SwitchGuard keeps your Nintendo Switch safe from thieves filthy paws

first_imgThe SwitchGuard is pretty self-explanatory. Pintoro It’s safe to say just about everyone wants a Nintendo Switch, making it a prime target for thieves.Pintoro is offering deterrent in the form of SwitchGuard, a clear acrylic lockbox designed to keep the portable console safe from unwelcome hands, as previously reported by Nintendo Life.”The best way to deter theft of your Nintendo Switch at a tournament, in your dorm, in an office, or in your home!” the company wrote. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Post a comment Gaming Accessories Consoles 29 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 2:38 Charge your Nintendo Switch over-the-aircenter_img The box costs $50, which is pricey but cheaper than replacing your Switch if it gets snatched. Nintendo sold more than 8.7 million units of the Switch between its March 2017 launch and November 2018, and it’s expected to sell 17.3 million worldwide in 2019, so there are no doubt plenty of concerned owners out there.First published at 6:31 a.m. PT.Updated at 7:20 a.m PT: Adds Pintoro comment.Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out: Here’s everything you need to know. The top lock stops people from getting at the Switch inside, while a cable lock and slot secure the SwitchGuard itself. It also has numerous cutouts for ventilation — Switches can get pretty hot! — and for you to run various cables through.The company acknowledges that the box is more of the deterrent than an absolute security solution. It could be smashed open with a hammer when you bring it to a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.”The SwitchGuard is an excellent option for deterring thieves from picking up your Switch and just walking away,” Pintoro wrote in an emailed statement. 0 Share your voice Tags Nintendolast_img read more

Beats answer to Apples new AirPods is arriving in April

first_img $119 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors AirPods 2 vs. AirPods: What’s the difference? See it The big question is price. The person I spoke to didn’t have any details on the cost, but the list price of the PowerBeats3 Wireless is $200. You can actually pick them up for as low as $90 on Amazon and Best Buy has them on sale for $100 off, which is also a pretty good indication that something new is coming.It wouldn’t be surprising if Beats stuck a list price of $250 on the new PowerBeats, although that’s too high and wouldn’t end up being the real street price. In my opinion, they have to cost $200 or less to compete with the AirPods, which are priced from $159 to $199.We’ll update this post as we get more info, but it should be an interesting next few months as more companies, including Apple’s own Beats, put out compelling AirPod alternatives. Apple Apple Mentioned Above Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless (Black) Share your voice Review • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones: Better, but how much better? See It $199 Comments $49 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Accessories Headphones CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $119 10 See It Amazon Enlarge ImageBeats will announce a new version of its PowerBeats sports earphones that removes the cords and makes them truly wireless, like the AirPods.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple may make what it says is the “world’s most popular headphone” — the AirPods — but lest anyone forget, it’s the owner of another headphone company, Beats, which will have its own true wireless competitor hitting the market shortly. A cord-free version of the Beats PowerBeats wireless sports earphones will be announced in April, according to a person close to the retail channel who has previously provided credible information to CNET.We’ve seen this game plan before. After Apple released the AirPods in the fall of 2016, Beats also announced new headphones, including the BeatsX, which incorporated Apple’s latest headphone chip, the W1. Read: Beats Powerbeats Pro full CNET reviewSimilarly, the new true wireless PowerBeats earphones are expected to use Apple’s new H1 chip and have the same always-on Siri voice-assistant as the new AirPods, as well as the other connectivity improvements that the H1 is supposed to deliver. The battery life may also be better than the AirPods. Beats hasn’t had a major headphone release since the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which was updated with the W1 chip and improved sound in June of 2018. The brand is overdue to update its line. The new PowerBeats could serve as an alternative to people who were hoping the new AirPods would include design improvements that would help keep them more securely in more people’s ears, and offer features like better bass and water resistance. Those features will most likely be available in the new PowerBeats. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy • See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones reading • Beats’ answer to Apple’s new AirPods is arriving in April See All 2:45 Scoop Applelast_img read more

Hulu teams up with Chrissy Teigen for 6month discount

first_img 2 TV and Movies Online Comments 3:15 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Top 5 streaming services for live TV 50 Photoscenter_img Tags Hulu Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Hulu ad-supported subscriptions are half off for six months. SOPA Images Chrissy Teigen is apparently celebrating her upcoming cooking show on Hulu with a deal for new and some returning subscribers.  The celebrity posted the deal via her Instagram account on Tuesday. Hulu is offering its ad-supported subscription for $2.99 per month for six months, a 50% discount from its normal price. After six months, subscriber bills will rise to $5.99 a month. Current Hulu subscribers aren’t eligible for the discount.”I can’t wait for you guys to see what I’m working on with @hulu. You guys will love it…especially the part where I convinced them to give you all Hulu for half off for 6 months,” Teigen wrote. The accompanying picture appears to be a sponsorship contract with Hulu. Teigen has a new show coming to Hulu called Family Style, and has signed on to a two-year production deal for several new Hulu cooking shows. Hulu’s ad-free subscription costs $11.99 per month, and its Hulu + Live TV package costs $44.99 per month. The streaming service said in May it has 26.8 million paying subscribers, netting 8 million in the past year and outpacing the growth of its larger streaming competitor Netflix in 2018. last_img read more

India to Grow Fastest in Dollar Nominal Growth Globally in 2015 Says

first_imgReutersGlobally, the Indian economy is poised to witness the fastest US$ nominal growth in 2015, says Credit Suisse.The Switzerland-based bank added that it finds the equity market not expensive in both absolute and relative terms, reported Reuters.In April, India replaced Japan as the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP.)The emerging market is likely to see strongest earnings growth amongst its Asian peers, and even globally, the bank adds.last_img

