Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) participated at OTM 2017, an annual event that was held from February 21-23, 2017 in Mumbai, India.60 countries were present at OTM and showcased their best products to the trade visitors from all over India. In order to boost the number of visitors to Taiwan Tourism Bureau stand, traditional dance and music performances were carried by Hong Yi Group, who flew to India especially from Taiwan.The three day exhibition was a great platform for B2B sessions between the Indian travel agents and the stakeholders from the Taiwanese travel industry which included Hsieh Yung-Peng, Deputy General Manager, Edison Travel Service; Kumar Siddharth, Marketing Manager, Dadova Travel Service; Huang Yun-Chung, General Manager, Dadova Travel Service; Chen Ching-Yi and Tsai Chin-Fang, Assistant General Manager, Tourone Travel Group; Soh Hian-Tiat, Vice President, Chung Hsing Travel Service; Tu Ta-Chih, Manager, Golden Foundation Tours Corp; Mayur Kunt and Manasi, Representative, Good Time Vacation; Chiu Meng-Hsien, Inbound Director, Apple Travel Service; Wang, Hurng-Dauh, Account Officer, Deluxeseed Tour; Pong Yu-Chia and Chang Hsiao-Ling, The Grand Hotel and Yu Kuei-Hua, CEO, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort.Taiwan was also awarded with the ‘Best Decoration’ title at the exhibition.Taiwan had witnessed an exponential growth of Indian tourists in the year 2016. Since India is one of the major markets for Taiwan, for the first time TTB held an educational seminar post OTM for the 200 front liner staff of key travel companies in Mumbai followed by a workshop and cocktail dinner in Mumbai and Bangalore.The aim of the seminar was to educate and motivate the front liner staff of Mumbai and update their knowledge about Taiwan, the products it has to offer, USP’s of the destination, exchange rate, visa and the how it caters to different segments of the Indian travellers.Present at the seminars and OTM was a large delegation from Taiwan that included Arthur Hsieh, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Singapore Office; Cherng Tyan, Su, Vice Chairman, Taiwan Visitors Association; Hsiao Tzu-Ying and Huang Yeh-Yin, Secretary, Taiwan Visitors Association; Chang, Lung-Cheng and Hsieh Chang-Ming, Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
May 16, 2011Congratulations to the April 10th, 2011 workshop graduates:back from left: Charles Griffin, Riccardo Milletari [Italy, planning internship], Elliot Wells [scholarship]front from left: Elfriede Jeller [Canada], Saki Oba [Japan], Cristina Freni [Italy, planning internship], Logan Bier [scholarship]
French media regulator the CSA has initiated a joint consultation with the country’s channels on reality shows following the deaths of two people involved in the making of TF1’s Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor. The move follows the death of 25 year-old contestant Gérald Babin, who suffered a heart attack while completing one of the challenges on the show, and the subsequent death of the show’s doctor, Thierry Costa, who left a suicide note that referred to criticism and media pressure following Babin’s death.CSA president Olivier Schrameck has charged Françoise Laborde and Francine Mariani-Ducray, who co-chair a committee that looks at the evolution of programming, to lead the consultation over the next few weeks with a particular focus on whether such shows respect human dignity and offer sufficient protection for young people and minors.The CSA said the consultation, which will take care not to interfere with ongoing legal enquiries, could lead to a re-examination of rules and the creation of a new voluntary code of practice that producers and distributors could sign up to.
