CC Flickr Picnic food by Mark H. Anbinderby Joanna ManeroAlthough the summer is winding down and coming to an end, Labor Day is always a nice last hoorah. It’s the perfect time to squeeze in one last picnic or trip to the lake or beach with the family. Before embarking on the family fun, check out these picnic tips to make sure everyone enjoys their break without too many trips to the bathroom. Don’t forget your food safety!Keep your hands clean– It can be tricky to wash your hands in an outdoor setting. If facilities aren’t available, plan ahead and bring hand wipes or sanitizer to use before handling food.Keep cool things cool– If you have cold items, like potato salad or condiments, keep them in the cooler. Keep the cooler in a shaded area and try to limit excessively opening the cooler to maintain cold temperature. Keep ice packs or ice cubes in the cooler and everything in an air tight container to avoid cooler water from getting in the food.Don’t over-pack– Try to bring only the food you think you and your family will eat. Don’t overpack food, to avoid dealing with leftovers.Leftovers– If you happen to have leftovers, place them in sealed containers and stick them in a cooler to avoid leaving them in the temperature danger zone, the temperature range in which bacteria grow most rapidly, for too long.Save condiment packages– If you can, save a few small condiment packages from fast food restaurants or cafes to stick in your picnic basket. It’ll take up less room and will be easier to share.Reverse pack your basket– Pack food items on the bottom of the basket with paper plates, silverware, and a tablecloth on top. This way you will have a place to put your food when you get to it.GrillingMarinate– Make sure you marinate your food in the fridge and not on the counter at room temperature. Don’t reuse marinade as sauce to pour over meat. You can separate part of the marinade before using it on raw meat to pour over the finished meat later.Keep raw meat items separate– If you can, assign them their own cooler to keep food from cross-contamination. If not, double bag meat items in air tight containers.Always cook food thoroughly– If you are doing any grilling, make sure food is cooked all the way through. Although a meat thermometer is unlikely, cut the thickest piece of meat to evaluate if it is cooked thoroughly.Avoid cross-contamination– Make sure you have different utensils for cooked and raw products.I hope you found some of these tips fun and useful as you prepare for your last few family outings for the summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray! Most importantly, make the most of the summer before the kids go back to school.Check out the following websites for more tips and tricks for the perfect picnic! https://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/content/picnic-safetyhttps://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/Consumers/ucm109899.htmhttps://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/seasonal-recipes/how-to-plan-the-perfect-picnic This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputs
Lake Tahoe was taken by storm on July 17th when 13 of the greatest names in sports and entertainment battled for the title of Korbel Hole-in-One Champion.Todd Kennedy, Korbel; Sue Novasel, District Five Supervisor; Gary Heck, Korbel; Willie Robertson, Duck DynastyWith a powerful drive, Duck Dynasty Star Willie Robertson landed 12 feet 1 inch away from the pin, taking home the victory for this fourth-annual competition.In honor of Robertson’s win, The Korbel Toast Life Foundation donated $5,000 to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.The Hole-in-One Competition took place on Hole 17 and is a featured event at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, currently being played at the Edgewood Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.Close behind finishing in second place, Golf Channel Host Lisa Cornwell put her All-American golf champion skills to the test with a distance of 13 feet 9 inches from the pin. Coming in third with 14 feet 5 inches and not far off was Former MLB All-Star Pitcher David Wells.Other entertainment idols competing for the win included Nine-Time Grammy Award Winner Justin Timberlake, who won over the crowd with his smooth dance moves as he prepared to tee off. Comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Rob Riggle also had fans amused as their hilarious remarks provided a soundtrack to the afternoon. Season Nineteen Dancing with the Stars Champion Alfonso Ribeiro added to the excitement as he heckled with participants and stirred up the competition.In addition, Former NFL Pro Bowl Champions Joe Theismann, A.J. Hawk and Mark Rypien exhibited fierce drives down the fairway to beat out the majority of competitors. Although he wasn’t closest to the pin, Former NBA Forward Shane Battier was a fan favorite as he took his best shot at the Hole-in-One Champion title. Fans ultimately gave their support to Bush Center Wounded Warrior Champion Chad Pfeifer, last year’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship fifth place winner. Although Pfeifer was beat out by competitors, the crowd offered a standing ovation for his service to our country.“The fourth-annual celebrity Hole-in-One competition is an opportunity to close out the first round with a lively, crowd pleasing contest to support a worthwhile cause like the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and raise a glass to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship,” said Gary Heck, small owner and small president of Korbel Champagne Cellars.Source:PR Newswire
Kolkata: Officials of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has lodged a complaint with the West Midnapore police claiming that a person identified as Santanu Roy is collecting money from the customers in the district posing himself as a staff member of the WBSEDCL.A villager, who was duped by the accused, also registered a complaint at the local police station in this regard. On the basis of the complaint, the district police have arrested Roy who is a resident of Tatarpur village of West Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of the villagers from the district alleged that the accused introduced himself as a WBSEDCL employee and has been collecting money from them. The matter came to light after Biswanath Soren a customer from Tatarpur village registered a complaint with the station manager of Ramjibanpur mentioning how he was duped by the accused. In his complaint, Soren said that Roy went to his house and collected Rs 7,100 claiming himself as an employee of the Customer Care Centre of the WBSEDCL. Initially, the Soren family mistook Roy as the WBSEDCL staffer but later they found that the accused had duped them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter going through the complaint from the customer, the senior officials of the WBSEDCL in the district found that the accused was neither a staffer nor he had any connection with the customer care centre of Ramjibanpur. The WBSEDCL had also suffered a huge revenue loss due to the extortion of money from the customers in the district. A senior official of the WBSEDCL in the district registered the complaint with the CK Town police station narrating the incident. . The investigating officers are interrogating the accused to ascertain the modus operandi. They are also trying to know if some other persons in involved in the incident.