Santa Fe Church Community Reflects On Texas Shooting

first_img Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaCalvary Crossroad Church, seen two days after Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.Sunday morning, people in Santa Fe, Texas, flocked to local churches, seeking comfort after this week’s high school shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others.The residents of this deeply-religious community are just starting to process their emotions, as they also look for answers as to how such a thing could happen.“Lord I need you, oh I need you,” sang the choir at Arcadia First Baptist Church. It was the refrain of many who are turning to faith to deal with the grim reality that this familiar, and tragic, American routine has now come to their town.Pamela Pannell’s grandson would have been in the art class where witnesses said the shooting started, but he was in another room that day for Advanced Placement testing.“That’s the hard part,” she said. “To come that close to losing him.”Pannell held back tears, saying her heart goes out to the people who have lost a loved one in the shooting.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended the Sunday service. Later, he talked about what he called “obvious” ideas to prevent future shootings, including tightening school security and keeping a closer watch on who leaves and enters school grounds. Abbott has also pointed to a mental health program that intervenes when kids show warning signs that they might become violent.For Pannell and other churchgoers here, the answer is simpler.“We need God back in our schools,” she said.Almost two decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Santa Fe Independent School District that it had to stop allowing student-led prayers at school events. It’s a case that still reverberates in the community today.Just down the road from Pannell’s church, at Calvary Crossroads Church, Pastor Del Toler told his congregation to think about that court case the next time they get a chance to vote. He said there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.“I think the church is a focal point,” he said, “and I think we’ve gotten the cart before the horse, and we want the other things, but we don’t want God.”His thoughts about changing gun laws reflect familiar attitudes in Texas.“Guns helped shape America,” he said. “Guns have insured our freedom. It’s the heart in a man that steers him to do wrong.” Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaPastor Del Toler of Calvary Crossroad Church says there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.Eighteen-year-old Santa Fe High School student Megan Dunford is one of Toler’s church members. She was friends with Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student killed in the shooting.“It’s been really different, knowing that she’s gone,” Dunford said. She described Sheikh as instantly friendly, someone who one day just decided to sit with Dunford at lunch and start talking.“I liked everything [about her],” Dunford said. “She made me laugh and stuff, she was very helpful.”As the national debate swirls about how to prevent another school shooting, Dunford is just trying to deal with the loss of a friend, talking it out with her family, like so many others in this grieving community.last_img read more

Christophers Law Finally Passed This Year

first_imgChristopher’s Law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and is awaiting the governor’s signature. The legislation requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force, and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled. “This is an umbrella of protection,” said Chris Brown, 40, for whose son the bill (HB0294/ SB0542) was named.”This bill will ensure that police officers are trained in life-saving techniques. They already know how to take lives, and they’ve been trained to do that,” she added. “So, we are providing the balance by teaching them how to save lives.”Brown’s son Christopher was killed in a June 2012 altercation with a Baltimore County police officer. The officer put the 17-year-old in a “choke hold,” ultimately asphyxiating him. Brown believes if the officer knew CPR and had administered it in time, her son could have been saved.Dayvon Love, director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a for-profit advocacy group based in Baltimore that was involved in lobbying for the bill, said it was created in response Brown’s death and the slaying or mistreatment of other Black teens by police officers.”In light of the incidents with Trayvon Martin, Vernon Jordan, Marissa Alexander and Christopher Brown and looking at the way racism and White supremacy is embedded in the law enforcement system, it seemed like a good step to make more tools available to protect our communities,” Love said.The think-tank director said he hoped this bill would combat the innate “anti-Blackness” and the militaristic paradigm that is entrenched within U.S. policing.”People think that when we talk about police brutality we’re talking about officers who hate Black people. But we’re talking about a society that socializes everyone to have a disregard for Black life,” he said.Brown and Love said the bill – which failed last year – was “undermined” by law enforcement because they felt it was an indictment against individual officers and because, they argued, they already had the discretion to initiate such training without a legislative mandate. It took unrelenting lobbying in Annapolis and in the community – Brown and others visited all the state legislators, unions, schools, parent interest groups and others – and the stalwart support of lawmakers such as Del. Jill Carter, who initiated the legislation, to move this bill forward, the advocates said.”It was not some foundation that came down and gave us money to advocate for this legislation; there were no lobbyists or interest groups, it was [the] people in the community who were most affected that worked to get this bill pushed through,” Love said of the grassroots effort.Brown, who left her job as a stylist to free up her time, was crucial to those efforts, Love added.Said the still grieving mother, “I was so angry when my son died, but then anger turned into movement. I want to show other mothers that good things can come out of bad incidents, but you have to fight for it.”last_img read more

KoPT to deck up Howrah Bridge with LED lights

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will soon begin work for installing multi-coloured LED lights to light up the Rabindra Setu, popularly known as Howrah Bridge, which is celebrating its 75 years this year.”Four to five top notch companies having expertise in illumination have already made their presentation. We are trying to figure out which one will be the best among them. The LED lights will be installed keeping in mind the heritage aspect of the structure. We hope to float the tender in two to three months,” KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe KoPT is also keeping in mind the cost factor before going for the tender as the estimates for decorating the bridge given by the companies is varying between Rs 15 to 19 crore.A senior KoPT official said that they have plans to set up the lights in a manner so that the colour and theme can be changed during occasions. For example, the lighting on Independence Day will echo the colours of the country’s national flag.The KoPT has planned the illumination to be of international standard, which will be an attraction in itself like San Francisco Bridge, George Washington Bridge at Manhattan, New York and Sydney Harbour Bridge of Australia, whose lighting enthralls people from all parts of the globe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that in 2006, Howrah Bridge was decked up with sodium vapour lights but they soon turned dim.Howrah Bridge, which since its inception continues to evoke the same kind of curiosity and awe as it did seventy five years ago, has a suspended span over the Hooghly River.Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On June 14, 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate.It may be mentioned that the Howrah Bridge ferries more than 1.15 lakh vehicles on a daily basis from both Kolkata and Howrah. More than 5 lakh pedestrians also cross the bridge every day from both directions, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is currently the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.last_img read more

