The latest edition of the online newsletter Touch-e-Talk is available for reading here:TOUCH-e-TALK, ISSUE 5, AUGUST EDITION 2005 This month’s edition is full of stories on the All Nations, Volunteers of the Month, a profile on Cathy Gray (a member of our National Technical Panel) and plenty more info for coaches and players.
The coverage of the State of Origin Series will take in Game 3 of the Women’s Open and Game 2 of the Men’s Open competition between traditional rivals Queensland and New South Wales.The two States battled it out across 13 age divisions for Origin supremacy at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill Sporting Complex on 4-5 August 2006.The games will be shown in full, as opposed to the packaged highlights that screened on Channel Nine in September. The games will be repeated across the 3 Fox Sports channels during November, so be sure to organise yourself and your friends to catch the Origin action on Fox Tel during the month.Please check Fox Tel electronic guides for updated screening times and programing.Screening Times for all States Women’s Game 3 – 1 November 2006:2.00pm – WA3.30PM – NT4.00pm – QLD4.30pm – SA5.00pm – NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS
(Image: Human Rights Tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia. APTN/ file photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Federal Court issued a stinging rebuke to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Wednesday in a ruling overturning a decision to dismiss a discrimination complaint against the federal Aboriginal Affairs department over its funding to First Nations child and welfare services.Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish ordered the tribunal to again hear the complaint, but with a different panel.Mactavish found that Conservative-appointed tribunal chair Shirish Chotalia committed a litany of errors when she decided to dismiss the complaint which was launched by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.Mactavish found that the tribunal erred when it failed to provide its reasons for deciding the complaint could not proceed under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The judge also found that the tribunal erred when it found there was nothing to compare Aboriginal Affairs department’s handling of child and welfare services, despite the federal government’s own internal use of provincial standards as a benchmark.“The process that (the tribunal) followed in this case was not fair,” wrote Mactavish.The society and the AFN have argued that Aboriginal Affairs discriminates against First Nations children by failing to fund First Nations child welfare services at the same level as the provinces.Chotalia ruled on March 14, 2011, that First Nations on-reserve child welfare services could not be compared to provincial child welfare services. Her ruling handed a victory to the federal government which had been vigorously fighting the complaint.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are also backing the complaint.Chotalia has been beset by troubles of her own. An internal investigation upheld claims of harassment leveled by tribunal employees against Chotalia.Aboriginal Affairs was also forced to launch its only internal probe after it emerged department officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, the head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.
Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson won’t be leaving the university for his next opportunity as he has been hired as the Buckeyes’ men’s lacrosse strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Wednesday afternoon.“Coach Richardson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He is an incredible leader and builder of young men,” men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers said in a release. “We look for him to make an immediate impact as we prepare for the 2018 season and beyond.”Richardson was hired in 2005 by former men’s basketball coach Thad Matta as the program’s head strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past 12 season with the men’s basketball team.When Matta was fired and Chris Holtmann was hired as head coach, Richardson was not retained. Ohio State announced former Indianapolis Colts performance and conditioning coach Quadrian Banks would be Richardson’s replacement as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Friday.Last season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team reached the national championship for the first time in program history, falling 9-6 to Big Ten rival Maryland.“I have known coach Myers for a number of years and have a ton of respect for how he runs the program and the passion he has for building and teaching men,” Richardson said in a release. “I am excited to get going with this team and have high expectations for what we can achieve.”Richardson has never worked as a strength and conditioning coach with a specific focus on a lacrosse team.Prior to his time at Ohio State, Richardson spent five years as assistant strength trainer at the University of Miami (Fl.). He became the Hurricanes coach after working for six seasons as head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
TEWKSBURY, MA — John James “Jack” Whitman, age 72, a well known member of the community, especially known for his great humor and wit, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, at Lowell General, after a courageous, decades long, battle with diabetes. He was beloved husband and “best friend” of Ellen C. (Doucette) Whitman, with whom he had joyfully celebrated a fifty-first wedding anniversary this past February 10th.He was born in Medford in August 1946, one of four children of the late John J. and Catherine (Dillon) Whitman, and raised in Tewksbury. Jack worked in sales, and retired as the New England Sales Manager for Sunshine Biscuit Company.Jack was a faithful member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge, and worked his way through the chairs to serve as Exaulted Ruler of the Lodge in 1976. He loved the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Pat’s. But Jack will be best remembered for his incredible sense of humor. He loved a good joke. He delighted in sharing them with a catalogue quality recall of great jokes, stories and one-liners. “Pulling your leg,” was Jack’s forte, and nobody walked away from a conversation with Jack without a smile.Besides his wife, he leaves three beloved children, Jeffrey Whitman and his wife Lynnette (Blanchard) of Westford, David Jon “D.J.” Whitman and his wife Sherrie (Fairbanks) of Middleton, and Allyson Armstrong and her husband Chris of Tewksbury; eight adored grandchildren, Jasmine Whitman of Newfield, NH, Jack Whitman of Westford, James Whitman and Ava Whitman of Middleton, Kaylie, Riley, Cassie and Cara Armstrong of Tewksbury; two devoted sisters, Lois Sheehan and her husband Richard and June Fowler and her husband Robert all of Tewksbury; his sister-in-law Pauline (Doucette) Barry and husband Connie of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law Arthur Doucette and wife Deborah of Panama City Beach, Florida; brother-in-law Dana Doucette and wife Debbie of Methuen; his lifelong friend, Jack Canty of Rye, NH; numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his sister, the late Arline Whitman.Services are pending. View details at the Tewksbury Funeral Home.John James “Jack” Whitman(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William John Robinson, Jr., 85In “Obituaries”
