Salaried workers beware GM cuts are a warning for all

first_imgDETROIT — For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn’t screw up, you had a job for life with enough money to raise a family, take vacations and buy a weekend cottage in northern Michigan.Now that once-reliable route to prosperity appears to be vanishing, as evidenced by General Motors’ announcement this week that it plans to shed 8,000 white-collar jobs on top of 6,000 blue-collar ones.It was a humbling warning that in this era of rapid and disruptive technological change, those with a college education are not necessarily insulated from the kind of layoffs factory workers know all too well.The cutbacks reflect a transformation underway in both the auto industry and the broader U.S. economy, with nearly every type of business becoming oriented toward computers, software and automation.“This is a big mega-trend pervading the whole economy,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has researched changes being caused by the digital age.Cities that suffered manufacturing job losses decades ago are now grappling with the problem of fewer opportunities for white-collar employees such as managers, lawyers, bankers and accountants. Since 2008, The Associated Press found, roughly a third of major U.S. metro areas have lost a greater percentage of white-collar jobs than blue-collar jobs. It’s a phenomenon seen in such places as Wichita, Kansas, with its downsized aircraft industry, and towns in Wisconsin that have lost auto, industrial machinery or furniture-making jobs.In GM’s case, the jobs that will be shed through buyouts and layoffs are held largely by people who are experts in the internal combustion engine — mechanical engineers and others who spent their careers working on fuel injectors, transmissions, exhaust systems and other components that won’t be needed for the electric cars that eventually will drive themselves. GM, the nation’s largest automaker, says those vehicles are its future.“We’re talking about high-skilled people who have made a substantial investment in their education,” said Marina Whitman, a retired professor of business and public policy at the University of Michigan and a former GM chief economist. “The transitions can be extremely painful for a subset of people.”GM is still hiring white-collar employees, but the new jobs are for those who can write software code, design laser sensors or develop batteries and other devices for future vehicles.Those who are being thrown out of work might have learn new skills if they hope to find new jobs, underscoring what Whitman said is another truism about the new economy: “You’ve got to regard education as a lifetime process. You probably are going to have multiple jobs in your lifetime. You’ve got to stay flexible.”Whitman said mechanical engineers are smart people who could transfer their skills to software or batteries, but they’ll need training, and that takes time and money.“In the past with these kinds of changes, eventually new jobs have been created,” she said. “Will it happen this time, or is the change taking place too fast for everybody to be absorbed? I don’t know.”Although the job cuts took him and co-workers by surprise, Tracy Lucas, 54, a GM engine quality manager, decided to take the buyout and change careers. His children are grown and on their own, and with 33 years in at GM, he will get a pension and health care.The buyout will also give him about eight months of pay, enough time to take his newly earned master’s degree in business administration and look for different work. He said he will be glad to leave some tedious management tasks behind but will miss seeing through a lot of work to reduce engine warranty claims.He is leaving in part, he said, to save a job for younger co-workers. GM got 2,250 white-collar workers to take buyouts, and will have to complete the cutbacks by way of layoffs.“I really hate that we have to go into the whole process of tapping people on the shoulder,” Lucas said. “I don’t think the second wave is going to be pretty at all. It’s going to be brutal.”The white-collar cutbacks — combined with more to come at Ford, which is likewise making the transition from personal ownership of gasoline-burning vehicles to ride-sharing and self-driving electric cars — could hamper the renaissance underway in Detroit, which is emerging from bankruptcy and a long population decline.Many of these automotive industry engineers and managers are pulling down six-figure salaries, and some may have to move out of the Detroit metro area for new jobs.The Brookings Institution’s Muro wonders whether auto companies will bring more electrical engineers and software developers to Michigan or put them in places where such jobs are already clustered, such as San Francisco, Seattle, Boston or near major research universities.“This is how regions change and labour markets change,” Muro said.GM says it will hire in the Detroit area, but its autonomous-vehicle workforce has grown to over 1,000 at offices in San Francisco and Seattle.Nearly all of the 8,000 white-collar cutbacks will be in metropolitan Detroit, largely at GM’s technical centre in Warren, a suburb north of the city. That’s equal to about 4 per cent of the managerial and engineering jobs in the Detroit-Warren area, according to the Labor Department. Managerial salaries in the area average $124,000.Ford, which is just beginning its salaried workforce downsizing, hasn’t said how many will go. But even if it’s half of GM’s total, the white-collar losses around Detroit will approach those during the financial crisis of a decade ago, when the metro areas shed 14,450 managerial and engineering jobs. That was 8.9 per cent of those types of jobs in the metro areas.Layoffs are also likely to spread to auto parts suppliers, which won’t need to design and build as many parts for gas-powered cars.While GM says cutting these positions is necessary to save money to invest in such technology and in self-driving cars, there are possible long-term costs to shedding so many experienced workers in one swoop, especially if the switch to electric vehicles stalls, said Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, a management professor at Brandeis University. If that were to happen, the cutbacks could leave GM without the vital expertise it needs.Even the most skilled white-collar workers need to spend less and be prepared to change jobs or locations to stay employed, said Rick Knoth, a retired GM industrial engineer who survived a 2008 downsizing by taking an early retirement package after 37 years with the company.Knoth said he is confident most engineers are smart enough to turn their skills into a new career. But all white-collar employees need to be ready for change because it comes fast, he said.“The world isn’t like it used to be, that’s for sure,” he said. “You can’t count on anything.”____Corey Williams contributed to this report from Warren, Michigan. Boak reported from Washington. Follow Tom Krisher on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tkrisher .Tom Krisher And Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

