Florida Coast Exodus Begins as Evacuations Become Mandatory

first_img Share this article US Share Show Discussion Florida Coast Exodus Begins as Evacuations Become Mandatory By Matthew Little September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017center_img Florida’s Miami-Dade County—covering Miami, Miami Beach, and much of southeast Florida—has issued evacuation orders for over 150,000 residents.The order took effect Thursday morning and calls on residents to find higher ground as Hurricane Irma rips its way up the Caribbean towards Florida. The order covers the county’s barrier islands and the entire southeastern coastline of Florida.Irma is currently battering the Dominican Republic and is predicted to continue on to through the Bahamas and turn slightly north to begin its assault on Florida sometime overnight between Friday night and early Saturday morning.The latest update of Hurrican Irma's projected path from the National Hurricane Centre shows it hitting Florida between Friday night and Saturday morning (National Hurricane Centre) The latest update of Hurricane Irma’s projected path from the National Hurricane Centre shows it hitting Florida between Friday night and Saturday morning (National Hurricane Centre)Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez dashed hopes that Irma could be spent by the time it reaches the U.S. mainland.“Irma remains a strong Category 5 hurricane,” Giménez told reporters Wednesday night. “Significant weakening is not expected.” Miami-Dade is keeping residents updated to evacuation zones through this online map. All of Zone A is now under evacuation, as are the northern portions of Zone B. (Screenshot via Miami-Dade County Storm Surge Planning Zone) Miami-Dade is keeping residents updated to evacuation zones through this online map. All of Zone A is now under evacuation, as are the northern portions of Zone B. (Screenshot via Miami-Dade County Storm Surge Planning Zone)In an updatable color-coded map, the county has blocked out the immediate evacuation areas in red—Zone A—for immediate evacuation. Parts of Zone B—Miami Beach and the barrier islands between Biscayne Bay and the ocean, as well as Bal Harbour, North Bay Village, Golden Beach, Indian Creek Village, Bay Harbor Islands, Sunny Isles Beach, and Surfside—are also covered by the order.Mobile-home dwellers across the county have been put on evacuation notice as well. Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc on mobile homes in 1992. It was the worst hurricane to ever hit the state and had sustained winds reaching 165 mph. Hurricane Irma has reached winds of up to 185 mph.An aerial view of Dade County, Florida, shows the damage Hurricane Andrew wrought on a mobile home park when it struck in a large mobile home park in mid August, 1992. One million people were evacuated and 54 died in the hurricane. (Bob Epstein/FEMA News Photo/via Wikimedia Commons) An aerial view of a mobile home park in Miami-Dade County, Florida, shows the damage Hurricane Andrew wrought in mid-August 1992. One million people were evacuated and 54 died in that hurricane. (Bob Epstein/FEMA News Photo/via Wikimedia Commons)Broward County, just north of Miami-Dade, issued an evacuation order to take effect at noon on Thursday, also covering its coastline. Monroe County, which includes the Everglades and barrier islands off the southern tip of Florida, made its evacuation order mandatory on Wednesday, including Navy air station Key West.The county is directing social media-savvy residents to get official updates from agency twitter feeds.  A woman at the Founders Park Marina continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma in Islamorada, Florida on September 7, 2017.The marina is on one of Florida’s barrier islands already under mandatory evacuation order. It is all but empty except for a few main stays who refuse to leave. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

FCC Media Rule Rollback Could Usher in TV Station Buying Spree

first_img FCC Media Rule Rollback Could Usher in TV Station Buying Spree By Reuters October 28, 2017 Updated: October 28, 2017 Share US News A couple of people ride the subway as they read newspapers as the train pulls into the Times Square stop in Manhattan, New York, U.S. February 17, 2017. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img WASHINGTON—The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is moving to quickly undo roadblocks to increased consolidation among media companies, potentially unleashing an onslaught of deals among TV, radio and newspaper owners as they seek to better compete with online media.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday disclosed his plans to ask the media and communications regulator on Nov. 16 to eliminate the 42-year-old ban on cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in a major market.The changes would also make it easier for media companies to buy additional TV stations in the same market, or for local stations to jointly sell advertising time.The move, along with other expected FCC media rule changes, could usher in a new era of media consolidation that could help struggling newspapers and TV stations, but limit the diversity of media voices.FCC’s Pai has cited rising competition for advertising from websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc as a reason for easing the media ownership rules as well as helping struggling newspapers.Big media firms including Tegna Inc and Nexstar Media Group Inc, have cited the potential rule change as motivating them to look for expansion opportunities. In the near future, the decision could also allow Sinclair Broadcast Group’s, which is seeking approval for its proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co, to avoid some divestitures in order to get the deal approved.Eliminating “outdated regulations that unnecessarily hobble local broadcast stations will benefit consumers in communities across the country,” said the National Association of Broadcasters Friday.Advocacy group Free Press criticized Pai’s proposal, saying it “ignores how decades of runaway media consolidation have significantly harmed local news and independent voices.”Anne Bentley, a spokeswoman for Tegna, a TV broadcaster formerly known as Gannett before it spun off the newspapers in 2015, said the company “expects to be a strategic and disciplined consolidator at this pivotal time of positive regulatory change.”Nexstar Chief Executive Officer Perry Sook said in a statement Thursday the changes would allow local broadcasters to “make additional investments in localized programming content, our people, news resources and reporting capabilities.”Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics, told Reuters the rollback of the rules means “we will see more consolidation on the local level, where TV stations or TV groups will buy local newspapers.”CBS Corp Chief Executive Les Moonves said in February he believed Pai’s deregulatory plans “will be very beneficial to our business.” With rule changes, CBS “would strategically want to buy some more.”In April, the FCC voted to reverse a 2016 decision that limits the number of television stations some broadcasters could buy.Under rules adopted in 1985, stations with weaker over-the-air signals could be partially counted against a broadcaster’s ownership cap. But last year, the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama said those rules were outdated after the 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting, which eliminated the differences in station signal strength.Pai said in late March that he also planned to take a new look at the current overall limit on companies owning stations serving no more than 39 percent of U.S. television households.By David Shepardson Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Disease From This Type of Animal Has Increased Dramatically Across the US

first_imgRecommended Video:Why is Falun Gong persecuted?  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Disease cases from #mosquito, #tick, and #flea bites tripled in the US from 2004-2016. Over 640,000 cases of disease spread by mosquitoes and ticks reported and 9 new germs discovered or introduced in the US. Learn more in new #VitalSigns. https://t.co/cNTztAgt5O pic.twitter.com/N6m7HhHpIx— CDC (@CDCgov) May 1, 2018 Reuters contributed to this report. US News The number of Americans sickened each year by bites from infected mosquitoes, ticks, or fleas tripled from 2004 through 2016, with infection rates spiking sharply in 2016 as a result of a Zika outbreak, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday, May 1.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that some 96,075 diseases caused by bites by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas were reported in 2016, up from 27,388 in 2004, in an analysis of data from the CDC’s National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, Reuters reported. Infections in 2016 went up 73 percent from 2015, reflecting the emergence of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects. Zika was the most common disease borne by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas reported in 2016, with 41,680 cases reported, followed by Lyme disease, with 36,429 cases, almost double the number in 2004. “Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. These can be vectors for spreading pathogens (germs),” noted the CDC.“A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague,” it said, adding that only “state and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation’s main defense against this increasing threat.”But, it added, that only 84 percent of “local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies. Better control of mosquitoes and ticks is needed to protect people from these costly and deadly diseases.”It said that new infections such as the Chikungunya and Zika viruses “caused outbreaks in the U.S. for the first time,” and “seven new tickborne germs can infect people in the U.S.”“Zika, West Nile, Lyme and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the CDC, said in a statement, ABC News reported.The ABC report noted that the most notable increase was Lyme disease, which has doubled in cases in the 13-year span of the report. It’s because ticks have spread to new areas of the country.“It enables these ticks to expand to new areas. Where there are ticks, there comes diseases,” said Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.The CDC says that Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of some ticks.“The typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system,” says the CDC.Warmer summer temperatures also tend to bring outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses, officials said, Reuters reported. (CDC.gov screenshot)While Zika stood out as the latest emerging threat in the report, it also showed a long-term increase in cases of tick-borne Lyme disease, which can attack the heart and nervous system if left untreated.Researchers warned that their numbers likely do not include every case as many infections are not reported.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   These increases are due to many factors, including growing populations of the insects that transmit them and increased exposure outside of the United States by travelers who unknowingly transport diseases back home. (CDC.gov screenshot)The CDC said more than 80 percent of vector-control organizations across the United States lack the capacity to prevent and control these fast-spreading, demanding illnesses. Petersen said that federal programs are increasing funding for those organizations. Share Share this article Disease From This Type of Animal Has Increased Dramatically Across the US — It’s a Warning By Jack Phillips May 2, 2018 Updated: May 2, 2018 https://vs.youmaker.com/assets/2018/0423/84a1171a-1764-4e15-789a-0150cdef7e3a/video_1080p.mp4 Show Discussionlast_img read more

