Several years ago when 15 power companies proposed

first_imgSeveral years ago when 15 power companies proposed as many as 29 new reactors, many assumed that the US nuclear industry was staging a comeback. Then the shale gas boom happened, and natural gas came roaring back in a big way. Now, only two nuclear reactor projects are moving off the drawing board, while US utilities plan to build 258 natural-gas-powered plants by 2015.The shale gas boom, Fukishima disaster, and the fact that it now costs $978 per kilowatt of capacity to build and fuel a gas-fired power plant (as opposed to $5,339 per kilowatt for a nuclear plant) are a few reasons why nuclear projects are being put on the back burner.But US utilities could be eyeing the expiration of a government program that has kept uranium – a vital component of nuclear energy – in check since the early 1990s as a reason to avoid investing in nuclear plants.(Click on image to enlarge)Taken out of the “swords to ploughshares” playbook of old (a concept whereby military weapons are converted into peaceful civilian applications), the Megatons to Megawatts Program is a 1993 US-Russia nonproliferation agreement under which the two former enemies agreed to convert high-enriched uranium (HEU) taken from disassembled Russian nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium (LEU) to be used for nuclear fuel.The agreement came to fruition in the early 1990s as a result of an alarming lack of security at post-Soviet nuclear-weapons installations. After the collapse of the USSR, there were insufficient funds to pay military guards, even at sites that housed nuclear materials. To prevent nuclear weapons from making their way onto the black market – and joining the 50-odd nuclear warheads that have gone missing in the last 50 years – the US and Russia embarked on an unheard-of joint venture to disarm much of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.The system worked as follows: the US government established the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) (NYSE:USU), while the Russians designated Tekhsnabeksport (“Tenex”) to implement the program in the former Soviet Union. Although subject to political bickering during its onset, the program was mutually beneficial, as the US was flooded with cheap uranium while the Russians were compensated to the tune of $8 billion.In the last 15 years, this program has converted 400 metric tons of HEU from 16,000 Russian nuclear warheads into uranium fuel for US nuclear power plants. Currently, one in every ten American homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals receives electricity generated by Megatons to Megawatts fuel.And, encouragingly, USEC and Tenex signed an agreement in 2011 to extend the exchange of cash for LEU after the Megatons for Megawatts program expires in 2013. Although the US will receive about half of its current uranium shipments, it’s better than nothing.Don’t get me wrong: I’m thrilled that the world has 16,000 fewer nuclear warheads as a result of this program. But the ensuing shortage of uranium and the impact it will have on the US nuclear market is troubling.LEU fuel purchased by USEC through the Megatons for Megawatts program currently generates roughly 50% of the electricity produced by the US’s nuclear power plants, while nuclear power as a whole accounts for about 20% of the total US electricity production. For the 103 nuclear plants currently operating – many of which are owned by nuclear powerhouses Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC) and Entergy Corp. (NYSE:ETR) – a shortage of uranium could squeeze margins as suppliers like USEC jack up prices to match dwindling supply.Some proponents of the program, including US Department of Energy consultant Edgar Berkey, assert that the US should try to persuade the 32 or so countries possessing nuclear materials to embark on a program similar to Megatons for Megawatts.But – taking the perspective of one of those 32 nations – why would I want to disarm myself while the US still holds nearly 10,000 warheads of its own?That leaves only one other option: domestic disarmament. Considering the US’s history of flexing its military might, I would say this is highly unlikely, and that – once the de facto subsidy runs out – we’re in for an interesting ride with respect to domestic uranium supplies.last_img read more