Sprint Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ask Alexa for the value of pi (if you have time to kill) Planes write out pi over the skies of San Francisco Bay Area Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 1 Sci-Tech $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 18 Photos TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Haruka Iwao ran the calculations using the y-cruncher application running on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. “The biggest challenge with pi is that it requires a lot of storage and memory to calculate,” Haruka Iwao said. It took 121 days for Google’s virtual machines to reach the magic number. See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Comment I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 How quantum computing will help us build human-level… Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Fun with pi The previous pi record held the digits title for over two years, but there will always be more digits left to go.”In terms of how long this record might stand, we can’t predict the future. But now that it’s been calculated with the cloud, the sky’s the limit,” a Google spokesperson said. If you want to peruse the fruits of the pi triumph, Google Cloud has published the digits as disk snapshots, along with technical details on the accomplishment. It’s the perfect reading material for Pi Day. Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 3:40 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Comments Boost Mobile $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Cloud computing Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET Pi Day through time: From Linux to Einstein to Steph Curry Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It See It Googler Emma Haraku Iwao took her fascination with pi all the way to 31.4 trillion digits. Google When I think of pi, I think of three digits: 3.14. Google cloud developer advocate Emma Haruka Iwao thinks in terms of trillions of pi digits. Haruka Iwao set a world record by calculating pi to 31.4 trillion digits using Google cloud technology.Here’s the full mind-boggling number: 31,415,926,535,897 digits. The previous record, set by Peter Trueb in late 2016, was 22.4 trillion digits. Since she was 12, Haruka Iwao has been fascinated by pi, the enigmatic mathematical constant defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. As a kid, she even downloaded a computer program to calculate pi. Her present-day Google project put that childhood interest on steroids. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate See at Turo See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice See it $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Express
The Tata Sons board will meet on Thursday and will consider taking away embattled chairman Cyrus Mistry’s powers of voting and attending shareholder meetings of the group companies. Additionally, the board will also discuss developments in the group companies over the last few weeks, especially since Mistry’s ouster on October 24.Sources aware of the company’s developments said that it is a routine board meeting, which has been called to discuss operational matters of the company and that Mistry cannot vote in any case since he is no longer the Tata Sons chairman, the Times of India reported.The company has issued notices of shareholder meetings of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Indian Hotels, Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors and Tata Steel to remove Mistry as chairman and director, but in the case of Tata Chemicals, Tata Steel and Tata Motors, the prior notice also calls for the removal of Nusli Wadia as an independent director.The Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry war has turned murkier with allegations flying both ways. The independent directors of Tata Motors, Indian Hotels and Tata Chemicals have backed Mistry, TOI added.However, TCS and Tata Global Beverages on Tuesday announced that the company has removed him as its chairman. “After extensive deliberations, and keeping in view the long-term interest and alignment of all stakeholders and stability of the Company, the Board of Directors resolved to replace Mr Cyrus P Mistry as Chairman of the Company, by majority vote, with 7 out of the 10 Directors present at the Board Meeting, voting in favour of the resolution,” Tata Global Beverages said in its regulatory filing on Tuesday.According to reports, following the announcement, Mistry sent out a letter to Tata Global Beverages, terming his ouster as “illegal.”
Ganguly is currently busy working as a commentator at the ongoing Cricket World Cup in England. Even as a commentator, he has captured a million hearts, and the ‘God of Offside’ is emerging as the ‘God of commentary’ over the last few years. Nirmal NarayananSourav Ganguly, the man who taught the Indian cricket team to dream high, celebrates his 47th birthday on June 08, 2019. Even though he retired from international cricket 11 years back, Sourav continues to be a role model for cricket lovers, and he still boasts of a huge fan following across the nation.Ganguly fans in Kerala celebrated the former Indian skipper’s birthday at Pratheeksha rehabilitation center in Kothamangalam. His fans, under the leadership of Shaukath Ali, an ardent Dada follower, visited the center and spent hours with them following a cake cutting ceremony.”Since my childhood, I have been an ardent fan of Sourav Ganguly. Even after his retirement, I continue as a Dada fan and will be the same forever. As you all know, once a Gangulian, always a Gangulian. There are several factors that made me a fan of Dada. His aggression, determination, and moreover, he is the one who taught the Indian team to chase dreams. He showed to the world that Indian team is capable of anything and everything. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli walked through that broad path created by Dada. I love you SG,” said Shaukath Ali.Fans of the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ also donated an undisclosed sum to the rehabilitation center for their activities. Authorities of the center thanked Shaukath Ali and his team for such a noble act in the name of the former Indian cricketer.Several Malayalam film personalities also conveyed their birthday wishes to the cricket legend. Mollywood Superstar Mohanlal, Action King Suresh Gopi, Unni Mukundan and director Arun Gopy posted birthday wishes to Ganguly on their social media pages.
Technicians unload doses of vaccines from a plane after it landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa. Photo: AFPA UN plane carrying desperately needed vaccines landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday after a three-week Saudi-led aid blockade that had sparked warnings thousands could die.Three other aircraft—two carrying UN aid workers and one carrying International Committee of the Red Cross staff—also landed at the airport, which was repaired earlier this week after a Saudi-led air strike knocked out its controls, an AFP correspondent reported.The UN humanitarian affairs office had said on Friday that it had been given clearance by the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the rebels since 2015 to resume flights into Sanaa.But it added that desperately needed shipments of food and medicines to the rebel-held Red Sea port of Hodeida remained blocked.A official from the rebel-run civil aviation authority confirmed that the flights had landed.But he warned that Saturday’s aid delivery was not enough and demanded access to Sanaa airport for all flights in order to “save the lives of the sick”, the rebel-run Saba news agency reported.The UN children’s fund UNICEF said the flight was carrying more than 15 tonnes, or 1.9 million doses, of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and other preventable diseases.The World Health Organization said earlier this week that diphtheria was spreading as children went unvaccinated and doctors in Hodeida reported three deaths.More than 2,000 people have died of cholera in Yemen this year, adding to the 8,600 who have died in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the rebels since 2015.The aid blockade, put in place after the rebels fired a missile which was intercepted over Riyadh airport, has tightened the stranglehold on Hodeida, the conduit for UN supervised deliveries of food and medicine to rebel-held territory.The UN humanitarian office said that a ship loaded with wheat and another with equipment to treat Yemen’s cholera epidemic are ready to head to Hodeida as soon as the Saudi-led coalition gives the go-ahead.The coalition had said it would lift its blockade of the port from Thursday but it remains in place.The United Nations has warned that unless the blockade is lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for decades”.Yemen is highly dependent on imported wheat for its basic needs and aid groups have warned that humanitarian deliveries cover only a small portion of the need.Seven million Yemenis are completely dependent on relief supplies for their survival, according to the UN.
