November 16 2009 It has been a busy few months an

first_imgNovember 16, 2009 It has been a busy few months and we have some great news! We purchased a green house kit from a company called Clear Span, a manufacturer of fabric structures and greenhouses out of Iowa. It arrived at Arcosanti on 11/02/09.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] This 20′ wide x 48′ long greenhouse, more specifically called a “High Tunnel,” is an unheated, plastic-covered structure that provides an intermediate level of environmental protection and control compared to open field conditions and heated greenhouses.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We have been putting together a presentation of greenhouse systems research to educate ourselves, the crew and the Workshop participants.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We are excited to begin the process of growing food and experiencing the life of a greenhouse closer to the “center of town”. We plan to use this greenhouse as a prototype for heat collection as it will be connected to the existing and in construction portion of the Heat Duct Tunnel and we will use rainwater collected from the building above for watering the crops. As a prototype, this greenhouse will help us perfect the design for the energy apron.[photo: Anna & text: Nadia Begin]last_img read more

In This Issue… European euphoria Confirmatio

first_imgIn This Issue… * European euphoria * Confirmation of a slowdown * Let’s see what the Fed has to say * A good day for currencies And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The dollar loosed its grip… Good day…and welcome to another Monday morning. It was quite a wild ride last week that took us from one extreme to the other in the span of a few short days. I was sitting here trying to think of something that I could draw into comparison, and for some reason the old tv show The Incredible Hulk popped into my head. I was picturing the mild mannered man going about his everyday life and then something triggers the transformation into this green monster that nobody understands or likes. Fear then jumps into the picture along with overreaction and then as quickly as the Hulk wreaked havoc, he disappears and then we see that same mild mannered man walking down the street with his back pack until the next eruption. I know that’s it’s too easy to let yourself get sucked into the latest episode, but in these times, looking at the big picture will probably be associated with prudence. We went from the European problems almost boiling over, at least from a headline perspective, to an improvement in the outlook that things might end up being alright by the time we packed it up for the weekend. I’ll be sitting at master controls until tomorrow and then Chris takes us through the weekend as Chuck stays off the grid while he takes his summer vacation. If we take a look at the currency returns from last week, it actually turned out to be a decent week as most currencies appreciated by about 1%. I’ll hit on the currencies later, but first, let’s take a look to see what happened on Friday. As Chris reported, things got started as European policy makers said they would do everything necessary to protect and preserve the euro. Those words alone were enough to move the markets and provided the security blanket they were so desperately seeking. Who knows how long this will last, but it’s a what have you done for me lately kind of world that we live in, so we could be singing a different tune by the end of the day. A big part of the issues we saw early last week stemmed from the perception that the ECB wasn’t taking enough steps but this broad statement did the trick. The question now becomes what does everything exactly mean. It’s looking more likely that another round of bond buying or quantitative easing will soon be on the horizon. ECB president Mario Draghi is supposed to meet with the Bundesbank in an effort to come up with a plan. Its reported that Europe’s rescue fund will buy government bonds on the primary market while the ECB purchases on the secondary market in order to reduce borrowing costs for Spain and Italy. Additional rate cuts and loans to banks are also on the table but the fact that Germany appears to be on board is not only a must, but also adds instant credibility. Officials said that giving a banking license to the European rescue fund isn’t a part of the immediate plan, but would provide assistance down the road. At the end of the day, European officials threw the markets a bone in hopes they stay preoccupied for a while or at least until they’re done scrambling around. I’m sure we’ll get some pushing back and forth before the ECB governing council meets on Thursday, so it could be another bumpy ride. This week also looks to be a busy one for US economic data so maybe things won’t be as bad since all eyes won’t squarely be focused on Europe. First, let’s take a look at the economic prints from Friday. Well, we finally saw confirmation that the second quarter did, in fact, slowdown and came as no surprise. The first print of second quarter GDP came in marginally better than expected at 1.5% but was considerably lower than the revised first quarter printing of 2%. Bernanke recently said that economic