Jackfruit seeds could substitute cocoa beans to make chocolate

first_imgNew research has found that the seeds of jackfruit – a large fruit found in many tropical countries – are a potentially low-cost substitute for cocoa beans, the primary ingredient of chocolate.Considering that the worldwide demand for chocolate is outstripping the production of cocoa beans, the finding reported in the American Chemical Society Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry would be welcome news for chocolate lovers.While in some countries, the sweet-smelling jackfruit seeds are boiled, steamed and roasted before eating, providing a cheap source of fibre, protein and minerals, they are mostly thrown away as waste. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGlobally, farmers produce about 3.7 million tonnes of cocoa annually, but estimates suggest that demand for these beans will grow to 4.5 million tonnes by 2020.Researchers at the University of São Paulo who were looking to put the waste jackfruit seeds to better use discovered that compounds found in them produce many of the same aromas as processed cocoa beans and therefore could potentially be a cheap substitute for use in chocolate manufacturing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Brazilian researchers made jackfruit seed flours by acidifying or fermenting the seeds prior to drying. They roasted these flours for various times and temperatures using processes similar to those used to enhance the chocolaty flavour of cocoa beans.Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the team identified several compounds from the jackfruit flours that give chocolate its distinctive aromas – such as caramel, hazelnut or fruity.While there are several reports on the use of waste jackfruit seeds to produce starch, “for the first time we found that after roasting, jackfruit seeds imparted an aroma similar to that of chocolate”, the researchers say.They conclude that the cheap and abundant jackfruit seeds are thus “a potential replacement” for cocoa beans for the manufacture of chocolate.last_img read more

Over 100 residents attend Community Shred Day hosted by Rep Marino and

first_img Categories: Marino News,Marino Photos Legislator thanks residents and the library for successful eventRep. Steve Marino and the Harrison Township Public Library recently hosted their annual “Spring Community Shred Day”. The event provides residents with secure shredding and disposal of sensitive documents to prevent identity theft. Both Marino, of Harrison Township, and the library thank the numerous residents who participated and made the annual event a tremendous success. “Everyone loved this event and the opportunity to shred sensitive personal documents that criminals could use to commit identity theft or fraud,” Marino said. Library Director Dan Hutchins echoed similar enthusiasm and stated, “In addition to protecting people from identity theft, the library staff was able to talk with residents about the many wonderful services they provide to the community. It was truly a win-win for the entire community.”Marino and Hutchins were joined by Assistant Library Director Melissa Goins, Library Board Vice President John DaVia and Library Trustee Jim Bilen in hosting the annual community event.Photo Information: State Rep. Steve Marino visits with a Harrison Township constituent during “Community Shred Day.”### 07Jun Over 100 residents attend “Community Shred Day” hosted by Rep. Marino and local librarylast_img read more

Rep Hoitenga Focus on roads communities veterans as Michigan budget process continues

first_img Rep. Michele Hoitenga today said she will continue to focus on improving roads and supporting local communities as the process of developing the state’s next budget plan continues.Hoitenga this week voted in favor of a Michigan House plan that continues record-level funding for road improvements and makes other investments to improve the economy while reducing overall spending in state government. The House – along with the Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration – will continue work toward a final budget plan in the coming months.“What matters most to families in Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties is what matters most to me,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “Fixing our roads, helping people find and keep good-paying jobs, supporting local government services – that’s what I’ll be fighting for as we continue the budget process.”The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 includes:Road repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its most urgent needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. Hoitenga also supports measures designed to make roads last longer and distribute road money more effectively. ### Veterans services. Support for those who served in the military is enhanced, including funding for grants to counties for local-level services. Local communities. The House plan provides more support to local governments through revenue sharing payments than proposed by the governor. “Revenue sharing helps communities provide services we all rely on,” Hoitenga said. “I will continue to fight for this important funding.” House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues.center_img Categories: Hoitenga News,News 26Apr Rep. Hoitenga: Focus on roads, communities, veterans as Michigan budget process continues Education. The plan increases funding for schools with a focus on workforce training.last_img read more

Swisscom is using digital TV quality assurance com

first_imgSwisscom is using digital TV quality assurance company S3’s StormTest Development Center for software testing on its IPTV set-top boxes.  StormTest Development Center allows automated software testing to be executed across multiple digital TV devices. Swisscom is using the solution to test its customised Microsoft Mediaroom Client and TV apps. This simulates the customers’ experience and, according to S3, reduces the amount of time required per test.“S3 Group not only provides us with their StormTest Development Center but they also act as a professional service partner that expresses great interest in supporting and addressing Swisscom’s future test automation requirements. Any partner working together that aids in bringing our business forward is invaluable,” said Michael Krause, head of entertainment and TV test management at Swisscom. “We strive to deliver the ultimate IPTV experience to more than 600,000 customers, and as interactive services and multiple devices continue to become the norm, we need a partner who can help us ensure the highest quality of end-to-end platforms.  We have found that partner with S3 Group.”last_img read more