In This Issue    Global conflicts heat up  

first_imgIn This Issue. *   Global conflicts heat up. *   Yen benefits from ‘risk off’ atmosphere. *   Brazilian and Russian currencies drop. *   Safe haven funds boost Gold. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Conflicts across the globe send investors scrambling for shelter. Good Day!  I have to kick off today’s Pfennig with an apology to readers.  Yesterday I was obviously running behind, and being well past my self-imposed deadline I rushed to hit the send button and forgot to update the prices in the ‘Currencies today’ section.  That combined with the breaking news out of Ukraine is what prompted the ‘special update’ which I sent out yesterday morning.  I again apologize for sending two Pfennigs yesterday, but figured it was a big enough oversight on my part to warrant another email into your inbox.  And I felt the breaking news regarding the Malaysia Airlines plane was certainly newsworthy enough to justify the update. The civilian aircraft, flying out of Amsterdam  in route to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine in an area where the separatist rebels had recently shot down two Ukraine military planes.  There were 280 passengers and 15 crew who were lost in the crash.  The Ukraine government was quick to deny involvement stating: “The Ukrainian armed forces did not attempt to shoot down targets in the air.”  Ukraine officials stated that they have no reason to shoot down planes in the air, as the rebels do not have aircraft.  They instead blamed the separatist rebels who have been using Russian supplied equipment which the Ukrainian government contends is more than capable of downing a plane cruising over 6 miles up.  I’ll bet that it will be a while before anyone can figure out exactly what happened, and meanwhile the incident has substantially raised the stakes in this conflict which has largely been ignored by the markets. In any event very sad news and another tragedy for Malaysian Airlines. I actually found out about the plane crash when a Bloomberg metals reporter called to get my reaction to it – and by the time I had pulled up the story, gold had dropped $20 and the dollar was moving higher.  Then in the early afternoon Ty Keough leaned over to tell me he just heard Israel had begun a ground invasion of Gaza.  Israeli troops and heavy equipment rolled across the border in search of the ‘terrorist infrastructure’ in Gaza.  The currency and metals markets largely ignored the announcement out of Israel, apparently traders were already as defensive as the felt they needed to be.   But stock investors didn’t like all of this conflict, and equity markets booked their largest single day loss in 2 months (S&P down 1.18% and Dow down .94%).  The proceeds resulting from the sale of these stocks flowed over into US treasuries which rallied throughout the day.  Yields on the US 10 year treasury dropped about 12 basis points following the airline crash and then dropped another 10 basis points following  the Israeli offensive.  The main benefactor of the ‘risk off’ atmosphere was the safe haven currency of the Japanese yen.  The yen strengthened against all of its 31 major peers as these two  geo-political events sent shock waves through the markets.   Again this strength in the Japanese currency was not due to anything which the BOJ or Japanese leaders did, but rather it was a result of currency investors looking for a ‘safe’ place to park funds.  I believe we are also seeing investors reverse ‘carry trades’ which they had entered into over the last few months.  The reversal of these trades involves investors selling their higher yielding currencies and buying back the ‘funding’ currency which has traditionally been the Japanese yen.    The yen has given back some of its gains as Europe opens up this morning. Another sign that these carry trades are being reversed in this ‘risk off’ environment is the fact that the biggest loser of the dollar’s 16 major peers was the Brazilian real, a very popular currency for carry trade investors.  Brazil’s currency dropped 1.5% after the central bank left rates unchanged and investors exited the higher yielding ‘riskier’ currencies.  The only currency which fell more than the real yesterday was the Russian ruble which dropped for obvious reasons.  As I wrote in yesterday’s Pfennig, Brazilian policy makers said that they will hold the target lending rate at 11% as they weigh stalled economic growth against inflation which remains above their target rate.   Adding to the selling pressure on the real, Brazil’s labor minister revised his forecast of job creation yesterday and announced the number of new jobs in June missed analyst forecasts for the fourth straight month.   I will be heading up to Canada later today, and I just realized that I had overlooked reporting on Canada’s central bank meeting earlier this week.  BOC Governor Stephen Poloz left rates unchanged (as expected) but said they are researching what the ‘ideal’ interest rate for the Canadian economy is.  Speaking after the BOC meeting, Poloz noted that the prolonged period of low borrowing costs has led to high debt loads, meaning that when interest rates do eventually rise, they will be more effective in slowing the economy than in the past.  Did you hear that?  Hopefully our own central bank leaders are listening.  It is exactly what Chuck and all of us here have been warning – with the tremendous amount of debt that has been accumulated since the financial crisis, the impacts of any interest rate increase are going to be severe on those responsible for paying interest on all of this debt! As I mentioned in the opening paragraphs, the precious metals were another benefactor of all of the heightened geo-political concerns yesterday.  Gold posted the biggest gain in four weeks and Palladium extended its rally to a 13 year high.  Yesterday’s move put gold’s year to date gain at 9.10%, easily surpassing the YTD gains of equities, treasuries and currencies (top performer is NZD which is up 5.62% YTD).   But Palladiums move this year is over twice that of gold!  The price of palladium has risen 22.38% in 2014 due to supply concerns and increased demand from the automobile industry.   