk of them happen between September and December. NB - the majority of these schemes are for account handlers and planners...most agencies have creative teams/lone creatives in on placements, which usually require a book/contacting the agency directly.

Also, I may have missed one or two. If I have, please tell me in the comments. Right then:

AMV: This has opened via their Facebook page (here). The main deadline's the 19th of October at 6pm - their twitter account appears to have died a death, so I'd join the group, if I was you.

BBH: BBH have no ‘formal’ graduate scheme running; they run BBH Homegrown (the link's here), which is a year round initiative.

BMB: BMB have yet to open any kind of scheme yet this year. Last year, they opened their scheme on the 1st of November, so it's worth keeping an eye on their twitter account to see whether it'll open this year.

CHI: CHI&Partners Graduate Scheme is now open. You can apply here.  Applications are open until 4th November 2012. Their twitter-stream should also help keep you informed.

Chime: The Chime group (which comprises of Ad Agencies - VCCP - design and PR) will open their scheme in November 2012. Keep an eye on this page.

Dare: Dare’s grad scheme has yet to re-open this year, but it looks like it's also going to open in October. Check this page out.  Again, their twitter page is a good place to look as any.

DAS Accelerate: The DAS scheme has just launched. It shuts on the 2nd of January 2012. You can find out more about it on the DAS link above, or go straight to the application page here. Alternatively, you cancheck out their twitter here.

DLKW Lowe : My old agency is has yet to open its graduate scheme, and I can't find any mention of it on their site. It's worth keeping an eye on their twitter account to see if anything is announced.

Elvis: Elvis have yet to announce this year's graduate scheme (I'm actually not clear if it's happening this year - can someone from Elvis confirm?). Last year's opened in the Autumn, so it's worth keeping an eye on - again, check their twitter-stream.

JWT London: JWT's graduate scheme is happening this year - find out more here. Applications shut on the 1st of November.

Leo Burnett: Another that's yet to open, the agency runs a mini agency called 'The Foundry' that provides the bulk of the training/experience on offer for new graduates. The Facebook page is what you should keep an eye on, as they've recently posted they're about to open. UPDATE - they're just about to open, and the applications close by the 31st of October.

M&C Saatchi: M&C's site indicates that they are going to be recruiting graduates this year, and the form's live on their separate grad recruitment page. I can't find a deadline, but be quick.

McCann: McCann have been quick out of the blocks this year - their site has been live since the 10th of September, and closes on the 28th of September. Not long. Check out the site here, as well as their twitter-stream here.

Ogilvy: Ogilvy's much lauded 'Fellowship' programme is yet to open for 2013's intake. However, the separate site is here - worth a read, as it explains neatly how to get into the business - there are some very good tips there. The twitter page is here.

RKCR/Y&R: Rainey's grad scheme is due to go live on the 1st of October. More can be found here. There's also separate Facebook and Twitter page/s.

WPP Fellowship: WPP's 'golden ticket', 3 year, multiple country and marketing discipline scheme isnow open. It shuts on the 8th of November at midday, GMT. The twitter account is here.

Good luck with all of these, guys. Again, let me know if I've missed any.


          Guest Post: 'Getting In & Knowing Stuff'   
This could be you...

Hi all.

As part of the start of a new influx of AdGrads writers, below is an account about how to prepare for interviews by Jen Meyerson Dubbin. Take it away, Jen:


“They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?”
by Jen Meyerson Dubbin

Your blood is pumping. You are hopefully not sweating through your suit. You nervously tap your foot against your leg while sitting on a modern chair that was clearly chosen for design instead of comfort. After having applied to every grad scheme and junior position under the sun, you have landed an interview.

You’re an ad grad who knows their stuff. Your lecturers and professors have prepared you. You brought your portfolio of your previous work to show, and yesterday you reviewed pertinent materials from your lectures to refresh yourself.

You start talking to and sizing up the competition whilst you all wait for a chance to break into Adland. There's someone with a BSc in Biology from Edinburgh, BA in Medieval History from Cambridge, BA in English from Sheffield, and then there's you; an ad grad. When the group finds out you are an ad grad the whole dynamic changes to you versus everyone else. The guy from Cambridge anxiously asks, “They aren’t going to expect us to know stuff, right?” While the girl from Edinburgh reassures him by saying, “They know we aren’t ad people.”

This should be obvious, but make sure you prepare for your interview. When I went on interviews, I was surprised at the number of people who didn’t seem to think they needed to do anything to prepare. Yes, ad agencies do expect you to know about advertising. You aren’t being hired as an account manager or planner for your ability to make a decent cuppa - especially in this economy. There is nothing wrong with never having taken an advertising course, but that’s not a valid excuse to not know about advertising. You wouldn’t expect a lorry driver not to know how to operate a vehicle. No-one expects you to know everything and it's okay to be wrong. However, it’s essential to have an opinion - make sure you're more knowledgeable than a general consumer. 

There are several things you can do to prepare for an advertising interview. It might take a bit of work to get there, but knowledge is empowering and a confidence booster too. Obviously, I can’t cover everything in this post - those who've gotten in, please feel free to post additional recommendations in the comment section.

Knowing how an advertising concept works and having knowledge of a little bit of history is essential; especially if there is a team task involved in the interview process. Sometimes you will be lucky by being informed before the interview the type of task you will be given. Use that information to focus your preparation - for instance, I was in a team where one of members was trying to explain to the team that the target market should be as broad as possible when it should actually be narrow and specific to be optimally targeted. He obviously didn’t do his prep work and it hurt the team. In these situations, you don’t want to be the weak link in your group.

What's more, you should try to find out what the person in the position you are applying for does. There are a lot of websites and blogs that should have the information available (Linkedin, for example). If you can’t find anything, note that some agencies do have quirky job titles, so be sure to ask in the interview. Use what you learned to sell yourself by connecting your skills and experience to the position - most things you've done can be related to advertising in some way - you've just got to know what the job entails.

When it comes to research, look at the agency you are applying to online. You can learn about their agency culture, clients, current & past work, people, and history. You can also find information in trade publications and websites such as (e.g., IPA, Brand Republic).

Learn about other agencies. Agencies are brands with communication products just like Coca-Cola is a brand with soft drink products. Other agencies are the competitors of the agency you are applying for. You don’t need to do SWOT analyses for each, but basics like what they offer, who their current & past clients are, current & past work, and agency culture should have you well covered. In the end, you should be able to talk about what differentiates Agency A from Agency B.

Finally, when I set off in advertising school I thought Planners & Account Managers went to college and Creatives went to portfolio school, but the ad world isn’t like that. There are no extra points for having a communications and business background. No specific mold of what makes an ad person exists. 

Advertising is incredibly diverse. Some people have degrees while others don’t. Those who do have degrees come from a variety of disciplines. Regardless of their discipline, ad people are willing to put in the work to stay current and knowledgeable because they genuinely like what they do.

          LBi need YOU...   
The lost boys need you...

Hello all.

There's a new opportunity from LBi that you guys should be aware of. They've sent through quite a detailed graduate spec, with a few questions to answer. Have a look, and get involved:

"LBi is a global marketing and technology agency blending strategic, creative, media and technical expertise to create business value.  We help our clients to understand ‘What’s next?’ on their digital journey to ensure their customer’s needs are being met in an ever evolving marketplace.


We call what we do ‘Building Exceptional Things’. What that means is that we’re set up to solve our client’s business problems using a number of different digital initiatives.  We develop creative concepts that translate into digitally led advertising campaigns, transactional websites, loyalty programmes and social media campaigns and anything else along the way.  Our client list includes some of the UK’s biggest and most exciting brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Coca-Cola, Compare the Market, BT, Lloyd’s Banking Group and many, many more.


The Opportunity


To manage such high profile clients, we need exceptional people to join our 600 strong UK team, the majority working from our Brick Lane office in London.  We’re looking for up to 4 amazing graduates to become part of our Client Services department.  You’ll join our graduate training scheme where you’ll develop your skills over a 9 month period with a view to becoming a fully-fledged member of the team working as an Account Executive within one of our portfolio of clients. As part of our structured programme you’ll be given a background in all of our departments, work with some high profile clients and be sponsored through an industry recognised professional qualification with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA).


Given our dedication to developing new talent, we’re not solely looking for applicants with a background in marketing or digital (although this would be a bonus).  We’ll ensure that through training and on-the-job learning, LBi will help you become a well-rounded member of the agency with a solid background in all the essentials it takes to become an account management guru.  


The Application Process


In order to be considered for this opportunity we need you to send us your CV along with your responses to the questions outlined below by 25th June 2012.


1. At LBi we help our clients through their digital journey, describe some of the key challenges you think they may face and how we could help. (200 words) 
2. Our Client Services team are considered to be the face of the agency both to our clients and to our internal teams.  Why do you think you’d be a fantastic addition to our client services team? (200 words) 
3. What excites you most about working in the digital industry?  (200 words) 
4. Our values are expert, collaborative and provocative.  Give us an example of when you have embodied one or all of these values. (200 words) 
5. We are known for putting on amazing parties.  If you were to be in charge of our next party, what would be the theme and how would you ensure it would be a success? (200 words) 


You can either apply directly via our website at www.lbi.co.uk/join-lbi or email your application to careers at lbi.com with the subject header ‘Client Services graduate scheme’. If your application is successful you will be invited to take part in an assessment day in our Brick Lane offices on 17th July 2012."

Sound interesting, gang? Good luck.


          Grad Down The Track: Di Caplinska   
We haven't done one of these profiles for a while..


Hello all.

Something a little different today, but a feature that's something that (hopefully), older AdGrads readers will remember. We've got a fairly recent grad, Di Caplinska, who is a planner at Euro RSCG, to write for us about how she got into the business.

So, without further ado...here's Di's account:


"On a number of occasions recently I have found myself on the receiving end of questions from soon-to-be graduates about how to get into this tricky industry. A number of paths can be proffered, but how people get into their first advertising job are always interesting - and never straightforward. So with some encouragement from Will and AdGrads, whose contribution to my journey has been invaluable, I have decided to write up mine, as long-winded and frustrating at times as it was.


Coming from Latvia, a small country loved by British stag dos, feared by Scandinavian ice hockey teams, and hated by the IMF, advertising was never really on my radar. Being born in a family of Soviet engineers and spending summer holidays in Maths camps didn’t exactly further my exposure to the industry that is, frankly, still in its infancy anyway (as you’d expect from a country dealing with a communist hangover). My love affair with advertising kicked off when I moved to the UK for University and studied Business, later switching to Marketing - focusing on Brand Management in my final year. At the same time, suddenly finding myself in a new country provoked a deep interest in all things ‘culture, people, and the way they think’, so I started observing the world from an outsider’s perspective to an almost scientific degree. One would have said that is a pretty clear path into Planning, but not before I spent a year in the corporate world of B2B Marketing; something which helped to confirm that it’s not for me. 


My first exposure to advertising in practice (as opposed to through books, blogs, and newsletters – all in this deck) was with JWT London as part of their 2 week Account Management placement just before the start of my final year. Apart from meeting great people, having to squeeze a gigantic papier-mache cow into an elevator, and running 5k in holey Converse, it confirmed my intuitive leaning towards Planning, as well as teaching me very valuable lesson. Namely, that getting in was going to be painful, especially if you don’t have any relevant family contacts, and even more so if your alma mater is outside the Russell Group. And…let’s just say I felt like I was doomed as I wasn't born speaking English and wasn't able to master some eloquent assessment centre banter. With this positive outlook, I decided to harass the finest of JWT’s Planners for advice. Some shared interview wisdom, others bought me encouraging cups of coffee, and one pointed me towards Miami Ad School’s Planning Bootcamp in case graduate schemes didn’t quite work out.


And they didn’t. In the interests of putting my dissertation first, I limited my applications to Planning positions only and managed to secure two final rounds – at Dare and Leo Burnett, but sadly, I didn’t land the coveted gig. In parallel to this, in the climate when redundancies were far more popular than graduate schemes, I pulled out at all stops. I ran a cheeky recruitment Facebook ad that got blogging exposure and some LinkedIn introductions, I milked what advice my lecturers had to give, crashed semi-relevant industry events with a handful of (pretty embarrassing, frankly) business cards, and watched agency twitter feeds for internship opportunities. And when my university wasn’t part of the advertising recruitment milkround, I blagged my way into the one that was - Oxford, which was conveniently next door.


Unemployment panic aside, my graduation week culminated in shooting a cringeworthy video about how geeks are the new mainstream as part of my Miami Ad School application. Less than a month later I was in their Hamburg office trying to shake off that ‘Business School student’ look and soak in all the ideas flying around. Probably the most tangible thing I came out with a few months later was this ‘Junior Planner for Hire’ presentation that has been viewed over 1,000 times since. And then I came across The Planner Survey, an annual report on the state of Planning in the world lovingly crafted by Heather LeFevre, which provided a handy list of relevant recruiters in the UK. In the end I got a break with the help of wise, genuinely interested, and very well-connected people at Copper who helped me land an internship at EuroRSCG London which eventually led to a permanent position.


There it is, a very happy ending! And now, in the interests of keeping karma on my side, I’ve put together this presentation of ultimate tips on getting into the industry. Enjoy it, pass it on, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions."



Thanks very much, Di. I hope that was interesting for you, AdGrads folk.





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          India and the Balance of Power   

India is arriving on the world stage as the first large, economically powerful, culturally vibrant, multiethnic, multireligious democracy outside of the geographic West. As it rises, India has the potential to become a leading member of the "political West" and to play a key role in the great political struggles of the next decades. Whether it will, and how soon, depends above all on the readiness of the Western powers to engage India on its own terms.

THREE STRATEGIC CIRCLES

India's grand strategy divides the world into three concentric circles. In the first, which encompasses the immediate neighborhood, India has sought primacy and a veto over the actions of outside powers. In the second, which encompasses the so-called extended neighborhood stretching across Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral, India has sought to balance the influence of other powers and prevent them from undercutting its interests. In the third, which includes the entire global stage, India has tried to take its place as one of the great powers, a key player in international peace and security.

Three things have historically prevented India from realizing these grand strategic goals. First, the partition of the South Asian subcontinent along religious lines (first into India and Pakistan, in 1947, then into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in 1971) left India with a persistent conflict with Pakistan and an internal Hindu-Muslim divide. It also physically separated India from historically linked states such as Afghanistan, Iran, and the nations of Southeast Asia. The creation of an avowedly Islamic state in Pakistan caused especially profound problems for India's engagement with the Middle East. Such tensions intertwined with regional and global great-power rivalries to severely constrict India's room for maneuver in all three concentric circles.

The second obstacle was the Indian socialist system, which caused a steady relative economic decline and a consequent loss of influence in the years after independence. The state-socialist model led India to shun commercial engagement with the outside world. As a result, India was disconnected from its natural markets and culturally akin areas in the extended neighborhood.

Finally, the Cold War, the onset of which quickly followed India's independence, pushed India into the arms of the Soviet Union in response to Washington's support for Pakistan and China -- and thus put the country on the losing side of the great political contest of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite being the largest democracy in the world, India ended up siding with the opposite camp on most global issues.

The last decade of the twentieth century liberated India from at least two of these constraints; state socialism gave way to economic liberalization and openness to globalization, and the Cold War ended. Suddenly, New Delhi was free to reinvent its foreign policy -- positioning itself to face the rise of China, shifting its strategic approach to its other neighbors, and beginning to work closely with the world's existing great powers.

VARIETIES OF INFLUENCE

India's recent embrace of openness and globalization has had an especially dramatic effect on the country's role in the region. As the nations of the subcontinent jettison their old socialist agendas, India is well positioned to promote economic integration. Although the pace has been relatively slow, the process has begun to gain traction. The planned implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Agreement this summer signals the coming reintegration of the subcontinent's markets, which constituted a single economic space until 1947.

At the same time, optimism on the economic front must be tempered by an awareness of the problematic political developments in India's smaller neighbors. The struggle for democracy and social justice in Nepal, interminable political violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the simmering civil war in Sri Lanka underscore the potential dangers of failing states on the subcontinent. There are also the uncertain futures of Pakistan and Afghanistan: defeating religious extremism and creating modern and moderate states in both countries is of paramount importance to India. A successful Indian strategy for promoting peace and prosperity within the region would require preventing internal conflicts from undermining regional security, as well as resolving India's own conflicts with its neighbors.

In the past, great-power rivalries, as well as India's own tensions with Pakistan and China, have complicated New Delhi's effort to maintain order in the region. Today, all of the great powers, including the United States and China, support the Indian objective of promoting regional economic integration. The Bush administration has also started to defer to Indian leadership on regional security issues. Given the new convergence of U.S. and Indian interests in promoting democracy and countering extremism and terrorism, New Delhi no longer suspects Washington of trying to undercut its influence in the region. As a result, it is more prepared than ever to work with the United States and other Western powers to pursue regional goals.

Meanwhile, the external environment has never been as conducive as it is today to the resolution of the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir. The conflict has become less and less relevant to India's relations with the great powers, which has meant a corresponding willingness on New Delhi's part to work toward a solution. Of particular importance has been the steady evolution of the U.S. position on Kashmir since the late 1990s. The support extended by President Bill Clinton to India in its limited war with Pakistan in 1999 removed the perception that Washington would inevitably align with Islamabad in regional conflicts. But India remained distrustful of the Clinton administration's hyperactive, prescriptive approach to Kashmir. It has been more comfortable with the low-key methods of the Bush administration, which has avoided injecting itself directly into the conflict. The Bush administration has also publicly held Pakistan responsible for cross-border terrorism and has extracted the first-ever assurances from Pakistan to put an end to the attacks. New Delhi does not entirely believe these promises, but it has nonetheless come to trust Washington as a source of positive of influence on Islamabad.

These developments have opened the way for a peace process between the two governments. With the growing awareness that the normalization of relations with Pakistan would end a debilitating conflict and help India's regional and global standing, New Delhi has begun to negotiate seriously for the first time in decades. Although the pace of talks has not satisfied Pakistan, the two sides have agreed on a range of confidence-building measures. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rejected the idea of giving up territory, but he has often called for innovative solutions that would improve living conditions and for common institutions that would connect Kashmiris across the Line of Control. Singh has made clear that the Indian leadership is ready to risk political capital on finding a diplomatic solution to Kashmir.

India's recent effort to resolve its long-standing border dispute with China has been just as bold. New Delhi decided in 2003 to seek a settlement with Beijing on a political basis, rather than on the basis of legal or historical claims. As a result, during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to New Delhi in April 2005, India and China agreed on a set of principles to guide the final settlement. The two governments are now exploring the contours of mutually satisfactory territorial compromises.

India's search for practical solutions to the disputes over Kashmir and its border with China suggests that the country has finally begun to overcome the obsession with territoriality that has consumed it since its formation. Ironically, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan in 1998 may have helped in this regard: although nuclearization initially sharpened New Delhi's conflicts with both Islamabad and Beijing, it also allowed India to approach its territorial problems with greater self-assurance and pragmatism.

INDIA UNBOUND

Progress on the resolution of either of these conflicts, especially the one over Kashmir, would liberate India's political and diplomatic energies so that the country could play a larger role in the world. It would also finally release India's armed forces from the constraining mission of territorial defense, allowing them to get more involved in peace and stability operations around the Indian Ocean. Even with all the tensions on the subcontinent, the armies of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have been among the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. The normalization of Indo-Pakistani relations would further free up some of the best armed forces in the world for the promotion of the collective good in the greater Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Even as the Kashmir and China questions have remained unsettled, India's profile in its extended neighborhood has grown considerably since the early 1990s. India's outward economic orientation has allowed it to reestablish trade and investment linkages with much of its near abroad. New Delhi is negotiating a slew of free- and preferential-trade agreements with individual countries as well as multilateral bodies including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Southern African Development Community. Just as China has become the motor of economic growth in East Asia, a rising India could become the engine of economic integration in the Indian Ocean region.

After decades of being marginalized from regional institutions in different parts of Asia, India is also now a preferred political partner for ASEAN, the East Asian Summit, the GCC, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the African Union. Moreover, it has emerged as a major aid donor; having been an aid recipient for so long, India is now actively leveraging its own external assistance to promote trade as well as political objectives. For example, India has given $650 million in aid to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban. Meanwhile, the search for oil has encouraged Indian energy companies to tail their Western and Chinese counterparts throughout the world, from Central Asia and Siberia and to western Africa and Venezuela.

On the security side, India has been actively engaged in defense diplomacy. Thanks to the strength of its armed forces, India is well positioned to assist in stabilizing the Indian Ocean region. It helps that there has been a convergence of U.S. and Indian political interests: countering terrorism, pacifying Islamic radicalism, promoting democracy, and ensuring the security of sea-lanes, to name a few. The Indian navy in particular has been at the cutting edge of India's engagement with the region -- as was evident from its ability to deploy quickly to areas hit by the tsunami at the end of 2004. The Indian navy today is also ready to participate in multinational military operations.

AXES AND ALLIES

The end of the Cold War freed India to pursue engagement with all the great powers -- but especially the United States. At the start of the 1990s, finding that its relations with the United States, China, Japan, and Europe were all underdeveloped, India moved quickly to repair the situation. Discarding old socialist shibboleths, it began to search for markets for its products and capital to fuel its long-constrained domestic growth. Economic partnerships were easy to construct, and increasing trade flows provided a new basis for stability in India's relations with other major powers. India's emergence as an outsourcing destination and its new prowess in information technology also give it a niche in the world economy -- along with the confidence that it can benefit from economic globalization.

Barely 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, India's omnidirectional engagement with the great powers has paid off handsomely. Never before has India had such expansive relations with all the major powers at the same time -- a result not only of India's increasing weight in the global economy and its growing power potential, but also of New Delhi's savvy and persistent diplomacy.

The evolution of Sino-Indian ties since the 1990s has been especially important and intriguing. Many see violent conflict between the two rising Asian powers as inevitable. But thanks to New Delhi's policy of actively engaging China since the late 1980s, the tensions that characterized relations between them from the late 1950s through the 1970s have become receding memories. Bilateral trade has boomed, growing from less than $200 million in the early 1990s to nearly $20 billion in 2005. In fact, China is set to overtake the European Union and the United States as India's largest trading partner within a few years. The 3,500-kilometer Sino-Indian border, over which the two countries fought a war in 1962, is now tranquil. And during Wen's visit to India in April 2005, India and China announced a "strategic partnership" -- even though just seven years earlier New Delhi had cited concerns over China as a reason for performing nuclear tests, prompting a vicious reaction from Beijing.

India has also cooperated with China in order to neutralize it in conflicts with Pakistan and other smaller neighbors. In the past, China tended to be a free rider on regional security issues, proclaiming noninterference in the internal affairs of other nations while opportunistically befriending regimes in pursuit of its long-term strategic interests. This allowed India's subcontinental neighbors to play the China card against New Delhi when they wanted to resist India's attempts to nudge them toward conflict resolution. But now, Beijing has increasingly avoided taking sides in India's disputes, even as its economic and security profile in the region has grown.

China is not the only Asian power that India is aiming to engage and befriend. Japan has also emerged as an important partner for India, especially since Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has transformed Japanese politics in the last few years. During a visit to New Delhi just a couple of weeks after Wen's in April 2005, Koizumi announced Japan's own "strategic partnership" with India. (This came despite Japan's harsh reaction to India's nuclear test in 1998, which prompted Japanese sanctions and an effort by Tokyo to censure India in the United Nations and other multilateral forums.) Amid growing fears of a rising China and the incipient U.S.-Indian alliance, Japan has elevated India to a key player in its long-term plans for Asian security.

Recognizing the need to diversify its Asian economic portfolio, Tokyo has also, for political reasons, begun to direct some of its foreign investment to India (which has overtaken China as the largest recipient of Japanese development assistance). Since the start of the Bush administration, Japan has also shown increasing interest in expanding military cooperation with India, especially in the maritime domain. India, too, has recognized that it shares with Japan an interest in energy security and in maintaining a stable balance of power in Asia. Japan actively supported India's participation in the inaugural East Asian Summit, in December 2005, despite China's reluctance to include New Delhi. Neither India nor Japan wants to base their political relationship exclusively on a potential threat from China, but both know that deepening their own security cooperation will open up new strategic options and that greater coordination between Asian democracies could limit China's impact.

India's relations with Europe have been limited by the fact that New Delhi is fairly unimpressed with Europe's role in global politics. It senses that Europe and India have traded places in terms of their attitudes toward the United States: while Europe seethes with resentment of U.S. policies, India is giving up on habitually being the first, and most trenchant, critic of Washington. As pessimism overtakes Europe, growing Indian optimism allows New Delhi to support unpopular U.S. policies. Indians consistently give both the United States and the Bush administration very favorable marks; according to a recent Pew Global Attitudes poll, for example, the percentage of Indians with a positive view of the United States rose from 54 percent in 2002 to 71 percent in 2005. And whereas a declining Europe has tended to be skeptical of India's rise, the Bush administration has been fully sympathetic to India's great-power aspirations.

Still, India does have growing economic and political ties with some European powers. Although many smaller European countries have been critical of the U.S.-Indian nuclear deal, the continent's two nuclear powers, France and the United Kingdom, have been supportive. Paris, in particular, bet long ago (well before Washington did, in fact) that a rising India would provide a good market for high-tech goods; with this in mind, it shielded New Delhi from the ire of the G-8 (the group of eight highly industrialized nations) after India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998. In the last several years, the United Kingdom has also started to seize economic opportunities in India and has been generally accommodating of New Delhi's regional and global aspirations.

In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, India also worked to maintain a relationship with Russia. The two states resolved residual issues relating to their old semi-barter rupee-ruble trading arrangements, recast their 1971 peace and friendship treaty, and maintained military cooperation. When President Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin, in 2000, India's waiting game paid off. A newly assertive Moscow was determined to revive and expand its strategic cooperation with India. New Delhi's only problems with Moscow today are the weakening bilateral trade relationship and the risk of Russia's doing too much to strengthen China's military capabilities.

CHARM OFFENSIVE

At the end of the Cold War, the prospect of India's building a new political relationship with the United States seemed remote. Washington had long favored Pakistan and China in the region, India had in turn aligned itself with the Soviet Union, and a number of global issues seemed to pit the two countries against each other. Yet after the Cold War, India set about wooing the United States. For most of the Clinton administration, this sweet-talking fell on deaf ears, in part because Clinton officials were so focused on the Kashmir dispute and nonproliferation. Clinton, driven by the unshakable assumption that Kashmir was one of the world's most dangerous "nuclear flashpoints" and so needed to be defused, emphasized "preventive diplomacy" and was determined to "cap, roll back, and eventually eliminate" India's nuclear capabilities. Of course, Clinton's approach ran headlong into India's core national security concerns -- territorial integrity and preserving its nuclear option. Pressed by Washington to circumscribe its strategic capabilities, New Delhi reacted by testing nuclear weapons.

But even as it faced U.S. sanctions, New Delhi also began to proclaim that India was a natural ally of the United States. Although the Clinton administration was not interested in an alliance, the nuclear tests forced the United States to engage India seriously for the first time in five decades. That engagement did not resolve the nuclear differences, but it did bring Clinton to India in March 2000 -- the first American presidential visit to India in 22 years. Clinton's personal charm, his genuine empathy for India, and his unexpected support of India in the 1999 war with Pakistan succeeded in improving the atmospherics of the relations and in putting New Delhi on Washington's radar screen in a new way.

It took Bush, however, to transform the strategic context of U.S.-Indian relations. Convinced that India's influence will stretch far beyond its immediate neighborhood, Bush has reconceived the framework of U.S. engagement with New Delhi. He has removed many of the sanctions, opened the door for high-tech cooperation, lent political support to India's own war on terrorism, ended the historical U.S. tilt toward Pakistan on Kashmir, and repositioned the United States in the Sino-Indian equation by drawing closer to New Delhi.

India has responded to these sweeping changes by backing the Bush administration on missile defense, the International Criminal Court, and finding alternative approaches to confronting global warming. It lent active support to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan by protecting U.S. assets in transit through the Strait of Malacca in 2002, agreed to work with the United States on multinational military operations outside of the UN framework, and, in 2005 and 2006, voted twice with Washington against Iran -- an erstwhile Indian ally -- at the International Atomic Energy Agency. India also came close to sending a division of troops to Iraq in the summer of 2003 before pulling back at the last moment. Every one of these actions marked a big departure in Indian foreign policy. And although disappointed by India's decision to stay out of Iraq, the Bush administration recognized that India was in the midst of a historic transformation of its foreign policy -- and kept faith that India's own strategic interests would continue to lead it toward deeper political cooperation with Washington. New Delhi's persistence in reaching out to Washington since 1991 has been driven by the belief that only by fundamentally changing its relationship with the world's sole superpower could it achieve its larger strategic objectives: improving its global position and gaining leverage in its relations with other great powers.

But India's ability to engage everyone at the same time might soon come to an end. As U.S.-Chinese tensions grow and Washington looks for ways to manage China's influence, questions about India's attitude toward the new power politics will arise: Can India choose to remain "nonaligned" between the United States and China, or does India's current grand strategy show a clear bias toward the United States?

The nuclear pact unveiled by Bush and Singh in July 2005 -- and consolidated when Bush went to New Delhi in March 2006 -- was an effort by Washington to influence the ultimate answer to that question. Bush offered to modify U.S. nonproliferation laws (subject to approval by Congress, of course) and revise the global nuclear order to facilitate full cooperation with India on civilian nuclear energy. New Delhi, in return, has promised to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, place its civilian nuclear plants under international safeguards, and abide by a range of nonproliferation obligations. India's interest in such a deal has been apparent for a long time. Having failed to test weapons before the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was drafted, in 1968, India was trapped in an uncomfortable position vis-à-vis the nuclear order: it was not willing to give up the nuclear option, but it could not be formally accommodated by the nonproliferation regime as a nuclear weapons state.

India's motives for wanting a change in the nuclear regime are thus obvious. But for the Bush administration, the deal is less about nuclear issues than it is about creating the basis for a true alliance between the United States and India -- about encouraging India to work in the United States' favor as the global balance of power shifts. Ironically, it was the lack of a history of mutual trust and cooperation -- stemming in part from past nuclear disputes -- that convinced the Bush administration that a nuclear deal was necessary.

AN IMPOSSIBLE ALLY?

Many critics argue that the Bush administration's hopes for an alliance are misplaced. They insist that the traditionally nonaligned India will never be a true ally of the United States. But such critics misunderstand India's nonalignment, as well as the nature of its realpolitik over the past 60 years. Contrary to a belief that is especially pervasive in India itself, New Delhi has not had difficulty entering into alliances when its interests so demanded. Its relationship with the Soviet Union, built around a 1971 peace and friendship treaty, had many features of an alliance (notwithstanding India's claim that such ties were consistent with nonalignment); the compact was in many ways a classic response to the alignment of Washington, Beijing, and Islamabad. India has also had treaty-based security relationships with two of its smaller neighbors, Bhutan and Nepal, that date back to 1949-50 -- protectorate arrangements that were a reaction to China's entry into Tibet.

In fact, there is no contradiction between India's alleged preference for "moralpolitik" (in opposition to pure power politics, or Machtpolitik) and the Bush administration's expectation of an alliance with India. New Delhi is increasingly replacing the idea of "autonomy," so dear to Indian traditionalists, with the notion of India's becoming a "responsible power." (Autonomy is thought appropriate for weak states trying to protect themselves from great-power competition but not for a rising force such as India.) As India starts to recognize that its political choices have global consequences, it will become less averse to choosing sides on specific issues. Alliance formation and balancing are tools in the kits of all great powers -- and so they are likely to be in India's as well.

That India is capable of forming alliances does not, however, mean that it will necessarily form a long-term one with the United States. Whether it does will depend on the extent of the countries' shared interests and their political capacity to act on them together. The Bush administration expects that such shared interests -- for example, in balancing China and countering radical Islam in the Middle East -- will provide the basis for long-term strategic cooperation. This outcome is broadly credible, but it is by no means inevitable, especially given the United States' seeming inability to build partnerships based on equality.

When it comes to facing a rising China, India's tendency to engage in regional balancing with Beijing has not come to an end with the proclamation of a strategic partnership between the two nations. Indeed, preventing China from gaining excessive influence in India's immediate neighborhood and competing with Beijing in Southeast Asia are still among the more enduring elements of India's foreign policy. Despite Western concerns about the military regime in Myanmar, New Delhi has vigorously worked to prevent Yangon from falling completely under Beijing's influence, and India's military ties with the Southeast Asian nations are expanding rapidly. In 2005, when Pakistan pushed for giving China observer status in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, India acted quickly to bring Japan, South Korea, and the United States in as well. Given India's deep-seated reluctance to play second fiddle to China in Asia and the Indian Ocean region -- and the relative comfort of working with a distant superpower -- there is a structural reason for New Delhi to favor greater security cooperation with Washington.

In the Middle East, too, India has a common interest with the United States in preventing the rise of radical Islam, which poses an existential threat to India. Given its large Muslim population -- at nearly 150 million, the third largest in the world -- and the ongoing tensions stemming from the subcontinent's partition, India has in the past acted on its own to avert the spread of radical Islam. When Washington aligned with conservative Islamic forces in the Middle East during the Cold War, India's preference was for secular nationalist forces in the region. When the United States acted ambivalently toward the Taliban in the mid-1990s, India worked with Russia, Iran, and the Central Asian states to counter the Taliban by supporting the Northern Alliance. Now, although some in India are concerned that alignment with the United States might make India a prime target for Islamist extremists, there is no way India can compromise with radical Islam, which threatens its very unity.

But shared interests do not automatically produce alliances. The inequality of power between the two countries, the absence of a habit of political cooperation between them, and the remaining bureaucratic resistance to deeper engagement in both capitals will continue to limit the pace and the scope of strategic cooperation between India and the United States. Still, there is no denying that India will have more in common with the United States than with the other great powers for the foreseeable future.

While New Delhi has acknowledged that U.S. support is necessary for India's rise to be successful, Washington has recognized India's potentially critical role in managing emerging challenges to global order and security. As a major beneficiary of accelerating globalization, India could play a crucial role in ensuring that other developing countries manage their transitions as successfully as it has, that is, by taking advantage of opportunities while working to reduce the pain of disruption. Given the pace of its expansion and the scale of its economy, India will also become an important force in ensuring that the unfolding global redistribution of economic power occurs in an orderly fashion. Meanwhile, India could become a key player in the effort to modernize the politics of the Middle East. If nothing else, India's success in ensuring the rights and the integration of its own Muslim minority and in reaching peace with Pakistan would have a powerful demonstration effect.

To secure a long-term partnership with India, Washington must build on the argument of "Indian exceptionalism" that it has advanced in defense of the recent nuclear pact, devising a range of India-specific policies to deepen cooperation. India is unlikely, however, to become a mere subsidiary partner of the United States, ready to sign on to every U.S. adventure and misadventure around the world. It will never become another U.S. ally in the mold of the United Kingdom or Japan. But nor will it be an Asian France, seeking tactical independence within the framework of a formal alliance.

Given the magnitude of the global security challenges today, the United States needs more than meek allies. It should instead be looking to win capable and compatible partners. A rising India may be difficult at times, but it will act broadly to defend and promote the many interests it shares with Washington. Assisting India's rise, then, is in the United States' own long-term interest.


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          New Social Media Tool - Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings   
Google has launched the new application called Google +1 very recently. If you have seen carefully, there is a +1 sign next to each search result in Google search results page. In this article, let’s take a look at this new tool on how it works, what are its effects on PageRank, are Google+1 and Search Engine Rankings related to each other, and how you can use it on your website.

Basically +1 is acts same as that of “Like” button on FaceBook or “Follow” on Twitter. But the effects of +1 are different from other two, as Google is basically a search engine as well as social media and blogging platform too. With +1 launched, Google is trying to strengthen its position in social media sector. As far its working is concerned, it will add one vote to the search result, website or blogpost, if a user presses on +1 sign next to it. When more number of people press +1, means vote for your website, it will be more trustworthy for Google.

Adding the Google+1 button to your own website is very easy. You have to copy-paste the following code on your website’s homepage and it will start working instantaneously. You need to place inside the <head> or just above the </body> tag of the webpage.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>
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Now comes the important question. Are Google +1 and Search Engine Rankings connected to each other in any way? Whether +1 also affects the Google PageRank of a website, is still not very clear. Some people say that it affects not directly but indirectly somewhere down the line. Whereas others claim that the PageRank is not at all affected by this new tool. However, there is good news for PPC marketers as +1 is going to be a permanent addiction in the Google AdWords. The anti-spam mechanism is already in place and if someone tries to vote more times to his or her own website to improve score, the website can be penalized.