In This Issue Happy Birthday Chuck… Bernank

first_imgIn This Issue. * Happy Birthday Chuck… * Bernanke worried about growth in US… * Japan posts a trade surplus… * Indian rupee falls… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Happy Birthday Big Guy… Good day… And Happy Birthday to Chuck! Yes it is Chuck Butlers birthday today, and I know all of you Pfennig Pfanatics will join me in wishing our fearless leader a very happy birthday today!! He is spending his birthday surrounded by his family in what he considers one of the greatest places on earth, the spring training home of the Cardinals. More thoughts on Chuck at the end of today’s Pfennig, but I just wanted to make sure I started today’s Pfennig off on a positive note. The dollar is starting of the day with a positive move vs. most of the currencies, after spending most of yesterday bouncing around in a fairly narrow range. I couldn’t find anything which caused the move higher this morning, with most analysts crediting a return of ‘safe haven’ buying for the increase. Both Fed Chairman Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Geithner were in front of Congress yesterday, and Bernanke was sounding a cautious tone regarding the US economic recovery. There was also a private report released which caused further concern on China’s growth prospects and the existing home sales in the US were disappointing, so the combination of these two items along with the caution tone of Bernanke are probably what is making investors return to the dollar. The 10 year treasury would certainly support the ‘safe haven’ theory. Yields on the 10 yr US bond have are down 4.3 basis points today, and now yields 2.25%. The yield on the 10 year had moved from below 2% at the beginning of the month to a high of 2.38% at the beginning of this week, a fairly dramatic move for bonds. With bonds, yields and the price of the bond are inversely related with bond prices moving lower as the yields move up. So bonds investors were selling bonds in a big way over the first 3 weeks of March, investing the proceeds into the equity markets and currencies other than the US$. But these same investors now seem to be moving back into the bonds, causing prices to rise and yields to fall back to 2.25%. Chuck has long warned Pfennig readers that the US treasury market is a bubble waiting to be popped, and the dramatic move in bond prices earlier this month should serve as a warning for investors. Bond yields just can’t remain as low as they have been, as inflation starts to put pressure on bond prices. Existing home sales in the US dropped .9% during the month of February, compared to an impressive 5.7% increase during the month of January. Economists had estimated a increase for sales of .9%, but the revision to January’s number helped offset the unexpected loss of sales. Today we will get the usual weekly jobs numbers, which are expected to show 350k newly unemployed with continuing claims of 3,380k. We will also see an index of House prices which are expected to have risen .3% MOM in January, and the Leading Indicators which are predicted to have increased .6% during the month of February. As I mentioned earlier, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday and sounded a more cautious tone on the prospects for the US economy. He warned the committee members that “Higher energy prices would probably slow growth, at least in the short run”. He went on to explain that rising gas prices “create at least short-term inflation pressures, and moreover, they act as a tax on household purchasing power and reduce consumption spending, and that also is a drag on the economy.” His cautionary tone matches the warnings we heard from NY Fed Head Dudley earlier this week. It seems the FOMC members are trying to make sure investors know the economic recovery is not a ‘sure thing’ and we will certainly hit some bumps on our road to recovery. Higher oil prices are creating a strong head wind which the US economic recovery is going to have to struggle against, and Bernanke and his partners on the FOMC are hoping the rising prices are just a quick gust which we can pedal through. Leaders of the European Union also continue to battle headwinds in their economic recovery. A report out this morning showed Euro-area services and manufacturing output shrank more than expected during March. The euro-area purchasing manager’s composite index fell to 48.7 from 49.3, with any reading below 50 indicating a contraction. But this data was offset a bit by an earlier report that showed German investor sentiment surged to a 21 month high. The euro also caught some love from the US financial leaders. Both Treasury Secretary Geithner and Fed Chairman Bernanke told the US congressmen that the risk from Europe’s debt crisis is fading. “In the past few months, financial stresses in Europe have lessened, which has contributed to an improved tone of financial markets around the world, including in the United States,” Bernanke said. Treasury Secretary Geithner went on to say “The European economies at the center of the crisis have made very significant progress.” But Secretary Geithner also warned that slower growth which is being predicted for the EU will have a negative impact on future growth here in the US. I haven’t written about the Japanese yen all week, but a report on Japan’s trade has finally given me a reason to visit the yen. Japan reported their first trade surplus in five months on higher than forecast exports. The news adds to growing evidence that the world’s third largest economy is finally growing again. Japan reported a trade surplus of 32.9 billion yen, a sharp reversal of a record deficit posted in January. The surplus was even more surprising to analysts who had predicted another trade deficit. Exports to the US were mostly responsible for the surplus, increasing 11.9% in February from a year earlier. Auto exports were the main driver of the increase in shipments to the US. The yen increased slightly vs. the US$ after the surprise news, but pared its gains in early US trading. The yen had been one of the best performing currencies over the past few years, but has reversed course this year dropping nearly 7.5% vs. the US$. At least some of this sell-off in the yen has been due to the re-emergence of the carry trade, where investors borrow and sell low yielding currencies to purchase higher yielding currencies to book the interest rate differential. Carry trades have a fairly close correlation to global growth, with more investors willing to invest in them when they are confident. This is part of the reason the yen has underperformed this year, as investors have sold it while investing into the higher yielding currencies of Australia and New Zealand. It will be interesting to see what will happen to the yen if the Japanese economy recovers. Perhaps these carry trade investors will need to find a different currency to borrow and sell; the euro certainly looks like a plausible alternative. A top official in India’s finance ministry predicted rates may be cut in April. Economic Affairs Secretary R. Gopalan said “If inflation remains at this level after factoring in various things, then interest rate reversals may start in April.” He went on to stress that growth is important, and current interest rate levels are hampering it. Finance officials have been hinting that they are prepared to start cutting rates ever since they left them unchanged at the last meeting on March 15th. India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has taken steps to cut India’s trade deficit, hoping to support the Indian rupee. The main item in his plan is a doubling of the tax on imports of gold. Gold accounts for 14 percent of India’s imports, so the higher tax rate will definitely help the budget. These moves are seen as positive steps for the Indian economy, in spite of the protests from jewelers who closed their shops for five days. Investors should be encouraged by the Finance Minister’s plans to reduce the current account and budget deficits, and the currency should benefit from the rising economic fundamentals. Indian interest rates are among the highest offered, second only to those in Brazil. Higher rates have helped propel the Indian rupee to a 3.61% increase this year. The commodity currencies of Australia and New Zealand were off slightly after a report signaled Chinese manufacturing will contract for a fifth month. The report, authored by HSBC, showed a Purchasing Managers Index fell to 48.1 in March, the lowest level in four months. This indicates Chinese manufacturing is continuing to contract. The New Zealand dollar was also sold off after a report showed GDP rose .3% during the last quarter of 2011, slightly below economist’s estimates of a .6% growth. The slower growth figure dampened expectations that Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Alan Bollard would increase rates by September of this year. The kiwi has had a 4% increase in value vs. the US$ this year on the back of these interest rate expectations, so we could see a further pull back by the kiwi. To recap… It is Chuck’s Birthday. The dollar moved higher on ‘safe haven’ buying after Bernanke and Geithner warned that higher gas prices would have a negative impact on US growth. Existing home sales were disappointing and reports out of Europe showed manufacturing is shrinking. Japan reported a trade surplus for the first time in a while, helping to push the yen higher. India’s top finance minister is predicting rates will be cut in April, and a tax on Gold imports is set to double in April. Finally, New Zealand GDP increased less than predicted in the 4th quarter of 2011, causing some to predict rates will be stay put through 2012. Currencies today 3/22/2012. American Style: A$ $1.0378, kiwi .8086, C$ $1.0045, euro 1.3163, sterling 1.5807, Swiss $1.0919. European Style: rand 7.7197, krone 5.7892, SEK 6.7673, forint 223.21, zloty 3.1682, koruna 18.8187, RUB 29.421, yen 82.89, sing 1.2671, HKD 7.7652, INR 51.165, China 6.2994, pesos 12.8224, BRL 1.8180, Dollar Index 79.827, Oil $106.05, 10-year 2.26%, Silver $31.8775, and Gold $1,635.99. That’s it for today… Happy Birthday to Chuck! I’m sure he is probably enjoying his coffee sitting on his patio or on the beach looking out at the ocean. His family is down in Florida to celebrate with him, so I’m sure they will have a great time. We will be celebrating here with Chinese for lunch! The Blues lost a tough one, but are still leading all other NHL teams going into the end of the season. I hope everyone has a Tub Thumping Thursday, and thanks for reading the Pfennig!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