Russia is the world’s biggest source of palladium, so the Ukraine conflict has combined with the five-month strike in South Africa to worry investors about a possible ‘supply squeeze’.    On the demand side, European car sales for June were reported yesterday and rose for the 10th straight month – the longest such run in over four years.  We have also seen a pick-up in Asian demand for autos along with a rebound in US auto demand.  All good news for Palladium. There was a slew of data released yesterday here in the US, but all of the geo -political events overshadowed the economic releases.  US housing starts started the day off with a disappointing print of just 893k which equated to a 9.3% drop from the previous month.  And adding to the negative news, May’s housing starts were revised from a 6.5% drop to -7.3%.  Building permits were also lower, dropping 4.2% in June after a revised 5.1% drop in May.  This data calls the ‘housing recovery’ back into question with two consecutive months of lower housing starts and permits in what has to be ‘prime season’ for new home construction.  The US economy has always been somewhat dependent on a strong housing sector, and the recovery is going to need this sector to turn around to give us a much needed boost. The weekly jobs numbers were next to hit the news wires and helped to ease the pain of the housing numbers as the weekly jobless claims came in at 302k vs last weeks print of 305k and an expected figure of 310k.  Continuing claims were also lower than expected so the numbers show the labor market is continuing to improve albeit at an extremely slow pace.  And you may have missed this news with all of the conflicts yesterday, but Microsoft announced yesterday that they will be cutting 18,000 jobs.  That certainly won’t help the labor market recovery!!  The morning ended with the  Philly Fed Outlook which easily beat expectations and gave investors another reason to look past the disappointing housing data. St. Louis Fed head James Bullard did his best to rescue the dollar yesterday stating that the Fed may have to raise interest rates more quickly than planned as unemployment falls and inflation quickens.  Bullard has traditionally been a ‘hawkish’ voice on the Fed, so these comments weren’t surprising – but his words may have lost some of their impact as he is no longer a ‘voting member’ of the FOMC.  We don’t have a slew of data releases this morning, with only the Univ of Michigan Confidence report followed by the release of the Leading Index.  The confidence number is expected to show another increase to a level of 83 from the last reported level of 82.5.  And the leading index is expected to have remained stable at a reading of .5% in June.  Just more of the same – slow growth and a very sluggish recovery here in the US. For What its Worth.  A poll completed by Bloomberg showed that 47% of respondents said the equity market is close to unsustainable levels while 14% already saw a bubble.  The quarterly survey of 562 investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers shows the level of anxiety which exists in today’s equity investors.    Almost a third of respondents called the market for lower rated debt overheated and most said stock swings will increase within six months, the July 15-16 poll showed. And I guess you could count Fed Chair Janet Yellen as one of those raising concerns over valuation levels as she took the unusual step of calling out the biotech and technology sectors earlier this week.  But Yellen backpedaled a bit in Wednesday’s testimony when she said asset valuations aren’t out of line with historical norms.  Could the geo-political events of the past days be the ‘trigger’ to a big correction?   Today’s sell off is probably healthy for this market and if the conflicts continue we could actually see a true ‘correction’ in the equity markets, easing investor concerns regarding the valuation levels.  Stronger earnings would also help justify the current price levels.  But with nearly ½ of the professional investors feel the equity markets are close to unsustainable levels, we certainly seem primed for a big sell-off. To recap.    Geo-political conflicts sent shivers through the markets yesterday, with the safe havens of Japanese yen, US treasuries and Gold being the biggest benefactors.  The ‘risk off’ atmosphere sent the high yielding currencies of Brazil and South Africa lower along with the Russian ruble.  Gold was up but the biggest winner this year in the precious metals markets is Palladium which hit a 15 year high.  Data out of the US showed the housing recovery is still questionable but the labor market continues to recover.  And I closed today’s Pfennig with Bloomberg poll results which indicate ‘professional investors’ agree that the equity markets are nearing unsustainable levels. Currencies today 7/18/14. American Style: A$ .9381, kiwi .8675, C$ .9306, euro 1.3523, sterling 1.7094, Swiss $1.1136 . European Style: rand 10.6945, krone 6.1729, SEK 6.8193, forint 229.50, zloty 3.0657, koruna 20.29, RUB 35.098, yen 101.36, sing 1.2420, HKD 7.7510, INR 60.31, China 6.1568, pesos 12.9717, BRL 2.2582, Dollar Index 80.532, Oil $103.47, 10-year 2.48%, Silver $20.93, Platinum $1,488.49, Palladium $874.72, and Gold. $1,310.79 That’s it for today.  I’m off to the airport this morning to catch a plane up to Quebec City.  I will be speaking at an investment conference sponsored by our friends at The Oxford Club and then I’ll head west to meet up with Chuck and Frank over in Vancouver.  We will all be participating in the ‘Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium’.  If you are in the area or want an excuse to visit Vancouver next week you can get more information on the conference here: .  It is supposed to be another gorgeous weekend here in St. Louis, so I won’t be running away from the typical July heat and humidity but I’m still looking forward to discovering a new city. Mike will take over the Pfennig next week, but I will try to give him a few updates from ‘the road’.  And looking at the clock I had better hit the send button (yes I updated the currency prices today!).  I hope you all have a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