6YearOld Attacked By Family Dog—Family Friend Gives a Sad Update

first_img Share this article Share A 6-year-old boy has died as a result of an attack by the family dog.Family friend Rick Vaughan said that the boy died after the pit bull attacked him on May 24. Vaughan told Altoona Mirror that the boy’s father was cutting grass at the time, but rushed inside after the mother screamed. He then saw “the dog on the boy.”“It was already too late,” Vaughan said, referring to the father’s efforts to free his boy from the dog, via the Mirror.The dog that mauled the boy is now dead, although reports did not specify when or how it died. The family also gave their other dog to police after the tragedy.“His mother is taking it very, very hard,” the 32-year-old Vaughan said, via the Mirror. “He passed away in her arms.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   6-Year-Old Attacked By Family Dog—Family Friend Gives a Sad Update By Colin Fredericson June 2, 2018 Updated: June 2, 2018 Show Discussioncenter_img US News Watch Next:Man Rescues Toddler From Underneath a Train CarriageOnly two seconds passed between the girl going under and teh man pulling her to safety.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video https://vs.youmaker.com/assets/2018/0527/0ec13285-6d42-488b-723f-9d7f1415bd75/video_1080p.mp4  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The Blair County Coroner said the boy died of blunt-force trauma. The police are still investigating, according to WTAJ. Counselors were called in to assist students and staff at Baker Elementary School, the school the boy attended.last_img read more

3M to Pay 91 Million Over Defective Military Ear Plugs

first_img Companies Share this article 3M headquarters building in St. Paul, Minn. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion 3M to Pay $9.1 Million Over Defective Military Ear Plugs By Reuters August 19, 2018 Updated: September 4, 2018 WASHINGTON—The 3M Co. has agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations it knowingly sold defective combat earplugs to the U.S. military without disclosing defects that limited the effectiveness of the hearing protection devices, the U.S. Justice Department said on Aug. 16.Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said the settlement demonstrated that “government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”A settlement frees 3M from the inconvenience of a long investigation and litigation, it said.“We take great pride in our products and this resolution is not an admission of liability, but simply a decision to move forward with our mission to provide high-quality personal safety equipment products to our customers,” the company said in a statement.The 3M payment settles allegations that 3M and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc., knew the earplugs it sold the military were too short for proper insertion into the users’ ears and could loosen and not perform effectively in some people, the Justice Department said.By David Alexander last_img read more