OSU junior forward Alexa Hart (22) and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland (right) cheer a teammates’ basket on March 3 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director
Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s four-game losing streak and if it will become a five-game one after the Purdue game, and if there is a end to the losing ways in the near future. Wyatt and Colin also talk about Ohio State men’s hockey’s sweep against then-No. 13 Penn State and how the team looks ready for another deep tournament run, as well as women’s basketball’s recent defeat against Michigan.
Aleksandr Golovin’s mother confirmed that the 22-year-old player is, in fact, in talks with Chelsea, but a potential move can only be completed after the World Cup.This summer’s tournament revealed Aleksandr Golovin to the world and sparked the interest of the Blues. The offensive midfielder plays for the CSKA Moscow, but could be moving to London tight after the end of World Cup.As Goal reported, Golovin’s mother confirmed the rumors of the club’s interest: “Yes, now there are talks between the clubs, but we still do not know the details.”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Sacha right now stands only for the Russian team, fully focused on the World Cup. The transition from one club to another will only be discussed after it is completed here.”Juventus is also one potential candidate for signing the Russian star. But Chelsea could top the other clubs’ bids, offering €30 million to CSKA Moscow.
The government shut down since December 2018. Pool Federal workers have begun asking for help on GoFundMe as a government shutdown nears the three-week mark.Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages as they seek help in meeting their expenses, said a GoFundMe spokeswoman in an email statement. Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries.”We deploy proprietary technical tools and have multiple processes in place to verify the identity of campaign organizers and the beneficiary of the campaign,” said the spokeswoman. “Before money is transferred, an individual’s information, including their banking information, must be verified by our payment processor.”A search on the site for the term “government shutdown” returned more than 1,650 results. The campaigns have raised approximately $150,000 in total, according to the platform’s spokeswoman.”It’s affecting over hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the US in different federal agencies,” Brandon Taijeron, a Department of Justice employee whose story was included in The Guardian article, wrote on his GoFundMe page. “I’m on my last leg as far as finances being taken care of, putting food on the table, making sure my wife and son have everything they need, getting to and from work even though we’re not getting paid right now.”The government shutdown started in December because the House and Senate couldn’t come to agreement on funding President Donald Trump’s $5 billion border wall, according to CBS News. Over 420,000 government staff are reportedly working without pay.First published on Jan. 10, 5:50 p.m. PT.Updates on Jan. 11, 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds GoFundMe spokeswoman statement. Politics Digital Media Internet Services 30 Comments Share your voice Tags
.Poor people will get more allowances in the next fiscal 2018-2019 (FY19) as the government is going to increase the allocation for the Social Safety Net Programme, officials said.”The coverage of the Social Safety Net Programme will be increased. As well as, the amount for the programme will also be increased in the next budget,” finance secretary Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury told BSS.The government is likely to increase the amount by around Tk. 100 billion in the upcoming fiscal for giving the poor people a comfortable living, he added.In the outgoing fiscal 2017-18, the government allocated Tk. 542.06 billion for the Social Safety Net Programme, which was 13.50 per cent of the total budget and 2.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).The finance secretary said the government will increase the coverage of old age allowance. From FY19, about four million people will get the old age allowance which is now around 3.5 million, he added. “We will increase the coverage of every scheme, side by side the amount will also be increased,” he said.Muslim Chowdhury said the expansion of the safety net will bring more poverty-stricken people under the programme and help alleviate poverty.In order to increase the social security coverage and improve living standards of the poor, he said, the government has taken the initiative to widen the programme.By strengthening the social safety net programmes, benefits of the national growth will be taken to all, he added.Social Safety Net Programme has mainly been undertaken to assist the poor and the disadvantaged people. Under the programme, around 7 million poor people are receiving allowances under 118 schemes.Out of the total beneficiaries, around 600,000 poor women are receiving maternity allowances across the country. Around 75 per cent of the allocation is being transferred in cash.The government has also launched “MIS integrated G2P” payment system to give the allowances to the poor people within a short time and without hassle.Finance minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the Government to Person (G2P) payment system on Thursday by giving maternity allowance to over 8,000 poor women under seven upazillas across the country.The payment system will gradually cover all beneficiaries of the country.