MMA Fighting

first_img MMA Fighting “The Last Emperor” is nearing his last days.Fedor Emelianenko, the Russian heavyweight who UFC president Dana White acknowledges as the only major name that he’s never been able to sign, says he will call it quits following his June 21 fight against Pedro Rizzo.He made the statement in an interview on Russian language television. Ukrainian MMA journalist Artem Yalanskiy provided MMA Fighting with a translation of the key exchange of the interview.”My previous fight was in Moscow and my last fight will be in St. Petersburg on June 21st,” Emelianenko says. “It will be the last fight in my career.””Is this your final decision?” the interviewer asks.”Yes,” Emelianenko says, “I think it’s time to end my career.”Emelianenko said the primary reason for his retirement is to spend more time with his family, but he also mentioned the mounting toll of injuries from a career spent in MMA and sambo.The quiet 35-year-old has been one of the controversial figures in recent MMA history by those who have argued his place in the sport. Many believe him to be the greatest heavyweight of all time, while others have suggested him to be an overhyped product of favorable matchmaking. His heyday, which was undeniably during the early-to-mid 2000s, can hardly be questioned. At that time, he was considered by most observers to be the top fighter in the world after beating standouts like Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and most notably, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, who was the top heavyweight prior to him. He also beat Mirko Filipovic during “Cro Cop’s” best days. By the time PRIDE folded, Emelianenko was the most wanted free agent in MMA, but despite the UFC’s rise, the two sides could never come to terms despite multiple negotiations. Emelianenko lost only once in his first 33 pro fights, and shortly after Brock Lesnar won his UFC championship, UFC president Dana White went on his last recruiting effort for Emelianenko. If he could have signed him, the fight would have likely taken place at the massive, 80,000-seat Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and certainly would have headlined a blockbuster pay-per-view, but just like every other time the two sides got in a room, they failed to hammer out a deal.Instead, Emelianenko and his M-1 management team signed with Strikeforce. He won his first fight there, but in his next time out, was upset by Fabricio Werdum, marking his first loss in nearly 10 years. Losses to Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson marked three in a row for him, and he parted ways with Strikeforce.Since then, he’s fought twice, beating Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii.His fight with Rizzo is booked, but it appears to be the last time Emelianenko will ever compete as a professional fighter. Standard BJJ Gi Standard Ranked Rashguard Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sale More From Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender More: Apparel Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From MMA Warehousecenter_img Latest From Our Partners Gloves King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Lockdown duffle bag Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter ProMax 440 BJJ GI Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Good Night Tee Accessories Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

The information watchdog is to investigate the Dep

first_imgThe information watchdog is to investigate the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its refusal to publish secret reviews into 49 benefit-related deaths.The Information Commissioner’s Office has launched the investigation into DWP’s failure to provide information requested by Disability News Service (DNS).A series of DNS Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests eventually revealed how DWP has carried out 49 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths since February 2012.Of the 49 “peer reviews”, it later emerged that 33 contained recommendations for improvements in procedures at either national or local level within DWP, while 40 of the 49 reviews were carried out following the suicide or apparent suicide of a benefit claimant.But despite FoIA requests from DNS, and others, DWP has refused to publish the reviews, or their summaries, recommendations or conclusions, even with personal details of benefit claimants removed.It claims that releasing the reviews – even with these details removed – could breach section 44 of the FoIA, because section 123 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 makes it an offence for anyone employed in social security administration to “disclose without lawful authority any information which he acquired in the course of that employment and which relates to a particular person”. Now the ICO has said that it will investigate a complaint lodged by DNS into the failure to release the information.The ICO’s case officer said: “The focus of my investigation will be to determine whether the DWP is entitled to rely on section 44 as a basis for refusing to provide the information you requested.“Should it not be a valid refusal of your request the commissioner will also determine what information can be provided within the appropriate cost limit.”The investigation is likely to take several months. Even if the ICO rules that the information should be released, DWP would still have a right of appeal.DWP has refused to comment.Last month, the Commons work and pensions committee called on the government to set up a new independent body – modelled on the police complaints watchdog – to investigate the deaths of benefit claimants, and ensure “that the role of all publicly-funded agencies involved in the provision of services or benefits to the individual is scrutinised”.last_img read more


