Ladies Home Journal Ends Regular Publication After 131 Years

first_imgAfter 131 years, Ladies’ Home Journal will end its monthly frequency in July and convert to a newsstand-only special interest quarterly publication this fall. In its new format, the New York-based Ladies’ Home Journal will relocate to parent Meredith Corp.’s Des Moines, Iowa headquarters.While LHJ.com will continue to publish to its 1.1 million monthly unique visitors (comScore), Meredith communications director Art Slusark confirmed to FOLIO: that the entire editorial staff (around 35 employees) was laid off, including six-year editor-in-chief Sally Lee. Lee also serves as the Meredith National Media Group New York editorial director. Also out is publisher Diane Malloy, but Slusark said that she and others on the business side could still secure positions within the company.The monthly magazine carried a rate base of 3.2 million readers. The title will forever be remembered as a member of the women’s-service magazines’ “seven sisters.” McCall’s folded in 2012, but Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day still survive. LHJ’s advertising pages more than halved between 2009 (1,269.82 ) and 2013 (614.64). The 2014 differential is a poor -23.36 percent when compared to last year.Ladies’ Home Journal survived an earlier crisis in 1982 when Charter Communications all but gave it away to Family Media as “homemaking” was becoming archaic. The magazine quickly prospered under editor-in-chief Myrna Blyth (now AARP editorial director) between 1981 and 2002. The late Family Media CEO Bob Riordan was said to have made a handsome profit when he sold the magazine to Meredith for $96 million in 1986.last_img read more

Fayetteville Explores Potential of Expanding Shared Services with Ft Bragg

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Fayetteville, N.C., is talking with officials at Fort Bragg about the possibility of providing the post a range of municipal services. The initiative — which would take advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services — comes as the Army has directed installations to trim their contracting budgets by 5 percent  each year for the next six years, reports the Fayetteville Observer.“There are millions of dollars involved here folks,” City Councilman Bill Crisp said during a council work session Monday. “And we might want to cash in on some of it. I’m serious. Our transit system could run the bus service on Fort Bragg. There are any number of things we can do, not simply cutting grass. Maintenance on housing and all that stuff,” Crisp said.City staff have been cleaning the Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville under an IGSA reached several years ago. The post is considering a variety of categories of contracted work they could obtain from the city, including environmental programs, recreational programs, safety and security, and public works services, said Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer.The public-public partnerships have the potential to benefit both parties, he said.“Everything we do to make Fort Bragg efficient and effective protects us when someone talks about taking base operations and moving them somewhere else,” Bauer said. “Secondly, if we can take a current operation and enlarge it, we can perhaps have additional specialization, additional economies of scale and spread some of our fixed costs over a larger base, so we can reduce our costs to our other customers.”Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwoodlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Bryant University

first_imgSMITHFIELD, RI — Bryant University is committed to the pursuit, recognition, and celebration of academic excellence. The University is pleased to recognize the following Wilmington students who have been named to the Deans’ List for the spring 2019 semester:Brian Cavanaugh, class of 2020Robert DuCharme, class of 2021Justin Kannally, class of 2020Alexa Kelley, class of 2022Anthony McKearney, class of 2022Nicholas Poli, class of 2020Zachary Richards, class of 2021About Bryant UniversityFor 156 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 53 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bryant University via Merit.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bryant UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

How To Win The Presidency With 23 Percent Of The Popular Vote

first_img Share Stacy ThreattIt’s that time again: time for Americans to figure out how, exactly, their presidential election works. “Electoral College” searches spike every four years, just before Election Day, according to Google … and the search volume is picking up right now.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Long story short: To win the presidency, you don’t have to win the majority of the popular vote. You have to win the majority of electoral votes — that is, 270 of them.* In most states, a candidate wins electoral votes by winning the most voters.So. Win a state by just one vote, and you win all of its electoral votes (unless you live in Nebraska or Maine, which divvy up their votes a little differently).This can lead to off-kilter election results — in 2000, for example, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote by a few hundred thousand votes, but lost the presidency by five electoral votes. So we wondered: Just how few votes would a candidate need to win 270 electoral votes?We decided to find out. A candidate only needs to win the 11 states with the most electoral votes to hit 270. Assuming only two candidates (a big assumption; see below) and that one candidate won all of those states by just one vote, and then didn’t win a single vote in any of the other states (or D.C.), how many votes would that candidate have to win? It depends on how you do the math. Either way, it’s far less than half.Initially when we did this story, we found that if you start with the biggest-electoral-vote states, the answer is 27 percent. However, we have an update: as Andrej Schoeke very nicely pointed out to us on Twitter, there’s another way to do it (via CGP Grey) that requires even less of the popular vote: start with the smallest-electoral-vote states. Our math went through a few iterations on this but by our final math, in 2012 that could have meant winning the presidency with only around 23 percent of the popular vote.The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes.And if one were to start with the largest states, it would be 27 percent. Here’s a look at that math:We’re making a lot of assumptions here — we’re using vote totals from 2012, for one thing. Moreover, we’re assuming there are only two candidates in the race.And let’s be clear about the obvious here: This kind of an extreme election isn’t going to happen. And if it did — if there were somehow a bunch of 1- or 2-vote wins, you can bet the recounts would stretch into 2017.And we’re also sure that with any number of tweaks to the math (like plugging in a third or fourth candidate), you could come up with results that are slightly-to-moderately different. But that’s not really the point here. The point is that the Electoral College can skew election results to a fantastic degree.How a 7-point win becomes a “landslide”This kind of popular-electoral vote discrepancy is why some articles about the 2008 election had to be careful to call Obama’s win an electoral landslide — he won 68 percent of the electoral vote but only about 53 percent of the popular vote.Skewed wins like this happen regularly in U.S. elections — a modest popular vote margin can yield a ridiculously large Electoral College margin. For example, in 1984, Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in the popular vote by 18 points — a sizable gap, but nothing like the Electoral College walloping: Reagan won 525 electoral votes, beating Mondale by 95 percentage points.Here’s what those gaps look like in every election going back to 1960’s race, in which John F. Kennedy only squeaked past Richard Nixon in the popular vote by around 100,000 votes:Ironically, the 2000 election — whose outcome struck many people as unfair because Gore won the popular vote but not the electoral vote — also has the electoral-vote margin that most closely reflects the popular-vote margin. In that sense, one could call it one of the “fairest” elections in modern politics.Well, maybe. But then, come Nov. 9, there will be no difference for the losing candidate between getting 250 electoral votes or 150 — a loss is a loss.The difference an Electoral College makesThe Electoral College and current demographics mean that both parties often take particular electoral votes for granted: Democrats regularly win California and New York, while Republicans win Texas and Georgia (however, things have been closer than usual in those states this year).(Likewise, there are plenty of easy wins for each party at the low end of the spectrum. Wyoming is regularly Republican. Hawaii regularly votes Democratic.)And that means that candidates regularly spend a disproportionate amount of time in high-electoral-vote battleground states like Florida and Ohio as they plot their “paths to 270.” This means voters in Los Angeles or San Antonio (or Cheyenne or Honolulu) don’t get that much attention.If the Electoral College disappeared tomorrow, campaign strategy would probably shift dramatically; Democrats might campaign more in Austin, Texas. Republicans might do more outreach in conservative parts of California. Either way, the people of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania might get some respite from the onslaught of rallies and ads every four years, as candidates try harder to win bigger parts of the country.*Before you fire off an email, yes, we know: You can still win the presidency without winning 270 electoral votes. If no candidate hits 270, then the House votes. But we’re talking outright on election night.Copyright 2016 NPR. 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Houston Grand Opera Raises Nearly 10M Amid Harvey Recovery