A coalition of state attorneys general is suing th

first_imgA coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration for weakening the federal nutrition standards for school meals that are fed to about 30 million children across the country.”Over a million children in New York — especially those in low-income communities and communities of color — depend on the meals served daily by their schools to be healthy, nutritious, and prepare them for learning,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. Joining James in the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont. As we’ve reported, last year the Trump administration gave school lunch administrators more flexibility in serving up refined grains, including white breads, biscuits and white pastas. The move weakened standards set during the Obama administration aimed at serving more nutritious and fiber-dense whole grains, which are a key part of a healthy diet. In addition, the Trump administration put the brakes on targets to reduce the amount of salt allowed in school meals. At the time, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wrote: “If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is being wasted.”But public health advocates have cried foul. “The ‘flexibilities’ the administration is offering [schools] are both unnecessary and undermining,” Laura MacCleery, policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said. Her group has also filed a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland. The suit argues that the U.S. Department of Agriculture violated the National School Lunch Act. The group argues that the weakened standards put millions of children at greater risk of health problems associated with a diet that’s high in sodium and low in whole grains. “When I think about what policies are available to move the needle on the health of kids, this is the big one,” MacCleery says. “The Trump administration is blowing it.”Letitia James echoes this: “The Trump Administration has undermined key health benefits for our children — standards for salt and whole grains in school meals — with deliberate disregard for science, expert opinion, and the law,” she wrote in a statement announcing the lawsuit.The School Nutrition Association, which represents 58,000 school nutrition professionals, has pushed for and supports the changes made by the Trump administration’s final rule on school meal “flexibilities.” “SNA appreciates USDA’s efforts to preserve strong standards to benefit students while addressing long-standing challenges to ensure they choose and consume healthy school meals,” SNA President Gay Anderson said in a statement. School nutrition directors have argued that it’s tough to implement changes that may turn kids off, so they need more time to figure out how to lower sodium levels and boost whole grains. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Is It Time to Call Tesla the Future of Made In America

first_img Next Article Ford Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Olivier Le Queinec / Shutterstock.com Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 10, 2014 Guest Writer 3 min read Add to Queue Is It Time to Call Tesla the Future of Made In America? Not Quite. When you think car and you think America, what comes to mind?If it was Ford’s F-150 pickup truck, than you’re on the money. (I mean, check it out: pretty darn American looking). In addition to being the country’s top selling vehicle last year, the pickup truck also landed in the top spot on Cars.com’s American-Made index, which measures how “American” a car is based on factors like where the car’s parts come from, whether the car is assembled in the U.S. and if it is bought in large numbers by American consumers.But according to a recent report by Morgan Stanley, Ford F-150 better watch its tail lights. Why? Tesla is fast approaching. The report predicts that once the Elon Musk-led company opens its $6 billion battery factory, Tesla vehicles will zoom into the top spot.Related: Elon Musk Admits to ‘Conversations’ With Apple About TeslaDoes this mean the future of Made in America, as Quartz reports, lies in Musk’s hands?It all depends on how you define “Made in America.” If the motivation behind the Made in America movement is job creation — that American manufacturers need to keep and create more jobs here — then the answer is no, probably not.  At least not for a while.That’s because, despite the amount of press Tesla and Elon Musk get, it’s still a fringe player in the automotive industry.Sales of Tesla’s battery-powered vehicles, priced from about $70,000, totaled around 22,450 last year. “With 6,900 deliveries in the [fourth] quarter [Tesla’s Model S sedan] is still a niche vehicle,” Kevin Tynan, an auto analyst for Bloomberg Industries told Bloomberg. According to the company’s annual report, as of December 31, 2013, it had 2,964 full-time employees world-wide. (The percentage of those employees who work in the U.S. was not released in the report. An inquiry to Tesla was not immediately returned).Related: Can Consumers Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to the U.S.?Meanwhile, Ford sold a total of 6.3 million vehicles last year, with 3.1 million in North America alone. The company employed 181,000 people globally, with 84,000 of those employees working in North America (while the report did not specifically list the number of American employees, a 2011 estimate put the automotive maker at employing 65,000 Americans, a number that has surely grown as the auto industry has continued to recover since the recession).Once Tesla sets up its so-called “gigafactory,” the company predicts that it will employ an additional 6,500 Americans. But that’s not slated to happen until 2020, by the company’s own estimate (Tesla has yet to narrow down the factory’s location to a single state).All of this is to say that even if Tesla eventually does manage to nab the top spot on Cars.com’s “American-Made index,” let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Larger, if admittedly less flashy, auto makers are still embodying the term “made in America” to the fullest. Which, in our estimation, rests less on the concept that their car parts are assembled in the U.S. and more on the fact that they continue to employ a whole ton of Americans.Related: Secrets of the 10 Most-Trusted Brands Laura Entislast_img read more

