Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Travelweek Group ACV debuts Sun Collection brochure plus 5 product launch dates Tags: Air Canada Vacations Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations’ new 2018/2019 Sun Collection brochure is hitting the stands with 700+ hotels – most offering all-inclusive packages – plus 13 ACV exclusive resorts, 35 semi-exclusive resorts and 100+ cruises.Destinations include Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, California, Florida and Las Vegas. Clients can choose from short and long stay options, additional guided excursions, and new destinations of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Belize.Extra capacity comes in the form of 58 additional new flights to ACV’s sun destinations.“At Air Canada Vacations, we’re always looking to enhance our Sun Collection, year after year, so we can continue to offer our customers more choice and convenience. With our exclusive advantages, huge hotel repertoire, and flights aboard Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, it’s easy to turn travel dreams into reality,” says ACV’s Managing Director Nino Montagnese.The brochure arrives just two weeks after ACV revealed its 2018-19 winter sun highlights.The brochure news also arrives along with dates and cities for ACV’s fourth annual Dream Makers product launch, returning this fall.Agents are invited to join ACV to celebrate the new Sun Brochure 2018/2019 Collection. “We’re thrilled to present another great Dream Maker tour to launch our exciting new Sun Brochure and all it has to offer to our valued industry partners, travel agents and their customers,” said Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at Air Canada Vacations. “The travel agency community is a key component in making travel dreams come true. This tour is really our way of saying thank you to our trade partners.”Here are the dates and cities, with further venue details and registration to follow in the coming weeks:More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthSept. 10: VancouverSept. 11: CalgarySept. 13: MontrealSept. 18: HalifaxSept. 20: TorontoAll #ACVDreamMakers events will take place 5 – 9 p.m. with cocktails, prizes, and live entertainment as well as a presentation from Air Canada Vacations’ senior executives, focusing on the 2018/2019 Collection.Here are more updates about the season to come with ACV:One new route has been announced as part of the 2018 winter flight schedule. Vancouver (YVR) to Lihue, Hawaii (LIH) will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting on Dec. 15.Vancouver and Calgary flights to Hawaii, Vancouver flights to Mexico, and Calgary flights to Cancun will be serviced on Air Canada’s new 737 MAX aircraft.New addition St. Vincent & the Grenadines comes with seven hotels in the ACV brochure. Air Canada Rouge will also be offering nonstop Toronto to St. Vincent flights on Thursdays and Sundays.Also new, Belize is featured in the ACV brochure with four hotels. Air Canada Rouge will also be offering nonstop Toronto-to-Belize flights on Mondays and Fridays.In addition to Mexico and the Caribbean ACV’s new Sun Collection also includes trips to Florida, Hawaii, Las Vegas and California. Air Canada Vacations offers savings of $100 per couple all year long when booking a package 90 days prior to departure to one of these sunny destinations.With Air Canada Vacations’ Early Booking Bonus, bookings made by Sept. 9, 2018 mean savings of $600 per family ($200 per adult and $100 per child ages 2 to 12) and include an additional eight free days of airport parking.Clients can also take advantage of ACV’s new CareFlex Plan, priced at $49 per person. CareFlex allows travellers to change their booking, transfer their package, and cancel with a full refund up to three days before departure.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemNew this year, Air Canada Vacations will honour the original contract price for any additional passengers if their group size increases by up to 20%. Clients who book a group of eight adults pay a $300 deposit while getting $2,000 in savings. The offer is valid for packages made by Oct. 31, 2018 and for departures between Nov. 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.Couples who tie the knot with a destination wedding can get a $500 flight credit per group for bookings made by Oct. 31, 2018. Newlyweds also get extra perks like a complimentary site inspection, free seat selection, two free upgrades, including access to the Maple Leaf lounge, and a $500 future travel credit for their next vacation.Other group booking perks include: fly and stay free, block seat selection on flights, Group Price Drop, Group Price Match, no deposit for 90 days, private transfers, dedicated group coordinators, and access to the Maple Leaf lounge with Business class or Premium Rouge.With ACV’s Cruise Promise, if clients find a flight with Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge at a lower price, ACV pay for the flight. “That’s right, if you find a lower price for your cruise airfare at the time of booking with us, we’ll pay the entire cost of the flight for all passengers on the booking!” says the tour operator. A new exclusive addition for ACV’s Cruise product lineup is Martinique and the Antilles sailings onboardthe Costa Magica, starting Dec. 27, 2018.Air Canada Vacations’ program collections include Spotlight, Luxe, Family, Boutique, Adults Only and Spa. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