first_imgThe Houston Grand Opera has raised nearly $10 million to offset losses blamed on Hurricane Harvey-related flooding last year that swamped its performance venue.The Houston Chronicle reports the Wortham Theater Center should reopen this fall and feature a Sept. 26 concert with Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez.The opera relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center following Harvey with performances in a makeshift theater. Opera officials on Wednesday, during the group’s annual meeting, reported a 10 percent drop in attendance but overall anticipate more funding.The Houston Grand Opera company projects losses of $15 million over three years.HGO’s regular annual operating support is expected to reach $17.2 million this summer. That’s $1.2 million more compared to a year earlier, due to 86 new patrons and trustees. Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition Monday Dec 1

first_imgWe continue to follow the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s next for the movement to reconstruct policing policies across the nation? We speak to students at Morgan State University who continue to protest and demonstrate for changes in in policing and the criminal justice system. Also, we continue our conversation about media coverage of the Ferguson aftermath with Lamonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics. All this and more this evening on First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Bowser Names Indianapolis Superintendent as DCPS Chancellor Council Will Not Confirm Pick

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAfter nine months of Dr. Amanda Alexander serving as the Interim Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Indianapolis Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as her choice to permanently fill the position.A teacher and a son of educators, Ferebee has led Indianapolis schools since 2013, and at the Mayor’s appointment, is now prepping to take the helm in the nation’s capital.District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser named Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee as chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo)“Dr. Ferebee is a strong educator and leader with a wide breadth of experience as a teacher, an administrator and a superintendent,” Bowser wrote in a statement.Because of his wealth of experience in education, Bowser said Ferebee has the tools to lead a school system in a diverse and growing city like the District.“He understands the complexities of leading a large urban school district in a growing city,the mayor wrote.  “He knows there’s no-one-size-fits-all solution to meeting the needs of our young people. And he has experience building partnerships that ensure more students have a path toward success.Despite the mayor’s confidence in Ferebee, District of Columbia Council member David Grosso (I-At –large), who serves as chair for the Committee on Education, expressed reticence in naming the Indianapolis superintendent, without thorough vetting.“In Mr. Ferebee, the mayor has chosen to nominate an individual from outside the District of Columbia. The vetting of such a candidate should not be taken lightly or hastily,” Grosso wrote in a statement.Prior to even acknowledging Ferebee’s appointment by the Mayor, Grosso, in his statement, emphasized the interim chancellor’s career commitment to DCPS.“After the resignation of the last chancellor, and as she has done throughout her entire career with DCPS, she answered the call to service for our students. Dr. Alexander has a storied career at DCPS, first as an elementary teacher, then principal, instructional superintendent, chief of elementary schools, and now interim chancellor. This dedication to our schools deserves our highest appreciation. I want to express my profound gratitude for her dedication and service,” Grosso said about Alexander.With Ferebee’s career roots elsewhere and without an in-depth vetting process by the Committee on Education and Council, Grosso is delaying the Indianapolis superintendent’s confirmation hearing at the Wilson building until the 2019.“Due to the late nature of this nomination in the legislative process, the Committee on Education will not schedule public engagement sessions this month and has no plans to move it through the Council before the end of this Council Period,” wrote Grosso.Before the hearing, the Committee on Education chair said there will be two public engagement sessions- one in Ward 1 and another in Ward 7.Even with Grosso’s push for due process, the mayor controls the school system and is already welcoming Ferebee to the team, per her statement.  In addition, Bowser, who was just elected for a new term, is also touting the benefits of mayoral controlled school system.“One of the major benefits of a system of mayoral control with council oversight is that we are better positioned to use every resource available to support our students. By working across agencies, we can set high expectations in the classroom while also ensuring that when our students and families need support outside of the classroom, we are acting quickly as a District to provide it,” she wrote.As Ferebee awaits confirmation, Grosso recommended he spend time in the community among the people he will likely be serving.“I encourage Mr. Ferebee to seize this time as an opportunity to meet with DCPS students, family, teachers and staff in preparation for his confirmation process.”last_img read more