first_imgBlog, I write to you from Playa El Duque; I am horizontalising, about fifteen metres from the shoreline. I would apologise for lack of recent contact, but you would no longer believe my leftie excuses.Between wandering up and down the beach, trying to mentally come to terms with the fact that I’m still not a mega, and battling the continual burden of knowing that The Staff are spending the whole time looking at their Facebooks whilst I’m away, I have been absolutely preoccupied with a worry that I must inform you of, Blog.About a month ago, myself and Gaul Wood were sitting on a bench, on the west side of Berkeley Square, surveying the scene. We were accompanied by Andrew Needleman, our legal eagle and brother in arms. Andrew was, as usual, guiding us through the different legal stages of aggression, negotiation, ignoring, pandering to, and playing the innocent, we are currently occupying with regulatory and banking bodies all over the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.After several draining bouts of his in-match-reports, he paused, looked across the square, and said out of nowhere ‘I haven’t been feeling myself.’. I rose from my stupor of resistance and defiance I hold during Andrew’s reports and replied; ‘What do you mean, Andrew?’. We waited a moment and he told myself and Gaul that he had been coming over the same way he had, years before, when he had needed to have a heart operation and stents put in. There was little we could say, and Andrew made his way off for the attention of a doctor. Within twenty four hours, the call came, and Andrew was informed he was facing a quadruple heart-bypass…The news knocking us all sideways. Had the pressure of acting as Star’s legal defender, really pushed Andrew’s body and mind to such strain? Probably; yes.Andrew was incredibly brave, and off he went a week later, for his date with destiny. Holding our breath, and together in spirit, we were joined in thought and hope, the morning the op was done and Andrew faced the surgeon’s knife.Later that day, the call came from Margo, his good lady. She bore good news and said that Andrew was resting in intensive-care.Four or five days later, myself and Gaul Wood went in to see him. I’m not one for moralising, so I’ll just pass on what I saw and heard, and leave it with you to digest however you see fit: Andrew had aged ten years, and was in clear extreme discomfort and pain. As he gently drank some soup we had bought him from his beloved Reubens, he looked over with tears in his eyes and said directly to Gary and myself ‘I’m not here because of smoking or drinking. I’m here because of stress. Learn from me.’. The words sent a shiver up and down me that has not subdued ever since that moment, looking at him.Andrew left the hospital a week later, and not long after, the connected words ‘Oslo’ and ‘Court’ were even being mentioned. However, destiny came back onto the scene and Andrew has been readmitted to the hospital with a heart that has been ticking a bit too quickly. Obviously, the excitement of an impending visit to Oslo Court, with myself and Gaul Wood, too much for Andrew’s heart to comprehend.Andrew, if only I could sacrifice several million bureaucrats or knocking punters lives to help you now. If only…Although I fear that greasy salt-beef sandwiches, courtesy of Reubens, and naughty cakes, eaten on the small terrace outside Coco Maya, may now be a thing of the past, I most certainly look forward to a clear chicken soup and a stroll around Connaught Square to analyze further Tony Blair’s private policemen.We are with you, Android. Keep going..!!In other news:When Pam Statements updates my Ipod, she often defies protocol and adds a few selections of her own. I am too stone-age to appreciate most of them, but one has got through the net and has made my list of most listened to. It is called ‘Somebody who..’ by a group called ‘Au Revoir Simone’. The singer keeps repeating she wants ‘Somebody who can stay awake’.I imagine Belindabelle often has just the same thought resonating around her head.B xlast_img read more

Googleorg Donates 115 Million to Fight for Racial Justice

first_img Angela Moscaritolo Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Reporter The fight for racial justice just got an infusion of cash from Google.The web giant’s philanthropic arm,, has already committed more than $5 million to nonprofits advancing racial justice since 2015, but this week it more than doubled its previous pledge. is investing $11.5 million in new grants to organizations working to reform the criminal justice system. The funds will go to 10 organizations believes “can create meaningful change around racial, social and criminal justice in the U.S.,” Principal Justin Steele wrote in a Thursday blog post.”Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States, and a major area of focus for our grants,” Steele wrote. “The U.S. penal population has exploded, growing by 400 percent since 1984 to more than 2 million today, with Black men sentenced at over five times the rate of white men.”The largest sum, $5 million, will go to the Center for Policing Equity, a New York-based organization working with police agencies and communities to create a database to track national statistics on police behavior. Meanwhile, a $1.5 million grant will go to Measures for Justice, which is building a web platform that lets people see how their local justice system treats people based on different factors, such as race, sex, status and is also giving $1 million to support Impact Justice’s national Restorative Justice Project, which aims to keep youth of color out of the juvenile justice system. Other new organizations getting funding are working to train formerly incarcerated individuals (JustLeadershipUSA) and make data more accessible to criminal justice reform organizations (W. Haywood Burns Institute).”A person’s race should not determine how they are treated by the law,” Steele wrote. “We’re proud to support these organizations, and we hope that their focus on data and community-driven solutions to will bring us closer to a more just society.”Google has also sponsored community screenings of the Netflix documentary 13th in 12 Google offices across the country; Netflix has announced it will also allow the film to be screened for educational purposes. 13th, from Selma director Ava DuVernay, was up for Best Documentary at this weekend’s Academy Awards. 2 min read Add to Queue February 27, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag The funds will go to 10 organizations working to foster racial, social and criminal justice.center_img –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on PCMag Donates $11.5 Million to Fight for Racial Justice Next Article Google Register Now »last_img read more