activity appears to have decelerated somewhat during the first half of the year, but I would say it’s a complete understatement. I don’t know about you, but I would say a 51% fall in economic growth in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter and then followed up by a 25% fall in the second quarter would be considered more than somewhat of a deceleration. There were a ton of revisions made to growth figures over the past few years, some of which positive and some negative, but that’s all out of sight and out of mind. I did come across an interesting tidbit called Okun’s Law, which is name after the late Yale professor Arthur Okun. This observation tries to correlate the statistical relationship between GDP and unemployment changes. The gist of it basically says that for every 1% year over year growth which exceeds the trend rate, which the Fed defines as between 2.3% and 2.6%, unemployment should drop 0.5%. The rubber that meets the road here is that the unemployment rate dropped 1%, going from 9.5% in June 2009 to 8.5% in December 2011, but GDP grew at an average 2.3%. If my math is correct, then we would have needed a 4.3% GDP growth rate to support the fall in unemployment, assuming the lower end of that range. Those of you who are frequent readers know one of the explanations as to how this can happen, namely the government simply not taking an accurate count by excluding certain segments, but that discussion is for another day. Moving on to more disappointment, personal consumption fell to 1.5% in the second quarter from a revised 2.4% showing on the previous report. The 37% reduction in household spending was the 9th time over the past ten reports and remains consistent with the gloomier outlook in corporate spending. Consumer spending is the lifeblood of the US economy so these types of reports don’t paint a rosy picture. There isn’t much on the horizon that would look to provide a jump start, so as long as employment gains remain grounded, these types of results would look to be the norm. We also saw the final revision to July consumer confidence and it didn’t end pretty. The index came in at 72.3 and represents the lowest level of the year so far as the usual suspects remain at play. The employment picture is obviously the big one but the troubles in Europe and the rough patches in the financial markets for the better part of the month also had a heavy hand. It would be one thing if there was light at the end of the tunnel, but unfortunately it’s still very dark so it’s no wonder the consumer outlook over the next six months has waned. As I mentioned, it’s going to be a jam packed week so there’s going to be plenty of stuff on the minds of investors. We ease into it today as we’ll only see the Dallas Fed manufacturing report, which is expected to show more weakness but we take off from there. Some of the big reports that we have in store include personal income and spending, manufacturing, the FOMC meeting, and the all important July jobs report. The two reports which should pack the biggest punch would be the Fed meeting on Wednesday and then the July jobs jamboree on Friday. The Fed rate decision is a given, but the markets can’t wait to see if there will be any stimulus talk, so look for some volatility leading into the meeting. With economic growth slowing as much as it has and consumer spending remaining in the same boat, you would have thought the stock market was headed for some trouble, but it did the exact opposite. The euphoria, as temporary as it may be, from Europe spilled over and just goes to show you that the markets were looking for an excuse to rally. At the same time, aggregate earnings from S&P 500 companies are expected to drop 0.8% in the second quarter for the first time since 2009, so it was just a matter of time before slow consumer growth went full circle. I’m not even your last choice on looking at the stock market, but thought I would report what I saw. Well, I told you as I opened the show that it actually turned out to be a decent week for the currencies but that’s not to say it was a bit hair raising for a few days. The South African rand, which was getting clobbered, turned in the best scorecard by rising 1.5% to end the week. Surprisingly enough, the euro finished runner up with a gain against the dollar of 1.35%. How about that for a turn of events. The yen even turned a fractional gain, so everything finished up including both gold and silver. Like we’ve warned many times in the past, this market volatility has no sense of direction and can snap either way at a moment’s notice. The change in scenery that really caught my eye as I was heading out the door to start my weekend was the fact the euro was trading with a 1.23 handle and the price of gold was firmly above $1600. In fact, the euro touched a three week high of 1.2377 on Friday morning amid the proclamation from policy makers even though Spanish unemployment rose to 24.6%, the highest on record, and Italian business confidence fell more than expected. Aside from the euro, the announcements also had a profound impact on bond yields as Italy’s 10 year yield fell below 6% and the Spanish counterpart fell to 6.74%, which is a far cry from a couple days prior. The Canadian dollar got close