MONTREAL — Club Med’s new ‘I-frame’ online tool gives all travel agencies the opportunity to showcase Club Med’s offerings at all times on third party websites.The all-inclusive pioneer says the I-frame is the latest addition to Club Med’s arsenal of trade sales tools, aimed at helping travel agents fulfill their clients’ bucket lists, boost their business and provide efficient information to their clients.Club Med says the I-frame is a vertical content block that any travel agency can incorporate into their website on a dedicated page of their choice.The content of the block is managed by Club Med, “guaranteeing constant upscale branding, as well as up-to-date and relevant information about Club Med offers and resorts”. It is hosted on the travel agency’s website, with its own call to action.Travel agent Laurent with Voyages Paradis tells Club Med: “I-frame is truly a great tool. It’s modern while still remaining very user-friendly. All of Club Med’s latest offers and promotions are available with one click, alongside presentations of the resorts, and much more. This feature is ergonomic, has a great aesthetic and we are confident it will help us increase our sales.”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upI-frames can be incorporated by a travel agency’s webmaster at any time, says Club Med. A step-by-step installation guide is available on ClubMedAgents.ca.Once installed the I-frame does not require any work or maintenance from the agency, however Club Med recommends that there be a simple path with a direct link from the homepage or the website’s navigation bar to the I-frame, to ensure the Club Med I-frame is easily accessible for the customer.“It is very important for us to invest in tools that help our indirect travel partners grow their business,” says Jacinda Lowry, National Sales Director. “With online distribution channels at the centre of the customer booking journey, it is key that travel agencies always have up-to-date and engaging Club Med content on their website. The I-frame is a win-win solution, with no extra work for the agency and user-friendly content for their customers. We hope that numerous travel agencies will take this opportunity and implement this tool that we developed specifically for them.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe I-frame’s design also allows the client to navigate from any platform: desktop, tablet or mobile phone, adds Lowry. Tags: Club Med, Technology Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Club Med manages its new I-frame tool, agents reap the rewards Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>
Go back to the e-newsletter >Weigh-to-Fly is the answer to the packing problems of all travellers in the form of an extendible luggage scale which sends real-time updates to users’ phones as they pack their case.The device has an adjustable, lightweight, telescopic frame that slides and locks to fit whichever size case necessary. Once the case is placed on top, the sensors in each of the corners send updates via Bluetooth to the traveller’s smartphone, allowing them to see instantly how close they are to their weight limit as they pack. The smartphone app contains details of every major airline’s weight restrictions so the user simply types in which airline they are flying with.It even takes account of the weight of the device (450g) and the scale’s unique “coat hanger” design means it can also serve as a clothes hanger upon arrival to the destination. Also incorporated is a proximity sensor, which sends a notification if a case is left behind or the user moves too far away from their luggage.Weigh-to-Fly is the brainchild of Software Electronics Engineer Jamie Cruickshank: “One in five passengers are charged an average of £25 for excess baggage at the airport. In the UK alone, passengers forked out over £1.6 billion in charges in a single year. Multiply this globally and it is a huge problem. Not only is it costing passengers dearly but it causes stress, hassle and inconvenience at the airport.”He added: “There are other products on the market but these have disadvantages. For example there are cases with the weighing mechanism built in. These limit you to using a single case whereas Weigh-to-Fly can be used with any piece of luggage. Other luggage scales can let you down. They give inaccurate results, break easily or require you to lift heavy bags in order to read the weight. Not to mention the repetitive process of zipping up and weighing your bag every time you add or remove something.”The retail price of Weigh-to-Fly is expected to be £69.99.Go back to the e-newsletter >
The gold stocks never got a sniff of positive territory. They gapped down at the open, rallied along with the gold price between 10:30 an 11:45 a.m. in New York, and then sold off for the rest of the day, as the gold price rolled over. The HUI finished down 2.74%, finishing on it’s low of the day, and giving back everything it gained on Wednesday, plus a bit more. The daily HUI chart is M.IA., so here’s the 5-day chart, and it’s pretty ugly. The dollar index close late Wednesday afternoon in New York at 80.64, and then traded basically sideways until around 1 p.m. Hong Kong time. Then it dipped down to 80.40 during the next couple of hours, and then rallied back to around unchanged by shortly after 9 a.m. in London trading. The index spiked up to its high of the day [80.80] at 8:30 a.m. in New York, and then fell all the way down to 80.25 by 11:35 a.m. After that it traded flat for the remained of the Thursday session. The index finished the day at 80.26, which was down 38 basis points from Wednesday’s close. There was zero correlation between the currencies and the precious metal price action yesterday. The platinum price didn’t do much yesterday, but for the second day in a row, palladium was the star of the day after it rallied briefly in mid-morning trading in New York. Here are the charts. It was a very similar chart pattern for the silver equities, but they only gave back about half of what they gained on Wednesday. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.17%, and virtually on its low as well. Looking at these equity charts, you have to ask yourself one question, dear reader; and that is “whose buying all these precious metal shares that have been falling off the table for the last year or so”, as somebody owns them. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Day 5 of the December delivery month showed that 199 gold, along with 169 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Monday. In gold, the short/issuers were of no particular importance. What was important, but no surprise, was the fact that the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan Chase in its in-house [proprietary] trading account, with 193 of those contracts. In silver, the largest short/issuers of note were Jefferies and HSBC USA, with 82 and 75 contracts respectively. JPMorgan stopped 121 of those contracts, of which 116 contracts were for its in-house [proprietary] trading account. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stopper Report is here. There were not reported changes in GLD yesterday, and as of 9:39 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List”, updated his website for the goings-on inside SLV for the past reporting week, and this is what he had to say — “Analysis of the 04 December 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list: 819,078.4 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had a serial number change. “The bars removed were from: Doe Run (0.3M oz.), Met-Mex (0.2M oz.), and five others. As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 737.6 troy ounces. All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.” The link to Joshua’s website is here. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They sold another 8,500 troy ounces of gold eagles; and 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes. It was rather quiet day for gold in the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. They reported receiving only 6,365 troy ounces, and didn’t ship any out All of the activity was at Brink’s, Inc., and here’s the link. For a change, it was even quieter in silver, as nothing was reported received, and only 1,456 troy ounces were reported shipped out. The link to that activity is here. I have a decent number of stories again today and, as usual, the final edit is up to you. Completing the December delivery intrigue is copper, where no deliveries have been made yet and a clear backwardation has developed. Just as a reminder, JPMorgan is very long copper futures. Is there any market these crooks don’t seek to dominate? The ironic aspect is that the Volcker Rule is set to be finalized by the CFTC next Tuesday, December 10. I say ironic because if either a legitimate Volcker Rule or position limits were established, JPMorgan would not be allowed to dominate the markets as it does. Who knows – maybe JPMorgan sees the handwriting on the wall and that is why they positioned themselves for an upside price explosion. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 December 2013 Wednesday’s short covering rallies in both gold and silver ended up being flashes in the New York pan, as nothing happened in any of the world’s precious metals markets during the following 24 hours. Instead, it was followed by the same price pressure that we’ve become accustomed to, interrupted only briefly by a smallish rally in mid-morning trading in New York that got capped shortly before lunch. Since today is the first Friday of the new month, we get the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. EST, and I expect that JPMorgan et al will do the dirty with their high-frequency traders starting milliseconds before the numbers are actually released, because I’m sure that they’ll be given the “heads up”. I’d love to be wrong, of course. But using the past as prologue, I have to place my bet on that outcome. We also get the latest Commitment of Traders Report, along with the monthly Bank Participation Report which strips out the Comex futures positions of all the banks [both U.S. and foreign] and for that one day a month we get to see how dominant the U.S. banks really are in all four precious metals. As far as the COT Report is concerned, I’m expecting more improvements in the Commercial net short positions in the precious metals, especially after the hammering they took at the hands of “da boyz” on Monday. Gold, silver and platinum all set new lows for this move down on that day, and gold and silver set marginally new lows again on Tuesday as well. So if the numbers are reported in a timely manner, all this data should be in today’s report. Nothing much happened during early trading in the Far East on their Friday, and the tiny rallies in gold, silver and platinum in the afternoon session got sold back to unchanged about 45 minutes before the London open. London has been open an hour as I type this paragraph, and nothing much is happening there, either. I would suspect that traders are waiting for the jobs numbers just as we are. Volumes in both gold and silver are extremely light, and the dollar index is up about 10 basis points. And as I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EST, all four precious metals continue to languish, and volumes are still very subdued. The dollar index is not doing much, either. Before heading out the door, I note that Doug Casey’s new book Right on the Money will be released on December 16. Right on the Money is the second book in the Conversations with Casey series. This time, the conversations focus on speculating, economics, investing, politics, and how to profit in times of political and economic chaos. “In it, famed speculator and New York Times best-selling author Doug Casey tackles investing head on. In his typical no-holds-barred style, Doug shares his philosophical views on economics, politics, and life itself… and his tools to turn them into actionable investment ideas. This book is nothing less than a speculator’s guide to profiting from the Greater Depression… a set of keys to a potential fortune, available only to contrarians who are brave enough to use them during a time of chaos and volatility gripping our world.” If you want to learn more, or find out how you can order it, all you need to know is at this link here. That’s all I have for today, and considering what might [or might not] transpire at 8:30 a.m. EST in New York, nothing will surprise me when I power up my computer later this morning. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line, and I’ll see here tomorrow. Sponsor Advertisement The chart pattern in silver was very similar, with the inflection points coming at the same time as the ones in gold. And after getting sold back down in electronic trading, the silver price didn’t do much after that. The high and low in the March contract were reported as $19.60 and $19.27. Silver finished the Thursday trading session at $19.435 spot, which was down 28 cents from Wednesday’s close. Net volume was a very healthy 47,000 contracts. We get the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. EST, and I expect that JPMorgan et al will do the dirty As I mentioned in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, once the big short covering rally in gold got capped during the New York lunch hour on Wednesday, it continued to get sold down almost with a break going into the London open yesterday morning. This trend continued until the low was in a hair after 10:30 a.m. EST. The subsequent rally lasted until shortly before noon, and then got sold down again starting around 2 p.m. in the New York electronic market. The high and low were recorded by the CME as $1,243.20 and $1,216.30 in the February contract. 