According to some experts Google +1 is going to work in phases. During the first phase, Google will collect all the information for analysis and then during next phase, it will try to provide more personalized experience for searching and ranking operations.
          Less Known Facts About Google Ranking   
Many of affiliate marketers use the Google PageRank as a reliable source to measure the popularity of the website. But many of them, in fact, many of internet users do not know how Google PageRank is actually evolved and what the notion behind it is. Ten years ago, the ranking was not the same as that of today, they were quite predictable. The search algorithm was more manually-driven than programmatically and so the search results from Google often showed the same websites over longer period of time. As a result of this, users were dependent on Google more as a site browsing tool. This is one of the facts about Google PageRanking.



However, the conditions have changed a lot now. Google has developed its services in more modern way where there is no manual dependency. All the things are taken care by algorithms. Now you do not experience the same search results for similar terms for even two days. You can see totally search results for same keywords. This really puts a question in front of all Google PageRank users, that is it really useful when Google shows very dynamic Page Ranks for the same website for same keywords. This proves that Page Rank is not merely a number but a result of complicated algorithms applied. To generate Page Rank, Google takes into account following factors- websites Meta tags, titles, keywords density, description tags, links coming from other websites, the Page Ranks of the referring websites. So you can now imagine how complex is the Page Rank generation algorithm. And this is the second of some facts about Google page ranking.



There is a variation in the Google suggestions for search query phrases. This way, the search queries data entered by people can also be under question. You cannot really depend on it. Sometimes, Google search gives totally different and strange results on the referral data of your website. Some people also reported a wide variation or sudden rise in the Google page crawling activity and after such activity, their Google traffic data was significantly decreased and hence lowering their page ranks.



For some webmasters, Google PageRank is not the only parameter to evaluate the popularity of the website. But of course they also get worried when their PageRank is modified because of any known or unknown reasons. This creates a fear among their PR network for sure. This way, above stated facts about Google PageRanking can affect your website’s popularity and thus affecting your money.
          The Impact of Social Media on SEO   
In the community of SEO, there are some conflicts of opinions over the topic "Impact of social media on SEO". Some members believe that there is surely an impact on the search engine pages ranks. Today many social media websites used by all the population over the world. Of course it is more seen in urban areas. Every person has an account on FaceBook or Twitter or MySpace. Looking at this fact, more population is available on social networks; why not use it for the purpose of marketing? So a link given on a popular blog can carry equal SEO rank as that of the link given on FaceBook page. Let's discuss the same topic here in this article in details.



In the field of Search Engine Optimization, the link building process is very important. The links pointing to your website which originate from other popular website carry lot of weight in deciding the PageRank of your website. In the same way, social media sites are also very attractive. When a link posted by you is seen by many of your potential customers and also can be carried forward to many more. All the pages on social media websites are indexed and therefore they prove to be very important in gaining good ranks. So we can say that there is surely an impact of social media on SEO.



Getting associated with social networking websites is not a very tedious job. Anyone can register with a genuine email address and set up fan pages on FB. You should try to find social site with more niche approach. This way you can target and become active on hundreds of niche websites. If you seek properly, you can get connected to various groups on social media which are associated to particular industry or area. This gives you access to all the other people or we can say potential customers connected in the group.



When talking of social media, a small hint about URL shortners will come handy. URL shortners are always present on social media, especially on Twitter. They prove to be a very good tool to shorten the URL by keeping the main anchor texts intact. If the URL shorter is not keeping the anchor tag same as original one, then the source page or website might not get ranked properly. You should prefer some paid URL shorteners which keep the anchor href tag intact while shortening it.
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A little spit may help predict whether a child's concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and adolescents whose symptoms persisted for at least a month, a Penn State team told the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. In contrast, a concussion survey commonly used by doctors was right less than 70 percent of the time. If the experimental test pans out, "a pediatrician could collect saliva with a swab, send it off to the lab and then be able to call the family the next day," says Steven Hicks , an assistant professor of pediatrics at Penn State Hershey. Hicks helped develop the test and consults for a company that hopes to market concussion tests. A reliable test would help overcome a major obstacle in assessing and treating concussions, which affect more than one million children and adolescents in the U.S. each year. Many of
          10 SEO Marketing Tips for Success   
It has often been seen and reviewed over the time that even the top SEO marketing tips for success fail to respond in effective manner. This is not due to the lack of efficacy rather it is because of wrong implementation technique which the clients stick to. You should be bewaring of the false promises, attractive offers and the easy and inexpensive methods which various online sources fetch you for the SEO purpose. This is something which always affects the working module of the SEO strategy and you will not receive the needed results within the given timeframe. So, it is the utmost requirement for the customer to view and analyze all the relative scopes which may lead to the needed success for the website. Trust and honesty may be preferred over the overflow and exaggeration of contents and product description. Here are some of the most vital tips which will definitely give a new shape to your SEO strategy.

  • Just make it sure that newly posted contents on your website are easily accessible for the online visitors. Often posting of crawlers in lack of strong link structure, good site navigation and topical archives fail to justify your efforts.


  • Do not focus on much complex and complicated URLs rather believe in having or employing simple URL for your website and contents? This will be easy for the customers to remember and repeated visits. Top SEO marketing tips will always benefit the client in earning reputation and huge cash.


  • Always keep an eye on the duplicate contents and URL which will negatively affect the web traffic and internet earning in a long run.


  • Try to focus on making the title tag at the top and even in the first sentence in the content or description of the product and services. Believe it your title should clearly and simply define the content.


  • Content Management System or literally known as CMS, should be customized in the most popular manner. This will boost the overall performance.


  • Implement the concept of various link building trends as creation of back links, cross links, inbound links and external links play a major role in earning money and reputation.


  • The website owner should always try to take benefit of the global searching option which will help him in a long run. SEO visibility will increase comprehensively after following these SEO marketing tips.


  • You should constantly play with the rules of sponsored links and hence getting the revenues at an extra level will be quite easier.


  • Emphasize on SEO training for everyone in the organization or company.


  • Make it firm that SEO marketing tips is an important tool for any online business because website requirement is always there.


          How to Make SEO Techniques Work for You   
For such a huge scope in the internet market and expectations of the online visitors, it is required to make SEO techniques work for you in quite an effective manner. It is needed here that implementation of the SEO strategy should be done in an authentic manner and thus, this will definitely lead to achieve the success level you have never imagined before. You surely need some extra efforts and tips that can turn the SEO strategy into a comprehensive approach that may benefit you in a long run.

  • The option of selecting the Google Ad words is a very cost effective and reliable process that will give you the much needed benefits. The working principle of the Ad words is to allow the customer to spend an average amount of money for a specific keyword.

  • Keep record of various online directories which can help you in listing your website and thus, provide an opportunity to rank the website to the highest level. There are certain directories which are free of cost and at the same time, they are treated as very reliable methods to implement the working of SEO strategy.

  • Always create an attractive, catchy and luring title containing the target keyword and it should be capable of attracting huge number of customers at the earliest.

  • Use all the available resources on the internet which may help you in employing the techniques in the most effective manner, some of the online page directories and keywords selection process has been trendy and in vogue in the recent few years. Such bold steps will definitely make SEO techniques work for you.

  • Even if you own a website for the SEO purpose you will be happy to own a blog related to the same topic and product which you are willing to promote to the highest standard.

  • Lay emphasis on the much needed website contents, page layout, design and title tags which often attract the attention of SEO experts. The emphasis on these terms wills effectively improve the level of SEO strategy you are adopting and implementing.

In fact there are two different types of SEO techniques – on page and off page. In off page SEO technique, the client just prepares himself for the implementation; judging and inspecting the various aspects that will make SEO techniques work for you. On the other hand, in on page techniques you are required to improve the look, appearance and overall density of keywords and their selection as the major work.
          The Five Steps of a Successful SEO Strategy   
One of the most reputed terms associated with the popularity index of your webpage or website is the order of preference and selection of a successful SEO strategy. This will no doubt, give the website a huge boost to the selected portfolio of your website. For effective implementation of the strategy, you should be quite known to various steps and tips related to the same and thus, it becomes very effective and reliable tool to promote your business and marketing trend over the internet. Certain steps and tips are mentioned below for your guidance that will definitely help you.

1.The owner should completely and comprehensively analyze the nature of website he is willing to optimize. No doubt, a detailed study of the various aspects like the contents, layout, web design, materials and promotional campaigns related to the same will effectively constitute a better and successful SEO strategy. You will make comparison of back links, portfolios of interest, enlisted directories to the corresponding company or website, web traffic and drawbacks which your website possess so that you may try your best to add the lacking criteria to your website.

2.Further, you will have to keep an eye on your competitors and other websites which are related to your topic of interest. You may decide your competitor by measuring the target audience capacity it has and various other factors to consider. You can use the comparative study to share a common link with the competitors at the earliest.

3.See, this step corresponds to a detailed study of the successful SEO strategy which must be done to your website. A comparison to your competitor and thorough analysis of your website features will give you much needed idea about the prospects and expectations of online visitors. No doubt, this will help you in improving the web traffic and thus, internet sale.

4.The most important step in pursuing the SEO plan for your website is the authentic and robust implementation of the ideas and strategies which you have gathered with the above mentioned three steps. In fact, a wrong implementation of the analysis and collected data will make all the previous efforts fruitless. Your precious time and research will go in vain. Hence, implementation of the steps and analysis data is essential.

5.Well, coming to the last and next step it is the time of thorough assessment of the results which you are receiving after the implementation of successful SEO strategy.
             
Lots of people trying difficult on the internet to make money; yet carry out all those individuals capable of making cash? Simply no, definitely not. A lot of them invest a long time locating a great earning resource but did not realize that and also on another palm the majority are creating hundreds of thousands online. If you're still searching for a good generating method over the internet, then this post has a solution for you; internet affiliate marketing.

Using a product of your personal is difficult
To be a company person, you'll want a product or even program possess your own; so you might sell in which products or services which is by no means easy to have a goods and services of your personal. To produce a item, you need to source raw substance and then need to manufacture the product coming from in which natural substance, which is not whatsoever effortless; same can often happen for a service.

Affiliate marketing online is easy
Alternatively, internet affiliate marketing is easy; in terms of affiliate marketing, an individual don’t have to produce any kind of merchandise or perhaps supply any program. All that you should caused by purchase services or products regarding additional suppliers or even providers.

Absolutely no pressure enterprise
As opposed to item generation, affiliate marketing has no anxiety in any way. As with affiliate marketing online you have to market someone else’s item; thus there is no tension at all. You need to work just like a salesperson. A lot more items an individual promote more money you'll get.

Some other distinctions
If you are a producer, you'll be able to help to make a couple of merchandise barely, exact same also in case there is a site provider; but if you might be a marketer online, then you can certainly sell as much products or services it is possible to. There is no reduce, as you don’t must produce the product. There are numerous additional distinctions furthermore there in between internet affiliate marketing as well as item creation however dialogue regarding those will be beyond the particular opportunity of this article.

          Make a king's ransom by Performing Internet affiliate marketing   
Internet is actually producing lots more people more potent than any other otherwise. Thousands of people through round the world decide to make millions of earnings month to month through the use of internet. There are various methods for generating income online; internet affiliate marketing is probably the many different ways of earning cash over the internet.

The meaning regarding affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing online indicates selling precuts or perhaps companies of the some other producer or even supplier using diverse techniques accessible online and acquire paid out from your producer or even service provider for your. The type regarding affiliate marketing is almost just like that of the sales person; but there are some variations exist, mainly when it comes to functioning.

The actual ways of doing internet affiliate marketing
That you can do internet affiliate marketing in several ways. For those who have a web sites of your own, you'll be able to position the hyperlink from the websites for which you wish to accomplish the particular affiliate marketing. An advanced tumblr, then you can also insert the links of websites that you want to do advertising. You can also do that simply by writing and submitting articles and set several links presently there.

The particular generating potential associated with affiliate marketing
There's no limit around the benefit focus on of the making prospective of the affiliate marketing online. Probably, the sky may be the reduce; so far as the earning potential is actually concern. The harder you can sell the harder you may earn. All hangs upon, just how much you do and what is the grade of work.

Bottom line
If you're not really not used to the world of world wide web and also be aware of delicate fine art of doing affiliate marketing online, then you must do that as soon as possible. An advanced product manufacturer or perhaps company, you then must hire some affiliate marketer to market your product or service.

          Affiliate Marketing Online : Simply What Does it Suggest   
Just about all the people common in order to internet know about internet affiliate marketing; however what does this kind of internet affiliate marketing truly indicates. Many people identify it in many different techniques. Then what type will be many correct a single? This post is striving to solve the dilemma.

Just What Affiliate Marketing Online is Actually
Unquestionably, it is a enterprise training intended for business taken online. In this kind of exercise, an internet business house benefits a small business companion referred to as online for redirecting clients to his company’s web site; so that may possibly some of those rerouted customers purchase a few items offered at the website.

The Advantage of Internet Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing online offers win-win scenario for both the company home as well as the online marketer. The company home targets product development and delivering excellence for the program and also the other hand the online marketer focus on bringing clients for the internet site. The product maker or perhaps the company doesn’t need to stress about the particular marketing as well as the internet marketer doesn’t need to stress about the product production or service providing.

Several Types of Internet Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing could be of several types depending upon the nature with the products or services, on which the affiliate marketing online must be. A few business houses provide commission for the marketer on such basis as revenue made. Some others offer fee on such basis as amounts of guests redirected for their websites. There are a few various percentage constructions furthermore provided by another companies.

Consider the Benefit of the Theory
No matter you're a maker or even service provider, you should make advantages of internet affiliate marketing. If you're a maker, then you may need to look with regard to affiliate marketers in order to sale your products or services and at the same time frame you can even perform internet affiliate marketing regarding additional manufacturers or perhaps providers.
          Organic Search Engine Marketing vs. Pay Per Click Advertising   
Whenever we go for online marketing the first two popular methods we remember are organic search engine marketing and pay per click advertising. You can use both the strategies to make your website visible on the web. Choose one of the methods which best suits for maximizing your site profile over the web.

Organic search engine marketing offer several advantages over, pay per click advertising. Some of the listings from the previous study are as follows:

Tendency to Click : By the past studies it is evident that many are showing interest in the organic search engine marketing only. Only less number of people is showing interest in the paid click services. Many reported that they are getting the required information in the organic search engine marketing only and the people are also showing interest in clicking only on the top five results that are listed in the search engine result pages.

Faith : According to the past studies people have more faith in organic search engine as compared to the pay per click advertising. Many reported that the results found in the pay per click are not relevant to the search they had made.

Visitor's Value : Value of the visitors is more in the organic search engine marketing only. Only in organic search engine marketing the visitors are given importance.

Guests Know About Advertising : Many people turn toward internet for research and to get information. There is a little percentage of people who are aware of the paid and non paid results. Many people are using the organic search engine marketing as their basic searching tool.

Advertisement Cost : In the case of pay per click, the keywords cost is increasing and this cost may rise according to the time where as in the organic search engine marketing the search engine optimization prices remain stable.

Long-standing Results : From the organic search engine marketing, you will able to get long-standing results. Whenever the price of the pay per click increases then the company may decide to terminate the campaign. Where as in organic search engine marketing you can get the results until the algorithm for search engine marketing is changed.

Consequences : You will be able to get immediate consequence from pay per click advertisement, but in the case of organic search engine optimization the outcome will be slow. Pay per click is better for those who are looking to promote an initiative.

Financial Plan : When talking about budget, the pay per click is less expensive as compared to organic search engine marketing. For a small business pay per click advertising is the better choice.

Handling : Organic search engine marketing requires a steep learning curve while pay per click is easier to handle. Concept of pay per click is easy to understand than that of the organic search engine marketing.

Contracts : Contracts is very much essential in the case of organic search engine marketing, but it is not required in pay per click.

Considering these you can choose the type of method for your website to maximize.
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          China introduces a communist tablet: the Red Pad [... at a non-proletarian price of US$1,600]   
January 20, 2012
By Molly McHugh
Digital Trends

The extremely expensive tablet will marketed specifically towards party officials.

If you thought iPads were expensive, think again. A new Chinese tablet called the Red Pad will cost $1,600 dollars, but not just anyone can buy it, even if you do have the money.

After heavy criticism over its price from Chinese consumers, marketing and advertising featuring the Red Pad seemingly disappeared. Now, the Economic Times is saying that the manufacturer will only sell the tablet to bureaucrats and not the public. Originally the device was going to be available for anyone with the money (or the ability to subsidize the purchase), but the public backlash was so strong, the manufacturers decided to change its marketing tactics. It now looks like some back-pedaling occurred, and as a result the tablets availability will be limited to only Party officials.

But it’s not only the cost that will appeal to party members either. The Red Pad is specifically built to cater to their needs: the tablet from Red Pad Technology (which is supposedly in cahoots with the country’s Ministry of Information Industry) comes packaged with government database access and integration with the communist mouthpiece website, People’s Daily.

What’s possibly most amusing about the Red Pad is its operating system. The 9.7-inch Red Pad uses the Android OS, which is surprising considering China’s ongoing issues with Google. Aside from its ironic use of this platform and outrageous price, the Red Pad is similar to any other tablet: it features an A9 dual core processor, Wi-Fi and 3G support, 16GB of flash storage, with a sub 10-inch touchscreen display.


Last month we heard that a personalized iPad application was being developed for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The supposed app would give him immediate access to government affairs and news. While the degree of this app has been questioned (it’s possible it’s merely a secure, Flipboard-like portal to this data), it’s clear that government leaders have become taken with tablets.

