The Taylor Swift Experience Comes Home To Los Angeles

first_img The Taylor Swift Experience Is Returning Home taylor-swift-experience-comes-home-los-angeles NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Taylor Swift; Album Of The Year speech for ‘1989’ Twitter News Email The premiere exhibit showcasing an interactive look into the life of the 10-time GRAMMY winner will return to Southern California after 2 years spent touring the countryBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2017 – 12:26 pm GRAMMY.comThe GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live’s most popular exhibit to date, The Taylor Swift Experience, has spent the past summer months traveling the country, but will soon return home to Southern California this September. The Taylor Swift Experience Comes Home To Los Angeles Facebook The exhibit originally opened on Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday, Dec. 14, 2014, and was only intended to run through May 2015, but was extending through Oct. 4, 2015 due to its overwhelming popularity. Since then the exhibit has traveled around the country, most notably popping up in New York’s Seaport District in 2016, and then the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi this past summer.Following its travels around the country, the exhibit will now return home to Southern California, where it will be on display at the L.A. County Fair from Sept. 1 – Sept. 24.  The exhibit includes family photos and early childhood reading books provided by Swift’s family; tour costumes from the singer’s The RED Tour; handwritten lyric sheets for her smash singles “Teardrops On My Guitar,” “White Horse,” and “22”; the banjo Swift played during her performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012; and her 2009 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse.”Additionally, several items not included in the 2014 run of the exhibit have since been added, including tour costumes from Swift’s The 1989 World Tour, outfits from the GRAMMY-winning music video for “Bad Blood,” handwritten lyric sheets for “Welcome To New York,” and the one-of-a-kind custom-built piano used during The 1989 World Tour.”When the exhibit first opened at our Museum in Los Angeles nearly three years ago, it became our most successful exhibit ever, and our visitors still talk about it to this day,” said GRAMMY Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa, “We are thrilled to bring The Taylor Swift Experience back to Southern California.”Bruno Mars Donates $1 Million To Support Flint Water Crisislast_img read more

AB de Villiers better than Virat Kohli Nathan Lyon picks Mr 360

first_imgNathan Lyon described AB de Villiers as the hardest batsman he bowled to, not Virat KohliIANSIn his now highly-successful career, Nathan Lyon has bowled to all the great batsmen who have played in his era. From the likes of Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, the off-spinner has been tested against the best batters in the world. But when he was asked in an interview to name the batsman he found most difficult to bowl at, the Australian chose AB de Villiers.The reason cited by him for his choice presents the reason why the South African has earned the epithet of Mr 360. Lyon said on ‘The Back Page Live,’ an Australian television show, that while bowling to de Villiers, he felt that the former Proteas batsman could hit him anywhere at any time.Considering that Indian batsmen were traditionally regarded as the most skilful in playing spin, it comes as a big surprise that Lyon faced most difficulty not from an Indian, or for that matter any other Asian, but a South African.Lyon’s recordIn his career, the 31-year old Aussie has played 15 Tests against South Africa and 18 against India. Kohli and de Villiers have been present in almost all these matches of their respective teams. So, it says a lot about de Villiers’ ability to play spin that the offie rates him higher than any other batsman.If we were to look at the record of the off-spinner against the two teams, he has done considerably better vs the Indians. While he has 85 wickets against the Asian giants with an average of 32.60 and strike rate of 60.2, against South Africa, he has 46 wickets at an average of 42.28 and strike rate of 83.7. The disparity can partly be attributed to highly spin-friendly conditions that the bowler had on his two visits to India.But even when it comes to bowling in his own country, he has a clearly better record against the sub-continental side. Gary, as he is fondly called by his teammates, has taken 18 wickets in 6 Tests against the South Africans in Australia at an average of 46.22 and strike rate of over 91. Against India at home, he has 51 wickets in 11 Tests and with an average just under 34 and strike rate a shade under 66. Clearly, home or away, Lyon loves bowling at the Indian team. Nathan Lyon has enjoyed great success against IndiaReutersSouth Africa’s better record against LyonIt is noteworthy that India’s supposed dominance against spin bowling has considerably declined in recent years. Even somebody like Kohli has had difficulties facing good spinners in the past. De Villiers, on the other hand, seems highly adept at playing the slower bowlers. Having been a hockey player in his pre-cricket days, he seems to have wonderful wristwork that allows him to place the ball in whichever area he desires.Lyon has had the opportunity to bowl at both Kohli and AB when they were in prime form. When South Africa famously saved a Test at Adelaide in 2012 by batting out the entire fifth day, de Villiers played his part by stonewalling Lyon and co for 220 deliveries while scoring just 33 runs. In the very next match at Perth, he scored a magnificent 169 to help his team win the match and series. In the last series between the Aussies and South Africans, the infamous 2018 rubber, de Villiers again starred with a superb knock in the second Test which allowed the Proteas to level the series after losing the first match.Kohli too has enjoyed great success against Australia. He has seven Test hundreds against the kangaroos, six of them scored away from home. Of these, four came in the 2014/15 series alone. Yet, Lyon has picked up the wicket of Kohli seven times in Tests, the most for any bowler in the format.So clearly, Lyon has good reason to rate de Villiers higher. But while the South African has retired from international cricket, Kohli remains and will remain active for some time to come. Hopefully, we will some more riveting contests between the two.last_img read more

Month of Language Movement begins

first_imgMonth of Language Movement begins. Photo:BSSAs the month of the Language Movement begins today (Friday), the country’s people will pay tributes to the valiant sons of the soil who were killed during the Language Movement in February 1952, reports BSS.The Bengali nation achieved the dignity of their mother language on 21 February 1952 through the supreme sacrifice made by Salam, Shafiq, Barkat, Rafique and others during a massive movement.February is the month of mourning. Yet, it is a matter of dignity for the nation as only the Bangladeshis have sacrificed lives for their mother language.The Language Day — 21 February — is also recognised as the International Mother Language Day.A month-long book fair will also begin today. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair as the chief guest at Bangla Academy in the capital city at 3:00pm today.A two-day poetry festival titled ‘Bangalir Joy Kabitar Joy’ will also begin in the city today. Noted poet Asad Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival at Dhaka University central library.A total of 14 guest poets from nine countries will take part in the festival.last_img read more

Cardinals Top No 41 Georgia Tech 43 to Advance to ACC Championship

first_img“It was an exciting match from the first point on. In Atlanta, they beat us easily in doubles and that’s where we set the tone for the day,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “It was one of those matches that never seemed to be truly over until the very last point. I am so proud of all 12 players of the Fight Squad.”   With the match coming down to courts one and two, No. 29 Carlos Divar rallied to a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Morin-Kougoucheff at No. 1 to even the score at 2-2. However, Lancaster clinched the match with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win at the two-spot, allowing the Cardinals to advance to the ACC Championship quarterfinals. Match Results Louisville 4, #41 Georgia Tech 3 With the victory, the 11-seed Cardinals improve to 16-12 on the season and advance to the quarterfinals for a matchup against third-seeded and No. 9 North Carolina on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. The Cardinals captured the doubles point to gain the early 1-0 lead in the match as Sergio Hernandez and Alex Wesbrooks downed Chris Yun and Pablo Schelcher 6-4 on court three and Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle topped the No. 61 duo of Carlos Divar and Phillip Gresk 6-4 at No. 1. George Hedley and Federico Gomez were up 5-4 over Andrew Li and Cole Gromley at the two-spot before the point was decided. Georgia Tech countered in singles to knot the score at 1-1 as Gromley earned a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Mizrahi at No. 6. Continuing their momentum, the Yellow Jackets gained a 2-1 lead as No. 120 Gresk secured a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Hernandez on court six. Georgia Tech did not hold on to its lead for long as Salle triumphed over Yun with a 7-5, 6-3 straight sets victory at the four-spot to tie the score once again at 2-2. Louisville then regained the advantage at 3-2 as Gomez registered a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Schelcher at No. 5.center_img Singles1. #29 Carlos Divar (GT) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-22. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Andrew Li (GT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-33. #120 Phillip Gresk (GT) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-24. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Chris Yun (GT) 7-5, 6-35. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Pablo Schelcher (GT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-36. Cole Gromley (GT) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-4, 6-1Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #61 Carlos Divar/Phillip Gresk (GT) 6-42. Andrew Li/Cole Gromley (GT) vs. George Hedley/Federico Gomez (LOU) 4-5, unfinished3. Sergio Hernandez/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Chris Yun/Pablo Schelcher (GT) 6-4 Story Links Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,3,4,5,1,2) Cary, N.C. – Brandon Lancaster secured a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 over Andrew Li to lift the University of Louisville men’s tennis team to a 4-3 win over No. 41 Georgia Tech in the second round of the ACC Men’s Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Olivia Jade Lori Loughlins Daughter Stands to Lose Brand Deals Over CollegeAdmissions