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first_img US News Key Meeting at Origin of Russia Probe Wasn’t Set-Up, Australian Ex-Diplomat Says By Petr Svab May 12, 2019 Updated: May 13, 2019 The difference is important because, on May 9, former Judge Andrew Napolitano aired a rumor on Fox News that “there’s a debate going on in the Kremlin … about whether they should release the 20,000 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that they have hacked into.”For all Downer knew, Papadopoulos could have just mentioned what he heard on the news.Papadopoulos said Thompson reached out to him on May 6 to arrange the Downer meeting, but he denied mentioning to her anything about information “damaging” to Clinton and there hasn’t been any public information suggesting otherwise. Moreover, he said he didn’t meet Thompson that day. The meeting was arranged through messages, he said. Thompson would, therefore, have had a record of the communication. The Mueller report doesn’t refer to any such record.In fact, the rumor about Russians hacking Clinton has been online at least since May 6, 2016, when it was posted on the blog WhatDoesItMean.com, which is not considered a reliable source of original reporting. The article was already up around 1:30 p.m. London time so, theoretically, Papadopoulos could have stumbled upon it before meeting Downer even if the meeting took place on May 6.Yet, Papadopoulos actually had heard the rumor from a different source and there lies another problem.Joseph MifsudIn early March 2016, right after landing his job with the Trump campaign, Papadopoulos was urged by his employer at the time, the London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP), to attend a conference at the Link Campus University in Rome. There, on March 14, he met Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud, whose job was to attract foreign students for the university and who was also listed on the LCILP website as a board adviser.Mifsud invited Papadopoulos to London under the pretext that he could help him arrange an official meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Papadopoulos thought such a meeting would be a boon to Trump’s campaign promise to improve relations with Russia.But it was a sham. Mifsud had mingled with Russian academia as part of his job and had some government contacts in the country, but he was apparently in no position to broker a Putin audience. The girl he introduced to Papadopoulos as a relative of Putin was actually just a student at the Link Campus who, prior to that, worked for a liquor wholesaler in St. Petersburg, according to Russian journalist Alexander Kalinin, who researched her background.During their second meeting in London on April 26, 2016, Mifsud, who had just returned from a trip to Russia, said to Papadopoulos, “I have information that the Russians have thousands of Clinton emails,” Papadopoulos later told CNN.Yet Mifsud told the FBI that was a misunderstanding.The Mueller report states that when the FBI questioned Mifsud on Feb. 10, 2017, he “denied that he had advance knowledge that Russia was in possession of emails damaging to candidate Clinton, stating that he and Papadopoulos had discussed cybersecurity and hacking as a larger issue and that Papadopoulos must have misunderstood their conversation.”The report portrays Mifsud as a Russian cut-out, but ignores his extensive ties to high-level Western politicians and government officials, including many tied to national security and intelligence.Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) questioned this apparent omission in a May 3 letter to the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the State Department.“If Mifsud has extensive, suspicious contacts among Russian officials as portrayed in the Special Counsel’s report, then an incredibly wide range of Western institutions and individuals may have been compromised by him, including our own State Department,” Nunes said.If, on the other hand, Mifsud wasn’t a counterintelligence threat, Nunes said, “then that would cast doubt on the Special Counsel’s fundamental depiction of him and his activities, and raise questions about the veracity of the Special Counsel’s statements and affirmations.”The Mueller report says that Mifsud “falsely stated” that he hadn’t seen Papadopoulos since March 24, 2016.Yet there’s no sign the FBI tried to reinterview Mifsud or charge him with lying. The report says that the agents couldn’t question Mifsud effectively because Papadopoulos lied to them.Papadopoulos indeed lied about his contacts with Mifsud in a January 2017 FBI interview. But after he was arrested on July 27, 2017, he has extensively cooperated with the Mueller probe.Mifsud was, at the time, still publicly approachable. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica managed to interview him as late as October 2017, when he attended a conference on cyber threat intelligence held at the Link Campus.After that, he disappeared from the public eye, but was still living in Rome until May 2018 in an apartment apparently provided by Link Campus, according to an April 18 report by Italian list Il Foglio.It’s not clear where he’s been since. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Downer also is connected to the intelligence community through the private sector.Between 2008 and 2014, he sat on the advisory board of London-based Hakluyt, a security firm founded and staffed by former UK intelligence officials.While Downer had to leave the firm before joining the Australian diplomatic corps, he continued to attend the firm’s functions, including client conferences, News Corp Australia Network reported in January 2016.Origins StoryThe Downer-Papadopoulos meeting is allegedly the crucial moment that prompted the FBI to begin a counterintelligence investigation of people in the Trump campaign, which only ended in March. As concluded by special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the probe in 2017, investigators didn’t establish that any collusion between Trump and Russia occurred.Papadopoulos “opened up” to Downer in May 2016 “during a night of heavy drinking” at Kensington Wine Rooms in London, The New York Times reported in December 2017, based on information leaked by “four current and former American and foreign officials.”In his final report, Mueller said that “on May 6, 2016, Papadopoulos “suggested to a representative of a foreign government that the Trump Campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information that would be damaging to candidate Clinton.”The foreign government, presumably Australia, “conveyed this information to the U.S. government on July 26, 2016,” the report stated, four days after Wikileaks started to release emails allegedly hacked by Russians from the server of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).Alarmed by Papadopoulos’ supposed foreknowledge of the Wikileaks release, the FBI launched the probe.But there are a number of problems with this portrayal of the events.IssuesFirst, Downer described the meeting to the media multiple times and never mentioned any “indications” of Russians offering assistance to Trump.He said that “there was no suggestion that there was collusion” between Trump or his campaign with Kremlin, neither in what Papadopoulos said, nor in what he reported to Canberra. “All we did was report what Papadopoulos said and that was that he thought the Russians may release information—might release information—that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign at some stage before the election.”Papadopoulos said he doesn’t remember ever saying that to Downer. He was sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI, but this was not one of the lies the bureau held against him. Media blamed his lack of recollection on excessive drinking that night, but both Papadopoulos and Downer denied getting drunk.“It was only for an hour, and it was at six o’clock in the evening, so it was certainly not as the New York Times claimed, an alcohol-fueled evening,” Downer said, confirming the two of them and Downer’s counselor, Erika Thompson, had a gin and tonic.Different DateAnother issue is that both the Australian government and Papadopoulos said the meeting took place on May 10, not May 6. He has said this on many occasions long before the Mueller report came out, and told The Epoch Times via Twitter that his lawyers will look up the relevant records. Share And here is the Australian govt confirming the Downer meeting took place on May 10. pic.twitter.com/f7sxdXi6QQ— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) May 8, 2019 News AnalysisFormer Australian ambassador to the UK Alexander Downer has denied that the purpose of his 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos, then-adviser to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, was to entice the aide to talk about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“I didn’t go to the meeting thinking he was going to even mention Russia in that context like the election campaign,” Downer told Sky News Australia in recent interview. “I had no idea what he would say.”Papadopoulos has alleged that the Downer meeting was a set-up.“The notion that Downer randomly reached out to me just to have a gin and tonic is laughable,” Papadopoulos said in a Sept. 10, 2018, tweet. “Some organization or entity sent him to meet me.”In his book, “Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump,” Papadopoulos argues that Trump’s opponents tied to the U.S., Australian, and UK intelligence community orchestrated for Papadopoulos to receive a rumor of Kremlin’s having “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton, and then dispatched operatives, including Downer, to extract the rumor from him and use it as evidence of supposed conspiracy between Trump and Russia. Downer denied that the FBI or any intelligence service asked him to meet with Papadopoulos.“Somebody who is a former foreign minister and Australian high commissioner, or ambassador, in London is hardly going to be somebody who’s used by intelligence services to collect information,” Downer said, with a chuckle. “That would never happen. That simply isn’t how those kind of operations work.”Downer’s assertion seems to gloss over the known hand-in-glove relationship between diplomacy and intelligence. A secret cable sent out by Clinton’s State Department in 2009, for instance, tasked diplomats to collect a plethora of information from their interactions with United Nations officials. The cable, published in 2010 by Wikileaks, indicates that intelligence collection by the diplomatic corps was already common practice at the time and, if anything, expanding.Downer, later in the interview, even called himself “somebody who is part of the Five Eyes intelligence community.” Five Eyes is the agreement on sharing signals intelligence between the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The alliance has been criticized for opening a way for the countries’ foreign intelligence agencies to spy on their own citizens by outsourcing the task to each other and then sharing the results. Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer in London on June 29, 2017. (Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images) Share this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgThe Yangshan Deep-Water Port in Shanghai, China, on April 9, 2018. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images Share this article Trump Presidency Share New Tariffs Show Trump’s Determination to Squeeze China Over Trade By Emel Akan May 13, 2019 Updated: May 13, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The Chinese Finance Ministry announced on May 13 that Beijing would raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for Trump’s decision to raise duties on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25 percent from 10 percent.In a series of tweets, Trump accused China of backing out from “a great” and “almost completed” deal.“I say openly to President Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries,” he wrote.In a separate tweet on May 11, Trump said China had tried delaying tactics “to see if they could get lucky & have a Democrat win” in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “The only problem is that they know I am going to win,” Trump wrote, citing the strong economy and jobs numbers.According to analysts, Trump is emboldened by the strength of the U.S. economy and the stock market, as well as his enhanced reelection odds. He also is confident the U.S. economy can endure all retaliatory measures from China.Despite renewed tensions, Trump said the negotiations with Beijing would continue. However, he warned the new tariffs “may or may not be removed depending on what happens with respect to future negotiations!”Trump also told reporters that Washington was preparing to impose 25 percent tariffs on the remaining $325 billion in Chinese goods, which would cover 60 percent of consumer goods imports from China, according to Citi.Trump uses the threat of tariffs as part of a negotiation tactic to crank up the pressure on China, according to analysts. And in a full-blown trade war, China has more to lose economically, they say.Impact on China’s EconomyThe United States began imposing tariffs on Chinese imports in July 2018. Together with the previous two rounds of tariffs, the 25 percent levy on a total of $250 billion worth of Chinese goods “is estimated to reduce China’s exports by 5.6 percent, GDP growth by 1 percentage point, and employment by 4.4 million,” according to Citi.In addition, businesses in China caught in the crossfire are planning to relocate their operations to avoid tariffs. A prolonged U.S.–China trade war will force more companies to shift their supply chain activities out of China, according to experts.New tariffs also revealed the vulnerability of China’s stock market. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index fell nearly 6 percent since tensions broke out. To prevent a dramatic slide, state-backed funds bought stocks to help the index rebound more than 3 percent on May 10.U.S. consumers also will suffer to some extent from the trade dispute, according to analysts.“The effect from tariffs on Chinese imports has been modest so far as tariffs focused on a smaller share of consumer goods and on goods that are easy to substitute,” Citi analysts wrote in a report.The new tariffs on Chinese imports will add an additional 0.03 percentage point on U.S. core inflation while a 25 percent tariff on the remaining $325 billion can add nearly 0.24 percentage point to the core inflation over a year, according to Citi’s estimates.Trump is aware of the burden on farmers who are a critical voter group in the 2020 race. Soybean farming states such as Iowa have been among those most heavily hit by the tariff war.U.S. stocks also tumbled after China announced retaliation on May 13. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 2.5 percent in early trading. Escalating tensions since May 6 sent both indices down more than 4 percent.A hardened stance toward Beijing, however, draws strong bipartisan support in Washington, which gives Trump leeway in the trade fight despite stock market turbulence.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the most prominent critics of the administration in the Senate, urged Trump to “hang tough on China.”“Strength is the only way to win with China,” he wrote on Twitter on May 5.Investor ReactionsInvestors believe the United States and China ultimately will reach a deal. However, the markets’ reaction is a sign that they are still concerned with the ramifications of a potential trade war.Prior to last week’s events, the U.S. stock market had priced in a resolution of the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, said Robert Johnson, chairman and CEO of Economic Index Associates and finance professor at Creighton University.“With tariffs actually being put in place on Friday, we will likely see a very strong negative reaction in the U.S. equity markets if progress is not made on the trade dispute in the coming weeks,” he said.According to David Dietze, president and chief investment strategist of Point View Wealth Management, the trade war is “more important to China than the United States.”“The issues and remedies are so complicated, don’t expect this news story to get resolved any time soon,” he said, adding that he was still bullish for the longer term.“The trade talks were just one part of the bullish story. Earnings this year will be greater than last year. Interest rates are far lower than last year and seem tethered,” he said. “The American economy is much bigger than trade with China.” Follow Emel on Twitter: @mlakan WASHINGTON—Confidence about the U.S. economy has emboldened President Donald Trump to take a tougher stance on China, raising tariffs on May 10 to span $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Trump in a May 13 series of tweets warned, “China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal.”Tensions escalated between the United States and China the week of May 6 as Beijing backtracked on delivering key structural reforms and Trump raised tariffs on Chinese imports. A two-day meeting on May 9 and 10 between the U.S. and Chinese delegates in Washington yielded no trade agreement amid the rising dispute. Show Discussionlast_img read more