SD60 and 59 receiving money for school upgrades

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has handed out $198 million to school districts for the School Enhancement Program.  A total of 176 projects from around B.C. will use the funding to make upgrades at local schools.In Peace River North, $1.2 million will be spent on roof upgrades at Bert Bowes Jr. Secondary, Robert Ogilvie Elementary and at Charlie Lake Elementary and three school buses will be replaced, costing $398,417.In Peace River South, $2.35 million will be spent on mechanical upgrades at Ecole Frank Ross Elementary and Dawson Creek Secondary and one school bus will be replaced, costing $127,562. “Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should. That’s why we’ve boosted funding to these programs by more than $20 million over last year,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “We are supporting B.C. schools with this funding, so students, teachers and school district staff can focus their energy to where it matters most – in the classroom.”last_img read more

CEOs office launches twin trams to educate voters in city about EVMs

first_imgKolkata: In a unique bid to create awareness among voters to exercise their franchise, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state introduced two trams with facilities to educate voters about the use of EVMs and VVPAT.One of the trams will move around South Kolkata with another in North Kolkata till Saturday. The two constituencies of Kolkata North and Kolkata South in the city, along with Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour and Jadavpur will go to polls on May 19, in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Tram is one of the modes that we are using for greater participation of common people in the electoral process. These will move around different parts of the city and create awareness about EVMs and VVPAT. Our icons for physically challenged voters will also motivate them,” CEO Bengal Ariz Aftab said on Tuesday, while flagging off a tram from Ballygunge tram depot. The trams have been decked up nicely with hoardings, banners and leaflets that speak about the importance of elections and at the same time, educate voters about the process. As per figures available with the Election Commission in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the two Kolkata parliamentary constituencies saw poor turnout of voters. Although the state average was a whopping 82.22 percent, Kolkata South recorded only 67.95 percent voting with North Kolkata at 65.99 percent. Some Assembly constituencies located within the city also witnessed poor percentage. Tollygunge, which falls under Jadavpur constituency, recorded a voting of 74.01 percent, while Metiabruz under Diamond Harbour constituency and Bidhannagar Assembly segment under Barasat constituency recorded 72.26 percent and 71.81 percent respectively.last_img read more