In Risky Move Microsoft to Open NYC Flagship Right Near Apples

first_img September 29, 2014 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer 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 Locationcenter_img 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Laura Entis A Microsoft store is coming to Fifth Avenue.While the company currently has more than 100 retail stores in North America, its Fifth Avenue location will be its first in Manhattan, the company confirmed to The Wall Street Journal.”As our first flagship store, it will serve as the centerpiece of our Microsoft Stores experience,” David Porter, corporate vice president for Microsoft retail stores, wrote in a blog post. “This is a goal we’ve had since day one—we were only waiting for the right location. And now we have it.”The location is expensive, prestigious and certainly makes a statement. It’s also just a few blocks away from Apple’s flagship New York store, where lines for new Apple product launches often run blocks deep.Related: This Tool Promises to Find the Best Location for Your BusinessFor a company often accused of being perpetually late to the game, Microsoft’s decision to open its Manhattan flagship store a few blocks away from Apple’s flagship, which opened over eight years ago, is an interesting choice.Since Microsoft opened its first retail location in 2009, the software company has been steadily ramping up the number of physical stores it operates. While a large percentage of what Microsoft sells are services, not physical items, customers can purchase products such as Surface Pro, Windows Phones, Xbox One at its retail stores, as well as visit a “help desk” (pretty much the equivalent of Apple’s “genius bar”).Still, in this respect, Microsoft is chasing Apple, which opened its first retail store in 2001 and currently has more than 250 stores in the U.S. alone.No word yet on when we can expect the Fifth Avenue location to open, but the company will launch new retail stores in Toronto, Tulsa, OK Bethesda, MD and Cerritos, CA before the year’s end.Related: Wait, What? Microsoft CEO Says Company Needs to Rediscover Its Soul. In Risky Move, Microsoft to Open NYC Flagship Right Near Apple’s Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

European Union to Probe McDonalds Tax Deals With Luxembourg

first_img Add to Queue EU antitrust regulators will investigate McDonald’s tax deals with Luxembourg which enabled the U.S. fastfood chain to escape paying taxes on European franchise royalties from 2009, in a move which could lead to hefty back taxes for the company.The action by the European Commission comes two months after it ordered Luxembourg to recover up to 30 million euros ($32 million) from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Dutch to do the same for Starbucks because their tax deals were seen as unlawful aid.The EU competition enforcer said McDonald’s had not paid any corporate taxes in Luxembourg or the United States on royalties paid by franchisees in Europe and Russia since 2009 as a result of two tax rulings by the Luxembourg authorities.”A tax ruling that agrees to McDonald’s paying no tax on their European royalties either in Luxembourg or in the U.S. has to be looked at very carefully under EU state aid rules,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.”The purpose of double taxation treaties between countries is to avoid double taxation – not to justify double non-taxation.”Luxembourg’s finance ministry said the country had granted no special tax treatment nor selective advantage to McDonald’s and that it would cooperate fully with the investigation.McDonald’s said it complied with all tax rules in Europe and that its companies had paid more than 2.1 billion euros in corporate taxes in the European Union from 2010 to 2014, with an average tax rate of almost 27 percent.It also paid social, real estate and other taxes, while its independent franchises, operators of about 75 percent of its outlets, paid corporate and other taxes.”We are confident that the inquiry will be resolved favorably,” it said in a statement.TWIN RULINGS, NO TAXThe Commission said McDonald’s Europe Franchising was exempted from paying taxes on this income in Luxembourg on the grounds that the profits were subject to taxation in the United States. However, when the ruling was granted in 2009, these profits were not subjected to tax in the United States.In a second ruling, Luxembourg agreed that McDonald’s did not have to prove that this income was subject to U.S. tax, the Commission said.Luxembourg, the Commission said, exempted the profits from taxation there despite knowing that they were in fact not subject to tax in the United States.The case presents yet another headache for Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as Luxembourg developed its favorable tax system during the near quarter-century that he served as the Grand Duchy’s finance minister or prime minister.Vestager’s move against McDonald’s came following critical media reports and evidence from trade unions.”For too long, McDonald’s has stashed billions in tax havens and ducked contributing to state coffers … and it’s time that the company be held accountable” Scott Courtney, organizing director at SEIU, said in a statement.SEIU represents 2 million healthcare, public sector and property service workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.($1 = 0.9471 euros)(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Mark Potter) –shares Next Article Reuters 3 min read Image credit: Tupungato | Shutterstock.com This story originally appeared on Reuters McDonald’s Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. European Union to Probe McDonald’s Tax Deals With Luxembourg Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business December 3, 2015 McDonalds in Copenhagen.last_img read more