3CLogic Announces Microsoft AppSource Certification for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

first_img 3CLogicMarketing TechnologyMicrosoft Dynamics CRMMicrosoft’s AppsourceNewsSoftware-as-a-Service Previous ArticleOutreach Recognized as an April 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Sales Force AutomationNext ArticleHipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast App Cloud Contact Center Provider Delivers Certified Solution to Compliment CRM Platform with Deeply Integrated Offering to Drive Better Customer Experience3CLogic, a leading provider of cloud contact center software for enterprise companies, announced the certification of its solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and official listing on Microsoft’s Appsource. The combined offering provides enterprises greater change management control, enhances the efficiency of department representatives (i.e.: Sales, Help Desk, Customer Support, HR, etc.), and improves administrative visibility into what drives successful customer engagements and outcomes.The new certified app includes a variety of features to compliment Dynamics CRM to deliver exceptional customer experiences, all on a single enterprise-grade platform.Marketing Technology News: Brainshark Customers to Share Strategies for Sales Enablement Success at SiriusDecisions 2019 SummitFeatures include:Embedded Microsoft Dynamics CRM Click-to-Call and CTIIntegrated Interactive Voice Response (IVR)IVR Journey Analytics and ReportingAutomatic Call Dialing (ACD)Call & Screen Recording with automated activity posting to Dynamics CRMConfigurable Skills-based RoutingText-to-SpeechOutbound SMSReal-time Dashboards and WallboardsIntegrated Reporting and Business Intelligence“We are excited to officially add 3CLogic to the Microsoft AppSource eco-system, expanding a decade-long relationship of providing deep telephony integrations with Microsoft Dynamics CRM,” says Navya Pandiri, VP of Product Management at 3CLogic. “This marks another milestone as 3CLogic strives to complement and leverage CRM-stored data to extend the value of those platforms and the use cases they solve through dynamic and intelligent customer journeys. This is another example of how systems of records [CRM or Service Management solutions] and cloud call center solutions should be – working together and in sync, rather than in disjointed silos, to truly drive digital transformation.”Marketing Technology News: Vimeo To Acquire Magisto To Power Video Creation For Any BusinessMicrosoft’s online app store, Microsoft AppSource, is a destination to help business users discover Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions tailored to their industry from Microsoft and its partners. Each solution available on AppSource undergoes a Microsoft-led vetting process for certification. Moving forward, with 3CLogic’s CTI & Contact Center Solution listing in AppSource, customers can enjoy a seamless means of extending the value of their CRM investment.Marketing Technology News: Bazaarvoice Report: Shoppers Crave Connection and Conversation with Brands and Retailers 3CLogic Announces Microsoft AppSource Certification for Microsoft Dynamics CRM PRNewswireApril 19, 2019, 5:55 pmApril 19, 2019 last_img read more

New guidelines to make swallowing safer for people in Australian nursing homes

first_img Source: Jan 18 2019The ability to eat and drink are things most Australians take for granted. That’s why Speech Pathology Australia is an active participant in an international initiative that is working to make swallowing safer for people in Australian hospitals and nursing homes.On the eve of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Australia is set to adopt new international standardized terminology and definitions for texture modified food and drink. The quality of meals and the appropriateness of food served have already been identified as an important matter for investigation by the Royal Commission.From 1 May 2019 new guidelines about standardized names and descriptions of food and drink used in medical and community settings to reduce choking risk will be introduced in Australia.An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics population and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare nursing home data on deaths reported to coroners, found that after falls, choking was the second largest cause of death in aged care.Around 15‐30 per cent of people aged 65 and over living in the community have a swallowing difficulty, this figure rises to over 50 per cent for older Australians living in nursing homes. People who suffer from age-related conditions such as stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease are also likely to have a swallowing difficulty and are at risk of choking on food or developing pneumonia.People over the age of 65 years have 7x the risk of choking on food as children aged 1-4 years.The new IDDSI framework includes easily accessible testing methods that allow consumers, health professionals, nursing homes and hospitals to check that the food or drink they are serving is correct for older Australians with swallowing difficulties.For producers of thick drinks and food specially prepared to reduce choking risk (texture modified food), the IDDSI standards mean a single set of labeling for packaging, including standardized color and number codes, which can be used and recognized around the globe.Related StoriesWVU researcher investigates how nursing homes can best meet obese residents’ healthcare needsSecurity cameras installed in nursing homes may do more harm than goodNursing home care prices rise faster than other medical care and consumer pricesSpeech pathologists are the professionals who provide swallowing assessments and develop mealtime management plans, including advising on changes to the texture of food and drinks to enable safe and effective eating and drinking.“The sad reality is,” said Dr Julie Cichero, “that the most common factors in choking deaths is a lack of clear personalized information about safe eating and drinking for older Australians, and inadequate supervision.”“The texture of food and drink is important the older we get. In nursing homes especially it is critically important that the texture of food and drink is appropriate for each individual person. One size fits all is not appropriate.”Speech Pathology Australia, as the peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia, is actively supporting The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI). IDDSI promotes safety for people with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), through a common standardized international terminology for food and drinks that reduce choking risk.The IDDSI draws its membership from around the world and a diverse range of professions, including: speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, patient safety, engineering, and food science and technology. In 2019, IDDSI will formally be adopted in Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA, with another 18 countries in progress. IDDSI has support from health professional associations around the world, and the international food and beverage industry.last_img read more