Aiming to provide affordable health for all, the Modi-led NDA government is set to increase outlays for health ministry in the second budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. According to highly-placed sources, the health sector is set to get about six per cent hike in comparison to the last fiscal’s final budgetary allocation. The increased budgetary allocation would be for diagnosis sector to save people from life threatening diseases such as Tuberculosis, Cancer, Malaria, AIDS, etc, the source further added. If sources are to be believed, the health sector will get above Rs 2,000 crore more in the budget making the final figure of allocation to Rs 35,000 crore for 2015-16. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The proper diagnosis will help in detection of life threatening diseases at its early stage which would help in saving several precious lives,” the source further added. Nearly 5 lakh people die of cancer every year in the country, while over 10 lakh are newly diagnosed with some form of the disease, while almost 5 lakh people have died of TB. In case of Malaria, the estimated death figure is of about 1.5 lakh out of over 5 crore cases recorded.It’s worth mentioning that the Finance Minister had earmarked Rs 39,237.82 crore for the sector in his first budget presentation in July last year, but Rs 6,000-crore was slashed from the coffer citing the reason that funds remained unutilised in the ministry’s budget making the final outlay to Rs 33,000 crore only.
Fifteen minutes after that,we were back in the valley—and it looked like this. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that one gold and 113 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Tuesday. In silver, the only short/issuer was Jefferies—and the biggest long/stopper was, drum roll please, JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 77 contracts. Canada’s Scotiabank was a very distant second with 16 contracts received. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that gold open interest for March declined by 19 contracts—and the new total is down to 111 contracts. In silver, March o.i. fell by 39 contracts, which was all delivery related—and open interest is now at 805 contracts, minus the 113 contracts mentioned in the previous paragraph. There was a tiny withdrawal from GLD yesterday, only 8,917 troy ounces worth. I would guess that this represents a fee payment of some kind. I must admit that I’m somewhat surprised that GLD hasn’t shed more gold than that considering the hammering the price has taken over the last week. I would bet serious money that all the GLD shares that were falling off the table lately were being picked up by JPMorgan et al. What else could explain the lack of withdrawals? As of 7:40 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV—and what I said about GLD shares in the previous paragraph also applies to SLV shares as well. The folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the activity in both their gold and silver ETFs as of Friday, March 6—and there were declines in both once again. Their gold ETF dropped by 34,354 troy ounces—and their silver ETF declined by 229,451 troy ounces. There was another tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold 57,500 silver eagles—and that was all. Month-to-date the mint has sold 23,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 1,431,000 silver eagles. Based on these sales, the silver/gold sales ratio works out to 54 to 1. There was decent movement in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday. Nothing was reported received, but 68,035 troy ounces were reported shipped out. The link to that activity is here. It was monstrous day for silver, as 602,112 troy ounces were reported received—and 1,438,058 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday was about what I was expecting to see. In silver, the Commercial net short position, decreased by a chunky 6,449 contracts, or 32.2 million troy ounces —and is now down to 33,263 contracts, or 166.3 million troy ounces. It’s not lowest it’s ever been, but certainly getting there. Ted said that the Big 4 traders reduced their net short position by 2,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders only by 200 or so. The smaller Commercial traders added another 4,300 contracts to their already huge long position. Ted also said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner is somewhere in the 13-15,000 contract range. We’re both of the opinion that JPMorgan is no longer the biggest short in COMEX silver—and it’s been my opinion for years that it’s Canada’s Scotiabank, with a short position in the 15-20,000 contract range. Over in the Managed Money category in the Disaggregated COT Report, these technical fund-type traders added 6,575 contracts to their short position. They’ve added more since the cut-off. The other surprise in the Managed Money category, was with what I call the “unblinking” longs. These are non-technical fund traders. Price doesn’t matter to them—and it showed again in this report, as they added 1,593 longs to their long position that now totals 42,054 contracts, or 210 million troy ounces. Who are these guys, you ask? Beats me, I say—but someday we’ll find out. In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by a healthy 34,045 contracts, or 3.40 million troy ounces. The Commercial net short position now stands at 8.93 million troy ounces. The Big 4 traders covered 8,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders another 2,000 or so. But it was the raptors, the smaller traders that were the most active, as Ted says they added 24,000 contracts to their already huge long position. Ted says its about the same size now as it was back in November at the lows then. In the Disaggregated COT Report, the technical funds in the Managed Money category sold 8,247 long contracts—and added 16,039 short contracts on top of that. Ted was expecting more than this, but as I pointed out, the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs in the Managed Money category were probably adding to their long positions in gold as well—and that made the overall numbers in that category not quite as good as he was expecting. While on the subject of the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs, despite the massive price declines during the reporting week, they increased their long positions in palladium, platinum and silver, as they all showed positive net numbers. Only gold was negative—and as I said in the previous paragraph, their buying was masked by the huge selling by the technical funds in the same category. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover COMEX Short Positions” for all physically traded commodities on the COMEX. Silver, platinum and palladium are nailed to the far-right side of this chart, which is a position they’ve occupied for the last 15 years that I’ve been following it. And because of the big declines in the short position in gold during the last month, cocoa has now moved into fourth place by default. Note that the short positions of the Big 4 traders now dominate this chart in all four precious metals, as the short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are becoming immaterial The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have a major win with an incredible share structure. Renaissance Gold has proven through the joint venture business model what exploration success with a tight share structure can do. Renaissance is the spinout of AuEx Ventures that sold in 2010 and made just shy of 100x their first private placement. It takes technical strength and fiscal conservatism to generate meaningful share holder returns in the high risk exploration business. Please visit our website for more information. Once you head up this hill and turn the corner, you leave Jerome behind—and are headed for Prescott via the mountain pass, which is still quite a climb. The second photo is less than a two minute drive from the first one—and Jerome has already vanished behind the rocks. The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 99.27—and rallied unevenly from there, with the 100.39 high tick coming shortly after 2:30 p.m. EDT. From there it sold off a bit into the close, but still managed to close with a three-digit handle at 100.19 —up another 92 basis points. One thing I’m happy about is the fact that we’re at, or very close to the bottom, as there’s not much room left to the downside. Since the technical funds