A visitor takes a picture of an Airbus A380 as it

first_imgA visitor takes a picture of an Airbus A380 as it lands after an air display at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France on June 23, 2019. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) Inspections Ordered on Some Airbus A380s After Wing Cracks Found By Reuters July 9, 2019 Updated: July 9, 2019 Share PARIS—European regulators have ordered inspections on some older Airbus A380 superjumbo airplanes after some cracks were detected in wings on the world’s largest passenger aircraft.The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) directive, which formalizes an instruction from the manufacturer itself, covers part of the outer wing on the 25 oldest aircraft, which first went into service in 2007 with Singapore Airlines.Airbus said the safety of the aircraft was not affected.Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders poses with a A220-300 Airbus replica Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders poses with a A220-300 Airbus replica during the company’s annual news conference on 2018 full-year results in Blagnac, near Toulouse, France, Feb.14, 2019. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters)“We confirm that small cracks have been found on the outer rear wing spars of early production A380 aircraft. We have identified the issue and designed an inspection and repair scheme.” an Airbus spokesman said.The repairs, which must be carried out within 15 years of the initial wing box assembly, can be carried out during scheduled heavy maintenance visits, he added. EASA in its directive said the condition, if not detected and corrected, could reduce the structural integrity of the wing.In 2012, Airbus was forced to carry out A380 inspections and devise a costly repair program after cracks were found on part of the wings, the world’s largest for a passenger plane.the-Airbus-A380 The damaged right-hand wing-tip of the Airbus A380, the world’s largest jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 metres, is seen on the tarmac during the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, near Paris, on June 20, 2011. (Pascal Rossignol/File Photo/Reuters)World’s ‘Longest Range’ Narrow-Body PlaneAirbus has broken records by launching the longest-range narrow-body jetliner at the Paris Airshow, but planemakers are having to rethink their mantra on comfort as they squeeze ever more miles out of jets designed for shorter trips.Airbus and Boeing have been promoting new carbon-fiber long-haul aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner and A350, which offer roomier cabins and help passengers avoid jet lag by providing a cabin pressure closer to that felt on the ground.But they have also been adding more range and capacity to older and narrower models such as the A320neo family and the 737 MAX as airlines demand more flexibility with the advantages of highly efficient single-aisle planes, supporting low fares.An Airbus A350-1000 An Airbus A350-1000 performs during the inauguration of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, on June 17, 2019. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)Airbus pushed that further on June 17, by adding a longer stride to the A321neo with its new A321XLR, whose range of 4,700 nautical miles leapfrogs the out-of-production Boeing 757 and nudges it into the long-jump category enjoyed by wide-body jets.It also eats into a range category targeted by a possible new mid-market twin-aisle jet, the NMA, under review by Boeing.But there is a debate over whether passengers will enjoy flying longer distances in medium-haul planes, or at what price.Airline bosses on the long-haul low-cost panel at the Paris Air Forum on June 14 differed over whether extended-range narrow-body jets or wider twin-aisles were best suited for their growing industry.An Airbus A350-1000 and an Airbus A330 NEO are seen during the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, An Airbus A350-1000 and an Airbus A330 NEO are seen during the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France, on June 17 2019. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)In particular, the rise of the single-aisle long-distance jet involves revisiting years of industry marketing about the benefit of escaping jet lag and fatigue on long trips.Aircraft cabins are pumped to a higher pressure than the ultra-thin outside air at cruising altitude. But the pressure is still lower than at sea level due to structural limitations.That’s not a problem for shorter trips but travel experts say the higher altitude setting on older planes can contribute to jet lag on long flights, worsening the effect of time zones.By Tim Hepher  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Share this article US News last_img read more

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks outside Parli

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks outside Parliament in December 2017 as MMIWG families look on. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and key cabinet ministers will be on hand to accept the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, APTN News has learned.Carolyn Bennett, the minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, said she will accompany Trudeau to the closing ceremony Monday along with Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, Justice Minister David Lametti and possibly others.But until then, Bennett, who has a copy of the “thick” report, said she won’t be commenting on it.“My officials are going through it,” she said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s quite substantial.”The contents are under a media blackout until midday Monday when it is officially passed to the government.The four commissioners are making the contents public in the same place they first met the country – the Great Room of the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.Something Bennett said “was important to the Elders.”The interim report was released Nov. 1, 2017.APTN has also learned survivors, families and inquiry employees will gather for two days of prayers and ceremonies in the nation’s capital prior to the report’s release.They will also bless the report.While Bennett wouldn’t comment on what is to come she did say her government took the contents of the inquiry’s interim report released in November 2017 “very seriously.”Among the recommendations was a call for a new and/or Indigenous police force to investigate unsolved and ongoing cases of violence against Indigenous women.It’s a theme Chief Commissioner Marion Buller spoke about earlier this month when she recommended automatic first-degree murder charges for killings of Indigenous women, girls and LGBT people.“It means criminalizing all men who commit violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people,” the former judge told a parliamentary committee. “What’s wrong with that?”Buller told Post Media the final report will recommend changes to federal, provincial and territorial laws, as well as band governance under the Indian Act.Bennett said her government is already working to reform major files that have come up in testimony at the inquiry – child welfare, victim support and policing.She noted funding has been extended for the “very successful” Family Information Liaison Units and after-care counselling for those who testified.In fact, after-care will continue for a full year after the report comes out, Bennett added.“It’s been decades since I started meeting with some of the families,” she said of MMIWG pioneers Gladys Radek, Bernie Williams and Bridget Tolley, among others, who walked, marched and rallied to “make Ottawa aware.”The Trudeau government formed the two-year inquiry in September 2016 with a budget of $50 million. It twice extended the deadline to deliver recommendations and in the end allotted $92 million.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Do You Put Clients Last Ten Ways You May Be Failing Your