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Bill Bonner Chairman, Bonner & Partners Justin’s note: While the Fed and the U.S. government do everything they can to discourage you from building your wealth, there’s something far more sinister happening behind the scenes. What Bill recently uncovered, lurking beneath the mainstream media’s headlines, isn’t something you’ll find anywhere else. Click here to learn more. Recommended Link Rotten Structure First, December’s retail sales numbers were revised down. Then, January showed retail sales growth at a little more than half the expected 0.5% rate. This was not good news, either. But when translated to modern trader talk, it came out as this: “Hey, the Fed ain’t gonna continue raising rates… not with this kind of retail sales report.” Traders – conditioned by many years of Fed meddling to “buy the dip” – took the bad news as good news and bought more overpriced stocks. The Dow ended up 1%. But markets are discovering new things every day. Last week, they discovered that bond prices should be lower (taking into consideration a probable, but not certain, new “quantitative tightening” program from the Fed… as well as the latest print on inflation). As prices fell, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit 2.92% – a four-year high. Investors will discover that stock prices should be lower, too. That much is a certainty, though the timing is always unpredictable. More broadly, they will discover that the whole shebang – the entire capital structure – is rotten. Passionate Intensity For 30 years, the Fed has systematically discouraged savings… …while the federal government’s appetite for spending the nation’s savings has greatly increased. You can do the math. In January 2017, there was about $8.8 trillion in savings stashed away in depository institutions in the U.S. (some of it belongs to foreigners). Today, there is $9.09 trillion… or an increase of less than $300 billion over the year. Even if 100% of these savings were taken this year, it would only cover a quarter of the feds’ projected $1.2 trillion deficit. We used to count on the Republicans to push back on deficits. They believed in small government and balanced budgets. But now, most of them lack all conviction – except in getting re-elected! And the worst are full of passionate intensity… …eager to snatch away every penny of other people’s savings. Regards, — — New Legislation: 33 States Pave the Way for Strange New Car Hand to Mouth As we reported last month, consumers were credited with having rescued the fourth-quarter GDP by digging into their piggybanks and emptying them to buy gewgaws and thingamajigs. That bit of data should have caused investors to fly to safety, too. Instead of the 10% savings rate that was customary in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, household savings dropped to a near-record low of 2.4% last year. We pause here to remind readers that savings are the key to economic growth and prosperity. Without savings, you live hand to mouth… consuming all that you produce. Gradually, your machines, fields, and roads degrade. They must be continually renewed… with new factories and new businesses to offer jobs, compete in the market, and create wealth. Without savings, progress stops… and then reverses. The difference between a rich country and a poor one is the level of savings – stored up capital – that is available for business and consumer use. Savings are also important as insurance. You never know when mere anarchy will be loosed upon the land. You save money so you will have something to spend when it comes. Of course, no one seems to think times will ever get rough again. And with the geniuses at the Fed, the saints in Washington, and the magicians on Wall Street – maybe, they’re right! In any event, when the data started coming in from retail sales, it revealed that households seem to be running a little short. “Skint,” they say on this side of the Atlantic. Not since the Model T replaced the horse and buggy has America seen a shift this huge in the way we drive. Within the next 2 years, we will see 10 million of these cars on the roads—a 49,000% increase from today. Tiny Company on the verge of a price breakout… Tiny company has a rare technology that the U.S. military CANNOT do without. A single memo signed by Donald Trump could thrust this tiny company into the spotlight after March 2018. It could bolt for a potential 1,127% climb. But you can get in today for less than $3. Before the next price surge, I suggest you grab the ticker and place an urgent order. Recommended Link Justin’s note: Over the past few weeks, the market’s been volatile. The Dow plunged over 1,000 points on February 5, its biggest daily point drop in history. It’s since recovered some of those losses, but as Doug mentioned Friday, there are likely more down days ahead.In times like this, Bill Bonner reminds us of the only sure way to build wealth in any market environment… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners Last week, investors didn’t know what to do. Incoming data left the falcons confused. On the one hand, they heard that inflation was ticking up. On the other, they heard that retail sales growth had slowed. Sell Button Consumer price inflation, as measured by the government’s bean counters, surprised to the upside with a 2.1% reading for the last 12 months. (In financial industry jargon, it’s called a “2.1% print.”) If the inflation growth rate from January alone continues, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) “print” at the end of the year will be 6.7%. And this attack on investors’ nerves was aggravated by data from the real estate sector. Bloomberg: Home prices jumped to all-time highs in almost two-thirds of U.S. cities in the fourth quarter as buyers battled for a record-low supply of listings. Traders knew what to do: They hit the sell button. Rising inflation will mean lower bond prices… and it will leave stretched consumers with less money. But just as the Dow began to collapse, more data came in. This time, it was the report on retail spending.