in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report have long since sold every long in the precious metals that they have—and are now piling in on the short side, the down-side price action will now be solely determined by how many more shorts positions they’re prepared to put on under the continuing pressure from the HFT boyz. Nothing else matters. I’m also happy to see that the gold price has been holding up relatively well vis-à-vis the dollar index—and if it wasn’t for this last big engineered price decline that began in mid January, the gold price would certainly be much higher than it is now, regardless of what the U.S. dollar is doing, as it just happens to be the best looking horse in the glue factory right now, which is comment I’ve made several times in the past. Next week we get the FOMC meeting—and nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned when the smoke goes up the chimney early Wednesday afternoon in Washington. That’s one of many items on the dance card for early next week. But in the interim I’ll be quite surprised if much happens from a price perspective between now and then—and it’s entirely possible that the precious metal charts on Monday and Tuesday will end up looking the same as the ones we had from mid-week onward this past week. Looking ahead of the FOMC meeting—and with the bottom in the precious metal markets pretty much in, what happens during the next rally is something that we should put our minds to. Will it end up the same old way, like the rally from mid December until mid January, as JPMorgan et al capped the rally all the way up until they turned the market over. Or will it be “different” this time? It beats me, but when the rally starts, we won’t be left doubting for long as to how it’s going to turn out. That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough once again. I’m off to bed. See you on Tuesday. Once again, I have the 1-year USD Index for you courtesy of stockcharts.com. The silver equities followed an almost identical pattern as the gold equities, except they started the trading session off in positive territory—and ended there as well. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a decent 1.10 percent. We’re at, or very close to the bottom As has been the case for three days in a row, the smallish rally in gold in Far East trading met the usual not-for-profit sellers an hour or so before the London open. The low tick came shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York. The gold price rallied quietly from there, before tacking on another quick five bucks in the last hour of trading in the electronic market. The high and low ticks, such as they were, were recorded as $1,160.90 and $1,150.40 in the April contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,158.60 spot, up $5.90 from Thursday. Net volume was very quiet at only 104,000 contracts. I have a lot of stories again today, including a goodly number that had to wait for Saturday’s column for length and/or content reasons. I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you. I base my analysis on easily verifiable public data, principally the CFTC’s COT data. That data both suggests price trends, while at the same time provides the proof of the manipulation. Many manipulation deniers and critics love to erroneously point out that no one ever complains about manipulation when prices are climbing, only when prices fall. Regular readers know that is nonsense—and that’s because I am usually most vocal about manipulation at price tops, precisely because that is the point of maximum concentrated short selling by JPMorgan and other commercials. Either a market is manipulated or it isn’t; it is impossible for a market to be manipulated for as long as silver has been if the manipulation weren’t a continuing process. There’s no voodoo or deep secret to my COT analysis – when the commercials get as least net short as they can, the market looks good to go to the upside. When the commercials are overloaded on the short side, the market is not usually good to go to the upside. I may be wrong (and please let me hear from you if you feel I am), but if I refrained from suggesting that the COT structure was bearish when, in fact, it was bearish, that it would make any difference to prices falling. Any legitimate analyst strives to be objective and avoid sugar-coating or distorting the facts. For me to avoid pointing out when the commercials are packed like the criminal rats that they are on the short side would seem to validate the manipulation deniers’ criticism and expose me as non-objective. I don’t think I could do that in good conscience, particularly knowing it wouldn’t likely do any good. Again, if you disagree, please let me hear from you. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 March 2015 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ dates from 1961. I was barely a teenager then, but I remember the song well. It’s by American singer/song writer Gene Pitney—and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ was composed in 1904. It was not a smash hit when it was first performed—and was almost relegated to the dustbin of classical music history until the latter part of the 20th century when it was revived and restored to the exalted position it holds today. It took years for me to appreciate it for what it was. It’s one of the most extraordinarily technically demanding violin concertos ever written—and when performed the way it should be, it’s awesome. It’s the Jean Sibelius violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47. Here’s the luscious and incredibly gifted Sarah Chang doing the honours accompanied by the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Jaap van Zweden conducts. The link is here. I’ve posted this before, but its been a while. For the third day in a row the precious metal stocks traded in the same pattern. I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. The only difference about Friday’s price action was that there was a slight pop in prices after the equities markets closed—and before the electronic markets closed at 5:15 p.m. EDT. I doubt very much if the free markets were anywhere to be found in the precious metal trading arena this week. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again. The platinum and palladium charts were, once again, mini versions of the gold and silver charts. Platinum closed up two bucks at $1,115 spot—and palladium was up 4 dollars to $790 spot. Here are the charts. Although the gold import numbers by China through Hong Kong have been out for about three weeks already, they just released the number through official channels yesterday—and this enabled Nick to update the appropriate charts. And despite the dramatic fall-off in early-to-mid 2014, there’s still a pretty big chunk of gold being imported to China via Hong Kong. In January it was 76.118 tonnes. For the third day in a row, the silver chart pattern was a virtual carbon copy of the gold price chart, although in silver the high of the day came at the close in New York—and not in late afternoon trading in the Far East like it did in gold. The low and high were recorded by the CME Group as $15.455 and $15.66 in the May contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.64 spot, up 8.5 cents from Thursday. Net volume was also very quiet at only 18,500 contracts. Without a doubt, there’s been even more improvement in the COT numbers since the Tuesday cut-off, as “da boyz” slammed the metals to new lows on Wednesday. I should also mention that I didn’t see any signs of jiggery-pokery in this COT Report, but there’s also a chance that not everything was reported in a timely manner, either. If not much changes between now and next Tuesday’s cut-off, we should see Wednesday’s trading data clearly in next Friday’s report. Nick sent me a couple of charts in the wee hours of this morning that I thought worth sharing as well. The first one is the withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the week ending March 6. The magic number was 44.520 tonnes. The gold stocks opened down a hair—and then sank to their lows minutes after 11 a.m. EDT, which was gold’s low as well, The subsequent rally made almost back to unchanged—and undoubtedly would have closed in the green if the last minute rally in the gold stocks had occurred before the markets closed. The HUI finished down a smallish 0.39 percent. At the pass about fifteen minutes later, it looked like this. The trees are ponderosa pine.