to breaking on through to the other side of parity, which it hasn’t seen since mid May, as it traded all the way to $.9965. The rise in oil prices and stocks represented the helping hand. We didn’t see any economic data that would have gotten the ball rolling so it was merely a risk on type of move. The increased risk appetite also cast both the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar into the top of the charts on Friday, so the word of the day was definitely risk on. In the spirit of the Olympics, I’ll move over to the pound sterling which did manage to squeeze out a slight gain on Friday by trading into the 1.57 handle. The Bank of England, and the ECB for that matter, meet later this week and is expected to maintain its bond buying program. It’s not likely they will increase its scope as they’ll most likely want to see its progression thus far. Since the UK has found itself in the middle of its first double dip recession since the 1970’s, it’s no wonder why they have only allocated $14.6 billion of public money to host the summer games compared with $70 billion that China forked over on the Beijing Olympics. That’s about as black and white as you can get. Jumping around a bit, the rand got a boost as central bank officials explained that further monetary easing isn’t automatic. After they took the markets by surprise in cutting rates at the previous meeting, the markets translated that action into the start of another rate cut cycle. While the Swiss franc is connected at the hip with the euro, we did see a leading indicators type of report rise for a sixth straight month and to the highest level in nearly a year. The domestic economy has been hanging on with unemployment remaining at three year lows, but the continuing slowness out of the eurozone is expected to take its toll as the year progresses. In another surprising turn of events, the Norwegian krone finished in last place on Friday by falling 0.5%. There wasn’t any data reports to initiate its depreciation, so it looks as though the increased sentiment from the eurozone prompted some movement out of the so called safety of Norway. The fundamentals remain in place and its high sovereign credit rating remains a beacon for the safe haven flow of money, but as we saw, the opposite effect is also possible. As I came in this morning, the dollar has regained some lost ground against the euro as Spain’s second quarter GDP contracted 0.4%. We also had a European consumer confidence indicator fall to the lowest level since September 2009. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Swedish krona has put together a decent day so far as their second quarter economic growth increased more than expected to 1.4%. Other than that, gold and silver are sitting on slight losses but it’s shaping up to be another day for the dollar. Then there was this…Evidence signals wider Libor manipulation; FSA to fast-track review. In addition to Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS might have been deeply involved in manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, according to court documents and sources. “RBS is one of the banks tied up in Libor,” CEO Stephen Hester said. “We’ll have our day in that particular spotlight as well.” Other information suggests manipulation began in earnest in 2005. U.K. Chancellor George Osborne instructed the Financial Services Authority to fast-track a review of the matter and report its findings by the end of September. To recap…Which market personality will show up today. It was all about European optimism as policy makers pledge to do everything possible, so now we just need to wait and see what actually happens. Aside from a rise in the euro, the other immediate impact was the fall in Italian and Spanish bond yields. Second quarter GDP and consumer spending both slowed and just confirmed that things aren’t heading toward the right path. It’s going to be a busy week in the data department, with the Fed meeting and July employment numbers holding the most weight. The currencies ended the day as well as the week on a positive note and Olympic spending tells a tale. Currencies today 7/30/12. American Style: A$ $1.0495, kiwi .8092, C$ .9961, euro 1.2271, sterling 1.5701, Swiss $1.0219, . European Style: rand 8.1998, krone 6.0632, SEK 6.8023, forint 228.31, zloty 3.3617, koruna 20.6168, RUB 32.1467, yen 78.20, sing 1.2469, HKD 7.7553, INR 55.4625, China 6.3795, pesos 13.2415, BRL 2.0216, Dollar Index 82.75, Oil $90.22, 10-year 1.55%, Silver $27.67, and Gold. $1,618.75. and to take a look at the U.S. Debt Clock. click here.That’s it for today…I don’t know if you’ve caught any of the Olympic games yet, but there’s nothing better than watching the best of the best and the sheer desire to win. It’s truly amazing. Aside from watching sports in its purest form, I had a great weekend. It was nice being able to walk outside and not feeling like I was walking through a blast furnace. I enjoyed some time with family and friends at a winery in Ste. Genevieve MO, which is a small town about an hour south of St. Louis, and is actually Missouri’s oldest community. Well, it’s that time to get the day started, so on that note…Have a Great Day!! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 read more