Popular on Variety Facebook just announced a major addition to the line-up for its Oculus Quest VR headset: Google is bringing its Tilt Brush virtual reality (VR) drawing app to the standalone headset, which is widely expected to become commercially available in the coming weeks.“When we learned that Oculus was building a cord-free standalone headset, we knew we had to bring Tilt Brush to Quest,” said Google product manager Elisabeth Morant in an interview published by Facebook Wednesday. “This new form factor will unlock completely new opportunities for our artists to create.”Tilt Brush has been one of the most popular VR apps on a number of headsets ever since it was first released on the HTC Vive back in 2016. Initially developed by a startup, Tilt Brush was acquired by Google in 2015. The app made its way to Facebook’s Oculus Rift in 2017. The Quest will be the first mobile standalone headset to run Tilt Brush, and porting it to the less powerful device came with some challenges, according to Morant. “Most of our work porting Tilt Brush to Quest focused on performance improvements.”However, the final result won’t be all that different from Tilt Brush on PC-based headsets, she said: “Tilt Brush on Quest should look and feel pretty much the same as the Rift version, with a few small tweaks.”In addition to Tilt Brush, Facebook has been able to secure a number of other popular VR apps for the Quest. These include Beat Saber, Superhot, Dead and Buried II, Dance Central and more. ×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
After the four successful attempts of the home fashion business exhibition, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India marked the beginning of their fifth co-located exhibition at Pragati Maidan on June 27.Organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs, India; the three-day exhibition was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India along with Raj Manek, Executive Director of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd, Shantmanu, (IAS) Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles and the other dignitaries present at the ceremony. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the participation of more than 150 top manufacturers and suppliers of the home textiles and interior industry from India, China, Indonesia, Switzerland and Thailand – the exhibition is ready to showcase the newly launched products of the start-ups and the reputed companies like D’decor, Reliance, Aditya Birla etc.Besides giving business opportunities to all the small and big companies, the fair will be the ideal forum arraying the plethora of modern designs, decor themes, art, colour trends and unique ideas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the inauguration, Ajay Tamta said: “I’m glad to be present here at the inauguration of the 5th edition of Heimtextil and Ambiente India trade fairs. It’s an honour for Indian handlooms and textiles to be presented here and I’d like to congratulate Messe Frankfurt for this initiative.””India has been a part of this global event since the past editions and I also got a chance to attend it in Germany. It has been creating job opportunities for small-scale handloom and textile artists. This yearly event also gives a push to Indian economy – both for handlooms and handicrafts industry,” he further added. Welcoming the exhibitors and the guests, Raj Mane said, “Every edition of the co-located show has successfully managed to curate exclusive programmes for the benefit of its buyers and exhibitors. Along with a host of new displays, zones and insightful sessions, this edition has a specially designed pavilion by ‘Cohands’ that will display India’s legacy in art and design by highly acclaimed National Awardees.”After lighting the lamp and following the welcoming ceremony, all the esteemed guests along with the Minister of State for Textiles proceeded for a guided tour on the site. The Minister and the other guests visited the stall setups and interacted with the participants about their product and experience in the industry.The exhibition will give the exposure from various experience zones to informative panel discussions with famed International speakers like French designer, David Landart and Finnish designer Susanna Björklund on luxury living. Heimtextil India and Ambiente India 2018 will fill the participants with insightful business knowledge, current and future trends of home fashion craft, and innovative solutions in the interior décor and textile sectors.The exhibition is strongly supported by government and industry associations like Ministry of Textiles, Government of India,Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Royal Thai Embassy, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP), Buying Agents Association (BAA), Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Guild of Designers & Artists (GDA), Hospitality Purchase Managers Forum (HPMF), Home Textile Association (HTA) and All India Wallpaper Covering Association (AIWA). The exhibition will be open until June 29.
LAS VEGAS — At one time Las Vegas was synonymous with free drinks and $4.99 all-you-can-eat buffets. After all, you didn’t come here for the food; you came here to gamble.Times have changed. Now tourists come to Vegas for the ‘food porn,’ with perhaps the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs and world-class restaurants than any other city in the world.It all started with Wolfgang Puck, the first celeb chef to open shop in Vegas more than 20 years ago, with his flagship restaurant Spago in Caesars’ Forum Shops.Since then Vegas has evolved into a true foodie destination. And Vegas Uncork’d – an annual four-day food, wine and spirits festival presented by Bon Appetit, now in its 11th year – celebrates this reinvention.This year’s event saw some of the world’s top culinary talent – including Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, José Andrés, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Colicchio, Charlie Palmer and Wolfgang Puck – showcase their signature dishes.Kicking off ‘The Grand Tasting’ on April 28 was an announcement by multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay. “We are opening the most amazing Hell’s Kitchen restaurant here at Caesars Palace,” he told a crowd of media and onlookers. This marks Ramsay’s fifth Las Vegas restaurant and extends his partnership with Caesars Entertainment.