first_imgUPDATED: Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of actress Lori Loughlin, is a YouTube beauty vlogger and social-media star with millions of followers.She’s also (for now) a freshman at the University of Southern California. But in the wake of her mother being implicated as part of a broad college-admissions bribery scam — alleging that Loughlin illegally schemed to get the 19-year-old enrolled at the university — Olivia Jade is likely going to lose the lucrative brand-sponsorship deals she’s landed over the years.HP had worked with Olivia Jade and Loughlin for a campaign promoting HP’s Sprocket photo printer, but the company said it does not have any business deals with them at this point. In a statement, the company said, “HP worked with Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade in 2017 for a one-time product campaign. HP does not currently have a relationship with either of them.” Sephora said on Thursday it has dropped its business deal with the influencer. “After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” the cosmetics retailer said in a statement.In addition, online fashion retailer Lulus also said Thursday it has no plans to work with Olivia Jade again. “Lulus has not worked with Olivia Jade since August 2018 and we have no plans to do so in the future,” Colleen Winter, co-founder and CEO of Lulus, said in a statement.Olivia Jade had also cut brand deals with partners including Amazon, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Smile Direct Club, Too Faced Cosmetics, Boohoo, and Unilever’s TRESemmé.A rep for Olivia Jade declined to comment, as did Estée Lauder Companies, which owns Smashbox and Too Faced. The other brands and companies Variety reached out to did not respond to requests for comment.“It wouldn’t come as a complete surprise if the brands currently working with Ms. Giannulli took a closer look at the status of their relationship with her and possibly reconsidered next steps for engagement,” said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CEO of social-media marketing firm Socialbakers. “Brands should always do their proper due diligence on the content and news associated with influencers that they would engage with and are engaging with over time.”Loughlin, best known for her role on “Full House” (and Netflix’s “Fuller House” revival), on Wednesday turned herself in to the FBI in advance of a court hearing. The actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters — Olivia Jade and her older sister, Isabella Rose — designated as recruits for USC’s crew team. Prosecutors said those claims were false as neither of the Gianulli sisters is a member of the university’s rowing team. Mossimo Giannulli was released on $1 million bond Tuesday.Some 50 people so far have been named as participating in the scam, which law enforcement officials dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.” Those include “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman and TPG Growth founder Bill McGlashan. The status of Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose at USC going forward is unclear. In a statement Tuesday, USC said it fired two of the employees named in the scandal and said it is cooperating with law enforcement on the investigation. The university did not address the status of the Giannulli sisters or other students.“USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme,” its statement said in part. “Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.”Currently, Olivia Jade has 1.9 million subscribers to her YouTube channel and 1.3 million Instagram followers.“I don’t know how much of school I’m going to attend,” she said in a YouTube video posted on Aug. 14, 2018, the day she started at USC. “But I do want the experience of game days, partying. I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.” Two days later, she posted a video in which she apologized for the comments. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Report claims consumers are uninformed regarding magnitude of livestock contribution to carbon

first_imgCredit: Jm Verastigue/public domain Chatham House of the British Royal Institute of Affairs has published a report titled Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector (Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption) outlining the results of a survey the group commissioned to learn more about the public’s perception of the impact that the livestock industry has on carbon emissions and ultimately global warming. Their report suggests that consumers have vastly differing views on the subject based on where they live in the world. 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. Explore further More information: www.chathamhouse.org/sites/fil … roggattWellesley.pdf In addition to offering results of the 12-country survey, the authors of the report offer some background information and opinions about the carbon emission impact of the livestock industry and conclude by offering suggestions of where changes might be made. They note that global carbon emissions from the livestock industry—which they claim currently account for 14.5% of total man-made global emissions—actually surpass that of global transportation and are mainly due to emissions released directly from animals in the form of belching, flatulence or from their excrement. The main animals involved in the industry are cows, pigs and chickens—globally pork is the most popular consumed meat due to its huge popularity in China. The report also offer graphs showing the largest meat consumers by country (China tops the list) along with growth forecasts. They also offer warnings, suggesting that the livestock industry is currently on a trajectory that will see meat consumption rise by 75 percent and dairy 65 percent over just the next six years.Questions in the survey centered on awareness of carbon emissions, their source and the likely impact they are having on the planet. They found that on average, people in more developed countries such as those in the U.S. and Europe were far less well informed about the impact that the livestock industry has on the planet than were people living in places like China or even Brazil—the same groups tended to be more resistant to changing their lifestyle to reduce such emissions.The authors of the report theorize that emissions from the livestock industry are not as well known as in other areas such as the transportation or energy sector because governments and private enterprise operations do not want to risk upsetting the public by suggesting they eat less meat and/or dairy products. They note that discussing or negotiating livestock emission reductions is “largely absent” from international meetings on climate change and likewise is rarely if ever discussed at the national level by countries seeking to lower their carbon imprint. The solution, as they see it, is to begin an information campaign, because people are more likely to embrace change if they understand what is really happening. Climate: Meat turns up the heat Citation: Report claims consumers are uninformed regarding magnitude of livestock contribution to carbon emissions (2014, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-consumers-uninformed-magnitude-livestock-contribution.html © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

Building Poland

first_imgThe festival not only aims to provide a wholesome insight into Polish culture and art, but also hopes to rouse further interest in the audience so as the association of exchange continues.The festival began with the screening of the documentary film A little  Poland in India  directed by Anu Radha and Sumit Osmand Shaw. A Little Poland in India’ is a first film that has been co-produced between the governments of India and Poland, under the audio-visual agreement between both the countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film is about the time period of  World War II, when about 1,000 Polish children travelled to India.  ‘Our relationship with India stretched back to World War II when India opened her heart to the Polish refugee children and offered them both home and human warmth. We shall never forget the generosity of spirit,’said Piotr Ktodkowski, the Polish ambassador.The film festival will be also screening other films like llumination directed by Krzystof Zanussi, Escape from the Liberty Cinema directed by Wojciech Marczewski, My Father’s Bike  directed by Piotr Trzaskalski and the Promised Land directed by Andrzej Wajda.WHEN: 18 till 23 NovemberWHERE: India Habitat Centre, PVR Select Citywalk (3 December)last_img read more