“He stood up with others and challenged an unjust and unfair system of apartheid and discrimination. “My thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this time.”McCallion expresses condolences following death of Ivan Cooper was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Ivan Cooper receiving his honorary doctorate from President Michael D HigginsSINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion has expressed her condolences following the death of former civil rights leader Ivan Cooper. The Foyle MP said: “Ivan Cooper, along with others, played an important role in the Civil Rights campaign in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ShareTweet ELISHA MCCALLIONFoyle MPMcCallion expresses condolences following death of Ivan CooperSinn Fein
Hemp, on the other hand, has almost no THC. It’s next to impossible to get high from smoking it. But it’s high in CBD, which has medicinal properties and no intoxicating effects.CBD has been proven to help epileptics control and reduce the number of seizures they have. That’s according to two peer-reviewed studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet.In December, I showed you the remarkable story of Charlotte Figi. After only one day of treatment using CBD oils, Charlotte went from having 40 seizures every day to going a week without one.Charlotte is 12 now. She still takes daily CBD treatments. She still has some seizures. But they aren’t nearly as frequent or as severe as they were before she started her CBD treatments. Today, she can eat, walk, talk, and live a mostly normal life.However, even with all of these incredible benefits, the feds don’t see the big picture…Why the Feds Have It All WrongEven though hemp has next to no THC, it’s a strain of the cannabis plant.That’s why the feds used to classify it – along with regular cannabis, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote – as a Schedule I substance, its most severe category.Hemp’s former classification was patently ridiculous.Even if you buy the argument that high-THC cannabis should be illegal – which I don’t – it made no sense to outlaw hemp as well. Nobody was getting high on hemp. But the CBD it contains is helping people like Charlotte Figi escape the hell of severe epilepsy.Now, hemp wasn’t always illegal. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both cultivated it. And it used to be one of the main cash crops that American farmers grew for more than a century.Congress treated hemp like any other agricultural commodity until it passed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Cannabis prohibitionist Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics, drafted it. His bill put punitive taxes on hemp and cannabis production… and made it illegal to be in possession of either without a license.The feds temporarily lifted these restrictions in 1942. At the time, the industrial fibers used to produce rope, cords, and cloth were in short supply. The feds wanted farmers to grow as much hemp as possible, in order to produce more of these materials and support the U.S. military in World War II.The U.S. Department of Agriculture even produced a movie called Hemp for Victory explaining the benefits of hemp cultivation to farmers. It also highlighted the history of hemp and hemp products as well as the best hemp-growing practices.Obviously, the government was aware of hemp’s industrial uses. But it reinstituted the effective prohibition of hemp after the war ended – despite its medical and non-medical applications. It was one of the most boneheaded things the government has ever done. Click here for more details Casey Research Readers: Expiring In Less than 12 Hours [Last Chance] Gone Forever At Midnight…At midnight, your best chance to join Jason Bodner’s Palm Beach Trader research service disappears… forever. And with it, your chance to claim access to Jason’s #1 recommendation and to see gains of up to $9,385 (starting at tomorrow’s opening bell). Recommended Link — — Tech Investors Take Note: Trump Makes 5G a Matter of National ImportancePresident Trump’s message makes it clear: 5G is becoming a matter of national importance. Jeff Brown, former executive and Silicon Valley insider, has been saying this privately to his followers for the better part of a year now. “The completion of the 5G wireless network is essential if America is to maintain its economic dominance over countries like China. That’s why the president and companies are pulling out all the stops to get the network built. As 5G revolutionizes our communications networks, it will also send a handful of companies soaring.” While the early-bird 5G investor window may soon be closing, there’s one company expected to be far ahead of the rest. And you can still get a piece of it for $6 a share… Growing hemp remained illegal for the next 70 or so years… until recently.That’s because President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law this past December, which legalized hemp at the federal level. Now, hemp is treated as an agricultural commodity, not a Schedule I substance.Today, there are an estimated 25,000 non-medical products that can be created from hemp. It can be used in food and beverages, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, clothing, textiles, paper, and insulation materials… to name just a few.In fact, before legalization, nearly $700 million worth of hemp-based goods were already sold in the U.S. every year. These products were made with hemp imported from China and Canada… the latter of which legalized growing hemp in 1998.It was one of those odd legal loopholes. You couldn’t grow hemp in the