Citing salmonella concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for kratom products made by a Las Vegas company — and the federal agency says it’s the first time it has ever taken such an action after a company ignored a federal request for a voluntary recall.An herbal supplement that is sometimes promoted as a safer substitute for opioids and is also used as a recreational drug, kratom is derived from plants that grow in several Asian countries. Its safety and legal standing have been the subject of both wide-ranging debate and threats of tighter federal regulation — but the FDA says this week’s recall is meant only to protect U.S. consumers from a pathogen.”Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with FDA despite repeated attempts to encourage voluntary recall,” the agency said at the top of its mandatory recall notice for a range of the company’s kratom products.”This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, “and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and actions.”The recalled products include supplements such as Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red. Those and any other kratom products made or handled by Triangle Pharmanaturals should be discarded, the agency said.The mandatory recall comes days after the FDA formally sent a request for a voluntary recall to Triangle Pharmanaturals on March 30. That request was ignored, the agency says, adding that the company also did not respond to a follow-up order to cease distribution.In addition, the FDA says, its “investigators were denied access to the company’s records relating to potentially affected products and Triangle employees refused attempts to discuss the agency’s findings.”A website associated with Triangle Pharmanaturals is no longer online; neither is its Facebook page. According to Nevada public records, the company is a limited liability company that filed its articles of organization on April 4, 2017.The FDA says six samples of the company’s kratom products tested positive for salmonella, including two samples that were sold at a store called Torched Illusions in Tigard, Ore., and were collected by the Oregon Public Health Division.It’s only the third time the FDA has invoked its mandatory recall authority — but the agency says it’s the first time it has had to order a mandatory recall because a company chose not to follow its order of a voluntary recall.According to the FDA, the recall dispute played out as it tried to shut down a multistate outbreak of salmonella cases the FDA says have been linked to “numerous brands of kratom-containing products.” The strains of salmonella bacteria in Triangle’s kratom products are different from the ones in that outbreak, the agency says.Describing the risk posed by the contaminated products, the FDA states:”Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the current salmonellosis outbreak associated with kratom products, unusually high rates of individuals have been hospitalized for their illness.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
“Medicare-for-all,” once widely considered a fringe proposal for providing health care in the U.S., is getting more popular. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting behind the idea.Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., endorsed the approach Monday in a CNN town hall-style event, saying her aim would be to eliminate all private insurance.”Who of us has not had that situation, where you’ve got to wait for approval and the doctor says, well, ‘I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this,’ ” Harris said. “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”Harris was a co-sponsor of a 2017 bill written by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that would have created a national, single-payer health system, eliminating the private insurance system.Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., both presidential hopefuls, also co-sponsored the Sanders bill.Everyone would get a Medicare card and doctors would have to sign annual agreements to participate.The major questions the candidates face is how the government would pay for it.Total spending on health care in the U.S. was about $3.5 trillion in 2017 and is forecast to rise to $5.7 trillion in 2026, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.The federal government already pays for a lot of that through Medicare, Medicaid, military health care and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Much of the rest is through employer health insurance plans and individual health insurance and payments by patients.Sanders laid out several options to pay for his proposal, including increasing taxes on employers who would no longer be paying insurance premiums; increasing individual income taxes; and boosting taxes on the wealthy.Harris didn’t say, in the town hall-style meeting, how she would pay for the program. And her Senate office didn’t respond to an email asking whether she has a funding proposal.Warren has proposed a 2 percent tax on the wealth of an individual that’s above $50 million and 3 percent on wealth of more than $1 billion.The mechanism for paying for “Medicare-for-all” can make the politics muddy.A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that 56 percent of people in the U.S. like the idea overall.But when people heard more details, those numbers changed.When the question included the idea that “Medicare-for-all” would guarantee health insurance as a right, its support rose to 71 percent. But when it said people would have to pay more taxes, the popularity plummeted to 37 percent.That dynamic has created an opening for potential centrist candidates to stake out a middle road.Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks, who has said he is considering a presidential run, told CBS reporters that Harris’ proposal to eliminate the health insurance industry is “not American.” He also called proposed tax increases on the wealthy “punitive.”Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg LP, who is also considering a run, said in New Hampshire Tuesday that he, too, opposed the idea.”To replace the entire private system where companies provide health care for their employees would bankrupt us for a very long time,” he told workers at a factory he was visiting.Bloomberg has said he supports opening Medicare to people who don’t have coverage through their employers.The health insurance industry is already gearing up to oppose any “Medicare-for-all” proposals, according to The Intercept, an investigative news website. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
The government is making it harder for disabled politicians to stand for elected office by failing to renew a fund that paid for their disability-related campaign expenses, according to a candidate in next month’s parliamentary by-election.Simeon Hart (pictured), who is standing for the Green party in Oldham West and Royton, was the only British Sign Language-user to stand for election in May’s general election.Hart was able to use support from the Access to Elected Office (AEO) scheme to pay for the BSL interpreters he needed to campaign.But the fund – which offered grants to disabled people to pay for their additional impairment-related costs in standing for election as a councillor or MP – has been lying dormant since the general election while the government carries out an independent review of its effectiveness.Now Hart is having to rely on crowdsourcing funding to pay for interpreters during the by-election campaign.He said: “Becoming a candidate in elections and by-elections is supposed to be open to anyone eligible in the UK.“Yet my experience has been a challenge and I know that many people with a disability will be put off trying to become an elected politician.