first_img Tumblr 0 E-Headlines By CBN Do You Put Clients Last? Ten Ways You May Be Failing Your Customers (and the One Way to Put Them First) Share. Pinterest on August 13, 2013center_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Joseph Callaway points out ten ways well-meaning business owners may be selling their customers short—and shares the deceptively simple solution to erasing these habits once and for all.         Any entrepreneur willing to endure the proverbial “blood, sweat, and tears” it takes to start a business knows how important clients are. They write the checks that pay the bills. So keeping them satisfied is rarely just lip service. In fact, most business owners believe they are putting their clients first. But according to Joseph Callaway, what they don’t realize is they’ve developed an array of bad habits that accomplish just the opposite.   “Most owners would be shocked to hear they’re putting clients last,” admits Callaway, who, along with his wife, JoAnn, is the author of the New York Times best seller Clients First: The Two Word Miracle (Wiley, October 2012, ISBN: 978-1-1184127-7-0, $21.95, www.clientsfirstbook.com). “But in reality they’re putting so many other things first—their own bank accounts, comfort, convenience, even their own pride—that the customer really does come last…or close to it, anyway.         “I’m not talking about business owners who knowingly do shoddy work or try to shortchange customers—odds are, their companies will die a quick and early death,” he adds. “I’m talking about those who do have good intentions—who try to be polite, fair, and offer a good value—but who allow deceptively small aspects of their day-to-day decisions and habits to take precedence over the customer’s well-being.”         Closing each customer interaction with “Thank you for your business,” offering discounts for continued loyalty, or working the occasional few hours past close-of-business to resolve a client’s problem is nice, even commendable, Callaway says. But by his rigorous standards, these practices don’t mean you’re always putting clients first.          Callaway is something of a self-made expert on the subject of prioritizing customers. He and his wife built their thriving real estate business—a rarity in an industry that’s had more than its share of challenges—by making the customer’s needs their top priority every day, and in every situation. To date, Those Callaways has sold over a billion dollars’ worth of homes and has been the market leader in their area for years (and they never ask for referrals!).         “We credit 100 percent of our success to our Clients First philosophy, and we’re convinced that it can help all businesses grow in similar ways,” confides Callaway. “The reason why more business owners don’t operate this way is obvious: It’s not easy. Putting your customers’ interests ahead of your own—every time—will seem counterintuitive, risky, and sometimes even frightening, especially in the beginning.          “Eventually, though, keeping your commitment to Clients First will start to feel more natural,” he assures. “By then, the benefits, rewards, satisfaction, and success will be rolling in—and you’ll be proud of the person and professional you’ve become.”         Here, Callaway shares ten ways in which you may be inadvertently failing your customers.1. You believe your number-one business goal is to make money. Ummm…isn’t that the point of running a company? you might be asking. Well, it’s a point, says Callaway, but it’s not the point. A too-acute focus on improving the bottom line takes your attention off of the people who are going to enable you to raise it: your customers. Your clients can always tell when they’re not your first priority. (If you’re skeptical, just consider the backlash that often occurs when small businesses are bought out and transformed by larger, more impersonal corporations.)“The difference between paying attention to service so that your clients will give you more business and doing so because serving the customer is your first priority may feel slight, but it’s significant,” Callaway promises. “Taking your focus off the bottom line may feel uncomfortable at first. But you’ll soon find that when you focus on how best to serve clients, tough decisions make themselves. If it serves the client, you do it. If it doesn’t, you don’t—even if you make less money. This neutralizes moral dilemmas and really simplifies your life. And it can have a miracle effect on your growth and success.”2. You let the little things slide. As a business owner, there are a lot of “big” things you’d never neglect. For example, you wouldn’t lock up for the night without making sure that your restaurant’s kitchen was thoroughly cleaned, and you wouldn’t allow your accountancy office’s college intern to prepare a client’s taxes. However, you might not be such a stickler for what you believe are “smaller things.” Rushing through paperwork so you can get home early, failing to spellcheck an email or two, and running late to a meeting probably won’t matter that much six months from now, you think. But that’s not necessarily the case, says Callaway.“So often in life, it’s the small details that differentiate ‘good’ from ‘great,’” he says. “And make no mistake: If it impacts a customer’s happiness, best interests, comfort level, or anything else even the slightest bit, it’s not a ‘little’ thing. When you fail to get the small details right, you fail to truly put customers first. On the other hand, promises kept, deadlines met, little extra flourishes, and small acts of kindness add up to happy clients.“One thing Those Callaways does with clients in escrow is to call or email them every day, even if nothing is happening,” he adds. “This simple message of ‘nothing happening, wanted you to know’ is a huge stress reliever and an even bigger business builder.”3. If it’s not “broke,” you don’t fix it. Many business owners subscribe to the theory that if something’s not broken, they don’t need to fix it. If the check-in paperwork your receptionist uses has been in place for years and you’re not getting many complaints, why tinker with it? If your knowledge is sufficient to handle most of your clients’ problems, why spend valuable time learning more? According to Callaway, the answer is simple: If you don’t consistently strive to improve, you’re not putting your clients first.“I’m not saying you need to spend every minute of your spare time attending conferences, taking classes and webinars, and reading industry journals,” he clarifies. “However, you should make it a priority to stay familiar with the way your industry is growing and changing. You should also do everything possible to offer your customers the quality and value they deserve. Always question the status quo, and ask yourself how you can make it better. You don’t just want your customers to be satisfied; you want them to be pleasantly surprised every time they do business with you.”4. You downplay your mistakes. Nobody likes the mishmash of negative feelings that accompanies making a mistake. That’s why many business owners (and their employees) resolve matters with clients as quickly as possible when a ball is dropped, and then try to never speak of the matter again. After all, there’s no sense wallowing in your slip-up—you need to move forward! Right?“Wrong,” states Callaway. “When your company makes a mistake, no matter how big or small, it’s your responsibility to stare that mistake in the face and get to the very bottom of what went wrong. That’s not just so you can fix one particular error; it’s so you can figure out why it happened and make sure it doesn’t occur again.“Every mistake is a good learning opportunity,” he adds. “Maybe you’ll figure out that you need to improve a quality-control procedure, for example, or perhaps a client’s complaint about mail being sent to her former address will spur you to update your record-keeping systems. My point is, when you sweep a mistake under the rug instead of allowing it to make you better, you aren’t putting your clients’ future interests first.”5. You subscribe to the idea that the customer is always right. Callaway isn’t saying that you should disregard a client’s preferences and desires—of course you should try to get to the bottom of what each customer wants, and then do whatever is in your power to deliver that product or service. However, when customers are simply wrong and their best interests are at stake, it’s your responsibility to say so.“Allowing a customer to be ‘right’ when you know he isn’t may pacify him temporarily, but in the end, it won’t be good for either of you,” Callaway says. “Putting clients first sometimes means politely but honestly disagreeing with or disappointing them. If a financial advisor allows a client to make an overly risky investment he’s determined to make, it doesn’t make the client right; it just makes the advisor irresponsible.“JoAnn and I had our Clients First revelation while wrestling with whether or not to allow a customer to be ‘right,’” he adds. “Should we allow a family to buy a home they wanted, but that would have stretched the buyer’s finances and caused the seller to accept less than they should? We could have kept our mouths shut, but we decided to tell both parties that the transaction was a mistake. Ultimately, we were able to find a better option for both parties because we put their best interests above profits, pride, or convenience.”6. You habitually let certain clients go to voicemail. It’s happened to everyone: When you see that name flash on your phone’s caller ID, you slowly pull your hand back from the receiver and let the ringing continue. You just don’t want to deal with the drama, or the whining, or the accusations, or the belligerence just now. Yes, we all have “problem” clients. But to avoid them or just go through the motions for them is a mistake. They will notice and remember your behavior. (And be honest: Would you want to give your business to someone who might write you off when the going got tough?)“Clients First means all clients,” Callaway insists. “In over fourteen years, my wife and I have never gotten rid of a single client—even when we secretly wished we could—and we believe this no-fire strategy has contributed significantly to our ultimate success. Here’s the payoff: When you make the choice to stand by all of your frazzled, frustrated customers, you will eventually reap financial and personal rewards.“You may even become known in your company or industry as the guy or gal who can handle the toughest customers,” he adds. “And chances are, your clients themselves will be grateful that you didn’t give up on them and may even send others your way.”7. You find yourself telling white lies. Telling clients white lies, or exaggerating, misdirecting, or omitting, might make life easier temporarily. It’s easy to justify such behavior (She’ll never know, and it’ll save me hours of work, for example). But Callaway says these “little” lies are as bad as the whoppers. There is always a chance that customers will see through you and call you on the carpet. Even if they don’t, a willingness to play fast and loose with the truth suggests a broader attitude that relegates clients to second or third priority. (In return, that’s usually how they’ll rate you.)“Honesty can be tough in the moment, but a reputation for trustworthiness—or untrustworthiness!—can stick with you for life,” says Callaway. “Live by a policy of never holding back or sugarcoating and you’ll gain loyalty that money can’t buy. Plus, when you have only the truth, you don’t have to worry about getting the story straight or remembering what you have and haven’t shared. You know you’re doing the right thing.”8. You spend more time trying to get off the phone than really hearing what the customer has to say. Chances are, you roll out the red carpet in order to get prospective clients on board. And you’re probably willing to bear with the whims, questions, and requests of fairly new customers whose business isn’t yet cemented. But what about older, more established clients? Do you take the same amount of time and care with them, or do you assume they’ll stick with you out of habit and convenience?“If you wouldn’t hang up the phone at the first opportunity with a client you signed last week, don’t do it with one you signed ten years ago,” advises Callaway. “Companies that become number one don’t do so because they win customers over once, but because they do it every day. A good experience last month usually won’t keep a customer coming back this month if he or she believes that your level of service has slipped.”9. You don’t know your client’s daughter’s name or what he likes to do on the weekends. In your eyes you’re being professional when every question in your meeting is about the client’s financial preferences, for example, and not his family, pastimes, and interests. But in his eyes, you’re cold and impersonal. Remember, to truly serve, you have to care. When you keep yourself at arm’s length, you can’t give your clients 100 percent…and you give them an incentive to take their business elsewhere.“Do you see your clients as sources of income, or do you see them as actual human beings with likes, preferences, quirks, and stories?” Callaway asks. “People want to do business with individuals they like—and they like people who like them! Make a deeper connection with your clients by asking about their kids, their pets, their hobbies, and their jobs or businesses. You’ll find that most of them are just like you: filled with worries, hopes, and dreams. Once you get familiar with and invested in these things, you’ll work that much harder on each client’s behalf, and you’ll earn their loyalty in the process.”10. You feel your main obligation to employees is writing their paycheck. While (of course) you don’t treat employees like dirt, you may feel that you don’t owe them any special favors, either. After all, you’re paying them—isn’t that enough? Well, no, says Callaway. The way your people treat customers reflects the way you treat them. Are you courteous? Kind? Enthusiastic? Do you listen when they talk to you and try to accommodate their needs? Or are you short, perfunctory, and even (sometimes) rude?“Your job is to serve others, period,” Callaway says. “You can’t do that by making distinctions between the people who work for you and the people to whom you provide a good or service. Realize that you set the tone for your company’s ‘personality,’ and that you’re creating a tribe of people who will beat the drum for your message. Try to see your employees through a client’s eyes and be honest: Would they win first or second place in a customer service competition? If you don’t like the answer, try adjusting your own attitude first.”         “After reading through all of these scenarios, the one way to put your customers first is probably pretty obvious: Put them first!” concludes Callaway. “There can be no excuses and no exceptions.          “If you recognized yourself or your business in any of the examples above, don’t beat yourself up,” he adds. “Clients First is definitely the exception in the marketplace, not the rule. And that’s why adhering to it will propel you to increased customer satisfaction and success.”Joseph Callaway and JoAnn Callaway are coauthors of the New York Times best seller Clients First: The Two Word Miracle and founders of the real estate company Those Callaways. JoAnn sold more than four thousand homes totaling in excess of a billion dollars. She accomplished this in her first ten years selling real estate and she did it one client at a time. She is proud to be a REALTOR® and believes her fellow agents share her heart for helping others. She loves flowers, art, books, and Joseph. JoAnn lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and wishes it had a beach.Joseph is the author of countless advertisements, newspaper pages, magazine layouts, fliers, blog posts, manuals, property profiles, and thousands of real estate contracts. He surfed Dana Point, California, before the Army Corps of Engineers built the breakwater and he loves JoAnn very much.To learn more, visit www.clientsfirstbook.com. LinkedIn Emaillast_img read more