Creepy Clown Panic Forces Ronald McDonald Into Witness Protection Program

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Creepy Clown Panic Forces Ronald McDonald Into Witness Protection Program Image credit: Zhang Peng | Getty Images Editorial Director 6 min read Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Lohud.com –shares Franchises October 13, 2016 Entrepreneur Editorial Director Dan Bova writes a weekly humor column for The Journal News, where this story originally appeared. You can see read past columns here and follow him on Twitter or Facebook for weekly updates.What’s white, has crazy hair and is making everyone freak out? No, not Donald Trump. But close. Clowns.In the last couple of weeks, big floppy shoes have spiked on the Noooooo-o-meter. From South Carolina to New York to Iowa, people in at least 14 states have been calling into police, wigged out about people in rainbow wigs roaming the streets.In solidarity with the creeped-out masses, McDonald’s announced its plans to put Ronald on lockdown. A statement sent from spokeswoman Terri Hicke says that the chain’s more than 14,000 locations nationwide are “mindful of the current climate around clown sightings in communities” and “are being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events for the time being.” Gulp!Clown panic has spread to our schools, our restaurants and even into my home. The other night I was heading out to go jogging and my son Henry asked with genuine concern if I was worried about getting jumped by a red-nosed nutcase. I wasn’t. I was more worried about pulling a hamstring than facing a killer Krusty, but I took that as a great excuse to plant myself back down on the couch and sweat my way through some Chopped re-runs. Hamstring held up like a champ.Related:  I Call B.S. on This Motivational PosterMaybe I’m just incredibly brave or incredibly stupid, but what’s the big deal? I feel like at some point in the last 20 years, we as a nation collectively decided that clowns are the most terrifying things on earth.Sure, if they’re carrying a meat cleaver they’re kinda scary, but I think that’s true of really anything carrying a meat cleaver. You give a newborn panda a meat clever and I’m running in the other direction. But just a plain ol’ clown? Eh.If people wearing heavy makeup and idiotic smiles freaks you out, I suggest you steer clear of the Jersey Shore in mid-July.I mean, I wouldn’t be thrilled exactly if I looked out my window at 2 a.m. and saw a dude in a clown suit standing there, but I can think of much more horrifying visitors to see lurking in the moonlight, such as:A property tax assessor: “You fixed that ripped screen door and pulled some weeds? Oh yeah, that’s going to jack your value up 2 or 3 mil easily.”The neighbor’s dog peeing on my tomato plants. “Oh God, we’ve been eating organically grown urineballs all summer!”Billy Bush’s Access Hollywood tour bus.Okay, fine, I guess if I really think about it, sure, I have had some not-so-great clown encounters over the years.The first one that springs to mind is when I was editor of Maxim and I sent one of our staffers, Nick Leftley, to go on tour with Insane Clown Posse.Not familiar with them? They are a hip-hop-ish duo that enjoyed some mainstream success in 2009 with a song called “Miracles” which featured such thought-provoking lyrics as: “Water, fire, air and dirt / Fucking magnets, how do they work?”Long story short: everything went great until the FBI raided the Insane Clown Posse’s show due to suspected gang activity.All I could do was recommend that Nick keep his hands in full view, make no sudden moves and Google “any good lawyers in Detroit?” when he had the chance.Related: Kevin Hart’s 5 Inspiring Secrets to Nonstop Hustling Another clown-counter of the sucky kind came the night my then-2-year-old son Henry came down with a bad case of whatever it is that makes kids cough and drown in their own snot. Overtired and coated in goo, he was freaking out like only a 2-year-old can.The only thing that calmed him down was an Elmo DVD starring Mr. Noodle, a guy who is basically a clown with gigantic pants instead of a wig. Up until that night, I genuinely enjoyed Mr. Noodle’s antics. Mr. Noodle’s deal was that he would always screw up some simple task, like washing his hands or putting on his shoes.“No Mr. Noodle, not like that!” It was funny at first, but after the 45th viewing at 3 in the morning, it became a nerve-shredding nightmare. “Come on, man, shoes go on your feet, not your ears, you effen dipshit!” In desperation, I lunged at the DVD player to turn it off, Henry started crying again and the circle of Hell spun on.Related: 3 Shocking Business Lessons I Learned at Comedy Central’s Rob Lowe RoastOh, and speaking of things that never end, have you been to the Big Apple Circus? It is endless. We took our kids to it a few years back and after an hour and a half of people juggling handkerchiefs and tumblers yelling “hey!” and “oh!” the lights blessedly came up. It was over! I leapt into action.Grab your stuff kids — ditch the popcorn, we’ll make some when we get home. I’ll buy you a soda on the way out, I’ll buy you a pony, let’s just please leave! I stood up and — wham! — came face-to-face with a white-faced, cherry-red-nosed clown. I swallowed a scream and looked around. There was a clown in every aisle. They were everywhere! Oh God, the show wasn’t over at all. This was only intermission and the clowns were grabbing people for audience participation!I’m shaking as I type this. You know what? You’re right McDonald’s, clowns are terrifying. Everybody, lock your doors, hide your pets and children, or better yet, run!Read Bova’s past columns here and follow him on Twitter or Facebook for weekly updates. Next Article America has super-sized its rainbow-wigged wig out. Entrepreneur Staff Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Dan Bova Register Now »last_img read more

Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth

first_imgAARP, ISM, ANA and More Choose ON24 to Educate Members and Drive Sponsorships Through Webinar-Based ProgramsWith 51% of associations reporting flat or declining membership and nearly 40% saying a lack of engagement is the reason members don’t renew, national associations like AARP, The American Nurse Association (ANA), Institute of Supply Management, and ESMO, are turning to ON24, the marketing technology leader helping associations create live, always-on and personalized digital experiences to facilitate awareness, provide value to members, and increase revenue streams.Associations have traditionally relied on in-person chapter events and regional conferences for member engagement. In the digital age, associations are evolving to use webinar programs powered by the ON24 Platform for their programming, certifications, and training needs. Webinars give associations the ability to engage global audiences and provide members with valuable content. Additionally, webinars optimize resources, by saving associations time and money while attracting more sponsorship and revenue opportunities.“Associations depend on ON24 to help connect with and provide value to their unique memberships,” says Joe Hyland, CMO, ON24. “We’re proud to help associations better understand their audience and members, to create high value content, provide insights for potential sponsors, adapt to new industry trends and more. It’s a true win-win: members get more insightful, relevant content, while associations better understand their key stakeholders.”Marketing Technology News: Expanse Appoints Sherry Lowe as Chief Marketing OfficerLeading associations accelerate their growth and reach through ON24, achieving the following outcomes and results:Creating Scale, Optimizing Efficiency: For its flagship webinar during National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association’s achieved more than 11,000 registrations through ON24 — an increase of more than 40% over the previous year. The webinar featured a live video broadcast to more than 6,000 viewers in 4,500 locations. It reduced time spent by staff on the event creation by 65% over previous webinar providers.Driving Attendees and Conversions: AARP set an all-time high for registrants thanks to ON24, with nearly 14,000 people signed up for its “The Health Care Law: What It Means for People with Medicare” webcast. The event also experienced a greater than 50% registrant to attendee conversion rate.Saving time and money: ESMO achieved an estimated 25% savings over its previous webinar solution. Along with a lower-priced webinar platform, there were additional labor and time savings from not having to deal with accessibility and technical issues.Building community with stakeholders is crucial for these organizations, and webinars serve as a key touchpoint for association memberships.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership“My members can’t stop complimenting us on how much they love attending our new webinars and classes,” says Tom Martin, Director, Learning Solutions, Institute for Supply Management, which has 50,000 members across 100 countries. “ON24 has been key to making our members fall in love with us all over again.”ON24 sees the benefits of its platform as well. Thanks to a webinar-first marketing program, the company announced it’s rapidly approaching $100 million in ARR and it now serves more than 2,000 customers worldwide, including 40 of the Fortune 100. The company reached more than 1 billion engagement minutes in 2018 and is a truly global solution across industries. ON24 now serves 9 out of the top 10 technology companies, 7 out of the 10 asset management firms, 6 out of the top 10 accounting firms, and 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.Marketing Technology News: Criteo Direct Bidder Support Announced for Accelerated Mobile Pages Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 7:11 pmJune 21, 2019 AARPAmerican Nurse AssociationJoe HylandMarketing TechnologyNewsON24 Previous ArticleInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerceNext ArticleAdaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscriberslast_img read more