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Cross-party MPs have raised a series of concerns with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey about the government’s treatment of disabled people on out-of-work benefits.Members of the Commons work and pensions select committee were questioning McVey (pictured) more than a year after her government introduced cuts of nearly £30 a week to payments to new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG).Ministers were ridiculed when they first announced the cuts and argued they would “incentivise” those in the WRAG to find work.Claimants placed in the WRAG have all been found able to carry out some work-related activity but have been found not fit for work.The minister for disabled people, Penny Mordaunt [now the international development secretary], later promised to find a way to cut the living costs of people in the WRAG and “mitigate the £30”.But by the time the cuts were introduced, in April 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appeared to suggest that Mordaunt’s only success on living costs had been to ensure that new WRAG claimants would be told by their jobcentre work coaches how to secure the cheapest BT telephone tariff.Yesterday (Wednesday), SNP’s Chris Stephens asked McVey what work had been done to look at the additional costs faced by WRAG claimants.But she did not appear to have an answer and claimed instead that the cuts had been aimed at sick and disabled people who could “definitely do some work” and had allowed her department to invest more funds into supporting them into jobs.Stephens said the committee had received “a lot of witness evidence” that the cuts were “increasing stress and poverty for people in the WRAG” and had provided a “disincentive to get to work”.He said: “There’s a very real concern that people are moving into hardship if they are on ESA in the WRAG.”McVey said DWP was “testing and ensuring people aren’t going into hardship” but that its “focus” was to get those in the WRAG into work.She claimed that the proportion of families that included a disabled person and were living in absolute poverty had fallen since 2010.She said it was “not easy and we are learning as we go, we are learning from what we do. We are very focused on getting those people into work”.Tory MP Heidi Allen raised concerns about disabled people who claim the new universal credit and face the possibility of strict benefit conditions – such as being forced to carry out hours of job searches every week – as they wait for a work capability assessment.James Wolfe, DWP’s director of disability employment and support, said work coaches had “discretion” to make changes to conditionality for disabled people in this position.But asked by Allen if the work coaches making these important decisions about whether a claimant was well enough to meet these conditions were “health care experts”, he said instead that they were “skilled in knowing what someone can do and what the best steps are for them to get back into the labour market”.He added: “We are looking very closely at the whole health journey in universal credit.”He said there were not yet large numbers of people with health conditions coming onto universal credit so DWP was still “testing and learning, very carefully deciding who we might want to apply some conditionality to and then looking at what happens before those large numbers start coming through”.Asked by Allen what options DWP was looking at to ensure that not everyone was treated the same, he said: “The instructions our people have is very much to be cautious about this at the moment.“This is something that is going to evolve over a period of time as we start to get the numbers through. We are looking at it very closely.”But Allen said the committee was hearing of too many cases in which “discretion is not being fairly applied”, and she said: “I just worry. We have to get it right.”A previous session of the committee in May had heard from one disabled claimant of universal credit who told MPs how he had been sanctioned by DWP after missing a work-related meeting in a week in which he had been hospitalised twice because of multiple seizures.McVey claimed DWP was “monitoring closely” how different areas, job centres and work coaches use this discretion.Labour’s Neil Coyle told McVey, and Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people: “In order to get more disabled people into work, there has to be trust with the department and with jobcentres in particular.”He told them that disabled people had seen DWP cut support for half a million claimants of disability living allowance in the move to the new personal independence payment.And he said that half a million disabled people were set to lose out financially in the move to universal credit, and that there had been a cut in the number of disability employment advisers, problems with Access to Work, and increased pressure through benefit sanctions and inaccurate disability benefit assessments.He asked what efforts ministers had made to assess the cumulative impact of all these cuts on disabled people’s ability and readiness for work.Wolfe did not answer this question, but said the proportion of disabled people in work was increasing, and the proportion of disabled people in absolute poverty had fallen.He added: “What I don’t accept is the sort of caricature of the department as being somehow the enemy of disabled people.”Coyle replied: “I can only go on my surgery [for constituents] and the feedback we have had here. It’s about trust.“The question is what assessment has been made of that impact of the changes on disabled people’s preparedness for work.”Wolfe suggested again that the cuts had led to an increase in the number of disabled people in work, telling Coyle: “The outcome is there in the disability employment statistics.”McVey said an extra £9 billion in real terms had been spent on supporting disabled people and those with health conditions with benefits [since 2010] and that the number of disabled people in work had increased by 600,000 [between 2013 and 2017].last_img read more