U.S., but you could import certain parts of the hemp plant that weren’t illegal. In other words, the U.S. was needlessly subsidizing foreigners… not exactly an “America First” deal, which is one reason why I suspect Trump legalized hemp and will eventually legalize cannabis outright.How Big the Market for Legal Hemp Is in the U.S.Americans already spend more than $700 million on products that contain hemp every year… See the graph below for the breakdown:But that’s just a snapshot of where the market is right now. Now that hemp is legal, the market will truly explode.It’s worth noting that the oracles at Whole Foods say hemp will be a “Top 10” product this year.Drugmakers will be able to openly research other uses of CBD derived from hemp.There’s no telling what medical treatments they’ll develop. What we can be sure of is that all of this will increase demand for CBD and the plant it’s extracted from – hemp.How You Can Gain Exposure to Legal Hemp StocksNow that President Trump has legalized hemp at the federal level, the floodgates have opened for hemp production – as well as CBD oil extraction – on a massive industrial scale in the U.S.I expect the CBD oil market to explode (recall that industrial hemp is used for its rich CBD content.)Market research suggests that the U.S. CBD market was worth around $500 million last year.But it could easily skyrocket to over $10 billion within the next three years. That’s 20 times its current size.As impressive as that sounds, I think it’s probably conservative. Sales of Epidiolex, the CBD drug the FDA approved to treat epilepsy, are expected to reach $1.3 billion over a similar time frame. And that’s just one CBD product.I think the U.S. CBD market could easily grow 20 times larger in the years ahead.Shares of select publicly traded companies in the CBD industry could surge even higher.This is presenting investors with another new, huge opportunity to profit from the legal cannabis megatrend. The time to position yourself is now.You must remember to be cautious when investing in legal hemp and cannabis stocks. Some of them are quality companies. But there are also plenty of bad actors out there trying to ride a wave of the mania.Regards,Nick Giambruno Chief Analyst, Crisis InvestingP.S. Only one CBD oil stock is uniquely positioned to ride the crest of this wealth wave. This is the most lucrative opportunity I have seen in a long time. That’s why watching my new video presentation is imperative. Go here to view now.Reader MailbagDo you think legal hemp is a good thing or a bad thing? Will you be investing in the sector, or sitting on the sidelines? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.We at Casey Research…Would like to cordially invite you to join Doug Casey, Nick Giambruno, and all of your favorite Casey Research gurus at the second annual Legacy Investment Summit.It’ll be in southern California from September 23-25… and it’s bound to be one of the most exciting investing conferences this year.For a limited time, you can get your tickets for hundreds less than everyone else will pay. Go here for your special offer. This is urgent – click here now before the deadline Recommended Link Justin’s note: President Trump has been an ally of the legal cannabis markets… He’s rolled back a bunch of restrictions and signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. If you’ve been following the Dispatch – or any of Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno’s work – you know this is a huge deal. Industrial hemp is legal at the federal level – for the first time in over 70 years.But people still don’t grasp how big of a deal legal hemp is… or why it’s going to send a niche market soaring. Early investors have a huge opportunity in this space.Read on for details on this money-making sector… and how you can profit.By Nick Giambruno, chief analyst, Crisis InvestingIn today’s essay, I’m going to show you another major milestone on the road to full cannabis legalization in the U.S.It centers on one of America’s forgotten cash crops…The applications for this crop greatly exceed those of regular cannabis. And the potential upside is almost impossible to calculate.I’m talking about hemp, which is now legal for the first time in over 70 years after the government legalized it last year.I’ll explain all the details about this big opportunity in a moment. But first, let me back up and explain what hemp is.What Is Hemp?Hemp and marijuana are from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. They look similar, which leads to some confusion. But hemp and the type of cannabis that people smoke have different chemical compositions.Source: Naturescbdoil.comThe cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. These are chemical compounds that react with cannabinoid receptors in the nervous and immune systems.The two most common cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Regular cannabis contains a lot of THC. That’s the chemical that gets you “high” when you ingest it.
State officials say flu-related deaths in North Carolina have reached a modern-day record this season.The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that one person died from flu in the past week, bringing this season’s statewide total to 379 deaths. Most of those were among people age 65 and older.This season’s total is much higher than either the 2016-17 or 2014-15 seasons. In each of those, there were 218 confirmed flu-related deaths.Officials say it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. Although the six-month flu season officially ended March 31, flu has been known to linger several weeks into April and early May.