Education for Everyone in Sustainable Building Design

first_img Share. 0 Tumblr LinkedIn E-Headlines Organized by the Building Green Council of Central Oregon and COBA, the 2013 NW Green Building Industry Summit (NWGreenBIS) on October 10 will play host to green building and remodeling experts for a congregation of ideas, collaboration and learning, to achieve a shared vision of sustainable building. The 2013 NWGreenBIS focus is on resource efficiency and environmental sustainability as core to building and remodeling in our community.As one of the region’s premier green building events, 2013 NWGreenBIS is expected to attract a variety of participants from homeowners and real estate representatives to urban planners, architects, engineers, and builders committed to understanding and putting into action realworld, tangible green building solutions.With an opening welcome, Cindi O’Neil and Mark Kramer, founding members of the Building Green Resource Center, will share how the vision of sustainable design and building is being realized and the challenges ahead. The full event features a format of 20 presentation and workshops scheduled throughout the day along with exhibitors onsite displaying and educating participants about new products and technologies as well as results of case studies that drive new research and practices.Just a small sampling of the topics includes: an update from the Living Building Challenge: Desert Rain, Sustainable Building Begins with Sustainable Design, Making Sense of the Energy Code in Designing Buildings, Remodeling Sustainably, Incentives and Design Strategies for Home Renovations, Zero-energy Two Years Later, and more.Participants can also enter for a chance to win a partial home makeover: an exterior home repaint from Advanced Product Application and Denfeld Paint, a home re-roofing from Northwest Quality Roofing, or a Home energy Performance Testing by Mountain View Heating. Each element of the partial makeover is limited to size and quality, some restrictions apply and recipients must be present to win.No matter what your discipline or interest, you will take home fresh ideas and expert insight from industry leaders and practitioners.For more information or pre-registration go to www.connectiondepot.com or call COBA at 541-389-1058. Education for Everyone in Sustainable Building & Design By CBNcenter_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook on October 1, 2013 Emaillast_img read more

Representative Blumenauer Senator Wyden Announce Commonsense Tax Reform for Legal Marijuana Businesses

first_img E-Headlines 0 LinkedIn Representative Blumenauer & Senator Wyden Announce Commonsense Tax Reform for Legal Marijuana Businesses Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced plans to introduce bicameral legislation next week that would reconcile state marijuana laws and federal tax law. The Small Business Tax Equity Act, which was introduced last Congress by Congressman Blumenauer, would create an exception to Internal Revenue Code Section 280E to allow marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law to take deductions associated with the sale of marijuana like any other legal business.“More than two-thirds of Americans now live in jurisdictions that have legalized either the medical or adult use of marijuana. It’s time for the federal government to catch up,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “Section 280E creates an unequal and unrealistic tax burden on these businesses. I’m excited to work with Senator Wyden in introducing the Small Business Tax Equity Act, which would bring much needed fairness and level the playing field for small businesses that follow state laws and create jobs.”“Our legislation would provide an overdue update to federal tax law, which has not caught up to the fact that it’s 2015 and Oregonians have voted both to legalize medical marijuana and to regulate marijuana for recreational use,” Senator Wyden said. “This is a question of standing up for the people of Oregon, and ensuring that the federal government respects the decision Oregonians have made at the ballot box.”Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed laws allowing for the legal use of medical marijuana. An additional 12 states have passed laws allowing the use of low-THC forms of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. In many of these jurisdictions, patients can access medicine safely through state-regulated dispensaries.The federal tax code, however, prohibits anyone selling Schedule I or Schedule II substances from deducting business expenses associated with the sale of marijuana from their taxes. Marijuana is a Schedule I substance. Therefore, even businesses operating in compliance with state law are not allowed to deduct the common expenses of running a small business, such as rent, most utilities and payroll. They cannot claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit if they hire a veteran, and they are limited in lawful deductions relating to construction or operation costs if they want to remodel a building for their retail operations.In certain circumstances, legal marijuana businesses can pay federal income tax rates at nearly 90 percent, while the U.S. Small Business Administration estimates that many small businesses pay an effective rate of around 20 percent.“Congress never intended to impose a gross receipts tax – and that’s pretty much what we have here – on legal business owners decades in the future,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “The intent of the law was to go after criminals, not law abiding job creators. Congress needs to step up and clarify that this provision has become a case study in unintended consequences.”“The small businesses that make up the legal cannabis industry are working overtime to be responsible, contributing members of their communities,” said Aaron Smith, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “So it’s particularly outrageous that when they to do the right thing by paying their federal taxes, they end up penalized with double and triple tax rates. Instead of being able to create more jobs, increase salaries, or add benefits for their employees, these businesses are being forced to send more than two-thirds of their profits straight to the federal government. Rep. Blumenauer and Sen. Wyden are standing up for fairness and support for small business – something everyone should applaud. We certainly do.” Google+ Facebook Share.center_img By CBN on April 9, 2015 Tumblr Twitter Pinterest Emaillast_img read more

Employment in Central Oregon Gained 2700 New Jobs in 2015

first_img Google+ on January 28, 2016 By CBN LinkedIn Tumblr Email 0 Facebookcenter_img Twitter Share. Pinterest Employment in Central Oregon Gained 2,700 New Jobs in 2015 E-Headlines According Damon Runberg, Economist, State of Oregon Employment Department, Central Oregon wrapped up 2015 with the employment situation mixed. The region netted over 2,700 new jobs through the course of the year. The vast majority of these gains were in Deschutes County, which recovered from the recession early in 2015 and continued to expand through the end of the year. Although Jefferson County added jobs in 2015, growth was marginal, only up around 1.1 percent from the beginning of the year. Crook County struggled to gain any momentum with employment levels down over the course of the year.Crook County:The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in December, a statistically significant drop from the November rate of 8.3 percent. The rate remains down from last year when it was 9.4 percent. The county shed 180 jobs in December, which was a fairly typical decline for this time of year.Job losses were concentrated in seasonal industries, such as tourism, construction, and federal government. The county ended the year with fewer jobs than where it started. Employment losses were concentrated in the well-publicized wood product manufacturing layoff. We also saw significant losses in professional and business services and government, each shedding 40 jobs. The only substantive job gains over the last year were in financial activities (+20) and educational and health services (+50).Deschutes County (Bend-Redmond MSA): The seasonally adjusted unemployment ratedipped slightly to 5.6 percent in December, down from 5.8 percent in November. The rate was 7.2 percent last December. Deschutes County shed380 jobs in December, which was less than the expected seasonal decline of 440 jobs.Not surprisingly a large share of the job losses were concentrated in construction and accommodation and food services, both industries that typically experience seasonal declines in the winter. However, we saw strong hiring from the recreation side of the tourism industry as ski season kicked into full gear. The Bend-Redmond MSA (Deschutes County) remained the hottest job market of Oregon’s metropolitan areas over the past year with employment levels up 4.8 percent (+3,410 jobs).Contrary to popular belief, job growth is not exclusively in lower paying industries, such as leisure and hospitality or retail trade. Over the past year there was strong hiring in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+290); professional and business services (+350); mining, logging, and construction (+450); and educational and health services (+680). We are experiencing a robust and diverse economic expansion, particularly when compared to the previous expansion of the mid-2000s.Jefferson County: The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent from 7.6 percent in November.The unemployment rate remainsdown significantly from last December (8.3%). Jefferson County lost10 jobs in December,a much smaller decline than the loss of 130 jobs that is more typical for this time of year. Total nonfarm employment isup by 110 jobs from last December (+1.8%).Job growth was concentrated in the private sector, highlighted by strong hiring in construction (+40), wood product manufacturing (+30), and retail trade (+30). Job losses over the past year were primarily concentrated in local government.last_img read more