Ohio State softball leaves Wisconsin with a win loss and tie

OSU redshirt junior outfielder Alex Bayne swings at a pitch.Credit: Courtesy of OSUDespite opening up Big Ten play with a sweep last weekend, the Ohio State softball team (19-8-1, 4-1-1) was unable to keep those dominant ways going, splitting its weekend series at Wisconsin (18-14-1, 3-2-1). Both the Buckeyes and the Badgers earned a win, while the final game Sunday was left in a tie.Offensively, sophomore Taylor White led the Buckeyes, going 7-for-10. The outfielder combined with redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre, redshirt junior Alex Bayne and junior Alex Kirk to deliver home runs. Bayne, who played the weekend in right field, now has 12 homers on the year, which is triple her 2015 total.Game 1The Badgers snapped the Buckeyes’ six-game winning streak in a tight 6-5 contest on Friday. Both teams were scoreless through the fourth inning due to the solid pitching from junior Shelby Hursh, who struck out six, and Wisconsin junior Kirsten Stevens.OSU jumped ahead in a big way in the top of the fifth after hits from Kirk and White, followed by sophomore Becca Gavin’s walk, sent Stevens and the Wisconsin defense into a bases-loaded situation. McIntyre came up big last weekend with a walk-off home run against Maryland, and she followed that up with another statement, blasting a grand slam to give the Buckeyes the lead.Wisconsin got on board after Hursh walked in the first run, which prompted freshman Morgan Ray, who earned the loss, to step in the circle for the remainder of the game. The Badgers then added two more in the bottom of the sixth after a series of infield singles and a walk moved runners around the bases.The slim 4-3 lead inspired OSU to push its lead to two following senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s RBI single to right field. Earlier in the inning, freshman Bri Betschel entered the game to pinch hit, and her sacrifice bunt brought Gavin into scoring position for Prantl.But the Buckeyes could not maintain their grasp on the lead as the Badgers headed to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore first baseman Samantha Arents jumpstarted the late rally with a deep double, and senior left fielder Katie Christner drew a walk to keep Wisconsin’s streak alive. Freshman Melanie Cross ended OSU’s hope for a win with her walk-off, three-run homer, putting OSU on the other side of the dramatic ending after last weekend.Game 2After cold temperatures left Saturday’s game postponed until the following day, OSU bounced back with a tight 10-8 victory in Sunday’s first matchup. Junior Lena Springer, who only saw one inning of action last weekend against Maryland, got the start in the circle but did not strike out a single Wisconsin batter in her four innings pitched.Both the Buckeyes and Badgers went scoreless in the first inning after leaving runners stranded in scoring position. After a quiet Friday, Bayne sent a two-RBI single through the left side after White, freshman second baseman Emily Clark and Gavin ignited the offense with a trio of singles in the second inning.Wisconsin brought in a run of its own in the bottom of the frame after Springer hit two batters and a string of infield groundouts moved the runners around the bases. OSU’s defense got out of a bases-loaded jam, and its offense lengthened its lead on White’s RBI triple in the top of the following inning.The Buckeyes’ 4-1 lead prompted an early pitching change by the Wisconsin pitching staff, swapping senior Taylor-Paige Stewart for sophomore Mariah Watts. Still, the Scarlet and Gray scored one more in the third on Clark’s deep double.After spending two games last weekend recovering from an injury, sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin returned briefly for the Buckeyes in order to ease back into the lineup. Freshman Bailee Sturgeon and redshirt junior Jess Machovina also filled designated player roles in the matchup to keep the Badgers defense on its toes.The Badgers added one run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a quick single by second baseman Macy Oswald but again left a runner stranded. White continued her hit streak with a leadoff single, but it was Kirk’s two-run shot over the fence that frustrated Wisconsin’s defense. Watts returned to the game for Stewart, which turned the tide of momentum back to the Badgers.Wisconsin scored six runs on just three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, beginning with a solo home run by Cross. McCombs entered the game to relieve Springer, but a handful of wild pitches moved runners into scoring position. Oswald added two runs with an outfield single, prompting another pitching change — Hursh for McCombs — for OSU. Sophomore Kelsey Jenkins sent a ball of her own over the fence to give the Badgers their first lead of the game.White, who went 4-for-4, then tied it up in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, and the bottom of the order followed up with a pair of singles. McIntyre brought Kirk home with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Bayne beat the throw from shortstop Ashley Van Zeeland to put the Buckeyes up two. In the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin went down in order, making the series a 1-1 split heading into the final game.Game 3OSU carried its offensive momentum into the final game of the series, kickstarted by Bayne’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The Buckeye defense then got out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation to stop Wisconsin from scoring any runs.Prantl added another double to her tally, which is now eight shy of OSU’s all-time record, bringing in Bayne with no outs in the third inning. Machovina hit an RBI double of her own to make the score 4-0, but a bases-loaded opportunity to add more runs was obstructed by Stewart’s effort from the mound.Cross put up her third home run of the weekend to give Wisconsin its first two runs, and a string of singles to the outfield gave the Badgers another big inning and a 5-4 lead.In what was only her third appearance of the season, OSU freshman Katya Duvall relieved Hursh, who struck out four batters in her outing. Duvall did not fan any batters of her own but held the Badgers to three earned runs.Machovina continued her clutch pinch hitting with a single to bring in Prantl and Bayne, sending the Buckeyes up again. Kirk gave OSU another comfortable lead with her second home run of the series, and season, a three-run shot.In the fifth inning, Van Zeeland bunted in a run due to an error by Kirk, and Cross continued her stellar weekend with a two-run double. In the following inning, Van Zeeland laid down another RBI bunt to tie the game at nine and send the teams into extra innings.After over three hours of play, time constraints left the game in a tie, closing the series without a clear weekend victor.Coming upOSU is next scheduled to face Penn State in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday before traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, for a weekend series against Rutgers. First pitch from Buckeye Field is set to be at 4 p.m. read more

Lady Buckeyes lose to North Carolina 5754

Like the men’s team, Ohio State’s women’s basketball team made a trip to the “Tobacco Road” portion of the state of North Carolina. They will bring a loss home. The No. 15-ranked Buckeyes were unable to win on the road in their visit to No. 22 North Carolina, falling short to the Tar Heels, 57-54. With the loss OSU falls to 4-2 on the season. Both of their losses have come against ranked opponents. OSU senior guard Tayler Hill scored a game-high 24 points on 9-21 shooting led OSU, but the Buckeyes’ likely could have used another scoring option as no other player reached double figures. Conversely, three different Tar Heels scored 11 points in the game. It was a close contest, but the Buckeyes had to claw their way back from a large deficit to make it a game. Midway through the second half, OSU trailed by 16 points at 44-28. With Hill leading the way the Buckeyes were able to cut the margin, and even took a two-point lead with 1:26 left to play. But the Tar Heels answered in a big way, forcing two turnovers down the stretch and scoring the game’s final five points to clinch the upset win. OSU returns home this weekend for a noon tipoff against Evansville. read more