Heart disease is the leading cause of disability and death worldwide. About 2,200 people in the U.S. die per day due to cardiovascular problems, or one every 40 seconds. With that in mind, if you knew that you could help keep your heart healthy by eating just a little bit less every day — about six standard-size Oreos’ worth of calories — would you? Researchers have found evidence that just a modest reduction in our daily caloric intake could have protective benefits for our hearts, according to a paper published this week in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The paper drew on data from the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE) study. That landmark project, supported by the National Institutes of Health, was one of the most in-depth efforts to measure the long-term impacts of caloric restriction in humans. Researchers have published numerous analyses drawing on data from the two-year study, examining various factors associated with life expectancy and longevity.This paper, the latest to draw from the data, primarily examines how moderate caloric restriction impacts heart health and how it may potentially prevent aging-related decline. The experiment began with 218 participants, all of whom were normal weight or just slightly overweight and between ages 21 and 50. Researchers started 143 participants on a diet that reduced their caloric intake by 25%; 75 others were assigned to a normal diet. In the end, 188 participants completed the study — 117 with caloric restriction and 71 without. For the first four weeks of the study, people in the calorie-cutting group were fed in-house at one of three clinical centers. During this time, they were instructed on how to reduce their caloric intake and gradually fell into one of six eating plans based on their own preferences. Over the first six months, most people stuck pretty well to their diets. On average, they cut back on calories by about 20%. But they didn’t fare as well over two years: Overall, they trimmed their caloric intake by an average of about 12% — or about 300 fewer calories per person per day. Even so, this relatively modest reduction in calories had significant effects on the participants who ate less: They lost about 16.5 pounds on average and saw improvements, including lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, on all six primary factors associated with risks to heart health. They also saw improved insulin resistance and metabolic rates.”We expected there to be [some] improvement on cardiometabolic factors because of weight loss,” says William Kraus, the study’s lead author and a distinguished professor of cardiovascular genomics at Duke University. “But … we didn’t expect the degree of improvement we saw.”And though the weight loss was relatively impressive, it wasn’t responsible for a majority of the heart benefits. After conducting further analysis, researchers determined that at most, weight loss accounted for only 25% of the improved measurements in heart health. The researchers say their findings suggest that caloric restriction can have health benefits above and beyond those normally associated with weight loss.David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, says the findings provide further evidence that caloric restriction can be beneficial to staving off the negative effects of aging. But, he says, the study also demonstrates a significant problem with using caloric restriction to improve human health: It’s really hard to maintain, even for motivated people. Of the 143 participants who originally began the restricted diet, 26 dropped out before the two years were up. (Small sample size was a limitation of the study.) Many others were screened out from the initial study pool because of concerns about their physical or mental health.”You can’t expect the elderly or frail to do this severe dietary regimen,” says Sinclair, who was not involved in the study. “We need alternatives, be they intermittent fasting or medicines that mimic calorie restriction.” He is working to understand how caloric restriction works on a molecular level so that he and others can come up with medications that confer the same benefits without the pain and difficulty. The goal of any caloric restriction research, he says, is the reduction — and maybe elimination — of aging-related diseases. “Aging isn’t considered a medical condition — it’s just too common. Hopefully, in the near future, we won’t accept it,” he says. “That’s what calorie restriction offers: It compresses the period of sickness. People one day will hopefully live into their 90s in a healthy way and pass away more quickly and [less] painfully than we do now.” Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Follow her on Twitter: @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
5 min read Millennials The World Government Summit in Dubai always leaves its attendees and viewers with a gratified, inspirational understanding of what governments and businesses across the globe are doing to improve the lives of citizens everywhere. This year, as the Raising Awareness and Human Social 2.0 panel wrapped up, there was one undeniable takeaway: the voice of Millennials and Generation Zers are forcing governments and businesses across the globe to change how they operate. Through the panel, featuring top entrepreneurs and executives Renato Libric, Rana Gujral and Ryan Patel, we learned that the traditional methods of operating a business has been flipped on its head and now requires much more thought and consideration.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemWhat has changed?The times have changed from when a company could focus solely on making as much capital as possible without having to worry about their global outreach and opinions. Now, an organization’s stance on what they believe in, as well as their own goodwill in the world, are equal, if not more valuable, than the products they produce. This new wave of pressure to “do good” came about because of the advent of social media, empowering millennials and Gen Zers.The panel moderator (Melissa Jun Rowley) touched on how millennials and Gen Zs are digital natives who have quickly realized, not only the power that they hold, but how to use it. “They collaborate with people on the other side of the planet” and are more “socially aware than any generation ever has been.” Thus, making them a very forceful consumer.Related: Marketing to Millennials? Make It Personal and Customized.How does this change impact businesses?As Ryan Patel (board of director at American Red Cross LA, former VP of global development at Pinkberry) noted, “companies can no longer just be okay with, ‘we made enough money, now let’s do something good’ It has to be engrained in their DNA.” Because if it’s not and if a consumer sees something they don’t like, they’re going to let the brand know directly.Patel also expanded on this thought, stating that it’s vital for companies to now be engaged with their consumers. “It’s no longer okay to write a check for companies. Just like it’s no longer [okay] for governments to say “we’re doing something.”