American adults assume boys to be in more pain than girls

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 28 2019Gender stereotypes can hurt children — quite literally. When asked to assess how much pain a child is experiencing based on the observation of identical reactions to a finger-stick, American adults believe boys to be in more pain than girls, according to a new Yale study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The researchers attribute this downgrading of the pain of girls and/or upgrading of the pain of boys to culturally ingrained, and scientifically unproven, myths like “boys are more stoic” or “girls are more emotive.”Related StoriesHow a simple MRI scan can help patients with anginaNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyA diverse sample of American adults watched the same video of a 5-year-old receiving a finger-stick at a pre-Kindergarten doctor’s visit, and afterwards were asked to rate how much pain they thought the child was actually experiencing. While all participants watched an identical video of an identical child exhibiting identical pain-display behaviors, the group who knew the child as “Samuel” said he was in more pain than the group who knew her as “Samantha.” This new research backs up studies done on gender stereotyping and biased clinical assessment of pain in adult patient populations but is only the second of its kind to take these questions to the pediatric level.”We really hope that these findings will lead to further investigation into the potential role of biases in pain assessment and health care more generally,” said Joshua Monrad ’20, second author on the study. “If the phenomena that we observed in our studies generalize to other contexts, it would have important implications for diagnosis and treatment. Any biases in judgments about pain would be hugely important because they can exacerbate inequitable health care provision.”last_img read more

The Latest Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant

Citation: The Latest: Toyota cars to integrate Amazon voice assistant (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from A Cloi controlled lawn mower appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. People experience a skeleton ride with the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The Cloi shopping cart robot, center, appears on display at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) A Navya Autonom Cab, a self-driving vehicle, drives down a street during a demonstration at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) As for attendees, organizers say about 20 percent are women.___9:25 a.m.The annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas is no longer just about private businesses showing off their latest technological wizardry. Hyundai, Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021 People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The research will build on what Ford learned last year in a partnership with Domino’s Pizza that sent semi-autonomous vehicles out to deliver pizzas.Postmates operates in 20 U.S. cities—including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles—and has a fleet of 150,000 couriers. Ford announced the partnership Tuesday at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.___11:30 a.m.The CES tech show, much like the tech industry, has long been known for its dearth of women.This year is no exception. That’s despite coming off a watershed year for women in technology and beyond, with the #metoo movement opening conversations on sexual harassment, abuse and sexism. The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): The public sector is also chiming in, including U.S. state governors, foreign envoys, a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and at least one royal.Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands is leading a delegation to promote more than 50 Dutch startups. Delegations are also representing Mexico and two different regions of France.Along with boosting their economy, governments are also hoping to keep up with the growing possibilities of smartening cities with new technology.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the show, though. Reports say it’s because of death threats following a controversial vote to roll back rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. 2 p.m.Toyota says it will begin integrating Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into some of its vehicles, so drivers can tell their cars to play music or set a comfortable temperature at home before arriving.In choosing Alexa over rival Google Assistant, Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks says Amazon is the right partner as Toyota studies what future mobility might look like.The integration will start later this year. Toyota didn’t say which car models will have it.Ford and Hyundai are among the auto companies already supporting Alexa.Hicks says there’s nothing preventing Toyota from partnering with others in the future.The development came Tuesday as the CES tech show floor opened.___12:45 p.m.Ford is partnering with Postmates, an on-demand delivery company, to study how merchants and customers might interact with self-driving delivery vehicles.Ford Motor Co.’s president of global markets, Jim Farley, says self-driving vehicles must do more than just move people. He says they can cut down on traffic and parking hassles by allowing groceries, dry cleaners and other businesses to share delivery vehicles that are programmed to take the most efficient route. A woman demonstrates a Cloi controlled lawn mower at the LG booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) People look through Samsung Gear VR virtual reality goggles at the Samsung booth during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee looks at Ford’s self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Soyoung Han looks at a display representing LG super UHD TV Nano Cell displays during CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) People look through Sony PlayStation VR headsets after a Sony news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) An attendee tests the Human Machine Interface platform at the Kia booth at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Mercedes-AMG Project One plug-in hybrid supercar appears on display at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Attendees wave at Honda robotics concepts 3E-C18, left, and 3E-A18 at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Explore further The Aibo robot dog is on display at the Sony booth after a news conference at CES International, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) This year, two of the 15 keynote speakers at CES are women. Of the roughly 900 total speakers, 242 are women, or about 27 percent.Organizers say that’s on par with previous years, but it’s prompted widespread criticism. In a recent letter to Gina Glantz , founder of the group Gender Avenger, the head of CES organizer Consumer Technology Association said the show will “redouble” efforts to add women’s voices next year. Ford CEO James Hackett smiles while getting ready for an interview next to a self-driving delivery vehicle at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