“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” he said, “but more importantly the position of that restaurant is going to be magnificent, it’s going to be set like a studio, it’s going to have the infamous red kitchen, blue kitchen … catching the live essence of that magic that’s gone into 19 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen.”Ramsay then ignited a 17-foot pitchfork – transported from the set of his hit TV show – in the centre of Caesars’ fountains. The new restaurant, slated to open this winter, will seat nearly 300 guests, feature indoor and Strip-adjacent patio dining and offer a daily themed brunch, dinner and bar menu – featuring several dishes featured on the show.‘The Grand Tasting’ followed in the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace, where food enthusiasts gathered for an “epicurean experience of a lifetime,” with more than 50 chefs and 2,500 paying guests (tickets cost US$260). Dishes ranged from Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill’s fish and chips to TAO Asian Bistro’s crispy pork bao buns and Eggslut’s egg, cheese and cream concoction in a mini-jar.‘The Grand Tasting’. Credit: LVCVA.Vegas Uncork’d also featured intimate tastings for ticketholders, including brunch with celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis. The brunch, served at her first and only namesake restaurant, GIADA at The Cromwell, included four courses showcasing her California-inspired Italian cuisine with chia seed parfait, waldorf panzanella salad, salmon cake benedict and rose semifreddo.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaWhen asked why she chose to open her namesake restaurant here in Vegas, she pointed to the view of the Strip from her restaurant windows: “For this.”Giada is one of the few female celebrity chefs on the Strip – and was given an opportunity to build a restaurant from scratch, which is a rarity in Vegas. “Vegas is like Disneyland for adults,” Giada told a group of media during the brunch. “I couldn’t do this in any other city in the world – it would be gimmicky.” During Vegas Uncork’d, she also revealed plans for a second restaurant in Vegas, one which will offer more casual dining.Other chefs also hosted intimate tastings, including Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, who treated guests to a three-course brunch, and Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu, also in Caesars Palace, who showed guests his inventive approach to sushi-making that fuses classic techniques with unexpected ingredients.New to Vegas Uncork’d this year was ‘Picnic in The Park,’ at MGM Resorts International’s newest outdoor dining and entertainment district, featuring chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Tom Colicchio, Shawn McClain, Rick Moonen, Roy Ellamar, Akira Back, Bryce Shuman and David Werly.Picnic in The Park. Credit: LVCVA.Highlighting the new outdoor event venue between Monte Carlo and New York-New York, ‘Picnic in The Park’ offered creative twists on classic picnic dishes, along with champagne provided by Veuve Clicquot. Plus, there was giant Jenga, cornhole and croquet.This was followed by ‘Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bonbons & Booze’ at The Palazzo’s Aquatic Club, featuring baker and TV personality Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro. The event brought together chefs from restaurants in The Venetian and The Palazzo – Buddy V’s Ristorante, Bouchon, Carnevino, Hong Kong Café, Lagasse’s Stadium, LAVO, Mercato della Pescheria, SushiSamba and TAO – to offer up their unique take on beignets or bonbons.Chefs from Venetian. Credit: LVCVAFollowing his appearance on the red carpet – which featured a backdrop of more than 2,000 doughnuts – Valastro spoke about his experience at Vegas Uncork’d.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“It’s a real surreal moment for me, you have the most amazing chefs from all over the world in one city … it’s a really humbling experience to be able to be in the presence of such amazing chefs,” he told the crowd.Valastro opened his first restaurant, Buddy V’s Ristorante, in The Palazzo three years ago, which features home-style Italian cuisine with dishes based on favourite recipes from his mom, aunts and grandmother (not to mention the Cake Boss’s famous desserts, such as cannoli, Nutella cake and lobster tail pastry).Also during the ‘Sweet Escape’ event, Valastro introduced Top Chef Masters’ Lorena Garcia, set to open her flagship restaurant Chica this Mother’s Day in Restaurant Row at The Venetian — perhaps the most anticipated restaurant to open in Vegas this spring.“The day that I learned my flagship restaurant was going to be at The Venetian, I couldn’t contain my tears, I’ve been crying since then,” she told the crowd. Chica will feature Latin American cuisine with influences from her native Venezuela all the way to Argentina – including Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. Garcia will be the first female celebrity chef to share space in The Venetian alongside Wolfgang Puck, Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.Vegas Uncork’d will be back in 2018. In the meantime, foodies can travel to Vegas year-round to experience signature dishes from celebrity chefs in flagship restaurants – no gambling required. << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 19, 2017 Posted by Share Tags: Culinary Tourism, Las Vegas Vegas Uncork’d unveils latest culinary hotspots Vawn Himmelsbach About Latest Posts Vawn HimmelsbachContributor at TravelweekVawn Himmelsbach has been writing about travel for more than a decade for media outlets such as CBC.ca, Metro News, Flare, Sweet Travel, PlanetEye Traveler and Hotelier, among others. She is co-founder of Chic Savvy Travels, a travel website for women, has contributed to a guidebook on China, and has been published in a book of non-fiction, called Emails from India. She has spent more than three years working and traveling abroad in Asia and Latin America. Latest posts by Vawn Himmelsbach (see all) More storefronts, new zero interest payment option for The Travel Agent Next Door – May 7, 2019 Smooth sailing onboard Uniworld’s newest super ship in Bordeaux – April 24, 2019 Sandals promotes social groups with new booking option for agents, perks for clients – January 17, 2019
Italian broadcaster Mediaset has struck out at what it sees as excessively negative press coverage of its first-half results.“Mediaset believes that the tone and the headlines of many business reports in the Italian press commenting on the company’s interim half yearly report for 2012 are simply unacceptable,” said the company. “The Mediaset Group reported a net profit of €43.1 million, nevertheless Italian newspaper readers were given reports in which Mediaset is described as a company in grave difficulty.”The company struck out at coverage from Italian publishing groups that were themselves “facing extremely difficult times” and said that they should “refrain from misinforming public opinion”.