“My party and I have a detailed plan for how we can reduce fuel poverty and keep parks public in the constituency and I am unable to articulate my plans as well as the candidates from other parties because of problems finding and paying for an interpreter.“If the government is serious about making elections a level playing-field, it will reconsider its heartless decision to scrap the Access to Elected Office fund.”By 10.30pm today (26 November), he had raised £970 of the £3,000 he needs to pay for BSL interpreters during the campaign.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said she believed the government was in “clear breach” of article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees disabled people the right to participate in public and political life “on an equal basis with others”.She said: “The convention expects signatory states to make reasonable adjustments to enable participation in the political process.“The Green Party and Simeon need to make a formal complaint to the UN about the breach.”She said that disabled people now had even less representation in the Commons than they did before the general election, after Dame Anne Begg lost her seat, while David Blunkett retired.King said: “We need to support a new generation of disabled people who want to be politicians.“Candidates will miss out on funding whilst the evaluation [of the fund] is going on.”David Buxton, director of campaigns and communications for the British Deaf Association, supported Hart’s call for government action.He said: “We are disappointed that the government has not yet made a decision about whether this vital funding will continue.“This delay creates uncertainty for potential Deaf and disabled candidates who wish to stand at elections next year and are currently unsure whether they will get the support they need towards communication and other areas.“It is imperative that a decision is made immediately, as selection meetings for some areas have already started to take place.“We now urge the government to prove their commitment to the spirit of the Equality Act by supporting diversity and allocating funds now to any potential candidate, as well as to Simeon, who is now actively canvassing.“We also expect them to complete their evaluation and review about the future of the fund as soon as possible.”In September, the Equality and Human Rights Commission called on the government to reopen the fund, as part of its submission to a UN inquiry into the rights of disabled people to participate in political and public life.
December 29, 2017 Clothing Company Named ‘Steve Jobs’ Can Keep Name After Apple Loses Legal Battle Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read –shares Senior Editor Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PCMag Apple isn’t having a very good final week of 2017. Already being forced to admit older iPhones were being purposefully slowed down, followed by an apology and cheap battery replacement offer, now Apple has lost a multi-year Steve Jobs branding legal battle.As The Verge reports, it started back in 2012 when Italian brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato realized Apple hadn’t trademarked the name Steve Jobs, so they did instead. It became their company name with the logo based on the Apple logo by adding a bite mark to the “J” in Steve Jobs. Clothing and accessories were then offered under the brand.As you’d expect, Apple wasn’t pleased with the name of its co-founder being used by someone else, so the brothers were hit with a lawsuit. Apple focused on the logo, but because the letter “j” isn’t seen as an edible item, the bite mark in it wasn’t viewed by the courts as copying Apple’s own logo.Apple lost the fight and the brothers get to keep their trademark and can continue to use the name. However, it’s going to become even more frustrating for Apple as the Steve Jobs brand isn’t going to remain limited to clothing and accessories. Vincenzo and Giacomo are planning to expand the business to offer electronics goods, so we will eventually see gadgets sporting the Steve Jobs name.We could end up seeing a Steve Jobs smartphone and tablet, and most likely they would run Android. If they launch a laptop, Windows 10 and not macOS would be used. But if they did choose to offer such devices, Apple would have a fresh case against them. Apple The Italian company can continue to use the Apple founder’s name and Apple’s logo and plans to start offering electronic devices under the brand. Add to Queue
Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Mikal E. Belicove This story appears in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article –shares In the world of website promotion, only three things matter: proper positioning, traffic volume and conversions. The number of people visiting your website–and how many of those people are ultimately doing what you want them to do, such as placing an order or contacting you for more information–is absolutely critical. What the Pros UseAs you shop from the vast array of available web analytics software and services, consider the following options:Omniture SiteCatalyst: Pricey but very powerful, well supported and great for enterprise-level businesses.ClickTale: Hosted service offering affordable tiered plans, visually stunning interface, records and plays back individual user sessions.Google Analytics: Free, easy to install, powerful and well documented.Sentiment Metrics: Great online tool for monitoring social media dialogue.To maximize your return on investment on launching and managing a website, blog, or online campaign, you need to know what’s working and what’s not, where visitors are coming from, what they view, how long they stay and why some wander off. You need to know which campaigns are driving the most traffic to your site and how effective your site is in converting that traffic into targeted behaviors.Enter web analytics tools–applications that collect site traffic data and display it in graphical simplicity. With web analytics, you can monitor the success of web pages, pay-per-click advertising campaigns and other promotional efforts online and off. You gain valuable insight into visitors’ behaviors on your site. Perhaps best of all, you can identify and correct any obstacles to conversion, such as a poorly designed page or registration form, inferior product descriptions, or excessive steps for signing up for an e-newsletter.Assessing and improving conversions with the help of web analytics requires patience and persistence, but following these simple guidelines can simplify the process: Set trackable site goals. Do you want visitors to register for e-mail updates, place an order, contact you for an estimate, or something else?Use analytics to identify and monitor traffic sources and obstacles to conversion.Evaluate your ROI for traffic sources, such as pay-per-click advertising, blogging, offline advertising and social media marketing. Make adjustments as needed.Tweak your site to correct any obstacles to conversion.Continue to track traffic and conversion rates and fine-tune your promotions and approach.The good news for startups is that incorporating web analytics into site development and online marketing is affordable, in terms of both time and money. With a free service like Google Analytics, you can start monitoring traffic in less than 24 hours.Mikal E. Belicove is a market positioning, social media and management consultant specializing in website usability and business blogging. When he’s not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Mikal can be found musing about the world on Belicove.com and can be reached at email@example.com. Technology Magazine Contributor 3 min read Analyzing the Analytics September 16, 2009 Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. How to make sense of your website’s performance data Register Now »