Womens Lacrosse Late push not enough for Ohio State in 1712 loss

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an effort to make a comeback one game after dropping a road contest to Jacksonville, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Cincinnati 17-12 Monday night. The Buckeyes (1-3) rallied late to close Cincinnati’s (3-1) lead, but the deficit was too big for Ohio State to overcome. Cincinnati went on a 4-0 run early in the second half to lead Ohio State by seven points. The Bearcats maintained the pace throughout the half to give the team its first home win of the season.Senior midfielder Katie Burgee and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez both scored for Ohio State 14 seconds apart with under two minutes left in the second half to make it 17-12. Despite the effort, it was too late for the Buckeyes to come back. Ohio State senior Molly Wood led the team with four goals. Hernandez, one of the team’s leading scorers, only had one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Bailey Parrott had two goals for Ohio State and forced two turnovers. Cincinnati held an advantage in draw controls, free position shots and saves. The Buckeyes had six saves compared to the Bearcats’ 11. The Bearcats set the tone by going on a 4-0 run five minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder McKenna Rushford led Cincinnati with six goals, tying her career high. Four of her goals came within the first 20 minutes of the game. Parrot tied the game four minutes into the first half, but the Buckeyes failed to keep up with the Bearcats and could not remain close enough to take a lead. Ohio State will have 10 days to rally before taking on Binghamton at 4 p.m. March 9. read more

Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 11 North Reading Man Arrested On Assault Battery

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 11, 2018:A Cypress Street caller reported her house was broken into. (2:32pm)Police issued a summons to Charles A. Hurcombe (38, Stoneham) for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License; Speeding; and No Or Expired Inspection Sticker. (6:09pm)A North Street caller reported a vehicle crashed into his mailbox and fence, then left the scene. Police were unable to locate vehicle. (6:17pm)Police sent several juveniles using the Shawsheen skate park on their way. (10:38pm)Police arrested Frank Dearborn (44, North Reading) for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Malicious Destruction of Property Valued at Over $250; and Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Under $250. A caller reported Dearborn was causing a disturbance and threw a beer bottle during an argument. (11:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 7: Road Rage On Highway Ramp; Medication Stolen During Open HouseIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

BSE closes points 22167 up on July 15

first_imgBSE closes points 221.67 up on July 151.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 221.67 up on July 151.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 221.67 points up to stand at 25,228.65. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 72.50 points up to stand at 7,526.65. Financial Tech and MCX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 9.25% along with Future Retail and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. with an increase of 9.25% and 7.40% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and CRISIL with a decrease of 9.83% and 4.00% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.34% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 214.22 points at 15,518.66 while the banking sector is up 458.18 points at 17,053.82 and the realty sector is up 40.74 points at 1,931.90. The Indian currency is 0.15% down at Rs 60.16 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 221.67 points up to stand at 25,228.65. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 72.50 points up to stand at 7,526.65. Financial Tech and MCX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 9.25% along with Future Retail and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. with an increase of 9.25% and 7.40% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and CRISIL with a decrease of 9.83% and 4.00% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.34% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 214.22 points at 15,518.66 while the banking sector is up 458.18 points at 17,053.82 and the realty sector is up 40.74 points at 1,931.90. The Indian currency is 0.15% down at Rs 60.16 per dollar.last_img read more

Researcher issues grave earthquake warning Earth will be jolted by a powerful

first_img[Representational Image]twitterYou can call it coincidence, but for the past couple of months, many earthquake predictions made by self-proclaimed seismic researcher Frank Hoogerbeets have turned true, and his recent forecast on upcoming quakes is capable of sending chills in your spine. In a recent post on his website ‘Ditrianum’, Hoogerbeets has claimed that a powerful earthquake which may measure 7 in the Richter scale could hit the earth either today or tomorrow.”Critical planetary and lunar geometry in the last two days is likely going to trigger large seismic activity from the 10th to the 12th, possibly over 7 magnitudes,” wrote Hoogerbeets on his website.Interestingly, the predictions of Hoogerbeets come at a time when a preliminary magnitude-4.0 earthquake was reported on May 11, in Cleveland. Even though no noted destruction happened in the affected area, the USGS is apparently collecting responses from people who experienced mild tremor in Cleveland. As of now, more than 8,000 people have reported feeling the earthquake, and most of them revealed that the intensity of the quake was weak to light.Hoogerbeets believe that critical planetary alignments and lunar geometry are causing a rise in seismic activities. As per Hoogerbeets, certain planetary alignments have the capability to destabilize the tectonic plates on the earth, and it is resulting in these earthquakes. Hoogerbeets claim that he is using an advanced system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) to predict potential quakes, and he believes that it is one of the most sophisticated tools that can forecast upcoming tremors with precision.In his website post, Hoogerbeets also clarified that it is an electromagnetic force during planetary alignments which is causing the earthquakes. He also added that gravitational pull of the planets is not capable to trigger seismic activities here on earth.”From the beginning, we have stated that the most likely cause is the electromagnetic force, which is a stronger force than gravity. In fact, the gravitational force is the weakest in the Universe and is always dominated by the electromagnetic force,” added Hoogerbeets.Even though Hoogerbeets continue to make wild predictions about possible earthquakes, seismic experts have always dismissed his claims stating that no current technology is capable of predicting future earthquakes.last_img read more