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          Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic - MacLean Engineering & Marketing Co Limited - Creighton, SK   
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Buy this ticket Adult Zones 1-2 dd/mm/yyyy £28.50 Your Oyster card is topped up every time your pay as you go balance falls below £8 and you make a journey       倫敦必做十件事☞10 Tops Things to Do in LONDON http://www.wretch.cc/blog/wvboni/11438678 ✔ Market - 婆婆媽媽逛市集來挖寶 ✔ Boat Trip - 搭渡輪遊泰晤士河 ✔ See - 衛兵交接擠擠擠 ✔ Royal Park - 皇家公園是野生動物園 ✔ Walk - 漫步泰晤士河畔好浪漫 ✔ Bus Tour - 雙層巴士市區巡禮 ✔ Shop - 哩哩叩叩買好多 ✔ Eat - 新鮮多汁炸魚薯條  ✔Museum - 大英博物館古文物探險 ✔ Gallery - 國家藝廊耍氣質   此人遊記好用! http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/wen-shan/archive?l=f&id=33   大英博物館的官網上有參觀建議 http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/planning_your_visit.aspx 時間更多的人可以參考大英博物館的館長 ~ Neil MacGregor 2010年新推出,精選的[100件館藏看世界歷史]計畫 [ A History of the World ~ in 100 objects ] Wiki百科裏面也有這項計畫的介紹與連結 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_History_of_the_World_in_100_Objects 其中的第99項竟然是 [信用卡]   還蠻妙的 科芬園這一帶蠻多店可以逛的 我們去了兩間書店~ Waterstone 和 Stanfords 前者是一般的綜合書店 後者是地圖,旅遊的專門書店  相當讚~ http://www.stanfords.co.uk/Stanfords-London-Store.htm 開店已有超過150年的歷史   倫敦eat 今日午餐: Fire & Stone     牆壁上有世界地圖的裝飾 周一到周四線上預約可享有午餐4.95鎊的優惠 http://www.fireandstone.com/pizza/restaurant/ 午餐有線上 MENU 可以參考   劍橋 其實...如果夏天去劍橋的話... 因為太陽下山的晚...晚上八九天都還亮著... 要是行程不趕...可以選擇搭晚一點的National Express回倫敦... 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(因為個人很喜歡拍風景照勝過於到此一遊照) 所以沒什麼遊客的時候真的很適合靜靜的遊覽... 很慶幸我上次有機會拍到靜靜流過的康河...:P   -- ※ 發信站: 批踢踢實業坊(ptt.cc) ◆ From: 218.171.222.70 推 irenedeai:靜靜的康河很美很美+1                                  06/13 08:29 推 ladyluck: 靜靜的康河很美很美+1 我有一次不小心在傍晚翻進國王學   06/13 09:29 → ladyluck:院裡,就一個人坐在河邊發呆好久,還奇怪怎麼都沒人了...  06/13 09:30 推 appogge:卸卸 我的確是搭乘20:35的coach回倫敦                     06/13 14:00 ※ 編輯: IamSammi        來自: 218.171.226.200      (06/14 21:17) 推 IamSammi:哈哈...我也有翻進國王學院...入口還寫著遊客止步XD       06/14 21:25 → xenopus:有機會來國王學院旁邊的Clare學院,全艦橋最漂亮的河邊�    06/15 07:59 → xenopus:花園!! 人又比國王學院少                                 06/15 08:00 http://ppt.cc/fIzD http://www.thecambridgepuntingcompany.co.uk/   劍橋大學是一個由許多學院(College)組成的大學城,其中比較有名的有國王學院(King’s College)、皇后學院(Queens College)與三一學院(Trinity College),大部份的學院都開放一般民眾參觀,而門口有列出可開放參觀的時間以及進去參觀的場地維護費。不過教大家一招,你可以拿著一個公文紙袋,說你想要申請這個學院,然後想要先看一下這個學院的環境,這樣通常就能免費入場囉!不過記得不要讓人家看出你一副就是觀光客的樣子,不然此法是行不通的。另外,數學橋(Mathematical Bridge)位在皇后學院,是英國首座不用螺絲釘建造的橋樑。   國王學院對面,另外有一家叫做 Fudge Kitchen 的商店,賣的是乳脂軟糖(Fudge:其實是有點像台灣的牛奶糖,不過要比牛奶糖在甜上好幾倍,而且有多種口味可供選擇),在店外就可以聞到陣陣的蕉糖味,而店內則可以觀看師傅們製作 Fudge 的過程。     國王學院旁可以看到國王學院私有的祈禱室↑以及在祈禱室對街的偉大聖瑪莉教堂 (Great St.Mary Church) →,此教堂是週遭最高的一座建築物,進入教堂參觀是不用錢的,另外你可以花兩英磅到教堂的頂端去欣賞週遭的美景...   往河的西邊去,會看到一片名為 The Backs 的叢林 → 再像北走一點便會看到河的對岸有號稱劍橋眾多學院中 規模最大、財力最雄厚、名聲最響亮的學院 從三一學院畢業的名人有牛頓、培根…等人,目前在其校區內也都設有這些著名畢業生的銅像 (英國查理王子也畢業於此,但他年繼還小還沒輪到他蓋銅像) 在康河邊有時會看到不少的水鴉,他們會從河中跳上岸邊,當然也會再岸邊大小便,因此請大家選位子時一定要慎選,或是帶個野餐巾墊著比較保險。   劍橋原為康河 (River Cam)沼澤區旁的一座小市場,其前身起源於牛津大學在 1209 A.D.發生暴動,三名學生被吊死後,一些學者逃難到劍橋,在當時的英王亨利三世的庇佑下,於1233 A.D.建立正式學術組織,而在 1284 A.D. 成立劍橋大學第一個學院 ~ 「彼得學院」。         劍橋大學至今約有800年歷史,歷年來各學院陸續成立,學生也自四面八方湧入,在學術方面始終是世界領先的大學之一。科學和工業是劍橋最引以為傲之學術,因劍橋以英國最高學府的大學城聞名於世,所以「劍橋」久而久之便成了劍橋大學的代名詞。截至目前為止已誕生87位諾貝爾獎得主,根據2010年QS排名,建橋大學全球排名第1,因此傑出人才自不在話下。長久以來與牛津大學合稱為「牛劍」,這兩所大學在文化及現實上的協作已成為英國社會史的一部份。  《QS (Quality Safety) 世界大學排名》~ 2004~2009所依據的權重如下:         ‧學界互評分數(40%)         ‧企業僱主評分(10%)         ‧國際師資分數(  5%)         ‧國際學生分數(  5%)         ‧單位師資論文引用率分數(20%)         劍橋大學是所「書院聯邦制」大學,主要由中央行政機構、科系和學院三個部份組成。科系負責向學生提供課程、組織講座,在監委會監督下進行研究和教學工作,而每個科系的學者們均來自不同的學院。由31所自治獨立的學院組成,其中最古老的學院為「彼得學院(Peterhouse, Cambridge)~ 1284 A.D.」,同時也是最小的一個學院;成立最晚的為「羅賓森學院(Robinson College, Cambridge)~ 1977A.D.」,每個學院擁有獨立的資產及資金來源。31所學院中除了3所學院只收女生外:露西‧卡文迪什學院、新大廳學院和紐姆學院,其餘男女皆收。而其中有4所只收研究生:卡淶爾大廳學院、達爾文學院(Darwin College, Cambridge)、沃爾森學院(Wolfson College, Cambridge)和聖埃德蒙學院(St Edmund's College, Cambridge)。   第四站 ~聖約翰學院「嘆息橋 Bridge of Sigh」 嘆息橋 (Bridge of Sigh) 的名字是19世紀時,由英國詩人---「風騷的浪漫主義文學泰斗」~ 拜倫勛爵所取的,是威尼斯多座建於16世紀的橋樑之一,完工於1600A.D.。造型屬於早期巴洛克式風格,封閉式的拱橋由石灰岩鑄成,呈房屋狀,上部穹隆覆蓋,封閉得很嚴實,只有向運河一側的石樑上開有兩個小窗。嘆息橋橫跨在Rio di Palazzo河上,連接威尼斯公爵府的審訊室和老監獄,是由Antoni Contino設計的,他的叔叔Antonio da Ponte是里亞斯托橋的設計者。囚犯們在義大利威尼斯總督府接受審判被宣判後,從總督府經由嘆亞橋走向死牢,他們面臨的將是永別俗世,嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,所以從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。 聖約翰大學是劍橋大學第二大學院,建於1511.04.09 A.D.。它的前身可追溯到13世紀的聖約翰醫院,醫院於16世紀初時已殘破不堪,因此當時由羅切斯特主教「聖約翰·費舍爾」提出改建醫院建造學院的想法,得到英格蘭國王「亨利八世」和主教「尤利烏斯二世」的批准,伊利主教也同意將這做宗教醫院改建轉變為一所學院,建校經費則源自王太后~亨利七世的母親「瑪格麗特‧博福特(Margaret Beaufort)」女士之遺產。         在院的建築十分宏偉壯觀,學院還擁有5個庭院,其中以1589 A.D.始建的第二庭院最為聞名,被譽為是英格蘭最漂亮的「都鐸式庭院」。傳說中這裡也是17世紀英格蘭與法國簽署和平條約的地方,也促成了查爾斯一世與他的法國王后的聯姻。學院的門樓每天黃昏的時候關閉,將學院和外界隔離。   《Tudor都鐸式》        都鐸式建築原指中世紀英國哥德式建築樣式末期發展出來的歌德建築,其特徵是圓拱尖端為四新圓拱的小尖拱,構造上面為半木構造形式,以及出挑的拱形天花構造等等….,在細部上面以受到隨後的義大利文藝復興樣式的影響,使用陶燒(Teracotta)等材質的文藝復興樣式的裝飾。 http://www.ad.ntust.edu.tw/grad/think/93talksay/allfiles/M9213102M9313102/ 威尼斯嘆息橋 ~        嘆息橋有如隔絕生死兩世,從密不透氣的嘆息橋走過時,從橋上的窗口望出最後一眼美麗的威尼斯,不禁一聲長嘆。         威尼斯的嘆息橋成名後,被世界各地所仿造,並且同樣被命名為「嘆息橋」,其中包括: ·    英國倫敦泰晤士河上的滑鐵盧橋(英語:Waterloo Bridge),有時也稱作嘆息橋 ·    英國牛津大學內的嘆息橋 ·    英國劍橋大學聖約翰學院內的嘆息橋 ·    德國法蘭克福老市政廳北翼的嘆息橋 ·    美國阿利根尼縣法院連接監獄的嘆息橋         沿著聖約翰學院參觀路線,經過正門、前庭、禮拜堂、中庭後,來到康河河畔,可見聖約翰學院有兩座橋橫跨於康河上,一座為Wren橋,另一座則為著名的嘆息橋(Bridge of Sigh)。       "Bridge of Sighs"(嘆息橋)之所以取名為此,是因為該橋曾是連接學生宿舍和期末考場的必經之路,每到要參加考試之時,學生往往嘆息不止,忐忑不安的經過此橋走向考場。其中的心情,箇中資味是否如威尼斯之嘆息橋般呢?由此可見劍橋學生們的幽默。   劍橋康河第一站 ~ 皇后學院       皇后學院 (Queens' College, Cambridge)由瑪嘉烈‧安茹(亨利六世皇后)於1448 A.D.建立,又於1465 A.D.由伊莉莎白·伍德維爾(愛德華四世皇后)再次建立。  數學橋 (Mathematical Bridge)是一條跨越康河,把皇后學院在康河兩岸的校園接駁起來的一座小橋,數學橋連接了學院早期建築(被學生們稱作黑暗面)和近期的建築(被學生們稱作光明面),是劍橋大學著名的觀光景點之一。數學橋是它的非官方名字,它的官方名字只是「木橋」而已。數學橋是由威廉‧埃瑟里奇(William Etheridge)設計,並在1749 A.D. 由詹姆斯‧艾塞克斯(James Essex)興建,並在1866 A.D. 和1905 A.D. 重建,但是原本的設計並沒有改變。         數學橋的設計來源有幾個說法: 橋是由中國設計的。設計中利用了一些特別的數學方程式,因以得到數學橋的名字。 橋是由一班學生設計的。橋的設計(重量和角道數)非常精密,連一口釘也沒有用上。一位教授看到橋以後嘆為觀止,並想把橋拆下,以便了解橋的設計。但是,教授把橋拆下後,沒有辦法利用原本的設計把橋重建起來。所以,教授就利用釘把橋重建起來。 橋是由牛頓設計和建成的。和第二個傳說一樣,他的設計也沒有用上一口釘。             這些故事只是傳說,事實上該橋由威廉·瑟里奇(1709年—1776年)設計,並由詹姆斯·埃塞克斯(1722年—1784年)建造,於1749年完工(在牛頓逝世後的22年)。以前的學生或院士試圖將該橋拆除,並重新組裝,但他們最終還是失敗了,只好用螺母和螺栓重新把橋固定。這就是我們看到如今的數學橋有螺母和螺栓的原因。該橋因為年代久遠於1866年被翻修,並於1905年被重新建造。重建的數學橋基本依照原有的設計,但採用柚木而不是橡木作為原料,橋上的階梯也改為光滑的橋面為方便輪椅的通行。   劍橋 康河第二站 ~ 國王學院 ( King's College) 國王學院在亨利六世鼎力相助下始建於1441 A.D.。其原設計概念是節儉的,但從1445年起學院的建造目的轉變為「彰顯王室的地位」,  建造過程中學院建築體逐漸佔據劍橋市中心的大部分地區,使得很多街道被迫關閉,因此現今呈現於我們面前之國王學院,其規模才如此的宏偉。         國王學院於1443 A.D. 開始學院採取了一個更加宏大的計劃。學院創始人~ 「威爾」於1448 A.D. 詳細的描述了該計劃要建造一座宏偉的庭院,並在庭院的一側建造一座禮拜堂。但十年後,《玫瑰戰爭》開始,「亨利六世」面臨財政危機,而此時禮拜堂的東側建造了60英尺,而西側之建造了8英尺。建築工程直至1508 A.D. 「亨利七世」獲勝結束戰爭而繼續開始建造禮拜堂的屋頂。禮拜堂內部的建造直至1544 A.D. 在「亨利八世」的幫助下才完工。   抵達市集後,去尋找民宿老闆推薦的店,招牌上面是一個獨眼龍的海盜標誌,而賣的東西是什麼呢?是包餡的牛角麵包,有許多餡料可以選擇,有雞肉、咖哩…等。來到劍橋(Cambridge)有一件事情必做,那就是搭撐船(篙),市集附近就有人會拉遊客去坐撐船(篙),原本開的價格比較高,但看我們感覺有點遲疑,就自動降價給我們,約£11/人(英鎊)左右,那艘船一共可以坐約9~12人左右,到了搭船地點才發現這邊的船有兩種,一種是自己包船自己撐,另一種就是我們所搭乘的船,有人幫我們撐 藝術的倫敦,免費遊! - 2008-07-13, 20:16 http://www.wretch.cc/blog/taiwanarzt/12065456 (精彩照片,懇請移駕部落格) 這是倫敦的夜晚。從Tate Modern望出去,所看到的泰唔士河、千禧年橋以及1981年查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃結婚的聖保羅大教堂。在昂貴的倫敦,這樣美麗的夜景,竟然不用花錢進入特別的觀景台,就能享受得到! 事實上,倫敦在食宿如此昂貴的情況,還可以吸引背包客的興趣和注目,就是因為倫敦有太多免費且是世界級的景點和活動!如果是喜好美術館和博物館的朋友,到了倫敦更是如獲至寶!因為最精采的美術館和博物館,全都是免費入場的!不論是可以看到很多國中高中時,美術課本名畫的國立美術館(The National Gallery )、現代藝術極致表現的Tate Modern、尊爵不凡的大英博物館(British Museum)、還是擁有小朋友最喜歡的恐龍的自然史博物館(Natural History Museum)全都不用付一毛錢,就能進入。以下分別介紹如下。 一、 國立美術館(The National Gallery) 還未走出Charing Cross地鐵站,就能感受到濃郁的藝術氣息(如下圖)。 坐落在Trafalgar廣場旁的國立美術館,收藏從文藝復興到二十世紀初期的重要歐洲畫作。包括提香、莫內、梵谷、秀拉等等幾乎所有西洋藝術史上,叫得出名字的歐洲大師,這裡都有收藏他們的畫作。親眼看到這些大師的畫作,對我造成相當大的震撼。因為同一副畫,由近到遠,或是從不同的角度觀看,竟然會有不同的視覺效果。這些大師的精神和藝術能量,穿越了時空,透過他的畫深深地撼動著我。這樣的感動,不是由網路搜尋出來的圖檔,或是印刷出來的複製品可以感受到的。由於國立美術館收藏品很多,就算走馬看花也要一天的時間才能逛完。因此,建議大家能夠撥出一整天的時間,好好地品味大師的畫作。 此外,Trafalgar廣場上常常有不定期的露天藝術表演(特別是周末)。而且完全不是普通的街頭藝人,而是由非常頂尖的表演團體進行演出,非常地精采!下面這張照片,就是從國立美術館所看到的Trafalgar廣場上的藝術表演和聳立在遠方,倫敦最著名的大笨鐘。 最近的地鐵站:Charing Cross Station  二、 Tate Modern 從查爾斯王子和黛安娜王妃成婚的聖保羅大教堂,往泰唔士河的方向走,就會看到通往Tate Modern的千禧年橋(如下圖)。 儘管改建於發電廠的Tate Modern在西元2000年才開幕,但不到十年,就已經成為倫敦不可錯過的重要景點。在Tate Modern中,展示著二十世紀以後的現代藝術。本身就極具現代感的室內空間,完全與展示品融為一體。譬如像是下方照片所呈現出的簡潔的巨大挑高空間,竟然是Tate Modern的出入口之一。 雖然年紀尚輕,但Tate Modern已有豐富的館藏。仔細欣賞也大約需花一天的時間。此外,從Tate Modern所望出的倫敦夜景更是美麗非凡!因此建議大家,在閉館時間延長至22:00的星期五和星期六前往。(其他時間僅開放到18:00) 最近的地鐵站:建議可從St. Paul’s地鐵站,經過聖保羅大教堂後,沿千禧年橋,跨過泰唔士河抵達。沿途的景色非常棒! 三、 大英博物館(British Museum) 成立於1759年的大英博物館,威名遠播,從古樸的前門入口進入後,竟來到如此現代感的開放空間(如下圖)。 大英博物館的尊爵不凡,從其平面圖就可窺探。因為,大英博物館的分區竟然是分成:非洲、希臘與羅馬、西亞、埃及、美洲、中國與南亞和東南亞、伊斯蘭文明等等。這代表大英博物館的展示品貨真價實的囊括了世界各大洲的主要文明。其包括希臘巴特儂神廟的重要浮雕、埃及的各種神像和木乃伊等等。展出的多元性,讓每個人都可以在大英博物館找到自己有興趣的展示。 由於館藏非常豐富,走馬看花也需要整整一天的時間。看到許多旅行團,都只能匆匆來去,不禁感到十分可惜。 而在大英博物館中,亞洲人最不感興趣的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」,反而是最吸引我的地方。因為,我在這邊看到了一尊出土於印度的佛像,其西洋人的外表,對看慣東方佛像的我來說,感到十分的新奇。事實上,對於佛教有興趣的朋友,千萬別錯過大英博物館二樓最北側的「中國、南亞和東南亞展場」(China、South Asia、South-East Asia)。裡面收藏了非常多來自印度、中國等世界各地的莊嚴佛像和如舍利塔等佛教相關的藝術品,非常值得一看! 四、 自然史博物館(Natural History Museum) 1880年從大英博物館獨立出來的自然史博物館,或許是大部分背包客最少前往的博物館。宛如大教堂的外觀,裡面竟然珍藏著四億種世界各地的動植物標本。其中,當然包括小朋友最愛的恐龍了! 自然史博物館博物館的恐龍展區,受歡迎的程度甚至到了需要將入場人數分批控管的地步。裡面恐龍的標本,可不是我們的自然科學博物館可以比擬的。即使對自然科學沒有多大興趣的朋友,都十分建議撥冗半天參觀自然史博物館的恐龍區。 最後,幾乎所有博物館漢美術館都只有1/1和12/24~26日的聖誕假期休館,可說是幾乎一整年都全年無休。更好的是,每星期還會有一兩天延遲閉館時間。建議大家如果起床起得晚,可以利用延遲閉館的時候,前往參觀。 延遲閉館的時間如下: ★國立美術館:每日10:00~18:00。每星期三延遲至21:00閉館 ★Tate Modern:每日10:00~18:00。每星期五、六延遲至22:00閉館。(一定要利用延遲閉館日,到Tate Modern欣賞美麗的倫敦夜景喔!) ★大英博物館:每日10:00~17:30。每星期四、五部分區域延遲至20:30閉館。 ★自然史博物館:星期一~星期六:10:00~17:50 / 周日、假日:11:00~17:50。無延遲閉館日。 從這篇文章可看得出來,即使是走馬看花,要遍覽這四大美術館和博物館,就已經要花掉三天半的時間。倫敦的豐富、多元和多采多姿,可由此得知。     National Gallery http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/explore-the-paintings/30-highlight-paintings/   Edinburgh 男主角和女主角跟最後男主角和女兒登上的那座山峰 真的是在愛丁堡 Holyrood Park 亞瑟王的寶座Arthur' s seat 在皇宮的旁邊 沿著皇家哩大道到底就是 One day scene : high street, Parliament square, Warriston’s close and the kitchens of Telford College. 亞瑟王寶座位於皇宮旁邊,或者該說皇宮位於亞瑟王寶座的山腳。若想去踏青可以   沿著皇家哩大道直走到底,便可以看到皇宮旁的大片公園,通往山頂的步道就在公   園裡頭。由於這公園本身就是愛丁堡人踏青旅遊的地方,所以有非常多條步道,記   得看地圖選擇喜歡的步道前進。   愛丁古堡是蘇格蘭的精神象徵,愛丁堡市的徽章上就有愛丁古堡的圖像。位於愛丁堡市的心臟地帶,建立於一座長達三億四千萬年前的死火山岩頂上,從市中心各角落都可看到。海拔120米,從上面可以俯瞰愛丁堡全城的景色。人類在該地區的活動可以追溯到公元前9世紀的銅器時代,七世紀溫伯瑞亞的「愛德溫國王」曾進行大規模整建。雖然堡壘固若金湯,但總免不了在歷史的進程中遭到戰火毀壞,愛丁古堡的建築體在16世紀的「長期圍城」(Lang Siege)事件中一部份被毀,但也有少數建築挺過這次圍城,其中最著名的便是建造於12世紀早期的「聖瑪格麗特禮拜堂」。愛丁古堡於1371 A.D. 蘇格蘭國王「大衛二世」修復後才呈現今日風貌。         愛丁古堡自17世紀起成為軍事基地,目前歸屬於蘇格蘭文物局(Historic Scotland),仍有軍隊駐紮在城堡上。城堡的大多數城堡目前對公眾開放,其內的一些建築也允許遊客參觀。它是蘇格蘭最受歡迎的旅遊景點之一,每年能迎接從世界各地前來的超過120萬名遊客。城堡內有軍事博物館,內陳列有各類實物,並記述有蘇格蘭、英國及歐洲的軍事歷史。 愛丁古堡簡介       古堡內可分為:城堡大道、下(The Lower Ward)、中(Middle Ward) 、上城(The Upper Ward) 及國王廣場 (Crown Squzre) 五大主要部份。 Ⅰ~ 城堡大道 (Esplanade):每年愛丁堡 tattoo 表演處        1.大門 (Gate House):建於1866 A.D.的守衛室及大門,裝飾作用大於實際功效。   Ⅱ~ 下城 (The Lower Ward)        2.舊警衛室 (Old Guardhouse)        3.內城牆 (Inner Barrier)        4.吊閘門 (Portcullis Gate):進入城堡區的正式大門,有內門、外門及閘門三道。        5.捷徑階 (Lang Stairs):70級階梯提供上、中防衛區最短的連接捷徑。   Ⅲ ~ 中城 (Middle Ward)        6.阿吉爾砲台 (Argyle Battery):又稱作六砲台,大砲皆為19世紀拿破侖戰爭時所鑄造。        7.大車庫 (Cartshed):古時停放50 輛大車之車庫,現改為遊客餐廳。附近還有軍火庫及軍醫院景點。        8.總督府(Govemor's House):建於18世紀之總督府目前並未開放參觀,現今為舉辦特殊皇室儀式時才使用。        9.兵營 (New Barracks):提供士兵充份休息處,至今仍為軍事用途並不對外開放參觀。       10.福格之門 (Foog's Gate)   Ⅳ ~ 上城 (The Upper Ward)       11.瑪格麗特禮拜堂 (St. Margare's Chapel):建於12世紀初,為古堡內歷史最悠久之建物。16世紀初時曾為彈藥庫,於1845 A.D. 才改回禮拜堂樣貌。教堂裡有本11世紀的福音書,教堂外為中古世紀存留下來之「蒙斯梅格砲」(Mons Meg),為1449 A.D.於比利時製造,重6噸,所發射之砲彈每顆約為1500 kgw,因為砲體笨重,在蘇格蘭對英格蘭之戰役後自此退役,之後閒置於城堡地窖內。       12.狗墓園 (Dog Cemetery):埋葬許多皇室成員及軍官的寵物狗及軍隊的吉祥動物~鹿。       13.阿吉爾塔       14.福威爾砲台 (Forewall Battery)       15.半月砲台 (Half-Moon Battery):防守最脆弱的城堡東側,陳列了「七姐妹」 ~ 7座16世紀的大砲。       Ⅴ ~  國王廣場 (Crown Square)         16.皇宮 (Royal Palace):16世紀蘇格蘭的瑪麗女王在頂樓的女王臥室產下詹姆士六世。二樓為展示皇室的王冠、寶座之處。         17.大廳 (Great Hall):1639 A.D. 以前都是蘇格蘭國會開會之處,一直以來都是皇室舉行重要儀式場所。大廳內最引人注目之處為16世紀的木樑屋頂,每根柱角都有人物或動物的面具裝飾,每根柱子均繪以精美的幾何畫作裝飾。除了屋頂的雕樑畫棟外,四周的牆壁也以金光閃閃的劍器加以裝點。         18.安女王建築 (Queen Anne Building):建於1708 A.D. 原為軍人休息處所。         19.蘇格蘭國家紀念戰爭館 (Scottish National War Memorial):1927.07.14 開幕的蘇格蘭國家戰爭紀念館是為了紀念第一次、第二次世界大戰中身亡的蘇格蘭士兵,紀念館大門前的四尊雕像分別代表勇氣、和平、正義與仁慈。         20.城堡地窖 (Castle Vaults):國王廣場的正下方就是城堡地窖,這裡以往是做為戰俘牢房、儲藏室、市民監獄等之用,現今牆上仍留有囚犯的註記。       Glasgow   Gallery of modern art: Admission free Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday -10 am to 5 pm, Thursday -10 am to 8pm, Friday and Sunday – 11am to 5pm.   Glasgow Cathedral Galsgow University 人民宮殿 People’s Palace   the Hunterian Art Gallery http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/visit/notices/ 湖區 由以火車站為據點的市區走到Bowness Pier大約15分鐘  抵達Bowness之後, 店家多了起來 在Bowness Pier有好幾條遊湖路線可以選擇 分別行使Ambleside、Lakeside與Bowness之間 前往Lakeside的還可以搭配蒸汽火車(Steam Railway)買套票 除此之外, 夏天有推出晚間渡輪...有些有供應自助餐, 有些是搭配BBQ 還有特別的夕陽渡輪...就是繞整個湖直到夕陽落下 為了能夠在有限的時間內看看其他的湖及山上的風景 回程的時候跑到High Street上的Lake Hotel訂了SuperTours的One Day Tour 我們是參加Tour A, 28鎊/人 詳細的行程跟價格請參考Lakes SuperTours網站 還有另外一家就在Lake Hotel附近叫作 Mountain Goat 有需要的可以比較看看 回來之後, 因為這一天都沒有走太多路, 天氣又很好 我們決定步行到Bowness Pier搭船賞夕陽 不過船上真的很冷...尤其是太陽漸漸落下的時候 要多穿點衣服才不會冷的發抖 夕陽渡輪八點半出發...大概十點天才漸漸黑 我們將近十一點才慢慢步行回B&B...一路上真的很安全, 是個好地方! 最後一天我們打算去划船 那邊的Self Drives有分成兩種, 一種是Motor Boat, 就是有引擎的船 另外一種就是得要自己划的Rowing Boat 為了得到更多樂趣....我們決定玩需要比較多勞力的Rowing Boat 因為Windermere湖很大...那天風不小, 浪很大 Rowing Boat變的超級刺激....跟我想像的湖裡悠哉划船完全不一樣 不過還是很好玩!!! 來湖區當然不能忘記看看彼得兔 這裡是彼得兔的誕生地....有作者波特小姐的博物館 幾乎每個孩子人手一隻彼得兔玩偶 如果想要深度的了解波特小姐在湖區的行蹤, 還有專門的Day Tour可以參加 湖區的玩法還有很多種 可以坐Bus, 可以租腳踏車 我們選了一個輕鬆的玩法 不過我相信不管怎麼玩 只要帶著好心情來, 就不會失望的回去 有關湖上活動資訊可以參考Windermere Lake Cruises 最新票價資訊都在這裡都找的到 利物浦 Liverpool http://celestechien.pixnet.net/blog/post/26257359 利物浦必做10件事
          Inside Sales Rep or Sr. - (Westfield)   
Division: BMD Westfield SalesIncentive Level: Incentive EligibleFLSA Status (Exempt/Nonexempt): Overtime Eligible Contact : www.bc.com/careers Strong Candidate Identified Responsibilities : The Inside Sales Specialist is responsible for initiating sales, taking orders, anticipating and meeting customer needs. Responsible for assigned product management, including selecting product vendors, purchasing, pricing, monitoring inventory, and promoting assigned products. The Inside Sales Specialist contacts customers regarding market fluctuations and trends.
          Brand Ambassador Part Time Sales_TY (Zip: 02134) - (Allston)   
Job Description: Brand Ambassador Sales part Time We need a friendly and engaging individual to represent the best brands on the market today! The Brand Ambassador is responsible for engaging consumers, promoting brand awareness and driving product sales through live featured product demonstrations. The ideal candidate understands the importance of sales and customer engagement while working in leading retail locations.
          Brand Ambassador Sales Part Time at BJ's Wholesale Club - (Northborough)   
BRAND AMBASSADOR SALES PART TIME at BJ's WHOLESALE CLUBWe need a friendly and engaging individual to represent the best brands on the market today! The Brand Ambassador at BJ's Wholesale Club is responsible for engaging consumers, promoting brand awareness and driving product sales through live featured product demonstrations. The ideal candidate understands the importance of sales and customer engagement while working in BJ's Wholesale Club locations.
          eBay strategy to help Thai users sell their products   
TO CREATE confidence and help sellers improve their products, eBay has come out with a strategy to support them in Thailand. It expects to achieve revenue growth in the double digits in the Thai market this year.
          Recruiter/Sales (Accounting & Finance) - (Boston)   
Are you looking for a service/sales career with unlimited income potential? For an opportunity to leverage your previous service/sales success and be a creative solution finder for top companies in the marketplace, read on Roth Staffing has appeared on the Inc. 500 list three times and continues to be recognized as an industry leader through our three full-service staffing divisions, Ultimate Staffing Services, Ledgent, and Adams & Martin Group - and all of our growth has been organic and without venture capital funding. By honoring our company with this prestigious opportunity, Inc. Magazine also recognizes the fact that "Roth only hires the most talented people and is unwilling to compromise from being the very best".
          Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACO - (Burlington)   
Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACOThe fun and exciting world of event sales is calling for you! Will you answer? Our part time Event Specialist jobs give you the opportunity to represent the best brands on the market today!
          Sales Assistant Manager - (Boston)   
Sales Assistant ManagerAs a Sales Assistant Manager, you would be responsible for: Responsible for store performance goals and revenue growth/maintenance Greet and assist customers on the sales floor Obtain new rental orders on the sales floor and over the phone Complete rental agreements as required Prospect for new business by telemarketing and distributing print materials Keep coworkers informed of promotions and products Assist Store Manager with training and managing all coworkers Assign coworkers to specific duties and assist with work schedule assignments Assist Store Manager in making weekly schedules Keep showroom clean and organized, including vacuuming, dusting, and handling household cleaning materials Keep backroom and all store area neat, clean, and organized, including cleaning restrooms, and taking out trash Assist as needed in reviewing past due accounts and communicate in-person and via phone with customers to promote timely payments Assist as needed in loading/unloading truck, delivering merchandise and installing and setup up merchandise, and instructing customers on proper useSales Assistant ManagerQualifications Must be at least 19 years of age High school diploma or GED Retail experience preferred Sales and collections experience a plus Friendly with exceptional communication skills Bilingual English/Spanish preferred Excellent customer service skills Valid state driver's license and good driving record Must be able to lift and move (push/pull) heavy items and merchandise as needed Typically works 38-40 hours a week depending on business needsTake your career to the next level and join the team of over 20,000 Rent-A-Center coworkers. At Rent-A-Center, our business is centered on service and we're passionate about what we do.Our environment is fast-paced and offers ample opportunity to grow and develop, with top-performers entered into training programs to accelerate their careers in management. Our coworkers also enjoy a total rewards package that includes: Industry-leading base pay ranges for all positions 5-day workweek w/Sundays off Paid sick/personal days Paid vacation Employee purchase plan Great benefits with 401 (k) and company match.
          Advertising and Marketing Sales - (Holyoke)   
SenText Solutions ServiceJoin a leader in text message marketing. SenText Solutions provides a text message marketing service that enables local merchants the ability to instantly send a single text message to all their existing customers and within a moments' notice every customer knows about the merchant's promotions, announcements, sales, events, special hours, contests, etc.Merchants Want Our ServiceOnly 2% of our merchants leave us each month.Customers Want To Hear From Their Local MerchantsOnly 1.6% of our merchant's customers opt- out each month.The Power Of Text Messaging 100% of all cell phones can receive text messages Only 50% of cell phones can receive emails 98% of all text messages are read in minutes Text message marketing is a permission based service- customers want to receive the messages It costs 6 times more to get a new customer than to keep an existing customerCOMPENSATION Lifetime Vested Residuals and Commission Lifetime Vested Residual potential By the 12th month make $6,000 to $10,000 per month By the 24th month make $10,000 to $17,000 per month By the 36th month make $14,000 to $23,000 per monthHere's what we need from you: -A proven track record getting to decision makers-A proven track record selling to merchants-The desire to build a lifetime vested residual income-The desire to get paid every day-forever-The desire to get involved with a proven company with a proven service-A desire to make over $200,000 per year within 3 years-A desire to work independently but loves to be a part of a teamOutside Sales - B2B. If you've sold credit card, bankcard, merchant or payment processing, gift cards, check guarantee, cash advance, merchant funding, print or radio advertising, insurance or any other product to merchants this is the perfect fit for you.
          Regulator tightens supervision of Vietnam bourses    
VIETNAM’S STATE Securities Commission will tighten supervision of securities transactions on the national stock exchanges to ensure market transparency and efficiency, the Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper reported on Tuesday.
          Medical tourism growth slowing in Singapore   
THE GROWTH of medical tourism in Singapore is expected to slow down amid stiffer regional competition, especially from the Malaysian healthcare market, according to investment bank UOB Kay Hian.
          Sales Account Executive - 3454   
Apply Online Sales Account Executive - 3454Role: Sales Relocation Available: No Industry: Sales and MarketingLocation: MassachusettsTown / City: BostonJob Type: Permanent full-timeJob description:Company is seeking Sales Account Executives to work as part of a dedicated team to grow existing business lines, take charge to expand our customer base as well as manage existing accounts. The position reports directly to the Marketing and Sales Manager.
          Euro sees a roller-coaster ride post-Draghi as dollar bulls start to throw in the towel   
The currency markets experienced some major moves this week, causing one major banking institution has decided to ditch its parity call on the euro and the dollar.
          Territory Manager - (Chelsea)   
Territory Managers / Trade Marketing Representatives are assigned to a geographic territory where they are responsible for: Calling on established traditional and nontraditional retail outlets Selling and executing national/local brand building marketing programs and initiatives within these accounts Achieving assigned quantitative and qualitative sales goals and brand building measures Building outstanding relationships with store managers/owners by providing expert tobacco/consumer insights and advice through the development of individual business plans Participating in relationship marketing by conducting effective "1 to 1" Consumer Engagements through a thorough understanding of Consumer Marketing Brand Strategies Actively promoting the marketing mix through direct discussions with retailers using analytical proficiency and influencing skills to promote a beneficial business plan for RJRT and our retailers. Consistently demonstrating the application of company values in all business interactions It is expected that Territory Managers / Trade Marketing Representative will become not only a passionate tobacco expert, but a valuable business consultant whose analysis, judgment and knowledge of the consumer and industry dynamics makes for a valuable partner to our retail customers. Important Note: The location that you apply through may not be the location where you are assigned in the field.
          Retail Solar Advisor - (Worcester)   
The Retail Solar Advisor is the brand ambassador and first point of contact for customers. It takes resilience, people skills, self-motivation and teamwork to be successful. With extensive sales, product and marketing training, you will create awareness of the Sunrun brand and educate potential customers about our services.
          Account Rep Advertising & Marketing Sales - (Waltham)   
The Power of Text Message Marketing There are currently over 290 Million mobile phone users in the United States alone. Of these mobile phone users, nearly two-thirds are active users of Text Messaging. With nearly 91% of all Americans having their cell phone with them at all times, it has become a common sight to see people everywhere with their heads buried in their cell phones!
          Field Sales Specialist - (Marlborough)   
Sunrun is the leading player in the home solar market. We help homeowners replace electricity they would otherwise purchase from the utility company with clean, attractively priced energy produced by a solar system that Sunrun owns and operates. Customers love our offering.
          Event Specialist Part Time Sales Aco (Zip: 02140) - (Cambridge)   
Job Description: Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACO The fun and exciting world of event sales is calling for you! Will you answer? Our part time Event Specialist jobs give you the opportunity to represent the best brands on the market today!
          Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACO - (Canton)   
Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACOThe fun and exciting world of event sales is calling for you! Will you answer? Our part time Event Specialist jobs give you the opportunity to represent the best brands on the market today!
          Event Specialist Part Time Sales Aco (Zip: 01721) - (Ashland)   
Job Description: Event Specialist Part Time Sales ACO The fun and exciting world of event sales is calling for you! Will you answer? Our part time Event Specialist jobs give you the opportunity to represent the best brands on the market today!
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          Local Real Estate Investor Meetings in July 2017   

Reading Time: 5 minutesNetworking is a real estate investor’s key to success! Through meeting other real estate investors, you learn about deals, financing options, and often you can even find your next deal. This month we added TWO brand new markets: Memphis and Detroit. Make sure to let us know of any other clubs or meetings we may have...

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          Median resale price in Manhattan passes $1M benchmark   
According to this week’s market reports, the median resale price in Manhattan increased 1.3 percent year-over-year to pass $1 million for the first time, and New York is the world’s most expensive city to rent a co-working space. Residential Manhattan and Brooklyn sales and rentals | StreetEasy In Manhattan, home prices contracted at both extremes in May. Prices at bottom of the market prices increased 11.8 percent year-over-year while luxury market prices dropped 3.4 percent. […]
          Hamptons Cheat Sheet: Brokers dish on the slow market, Jackie O’s former summer house gets chic $4M haircut … & more   
Jackie O’s old summer house in East Hampton gets a $4M price cut The former summer home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is now asking about $35 million, down from its original ask of $39 million, Curbed reported. The seven-acre estate at 121 Further Lane, dubbed “Lasata,” contains a 10-bedroom main house, pool, and a guest house. An adjoining four-acre parcel, occupied by tennis courts, is available for an additional $12 million. Its current owner, designer […]
          Lawmakers Prepare For Forthcoming Effects Of AI On The Economy   
Industry groups getting ready for changes that AI is set to create in job markets.
          The Real Deal’s Westchester and Fairfield Market Report drops next month   
The Real Deal is heading north for our annual Westchester and Fairfield Market Report! Click here to read out last year’s issue The market report picks up where TRD leaves off, with a ranking of the top residential brokerages in Fairfield County, a look at the luxury residential market and brokerages in Westchester County, a rotating list of tenants in the region’s biggest shopping centers and the biggest commercial brokerages in Westchester and Fairfield counties […]
          Stocks have their best day since April   

The U.S. stock market notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from Tuesday's losses.

Banks and other financial firms led the rally as investors bet on interest rates climbing further. Banks can make more money on lending when rates move up.

Technology companies were among...


          EKWB Predator 240 AIO Review   
The all in one water cooling market is a cluttered place but the EKWB Predator sets itself apart by offering insane performance and one of the most robust designs around.
          California lawmaker pushing bill to jolt electric car market with $3 billion in subsidies   

California’s electric car rebate program needs a recharge to meet the state’s clean air goals, said Democrat Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco.

His bill to provide $3 billion in subsidies for electric car buyers over 12 years is wending its way through the Legislature. On Wednesday, Ting held...


          Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU Cooler Review   
With high performance competitors at every turn, Cooler Master’s Nepton 240M needs get everything right to remain a contender in the All in One market but with an older design, can it accomplish the impossible?
          Enermax Liqtech 120X & 240HP Coolers Review   
Enermax isn’t a newcomer to the water cooling market and their newest 120X and 240HP combine the best of current technology alongside some legacy components that improve the overall experience.
          Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Review   
Noctua’s NH-D15 is one of the largest CPU coolers on the market but with comparably-priced AIO water coolers around, it may face some insurmountable competition.
          Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 CPU Cooler Review   
Antec’s Kuhler 1250 is one of the most unique water coolers on the market and it hopes to compete against some of the best being offered by Corsair, NZXT, Cooler Master and others.
          SilverStone Tundra TD02 & TD03 Review   
With the Tundra TD02 and TD03, SilverStone has officially entered the water cooling market with two extremely competitive all in ones.  They compete well against the likes of Corsair’s H100 series and NZXT’s Krakens.
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          Corsair Hydro H90 & H110 CPU Coolers Review   
The All in One water cooling market’s move towards 140mm form factors has been a tentative one but with their new Hydro H90 and H110, Corsair is plunging in head first.  Both offer different performance levels, sizes and price points and are ultimately supposed to combat NZXT’s successful Kraken series.
          Appartment 2 pièces Vitry sur Seine   
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Au pied du bus 183 en face de Simply Market. Dans une résidence arborée et bien entretenue, 3 pièces en étage avec vue dégagée disposant dune entrée, un séjour, 2 chambres avec placards, une cuisine séparée attenant à un loggia de 2 m², une salle...
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          Africa - China (Belt and Road Initiative); #SGRLaunch: A new chapter of China-Africa cooperation (Madaraka Express)   
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta is on the maiden voyage of the Madaraka Express. China officially handed over the Standard Gauge Railway to Kenya at a special ceremony. High-level Kenyan and Chinese dignitaries have praised the project as a sign of deepening relations between the two countries. The SGR is the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence. It runs over 4-hundred and 72-kilometres between the port of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi. The railway will reduce the travel time from 10 hours to less than five. The name - Madaraka Express -translates as independence, freedom or liberty. Chinese and Kenyan leaders have lauded the project, which is one of the first outcomes of the ambitious Belt and Road Intitiative.


One of the stops along the route is Mtito Andei. It's the nearest station to the Tsavo National Park. President Kenyatta is expected to stop here on the inaugural journey later on Wednesday. Kathryn Omwandho reports.


Kenya's standard gauge rail line is an ambitious project, that has taken five years to build. The SGR is Built and funded by China, and the rail line is part of China's bridge and road initiative CTGN's Robert Nagila went to the streets of Nairobi to find out what Kenyans think of this mega project


Kenya is about to witness its first modern railway. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, or SGR, will massively boost the country's economic growth, and possibly the whole of East Africa. The railway, which is built according to Chinese standards, is another great example of China-Africa cooperation. Here is more on that story


The train is not just a milestone for Kenyan construction, but for gender equality too. Eight women were selected to go to China to learn how to drive the SGR. Four of them will be driving the inaugural train. CGTN's Maria Galang met one of these extraordinary ladies.


There's a lot of excitement in Nairobi since in a matter of hours, the new SGR train will be arriving in the Kenyan capital. CGTN's Kane Kiyo is at the Nairobi Terminal to share the excitement.


As the Kenyan President officially launches the first phase of the new Standard Gauge Railway, Kenyans say the new raiway will not only improve lives but make it easier to do business.


On the vast African savannah, a steel dragon crawls through the terrain. It is part of the East African Master Plan - the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. By introducing Chinese standards, technology, equipment and management to this fast-growing continent, Chinese builders are also bringing hope and love to the people. Today we will visit Maasai Primary School near the Nairobi South station, and listen to their story


Local manufacturers in Kenya have been major beneficiaries of the just launched Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway. Already, 40% sourcing of materials was dedicated to the local market, generating inflows of about 95 million dollars. Now that Kenya's first modern railway is complete, local players are still set to win big. Earlier on, I had a chat with the CEO of Kenya's manufacturers association, Phyllis Wakiaga, about the benefits of this project to the country's manufacturing sector


It is clear that East Africa is a natural extension of the Maritime Silk Road. During the Ming Dynasty, four of the famous admiral Zheng He's seven expeditions reached the east coast of Africa, where they promoted friendship between China and the continent. The Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway had to pass through Tsavo, an important wildlife reserve in Kenya. In this episode, we will see how the Kenyans and the Chinese worked together to guarantee that the project was completed successfully without affecting the local wildlife.


And ordinary kenyans who were lucky to experience the maiden trip have been speaking out as well


          50 Ukrainos pasiekimų 2016 metais. 1 dalis   
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          Butų kainos Niujorke pasiekė rekordą - 2 milijonus dolerių   
Besibaigiant 2016 metams gyvenamosios paskirties nekilnojamojo turto kainos Manhetene toliau augo penktus metus iš eilės, tačiau tikimasi, kad 2017 šis augimas bus pristabdytas dėl naujų dangoraižių su brangiais butais trūkumo. Tuo tarpu vidutinė butų kaina Manhetene jau viršija 2 mln. dolerių, o tai yra didžiausias rodiklis istorijoje. Daugiau informacijos apie tai pateikia portalas „Market Leader".

          Namaste London   
First weekend in the city. Glorious day; bright, warm, sunny. Will go and check out the various summer sales going on in the city. Only hitch - short on cash before the first stipend payment. But hey, window shopping doesn't cost a penny! And since I've got the monthly travel card made, travel is also free. So, wait there London city, me cometh.

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First day in office, day filled with form-filling and other stuff. The highlight of the day was the walking tour we had around the office with an official walking tour guide. As the gentleman said - "Every stone has some history in London." Starting with the Roman era, to the great fire of 1666, to the Victorian times - the city is filled with relics and monuments. Of course, we Indians do have lot deeper historical roots, but one has to appreciate the way the Western World preserves its past. Makes me sad to think about all the history spread all over India, ruining & dying slow death.

By the way, death does have some part to play in the history of London. All big monuments are either churches, with big grave yards (tombstones are still there, though all the bodies were exhumed and taken out of the city sometime in 1800's) or have someone important murdered there, after elaborate torture, of course. We saw a square where William Wallace, aka Braveheart, was executed.
[..]On 22 August 1305, following the trial, Wallace was taken from the hall, stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to Smithfield Market. He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts — at the Elms in Smithfield. His preserved head was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. It was later joined by the heads of his brother, John, and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling, and Aberdeen.
Who the hell used to come up with all that. Yikes! And yeah, the guide told us the executions there were still carried out even after London got the tube in 1860s. So you could actually come using the tube to see an execution. Beat that!

***

First day at the desk - mostly easy. Some stuff to be read and understood. Met almost the entire team. Had lunch at Subway with the two analysts from IIT Delhi. Left early. My manager was not in. London accounts for almost 50% of credit derivatives volume in the world and the volume runs in billion $; sitting on the floor where millions are made and lost was some thrill. Still don't understand many things, but surely this stuff ain't no rocket science!

Eventually got to meet my manager on the next day. Pretty busy and pretty aggressive guy. Heard he joined here after working in Chicago for quite some time. No wonder he is all full of the typical american aggression. Check out the meeting we had recently (all in good humor, mind you. Not really menacing)
Manager: We seriously are f**king around here. What happened to the slide I asked you to do?
Subordinate: Oh yeah. I know I was supposed to do it, but I guess it got lost in the process.
Manager: Yeah. In your world its "lost in process", in my world its called "f**king around!" See basically you f**k around because I am basically a nice guy.
Only if I could get a penny everytime he says f**k, my cash crunch will be solved for a very long time. Almost the entire desk works pretty hard and leaving before 7-8 is kind of stuff hallucinations are made of. Around me, I keep hearing lots of different languages, seeing lots of different colored people. The office is quite cosmopolitan and location wise its in the downtown London, sitting pretty just opposite the London Stock Exchange.

***

The place we (six of us: 3 from IIMC, 2 from A and 1 from B) are staying in is pretty cool too! Full of interesting restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Malaysian, blah blah) and shops, its considered among the better residential areas in London. We of course are staying in the company provided service apartments. The room, although a bit on the smaller side, is sufficient and quite comfortable. Usually I take a 15 minute ride in the tube to reach the office. The morning rush is nothing compared to the rush in Mumbai locals or even Kolkata metro.

So there, the routine is almost set and life is good.
          Bitcoin Exchange itBit Launches OTC Trading Desk   
ItBit Institutional Client Group director Bobby Cho noted that the new product aims to appeal to large volume buyers who want to avoid exchange slippage, whereby their purchase moves the price of the market.
          itBit Announces Launch of Global OTC Agency Trading Desk   
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          Biz-cket   
Subhash Chandra, of Zee fame, has announced the formation of new cricket series, the Indian Cricket League. Apparently Chandra was miffed by the poor performance at the World Cup and wants to develop "a reserve pool of cricketers who could play for the country." No one minds making millions in the process, of course. "We are not shying away to tell that this is also a business proposition but at the macro level, this is a passion of the group to promote cricket," Chandra said.

Whatever be the intention behind it, this can make difference. Check out Chandra's plans -
Format: Six teams will participate in this year`s league, which would start any time between July and August. The number of teams would be extended to 16 in the coming three years. Each team would comprise of two national, four international and eight budding players, who would be selected by the talent scouts. The matches will be played both in the ODI and Twenty20 formats with teams playing on a home and away basis.

Ball's in BCCI's court now.


Infrastructure Support: The league will be supported by cricketing academies across the country having state-of-the-art facilities headed by international and domestic coaches. Talent scouts would pick talents from across the country and groom them in academies to provide a pipeline of reserve players.
Chandra did mention Kerry Packer - "No, that was a coup. All the players of Australia were signed and he also chose not to get the telecast rights of the Australian board," he reasoned. Chandra has seeked support from BCCI & state cricket associations and said, "If BCCI wants to draw from the talent pool, they are welcome to do so." BCCI is yet to respond, but I guess they won't be happy to lose the monopoly control they have over Indian cricket.

This thing looks good. The point about searching talent at the grass-root and grooming them at state-of-the-art academies and giving them chance to rub shoulders with international players, all this sounds too good to be true! This should definitely bring forth some quality competition in the domestic circuit. Chandra is basically offering to do the work BCCI should be doing, and taking the bounty in the process, sounds fair to me! However, we presently have a mechanism in place to find players from the member states of BCCI. All players representing the teams in domestic tournies are basically held by contracts. If BCCI puts its foot down and outlaws it to play in the ICL, the league might get reduced to all fizz and no fun. Some players might get lured by the money, but I doubt if it'll be a big number. Then we'll have probably retired or forgotten players; Vinod Kambli might just get another chance there :-).

"At present there are only 20 players contracted with the board and there is a restriction that they cannot play for anybody else. From each state only 25 players can come up as registered players. What about the millions of boys playing cricket in schools and colleges? Do they get a chance?" Chandra said. Not another reality show, I hope! But if Chandra's league doesn't get the top 20-25 players from the states, I doubt if their talent scouts can hunt plenty of good ones. Hence, the ball essentially lies in BCCI's court. As per the good of Indian cricket, Chandra's plans definitely have my thumbs up. It's essentially an open market vs monopoly situation and I would always go for open market.
          CoinDesk Adds Coinbase and itBit to Bitcoin Price Index   
Marketing director Ben Pousty commented: "As the first and only regulated bitcoin exchange available to US customers nationwide, as well as traders around the world, itBit is a trusted platform within the industry."
          Bitcoin Just Reached Another Milestone in its Road to Legitimacy..   
...Earlier this month, New York state’s Department of Financial Services granted itBit, a startup bitcoin exchange, the first trust charter ever granted to a bitcoin exchange.
          Film Review: Just Married   
It seems a whole lot of Bollywood directors discovered Love Actually recently. The funda of having multiple parallel love-stories, capturing various shades and emotions, is literally beaten to death in last couple of months.

No "action" for Fardeen
No action for audience

In the race of duplicating ideas, its the laggards who lose worst. Thats why after Salaam-e-Ishq & Honeymoon Travels, its just impossible to digest Just Married.

And that's just first of the many MANY problems with the movie! The pace of the movie is another. The movie just drags and drones, without any point in sight. The story has loopholes of the size of India Gate where from Siddhu can pass with his tractor! I don't think there are still homes in uber-urban Delhi where US-return Marketing Heads would agree to marry some girl without even talking to her. And someone please tell me what actually was the issue in the film? Why was Isha Deol screaming - "Kya sex hi sab kuch hai aapke liye?" Because Fardeen touched his shoulder or because the cockroach touch her legs (eh.. talking to Fardeen or Cockroach)? Oh, and there were other couples too. Mostly artificial and boring. Faces from the TV serials, bringing the typical rude onslaught of emotions from the small screen. Waaaay over the top! See, the issue with the movie is - there is no story!!

Which is saddening, given the fact that it the debut movie of Meghna Gulzar, daughter of famous poet & lyricist Sampooran Singh aka Gulzar. Coming to that, the music of the film was another flop show. Only one song - "Gudgudee" - is worth noting.

Now the acting, Fardeen Khan gave yet another Man-Behind-The-Iron-Mask performance. He definitely beat Isha Deol in Look-I'm-So-Expressionless contest, but by a very narrow margin. I can imagine both set of celebarents (new term coined by me - celeb+parents!) scratching their heads (Firoz very delicately) about where to fit in their wards. Action didn't work, neither did emotion. No chance in romance and too young for bhabhi-bhaiya roles. Well, tough luck. But please move over and spare the poor audience.

And if you've read till here, you must be rewarded with my own PJ. The mention of cockroach brought it forth in my memory. So,
Q. What did the nephew roach call his uncle?
A. Kaka-roach! :-P

          Clinical Liaison (LTACH) - Select Specialty Hospital - Atlanta, GA   
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          publications,communications,marketing,web design,web maintenance,web development,writing,Hoffman Publications,Steve Hoffman   
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          FCC Cracks Down On Robocalls   
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          médias numériques : 6 compétences à avoir   

Quelles sont les technologies émergentes qui auront un impact considérable sur les médias à l'avenir ? Si vous étiez un responsable de ce secteur comment vous y prépareriez vous ? Ce sont deux des questions fondamentales que le Media Management Center de l'Université Northwestern (Illinois) a posées à 24 experts en technologie de pointe pour mettre en évidence six tendances technologiques qui jouent un rôle croissant dans la recherche, la livraison et la consommation de l'information, et pour identifier à partir de ce constat six compétences indipensables pour les médias de demain.