A disabled artist-activist’s project to “make visible the human cost of austerity” in the run-up to tomorrow’s general election has visited the prime minister’s constituency, home to one of the most high-profile victims of his government’s austerity programme.Liz Crow’s We Are Figures project has seen her sculpt 650 figures out of river mud, one for every UK constituency and each linked to an individual story about a victim of austerity.And on Saturday (2 May), We Are Figures was in Witney, a constituency that is not only represented by the prime minister, but was also home to Mark Wood.Wood starved to death four months after he was found fit for work, and subsequently had his out-of-work disability benefits and housing benefit removed. Among those visiting the travelling exhibition of clay figures were members of the local Green party, of which Wood had been a member.At one point, there were UKIP, Green and Labour supporters in the We Are Figures van discussing the austerity stories at the same time.Lizzy Maries, a tour guide on the We Are Figures tour, said: “There was a lot of empathy. These were real stories that have happened to real people and that resonated with a lot of people.”She said that all of the visitors to the van in Witney – including Conservative party members – were “really respectful” to the project.She said: “So far, nobody has wanted to argue with us and say, ‘It’s not true, it’s all lies,’ although a lot of people do say, ‘We need austerity.’”Maries said she believed the exhibition would make some people think again about who they vote for.But she said that We Are Figures was not just about the election. “It’s also about keeping an eye on the people around you. It’s about the society we live in. It is about us as people creating a society that supports one another.“I definitely think that for a few people it will make them think. I also hope it will make them think past the election.”Pictured: The We Are Figures van outside David Cameron’s constituency office in Witney
FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth612email@example.comJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgRice political scientist available to comment on limitation of federal oversight of Voting Rights ActHOUSTON — (July 25, 2013) — Following last month’s Supreme Court decision limiting the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that the Justice Department would ask a court to require Texas to get permission from the federal government before making voting changes for the next decade. Rice University political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss Holder’s decision.“Section 3 of the voting rights act may in fact provide a way of getting around the court’s decision to strike down the preclearance requirement of section 5,” Stein said. “States that are now absolved of following a preclearance requirement like Texas can be required to clear any of their proposed changes in election law if a judge finds cause for an adverse effect under the Voting Rights Act.”Stein is an expert on voting behavior, urban politics and public policy; his publications have appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals. Stein’s current research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and examines the impact of the federal aid system on the electoral trajectories of officeholders at both the subnational and congressional levels. Other research by Stein examines collective action among metropolitan area governments and voting behavior.To schedule an interview with Stein, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 612-702-9473 or email@example.com.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Robert Stein biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/rstein/Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005
Add to Queue Cynthia Salarizadeh 4 min read Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 The responsible professionals building the cannabis industry are not dodging the social issues inherent with the normalization of marijuana. The cannabis industry has been described as the “Wild West” but the fact is cannabis, and the products supporting its use, create opportunities for mainstream businesses in Canada and the US. Altria and Constellation Brands are two examples of the big brands jumping into cannabis with billions of dollars to spend on bringing new vaping, edible and paraphernalia products to market.While most of the news and discussion about cannabis focuses on consumables, the responsible professionals building the cannabis industry are anticipating social issues that arise with normalization and proactively developing solutions.Related: NFL Considers Options for Medical Use of MarijuanaSmoke gets in my eyes.Cannabis vaping and use of e-cigarettes are increasing and people who vape (and smoke) are getting push back from people who don’t. It ranges from being sent outside to enjoy their vape to dirty looks on the street when they exhale. At the same time, adults are allowed to choose for themselves whether to vape e-cigarettes or cannabis starting at ages 18 and 21, respectively.One company believes vaping does not have to impact the environment or other people. PHILTER™Labs, Inc is giving responsible adults the choice to vape in a traditional manner and to filter emission clouds based on a particular environment. Philter recently debuted the world’s first 4” x ½” dual-function filter developed by medical device experts with