The Director Speaks…In conversation with Bratya Basu

first_imgBratya Basu is the Minister of Tourism of West Bengal and is an efficient multi-tasker. He, in a candid conversation with Mainak Banerjee talks about his life, hobbies, important issues like intolerance, terrorism and his theatre ventures. He also explains how sexuality has come a long way and discussions on the issue are no more a myth or taboo.Q. Recently, after staging Boma, you seem to be concentrating on directing plays in a row, any particular reason for that? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Boma is the production of Kalindi Bratyajon, my own theatre group. As you know, apart from other theatre related activities, I try to do one production each year in my group. I am also an avid reader of books, journals and if I find some scripts very interesting I grab the opportunity to direct it. This is nothing but a coincidence. Q. Mumbai Nights is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night where relocation happens in Mumbai. Don’t you think Kolkata would have been a better place for it? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKolkata of course is closer to my heart but Mumbai is a cosmopolitan and an equally vibrant city. The issues I have highlighted are mostly arising out of Mumbai rather Maharashtra – cricket, glamour world, underworld etc. and these are important national issues. Q. The relation between gender and performance is particularly strong in this play. Don’t you think our current society has moved beyond that with movements for legalising same sex relationship? How relevant is this play now, in this respect? Shakespeare wrote the play in the year 1601, more than 400 years back. Just imagine the time frame when he wrote it. Sexuality in the world has come a long way after that, and discussions on the issue are no more a myth or a taboo. India has come of age in this regard too. Now, the fight for legalisation is a step forward towards the acceptance of ‘alternate’ sexualities. Love and romance are the eternal truth of our lives, irrespective of our sexual orientations. This will remain ever pertinent in the world till the existence of mankind.  Q. How difficult is it to infuse serious issues like terrorism, ban on bar dancers, underworld’s influence in Bollywood, intolerance, corruption etc. in a romantic comedy and to place it in front of the audience without compromising even a bit on the quotient of romanticism?It is really challenging to keep the essence of the play intact and the scriptwriter, Debasish Ray, has done a wonderful job here. The play represents a kaleidoscopic view of the society and the challenge lies in the subtlety with which the issues emerge within the context of the narrative. I have to keep in mind that the issues appear strongly in the plot keeping the larger milieu of humor and romanticism intact. It is important for me that the audience carries the impact of the issues even after the end of the play. Q. In your play Sateroi July (17th July), you showed dissent against state sponsored terrorism at Godhra. Now you are directing a play which speaks loudly against religious radicalism. Is it a completion of a circle of such protest in the art form in which you belong?I do not look forward to the completion of such a circle. As far as I am considered this is no achievement. It gave me pain to write and stage a play like Sateroi July. But it was a necessity. Similarly, many issues are unacceptable in present India where we keep emphasising ‘development’ and ‘reform’. We definitely do not want these religious fanatics spreading the message of hatred and intolerance. What sort of values teaches us to insult writers, artists, activists, just because they speak in different voices? Can we support the killers of M M Kalburgi or Narendra Dabholkar? Or the assault on U R Ananthamurthy? Isn’t there a need to raise our voice against the killers of innocent bloggers in Bangladesh? But even before we speak about against the extremism of other religions, we should evaluate the fundamentalism and violence that exists in the religion we belong to; a secular Hindu should soul search Hinduism first and a secular Muslim should do the same for Islam first before accusing others of religious fanaticism. A true Indian should have the freedom to strongly protest against religious extremism in India before he takes on the issue of injustice in the neighbouring country. Theatre is a platform which has always raised its voice against these fundamentalist forces. I am proud to be able to continue to be a part of that brigade. Q. You, being the Minister of Tourism of the state are still continuing with theatre as your passion. It is definitely a sincere and hard work on your part. I think your state administration in West Bengal has never come your way while you continued to pursue your passion for creativity. It will be good if you can share your thoughts on this with us.I am a proud citizen of West Bengal. While I continue with my passion unhindered, I continue to deliver simultaneously to the public of West Bengal. I am proud that my state West Bengal is among the top in the country as far as religious tolerance is concerned.  Q. You have ended the play in a very positive overtone. This shows you are very optimistic about the improvement of our bilateral relationship with Pakistan, especially on the religious and cultural front. Please share your views regarding this.I am always very positive regarding this and I will continue to be. You must be aware that ‘Kalindi Bratyajon’ organises an International theatre festival at Kolkata, each year for last four years. This year, we had invited a theatre group from Pakistan who came and performed at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, the cultural hub of the city. The team was led by a renowned theatre director of Pakistan, Zain Ahmed, from NAPA. I strongly believe that in present times of intolerance, as shown in this play, the love between Billu (in disguise as Huma) and Ushnata and that between Alishan and Huma will show us the path to tolerance leading to the ultimate consciousness in peace and all Hindus and Muslims in and across India and Pakistan will all be united at the beach of Arabian Sea. I believe love is the only essence which can give us respite from our barbaric, beastly and cruel ways of living. Only love can instill humanity with grace in our souls. When the love of Mumbai Nights sparkles in the skyline of India, the Indian values of tolerance will come out as a winner overcoming the dividing forces within the country.Q. The seed of tolerance should be sowed from the very childhood of a person. So, a lot depends on the upbringing of a person. Do you have any target audience for this play, if tolerance is one of the primary messages you want to convey?While love and romanticism come spontaneously to the youth, so does aggression, impulse and excitement. These tender minds need to be caressed. They should be led to the right path of maturity so that they will learn to distinguish between the good and the bad. I always consider the youth as my greater share of audience, and I strongly believe their values will lead to a stronger India. However, having said that, I do not mean that the play is not for the elders.  Q. What are the other two plays you are going to direct? How long do we need to wait for your next surprises?One is Meghe Dhaka Tara a renowned film by Ritwik Ghatak and the other is Adya Shesh Rajani adapted from the novel of Shyamal Ganguly. Both are adapted by Ujjwal Chatterjee. Meghe Dhaka Tara will be produced by Naihati Bratyajon. The producer of Naihati Bratyajon, Partha Bhoumik has taken a vow to stage all the Bengali classical movies one after another. The first show of Meghe Dhaka Tara will be staged at University Institute Hall, Kolkata on January 2, 2016.  Adya Shesh Rajani is being produced by ‘Indraranga’ and the first show will be at Academy of Fine arts, kolkata on 14 January 2016.last_img read more

Top 5 Bot Maker Experts You Should Hear Keynote

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read June 15, 2017 Register Now » A Chatbot Bot maker is an answer to many of the past year’s exponential growth in messaging apps over social media apps. There are lots of great free chatbot tools to make it easy to get started. Those who choose not to utilize it will be falling behind the technology growth, most likely regretting the decision they have made and later jumping on the chatbot bandwagon. Since consumer behavior has recently shifted from social apps to messaging apps, chatbot marketing seems like the most natural transition away from traditional social media marketing. Retailers and brands alike are scrambling to integrate this new marketing strategy into their processes, leading us to believe this explosion of chatbots is on to something: money.But who am I to tell all this? With the upsurge of chatbot mania in April of last year, (Facebook then announcing that it will now have Facebook Messenger bots with such partnerships as CNN and 1-800-Flowers) so have risen many chatbot marketing experts. Some are chatbot creators, while others are evangelists. All things aside, they preach a similar message, praising the upsides of chatbot marketing. They are definitely people to know and learn from.Here is a list of five top bot maker experts you should hear keynote:1. Murray NewlandsMurray Newlands is at the top of our list, and not just because he received his green card as an “alien with extraordinary abilities”, which, hey, we think is an awesome feat. He is an entrepreneur for a number of successful companies such as sighted.com, an online invoicing company based in San Francisco, CA. His latest foray is now in the world of chatbot marketing as the founder of ChattyPeople, a Facebook commerce solution with a messenger bot without coding. He knows the value of chatbot marketing and what it can do for your company.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Dharmesh ShahDharmesh Shah is the CTO and co-founder of Hubspot. In addition to co-authoring “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs”, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com. He is also an angel investor, so he is probably a good person to pitch your next chatbot idea to.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without Coding3. Dion HinchcliffeDion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized thought leader, business strategist, enterprise architect, book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, and more. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in social business, Enterprise 2.0, and enterprise IT. Currently, he is the Chief Strategy Officer of 7Summits. As a digital leader, he has become a well-known chatbot evangelist. In his #H2HChat with Bryan Kramer, he goes in depth as to how chatbots and artificial intelligence are evolving the social experience.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots Work4. Larry EllisonLarry Ellison is the founder of Oracle. He was the CEO of the company until about two years ago and is now Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO. Last year, he kicked off the Oracle’s massive tech conference in San Francisco, CA, demonstrating a new chatbot service on Oracle’s cloud. The most noteworthy of the keynote was a joke made about his salary as he demonstrated ordering business cards with his newly debuted chatbot. Using an iPad, he asked an Oracle app called iProcurment to “order cards.” The chat bot then proceeded to show him his last order and then said, “Hmm… It looks like your title has changed since your last order.” All jokes aside, Larry is still top dog in our book and his knowledge of the future of chatbots and their effect on marketing carries some weight.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer Service5. Adelyn Zhou and Marlene JiaLast but not least, what is turning out to be a heavily male-oriented list, is rounded out with two of the top chatbot experts, Adelyn Zhou and Marlene Jia. Both of these ladies are part of the leadership team of Topbots, a company that offers growth marketing services to help your customers discover and engage with your chatbots. They both also co-authored a book called Chatbots , which is available for pre-order on their site or via Amazon.New to the world of chatbot marketing? Let these experts be your guide. With a little research, you are sure to be an expert in no time. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Canadian icon Delta Hotels going global with properties in Europe Asia

first_img Travelweek Group Canadian icon Delta Hotels going global with properties in Europe, Asia Posted by TORONTO — Delta Hotels, part of Marriott International, has opened its first hotel in Europe.Delta Hotels by Marriott Frankfurt Offenbach marks the European debut of the hotel brand. The opening is a significant landmark in the global rollout of the Delta Hotels portfolio, one of the company’s fastest growing brands.Delta Hotels is a legend in the Canadian hospitality industry, founded by Bill Pattison in Richmond, B.C. in 1962.In 2015 Marriott International Inc. bought the Delta hotel brand from B.C. Investment Management Corp. for $168 million. At that time there were 38 Delta hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada. These days Delta Hotels’ portfolio encompasses more than 50 properties, with a pipeline of over 30 signed projects in North America, Europe and Asia.In addition to Frankfurt, the company recently added its first property in Shanghai – the new Delta Hotels by Marriott Shanghai Baoshan, which opened in January 2018 – and also plans to debut in Turkey this year.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe new Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach, situated on the left bank of the Main River between Frankfurt city centre and Offenbach, has 223 guestrooms and suites and floor-to-ceiling.“We are delighted to welcome Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach into our portfolio and offer a quality accommodation option that reflects travellers desire for a simple, yet full-service premium hospitality experience,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands, Europe at Marriott International. “We provide travellers with a hotel experience that is effortless yet still comforting. Simply put, we strip out the superfluous, and concentrate on the getting the essentials right.”Licence says the new property’s waterfront location and convenient transport links will appeal to the business and meetings market. The airport, Römerberg, Staedel Museum, and the boutiques of Goethestrasse are close by.Rates for Delta Hotels Frankfurt Offenbach start from 110 euros per night. Tags: Delta Hotels, Europecenter_img Friday, May 25, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Roadfunding package heads to Gov Snyder

first_img State Rep. Brad Jacobsen this week voted in favor of a compromise plan that will fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.“We have a responsibility to Michigan residents to fix our roads and bridges, that means putting politics aside and doing what is right for our state,” said Rep. Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “After years of rigorous back and forth discussion, the legislature came together this week to send to the Governor a plan that represents all sides of the debate making sure that we have the highest quality roads at the lowest possible cost.”The finalized plan utilizes allocations from Michigan’s General Fund and creates modest changes in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees to increase revenue. In addition to providing funds solely for road repair and construction, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit, aiding middle and low-income families across the state. In order to minimize the burden on Michigan taxpayers, the plan also includes a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate as inflation increases occur over time.“This plan is not perfect, but our situation is not perfect. Neither side of the debate got everything they wanted, but we were able to compromise, putting together a plan that splits funding halfway between re-prioritized spending and new revenue in order to give Michigan residents the reliable roads that they deserve.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature. Categories: News 05Nov Road-funding package heads to Gov. Snyderlast_img read more