China Appoints Zhuang Rongwen as New Internet Chief

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 In a quick-fire series of confusing events, Facebook was last month granted a business license to set up an innovation hub in the city of Hangzhou.  That appeared to be the product of years of business-diplomatic initiatives in China by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. However, the permit appeared to have been withdrawn just days later, apparently after the CAC stepped in.The CAC has recently been publicly criticized for not fully effecting the policies stipulated by Xi. That criticism, however, may be related to the period up until mid-2016 when it was headed by Lu Wei. Lu was this week formally charged with corruption, allegedly having accepted “huge amounts” in bribes, according to state media. Zhuang Rongwen has been appointed as new head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, it was announced on Wednesday. He takes over from Xu Lin, a close aide of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu, who ran the regulator since 2016, is expected to be promoted to head of international propaganda, though that has not yet been confirmed.As head of the CAC, Zhuang will oversee an important and controversial department. The CAC enforces a policy known as “Internet sovereignty,” which gives the Chinese government a high degree of control of the Internet within mainland Chinese borders.The sovereignty strategy means that many Western media and social media are prevented from operating in China. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are all unavailable inside China. Media blocked from ordinary access include The New York Times, The Economist and Bloomberg.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Asia Video Streamer Hooq to Be Integrated Into Grab App

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 CREDIT: Courtesy of Grab Many of East Asia’s tech companies are engaged in a race to expand into ecosystems or super-apps. And with online video as one of the stickiest media formats – about 80% of all Southeast Asians say they watch online video every day – many have now expanded into multiple forms of entertainment. Examples include China’s Tencent, Alibaba, iQIYI and Meituan Dianping, Korea’s Kakao, Japan’s Line (the dominant messaging service in Thailand), and Indonesia’s Go-Jek. The deal is a revenue-sharing agreement which operates on two levels in the four Southeast Asian territories where the two companies’ operations overlap: Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. (Hooq, which is backed by Singtel, Warnermedia and Sony, also operates in India.)All of Hooq’s advertising-supported (AVoD) content will be available through a widget on the Grab app’s home page. Grab users will also be offered a three-month trial of Hooq’s premium VoD services and 17 pay-TV channels. After a user’s trial has been completed, they will be able to sign up for 1-day, 7-day, or 30-day subscriptions, and see billing handled through the Grab Pay mobile wallet.“Both companies have been very flexible in defining the business model,” Hooq founder Peter Bithos said. “We have also had to work with all our content partners to get this off the ground. This is a brand-new category of rights that nobody has operated before.”The companies describe the deal as a “hockey-stick moment for both digital services and online video in (the Southeast Asia) region.” That is a reference to the non-linear growth prospects that are presented to innovative businesses in a region with a population the same size as Europe’s. Digital services are now overcoming many of the region’s geophysical barriers and socioeconomic challenges such as lack of bank accounts or credit cards. The market for subscription video in Southeast Asia is forecast to grow from $60 million in 2017 to $390 million, according to Dataxis.“We have spent four years investing in technology, content and understanding to build the leading OTT service in Southeast Asia. Now is the time to move to another level,” Bithos said. Speaking to Variety, Bithos also dropped heavy hints that Hooq is interested in expanding into Vietnam and Malaysia, two other fast-growing and populous countries where Grab is already present. But he said there is “nothing material” to report.“The Hooq partnership forms a cornerstone of Grab’s online media strategy, and will add to our strategy of becoming the everyday super-app in the region, by making our platform altogether more engaging,” said Koik. However, he did not rule out other moves into media and entertainment, such as co-production, “if the right opportunity comes along.”center_img Popular on Variety Asian video-streaming platform Hooq is to be hosted on the Grab tech and services app in Southeast Asia, following a deal between the two companies. The deal is designed to accelerate the growth of both companies beyond their core businesses.Grab was established in 2012 as a ride-hailing service in Singapore. In early 2018, Grab bought Uber’s businesses in Southeast Asia, and has since expanded into activities stretching from food delivery to payment services. Currently, it operates in eight countries and has over 130 million downloads.Like a handful of other tech companies in Asia, Grab now styles itself as a “super-app” or ecosystem, a services platform that keeps users engaged throughout their daily lives. “Adding video was an obvious next step,” Danny Koik, Grab’s head of regional partnerships told Variety. “We know that people want more services.”last_img read more

People The Travel Agent Next Door agents win in six categories at

first_img Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, People, The Travel Agent Next Door CANCUN — Four agents from The Travel Agent Next Door took home a total of six awards at Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ 10th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) awards and Sales & Marketing Forum.The event took place earlier this month at the El Dorado Royale in Cancun.Flemming Friisdahl, Founder of The Travel Agent Next Door said: “We are very proud of our agents who received this recognition at the GIVC Awards. This is an amazing accomplishment by these agents and all of us at The Travel Agent Next Door congratulate them.”This event honors Karisma hotel group’s best producing travel agents for the past year. During this year’s gala, three agents of The Travel Agent Next Door were awarded five awards between them as follows:Cindy Almond, Romance & Foodie TravelDiamond Level 4Top Nickelodeon Wedding ProducerLiana Rowan ,TripCo TravelDiamond Level 3Steph Switzer, Exclusive To You Travel ServicesDiamond Level 3Top 10 Nickelodeon SalesJacenta Hawco, Compass VacationsDiamond Level 3 [People] The Travel Agent Next Door agents win in six categories at Karisma awards Posted bycenter_img Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Interest rates could soon take off If we wrote th