Fire kills 10 in Chinese city of Tianjin

first_imgA skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, state media reported.The fire broke out around 4 am on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city centre, the official Xinhua news agency said.Xinhua said the fire had been extinguished and that early indications were that the blaze was caused by interior decorating materials used in a renovation catching fire. State broadcaster CCTV said renovation workers working on site were among the casualties.Fire safety has come under scrutiny in China after a deadly blaze last month killed 19 in the far southern fringe of Beijing, which has led to citywide evictions seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.Tianjin party secretary Li Hongzhong said authorities would carry out citywide fire safety inspections in response to Friday’s blaze, the official Tianjin Daily reported.last_img read more

Radioactive isotope of tin confirmed to have doubly magic nucleus

first_img 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. Citation: Radioactive isotope of tin confirmed to have doubly magic nucleus (2010, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-radioactive-isotope-tin-doubly-magic.html Protons and neutrons in nuclei occupy orbital shells in a similar way to electrons in atoms. Nuclear magic numbers were first identified in 1948 by Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who shared in the 1963 Nobel prize for physics for her work on developing the nuclear shell model. Nuclear magic numbers are the numbers of nucleons (protons or neutrons) that form full (closed) outer shells in an atomic nucleus, like the magic numbers of electrons in helium, neon and other noble (super-stable) gases. The magic numbers for nuclei are 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126, while for electrons the magic numbers are 2, 8, 18, 32, and 50.Magic proton or neutron numbers give the nucleus greater stability and stronger binding, and are therefore usually more common than nuclei with unfilled orbital shells. In doubly magic nuclei both proton and neutron shells are filled, leading to even stronger binding and stability. The outer shells of doubly magic nuclei are rigidly spherical.Other confirmed doubly magic nuclei include helium-4, oxygen-16, lead-208, calcium-49, and nickel-48, which are abundant and stable, and nickel-56, which was discovered in 1998 and is less stable than the others, having a half-life of just 5.9 days. Tin-132 is even more unstable with a half-life of only four seconds, which has made confirmation of its doubly magic nature difficult. It has 50 protons and 82 neutrons, and is the first confirmed doubly magic isotope that is both neutron-rich and radioactive.Kate Jones, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and her colleagues used a cyclotron reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory dating from the 1950s to carry out the experiments. Jones said they were excited to have managed the feat, when most people thought it would not be possible until newer facilities were available.One method used to identify doubly magic nuclei has been to strip neutrons from the isotope and examine the properties of the stripped-off neutrons to infer the structure of the nucleus. To do this a film is made of the isotope in question, and this is then hit with a beam of deuterium (an isotope of hydrogen having one proton and one neutron).Tin-132’s extremely short half-life made this process impossible, so Jones and her team reversed it, using the isotope as the firing beam instead of as the film being hit. They accelerated a beam of tin-132 to about 10 percent of the speed of light and fired it at a target of deuterated polyethylene. As the tin-132 collides with the target some of the neutrons are stripped from the deuterium molecules to form tin-133, leaving the deuterium proton to fall back to the target. The researchers then analyzed the energy and angular distribution of the particles and were able to confirm the stripped neutron fell into a separate orbital shell above the closed inner shells of tin-132, which means the nucleus must be robustly spherical as expected for a doubly magical nucleus.The research findings will help physicists studying what is called the R-process, which is thought to be the process by which over half the elements heavier than iron are created through a series of neutron captures on seed nuclei such as nickel-56, probably in neutron star mergers or in collapsing supernovae.The research paper is published in the journal Nature. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in the U.S. and U.K. have demonstrated that the short-lived radioactive and neutron-rich isotope tin-132 has a doubly magic nucleus. Physicists pin down the proton-halo state in Flourine-17 More information: The magic nature of 132Sn explored through the single-particle states of 133Sn, Nature 465, 454-457 (27 May 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09048last_img read more