IBMs 34B Red Hat deal is risky bid to boost cloud business

first_imgIBM’s plan to buy Red Hat is both the biggest acquisition in IBM’s century-long history and a risky effort to position itself as a major player in cloud computing. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The $34 billion stock deal translates to $190 per Red Hat share—a 63 percent premium to the closing price Friday for the Raleigh, North Carolina, company. Red Hat Inc.’s stock soared about 45 percent in trading Monday.The path for revitalization for IBM may be found in cloud technology, a driving force behind the blockbuster deal for Red Hat over the weekend.”It’s a big bet but ultimately they’re in a situation where they needed to make a significant acquisition to move them potentially forward,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives said.Cloud computing, in which services are delivered over the internet from remote computers, accounted for nearly a quarter of IBM’s total revenue over the past year. But the company has been overshadowed by top cloud rivals Amazon, Microsoft and Google in competing to sell its internet-based computing services to businesses.”This is about resetting the cloud landscape,” IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty said Monday in a conference call.The hybrid cloud—when companies use a mix of on-site, private and third-party public services—is an emerging $1 trillion opportunity that the companies want to be prepared for, Rometty said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ives said there’s still plenty of room for growth as financial services, retailers and industrial firms increasingly migrate their workloads into the cloud.IBM’s Red Hat acquisition follows Microsoft’s recently completed $7.5 billion purchase of computer coding hangout GitHub. Both deals will allow the larger companies to tap into a broader community of open-source software developers.Red Hat, founded in 1993, has built a software platform using the open-source Linux operating system that’s become “one of the key paths for enterprises in their moves to the cloud,” Ives said.The deal requires the approval of Red Hat shareholders as well as U.S. regulators. It is targeted to close in the second half of 2019, but Stifel’s Brad Reback said others may wish to make a counterbid given Red Hat’s strengths in data centers.That prospect sent shares up $52.88 to $169.56, close to an all-time high. The stock of IBM, which is headquartered in Armonk, New York, slipped nearly 5 percent. In this April 26, 2017, file photo, pedestrians walk past the IBM logo displayed on the IBM building in New York. Shares of Red Hat skyrocketed at the opening bell Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, after IBM, in the biggest acquisition in its 100-year history, acquired the software company. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)center_img Citation: IBM’s $34B Red Hat deal is risky bid to boost cloud business (2018, October 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This undated photo provided by IBM shows IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty, right, and Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst. Shares of Red Hat skyrocketed at the opening bell Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, after IBM, in the biggest acquisition of its 100-year history, acquired the software company. (IBM via AP) Red Hat soar on IBM deal Explore furtherlast_img read more

UP BJP MLA says cows in shelters died natural deaths

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LucknowJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 15:25 IST Represntative image: PTIEven as the controversy over the deaths of cows in shelters in Uttar Pradesh rages on, BJP MLA from Barabanki Ajay Singh said that the cows had died natural deaths.”Every animal has a life span. Cattle live up to 20 years and most of them have a life span of 12 to 13 years. Most of the cows in cow shelters have died a natural death,” he told reporters on Wednesday.About 35 cows had died last week in a cow shelter in Prayagraj due to lighting and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had suspended eight officials for laxity in maintenance of cow shelters.Later, 36 cows were found dead in shelters in Ayodhya and Pratapgarh.Last month, over a dozen cows allegedly starved to death in Jalalabad cow shelter of Kannauj district, triggering protests by locals.The Chief Minister had also announced that the government will give Rs 30 on a daily basis for each cattle for the fodder if the owners are not using them for commercial purpose. He instructed the officials to take this plan as a pilot project in the Bundelkhand region.Ajay Singh said that he had demanded that ambulance services should be started for animals similar as we have that meet with accidents on roads.Also Read | Two held for illegally transporting cattle in Rajasthan’s AlwarAlso Watch | How fairly are cow welfare schemes in Madhya Pradesh working?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow CowFollow cow shelter UP BJP MLA says cows in shelters died natural deathsAbout 35 cows had died last week in a cow shelter in Prayagraj due to lighting and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had suspended eight officials for laxity in maintenance of cow shelters.advertisement Nextlast_img read more