first_imgInterest rates could soon take off.If we wrote this a few months ago, you might have thought we were crazy. That’s because the Federal Reserve’s done everything it can to avoid raising interest rates this year.In March, it didn’t raise rates because of a bad jobs report. In June, it held off due to concerns about the global economy and “market volatility.” In September, it didn’t raise rates because it’s waiting for the job market to improve.These are legitimate reasons to not raise rates…but the Fed also held off for another reason: the presidential election.You see, the Fed has held its key rate near zero since 2008. This made it incredibly cheap for households and businesses to borrow money. In many ways, the economy is now hooked on cheap money.At this point, the Fed could trigger a financial crisis or recession by raising rates. And that’s the last thing it wanted to do before the election.• With the election behind us, most people think the Fed will finally raise its key rate next month… To be fair, most investors have been preparing for a December rate hike since the summer. But now that Trump’s going to be president, it looks like rates could rise faster than people expected.You see, most people thought the Fed would raise rates slowly if Hillary won. But Trump has a much different plan for America.He wants to grow the economy using fiscal stimulus, which basically means government spending. Specifically, he wants to spend hundreds of billions fixing the country’s infrastructure.According to Bloomberg, Trump’s policy could force the Fed to jack up rates quicker than they would have under Hillary:“We do view the election of Donald Trump as a game changer,” said Adam Donaldson, head of debt research at Sydney-based Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “The strong bias toward fiscal expansion and inflationary policy represents a stark change to the malaise of recent years. This opens the door for the Fed to hike in December, but also more quickly in 2017 and 2018 than previously expected.”• This is a HUGE deal…  You see, interest rates aren’t some arbitrary number. They’re the price of money. A big move in interest rates affects everything from stocks to commodities.You also have to remember that almost no one thought Trump would win. The market didn’t “price in” rates rising quickly. That’s why we’ve seen big moves by every major financial asset since the election.Today, we’re going to show you how the prospect of rising interest rates is impacting different asset classes…starting with a sector that’s very sensitive to interest rates.• Utility stocks tanked after the election… The sector closed the week down 4.08%. Keep in mind the S&P 500 jumped 3.7% last week. According to Fidelity Investments, utilities were by far the worst-performing group in the S&P 500.Utilities provide electricity, gas, and water to people. They sell things that people can’t live without. This makes for relatively stable revenues, which allows them to pay steady dividends.Many investors own utility stocks specifically for their dependable dividends. That said, utility stocks aren’t as attractive when interest rates are high or likely to rise. That’s because investors can collect decent income in other assets, like bonds.If rates rise like many investors expect, utility stocks could keep falling.• Emerging market assets could also be in big trouble if rates head higher… As you probably know, it’s riskier to invest in emerging markets than in developed countries like the U.S. or Japan. To attract money, emerging markets offer higher returns.For example, Brazil’s 10-year government bond pays a 12.1% yield right now. That’s almost six times more than the 2.1% yield of the U.S. 10-year Treasury.If U.S. interest rates keep rising, U.S. investors could start pulling money out of emerging market assets. According to Reuters, this is already happening:Emerging market shares and currencies slumped on Friday as investors feared higher U.S. interest rates under incoming President Donald Trump will spark capital outflows…The most volatile trading on Friday was across emerging markets, as investors bet that Trump’s fiscal policies will be inflationary, push U.S. rates up and drive investors into dollar-based assets. The real risk here is doing nothing…Porter Stansberry says this could be the domino that starts it all… He’s recommending a strategy to bet AGAINST the most vulnerable companies as it all unfolds. Join him on Nov 16th, to hear how this approach works. – Recommended Links “Project Fedcoin” to Start January 1st?The U.S. dollar is in crisis. Fed members just wrapped up a special “behind-closed-doors” meeting to discuss one of the most dramatic changes to our money in the last 100 years. A change that not only affects how we spend, save, and earn… But that will also transform the very nature of “money” itself. This currency expert explains the shocking details here… — • The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) plummeted last week… EEM tracks emerging market stocks across the world. According to Bloomberg Markets, the fund suffered its worst day since 2011 on Thursday, when it experienced more than $1.5 billion in withdrawals.You can see it’s now down 8% since Election Day and trading at its lowest level since July.On Friday, Bloomberg Markets warned that emerging market stocks could head much lower in the coming days:“EM ETF flows are about to look like the elevator scene from The Shining as you have the double whammy of rising rates and an oncoming ‘America first’ trade policy,” writes Eric Balchunas, ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “We could see $20 billion in outflows by the end of next week.”• The anticipation of higher interest rates has hurt gold, too…  Last week, the price of gold fell 6.1%. It’s now trading at its lowest level since April.Like utilities, gold sold off due to expectations that interest rates will head higher. You see, unlike a bond, gold doesn’t pay interest. Because of this, many investors don’t like to own gold if they expect rates to rise. Of course, regular readers know the conventional wisdom about gold and interest rates is dead wrong.As we’ve pointed out many times, the price of gold has actually increased after the last four Fed rate hikes.You can see in the chart below that the price of gold jumped 20% in just six months when the Fed started raising rates in 2004.In other words, gold can still do very well if the Fed raises rates quickly…which is still a big “if” at this point.• You also have to remember that we don’t buy gold to make a quick profit… We own it because it’s real money and serves as the ultimate protection against financial chaos. And right now, there’s a lot of uncertainty about the economy and financial system.If you’re nervous about the economy, hold on to your gold. If you’re nervous about the financial system, hold on to your gold. If you’re nervous about our new president, hold on to your gold.Even a small gold position could save you from huge losses when the next financial crisis hits.If you would like to buy gold while it’s “on sale,” check out this presentation we recently put together. It reveals a “loophole” in the global gold market. In short, one of our analysts found what may be the cheapest way in America to buy gold.We can’t say how long this offer will last. So make sure to watch this video today if you’re thinking about buying gold. Click here to learn more.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaNovember 14, 2016How to Hedge Against a Bear MarketEditor’s note: We’re continuing our special mini-series today featuring Stansberry Research founder Porter Stansberry.If you haven’t been following along, Porter says there are unprecedented warning signs in credit markets all around the world…The global scale of these problems means the coming crisis—what Porter has called “the greatest legal transfer of wealth in history”—will be truly historic. And folks who don’t see what’s coming could be wiped out. In fact, Porter says what’s about to happen in the markets will be worse than anything you’ve experienced as an investor…In today’s essay, Porter describes the best way to reduce your risk as this crisis unravels…(The following essay was published on November 14, 2016, in the Stansberry Digest.)From Porter Stansberry, founder, Stansberry Research***For most of the last 15 years, I’ve focused on building tools and advisories to help you avoid risk…You might not have thought of it that way, but that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.Just read almost any of the newsletters I (Porter) have written since 2001. You’ll immediately see that my Investment Advisory is primarily about mitigating investment risk. We do this by focusing our recommendations on safe, capital-efficient companies. Alongside this core portfolio, we add a few non-correlated hedge-like investments (such as Fannie and Freddie, which have soared lately). And we even hedge against the market directly with a small number of short-sell recommendations that ideally will “zig” when the rest of our portfolio “zags.”Long-term studies of our results prove this approach has created the best risk-adjusted returns of any letter we publish. (That’s the highest returns with the least amount of volatility.)***But today, I’m recommending the riskiest thing you can do with your money in the markets… There’s an enormous apparent dichotomy here. But… once you really understand this strategy, you’re going to see that there’s no divergence at all. At times, doing things that seem risky (like shorting a stock) are actually the best ways to reduce your portfolio’s risk exposure. Regardless whether you follow me with this particular strategy, I want to make sure you understand why I’m advocating that you take significant steps to hedge your portfolio today.***The biggest pitfall for most investors is the tendency to misjudge risk tolerance… Most subscribers who think they can handle lots of volatility really can’t. But if you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “That’s not me. I’m a conservative investor. I don’t take big risks with my portfolio,” I’d bet you’re wrong. Almost every investor I talk to about risk also underestimates the volatility of his or her own portfolio.Not you, though… right? Well, maybe. Think about your own investment experiences. What happened in your account from October 2008 through March 2009? Most people who would have sworn they were conservative investors ended up watching their life savings collapse by 50% or more. Most of them decided they weren’t “buy and hold” investors after all. (They ended up being “buy and fold” investors.) Holding too much risk inevitably trips up most investors.***Risk doesn’t equal reward…I also know from empirical studies of investment results that contrary to what just about every finance department in the country will teach you about finance, risk simply doesn’t equal reward.Lots of good research out there suggests that a strategy of buying well-financed, low-volatility stocks can beat the market by a wide margin.Plenty of real-life examples guide our thinking in this area, too. Investing legend Warren Buffett is a classic example. He made nearly 25% a year in the market between 1954 and 2000 by focusing on the least risky businesses to own, like insurer GEICO, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO), and credit-card issuer American Express (AXP).It was a brilliant strategy. And it worked, primarily, because he avoided taking risks. He even sold almost all of his stocks in 1969 because he thought the market was too expensive. He didn’t buy back in until 1974. Do you think you could avoid making any equity investments for five years just because you thought the market was too risky?Editor’s note: We are on the precipice of an opportunity where betting against the biggest and most indebted companies in the U.S. could lead to life-changing profits. Porter is hosting a FREE live event on Wednesday night where he’ll lay out all of the details. Click here to reserve your spot.last_img read more