Whats Coming How to Prepare for It

first_img LinkedIn Facebook Share. Google+ Tumblr Twitter E-Headlines 0center_img Like every year for technology, 2019 will continue to see changes. Not just because 2019 is anything special, but because it’s also right before 2020. We see trends continuing that large software companies are forcing smaller companies into a cloud-based model (think Amazon and Microsoft), web applications that are hosted in the cloud are the targets of cyber criminals, and some major technology will end its last full year of support and needs to be migrated. The last item is especially of note, because it will cost businesses thousands of dollars to mitigate this risk, so start planning now. We’ll look at the last item first, then trends, and the risks associated.Costly Replacements ComingIn January 2020, Microsoft will be ending support for all Windows 7 and Server 2008 (SP1 & SP2) operating systems as well as exchange 2010. These will no longer receive security patches or updates.What does this mean for you? Any of these systems will pose a serious vulnerability to you and your business. For any Windows 7 machine you have, you either need to replace, upgrade, isolate or trash the computer. Below is a breakdown of the costs you should expect.Costs per computer:• Upgrade to Windows 10: $200 license + 1 hour of tech labor.• Replace: $1,000 per computer (varies greatly), plus setup time.• Isolate: Disable internet access, 1 hour or so of setup time. This option may render the computer useless for modern workers.• Trash: Wipe the hard drive and recycle the computer, about 30 minutes per computer.If you are running a Server 2008 or Exchange 2010 server, you will need to migrate to an up-to-date operating system. For exchange 2010, you should migrate to GSuite or O365 for your email. Server 2008 you should migrate to Server 2016. Below is a breakdown of costs to expect.Costs per server:• Server 2008— New hardware (if needed): $5,000-$10,000.— New server license: $750.— Labor to migrate: Plan on about 10-20 hours per server.— Software changes: Many software providers you have on your 2008 Server will also need to be upgraded, this can be extremely costly if you purchased perpetual licenses.• Exchange 2010— Email Licenses from O365/GSuite: $5-$15/user per month.— Labor to Migrate: Plan on about 30 minutes to one hour per email you are migrating.Trends: Cloud Cloud Cloud…In 2019 we will see the continued trend of large companies moving to a cloud-based and recurring revenue model. Every major player is offering some kind of complete cloud-based system (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) and these will continue to get better and better as they develop, and having each of them compete with each other will help to bring the costs of these services down.However, moving to these models requires excellent internet speed and you will likely want to have redundant internet service providers to keep your business afloat when there is an outage. Upspeed is the biggest factor in these services working well, so plan on a symmetrical system (Fiber) of at least 30/30 for an office of ten, or 100/100 for an office of 30. (If you do go with redundant internet, make sure it is from two different companies with two different backbones. Some companies are just reselling other companies’ service, so if you buy two options from the same company, or two companies that are resellers of the same backbone, you won’t have redundancy, just a higher cost that makes you feel better until the first real outage happens.)Cyber Risks: Web ApplicationsAs companies are moving toward cloud-hosted applications and infrastructure, cyber criminals are taking note and targeting these web-based applications too. So what can you do to protect yourself?1) Enforce strong passwords for every application, web based or local.a. Consider using a company-wide password manager, like LastPass.com.2) Enforce two-factor authentication with every application (if available).3) Enable gateway-antivirus on your firewall.4) Uninstall software you don’t need any more.5) Have anti-virus software that’s updated on every computer.a. If you are a home user or very small office, just use the free built-in windows defender, it does a great job.Summary2019 is going to be an expensive year for companies with lots of old equipment, more and more we will be using cloud-based services on a monthly recurring revenue cycle, and the cyber risks will be targeted at those same cloud-based services.Additional helpful references• Password Managers:— lastpass.com (My Personal Favorite), keepersecurity.com, dashlane.com• Security Status: Sonicwall 2018 Threat Assessment— sonicwall.com/en-us/resources/white-papers/2018-sonicwall-cyber-threat-report• Windows Operating Systems End of Life— support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet— support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=Exchange%202010— support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=Server%202008 By Harrison Womack Email What’s Coming & How to Prepare for It Pinterest on October 2, 2018last_img read more

Winsome Construction Opens New Office in Bend

first_img LinkedIn Twitter on June 13, 2019 Share. 0 By CBN Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Business & Industry, E-Headlines (Photo | Pexels)Winsome Construction announced the opening of a permanent office in Bend. This new location allows Winsome to better serve clients by offering local, quality craftsmanship for custom homes throughout Central Oregon.“We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Bend office,” said Shan Stassens, partner of Winsome Construction. “This location will allow us to better serve the Central Oregon region. Having this office is a natural decision for Winsome, we love the variety of architecture, the opportunity for timber frames and the quality of construction the area demands. The culture of Central Oregon fits very closely with our core values as a builder. We look forward to being part of the bright future this amazing place will experience,” Stassens added.Located at 2755 NW Crossing Drive in Suite 233, the Bend office demonstrates Winsome’s long term commitment to building in and serving Bend and the surrounding communities. Winsome is currently working on several Central Oregon projects, including a 1.5 million dollar custom home. Brent Edens, Winsome’s dedicated Bend Site Superintendent, will provide project management for Winsome’s Central Oregon jobs. Residential construction inquiries for the Bend area should be directed to 541-797-7927.winsomeconstruction.com Winsome Construction Opens New Office in Bend Google+ Tumblr Emaillast_img read more

Blueprint Power Raises 35M to Make Buildings And Their Owners Powerhouses

first_img Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Angel/Seed, Business, Cool Tech, Energy, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, GreenTech, Interviews, Real Estate, Startups, Tech Tagged With: 174 Power Global, Brad Burnham, Congruent Ventures, Craig Robins, Fifth Wall Ventures, Fred Wilson, Lennar, MetaProp Ventures Having your building become a virtual power plant sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but Blueprint Power is making this a reality. This NYC startup is pushing boundaries using machine learning to manage clean energy resources in buildings. Buildings become autonomous power plants and any surplus energy produced can be sold to existing power markets.AlleyWatch spoke with cofounder and CEO Robyn Beavers about Blueprint Power’s recent funding and how real estate is the perfect vessel to bring clean energy to the world. This is the second funding round for the startup founded in 2017.Who were your investors and how much did you raise? We just closed a $3.5M Series A funding round led by Congruent Ventures, MetaProp Ventures, Fred Wilson, and Brad Burnham. Founding investors Lennar and Fifth Wall Ventures participated alongside other investors including 174 Power Global (a subsidiary of Hanwha Energy) and Craig Robins (DACRA).Tell us about the product or service that Blueprint Power offers. Blueprint turns buildings into virtual power plants. We use machine learning to help manage any onsite clean energy resources – including solar, battery storage, combined heat and power, fuel cells, you name it – to produce excess capacity which we then sell into a number of existing power markets. As a result, we will help building owners increase the utilization of their onsite energy equipment while maximizing returns for them.What inspired you to start Blueprint Power? For our team, Blueprint is just a natural progression from everything we’ve all been working on either separately or together. I personally have been working in clean energy since my time at Google in the mid-2000’s where I launched the firm’s first green strategy team. That got me hooked on energy for good and I’ve spent my entire career thus far pushing forward new energy strategies, innovations, and technologies from various vantage points (including real estate). My cofounders, Claire Woo & Nick Squires, and other team members Nick Schmidt and Savannah Goodman, all bring similar but complementary expertise from industry leaders like Bosch, NRG, Tesla, and Boeing. At a macro level, the trends in deregulation, the falling cost of distributed energy resources, and some regulatory shifts, all point to great market timing.How is Blueprint Power different?Blueprint’s platform can connect to any distributed energy asset that a building might have and can also transact in multiple energy marketplaces. We are designing for flexibility in the rapidly evolving electricity markets in cities around the world.What was the funding process like? Blueprint is a true blend of real estate, energy, and tech so we talked to a similar blend of investors as well. We learned a lot, received great feedback, and also met some great connections and future partners. It ended up being a bit of a hybrid sales & fundraising process.What factors about your business led your investors to write the check? Our amazing team had a lot to do with it – everyone on the team brings deep experience as entrepreneurs and innovators in all of Blueprint’s relevant industries. But Blueprint brings a unique approach and big vision paired with pragmatic problem solving and product mindset that is required to pull this off.What are the milestones you plan to achieve in the next six months? We’ll be focused on the next stage of development with our initial customers.What advice can you offer companies in New York that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank? Don’t give up! And listen. Beyond the purpose of raising money, fundraising is an opportune time to receive useful feedback and advice about your business.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? Blueprint started out of the URBAN-X space at the A/D/O facility in Greenpoint and we used to eat lunch every day at a small little vegan spot called Acai Berry. I would eat their pumpkin soup every day if I could.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Blueprint Power Raises $3.5M to Make Buildings And Their Owners PowerhousesAugust 3, 2018 by AlleyWatch 350SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedinlast_img read more