New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking

first_img 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. Science Fiction writers dreamed up the idea of mad scientists creating microorganisms that somehow get out into the world and kill everyone long before modern scientists had the skill to actually do it—but now that technology does exist and along with it fear that in trying to do something good, such as creating a cure for a bacterial disease, researchers could create a monster virus that not only harms patients, but jumps to others and causes serious harm or death. That fear is not ungrounded, as most biological researchers will attest, and that is why some of them are working on making genetically modified organisms safe. The idea is to modify genes to cause the organism to note when some chemical is present, and if so, to self-destruct—a modified virus or bacteria, for example, would die if exposed to a chemical present in the atmosphere. While such an approach is deemed practical by many, others would like to have access to a means for using the same technique on different organisms—those who hold patents on GMOs, for example, would like to be able to kill off their product if it gets into the hands of another entity. To meet that need, the researchers with this new effort came up with two new types of kill switches, which they have named ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode.’The Deadman solution is a new take on the kill switch idea from old time trains, a certain chemical must always be present or the modified microbe will die. Passcode, on the other hand is more complex, it combines the idea of a needed chemical and the absence of another. Microbes could be modified to be able to live only in the presence of two different molecules, for example, and the absence of another, or the reverse could be true. The designer could choose whichever “passcode” they desire.The main hurdle facing these new ideas and any others that may come along, of course, is in being able to prove that the microbes they modify will not evolve in ways that overcome the kill switches, either alone or by interacting with native microbes, making such efforts moot and possibly putting everyone at risk. Citation: New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking havoc (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-genetically-microbes-wreaking-havoc.html More information: Clement T Y Chan et al. ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ microbial kill switches for bacterial containment, Nature Chemical Biology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.1979AbstractBiocontainment systems that couple environmental sensing with circuit-based control of cell viability could be used to prevent escape of genetically modified microbes into the environment. Here we present two engineered safeguard systems known as the ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ kill switches. The Deadman kill switch uses unbalanced reciprocal transcriptional repression to couple a specific input signal with cell survival. The Passcode kill switch uses a similar two-layered transcription design and incorporates hybrid LacI-GalR family transcription factors to provide diverse and complex environmental inputs to control circuit function. These synthetic gene circuits efficiently kill Escherichia coli and can be readily reprogrammed to change their environmental inputs, regulatory architecture and killing mechanism. Researchers use CRISPR to create ‘kill switch’ for GMOs Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology Explore further (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from MIT and Harvard has come up with two new ways to hardwire a kill switch into a genetically modified microorganism to prevent it from going rogue. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes their technique, why they think it is better than other approaches and the ways it could be used. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665

first_imgUsing ESA’s Herschel telescope a team of Chinese researchers has performed analysis of the interstellar medium in the early-type galaxy NGC 3665. The study offers insights into physical properties of the matter between its star systems. The results were presented January 16 in a paper published on arXiv.org. 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. Discovered by William Herschel in 1789, NGC 3665 is a lenticular early-type galaxy located some 108 million light years away. However, contrary to typical early-type galaxies, NGC 3665 is abundant in cool gas and has a low star formation rate surface density. Studying gas, dust and other matter in this galaxy, especially in its interstellar medium, could therefore explain the galaxy’s low star formation efficiency.A group of astronomers led by Meng-Yuan Xiao of the Nanjing University in China, has carried out an analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium in NGC 3665. For their research, they used far-infrared photometric and spectroscopic data obtained by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory – an infrared telescope operating in space from 2009 to 2013. The dataset provided by Hershel was complemented by observations conducted with the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) in Spain.The observational campaign allowed the researchers to physically characterize NGC 3665’s interstellar medium by obtaining its fundamental parameters, which could improve our understanding of this atypical galaxy and star formation process taking place there.”In this paper, we focus on the photometric observations of NGC 3665 at 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 µm, obtained with the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS; – 4 – Poglitsch et al. 2010) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE; Griffin et al. 2010) onboard Herschel, with five fine-structure lines of [N ii] 122 and 205 µm, [C ii] 158 µm, [O i] 63 µm, and [C i] 370 µm. We also perform optical spectroscopic observations of NGC 3665 with the CAHA 3.5m telescope,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the researchers found that neutral and ionized gas in NGC 3665 have extended structures and follow the carbon monoxide line gas disk distribution, adding that the fluxes are stronger at the center.Furthermore, Xiao’s team estimates that the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of NGC 3665 is about 0.0011, which is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local lenticular galaxies. When it comes to the gas-to-dust mass ratio, this value is approximately 182, similar to that in our Milky Way galaxy. According to the authors of the paper, these findings, together with the calculated star formation rate of around 1.7 solar masses per year, suggest that NGC 3665 has large gas reservoirs and less star formation.Moreover, the researchers found that NGC 3665 has a weak active galactic nucleus in its central region, a very weak ultraviolet radiation field and has the lowest gas heating efficiency in photodissociation regions among different kinds of galaxies. The astronomers conclude that the new findings, compared with results provided by previous studies, indicate that suppressed star formation in NGC 3665 is most possibly caused by its compact, massive bulge through stabilizing cool gas reservoirs. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665 (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-interstellar-medium-galaxy-ngc.html More information: The Physical Characteristics of Interstellar Medium in NGC 3665 with Herschel Observations, arXiv:1801.05110 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1801.05110AbstractWe present the analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) in the nearby early-type galaxy NGC 3665, based on the far-infrared (FIR) photometric and spectroscopic data as observed by the Herschel Space Observatory. The fit to the spectral energy distribution reveals a high dust content in the galaxy, with the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of Mdust/M∗ ∼ 1.1 × 10−4 that is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local S0+S0a galaxies. For the ionized regions (H~textsc{ii} regions), the electron density (ne) is around 49.5 ± 11.9 cm−3 based on the [N~textsc{ii}],122,mum/[N~textsc{ii}],205,mum ratio. For the photodissociation regions, the heating efficiency is in the range of 1.26 × 10−3 and 1.37 × 10−3 based on the ([C~textsc{ii}]+[O~textsc{i}],63,mum)/LTIR, which is slightly lower than other local galaxies; the hydrogen nucleus density and the strength of FUV radiation field are n ∼ 104 cm−3 and G0 ∼ 10−0.25, respectively. The above results are consistent with the presence of weak AGN and a low level of star-forming activity in NGC 3665. Our results give strong support to the `morphological quenching’ scenario, where a compact, massive bulge can stabilize amount of cool gas against star formation. Image: Hubble’s cosmic atlas Explore further The 2D bulge-disk decomposition of NGC 3665 with Galfit. Panels from left to right are r-band observed image, model image, and model-subtracted residual image. The black region in residual image shows a dust structure near the galaxy center, which has been masked out before the fitting. Credit: Xiao et al., 2018.last_img