more than 20 years of experience. Philter’s first-of-a-kind technology lets responsible adults partake in universally acceptable vaping behavior.Personal rights and personal choice to vape or not to vape are essential in a polite society.Related: Harvest Buys Verano to Solidify Market Position Post-Prohibition (Whenever That Happens)Mother Nature thanks you.As a fast-growing channel for both the cannabis and nicotine markets, the vape market creates mountains of waste. From the consumer-focused packaging, to the vaporizer battery and pods, the amount of refuse generated is profound. Cannabis activist Katie Stone, says “Responsible recycling is necessary in the cannabis industry and, frankly it’s the right thing to do.”What works in other industries can be used as a blueprints for similar cannabis recycling programs. TerraCycle, known for recycling the unrecyclable, is geared to putting an end to the waste, one cartridge, vape pen, childproof bag at a time. Unfortunately, it is illegal to re-use the cannabis-holding portions of vape pens, however the materials that make up a vape pen — from plastics to electronics and batteries — can be recycled.Related: We Need to Clear the Smoke About Cannabis in the WorkplaceSexist advertising doesn’t cut it.As this newly legal industry develops, please don’t think that it will accept girls in thongs and half shirts in our advertising (as the beer industry did in the 90s ), or women in skin tight dresses at our trade shows (as auto shows still do) or women objectified in any other form.Organizations are being created daily to promote women in this industry. Kyra Reed, leader of Women Entrepreneurs in Cannabis, started a movement three years ago with the sole purpose to support women in this industry. The momentum of her #BetterTogether movement hasn’t slowed down.Related: We Have a Problem: The Cannabis Industry Is Losing Women LeadersLearning from the past.The cannabis industry has been compared to the wine/beer industry, but we’re smart enough today to learn from the past and make the future better. Cannabis and ancillary businesses are not just looking for opportunities to provide what the Wild West provided-gold and the pick and shovel, they are looking to the future to solve what happens after the entire industry regulates. Social Entrepreneurship Founder and CEO –shares Cannabis Professionals Are Tackling the Industry’s Big Issues Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 26, 2019 Next Article Subscribe Now Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: The Cannabiz Agency | Getty Images
Apply Now » If Uber Drivers Are Employees, They’re Owed $730 Million More, Say U.S. Court Papers This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Court Cases Image credit: Spencer Platt | Getty Images Next Article 3 min read –shares Drivers who worked for ride-hailing service Uber in California and Massachusetts over the past seven years would have been entitled to an estimated $730 million in expense reimbursements had they been employees rather than contractors, according to court documents made public on Monday.Uber and smaller rival Lyft are attempting to settle lawsuits by drivers who contend they should be classified as employees and therefore entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gasoline and vehicle maintenance. Drivers currently pay those costs themselves.According to attorneys for Uber drivers, the total potential damages in the case are $852 million, when including a claim to recover tips. The figure is based on rates for mileage reimbursement set by the U.S. government and on data provided by Uber Technologies Inc.The company, meanwhile, calculates damages at $429 million, mainly due to a lower mileage rate.The figures had been redacted in the original settlement deal proposed last month, but a San Francisco federal judge ordered them unsealed. The new data reveals how much of a risk employee classification is for on-demand tech companies like Uber. The proposed $100 million settlement keeps Uber drivers classified as contractors, though U.S. regulators are still reviewing the issue.Uber drivers in California and Massachusetts were entitled to about $122 million in tips, the filings show. That means Uber made about $732 million in commissions in those two states since 2009, based on an assumed 20 percent tip rate – more than $100 million less than it would have cost to reimburse drivers for expenses and tips.An Uber representative declined to comment.The judge must decide whether the $100 million Uber settlement is fair, and the total potential damages at play will likely bear on his analysis. The deal represents about 12 percent of the potential $852 million in damages.Lyft had agreed to settle its class action for $12.25 million, but a separate federal judge rejected the deal because it represented only about 9 percent of the value of drivers’ claims.While the deal does not elevate drivers to employees, attorneys for drivers have defended it, saying they faced significant risks had the case gone to trial. They also say drivers who have worked several months could be entitled to thousands of dollars each under the settlement.Beyond the money, Uber also agreed to new policies including an appeals process for drivers terminated by Uber.(Reporting by Dan Levine and Heather Somerville; Editing by Matthew Lewis) Reuters 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List May 10, 2016 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.
Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 9:41 pmJune 7, 2019 AI SDKArtificial IntelligenceNeongeckoNewsSocial Media Previous ArticleMastercard Digital Wellness Program to Enhance Transparency, Security and Choice for Online ShoppingNext ArticleBabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology Customizable Conversation Processing for Business, Education and Home, Supports Interactive Applications, Internet Websites, Home Automation, Voice-Controlled DevicesNeongecko.com Inc. unveiled the “Neon AI Software Development Kit for Conversation Processing” (Neon AI SDK), the most advanced system for developing conversational AI applications. By 2025 more than 50% of human-computer interactions will be by voice (a.k.a. Conversational AI).The Neon AI SDK is the first platform that is preconfigured to enable software developers and hardware designers to quickly produce a full range of voice controlled devices, home automation, smart speakers, interactive applications and conversational websites.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc. The Neon AI SDK provides “Natural Language Understanding” from audio, video, speech-to-text and gestures; and provide responses using text-to-speech, playing audio files, device operations, and home controls through OpenHAB automation.Think Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana – with source code. Neon AI is an “AI Assistant” with a full set of conversational skills, ready for customization. The technology is an integrated suite of services for conversation processing, natural language understanding, translation and AI capable of enabling myriad products and services. The Neon AI SDK is available on GitHub, as a Linux/Python/Java “developers stack” under Ubuntu or MS Windows, and includes skills from Mycroft AI.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience ObjectivesNeon AI demonstration applications and devices include: standard websites with Neon Nano™; standard Intel based PCs for a universal smart speaker device and next-generation audio video enabled notebook PCs NeonU™ and NeonX™; and conversational AI enabled websites such as Klat.com (no app or plug-in required). Visit Neon AI Demos for videos showing use cases of the Neon AI SDK.Developers can use the Neon AI SDK for real-time speech-to-text processing for transcriptions and translations, to enable AI skills, and for participation in multiple simultaneous conversations in a single browser session. Conversation segments can be spoken or typed, and can be internal business conversations, business to end-user sales and support, end-user to end-user social media, or connections between family and friends.Marketing Technology News: StarfishETL Partners with PeopleSense, Inc.
Source:https://home.liebertpub.com/news/american-adults-have-very-low-rate-of-metabolic-health/3480 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 28 2018A new study found that the prevalence of metabolic health is very low among American adults, even among those who have normal weight. This has serious implications for public health, according to the study published in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Researchers Joana Araújo, PhD, Jianwen Cai, PhD, and June Stevens, PhD, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, coauthored the study entitled “Prevalence of Optimal Metabolic Health in American Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2016.”Related StoriesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorBlood pressure self-monitoring can help patients with hypertension to stick with exercise programCarbohydrate plays important role in regulating blood pressure, research suggestsThe researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected from 2009-2016. They estimated the proportion of American adults who had optimal cardiometabolic health using different sets of guidelines. Compared to older guidelines, the use of more recent guidelines with more rigorous cut-offs saw the proportion of metabolically healthy Americans decreased from near 20% to more than 12%. Optimal metabolic health was based on measures of waist circumference, glucose (fasting and HbA1c), blood pressure, triglyceride and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and not taking any related medications.”While we can quibble about the definition of metabolic health, it is alarming that only one-tenth of the population meets criteria for appropriate waist size, glucose, blood pressure and lipid profile” says Dr. Adrian Vella, Editor-in-Chief of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders and Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN.
View of a beach from a condo building in Florida, where bitcoin fever has hit the real estate market © 2018 AFP As of the end of last year, the digital currency was listed as a way to pay for some 75 properties for sale, especially in south Florida and California, according to the real estate firm Redfin.”Bitcoin accepted” is a message now seen in the description of homes for sale in the Miami area.One seller is going even farther, saying he will take only bitcoin (33 of them to be exact) for his half-million-dollar downtown condo in the Florida metropolis.Bitcoin has been on a roller coaster ride of late, shooting up to nearly $20,000 a piece in mid-December and then dropping sharply around Christmas. It started the year at around $14,000.Its use in real estate transactions is novel, and agents are wary because of its high volatility.”I’d be blown away if a year from now we see hundreds of real estate transactions in bitcoins,” said Jay Parker, Florida CEO for the Douglas Elliman brokerage agency.Still, such transactions can be useful for foreigners who want to invest in the United States and cannot otherwise do so, said economist and bitcoin expert Charles Evans of Barry University. “This seems to be driven by international investors who are circumventing inefficient banking and currency controls at home, and by US cryptocurrency enthusiasts,” Evans told AFP.”The governments in those countries restrict the amount of money that their residents are allowed to transfer abroad through the banking system. Bitcoin enables individuals there to