In This Issue. * Nikkei plunges 7.3%.. * Chinese manufacturing contracts. * Two handed economists. * Gold rebounds. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Markets Take What Big Ben Said Hawkishly? Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! What the heck was I thinking, was running through my mind when the alarm went off this morning. In an attempt to relieve Chris from having to write the Pfennig this morning, I told him not to worry about it, I would write it.. All the time knowing that my flight from Houston wasn’t getting in until very, very late.. And that was before all the cancellations! What the heck is going on with the aviation sector? It’s a very long story, so I won’t bore you with the details, but just know that I was ready to raise the white flag and say “you win, you’ve beaten my will”. Darn airlines! OK. The Big news overnight came from China, where the Chinese Purchasing Managers Index (manufacturing) fell to a seven month low of 49.6, which is obviously below the line in the sand demarcation of 50. Any number below 50 represents contraction in the sector. This comes as a bit of a surprise to me. Sure I saw the tea leaves on China’s economic slowdown, but didn’t think it would show such a cooling off of domestic demand. I did think that the external headwinds that face China every day, like Europe and the U.S. would play badly with this data, but the slowdown of domestic demand was a surprise.. This news sent the Japanese Nikkei to the woodshed. The Japanese stock market plunged 7.3% overnight. The Nikkei had been the darling of stock markets ever since the new PM Abe, made his announcement about promoting growth and inflation. Since China is Japan’s biggest trading partner, the Chinese slowdown in manufacturing, really sunk the Nikkei’s battleship. The Nikkei’s plunge is weighing heavily in Europe this morning, and will probably hang like a dark storm cloud over the U.S. stock market too. The other Big news overnight, has been the decision by the Eurozone leaders to cut austerity. the leaders apparently are receiving too much complaining and such, and see their ability to get reelected diminishing. I say that in complete disgust, because the austerity was working. and now when things get tough, the though roll over and look for their bellies to be scratched! Sure the Eurozone economy had contracted since the 3rd QTR of 2011, did these “leaders” really think it wouldn’t, given the massive cuts to spending that they implemented? Well, at least the leaders didn’t say, “we raise the white flag on austerity, and pin our colors to the “stimulus” mast.” At least that’s for now. So. With the weak manufacturing report in China, the plunge of the Nikkei in Japan, and the Eurozone leaders rolling over to get their bellies scratched, the currencies are not having a good day. However, as I write, Gold is up $21 this morning. Of course that’s before the NY boys and girls arrive at their desks and decide whether to play their shell game with Gold again or not. The bias to buy dollars is back on the table after a couple of days of not much movement either way. Yesterday, we had Big Ben Bernanke giving his testimony to the lawmakers on the state of the economy. For us “old timers” this trek to the “hill” by the Fed Chairman used to be called the Humphrey-Hawkins testimony. But that bill requiring the Fed Chairman to make this trip expired many years ago, and since it made so much sense for this to happen twice a year, it has continued. We usually get some real interesting quotes from Big Ben, and yesterday was no exception. Speaking from both sides of his mouth, Big Ben threw a cat among the pigeons by saying, “The Fed could take a step down in our pace of purchases in the next few meetings.” But then threw cold water on that by saying, “A premature tightening of monetary policy could lead interest rates to rise temporarily but would also carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery and causing inflation to fall further.” So. What do you think? Sounds like he was waffling to me. Trying to please everyone with a little bit of this, and little bit of that. it started with a kiss, now we’re up to bat. and so on. These guys like to speak out of both sides of their mouths for sure. My dad used to say they were “two handed economists”. They would say, “on one hand, we could see. , but on the other hand we could see this.” Never really saying what they thought for sure! And the markets’ reaction to the statement by Big Ben? Well, now there you’ve got another pot to stir. You never know how the markets will take something like this, and yesterday was no different, as the markets decided to forget Big Ben’s waffling, and go with a “hawkish” view of his testimony. That was good for the dollar in the immediate reaction to the statement, but has since dissipated a bit. The euro is attempting to eke out some small gains this morning, after getting walloped yesterday. The Eurozone saw some better readings of their latest manufacturing with the index ticking up to 47.8 from 47. Still contraction territory, but an upside surprise should be enough to kick start a currency, as it has this morning with the euro. I told you above about the Nikkei’s plunge, and in the never ending attempt by the Japanese to move in opposite directions than other markets. The Japanese yen is rallying on the Nikkei news. Strange eh? But remember, all the time the Nikkei was rallying the past 3 months, yen was getting passed around like a pack of cigarettes at a prison, and now that the Nikkei has plunged overnight, yen recovered. I really don’t expect much more to come of this scenario, so don’t get all lathered up and go out and back up the truck with yen. But then, that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong! The Aussie dollar (A$) is getting sold again this morning. This time, the selling, is tied to the announcement by Ford Motor Co. that they will close down their Australian local car production, along with two manufacturing plants. That’s not a good sign folks. The New Zealand dollar / kiwi, is getting sold alongside the A$ this morning. Sentiment toward these two is really plunging. And it started with a kiss. no wait.. it started with a rate cut in Australia and news of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announcing that they were sellers of kiwi. The Swiss franc is having a couple of good days of trading, a couple of days that it hadn’t seen in some time. No worries, the franc is very weak VS the euro, compared to a year ago, when it was bumping up against the 1.20 floor that the Swiss National Bank (SNB) put into place in September of 2011. Today, the cross to euros is trading around 1.2470. So, the franc could use a little strength, eh? I had a reader send me a note and say that he noticed that Japan had booked a Trade Deficit for 11 months now, and since I always say that “We’re turning Japanese” what did that mean for the U.S.? Well. In the case of Trade Deficits. The Japanese are actually turning American, for the U.S. has long dominated the Trade Deficits. But, to the Japanese, this booking of Trade Deficits is a real psychological problem, for they were the captains of trade surplus, long before the Chinese awoke from their slumber. I told you above that Gold was up $21 as I was writing. Gold and other metals were also pushing higher yesterday before the Big Ben statement. And then they weren’t. So, this recovery this morning is warranted, in my opinion. For in my opinion, Big Ben didn’t’ tell us anything that we didn’t already know. Sure we all know that he could decide to end stimulus any ole time he wants to, but when is he going to want to? That’s the question, and as long as there are questions, the markets should take the dollar to the woodshed. I’ve told you before, and I tell crowds whenever they come to listen to me talk, that I wouldn’t be surprised to see QEnterity. You know, 10 years from now, someone from EverBank will be up on the stage talking about QE 22, or 23, or 24. As Chris told you earlier this week, I get the honor of talking about a boat load of economic data the next two days. First, we have Fed St. Louis President, James Bullard speaking today. then we’ll see the usual Thursday fare of Weekly Initial Jobless Claims. In addition, New Home Sales, and the latest PMI Manufacturing Index, and Bloomberg Consumer Confidence. Then There Was This.Since the markets were so moved by Big Ben’s talk yesterday, I thought that this comment by Fed Head William Dudley that I found on Moneynews.com played well with my thought that Big Ben is not ready to scale back his bond buying stimulus.. Let’s listen in to what Mr. Dudley had to say.. “Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley said policy makers will know in three to four months whether the economy is healthy enough to overcome federal budget cuts and allow the central bank to begin reducing record stimulus. “I don’t really understand very well how the tug-of-war between the fiscal drag and the improving economy are going to sort of work their way out,” Dudley said in an interview with Michael McKee airing on Bloomberg Television. “Three or four months from now I think you’re going to have a much better sense of, is the economy healthy enough to overcome the fiscal drag or not.” Dudley’s remarks underscore that Fed officials have yet to reach consensus on when or how to dial back their $85 billion monthly bond-purchase program designed to spur growth and lower unemployment. Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser has called for reducing stimulus at the Fed’s next meeting in June, while St. Louis’s James Bullard said Tuesday the purchases should continue. Chuck again. OK. these guys are all over the place with their forecasts, pretty soon, they’ll talk and no one will pay attention. Of course I wish that were the way it was now! Anyway, the markets react and we have to shuffle through the mess they leave each and every time they think the Fed Heads are ready to pull the plug on stimulus. I tell them each time, but they just don’t listen that it’s print or suffer the consequences of a deeper depression than the one we’re in. To recap. Big Ben speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and the markets think he means he really is ready to remove stimulus. Chuck says hogwash to that! The bias to buy dollars that entered the markets after the Bernanke speech, reversed a couple of days of healing in the currencies. The Nikkei plunges 7.3% overnight, and China posts a manufacturing index that showed contraction, sending the Asian markets reeling. Currencies today 5/23/13. American Style: A$ .9695, kiwi .8095, C$ .9675, euro 1.2880, sterling 1.5080, Swiss $1.0320, . European Style: rand 9.590, krone 5.8395, SEK 6.6675, forint 226.35, zloty 3.2625, koruna 20.2390, RUB 31.40, yen 101.70, sing 1.2645, HKD 7.7625, INR 55.58, China 6.1947, pesos 12.47, BRL 2.05, Dollar Index 83.95, Oil $93.36, 10-year 2%, Silver $22.40, and Gold. $1,390.20 That’s it for today. A great Big Happy Birthday today to my grandson, Braden Charles Butler.. Braden turns 2 today. It’s great having two grandsons that are close in age, watching them learn to interact with each other is a treat! Kathy says when they turn 5 she’s taking them to Disneyworld. I tell her, I bet she changes her mind in 3 years! Well, this weekend will be Memorial Day Weekend. The Backyard grills will get fired up, the public pools will open, and the old brickyard gets a workout in Indianapolis. But let’s not forget what the holiday is really about. And with that. here we go! Let’s make this a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