Cloudbased TV operator Magine has launched in bet

first_imgCloud-based TV operator Magine has launched in beta in Germany, its first European expansion since debuting in Sweden in March.Magine is a subscription service that combines live linear TV, catch-up and on-demand programming, delivered from the cloud to TV screens, smartphones, tablets or computers.Viewers in Germany can sign up now for the beta trial, with Magine promising deployments in “several other European territories” by the end of the year.“Germany is a vital territory for us and we are looking forward to working with the country’s top content providers,” said Magine’s Chairman Michael Werner.In Sweden, Magine hosts national Swedish broadcasters, SVT and TV4, as well as  international channels and studios including CNN International, BBC, Eurosport, National Geographic, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.last_img read more

In This Issue New Home Sales Slumped… Toda

first_imgIn This Issue. * New Home Sales Slumped… * Today’s data… * Brazil and India slide. * Canada to balance budget… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Markets continue to stabilize… Good day.Uh oh, guess what day it is. What day is it Mike? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not hump day. It’s actually Chris Gaffney’s birthday, so all the best to him today. Well, it was another cold start for us in the Midwest but I’m more than willing to deal with that if the weekends turn out nice like we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks. We eased back into the swing of it yesterday, but things really start heating up from here. It looks like the snow and cold weather is being blamed for the most recent housing data as the December new home sales were a big disappointment. Sales fell 7% to a 414k annualized pace while the November figure was revised down to 445k from the original reading of 464k. For all of 2013, there was a total of 428k new homes sold, which was an increase of 16.4% from 2012 and the most since 2008. Just to give some perspective, we saw a record low of 306k in 2011 and then the peak in 2005 at 1.28 million. The report, however, was primarily brushed aside and hasn’t tarnished the brighter outlook that many see going forward. When you boil it all down, new home sales only account for roughly 7% of the residential market, so it didn’t hold as much weight as sales of previously owned homes. As we’ve explained before, new home sales are counted when the contract is signed instead of closed so this data is much more current and often used as a current indicator by economists. As far as the markets are concerned, housing is still on the right path and looking ahead toward a thaw in both capacities. The rest of the data yesterday was all good news as the Dallas Fed manufacturing activity report beat expectations by climbing for a ninth month in a row to 3.8 in January. Nearly every individual component of the report increased as the production index, which is a key measure of the manufacturing conditions, increased to 7.1 from 6 and the new orders component rose to a seven month high of 14.4. I remember watching the news last week and saw where it was snowing in Houston, so the cold weather wasn’t enough to derail activity in Texas. The last bit of data yesterday came in the way of a better January Markit flash report. The data is a preliminary service sector reading that follows the same logic of many others in that a reading of 50 is the dividing line between growth and contraction. The index came in at a four month high of 56.6, which is up from the previous 55.7, and is adding to the optimism for 2014. We have several reports due today, but the markets are already looking ahead to tomorrow with the FOMC meeting. As I mentioned yesterday, December durable/capital goods orders will be the first data out of the gates and both reports are expected to stay on the positive side but show a slowdown as we headed into year end. Actually, the same can be said about the S&P/Case Shiller home price index and consumer confidence, so nothing extreme is being called for at this point. The bottom line is the Fed meeting holds all of the marbles at this point, or should I say the statements and comments following the meeting, so I would expect to see things just wobble along today. For most of the currencies yesterday, it actually wasn’t too bad. The flight to safety eased and the emerging market rout that held control was really confined to two currencies yesterday, which was the Brazilian real and Indian rupee. Government officials in Brazil are stuck between a rock and a rock at this point. The currency lost about 1% yesterday as the central bank president advised they will fight inflation as the currency weakens and basically reiterated what Rousseff said in Davos. The currency markets are interpreting this as interest rates will be on the rise. Normally, prospects of rate hikes are great news for currencies, just look at the pound sterling and the New Zealand dollar recently, but when its seen as desperation and being forced when it’s not warranted by a growing economy, the market can view it as a negative. Growth forecasts for this year have been recently cut to under 2%, so many worry about the implications of higher rates. India is in a similar situation in that economic growth has been running on the low side while inflation has been well above target. Policy makers are considering a change to the inflation targeting framework by using CPI rather than wholesale prices as the benchmark gauge of inflation. There is thought they would shoot for a CPI target of 4% by 2016, but the problem is that CPI averaged about 10% last year compared to wholesale prices at 6.3%. The overall thought is that interest rates will need to remain higher for longer in order to achieve this goal, which in turn, would hinder growth. Not only that, but the general thought in the market is continued tapering by the Fed will equate to less funds available for investment in emerging markets, so that has also contributed to the currency moves. Except for those two currencies, the others either finished the day on positive ground or just barely in the red. Surprisingly enough, the Mexican peso turned in the best scorecard by rising just under 0.75%. There wasn’t much to support its rise, but we did see the December trade surplus increase more than expected, but I think it got a boost by the brighter US outlook floating around yesterday and the fact that its economy is in better shape than many of the other Latin American economies. The Aussie was right behind in second place, but there weren’t any reports to push it upward so it looked to be a case of an oversold currency. The pound sterling rounded out the top three as investors were betting 4th quarter GDP will come in better and put the central bank in a position to raise interest rates sooner than later. This baffles me since Carney just got done saying interest rates aren’t going anywhere, so I’m not sure where or why they are leaning on this. I guess it’s a case of so you’re saying there’s still a chance. Speaking of that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see both the BOE and the Fed move the goalposts as it pertains to their unemployment rate thresholds and future policy. Neither economy is ready for rate hikes, so I can see them both saying something about how unemployment moved faster than expected, but nothing will change until we hit 6% or whatever number they would come up with. The Canadian dollar finished the day down a bit, but Finance Minister Flaherty said there is no doubt they will have a balanced federal budget in 2015. He left some wiggle room if things drastically change, but we’ve heard this all before. If economic growth is healthy and self sustaining, I would see this as a reasonable scenario. In other news, Canadian consumer confidence dropped to a four year low last week but most are looking ahead to Friday when we see November economic growth figures. As I came in this morning, we’re seeing more currencies in positive territory than not with the Indian rupee in the top spot as the central bank did pull the trigger and raise interest rates. The news that got the markets excited was the fact policy makers said they don’t anticipate more rate hikes if inflation stays grounded. We also had an Australian business conditions report rise to a 2 ½ year high in December so the Aussie got a nice boost overnight while the pound lost some steam as 4th quarter growth failed to rise. Economic growth slowed from the third quarter by only increasing .7% but full year growth for 2013 came in at 1.9%, which was the highest since 2007. Then there was this.I was greeted with an email from the Big Boss, Frank Trotter, this morning that I wanted to share, so here you go. “Chris asked me yesterday if I was headed down to Cafayate, Argentina in March.  Seems that the Casey Report and letters from John Mauldin have mentioned that I am speaking at Harvest Conference.  Well the rumors are true and if you are even slightly inclined to visit then head straight to http://www.lec.com.ar/visit/events/ and check out the proceedings and book your flights now.  This will be my fifth or sixth time down and I have to say it gets better every time.  If you are inclined towards golf, or equestrian pursuits, or hiking, or wine you’ll find a calling there.  And for me the best element is the level of conversation with a raft full of intellectual and engaging people in the charming city square, the clubhouse of the estancia, or out in the countryside. Like the different impacts of economic downturns here in the US, while life is great up in Salta province it’s another world entirely in Buenos Aires.  Argentina has been in the news of late as an example of an emerging market gone bad.  Never mind the decline from one of the wealthiest countries after World War I to the volatile situation we have seen now for many years.  In the past week Argentina has been named as the source of extreme concern as their currency was (finally) devalued.  I have personally witnessed the exceptional spread between the official rate and the street rate for exchanging US dollar widen progressively for several years; and even after the devaluation the figures aren’t that close together but the official drop moves in the right direction.  Add to that the global number one 2013 performance of the Merval stock index; according to Bloomberg the measure was up nearly 90% last year – perhaps this requires a moment of reflection for those who think that stock market performance is a clear indicator of national economic health.” Thanks again Frank. Recap.Cold weather is once again being used to justify a disappointing data report as this time its December new home sales, which fell 7%. The bright spot is that new home sales in 2013 was the highest since 2008. Both the Dallas Fed manufacturing report and the Market Flash services report showed improvement, but the Fed meeting tomorrow now has all of the attention. Except for the Brazilian real and Indian rupee, it wasn’t too bad in the currency market. The peso, Aussie, and pound rounded out the top three performers yesterday while the others all finished close to breakeven. Currencies today 1/28/14… American Style: A$ .8803, kiwi .8278, C$ .9003, euro 1.3640, sterling 1.6559, Swiss $1.1122. European Style: rand 11.00, krone 6.1572, SEK 6.4562, forint 223.17, zloty 3.0695, koruna 20.124, RUB 34.63, yen 103.15, sing 1.2744, HKD 7.7633, INR 62.51, China 6.1053, pesos 13.2728, BRL 2.4083, Dollar Index 80.66, Oil $96.22, 10-year 2.78%, Silver $19.71, Platinum $1,414.75, Palladium $716.10, and Gold. $1,254.70 That’s it for today…I just wanted to once again say Happy Birthday to my colleague and good friend Chris Gaffney. It was a busy day yesterday as the tax calls are starting to roll in. It’s that time of the year where all of the tax documents are being sent, so I would expect the call volume to really pick up. Anyway, I’m running a little behind this morning, so I’ll go ahead and wrap it up. Chris will take you through the rest of the week, so until next time, Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