This NYC Startup Just Raised 15M To Help You Discover This Protein

first_imgPREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Ever since our culture started putting such an emphasis on finding non-animal protein, we’ve discovered and re-appreciated some of earth’s greatest foods. But while we’ve relearned to love almonds and avocados, we’ve missed out on this ancient super-bean that’s about to join the discussion. BRAMI, the lupini bean company is an age-old energizing snack that is making an epic comeback 2,000 years later. From ancient Rome until today a lot may have changed but the high protein content and the incredible taste of these beans have stayed the same for your benefit.AlleyWatch spoke with founder Aaron Gatti about the company and its latest round of funding.Who were your investors and how much did you raise? We raised $1.5M from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, AccelFoods, and Enlightened CapitalTell us about your product or service.We make packaged food products.  Specifically, Snacking Lupini–an ancient Mediterranean legume that is lightly fermented and pickled, easy to digest, and great for clean plant-protein snacking.What inspired you to start the company?  Being half Italian, I always wanted to bring some of the magic of Italian food back to the States with me.  I have also always been concerned about the impact our overreliance on animal-protein has on the health of people and our planet.  It doesn’t get more simple and wholesome than BRAMI Beans, and with the highest protein density of any plant on earth, they could really be a force for good.How is it different?  BRAMI Beans are the only shelf-stable snack that aren’t baked, fried or dried.  The powerful simplicity of lupini beans also makes BRAMI’s nutritional profile unparalleled – with just a small fraction of the usual fat, calories and starch of others snacks in the space.What market you are targeting and how big is it?   The snack food market is enormous.  Over 100 billion in North America.What’s your business model?  Establish brand equity in the Natural Retail channel and then expand online and into other retail channels.How would you describe the taste?  Hard to explain.  To me they taste a little like halloumi cheese, though they do have a little tang like a pickle.  Definitely very umami.What was the funding process like?   It definitely takes a lot of bandwidth but it is also a healthy process for evaluating your position and model.What are the biggest challenges that you faced while raising capital?  Managing your business at the same time.What factors about your business led your investors to write the check?  Plant-protein snacking has a lot of potential and BRAMI Beans are very differentiated within that segment.  Loving the product themselves also helps a lot.What are the milestones you plan to achieve in the next six months? We are now in 5 regions across the country.  We want to see noticeable growth in velocity in each.What advice can you offer companies in New York that do not have a fresh injection of capital in the bank?  Don’t take on fixed costs too early and be realistic in projecting how much time and money you can afford to invest.Where do you see the company going now over the near term?  Our focus is growing our consumer base in the regions we are in.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?  Sauce in the LES.  Simple delicious food.  Hard to get home-style food at good prices in the city like that. This NYC Startup Just Raised $1.5M To Help You Discover This ProteinOctober 24, 2016 by AlleyWatch 408SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedincenter_img Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Angel/Seed, FoodTech, Funded in the Alley, Funded in the Alley, Funding, Funding News, Interviews, News, Startups Tagged With: superfood protein lupini beanslast_img read more

Players and their virtual avatars will be outfitted with special Stance socks

first_imgCorrection: The original version of this article incorrectly identified Stance’s relationship with the NBA. It was the official sock supplier from 2015-2017.You May Like ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 6.30%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Stance was the official sock supplier of the NBA from 2015 to 2017, and has been featured in the popular video game series NBA 2K, which is made by Take-Two Interactive.The e-sports league is a joint venture of both Take-Two Interactive and the NBA. “As we started looking at the e-sports road and the gaming road, it made a lot of sense to open the door here and say, ‘We’ve had a lot of success with both these partners [NBA and Take-Two Interactive]. This is a sport and an area we’re intimately familiar with,’” said Tzvi Twersky, Stance’s director of baseball and basketball categories. “Let’s see what we can make happen here.”Stance joins big brands like Mastercard, Coca-Cola, and Red Bull. Each company has signed traditional sports deals before moving on to e-sports. eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom expects more of these partnerships as companies try to reach a particular market. He notes that while the e-sports audience skews millennial, it is older than most assume, predominantly for those in their 30s. The audience is unique due to its evasiveness, Haggstrom adds. Many e-sports fans aren’t on social media, don’t watch much television (if any), and regularly use ad-blockers, making them a previously unreachable group.The e-sports sponsorship market and broader advertising market is ripe for growth as competitive gaming grows its audience and moves further mainstream. The last few years have seen the rise of the Overwatch League along with the NBA 2K League. The two entities have separated themselves from the competition as developer-run leagues with more money and polish from the start, which appeals to advertisers.“Advertisers don’t want to put their name next to something that looks kind of amateurish,” eMarketer’s Haggstrom said.E-sports competitions have seen sponsorships and advertising partners for years, but they were previously dominated by the likes of gaming hardware company Alienware, gaming chair makers HyperX, and other gaming-related businesses. Today, much broader and well-known companies are looking to e-sports as potential money makers. E-sports sponsorship revenue is expected to reach $456.7 million in 2019, up about $100 million from last year, according to e-sports and gaming market research firm Newzoo, further suggesting a prime growth period.For Stance and the 2K League, the next steps are already being planned. Stance plans to release more sock designs come season three, with special editions for tournaments. The socks are already available for purchase on the company’s website. Twersky adds that this deal likely won’t be Stance’s last e-sports venture either.“We’re definitely not putting a cap on our desire,” he said. “You wouldn’t be surprised if you see us do more in the future.” HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 by Qingdao Haiercenter_img The Future of Smart Homes Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

Facebook reportedly uncovered internal emails that show CEO Mark Zuckerberg was aware

first_imgShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:55Loaded: 5.64%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFacebook Inc. uncovered emails that seem to show Chief ExecutiveMark Zuckerberg was aware of potentially problematic privacy practices at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The social media giant discovered the emails in the process of responding to a federal privacy investigation, the Journal reported, raising concerns that it would be harmful to the company if they became public. The potential impact of the internal emails was part of the reason the company sought to reach a quick settlement of the investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the Journal reported, citing one person familiar with the matter.The FTC has been looking into whether Facebook violated the terms of its 2012 consent decree with the agency related to privacy issues and the emails sent around that time suggest that Zuckerberg and other senior executives didn’t put compliance with the FTC order at the top of priorities, according to the Journal.Facebook shares dropped about 2% on the news before recovering slightly.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Journal said it couldn’t be determined exactly what emails the FTC has requested and how many of them relate to Zuckerberg. It’s also unclear whether any of the emails, described to the Journal, show evidence that the company violated the 2012 agreement.More must-read stories from Fortune:—Phishing hackers can now bypass two-factor authentication—Apple’s sign-in feature is a “shot across the bow” at tech giant rivals—Uber’s CEO has absorbed the COO role for more control—Google is changing its search results. Here’s what to expect—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyCatch up with Data Sheet, Fortune‘s daily digest on the business of tech.You May Like Sponsored Content HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 by Disney Institute How Disney Uses Spontaneity to Make Customers Feel Like…last_img read more

Product Launches What Separates the Good Bad and Ugly

first_imgIn short, a level of professionalism and careful attention to the details is what separates a good launch from a bad one (or worse, an ugly one).Nathalie Lussier, product launch specialist, reviewed some of the specifics that separate these camps. Having experienced both product launch successes and flops, Lussier saw common trends emerge from her experiences.Expounding on the idea that not all product launches are created equal, she analyzes the traits of the average product launch professional versus their more skilled counterparts — and found a clear connection to the outcome of a product launch. In this video, she goes over the importance of testing and research to see how a market will react to a launch.Lussier also advises against test product launches in all forms. When that route is taken, the result is often half-baked ideas and a general lack of effort. For more product launch tips, watch the video featuring Lussier.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more