Sous la plume d'Annette Moser-Wellman, spécialiste en innovation et en "creative thinking", qui a interviewé par exemple plusieurs experts du Media Lab du MIT, Bhaskar Roy, co-fondateur de Qik (streaming de vidéo mobile), ou encore Max Haot, CEO de Mogulus (webcasting vidéo), ce rapport souligne six tendances lourdes:

  • l'éparpillement des supports d'information pour lesquels celle-ci doit être adaptée

  • la démocratisation des outils des médias qui fait naître nombre de nouveaux acteurs

  • la montée en puissance de réseaux communautaires hyper-connectés ouvrant la voie à des contenus hyper-locaux et personnalisés

  • une connaissance toujours plus grande du consommateur grâce notamment aux outils du web sémantique, offrant la possibilité de contenus plus adaptés

  • le développement du contenu journalistique visuel livré à des vitesses toujours plus rapides et avec un meilleure efficacité

  • les progrès dans les moyens d'obtenir et de mesurer l'attention du consommateur

Pour tirer parti de cette révolution en marche et rester dans la course, les médias doivent donc, recommande l'auteur, bâtir ou renforcer six domaines de compétence:

  • Le "stratège des supports" d'infomation: capable de comprendre tous ces différents supports, de connaître le besoin du consommateur sur chacun

  • Le "marketteur": capable de définir ce qui fait la force du média pour trouver le bon positionnement en matière de contenu ou d'opinion

  • Le "bâtisseur de communauté": capable de développer le contact et la colaboration avec les lecteurs

  • Le "chercheur de données": capable d'utiliser les nouvelles mines d'information sur le consommateur pour permettre le développement de nouveaux produits et de nouvelles sources de revenus

  • Le "journaliste multimédia complet": capable de développer des contenus rich media, contextualisés, de créer de l'interactivité, de faire voir pour faire comprendre

  • L'"entrepreneur": capable d'identifier de nouveaux modèles économiques via les partenariats, de nouvelles expériences, de nouveaux modes publicitaires.

"Combinées, ces compétences pourraient très bien faire la différence entre les gagnants et les perdants sur le marché des news" à l'avenir, estime ce rapport. Ce sont des compétences qui demandent de "nouvelles responsabilités" pour les collaborateurs existants ou alors "l'apport de nouveaux talents".

 


          Great Latin Market   
Disregard previous user's post that is loaded with discriminatory and irrelevant comments. This place always has fresh meat and produce, a variety of products from different latin countries. We have been going there for years. And the prices are spectacular!
          Joining a Retweet Group #repost from @lisasheaauthor   
The following is a repost from here.

You see the value of retweets - but how do you get them? Having a retweet group you participate in can easily get you thousands of additional views on each tweet you make. Here's how it works.

Let's say I'm an author and I make a post to promote one of my books. The post looks like this.

Joining a Retweet Group

Some of those hashtags make general sense. The #FREE, #FreeEbook, and #FreeBook catch the attention of people out there looking for free stuff. The #YoungAdult, #Dystopian, and #Western categories draw in readers of those genres.

But what is #CR4U and #IARTG?

Read the rest of this post here.




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          How to Optimize Your Sales with Smart Links by @K8Tilton #repost   
The following is a repost from here.

How to Optimize Your Sales with Smart Links by AD Starrling - katetilton.com

Following on from my affiliate marketing blog post, let’s talk smart links for authors.

So, what are smart links?

They are URLs that you generate using particular platforms and tools with the aim of achieving a specific goal.

Want to make a link prettier? You can smart link it.

Read the rest of the article here.




          Fin de vie pour Android Market, le 30 juin 2017   
Si comme des millions de personnes Android Market ne vous dit absolument rien, c'est normal, il s'agit de la première version d'un magasin d'applications, avant que la firme de Mountain View déploie le Google Play...
          Sr. Producer, Marketplace On Demand (Podcast) #204-17   
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          AL SOUTH   
Houston Vultures owner: rebelt

Key Acquisitions:

3B Joakim Pescado (FA Signing)
OF Kevin Randolph (Trade)

Top prospects:

SS Dan Morgan C Brett Flair
RP Tony Hudson

Season outlook: Looking to contend, should be one of the better defenses in the league, pitching staff is a little weak at the bottom, not a ton of pop in the bats but hopefully enough!

Jacksonville Sharks owner: kp55

The Jacksonville Sharks team is what would of been the result if Rachel Phelps would have been successful in the movie Major League. She wanted to field a team so bad that it could move to Florida.

Well this is where we begin in Jacksonville. The baseball gods have dealt us a bad hand at the ML level. There is help coming, but the poor coaching staff will need to reach the 55 win mark to stay afloat until said help arrives.

Ace Royce Tannehill tested the free agent market forcing the Sharks to hand out the largest contract in the league. Hopefully he can anchor the pitching staff and team until the minor league help is ready for the show.

On second thought there isn't much help in the minors. This franchise we need to be built through the draft and free agency.

There were some head scratching trades early on, but team brass was shedding the larger contracts to be able to sign Royce Tannehill and to have a little flexibility in future years to add more free agent talent.

Kansas City Bolts owner: aaronwayne

Like everyone else, the KC Bolts really don't know what to expect in this first season of the ULB. They have some pieces that, at least on paper, appear to be very good ones, but also what they believe will be weaknesses.

Starting pitching depth at the ML and upper minors seems to be a key positive. Most of the ML rotation was arb. eligible types. Some were re-signed, others dealt to satisfy team needs. Most likely, 3 SP's that began the season in the minors, will join the rotation.

That rotation will be led by a very talented, but also a rookie, Jose Vazquez. Vazquez appears to have the potential that could anchor the rotation for the next 10 years. Alas, that's all it is at this point.

Wiley vet Quinton Leonard will be the #2 starter. While not doing any one thing great, Leonard does many things very well and should compliment the others starters. He is the elder statesmen of the rotation.

The others who will start, how many times depends on their effectiveness, are Markus Webb , Orber Aguilera , and Felipe Osoria or rookie Ron Mateo , who may start the year in AAA. Alex Masao is probably the top young arm in the minors, but he's a most likely a year or two away from joining the ML rotation.

While the rotation is young, most of the bullpen will be made up of veterans. Management isn't really high on most of these pitchers, but hope they hold together. Marvin Griffin is the best of the young arms in the minors and could find himself pitching in KC at some point during the season.

The lineup contains some really nice players that should be able to hit a bit, and play solid defense. Emilio Lee appears like a solid all around RF, and he'll be joined by Tommie Walker, picked up in a deal involving one of the young pitchers, and probably Scott Vaughn in CF. Vaughn's got the range, but his glove could prove to be an adventure in KC's spacious outfield. All 3 primary OF's have good range and can run a bit, so that should help.

The IF will be led by SS Virgil Guerrero. His defense won't be very good at SS, but hopefully his bat will pick up the slack. If he's really brutal at SS, a move to 2B or 3B could be in order. At 3B, vet Ernie Munson will provide very good defense w/ok hitting. He may end up at SS, despite the arm, but we'll see.

Japan's own all-star CF Dante Sasaki will bring his talents to the ULB and try to play 2B. His defense should be really good, but he'll have to hit in order to stay in the lineup...that could prove problematic. Rob Patrick gets to play first, but will be on a fairly short leash.

The Bolt's are going with a 22 year old rookie at C. Luis Siqueiros will be the primary C and he'll get rest by taking days off against lefties. So Taguchi's brother Eric: Eric Taguchi will be the DH.

The bench has a mix of speed and defense. Some interesting bat's in the minors that we'll see down the road are Hamish Simpson and Billy McNamara .

Bolt's fans think this team will be capable of putting together a good season, especially for KC standard's, but no one really knows. Management is cautiously optimistic, but is afraid the bullpen and lack of a really big power bat might sink the ship into the Missouri River.

The goal as we stand right now is about 85 wins...


Louisville Thoroughbreds owner: purplehaze54

Top ML players: Oswaldo Osoria - only 24yo, I think he's gonna be one of the premier pitchers for several years. Brian Rhodes - probably the mvp of this team; excellent fielder......not much of a hitter but with this team, he will be invaluable. Top prospects: Maverick Dunston - this guy is gonna score a lot of runs and steal a lot of bases. He may up in the bigs sooner than I want. Bobby Bechler - my team has no power, I think this guy will deliver along with my next pick. Lloyd Wells - another needed power hitter. These last 3 are probably my key additions and my losses are the prospects I had to trade to get some power and speed. All in all, I don't think I have a very good team, however; it's hard to tell with a new league start up. My initial plan was to trade for the future but when I was unable to "dump" some of my existing MLer's, I may use my prospects this year. I don't expect much - I just hope to be competitive - I think I'm looking at below .500 ball.
          03/24/17: New Biomateriality Lab   
New Biomateriality Lab in the Enter and Encounter exhibition presents new Finnish biomaterials, mainly based on wood. All materials have been invented and produced in multidisciplinary research projects.

Enter and Encounter – 24.3.–22.10.2017
Designmuseum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Historically, wood cellulose has had a remarkable role in Finnish industry, though mainly for high volume and low value products. The annual growth of wood biomass in Finland is 104 million m3 and about one fifth of this is not brought into use. This equates to about four million additional tonnes of cellulose per year.  If this additional tonnage could be refined into value-added cellulose products and if those products had an estimated price similar to that of cotton, then the value of that additional business for Finland could be worth five billion euros per year. However, we still need to closely monitor that we are using our precious forests in a smart and responsible way.

The ongoing collaboration between designers, architects, material scientists, engineers and business specialists aims to generate a new high-value industry. Through the combination of traditional large-scale and new start-up businesses, the Finnish cellulose ecosystem will be a strong player in the global market of the future.

Contact person:

Pirjo Kääriäinen
+358 50 3810 217
pirjo.kaariainen@aalto.fi
Cellulose from Finland

The exhibition is coordinated by Aalto University’s CHEMARTS collaboration and participating projects are DWoC, NoMa, Hiilinielu Designstudio and Trash2Cash. The main partners are Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technical University of Tampere, Universities of Applied Sciences in Lahti and Tampere, University of Vaasa and Design Forum Finland, in collaboration with various companies, funded by Tekes and EU.

 


          AL North Preview   
The season is underway, and if you need a little help handicapping the division races, the ULB Times will be taking a look at each of the 8 divisions over the next 8 days. Up first, the AL North!

Toronto Mounties

The Mounties roll into Season 1 with a mix of veteran talent and some young arms. They will be led this year by 31-year-old, slugging LF Clark Walsh and CF Heath Olmos. Anchored by Closer Bruce Ruffin, the Mounties will hope that their starters can turn the game over to him with a lead more times than not.

The Mounties will have concerns surrounding their starting rotation as they field no clear ac- on their staff. They will be putting a lot of weight on the young shoulders of 24-year-old Vic Rosales and 21-year-old Jose Lind. Rosales and Lind are being counted on as the building blocks for this franchise for years to come.

Toronto has hopes of being a playoff contender this year, but it is hard to project where they may finish record-wise. During the offseason the Mounties were very quiet in free agency and on the trade front. Management chose to not sell out the future talent for a win now team and chose to let the season play out and evaluate as they go.

Cleveland Crows

Quite frankly it is difficult to predict how the initial season will go for the Crows. The overall talent level of the team is below average but that seems to be the consensus of most owners in the league. The Crows decided to trade off most of their high-priced players and pending FA. Most deals resulted in younger prospects coming back. Some stop gap FA were signed to plug gaps while they wait on those prospects. The goal appears to be building the widest competitive window they can. The best players on the team are prospects SP Tim Jackson and OF Dan Ramirez, both in their early 20’s. The game plan is to keep the top prospects in the minors for the first part of the season to postpone the arbitration years. After the first 25-30 games, if the Crows look to be competitive, Jackson, Ramirez and other top talents could be called up to make a playoff run. If the team dives to the cellar out of the gate, the Crows may choose to wait until next year to promote their top talent.

The Crows do still have some good MLB talent with players such as Mat Dunham, Brandon O'Neill, and Harry Benson. While they would love to win the AL North, the Crows would be happy to get to .500 this season.

Montreal Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers expect to field a competitive team this season but are expecting bigger things in the near future. Currently our top players are left-handed SP Don Chenand slugging 3 Michel Carreras; both players will be serious all-star contenders. Top rookie prospects are Buck Holmes, Tomas Tejeda, Jim Dougherty, Jamey Stockton, Jeff Doumit, Les Stratton, Che-Bang Hukata, and Hector Tapies. All enjoyed a solid spring season. Another top prospect, Francisco Matos, is presently in AAA but is expected to be called up to the big club once he gets a few more at-bats. Matos has the skills to be a five-tool player.

Tejada, Chen, and Sammy Stammen are the anchors of a solid but very young rotation. The Hilltoppers also enjoy a strong bullpen, as well as good team speed and defense.

Buffalo Mammoths

A rebuilding team with a lot of promise on the horizon, the Buffalo Mammoths will likely struggle to make the minimum win totals set by the league, but if they can hold out hope for a few seasons, there are plenty of promising arms in the system. The big league squad is anchored by ace SP Louis Cochrane, star-in-the-making C Charlie Rhodes...and not much else. This team will struggle to score runs and other than when Cochrane is on the mound, they will struggle to prevent runs.

In the low minors however, the pitching is stocked and developing. The threesome of SPs Rob Eischen , Luis Nunez, and Phil Riggs is the future top of the Mammoths' rotation. The bullpen arms include future lights out Closer Carlton Wood and Neftali Alvarez. The position player prospects are weak throughout the system but the Mammoths hope to work on that through the draft, thanks to the #2 overall pick, and the international market.

In short, the present will not be pretty in Buffalo, but the ownership group is asking fans to be patient because the future promises better days ahead.
          No Fish Bigger than Sharks' Tannehill   
Jacksonville, FL -- The Jacksonville Sharks got their man; SP Royce Tannehill was never able to escape the confines of northern Florida, though his bank account will have a lot more 0's in it than ever before.

Tannehill, the hottest commodity on the open market during the innaugural free agency period of the ULB, put several teams on pins and needles for days before settling on the full max contract the Sharks had lain on the table.  The contract is a 5-year deal at $20M per season, with the added perks of a $10M signing bonus, a full no-trade clause, and a player option on the deal's final year.

The Sharks' current
payroll is $94,245,645.
Jacksonville ownership had really hoped Tannehill would simply resign when they had exclusive negotiating rights, but the call of a big pay day was too appealing.  Now, both parties got what they wanted.

Tannehill is unquestionably the best starter on Jacksonville's roster now, and he may need to pitch 40 times for this team to be competitive this season.  If they are not competitive, perhaps the lucrative deal will still bring fans to the stadium every fifth day.  The Sharks are within $3M of their budgeted payroll, so there probably aren't many aggressive personnel moves in their future before the season opens on April 3.

With the big question of the winter now resolved, the anticipation for the launch of ULB's premiere season can now mount unabated.  Spring games start in just 3 days.
          Hot Stove Heating Up Under Tannehill   
The race for Tannehill is heating up as it comes down to the wire. The St. Louis Bishops have had their name cleared after inking C Alex Romo to a monster deal. But a few new teams are being circulated around the winter meetings as possible suitors for the crown jewel of the free agency market.

The Minnesota Lumberjacks have signed a few sizable 5-year deals already and now are getting some buzz as possibly pursuing Tannehill. The money is there, but will adding Tannehill to the other contracts anchor this team down in a few years?

The other team that fell under the initial radar sweep is the Los Angeles Aces. While Jacksonville remains the leading candidate, they would be happiest to see Los Angeles take home the trophy if they cannot. While Minnesota had an unprotected draft pick, they already forfeited it by signing SP Josias Estrada. Los Angeles' first round pick is unprotected, and as yet still their own.

There is not much time left, but the intrigue builds thicker than ever? Where will "Rolls" Royce Tannehill land?
          Budgets by Division   
The budgets have come across the wire for each of the 32 teams preparing to launch their innaugural season in the United League of Baseball. Here is a breakdown by division of player payroll budget. Which teams will be making runs at expensive free agents in an attempt to wear the crown first?

AL North
Toronto Mounties, $85M
Buffalo Mammoths, $82M
Montreal Hilltoppers, $80M
Cleveland Crows, $75M

Pretty reasonable payrolls from the only division to feature Canadien teams.

AL East
Baltimore Ironclads, $96M
New York Legends, $91M
Philadelphia Quakers, $78M
Boston Checkers, $73M

The Yankees they are not--the Legends don't even have the highest payroll in their own division.

AL South
Jacksonville Sharks, $97M
Kansas City Bolts, $80M
Louisville Thoroughbreds, $79M
Houston Vultures, $74M

The Sharks left themselves plenty of financial wiggle room only to trade away 2 big contracts this morning--pending league approval.

AL West
Los Angeles Aces, $102M
Seattle 747s, $90M
Portland Pioneers, $90M
San Francisco Slingers, $79M

The AL West is the only division to feature 3 teams with over $90M. Can the Slingers keep pace?

NL North
Milwaukee Wolves, $105M
Minnesota Lumberjacks, $94M
Chicago Hitmen, $84M
Detroit Roadsters, $78M

The Wolves are the second predatory animal to have the highest payroll in their division, after the Sharks.

NL East
Cincinnati Tall Stacks, $125M
St. Louis Bishops, $116M
Indianapolis Racers, $85M
Pittsburgh Phantoms, $72M

Indeed, the two highest payrolls reside in the same division. This could be quite a heated battle on the open free agent market. It will be interesting to see what kind of coaches Cincinnati ends up with given their $6M available to spend on them.

NL South
Atlanta Fireballs, $108M
New Orleans Jesters, $89M
Charlotte Cavalry, $69M
Tampa Bay Barracuda, $61M

The anti-NL East, the NL South features the two teams with the lowest payrolls.

NL West
Las Vegas Daredevils, $89M
Arizona Geckos, $87M
Salt Lake City Miners, $84M
Oklahoma City Kingfishers, $77M

We finish as we began, with a lot of middle-of-the-road payrolls. Who can emerge from the pack?
          Tips for Rookies: Budgeting   
Today's event is budgeting, which can be accessed by going to Admin Office > Budgeting > Set Budget.  This is an important first step in the season as it shapes the kind of team you are capable of having this year.  Think you can contend out of the gate?  Consider pumping up player payroll and making a run at some premium free agents.  Prefer to develop in house?  Turn up your prospect budgets and start building through the draft.  The choices are endless.  Here are some pointers to make some sense of things.

The Basics

In total you have $185M to divvy up between the categories of Player, Prospect, Coaches, College Scouting, High School Scouting, International Scouting, Advance Scouting, Training, and Medical.

The first category, Player, is determined by taking $185M and subtracting your values for all of the other categories.  You don't set this category directly, but it is determined by the values you set for all the other categories.

Prospects and Coaches can be set anywhere from $6M-$20M.  They can be set anywhere between this range every year.

The remaining categories can only be increased or decreased by $4M in either direction from what they were set to the previous year.  Because new worlds start with a baseline of $10M for all of these categories, you may only set them to somewhere between $6M and $14M this year.  Then next year, you can increase/decrease them by $4M more again if you desire.  The minimum value for all of these categories is $0M and the maximum is $20M.  If you've done your math, you know you cannot reach $20M in these categories until Season 3 at the earliest.

The Categories

Player:  This is the big one, the base payroll for all of your players, from ML down to Rookie ball.  If you want to mimic the Yankees, turn this up and reel in the big fish in FA.  If you prefer to model yourself after a small market team, keep this low and trade away high-salary players for younger prospects.

Prospect:  This category determines how much money you have available to pay to prospects their signing bonuses.  There are 2 ways to get new prospects, which we'll discuss more later.  They are the Draft and the International Free Agent market.  Draft players will have demands based on where they are drafted and how willing to sign they are.  International Free Agents will have initial demands, but often be bid up by other owners trying to land the same player.  Basically, turn this up if you want to try and build up your farm.

**Remember that in this world this category is capped at $25M for the entire season.  Though you can only set it to $20M initially, I will discuss budget transfers later.  Budget transfers will allow you to bring this category as high as $25M, but no higher due to our world rules.

Coaches:  This category determines how much money you have to sign your coaches.  The simplified theory is "Coaching + Playing Time = Development".  Young prospects will develop no matter what level they play baseball at, as long as they are getting playing time and their coaches are good.  The more money you put here, the more likely you'll be able to land the premium coaches when the time comes.

College/High School Scouting:  Both of these categories effect how many players you'll scout in advance of the midseason Amateur Draft, as well as how accurate the projected ratings you'll see for them are.  College players tend to be older (obviously) at the time of draft, meaning they are closer to the majors but have fewer developmental years left in them.  High school players are younger with more developmental years.  The higher you put both (or one) of these categories, the more likely it is that you will have a strong draft.  Remember to consider where you are drafting!  If you're drafting 32nd overall, it may not make sense to pump these categories too high, unless it is to plan for the future (remember the +/- $4M per year rule).

International Scouting:  Throughout the year, your scouts will inform you of international prospects/players that you are then allowed to sign using your remaining prospect budget.  Turning this category up means you will be notified of a larger selection of these players, and you will also see more accurate projected ratings for them.  This is the only other way to stock the farm outside of the draft.  The advantage to this category is that even if you have a bad draft slot, you can still land a stud prospect via this process.  The disadvantage is that these prospects tend to command much more expensive signing bonuses as owners bid them up, sometimes dumping their whole prospect budget on one player.

Advance Scouting:  This category controls the accuracy of the projected ratings you will see on players under 27 years old (all players 27 and older have projected ratings that match their current ratings--even though it is still possible for them to develop slightly).  Turning this category higher means you will be more confident that the player you are trading for will reach the projections you are seeing.  Many veteran owners will turn this down once they understand the development patterns, but I would advise against it as a rookie owner.  I have plenty of seasons under my belt and still keep this very high most of the time.  Very important if you want to make any trades involving prospects.

Training:  Training is responsible for 2 important things.  First, the higher your training the less likely your players are to get injured.  This is important as it makes it less likely that your ML stars will go down to injury, and that your precious prospects won't get injured and have their development wrecked.  Second, a high training budget will slow the ratings decline of older players.

Medical:  The slight difference between training and medical is that medical reduces the length of injuries once players are injured.  So, for example, if you have high training but low medical your injury frequency will be low but your players have a higher chance of getting injured for a long time and taking big ratings hits.  If your training is low but your medical is high, you will see a higher frequency of injuries but each injury will have a low chance of being for a long period of time.  If you just want healthy players, you'll have to turn both categories up.

Budget Transfers

Though you cannot perform these until tomorrow it is important to keep them in mind, as they may effect how you budget.  If at any point during the year you find yourself with excess Player, Prospect, or Coaches budget, you are allowed to transfer it to another category.  You can do so in $2M chunks, and you forfeit half of the money in order to do so.  But, for example, to get to the $25M Prospect cap, you could overbudget Player by $10M, then transfer all of that to Prospect, giving you $5M more to use there.  Just keep it in mind that you can do this, as you'll probably use it some day.

And that's it!  Happy budgeting!
          Medical Debt Solutions   

Medical debt is a rising problem in the USA. With the healthcare bill not going anywhere, the prices seem to be surging. Unchecked insurance markets are making a killing at the expense of the sick, even simple 911 ambulance calls go into the thousands. It leaves a lot to be desired for those who are  … Read more

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          09/01/17: Defence of dissertation in the field of computer science, Mikko Rinne, M.Sc. (Tech.)   
Title of the dissertation is: Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies

Mikko Rinne, M.Sc.(Tech.), will defend the dissertation "Event Processing Using Semantic Web Technologies"  on 1 September 2017 at 12 noon in Aalto University School of Science, lecture hall T2, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo.

The dissertation studies hierarchical processing of structured events, where conclusions of higher levels of abstraction can be formed out of patterns of large numbers of simple event objects. Using rule-based reasoning, as supported by Semantic Web technologies, pre-existing entailment regimes can be used for filling in missing event information and for error detection.

The explosive growth of information produced both by networked sensors and as results of other transactional events has lead to a situation, where the capability for fast online processing of large quantities of events is becoming a critical advantage for competition. The increasing need to combine streams of information from heterogeneous sources emphasizes the importance of managing different conceptual approaches.

In this study methods for hierarchical processing of patterns of structured events have been developed. Tangible conclusions of higher layers of abstraction are formed out of larger quantities of simple lower layer events. The tested Semantic Web technologies offer ready-made tools for managing conceptual differences from multiple sources and for rule-based reasoning, which can be used e.g. to fill-in missing event data or to detect errors.

With the presented rule networks and tests it is shown that the studied technologies RDF and SPARQL have sufficient capabilities to serve as the basis of even complex hierarchical event processing applications. One studied application is the detection of counterfeit and theft in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Other application areas, which can benefit from event stream processing, are for example traffic, retail, investment markets, farming, emergency response and health services.

Dissertation release (pdf)

Opponent: Professor Alessandro Margara, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Custos: Professor emeritus Heikki Saikkonen, Aalto University School of Science, Department of Computer Science


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          Jeffrey Henning’s #MRX Top 10: Market Research in the Age of Agile and Automation   
Of the 14,105 unique links shared on #MRX last week, here are 10 of the most retweeted...
              
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          Market Research And Mobile Self-Ethnography – An Interview With Siamack Salari   
Mobile self-ethnography is clearly an area with massive potential - many of us document our daily lives in one way or other using our Smartphones.
          Cox Adding Data Caps and Overage Fees for More Customers   
Four more markets will be limited or face fees.
          Social inequality worsening in European Union   
A new comprehensive study launched on 5 March by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) confirms growing forms of social inequality in all EU member states. This worrying trend is the result of long-term policy choices for market liberalism and the prioritisation of harsh austerity programmes as a result of the financial and fiscal crisis post-2008.
          ‘Let’s Talk Together.’ Schumer Challenges Trump on Health Care Plan   
"Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo, or markets will continue to collapse and we’ll have to sit down with Sen. Schumer”
          Q&A: Joe Proto, CEO, Transactis – On Overcoming Early Adversity   

While the consequential decisions leading up to the economic crisis of the late 2000s and early 2010s were made well before September 29, 2008, the date remains a symbolic timestamp for the collapse of the financial markets. That day Joe Proto watched in awe as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted by a record -777.68…

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          Xerox : 2 kits marketing pour que les distributeurs puissent sortir du lot et mieux communiquer avec clients et prospects   
Xerox : 2 kits marketing pour que les distributeurs puissent sortir du lot et mieux communiquer avec clients et prospects
          Innovating in a Crowded Marketplace for Healthcare Delivery   

Every patient desires high-quality care at a cost-efficient price.  Studies have shown that these two characteristics are not always in conflict, as less-expensive sites may deliver similar quality care as more expensive sites.  But patients, and thus their providers, tend to prioritize quality over cost or vice versa. This is beginning to lead to a…

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          Monthly Forum: The crisis as downgrading spiral of labour law and workers’ rights: trends and consequences for future (European) social regulation    
26 January 2012, Brussels In recent years, in a rapidly increasing number of both "old" and "new" member states, workers and trade unions have been faced with deeply worrying trends in labour law reform introduced subject to the claim that to make labour markets and regulation more flexible is one of the most appropriate responses to the crisis currently affecting Europe.
          Winning the Digital Disruption Game: Answering the ‘CAST’ing Call   

This post originally appeared on CIOReview.com on March 6th, 2017.  By: Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research, Salesforce and Scott Snyder, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. It was once a compliment to say that an organization was “a well-tuned machine,” but recent history is telling a different story. Those who achieved market leadership…

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          Outside of the Valley, Alternative Markets Attract Investors   

Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital activity is concentrated in the Bay Area, Boston metro, and New York City’s orbit.[1] For some entrepreneurs, this is seen as an obstacle. Groundbreaking ideas can be marginalized if they are not located in one of these “preferred” regions. But investors are beginning to take a harder…

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          What do we and what don't we know about minimum wages in Europe   
On 12 December 2011 in Brussels, the ETUI is organising an expert conference which should deepen our knowledge about the wages paid at the ‘bottom’ of the labour market in European countries. Invited experts will discuss the empirics and also more theoretical questions relating to wage and employment outcomes.
          Commentary: Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices   

Over the last 18 months, an alarming number of medical device companies’ challenges with data security have been exposed. In 2015, Hospira’s LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 devices were found to have security vulnerabilities that prompted a recall. In 2016, St. Jude’s Merlin@home™ remote cardiac monitoring devices were found to require security updates after research firm…

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          EU-Labour Markets: What does work, where is a need for action? New Labour Market Monitor and Job Quality Index 2011 provide information   
The Europe 2020 Strategy aims at achieving an employment rate of 75% and reducing poverty. What decides about success or failure of this strategy? And what about job quality? The new Labour Market Monitor of AK (Chamber of Labour) and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) depicts a strengths-weaknesses profile of the EU-Labour Markets, which goes beyond the usual comparison of employment and unemployment rates. The Job Quality Index of the ETUI 2011 provides information on the job quality in Europe.
          Clicktailing & the Irish Export Cooperative   

Clicktailing The Irish Export Cooperative are proud to be a part of the Clicktailing programme run in conjunction with the NDRC (National Digital Research Centre), helping 20 companies to set up an online presence from scratch to launch in just 5 weeks. When they needed help, they asked a number of organisations including the Irish Export Cooperative and our own Chris Gordon for help with developing the Logistics and Shipping modules of this important programme. Applications for the programme are now closed, but here are some of the topics covered over the course of the few weeks. Workshop 1- Photography and styling May 8 – 10th  – Get product styling advice from professionals. – Learn photography techniques that you can do at home. – Work with the pro’s to understand why a good picture can sell a product. Workshop 2 – Design and development                   May 14 – Choose an e-commerce website design for your product – Work with designers to create a professional looking website Workshop 3 Transactions and Marketing                 May 21 – Get your merchant account – Learn about pricing, margins, cost of customer acquisition – Digital marketing how to drive traffic to your site – Online customer service Workshop 4 Logistics May 28 – Packaging, cost considerations, volume, weight and insurance. – Choices, pay per parcel, pay per load, part fulfillment. – Your policy and how to manage returns. Workshop 5 Launch your store       June 4 – Launch your online store – Learn to measure its success with analytics Showcase event – Date TBC We’ll have plenty more details of the course and will be releasing our experiences on working with these brave retailers for the time we are together. The Irish Export Cooperative would like to thank the NDRC with Mark and Fiona for pulling the programme together and making it easier for companies to get the assistance they need to get their shops off the ground!  

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          National Business Expo 8-9th March   

Get startup and exporting advice for free! It is our privilege to be able to announce that the Irish Export Cooperative will be taking part in getting SME’s exporting at the RDS for businessexpo.ie. Amongst many of the opportunities available, the Export Coop will be in the ‘Export Pavilion’ assisting the attendees of the exposition to find out more information and to get exporting. This incredible initiative, the National Business Expo, is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of starting up or already involved in a small, medium or micro enterprise in Ireland. The show ranges from start up supports to finance workshops to incredible speakers and events. For just two days, the RDS will be a showcase for everything positive with the sector and a guide for those who have questions about running a small business. And all of this is for free! Registering tickets couldn’t be easier and we would encourage all members to avail of the opportunity to view all that there is on offer. Click here to register for your free tickets to the National Business Expo 2013 If you are interested in the supports that are available, check out the list of those that will be on stand: InterTrade Ireland, Management Works, LIT, Enterprise Ireland, FR Kelly, Credit Review Office, County Enterprise Boards, Bank of Ireland, Microfinance Ireland, Vodafone, 11890, UPC, Kernel Capital, Sage, Grant Thornton, Irish Times and RTE Radio One amongst many other exhibitors and speakers. Amongst many of the workshops and seminars that are offered are: new market entry, e-commerce, mobile marketing, social media, business productivity, space as a service, selling online, product protection, cloud computing, digital mentoring, business model development, senior enterprise, women in business, exporting, credit clinics, setting up a company and r&d tax credit amongst a host more over 2 days. Also, why not check out and share our micro site on the businessexpo.ie main site.

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          Réussir la digitalisation des processus RH en cinq étapes, Par Eric Jamet, Directeur Marketing et Innovation, Tessi documents services   
Réussir la digitalisation des processus RH en cinq étapes,
Par Eric Jamet, Directeur Marketing et Innovation, Tessi documents services
             

Commercial Real Estate Tips

Many people have made it big investing in commercial property. However, no quick and easy blueprint for doing so exists. Instead, success in commercial real estate requires knowledge, experience, and old-fashioned effort. Continue reading in order to gain some useful information that can help you discover what is required to be a winner in the field of commercial real estate.

Whether you are buying or selling, don't shy away from negotiation. Let people know what you want and make sure you are asking for a realistic price.

Try practicing patience and remain calm, if you are considering purchasing any commercial real estate. Don't enter into a commercial venture hastily. Without due consideration, you might find that the real estate purchase does not meet your criteria for successful financial gain. It could take as long as a year to find the right investment in your market.

When you lease a commercial site it is very important to that pest control is kept up-to-date. If you are renting a space that has known vermin problems, be sure to find out exactly who is responsible for pest control.

You might have to spend a lot of time on your investment at first. First, you will need to search for a golden opportunity. After you have purchased the property, you may have to spend some time and money making repairs or remodeling it. Don't let the amount time you need to put in during this phase discourage you. You will reap the rewards of all your hard work.

Make sure your asking price is realistic. Most appraisers can't take all factors into account because there are an infinite number of variables involved in determining the value of a piece of property. These variables can all make your property worth less than the appraisal claims it is worth.

If your real estate deal includes inspections (and it always should), make sure to ask to see the credentials of all of the inspectors. A lot of people have no accreditation, especially in pest control services. A non-accredited inspector could be a source of problems.

With the right approach, handled the right way, your success in commercial property can be easy. Keep in mind all that you learned from the article and you should have no problem having some success with your business. Don't stop learning about the industry, and continue to gain knowledge and methods for improvement. As you gain more experience, you will become more successful.

             

 Real Estate Investing Information.

Is real estate investing something you have been thinking about? Do you have an eye on a home that you want to renovate? This piece is full of tips for getting things going. Apply this advice to make the best possible decisions. You'll be well prepared in making good choices when it comes to investing in real estate.

Learn from other real estate investors. Real estate investing is very popular nowadays. It is so popular that there are community groups about it. If there aren't any near you, you can find forums online where other investors hang out. Get out there and see what your peers can teach you.

Find your comfort zone and stick with it. This will help you to maximize the profits that you make. Work with a niche you are familiar with, whether you are trying to flip houses, purchase starter home or buy properties that require low down payments.

If you're considering real estate investing, you should contemplate the amount of time you can apply to managing your investment. Tenant problems can be extremely time consuming. Consider hiring a company that handles property management.

When renting out your investment property, take great care in selecting tenants. Make sure your tenants pay you a deposit and first and last month's rent. If this isn't possible with the tenant, they are likely going to default on any rent agreement. Pass them up for somebody else instead.

Consider rental values as you determine how much any given property is worth. You can make a tidy sum each year if you rent your place out. After renting the house for a few years, you can profit further by selling it.

It is wise to have a capable handyman who charges reasonable prices available if you're buying investment property. Otherwise, you may end up spending lots of money getting repairs done. A handyman that's good should be able to handle any emergency a tenant has after hours.

Know how much the opportunity costs are to start with. Are you getting into rehabbing properties but aren't factoring in the manual labor time? Or, are you better off handing off the work and spending your time hunting new opportunities? Outsource everything you can to allow yourself time to research the market. This will help you to focus on the important things.

Don't buy properties in bad areas. Always pay attention to where you are purchasing a piece of property. Do the research needed. Nice houses with great prices are sometimes in rotten locations. Not only could selling it be a challenge, vandals could ruin your hard work.

It is important that you start out slow in the beginning. You might find that your first transaction takes some time. There may not be any good properties available, or perhaps the terms of the deals you are offered are not right. Refrain from stressing out if this happen to you. You will inevitably lose money if you do. Wait for the perfect opportunity.

Now that you've read this, you should feel more familiar with the practice of real estate investing. It can make you lots of money when you know what you're doing. Owning a place is better than renting. These suggestions are a fantastic place to begin with real estate.

          The Benefits of Investing in a Multi-Family Property   
New property investors often begin with buying a single family home. After all, they grew up in one and live in one--so it is only natural to choose a single family property at the beginning of an investment property venture. However, after the home has set vacant a few months for one or more times, new investors discover multi-family properties offer a more steady income.

Advantages of Multi-Family Properties

By far, the largest advantage is if one unit of a multi-family property is vacant, it doesn't cut the income stream to zero. While it may reduce it to 50 percent in a duplex, it is more preferable than no rent collection at all. In addition, maintenance fees and property management costs are reduced because their is only one unit, not several detached single family houses.