… Consumers, Millennials and Gen Z can look you up and see what are you doing to make an impact. We must be transparent.”One of the biggest changes in this new consumer behavior is if they like what a brand stands up for, they want to get behind it.Renato Libric (CEO Bouxtie Inc.) explained how just last year, his company Bouxtie Inc., went viral after a devastating Florida hurricane. Bouxtie had changed the gift card industry, eliminating the plastic card and allowing people to send gift cards digitally. Libric noted, “Victims of the hurricane were posting videos of the flood damage they had suffered online and people from all over the globe saw a cause, began communicating with them peer-to-peer, and then used Bouxtie, which prides itself on being transparent, to send digital gift cards for places they can buy what they need, to try to make a difference and get these people back on their feet.”Renato also explained that Millennials and Gen Zers are more interested in experiences than putting their money into an actual, physical product. He stated that today’s younger generations will spend, “five to seven days [discussing online] with friends [which company] has the best outreach.”Renato gave an example of how consumers today would be more apt to ignore a new Nike ad and instead buy a new pair of shoes from a company who will turn around and help those in need in Africa. It’s this behavior that is clearly changing the playing field for all companies, new and old.Related: Trump’s Tax Plan: The Top 3 Things You Need To KnowHow does this change impact governments?This altering trend pushed upon companies by Millennials and Gen Zers also pertains to governments. As Rana Gujral (entrepreneur, HACK Temple) said, government’s, “have to satisfy what an audience is looking for.”“For governments, if they want to get elected and they want to stay relevant, they have to speak to their audience.” This is due to the fact that, if they don’t speak to their audience directly, that audience will move on. Gujral noted that millennial and Gen Zers are very, “in-tune with themselves and really believe they can make a change.” Naturally, they want to see someone in government, “who is speaking from their heart.” If they don’t, they will be vocal about it until they get what they want.Millennial and Gen Zers should be proud of themselves. They were handed a medium (social media) in which they could do what they wanted with it and they turned around and have begun changing how the most powerful people in the world operate. No matter where your opinion on this topic lies, you do have to admit, enabling a generation to use their voice to push others do good in the world, is never a bad thing.The World Government Summit is an annual conference featuring more than 100 distinguished speakers from across the planet, focused on creating a dialogue that will shape the future of governments and help improve the lives of citizens everywhere. Cynthia Johnson A global forum has found that the generation born since 1980 is having a profound effect on government and business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Generation Z and the Future of Business Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Co-founder and CEO of Bell + Ivy, marketer, speaker and author March 3, 2017 Next Article Image credit: Paul Bradbury | Getty Images –shares Guest Writer
3 min read Image credit: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters via engadget Add to Queue Google –shares Next Article Register Now » Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Mallory Locklear This story originally appeared on Engadget Google exposed private data from hundreds of thousands of Google+ users and then chose not to inform those affected by the issue. The Wall Street Journal reported that sources close to the matter claim the decision to keep the exposure under wraps was made among fears of regulatory scrutiny. Google said it discovered and immediately fixed the issue in March of this year.According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources as well as documents reviewed by the publication, a software vulnerability gave outside developers access to private Google+ user data between 2015 and 2018. And an internal memo noted that while there wasn’t any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn’t a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place. Google said that it also found no evidence that any of the developers behind the 438 applications that used the API in question were aware of the bug. Exposed data included names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status.Though Google allows developers to collect Google+ profile information when granted access by users, a bug gave developers access to the profile data of friends of those users as well, regardless of whether those friends had chosen to share that information publicly. Google said in a blog post that nearly 500,000 users may have been impacted, but because the company keeps the log data from this specific API for only two weeks at a time, it can’t fully confirm who was truly impacted and who was not. The company noted that information like Google+ posts, messages and G Suite content weren’t included in the exposure.”Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance,” said Google. The Wall Street Journal reports that CEO Sundar Pichai was notified of the plan to not disclose the data exposure and a document obtained by the publication warned that if it was indeed disclosed, it could result in “us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal.”In light of this issue, Google will be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ and will do so over the course of 10 months in order to allow users to transition out of the service. The company aims to complete that process by August of next year. Additionally, Google is giving users more control over the data they share with apps, will limit the apps that can receive permission to access Gmail data and will limit the ability of apps to retrieve call log and SMS access on Android.While Pichai declined to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that touched on election meddling and security, he will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next month and discuss bias, privacy and Google’s rumored work in China. The company also didn’t tell users about the exposure. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Google Shutters Google+ After It Exposed Data for Hundreds of Thousands of Users October 9, 2018
Apple is adding a touch of plaid to its retail stores.Apple has tapped Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts to run its retail division, adding a decidely non-tech executive to manage its consumer sales channel.Apple created a new position for Ahrendts, who will be a senior vice president and member of the company’s executive team. She will report to CEO Tim Cook.“I am thrilled that Angela will be joining our team,” Cook said in a statement. “She shares our values and our focus on innovation, and she places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record.”Ahrendts, who became CEO of the British luxury fashion brand in 2006, will oversee the strategic direction, expansion and operation of both Apple retail and online stores, the company said. She will join Apple in spring 2014.Apple’s retail chain – exemplified by bright and modern Apple stores nationwide – hasn’t had a high-profile leader since Ron Johnson left two years ago to run J.C. Penney. Johnson was fired from that job in April.Apple did not disclose what it is paying Ahrendts, but she was the highest paid CEO for any company on the FTSE 100 last year, at $27 million. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. October 15, 2013 –shares Lyneka Little Apple Taps Burberry CEO to Run Retail Operations Technology Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue 2 min read Next Article Register Now »