In This Issue   Currencies are mixed today

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies are mixed today. *  Euro goes back and forth around 1.27. *  Kuroda wants more yen weakness. *  Gold is Money. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. The Riksbank Joins The ZIRP Group! . Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! What a wonderful lunch date I had yesterday with old classmates and friends. Last year, 4 of us decided to have lunch and catch up, it was decided then that we would try to duplicate that fun, every quarter. Well, a year later, we finally got around to doing so! But this time, it was like a surprise party, for our small group had grown! The original group was me, my friend from kindergarten, Robin Sullivan, Stanley Johnson, and Linda Moore (Bilger). We then added, Ray Holthausen, Mark (Jr.) Walker, Jim Cooper, Kathy Ries, and Pam Scholtes. (the last two are married but I didn’t really catch their married names!) We laughed and laughed at the goings on in our lives, got somber about bad things, and then laughed again. It was simply wonderful!  I told them all I would mention them in the letter today, so if the group grows any more, I might have to use initials! HAHAHAHAHA! Well, The currencies are mixed this morning, with the dollar holding on to some semblance of dignity with the euro, and the euro-alternatives, like Norwegian krone, and Swedish krona,  but not with the renminbi, Aussie dollar (A$),  and Gold.  The Big Event this morning is Sweden’s Central Bank, The Riksbank’s meeting. Recall, yesterday, I told you about the upcoming rate cut discussion by the Riksbank, and thought that the Riksbank would do the dolt thing and cut rates even lower than they previously were, which. were so low you wouldn’t be able to  limbo under them. Well, guess what the Riksbank did? That’s right, the dolt-thing. The cut their internal rate from 25 Basis Points (1/4%)  to zero. The Riksbank has now joined the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) group, that includes the U.S., Japan, Switzerland, Eurozone, U.K. and a few others. For those of you keeping score at home, Sweden’s internal rate was .25%….  Yes, that’s right, so to cut them from there is pointless isn’t it? Well, not according to Lars E.O. Svensson, a man who last year, left the Riksbank’s board  in protest, because he didn’t think the Riksbank was doing everything they could to prevent deflation. He believes that the Riksbank should cut rates to zero, or even minus -.25%, and “even that will probably not be enough, so they will also have to think about implementing more unconventional measures, like asset purchases (QE) and maybe even a currency floor.”    OK, given what this guy said, I’ll play a little game here.  Svensson is a Princeton graduate, guess who his former colleagues at Princeton were? .. Jeopardy music plays.   give up?  Well it’s none other than Ben Bernanke and Paul Krugman! What in the heck is in the water there at Princeton? Or, better yet, who’s teaching these guys this stuff? Oh well, the good news is Svensson quit the Riksbank last year, so, he might be spouting off now about cutting rates to below zero, but he has no vote in the matter.  Thank goodness! Alrighty then, that’s more time than I’ve spent on Sweden in a couple years’ worth of Sundays! The Aussie dollar is stronger this morning, so let’s go “down under” and see what’s up in the S. Pacific. After enduring the dreadful month of September for the A$, the currency has found a base around 88-cents, give or take a cent either way. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) really was the driving force that pushed the A$ down from 94-cents at the beginning of September to a recent low of 86-cents. The RBA has been quiet lately, and that scares the bejeebers out of me. I don’t like when a Central Bank that has been so vocal about their currency suddenly goes silent. What are they up to? That’s what I would be asking if I ever got the opportunity to talk to the RBA. You may laugh about that idea, but have I ever told you about how I used to call the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) and talk directly to the Gov. Don Brash?  Yes, back “in the day” I had met Don Brash in L.A. and after talking to him about monetary policy, and the bond market in N.Z. he gave me his card and told me to call him when I had questions about what they were doing. OK, you don’t have to invite me to a party two times, and so I exercised that offer to call. And to Don Brash’s credit, he picked up the phone each time, and would take time to discuss what was on Chuck’s mind regarding the N.Z. economy, etc. They don’t make Central Bankers like Don Brash any longer. Sorry for the trip down memory lane, there, but sometimes I think it’s important that dear readers like you understand my background and how I come to some of these idea as to when a Central Bank is either prudent or doltish! Alrighty then. The Japanese yen continues to teeter back and forth from falling into the deep, dark abyss or holding on to some semblance of dignity. (Ahem, Chuck, did you realize that’s the second time you’ve used that phrase this morning? Well, I hadn’t when I typed it, but now that you’ve brought it to my attention, shame on me! )  The Bank of Japan (BOJ) Gov. Kuroda, told everyone that would listen to him last night that the BOJ would do more in terms of monetary measures, if inflation fails to materialize and hold steady in Japan. Another dolt comment, for sure, because this is simply Kuroda saying that the yen is not weak enough to bring about inflation in our country. Japan, is a basket case. I’ve told you that for a long time now, and it all begins with their Gov’t debt. So, look for the Japanese yen to get back to the task at hand, which is to become weaker and return to 110. This morning yen is 108, so 110 might not even be weak enough. In China overnight, the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) allowed another appreciation of the renminbi / yuan. Again, don’t forget that the only piece of Chinese data this week will print on Thursday, when their National report on manufacturing (PMI) will show its true colors. I think that the PMI will be surprisingly good, and that’s why the PBOC has allowed the renminbi / yuan to appreciate two days in a row. It’s been pretty quiet in China lately, with little news regarding new steps being taken to remove the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. You know that I’ve kept you on top of the news regarding China’s Gold reserves. And how they back up the truck when the price manipulators drive the price of Gold down. Well, now China is docking the cargo ships and filling them with cheap Oil.  According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), The trading unit of state-run China National Petroleum Corp has bought 36 cargos of crude Oil in the open market so far in October, the largest purchase EVER in a single month!  WOW! Who says the demand for Oil is shrinking due to the slowdown in economies all over the world? Not in China! And the euro is really spinning its wheels this morning, trading back and forth around the 1.27 handle. The euro rallied to as high as 1.2765 yesterday, but then someone said, Hey! What the heck is going on here? We’re not supposed to like the euro right now! And the single unit abruptly fell back to 1.27. But overnight and through the morning session, it’s been a 10-pip move around 1.27. So for those of you new to class, that’s 1.2690 to 1.2710. I find that the euro holding on to this level with the Fed’s FOMC meeting tomorrow hanging over it like the Sword of Damocles, very interesting. There’s very little to talk about with regards to domestic news from the Eurozone, so it’s all about how it trades in relation to the dollar.  Well, here in the U.S. today, we’ll get to see the color of the September Durable Goods Orders, which the last two months had seen the gyrations of large airplane orders, and then the adjustment downward. But we should be getting back to normal stuff with the September report. The “experts” believe that Durable Goods Orders for Sept. will have grown .5%… Nothing to get all lathered up about, but in this day and age of economic reports before the election, you have to wonder why so muted? The U.S. Data Cupboard also has the S&P/ CaseShiller Home Price Index from August to print today. Here’s my thought on this data. August was a slow month, and the U.S. Treasury yields hadn’t fallen back as they did in Sept and Rocktober. For those of you new to class, the 10-year Treasury is the benchmark for setting mortgage rates. So, if mortgage rates were still higher, relatively speaking, Houses weren’t selling like funnel cakes at a State Fair, and if that wasn’t happening, the price of homes weren’t rising.  Now, when we get around to see this data for Sept. and Rocktober, the 10-year’s yield had fallen, thus lowering mortgage rates again, and thus producing buyers, which drives up the prices. You know, the thigh bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the shin bone, and so on. Oh, and Consumer Confidence will print today for Rocktober. Let’s just say, for grins and giggles that the survey people asked me if I was confident in this economy. What would I say? What would I say? Oh, we don’t have time to go through that here, but on the Butler Patio, this discussion could become quite lively!  But, with the stock market not exactly looking as if its next stop is the moon, Consumer Confidence should drop a bit. But who knows, we’re only a week away from mid-term elections! I mentioned Gold was up a bit above. It’s not much of a move, but it’s positive, and that’s a move in the right direction, eh?  And I have something of interest for you from my fave Gold researcher and analyst, Koos Jansen in the FWIW section today. One of my fave reads every morning that always has something to say about Gold & Silver, Ed Steer’s letter, has been AWOL this past week. I sure hope Ed’s OK. Before we head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to talk about this. It came to my attention yesterday that we had an additional death over the weekend, this time in the music world. Long time bassist Jack Bruce, who was 71, died. Jack Bruce was THE bass player of rock bands in the 70’s, folks. For those of you old enough, (like me) You’ve heard Jack Bruce’s playing and singing over the years. I guess the most famous band he was in was the band, Cream, along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. My good friend, Preston, who played drums in the traveling band I played in, and I were huge fans of both Bruce and Baker. A rock legend gone. For What Its’ Worth. OK. I really built this up above, and it’s just an off the wall story about Gold & Silver, but I thought it to be interesting, and since it’s my letter. here it is! Oh, by the way, Koos Jansen can be found on the website: www.bullionstar.com  And with no further ado. here’s Mr. Koos Jansen, with his article about how Gold is Money. “Would you like to receive a percentage of your salary in gold? Yes I do! I’m working for the first company in Singapore, BullionStar.com, that offers its employees to be paid in gold or silver. Any BullionStar employee – an economic agent that is free to choose to whatever he or she wishes to allot value –  can choose what percentage of its remuneration will be settled in bullion. Of course, everyone working for any company can choose, once it has received its fiat salary, to exchange a percentage of the salary for gold. However, my employer facilitates the automation of this process; effortless and effectively. By this arrangement both me and my employer are acknowledging gold as money. Just as the Chinese Gov’t has done.” Chuck again. Pretty cool, eh? I remember the first time my employer offered direct deposit of my check.. How cool that was! (Hey back in 1979, that was cutting edge technology!) But here’s why this is important. I truly believe that Gold will be a part of the future monetary system on planet earth. Why? Because a debt based monetary system is not sustainable. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! So. having someone’s wages, well, a percentage of the wages, paid in Gold or Silver is saying that Gold or Silver is money. It’s that simple folks. And over in the East, Asia and the Middle East, Gold is important to their lives. They believe that it’s a store of wealth. Shoot in India, if you don’t have Gold to offer, your daughter is not getting married! (or I think that’s how it works) Here in the U.S. most investors view Gold as a commodity that’s traded on whims.  So, all in all, I wish EverBank had a program like BullionStar! To recap. The Big Event this morning has been the Riksbank meeting where they cut rates to zero from 25 Basis Points. The krona is getting whacked, because the forward guidance from the Riksbank was muted. The currencies are mixed this morning, with the krona and krone losing ground to the dollar, the euro flat, and the Aussie and renminbi currencies gaining VS the dollar.  We’ll see some data here in the U.S. this morning, but none of it will light a fire under the markets, as everyone wants to see what the FOMC says tomorrow. Currencies today 10/28/14. American Style: A$ .8840, kiwi .7895, C$ .8915, euro 1.2705, sterling 1.6125, Swiss $1.0530, . European Style: rand 10.9215, krone 6.6235, SEK 7.3740, forint 243.30, zloty 3.3275, koruna 21.8345, RUB 42.48, yen 108.10, sing 1.2730, HKD 7.7575, INR 61.33, China 6.1421, pesos 13.52, BRL 2.4941, Dollar Index 85.59, Oil $81.15, 10-year 2.27%, Silver $17.28, Platinum $1,260.70, Palladium $780.09, and Gold. $1,228.20 That’s it for today. Well, the College Football Playoff Committee (CFPC) will publish their first ranking for the playoffs this evening. Should be interesting, but before everyone has a heart attack about the rankings, remember, there are 6 weeks of games still to be played, there will be changes! The World Series resumes this evening, with the Giants holding a 3-2 games edge. I can’t get over how great everyone looked yesterday! When we were young men, all those at the table played football together. There’s always a special bond among teammates, and we don’t have to see each other every day, or talk once a week for that to continue to bring us together. Good luck to Stanley Johnson who is rehabbing from an awful stroke he had late last year. I’m going on 5 days of feeling half-way decent, waiting for the shoe to drop. But hey! Maybe it won’t! I can always be optimistic, eh? And with that. I’ll get out of your hair today, and send you on your way to making this a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