Michele Rauzon lands at Boignés new company 5 Continents

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — After a successful career at Alio for 18 years and then a stint at Canandes, Michèle Rauzon has been appointed National Director of Sales and Development Canada and U.S. for new company ‘5 Continents’, founded by another well-known industry veteran, David Boigné.“More than a director of business development, Michèle will be an ambassador for the concept and our services,” Boigné told Travelweek’s sister publication, ProfessionVoyages.com. Boigné is best known for his time at Exotic Tours / Boomerang Tours.“We were looking for someone who will represent us and who will inspire confidence and we are happy to announce that it will be Michèle,” he added. “She will be present at industry events and will visit travel agencies. We will also organize educotours and webinars. Her expertise is solid and reliable.”Working together with tour operators and travel agencies, 5 Continents calls itself a business partner that will bring the expertise of receptives from all over the world.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJIt is an intermediary that does not sell to direct customers and does not compete with tour operators either. All professionals seeking quality travel experiences can use their services.Rauzon told ProfessionVoyages.com that what motivates her in this project is to work alongside travel professionals and provide them with innovative services that are especially useful.“I like the unique concept developed by 5 Continents,” says Rauzon. “I think it’s logical and natural in the current context. There are many agencies that make their own groups with local receptives directly, but it’s not so simple. They can now go through us and ensure the quality of the experience at destination.”She adds: “I know the industry and its needs. At the travel agency level, my relationships have been in place for a long time. My main challenge will be to become an expert on destinations I do not know yet, but I like to learn, it does not scare me!”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRauzon also notes that she represents two beautiful high-end villa properties on the West Coast of Barbados and she will be bringing this portfolio with her to 5 Continents. The two seaside resorts, St. Peters Bay and Port Ferdinand, are both under the UNNA Living umbrella. The luxury properties are fully compatible with the high-end incentive and group travel expertise offered by 5 Continents, say Rauzon and Boigné.Rauzon’s appointment officially takes effect Feb. 25. She can be reached at michele.rauzon@5continentsca.com. Tags: 5 Continents, New Hires, People Share Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, February 20, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Michele Rauzon lands at Boigné’s new company 5 Continentslast_img read more

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has named Nikolay Su

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has named Nikolay Surikov as chief financial officer.Surikov was previously chief financial officer of VTB Bank subsidiary VTB Factoring and served as corporate reporting director of service provider MTS from 2004-08.Boris Podolsky, CEO of CTC Media, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nikolay to the CTC Media management team. He is one of the best financial professionals in Russia and a top performing executive. I had a pleasure of working with Nikolay in the past and highly value his professionalism and deep knowledge of finance and accounting. Nikolay’s extensive experience within leading Russian companies and an impressive track record of successfully implemented projects makes him a great addition to our team.”last_img