Get in on the CBD Craze With These Tasty Gummies

first_img Add to Queue Get in on the CBD Craze With These Tasty Gummies –shares 3 min read Next Article Image credit: Entrepreneur Store Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.There’s no denying the appeal of gummy bears: the childhood candy still makes a great treat during adulthood. There’s also no denying the market power of CBD-infused products: the cannabis extract is raking in millions of dollars for savvy entrepreneurs, and anecdotal reports about reduced anxiety, better sleep, and pain relief are pouring in from happy customers across the country.If you’re nervous to try CBD (or curious about the legality of this cannabis extract), there’s not much to be concerned about. There are thousands of CBD products out there that contain no psychoactive THC, and many states allow companies to openly sell and ship CBD-only products.Gummy CBD products are some of the most popular options around, partly for their nostalgic value and partly because they’re heartier than tinctures or lotions when it comes to shipping. JustCBD’s 500mg Gummies are a great example of a well-branded CBD-only product (and they’re a nice introduction to the world of hemp extracts if you’re looking to give it a shot yourself).These gummies are available as Sour Bears, Rainbow Strips or Apple Rings. Each serving contains about nine milligrams of hemp isolate powder, for a grand total of 500 mg of CBD per package. Each serving size is about two candies, but you can cut them into halves or quarters if you don’t need that much CBD. The hemp is grown and farmed in the U.S., and you won’t feel “high” on them since they don’t contain any THC. The sour and tart flavor combos are a treat for your tastebuds.JustCBD’s gummies are a great entry into the edible CBD market. They’re worth examining for their flawless combination of a fun childhood treat with an adult wellness trend. The gummies are also affordable enough for you to try a package on your own. They may even ease your back pain after a long commute or calm your nerves before an important client call.JustCBD’S 500mg CBD Gummies typically cost $40, but right now you can try any one of their three varieties for only $29.99 (25 percent off). Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Entrepreneur Storecenter_img April 5, 2019 CBD Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. JustCBD’s 500mg CBD Gummies put an adult spin on gummy bears. Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now Contributorlast_img read more