A disabled student has told Labours annual party

first_imgA disabled student has told Labour’s annual party conference that she has been forced to resort to crowdfunding to obtain a wheelchair that is suitable for her needs, because of “chronic” government under-funding.Rebecca Boot (pictured) told the party’s annual conference in Brighton that because she had a cheap powerchair that was not suitable for her impairment, it caused her pain and regular dislocations of her joints.She said her powerchair cost about £2,500 and was one of the cheapest available, but because it has “no suspension and poor shock absorbancy” she spends much of her time in bed “recovering from the pain” it causes.The chair she needs costs four times as much, but she does not believe she will be able to secure it through the “under-funded and over-stretched” NHS wheelchair service.She told the conference: “Not having the right chair costs me sleep, it costs me study time, and it costs me time with my family and my friends, while I lie in bed recovering from the pain that my wheelchair has caused.“The Tories’ chronic under-funding of NHS wheelchair services is costing me my freedom and it’s costing the local authority in personal care funding.”She added: “Having the wrong wheelchair means I am living a life of social exclusion and isolation and unfulfilled potential.”Boot said she had been forced to make the decision to crowdfund the money for a new powerchair, which she believed was “not acceptable”.And she said this was “just one example” of how the Conservative government had failed disabled people, as reported last month by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities.She told Disability News Service afterwards that she was “getting desperate for a wheelchair that doesn’t cause me too much pain”.She said she was unable to spend more than a few hours at a time in her wheelchair because she starts to develop muscle cramps.Boot, who is just beginning her second year at Aston University, said: “It doesn’t cause problems in terms of going to lectures because they are a maximum of two hours but it means I have to go back to my room and lie down afterwards.“It means I am missing out on the social stuff surrounding university life.”She told the conference: “Wheelchairs are vehicles of freedom. My wheelchair enables me to be here with you today, to go to university and to socialise with my friends.“My wheelchair means I can choose what I do with my life and when. But I, like many others, have the wrong wheelchair.”She added: “A safe wheelchair that works properly should be a right, not a privilege.”last_img read more

The mother of a woman who killed herself after bei

first_imgThe mother of a woman who killed herself after being wrongly found “fit for work” has pledged to continue her campaign for justice, and for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to admit it was to blame for her daughter’s death.The case of mother-of-nine Jodey Whiting, from Stockton, was highlighted this week after a disabled activist mentioned her name as he heckled work and pensions Esther McVey while she gave evidence (listen from 52 minutes) to the Scottish parliament’s social security committee (see separate story).The activist, David*, told McVey: “What about Jodey Whiting, mother of nine, who committed suicide after her ESA was stopped?“It was stopped because she missed an appointment.”It is the latest in a string of distressing and tragic deaths that have been linked over the last eight years to the government’s social security reforms, and particularly to employment and support allowance, the out-of-work disability benefit, and its eligibility test, the work capability assessment (WCA).Jodey Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, who herself receives ESA as a result of a number of health conditions, has been campaigning for justice for her daughter – including through a petition on the 38 Degrees website – and for an admission of blame from DWP.Her daughter (pictured with her children) took her own life last year after being told she had been found fit for work.She had missed a WCA appointment on 16 January 2017 because she was in hospital being treated for a brain cyst. It later emerged that the letter telling her about the appointment had been waiting for her at home, unopened.DWP refused to back down, even after she wrote back explaining that she had been in hospital and had had pneumonia and had been receiving treatment for the cyst. She also had a number of other health conditions.But despite the evidence she provided, DWP refused to give her another appointment to attend a WCA and confirmed that she had been found fit for work and would lose her ESA.She was told she would receive her last fortnight’s ESA payment on 17 February.She visited Citizens Advice, and an advisor wrote to DWP on 15 February 2017 to ask for another WCA appointment, but she took her own life six days later, just four days after her final ESA payment.Her mother is also angry with DWP because the department sent a letter to her daughter about her claim after it had been told she had taken her own life, and continued to call Jodey’s phone and leave voicemail messages for her for more than two months.Her complaints will be investigated by the Independent Case Examiner.Her mother told Disability News Service (DNS) last night (Wednesday) that she was determined to secure justice for her daughter.She said she remembered her crying as she told her she had lost her ESA, and asking her: “What am I going to do, mum?”“I said, ‘Don’t worry, we will sort it out,’ but she never replied. I think it just wore her down.”She said she was delighted that David had raised her daughter’s case so publicly during McVey’s evidence session on Monday.He had told her in advance of his plan to confront McVey, and when she later heard the recording of him mentioning her daughter’s name in the committee hearing, she said: “I just felt great.”It is moments like that that motivated her to continue with her campaign, she said.“I am so grateful to him. I am really pleased he did it.”She told DNS she would continue with her campaign for justice.She said: “I have kept strong for my daughter, but I am heartbroken, I always will be.”If she had had the chance to confront McVey, she said, “I would have broken down and said, ‘Look, you had no right [to treat my daughter like this].’“It’s all wrong. It has got to stop. They can’t keep doing this to people.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We have apologised to the family for attempting to contact Ms Whiting after her death.“The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) is an independent office holder.“As such, the DWP cannot comment on the work or decisions taken by the ICE.“We will carefully consider the findings of the ICE.“Suicide is a very complex issue, so it would be wrong to link it solely to anyone’s benefit claim.”*He has asked for his full name not to be usedlast_img read more