Next Article Image credit: Stephen Masker | Wikimedia Commons Supreme Court Jeff John Roberts –shares 5 Ways Scalia’s Death Will Affect U.S. Business 5 min read Add to Queue The unexpected passing over the weekend of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has touched off a political scramble in Washington D.C., and produced numerous tributes to Scalia’s towering presence among conservative intellectuals and in U.S. jurisprudence.Scalia’s passing also has immediate consequences for U.S. business. His death scrambles the expected outcome in key cases before the court and, in the longer term, removes the passionate pen Scalia often deployed on the side of business.Here are five ways the death of Scalia, one of five conservatives on the nine-member court, will affect U.S. business (keep in mind that, under Supreme Court practice, a 4-4 tie means the ruling from the lower-instance court stands).1. Class action lawsuitsThe Supreme Court, led by Scalia, has made it harder in recent years for lawyers to use class action cases to sue companies. Experts predicted that the court would use three current cases to make it harder still. Now, Scalia’s death means these cases will likely result in a tie (a negative outcome for the companies here) or a loss.The most important case, called Spokeo, involves data privacy, and turns on what type of harm consumers must show to bring a lawsuit. If the court doesn’t overturn the lower ruling, expect more class actions over technical violations of privacy — and in similar situations where a company has broken a law — but where no one is obviously harmed.The second case involves Microsoft, which is challenging a procedural maneuver that lets lawyers have a second crack at filing as a class when their first attempt comes up short. The third case, involving Tyson Foods, is about workers using formulas, rather than actual damages, to show harm. Once again, the outlook for the companies looks much worse than it did a week ago.2. Pollution regulations/climate changeThe Supreme Court in early February delivered a major blow to President Obama’s plan to use an executive order to cut carbon emissions. In a 5-4 ruling, the court imposed a stay on the proposal until an appeals court can rule — a victory for utilities and mining companies that say Obama’s plan is illegal and too expensive.The companies won a stay thanks to Scalia’s vote, and it looked like they would win if the case returned to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. Now, all bets are off. The appeals court is expected to side with Obama, and Scalia’s absence means it will be hard for the industry to block the plan (unless a Republican wins this year’s presidential election).3. ImmigrationThe single biggest case of this Supreme Court term is probably Texas vs. United States, in which the state is challenging an order by President Obama to let 4 million undocumented people avoid deportation and find work. While companies have not weighed in too loudly on the case, the outcome has enormous implications for industries like agriculture and construction, which draw on undocumented workers for labor.What happens next? A lower court ordered a stop to the plan, but the final outcome is unclear. The White House will need a majority of the votes (a 4-4 tie means the lower order stays in place), and that result became more likely in the absence of the arch-conservative Scalia.4. Intellectual propertyThe Supreme Court in recent years has repeatedly stepped in to fix the country’s troubled patent system, and has also handed down important copyright rulings. By his own admission, these intellectual property issues were a rare topic on which Scalia did not see himself as an authority (although he was the first to introduce “patent troll” to the Supreme Court’s lexicon). In 2014, however, he did issue a sharp dissent in a high-profile case that favored TV broadcasters, accusing the majority of using a “crude “looks-like-cable-TV” solution.”As Stanford law professor Lisa Ouellette observes, Scalia’s IP legacy represents a balance between the defense of property rights on one hand and, on the other, a desire to ensure companies don’t use intellectual property to grab undeserved monopolies. His absence could make it easier in the future for IP-intensive industries, like pharma and entertainment, to persuade the court to grant them expanded rights.5. UnionsThe big labor case this term turns on whether public employees at a California union can refuse, on First Amendment grounds, to pay fees for collective bargaining. Until last week, many thought the Supreme Court would side with the employee plaintiffs. This week, people are predicting the opposite.While the case involves public unions, not private sector ones, it carries considerable significance for business too. A Supreme Court decision knocking down mandatory fee collection would deal a big blow to the overall power of organized labor. That outcome now looks less likely. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business February 16, 2016 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine
This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Andrew Gazdecki CEO of BiznessApps Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key. 8 Tips To Avoid Customers Falling Asleep Reading Your Blog Add to Queue Content creation in business is a vital part of keeping the business afloat. According to a recent survey nearly 61% of consumers made big purchases based upon a blog post. Additionally 57% of companies survived reported that they have gained new customers from a blog. Yet, turning a profit from a blog can be a bit tricky, especially if you are new to blogging. Here are a few tips to help your numbers and your revenue add up.1. Make your message clearPeople have very short attention spans and so we have a tendency to scan information. This means that your blog has to have content that is easily seen and read. Make sure that your content has information that will hook them in. If all that you are posting is material about how great your business is, your blog will not do well. Your blog must provide a service to the people and empower them. And where the goal is to turn a profit, the goal is also to drive customers to your site as a source for information. For example: If Joe owns a roofing company, he can make blog posts about home improvement. He does not have to tell them how to roof a house (as that is his bread and butter), but he can tell the consumer how to detect a leak in their roof.2. Don’t spam posts with keywords and SEOOrganic content is the new name of the game. Where in the past you would find blogs that had the same word repeated 100 times to help boost it to the front of the SERPs, today the market departments are focusing on comments, shares, real discussions, tweets, etc. which build up the content in the blog. Whatever you post will need to have some SEO and keywords but do not go overboard. At most keep it to 3%.3. Think like a journalistBy this I mean think of your headline. Journalists understand that they can have a great piece but if the headline is a dud then the content will not be read. Craft an attention grabbing header for your blog which encourages reading. With this being stated, you do not want to put a header that does not relate immediately to the content within the blog. It has to match up. According to an online study 8 out of 10 people will read a header but only 2 will go on to read the blog. Making your blog header interesting and encouraging further reading is the first key.4. Update your blog oftenYes, the quality of your writing should be the first focus of your blog. No one wants to read junk. However, after this has been taken into consideration you must keep the information updated and new post flowing. A person will typically only read a post once. If the content is really good they may read it twice. It is recommended that you update your blog at least once a week with quality/engaging material.5. Be involved with your readersBeing involved in your blog goes beyond just posting