Why Get Dressed Up For Work When You Could Wear Bammies Business

first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Kim Lachance Shandrow Next Article Add to Queue Image credit: Bammies February 2, 2016 Bedwear has gone way beyond the bedroom, and, frankly it’s making us a little sleepy. “Dressy” sweatpants and nightgown-inspired “business” dresses are everywhere, from the runway to the courtroom to the boardroom. And now there’s Bammies (“Bammies = business + jammies.”), the latest brand to latch onto the tired fashion trend of lazily substituting pajamas for work clothes.You know it, sleepyheads: Nothing says business like a $150 elastic-waisted glorified bathrobe.At least that’s what Bammies co-founders Rosario Chozas and Julia Ford-Carther are banking on. The  Miami Beach, Fla.-based fashionista-entrepreneurs dreamed up the idea for their drowsy line of “business jammies” when deeply pondering the question: Why would you put on a business suit when you could stay warm and cozy in your pajamas instead?Image credit: BammiesRelated: How to Dress for a Business Meeting. Yes, Seriously. (Infographic)Our answer: Because you’re a professional. You’re going to the office. Not to a pajama party.Their answer: Because comfort and authenticity count for a lot, on- and off-the-clock. Oh, and also: Because sometimes you just gotta “Dress the f*ck out of your woman-ness.”“It’s really about being who you are an not being apologetic for that,” Ford-Carther told Racked Miami. “If you’re worried about how tight your skirt is, or that the waist is bunching up, or that your cleavage is out and you’re at a meeting or on a date, you’re not actually tuned into or conveying who you truly are if you’re worried about the message you’re sending.”For ladies only, Ford-Carther and Chozas’ new six-piece pjs-for-the-office collection is available for pre-order now and slated to launch on Feb. 19. It includes: a $179 sweatshirt-like bunchy black blazer, $130 super wide MC Hammer pants-reminiscent gaucho bottoms, a $90 boxy white sleeper T-shirt made from men’s dress shirt material (which pairs well with cut-off shorts, apparently) and, the jewel in the bohemian crown, a $150 snap-on kimono-style robe business “dress.”  Related: The Stars of Shark Tank on How to Dress for Success“Each piece allows you to easily dress for the various appointments you have in your day,” Bammies website copy reads, “from that breakfast meeting to the office to the networking cocktail to date night and beyond.”To be fair, the muted mix-and-match frocks appear pretty comfortable, featuring frumpy-chic silhouettes and flowing fabrics that “you could throw under a truck and put on that won’t be wrinkled,” as Chozas told Racked Miami. Not that you’d chuck these snoozy duds under a truck, but you might Rip Van Winkle all over your cubicle in them.Please don’t, even if the ultra-casual businesswear “revolution is now elasticized.”Related: Pajamas That You Can Wear to Work? This Startup Wants to Be the Lululemon of Sleepwear.center_img Why Get Dressed Up For Work When You Could Wear Bammies, ‘Business Jammies’? Former West Coast Editor 3 min read Fashion Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shareslast_img read more

Merkle Releases Its Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report

first_imgReport Features Microsoft’s Strongest Spending Growth in Three Years and Continued Growth of Amazon Ads SalesMerkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, has released its Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report (DMR). The full report analyzes key trends across paid and organic search, display, and social, with insights on major players like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. Merkle will be hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, July 25 at 2 p.m. ET to expand on these findings.Top takeaways from the report include Microsoft’s Bing Product Ad format delivering its strongest desktop spending growth in over three years. Microsoft also gained search ad traffic that Yahoo was serving through its Gemini platform, and was able to reverse a year-over-year spend decline in Q1 to deliver 16% overall growth in Q2.Marketing Technology News: Televerde Joins United Nations Global CompactAmazon Ads sales revenue growth has continued to outpace spend growth, up 102% and 53% for Sponsored Products and Sponsored Brands, respectively. Brand keywords also play a crucial role on Amazon, accounting for 43% of Sponsored Products sales and 62% of Sponsored Brands sales.Total spending on US paid search ads grew 14% year over year in Q2, as Google spend growth continued to decelerate. Despite slightly weaker results, Google Shopping remained a key driver of overall Google growth, as advertiser spending on Shopping grew 38% year over year. Advertisers also remain active on YouTube, and in Q2 increased ad spend by 43% with a 16% increase in impressions.Facebook spend (excluding Instagram) grew 8% year over year for the quarter, as impressions were up 25%, the strongest figure observed over the last two years. Instagram continues to grow faster than Facebook itself, accounting for 35% as much ad spend for advertisers active on both platforms.Marketing Technology News: An Out-of-Home Advertising Industry First: Announces Performance-based OOH Advertising – Cost Per Engagement (CPE) ModelAnalyzing organic search trends, DuckDuckGo was the only major US search engine to deliver site visit growth in Q2, as organic search visits fell 6% overall. Phone organic search produced its weakest rate of growth since mid-2016; however, DuckDuckGo saw visits grow 64% on mobile devices.“Our Digital Marketing Report provides marketers with valuable data and insights into the major advertising and media platforms,” said Erin Hutchinson, senior vice president of marketing at Merkle. “Q2 2019 saw impressive growth and changes across these platforms. Through the data in our quarterly report, we are able to showcase these trends and deliver valuable benchmark data for marketing programs.”Marketing Technology News: A SWOT Analysis Template is Crucial to Understanding the Business Better | SpendEdge Lists Key Steps to Consider While Developing a SWOT Analysis Template Merkle Releases Its Q2 2019 Digital Marketing Report MTS Staff Writer2 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 Amazon Ads SalesDigital Marketing ReportDuckDuckGoMerkleNews Previous ArticleHoodoo Digital Provides Search for Marketers in Adobe Experience Manager Using the Cludo Connector for AEMNext ArticleDriving Business Innovation: OutSystems Announces Agenda for NextStep Conferences in Denver and Amsterdamlast_img read more