70year old multimillionaires 1 step to survive

first_img 70-year old multimillionaire’s #1 step to survive America’s looming currency crisis I think you’ll be surprised just how easy this is – yet most Americans know nothing about this option. You don’t even have to send a single penny outside the U.S. to do it, either. Click here to learn more. France made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal, down from the previous limit of €3,000. – Governments are waging a war on cash… Although you won’t hear it in the mainstream media, many world governments want to eliminate paper cash. Governments hate paper cash because it’s hard to track. Electronic payments through banks are much easier to monitor and record. Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Speculator, has been following this trend closely. The War on Cash is a favorite pet project of the economic central planners. They want to eliminate hand-to-hand currency so that governments can document, control, and tax everything. In just the last few years… •  If, like us, you’re concerned about governments’ War on Cash… We suggest owning a significant amount of physical gold and silver. People across the world consider gold and silver money. They have for thousands of years. If your government eliminates paper currency, you won’t be able to store wealth by keeping cash at home or in a vault. You’ll have to store all your cash in digital form, at a bank, or another financial institution. With gold and silver, you can store a portion of your wealth at home or in a vault, outside the banking system. And, unlike cash in a bank, reckless government printing and spending can’t destroy the value of gold and silver. You should also consider reading Casey Research’s newest book, Going Global. It includes strategies to protect your money from reckless government actions, like the banning of paper cash. We typically sell this book for $99…but right now we’ll mail a hardcover copy to your front door for just $4.95. Click here to learn more. •  Brazil is sinking deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades… Brazil’s economy shrunk by 4.5% during the third quarter, according to government data released this week. It was the biggest quarterly decline since Brazil starting keeping GDP records in 1996. Its economy has now shrunk three quarters in a row. Casey readers have known about Brazil’s economic crisis for months. The downturn is only getting worse. Brazil’s economy is spiraling into a full-blown depression… Since July 2014, Brazil’s currency has lost 41% of its value against the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, Brazil’s annual inflation rate just topped 10% for the first time in 12 years. And the country’s unemployment rate hit a six-year high of 7.9% in October. •  China’s slump is one reason why Brazil is unraveling… China’s economy grew 9.7% per year from 1990 through 2014. In 2010, China became the world’s second-biggest economy. During this time, China’s explosive growth helped boost the global economy. China needed a lot of raw materials to build its infrastructure. This helped countries, like Brazil, that export those materials. In fact, China’s rapid growth helped Brazil become the seventh-largest economy in the world. But China’s economy is slowing now. Last year, China grew at its weakest pace since 1990. That’s creating big problems for Brazil… •  Brazil sends 19% of its exports to China… That’s more than it sends to any other country…and nearly twice as much as it sends to the U.S. China’s slowing economy means it’s building fewer factories, office buildings, and bridges. That’s hurting demand for Brazil’s largest export: iron ore, the main ingredient in steel. Iron ore accounts for 19% of Brazil’s exports. It’s by far the country’s largest export. •  The U.S. economy also appears to be slowing down… According to The Wall Street Journal, spending on capital goods fell 3.8% during the first 10 months of 2015. Capital goods include equipment and machinery. Meanwhile, business investment only grew 2.2% during the third quarter. That’s one of the smallest increases since the Great Recession, according to The Wall Street Journal. The energy sector is a big reason those figures are so weak. As you likely know, energy prices have plummeted. The price of oil has dropped 40% over the past year. And the price of natural gas has dropped 34%. Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie estimates that North American oil companies have cut spending by $220 billion since last summer. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that companies in other sectors are dialing back investments as well. The industries [that are] pulling back range from retailers and manufacturers to energy companies and some services firms… Even major retailers are cutting back on spending. Macy’s Inc. plans to close 35 to 40 stores early next year, joining J.C. Penney Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. among retailers announcing cutbacks this year. Companies buy more equipment and machinery when they’re optimistic about the economy. They cut back on spending when they think the economy is slowing. Right now, declining business investment is one of many signs pointing to a slowing U.S. economy. Chart of the Day The stock price of Vale S.A. (VALE), the world’s largest iron ore miner, just hit an 11-year low… Today’s chart shows Vale’s adjusted stock price, which accounts for stock splits and dividends. Its stock price has dropped 57% this year. It’s now down 89% from the all-time high it set in 2008. Vale mines more iron ore than any other company in the world. Its stock price is crashing because iron ore demand is crashing. This points to huge problems in the global economy. Russia banned cash transactions over $10,000; Uruguay banned cash transactions over $5,000; and A money making site you had no idea existed… Your broker or financial advisor will never tell you about this little known financial website that’s helping some people make up to $300 per hour. Learn more here. Nick went on to explain that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on withdrawing your own cash from the bank. In the U.S., central planners ratchet up the War on Cash every time the government declares a made-up war on something else…a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on poverty, a war on terror… They all end with more government intrusion into your financial affairs. Thanks to these made-up wars, the U.S. government is imposing an increasing number of regulations on cash transactions. Try withdrawing more than $10,000 in cash from your bank. They’ll treat you like a criminal or terrorist. •  We just got the clearest sign yet that paper cash is disappearing… The world’s largest printer of banknotes (paper currency) is cutting production and firing employees. Yesterday, De La Rue (LON: DLAR) announced it will cut its banknote production capacity by 25%. The company is closing half of its production lines and eliminating 300 jobs. De La Rue prints more banknotes than any other company in the world. It produces banknotes for over 150 national currencies, including the British pound sterling. Its stock price is down 20% since mid-April. The company’s CEO said the decision was made to keep the company “in line with the future needs of our global customers.” De La Rue may also sell its cash-sorting machine business for similar reasons.center_img Recommended Links — Switzerland proposed banning cash payments in excess of 100,000 francs; Italy made cash transactions over €1,000 illegal; Spain banned cash transactions over €2,500; Mexico made cash payments of more than 200,000 pesos illegal; Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida December 03, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more