Disabled campaigners have criticised the chancello

first_imgDisabled campaigners have criticised the chancellor’s failure to provide any money in the budget to solve the social care funding crisis, despite a warning from the UN.Although Philip Hammond announced some extra funding for the NHS, there was no mention of social care in his budget speech, or in the main budget report.It came only days after the government left disabled campaigners “completely frustrated” by admitting that it will side-line the needs of working-age disabled people from next summer’s social care green paper (see separate story).In August, the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities warned that the UK was “going backwards” on independent living, and called on the government to draw up a “comprehensive plan” to address the problem.Despite that call, there was not a single mention of disabled people, disability, independent living or social care in the chancellor’s 7,700-word speech to MPs yesterday (Wednesday), repeating his failure to mention disabled people or disability in his 6,700-word budget speech in March.The chancellor (pictured delivering the budget speech) did announce an extra £335 million for the NHS in England this winter, £1.6 billion in 2018-19, and another £900 million in 2019-20 – still far short of the extra £4 billion-a-year health leaders say it needs – as well as overall increases of £2 billion for the Scottish government, and £1.2 billion more for the Welsh government, but he allocated nothing to social care in England.In March, the chancellor allocated just £2.4 billion in extra money for social care over the next three years, a sum described by disabled campaigners at the time as “meaningless” when set against the scale of the funding crisis.A survey of social workers in England by Community Care magazine and the Care and Support Alliance, published in September, found that more than two-thirds felt they were expected to cut people’s care packages because of local authority funding pressures, while more than a quarter were not confident that the reduced care packages they had to oversee were “fair and safe”.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday, in his speech responding to the budget, that by March next year more than £6 billion will have been cut from social care budgets since 2010.Linda Burnip, co founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “As expected, the Tories have completely ignored yet again the human disaster they have allowed to develop in relation to social care and have failed to address in any way the ever increasing lack of funding to support disabled people’s human rights to live independently in the community with adequate levels of support.”Disability Rights UK said: “There will be deep disappointment amongst disabled people that there was no mention of social care in the budget.“The crisis in services looks set to continue unabated.”The Local Government Association said it was “a completely false economy to put money into the NHS while not addressing the funding crisis in adult social care” and “sends a message that if you need social care, you should go to hospital”.The disability charity Sense warned the government that it “cannot save the NHS if it delays dealing with social care”.And another disability charity, the MS Society, said the failure to provide more money for social care was “even more alarming” than the refusal to meet the NHS funding gap, and “provides nothing to prevent the current crisis from worsening”.The budget report did include one disability-specific spending announcement, with an extra £42 million for the disabled facilities grant – which provides funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible – increasing the total budget for this year (2017-18) to £473 million, although this was not mentioned in Hammond’s speech.There was also relief that the government finally agreed to introduce measures to soften the impact of the botched rollout of universal credit (UC), which is gradually replacing six working-age benefits.Campaigners have been warning that the rollout is leaving hundreds of thousands in debt, and forcing people – many of them disabled – to borrow from loan sharks, pawnbrokers and payday loan companies, while many have been left in rent arrears and facing eviction.Hammond announced a package of improvements to UC that will cost £1.5 billion over the next five years (£300 million in 2018-19), including removing the seven-day waiting period for new claimants so that entitlement starts on the day of the claim.Claimants will also be able to secure an advance, equal to a full month’s UC payment, within five days of making a claim, and will be allowed to make online applications for advances.They will also be allowed to pay back the advance payment over 12 months, instead of the current six, while claimants moving from housing benefit to UC will receive an extra two weeks of their housing benefit award to ease the transition.The Treasury told Disability News Service that the changes will cause a further three-month delay to the rollout of universal credit, so it will now reach all jobcentres – although not all claimants – by December 2018 rather than September 2018.Further details were due to be announced today (Thursday) by work and pensions secretary David Gauke.Citizens Advice Scotland welcomed the “significant” changes, and said they would “make a real difference to those claimants who are currently experiencing hardship”, but warned that there were “other problems with universal credit which we believe still need to be addressed”.last_img read more