Eye scan shows promise to diagnose central nervous system disorders

first_img“The first concrete results from this project are not expected until the first quarter of 2019 but preliminary investigations are highly promising and suggest that we will be able to obtain high-resolution data about the structure of the retina in future and information about its molecular composition,” says Rainer Leitgeb, Project Leader from the Center for Biomedical Physics at the Medical University of Vienna.  Molecular look into the human eye To achieve this, the research team are using a combination of several complementary optical techniques, which provide detailed information about the condition of the eye tissue: highly sensitive molecular Raman spectroscopy is combined with optical coherence tomography (OCT). In a matter of seconds, this produces high-resolution images from all layers of the retina – including all the information about their molecular composition. Using this data, it will be possible, in future, to make a definitive diagnosis and detect neurodegenerative diseases at an early stage. “The earlier, the better the patient’s chances are,” emphasises Leitgeb. “It would be wrong to anticipate the results. But one thing is clear: it is possible to take a molecular look into the human eye.”  Related StoriesResearchers map full-body muscular activity of Hydra during movementProtein found in the eye can protect against diabetic retinopathy’Eye-in-a-dish’ model helps scientists to uncover ‘surprising’ AMD gene variantAnd it is quicker and less invasive than ever before: “Neurodegenerative diseases not only damage the brain but also cause changes in the retina. With our technique, which operates with light, we no longer need to look into the brain. Our goal is for a patient to be able to sit in front of the equipment, have their eye scanned contact-free and be given a reliable diagnosis in only a few minutes,” explains the MOON project leader from Vienna.  Experts estimate that the number of people worldwide affected by neurodegenerative diseases will double over the next 30 years, which would be a huge burden for the healthcare system. “However, if we can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years, this is not only a huge benefit to sufferers and their families but would also save resources on intensive treatment. Here we are talking about billions of euros. The focus of our research therefore mirrors the strategic direction of Horizon 2020: we are working on the solution to a huge societal challenge.”  Source: Oct 12 2018Partners from Austria – represented by Medical University of Vienna – Germany, France and the Netherlands are taking part in the EU “MOON” project (multimodal optical diagnostics for age-related diseases of the eye and central nervous system) to develop new techniques for early diagnosis of these diseases and successfully apply them in treatment and diagnosis. Around 18 months after the start of “MOON”, researchers are confident that, in future, it will be possible to use an “eye scan” to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s or to detect aggressive forms of age-related macular degeneration at an early stage – based on structural and molecular tissue changes on the retina.  last_img read more