bypass such restrictions,” he added.This could be a draw for investors, who even before the bitcoin rage were already hot on the real estate market in south Florida.Nearly half of all foreign buyers of property in south Florida are from Latin America.According to the National Association of Realtors, over the past five years, investors from Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina—in that order—have led purchases in this part of the state.Money laundering?Bitcoin offers another advantage for some foreign investors: it lets them dodge US economic sanctions.Evans cited the example of Venezuela, which imposes strict currency controls and is enduring runaway inflation that surpassed 2,600 percent in 2017.What is more, many senior officials in the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro have been hit by sanctions imposed by Washington, which considers his administration a dictatorship.Evans said there is also a lot of interest in bitcoin among Iranians, whom he described as “doubly hit” with restrictions in Iran and international sanctions.It is an open secret that money laundering fuels the real estate market in south Florida. But instead of hiding the practice, bitcoin could have the opposite effect.The crypto currency “is a terrible medium for large-scale money laundering, because all bitcoin transactions are recorded in the publicly available transaction record known at the Blockchain,” said Evans.Although bitcoin has been associated with the drug trade and cyber attacks, Blockchain “leaves a lot of fingerprints,” former Florida representative Jose Felix Diaz told Politico.”So if you’re using it for illegitimate reasons, the state and the federal government should have every tool at their disposal to go after you,” Diaz said.Last year, Diaz sponsored a bill-turned-law that includes bitcoin in Florida’s laws for fighting money laundering.Real estate agent Parker also said money laundering via bitcoin is far from posing a risk because “the beneficial owners of the real estate are always going to be able to be traced.”Parker said the fad of doing real estate deals in bitcoin could be as volatile as the currency itself.”I think it’s a gimmick. There’s not much risk. The only risk is if the currency crashes before you can liquidate it,” said Parker.”I think the people that are using bitcoins to try to market their properties are doing it with the very purpose of getting you to write about it, getting their properties exposure,” said Parker. Citation: Bitcoin fever hits US real estate market (2018, January 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-bitcoin-fever-real-estate.html Explore further Bitcoin fever has hit the US real estate market, especially that of Florida, offering foreign investors a way to dodge currency controls at home and US economic sanctions. 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. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs
France has rallied EU partners to draw up the tax to ensure that global tech platforms such as Google and Facebook pay their fair share © 2018 AFP France for a year has rallied EU partners to draw up the tax which Paris says is necessary to ensure that global tech platforms such as Facebook and Google pay their fair share.Paris fervently argues that the measure would be a popular accomplishment for the EU ahead of European elections next year, in which anti-Brussels populists could do well.However, Ireland leads a small group of countries that argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation. Dublin, along with Luxembourg and the Netherlands, are the European homes for several US tech giants that would face the tax. “Today is the big battle day over fairness in taxation in the digital economy,” said Hartwig Loger, the finance minister of Austria, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency.”It is our clear goal to have by the end of the year.. the first steps in taxing the digital economy at the European level,” he said.Austria’s self imposed deadline leaves less than three months to get opponents on side as European tax rules require unanimous backing by all EU members. “Let’s see how far we get,” cautioned German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who this week was reported to be quietly working against the tax after a secret memo was leaked to the German press. “I share the ambition many have to achieve results already this year,” he added.’Sword of Damocles’Work is based on a proposal by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that would create a European tax on “big tech”, based on overall revenue in Europe and not just on profits. But lead opponent Ireland says a growing number of countries are grumbling about hidden problems with the tax, including that it could inadvertently snag European companies.Provoking US President Donald Trump while the threat of a EU-US trade war still looms is also a concern.”If Europe looks to deal with this issue on its own I believe that it runs the risk of… promoting a response from countries that will be affected… at a time in which global trade is under such pressure,” Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told AFP.Amid the increasing questions, Austria said countries widely backed a French compromise to introduce a sunset clause so that the EU tax would later be replaced by a worldwide deal, once one is reached at the OECD.A sunset clause could serve “as a sword of Damocles motivating the international community to come to an overall … decision,” said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.But the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of rich nations including the US, has so far failed to reach a consensus on the matter. France urges ‘wake-up call’ on tax for US web giants EU finance ministers battled Saturday over a controversial proposal to slap a European tax on US tech giants amid rising worries that it is ineffective and protectionist. 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. Citation: EU ministers do ‘battle’ over digital tax (2018, September 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-eu-ministers-digital-tax.html Explore further
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