Selfies Could Fool the Galaxy S8s Iris Scanner

first_imgSelfie A hack demonstrates that the iris scanner in Samsung’s new flagship smartphone could unlock the device when presented with a photograph of the owner’s eye. Samsung describes the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner, which lets you unlock the phone just by looking at it, as “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked and the contents private.” After all, “the patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate,” Samsung explains on its website.But the company may now want to rethink the veracity of its marketing tactics, following a revelation this week that the Galaxy S8 iris-recognition system was hacked with a simple technique. Members of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), based in Germany, were able to unlock an S8 using a photo containing its registered iris. Theoretically, that means anyone who posts selfies online and has an S8 with iris recognition enabled is giving hackers a potential backdoor to unlock their phone.In practice, it’s not that simple. To pull off their hack, the CCC explained in a blog post that they used a clear picture of the phone owner’s face, which was then printed using a laser printer. They then held a contact lens on top of the eye in the photograph, in order to give it the convex three dimensional shape required for the iris scanner to recognize it.In addition to using high-resolution selfies, a hacker could also surreptitiously snap a photo of their intended victim, CCC notes.Despite the simplicity of the hack, it doesn’t reveal any fundamental flaws about Samsung’s iris scanner itself. It’s also worth noting that a similar technique could potentially be used to fool the S8’s face recognition unlocking system, or any other phone with similar unlocking options.Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But it does warn that face recognition (which uses the front-facing camera) is a less secure method of unlocking your phone, explaining in a footnote on its website that “face recognition is less secure than pattern, PIN or password.” Selfies Could Fool the Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanner Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5 News reporter Add to Queuecenter_img May 25, 2017 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag 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. –shares Next Article Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

This Big Tech Company Is the Most Trusted According to New Survey

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read In light of recent scandals, there’s little surprise in learning that fewer Americans have faith in Facebook’s willingness or ability to obey laws protecting personal information.According to data from Forbes and Statista, Facebook was the only company for which the majority of consumers said they lacked trust. Meanwhile, Yahoo’s new owner Verizon will need to improve consumers’ trust as memories of its massive data leak may still be lingering.Of the four large tech ecosystem vendors that actually sell products to consumers (Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft), Apple ranked last in terms of garnering consumers’ trust, despite the company’s insistence that it is committed to privacy.In contrast, Google ranked second, despite having a business based on targeted advertising.While Amazon has long been unafraid to advertise products to customers based on shared data, it garnered trust among most consumers. That may be related to the company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, or that consumers trust Amazon with their financial information for billing. Amazon’s trust has proven an asset as it has moved forward with devices that listen for speech in the home, and the company will need to leverage a lot of consumer trust if initiatives such as Amazon Key are to be successful. This Big Tech Company Is the Most Trusted, According to New Survey –shares Next Article Trust According to data from Forbes and Statista, 51 percent of consumers do not trust Facebook to obey laws protecting personal information. Add to Queue PCMag Staff 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. Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand April 23, 2018 Image credit: via PC Maglast_img read more

This Startup Has Created a PlantBased Chip That Almost Tastes Like Bacon

first_img Next Article March 14, 2019 Add to Queue 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. Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Image credit: Courtesy of Outstanding Foods Stephen J. Bronner Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img PigOut is made of mushrooms, and its creator worked at Beyond Meat and Just. This Startup Has Created a Plant-Based Chip That Almost Tastes Like Bacon A startup has created a chip that tastes very much like bacon but is made from mushrooms, and it will soon be on the shelves of Whole Foods, Sprouts, Wegmans, Kroger and other retailers.Outstanding Foods — founded by Dave Anderson, who helped develop products at Beyond Meat and Just, and Bill Glaser, a serial entrepreneur — has secured distribution with UNFI for the product, PigOut. The company has raised more than $4 million and is backed by big names such as James Altucher, Cesar Millan, Jesse Itzler, Emily Deschanel and Alan Cumming.”We’re right at the convergence of two really strong trends — plant-based foods and better-for-you snacks,” Glaser said. “Our mission is to make it easy for anyone to eat plant-based foods, and we saw the flavor of bacon as being extremely popular. We wanted to own a category and come out with something that was really unique and innovative.”Related: Plant-Based Egg From Just to Soon Be Available Nationwide in Whole FoodsImage Credit: Courtesy of Outstanding FoodsPigOut is made from king oyster mushroom using a proprietary process to reduce fat, as mushrooms absorb liquids such as oil, Glaser said. The company is currently seeking a patent on the process, and Glaser said it plans to license it to other chip makers, since it also works with potatoes.Outstanding Foods also plans to introduce other pork-like products, including plant-based bacon strips and pork rinds. It also wants to expand to other proteins, such as chicken and beef.”We see PigOut not as as the entirety of our business, but a gateway to really establish our brand and then introduce other products after that,” Glaser said.The staff of Entrepreneur enjoyed a sample bag of PigOut provided by the company, with some saying it tasted like a better version of Bacos. We also were charmed by PigOut’s cute pig mascot, who doesn’t have a name yet. Glaser said the company plans to hold a contest and take suggestions from fans for a name. –shares Food Businesses Enroll Now for $5 News Directorlast_img read more