Bitcoin is spreading everywhere. One of these business owners, in a very rural area, has built a Bitcoin mining operation. And not only Bitcoin, he is also mining for the other crypto-currencies. And, he’s telling everyone else about it. I was surprised (and pleased) by this, since this meeting had absolutely nothing to do with computers, economics, or anything else that usually connects to crypto-currencies. This man simply saw a great opportunity and jumped on it. “Do NOT waive the 72 hour waiting period.” “Do NOT allow them to enter your facility or inspect anything without authorization from counsel.” Dealing with employees is a major issue, especially involving the immigration police. These people are justifiably concerned with fines and indictments, just from hiring employees who are clearly long-time Americans. (That is, not Hispanics or other recent immigrants.) A few of the comments I heard: I was recently involved in a day of meetings with small business owners in the American Midwest. It was both encouraging and sad at the same time. What I Found First Overall, I found a large room full of productive human beings. It was uplifting. Most of these people were between thirty and seventy years old, more men than women, and they were all productive people, the kind who get up early every day, make sure that complex systems are producing properly, fix anything that is broken or near breaking, plan for the future, cooperate with large numbers of other people, and then go home at the end of the day and love their families. If all the world lived like these people, we’d be halfway to a paradise by now. And that was a thought that made me sad. Why? Because these people – by any standard of decency – should be left alone to create their better world. But instead, they are forcibly tied to wasteful, parasitic, and destructive systems. Half or more of their earnings are taken from them every year. Their actions are restricted by their moral inferiors. They live less than half the rewarding lives they should be enjoying, and for no defensible reason. The Other Things Beyond my overall happy/sad impressions, I found quite a few particular things: These people would have preferred to discuss the practical particulars of their businesses – tools, materials, technical obstacles and solutions, and so on. But instead, they were forced to discuss government compliance. Almost every subject discussed from the front of the room dealt with government regulations. Most of the subjects discussed on the sides involved tools, equipment, business strategies and so on. Nearly all of these people agreed that government in America is out of control, abusive, and oppositional to their happiness. I think that’s a positive opinion, since it reflects reality, meaning that they have stopped looking at the world through myth-colored glasses. The sad part of that is… These (good) people don’t know what to do about it. The system they grew up believing was their friend has turned against them. They’ve gathered the considerable courage required to face that, but they don’t know what to do next. They are working within the system as they can, trying to avoid its hazards, but don’t see any clear alternative – and no path of escape. They’d like to do other things, but they also need to feed their kids, and don’t know what to do about it all. “Good luck trying to explain that to an ICE agent.” All In All All in all, I came away from the day more confident in the future than I had been the day before. We are exposed to so many horror stories every day. The images thrust upon us show a world filled with danger and discouragement. The reality, however – once you remove yourself from the newsfeed – is that there are a lot of very decent people who are generally doing the right things. Our job now is to define newer and better ways to live and to spread that information to as many good people as we can. And to remind them they DO have the right to live good, happy, prosperous lives. Please do everything you can along these lines. Thanks. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com
A regulator chaired by a former Tory minister is refusing to investigate charities that have signed contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its secretary of state Esther McVey.The Charities Commission – a non-ministerial government department – is chaired by Baroness Stowell, a former Tory communities and local government minister and a former work and pensions spokeswoman in the House of Lords, who resigned the Tory whip when she was appointed to chair the regulator.This week, the commission has refused to express any concern or take any action after it emerged that disability charities had signed up to contracts that include strict clauses preventing them from criticising McVey or DWP.The commission said yesterday (Wednesday) that it was “not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme”, despite being shown one of the clauses.Both the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations contacted Disability News Service (DNS) this week so they could examine the clause, after reading last week’s news story.So far, charities including Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Other charities linked to the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People, have refused to answer questions about the clauses.The clause in the DWP contract signed by Shaw Trust says that the charity and its “affiliates” must “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey and must promise not to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.And the clause warns that these promises apply whether or not the damaging actions relate to the Work and Health Programme.Other charities, including RNIB, have signed agreements with the main contractors that say they must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.A Charities Commission spokeswoman said in a statement: “Decisions on whether to enter into a contract and accept specific terms are a matter for a charity’s trustees.“They must ensure that any action they take is in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.“They should also consider whether it is necessary to take professional advice before reaching a decision.“The commission is not aware of any specific regulatory concerns regarding charities and the Work and Health Programme.“However, it would consider on a case-by-case basis any evidence that might suggest that a charity’s trustees were not fulfilling their legal duties.”*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.