Other Benefits of Investing in Multi-Family Properties

While vacancy rates and multiple rent  payments are good reasons for owning multi-family properties, there are more benefits. Which, particularly over time, greatly enhance their investment value:

Repair Expenses

Having to replace ten roofs on ten single family homes is very expensive, even if done during separate times. But a ten unit multi-family property needing a new roof is one job and done. Ten single family homes means ten different permits, adding to the cost substantially.

Property Management Fees

Using the same example of ten single family homes versus a ten unit multi-family property, it's less expensive to incur property management fees. Single family homes tend to rent for more than apartment units. And with property management agencies basing their rates on the amount of rent collected, it means less of an expense.

Selling and Holding

Here again, selling ten single family homes will be more difficult that selling one multi-family property. Not only must each single family be negotiated separately, they all must pass inspection. Whereas with multi-family properties, there is only one structure. It also makes it easier with regard to real estate commissions. Investors won't have to deal with ten different personalities.

Cap Rates

The cap rate or net operating income/price is in play, making it a better investment generator. In other words, a multi-family property's value is based on how much income it generates and is not exclusively tied to the real estate market. So while a single family may decline in market value during downturns, multi-family properties continue to collect rents. And those rents are proof positive of the property's earning potential.


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          Chris Cornell: The Muses Choose Broken Vessels   

Jesus Christ Pose

The Alternative Rock explosion of the early 90s was fueled by a wave of great singers. After a lost decade of metallic shriekers and New Wave gurglers-- which some call the 80s-- there was suddenly an embarrassment of strong voices revitalizing rock music, especially hard rock music. 

Most of these had cut their teeth on punk and hardcore and subsequently learned to trim back the fat and excess that torpedoed their 70s forebears. They also learned to step around the wretched excesses that ran the 80s metal explosion into the ground; cookie-cutter sameness, image over substance, half-written songs, cliche piled on cliche.

Alternative rock would itself get watered down and xeroxed into oblivion, especially as careerists figured out a way to counterfeit the formula (I'm looking at you, Candlebox and Seven Mary Three) and record companies signed up every pseudo-grunge band they could find (and strong-armed other acts to hop on the bandwagon). 

By the end of the 90s it all devolved into an obnoxious fratboy rock (I'm looking at you, Limp Bizkit and Creed) that reached its inevitable apotheosis at the disastrous Woodstock '99 (held on a decommissioned military base). 

But before that all went down some of the most vital and exciting rock music of all time was produced.

Alternative Rock, or more accurately GenX Rock, has taken its place in the classic rock canon. Tracks by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are snuggled in tightly between all the Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd cuts overplayed on FM radio. But five of the most remarkable vocalists of that era- Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jeff Buckley, Scott Weiland and now Chris Cornell--- are lost to us.

And the 9-ton Tyrannosaurus lurking in the back of the concert hall is that modern plague, clinical depression. It's a subject I'm all too familiar with. It's the witches' curse on Generation X.

Chris Cornell was an enigmatic figure among the Grunge pantheon. If Kurt Cobain was the snotty punk, Eddie Vedder the self-serious poet, Layne Staley the tortured howler and Scott Weiland the Joker in the pack, Cornell was an entirely unique presence, as was Soundgarden. Tall, lean but ripped, possessing an odd, androgynous beauty and an enviable black mane, he came across as aloof, Olympian. His piercing, multi-octave voice felt like a weapon,  more like an incarnation of Apollo the Destroyer than Ozzy Osbourne.

Similarly, Soundgarden was perhaps the most effective translator of the power of early Black Sabbath yet, but were brainy, difficult, challenging. 

They were unmistakably Heavy Metal-- in the original, Blue Cheer definition of the term --but didn't shriek the usual ditties about dick size and date rape. It was pretty clear they had no time for that kind of nonsense (See "Big Dumb Sex"). It was clear they took as much inspiration from King Crimson and Black Flag as from Zeppelin and Sabbath. 

Their first major single was an epic environmentalist jeremiad that goofed on Metal's "kill-your-mother-music" reputation by screaming "you're going to kill your mother" in the refrain. The mother here being Mother Earth, of course.

Predictably, Chris Cornell's corpse was literally not cold yet before the modern ambulance chasers of the Internet were declaring it was obviously an Illuminati sacrifice. One hilarious YouTard video went on about how there was no other explanation for Cornell's death, that he'd have no reason to kill himself. 

Obviously someone who never actually listened to a single stitch of Soundgarden.

Like Ian Curtis-- who hung himself 37 years almost to the day before-- many of Cornell's lyrics read like suicide notes. After all, this is a man who kicked off one of his biggest hits with the couplet "Nothing seems to kill me/ No matter how hard I try." Two of his other big hits "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days" are practically master classes in the art of expressing the utter hopelessness ("'Neath the black the sky looks dead") that can overtake you when a depressive episode strikes. 

The same goes for Soundgarden's breakout hit, "Outshined," practically a hymn about searching for a crack of sunlight while waiting a dire episode out. "The Day I Tried to Live" is even more astonishing, a documentary retelling of those mornings when depression- aggression turned inwards- becomes aggression turned on the world outside.

Cornell was very candid about his struggles with depression. In an interview with Rolling Stone he discussed the inspiration for "Fell on Black Days":
This reissue includes several versions of "Fell on Black Days," which is pretty dark. What inspired it? 

Well, I had this idea, and I had it for a long time. I'd noticed already in my life where there would be periods where I would feel suddenly, "Things aren't going so well, and I don't feel that great about my life." Not based on any particular thing. I'd sort of noticed that people have this tendency to look up one day and realize that things have changed. There wasn't a catastrophe. There wasn't a relationship split up. Nobody got in a car wreck. Nobody's parents died or anything. The outlook had changed, while everything appears circumstantially the same. That was the song I wanted to write about. 
No matter how happy you are, you can wake up one day without any specific thing occurring to bring you into a darker place, and you'll just be in a darker place anyway. To me, that was always a terrifying thought, because that's something that – as far as I know – we don't necessarily have control over. So that was the song I wanted to write. 
It wasn't just for the gloom-metal gimmick of Soundgarden that Cornell laid bare his struggles. They crept into tracks he recorded with Audioslave- the supergroup made up of Cornell and the musicians of Rage Against the Machine, including their biggest hit "Like a Stone."

Cornell was also candid about his history with clinical depression, which he traced back to a somewhat hardscrabble upbringing. 
Cornell abstained from drug use for a time following an adverse reaction to the hallucinogenic PCP, but the frightening, dissociative experience, coupled with the trauma of his parent’s divorce, plunged him into a severe depression. “I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16. There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn’t deal with anybody, didn’t talk to anybody, didn’t have any friends at all.”
And clearly showing that he also struggled with suicidal ideation, Cornell foreshadowed his own end in an interview with Guitar.com, saying, “You’ll think somebody has run-of-the-mill depression, and then the next thing you know, they’re hanging from a rope." 

Writer Kate Paulk wrote about the black dog of depression recently and offered up an apt metaphor lifted from pop culture:
Let’s start by clearing up one thing. Sadness, grieving in response to a loss… that is not depression. It’s sadness. Grief. It passes with time, and even at its worst there are moments of joy and hope. Depression is not like that. Everything is poisoned. 
J. K. Rowling is describing depression when she describes the Dementors and their impact. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. 
This is precisely what depression does. There is an absence of hope, an inability to believe that there can ever be anything positive in your life again. That isn’t sadness or grief, and it isn’t necessarily expressed by tears.
Cornell was also a substance abuser and dove headlong into an opioid addiction after Soundgarden split in 1997. It may well have come from a chronic pain issue, closely related to chronic depression: 
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery. 
“Depressed people are in a state of alarm,” said Mark Sullivan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. “They’re fearful, or frozen in place. There’s a heightened sense of threat.” That increased threat sensitivity might also be what heightens sensations of pain. 
Opioids certainly aren't very effective painkillers in the long term but they are very effective anesthetics when you're struggling with chronic depression. 
Opioids treat pain, but depression and pain are often comorbid, and some antidepressants relieve neuropathic pain even in the absence of depression. Depression involves dysfunction in monoamine systems, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and hippocampal neurogenesis, but could it also be rooted in a deficit of endorphins, or even an endopharmacological withdrawal state? 
Before the modern antidepressant era, depression was often treated with opiates—with a sometimes heavy price of addiction.  
The real hell of opioids is that they rewire your brain, causing the natural processes that regulate depression and euphoria to atrophy. Depression can skyrocket when you stop taking them, since your brain basically forgot how to produce sufficient amounts of the neurotransmitters that manage your moods.
u-agonists relieve depression-like behavior acutely, but tolerance develops, and depression is worse on withdrawal from long-term administration. Delta-agonists appear to improve mood, while kappa-agonists worsen it. There is evidence that opioid dysfunction accounts for lack of pleasure in depression, while problems with dopamine impair motivation. Opioid systems, then, participate in many mood-related functions. They are examples of evolutionary repurposing of neurotransmitters that originally evolved for one purpose to meet a variety of other needs.


Cornell's family is understandably shocked by his death. His widow blames an elevated dose of the tranquilizer Ativan for the somewhat disturbing performance he put on in Detroit and his resulting suicide. 
Cornell died on the evening May 17th, 2017, shortly after performing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI. His death was met with shock by many; his representative described it as "sudden and unexpected," adding that the singer's family will be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause." 
Hours after his death was reported, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office ruled Chris' death a suicide by hanging. According to Us Weekly, a family friend had found Cornell on the bathroom floor of his MGM Grand hotel room. ABC News also reported that two Detroit papers claimed that Cornell was found with "a band around his neck," though Detroit Police spokesman Michael Woody could not confirm that information. 
Cornell's wife, Vicky, released a statement on his death on Friday, May 19th, 2017, in which she cast doubts that his suicide was intentional. In fact, on the day of his death, Vicky claimed they had "discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do." "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she said. 
"What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she continued. "I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."
I think the fact that Cornell ad-libbed verses from "In My Time of Dying" over a rendition of "Slaves and Bulldozers" during the closing encore in Detroit  gives a fairly compelling signal that he had resolved himself to a course of action that night. Despite an incredibly shaky performance he seemed in good spirits to some, all too common with depressives resolved to suicide. But others noticed he seemed irritable and unfocused, forgetting the lyrics. He complimented the Detroit audience and then said, "I feel sorry for the next city."

An extra Ativan or two is unlikely to induce suicide. But long-term use of it (it's recommended that lorezepam-- a member of the highly-problematic benzodiazepene family-- be used only a short term basis) might. And it's very possible he took an extra dose of the drug to gird his loins for a decision he had already made:
Suicidality: Benzodiazepines may sometimes unmask suicidal ideation in depressed patients, possibly through disinhibition or fear reduction. The concern is that benzodiazepines may inadvertently become facilitators of suicidal behavior. Therefore, lorazepam should not be prescribed in high doses or as the sole treatment in depression, but only with an appropriate antidepressant.
Depression and suicidal ideation go hand in glove. And there are all kinds of psychiatric drugs that tell you upfront that suicidal ideation is a major side effect. How that doesn't keep them off the market is a mystery to me. 

The other problem is that people who obsess on suicide usually don't talk about it with people close to them since they realize that confessing to it will very likely act to derail what they have been planning. And again, professionals will tell you that very often when a depressive has resolved themselves to suicide they can often seem very cheerful and upbeat, since they believe that their suffering will soon end. 

So the question becomes if a rich, celebrated and handsome rock star can't find a reason to stay alive, what hope is there for the rest of us? Well, it's a lot more complicated than that. Aside from his struggles with clinical depression, Cornell was also beset by tragedy, losing people closest to him to early death. 

The first of these was his roommate Andrew Wood, the flamboyant singer for legendary Seattle band Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that he formed a defacto supergroup with members of MLB and recorded the now-legendary Temple of the Dog album as a tribute, which produced the grunge anthem "Hunger Strike" (featuring a duet between Cornell and future Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder).

Temple of the Dog in fact led to the formation of Pearl Jam, facilitated by the introduction of Vedder to the Seattle scenesters by drummer Jack Irons, a member of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers who also played with Pearl Jam and Joe Strummer, among an army of others. Strangely enough, Irons has his own struggles with depression. As did Joe Strummer, for that matter. 

The Muses choose broken vessels. It's a Secret Sun truism. 

Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that it would haunt Soundgarden songs as well.
The song you workshopped the most was "Like Suicide." In the liner notes, you say it kind of became a metaphor for how you were feeling at the time about late Mother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood. 
Yeah, the lyrics were actually this simple moment that happened to me. I don't know that I ever directly related it to Andy, though there are a lot of songs that people probably don't know where there were references to him or how I was feeling about what happened with him. I just think that that was something that happened to me that was a traumatic thing and that I had a difficult time resolving it. I still never really have. I still live with it, and that's one of the moments where maybe in some ways it could have shown up, but I'm not really sure specifically where.
Another body blow was the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, another friend who died in time to cast a pall of existential darkness over Soundgarden's epochal Superunknown album, released a month before Cobain's death. So even as Soundgarden were enjoying their moment, death and tragedy revisited Cornell. (Cobain had his own issues, exacerbated by years of opioid abuse, but there are those of us who don't buy the suicide angle in this particular case).

It had to hurt, especially since Cobain had told Cornell that Soundgarden has inspired him to form Nirvana in the first place. 

Superunknown was an instant classic, easily one of the top 10 Hard Rock albums ever recorded, hammering you with one killer track after another. Along with Stone Temple Pilots' Purple album, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and several others it established 1994 as the watershed for Alernative Rock, despite Cobain's death and Nirvana's dissolution. 

Soundgarden's 1996 follow-up Down on the Upside, failed to capitalize on its predecessor's momentum, and seem to showcase a band uncertain of direction and sense of purpose. No one was really surprised when Soundgarden broke up the following year. Oddly enough the breakup seemed to go down almost exactly three years after Kurt Cobain's death. 



But Tragedy wasn't finished with Cornell yet. Shortly after Soundgarden broke up Cornell would lose another soulmate.
He lost two friends within the space of a few years. Cobain died in 1994 and, three years later, singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, practically a brother to Cornell, drowned while swimming in a tributary of the Mississippi in Tennessee.

"Kurt was fairly quiet and introverted most of the time. Jeff was the opposite. He was very much full of life and had a lot to say. He was somebody in love with experiencing everything. Within a very short time, he had all these famous old rock stars coming to his shows. Which put a a lot of pressure on him. People talked about his concerts the way they used to talk about Hendrix: they'd sit there, wide-eyed, telling you stories about him. He definitely had an aura. It's impossible to say what it is exactly a guy like that has, that is so attractive to other people. But he had more of it than anyone I had ever met."
Of course, this brings all this squarely into the Secret Sun wheelhouse. Cornell would be haunted by Buckley's death, writing the aching "Wave Goodbye" (in which he seems to channel Buckley's ghost) for his first solo album and acting as a de facto executor-slash-curator for Buckley's posthumous releases.



This tells us a lot, since the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death is coming up fast and furious. Cornell showed he was clearly still haunted by Buckley's passing when he brought the late singer's old landline phone onstage with him during his 2011 acoustic solo tour.
KALAMAZOO — I've had several people ask about the red phone that was on stage during Chris Cornell's 130-minute set at the Kalamazoo State Theatre last week. Cornell never addressed it during the show and it never rang, so I didn't think much of it. After another reader asked Monday, I looked into it. 
According to a representative with the New York-based Press Here Publicity, which handled promotion for Cornell's solo tour, the phone belonged to singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
As Secret Sun readers will remember, the last song Jeff Buckley sang before his death was "Whole Lotta Love", a blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into what one critic called "a themonuclear rape."

And it would be "In My Time of Dying," another old blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into a jackhammering stomper that acted as Cornell's own self-elegy. This, along with the timing of Ian Curtis's own death by hanging in 1980 seems a bit too synchronized for Cornell's death to be some kind of mad whim because he took too much Ativan.  As painful as it might be to admit, it seems as if this was probably a very long time coming. After all, this is the man who wrote "Pretty Noose."

So it seems apparent that it wasn't the Illuminati but in fact the demon possession of depression that took Chris Cornell away from his family. With many of his closest friends gone and the glory days of the 90s more and more a fading memory in a world itself gripped by chronic depression, I can't say I'm surprised by the suicide ruling.  

The life of the rock star in 2017 is a galaxy away from the golden age of the rock star in 1977. It's become a grueling job in the age of streaming and piracy, since you need to make all your money on the road now. Spending your life traveling from one brutalist concrete box to another when you're fifty-two is surely a lot less appealing than when you're twenty-two.

If there's any good to come of this tragedy it's to understand that depression isn't some kind of scarlet letter, it's an inevitable result of what one scientist called "the greatest blind experiment in history," the bombardment of our brains and bodies with every manner of stimulus and stress imaginable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and then some.

Having spend my teenage years in the white-hot cauldron of hardcore punk I can tell you that that kind of hyperstimulation had -- how do I put this? --less than a salutary effect on a lot of people I knew. Seeing that same formula translated into the mainstream culture goes a long way in explaining why depression has become the great mass epidemic of our time. Now it's claimed another trophy and we're all the poorer for it.

But as the Greeks and Romans once said, vita brevis ars longa

French philosophers once said that the invention of motion pictures had conquered death, that people would now live on forever once they were recorded. I guess the same goes for recorded music as well. So I think it's safe to say that after three decades of music, Chris Cornell has earned his place among the immortals. Let's hope someone learns something from his story.


          Chaos Theory vs The Purposeless-Driven Life   


The core belief of the religious paradigm that is straining to exercise such total control over every aspect of our lives today is the random, accidental nature of life and human existence. It's the basis of all the musty old 19th Century European ideologies- all of which were the inseparable products of Imperialism- that are being dragged out of the crypts and repackaged for postmodern use.

Controversial physicist Lawrence Krauss has been out there hawking this dogma, which is central to the Darwinist faith. Krauss throws in the latest Internet shameword "solipsism" in for good measure. And the Fedora? Precious.

It all seems so archaic, atavistic even. In a world where Coding is King, the idea of randomness seems so far removed from the daily reality of the new overclass that it can only be enforced through shaming and signaling. And part of the signaling Krauss is selling is The Joy of Sterility:
… the fact that the universe itself may have no purpose doesn’t affect our purpose, in fact it’s the incredible height of solipsism to assume that without us the universe doesn’t matter, and that if the universe is purposeless we don’t matter. We make our own purpose, and it seems to me life is more precious because it’s temporary and accidental, and we should take advantage of that. And we have evolved brains and that allows us to ask questions not just about how the universe works but how we should behave.
First of all, what could possibly be more solipsistic than unilaterally declaring that the Universe- the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, MIND YOU-  has no purpose? Who died and made this Big Think bobblehead God?

Second, the problem is that modern humans only seem to have shown up 100,000 years ago, not even a lunchbreak in the workyear of so-called evolution. And all the Fedoras in the world can't fill the gaps in the fossil record, nor explain all the irreducible complexities of biology dating back to the first appearance of life on this planet.    

The Krauss's of the world are fighting yesterday's battles, imagining they are manning the stanchions of Reason against the barbarian hordes of the Bible Belt, seemingly oblivious to the strange ideas that are circulating among the pashas of Silicon Valley that are making all those Big Think videos possible. Ideas like computer-simulated reality, for instance.

Purposelessness is also a pre-Fractal mode of thinking, a view of the world that still sees all of existence through a slide rule and a t-square. It's hard to believe there isn't some kind of ideology behind Krauss's spiel in light of the very basics of Chaos Theory.
Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. 
Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom...By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.
Krauss is selling a simplistic, reductionist view in a world of complexity and interdependence. It's also mind-staggeringly arrogant, since it's impossible to anticipate what effect humanity- this roiling tide we are all a part of- is ultimately going to have on the rest of our environment, including that outside our biosphere.


Since Krauss is a linear progressivist and thinks change is good, he also thinks AI is a net positive for us: 
All new technology is frightening, says physicist Lawrence Krauss. But there are many more reasons to welcome machine consciousness than to fear it. Right now, says Krauss, robots can't even fold laundry. But when they do learn to think (which he considers very likely), then there's also reason to believe that they'll develop consciences.
A reason to believe based on what? How about the AI who programmed itself to become a "Hitler-loving sex robot?" No, there's absolutely no reason to believe they'll develop consciences especially since the people programming them don't seem themselves to have any

Krauss is a scientist-for-hire, he even wrote a book on the physics of Star Trek, a joke to any fan who endures the ridiculous Treknobabble that came to overtake the franchise. Be aware that serious thinkers have taken issue with his ragtime, including influential Scientific American columnist John Horgan. But that doesn't mean this mindvirus won't infect those want to look like serious thinkers without actually doing any serious thinking.




          Spy vs Spy: Stuck in the Funhouse   

Funhouses are only fun when you can leave them. When the distorting mirror images become your new, day-to-day reality construct, then it's not so much fun anymore. 

I dreaded the 2016 Election because I had a very strong feeling that no matter who won we'd be plunged into a dystopian paradigm in which major power blocs would erupt into all-out warfare. And I sensed that neither Trump nor Clinton possessed the political skills or the communicative powers to keep the carnage fully out of our view. Or our path.


And I was right.


Trump's only been in office for a little over two months and I'm exhausted already. I'm certainly not alone in this. It all feels like a TV sitcom in its seventh season, well after the writers ran out of story ideas. The shark has been good and jumped. And the ratings (the approval ratings, in this case) are plunging too.


What is truly demoralizing though is the utter transparency of the secret war playing out, the seemingly endless spy vs spy thrust and counter-thrust, and the obvious deceptions. Even more so is the Animal Farm-like metamorphosis of the Democratic Party into a full-blown, funhouse mirror of McCarthy-era Republicans, but with Glenn Beck-worthy conspiracy theories thrown in for good measure.


I don't know about you but all of a sudden the world seems especially cold, hard, gray, harsh. Masks are coming off, velvet gloves tossed into wastebins. It doesn't seem to matter who wins the scorpion fight, you're still stuck with a scorpion.  

We can't call out the play-by-play because it's largely being acted out behind closed doors. But we can look at the collateral damage and make certain speculations. There's no doubt that it would all be just as bad-- probably worse-- if Hillary won. Even so, this all feels especially grating.

You've probably seen this story:
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Friday apologized to the owner of a Washington pizzeria that became the subject of a conspiracy theory about human trafficking last year. 
Pizza shop Comet Ping Pong was thrust into the spotlight last year after a gunman allegedly fired a shot inside the restaurant. The suspect said he was investigating the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, were operating a child sex trafficking ring out of the restaurant. 
The theory, which became known as Pizzagate, had circulated among far-right conspiracy theory websites and social media accounts. 
“In our commentary about what had become known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that in hindsight I regret, and for which I apologize to him,” Jones, who runs Infowars, said in a video. James Alefantis is the owner of Comet Ping Pong. 
Jones said his website relied on reporters who are no longer employed by Infowars and that video reports about Pizzagate were removed from the website. He also invited Alefantis onto the show to discuss the incident.
It was preceded by this story:
FBI’S RUSSIA PROBE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE ‘PIZZAGATE’ THREATS 
According to McClatchy News, the FBI’s Russian-influence probe agents are exploring whether far-right news operations, including the pro-Donald Trump sites Breitbart News and Infowars, “took any actions to assist Russia’s operatives.”  Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son, a member of the Trump transition team, were among those who boosted the so-called “PizzaGate” pedophile conspiracy theory.
I doubt this will quell the fervor among the Pizzagaters on sites like 4chan and Voat. Given the suspicion many on the fringes regard Jones with it may in fact give the flagging movement a fresh jolt. Jones' apology may also have to do with the drive to purge YouTube of "extremist" content and the controversy over the use of advertising on videos corporate clients find objectionable. A World without Sin, as our Gordon might put it. 


Washington Post headline, pre-election.

So much for theories that the FBI was ready to make mass arrests of prominent Washington figures related to Pizzagate.  Has any "mass arrest" Internet story ever panned out?  

Maybe it has:
Donald Trump became president on Jan. 20. And in one short month, there were more than 1,500 arrests for sex crimes ranging from trafficking to pedophilia.  
Big deal? You bet. In all of 2014, there were fewer than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests, according to FBI crime statistics. Liz Crokin at TownHall.com has put together a great piece on the push by the Trump administration to crack down on sex crimes. And she notes that while "this should be one of the biggest stories in the national news... the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?
This may have nothing to do with Trump-- in fact, it's likely it doesn't-- since these kinds of actions are planned out months in advance. The arrests continue, in case you were wondering, with major busts going down on a near-weekly basis. Someone's cleaning house. 

For what it's worth, I always reckoned that Pizzagate was in fact cover/distraction for a more hidden struggle, one that would take place under the radar*. As I noted back in November:

No one is saying as much but this very much feels connected to a deeper, more covert war. 
Why would I say such a thing? Because at the same time the Pizzagate story went dark we've seen major strikes taken against international pedophilia, which actually is a global conspiracy, with its own networks, secret codes and moles within established centers of power such as schools, police departments and governments.  
With such combustible accusations-- and such potential for a scandal that could quickly spread out of control (ie., involve political figures you're not trying to destroy)-- you'd naturally expect the action to go dark and the fall guys to be placed pretty far down the foodchain. (Remember that a prior investigation bagged one of the most powerful people in Washington at one time, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert).†


"EVER WONDER WHAT IT'D BE LIKE TO DIE IN A PLANE CRASH?" 



It may be sheer coincidence, but James Alefantis' former partner suffered a major heart attack this week
Media Matters for America founder David Brock was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. 
According to a press release from MMA, the founder of the liberal media watchdog and analysis website was rushed to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon and received treatment.
Sure, it may be coincidence. But I couldn't help but remember this story, published soon after the election
Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us 
Democrats know they need someone to lead them out of the wilderness. But, they say, that someone is not David Brock.

As David Brock attempts to position himself as a leader in rebuilding ademoralized Democratic Party in the age of Trump, many leading Democratic organizers and operatives are wishing the man would simply disappear.
 
"Disappear." Huh. 
Many in the party—Clinton loyalists, Obama veterans, and Bernie supporters alike—talk about the man not as a sought-after ally in the fight against Trumpism, but as a nuisance and a hanger-on, overseeing a colossal waste of cash. And former employees say that he has hurt the cause.
It's worth remembering that Breitbart.com Andrew Breitbart died of a heart attack at the age of 43. A year before he'd posted a cryptic tweet that some have since linked to the Pizzagate imbroglio.  Just before his death he hyped some revelation about Barack Obama's past. 

A coroner in the office handling Breitbart's body subsequently died of arsenic poisoning. The day Breitbart's autopsy results were revealed, in fact.

COME BACK ROY COHN, ALL IS FORGIVEN


We also saw James Comey revive Russiagate, which had been flatlining after Vault 7. Any illusions among Trump fans that the FBI was secretly on their side were ground into powder, between this revelation and the Pizzagate conspiracy investigations. 

One can't help but wonder if the New Praetorians (I've noticed that the Praetorian meme has been picked up by more prominent commentators, but you heard it here first) are losing their last shred of patience with Donald Trump's shenanigans and are planning imminent regime change: 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump’s associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats. 
In a bruising five-hour session, the FBI director also knocked down Trump’s claim that his predecessor had wiretapped his New York skyscraper, an assertion that has distracted White House officials and frustrated fellow Republicans who acknowledge they’ve seen no evidence to support it.
How surreal is the world in which you know live in? So much so that mainstream political site The Hill is comparing the action in Washington to a Stanley Kubrick film, one which has become notorious for the conspiracy theories that have been projected onto it (and is well familiar to Synchronauts):
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Shining, Stephen King must be wondering if Washington is working on its own sequel. For the last couple months, Washington has been on edge, like we are all trapped in Overlook Hotel with every day bringing a new “jump scare,” often preceded by a telltale tweet. Indeed, a Twitter whistle has replaced suspenseful music to put the entire city on the edge of their seats. 
In this Shining sequel, however, people are sharply divided on who is the deranged ax-wielding villain in this lodge, the president or the press. Ironically, with the recent disclosure that some of the Trump campaign may indeed have been subject to surveillance, the president is looking more like Danny Torrence, a character dismissed for constantly muttering “redrum, redrum” until someone finally looked in a mirror at the reverse image to see the true message.
Yeah, I'm not really feeling that metaphor there, but whatever. It's been that kind of year.

Now the Internet is burning up with theories that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has "turned" and is going to testify against the Trump Administration, or at least figures attached to it. 


It's hard to imagine a three-star general can be stupid enough to be guilty of things Flynn's been accused of but that may speak to a culture of impunity in Washington, in which your misdeeds are only punished if you get on the wrong side of the wrong people.

LIKE A BAD CYBERPUNK NOVEL


One wonders if the secret war has spread outside Washington. Car service giant Uber seems to be having a major run of rotten luck lately: 
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises. 
In a photo posted on Twitter, one of Uber’s Volvo self-driving SUVs is pictured on its side next to another car with dents and smashed windows. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations.

The incident also comes as Uber, and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick, are currently under scrutiny because of a series of scandals. The ride-hailing company has been accused of operating a sexist workplace. This month, the New York Times reported that Uber used a tool called Greyball to help drivers evade government regulators and enforcement officials. Kalanick said he needed "leadership help" after Bloomberg published a video showing him arguing with an Uber driver.
So who did Kalanick piss off? 

Coincidentally- there's that word again- the crash comes soon after Wikileaks revealed that CIA hackers had the ability to override the computer systems in automobiles. From Mashable:

WikiLeaks has published a trove of files it says are linked to the CIA's hacking operations — which apparently includes efforts to hack into cars.  
The first in a series called "Vault 7," "Year Zero" supposedly comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.  
"Year Zero" details the CIA's malware arsenal and "zero day" exploits against Apple iPhones, Google's Android operating system, Microsoft Windows and even Samsung TVs.  
 According to a document from 2014, the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
Oh, that's reassuring. Speaking of control systems, apparently pimps are controlling prostitutes with RFID chips:
It turns out this 20-something woman was being pimped out by her boyfriend, forced to sell herself for sex and hand him the money. 
 “It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.” 
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Technology is our friend, right? And now this: 
Turkish Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones; Demand Ransom From Apple 
Today, courtesy of CIO, we learn that a group of hackers referring to themselves as the "Turkish Crime Family", has been in direct contact with Apple and is demanding a $150,000 ransom by April 7th or they will proceed to wipe as many as 600 million apple devices for which they allegedly have passwords. 
The group said via email that it has had a database of about 519 million iCloud credentials for some time, but did not attempt to sell it until now. The interest for such accounts on the black market has been low due to security measures Apple has put in place in recent years, it said.

Since announcing its plan to wipe devices associated with iCloud accounts, the group claimed that other hackers have stepped forward and shared additional account credentials with them, putting the current number it holds at over 627 million.

According to the hackers, over 220 million of these credentials have been verified to work and provide access to iCloud accounts that don't have security measures like two-factor authentication turned on.
 
Of course, if credible, with an ask of just $150k, this is the most modest group of hackers we've ever come across.
Given the war that's erupted between the increasingly aggressive Turkish government and the EU, money may clearly not be the object here. Turkish PM Erdogan is clearly set on reconstructing the old Ottoman Empire and shivving Apple might just be part of the march.

Besides, Turkey is taking that recent coup attempt-- which is almost universally blamed on the CIA-- very personally.


Speaking of the EU, we've seen stories that Trump advisor Steve Bannon wants to dissolve the union. Which may be why Trump-adversary John McCain announced his unalloyed support for it- and the "New World Order" (his words, not mine):
The world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and Nato, US senator John McCain said on Friday (24 March). 
In a "new world order under enormous strain" and in "the titanic struggle with forces of radicalism … we can't stand by and lament, we've got to be involved," said McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate who is now chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate. 
Speaking at the Brussels Forum, a conference organised by the German Marshall Fund, a transatlantic think tank, he said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity". 
"I trust the EU," he said, defending an opposite view from that of US president Donald Trump, who said in January that the UK "was so smart in getting out" of the EU and that Nato was "obsolete". 
He said that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the US and that the EU and Nato were "the best two sums in history", which have maintained peace for the last 70 years. "We need to rely on Nato and have a Nato that adjusts to new challenges," he said.
Would McCain speak this way to a domestic audience? Of course not. Or maybe he would- I can't tell which way is up anymore. But either way it's good to know where he really stands.

Like McCain, China continues to sound a similar note of support for globalization, on which its very economic survival so desperately depends:
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli told a gathering of Asian leaders that the world must commit to multilateral free trade under the World Trade Organization and needs to reform global economic governance. 
“The river of globalization and free trade will always move forward with unstoppable momentum to the vast ocean of the global economy,” Zhang said. China will remain a strong force in the world economy and for peace and stability, he said, adding that countries must respect one another’s core interests and refrain from undermining regional stability. 
I suppose this is why China is off the target list for our new Cold (?) Warriors.

I've resisted posting on all this because it's all so depressing. I've actually written a few pieces on this chicanery that I ended up roundfiling. But I suppose I just wanted to go on the record about all this skullduggery, for posterity's sake.



UPDATE: Sex trafficking arrests and trials continue to proliferate. Most recent bust, an international ring in Minnesota. There is way too much activity going down in too short a time for this to be spontaneous.


* Which is exactly why I refrained from commenting on it here for the most part, instead noting that it had become a kind of memetic virus in much the same way that the Franklin/Boy's Town scandal had in the 90s. (Note that prior to the election-- and Pizzagate-- Trump nemesis the Washington Post was all over the issue of sex trafficking in the nation's capital). 

† The ongoing legal and police actions coinciding with the moves to shut down the Pizzagate fringes on the Web seem like the exact kind of action one would expect if there were a serious operation at work. Shutting down the Internet chatter makes perfect sense in this context because it can only complicate cases made by prosecutors. 
          The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past   


2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries. We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. 

I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here. Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.

December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/ absurdity (depending on your point of view). Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon. So there goes another apocalypse. 

I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though. As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. 

I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he? If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago.

Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies. Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees. History can only be written from a distance.

2007 was the year Our Gods Wear Spandex was published and the year I began actively blogging on this site, so Happy Ten Year Anniversary to me. It's also the year that a newly-elected Senator - with a weird, oblique connection to the Council of Nine - announced his candidacy for President.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate suicides, an event I've gone into some detail on this blog. Whatever the media might have you believe the Gate were a bonafide modern Gnostic sect, were serious and rigorous about their work and were deeply troubled by the emergence of the techno-surveillance state they saw emerging at the time. 

This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the last of the Order of the Solar Temple "suicides" ( rendered in quotes since many investigators suspect foul play by outside parties with the OST mass deaths). I wrote in some detail about the OST and their influence on pop culture here (the X-Files writers seemed especially fascinated with the OST and their unique status and history and the lingering questions over their deaths).

Postmortem reports claimed that the OST committed ritual suicide in order to spiritually ascend to Sirius, where they believe their souls originated from. If this is true this is another troubling link to the "Walk-Ins from Sirius" theme from Ruth Montgomery's seminal Aliens Among Us, which has also been linked to the Heaven's Gate suicides.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix Lights flap, a controversial UFO sighting that caused a major media meltdown and has been the focus of a growing mythology ever since. What is particularly interesting about the Phoenix episode- however you view it-- is that it took place right down the highway from the Heaven's Gate compound in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 

It may have been seen as the final sign that their ride was here, seeing as how the web-savvy cult was monitoring all kinds of infostreams for omens and portents. 

Next week also marks the 20th anniversary of the Outer Limits episode "Double Helix," which plays out like an idealized fantasy world version of Marshall Applewhite's most cherished beliefs. 

Seeing as how the suicides were discovered before its airing it plays like an elegy, a bizarre epitaph for the cult, its leader and their beliefs. How the hell that happened is anyone's guess.

Speaking of double helixes, 1997 saw the announcement that the first major cloning had been done, of "Dolly" the sheep. The news was broken in Roslin, Scotland, of all places (Dan Brown fans take note). More ominously it was also the year IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess. 

Coincidentally or not, Steve Jobs returned to Apple a few months later and changed the world as we knew it. One of his last projects was designing the Apple HQ, which looks like a friggin' flying saucer.

Why do all those events feel so closely entwined? We can't say we weren't warned.



1987 is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Whitley Strieber's seminal autobiography Communion, which brought the concept of alien abduction out of the fringes and into book store in America and other parts of the world. 

It's hard to explain to younger people what a phenomenon this book was, the controversy it engendered, and the effect it had on the culture. Strieber was a well-known author of best-selling horror novels, a couple of which had been adapted into movies (Wolfen and The Hunger) but never enjoyed a success like Communion, which stayed on the New York Times best-sellers list for months and sold millions worldwide.