What makes the Tie Layer different than any other product on the market? What sets it apart?Zeus is already known in the medical industry as a best in class polymer solution supplier with extrusion as one of our core competencies. Tie layer is a great example of our ability to take a known biocompatible material and process it in a way that allows us to further complement our critical catheter components. For manufacturers who rely on PTFE liners, tie layer offers a solution that can reduce and possibly eliminate a high cost, high liability failure potential.What risks pose a threat when it comes to catheter construction? How does Zeus help overcome these?Related StoriesZeus introduces new MRI-compatible LCP monofilament for vascular interventionsZeus launches ‘Tie Layer’ polymer solution for medical device manufacturersDelamination is one of the greatest risks in catheter construction. When different materials start to separate it limits the intended performance of that device and poses a major risk to patient safety. This defect is not easily detected and typically isn’t found until the final inspection of a fully assembled catheter. At this point, the entire catheter has to be scrapped, but even worse, a patient’s safety is at risk. With the addition of tie layer, the improved bond strength helps reduce such failures. To find out more please visit – www.zeusinc.comPebax is a registered trademark of Arkema France SA. Tecoflex is a registered trademark of Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. Vestamid is a registered trademark of Evonik Degussa GMBH.About Tara McCutchenTara McCutchen has over 15 years of experience with Zeus and promotes a collaborative approach to material selection and design for components used in the medical device industry. She shares her expertise in material science and optimized tubing solutions for a variety of applications within the medical market. Tara holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing/Management from the University of South Carolina. Sponsored Content by Zeus Inc.Jun 5 2019Tara McCutchen Senior Global Market ManagerZeus IncTie layer is a new ultra-thin thermoplastic coating that can transform the medical device industry.In this interview, Tara McCutchen, Senior Global Market Manager for Zeus talks to AZoM about their new tie layer and how it works in conjunction with FEP 2:1 heat shrink.Tie layer is an ultra-thin thermoplastic coating applied over a PTFE liner. Please tell us about the new product tie layer and the impact it will have on the medical device industry?Zeus now offers a new tie layer coating that can be applied onto our PTFE liners or just about any of our other tubing materials. Our standard off the shelf tie layer materials are Pebax, Tecoflex, and Vestamid and available in multiple durometers. Other materials are available upon request. The Tie Layer offers our customers: How can the tie layer product improve patient safety whilst reducing the costs?With the addition of the tie layer, OEM’s and contract manufacturers can reduce delamination by increasing the liner to jacket bond strength up to 2.5X or higher depending on the catheter design. Improving bond strength reduces the likelihood of delamination occurring during a procedure, known as a field failure.While reducing delamination improves patient safety, it also reduces manufacturing cost by increasing yield, less inspection and higher throughput. Improved jacket to liner bond strength (Reduced delamination) Class VI approved materials Maintain overall catheter profile Customized performance Ability to line metallic tubing Reduced cost/scrap Increased yields and throughput Improved patient safety What role does FEP 2:1 play in this? What are the features and benefits of this product?FEP 2:1 allows for reflow of catheter jackets with varying transitions. A good example of this would be reflowing over a tapered mandrel. With increased ratios, this could eliminate the use of multiple heat shrink pieces and less parts numbers for our customers. A one size fits most approach, if you will. Our 2:1 FEP HS is pure FEP and when removed it leaves a smooth surface finish.What other applications will benefit from tie layer?Any application that needs improved adhesion, customized performance and limited on expanding the overall profile or wall thickness. We are diligently working on several new products that will provide additional benefits from our tie layer capability…stay tuned for more new product introductions from Zeus.What role does tie layer have in the future for the medical device market?We believe our tie layer technology is the future for devices where adhesion and bondability are crucial to functionality. We have created tie layer solutions from the smallest of micro-catheters to the largest of structural heart catheters.Where can our readers go to find out more? A Critical Bond You Can Count OnREQUEST SAMPLESZeus Tie Layer Sponsored Content Policy: News-Medical.net publishes articles and related content that may be derived from sources where we have existing commercial relationships, provided such content adds value to the core editorial ethos of News-Medical.Net which is to educate and inform site visitors interested in medical research, science, medical devices and treatments.
We’re excited to see this data being presented by the University of Exeter at ECSS. In a world where many people are trying to cut back on their meat consumption, either for environmental or health reasons, we’re happy to be able to offer an alternative protein that can provide exceptional nutrition and muscle growth, all while being meat-free.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 3 2019A study from the University of Exeter has found that mycoprotein, the protein-rich food source that is unique to Quorn products, stimulates post-exercise muscle building to a greater extent than milk protein.The study evaluated the digestion of protein, which allows amino acids (the building blocks of protein) to increase in the bloodstream and then become available for muscle protein building in 20 healthy, trained young men at rest and following a bout of strenuous resistance exercise.The young men performed the exercise and were then given either milk protein or mycoprotein.Their muscle building rates were then measured using stable isotope labelled “tracers” in the hours following protein consumption.Animal proteins like milk are an excellent source for muscle growth, so they provide a useful comparison for testing other protein sources.Related StoriesUMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first timeMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesSorting protein in neurons protects against neurodegenerative disordersThe results showed that while those who ingested milk6 protein increased their muscle building rates by up to 60%, those who had mycoprotein increased their muscle growth rates (MGRs) by more than double this – showing that mycoprotein, the main ingredient in all Quorn products, is a more effective source of protein to promote muscle growth.”These results are very encouraging when we consider the desire of some individuals to choose non-animal derived sources of protein to support muscle mass maintenance or