Reuters Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters Enroll Now for $5 3 min read January 7, 2015 McDonald’s Japan Apologizes After Tooth Found in Food Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand McDonald’s 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. McDonald’s Japan has apologized to customers and vowed to ensure product safety after objects including a tooth and plastic were found in its food, the latest trouble for a fast-food chain hit by sliding sales and a shortage of french fries.The chain, 49.9 percent-owned by McDonald’s Corp, has been grappling with falling sales that began long before a food safety scandal last summer hit confidence in its products. Convenience stores in particular have drawn away customers with broader ranges of ready-made meals and low-priced coffee.McDonald’s Japan brought in Chief Executive Sarah Casanova last March to reverse the trend, but the company is still on track to record its sixth straight year of sales declines and its first annual loss in 11 years.Wednesday’s apology came after a diner found a roughly 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) strip of vinyl in a Chicken McNugget at the weekend. That prompted the chain to halt sales of nuggets made on the same day as the contaminated item at a plant in Thailand. The company is still investigating the cause.Among other incidents, a human tooth was found in a customer’s french fry in August, while a child in December cut his mouth on a piece of plastic that was in a chocolate sundae.At a packed news conference, executives sought to reassure the public of the safety of McDonald’s food.”I am confident that my family can eat McDonald’s products,” said Takehiko Aoki, senior vice president at McDonald’s Holding Co (Japan) Ltd.”I think our response has been appropriate,” he said when questioned on whether the company had been slow to announce its findings, explaining that the handling of each case is different.McDonald’s Japan only started sourcing nuggets from three Thai plants less than six months ago. The change was aimed at boosting confidence in product quality after Chinese supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd was accused of selling expired meat.The Thai plant that produced the nugget found to contain vinyl is located in Saraburi, owned by Cargill, McDonald’s Japan said. Cargill Thailand was not immediately available for comment.On Monday, just days after the latest discovery, McDonald’s Japan resumed sales of all sizes of french fries for the first time in three weeks. A labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports had delayed imports, forcing the company to ration portions.McDonald’s Japan shares closed down 0.9 percent on Wednesday versus a 0.3 percent rise in the Jasdaq index.(Additional reporting by Chris Meyers in TOKYO and Khettiya Jittapong in BANGKOK; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Elaine Hardcastle) –shares Add to Queue
Phone numbers, time of contact and IP address are all game. –shares Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Engadget Apple Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts and Could Share Them With Police September 29, 2016 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. Contributing Editor Image credit: Shutterstock 2 min read Next Article David Lumb Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apple’s iMessage had a few security holes in March and April that potentially leaked photos and contacts, respectively. Though quickly patched, they are a reminder that the company faces a never-ending arms race to shore up its security to keep malicious hackers and government agencies out. But that doesn’t mean they will always be able to keep it private.A report from The Intercept states that iMessage conversation metadata gets logged in Apple’s servers, which the company could be compelled to turn over to law enforcement by court order. While the content of those messages remains encrypted and out of the police’s hands, these records list time, date, frequency of contact and limited location information.When an iOS user types in a phone number to begin a text conversation, their device pings servers to determine whether the new contact uses iMessage. If not, texts are sent over SMS and appear in green bubbles, while Apple’s proprietary data messages appear in blue ones. Allegedly, they log all of these unseen network requests.But those also include time and date stamps along with the user’s IP address, identifying your location to some degree, according to The Intercept. Like the phone logs of yore, investigators could legally request these records and Apple would be obliged to comply. While the company insisted that iMessage was end-to-end encrypted in 2013, securing user messages even if law enforcement got access, Apple said nothing about metadata.Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it does comply with subpoenas and other legal requests for these exact logs, but maintained that message content is still kept private. Its commitment to user security isn’t really undermined by these illuminations — phone companies have been giving this information to law enforcement for decades — but it does illustrate what they can and cannot protect. While the company resisted FBI requests for backdoor iPhone access earlier this year and then introduced a wholly redesigned file system with a built-in unified encryption method on every device, Apple can’t keep authorities from knowing when and where you text people. Enroll Now for $5
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 12 2019A new study has found a high incidence of headaches in pediatric stroke survivors and identified a possible association between post-stroke headache and stroke recurrence. Headache developed in over a third of participating children, on average six months after the stroke.Fifteen percent of patients suffered another stroke, typically in the first six to 12 months after the initial stroke. In the study, most children who experienced headache during stroke recurrence also had other associated neurologic symptoms, mostly weakness of one side of the body (hemiparesis) or facial asymmetry and brain malfunction (encephalopathy). Findings were published in Neurology: Clinical Practice, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The risk of stroke from birth through age 19 years is about five per 100,000 children, according to the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). In children, the risk of stroke is highest in the first year of life, especially during the perinatal period (a few weeks before and after birth).Related StoriesNew promising approach repairs system of blood vessels following strokeNew method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivorsNew discovery may explain some forms of strokeThe study included 115 children, aged 30 days to 18 years, who had survived a stroke. Thirty-six percent of these children experienced headache that occurred more than 30 days after their stroke. Children with post-stroke headache tended to be survivors of a stroke caused by artery disease (arteriopathy). Of these children, over half had headache severe enough to go to the emergency department, and 81 percent were admitted to the hospital for headache.”Earlier recognition post-stroke headache in children may improve the care, recovery and quality of life in pediatric stroke survivors,” says Dr. Kurz. “Further research will help us better understand the causes of post-stroke headache and its association with stroke recurrence.”Source:Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of ChicagoJournal reference:Kurz, J.E. et al. (2019) Remote poststroke headache in children. Characteristics and association with stroke recurrence. Neurology: Clinical Practice. doi.org/10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000652. In our study, post-stroke headache was more common in patients who experienced another stroke, which suggests that it might be a risk factor for stroke recurrence. More research is needed to test this hypothesis, and it remains unclear if headache treatment would lower the risk for stroke recurrence. Children with post-stroke headache might need closer observation or different strategies to prevent another stroke. This requires more study.”Co-lead author Jonathan Kurz, MD, PhD, pediatric neurologist in the Ruth D. & Ken M. Davee Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Instructor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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