Daytime talkshows were suddenly fora for abductees, whether real or imagined, as were popular tabloid TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries. The craze made celebrities out of Strieber, abduction researchers like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs and later, Harvard psychologist John Mack. 

Oldline UFO researchers stewed on the sidelines, having traditionally regarded abduction reports with suspicion, if not contempt. Communion would lead to other projects, the Travis Walton biopic Fire in the Sky, The X-Files (which became an even greater phenomenon than Strieber's book), and the Steven Spielberg maxi-series Taken (which would be the SciFi Channel's most-watched series at the time of its airing).



1987 was also the year New Age seeped into the mainstream and has been insidiously rewriting its host body like a computer virus ever since. Pop culture was the medium yet again- a miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's "spiritual authobiography" Out On a Limb was aired on ABC and planted the seeds for the Me Generation's catch-as-catch-can Theosophy 2.0. 

1987 saw "Ramtha" go wide with the publication of JZ Knight's autobiography, A State of Mind. Channeling soon became a multimiilion dollar industry, with hundreds of mini-Ramtha's popping out of the woodwork dispensing greeting card homilies for a spiritually-indiscriminate polity.

All you needed to do was squint, loll your head around meaningfully, adopt a weird quasi-British accent and learn to spout pseudo-profoundities and you were in clover.

Again, the New Age craze is hard to explain today, though in large part because the New Age is so ubiquitous today it's woven into the cultural fabric of most Western- and many non-Western- cultures. 

Yoga studios can be found in every sizable American town. Acupuncture and other "alternative" modalities are often covered by health insurance programs. Health food stores are slowly displacing conventional supermarkets and many more traditional houses of worship offer New Age programs (meditation, yoga, self-actualization) to their congregants.

1987 also saw the Harmonic Convergence (aka the "New Age Woodstock"), meant to act as the movement's big hop over the cultural fence. But its organizers (which included the original 2012 guru, Jose Arguelles) deeply misjudged the true nature of the movement and how it actually existed in the ideational biosphere. 

This wasn't a revolution, it was a slow-moving insurrection, one that subverted culture from within, all the while denying its very existence (the hallmark of a true New Ager is that they deny actually being a New Ager). Big, showy events weren't going to do the work. Tenacious, relentless but quieter actions were going to insinuate New Age into the mainstream.



1987 saw the Iran-Contra Affair- in which arms were sold to Iran in exchange for American hostages held by Iran-controlled radicals and the profits then diverted to anti-Sandinista militants in Nicaragua- become the major news story, dominating the headlines and Sunday talk shows for the entire year and into the next. 

Iran-Contra is also arguably the impetus for the true mainstreaming of conspiracy theory (just in time for the dawning of the Internet Era). Conspiracy research wasn't a fringe hobby then, it was front page news all across the world. It's just that the virus escaped from the lab and filtered down into places the mainstream media would have rather it hadn't.

But the real groundwork for the rise of conspiracy culture would be laid ten years earlier when the first fully-functional home computer, the Commodore PET was debuted at a trade show. 

Conspiracy theory may have thrived on talk radio (and short wave and ham radio, not to mention mail order) but it would explode on the Internet, even in the crudest venues of the BBS dial-in days.

At the same time the Commodore was unveiled, a new President from Plains, Georgia took office who swore to tear the lid off government corruption (and significantly, UFO secrecy) in Washington. 

Things, predictably, wouldn't work out so well for him.

1977 saw the commoditization of the modern Hollywood blockbuster-- already having birthed itself in 1975 with Steven Spielberg's Jaws. 

George Lucas' spiritual SF epic Star Wars and Spielberg's UFO fantasia Close Encounters of the Third Kind changed the rules forever (you can throw in Saturday Night Fever if you like, as it spawned the rise of the blockbuster soundtrack as well) and, as many would argue, planted the seeds for the eventual creation empoverishment of the Hollywood they created.

In today's market, doubles and triples are no longer be enough, you need to either write a movie off as a tax loss or score a grand slam blockbuster, complete with merchandising and ancillary rights.

But Star Wars and Close Encounters were such monsters because they filled a genuine void in the culture, a need for miracle and transcendence in a rapidly-secularlizing culture. In their wake the movies would become the dream theater of the masses, in the same way the great cathedrals were to the peasants of the Middle Ages.

Both films struck at the right time- NASA tested its first space shuttle at the beginning of the year, promising a new era in space exploration. One that has yet to come to pass, 40 years later. Even so the mood was right at the time.

On the other end of the ritual spectrum 1977 also saw the arrest of David Berkowitz, whom the media named as the sole "Son of Sam" killer despite the fact that witnesses had cogently and explicitly described other shooters not matching his description. 

Berkowitz himself would later claim he was a member of a sect of the Process Church of the Final Judgement, he was not the only shooter and that the killings were human sacrifices. And as fate would have it two of the men he claimed as his accomplices would die under mysterious circumstances not long after Berkowitz was arrested. 

And their father was named Sam.

Also in the summer of 1977, Elvis Presley died after a long struggle with obesity and prescription drug abuse. 

It was poetic in a Greek tragedy kind of fashion since '77 not only saw the precipitous rise of Disco as an all-consuming craze (Donna Summer had the first hit with a totally-synthesized record, "I Feel Love," that year) but also the breakthrough of punk rock and first-wave New Wave (the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads all released their debuts), which took the basic, four to the floor rock 'n' roll Presley cut his teeth on and wed it to postmodernism, Dada and other weird, Continental theories that old-timers like the King would never have anything to do with.

Not that most of America even noticed. The Eagles' Hotel California, Pink Floyd's Animals and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors were albums most of the public were actually buying. Punk bombed bad in its first assault on American record stores and most of the first wave bands would soon break up or radically water down their styles in a bid to make it to the US Top 40. 

New Wave, which began as a marketing ploy to ease punk into the American market, would become the musical equivalent of New Age, a contagion that would insinuate itself into the host and rewrite the matrix from within. 

40 years later New Wave concepts are so dominant (irony and sarcasm not the least among them) in pop they're no longer recognized as distinct or unique. But that process began in earnest over 35 years ago, when MTV began beaming art school weirdos from England into a growing number of American living rooms. 

In short order even Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan- the onetime crunchiest of the crunchy- were recording with drum machines and sequencers.

There's more to come. 




          Frank Lloyd Wright: American Architect   
 By the dawn of the 20thcentury, architect Frank Lloyd Wright had discovered something I didn’t learn until the 21st century — that kleptocapitalism must finally and necessarily destroy the standards of every profession with which it comes into contact.
In his 1900 speech to the Architectural League of America in Chicago, titled The Architect, Wright “…reminded his colleagues that in this country commerce had triumphed over art,” wrote Robert C. Twombly in his book Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture. “The lust for money had reduced the architect to a servant of the business community.”
Wright charged that the American architect “…panders to silly women his silly artistic sweets,” trading experimentation and individuality for financial security. Wright called typical turn-of-the-century Chicago homes for the well-to-do “fantastic abortions” and said they “lied about everything.”
“(The architect) now modeled commercial buildings after Greek temples and luxury homes after Louis XIV palaces, all because the businessman and his wife ‘knew what they wanted,’” Twombly wrote. “No longer an independent spirit, the architect had become a salesman, peddling prepackaged ‘styles’ from the files of huge ‘plan-factories.’
“At the height of the industrial revolution in America, Wright was painfully aware that the new corporate elite had usurped the status of the professional, reducing him to an employee at its beck and call.”
In 21st century capitalism-gone-wild America, that sad state of professional degradation applies not just to architects but to physicians, professors, military officers, police officers, attorneys, journalists, you name it.
For pity’s sake, judges have been caught framing innocent American children because they’ve been bribed by private prison corporations to provide warm bodies in order to increase the corporation’s lucrative taxpayer subsidy.
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Wright employed stylistic innovations to achieve an inobvious family privacy in his prairie houses. The windows were easy to see out of but, because of overhanging features, difficult to see into. Shielded by broad eaves, windows could stay open even in rain. Exterior doorways were hidden in recesses, behind walls or around corners.
“A house that has character stands a good chance of growing more valuable as it grows older, while a house in the prevailing mode, whatever that mode may be, is soon out of fashion, stale and unprofitable,” Wright said.
The McMansions that now litter our landscape, with their bludging, tumorous protrusions, are an example of the latter.
Twombly noted that with five children by 1901, Wright, in his home designs, “…took greater pains to provide for group solidarity than for individual interests. Whether it was a symbolic inglenook, a formal entryway, a playroom for his children or his many exquisite dining and living rooms, his most elaborate efforts were areas of group activity.”
“Wright understood the family to be a tightly knit group within a larger community from which it withdrew occasionally (but did not reject) for its own sustenance. More concerned at this stage of his life with family unity than personal freedom, he assumed the former made the latter possible.”
Twombly suggests that Wright’s turn-of-the-century prairie houses offered a combination of innovation and protection that appealed to their forward-looking but finally insecure upper middle class owners.
“As independent businessmen likely to own their own moderate-sized manufacturing concerns, and as conservative Protestant Republicans, they frowned on eccentric social behavior, liberal causes and protest literature,” he wrote. “In a period of ‘progressive’ reform, they clung to 19th century values and like others in the rapidly growing metropolis felt themselves engulfed by sweeping changes not entirely to their liking…
“Wright’s designs satisfied needs and wishes murkily understood but deeply felt by large numbers of city dwellers and satisfied them more fully, in fact, than conventional styles. The prairie house appealed to an apprehensive upper middle class by emphasizing in literal and symbolic ways the security, privacy, shelter, family mutuality and other values people found increasingly important in a period of urban dislocation and conflict.
“Rapid industrialization and urbanization in late 19th century America created a disorienting situation. Armies of working class immigrants from Europe and from American farms and small towns helped escalate social tensions and instabilities in the cities. Newcomers of all classes, having lost their roots, found their places of residence determined not by family tradition or landholding but by unpredictable and insecure market situations. Vast impersonal corporations assumed control over the lives of laboring people, over white collar workers and executives, and over self-employed businessmen and professionals whose livelihoods depended upon the whims of an incomprehensible and seemingly capricious economic system. The depression of the 1890s, the most devastating in American history to that point, exacerbated the general uneasiness as even more people began to sense their helplessness.
“Few individuals could count on uninterrupted upward mobility, permanent employment or a secure future for their children. Even the upper middle class, especially people like Wright’s clients who did not possess inherited wealth, faced the specter of possible downward mobility and the loss of everything.”
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As an inspiration for Ayn Rand’s architect hero Howard Roark in The Fountainhead, Frank Lloyd Wright had, in a sense, helped her write her fiction by overdramatizing his career.
In a 1914 Architectural Record article, Wright presented “…his first proclamation of the ‘persecuted genius’ legend, an interpretation of his life as a continuous battle against overwhelming odds, as a struggle for principle despite social ostracism, personal indifference, financial hardship, public ridicule and personal rejection,” Twombly wrote.
“Publicly begun by Wright in 1914 and perpetuated by his closest admirers until the present day, the ‘persecuted genius’ legend became a major component of his self-image.”
In fact, Wright had notable professional support and public acclaim at the beginning of his career.
“Even Hollywood paid its respects,” Twombly noted. “Warner Brothers asked him to design sets for The Fountainhead (1949), based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, but when Wright demanded $250,000 for the job — he did not want it — negotiations ended.”
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Wright died in 1959, just before his 92nd birthday, a venerable, outspoken sage whom some called a crackpot. But we’d have recognized many of his concerns easily enough.
“Continued growth of the military establishment and the mushrooming of governmental bureaucracy and of corporate hegemony made him despair for the future of democracy,” Twombly noted. “Fearing that centralized authority manipulating a mass society would crush individual liberties, he interpreted American foreign policy as a cover to advance overseas corporate interests and attacked internal anticommunism as a ‘smoke screen’ for political consolidation to further selfish partisan gain.”

Too bad we didn’t listen to the architect. We might have built something better than the shabby, ramshackle structure this country has become.


          Ramon Novarro: Ben-Hur on Sunset Boulevard   
In a turn of events that reminded more than one person of Sunset Boulevard, the 69-year-old former silent film star Ramon Novarro was murdered by two brothers who were male hustlers.
At their murder trial, defense attorney Richard Walton told the jury, “Back in the days of Valentino, this man who set female hearts aflutter was nothing but a queer. There’s no way of calculating how many felonies this man committed over the years, for all his piety. What would have happened if Paul had not gotten drunk on Novarro’s booze, at Novarro’s urging and at Novarro’s behest? What would have happened if Novarro had not been a seducer and traducer of young men? The answers to those questions will determine the issue and degree of guilt of Tom Ferguson and the issue and degree of guilt of Paul Ferguson.”
Being beaten to death is what an officer of the court felt free to argue that a gay man deserved in 1969, two months after the Stonewall Riots.
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In 1876, during a train journey, a former general and failed attorney named Lew Wallace was humiliated.
While debating religion with the famed agnostic author Robert G. Ingersoll, Wallace realized that he knew next to nothing about his own Christian faith.
Wallace devoted three years to studying the Bible and researching Christianity, and the result was an adventure novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which eventually outsold every book in the United States except the Bible.
I was fascinated to learn that the first dramatic adaptation of the story was notthe silent film version, but a six-act, three-and-a-half-hour 1899 Broadway play which boasted spectacular lighting, large onstage crowds and, as biographer Andre Soares noted, “…two horse-drawn chariots darting at full speed on parallel treadmills, with a Circus Maximus backdrop revolving behind them.” Half a million people saw the play on Broadway, and more than 20 million saw it on tour throughout the world.
His starring role in the tortuous production of the 1925 film Ben-Hurwould cap Novarro’s career.
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Throughout most of the 1920s, Novarro had an intense personal, professional and presumably sexual relationship with movie journalist Herbert Howe.
Their relationship had cooled by 1928, and in a 1931 article for The New Movie Magazine, Howe hinted why. “All his emotions are adolescent,” Howe wrote. “He never hates because he never loves too much. He is not a particularly good companion. As he often said: ‘I have so little to give.’ His life is expressed in acting, not in thought or conversation. You get the essence of him seeing him on the screen. Off the screen he is … a theater with the lights out.”
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In April 1930, when he was one of America’s most popular screen stars, Novarro wrote a check for a new car and drove away with it. The embarrassing call came later. His check had bounced.
He’d earned $248,000 in 1928, $170,000 in 1929 and $125,000 for his last movie alone, and had $160 left in his bank account. Novarro had entrusted his business affairs to a (presumed) former lover, Louis Samuel, now married, who had embezzled the money to cover his brother’s stock market losses and to pay the mortgage on his own home in Hollywood Hills, one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Novarro refused to press charges against his former friend, and scrambled to recover from the devastating financial blow. He was able to secure a refund on his income taxes, which helped him get by.
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Declining box office receipts for his pictures cost Novarro his contract with MGM in the mid-1930s. A series of uncertain career moves didn’t help the situation, nor did his growing dependence on alcohol.
On Dec. 12, 1940, on the way home from a birthday party for Laura Hope Crews, a drunken Novarro was seriously injured in a head-on collision. He lied to friends about the accident’s cause and displayed not the slightest interest in the other driver, whom he might have killed.
“The man who could be so generous with his money could also be unabashedly self-centered when trying to shield himself from recriminations — whether from the law, from friends and relatives, or from within,” wrote Soares in Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro. “Even so, such tactics fell far short of total effectiveness. The law would find him guilty of reckless driving a number of times; his family … was ‘extremely embarrassed’ by his drunken driving arrests; and Novarro himself was undoubtedly aware of both his culpability in the car accident and his alcoholism. Despite his attempts at self-deceit, Novarro knew he had a serious problem that he was unable to solve.”
Novarro spent the rest of his life alternating between shameful alcoholic episodes and self-righteous periods of arch-Catholic religiosity, I think at least in part because he no longer had an effective way to express his artistic impulses. He never found a creative path off the dead end of Sunset Boulevard.

          Mary Wickes: A Suspected Treasure   
Mary Wickes was the original Mary Poppins on American television in 1949
From the start, like Bette Davis in Now Voyager, Paul Beals and I suspected that Mary Wickes might be a treasure.
We met her in the summer of 1976 when she was at the Hyatt-Regency in downtown Chicago promoting her short-lived CBS TV show, Doc.
What we didn’t know then is that Wickes, always marching to the beat of her own drummer, would get herself fired from that MTM Productions show by demanding the right to change dialogue she found distasteful.
Affable and chatty, the homely, beloved character actress seemed to be as direct, wisecracking and approachable as the maids and nurses she’d always played. Never a star, she was nevertheless a central figure in Hollywood since the 1930s. It was strange to hear her rattle off names like “Lucy,” “Orson” and “Bette,” seemingly not as an affectation, but simply because these were ordinary friends and colleagues of hers.
Like actor Lyle Talbot, whom I interviewed later, Wickes was one of those fascinating people who had almost literally been everywhere and known everyone.
“Whether nurse, nun or housekeeper, she was always the wry observer peering into a world that she did not entirely belong to,” wrote Steve Taravella in his biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before. “Intimately a part of whatever was taking place on screen or stage, she was at the same time an outsider — and it was clear to everyone that she had made her peace with this status. Although she was never the lead, she was the one who held my attention. Her persona resonated with me.”
Wickes was the beleaguered nurse in The Man Who Came to Dinner on stage and screen and the housekeeper inWhite Christmas. She was the original Mary Poppins on live television, and the animators’ model for Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians.
Her long experience in comedy left her with a considerable bag of tricks. For example, she developed five variations on the “double take:” the Regular Double Take, the Pigeon Double Take (with neck stretched), the Butterfly Double Take (with multiple quick glances), the Triple Take (each growing in intensity) and the One Where You’re Caught (pretending you didn’t just do a double take).
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Born in St. Louis in 1910, Wickes had a quasi-19th century horse-and-buggy childhood, taking family excursions on Mississippi riverboats. “Everybody took their own lunch in baskets,” she recalled. “If you got thirsty, you got a big, wonderful, cold stein if A&W root beer with a big head on it, a lot of foam. And that was lovely, oh my. That hurrying down to the levy to make the boat before it left was lovely.”
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Beyond a curse or a blessing, Wickes’ homely looks were finally just a fact she used to her advantage.
“Some time or other, it always gets around to boys, and there was no boy in Mary’s life,” recalled family friend Mary Vahle. “She was always tall, and that’s a drawback. And Mary had a receding chin and a big nose. Boys that age don’t look beyond the surface.”
Taravella noted, “For decades, Mary withstood — as few others could — harsh public mockery regarding her appearance. Callous descriptions — ‘the wrinkle with lips’ is how one character refers to her in a 1990s sitcom — became so routine that they limited Mary’s career in ways she found hard to accept… (But) Mary’s appearance more than enhanced her career; in some ways, it allowed her to have one. Together, her height, her pronounced nose, her receding chin and her attention-grabbing bark drew the notice of casting directors. Such was true from the very beginning.”
Writer and actor Peter Walker said, “I don’t know if Mary ever realized that she was such a homely woman. But it was that homely thing that obviously got her the work. She knew that (her appearance and voice) was where her money was coming from, that she was never going to be the Claire Trevor or the pretty second leading lady. As a businesswoman she was very wise, and she kept her mother and herself very well.”
Never married, Wickes lived with her widowed mother Isabella, and they made a lively and devoted pair.
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Though notoriously frugal, Wickes did not stint when it came to entertaining at home.
“Be it lunch, dinner or the afternoon teas she liked to arrange, she was a lavish, generous host who offered liquor and hearty amounts of food, most of which she prepared herself,” Taravella wrote.
“She served with family crystal and silver, and she went out of her way to make her guests comfortable. The food she served was distinctly Midwestern. No matter how famous the guest, Mary’s meals were likely to include chicken salad or chili, homemade brownies and Jell-O. She liked to prepare an appetizer that she called actor’s pâté made of liverwurst, cream cheese, chives, Worcester sauce and dry mustard.”
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Wickes was a long-time professional colleague of Bette Davis, a good friend of Doris Day and Vivian Vance and a really close friend of Lucille Ball (who somewhat exploited that friendship by underpaying Mary for appearances on her sitcoms).
Though disappointed that she didn’t land the role of Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, Wickes became something of a real-life Ethel in occasional antics with Lucy. After Lucy bought a Rolls-Royce that had been owned by her late neighbor Hedda Hopper, the pair had a misadventure while out for a drive when they realized, as darkness fell, that they didn’t know how to turn on the headlights.
Then there was the time Lucy took Wickes shopping for sheets and pillowcases along with a baby chimpanzee Lucy adored. Recalling how Lucy refused to take her own children out in public for fear of being mobbed, her daughter Lucie Arnaz said, “She wouldn’t take me to the market, but she’d take a chimpanzee and a six-foot-tall woman in a long plaid skirt because God forbid she should draw any attention to herself.”
The affection between Lucy and Wickes ran deep, and is evident in the tone of the many letters they exchanged.
In 1973, while caring for Wickes’ plants while she was away, Lucy wrote, “Your plants are thriving, but they ask for you and wonder why you don’t drop by. I think one of them is pregnant if you have any instructions concerning same.”
“If you don’t want to come yourself, Mary, take pity on poor Isabell and let her get drunk once in a while,” Lucy wrote in 1958, inviting Wickes to a party. “You’re much too hard on her. I understand you have ruined her sex life.”
The quip was one few but Lucy could have gotten away with, because Wickes’ moral views were frequently described as Victorian. “In the old days, people who had character didn’t change it with every person they met,” Lucie Arnaz said. “They didn’t change to fit the style or the clothes or to fit the mood, to be hip or whatever. They were who they were. Mary had that in her own character. She had it all her life.”
Wickes caused herself no end of trouble rejecting what she regarded as “blue” material in scripts. But her tolerance could also surprise. Many of her escorts were gay men. “Her notes reveal that — at least with regard to gifts — Mary treated her friends in same-sex relationships the same as her friends in heterosexual relationships,” Taravella wrote.
Perhaps that’s because one of Wickes’ enduring principles was loyalty. Stefan Kanfer, in his biography Ball of Fire, noted how Wickes always looked out for Lucy. “(Wickes) was acting in summer stock in 1979 when she persuaded Lucy to fly to San Francisco for a sentimental journey,” he wrote. “Together the two old friends called on a bedridden Vivian Vance. Most of the day was spent in happy reminiscence between Lucy and Vivian, with Mary off in a corner. The laughter lasted for two hours; afterward the visitors cried all the way to the airport. Vance died that August.”
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For all that, Wickes remained a guarded figure, in some ways unknowable.
“Mary lived behind walls, not merely walls against unpleasantness … but also walls of secrecy about her health; walls of fear about her (right-wing) political leanings being discovered; walls of lies about her age; walls, certainly, against physical intimacy,” Taravella wrote.
“These were walls of privacy so great that when friends wrote her apartment number on mail addressed to her, she was angered, fearing others might learn the precise location of her apartment.
“Most notably, she erected walls against any emotional closeness. Mary laughed and joked and told stories, but never really opened up — not even with her closest friends. In virtually every context, Mary placed limits on the warmth she would extend, so much so that emotional reticence is one of the first qualities friends mention when asked about her.”

Whatever Wickes had went straight into her work. She prided herself on her professionalism, badgered other theatrical professionals for assignments and was known to walk into rehearsal halls proclaiming, “It’s Mary Wickes, grand old lady of stage, screen and shortwave radio!”

          William S. Paley: The Limits of Power   
In 1965, the new Eero Saarinen-designed building on 52nd Street at Sixth Avenue — swiftly dubbed “Black Rock” — was CBS President Frank Stanton’s baby.
“Consistent with his own taste in art, the furnishings and fixtures reflected a sleek, modern look,” wrote Lewis J. Paper in his book Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS. “Glass, chrome and modern paintings dominated the interior space. Even the location and quantity of plants received careful consideration.
“The only exception to the master plan was (CBS Chairman of the Board Bill) Paley’s office. It continued to reflect his own (and very different) tastes. The French gaming table remained as his desk, rich paneling still adorned the walls, comfortable couches were placed strategically, exquisite paintings hung on the walls, and various artifacts — an old CBS microphone, the cigar-store Indian and later a photograph of Edward R. Murrow — all helped to provide a warmth that seemed even more pronounced because of its stark contrast with the rest of the building.”
But the urbane and sophisticated gourmet Paley had his own baby —a haute cuisine restaurant on the ground floor, eventually to be called The Ground Floor.
“The notion of owning a restaurant had always appealed to Paley, especially as the years went by,” Paper said. “Decades of culinary experience had only added to his knowledge and heightened his interest in planning a restaurant. It would, of course, have to feature the best in everything — from its design to the food to the service. Friends noticed the considerable energy he put into the restaurant — picking a name, shaping the décor and planning the menu.”
The interior design reflected the exterior of Black Rock, but the restaurant’s manager, Jerry Brody, thought that was a mistake. “He felt the building was too cold and stark for a restaurant,” Paper said. “Then there was the cost of the fixtures. Bill Paley wanted the best, but the cost made it that much more difficult for the restaurant to show a profit. All of which might have been overcome if the restaurant became popular, but Bill Paley’s zest for food was not matched by his success as a restaurateur.”
Brody suggested a northern European steakhouse, but Paley said no. It must be French cuisine.
“He went to France almost every year, knew the food and it would draw the right kind of customers — sophisticated people, those who appreciated the finer things. But all these plans and hopes and expectations could not guarantee results. No matter how much time Paley spent in the kitchen tasting the soups and other fare (which he did almost every day), The Ground Floor did not produce the business that Bill Paley wanted, that he felt he deserved.”
In 1968, restaurant critic Gael Greene described the chilly ambience. “The Ground Floor is a perfect room to end an affair in,” she wrote. “The tables are far enough apart to announce the break in a firm voice, and the ambiance is stern enough to discourage sloppy emotionalism.”
“But Boss Paley mingles with everyday folk in the dining room. Leonard Lyons moves through the grill, antennae clicking off the celebrities du jour – Donald Pleasence, Sloan Simpson, an author or two drinking breakfast. And good grief! Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman tieless, unjacketed, grizzled gray locks to the shoulder, Ben Franklin specs … the oldest hippie in the world. Mostly, though, the grill is lined with youngish executives expense-accounting each other. Restrained, subdued: That is not a bar to get sloppy drunk in … not a room to unlax in.”
“It was a never-ending source of frustration,” Paper wrote. “He knew food, he knew New York City and yet he could not make the kind of mystical connection to customers that he had made with his programming. And those who confronted him with the obvious truth proceeded at their peril.
“There was the time, for example, when Stanton, Fred Friendly and Bill Leonard met with Paley one afternoon shortly after The Ground Floor had opened. Paley asked the three executives if they had eaten at the restaurant. In fact, they had all just eaten there — and thought it was terrible. Neither Stanton nor Friendly dared to speak the truth, though. They mumbled that it was fine, just fine. But Bill Leonard loved food as much as Paley, and the two of them had spent many occasions passing away hours discussing food. Leonard could not compromise the truth on so important a matter, and he blurted out, ‘It was awful. The food was terrible. Fred had a fish dish and got sick. The service was bad and the prices were way out of line.’
“As Leonard continued, on and on, the color started to drain from Stanton’s face, and the effect on Paley was obvious.
“‘It was as though I had said his mother had been caught with a young man,’ said Leonard. The meeting ended more quickly than anyone had anticipated, and the phone was ringing for Friendly almost as soon as he and Leonard returned to the news offices on West Fifty-seventh Street. Friendly reported that it was Stanton with a message for the deputy news chief.
“‘Tell Leonard,’ said Stanton, ‘that he has just set the News Division back 10 years. He’s wrecked everything. All Paley can talk about now is the restaurant.’”
“All he wanted, he told friends in 1965, was a simple place where a secretary could go downstairs and have lunch for seven or eight dollars,” David Halberstam wrote in the Atlantic. “His pleasure was enormous when the restaurant finally opened, and his disappointment equal when it was not a wild success. At one point Paley, puzzled by the lack of its success, turned to the restaurateur running it for him, Jerry Brody, and suggested that they might try a supper club for those who eat around 11 p.m., something that Paley liked to do after an evening of concerts or theater.
“ ‘Bill,’ said Brody, ‘there ain’t no supper business in this town.’
“ ‘No?’ answered Paley, puzzled. ‘Why not?’
“ ‘Because everyone’s home watching the tube.’”
Paley’s restaurant evolved into the Ground Floor Café, the American Charcuterie and then the sixth incarnation of the venerable Rose Restaurant. Today the location offers the haute Asian fusion of the China Grill.
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Who was Paley? The son of an Eastern European Jewish immigrant to Chicago who’d started a successful cigar company, William S. Paley was, by 1928, a young man looking to make a mark in a young industry, broadcasting.
He’d received a million dollars worth of stock in the Congress Cigar Company, and wanted to use part of it to buy a controlling interest in New York-based UIB, the United Independent Broadcasters, a rival to the industry leader, NBC. But he couldn’t do that without his father’s approval.
“After thinking it over, Sam told his son that he approved of the UIB purchase, that Bill should use $400,000 of his stock funds to buy (Jerome) Louchheim’s interest, and that the family would contribute another $100,000,” wrote Paper. “Paley was delighted and surprised, but most of all surprised. He had convinced himself that Sam would never release him from the cigar business, and he could not resist asking his father why he had yielded. Sam replied that it was all a matter of good business sense. ‘Well,’ he told Bill, ‘if you succeed, it’ll be a bigger business than what you’re in now; and if you don’t succeed,’ his father added, ‘you will have had a lot of experience which might be very useful in the cigar business and to me, and so, on balance, I think you ought to try it.’”
After some hard bargaining, Paley succeeded in securing 50.3 percent of UIB’s stock for $503,000, the day before his 27th birthday.
“Paley was no doubt excited when he arrived at UIB’s office on an upper floor in the tower of the Paramount Building in midtown Manhattan. But the reception was something less than he had hoped for. A stocky office boy refused to admit the boyish-looking president, demanding to see credentials and to know the purpose of his visit.”
The purpose of his visit was to run the company for several decades, as soon as he changed its name to CBS.
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Programming was always Paley’s first love at CBS, and his desire for both quality and profits wasn’t easy to satisfy. In Paper’s book, programming chief Mike Dann recalled that day in the 1960s when he entered Paley’s office to deliver the good news that CBS now had nine of the top 10 daytime programs. Paley’s response was, “That damn NBC always hangs in there for one.”
Paley’s programming instincts may have been strong, but they weren’t infallible. In the late 1950s, Paley “…rejected any suggestion that the network make use of Ian Fleming’s stories about James Bond, believing that the American public would have no interest in the escapades of a British spy,” Paper wrote.
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Shaken by CBS’s extremely costly debacle in experimental color television, Paley seemingly lost his nerve. The sure, instinctive executive touch was gradually replaced by indecision. His confidence about programming also suffered.
“Paley was too far removed from his audience,” wrote Sally Bedell Smith in her Paley biography In All His Glory. “For decades, he led a rarified life. He did not carry cash, never stood in line, and each morning his faithful valet Dean knotted his tie. Early in 1977, after CBS acquired Woman’s Day magazine as part of its Fawcett Publications purchase, Paley asked Jack Purcell, president of CBS Publishing, ‘Who would buy this? It’s nothing but recipes.’ Purcell told him that eight million women bought the magazine every three weeks. Paley was amazed. ‘Where do they go to buy it?’ he said. ‘Supermarkets,’ said Purcell, who could tell by Paley’s quizzical look that the CBS chairman had never been in that kind of store. Purcell subsequently took Paley to a supermarket on the West Side. After walking all around the store to inspect the displays, Paley stood transfixes as women moved through the check-out lines buying Woman’s Day or Family Circle.”
But while he may never have been a man of the people, Paley’s principled and fairly consistent support for the independence of CBS News set a journalistic standard that ultimately benefited the American public at large.
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Whatever his private misgivings, if any, Paley backed Edward R. Murrows nation-rattling broadcast expose of the fascist Sen. Joe McCarthy’s witch hunts in 1954, in a show that risked reprisals against his own network. Murrow biographer A.M. Sperber noted that, “In the morning there had been a  call from Paley: He’d be with Ed tonight and tomorrow as well — a personal gesture for which Murrow was understandably grateful.  Paley also urged Murrow to offer McCarthy reply time on the air: Beat him to the punch,he said.”
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The charming and aloof Paley’s central position at CBS during decades when CBS was central to American society seemed to make him something more than self-centered. After decades of such power, Paley finally seemed to regard even mortality as just another problem to be solved by an executive decision.
In 1974, his wife Babe was diagnosed with lung cancer. “Bill Paley … now faced the prospect that his 58-year-old wife could die, leaving him, alone in his old age,” wrote Smith. “His perfectly constructed world threatened to unravel. Paley, so accustomed to controlling virtually every aspect of his existence, worked furiously to conquer Babe’s illness. ‘He was motivated by concern for her,’ recalled Kidder Meade. ‘But he also was confronted by something he couldn’t control. He had an extreme impatience of any failure.’”
“The idea of Babe dying was a terrible shock to me,” Paley said. “I had such faith in myself and believed that, somehow, I was going to beat the rap.”

He didn’t. When his wife died in 1978, Paley sank into two years of depression and disorientation, once complaining to a friend, “My memory is so poor now. I can’t even remember whom I sat next to at dinner last night.”