Staples to Turn Parts of Some Stores Into Office Space

first_img Image credit: manolofranco |Pixabay Staples to Turn Parts of Some Stores Into Office Space Next Article April 4, 2016 Staples has announced a new way to make better use of its cavernous stores at a time of shrinking shopper traffic: turning some of that square-footage into office space.The office supplies giant said on Monday it was collaborating with office-sharing startup Workbar to open communal workspace at three of its stores in metro Boston in a pilot. Workbar runs a network of locations with desks and conference rooms that subscribers can use for a monthly fee. Each of the 2,500 to 3,500 square-foot Workbar facilities will have workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms and Wi-Fi access. The average U.S. Staples location is 20,000 square feet in size.The move is just the latest by big box retailers looking to find new uses for all their store space at a time more shopping is moving online. For instance, Macy’s has shops run by sports apparel retailer Finish Line and is testing out a similar idea with electronics retailer Best Buy . Sears has rented out parts of stores to everyone from Whole Foods Market to Dick’s Sporting Goods.Staples is struggling with a declining retail business. It said last month it would close 50 of its 1,607 North American stores this year, after shutting 242 others in the two previous years. Staples is also trying to convince the government to let it buy Office Depot to fend off growing competition in the office supplies area from Amazon.com.It recently re-named its business services division Staples Business Advantage from Staples Advantage to prop up that part of its business, which in contrast to the retail division, is growing. Business services now generate 40 percent of company sales, compared to 35 percent in 2013. What’s more, Staples’ North American B2B unit is far more profitable and looks set to surpass the retail division in the next year or two.Many of Staples’ stores have much more space than they need, now that people are buying more and more office items online. Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Phil Wahbacenter_img Staples This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine –shares 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

NICE Announces a New Era of Complete Digital Experiences Expediting Enterprises Transition

first_imgComplete digital service management across contact center operations – The first and only unified platform with an end-to-end native integration of digital-first omnichannel management, WFO and Analytics infused with Artificial Intelligence. NICE Announces a New Era of Complete Digital Experiences Expediting Enterprises Transition to Smart Digital Conversations MTS Staff WriterMay 16, 2019, 9:32 pmMay 17, 2019 AIBrand EmbassyCXoneMarketing TechnologyNewsNICESmart Digital Conversations Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Charli Rogers, VP of International Client Services, YextNext ArticleTechBytes with James Wilson, CTO at Rokt The most efficient digital experience suite – Fully integrated 30+ digital messaging channels with established voice and chat channels all in one native cloud platform, with full elasticity and pay-per-use model.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital OperationsBarak Eilam, CEO, NICE, said: “CXone is already established as the leading Customer Experience cloud platform, based on the powerful integration of the industry’s best WFO, Analytics and Omnichannel routing in the cloud. This makes CXone the perfect choice for enterprises of all sizes, as they transform to the cloud and advance to analytics. With the addition of Brand Embassy and its pioneering and market-proven digital experience suite, CXone now empowers organizations to also adopt a digital-first strategy, all under one platform.”Marketing Technology News: Captify and Publicis Media Release New Research Revealing Global Beauty Trends That Will Transform The Larger FMCG Ecosystem NICE Accelerates the Cloud Experience Revolution Led by CXone With the Acquisition of Brand EmbassyOrganizations can now provide a true digital consumer experience, as NICE announces the next generation of customer service: Smart Digital Conversations. Enterprises of all sizes can now dynamically connect with every consumer based on their preferences. This is enabled by the acquisition of Brand Embassy, a leading provider of digital customer engagement. Embedding Brand Embassy in CXone, NICE’s leading cloud CX platform, combines CXone’s strong analytics and AI capabilities with Brand Embassy’s groundbreaking and proven digital-first approach. CXone powered by Brand Embassy removes the barriers that historically slowed down the customer experience digital revolution, allowing organizations to put digital at the forefront of their interactions with consumers.CXone, fueled with the capabilities provided by Brand Embassy, is now the only cloud customer experience platform that has the full range of integrated channels, enabling any digital channel to be seamlessly and smartly integrated into any customer service daily operations. With over 30 supported channels, including Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Apple Business Chat, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, SMS, email and live chat, CXone powered by Brand Embassy is now the smartest and most complete cloud customer service platform for all channels.Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping ExperienceThis unique integration of CXone and Brand Embassy provides multiple groundbreaking advantages:Digital Service in context, eliminating “digital agent” siloes – a new “push/pull” paradigm of naturally handling both real-time (e.g. voice/chat) and digital messaging interactions in one intelligent inbox.last_img read more

Research reveals how the inner ear processes speech

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018Results from a research study published in Nature Communications show how the inner ear processes speech, something that has until now been unknown. The authors of the report include researchers from Linköping University, Sweden, and Oregon Health & Science University, United States. A collaboration between researchers in the U.S., Sweden, Denmark, the U.K. and India has now revealed how the inner ear processes speech. The discovery is an important addition to our understanding of how the inner ear and our sense of hearing function. The results have been presented in an article published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.”The sound of speech has two components in the inner ear. One component consists of high frequency variations in the speech sound. The other component, known as the ‘envelope’, describes the outermost pattern of the speech sound”, says Anders Fridberger, professor of neuroscience at Linköping University, and one of two principal authors of the article.Related StoriesComputers, games, crafting keep the aging brain sharpResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsThe envelope, which varies relatively slowly, can be considered as the overall structure of the speech signal. Researchers have previously shown that the envelope is most important for understanding what someone is saying. Until now, the way the inner ear decodes the envelope of the speech signals has remained elusive.The inner ear produces tiny electrical currents whenever sound enters – it converts sound to electrical impulses. These are led through the auditory nerve to the brain. By placing small electrodes into the ear canal of experimental subjects, and placing electrodes close to the cochlea of patients who have undergone surgery, the researchers have been able to record the way in which the inner ear codes speech-like sound.”Our study shows how the inner ear separates out the slow, speech-important component for subsequent transfer to the brain”, says Alfred Nuttall, professor of otolaryngology at Oregon Health & Science University and director of the Oregon Hearing Research Center.The results have led the researchers to the understanding that speech gives rise to a particular form of electrical signals sent to the brain. These signals differ from those that arise in response to other forms of sound.”It is remarkable that the coding of speech information relies on certain unique biophysical properties of the specialized inner ear cells that detect sound.”, says Alfred Nuttall.The discovery is an important addition to our understanding of how the inner ear functions. The inner ear is embedded in the thick bone of the skull, which makes it difficult to access and study it. Thus, diagnosing the exact location of damage to the inner ear is currently difficult.”We believe that our results will improve diagnostic procedures for various hearing impairments, something that is sorely needed. Much remains to be done, however”, says Anders Fridberger.Source: https://liu.se/en/news-item/upptackt-om-innerorats-funktion-kan-forbattra-diagnostik-for-horselskadadelast_img read more