The CEO of a Culinary School Is Missing Students Are Now on

first_img PlantLab says its CEO, Adam Zucker — a former colleague of celebrity chef Matthew Kenney — is unreachable. They’ve canceled all upcoming classes. Next Article plantlab Editor’s note: Click here for Entrepreneur’s full coverage of PlantLab.Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is lauded worldwide for his accomplishments in the vegan food scene. The plant-based food entrepreneur operates 24 restaurants in cities worldwide, from New York City to Al Janabiyah, Bahrain. He’s the author of 13 cookbooks, the developer of online plant-based cooking courses all over the world and the recipient of two James Beard Award nominations.But Kenney is no stranger to financial trouble — he’s faced liens and lawsuits in a host of states, including New York, California, Florida, Oklahoma and Maine.Now, it seems that Kenney’s financial and legal troubles extend to his inner circle. His former colleague Adam Zucker — now CEO of PlantLab, a collection of culinary schools around the world formerly owned by Kenney — is missing. No one from the company knows where he is or when he’ll be back, though no reports of a missing person have been filed under that name in 2018, according to the New York Police Department. The most pressing matter: Zucker controls the company’s finances with complete autonomy and, it seems, no oversight whatsoever.On Wednesday morning, PlantLab’s admissions team sent an email to customers alerting them to Zucker’s absence — and the cancellation of their upcoming courses, some of which cost up to $6,000.“It is our regret to inform you that all courses at all locations are canceled until further notice,” the company stated in the email, which was reviewed by Entrepreneur. “The entire team of PlantLab has been unable to contact the CEO, Adam Zucker, since Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. PST. Adam Zucker is the sole owner of PlantLab and the only person solely responsible for all finances and location payments. Due to these factors, we are unable to continue holding classes.”One student-to-be in New York, who asked to remain anonymous, paid upwards of $4,500 for upcoming courses in Barcelona and Bali. “I’m disappointed to find out this way, and I hope that I can get my money back,” she said.Calls and emails on Wednesday to PlantLab and Zucker himself went unanswered. In Zucker’s case, his mobile voicemail was full and could not accept new messages.In an interview with Entrepreneur, Kenney said he licensed his intellectual property to Zucker via PlantLab more than a year ago. “We have zero involvement,” he said of the company. “I have no clue where he is.”Matthew Kenney Cuisine said in a statement to Entrepreneur that the company had not been involved with the academy since its sale other than through a licensing agreement that PlantLab has now defaulted on. “We are also facing losses due to PlantLab’s issues and are exploring all of our options at this time,” the company said. “When we have a full understanding of the situation, we will take appropriate action. However, at this time, we have even less knowledge about this situation than the students whose classes are being cancelled and others who are affected by this.”On Wednesday, PlantLab’s website showed no mention of the company’s turmoil, but clicking “sign up” for a Kenney-branded online course resulted in a 404 error — page “not found.” The company’s social media accounts made no mention of Zucker’s disappearance at time of writing.This isn’t the first time culinary students connected to one of Kenney’s current or former businesses have been caught in the crossfire of financial and legal troubles.In June 2017, Kenney sold assets of Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy — part of his wide-ranging plant-based empire — to his former COO and interim CEO, Zucker, who then transferred the culinary schools into a new company with a new name: PlantLab. During the sudden transition, students who had pre-paid up to $5,500 in tuition were notified that their upcoming course had been canceled. It affected about 30 students who were all refunded eventually, Kenney said in an interview with Entrepreneur.About six months earlier, the future outlook for Kenney and his business was a little different.In December 2016, a since-deleted Forbes article — now only available on Matthew Kenney’s website — ran with the headline: “Meet the Man Building a Billion-Dollar Plant-Based Empire.” In the article, Zucker and Kenney claimed the brand’s restaurant and hospitality businesses would generate $15 million in revenue over the next 12 months, and Kenney said he expected to bring in $100 million in revenue by 2021. At that point, his culinary academy had graduated close to 6,000 students, Kenney told Entrepreneur.Post-transition to Zucker, PlantLab scrubbed Kenney’s name from the website except for a list of online cooking courses developed by the celebrity chef. In fact, in the “leadership team” section of the new company’s website, only one individual is listed: CEO Adam Zucker. Even there, he’s shrouded in mystery with only one phrase serving as a bio: “From: New York.”Related: CEO of Culinary School Who ‘Disappeared’ Appears to Have Spent a Week in Jail Image credit: Courtesy of PLANTLAB Add to Queue Hayden Field Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Register Now » Associate Editor –shares The CEO of a Culinary School Is Missing. Students Are Now on the Hook for Thousands Paid in Tuition. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 5 min read August 29, 2018last_img read more