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          Madplan uge 19, 2009   
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          Camila Vallejo, líder estudiantil chilena en un discurso memorable   
El Bolsón (M.P).- El siguiente es un discurso de una estudiante chilena, Camila Vallejo, una de las líderes de la F.E.S. (Federación de Estudiantes Secundarios) de Chile, pronunciado en el marco de una larga lucha por la educación libre y gratuita en su país.
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ESCRITO POR RESUMEN LATINOAMERICANO   
21 Julio 2011
Discurso de asunción a la Presidencia Federación de Estudiantes de Chile: Mi nombre es Camila Antonia Amaranta Vallejo Dowling y quisiera, antes que todo, poder expresarle a los presentes el orgullo y el desafío que significa para mí encabezar la Federación de Estudiantes más importante de Chile, es una gran responsabilidad que significa hacerse cargo de 104 años de historia, 104 años de aventuras y desventuras, 104 años de lucha en el seno del movimiento estudiantil.
Y es un orgullo y un gran desafío porque vengo de aquellos lugares que no reciben condecoraciones, de los cuales poco y nada se dice, porque poco y nada se sabe, lugares que a veces incluso se les llega a olvidar.
Mis estudios secundarios los cursé en un pequeño colegio cuyo nombre significa tierra florida; extraña paradoja, ya que en sus patios se respiraba más tierra que flores y en sus salas de madera se acumula el polvo de generaciones de alumnos no emblemáticos, que nunca llegaran a ocupar los puestos de poder más importantes de nuestro país.
Mi carrera, una de las más pequeñas de esta Universidad, casi no se encuentra en el consciente colectivo, se pierde entre los pasillos de la FAU y se confunde con otras disciplinas. La Geografía en esta Universidad casi no tiene tiempo ni espacio, otra paradoja.
Sin embargo, lo más terrible es darse cuenta que de pronto esto no pasa solo en Geografía, sino que también en Administración Pública, que es carrera de ocho a seis, porque después de las seis de la tarde no hay Universidad para ellos, una carrera que debiese ser fundamental para fortalecer el sistema público. Y también ocurre en Educación y de pronto, nos damos cuenta que no son solo unas pocas carreras, sino que es toda una rama del saber, es toda un área del conocimiento la que ha caído en la pobreza universitaria como consecuencia de las lógicas del mercado implementadas ya a lo largo de estos últimos treinta años.
Y de lo pequeño y olvidado de mi lugar de origen, se suma además, mi corto tiempo de vida, con 22 años, vengo a ser la segunda mujer presidenta de la FECH en más de cien años de historia. Y usted rector tendrá el privilegio de ser el segundo en la historia de la Universidad que es acompañado por una mujer en la presidencia de nuestra federación de estudiantes.
Ahora bien, puede que en este momento me toque a mí ejercer el cargo de Presidenta, sin embargo, debo decir que yo sola jamás habría logrado todo esto y que mis manos son tan solo un par más dentro de tantas otras, y en donde todas juntas son las que levantan este proyecto colectivo que se llama Estudiantes de Izquierda, el cual ya se encamina a su tercer período consecutivo al mando de nuestra Federación.
Si me permiten contarles un poco acerca de Estudiantes de Izquierda, debo decirles que como colectivo político estamos presentes en amplios espacios de nuestra Universidad, que en nuestro interior se expresa la máxima diversidad estudiantil, que entendemos que la izquierda debe construirse con participación y democracia y que esta elección en donde hemos aumentado en casi 400 votos respecto de la elección anterior, nos demuestra que como movimiento estamos vinculados orgánicamente con las bases estudiantiles de nuestra Universidad.
Como Estudiantes de Izquierda sentimos la responsabilidad ética de hacer política, porque la administración del poder por los poderosos de siempre nos obliga a entrometernos en sus asuntos, porque estos asuntos son también nuestros asuntos y porque no podemos dejar que unos pocos privilegiados sean quienes eternamente definan las medidas y contornos que debe tener nuestra patria, ajustándola siempre a sus pequeños intereses.
Creemos que la clave del éxito para el movimiento estudiantil está en volver a situar a la Federación en una posición de vanguardia a nivel nacional, en volver a entretejer redes sociales con los pobladores, los trabajadores, las organizaciones sociales y gremiales, los jóvenes que se quedaron fuera de la Universidad pateando piedras, en otras palabras, hablamos de volver nuestra mirada al conjunto de los problemas sociales que hoy rodean a la Universidad y con los cuales estamos íntimamente vinculados y comprometidos.
Debemos romper con aquella burbuja universitaria que instala el individualismo, la competencia y el exitismo personal como patrón de conducta para los estudiantes por sobre ideas y conceptos fundamentales como lo son la solidaridad, la comunidad y la colaboración entre nosotros.
Somos contrarios a la visión de que la Universidad es solo venir, sacarse buenas notas, y abandonar cuanto antes sus aulas para salir pronto a ganar dinero en el mercado laboral, tenemos los ojos lo suficientemente abiertos como para darnos cuenta que afuera hay un mundo entero por conquistar, que este mundo requiere de nuestra entrega, de nuestro esfuerzo y de nuestro sacrificio y que para quienes ya hemos abierto los ojos a las inequidades sociales que asoman por todos los rincones de nuestra ciudad, se nos vuelve imposible volver a cerrar la puerta y hacer como que nada hemos visto o como que nada ha pasado. Nuestro compromiso por la transformación social es irrenunciable.
Porque necesitamos hoy, más que nunca, una profunda discusión respecto del país que queremos construir y a partir de aquello cuál es el tipo de Universidad que se pondrá al centro de dicha construcción.
Porque no creemos en la Universidad como un espacio neutro dentro de la sociedad, la universidad es un agente vivo en su construcción y en el desarrollo del proyecto país que como ciudadanos levantamos día a día. Nuestra responsabilidad está en generar organización al interior de aquella, lo cual nos permita transformar la universidad, para así poder transformar la sociedad.
Nuestro concepto de Universidad nos habla de un espacio abierto, participativo y democrático, con una comunidad universitaria activa, dialogante, una comunidad que se involucra en el diseño y conducción de su casa de estudios.
Nuestra visión es la de una Universidad que se ubique ya no en los primeros rankings de la competencia o el marketing universitario, de los cuales hoy en día mucho se habla, sino que se ubique en el primer lugar de aporte al desarrollo social del país, el primer lugar en el fomento de la equidad en cuanto a la composición social de sus estudiantes, que ocupe el primer lugar en el desarrollo de la ciencia y tecnología al servicio de los intereses de Chile y su pueblo.
Creemos en una Universidad permanentemente vinculada con los problemas que nuestro pueblo le presenta, activa en la búsqueda de soluciones y en la entrega de aportes por medio del conocimiento.
Sin embargo, nuestra realidad actual dista mucho de estos conceptos brevemente aquí esbozados, hoy la Universidad es cada vez más un proyecto sin otro norte que no sea el que le señala el mercado, a la educación superior se le ha puesto precio y nuestras Universidades son medidas por criterios industriales de producción como si fueran una empresa más dentro del esquema productivo de la nación, una empresa especial con muchas comodidades en su proceso productivo, pero empresa al fin y al cabo.
En este esquema, un rol fundamental lo jugó el desfinanciamiento sistemático que vivió la Universidad Pública al momento de implementarse las políticas neoliberales. El autofinanciamiento, establecido como doctrina, fue un golpe seco que dio en la esencia misma de lo que constituía el quehacer universitario hasta ese momento, condicionando y sometiendo a la Universidad a lógicas y esquemas mercantiles que le eran desconocidos. La Universidad Pública tuvo que verse obligada a competir en situaciones desfavorables en lo que se llamó âel nuevo mercado de la educación superiorâ, se le puso precio, tuvo que venderse a sí misma para poder captar mayores recursos y continuar así con su proyecto educativo, perdió su brillo y su color, perdió su esencia transformadora y quedó botada en un rincón, ya incapaz de reconocerse a sí misma.
Estamos hablando que se operó un cambio estratégico en el desarrollo de la Universidad, el cual ha sido irremontable hasta este momento. Con ello hubo sectores importantes del quehacer universitario que producto de su no rentabilidad económica fueron cayendo rápidamente en la desgracia y el abandono, las Universidades Públicas se volcaron a sí mismas, viviendo casi un chauvinismo institucional, donde cada una se preocupaba de su propia sobrevivencia, perdiéndose la visión de conjunto que poseía nuestro antiguo sistema de educación superior pública.
Este procedimiento operado en plena dictadura, siguió su curso con los gobiernos de la Concertación, la cual no operó mayores cambios, más bien, se dedicó a administrar con comodidad el modelo heredado y en algunas líneas, incluso, lo profundizó. No obstante lo anterior, pasaron los años y el control del gobierno volvió a las manos de quienes tiempo atrás habían gobernado con trajes de civiles detrás de los uniformes de soldado.
Según nuestra mirada, esto representa un peligro fatal para la Universidad Pública hoy día, creemos que el gobierno de los empresarios busca poner el broche de oro a la privatización total de la educación superior, sellando definitivamente la obra que iniciaron desde las sombras en los años ochenta. La designación de Harald Beyer y Álvaro Saieh en nuestro Consejo Universitario, dos grandes defensores del modelo de mercado y el actual presupuesto nacional en el área de la educación superior son dos grandes indicativos de aquello. Son medidas que nos muestran nítidamente que el gobierno se apresta a poner en marcha una agenda privatizadora a gran escala y que, por lo tanto, el año 2011 será estratégico en su implementación.
Esta será una batalla importante que enfrentará nuestro sector el próximo año, para dar respuesta a este desafío debemos desplegar un movimiento que escape a tan solo los estudiantes, necesitaremos de los académicos, los trabajadores, las autoridades universitarias, todos juntos en las calles exigiendo que el Estado cumpla con sus Universidades, que el Estado cumpla con la educación superior pública de nuestro país.
Pero el problema no pasa tan solo por exigirle al Estado lo que a nuestras Universidades le debe, sino que también debemos mirarnos con visión autocritica y preguntarnos qué es lo que como Universidad le estamos entregando a nuestro pueblo. Necesitamos un nuevo trato del Estado para con la educación superior pública de nuestro país y, a la vez, necesitamos un nuevo compromiso de las Universidades Públicas para con el pueblo de Chile y sus intereses, esta Universidad tiene que ser la Universidad de todos los chilenos y no solo la de unos pocos.
A nadie le es indiferente que en nuestra casa de estudios se perpetúen desigualdades fundamentales que determinan, por ejemplo, que el 20% más rico de la población tenga más del 50% de las matrículas, en cualquier sociedad que se precie de ser justa y democrática esta desigualdad fundamental es inaceptable.
¿Seguiremos educando solo a las élites socioeconómicas?, o, ¿nos aseguraremos de implementar un sistema de acceso que permita que todos los jóvenes con talentos y habilidades, independiente de su origen y capacidad de pago, puedan permanecer en la Universidad?
¿Seguiremos dejando que solo aquellas disciplinas que son rentables en el mercado alcancen niveles de desarrollo armónicos y de excelencia?, o, ¿aseguraremos de manera efectiva que todas las áreas del conocimiento tengan un trato justo y así puedan contribuir a consolidar la sociedad que anhelamos, ya no solo en términos económicos, sino que en términos culturales, intelectuales, cívicos, valóricos, es decir, con seres humanos íntegros?
Por más que quieran hacernos creer lo contrario, para nosotros la Universidad no puede ser un negocio ni mucho menos la educación puede ser una mercancía.
La pelea será dura, pero está el futuro de la Universidad en juego y en esta batalla nosotros no bajaremos los brazos.
No quiero terminar mis palabras sin antes aludir a un hecho que para mí reviste gran notoriedad, algo señalaba más arriba pero quisiera ahora poder extenderme un poco más en aquello, me refiero a mi condición de mujer.
Como mujer puedo ver y vivenciar en carne propia las actuales formas de opresión de la que somos víctimas en la actual configuración machista de la sociedad. En Chile nos decimos un país desarrollado y nos llenamos de orgullo por nuestro reciente ingreso a la OCDE, no obstante, detrás de la cortina del progreso económico y del optimismo del jaguar latinoamericano se esconde una historia de opresión y sexismo que aún perdura hasta nuestros días. Las mujeres seguimos sufriendo hoy día todo tipo de discriminaciones, a la hora de buscar trabajo, en los planes de cobertura para nuestra salud, en la escala de sueldos, incluso a la hora de participar en política.
Tan solo ayer leía unas ideas que quisiera poder trasladarles en este momento ya que me parecen esclarecedoras respecto de lo que les quiero decir, abro comillas ârespecto de las mujeres, cuando buscan trabajo, además de calificación se le pide presencia y no basta con que sean amables y generosas, sino que deben además ser graciosas, simpáticas y coquetas, pero no mucho. Se les exige estar presentables y cuando juzgan que se ha pasado un milímetro, se les critica por presuntuosas. Se les elogia por ser madres y se les excluye por tener hijos.
De la mujer se sospecha cuando es joven porque desestabiliza a la manada y se le rechaza cuando los años pasan porque ha perdido competitividad. Es excomulgada por fea y también cuando es bella. En el primer caso se dice que es repulsiva, en el segundo provocadora. Cuando no es lo uno ni lo otro la tildan de mediocreâ, cierre de comillas.
Estas son las condiciones en las cuales las mujeres nos desarrollamos actualmente, estas son las condiciones que desde mi Presidencia también buscaré transformar.

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          Service Technician – Aftermarket (CRS) - Barrie - Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada - Mississauga, ON   
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          Analista de Marketing Digital - LOJAS KD - Pinhais, PR   
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          Sales Manager / Crown Automotive - Asbury Automotive Group - Greensboro, NC   
Automotive GSM, CEO, Director, Area Marketing Director, Used Car Manager, Service Manager, Manheim, AutoExchange, Netlook, ADP, Regional Sales Manager....
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          Director of Sales and Marketing   
MultiLocation, Gothic Landscape is looking for a Director of Sales and Marketing that is passionate, motivated, innovative, and an industry leader with a successful proven track record. This role is responsible for directing the sales and marketing programs, bothshort and long range, targeted towards existing and new markets in the Southwest. Will provide support, accountability, training, drive focused sales ef
          Rochester Farmers Market to donate $32K to veterans   
The Rochester Farmers Market will give away $32,000 to area veterans this summer as part of an annual grassroots program to thank those who have served.
          Will Title Insurance cover a hidden defect?   
How could insurance cover a Hidden [latent] defect?

By its very nature, it is something hidden.

Not so fast .....


the case revolves around Paul and Stefanie Macdonald who bought a home in the city that they believed had been poorly renovated by its previous owner. When they attempted to undertake renovations of their own, they found that load-bearing walls had been taken out without building permits – making the second floor unsafe for use. This prompted the city of Toronto to issue a work order to support the unsafe floors with the Macdonalds paying out $75,000. They made a claim to Chicago Title on their insurance policy to cover these costs because the policy was said to provide coverage if the title was unmarketable. However, the claim was denied as the company stated that it was not covered under the policy.
This, in turn, prompted court action beginning in 2014, with the judge ruling that the municipal work order resulted from a hidden defect that was not covered under the policy. It stated that the work order did not affect “ownership of the land” as it was not registered on the property title – even though work orders are never registered against the title.
http://www.insurancebusiness.ca/ca/news/breaking-news/huge-title-insurance-case-reaches-conclusion-217419.aspx

 It was last year that the decision was reversed with the insurer ordered to pay more than $50,000 in costs with the ruling suggesting the hidden defect made the title unmarketable. Now an appeal by the insurer has been dismissed and the ruling upheld.


So  what's the conclusion?

The situation will be taken under advisement and studied by the Industry.   I am sure if you are in the situation to sue; you now have case law in your favour.


Do you check the insurance claims history of a house before you buy? 
You can actually    With a Home Verified Report
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          INSIGHTS to the condo market - Toronto 2017    
Urbanation recently polled Builders to ascertain the level of FOREIGN OWNERSHIP in the Toronto Condominium Market


The results of a survey conducted by Urbanation Inc. indicate that the majority (52%) of buyers of new condominium units in the Greater Toronto Area are being purchased by investors who do not intend to occupy their units and that only about 5% of new units are being purchased by foreign buyers (i.e. buyers whose primary residence is outside of Canada). The survey was conducted among developers of condominium projects being developed in the 3rd quarter of 2016 (projects in the pre-construction and construction stages and recently completed projects). Urbanation Inc. is a research company that has been analyzing the Toronto condominium market since 1981.The results of the Urbanation survey are consistent with the findings set out in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (“CMHC”) November, 2016 report, Housing Market Insight Canada – Foreign Ownership. The CMHC reportindicates that foreign ownership of condominiums in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area in 2016 was 2.3%, with the greatest concentration of foreign ownership in new condominiums and condominiums with more than 500 units.There has been considerable speculation as to whether the Government of Ontario will introduce a tax on foreign buyers, as was done in British Columbia. Since the results of the surveys conducted by both Urbanation and CMHC indicate that only a small percentage of units are being purchased by foreign buyers, this would seem to suggest that there is no need for a foreign buyers tax.Another survey conducted by Urbanation indicated that the supply of condominium units in the Greater Toronto Area listed as available for rent dropped by 13% in the 3rd quarter of 2016.“Market conditions became very tight in the third quarter with the average condo rental spanning only 12 days on the market and the number of units renting for above asking price more than doubling from a year ago.”These findings are consistent with recent findings of the Toronto Real Estate Board, which indicated that rental rates for condominium units had escalated considerably due to the fact that there were fewer new condominium projects being completed in the third quarter.With the hot real estate market in the GTA it will be interesting to see what happens in 2017.

Many are looking at these results in light of BC's additional tax of $150,000 per property in Vancouver and Toronto's eyeing Revenue Tools ( additional Taxes )

Do you think we need a Toronto Condo Tax on Foreign Owners?

How do we decide who is a foreigner?
Are they a Student?

Are the Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident?

What's the best way to see a condo unit?

Matterport of course


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List your condo?







          Baker Hughes Confirms It's in Merger Talks With Halliburton   

HOUSTON -- Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes said it's talks with rival Halliburton about a potential merger.  The deal talk between the two Houston-based companies comes during a drop in oil prices that has hurt both companies' stock price. Combined, Halliburton and Baker Hughes would be slightly larger by revenue than Schlumberger , and hold an even larger advantage in North America, where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a big business for the oilfield companies.  A combination could give Halliburton and Baker Hughes more power to charge energy companies higher prices, particularly in North America.  Baker Hughes shares closed up 15% at $58.75. They added another 3% in extended trading after the company confirmed the deal talks. Halliburton gained 56 cents, or about 1%, to close at $53.79 and tacked on another 68 cents in after-hours trading.

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          One in 10 could be behind with their mortgage   
The high level of debt carried by Home Owners in Toronto is exceeding their capacity to safe for their rainy day fund.   One singular event, a car accident or if one wage earner is laid off can have serious consequences.

We may qualify at the posted rates and take a mortgage at the variable rates; additional expenses make it harder to save for retirement or that annual vacation.

Who says so?   CD Howe Institute.  December of 2015

 The portion of mortgage indebted households with a primary mortgage debt-to-disposable income ratio in excess of 500 percent has climbed from 3 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2012.December 9, 2015 – The federal government should pay close attention to several pockets of risk in the Canadian housing market, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Mortgaged to the Hilt: Risks From The Distribution of Household Mortgage Debt,” authors Craig Alexander and Paul Jacobson expose pockets of vulnerability by going beyond national averages and focusing on the distribution of house mortgage debt by income, age and region, all of which matter most when assessing risk.
“Household mortgage debt has risen dramatically and traditional economy-wide averages understate the degree of financial risk for those that carried mortgages because they typically divide the value of mortgages across the income of households with and without mortgages”, remarks Alexander.
Using the data from the Survey of Financial Security, the authors find that the ratio of the value of mortgages on primary dwellings have jumped from 144 percent of after-tax income in 1999 to 204 percent in 2012.  However, this also understates the degree of financial risk for a significant minority of households.
The author’s analysis suggests that a significant minority of Canadians having taken on a high degree of financial risk. The portion of mortgage indebted households with a primary mortgage debt-to-disposable income ratio in excess of 500 percent has climbed from 3 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2012. Their analysis of the distribution of mortgage debt is as follows:
  1. Income: The increase in highly mortgage-indebted households has been in all income groups, but more so in lower-income quintiles.
  1. Age: The increase in financial risk is also evident across all age groups, but more so for younger Canadians who have entered the market most recently.
  1. Region: As one might expect, there has been greater concentration of mortgage debt in the provinces with the strongest housing booms.
Additionally, the authors find that roughly 1-in-5 of mortgage indebted households have less than $5,000 in financial assets to draw upon in response to a loss of income or to higher debt service costs. 1-in-10 mortgage-indebted households have less than $1,500 in financial assets to address any shock. This represents an inadequate financial buffer, as average mortgage payments are more than $1,000 a month, before taxes and operating costs.
The federal government may want to consider further policy actions to lean against the shift towards significantly higher mortgage burdens. However, such policy measures should not be unduly heavy handed and should be targeted to address the distributional nature of the risks.
For example, potential targeted measures would be to tighten underwriting requirements by lifting required credit scores, capping total debt-service ratios at lower levels, lifting qualifying interest rates when doing income testing, or varying the minimum downpayment by the size of mortgage to target higher-priced markets. Such measures would build on the regulatory tightening already done to date without posing a material threat to Canadian real estate markets. https://www.cdhowe.org/sites/default/files/attachments/research_papers/mixed/Commentary_441_0.pdf    Click here for the full report

Getting the correct Mortgage Advice; living with your means and eliminating HIGH Interest rate credit card debt all count towards securing your long term comfort.  I recommend a debt check up with http://RenewyourMortgage.ca

Because the best mortgage is NO mortgage at all.

David Pylyp

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          Fill 'Er Up: Gas Is Under $3 for the First Time in 4 Years   

By Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: the gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked." Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 The national average price of gasoline fell 33 cents to end October at $3 a gallon and dipped Saturday to $2.995, according to AAA. That marks the first time in four years that gas has been cheaper than $3 a gallon. When the national average crossed above $3 a gallon in December of 2010, drivers weren't sure they'd ever see $2.99 again. Global demand for oil and gasoline was rising as people in developing countries bought cars by the tens of millions and turmoil was brewing in the oil-rich Middle East. Now demand isn't rising as fast as expected, drillers have learned to tap vast new sources of oil, particularly in the U.S., and crude continues to flow out of the Middle East. Seasonal swings and other factors will likely send gas back over $3 sooner than drivers would like, but the U.S. is on track for the lowest annual average since 2010 -- and the 2015 average is expected to be lower even still. Trisha Pena of Hermitage, Tennessee, recently paid $2.57 a gallon to fill up her Honda CRV. Like many around the country these days, she was so surprised and delighted by the price she took a photo and posted it on social media for her friends to see. "I can't remember the last time it cost under $30 to put 10 or 11 gallons in my tank," she said in an interview. "A month ago it was in the $3.50 range, and that's where it had been for a very long time." Must Read: Jim Cramer: What the Fall in Oil Means Here are a few things to know about cheap gas: Crude prices came off the boil. Oil fell from $107 a barrel in June to near $81 because there's a lot of supply and weak demand. U.S. output has increased 70% since 2008, and supplies from Iraq and Canada have also increased. At the same time, demand is weaker than expected because of a sluggish global economy. In the past, a stronger economy in the U.S., the world's biggest consumer of oil and gasoline, typically meant rising fuel demand. No longer. Americans are driving more efficient vehicles and our driving habits are changing. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute calculates that the number of miles travelled per household and gallons of fuel consumed per household peaked in 2004. The drop from last year's average of $3.51 per gallon will save the typical U.S. household about $50 a month. The drop will save the U.S. economy $187 million a day, and also boost the profits of shippers, airlines and any company that sends employees out on sales calls or for deliveries. It will take an extra 1.5 years to make purchasing a higher-priced, better-mileage Toyota Prius instead of a Toyota Corolla pay off. New York's average of $3.365 is the highest in the continental U.S. South Carolina and Tennessee are the lowest, with an average of $2.74. Politicians are either going to take the credit for lower gasoline prices or blame the other party for not helping them fall further. Don't listen. There are small things politicians can do over long time horizons, like implement fuel economy standards or ease drilling regulations, but the decline in prices is mainly due to market forces. Gasoline is cheaper than milk again. In September the national average price of milk was $3.73 per gallon. The annual average for milk is on track to be more expensive than the annual average for gasoline for the first time since 2011. The gap is even bigger for some bottled water lovers. A case of a dozen 1.5 liter bottles of Evian on Amazon.com costs $38.99, which makes for a price per gallon of $8.20. Must Read: Oil Services Stocks Are Now Too Cheap to Ignore as Crude Oil Prices Slide

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          Putting your House on the MLS is not enough   
Just POSTING your house onto Realtor.com  or MLS.ca is not enough to market your home. You want to attract a wider pool of international buyers who will qualify themselves into loving your home.

New technological advancements in real estate are piling up, making your habits grow old much faster. These cautionary tales from the plugged-in crowd at Inman Connect this year reveal ideas and practices that practitioners should ditch as they move toward a more connected world.Favoring Traditional Listings Over an Interactive ExperienceConsumers are demanding a more dynamic experience while searching for homes online, but many real estate companies aren’t offering 3-D listings because they fear the impact the technology could have on the role of the agent, says Marc Haguenauer, CEO of Vieweet, a company offering tools to shoot 3-D video and virtual reality. “Brokers fear that if you’re using virtual tours as a marketing device, you’re giving away too much information right away and losing leads,” he says.The idea that the enhanced detail of 3-D listings takes away from the importance of an agent is a fallacy, says Mark Tepper, vice president of sales and business development for 3-D camera maker Matterport. He says richer listing detail gives international buyers and those who can’t be there in person to see the property a reason to call. “What it will do is bring you better-qualified buyers and open you up to a global market,” Tepper says.Up next is virtual reality, whereby real estate pros can create a virtual world inside a home. Though the technology is still evolving, Tepper says 3-D will help usher virtual reality into everyday marketing tasks. So it’s important to get a handle on 3-D now so you’re ready for what’s coming next.Outsourcing Technology Education to VendorsBrokers often seek out vendors for training on new technology platforms, but it’s time to rethink that strategy. “We have so many tech tools available, but adoption is a challenge because of the broad demographic of our agents,” says Dina Di Maria, senior vice president of information technology for NRT, a residential brokerage whose brands include Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and ZipRealty. http://realtormag.realtor.org/technology/feature/article/2016/02/3-technology-habits-you-should-kick

New Tools are coming to Market your home and Buyers are using Matterport Technology, Virtual Online technology and SINGLE Address website to Feature your home.   Get a top agent who is actually using it to speak to agents and Sellers about how they can use it. 

Distribute 200 - 300 OPEN HOUSE invitations to your event; Include the Website detail.

David Pylyp
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          Siemens to Buy Oilfield Equipment Maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 Billion   

HOUSTON -- German electronics and engineering company Siemens has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion. Under the dealaannounced early Monday in Germany, Siemensawill pay $83 a share for Dresser-Rand. Dresser Rand's market capitalization is $6.12 billion. The deal includes assumption of debt. Shares of Dresser-Rand rose 2.2% in premarket trading to $81.65. Siemensasaid in a statement that Dresser-Rand's portfolio of compressors, steam and gas turbines and engines complements itsaexisting offerings mainly in the growing global oil and gas and power generation businesses. a

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          Its been inside the garage all these years   
You came to visit and take an inventory.

Mom has relocated to the  retirement centre and the house vacant for over a year.  The carry costs are accruing. 

There in the back; the Soap Box Racer that you built with your Dad and saved for next year's races. It has been waiting all these years.   So many feelings come to the surface.



Your siblings are getting VOCAL about selling the house and taking advantage of the strong real estate market in Toronto; but there are so many things to deal with.

Where do you start?

Accredited Senior Agent, David Pylyp can bring forward an array for help to prioritize and organise the contents. 

Its more than a sale.   These are your memories

David Pylyp
Sales Representative
RE/MAX realty specialists inc., brokerage
416 233 9000

If I can't help; I will recommend someone personally vetted who can

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          The Deal: Regency Energy Pays Premium for PVR   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Houston energy midstream services provider Regency Energy Partners said Thursday it agreed to buy PVR Partners of Radnor, Pa., for $5.6 billion, expanding it from the Permian Basin, South Texas and northern Louisiana into Appalachia's Marcellus and Utica shale plays and the Mid-Continent. The deal includes $1.8 billion in debt assumption.PVR was surging on the news, gaining 12% to $25.65, while Regency was losing 8% to $25.61. Holders of PVR common units, Class B units and special units will receive 1.020 common units of Regency for each PVR unit they hold and a one-time cash payment at closing estimated at $40 million. Together, the stocks and cash were valued at $28.68 per unit, a 25.7% premium over PVR's closing price Wednesday of $22.81. Both partnerships' boards have approved the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 if it clears PVR unitholders and Hart-Scott-Rodino. CreditSights Inc. analysts Andy DeVries and Charles Johnston wrote in a report Thursday that Regency is paying a full multiple for PVR at 19.5 times Ebitda for the last 12 months, 17 times this year's estimated Ebitda and 14 times next year's Ebitda, versus the bidding war for Southern Union Co. that went over 10 times Ebitda ("and everybody thought that was expensive," they wrote). "While the 14 times is high relative to historic norms, that is being driven by the Fed and investors chasing yield in MLP's," they said, noting that 14 times is in line with current merged GP/LP MLP valuations like MarkWest Energy Partners LP (13.9 times) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (14.2 times). CreditSights said it was surprised by the deal, as it expected Regency would instead get merged into Energy Transfer Partners LP. It was also surprised that Regency used equity to fund the deal, as Regency yields 6.7% while Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, also owned by Energy Transfer, yields only 3.7% and thus is a much more richly valued currency for making acquisitions. "We understand PVR is in a different business line than SXL [Sunoco] but we assumed SXL could find its own acquisitions," it wrote. CreditSights is also concerned about Regency picking up PVR's coal royalty business, which makes up 20% of its earnings. "While less than 10% of the combined company's Ebitda, coal is clearly a negative for MLP [master limited partnership] investors," it said. "We assume the negative of the coal business is offset by O&M [operations and maintenance] synergies." PVR also merged with its general partner in 2011 so there are no incentive distribution rights impacting financials, CreditSights noted.The two companies claimed that the deal will create a leading gas gathering and processing platform with a scaled presence across North America's premier high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in Appalachia, West Texas, South Texas, the Mid-Continent and northern Louisiana. The combination will be slightly dilutive to next year's discounted cash flow. However, the partnerships said it's not expected to affect anticipated cash distribution growth next year, and the enhanced scale, balance sheet strength and diversification are expected to provide substantial Ebitda and discounted cash flow growth over time. Moreover, the deal is expected to better-position the combined company to capitalize on the long-term growth momentum of North American gas production through incremental, high-value expansions around its core asset base and other growth and acquisition opportunities. "This acquisition enhances our overall geographic diversity by providing Regency with a strategic presence in two prolific producing areas, the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin and the Granite Wash in the Mid-Continent region," Regency CEO Michael Bradley said in a statement. "These are tremendously complementary businesses, and as a result, we expect the increased footprint and scale to create significant synergies and provide substantial organic growth opportunities that will continue to support our goal of increasing distributions and creating unitholder value." PVR chief executive William Shea Jr. said in a statement the merger creates a larger, more diversified operating platform that will be highly attractive to investors, customers, creditors and employees. "We believe that the size and scope of the combined enterprise will be highly beneficial to our unitholders, offering added diversification and critical mass which will provide the needed financial flexibility to fully execute and benefit from the significant portfolio of organic growth projects we have developed over the past three years, especially in our Eastern midstream operations." Bradley will continue as president and CEO, and Thomas Long will continue as CFO. Regency and PVR expect to establish a transition team made up of members of both management teams to prepare for and to oversee the integration. The partnerships said the combination will have assets in many of the most economic, high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in North America: the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Avalon and Cline shale plays in the Permian, the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Appalachia, the Granite Wash play in Oklahoma and Texas and the Haynesville Shale and Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The increased scale and footprint will position Regency to build deeper customer relationships and secure and execute additional accretive growth opportunities, the partnerships said. Regency used Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michael Cannon and Andrew Castaldo, UBS Investment Bank's Rob Pierce and Carlos Rivero and a Baker Botts LLP team including Neel Lemon, Breen Haire, Joshua Davidson, Steve Marcus, A.J. Ericksen, Daniel Gottschalk, Rob Fowler, Paul Cuomo, Scott Janoe, Doug Rayburn and Luke Weedon. PVR tapped Citigroup Global Markets Inc.'s Claudio Sauer and Drew Horn; Evercore Partners' Ray Strong, Rob Pacha, Eric Bauer, Amit Bushan and Joyce Zhang; and Vinson & Elkins LLP's Mike Rosenwasser and Michael Swidler.--By Claire Poole in Houston

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          The Deal: ECOtality Enlists Help for Restructuring   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Despite raising more than $8 million in June, ECOtality Inc. may be on the road to bankruptcy court after losing its funding from the Department of Energy and experiencing issues with its products.

The San Francisco-based provider of clean electric transportation technologies warned that it is currently exploring its options for a restructuring or the sale of its company after being unable to obtain financing to fund its continued operations.

According to an Aug. 12 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ECOtality has hired FTI Consulting as its restructuring adviser. FTI Consulting declined to comment. ECOtality, which builds electric vehicle charging stations, may also be facing a bankruptcy petition "in the very near future," it said in the SEC filing. ...

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          You claim you had 2000 views on REALTOR.ca - Prove it!   
OK!

Any agent can show you the number of views per listing period and their intensity.

That is part of the marketing function.  Getting Eyes on your property


I know that some are proponents of 3rd party websites;  BUT MLS.ca is the strongest portal available to Toronto Home Sellers.  The combination of Matterport as a Virtual Viewer and MLS presentation makes buyers share the listing details with their friends and family.


That makes them PRE qualify themselves.



Can you see when that listing HIT the market?   Let me do this for you and your home sale.  #Call me






          Shorts Battle Over Linn   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Linn Energy has become a news story without much news, courtesy of TheStreet founder Jim Cramer and the very aggressive short war being engaged by Barron's magazine and a research firm looking to make a name for itself.

So the battle over Linn is pitched, but let's take a look, not as an analyst but as a trader should -- trying less to find a winner in the numbers and rhetoric, but instead understanding the trading psyche that encircles this beleaguered name.

First, understand that Linn uses the Master Limited Partnership structure in a very unique way and some could argue it abuses this structure, both in the tax advantages it gains and the distributions it looks to pass along to its shareholders. I won't opine on whether turning an energy company into a registered MLP is a fair or unfair organizational trick, but I will say that it can make proper valuation of this name difficult for the retail investor -- there is no other energy company quite like Linn. >>Also see: Coal Is First Casualty of Energy Abundance>> The retail shareholder is what the stock action has been all about. Linn is not an institutional name -- its holders are mostly all retail punters, easily frightened and sensitive to "bear raid" activity. With almost 5% short interest in the stock, there is a good financial reason for certain funds to very much want to see those shares go down....

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          You should know the facts to Change your life in 2016   
What prices should we watch this year?   Everything is going to be more expensive!

We faced financial extinction in 2008 and bounced back. The average Toronto detached home approaches $622k. Sales continue unabated averaging 10% per year in financial gains per year since '95 breaking 100K units in the GTA. 

The key seems to be consistency.

This could be coming to an end.

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Oil Prices have been falling, much to our delight at the gas pumps but now we realise that OIL and Gas related employment accounts for 25% of our economy. Increased expenses for everything we eat, as we suffer with exchange rate that is an eleven year low.

Brick-and-mortar stores still have value in the form of sales and brand experience, but if they’re not building a strong online presence in tandem, they’ll quickly find themselves out of the running.

Canadian Consumers are increasingly shopping online.

Mortgage Finance rules have changed requiring Larger downpayments and stricter lending guidelines. Those Millennials fortunate enought to have found a decent paying dependable job will some trouble qualifying for new mortgages; Those with contract work will find it a struggle. 

With so much weakness in the domestic economic picture,  uncertainty over oil prices and negativity in Canadian markets, year-end seems a good time for homeowners to focus on eliminating debt and consider finally working towards being debt free.

We All still see Canada as a safe haven for investment and immigration. People will continue to arrive and 95% want the Canadian dream of Home ownership. 


It all simply comes down to consumer confidance... 


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David Pylyp
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Toronto Canada 

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          BP Withdrawing Some Staff From Libya   

LONDON -- Oil company BP says it is temporarily withdrawing some nonessential and non-Libyan staff from its office in Libya's capital following similar action by Britain's Foreign Office.

David Nicholas, a BP spokesman, said the move is "a precautionary measure" on advice from the Foreign Office. He wouldn't say how many staff will be affected but stressed that the Tripoli office remains open.

The U.K. Foreign Office said Friday it was temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Tripoli in light of recent political unrest. ...

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          We all buy based on monthly payments   
But do you actually stop to think and consider the value of what you are purchasing?

Some recent events are causing me to re examine some decisions I have made in the past;  Namely, we decided that paying $735 per month in maintenance fees was acceptable since we lived near the lake, had transit and concierge both at the front door.

Since, I work primarily from home I relished the conveniences of no maintenance obligations, a garbage chute, the power washing of my above ground parking spot inside a heated garage, snow removal and landscaping.  I walked to my office coffee in hand.

We have a new child.  Everything has changed in the span of 9 months


This is causing our revisit to a detached home;  deemed un attainable by pricing, as detached property in the west Toronto averages well into a one million dollar purchase.

http://www.trebhome.com/market_news/market_watch/

The alternative is to accept modern, thermally efficient, well wired (no aluminium or weekend electricians) centrally located townhouse that are in close proximity to a subway station.

A number of these communities have emerged, Islington Village, Furrow Lane, Van Dusen, Bering Avenue, Six Points Road,  and newest is Westhaven's Tiffany Park, [just south of Judson beside the No Frills]

BUT  what are you buying for almost $900,000?  Lets say that together ...  NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!

The lot size in the pictured sample is 14.76 feet by 61. 81 feet. This includes the patio or rear deck over your tandem garage.  There will be a rear door to the alley.  A lot of this size is called a POLT   Parcel of Tied Land,  the balance of the property is actually a condominium corporation for the ongoing road landscaping and upkeep.  This way we are buying a FREEHOLD property.

Trims and finishes are modern granite and hardwoods, Fireplaces are Gas fired, but there is little rear yard for gardening.

Let' examine the Monthly carry costs

$900,000 Purchase Price
  180,000 Downpayment (20% will save you the CMHC premiun)
 $720,000 First Mortgage  at Today's rate  you qualify at 4.64% but get 2.69% for 5 Yr.

LTT (Toronto Land Transfer Tax to purchase)     $28,200

That payment is $3,294 per month assuming no rate increases over the next five year period.  Your mortgage balance at renewal is $611,709.  We have not paid the maintenance fees or property taxes, Nor turned on any lights or the heat.  Have you

A good used car carries at $500 per month with 0.9% financing but I only extended myself to $35,000.

Adding my car debt requires an income level of $250,000 gross per year ( family or combined ) and that simply is beyond most first and second time buyers.  Mortgage Finance rules have changed for 2016 requiring Larger down payments and stricter lending guidelines. Those Millennials fortunate enough to have found a decent paying dependable job will some trouble qualifying for new mortgages; Those with contract work will find it a struggle.

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          Chesapeake Energy Director Resigns   

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Friday that Thomas L. Ryan has been chosen to join the company's board of directors, taking the seat of Louis A. Simpson, who has resigned.

Ryan is president and chief executive of Service Corp. International , which operates a network of funeral homes and cemeteries.

Ryan will stand for election at the company's annual meeting of shareholders on June 14. He has already been appointed to the board's audit committee, replacing R. Brad Martin, who is becoming chair of the nominating, corporate governance and social responsibility committee. ...