Leading hiphop videos depict use of tobacco and marijuana products study finds

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018Over the past decade, hip-hop music has become a world-wide phenomenon and, in 2017, surpassed rock as the biggest music genre in the United States. Up until now little has been known about how often, or in what context, tobacco and marijuana products and imagery appear in hip-hop music culture. In order to get a better understanding of the presence of these products–and the potential public health threat they pose–a team of researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed leading hip-hop music videos over the five years from 2013-2017. They found that that a substantial (40%-50%) proportion of the leading hip-hop videos during this time contained use of combustible or electronic tobacco and marijuana products (or smoke or vapor), corresponding to over 39 billion views to date. They also found that the use of these products in videos was often by main and featured artists, and that the prevalence of combustible or electronic use of tobacco and marijuana rose with songs’ popularity. In addition, brand placement was becoming more common in online hip-hop music content.” While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change–speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities–there’s also a history of showing regulated substances in hip-hop and other popular music. These depictions may affect fans’ attitudes toward smoking and increase the likelihood of smoking –particularly among young people,” says Kristin Knutzen, MPH, lead author and Dartmouth Institute research scientist.In their analysis, the researchers included all hip-hop songs listed on Billboard magazine’s weekly Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs list (a list of the top 50 songs) between 2013-2017. During this period, 1,250 songs appeared on the Billboard Top 50 list; 769 of them had accompanying music videos. The researchers also searched YouTube, Tidal, iTunes, Vimeo, and artists’ websites for corresponding music videos of all top 50 songs.Among their findings recently reported in JAMA Internal Medicine: Related StoriesStudy: Tobacco and alcohol usage are common in British reality television showsStudies show no evidence of fall in cigarette consumption due to WHO’s FCTCRisk of children taking up smoking has reduced following tobacco display ban”When young people, especially adolescents, see their favorite artists using tobacco products in music videos, they can begin to view them as normal in hip-hop culture, and they can begin to see themselves using them. They also could view them as less harmful then they are. That’s a very real public health threat,” says study co-author and Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Samir Soneji, PhD.The researchers note that while these music videos provide “largely unregulated opportunities” for the advertising of tobacco and marijuana products, future regulation that directly addresses the often co-occurring depiction and marketing of tobacco, marijuana, and electronic products in music videos could reduce the burden of tobacco and marijuana use. They also say that beyond federal and state regulation, the music industry and social networking sites could, themselves, reduce combustible and electronic use in hip-hop music videos. For example, advertisements of tobacco products are expressly prohibited by Google, the parent company of YouTube. Thus, YouTube could prohibit postings of music videos with product placement in accordance with Google’s advertising policies. The proportion of songs with accompanying music videos that contained combustible use, electronic use, or smoke or vapor equaled 44% in 2014, 40% in 2015, 50% in 2016, and 47% in 2017. (For a total of 39.5 billion views) Compared with hand-rolled products, manufactured cigarette use was less common in videos. In 2017, only 8% of songs with accompanying music videos contained manufactured cigarettes. Among songs with accompanying music videos containing combustible use, brand placement increased from 0% in 2013 to 10% in 2017. For those containing electronic use, brand placement increased from 25% in 2013 to 88% in 2017. Main or featured artists exclusively used combustible or electronic products in a third of music videos that contained the use of these products. The proportion of songs with accompanying music videos containing the use of these products increased with the popularity of these songs. The proportion equaled 42% among songs in the first quartile of viewership (8,700 to 19 million views) and increased to 50% among songs in the fourth quartile of viewership (112 million to 4 billion views). The researchers note that the music video for the popular song, “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled– featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Wayne — contained both combustible and electronic use, as well as electronic brand placement (KandyPen)– and had been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube as of June 2018.center_img Source:https://tdi.dartmouth.edu/news-events/new-research-use-tobacco-and-marijuana-products-regularly-featured-hip-hop-music-videoslast_img read more

Improving access to behavioral health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 16 2018The number one medical complication of pregnancy and childbirth for mothers is depression and/or anxiety, with one in seven women suffering from a mood disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Further, substance-use disorder remains one of the most pressing public health issues in Rhode Island, and pregnant and postpartum women are not immune. Each of these health issues is treatable, but the key to successful outcomes is proper screening so treatment can begin.Toward ensuring that pregnant and postpartum women are properly screened, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has recently awarded the Rhode Island Department of Health a five year, $650,000 per year grant in partnership with the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital. Together, they will establish a centralized resource to assist health care providers in screening and treating pregnant and postpartum women who have behavioral health conditions.Margaret M. Howard, PhD, is division director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and founder of the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital, the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital program. She has long been an advocate for mental health screening in pregnant and postpartum women and recently received the 2018 Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology.”Many people, including health care providers who treat pregnant and postpartum women, don’t realize how common mood disorders are and that they can affect any woman. Postpartum depression cuts across social, economic, geographic, racial, and ethnic lines,” said Dr. Howard. “While there are risk factors for developing postpartum depression, the postpartum period (up to one year after delivery) is the most vulnerable time in any woman’s life to come down with a mood or anxiety disorder. This is exactly why screening is so important.”Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesNew structured approach to managing patients with depression in primary careHospitals’ decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies is based on insurance typeAccording to the Rhode Island Department of Health, the overarching goal of the grant is to improve the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women and, thereby, their infants’ social and emotional development through increased access to affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate treatment and recovery support services.”The period of time just before and after a family welcomes a baby is one of excitement and hope, but it can also be one of the more vulnerable periods in a woman’s life. Among the many challenges that women can face are depression during pregnancy, post-partum depression, and substance-use disorder. For each of these issues, broad, comprehensive screenings programs are a key to successful treatment,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “This partnership will allow us to get vital screening services to women throughout the state and will allow us to focus on critical risk factors, such as experiencing stressful life events, being a teen mom, and having a history of depression. Working together, we can get every woman and family in Rhode Island the supports they need to ensure their health and wellness during every phase of life.”Source: http://www.womenandinfants.org/news/behavioral-health-screening.cfmlast_img read more