content. You will need to answer comments from your customers. If there is a specific questions that is asked of a competitor’s product, answer the question and show how your product is superior. Do not be afraid to comment on negative feedback as it will show that you are a person and not just a machine.The premise of a blog is to provide a media that people can get information about your company in an engaging way. If you think of the blog as a miniature PR, FAQ and information page about your business and you as the head of that department, you will be far more successful in your approach and your success.6. Break up that textBlogs must have images and other content to break up the text. Think about a newspaper. Now, imagine all of the images and the fonts being gone and replaced with only a 14pt header and plain text. It would be so overwhelming no one would read it. The same is true for your blog. Add video posts that relate to your product, use headers, bold fonts and add images. Creatively construct your blog so that it is visually appealing and draws the person in.7. Wake them up with your call to actionIf you want to have revenue then you have to make it to where a reader can invest. Create a unique call to action button at the end of your blog post. Do not use a hyperlink only and do not use the clichéd call to action like “Read More” or “Click Here.” If you are selling a book put “Get My Book Now” or if you have products available for a simple task put something that relates to that such as “Get Your Go-Cart Starter Pack Here.” Remember, a blog is a part of your business and not a byproduct of it. To have revenue from this source dedication and the same professionalism you show other aspects of your business must be present. Implementing these tips is a great way to start. October 5, 2016 –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Yuri Arcurs | Getty Images Blogging
Email Open Rates: Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your Favor Jason GrunbergJune 20, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 18, 2019 Email Engagementmachine learningpredictive analytics Previous ArticleGracenote Launches New Video Popularity Score to Surface Top Trending TV Shows and Movies for More Topical Discovery ExperiencesNext ArticleRainFocus Delivers the Event Industry’s Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool Over fifty percent of consumers say they delete at least half of all brand marketing emails in their inboxes without ever opening them. Even if they don’t delete the email, there is no promise consumers will open it. Thus, low email open rates. I’ll bet most inboxes look something like this:The email that doesn’t go to the primary inbox is not SPAM. The vast majority of that is caught by ISPs, but the tremendous volumes of email looking to reach individual consumers are what is making marketers’ jobs infinitely more challenging; a challenge marketers bring upon themselves.The stakes are high. Email offers significant ROI, so more emails are sent in order to tap into the potential revenue gains. But with primary inbox placement is tied to multiple factors, including Email Engagement. Email deliverability experts consistently point to the relevancy of message as a key to increasing placement.So by focusing on email open rates, a marketer could stand to increase overall email performance more effectively. The challenge is that most strategies for improving email performance are tied to email conversion. To solve that, here’s a primer on tactics that can help boost opens.Read More: The Three Promises Every Marketer Must MakeGo Beyond “Dear [First Name]” in Subject LinesConsumers today expect Personalized Service and Communication that reflects their interest and behavior.To build engagement with and earn revenue from individual customers, email marketers must personalize in two distinct ways: Leveraging information about a customer’s prior behavior and incorporating unique interest profiles created for each customer. Personalized subject lines that include a consumer’s name, products they specifically are interested in, or products they are individually predicted to purchase can materially improve email open rates and email revenue.Using simple field insertion for a customer’s name can increase email open rates by upwards of 18% while using a personalized product recommendation in a subject line can increase email open rates by 41%. There is significant downstream impact as well with personalized product recommendations in subject lines boosting purchase conversion rates by 188%.Take a look at online retailer JustFab, for example. Personalization is baked into the brand’s DNA. This billion-dollar retailer uses Machine Learning to look at each customer’s unique interests to serve email subject lines (and email content) leading with the product category and product style each individual customer prefers.Example: JustFab customer Samantha from New Jersey will buy any handbag animal print, and Indira from California loves wedge heels. JustFab’s unique user profiles allow the retailer to send an email that leads with a hook that speaks directly to each customer’s specific and personal interest. In this case, Samantha might receive a subject line that says “Bags and more in prints that roar” and Indira would be served with “Wedges and more in prints that roar.”With this approach, JustFab increased email revenue by 19%.Read More: Customer Experience 2020: Personalization is KeyPersonalize Email Send Time Your friends know when to – and not to – reach out. I’m an early riser and early-to-bed kinda guy. So, anyone who messages me after 9 pm will not get a response until the following morning. My good friends know this, so they simply don’t reach out.Brands should – and can – do the same.Even when I’m up at 5 am, I will not check my personal email to see what’s on sale for the day. I’m most likely to do that at 2 pm when I take an afternoon coffee break. There are few brands that respond to this signal by sending me an email in the early afternoon rather than at the crack of dawn. The emails at the top of my inbox at 2 pm are far more likely to open than the ones 100 spots down on the list.Business Insider and JustFab are two brands that personal email sends time in this way. By using historical open data, the brands can automatically deploy email messages at the ideal time of day for their individual consumers. For JustFab this approach increased email revenue from top customers by six percent and 41 percent from new subscribers.Trigger Based on Predictions77 percent of Email Marketing ROI is generated from targeted, triggered messages. Welcome series, post-purchase series, abandonment series, subscription renewals, and other transactional are powerful messages when consumers are highly engaged.But, trigger messaging is reactive – triggers by a specific behavior. By integrating predictive analytics into campaign management, brands can further increase the ROI of triggers by pre-empting action.Rather than waiting for a purchase to take place, predict when a customer will purchase? how much she will spend? and what she will specifically buy? And then deploy a pre-purchase series that guides her to make the purchase. Follow that up with your traditional post-purchase series.Instead of waiting for an audience member to disengage, predict if he disengages in the next 30 days and sends a re-engagement message before he’s not even paying attention to your Email Marketing.By implementing tools like Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, marketers can take this valuable insight and leverage it to better connect with prospects in ways that prove to work for each unique, individual customer. Subject line content, send time, and purpose of the campaign offer opportunities for increasing email revenue while appealing directly to customers.Read More: Why Tone is Everything in Marketing!