adaptations with training,” said Dr Benjamin Wall, Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology, University of Exeter.”Our data show that mycoprotein can stimulate muscles to grow faster in the hours following exercise compared with a typical animal comparator protein (milk protein) – we look forward to seeing whether these mechanistic findings translate to longer term training studies in various populations.”Tim Finnigan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Quorn Foods, said: Recent research has suggested that current recommendations for protein intake are too low – some scientists have calculated that minimum protein requirements could have been underestimated by as much as 30-50% in some populations.1The British Nutrition Foundation already recommends mycoprotein as a good source of dietary protein, both for everyday life and for sport and exercise.However, in the UK roughly a third of total protein consumption comes from meat products – and increasing meat intake may have serious consequences for public health and for the environment.A pivot to “alternative” sources of protein therefore may be advisable – and mycoprotein is well placed to fill the gap. Source:University of Exeter
Brood parasitism in fish If you have engaged with internet culture at all in recent years, you have probably come across the term “catfish”, first coined in the 2010 documentary of the same name. A catfish is someone who uses false information to cultivate a persona online that does not represent their true identity. This commonly involves using stolen or edited photos, usually taken from an unwitting third party. Catfish will use this information to create a more appealing version of themselves, then engage in continued one-on-one interactions with another person (or people) who are unaware of the deception.Falling prey to catfishIn the 2010 documentary, Nev Schulman learns that a woman with whom he has developed an online relationship over nine months is actually fake. Another married woman (who originally claimed to be her mother) has used pictures from a model’s account to create the complicated, phoney relationship.There have been several high-profile cases of catfishing reported in the media since then. Singer Casey Donovan, in her 2014 memoir, wrote about a six-year relationship that turned out to be fake – in her case, the catfish even lied about her gender. In 2011, NBA star Chris Andersen became embroiled in a catfishing scandal that ended in prison time for the catfish. Then there is the popular MTV reality docuseries, hosted by catfish victim Nev Schulman himself. It is currently in its seventh season of “[taking] online romances into the real world”.A complicated problemSince 2016, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has collected and published data on dating and romance scams. Its website provides detailed statistics of reported romance fraud in Australia, yet there is little information available about social catfishing – deception in the absence of financial fraud. There are also questions about the legality of impersonating someone who does not exist. Our likelihood of falling victim to catfish scams is increasing along with our screen time. Credit: Shutterstock Until these issues are resolved, there is no clear avenue to pursue for victims of social catfish. Victims may remain unaware of the deception for months or years – another reason catfishing often goes unreported – making it even harder to quantify.The personality traits of catfish scammersAs smartphones and connected devices become ever more pervasive, the chances of falling victim to deception are increasing along with our screen time. But what sort of person becomes a social catfish? We have begun psychological research to investigate this question. In the past year we have recruited 27 people from around the world who self-identified as catfish for online interviews. The interviews focused mainly on their motivations and feelings about their catfishing behaviour. Some of our key findings included: Provided by The Conversation Loneliness was mentioned by 41% of the respondents as the reason for their catfishing. One respondent said: “I just wanted to be more popular and make friends that could talk to me, some part of the day.”Others claimed that a lonely childhood and ongoing struggles with social connection were contributing factors.Dissatisfaction with their physical appearance was also a common theme, represented in around one-third of responses: “I had lots of self-esteem problems … I actually consider myself ugly and unattractive … The only way I have had relationships has been online and with a false identity. “Another respondent said: “If I try to send my real, unedited pictures to anyone that seems nice, they stop responding to me. It’s a form of escapism, or a way of testing what life would be like if you were the same person but more physically attractive.”Some reported using false identities or personas to explore their sexuality or gender identity. For example: “I was catfishing women because I am attracted to women but have never acted on it … I pretend to be a man as I would prefer to be in the male role of a heterosexual relationship than a female in a homosexual relationship.”More than two-thirds of responses mentioned a desire to escape: “It could seem magical, being able to escape your insecurities … But in the end, it only worsens them.”Many reported feelings of guilt and self-loathing around their deceptive behaviour: “It’s hard to stop the addiction. Reality hit, and I felt like a shitty human.”More than one-third of participants expressed a desire to confess to their victims, and some had continued relations with them even after coming clean.Somewhat surprisingly, around a quarter of respondents said they began catfishing out of practicality, or because of some outside circumstance. One said: “Being too young for a website or game meant I had to lie about my age to people, resulting in building a complete persona.”No simple solutionWhat does it take to become a catfish, and how should we deal with this growing problem? Unsurprisingly, our initial research suggests that there’s no simple answer. Social catfishing seems to provide an outlet for the expression of many different desires and urges. Although not yet officially a crime, it is never a victimless act. As we move further online each year, the burden of harmful online behaviour becomes greater to society, and a better understanding of the issues are needed if we are to minimise harm in the future. From our small survey, it appears that catfish themselves aren’t universally malicious.Psychologist Jean Twenge has argued that the post-millenial generation is growing up with smartphones in hand at an early age and are thus spending more time in the relatively “safe” online world than in real-life interactions, especially compared with previous generations. Catfishing will likely become a more common side-effect for this generation in particular. The next phase of our research is to learn what we can do to help both victims and the catfish themselves. We hope to recruit at least 120 people who have catfished so that we can develop a more thorough picture of their personalities. If you have been a catfish, or know someone who has, please contact us to participate in our research. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 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