Tokio Marine Nichido Selects Salesforce to Exceed Customer Expectations at Every Touchpoint

first_img crmMarketing TechnologyNewsNichido Fire InsuranceSalesforceTokio Marine Previous ArticleOptimizely Announces Series D Funding Led by Goldman Sachs, Catapulting Digital Experience Optimization Into the MainstreamNext ArticleActiveViam Receives Investment from Guidepost Growth Equity Tokio Marine & Nichido Selects Salesforce to Exceed Customer Expectations at Every Touchpoint PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 5:53 pmJune 24, 2019 Leading Insurance Provider in Japan Deploys Salesforce to Support Its 50,000 Insurance Agencies and One Million Insurance AgentsSalesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced that Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.—one of the largest property and casualty insurance providers in Japan—selected Salesforce to unify every customer touchpoint across its corporate and sales, call centers, insurance agencies and marketing divisions onto a single CRM platform. With Salesforce, Tokio Marine & Nichido will get a 360-degree view of its customers, a deeper understanding of their needs and the ability to deliver highly personalized products and services at scale.The pace of innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution has led to high demand for financial services companies to provide customer experiences that meet diverse needs. To address this shift, Tokio Marine & Nichido established a mid-term business plan entitled, “To Be a Good Company 2020—’Becoming No. 1 in Quality’ Exceeding Customers’ Expectations.” The plan is the company’s commitment to using new technologies to enhance its products and services and transform customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: Whitebox Raises $5 Million in Series A Funding to Accelerate eCommerce “Factory Floor to Front Door” Tech PlatformTokio Marine & Nichido selected Salesforce to support its 50,000 insurance agencies and one million insurance agents in Japan. With Salesforce, the agencies will have the technology they need to get a complete view of their customers and their needs, and the agents will have the tools to increase productivity and build deeper, trusted customer relationships. In addition, the company is unifying its business on Salesforce across its corporate and sales, call centers, insurance agencies and marketing divisions—bringing every customer touchpoint onto a single CRM platform to deliver personalized engagement at scale and exceed customer expectations every step of the way.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019“The insurance industry is going through a period of transformational change as policyholders demand seamless and transparent experiences with insurance companies,” said Rohit Mahna, SVP and GM, Salesforce Financial Services. “They expect their insurance agent to know their individual needs and provide personalized service at every touchpoint. We are excited to partner with Tokio Marine on their journey to becoming a true customer-focused company and help them navigate the changing industry landscape.”Tokio Marine & Nichido’s digital transformation with Salesforce includes Salesforce Financial Services Cloud, Community Cloud, Einstein Analytics, Marketing Cloud, Pardot and the Salesforce Lightning Platform.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small Businesseslast_img read more

Liva Healthcare appoints Dr Roger Henderson to tackle Type 2 diabetes

first_imgSimon Pickup, managing director at Liva Healthcare, comments on the appointment of Dr Roger Henderson: Oct 9 2018Liva Healthcare, the digital health platform designed to tackle Type 2 diabetes, has appointed Dr Roger Henderson as UK medical director. Dr Henderson will be responsible for overseeing clinical governance of Liva’s Type 2 diabetes prevention and treatment program which is used by the NHS, leading insurers and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, Dr Henderson will be responsible for ensuring patient safety and advising on any clinical issues.Liva is a digital health platform supported by a physical, personal health coach to help patients reach their personal lifestyle goals and prevent and roll back chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. In 2017, Liva was chosen as one of five technology providers to pilot the digital stream of the NHS Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Program.Dr Henderson qualified as a doctor from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London 1985. He has over 30 years of medical experience having worked as a GP since 1990. Until recently, Dr Henderson was the senior GP in a six-doctor general practice in Shropshire, running a main surgery and two branch surgeries, as well as teaching both medical students and GP registrars from Keele medical school. During his time as a GP, Dr Henderson developed a specialism in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and was the lead diabetes GP in his surgery. Dr Henderson has been involved with many health advisory boards, both in the UK and globally, and regularly chairs and moderates at international health conferences around the world.In addition, Dr Henderson has been the health columnist for the Sunday Times, the Spectator and a number of other newspapers and magazines. He has published a number of books including ‘Stress Beaters; 100 Proven Ways to Manage Stress’, ‘100 ways to live to 100’ and ‘Over 50 Men’s Health Check’. His most recent books, ‘Pregnancy for Dummies’ and ‘Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies’ were released to critical acclaim.Dr. Roger Henderson, UK medical director at Liva Healthcare, comments: Dr Henderson is a fantastic addition to the Liva UK team. His extensive knowledge of the treatment and management of patients with diabetes brings a layer of senior medical experience to the company and provides reassurance and support to both patients and Liva health coaches alike. I look forward to working with Roger to further expand Liva’s offering across the UK.” Throughout my career I have seen first-hand that Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, unless the individual is motivated to change. I am therefore delighted to be working with Liva, an innovative company that provides a fantastic, results-driven approach to both the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes.The reality is that the current financial cost of diabetes to the health service is unsustainable. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes has a unique capability of being reversible through lifestyle changes to diet and exercise. I look forward to working with the Liva team to deliver the lifestyle intervention program and help expand Liva further both in the UK and abroad.” Source:https://livahealthcare.com/last_img read more