Cryptocurrencies Could Solve 2 Big Problems for the Cannabis Industry

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Add to Queue Founder of crypto site Blocklr & Growth Nuts, an organic growth co. Blockchain –shares Scott McGovern October 10, 2018 Barriers to banking and increasingly complex regulations make running a cannabis business costly and complicated, hampering what could be astronomical growth for the industry. Cannabis cryptocurrencies can solve both problems but, like all cryptocurrency, cannabis cryptocurrencies weren’t created equal. Some cannabis cryptocurrencies exist as a means to invest. Others were designed to address cannabis business’ inability to process credit cards, and little else.Out of the thriving cryptocurrency market, these cannabis cryptocurrencies stand apart.Obstacles facing the cannabis industry.Legal U.S. marijuana sales will reach between $8 billion and $10 billion in 2018. However, Americans spent a total of $56 billion on marijuana in 2017. In other words, there is a lot of room for growth in the legal cannabis industry, if not for two problems resulting from cannabis’ legal status.BankingThe biggest issue for the cannabis industry is that marijuana is still illegal federally, which means cannabis businesses do not have the same access to banking or credit card processing as other industries. Operating a cash-only marijuana business is dangerous, complex and expensive. Not only do these businesses have to transport cash in armored cars, but they often cannot open a bank account or qualify for a loan.To make matters worse, a survey found that only nine percent of Americans prefer paying in cash. Not only is having a cash-only business expensive, but it’s increasingly unprofitable in the digital age.Related: Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis IndustryA complicated supply chain.The difficulties of managing a cash-only business extend to employee payroll and the entire supply chain. There are a lot of supplies that “plant touching” cannabis businesses — growers, retailers and transporters –have to purchase entirely in cash.On top of buying everything in cash, they also have to license, lab test and track goods. This requires adhering to contracts and complex city and state-specific regulations, like those facing marijuana growers in California. The “green rush” is more complex and expensive than it appears. Luckily, the cannabis industry can overcome these obstacles with cannabis cryptocurrency.Related: Many Licensed California Marijuana Growers Face Regulatory Roadblocks Getting Their Harvest to MarketCannabis cryptocurrencies offer a solution.Cryptocurrency is decentralized digital currency. Cryptocurrency mining, the process of solving algorithms to validate transactions within the network and ‘mint’ new coins, replaces governments, banks and credit card companies.In other words, cryptocurrency doesn’t go through a bank, but through a blockchain. Blockchain is the decentralized, unalterable ledger that records transactions. Since blockchain is not ‘owned’ by a bank that could be accused of money laundering for accepting cannabis money, it can process cannabis transactions in cryptocurrency.And because cryptocurrency is digital currency, the most common way to spend it is through mobile payment. Since digital sales will reach between $1.9 and 4 trillion by 2020, adopting cryptocurrency as a digital payment could boost business.Cannabis cryptocurrencies make sense for business-to-business transactions, too. Instead of buying fertilizer with an armored truck full of cash, a marijuana grower could pay with a click, all within the cryptocurrency market.The supply chain on blockchain.Blockchain can function as a record for virtually anything. Though blockchain started off as the digital record for Bitcoin transactions, it has rapidly expanded into the private sector.Companies including Maersk, De Beers and Walmart use blockchain to record supply chain transactions. Smart contracts—agreements with preset constraints that automatically fulfill themselves once terms are met—help move goods between vendors. And blockchain’s ledger can store information about a product, thereby guaranteeing regulatory compliance and quality.By adopting blockchain, cannabis companies could cut costs, increase efficiency and ensure product value.Related: Smart Contracts: Here Are the Practical Applications of This Exciting Blockchain Technology.Cannabis cryptocurrency marketToday, there are at least 17 cannabis cryptocurrencies. Paragon (PRG) functions as payment for a Los Angeles cannabis co-working space. PotCoin (POT), which has a high cannabis cryptocurrency market cap, has its own ATMs in Colorado.But like all cryptocurrency news, every coin and token in the cannabis cryptocurrency market has different attributes. Do your own research before you buy cryptocurrency.HempCoin (THC)Launched in 2014, HempCoin (THC) was the first cryptocurrency for agriculture. Specifically, HempCoin originated as a tobacco, hemp and cannabis cryptocurrency on Bitcoin’s blockchain.In 2018, HempCoin pivoted to create a more anonymous blockchain. Now, this cannabis cryptocurrency has masternodes, meaning computers that hold a complete copy of a cryptocurrency ledger. The more masternodes, the more decentralized a blockchain.According to their whitepaper, HempCoin has two new features. PrivateSend conceals funds’ origins and InstantSend allows for instantaneous transactions. HempCoin is integrating these features into HempPAY, their mobile and online platform, which can also function as a debit card.HempCoin is also developing a peer-to-peer payment solution. Though it, the customer first specifies how much THC they’re willing to pay. Next, the merchant scans their HempCoin wallet cryptocurrency address to receive the funds.Growers International (GRWI)Growers International (GRWI) is a cannabis cryptocurrency and blockchain for investors and growers. Investors can finance cannabis businesses through the Growers International token (GRWI), which the network will pool to make large-scale investments. The platform will eventually accept Bitcoin, Steem and DopeCoin.For growers, this cannabis cryptocurrency platform will have a cryptocurrency wallet, cannabis and cryptocurrency news, information about nutrients, grow room designs, social media and cryptocurrency price analytics. Furthermore, growers can track plant cycles, initiate smart contracts and buy supplies.According to their whitepaper, Growers International will build a grow facility in California.Tokes (TKS)Tokes (TKS) is a Waves blockchain-based cannabis cryptocurrency for buying marijuana online and in stores. In their whitepaper, Tokes explains that customers first buy Tokes (TKS) on a cryptocurrency exchange, then add it to their wallet, which will also contain product information. Next, they can spend Tokes at approved merchants. All transactions will cost one cent and take less than a minute.Additionally, Tokes offers a point of sale system. Once the merchant accepts Tokes cryptocurrency, the system automatically converts it to USD, Bitcoin or a currency of the merchant’s choosing.Cannabis businesses can also pay one another in Tokes through their platform. This is all possible through Tokes’ partnership with TheraCann, software for marijuana producers, processors and distributors. Tokes also gives merchants access to sales analytics and regulatory information.GreenMed (GRMD)GreenMed (GRMD) has an app that functions as a credit card for marijuana purchases. The app converts a user’s USD into GRMD tokens. Once the dispensary receives the tokens, GreenMed converts them back into USD. These funds can be transferred to a bank account or withdrawn via the GreenMed debit card.Though the app, the customer can choose between dispensaries, strains, pick up and delivery and packaging options. Additionally, GreenMed will have its own delivery service, though the app can function as in-store payment.Overall, the purpose GreenMed token is to facilitate in-app transactions with USD, according to GreenMed’s whitepaper.Cryptocurrency is an affordable and convenient method of digital payment. The ability to bypass financial institutions makes cryptocurrency adoption especially beneficial for the cannabis industry.Furthermore, cannabis could benefit from blockchain adoption. The distributed ledger can securely store data and ensure strain quality and regulatory compliance, all while facilitating business-to-business payments.For investors, marijuana consumers and cannabis farmers alike, cannabis cryptocurrency is the way of the future. And Growers International, GreenMed, HempCoin and Tokes are four cannabis cryptocurrencies poised to redefine the cannabis market. Next Article Cryptocurrencies Could Solve 2 Big Problems for the Cannabis Industry Contributor Marijuana businesses are mostly blocked from banks and have onerous compliance obligations. Blockchain is a promising solution to both problems. Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Image credit: GeorgePeters | Getty Images 7 min readlast_img read more

Veterans Are Natural Born Entrepreneurs

first_img Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » –shares Veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than nonveterans, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.And the agency estimates that about 2.4 million or 9 percent of all U.S. small businesses are veteran-owned, representing about $1 trillion in annual sales.The SBA announced last month that it would extend fee relief on its popular 7(a) loan for amounts of $150,000 or less. The fee-relief program, originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, was extended one year.“We owe a debt of gratitude and so much more to our service men and women, and veterans who are the cornerstone of small business ownership,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet in a prepared statement. “This fee relief will continue to help veteran business owners who grow their businesses, create jobs in their communities, and put their training and passion for our country to work in their neighborhoods.” Many consider a veteran to be the perfect entrepreneur. The Fire and Adjust website noted 10 reasons why veterans make good entrepreneurs: confidence, self motivation, discipline, listening skills, determination, leadership, risk management, stress management, teamwork and focus.Eddie Sell, an active fire captain in Long Beach, Calif., and the owner of Bellflower, Calif.-based Firehouse Chefs Food + Drink, represents one of the nearly 10 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs who went from servicemember to entrepreneur.“I was very fortunate when I was in the Navy,” Sell tells me during a recent interview. “I was trained in the culinary arts and I was assigned to a high-profile position serving an admiral and other VIPs.” “I loved what I did and always knew that I would one day own my own restaurant,” Sell adds. “I started with a catering business that eventually turned into Firehouse Chefs Food + Drink. It took a while but I was able to make my dream come true by staying focused on my goal and taking advantage of a special loan program.” Related: Thank You for Your Service – 4 Business Funding Programs for VeteransIn the near term more than 250,000 servicemembers a year will transition into civilian life, according to the SBA. This means the economy will likely experience a significant increase in veteran-owned businesses.The SBA helps entrepreneurs like Sell through its Small Business Development Center (or SBDC) program, providing management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. These centers offer one-stop assistance, including information and guidance, to individuals and small businesses in central and easily accessible branch locations.“I know firefighting and cooking inside and out,” Sell says. “I did not know how to put a business plan together. The consultant at the SBDC worked with me for several months to put together a business plan to help me succeed with the restaurant and to get a bank loan.” What’s more, the agency arranged for the consulting services to be provided for free.In September, Kauffman FastTrac, created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announced a free 10-week online entrepreneurship training program for veterans.“Veterans possess some of the most important skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs,” said Michele Markey, vice president of Kauffman FastTrac. “Leadership experience, and the ability to calculate risk, manage teams and take initiative are invaluable characteristics of successful business owners.” The following are some tips to help veteran entrepreneurs succeed in business:Related: From Flying in the Military to Launching a Business1. Leverage military training.Through their years in service, veterans learned valuable skills relevant to running a business, including confidence, self motivation, discipline, listening, determination, leadership, risk management, stress management, teamwork and focus.Veterans should make the most of their acquired skills and treat them as a competitive advantage. While these skills no longer mean making decisions that amount to the difference between life and death, they can be enlisted to keep a business alive and thriving.2. Set up a veteran-owned business.These days diversity programs extend beyond aiding minority- and women-owned programs. Programs within large corporations and government agencies assist veteran-owned and disabled-veteran-owned businesses. Veterans should seek out local, state and federal certifications that give priority to veteran-owned businesses.3. Check resources.Other organizations assist veteran-owned businesses. Check local SCORE chapters and the Boots to Business website to find resources that aid veteran-owned businesses.4. Seek out training.Running a business is not easy. Programs such as the one offered by Kauffman FastTrac or Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses can be beneficial. Veterans can also inquire about other training opportunities by contacting local community colleges, SCORE and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.5. Network.Being an entrepreneur is a lonely job. Apart from accruing business-development advantages from actively networking, veterans can receive valuable mentoring from other former servicepeople. Such relationships can be beneficial for dealing with business matters and challenges arising from having been in active service.Related: By the Numbers: U.S. Veteran-Owned Businesses (Infographic) Image credit: Shutterstock Veterans Are Natural Born Entrepreneurs Jesse Torres Speaker, Thought Leader, Influencer, Radio Host and Authorcenter_img November 10, 2014 Veteran Entrepreneurs Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Guest Writer Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 5 min read Next Article last_img read more