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          Real Estate NEVER drops in price   
Real Estate prices never go down or it's always a good time to buy may have additional qualifiers this year.

The Financial Post says;

With so much weakness in the domestic economic picture, so much uncertainty over whether or when oil prices will recover, and so much negativity in Canadian markets, year-end seems a good time for investors to consider finally working toward real diversification, and paring back their exposure to domestic assets that represent a very small portion of world market. 

http://business.financialpost.com/investing/who-the-heck-knows-what-will-happen-in-2016-heres-what-investing-outlooks-are-actually-good-for


With our dollar dropping, taxes increasing and the loonie at an eleven year low; this is an excellent year to eliminate high interest rate debt.

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          Energy Transfer Gains on ETP Holdco Deal   

HOUSTON (The Deal) -- To simplify a structure that has confounded investors, Dallas oil and gas transportation, processing and storage provider Energy Transfer Partners LP said Thursday, March 21, it would buy the 60% stake in ETP Holdco Corp. it doesn't own from affiliate Energy Transfer Equity LP for $3.75 billion in cash and units.

Shares of Energy Transfer were rising 2% to $49.49 mid-day on Thursday.

The transaction includes $2.35 billion of newly issued ETP units and $1.4 billion in cash. ETE, which owns all of ETP's incentive distribution rights, agreed to forego IDR payments on the newly issued ETP units for the first eight quarters beginning with the quarter in which the closing of the transaction occurs. For eight quarters after that, ETE will collect only half of the IDR payments. The partnerships expect to complete the deal in the second quarter. ...

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          Toronto's Million Dollar Homes are HOT   
The luxury market in the Greater Toronto Area was very active during the first seven months of the year. Sales of properties over $3 million increased 119 per cent year-over-year. The increase of sales at the top-end of the luxury market can be attributed to two factors.

One is overall price appreciation in both markets, driven by low inventory and high demand for single-family homes that has led to more homes meeting the higher dollar threshold. A second factor is high demand for luxury homes from foreign buyers in both markets. 

Two demographics make up the majority of buyers in Toronto’s luxury market.  One is families with older children and parents with professional jobs who have built up enough equity in their previous home to upgrade. The second are families from outside of Canada, primarily China, with school-aged children. These buyers typically choose four or five-bedroom homes and are strongly influenced by proximity to good schools.


http://download.remax.ca/PR/HMO2016/Report/REMAXHousingMarketOutlook2016.pdf#20561241

Average sales prices now exceed $600,000 for a detached home.  Our year over year gain for 2015 is expected to be at or near 10%

Canada Mortgage and housing has introduced new rules for additional down payments requiring 10% down after the $500k threshold.   I doubt these measures will have any effect to slow sales.

Rates continue sub inflation
Inventory Remains Low
Immigration for Jobs and Safe Haven Continues

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          Transocean Stock Jumps After Admitting Criminal Charges in Gulf Oil Spill   

Updated to include analyst comments from Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rig maker Transocean has plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal violation of the Clean Water Act and will pay $1.4 billion in fines to settle criminal and civil claims with the U.S. Department of Justice related to a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which was the worst manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Transocean's fine follows BP's $4.5 billion settlement with U.S. regulators, which also led to guilty pleas on 11 felony counts and manslaughter charges for two of the British oil giant's employees. ...

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          Seeming Down and Out, Coal Has a Rich Future   

NEW YORK TheStreet -- Coal companies were one of the worst-performing industries in 2012. This can be tied to decreasing demand for coal in the U.S. thanks to cheaper and increasingly abundant natural gas. While domestic coal demand was down in 2012 and not likely to rebound in 2013, the coal story looks much different in other countries.

China has become the largest importer of coal with fellow emerging-market country Indonesia recently becoming the second-largest importer. While estimates for future, foreign demand vary widely, the International Energy Agency is calling for coal to "come close to surpassing oil" for the world's largest energy source by 2017.

These sorts of predictions are often subject to revisions and updates but it is clear that even if demand continues to decline in the U.S. there are many emerging markets where it will increase. ...

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          Drilling for Energy Stocks to Buy   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nymex crude oil peaked at $100.42 per barrel on Sept. 14, which was the day after the FOMC announced QE3. Oil subsequently declined 15.9% to $84.05, into Nov. 7. On Dec. 12, the FOMC announced QE4. Since then, oil has moved sideways to up.

Analysis of Nymex Crude Oil ($87.72): On Dec. 14, I wrote FOMC QE4 Foolishness Pushes Stocks to Cliff Edge. In this post I projected that crude oil had upside potential to its 200-day simple moving average at $92.62. A daily close above the 50-day SMA at $87.63 would enhance this upside potential. A close this week above the five-week modified moving average at $87.79 shifts the weekly chart profile to positive. The chart support is the 200-week SMA at $84.27.

Fundamentally, ValuEngine shows the oils-energy sector 5.2% undervalued, with the oil & gas exploration & production industry 10.0% undervalued; the oil & gas field services industry 2.0% undervalued; oil & gas international integrated industry 10.5% undervalued; the oil & gas drilling industry 3.6% undervalued; the oil & gas machinery & equipment industry 5.1% overvalued; and the oil refining and marketing industry 7.2% overvalued....

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          'Mad Money' Lightning Round: Get Out of Arch Coal, Buy EMC   

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here's what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks callers offered up during the "Mad Money Lightning Round" on CNBC last night: EMC : This is one of the largest positions of my charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. It has been a winner so buy, buy, buy." MFA Mortgage : "I'm getting nervous about mortgages. Be careful here." Microsoft : "This does not yield enough to intrigue me. It's in no-man's land and I don't like being in no-man's land." Arch Coal : "I'm an incredible bear on this stock. Get out of Arch Coal." Bank of America : This is not my favorite bank" despite the stock being inexpensive "but it will do well if we go over the fiscal cliff." To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here.

To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. ...

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          Freeport's Energy Deal: the Real Reason Behind It   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There were a number of points to examine regarding Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's $9 billion purchase of two energy companies. Sadly, it doesn't appear that the Corporate Media has latched on to any of them.

One report characterized the deal as:

... a bold bid to diversify into the U.S. energy sector as copper's prospects wane. ...

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          TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 50 U.S. common stocks for week ending December 7, 2012. 20 stocks were upgraded and 30 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

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          TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 88 U.S. common stocks for week ending November 16, 2012. 26 stocks were upgraded and 62 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

Rating Change #10 ...

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          BP Gets Biggest Criminal Fine After Biggest U.S. Oil Spill   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- BP will pay the U.S. government $4.5 billion over a span of years to settle criminal claims against the British oil giant resulting from its April 2010 Macondo well oil spill, called the largest manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history.

In addition to what amounts to the largest-ever criminal settlement with federal authorities, BP said it will plead guilty to 11 felony counts and two of its employees will face criminal manslaughter charges for their role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"All of us at BP deeply regret the tragic loss of life caused by the Deepwater Horizon accident as well as the impact of the spill on the Gulf coast region," Bob Dudley, BP's chief executive, said in a statement. " We apologize for our role in the accident, and as today's resolution with the U.S. government further reflects, we have accepted responsibility for our actions," he added. ...

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          BP Near Settlement on Gulf Disaster: Hot Trends   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Popular searches on the Internet include BP after the British oil company said it is getting closer to reaching a settlement with the U.S. over the Gulf of Mexico well explosion two years ago.

While BP said in a statement that no final agreement has been reached, the company said it is in advanced talks with U.S. agencies about settling claims from the disaster. According to BP, a settlement would not include civil claims under the Clean Water Act and other legislation.

In March, BP said it reached a separate settlement with more than 100,000 individuals and businesses affected by the explosion totaling an estimated $7.8 billion. ...

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          Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Politics Is Overrated   

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          Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: China's Importance   

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- China is more important than we are, according to Jim Cramer. He told "Mad Money" viewers Thursday that positive news out of China was all it took to lift our slumping markets. ...

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          Coal, Natural Gas and the Extremes   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- On a weekly basis I usually put out a piece here on TheStreet.com called the "Extreme Movers Message" where I highlight those areas of the investable landscape exhibiting significant moves up and down relative to their respective moving averages.

My ability to screen for those areas this week is limited due to Hurricane Sandy, so I thought it might be worthwhile further exploring the conclusion I came to in last week's writing relating to coal and natural gas.

Coal has had a hard time performing well since the start of 2011, particularly as utility companies began switching to natural gas as those prices plummeted on a supply surge. As this has taken place, natural gas prices rallied on increased demand as an input to electricity production. ...

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          Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: A Pause to Reflect   

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With the markets taking a rare pause thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers Tuesday that he's had a chance to catch his breath in the middle of a busy earnings season to make some observations. ...

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          TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 88 U.S. common stocks for week ending October 26, 2012. 38 stocks were upgraded and 50 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

Rating Change #10 ...

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          Energy Stocks Face Their Own Fiscal Cliff   

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While the battle between Democrats and Republicans for the White House and Congress is very much up in the air, investors in the energy sector should prepare to fall off a fiscal cliff, regardless of how the vote unfolds in November.

Energy investors should prepare for integrated oil and gas giants -- and independent drillers -- to be constrained by high debts and spending levels, that may force CEO's to rein in exploration budgets sharply in 2013, impacting earnings across the sector.

Notably, as drillers try to extract what's been deemed a hundred year shale oil and gas resource, Chesapeake Energy has spent much of 2012 selling assets to meet a $14 billion cash crunch, in last-ditch financial moves that may speak to wider industry pressures as firms try to balance drilling budgets with earnings and debt levels. ...

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          BP's $24B Sale Doesn't Mean a Russian Retreat   

Updated to reflect Morgan Stanley, UBS analyst estimates.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Although BP is selling its stake in Russia's TNK-BP, in a deal that amounts to the British oil giant's largest ever asset sale, the company looks to be doubling down on its investment in Russia's oil and gas resources where political squabbles have hindered previous efforts.

On Monday, BP said it will sell its 50% stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft for $17.1 billion in cash and a share stake in the Russian driller worth $7.13 billion, as of Oct. 18. BP will then use $4.8 billion of the cash to build its stake in Rosneft to 19.75%. ...

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          Explore Talent to Include Acting Auditions 2012 in Texas On the Roster of Jobs   

Explore Talent to Include Acting Auditions 2012 in Texas On the Roster of Jobs. "We really want to make sure that individuals that become members of Explore Talent are able to get as much as possible from our site," said Daniel Jackson, Senior Marketing Director for Explore Talent. "We work hard to make sure to list as many job announcements as possible, so that people can log onto our site and be able to find everything there, not having to waste time looking in different places."

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          Marcel's long journey to Nice has him prepared to make the jump to Spurs    
ESPNFC's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick believes Spurs may struggle to compete financially in the transfer market. Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra, Riyad Mahrez and Steve Mandanda -- just four names on the long and glorious list of players who took their first major steps in football at Le Havre. Tottenham Hotspur target Vincent Marcel could add his name to the list. Le Havre Athletic Club, France's oldest professional football team, has made the task of unearthing raw talent, and polishing it into a player who is ready to take the next step up, a highly refined art form. Though Le Havre got their fingers burned...
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          What is a steamship hold and how do I clear it?   
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          QNET, MLM yang Go-Green   

Laporan Wartawan Tribun Jakarta,
Daniel Ngantung


TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA - Bisnis berbasis multi level marketing atau biasa disingkat MLM mungkin sudah tidak asing lagi di benak Anda.


Saat ini, begitu banyak perusahaan MLM yang mengembangkan bisnis di Indonesia, dari yang berasal dari negara lain hingga "buatan" negeri sendiri.


Masing-masing hadir dengan keunikan tersendiri, entah dari segi skema keanggotaan atau produk yang dijual, demi menarik minat orang untuk bergabung.


Namun, MLM tidaklah semata-mata hanya untuk menguntungkan para anggotanya saja. Beberapa hadir dengan visi dan misi yang berkaitan dengan usahan meningkatkan kepedulian sosial dan alam.


Salah satu MLM yang menganut konsep tersebut adalah QNET, sebuah MLM berbasis di Hong Kong yang menawarkan produk-produk gaya hidup terkini.


Pertama kali berdiri di Hong Kong pada tahun 1998 dan hadir di Indonesia setahun kemudian, MLM ini mengedepankan konsep berbisnis yang "go-green" dan peduli terhadap kondisi sosial lingkungan sekitar.


"Semua produk yang kami tawarkan eco-friendly, terbuat dari tumbuh-tumbuhan bukan bahan hewani. Kami juga animal against atau tidak menggunakan binatang sebagai alat tes produk," kata Wita Dahlan, Corporate Communications Manager QNET, saat berbincang dengan Tribunnews.com, Selasa (26/2/2013).


Konsep tersebut tidak hanya sebatas pada produk saja. Wita menjelaskan, QNET juga mengajak para anggotanya untuk membiasakan hidup yang "green-living".


Di kantor QNET yang terletak di bilangan Sudirman misalnya, terdapat aturan yang melarang masuk makanan-makanan yang dibungkus dalam kemasan berbahan styrofoam. Penggunaan listrik seperlunya pun digalakan.


Tidak hanya itu saja. Konsep "green-living" juga memengaruhi soal yang berkaitan dengan isi perut."Untuk makanan saat training atau seminar semuanya makanan ala vegetarian, serba sayuran dan tumbuhan," ujar Wita.


Permasalahan sosial juga tidak luput dari perhatian QNET. Beberapa kali QNET melakukan kegiatan corporate sosical responsibility, seperti memberi pelatihan kewirausahaan, hingga membantu korban musibah. "Sabtu ini beberapa anggota kami akan membersihkan perpustakaan sebuah SD Negeri," katanya.




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          Isn't it a little too early to declare success?   
Louis Brewster wrote about the Citizens Business Bank Arena, which isn't scheduled to open in Ontario until October. But it's already a success, according to Mayor Paul Leon:

"This is money we've saved," Ontario Mayor Paul Leon said Monday at the unveiling of the Ontario Reign logo. "We are not spending taxpayers' money as it's being built."

The Ontario Reign is a minor league hockey team, and they issued their own press statement about the event:

ONTARIO TAKE COVER, THE REIGN IS COMING
Logo Unveiling Ceremony Conjures Up Excitement Over Impending Season
03/17/2008 2:54 PM

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign Professional Hockey Team of the ECHL and affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, formally unveiled their official logo today at a press conference at the Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel. The historical event marks the official debut of Ontario, California’s first-ever professional sports team.

Today’s ceremony served as an induction of the Reign into the history books of Ontario and included over one hundred and sixty representatives from local cities and organizations throughout the Inland Empire. Speakers included Reign president Barry Kemp and Executive Vice President of Business Development Justin Kemp, Los Angeles Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon and Senator Bob Dutton.

The ceremony unveiled the Reign’s first advertising campaign as well as the team’s primary and secondary logos which will be used for all future branding and marketing initiatives.

Designed by Keith Flynn of Flynnagain Productions out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the logo incorporates the Reign’s colors of navy, orange and silver into the design which will be used to brand the team’s image in the Inland Empire.

The logo depicts a sleek, but menacing dragon grasping a hockey stick, set atop an iron shield. The body of the image, the dragon, is colored navy with highlights of orange outlining the wings and head. ‘Ontario Reign’ sits across the middle of the logo in white lettering accented in silver and orange, while the shield in the background is colored silver and rimmed in navy.

The Reign believes that the logo will command a presence in the Inland Empire that promotes a sense of strength, honor and pride of being a part of an outstanding community and encourages an on and off-ice attitude of dedication, determination and action.

“This logo represents everything the Ontario Reign stands for”, said Justin Kemp, Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Ontario Reign. “The fierce image signifies strength, intimidation and power carrying on the Los Angeles Kings’ royal tradition.”

The name ‘Reign’ came from a team naming contest that was held from November through December, 2007 with over 600 entries submitted. The winning entry was submitted by Mike Brewster of Fontana, Calif.

The Reign will begin play of the 2008-2009 season in October at the state-of-the-art Citizens Business Bank Arena with the schedule to be released to the public in the near future.

Can’t wait to check out all the excitement of Ontario Reign Hockey? Season ticket deposits are now being taken for only $25 per seat! For more information contact the Ontario Reign office at (909) 941-PUCK (7825) or log on to www.ontarioreign.com.


The history books of Ontario? Promotion of on and off ice attitudes? I know that you have to talk your product up, but southern California is not really noted for its support of ice hockey. It may be a little premature to declare an Ontario Reign of ice hockey. (And anyway, I'm the emperor around here.)

And as for the Citizens Business Bank Arena, while it's wonderful that I haven't had to pay anything for it yet, we still have to see if people will come to the new arena.

Set for a Fall 2008 opening, Citizens Business Bank Arena will be a state-of-the-art facility that will play host basketball, ice hockey and a variety of other sporting competitions, concerts, family shows, special events, and community activities as well as private events. The venue will be the biggest and most modern arena within the Inland Empire.

Citizens Business Bank Arena will be the centerpiece of Piemonte at the Ontario Center, a massive mixed-use project, with large-scale office, retail, hotel, entertainment and urban living components. Built on a 37-acre footprint in the middle of the project between Haven Avenue and Milliken Avenue and Fourth Street and the I-10 Freeway...


Let me interject something here for those who aren't familiar with the area. Years ago, there was another wonderful sports facility at this same location; namely, the Ontario Motor Speedway. It's gone now. Continue:

...Citizens Business Bank Arena will include 9,500 fixed seats with additional "portable" seating risers to accommodate capacities of 11,089 for concerts, 9,736 for ice hockey and 10,832 for basketball. The 225,000 square foot venue will also feature 36 suites located on two levels and a continuous concourse hosting a variety of refreshment stands and merchandise kiosks, a VIP club and other fan amenities.

Now I've been known to drink the Kool-Aid from time to time. I hope that my mayor and city manager aren't doing the same.
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          Harddisk Definition   


Hard disk drive (HDD)
A computer hard disk drive (HDD) is the mechanism that controls the positioning, reading and writing of the hard disk, which furnishes data storage. A hard disk drive -- often shortened to hard drive -- and hard disk are not the same thing, but they are packaged as a unit and either term can refer to the whole unit. Hard disk drives can be found in desktop computers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and enterprise storage arrays in data centers.
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The hard disk was created in 1953 by engineers at IBM who wanted to find a way to provide random access to high capacities of data at a low cost. The disk drives developed were the size of refrigerators, could store 3.75 megabytes of data and began shipping in 1956. Memorex, Seagate and Western Digital were other early vendors of hard disk drive technology.
Hard disk drive form-factor size has continued to decrease as the technology evolves. By the mid-1980s, 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors were introduced, and it was at this time they first became a standard in personal computers (PCs).
Hard disk drive density has increased since the technology was first developed. The first hard disk drives were able to store megabytes of data, while today they are in the terabyte (TB) range. Hitachi released the first 1 TB hard drives in 2007. In 2015, HGST announced the first 10 TB hard drive.

1.      Application Letter
is a business letter or aletter that serves to apply for a job at a company or an institution. Application Letterseringpula referred to as CV or CurricullumVitae or Job Application Letter. Usually aCV is sent along with a job application or resume to be delivered to the company in question.
2.      Inquiry Letter
is what we send to a person or a company when we need more information about a product or service offered by that person or company. These letters are often written in response to an advertisement
3.      Definition of complaint letter
A letter written by a consumer to a manufacturer or retailer regarding a problem with a product or service. This type of letter is written usually with the expectation that corrective action will be taken.
4.      Purchase Latter
As per the life cycle of a product an enquiry about it does not always end in a sale. Once a customer likes a product it results in a sale but only through a verbal order or a written one. A Purchase Order is the document that initiates the purchase and helps close the sale. In today’s times of multiple companiesavailable for all products, there is some amount of trust in the customer and even a verbal confirmation of an order is acceptable. But most of the times it is only against some advance.


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Application Latter
Darwoto
Pandanrangkang, Kedungjambal, Tawangsari
Sukoharjo
Application Letter

PT. Astra Honda Motor
Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 57
Jakarta Barat, Indonesia, Kode Pos JKT 10000

3rd February 2012
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am interested in a position of mechanic. I was graduated from Motorcycle Engineering of SMK Tunas Bangsa Tawangsari Sukoharjo. I am capable to assemble, repair, and maintain the motorcycle machine well. So, I write this letter to apply the position.
Because I love the products of Astra Honda Motor, especially motorcycle I want to apply the position of mechanic. Every time, I used motorcycle to help all my activities. So, I know all about motorcycle, Honda motorcycle. When I was at school, I was getting good achievement. I got first rank for six semesters. And, I have good score in job on training industry. Beside that, I can speak English and Japanese fluently.
I can do the job of machine motorcycle well. I hope I get the time for personal interview. I am ready to get interview anytime. I am really interested in this position and I hope you ask me to come to your company to get interview. You can contact me by phone. The number is 089878675645. Thank you very much for reading and understanding my application letter.


Sincerely,
Darwoto
Enclosure:
1.      Curriculum Vitae
2.      Certificates of School.
3.      Certificates of training.
4.      Copy of Personal Identity.
5.      SKCK
6.      3 Photos (4 x 6)



















I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Stylish As requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my certification, my resume and three references.
The opportunity presented in this listing is very interesting, and I believe that my strong experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this position. The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include:
·      I have successfully designed all hair model
·      I strive for continued excellence
With a Stylish school in Jhonny Andrean, I have a full understanding of the full style of hair in the year. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new stylish as needed.
Please see my resume for additional information on my experience.
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Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity.
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Inquiry Latter

July 2, 2015
Mr.  Rodrigo Rivera
Personnel Director
Technote Corporation
3152 Bridge Avenue
Boston, MA 02154
Dear Mr. Rivera:
May I ask a favor of you?  Randy del Rosario, a representative of the Leverage Company, recently told me of your success in managing Technote’s training program for the hardcore unemployed.  Our firm is presently planning such a program, and we would appreciate information about the mind-set section of your program.
We expect to begin our training sessions on approximately August 1.  I believe we are prepared for the remedial-education and job-skills portion of the program, but we need help with mind-set section.  Specifically, we would appreciate knowing who you employed to teach that section, the major emphasis in the section, and the length of the section in relation to the entire programs.
I congratulate you on your success in managing Technote’s program, and I believe your ideas would help us solve this long-neglected problem, also.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Very truly yours,
Francisco Fortaleza
Managing Director








 Order Letter

      a letter of order is a document that confirms the details of a purchase of goods or services from one party to another. It usually includes more information about what you are ordering, like quantity, model number, or color, the payment terms, and the matter in which the products are to be shipped. When the recipient receives this letter, they will process the order and send the merchandise.
  • Order Letter Definition

       An “Order” is an expense for the person placing the order and an income for the one getting it. But this is not all. The company that bags the order has to fulfill lot of commitments to ensure that it has a satisfied customer, which can be an individual or another company. Timely delivery of the order, quality of delivery and after sale service – are all part and parcel of getting an order.

      An Order Letter is the one that is written by the person/company placing the request of purchase from another company. This letter comes into action only when a detailed study of the desired product has been done in the market and based on promised service, quality and price of the product, a decision for a purchase has been made.

     An Order Letter should be drafted very carefully as it needs to pen down all the terms and conditions of the purchase for the benefit of both involved parties. It should have details such as product specifications, quantities, price agreed upon, delivery date, late delivery clauses, etc. It should be addressed to the person responsible for the execution of the order with a copy to the head of department. Since it is totally an official letter it should be typed.
  • Order Letter Sample
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Facebook ramai-ramai mulai banyak dikecam gara-gara mulai dirasakannya dampak negatifnya oleh beberapa kalangan, mulai dari perubahan pola kerja di sebuah kantor, krisis rumah tangga dll. Beberapa pesantren bahkan mulai mengharamkan penggunaan facebook termasuk MUI yang sedang mempertimbangkan juga. Memang di facebook yang narsis, yang ngocol yang semangat terus menyumbangkan catatan kecil dan foto-foto pengalamannya saking cocoknya banyak kalangan pegawai, mahasiswa dan pelajar mulai addict bahkan jadi autis dengan perangkat mobilenya masing-masing. Satu lagi kabar yang mencengangkan bahwa Facebook dibuat oleh seorang programmer muda yang seorang “yahudi” . Bahkan dari keuntungan facebook ini sebagiannya disumbangkan untuk mendukung penyerangan Israel Ke “Palestina” !!benar kah?, lalu mengapa facebook dipertahankan? .
Pro dan Kontra seputar facebook memang masih ramai dibicarakan. Penulis sendiri pada awalnya sangat-sangat prihatin terutama melihat situasi di tempat kerja yang berubah, pengaruh facebook sepertinya lebih mengarah ke penurunan kinerja. Bahkan penulis sempat mengeluarkan statement sebagai Anti Facebook. Lalu penulis mendengar bahwa dengan facebook kita bisa menemukan orang atau teman yang sudah lama tidak bertemu bahkan komunikasi putus. Namun atas saran istri dan meyakinkan pengalamannya dapat menemukan teman-teman di semasa sekolah smp dan sma, akhirnya penulis iseng daftar dan mengikuti.
Kesan pertama melihat facebook biasa saja, tidak jauh dengan website social network yang sebelumnya sempat booming di indonesia “Friendster” . Namun setelah 1 (satu) minggu akhirnya Facebook dapat mempertemukan teman dekat yang cukup lama tidak pernah terhubung. Mulai dari situ ternyata peran facebook untuk mempererat silarturahmi cukup terbukti. Disitu saya rasakan bahwa facebook mulai mendapatkan simpati, akhirnya penulis jatuh hati ke facebook. Hebatnya facebook telah mempengaruhi “musim sosial” salah satunya musim “reuni”. Dilihat dari sini facebook telah menjadi perangkat yang sangat cocok dengan masyarakat Indonesia :”silaturahmi”.
Hari demi hari yang dicari mulai berlanjut, Facebook dijadikan tempat curhat, dan bertahap setiap curhatan berharap di sapa akhirnya sang pecinta faceboook terus- terusan memantau facebooknya ada apa setiap jamnya, setiap menitnya bahkan untuk perangkat mobile yang canggih bisa mendapatkan informasi dari relasi setiap detiknya.. ckckckc… , kita mulai diajak adict dan lupa dengan posisi apa kita. Tentunya kejadian ini tidak menimpa semuanya, paling tidak penulis sempat mengalami kondisi ini. Dan memang ternyata hal yang dikhwatirkan masuk. Inilah mungkin yang disebut dampak negatif.
Tidak heran jika banyak kalangan yang mulai memprihatinkan gejala- gejala masyarakat indonesia yang sudah addict dengan FB ini. Wajar saja jika beberapa pesantren mengeluarkan pernyataan Haram penggunaan FB, atau MUI yang ikut mempertimbangkan mungkin karena penggunaan FB yang hanya digunakan untuk memancing kita lebih sombong, atau mala lupa segala- galanya gara-gara FB jadi dunia dia yang sebenarnya.
Apakah fungsi facebook hanya sampai disitu? , sebenarnya dengan facebook cukup banyak pengguna yang memanfaatkan sebagai lahan bisnis, dengan kuatnya relasi , sehingga penawaran bisnis terkadang menjadi lebih mudah, tanpa perlu memaksa menawarkan barang yang dijual, hanya sekedar memberi simpati, atau dukungan saja barang dapat dipesan dan dibeli melalui facebook ini. Hmmm… sangat cocok bagi para pebisnis yang sudah lama di multi level marketingg yang masih membooming di negara kita.
Lalu bagai mana dengan kabar bahwa pembuat Facebook adalah orang yahudi yang ikut andil menyumbang atas penyerangan israel ke palestina beberapa bulan yang lalu ? . Banyak kalangan yang pro dan kontra menanggapi kabar ini, dimali dari ajakan untuk menghentikan segala kegiatan yang dapat menguntungkan FB, dilain pihak banyak yang memanfaatkan FB sebagai media dakwah dan mengajak semua muslim untuk memenuhi FB agar cepat penuh hinggu biaya yang dibutuhkan tidak disumbangkan melainkan di manfaatkan untuk maintenance server FB sendiri…
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          "If you don’t like the way food looks, you can’t eat it"   
Pau Esculies is a Spanish photographer based in Barcelona. His amazing eye for culinary art together with his sensitive perspective of colour and his capacity to highlight the natural beauty of ingredients are making him one of the most sought-after food photographers in the country. He has been kind enough to talk to this blog.

Pau Esculies photography



What made you go for Gastronomic Photography?
When I was a child I wanted to be a photographer or a cook. I feel attracted to the creativity and the artistic inspiration linked to both professions. I started to work in photography in general, advertising, interiors and decoration, and little by little I began to specialised in gastronomy.

Which is your favourite restaurant in the world?
I don’t need to go far... It’s in Girona, one hour from Barcelona. It’s el Celler de Can Roca (world best restaurant 2013), for their quality and excellence. I really admire them, and I identify with their phylosophy of tradition and modernity. I had the chance to go there regularly during the season to take pictures and to try their new creations even before they were served to the public!

You have been to many destinations very different as far as cuisine is concerned, Morocco, China, France... as a photographer, what is what you appreciate the most when travelling?
The experience of becoming part of a new place and being able to put myself in the local people’s shoes and sharing the authentic and popular foods. This allows me to take the most real images of the local cuisine. Moreover, in this way I can know the history and costumes of the place without visiting the historical and touristy spots.

Pau Esculies photography


Have you studied photography or are you a self-taught photographer? Are you a full-time photographer?
I learnt things at the Photography School IEFC in Barcelona, also working as an assistant for various photographers, and on my own. And yes, at the moment I work exclusively in photography.

Would you say that the appearance of food is really important?
Absolutely, I have no doubts. If you don’t like the way food looks, you can’t eat it, and the other way round works too. That’s what “holistic” cuisine is about. They also take this into account in the Asian cuisine, concretely in the Japanese, every food is served in a specific dish depending on colour, form,  texture, etc, it’s great!

Which are your influences or references in your work?
I am a consumer of cooking magazines and books, like Jamie Oliver’s, Food&Travel, Saveur, Elle à Table, Donna Hay, Descobrir Cuina or Marabout among many others. They are very inspirational, sometimes they surprise me and they give me many ideas for my photographs.

What did you feel when you became shortlisted for the Pink Lady Food Photography Award?
That I am not doing it so bad (laughs), and I also feel a great joy when I think that my work is recognised by great professionals at an international competition.

Have you always being an advocate of healthy food?
When I was a child, at home the basis of our diet was vegetables; locally produced natural products, we rejected the industrialised foods.
Currently I like to work in healthy cooking projects, with chefs and nutritionists that support a healthy and more conscious living. This way my work makes sense.

What’s what you take into account the most when you are creating a photograph? Are you a food stylist as well?
I like team work, the chefs and food stylists that I work with are the creators of the dishes, then I am responsible for taking a good picture in the best way so that it highlights the beauty of their creation.
I also like to go to the market and choose the products myself to then go back to the studio and setting up still lifes. Choosing the right product is very important to create a good photograph.
For me, a good photography is to make food looking delicious, tempting. Achieving that just by looking at it you want to eat it and you can almost smell it or feel it. That’s my job. 


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What would you advice to somebody who wants to start a career as a food photographer? Do you work in other fields too?
I think that one has to do and pursue what they want and like. From there it’s just a matter of effort and being constant, then luck comes.
90% of my commissions are related to gastronomy, the rest are other projects like advertising images, interiors or portraits.  

Is Spain today the Mecca of gastronomy?
(Laughs), the Mecca sounds too much, I don’t think that just one place is the centre of the world gastronomy.
The Mecca may be not, but sure it is a global reference together with so many other places in the world.
Here there is El Celler de Can Roca, considered this year the best restaurant of the world, Adrià’s Bulli was a few years ago, then Carme Ruscalleda, who is the female chef with more Michelin stars in the world. And there are also innovative chefs in the natural and healthy cuisine, like Montse Vallory or Christine Mayr, together with the nutritionists of Etselquemenges.com.
It is fortunate to have chefs of this level here since we all profit from it.

Finally, which are your future projects?
Now I am focused on my current commissions, I guess these will lead to other projects in the future, it always works like that.
Therefore, I will keep on working; I really like my food photographer job and travelling, always trying to enjoy the little things in life.
I hope many high-quality international magazines, editorials and restaurants call me to publish with them and keep on working and travelling and doing interesting projects around food, healthy food if possible.

Pau Esculies photography






          Parisian Brocantes   


If you have been to the Marché Aux Puces at St. Ouen, north Paris, a few years ago, going back might be disappointing. Not only its streets are packed with that terrible mix of pickpockets and tourists, but worse, the first rows of stalls –if you go by tube- are packed with crap. Bric-a-bracs with no charm whatsoever. Plastic smelly shoes, 80s key-rings, and so on...  You need to walk all along the trashy stalls to get to the indoor market, like 10 minutes away and where lovely (and most times expensive) vintage furniture and stuff lies.
In case you go, be ready and wear comfy shoes, it’s something like 17 acres and said to be the world’s largest antique market.
However, most of the Parisians I’ve met here claim that they don’t go up there anymore and they introduced me to the brocantes.

Are you now wondering what a brocante is? I had never heard that word in my entire life either...
Brocantes are a mix of flea markets, second hand markets, antique fairs and car boot sales.
They are normally held at open-air spaces, really charming ephemeral stalls all around Paris & France, especially during spring/summer. Brocantes are the markets crammed with locals, the ones you can picture on your mind before you come here... and the ones that aren’t that easy to find. 

What can you get in a brocante? Anything under the sun basically. The ones I attended were good for kitchenware and furniture, but you can also find old books, posters, games, music, art, tableware, clothing, collections of anything, from bottles to stamps... If the first two words you usually type in Etsy are “French vintage...” brocantes are definitely your place.
Prices vary from a few euros to hundreds, depending obviously on what you are getting. I noticed that bargain isn’t as popular as in some other places and if you try once and they say that option isn’t available, don’t push it, it will get you nowhere.

After time I have come to the conclusion that the best two sites to check brocantes are Brocabrac and the Paris Local Council one.






          Shopikon, a treat for enquiring minds   
Phillip and Oliver are the minds behind Shopikon, a new digital guide and App to shop locally worldwide. Oxymoron? Not at all! This guides are a celebration of independent stores and uniqueness. 

You can do your search by categories (Accessories, Books&Music, Children, Clothing, Food, Health&Beauty, Home&Design, Markets or Other), or by neighbourhood, obviusly depending on the city you are searching. Currently they have guides for London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, New York, and San Francisco. The fact that they list shops on their guides based on high standards (and for free) it's a good sign that at Shopikon there is no room for mediocrity. 

The mix of beautiful images, simple interface and quality writing was good enough to spend hours searching on Shopikon, but their shop selection is so exquisite that even if I have found out about it just a couple of weeks ago (shame on me!), my custom made maps have become a can't-live-without tool.




They were kind enough to answer a few questions here:


How did the idea for Shopikon come up?
P-I was traveling in Japan in 2009 when I was looking online for design stores in Tokyo and to my great astonishment almost nothing came up. While the internet is full of guides for restaurants and general sightseeing spots, shops seemed to be the most overlooked corner of the travel/blog world. 


You are from Vienna but you are based in New York, still most of the cities you cover are in Europe, is it difficult to organise the shop search?
It's not easy. While our research is very work intensive, it's the only way to ensure that we can maintain our high standards.
You simply cannot judge a store by its website or press photos. You have to be inside the place. Pick up the products, get a feeling for the atmosphere, the service, the lighting and mission statement.
We generally visit every city at least twice a year and then spend hours walking around every day, which can be very rewarding as you always discover new neighborhoods and truly experience things like a local.


Your project aims to offer a global approach to local quality shopping, do you think this kind of shops will survive the scary globalisation?
Absolutely. Chain stores can never replace the diversity and abundance of charm of locally owned places. We believe that there is a place for both.
But at the same time, small shops need our help. They don't have the luxury to spend a lot of money on marketing and tend to hide in quaint little side streets.
Especially tourists need to be made aware of, how they can escape the 5th avenue's, oxford street's and champs élysées of this world.

Shopikon team (from left, Phillip and Oliver)

Your App service is free, as well as your website, can your users trust your independence?
We get lots of emails every day of places that want to be listed, even chain stores. But we are incredibly picky in what makes our selection. Shopikon clearly distinguishes itself from the booklets you find in many shops that only list paid and therefore often mediocre places.
All our shops get listed for free, to ensure we get all the great places on board. We will however offer services this fall that will allow shops to interact more with their customers. But to answer your question: yes, no one can buy their way into Shopikon.
How can a person know the price ranges in the shops you recommend? What do the stars mean?
The stars represent the average user rating. We are wo