Ryanair threatened by summer strike

first_imgUnions representing Ryanair cabin crew based in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy said Monday they would go on strike this summer unless the low-cost airline accepts their demands by a June 30 deadline. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Ryanair profits up 10% despite cancellations crisiscenter_img Airline company Ryanair could face strike action on European routes over the summer Citation: Ryanair threatened by summer strike (2018, May 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from After a meeting in Madrid, the unions reiterated demands that Ryanair staff be employed according to the national legislation of the country they operate in, rather than that of Ireland as is currently the case, Spain’s USO union said in a statement.They also asked that the airline give contractors the same work conditions as its own employees.Finally, they demanded that Ryanair recognise unions for pilots and cabin crew and that it negotiate with a representative chosen by the unions and not the company. So far, the airline has only recognised two unions—Britain’s Balpa pilots’ union and Italy’s Anpac, which represents pilots and cabin crew.”If Ryanair refuses to meet these demands, and setting June 30 as a deadline, the unions will start all necessary procedures to mobilise at a European level for the summer, including calling a strike,” USO said.Antonio Escobar, from Spain’s Sictpla union that represents part of Ryanair’s crew, told AFP another meeting would take place on July 3 and 4 in Dublin if the airline refuses to accede to their demands, in which they will announce a date for a strike.The airline was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

UK fracking firm produces first shale gas

first_img Citation: UK fracking firm produces first shale gas (2018, November 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road drilling site near the village of Little Plumpton in northwestern England last month © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. UK fracking firm Cuadrilla pauses drilling after tremorcenter_img Explore further UK energy company Cuadrilla said Friday it has extracted a small but “encouraging” amount of shale gas for the first time since resuming fracking in Britain less than three weeks ago. The 11-year-old private firm has borne the brunt of protests for trying to test whether fracking—a process in which water and chemicals are used to blast apart rock formations—can unlock natural gas deposits in the UK.The method has transformed the global energy market but is only developing slowly in Europe.Cuadrilla released a 12-second clip showing a bright yellow flame light up inside one of the chimney-like structures that stand over a web of pipes drilled deep into the ground.The gas flare was Cuadrilla’s evidence that fracking at the site was possible. The company said the question now was whether the entire process was commercially viable.”The volumes of gas returning to surface at this stage are small,” Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said in a statement.”However it provides early encouragement that the Bowland Shale can provide a significant source of natural gas to heat Lancashire and UK homes and offices and reduce our ever growing reliance on expensive foreign imports.”Cuadrilla produced small amounts of shale gas at the same site in 2011. It was then forced to halt operations because two small earthquakes were soon registered in the northwestern part of England where its operations are based.It resumed work on October 15 after adopting more stringent safety and regulatory measures that environmentalists said were still insufficient.The company has since been forced to briefly halt drilling on three occasions because minor tremors began being detected deep underground.Cuadrilla stressed at the time that none of them could either be felt or cause physical damage on the surface.”This Preston New Road site is being monitored to an unprecedented level,” Egan said in Friday’s statement.”If we are able to fully test these wells, without compromising on safety, we have the potential to make a major difference to UK energy supply, security and economic prosperity.”The company said on its website that its tests from 2011 suggest that it can produce 6.5 billion cubic feet (185 million cubic metres) of gas from the Bowland Shale well over 30 years.last_img read more

Jawa Motorcycles dealerships

first_imgCOMMENTS Published on Jawa Motorcycles is aggressively strengthening its dealership network with plans to add another 35 and take the network to 100 plus across the country soon. The motorcycle major has roped in Classic Legends Pvt Ltd for expanding its footprints in Tamil Nadu with the opening of a showroom in Coimbatore recently, making it the fourth showroom in Tamil Nadu. It has forged tie-ups with new dealers in Tirupur, Salem and Trichy as well. COMMENT March 01, 2019 two-wheelers channels and franchises SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more